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Original Windshield Mount 360' Rotate In-Car Windscreen Or Dash-mount Suction Holder Mount For Apple iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, 3G / iPod Touch 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G & more (Horizontal or Vertical Positioning) BY Móvil Cube
Original Windshield Mount 360' Rotate In-Car Windscreen Or Dash-mount Suction Holder Mount For Apple iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, 3G / iPod Touch 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G & more (Horizontal or Vertical Positioning) BY Móvil Cube
Offered by KINGSFAITH
Price: £2.03

3.0 out of 5 stars but it is not well designed to allow you to put an iPhone in vertically (it is much better if the iPhone is horizontal), 19 Nov. 2014
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The mount is usable, but it is not well designed to allow you to put an iPhone in vertically (it is much better if the iPhone is horizontal), but I want it to be able to follow Google map directions, and you really need it vertical for that, and also for the Music app. You can just about get the iPhone in the right position, but its tricky


Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life (Eastman Studies in Music)
Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life (Eastman Studies in Music)
by Bob Gilmore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended biography of Vivier, 23 Oct. 2014
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This is another excellent biography by Bob Gilmore (who wrote the definitive biography of Harry Partch), this time about the Canadian composer Claude Vivier, whose distinctive music is increasingly valued, and whose death in Paris in 1983 at the early age of 34, murdered by a male prostitute, adds a layer of intrigue to his life.

As ever Gilmore's prose is immaculate and very readable, and the book covers everything you might want to know about Vivier, including very concise and informative descriptions of the major works. Above all, however, Gilmore really brings Vivier alive to the reader, and understanding the composer's vivacious personality is key to understanding the music of this major composer. Highly recommended for anybody interested in Vivier's work.


Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else
Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else
by James Meek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 9 Oct. 2014
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This book is an incisive guide to how the Thatcherite and post-Thatcher privatisations have gone catastrophically wrong - not just from a left perspective, but in the terms that they were intended initially by the conservative governments (predominantly) who put them into practice. Looking in depth at several specific privatisations, Meek shows how many sectors of previously nationalised industries have fallen into the hands of companies owned by the state in other countries - such as French government owned EDF in the gas and electricity sector, and are not owned by small private shareholders - indeed the number of people owning shares has actually gone down.

At first I felt that Meek was spending too much time looking in detail into specific small cases rather than taking a broader view, but by the time you've read the whole book, which is extremely readable, you have gained the big picture nonetheless, and much of the detail is important and interesting. His concept of the privatisation of taxation is interesting, and shows how we are all effectively financing the profits of private companies or public companies in other countries. Essential reading for anybody concerned about the corporate takeover of Britain.


ALTURA Men's Mayhem Jacket 2014, Green, M
ALTURA Men's Mayhem Jacket 2014, Green, M
Offered by Millet Sports
Price: £83.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cycling jacket practical for everyday use as well, 9 Oct. 2014
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I had been looking for some time for a jacket which I could use on my bike but which would then be wearable when not on the bike (for instance when I cycle to the station and then take the train into London). So having decent pockets and a hood were important, plus it needs to look good. Whilst the colour is strong enough to achieve hi visibility on the bike, it certainly looks quite stylish and is extremely practical for general wear. The removable hood is excellent. So all in all its just what I was looking for.


Patrick Nunn: Sprite
Patrick Nunn: Sprite
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice piece beautifully played, 20 Jun. 2014
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A very nice short piece exquisitely played by Rosanna Ter-Berg - not many pieces for solo piccolo are worth hearing, but this one certainly is.


Laid Bare: Love Songs
Laid Bare: Love Songs

5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant collection of songs, 20 Jun. 2014
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A follow up to 2011's "Songspin", this is another fantastically performed collection of songs for 3 part a capella voices, featuring music by "crossover" artists such as Anna Meredith and Mica Levi (aka Micachu), by classical composers such as Gavin Bryars, Errollyn Wallen and Dai Fujikora, plus imaginative covers of songs by Erasure and Rhianna. Not all the remixes are perhaps quite up to scratch, but the bulk of the album is a terrific listen.


Mozart in the Jungle - Season 1
Mozart in the Jungle - Season 1
Dvd

5.0 out of 5 stars Original new series!, 22 Mar. 2014
It's great when something generally original comes out. Mozart in the Jungle is fab and I really hope they commission a full series.


My So-Called Life
My So-Called Life

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, 5 Mar. 2013
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Reviews have been a bit down on this album, supposedly thrown together quickly, and considered the worse for that. It's certainly not his most profound album, nor his most coherent, flitting about between different styles, but it's none the worse for that. Much as I love the best of the heavier breakcore material on other albums (and this is the follow on from 2009's "Filth", one of his more uncompromising discs), this offers a refreshingly entertaining change, with several jokey (if deliberately offensive) tracks early on (opener "Posers & Camera Phones", "Who Wants Cake" and particularly "Welfare Wednesday", designed to bring an adolescent smile to the face).
But it also includes some solid breakcore workouts, such as "Aaron2" and "Cadaverous", whilst also offering something extreme in "Ultraviolent Junglist". There is also an interesting remix of one of the great tracks from the "Rossz Csillag" album, "Hajnal"
However the best tracks for me are the two most gentle ones, "Goodbye9/Hello10" and the title track, both of which follow the successful formula of slow orchestral beginnings, gradually developing Snares' characteristic breakcore drum patterns over the top, whilst retaining their opening sense of melancholy - similar in style to tracks from "Rossz Csillag" and "My Downfall".
It may be the case that many of these tracks sound like they could be outtakes from other albums (and it may be that some of them do have origins in work for other albums - Snares has successfully done that before on "2370894"), but nonetheless the end result is a very enjoyable listen.


Cubist Reggae
Cubist Reggae

5.0 out of 5 stars Venetian Snares' best EP, 5 Mar. 2013
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Great little EP - you can guess the general direction of breakcore meets reggae from the title. The 4 tracks are really tight and brilliantly put together, getting progressively more complex from a relatively laid back start, thru to the immense rythmic complexity of the final track. Succinct and beautiful - his best work since Rossz Csillag in my opinion.


Brinsea Octagon 40 Advance Incubator with Autoturn Cradle AD42A
Brinsea Octagon 40 Advance Incubator with Autoturn Cradle AD42A

2.0 out of 5 stars Turning mechanism broke, 5 Mar. 2013
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The smaller 6 egg incubator works fine, but when we bought the larger one, the turning mechanism broke. Not sure if this was bad luck, but the incubator is pretty heavy, and I'm not sure the mechanism is up to the job.


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