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Macally IceCam2 USB 2.0 Video Web Camera with Microphone
Macally IceCam2 USB 2.0 Video Web Camera with Microphone

5.0 out of 5 stars Mac-friendly and a bargain product, 23 April 2013
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Extremely easy to install (USB) - took about 20 seconds. No need to check for 'drivers'. Simply opened Skype, went to Skype preferences and changed the audio/video settings to what I wanted - it worked well although in order to increase mic volume on the camera I had to open system preferences and adjust slightly. Clear picture. It has an adjustable focus and the clamp works pretty well on an older Apple cinema display. I have an older MacPro 1.1 model running Lion 10.7.5.


The River Cafe Cook Book
The River Cafe Cook Book
by Rose Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.40

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 18 Feb 2009
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This volume has been in print now for a number of years and the recipes still feel fresh and challenging as well. It is not a book designed for those who don't already have some basic cooking skill - it is not a 'method' cookbook so if you need to know how to reduce a sauce properly etc then I should get something else to accompany this one e.g.Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Vol 1 for example. However, the recipes in themselves are largely uncomplicated with a focus on the very best of ingredients. There are a wide variety of vegetarian recipes such as Ribollita and Ricotta al forno (a wonderful green souffle), as well as a number of more unusual meat dishes too. Particularly good was the fascinating Pork Roasted with Balsamic Vinegar - one would expect this to be far too acidic and sharp, but with slow cooking, the meat (which is grilled first) is complimented by a rich thick treacle-like goo, not too sweet and with only a hint of acidity - an excellent dish especially for a large group as you can simply leave it to cook. Their game dishes are also very good and the timings of most recipes are pretty accurate for the average household oven. If you want to impress your friends and yourself with fabulous Italian dishes, then this is the book for you.


Five Seconds To Spare [DVD]
Five Seconds To Spare [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andy Serkis
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 3.00

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Brit flick, 3 July 2003
This review is from: Five Seconds To Spare [DVD] (DVD)
Quite why this film wasn't released on the large screen is beyond me! Five Seconds to Spare is an intelligent engaging black comedy about a musician trying to make a name for himself (Max Beesley) but who gets caught up in events of which he has little control. It is, however, quite unlike the standard "you muppet..." quasi-gangster films that seem to have bombarded the consciousness over the last few years. The cast brings together some unlikely elements in the forms of the scary Ray Winstone, the ultra talented musician-turned-actor Max Beesley, the hilarious Chris "I've lost my lucky plectrum" Marshall (from BBC's My Family) and even a cameo by John Peel (who unsurprisingly owns a record store in the film). Everyone has something important to say and do which makes for a refreshing change. The atmosphere is humerously dark and and has just the right amount of bleakness without being gimmicky. The score is unusual and very effective - much better the incessantly dull beat of the 'Lock Stock' ilk. The film is based on a cult-reading book by Jonathan Coe, and it is liklely that you will want to watch it again and again.


Mastering the Art of French Cooking: v.2: Vol 2 (Cookery Library)
Mastering the Art of French Cooking: v.2: Vol 2 (Cookery Library)
by Simone Beck
Edition: Paperback

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in the truest sense, 3 Mar 2003
I have owned this book for many years (since 1977) and it still remains as one of the finest books on the method of French cooking. It is thorough and easy to understand as long as you read the recipe very carefully and fully before you begin. The recipes themselves are presented so that the reader is introduced to the basic way of preparing and cooking something with variations following on from the master recipe in question. Volume 1 takes the reader through Soups (onion, garlic, vichyssoise being fine and tasty examples), through a fabulous chapter on sauces (white, brown, hollandaise, stocks etc) and moves on to some of the classic dishes for which the French are known (Coq au Vin, Pot-au-Fue). The only criticism I could think of was a slightly dissappointing chapter on fish - they only really mention sole (unsurprisingly perhaps). The puddings are particularly straightforward to follow and quite delicious (cheery clafoutie being particularly so). Some of the recipes do call for a particularly long time in the kitchen - especially for the traditional French loaf for example - but if you have time on your hands or a long weekend ahead, it is well worth the effort immersing yourself in the delights of making (perhaps) a wonderful choucroute a l'Alsacienne and enjoying the beautiful meaty aroma of a dish that takes at least 5 hours to cook.


The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche
Edition: Paperback

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just about living and dying, 29 Jun 2001
Sogyal Rinpoche's language is easy to understand and speaks directly to the heart. His moving account of his own personal experiences with death makes sure that readers quickly identify with what is regarded in the West as a bit of a taboo subject. Not only does he expound on Buddhist or specifically Dzogchen philsophy but he gives clear poetical examples and metaphors that enable the reader to experience the mind of an elightened teacher. He offers much insight on meditation and on the experiences that result. This is one of those books that becomes a sort of close companion especially if one feels lost or unable to cope with death (and perhaps life as well). The practice of Tonglen is one which many people have found to be particularly good in restoring feelings of love and compassion - something which is often lacking in our lives!


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