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Bodum LATTEO Milk Frother (Glass Handle, Heat Resistant, 0.25  L/8 oz) - Black
Bodum LATTEO Milk Frother (Glass Handle, Heat Resistant, 0.25 L/8 oz) - Black
Offered by Bright Sparks Store
Price: £13.33

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homemade lattes made simple, 3 Jan. 2011
I got this milk frother as a Christmas present along with an espresso maker and coffee bean grinder. I love coffee (a visit to Starbucks before work for a caffeine fix has become something of a ritual) particularly lattes and variants there of, but have always put up with poor tasting instant coffee at home. Combined with the espresso maker this frother makes quick, simple and great tasting coffee at home a reality.

The frother is simple to use. Just fill to the line with milk of your choice then microwave for around 90 seconds. You then need to lightly pump the frother for around 30 seconds so that the air gets in to the milk and it doubles in volume. Pour the milk in to a mug, spooning out any extra froth and add your espresso. Voila! a great tasting latte in your own home in just a couple of minutes.

So if you like coffee, forget these fancy expensive machines, throw out the instant, just get this frother and an espresso maker such as this (Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker, 3 Cup) and you'll be drinking great tasting coffee in a matter of minutes.

Moka Express (3 cup)
Moka Express (3 cup)
Offered by dealux
Price: £18.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value and great coffee, 3 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Moka Express (3 cup) (Misc.)
December can be quite a good month for me having both a birthday and Christmas, so I usually end up with lots of new toys to play with. This year was no different with Santa bringing me such delights as a Kindle and copy of Call of Duty for the Xbox, both of which are great. This little inexpensive espresso maker however was the best gift of all.

My mornings normally begin with a trip to the Starbucks opposite work to get my caffeine fix, yet on those days off I have to cope with the poorer taste of instant coffee. Not anymore. Making coffee couldn't be quicker or simpler. From start to finish the process takes no more than a few minutes. In fact, it probably takes about the same time as it would to boil the kettle and make a cup of instant coffee, only with the espresso maker you end up with something tasting infinitely better.

If you enjoy good coffee but settle for instant because its quick an easier, stop. Buy yourself one of these. Quick, easy to make coffee that tastes great too.

If you have a gas hob, I would recommend getting a gas ring reducer to help evenly distribute the heat and balance the espresso maker. (Kitchen Craft Le'Xpress Gas Reducer Ring).

Finally a few recommendations for some extras I'd recommend depending on how you like your coffee.
If like me you like a good latte a milk frother is a must. (Bodum 1446 Latteo Milk Frother)
For the best taste, freshly ground beans are great, but you'll need a grinder. I got this one which so far, so good. (James Martin by Wahl Mini Grinder 150W Stainless Steel ZX595)

Samsung LE32B550A5 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Crystal LCD Television with Freeview
Samsung LE32B550A5 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Crystal LCD Television with Freeview

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb all-round TV, 30 Dec. 2009
I had orignally been looking for a new TV for the spare room to hook up to the Xbox as the old one doesn't support 60Hz for some of the newer games. After looking at prices, we decided to move the TV from the living room upstairs and spend a little extra on a new TV for the living room, we're not disappointed.

Have had the TV for about a month now and so far can't fault it. We went for the Samsung after looking around various stores at TVs and speaking with friends because of the picture quality and now regret having not upgraded sooner as it can't be faulted. Hooked up to the new Sky HD box the quality is amazing and I can't complain about the sound quality either.

Assembly of the TV on its stand was straight forward and it seems very stable sat on an old TV cabinet. Menus are responsive and changing from one channel to another quick and smooth, unlike many digital tuners.

Best part of all, I chose free delivery when ordering. Amazon delivered with 5 days, not only that it was delivered on Sunday! Couldn't have been more convenient if I had paid for delivery.

Overall, I would highly recommend this TV, great picture quality, loads of connections for DVD/Blue-ray/Satellite/Cable/Games console etc and full 1080p HD.

