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WIRELESS PC TO STEREO AUDIO HIFI DIGITAL TRANSMITTER
WIRELESS PC TO STEREO AUDIO HIFI DIGITAL TRANSMITTER
Offered by Maplin_Webdeals
Price: £39.99

1.0 out of 5 stars What a let down, 8 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I've persevered with two of these devices and both have demonstrated the same failings unfortunately. From new they generally work ok, streaming music from the laptop to the stereo. I'm not an audio connoisseur so I can't say that I really noticed any lack of quality, it sounds OK and I've been happy at that point. However after a couple of months the connection starts to drop or can not be made between the dongle and the main unit plugged into the stereo, which is frustrating to say the least. Following the (extremely limited) troubleshooting directions within the instruction sheet provides a momentary burst of music, a second or two, before dropping again. Finally it is impossible to obtain any kind of connection at all. As I say, this has happened to me with two of these devices. There won't be a third. I'm find it hard to understand why, in this era of technology, it seems impossible to find a reliable device that can transmit music wirelessly between a laptop and a stereo, I guess I need to investigate a wired connection until someone can create something that actually works. Avoid wasting your money on this rubbish.


Slendertone Flex Unisex Ab Toning System
Slendertone Flex Unisex Ab Toning System
Price: £48.00

18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible little device, 8 April 2013
Please do not buy one of these belts in the belief that it will provide an easy and stress free way of toning your abs whilst you mooch around the house doing other things. This is a lie that is being sold.

Firstly, let me start by saying that, when this belt is working properly, then yes it really does work your abs. And once you get used to the strange sensation of the electrical current causing your muscles to tense intermittently then you can wander around and do other stuff. Granted you will be stopping every couple of seconds to bend over whilst your stomach muscles contract, but hey, no pain no gain right?

OK, that's the good stuff. Bad stuff now. Where to start. How about the fact that you have a scale from 1 - 99 to select from for workout intensity. Fair enough you might think, however within a couple of weeks of using the belt you'll be ready to work out, for 30 mins, on a full 99 intensity level. You might think you could just select 99 and let it do it's thing. No. You have to work your way up through each level, click at a time on the control panel, and whilst doing that the current doesn't break so if you want to maximise your workout by doing the longest possible session on level 99 you have to be prepared for about 2 minutes worth of constant stomach contraction whilst you work your way up..1...2...3...4...5... all the way to 99. If that wasn't bad enough you have to do your left side and your right side on different switches. Yes, that's right, the belt is also designed for those people that want a three pack, just one side of your abs toned, the other loose and flabby. In all seriousness I can see NO good reason for having a dual controls. And of course they don't work in synch, oh no, one will stop working as you're desperately trying to get to level 99 as quickly as possible then you realise that your right side is working hard and your left barely moving. Poor design and frustrating to use.

That to one side, the biggest frustration for me with this belt is the fact that it fails to work, like, 50% of the time. So I've got the belt on, trying to get up to level 99, one side is behind the other but I'm thinking if I get there quick then the other side can catch up and I'll get a good 25 minute workout on both sides. Then it stops and starts beeping. The current stops and it beeps. Just. Bl**dy. Beeps. So the connection is poor? Hmmm, new pads? Are they in the wrong place? Take belt off, refit, try again. Maybe get up another 10-20 levels then, beep beep bl**dy beep. Belt off again, check the connections, all seem OK, refit again really rubbing it on hard so that the sticky pads take. Away we go, up another 20, then back to the beeping. Jeeeeeeeezzz. I'm a reasonably calm chap but this thing is enough to drive me insane. It does this FREQUENTLY. New pads result in maybe problems one usage out of two, by the time the pads are a couple of weeks old it is every single time. Every. Single. Time.

My belt went in the bin. I invested in a medicine ball and now do four sets of 25 sit ups twice a day with the medicine ball on my chest. OK, it's low tech but it's sooooooooo much less stress than trying to use the "Slendertone Flex" that I think my blood pressure has improved.
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The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
by Michael Dibdin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kept expecting it to get better, 1 Mar 2013
Found this to be massively disappointing, having high hopes initially regarding a meeting between Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper. I won't write any spoilers here for anyone wishing to give it a go for themselves, however I found the further in the book I got and the more I was expecting Holmes to start resembling the character I know and love, the more that the Holmes in this book became a offensive impersonator. The ending, whilst attempting to be shocking and emotional is obvious and uncomfortable for anyone with any love of the character. Avoid.


