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In Search of Greener Grass
In Search of Greener Grass
by (Motorcyclist) Graham Field
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read!!, 15 Mar 2014
Written with humour and observation this book makes you feel as if you are there as Graham eases into a tour to Mongolia via a music festival in Norway on a humble Kawazaki.

It makes big journeys seem somewhat accessible and inspirational and the little points of luck (meeting helpful people and fellow travellers on the way) change whole parts of the trip in unexpected and intriguing ways.

Also interesting is the refusal to use satnav so occasionally an entire country is entered without any clear idea of quite where you are - a refreshing change from todays over analysed trips.

So buy the book, Graham Field is often at bike shows in the adventure sections if you'd like to meet the author and the book is a fantastically entertaining adventure and the writing style is refreshingly easy to read.


Dell C1765NFW Multifunction Colour Laser Printer (Print/Scan/Copy/Fax)
Dell C1765NFW Multifunction Colour Laser Printer (Print/Scan/Copy/Fax)
Offered by Ebuyer UK Limited
Price: £159.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault this, versatile, quality colour laser copier/printer/scanner., 19 Feb 2014
Installing the software for OS X was painless once I'd located the driver at the Dell website, all was fine and it popped up and now works faultlessly over wifi as both a scanner and printer.

It's actually cheaper than a full pack of official Dell toner, but here on Amazon you can buy a whole clone set for £25 !!

A truly wonderful device - amazing value for money.


Long Way Down - Special Edition (3 Discs, 10 Episodes) [DVD] [2008]
Long Way Down - Special Edition (3 Discs, 10 Episodes) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Various Artists
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good content, but flakey discs?, 22 April 2013
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The first set I had I could not play the end of disc 2 on, (didn't try disc 3), so I sent it back and got a new set, which played disc2 a few minutes more than the original set until it gave up and couldn't play the end of disc 3 either.

I have none of these issues on 'The Long Way Round' set so I can only conclude that these discs are a tough test for any DVD player. I have a newish Toshiba player.

So if you can play the DVDs it's great stuff, but be prepared to need to buy a new DVD player to see it all.


JBL ON BEAT Xtreme Bluetooth Active (discontinued by manufacturer)
JBL ON BEAT Xtreme Bluetooth Active (discontinued by manufacturer)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loud deep bass, clear treble, versatile. It's a winner!!, 17 Mar 2013
I use this now for the TV (a 3.5mm lead from headphone out to aux in), iPod on the front dock, and iPod and Macbook for bluetooth remote airplay.
It all works off the neat wireless remote control too - even when playing iTunes music through it from the laptop!

The main thing that grabs you with this is the deep solid bass, totally belying the size! You _will not_ believe the quality and size of the sound from this unless you hear it for yourself. It sounds a lot better than much more expensive B & O kit I've heard, makes TV a pleasure to listen to and the remote is a quality item too.
No need for 'home cinema' with this baby!

JBL make some good stuff, this however excels in quality and sheer grunt, the best value active speaker you'll find this size for any money. Completely brilliant.


Race To Dakar [DVD] [2006]
Race To Dakar [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Various Artists
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting video documentary, 17 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Race To Dakar [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I love watching adventure videos and this was no exception.
Top action and a good insight into the whole Dakar.


44L Motorcycle Scooter Top Box Case Topbox Motorcycle Back Case Rear Luggage Storage Universal BY HOMCOM
44L Motorcycle Scooter Top Box Case Topbox Motorcycle Back Case Rear Luggage Storage Universal BY HOMCOM

5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably competent for the price!!, 17 Mar 2013
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I bought this because of the reviews and the price and size.
It turned up well packed and out of the box I noticed a couple of things:

1. Nice sturdy mouldings
2. Sturdy rack converter

Now the downsides:

1. The small reflector doesn't reflect
2. The big band doesn't reflect (and needed re-sitting)
3. I needed to adjust the strap positions (to support the lid when open)
4. I needed to cut some plastic flashing from the catch.

