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The Supermodel and the Brillo Box
The Supermodel and the Brillo Box
by Don Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 28 Mar. 2015
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Art is a subjective topic, more so than most. As the saying goes, one man's trash is another's treasure. This book provides fascinating insights into the arena of art valuation and the hype that causes certain work to become commercially valuable. Why is one piece of installation art - which most people don't consider art at all - valued at millions while some paintings widely considered masterpieces are valued at next to nothing? One thought that popped into my head often as I read was, 'I'm in the wrong career. Art's where the money is.' The book educates and irritates in equal measures, the abrasion coming from the realisation, 'That piece of work isn't actually worth that much - it's a big scam, like the emperor's new clothes, and just like that, many folk are in on it.'


European Building Construction Illustrated
European Building Construction Illustrated
by Francis D. K. Ching
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Does What It Says on the Cover, 28 Mar. 2015
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For anyone with an interest in building design, including fans of 'Grand Designs' and 'The Renovation Man', this is an intriguing book. The wireframe diagrams are clear, the prose concise and coherent. I'm not interested in the legalities of construction, but the book covers them comprehensively anyway. I'm more interested in the aesthetics and mechanics of building, which are articulately explored.


MegaRed Krill Oil Omega 3 Capsules - Pack Of 90
MegaRed Krill Oil Omega 3 Capsules - Pack Of 90
Offered by Express Essentials
Price: £33.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy, 28 Mar. 2015
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I eat a vegetarian diet and so don't consume anything that contains animal products, but I observed the effects of this krill oil on a cyclist friend who had suffered a joint injury. He reported accelerated healing of what had been a stubborn injury. How much of this was psychologically rooted (the placebo effect) I can't be sure, but I can report that his injury has fully healed. It's worth noting that he was also taking MSM and glucosamine sulphate supplements, which probably contributed to the healing. The heart-healthy qualities of krill oil are well documented, so that's another bonus of taking it.


NOCO Genius Smart G3500UKCar  Battery Charger
NOCO Genius Smart G3500UKCar Battery Charger
Price: £38.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Mar. 2015
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Whether recharging a drained battery or delivering a maintenance charge, this device is ideal. It switches off at the point of full charge, thus avoiding damaging the connected battery. Suitable for any vehicle battery - jetski, motorcycle, car, van, truck or other. Charges quickly and doesn't need the user to monitor it.


NOCO G7200UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
NOCO G7200UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
Price: £62.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 28 Mar. 2015
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This powerful device quickly charges even truck batteries, automatically switching off afterwards to avoid overcharging. For any vehicle from mopeds upwards, this is the ideal battery charger.


NOCO BLSOLAR5 Solar Battery Charger
NOCO BLSOLAR5 Solar Battery Charger

4.0 out of 5 stars An Ideal Trickle-Charger for Batteries Used Infrequently, 28 Mar. 2015
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Ideal for trickle-charging batteries that are used infrequently and might otherwise discharge (for example, motorhomes or motorcycles that are kept garaged throughout the winter). The charger doesn't require much light to keep functioning: a few minutes per day is enough to keep it working and your battery topped up.


TDK T32790 ST360 Bass Boost DJ Style Headphones
TDK T32790 ST360 Bass Boost DJ Style Headphones
Offered by MemoryMan.ie
Price: £16.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Mar. 2015
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Comfort, volume and sound quality are all excellent. They're good for using with an mp3 player but for listening to lossless audio such as FLAC files, CDs or vinyl, they're even better. The foldable design is hugely practical: not only does it make the them easy to pack, it means that they're far less likely to break than rigid headphones.


Colour Deconstructed
Colour Deconstructed
by Tricia Guild
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 28 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Colour Deconstructed (Hardcover)
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Beautifully presented and bound, this coffee-table-sized hardback is loaded with interesting concepts related to the aesthetics of colour, and its use in design. The photographs are superb throughout, the ideas incisive. For anyone planning on decorating but unsure of their colour schemes, this book contains a wealth of ideas and inspiration. It's also perfect for those intrigued by the concept of colour (which doesn't actually exist as a physical quality of any object, but is created in the brain as a way of helping sentient beings navigate their Universe).


