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Linnaeus' Philosophia Botanica
Linnaeus' Philosophia Botanica
by Carl von Linné
Edition: Paperback
Price: £69.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A Scholarly Masterpiece, 7 Aug. 2017
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This translation of Linnaeus' Philosophia Botanica (The Science of Botany) by Stephen Freer who died in 2017 is a masterpiece.
Despite the welter of new scientific books coming on to the scene, and then disappearing without trace, there are very few that are truly classic masterworks that will pass the test of time. This is one of those few.
Coming to the subject of biological classification as little more than an amateur entomologist (perhaps enthusiastic ‘bug hunter’ would be a more apt description) as spin-off from my passion for fly fishing; I found this book, although quite technical, absolutely fascinating. It provides a very enlightening insight into the complexity, yet systematic order, of God’s creation. The depth of the information compiled by Linnaeus is truly breath-taking.
I will not comment on Linnaeus’ original work because it is still, over 250 years later, the definitive reference work on the subject. I will leave that to those who are more scholarly than me. To have it available in the English language in this form is long overdue but that has now been remedied here. It took Stephen Freer 7 years to complete the task which is not surprising considering the vastness of the subject.
The book is well laid out and produced and, although not cheap, is well worth the price. It is not the sort of book that in a few years’ time you will want to discard.
It is highly recommended for experts and students alike, and just about anybody with an interest in the classification of the natural world, not just biology.


Send Me No Flowers [DVD]
Send Me No Flowers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Doris Day
Offered by Revolution Media
Price: £4.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Doris's best ever comedy!, 3 April 2017
This review is from: Send Me No Flowers [DVD] (DVD)
One of Doris Day's best films. Very funny with an excellent cast - especially Tony Randall as the supportive next door neighbour. Without doubt one of my all time favourites. This is good, old-fashioned, clean fun of the type that doesn't seem to be made these days. Highly recommended.


Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Illustrated Bible Dictionary
by M. G. Easton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Mine of Information, 28 Nov. 2016
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I have had a copy of this book in hardback for very many years and I bought this copy as a gift for my grandson.
It is a mine of information on hundreds of topics and is the sort of book where you look up one topic and end up dipping in and finding information on a wealth of subjects.
As Christians we can never learn enough and the sort of knowledge amassed here helps deepen our knowledge and our faith.
It may be a hundred years old but the scholarship displayed here is never out of date.
Can I comment on a couple of Amazon.com reviews? This is a 'subject' dictionary rather than a 'word' dictionary and on that basis it is very comprehensive. If you want Bible words defined something like the Zondervan Dictionary of Bible and Theology Words may be more appropriate. If you do decide you need that, please don't pass up the opportunity to buy this one as well, though. It really is that useful.
Highly recommended.


High Quality Large Hand Crafted Leather Vanity Make-Up jewellery Toiletries Box Case (Black/Burgundy) (Burgundy)
High Quality Large Hand Crafted Leather Vanity Make-Up jewellery Toiletries Box Case (Black/Burgundy) (Burgundy)
Offered by TJH Trading Limited

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanity cases hard to find nowadays, 28 Nov. 2016
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As seasoned cruisers we have always taken a vanity case full of all the pills and potions we might possibly need as this saves endless trouble in case of a minor ailment (as you get older you seem to need more and more!). After many years of faithful service our present one is starting to look its age and is well overdue for replacement and so we decided we needed a new one.
After looking for several months, in John Lewis, Fenwick ("they are still made but we don't sell them"), several luggage shops and elsewhere without any success we found this one online. Thank goodness for online shopping.
It looks very smart, is made from real leather, appears quite sturdy, bottles can be carried upright and it is just the right size for the job - not too big and not too small.
The locking device is a 3-digit combination which may not be the most secure but these things do not contain valuables and as it is carried as hand luggage it never leaves your sight.
The only improvement would be a detachable shoulder strap so you could sling it around your neck when going through check-in but that is a minor quibble.
A very useful and invaluable find.


BLACK+DECKER 7.2 V Lithium-Ion Wet and Dry Cordless Dustbuster, 10.8 W
BLACK+DECKER 7.2 V Lithium-Ion Wet and Dry Cordless Dustbuster, 10.8 W
Price: £34.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sufficient for crumbs and small debris, 24 Nov. 2016
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This appliance was purchased to replace a 7.2V Dustbuster when the batteries wore out and failed to charge any longer. After charging for 24 hours the charge only lasted 30 seconds or so before petering out.
It was bought online because Homebase (where the previous one came from) do not stock them any more, John Lewis had none, our local hardware store had only small, less powerful units, and other retailers had nothing suitable. It was therefore bought unseen but it fits the description very well.
First of all a gripe. Why do manufacturers design their products so that it is impossible to replace the rechargeable batteries when they fail? We all know why.
Despite all the claims from manufacturers like Black & Decker that they want to protect the environment, save the world’s resources and save energy, a perfectly good, but 6/7 years old, unit and its charger/transformer/bracket all had to be thrown away simply because the batteries cannot be replaced. A new battery would perhaps cost a few pounds (probably the makers would only pay pence for them?).
Having said that, this unit does the job reasonably well. The suction is sufficient for its purposes of picking up crumbs and small debris.
The hooks on the charger bracket look a bit flimsy so how long they will last remains to be seen. It can be screwed to the wall with plugs and screws provided.
Although the specification does not say so, the box quotes the voltage as being 7.2V.
A charger light to indicate when it is charging and when charging is completed would have been helpful.
The tools come loose which is a pity whereas on the old unit they all clipped to the underside and so were constantly to hand. There is a brush, narrow crevice tool and a wet pick up nozzle.
This unit has only just been bought and so I will update this post when I have used it a bit more and give my thoughts on performance and durability.
Delivery was very prompt and it was undamaged.