As 3 and 4 happened with a friend's Givi we can discount them. I bought some sticky back reflective 50mm tape online and stuck it behind the band - it's reflective now! I also added a new nut and bolt to secure the catch, but that's just me.

All in all it's a fantastic shape and size, and nicely moulded. It looks good on the bike too.


Tidal
Tidal
Price: £5.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Some of her best work, listenable again and again, 17 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Tidal (Audio CD)
Many in the UK haven't heard of Fiona Apple, that's their loss, her songs, tunes and delivery are right at the top of the class.


Shuttle SH67H3 XPC Case - Black
Shuttle SH67H3 XPC Case - Black
Price: £238.16

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SH67H3 + i7-3770 + Linux, 27 Sep 2012
I used the following config:

Corsair DDR3 1333 memory (the fastest the motherboard can use) - 2 slots 4GB x 2, in the yellow slots
i7 3770 Ivy Bridge processor (Retail pack so I now have a spare fan!)
Ubuntu Linux 12.10beta
LG IPS235 monitor with DVI cable (you need the DVI for the card to recognise the monitor - no adapters please!)

First power on was fairly dead, due to the BIOS not being up to date enough for the box, to run an Ivy Bridge (22nm) processor it needs BIOS 2.01 or later and a version 2 motherboard (which they all seem to be now). You need to update the BIOS with an older chip in there:

So I had to put in an old sandy bridge chip to update the BIOS (I used a spare i5-2400 but even a £32 celeron with graphics will do. The bios numbers on the screen bear no relation to the numbers on the Shuttle site, so just get the latest one from them, use their suggestion to create a bootable DOS memory stick and run Flash.bat from the BIOS bundle you just downloaded. It takes a while - lots of writing - then it's done. Power off and remove lead before changing to the new Ivy bridge chip, and earth yourself to a nearly radiator first.

So with a working machine you can now install Linux, but not any Linux - you need Ubuntu 12.10 (beta if not yet released), and to install successfully you need to put it into a memory stick. From linux type 'dmesg' to see where the usb stick is (lets assume sdd), unmount it if it's automatically been mounted and then type:
sudo cat ubuntu-12.10-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso > /dev/sdd (or where your memory stick was in dmesg). Careful with this command - get the target right or lose your data!

So with memory stick in it will boot into Linux (if not change the BIOS to boot first from memory stick), and you have the option to install or run. Chose run, as the 'install' option gets stuck half way through. So once inside the Unbuntu Live click on the installer. Select all the options including update from the internet.
NB: If the install hangs right at the end (progress bar 100%) do not worry, just open a terminal and type: 'sudo init 0' and remove the stick, and switch back on.
NB: When installing in SSD choose the manual partitioning, and make sure each partition is type EXT4, as this reduces wear with the options I give below.

Then when the software updater asks you if you want to update say 'yes'.

What you end up with then is a machine with 8 3.5GHz (3.9GHz peak) cores (4xht) that is lightning fast, runs very quiet and cool and is a pleasure to use.
Note if you are using SSD, you should edit /etc/fstab (carefully!) and add the options 'noatime,nodiratime,discard'. Google these if you need more help.

Enjoy!


Wicker Park - Movie [DVD]
Wicker Park - Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wicker Park - Movie
Price: £2.74

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant film you'll need to watch twice, 28 Nov 2009
This review is from: Wicker Park - Movie [DVD] (DVD)
It's a lot easier to understand than Mulholland Drive but rather harder than The Notebook, and almost as good.

For me the star of this film is Diane Kruger, she is just stunning in looks, acting and you really feel for her in this. Josh makes a lifelike appearance to as the main character and is quite believable as he ties the story together. Quite why the two didn't try harder to find each other when they parted 2 years ago I do not know, but that is the only oddity in a superb film that is worth watching again and again as you piece together the time segments by matching clothes, actions, places and situations.


The Chambers Dictionary Thumb Index, 11th edition
The Chambers Dictionary Thumb Index, 11th edition
by Chambers
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Oct 2009
Bought this for my mum, she tells me it is a superb dictionary, very good quality throughout and easy to use.


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