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SCADA and Me: A Book for Children and Management
SCADA and Me: A Book for Children and Management
by Robert M. Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.82

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition - oops given it away, 20 Jun. 2015
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Utter drivel. I fail to see who the intended audience for this book is. Its of no interest to children, it is far too simplistic for IT people. Hard though that is to believe. I did have the worrying thought that it might be for American forces but are they really that thick? Just what is the relationship between the boy and Matt? I shudder to think. One star is far too hign but Amazon don't allow negative stars. Some people in my work found it amusing but I cannot vouch for their warped humour. How does rubbish like this get published. Save yourself some money and google the acronym instead.

Roll 'em Smoke 'em Put Another
Roll 'em Smoke 'em Put Another
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Price: £11.75

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Messin round in Mesopotamia, 19 Mar. 2013
It is impossible to write a proper review of this album as it has no peers. Nothing to compare it to. It is so original, loose and brilliantly played it must be contender for the best album ever made.

D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light  (.012-.053) Acoustic Guitar Strings
D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light (.012-.053) Acoustic Guitar Strings
Price: £6.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor bass tone, 2 Oct. 2012
One of my strings broke on my S&P Luthier guitar so I decided as I hadn't changed the strings in a while to change the lot. I found these strings difficult to keep in tune at first and needed retuning after every song for the first few days. That problem went away eventually. However the main problem is the tinny sound. A lack of bass tone makes the guitar sound flat. After a couple of weeks I gave up and stuck the old E,A and D strings back on. This has improved the sound a lot. I cannot comment on other makes of guitar but for the S&P Cedar folk I do not recommend these strings.

Innersleeve (foc) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]
Innersleeve (foc) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]

5.0 out of 5 stars Great guitar players solo effort, 29 Sept. 2012
As far as I know this is the only solo record by Danny Lademacher a great and mostly unknown rock guitarist from Belgium. Probably best remembered as guitarist with The Wild Romance his current band The Paris Dandies are worth checking out. This record is very rare and I don't think it ever got a general release in the UK so buy it while you can. Recorded in 1981 just after splitting up with Herman Brood, this is a fine collection of 10 rock/pop songs. Musically it is similar to Thin Lizzy except the lead guitar is distinctive Lademacher. Like all good guitarists he has a distinctive sound that sets him apart from the crowd. A must for any guitar rock fan.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars K.O., 7 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Bloodletting (Audio CD)
Virgin records refused to release this album in '76 and the band disintegrated in financial turmoil. Ollie lost his Gibson SG in the process to the creditiors. This was the third album for Ollie and the second for Mike that was recorded and not released. By the time Virgin got around to releasing this album in '79, Mike Patto and Keith Ellis were dead. The music is a lot slicker on this album than Below the belt but lacks the originality of the first Boxer album. Most of the songs sound like someone else although done better than that someone else would do them.
Hey Bulldog - solid Beatles cover and good start to the album. Ollie was the fifth Rutle after all.
The Blizzard - Continues with the Beatle theme or could be a Paul McCartney tune(not McCartney lyrics though)
Rich Mans Daughter - Supertramp with decent vocals. A really good song
Big City Fever - Stepping into Steely Dan territory.
The Loner - Neil Young cover far better than the original studio version but not better then Live Rust version (1979).
Why pick on me - The best song on the album. Sounds like a Patto song and would fit onto Roll 'em smoke 'em...
Love has got me - A soul verse and a bad company chorus. Not sure this one really works.
Dinah Low - Terry Stamp cover. However, Ollie and Tony Newman did play on the original version so its almost a Boxer song anyway.
Teachers - Leonard Cohen meets heavy metal.

Great album. Shame it was too late to save the group.

