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Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine - Black
Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine - Black
Offered by Caffe Shop Ltd
Price: 149.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes great coffee, 2 Mar 2013
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This is my first coffee machine, and I'm so pleased with the results that since I bought it (Christmas 2012) I've only rarely used my filter and cafetiere! Once you get the hang of it, you'll enjoy better coffee than you can get in most high street coffee shops (Nero, Costa, Starbucks, M&S!)

Make sure that you boil a kettle to heat the cup/mug you want to use. Allow the machine a few minutes to warm, and make sure you warm the portafilter as per the instructions. Unless you're an expert at grinding to exactly the right grade, it's easier to use a ready-ground specifically for espresso machines (I use Lavazza). Standard pre-ground coffees (eg M&S ground 'for all coffee machines') are not fine enough and I found the coffee thin/weak. If you want to use beans, make sure it gives an even, fine grind. I have a deLonghi blade grinder which allegedly tells you when you've got a coarse, medium or fine grind. It doesn't work that precisely, so I find that just making sure the coffee is fine ground will give decent results.

The gap between dispenser and drip tray is a bit small, so it won't take a mug if you're looking to make a simple Americano. I bought a large coffee/tea cup to fit. I prefer my coffee made with cold milk, not hot, so the steam pipe - not really very effective - is not an issue for me. It will froth, but there's not much space for doing the 'up and down' motion recommended in the instructions: don't expect it to boil your milk!

It has two dispensers so in theory, you can make two shots at a time. If you like your coffee strong, however, you can really only do one at a time.

Once you've mastered it, you get a good, tasty, creamy coffee.


The Last Weekend [DVD]
The Last Weekend [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rupert Penry-Jones
Price: 5.00

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, weak execution, 3 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Last Weekend [DVD] (DVD)
OK, an ordinary story - college friends reunited at an old country house - is given a twist by the recounting of the story by one of the characters from a grey and misty world - limbo, perhaps? His interventions provided a sense of foreboding: we know something unpleasant is going to happen, and his increasing unreliability as the narrator became clear as he unfolded a tale of his own jealousy. I was disappointed by the denoument (which I'll not give away here) but perhaps more dedicated viewers than can explain the relevance of the references to Shakespeare's Othello - eg Ollie (Othello); Ian (Iago); Daisy (Desdemona); Em (Emilia) sickly green painted house ("jealousy, the green-eyed monster").


Cowon iAudio S9 16GB MP3 Player - Titanium
Cowon iAudio S9 16GB MP3 Player - Titanium

5.0 out of 5 stars Best mp3 I've ever used, 12 Feb 2012
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This is my third mp3 player. I previously owned a Creative Zen Vision M (30gb) and a Samsung YP-P3 (16gb). Yes, I tried the iPods, but I was looking for something that was big enough to handle, with at least 16gb, and a radio, for less than 150. I'm not interested in video capacity or any other additional apps or gimmicks. If musical fidelity is what you're looking for too (and don't want to spend a fortune) the Cowon S9 delivers, though I don't use the earphones that came with it, but my Grado SR60i's. I'm in audio heaven! There's space, depth, bass, detail, clarity - and that's without using any of the multiple BBE presets. I'm listening to Kate Bush's '50 Words for Snow" at the moment, and the piano playing is just bliss!

It's an easy to operate touch screen, though the route to track back from 'now playing' to the list of artists or songs is slightly quirky. You can skip tracks back and forth with a screen wipe, or using the button at the top, or (and this is the fun bit) by shaking. Turn it horizontal and so will the view (useful for your videos).

It's nice to handle, light, with a brilliant screen and clear display. So far, my only gripes are that the radio set-up isn't very intuitive, so I need to play with this some more - I have a feeling I can't label the station names - and that the touch screen isn't quite as accurate as I'd like. But these are minor complaints, given that I can revisit my Debussy, Eno, Muse, Radiohead, The Beatles and so on with even more pleasure than before.


Claude Debussy: Complete Works For Piano, Vol. 3
Claude Debussy: Complete Works For Piano, Vol. 3
Price: 14.18

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection, excellent playing, excellent recording, 22 May 2011
Primarily a fan of rock and pop, so I write this as a classical novice. Debussy is one of my favourites, and with the help of the Presto website, and recommendations, I was guided to try Bavouzet's versions of some of his best known piano pieces.

What I particularly like is that it includes some of his most melodic and familiar works (Clair De Lune, Arabesque No. 1) but also some of his less accessible later works.

I've heard versions by Thibaudet, Roge and Fergus Thompson and I own part of the collection by Hakon Austbo, but Bavouzet's appeals most. If his tempo seems on occasion a little slower than I might have liked, his phrasing is, to my ear, near perfect, and more than adequate compensation. Gramophone Classical said, "he turns conventional notions of 'impressionism' topsy-turvy, cleansing Debussy of years of dust and accretion." Well, I can't comment on that, since I've not been listening to him for years, but his playing has personality and shape, and the recording is, even on a modest hi-fi system, very transparent. Frankly, I'm surprised that this CD hasn't been reviewed til now, though perhaps the price is a little off-putting. (OK, I'll confess, I didn't buy from Amazon, it's a little cheaper elsewhere!)

One small note for CD rippers: if you copy the disc to PC and expect Windows Media Player or MP3 Tag to supply the right tag info, think again. I had to go via Gracenote to get the right track listing!


