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PURE Chronos CD Series II, DAB/FM/CD Stereo Clock Radio - Black
PURE Chronos CD Series II, DAB/FM/CD Stereo Clock Radio - Black
Price: £94.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good radio-CD player, with just one or two minor niggles., 23 July 2014
I received my PURE Chronos radio yesterday and so far, I'm very happy with it, having owned PURE radios in the past.

It's a nice size for situating in the corner of a kitchen worktop or book shelf ( not too big, not too small ) and looks stylish and modern. A few more colour options would have been nice but if you're not bothered about that, it's a nice looking radio to have.

Setting up the radio stations is simple and straightforward ( very similar to previous PURE radios ) and the unit is easy to operate.

Sound is what you'd expect with a DAB radio, clear and with good bass. The clock is a little bright when on standby at night but no more so than many other clock radios.

I was initially in two minds about buying this product because of a few complaints about the CD player making a noise whilst playing but I've had no problems here, so maybe the unit has been improved in the last 12 months or those people simply had a dodgy unit or weren't inserting the CD correctly. The CD player does make a noise when you insert the CD and when you're changing tracks but whilst the music is playing, I can't hear a thing, unless I put my ear right next to the unit.

One small complaint is that the wire ariel is situated underneath the unit, so you have to make sure that when you position the unit, it's not sitting on the ariel too much otherwise the radio doesn't work properly. One or two of the buttons were also a bit stubborn to press initially.

Overall I'm pleased that I chose this product.


The Three Musketeers [DVD] (1973)
The Three Musketeers [DVD] (1973)
Dvd ~ Oliver Reed
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £12.66

3.0 out of 5 stars A fun film but dated to modern eyes, 16 Jun 2014
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After watching the BBC's recent version of The Musketeers, I decided to give this one a go and came away with mixed feelings. Generally, it appears I've been spoilt by the most recent version because whilst this a fun family movie, it's flaws are more obvious in hindsight.

The film itself is entertaining, comedic and with a basic plot that's very 1970's ( Dumas's original novel very much has a comedy tone but it's more obvious here ) and is great as a family film that children can watch - it's very much in that spirit - but to modern eyes it's not the best. Michael York is quite sweet as D'artagnan but watching a 30 year old man play a hot-headed 18 year old is a bit strange. Aramis and Athos are well cast - though Porthas is quite forgettable - but they don't get much screentime compared to D'artagnan, which is fair enough when you consider that D'artagnan is the main lead in the book and most other film and TV versions but they don't have much of an impact in the overall story, except to help D'artagnan here and there and of course Constance is very much reduced to 'eye candy' which again dates the film as something from the 1970's. The films worst offence though is the total lack of Athos / Milady interaction, which even Disney 's 1990's version managed to put in. It renders Athos into a lesser character than he should be and takes away one of the novels darker elements.

This is a good family film in its own right but as an adaptation of a classic novel, it's not the best.

Edit - I've recently found out that this film is part 1 of 2, which I didn't know when my review was first posted, which means I'll probably have a slightly different opinion of it after viewing the second film. However as a standalone movie, my original review stands.


Love Bite [DVD]
Love Bite [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ed Speleers
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £2.75

2.0 out of 5 stars A horror film that's not scary and a comedy that's not funny, 1 Jun 2014
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This is one of the worst films I've seen in the last few years, a horror film that's not scary if you're over the age of 10 and a comedy that's not funny unless you like endless sex jokes that teenagers might find funny.

The two leads are attractive and likeable enough but they don't set the screen alight and the supporting cast are entirely forgettable, with the possible exception of Luke Pasqualino, who manages to create a character who's a bit unlikeable for most of the film but for whom you still manage to feel a bit sorry for towards the end. He's since moved on to better things.

The story is OK but predictable.

I wouldn't buy this film unless you really like one of the main leads.


TeckNet® New iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Leather Case / Cover and Flip Stand With Built-in Magnet for Sleep / Wake Feature + Screen Protector For New Apple iPad 4th Generation, iPad 3 & iPad 2 - Brown
TeckNet® New iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Leather Case / Cover and Flip Stand With Built-in Magnet for Sleep / Wake Feature + Screen Protector For New Apple iPad 4th Generation, iPad 3 & iPad 2 - Brown

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and basic Ipad cover, 10 Feb 2014
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Item arrived within 2 days and was in very good condition, the cover itself is easy to use and comfortable to handle, having owned a cover from TeckNet before.


The Musketeers [DVD] [2014]
The Musketeers [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Luke Pasqualino
Price: £10.99

42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern take on a classic, 8 Feb 2014
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This review is from: The Musketeers [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
If you enjoy watching sexy guys engaging in sword fighting, romancing women, cracking a few jokes and battling the enemy - and all of it set within 17th century France - then this is the show for you..

It's a series of stand-alone episodes but with a long-term story arc developing in the background, which finally comes together by the series final. It's not a drama that has complex storylines or anti-heroes and it doesn't stick faithfully to the original book source, which may annoy purists - though all the main characters are present - it's just a 'lighter' drama for those who want to watch something different to the almost constant dark and gritty crime dramas that are common today. It does have a modern twist, with issues such as slavery and women's rights coming up in two episodes and even Constance is a bit of a modern girl at the side of many previous and dull incarnations of the character - and this time she's married, as the books author originally intended.

The four main characters are well cast and distinctive from one another in a realistic fashion, from young D'artagnan ( Luke Pasqualino does a good job of bringing warmth and humour but also a little darkness to a character who's often the dullest of the main characters or too boyish for some viewers to take seriously. At 23 years of age, he still makes a young, immature and cocky D'artagnan but one with hints of the handsome man and great Musketeer he will become ) to brooding Athos to ladies-man Aramis ( though he has dark aspects to his character as well, crucial to a character who could so easily be 2 dimensional ) to a Porthas who's clearly Porthas but not as cliché or OTT as previous incarnations, making him just as handsome as the other three musketeers. The characters feel a bit darker, three dimensional and more 'real' than some past incarnations.

