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LG P0427G30N11 GU10 4 Watt LED Energy-Saving Bulb, Grey
LG P0427G30N11 GU10 4 Watt LED Energy-Saving Bulb, Grey
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3.0 out of 5 stars A niced, cool light but slight size issues, 12 Dec 2014
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I am always on the look-out for GU10 bulbs which will genuinely offer longer life, given that the ones I buy at B&Q never last as long as is claimed. This is particularly the case with sockets that require a stepladder for access or have a fitting that has to be unscrewed to change the bulb.

This gives a nice, cool light. It remains to be seen how long it will last. They are slightly longer than regular GU10 bulbs which meant that, having unscrewed a fitting to replace the bulb, I found I could not properly screw it up again with this bulb in it and had to use one of my others. This isn't a major problem as I have other light fittings where the bulb just juts free and that extra mm or two will not matter, but it's worth bearing in mind depending on your fittings.


The Leipzig Affair
The Leipzig Affair
by Fiona Rintoul
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets & Lies, 7 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Leipzig Affair (Paperback)
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What is it legitimate to do if you live under a totalitarian regime and want to escape? Sexual favours for party high-ups? Lies to gullible westerners? Theft? Betrayal? Cruelty? Those of us with the good fortune to be born in the UK do not need to ask ourselves these questions and yet, in another sense, we do need to.

They are questions that Magda has to ask herself, as she trains to be an English-German interpreter in Leipzig in 1985, keeping her nose clean, at least on the surface, while dreaming of the west and its freedom. The narrative darts back and forth between Magda and Bob, a Scottish student sent on an exchange visit. It also moves between 1985 and the mid 90s.

We have been told of the extraordinarily detailed files that the Stasi kept on the citizens of the DDR, of how almost anyone -- neighbour, colleague, friend, family member -- could be spying on you at any time. It was like living in a constant state of paranoia where people actually were plotting against you.

I found this a short novel a very good read, a real page-turner. It took me a little while to get used to the second-person narration employed for Magda's sections as this was so unusual. It has a distancing effect, allowing us to be privy to her thoughts without gaining admittance to the most intimate corners of her psyche.

I genuinely wanted to know what would happen and was surprised by a much more upbeat ending than I was expecting. Still, the DDR is no more, preserved as a popular museum in Berlin or a funny little retro car. Does that mean that the good guys won?


Disclaimer
Disclaimer
by Renée Knight
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A literate and unusual mystery., 4 Dec 2014
This review is from: Disclaimer (Hardcover)
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What if you started reading a book found on the bedside table in your new flat and gradually realised that the protagonist was you? Not only that, but the author knows a terrible secret that you have never told anyone. And the book ends with your grisly death.

The mystery of the novel is what it is that Catherine did 20 years earlier, the terrible thing that she has never told anyone. Plus, of course, whether she will be brought to account for it. Neither of the central characters is at all sympathetic. Catherine cares only for herself, to the point of psychopathy, while vengeful Stephen is rapidly losing his grip on reality. That doesn’t stop the novel being wholly absorbing. There are a few odd things that don’t ring true -- what ordinary, middle-aged couple buys their 19-year-old son his own flat in Fulham, for instance? -- but they can be overlooked in the overall tension of the story.

A fine start for a first-time novelist.


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Aqua Optima EVG201 Evolve Gold 90-day Water Filter, also fits Brita* Maxtra*,2 pack - 6 months' supply
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of these type that I have tried., 2 Dec 2014
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I use a lot of filtered water, with a jug in the fridge and another on the counter. I was able to try one of these at once as the fridge jug was overdue a change and it fits perfectly and filtered the water more quickly than my usual brand.


Haute Cuisine
Haute Cuisine
by Barney Broom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly original and eccentric., 30 Nov 2014
This review is from: Haute Cuisine (Paperback)
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I'm not going to tediously rehash the plot, which you can read in the blurb. It's a vehicle for a fine display of characters, including a macaque, stumbling around the mad city of New York, in an unspecified era, doing things no decent human being would countenance and doing them hilariously.

