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Bahco Laplander Folding Saw (396LAP)
Bahco Laplander Folding Saw (396LAP)
Offered by HomeStore-UK
Price: £15.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality for all tree work, 8 Feb. 2016
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Needed a pruning saw for my elderly mother who still maintains her garden. I had picked a cheaper saw, but that was too big for her to manage safely, so went with this Bahco one instead. It is light, not too long and folds the very sharp saw blade away safely (with a safety button to unlock).

Following her positive review of the saw, I borrowed it to tackle two apple trees in my garden. Once I got used to the idea of how to use it, ie, NOT acting like I'm trying to saw through concrete, instead just use the weight of the very sharp blade to neatly slice through the wood, it made light work of the pruning. It has also saved me well over a hundred pounds from paying a tree surgeon to do this work.

Note: the saw blade is very sharp and cuts easily both ways without tearing. Even though I was being careful, I ended up with half a dozen small nicks to my hand.


100pcs Reusable Cable Ties Organizer Adjustable Black Velcro Strap Hook Loop
100pcs Reusable Cable Ties Organizer Adjustable Black Velcro Strap Hook Loop
Offered by Solar-home
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for keeping cables tidy... And more!, 4 Feb. 2016
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My job includes dealing with a lot of long XLR leads and we had no means of keeping them from turning into a rats nest when they weren't all connected together on a large drum.
The cable ties are all velcro and come in a block of 100, one side are the hooks and the other the tiny loops. One end has a rectangular hole in it so you can loop the tie around the cable securely (and so it doesn't drop off).
These are obviously not just for cables, I've found uses with many different bits of kit. Invaluable.


Behind the Binoculars: Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers
Behind the Binoculars: Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers
by Mark Avery
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A book for birders., 29 Jan. 2016
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I do like reading stories about people, their history, what made them get into their chosen field of interest. This book is somewhat similar, however it is about how certain notable people in the birding community started out with an interest in birds and how it shaped their lives.

To be honest, apart from Chris Packham, I had no idea who the other people were, but as each interview is no more than a few pages long, it's easy to dip into (I was reading it on and off on a long train journey). It is interesting to see how technology has improved the information cirulation and conservation, but sad at the reported decline of bird populations. The helpful glossary of terms peculiar to birders at the start was very helpful. Also disappointed there wasn't more in the way of anecdotes or nuggets of knowledge for anyone to enjoy.

This is a great idea for a book, but it's really going to be of interest to birders or people who have an interest in bird watching.


The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting: How to Raise Your Child, Help Save the Planet and Not Go Mad
The No-Nonsense Guide to Green Parenting: How to Raise Your Child, Help Save the Planet and Not Go Mad
by Kate Blincoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mummy chat for those with money, time and choice, 27 Jan. 2016
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This isn't really a book. it's more an eclectic collection of short, own-opinion, blog items in a scrapbook. (I've no idea whether the book started as a blog, but it reads like one.)

The items are all "I like, I did, I believe" pieces, so you're not getting professional advice, just one person's cheery "mum to mum" chat.

The content of the book is all over the place. We get how to celebrate Valentine's Day, lists of plant names to give your unborn child, how to make nettle muffins and what brand of designer eco friendly wooden toothbrushes to use.

(As others have mentioned, the amount of product placement in the book is seriously annoying. It's more like a sales catalogue in places.)

The general opinion in the book is the same as ever - use terry nappies, buy at farmers' markets, reuse and recycle - things you can generally only do if you live in the right towns and/or have money. Recommended activities include spotting owls and deer, staying on farms for a few days and geocaching. So do remember to wear your Boden smarts and and take your Fortnum & Mason's picnic hamper.

The layout is clean and bright, so that's in it's favour. But this is just a lifestyle coffee table piece. Open it, flick through it, put it down again.

The book would've got three stars, but I've dropped it to two for two reasons. The product placement is really annoying, and the terrible advice to bin unused medication. You can return unused medication to any pharmacy for free. You walk in, hand it over, leave. It's that easy. Throwing medicines into your general household waste is as un-green as you can be.


Elastoplast Silver Antibacterial Water Resistant Plasters - Pack of 10, Total 100
Elastoplast Silver Antibacterial Water Resistant Plasters - Pack of 10, Total 100
Price: £33.60

3.0 out of 5 stars They work well enough, but are they worth the extra over standard plasters?, 26 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This box contains a pack of ten strips, that you can cut to size to fit over whatever scrape, cut or other mishap you fall foul of. I had a nick from a sharp knife (accident), so having these on hand was helpful. The adhesive sticks well enough without leaving a rash or tearing out hairs. It handled getting wet without falling off or getting too damp, however with most plasters if you have to move the plaster, it won't stick as well a second time, so you're better off replacing it altogether. As the protective strip runs down the centre of the strip, it does mean the middle is not sealed off from the elements, so there's a risk of cross contamination if you're not careful. In the past I have used Elastoplast Silver Antibacterial Water Resistant Plasters - Pack of 10, Total 100, which are pre-cut and have the adhesive around the medicated strip, so they seal around and protect the wound, but you are limited to two sizes only.

