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No You're Not Crazy: A Collection of Personal Essays By A Millennial Weirdo
No You're Not Crazy: A Collection of Personal Essays By A Millennial Weirdo
Price: £2.07

5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it, 26 Mar. 2016
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Insightful, relevant and very funny little book.


THL T6C Newest 5.0" Android 5.1 Unlocked 3G Smartphone -- Ultrathin 1GB/8GB MT6580 Quad-Core 1.3GHz GSM/WCDMA Dual SIM Card Dual Standby Mobile Phone GPS OTA WIFI SIM-Free Phablet (White)
THL T6C Newest 5.0" Android 5.1 Unlocked 3G Smartphone -- Ultrathin 1GB/8GB MT6580 Quad-Core 1.3GHz GSM/WCDMA Dual SIM Card Dual Standby Mobile Phone GPS OTA WIFI SIM-Free Phablet (White)
Offered by Oxford Street
Price: £49.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, 5 Jan. 2016
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Bought this as a placeholder until I can upgrade as my previous phone was bursting at the seams. I've been using it for about a week and, so far, it seems like it will do the job for a few months. Much longer and I imagine it would begin to drive me crazy. For the price it's a perfectly decent piece of kit, although the screen is noticeably less polished than the top phones on the market, and it's very prone to scratching. The battery isn't up to scratch either.. Drains like a sink when idle (I can't find any mysterious app as the culprit so I'm assuming it's just the battery). I wouldn't recommend it, but I also wouldn't go so far as to say don't buy it. My advice would be to buy if you only need it for a short while. Can't see it holding together for long.


Ultra Thin 2.4G 800/1600 DPI Wireless USB Wheel Optical Mouse PC
Ultra Thin 2.4G 800/1600 DPI Wireless USB Wheel Optical Mouse PC
Offered by bomien
Price: £1.96

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible - don't bother, 25 Nov. 2015
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I'd recommend just steering clear of this mouse. As a piece of hardware it's nice; lightweight, comfortable, slick; but its responsiveness and calibration is terrible. It might work fine for about a minute before the pointer skews off randomly or inverts your movements - and don't even bother touching the scroll wheel. One scroll and the page starts jumping up and down uncontrollably until I unplug.

I've tried using it on different surfaces and changed the battery a number of times. Nothing worked so I've just given up and bought a new one.


House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story Volume Three
House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story Volume Three
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars As a trilogy, very interesting..., 19 Sept. 2015
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Taking all three books into account, House Of Darkness House Of Light is a fascinating read, whether you believe in what Andrea is writing or not. Volume 1 is the best by quite some distance, being the most interesting and page-turning, quick to induce goosebumps from the tales told. By Volume 3, it definitely feels like she's repeating herself a lot. I do wonder if three books were completely necessary.

But I'd recommend. It's also very well written, so if you're just looking to approach it as a piece of spooky fiction, you're in good hands.


The Evil Within (Xbox One)
The Evil Within (Xbox One)
Offered by Ace Goods Co. Ltd
Price: £13.08

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clunky, 28 Aug. 2015
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Pretty disappointing to be honest. I really tried to get into it, but while the game is undoubtedly atmospheric, it's SO clunky. Anything from disarming a trap to basic movement, it just feels unpolished and jaggy. I found a lot of the character traits extremely frustrating as well; you can run for about two seconds before stopping to catch your breath, but you don't just slow down again, you have to STOP and bend over to wheeze. While hordes of enemies are chasing you. How out of shape is this guy? The fact that when I finally found a hatchet (an actual weapon!), I discovered it was good for...one kill, didn't help anything either. One whole kill.

Anyway, I just couldn't get into it. Compared to games like Fear, Doom and Dead Space, this needs a lot of work...


The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 70cl
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 70cl
Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best gin I've ever tasted, 7 May 2015
Gordon's, Tanqueray, Bombay Saphire; they're all pretty standard, tasty gins that I drink a lot. But The Botanist is from another world. I don't really know how to describe the taste...it's just gorgeous.

Try it.


Panasonic RP-HJE120E-K Ergo Fit Ear Canal Headphones - Black
Panasonic RP-HJE120E-K Ergo Fit Ear Canal Headphones - Black
Offered by Freundlichen Himmel
Price: £6.95

4.0 out of 5 stars They do the job..., 2 May 2015
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For the price these aren't bad at all. The cable is a good length and the plugs are comfortable, with four spare fittings. The only issue is the sound quality which isn't amazing.


JUMP SUEDE HEEL GRIPS
JUMP SUEDE HEEL GRIPS
Offered by Home Star Supplies Ltd
Price: £0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars They felt really comfortable initially, but ended up slipping around after walking ..., 28 Aug. 2014
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I bought them to fix a pair of new boots which rip my feet to shreds thanks to an ill-placed seam running around the heel, but all they really did was delay the inevitable. They felt really comfortable initially, but ended up slipping around after walking for twenty odd minutes, despite applying them firmly. I think I'll be better off with gel pads.


