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Rachel Sarai's Vineyard
Rachel Sarai's Vineyard
by Deborah Rey
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A video introduction to Rachel Sarai's Vineyard, 27 Sept. 2009
Length:: 4:32 Mins

This is the Merilang Press video introducing Rachel Sarai's Vineyard.


Garmin eMap International GPS
Garmin eMap International GPS

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great budget handheld GPS, 18 July 2009
This model is long out of production, but if you come across one it's likely to be very cheap and it's well worth having. It's a very well-built item, locks on to the satellites quickly and reliably, and seems every bit as sensitive as the newer receivers. The base map is okay if you're just a weekend walker around the countryside near London like me, but for serious use you really need to get hold of the Garmin UK map and the special lead to program the (physically large) Garmin memory card that comes with the unit. The accessories frequently appear on eBay, mostly American sellers as the unit was mainly sold in the USA. I have found no disadvantages so far. Battery life on a pair of good rechargable AAs is about 10 - 12 hours. Screen is large and easy to see in bright sunlight. I would recommend keeping the unit in a transparent plastic bag if it's rainy, just in case, since the manufacturer does not claim that it's waterproof.


Zeichne, was Du siehst: Zeichnungen eines Kindes aus Theresienstadt/Terezin
Zeichne, was Du siehst: Zeichnungen eines Kindes aus Theresienstadt/Terezin
by Helga Weissová
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £14.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Looking into the abyss, 19 Jun. 2009
One of the most poignant books that has ever been written about the role of the artist. I am a fairly unemotional person but this one did make me cry and I had to take breaks during reading it to come to terms with my feelings and reactions. You will learn something about the kind of creatures we are, at our best and at our worst. Can stand alongside such classics as The Diary of Anne Frank, Night and Schindler's Ark. There is something specially horrific about the holocaust experiences of children and young teenagers, and when the account comes from someone as sensitive, honest and gifted as this it is simply heartbreaking.


Best Of: The Autobiography Collection (Dig)
Best Of: The Autobiography Collection (Dig)
Price: £27.57

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the greatest living female singer/songwriter, 19 Jun. 2009
Each generation re-discovers Janis Ian, often through her painful laying bare of the teenage soul in the Grammy-winning 'At Seventeen'. Once discovered you will naturally want to hear what else she has written and sung, and this album is your next logical step. It won't disappoint. Janis Ian is one of the very few female artists who can be mentioned in the same breath as such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Her songs are powerful enough to be literally life-changing. If you haven't discovered them yet you are to be envied, you have a fantastic treat in store.


HP Deskjet 959c - Printer - colour - ink-jet - Legal, A4 - 600 dpi x 600 dpi - up to 11 ppm - capacity: 100 sheets - parallel, USB - AC 230V
HP Deskjet 959c - Printer - colour - ink-jet - Legal, A4 - 600 dpi x 600 dpi - up to 11 ppm - capacity: 100 sheets - parallel, USB - AC 230V

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 19 Jun. 2009
I bought one of these (used) for a friend who has a pre-USB computer and is therefore restricted to parallel connected printers. It's an obsolete machine that has been discontinued for a long time and I wasn't expecting much in the way of performance, but in fact the print quality, even for photographs on glossy photo paper and the like, is as good as anything I have seen that uses a four-colour ink system. The Epson Photo Stylus series (using six colours) is perhaps a tiny bit better, but that's about it. It's also exceptionally quiet in use and seems solidly-built. The ink cartridges, although expensive from HP, are readily available in 'compatible' versions at prices that won't make you wince. I would thoroughly recommend it for anybody restricted to parallel port operation.


Exit, Pursued by a Bee
Exit, Pursued by a Bee
by Geoff Nelder
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new take on time, 19 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Exit, Pursued by a Bee (Paperback)
There is a basic time travel plot that we all know - time traveller goes back in time, changes something, returns to the present to discover that EVERYTHING has changed - but this is a completely new take on the idea of being able to travel in and manipulate time.

The basic concept is that time would be rough-textured and bumpy unless somebody did something to smooth it out. The 'somebodies' in this case are time-lord aliens whose artefacts have been hiding under the earth's surface for millennia, harvesting the local time anomalies for their own purposes. The story begins at the moment when the alien artefacts decide to depart, leaving the earth to the mercy of its inherent temporal instability.

