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The Abduction
The Abduction
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the plunge..., 10 Nov. 2014
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Classic modern erotica. Direct. Explicit. Dark. Literary. Hits all the right spots and demands that you come back for more.


Johnny Nothing
Johnny Nothing
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Reminiscent of Dahl., 10 Nov. 2014
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On the first reading it takes a chapter or two to adjust to the narrative style of the story and get used to some idiosyncratic formatting, but once you're on the right wavelength (helped along by some wonderful and slightly macabre illustrations) Johnny Nothing is a darkly humorous journey that adults and older children will enjoy taking.


Pilot Namiki Iroshizuku Wild Chestnut Ink Bottle
Pilot Namiki Iroshizuku Wild Chestnut Ink Bottle

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb ink, and worth every penny in the right pen..., 3 April 2014
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This is my ink of choice (in Wild Chestnut - Yama Guri) for my Namiki Capless with bladder fill. Some have said that the Iroshizuku inks are a bit on the wet side and that is probably an accurate statement but as I use an F nib on the capless it's never been an issue - no leaks, runs, skips or clogs ever. I also used a M nib with it for a while with no problems, but I think it's better suited to the F. I particularly love the Yama Guri because of the way the deep chestnut brown appears as the ink dries on the paper (after looking black for the first few seconds). Yes it is expensive compared to some other bottled inks, but if you've already invested in a quality pen then it seems churlish to skimp on the ink (unlless you're the kind of person who would spend a fortune on a Ferrari and then economise by filling it with agricultural diesel :-) )


CH Combat Stick (PC)
CH Combat Stick (PC)

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the best stick around - basic, but you get what you pay for., 6 Aug. 2007
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I did a lot of research and testing before deciding on the CH Combat Stick, and after using it for some time now I'm still confident I made the right decision. The only other contenders in the same league are the other 2 CH options (the Flight Stick Pro and the Fighter Stick), Saitek's X52 (or X52 Pro) HOTAS setup, and the Thrustmaster Cougar HOTAS. Looking at the last two first, both the Cougar and the X52 have their good and bad points, but in the end they both fall down on build quality, quality control and reliability. The Cougar is an amazing stick (though not for those without arms like Popeye) but has a very poor reputation and frankly seems to contain some fairly shoddy components. Those who love taking their sticks apart and doing home rebuilds should have no problem with them - everybody else beware. The X52 is an interesting bit of kit if you can get one that works - it took me three goes to get one that worked straight out of the box - and looks and feels a bit 'gimmicky', which brings me to the CH sticks. The Flight Stick Pro, Combat Stick and Fighter Stick share many properties (particularly the latter two which at first glance look identical), and in the end the most significant difference is the number of buttons. The Flight stick doesn't have many, the Fighter Stick has way too many for my liking (though for armchair jet pilots who want to programme every possible keystroke onto their stick they might prove useful), which leaves the Combat stick sitting nicely in the middle. It's comfortable to use, works right out of the box with no setting up (but it does have software if you want to get more involved with setting profiles etc.) and is amazingly responsive and accurate. Add to that CH's unparalleled reputation for reliability and you have a stick that will work perfectly for a longtime. It has trim wheels for the X and Y axes (a serious ommission on many sticks these days) and also a throttle wheel on the base. True, it's not a HOTAS, but if you add the CH Pro Throttle you have the best HOTAS around (and adding the throttle increases the number of available button modes on the Combat Stick via the throttle's mode switch), and if you go the whole way and add the CH Pedals you have a solid, reliable flight-sim setup that would take seem beating (though for the three items together you'd not get much change from £350). On the downside, the Combat Stick doesn't look as impressive as either the Cougar or the X52 and its plastic look and feel initially make you wonder why it's as expensive as it is. Until you use it. Compared to many sticks it is quite light to move and has a lot of travel to reach maximum position on each axis, but I prefer 'light and long' movements anyway. Nor does it have a 'twist rudder', but I'm not a fan of those as they can cause quite a lot of extra wrist strain and for realism pedals are a much better idea. If you want solid metal and F-16 looks and aren't bothered about realiability, then go for a Cougar. If you want 'I'm in the alien mothership from Close Encounters' and aren't bothered by a stick that is never quite sure where the middle of its axes are, then go for the X52. If you want a no-nonense joystick that works every time and adds to the gaming experience rather than overshadowing it, then go for a CH. Which CH only depends on how many buttons you need - I use my Combat Stick for FS9, Combat Flight Sim 2, IL2 (all of them), Wings Over Europe and Battle Of Britain and so far haven't needed any extra buttons or had any sort of stick problem. In comparison, the Thrustmaster stopped registering on the X-axis, the first Saitek had a non-functioning hat switch and the second developed serious creep on the Y-axis. They may look better on the outside than the Combat Stick, but with CH you're paying for what's on the inside - you're buying reliability and consistency, and in my book that's the most important consideration when looking for a good flight-sim stick.
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Star Wars Trilogy 6 discs Limited Edition Tin Box Set [DVD]
Star Wars Trilogy 6 discs Limited Edition Tin Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill

134 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last!!, 23 Jan. 2007
Well it's taken long enough but for all of those waiting to see the version of the Star Wars trilogy that they remember from the cinema, before Mr. Lucas decided to make an extra buck or two by 'improving' them, the wait is over. Contrary to the statement made by another reviewer these are the original theatrical releases (two of the three scenes he says are now 'missing' were cut before Star Wars was ever released and although stills do exist of those scenes they were never part of the film as seen at cinemas. The third he mentions is still there, though he is remembering it incorrectly.) Don't expect 5.1 Dolby, cleaned negatives or anything other than the films as they were thirty years ago (and yes, it looks like 30 year old film stock), and that's exactly as it should be. If you want the cleaned, enhanced, 'special' editions they are here as well but for me they just serve as a reminder of why George should have left the originals alone.
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Troy (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) [DVD] [2004]
Troy (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not The Illiad, but it's still superb, 31 Oct. 2004
Frankly I really wanted to dislike Troy for all of the reasons many of the other reviewers disliked it - the changes from Homer's classic work and the casting being the main gripes I've read on these pages. Well try as I might, I couldn't hate it. It was a huge venture to take, and I think the end result does the piece justice, even allowing for the changes. How many adapted screenplays these days don't take liberties with their source material? I can understand students of the classics being upset, but I don't see that as a reason for dismissing an excellent piece of film making offhand. And I'm stunned to hear some reviewers describe this film as over-long - I think it's too short and the ending feels a little rushed. I think the acting is superb throughout (with only Paris and Helen coming across as weak characterisations), and the casting of Brad Pitt as Achilles and Eric Bana as Hector was inspired. All of the supporting cast put in excellent performances, the action sequences are very well staged and the sets are all they should be considering the budget.
If you don't know or care about the changes from the epic poetry that the film is based on then watch it and enjoy. You can always read The Illiad at some point if you really want to know what liberties have been taken with it.
And in the end, I'd rather you watched the film and made up your own mind than listen to me or any of the other reviewers on here!


Tubular Bells 2003 [DVD AUDIO]
Tubular Bells 2003 [DVD AUDIO]

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get confused! this is a full audio DVD, 20 Oct. 2004
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It looks like one of the previous reviewers was a tad confused and put the review of the Audio CD with bonus DVD version of Tubular Bells 2003 on here. Be advised that this is a full 5.1 Audio DVD version of Tubular Bells that is truly stunning and a must have for anybody wanting to know why they have a 5.1 surround system!
What more is there to say - if you have a 5.1 system you want to show off then this is the disc to buy, and if you're a fan of the original Tubular Bells then this is your chance to become a fan all over again!


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