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eSynic® Rechargeable 8GB Steel Digital Voice Sound Phone Recorder Dictaphone MP3 Player Audio Record Black Color with Built-in Lithium Battery
eSynic® Rechargeable 8GB Steel Digital Voice Sound Phone Recorder Dictaphone MP3 Player Audio Record Black Color with Built-in Lithium Battery
Offered by EsynicDirect
Price: £12.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little thing, 25 Mar. 2014
Very light and small - the same length as a credit card, but narrower. Obviously the display is correspondingly small, too.
Records and plays back voice clearly with the built-in mic. (Don't bother with the supplied headphones - very muffled sound. Through decent phones or the built-in speaker the sound is fine.)
Also can be used as an mp3 player - sound through headphones is pretty good, and there are some menu presets to adjust the sound. My machine came with 2 pre-installed music files, in fact.
As other reviewers have said, instructions are in dodgy English and very small font, but operating it is pretty simple anyway. Would be 5 stars but for the poor instructions.
This URL [...] will enable you to download a set of instructions in a sensible size.
'Steel' in the description only applies to the main casing - 'chrome' trim is plastic, which is fair enough.
Comes supplied with various leads, a lapel mic (bit tinny, but works), and the aforesaid throwaway headphones.
There is a 'hole' at the top for a suitable lanyard, and due to the small size I would recommend fitting one (not supplied, but I bought one from a phone shop for £1). I also bought a little case for it from the same phone shop for £3.99.
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M009S 8GB NATPC M009S 8GB Capacitive Android 4.2 (JELLY BEAN) , 7" ,Dual Core (2 x 1.5 GHz) Super Slim Android Tablet PC with Responsive Capacitive Screen - Flash Player 11.1 - Compatible with BBC iPlayer / Youtube / Facebook - HD 2160P - now with 8GB Storage and SKYPE VIDEO calling
M009S 8GB NATPC M009S 8GB Capacitive Android 4.2 (JELLY BEAN) , 7" ,Dual Core (2 x 1.5 GHz) Super Slim Android Tablet PC with Responsive Capacitive Screen - Flash Player 11.1 - Compatible with BBC iPlayer / Youtube / Facebook - HD 2160P - now with 8GB Storage and SKYPE VIDEO calling

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly fast delivery - hope the tablet proves to be as fast!, 30 Oct. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I ordered this little tablet on Tuesday as a present for my wife and it arrived at 8:00 the following morning! Came with some charge which enabled me to get it up and running straight away. So far, so good - straightforward setup - anyone who's had an android phone will find it all very familiar. Seems to work pretty well so far - build quality is tidy - not too plasticky, and reasonably 'solid' feel. Screen looks good, sharp, detailed with good depth of colour, and wifi appears to work as it should do, allowing me to set up gmail and some apps without any glitches. BBC iplayer appears to work well, although you need headphones to hear it - volume is particularly low on iplayer. I'll post a follow-up in a couple of weeks.


I Know What Love Isn't [+digital booklet]
I Know What Love Isn't [+digital booklet]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious and bittersweet confection..., 7 Sept. 2013
... for lovers of wistful, yearning pop songs like those of Prefab Sprout, Belle and Sebastian and Lloyd Cole - refences to these abound. Absolutely delightful.


Nocturnes
Nocturnes
Price: £13.07

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious guilty pleasure..., 14 May 2013
This review is from: Nocturnes (Audio CD)
Madonna! Blondie!! well, neither of those, of course, but an album that pays it's dues to a past time of synth dance pop with a modern spin. Listen to Beat Beat, Every Night I Say a Prayer and Strangers and you'll see what I mean - and you'll be hooked... more, please


Fujifilm FinePix S8200 Digital Camera - Black (16.2 MP, 40x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 Digital Camera - Black (16.2 MP, 40x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
Offered by Glaxio
Price: £169.99

