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SIRUI T-005X Ultralight Travel Tripod with C-10S Ball Head - Black
SIRUI T-005X Ultralight Travel Tripod with C-10S Ball Head - Black
Price: £109.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very light and easy to use, 9 Sept. 2017
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I`m very impressed with how light this is, and that it`s easy to assemble, because my wife`s using it with her Canon camera and isn`t always the most patient with things that require something beyond rudimentary effort! This is obviously a well made travel tripod and offers reassuring support for something that can be folded and fitted into a normal rucksack or similar sized bag. The twisted locks are easy to use and the rubber feet keep it safe. The camera feels secure when attached which is clearly one of the biggest concerns and it has a very professional feel to it. I`ve only got one comparison -- an AmazonBasics model - and this is better than that; whether it`s worth this amount of money depends on how serious you are taking photography!


Hitchhiker
Hitchhiker
Price: £9.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real "treasure", 9 Sept. 2017
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I think this is an incredibly beautiful record. Neil`s voice, at this point - in this one session! - in his career, was perfectly suited to his solo acoustic performances (without hitting the falsetto of a few years before). He was amazingly prolific and of course as obstinate as he has ever been in the mid-70s. He subsequently either released these songs when he felt that they were right for whichever record, rerecorded them, or just discarded them. Whatever his reasons for not releasing this in its entirety at the time, I am very very happy that it has happened now. Certainly the familiarity with most of the songs doesn`t detract from how much of a joy this is.

I think the main thing I love is that the songs feel perfect together, in this style. I prefer this version of both Powderfinger and Pocohontas, which surprised me. I tend to listen to Le Noise and Hawks and Doves very infrequently, but Captain Kennedy and Hitchhiker deserve to be in this company and they sound better by dint of what surrounds them, and again, Hitchhiker works like this compared to what Daniel Lanois did to it (or with it, depending on your feelings towards that record). And Campaigner... well, it`s been my favourite Neil Young song for so long and I love it with slightly altered verses, just as much as the take on Decade. It`s still a brilliant song that I could listen to on repeat for hours. And The Old Country Waltz is magnificent as a solo piano piece.

I love the packaging too - the lyrics on a A1 size folded sheet, and the photo of Neil is awesome for the solo moodiness of the record. How anyone could record these songs in this format and hold them back for almost exactly as long as I`ve been alive, is just astonishing... but that`s the price for loving Neil,, I guess.


Frame Company Drayton Range 8x6-inch Grey Picture Photo Frame
Frame Company Drayton Range 8x6-inch Grey Picture Photo Frame
Price: £7.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well made small frame, 9 Sept. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It is a very plain grey frame, but it is nicely made, and looks good. Obviously it depends on what image you`re pairing with it, but generally this colour would enhance an image due to it possessing no signifcant colour of its own. The backing is solid and can be portrait or landscape, and has the clips to allow you to remove and insert a picture.


InterDesign Classico Cabinet Kitchen Wrap Organizer, Chrome
InterDesign Classico Cabinet Kitchen Wrap Organizer, Chrome
Price: £15.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple shiny storage, 9 Sept. 2017
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Very light and shiny chrome rack, which is plenty big enough even for the large-size clingfilm and foils I buy, and I can still squeeze in some sandwich bags.


Staedtler Noris Club 550 02 School Compass with Centre Wheel Set with Extension Bar, Universal Adapter and Lead Box
Staedtler Noris Club 550 02 School Compass with Centre Wheel Set with Extension Bar, Universal Adapter and Lead Box
Price: £13.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality set, 9 Sept. 2017
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Comprehensive set which in its secure box contains everything you`d want in a compass set - a bit above school level I`d say. It`s fun to play around with and I`ll use for art as it`s a quality item - well-built and reliable. Easy to set-up and fun.


Belkin HDMI Female to USB-C Male Adapter (4k at 60 Hz, 4096x2160) - Black
Belkin HDMI Female to USB-C Male Adapter (4k at 60 Hz, 4096x2160) - Black
Price: £47.54

4.0 out of 5 stars Hassle-free connection, 9 Sept. 2017
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It`s a no-frills adaptor, no lights or buttons, just a plug `n` play thing... it gets a little hot but it plugs into both the HDMI and USB-C sockets tightly and securely and provides an excellent connection and image transfer. Works well.


InterDesign Frost Spa Small Stacking Basket
InterDesign Frost Spa Small Stacking Basket
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Light and tough, 6 Sept. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It`s too small for the bathroom, which had been intention as place for it, as it`ll barely fit a quarter of my products, never mind those of my wife... but it`s perfect for storing art equipment - a few jars full of brushes and various spirits and sprays - all in one place. It`s made from hard plastic so that`s good for the clumsy part of me, and it`s waterproof so that`s good or the clumsy part of me. It`s well made and looks pretty close to unbreakable. It barely weighs anything.


Asia's Reckoning: The Struggle for Global Dominance
Asia's Reckoning: The Struggle for Global Dominance
by Richard McGregor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.89

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, without possessing insight into the future, 3 Sept. 2017
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It`s certainly a well-researched book, and the author knows his subject. It`s a thorough enough dissection of how we got to where we are in the east/Asia. However... he definitely believes in the theory about knowing your history, and being destined to repeat it if you don't etc. In a lot of walks of life this is true - but the modern age, I don`t think anything can predict how the major players in Asia will react to anything from an imagined slight on Twitter to a real nuclear threat. The "struggle for dominance" is a fascinating thing, but there isn`t anything here that gives us a clue about what the "reckoning" will be... who knows what lengths the two fat men, Trump and Kim, will go to, to avoid looking like a little boy? Not to speak of China and Russia and Europe. The subject itself is almost too depressing/pointless to ponder... and whilst there might be some clues here, I think today`s leaders are so dangerous that reading this will only make you pine for the relative safety of the Cold War.


Philips Series 3000 7-in-1 Grooming Kit for Face & Beard - MG3720/13
Philips Series 3000 7-in-1 Grooming Kit for Face & Beard - MG3720/13
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, 2 Sept. 2017
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It`s quite similar to a Philips trimmer I`ve had for a while, but this has the exciting (joke) addition of a massive range of heads and a nasal/ear hair trimmer. It`s a very light trimmer and the range of heads will suit more or less any length of facial hair and the charge time, while being long, is okay when it last for many a trimming. Changing the heads is easy, but it would be good if they provided a proper case of something because I have a bunch of different heads with nowhere to go. My only complaint really is that the chargers for each Philips device is different, even for very similar trimmers, so you`ll accumulate so many you`ll eventually give up trying to match the device with the wire...


Artist's Drawing Techniques: Discover How to Draw Landscapes, People, Still Lifes and More, in Pencil, Charcoal, Pen and Pastel
Artist's Drawing Techniques: Discover How to Draw Landscapes, People, Still Lifes and More, in Pencil, Charcoal, Pen and Pastel
by DK
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for most artists, 2 Sept. 2017
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I`m reviewing this from the perspective of being a fairly capable artist, and was curious as to what sort of depth this would go into, bearing in mind it`s making a big effort to cover almost everything possible technique regarding creating art. I`ve also got a few DK books, and they are usually pretty serviceable without being exceptional. I think this is better than I thought it would be though, and anyone unfamiliar with anything from sketching to oils to graphite and water colours will definitely come away from the book with an increased knowledge. It`s a big heavy book and is pleasantly arranged, both in terms of usability and visually - it looks nice and is practical. Good effort, DK.


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