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Frances Ha
Frances Ha
Dvd
Price: £3.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Unappealing New Yorkers bang on about their tedious lives at great length, 20 Jun. 2016
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Unappealing New Yorkers bang on about their tedious lives at great length. Who cares? Shot in black and white, presumably in a desperate attempt to seem 'arty', which it ain't. Pointless and self-absorbed.


Enduring Love [DVD] [2004]
Enduring Love [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Price: £5.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless plot changes and omissions turn an excellent novel into a plodding film that loses all of ..., 20 Jun. 2016
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Pointless plot changes and omissions turn an excellent novel into a plodding film that loses all of the tension and suspense of the original.


The Big Short
The Big Short
Dvd
Price: £4.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Have fun watching Wall Street bond traders crash the global financial system!, 20 Jun. 2016
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Brilliant, enjoyable and compelling. Does a good job of explaining the mind bogglingly mad and bad Wall Street behaviour that led to the 2008 financial crash while staying taut as a good thriller. Asides to camera by Ryan Gosling's loveably appalling bond salesman/narrator and explanatory vignettes by real life celebrities (watch out for Margot Robbie in a bubble bath explaining the concept of subprime mortgages) get the essential financial information across by creating a knowing conspiracy with the viewer. Bale and Carell inhabit their dysfunctional characters with complete conviction. Clever use of sound and fast-cut imagery drive the film along with great pace and verve. I've watched the movie 3 times now ('Nothing on TV; lets watch The Big Short again'), enjoyed it every time and learned (or remembered) a little bit more each time. Can't say fairer than that.


The Trouble With Women
The Trouble With Women
by Jacky Fleming
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 April 2016
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Lots of fun. A great present for the feisty feminist in your life.


The Art of Problem Solving: Accompanied by Ackoff's Fables: Accompanied by Ackoff's Fables
The Art of Problem Solving: Accompanied by Ackoff's Fables: Accompanied by Ackoff's Fables
by Russell L. Ackoff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic work on creative problem solving, 11 April 2016
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A classic work about the 'creative' approach to problem solvin - re-framing problems or questioning the basic assumptions that create the 'problem' in the first place. Slightly dated, though the nostalgic burst of baby-boomer optimism about our ability to fix the world's problems by the application of fresh thinking is refreshing.


CSL - 300 mbps WiFi USB Adapter with antenna / Wireless LAN / USB 2.0 Adaptor / Mini Dongle 802.11n/b/g / SMA connection 150 54 / works with PC + MAC | for Win 10 / Win 8 / Win 7 / OSx
CSL - 300 mbps WiFi USB Adapter with antenna / Wireless LAN / USB 2.0 Adaptor / Mini Dongle 802.11n/b/g / SMA connection 150 54 / works with PC + MAC | for Win 10 / Win 8 / Win 7 / OSx
Offered by CSL-Computer
Price: £9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Moved my desktop away from the router and went wireless with this simple and effective adapter, 31 Mar. 2016
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Worked like a charm: running within seconds. I wanted to move my desktop away from the router into another room and I get a very good connection to the router through a solid stone wall. My browsing speed is not as good as from my laptop in the same place - I suspect it would need one of the adaptors that plugs into the motherboard to get optimum speeds. But the speed is good enough for everyday use. Simple, effective and very good value.


Chrome Ring Series Hard Case Cover For iPhone 4/4S including Free Screen Protector and Cloth - Red
Chrome Ring Series Hard Case Cover For iPhone 4/4S including Free Screen Protector and Cloth - Red
Offered by Accessorise-it
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 31 Mar. 2016
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Nice case. Good protection, nice metallic finish and colour.


Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814
Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814
by Rory Muir
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful biography; enough detail and record to keep a ..., 16 July 2015
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A wonderful biography; enough detail and record to keep a scholar happy for months but also a remarkably easy read. I loved both volumes. My only, silly, complaint is that Muir's style of writing doesn't flag up the big events: everything gets the same tone of voice and nothing in particular is singled out for special attention, So I sometimes found myself realising, 'Oh, that was really significant!' after the event, as it were. But who cares when the book is such a masterpiece?


Megaman GU10 4 Watt LED PAR16 2800 k Light Bulb
Megaman GU10 4 Watt LED PAR16 2800 k Light Bulb

5.0 out of 5 stars These are great lamps, delivered quickly, 16 July 2015
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These are great lamps, delivered quickly, good price. They don't all last for as long as they should (though some probably will!) but they save a lot of money on electricity if you have a lot of downlighters.


An Introduction to the Social History of Medicine: Europe Since 1500
An Introduction to the Social History of Medicine: Europe Since 1500
by Dr Keir Waddington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent no problems, 22 Jun. 2015
Excellent


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