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Ring for Jeeves: (Jeeves & Wooster)
Ring for Jeeves: (Jeeves & Wooster)
by P.G. Wodehouse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars One for completists only, 12 Sept. 2017
When were the Jeeves and Wooster stories set ? They first appeared in 1915 and thereafter generally imply a 1920s setting though the London clubland scenes actually hark back to the pre-Edwardian and Edwardian era. With minor discrepancies this setting is maintained throughout the series - with the exception of this book written and set in 1953. It is really jarring to have characters watching TV and discussing the First and Second World Wars and Hitler. As has been mentioned in other reviews the character of Jeeves is also different here. I am reading the novels in sequence and after the immediately preceding works of genius this book is a real let down. One for completists only.


Garmin eTrex 20x Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit with TopoActive Western Europe Maps
Garmin eTrex 20x Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit with TopoActive Western Europe Maps
Price: £145.90

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but ....., 11 May 2017
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I'm giving a longish review of this because you really have to be sure it is worth the money.

I use this to guide me on walks in and around London. I load routes as GPX files I've either created myself using Google Maps or downloaded from the internet for official trails like the Capital Ring. Previously I was using my iPhone and some free/cheap apps to do this which was fine except:

1) iPhone battery drains quickly
2) Holding the phone for a few hours is uncomfortable and I am liable to drop it
3) Phone is no good if it is raining
4) iPhone locations services (and compass) are a bit unreliable

The Garmin eTrex 20x addresses all of these problems:

1) Batteries (you put in your own AAs which can be rechargeable) are supposed to last 20+ hours, plus you can carry spares anyway.
2) It is small and sturdy with plastic case and screen that should be OK if you drop it
3) It seems to be reasonably waterproof if it rains
4) Once you have got a satellite signal it seems accurate

So far so good. Here are the drawbacks:

1) The screen size, resolution, and updating rate when you are moving is far inferior to a cheap smartphone (and way inferior to my Garmin car GPS which didn't cost much more).
2) It has a really slow USB connector which means updating the maps can take an hour
3) It is way too expensive for the functionality you get compared to a cheap smartphone + apps, and the accessories are even more expensive for what they are.
4) THE DOCUMENTATION IS TERRIBLE. The simple printed user guide you get is useless, it does not even tell you how to move around and select menu options which is the first thing you have to do when you switch it on and do the initial set-up. The Garmin website has a few stray videos showing you some basic features but I really prefer written instructions so I can work through them at my own pace. Anything more than that (loading existing GPX files in my case) you are on your own with only Google to help you. Based on chatboard advice I tried one method of loading GPX files which totally failed. Eventually I installed their free PC Basecamp software (another documentation black hole without even on-line help) and eventually managed to do what I wanted. However I am sure there are all sorts of other useful features which I don't know exist and I couldn't easily find out how to use anyway.

So, for me, it does what I wanted it to do but you need to be sure it is right for you before buying.


Creeping Thyme / Thymus serpyllum / 500 Seeds
Creeping Thyme / Thymus serpyllum / 500 Seeds
Offered by (UK DISPATCH) Warehouse Deals Direct ltd
Price: £1.83

1.0 out of 5 stars Not thyme, 26 Nov. 2016
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Same experience as another buyer here. Lots of seeds in a packet labelled by hand. They germinated but were not thyme, some totally different plant.


Empire of Booze
Empire of Booze
by Henry Jeffreys
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.38

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good (but could have been a bit better), 5 Nov. 2016
This review is from: Empire of Booze (Hardcover)
This is a good read as other reviewers have said and I would recommend it.

However I feel it would have benefitted from stronger editing. The chapters are of different quality and length with some (on Marsala for example) very good, instructive and relevant to his theme (the shaping of drinks by Empire) but others (eg. Gin) being somewhat perfunctory with little unfamiliar material and only peripherally relevant to his theme. Organisation is also poor with, for example, Champagne dealt with at length at the start of the book only to make a return towards the end. Overall it is like a number of magazine articles strung loosely together rather than a single coherent book and I feel a strong editor would have improved this. There are minor irritations, in several places facts in a sentence are directly contradicted in a footnote on the same sentence, this just makes it look like he corrected things at the last minute. Also his somewhat flippant sense of humour will not be to everyone's taste - for example when describing the enthusiasm and fashion for scientific investigation in the 17th century he notes that "to look the part" Samuel Pepys bought a 12ft telescope - coincidentally I was reading Pepy's diaries for 1666 in parallel to this and that is simply untrue, he was genuinely interested in astronomy and it was nothing to do with looking the part - it made me wonder what else he had got wrong.


