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AmazonBasics USB Charging and Synchronising Cable for Apple iPod 4, iPod nano 6, iPad 3, iPhone 4S and Previous Apple Models 3.2 Feet / 1 m Black
AmazonBasics USB Charging and Synchronising Cable for Apple iPod 4, iPod nano 6, iPad 3, iPhone 4S and Previous Apple Models 3.2 Feet / 1 m Black
Price: 4.99

56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Replacement Cable, 29 Aug 2012
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I chose this cable after deciding to go for something that wasn't attempting to be an Apple like product because I have used the cheaper Apple knock-off cables before and they have always been flimsy and poorly made - which is reflected in their price. And while the price of the cheaper replacement cables may seem more attractive, the Amazon Basic cable offers a more sturdy, reliable and sleeker product.
With a product such as this you don't want to have to be spending a fortune on finding something that works. The cheaper knock-off cables may sway you with their low prices, but let's face it paying a few more pounds for something that you know will work and will continue to work without falling to pieces with regular use is worth it. While their are more expensive alternatives on the market (and cheaper ones too), Amazon have offered a good quality middle ground product which does exactly what it says on the tin without looking like a tacky Apple wannabe product.


Charmed - Mini Book of Shadows
Charmed - Mini Book of Shadows
by CharmedBOS.com
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nifty Treat For Charmed Fans, 22 July 2012
The folks over at CharmedBOS.com have crafted some wonderful Charmed replicas (including a full-sized Book of Shadows) but this 'mini BOS' is really the must have item because its small, affordable and perfect for those of us who have longed to flip though the Halliwell sisters' most prized possession.
The book itself not only features many of the pages seen on the show, but a few unseen pages not seen on the actual show have also been included. When I received the item I was pleasantly surprised to see just how accurate the pages are. If you've seen the series then you will know how beautifully illustrated the pages are and that is replicated here. Even pages that were not seen on the show, such as Zankou's entry and Kyra's page do not look out of place against the more familiar entries. And in keeping with the show, the sisters' entries from the end of Forever Charmed have even been included at the back of the book.
The book itself is very small, measuring about 15cm in height and contains about 200 hundred pages, most of which are double sided. I initially feared that due to the size the pages may have ended up being slightly distorted or poor quality. But I assure you that this is not the case. Although this book is practically palm sized, the text and images have not suffered one bit and this product oozes quality. A lot of time an effort has gone into making this, and the other replicas produced by the company, and this shows in the final product. Not to mention that this is an incredibly nifty idea - I can't believe that nobody has ever thought of producing one of these before.
If you are a Charmed fan looking for something fun or a unique keepsake of the show then I'd recommend purchasing this item. You'll be surprised at just how accurate the book is and the amount of time you'll spend leafing though the pages. It may not be the cheapest of items, but considering the quality of the item it is reasonably priced. I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of the book, however had I not been fortunate to receive this, I would have certainly have ordered a copy. Like many Charmed fans, I'd love to own a full sized replica of the book, but for now this mini version is more than enough to keep my happy.
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Jawbreaker [DVD]
Jawbreaker [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rose McGowan
Price: 4.51

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cult Classic, 9 April 2012
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Jawbreaker staring Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart and Julie Benz is one of the slickest and most deliciously entertaining teen movies of the late 90's. However at the same time this film does cater to a niche audience and will not be enjoyed by everyone.

The plot revolves around three girls who have a tradition of pulling a prank on their friend Liz for her birthday, only this year's prank goes wrong when Courtney (McGowan) accidentally kills Liz by gagging her with a jawbreaker. One of the girls, Julie (Gayhart) wants to come clean about the whole thing, but clique leader Courtney refuses to tell anyone what they have done and instead hatches a plan to make it look like Liz was the victim of a perverse sexual encounter gone wrong, shattering Liz's good girl image. However, their plan is thwarted by high school outcast Fern Mayo (Judy Greer) catches them moving Liz's body so in an effort to keep their secret Courtney promises to make Fern "one of them" in exchange for her silence. And things spiral out of control from that moment on.

The plot is very ludicrous but the film is executed in such a brilliantly unique way that it just about works. Much of this is down to Rose McGowan who is having the time of her life in the role of bitchy queen-bee Courntey Shayne. The supporting cast is great, especially Julie Benz who is hilarious as the ditzy sidekick and Judy Greer as geek turned chic Fern Mayo. But McGowan owns the movie and it's a thrilling ride watching her go from one despicable act to the next as she attempts to keep herself out trouble whilst remaining on top of the high school social ladder.

