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Manfrotto MKC3-P02 Compact Photo Kit - Grey
Manfrotto MKC3-P02 Compact Photo Kit - Grey

5.0 out of 5 stars great travel tripod, 21 Dec. 2012
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the price was excellent and quite a discount, quick delivery. Well built but light weight- monfrotto recommended to me by photographers and I'm glad for advise. Its for my Lumix so a mid weight camera is no problem for its light build- big lens may be heavy so check reviews of other users.A good compromise = works well as a stick for video work but slow panning requires some skill as a tripod.


Overboard Pro Sports Waterproof Backpack - Black, 30 Litres
Overboard Pro Sports Waterproof Backpack - Black, 30 Litres

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for proven product, 21 Dec. 2012
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The only issue was the long wait for delivery and the need to remind the seller twice, once they did acknowledge the pak arrived promptly. A likely screw up in despatch. Product is well tested, tough but heavy because of materials. Plan to test it in tropics-river journey in coming rainy season- may even report back.seller was best value for this sac.


PAISLEY BANDANA scarf duo 1 x BLACK 1 x RED
PAISLEY BANDANA scarf duo 1 x BLACK 1 x RED
Offered by Sale2Save-UK
Price: £1.50

5.0 out of 5 stars value and quality, 21 Dec. 2012
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All round the price is excellent and are the classic bandana in a standard cotton. Quick delivery. In a perfect world bandanas need to be about one inch larger- but these are standard size.


ADULT LARGE-Gul Neoprene Gloves Short Fingered Grip
ADULT LARGE-Gul Neoprene Gloves Short Fingered Grip
Offered by Big Orange Watersports Ltd
Price: £15.25

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good product expensive with p&p, 21 Dec. 2012
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I used a similar quality sailing glove for everything from surfing, rope work, climbing on frosty days and working. they worked well in hot or cold and the leather pads eventually wore out [after 2 years!]. The gul version is heavier with thicker fabric so I don't know if they will be so versatile. good service but very pricey p&p
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Panasonic RP-HTX7AE-G Retro Style Monitor Headphones - Green
Panasonic RP-HTX7AE-G Retro Style Monitor Headphones - Green

5.0 out of 5 stars love them, 21 Dec. 2012
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These were recommended from an online tech review as being the best headphones for the £50-£80, and for less than £30 you get excellent value and great sound. The sound difference between these and expensive £100 is only slightly evident [especially if your hearing is that of an over 30 year old]. Comfortable and light weight and smaller than you imagine.


Cambridge Sciences StarPAD 4, 7-inch Tablet PC Quad Core CPU, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4.4 (WiFi)
Cambridge Sciences StarPAD 4, 7-inch Tablet PC Quad Core CPU, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4.4 (WiFi)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars yes and no, 22 Nov. 2012
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I was initially pleased with what you get for £129, the expandable memory, the HD output,car charger, standard micro USB and feel and quality. However I ended up returning it because the touch screen developed an irritating fault, most likely it was calibration but 'dimples' also appeared, making typing erratic. The worst thing was the sound card making output [through a reasonable sound system] tinny and poor. A little more expense would correct it. The android system is a phone one so has lots of dysfunctional features.

It is slightly academic now that the Nexus 7 is available from a number of outlets for as low as £159. Admittedly you don't get an expanded sd slot [? a mystery why not?] or HD output, but the screen is much better, the OS is brand new, dedicated to the tablet and upgradable.

Effectively at the right price [£80] it is fun but if you can afford it spend the extra and get a Nexus. As Amazon could not replace it and returned my money you can guess I bought a new Nexus 7 32g for £199.


