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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good size. Reasonable quality, and warm too., 7 Feb. 2015
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For £3 one doesn't expect high quality. and these kufis are no better or worse than any other kufi for the price, except perhaps that these are warmer than most. There's a few bits of cotton where the machine has reached an end, but the ends are not loose. You can always snip them with scissors if you feel the need. The colour is a light natural yellow, almost cream, but I suppose you can cold dye them any colour you want.

One caveat: this kufi is large. Not large enough to stick on a football, but more than enough for a good sized grown man to feel that he's covered up and warm. If you're head isn't large, go elsewhere or be prepared to fold the hem up a bit. In my case, I've been blessed with a good sized noggin, so I'm delighted with the size.

So, in summary, if you want to swan around looking like you shop at the same store as David Beckham, you might do better to spend an extra £30 (or £3000) at one of the several fashion outlets for people with more money than they know what to do with. However, if you just want a decent quality kufi to stick on your head, you can't do better than one of these. I've just ordered an extra two.

Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
Price: £0.69

45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make it an Annual Celebration Song, 9 April 2013
What a wonderfully hopeful, bright and cheerful way to celebrate a great day. Come on you Munchkins! Let the whole world celebrate, and sing this song every year on the very special day that the Wicked Witch of the West finally kicked her clogs.
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Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
Price: £0.79

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wicked Witch of the West - Dead at Last!, 9 April 2013
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Ding-Dong! At long last, I've outlived the Wicked Witch of the West. It may still be run by bad people, but the world today is just that little bit nicer, knowing that she's finally gone.

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sending fungicide in Cardboard Packaging is Not a Good Idea, 1 Sept. 2010
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The bottle arrived quickly enough, but was packed loosely in a standard Amazon cardboard book package. By the time it got through the post it was leaking into the very wet cardboard. Suffice to say that the postman was NOT amused to know that he'd been handling fungicide! Sending fungicide in cardboard packaging must be illegal. Even if it's not, it shows the half-soaked manner in which Amazon sends toxic substances through the post. Better buy yours from a local garden centre instead.

The Heirs Of The Prophet Muhammad: And the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism
The Heirs Of The Prophet Muhammad: And the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism
by Barnaby Rogerson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trashy Popular History, 28 Aug. 2010
If you like to be entertained by popular cosmology "documentaries" on TV, don't pick up Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. But don't expect to know any more about physics when you turn the television off. Worse still, many physicists, mindful of the adage, "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing", would probably rather you just observed the stars from outside the house.

Given the scandalous nature of general public discourse on Islam in most non-Muslim countries at the moment, the same applies with much greater urgency to this book. If you want to get a well written story, composed of half-truths and poetic license, in the genre of nineteenth century Orientalist clap-trap, then by all means read the book. But don't expect some travel writer to come up with anything more than emotional fairy tales, which given the vast cultural differences between seventh century Arabia and twenty-first century Europe or North America, are more likely to confuse and shock than offer anything that resembles insight, either into Islam or the early Caliphate.

If, on the other hand, you actually want to understand about Islam or about the development of early Islamic society and culture, then you'd do well reading either a reliable translation of the Qur'an or a properly researched scholarly history book, such as Montgomery Watt's "The Formative Period in Islamic Thought". Either way, don't waste your time with this soon to be forgotten trash.
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Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls
Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls
by Terry Jones
Edition: Board book

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nasty book stolen!, 1 Aug. 2010
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I have never had another book STOLEN! This is obviously the only one that was worth stealing in my collection. I was very, very angree, and since I have been interested in setting up a trust fund to supply all children with a copy of this book, which is the way things should be. Also, I am going to buy another copy, and if anyone steals it I will know who it was because I am going to imprgnate the usless page (the one that all non-weedy people rip out in front of their friends) with a deadly poison!!!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Product, Cheap Quality, and Beware Misleading Description, 4 Oct. 2009
I found myself looking for a more powerful replacement for my last chainsaw (a Ryobi 4545), which packed up after only 14 months. The trouble was, I'm on a very limited budget, and even a new Ryobi was really too expensive for me. So, after trawling the net looking for a 50cc plus chainsaw that I could afford, I came across this 52cc Trueshopping chainsaw.

