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AVANTEK Portable Digital Automatic Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
AVANTEK Portable Digital Automatic Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
Offered by Claybox
Price: £55.99

5.0 out of 5 stars ACCURATE & EASY TO USE: AVANTEK BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR, 8 Oct 2014
Five HELPFUL Stars! This AVANTEK blood pressure monitor uses the same physical 'pressure cuff' location as in hospitals and doctors offices: the upper arm. The package contains the monitor, one adjustable 16 and 1/2 inch long Velcro-fastened cuff, and a 24 inch long by 1/4 inch wide pressure hose. The BP unit's screen is 4 and 3/4 inches by 4 inches and angled for reading displays of systolic, diastolic, and pulse as well as access to the memory, start/stop, and set buttons. It uses black letters on a gray background 2 inch by 3 inch LCD screen to display day, date, year, and 3/4 inch numbers/figures for the systolic mmHgk and diastolic mmHg readings and results, pulse results, and stored memory results for 2 users.

In testing this Avantek upper arm blood pressure monitor against my current wrist BP monitor, the Avantek results are yielded faster than my current BP monitor and are within a few numerics of my current meter for all three results. The cuff sleeve fits comfortably on the upper arm and does not bind or present uncomfortable pressure when pumping up to maximum pressure. I normally prefer wrist meters for ease of use, but now prefer and trust the results of the Avantek meter which is just as easy to use. This monitor is powered by 4 AA batteries, not provided with this sample. Highly Recommended. Five HEALTHFUL Stars. (Avantek BP Monitor, hose and cuff unit. Users Manuals in English and Germanic. This item was provided for testing and an impartial review.)


Love And Fantasy (The Flame Series Book 2)
Love And Fantasy (The Flame Series Book 2)
Price: £0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars A CAUTIONARY TALE OF LOVE AND LOSS IN A COLLEGE SETTING, 26 Sep 2014
In Book 2 of the "The Flame Series", talented author Naeem Sikandar creates an engaging cautionary tale of love and loss again centering around Megan, "the girl with the golden mane", a pretty college student from a nice family who goes looking for love and gets her heart broken in Book 1 of the series by Jason. Then she meets Lee whose intention was to help her by being a good friend to get over her loss. But Megan learns he has a serious relationship going with someone else. That only stokes the hopeful fantasy part of her story. Having been disappointed twice, she falls into inappropriate behavior that affects her grades. As the story develops, Lee's handsome cousin Martin shows up and a friendship blossoms. Based on the ending of Book 2, readers will probably want to go directly to Book 3 when it's published and they may want to backtrack to Dream Search (The Flame Series Book 1), if they missed it. Some sensuality. Highly Recommended. Four and a half ENTERTAINING Stars! (Reviewed in Kindle text and text-to-speech, 67 pages.)


Aleratec 12-Pack (7" x 8") Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloth for Tablets, Smartphones, and LCD/LED TV's
Aleratec 12-Pack (7" x 8") Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloth for Tablets, Smartphones, and LCD/LED TV's
Offered by AleratecUK
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars PREMIUM MICROFIBER CLEANING SHEET WORKS VERY WELL ON GADGET SCREENS, 23 Sep 2014
Five CLEAN Stars! This Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloth has individual 7 inch by 8 inch sheets which have a softer, finer pill than the usual microfiber towel and is great for cleaning the screen for virtually anything that has a glass viewing screen or touch screen including smartphones, computer monitors, tablets, LCD and LED TVs, the glass outsides of microwave and toaster ovens, plastic fronts of various audio and video components such as CD/DVD players. They can also be used to clean and dust the edges and the outside cases of laptops. In addition, they can be used to clean the surface of those dusty, stained remote control devices that proliferate around the house for various electronic gadgets, especially between the buttons.

