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Spain & Portugal 2014  - A4 spiral atlas (Michelin Tourist and Motoring Atlas)
Spain & Portugal 2014 - A4 spiral atlas (Michelin Tourist and Motoring Atlas)
by Michelin
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: 9.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My preferred atlases, 16 April 2014
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I like the fact that Michelin road atlases mark scenic routes for touring purposes. I'd like this one even better if it was at the 1:200,000 scale rather than its 1:400,000, which is less helpful.


Italy 2014 - A4 spiral atlas (Michelin Tourist and Motoring Atlas)
Italy 2014 - A4 spiral atlas (Michelin Tourist and Motoring Atlas)
by Michelin
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars First choice road atlases, 16 April 2014
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I choose the Michelin road atlases for preference when available. I like the 1:200,000 scale, and especially the scenic route markings for planning my touring. Spiral binding means it opens flat with ease.


Camborne & Around Through Time
Camborne & Around Through Time
by Ivor Corkell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.32

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the series, 26 Dec 2013
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A number of books of archive images of Camborne have appeared before, chiefly from the remarkable collection gathered by David Thomas! However, here the photographs seem to have been especially thoughtfully chosen. There is a very good mixture and they are very informatively captioned. There is a short and helpful historical introduction too.
This is not the first of this series to look at a Cornish town using old photographs and matching them with newly-taken ones in colour. That in itself is an interesting thing to do, and successful for the publisher which claims 250,000 sales for the series so far. However, I would suggest that it might be the first Cornish example where the modern photographs will endure and appeal as well as the old ones, because they do not simply try to compare how the town appeared then and now but to capture the essence of it today.
As examples, a photo of Trelowarren Street around 1906 showing a tram is 'matched' to one with the steam engines there on a recent Trevithick Day; an old picture of Carwynnen Quoit, standing, is linked to a recent one of it, in collapsed state, attracting media interest during the current plans to re-erect it.
As you would anticipate there are several photos of Camborne's streets and leading buildings - and as always one cannot help but notice in the old ones the number of people seeming to have nothing better to do than wait upon the photographer - in contrast to the modern ones where they are replaced by parked cars. But those fine buildings and houses demonstrate too that Camborne has been a place of wealth and importance in Cornwall's history. The cover images make a good example. It is lucky that they survive as the town has not always been treated the way it deserved.
The inclusion of local village scenes, events, choirs, sports, antiquities, transport, industry, leisure-time locations and more, makes this a joy to peruse. Well done to the President and Secretary of Camborne 'Old Cornwall' Society, I say, for working together on this so effectively! Recommended.


Streamline+ Alu White Aluminium Flexible Curtain Track Ideal for Bay or Straight Windows 300cm (118")
Streamline+ Alu White Aluminium Flexible Curtain Track Ideal for Bay or Straight Windows 300cm (118")
Offered by Homestore International
Price: 24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality track, 19 May 2013
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When fixed - simple enough and easy to bend to shape - curtains run smoothly, even across the joint of the two-section length I needed for a bay window.


Speedy Streamline Track End Stop, White, 2 Pack
Speedy Streamline Track End Stop, White, 2 Pack
Offered by Homestore International
Price: 2.55

3.0 out of 5 stars Performs as it should, but..., 19 May 2013
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Its fixing screw is on its inner side when the rail is fixed to the wall, making it difficult to remove without unclipping the rail end.


WV 50 Plus
WV 50 Plus
Offered by Alex Shanks Ltd
Price: 60.19

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the more useful gadgets I have!, 10 Mar 2013
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Bought it to use in motorhome to dry windows from overnight condensation - excellent results. Also experimented indoors - but not used in earnest there - should be just as good. Recommended.


Wade-bridge: Notes on the History of the Fifteenth Century Bridge
Wade-bridge: Notes on the History of the Fifteenth Century Bridge
by Andrew G. Langdon
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval bridge has a fascinating history, 6 Nov 2012
This is a review offered to me by a friend who is not online himself:

