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Solid Brass Handheld Toilet Bidet Douche Spray Shower Head Hose
Solid Brass Handheld Toilet Bidet Douche Spray Shower Head Hose

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, attractive and functional, 11 Mar 2013
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A discussion forum recommended a bidet hose as a useful addition to a toilet and I took the plunge and bought this one. It was a cheap price for an experiment but the build quality is great, with the handle and head feeling suitably weighty and attractively styled. It disappears effortlessly beside my toilet using the enclosed wall holder. It will save you money from using wads of toilet paper to clean yourself instead of just a dab to dry. Moreover, it makes you feel cleaner.

The only caveat I offer is that I screwed it on a spur from my toilet feed (the cold water wasn't the issue I'd worried it might be) but you will need to give that junction a separate valve. With the valve half closed, it works flawlessly but fully opened, the mains pressure caused it leak slightly when idle and come out like a fire hose when on. It may be different if you used a hot water feed because of the lower pressure.


Reverse Osmosis Self Piercing Saddle Valve Clamp Connection Connects To Copper Pipe
Reverse Osmosis Self Piercing Saddle Valve Clamp Connection Connects To Copper Pipe
Offered by The Water Filter Men
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for vapers, 14 Feb 2013
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I bought this not to use for my plumbing needs but to assist in modifications for my electronic cigarettes. Many people eventually progress to using cartomizer tanks to contain the liquid they smoke. These involve the metal cartomizer centered within a plastic tank that contains the liquid. You have to punch holes in the cartomizer in order for the liquid to leak from the tank into it and being rounded steel tubes they are a real struggle to hammer or drill effectively. This device is perfect for the task. The groove is perfectly sized to brace the cartomizer against the sharp spike and the tightening screw offers a range of piercing depths for larger or smaller sized holes depending on the viscosity of your liquid. Whilst I cannot comment directly on the effectiveness of it from a plumbing perspective, it is an attractively solid machined product and would no doubt be up to the task of piercing copper and plastic piping.
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The Sunday Telegraph Guide to Looking After Your Property: Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Your Home
The Sunday Telegraph Guide to Looking After Your Property: Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Your Home
by Jeff Howell
Edition: Paperback

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital addition to the DIY beginner, 23 Sep 2004
I was recommended this book as a " family bible" by a relative and I have to agree with their diagnosis. It operates like a trouble-shooter or FAQ but one that is pleasant to read and dip into even when irrelevant (what IS causing those damp patches in the fifteenth-century farmhouse? who the heck owns one of those?!?). What is refreshing is his skeptical attitude towards the building trade and mortgage/surveying industry and his shocking opinions regarding rising damp: it doesn't exist! He tries to approach things from a scientific aspect and for the most part succeeds - building evidence will always struggle with being chiefly anecdotal. I wish I'd read it before I went housebuying but I'm glad I read it before committing myself to grand repairs.
There are criticisms of this book, however. Because, as I said it operates, like a FAQ, it can be repetitive: "use lime mortar, use lime mortar, use lime mortar"; but this assists in it being used as a reference text rather than read straight through. Additionally, there are few diagrams (new edition may be different) and the solutions given are cursory in detail so you will require other texts to fill in the gaps and help you along if you are as fresh to DIY as me.
The only problem I really have is the book is that I feel he tends to be a little too apprehensive about modern materials. But that's a minor (and inexpert) quibble in an outstanding book.
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Batman: Year One
Batman: Year One
by Frank Miller
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I reserve 5 stars for the absolute best, 20 July 2003
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This review is from: Batman: Year One (Paperback)
The other reviewers have done a fine job touting Frank Miller's skills and so I won't waste time going over that again. If you haven't done so already buy this book and his "The Dark Knight Returns". Read them both as they respectively mark the beginning and end of the Batman. Though, bearing that in mind you don't have to read them in that order (though I would), as Frank Miller did write "Year One" after "Dark Knight".
What needs to be said is how good David Mazzucchelli's artwork is. Frank is a damn good penciller but his inks though atmospheric are a bit scratchy. Mazzuccchelli's was the right choice as his lines are much strong. Batman looks like a guy in a suit and when we are rethinking Batman in ultra-realistic mode, that is just the feel that is needed.
In short, buy it. I used to read standard Batman comics and enjoyed them. It wasn't until I read Frank Miller and Alan Moore (see "The Killing Joke") that I really recognised the character for who he is: the most important entity in American comic fiction.


