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Winsor & Newton 120ml Galeria Acrylic Paint - Gold
Winsor & Newton 120ml Galeria Acrylic Paint - Gold
Price: £5.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Not gold, 20 Sept. 2017
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No issues with the quality but the colour is way off. It's an orangey bronze, not gold.
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Nest Cam Outdoor security camera
Nest Cam Outdoor security camera
Price: £178.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of equipment, 24 May 2017
Great piece of equipment. Very easy to set up and install. Definitely had the Apple "wow" factor when opening the box. Seems to be working well so far.


ERA Sash Window Screw Locks - Brass (6 Pieces)
ERA Sash Window Screw Locks - Brass (6 Pieces)
Price: £24.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quite an annoying product. The packaging said to use a 10mm ..., 23 May 2017
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Overall, quite an annoying product. The packaging said to use a 10mm drill bit. I found that to be too small for the rear pane piece (I had to use a 10.5mm bit to get it to stick) but too large for the front pane, because the brass cylinder spins and moves around too easily while rotating the bolt with the key. The bolt obviously also comes free completely once you unscrew it, which means it's lose and knocking around (and easy to lose) if you open the window. Very inconvenient only having one key, too, especially if you use the 6 piece set across multiple rooms. That said, it seems to be well made and serves its purpose of securing the window once in place. It's just not a very elegant solution.


RUBBER BUNG/STOPPER NO.45 (45MM X 51MM X 42MM)
RUBBER BUNG/STOPPER NO.45 (45MM X 51MM X 42MM)
Price: £5.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Oct. 2016
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Perfect fit for the 2000ml King Scientific Erlenmeyer conical flask.


RUBBER BUNG/STOPPER NO.41 (41MM X 47MM X 42MM)
RUBBER BUNG/STOPPER NO.41 (41MM X 47MM X 42MM)
Price: £5.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Oct. 2016
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Perfect fit for the 5000 ml King Scientific conical flask.


Microbrewed Adventures: More Than 50 Homebrew Recipes
Microbrewed Adventures: More Than 50 Homebrew Recipes
by Charlie Papazian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My go-to homebrew book, 5 Mar. 2015
I'm writing this review partly to redress the inexplicable 1-star review given by a previous reviewer.

Yes, the book is written by an American author. A cursory examination of the cover would have revealed the word "flavor" rather than "flavour". But in no way does that detract from the book, and nor should it. The US is, after all, the womb of the modern craft beer scene, and even if that rankled you for some reason, the author's globe-trotting adventures provide more diversity in recipes and anecdotes than I've ever come across in another book about beer. The recipes are great – each has an extract version and an all-grain version, measurements are given in metric and imperial units, and the ingredients are all easily come by in the UK from any decent homebrew shop – but what I loved most of all was the characters you are introduced to along the way. It's carefully and lovingly put together, and the go-to homebrew recipe book on my shelf. A must have.


Driving Test Success All Tests 2007/2008 Edition (PC/DVD ROM)
Driving Test Success All Tests 2007/2008 Edition (PC/DVD ROM)
Offered by smeikalbooks
Price: £1.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - not perfect, 29 May 2008
Overall I'm very impressed with this product. It takes most of the pain out of studying for your tests. However, there is one thing you should be aware of before totally relying on it to practise hazard perception. From my perspective, the standard on this DVD seems to be higher than that of the DSA on the actual test. In other words the hazards on this DVD can be much harder to spot, and the below average quality of the video means that e.g. a cyclist might just be a couple of grainy pixels when you're supposed to spot it.

On the other hand, this DVD is much less sensitive to "cheating" than the DSA test is. It'll let you click a few times per hazard just to ensure you're within the scoring window (you'll see what I mean) whereas the DSA is much quicker to interpret it as cheating and give you a zero for your efforts.

Having said that, there really is no better way to practise, and after straining your eyes with this DVD spotting the hazards in your driving test will almost seem like a holiday. Just remember the "cheating" sensitivity and you'll be fine.


The Historian
The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid start, hasty finish, 18 April 2007
This review is from: The Historian (Paperback)
What struck me immediately about this novel was the sense of total tragedy that the author managed to convey from the start. That this was brought about by an invisible, irreverent, and almost omnipotent evil made it hugely chilling. This mood is carried on through the first half of the novel.

It's tough to pinpoint where it's lost, but as the narrative becomes more of a travel diary with the hero and heroine flying here and there, we lose touch with the desperate scenario that they are supposed to be in. I got the sense that the latter half of the novel was rushed, and accordingly characters' motivation became hard to ascertain. Without ruining the end, I will simply say that certain choices made by the protagonists towards the end were out of proportion with the situations they found themselves in.

I was disappointed that the mythical scale of tragedy had been diluted by the end, but I did thoroughly enjoy the book all the same - hence the 4 stars. Excellent diction, evocative descriptions, and a superhuman level of research still make this a great read.


Me And Mr. Johnson
Me And Mr. Johnson
Price: £5.99

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick and tired of people underrating this album, 20 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Me And Mr. Johnson (Audio CD)
I'm getting the impression that people are buying this album and expecting to hear RJ's voice coming through the speakers. Well sorry folks, that just isn't going to happen. Having said that, these are Johnson's songs, his lyrics, all even in 'his' keys, and he was Clapton's biggest influence. Though I'm sure I'll take an enormous load of flak for this, I only recently first listened to Robert Johnson, and between the quality of the 1930s recording and the overwhelming rawness of it, I find it hard to take seriously. Sacrelige, I know, but I'm being honest. This album, on the other hand, benefits from modern recording and a stellar backing band.
Now don't get me wrong, Clapton et al still manage to capture an ambient raw attitude that makes RJ's songs absolutely come alive. And it's not just about technical prowess. These guys love these songs, and you can hear it shining through. Clapton sings (and plays) his heart out.
I won't rate each song individually, just point out the gems. 'When You Got a Good Friend' is a solid start, but is followed by the much weaker 'Little Queen of Spades' and to me it's a sad loss of momentum. However, 'They're Red Hot' more than recaptures it. The best tracks by far are 'Traveling Riverside Blues', 'Milcow's Calf Blues', 'If I Had Possession', 'Love in Vain' and 'Hell Hound on My Trail'. All in all, without a doubt one of my favourite albums.


Beatles For Sale
Beatles For Sale
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £14.93

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than people think!, 3 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Beatles For Sale (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album. Much better than it's usually given credit for. It starts out with a very somber few tracks: No Reply, I'm a Loser, and Baby's in Black. Still, they're sung with sincerity and intensity. Rock and Roll Music then steals the show. It's an absolute riot. Crank the volume. Other highlights on the album include Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey! which is a fantastic sauntering blues number. Eight Days a Week is an absolute classic. If you haven't heard it already... climb out from under that rock! There's a little bit of filler, but what I really love is the feel of this album. The raw voices, the minimalist production... sure it feels hurried, but that's part of the charm. One of my favorite, and that's saying something!


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