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Submersible Garden Water Pond Pump Filter 6800L/H All Pond Solutions 6800PP
Submersible Garden Water Pond Pump Filter 6800L/H All Pond Solutions 6800PP

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pumped up, 31 Oct 2010
Wow this is a pump and a half it certainly makes my fish swim a bit harder! It's big, solid, heavy and uses more electricity than my previous pump but boy does it pump and it comes with a selection of adapters/clips to connect to any pipes/tubes used and has a long power lead.
I would have given it 5 stars apart from 2 things. Firstly it comes with a 13 amp 3 pin plug and this could lead to an electrocution unless special electrical precautions are taken as 13 amp plugs and water do not mix especially for the untrained. It would have been better to have the power lead with tails only or supplied with a plug/socket to the IP water specifications (e.g IPX4). FOR SAFETY PLEASE NOTE THIS.

The other point is very minor, there are no instructions and whilst you don't need much, details about cleaning and what to do with the rubber disc suction like cups/thingies would help. You figure it out of course but nice to have at begining.


Garmin Nuvi Travel Accessory Pack for Garmin Nuvi 12xx 13xx 1690
Garmin Nuvi Travel Accessory Pack for Garmin Nuvi 12xx 13xx 1690
Offered by total digital stores
Price: £19.77

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars don't bother with the case, 16 Aug 2010
Whilst the USB cable and the charger/adapters are fine the case/wallet is useless. It is too small for the 13XX series unit which is 12.2 cms by 7.5 cms. Not only is the case the wrong size (stretching won't help as you won't be able to close it) there is no means of attachment to a belt/strap. Not great in pedestrian mode.

I recommend buying the USB cable (for the downloads) and the useful charger/adapter as seperate items so saving money. There are other cases around.


The Climate Files: The battle for the truth about global warming
The Climate Files: The battle for the truth about global warming
by Fred Pearce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.19

23 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a objective analysis, 12 Aug 2010
I was looking forward to reading this book knowing Fred Pearce's articles from the New Scientist. I hoped this book would be an un-biased, cool, calm clinical analysis of "Climategate" and the various views although I had concerns about the Guardian being the publisher with its pro-AGW bias would require a certain emphasis from the author and also the speed to press might have limited any in depth analysis.

Part 1 overall was generally balanced and set the scene reasonably well dwelling some of the players (MacIntire, Santer, CRU, Briffa, Mann, McKitrick, Jones and others) and thoughts such as the early idea about a possible ice age. Also covered were the doubts many scientists had about the "hockey stick" but which got submerged during the "laagering".

However even then a bias was appearing, one example being that of the respective web sites "scientists" (Real Climate) and "sceptics" (Climate Audit) with paragraphs for Real Climate site putting over their point of view and denigrating the "strident -excitable less fastidious fans" of Climate Audit (Pearce's words).

Part 2 was characterised, in my opinion, by innuendo and digs at those called sceptics or contrarians (once known in earlier times as heretics when the sun went around the earth). Professor Lindzen one of the world's top atmospheric scientist had "disagreeable friends". This might be true but has no part in this book. Any links, however vague, between the so called sceptics or contrarians and "big oil", think tanks (always right wing) and shared careers/campuses were highlighted but the funding, composition, mutual careers/campuses etc of the "hockey team" coterie was not.
Only very briefly covered was the interference by the "hockey team" in blocking journal articles they didn't like, subverting the peer review process, removing journal editors they objected to, writing the IPCC Action Reports and Chapters themselves etc to name but a few of their activities.

Part 3 was a bit more balanced and had some excellent investigations over the hacking timeline and a whodunit but a pro-AGW bias became present as the chapters progressed.
Reference was made to Gore's "hugely popular" film but no mention of the 34 errors found in the US (such as Amanda Bryd's polar bears) or the UK law suit. "Briefly notorious" was the only mention of Deakin's Channel 4 film.
Bloggers (e.g. sceptics) was used mainly as a pejorative and terms like McCarthyism, Barbarians at the Gates and Crowd Pleasers had no place in a reasoned analysis. Why mention that someone's fathers was associated with Northern Rock? The BBC was criticised for being sceptical...incredible for a government mouthpiece.
They the, poor put upon, hounded, "Hockey Team" didn't really do much wrong, apart from silly worded emails, was the overtone it seemed to me.

Overall I was very disappointed in this book, it was promising in many parts but Mr Pearce let his bias override his analysis. I cannot recommend this book to anyone without them having read Montford's "The Hockey Stick Illusion" a far more analytical, although a much heavier read, first. That book gives far more insight into the activities of the team, other players, papers, investigations, data veracity etc and why Climategate had the effect it has on the reputation of science than this book.
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Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn (Oxford Companions)
Oxford Composer Companions: Haydn (Oxford Companions)
by David Wyn Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Haydn Love this, 31 Mar 2010
This is an A to Z of Haydn's life, times, people, places, travels and music. It is very well written, very comprehensive and a joy to read. I often felt that Haydn never got the "publicity" that Mozart and Beethoven received and hence less was known about him although his musical contribution was immense. This book goes a long way to remedy this. If you love Haydn I would suggest this excellent book is essential reading.