Mission to Mars [DVD] [2000]
Mission to Mars [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Tim Robbins
Price: £3.65

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much talent, too little script, 17 Aug 2002
This review is from: Mission to Mars [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This is a bad film. Don't be fooled by people who tell you otherwise. De Palma can make good films, we know this, but he can also get it wrong, hence "Mission to Mars".
The withered form of this film's enfeebled plot is still visible behind its "Apollo 13" skin. Whereas both films feature space rescue missions and Gary Sinise, one had the appeal of a strong script, a powerhouse cast brought to bear and the fascination of real life events. This one doesn't.
The film takes an age to get going. We leap straight into the action with scenes of people having barbeques. Good attention grabber. No doubt, these scenes are present to flesh out the characters. That, of course, requires a skeletal structure that the writers failed to provide.
The dilemmas faced in space have no tension, how can they when the crew don't seem to get worried about anything. As spacecraft rapidly decompress, Tim Robbins spends a good thirty seconds kissing and winking at his wife. Yes, that is right, she is on the flight with him. Why? Apparantly NASA in the future (two decades) has managed to improve its technology but then forget how people work. This film proves the point that when lives are put on the line it is pretty hard to be objective when you love some members of your crew.
So thus far we have a film with a slow beginning and dull middle. There is a chance that the ending salvages this project. Not likely.
The ending borrows heavily from "2001" but without the philosophical or symbolic power that film wrought. Add to that an awful CG alien, an impassioned speech that there really isn't enough time to deliver and a horrible series of flashbacks and you have a lame conclusion to a weak film. That is assuming you bother to watch it that far.
As a footnote, there are 3 billion base pairs in the human genetic code. You cannot glance at a small string of DNA and just recognise the species, a feat that all the crew seem capable of. Even assuming they are biologists, they can't be physicists as their use of the word "force" is incorrect, I doubt they have such abilities as they don't even know that frogs have a larger genome than men.


Songs Of Love And Hate
Songs Of Love And Hate
Offered by nagiry
Price: £10.95

6 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Songs in need of a singer, 13 Aug 2002
This review is from: Songs Of Love And Hate (Audio CD)
I'd heard cover versions of Cohen's work and sought out the original article so that I could enjoy it without the dilution of other artists. Upon finding it, however, I find myself disappointed. The lyrics are fabulous, simple and eloquent, with a sense of bitter poetry to them. The writer, however, pens far better than he sings. Many find his gravelly voice moving, I found it grating. I don't ask for great singing (I like Dylan) but this failed to meet my fairly low minimum standards. I came away from this album with the rare sensation of prefering the covers. Cohen should team up with someone like Cash.


In & Out [DVD] [1998]
In & Out [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Kevin Kline

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than your average comedy, 21 Nov 2001
This review is from: In & Out [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
I'm never sure about comedies that rely on gender or sex for their humour. The issue being that though I find both topics potentially amusing, the way in which most films presume you are embarrassed by such material means that open-minded people aren't so amused.
"In and Out" does mock the gay stereotype, but it does so in an affectionate way. More than that, it mocks the traditional man stereotype (cue an absolutely hilarious scene of Kevin Kline using a crash-course in manliness tape to reducate himself). In this manner it feels reminiscent of "The Birdcage" (or "Les cages aux folles" if you've seen the original French version) whereby potentially destructive ridicule yields to a constructive and sensitive humour.
One of the cleverest tactics of the film is to contrast the ridiculous over-acceptance of Hollywood, represented by a barmy Oscar ceremony, and the reluctant attitude of the small town community of Greanleaf, Indiana. The former shows a group dealing with issues in a shallow, popularist manner, the latter a people genuinely confused and upset, but willing to examine the issue in greater depth.
Ultimately, the film is just light entertainment and shouldn't be taken as more than that. The gifted cast and directorial talent (Frank Oz, providing another light comedy gem) work to make something you'll finish with a smile on your face and a warm feeling inside.


