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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera - Black (7.2MP, 10x Optical Zoom) Antishake, 3.0" LCD
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera - Black (7.2MP, 10x Optical Zoom) Antishake, 3.0" LCD

57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The camera of the moment, 9 Sep 2007
I've been using a Fuji Finepix 610 for the last 2 years. Bought it for about 400 when it came out and I was sure that I would only buy another Fuji. But my brother bought this and I had a fiddle around with it an had to go buy one for myself. Apart from the obvious- 10x zoom, 7m pixels (do you really need more for the home?), endless automated features.. etc.. it take fantastic pictures in all situations.. the zoooooom is fantastic for a compact, the anti shock sysyem thing it amazing and overall its just a fab camera.. and that price!!! I'll have another.. for you!

SIXAXIS Wireless Controller (PS3)
SIXAXIS Wireless Controller (PS3)

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather buy official, 9 Sep 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
When it comes to controllers.. I have to say.. buy the official controller.. even from the days of the PS1 or even the megadrive.. I've made the mistake of occasionally buying a 3rd party controller only to find it lacking.. doesn't feel as sturdy, nor responsive as the official merchandise. Also, when you go round to your mates house and he's got a 3rd party one.. theres always the argument about losing because you were using the naff controller. don't get me wrong.. I'm not a official merchandise fanatic.. but when it comes to controllers.. its gotta be the official one.. worth spending that extra couple of quid.. go on.. treat your self.

Panasonic TH-50PZ700 - 50" Widescreen Viera 1080P Full HD Plasma TV - With Freeview
Panasonic TH-50PZ700 - 50" Widescreen Viera 1080P Full HD Plasma TV - With Freeview

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 50" Plasma on the market, 9 Sep 2007
This is the best 50" 1080p Plasma on the market. I have the PED version- sat on a black glass stand (make sure its a big stand). Looks awesome, fantastic crisp picture from Sky HD, even better connected to PS3. No ghosting or any kind of blurring. Lots of bright colours and detail. If you buy this then your life will be happy.. as the song goes.. should be hooked up to surround sound system (make sure its a decent set up too). On board speakers are OK for normal tv but not for gaming or movies. What else can I say... go and buy it.

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
by Jimmy Carter
Edition: Hardcover

136 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To quote Robert Fisk, 23 Dec 2006
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid at San Francisco airport, and zipped through it in a day. It's a good, strong read by the only American president approaching sainthood. Carter lists the outrageous treatment meted out to the Palestinians, the Israeli occupation, the dispossession of Palestinian land by Israel, the brutality visited upon this denuded, subject population, and what he calls "a system of apartheid, with two peoples occupying the same land but completely separated from each other, with Israelis totally dominant and suppressing violence by depriving Palestinians of their basic human rights".

Carter quotes an Israeli as saying he is "afraid that we are moving towards a government like that of South Africa, with a dual society of Jewish rulers and Arabs subjects with few rights of citizenship...". A proposed but unacceptable modification of this choice, Carter adds, "is the taking of substantial portions of the occupied territory, with the remaining Palestinians completely surrounded by walls, fences, and Israeli checkpoints, living as prisoners within the small portion of land left to them".

Needless to say, the American press and television largely ignored the appearance of this eminently sensible book - until the usual Israeli lobbyists began to scream abuse at poor old Jimmy Carter, albeit that he was the architect of the longest lasting peace treaty between Israel and an Arab neighbour - Egypt - secured with the famous 1978 Camp David accords. The New York Times ("All the News That's Fit to Print", ho! ho!) then felt free to tell its readers that Carter had stirred "furore among Jews" with his use of the word "apartheid". The ex-president replied by mildly (and rightly) pointing out that Israeli lobbyists had produced among US editorial boards a "reluctance to criticise the Israeli government".

Typical of the dirt thrown at Carter was the comment by Michael Kinsley in The New York Times (of course) that Carter "is comparing Israel to the former white racist government of South Africa". This was followed by a vicious statement from Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, who said that the reason Carter gave for writing this book "is this shameless, shameful canard that the Jews control the debate in this country, especially when it comes to the media. What makes this serious is that he's not just another pundit, and he's not just another analyst. He is a former president of the United States".

But well, yes, that's the point, isn't it? This is no tract by a Harvard professor on the power of the lobby. It's an honourable, honest account by a friend of Israel as well as the Arabs who just happens to be a fine American ex-statesman. Which is why Carter's book is now a best-seller - and applause here, by the way, for the great American public that bought the book instead of believing Mr Foxman.

But in this context, why, I wonder, didn't The New York Times and the other gutless mainstream newspapers in the United States mention Israel's cosy relationship with that very racist apartheid regime in South Africa which Carter is not supposed to mention in his book? Didn't Israel have a wealthy diamond trade with sanctioned, racist South Africa? Didn't Israel have a fruitful and deep military relationship with that racist regime? Am I dreaming, looking-glass-like, when I recall that in April of 1976, Prime Minister John Vorster of South Africa - one of the architects of this vile Nazi-like system of apartheid - paid a state visit to Israel and was honoured with an official reception from Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, war hero Moshe Dayan and future Nobel prize-winner Yitzhak Rabin? This of course, certainly did not become part of the great American debate on Carter's book.

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