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Panasonic Smart VIERA TX-P50VT30B 50-inch Full HD 1080p 3D 600Hz Internet-Ready Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (Installation Recommended)
Panasonic Smart VIERA TX-P50VT30B 50-inch Full HD 1080p 3D 600Hz Internet-Ready Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (Installation Recommended)

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic TV, 15 July 2011
I took a long time to decide what model to buy. A friend has the TXP50V20B and it looked fantastic, but is now an old model and does not have 3D. I therefore looked at the TXP50GT30B, which is a 2011 model, but the mid-range model. It's about £500 cheaper that the VT model; however, it doesn't come with any 3D glasses (about £100 each) or with a wireless dongle (about £80). Therefore the price differential between them is only really £220 or so. Once I realised that, I went for the VT and am glad I did - it is a fantastic TV!
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The Family Way
The Family Way
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but not a great novel, 28 April 2005
This review is from: The Family Way (Paperback)
Well, for me, it was something in between.
The good things about this novel are: (i) it's a cracking read - you will find yourself immersed in the story and almost unable to put the book down; (ii) as usual, Tony Parson delivers some amazingly poignant insights into marriage and parenthood that strike a real chord; (iii) the relationship between the three sisters is genuinely touching and portrayed particularly well; and (iv) this novel will make you think and ponder and want to discuss.
However, the novel does have its faults. In particular, Tony Parsons does seem to have a problem with creating and developing male characters.
The ultimate litmus test is whether I would recommend The Family Way to others. Well, despite the faults and irritations, my answer would be "yes". In fact, I have actually already recommended it to my wife.


Sony ICF-C115 Cube design clock radio - Silver
Sony ICF-C115 Cube design clock radio - Silver

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the box, 1 April 2005
I am very pleased with the clock. The time is displayed in large green lights so that I can see it at night without having to put my glasses on, the radio reception is clear, there are two separate alarms (one radio, one buzzer) and it is compact and looks good. And the price is right!


New Spring: A Wheel of Time Prequel
New Spring: A Wheel of Time Prequel
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jordan returns to form, 1 April 2005
Like many other fans of The Wheel of Time series, I have been becoming increasingly disillusioned with the later instalments in the epic. However, this prequel is a good return to form from Robert Jordan.
A lot of the "padding" (e.g. long and pointless descriptions, women drinking tea and clutching and smoothing skirts etc.) has gone, which means that New Spring is much shorter than the more recent novels, which is a good thing in my opinion. There is also a lot of action and the storyline canters along at a good pace.
OK, some of irritations are still there (in particular, Jordan appears unable to develop female characters very well, as the younger Moiraine and Siuan as Accepted and new Aes Sedai are a little too similar in behaviour and character to Elayne, Egwene and Nynaeve and almost unrecognisable from the older versions of themselves portrayed in the novels that follow), but all in all a good novel that will be enjoyed by fans of WoT.


Dissolution (The Shardlake Series)
Dissolution (The Shardlake Series)
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 19 Jan. 2005
A very readable piece of historical "whodunnit" fiction. Although not in the league, in terms of literary stakes, as Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose (readers will probably remember the movie, if not the novel) or Barry Unsworth's Morality Play (both of which I can also recommend to people who enjoyed Dissolution), this novel still compares favourably to both, perhaps because of the evocation of the monastic setting and the period in which all three novels are set.
The novel kept the suspense throughout and, although it did degenerate somewhat into the somewhat cliched "action" denouement (a chase to the top of the bell tower, a struggle and the villain finally toppling over the edge to fall to his death - you can almost see the Hollywood movie adaption on its way), this did not detract too much from the enjoyment.
I shall be looking out for the next instalment with interest!


Good Morning Maisy [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Good Morning Maisy [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Artist Not Provided
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £6.45

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 Jan. 2005
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The accent of the American narrator on most of the episodes on this DVD (not a patch on Neil Morrisey) took a bit of getting used to, but once you get over that, there's no doubt that this is an excellent DVD. The episodes are much more educational - teaching numbers, colours and letters. There are about 250 minutes of episodes on this DVD, as opposed to 60 minutes on Maisy's Farm and Maisy's Christmas. In addition, all of the Maisy's Farm episodes are INCLUDED in this DVD!!
My 2 year old daughter loves it.


