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Brooks Adrenaline GST 14 Men, Men's Running Shoes, White/Electric/Silver 8 UK
Brooks Adrenaline GST 14 Men, Men's Running Shoes, White/Electric/Silver 8 UK

5.0 out of 5 stars Best in black, but great in any colour., 2 May 2015
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Brought in black after my last pair wore out. I have now bought the GTS adrenaline for multiple iterations and although they do vary from one year to the next they have been a great pair of road shoes for someone who is a moderate overpronator. In black they look smarter than in other colours if that matters. I have done all my marathons and halves in them and wouldn't go with anything else unless forced to.


Apple IPAD AIR WI-FI 32GB 1024 MB 9.7-inch LCD - Space Grey
Apple IPAD AIR WI-FI 32GB 1024 MB 9.7-inch LCD - Space Grey

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slice open the box and see how this baby upholds Apple's core values., 15 Dec. 2014
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User needs: I bought this to take away with me on work abroad so I wanted something very portable, powerful, and which would support things like Skype, word, and allow me to surf the net. This does all of that. And more.

Set up: very easy to set up. Almost a plug-and-play thing going on here. There are next to no written instructions but the onscreen set up guides you pretty well. But I think it helps if you are already IT literature otherwise expect some teething troubles.

Looks: very pretty and neat. It's lovely to handle. Be sure to buy a cover for it however if you want to keep the looks.

Screen: the brightness can be easily adjusted and there isn't too much glare. A screen protector does need to be purchased separately and is advised. You can use your fingers to type onto a virtual keyboard which pops up on screen but a e-pen is also a good idea if you have large fingers.

Internet connectivity: quick and fast. Have used this in a few hotels now without any problems.

Software: comes preloaded with the basics. But things like Word can easily be downloaded from the apple store. I wasn't thrilled by Apple's version of this, but then Microsoft aren't going to make something perfect for Apple are they?

I haven't used this for playing games so I'm not sure how that shapes up, but overall four or so months in I am so glad I bought this. Life really would have been more difficult without it! Worth every penny.


Lucy [DVD] [2014]
Lucy [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Scarlett Johansson
Price: £4.93

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just exactly who is that only uses 10% of their brain power?, 15 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Lucy [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
In a nutshell.

Blonde voluptuous Scarlett Johansson is tricked into playing a drug mule by a wicked male consort and ends ups being impregnated with a new synthetic mind expanding drug which leaks into her body after she is brutalised by a drug gang. Dosed up with said drug and new mind expanding powers the scene is set for a showdown between the good guys and the bad guys ....and then there is Morgan Freeman.

What the hell?

Only if Luc Besson used less than 10% of his writing talent whilst simultaneously using less than 10% of the time he was apportioned to write the screed that became the screenplay for this movie could a movie this bad have been made. And even then, only if the producers had watched 10% of the final product (an extended trailer) whilst being awake for 10% of the time could it have been given a final green light.

Seriously, though, this film starts off edgy and nervous, with a palpably mounting sense of tension at the thought that something bad is about to happen to poor Scarlett even though that brief unexplained image at the start of an ape/monkey/simian flitting around a body of water flits around the borders of your consciousness as a warning that something even worse is about to happen to the plot. And then it goes from promising to punishing as Scarlett transmogrifies into the scurf in the ear of the creature from the black lagoon and then vanishes down a plot hole that's as dense as the black hole at the centre of the milky way; and the plot disappears up it's own rectum.

I know I am going to garner a lot of dislikes for this review, but as a fan of SJ and LB I was very put out at shelling out good money on this utter tripe, and so let me state how bad this movie was in plain terms. Very bad.
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [DVD] [2015]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Martin Freeman
Price: £6.99

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit: three parts, five armies, one ending., 14 Dec. 2014
There is a moment in this movie when Thorin Oakenshield asks Bilbo Baggins to show him what he is grasping in his closed hand, thinking that it may be the fabled Arkenstone he has been unsuccessfully rooting after in Smaug's horde of gold. What in fact Bilbo is actually grasping is a tiny acorn which he explains he wants to plant back home in the shire so that years later when it grows it will remind him of the good and the bad experiences on the journey. For me, being thousands of miles away from home as I type this review, this was one of the movies misty eyed moments which raised it above the ordinary.

But before that there is the start, and the movie sets off in the thick of it, with Smaug the dragon on his way to pour a rain of fire down upon the inhabitants of Lake town and proceeds therein with aplomb, generally following the road map of the original novel but with plenty of diversions and padding out, some of which works and some of which doesn't.

