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Sennheiser HD201 Closed Dynamic Stereo headphones
Sennheiser HD201 Closed Dynamic Stereo headphones
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars very good value basic 'phones, 15 April 2013
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Don't expect amazing deep bass; you won't get it from these and they seem to distort ever so slightly on some 'difficult' sounds like exposed piano, middly clean electric guitar or some heavy mid-range synth when used at high volume. There's also a bit of sonic leakage so be careful if you're using them loud in a library but then I guess that goes for many open designs as well anyway. I wear them for hours on end whilst I'm studying and whilst they're not completely unnoticeable, they cause absolutely no discomfort whatsoever due no doubt to their simple adjustability and very soft ear pad and headband cushions. I've had them since Jul 2012 now and they seem pretty robust (they often get squeezed into my rucksack full of heavy books) with tough flexible non-detachable connections to each 'phone and to the jack. The cable is about 2.5m which is extremely handy. These do not remotely compete with high quality products but for very little money, you get a pair of 'phones which sound fine if you're not focused on audiophile levels of reproduction. If you really want ultra high volume perfection, the choice is out there to suit a deep pocket. Given the inadvertently bad treatment 'phones can get, you can relax with these low cost items - if you squash or sit on them or lose them, you won't be grieving overmuch. Overall not a bad sound and most sources these days tend to overcome the shortcomings of all but the most primitive listening devices.


Bicentennial Man [DVD] [2000]
Bicentennial Man [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Robin Williams
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars cry baby, 7 April 2013
Well Robin Williams has brought tears to my eyes in Awakenings. He's done it again (even more) in this utterly charming little epic. Reminds me of Peter Sellers' Chance in Being There. Just delightful. (Tissues required).


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD + UV Copy( [2013]
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD + UV Copy( [2013]
Dvd ~ Hugo Weaving
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £10.75

16 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars review of the film; what else can it be?, 23 Mar 2013
The trouble with this film is that it feels like it was made especially for Hollywood and absolutely nothing more. LotR obviously created a huge amount of publicity prior to its release but there was always a sense that it was being made specifically because PJ and his cohorts simply wanted to make a colossal film epic of one of the greatest fantasy sagas ever put into print just to satisfy the world's Tolkien readership. I'm sure they knew it was gonna be a moneyspinner but that did not appear to lie at the heart of its creation. The Hobbit on the other hand, has all the blatant and deliberate hallmarks from the outset, of that most ghastly cinematic chimera, a join-the-dots franchise... yeuch! I found the film an empty experience devoid of tension or narrative albeit cloaked in the most superb visual medium thus far to reach the silver screen (3D & 48fps). I felt like I was truly entering Tolkien's world when I watched LotR. Watching The Hobbit, I felt I was entering the most beautifully and impeccably photographed... vacuum. Incidentally why are there so many comments about these not being reviews of the DVD/Blu Ray/whatever but of the cinematic presentation? Does that actually matter? Are all of the current reviews therefore invalid?
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The Sociology of Childhood (Sociology for a New Century Series)
The Sociology of Childhood (Sociology for a New Century Series)
by William A. Corsaro
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely thorough, 20 Mar 2013
This book does not give of itself easily, you have to work to get what you want from it; however the author eases the process by providing an exceptionally detailed contents section which encourages and facilitates searches for specific areas of study. The book's subject matter is dealt with in a broad, yet succinct manner addressing (often within a context of ethnic and cultural diversity) historical and generational perspectives, economic and gender-based factors and archetypal and developmental issues as well as a brief though comprehensive evaluative overview of research methodologies. The glossary offers informative interpretations of an interesting range of terminologies and concepts and completes a valuable resource in the increasingly discrete field of childhood sociology.


Bonus Track: Arabica (from Arabica Album)
Bonus Track: Arabica (from Arabica Album)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars mesmeric, 3 Mar 2013
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I play this over and over and over and over again. It's simple but soooo good. Maybe I'll get tired of hearing it one day. Maybe not... Spaced out, arabic trance? Possible description. Excellent download. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.


Premier Housewares Geo Banana Hanger - Chrome
Premier Housewares Geo Banana Hanger - Chrome
Price: £5.23

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 24 Feb 2013
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Appropriately robust construction and you can hang bananas on it; what more need be said? Only criticism is the ridiculously over the top packaging - a veritable and totally unnecessary rain forest of cardboard and brown paper.


Le Pacte Du Silence [DVD] [2003]
Le Pacte Du Silence [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Gérard Depardieu
Offered by aladinscave
Price: £9.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars old man gets off with young girl; yawn!, 24 Feb 2013
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The story line is not the strongest (moderately interesting take on the "divergent yet parallel twin" theme) but that's not the main reason for one star. I simply object to these ridiculous films which repeatedly showcase implausibly old men having relationships with desirable young women. It's a feeble romantic cul de sac which demonstrates extraordinary paucity on the part of the film maker in terms of originality of thought. Lazy film making involving an otherwise excellent actor who should really know better.


Critical Thinking and Professional Judgement for Social Work (Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice Series)
Critical Thinking and Professional Judgement for Social Work (Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice Series)
by Lynne Rutter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.55

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide to critical thinking, 24 Feb 2013
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Quite a short tome but brilliantly concise with deliberately limited but extremely well chosen (in many cases, classic) references. I'm doing my Consolidation in Professional Practice and this book (along with a few others of course) is always at my side. Essential reading for post graduate social work study.


Ted Baker Pen Set
Ted Baker Pen Set

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent quality, 24 Feb 2013
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purchased as gift; recipient very happy; describes product in very favourable terms - "good rolling movement"; very nicely presented indeed


The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 22 Busoni
The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 22 Busoni
Price: £13.74

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual vacuous grandiloquence, 1 Feb 2013
This piece is a lugubrious exercise in pretentious anti-romantic symbolism devoid of any heart or resonance, full of far too many complex yet unsettling and fleetingly developed and wholly unmemorable themes.
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