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3.5mm stereo jack to 2 RCA Phono Sockets length 20cm
3.5mm stereo jack to 2 RCA Phono Sockets length 20cm
Offered by tree&treeUK
Price: £0.75

4.0 out of 5 stars An invisible product., 16 Oct. 2011
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I wanted it to take a stereo feed presented as dual RCA and use that feed with the line in socket on my sound card. It does this just fine and is now fitted and forgotten about. It just does what it is meant to do. If this is what you need to do, then this may well be the product for you.

Offered by tooltime uk ltd
Price: £6.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works just fine., 16 Oct. 2011
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For occasional use, you don't need to spend more. Seems well constructed, and is heavy enough to use as an impromptu weapon in the event of the zombie apocalypse beginning whilst you're engrossed in a riveting task.
As easy to use as any rivet gun of this type. The nozzles interchange easily with the spanner supplied, the hinge is sturdy and the internal jaws seem well up to the task. If you intend doing a lot of pop riveting in one session, you will find the lazy tongs type a damn sight less tiring to use and this is reflected in the cost. Really nothing to complain about then.

Gelert Aluminium Whistling Kettle - Assorted , 1lt
Gelert Aluminium Whistling Kettle - Assorted , 1lt

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 16 Oct. 2011
It doesn't leak, it does whistle and the handle doesn't get too hot. There, that's the three stars. A couple of issues with it though. Firstly, the whistle/bung/thingy fell off into the body of the kettle. This isn't a major issue as it was easy to retrieve it and refit, but until I worked out what was wrong, I was wondering why it didn't whistle. At least it fell in the kettle and didn't just get lost.
The picture shows the handle with a thumb operated lever to open the spout for pouring. The whistle/bung/thingy is on the end of that and helps seal the spout as it contacts the spout.
The other loss of a star concerns the materials used for the thumb lever. The plastic chosen softens with heat. Yes, a plastic that softens with the heat of boiling water. Woo, nice materials choice there. That doesn't matter too much as the main rigid part of the handle is fine. Now have a look at the hinge. Behind the hinge is a spring similar to the spring used in wooden clothes pegs. This spring maintains the clamping pressure at the spout. The plastic softens with heat, the spring pressure is applied one side only, this pops the hinge, the spring drops out. The hinge pins themselves are cast as part of the main handle body. A better design would be a drilling through the body, a steel hinge pin and a central spring, but that would add substantially to the cost, and lets face it, to make a whistling kettle at this price point, some compromises had to be made, and if we wish to be able to purchase said item at such a low cost as to make the cost trivial, we must accept said compromises in both materials and design or choose a more expensive vessel.
Still, better than blearily picking insects from an open mess tin during the morning brew boil.

Gelert CUT051, 2 Piece Mess Tins
Gelert CUT051, 2 Piece Mess Tins
Offered by EasihomeCookshop
Price: £8.53

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long term view, 7 Oct. 2011
Mine aren't Gelert, but I have compared them with Gelert in another shop, and they seem identical.
Mine are pukka ex-forces, in fact, they were my fathers from his National Service days. They are stamped with his number, and have a date stamp of 1953. I've had them since my days in the cubs and they've been with me on every camping/backpacking/day hike since. I've used them on open fires, paraffin stoves, gas stoves and meths stoves.
They are a little bent and blackened now, but still do the job. I can get a trangia, small home made pot stand, bottle of fuel, a sheet of aluminium foil, strip of pan scourer, small bottle of washing up liquid and a kfs set or spork in, suitable for a day or two away.
The foil is to make a lid to cut boil times. The handle stays cool in use. You can cook in them, eat out of them, boil water in them, although drinking from them is a bit of a art and frankly not recommended. Carry a tin mug as well.
They are cheap enough to be a short term purchase, but can last many years of use and abuse. I hope I never need to buy another set, but if I should, I'd have no hesitation in doing so.

Uco 9 Hour Citronella Candles
Uco 9 Hour Citronella Candles
Offered by Tamarack
Price: £10.96

