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Texas Instruments Nspire CX-CAS Graphic Calculator with Touchpad
Texas Instruments Nspire CX-CAS Graphic Calculator with Touchpad
Price: 148.40

4.0 out of 5 stars TI Nspire CAS, 1 Mar 2014
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Sometimes it surprises me by its cleverness; sometimes I am frustrated by its dumbness. Good but could be better is my overall view: it's not as good for example as the free mathematical tools available on the internet at Wolfram Alpha.
However - it is a calculator and does have the advantage of quick access and portability, so on the whole I'm glad I bought it.


3.PIN UK USB MAIN POWER PLUG ADAPTOR HOME CHARGER FOR HTC, BLACKBERRY, SAMSUNG, MP3,TOMTOM, IPHONE TOUCH IPOD NANO #9i UNIVERSAL 5V 1A CE
3.PIN UK USB MAIN POWER PLUG ADAPTOR HOME CHARGER FOR HTC, BLACKBERRY, SAMSUNG, MP3,TOMTOM, IPHONE TOUCH IPOD NANO #9i UNIVERSAL 5V 1A CE
Offered by MonstaCables
Price: 1.53

3.0 out of 5 stars Power output lower than assumed, 15 Jan 2014
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It would have been useful to have a power output rating. In fact, this charger has a lower power than another one I have which looks identical.


Texas Instruments Nspire CX Graphic Calculator for Maths and Science
Texas Instruments Nspire CX Graphic Calculator for Maths and Science
Price: 120.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great calculator, 9 Aug 2013
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Wonderful calculator - I wish I'd had one a long time ago. I do have many niggling issues with it - but that is almost routine with high tech products.


Parade's End [DVD]
Parade's End [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
Price: 5.00

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not convincing, 9 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Parade's End [DVD] (DVD)
I found the basic premise - that the hero was lured into an unsatisfactory marriage by an improbable encounter in a railway carriage - unconvincing. Which somewhat destroyed the rest of the plot for me. He is seen as holding to high moral principles because of keeping faith with this entirely non-moral event in said railway carriage. I'm afraid I also found it hard to follow the tangle of family and social relationships around him. And the predictable end took an unconscionably long time to arrive !
I came to it with regrettably high expectations - someone told me it was almost as good as Glastonbury Romance - which is obviously impossible !


The Purple Cloud ([Gollancz fantasy])
The Purple Cloud ([Gollancz fantasy])
by M. P. Shiel
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars A strange story from 1901, 19 Mar 2013
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It was... interesting ...

At times his erudition is just tedious. His long rambling discussions suitable for skimming. Huge parts of the book are plotless and pointless. Much of what he says is not credible - even after best efforts at the suspension of disbelief.

For all that - I did want to get to the end (to know what happened that is - not just to get shot of it).

Interesting that he mentions the Wegener continental drift theory (in 1901) - he would have been pretty much in at the start of it. Something which did not become scientific orthodoxy until the mid 1960s.


Disraeli - Complete Series
Disraeli - Complete Series
Dvd ~ Ian McShane as Benjamin Disraeli
Offered by STOCKTASTIC
Price: 29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Disraeli mini series DVD, 27 Jan 2013
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Brilliant. I strongly recommend this to anyone interested in Disraeli, or in Victorian history - on in marital happiness come to that.


Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan: His Life and Character
Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan: His Life and Character
by Andrew Crowther
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WS Gilbert, 27 Jan 2013
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Well - I liked it, but it seemed too much to follow the current "University" convention of referencing and sourcing any comments made. Which made it a bit - lifeless at times. I thought the writer might allow himself some personal opinions - which he could easily cite as such.

He dismisses the "Gilbert kidnapped as a baby" story on the basis of "no written evidence". What written evidence was he expecting ? The Venice police would be unlikely to have a record that far back ! Isn't Gilbert's statement enough evidence ?

He comments that the existence of a family Bible proves that the Gilberts intended to have children. Not convincing - a family Bible was just a standard wedding present - everyone had one - and anyway, in Victorian times, there was an automatic assumption that marriages produced children. It was what marriage was for. (As it says in the Prayer Book !). I suppose the (unanswerable) question is - how hard they tried ?

I am always fascinated by the intensity of Gilbert's verse in the matter of impossible / unachievable loves. I had assumed something darker, but understand now that this must have referred to the string of young girls he was attached to while he was married.

I was surprised that the book did not note that "I have a song to sing O" has the distinction of both words and music being written by Gilbert !

Did Gilbert know that Captain Shaw would be in the audience of Iolanthe - or was it accidental ? I had hoped the book would answer this.

And - I was surprised not to see some popular myths about Gilbert at least mentioned - there is a common tale that Queen Victoria's "We are not amused" was said in reference to Pinafore (not true in fact, but commonly believed). The tale also asserts that Gilbert was not knighted because of "making fun of naval discipline" and that Queen Victoria personally rejected the knighthood because of that. Again - doubtful, but of interest as a belief.

It is fairly certain that Queen Victoria did not approve of Gilbert - in her diary, when Gondoliers was privately performed at Windsor, she records that Sir Arthur Sullivan's opera was performed, and makes no mention of Gilbert !
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Good Morning, Miss Dove. Illustrated by Quentin Blake (Penguin Books. no. 1611.)
Good Morning, Miss Dove. Illustrated by Quentin Blake (Penguin Books. no. 1611.)
by Frances Gray Patton
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional teaching, 16 July 2012
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This is a wonderful book - nostalgic I know for an older rural America, and an older style of teaching, but intelligent and clear sighted as well. Strongly recommended.


Rain Upon Godshill - a Further Chapter of Autobiography
Rain Upon Godshill - a Further Chapter of Autobiography
by J. B. Priestley
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars J B Priestley, 16 July 2012
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J B Priestley comes over as a pompous bore in this long book by himself all about himself. Unfortunately - confusingly - he is also pretty good at other times - in his social novels.


REPLACEMENT PAD FOR CLOTHES MOTH x 10
REPLACEMENT PAD FOR CLOTHES MOTH x 10
Offered by Trade Supplies-UK
Price: 9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Clear London's moth problem, 16 July 2012
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Pheromone strips do work - they are extremely effective at selectively trapping moths. Unfortunately - only the male moths are lured to destruction by their blind desires for sex - which makes full eradication a long haul process.


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