149 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bridge camera, 6 April 2013
Having used SLRs for many years I was tired of having to change lenses when I wanted a wide angle, telephoto or macro, and decided to give this one a go.
A new entrant to the bridge camera market (March 2013), the S8200 boasts a 40x optical zoom, which is at the top end of the superzoom camera range (Fuji have also introduced the S8400 and S8500 which are I think identical but for even longer zooms). There is also a 2x digital zoom facility in the camera, which pushes the possible range to silly numbers! It's a good macro lens, too - all built in.
Bridge cameras, of course, look a bit like SLRs, but lack the interchangeable lenses of the SLR camera. Many bridge cameras do noy have a viewfinder, relying just on the LCD screen. This necessitates holding the camera away fron the body, risking (more) camera shake. I ruled out any camera without a viewfinder, which cut out the cheaper end of the market. Viewfinders on these cameras are electronic rather than optical, (known as EVFs)and some do not give a good image. Comparable Nikons, for example, have quite poor viewfinders, small and unsharp. The EVF on the S8200 is pretty good, giving an image which can be used to compose shots and which also can contain shooting information. It has a dioptre adjust wheel. You switch manually between the EVF or the LCD - the default is the LCD. The LCD screen is bright and sharp.
Image size is big - 16 megapixels produces a 6mb+ file. Shooting at that size means serious reducing to post on Facebook!
The S8200 is not a small camera - some bridge cameras are quite tiny - indeed, the S8200 is not much smaller than my Canon EOS 450D, but it is lighter. It is balanced, too - my EOS always hangs lens down with the standard 18-55mm lens. The Fuji isn't particularly distinctive or attractive looking - functional rather than jewellery.
You can read about the features of the camera on the net, so I won't go into them - it is, however, a smart camera in that the auto settings are very clever, and make my other cameras (I have two Canon digital compact cameras as well as the EOS), look very basic. I was always irritated by my EOS insisting on popping up the flash every time the light fell - the S8200 prefers to change the ISO and other settings before it suggests you use the flash. An automatic 'scene recognition' feature knows if you're shooting indoors with normal room lighting, and compensates for that really well, albeit with raised 'grain'. Low light exposures are really good. I haven't actually used the flash yet so I can't comment on that. It pops up form waht looks like an SLR pentaprism when you push a button.
It takes 4 AA cells; after 100 shots the batteries supplied (Chinese 'Pairdeer' brand!) are running out... I suspect they're not very good quality. I shall use rechargeables in future! claimed battery lfe for rechargeables is 5 times that.
I've only had the camera a couple of days, and so haven't experimented with many of the shooting modes. The zoom seems to work well; the anti-vibration system seems to do what it s supposed to do, although a tripod or other support would of course be good at high zooms.
The S8200 has two ways of zooming - a lever around the shutter release button and a control on the side of the lens. You can configure the speed of the zooming. I do wish you could zoom by cranking the lens barrel, but it's only an electrical zoom, like most cameras of this type.
Image quality so far looks good - 16 mp must be enough, surely? Automatic exposure seems right - there are also many manual modes (including aperture and shutter priority, etc.) The camera has many clever shooting features and built-in effects, like HDR, which takes multiple exposures and 'averages' the shadows and lighlights, burst shooting, smile recognition, various 'filters', scene setups etc etc etc - many cameras have these - I don't think the S8200 has anything revolutionary.
The camera also shoots HD movies - haven't really tried that yet, but the little I've tried looks good, but the camera is very susceptible to wind noise.
So - I'm pleased with the S8200, and looking forward to investigating what other clever tricks it can do!
Lastly, in this horribly wordy review, a couple of cautionary points-
Battery life: not convinced yet, although if you are caught out with sagging batteries you can always pop into a shop and buy some AAs - not an option with cameras that have their own batteries!
Size: I'd have liked it to have been a bit smaller - it was the viewfinder that precluded me from getting one of the tiny ones, even though they are very pretty...
Zoom: There are videos on YouTube demonstrating the enormous zoom range of cameras like the S8200 - remember that they show the whole zoom range from wide to super tele - so the remarkable 'magnification' effect - filling the screen with something which is so small in the first frame that you couldn't even see it - is not so pronounced in 'real life', as our viewpoint to start with is not at the wide angle end, if you see what I mean.
Flash: you're stuck with the built-in one... there's no 'hot shoe'
Filters: you can't use them - there's no filter thread. You can of course create many of those effects in the computer, and there are several built into the camera. No lens hood for glary days, either - and as the front of the lens retracts into the lens bit you'd have a job improvising one. Comes with a lens cap.
Menu system - pretty complicated to work through until you've played with the camera for a while - lots of 'toys' to get your head around; start with full auto and work up from there.
Memory - no built-in memory, and you'll need a fast card to cope with the huge images and HD movies - cat 10, with a 45x speed, I think.
From my initial few days with the S8200 I'd recommend the camera - now maybe I'll get back into photography instead of just snapping on my phone...
Fujifilm FinePix S8200 Digital Camera - Black (16.2 MP, 40x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
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The Smile Sessions
The Smile Sessions
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.19

