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Anker ® CB310 Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo for Desktop with Water-Resistant and whisper-quiet Keyboard Design
Anker ® CB310 Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo for Desktop with Water-Resistant and whisper-quiet Keyboard Design
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £69.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product For Price (Mouse A Little Bigger Than Logitech & Gigabyte), 6 Dec. 2014
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I'm an 'old skool' manual typewriter typist, so I like a good rake on the keyboards I use - and the action on this keyboard is excellent for touch typing.

Comments made by others regarding lack of caps lock (etc) lights - I've been using some software to provide indication in the windows toolbars, so that isn't a problem for me.

One slight niggle is the size of the mouse - I would really appreciate manufacturers putting the actual mouse size in witht he rest of the dimensions. This is the third WKM I've ended up buying (one from Gigabyte - excellent keyboard action, mouse was tiny, meaning I ended up 'clawing' my hand in order to get it to fit - second from Logitech, with an even smaller mouse for some reason.)

The Anker mouse is one of the better ones I've found for size - and with the additional 2 buttons now programmed for Cut & Paste respectively, it makes for a very productive product (you need to download the software from their website, but that seems to be standard these days) - however, another half inch to an inch (about 1.5 to 2.5cm) extension on the back/tail end would have made it a perfect fit, bringing it more into the base of my palm, as well as keeping my wrist more elevated.

That aside (and I'm also getting used to the new design) the mouse is very comfortable, fits into the palm, and the extra two buttons are not intrusive when it comes to general "mousing around" use - clicks are firm but very responsive, scroll wheel likewise (ie, no flyaway scrolling), Also the general surface feel of the mouse is good - not too rough so as to prevent easly finger movement, but not too smooth that you feel conscious of finger slip.

All in all, and given the massive price drop from Amazon, this is a perfect replacement for my old TESCO Technika 'cheap&cheerful' that lasted me over 6 years & 4 novels (plus a lot more freelance work as well.)


California Twist
California Twist
by John A. Connor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.55

4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Debut Novel, 24 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: California Twist (Paperback)
There seems little between the enjoyable (but sometimes slapstick) Evanovitch/Plum and sometimes over-heavy action of Crias/Pike&Cole (as it now appears to be), so something that falls into the middle ground can make for a welcome change.

Harry Rhimes is of the 'old school wise-cracking' Private Investigators - the sort who make you smile, while also being sometimes not as tough-guy as he would like you to think. Set in Northern (rather than the more traditional Southern) California, the plot twists and turns, though the ending has a final twist that indicates a character will be returning in a future novel in the series. There is even an extract from the second novel included in the back of this, which is a nice touch.

This is also the first novel to be published by Murderous-Ink Press, and hopefully there will be more to follow.


Gay Love - a collection of five erotic stories
Gay Love - a collection of five erotic stories
Price: £2.30

5.0 out of 5 stars A Curious Blend of Styles, 29 July 2012
There is a fine line between graphical/explicit and the erotic - the more edgy the material, the more finer the line. However, with this collection a balance seems to have been struck between the erotic and the romantic. Yes, most of these stories are written with a little initial explanation, however, that is done in such a way as to put the reader into the picture, rather than simply throwing the reader into the action and expecting them to survive in order to finish the story.

There is also, thankfully, a very British tone to the anthology, which is refreshing when most short work seems to be American generated for an American market. Even when the settings are 'anonymous' the use of language and description helps move the story along, without hindering the erotic elements at all.

Aduniad (Celyn Lleuad) is, for me, the solid five star here - especially with the playful use of humour.

After that, the four star support is sometimes only flawed by the constraints of the short story format, but One More Ride, and Fisherman's Friend help give balance and, dare I say it, a touch of old romance. Which is something we can all do with now and again.

A refreshing change, and a worthwhile read.


King of Crooks (featuring The Spider)
King of Crooks (featuring The Spider)
by Jerry Siegel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.76

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia at its Best, 6 Mar. 2010
From a time before the multi-parted, highly coloured, graphic novel productions of today, this is a mere whiff of a part of the 1960s which time seemed to have forgotten. British comics are one of the last remaining Forgotten Lands - overshadowed by the Marvel reprints (Terrific and Fantastic - the latter on higher quality paper than anything else of its time) - and these pieces help to highlight the weekly Sense of Wonder that titles such as Lion and Valiant were able to generate, long before Century 21 and its glossy imitators came along.

I don't know what plans are for any further reprints, but it would certainly be very much appreciated if the remaining parts of The Spider's life could once again be presented to a new audience. And now, if you'll excuse me, my helicar awaits...


Hellzapoppin' [1942] [DVD]
Hellzapoppin' [1942] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ole Olsen
Offered by FilmloverUK
Price: £9.41

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Wonderful After All These Years!, 24 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Hellzapoppin' [1942] [DVD] (DVD)
Forget everything you know about comedy - this re-wrote the book long ago! It's a release I've been waiting for since seeing a late night screening back in the 1970s, and somewhere in my collection of worn-out video tape is the only other copy I've found.
The jokes are fast, some visual, some scripted, and although some of the special effects are a little stop-start-with-joins, remember that this is some 65 years old.
It's always been chased by the Lindyhop fans, and rightly so, but a lot of the other songs and music in here are still good today. The format (film about a film about a show about a show) also spoofs the-then sainted Garland/Rooney "How ever will we save xxxxxxxxxx?" "I know! We'll put on a show!" mush of the time.
See it for the fun it is. See it for the experience. See it for Mrs. Jones and the Guinea Pigs (wherever they are....)


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