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George Tice: Selected Photographs, 1962-2000 (Pocket paragon)
George Tice: Selected Photographs, 1962-2000 (Pocket paragon)
by George Tice
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The man who shot New Jersey, 28 July 2016
A delightful keepsake of George Tice's photography in a handy sized paperback, published in 2001 by David Godine in his 'Pocket Paragon Book' series. The book has seventy-five photos covering work up to 1999 though Tice has had several titles published since then but they tend to contain photos taken before 1999 so this paperback is a good, but brief, overview of his work.

The earliest photo in the book was taken in 1953 (Tice was just fifteen) showing a Bowery resident unconscious on the sidewalk, subsequent work jumps every few years with a wonderful selection of mostly exterior photos taken in the US and Europe. His fascination with New Jersey gets the most work, including the famous shot of Petit's Mobil station in Cherry Hill from 1974.

The photos are printed as two hundred screen duotones on a light cream paper with rather elegant layout and typography. My copy, which I bought recently second-hand, has a round sticker on the front saying Autographed Copy and there is Mr Tice's signature on the title page.

I mentioned that New Jersey has the most photos and if you are new to the work of this photographer I can recommend his book Paterson II (ISBN 9781593720223). A remarkable selection of photos revealing everyday life in the city but what makes the book unique is the printing using a six hundred screen making the pictures almost indistinguishable from prints of the photos.
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Snug Essential Polycotton Fitted Sheet, Cream, Double
Snug Essential Polycotton Fitted Sheet, Cream, Double
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The right double fit, 28 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A very acceptable fitted sheet for a double bed (135 by 190 cm). Oddly it says: Wash before use, on the piece of paper inside the transparent packaging, I've no idea why. Nicely the fabric requires a minimum of ironing though I've never ironed them, stretching them to fit over a mattress more or less gets rid of any creases. The beige is a pleasant sort of neutral colour that will go with most duvets. A good product with my minor criticism that it doesn't come with a couple of beige pillowcases.


JINRUI PU Leather Watch Box Organizer Watch Case Jewelry Box Watch Jewelry Display Storage with Glass Top Classic Gray inner integument and Black surface appearance (12-Slot)
JINRUI PU Leather Watch Box Organizer Watch Case Jewelry Box Watch Jewelry Display Storage with Glass Top Classic Gray inner integument and Black surface appearance (12-Slot)
Offered by Jinrui TOOL
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this space, 27 July 2016
This review is for the twelve space case, you can also buy a six, ten or twenty-four space version. For the price I think it's reasonably well made, solid but not heavy (the interlocking sections inside are material covered thick cardboard) the white stitching round the faux leather is evenly spaced making an attractive looking display case.

So far I've filled it with five watches I've owned over the years that have a sentimental value, I don't think any of them work now. Usefully the watch pillows can easily be removed and the space used for jewellery or other smallish valuables and because the sides are flat it really can be used as a display case. I suppose the simple design of suggests it's more male than female but really it's a unisex product. Check out the Product Description above for the various dimensions. ***I was given a sample to review.


Solar LED Lights (2 Pack) [3rd Generation] Siensync(TM) 2-in-1 Solar Powered Outdoor Spotlight (Warm White LEDs) for Landscape Lighting Waterproof Wall Light Bulb Driveway Yard Lawn Pathway Garden
Solar LED Lights (2 Pack) [3rd Generation] Siensync(TM) 2-in-1 Solar Powered Outdoor Spotlight (Warm White LEDs) for Landscape Lighting Waterproof Wall Light Bulb Driveway Yard Lawn Pathway Garden
Offered by Siensync Europe
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough night lights, 27 July 2016
These are standard Chinese made solar powered LED lights. To get the best out of any of this type of product requires the maximum amount of light, I've wall mounted mine 220cm above the ground so they act as down-lighters with the solar panel tilted up getting light from sunrise to about midday, at the moment they work beautifully for a few hours through the night but I'll be interested in seeing how much light they put out in the wintertime, as mine don't get light all day, I'm betting they will work for an hour or two after it gets dark

Another consideration with solar powered lights is how many re-charge cycles the battery can go through before they wear out. The single sheet instructions actually mentions around eighteen months before the battery might need replacing (Amazon sell some for around £12 for two). This could be sort of expensive if you have several of these lights around your garden despite free sunshine.

This set gives out a yellow rather than white light and looks quite pleasant at night because it's softer than white LEDs. There's a three position button on the back: off/on; low; high. To my mind there isn't too much difference in light strength between the two options. Most folk use the lights stuck on a spike (supplied) in the garden but they can be wall mounted as I've done and I've knocked off a star for this. The three holes at the back of the light are near impossible to use because the middle part of the casing more or less obscures the holes either to bang a nail through or use a screw. I made one of the holes a bit bigger and used one screw to fix the light to a wall...very fiddly but it is possible.