UFC 2009: Undisputed (Xbox 360)
UFC 2009: Undisputed (Xbox 360)
Offered by Excess Gaming
Price: £9.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Great gameplay but feels like game was rushed, 15 Jun. 2009
Have been playing this for about a month now and for the most part can't really fault the game. The gameplay is superb and does a great job in recreating various fighting styles. The graphics are brilliant with all characters in the game looking very realistic. It would be nice if some fights would go on a little longer, very few last the distance, but the fact that it only takes one good shot for either fighter to win adds to the realism.

I have only found a few downsides, and while annoying that don't take too much away from the overall game.

First, the audio sync in the cut scenes is very poor and choppy in parts. This gives the feeling that perhaps the game was rushed out near the end to meet a dealine before all the glitches had been ironed out.

In career mode, the first time I have had a title fight I always get a message from my opponent talking about the last time we fought, despite having never fought them before.

The final downside for me is while in the training camps. When you perform certain techniques they don't always register towards your targets which can be a little fustrating.

Finally a hint for anyone who buys it. If you see an Octagon icon in your calendar, when on that week go to 'action'. This lets you take part in a training camp to increase you skill levels and get new techniques for your fighter. I came across this by chance and looking around the internet it seems many people are the same as there is nothing in the manual or help to explain this.

Overall a very good game, any one in to UFC or fighting sports in general will love it, as will beat 'em up fans.

The Italian Job [DVD] [1969]
The Italian Job [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Michael Caine
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Great British Film, 31 July 2006
This review is from: The Italian Job [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
The story of a group of con's attempts to steal gold in Italy from under the noses of both the Italian police and Mafia.

Caine is superb in the lead role of Charlie Crocker, who having been released from prison comes across the idea of stealing gold in Italy. Lacking the resources himself, Crocker seeks the aid of Mr Bridger (Coward) who is still at Her Majesty's Pleasure before taking his band of merry men to Italy to pull of the heist.

Even if you've never seen the film you are probably familiar with its theme "Self Preservation Society" and the immortal words "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!".

The film climax's with three Mini Coopers driving around the streets, pavement, roofs and any other bit of space in Turin is one of thee classic car chase scenes, ending with a real cliff hanger.

A truly great film worthy of a place in anyone's DVD collection.

The Complete Score
The Complete Score
Price: £2.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Handful of great tracks, but overall average, 31 July 2006
This review is from: The Complete Score (Audio CD)
I originally purchased this CD off the back of songs such as "Fu-Gee-La" and "Ready or Not" which I had heard many times on the radio and enjoyed. Sadly, it is clear why these songs received the airplay the others did not.

While not particular bad, most of the album is fairly average with a few high points such as the two tracks mentioned above.

The best part of this album is the 2nd CD which is full of remixes and live versions of tracks from the first CD including a live recording of "Killing Me Softly" from Brixton Academy and "No Woman, No Cry" with Steve Marley.

The most annoying part of the album for me is the meaningless talk that takes over at the end of many tracks, which I find irritating enough to make me skip to the next track.

On the whole this is not a bad album, but not great either.

Offered by westworld-
Price: £20.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underated debut album, 30 July 2006
This review is from: Gish (Audio CD)
Gish is the debut album from Smashing Pumpkins, originally released in 1991. Like many I didn't come across Smashing Pumpkins until there second album, "Siamese Dream". Such was its impact I was soon off in search of more of their music, where I found Gish.

The familiar whine of Billy Corgan's vocals is instantly recognisable to those who know the Pumpkins later work, as are the guitar riffs which often seem to clash with the accompanying instruments without actually sounded out of tune or even remotely wrong. Add some grinding guitar riffs and precision drumming to the mix and you have the unmistakable sound of the Smashing Pumpkins. The beauty of this album (as with other Pumpkins albums) is the effortless way if flows from this hard thumping grunge rock of the early `90s, to soft soothing ballads and back again to thunderous riffs and heavy thumping drums, ensuring the album never feels like an elongated song where a new track number means little more than a key change.

