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Lumie Bodyclock STARTER 30 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise and Sunset Features
Lumie Bodyclock STARTER 30 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise and Sunset Features
Price: £56.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly great, 4 Jan 2013
Info:
Decided to plump for this model instead of a more expensive Philips wake up light, having never used one before. Have now been using it for a few weeks.

Pros:
- I was sceptical of whether this would actually work, as I'm sure many are. I find that I still need a traditional alarm (a beeper is available on this model) but that the light helps me to wake up more gradually before the alarm goes off, making me feel livelier when I get up. However I wouldn't rely solely on the light to wake me up, at least not yet!
- The light from this unit is nicer and more natural than that of a standard lamp.
- Easy to set up and to replace the bulb (which are fairly reasonably priced).
- Good value compared to the Philips options, assuming you're just after a simple wake-up light.

Cons:
- This comment has come up before, but my main gripe is the noise of the buttons. It rather detracts from the calming morning atmosphere when you have to clunk about resetting the light. It seems a shame for the product to fail so badly there.
- On a similar theme, once woken you may want to put the light on a lower brightness while you get up. To do this, you have to turn the clock mode off and then fade the light to the required setting. Doing this first thing in the morning is pretty cumbersome.
- The 'fade-out only' option triggers a very loud beep from the unit, not very useful if you're going to bed after your other half!
- You seem only to be able to dim or turn off the main display (which is very bright at maximum) when the 'alarm' or 'fade-out' modes are enabled. It would be useful to reduce the brightness of the display without having to enter the wake-up or fade-out modes.

Other:
I'm impressed with what I've seen so far and it does what it needs to and little more. I feel livelier in the morning and it's a more calming way to awaken than with numerous alarms. However you, or a partner, may well have your peace disturbed by the noises the unit makes in operation.


Taking le Tiss
Taking le Tiss
by Matt Le Tissier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.11

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not entertaining, 29 Sep 2010
This review is from: Taking le Tiss (Hardcover)
This book offers an interesting insight into the life of Matt Le Tissier, but I found myself finishing it out of duty rather than a desire to keep reading.

In person, Le Tissier is a vibrant and humourous man. This sometimes comes across in some of the excellent anecdotes - anything about Richard Dryden somehow manages to provoke me into hysterics. However, in general, the book is a little flat.

Those who are familiar with the ghost-writer Graham Hiley will immediately recognise that the book has his stamp all over it. In places that it seems he is trying to paint himself as a hero of the club - reporting in all conditions to bring the latest news to the people. This isn't why people have bought Matt Le Tissier's autobiography. It is hard to imagine Le Tissier himself making these comments about Hiley.

There is also a half-hearted attempt at revealing a scandal. It seems that any footballer's autobiography now needs one, and it's depressing that they've felt the need to gain publicity this way.
Le Tissier clearly has a more of a story to tell than many of the other footballers releasing books these days - although staying at one club and earning only a handful of international caps gives only a limited scope for a good book. Anyone who isn't a Southampton fan is likely to tire of the constant relegation battles, but anyone who has been through them will enjoy the 'inside view'.

Matt Le Tissier's career was magnificent. This book simply doesn't do it justice.


Football Against The Enemy
Football Against The Enemy
by Simon Kuper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated and almost a little conceited, 29 Sep 2010
I wanted to love reading this book. However, it didn't quite live up to expectations.

It has clearly suffered from being written so long ago, as so many of the political circumstances described have changed hugely in the intervening years. Having read other reviews it's clear that, when it was first released, this was a pioneering attempt at examining the socio-political background of football.

Aside from the outdatedness, the writing style grates a little. So many passages begin with an 'exclusive interview' with a certain character. While it's impressive that the author has these connections, you begin to imagine that you are being told a story by the man in the local pub who claims he's friends with everyone 'off the telly.' As such, the regular "XXXX told me in the strictest confidence that..."-style passages become irritating. Conceited is perhaps the wrong word, but it's certainly getting that way.

Ultimately though, anyone with an interest in international football (club or country) will be able to appreciate and enjoy this book. If you find yourself lagging after the first chapter - stick with it, it gets better.


Use of Microphones (Media Manuals)
Use of Microphones (Media Manuals)
by Alec Nisbett
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and descriptive, 28 July 2010
This is a very useful reference for anyone looking for recording inspiration.

Set out logically and elegantly, the book is small enough to be kept close to hand - yet still contains enough detail to be valuable.

Of course, there is rarely a single correct way to use a microphone, but there are practices set out in this book that will ensure you will be well on your way to doing nothing wrong.

It suffers a little from being somewhat outdated, but is still a worthwhile point of reference for any engineer or technician.


And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years of British and Irish History
And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years of British and Irish History
by Charlie Connelly
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great read from a brilliant author, 28 July 2010
Charlie Connelly's naturally light hearted writing style suits this book brilliantly. Much of the success of the book can be attributed to the ease with which he delivers both historical information and travel anecdotes - at no point sounding forced or superfluous.

Despite possessing only a limited knowledge (and perhaps only a passing interest) of the historical figures covered, I was drawn in by the author's infectious enthusiasm for discovery. There is also a great range of history covered, spanning several thousand years and a wide area of Britain.

Not only has this book encouraged me to get out and about, it has broadened my horizons from the other Connelly titles I have read and enjoyed, 'Stamping Grounds' and 'Spirit High & Passion Pure'. Fellow readers of those books can be reassured that 'And Did Those Feet' touches on football nostalgia. For those who may wonder how football has its place in the story, the brief indulgence is suitably justified and contextualised!

This book will suit anybody with even a light interest in British history, the outdoors or travel writing. Its approachable style makes it an enjoyable read for either serious reading, or simply dipping in and out when time allows. A refreshing perspective on the history of these islands, 'And Did Those Feet' is without doubt one of the best books I've ever read.


Absolution
Absolution
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Where do you start?, 2 Oct 2003
This review is from: Absolution (Audio CD)
How do you describe this album? Incredible. As a long time Muse fan, this album does them justice and deserves it's place at the top of the charts (previously unknown territory really).
People keep asking me, "what is the best song?". To be honest I couldn't pinpoint one. They all have different sounds, and this is why people like Muse... because they are different.
Gone is the build-up-to-song-feedback of previous albums, but the same... alternative bit is still there. It sets them apart from the crowd (a very overpopulated crowd, looking for bands like Muse and The Darkness to tear away and create something NEW).
Put the CD in your player... and listen. 56 minutes long... (compare that to Linkin Park's pathetic half hour album!). Quite possibly the best hour you will spend that day. Which quickly becomes two hours... then two days... and so on.
If put on the spot, I would have to say that Hysteria is the best song. But tomorrow it will be Ruled By Secrecy. It will change everyday.
If you want to hear something good, and different, buy this album. Please. And save the World.


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