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Sennheiser CX 300 II Precision Noise Isolating Earphones - White
Sennheiser CX 300 II Precision Noise Isolating Earphones - White

3.0 out of 5 stars Great sound - if you are motionless, 17 Feb. 2010
Can't fault the sound quality of these headphones, they pick up stuff I never knew existed on my favourite songs.

Unfortunately, because of the 'in ear' design, the static given off when the wires brush against anything - your coat, side of your face - is a little annoying and intrusive.

They do block out surrounding noise, so good on noisy public transport, but because of the static, not ideal if you are planning to wear them when running, or even walking.


The Forbidden Game: The Untold Story of French Rugby League
The Forbidden Game: The Untold Story of French Rugby League
by Mike Rylance
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book, and not just for RL fans, 26 July 2007
The French Rugby Union's collusion with the Nazi-backed Vichy Government to ban Rugby League is one of the most shameful episodes in the history of sport, as a review of the cover says.
It all but destroyed a sport that was, at the time, threatening to overtake rugby union in popularity terms, even though league was only introduced to France six years earlier. Had league continued its meteoric rise, the map of world rugby - and I mean both codes - might today be very different.
Yet there is still a sense of denial about what happened to rugby league in France, and even today, the game is discriminated against - try asking the Catalans Dragons about their difficulties sharing a supposedly municipal stadium with union club Perpignan last season.
It's enough to make league men - treizistes in France - angry, very angry. Yet Rylance writes with a controlled passion, presenting the facts with great thoroughness, arguing with clarity, but also providing touches of colour and poetry along the way. Worth singling out is the parallel he draws between French rugby league and the massacre of the Cathars in 13th Century France - for daring to defy the might of the Catholic Church.
It is a shame the book has not come to wider attention. As one other reviewer says, it would make a great film or at least documentary.


Turns Into Stone
Turns Into Stone
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great... but where's Sally?, 8 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Turns Into Stone (Audio CD)
A fine compilation of songs that didn't appear on the Roses' first album, but sadly missing their beautiful second single 'Sally Cinnamon'. For this reason, I'd urge people to buy 'The Complete Stone Roses', which also includes the first single 'So Young' - not a classic, but an interesting reminder of the Roses' original manifestation as a Clash-influenced, proto-punk band.
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The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop
The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop
by John Robb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 Oct. 2001
This book is so badly written I can hardly believe it was accepted by the publisher. It would be half as thick if Robb didn't repeat himself every couple of paragraphs and this, plus a 'down the pub with your mates' narrative style, makes his book more irritating than entertaining.
In terms of content, there's not much more here than you'll have read in NME down the years, and the 'update' to include the Roses' solo careers has a hurried feel to it.
Another criticism is that while the book spends a lot of time talking about the baggy scene that the Roses helped inspire, it lacks detail when it discusses the actual songs, particularly from a lyrical viewpoint.
While there's enough here to give you a feel for the band, it's by no means a definitive account. All in all, disappointing.


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