This is not a film that was made with a lot of money or big movie stars, it was made with a lot of love by people who are obviously big fans of the teen movie genre. The casting of McGowan, Benz and Gayhart reflects this. They aren't teenagers (they don't even look like teenagers) but in the same way that Grease famously cast actors in their 30s and 40s to play high school students, Jawbreaker's cast gets away with it because you get swept away by their performances. I don't think anyone other than Rose McGowan could have lead this movie and you don't for one second care that she isn't a teenager.

However, where a lot of teen movies fail, Jawbreaker succeeds in portraying a films which acts as a metaphor for high school life. The idea of a jawbreaker works really well and gives the film some depth as the underlying message is that (like a jawbreaker) high school is tough to get through. This metaphor is further extended to characters, particularly Courtney, who has a sweet and sugary exterior but beneath the surface lies something very dangerous. It may sound bizarre that such a movie does have something to say about high school life, but it does and I think by doing so it gives the film slightly more depth than your average high school movie.

While this film is never going to win any awards, I feel that at the same time it has been unfairly judged in the past. This is a good film and I think that many viewers (and critics) have been put of by the slightly silly plot. Yes, the plot is ridiculous at times but that is all part of the charm - the film is dark at times, very satirical and very bitchy however it does have a message, it does have a (sort of) happy ending and will make you laugh. It's a dark, satirical look at high school life in a similar way to that of Clueless a few years earlier only with slightly more of an edge. And while this is not a film that requires you to constantly be thinking about the plot, what this film has to say is obvious in its execution. While not as true to high school life as films such as Mean Girls, the stereotypes and issues of high school are all present in this film. While some people have taken this film far too seriously (leading to may negative comments about the film) it knows what it wants to do and it does that very well. A lot of people say that this film is trying to be like Heathers, and maybe it is but Jawbreaker holds it own amongst films of a genre where it really has all been done before by adding its own style and flare, a killer soundtrack and some great performances by the lead actresses.


Skating on Thin Ice (Murder, She Wrote Mysteries)
Skating on Thin Ice (Murder, She Wrote Mysteries)
by Jessica Fletcher
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.70

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jessica on Ice, 7 April 2012
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Skating on Thin Ice is the first book since 2010's A Fatal Feast (Murder She Wrote) to be set in Jessica Fletcher's hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine. I always tend to enjoy the Cabot Cove stories much more than the ones that see Jessica visiting friends or working in various locations around the world because they feel a lot more like the television series due to the community feel that they project to the read. However, after being left disappointed by last home vist I wasn't sure what to expect from this latest offering, the thirty-sixth book in the long running series, but this entry was a very much improved mystery on Donald Bain's last Cabot Cove set story but is still not without its flaws.

The plot revolves around an ice rink opening up in Cabot Cove and most of the characters featured, aside from a few recurring faces such as Seth, Mort and Eve Simpson, are involved with the ice rink and the many dramas that are inevitably tied to it even before the murder occurs. While there are always a lot of characters in the Murder, She Wrote novels, I couldn't help but feel that for the length and depth of this story there were a good half a dozen too many characters. It made it a bit tricky to keep up with who was who and how they factored into the main plot and as a result there was many instances that involved Jessica simply nosing around the ice rink taking to one person after the other in order to accommodate them all. However, amongst the many suspects, Donald Bain managed to create a few interesting characters, that a slightly longer page count allowing, I would have loved to have read more about.

If you have read any of the previous novels in the series then you will be more than familiar with the formula of this book. For the hundred pages or so we get to know the characters and see tensions build that could lead to the murder. I felt that on this occasion the first half of the book did drag slightly and I found myself not really becoming invested in the story until after Jessica had began her investigation. I think given the slightly weak outcome of the murder that perhaps Bain could have spent slightly less time on building up to the murder and more time on creating a neat and tidy final to the story as there are a few (annoying) loose ends left unsolved. Also something that felt a little off was the way in which Jessica carried out her investigation. In the series we often see Jessica working with Mort in an effort to solve the murder, however in this book, Mort is almost a nonentity in that he simply sits back and lets Jessica do all the work. And that didn't sit comfortably with me because one of the things I love about Murder, She Wrote is Jessica's insistence in helping to solve the murder even if they claim (as they often do) that they have things under control.

