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The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter: The Glasgow Trilogy Book 1
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter: The Glasgow Trilogy Book 1
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 Jan. 2015
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One of the major pleasures of crime novels is their "geography"...their sense of place: country, city, culture. It's so much a part of the flavour of the story: whether it's L.A or Ystad. So it's a shock when an author just doesn't bother...and manages to write a thriller as compelling as this. It's nominally set in Glasgow ("The Glasgow Trilogy" even) but it could be any city and what displaces the "local colour" is the character and motivation of its cast of characters and the dissection and dynamics of underworld politics. Richard Stark's "Parker" books are the only ones that I can compare this to...and I'm not sure that this isn't even better than those (praise indeed!). I bought the rest of the trilogy the moment I'd finished this.


Tokyo Laundry Unisex Cahir Soft Cable Knitted Winter Warm Beanie Hat Light Grey One Size
Tokyo Laundry Unisex Cahir Soft Cable Knitted Winter Warm Beanie Hat Light Grey One Size
Offered by Etail Solutions
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A real winter warmer., 3 Jan. 2015
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Very pleased with both fit and colour. I've wasted money on one-size head-huggers before but this is ideal: thick wool and not too tight.


Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller
Forty Days Without Shadow: An Arctic Thriller
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars What a good book. Really has something to say about the ..., 2 Jan. 2015
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What a good book. Really has something to say about the people and culture of a part of the world that doesn't get much attention and weaves these personal and social concerns into a particularly well-structured crime story. Truly absorbing. Klemet and Nina will be back soon I guess...as soon as M. Truc's second in the series: Le Detroit du Loup (Wolf Strait (?)) is translated. Hope it's soon.

PS Also noticed that the original French title of "40 days..." was Le Dernier Lapon ....the last Lapp...very fitting but you can see why they changed it for the English version.


Konig & Meyer Wave 10 Compact Stand for Guitar
Konig & Meyer Wave 10 Compact Stand for Guitar
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Never go out without it, 23 Jan. 2014
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I've found this invaluable. Easily folding, it neatly stashes in the front pouch of my soft guitar case and I find it a better option than the "pub prop" which didn't fit some tables-tops. Equally fits various sizes of acoustic guitar: from "parlour" to "jumbo". In regular use for gigs, open-mics and singarounds for about six months and useful as an extra guitar stand at home. It's robust in spite of its light weight which makes it ultra-portable: it's fallen over once...a useful early warning to check stability properly every time !


iTALKonline MESH NET RED Super Hydro Gel Protective Armour/Case/Skin/Cover/Shell for Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS
iTALKonline MESH NET RED Super Hydro Gel Protective Armour/Case/Skin/Cover/Shell for Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS
Offered by iTALKonline-UK
Price: £3.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy, 23 Jan. 2014
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Robust and effective: handy access for all the phone's functions; eye-catching for my "where my phone?" moments and half the price of my old one.


Sparkly Christmas Tree - swirling glitter - natural/warmer white LED - battery/mains - 2807-000
Sparkly Christmas Tree - swirling glitter - natural/warmer white LED - battery/mains - 2807-000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great...when it works., 26 Dec. 2013
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Length:: 0:25 Mins

In fact the real thing looks (even) better than the video BUT, although I've only had ten days or so, there have been persistent problems getting it going; typically it needs a couple of gentle shakes for the sparkles to start sparkling. It's so nice that I don't want to send it back but I cross my fingers every day, hoping it makes it through til 6th January.


