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Mens or Boys CAMOUFLAGE Velcro Wallet Canvas TriFold CAMO Slim NEW Teens GREAT VALUE (Jungle)
Mens or Boys CAMOUFLAGE Velcro Wallet Canvas TriFold CAMO Slim NEW Teens GREAT VALUE (Jungle)
Offered by ZAZA ®
Price: £5.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Jun. 2016
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Seems a good quality product.


myLupo Keyfinder & Item Tracker for iPhone Android & Tablets (3-Pack - Jet Black)
myLupo Keyfinder & Item Tracker for iPhone Android & Tablets (3-Pack - Jet Black)
Offered by Connect-In Ltd.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea but doesn't work reliably, 23 Dec. 2015
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I bought three Lupos, and sometimes they work very well, but more often they don't work at all. I am quite prepared to believe that the problem may lie elsewhere than the product: I have a Fitbit and energysaver app which may interfere. What I find is that 75% of the time I can't find the device at all. Restarting the phone works to find it about 50% of the time. But that means I am never sure whether I have lost something or if it is just the phone not finding it, which really defeats the point. I can have a device next to the phone and it still won't recognise it. When it works it seems a great device. The alarm is a little quiet, but loud enough to let you find anything you have lost.
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The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army
The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army
by Colin G. Calloway
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. The best book on the early Ohio Valley frontier but not military history, 17 Aug. 2015
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This book didn't do exactly what I expected and for that reason was an amazing surprise and delight. The title suggests that this is going to be a largely military history. However, while the book does contain one of the most detailed accounts of St Clair's defeat in 1791, which forms the centrepiece of the work, the book is about far more. This is a very sophisticated analysis of American policy towards the Ohio Indians in the years after the American Revolution, and particularly in the years after the Northwest Ordinance. Calloway discusses the problems of bringing order to the west, analyses the most basic issue of the government's relationship with speculators, settlers and Native Americans, and does an excellent job of showing both Native American and white perspectives. He draws on an impressive array of research in archives and upon the work of other scholars to provide a detailed but very readable narrative. There is an extended discussion about the organisation of Josiah Harmar's and St. Clair's expeditions and the problems of training, recruitment and supply, and ultimately Calloways suggests that it was these problems which doomed the expeditions to failure. He makes some very interesting comparisons between St. Clair's defeat and 'Custer's Last Stand', the first of which was widely villified, but the latter became a heroic symbol of brave resistance. If you are looking for a military history then this book may not be for you, (although there is more detail here than anywhere else) but if you would like a nuanced analysis of the policy of George Washington's administration towards the frontier and the problems of relations with Native Americans in the new republic, then this is a must read. For me this book was the find of the year, if not the decade.


Hoverboard Bonus Pack: Second Life [Game Connect]
Hoverboard Bonus Pack: Second Life [Game Connect]
Price: £8.95

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately a Rip Off, 15 Sept. 2013
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I am a great fan of Second Life, a sim owner and member for over six years. Unfortunately, like so much else in Second Life these days, this purchase is something of a rip off. I was trying to buy the premium vehicle pack, but my sale defaulted back to this--because the vehicle packs are not available outside the USA although this is not obvious. Second Life used to be a global environment, but today it is focussed very largely on North America and as with this pack if you are outside the USA you often get ripped off.

The pack itself contains little that you can't get for much less, and perhaps even for free, in Second Life. You get a Hoverboard and some basic clothing--jacket, pants, knee pads, back pack--worth a total of perhaps 1,000 LINDEN dollars at most, or less than three pounds sterling, and more realistically half that. The hoverboard is interesting for a few minutes, but it doesn't add anything especially to the Second Life experience as it is fairly difficult to control and moves so quickly that you will have trouble rezzing the environment to keep up. There is little advantage over regular flying and I am not sure where you would really want to use this. The jacket and pants look like black lycra--if that's your thing fine, but they are not really worth much. Perhaps the worse thing is that purchasing this links your Amazon account to Second Life, which is great for Linden Labs but not for you. I would not recommend unless for some reason you really want the hoverboard. There is hardly a 'bonus' pack.


