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Brand New High Quality Samsung Galaxy S3 SIII I9300 Black Hybrid Stand Case Cover with Silver Chrome Design + Free Screen Protector & Micro Fibre Cloth - Part Of Fab Mobile Phone Accessories Range
Brand New High Quality Samsung Galaxy S3 SIII I9300 Black Hybrid Stand Case Cover with Silver Chrome Design + Free Screen Protector & Micro Fibre Cloth - Part Of Fab Mobile Phone Accessories Range
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good case, silly stand option, 9 Oct 2014
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The stand is a gimick and didn't last long, but otherwise it's a pretty solid case.


Shelfone - Stylish Protective 3D Rain Drop Design HARD CASE COVER + Includes STYLUS PEN + SCREEN PROTECTOR (Samsung I8190 Galaxy S3, BLACK)
Shelfone - Stylish Protective 3D Rain Drop Design HARD CASE COVER + Includes STYLUS PEN + SCREEN PROTECTOR (Samsung I8190 Galaxy S3, BLACK)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent for the price, 9 Oct 2014
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Works well, although the little stand broke off fairly soon after I began to use it.


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Epson Ink Cart T129 Retail Pack Untagged - Black
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality but short product life, 9 Oct 2014
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Good quality, but in the Epson BX525WD, it doesn't last very long.


Game Of Thrones Season 1
Game Of Thrones Season 1
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Price: £16.99

6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful rubbish, 8 Aug 2014
I saw another reviewer describe this as 'the Hobbit with soft porn'. This does a disservice to the Hobbit. I watched the first two episodes and it's simply awful. I cannot believe HBO got involved with this stuff.

The author - of the books - must have been neglected in childhood and I'm sure much of the fanbase are adolescent males!!!

No serious adult should give this the time of day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy these items in a store, 8 Aug 2014
Unless one has tried such items on for size, it's very difficult to get this right on the internet.

This is a nice slipper and the size ordered was delivered, but it was too large (even thought the generic 'size' was normal for my wife). Unfortunately, some footwear is big, narrow, or simply small despite the stated size, primarily as a result of modern market trends.


Death on a Country Road
Death on a Country Road
by Desmond Fahy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars How two men were killed because of hatred ..., 8 Aug 2014
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A human touch to a human story. That the British military establishment turned a blind eye to the operation, by local units, of death squads is now obvious to those who have taken an interest in the war in Ireland (just google the Glenanne Gang, for example).

For the record, these men were shot because they were nationalists, and because the perpetrators knew they could get away with it.


Bloody Sunday: Truth, lies and the Saville Inquiry
Bloody Sunday: Truth, lies and the Saville Inquiry
by Douglas Murray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It may seem like a small point, 8 Aug 2014
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A reviewer of this book mentioned that it was 'unbiased'. Unfortunately, in writing about historical events, there's no such thing as an 'unbiased' account. (And by definition, my review is also 'biased'.)

This is a book about an event in Ireland written by a British journalist (note that in my biased account, I don't say the UK). Technically he might be correct in stating that this was about the murder of 'British citizens', but there's no-one in Derry connected with the families that would describe themselves as 'British'. It may seem like a small point, but it's very important, and it helps explain why this too is a biased account.

The partition of Ireland in 1920 hangs heavily over this event. Why do I mention Partition? Many of the mandarins in the Northern Ireland government, Ulster Special Constabulary and the Royal Ulster Constabulary had clear recollections of what happened in Ireland in 1920 (either first hand or from their parents). With the renewal of armed resistance against the status quo, these 'Unionists' were not going to sit idly by and allow the state to disintegrate. From 1968 until that fateful day in 1972, they used physical force to maintain the status quo. And the deployment of 1 Para in Derry city on 30 January was an extension of this policy. Stormont lobbied the London government hard for their appearance, and London gleefully obliged.

Now, the Bloody Sunday Tribunal wasn't able to throw light on this 'place setting', and Murray doesn't mention it in his book either, but does allude to a colonial past by referring to the soldiers having experience in Aden. To this day, many people believe that 1 Para was sent to Derry to sort out the natives. Will we ever prove this? Who knows, but it won't be in my lifetime.

No-one will ever know who fired the first shot because too many inter-connecting episodes happened - within minutes of each other - without the full picture been known. Was the drainpipe shot the first round fired or was it discharged after Donaghey and Johnston had been shot by the British army? And here Murray makes an unusual comment. Even if the army did fire first, the gunman was in place to retaliate very quickly, making him in some way responsible for the army's actions.

I think the book reads fairly well and when the author allows the transcripts, this is when he's at his best; it's when he decides to interpret some of these accounts that issues arise. For example, his constant ascertain that the march was illegal is in direct contrast to the protesters, who saw it as a legitimate, non-violent form of protest against the one-sided act of Interment, August 1971. History has now shown that it was deemed 'illegal' by a local government that was quickly dissolved after January 1972.

Did the wider Republican family benefit from the actions of the British army that day? Of course the answer is 'yes', just the same way that Hamas and other Palestinian organisations will benefit as a result of the actions of the Israeli Defence Forces in Palestine today. Sure, those UN schools are all rocket-launching bases .... just like there were 10,000 nail bombers in Derry that day in 1972. All armies close ranks after a crime has been committed ....

The book also helps to represent a wider, although more sinister narrative that I believe has now taken hold. Namely, that by exonerating the dead and describing the killings as 'murders', the author - and the British establishment - is safe in the knowledge that the majority of families feel closure, the soldiers will never be prosecuted, and their political masters (they are not independent of each other, despite Ted Heath's claims) will walk away without facing war crimes. As such, the full truth of Bloody Sunday can never and will never come out. Murray might blame the soldiers of the British army and the IRA for much of this, given the nature of their testimony, but the interesting political aspect is that for the purposes of history, the British are now more likely to describe what happened in the north of Ireland as a 'war', because in war things happen.

I'm glad I have this book in my library, but I take it with a pinch of salt.

And here's when his guard falls: in his conclusion, he laments the absence of inquiries into other actions during the war: Le Mans, Warrenpoint, etc., while actually bringing up historical Republicanism in the shape of Sean Russell and Countess Markievicz, referring to the latter's shooting of a British solider as 'murder'. Since it was outside the remit of the Tribunal (and his book), Murray has decided not to tell the reader about the actions of the British army from 1946-1970 across Asia, the Middle East and Africa: 'the winds of change' saw a killing ground develop in faraway countries, out of sight and out of mind to the British public.


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3 Volt Lithium Battery Replaces ECR2032
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't recommend them, 9 Feb 2014
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I use these for my little Cateye computer on the bicycle and I'm going through them almost every few hundred kms. Best to buy fewer and pay more for a better product.


Logitech X-140 Multimedia Speakers (2.0)
Logitech X-140 Multimedia Speakers (2.0)

5.0 out of 5 stars Good speakers, 9 Feb 2014
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I wouldn't call myself a techie, but for the price I paid these work really well (used in conjunction with WiFi radio) and the sound is excellent.


Zenith Brass Band
Zenith Brass Band
Price: £18.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Good!, 9 Feb 2014
This review is from: Zenith Brass Band (Audio CD)
As described and a great collection of songs. Quality pretty good despite the age of the original recordings.


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