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JVC HAFX5BE Gumy Plus Noise Isolating Headphones - Olive Black
JVC HAFX5BE Gumy Plus Noise Isolating Headphones - Olive Black
Offered by British_Bargains
Price: £6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised, 21 Aug. 2012
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BEWARE! What I received was nothing at all like the picture. I was sent the cheapest and most ineffective Gumy earphones which not only are NOT noise isolating, but do not remain in the ear.
Buy another product instead!

The Complete History of Jack the Ripper
The Complete History of Jack the Ripper
by Philip Sugden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in detective work., 24 Jun. 2012
It would be difficult to imagine a better account of the gruesome murders that horrified London in 1888. The author has performed a superlative feat of fact discovery and myth debunking. So much drivel has been written and spoken about what happened and who might have done it. Read this impeccably researched and extensively noted book and form your own opinion!

Don Carlo
Don Carlo
Price: £17.12

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visceral excitement in Verdi's greatest opera, 2 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Don Carlo (Audio CD)
This live recording from Vienna of the 1882 four act edition (with the excisions then customarily observed) is truly one for the ages. Putting aside the caveats first - Waechter is not my ideal of a Verdi baritone with too much bark in his delivery and insufficient Italianate warmth, and Stein's conducting, while dramatic, allows the ensemble to go awry from time to time - this is a stupendous performance of a magnificent opera. The five remaining principals have voices to die for. Corelli's extraordinary tenor is by turns lyrical and plangent with an abundance of squillo in reserve. Janowitz's creamy tone suffused with gorgeous floated pianissimi renders Elisabetta into a melting, slightly ethereal, character. Talvela's Grand Inquisitor oozes inky blackness and is utterly terrifying. Ghiaurov is at the height of his immense powers, surely one of the greatest basses of the century and a vocal actor of incredible force. I leave the best - in my opinion - till last. Verrett's Eboli is simply incomparable here. She encompasses every facet of the role, musically and dramtically. Whether alone or in ensemble, her astonishing mezzo rises to and surpasses every challenge that Verdi demands. It is an incendiary interpretation which left me gaping in admiration and disbelief. From top to bottom (and my goodness, what a bottom!) she owns the role completely. Spellbinding.
Finally, the sound is remarkable for its age - a very good stereo with the voices mostly prominent.
Those present at the Staatsoper on 25 October 1970 rightly offer repeated and clamorous ovations on what clearly was a spectacular evening of grand opera at its most exciting.
Whichever studio recording of this masterpiece you may own already, this version is an essential adjunct. Do not miss it.

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