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Notebk Optical Mse Win32 USB Port EN/NL/FR/DE/EL Hdwr Silver
Notebk Optical Mse Win32 USB Port EN/NL/FR/DE/EL Hdwr Silver

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly OK, but there are better mice for this price, 13 Feb 2011
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Bought to colour-match a red and silver Samsung laptop, this rodent works perfectly well at a basic level. The left/right click buttons seem nicely weighted - though I accept everyone has different tastes on this. The scroll wheel is a "clicky" variety, and a little stiff. Being used to one of Microsoft's clickless notebook rodents, I'm not too keen on this aspect. With the MS Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 being available for not much more, and offering more functions and a nicer feel than this one, I know which I prefer.


Pink Cosmos Tray
Pink Cosmos Tray

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty and useful round tray, 8 Feb 2011
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Not much to say really - pleased with this - takes a teapot, milk, sugar and two mugs for our pre-breakfast cuppa! The flowers are attractive. The tray is made of sturdy melamine and seems to clean easily (but don't leave tea or coffee stains on the tray for too long, as if left they can be hard to remove).


Grundig GUSR91DAB DAB Radio with Touch Panel
Grundig GUSR91DAB DAB Radio with Touch Panel

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish design, good tone, easy to set up and use too, 8 Feb 2011
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The piano-black plastic looks very stylish - though I expect it will attract fingerprints! The whole thing looks clean and uncluttered.

The unit is surprisingly light without batteries, and you can use alkaline batteries instead of mains supply if you want to roam.

Easy to connect up to the mains supply, switch on, and then set to auto-tune on DAB - mine picked up 78 DAB stations on its first go, and we're not in a really strong reception area. Once tuned, you can go through the stations and transfer the ones you like best to the presets, quite easily.

I tried tuning FM stations next and encountered no issues on these either, the tone being a bit warmer on FM than DAB (as expected). Listening to classical music on BBC Radio 3 is a pleasure on this set - the sound is crisp and clear on DAB, rich and warm on FM.

The Grundig instruction manual is easy to understand, always a nice change! All in all, a very good looking set, capable of pulling in lots of stations with good sound. The controls - apart from rotary volume and rotary select - are on the touch-screen on top of the set. I don't find this hard to use, but I guess that's a matter of personal taste and some people will prefer a radio with more conventional buttons.

Recommended - I was surprised to find I am the first reviewer of this unit.


Leifheit Proline Kitchen and Barbecue Grill Tongs Stainless Steel Silicone Silver Black
Leifheit Proline Kitchen and Barbecue Grill Tongs Stainless Steel Silicone Silver Black
Price: £11.90

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tongs, 8 Feb 2011
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Really pleased with these Leifheit tongs. They are "made in China" as so many things seem to be these days, but the design is good and the tongs seem to be well made too. The silicon business ends mean you can use them safely on non-stick cookware (they don't scratch, unlike metal tongs). There are silicon inserts on the handles, which makes getting a good grip easier. The lock feature is useful and again seems to work effectively for storage. Recommended.


Nielsen: Symphonies No. 4 'The Inextinguishable' & No. 6 'Sinfonia Semplice'
Nielsen: Symphonies No. 4 'The Inextinguishable' & No. 6 'Sinfonia Semplice'
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Price: £55.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performances in glorious sound, 1 Feb 2011
These two performances by the late Bryden Thomson were often overlooked when first released. The Fourth is a very powerful reading, all the better for not being too rushed (too many conductors confuse speed with momentum - Thomson generates great momentum but doesn't rush his fences). The orchestral playing is first class while as usual Chandos offer very natural and vivid sound.

The Sixth is Nielsen's most enigmatic symphony and Thomson gets close to its heart. An eminent reviewer in The Gramophone magazine said he thought Thomson's was the most successful reading since the 1950's one by the Danish conductor Thomas Jensen - high praise indeed. It's a mercurial work which only starts to make sense after many hearings - patience is rewarded. Again the playing is excellent and the recording very truthful.

This disc is hard to obtain but is probably the best of Thomson's cycle (though his Fifth is also very fine). Well worth acquiring if (like me) you love Nielsen's music.


Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (LSO/Davis)
Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (LSO/Davis)
Price: £7.12

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Valiant efforts, but rather disappointing, 30 Jan 2011
I looked forward to Sir Colin's foray into Nielsen territority with great anticipation. After all, for many years he's been widely acknowledged as one of the very best Sibelians of his generation.

I went to The Barbican and heard these two performances "live". While there's not a lot wrong with the LSO's playing, the Barbican sound as recorded is not ideal: it's clear enough, not particularly warm, and lacks expansiveness. I'd say it's better to have been there for the concerts than hear the CD.

The performances I found rather effortful and rather too "interpreted", almost as if Sir Colin was a bit too determined to get his points across, rather than just letting the players play and the music flow and evolve. I enjoyed both performances, but they're both some way short of the best ones available on disc. Blomstedt (Decca) is a very sure guide and is well recorded. Schonwandt (now at bargain price on Naxos) is under-rated as a Nielsen conductor and the Danish orchestra play very well indeed for him, while the recording is very natural. Thomas Jensen (Decca - now available on Australian Eloquence) is unsurpassed in Symphony No. 5 in my view, and the fact that the recording is in Decca's best 1950's mono sound shouldn't put you off. The late Bryden Thomson recorded both symphonies for Chandos and I'm always surprised how well they are played and recorded whenever I pop them on - though I think they are separately coupled and quite hard to obtain now.
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The Teldec Recordings (1971-79)
The Teldec Recordings (1971-79)
Price: £29.51

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing bargain box of top performances, 21 Jan 2011
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Just consider this. For a very modest price indeed, you get 8 CDs, reissues of recordings from the 1970's by this fine quartet. The original sound was analogue but the CD transfers have been done very well indeed - the sound is both clear and warm, with a nice balance between a blended sound and good instrumental separation - so you can hear clearly which player is playing which parts.

The Mozart quartet recordings are very fine indeed. Their performance of the first "Prussian" string quartet, K575, is a delight from beginning to end. But you also get excellent Haydn, fine Schubert and Brahms, and some more modern works too. Strongly recommended.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice bag - top service from The Hidden Shop, 21 Jan 2011
This is a most useful small bag. It carries very easily across the body. You can, if you wish, wear it "back to front" with the strap across your back and the bag perched handily on your chest - useful if you want to get things out, or are sitting down on a bus or train. There's a small pocket on the back, which is in effect hidden when you're wearing the bag. There's another pocket inside the main compartment too. The flapped outside pocket is reasonably big but I've deducted 1 star because the flap is only secured magnetically - the strap and buckle are cosmetic rather than functional.

Bought from The Hidden Shop who provided superb service and delivered the bag in tip-top condition in no time at all - well done to them!


Ebert 50 cm Snow Pusher Shovel
Ebert 50 cm Snow Pusher Shovel

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent piece of kit, 21 Jan 2011
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I had the Bulldog snow shovel on back-order from Amazon, but bought the Ebert one instead when it became available. There's not yet been snow to test its mettle, but the tool seems to be well made of decent quality materials. The potential weak point is the socket where the wooden handle goes into the plastic shovel blade. The plastic used seems quite heavy duty stuff and the design seems to have taken into account these potential stresses - but only time and lots of snow will tell! I'd say this shovel is large enough to shift snow quickly without being too big or too heavy.


Rolson 61760 9 LED Torch Set
Rolson 61760 9 LED Torch Set
Price: £7.50

5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain! Well-made, useful torches, batteries INCL!, 15 Jan 2011
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Must admit this was an impulse buy. Delighted with the 3 little torches. When you think that the bodies are metal, look nice, and are well made, and the batteries are included too, the price really does represent a bargain. Very handy for the glove box in the car, or to pop in a coat pocket on a dark night. The LED lights are bright too, these give a good beam for their size. The on-off switch is a push botton on the bottom of the torch - the only potential snag is that it could get switched on by mistake if carried in a bag or pocket I suppose. There's even a little lanyard for attaching the torch to a belt or a bag, too. What value!


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