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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong picture!, 15 May 2012
The picture shown for this item is of the biorb ilight which sells for over £50. Some customers may think they're getting a bargain.

Hell's Best Kept Secret
Hell's Best Kept Secret
by Ray Comfort
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.50

9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "I began to approach each sinner in a gestapo-like manner", 19 Sep 2011
Just about sums up the manipulative, brain-washing, religious despot that Ray Comfort is. This book is basically a big stick. The theme behind it is: "I can't convert people by how good Jesus is so I will do it by saying how terrible hell is."
Comfort's first analogy, the parachute, is brilliant but not for the reasons he implies. It is virtually impossible to leave a pressurised airliner in flight and to successfully deploy a parachute. Also, to land safely without injury requires training and supervision. Not to mention you could land anywhere and, hence, be virtually impossible to trace. Moreover, if the pilot manages to land the plane, the parachute could then become a hindrance to a timely escape. Little wonder that airlines don't issue them.
To be fair it's only an analogy and, I maintain, a good one but not due to Comfort's reasoning. Technology and understanding has made air travel extremely safe. Statistically, the risk is that, even if you flew every day, you would expect to have only one air crash in 1,000 years. This tallies with the fact that if you apply logic, reason and common sense, you will understand that there is no hell. It's just a stick to make you believe what Ray and his ilk want you to.
Now, if you want to believe in the goodness of Jesus and his teachings that's an entirely different matter. That is a choice made in conscience not due to threat. It's easy to threaten, not so easy to enlighten. A not so effective analogy would be the carrot and the stick. Comfort is one big stick but Jesus' teachings are so much more than carrots and the only donkeys are the Christians that follow Comfort, Cameron et al .
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Offered by DEENOR
Price: £2.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit surprised., 31 Aug 2011
Bought one of these with reasonable expectations but was blown away by the quality of light from them. Bright but not cold.

I bought one because I wanted to see how good it was before buying a full set. Generally, the performance of these devices is notoriously disappointing but this one is superb. I bought it for the kitchen so it needed to work well and it does. I've now ordered a full set and as a plus I received a 5% discount from BrightLightz.

I'm a convert.

by Ray Comfort
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.42

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another disingenuous title from an inveterate liar and manipulator., 17 Aug 2011
There are plenty of Christians and members of other faiths out there who are honest and candid enough to say that they don't have all the answers but their faith feels right to them and gives them a route for life. There is no better answer than that. Faith is a matter of belief and each person has a right to their own.
It grieves, therefore, when people like Comfort lie and deceive for their own ends.
One example is all that's needed.
In the preface to this book Comfort states that Darwin wrote in his autobiography, "When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and I deserve to be called a Theist." He uses this to show that Darwin was far from being an atheist (Darwin actually described himself as agnostic).
The passage that this was taken from actually describes how Darwin's belief had dwindled and ends with the paragraph, "Nor must we overlook the probability of the constant inculcation in a belief in God on the minds of children producing so strong and perhaps an inherited effect on their brains not fully developed, that it would be as difficult for them to throw off their belief in God, as for the monkey to throw off its instinctive fear and hatred of a snake."
So the point that Darwin was making was not "I am a troubled Christian" but that a belief so wholly ingrained is hard to shake off.
The point I'm making is not whether Darwin was a Christian or not but that Ray Comfort must have read the entire passage, used what he wanted and discarded the part that gave the true meaning to the whole statement. It is dishonest and puts the rest of the text in doubt and this he achieves in the first few paragraphs. Ray Comfort is the worst sort of evangelist; one who is happy to lie and cheat providing he attains his goal.
There are good people out there with good honest arguments for faith. Trust them, not this charlatan.
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Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King
Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why four stars?, 26 Mar 2010
This is one of my all time favourite albums. Brilliant melodies, original lyrics, pounding beats. Probably up there with Dave's best.
So why only four stars?
Never really thought LeRoi Moore was an especially accomplished saxophonist until I heard this album. Rashawn Ross and Jeff Coffin are superb musicians but LeRoi's playing style was part of the band and, without any sentimentality, it shows.
Should you buy this album, then?
Yes, oh Yes, absolutely Yes.
Why fours stars, then?
Because LeRoi isn't on it.

Wii Music (Wii)
Wii Music (Wii)
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: £9.48

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice Box!, 6 April 2009
This review is from: Wii Music (Wii) (Video Game)
...and that's about it. The other reviews will tell you about it's game-play limits but what screwed it up for me is the time delay between the wiimote and the action on screen. Doesn't matter how good your sense of timing this game is always half a beat out and in music timing's half the battle. Get a copy of guitar hero instead and be a god!

Rush - Exit Stage Left [DVD] [1981]
Rush - Exit Stage Left [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Rush
Price: £9.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful!!!, 17 Jan 2009
Rush released a VHS recording around about 1980 called Exit Stage Left and, as far as I can tell, this is the same recording. But, if you are a Rush fan or just want good value for money there is a box set called Replay which has this disc and two others and a live recording of their Grace Under Pressure tour for not much more. It's a kind of visual history of Rush.

The Principle Of Moments
The Principle Of Moments
Price: £4.75

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laid-back and cool., 14 Nov 2008
The song "Big Log" is reason enough to by this album on its own. There are, however, enough other reasons to justify its purchase, Robbie Blunts beautiful guitar playing being far from the least of these. It's not Led Zeppelin but it's always a treat when one of your idols comes up with something different but on a par with their previous work.
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Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock - Guitar Bundle (PS2)
Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock - Guitar Bundle (PS2)

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I think it must just be me..., 30 Dec 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Once again, the GH team seem to have pulled a brilliant compillation of songs out of the hat. I wish genuine album compilers would be as intuitive. Even the songs I don't know (and there are as many as the ones I do,) I can't help but find them all catchy. And therein lies my problem and I know it's just me 'cos nobody else has complained about it.
I can't play this game. I don't know why, I don't have a problem with GH2 but with this game my timing is awful, even on level 1 (and for the metal heads who find the whole range easy, yes I know, shocking isn't it, just get over yourself and go get some fresh air. There's a whole world outside that dark hole you call a bedroom.). Other than that, it's still a great idea and great fun and, if you can do what I can't, you'll discover some excellent songs and some well observed aphorisms. Ah well, let's see what happens if I try it behind by head...

His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars In the best traditions of adult/child fantasy, 26 Aug 2007
This review is from: His Dark Materials (Hardcover)
A modern tale with overtones of Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. So what marks this tale out as different? The others use folklore or Christian tales as a basis (and there's nothing wrong with either) but Pullman uses both of those and modern particle science, specifically dark matter without turning these stories into a technical expose. On the contrary, these stories (I'm including the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass) are pure fiction, driven by characters as real as you'd meet. It's a little prosaic at times but the inclusion of accurate modern science and 19th century styled Oxford create a sublime vision. Well worth the read.

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