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All the Birds in the Sky
All the Birds in the Sky
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars cleverly captures the zeitgeist, 3 Jun. 2017
Glancing at the reviews, this is one of those Marmite books that some people love and others loathe.

The loathing seems to come because Anders writes like many digital natives. There are coruscating and fast-paced sentences packed with allusions. This witty repartee with the reader works well for those who catch the references and jokes (or are prepared to look them up using those Internet tube thingies), but is irritatingly one-sided and obtuse for someone not plugged in to the millennial idea flow. The gloss of sentence-level technique also doesn't cover up the slightly remote characterisation (it's like interacting with shy and angsty teenagers), the deus ex machina nature of the plot, the somewhat clunky structure and uneven pacing, or the underlying political stance that probably resonates best with those born after 1982.

Overall I am charmed and willing to overlook these issues, because the flaws can also be read as a deliberate evocation of the kinds of interaction one expects of anxious young humans struggling for meaning. Moreover, I found it refreshing to read a story which does not flinch from extrapolating the dystopian consequences of our current choices as a society, yet has chosen to respond to its deeply grim near-future scenario not with a howl of anguish, but with good humour and believable (San Franciscan) humans. I recommend this book to anyone who is young at heart.


Zebra Mini Mechanical Pencil TS-3, 0.5mm, Silver (TS-3)
Zebra Mini Mechanical Pencil TS-3, 0.5mm, Silver (TS-3)
Offered by ietomo shop
Price: £3.96

5.0 out of 5 stars cute and useful, 3 Jun. 2017
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This is a well thought-out, nicely engineered mechanical pencil. It is short and thin, making it ideal for use on the move: 100mm long overall, the barrel is 4.5mm in diameter, and with the clip it is 7.5mm wide. In comparison, the industry benchmark Pentel P205 is 145mm long, tapers up to 9mm in diameter just below the clip, and is 13.5mm wide with the clip.

The Zebra TS-3 is short enough to be unobtrusive in a pocket or bag, it clips flat to the front page of a notebook, and it fits into the spiral of any spiral-bound notebook. I use it in all of these ways. However, someone with large hands might find it too short or too thin to use comfortably (see the dimensions above).

The clip attaches to the end cap. Pulling off the end cap reveals a small eraser, and in turn, the eraser covers the chamber where leads are stored. The pencil can store a few 0.5mm leads, and is shipped ready to go with a few excellent quality leads.

Over the years I have bought a bunch of these pencils. As gifts they were highly appreciated for use in a purse or wallet. See also the alternative listing Zebra Mini TS-3 Mechanical Pencil for other suppliers.


DSTE® 2-Pack Spare Battery and DC01U Travel Charger Kit for Sony NP-F550 CCD-RV100 CCD-RV200 CCD-SC5 CCD-SC9 CCD-TR1 CCD-TR215 CCD-TR940 CCD-TR917 Neewer CN-160 Light as NP-F330 NP-F530 NP-F570
DSTE® 2-Pack Spare Battery and DC01U Travel Charger Kit for Sony NP-F550 CCD-RV100 CCD-RV200 CCD-SC5 CCD-SC9 CCD-TR1 CCD-TR215 CCD-TR940 CCD-TR917 Neewer CN-160 Light as NP-F330 NP-F530 NP-F570
Offered by QiaoJL
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars well made and functional, 18 Mar. 2017
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I've only been using these Li-Ion batteries for a short while, but so far they have proved reliable and as described. Using the mains plug, the charger took nearly three hours to charge each battery as shipped. As expected, the batteries were supplied with about 40% charge. I have not yet tried charging with the car socket adaptor. Each battery powers a small LED light for well over an hour.


Anker 17W 2-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 2 Lite with Interchangeable UK and EU Plugs for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 7 / 7 Plus, iPad Air 2 / mini 3, Galaxy Note 3 and More
Anker 17W 2-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 2 Lite with Interchangeable UK and EU Plugs for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 7 / 7 Plus, iPad Air 2 / mini 3, Galaxy Note 3 and More
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars UK and Euro plugs for travel are both included, 18 Mar. 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a small, powerful USB charger. It charges at full speed for all the devices I've tried. This is much faster than charging from a laptop's USB port, typically two to five times as fast. It seems robust and stays cool when charging. Great for travelling: Euro sockets or Euro to local adaptors are more common than British sockets or British to local adaptors, and this charger is good for the UK part of the journey too! Update: this performed flawlessly on a recent trip, fitting into cramped spaces around plugs in hotel rooms and airports, and the slimline plugs were also a nice luggage space saver.


