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Anker ® CB310 Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo for Desktop with Water-Resistant and whisper-quiet Keyboard Design
Anker ® CB310 Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo for Desktop with Water-Resistant and whisper-quiet Keyboard Design
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £69.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice price for a decent bit of kit., 15 Sep 2014
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I had a bit of trouble setting it up - when playing a game the movement keys were unresponsive - but an email to their support team was answered quickly. I swapped the receiver to a different USB port and everything worked fine!

My only quibble is the lack of capslock light - so you don't know if its on - but other than that - it's great.

Quiet - lightweight - sleek design and it works!

Surgical Steel - Includes Bonus Track
Surgical Steel - Includes Bonus Track
Price: £17.83

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic British metal album, 8 July 2014
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After a long absence - Carcass return - with Jeff's satirical, biting, lyrical wit, Bill's scalpel sharp precision riffage, and a new drummer to pay homage to Ken's blistering legacy, all intact, and it almost sounds as if they'd never been away.

There's a spread of different Carcass eras on display here - from the brutal bludgeoning of the early songs (although without the dirty sludge production of the first release - which I still love.) To the more delicate, calculated savagery of their heady Heartwork days.

Without wanting to label an already extensive list of genres and sub genres, what we have here is a really good heavy metal album. At the end of the day, that's what this is, and it has all the hallmarks of a classic; the atmospheric intro track 1985, the fast songs, the mid paced rockers, the epic closing track - it's a polished, high quality set of songs, that is pure class start to finish.

I'm really glad they went ahead with this after their very successful festival appearances - as much as I love Bill's Firebird and Jeff's fantastic country album - when combined they make outstanding tracks.

It's an essential purchase for any rock or metal fan. And I hope they continue to release new material - as my other fave bands - Van Der Graaf Generator and Voivod have done.

Bolse® Newly Designed 300Mbps Wifi Wireless-N USB Micro Mini Adapter - Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater; 2.4G 802.11ngb 32-Bit and 64-Bit Compatible(*Does NOT Support Win8.1*)
Bolse® Newly Designed 300Mbps Wifi Wireless-N USB Micro Mini Adapter - Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8; Mac OS X 10.5 Greater; 2.4G 802.11ngb 32-Bit and 64-Bit Compatible(*Does NOT Support Win8.1*)
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Price: £19.99

Aquabats: Super Show Season One [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Aquabats: Super Show Season One [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ James Briggs
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £10.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Great family fun, 12 May 2014
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My 5 year old got me into the aquabats when he saw them on CITV - and after watching a couple of episodes with him, this crazy combination of pop-punk, The Monkees, and the 60's Batman TV show, depicting a band fighting all kinds of villains and monsters - I was as much a fan as he was.

Some of the beasts they fight are truly hilarious, such as the Floating Eye of Death, Snakey, or the Ubercaun; almost looking like Sid and Marty Kroft creations but bang up to date, and some of the stand out tunes are very catchy - such as burger rain and showtime.

The sheer inventiveness of the format is relentless - with an ongoing episodic cartoon and a fake ad break each episode.

This is the best show on kids TV in ages, and I've even gone and bought their albums too - dating back to when they were a ska band in the early 90's!

I got the US import version - as I'd read reviews stating that the UK release didn't have the special features - such as the pilot episode. This has plenty of fun extras so worth the effort in tracking it down. Looking forward for the DVD release of the next 8 episodes which have aired only in the US so far.

Super Rad!

The Magic of Reality: How we know what's really true
The Magic of Reality: How we know what's really true
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The wrong book again. Thanks amazon., 19 Jan 2014
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Right - first up - I'm giving it a 1 star review so people wonder why I am going against the grain (and am not a godbot fanatic) But the 5 star reviews are for a different book.


Despite the illustrator getting a billing on the front page - it's just text, THERE ARE NO illustrations.

The 5 star reviews are for a TOTALLY DIFFERENT BOOK. And amazon needs to sort it out - BUT as there is no indication as to that fact when buying it that it's a TOTALLY DIFFERENT BOOK then I'm having to write this snark review.

Shed loads of art books are out there in both hardback and paperback formats - with the same contents in each - yet this is not one of those - it's a total disgrace of a version that the publishers have put together.
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Alien - The Illustrated Story
Alien - The Illustrated Story
by Archie Goodwin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon screwed me over with this one, 20 Sep 2013
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I really did not want to be the 1 star jerk, going against the grain due to my own failings in life, so even though this is a fairly adequate comic book adaptation of ALIEN, I bought this on the strength of the glowing 5 star reviews above, and was sold a dud. I even checked the product description and everything.

Basically I, like most reasonable folk, usually hate those clowns who give 1 star reviews to works of art, just because they've got the wrong version, or it's not the widescreen, extended, uncut, DVD etc - which it was never sold as in the first place!

BUT I always read the 1 star reviews to see what went wrong. And in this case, I urge you to just take a look at the 5 star reviews associated with this product. Go on, have a quick scan. You can come back to this tiresome whinge in a minute. "Fantastic art book for comic and ALIEN film fans." "This is BIG!" "It's a big book!" (hardcover versions granted)

Impressive reviews eh? And I would probably concur in every respect, had I bought the book that those reviews were about! But this is a totally different product. It's not big for a start or overly impressive in any way. This is a fairly standard comic book sized effort with vaguely sloppy colouring that very occasionally stays within the lines.

