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APC RBC17 Replacement Battery Cartridge #17
APC RBC17 Replacement Battery Cartridge #17
Offered by Fuzion
Price: £38.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great help!, 10 July 2016
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It works. Delivery remarkably quick with standard delivery - ordered Saturday, arrived Sunday. 3 stars because despite the blurb there is NO return for old battery, just weblink to APC which says recycle according to the laws in your country. Great help!


LINCOLN:EMERGING CHRYSALIS 2E P
LINCOLN:EMERGING CHRYSALIS 2E P
by Bruce Lincoln
Edition: Paperback
Price: £52.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant study of female initiation, 6 Feb. 2016
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This study is a gem. It is short, and covers only a small selection of societies, but Lincoln, in a self-effacing manner, draws out a fascinating investigation into the symbolism of each society he looks at, in the area of female initiation. It is beautifully written, and completely clear and comprehensible - unlike many recent works dealing with this and similar topics, which are obviously written only for an in-group of cognoscenti. My only disappointment was in his supplement to the second edition, where he attempts to relate what he had written earlier to more 'topical' concerns, and to an extent recants his earlier work - pity. But basically: brilliant!


Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter (Bollingen Series (General))
Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter (Bollingen Series (General))
by Carl Kerenyi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.64

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing work., 6 Feb. 2016
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An unimpressive work. The approach is hugely outdated, and weak in most respects. Kerényi cites quite a few sources, but has no real ability to make critical assessments of their worth or context. His presentation is confused, jumping from one period to another, one stage of the mysteries to another. His arguments are elusive, and smack of modern psychological (and rather air-headed) approaches rather than deriving from an understanding of ancient thought; insofar as they can be pinned down at all, they are often at best weakly derived from the sources themselves. He has no awareness of anthropological materials from comparable societies that have mystery cults, and consequently does not really understand how to analyse them. His treatment fails to meet up to what would be expected now in terms of an understanding of classical sources, comparative religion, mythology and its symbolic representation in poetry and cult, or anthropology. Unfortunately, there is no single work on Eleusis which does show the necessary understanding in these fields, though there are many articles on various aspects of the mysteries. The book may be OK if you want to get a general (though confused) idea about some of the materials relating to the mysteries, but cannot be recommended beyond that.


Cardhu Gold Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl
Cardhu Gold Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl
Price: £30.00

3.0 out of 5 stars It basically tastes like something playing safe, 28 Nov. 2015
It's pleasant enough, quite smooth, very drinkable - but it just doesn't impress, especially for anyone at all familiar with a variety of Scotch whiskies. Compared to many single malts of comparable or slightly higher price, this really doesn't pass muster. It basically tastes like something playing safe, not wanting to offend anyone and so lacking in any distinctiveness. I shan't be bothering with it again.


Legendary Poems from the Book of Taliesin
Legendary Poems from the Book of Taliesin
by Marged Haycock
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars and the presentation is generally good. It is good to find a somewhat more ..., 30 Oct. 2015
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The substantial volume is indispensable for the study of these early Welsh poems, and the presentation is generally good. It is good to find a somewhat more circumspect approach than the romantic notions that prevailed within Welsh scholarship for so long about these old poems. In case anyone is in doubt, this is a scholarly work aimed at an academic or well-informed readership - though I find it quite accessible as a medievalist with specialities outside the Welsh field. The revised edition includes for example references to works published since 2007, but I have not noticed any huge changes, having previously used the first edition.
A few gripes: the typeface is really pretty small. If this fairly small-format book had been produced at about 112% it would have made reading considerably easier. Space is wasted anyway by the annoying way the texts are presented with the English interspersed between the Welsh - as if the editor were imitating a medieval interlinear gloss. A parallel layout would have been considerably more approachable. I suppose we have to be grateful the whole thing wasn't just produced in Welsh, though, as can still happen - there is a huge amount here which is vital for non-Welsh specialists in the period to know.
It is a pity that some more copy-editing wasn't done on the revised vol. - while I haven't noticed huge problems, there are annoying numbers of typos and editorial solecisms (e.g. 'between 1425-50').
This vol. and the author's parallel vol. on the prophetic poems of the Book of Taliesin present us with modern editions of these important poems, but quite a few remain: 11 were edited elsewhere by the author only in Welsh, and a further 6 are available in older publications. I hope the author will be turning her attention to completing the edition of all the BT poems in a further volume.


