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HP Photosmart C5280 All-In-One Printer - 32 ppm, USB, 4800dpi, LCD Display
HP Photosmart C5280 All-In-One Printer - 32 ppm, USB, 4800dpi, LCD Display

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HP = Happy Purchase, 13 Sept. 2008
After reading the mixed reviews about the HP-C5280, and being a HP user for the last 4 years, I decided to buy this all-in-one to replace my well-used and old HP-PSC-2355, and I'm glad I did. This is a fantastic machine for it's price. No software or installation problems. Very easy to use and with superb results. Only drawback, and as already mentioned before my other owners, it is on the noisey side. Apart from that, two big thumbs up from me, a happy customer.


Teo And Tea
Teo And Tea

4.0 out of 5 stars It's Jarre Jim, but not as we know him, 11 July 2007
This review is from: Teo And Tea (Audio CD)
Lets get this bit out of the way first. If your a old school Jarre fan who preferes those dreamy sound scapes he created during the 70s, then this album may not appeal to you that much. Infact, you may look upon it as a bit of a headache, but that's not entirely a bad thing.

The album does have it's fare share of faults IF you try to compare it to the much earlier works of Jarre. But it's still Jarre and many of the tracks still have his trade mark, if somewhat lost amoungst the over powering sounds and styles of the Roland MC-808 groove machine (Jarre new toy).

Amoung the tracks, some stand out better than others and with those catchy riffs which smack of Jarre. The most recognisable is 'Vintage', Jarre down to a tee, simple yet affective. The title track of 'Teo & Tea' is Jarre doing what others have done before, but in his own way. A foot thumping dance track that your children will love. 'fresh News' is another track which smacks of classic Jarre. It's a fun track that reminds me of 'Zoolook'.

If your a Jarre fan and you haven't got this album yet, go on, give it a spin. It's not a Oxyquinoxe type album, but Jarre is always changing his musical styles.


Chronologie
Chronologie
Offered by MUSIC4SURE
Price: £15.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chronologie - Jarre at his best, 11 July 2007
This review is from: Chronologie (Audio CD)
Of all the Jarre albums I own this is without doubt the most played. The album is a wonder to listen too with it's dreamscape musical flow of the opening of Chrono Part 1, to the the sampled drum loops from his early works of 'Eros Machine' (the twanging of a ruler) for the thumping Chrono Part 2, the delightful Chrono Part 3, the truly awesome Chrono Part 4 with the forever whistling too end solo lead, the ambient Chrono Part 5, the foot stomping bass to Chrono Part 6, the dreamy whisps of Chrono Part 7 and finishing with the highly enjoyable Chrono Part 8, this is one catchy album that has to be played again, and again, and again. This album ranks high and sits well amoungst his earlier material such as 'Equinoxe' and 'Oxygene'.

The ony down side to the 'Chronologie' album is the ending of Part 4. Not so much the transistion between Part 4 and the start of part 5 (as already pointed out in another review) but more so the ending of the part 4 with the solo lead. The original ending was much longer and such a shame it was not included in the album release.


Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendor
Lusitania: An Illustrated Biography of the Ship of Splendor
by J. Kent Layton
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lusitania - Indeed, a ship of splendour, 11 July 2007
Having known the author for some time and of his previous works, I was delighted to hear of his latest book detailing the history of this beautiful vessel which was once the flagship of the Cunard Line at the turn of the 20th century. J.K. Layton's attention to detail not only in words but 100s of superb images, many of which are seen here for the first time is truly remarkable. Like any other 'Lusitania' book before it, we do get the insight into the tragic sinking of the liner on May 7th 1912. But the author goes one better in the form of eyewitness accounts of the sinking. But what makes this book shine from all the other books in print about the history of the R.M.S. Lusitania is the (at times) breathtaking insights into how this ship was built, from the keel upwards. The main bulk of the book concentrates on the ship itself. Deck by deck, stateroom by stateroom, with the author not leaving many stones unturned in his quest to bring this ship to the reader. The book starts from the liners conception, through her buidling, sea trials, early years at sea, right up to the time she was sunk by a German U-boat.

If there in 'one' Lusitania book you MUST have sitting on your bookshelf, then this has to be it. This book is indeed a book of splendour about the ship of splendour - R.M.S. Lusitania


Building the "Titanic": An Epic Tale of Modern Engineering and Human Endeavour
Building the "Titanic": An Epic Tale of Modern Engineering and Human Endeavour
by Rod Green
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have stayed as an 'idea', 22 Jun. 2007
I only wish that I had viewed this book 'before' purchasing. If I had, I wouldn't have bought it. As the previous reviewer had stated, this is indeed a mass produced market book, and I fully agree. I struggled to find something positive to say about the book itself. The images, though good in themselves, could have been reproduced better. The ships plans had been mistaken for Titanic's older sister 'Olympic' (note B Deck) with the only minor relation to Titanic being the enclosed off forward section of A Deck (as seen in one of the side profile plans). Most of the books text is basically taken from other sources with nothing really new to offer, certainly not for the more serious Titanic scholars out there. In hindsight, the book may have looked like a good idea at the time, but the author should have left that idea as just an 'idea'.

For those who want a more serious book about the building of this famous liner, wait (like myself) for the book "Titanic - The Ship Magnificent" which is released late 2007.


Raise The Titanic [1980] [DVD]
Raise The Titanic [1980] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Robards
Offered by Panns.Media
Price: £21.95

41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising Titanic, 8 May 2007
I fail to see where the previous reveiwer came to the conclusion of material available that could have been used in this DVDs release.

Being the UK's historian on "Raise The Titanic" of which I supplied (at the last minute) all that is seen in the 'special features' section, I can say that there is very little out there on this movie. There was no "official" making-of documentary made for this film, except for a promotional sales gimmick put together in 1980. Sadly this could not be used due to time contraints. No deleated scenes exsist anymore for this film, the original 12 minute sinking footage is currently in the hands of a private collector who will not release it and any "behind-the-scenes" footage (again) could not be used due to time constraints and copyright.

Before I became involved with the dvd, all that was going to be seen on the dvd was the film. And with the VERY little time I had to put together material from my private collection (including images not seen until now), the outcome for this release was far better than it was originally planned.

However, there is a possibility of a future release in a couple of years time of a "Special Edition" version of "Raise The Titanic", which will feature a lot more material from my private collection.

Mr J Smith (Titanic Historian - United Kingdom)
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Olympic & Titanic: The Truth Behind the Conspiracy
Olympic & Titanic: The Truth Behind the Conspiracy
by Bruce Beveridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.50

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the class, 3 May 2007
It would appear from "M. D. Hart "Boz Phiz @ DVD" posting, this person has looked at an entirely differant book.

Too set the record straight, the Bruce Beveridge and Steve Hall publication blows this weak theory clean out of the water that the ship that sank was that of Titanic's older sister - the Olympic. Both Beveridge & Hall are two of the worlds leading authorities on the construction of these 'Olympic-Class' vessels, and this book goes into great detail the differnaces of both Olympic & Titanic. Though they may have been sisters, at first glance, they were not identicle. The stories which surrounds the now infamous "switch theory" is still largley preached by Robin Gardiner, whos books "The Ship That Never Sank" and "The Riddle Of The Titanic" endlessly states this switch. But "Olympic & Titanic: The Truth Behind The Conspiracy" shows in great detail, using archive images from their vast personal collections, intervined with their wealth of knowledge on the construction of these vessles, that the "switch theory" has been from day one a complete fabrication.


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