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Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century
Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Biography about Tesla that managed not to be about Tesla, 3 Aug. 2013
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I got this book thinking I'd be reading about Tesla's life, his thought processes, his work, his achievements and his failures. I didn't get that. It's a book that's basically about the ideals Tesla had in life, incorporating modern evidence that backs up those theories but very little information about the man himself.

I also found it disappointing that this book was geared towards a very American-centric audience. As a british person, I found most derailments the author went into, beyond and away from Tesla's life, were things I couldn't relate into a more european understanding. It said more about the author's interest in Tesla than Tesla himself. Especially considering Tesla's life before he became an american citizen.

I don't recommend, and I wouldn't read it again. I'm glad I got it for free.
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ParaNorman [DVD] [2012]
ParaNorman [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Kodi Smit-McPhee
Offered by Helgy
Price: £4.03

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and dark for kids of all ages, 29 Jun. 2013
This review is from: ParaNorman [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
As a kid, I grew up watching The Goonies, Flight of the Navigator, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Gremlins, Munchie, The Princess Bride, My Best Friend Is A Vampire, Ghostbusters and other films with swearing and rather dark topics and references to sex, when you think deeply about it. And the thing is, you can't say these films aren't aimed at kids any more than you can say these films are only suitable for adults.

And ParaNorman's very much the same. It is a bit dark, it deals with death, and there's references to sex, and there's also toilet humour, zombies and horror galore, which there has to be, given the topic of the film. But not every film aimed at kids has to be all light and fluffy, just to protect the children's delicate sensibilities. I thought, underneath the funny gags, this film has it all. It has elements of all those classic Kids-to-teen live-action adventure films, with elements from classic horror films we all must have seen at some point during our childhood. The only difference is, really, is that it's animated. Like Shrek was, and that's not 100% clean cut either.

ParaNorman is fantastic! It's funny and it's very touching. It deals with a child who is so different to everyone without him being "the problem", who finds his place in the world and people who like him without having to change. It has a very real-life family dynamic, even down to one parent who says un-PC things that, despite this PC-heavy climate these days, are still found in real life. What people need to realise is everyone has the right to see themselves in the characters that are shown in films, and still deserve the message that they're alright and they're going to be ok too, and that parents make mistakes but hopefully they'll come around. And I think this film does it brilliantly.

If it upsets your kid, then alright, maybe your kid isn't ready for this kind of film. Maybe it's not your kid's cup of tea. Maybe your kid finds it boring because they can't relate to it. That's fair enough. But you can't insult the topics and depths of this film just because you see it through adult's eyes.

Homecraft Long Handled Net Sponge
Homecraft Long Handled Net Sponge
Price: £8.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely pointless!, 17 April 2013
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For a mobility aid, it is unfit for purpose. This is not "long handled", as you'd expect a mobility aid by the description of "long handled" should be, and you might as well get something from poundland and save yourself the extra money. It's described as 15", it's barely that even with the sponge bit included, which it shouldn't be because it's about the handle, not the sponge. When people want to buy long handled things, it's because the average length of these kind of things aren't long enough!
I'll be returning this. It's bad enough that I have to fork out almost £10 on mobility aids, which don't last long, in the first place, it's an insult when it arrives and it's useless.

The Purples
The Purples
Price: £3.70

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but not factual, 18 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: The Purples (Kindle Edition)
If you don't know much or anything at all about The Purple Gang, and take this novel as a pure work of fiction, it is mostly a very good story. I'd say it starts to fade out near the end, just before the re-telling of The Collingwood Manor Massacre happens, when the gang starts to fall apart. The story starts getting very lack-luster in description, whilst the pacing gets rushed. But don't let that put you off!

There's a few typos here and there, and a few problems happen with the POV changes. Through most of the story, the first person point of view works very well, and the author did a good job of throwing the point of view to other characters in the story whilst he himself was not present for the scene. But the problem comes into it when he is present for the scene, but not the one in the focus. A few times, there is one paragraph written in first person and the next paragraph it's shifted to a third person perspective to talk about the main character, Joe, whilst focusing on other characters in the scene.

The problem is, if you do know anything about the Purple Gang going into this story, which i didn't, this story might not work for you. It tries to pass itself off as as factual as possible, judging from the author notes at the end of the book, but there's fictional event on top of fictional event, and a lot of different names to the real ones. It's more of a story of how things might have happened, based on a real life gang back in the 1920, if the internet didn't telling you otherwise.