Broom paints many a vivid picture in his breezy style: Ray driving his battered old car through Manhattan with a corpse in the boot and the macaque smoking cheroots in the passenger seat; his parents, Hungarian circus artistes, both falling from their trapeze on the very night that the lion had escaped; his drunken slapper of an aunt roaring round Queens in search of men, cash and booze before a date with destiny and the macaque.

This is an eccentric and original piece of work, perhaps too eccentric and original for mainstream tastes as I see it’s been brought out by a publisher I’ve never heard of. They’ve made a nice job of it, too, in an elegant paperback original with good thick paper. I hope it will a prize to bring it the wider public attention it deserves.

I do have a small technical query: surely the middle-aged and elderly stiffs who end up on the menu at Ray’s restaurant would be rather tough, however good a cook he is.


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Philips GU10 5 Watt 230 V 2 LED Spotlight Bulb, White
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How long will they last?, 27 Nov 2014
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All my GU10 sockets are awkward to change, either involving unscrewing several tiny screws or getting out the stepladder, so I am keen to find bulbs that will last longer than normal, preferably years, rather than the few weeks I'm used to. Without a time machine, I can't know how long these will last, but I'm hoping for the best.


Time and Time Again
Time and Time Again
Price: £2.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Are you sure your version of history is the right one?, 26 Nov 2014
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There's nothing very original about this book -- WW1 is a popular place for time travellers to blunder about trying to make things better -- but it's a cracking good read and I finished it in two days because I really really wanted to know what was going to happen. Elton has created a strong hero: a man who has lost everything so will risk anything. There were two big narrative jolts which I managed not to see coming. Buy it and enjoy it.


The Times and Sunday Times
The Times and Sunday Times
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Goes downhill all the time, 23 Nov 2014
I've had a subscription to this for more than two years. You might expect it to have improved over that time; instead it has got worse. It's more and more common for the file to be corrupt, freezing my Kindle screen and forcing me to reboot. If you ring the Kindle helpline, they blame Times newspapers. If you try to contact the Times, they deny any knowledge of your subscription because it came via Amazon. Their first response to everything is to tell you to reboot which, obviously, you have already done, several times.

When it works, it's great. Okay, there are bits missing, like the births, marriages and deaths, but the sheer convenience of being able to access your daily paper, on the day, anywhere in the world, can't be beaten, not to mention the huge cut in paper recycling.

WHEN it works, as I say, but far too often it doesn't. It needs better software, better checks each day to make sure a corrupt file has not been issued, better responses to problems.
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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
Price: £4.19

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Feeling too happy about life? Try this for a cure., 13 Nov 2014
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Goodness, this is hard work. I almost gave up after the first couple of chapters but I'd had it too long to return for a refund so determined to plough on. It did improve as the unnamed narrator grew a little older but the prose style still irritates rather than illuminating. Emperor's New Clothes is definitely the description for this banal story of endless misery: brain tumours, rape, child abuse, a mentally ill mother ... A little light and shade would have been nice, some grey areas.


Prince William: Born to be King: An intimate portrait
Prince William: Born to be King: An intimate portrait
Price: £4.31

3.0 out of 5 stars A little too gushing for my taste., 13 Nov 2014
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This biography is a little too gushing for my taste. It may be the fault of the subject, who is clearly a very decent and likeable young man who will be a credit to the job he's had wished on him.

There is far too much at the beginning about Charles and Diana, more than is really needed to tell us of William's early life and which seems mostly to have been poached from other biographies. There are nuggets of interest here, such as when a jealous Diana gets rid of the beloved Nanny just in case William loves her too much, leaving her elder son distraught. The book comes into its own as William grows older, leaving school and heading to university like so many eager young teenagers, albeit one with his own bodyguards. There's a rather dull bit after that which concentrates on William's new household and his charities and boring stuff like his role in the 2018 football world cup bid (snore). It picks up again as he proposes to his long-term girlfriend, starts planning that quiet family wedding,. and embarks on his varied careers as a helicopter pilot.

Junor has an easy-to-read journalistic style.


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