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101 More Track Plans for Model Railroaders
101 More Track Plans for Model Railroaders
by Jeff Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Track Planning Guide, 7 Jun 2014
This is a nicely presented book and, unlike it's predecessor, makes good use of colour in presenting the various track plans. The scope ranges from small 8' x 4' layouts to vast empires. My only critique is that nearly 20 of the plans are duplicated from Kalmbach's earlier "Track Planning Ideas" book. However like the original 101 Plans... it has to be said that many of the layout ideas bear little resemblance to prototype American railroading past or present but inhabit a kind of fanciful halycon 1950's small town America (which probably never existed in reality!). However there are some good ideas, which could easily be adapted to UK, European or Oceanic situations and as a bonus also included is the track plan for the famous Gorre & Daphetid model railroad.

How practical some of the plans would be to build is a matter for debate and some of them are so large we can but dream about having the required space. Fortunately these days we do have the option of "virtual" railroading available with several train sim programmes that could be used to build an interpretation of the plans. That's the primary reason I bought the book, with the added advantage creating a model world in this way allows you to get down in first person mode and experience the pike from locomotive cab or carriage window.

So whether your interest is purely armchair modelling (following the plan with your eyes and imagination) or seeking more hands on through building a real or virtual layout, this book is sure to be of interest.


laid To Rest
laid To Rest
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £14.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album, 6 Jun 2014
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This review is from: laid To Rest (Audio CD)
This is another superb album from this relatively unknown band. More melodic than previous albums with some experimentation into a Middle Eastern sound - sevearl stunning long tracks too.

Excellent prog rock.


Logic Oral Hygiene Gel
Logic Oral Hygiene Gel
Offered by Paws and Claws Pet Shop
Price: £9.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Tooth Saver, 6 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Logic Oral Hygiene Gel (Misc.)
This product wasn't around when we had our first cat and most of her teeth had fallen out by the time she passed.

Our next cat was given this most of his life and, with a dental clean by the vet about every five years, only had to have one tooth removed in his whole life.

We are now giving once a day to our third cat - readily accepted from finger to tongue. It's not going to prevent all plaque from forming as there's no brushing involved but teeth stay much cleaner and breath much fresher.


Scary Movie 5 [Blu-ray]
Scary Movie 5 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Lindsay Lohan
Price: £3.15

2.0 out of 5 stars Decling Franchise, 6 Jun 2014
This review is from: Scary Movie 5 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
If you approach this movie with your expectations at their lowest, then you probably won't be disappointed. However it's fair to say the Scary Movie series has reached the end of its life expectancy if this is the best they can do. The parodied films are a poor choice - Mama is hardly a well known sci-fi/horror epic on which to base the main thread of the story. Scary Movie 3 had some genuine laugh out loud moments (the inadvertent Klu Klux Klan bit) and a decent homage to the source material, but the humour here is weak, relying too much on cheap vulgarity.

Probably won't end up in the next charity bag or for 50p on Ebay, but likely to be dumped in the "C" movie crate and not watched again for several years!


Premier Gel Big Bum Bike Saddle - Fits All Bikes - FROM ROADUSER DIRECT
Premier Gel Big Bum Bike Saddle - Fits All Bikes - FROM ROADUSER DIRECT
Offered by bikes4life limited
Price: £20.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Comfort, 15 April 2014
Just bought this to replace the awful default saddle on a recently puchased Raleigh AT10 MTB, which has the ergonomics and comfort of a house brick. Much wider so weight is spread more evenly and the padding and springs make riding over rough ground or bumps much less painful.

It is slightly taller than a basic saddle so you might have to lower the post slightly after fitting.

Recommended.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free]
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Martin Freeman
Price: £17.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit According To Peter Jackson, 9 April 2014
So here is the next instalment of P. Jackson's 9 hour adaptation of Tolkien's 200 page novel.

As with LOTR and the first Hobbit instalment, you can't fault the technical achievement and the stunning landscape/scenery. Who would have thought a location in the Southern hemisphere would fit Middle Earth so well! Sadly that is where the vision starts to part company, with the story adaptation at times way off the reservation. I can forgive the embellishment of the battle scenes etc. but the introduction of whole new characters and sub-plots which were simply never there in either the original book or LOTR appendices is totally un-necessary.

After seeing more of Jackson's Radagast interpretation, I'm just relieved he never set loose on Tom Bombadil (Ricky Gervais anyone?!).

As Tolien said in one of his letters when discussing a potential film adaptation of LOTR, "I prefer my version". So do I...


