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Pair of Jim Dunlop Lok Straps. Protect your electric or acoustic guitar by using a Lok Strap to secure the strap properly.
Pair of Jim Dunlop Lok Straps. Protect your electric or acoustic guitar by using a Lok Strap to secure the strap properly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful product., 26 Feb. 2013
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It's hard to believe that these guitar strap locks are necessary - but they are. Guitar straps have a nasty habit of coming loose, risking damage to the guitar by dropping it. This product is a very cheap and very effective solution to this problem. I bought them for my sons Gibson Les Paul and they work perfectly.

Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State within
Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State within
by Melanie Phillips
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wake-Up Call., 18 Jan. 2012
This book presents a terrifying picture of England slowly capitulating to an Islamic onslaught intent on replacing our liberal democracy with a bigoted and intolerant theocracy. Melanie Phillips analyses the causes of this decline as the chattering classes obsession with multiculturalism and political correctness, the security forces inability to see the true cause of Islamic terrorism, and a certain cynicism towards foreign policy and diplomacy amongst British politicians.

Melanie Phillips is a very intelligent and gifted journalist. She is one of the very few honest and outspoken journalists currently working in England. She has a gift for research and all of her conclusions are based solidly on facts.

The Ultimate Collection
The Ultimate Collection
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emerson Lake and Palmer - The Ultimate Collection, 1 Jan. 2012
This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
To those among us familiar with progressive rock, the names Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer will be all too familiar. Their unique blend of masterful lyricism, exceptional synth and powerful composition earned them a place among the giants of prog rock as being one of the genre's biggest trailblazers. ELP was a trilogy of prog talent formed by Messrs Emerson, Lake and Palmer in 1970. Their eponymous debut album released in the same year earned them international attention and gave them the momentum needed to see them rise to international fame, filling stadiums and gaining attention - both positive and negative. While some described their revolutionary new style of symphonic rock as "pretentious" others today see them as one of the most revolutionary forces in 70s prog rock.

ELP gained recognition for their classically-inspired pieces, notably "Jerusalem", "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Nutrocker". These pieces perfectly encapsulate the band's method of removing the blues origins of rock, and replacing them with more classical backgrounds, thus creating a whole new sound and style of music which was so short-sightedly and superfluously panned by a handful of "critics". Because ELP's back catalogue of musical achievements is so difficult to sum up, The Ultimate Collection 2CD package is one which does well to include the high points and most famous songs from the band's history. By condensing the band's past onto two CDs of material, some songs are inevitably overlooked. But for the casual listener or any greenhorn to the progressive or symphonic rock genre, this compilation offers a chance to gauge the sound and feel of ELP's music and gives a convenient break-down of the band's most notable musical achievements.

It's easy for a devotee of the genre to recommend this CD, simply because of the momentous presence which ELP maintains on the international prog rock stage. To any aficionado, the reasons for purchasing this CD are all too obvious to outline. Quite bluntly, Emerson, Lake and Palmer were and remain three of the genre's most potent and skilled supremoes. But for the full experience, one simply cannot make do with two CDs and should purchase the whole collection simply in order to comprehend the scale, talent and influence of one of progressive rock's most influential trinities.

The Final Cut [Discovery Edition]
The Final Cut [Discovery Edition]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Cut, 1 Jan. 2012
By 1983, Pink Floyd was reaching a pivotal point in its history. Arguably the most famous, influential, dominating presence on the progressive and symphonic rock world stage was undergoing a breakdown, with relations between the band-mates becoming frostier by the day. It was in this hostile climate that their final album with Roger Waters, who left the band later that year, was recorded and released. It saw the world's biggest prog band tackle war, exploitation, political corruption, misguided patriotism, mass production and nuclear annihilation in a powerful, poignant and, at times, chilling reminder of our own society and its pitfalls. While many critics fail to recognise this album's significance compared to some other examples of the Waters-led era, it is still an album which holds resonance today and is as immaculately composed, performed and executed as albums such as "Wish You Were Here", "The Wall" or "Animals".

"The Final Cut" was released in March 1983 by Pink Floyd, Harvest Records in the UK and Columbia Records in the USA. While it carries the Pink Floyd moniker, many consider it to be the first solo album released by Roger Waters, a founding member and the band's established lyricist. The album was certainly conceived under Waters' influence; many of the tracks carry the antagonism, the disappointment, the cynicism and the fury which is evident in Waters' most distinguishing work. Much of his resentment lies with politicians and their lust for war, something which cost him his father Eric Fletcher Waters at the Battle of Anzio in 1944. This is also a theme which is noticeable in "The Wall", in which the fictional lead character of the album's story has to emotionally deal with the loss of his father in the Second World War.