This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)
This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)
by Carroll Smith-Rosenberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.50

3.0 out of 5 stars A complex post-modern cultural analysis raising more questions than it answers, 21 Feb. 2013
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This Violent Empire is a complex work that certainly will not appeal to the casual reader interested in the origins of American national identity--and even more if their interest is the rise of violence in early America as despite the title violence plays a very minor role in the work. In the book Carroll Smith-Rosenberg offers a post-modern critical analysis of the development of American culture in the years following the American Revolution. Essentially Smith-Rosenberg tackles an interesting subject: how could Americans who had based so much of their culture and identity before the American Revolution form a new culture and identity after the Revolution that could bind the new nation together. What Smith-Rosenberg does is show how there were many different and clashing concepts circling around at the end of the eighteenth century and just how difficult it was to create a coherent identity. She analyses a series of texts in magazines and novels published in the late eighteenth century to explore issues of class, gender and race in particular (not violence) in shaping a new American identity. In true post-modern fashion Smith-Rosenberg starts by deconstructing the concept of identity: `we see identities as discursive constructions taking form within rich material, economic, and social contexts. Identities are multiply layered, fluid, changing, often contradictory.' [p.17] This discussion gives a good sense of the nature of the text in this work. Smith-Rosenberg clearly has a detailed knowledge of the texts that she analyses and of post-modern and gender theory. But she often plays fast and loose with chronology and seems quite happy using a work published in 1820 to explain perceptions in the 1790s. There are also some annoying petty errors--on page 317 for instance we have King Connaught holding back the seas, presumably King Cnut/Canute/Knut. Ultimately, Smith-Rosenberg concludes that American identity was created by defining and excluding `the other' in this case African-Americans. In the end the work raises far more questions than it answers. Indeed, it offers no convincing conclusions at all. While I am certainly glad that I read it, and it has made me think a great deal about the conflicting intellectual forces that battled in the early republic, it is definitely not a work for everyone.


Renaissance Dance Music
Renaissance Dance Music
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good range of early modern music, 6 Feb. 2013
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Don't be put off by the Baroque picture on the cover, this is a geat collection of early modern music. The collection ranges from popular country dances to courtly music of varying tempos. Some of the tunes, such as 'Greensleeves and Pudding Pyes' are variations on well known themes but most are lesser known pieces. Overall there is a nice range of different types of early modern dance music in a good quality recording.


BlackBerry PlayBook - Tablet - 16 GB - 7" TFT ( 1024 x 600 ) - rear camera + front camera - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
BlackBerry PlayBook - Tablet - 16 GB - 7" TFT ( 1024 x 600 ) - rear camera + front camera - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Offered by Supreme Value
Price: £99.90

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No play and no power..., 4 July 2012
I was a great Blackberry fan and have always had a Blackberry phone and on the surface this is an excellent tablet, especially for the price.

I had no problems setting up e-mail (using both work e-mail and my private e-mail from BT internet) and if you have a Blackberry phone the Blackberry bridge allows you to receive e-mails and browse the web for no extra charge via you Playbook. I used my Playbook mainly for work keeping notes, editing Word documents, Excel spreadhsheets etc. For this it was perfect. The touchscreen worked well for me, and response time was fast. I have never had a problem with any crashes or freezes and the operating system as well as the device itself seem faily robust.

The first big downside is the lack of apps. The lack of apps compared to other similar devices is really quite astonishing and this doesn't look like it will improve. You have a great display with the Playbook, but one of the first areas of frustration is realising that there are no movies to watch. Playbook comes with a link to the National Film Institute of Canada... that is pretty much the extent of your films as Playbook won't handle digital rights management. You can neither download films from online stores nor watch streaming video from one of the many pay per view providers. Because you have flash you can however watch services like BBC IPlayer and ITV net player--but as you need to be somewhere where there is a good wireless connection you probably have a TV at hand, although Playbook does connect to YouTube. There are very few e-books available to read, and Playbook will not work with digital rights management protected Kindle books. (Free books you can trasfer manually to your Playbook but anything else that is protected you cannot.) The Playbook store has a very limited collection, and this is rather frustrating.