Something I loved about the story though was how we saw Jessica using Google to aid her investigation. It brought the series bang up to date and was used very well as it allowed her to uncover some evidence that she may have otherwise missed. I can see some people arguing that this may be a lazy way for Jessica to uncover some evidence but I liked how it showed that Jessica can keep up with the modern world while also keeping a close eye on what is going on right in front of her. I think that if Murder, She Wrote was still on television, we see Jessica from time to time browsing the internet to satisfy her curiosity and more importantly uncover any hidden secrets that a key suspect may be trying very hard to keep buried. I also enjoyed seeing some younger characters being introduced to the story. Jessica always works well with teenagers and young adults but often the books have a tendency to concentrate more on older characters. Given the fact that Jessica used to be an adored English teacher, it comes as no surprise when the teenage characters come to her as a friend and as a confidant.

All in all, with some slightly negative aspects aside, I did enjoy Skating on Thin Ice. It was an easy read and although I would have preferred a slightly more focused resolution, it was one of the more enjoyable entries to the series I have read over the last few months. If you enjoy a good mystery then Skating on Thin Ice, much like the previous thirty-five novels in the series, is worth checking out.


Murder, She Wrote: Movie Collection (South By Southwest / A Story To Die For / The Last Free Man / The Celtic Riddle) [DVD]
Murder, She Wrote: Movie Collection (South By Southwest / A Story To Die For / The Last Free Man / The Celtic Riddle) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Angela Lansbury
Price: 10.00

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, She Wrote: The Final Chapter, 21 Mar 2012
The four post-series television movies presented in this set mark the end of one of TV's longest running mystery dramas and give Angela Lansbury the chance to shine as Jessica Fletcher for the last time.

Produced between 1997 (the year after the show ended on CBS) and 2003 the very fact that these films were produced at all just goes to show how loved and adored Murder, She Wrote was and still is not just in the US but the world over. Not many shows make it to tweleve seasons let alone are given the chance to continue in the form of television films. But Murder, She Wrote is no ordinary television series. Featuring an older lead character, there was a distinct lack of sensationalism, sex, violence and gore which helped Murder, She Wrote to craft a cosy but well plotted character driven mystery each week for twelve successful years. And that formula is repeated here in the following movies:

South by Southwest (1997) - Jessica becomes embroiled in an FBI investigation when she befriends a woman on a train to Agua Verde who is the sole witness to a murder. Guest-starring Mel Harris, Ray Baker, Keith David.

A Story to Die For (2000) - Jessica is at a writers' conference to give a speech and meet with other writers when a controversial Russian author is found dead. Guest-starring Richard Crenna, Kathryn Morris, Steven Culp, Daniel Dae Kim, Robert Mailhouse.

The Last Free Man (2001) - Jessica travels to the Deep South where she uncovers a shocking link between her family history and the death of a slave in the 1860s. Guest-starring Phylicia Rashad, David Ogden Stiers, Elizabeth Lackey, Beth Grant.

The Celtic Riddle (2003) - Jessica travels once again to Ireland where she attends the reading of a will only for it to result in murder and the search for a lost treasure. Guest-starring Fionnula Flanagan, Sarah-Jane Potts, Cyril O'Reilly.

The four films are all equally enjoyable and are all strong stories worthy of the extended 90 minute running time. The strongest of the bunch has to be South by Southwest which is twist laden from start to finish and not only pits Jessica against a murderer but the FBI as well! The Celtic Riddle is also particularly strong and features occasional Murder, She Wrote guest-star Fionnula Flanagan and a couple of dodgy Irish accents aside is a really enjoyable hidden treasure adventure for Jessica. The Last Free Man is one of the more serious Murder, She Wrote stories dealing with the subject of slavery as well as murder. Jessica doesn't feature quite as much in this one as the others as a lot of the story is set in the 1800s but Angela is still present playing the dual role of her distant aunt Sarah. And finally, A Story to Die For is focused on the murder of a former member of the KGB and sees Jessica faced with the possibility that one of her friends or collegues may be responsible for the murder.

This set contains the four films accross two discs and unforutnalty comes without any special features. As it stands it appears that with this set, we have now seen the end of J.B. Fletcher onscreen. Angela Lansbury has spoken a few times over the years about her desire to return to the role but for some reason network executives haven't granted her wish. But with the original novels still going strong and the complete series now available on DVD, we will never really say goodbye to Jessica Beatrice Fletcher.
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Fruit of the Loom Super Premium T-Shirt - 21 Colours
Fruit of the Loom Super Premium T-Shirt - 21 Colours
Price: 0.75 - 7.97

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, 5 Jan 2012
These t-shirts are great value for money. There's a great selection of colours and although basic look really good.