SKYTRONIC UNIVERSAL BATTERY TESTER
SKYTRONIC UNIVERSAL BATTERY TESTER
Offered by Goods-cool.
Price: £1.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Plus free "ear pick", 13 July 2013
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This is a very effective battery tester at a ridiculously low price....and a mystery object was packaged with it. 4-5 inches long, made of wood (like a jumbo sized cocktail stick) with one end shaped like a scoop and, at the other, a tiny doll-shaped and painted toggle. Sorry, these reviews don't allow picture attachment. Curious, I contacted the seller (in Hong Kong) and got the briefest of replies..."It is a lovely ear pick" :)


The Original Simply Electronics Universal Stick Anywhere Mobile Phone Car Windscreen / Dash Mount Cradle Mobile Phone Car Holder, Rotate & Lock to Windscreen - Fits all Mobile and Smartphones up to 8.5cm wide. Also works very well with your phone in its Protection Case
The Original Simply Electronics Universal Stick Anywhere Mobile Phone Car Windscreen / Dash Mount Cradle Mobile Phone Car Holder, Rotate & Lock to Windscreen - Fits all Mobile and Smartphones up to 8.5cm wide. Also works very well with your phone in its Protection Case
Offered by Hielec(Ship from China)
Price: £1.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it'll work on the mantelpiece, 11 July 2013
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Maybe it's me, but after 15 minutes trying to stick this thing on every available surface on or near the dashboard, I give up. At £3 it's not worth returning: although somewhere in China a industrial empire is probably growing as I write. Put down to experience...and putting too much trust in Amazon reviews !


Planet Waves Guitar Rest
Planet Waves Guitar Rest
Price: £7.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Use with caution, 31 Mar. 2013
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I still think this is a good idea. It lacks the locked-in security of the "pub prop" but is supremely easy and convenient to use. Ideally it needs a square-edged table top to rest your guitar against but it'll tolerate the typical curved edge pub table...and the screwed-up pub prop has similar difficulties with some table designs. Just lean the neck of the guitar against the rest and gravity keeps it stable...but don't use this if the guitar is in danger of jostled or banged as the guitar will simply end up on the floor ! Used with caution it's a very handy thing to keep in the gig-bag.


AVES Aqua Portable Bluetooth Speaker w/ Noise-reduction Mic Handsfree Phone Kit in Black
AVES Aqua Portable Bluetooth Speaker w/ Noise-reduction Mic Handsfree Phone Kit in Black
Offered by Audio Electrical
Price: £12.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, when you get used to it., 31 Mar. 2013
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This was a present for a relative (aged 16) so I've taken his views in to account writing this review. The speaker looks neat and is extremely light and portable with its built-in rechargeable battery.

Sound quality is fair to good, depending on the type of music being played: there's certainly a lack of bass that can detract from some pop and rock but with lighter more acoustic genres and, surprisingly, classical this seems less of a problem. Certainly it achieves plenty of distortion-free volume, more than loud enough for home listening and the sound quality was a lot better than the speakers in the iphone and ipad I was using it with. Further, I've compared the Aves's sound quality both to a Minirig (£90)and a JBL On Stage (down to £50 currently) - sound quality was less good than either but the Aves has plusses that may compensate: the Minirig is a sonic marvel...but no bluetooth and the JBL has a fuller sound...but a less portable design and, again, no Bluetooth.

If you use the Aves in non-bluetooth fashion,via a mini-jackplug lead (not supplied) from your phone or tablet it is very simple and effective to operate with an on/off switch on the back of the speaker. But, the bluetooth is obviously a major selling point and, like many other reviewers I've had a mixed experience elsewhere with bluetooth. However my iphone and ipad "discovered" the Aves (or is it vice versa ?)and paired with it with no real problems and the Aves kept on playing irrespective of where I was in the room and even when I was in adjacent rooms with my phone...though why anyone would want to do this is a puzzle ;).

The only problems were with the bluetooth controls. In bluetooth mode, after switching on on the back of speaker, the front of speaker controls take over. These are not physical buttons/switches but graphic symbols for bluetooth connection and volume control. These respond to light finger pressure with two small flashing light on the face of the speaker to reassure you that the Aves is doing what its supposed to. Undoubtedly fiddly and maybe irritating to start with but once you're used to used it, no hassle. The speaker operates very well in vertical position, something that the instruction booklet fails to mention and the bluetooth touch controls become more easily accessible.

Overall, as my grandson confirms, the Aves Bluetooth is an appealing prospect at the price: neat, portable and versatile with good sound quality.


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