7 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just very silly, I'm afraid..., 20 April 2012
This review is from: The Smile Sessions (Audio CD)
Firstly I should point out that I bought 'Smiley Smile' (in vinyl, of course - still have it) back in that amazing year of 1967 the day it was released - yes, I was there, and in context of that hippy summer 'Smiley Smile', the album that had emerged from the 'Smile' sessions, was strange, beautiful, mysterious and atmospheric. We were told that there was more - eventually, we were told, even greater mysteries would emerge. We were never told at the time why only the selection of tracks on 'Smiley Smile' had been released.... now we know - the rest was rubbish.
Sorry, but there it is - Brian Wilson was, and no doubt still is,immensely gifted - I've seen him live in concert recently, and it was wonderful, but 'The Smile Sessions' is not the memorial he should have. Frankly, most of it is unlistenable. Odds and ends, trying to be amusing in the main but ending up just puerile. The hype surrounding the project, (and Brian's more recent reworking of the album), is enormous. We are told the world wasn't ready for this type of music - that boundaries were being pushed, etc etc. Actually, sadly, it's throwaway at best; at worst, very, very annoying. Why, oh why, for instance, did it seem a great creative idea for Brian to shout 'You're under arrest!' in the middle of the sublime 'Heroes and Villains'?
Buy 'Pet Sounds' - it's wonderful. Buy 'Smiley Smile' - it's the best bits. Avoid 'Smile' like the plague. Sorry.


T-Cut Colour Fast Scratch Remover 150gm - Silver
T-Cut Colour Fast Scratch Remover 150gm - Silver
Price: £5.88

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does work, 3 Sept. 2011
Used this product to work on scratches to a car door and bonnet caused by grandchildren 'drawing' on it with a stone... all the scratches were very noticeable before and all the lighter ones, even one or two which went through to the primer, are now completely gone and the deepest ones don't notice - in fact the panels now look perfect. Pity I didn't take before-and-after photographs. The instructions on the tube say that any scratches deep enough to catch a fingernail will be too deep to remove - in fact some of the scratches we removed using this product were that deep. (Obviously if a wide chunk of paint was gone you'd be out of luck - it's a cutting paste, not a magic wand...) Highly recommended - saved the cost of a respray!


Ricky Gervais Live IV - Science [DVD]
Ricky Gervais Live IV - Science [DVD]
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.46

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very, very mediocre (and that's being kind), 4 Oct. 2010
Saw the live show from which I imagine this DVD was taken. Tired material, extended pieces based on the flimsiest idea, no connection with science (or the Frankenstein's lab stage set) except for a quick reading of a Wikipedia entry. Some reviewers have poured scorn on this show's detractors, suggesting we don't have a sense of humour, are too easily offended, or just don't 'get' Ricky Gervais. Speaking personally, I do have a sense of humour, don't worry about offensive material if it's clever and funny, and have enjoyed Ricky's TV work. Frankly, I cannot understand anyone finding this amusing; the only funny bit was a deconstruction of the Noah's Ark story, stuck out of context in the middle. The fact is, on this showing, he can't do standup. Don't waste your money on this...
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Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on
Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on
Offered by Shopvoldiscount
Price: £51.50

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Allow some time for assembly..., 30 July 2009
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
A classic toy - but frustrating to assemble, requiring careful use of brute force... if you are buying this as a present for a toddler make sure you unbox and assemble it the night before!


Swept
Swept

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked classic..., 22 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Swept (Audio CD)
Perhaps with the current interest in female singer/songwriters (from Eva Cassidy to Norah Jones) the time has come for Julia Fordham to receive the recognition which has largely eluded her. One of Britain's finest in this area, with a rich, emotional voice covering a wide range, Julia is now resident in the US - indeed her album 'east west' has never been officially released in this country.
'Swept' is a fine introduction to Julia Fordham, and a beautiful album in its own right. This second issue CD features the excellent 'Love Moves in Mysterious Ways', which received a lot of airplay at the time of release. The rest of the album is consistently good, with sumptuous arrangements and virtuoso playing from the cream of British session men including wonderful keyboards from Grant Mitchell and stunning bass playing by Pino Palladino.
Lovely late-night music with depth which will reward listening again and again.


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