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More4bagz Cabin Approved Lightweight Hand Luggage Trolley Wheeled Suitcase Baggage Holdall Black, Blue, Pink, Purple (Blue)
More4bagz Cabin Approved Lightweight Hand Luggage Trolley Wheeled Suitcase Baggage Holdall Black, Blue, Pink, Purple (Blue)
Offered by more4bagz

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, very sensibly designed, great price, recommended., 19 Mar. 2015
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My previous Borderline brand cabin suitcase served me well for innumerable trips but reached the end of its life. This new one is improved in two respects: an extra pocket (useful) and two plastic feet (called 'protective skids' in description) which protect the case from abrasion at the bottom end. This abrasion had finished off the previous one, which lacked the feet. Unlike feet on more expensive cases I looked at, these don't add significantly to the dimensions.
With a 10kg allowance for carry-on luggage, the weight of the suitcase is really important. Even the best of suitcases will get damaged in use. Since you can buy several of these for the price of cases sold by most retail outlets, this product is without question a much better buy.
When empty the case folds pretty flat, taking much less storage space than a hard case.
I'm delighted with this product and recommend it wholeheartedly.


Belkin F8Z818CW - iPhone Directional Microphone
Belkin F8Z818CW - iPhone Directional Microphone

2.0 out of 5 stars Not brilliant, but you might find these points helpful, 20 Feb. 2015
Read the other reviews, including those on Amazon.com, which make valid points.
1) The AAA battery goes in with the negative end first and the positive end against the cap. Though it does say this in the (tiny) instructions, others didn't notice this and I'm not surprised. No indication on the mike itself or in the images in the tiny manual.
2) The online PDF of the manual (identical to the tiny leaflet you get with the mike) is not at the web address printed on the card in the box I got but at http://cache-www.belkin.com/support/dl/man_f8z818tt_8820tt00932_rev%20a00_liveaction%20mic.pdf. At least you can increase the size on screen.
3) The plug and clamp may be OK for doing videos, but I bought an extension lead from Maplin which allows me to hold the mike separately from the iPhone: a "4 Pole 3.5 mm Stereo Jack Extension 1.5 m". This adds quite a bit to the cost but as I'm mainly interested in audio only it's convenient.
4) Using the mike on the extension lead to record a lecture from fairly near the front of the auditorium did NOT give recording levels justifying its use. I do not recommend it for recording lectures and cannot comment on whether it helps sound in videos when it is used without an extension lead and as described by Belkin.
Frankly I think the rather negative reviews are right, but if you get or have one, I hope these points help.


3-Hours Before Breakfast: What is Getting Up Early Worth and How Can You Adopt This Habit?
3-Hours Before Breakfast: What is Getting Up Early Worth and How Can You Adopt This Habit?

4.0 out of 5 stars Short and didactic, but that may be useful., 13 Feb. 2015
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Short is sometimes good. Having just finished a longer evidence-laden book I find this helpful. The advice mostly agrees with reputable expert opinion I've come across.


Snugg™ iPhone 6 Plus Case - Leather Flip Case with Lifetime Guarantee (Electric Blue) for Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Snugg™ iPhone 6 Plus Case - Leather Flip Case with Lifetime Guarantee (Electric Blue) for Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Offered by TheSnugg
Price: £39.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, and good value, but I switched to an Apple cover in the end., 13 Feb. 2015
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I liked this case but in the end found it a bit on the thick side and the card pocket edges in the cover caused shiny bands on the antireflective film I had applied to the screen. I liked the fact that it provided better protection against bending forces as well as good protection against falls but nevertheless ended up using Apple's silicone case without a cover.


Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
Price: £9.51

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read on Eichmann which torpedoes a prevalent misconception, 13 Feb. 2015
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Outstanding scholarship, overturning received wisdom. Important for both Eichmann and for conceptions about perpetrators. Highly readable albeit that non-academic readers may be ground down a bit by the extensive detailed examination and discussion of evidence which are of course vital parts of the excellence of this work.


