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AmazonBasics Commercial Grade Garment Rack, Chrome
AmazonBasics Commercial Grade Garment Rack, Chrome

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, versatile and inexpensive garment rack, 1 July 2016
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This is a superb Garment Rack. The 'Basics' name may imply that it's somehow flimsy - it most certainly is not. Very easy to assemble, It is adjustable via sprung buttons in each vertical pole to three different heights - which can move the suspension bar from a lowly height for children's clothes to an impressive adult height that will be able to take full-length apparel. The heavy duty castors have brakes to root the frame to the spot, and there are even extendable poles within the hanging pole that provide a little extra hanging capability, but also help secure the frame into an alcove. It's an attractive shiny steel construction, and when not in use it can be taken apart with ease. This really is a great garment rack, and I am sure that it will provide yeoman service for years to come.


HALTI Retractable Lead, Medium, Red
HALTI Retractable Lead, Medium, Red
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Made, Durable Retractable dog lead, 30 Jun. 2016
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I have reviewed other Halti products elsewhere on Amazon, and I have found them to be overall soundly built, strong and durable items, that do their job very well indeed. This retractable dog lead is no exception; It has been designed very thoughtfully - for example, the inner handle is rubber-lined, making it easy to grip, the push lock on the top is very responsive, and requires only a little pressure to get it to lock securely, and the thin but very strong lead tape (which has reflective dots for good visibility in reduced light) retracts back into the handle housing swiftly. The clasp which affixes the lead to the dog collar is reassuringly heavy duty, too. I have no hesitation in recommending this product.


HALTI All-in-One Lead, Large, Red
HALTI All-in-One Lead, Large, Red
Price: £15.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Durable, strong and well thought out dog lead, 28 Jun. 2016
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Halti are a long-established manufacturer of pet products. This All-In-One lead scores highly for its durable quality - a robust nylon lead that copes with my large-ish Border Collie (a persistent 'puller') well. It has reflective dots for visibility in low light, and also an strongly protected 'shock absorbing' section. Being the owner of two dogs, one handy feature is that you can tie this lead around your waist as a belt, leaving your hands free. Also, the sprung clips are very strong - really useful. Overall, a well-made and clearly heavily thought-out dog lead.


D'Addario PW-CT-15 NS Micro Sound Hole Tuner
D'Addario PW-CT-15 NS Micro Sound Hole Tuner
Price: £17.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful tuning implement for sound-hole instruments, 28 Jun. 2016
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As an amateur guitarist, the issue of tuning your instrument - and keeping it so - is a constant chore (and bore). This is a handy little piece of kit for players of sound hole instruments - acoustic guitars, ukuleles, etc, and it is very easy to fit (but be careful - dropping it in the instrument itself (much like losing a plectrum in the body of the instrument) is a pain!). The tuner is easy to operate - there's an on / off switch to the left of the viewing panel, and a button to the right by which you can adjust tuner calibration. Although the push buttons are small, they should still be big enough for even a big-handed individual to be able to operate. The viewing screen goes from red (out of tune) to amber (almost there) and finally green (in tune). Of course, good as these things are, depending on your instrument, I find the real fine tuning can only be achieved by dedicated use of your own ears. Very good all the same, but obviously for acoustic instruments with a sound hole.


Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds
Price: £55.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stone Classic Album Given Respectful Treatment, 26 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Pet Sounds (Audio CD)
'Pet Sounds' is one of those albums that frequently ends up somewhere near the top of the 'Greatest Albums of All Time'. With good reason, of course, but it is curiously one of the most un-rock and roll albums of the rock era. The reason for this is the use of vocal harmony, and the utter lack of an orthodox rock and roll sound. Contemporary albums by The Beatles - 'Revolver' and The Rolling Stones - 'Aftermath' - both have recognisably rock and roll tropes such as guitar solos and twelve-bar rock songs. 'Pet Sounds' has guitars, but they're mostly electric twelve strings, and they're used on a textural basis, not for solos. No, 'Pet Sounds' scores because of the strength of Brian Wilson's ruminative and thoughtful songs, and the detailed keyboard, string and woodwind sections, and the use of Brian Wilson's exploratory bass guitar playing, which would influence Paul McCartney greatly. Wilson doesn't play riffs, but adds an almost Classical dimension to this instrument. Lyrically, this is so much removed from the 'Fun Fun Fun' / 'I Get Around' BBoys style - and is brilliant as a result. This Super Deluxe version is beautifully rendered, in a nice hard book with a bundle of extras, including a fin 5.1 surround sound version. This will still be an all-time great when it celebrates its 100 years in 2066.