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective, but a little overpowering at times., 6 Oct. 2011
Great for sitting outdoors at night, they really do make a noticeable difference to the bug bugging levels, not too bad around the home either. I don't recommend using them in a small space, such as a closed tent though as it does get a little overpowering.
What I do is run the citronella in the tent for about half an hour with the door flaps open. Drives the mozzies away and gives me a biteless night. Once the lantern has cooled, it is trivial swapping the candles over.
There are tealight versions, which may be a better bet for the -careful- camper who doesn't have a lantern, or has the UCO micro lantern, or indeed knows how to run a tealight in a standard UCO lantern.
These come highly recommended for camping for those of us who wonder what midges and mozzies feast upon when we're not there. Highly recommended for keeping flying pests out of the house, and for sitting around outside on a balmy summers eve.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much to add to the review from 'Ekij', 6 Oct. 2011
The additional operating advice is spot on. These are reliable, sturdy, robust products that last years. The only reason I've bought new ones is my last one is sitting on a hillside somewhere near Scarborough. You'll see other products advertised as fuel bottles. Whilst they're OK for Coleman fuel or paraffin, don't use aluminium for meths. It seems to 'pit' the ally, and in my experience, it pits worse near the 'O' ring and leads to fuel weeping.
The bottles have a warning about the contents being flammable, they're red, and they announce themselves as a fuel bottle. If this isn't enough, let Darwin take effect.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little product., 6 Oct. 2011
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Packs down to about the same size as a small soft drinks can. Light enough for all but the extreme lightweight crowd for camping. There is something quite special about candle light for relaxing with. The lantern puts out just enough light to read by, and a small amount of radiant heat. Enough to warm cold fingers and just take the edge off a chilly tent.
The bail+hook keep the lantern a safe distance vertically from your tent fabric. Horizontal separation is up to the users discretion. Still, safer than a totally naked flame.
The low light is all you need in a tent plus the light cast is warm. I find LED lanterns very harsh. Great for 'doing stuff', lousy for when you're deliberately not doing anything :-)
In my experience, the candles do last 9+ hours. The citronella candles keep the tent free from bugs, but you wouldn't want to burn a citronella in an enclosed tent for very long Give it half an hour before you settle, with the tent flaps open, and enjoy a mozzie free night.
The beeswax candles on the other hand make the tent smell lovely, and the cast light is even nicer for doing nothing in. The silence compared to a roaring gas or paraffin lantern has to be appreciated too. There really is something quite civilised cooking using a silent stove whilst your lighting is silent too and you're in the back of beyond. For sitting around with your mates before turning in, a candle helps the conversation flow too without the harsh glare of LEDs or the roar of a mantle lantern. Again, the citronella will help keep the bugs away.
For home use, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I find them quite attractive, especially in brass or plain aluminium. The same comments apply to the beeswax and citronella variants of the candles btw. Much safer than naked candle flames when you have children. On the subject of children, mine calm noticeably when I light candles and kill the main room lights.
For an emergency light, they're great. For camping, they're great. Only the purchaser can make a value judgement. There is a micro version on the market as well which uses the cheaper tealight candle. Worth looking out for.
You do need to apply common sense. The top of the chimney does get very hot. Hot enough to scorch unwary flesh. This is highlighted in the manual and is more obvious than the obvious fish, but I bet someone moans they burned their fingers on it. IT'S A FLAME!, FLAMES ARE HOT!.
They are a truly lovely little product to have kicking about, blending modern and traditional design with good functionality, and as such, I highly commend them to the house.

The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979)
The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979)
Price: £11.53

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stonking good value, stonking good music!, 3 Oct. 2011
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Nicely packaged, excellent sound quality and thankfully not a victim of the 'loudness war' re-master fetish so all the original delicious nuances and dynamics are intact.
An excellent purchase for those curious about the band, or as a present for the younger rocker to show them that speed and flash do not necessarily a good sound make. This set both takes me back to my youth and still sounds, for the most part, fresh and dynamic. Good music doesn't have a sell by date. I may already have pretty much all of this on vinyl and CD, but so what. For what little it costs, to have them in one package is nice.
Playing along well, trying to... will make you grin and make your fingers bleed. If you can't play along, I bet you 'air guitar' at least once, and yes, I did punch the air.

Force Ten MK4 Standard Tent - 2012
Force Ten MK4 Standard Tent - 2012
Offered by Summits outdoor
Price: £339.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best there is., 2 Oct. 2011
I'd buy another today if I had the money. My last one survived minus stupid degrees centigrade, being buried in snow, howling gales, hence the name, driving rain and baking hot summers. All in total comfort inside. Split the pack with whoever you're sharing with and the size/weight isn't an issue for motorcycle touring.
Pitching is easy, the cotton inner means no condensation in my experience ), it just gets a little damp to the touch. The cotton outer means it actually gets more waterproof as it rains and the cotton swells.
So how did I kill it?. After one sodden weekend, I failed to air it when I got home and it rotted. Totally my fault. 18 years of sterling service and I guess I got complacent.
Yes, they are overpriced for just the odd fine weekend away, but for a week away in any, or in Scotland all, weathers they cannot be bettered. Warm in winter, cool in summer, easy to cook in with the right precautions no condensation droplets remember and just a damn fine looking tent too!
They crop up on ebay second hand, which is where I'll be hunting for this winters rally season tent.
Just remember to air it out when you return :-)

Trangia Fuel Bottle with Safety Valve, 1 L
Trangia Fuel Bottle with Safety Valve, 1 L
Price: £13.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, easy to use and doesn't leak., 2 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Trangia Fuel Bottle (Sports)
Another factor is if you use thinner walled 'pop' bottles or 500ml bottles the meths comes in at B&Q etc, there is a puncture/fracture risk. No such risk with these.
The 1L is too much for just a weekend away, but if space isn't an issue, so what. If it is, the 500ml will easily do with fuel to spare. Yes, they seem expensive, but they will last a long time and not having your clothing stink of fuel all weekend is a bonus.
The nozzle is easy to use with frozen fingers and if you're shivering, you don't hurl fuel all over the place. Yes, that -is- personal experience.
I have two of these. One for my Trangia, filled with meths, and one filled with paraffin for my Primus type 96. The nozzle makes it very easy to fill the paraffin/white fuel stoves with no spillage and of course, no funnel to use/lose.

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