WD My Passport Essential 500 GB Midnight Black Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0)
WD My Passport Essential 500 GB Midnight Black Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0)

1.0 out of 5 stars Fine for a short time, 5 July 2012
I've had the misfortune to have owned three of these over the last few years, and on each occassion they start out well and provide exactly what you are looking for; an expansion of space for your computer to store files on, in my case music. However in all three cases, without fail, each drive has invariably gone on to provide problems; intermittent connectivity issues, read/write failures etc. The last drive I used was fine for the first six months of so, I used it to sync music files between a desktop and my laptop, again though it started to fail, wouldn't complete write of the full data as it kept disconnecting mid write. My advice is to avoid.


Dominator
Dominator

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good, but not excellent, 26 April 2007
This review is from: Dominator (Audio CD)
The first thing that struck me on first listening to this album is the vast improvement in the mix. Once again we can actually understand what Blackie Lawless is singing as the lyrics are completely legible for the first time since, probably, Helldorado.

This album is a grower so don't judge it upon your first listen. The songs are well written, and performed, with a special mention going to Doug Blair for his exceptional guitar solos. Blackie's vocals are strong and rasping again and on the whole the man just seems to get better with age.

Having said that however, there are a couple of gripes. The album is a little short, at just over 40 minutes, and the last two sings (a reprise of an earlier track and another dreadful 12 bar rock n roll tune which is best left to Status Quo) are quite clearly there as filler. I'd also like to see Blackie chill a little bit with all the political stuff, on the Headless Children he managed to address some serious issues but still had some great fun songs like Mean Man and Rebel in the FDG. C'mon Blackie write the new Wild Child or Restless Gypsy for all us old romantics out there!!

On the whole, an excellent album, a vast imrovement on the last three and, whilst the songs are not AS good as those on Unholy Terror the infinitely superior mix makes up for this. One to buy.


The Neon God Part 2 - The Demise
The Neon God Part 2 - The Demise

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy part 1, skip this, 13 Mar 2005
As someone else has accurately written below, this really is a rehash of material from Part 1. I also was very disapointed with this release, especially after having been so impressed with NG P1.


Free Autographs by Mail: 4,000+ Verified Celebrity Addresses
Free Autographs by Mail: 4,000+ Verified Celebrity Addresses
by Cynthia Mattison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.28

3.0 out of 5 stars Aimed at an American audience, 13 Mar 2005
A reasonable book with contact information as you'd expect, a word of warning to anyone in the UK though. This book is aimed heavily at the American reader and therefore the vast majority of contact details are US based. Not a problem if you are simply looking for autographs however I was hoping to use this as a means of contacting UK based celebrities to assist with charity work.


The Power within: The Way of the Warrior and the Martial Arts in the European Tradition
The Power within: The Way of the Warrior and the Martial Arts in the European Tradition
by Nigel Pennick
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Home grown martial arts, 13 Mar 2005
In a society that is fascinated by eastern martial arts it makes a nice change to be able to find some documentation detailing the martial arts heralding from the west. All aspects are covered in this book from the magical influences in the early pagan traditions of combat right up to the modern day remains of western martial arts such as boxing, wrestling and fencing. A recommended book for anyone interested in combat and the history of it in these islands prior to the influx of chinese and japanese forms.


Fitness for Life
Fitness for Life
by Matt Roberts
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality fitness manual, 9 Jun 2004
This review is from: Fitness for Life (Hardcover)
As a recently qualified personal trainer myself I have had to read many books and manuals about this subject as you can imagine. Matt Roberts has, with this book, put all the information that any layman outside of the industry could need into one nifty, easy to read package. Each section goes into detail but without using jargon that will alienate, it is concise and clear with approachable and non threatening. It covers cardio training and resistance training and explains the needs and methods for both, it has a nice section devoted to dietary advice and ways people can easily improve their food intake and the training plans at the end really work, I can vouch for that as I have seen their effectiveness first hand. If you want to improve your fitness and/or physique then this is the book to get.


Tequila Sunrise [DVD] [1988]
Tequila Sunrise [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.83

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under rated classic, 22 Mar 2004
This review is from: Tequila Sunrise [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Any film featuring Michelle Pfieffer is worth watching, throw in a cast including Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell and Raul Julia and you've got some idea of how good this film is.
The complex love triangle between Pfieffer, Gibson and Russell is further complicated by the fact that Gibson and Russell are long time best friends, one is a drug dealer and the other a narcotics officer. Sure, it may be a little far fetched but it makes for good viewing.
Fans of Michelle Pfieffer will enjoy the steamy love scene with Mel Gibson whilst anyone who enjoys good music will find the soundtrack interesting. There is a wonderful piece of music written by Dave Grusin and featuring David Sanbourn on the saxaphone, a great duet from Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) and some other great tunes from bands such as Duran Duran, Crowded House and Ziggy Marley.
A good film for summer time.


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