As an illustrator myself I bought this wholly on the strength of the 5 star reviews, to have a gander at the "original" artwork that was so eulogised above.

So let this serve as a warning - those reviews are not for this somewhat mundane release. It's the kind of error you could never make when strolling around a bookshop.

Call me a clown if you will - but I genuinely thought that I was getting the enormously impressive sounding book which has garnered the 5 star reviews. And as such I've been forced into being one of those tiresome bores. In all honesty I'd give this version 3 stars - I'm a huge Alien fan anyway, so I rate it for nostalgia value - but the disappointment of arriving home from work on a Friday night to open a small flimsy package from Amazon containing this, when my expectations were so much higher, has just killed my enthusiasm for it stone dead. You live and learn I guess.

I did manage to get hold of the Original Artwork edition - for which the 5 star reviews are referring. And frankly that *is* a five star purchase. This kind of false advertising for a completely different book by amazon is still out of order in my opinion though.
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Doctor Who Dalek Factory
Doctor Who Dalek Factory
Offered by Mytoyfactory
Price: £39.99

1.0 out of 5 stars A wretched mess, 25 July 2013
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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This takes ages to assemble - due to the instruction book being a re-imagining of a LEGO manual put together by cretins.

Once assembled it will pop apart of it's own volition anyway - the plastic used is inferior to LEGO.

Why did the BBC not give the license to LEGO - which is a fantastic toy company. Character building stuff is garbage in comparison, especially at the RRP cost - if you can get it cheap then it's vaguely passable as a time-consuming diversion - but everything from the design of the factory (nothing like this ever appeared in the Doctor Who show) to the totally unplayable nature of it, as it's prone to falling apart if you look at it, is just idiotic. With LEGO products, you can recognise what the finished product is going to look like, you can even see what they are getting at as you are building it - but this "dalek factory" is as illogical as it is collapsible.

If anyone can fathom the conveyor belt - let me know - the faux lego construction is so slight, and the rubber belt so unwieldy, it comes to pieces in seconds. And any dalek figure on it revolves and falls off.

Pathetic. 1 star - but if you get it for under a tenner I'd give it 3 stars for the time it takes to assemble it - should prove quite a brain teaser to work it out for a young child. And if you have aspirations for a creative career for your child - for a textbook example of bad 3D-Design and product Design on almost every front (to be fair the Doctor Who license tie-in is it's ONLY redeeming feature) it is exemplary.

No Regrets
No Regrets
by Ace Frehley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spaced Ace, 2 Mar 2013
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Good book from Ace. As he reveals his long list of regrets. I would have liked to have read more about his guitar playing, or his songwriting, but, he dishes some dirt as promised.

But not often enough for a 5 star rating.

Entertaining for some simply fantastic lines about Gene and Ace's many brushes with death (self inflicted of course)

Secular Haze [Explicit]
Secular Haze [Explicit]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality title track from ghosts 2nd album, 2 Mar 2013
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Those theatrical swedes have done it again! Haunting and catchy, Secular Haze is the first single from their forthcoming sophomore release.

Having recently signed to a big label, their popularity is certainly growing. I loved the look of papa emeritus and the nameless ghouls, and I expected a much heavier doom laden style, but on listening to their debut album - was surprised by the melody and variety of their riffage.

And their cover of Here comes the sun was simply outstanding!

Secular Haze catches you from the off, the swirling, dark fairground melodies, and the chugging guitars provide a solid foundation for the melodic sweep of the vocal line.

Top tune - looking forward to hearing the rest of the new album!

Buena Vodka Social Club (Limited Edition Digipak Inc Bonus Track)
Buena Vodka Social Club (Limited Edition Digipak Inc Bonus Track)
Price: £15.32

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining!, 2 April 2012
I have been a fan of this extraordinary ensemble since I saw Aki Kaurismaki's incredible Leningrad Cowboys Go America movie in the early 90s.

Their last album Zombie's Paradise - was one of my favourite albums of all time - a surprisingly heavy metal collection of diverse pop covers featuring the likes of Goldfinger, My Sharona, Ring of Fire, and a superb reworking of their Turtles cover - Happy Together.

This time around, with a different lead vocalist, is an album of original tunes - and they have dropped the all-out thrash metal assault in favour of a wacky rock'n'roll, blended with different styles of upbeat music from around the world. Think Mr Bungle perhaps crossed with a band of vodka-swigging Eastern European mariachis!

It's an astonishingly eclectic album, with a mind-bending number of musical genres effortlessly combined - sometimes all in the space of a single 3 minute song!

They still occasionally get heavy - but rather than thrash, it's more feelgood 80's metal - with tunes like Wash Your Ass (inspired by the standup routine by Red Foxx) Machine Gun Blues, and the title track - Buena Vodka Social Club - which is a real 80's hair rock anthem - that could have been by someone like WASP or Bon Jovi!

Elsewhere, the songs range from silly, like Gimme your Sushi and the incredibly zany Frijoles Y Lager - which is like a three way duel between a Borat-style national anthem, 70's porn funk, and a bontempi organ maestro, to the jaw dropping 6 minute epic Mexican spaghetti western brilliance of Mule, which closes the album with a series of building crescendos and musical highs - fully exploiting the vast array of instruments used by the band - the brass section really adding to the power at the climax.

The production sounds fantastic - the arrangements inspired - and there's a great bonus track too - Corpse Bride.

Overall this is a brilliant album - not a single dud song here - check them out on Youtube. You won't be disappointed.

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