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The Martian [DVD] [2015]
The Martian [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Price: £7.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sci-fi I have seen for some time, 5 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: The Martian [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
This is the best Sci-fi film I have seen in a very long time.....because if it is going to happen, this is the way it will happen!

Set aside, for one moment, the fantastic performances from the entire cast. You can see haow this could really pan out in the real world at some point in the future. The concept of one man being left stranded on a planet so distant that the thought of resuce would be no more than a dream and yet still having the determination to try to survive.

The cinematography is sublime. You never have any doubt that this was actually filmed on Mars or that you are actually viewing the inside of a martian space station or an earthbound ship.

Sean Bean has the best and most emotive lines in the film. How do you tell a crew that they left a colleague alone on a planet millions of miles away?

Matt Damon's performance is, of course, brilliant! The need to shine, and be optimistic when there is no body around to help is wonderfully portrayed. There are some excellent moments of humour and comedy, but this should never be regarded as a comedy film (as it was awarded).

The science is as true to reality as possible. Anybody remember Pathfinder or know what an ASCII chart is?

There is a Brilliant finale......Is it all just a waste of time? Are we going to trade one life for another?

If you are a Sci-fi fan you need to see this


Word Trek Brain Puzzle Game
Word Trek Brain Puzzle Game
Price: £0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! I was absolutely sucked in., 5 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Word Trek Brain Puzzle Game (App)
This game is absolutely addictive for anyone who loves puzzles.

I'm not normally a word gamer, but this one absolutely sucked me in!!

The challenges keep growing and you feel you must get to the next level. The percentage of those who have made it as far as you have at the top of the screen becomes an increasing ego boost!!

The fact that you can play on Facebook is an additional bonus!!


Behringer HPS3000 Studio Headphones
Behringer HPS3000 Studio Headphones
Price: £17.00

4.0 out of 5 stars You won't get more for less .... Please read the review, 5 Jun. 2016
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You really can't fault this one for the money! What follows is a genuine critique, but please bear in mind the price.

Build Quality:
The build quality and feel is very good. The headphones feel strong, well built and not like they are going to fall apart if you drop them on the floor a couple of times. They do feel a bit tight at first, but I put that down to "newness" and they are certainly not uncomfortable.

Connection:
The jack is a 3.5mm standard stereo with a 6.4mm (1/4 inch) adapter which accommodates most applications.

Sound:
These are marketed as Studio headphones and that is pretty much what they are best for. They have the best frequency response in the vocal range with excellent clarity around 3-4 KHz. the top end (above 20KHz) tails off, but most people won't notice it. Where they fail, for normal listening, is the bottom end. The sound lacks "balls" (that is actually a sound engineering term related to connection of bass guitars...look it up!!). The low frequency sound has no real punch or depth which does detract from the listening experience but the mid range clarity almost makes up for this.

Value:
For the money, these are great! I have had better sound quality for less money, with poor build quality. I have had better build quality with much less sound quality for more money. Absolutely worth the money.


Pedometer Step Counter
Pedometer Step Counter
Price: £0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars A pedometer that can't count, 25 May 2016
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I have to say that even though this app was free, it was very disappointing.

While the display screen is clear (if a little retro) and the settings page simple and efficient, the counter kept on resetting itself and did not seem to accurately read paces.

Within the first day, I was fed up with the counter resetting all the time and uninstalled it.

There are better ones out there for free!


Asus X555LA 15.6-Inch Laptop Notebook (Intel Core i3-5005U 2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, DVDRW, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8.1) with Free Windows 10 Upgrade
Asus X555LA 15.6-Inch Laptop Notebook (Intel Core i3-5005U 2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, DVDRW, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8.1) with Free Windows 10 Upgrade

4.0 out of 5 stars A great machine for the money, 23 May 2016
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This is a really good laptop for the money. I have now purchased 2 of these for my children as they need them for college work.
The unit is slim and well built and the display is clear and gives great colour and brightness.
The full numeric keypad is also a welcome feature.
The thing I like least is the mouse glide pad which doesn't have "proper" left and right click buttons. Pressing on the lower left side of the pad gives you a left click. Pressing on the lower right side gives you a right click. But without looking down, it's a bit ambiguous rather than having nice defined buttons that you can feel.
The unit comes with windows 8.1 so the first thing to do is upgrade to windows 10. But you don't get an OEM code for windows 8.1 with the machine. Mine refused to automatically upgrade to windows 10 (this was eventually traced to the fact that the time and date were not correct on the new machine so it would not accept the upgrade!!), A phone call to microsoft help got around this promptly.


Ill Mind of Hopsin 7 [Explicit]
Ill Mind of Hopsin 7 [Explicit]
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and then really hear!!!, 24 Mar. 2016
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My son actually pointed out this track to me and it has to be said that in general I am not a Rap fan. However I always admire well crafted lyrics and this track is superb it that regard. A well crafted and articulate critique of the way in which religion is perceived and accepted without question. Excellent production and sound engineering make this a genuine insightful pleasure to listen to which I have done over and over again.
The Video is also well crafted and unlike some, does not detract from the emotion of the track.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Wi-Fi power without an amplifier., 28 Mar. 2015
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This is a great product as long as you know what to expect. Without any additional amplification, this wi-fi antenna will significantly boost the range of your transmitted wi-fi network. However, the unit is pretty much unidirectional, so it will only boost in the direction that it is pointed (though this can be an advantage). Also, because wi-fi is a 2-way street, just because a laptop or other mobile device can see your nice newly boosted signal, doesn't mean that your device will have enough power to talk back to it.

Using a pair of these units with a wireless repeater is a great way of creating a WDS (Wireless Distribution System) at low cost. This is where you may have 2 areas or sites which are reasonably close together, over which you want to share the same network and network facilities without running extra LAN cables.

The clearer the line of sight, the better.


The Whole Story
The Whole Story
Price: £5.91

5.0 out of 5 stars A Good representation of her most popular works, with one drawback, 14 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: The Whole Story (Audio CD)
Bought This album as a bit of nostalgic indulgence. I was quite a fan of Kate bush back in the 80's and there are some great, well produced tracks on this compilation.
The bum vocal note in wuthering heights ("new" vocal version) in the last verse always gets my attention and detracts slightly from the listening experience.
A fairly representative collection of Kate Bush's most popular works of the time and a welcome addition to my collection.


Time In A Bottle
Time In A Bottle
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new lease of life for a timeless classic., 20 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Time In A Bottle (MP3 Download)
This is a lovely gentle track written in the early 1970's and for those of you with a sense of irony, listen to the lyrics carefully and then consider that Jim Croce died in a plane crash the year after the song was released.
Beautiful acoustic guitar fingerstyle chords presented in stereo with a music box harpsichord style background.

This track has recently been given a new lease of life, having been featured in the movie "X-men - Days of future past", where it is actually used for comic effect (which was clearly never the purpose of the song's original meaning!). But for those of you who see the film, you will never be able to hear this track without smiling!!

I'm sure that Jim Croce would have approved.


Teenagers
Teenagers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shouting at society.......with style!, 12 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Teenagers (MP3 Download)
This is one of those tracks that's very easy to treat as disposable music and slot into the hole of "pop-metal".
Listen again! the lyrics are well crafted and the music is well engineered.
Drumming is deft with some clever breaks and neat work on the ride cymbal.
For those who like a good video, have a look on you tube......cheerleaders wearing gas masks subverts the form somewhat!!!
At the end of the day, it is a great feel good track, but it is so well put together and there is a social commentary here!


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