VILTROX L132T 0.78"/2cm Ultra Thin CRI95 5600K/3300K LED Video Light Dimmable Flat Panel On-camera Light Pad for Canon Nikon Pentax Olympus Samsung Panasonic DSLR Cameras DV Camcorders
VILTROX L132T 0.78"/2cm Ultra Thin CRI95 5600K/3300K LED Video Light Dimmable Flat Panel On-camera Light Pad for Canon Nikon Pentax Olympus Samsung Panasonic DSLR Cameras DV Camcorders
Offered by Viltrox
Price: £30.95

5.0 out of 5 stars even light for small studio, 17 Mar. 2017
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I needed a fill light for occasional indoor use. This is a good value option.

The colour temperature on the L132T model can be varied from a warm reddish 3300K to a cool bluish 5600K. This model also allows the light to be dimmed. The light itself is nearly uniform over the surface of the panel, and is diffused through a screen so there are no sharp points of light.

For a simple setup, pair with some generic NP-F550 batteries or a 12V power supply, and put it on a light-weight tripod or the camera flash mount.


Neewer® 7 Feet / 210cm Photography Photo Studio Light Stands for Video, Portrait, and Photography Lighting
Neewer® 7 Feet / 210cm Photography Photo Studio Light Stands for Video, Portrait, and Photography Lighting
Offered by Best Global Sales Depot
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars good value for occasional use, 12 Mar. 2017
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Light-weight but solidly made. This stand works well indoors for lights or reflectors up to 2-3 kg total. The height is adjustable from about 80cm to over 2m. However, at maximum extension the pole easily starts (and continues) swaying, so I wouldn't use it in windy conditions or on a floor that transmits movement. The joints and fasteners are hard plastic while the rest is metal. Overall this stand is excellent value for occasional use.


LE DC 12V 2A Power Supply Adaptor, AC 100-240V to DC 12V Transformers, Switching Power Supply for 12V 3528/5050 LED Strip Lights, 24W Max, 12 Volt 2 Amp Power Adapter, 2.1mm X 5.5mm UK Plug, GS/TUV Approved
LE DC 12V 2A Power Supply Adaptor, AC 100-240V to DC 12V Transformers, Switching Power Supply for 12V 3528/5050 LED Strip Lights, 24W Max, 12 Volt 2 Amp Power Adapter, 2.1mm X 5.5mm UK Plug, GS/TUV Approved
Offered by NEON Mart
Price: £14.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars works as expected, 11 Mar. 2017
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Does the job; the cord is just over 1m long.


Assam Black Tea Leaves from India (225 Cups),Second Flush Season Harvest  Loose Leaf Tea , World's Best Black Te a Full Leaf ,  Ftgfop1,  Rich & Malty Loose Leaf Tea, 16 Ounce Bag, 454gm
Assam Black Tea Leaves from India (225 Cups),Second Flush Season Harvest Loose Leaf Tea , World's Best Black Te a Full Leaf , Ftgfop1, Rich & Malty Loose Leaf Tea, 16 Ounce Bag, 454gm
Offered by Vahdam Teas
Price: £17.95

5.0 out of 5 stars great value everyday Assam, 11 Mar. 2017
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An excellent value, traditionally made Assam with a good proportion of golden tips. Brews malty and quite dark; I like to steep a batch of leaves several times for only 1-2 minutes to bring out the more delicate aromas.
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Growing from Depression, second edition
Growing from Depression, second edition
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read, packed with useful advice, 11 Mar. 2017
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This contains sensible advice in a matter-of-fact tone that doesn't talk down to the reader. The author's agenda is quite plainly laid out, but the text is non-judgemental about other points of view. I especially liked the philosophical bits in the middle; people have been trying to accommodate depression in their lives for as long as human history, and I found it encouraging to read about some of the vast variety of approaches that have been tried.


Gemtune MPU-100 1/4 inch screw Camera L-shaped Quick Release Plate for Arca Swiss Wimberley sunwayfoto kangrinpoche Benro
Gemtune MPU-100 1/4 inch screw Camera L-shaped Quick Release Plate for Arca Swiss Wimberley sunwayfoto kangrinpoche Benro
Offered by GrandView
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars versatile and well-made camera plate, 27 Sept. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This L-plate fits a Fujifilm X20 camera perfectly, when oriented with the short side of the L to the left of the viewfinder. In this position the plate leaves the battery compartment clear under the right hand side of the camera, and works well in either landscape or portrait orientation with a tripod clamp like Andoer® Aluminum Quick Release Plate Clamp Compatible with Arca Swiss for 38mm QR Plate. An unexpected bonus: the short part of the L also makes a solid portrait orientation stand (with the security screw removed), as well as a handle for firmly holding the camera. It is well made and will probably remain permanently attached.


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