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A History of Venice
A History of Venice
Price: 6.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but the kindle version is awful., 26 May 2012
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First of all let me say that the writing here is superb, and the book provides all the historical background you could need as a lay reader.

The first problem with the kindle version is that it is more expensive than the print version, which makes no sense to me. Of greater concern however is the vast quantity of typos in the kindle edition. Such sub-standard proof-reading (or whatever it is with kindle publishers) should be outlawed - or at least a guaranteed money-back claim.

In the end I bought the print book (but not from Amazon, out of protest), so in all it has cost me over 30 to get a readable version of the book. That can't be right.

It has also put me off Kindle for life, which is a shame as it can be so useful when travelling. The problem is you can't trust the quality of the books available.

So, a great book, but avoid the Kindle version at all costs. Be warned.

Morvern Callar [DVD]
Morvern Callar [DVD]
Dvd ~ Samantha Morton
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 5.06

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the book instead, 3 Dec 2011
This review is from: Morvern Callar [DVD] (DVD)
I love the book by Alan Warner and every time I read it I enjoy its surreal black humour and the magnetic character of Morvern Callar. The story is dark but funny, and Morvern is a compelling "heroine". By contrast the film is humourless, bleak and irritatingly "arty". It all looks like it was made on a 5 budget, and in the film Morvern isn't even Scottish!!!!

I'd avoided the film as I thought it wouldn't translate to the screen. I was right.

Back to the book for me, I'm afraid.

Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better now than I thought at the time, 16 Nov 2009
This review is from: Duke (Audio CD)
Back when the original Genesis split (or rather Gabriel left) I struggled with any album post-Gabriel except for Trick of The Tail, which I still love, mainly for Dance on A Volcano, Entangled, Squonk and Ripples.

Wind and Wuthering had brief moments, but ....And the there were Three was the end of it for me. Initially I thought Duke was more of the same, but listening to again over the last year or so, it is much better than I remembered.

It's not, nor ever will be, Lamb Lies Down or Selling England by The Pound, but it's pretty good and certainly the (second) best after Gabriel left.

Oh, and Seconds Out is great too.....

by Rankin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.00

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bargain!, 8 Oct 2008
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This review is from: BEAUTYFULL (Paperback)
For less than 10 this book offers a great selection of Rankin's portraits of beautiful women. I bought it primarily as a study aid, to analyse his lighting techniques, but got a lot more than I expected. Great photos, great value

Olympus E-420 DSLR Camera With 14-42mm lens (discontinued by manufacturer)
Olympus E-420 DSLR Camera With 14-42mm lens (discontinued by manufacturer)

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Handy!, 17 Aug 2008
My main camera is a Nikon D80 which I use with heavy lenses and a battery pack. I love it to bits, but found I was in need of something I could have with me at all times to capture those "moments" that always crop up when you DON'T have a camera to hand. I personally can't stand point-and-shoot cameras - not for any snob value, purely because I can't get on with them. I like a viewfinder.

The Olympus has liveview, so it's a useful tool for P&S fans, but I'm not a fan. The big thing about this camera is it's size, and the quality of the images it can produce. It's small enough to take everywhere, but big enough to function as an SLR. I'm just getting used to it, so I'm far from a whizz with it yet, but the key thing is that I LOVE taking it out with me and using it.

The pictures I've got out of the kit lens are pin-sharp, though there is a tendency for highlights to get blown a bit more than I'd like. The menu system takes a bit of getting used to after the Nikon, but it's far from being rocket science - it gets more intuitive the more you use it, and anyway there's nothing wrong with slowing down and thinking ahead before taking a picture.

For such a small camera it feels very solidly built (even more so than the D80).
Highly recommended!
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by Irvine Welsh
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad, 12 July 2008
This review is from: Crime (Paperback)
As always with Irvine Welsh, I found this difficult to put down. Even at his least brilliant (Master Chefs?) I still find him more worth reading than any number of current authors. Whether he will ever match Maribou Stork Nightmares I don't know, but with this book he seems more pensive, more "mature" perhaps, and none the worse for that. It's not a companion piece to "Filth", despite containing some of the same characters, so don't read it expecting more of the same.
What you will get is carefully drawn characters, and a vision of Florida that only Welsh could conjure up. Read it and, as much as you can given the subject matter, enjoy!

When The Levees Broke (HBO 3-Disc Set ) [DVD] [2007]
When The Levees Broke (HBO 3-Disc Set ) [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Spike Lee
Price: 11.70

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fury!, 24 Jun 2008
I defy anyone to watch this terrific documentary and not feel righteous anger and disgust towards those who treat human life with such contempt, the politicians who maneuver for points over their rivals, the sheer incompetence of political administrations in general and Bush in particular, while the citizens - and taxpayers - they supposedly represent are dying. I'm writing this review half-way through the four hours and could easily watch the remaining dvds straight through if only it wasn't getting late and I have to go to work!

It seems almost irrelevant to point out that this is great filmmaking, given the suffering of the protagonists, but great it is.

Watch it, but be prepared for your blood to boil!

PRETTY BOY 7500(XXXL)?dullblack
PRETTY BOY 7500(XXXL)?dullblack
Offered by BigWhiteRabbit
Price: 44.95

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice enough, not as big as claimed, 13 May 2008
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Be warned - this is a nice bag, but there's no way on earth this would take the advertised 2 slr bodies and 4-6 lenses. It's smaller than the current bag I have which holds an slr, extra lens and flash.

HB-33 Baynet Lens Hood for 18-55MM Lens
HB-33 Baynet Lens Hood for 18-55MM Lens

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Product is fine, postage is criminal, 19 Dec 2007
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Beware of buying this product from CameraKing. They charged me almost 5 for postage, but the package has 1.57 stamped on it. Is this legal?

You'd be better off buying from Hong Kong via ebay.

The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 6.58

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one., 1 Feb 2007
Oasis are mutton dressed as lamb (why not just listen to Slade or T.Rex and hear how it should be done?) and apart from Parklife I never thought much of Blur either in that whole BritPop debacle/debate.

The first Gorillaz album was ok, Demon Days much better, and now this.

The best thing Albarn has done? In my opinion yes, by far. Even on first litening I fell in love with this cd. It finally sounds like he's not trying too hard to be different. It's simply a great album of crafted songs played by great musicians.

And it's got Paul Simonon on bass! Reason enough to get it bought!!

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