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Shop4 Bicycle Handle Bar Holster / Holder / Cradle for Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5
Shop4 Bicycle Handle Bar Holster / Holder / Cradle for Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5
Offered by IRIS
Price: 6.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, 27 Jan 2014
Cheap nasty plastic, rattles over every bump, hard to read due to vibration. Sorted rattle partially by adding adhesive felt pads to face plate of unit. Couple of times noticed phone riding up in mount and had to push back down. Then dropped bike from a standstill, unit's locating lugs snapped off and iPhone went flying. So my advice is if you must buy this rubbish then ensure that phone is in an Otterbox case!

The Afrika Reich
The Afrika Reich
by Guy Saville
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for his next one, 11 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Afrika Reich (Paperback)
What a cracking yarn!! I've just read some of the 1* reviews which seem to all centre on the perception that the story's heroes recover rapidly from injuries that would hospitalise ordinary men for months, for me that's the point, its fiction, they're fictional heroes, thats what fictional heroes do! If they didn't Arnie would be some non-descript old boy in a bar somewhere in Austria boring anyone who'd listen with tales of how he was once Mr Universe!! Some criticise the book for "cartoon book characters" and yes there is a bit of the "Boy's own adventure book" meets the commando comic books, but we all loved those as kids, so why not enjoy something in a similar vein but more adult and with a more intelligent storyline? The Daily Telegraph reviewed this book as "Fatherland for an action movie generation" and that summary is spot-on, its screaming out for a film with Jason Statham as Burton and Jean Claude van Damme as Patrick. I just hope the author can now follow it up with something as good.

The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
by Alistair Urquhart
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply thought provoking., 3 May 2011
Before reading this book I had some idea of the horrors endured by these young men, but not the appaling depth of the true suffering. My Grandfather's brother had been a PoW in the Far East and would never have a Japanese made item in his house or even ride in a Japanese car, having read Mr Urquhart's book I now fully understand why.
I was left very bitter and angry at the end as I read of the underhand way these men were dealt with by our own Government, after liberation sending them on a slow circuitious route home, presumably to give them some time to regain some weight thereby lessening the media impact of seeing walking skeletons, making them sign "gagging orders" to prevent them telling their story and even deducting food costs from their army back pay when they had been starved almost to death, and why? Because politicians saw the new, post Yalta, threat as the communist block and wanted Japan as a strategic base to defend against a perceived threat from the Chinese and the Russians.
The final insult is the refusal of sucessive post war Japanese Governments to fully apologise and recomepense these incredible men, and to attempt to play down the true scale of the crime committed.
As Eisenhower famously ordered filming and mass witnessing of the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps "in order to be in a position to give first hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations to propaganda", Alistair Urquhart is to be thanked for ensuring that the same is true for the horrors inflicted on their victims his captors and to frustrate those who would air-brush history for the sake of political gain.


1 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fine for students who are too lazy to read!!, 26 Mar 2010
The genre of the rock opera based on a classical book, film or historical character is a notoriously difficult one pull off. It isn't even a case of either you've got it or you ain't, as doing it once is no guarantee of a second sucess, Jeff Wayne pulled it off spectacularly with War of the Worlds but his follow up Sparticus flopped.

So having given congisance to the difficulty of producing this type of work, I'm sorry to say that this is dire. Its an A level history audio book narrative mixed with a Lloyd-Webereqsue musical sound track. It is monotonous with all the tracks being in simillar vein of semi- spoken semi-sung lyrics with rock / orchestra backing.

So unless your a history student who's too lazy to pick up a book don't bother to buy this laclustre effort!!

by Bill Kitson (William Gordon)
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.22

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silence of t' Lambs, 16 Feb 2010
This review is from: Chosen (Hardcover)
Having thoroughly enjoyed his 1st book, when my local Waterstone's were advertising a signing by Mr Kitson next week, I went in to the store only to find no copies of his new work on display. Eventually one of the staff located and opened the box that had been delivered that day and I had my copy. The flysheet promised a plot which sounded rather akin to the Silence of the Lambs comes to the Yorkshire Dales, including one of the leading Detectives being called Clara, not a million miles from Clarise

I was going abroad for a few days so, remembering how much I had enjoyed "Depth of Despair" was relishing the prospect of some relief from the boredom of airports / aircraft, and therefore dived in to this new volume with gusto.

Like his first offering Mr Kitson again hasn't shied away from topics many authors find taboo. I loved the twisting plot, and the constantly changing prime suspect( I wouldn't want to spoil it for potential readers so won't go into detail).

The problem is I was increasingly annoyed by the shoddy research and lack of knowledge of the factual issues round the story. Mr Kitson credits a Dr for assistance with the medical parts of the plot but obviously never spoke to a police officer, a criminal solicitor or even a kid with a GCSE in law about the legal or police proceedure aspects, which are very weak to say the least. Herein lies the problem, once you've read past a few glaring errors, its too easy to stop concentrating on the plot and just look for more bloopers. I didn't expect the late lamented, John Mortimer's level of subject knowledge, but for someone who wants to make it as a crime writer his grasp of the topic is poor to say the least. ( Gerald Seymour, or more recently Duncan Falconer, would have got it right!!) and that's what sets the best apart from the rest.