The pack says these are third generation solar lights, I've no idea what that means, they seem the same as similar lights that Amazon sells with only difference being the price. ***I was given this sample to review.


Philips GC7035/20 PerfectCare Viva Steam Generator Iron, 1.7 Litre, 5 Bar, Blue
Philips GC7035/20 PerfectCare Viva Steam Generator Iron, 1.7 Litre, 5 Bar, Blue
Price: £257.38

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5.0 out of 5 stars Philips 'OptimalTemp Technology' irons out a mundane job, 24 July 2016
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For the last two years I've been using a Philips GC6631 steam generating iron with excellent results, I was very impressed by the development of a water-tank base separate from the iron, no more filling a reservoir in the iron and so making it lighter in use. The newish seven hundred series takes some of the models into the high-tec area. This 7035/20 has an increased reservoir at 1.7 litres and intriguingly no heat control plus it won't burn a hole through your clothing if you leave it on it (always a stand-by visual joke of TV sitcoms).

The iron is almost in two pieces, the base/reservoir and the iron connected to it by a thick cable for the steam. I thinks it's worth pointing out that the base has quite a large footprint (32 by 19 cm) and might not sit comfortably on the rest of your ironing board plus it weighs (with the iron) around 4.5 kilos when the tank is filled to the max. But the base needn't rest on the board, the cable from it to the iron is 160cm so it could easily be put on a nearby flat surface.

The iron soleplate has the same dimensions as the 6631 model I'm used to with the steam trigger on the underside of the handle but without the temperature dial. Because the soleplate doesn't heat up it cools very quickly when the steam is cut off via the trigger. With only the slim steam trigger visible the iron looks rather stylish, especially the open end of the handle. In use it glides easily over material and to my mind delivers enough steam to do what it's supposed to.

Included in the box is a Calc-Clean container for descaling, high-tec works here by having a light flash when it needs to be done, press a button to start the process and you'll hear short beeps, it's all done when the beeps stop.

What next for ironing? Maybe Philips will produce a robot model that detects if it's near the edge of the ironing board so it doesn't fall off. Incidentally this is one of fifteen Philips steam generating irons Amazon sells and I've noticed that the price of this model can vary quite considerably, put the exact model code and number into Google and see what results you get.


Michael Light: LA Day, LA Night
Michael Light: LA Day, LA Night
by Michael Light
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £45.70

3.0 out of 5 stars Light weight, 23 July 2016
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Following the LA Night photos there are eight pages with a conversation between Michael Light and Lawrence Weschler where Light says he uses a Linhof Aero-Technika camera (that uses five-inch roll film) to take these interesting photos of Los Angles. The daylight ones were taken during two days and produced over nine hundred photos which makes me ask why there are only thirteen plus two more used as endpapers? The night section is equally sparse with twelve (and two as endpapers). With so few images in this large-size book it seems more of a vanity project for the publishers, more so as the photo sections are bound as two books in one, for no other reason than to show it can be done (from a printer's point-of-view it's no problem).

The few LA Day photos certainly have some visual charm especially those that reveal a sfumato feel to the city, Light deliberately shot into the sun to create this effect but it also means that all the photos have a grey cast with no real blacks. LA Night, of course, is seriously full of blackness and as such I don't think they are really worth looking at more than a couple of times. The extraordinary look of the freeways in real life with ribbons of white headlights and red tail-lights would have produced some quite stunning photos but in mono the magic evaporates.

The book is certainly a beautiful print job, excellent matt art paper for 250 screen printing. Both photo sections have a page each for the brief captions but there are no page numbers. Incidentally, three of the LA Day photos appeared in 2004 Metropolis book 'Looking at Los Angeles'.
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Brightwork: Classic American Car Ornamentation
Brightwork: Classic American Car Ornamentation
by Ken Steacy
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Brightwork classics, 19 July 2016
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Oh, wow! Just incredible! Page after page of dazzling chrome car ornaments and Ken Steacy has 'em all. His collection has the best an exuberant Detroit could offer through the mid thirties to the late fifties. Page 27 shows the famous pin-up artist George Petty working on a 1949 Nash ornament, possibly the only one in the world that had the artist's name stamped on it, page 41 has a 1935 Hupmobile hood rocket ship straight out of a Buck Rogers comic and pages 64-65 with four futuristic rocket designs for a fifties Oldsmobile.

Not only hood ornaments but horn buttons, emblems and my favourite section 'Scripts' with its Ultramatic, Futuramic, Dynaflow and Super DeLuxe, in bright chrome cursive-bold-italic typography.