Hatchet Job: Love movies, hate critics
Hatchet Job: Love movies, hate critics
by Mark Kermode
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading for the Kermode faithful, 5 Mar. 2014
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Kermode's latest is full of insight, funny anecdotes and genuine passion for his field, but it definitely feels like a book that has only one point to make; a point which only goes so far.

I've been an avid listener to Kermode and Mayo's podcast for years and I'll listen to/read/watch anything he has to say, but it's undeniably a less engrossing read than The Good, The Bad And The Multiplex.


Gravity [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Gravity [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.48

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning visual spectacle, 3 Mar. 2014
In an immediate display of ambition, we open with a marvellous, captivating sequence where Cuarón’s camera runs for ten straight minutes uninterrupted as it drifts delicately through the void of space, circling around the shuttle and introducing our characters and the actions they face. Rarely is such confidence and wonderful invention with the camera displayed these days, even with accomplished and veteran directors. That willingness to just go for it, to let the camera loose and ever so slowly build and build to the crisis without worrying that the audience will lose interest, is fantastic. In fact, Cuarón often just lets the camera do its own work when he leaves it to float around transcendentally in zero gravity (or artificial zero gravity at any rate), tipping upside down, circling around helmets and spinning uncontrollable through debris-riddled space. Then when he takes control again, we get a load of close and personal P.O.V shots which put us right in centre of the breathtaking, silent action.

That P.O.V camerawork, at times to the point of actually getting inside Dr. Stone’s helmet, also lends itself to the immense claustrophobia of the whole experience. Nowhere else is quite as empty, quite as desolate, quite as vacuous as space. The thought of floating off into the black void with no way of stopping yourself is unimaginably torturous, not unlike Open Water’s depiction of floating away in the middle of the ocean only a ten times scarier and a hundred times more hopeless. Cuarón captures the feeling with deft, intimate and gentle shots, while Bullock and Clooney do the impressive work of making us really invest ourselves in them without much in the way of character development, through subtle, clever performances.

Pun, of course, intended, the whole film is also curiously down-to-Earth. There’s never a sense that it’s trying to be, or thinks it is, bigger than itself. While certainly it matches its contemporaries visually and as a spectacle, it’s refreshing in its confidence to stick to such a simple, linear story line right until the end – because, when you strip it down, there really isn’t a lot going on here. Two characters (bar voices), one setting (space), one idea (getting back to Earth amidst volleys of space debris). That’s not to say it isn’t ambitious; it’s wildly ambitious, but tangentially to the way Inception proved that blockbusters don’t have to be big and dumb to make money, Gravity proves that films don’t have to rely on big, lavish sets or complicated plots to be breathtaking. Of course, as with any genre movie, it generally conforms to the standard space cliches (many which are probably too spoilerific to post here), but it’s never too problematic. In regards to the story and plot, it’s nothing we haven’t really seen before, but it’s technically superb, and in the end, Gravity is more a film about invention and visuals than plot development.

On that note, while entirely green-screened, this film is a visual exhibition. As Ryan and Matt gaze over our world as the sun rises from the east, we feel as if we’re right there with them basking in the glow. Emmanuel Lubezki’s striking cinematography really captures the magic of our planet from space that so few of us are lucky enough to ever see, and thanks to his skill and films like Gravity, we can’t really get any closer to how it must feel without actually going. His utilization of stereoscopy is better than most; at times immersive with certain flying-debris sequences actually making us duck for cover, but still ultimately unnecessary. 3D isn’t the reason for the blackness of space being somehow alluring and beautiful (an IMAX print will do no harm), although at least the light loss, for once, isn’t an issue. Equally as important and impressive is the soundtrack – and that’s the actual sounds on the track, not the music (although that’s also fantastic) – which is powerful and gripping, despite the entirety of the drama taking place in soundless vacuum. It’s quality over quantity stuff, and the quality here is first drawer.

Gravity is easily one of the most impressive and ambitious films of the year. From intense, toe-curling, edge-of-your seat action to blissful, reflective character sequences, there’s never a dull moment and it’s hard to find a single thing to fault. That being said, I don’t think it’s a groundbreaker or a masterpiece or game-changer; it’s just a spectacle. It’s an incredible, exhilarating experience and a genuinely powerful piece of cinema that, unlike its premise, attempts at every turn to lift you off your feet. This is a film that deserves to be seen on the biggest, loudest, eye-popping screen possible; unfortunately outwith the cinema that won't always be possible, but a blu-ray copy will go a long way.


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