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Ventilator Grill Frame - Solid Polished Brass (Mesh not included)
Ventilator Grill Frame - Solid Polished Brass (Mesh not included)

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Sept. 2016
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Beautifully made in solid brass. They look amazing when fitted flush with wood.


Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 - Flame Red Gloss
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 - Flame Red Gloss
Offered by bid2win-ltd
Price: £19.25

5.0 out of 5 stars The best at any price, 6 Jun. 2015
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Very good for accurate work, better than any other mouse I have used. Reasonable battery life (about 1 month moderate use) if you remember to turn it off after use. Feels good in the hand.


Fortitude - Season 1 [DVD]
Fortitude - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sophie Grabol
Price: £8.00

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A dog's dinner, 6 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Fortitude - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
What a waste of talent, money, resources and opportunity. I would give it 5 stars for the acting, camera work, location, not to mention the skilful ratcheting up of the tension, and the dialogue ranged from the acceptable to the pretty good. But without a clear, uncluttered and convincing plot-line, the whole thing added up to a dog's dinner – a bit of this, a bit of that, last week's left-overs warmed up, all laced with various bits of nastiness you don't want to think too much about.

The essence of the story is that someone finds a frozen mammoth carcase beneath a glacier and from it picks up a previously unknown infection/infestation. This changes his behaviour, and not, to say the least, for the better. Others contract the infection/infestation and a series of vicious assaults and murders ensues, with devastating effects on a small, isolated community. Not a bad idea at all, if it is done properly, but this is simply a muddle, with far too many strands thrown in, many of which are either left hanging or fail to make sense. It wasn't until I had seen the whole thing that any of it made sense.

A fairly basic problem is that the writers and directors appear not to have been able to make their minds up what the infection/infestation was. I guess the original idea was that it was a particularly virulent form of Toxoplasma. This would have made sense – since Toxoplasma cysts can survive for a year in soil, it is not totally beyond the bounds of possibility that they would remain infective in a frozen mammoth. And Toxoplasma does appear to change the behaviour of mice, making them less risk-averse and hence more likely to be killed by cats. But no, that wasn't revolting enough – the directors wanted pustules with creepy-crawlies popping out. Swarms of the things. Never mind that it made nonsense of what happened in earlier episodes.

Perhaps it is a little unfair to compare this with 'Breaking Bad', which is after all the gold standard, but both series had plot lines based on science. I have now watched the complete BB twice, and not once was the science wrong or even dodgy. A bit vague sometimes, and quite right too considering the subject matter. Here, the science was often just plain wrong. For example Vincent was stung by ichneumon wasps – the sting of the normal wasp (Vespa spp.) is a modified ovipositor, whereas in the ichneumon, the ovipositor is intact and used solely for laying eggs). The idea that you could kill every last one of them with a hydrogen explosion that left Vincent untouched is plain potty. I mean, what is wrong with fly spray?

In short, it was bad on so many levels, which is a great shame because with a bit of clear thinking, it could have been rather wonderful – and much more chilling than it ever turned out to be.
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Ambassadors - Series 1 [DVD]
Ambassadors - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Mitchell
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, shame it's the last, 1 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Ambassadors - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Set in the British embassy in a fictional central Asian former Soviet republic, this is not just funny, it is horribly real. Not that I have ever visited an embassy, but my wife has and she says there are many remarkable similarities. Excellent acting, wonderful script, delightful recurring comic theme such as the surveillance men listening to the bugs in the embassy, the ambassador's attempts to learn the local language using the world's craziest phrase book.
One thing is odd though, when it was first broadcast, it was all very low key, no trailers that I remember, also the BBC aren't going to commission a new series. I can't think why not, perhaps it was a bit close to the truth. Also, one wonders why it is not available until September - 'Last Tango in Halifax' for example was available pretty well immediately after the last broadcast..