Now anyone looking for a chainsaw has three main technical considerations:

a) what is the chainsaw's intended use - regular or occasional, mainly branches or lots of tree felling?
b) how reliable is the model, and if that can't be found out, how reliable is the make?
c) what is the power to weight ratio of any potential purchase, i.e. how many kilowatts per kilogram of net saw weight (saw minus chain and bar) can a saw produce at a recorded maximum speed.

I already knew that I needed a saw with a fairly powerful engine, as the job is for fairly regular, seasonal tree felling and firewood preparation. Obviously, I didn't need more than, around a 70cc engine, as that would be overkill, and my budget was really restricting me to something like 55cc.

Most of the decent (read expensive) models of this size can achieve something 2.6kw, and they weigh in the region of 5.75kg. The cheap (usually at present) Chinese imports tend to weigh a pound or so more, and kick out about 1.7kw. Now this Trueshopping was quite heavy - 6.5kg - but the advert given claimed that it can produce 2.8kw. Not bad going, I thought. Being about half again as expensive as the Chinese imports, but only about 30% of the cost of a Stihl or Husqvarna of similar engine size, this model looked a good compromise. Even if I ended up going through two of them in the time that an expensive one would last, I'd still have saved money. And it's technical specs said it was as good as the best of them as far as power output.

Suffice to say, I bought the saw, and was pleasantly surprised to see it arrive the next day at my door. That, however, was the point when the pleasant surprises stopped. The chainsaw turned out to have a soft plastic casing, parts of which looked like they were begging out for more screws to hold the sections in place. The days of metal casings are almost over, but most at least have sturdy durable plastic. Far from the rugged dependable workhorse other reviewers have described the saw as, its casing is made of the same stuff as childrens' toys!

Okay....., I said. If the thing performs well enough, it will have been worth it. Luckily, I didn't even have to start it up to find out. Reading the manual, I came to the technical specifications, and lo and behold, the power output recorded there by the saws manufacturer's is 1.7kw - only 60% of the advertised power output, and in effect, no better than a cheap, no-name import, AND at least as heavy as any on sale of that size.

Some people, at that point, would have convinced themselves that at least the company is based in England, and so not send the item back, even if they have effectively been misled into buying the saw in the first place. However, having already had the experience of a poorly performing and unreliable saw, was in no mood to compromise. I sent the saw back, and made a point of telling Trueshopping that their advertisements for this saw are incorrect, and that they misleadingly portray the saw out to be far more powerful than it actually is. They apologised, and on 30/9/09 they promised to look into changing the advert. So, the service (quick postage and prompt returns) is five star. Well done.

Nevertheless, as one of the worst performing, and heaviest models of this size chainsaw around, and even allowing for the misleading and incorrectly advertised specifications, I'm tempted to award it a single star. However, the after-sales service was very good, and because it's vendors are based in the UK, I've given it another star. For those who know that this saw is no better than the cheapest import, and for those who know and accept that they are effectively paying £40 or more on top of the price of such imports just to ensure that they get decent after-sales service on this rather heavy and pretty weak saw, then this model is just what you're looking for. How it actually performs, and how long it lasts, and whether anyone would be able to find parts for it when it breaks (I suspect it's not going to prove a long-lived model), is another thing.

For those who want a decent saw for fairly regular medium-heavy log cutting, then don't get this saw. Either save up another hundred or two, and get a good one, or get a second hand model of something that means business. It'll cost a fair bit more than this new one, but you'll be patting yourself on the back long after this one has been turned into dog food cans.

Spellforce Universe (PC)
Spellforce Universe (PC)
Price: £6.20

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Good as a Linear RPG Gets, 6 Mar. 2009
As the title suggests, this game is largely linear, so don't expect the open-ended experience of Morrowind (my absolute favourite). The graphics also just don't compare to the likes of Morrowind, the Witcher, and the like. The acting also leaves much to be desired.

But having said all that, Spell force still has a lot going for it. In many ways, it is similar to Neverwinter Nights: very symbolic graphics and bad acting but a world experience that is varied and comprehensive enough to be deeply immersive. If you're after the cutting edge of what super fast computers can offer you, then look elsewhere. But if you want immersive, addictive, and long term (dozens of hours) challenging entertainment, then the latest crass and smash just won't compare.

On the point of CD keys, I can't speak for others. However, in my experience, this package comes on two disks: Spellforce One and all expansions, and Spellforce Two and its expansion. Each has a separate CD key. Both are supplied on the CD box. Try to input the wong one and you will fail. Since there are only two CD keys to choose from, I had no difficulty whatsoever installing the game.

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