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The Room Three
The Room Three
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet, 19 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: The Room Three (App)
Having played The Room 1 & 2, I was delighted to see The Room 3 appear. It is as before a brilliant series of puzzles, tasks and conundrums wrapped up in Gothic, steam punk scenario.
The imaginative scenery, effects and detail are really astounding. You really get a lot for your money. I spent several hours over many evenings working out the problems. Totally absorbing and delightful.
The somewhat abrupt ending suggests the possibility of a Room 4? If so, then I look forward to it.


Berghaus Mens Spectrum Warm Fleece Glove Black M
Berghaus Mens Spectrum Warm Fleece Glove Black M
Price: £12.40

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as warm as I expected., 21 Jan. 2016
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Fit OK, but not as warm as I expected them to be. Even with separate silk liners inside the gloves my fingers still felt cold on occasion, especially when it was windy. They don't look or feel very robust either, but time will tell on that.


mantona 31cm Tripod Boom Extension Arm
mantona 31cm Tripod Boom Extension Arm
Price: £45.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DSLR camera support for horizontal photography., 21 Jan. 2016
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I needed to photograph some small items with the camera pointing directly down, without including the tripod legs and without shading the lights. This extension arm fills the bill very well.
It firmly screws onto the camera support of my tripod and the extending arm puts the camera over the target item. The arm itself is extendable to about 30cm and is held tightly and prevented from rotating by a tightening clip. Very simple, very efficient. The arm is supplied with a conversion thread for the tripod top and two hexagonal keys for tightening threads where necessary,
Altogether a well made piece of kit. I used it for photographing various smallish items for insurance purposes in conjunction with the RPGT® Photography Softbox Studio Continuous Lighting Kit.
I was very pleased with the build and performance of the extension arm. It easily supported a Nikon DSLR camera. Good value at the price.


RPGT® Photography Softbox Studio Continuous Lighting Kit with 2x80W 5500K Bulbs 50 x70 cm Softboxes 2M Light Stand
RPGT® Photography Softbox Studio Continuous Lighting Kit with 2x80W 5500K Bulbs 50 x70 cm Softboxes 2M Light Stand
Offered by RPGT
Price: £59.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lights for a reasonable price., 21 Jan. 2016
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Two stands, extendable and collapsible, which they do very easily. The lighting soft-boxes are easily set up, a bit like four sided umbrellas and fit well on the tripod stands. The surprisingly large and very bright bulbs fit in the Edison screw threads very firmly and the filters fit over the end of the soft-boxes with Velcro strips.
All very simple and well thought out. After use the whole lot easily folds down into the box for storage.
They were purchased for even illumination of various items for insurance purposes and serve their purpose well. They are fine for occasional domestic use, but I suspect that they wouldn't last long in a professional environment. But at this price you cannot reasonably expect robust "professional" quality.
So no complaints from me. They were as good as I expected them to be and I am very happy with my purchase.


Nut & Raisin Dispenser for Panasonic SD-255 & SD-257 Bread machine
Nut & Raisin Dispenser for Panasonic SD-255 & SD-257 Bread machine
Offered by kitchenwareonline
Price: £24.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entire dispenser bought due to lack of availablility of a small part which broke., 27 Dec. 2015
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Three stars due to necessity of buying whole unit rather than a tiny little plastic lever thing.
What is there to say really? It is a nut and fruit dispenser for the Panasonic SD 255. I bought it because the original one for the bread-maker stopped working. WHY? Because a tiny piece of plastic that forms the release trigger for the fruit/nut release hatch broke. I could not source a new trigger which would cost pennies, I could not mend the trigger because it is too small to just glue it back together again. I did try and it worked....once. Then broke again. So I bought this new dispenser, which will probably last longer than the rest of the bread-maker, which I have had for 8 years. In that time I have only bought a new paddle.
So this says something about the bread-maker as a whole. It's a very reliable piece of kit. Pity about the lack of small spares though.


