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Cannibal [DVD]
Cannibal [DVD]
Dvd ~ Antonio de la Torre
Price: 17.43

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even monsters can have feelings, 30 July 2014
This review is from: Cannibal [DVD] (DVD)
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**** Slight spoilers ****

I guess comparisons with Hannibal Lecter are inevitable, but this is quite a different sort of movie. Bereft of any Hollywood gloss, Cannibal is a fairly slow paced but undoubtedly compelling and memorable thriller.

Our main protagonist is Carlos, a polite, well spoken and thoroughly professional tailor, who harbours an appalling secret. In some respects, this is classic Jeckyll and Hyde territory, as Carlos' gentlemanly manners, impeccably tidy apartment and dedication to his work, contrast starkly with the horrific acts he carries out. In terms of gore, there isn't much. It is left more to the viewer's imagination, but the chopping sounds and aftermath of Carlos' well-stocked fridge (and dining habits!) are effectively horrific.

It's not perfect; I felt the double role played by Romanian actress Olimpia Melinte was not entirely convincing and the scene of the prolonged death of the nude bather felt implausible to me. But, overall, this was a powerfully effective psychological thriller, which poses the question "can love redeem even the foulest of monsters". No further spoilers - you'll have to watch to find out.

Picture quality is excellent and some of the mountain scenery is quite breathtaking. There is reasonable use of 5.1 surround sound too. No extras though and only audio options are Spanish language with English subtitles. My Spanish is reasonable though and I could follow most of the dialogue without resorting to the subtitles.

Overall, well worth watching.


TCP LED B22d Bayonet Cap 10 Watt LED Classic Shape, White
TCP LED B22d Bayonet Cap 10 Watt LED Classic Shape, White
Price: 12.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality lighting but expensive., 27 July 2014
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This is a fairly heavy and chunky bulb that provides a nice warm and bright light, and which fires up pretty well instantly.
Obviously, I cannot yet vouch for how long it will last, but I have to say it does strike me as very overpriced.

Mind you, If I do post an update in 10 years' time saying it's still working, then I will happily up my rating to 5 stars!


D'Addario NYXL1046 Regular Light 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings
D'Addario NYXL1046 Regular Light 10-46 Electric Guitar Strings
Price: 11.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent quality, if slightly pricey, light gauge strings, 27 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Arrived quickly in minimal packaging. These are fairly light gauge strings that bend easily and sing beautifully when first fitted. Haven't had them fitted long enough to say whether that bright new sound lasts longer than with other brands. They are slightly more expensive than Ernie Ball, Fender or Gibson's own make strings and, to be honest, strike me as no better or no worse than any others I've tried.


Fashion Aviator Police Metal Frame Polarized Sunglasses Mens Glasses (Black)
Fashion Aviator Police Metal Frame Polarized Sunglasses Mens Glasses (Black)
Offered by Broadfashion
Price: 8.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value sunglasses, but very wide!, 16 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Came securely packed after 7 days (from China!). The polarized lenses are slightly darker than average, which is how I like 'em and the metal frame and arms seem decent enough quality. So, certainly can't fault the value for money.

My only slight criticism is that these sunglasses are VERY wide. Both the spread of the arms and the overall width of the glasses, at 6 inches, is significantly wider than any sunglasses I've worn before. I'm a pretty big guy at well over 6 feet, but they do feel a little big for me. Maybe it's because Chinese heads are broader than European?

No big deal though. I'm keeping these in the car, as they are great for driving on these sunny summer days, but will use a pair of more snug-fitting sunglasses for more dynamic activities!


IOS 7 Programming Pushing the Limits
IOS 7 Programming Pushing the Limits
by Rob Napier
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expert-Level Developers' Bible for IOS 7, 22 Jun 2014
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Definitely not for the novice, this book comprises almost 500 pages of best-practice techniques, which should enhance the skills and output of the already competent IOS programmer.

It kicks off with a highly useful "what's new" section, which should provide you with pointers to IOS 7's innovative features into which you may wish to dig deeper. The rest of the book is devoted to those discrete functional areas which, traditionally, can provide pitfalls for developers; Custom Drawing, Caching, Core Animation, Multitasking, Security, Bluetooth Support, Performance, Multi-Platform Support and the all-important Testing and Debugging are covered in significant depth here.

As a comparative neophyte myself to IOS 7 (but having developed on other platforms), I must confess that much of this book currently goes way over my head. In fact, initially, it was only the chapter on Fancy Text formatting that was of immediate use to me. This book is, however, so well-written and comprehensive that it will certainly encourage me to stretch my very modest skills and dabble in some of the more arcane areas. If you're only just past the "hello world" stage though, I wouldn't even think about purchasing this yet.

