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Sennheiser/Adidas PMX 680 High-Performance Rugged Stereo Neckband Headphone for Sports (discontinued by manufacturer)
Sennheiser/Adidas PMX 680 High-Performance Rugged Stereo Neckband Headphone for Sports (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by iHeadphones UK
Price: 39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars best sport head phone on the market..., 4 Jun 2012
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Initially I was annoyed that they've decommissioned the PMX80, and put the price up... but these are even better. They're more comfortable, as stable to wear as ever and.. a new feature.. the cable splits in two sections so when I'm running with my iPod in an armband I only need the short piece - no long cable flapping about or needing special run-proof coiling.

I'm no audiophile but even I wouldn't rate these as the greatest sounding headphone - but that's not what they're aiming for... they're just by far the best sports headphones on the market, for the price and then some.


The Courage Of Others
The Courage Of Others
Offered by Sent2u
Price: 7.45

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drone, drone, drone..., 28 Sep 2010
This review is from: The Courage Of Others (Audio CD)
I absolutely loathe this album. I've tried to listen to it half a dozen times because word of mouth hype like this is rarely wrong... but every time I get about halfway through, realise that I'm quietly furious with something, realise it's this bloody music that's been moaning and droning on incessantly for half an hour and have to stop it immediately.

It's by no means a view I expect others to share and I know I'm probably wrong, but to me this sounds like the hold music for a particularly Puritan funeral parlour. These lads need some happy pills.


Sennheiser PMX 80 Eco Rugged Stereo Neckband Headphones for Sports
Sennheiser PMX 80 Eco Rugged Stereo Neckband Headphones for Sports

5.0 out of 5 stars All you need..., 8 July 2010
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These are just the best. Rock solid, durable, lightweight. Sound quality is not superb, but for any kind of workout they're all you need.

1. The cable is slightly shorter than other headphones - which is great as there's less tangle and tidying to do.
2. After an hour or more, sweat can block the ear buds...

But even so, they're fantastic.

Mine tend to last about 6months, but I thrash them on a daily basis.


Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics: A History of Football Tactics
Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics: A History of Football Tactics
by Jonathan Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.01

47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance. Everything to love about football., 19 Mar 2009
I would like to see all the UK's cliche-spouting, brain-deadening, parochial and myopic TV pundits suspended until they've read, and can pass a written test on this book. There's more sense in a few pages than I've ever heard from Alan Hansen. Anyone who ever again says "You just need to pick the best 11 players... ". There should be an official injunction against Kevin Keegan ever becoming manager at another club.

The best part is, it looks like a dry technical textbook.. but it's actually madly passionate about the game, the characters, the colour, the place of football in wider-culture and the national identity.

His analysis of Croatia v England during the qualifiers for Euro08 is deeply cathartic; explaining specifically and simply how we were so effectively carved up. I was also amazed by the evidence showing that England's football character hasn't changed in 100-odd years - from the start the game here was about passion and workrate over technique and skill (this is only just starting to change). And by his explanation of how the game spread around the world via trade routes. And by his observation that Real Madrid are habitually the whipping boys of whichever club is the new force in Europe (Benfica, Ajax, AC Milan..) - so hello Liverpool. I was surprised by the heat and violence of the Argentine game, and the bewildering decay of Uruguay and Hungary. And Roy Hodgson, what a bloke!

The one thing I thought is missing from the book is an in-depth analysis of Wenger at Arsenal and the shake-up he's given the UK game, though now I've reached the end I suspect he would say that, as beautiful as they can be to watch, there's nothing new tactically (they're basically a traditional 4-4-2..)

Oh and some technical insight into the great Lampard-Gerrard paradox.
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The Lives of Others [DVD] [2006]
The Lives of Others [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Martina Gedeck
Price: 7.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping., 12 Jan 2009
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A fantastically gripping thriller, brilliantly acted, finely nuanced, as socially relevant today as ever. It keeps you guessing all the way to the very final scene.
Highly recommended.


Day & Age
Day & Age
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.00

9 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear. Bad 80's disco-pop anyone?, 3 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Day & Age (Audio CD)
Much of this album sounds like one of Kylie Minogue's lesser productions, just very ordinary disco. Literally, imagine her singing instead of Flowers and you'd barely notice. It improves a little around 3/4 of the way through. Very disappointed. The band should ask Stuart Price for a refund.


Sacred Games
Sacred Games
by Vikram Chandra
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.47

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a taste of bombay, 10 Jan 2007
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It's about hope and courage in a time of Kaliyug, of chaos, death and destruction - symbolised and realised as Bombay. It talks about random meaningless death, and random meaningless survival and how all of us choose our own way through life.

In addition to the plot elements you probably already know, the striking thing about it is - it's a book full of smells, from the slums, the traffic, the street stalls... Bombay sheer reeks off the pages. It's a book rich in character and tone (I especially enjoyed the untranslated Bombay slang), and still leaves you with the impression that you've seen the merest snapshot of the real Bombay - that there are countless millions of untold stories in this one city.

Yes ok, as a story - it wanders somewhat... as a read, it drags in places. It took me 3 months to finish it and I was let down a little by the ending which simply deflates after the painstakingly developed tension. (I think perhaps it just needed a surprise twist

Despite this it's thoroughly engrossing - particularly the internal identity struggles of the macho paranoid don Gaitonde, the existential soul searching of the inspector Sartaj, and the matter of fact detailing of administrative corruption in modern India.

Recommended for those with a bit of time to spare and some patience.

And if you enjoyed it, read Don Delillo's Underworld (if you haven't already).
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