Lost John

Top Reviewer Ranking: 312
Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (1,135 of 1,211)
Location: Devon, England
In My Own Words:
A word about stars. There seems to be no point in reserving the five star accolade only for Tolstoy, James Joyce, Musil, and perhaps a very few others. So I have awarded five to excellent novels such as Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye' and Shirley Jackson's 'We have always lived in the castle'. Moving down, Jackson's 'The haunting of Hill House' is also very good, but it is not quite so good as … Read more

Very wide, especially in the fields of literature, music, current affairs and history. Within those fields, specialisms include English, Russian and American literature. Most of my non-classical music collection is related in some way (though someti… Read more

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Oral-B Trizone 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbru&hellip by Oral-B
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I already have some experience of recent model Braun Oral-B electric toothbrushes and have tried the TriZone, Cross Action and Sensitive Clean heads, so am in a good position to make comparisons.

First the power unit. This one is the most sophisticated of those I have tried, offering a red light that is illuminated if too much pressure is applied to the teeth, and three brushing modes (Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care) besides the basic twice-daily brushing mode. The various modes are cycled through by repeatedly pressing the switch; press it a fourth time and the brushing stops altogether. Alternatively, after brushing normally, or in either the Sensitive or Whitening mode, the… Read more
Rotring RO800+ 0.5 GB Mechanical Pencil with Stylu&hellip by Rotring
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Made almost entirely of metal and impeccably finished, this is a beautifully engineered item of equipment; a great pleasure to own and use.

Oddly enough, it is only a matter of days since I wrote a review of the Staedtler Mars Micro 775 Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm, noting that I have owned one for at least six years (I forget exactly when I bought it), and found it better than the various members of the competition that I have also used. Three Staedtlers that I bought recently were replacements for other makes that had either died or been lost.

Then along comes this Rotring 800+. All that I wrote about the… Read more
Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Impact Drill by Bosch
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a dinky drill, 24 Aug 2014
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The Bosch drill this one supersedes, the PSB 18 LI-2, has been my main drill/screwdriver for home use for just over three years. I have been, and remain, very happy with it, but it has one important fault; after the drill is run and then stopped, the chuck slackens. In consequence, it is necessary to tighten the chuck again before continuing, and if you are unlucky you can have the bit/screwdriver head fall out altogether, perhaps even falling into some inaccessible place and/or falling to the ground from a height. It's not just me, many reviews of the 18 LI-2 report the same, so that feature must have done Bosch's reputation no… Read more