Kindle Voyage, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi
Kindle Voyage, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi
Price: £169.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than previous Kindles, but the advantages over tablets have declined and Kindle books can have quality problems., 13 Feb. 2015
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In many ways a nice device, the more so when a cheap but effective Chinese cover with magnetic on/off switching is added. The light is very good although I find that the automatic adjustment for ambient light doesn't work well enough for me to use that. The tactile feedback on page turning when using the pressure sensitive bezel areas does not work on mine. The whole thing fits comfortably in various pockets even with a well-made case, which is useful. The little miniature USB socket is fiddly to use compared to Apple's Lightning system but the battery life is of course much superior to that of tablets and readability is superior in many conditions.
But using it for non-fiction throws up problems. The progress indication is naff because it does not allow for the fact that appendices and index may start at 70%. Lack of real page numbers in academic books is an issue. Typos and other typesetting errors are common enough to be irritating. There are senseless incongruities in font size, long dashes between words so set that it is impossible to highlight the words separately and spaces in words (especially maddening in quotations in a language one is less familiar with) and the system for endnotes works well in one book, fails ever to work in another, and works without any indication on the main page that there are endnotes in a third so that you only find out that there is a note by touching text, which will turn the page if there isn't a note. The display does not do any favours to illustrations; often detail is very hard to make out.
Only from an excellent user review did I learn that horrible slowness of response can be cured by a restart; I'd been struggling for days. Similarly, sync with other devices only works if you go to the home page. The system is intrinsically slower to respond than an iPad or similar tablet and with a variety of sizes of tablet available the Kindle does not seem to be keeping up well enough to have its future assured. The battery life of tablets has become less of a problem with the wide availability of USB sockets, separate USB battery packs and charging sockets on public transport, whilst the latest iPad has a less glossy screen and older ones can be treated with an easily replaceable anti-glare film. Cheapness was an argument; less expensive to have stolen when reading on the beach. But the Voyage is pricier and the difference from tablets is now less striking.
This is my second Kindle and I have given Kindles to my family; I have been a fan. But Amazon need to push for a more responsive display and better implementation of non-fiction books, otherwise I see this as a declining product.
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Fintie Folio Case for Kindle 7th Generation (2014 Model All-new Kindle with Touch) Slim Fit Protective Leather Cover - will not fit previous generation Kindle devices, Black
Fintie Folio Case for Kindle 7th Generation (2014 Model All-new Kindle with Touch) Slim Fit Protective Leather Cover - will not fit previous generation Kindle devices, Black
Offered by Fintie EU
Price: £11.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thick and substantial but no hole for on/off button and not switched by magnet closure., 31 Dec. 2014
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Ordered this (and have re-checked) but:
* Feels and looks like leather.
* No hole in back for On/Off switch.
* Good magnetic closure but this did NOT switch my Kindle Voyage off or on.
* Substantial (and the hinge looks perfectly good and durable to me), providing excellent protection.
* Is 'book-like', which some people clearly want.

However, thickness with Kindle Voyage inserted is about 2 cm (20 mm), just over two and a half times the 7.6 mm thickness of the Kindle Voyage. This is much thicker than I had thought from some of the reviews (like an idiot I didn't read the dimensions in the product description, which are correct) and in my opinion much thicker than needed for decent protection from falls and from objects coming into contact.

Either I have a different version of the product or some of the reviews are misleading.

For some people this will be just what they want, though the absence of an aperture for the switch is a definite downer. A Velcro tuck-in flap keeps the Kindle securely in place but is a nuisance every time you need to switch it on.

For me it's too bulky to be attractive and this plus the on/off problem have made me return it. For my old Kindle I ditched a leather-like case and ended up preferring a purpose-made soft plastic moulded case from a pound shop which took much less space. This has protected it well for a couple of years and shows no sign of deterioration. One of the advantages of a Kindle over a tablet is compactness and easy portability. It fits in my handbag. The Kindle Voyage feels and looks robust and has a rubberised rim which will give some protection in falls. So a case has an easy job.

Because of the switch issue I don't recommend this and feel I've been generous in giving three stars. All it needs to correct that is a hole or a flexible bit over the switch.
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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
by Ms. Bibianne A. Korterink
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Not the book of the same title by Prof Carol Dweck, 21 Dec. 2014
Entirely different subject matter than the book by Carol Dweck published years earlier. The identical title will cause some to buy the wrong one.


From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda
From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda
by Professor Elisabeth King
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £49.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. Thoroughly scholarly, yet readable by anyone., 1 Dec. 2014
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Strongly recommended by a leading social psychologist who has done a great deal of work in Rwanda, I in turn recommend it highly. Professor King interviewed about 70 Rwandans of intentionally varied backgrounds and some former Belgian colonial staff but in addition has done a pretty prodigious amount of reading and has experience of other conflict areas in Croatia, India, other African countries and the Philippines. The book reports her findings, thoughts and conclusions.
In contrast to so much written about such conflicts as the Rwandan genocide, its genesis and its aftermath, Professor King presents a thoughtful, nuanced and scholarly work. The merits of opposing perspectives are weighed up and almost every page has copious footnote references (so much better than at the end of the book), with an extensive bibliography at the back, followed by a good index. For me an important indicator of the quality of the book is the way it considers the grievances of perpetrator groups as clearly as those of victim groups. This is academia, not the soapbox or the newspaper. The book is far more credible for it. Laudably, she dispenses with the all too popular rose-tinted spectacles.
The references and implications go way beyond Rwanda and the book is important for those studying ethnic conflict anywhere and its prevention where conflict has not yet arisen but seems possible. As Prof King writes repeatedly, there is great value in studying ethnic conflicts other than those one has a personal interest in because it is conducive to greater objectivity even towards one's own conflicts.


Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing
Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing
Price: £12.30

5.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle implementation is poor. There is a later edition., 5 Aug. 2014
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The book remains a must-read for students of atrocity behaviour twelve years after its publication, but there is a second edition, 2007, which I would recommend instead although I can't find a Kindle version. The Kindle implementation of this 2002 first edition is poor. Mostly it's perfectly legible, but on my Kindle Keyboard and to a lesser extent on my Retina iPad legibility of the figures is poor whatever the degree of enlargement selected. The typeface size suddenly changes a lot almost 2/3 of the way through, and wherever two words are separated by a dash it is impossible to highlight those words separately. Inappropriate hyphenations remain from a different page layout. Considering the price of the Kindle version I expect a better implementation.
The five stars reflect the author's work, not the Kindle implementation.


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