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Kwaidan - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1964]
Kwaidan - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ Rentaro Mikuni
Price: £19.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Gasp!, 4 Jan. 2015
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Utterly, totally wonderful. That's it.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Failed in less than a month, 23 Jun. 2014
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Nicely presented but with the same issues as the cheapest batteries. I've had two of these and they both failed fairly quickly, I won't be getting another.


HannsG HL205DPB 19.5-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1600x900, VGA, DVI, Speakers, VESA)
HannsG HL205DPB 19.5-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor (1600x900, VGA, DVI, Speakers, VESA)
Offered by Buyur
Price: £78.01

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tidy little monitor, 22 April 2014
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Needed a fairly compact monitor for gaming and now that I've got it working it's just about what I needed. However, there are only two inputs for video (DVI and VGA). Importantly for gamers (PS3 in this case) there is no HDMI input. I used an HDMI to DVA adaptor cable (from Amazon) but the DVI, I discovered ,does not carry sound. You would need to use the 'old' output on your console (i forget the name) and an adaptor to give a single mini-jack to the audio input underneath the monitor. This works fine - although the speakers aren't exactly trouser-flapping.
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Wolf Oscillating Combo Multi Tool with Variable Speed Control Complete with Accessories All Supplied in Heavy Duty Tool Bag - It Cuts, It Saws, It Scrapes, It Sands and More
Wolf Oscillating Combo Multi Tool with Variable Speed Control Complete with Accessories All Supplied in Heavy Duty Tool Bag - It Cuts, It Saws, It Scrapes, It Sands and More

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, 25 Feb. 2013
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Just a few remarks about this tool: great set of accessories - covering most jobs you would use a tool like this for. However, it has irritating design flaws that rule it out as a professional choice. Firstly, the on/off switch very often switches itself off due to vibration (!) - I need to use a heavy elastic band to prevent this. Also; the sanding sheets don't have a central hole - this means that you cannot remove the attachment once a sheet is on - you have to take the paper off (worn or not) and then it's useless. Finally; the finger-sander velcro melted almost immediately! It's perhaps also worth noting that none of the attachments supplied will replace your hacksaw for metal jobs!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Crown Prince of the Crying Jag, 29 Dec. 2012
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It may be that this film will only be of interest to people who were familiar with Rowland Howard. I expect that - in the UK at least - most of those people would have first come across his sound via the Birthday Party and then followed his career in Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls and through his work with Nikki Sudden. That was my own experience and that would bring us to the end of the 1980's. I saw him in a pub in Clapham in about 1992 (not a gig) and remember saying to my friends something along the lines of 'Wow, that's Rowland Howard. The only guitar hero I ever had!' They had no idea who he was - and probably still wouldn't know of him today.

Autoluminescent must mostly be the work of people who were part of - or very familiar with - the Melbourne punk and post-punk scene. So we're talking about some really talented and interesting people making a film about a very talented and interesting person. The result (not surprisingly) is a wonderful film documentary. Made with the love and intimate knowledge of people close to - or very familiar with - him at various times in his life. These include (for varying periods) Genevieve McGuckin, Nick Cave, Harry Howard, Bronwyn Bonney, Henry Rollins, Mick Harvey and Wim Wenders.

The story follows the 'early years' with The Young Charlatans and The Boys Next Door, with plenty of live clips I've certainly never seen before. Things then move to the famous 'move to London' and name change to the Birthday Party in 1980, the band's disgust with the foppish British music scene (presumably excluding The Fall and The Pop Group) and their notoriously incendiary (sorry, but it's the right word) live shows. Following this, the relocation to Berlin in 1982, the impact the band had there and the break-up the next year. This part is particularly interesting, as it was never that clear how the end came about: essentially the parting of the two driving forces of the group; Nick Cave and RSH at the time of the recording of the 'Mutiny' EP.

