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D. M. York (Manchester, UK)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entry-level running shoes, 9 Nov. 2011
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These are the first set of running shoes that I have ever owned, having spent the first nine months of a fitness regime using standard trainers. The difference I can feel in my run is huge. The cushioning sole absorbs a massive amount of impact and has made running infinitely more comfortable. The shoes provide a lot of support to your feet and prevent them from sliding around inside which can be a cause of blistering. The result has been that I can run for longer and more comfortably and afterwards my feet do not suffer in the way that they did beforehand.

Since these are my first running shoes I cannot compare them to others on the market. Though I can say that Air Pegasus have a long-standing reputation for being excellent running shoes, I was recommended that they were the best place to start out for runners who tend to land on their heel rather than their forefoot, and generally these are the best place to start when buying running shoes. I can easily see why.

Philips SHS4800/10 Headphones Active Fit Ear Hook - Black/Grey
Philips SHS4800/10 Headphones Active Fit Ear Hook - Black/Grey
Offered by Toys 2000
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and fabulously well-priced, 9 Nov. 2011
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These are my first set of headphones designed specifically for running, having struggled with many other headphones which eventually fall out or are uncomfortable. I generally use headphones for the gym which involves a lot of bouncing around and sweating, previous headphones have inevitably fallen out of my ears or have become quite uncomfortable as a reservoir of sweat builds up around them.

These headphones have an adjustable fitting which means that they can fit very comfortably around your ears and in spite of deliberately trying to get them to fall out with some Wayne's World style head-banging they remained comfortably in place. Since they are not inner-ear headphones they do not form a bung for sweat to collect behind, but most crucially they let a little bit of the outside world in which is of great importance to outdoor joggers so you can hear cars approaching. In spite of this, the music quality is hardly affected and plays as well as other inner-ear headphones.

Given the choice again I would not hesitate to buy them.

You Deserve Nothing
You Deserve Nothing
by Alexander Maksik
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book deserves a sixth star, 4 July 2011
This review is from: You Deserve Nothing (Hardcover)
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It's not often that I will come across a book that I will enjoy reading so entirely that I would prefer to lose sleep rather than to stop reading. The sort of book that as soon as you have finished it you are instantly planning to read it again. Such books are a rare treasure and something I didn't expect of You Deserve Nothing.

The story focuses predominantly upon Will, an eccentric and beloved teacher (very much alike the role of Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society) who is seen very much as an academic hero to his students. As a teacher he is everything the student might idealise, he is open minded and most importantly he treats his students as adults. It is therefore not an unusual point for the book to focus on two protagonists who become completely besotted with him: Gilad and Marie. To both of them he represents something new and both his teaching and his personality open up to them a life that they previously were unaware of. Though beyond the surface details there is a dark core to this book, from the outset one realises that each of the characters are recalling events that transpired some years ago, which throughout the novel adds to a sense of foreboding.

It is easy to become wrapped up in the many existential elements to this novel and many of my learned co-reviewers have already picked up on these points, though rather obviously this novel does deal with existentialism and idealism to a great extent. The fact that it is set in a school often means that this is rather unavoidable, though for the purpose of the novel the setting could not have been better chosen.

If I could award additional stars for the sheer standard of writing I would do so, this book has been a pleasure to read and whilst it is a phrase far too commonly applied in literature reviews, I was quite unable to put this book down. The story is beautifully told in the sort of way that gets stuck inside of you, and even after I have finished and put the book away, I ache for more.
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Father of the Rain
Father of the Rain
by Lily King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fathers and daughters, 24 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Father of the Rain (Paperback)
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I have sometimes heard, whimsically commented by parents that there is a special relationship between sons and mothers the same as there is between fathers and daughters. It was Euripides who said "To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter" and in this book that concept is really questioned.

Daley Amory is barely into her teenage years when her parents separate, and the veneer image of the perfect family life is shattered and what is revealed beneath it is that her father is a drunken, selfish and ignorant man. Whilst she can change, and develop and become a better person her father can only remain the same as he falls quickly into an unhealthy relationship and seems to have no care in the world for what he is doing to his children. In spite of this there are sporadic bursts of hope, that she can make him a better man and that she can erase the years of neglect. At the heart of the story is the relationship between father and daughter, and whilst they spend most of their lives shunning each other, they both want and need each other in equal measure.

As a piece of literature this novel is near perfect and has been wonderfully written. At times things are portrayed as being a little bit too perfect, the relationship Daley has with Jonathan is so seemingly perfect that it came across from time to time as rather kitsch, though otherwise an almost faultless novel.