Thus, Waters' intense feelings about a range of subjects comes across very potently in the album's songs; "The Fletcher Memorial Home" is about a fictional hypothesis in which all the world's leaders are taken to a retirement home and murdered; "The Final Cut" is the lament of a man struggling to reconnect with his species, his world and his wife, and; "Two Suns In The Sunset" is a warning of the apocalyptic dangers of nuclear conflict and the threat it posed to humanity. Waters' powerful lyricism and potent storytelling is aided by the other members of the band, particularly David Gilmour, whose guitar work on the track "Not Now John" brings the composition up to the masterful standard which fans of Floyd will have come to take for granted. Needless to say, "The Final Cut" showcases the musicianship and composition which brought Pink Floyd so much attention and recognition in the first place. It is by no means a step down from such works as "Wish You Were Here", "The Wall" or "Animals". I would go as far as to say that The Final Cut easily matches them for sheer musical professionalism, competence and capability.

Summing up "The Final Cut" is slightly more difficult than albums which were created in less stressful times. But despite the instability of the band and its impending break-up at the time of release, "The Final Cut" is an album which still holds up in the face of some of the very hard acts which it had to follow. While few will remember or recognise "The Final Cut" as being as seminal, as ground-breaking or as worthy of recognition as "The Dark Side Of The Moon" or "The Wall", it still remains an incredibly good album with several interesting themes, a well-developed range of styles and some truly Biblical musicianship, three characteristics which saw Pink Floyd themselves rise to become one of the world's greatest bands and one of the world's best-selling prog outfits. To a spontaneous musical tourist, the Floyd's more recognisable albums are perhaps a better place to start, but for a die-hard Pink Floyd fan or a devotee of progressive and symphonic rock, "The Final Cut" is an album to be enjoyed and cherished in equal measure.
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World Turned Upside Down
World Turned Upside Down
by Melanie Phillips
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very impotant book., 22 Dec. 2011
Melanie Phillips has produced an analysis of the malaise which currently afflicts British culture specifically, and western culture in general. It is breathtaking in its scope and meticulously researched. Her conclusions are extremely worrying, but they are logically deduced from observance of objective reallity. Melanie Phillips is an excellent journalist and she brings the journalistic skills of research and analysis to this book; her literary style is almost colloquial and very readable.

Anyone who experiences a sense of unease at the decline of western culture, morality, and values will find that this book gives shape, form, logic, and reason to their feelings.

This is possibly one of the most important books written in the last half century. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet
Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet
by Jennifer Homans
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but incomplete., 14 Sept. 2011
This is an excellent book showing an incredible amount of research. It's very well written, the literary style is readable and entertaining - not the least bit dry or academic. The scope of the book very broad, relating developments in the history of ballet to contemporary events and to the zeitgeist.

However, the author is American, and she seems to believe that the latter half of the 20th century was exclusively American. She seems to think that English ballet died with (was killed by) Kenneth MacMillan. Darcey Bussell (surely the greatest dancer of her generation) gets just one cursory mention, and there is no mention of the host of international super stars schooled and nurtured by the Royal Ballet - Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin, Wayne McGregor, Jonathan Cope, Irek Mukhamedov, Deborah Bull, etc. etc. etc. And there is scant mention of any late 20th century ballet anywhere in the world outside of America.

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in ballet, but I would recommend supplementing it with this one:
The Royal Ballet: 75 Years
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snowy White at his very best., 6 May 2010
This review is from: NO FAITH REQUIRED (Audio CD)
Cool blues doesn't get any better than this. This album is a masterpiece.

.....and so is this one - Keep Out We Are Toxic

Hell Ride [DVD] [2008]
Hell Ride [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Larry Bishop
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining., 25 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Hell Ride [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Not the best biker film I've ever seen, but a very good one. Lots of gratuitous and explicit violence (not for the faint-hearted), lots of beautiful women and explicit sex, and some VERY nice bikes. Dennis Hopper gets to ride a beautiful old Indian outfit.

The plot is very convoluted, as we expect from Quentin Tarrantino, about mature bikers looking for revenge and buried treasure. It is a very funny film although it is possible to lose sight of the comedy amongst all of the blood and gore.

It's well worth watching, if only for Dennis Hopper on top form as a manic and devious old villain.

And the soundtrack by Davie Allen is excellent. I hope they release a soundtrack album.

Defiance [DVD]
Defiance [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Price: £2.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare and excellent film., 25 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Defiance [DVD] (DVD)
Everything about this film is good - the story, the acting, the cinematograhpy, even the music.

It's nice to see that Daniel Craig isn't just James Bond - he's a proper actor. It's nice to see a (true) holocaust story which shows Jews as heroic fighters and not just as passive victims.

But what I liked best about this film was that it has some depths. It's not just a wartime action film, it raises moral issues which provoke thought and discussion. After watching this film my teenage son raised questions about the difference between justice and vengeance, and I was very pleased to dicuss it with him.

These days it's very rare to find a film like this.

Dualit Cordless Coffee Percolator Chrome 84036
Dualit Cordless Coffee Percolator Chrome 84036
Price: £68.98

47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad., 2 Feb. 2009
I've had very many coffee percolators over the years, and this one was the best for two reasons. Firstly, the lid is very secure and robust. With almost every other pecolator that I have owned, the lid broke very easilly. Secondly, it keeps the coffee very hot. With every other pecolator the coffee is only lukewarm.

However, this percolator stopped working after only 19 months. I'm going to buy another one, but only because there is no alternative. If I could get a Russell Hobbs percolator intead, I would. But nobody sells them.
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