This isn't where I would look for deep characterisation or profound philosophy - it's essentially an adventure story - but it's an engaging premise and its working-out keeps you turning the pages. I read it at one sitting during a 'time-stretched' (delayed) air journey, and would recommend it thoroughly for such an occasion.


Tangled Roots
Tangled Roots
by Sue Guiney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insight into the mind of a scientist, 9 April 2009
This review is from: Tangled Roots (Hardcover)
The novel shifts between the viewpoints of John, a cosmology professor in a Boston university, and Grace, his mother, jumping backwards and forwards in time to include her death and burial. It isn't so much science fiction as a work of fiction about a scientist and his family. Ms Guiney succeeds in showing what it is that attracts people to the life of scientific inquiry and how spiritual needs can collide with the scientist's commitment to unbending rationalism. It also deals with how such characters are formed by events and relationships in their early lives. It is largely the story of how her protagonist achieves a life balance that allows him to live at peace with himself. There are many references to current scientific theories, particularly the near-mystical concepts that have emerged from quantum mechanics, which is the world in which John lives his life and the terms in which he tries to make sense of it, but the novel's greatest strength I think is in getting us to understand and care about the kind of man we might all too easily dismiss as a remote academic devoid of human feelings. Ms Guiney's characters really live and breathe, and our need to know what is going to happen to them next even turns it into a kind of thriller. Strongly recommended.


BT Voyager 2110 Wireless ADSL Router
BT Voyager 2110 Wireless ADSL Router

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally good performance, 16 Aug. 2008
This is my third router, the previous ones being Belkin and Netgear, and both became faulty after a period of use. I have had the Voyager for about seven months, so I can't vouch for its long term performance, but the performance within that period has been exceptionally good. Firstly, the Internet connection has NEVER dropped out. It has been switched off when I have been away from home occasionally and on switching on again it recaptures the broadband signal within about half a minute without my touching it. The other two both had occasional drop outs and had to be rebooted. Secondly the signal strength right at the top of my three storey Victorian house is more than twice as strong as it was with my earlier routers. The wireless card in the upstairs PC reports 75% signal as against 35% with the other routers. It was fast and straightforward to set up and both the instructions and the on-screen menu are written in plain English. The security key is pre-set in this unit, which means you might have difficulty if you wanted to use it as an unsecured public access point in a restaurant or something like that, although there may well be a way to disable the WEP security somewhere in the software. In its default condition it gives you 128 bit encryption which should be ultra safe. The Wi-Fi connection speed seems just as fast as when you plug the computer in on a cable.

Overall, very impressive performance, and very good value for money.
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Intempo Digital TRS-01Bk Glossy Black DAB Transistor Radio
Intempo Digital TRS-01Bk Glossy Black DAB Transistor Radio

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate as a tuner, 27 Jan. 2008
I haven't experienced any of the major breakdowns and problems that other reviewers have reported. I bought this for my elderly mother-in-law whose eyesight is failing badly. The feature I wanted was the press-button station selection, which means that once it's set up she can go from station to station using 'feel' rather than sight. That aspect works very well. The internal speaker is next to useless, but if you plug in a set of cheap computer powered speakers to the earphone socket you get remarkably good stereo. The background on mine is totally silent and the sensitivity seems fine. The only thing I have noticed is that if you use it on battery it seems amazingly energy-inefficient. Battery life is ridiculously short. So if you want push-button station selection and don't mind using external speakers it's fine. Think of it as a tuner rather than a selfcontained radio.


Pioneer A-109 40w Amplifier - Black
Pioneer A-109 40w Amplifier - Black

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly harmless, 19 Jan. 2008
I use this as a PA amplifier in small halls, mostly fed from a very simple battery-powered mixer and a radio mic. In this capacity it works well, but it would be nice if the main unit incorporated a means of mixing or adding more than one input rather than merely switching from one to the other. An odd idiosyncrasy is that a sudden large spike to the input (e.g. pulling out an audio plug) can cause the front end to go into some kind of oscillation, knocking out the sound completely until the unit is switched off and on again (and there is a nine second delay before it comes back on). I returned mine for servicing in an attempt to solve this problem but the engineers were unable to reproduce the fault. It's fairly rare but disastrous when it happens. In normal use the unit is absolutely fine and good value for the money.


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