Wade-bridge is the latest book from well-known local historian, Andrew G Langdon, who is passionate about his chosen subject, the 15th century bridge over the River Camel at Wadebridge. This attractive book, superbly produced by the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, traces the history of Wade-Bridge almost from the time the first stones were hauled to the site to the present day. It is the result of over ten years of painstaking and in-depth research into the history of the iconic bridge which gives the town its name, and features on the town crest.
The author has known the bridge since childhood in the town and I can think of no other scholar who can write so authoritatively about this majestic structure. He studied at the Institute of Cornish Studies and holds a Master's degree in Cornish Studies from the University of Exeter. He is a member of several eminent Cornish historical associations, and a bard of the Cornish Gorsed.
In a masterful two hundred and more fact-laden pages, every aspect of the bridge from widening, rebuilding, resurfacing, and cleaning is discussed, as well as various schemes for improvements to it and the tidal flow, such as that proposed in 1844 which suggested building a dam across the river to prevent flooding.
The text is supported by a rich mixture of illustrations which feature the bridge, including reproductions of original paintings in private ownership, for which use the owners have given their special permission.
Further support comes from aerial views, maps, sketches, diagrams, old photographs (carefully selected from private collections and never before seen on the printed page) together with specially-commissioned paintings by artist Jane Stanley of Polgooth, and modern colour and black and white photographs.
Several generally-accepted 'truths' about the bridge are challenged, including the name of the original driving force and builder behind the scheme and the date of the original widening scheme as given by an eminent historian, are proved to be wrong; and the exact number of arches, which has become blurred over the centuries, has now been clarified.
Interesting facts are laid before the reader. At one time, an arch was used as a cellar, the outline of a door being visible; a 19th century traffic survey details the high volume of horses, carts, cattle and pedestrians crossing the bridge over a given period; and in more recent times the problems with ever-growing volumes of motorised traffic.
Surprisingly, fictional literature is considered, as the bridge has featured in novels and short stories. Folklore too surrounds the bridge. Was the bridge really built on wool? Did a fig tree grow from the masonry?
The bridge has always featured large during celebrations in Wadebridge. In 1895 it was decorated to welcome the first visit to the town of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show and for the Coronation in May 1937 and again in July 1950 for the visit of King George 6th, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. Incidentally, this was the first-ever visit of a reigning monarch to Wadebridge.
The bridge has always been a vantage point from which to watch events on the river. Processions too always make a point of passing over the bridge, such as that of horse-drawn fire appliances in 1907, a contingent of American troops during 'Salute the Soldier' Week in 1944, a string of elephants when a circus came to town in May 1942, and the long skein of blue-robed Cornish bards before the Gorsedd ceremony in September 2005.
Every statement throughout this book is meticulously backed up by copious references from documents held in either the National Archives at Kew, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Cornwall Record Office, or the Royal Institution of Cornwall, both in Truro, the Cornwall Centre at Redruth, or contained in minutes of meetings of Cornwall County Council or Wadebridge Town Council, or in file reports published in regional or local newspapers. There are lengthy appendices, a bibliography and indices.
This book is the first-ever volume devoted in its entirety to the iconic bridge at Wadebridge, and will be its definitive history and destined to be the classic study of the bridge in both text and photographs, and will remain so for many years to come.


The 'Old Cornwall' Christmas Anthology
The 'Old Cornwall' Christmas Anthology
by George Pritchard
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real flavour of Christmas past, 6 Nov 2012
George Pritchard has gathered together a varied and fascinating collection of items. They range from the food and drink, with recipes for giblet pies and minced pies, saffron cakes and chirky wheeler, to blackberry warmer and eggy-hot. Eighteenth century poems extol 'The pye, where herbs with veal in union meet', or note that 'Our fathers most admired their sauces sweet, and often ask'd for sugar with their meat'.

The 'rules' for old party games, such as Shadow Buff, The Cat and the Mouse, Lankyloo, and Fettered Fight - for boys only, being too boisterous for genteel young women! There are also card games like Swabbers, Board-'em or Ranter-go-round which would have passed many an amusing hour.

Christmas would not be complete without the joyous carols, and so the compiler has included information about The Dilly Song, The Cherry-tree Carol, Thomas Merritt, carolling at Padstow - and more. Recollections of local performances of the Christmas Play (the tale of St George and the Turkish knight) are entertaining. There are even two versions included for those who might like performing them. The wassail custom also gets a section to itself.

To remind us that Christmas is not always a time of plenty for some, there are old newspaper accounts of the dinners provided by the gentry to those in the workhouses, or food distributed to the local poor. "On Friday last, upwards of seven hundred pounds of beef and a large quantity of bread was distributed amongst one hundred and sixty poor families in the neighbourhood of Menabilly", illustrating the kindness of William Rashleigh in 1847.

Other news is of the local markets in the nineteenth century. In 1842 at Launceston, "The show of meat at the Christmas market was, if possible, more excellent than on any former occasion."

Part and parcel of the dark evenings of midwinter and Christmas was the savouring of a scary ghost story or heartening rhymes, and so we have the tale of Ezekiel Grose and 'The Ghost of Rosewarne'; and Francis Hingston's 1831 poem, "For the Postwoman at Christmas", and other yarns.

The 'Old Cornwall' Christmas Anthology is a book which anyone can enjoy. It's one to dip into, reading a little now and then as the opportunity arises, but you might just find that a few hours have passed before you put it down again. Ideal then, for the lull after that huge Christmas lunch, or a quiet spell between the partying.


Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi
Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi
Price: 111.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great service, 19 Aug 2012
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My wife loves her Kindle. So imagine the sorrow when she trod on it - that comes of reading in bed until you nod off and it slips on to the floor! Perhaps a slight downside that wouldn't occur with a traditional book, but there you go. Amazon immensely helpful in supplying a replacement for just 40. Swift action which returned the smile to her face.


2 x 75W 78mm Tungsten Linear R7s Halogen floodlight J78 security light bulb Long Life brand
2 x 75W 78mm Tungsten Linear R7s Halogen floodlight J78 security light bulb Long Life brand
Offered by Strictly Lamps
Price: 4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value lamps, 3 Mar 2011
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After a disappointing start with a lamp which lasted only a couple of weeks, I'm finding the second batch is doing well. Unlike the 100mm linear lamps, the 75mm ones seem rarely found in the DIY stores and this is a convenient way to get them. They are competitively priced and supply is swift.
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