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The Hebrides: By the presenter of BBC TV's Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands
The Hebrides: By the presenter of BBC TV's Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands
by Paul Murton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.35

3.0 out of 5 stars Plain, 4 Oct. 2017
This is a readable, reasonable introduction to the Hebrides. The islands are arranged in chapter groups and each given a profile of around one to four pages. Entries start with an explanation of the island's name and specification of its size. Paul then either recalls some (largely superficial and often weather-based) memories of visits in his younger days and adds some interesting stories about the island's history and folklore.The focus wanders a bit. Sometimes this seems like a reference book, sometimes like a travelogue and sometimes like a book version of the TV series complete with what I imagine are transcripts from his interviews. Overall, the writing perhaps lacks colour.


Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football
Saturday, 3pm: 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football
by Daniel Gray
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Slender, 12 Sept. 2017
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First things first: don't get this book if you're after a meaty read for the airport and poolside. The volume is smaller than A5 and 1 cm thick. You will zip through it in a couple of hours.

Described as prose poetry, the short essays cover 50 topics of football culture, all well observed, some whimsical and some that will bring a wry smile to your face.

This passage about outfield players going in goal sums up the style: "The goalkeeper's shirt is always too big for an outfield player. It flaps baggily in the wind and laps towards the ends of this shorts. He pulls on gloves drenched heavy by sweat, yanking the Velcro wrist straps tight with his mouth and only then begins to tuck in his shirt. It is like shoving a flag into a drain and when he is finished he resembles a schoolboy dressed from the lost property box. Once he has jumped up to demonstrate - to himself as much as anyone else - that he can reach the crossbar play can begin."

A pleasant, easy read though not one that will make a lasting impression.


Amazing Grace [DVD]
Amazing Grace [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ioan Gruffudd
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Amaz ... zzz ... ing gra ... zzz ..., 11 Sept. 2017
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I found this slow, boring, lacking in action, hard to understand and with particularly weak screenplay. It comes across as an old fashioned, TV or 'made for school' drama rather than feature film and reminded me in terms of its stageyness and darkness of Amadeus. Perhaps I should steer clear of films that start with 'ama' ...

A book is probably a better way of accessing and understanding Wilberforce's story.


Hell and High Water: My Epic 900-Mile Swim from Land's End to John O'Groats
Hell and High Water: My Epic 900-Mile Swim from Land's End to John O'Groats
by Sean Conway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.08

4.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn, 15 Aug. 2017
What a great tale and what an incredible achievement especially given all the things that went wrong. Very quick and easy to read too. The prose is pretty tabloidy and the quotes are artificial, though. You don't get much of a feel for the personalities on the expedition nor of the relationships between them. For example I'm sure that the author was much angrier than he lets on about the first skipper quitting part way around the coast. But it's easy to put all these minor editorial gripes to one side bearing in mind the extraordinary adventure that's being recounted.


Huge Cinch 1 2 3 or 4 Man Lightweight Pop Up Tent With 2 Entrances, 2 Storage Bays, LED Lighting, Canopies And Loads More
Huge Cinch 1 2 3 or 4 Man Lightweight Pop Up Tent With 2 Entrances, 2 Storage Bays, LED Lighting, Canopies And Loads More

2.0 out of 5 stars Noisy and unstable in the wind, 1 Aug. 2017
The Cinch tent is quick and simple to erect, yes, but be aware that it's very noisy and unstable in the wind. It sways and creaks all over the place making sleep difficult. Having two entrances is handy but I can't quick see the point of the two projecting awnings given that there's no groundsheet below them. In short, a good tent for the kids in the garden or at a festival but think twice about buying it if you're going out in the wilds.


Northerners
Northerners
by Sefton Samuels
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.20

3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty quick flick through, 1 Aug. 2017
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Not a great deal to this book. It's a quick flick through only and not a book that I expect to go back to often. Some of the pics are evocative, others seem very ordinary and the collection lacks focus in places. Glad I only paid 1p for it!


Vango Camino Walking Pole
Vango Camino Walking Pole
Offered by ALL OUTDOOR LTD
Price: £14.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for the features but a little heavy, 1 Aug. 2017
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Good features given the value eg suspension in the handle and locking mechanism. The stick is relatively heavy, though, and the basket and rubber footing inevitably came off the first time I used it.


Ultrasonic Cat Fox Bird & Squirrel Repeller, Volador Solar Powered Animal Repeller Wild Animal and Pest Deterrent Scare Away Dog,Cat,Squirrel,Rat,Vole,Raccoon,Fox,Rodent,etc
Ultrasonic Cat Fox Bird & Squirrel Repeller, Volador Solar Powered Animal Repeller Wild Animal and Pest Deterrent Scare Away Dog,Cat,Squirrel,Rat,Vole,Raccoon,Fox,Rodent,etc
Offered by Volador UK
Price: £36.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to assess efficacy, 1 Aug. 2017
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Difficult to really assess how efficacious this scarer has been partly because we have a large lawn so coverage is far from complete. We still get hedgehog dirt but perhaps that's because the animals aren't caught by the beam.


Single Or Double Inflatable Airbed With Dual Power 12v & 240v Fast Electric Air Bed Inflator Pump Set Ideal for Camping or Guest Bed (Blue single bed with pump)
Single Or Double Inflatable Airbed With Dual Power 12v & 240v Fast Electric Air Bed Inflator Pump Set Ideal for Camping or Guest Bed (Blue single bed with pump)
Offered by UKHobbyStore ~ PowerSaveBulbs UK
Price: £23.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable but be wary of the length, 1 Aug. 2017
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Comfortable, good value and pump works fine. Note, however, that if you're six foot your feet will stick over the end.


Dell KB216 USB Keyboard - Black
Dell KB216 USB Keyboard - Black
Offered by PCBuyIT Limited
Price: £14.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value light touch keyboard, 1 Aug. 2017
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Nice light touch keys although not as light as laptop keys. Decent sized keyboard with all the keys in a familiar place which helps and I much prefer a non-Bluetooth connection too. Good value.


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