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toolsdown Replica Makita 18v 3.0Ah LI-ION battery BL1830 LXT 54Wh
toolsdown Replica Makita 18v 3.0Ah LI-ION battery BL1830 LXT 54Wh
Offered by Rightful UK
Price: £25.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!, 9 May 2015
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I do not recommend this as a replacement for a genuine Makita battery. It simply does not hold its charge, and will begin to lose power (when used with a drill driver for example) after about an hour. A genuine Makita battery I bought at the same time holds a charge far better.


Vandesail® CAT7 High Speed Computer Router Plug STP Wires CAT 7 RJ45 LAN Networking Ethernet Cable Professional Headed Plug Network Cable High Speed Premium Quality Cat even / Patch / Ethernet / Modem Router / Lan Cable (3-meters-White Oblate Shielded)
Vandesail® CAT7 High Speed Computer Router Plug STP Wires CAT 7 RJ45 LAN Networking Ethernet Cable Professional Headed Plug Network Cable High Speed Premium Quality Cat even / Patch / Ethernet / Modem Router / Lan Cable (3-meters-White Oblate Shielded)
Offered by UK_TIKTAK
Price: £7.25


Invision® New iPad 4 (with Retina Display) & iPad 3 Case Cover in Black- Front & Back Protection Smart Cover With Magnetic Auto Wake & Sleep Function - Full Grade Leather (PU) with Smooth Satin Inner Cloth - Premium Quality with Superior Design Features - Independently Recommended by "Which?" Magazine. (Black iPad 3 & 4 Case)
Invision® New iPad 4 (with Retina Display) & iPad 3 Case Cover in Black- Front & Back Protection Smart Cover With Magnetic Auto Wake & Sleep Function - Full Grade Leather (PU) with Smooth Satin Inner Cloth - Premium Quality with Superior Design Features - Independently Recommended by "Which?" Magazine. (Black iPad 3 & 4 Case)
Offered by Invision Technology (UK) Limited
Price: £49.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works well but doesn't last, 18 Feb. 2013
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I bought this product nine months ago for £6 more than the current price of £15. It is still working well in terms of protection, and the 'sleep' function given by the front cover generally operates consistently. However, you must ensure that the cover is 'square' with the four corners of the iPad, or else it will wake from sleep mode. As other reviewers have mentioned, if you are carrying your iPad in a bag or rucksack, you should check that the cover has not slipped or peeled back, as this will cause it to wake.

The main drawback with this cover is its lack of durability. The four corners where you clip the iPad into the cover are the major weak point . After about 5 months one of the corners of my cover started to degrade. Initially the leather at the 'tip' of the corner started to peel off, and once this had happened more leather gradually began to peel off to reveal the grey plastic underneath. After a further few months the leather covering another corner started to peel off in the same way. There isn't much you can do to repair this (I've tried PVA and natural adhesives) as the corners receive quite a hammering from everyday use, and the leather just starts to peel off again. Unlike some reviewers' experience I've found that my iPad is still very secure within its cover and has shown no signs of slipping out.

In conclusion I would rate this cover as only reasonable value, even at its current price of £15 - mainly because of its lack of durability. I think a cover in this price bracket should be expected to last at LEAST a year before showing serious signs of wear and tear.

The 'PU' leather used for this cover is really a misnomer as it is not really leather at all in the strictest sense. PU leather (also known as bicast or split leather) uses the lowest quality layer of a leather hide combined with a thin layer of polyurethane plastic on top. That's why the corners deteriorate - the plastic top coating cracks and delaminates from the very thin leather backing during everyday use. I'd love to see someone make a good quality 'Smart' cover from genuine leather, for example aniline dyed goatskin or pigskin for durabiliy, as I'd happily pay for such a product if it came with, say, a two year guarantee against wear and tear to the vulnerable corners and edges.


Alien Anthology [Blu-ray] [1979] [6 Disc Set]
Alien Anthology [Blu-ray] [1979] [6 Disc Set]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb box set, 7 Oct. 2012
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I echo what everyone else has said about this 6 disc set - fantastic quality image and sound and really excellent extras. The following is about the difference between the advertised photo of this box set and the product you are likely to receive when you place your order.

The current version is the 6 disc amaray box. The photo Amazon have next to the product details is of the out-of-print Digibook version and will almost certainly NOT be the one you will be delivered as all current versions are the amaray version. There are probably some Digibook versions out there however, as I got mine brand new during Sep 2012 through an Amazon marketplace supplier.

To see customer images of the two versions, click on the link underneath the main photo: 'View and share related images'.

Then click on the arrow next to 'This image' to see all 16 images. The first 5 images and images 8,9,11,15 & 16 are of the current amaray boxed set. Images 6,7,12,13 and 14 are of the out of print Digibook version.

