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When The Summer Comes Again (studio)
When The Summer Comes Again (studio)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice rendition of the song tune, but no words, 30 Dec 2013
We wanted to learn this haunting Music Hall song about cockney flower sellers (aka "Three Pots a Shilling"), and though we have the sheet music it's always good to hear how others do it. Fortunately it turns out that a vintage recording of the original artiste Kate Carney is available from WindyRidge CDs ([...] so have ordered that and look forward to its arrival.


Artis 5 Way Plug T-Socket Mains Switch Extension Adapter Surge Protector
Artis 5 Way Plug T-Socket Mains Switch Extension Adapter Surge Protector
Offered by Safield Dist. Ltd
Price: 19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars OK as long as you aren't using heavy plugs, 18 Dec 2013
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Bought this adapter to fit into one of a pair of double sockets. The design, with the additional plugs above the socket, worked for me space-wise.

The product works as it should as long as it has only normal lightweight plugs attached. Unfortunately I wanted to attach my computer, screen and internet router. The latter has its low voltage transformer built into the plug. The weight of this pulls the Artis adapter away from the wall. It still works, but doesn't seem very safe. So I have redeplyed the Artis elsewhere and I'll have to ue an ordinary trailihg socket for the computer gear.

[Begin rant] Why do we have to have all these ****** low voltage transformers anyway? If we had one standard low voltage supply for everything, we could have standard low voltage outlets in our homes and much less clutter. [end rant]


Toshiba RDXV60 3-in-1 DVD, HDD and VHS Recorder (discontinued by manufacturer)
Toshiba RDXV60 3-in-1 DVD, HDD and VHS Recorder (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by DIRECT 4
Price: 329.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job but some gripes, 11 Dec 2013
This recorder does what it says perfectly well - it lets you record and playback VHS, DVD and its own hard disk, which we use a lot. We've had it a couple of years. No reliability problems with the unit but the remote is getting unusable because the OK button doesn't work properly any more.

The most annoying thing is that you can't run it off at the mains without losing your scheduled program list. So if you like to schedule recordings well in advance you have to leave it on standby all the time. Even more irritating, its fan continues to run even on standby.

The hard disk allows you to record lots and lots of programs, which is great, but there isn't a nice summary list that you can scroll through easily - instead you have to page through thumbnails six at a time which means it can take ages to locate something you recorded a while back.

And I haven't found any quick way to delete or hide all the rubbish channels on freeview.


English Song Book.
English Song Book.
by Harold. Scott
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful source book of 18th and 19th century popular songs, 28 Oct 2013
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This volume, published in 1925, gives words and music for a good number of popular songs, mainly comic, from the 18th and 19th centuries. Some are versions of well known songs (for example Brighton Camp and A frog he would a wooing go). Others were completely unknown to me. This is a book that will fascinate anyone with an interest in the English folk or music hall traditions. There is a ten page preface discussing the historical background, and some interesting illustrations including "Grimaldi's last appearance". (Joseph Grimaldi was a Regency era clown from whom the term "Joey" originates; some of his songs are featured in the book.)


Clarice Mayne Songs (a) Give Me A Little Cosy Corner (b) Put On Your Ta-Ta, Little Girlie (c) Come Over The Garden Wall (d) Joshua (e) I Was A Good LIttle Girl Till I Met You (f) Come And Cuddle Me (g
Clarice Mayne Songs (a) Give Me A Little Cosy Corner (b) Put On Your Ta-Ta, Little Girlie (c) Come Over The Garden Wall (d) Joshua (e) I Was A Good LIttle Girl Till I Met You (f) Come And Cuddle Me (g
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice sample of the Music Hall star Clarice Mayne, 10 Sep 2013
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This track is a medley of songs (no complete songs), sung by Clarice Mayne in her later years. It's fascinating to compare with the earlier recordings made with her husband James W Tate. This as far as I can discover is the only recording of Clarice singing "Put on your tat-ta little girly".


Napoleon
Napoleon
by Vincent Cronin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very pro-Napoleon; dreadful edition, 3 July 2013
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As for the book itself - a fascinating read, but very much the biography as Napoleon might have wanted it. You would want to read other accounts to get a balanced picture. This edition is dreadful - especially the pictures. Some of the ones listed in the contents aren't there at all, the others look like they've been through several dodgy photocopiers. The thought occurred to me that it might be a counterfeit copy - if not, Harper Collins should be ashamed to put their name to it.


The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life
The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life
by Stephen Hawking
Edition: Hardcover

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucid and enjoyable, 20 Sep 2010
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"Philosophy is dead", Hawking and Mlodinow proclaim on the first page, ending the book by stating that, if M-theory is confirmed by observation, "We will have found the grand design."

M-theory turns out to say that we actually live in a ten-dimensional universe (plus time), but we don't notice the extra seven dimensions of space because they are curled up into an infintesimally small size. They precise way they are curled up defines the laws of nature, or at least the laws the govern sub-atomic particles out of which everything else is constructed. There are, it seems, 10 to the power of 500 ways that this could have happened - in other words, a nearly infinite number of possible universes with different laws of nature to ours.

The authors point out that the laws of nature seem to be tuned incredibly precisely to allow life to exist. Tweak them every so slightly, and there might not even be suns and planets, let alone living things. So the vast majority of those different universes would be uninhabitable.

There are two ways you can react to this. One is to declare it as open and shut evidence of God. That is not Hawking and Mlodinow's view. Instead, they follow the idea that in some absolute sense all these possible universes "exist". Quantum theory suggests that what we think of as reality is the result of observation. Without observation, all possibilities exist equally. By being here, by observing, we selected one of the very few universes that could have given rise to us.

This is a lucidly written book, not over long, nicely illustrated with some witty cartoons and sprinkled with impish humour. Books about cosmology and quantum theory are never going to be easy for the general reader, but Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow do a creditable job.
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Pintoy Construction Series Digger
Pintoy Construction Series Digger
Price: 23.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice wooden digger - but will the elastic last ?, 9 Oct 2009
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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Nice chunky toy digger. 6 year old boy loves it. Tracks run smoothly and feel solid. My main concern is the rather thin bit of elastic string which controls the bucket, as I'm fairly sure it will not last. Had a similar problem with a wooden crane where the elastic broke and I was quite unable to replace it due to the fiddly way it is threaded.


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