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Bus Parking 3D
Bus Parking 3D
Price: £0.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too ad laden to be usable, 22 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Bus Parking 3D (App)
Installed, tried and it immediately got redirected to a load of ads. Maybe it works if you get past that but life's too short to waste watching ads

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PET FOOD CAN LIDS WITH UTENSIL 3 PC
PET FOOD CAN LIDS WITH UTENSIL 3 PC
Offered by Jalex Trading
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless - lids don't fit tins, 9 Dec 2013
Useless - the lids do not fit tightly so might as well not be there. They don't keep smells in or flies out and fall off at the slightest touch.


Fractals: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Fractals: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Kenneth Falconer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going for the mathematician only, 3 Dec 2013
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This is a rather dry book that most readers will probably find heavy going. The mathematics itself is not difficult but it isn't until very late in the book that Falconer shows how any of this can have any real world applicability and without that it's difficult to persuade anyone that reading this is worth it. Had the "Fractals in the real world" chapter been pushed to the front of the book and examples put amongst the other chapters this would probably have held the interest much more. As it is this is very much for mathematicians only.


Food: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Food: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by John Krebs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Food : a short introduction, 3 Dec 2013
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The problem with a lot of the very short introduction books is that they have to cover a wide subject in an extremely short space. "Food" is perhaps one of the widest subject areas that this series could cover, a vague subject title like this could be used to cover almost anything. So perhaps it is not surprising that what we have here is not a complete coverage of the subject but rather five essays on five different aspects of food. That said each of the essays are fascinating particularly "Feeding the nine billion".

This is a book which is not a short introduction to the subject but it is fascinating and for the simple fact of that and being cheap I would recommend it.


Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Ian Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Very hard going for a short introduction, 27 Oct 2013
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Most of the very short introduction series of books are extremely good; aimed at an interested outsider to a subject they introduce the key elements of that subject but that approach of being aimed at someone who is not used to the subject means they must limit how much knowledge they assume from a reader. This book has a problem in that it attempts to be so comprehensive for a short introduction that it has to be very hard going as it assumes a familiarity with mathematical terminology that is probably not true.

That said it is conceptually a simple subject had there been more examples compared to real life and less focus on the proof and terminology then this would have been excellent.


Sustainability: All That Matters
Sustainability: All That Matters
by Chris Goodall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Optimism is not a plan for sustainability, 13 Oct 2013
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This book is too optimistic. Chris Goodall's main premise seems to be that for all the important measures of sustainability technological solutions exist which will move us from a situation in which we exploit the planet to one one of sustainability. Well recycling and energy efficiency might be possible solutions but he appears to gloss over the social problems, and for that matter even the simple financial problems, of changing to a world in which everyone recycles everything and all have electric cars which we choose not to drive. The fact that it's possible doesn't mean it will happen.


Leiths How to Cook (Leiths School/Food & Wine)
Leiths How to Cook (Leiths School/Food & Wine)
by Leiths School of Food and Wine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

4.0 out of 5 stars How to write a cook book, 6 Sep 2013
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This is an almost ideal cookbook to the point that it could almost be retitled how to write a cook book and shown to other authors as an exemplar. It is perhaps not for the completely inexperienced cook precisely because it is so good, in explaining pastry to an experienced cook its worth talking about gluten, if you're explaining it to an inexperienced cook then that's probably just going to confuse. This book is very much aimed at the more experienced cook as it not only tells you what to do but tells you why.

It's not perfect so every once in a while it disappears into simpler territory so at one extreme it will tell you how to slice an onion while at the other end it will be explaining how to prepare and serve sea urchins. That range makes it quite obvious this is a book with more than one author and style. It's also not comprehensive, large and impressive as it is, the subject is just too large to be comprehensive in any one book. That said though this is a book I'd recommend to anyone who has an academic frame of mind and who wants to move beyond the simple confines of Delia.


Iams Dry Cat Food Kittenand Junior Chicken 2.55 Kg (Pack of 3)
Iams Dry Cat Food Kittenand Junior Chicken 2.55 Kg (Pack of 3)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value and the cats seem to love it, 6 July 2013
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First of all this might not seem like good value but as it is a dry food then your cats should need significantly less of this than they would of wet food. So this bulk pack of 7.5 Kg is more like 20Kg of tinned or sachet foods. The bulk pack is a bit of a problem as it is not a resealable pack, not a major problem as a heavy duty clip over the top or transfer to a big tupperware solves that but it would have been nice to have some kind of seal on there.

... and the final arbiter on this. Well my two cats seem to go mental for it when I give them dry food last thing at night. So not only do they approve but it gives me a rather useful way to get them to where they should be when I want them. A quick rattle of dry cat food and "you can't get me, I'm hiding under the sofa" becomes "here I am, what do you want?" (almost worth it for that alone ;-) )


Philips GU10 35 Watt MV Master LED Spot 4, 3000 K
Philips GU10 35 Watt MV Master LED Spot 4, 3000 K
Offered by The Lightbulb Company
Price: £13.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent replacement for halogens and probably better then the 6Wleds, 6 July 2013
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I've tried various low energy replacement bulbs before and none have truly come up to par with the halogens (CFL replacements for incandescents have long been usable but that's a different issue) but this finally gets there.

First of all the practicalities. If the ratings are correct then this will save about 46W which over the course of an expected 40000 hour life should save about 2000 KWh or about £300, so it will easily pay for itself. A downside is that the extremely long life means that I haven't tested that durability and you are going to wait a long time for it to pay for itself so it's really suited to applications where you're going to leave lights on for a long time.

They have a less marked spread of light than the halogens I replaced which in the past was a problem with LEDs (they made themselves apparently brighter by concentrating their light in a narrow cone) so that's another improvement.

The light on these is good. Philips also do a 4000K light which in principle is closer to daylight but in practice is just to harsh and cold a light for most purposes. So I'd stick with the 3000K option. Philips also do a 6W version of these which when I tried them was significantly brighter but I found it to be unnecessary to have that extra brightness and also the 4W version doesn't seem to have the slight flicker that the 6W led has. Now we just wait for the price to come down a bit so I can replace the rest of my lights.


Insect Lore Butterfly Garden
Insect Lore Butterfly Garden
Price: £11.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant idea but watch out for timings and costs, 6 July 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Insect Lore Butterfly Garden (Toy)
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This is a brilliantly simple idea. Essentially it's a popup ventilated clear plastic bin which put like that is overpriced but by the time you add in watching the whole process it's more than worth it. The box says it's aimed at four years old and up and that's probably fair for most kids as most kindergarten age kids will probably have some "let's watch the wildlife project at some point".

What you need to watch out for is that there is an extra cost to get the live caterpillars. OK it's not a huge cost but I would like to have seen that rolled into the original purchase price so there's a single price and everything is covered. The other thing is that you are dealing with a living process so bear in mind this would be a really rubbish christmas present! and it also takes several weeks so don'tgive this to someone just before a summer holiday.

But those provisos aside, despite the cheap nature of the manufacture and the extra cost this is such a brilliant idea for a young kid that I'd highly recommend it.


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