[New Arrival] GRDE® Sweatproof Neckband Bluetooth 4.1 Earphone Wireless Sports Headset Stereo Bass Headphone with Apt-X Earbuds, for iPhone Android Windows Compatible Most Smartphones, Support Yes/No
[New Arrival] GRDE® Sweatproof Neckband Bluetooth 4.1 Earphone Wireless Sports Headset Stereo Bass Headphone with Apt-X Earbuds, for iPhone Android Windows Compatible Most Smartphones, Support Yes/No

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good phones, shame about the instruction leaflet, 25 Nov. 2015
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I wanted Bluetooth earphones for working on my allotment. Cables get in the way and full size over-ear phones are too bulky and get sweaty when I am working. So this item looked ideal and was a reasonable price.
I don't usually get on well with in-canal ear pieces, but these are fine. There are three sizes of ear plug tips to choose from and the smallest was OK for me. Fitting the phones with the neckband takes a bit of getting used to but once sorted is no problem. Charging is reasonably quick and easy. Pairing to my somewhat ancient Sony Walkman MP3 was easy. Sound quality is adequate for my needs, but deep bass freaks and those with hearing like a bat would doubtless demur. I'm 68 and getting a bit "Mutt and Jeff" so I'm not complaining.
Any complaints at all? Well, the instructions in what can only be described as an excruciatingly bad Google translation from Chinese to English, were a joke. Quite literally. I haven't seen or read such awful instructions for years. So bad I had to laugh. But the operation is simple enough that the pictographs were adequate to help with the set up.
So 4 stars due to the really laughable instructions.


Bulldog Evergreen Compost Fork
Bulldog Evergreen Compost Fork
Price: £22.14

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made tool which makes a hard task easy., 18 Nov. 2015
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If you want to make good compost, you need to mix it and stir it reasonably frequently, and if possible transfer it to another empty compost bin. Using an ordinary garden fork is OK but it clogs quickly and it is difficult to dig out the compost. I bought this fork to try and make the job that much easier and it really did.
The long thin tines dig in easily without clogging, the long handle makes lifting easy and the lightweight metal shaft makes the tool really light and easy to use.
This has made a chore into an easy and quick task. Which means it will get done more frequently, which means my compost will benefit.
A really good well designed tool. Recommended.


Bosch 2609256744 Jigsaw Blade Set (10 Pieces)
Bosch 2609256744 Jigsaw Blade Set (10 Pieces)
Price: £11.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of blades, 22 Oct. 2015
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This is a useful selection of blades for the Bosch Jigsaw. Not sure if I'll use all the varieties, but you never know!
Comes in a useful plastic case.


2m CABLE TIDY KIT WRAP WIRE SAFETY ORGANIZING BENDABLE KIT FOR TV DVD PC
2m CABLE TIDY KIT WRAP WIRE SAFETY ORGANIZING BENDABLE KIT FOR TV DVD PC
Offered by eStore.Direct
Price: £2.81

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cable tidy for small task., 2 Oct. 2015
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I've used this type of cable tidy before, so it was not too difficult to fit to the cables. Its a bit narrower than the previous one I purchased elsewhere, but did the job well. I now have a set of reasonably tidy cables in the hall containing the phone wire, router wires and ethernet cable.


Aurora
Aurora
Price: £5.99

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing end from a promising start, 14 Aug. 2015
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Spoiler alert, don't read this if you don't want to know the ending.
I got about halfway through the first Mars trilogy by KSR before I gave up in despair. So it was with some trepidation that I bought Aurora. The first half was certainly interesting, describing life on a Starship traveling at 10% of light speed to Tau Ceti, a star with viable planets. The journey takes well over a century and the travelers are several generations in, the original travelers long dead.
We learn a lot about how the starship works, both technically and socially. The technical stuff may or may not be accurate but it sounds believable, mainly.
When they arrive at Tau Ceti they disembark a few of the colonisers. Eventually they discover that the planet is not so lifeless and benign as they first thought, with the presence of a prion type organism which proves both fatal and contagious.
At this point some of the travelers still on board decide to return to Earth, while others decide to remain by colonising another planet/satellite in the same system. A 'civil war' ensues and eventually the stayers stay and the returners return.
We never get to hear about the stayers and how they got on.
The rest of the book, quite a large chunk, deals with the return journey and how it is achieved as told by the ship's computer, which appears to be endowed with almost limitless powers. HAL eat your heart out!
Eventually the travelers return to Earth and are not met with any great enthusiasm. Hostility actually and treated like traitors to a cause. The story then just fizzles out in a very unsatisfactory way.
One gets the feeling that the author himself loses the plot about halfway though the book and is trying to end it as fast as possible.
I felt somewhat cheated by the ending but relieved to finish it as the last third of the book was tedious in the extreme.
As with the Mars trilogy, or in my case 'half bookogy', the author seems to delight in pages and pages of technically dubious description which is really boring and I found myself skimming page after page until he got back to the business of the plot.
So, what can I say to finish? If you liked the Mars Trilogy and like the author's style you will probably like this book too. For me, I have learned to avoid this author in future.


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