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Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset
Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset
Price: £18.71

2.0 out of 5 stars Microphone doesn't work., 15 Sept. 2015
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I bought this to use with Rosetta Stone, as I am learning Greek, and I got fed up with shouting at my computer's built-in mic. But I have not been able to get the microphone to work, The headphones are great, and very comfortable, but I cannot use it for the purpose for which I bought it, And looking at Microsoft's forums, I am far from the only person with this problem. Don't waste your money.


The Bling Ring
The Bling Ring
Dvd
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Might have worked better as a short, 21 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The Bling Ring (DVD)
This movie was based on a magazine article, and it seemed a little slight as a result. There really wasn't a lot of story there, as evidenced by the fact that it only ran 91 minutes despite being directed by Sofia Coppola, a filmmaker not exactly famed for her lean, economical storytelling. She often leaves the camera running for several minutes after most directors would have cut away, adding to the suspicion that this was padded out to make it feature-length. But the young cast give great performances, and who would have suspected that Emma Watson could do such a convincing Valley Girl accent?


Terry's Gert Lush Guide to Bristol (DVD)
Terry's Gert Lush Guide to Bristol (DVD)
Dvd ~ Terry the odd job man

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better in YouTube form, 28 Feb. 2014
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I bought this after seeing some of Terry's videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, something that is funny in 4-minute bursts can start to drag on an 80-minute DVD, and such was the case here. I didn't make it to the end, but I doubt it got any better.


Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide)
Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The 2 stars are only for the Kindle edition, 2 Jan. 2014
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Maltin's guide is as essential as it ever was, but buying it in ebook form was a bad mistake. The table of contents allows you to navigate by the first letter in a film's title, but given that each section still contains thousands of films, this doesn't help much, and even if you type the full title of a film into the search box, it still takes an eternity to find the film you are looking for due to the book's length. For this book to work as an ebook, the table of contents needs to be much longer, with sections being based on the first three letters of the title, to allow the book to be browsed in much the same way as the print edition.


Teutonic mythology
Teutonic mythology
Price: £0.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Frankly unreadable, 14 Jun. 2013
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The one star is not for Jacob Grimm's seminal work, nor for James Stallybrass's translation. Rather, it is for the inept digitisation which has rendered the Kindle edition into gibberish. I know it's only 77p, but when I pay money for an ebook, I expect to be able to read it. Guess I'll have to go back to the HTML edition on www.northvegr.org. Not the best way to read a book, but at least it's legible.


Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs to Know
Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs to Know
by Todd Klick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both more and less prescriptive than Save the Cat et al, 28 Jan. 2012
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This is another book on story structure, but this one gives a page-by-page breakdown of the structure of a screenplay. The common threads are specific enough to be useful, but vague enough to allow for a considerable amount of creative freedom. It is probably best used at the rewriting stage, rather than for a first draft, to help you see if your screenplay is hitting the beats; or when adapting a screenplay from another medium, to help identify where the different parts of the source material should go in the screenplay.


COLLINS POCKET GUIDE TO BRITISH BIRDS
COLLINS POCKET GUIDE TO BRITISH BIRDS
by R A RICHARDSON R S R FITTER
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book on its subject ever published, 5 Oct. 2010
I first obtained this book when I was a kid, from a sale at my school library. It was the book that first got me into birdwatching. The descriptions of each bird on the British List at the time of publication are thorough and comprehensive, and the illustrations by RA Richardson are outstanding. But what really sets it apart from its peers is what is known as "The Key". This is nothing short of a database of British birds, from the days before databases were invented. Birds are indexed by plumage colour, size, structural features (e.g. bill shape, crest etc.), habitat, social behaviour and migration seasons. It is therefore possible to identify birds with an amazing degree of specificity. For example, if you see a black, crow-sized bird with a curved red bill in a quarry or inland cliff, you can cross-reference the appropriate sections with the illustrations and positively identify it as a Chough. Perfect for novice, as well as more experienced, ornithologists.

The only drawbacks are that the word "Pocket" in the title is a bit of a misnomer (you'd need pretty big pockets), and that as it is over 50 years old, some of the information is out of date. New birds have established themselves in the wild (e.g. the Ring-Necked Parakeet) and birds that were once rare have become common, and vice versa. If anyone from Collins is reading this...time for an updated edition?


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