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Fujifilm X70 - Silver (16.3 MP, X-Trans CMOS II)
Fujifilm X70 - Silver (16.3 MP, X-Trans CMOS II)
Price: £499.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great sound, 4 Jun. 2016
It’s the XT10 shrunk down, no viewfinder and with a fixed focal length lens i.e. not a zoom. I’m used to zooms. But I’m getting used to this and to composing scenes on the tiltable screen

Image quality is the same as XT10, gorgeous and tweakable in-camera.

I don’t usually take videos but had my X70 with me when we came across some excellent buskers and I realised a photo wouldn’t do them justice. Easily found the video button and got a nice recording.

I’d heard the Fuji X video wasn’t all that good so wasn’t expecting much. The visual quality of the video is OK, maybe a little better than I expected but what do I know? I don’t usually take videos.

But the sound quality was a surprise – the microphone must be quite directional. It picked up the buskers in detail but surrounding sounds were placed in the background. It doesn’t sound like it was recorded in the street, sounds more like a studio.

But primarily this is an excellent compact camera - gorgeous JPEGs, as manual or auto as you like with a reassuring build quality and analogue controls. And also great for capturing musical moments.


Hoya 58 mm Slim PL-CIR Filter
Hoya 58 mm Slim PL-CIR Filter
Price: £19.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality glass, 2 Jun. 2016
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Good quality, does the job. Slim filter means ring for front filter is rather shallow so possibly awkward for big fingers, but vignetting is invisible.


The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers
by Lawrence A. Cunningham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.45

3.0 out of 5 stars One mainly for the expert, 11 May 2016
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I have no education in economics and only very limited experience of investment practices, but found this book very easy to read. It’s not really intended to be a primer on the subject and will largely be of interest to those with practical experience of the world of finance. But a curious layperson will gain some insight into this otherwise arcane world.


DURAGADGET Durable & Ultra-Portable, Retro-Inspired Compact Camera Case in Classic Black for NEW Fujifilm X70 Camera
DURAGADGET Durable & Ultra-Portable, Retro-Inspired Compact Camera Case in Classic Black for NEW Fujifilm X70 Camera
Offered by GADGETPLUSUK
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too small for X70 unfortunately, 7 May 2016
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Nicely made little case, but just a tad too small for the Fuji X70 as advertised which is a pity. Excellent response and refund from Amazon and seller so will carry on looking
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The Serpent Papers (The Serpent Papers Trilogy)
The Serpent Papers (The Serpent Papers Trilogy)
by Jessica Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars First part of a trilogy and therefore being superficially compared with The Millennium Trilogy but it’s nothing like it. It’s di, 8 April 2016
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More John Fowles than Dan Brown, an eerie opener to a promising alchemiical trilogy.

Some reviewers have commented on the pace and I agree with them. At times it’s slow but this worked for me...made the ending more frightening as the narrator’s predicament reveals itself.

First part of a trilogy and therefore being superficially compared with The Millennium Trilogy but it’s nothing like it.

It’s difficult to judge the first part of a trilogy on its own, but I enjoyed this as a stand-alone novel.

A bit of a curate’s egg (which probably has some alchemical significance and I don’t want to even go there!) but I’m looking forward to the second book!


High Dive
High Dive
by Jonathan Lee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Finely judged and a pleasure to read, 14 Mar. 2016
This review is from: High Dive (Hardcover)
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A strangely warm, humorous and poetic novel given the true event the story hinges on – the IRA bombing of the governing Conservative Party conference in 1984 at The Grand Hotel in Brighton.

Its gentle satirical tone is engaging - it’s more Tom Sharpe than Fawlty Towers. The chapters are relatively short as the three main characters’ stories are neatly interwoven. These characters are Dan the IRA bomber, Moose the hotel’s manager and Freya his daughter/ receptionist.

The broader political context is worn lightly - this is much more an engaging tale of the ordinary (fictional) people involved and their daily lives.
The ending is, of course, a matter of history but how the ending is dealt with is finely judged.

A pleasure to read.


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This Is The Water
This Is The Water
by Yannick Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.21

5.0 out of 5 stars I found the characters both engaging and annoying – much like real people, 14 Feb. 2016
This review is from: This Is The Water (Paperback)
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It’s worth spending time getting into the rhythm of this book. It’s a compulsive read if you don’t let the style irritate you - just go with the flow. After a little while I found the style strangely poetic, giving the reader an unusual perspective both intimate and objective.

What was also interesting was the way the killer faded in and out of the foreground but his presence was always there.

The fractured but compelling story follows unexpected trajectories at times but always coming back to the pool, the water. I found the characters both engaging and annoying – much like real people.

The cover of my proof copy cleverly suggests the contents. Though it’s a serial killer thriller, it’s not the usual thriller cover. Not lurid. Not even eye-catching. There’s no picture, no author’s name, just dark dense text on a darker background. The background can be just made out as the rippled surface of a pool. The text covers it, back and front and spine in a continuous wrap. Just three small words are picked out in white, not even in the same sentence - “This is the...water...” But I see the cover has been changed for publication and it's not a bad move.

A lot of effort and creativity has gone into making this refreshingly different book. Will go in search of more by this author...


Friends of the Dusk (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) (Merrily Watkins Series)
Friends of the Dusk (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) (Merrily Watkins Series)
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker, 7 Jan. 2016
I don’t want to ruin the joy of discovering it for yourself so the less said about vampires the better. But not what you’re thinking.

And I couldn’t put it down.

I know real-life Hereford so it’s a peculiar thrill to recognise places Rickman describes. But he also takes liberties so that the Hereford in his books doesn’t exactly map onto the real world. This is a weird fracture/overlay, unsettling but effective.

Which is probably a fair summary of the book overall. An excellent addition to the series and genuinely spooky in places.


Poldark's Cornwall
Poldark's Cornwall
by Winston Graham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous photos, 1 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: Poldark's Cornwall (Hardcover)
Fascinating insight into the writing of the books and the histories they're based on, gorgeous photos.


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