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DURAGADGET Red Genuine Leather Case & Cover With Flip Stand - for the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Wi-Fi, 6" (October 2012) & Kindle Paperwhite (October 2013)
DURAGADGET Red Genuine Leather Case & Cover With Flip Stand - for the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Wi-Fi, 6" (October 2012) & Kindle Paperwhite (October 2013)
Offered by GADGETPLUSUK
Price: £29.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor design and misleading information, 15 May 2015
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Be very careful if you are thinking of buying this, Amazon are being either very sloppy or very deceptive with the information they are using on the website.

1. Although the case is described as designed for the Kindle Paperwhite, customer comments have been combined for cases designed for other Kindle types (and refer mainly to the Kindle3 version). Consequently, some customers seem to have bought this expecting it to fit other Kindle types and have been very disappointed!
2. Whilst equivalent Duragadget cases designed specifically for other Kindle types work very well (I've happily used one for several years with a Kindle keyboard version) this has not been designed well for the Paperwhite. As a lot of customers have found, the case is slightly too small, and the tight fit has two consequences. Firstly, the magnetic clasp only just fits round the device and it readily pops open (and some customers have found the case splits during use). Secondly, the auto-on feature of the Paperwhite then switches on the device, draining the battery.

The original Kindle case was a very good product, but this one needs some design tweaks to give a better fit, and Amazon also need to separate out the customer comments to prevent confusion.


Ancillary Justice: 1 (Imperial Radch)
Ancillary Justice: 1 (Imperial Radch)
by Ann Leckie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this really an award winner?, 16 Jun. 2014
This is the third book in the 2014 Arthur C Clarke award short-list that I have read, following the complex but exciting and intriguing The Adjacent by Christopher Priest, and the creepily excellent The Machine by James Smythe. I’m now totally perplexed as to the reasons why this book emerged as the winner. The author does set some interesting scenarios, especially the AI/ancillary set up, and (although less successfully) the society that has resulted. How that society operates over immense timescales is far less convincing, and supporting technologies (guns firing bullets dominating a society employing wormhole travel?) are given a flimsy treatment. Narrative drive is also sadly lacking – no comparison at all with the best work from Iain M Banks, Vernor Vinge, Alastair Reynolds etc. – not helped by confusions generated by the otherwise interesting gender-blurring. I’ve seldom found myself flicking back so much to check back on names, genders and locations! The ending is, as now common with the first novel in a series, disappointingly open-ended, and there’s little to interest me in sequels. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad first novel, especially given the ambitious approach of the author, but a winner of the ACC Award? Quite bewildering!


The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began
The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began
by Stuart Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing and exciting book, 11 Jan. 2014
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Living less than a mile from the Richard Carrington's Redhill Observatory (and my wife having lived at one time only a stone's throw away!), I'd looked forward to hearing Stuart Clark speak one evening at Astronomia in Dorking. The event was unfortunately cancelled, but I finally received this book as a Christmas present. And what a wonderful piece of writing this is. The author brings the surprisingly little known Carrington to life in such a way as to make one wonder why his name does not feature alongside all the more famous astronomers appearing in this fascinating story. Carrington admittedly only features in a proportion of the book, but his importance to the development of investigative astronomy and to the need to understand the functioning of the sun and its link to earth is brought out with clarity, pace and excitement. Carrington's contribution to solar science and the understanding of meteorological phenomena is particularly important in the context of the extreme weather events that we now are seeing with increasing regularity.

My enjoyment of this book was also boosted by an unexpected coincidence. I had read the section on Carrington's key observation of the 1859 flare whilst enjoying my morning cup of tea in bed. About an hour later I set up my little PST H-alpha solar telescope at the rising sun to see a massive new sunspot group (AR 1944) rounding the limb of the sun. I carried out my regular sketching of the visible features, but to my delight on revisiting the sun 3 hours later saw an intense flare peaking in the middle of the sunspot group! How wonderful that even casual amateur astronomers can so easily see the same type of events discovered by Carrington and which triggered a revolution in astronomy.


Weathereye WEA3 18-inch LED Outdoor Clock/ Thermometer/ Hygrometer
Weathereye WEA3 18-inch LED Outdoor Clock/ Thermometer/ Hygrometer

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely product and excellent problem resolution, 3 Nov. 2013
After we had admired this on Amazon, it was bought for us as a present in June 2013. and it fitted our expectations perfectly. The LED clock face illumination started to fade in the autumn, and did not brighten after two changes of batteries. We contacted Town & Country directly via their website, and after clarifying a few points they offered a replacement (without prompting), and a new clock arrived two days later. This works perfectly, and we're confident that the original problem was just a glitch. Excellent customer service from Town & Country!


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