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Coyote Pedal Toe Clip & Strap Set
Coyote Pedal Toe Clip & Strap Set
Offered by Y Frame Discounts Ltd
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic!, 30 July 2014
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These are absolutely brilliant.

As another review has said, it is very easy to get your feet in and out and make cycling more efficient and enjoyable. In particular, they are great for keeping your feet in the right place on the pedals when something happens that might make them dislodge, eg a chain jump when changing gear under load.

My shoe size is UK 10.5 (EUR 46) and they are perfect. The specification is for shoe sizes 41 to 46, but I feel that you would be ok at 48 particularly if you wear a slim pair of shoes, eg trainers.. The straps (good quality and supplied although not shown in the picture) are easy to adjust; you can certainly adjust them while cycling if you do it by feel and keep your eyes on the road!!

As to fitting, there are no instructions unfortunately. Maybe I just had a brain lapse, but I tried to fit them so that the bit you fit your foot in sat on top of the pedals, in other words I bolted them to the rear of the pedal. This necessitated cutting a bit of the plastic out and generally fiddling around. I got it sorted and then found that I was cycling on my toes!!
A lot of scratching of my head followed and then the penny dropped. You bolt them to the FRONT of the pedal so that the business part extends in front of the pedals. They now bolted on easily and securely in a matter of minutes. Job done. You just need to ensure that your pedals have two holes drilled in the front to take the two bolts (nuts and washers supplied). I imagine the distance between the holes on pedals is standard but, if anyone wants me to check the measurement, just ask.

At the price these are just fantastic. And they look really good as well!!

Maths Dictionary
Maths Dictionary
by Peter Robson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for pupils starting secondary school through to GCSE, 2 April 2014
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This starter mathematics dictionary is highly recommended for students starting at secondary school, and will take them through to basic GCSE. It has just the right amount of detail for this level. Note: it is not suitable for mathematics study beyond GCSE.

I can't really put it better than one of my foundation level students who, having battled with her notes, and with definitions and remembering eg the difference between mean, median and mode, and the number of sides of a pentagon just said, with a big beam, "This is just brilliant!!".

8 x Heavy Duty Metal Book Ends 180mm
8 x Heavy Duty Metal Book Ends 180mm
Offered by Globe Packaging
Price: £12.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent!, 2 April 2014
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The ones I was supplied with had rectangular ends (not curved as shown in the picture), but this wasn't a problem. They look great!

They are good value and well finished. They are strong but made of thin metal so that the bit that goes under the books gets in the way as little as possible. They also have three thin 'cushions' underneath that help with anti-slip.

They do the job brilliantly, and so I have just ordered another batch of eight. At this price, they are excellent value.

The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics, from One to Infinity
The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics, from One to Infinity
by Steven Strogatz
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! And especially for teachers!, 16 Mar 2014
I spotted this book in 'The Works' and it looked as if it might have promise. Having quickly flicked through it I put it back on the rack. I am always looking for books that might give some ideas for the classroom, but was a little reluctant to buy yet another 'popular' maths book that failed to deliver; so many of them are yet another tour through numbers et al, from the Babylonians to Hilbert's Hotel, trying desperately to convince the reader that it is all so interesting and fun ...yawn, zzzzzzzzzzz. Why so many of these 'popular' maths books manage to make the subject so incredibly boring is beyond me; what is the point of boring the very audience one has decided to inspire? But when I returned to 'The Works' the next time I walked past (and unable to resist the magnetic pull of a bookshop)I had another browse. The endorsement by Alex Bellos, author of the captivating "Alex's Adventures in Wonderland" clinched it for me; if it was anywhere near as good, it was going to be worth the few discounted pounds that 'The Works' were asking. It was worth a punt.

And it turned out to be good; very, very good. I really recommend it to anyone with an interest in mathematics. It's knowledgeable and fun. Yes, it does talk about the Babylonians and Hilbert's Hotel, but I suppose in a book subtitled 'A guided tour of mathematics from one to infinity', they were bound to crop up! But where this book really wins is that it doesn't try to cover everything and succeed in actually covering very little.