In some cases because of stubborn smudges, fingerprints, and dust, the cloth may need to be slightly moistened to remove them. The cloths are a nice size for cleaning most single items. While the dusty, dirty cloths can be cleaned by hitting them against the top of a chair, they can also be hand washed or machine washed using the cold water/gentle cycle and air or machine dried. Highly Recommended! Five USEFUL Stars. (1-Aleratec 12-Pack of 7" by 8 " Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloths for Tablets, Smartphones, TVs, etc.. This package was provided for testing and an impartial review.)


Paris Sessions
Paris Sessions
Price: £14.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTY & INTIMACY: TIERNEY SUTTON IN DUO & TRIO FORMATS, 18 Sep 2014
This review is from: Paris Sessions (Audio CD)
Stepping away from her Tierney Sutton Band of voice, piano, two basses, and drums with those remarkable arrangements, multiple Grammy-nominated jazz singer Tierney joins forces with excellent guitarist Serge Merlaud and bassist Kevin Axt from her band in producing a quiet, hushed setting that exposes her magnificent voice in full relief, with Merlaud's sensitive, lovely supportive background and inventive solos, and bandmate Axt joining in on 7 of the 12 songs. Herein, there are beautiful ballads, gentle bossas, and swingers that display Tierney's exceptional phrasing, swing, conceptualization, and vibrato.

The 'best of the best' begins with Tierney wonderfully singing "You Must Believe In Spring" and "Don't Go To Strangers" in a memorable relaxed version that is great enough to join the Etta Jones and Eydie Gorme versions. The sensuous "Estate" (Summer) is a gorgeous gentle bossa nova delivered in the English lyrics and 'scat' that displays one of the best vibratos in the business. "Ilm", the soaring "Asma", and the lilting "Beija Flor" are wordless marvels. The rarely-recorded "Answer Me My Love" and "All Too Soon" get great treatments from Tierney and Merlaud. A great album where Tierney and Co do one pass thru many of the songs that may make you reach for the repeat button, as she sings, scats, and hums through a beautiful set that was recorded in Paris. Highly Recommended. Five GORGEOUS Stars! (12 tracks; Time-52 minutes)


Mozart Piano Sonatas K330 & K333, Adagio K540 & Gigue K574.
Mozart Piano Sonatas K330 & K333, Adagio K540 & Gigue K574.

5.0 out of 5 stars MITSUKO UCHIDA AND MOZART SONATAS: A MARVELOUS, ENJOYABLE COMBINATION,, 16 Sep 2014
Five EXTRAORDINARY Stars! Grammy-award winning piano virtuoso Dame Mitsuko Uchida excels on this recital of 4 compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart recorded in 1984 on this Philips release. Herein, a youthful, exuberant Uchida of 30 years ago is at the beginning of her brilliant recorded expansion of her 1980s repertoire by playing two beloved Mozart sonatas, Piano Sonata in C K.330 and Piano Sonata in B flat K.333, plus one movement of Piano Sonata K.540, and the Gigue movement of K.574. In the decades since this recording, Uchida has included the works by other well-known composers, but for many of us, she is one of the Mozart authorities and considered one of the finest exponents of his music who has recorded “the Mozart cycle” double of all solo piano and piano with orchestra works.

The three movement K.330 (composed along with K.331 and 332 in Vienna during 1781-82) is bright, energetic and full of twists, turns, shifting tempos, and rests, especially the "Allegro Moderato" movement getting the appropriate elegant, emotional, technically assured reading from Uchida, as well as the slower ’sparkling then somber' "Andante cantabile" movement, and the animated, dancing “Allegretto" movement. Uchida’s choice and execution of the beautiful single 10 minute+ B minor “Adagio" movement of Piano Sonata K.540 with the characteristic dramatic 16-note, thrice-repeated, percussive left hand figuration set against the lyrical 6 note right hand phrase is a marvel of Mozart’s conception and Uchida’s execution. The three movement Sonata in B flat, K.333 (probably composed in 1783 Linz based on scientific examination of the handwriting, ink, and paper, not as suspected in 1778 Paris) has a fantastic Allegretto grazioso movement. The brief happy contrapuntal Gigue in G/G flat K.574 was written in an organist's visitor’s book, probably in tribute to J.S. Bach who once occupied that very position and organ, featuring wondrous overlapping phrases. Beautiful Mozartian work by Mitsuko Uchida and it gets My Highest Recommendation. (8 tracks; Time-50:48)


