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How To Run A Marathon: A Guide For Beginners
How To Run A Marathon: A Guide For Beginners
Price: £2.05

3.0 out of 5 stars Less a book and more an oversized blog., 13 April 2014
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No issues with the content, all of it reasonable, but little to inspire and it scratches the surface of a number of topics. As someone who has just enrolled for their first marathon I felt a bit 'Meh' as there's nothing I hadn't seen before. Having said that, it's cheaper than buying a running magazine, which seem to rehash the same articles each couple of months, albeit in a slightly different order each time.

It's okay, but could have been far more.


Showbusiness - The Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Nobody
Showbusiness - The Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Nobody
Price: £5.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and enjoyable recount of one of rock's greatest drummers, 8 Mar 2014
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If you like Mark Radcliffe on the radio you'll know what to expect. Self deprecating effortless and witty recounts of his career as a music fan who also enjoyed being in a band for the beer, the mates and the craic. From school common room to supporting Blur on a stadium tour with The Shirehorses it's all here.

He's open about his time in racist Oi band Skrewdriver which some have criticised him about, and anyone who has ever heard him will know he's far too bright to hold any views that are dear to that brand of idiot.

The only problem is that it's part of the production line of books from the likes of Radcliffe, Stuart Macconie, Danny Baker et al, and you've heard half the gags and anecdotes before. Suspect the book was knocked out whilst recycling a chicken madras or two, as it's relatively brief, and isn't designed to tax the reader, but ideal for anyone who ever wondered what it would be like to drive up the M6 in a van with a set of drums and some mates.

Would have given it four stars but one knocked off for the appalling spelling ,errors in the Kindle version, which appears to have been proof read by a goat (or perhaps a Shirehorse).

Radcliffe is far smarter than he makes himself out to be, but not being a Billy bigboots hides his genius by taking the rise out of himself, his mates, the pompous music business and anyone else he comes into contact with.


Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States [DVD]
Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States [DVD]
Dvd ~ Oliver Stone
Price: £13.25

5.0 out of 5 stars "That's a fine mess you've got yourself into Uncle Sam", says Ollie, 14 Jan 2014
A magnificent piece of work from Stone. He produces a variety of sources, geared towards the YouTube generation with short attention spans, of old footage, interviews with the good, the bad and the ugly, and Hollywood interpretations of the domestic, international and military activities of Uncle Sam over the last 80 or so years.

Provocative.....undoubtedly, opinionated......certainly, balanced.......unlikely, and certainly to be unpopular with the Tea Party and people of equally low IQ. However, it was one of the most compelling documentary series I have seen for a long time (second only to 'The World at War) and thoroughly recommended.


The Weight Of Your Love
The Weight Of Your Love
Price: £7.99

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Album good, Amazon AutoRip is a rip-off. Beware!, 1 July 2013
This review is from: The Weight Of Your Love (Audio CD)
A good set of songs from Tom Smith and co. More mellow in places than one would expect, and all Editors fans will find their own highlights amongst the tracks.

I bought the deluxe version to obtain some extra tracks, but they are NOT included on the Amazon AutoRIp, which is a complete con as far as I am concerned. Shabby treatment from the river named tax dodging behemoth that is my usual preferred supplier of practically everything online.


AcuLife Ear Wax Removal Syringe
AcuLife Ear Wax Removal Syringe
Offered by Nightingale Nursing Supplies
Price: £5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eureka, 19 Dec 2012
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Fantastic product. I had committed the cardinal (but enjoyable) error of cleaning my ears with cotton wool buds, and for three weeks afterwards was deaf. I had tried using a conventional ear dropper with olive oil, but no luck.

One blast with the AcuLife and I was sorted, to my instant relief (cotton wool buds have been thrown in the bin, where they belong!)


TeckNet® New iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Leather Case / Cover and Flip Stand & Magnetic Auto-Sleep For New Apple iPad 4th Generation, iPad 3 & iPad 2 - Purple
TeckNet® New iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Leather Case / Cover and Flip Stand & Magnetic Auto-Sleep For New Apple iPad 4th Generation, iPad 3 & iPad 2 - Purple
Offered by TECKNET
Price: £14.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, but a little baggy, 19 April 2012
Bought this as it looked a lot sturdier than Apple's own offering, and in general I am pleased with the functionality of the cover.

