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Canon Pixma iP4200 Inkjet Colour Photo Printer
Canon Pixma iP4200 Inkjet Colour Photo Printer

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars simply excellent printer, 25 Mar. 2006
with advances in technology, printers have become easier to use, more powerful and cheaper. The canon IP4200 is no exception. On photo paper it produces prints of photo-lab quality in next to no time on any size up to A4. It's compact, quiet, has two paper feeds (a manual sheet feeder and permanent bottom tray), is easy to install and set up, and appears to be frugal with ink. I haven't replaced any of the ink cartridges as yet, so I'm not sure how expensive this is likely to be, but I believe that pattern replacements are now available. Overall, this printer does exactly what you'd expect of a quality printer, but at a price that's a virtual give-away. Recommended.

Ringworld's Children
Ringworld's Children
by Larry Niven
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars will the real larry niven please stand up, 25 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Ringworld's Children (Paperback)
The ringworld and known space franchises are two of the best conceived ideas in the history of science fiction. "Ringworld" and "The Ringworld Engineers" are both a joy to read, whereas "The Ringworld Throne" is most definitely not. Fortunately, Larry Niven is back on form with the fourth (and possibly final?) ringworld book. "Ringworlds Children" continues louis wu's adventures aboard the enormous artificial ringworld and also fills in plenty of missing gaps about it's builders, the pak protectors - mankind's forefathers. The ringworld is under threat from other space-faring species, who all want to harvest the technology on offer without consideration for the effect on the billions of mankind-evolved inhabitants. Louis joins forces with the ghoul-people protector tunesmith and a newly-discovered protector, the only surviving member of the original pak who built the ringworld. Niven brings his incredible imagination to bear on the story, which is told in a far easier and involving manner than "The Ringworld Throne", and delivers an astonishing finale which had me re-reading it to make sure I'd read it right! Larry Niven, when he's of a mind, can deliver a story of pure hard science fiction wonder, and this book is a worthy companion to the first two ringworld novels

West Side Story [Special Edition] [DVD] [1961]
West Side Story [Special Edition] [DVD] [1961]
Dvd ~ Natalie Wood
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £4.65

57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best film musical ever, 25 Mar. 2006
What can you say about a film over 40 years old that still has the ability to captivate, excite and delight? The basic premise is that of romeo and juliet, brought into the 20th century new york gang culture. The Bernstein score still sounds fresh and vibrant, with it's jazzy yet flowing rhythms and melodies and the choreography is incredibly multi-layered but easy on the eye. The dancing is particularly impressive, with russ tamblyn and george chakiris leading the way. Okay, the singing voices of natalie wood and richard beymer are over-dubbed, but this should not detract from a musical which has the best score of any musical ever (great lyrics, too), and also some of the best choreography. A visual and aural treat.

Creative Zen Nano Plus 1GB - Black
Creative Zen Nano Plus 1GB - Black

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars value for money mp3 player, 25 Mar. 2006
after much deliberation between the zen nano plus and the 1GB ipod shuffle, I opted for the creative player on the basis of it being the cheaper option. I've owned creative mp3 players in the past and found them easy to live with, so I had no trepidation in buying the zen nano. It's small (obviously) but is simple and effective to use, with an excellent LCD screen and decent menu operations. The sound is very good, with preset and user-definable graphic equalizer and the packaged earbuds are effective, although maybe a little large. Battery life is also good, 12 hours or more, particularly if you don't use the backlight for the LCD screen. The only down side is the packaged software which suffers from the same malaise as all creative software in that it's too complex. It has to be said that all mp3 software manufacturers should take a leaf out of apple's book;- i-tunes is very simple and intuitive, yet powerful. Creative's media source software has too many windows and useless functions and is almost completely non-intuitive. Fortunately, you can add and delete tracks to the zen nano through windows explorer and ignore the software, so all is not lost. Overall, a very good player, let down slightly by the software.

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