Enemy Mine [VHS] [1985]
Enemy Mine [VHS] [1985]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £9.99

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasingly sensitive sci-fi, 24 April 2001
This review is from: Enemy Mine [VHS] [1985] (VHS Tape)
It is always curious that science-fiction, a genre which demands the greatest special effects of any, often manages to be the most tactful and intimate. The visual bombast of future worlds and technology fails to swamp the tender statements about the human condition.
"Enemy Mine" meets both the criteria of superior science fiction: technological and spiritual potency. Yet it has failed to recieve the attention it deserves. Humanity is at war with an alien race and no one hates the reptilian rascals more than Dennis Quaid. That is until he finds himself stranded on a planet with his only company being, yes, you guessed it, a member of said alien species.
The inital fighting subsides as the two have to set aside their differences, survival on the inhospitable planet demanding teamwork. It is the burgeoning relationship between these two different characters that provides the emotional core of the film, both must overcome prejudice and learn to accept the other. They soon discover that their mutual hatred is based on misconceptions, their war, no longer justified.
Superb alien make-up and some nice planetary set-pieces assist in realising the future portrayed. The allegory of racial conflict and the need for tolerance lends the piece contemporary relevance.
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The Asphalt Jungle [VHS] [1950]
The Asphalt Jungle [VHS] [1950]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £3.85

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both ahead of its time and of it, 24 April 2001
It is a curious fact that despite the an ever-increasing modern infatuation with the criminal perspective of life, "The Asphalt Jungle", the first heist film from such a view, has languished in obscurity. It represents a major break from the traditional thriller and a key achievement of 50s film-making.
Deliberately episodic in form, the film takes us through the careful planning for the job, the botched attempt, and the frantic getaway. In generating believable and sympathetic criminals, John Huston's confident direction does the difficult job of showing how the violence of these character has not robbed them of their humanity.
Of course, unlike the Westerns, where the dark heroes could ride off into the sunset, this film aimed for the gritty realism of its day and so there could be no rosy future for its villians. Thus the film bears the classic elements of tragedy whereby the protagonists' own shortcomings prompt their fall. And as with all great tragedy, inevitability does not betray the climax of its power.
In many ways, it is a pity that this film featured the debut of Marilyn Munroe. Her patent beauty is only on the screen for a few minutes and yet has stolen much of the attention that the rest of this film so richly deserved.


The Outlaw (Special Edition) [VHS]
The Outlaw (Special Edition) [VHS]
VHS
Offered by dyerwilliams
Price: £5.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Harmless fun, 24 April 2001
A light and frothy western that, in a genre marked by classics still stands up as good entertainment.
The plot, as with most of its type, plays fast and loose with history, pitting Billy the Kid against Doc Holliday. The love triangle that forms between them and the lovely Jane Russell brings a sense of menace to the piece as one knows the two gunslingers will surely face one another off.
The contrast between impetuous but bonny Billy and the wizened Doc offers a pleasing, if predictable, platform for the film. As the two form the bonds of friendship, a tenderness for the characters and growing tension at the underlying love trysts keeps one glued to the screen. The brooding machismo is well countered by Russell's sultry mexican who sets the screen alight with sexual charisma.
Events are speeded by the town sheriff who, unusually for the time, provides the antagonist. His repeated and unreasonable attempts to apprehend Billy lead to the inevitable showdown where the Kid demonstrates his wits are as quick as his shooting irons.
The overall confection is too frothy and light to have a true impact beyond the diversional. For those who like a Western without the emotional/philosophical weights so often attached, you couldn't do better.


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