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Epson Stylus Sx235W All-In-One Printer with High Speed Wifi (Print, Copy and Scan)
Epson Stylus Sx235W All-In-One Printer with High Speed Wifi (Print, Copy and Scan)

3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK but WARNING: don't let the print heads dry out, 2 April 2014
I liked this printer until I didn't use it for a while and the print heads dried out. This happens on Epson printers as the print heads are part of the machine. On other printers they are in the cartridges so they are renewed each time you replace the cartridges. I didn't use this printer for a couple of months. They dried out and I have just used £80 of new cartridges and a couple of frustrating hours trying unsuccessfully to get it to work.
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Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dahl-like dark short story, 10 Dec. 2013
An amusing dark tale set in a corporate hotel. Our heroine makes a stand against bullying misogynist men in creative and delightfully evil ways. The beginning of a series. Looks forward to more.

The Nero Decree
The Nero Decree
by Gregory Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.64

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sophisticate page-turner, 10 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Nero Decree (Paperback)
A great adventure story set in the dying days of Hitler's Berlin. I found The Nero Decree incredibly hard to put down. The characters are well drawn, the dialogue is sharp, and there's lots of good period detail about what it must have been like on the German side to know the war is lost and the Soviets are almost at your gates ready to wreak revenge for the brutality of the German advance on the eastern front. A fast read and all the better for that. Straightforward storytelling, nothing tricksy, like a good Sunday-night action move. Recommended.
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The Proof of Love
The Proof of Love
by Catherine Hall
Edition: Paperback

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderul, lyrical read, 8 May 2011
This review is from: The Proof of Love (Paperback)
Set over the astonshing British heatwave of 1976 (if you're not old enough to remember it, lawns were parched, the sun felt like it would never set and the light blinded you with its intensity), Catherine Hall's second novel follows a Cambridge mathematics postgrad as he swaps college life for a summer on a coarse Cumbrian sheep farm. Hoping to keep himself to himself, he instead becomes entangled in the dark secrets of rural life, with riveting and unexpected consequences.

Hall's elegant and spare style - she is not one for overblown metaphors or tricky literary devices - lets the story tell itself. And what a story, it is.

A fast read and an engaging one that surprises, delights and disturbs in equal measure.

Very much recommended.

Pick Me Up - Stuff You Need To Know...
Pick Me Up - Stuff You Need To Know...
by David Roberts
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of random knowledge, 4 Nov. 2006
The perfect present for every teenager with an enquiring mind - and the grown-ups around them. You can open this book at any page and find a visually engaging, fun, knowlegeable and stimulating spread of facts, illustrations, observations and thoughts. Literally unputdownable, you might have to buy two copies.

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Price: £12.08

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unmissable celebration of Brazilian music, 21 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Postnove (Audio CD)
While most non-Brazilian compilations of Brazilian music deliver a watered-down version of the country's vibrant music scene, Postonove bursts out of your speakers and takes you straight to the beach at Copcabana with an ice-cold caipirinha in your hands.

Compiled by Jérome Pigeon, resident DJ at the hip Favela Chic bar in Paris, this album is a riot of funky, sexy tracks from the 1960s to today, many of which even Brazilans have either forgotten or are too young to remember.

From Elza Soares singing a sexed-up version of "In the Mood" to the cheeky Ipanema beach sound of Os Incríveis' "Vendedor de Bananas", the selection is virtually faultless and utterly unstopable, each track sleekly mixed into the next by DJ Jérome.

An hour-long proof that Brazil leads the world when it comes to making music that will make you dance, Postnove is a treat. Buy it now and buy it for all your friends.

How to Use Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX
How to Use Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX
by Lon Coley
Edition: Paperback

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, easy-to-follow introduction, 17 Feb. 2003
A simple, clear and easy-to-follow introduction to Dreamweaver and Fireworks (Macromedia's web page design and web graphics applications respectively). The book is organised by task ("How to create hyperlinks", "How to edit a frameset" etc) rather than by feature (as with so many computing manuals), so you can use it as a ready reference as well as starting from the beginning and working your way through.
Each solution is shown step by step with an accompanying (accurate) screen shot and the differences between WIndows and Mac versions of the programs are shown clearly.
A very well written how-to guide that would be a great gift for someone starting to use Dreamweaver and a useful reference book for an intermediate user of the program.

Klezmer: In the Fiddler's House
Klezmer: In the Fiddler's House
Price: £21.47

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant, polished klezmer, 25 Feb. 2001
Itzhak Perlman, possibly the world's top classical violinist, turns his attention to klezmer - the jazzy/folky/Gypsy (and secular) music of East European Jews for most of the first half of this century. The 15 tracks range from vibrant, celebratory songs and dances that are guaranteed to have you singing along, even if you have no idea what the (Yiddish) words are all about, to slow, sad instrumentals that reveal how much thought and emotion lie behind the folk music of a wandering and persecuted people. Perlman joins with four klezmer bands to make this CD and their playing throughout combines accuracy and attention to detail with a deepfelt joy in the music. Perlman makes the violin almost literally sing, the ensemble playing is sharp and accurate and the production gives each instrument equal space, avoiding the danger of this turning into a Perlman-plus-some-others recoding. If you have only heard kelzmer played before by a group of repory amateurs at a friend's son's Bar Mitzvah, treat yourself to this CD. Joyful music, professionally played.

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