If On A Winter's Night A Traveller (Vintage Classics)
If On A Winter's Night A Traveller (Vintage Classics)
by Italo Calvino
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most tedious book I have ever attempted to read, 7 Nov 2010
I too read the first few paragraphs and was enticed into buying the book. "This looks fun," I thought, with the introduction writing about you, the reader as you settle down to read this book. For a while, it entertained, and the basic conceit - that you search in a variety of locations to find the missing pieces from the book you started with, only to become ensnared by more fragments of other books - was, potentially, intriguing.

However, this depends on the fragments being intriguing. You, the reader and the novel's protagonist, need to be convinced that the books are worth chasing around for. I was not convinced, and the further I got into the onion layers, the less I was intrigued. Without either a character to engage with (except possibly the strange Cavedagna in the Kafkaesque publishing house) or a single plot to draw you from one incident to the next, there was little to hang my interest on.

At times, the language was playful, at others simply impenetrable. Try this, and decide for yourself:

"I am the man who comes and goes between the bar and the telephone booth. Or, rather: that man is called "I" and you know nothing else about him, just as this station is called only "station" and beyond it there exists nothing except the unanswered signal of a telephone ringing in a dark room of a distant city."

I got a little more than halfway through, but didn't finish it, except that I read the five sentences that comprise chapter 12. I suppose I gained thereby, satisfaction of some sort from a tidying up of a loose end, but I can't say that I would recommend it to anyone else to read. In fact, what I would say is that there are so many other books out there to read and so little time, why waste anymore on it? And to those who say it is 'clever', I'm not sure what is clever about writing a contrivance that turns off the reader.

I will put it in the pile of Books I Should Not Have Allowed Myself To Be Seduced By (or just give it to Oxfam).
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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sugar, 22 July 2010
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This review is from: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Audio CD)
This is my first experience of Wilco, and it was worth the discovering. Set to one side for the moment, the static squalls in between tracks, and listen to the songs. YHF sounds superficially 'country' with some very obvious signature guitar/slide guitar; the pop tracks are sugar sweet in melody and beat. 'Kamera' - owes more to The Archies and Eurythmics' 'Thorn in My Side' than any Alternative or grunge heritage.

Yet, listen to the lyrics, enjoy the arrangements and instrumentation, return again and again to the longer tracks which build beautifully and dissipate without any crass climax, and you hear a rock band playing with formats to suit their own ends. No song is quite what it seems, so if you like your genre subverted, you'll be happy.

And the static? Along with the white noise, dissonant percussion and sampled sounds, it has the effect of framing each song, providing a distance that takes the heat out of the emotion, leaving a bitter, cynical taste, and longing not just for the end to broken hearts, but an end to a wearying world.


Il Processo Del Lavoro
Il Processo Del Lavoro

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot sounds and warm ears, 9 Mar 2010
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Having grown tired of the second cable failure of my Sennheiser PX100s (though sound was good), decided to take the plunge and pay a larger lump of cash for these alleged award winners. The jump in quality is worth the jump in price (from 17.99 to 86.00, both through Amazon). Space, separation, detail is all much improved. I can hear subtle textures and tones I'd not noticed before - even whole background instruments. Bass is solid, without being overwhelming, vocals are clear. Listening to Brian Eno's 'Another Green World' album as I write (on my Samsung YP3 mp3 player) so thoroughly enjoying revisiting old friends, now refreshed and reinvigorated. Now Burial ('Untrue') is reverberating round my skull! Any disadvantages? As others here have said, sound leakage means they're not very private, and size makes them less portable than the PX100s, and the pads are warming on the lugs, but since I can't stand in-ear phones, I have to walk the dog with these or go silent. Good job I walk the dog on the moors!


Miike Snow
Miike Snow
Price: 5.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Love it all!, 6 Mar 2010
This review is from: Miike Snow (Audio CD)
First gripped by 'Animal', I now can't get this off my CD player. Quirky synth pop, with melancholic lyrics and no dud tracks.


Kid A
Kid A
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, poignant, beautiful, 28 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Kid A (Audio CD)
I came late to Radiohead, but not too late it seems. I've been listening to Kid A on and off since my son showed me 'Idioteque' live on Youtube about 3 years ago, and I'm still finding detail and subtlety in the haunting melodies and arrangements. Listening again today on headphones, I enter a world so far from what Rock Music is about that you might not believe that this was produced by the same band that offered us The Bends.

This a world where life is full only of fragments of dreams and nightmares. Electronic treatments and samples are cut and paste like some aural Guernica - stark images of horror, yearning, loss - and held together by droning basslines, soaring strings that mimic the inevitability that life, with all its faults, forces us on from one day to the next. Bleak, yes, but very human and without loud political bombast, Radiohead offer insights into the fabric of living that no other comparable musicians dare consider.

To the reader looking for a guide ("This is worth listening to if you also like the music of xxx!") you'll like it if you like music that takes you to places that are uncomfortably familiar only when you are asleep, when you were a child, when you were gripped by despair that you would ever escape your pain...

This is the antithesis of Ambient and ChillOut...and no less enjoyable!


BenQ E2220HD 21.5-inch Wide LCD 1080p HDMI USB MM Monitor - Black
BenQ E2220HD 21.5-inch Wide LCD 1080p HDMI USB MM Monitor - Black

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good clear display, 2 Jan 2010
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A simple product to setup, which, so far, has proved to be an immense improvement over the 7 year old IIyama CRT screen. The display is clear, with no dead pixels or fuzzy spots. I have no real complaints, given the price I paid for it. The only reason I wouldn't give it five stars is because the plastic stand seems a little too flexible, and the height is not adjustable. Otherwise, if you're looking for a good screen at a great price, this is one to consider: I would recommend it for your shortlist.


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