Below The Belt
Below The Belt
Price: £11.66

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shooting star, 29 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Below The Belt (Audio CD)
Mike Patto burned very bright as he fell to Earth. Along with fellow Patto member Ollie Halsall true stardom was not destined. However what is left behind is a truly remarkable collection of great recordings. This album is perhaps as commercial as they got but is still brilliant. I think the cover turned out to be a mistake at the time of original release as it was not sold in many record stores. Also a youngster like myself would never have dared take this back to the family home. Anyway, worth five stars.
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Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Deluxe Digi Pack)
Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Deluxe Digi Pack)
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4.0 out of 5 stars welcome 2 my review, 6 Oct. 2011
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I thought this was a bad idea, revisiting the past format of 'welcome to my nightmare' and I was correct to have reservations. It does tend to suffer from the usual Ezrin style of over interferrence in the music. Note how Ezrin gets writing credits on everything. He just can't leave it alone.
The album starts fine with an excellant opening piece in 'I am made of you'. A smattering of Steven but the song is very strong in itself. Then we have another excellant rocker in 'caffeine', typical Alice humour as he try's to stay awake to prevent the nightmares.
The next track is really just filler and is probably not required but can be forgiven.
'A runaway train' is another good song but slightly ruined by the fact that it's really a re-working of Dennis Dunaways 'Subway' from his album 'bones from the yard'(now that is a 5 star album). So I was disappointed slightly.
'Last man on Earth' is brilliant. I could imagine Tom Waits doing this. This albums musical equivalent to 'some folks'. I like 'congregation' but truth be told it's 'Give the kid a break'. Part of the problem with follow up albums is you end up re-visiting old themes. If this was a vinyl album I would make this the end of side one. The next offering is from the giant drummer himself, Neal Smith, and is a steady rocker if somewhat repulsive, 'I'll bit your face off', however we are supposed to be in hell at this point.
It's all going well up until now but then we are thrown not one but two terrible songs.
'Disco bloodbath boogie fever', I can see Sparks doing this for fun but not Alice. It is so the wrong song. If he does this live he is in danger of becoming a laughing stock. Unfortunately, the next track,'Ghouls gone wild', is even worse. It's like one of those Halloween novelty records you get from one of those ghoulishly named bands who are never heard from again. This is a serious error of judgement Mr.Ezrin.
'something to remember me by' is a pleasant enough ballad and helps to get the album back on track. It is also the only song Ezrin hasn't tampered with, obviously he trusts Dick Wagner to pen something suitable. The Michael Bruce offering,'When hell comes home' is the best song on the album. A great heavy blues riff with Michael playing the piano in a low key and nullifying Ezrins showbiz yearnings. A truly great song that stands apart from the rest. Echos of the original band here where the nightmares take place in the real world and not some fantasy gothic horror.
'What baby wants' is ok but could be Alice vs. The Sugarbabes. Also it sort of just covers the same ground as the better 'I'll bite your face off'. Interesting guitar on 'I gotta get out of here', sounds very Mellencamp. I like it and with the ending once more showing echoes of 'give the kid a break'. I would have stopped the album here but no. Ezrin goes on to make the great foo pah he did on School's Out. So as a Grande Finale we get 'the underture', a musical medley of tunes from the original album with full orchestral backing. It's awful.
To summarise: Too much Ezrin, not enough Alice. Also half the album seems to be getting to hell but after that not a lot happens.
Lets get Alice into the studio with Bruce,Dunaway,Smith and Hunter. Then we might get that great rock n roll album.

June 1, 1974
June 1, 1974
Price: £6.53

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the rest?, 8 Dec. 2010
This review is from: June 1, 1974 (Audio CD)
Reviewer Ben has hit the nail on the head. This is a record of two halves. The first half being a mishmash of quirky 'artists'. The second being a beautiful laid back performance by a master song writer/performer. I think Kevin Ayers could sing the phone book and make it sound intriguing. Add to this a marvellous backing band consisting of the great Ollie Halsall, Mike Oldffield, Archie Leggat etc. and we have perfection. Well not quite, soneone always has to throw a spanner in the works and it was whoever decided to put Eno,Cale and Nico on side one. The Eno and John Cale songs are listenable I suppose but a nine(11?) minute murder of The End by Nico is unbearable. The advantage I suppose now that it is on CD is that you can deselect it which is what I do. Some songs should be left to the original performer and The End is one of those. My gripe is that there must be more of the Kevin Ayers material recorded from this concert. If so why has it never been put on a cd in place of the original side one. That would be worth five stars.

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
by C. Borgnakke
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun of Thermo, 12 April 2010
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This isn't too bad a book to read. It was my 4th year book for Advanced energy systems. It is more suitable for 1st or 2nd year studies. It is one of the few books that is readable from cover to cover. Each section has hundreds of questions for the enthusiastic budding engineer to do. This however is where it also falls down. There are no answers. Therefore doing questions as a form of training becomes pointless if you cannot compare results to see how far or close you get. There was a slip of paper in the book pointing to a student companion site where I thought the answers may be contained. Unfortunately that web page no longer exists. Unless they get this sorted out I cannot recommend this book.

Hot City - The 1974 Unreleased Album [Digisleeve]
Hot City - The 1974 Unreleased Album [Digisleeve]
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Price: £11.96

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YoHoHo YoHoHo !, 31 Mar. 2009
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Time to sing yohoho once again, put on the eye patch and swing from the rigging. The good ship SAHB have just sailed back into view and it's Land ho for this unexpected work of greatness that has just been found down the back of Shel Talmy's couch. You would think that a record that a band throw away and recorded again from scratch would not merit 5 stars. However this is SAHB. What meagre morsels are discarded from their banquet table are more than a meal for the miriad of bland pulp that gets labeled 'superstar'. For the fans who all have The Impossible Dream, this is the original interpretation of all those classic songs. All are recognisable but their delivery here is significantly different. I cannot say that they are better but they are good. More importantly, Alex's vocals is top notch. He is right on form here, perhaps the best recorded vocals available of the man. The liner notes are the usual entertaining banter from Chris and Ted describing the songs and the reasons behind them. If you own the Impossible Dream then you must buy this. If you don't have the Impossible dream then buy both.
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