But I really do think it was a very well written story, that came together despite the rushed ending. You really get a feel of the oppressing times and situation they were all living in, and an understanding of why they joined the gangs in the first place. You don't grow to love them or anything, and they do too many awfully violent and horiffically graphic things to even like them, but it was a dog eat dog world back then and the book really showed how if anyone didn't have a way to protect themselves, they were just another easy target with a face. All violent events described in the story weren't superfluous or glorified, they were as they were, and that sort of tone follows through the whole story. It takes a lot to get that balanced, so much respect to the Author for it!

6 X Blackberry Curve 8520 Clear LCD Screen Protector Guard Film + Microfibre Cleaning Cloth
6 X Blackberry Curve 8520 Clear LCD Screen Protector Guard Film + Microfibre Cleaning Cloth

2.0 out of 5 stars Not what's shown in the photo, 23 Nov. 2012
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It seems very difficult these days to buy ones that actually fit the screen, so when I saw the photo showing the screen protectors actually fitting in the space of the screen, I thought they would be what I needed.
They weren't. They go right along the edges of the phone, over the display and covering the black border, and little tabs cover the call button and the end call/power off button. The top and sides can't stick down properly because they're so near of the edges of the phone, so they're likely to start peeling off soon. There's nothing you can do about air bubbles. And if you try and lower the protector down so that it fits at the top better, the tabs that fit on the Call/End Call buttons go over those edges, meaning you get the same problem at the button edges instead.

All in all, useless if you want a sleek screen protector, but will make do if you can't find anything else. Cutting off the tabs for the buttons might be a make-shift solution, but you shouldn't have to pay for something that will only do a decent job once you've modified it yourself.

It's Not Me, It's You!
It's Not Me, It's You!
by Jon Richardson
Edition: Paperback

48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Honest, 23 Jun. 2011
This review is from: It's Not Me, It's You! (Paperback)
Some people say that other people are the personification of objects and ideals. This book, "It's Not Me, It's You" is the book version of Jon, which makes sense as it's Jon's book. But what I mean is, is that if you're a long-standing fan of the radio show and Jon Richardson, especially during the Russell days, then you already have had glimpses of the way his mind works and the way he thinks of the world and of himself. In the book, he says his stand up is like a 20 minute to an hour condensed version, except not as detailed or indepth and he's right, but nothing in this book should shock or surprise anyone if they are a longstanding fan. He gets angry, he gets angry at himself, he gets angry at the world, and he back-and-forths on scenarios regarding the rest of the world, and before anyone knows it, he's mapped out his future and is already picking it to pieces.

There is a lot of Meta going on in this book, by the way, just to let you know.

I think the most powerful thing he talked about in the book was when he says he picks up the glass and gets an overwhelming urge to just smash it against the wall. He goes to do it... and then stops himself, because a voice at the back of his mind says "Don't do that" and backs up of why he Shouldn't do that with a health and safety risk assessment. He then ends up in the bath, covered in a towel, calming himself down and doing something he calls the Zoom technique.

If this dude wasn't a comedian, I really think he'd be a brilliant observational psychiatrist. He could even be both! This is why I adore this man. He has a moral compass that he questions and analyses but still sticks by, because he knows it's right. He just doesn't do what he is told is right, he questions and concludes that they ARE right. He has some issues, but he's no different than the average man, but he still gets on stage and makes people laugh. He did it on the radio, he does it on panel shows and he does it on stage.

And now he does it in a book! This very book! I loved reading this book, from beginning to end. I genuinely didn't want to put it down, and when I realised i'd nearly read it in a day, only then did I stop and put it down. It is too much of a good book to read in one day.

If you're a fan of Jon Richardson, buy the book. If you're on a fan of inner monologues by people who are riddled with perfectionist based habits, buy the book. If you feel like you have two people constantly arguing inside of your head, figuring out which version of yourself should be portrayed the most, buy the book!

He's been so underrated for so many years. Thank who-ever's out there that people are finally catching on to just how good he is. If you don't believe me, watch a bunch of his stand up, watch him on comedy panel shows, listen to him when he's on the radio, and most importantly...

Buy the book!

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