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Gillette Mach3 Manual Razor with 12 Razor Blades, Special Pack
Gillette Mach3 Manual Razor with 12 Razor Blades, Special Pack
Offered by d.ONLINE_STORE
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars like it, 24 Feb. 2016
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nice razor


Known to Social Services
Known to Social Services
Price: £6.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars A poorly written book that so far has failed to enlighten me, 24 Feb. 2016
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Poor writing.

From the write-ups I had hoped for more insight. Instead the author writes about her "victims" with a God-like knowledge of their depravities.
No sense the the social worker may sometimes simply not know everything or be mistaken in her judgements of and assumptions about the people she is dealing with.

CAVEAT: I have not finished the book.
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Blue Machine Washable Barrier Mat. Size 60cm x 80cm
Blue Machine Washable Barrier Mat. Size 60cm x 80cm
Offered by Rugs Supermarket (Dispatched Within 12 Hours)
Price: £9.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 24 Feb. 2016
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Not beautiful but a good price, large enough and it does the job


Garmin nuvi 2408LT-D 4.3" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps and Free Lifetime Digital Traffic Alerts
Garmin nuvi 2408LT-D 4.3" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps and Free Lifetime Digital Traffic Alerts

2.0 out of 5 stars Value for money and useful but not robust and breaks in multiple ways just outside the warranty, 24 Dec. 2015
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I have edited my review reducing the rating from 4 stars to 2 stars.
The reason is this product proved to have a very short life time.

It worked well for the first year (the guarantee is for 1 year).

First thing that went was the sucker that holds it to the windscreen. This can be replace fairly cheaply with a new one (for under £5) but the effect of it falling off lots of times in the interim cannot have been good for the unit.

Then the charging cable started to break near the plug in socket end. It is probably a result of it being plugged in and unplugged but with a SatNav you want to do this, as otherwise thieves may break into your car to steal it.
Eventually it broke altogether.

Garmin will sell you a new one (if they have not run out of stock) for a hefty price.

I bought 2 new charger cables from Halfords but though they look the same and say they are compatible, they turned out to be the wrong type - they do not do the Traffic (blue light instead of yellow light).
I bought 2 new cables from China but they did not work at all, being subtly different wiring.
I think this same sat nav model has different cables for different versions and there is also the complication that they may work outside Europe but not inside Europe due to different versions.

I then took apart my original Garmin cable and re-soldered the wires.

However it still does not work at all now due to the loosening of the mini-USB connection with wear and use.
I found there are hundreds of reports of this same problem from owners of Garmin satnavs on the web.
The only solutions seem to be (a) pay Garmin a lot of money to fix it (b) buy a new satnav (c) take it apart and replace the mini-USB port which is a tricky job requiring technical skill.

Basically this SatNav is poorly designed.

See e.g.
[...]
"It could very well be that the mini-USB connector on the back of the unit has gone "bad"...not necessarily failing at the USB connection pins inside the socket but more than likely where the USB socket attaches to the main board on the GPS. Many of these units have the connector soldered (of course) to the main board but the design provides no stress relief except for the solder joints. This is a known weak link with these types of units. After connecting/disconnecting over the course of time, the solder joints can simply crack and cause an intermittent connection. I had this happen with an old nuvi 200 which fell from the bed to the floor while connected to the PC with the USB cable. The USB socket detached partially from the main board (not totally but at least one of the solder connections broke) and afterwards, failed to connect to the PC."

and http://www.sharc.net/gps_charger_repair.htm
"Loose/Broken Mini-USB Port:

The USB port has a limited life. After a period of time, the connector will become loose and often, you'll have to wiggle the USB plug around to get your GPS to charge. Although not always practical, we recommend that you charge your GPS with your car adapter cradle. The reason we say this, is because your GPS's car adapter cradle was designed with a spring-loaded connection/mechanism (some G-Brands only), that has a far greater life-span than that of the USB port.

If your USB port has become loose, then it either needs to be resoldered or replaced. This is a surface mount component, which is very difficult to resolder using a standard soldering iron."