Latice Board Game (Standard Edition)
Latice Board Game (Standard Edition)
Offered by Adacio Inc.
Price: £18.99

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good (but not great), 25 Sept. 2016
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I bought this because it is currently one of the most popular board games on Amazon. We have enjoyed playing it a few times. The quality of the board and tiles are very good. The rules are clear and easy to learn for all recommended ages. The price is reasonable. It does not last for more than about 20 minutes a game. The game itself is OK but it feels as if it was designed by a committee, it is really just two-dimensional dominoes with some added bits and pieces. The problem I have with it is that virtually no strategy is involved beyond how to play your own tiles in the most effective way, you have no clue what tiles the other player(s) are holding so you can do nothing to make things more difficult for them, so it is a lesser game than something like Labyrinth which is more competitive and a real instant classic.

Anyway, well worth buying for younger players as an alternative to other types of board game.
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A Stain in the Blood: The Remarkable Voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby
A Stain in the Blood: The Remarkable Voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby
by Joe Moshenska
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 28 Aug. 2016
A big disappointment. I was hoping this would be popular history in the manner of Giles Milton and others but it falls far short. Although the subject of the book was clearly charismatic and fascinating this account of him is tedious, hard to read and dull. It is a bit of a mystery why this book got such rave reviews in the press. It has an endorsement by Ruth Scurr on the jacket but it could hardly be more different to her quite brilliant assembled autobiography of John Aubrey (who is quoted in this book, sometimes without attribution, to liven it up a bit).


Thames Path in London: From Hampton Court to Crayford Ness: 50 miles of historic riverside walk (National Trail Guides)
Thames Path in London: From Hampton Court to Crayford Ness: 50 miles of historic riverside walk (National Trail Guides)
by Phoebe Clapham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 July 2016
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Perfect. Level of detail exactly right.


Memwah USB 3.0 Multi Card Reader - Super Fast USB 3.0 Adapter for all SD SDHC SDXC Micro SD MSXC Cards
Memwah USB 3.0 Multi Card Reader - Super Fast USB 3.0 Adapter for all SD SDHC SDXC Micro SD MSXC Cards
Offered by KING OF FLASH
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work, 1 May 2016
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Used it with Microsoft Surface Pro 4 to read a number of SD cards - didn't work, kept dismounting. May not be a problem with the card reader itself but anyway it didn't work.


The North Water
The North Water
by Ian McGuire
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good tale well told, 20 April 2016
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This review is from: The North Water (Hardcover)
A simple tale well told. One of the characters is called Maturin which is a reference to a more famous fictional ship's surgeon in a series of books that is just like this - genre sea fiction with no ambitions to do anything other than tell a tale. The fact the author is a lecturer in creative writing is well hidden except for the irritating decision to write the book in the present tense, I found this a bit distancing, making you always aware of the author's presence. Another minor bad habit he has is to use modern references as character names: Drax is a power station, Corbyn is leader of the Labour Party, Sumner is Sting's name, this takes you out of the historical context. Similarly he makes no attempt at all to reproduce the speech of 1850s sailors, the dialogue is all in the style of a 21st century foul-mouthed Hull docker and actually this works surprisingly well. Recommended.


Parks & Recreation Season Four (UK release) [DVD] [2011]
Parks & Recreation Season Four (UK release) [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Amy Poehler
Offered by movielovers786
Price: £15.98

1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Discs are NTSC format and may not play on UK players., 24 Jun. 2015
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Great show. However, these DVD discs claim to be the UK edition, and are Region 2, but they are in the USA NTSC TV format and my DVD player, which is not that old, won't play them. This should have been made clear.


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