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Composite Structures According to Eurocode 4: Worked Examples
Composite Structures According to Eurocode 4: Worked Examples
by Darko Dujmovic
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £70.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Eurocode 4 laid bare..., 22 Jun. 2015
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This is a professional text covering all aspects of Eurocode 4 pertaining to composite structures. The book comes shrinkwrapped, and is hardback with high-quality materials and presentation throughout.

This is not a general guide, but focusses entirely on the area mentioned, and in particular many worked examples. As the backbone of the book, these are excellent, showing exactly how to layout and approach the latest Eurocode, right down to the smallest detail. This volume assumes you are fully au fait with both composites and Eurocode 4 in general. It has good coverage of the drawbacks of such structures, which is just as important to understand as the benefits.

As a Wiley publication you can be confident this is both accurate and up to date.


Cellfade Skin Enhancement lightening Cream 50 ml
Cellfade Skin Enhancement lightening Cream 50 ml
Price: £34.95

3.0 out of 5 stars It seems to work, amazingly..., 21 Jun. 2015
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This cream is easy to apply and is absorbed quickly, with no visible residue. The perfume is mild and fades quickly. I have been using this for age spots and although the effect is not immediately noticeable it appears after a month that some minor fading has taken place. This is surprising as I really didn't think it would work at all, as nothing has in the past. I would recommend you give this a try if you have pigmentation problems that are really affecting you, as this is an expensive product. I'm assuming the high price is due to it actually working, unlike the cheap creams which do nothing. It also has a nice effect on dry skin, acting as a moisturiser.


Crayola-Colour Alive Colour Alive Barbie
Crayola-Colour Alive Colour Alive Barbie
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Price: £9.18

2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Barbie, this is a non-starter...., 21 Jun. 2015
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This is basically a cheap colouring book (with pens) that has an app that allows you to animate your creations. At least, that's the idea, but a couple things stop this from working properly. Firstly the quality of the paper is not high, in fact the pens leak through from the other side, which can mess up the image on the next page. I have no idea how this was not picked up in product testing. Next, the app is highly restrictive on what you can colour in - unless you you do it exactly right the app will not recognise the picture and it will not play the animation. Obviously this is a common problem in visual recognition, but when you are using it as the basis for your toy, this really need to work no matter what the child draws. When it does work the effect is hardly spectacular and will entertain your child for about five seconds.

The images themselves are standard Barbie poses, you will not find Barbie coming up with a cure for malaria here.


Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Steam Iron - 200g Steam Boost, 2600 Watt
Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Steam Iron - 200g Steam Boost, 2600 Watt
Price: £57.39

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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great steam iron, 21 Jun. 2015
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This is a great steam iron. It has most of the modern features of a top-level iron but at a significantly lower cost. Features such as the 2 minute heat-up time, the descaling, and the 200g steam boost are all genuinely useful and make ironing less of a chore. The gliding motion of the iron is flawless, my old Philips took a lot more effort by comparison. The reduced weight probably helps here. I also make use of the vertical steam ability, so my curtains and fabrics will be getting a steam once a month. The auto-off is also a useful feature, no more will you think 'Have I left the iron on?'.

Build quality is (as usual from this manufacturer) very good. Everything is well fitted, with no gaps of creaking or exposed seems/poor moulding. Buttons are also perfect. The only downside I can find when using this is from a design perspective, and that is it's short cable length. It is several feet shorter than my previous iron, and I can't see why this should be so. I need a cable extension to use it, and this has to be right next to my ironing board. It's a bit ridiculous really, and I can't think why they have done this, it's only a few feet of cable and that can't cost more than a pound or two to make.

So, bear in mind you will need an extension unless you plan to iron standing against the wall.

This is still a great product, and therefore it gets four stars.


Computing Fundamentals: Introduction to Computers
Computing Fundamentals: Introduction to Computers
by Faithe Wempen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £46.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentally Windows 8, 16 May 2015
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I had thought that with the rise of mobile computing, tablets and so on, that a general-purpose introduction to computing had long since become defunct. In a way, I was right, because this isn't a general-pupose guide to computing - it's a guide to Windows PCs, or at least 90% of it is. The majority of the software info is related to Windows 8 / 8.1. There's nothing wrong with this, but the title and subtitle make no reference to this.

So, taken as a guide to modern windows-based PCs, how does it measure up? Quite well, actually. This is a big old-fashioned chunky textbook, where everything of importance has been crammed in. Although it is intended as a step-by-step guide, it really feels more like a reference book, where you look up specific things you are needing quick help with. Of course, we have Google for that now, so much of the usefulness of a reference like this is gone (particularly in the case of windows, due to it being the most popular of all operating systems and therefore the most written about online).

So, to an absolute beginner in Windows PCs, is this worth your time? I think the answer is Yes. The writing is clear and concise, although more screenshots would be appreciated. There is a lot of information and it appears accurate and not too jargon-y.

The main obstacle here is the price, almost £50. I realise this is a Wiley publication and a high price is pretty much standard, but in this particular case you should be absolutely sure this covers what you need - check the index and sample pages, or better yet get hold of a copy and spend ten minutes browsing.

For me, this is a 3-star book, but if you are a complete computing novice and need to learn the basics of WIndows for work/school then this is worth considering, and I would give it 4 stars in this case.