Peter Capaldie plays a villain who is far from pantomime, very much lingering in the background during the first half of the series and gradually becoming more unstable as the series goes on, as he tries to prevent Queen Anne and others from having too much influence over the good natured but child-like King Louis. Peter does a fine job of portraying a character who's not really a villain in his own mind because he genuinely wants what's best for France. He's even charming before his need for control becomes more dangerous.

There is a lot of violence in the show, which you'd expect with a drama that involves lots of sword fighting, guns & knives but there's no sex scenes ( only bed scenes ) and very little swearing, which means you could watch it with your parents or older children, as long as you were comfortable with the level of violence.

The show isn't perfect - some elements are rushed ( such as how quickly D'artagnan is taken in by the 3 Musketeers as part of their group and the fact that most of the time, D'artagnan seems to be a Musketeer in all but name) some scenes are cliché ( in episode 1, Aramis has to quickly escape his lovers bedroom via the window )and whilst Constance is a likable, fun and strong female character ( even sounding a bit 'modern day' at times ) she becomes attached to D'artagnan quite quickly and it makes her vulnerable in her actions, which might be an issue for some viewers, though it wasn't for me - she's hard on the outside but soft on the inside. D'artagnan's attraction to her is more of a slow burn and this benefits the relationship because their feelings are growing from friendship and respect as well as physical attraction. Whilst Athos and Milady are very much enemies, they still have a lingering attraction, which argubly makes them the sexiest couple on the show. This is very much a show where the boys rule but there are still good and strong moments for the female characters.

This is definitely a fun show but still with serious and intense moments ( especially as the series goes on, so you need to stick with it for several episodes, as episode 1 is generally regarded as the weakest of the series ) and whether you stick with it largely depends on whether you warm to the show's main characters and are longing for something 'lighter' than the dark dramas of modern times.
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Samrick S Wave Hydro Gel Protective Case for Nokia Asha 301/Nokia 301/Nokia 301 Dual Sim - Clear Transparent
Samrick S Wave Hydro Gel Protective Case for Nokia Asha 301/Nokia 301/Nokia 301 Dual Sim - Clear Transparent
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars No frills cover for my phone, 16 Dec 2013
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A simple and practical cover for my phone, protecting it from soft bumps and scratches whilst in my bag and allowing the phones lovely blue colour to still be seen.

My order arrived quickly and well packaged.


Alex Clark Feeling The Heat Mug
Alex Clark Feeling The Heat Mug
Price: £8.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely mugs, which leave you wanting more, 16 Dec 2013
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I already had several of these mugs before ordering this, a lovely shaped mug that is light to handle. They are dishwasher safe, though after a year the colour will start to fade a little, so hand wash often if this would bother you.


40x MICRO LED fairy lights - 2.73m - Christmas Festive - Pink - 3627-340
40x MICRO LED fairy lights - 2.73m - Christmas Festive - Pink - 3627-340

5.0 out of 5 stars lovely pink lights, 16 Dec 2013
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These pink lights are a lovely colour - a strong pink but small enough to stop them from being over-powering - and just long enough to put round a small Christmas tree, fake-fireplace or bookcase, which is where I currently have mine.


Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Dylan Jones
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £58.99

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not good but not bad either, 2 Feb 2010
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This film could never be confused with the big-budget version that's currently doing the rounds in cinemas but for a cheap mock-buster, it's not all bad. I wouldn't call this a good film but I found it to be charming in an amateurish way.

The production values and dialogue are quite clearly amateurish and there isn't much in the way of dramatic acting - the actor playing Holmes is partically un-dramatic and speaks too quietly for a leading role - but again both Holmes and Watson are charming in their own way and have a nice and playful chemistry together. Gareth David-Lloyd makes a sweet but quiet Watson who's a bit bumbling as times (surprise surprise, though he gets to help save the day in small ways) and Dominic Keating isn't used all that much until the final 30 minutes of the film but he gives the most professional performance of all the actors involved.

The story wasn't too bad if you don't think about it too much - the bad guy (partly out of revenge) wants to use mechannical monsters to wreek havoc on London - but it is over-the-top at times and I wouldn'y buy this film for the story alone.

So overall, I wouldn't advise people to buy this film if they're looking for a professional movie to watch with friends or family but if you're in the mood to watch something silly that involves Sherlock Holmes, mechanical monsters and a cheap but charming 19th century backdrop (and you don't mind films that have an amateur feel to them) give this a go.

For a cheap film, I'd give this 7 out of 10. For a film in general, I'd give it 3 out of 10.


"Torchwood": The Sin Eaters: (Audio Original) (BBC Audio)
"Torchwood": The Sin Eaters: (Audio Original) (BBC Audio)
by Brian Minchin
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £12.45

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overall Fun, 18 Jun 2009
Whilst some Torchwood audiobooks can seem slow, the The Sin Eaters is a fast and fun story. A priest has been collecting small creatures from the sea and using them to clense people's minds of their sins, initially making them feel good about themselves but with a terrible ending.

The Sin Eaters is certainly a fun story, with plenty of action involving the SUV and boats and also humourous moments between the three main characters. The relationships between Jack/Ianto and Gwen/Rhys are particularly well protrayed, with genuine fun and affection coming through within both couples but without making them too sugary - Gwen still fancies her boss and Ianto is still a little unsure about how to view his relationship with Jack.

The reading by Gareth David-Lloyd is particularly fun and energetic and he gets the voices of Jack and Rhys almost spot on.

Good overall fun.


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