Completely Under The Covers
Completely Under The Covers
Price: £15.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure Sure About the Eighties covers disc..., 22 Jun. 2016
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Nicely-packaged set of Matthew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs' loving recreations of covers of (largely) well-chosen items from the sixties, seventies, and eighties. I have only given this three stars, because I find that there's a bit of a quality drop when it comes to the eighties covers. That may largely be my problem, as I don't care for that many of the songs, frankly. I also think that some of the tracks aren't always ideally suited to either Sweet or Hoffs' voices. The Sixties and Seventies things get four stars, but the eighties stuff two and a half to three.


OPPO R7s Case,Nillkin®[With Screen Protector] Frosted Shield Hard Case Back Cover for OPPO R7s Red
OPPO R7s Case,Nillkin®[With Screen Protector] Frosted Shield Hard Case Back Cover for OPPO R7s Red
Offered by Shenzhen Nillkin Technology Co.,LTD
Price: £7.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate Protection - shame about 'Screen Protector' sheet, though, 22 Jun. 2016
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I recently acquired an OPPO R 7 smartphone - which I note do not appear to be available any more (shame - it's good!), and was looking for a suitable case. I acquired this, which works fine, except it comes with a 'screen protector', which is basically a sheet of clear plastic that covers it. I found that difficult to make work, but the red plastic cover does the job, is sturdy and looks attractive. Good service from dealer, too.


Mountains of.. -Deluxe-
Mountains of.. -Deluxe-
Price: £9.21

4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing Grower of An Album, 22 Jun. 2016
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Amos Lee, I understand, was the opening act on one of Adele's UK tours a few years back, and that much of his growing UK following is probably derived from that. He's an understated, low-key singer-songwriter, who mines a musical seam that has distant echoes of JJ Cale, even some stuff reminiscent of solo mark Knopfler, and vocally reminds me very much of the very early recordings of Tom Waits (circa his first album, 'Closing Time'), before he developed the jazzier, gravel-voiced approach. Musically, there's a bit of folkiness there, too, and some Gospel flavoured harmony vocals in the mix, too, and he has been quietly building a substantial and rewarding body of work that is highly listenable, if deliberately un-flashy and thoughtful. 'Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song' is an album that gains hugely from several concerted listenings - it is not necessarily something that you can sort of dip into and out of. The tracks flow and contrast nicely, from the banjo-driven stomp of Tricksters, Hucksters and Scamps and the reflective 'Dresser Drawer'. It's an accomplished and very rewarding listen, and well worth your financial investment. It's not instant, but the best albums often aren't, either!


Blaze Of Glory
Blaze Of Glory
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £11.12

4.0 out of 5 stars In With A Blaze of Glory, 20 Jun. 2016
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Game Theory featured the talented singer-songwriter Scott Miller, who would later front the Loud Family. Neither band were blessed with much more than that dreaded term - 'A Cult Band'. 'Blaze of Glory', originally released in 1982, was the first Game Theory album, and although it is, like many debut albums, not without its' faults, but now sounds full of callow charm and the sound of a band grasping at a defining style. Scott Miller could certainly craft a decent tune, and he was sometimes a little obtuse in the lyric department, but this all added to the Game Theory appeal. Omnivore have done a wonderful job in making 'Blaze' available again - I bought the coloured vinyl edition, which supplies you with a download card entitling you to an array of different rarities, radio sessions, demos, etc. Game Theory played jagged-edged US New Wave indie pop, and would go on to achieve a bit of popularity on the US College Radio circuit in the later 80s. Their best album, 'Big Shot Chronicles', has yet to be given the Omnivore treatment, but I look forward to its reappearance. In the meantime, this and the other Omnivore reissues of the GT catalogue will never be far from my stereo.


She Shot Me Down [VINYL]
She Shot Me Down [VINYL]
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Forget that 'Duets' nonsense; 'She Shot Me Down' is the most fitting swansong for one of the greatest!, 20 Jun. 2016
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Although Frank Sinatra would record albums after this (it was released in 1981), and it was not much of a seller at the time, 'She Shot Me Down' is his last great album. Sinatra's voice had refined down to a fine emery burr, and certainly is weightier than that of yore. However, his matchless phrasing was very much intact, and this, coupled with some fine arrangements, make for a work of consummate artistry and lasting worth. Don Costa and Gordon Jenkins add the arrangement upholstery around Sinatra's lived-in tones, and he doesn't so much sing these songs as inhabit them. There's an aching melancholy at work here, suavely parlayed though a set of vocal performances that are the work of a mature artist that probably though they may be his last go-round. Forget that 'Duets' nonsense; 'She Shot Me Down' is the most fitting swansong for one of the greatest vocalists of the twentieth century.


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