Minecraft Redstone For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
Minecraft Redstone For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
by Jacob Cordeiro
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Vital guide for Redstone noobs..., 15 May 2015
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This review is based on the opinions and experience of a 9 year old, so bear that in mind.

Although a bit specialized, this is still a Dummies book, and is very approachable. It starts from the most basic point, and assumes you're new to using redstone. As with the standard 'Minecraft for Dummies' book, this is well written and organized.

This new guide explains what could be a confusing topic with simple language and analogies. It is simple enough that a nine-year old with no experience of programming or logic gates can understand it without needing to ask me to explain. Redstone is an interesting way to get children into basic programming, in fact I can't think of an easier way to introduce the subject. (it's the modern equivalent of the Big Trak toy from the 80's. Education by stealth).

Although not a large book, it covers a lot of ground, and there doesn't appear to be another book of it's type available at the moment. At £5, it's an absolute bargain.


Minecraft For Dummies
Minecraft For Dummies
by Jesse Stay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.58

3.0 out of 5 stars The missing minecraft manual..., 15 May 2015
This review is from: Minecraft For Dummies (Paperback)
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My 9 yr old nephew is the Minecraft addict in our family, so much of this review is based on his feedback. The format of the book is very much like most Dummies titles - if you've read any of their software or gadget books, this layout will be familiar. There are many screenshots throughout and they generally do a good job of illustrating the text. The writing is easy to understand, with a slight american tone throughout (I doubt kids these days would pick up on that though).

The contents are nicely arranged and each chapter is somewhat self-contained, so you don't need to jump around while reading. My nephew was able to sit and read for long periods without getting bored or confused, and was eager to show us what new shortcut or trick he'd discovered. It has dispelled many myths regarding MC, and helped him do things quicker. It makes you wonder why a manual like this isn't distributed with the game, I'm sure the current publishers have the money to do so.

All in all it makes the game more accessible to the newcomer, and will make an 'expert' learn a few new things too.


Ultrasport Ladder
Ultrasport Ladder
Price: £19.16

4.0 out of 5 stars Toddler-tastic timesaver, 3 May 2015
This review is from: Ultrasport Ladder (Sports)
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This is a great addition to our trampoline, and has stopped requests from the kids to be lifted on/off. They want to do it themselves now! (Admittedly, one of them is sixteen, so really should need no help...)

This is self-assembly but only takes a few minutes at most. The tubing is coated for resistance against the rain and should stand up well to thousands of kids feet stomping up and down it. This is a well-made product (german) and it show in the finish and fitting.

It costs more than the cheapest ones, but it's worth the extra money, as it will last and you won't end up with an injured child in a few years time.


Ultrasport Trampoline Ground Anchors Kit - Silver
Ultrasport Trampoline Ground Anchors Kit - Silver

4.0 out of 5 stars Anchor anything you like..., 3 May 2015
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These are heavy-duty anchors, clearly made to last, which is why they aren't cheap.

Put these into a lawn or other firm/moist ground and they will hold pretty much anything in place. I tried them in very sandy soil and they still held fast, but had a slight sideways wiggle to them, so could work loose over time - if a hurricane blows past, for example. Anything with roots is going to give you extra grip, but stones may stop you getting one in at all. If you use all four they are basically rock-solid and impossible to remove by pulling (the straps are more likely to break than the anchors coming out of the ground). I would recommend always screwing them in fully, both so you don't trip over them and also to prevent strain in the middle of the anchor (not that I expect these to ever bend or break, but better safe than sorry).

I can't see any normal reason you would need anchors bigger than this - perhaps a bouncy castle might.

For their intended use, and most other uses I can think of, they are perfect.


Case Logic CRGE2177W Rotating Slim Folio Cover for 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 4 - White
Case Logic CRGE2177W Rotating Slim Folio Cover for 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 4 - White
Price: £26.22

3.0 out of 5 stars Some niggles...., 3 May 2015
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I have used cases by Case Logic many times in the past, and have found then to be good quality. This model continues that trend, but with a couple of small problems. Let's look at the Pros and Cons:

Pro:

High quality plastic (polycarbonate)
Good build quality overall
Good protection (although obviously the short sides are open), while maintaining port / button access
Rotating function works well, and cradle offers some protection to the sides of the tablet

Con:

Snap-close system is not secure enough (at least on my version)
Questionable blue/white colour scheme

The first problem is that the snapping mechanism to lock the tablet is not perfect - sometimes you need to press more than once to make it lock, and it has popped out while lightly handling the tablet, when previous models by Case Logic have not. This may be a manufacturing issue on early versions like mine, it may have been fixed, but you won't know until you open yours up and try it out. This is annoying, rather than a major problem, but for this money it should work every time.

Next, the colour scheme makes no sense. Having the snap be bright blue doesn't fit the white textured surface, why not light grey? Even black would be preferable. The case itself is well textured and nice to hold, but has already attracted dust and minor grubbiness. If it had been a slightly darker shade these would not be visible. So bear in mind that this case will not look pristine forever.

At £40 rrp this case needs to be perfect to justify it's price, and it isn't. Personally I would pay £15-£20. If you can get it for that price, it gets four stars.

Overall, three stars - but definitely try to out if you get the chance, it could be perfect for you.


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