The sizing I would say was a little snug, not small just maybe a tiny bit smaller thant what I'm used to but. But I've had no real problems with the size as it still fits nicely.

The delviery was fairly fast, I ordered in mid-December and they were with me about a week later so very fast delivery considering the time of year.

Highly reccomended product if you're looking for something simple and cheap.


The Sarah Jane Adventures - Series 4 [DVD]
The Sarah Jane Adventures - Series 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elisabeth Sladen
Price: 10.76

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane's Best Series, 4 Jan 2012
Series four of the massively popular Doctor Who spin-off is the best of the bunch. This time the series is slightly more grown-up and the stories become a little more ambitious and best of all there's not a huge reliance on returning monsters which has often been the case in previous series (presumably due to budget issues).

The two disc set includes the following two-part stories:

The Nightmare Man - This story sees Luke moving away from Bannerman Road however his encounter with The Nightmare Man may well mean the end of the world. This is a strong opener and probably one of the darkest Sarah Jane stories of the entire series.

The Vault of Secrets - Sarah Jane and the gang find themselves crossing paths once again with Androvax, the Veil from last series' opening story. This time Rani's mother Gita finds herself in on the action and there's an appearance from the Men in Black from Doctor Who - Dreamland [DVD]. A good story with some great special effects in part two.

The Death of the Doctor - This is a brilliant Doctor Who cross-over episode which sees the return of classic companion Jo Grant (now Jo Jones) as well as the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) who finds himself in on the action when a race of vulture like aliens known as the Shansheeth fake his death. This story is a lot of fun and it's great seeing Matt and Elisabeth interacting on screen for what was sadly the only time.

The Empty Planet - This story sees Rani and Clyde finding that they are the only remaining members of the human race left on earth. This is actually a really good story despite the lack of Sarah Jane and is a much better outing for the gang than last series' Sarah Jane-lite episode The Mona Lisa's Revenge.

Lost in Time - This is one of my all time favourite Sarah Jane Adventures episodes. It's clever, fun, dark, surprising and deals with some adult themes, particularly WWII which was handled very well considering SJA airs on CBBC. I particularly liked the Shopkeeper character who made another appearence in the series five opening story Sky.

Goodbye Sarah Jane - This has to be the best series final of the show since series' one The Lost Boy. Again this is a friarly dark story which deals with grown up themes, even touching slightly on dementia. Also this is one of the saddest episodes, even more so now since the passing of Elisabeth Sladen, as it deals with the fact that Sarah Jane can't protect the earth from aliens forever.

Also included in this set is the classic Doctor Who episode The Pyramids of Mars as a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen which is a nice bonus, especially for younger fans who may not be familiar with classic Who.

The series is presented in a standard amary case (the same style that was used for The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 3 Box Set [DVD]) and comes housed in a very nice cardboard sleeve. It's nice to see how much the cover art for the boxsets has improved since the release of The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete First Series [DVD].

All in all this is Sarah Jane's best series, at times it's very dark and grown up but it never looses its sense of adventure and wonder which is what I think (aside from the ease of which Elisabeth Sladen slips into the role of Sarah Jane) makes this series the success it was. Highly recommended.


Madison Avenue Shoot (Murder, She Wrote Mysteries)
Madison Avenue Shoot (Murder, She Wrote Mysteries)
by Jessica Fletcher
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.16

3.0 out of 5 stars Madison Avenue Shoot, 2 Jan 2012
This was the first book in the Murder, She Wrote series that I have read since being incredibly under whelmed with A Fatal Feast (Murder She Wrote) late last year. And while Madison Avenue Shoot was not as strong or as interesting as some of the previous books, it marked what I hope is a return to form for the series.

The plot follows Jessica Fletcher as she travels to New York to visit with her nephew Grady (who featured several times on the TV show) and his family. Soon Jessica finds herself being coerced into starring in a television commercial for a new credit card which is using other famous writers for its ads. When the creative director of the commercial is found dead and Grady's young son Frank missing, Jessica soon finds herself with two puzzling mysteries on her hands.