Apart from the above which could be gleened from a few episodes of "The Bill" there were other glaring errors. These varied from the small but annoying, such as characters smoking in a pub, (banned for a couple of years now) and referring to a burglary as a robbery, to the obvious, a plot which featured an "Adult cinema" ( I remember as a kid in the 70's regularly walking past one of these tawdry establishments on the way home from school, but it and its ilk disapeared with the advent of VHS in the early 80's)

There were a few tongue in cheek moments in the book which only a North Riding resident would pick up on (Club Wolfgang and the Westlea estate, a bit of lateral thinking reveals where his inspirations for those locations came from!)

Mr Kitson now faces what in rock 'n' roll terms is the tricky 3rd album, the first sells because its new and different, the second sells on the back of the first, but the 3rd has to set the bench mark for those to follow, or interest wanes and the loyal fan-base is never established, so lets hope its a good one!
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TomTom Rider v2 Satellite Navigation - Western Europe
TomTom Rider v2 Satellite Navigation - Western Europe

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A word of warning, 16 April 2009
Bought a Rider 2 approx 18 months ago. I deliberately chose the UK only mapping, as I wanted to ultimately get full Western and Central European mapping but am aware Central Europe coverage is still being rolled out. Last month decided to upgrade, what a hassle!! Firstly I needed to buy a bigger memory card, only a fiver so no great issue, then the cost of the map 70, which is a bit steep but paid. Then the fun and games begins, I have 2 Tomtoms, an old 'one' which resides in the Wife's car and the rider 2 which alternates between my car and bike. The maps are only available by download (more on that later!) but a Tomtom account is needed, I had one from updating the 'one' so duly bought maps which were advertised for rider 2, paid (money taken from a/c immediately of course) and at no point was I made aware that only 1 device could be linked to one account. Tried to link Rider and got error message about not linking more that one device. Then the real fun began - Tech support(sic)!! Basically its pointless e-mailling them as all you get is a computerised automatic response which must pick out salient words in your question and answers something it thinks is simillar. Next try the phone support, get the usual "press 1 for this, press 2 for that"etc. followed by "all are operators are currently busy". When i did eventuall speak to someone they tried to help but "would need to speak to a supervisor". Eventually probelm was resolved then I tried to download map only to find that after 1 hour the connection to Tomtom timed out, repeated with same result, back to tech support email and phone, again phone busy, email not answering the question. Finally with no support from tech support, made 3rd attempt to download and suceeded, took tomtom out in car, it got lost!! It was convinced it was about 150 yards south of its true location, eg on a bridge over a river it was showing being in the river 150yds down stream! A minor annoyance on the open road but an absolute nightmare in town. Then put on to bike and it seemed to correct itself, I'm hoping that it is now fixed, I would ring tech support for advice but the blood pressure couldn't stand it!!

Now found a further MAJOR PROBLEM, tried to link Tomtom to an Autocom communication system using their blue tooth dongle only to find that the Tomtom doesn't have the software to support the connection, finally got through to a girl in tech support who was pleasant but clueless who eventually admitted that there is no way of setting it up.

Bottom line is if you've got a choice get a Garmin, a few mates have the Zumo on bikes and swear by them! If you really must have a Tomtom and are never going beyond W Europe buy one with the maps pre-loaded, and hope nothing ever goes wrong with! If it does go wrong ask a mate ,ask a bloke down the pub, ask your cat, ask anyone, just don't bother with tech support!!!
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Price: 9.58

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the ...ER track?, 27 Oct 2008
This review is from: Nostradamus (Audio CD)
First rule of any JP album, there must be a track with a title ending in ...ER, think Grinder, Sinner, the ripper, Jawbreaker, Cheater and pushing the point a little, Rocka Rolla. Shock! Horror! there's no such track to be found on Nostradamus
So having established that the rule book's taken a hike for this one, what have we got? Well if you were expecting another bunch of NWOBHM tracks from a group of blokes who have got back together merely to top up the pension fund, well forget it. This is a complete departure from the well trodden path, yes its a concept album but a concept album without the long dreary pretentious bits of many of the 70's worst examples of the genre. Instead its soars and dives from thrashing guitar to gentle melody and back like a Wagner opera.

Die hard fans looking for another "British Steel" will be sorely disapointed, imagine Marilion lyrics played by Iron Maiden with instrumental sections by Ian Anderson (no flutes though) and your about there. That being said, if you're the kind of person who can enjoy Motorhead whilst still appreciating Mozart, its well worth buying even if it should have had one more track - Prophesier!!

The Rough Guide to Germany (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
The Rough Guide to Germany (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
by Gordon McLachlan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide, 23 Sep 2008
Throughly useful book, up to the usual rough guide standards. It's a bit of a weighty tome, which considering it covers of Europe's largest countries is understandable, however this is the trade off for a decent level of detail. Its thankfully free of the "padding" some other guides use as a substitute for thorough reasearch and accurate infomation. I took it on a recent motorcycle trip round the Rhine area. Having lived in this area for a couple of years I was pleased to discover places I'd never found in areas I thought I knew in great detail. I see there is a new guide coming out in May 2009 with different authors/ compilers, I just hope its as good as this one.

Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro (Travellers)
Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro (Travellers)
by Tim Clancy
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless!!, 27 Sep 2007
Took this guide on a recent trip, absolutely useless! Used to using rough guides which contain useful info such as directions to railway stations, indications as to costs of hotels, how to get to attractions / airports etc, this book has none of these. The few city maps there are are poor and have none of the attractions marked on them. Many major towns and cities don't even get a mention. The official review of this book makes much of the colour pictures,on opening the book one is a full page photo of a bunch of grapes! This and many other pointless pictures are nothing but padding to disguise lack of factual content in a poorly researched and wholly inadequate guide.

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