Midnight Blue
Midnight Blue
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, swinging, bluesy guitar CD, 28 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Midnight Blue (Audio CD)
This must be one of the finest gentle, cool, swinging, modern jazz group records of all time.
Burrell plays guitar with Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax, Major Holley Jr on bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga.
Burrell is at his best and this CD makes you realize that Turrentine is perhaps one of the most underrated tenor players. He certainly is on this showing.
Ideal for gentle listening this is a CD (with 2 additional tracks added to the original LP release) which you will want to play over and over. Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, the addition of the conga adds to the group rather than the reverse.
Playing time of around 43 minutes is not particularly long for a CD, but quality takes precedence over quantity this time and it is a highly recommenced disc.
If ever the term 'elegant' could be used of modern jazz maybe this is it.


Palmolive 200ml For Men Sensitive Shave Gel
Palmolive 200ml For Men Sensitive Shave Gel

5.0 out of 5 stars Best shave gel ever!, 28 Mar. 2016
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Forget about all the trendy shaving gels around and try this one. I have used it for many years and find it the very best. It is certainly better than some costing twice or three times as much.
It is cheap, economical and softens the beard nicely.
Wash your face well, rinse with hot water and leave it wet. Next apply a small blob, sufficient to give a nice covering of lather, and leave for a few moments if you have time, and then settle into a smoooooth and gentle shave.
It has no strong perfume, it leaves the skin feeling fresh and is very gentle on the skin.
Sometimes products that have been around for ages are ignored for just that reason, which is a pity, because this is a great product. I bought it online because local shops do not seem to stock it now.


SWISH Replacement Overlap Set for Superluxe or Duo Curtain Track
SWISH Replacement Overlap Set for Superluxe or Duo Curtain Track

5.0 out of 5 stars Swish Duo track and valance carrier replacement, 26 Feb. 2016
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Bought this as a replacement part for a broken carrier on a Swish 'Duo' track and valance set.
Arrived very promptly in a package which went through the letterbox.
The item looks a bit different from the broken part, presumably it has been modified to make it stronger.
The parts fitted fine without any modification whatsoever although it is wise to spend a moment seeing how it all fits together before taking the old one apart.
I marked the cord with a felt tip pen to make sure it went back just as it was before to ensure the cord did not need adjusting.
It took around 15/20 minutes to do the job taking my time.
When buying replacement parts you are not always sure if you have identified the correct part but in this instance it was fine.
Worked fine first time.
Excellent part and service which saved all the hassle of fitting a new track. Great!


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Removes light scratches on car paintwork, 30 Aug. 2015
This product was brought to my attention many years ago when it was called Duraglit.
Amongst other uses it can be used to remove light scuffs from car paintwork.
Rub it very, very lightly, taking great care not to go down to the primer, and surface blemishes will be removed instantly.
WARNING: go very easy until you get the hang of how hard to rub, but with light blemishes they will be completely removed. Too much hard work and you will remove the paintwork completely but with great care scuffs and scratches will become invisible and you won't know where they were!
Wonderful stuff I would not be without and worth every penny.
DISCLAIMER: I suppose that in this age of litigation I need to add that this advice is given in good faith, and users who follow these suggestions do so at their own risk! Sorry about that.


Jazz Impressions of the USA
Jazz Impressions of the USA
Offered by Gute_Preise
Price: £13.78

5.0 out of 5 stars The wait has been well worth it because it is a fine core album in the Brubeck legacy, 11 Feb. 2015
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This was the first of several 'Jazz Impressions of ...' albums by Dave Brubeck and it features Brubeck (piano), Paul Desmond (alto sax), Norman Bates (bass) and Joe Morello (drums); although Joe Dodge replaces Morello on one bonus track.
This is the first time it has appeared on CD and I snapped it up as soon as it appeared. The wait has been well worth it because it is a fine core album in the Brubeck legacy. Do not miss it.
By this time (1956/7) Brubeck had honed his ideas into what was to become a very successful formula and probably the most commercially successful modern jazz group ever.
Pick of the tracks are perhaps Ode to a Cowbow, Summer Song and History of a Boy Scout although there is not a bad track among them.
The arrival of Morello gave the group one of the best rhythm sections of all time and his thoughtful, but not intrusive, work provided just the right platform for Brubeck and Desmond.
Highly recommended. This is a CD that justifies repeated playings. It cost me £13.32 but has come down since then which makes it an even better buy.


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