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Adapter-Duo UK-USA - American Double Socket Adapter
Adapter-Duo UK-USA - American Double Socket Adapter
Offered by T2 Enterprises Ltd
Price: £7.95

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality adaptor, 19 Nov. 2011
This is a good purchase if you are heading for North America or Australia. It allows you to use two items at one, which is very useful and saves you having to transfer the adaptor every time you want to dry your hair or charge your camera or plug your laptop in.

The plug is high quality, although the pins on mine have now become bent out of shape (my own fault I think rather than a design flaw). I've been using it almost daily for about a year and a half now, and it's still working fine. The green light glows brightly when it is plugged in. It is quite wide and it does block two adjacent sockets. This won't matter for the most part, but it can be an annoyance if you're backpacking and staying in a dorm with limited plugs, as if someone else has something plugged in this often won't fit next to it.


The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
by Gretchen Rubin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy happiness, 19 Nov. 2011
If you've read Gretchen's blog, you will know what to expect from this book. Some of the content is duplicated to some extent, but the book arranges it in a nice orderly way, and goes into greater depth than the blog. I read this book in great hungry chucks, and had to force myself to savour it and not finish it too quickly. If you're not sure whether it is your thing or not, have a look at the blog first.

The author spent a year focusing on happiness; what happiness really means to her, and how she can make her everyday life more happy. Some of the ideas raised are deceptively simple, but have the potential to be life changing. Whether you decide to undertake a specific happiness project like the author, or just absorb some of the ideas that are most appealing to you, this book will make you happier, if you are open to it. The author disagrees the the statement that money can't buy you happiness; she says well thought out purchases CAN make you happier - and I'd say buying this book is a great example of how spending a few pounds can make you happier.


Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, but don't expect chick lit, 19 Nov. 2011
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I'd seen the film, which was a passable way to spend a couple of hours, but nothing spectacular. I thought the book would be better, and had heard a few good things about it. But then I read the reviews on Amazon, which as you can see are a very mixed bag, definitely tending towards the negative. Eventually I bought the book anyway.

It's a memoir of Liz, who takes a year out travelling following a rocky divorce. She chooses three destinations: Italy, India and Indonesia.

In Italy Liz pursues pure pleasure. In India she tries to find God, and in Bali she tries to find balance. The books starts off great; reading about her time in Italy really makes you want to go there yourself and taste all that delicious food. I would have been quite happy to just read about her time in Italy. The book begins to drag quite a bit in the middle. It's very personal, internal stuff, that possibly isn't that interesting to read about. Things perk up a bit in Bali, but it never quite regains the joy of the first part. However, it's still a well written, enjoyable book, with things to think about around the themes of happiness and spirituality.

If you're interested in travelogues, and also in self help type books, then this is absolutely worth a read. If you're expecting chick lit, then you might be disappointed, as it's more a self help memoir in my opinion.


The Thrift Book: Live Well and Spend Less
The Thrift Book: Live Well and Spend Less
by India Knight
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read with some useful ideas, 31 May 2009
This was an enjoyable read, I read it cover to cover in an afternoon, and I'm now going back through it to pick out the ideas I can use in my everyday life. There are loads of great blogs and websites listed in the book for further reading on each of the subjects she covers.

A lot of the points India makes are things I already do, and so I think it's aimed at people who are more wasteful with money than I am. If you're already thrifty you might find this book to be stating the obvious, or even quite extravagant (suggesting Paris as a day trip, for example!) I actually found the lifestyle the book promotes to be aspirational rather than about 'cutting back'. Aspirational in a good wholesome way though, combining old-fashioned homemaking with contemporary environmental concerns.


Rat Cage With Wheel And Floor (23 X 12 X 18" Ht)
Rat Cage With Wheel And Floor (23 X 12 X 18" Ht)
Offered by Posh Pets
Price: £48.61

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Far too small, 4 Oct. 2007
This cage is far too small. Rats need to live in pairs or groups, and this cage isn't even big enough for one.

As other people have said, no adult rat would fit in the tube or wheel. This cage is exceptionally poor value for money. It is only really any use as a travel cage, temporary cage to use when cleaning out the main cage, or possibly a hospital cage for a very sick rat. But for all these purposes there are better and cheaper options available.

To exemplify how poor value this cage is, my cage cost £40 second hand (it's as new condition) and is at least ten times the size of this.

It would be a complete waste of money to buy this, and you would be putting the health and wellbeing of your pet at risk by doing so. Save your money, do some research and buy a decent cage.


Rat / Ferret Starter Kit (23 X 12 X 18" Ht)
Rat / Ferret Starter Kit (23 X 12 X 18" Ht)
Offered by Health Style Emporium Ltd
Price: £33.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Entirely unsuitable - do not buy, 4 Oct. 2007
This cage is far too small. Rats need to live in pairs or groups, and this cage isn't even big enough for one. And as for ferrets: I'm not even convinced you could actually fit a ferret in this.

As other people have said, no adult rat would fit in the tube or wheel. Also, wood shavings is NOT a suitable bedding for rats as it can cause long term health problems. So once you've chucked those useless things out, you're left with an outdated book, water bottle, plastic food bowl, some wooden chew toys, and a cage that is probably just about big enough to put your rats in for an hour while you clean them out. Not really getting much for your £35.99.

It would be a complete waste of money to buy this, and you would be putting the health and wellbeing of your pet at risk by doing so. Save your money, do some research and buy a decent cage.


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