As with many grunge/rock bands of the time the production is much rawer than their later albums, though at times this actually adds to the music rather than being for the worse.

While definitely not their best album, any fan of their later albums will find Gish a worthy addition to their music collection, as will those whose tastes include the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and other bands of the `90s Grunge/Rock/Punk movement.

The Last Juror
The Last Juror
by John Grisham
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining thriller about life in `70s Mississippi, 30 April 2006
This review is from: The Last Juror (Paperback)
The book centres on the town on Clanton, Mississippi in the 1970s as seen through the eyes of journalist come newspaper proprietor Willie Traynor. While the title may suggest this is one of Grisham's legal thrillers this is not the case although the main plot line centres around a murder trial where the accused says he will have his revenge on the Jury when he is found guilty. And when jurors start dieing after his parole the people of Clanton jump to some obvious conclusions. I shall say no more on this part of the story so as not to ruin a very enjoyable read.

Where the book excels is in its many other stories that weave in and around the main plot tying together beautifully to give a fascinating picture of life in 1970s Mississippi. The book covers various issues such as racial divide, religion, justice, corruption, the Vietnam War and much more without ever coming across as preachy. Instead it is a social commentary taking in the views of a variety of different people from contrasting backgrounds using Traynor's position as editor of the local paper as a means to gain insight in the various aspects of the society.

Overall it is difficult to find fault with this book, my only criticism being a slowing of pace about two thirds of the way through before it picks up again in a final crescendo with some nice twists and neatly tying up the various loose ends that evoke a variety of emotions. Highly recommended to all.

The Broker
The Broker
by John Grisham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read, shame about the ending., 30 April 2006
This review is from: The Broker (Mass Market Paperback)
I've seen a few films that are based on Grisham's novels, but until now I've never actually read any of his books. The Broker caught my eye in recent press reviews and its appearance in some best seller list. I'd enjoyed films such as The Firm and the blurb on the book sounded good so I took the plunge and gave it a try.

Grisham doesn't waste too much time setting up the main plot theme and quickly establishes some of the key characters and scenarios helping push the plot on all the time bring in new characters that continue to build on the basic premise of a pardoned man being hung out to dry by his own country. This makes it very difficult to put down as the reader knows some other twist or turn is just around the corner as the story leads to what seems like a climactic conclusion.

Alas, while the pace at the end quickens, the speed at which things happen make the book seem some what rushed and no real conclusion to the tale. It's almost as if Grisham had been told not to make the book any longer or that it had to be published by a particular deadline even though the story remained incomplete.

That said, it remains a very entertaining book that has seen me buy another two titles from Grisham, it's just a shame that it couldn't finish with the bang that the story was always leading to.

King Kong [DVD]  [2005] (2 Disc Special Edition)
King Kong [DVD] [2005] (2 Disc Special Edition)
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.78

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy remake of classic film, 30 April 2006
The original, while undoubtedly a classic, shows its age in this technological era of computer special effects. So I watched this DVD hoping it stayed true(ish) to the original while bringing about the reality of Kong that was not possible when the original was made. I wasn't disappointed.

The realistic appearance of Kong and the nasty's of Skull Island is amazing, my only disappointment was not finding the time to see them in all their glory on the big screen rather than DVD. And while not the shortest of films the story moves at a pace that makes it feel less than three hours in length without feeling rushed.

While the acting can't really be faulted, it is the computer generated graphics (cgi) that really steal the show, bringing to life Skull Island and Kong's scenes in New York in ways not previously possible.

The end is well crafted, and the cgi effects showing the emotion in the giant apes face allow you to get swept up in the emotion of the characters to a point that it left my girlfriend in tears.

Overall a very enjoyable update of a classic film that I would recommend to anyone unless they have a real hatred of creepy crawlies, though the bigger your TV, the better.

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