The Namesake
The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of many levels, 21 Dec. 2004
This review is from: The Namesake (Paperback)
This was one of a very few novels that has left a haunting impression on me long after I finished reading it. It is written in a style that is deceptively easier to read and its characters (particularly Ashima Ganguli) well drawn-out and likeable.
In terms of actual events, nothing really out of the ordinary happens in this novel - it is really the story of an immigrant family and their life in a new country. But beneath the surface, there is much more going on - the struggles of being an immigrant in a new country and culture, far away from home and family, the resulting conflict between parents and their children, born in the adopted country, who have different values and even different first language, the confusion of "second generation" immigrants over their identity and struggle to find oneself.
An excellent novel and an excellent read!


The Gruffalo's Child
The Gruffalo's Child
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original, 15 Oct. 2004
This review is from: The Gruffalo's Child (Hardcover)
My 19 month old daughter loves the original Gruffalo story - when read aloud, the lines have such rhythm that she waves her arms in keeping with the beat (e.g. "All was quiet in the deep dark wood/The mouse found a nut and the nut was good").
We looked forward to the sequel but unfortunately the story is not as good and the rhythm in the writing seems to have gone.
It is still good, but only as good as the many other good children's books that are available.
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BT Diverse 5250 DECT With Answer Machine and Additional Handset and Charger Navy/Silver
BT Diverse 5250 DECT With Answer Machine and Additional Handset and Charger Navy/Silver

94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent phone - only very minor gripes, 24 Oct. 2003
I was looking for a new DECT phone (to replace by 3 year old Phillips Onis) that had the minimum of the following criteria: (i) handsfree; (ii) answerphone; and (iii) long range. I had problems with the Phillips (it kept cutting out, even though I changed the batteries), so decided to look at BT. I couldn't find any reviews of the 5250, so "went out on a limb" (it was a choice between that and the older BT Synergy 3500).
I am glad that I did - the 5250 fulfilled my minimum requirements and much more. To start off, it looks great (the pictures don't do it justice). The handsets are small (but not too small), the display large (but not too large) and the clarity is excellent. The phone and answering machine are fairly simple to use - the phone operates in a similar way to mobile phones (I have a Nokia mobile and found adjusting to the BT menu style very easy). The added bonus is the SMS facility, which is handy to have (unless you always leave your mobile phone on at home).
The reasons for 4 stars rather than 5 stars are the following: (i) the address books are not shared between handsets, so you have to enter friends' and family's numbers into EACH handset; (ii) the SMS service is a little unreliable (sometimes I send text messages from my mobile and they are not received until a few days later); (iii) to send a message to the phone, you have to send it to a different telephone number, with your home number written into the body of the text message; and (iv) the ringing tones are a bit naff.


BT Diverse 5250 DECT Cordless Phone With Answer Machine
BT Diverse 5250 DECT Cordless Phone With Answer Machine

73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent phone - only very minor gripes, 8 Oct. 2003
I was looking for a new DECT phone (to replace by 3 year old Phillips Onis) that had the minimum of the following criteria: (i) handsfree; (ii) answerphone; and (iii) long range. I had problems with the Phillips (it kept cutting out, even though I changed the batteries), so decided to look at BT. I couldn't find any reviews of the 5250, so "went out on a limb" (it was a choice between that and the older BT Synergy 3500).
I am glad that I did - the 5250 fulfilled my minimum requirements and much more. To start off, it looks great (the pictures don't do it justice). The handsets are small (but not too small), the display large (but not too large) and the clarity is excellent. The phone and answering machine are fairly simple to use - the phone operates in a similar way to mobile phones (I have a Nokia mobile and found adjusting to the BT menu style very easy). The added bonus is the SMS facility, which is handy to have (unless you always leave your mobile phone on at home).
The reasons for 4 stars rather than 5 stars are the following: (i) the address books are not shared between handsets, so you have to enter friends' and family's numbers into EACH handset; (ii) the SMS service is a little unreliable (sometimes I send text messages from my mobile and they are not received until a few days later); (iii) to send a message to the phone, you have to send it to a different telephone number, with your home number written into the body of the text message; and (iv) the ringing tones are a bit naff.


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