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Hollywood F9 Express Rack E3 3 Bikes
Hollywood F9 Express Rack E3 3 Bikes
Offered by Adventure Northumberland
Price: £48.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good rack, 25 April 2014
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A very strong and sturdy bit of kit, which fits our Volkswagen Polo (09) without any problems and without obscuring brake lights or registration plate. With the straps tightened it is very solid, and the rubber straps that hold the bikes in place are also very strong and secure. A couple of points to bear in mind - the horizontal bars supporting the cycles are a fixed 370mm apart, so a bike with a top tube shorter than this (including a bit to allow the 25mm supporting tubes through it) will not fit - as has proved to be the case with my son's 24-inch wheel machine (which luckily is small enough to fit inside the car). Also, the fixing straps are all enormously long - better than being too short, of course, but it's as well to keep the rubber bands that come as part of the packaging to secure the excess lengths of strap.

All's Well That Ends Well - BBC Shakespeare Collection [1981]
All's Well That Ends Well - BBC Shakespeare Collection [1981]
Dvd ~ Ian Charleson
Offered by Helgy
Price: £4.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What you get is good, but..., 30 Mar. 2013
I'd be surprised if more than about 70% of Shakespeare's text actually makes it into this production. Yes, all the praise accorded it in the other reviews here is deserved: the cast is excellent, although I'd like an even more Falstaffian Parolles, if possible, and Celia Johnson and, to a lesser extent, Michael Hordern (or "Horden" as he appears on the DVD cover - even his name has been cut) tend to offer their own paraphrases of the text, rather than Shakespeare's actual words; the production is also highly effective. But the butchery of the text, especially of such an underrated and underperformed work, is hard to forgive. Whole scenes (III.i and III.iii) get chopped, while elsewhere large chunks of dialogue simply disappear, often making nonsense of the verse where two drastically truncated pentameters are run together. So watch it, by all means, but don't try to follow the text, unless you want to spend most of your time lost.

Skagen Men's 355LGSC Two-Tone Mesh Band Watch
Skagen Men's 355LGSC Two-Tone Mesh Band Watch
Offered by timeshop4you
Price: £97.90

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful watch, 7 Oct. 2012
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Very elegant watch, comfortable to wear (so light and unobtrusive that at first I had to keep checking that it hadn't fallen off) and, after a week, completely accurate. Large range of strap adjustment for all sizes of wrist. Minor "points" (not really complaints): it comes with the minimum of instructions, so I had to go online to find out not only how to adjust the strap but how to fasten it. The only instructions included - how to adjust the date and time - didn't actually work in that I couldn't find the intermediate position of the button to adjust the date only, and ended up winding on the time through a couple of weeks to get the date right. The packaging is lovely, in a little box with a squashy leather cushion in it, which could be used as a stress ball if the business of resetting the date becomes too wearing. But for looks, comfort and accuracy - can't fault it.

La Musique des Lumières / Music of the Enlightenment - Limited Edition 30 CD set
La Musique des Lumières / Music of the Enlightenment - Limited Edition 30 CD set
Price: £43.43

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One treasure after another, 11 July 2012
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This is a wonderful box, recommended (almost) without reservation. OK, I did get it for £14.99, but having heard nearly all of it, wouldn't hesitate to buy it at its current lowest price. One or two criticisms to get out of the way first of all:

Yes, the print in the booklet is small, but you get what looks like all the notes from the original discs - 70 pages in English, plus detailed track listing (and of course all the texts on CD 30);

Some of the works included seem to be straining to fit into the 18th century - Beethoven 9, for example, misses by nearly a quarter of a century in time, and several light-years in aesthetic;

The titles of one or two of the discs don't seem to relate too well to their contents: I can't possibly work out why disc 22, "From the Sonata to the Classical Trio" should be made up of three solo harpsichord sonatas by Kuhnau, two (vocal) psalm-settings by Mondonville and two Mozart violin sonatas, beautiful though all these pieces are;

...and then there's René Jacobs's Jupiter symphony, which has garnered equal amounts of adulation and vilification since its appearance. For myself, I found I was just about able to listen to, if not to enjoy, the fiercely hard-driven and humourless Haydn 92 coupled with it, but when the Rossinian crescendos and wild tempo variations of the Mozart started, that's where I turned off. One day I may feel strong enough.

But, these minor reservations apart, there are so many wonderful things here that it's hard to know where to start. For me, perhaps the greatest revelation has been the Haydn sonatas played by Alain Planès, but I could happily listen to nothing but the contents of this box for the next few months and not feel I was missing anything.
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