TRIXES Wireless Bike Computer Speedometer Speedo Odometer Cycle Bicycle Waterproof
TRIXES Wireless Bike Computer Speedometer Speedo Odometer Cycle Bicycle Waterproof
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay If You Don't Go Over 20 km/h, 9 April 2014
As the title says, if you start going much faster than 20 kph (12 mph) the speed reading returns to zero and the odometer stops recording, it's almost as if the sensor cannot pick up the "clicker" at too high a speed.

On the plus side, installation is easy with good well printed instructions and no cadenza widget to set up.

If you're on a really tight budget and most of your cycling is low speed around town then this will probably do, but if you want to record every single km you cycle then you won't be doing so with this computer.


2x Axe After Shave "Alaska" each 100 ml
2x Axe After Shave "Alaska" each 100 ml

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent..., 27 Mar 2014
Another classic Lynx fragrance from the 90's, now found under the Axe brand.

Note this product (as sold by OEGE) actually ships from Germany so postage is fairly expensive, but it comes by courier and for the twin pack the total is around what you would pay for two bottles in the UK. If like me you have tried to order Axe products direct from Amazon.de but declined due to their shipping policy on flammables then OEGE are the ideal solution.

Many thanks to Amazon for listing this wonderful product and to OEGE for fulfilling it (now if only they would bring back Java & Nevada!!).


Ender's Game [Blu-ray]
Ender's Game [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Asa Butterfield
Price: £6.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Action And Thought Provoking, 11 Mar 2014
This review is from: Ender's Game [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
In the far future, the Terran military are preparing for an assault on an alien race (the Formics) who had previously come to Earth and been driven off. The premise of the story is that only talented youngsters have the tactical ability and quick thinking to direct space combat. "Ender" is earmarked by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) for rapid development and promotion without regard for the consequences.

The first half of the film is quite slow and plays out as a kind of Hogwarts meets Starship Troopers Junior meets Hunger Games. The pace then builds to a tremendous climax with a twist that to be honest I did make before the on screen reveal, but nonetheless a jaw dropping moment, followed by a moving coda. It's one of those movies when the end credits roll that you reflect on who the bad guys actually were.

Good special effects with a sharp Blu-ray transfer and excellent sound too.

I was left wanting to know what happens next though sadly, at least according to Wikipedia, this was a one off adaptation of the series of books and there are no plans for a sequel.

Recommended.


Thief (PC DVD)
Thief (PC DVD)
Offered by filmrollen
Price: £7.12

8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Having Fun, 5 Mar 2014
This review is from: Thief (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
I've played a little way into Thief (on Chapter 3 plus some side missions) but not really enjoying the experience. Never played the earlier "Thief" games but having seen this was produced by Square Enix who made te excellent Deus Ex HR thougt this must be good. Sadly there the similarity ends.

First the setting - Thief takes place in a very odd world which is part pre-industrial 18th century, but there are electric lights everywhere along with buildings that have central heating and CCTV style burglar alarms. The graphics are dour in the extreme, even with gamma turned right up, okay it's meant to be atmospheric but not pleasant on the eyes particularly when you have to spend time close focused on the screen picking locks etc. I've read at least one report on the forums of the game triggering a migraine. I have a reasonably good computer but the game struggles even with settings lowered a bit. In cutscenes, the graphics and sound lip synch are laughable - not even remotely in tune!

Turning to gameplay, for a title purportedly about using stealth and acquiring wealth by illicit means it fails on both levels. Far from being able to free roam around the city you are mostly forced down one or two routes. These are inevitably populated by respawning hostile guards or other NPC with often little choice but to engage in combat. Unfortunately the character having been set up for stealth has little in the way of weaponry or fighting stamina - engaging more than two Guards is likely to lead to your health being almost depleted. Unlike Deus Ex, player health doesn't regenerate over time and has to be restored by finding and eating food of which - surprise, surprise, there is very little to be found. You cannot take arrows etc. from disabled guards to replenish your supply.

The only locations you can access are generally those related to the story chapter, so you can't just burgle random houses or shops to top up your loot. And on that subject, thus far I've found pickings very slim largely consisting of small items which only yield 5 - 15 gold pieces. With an arrow costing 15 gold, an equipment or armour upgrade >500 gold you are actually making a loss on most of the missions. And again, these locations are inhabited by guards or other hostile characters whom it is impossible to get round by stealth,

Frustrating, annoying and hard on the eyes my recommendation is don't spend more than 30 - 40 minutes at a time playing. In my view burglary is okay as a side mission - e.g. in GTA or Skyrim - but the premise of an entire game stealthing around (especially when it makes it near impossible to do so) doesn't work. I intend to press on with the game but not really enjoying it or finding much entertainment value.


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