The tauriel and Fili (or is it Kili?) romance feels objectionable as a Tolkien purist but then makes sense as a movie and is handled fairly well. Less well was the denouement involving the White council and Sauron which felt like a dramatised version of Sony's play station game Tekken 2.

In contrast to the ending of ROTK, TBOTFA's ending felt a little too abrupt and I expect the directors cut will probably make good on this, however before that the climax to the battle was nerve jangling and raw even though I knew who was going to iced- literally.

Overall this movie had plenty of action, humour and whimsy and barring a few bag-ends/cup-de-sacs got me there and back again in one piece.
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MOFRED® Black & Tan Apple iPad Air (Launched November 2013) Leather Case-MOFRED®- Executive Multi Function Leather Standby Case for Apple New iPad Air with Built-in magnet for Sleep & Awake Feature -- Independently Voted by "The Daily Telegraph" as #1 iPad Air Case!
MOFRED® Black & Tan Apple iPad Air (Launched November 2013) Leather Case-MOFRED®- Executive Multi Function Leather Standby Case for Apple New iPad Air with Built-in magnet for Sleep & Awake Feature -- Independently Voted by "The Daily Telegraph" as #1 iPad Air Case!
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Price: £39.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thief repellant, 13 Dec. 2014
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This looked a bit tacky out of the box and the screen protector was hard to fit properly. However three months on it is doing the job well and the saving grace is that it makes your iPad look less steal able.


IronFit Strength Training and Nutrition for Endurance Athletes: Time Efficient Training Secrets for Breakthrough Fitness
IronFit Strength Training and Nutrition for Endurance Athletes: Time Efficient Training Secrets for Breakthrough Fitness
Price: £8.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Some weaknesses need Ironing out., 13 Dec. 2014
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Hmmm. Interesting but padded out with too much repetitive stuff on how to do exercises and regimes and not enough material on the why.
I would have preferred half the material at half the cost. On the other hand if you are very new to this topic and want a lot of direction and guidance it may be just your thing. All very sensible stuff.


The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders
The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders
Price: £6.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not the kind of treatment you often see CEO's or senior leaders of companies like M&S being subjected to outside of an AGM, 13 Dec. 2014
As I write this review Arsene Winger has recently been in the news after being lambasted by peeved off fans at a train station, not the kind of treatment you often see CEO's or senior leaders of companies like M&S being subjected to outside of an AGM. This is what has always fascinated me about football managers -how they go about their business under the intense glare of the media with their futures dependent on extremely short term outcomes measures like how well they have done over a few months, or even weeks.

Having read this book I emerged with a bit more insight.

The author's approach was to interview 30 football managers and glean nuggets of information relating to football management, so the book has chapters on:

The scale of the task, creating a winning environment , delivering results, personal leadership and 'great challenges'. Each of these themes have sub-sections dominated by one manager in particular. So when it comes to handling "outrageous talent" who better to speak to than Jose Mourinho?

Overall this makes for a really interesting read. What is not surprising is how many of the tips are lessons that can be applied in almost any leadership setting. It seems the techniques wherever you go are pretty much identical, it's just that football is exceptional with its ultra short term expectations which makes for a football managers ultra-short professional life expectancy.

At the end I came away with a bit more insight into football management and I think a lot more sympathy for likes of Wenger and Moyes et al.
Some of the material is redundant and repetitive and some of the managers don't seem to be exemplars of good leadership unless you're looking to learn from their mistakes, but all in all a pretty interesting read.

Who will like it?

Football fans.
Those interested in management and leadership of any sort.

Who may dislike it?

Some with a lot of knowledge on this topic as it may be deemed superficial.


Don't Stop Believin' (Glee Cast Version)
Don't Stop Believin' (Glee Cast Version)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slightly jazzed up and spangly version of Journey's original ..., 10 Sept. 2014
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A slightly jazzed up and spangly version of Journey's original. On four out of seven days of the week I prefer journey's version, for the rest the Glee cast do a fitting cover of the song.


Vortex (Tempest)
Vortex (Tempest)
by Julie Cross
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I have to admit to being bitterly disappointed by this sequel [see my original review if you ..., 10 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Vortex (Tempest) (Hardcover)
Hmmmm; I have to admit to being bitterly disappointed by this sequel [see my original review if you wish]- which you should read if you are contemplating buying this book. A real shame as Tempest was so outstandingly good.It's not bad by any means, just a let-down.


Swanson Ultra Celadrin Joint Cream (118ml)
Swanson Ultra Celadrin Joint Cream (118ml)
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Price: £15.34

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars is easy to use and rub in, 10 Sept. 2014
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Comes properly packaged and sealed, is easy to use and rub in. It's not offensively smelling and no side-effects experienced to date. Seems to help with musculoskeletal issues.


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