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Panasonic Lumix FZ100 14.1MP Digital Camera - Black (3.0 inch TFT LCD Display, LEICA DC Lens with 24x Optical Zoom and Full HD Movie)
Panasonic Lumix FZ100 14.1MP Digital Camera - Black (3.0 inch TFT LCD Display, LEICA DC Lens with 24x Optical Zoom and Full HD Movie)

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much money - much camera !, 9 Nov 2010
Going for the Lumix FZ100 wasn't an easy choice. There are lots of digital camera's out there, but the 2 things that mattered were 1 - a good Leica lens and 2 - a zoom powerful enough to cover everything between 25 - 600 mm (equivalent analogue)
Clicking round all the menus seemed to be intuitive rather than confusing and as you'd expect, the images are stunning. Not cheap then - but it's just as happy being a "point and shoot" as it it being a highly capable enthusiasts camera.
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Sensitive Skin Series 2 [DVD]
Sensitive Skin Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joanna Lumley
Price: 6.13

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 x 30 minutes of perfection., 24 May 2008
Do you ever think that television has lost its way - taken its eye off the ball? In many ways it has dipped down to the lowest common denominator. Reality TV has become a misnomer of gigantic proportions. Dramas have become laden with cliché. Comedies rely more on Anglo-Saxon expletives than humour.
And the trailers!
Am I the only person to grow tired of the latest big thing before it's even been aired?
One episode of "Sensitive Skin" will restore your faith.
Released with little hype (as far as I can remember) this gem of a series is crammed with style from start to finish.
In series 2, Joanna Lumley is perfectly cast as the recently widowed Davina, cast adrift into a sea of unexpected meetings and happenstance.
Superbly written, deftly directed and understated throughout, the comedic moments seem to occur naturally, rather than being heavily sign-posted.The rest of the production all give fantastic support, especially Maureen Lipman, who rarely appears cast aginst type.Underscored with pathos and intelligence, laced with a perfectly pitched sound track, the series reaches the most satisfactory conclusion.

Price: 21.31

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 81 out of 80, 12 Aug 2003
This review is from: 80/81 (Audio CD)
The fact that you’ve bothered to read this review means you are probably curious to know if its worth the asking price . The short answer is a resounding yes. But if you’re accustomed to Metheny’s easy Latin licks – you may at first be disappointed. Repeated listening will reveal the albums true nature; a rare statement of superb playing and ensemble pyrotechnics. The first half of Two Folk Songs is Brecker at his most flighty, but the foundation laid by Haden and DeJohnette is rock solid, the second half more soulful.80/81 features 2 beautiful and lengthy solo’s from Metheny and Redman. The Bat is mainly Metheny in reflective mood with Haden in support; its haunting melodic theme a testimony to the guitarists writing skill. Turnaround is for the guitar, bass and drums only and swings with great authority from start to finish. Open sounds like a jam to me – but a conserve would probably be a better name for it. Pretty Scattered is exactly what it says, but with fine soloing throughout. Every Day I Thank You is by far the best track on the album. The haunting theme played in unison by Brecker and Metheny is carried forward by the tenor players best ever solo. The playing is at once both breathtaking and apposite. Sympathetic guitar phrasing brings the main theme back for a successful conclusion. Thirteen minutes and sixteen seconds of pure joy. Goin’ Ahead ( allegedly played on a battered studio guitar ) shows Metheny’s most sensitive side. This solo effort demonstrates his writing and playing to its best effect. A ballad to touch the heart.
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Alive in America
Alive in America
Price: 9.86

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When you're hot - you're HOT, 22 Feb 2003
This review is from: Alive in America (Audio CD)
OK.....I know drum solos are not de-rigueur in the 90s , I appreciate the craving for the instant hook and that great works of art are rarely identified as such when they are first released into the public domain . It is with these thoughts in mind that I recommend Alive in America .
As soon as the whole has been absorbed , the different layers in the performance can be savoured without detracting from the overall listening experience . To this end Becker and Fagen have enlisted the support of musicians , not only proficient enough to grasp the arrangements firmly , but shrewd enough to know that light and shade are essential ingredients if the gig-cake is going to “cook” .
It was the keenest of moves to place Erskine or Chambers at the heart of the rhythm section on the drum stool , their metronomic precision belying their jazz heritage assured , they can whack when the need arises .
Easing you in with “Babylon Sisters” , with its deceptively minimalist shuffle , kicking into 3rd gear - Green Earrings gives the soloists Becker , Bernhardt , Bumpus and Zingg their chance , while Bodhisattva lets Georg Wadenius on guitar loose to great effect ; listen out for fantastic footwork from Chambers in the latter stages .
Rarely can changing arrangements from the originals be of much benefit . “Reelin’ In The Years” must be the exception that proves the rule ! This is ensemble playing of the highest order , those familiar choruses interspersed with blistering solos from Chris Potter on tenor plus guitarists Becker and Wadenius . “Josie” lilts jazzily , while Beaker’s “Book of Liars” sits uneasily among the other joint compositions . “Peg” exceeds the original with Wadenius again demonstrating his skill and sensitivity .
“Third World Man” not only boasts one of the most apposite of solos from Drew Zingg but also becomes the ultimate showcase for impeccable timekeeping . “Kid Charlemangne” sees Tom Barney on bass , along with Chambers to lay down the most driving and cohesive of foundations for guitars and horns . The enigmatic “Sign In Stranger” embraces a new arrangement and lyrics that keep you guessing till the last false finale .
No surprise that Aja was the Dan’s best selling album and that its title track was kept till last.
All of Becker and Fagen’s trademarks are firmly forged on to the final offering . Intricate instrumentation , faultless playing , intriguing lyrics , solos that add ( not subtract ) and finally , collective sensibilities that enthral the mind and drive the foot...

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