Howard's involvement with Crime and the City Solution comes next and we learn that he was never comfortable in that band. I remember seeing them at the time and cannot have been the only person to think that he completely outshone the band's singer, Simon Bonney as a stage presence. This comes across quite clearly in Wim Wenders' 'Wings of Desire'. The director says as much himself. These Immortal Souls may have been the group that Howard wanted CATCS to be- and for the first time, Rowland Howard fronted a group. But for various reasons, you get the impression that it wasn't an easy time for him or the other members.

There is relatively little on his work with Nikki Sudden, possibly because he was working with people with no connection to the Melbourne scene. That and the fact that neither he nor Sudden (or Epic Soundtracks for that matter) are still with us. There are stills but no film or live footage at all (I've never come across any - but would love to see some) . Fortunately, there is plenty of footage and coverage of his solo career. I wasn't too familiar with the two albums he recorded a decade apart, 'Teenage Snuff Film' and 'Pop Crimes'. Now that I am, I reckon they're his best pieces of song writing. Although he's (rightly) remembered as a guitar innovator and player of great skill and feeling - he also had a great singing voice. I can't think of anyone who sounds remotely like him.

Amidst the band footage and stories told by friends and family, there are short interviews with the man himself. With these we learn something of his character: an eloquent, funny and soulful person. The film does make references to his use of Heroin and the huge problems this caused in his personal life. And although he finally rid himself of it, it is painfully sad, as the film moves to its end, that he would not live long enough to fully enjoy his personal and creative re-emergence.
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New Bicycle Bike Led Red Rear Tail Light Lamp 5 Leds UK
New Bicycle Bike Led Red Rear Tail Light Lamp 5 Leds UK
Offered by Entity Products Ltd
Price: £1.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good choice, 6 Dec. 2012
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Fairly reliable rear bike lights can be had for a few pounds, so I wouldn't bother with this one. If it gets wet (which bike lights tend to) it will fail as it has no seals. My particular problem was the light switching itself on - a problem only remedied by removing a battery. Then it just failed altogether, the whole process taking maybe three weeks. Don't speculate on this one (like Mr. Cheapskate here did) as it's not worth the time wasted - even if it is very cheap. Two stars because when it worked it was OK.


Anusol Haemorrhoids (Piles) Treatment  Cream - 23g
Anusol Haemorrhoids (Piles) Treatment Cream - 23g
Offered by TK Logistics
Price: £3.98

24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anusol have cracked it., 5 July 2012
What better way to purchase a product called 'Anusol' than Amazon. Much better than dealing with sniggering checkout staff. There's nothing funny about piles - I could assure them! Apart from problems arrising from my wife confusing the tube with the toothpaste - It's 5 stars all the way from me!
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Arabia Mountain
Arabia Mountain
Price: £10.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half stars..., 21 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Arabia Mountain (Audio CD)
I first encountered the Black Lips with the release of the live album a few years ago. It was and is a classic live punk record. I've seen the band live many times - and they never disappoint. The problem was always the relative let-down of their studio albums. 'Let it Bloom' was a really good album spoiled by its production. Good, Bad not Evil had a better sound but perhaps not enough tunes (with some obvious exceptions). 200 Million Thousand was just all over the place. Arabia Mountain sounds great and I swear there isn't a dud track on it. If you've dabbled with these guys before but were put off - try again. Great stuff - can't wait to see them again.


1001: Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
1001: Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
by Robert Dimery
Edition: Paperback

5 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Striking Another Blow for Cultural Stagnation, 26 Nov. 2010
Regardless of this books' 'findings', nobody should touch garbage like this. As if there aren't enough pressures in life about how to behave/look/think. Part of the joy of music is through discovery. Who wants a list of pre-digested 'classics'?
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Soundtracks (2CD)
Soundtracks (2CD)
Price: £5.99

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this CD!, 19 Nov. 2010
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Unless you don't mind the fact that none of the pieces are the originals. Nor are they played by an orchestra conducted by Morricone. Nowhere in the Amazon listing was/is this stated.


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