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Qwik Tune Auto Guitar Tuner
Qwik Tune Auto Guitar Tuner
Offered by Maison Tasset
Price: £12.75

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars newb, 14 Jun. 2007
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okay, so I'm not an amazin' guitar player or anything, so this thing was actually very useful. The little light thing tells you you're hitting the correct note, it automatically powers down after 2 minutes of non-use saving your batteries, it's a doddle to use.

Can't fault it.

Mayfair Games - The Settlers of Catan
Mayfair Games - The Settlers of Catan
Offered by FHL Store
Price: £104.13

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive as.., 9 May 2007
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This game is awesome. It takes a little while to get all the rules down (particularly if you're introducing newbies to one of the expansion packs) but once you get the hang of it, it's a real treat.

Things that are great about this game:

-board changes every time, so strategies have to be subtly adjusted to cope with the new island layout.

-every decision YOU agree to.. unlike risk, where other people can invade you, or monopoly, where if you land on someone's plot, you have to pay them, the majority of Settlers decisions (trades mostly) you agree to.

-strategies evenly weighted. There isn't a definitive strategy to win, sometimes one strategy will work, sometimes others. Many decisions require a lot of thought as to which option to choose.

-negotiations. loads of them. offering other players all sorts of combinations of resources to get what you want.

-your stuff is safe. ish. Once you've got a settlement, it can't be attacked - you don't lose it. although if you're doing particularly well, you might become a target for the robber!
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Precision Pool
Precision Pool
by Gerry Kanov
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not geared up for the English game, 2 Feb. 2007
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This review is from: Precision Pool (Paperback)
Okay, so it's a good book, and a lot of it is applicable to all cue sports, but it is very geared up towards the American style tables, bigger (slower!?) balls, bigger pockets and those markers down the side of the table that really help to gauge how to do bank (cushion) shots.

Also terminology is all American, but there's a glossary in the back that helps translate pool-American to pool-English. At first skim I felt like a bit of a dunce because I didn't know most of the terms the author uses - e.g. referring to side-spin as "Side-English" etc. got a bit confusing.

That said, it's a good price book, worth having in a collection, but if you want only one definitive book for the English game, this isn't it.

The diagrams are all good and straight forward, and the vocab/writing style is easy enough to understand (once you reconcile the technical naming conventions). I liked the book well enough, but not enough to rate it especially highly.
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The Struggle (Th1nk)
The Struggle (Th1nk)
by Steve Gerali
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars result!, 27 Jun. 2006
This review is from: The Struggle (Th1nk) (Paperback)
a different take on how a guy can cope with the one sin that every guy struggles with. Rather than condemning it outright, as many seem to do, and focussing on ways to combat and prevent it - Steve takes a Biblical view on the activity, and points out many of the misconceptions over the least talked of of sins. I found this book to be incredibly freeing, and has helped me in my spiritual life, and attitudes towards lust and masturbation

Canon Digital IXUS 30  Digital Camera
Canon Digital IXUS 30 Digital Camera

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yes!, 1 Feb. 2006
This is an ace camera, loads of features for the size, massive screen on the back, video reasonably good quality, size, 3xzoom, the size of the thing. Did I mention the size of the thing.
I love Ixus 30, but recently had to opt for cheaper option as I lost one on a night out and broke the other one by packing it too tightly into an oversquashed suitcase. Apart from that, treat it well and it will do everything the everyday digisnapper needs.

24: Season Four DVD Collection [DVD]
24: Season Four DVD Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kiefer Sutherland
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £8.47

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gosh Darnit they've done it again, 30 Nov. 2005
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Basically the same as all the other reviews really, a near perfect series! The thing this one has over the other series is that Jack has pretty much met his match, as he first encounters Marwan quite early in the series and then they move and counter for the rest of the series. The way the characters get re-introduced is excellent, and the last 4 episodes pretty much have to be watched back to back!

Garden State [DVD]
Garden State [DVD]
Dvd ~ Zach Braff
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.16

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice, 26 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Garden State [DVD] (DVD)
Good film overall, very heartwarming. Not as good as a Scrubs episode, but then it shouldn't have to be - this is a different ball game after all. It's pretty standard Hollywood "boy finding himself" fare, but done with a bit of a twist. If you get the opportunity, then watch it! If you like Zach Braff, then obviously this will appeal to you, it's got a bit of an indie feel to it as well if you're into that sort of thing.

The Fire This Time
The Fire This Time
Price: £28.79

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important Music, 7 May 2003
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This review is from: The Fire This Time (Audio CD)
This album is important - it's a concept album with a political message. The basic idea is get a load of cool dance music and put a story over the top of it. In this case, the modern history of Iraq.
I first heard the track 'Get Thee Behind me' by Soma on John Peels Radio 1 show. I loved the way the dance tracks, sound clips and narration sit so well with each other. The best thing is, unlike Paul Oakenfolds 'Urban Soundtracks' the narration is the modern history of Iraq, so is a great way of getting facts in your head about the situation and the events surrounding the first gulf war. The fevour of the dance music sits well with both the gradually building and often erratic political shifts in the Gulf. Each track acts as if a 'chapter' in the story.
The album is definitely biased against the Americans - no bad thing I've heard some people say. Some of the facts mentioned may be questionable, and because of the release date the narration obviously doesn't cover recent events. Whether there will be a 'The Fire Next Time' album remains to be seen. I hope so.
And if you're not into all that, CD2 doesn't have the narration on it... The musical side of the album is also pretty good. I'm a fan of 'The Box' track and Aphex Twin is always good value, but without the narration, there are better albums out there. It's the fact that the album is really making a point, and putting a view across which otherwise probably wouldn't get heard - that is the important thing the makers are trying to do.

The Spirit of Terrorism
The Spirit of Terrorism
by Jean Baudrillard
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Magazine Article, 7 May 2003
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I've just read 'The Spirit of Terrorism' and was expecting better. Baudrillard makes good points about 9/11 being the great symbolic setback that globalisation was due, the war on terrorism being the fourth world war and globablisation being at war with itself. I just wish these could have been backed up with examples for better effect. My problem with this book is that it had some innovative ideas and insights into the significance of the event, but didn't really take the time to back up the reasoning behind them. Also the fact that much of 'The Spirit of Terrorism' is repeated in the second half -'Requiem for the twin towers'. Generally, not good value for money. I won't rule out reading it again - if only because it doesn't take that long!

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