As for the beneficial effects of the silver, I don't know if it does what it says, but there's less chance of the plaster "sticking" to the wound and opening it up again later on. As for choosing these over standard, non-branded plasters, I am not fully convinced.


Teach Yourself Visually OS X El Capitan (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
Teach Yourself Visually OS X El Capitan (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
by Paul McFedries
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.54

5.0 out of 5 stars A picture is worth a thousand words, or at least a good hundred., 20 Jan. 2016
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Apple's latest (and twelfth) version of their operating system is OSX 10.11, El Capitan (names after a mountain in America's Yosemite national park). I have been working with Apple Mac Pro computers since OSX 10.6, Snow Leopard, but have only used certain software (mainly video and photo editing). The rest of the time I work on PCs.

This means there's much of the Apple operating system I am missing out on. Now that I have replaced the home PC with a Mac Pro (and the latest version of OS X) I'm slowly picking my way around its workings and the (sometimes head-scratchingly major) differences of Microsoft Windows.

I already have a Teach Yourself Visually book, for the Apple Watch, so know the format and how well information is presented. By having large screen shots in full colour and clear step-by-step pictures of everything that is described, it is easy to follow and learn.


Smarter iKettle 2.0 Wifi Kettle, 1.8 Litre, Stainless Steel
Smarter iKettle 2.0 Wifi Kettle, 1.8 Litre, Stainless Steel
Price: £99.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This isn't the future of tea making., 16 Jan. 2016
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A nice enough kettle, but the android app is so basic, it doesn't deliver pretty much any of the promised features.

So, tried it with an original iPad, but the iKettle app needs IOS8.1 to run, you need an iPad gen 2 or iPhone 4s at the very least. Even connecting to Android was way more of a chore than it should be. If you don't have an compatible Apple product then this kettle is not worth buying for the price.
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AmazonBasics UV Protection Filter-52mm
AmazonBasics UV Protection Filter-52mm
Price: £5.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Protects your glass for little money., 16 Jan. 2016
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Camera film is sensitive to UV light, so having a UV filter was a necessity. The sensors in digital cameras, however, so less sensitive, it has a negligible effect on the photo. It will protect the front of the lens against anything coming in contact with it, liek water, sand, dirt, fingerprints, sharp knocks. It will keep the front element pristine. It is easier to replace a £6 filter than a lens costing a couple of hundred pounds.

AmazonBasics now has a range of inexpensive lens filters with sizes from 52mm to 82mm, covering a wide range of lenses available (old and new). I thought this would fit my Tamron 90mm macro lens, but that turned out to be 55mm dia, so it goes to my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens instead.

Once screwed on, the lens cap clipped to it just like before and while it isn't as slim a filter as some more very expensive brands, the extra length is negligable. It still fits in the camera case and backpack compartment. Hardest part was opening the plastic case the filter came in.


Scotch GiftWrap Tape, Dispensered Roll 19mm x 16.5m - 1 roll
Scotch GiftWrap Tape, Dispensered Roll 19mm x 16.5m - 1 roll
Price: £2.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for wrapping paper., 23 Dec. 2015
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I have always liked this Scotch giftwrap tape as it is pretty much invisible when you press it down. The small plastic dispenser makes getting the correct amount of tape off the roll (I find it is best to work with smaller pieces) and the serrated edge cuts the tape easily. Adhesive-wise, the tape sticks very well though with some papers you can carefully peel it off to reposition without tearing the paper. The amount of tape, wrapping paper and festive good will/sanity I have lost over the years due to inferior tape refusing to tear easily, sticking to the wrong area, or suddenly curling up and sticking to itself could fill a dictionary of inventive swearing. This Scotch tape has none of these issues.

Obviously, if the recipient is going to rip the wrapping paper apart in 0.3 seconds flat, they aren't going to appreciate the extra effort you put into wrapping, but you will know.


Movo GMA100 3.5mm Female Microphone Adapter Cable to fit the GoPro HERO3, HERO3+ & HERO4 Black, White & Silver Editions
Movo GMA100 3.5mm Female Microphone Adapter Cable to fit the GoPro HERO3, HERO3+ & HERO4 Black, White & Silver Editions

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential cable for audio on your GoPro., 23 Dec. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Bought this cable adaptor to pass audio from a TASCAM DR60D-MKII Portable recorder to a GoPro HERO4 SILVER. The idea is a sennheiser radio mic (XLR fitting) plugs into the Tascam, and the line out feed goes into the GoPro. That way the high quality recorded audio is also duplicated on the GoPro. It does have an internal microphone, but the quality would not be as good and you would have to sync the audio up afterwards.

This way you have the best audio and video quality recorded together (plus a backup copy of the audio on the Tascam).


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