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SmartBedz Eticat Natural Cat Litter 5.5 kg
SmartBedz Eticat Natural Cat Litter 5.5 kg
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 9 out of 10 cats...., 4 Mar. 2015
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I'm no expert on cat litter, but this seems good odverall. It binds and covers the um, cats produce and clumps the liquid and covers the solids, easy to clear up, and covers any smells quickly and effectively. It's not dusty, and cleans out well, like clockwork. It does exactly what you expect - and does it well.


No Manifesto: A Film About The Manic Street Preachers [DVD]
No Manifesto: A Film About The Manic Street Preachers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Marcus
Price: £11.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but not Great., 24 Feb. 2015
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Ten years in the making, "No Manifesto" finally arrives : a film about Manic Street Preachers, and a film from another age. Primarily filmed in 2005-2007, around the time of the bands commercial and artistic nadir and subsequent rebirth, it captures a lost age that is still so recent in memory. Clearly a labour of love, and made on what appears to be a shoestring budget, it's almost the film the band deserve, and yet, not.

It is undoubtedly a film that was crying out to be made, as few British bands, if any, have had such a interesting and valid artistic identity, and few have created a body of work worthy of analysis : and this comes so near and yet so far. It's a fascinating insight, and unexpected, into a self-contained world that raises as many questions as it answers. And yet, it's not quite enough, even though it peels back the skin and reveals the inner life of these three (and once, four) Welshmen who should never have been a band, and yet were born to be a band. It's a fascinating story, but it doesn't quite tell itself. It's revelatory, and yet, doesn't quite tell the tale.

There are, firstly and obviously, drawbacks in this film : namely, the concert/live audio is not always precisely recorded, and sometimes it sounds it. In many respects, it appears to be soundcheck footage superimposed on live performances. It still sounds good, but it doesn't quite work in conjuntion with the live footage. The live footage is also frustratingly brief (four songs at most), taken mostly from a handful of shows across 2005 and 2007, and melded together in an approximate montage.

Secondly, it is, by definition a time capsule. The most recent footage shown was recorded in 2009 - and six years is a long time. A lot has changed, and the world has changed, and we have changed, and the band has changed since then. It is already a museum piece, as it ends in a string of US shows to support "Journal For Plague Lovers" - and the band have released three albums, two box sets, and a greatest hits package since then.

Thirdly, the fans. As an editorial decision, having key parts of the bands narrative told through commentary by third parties who are only really aware of the bands history through newsprint, and in some cases, were not either there physically, or not old enough to do anything but recount from past history, misses a vital insight that only the band themselves can give. It's not a criticism of the fans, but as an editorial decision, it doesn't quite work. I'd be far more interested in hearing the perspective from the band around these events, an insiders perspective ; but it's not here.

Finally, the tale told is haphazard : threads and themes are discussed, dropped, and returned to, or abandoned, seemingly at random. It makes a vague sense, but doesn't seem to cohere. What is "No Manifesto"? It's a tale, and a well told one, but it lacks the sense of narrative, the sense of design, that a great documentary has.


Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live At The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free] [NTSC]
Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live At The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Guns N' Roses
Price: £11.45

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good now as they were then., 13 Feb. 2015
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20 years after the "Live In Tokyo" release, and Axl Roses's new look Guns N Roses finally break their live silence with an official DVD/BluRay and CD release. There's lots of formats out there, but in short, the CD editions sound fabulous : it sounds just like Guns N Roses, and if you can't see the band, you can't really tell most of the band have changed.

If you want just a full length, professionally shot and mixed live record of the current tour - and the way the new configuration of the band can rock the hell out of the material - well, this is the best there is. The new band? Yep, yadda, yadda, they sure ain't Slash etc, but the new band is a powerful and noisy racket, a classic rock band in its own right that shares a name and singer with an older and better-known band. The visuals are precise, the sound clear, and the performance worthy of release.

Having handpicked a set of powerful musicians, GNR-2012 are some kind of rock supergroup - like The Avengers Of Stadium Rock - taking little-known musicians of no small power, and combining them together to create some kind of multiheaded, uber-versatile hydra of metal.

They've never sounded better live. Given the conviction, and passion, these songs are played with you wouldn't know that they didn't pen many of these riffs themselves.

It's no mere nostalgia show : the set is drawn equally from each of the official studio records. His band are white hot : each of them (and there are 7 musicians plus Waxl) must have a thought going their head. That thought? Living The Dream! It doesn't matter how many tattoos you have, how ridiculous your hat is, or if the drummer - a one man human powerhouse called Frank Ferrer who used to be in the Psychedlic Furs with guitarist Richard Fortus - looks nothing like you might expect.

