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Magnetic Alphabet Learning Set
Magnetic Alphabet Learning Set
Offered by Pick2Drop
Price: £1.60

1.0 out of 5 stars garbage, 14 Aug. 2017
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Absolute rubbish. Extremely low quality - do not buy.

Several letters had no magnets in them, several more the magnets fell out within 5 minutes, they can barely stick on the fridge they are so poor. Straight in the bin.


Extra Large Black 3-in-1 Bicycle Rear Pannier Bag with Rain Cover
Extra Large Black 3-in-1 Bicycle Rear Pannier Bag with Rain Cover

1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish. Don't waste your time., 17 Jan. 2017
Garbage. Super-poor quality construction, all zips broke on first use, does not hold its shape, flops into the wheels, a terrible product. They should sell these in the pound shop.

I would never have bought this if I had seen it in real life before buying.


Campingaz  CG 200-S Stove - Blue, N/A
Campingaz CG 200-S Stove - Blue, N/A
Offered by Fonq stores
Price: £68.07

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Steel body let down by brittle plastic knobs, clasp and feet that break easily, 13 April 2016
This product initially appears to be fairly well made, being mainly steel. It could be quite robust and reliable, if it were not for a major flaw:

Unfortunately the knobs, the clasp that holds it closed and the feet it stands on are all made of very brittle plastic that breaks easily. Given that these bits all stick out from the main outline, they are certain to be hit by any rough treatment and will quickly break. This seems to be a deliberate design feature, which is a rather sneaky trick. If it's not deliberate, then it's just stupid.

As other reviewers have said, it cooks as expected.

(By the way, you don't need to use Campingaz gas with these stoves - Calor gas is fine for UK users. Just make sure you get a regulator that fits your gas bottle.)


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5.0 out of 5 stars on and off - what more could you want?, 13 Feb. 2016
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great switch! it is feature-packed, turning both on AND off!


Bulldog Home Brew Beer Refill Ingredient Kit Evil Dog American Double IPA
Bulldog Home Brew Beer Refill Ingredient Kit Evil Dog American Double IPA
Offered by Home Brew Online
Price: £25.95

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't go mental, 13 Feb. 2016
This is honestly the only home brew kit I've ever had to pour down the drain due to undrinkability.

It tastes a bit like when you accidentally suck the ink out of the end of a ballpoint pen.

One good point - it's very strong and slightly hallucinogenic - causes disturbance to visual perception.

It may well be the grog the smugglers feed to their beasts in the movie A Time for Drunken Horses.

Codename: "The Mentalist"


Paramo Fuera Windproof Smock / Moss / Large
Paramo Fuera Windproof Smock / Moss / Large

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars clothing as a subscription service, 23 Aug. 2015
you can read elsewhere about this garment - it's light, windproof, not waterproof and not insulated - but good at doing what it's supposed to do
BUT you need to keep buying NikWax products to keep it water repellent

what I find nobody talking about is the way Paramo/NikWax (basically the same company!) are trying to turn clothing into a subscription service! you don't just buy the thing and own it - you need to keep on paying every year ... amazing!


How to Make a Forest Garden: 1
How to Make a Forest Garden: 1
by Patrick Whitefield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.15

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic guide to properly designing a Forest Garden (but don't believe the hype: FG yields are limited to greens, fruit & herbs), 21 Aug. 2015
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This is a great book for someone who wants to design and plan a Forest Garden and to understand the concept properly.

It gets lots of praise elsewhere, so let me offer some feet-on-the-ground criticism - not so much about the book but about the idea that forest gardening is a realistic route to family food self-sufficiency. I read a lot of nonsense claiming Forest Gardens can feed the nation.

* My take-home message is that the Forest Garden thing is very over-hyped in terms of how much of your weekly shopping you can actually, really produce for yourself. *

You can produce fruit (many types) and greens (many types, for salads and cooking) and herbs ... but not much else. And most crops are typically available only for a small portion of the year.

I can hear the space-cadets: 'oh Paul, you're not being fair! what about that handful of tiny hazelnuts we can grow? and what about the foul dandelion 'coffee' we can make?'.

If you are interested in genuine food production (rather than symbolic gestures) then wake up to this reality:
Look at your grocery shopping list - does it contain more than fruit, greens and herbs?
and do you go shopping every week or only in the spring and summer?

The fact is, old-school dig-for-victory gardening is still needed if you want any carbs or any three-dimensional non-leaf vegetables: potatoes (or the more fashionable oca or yacon), carrots, parsnips, turnips - all that stuff needs digging.

So yes, this is a great book on the topic, but do be realistic about what you can get from a Forest Garden. I think the main yield is the pleasure of tinkering in it and talking about it - and an incentive to make your diet more healthy because you'll be growing plenty of fresh fruit and greens (sometimes). But a substitute for other gardening and food-shopping it is not.

If you still want to grow a Forest Garden, be sure to check out some other sources for your plant list (Crawford and PFAF) - Whitefield's plant list is not very balanced. That said, his overall approach is excellent so this book is a good place to start designing from.


10 pack 30" Heavy Duty Olive Elastic Bungee Cords
10 pack 30" Heavy Duty Olive Elastic Bungee Cords
Offered by The Golden Bear
Price: £9.25

4.0 out of 5 stars strong, good quality, heavy, 17 Aug. 2015
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good quality, strong bungees - recommended

only downside is the weight (I bought mine for rigging a basha while wild camping)

(I have bought other similar-looking bungees in the past that had puny elastic - these are the real thing)


Wild Swimming: 300 Hidden Dips in the Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Britain
Wild Swimming: 300 Hidden Dips in the Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of Britain
by Daniel Start
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.18

5 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The 'wild' in the title is a saddening reflection of how dreary most people's lives are (and it's their own fault), 17 Aug. 2015
I absolutely hate the existence of the concept of 'wild swimming', distinct from 'swimming'. The implication is, I suppose, that ordinary swimming is done in a swimming pool as part of a dreary life and that swimming in a river or a lake or the sea is somehow wild. That's very sad but very true. OK, it's not Start's fault and I don't hate this book itself (although I do dislike it, as I explain in the next paragraph). What I hate is the world in which swimming outside is something new or out of the ordinary.

So I really hate the phrase 'wild swimming'. What about this book? Well, it annoys me too (but not as much as the title, as the book is well-meant). It annoys me because of the way media coverage like this (or TV shows, much more so) sends a sudden crowd of mindless sheeple to the locations mentioned, all talking about wild-this or foraging-that or whatever Hugh-Nincompoop-Whittingstool has most recently blessed with his approval. 'Hidden Dips'? What nonsense! Do you get your tips on the hippest bars in New York or Berlin from an in-flight magazine, too?

I really wish people would stop getting all their ideas from mainstream media and just think for themselves.


Holloway
Holloway
by Dan Richards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book if you like landscape and a sense of ..., 2 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Holloway (Paperback)
A good book if you like landscape and a sense of place in space and time.
Pro tip: if you're going to go check out the holloways in Dorset yourself, be sure to stay far away from the A35 highway that passes through Chideock and totally ruins it. It is a nightmarish road of high-speed thundering trucks, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
**North Chideock** is a much better base for exploring the holloway 'Hell Lane' (marked as such on the 1:25000 OS map). .


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