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iPro Products Rotating 360 Degree PU Leather Case Cover For iPad 2/3/4 (Not Compatible ipad Model For ipad Mini,Ipad Air,Ipad Air 2,Ipad Pro,)
iPro Products Rotating 360 Degree PU Leather Case Cover For iPad 2/3/4 (Not Compatible ipad Model For ipad Mini,Ipad Air,Ipad Air 2,Ipad Pro,)
Offered by iPro Accessories
Price: £6.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A great product, 12 Mar. 2014
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I am extremely pleased with this device, bought at a quarter the price of some inferior covers. The iPad is well gripped, and the ability to rotate for both portrait and landscape viewing is a big asset. The material (surely not leather as claimed, it is leather finish) seems sturdy and I have already made friends with it. Well done.


Sonic Bird Pigeon Heron Seagull Falcon Pest Repeller Scarer
Sonic Bird Pigeon Heron Seagull Falcon Pest Repeller Scarer
Offered by Pestexpel
Price: £21.20

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A potentially good product, 3 July 2012
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Once you get this device working, it does its job and so is worth having if you have pests like pigeons.

The problem is to get it working, for there does not seem to be good quality control at the suppliers. Several other customers had problems (see above) and I had my share. I received the product in good time and did my best with the somewhat obscure instructions, but it did not work - remained silent when "detecting" movement.

BUT - a word through Amazon's excellent feedback email system brought a prompt response from the supplier and a replacement the next day (I didn't even have to return the first one). This didn't work either, because of a corroded battery. Fortunately it was easy to use one from the first model to replace it and now the device functions properly. It emits a loud squawking for several seconds after detecting movement. It certainly scared me, so it should see the pigeons off.

As some-one else mentioned, the instructions refer to a power button. There isn't one, so don't waste time looking for it. It would seem that the instructions are matched to a previous model no longer made.

The suppliers are well aware of these deficiencies and are working to put them right. They are most anxious to please their customers (in fact gave me a full refund for my troubles even though I keep the product). If you could really use this bird scarer, don't hesitate to order one and make sure you are satisfied.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some may like it, 20 Feb. 2011
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The mat is certainly extra long. Only time will tell whether it is mould and mildew resistant. And only time will tell whether the distorted end (caused by its rolled-up storage state) will straighten out.

What rules it out for me is the hardness of the many rounded studs on its surface: these are too painful for me to stand on as I take a shower.

On the other hand my wife likes to lie on it when she takes a bath.


Things Your Bridge Teacher Won't Tell You
Things Your Bridge Teacher Won't Tell You
by Dan Romm
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No wonder he won't tell you, 9 Oct. 2010
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A mediocre piece of work. The author is unbelievably proud of himself, and seems to spend half the book showing how clever he is.

Many of the examples he gives are one-offs where he relied on a bit of luck or bluff to get his contract. These specimen hands leave the reader no wiser how he himself might benefit from the examples given. There is plenty of good advice, but despite the book's title, it is standard stuff and your bridge teacher would certainly have told you most of it. Sometimes the advice is barely practicable, such as "Keep your penalty double success rate to 85%, no more, no less" (How are going to keep tabs on that?) or barely ethical, such as "Notice all your opponents' mannerisms and act on the basis of your observations".

A strong aura of the old rubber-bridge-for-big-money days clings to this book. Read something else - and listen to your bridge teacher.


How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)
How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)
by Ross Duffin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All musicians should read this important book, 10 April 2010
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For many years now the musical world has had many writers buzzing away in the background trying to tell us that Equal Temperament is not the reality of music. They have all been right, but have not always made much impact on the average musician, who probably thinks it is none of his concern. The problem also lies in the difficulty of presenting this complex subject in a manner which is intelligible and convincing.

Ross Duffin has at last managed to combine authority, clarity and humour in a compelling book which is sure to engage any intelligent reader. He manages to be authoritative without being dry and pedantic, and his wry touches of humour help to enliven the more mathematical and scientific stretches. But above all he grabs the attention by his sincerity in demanding that we view Equal Temperament for what it is.

The key to it all lies in the title, and it was the title that persuaded me to buy the book, though I have long been a convert to the use of alternative temperaments. Duffin is, I think, the first to be bold enough to condemn ET with just the right word: "ruined". Nobody else seems to have gone this far.

The book has one minor drawback, in that the illustrated side-panels (inflated footnotes really) occupy too much space, blundering in on the main text and distracting the reader from the flow of the argument. They should be put into smaller or more distinctive print in any future edition, so that one knows to sidestep them as they come up. But this should not put anyone from buying this important book: these extras are a mine of supplementary information.


Russell Hobbs Serenity Kettle with Rapid Quiet Boil 14174, 3 kW, 1.7 L - Polished Stainless Steel
Russell Hobbs Serenity Kettle with Rapid Quiet Boil 14174, 3 kW, 1.7 L - Polished Stainless Steel

55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good kettle with one nasty snag, 28 Feb. 2010
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This kettle lives up to its claims, it is elegant and efficient, boils quickly and quietly, etc.

However, there is one nasty snag. The instructions warn us to boil a full kettle three times to rid it of "manufacturing dust". You should certainly do this, but the matter does not end there. After this is done,when boiling the kettle there is a strange smell in the room, a smell that is replicated when you taste the tea. I feel sure it comes from the plastic inserts that line the kettle. Repeated boilings did not cure this taste/smell for weeks, in fact it took me a month before it was gone. Can it be mildly poisonous, I wonder? It is true I felt no ill effects, but drinking the tea was not pleasant. The manufacturers need to look into this.
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Hoffnung: A Last Encore (includes the Oxford Union Speech) (BBC Radio Collection)
Hoffnung: A Last Encore (includes the Oxford Union Speech) (BBC Radio Collection)
by Gerard Hoffnung
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £11.90

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor value, 1 Sept. 2009
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The Hoffnung Oxford Union speech is justly famed and still makes me laugh after many years of familiarity.
But sadly, it is the only track on this CD with any real humour; the rest is just unfunny huffing and puffing.
As a whole, the CD is not worth buying.


Contact (Special Edition) [1997] [DVD]
Contact (Special Edition) [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jodie Foster
Price: £3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling tale of one woman's adventure into space travel, 10 Feb. 2002
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This must be Jodie Foster's finest film role. she plays a gritty, doggedly individual astronomer seeking life on other planets. Familiar scenario? Not the way this unfolds. Step by step she discovers an apparent way to travel to the star Vega. Political and religious factions hamper and cross her every step of the way - but she has a hidden benefactor who helps her achieve her desire. Central to this film is the dilemma of believing science or religion, which for her is agonisingly pinpointed by falling in love with a priest. The visual effects in this film are stunning, the plot ever self-renewing.
Drawbacks? Some of the dialogue is barely audible, making it advisable to use subtitles, and the Extra Features are poor. Nevertheless a marvellous film, and a good buy.
Terry Dwyer


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