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I bought a SatNav for the first time to try and stop me picking up speeding tickets.
My requirement was for something cheap and for a warning when I went over the speed limit.

This Garmin fitted the bill.

I really like it and found it extremely useful for navigation as well!
OK it mangles the pronunciation of many English street-names horribly, but I know what it means.

The only down-side (and this is why 4 *s not five) is that the physical build quality of the Garmin accessories was not that great.
After only 12 months use, both the sucker-mount that holds it onto the windscreen and the in-car power supply and recharging cable have "gone".
The sucker-mount can be replaced for a few pounds on line, but the in-car charger is specific to Garmin and costs about £20.


The Orthodox Jewish Bible: Tanakh and Orthodox Jewish Brit Chadasha
The Orthodox Jewish Bible: Tanakh and Orthodox Jewish Brit Chadasha
by Phillip E. Goble
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.29

1.0 out of 5 stars Not the Orthodox Jewish Bible - a rather poorly translated Messianic text, 9 Dec. 2015
The title could mislead you into thinking this is a Bible translation according to the Orthodox Jewish religious tradition.

What it actually is:
A Messianic-Jewish (ie Christian-Jewish) translation of the Protestant Bible, laced with Hebrew and Yiddish words.
I don't think it is a very good translation either. The language used changes so that Elohim is first translated "Elohim" (if you can call that translation) and then a verse later the same word is translated G-d. Very peculiar.


Tomorrow is a Stranger (Piper)
Tomorrow is a Stranger (Piper)
by Geoffrey Trease
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Geoffrey Trease children's story, 8 Sept. 2015
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This is a cracking good yarn and it left me afterwards wanting to find out more about the Channel Islands under Nazi occupation in WWII.
Geoffrey Trease's background detail is very close to the real history - he had researched it carefully.


PASNEW HighQuality Water-proof Fashional Dual Time Boys Girls Sport Watch N6
PASNEW HighQuality Water-proof Fashional Dual Time Boys Girls Sport Watch N6
Offered by ThinkCreator
Price: £11.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Good birthday gift, 8 Sept. 2015
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Bought for 12 year old boy who loved it.


THE QUEST FOR AUTHENTICITY
THE QUEST FOR AUTHENTICITY
by MICHAEL ROSEN
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute by one Quester after Authentiity to another - and a fine book, 2 Dec. 2014
This book has a very personal meaning for me. Rabbi Michael Rosen (he always asked people to call him just "Mickey") was my Rabbi and teacher. He was a great soul and intellect and an eloquent articulate thoughtful speaker. He inspire me and my wife, he and his wife taught us, he married us. They were role models for us. When he died, younger than he might have done, he left a big hole in the world and many many "disciples", people who loved him and memories.

This book was a "popular" presentation of his doctoral thesis - and when I read it Mickey's own voice speaks from the pages. His inimitable style is there, and his own quest for authenticity shines out of the cracks in the lattice, a journey along which we were privileged to travel alongside him.

I like very much the previous review which is I think an accurate one.


How to Become Jewish (And Why Not To)
How to Become Jewish (And Why Not To)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The straight dope - LBD conversions "warts and all" - with a added humour and polemic, 23 Oct. 2014
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Honest practical advice and explanation of the process of Conversion to Judaism, with particular reference to the London UK community and Beth Din (Rabbinic Court for conversions etc)..

Daniel has a good knowledge of Orthodox Judaism and of attitudes in the Orthodox Jewish community. This book draws on his experience tutoring Converts to Judaism in London over many years - and is largely addressed to potential converts - but it is wider and more interesting than that. As a Jew who has never had to convert I found it very illuminating reading and shockingly honest.

Daniel offers 8 recommendations for improvements to the London Beth Din and the Community's treatment of converts (on the last few pages) - which I agree with completely.


Audible Time Timer 8-inch
Audible Time Timer 8-inch
Offered by US international service
Price: £25.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but worth it, 10 Mar. 2014
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It seemed a lot to pay for a big plastic clock, but it is currently the only thing that does the job it does.

Excellent tool for children with learning difficulties who are visual and need clear boundaries.
It enables them to see clearly how long they have left for an activity.

I don't regret buying it.


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