Shame [DVD]
Shame [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Fassbender
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £4.70

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vagina Is Good but Yanking Is Better, 13 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Shame [DVD] (DVD)
I saw 'Shame' as part of Channel 4's Love and Sex season (which should have been called - if this movie is anything to go by - the Love and Yanking season). The film starts with a dude yanking off in the shower. This sets the tone for the rest of the movie. No sooner has the yanker (he has a name but it's not important, as whacking off defines this individual more than his name does) made a mess in the shower than he's at it again, this time in front of his laptop, while online sluts moan and finger themselves. Then he's off to work, which is - in the film - portrayed as an annoying interruption to yanking activities. He arrives back at his apartment, calls an expensive hooker and shags her. The following day he's back on the yanking, tugging himself as if his tadger were a rabid turkey that might attack if he doesn't strangle the life out of it. His sister moves into his apartment. To some males this would prove to be an inconvenient curtailer of knob-pulling, but not to this guy. His sister walks into the bathroom and catches him yanking off in the sink. (Surely such a seasoned yanker would know to lock the door?) He shags a few more whores and assorted drunken spunkbuckets he picks up at bars, but he always looks terrified while on the job. Not like when he's yanking himself, during which he looks blissfully happy. The only attempt at character development happens when the yanker - in a fit of self-disgust - throws away all his yanking paraphernalia, filling several binbags with tod mags, laptop, dildos, sex toys and assorted other perverts' playthings. He then tries to start a grown-up relationship with a beautiful exotic woman from his work. They come back to his apartment, where she comments on the view then strips, straddles him and is juiced up and ready to go. But - surprise, surprise - he can't get it up. So he reverts to type, hires a hooker, shags her, then returns to yanking in excelsis. The film ends with absolutely no character development - or anything else of substance - having happened. If I'd known watching this film would involve spending two hours observing a dude yanking in various locations, I'd have skipped the movie and yanked myself off. That'd have been a lot more fun.

Good stories always have morals. I struggle to find any moral - or indeed any point at all - in 'Shame'. At a push, I'd say the only moral in this story is 'slutty vaginas are good but yanking off is better'.


Vax S86-SF-B Steam Fresh Boost Steam Mop, 0.8 Litre, White/ Grey
Vax S86-SF-B Steam Fresh Boost Steam Mop, 0.8 Litre, White/ Grey
Offered by A&A Accessories
Price: £69.89

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective but Not Effortless, 28 April 2014
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The S86-SF-B snaps together easily, as per instructions. Two 250 ml bottles of Vax Steam Detergent are also included (enough for 10 uses). I first used this Vax on the tile floor of my bathroom. On the cleaning pad provided, the Vax moved easily across the tiles, shooting steam from a front nozzle at the click of a trigger on the handle. So far so good. Beneath my sink was some ingrained soap scum. The cleaning pad glided over it but didn't completely remove the stain. Following the instructions, I used the compact scrub brush on the stubborn stain. This eventually removed it, but I had to use some elbow grease. Don't be fooled by TV adverts you may have seen in which steam cleaners ease over filthy floors, leaving them sparkling. If your floors are relatively clean to start with, this Vax will leave them even cleaner. If your floors have stubborn stains, however, be prepared to do some work to remove them, although the Vax's steam scrub brush makes this a bit easier than it would otherwise be. Having cleaned my tile bathroom floor to a pristine state, I tried using the Vax on the wall tiles. This didn't work. The machine only works in a vertical position, i.e. on floor surfaces. This is why I've docked a star from my rating. It'd have been a much more useful steam cleaner if it could also clean walls, especially in shower areas.

Next I used the Vax on my kitchen floor, which is vinyl. It cleaned that surface more easily than it had the tiled floor of the bathroom. After around five minutes, the kitchen floor was gleaming.

The S86-SF-B can also be used to freshen carpets. It comes with an attachment specifically for that. I already have a Vax carpet cleaner which deep-cleans carpets, so I'd no need to use the steam cleaner on them. It's worth noting that the S86-SF-B is not a carpet cleaner: it can be used to freshen carpets, but a vacuum is necessary to remove dirt from them.

Another point worth mentioning is the detergent quantities recommended in the instructions. I used the recommended doses of detergent and water. After cleaning my bathroom and kitchen floors (which are substantial sizes) half the liquid was remaining in the tank. Unless your whole house is floored with tiles or vinyl, you could cut the recommended quantities of detergent and water in half, thus reducing waste and making your detergent last twice as long.


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