Avatar Extended Collector's Edition [DVD]
Avatar Extended Collector's Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sam Worthington
Price: £16.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the inveterate fan, 14 May 2011
The extended version of Avatar is an essential purchase for anybody that ended up seeing this film at the cinema more than once, as that is usually the easiest way to determine just how much you enjoyed Avatar. This version consists of three versions of Avatar, the original cinema release, then a special extended cinema release and then finally an extended-extended DVD release. Though the content adds little to the progression of the storyline, it is still a good addition and helps to paint a more thorough picture of the film as a whole.

The DVD also contains several making-of special features which is always an essential part of any "collectors edition" DVD.

My one criticism is that on each of the film versions, half way through the film you have to swap the discs around to keep on watching. Clearly with the box containing three different versions of the same film they don't all fit on one disc, though it is still a bit irritating having to get up and swap them around part way through!

Legion [DVD] [2010]
Legion [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Paul Bettany
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.30

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly average with a made-for-tv feel, 29 April 2011
This review is from: Legion [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
The concept of this film sounded quite exciting, based upon what I had read. Though the disappointing truth is that this film (though good in it's concept) is poor in its execution. Though a few well known actors are thrown in for good measure, it still fails to make anything that is more than average.

Paul Bettany acts very well in his role as fallen angel, though Dennis Quaid was criminally mis-cast and underused in his role. Beyond that the other actors/actresses are people that you may have seen before without remembering their names. The end feel is that the film seems as though something is missing from it, though you never really figure out what.

Price: £12.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classical piano with the occasional modern twist, 29 April 2011
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This CD has some wonderfully calming piano music which I have often found to be a delightful way to de-stress on the drive home from work. Many of the tracks are classical piano music however there are one or two with a modern twist that do make it better than your average collection of piano tracks. I can easily picture this being used as the backing music to a dinner party, or as in my case a fantastic tool to calm down with at the end of the day.

Powerball Neon Regular - Blue
Powerball Neon Regular - Blue
Offered by Powerball Ranking_1

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool, 29 April 2011
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This is an excellent tool for gently exercising your arms. The device is a simple gyroscopic mechanism which requires you to spin it by augmenting your strength through your hands. One might assume that this will realistically only affect your hand and wrist, though in fact it does involve the entire of the arm and when used properly at high-speeds hardly any movement is detectable in the arm, in fact one might assume that you are sat perfectly still is it wasn't for the fact that your arm muscles are bulging and the LEDs in the powerball are lit! You won't develop great muscles from using it, though I have found it brilliant for powering-up before going to the gym and lifting weights.

V - Season One [2009] [DVD] [2010]
V - Season One [2009] [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Morena Baccarin
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Part of a fantastic wave of re-makes, 29 April 2011
V is very much alike the wave of televisions shows from the 70s and 80s that are being renewed and re-imagined to great effect. The concept itself is excellent, in that an alien species one day arrives on Earth and states that they are merely visiting and wish to bestow on humanity the benefits of their technology and knowledge. Though behind their good intentions are ulterior motives that slowly become more sinister as the show progresses.

In terms of content it is well written with several excellent cliff-hangers to keep you watching. The first season of any new television series is always the most difficult to get through, though this was an absolute pleasure and I await the next series with great impatience!

Get Me Out of Here
Get Me Out of Here
by Henry Sutton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, 29 April 2011
This review is from: Get Me Out of Here (Paperback)
I approached this novel with a great degree of optimism; however I must confess that on finishing the book I am rather disappointed. The novel tells the story of Matt Freeman, who as a literary character is more than detestable and is the sort of person that you would cross the street to punch in the face. Matt is a brand-obsessed consumer with delusions of grandeur as he continually plots his way to a wealth that can never materialise. Everyone around him, friends, family (etc) he despises but for no good reason other than to seemingly paint him as an antisocial malcontent. Therein is the concept for this story which never seemed to happen.

The storyline itself I found to be very weak, as very little seemed to happen in order to progress the story to a climax. The book is filled with many rants about consumerism along with Matt's numerous obsessions, though in terms of actual content that allowed for a story to be generated and then have a start middle and end, it was very weak. The book is meant to be humorous, though at best I found the humour to be bitter and hardly the sort of thing one would laugh at. In the end I was desperately hoping that Matt would be stabbed in the heart in some mugging, alas such a thing would be far too humorous and rewarding.

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