8GB MP3/MP4 Player (4th Gen) with FM Radio (Colours May Vary)
8GB MP3/MP4 Player (4th Gen) with FM Radio (Colours May Vary)
Offered by Iluvthisworld2013
Price: £10.88

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A curates egg, 31 Mar 2010
I needed a MP3 player for my new stereo (30 pin dock) and car radio and this seemed to fit the bill both feature and price wise.There are some pluses but more minuses.
Firstly there are no instructions you are on your own. Previous experience is essential!
There is a small CD with some programmes but what it is for is anyones guess there is no read-me programme.Often the buttons (pause, skip and menu) have a mind of their own. The FM radio doesn't work in my area although all my other radios do. You can't shuffle the tracks into a playable order (they play alphabetically by title). The menu is a bit iffy and not self explanatory. The power save/sleep function is not explained or achievable.

I have a large CD collection and the WAV/MP3 conversion process is long drawn out using freerip software(seperate download via google). Vinyl conversion is even longer. Although computer literate I have not yet figured out all the other functions (video etc) due to the lack of instructions.

The pluses are of course the price which is very good value, the sound quality, the 30 pin docking facility, the small size, the storage capacity, the USB flash drive loading, USB battery charging and the supplier JSM. My first unit packed up after a couple of weeks and they replaced it by courier.

If you don't expect too much this is good for the price.


Berlitz Learn French Premier (PC/Mac - 6 CD Set)
Berlitz Learn French Premier (PC/Mac - 6 CD Set)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Berlitz French CD Pack, 7 Mar 2010
With the exception of a few minor niggles this pack is good for a beginner or someone who is a little rusty and wants to recap.
The drawbacks are the grating American accent (to my ears I must stress) which introduces some sections and the rather formal sentence constructions. They are correct French but, again to my ears, not as informal as one would normally use.
The immersion role plays are a little stilted but good for getting the ear tuned.
The audio CDs are a little simplistic at first but good for a beginner. Someone who has a little French might think about giving discs 1 and 2 a miss.
The instruction book is good and the wide range of the software facilities takes some time to get the hang of but are very useful. One example being the dialogue windows with the immersion role plays especialy first time through.
The grammar section could be improved with some simple verb conjugations but overall I think it is very useful package.


Dyson Flexi Crevice Tool - Fits all Dyson Vacuums
Dyson Flexi Crevice Tool - Fits all Dyson Vacuums
Offered by SPARES-2-GO
Price: £16.49

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dyson crevice tool, 4 Mar 2010
Being new to Dyson I thought this would be a useful accessory and it is but there is a down side. Whilst it does what it says on the packet when it is used with with the wand (the handle-cum-hose thingie) at full extent there is major loss of suction. This is due to the raised ridges inside the end of the tool which slips onto the wand. This creates gaps where suction is lost. When used with the wand closed up this doesn't occur but then you have limited reach.


Leonard Cohen: Live In London [DVD] [2009] [NTSC]
Leonard Cohen: Live In London [DVD] [2009] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Roscoe Beck
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £15.52

4.0 out of 5 stars leonard Cohen Live, 8 Nov 2009
I saw LC at the 02 arena in 2008 and this DVD is a very good recording of one of his performances with better views of him than most people would have had. There was not too much zip-zap-zoom camera work and some nice close-ups of him singing and the enjoyment he got from performing and his reaction to the audience appreciation.

One real niggle is that there is no booklet with the DVD (that's all you get in the case) so the lyrics and other information are in separate sections of the DVD and so you must access them via the main menu.

Being a long term LC fan (I was able to see him in concert in the early 70's at the Albert Hall) the only thing that might disappoint a traditional style LC fan is the over emphasis on the backing group and the loud band. The words, to me, seemed to be secondary but that's probably the modern style and a sad old me. If you are a LC fan it is worth buying this DVD as a memento of perhaps one of his last tours!


SmartFrench Audio CDs Int/Adv - Learn French From Real French People
SmartFrench Audio CDs Int/Adv - Learn French From Real French People
by Christian Aubert
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £29.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Smart French Audio CD, 7 Nov 2009
I found this rather disappointing for the price and the sales blurb. The main fault was the associated text which was skimpy to say the least. The interview order on the disc did not follow the text page order and there was little explanatory notes apart from a translation. Idioms, colloquilisms, phrase construction, any "unusual" verb conjugations etc were not explained. You have to search to find out what the red ink in the text implies. Also you need to listen to the same interview over and over to get real benefit without using the text or translation. You are asked to repeat the words but there is no interactive facility on how well you did.
Perhaps it may have been better to start with the basic level version irrespective of your French ability but in my opinion you could do as well by listening to French radio or watching TV5 mondiale.


Fundamentals of Physical Volcanology
Fundamentals of Physical Volcanology
by Liz Parfitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £40.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentals of Physical Volcanology, 28 July 2009
Whilst this book has many interesting aspects and is a good solid base, at many levels of study, for anyone interested in volcanology. The graphs and maths are clear and supportive of the text (and vice versa). Nice further reading listings at the end of each chapter.
However if you have read or studied using Peter Francis' "Volcanoes a Planetary Perspective" you might be a little disappointed as some repetition.


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