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Restoration: Rebuilding of Windsor Castle (The Royal Collection)
Restoration: Rebuilding of Windsor Castle (The Royal Collection)
by Adam Nicolson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A delight to read and a definite companion to take on a return visit., 22 Mar. 2015
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It is a sad fact that I normally fail to get to the end of most of my books.
This one is an exception. Well laid-out and highly readable, Adam Nicolson goes over the technical difficulties behind what we see today but knows when to move on. It gives an appreciation of what has been created which can guide your eyes when re-visiting the Castle - for Windsor is so full and overwhelming that it can become a blur on the first visit.
There are a fair number of excellent colour photographs of details - and occasionally complete rooms - but this is definitely not a coffee table book laden with sumptuous images of the restored rooms. Here Nicolson has gives you more than beautiful pictures and, like a well-informed guide, helps you understand a small part of what you are looking at and look again.


Ikra Flexotrim ATHS-2440 24V Lithium Ion Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
Ikra Flexotrim ATHS-2440 24V Lithium Ion Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cordless Hedgecutter that doesn't run out of power., 1 Aug. 2014
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Apart from my trusty Makita drill, I'm not normally a fan of cordless products but this one has won me over.

The battery pack is small, light and recharges remarkably rapidly. Yet this little Sanyo battery seems to keep on going, making a second battery unnecessary. Being Lithium Ion you can top it up whenever is convenient to you, rather than letting it drain it fully to avoid the Ni-Cad memory effect.

The articulation of the head is simple and positive, allowing you to vary the head angle and, thus, how far back you stand whilst still getting a flat top to the hedge. Press the large hinge button to release the head and take it to a new position. I have, frankly, abused this and it has cut through long-established yew, wisteria, holly and viburnum. In the short time that I have had it, it has produced enough prunings to fill up the car 5 times, including reducing my tough old hedge by over a foot in height.

It is quiet enough to use of an evening and, being battery rather than mains, can even be used after a shower of rain.

Main tips:
Keep to the Fast Cut setting (it is quite easy to accidentally catch the little rocker switch and go to Half Speed)

Always let the cutters get up to speed before putting them into work

Whilst the harness has no real value when using the machine vertically, as soon as you use it horizontally it becomes a godsend.

Unlike the Black& Decker Cordless pole pruner (Think: chainsaw on a stick) which has to be coaxed to cut through anything -and has a habit of releasing its battery pack- this Cordless is every bit as powerful as a Mains version.


Evolution Diamond Blade 185 mm
Evolution Diamond Blade 185 mm
Price: £19.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 25 Dec. 2013
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Used for making a heavily oblique cut through 2 inch ham stone.
No clogging and gave a clean cut despite the Evolution not being a particularly powerful saw.


Digital Spirit Level / Inclinometer 415MM
Digital Spirit Level / Inclinometer 415MM
Offered by Universal Supplies Limited
Price: £24.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile enhancement to the standard Spirit Level, 24 Sept. 2013
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I bought this for one particular job where there was little room for error not a single true surface as reference point.
A standard bubble spirit level had already been tried but was incapable going down to anything as fine one degree and under which is where this comes into its own.

It took a bit of getting used to and sometimes it did try to measure the wrong inclination. This was easily double-checked by referring to the conventional bubbles and just moving it to a wildly different angle was the quickest way to get it back on track.

Any regrets in buying this one?
No. It did exactly what I wanted and was short enough to get into a door threshold and long enough for accuracy on the verticals.


London Map & Walks (Street Maps & Atlases)
London Map & Walks (Street Maps & Atlases)
by Geographers' A-Z Map Company
Edition: Map
Price: £2.95

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too small to read!, 24 Sept. 2013
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My objective was to buy a map of central London that I could refer to whilst on a walk.
A-Z are famed for their legibility (I have their hard back Greater London Street Atlas which is very good but a little heavy ) The ability to view the area on a single sheet was a great attraction, making it easier to see the most direct route than flipping from page to page.

In the absence of a stated scale or an idea of how large the area was that the map was trying to cover, I gambled on this one. (a very small gamble at this low price.) and lost. It tries to cover such a large area as to make the side street names unreadable without magnification. - certainly not something that you could continually refer to whilst weaving in and out of the back streets.

Although I ended up making my own ultra-large scale map , The Handy LONDON Map & Guide by Benson's Mapguides would have been an off-the-shelf alternative -albeit in book rather than sheet format., Only slightly larger in size than the A-Z, the street names stand out better and each double page covers a large enough area to be useful in route-planning. Sadly the A-Z was consigned to the bin.


London's Country Houses (English Country Houses Series)
London's Country Houses (English Country Houses Series)
by Caroline Knight
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answering so many questions - Keep this with you when you are out & about, 21 Feb. 2010
Don't be put off by the title - the original "Country Houses" have often fallen on hard times and those that remain are often a shadow of their former selves. They are the "I wonder what that used to be?" when you walk down a road.

Caroline Knight brings together, in very readable, waffle-free form, vignettes of over one hundred of these. Their bite-sized nature makes this a book that you can dip into. Each entry (between 1 & 5 pages) gives a good potted history of the development of the house,its owners and any decorative features.

If you have been inspired by glimpses of places like "The Round House" at Havering and "Sundridge Park" on Open House weekend, read this and find many more.


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