The Rancher's Reluctant Bride (Brides of Cactus Gap Book 4)
The Rancher's Reluctant Bride (Brides of Cactus Gap Book 4)
Price: £0.77

4.0 out of 5 stars "THE RANCHER'S RELUCTANT BRIDE" IS AN ENJOYABLE TALE OF FATEFUL MEETINGS AND TRAGEDY, 16 Sep 2014
Four ENJOYABLE Stars! Anna St James, the author of the "Brides of Cactus Gap" short stories, brings another tale from the 'Mail Order Bride' genre, this time with a twist to the usual 'summoned bride' story. It is called "The Rancher's Reluctant Bride" and it is Book 4 in the series. In 1875, after arriving in Cactus Gap Texas based on her own decision, widow Sarah Monroe is settling into life in her new home inherited from her uncle. Coming out of an abusive marriage, she is avoiding not only marriage, but men as well. Then she meets lonely cattle rancher Zach Whitfield, the town's eligible bachelor. Tragedy and circumstances then bring them closer together. This is a very touching story of love, tragedy, faith in God, community service, friendship and three people seeking their destiny. Very Definitely Recommended, Four APPEALING Stars! (Reviewed in Kindle text and text-to-speech, 44 pages.)


Live at the Olympia - June 27th 2012 (The Music and the Film of the Complete Concert)
Live at the Olympia - June 27th 2012 (The Music and the Film of the Complete Concert)
Price: £10.64

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARVELOUS 2012 L'OLYMPIA CONCERT: AHMAD JAMAL QUARTET WITH GUEST YUSEF LATEEF (CD/DVD), 16 Sep 2014
Five ENJOYABLE Stars. This 3 disk nicely-appointed tri-fold cardboard package (2 music CDs and 1 video DVD) captures the pianist, innovator, leader, and DownBeat Hall of Fame member Ahmad Jamal, his legendary ensemble, and featured guest multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef playing in 2012 to a packed house at the L'Olympia in Paris France. His ensemble includes longtime associates Reginald Veal on double bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Manolo Badrena on percussion. Based partly on his popular Grammy-nominated "Blue Moon" CD, the DVD contains performances of the total 14 standard and original songs from the concert, while the two CDs are broken down into 8 and 6 songs respectively for listening pleasure. The CDs are great but the DVD concert performance is fabulous, showing how tight the ensemble is and how Jamal exhibits control over the dynamics of each song with a simple wave of his hand or pointing a finger calling for a solo from each member of the ensemble. The cinematography work from various angles with many closeups is superb.

The `best of the best' begins with an awesome minor-themed "Autumn Rain" building and releasing tension as Jamal directs the ensemble's shadings with hand signals, drawing repeated applause from the audience as the tension builds to a taunt release, over and over. "Blue Moon" has a 5-note pedal point beat that allows Jamal to switch from shimmering to hip phrases for extended periods. Percussionist Manolo Badrena shines expertly and humorously on the planned breaks between the musical phrases on Billy Reid's "The Gypsy". The beautiful ballad "Laura" includes a two-note refrain alluding to "Call Me", as Jamal takes the song for a thrill ride with Veal bass in support. Multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef then arrives on stage for 4 songs, initially turning the stage into a steaming rain forest of sounds and rhythms on "Exatogi" and "Masara" and then brings it home, vocally, with blues renditions of "Trouble in Mind" and "Brother Hold Your Light", all with the superb assistance of Jamal and the bass, drum, and percussion section. Outstanding performances by the Ahmad Jamal ensemble and Yusef Lateef. My Highest Recommendation! Five SWINGING Stars! (3 disks: 2 audio and 1 complete concert video of 13 total songs; Total time-102:20)


The Village [DVD] [2004]
The Village [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.05

