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Fortitude - Season 1 [DVD]
Fortitude - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sophie Grabol
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for whiling away an evening., 11 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: Fortitude - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
It's a bit slow paced, at least to begin with. But it picked up speed enough to hold my attention later on. I kept getting the idea that the director started out on soap operas, or maybe some actors had spent too much time on that genre: the camera would dwell on the actors' face a bit too long so at times the style got somewhat wooden. But the main characters played well and came through convincingly.

The plot line is agile. By that I mean there is a main theme following the Governer's ideas for an "ice hotel"; then her relationships with the local Sheriff, her husband and the townspeople were added in; then a couple of crimes were dropped into that plot (plus some adultery) after which sub-plots examining the interactions between those characters were developed. The writing was somewhat unconvincing at times. For me at least, it's difficult to imagine a well educated nation like Norway not being able to find its own nationals to carry out duties such as running the rescue service and how the police seem to relax their jurisdiction enough to permit foreign forensic specialists to get actively involved in investigations.

The novelty, and at least half the fun, comes from learning about Norwegian life in the Arctic (But it's strange that they all wear their outer clothes even indoors in a bar), Filmed in Iceland, the setting is very realistic .(Having visited Svalbard and lived in Iceland I know this from personal experience). But all in all, as I said earlier, this is not a bad way to while away an evening.


TP-LINK TL-WR802N Universal 300 Mbps Wireless N Nano Travel Router, USB Powered, Router/AP/Client/Bridge/Repeater Modes
TP-LINK TL-WR802N Universal 300 Mbps Wireless N Nano Travel Router, USB Powered, Router/AP/Client/Bridge/Repeater Modes
Price: £23.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as a travelling companion, 11 Aug. 2015
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This is a great bit of kit. It's small, neat and light (in weight). It sends out a strong signal -- probably good for a couple of rooms, so is excellent for what I need on my travels. I used to face not being able to follow events on my iPad in hotels that have either a poor WiFi signal or only provide wired internet. Not any longer!

The instructions are so helpful I was able to set it up (configure it and create a new password) in a blink. Then travelling with it was a dream. I would plug this "hot spot" into the hotels' wired internet service LAN with an Ethernet cable (supplied), plug it into a power source, and it was ready in an instant. It sent a powerful signal to my iPad and a couple of Kindles, so it is more than capable of meeting my needs.


Celicious Twin Double Car Cigarette Lighter Socket Charger Adaptor Multiple Splitter 12v
Celicious Twin Double Car Cigarette Lighter Socket Charger Adaptor Multiple Splitter 12v
Offered by TechDecor UK
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all the boxes, 5 July 2015
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It works well (at least so far.. I've only had it a couple of weeks). This allows the satnav to be used alongside the 'phone charger unit. Two birds killed with one stone, as they say.


DURAGADGET Black EVA Clam Styled Case with Netted & Padded Interior for Garmin dezl 760LMT-D, Garmin Camper 760LMT-D Garmin nüvi 2757LM
DURAGADGET Black EVA Clam Styled Case with Netted & Padded Interior for Garmin dezl 760LMT-D, Garmin Camper 760LMT-D Garmin nüvi 2757LM
Offered by GADGETPLUSUK
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fits the bill, completely., 5 July 2015
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Nicely made and sturdy. Yet at the same time it's quite stylish (although that was not the reason for purchase). There is enough "stretch" to allow extra items, such as a power plug, to fit alongside. The compartments are just the right size for those pesky cables.


Dust Cleaner for Keyboards, Mobile Phones, Computers etc
Dust Cleaner for Keyboards, Mobile Phones, Computers etc
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good product., 4 Feb. 2015
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The gel spreads well over a small area and thus is good for cell phones and even desk-top ones. However, I have a full size keyboard, so I had to treat its surface in two passes. The product lifts dust and grime quite well, but ingrained dirt needs a bit more oomph (try rubbing alcohol or a specialist electronics cleanser).


External USB 2.0 Slim DVD CD R/RW Drive Burner Writer for Netbook, Notebook, Desktop, Laptop, Webook Plug and Play for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7,8 Apple OSx. This is a DVD Writer
External USB 2.0 Slim DVD CD R/RW Drive Burner Writer for Netbook, Notebook, Desktop, Laptop, Webook Plug and Play for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7,8 Apple OSx. This is a DVD Writer

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Device, 29 July 2014
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"Does what it says on the box". I know this is a cliché, but it happens to be true. Worked straight out its packaging with no complicated set-up required. Just plug and play. Perfect for my ultra thin laptop... and also my desk-top.


37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) [DVD]
37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian McDiarmid
Price: £12.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Drama is Almost a Documentary, 29 July 2014
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Excellent reconstruction of events that led to the Great War. (OK, I know it is seen from a British point of view, but there again, it is a BBC production. The French, Germans, Austrians and Serbs can make their own productions).

Solid cast, good screenplay and excellent direction makes for enjoyable viewing.


GOLUNSKI - Leather Branded Shoulder Travel Bag GSR923 - Black
GOLUNSKI - Leather Branded Shoulder Travel Bag GSR923 - Black
Offered by Star Leather
Price: £32.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good bag — Bad fittings, 1 July 2014
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This review is from: GENTS LEATHER WRIST BAG (Luggage)
First, the good news. The bag itself is fine. It is well structured, well stitched together, and made from good quality leather. The design is fine as well.

But it's the little things that let it down. The shoulder strap is plastic, narrow, and cheap. The clasps are weak... and I fear that if used as a "shoulder travel bag" it will not last long enough on a shoulder for even a bag snatcher to run away with. (As for the word "travel"... that suggests it is roomy enough for a trip somewhere. Well, it isn't. It is just a nice clutch bag with a poor designed and flimsy strap).

Will I return it for a refund? No. I cannot bear the struggle with international mails etc. I'll just take it to my local cobbler and get a decent strap stitched on.


The Deep [DVD]
The Deep [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Price: £9.75

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a documentary, but with all the excitement of high end drama, 7 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: The Deep [DVD] (DVD)
Having "lived the life" as a fisherman on the same type of boat and in the same community, I can vouch for the realism in The Deep. Baltazar Kormákur is Iceland's premier film director and this film shows exactly why.

Based on a true story (with virtually nothing fictionalised) and with locals as "extras" for the filming, this production cannot be beaten as far as reality is concerned. Every moment is faithfully recorded and we wait with bated breath for the drama to unfold.

Some viewers (if unused to viewing foreign-language films) might have some trouble with the Icelandic, but the sub-titling is well done, and faithful. I know because I speak the language.


Borgen - Series 2 [DVD]
Borgen - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sidse Babett Knudsen
Price: £14.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the promise of the earlier series, 9 Dec. 2013
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I never thought I'd want to see a political thriller, but this pot-boiler keeps me riveted to my seat every step of the way. Totally believable plot lines reflect totally believable characters in a labyrinthian chase through the corridors of power and domestic life.

A great mix of real-time politics, journalism and the manipulative inputs of the protagonists of both those professions: spin, sycophantism, misguided loyalty, betrayal, exploitation and other shabby, but expected, behaviour. A magnifying mirror on our own society if we were to open our eyes.


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