There's the usual array of characters here ranging from fun and friendly (sometimes overly friendly) to those who are just downright unpleasant. One of the things which bugged me slightly about this novel was the amount of time for Jessica to being investigating the murder. Like other Murder, She Wrote novels the murder happens about half-way through and because of her missing great-nephew Jessica spends time searching for him first before the murder investigation begins during the last quarter of the book. Now, by the time Jess had started her investigation I'd already worked out who the murderer was, but I would have preferred more of Jessica doing what she does best rather than looking for a missing child (who was actually fairly annoying by the time he disappeared).

The writing as usual was strong, easy to follow and very conversational in tone which I really like. The presence of an older author is really felt in this novel which I suppose can only help the narrative as the main character is an elderly woman from a small town. As I said earlier, it was a much stronger outing than A Fatal Feast but the book wasn't without its problems. Still, an enjoyable read for any age.


Mrs 'Arris Goes To Paris [DVD]
Mrs 'Arris Goes To Paris [DVD]
Dvd ~ Angela Lansbury
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Price: 49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Angela Lansbury is Charming as Mrs. 'Arris, 7 Mar 2011
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Mrs 'arris Goes to Paris is a charming little film staring Angela Lansbury in the title role as a working class housekeeper from London who dreams of travelling to Paris and purchasing a Dior dress after seeing one hanging up in her employers room. She saves up for three years and when the time finally arrives, Mrs. 'arris sets off to Paris in hope that she will be there and back within the day coming back with the dress she has longed after for so many years. However, as she soon finds out, the fashion world of Paris is far from her humble London home but she keeps her head high and never lets go of her dreams.

Mrs. 'arris is a wonderfully warm character played with so much affection by the charming Angela Lansbury. The film is one of hope and happiness and Lansbury was perfectly cast as a woman who whilst searching for her own dreams, helps other peoples dreams come true as well. The film is perfect to watch on a Sunday afternoon which will leave you smiling and thinking about making your own dreams come true as well.


The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 3 Box Set [DVD]
The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 3 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elisabeth Sladen
Price: 10.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane's Thrid Series, 25 Feb 2011
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Sarah Jane Smith is back for a third series of adventures, alongside her son Luke and friends Clyde and Rani as well as a special appearance by The Doctor himself.

The third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures marks a return to form after a slightly disappointing, but still enjoyable second series Sarah Jane Adventures - Series 2 [DVD] which introduces some new aliens, marks the return of some old ones and even features an evil Mona Lisa who traps Sarah Jane inside a painting. Of course the hilight of the series is the guest appearance of David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor who visits Sarah Jane on her wedding day, trying to save her from a terrible plan from The Trickster who plays his most cruellest trick yet on Sarah Jane. We also learn more about Rani this series who shines in her own story and we are treated to the return of K-9 who after being stuck filling up a black hole returns as part of the team.

The series features the following stories:

1. The Prisoner Of The Judoon - Sarah Jane and co must help an injured Judoon track down it's prisoner, a veil life form called Androvax who attempts to destroy earth whilst in the body of Sarah Jane.

2. The Mad Woman In The Attic - The first real Rani focused episode of the series is told from both the present and the future as Rani makes friends with a young alien girl named Eve.

3. The Wedding Of Sarah Jane Smith - As Sarah Jane prepares to get married, The Doctor shows up to save her from The Trickster. As he works with Luke, Clyde and Rani to save her, Sarah Jane must make a horrible sacrifice to save the world.

4. The Eternity Trap - This brilliantly spooky episode is set inside an old house which is apparently haunted. Enter Sarah Jane who not believing in ghosts, senses that something else is going on.

5. Mona Lisa's Revenge - In probably the weakest episode of the series, the kids must fight against the Mona Lisa after she traps Sarah Jane inside a painting.

6. The Gift - A slightly weak series ending in which we are introduced to The Blathereen, relatives of The Slithereen who Sarah Jane has fought many times before. It's an action driven episode, but as far as a series final goes, this is quite a run of the mill story.

Sadly there is only one special feature, which is a short excerpt from one of the audio books. A disappointing extra and I'm sure they could have some interviews or behind the scenes stuff to go on here. The DVDs are is a regular DVD box with a cardboard sleeve. It's the smallest set yet, but I prefer this design as it takes up less room and is far less clunky than the previous two boxsets.

The overall series is a good one, probably one of the strongest yet (although series four was brilliant) however the last two stories of the series let it down somewhat. But this series is definitely one to have if only for the wonderful The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith which aside from having The Doctor, is also one of the strongest and saddest episodes of the entire three series of Sarah Jane.


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