However, the biggest problem, and one that I am surprised not to have seen reflected on more in reviews here, is a design flaw with powering the Playbook. Essentially because Playbook is very fussy about the voltage at which it recharges you can only recharge it with the recharger provided with it. You cannot use a Blackberry phone recharger or charge from PC via USB. (These chargers might work slowly but RIM warn you they may harm the device and they do charge it very slowly.) This means yet another thing to carry with you when you travel. Most worryingly, the Playbook will only charge when it is turned on. To reflect on this, it must be turned on to charge. If you run you Playbook's battery down and do not recharge it, it will not boot. If it will not boot you cannot charge it... I suggest you check the Blackberry help forums for the thousands of people who have found that their Playbook simply stops working if you let the battery go dead. Considering how often that happens to other devices such as phones this is a major design flaw and the main reason I give only one star for the Playbook.

I've had my Playbook for four months and was relatively satisfied with it, although frustrated by the lack of apps. Now, having forgotten to charge it, it is simply dead and if I am lucky using one of the many techniques in the help forums I may get it working again in the next few weeks. Support seems relatively limited for this, and it is a well known fault.

If you have a Blackberry phone you may want to risk a Playbook. If you don't have a Blackberry phone I really wouldn't recommend one as there are other reasonably priced tablets available now.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing. I would not recommend, 6 May 2010
This has to be one of the worst printers I have owned and I would not recommend it based on my experience. It is quite compact and looks quite stylish. I didn't find it difficult to set up--although I connected directly via USB cable and I did then have some problems connecting my laptop to it wirelessly, but managed in the end. The printing quality is fine. However, I have two major problems with the printer. First you cannot use the economy setting to print. The paper is pulled into the printer so fast that it ALWAYS jams so you can only use higher quality print settings and much more ink--which is expensive and the cheaper ink cartridges do not seem to be available for this printer; it drinks ink. Secondly the scanner does not seem to work properly if you have had another HP printer installed before. I can only scan from applications such as Photoshop and not from the HP assistant. This means in turn that the OCR does not work at all. I tried to contact the HP helpdesk to resolve the problem after manually removing all the software from the previous printer did not work, but if you are in the UK you cannot use online chat, and I simply never got a reply--although I did get a request to comment on my 'helpdesk experience' from HP... I would not buy this again.
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Washington's Partisan War, 1775-83
Washington's Partisan War, 1775-83
by Mark V. Kwasny
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A detailed study of the Revolutionary War around New York, 12 Feb. 2006
In Washington's Partisan War Mark Kwasny provides a detailed picture of the Revolutionary War around New York City. The focus of this book is not the large-scale battles which dominate so many histories of the Revolutionary War, but rather on the many small scale skirmishes which took place between the British Army and Revolutionary forces between the British occupation of New York in the summer of 1776 and the end of the Revolutionary War.
Kwasny seeks to show how Washington used the militia to its full effectiveness to challenge the British control of the region. He challenges the arguments of many military historians that the militia was of little importance to the military struggle. He argues that the militia was a vital part of the war effort around New York and was highly effective. However, its effectiveness was not in fighting large-scale regular battles with the British Army, but instead in fighting a constant small-scale or 'partisan war' which sapped the strength of the British Army and prevented the army based in New York City from launching more aggressive offensive operations.
The work provides a lot of detail about the operations of the militia in new Jersey, New York and Connecticut, and also much detail about state politics during the war in these three states. Kwasny also provides a good overview of the strategy of the British Army in New York.
The book will certainly be of great interest to academics, students, military historians and re-enactors, especially those with an interest in the militia. The work is very readable, well-researched in a wide-range of primary sources, and Kwany's argument is convincing. However, if you are looking for a general history of the Revolutionary War this may be a little too specific and focussed.


Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 (Vintage)
Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 (Vintage)
by Fred Anderson
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best History of the French and Indian War, 9 Aug. 2005
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Anderson's book is certainly the best recent history of the French and Indian War. The book provides a narrative overview of the struggle across North America, and makes reference to the progress of the war in Europe. Anderson also discusses the impact of the war on the British Empire and the attempts at reform which led to the Stamp Act of 1765. Anderson builds on his many years of research to present a masterful narrative, accessible to both professional historians and the general reader. The emphasis is on military history, politics and diplomacy, and the book is perhaps slightly weak on social history and Native American history--though these are both discussed in the book. However, if you want a single, detailed, (832 pages) book on the Seven Years' War in North America, this is it.


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