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ANEWISH Wifi Dongle AC Dual Band 5GHz 433Mbps Wireless USB Wifi Adapter for PC / Desktop / Laptop / Tablet, Supports Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP/2000, Mac Os X 10.4-10.11.4 and 10.12.1
ANEWISH Wifi Dongle AC Dual Band 5GHz 433Mbps Wireless USB Wifi Adapter for PC / Desktop / Laptop / Tablet, Supports Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP/2000, Mac Os X 10.4-10.11.4 and 10.12.1
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Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Jan. 2017
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Very easy to connect and signal strength and consistency is also good.


Betron B630 Sound Isolating Dynamic Driver Earphones with improved Bass for Ipods, Ipads , MP3 and MP4 players with 3.5mm Jack , Black
Betron B630 Sound Isolating Dynamic Driver Earphones with improved Bass for Ipods, Ipads , MP3 and MP4 players with 3.5mm Jack , Black
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars excellent delivery speed, 30 May 2015
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Ordered wednesday, arrived thursday: excellent delivery speed!
Used these headphones before and they're excellent for keeping out the noise and music in allowing for the user to play the music loud without others hearing, ie. in a library. Also good for the gym.

Overall, good value for money.


Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series)
Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series)
by Qian Kan
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Chinese, 15 May 2013
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Bought this for a basic course and found it to be a little more than 'basic' at times. It is a solid book which people need to commit to if they are to finish it and feel confident of being able to speak some relevant Chinese.
Even my class only completed perhaps 70 - 75% of the book during the 20 week course. That's how much there's in it!
I would say get this book for a structured course in Chinese, but consider other safer, more basic, options if you simply want to learn functional Chinese. The CD provides dialogue where you can listen and repeat, but even this can be difficult to follow and simply too fast for a learner to pick up. This would be my main criticism - it's colloquial, so expect the speakers to be speaking at their normal tempo. This should be progressive to allow the listener to be able to speak along with the speaker until they eventually reach normal speaking tempo.
Ultimately, it's a solid foundation for the new Chinese speaker, but can be a little complex at times and the dialogue is too fast to follow. A tutor (Chinese speaker) is needed to guide the student through this book and the language's nuances. Therefore, suitable for a structured course rather than a quick fix guide.


VonShef Whole Fruit Juicer Professional Centrifugal Juice Extractor Powerful and Low Noise at 990W - with a Juice Jug & Cleaning Brush
VonShef Whole Fruit Juicer Professional Centrifugal Juice Extractor Powerful and Low Noise at 990W - with a Juice Jug & Cleaning Brush
Offered by DOMU UK
Price: £32.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shef Juicer, 15 May 2013
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Excellent little juicer. Small, easy to clean and maintain, juices with little fuss and easy to store. Comes with a jug that sits under the spout and a cleaning brush that is metal-friendly.
On the downside, and the only one I can see, is that the pulp is a little wet for my liking. This suggests that the grating mechanism isn't wholly efficient and therefore could generate more juice with a better design.
However, given that I juice a lot in one go, I can say that this is a small problem.

On the whole, this is a fine purchase if you're taking, or going to take, juicing more seriously.

Glad I bought it.


The Speed Reading Book (Mind Set)
The Speed Reading Book (Mind Set)
by Tony Buzan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, if you stick to it!, 14 Nov. 2011
Interesting little book. App. 200 pages of easy to read information that may enhance your ability to read faster.

Here are some of the basics covered in the book:

Self tests: used to measure your progress in terms of words per minute (wpm) and your comprehension thereof. Buzan covers 'fixations', i.e. when a reader focuses on each word in turn, thereby making the reading cumbersome. This usually makes the reader 'back-skip' or 'regress', thus breaking up their reading pattern.