Aquapac Large Waterproof Camera Case
Aquapac Large Waterproof Camera Case
Offered by ifsogo - Sun | Travel | Health | Outdoor
Price: £29.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Not yet tested in the tropics but I'll update in a couple of months, 17 Nov. 2012
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Good quality, fast delivery [just 2 days on free standard mail] but it is a tight squeeze for intermediate cameras like my Lumix FZ45. Once in there is enough space and needs a foam pad to lift the lens into the clear plastic. Ideally something between this size and the bigger and more expensive [£95] SLR should be available [at around £45!]but I can manage. An issue is the extending lens on power up- it is technique, the lens senses obstruction only when it is extending, once it is extended it doesn't power down even if you apply pressure. Once the lens is extended it tightens the clear window over the lens making creases invisible and allowing auto focus.

My worry is the fear it will fail, I'm off to the tropics in a couple of months so will leave the camera in the bag for most trips and will update on any performance issues. Plastics don't tend to do well in bright sun, and avoiding scratches means I will take care of the bag especially in transit so will probably keep it in a padded camera pouch.

I will report back.


CAD Audio U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone
CAD Audio U1 USB Dynamic Recording Microphone
Offered by Shopper's Saving
Price: £28.08

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality control, 17 Nov. 2012
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The delivery was just 2 days, the product looks and feels of good quality for the price. But completely unusable, the amount of interference indicates bad wiring, just touching the cable generates noise. It is not hiss or hum, that is normal in fact old mics have their own warmth that you can duplicate with software. I use the freeware Audacity for removing pop, hiss, hum, but this mic seems to have quality control issues.

The hassle of returning goods makes this a poor choice.


Panasonic Lumix FZ45 14.1MP Digital Camera - Black (3.0 inch TFT LCD Display, LEICA DC Lens with 25mm Wide-angle and 24x Optical Zoom)
Panasonic Lumix FZ45 14.1MP Digital Camera - Black (3.0 inch TFT LCD Display, LEICA DC Lens with 25mm Wide-angle and 24x Optical Zoom)

5.0 out of 5 stars A bargin to be had, 21 Sept. 2012
The FZ 45 is getting outdated -it is 2 years old!- so from an original price of £350 you can find them well under £200- I bought mine for £161. I bought it to shoot video and the quality is excellent, the odd format it stores video in can be a problem but Final Cut imports it and converts to quicktime for easy editing and uploading. The single biggest drawback is the microphone and the lack of a usb port to use an external mic, the latest version of the camera corrects this. In a quiet environment you can get excellent results but requires editing to get rid of hiss- the free audacity software works a treat- noisier environments can be a problem but setting the zoom mic mode and using a little lens zoom will reduce some noise.Works surprising well in low light. On top the purchase you will need a class 10 sd card- 16gb is fine. Recording is limited to 30 mins but it simply requires to press the record button. All in all, light, cheap, effective and a professional result.


Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future
Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future
by James Delingpole
Edition: Paperback

47 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delingpole unveils the delusion, 28 Feb. 2012
James Delingpole is a witty writer, he frames his prose as a rant that blasts its way from the first page to the last. Yet the real genius in his writing is to sum up every sceptical argument concerning CAGW succinctly and also identify the force that drives the so called consensus science. Within a breathless couple of chapters the circumstances that exposed climate science: climategate is exposed and analysed, most importantly the very fact that four independent investigations `proved' that there was no wrong-doing in its self displayed to the world how eco-Nazis operated. Free-market capitalism is open and honest when compared to the cultural communism of the watermelons, and I can understand James' link having read the book.

In the 1978 film The Invasion of the Body Snatchers- copies of freethinking humans emerge from intergalactic pods which reminded me of watermelons. The Left-greenies- eco-Nazis are much the same, their science is just like real science, their freedom appears to be just like ours but its not. The ideological war is not between left or right but between those who want a small government and those protecting the behemoth of tax and spend, control and regulate government. Big government provides the cover for greenies to operate in, regulated media like the BBC allows the message to spread,

James Delingpole gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world of the climate sceptic and what motivates them. James is a great spoofing author and his parody is unsurpassed- I urge all those convinced of AGW to read this book .


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