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HTC One X Sim Free Smartphone - Grey (discontinued by manufacturer)
HTC One X Sim Free Smartphone - Grey (discontinued by manufacturer)

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars big hype, bad phone., 3 May 2012
It's difficult to find a place to begin with this handset. It's like its trying to do too much. Sure it has a quad core.and an LCD2 screen. If you polish a turd, it's still a turd.

I moved from the iPhone 4 to this expecting a huge upgrade in power, responsiveness, entertainment, and useability. I actually got a downgrade in all but one.

This is the most buggy, lag-tactic phone I've ever owned, I get more hang-time than Michael Jordan! Everything seems to lag it out, from basic webpages to its own functions like the alarms, and music player. Three.times it has glitched on the alarm and I've had to restart the phone to get the alarm to turn off.

It never wors out the justification for webpages, and some apps, making them unusable. The auto correct function while writing is the worst I've ever used. On some sites it refuses to type in anything but capitals, I have three separate web browsers just to cover the the failings of each.

The phone in general seems less responsive and smooth, compared to the iPhones (even the ancient 3G).
I was so looking forward to having this phone. But now I wish I'd just kept my iPhone or got the Samsung galaxy note.

Bad show HTC
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Lee Mack - Going Out Live [DVD]
Lee Mack - Going Out Live [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lee Mack
Price: £3.70

2.0 out of 5 stars Should have gone out..., 20 April 2012
After watching and thoroughly enjoying "Lee Mack - Live", and "Not Going Out", I had good expectations for this.

Sadly something wasn't happening, the joke delivery of the previous stand up DVD "Lee Mack Live" wasn't there. Lee's sharp humour and quick wit was'nt as sharp or as quick.

He seemed sporadic and erratic never stopped walking around the stage at a nervous pace. The jokes were unhinged and sometimes nonsensical. Which meant that most of the time I simply smiled at the jokes as opposed to laughing at them, while 'Not Going Out' and 'Lee Mack Live' had me and my partner in stitches.
The odd delivery is reflected in the audience as they react to some of his jokes, you can hear their hesitation in the sound of their laughing, when the jokes fell flat. Lee seemed to be even more neurotic than was needed, the gags dragged a lot of the time.

It soon began to draw long and tiresome, by halfway through I was beginning to become bored and loosing interest. I stuck with it, and there were some good gags but they were few and far between.

The redeeming feature was the encore where he came back and answered/ridiculed questions from audience members. That was much more like the old Lee Mack I enjoyed watching, and was really funny.

It seemed a shame in all, and I'm sure if you enjoyed the previous stand up and/or Not Going Out, you may well be disappointed by this.

Explaining Physics: GCSE Edition
Explaining Physics: GCSE Edition
by Stephen Pople
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction, 2 April 2012
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I won't go into vast details, as physics cover all areas of science in the universe practically. This boom delivers a good cross section of GCSE level physics. It is explained in a way that is easy to understand but maintaining the detailed information you hope to learn. Many book can sacrifice detail for ease of understanding, this does not do this.

It's quite a solid book too, reading 373 pages of content. After each section a small test is presented so you can test your knowledge, and go I've the section again if you missed bits. It's great if like me you are a layman in physics and are looking to perhaps study physics at a higher level and want somewhere to start at home. It doesn't assume any real physics knowledge and only basic mathematics.

The main failing of the book I have found is it omits showing the workings of equations, in the small tests at the end of the sections; in the back you are presented with the correct answer but not how to get there. In some sections I also noticed that it would say "simplified and rearranged" (when regarding an equation or term) "would give us the correct answer...". What it doesn't do is actually show how the equation was simplified and rearranged to get to the answer given. This can be frustrating particularly for home-learners and can often lead to some time scouring Google for the solution.

Other than this the book is well worth the money, it's very 1980s and the pictures show their age (blokes with big mop haircuts and handle-bar moustaches) but the content is sound and well presented.

If you are considering learning physics for any reason from the ground up, you could do much worse than buying this book.

Stargate Atlantis - Season 5 - Complete [DVD]
Stargate Atlantis - Season 5 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Amanda Tapping
Price: £21.20

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame, 2 April 2012
Why oh why did Atlatis get cancelled? It was so good, in some ways; better than SG1. Nobody thought to pick it up for another five seasons? But they produced the lack-lustre Stargate Universe....