Reading pattern - your fixation should turn to clusters of words (what Buzan calls 'visual gulps'), i.e. 4 or 5 at a time. Run your eyes across them at one go, and move quickly onto the next 4 - 5 words. After a while, try reading a sentence or line, whichever is shorter, in one go. Just move your eyes over that line quickly and let your brain take in the key words. Don't stop or move back to an difficult word - do this later with a dictionary only if you have to. Remember, you don't need to remember every word in a journal, book or newspaper article etc.

Problems to reading faster:
Concentration & Comprehension - common problems to slow reading were lack of concentration and finger pointing. Use a guide if you must, i.e. a 'clear' ruler as a guide and run it down the page at a steady rate - this will 'train' your brain to read faster. As for concentration, what are you looking to get out of the article? Do you need to read the whole thing or are you after a specific article? Ensure you are in teh right mood /setting before you take to reading. Poor motivation typically relates to poor understanding and poor reading speed.
Buzan also offers a good section on how to improve vocabulary via the understanding of prefixes, suffixes and base words - this serves to give the reader a greater appreciation of a greater array of words they may not have understood before.

Hold the book at a distance comfortable to the eye but far enough so that your peripherial vision can see the whole page. This is useful for scanning down the page effortlessly. Your brain (not eyes) will subconsciously take in the key informationand hopefully discard the redundant words. Do this for 20 or so pages and you wil see what I mean. It just makes sense and practice makes faster.
Sub-vocalisation - i.e. 'mouthing' the words as you read them can slow you down. This, according to Buzan, was learnt at school and stuck with us. Through practice of scanning the page and reading several words at one time can reduce your dependancy on sub-vocalisation. And so it went.

The result?
My wpm in the opening exercise was around 200, with an 80% comprehension = fairly standard, if not alittle slow. By half way through, my wpm increased to 400 - 500, although comprehension dropped to a pitiful 40%. However, by the end of the book my wpm was approaching 800 - 900, but my comprehension had only increased to 60%. I still see this as a massive result, but I did do most of the exercises and gave them my time and attention. As another poster rightfully said, endure and there is little reason to boost your speed-reading ability to a comfortable 600 - 800 wpm whilst retainig a good proportion of the information.

Recommend to try this out.


Germinal (Penguin Classics)
Germinal (Penguin Classics)
by Émile Zola
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only an entertaining read, but an emotional one. And one you will remember!, 31 Oct. 2011
I cannot disagree with what all the other reviewers have said, but just wanted to add my own sentiment nonetheless.

Finished reading Germinal just last week and I am already getting withdrawal symptoms for the want of more: more descriptive realism that leaves you shaking your head in disbelief one page, in amazement in another; more simplistic yet accumulative and interwoven consequences that moves the story along on a well-greased surface; more knowledge of the victimised peoples of Montsou who are caught within a downward spiral of debt and despair, and more - just more.

The story itself is a 'seemingly' simplistic tale of working class miners strugling to survive, irrespective of how hard they work. The owners of capital are blisfully ignorant (there are exceptions) of such toil and the multitude of hiddeous diseases and deformaties that most of the miners have absorbed during the course of their life underground, and the impact this has on family life. The warm brioch of the rich contrasts wildly with the cold bread of the poor, but it is within this political and social staple with which the story 'germinates'! It is, however, not a unitary attack by Zola on the owners of capital in a micro class-war somewhere in NE France. Both sides find themselves at the end of Zola's pitchfork, who ultimately takes humanity to death and back for love and life.

Subsequently, the way in which the story is told is utterly compelling - horrendus at times (it was a banned book at one time), I had to question myself on several occassions while reading (did he really have to tell me that?). But it is a book written of the age, where dignity and grace were all but absent. This raw harshness certainly catapults the emotional rollercoaster with even greater vigor. At times, laughter can give way to a lump in the throat (if not more), just as pity and saddness can give way to a satisfying grin at the genius of the realism on show. The death of a horse in the mine near the end of the story was almost a deliberate attack by the author on the reader's senses, whilst the description and detail of the lives of some the female characters could be described as crushing.

Overall, this book is highly recommended, but it's entertainment value is far outweighed by what you will get back emotionally, and possibly morally.


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