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Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head
Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head
Price: £17.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Aug. 2015
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Extremely sturdy and well-engineered. Ideal companion for the 294 Monopod.


Carsick
Carsick
by John Waters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Huge fun., 4 Aug. 2015
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Very entertaining read from the King of camp sleaze. Part fantasy, part journal, the first section of the book is Waters' wild imaginings of what could go wrong (and right) on his hitch-hiking trip from his headquarters in Baltimore to his apartment in San Francisco. Nothing is too bizarre or extreme as Waters meets an ever more whacky selection of characters in ever more surreal circumstances. Murder, mayhem, and sexual intrigue abound. Hugely entertaining, but not for the faint of heart or small of mind. The second part of the book recounts the actual journey. Much more down to earth, but just as engaging in its own way. Waters is a born story-teller, and impresses as a naturally gregarious character, willing to try anything, and talk to anyone.


Manfrotto 294 - Monopod
Manfrotto 294 - Monopod

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Monopod, 4 Aug. 2015
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Solid piece of kit, well built and sturdy without being too heavy. Nice positive action on the clips that lock the sections together. Quick and easy to put up and down, and plenty of height. Bought it with the Manfrotto 234 tilt head, a perfect match. My only complaint is about the ridiculously over-sized box that Amazon used to deliver the two items. What a waste.
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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: £6.74

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful affirmation of the beauty of nature - no God required., 31 July 2015
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Who needs a God, when all around us is the magic of reality? That's the premise of this book. Scientific explanations and illustrations abound, aimed squarely at de-bunking the mumbo-jumbo that surrounds subjects such as weather phenomena, disease and evolution. Very readable, this is suitable for adults, and for children who are starting to ask questions - I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it to a bright 10 year-old. The scientific stuff is explained in accurate, but very easy-to-understand terms.

Dawkins book contains a lot of examples of wonderful things, along with scientifically tested explanations that do not require the existence of a deity in order to hold true. Will it convince the committed believer that there is no God? Maybe, if that person can keep an open mind and see clearly.


Eminent Hipsters
Eminent Hipsters
by Donald Fagen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable, 31 July 2015
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An eminently readable, very engaging collection of pieces from Fagen. It's a slim volume, ideal for passing a train or plane journey. The first half is a series of stand-alone pieces covering things that have engaged the author's attention over the years, subjects ranging from the Boswell Sisters to Sci-Fi, as well as relating young Donald's first encounters with the jazz clubs of New York and the influences and lessons he drew from those he encountered there.

The second half of the book takes the form of a journal, written whilst on tour with the Dukes of September (Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs and a full band and crew). Here we really get a glimpse into one of the the two minds that brought us some of the most obtuse lyrics, and sublime music, of the 20th century. This part of the book alone is worth the price of admission. Fagen has a wry, resigned take on life on the road. ADT (Acute Tour Disorder) is present throughout, along with his (often unsuccessful) attempts to ameliorate its effects. Along the way we learn that many celebrated concert halls are in fact acoustic hell-holes, and have our eyes opened to the methods that hotel pool-girls employ to maximise your lunch spend.

In short, the book is everything this Steely Dan fan had hoped for: well-written, laced with wry humour, and full of insights and stories that throw light onto what makes Donald tick.


Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime (Wellcome)
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime (Wellcome)
Price: £2.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights, 26 July 2015
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Fascinating insights into the world of forensics, from one of the world's best crime writers. From blowflies to DNA, via bloodspots and profiling, there's something to discover on every page. Very readable, and written for the layman.


GoPro 3.5mm Hero 3 Mic Cable
GoPro 3.5mm Hero 3 Mic Cable
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, 26 July 2015
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Works well, but expensive for what it is...


Aluminum Alloy Cage Skeleton Housing for GoPro Hero3 Hero3+
Aluminum Alloy Cage Skeleton Housing for GoPro Hero3 Hero3+
Offered by HSYC Tech
Price: £20.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Robust and versatile., 15 May 2015
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I took a bit of a punt, and bought this for a Hero 4.. I found that it didn't quite fit. It was almost there, but a bit too tight in a couple of places. Whether this is because of a dimensional difference between GoPro models, or inaccurate manufacture of the housing, I don't know. No complaints, though, because I went in knowing it wasn't advertised as being suitable for a Hero 4. There wasn't enough clearance for the shutter button, for instance. Some work with a Dremel sorted out the problem, and now it's a snug fit.

Although the case allows good access to the USB and HDMI sockets, as well as the memory card and all the buttons, it does cover the microphone aperture on my Hero 4. A little more work with the Dremel will sort this out.

Very pleased with the general quality of the metal casting, very robust and nicely finished. Inclusion of a screw-in UV filter, and a lens cap are also plus points. Also included is a cold-shoe, which can be attached via any of the three tripod sockets. Handy for attaching a video mic, or light.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this bit of kit.


Anker 60W 6-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad, Samsung S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus, HTC M9, Nokia, Motorola and More (White)
Anker 60W 6-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for iPhone, iPad, Samsung S6 / S6 Edge, Nexus, HTC M9, Nokia, Motorola and More (White)
Offered by AnkerDirect
Price: £25.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant travel essential, 12 April 2015
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We bought this primarily for traveling, to charge various phones, pads, Kindle, GoPro etc. The proliferation of items that now charge through USB means that you either have to take turns on the (typically) one or two USB ports on a laptop (assuming you're carrying one with you) or you have to take a number of separate USB mains plugs, along with a matching number of international mains plug adaptors if you're travelling abroad. And hope that your hotel room has sufficient wall outlets. Not ideal.

This little box runs on 100v to 240v AC and comes with a standard UK 3-pin mains plug. Crucially though, the unit itself has a standard 'figure-of-eight' 2-pin mains input, so if you're travelling abroad all you then need to purchase is a single cheap accessory 'figure-of-eight' lead, with a mains plug suitable for the country you're visiting, and you're in business, with up to six items charging from one wall-socket.

The unit itself is sleek, contemporary and barely larger than a packet of cigarettes. On a couple of occasions (but not every time) if you connect an item to a charging lead that is already plugged in to the unit, it won't then proceed to charge automatically. I quickly found out that if you disconnect that USB plug from the charger and then reconnect, this has the effect of re-booting the connection and all is well. Only a minor issue, and not one that would prevent me thoroughly recommending this unit.


Sony PlayStation 3 Blu Ray Remote Control (New Version) (PS3)
Sony PlayStation 3 Blu Ray Remote Control (New Version) (PS3)
Offered by Mayflower Stores
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must have' for media playback..., 12 April 2015
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Absolutely ideal if you use your Playstation for Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer, or Spotify etc. Much, much easier than fiddling about with a game controller. Very simple to set up (a simple one-time 'pairing' procedure) and intuitive to use. Quick access to navigation, Play, Pause, FF etc. We haven't tried to use it to control other equipment. We haven't got a Sony TV, and haven't bothered to set it up to use with our Panasonic (codes for different brands of TV are given in the instruction sheet if you feel inclined). Buying this remote will be money well spent, and will definitely enhance your PS media playing experience.


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