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Riviera Line (PC DVD)
Riviera Line (PC DVD)
Price: £9.81

4.0 out of 5 stars I do not play the latest blockbuster games so my PC is quite modest (AMD E1-2500 APU with Radeon on board graphics) but it runs, 22 Sep 2014
This review is from: Riviera Line (PC DVD) (CD-ROM)
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I was quite surprised that this was a stand alone product. It installs via Steam (which you can sign up for free) and once installed, you can play it without a Steam or indeed an internet connection on the computer on which it is installed. The advantage of this system is that you can then play it on any other computer as long as you log into your Steam account,

I do not play the latest blockbuster games so my PC is quite modest (AMD E1-2500 APU with Radeon on board graphics) but it runs quite smoothly on the medium graphics setting in a window and the detail is fairly good. I tried it on maximum graphics setting and it ran OK albeit jerkily . I don't think it lost a lot in detail by reducing the graphics. It is after all a simulation rather than a game that needs fantastic scenery. You are going to be concentrating on the controls.

Having said that, there are many different views available. including two helicopter angles and a plane (a high top down view). This is one of my favourite stretches of railway line in the country and it a delight to drive a train along it even in simulation. Two trains are provided, a Pacer and a 125. More are available on Steam.

On the downside, there is no instruction manual included. There is a tutorial built into the game but this is of no use if you are using the main game as you can't access it. It would have been helpful to at least have a reference card to refer to containing the main controls (as was provided buy the original MS Train Simulator).

Also, this seems to be a PR exercise as you get bombarded with adverts for the full game and various add ons, particularly when waiting for the game to load.

This is a limited version of the full TS-2014. You could buy the full thing with more routes for a fiver or so more. If you are familiar with this line though, it is a joy to drive,


I Really Hate My Job [DVD]
I Really Hate My Job [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neve Campbell
Price: £7.25

2.0 out of 5 stars I am afraid that I found this film quite boring. The main premise is that everything is going ..., 22 Sep 2014
This review is from: I Really Hate My Job [DVD] (DVD)
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I am afraid that I found this film quite boring. The main premise is that everything is going wrong on a Soho restaurant and it builds up to the arrival of a big film star (Danny Huston playing himself). Unfortunately the story never really gets going. It has plenty of characterisation but no real story. Even the arrival of Danny Huston is low key although probably the best bit in the film (I won't give it away!).

The whole film seems cramped, being set totally inside the small restaurant with all scenes in the bar/restaurant and the kitchen. I would have given it one star but for the use of the superb Al Bowlly music and the fact that there are a few genuine laughs sprinkled sparingly throughout. Also, the cast seemed to gel well and gave a good performance of a poor script.


Lumie Zest Combination Light Therapy - Portable SAD Lamp and Wake-up Light to Improve Energy and Mood
Lumie Zest Combination Light Therapy - Portable SAD Lamp and Wake-up Light to Improve Energy and Mood
Price: £129.15

4.0 out of 5 stars although I'm pretty good at getting up, 17 Sep 2014
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I regularly have to get up for work at about 4:30am and, although I'm pretty good at getting up, in winter months when it is dark it can be a wrench to rise from my bed.

The wake up light function I found to be very effective as it gradually increases the light level from zero to full during the 15 or 30 minute period before the alarm goes off. I was a bit dubious whether it would help but I really did feel more refreshed and found it easier to get up due to the light, which is designed to be as close to natural light as possible. No more dark mornings!

As for the SAD function, I have tried this upon returning home from work and although I don't suffer badly from Seasonal Affective Disorder, I still found a benefit from the natural light that the unit produces. It helped perk me up after a hard day's work.

Settings are customisable so you can adjust the brightness and amount of time that the light shines for. It would ne nice to have a decent battery backup. As it is, it remembers the time for 30 minutes but this means that you need a backup alarm as it will be useless if you have a major power cut in the night.

This is the first such light I have used and have certainly found benefits from using it.


Remember, Remember
Remember, Remember
by Lisa Cutts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars The plot and characterisation are excellent throughout and I found that I had to keep ..., 12 Sep 2014
This review is from: Remember, Remember (Paperback)
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This is the first book by Lisa Cutts that I have read. I found that I got into it quite quickly. Despite it being the follow up to an earlier book, it is not necessary to have read that one. The essentials of the back story are given in the early chapters. The plot and characterisation are excellent throughout and I found that I had to keep reading.

One thing I liked is that the chapters are short, which means that when you do need to put the book down, it is easy to do so at a convenient point.