Swiss Luxx 1 Litre Stainless Steel 650W Low Wattage Cordless Kettle
Swiss Luxx 1 Litre Stainless Steel 650W Low Wattage Cordless Kettle
Offered by iShop247
Price: £18.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plastic taste, 25 Jun. 2015
Pros: looks not too bad, is low wattage (good for solar pv), boils reasonably quickly (3 min for a mug), pours OK
Cons: it isn't steel - it's plastic inside, it's bulky, it's rather overpriced, and worst of all it produces an abominable plastic taste in water, with visible scum on boiled water (and no, it's not just lime or something). I more or less (but not completely) managed to get rid of this at huge effort: boiled with tblspn of salt and bicarb four times, and scrubbed out vigorously with washing-up liquid in between, and plain boiled about 10 times. It shouldn't be permissible to put out an item in this state that produces things for human consumption. But there isn't much choice when it comes to really low wattage kettles.
UPDATE. I thought I'd got rid of the ghastly plastic taste, but regrettably it has come back - completely undrinkable. I strongly recommend NOT buying this kettle, and will now be seeking a refund.


Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner with ReadyScan LED Technology
Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner with ReadyScan LED Technology
Price: £178.50

31 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Almost useless waste of money, 8 Sept. 2014
(I'm writing as a keen amateur photographer.) Bought this after reading rave reviews - big mistake. To start with, it has dust INSIDE the scanner, and a lot of it - only realised too late to return it; I'm not the only one to notice this, either. It is advertised as suitable for digitising old negatives - but no-one seems to point out they have to be 35mm (or 'medium format', which could be many things, but you only get one holder size anyway). I have a large stack of negatives from the 1920s on in at least six different sizes, which just won't scan. It won't even scan sizes like 127 which were popular into the 1970s. It is sort of possible to do it if you can force the neg. into the medium format holder, but the results are poor (and it won't accept holders even from another Epson scanner - I tried it). Not the slightest mention of this in the manual or elsewhere. The holders are flimsy plastic which clearly won't last long anyway. The scanner quite often throws a fault (e.g. if you try and scan without a film holder) which hangs the computer. Scanning is also interminably slow, in particular if you customise the settings. The results, from 35mm, aren't bad (but much better if you do customise each photo), but over all you get better results by sending them off for scanning professionally. Don't be fooled by the reviews calling this machine professional - it is very far from it. And frippery like scanning straight to Facebook is meaningless gimmickry, which doesn't make this a better scanner. Given how long it takes to get anything out of it at all, and the often mediocre results (among other things, apart from the dust inside the scanner, it's also impossible to stop dust getting in the way on the scan bed, leading to much correction time being needed in Photoshop - but this is a general problem with home scanners), it's much more economical to send the films off to a scanning agency, despite the costs. I just wish I had put the money towards that, rather than wasting it on this machine.
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Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2014 (Writers' and Artists')
Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2014 (Writers' and Artists')
by .
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful but some quibbles, 15 Jan. 2014
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The yearbook is, of course, indispensable and there isn't anything else to compare it with anyway.
However, some improvements could be made. The list of publishers ought to be broken down into categories. It would also be useful in principle to have a separate list of publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts - but this would end up a very short list, as essentially there aren't any, other than in specialist areas (so anyone buying the book for this purpose may find themselves disappointed).
It is also off-putting to come across a number of mistakes in the volume - one experienced author seemed to have something of a spelling problem, which copy-editing had not picked up.


On Writing
On Writing
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Stephen King fans, 15 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: On Writing (Paperback)
This is not a bad book - indeed, it is very good in many ways, but it is likely to be of most interest to Stephen King fans rather than those looking for practical manuals on how to write fiction. To be fair, King makes the point himself that being able to write and being able to tell others how to do it are two different things, and this book is what it says, a memoir rather than a manual. It does contain good advice, to be sure, but there are better places to look for manuals of the craft over all. It also needs to be remembered King is American, and the whole cultural background is very different from Britain. He does write well, so the book is quite readable and even exciting; in a slightly morbid way (but appropriately for King), one of the best passages in fact is his description of the almost fatal accident he suffered shortly before completing the book. So, the book is worth reading, but a lot of the adulation over it stems more from the author's name than its content.


Photoshop Masking & Compositing (Voices That Matter)
Photoshop Masking & Compositing (Voices That Matter)
by Katrin Eismann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £35.51

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Photoshop guide, 14 Dec. 2012
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As a 'lower intermediate' level user of Photoshop I find this to be one of the essential core books on the program (to which I would add Evening's Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC, and Kelby's The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)). It doesn't cover every aspect of the program, as the title indicates, but what it does cover can't be bettered. It is good to see this updated edition, long expected, as Photoshop has moved on a long way since CS2. So why only 4 stars? Because the publishers have reduced the length by 10%, and taken the intensely annoying decision to ditch the essential chapter on the Pen tool and merely provide it on their website: hacking around with a well-designed book like this is a cheap move. The price of the book, however, is certainly not cheap in comparison with other Photoshop titles.


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