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Brazil
Brazil
by Michael Palin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Whistlestop tour of Brazil, 23 Sep 2014
This review is from: Brazil (Paperback)
Impulse-bought this at the airport as background reading during a two week trip to southern Brazil. Palin's writing is not as amusing or diverting as you'd hope, relying more on facts than anecdotes or insight and he gallops around the country at lightning pace affording most towns 2-3 pages. As such, you finish the book feeling semi informed but not hugely satisfied. Some topics are covered in more depth (the various sections on favelas are excellent) and it's definitely worth a read, just don't expect Bryson-quality material.


Tibo Dab420
Tibo Dab420
Offered by Nottingham HiFi Centre
Price: £99.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap for a reason, 17 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Tibo Dab420 (Electronics)
There is a common fault with the power on this product which means the LED and power switch persistently turns on and off when connected to the mains. It is a real shame as it renders an astoundingly good value product unusable.
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Raleigh LED Front & Rear Bike Lights
Raleigh LED Front & Rear Bike Lights
Price: £16.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 7 Sep 2013
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I've been through a number of cheap bike lights recently which were terrible quality. This set is a different kettle of fish - bright, good battery life and very good value for money. Highly recommended.


Beto Track Pump Steel Barrel With Gauge
Beto Track Pump Steel Barrel With Gauge
Price: £12.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, 7 Sep 2013
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Nicely built track pump at a very reasonable price. Prestia adaptor would be a bit fiddly but fine for schrader valves. Recommended.


Jazooli High Power Super Bright Heavy Duty 3W 1 Led Waterproof Front Bike Light - Black
Jazooli High Power Super Bright Heavy Duty 3W 1 Led Waterproof Front Bike Light - Black

1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 16 July 2013
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This was the dimmest "super bright" light I've ever seen. Brand new batteries and it barely emitted even the slightest glow. Feels sturdy but it's clearly shoddily built or perhaps just bad QC as some reviewers on this site seem to have had better experiences.

I would heartily discourage people from buying this, it's useless.


Ultra Bright 5 LED Bike Bicycle Rear Back Lamp Light
Ultra Bright 5 LED Bike Bicycle Rear Back Lamp Light
Offered by cheap4uk(From hongkong,2-3 weeks delivery)
Price: £3.92

1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap for a reason, 16 July 2013
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Was lured into buying this by the price - don't make the same mistake.

Worked reasonably well for a few weeks (although I found, as with other reviewers, the fittings are not the best). However, the cover eventually fell off. Then the light started to turn off at random so you'd be cycling along thinking you were visible to traffic then get home to find you'd been riding without lights for 20 minutes.

I found myself stranded without lights on multiple occasions - it's downright dangerous.

Spend a bit more and buy a decent one.


The Concretes In Colour
The Concretes In Colour
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Swedish, 16 April 2006
This review is from: The Concretes In Colour (Audio CD)
Following on from a long tradition of melodic Scandinavian pop, Swedish 8-piece The Concretes return with a follow-up to their sparkling (if little-purchased) eponymous debut LP. Far from a major change in musical direction, In Colour is nevertheless a measured step forwards, both sonically - with all eight members contributing to a rich aural tapestry - and musically, with drummer Lisa Milberg contributing on a number of tracks.

Like the bastard offspring of The Cardigans and Abba, The Concretes tread a fine line between heartwarming and twee, with the latter hijacking only a couple of tracks towards the end of the album - the over-enthusiatic fiddle playing and harmonies on Ooh La La and Song For The Songs getting the better of their somewhat frail tunes.

Elsewhere on the album, all is sunny harmonies and glorious feel-good pop music: opener, On The Radio, plays like some long-lost Motown classic - driven along by a stomping piano riff, beautifully contrasting Victoria Bergsman's wistfully fragile vocals. The aptly named Sunbeams is a perfect summer anthem with more than a hint of The Mamas And The Papas, and lead single Chosen One is a fine stab at perfect pop with a tune that will bounce around your head for days.

An early contender for Album of the Year that deserves to be hugely successful but which will more than likely end up as another lost classic... save The Concretes from this fate, and add some Colour to your life.