My only reservation is that the cover is slightly too big for an iPad 2, and therefore the iPad tends to slip between the edges. This can make pressing a button or attaching the charger a bit of a chore, because the cover is too loose.


We Come In Pieces [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
We Come In Pieces [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Placebo
Offered by FLASH
Price: £10.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Placebophiles, 4 Nov 2011
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Great coverage of the Brixton gig from the Battle for the Sun tour, which in true Placebo style contains excellent reworkings of songs such as Meds, the odd cover version, and Brian and Stefan doing their usual thing.

As for the extras, there is a superb documentary of the band's musings from the last tour. Brian and Stefan have clearly matured from the party people they used to be, and the feelings that this was 50% 'show' and 50% 'business' as far as the tour was concerned contrasted with drummer Steve Forrest's kid in a sweetshop initial reaction to his feelings of depression and homesickness as the tour meandered across the world. Seeing the band meet the president of Chile, and see him do a press conference proclaiming them as friends of the country added a sense of surrealism to the more day to day behind the scenes revelations.

They come across well, and if you are a Placebo fan this will fill a gap and the appetite whetted until the next Album/Tour arises, which can't come quickly enough for me.


With Our Heads In the Clouds & Our Hearts In the Fields
With Our Heads In the Clouds & Our Hearts In the Fields
Price: £7.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spartan and haunting, 17 May 2011
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Stumbled across this duo supporting Low on their 2011 tour. They comprise of singer/pianist Chantal Acda and muso arranger and everything else Adam Wiltzie.

This is very much a chillout album, each track carefully put together, wistful, and minimalist.Highlights for me are Polish Love Song and Scary Movie. This is not an album to listen to before going out on the lash on a Friday night, it's one for contemplation, reflection and relaxation, but very good at what it sets out to do.

Similar to the likes of Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk, so if that's your thing I would heartily recommend giving it a try.


He Who Saw The Deep
He Who Saw The Deep
Price: £12.38

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future's so bleak we'll never need shades, 28 Oct 2010
This review is from: He Who Saw The Deep (Audio CD)
It's been three years since the ode to historic failure that was 'Elegies to Lessons Learned' from I Like Trains. They have turned their attention from the past to the future, and in their eyes there is impending doom ahead, and their is not a lot we can do to stop it. The album artwork sums up the state of play, simple, uncluttered, but leaves an impression nonetheless.

This is not to say the album is depressing, singer Dave Martin's baritone suits his thoughtful analysis of a future world that has little to offer, and the album is more open ended than Elegies.

There are elements of Sigur Ros in the shimmering guitars and minimalist style of some tracks, Martin's deep and mournful vocals have will draw likenings to those of Tom Smith of Editors or Ian Curtis, but without the oversimplistic lyrics of the former or the autobiographical candour of the latter.

Anyone who makes the effort to listen to the tracks repeatedly will find plenty to enjoy, although singles Sea of Regret (which appeared on an closing credits of an episode of CSI Miami) and A Father's Son have a more instant appeal.

This is an album that deserves to be listened to by anyone with a brain, by a band that is the antithesis of the embarrassing drivel that passes for music today in Simon Cowell's Britain.

To a certain extent they are an excellent band in search of a definitive audience, too intelligent for pop, not cliched enough to be a cult, not in a hurry to be and the album is something to immerse and relax yourself in like a steaming hot bath at the end of a tiring day.
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TeckNet MT-096 Apple FM Transmitter For Apple iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4G,
TeckNet MT-096 Apple FM Transmitter For Apple iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4G,
Offered by TECKNET
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Cheerful, and as good as can be expected for the price, 20 May 2010
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The transmitter fits snugly into the bottom of your iPod, and can also be recharged via a standard car adaptor which comes in the package.

It covers the full range of the FM radio spectrum, and is easy to tune. Sound quality is pretty good, although there is some hiss and interference at times.

It's a fraction of the price of buying an iPod compatible radio unit for your car, and a great way to avoid having to listen to Chris Moyles, Chris Evans and other cheesey DJ's in the morning by instead having your custom links to podcasts and musics from your iPod.

Thoroughly recommended for anyone on a budget.


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