Steven Strogatz is the Schurman Professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University, and (according to the blurb) is one of the world's mostly highly cited mathematicians. This could be a guarantee of uninspired writing BUT it certainly isn't in this case. Strogatz's writing is lucid and an absolute joy to read.

The book is divided into six sections: Numbers, Relationships, Shapes, Change, Data and Frontiers, and is a fun-filled romp through selected aspects of each.

There are two great strengths to the book which make it really stand out as a resource book for secondary mathematics educators. Firstly, what he writes about is connected to the real world by numerous concrete examples, and secondly, there are no less than 45 final pages of expansions, references and web links, plus an index (hurrah!). In fact, I found these last 45 pages some of the best in the book! For example, in the text it's mentioned that 'Every year about a million American students take calculus'... this is where most books would leave it. Not Strogatz. Quite rightly, he references this, and we can then go and read "The crisis of calculus" if we wish. But it isn't just simple references that make the last 45 pages a joy; for example we have a fascinating expansion on 'the solid common to two identical cylinders' - the Steinmetz solid, and also learn that the Romans and Normans were familiar with it in the design of intersecting vaults... and we are referred to various internet links to take things further if we're interested. From a teaching point of view, these last 45 pages are an absolute goldmine. For those of you who haven't come across it before, and I certainly hadn't, do have a quick listen to the recorded conversation between a George Vaccaro and customer services at Verizon (Google/Youtube it!). If ever there was an argument for making sure that everyone understands basic arithmetic, this is it!!

And Google 'pagerank'? Thought you knew what 'page' stands for? If you thought web'page', you're very wrong.

Fab book; a real joy.

How to Use Statistics (Smarter Study Skills)
How to Use Statistics (Smarter Study Skills)
by Dr Steve Lakin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to statistics., 17 Feb 2014
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This book is a superb introduction to statistics. All the key topics are covered in a way that make understanding straightforward. Dr Lakin obviously enjoys both his subject and imparting knowledge in a clear and lucid manner. Each section is not overly long and covers all the basics. The book is ideal for the university student starting a course in the biological or geographical sciences who needs to get to grips with statistics quickly. It could equally well sit on the bookshelf of a mathematics A-level student who wants something to pull their dry A-level stats course into the real world. Sensible examples are used and one is left feeling, 'Yes, I can see where this might be applied, and better still, I can see how I might actually apply this'.

Each topic is accompanied by generalised study tips which might be seen as somewhat out of place, but given the likely audience of the book, I think they do add value. The book is beautifully laid out and has a binding and feel that makes it a joy to read. There are a few exercises to try for each topic introduced, but these do not overwhelm things.

Appendices include statistical tables, a glossary and useful Excel commands (for statistics).

There are a few errors, two that I spotted in formulae in the main explanatory text, which is a pity. But it's clear they are errors of proofing. Given the number of errors that normally appear in mathematics textbooks, the few I spotted here really isn't too bad!

Overall? For a refresher on the subject for someone a bit rusty, for undergraduate biologists and geographers who need to get to grips with statistics quickly and painlessly and have a simple reference, and for A-level students who want to put a bit of substance onto their statistics courses, this book is highly recommended.

The Universe versus Alex Woods
The Universe versus Alex Woods
Price: £4.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 7 Jan 2014
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This is an unusual and rather wonderful book.

It confronts the issue of euthanasia in a sympathetic and empathetic way that leaves one considering one's own position on the matter, challenging any preconceived notions of reason and outcome. However, someone approaching the book with a religious preconception of what is 'right' and what is 'wrong', ie what someone has convinced them is right or wrong, is likely to dislike the book unless they have an unusually open mind.

Narrated through the eyes of a seventeen year old living in Somerset, the story is a delightful, quirky and often amusing journey through a few years in the childhood of Alex Woods, from being struck by a meteorite, through his friendship with a Mr Peterson, to arriving at Dover and the discovery of marijuana in the glove compartment of his car.

The narrative style rings true, as do all the events and emotional states the narrator details. Description is excellent; you could see everything very clearly. This quality of descriptive writing meant there was never any time that you felt disengaged from the book. The story flows on with pace; I found it a real page turner.

It's an unusual book in that it's a very light read, but with depths that would usually be more appropriate in a weightier tome. Gavin Extence pulls it off. Recommended.

