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Be Here
Be Here

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Varied Styles (including her own) - all done REALLY well., 8 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Be Here (Audio CD)
Great album, she's sometimes producing her own unique sounds, other times she's comparable to others, for example like a one woman version of Keane and other times similar to S/S like Daniel Powter or James Blunt. Very high on musicality and all snappy tracks that don't overstay their welcome - all done with economy and without padding. No tracks I didn't like; very few albums I can say that.

An album of varied pace and styles. If you like the aforementioned artists, you will LOVE this like me. Also a word for the excellent production values on this album - it is superbly engineered.


Linksys SE4008 WRT Family 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Linksys SE4008 WRT Family 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Price: £38.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn one ethernet (cat5) port into 7 ports., 8 Nov. 2014
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If you have a single Ethernet (CAT5) connection that you want to share among a number of other devices, you need something like this. Plug your single cable into port 1 and you can then put up to 7 other devices into the other ports.

This is a switch, not a hub. From a practical viewpoint the difference is that on a hub ALL traffic is replicated to all ports which on a busy network means all the network segments are busy all the time. This is a switch, so it intelligently routes traffic only to its destination port minimising the needless traffic on the other ports.

Linksys do a whole range of matching kit in this format so you can choose (as I have) just to use this switch to get additional ethernet/cat5 ports from your existing router, or you can match it up with one of their routers (but be sure your ISP will support your chosen device before you make your router purchase).

Linksys has had a chequered history of late, first they were bought up by Cisco, most recently the brand was acquired by Belkin. As I work in IT, I have heard lots of opinions about how these transitions may have affected Linksys products, however all I can say is that like all the other Linksys products I have owned this is a no fuss "just works" item.

Alan T


Ring Automotive NRLS1 Bungeeclic Load Strapping Bungee Tie Down Kit Hooks and Clips Stretchy Rope
Ring Automotive NRLS1 Bungeeclic Load Strapping Bungee Tie Down Kit Hooks and Clips Stretchy Rope
Price: £9.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Adaptable Bungees - Very neat and well thought out., 8 Nov. 2014
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If you travel a lot, or need to secure things in a moving environment (builders van, mobile service engineer etc.) Bungees are a must have item.

Most bungees just have a hook on each end. However, these Bungees (three cords, but in two different lengths) come with robustly attachable twist and turn lock-on endings. This means you can have a hook OR, an attachment that has an openable hook which you can close up once attached. This lets you use the attachment appropriate to each situation - neat! All made of robust plastics and strong. As a test, I got a bungee to full stretch and the couplings held fast.

They come with a slip-lock black plastic/cloth bag for storage and transport. Very useful.


Silence Is Golden
Silence Is Golden
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.90

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection - with just a few odd choices and one clunker., 4 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Silence Is Golden (Audio CD)
Great collection - all originals, but some odd choices. The main example, "It Ain't Me Babe" is done here not by Bob Dylan (who wrote it) or by The Turtles (who had a major top ten hit with it in the USA), but by Johnny Cash - presumably because JC had a very minor UK hit with it? There are a couple of such oddities on here, but for the most part it's all original hits and artists.

But oh! Why on earth are the copyright holders for Otis Redding's best known hit "(Sitting on the) Dock of the Bay" still supplying compilers with that dreadful gutless 1970s stereo mix of the song? The original mono mix is just so very much better and powerful. The stereo mix (unfortunately featured on this collection) should have been strangled at birth!
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Straight to the Heart: The Best Of Crystal Gayle
Straight to the Heart: The Best Of Crystal Gayle
Offered by cdworld-ireland
Price: £29.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Re-recordings and many others recorded through sock!, 1 Nov. 2014
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Re-recordings of "Talking in Your Sleep" and "Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue" - nothing like as good as the original hits.

Many of the others suffer very lacklustre audio quality - my original singles offer better audio quality! That's how bad they are.

I'm asking for a refund/return on this one - no doubt those selling second hand copies will mark me down for saying this, but I advise avoidance of this!


100 Hits Legends Crystal Gayle
100 Hits Legends Crystal Gayle
Price: £7.49

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Original Hits? At least three re-recordings......, 26 Oct. 2014
Having just compared the MP3 samples with three original singles that I still have ("Brown Eyes Blue", "Half the Way", "Talking in Your Sleep") I believe that those three tracks - at the very least - are re-recordings and not the original hits. It's very likely that other tracks on this collection will similarly be out-takes or re-recordings.

I guess that's okay if you just want to hear the lady sing the songs, but new versions are seldom as good as the originals and so I shall be avoiding this product. I expect there is a disclaimer somewhere on the artwork in 4 point font that gives the usual garbage justifications for issuing re-recordings under the title "hits". I'll no doubt be marked down by those trying to sell second hand copies of this CD set, but unless you're not fussed about getting the original hits, I would advise avoiding this.


My Way: The Best Of Frank Sinatra (2CD)
My Way: The Best Of Frank Sinatra (2CD)
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hits all the milestones, but misses many points of genuine interest along the road., 11 Oct. 2014
A sweeping romp through Sinatra's catalogue, hitting all the best known stops along the way.... and yet.... unsatisfying.

Having regarded Sinatra and his music as "Not for me" for most of my life, I eventually gained the maturity to re-visit his work a few years ago and discovered that the "LA lounge singer" was only one of his persona - he actually did produce work of greater emotional depth and real poignancy. This collection almost omits that lesser known side of Frank (where's "One for my Baby,..." for example?) and concentrates more on the hits and production numbers.

If you want the hits from each stage of Frank's career in one handy package and perhaps hear him do harm to couple of songs he'd have better left alone ("Mrs Robinson" I'm looking at you!) then this is a GREAT compilation, but it would be better labelled "Greatest hits" or "Most Playlisted".


Draper 23039 130W 230V Tri-Palm Sander
Draper 23039 130W 230V Tri-Palm Sander
Price: £20.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and very effective., 29 Sept. 2014
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Does what it says. Great to use and very effective.


Makita 1/4-inch/ 3/8-inch 240V Plunge Router
Makita 1/4-inch/ 3/8-inch 240V Plunge Router
Price: £124.96

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first Router - does all you could ask., 29 Sept. 2014
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Wonderful router - so much better than the Bosch it replaced. A very well thought out product. My only gripe (like other reviewers here) is that the spanner storage compartment in the case is NOT well thought out - too easy for the spanners to fall into the void behind it. Aside from that, 100% on price and usability.


New 3.5" SATA IDE HDD Anti-Static Storage Tank Box Case
New 3.5" SATA IDE HDD Anti-Static Storage Tank Box Case
Offered by Fly Service
Price: £1.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., 29 Sept. 2014
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Great way to store or move your HDDs around. Even has a slot for a paper stick on label.


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