The fifth and final season of SGA is an odd bag as far as I'm concerned. It has all fhe great SGA storylines that follow on from or pick up from previous seasons. Also some very interesting stand alone episodes such as "The tracker", and "Deadalus Variations". But on the whole the season seemed rushed, like the writers and producers had become aware cancellation was imminent and had lost their passion

If you were hoping for an explosive rip-roaring ride for a last episode, you will probably be dissapointed. I know I was.
The penultimate episode "Vegas" was more interesting than the finale. Dealing with an alternate reality and taking on the feel of CSI, but retaining the SGA atmosphere. It was inspired. The last episode on the other hand was, pretty mundane if I'm honest.

Essentially a "Super" Hiveship is on it's way to Earth, it is powered by a ZPM, so it has super weapons and super defenses, this hive is made out to be as good as unstoppable. Atalantis takes off in pursuit flown by the cloned Dr.Beckett, while John gates it back to earth to beat them there.
Anyway, the suspense is built but never culminates in anything, and basically the team take out the hive as easily as they have dealt with other non-super hiveships before. The day is saved, and Atlantis is landed on earth. Ronon dies for about 5 minutes, Rodney works his usual technological magic, and Sheppherd flies a 302 with the usual heroism and disregard for his life.

So,... Nothing out of the ordinary, that's just it, the final episode is just like any other. In fact, less interesting or enjoyable than many others as well. It's just a "team destroys another HiveShip" episode basically. Which culminates in a sunrise type view of the team looking at the golden gate bridge.....oh, is that it? Well, yes.

The rest of the season is pretty good, and up to Atlantis' usual standards. There is a good two-parter with Daniel Jackson from SG1 working with McKay, its good and there is quite a twist, but then that's it. Another race is introduced and then killed off, shame. Still good episodically, with the ocaosonal curve-ball thrown in, and like I said, picking up older storylines which is nice.

This season lost a star for the few bad/dull episodes and another for the very bad finale, It just seemed to end too suddenly. In the first season, the seige of Atlantis took up 3 episodes, and was excellent. It's a shame it went out in such an un-amazing way, as Stargate Atalatis is a pretty amazing show.

Tricks Of The Mind
Tricks Of The Mind
by Derren Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 16 Mar 2012
This review is from: Tricks Of The Mind (Hardcover)
Derren Brown clearly has some intellect, and his style is very humorous on a level I believe many may have not encountered, especially if they just watch his shows. But still I beg of anyone who reads this to not learn at least one useful thing from it.

He covers much of what he does, and some tricks both of magic and mind for you to learn from and use. The memory feats were particularly interesting and they really do work.

His scope is broad in in depth, and this is the one place this book fails. After the initial, memory, magic tricks, and popular psychology laced with funny anecdotes from his university years and before, he becomes very academic. The last section of the book about bad thinking and pseudo science (which is a good third of the book give or take a few paged) it's quite a long read. Interesting enough but you do have to stick at it as it takes a much more academic tone compared to the rest of the book. It raises many interesting points and explores them from a number of angles, sometimes it feels as if Derren is pitching to impress his ideals upon you, but he does offer good evidence and form arguments. So this last section will probably inspire the most further reading from the better read of us readers, but may seem very dry and a little dull to the more casual reader.

This book offers many interesting insights into a very complex and clever mind, and is mostly a joy to read. Derrens' style can seem a little "toffee-nosed" and "aloof" but you have to look past this, and enjoy it for what it is; his style.

The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics
The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics
by Timothy Ferris
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Big book- easy access, 16 Mar 2012
This mighty tome is a real treasure.

If you are interested in anything mathematical, physical, or astronomical then this is a book for you. It covers a vast areas of topics by way of presenting them as articles by various writers in the three areas. Though the subjects are understandably complex, because of the presentation it does not suffer like many others do from reading like a text book. It is accessible and enjoyable.

Also because of it's structure you can dip in and out at your leisure, and it never suffers from becoming overwhelming. It can even be read and enjoyed by a "lay" person like me, I'm no physicist, or mathematician. it's certainly understandable, concise, and well presented.

Definitely worth every penny if these are areas of interest for you. A great compliment to any home library.

Ice Age 1-3 [DVD]
Ice Age 1-3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Romano
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant, 16 Mar 2012
This review is from: Ice Age 1-3 [DVD] (DVD)
The Ice Age trilogy delivers everything for the kids and so much for the adults in all three films. BlueSky really hit the nail on the head with these three.