The new amaray version has a rather flimsy slip case made of thin cardboard, whereas the Digibook version has a proper thick cardboard slip case with a solid cardboard spine. Personally, I think if you can get hold of the Digibook version it's well worth it as overall it's a nicer package.


Easy One Wireless Thermometer
Easy One Wireless Thermometer

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product!, 15 Feb. 2012
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I heartily recommend this 'in-out' thermometer. Excellent super-large LCD display which is very easy to read even in low light. The transmitter had no problem getting its signal through the 2ft thick walls of my cottage from the open-sided woodshed out in the garden (30 feet away from the display). I would however follow the instructions to keep the transmitter under cover out of the rain - a previous (much inferior) thermometer I had gave up the ghost when I left its transmitter out in the elements. A wooden bird box would also work well. The supplier was also very efficient, sending a confirmation e-mail to advise on the delivery date.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great saw!, 11 Nov. 2011
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If you already have any Makita kit with the 18V 3Ah Li-Ion battery, then this saw (bare unit) is an essential buy - I just wish I'd bought it earlier! I've had it for a few months now and it's proved very useful indoors and out. I've used it for cutting (seasoned) wood for my wood-burning stove - anything up to 10" thick is achievable. The wood I was cutting had been sitting in the rain, but the Makita had no problems with it. Of course it will not cut nearly as quickly as a chainsaw, but if like me you have experienced the hassle (and danger) of using a petrol chansaw then using the Makita is a joy in comparison and much more pleasant to use.

I've also used it indoors for cutting through 2" wooden studding, where it proved a real boon - very quick and much easier than trying to use a handsaw, especially in tight spaces.

The battery seems to last pretty well - I haven't had to recharge yet after using it for several jobs over a number of days.

All-in-all an essential buy.


Beth Chatto's Green Tapestry
Beth Chatto's Green Tapestry
by Beth Chatto
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational book, 18 April 2008
I would like to thoroughly endorse the previous review. I have had the first edition of this book for the last twenty years and have referred to it countless times for advice. It is a truly excellent book which is laid out in a lucid way, covering gardening under every conceivable condition, be it dry shade, full sun, bog garden, etc.

As already mentioned, the photography is superb, although rather envy-inducing, and the planting plans extremely useful for deciding how to lay out a new bed or re-structure an existing bed.

I am returning to it again this spring for expert guidance on how to plan a new herbaceous border. I will be doing the opposite of the TV instant-makeover brigade, and growing most of my perennials from seed - hundreds of plants for under £20. Far more satisfying!

A highly recommended book from a master of her craft.


The Great Vegetable Plot
The Great Vegetable Plot
by Sarah Raven
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike, 31 Aug. 2007
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This is an excellent book on vegetable gardening, but not for complete beginners, as it does not have step-by-step instructions on how to set up a plot. For those starting out I would heartily recommend Joy Larkcom's superb 'Grow Your Own Vegetables' (very comprehensive but no photographs) coupled with Dr Hessayon's 'Expert' book on vegetable gardening (very well laid out but a little out of date on vegetable varieties).

But Sarah Raven's book is excellent in other ways. The colour photography is absolutely superb and will spur you on to try and grow something just as good! There is also a really excellent alphabetical section on vegetables, which stresses how important it is to choose the best varieties for taste, colour and texture. She describes her personal favourites, and also has a lot of information on propagation, planting times, successional sowing, special growing requirements and harvesting for each vegetable. The section on herbs is excellent, with lots of advice on which varieties, for example, of basil and parsley are well worth growing and which are not. For potatoes and tomatoes, she also has specific growing information for each recommended variety, for example 'Pink Fir Apple' potatoes and 'Gardener's Delight' tomatoes. As she is a former chef at River Cafe, this advice is hugely valuable.

In the rest of the book there are comprehensive sections on specific vegetables that are commonly grown, including tomatoes (very informative), peas (including growing in guttering for an early crop), potatoes, carrots, beans, etc.

This is a superb book which I use throughout the year, and is especially recommended for those who are keen to know which vegetable varieties to grow for taste, colour and texture rather than purely for size and yield.


Wicked Ernest: The Truth About the Man Who Was Almost Britain's King
Wicked Ernest: The Truth About the Man Who Was Almost Britain's King
by John Wardroper
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary royal life, 12 Mar. 2003
This is an excellent biography of King George III's scandalous son, investigating Ernest's implication in incest and murder.The book is extremely well researched, offering a persuasive argument for Ernest's guilt. Ranging from high life at Windsor, with tales of frustrated princesses and cover-ups between courtiers, politicians and lawyers; to the low life of debtors' prisons, shady newspapers and scandal-sheets, this is a lively and instructive book which is hugely enjoyable. I cannot recommend it highly enough.


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