All of the images just jump of the page thanks to the lovely photos taken by Rob d'Estrube and the layouts by Ken Steacy. I doubt there is a better book of Detroit's brightwork.
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Solla® 15W LED Flood Lights Outdoor Security Lights, Super Bright LED Floodlight Waterproof LED Spotlights Wall Lamp,1200 LM,Daylight White (5500-6500K),72pcs SMD4014 LEDs
Solla® 15W LED Flood Lights Outdoor Security Lights, Super Bright LED Floodlight Waterproof LED Spotlights Wall Lamp,1200 LM,Daylight White (5500-6500K),72pcs SMD4014 LEDs
Offered by led-supply
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on, 15 July 2016
Some of the reviews here are for lights with different wattage, I have a fifteen watt one which I've installed to replace an old, rather bulky halogen light. The existing power cable comes out of the wall and I was hoping to connect it inside the light and discard the cable it came with. This wasn't possible as the flex is soldered inside and covered with clear sealant. Incidentally the materials inside the casing are very basic, in particular the metal reflector frame round the LEDs is thin and easily bendable though I expect the same material is common to all lights of this type.

I bought a waterproof junction box and this solved the problem, both cables go into this and joined inside with a connector block. The light it gives out is excellent considering the wattage. The metal case looks robust enough and I'm hoping the waterproof aspect in the product description is true. The light doesn't come with any screws or masonry plugs but it's easy to install if you take off the holding bracket and fix that to any upright surface and then put the light back onto the bracket.

As with all these LED lighting products it's impossible to predict how long the LEDs will last. My usage of this spotlight will be very little so I'm assuming the light will last for some years as the previous halogen one did. ***I was given this sample to review.


EFOSHM Active Noise Canceling Headphones Over-ear Headsets Wired earphone for iphone,Samsung,LG,IOS,Andorid Phones,Tablets,Portable Music Players,Laptop PC,Travel Devices with Carry Case-Black
EFOSHM Active Noise Canceling Headphones Over-ear Headsets Wired earphone for iphone,Samsung,LG,IOS,Andorid Phones,Tablets,Portable Music Players,Laptop PC,Travel Devices with Carry Case-Black
Offered by EFOSHM
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Listen in comfort, 13 July 2016
An interesting headset that delivers reasonable sound (least for certain types of music). It's the reproduction that matters but I was rather impressed with the whole package. They come in a sturdy zipped case, inside is a removable Velcro zipped pocket with the USB cable (to charge up the Noise Cancelling option) audio cable and plug for use on a plane. I would have preferred a curly stretchable audio cable, the sort Sennheiser use which can easy stretch to six feet or more. A nice touch was individual plastic bags round each earpiece when I first opened the carry case.

Build quality seems fine, soft headband and excellent soft ear coverings though it doesn't look like these can replaced if they get torn or too used. You'll be able to wear this headset for some hours without being aware of them (good for use on a long journey). As with most mid-price headsets these days the bass is (in my opinion) over-emphasised, fine for a wide range of popular music but listen to something else and the low notes tend to over-power and sort of push to the back higher frequencies. Just listen to some speech on Radio4 to really notice the bass frequencies. Of course this isn't a problem if your audio source has the option of a graphic equaliser. I found the Active Noise Cancelling worked well, just turn it on and the volume dramatically increases as the background slips away. Incidentally, don't forget to switch this option off.

If you can modify the audio input to your taste this headset (including the extras) is reasonable for the price. ***I was given this sample to review.


British Magazine Design
British Magazine Design
by Anthony Quinn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrating regular interval publishing, 11 July 2016
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A worthwhile visual history of British magazines from 1850 right up to 2011. The author concentrates on weekly and monthly consumer titles available across the Nation, some of which sold in their millions during past decades. The eight chapters each start with a spread of text followed by pages of covers and inside pages, all in colour. I was rather impressed with the long detailed caption to each of these illustrations, clearly Anthony Quinn has done a lot research into the personalities and publishing techniques that made magazines a vibrant part of the British publishing industry.

From the earliest issues in the mid-1800s through to about the late-1980s the covers and inside pages had a design logic to them based on centuries of graphic art traditions then with the advent of DTP so much of what had been handled by outside craftsmen was produced in the office by the editorial staff with their Macs. This seems to be a backward step with some titles shown in the last pages of the book, covers and inside spreads have a rather scrappy look because changing things was just a keystroke away.

Overall there must be several hundred pictures throughout the pages, covers dominate which is slightly unfortunate because many of the inside spreads are shown too small to appreciate their visual content. Apart from that I thought the book was an excellent history of consumer magazine print.
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