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN's “THE VILLAGE” IS A CHARMING, DRAMATIC ADULT FAIRY TALE, 15 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Village [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Five REMARKABLE Stars! A movie that is beautifully rendered and full of great stoic acting and powerful scenes. In M. Night Shyamalan's “The Village”, the famed producer, writer, and director presents the audience with what is almost an adult fairy tail, complete with the small utopian community of 'good people’ living in the valley and the ominous “Those We Don’t Speak Of” creatures living in the forest that surrounds community. The valley dwellers are forbidden to enter the forest and have an uneasy ‘truce’ with the monsters lurking in the forest. Seemingly self-sufficient, there are questions about how they set up and maintain their homestead in the first place. They even keep night watch and can sound an alarm bell to make the citizens flee to protected places if attacked. While the leader, Edward Walker (William Hurt), and his group of elders is the early focus of the movie, the story resolves around the interrelationship between four young friends, excellently portrayed by Bryce Dallas Howard as the blind intrepid Ivy, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, and Judy Greer, and this quartet propels the movie to its conclusion and the true facts of the community. Also starring Sigourney Weaver, Cherry Jones, Brendan Gleeson, Jane Atkinson, and a key, but brief acting turn by Charlie Hofheimer. The featured violinist of the James Newton Howard music score is Grammy-winner Hilary Hahn. PG-13. Highly Recommended. Five OUTSTANDING Stars! (Amazon Instant Video; Time-1:48)
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Bounce [DVD] [2001]
Bounce [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £7.21

5.0 out of 5 stars "BOUNCE": A REMARKABLE TRAGEDY SPARKS A NEW BEGINNING FOR TWO PEOPLE, 11 Sep 2014
This review is from: Bounce [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
" 'Guys screw up'...it's in their manual, right after 'Love your grill' and 'Leave socks on floor' ".

Four and a half FASCINATING Stars! Oscar-winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck, an off-again, on-again real-life Hollywood couple at the time, are magical as Abby and Buddy. Through self-directed circumstance, Buddy avoids death and, coming out of a period of guilt and booze, is drawn into checking up on the widow and kids of the man who literally took his seat on an airplane and died. The movie has a very attractive 'made for TV'-type ambience that rushes towards a hopeful conclusion and it is nice watching some inevitable things unfold, but are they inevitable? Aside from the irresistible Paltrow and the likable Affleck, the movie cast includes Edward Edwards, Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Mary Ellen Lyon, and Joe Morton (Scandal). Directed by Don Roos. Highly Recommended. Four a half ENCHANTING Stars! (Amazon Instant Video. Time: 1:47. Note: Gwyneth Paltrow talked Ben Affleck into doing this movie after they had broken up in real life, the movie drew them back into the relationship for a while. "Bounce" was made for an astounding budget of $35 Million and it made a nice profit of $53 Million total worldwide as a date movie.)


The Hunter [DVD]
The Hunter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Willem Dafoe
Price: £5.75

5.0 out of 5 stars "THE HUNTER" SEARCHES FOR THE LAST OF A BREED AND SELF DISCOVERY, 8 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Hunter [DVD] (DVD)
Five MESMERIZING Stars! Dafoe triumphs! "The Hunter" is an Australian movie based on the eponymous book by Julia Leigh, featuring marvelous understated acting, stunning cinematography of Tasmanian mountain and valley vistas, and a beautifully-fitting soundtrack. The plot moves at a deliberate pace and tracks the activities of Martin, a solitary European hunter hired by a shadowy biotech company to search the forests of Tasmania for the suspected last of the indigenous tigers. The tiger has some unusual traits that could be of great use. Also, the hunter is also in the middle of the affairs of a widow and kids, as well as among intense competing local groups. Willem Dafoe gives an outstanding performance as the grim, patient lead protagonist, along with the scene-stealing beautiful Frances O'Connor, the always marvelous Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Morgana Davies, Finn Woodlock, and Callan Mulvey. Directed by Daniel Nettheim. Rated R. Highly Recommended. Five OMINOUS Stars! (Amazon Instant Video. Time-1:40)


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