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Faithfull Wooden Hay Rake
Faithfull Wooden Hay Rake
Offered by Power Tools Direct
Price: 20.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not traditionally made, so doesn't last that long, 7 Jan 2012
I've had a couple of these and the tines tend to fall out after a while, because they are glued rather than traditionally would have been shrunk to fit. Having said that I am using them for professional jobs so giving them a hard work out, but a lot of money for something that isn't hand crafted (probably worth about 10).


KOALA PRODUCTS DLX OXFORD Neoprene Chest Wader Size 9 (43)
KOALA PRODUCTS DLX OXFORD Neoprene Chest Wader Size 9 (43)
Offered by Koala Products
Price: 39.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good if you like getting wet, 14 Feb 2011
As these are neoprene waders, you get wet if you are submerged in water for any length of time. Unfortunately after a year (having worn them about 7 times, the wellies developed holes in the seams, so making the waders useless,
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Campingaz Camp Bistro
Campingaz Camp Bistro
Price: 12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great things for a quick cuppa and for outdoor frying!, 8 Nov 2010
This review is from: Campingaz Camp Bistro (Sports)
If you are car camping then its worth getting one of these. The are much better than the usual camping stove because you don't have to constantly worry that they are going to fall over. This means that frying is easier, and you can relax when you boil some water. Good to have the carrying case and automatic ignition.

Only drawback is that the cartridges don't last long, so its a bit more of a luxury than other burners.


The Architecture of Happiness
The Architecture of Happiness
by Alain de Botton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a critic of modern architecture, 9 Jan 2010
An interesting read, but rather than rock any architectural boats it is firmly on the modern architects side.

I suspect the title is specifically chosen to lure in those who wonder why beauty is such an anathema to modern architecture and artists. Alain de Botton seems to be happy to fall into the modern illness of searching for difference rather than asthetics.

Each chapter one gets lifted up by some relevation of why we think the way we do about Architecture only to be flattened by the assurance that we can't have such and such in our day and age.

It is surely not the problem of architecture that it can't produce great modern edifices but that it can't produce humane structures for the everyday person without resort to pastiche or brutalism. At the heart of this is the egotism of architecture which sees it self as an artform rather than a servant to humanity.


Lions For Lambs [DVD] [2007]
Lions For Lambs [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Robert Redford
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: 4.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a little more subtlety needed, 21 Dec 2009
This review is from: Lions For Lambs [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
It is a bit ironic that a film attacking propaganda should be propaganda itself.

It is an interesting view of the "liberal" side of American politics, that the belief in American omnipotence is unwavering, irrespective of left or right.

The film attacks the war on terror as a waste of human life rather than attacking the basic precepts on what it is based. 9/11 was a convenient excuse for America to get itself into the Middle East and fear is what made people believe it was ok. You would think that they would have realised that you can't win Guerilla wars unless you are prepared to shed the same level of blood as your opposition.

Perhaps the best message of the film comes from Redford's talks with his promising (God help us) student. Daring to attack the youth for their lack of ambition (apart from monetary), moral conscience and ability to realise that they are doing exactly what the establishment want, i.e to be disinterested, self-absorbed and thus no threat to governments, caught up in the endless debt-circle of dis-empowerment.


Bahco  P121-23 Bypass SECateurs 230MM
Bahco P121-23 Bypass SECateurs 230MM
Price: 18.49

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SImple, no fuss, but they are superb, 27 Nov 2009
These secateurs are very robust. I work in the countryside and need tools which work rather than look fancy. I have used many pairs where the springs fall out and many (including felco) where the fixing clasp falls closed every time you cut something. These have a simple clasp that doesn't get in the way. Even the fact that they are orange is great because they are lots easier to see when you put them down.


The Accidental
The Accidental
by Ali Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Accidentally published, 5 Nov 2009
This review is from: The Accidental (Paperback)
Dreadful type of stuff, written by adolescent author.

You can get away with all sorts of nonsense if you write in the first person, but this doesn't even come near it.

Pure emperor's new clothes modernist nonsense, self-obsessed polytechnic literature for the grey age of boredom.


Medieval Parks of Hertfordshire
Medieval Parks of Hertfordshire
by Anne Rowe
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb piece of work, 9 Aug 2009
A work that has been many years in the making. It is a fabulous document for anyone interested in landscape history and ecology of woodlands. Includes very good maps and aerial photos.


Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places: 500 Ways to Discover the Wild
Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places: 500 Ways to Discover the Wild
by Christopher Somerville
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 7 May 2009
There are many of these types of compendiums that fall flat or are just jumping on a bandwagon. Christopher Somerville has produced a real labour of love, obviously searching out and visiting these places and writing about them with a depth of knowledge and feeling which is rare.

It isn't a list of a nature places, but a book which details "wild" in the sense of mysterious and perhaps overlooked beauty. It brings to your attention places that don't necessarily appear on the list of stunning nature reserves and ones that even locals would overlook.

I think it is perhaps better in those counties where the landscape is less dramatic, since in the Scotland part he seems to fall for the obvious, big mountains and dramatic scenery and thus places there are all well known. It is more pleasing to see in the Dales that he has chosen more obscure and therefore more subtly beautiful spots.


Read And Think Spanish (Book): The Editors of Think Spanish Magazine: Learn the Language and Discover the Culture of the Spanish-Speaking World Through Reading
Read And Think Spanish (Book): The Editors of Think Spanish Magazine: Learn the Language and Discover the Culture of the Spanish-Speaking World Through Reading
by Ed'S Of Think Spanish
Edition: Paperback

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb learning aid, an essential spanish learners tool, 23 Feb 2009
As a concept this book is fantastic. 200 pages of articles in Spanish on interesting subjects, written in normal spanish. The secret is that the obvious vocabulary words (i.e phrases and specialist words) are highlighted and sequentially written down the side of the page. Therefore you don't have to tediously keep looking through a dictionary.

Thus you can either try to translate everything, or just get the jist. I would recommend for an intermediate stage in learning.


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