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Samsung 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 Grade 1 70 MB/s microSDXC Pro Memory Card with MicroSD Adapter
Samsung 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 Grade 1 70 MB/s microSDXC Pro Memory Card with MicroSD Adapter

5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin., 2 July 2014
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Does what it says on the tin.


Samsung S Charger Cover for Galaxy S5 - Black
Samsung S Charger Cover for Galaxy S5 - Black
Offered by ShimonTech UK
Price: £29.35

5.0 out of 5 stars "A lazily convenient way of charging the S5"., 2 July 2014
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Just be aware that wireless charging creates a lot of heat in use. I'm not sure about the consequences of that in the long term for the back and indeed the whole phone. Other than that, it is a lazily convenient way of charging the S5.


Common As Muck [DVD]
Common As Muck [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edward Woodward
Price: £19.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute masterpiece and well worth the asking price., 2 July 2014
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This series is pure brilliance. I can't add any more to the other reviews other than to say that if you like well written, impeccably acted and hard hitting drama which defines the 1970s and 80s then look no further. An absolute masterpiece and well worth the asking price.


Hundred Days: The End of the Great War
Hundred Days: The End of the Great War
Price: £4.68

5.0 out of 5 stars "An immensely readable, clear and well supported narrative", 2 July 2014
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This book is worthy of 5 stars if only because it occupies a very narrow field of historical research. Ask any historian how the 'Great War' ended and most will be surprisingly vague. Some will say the Allies were made stronger by the entry of the USA into the war, some will say that resistance in Germany collapsed on the home front and undermined the German military's ability to wage war, some will say that exhausted armies ran out of steam. Very few, and it is literally a handful by my estimation have actually researched the period between the failure of the German Army's Spring Offensive and the collapse of the Western Front between August and November.

To that end Nick Lloyd has performed a great service to this period of history by creating an immensely readable, clear and well supported narrative (by the evidence he employs) of the success of the Allies over the German army on the Western Front in those last months of the war. Far from the nebulous and vague explanations for the end of WWI hitherto offered he explains how by a combination of tactics and logistics the Allies could fairly claim a military victory over the central powers.

Lloyds case is bolstered by eye witness account unearthed in his research from both sides of the conflict. It is true that defeatism spread in the German Army and indeed the constitutional changes which lead to the end of the monarchy and military ruling class were crucial to the decision to seek armistice but he lays out the facts that the German Army had all but disintegrated except in small pockets of resistance after several well planned and executed campaigns. It took over 4 years to break the deadlock on the Western Front and dislodge the German Army from its monopoly of strong defensive positions but it is undeniable that better planning, better weapons and superior tactics succeeded in defeating the German Army.

This conclusion may surprise you and indeed possibly the most important point in Lloyd's book comes in the introduction. The lack of historical research, even in the immediate aftermath of the war and during the increasingly turbulent 1930s helped create two dangerous myths with catastrophic consequences for the remainder of the 20th century. Firstly, the myth that the German army was not defeated in 1918 which lead to festering resentment amongst the population and clearly aided the rise of Nazi militarism in the 1930s. And, secondly - the most dangerous assertion - that it was the 'Bolsheviks and Jews' who 'stabbed Germany in the back' by their nefarious conspiracies that 'forced' the Armistice in November 1918 on the German army. In the absence of emphatic evidence like this book to demonstrate the military defeat of Germany by the Allies these two turbulent myths helped to encourage the twin evils and Nazism and Appeasement.


