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Melitta Enjoy Thermal Coffee Filter Machine, Red/ Black
Melitta Enjoy Thermal Coffee Filter Machine, Red/ Black
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee, 1 April 2016
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Love this! Great coffee and love the thermal approach rather than heated base. Can be a little lukewarm but you can resolve by doing a first run through just with water and then a second with the coffee.


Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster (Lean (O'Reilly))
Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster (Lean (O'Reilly))
by Alistair Croll
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical start up guide, 1 April 2016
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Very thoughtful, anchored and practical guide to the steps and the guidance needed to get a concept off the ground and into the market. Provides a wealth of detailed approaches and key metrics. Well worth it


Silverline Tools 585483 - Copiglie (175)
Silverline Tools 585483 - Copiglie (175)
Offered by PVR Direct
Price: £3.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Oct. 2015
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Excellent !


Philips DS8400/10 SoundCurve Lightning Connector Docking Speaker with Bluetooth/Built-In Rechargeable Battery
Philips DS8400/10 SoundCurve Lightning Connector Docking Speaker with Bluetooth/Built-In Rechargeable Battery

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great system, 1 Mar. 2014
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Bought it based on reviews and it is excellent! Works via Bluetooth so can use different devices, even if the plug in part is for the iPhone 5. Great sound quality, plays loud and is an attractive piece of equipment


The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business
The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business
Price: £13.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor and lacks strong insight, 1 Mar. 2014
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the premise of the book is interesting, and were it an article it would be worth the read. But the theme is stretched every which way, the advice is at times breathtakingly banal and it lacks any real data to be considered a serious piece of insight. The style of the book is very anecdotal, and underlines the weakness of any real research.


The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle)
The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle)
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel, 11 Feb. 2013
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Some people seemed to have struggled with this sequel, but thoroughly enjoyed the mixed plot and characterisation, feels a shame that this might only be a trilogy as there is a lot going on and wondering how all the moving parts will get resolved. A good yarn, with great attention to the detail.


iPad 4 Case - The Original Black & Tan Leather Smart Cover for iPad 4 (with Retina Display), iPad 3 & iPad 2
iPad 4 Case - The Original Black & Tan Leather Smart Cover for iPad 4 (with Retina Display), iPad 3 & iPad 2
Offered by JAMMYLIZARD
Price: £21.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 11 Feb. 2013
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Looks good, does the job very well, and excellent price, would definitely recommend. The screen prop works well, is very stable, and the whole thing keeps the iPad well protected


Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
by Alexander Osterwalder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.31

32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flatters to deceive, 27 Jan. 2012
Working in innovation a lot, anything on business model innovation is of interest, and it is a hot topic. It is also a meaty topic due to the complexity of the challenge. I thought the book had a good template for business models (there are quite a lot, generally as thoughtful), but after that it was a collection of stories about other business models (useful) some general chitchat about other management tools and how they fit, and some thoughts on tools to use in addressing some of the challenges - all well presented. The stories of other business models are certainly helpful, but if you just read the business model canvas description (which is after all the key tool in the book) you would be hard pressed to work out which company it refers to. But the real problem is the "how do I explore/ come up with a new business model" question is completely in the dark, its one of those black box "then a miracle happens" type moments.

So in the end it singularly fails to address the big question of how anyone actually comes up with the insight or moment of intuition which is at the heart of the question. Secondly it also fails to be clear on a process to explore the question - so as I approach the daunting set of questions, how do I connect the thoughts I have, how do I drive from one question to the implications in another?

My overall sense is it provides a useful template, some good stories and techniques, but fails in what I saw as its primary task - providing people with a handy way to think through a complex challenge. It doesn't need (and shouldn't give) a lock down approach, but it should give guidance about a flow, and some recognition of how to get to the moment of insight.
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Jumpking 10ft Orbounder 'Deluxe' Trampoline And Enclosure - The 'Deluxe' model comprises of a stronger frame (42mm steel), improved bed (matt) and longer springs offering Greater Bounce and vastly Improved overall Safety!! (SRP £349.95).
Jumpking 10ft Orbounder 'Deluxe' Trampoline And Enclosure - The 'Deluxe' model comprises of a stronger frame (42mm steel), improved bed (matt) and longer springs offering Greater Bounce and vastly Improved overall Safety!! (SRP £349.95).

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 17 Aug. 2011
Provides more support and durability than other products I have seen. Mounting it can be a bit of a challenge if you don't follow the instructions very carefully, especially in putting the springs on! But well worth it once up!


Qualcast Panther 380 Hand Powered Cylinder Lawnmower (38 cm Cutting Width)
Qualcast Panther 380 Hand Powered Cylinder Lawnmower (38 cm Cutting Width)

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mower, 17 Aug. 2011
Easy to assemble and use, like other reviewers comment it gives a great cut, satisfyingly noisy with th whir of blades, and does that wembley stripe thing very well


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