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Qwik Tune - Snark All Instrument Clip On Tuner
Qwik Tune - Snark All Instrument Clip On Tuner
Price: 9.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little tuner, 8 Feb 2014
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Terrific value for money. Very easy to use. Don't leave home without one. This is so much simpler and effective than previous tuners I have had.


Aquila Red Series Single Unwound Low G Concert Ukulele String
Aquila Red Series Single Unwound Low G Concert Ukulele String
Offered by Omega Music
Price: 2.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 8 Feb 2014
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The Aquila strings on my Concert Ukulele are great, bright-sounding and long-lasting. The Red series strings are not. I have found them prone to spontaneous breaking, even without temperature change or being anywhere near the uke.


Notes on a Scandal
Notes on a Scandal
by Zoe Heller
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2.0 out of 5 stars Great screenplay from an average novel, 8 Feb 2014
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I saw the film of this, then bought the book. It just highlighted what a great job Patrick Marber did on the screenplay.


A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries
A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries
by Tony Benn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.40

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Prime Minister we never had., 8 Feb 2014
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Simply the finest politician of the 20th Century, his diaries are always fascinating. He invariably told it how it was in his political life so why should his diaries be different. He'll describe a trip to his local shop in one breath and a meeting with the world's leaders in the next. I think the respect which the general public has for him is summed up by the entry where a taxi-driver refuses Tony's money for his fare. I hope these diaries aren't the last. Today's leaders ought to be reading him, they might learn something.
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Dynamic Coins
Dynamic Coins
Offered by MagicNevin
Price: 8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trick, 8 Feb 2014
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This is one of the best tricks involving little skill but a great effect. Precision engineered. I had to file down the edges of new 10p coins for it to work properly.


Give Us A Break [DVD]
Give Us A Break [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Lindsay
Price: 27.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like Minder on half-speed, 8 Feb 2014
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Good fun to be involved with the London low-life again. But the speed and razor-sharp wit of Minder is lacking. Moderately entertaining. Can't remember why I missed it first time round. Perhaps I saw the first episode.


Jake Bugg
Jake Bugg
Price: 2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An individual talent, 8 Feb 2014
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Great voice, great lyrics, great phrasing. Great combination. Not so sure about his follow-up album. Check it out first before buying.


Shangri La
Shangri La
Price: 4.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I blame Rick Rubin, 26 Jan 2014
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Follow-up albums are notoriously difficult. But when I read that Rick Rubin was producing this I was reassured. After all he had done such great work with Johnny Cash, allowing the Man in Black's voice to carry simple, unfussy arrangements. Surely he would do the same with Jake Bugg? Jake's voice is just as individual as Johnnie's. All you have to do is let the lyrics and the voice carry the emotion. No - Rick Rubin has chosen to drown out the subtle nuances of Jake's performance with ear-splitting percussion and driving beats. What was he thinking? Take the drums off this record and slow it down and you've got a very reasonable second album. Compare the track 'Pine Trees' which doesn't have drums on with any other and enjoy the difference. Ironically, listen how the lovely beginning to 'Simple Pleasures' is ruined when the overpowering percussion comes in. Rick should have taken his production theme from this track's title. Go back to the production values of your first album Jake.


FIM Speedway Grand Prix 4 (PC DVD)
FIM Speedway Grand Prix 4 (PC DVD)
Offered by DVDGAMING DIRECT
Price: 4.98

1.0 out of 5 stars What a terrible version of a good game, 18 Aug 2013
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I've enjoyed Speedway Grand Prix 2 (won't play on Windows 7), Speedway Grand Prix 3 (works well, but only in 'Chase' format - small riders even when it says 'Close Chase' i.e big riders, and they have too many crashes and re-runs). Speedway Grand Prix 4 is hopeless. Says it works with Windows 7 on Excalibur's site but my disc freezes at the slightest opportunity - exiting from shop, trying Career mode, etc. etc. Impossible to play. Seek out the vastly superior Speedway League (or Liga - it's based on the Polish league but there is an English version). It's from the same firm (Techland) but once you've earned enough to buy a decent rear tyre to stop you sliding off coming out of the bends it plays very well (except mine freezes if you try the replay). Apart from that it's very good.


Live At Blue Rock
Live At Blue Rock
Price: 12.93

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 25 May 2013
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Don't hesitate - buy this. If you have every other Mary Gauthier recording - buy this. If you've never heard her before - buy this. Live recording - better than any studio production when you want to feel the raw emotions. Accompaniment is spot on - she could re-record all her albums live with these musicians - I would buy them all again. Just a great musical experience - you won't regret buying it.


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