It's well-indexed and a web site link is provided for you to download the accompanying sample code files.

Only criticisms are that the emphasis seems to be less on teaching (there are no tutorials as such) and more on presenting the reader with a series of fait accomplis examples, with the inference being "See? That's how you should have done it!". Oh and the warning "Not for the timid or novice" should have been in big letters on the front cover!

If you're an already experienced IOS developer though, this treasure trove of tips and underlying knowledge should be an essential purchase.


Corona Small Sideboard
Corona Small Sideboard
Price: 92.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable results for the price but quite fiddly assembly, 19 Jun 2014
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OK, I'll admit that I'm not God's gift to DIY, but I've assembled plenty of Ikea and Homebase units before and I cannot recall anything quite as awkward as this. The instructions are rather confusing, with tiny diagrams and numbered panels not matching the letters marked on the actual panels. Also don't make the mistake that I did and use the wrong (flat head) screws early in the assembly, only to find you are left with the wrong (same length but raised head) screws to attach the drawer sides. I couldn't face disassembling what I'd done, so a trip to my local hardware store to buy further screws was necessary.

Delivery was pretty quick - 4 days, but the box came slightly battered and one of the panels was chipped. Not bad enough to merit returning it though and, as this is supposed to have a vaguely rustic/distressed look, I suppose that's no big deal. The drawers are basic affairs using side-mount wooden sliders which would probably benefit from some waxing to improve movement.

I recommend you spend some time laying out all the parts and relabelling them with temporary sticky notes once you've matched them up with the instructions. Then allow around 4 hours or so for assembly. An electric screwdriver is a good investment here, although be aware that several screws need to go into small recessed holes, so a small, manual screwdriver will be required too.

Overall, the finished product doesn't look bad and,at under a ton, represents undeniably decent value for money for solid wood furniture, rather than veneer. Unless you're a competent DIYer though, you may want to pay a bit more for something ready-assembled.


Mr Muscle Oxy Stain Remover Fresh Scent
Mr Muscle Oxy Stain Remover Fresh Scent
Price: 7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and effective product for pet owners, 9 Jun 2014
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Occasionally, my very stupid cat will have a little accident (or perhaps is just too lazy to go out through the cat flap when she's taken short), leaving me with a damp little corner and a very catty smell in the morning. Previously, I had made up my own mixture of Vanish, white wine vinegar and washing up liquid to clean up and deodorize. This Mr Muscle Oxy Stain Remover is even more effective than my patented recipe at removing stains and the tell-tale (tail?) smell. It's not particularly cheap, but you don't need a huge amount to do the job and as (hopefully!) I won't need it all that often, I reckon it's money well spent.


2 Metre Premium Toslink Digital Optical SPDIF Audio Cable - Digital audio cable , Compatible with PS3,Sky HD, HDtvs, Blu-rays, AV Amps, Superior-grade optical fiber to deliver better clarity and transfer digital signal
2 Metre Premium Toslink Digital Optical SPDIF Audio Cable - Digital audio cable , Compatible with PS3,Sky HD, HDtvs, Blu-rays, AV Amps, Superior-grade optical fiber to deliver better clarity and transfer digital signal
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)
Price: 16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - can't fault it, 8 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
My original optical lead, which cost around 4 times the price of this one, had developed an intermittent fault after some 18 months use. I didn't want to pay high street prices again, so I plumped for this one. Arrived after 3 days and the 5.1 surround sound from my Sky box has now been restored to perfect working order!

Obviously only time will tell how long this one will last but, so far so good. Excellent value for money!


Tacwise Heavy Duty 53 Series Staples 8mm (2000)
Tacwise Heavy Duty 53 Series Staples 8mm (2000)
Offered by Tool and Fix
Price: 2.41

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality staples at a very reasonable price, 5 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Difficult to get very enthusiastic about something as mundane as staples, but these seem to be very good quality - never jam up and, when used with a Tacwise staple gun, drive into even fairly hard wood with ease. Quick delivery at just a couple of days and very decent value for money too.


2 Meter Telescopic Hose Fed Flow Through Wash Brush
2 Meter Telescopic Hose Fed Flow Through Wash Brush
Offered by EuroCarParts
Price: 10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Looked used and unable to extend, 31 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Arrived after 5 days and my suspicions were aroused immediately, because from the marks on it and state of the brush bristles, it looked as if this were a used and returned product. Next disappointment was that it is impossible to extend, as the inner aluminium tube was completely jammed in place. I tried to extend it and couldn't. My neighbour - a builder, couldn't. My son, a champion power-lifter couldn't. So, for cleaning my conservatory roof, which would require the full advertised 2 metre extension, this brush is useless. I will contact the supplier for a refund. Very disappointing.


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