This band are magnificent at what they do. When the lights dim, the crowd roars, the opening riff of "Chinese Democracy" peels in razor-sharp hi-definition, this band are in the lap of the gods.

Four minutes later, and the band are peeling out that riff : the uncoiled snake of "Welcome To The Jungle". It might just be stupid rock. But its the best there is. Sometimes, oftentimes, there is a cleverness in being simple. There's "It So Easy", which is arena punk made flesh. There's the factually inaccurate "Mr.Brownstone" (we go on stage around 9?), all of which have the prance and groove of classic rock.

New material is peppered throughout the show, performed with a passion and belief that belies the relative commercial flatline that is "Chinese Democracy". "Sorry" is obviously the work of a different band to "Mr Brownstone" : the lyrics are dense, and deal with concepts complex and simple far beyond that of far too much old rock - things like self-awareness, forgiveness, and control.

It's quickly back to the burning, wall-of-fire "Live & Let Die".. With "This I Love", "Estranged" and "Street Of Dreams", GNR are into the somewhat slow new-piano-ballads section of the set. It all goes a bit Elton John.

Then its fireworks and "November Rain". Which is one of the silliest songs of all time.

These songs no more belong to the old GNR than they do the new, no more than they belong to my cat - these are communal, modern hymns, contemporary anthems, that exist in our minds and collective consciousness far more than anywhere else.

If anything the band are a testament to the insane self-belief that has been vindicated : a triumph of integrity and persistence of vision through the corrupting and diluting influences of others.. and then the band start up "Paradise City". The Stadium with explosions, fire, tossed guitar picks, streamers, confetti, red silly strong, rock guitars set to 11, and insane noise. It's probably the best single set closing song of all time.


The Deadly 7
The Deadly 7
by Garth Jennings
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Ways To Win...., 25 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Deadly 7 (Paperback)
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My son is 9, and he loves this book - it's funny and quirky, with the somewhat tired trope of personalising each of the 7 deadly sins - and whilst there is a dark conflict at the heart of this, that is, the abduction of the protagonists sister - it's a quick, and fun read, with charm and excitement and suitable irreverence.


My big art show: A Card Game + Book - Collect Paintings to Win
My big art show: A Card Game + Book - Collect Paintings to Win
by Susie Hodge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

4.0 out of 5 stars It's a book. It's a game. It's a bame! It's art, and it could make an artist of you., 22 Jan. 2015
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Halfway between a book, a set of Top Trumps, an art catalogue and a trainspotters book, this is a collection of art, prints, details about them, and a collectors paradise. My son doesn't really do art, as such, but we're planning to visit some of the free museums and tick these off, seeing them ourselves with our own eyes, and explore. My son hasn't really got the hang of it! As there are all manner of games and options you can play with these - the aim is to expand the understanding of the art and its effects and try to grow an appreciation for it - on the other hand it also serves as a very suitable set for adults. You might love it too.


Metallica - Broken, Beat And Scarred
Metallica - Broken, Beat And Scarred
Offered by BB Corps UK
Price: £23.48

2.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable, 17 Jan. 2015
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Taken from a spanish webcast, this highly unofficial DVD simply isn't very good. Picture quality is very low, very blocky, lots of stippling and artifacts that make it practically unwatchable. The sound is basic, and very tinny. There are also two large logos that cover parts of the screen. This performance is available in better quality elsewhere on major video streaming sites.


Bose ® SoundSport In Ear Headphones for Samsung Galaxy - Green
Bose ® SoundSport In Ear Headphones for Samsung Galaxy - Green

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loud and clear., 13 Jan. 2015
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Whilst it says that these are for Galaxy, really and honestly, they are suitable for any audio device that contains the usual small headphone jack : on the sample tracks I have chosen (New Order, Kraftwerk, Metallica) reproduction is loud and clear. They are sweat resistant and there is no slipping or movement thanks to the headphone design that grips the inside curvature of the ear. Bass is not as warm and expansive as I might prefer, though the high ranges, and electronics are very clearly produced. Modern masters - which harsh brickwalling, compression and clipping - don't sound *quite* as harsh, but still noticably louder. Overall the reproduction is clear and faithful - especially around the high end - with a durable build.