Usually as films progress they become worse, no one knows the reasons, but thats the way it goes. Mainly films survive a sequel but not a trilogy. Ice Age breaks the ice in this concept an delivers three fantastic films with consistent quality, and rumours of a fourth which I'm sure will be just as good.

The characters are loveable and beautifully written, voice acted, and animated. The "set pieces" are fantastically detailed, bright and enjoyable. The main narratives are easy to follow for the kids, and offer enjoyment for adults too, especially as some of the humour would surely go over some children's heads, so it must have been included for the adults.

I feel that the only thing that improved over the Ice Age trilogy is the animation, as between 1 and 3 you can see the rendering has improved quite a lot. But other than that, the consistency, humour, and fun has all remained intact and central to the films, nothing has been lost.

Hugely enjoyable for children and adults alike, brilliant films. Great box set.

Hot Tub Time Machine [DVD]
Hot Tub Time Machine [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cusack
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Price: £3.43

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, 16 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Hot Tub Time Machine [DVD] (DVD)
This has to be one of the worst films I've had the misfortune of watching. I bought it because the story sounded funny and clever at the same time, a hot tub time machine. Sounds pretty good right?

From the outset this film was long winded, and pretty dull. It follows this oddly dry, very literal style of American humour. Much like that present in Horrible Bosses. Its just not funny because most of the jokes are very dry and then explained to you in a literal way. There is no clever referencing or subtle humour, it's either in your face, non-existantly dry, or just plain adolescent.

I won't go into the story as you can read that above. The acting was pretty wooden at best, and did nothing for the non-existent humour, I thought it was a comedy film, but sadly I was mistaken. The characters were dull, under developed, and mismatched to one another, non of them complimented or added anything to the others. I struggled right through until the end to see if at any point it got better, sadly it did not.

I was glad to remove this from my DVD player and take it straight down my local trade-in shop. If you like overly dry literal American humour this may be for you, if you want a genuinely funny, laugh out loud film then avoid this.

Aquarium Owner's Manual
Aquarium Owner's Manual
by Gina Sandford
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best list of fish and attributes, but certainly a handy book for the aquarist., 16 Mar 2012
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I bought this as a reference for my own freshwater tropical tank, I had done much research online and thought a book would help compile all this in to a nice easy sized, accessible volume. But....

The fish listings are sadly deprived and seem very basic indeed, they do not list good tank mates, or natural habitat. They have a "remarks" section for added info, but that only even seemed to cover breeding (which should really occupy a separate section). Some sections seemed non-existent and/or badly researched. The "loaches" section only covered three species, and did not even contain the most commonly known ones like the Zebra, Clown, and Yoyo loaches. The Harlequin Rasbora was oddly judged to be a very difficult fish to keep, while the Red-Tailed Black Shark was judged to be easier when it is in fact a much more challenging and larger fish to keep.

Other sections of the book seem vey comprehensive though, which suggests that material was sacrificed to satisfy a page limit imposed by the publishers. But where the book lacks information it makes up for it in other areas thankfully.

So all in all a good reference guide for both marine and freshwater tanks, including buying, stocking, setting, up, items you will need, and questions you should ask. If you want a book with a big list of fish this isn't it, but if you want a book with some pretty comprehensive coverage across many areas of fish-keeping you can't go far wrong with with, especially for the money.

A good book to add to the novices library, and a good little reference for the more experienced. Something for everyone.

The Road To Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
The Road To Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
by Sir Roger Penrose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a laymans guide, also, not a textbook either., 14 Mar 2012
I bought this book as I have a very keen interest in physics and all it encompasses. I was looking forward to digging into this heafty tome and furthering my knowledge as an un-academic person. There are many books out there that do a great job of explaining these complex subjects to the "layman" in a way thats digestible to the general public.

This book is NOT one of them.

As soon as you get past the introduction you are dumped headlong into serious degree level mathematics and physics. I am well read in this area, but the struggle became too much and I had to give up. The mathematics was so dense and complex that I handed it to a friend who lectures in Physics at a local University and asked if he could help me, he understood it obviously, but even he remarked that the author put things in such a complex an convoluted way that even he had to think twice on some of the subject matter before it made sense.
My friend explained one equation to me (one of the "simpler" ones) and then explained the easy way of putting it if you were writing for the layman, I understood it instantly, and also understood that the author really did go round the houses to explain things, or not explain them as it happened.

This book is a conundrum, it's "popular science" but it's certainly not written for the layman or even the well read amoung us, yet it is not an academic text either. Read "A Breif history of time" or "elegant universe" unless you have a degree in maths or physics.

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