Zeba® Slim Fit Executive White PU Leather Multi Function Stand Case with Built-in Magnet for Sleep / Wake feature for the Samsung Galaxy TAB 2 7.0 (GT-P3100 / GT-P3110) 7 inch Tablet, includes Screen Protector & Stylus Pen
Zeba® Slim Fit Executive White PU Leather Multi Function Stand Case with Built-in Magnet for Sleep / Wake feature for the Samsung Galaxy TAB 2 7.0 (GT-P3100 / GT-P3110) 7 inch Tablet, includes Screen Protector & Stylus Pen
Offered by Obozzo
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value and well made, 10 Aug 2013
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This is a great cover for the Samsung Tab 2 7.0 which fits well. It also comes with a screen protector and a stylus. All for £4.95 delivered! It really is amazing value - and was delivered next day. Excellent and highly recommended.

Fellowes PVC Binding Cover A4 180 Microns Clear (Pack of 25)
Fellowes PVC Binding Cover A4 180 Microns Clear (Pack of 25)
Price: £5.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quality control problem, 8 Aug 2013
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An A4 sheet is 210mm wide, as mentioned on the packet exterior, not 209.5mm and definitely not 206mm.

The first batch of these I bought were 209.5mm wide which is perhaps within a reasonable tolerance; but why with today's machine tooling it isn't possible to make them more exact is beyond me. However, it seems that the machinery that is used to cut these is either of dubious quality, or the employees who calibrate the machines are a bit on the slack side. Either way, subsequent quality control would appear neglible. My second batch was 206mm wide and not fit for purpose resulting in nearly half a centimetre of bound material 'hanging out' beyond the binders.

I had ordered these as a 'stock item' and only discovered the problem when starting a 'binding run'. The incovenience was considerable.

It may be that I somehow received from a rogue batch. However, if you decide to order these, I recommend you open the packet when they arrive and measure the width so you can return them for a replacement, if necessary.

Update: As I didn't want to have this hassle every 25 sheets, I bought a 100 pack of the Fellowes 150 micron covers as a replacement: Fellowes PVC Binding Cover A4 150 Micons Clear 100 pack and checked the width immediately on delivery. Hey ho, 211mm. At least this is in the right direction and I'll be keeping them rather than waste any more time. But the batch at 206mm clearly wasn't rogue, just indicative of appalling quality control. What on Earth is the difficulty in cutting to 210mm accurately? If a product is sold as 210mm wide, then it should be 210mm wide. I will be buying from a different company next time.

Studyguide for Calculus by Spivak, Michael, ISBN 9780914098911
Studyguide for Calculus by Spivak, Michael, ISBN 9780914098911
by Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat emptor, 4 Aug 2013
I very nearly purchased this book and am extremely glad I didn't. A search on the internet fortuitously turned up a site 'exposing the Cram 101 books as a scam'. This book is NOT by Spivak. Indeed, it appears that some authors of books which have been 'computer condensed' by Cram 101 are taking legal action. Note that this 'book' is 86 pages long. If what I read elsewhere regarding Cram 101 books is correct, half of those pages will be blank for notes, ie you are getting some 43 pages for your money! Of course, what I read elsewhere may be incorrect... Caveat emptor!

Savvies Crystal-Clear screen protector for Casio FX-9860GII
Savvies Crystal-Clear screen protector for Casio FX-9860GII
Offered by protectionfilms24-com
Price: £3.15

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor fit and very reflective, 1 Mar 2013
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This will protect the screen but there are two very important caveats:

1) It is not a perfect fit by any means. Although the blurb says that it is "...cut by laser in Germany on state-of-the-art machinery. Exact tailoring to forms..." etc, it is approximately 1mm short in each dimension, so that the film is very visible after fitting.

2) It turns your non-reflective screen into a shiny reflective one.

As the Casio screens are pretty robust in any event, these two caveats make it a bit of a non-starter for me, and I have removed it and thrown it away. If you work in an environment where your calculator is being perhaps put in a pocket with eg keys etc, on a regular basis, then it may be worthwhile. Otherwise, my recommendation is not to bother with this.

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