STANLEY KUBRICK : A LIFE IN PICTURES
STANLEY KUBRICK : A LIFE IN PICTURES
Dvd ~ TOM CRUISE
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for all photographers, 14 April 2014
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Yes, I know Stanley Kubrick is a film director but you have to understand his personal journey to see why he is for the very best 'film' director of all time. This documentary takes you deeply into his life with outstanding contributions from close friends and family who explain his approach to direction and cinematography. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Icy Dock MB990SP-B Dual 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch SATA and IDE SSD/HDD Bracket
Icy Dock MB990SP-B Dual 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch SATA and IDE SSD/HDD Bracket
Offered by Rapid Warehouse
Price: £12.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not an ideal bracket, 14 April 2014
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I sent this bracket back for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it was not wide enough to fit my drive bays, which is a bit weird and I'm not sure at all why. Secondly, it is made of plastic. Maybe I don't understand the laws of physics but plastic is not a great heat conductor and SSDs get very hot. If I had know it was plastic I would never have bought it - clearly, a steel bracket is going to a far better job.


Corsair CMFPLA8GB 8GB 256-Bit Encryption USB Flash Drive
Corsair CMFPLA8GB 8GB 256-Bit Encryption USB Flash Drive
Price: £21.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 14 April 2014
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I bought this device because I back up my work PC so I can access the files I need at home. Everyone does this but as one wag pointed out the information should really be encrypted and password protected. With that in mind I bought this device. It was easy to set up and it works exactly as described. My only reason for not awarding five stars is that it is a big item and not as convenient as many of the smaller - and of course unprotected - USB drives you can buy today. Still, if like me looks and size are not a problem I can thoroughly recommend the device.


Crucial CT480M500SSD1 2.5-inch 480GB M500 SATA 6Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive
Crucial CT480M500SSD1 2.5-inch 480GB M500 SATA 6Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive
Price: £200.53

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the internet forums before purchase, 14 April 2014
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I wish I had. This device would not format in my desktop computer of less than one year old based on up to date technology. I already have an Intel 120GB SSD which is my boot drive but I wanted a larger drive for my photographs and processing software. This SSD consistently refused to be formatted under Windows7 either hanging or created a BSOD with a completely undecipherable reason (thanks Microsoft!) The suggested solutions found at both Crucial's website (you get the feeling they really don't want to admit a problem with this drive and that everything must be your fault) are bothersome and not convincing. I wish I had read the internet forums before wasting time with the device. It might work for you but it was a waste of time for me.
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East End Photographs
East End Photographs
by Steven Berkoff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential east end photographs, 8 Dec. 2013
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This is an excellent collection of candid portraits and urban street photography centred around Whitechapel and Spitalfields in the 1960s. This book is not just a homage to a celebrity snapper - Berkoff is a very fine photographer and he could easily have gone on to match Don McCullin or Chris Kilip had he stuck to his art. The quality of the photography is supported by the authentic memories of Berkoff. The packaging, in a sturdy hardback is very good as is the quality of the printing. Essential purchase for lovers of the lost east end.


Live in Hamburg 1977
Live in Hamburg 1977
Price: £7.30

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The master in his prime, 27 July 2013
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Actually, my title is a little unfair. I don't think Ry Cooder has ever not been in his prime. His most recent releases are in my humble opinion just as much a celebration of taste and virtuosity as his earliest eponymous album.

Although his catalogue of releases has included 'Showtime' which was a live release there has been very little available of his concerts other than via the bootleggers. Indeed, I'm not sure this is not from a previous bootleg which I purchased nearly 20 years ago. However, this is better packaged and without the timing 'pips' which meant that it was from a radio recording of some kind.

Anyway, back to the music. Yes, perhaps there could be a slightly better fidelity in the soundstage but you'll quickly find that is entirely made transparent by the sheer beauty of Cooder's delivery. A great part of this album is actually an acoustic set with one or two other musicians or backing singers. Every performance is worthy of note but my favourites have to be 'One Meatball', if only because Cooder has been entirely responsible for keeping alive this wonderful piece of Americana (for which he should receive some kind of Congressional medal, imho) and 'Fool for a cigarette' which just keeps you engaged from start to finish. "Let Your Light Shine On Me" is a tribute I suspect to the Bahamian musician Joseph Spence - it is certainly delivered in that style.

If you are an audiophile and you pass on this album then you are an audiophilistine because as far as performances go it does not get better than this. Cooder demonstrates that he has to be taken seriously as one of the world's leading guitarists.
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