DJing For Dummies
DJing For Dummies
by John Steventon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

3.0 out of 5 stars Rock... DJ, 12 Jan. 2015
This review is from: DJing For Dummies (Paperback)
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Well, it really is DJ-ing for dummies, and explains everything, right down to the level of audio inputs and jacks. It's a good read, with lots of interesting information however is a little too basic to start with - it soon gears to to not just be a guide to DJing but also an introduction to all manner of musical information, around vinyl decks, CD's, how to mix, tempos and pitches. You won't ever get to win the DJ universe with this book, but reading it, you may very well get to be the best of yoru friends to do a grand DJ set at a summer party.


On Patrol in the UK (2012)
On Patrol in the UK (2012)
Offered by rwl-123
Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop Will Eat Itself live : always thrilling, often out-of-tune.., 11 Jan. 2015
Twenty years after I first saw a band called Pop Will Eat Itself, and fifteen years after they first split, a band called Pop Will Eat Itself are back on tour. Reborn, reconfigured, reformed.....

Certainly, it's not the band I saw in 1996. This lineup, made of Graham Crabb (PWEI 1986-1995), with four new members, Mary Byker (Apollo 440, Gay Bykers On Acid ), Jason Bowld on drums, Tim Muddiman on guitar, and a bass player, it's not so much a band but a finely honed musical machine made of individually talented components. But is it Pop Will Eat Itself? Aye, there's the rub.. If you go expecting Clint, Rich, Adam, and Fuzz, you'll be disappointed.

But it sounds like Pop Will Eat Itself live always did. A ramshackle noise of spirit and enthusiasm, coupled with a grand spotwelding of guitars and laptops.

If you'd never seen Pop Will Eat Itself before, then this band is an authentic reproduction of the feeling. But it's not the same. Certainly, if you listen carefully, it's very close, but it's not quite the same.

Certainly livelier than the final shows of their original lifespan, this may be in part due to the determindedly nostalgic setlist aimed at smashes, thrashes and hits. Six songs from the new record are played in a 21 song set.The set is weighted towards the heavier end of the PWEI ouevre : to the untrained ear the new songs may be much of a muchness, but also, there's a logical progression from the heavier end of the final album to a faster, livelier sound that is both obviously PWEI – but not so. Most of the new stuff is revamped songs originally performed by VileEvils. On the other hand, this band are PWEI as is and, if someone wants to carry the mantle of that material to the future and play live, it's a more than suitable lineup to keep the band name and ethos alive in the absence of the original band. After all, This band may very well be the best PWEI tribute band in the world.

May they continue unabated for long to come.


The Wonder Stuff Never Loved Elvis Live CD/DVD
The Wonder Stuff Never Loved Elvis Live CD/DVD
Offered by Nyquest Limited
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The only way to know for sure is live." - Henry Rollins, 10 Jan. 2015
Taken from the second (and last) show at Shepards Bush with emergency guitarist Jerry De Borg from Jesus Jones (who came in at short notice after departure of longstanding guitar player Malcolm Treece), the Wonder Stuff performed "Never Loved Elvis" in full. If you'd never seen them before, think that you were missing out? Probably not. It's not the brazen and shameless creation of an entirely new band with only a singer, using the same name of an older and better band to generate goodwill, but a new version of the band.

These songs set in our hearts – well some of us anyway – twenty years ago. Some of them - “Sleep Alone”, “Play”, “Inertia”, “Maybe”, “Grotesque”, “38 Line Poem” - are ones the band haven't played in ten or twenty years. With Malc absent, the band have had to rearrange longstanding performances, with Fuzz and Erica taking over backing vocals, and Keyboard/fiddle/mandolin parts replicated by Ercia on violin. It still sounds the same. Sometimes, it sounds different, but even then it sounds the same. These songs still sound wonderful.

Not that anyone really notices. People have come here to see the songs, and the names of the respective members are somewhat sidelined compared. The songs, the body of work, is bigger than any one individual.

With the “Elvis” songs completed, encore time sees the same songs the band have always played. They are by any standard superior, clever songs. But after 1,000 times, surely it gets a little.. predictable to always do the same songs? This is the albatross that hangs over every band though – the songs the people came to see. “Room 512”, “Redberry Joytown”, “It's Yer Money”, “On the Ropes”, “Golden Green”, “Unberable”, “Give Give Give.” These are still the same spiky, witty, irreverent things that they were a quarter century ago. But if you think Metallica don't get boring doing “Enter Sandman” for the 1,588th time you really have no idea about what it is like to be in a band.

But on DVD, the show is different : it's still The Wonder Stuff, performing live, with old songs and newer songs, and they sound fabulous. Maybe it doesn't matter who is in the band anymore, or what happens next, and it is just these songs and what they meant that matters.


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