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Sony XDR-S40 DAB/DAB+/FM Ultra Compact Digital Radio - Black
Sony XDR-S40 DAB/DAB+/FM Ultra Compact Digital Radio - Black
Offered by K.K. Electronics
Price: £43.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars buy a good supply of the cheapest bayyeries you can find or ..., 15 Oct. 2014
Whlist the review comments on sound quality are accurate, this radio should come with a warning, If you are using 4xAA batteries they will only last for 10 - 13 hours maximum. These are official figures from Sony.

My radio is in the bathroom and therefore cannot be used on mains supply. It is only used for a maximum of 30 minutes each day. I was staggered that the batteries needed replacing every three weeks and tried a variety of types. Each suffered the same fate so I spoke to Customer Services at Sony who told me this was 'normal',

If you want to buy this radio, buy a good supply of the cheapest bayyeries you can find or spend more money on rechargeable batteries and a charger. Also listen using DAB as (according to Sony) the batteries draw slightly less power.
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The Yard: Scotland Yard Murder Squad Book 1
The Yard: Scotland Yard Murder Squad Book 1
by Alex Grecian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you're the type of reader who is doesn't discriminate and is happy to believe anything that's written, 13 July 2014
Had this story been based in 1889 New York rather than London it may have earned some credibility. Unfortunately, the police 'murder squad' based in their American-style gated 'squad room' in Scotland Yard come straight out of the USA. The language is quite obviously contemporary American at times and the story, complete with what the author obviously feels to be typically Victorian blood and gore, has scores of historical inaccuracies. To pick one of many, at the dénouement, the detectives are armed (!!) with Colt revolvers, whereas only selected members of the unarmed British Police were trained in the use of Webley revolvers.

If you're the type of reader who is doesn't discriminate and is happy to believe anything that's written, you'll love this.

If not, be warned - this is well written hokum.

Thumbup Drain Covers X2 Black
Thumbup Drain Covers X2 Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOES WHAT YOU EXPECT, 4 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Thumbup Drain Covers X2 Black
The drain covers work well. A small caveat in that they are lightweight and may need anchoring, Screw points are on the frame for this purpose. Easy to cut and usel

Children of Tomorrow
Children of Tomorrow

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE BOOTLEG, 13 Oct. 2011
This is an unauthorised bootleg and therefore not worth the one star required to have a review accepted. If you want the genuine material, please buy the CD "Children of Tomorrow", the material for which has been legally licensed. Children Of Tomorrow

The Elephant to Hollywood: The Autobiography
The Elephant to Hollywood: The Autobiography
by Michael Caine
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars The ideal neighbour, 11 Aug. 2011
This is an entertaining book written in an easy, almost conversational style. Whilst not a page-turner in the conventional meaning of the phrase, it as an easy read that allows your to canter through the pages.

Rather than a remote and rather precious movie star, Michael Caine comes across as a genuine human being who happens to inhabit and be relaxed in the rarefied world of the Hollywood set. He freely admits to making what turned out to be a number of turkeys, often undertaken to pay for a new house or something similar. Even though this might be a property well out of the reach of less affluent mortals, his honesty is endearing. The only slightly jarring note in the book comes from the number of occasions that other stars are listed rather unnecessarily as "my very good friend". However, he is obviously someone who enjoys the company of others and who commits himself emotionally to people he regards as friends.

This is a very comfortable read. The book leaves you feeling that even if Michael Caine had not been a movie star, he would still be the type of person you'd be very, very happy to have as a neighbour. A good bloke.

Children Of Tomorrow
Children Of Tomorrow
Price: £12.73

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Britain's best kept secrets, 11 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Children Of Tomorrow (Audio CD)
From their early days as a soul band to their emerging talents as a prog rock band, this is the entire studio output of Mike Stuart Span (not to be confused with their later material under the name of Leviathan).

For psche collectors, it's a MUST, as it illustrates perfectly how the group burst out from the restrictions imposed by their management to become one of the best British psychedelic bands of the 60s. Spine-tingling guitar work and tight arrangements show just how unlucky they were that success never came their way at the time. How ironic it is that their true worth has only been recognised by a later generation.

Having said that, there may be a surprise for northern soul addicts in the quality of their first two Columbia B-sides, as well as in two of the bonus tracks recorded as demos as an attempt to secure a record contract. This was during their period spent as a soul band and it is obvious that they were badly advised on the two A-sides that eventually emerged.

Accompanied by an amazingly comprehensive booklet, full of biographical detail, photographs and press cuttings, this is a great CD for anyone interested in what was going on under the radar in England during the best musical decade ever.
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Uncle Art
Uncle Art
by Alan John Britton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One star for effort, 27 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Uncle Art (Paperback)
As a Country Music fan for many years I had come across Art Satherley's name in several books. Delving into the internet it was obvious that this Englishman was an enormously important figure in the early recording industry in America, but nowhere could I find anything which told his story in full. Consequently I was very interested to discover that a biography had finally been written.

Unfortunately this attempt to tell the story is one of the most idiosyncratic biographies I have ever read. Setting out to be the story of `Country Music's Founding Father' the author seems more keen of telling us quite a lot about himself whilst winding a tortuous route around parts of Art Satherley's life. Disturbingly there are countless digressions into areas that have little (or frequently no) connection whatsoever with the subject of the book.

As a result, the chapters (the author likes to call them Verses) have little sense of structure as the reader is dragged from one digression to the next before lurching back to the biographical detail with a sense of "now where was I?". Imagine a friend in the pub trying to relate a complicated story after having downed several drinks and you're just beginning to get the idea.

Bizarrely, the whole of Chapter (sorry Verse) Three suddenly leaves the story altogether and takes the next fifty-seven pages to list dozens of the artists Satherley is believed to have worked with, giving mini-biographies of each. Potentially this might have been useful had it a) been in alphabetical order and b) been placed at the end of the book in the form of an appendix. Unfortunately this probably would have emphasised the fact that large sections of the content are not about Art Satherley at all

The writing style alters through the book giving the impression that sections may have been cut and pasted from other sources. There are plenty of photographs often unaccredited (lets hope the copyright owners don't read it), some spelling errors and poor grammar - which is a shame because a deal of research has obviously gone into the preparation of the book. What it lacks is professional editing. This may well have reduced the contents to a hundred pages, but at least they would make easy reading.

I see that a reviewer elsewhere has written "Art Satherley definitely deserves a book written about his life and career - but, unfortunately, this isn't it!"

I would have to agree.

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