Your Favorite Music
Your Favorite Music
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £12.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite music, 4 Mar 2004
This review is from: Your Favorite Music (Audio CD)
Bought entirely on impulse having read several glowing reviews in such traditionally reliable americana-loving publications as Uncut and The Times, I’ll admit that I was initially disappointed when the promises of a gorgeous, lushly orchestrated album turned out to be unfounded. The CD worked its way down to the bottom of my collection and remained that way until a friend picked it out almost six months later and gave it a much-needed spin. What had seemed derivative and very repetitive on first listen suddenly seemed far-removed from the insidiously melodic and slightly skewed country I was listening to now. Opening with the wistful, elegiac “Dairy Queen”, the album takes you step-by-step through sleepy rural America, each song combining a heart-wrenching melody and vocals with witty ascerbic lyrics, the perfect soundtrack to a chill November morning. Highlights include the gorgeous “African Friend” and the wryly brilliant “I love the Unknown”, but the full impact of the record is only fully appreciated as a complete entity, each track leading into the next and creating an unshiftable feeling of optimistic melancholy in the listener’s heart.


Permission To Land
Permission To Land
Offered by simply-well-priced
Price: £2.66

5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Permission denied., 9 Feb 2004
This review is from: Permission To Land (Audio CD)
On my return from foreign climes in October 2003, I was quite possibly the only person in Britain (other than my dear music-fearing mother) never to have heard of the Darkness – let alone listened to any of their music. It was then, a pleasant surprise when I first saw them performing a rather outrageous and very catchy little number called “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” on Saturday morning television. “This is rather good...” I thought, enjoying the music in all its blissful idiocy, unaware of the press furore which had somewhat ruined it for everybody else in the country.
Gradually of course, over the following weeks, their infuriating ubiquity and ridiculous costumes began to get on my nerves, and presently, even the merest glimpse of Justin Hawkins’s leering features was enough to send me running for the sick bucket. I too had contracted Darknessphobia. It was a sad situation given the initial affection I had felt for this band’s refreshing take on Hair-rock, and the quality of much of the songwriting. These were real tunes written by a proper band and brilliantly, they had conquered our nation’s famously superficial charts – it was music adored by kids and grown-ups alike.
Hearing Permission To Land five months down the line, I feel strangely ambivalent: on the one hand, I can appreciate the monster riffs, and instantly recognisable tunes for what they are – good, old-fashioned and, above all, fun rock music. On the other hand, however, like thousands of others, I just wish they would disappear for a while, or at least behave a little better (and maybe buy some new clothes – a nice pair of slacks or a perhaps a charcoal suit). I admit that this is no fault of the band, and that their music was – at least initially – a breath of fresh air in a decidedly stagnant British music scene, but I just find them too irritating to endure 40 minutes worth of their music. Sorry guys.


Give Up
Give Up
Price: £14.86

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't wake me..., 4 Feb 2004
This review is from: Give Up (Audio CD)
An intriguing history surrounds the fractured completion of the debut album from avant-garde elctronic outfit the Postal Service. Written by Ben Gibbard of Seattle noise-monkeys Death Cab For Cutie, and bolted on to a wilfully glitchy tapestry of stuttering beats and sweeping faux-string arrangements by Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel), it really shouldn't hold water as a concept. The fact that it became one of the biggest triumphs of 2003 is some testament to the vision of its twin creators, and particularly the blossoming songwriting talent of Gibbard, who manages to cover everything in a thin veil of mystery with his enigmatic lyrics and little-boy-lost vocals.
Give Up starts on a high with the wistful District Sleeps Alone Tonight, Tamborello's soundscape perfectly echoing the happy-sad ambiance created by Gibbard's mournful vocals and sing-song melody. Better still is Such Great Heights, a perfect fusion of electro-pop and prickly Drum n Bass-lite beats, coupled with a soaring melodic streak. It leaves the starstruck listener smiling from cheek to cheek, a mood broken only by the haunting Sleeping In, an emotional account of the shooting of JFK with a nagging, plaintive vocal hook that won't leave your head for days.
After this breathless opening, the Service drop down a gear with a clutch of pretty, ever so slightly less memorable tunes - each worthy of attention, if perhaps a little less adulation than the first three. However, the bar is raised once more for the last two tracks: Brand New Colony an infectious slice of skittery elctronic pop, and the closing Natural Anthem a brooding, paranoid walk through the darkest recesses of Tamborello's mind. Truthfully, this is one of the best records to emerge from last year, and its lack of ubiquity can only be explained by poor-marketing on the part of their record label, a heinous crime meaning that this daring, brilliant record was heard only by a lucky few. Join us.


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