Abracadabra: The Asylum Years (International Release)
Abracadabra: The Asylum Years (International Release)
Price: £9.99

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought this after hearing it on the radio. Decidedly ..., 28 Nov. 2014
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Bought this after hearing it on the radio. Decidedly underwhelmed when I got it - most of it really is rather second rate and derivative.
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Circular Mesh Vent - 75mm - Polished Brass
Circular Mesh Vent - 75mm - Polished Brass
Offered by AURISTA
Price: £3.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Neat, good looking item, 28 Nov. 2014
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Looks good. Note however, it is actually 3" or 76.5mm in diameter, a bit of a pain if you have drilled a hole that is exactly 75mm.


And Some Fell on Stony Ground: A Day in the Life of an RAF Bomber Pilot
And Some Fell on Stony Ground: A Day in the Life of an RAF Bomber Pilot
by Leslie Mann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what it was like., 19 Nov. 2014
Few if any other authors have been able to combine Mann's sheer ability as a writer with his personal experience of actually having been a bomber pilot. I think what struck me most was how modern it is - if I, at least a generation younger and 70 years later, were now to be sent on missions such as these, this is what I might expect. The story, which covers the lightly fictionalized Mason's last mission, and the waiting time before it, evokes memories of lost friends, broken loves and the whole dismal circumstance of risking a terrible death, not for any strategic advantage, but for propaganda.


ABC Products® Replacement Roberts DAB Digital Radio 7.5V / DC7.5V Volt Ac Mains Battery Charger Adapter Adaptor Power Supply Cord PU11 / PU21 / PU21A / PU21B / PU34 / PU34B / PU37 for Select Radios (Models Stated Below)
ABC Products® Replacement Roberts DAB Digital Radio 7.5V / DC7.5V Volt Ac Mains Battery Charger Adapter Adaptor Power Supply Cord PU11 / PU21 / PU21A / PU21B / PU34 / PU34B / PU37 for Select Radios (Models Stated Below)
Offered by abcproducts
Price: £9.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat and functional, 19 Mar. 2014
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My wife likes Roberts DAB radios and has 3 of them. They are pretty good, but there is a problem with the chargers. They all have the same plug but some are 7V centre negative and others are 7.5V centre positive like this one. Both of these died after not much use, but this unit is an effective and hopefully reliable replacement. I will update if it isn't.


SolidWorks 2012 Part I: Basic Tools
SolidWorks 2012 Part I: Basic Tools
by Paul Tran
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £56.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and helpful explanations, 24 Oct. 2013
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Many years ago I learned technical drawing, the old way with pencils and a parallel motion drawing board. Recently I did a 2 year evening course in Solidworks and learned the basics. However, quite a lot of the capacities of the software weren't covered, and a few bits I didn't quite get. This book, and in particular the disc-based tutorials enabled me to learn the use of several functions from scratch.


Fleabag & the Ring Fire 2013
Fleabag & the Ring Fire 2013
by Beth Webb
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and funny, 24 Oct. 2013
I have to declare an interest here: Beth is a friend and colleague of my wife's, and also probably the best story-teller I have ever encountered. As friends in the writing trade often do, she gave us this book on the day it was published.

Not being a child, or these days having much contact with children, I don't exactly represent the book's target readership. Stuck to the phone while trying to report a fault to BT, I opened the book and started to read. With a lot of the children's books we get given, I tend to lose interest after the first few pages, but Fleabag had me hooked and I went on to finish it. Not only is it a rattling good yarn, the characters are totally engaging. They aren't just ciphers created to perform a role in the story, but credible people with real emotional depth. Each of them develops as the story progresses. The situation in which the story is set is not over-complex but interesting enough for you to feel it is a place you could actually be, and there is both gripping tension and moments of delightful absurdity. The dialogue is just right, with some wonderful asides and witticisms. And the ending is just right.

At no point does the author talk down to or patronize her readers. I should add that this new edition has been completely rewritten. Apparently it represents a significant improvement on the old edition, which to judge by the reviews, was already pretty good.


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