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Eveready Rough Service Lamp - Pearl - 100w Bayonet Cap B22 GLS Bulb
Eveready Rough Service Lamp - Pearl - 100w Bayonet Cap B22 GLS Bulb
Offered by Compura
Price: £4.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Illumination, 18 Jan. 2015
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This long-serving style of lamp (or bulb, to use the more common term) is still available, labelled as "rough service" models that continue to offer the traditional design whilst also being more robust (and therefore potentially longer-lasting) than their predecessors.

So, buy with confidence if you prefer this traditional design.


LEGO Star Wars 75050: B-Wing
LEGO Star Wars 75050: B-Wing
Price: £43.43

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Star Wars Lego models, 18 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: LEGO Star Wars 75050: B-Wing (Toy)
Although not as iconic as the more famous X-Wing, the B-Wing starfighter is still a great design. This Lego version does the versatile craft justice, with all the moveable parts you would expect.

Not too complicated and yet still satisfying to assemble, this would make an ideal gift for the young (or maybe not so young) Star Wars fan.


Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Knife (Red) 1370300 VICCLIM
Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Knife (Red) 1370300 VICCLIM
Price: £19.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Not too large or small, 18 Jan. 2015
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Swiss Army knives range from the tiny to the enormous. For me, the Climber strikes the right balance between size and number of functions. As such, this model would be suitable as a first Swiss Army Knife for many people.


Apple Mac Mini (Quad-Core i7 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, Two 1TB, HD Graphics, OS X Server, Launched Oct 2102)
Apple Mac Mini (Quad-Core i7 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, Two 1TB, HD Graphics, OS X Server, Launched Oct 2102)

5.0 out of 5 stars Get one while you can, 18 Jan. 2015
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I bought this as a replacement for a 2010 Mac mini, which itself was a replacement for a 2008 one (both of which are still working, by the way). My initial plan was to get a 2014 model, but the lack of options (for example, quad-core CPU and user-upgradable memory) made me change my mind and get one of the 2012 range while they are still available.

With a quad-core i7 processor-2 TB of storage, and 16 GB of memory (I added 8 GB to the 8 supplied), I now have a machine that will easily punch above its modest weight. And not only I can use my own choice of monitor and mouse, but I am not forced to get a new monitor with a new machine (as is the case with iMac buyers).

So, I am a big advocate for the Mac mini. It is suitable both for people who are familiar with Apple products (like me) and those who may be moving from a Windows-based PC.


On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini (Annotated & Illustrated) (NASA History Series)
On The Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini (Annotated & Illustrated) (NASA History Series)
Price: £2.54

4.0 out of 5 stars An authoritative and exhaustive account, 18 Jan. 2015
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Originally published in the '70s, this is perhaps the most complete and thorough look at Project Gemini available. This series of twelve missions is generally overlooked in space histories, being neither the first American manned space project (Mercury) nor the one designed to get to the Moon (Apollo). Yet it was a vital bridge between the two, pioneering numerous capabilities that would be essential for Apollo - most notably, how to rendezvous in space. Progress was not always smooth, and there was one near-disaster when Gemini VIII (with Neil Armstong and Dave Scott) started to spin out of control and an emergency re-entry had to be undertaken, cutting the mission short but saving the astronauts' lives.

This book does not say much about the personal lives of the astronauts or the numerous engineering and support personnel, but there are plenty of biographies and autobiographies for that. As well as being very thorough, I found the book very readable and enjoyable.

As is not unusual with Kindle books, there are few photos and they not rendered very well. I did not find this a serious drawback.


Logitech M185 Wireless Mouse - Grey
Logitech M185 Wireless Mouse - Grey
Price: £8.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent travel mouse, 24 Nov. 2014
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If you are looking for a mouse to accompany you and your laptop on your travels, this may well meet your needs. The neat design offers a small size combined with comfortable handling. In fact, the design is so good you could use this as your main mouse, even when not travelling. One particularly neat touch is that the tiny USB receiver can be stored inside the mouse when not in use.

The Logitech name is usually a reliable indicator of high quality products, and so it proves here.


The Paul Temple Black and White Collection [DVD]
The Paul Temple Black and White Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Francis Matthews
Price: £11.40

4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this any more, 30 Oct. 2014
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Although only preserved in black and white, these five episodes will appeal to fans of vintage television, or indeed anyone who appreciates entertaining drama. The solid stories are brought to life by experienced professionals, from the seasoned producers and directors to the talented cast, not least the ever-reliable Francis Matthews in the title role.

The only downside of any note is the use of some obvious studio sets (as was typical of the time). Also, viewers used to the relentlessly driven efforts of today's TV drama may find the pace of the stories a little too sedate.


Beethoven: Piano Variations
Beethoven: Piano Variations

5.0 out of 5 stars First class performances of lesser-known Beethoven, 30 Oct. 2014
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The pieces on this generously filled two-disc album are all shorter and much less well known than the piano concertos and sonatas. And most don't even have opus numbers ("WoO" - Werke ohne Opuszahl). However, they are all worth hearing - especially when played by two such master pianists such as Gilels and Ogdon.

The sound of these remastered recordings is excellent, and the album would make either an excellent introduction to Beethoven's less famous piano music, or an addition to a collection that already includes them.


Brahms: Violin Sonatas
Brahms: Violin Sonatas
Price: £14.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Mutter makes her mark, 30 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Brahms: Violin Sonatas (Audio CD)
Anne-Sophie Mutter does not disappoint in these fine performances, her characteristic fire really bringing the music to life without any hint of not being in full control. And regular collaborator Lambert Orkis provides solid support.

If you enjoy these wonderful works by Brahms, you should hear this album. An excellent additional choice is by Kyung Wha Chung and Peter Frankl: Brahms - Violin Sonatas. Or you could just get both.


Tchaikovsky: The Ballets (Decca Collectors Edition)
Tchaikovsky: The Ballets (Decca Collectors Edition)
Price: £19.76

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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable, 30 Oct. 2014
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If you are in the market for a complete set of these timeless works, this modestly-priced set is worthy of your consideration. The performances are very solid, as you would expect from this combination of conductor and orchestra, and the recordings are of a high standard.

Another set worth looking at is that by Ernest Ansermet: Tchaikovsky - Complete Ballets (6 CD), where you get Symphony No. 6 as a bonus. Or you could buy both, and enjoy the contrasting performances.
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