I did dislike the fact that it is written in the first person. This is a personal thing with me and I have dropped a star in the past for such misdemeanours (IMHO) but the story is so good that I will let it go on this occasion. My main problem with it is that it spoils the suspense when the protagonist gets into a life threatening situation. Ok, deep down, you know they'll come through but normally you can suspend belief. When written in the first person though, this is not possible as you know that they cannot have written it if they die.

If you want a quick and easy read with a good storyline that won't tax your brain too much, then I can recommend this title.


Shakespeare: The Tempest [Shakespeare's Globe on Screen] [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Shakespeare: The Tempest [Shakespeare's Globe on Screen] [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Roger Allam
Price: £15.34

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good introduction to Shakespeare, 4 Sep 2014
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This is a good introduction to Shakespeare. The plot isn't too convoluted and it is fairly easy to follow as long as you know the back story. The performance is very "user friendly" as well.

This particular production plays for laughs and the inflections and facial expressions of the actors enhance this. If you remember Roger Allam from "The Thick Of It", he plays Prospero in a similar vein with his dry humour. Jessie Buckley playing Miranda and Colin Morgan as Ariel play off of Prospero well and generate their own laughs.

The whole cast appear as if they are having fun and the audience also enjoy it despite the obvious rain (judging by the umbrellas present). Maybe this adds authenticity to the play though.


Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Hard Case and Auto Wake for iPad Air - Black
Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Hard Case and Auto Wake for iPad Air - Black
Offered by Office Nerd
Price: £103.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The iPad Air fits nicely into the case, 4 Sep 2014
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If you want quality, then quality is what you get with this keyboard/case.

The iPad Air fits nicely into the case, which folds around it when not in use. It is sturdy but lightweight and has a good quality feel to it. The case also acts as a stand when using the keyboard so it has the feel of a small laptop.

The keys are responsive and give a proper "click" when pressed so that it feels like a proper laptop keyboard rather than the springy rubbery cheap varieties.

It all folds up nicely into a strong carry case to protect the iPad. In addition, the keyboard folds around the back when not in use so that it can act like a normal tablet.

This isn't cheap (although by Apple standards it's not badly priced) but you definitely get what you pay for.


Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 8 Refills)
Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 8 Refills)
Price: £30.64

5.0 out of 5 stars My Braun Oral-B toothbrush gives me the best cleaning I had ever had from an electric toothbrush ..., 29 Aug 2014
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My Braun Oral-B toothbrush gives me the best cleaning I had ever had from an electric toothbrush (even my dentist remarked upon my cleaning) and these toothbrush heads fit most toothbrushes of this brand.

I found these heads comfortable to use and gave a refreshing feel to my teeth and gums when the cleaning process was complete. You can certainly feel the bristles getting between the teeth.

I don't think the price is too bad considering the good quality and, with 8 heads in the pack, they should last two years if you change them every three months as per the normal recommendation.

A word of warning though. The brush heads are quite firm so if you prefer a softer brush, they might not be suitable. However, for medium to firm toothbrush users, they are ideal.


Absolutely Nasty® Kakuro Level Two
Absolutely Nasty® Kakuro Level Two
by Conceptis Puzzles
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £5.48

5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to get a puzzle book that challenges from the ..., 27 Aug 2014
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My goodness. This is only level 2 and I am struggling. It's great to get a puzzle book that challenges from the start without having to go through loads of boring easy puzzles.

Not suitable for those new to this type of puzzle but if you are fairly adept, this is a good set of puzzles to get your teeth into. I love it.


Leitz Style A5 Soft Cover Ruled Notebook - Titan Blue
Leitz Style A5 Soft Cover Ruled Notebook - Titan Blue
Price: £22.28

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The paper may be good quality although the whole unit doesn't particularly feel special, 27 Aug 2014
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This is basically just a notebook with a couple of ribbon bookmarks and a (very) few post it type silver coloured sticky markers in the back.

The folder in the back to hold documents (small documents due to the size of the notebook) tore as soon as I put something in and tried to get it out again.

The paper may be good quality although the whole unit doesn't particularly feel special. The price is way too high for this.


Ultranatura Premium Stainless Steel Grill Tool Set - 3-Piece Set in Aluminium Case
Ultranatura Premium Stainless Steel Grill Tool Set - 3-Piece Set in Aluminium Case
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These are good quality tools and have a solid feel to them ..., 26 Aug 2014
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These are good quality tools and have a solid feel to them despite being very light. With the aluminium case, they would be ideal for, say, a portable barbecue on a picnic or for taking to someone else's barbecue if they need tools.

The insulated handles are useful to avoid burning that pure metal tools cause if kept on the heat.


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