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Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits

3.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits? But not even all four of them!, 3 Nov 2013
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Well, whadderyaknow, yet ANOTHER CD which Amazon has not provided a track list for. Here it is.

1. One For The Money: (Part 1)
2. Living Together: (In Sin)
3. All The Way: (Let's Go)
4. Lost And Turned Out: (Olivia)
5. And The Beat Goes On
6. Lady
7. It's A Love Thing
8. This Kind Of Lovin'
9. In The Raw
10. Tonight
11. Keep On Lovin' Me
12. Contagious
13. Rock Steady
14. Just Gets Better With Time
15. Innocent
16. My Heart Your Heart
17. Is It Good To You

This may be a great selection of their music, but "greatest hits"? The Whispers only had four top 40 hits in the UK and this is a 17 track compilation! Also, only three of those hits are featured on this over-priced disc. "My Girl" (a top 30 hit in 1980) is missing from here.

Also marked down because some of their earlier and equally good work they did for Janus records in the 1970s ("Bingo", "A Mother for My Children" etc) is not represented properly.


Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood [Standard Edition]
Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood [Standard Edition]
Price: 6.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (MP3 Version) Great collection - Except..., 22 Oct 2013
Just bought the Mp3 version.

Not much to add to previous reviews, this is all great stuff. A shame that "Gimme Some Lovin'" is a remaster of the shambolic stereo version and not the far tighter mono original which you can hear a preview of/buy here www.amazon.co.uk/Gimme-Some-Lovin/dp/B002XGSTJI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1382420132&sr=8-4&keywords=the+spencer+davis+group+gimme+some+lovin


Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair (BBC Audio)
Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair (BBC Audio)
by Francis Durbridge
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 12.85

5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of the Genre, 3 Oct 2013
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Another nicely done Paul Temple adventure - not the old original ones but a modern adaptation. I'm a fan of this genre, the old-time amateur detective mystery and if you are too then you'll know what to expect. You won't be disappointed.


Tacwise 1153 Combi Cable Stapler
Tacwise 1153 Combi Cable Stapler
Price: 24.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 3 Oct 2013
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Adjustable for force, easy to load and comes with a sampler pack of cable staples. I used it to tack a CAT5 cable run in my house and it saved me a lot of time and trouble as compared to cable cleats.

Before using it, make sure you experiment on a small piece of the cable you want to tack, try it out with a small piece of the cable concerned and a block of scrap wood. You can than adjust the tacker to ensure you aren't damaging the cable by breaking through the insulation before you start on the real cable run.

A useful and time-saving tool to have around.


The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings
The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings
by Pascal Bruckner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking - but ....., 3 Oct 2013
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Crudely stated, the thesis on offer in this book is that, yes we are polluting the earth and need to stop, but that a snowball effect of hysteria has taken us over and trapped us in a fatalistic mindset that clings fanatically to the view that it's all over and there's nothing we can do. The book contains a powerful rebuttal of this view and seeks to show how it conforms to similar mass-depressions throughout human history; how it mentally shackles creative thinking about solutions and blights the lives of millions with a sense of hopelessness that is not really justifiable.

It's well written and powerfully argued, but for me its flaw is that, in so trenchantly taking the opposite view that, yes we can innovate our way around these problems and if we only abandon hopelessness everything will be okay, the book tends to be over-dismissive of the real and present concerns which many people have.

However, I did find it a very effective antidote to the constant media diet of environmental gloom and doom stories which are clearly over-egged. If some of the stories I remember reading in the 1970s had come true, none of us would be here now - and yet, here we are!


AmazonBasics 24k Gold Connector Banana Plugs 24 Pack 12 Red / 12 Black
AmazonBasics 24k Gold Connector Banana Plugs 24 Pack 12 Red / 12 Black
Price: 18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Products and useful in many applications., 11 Sep 2013
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The banana plug goes back a long way! Today it's most often used for speaker connections in Hi-Fi and home theatre setups - and these are strong, well made examples. I have had others in the past which were cheap and cheerful, but which did not last - nasty plastic hoods which got brittle and shattered when you screwed them on - or which had threads which didn't bite properly, grub screws (used to clamp the cable in place) that came loose or never tightened at all. These are in a different league to those.

Many banana plugs are just plain steel and hifi-buffs will tell you that they can hear the difference between a system using those and one that uses banana plugs which - like these - have gold flashed connectors. I've never been able to hear any difference myself, but many people can. These should please those folks.

Aside from speaker connections, these kinds of plugs are also used in lab power supplies for electronics development and also in some other applications, such as hookups for charging stations.

So, a banana plug is a simple thing, but needs to be well made to perform its function. These are. 'nuff said.


Arduino Projects For Dummies
Arduino Projects For Dummies
by Brock Craft
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend, 11 Sep 2013
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The book market is absolutely awash with books on Arduino - many (most) aimed at the beginner. I was therefore expecting this to be yet another in that genre and did not have high expectations.

What I found though was a well-written book, one which genuinely spans from the absolute novice level up to some quite sophisticated projects - but always in easy steps, no sudden leaps of complexity. One thing builds on the next in an almost seamless progression. An intelligent motivated reader who wants to go from knowing nothing about Arduino or Microcontrollers to being able to do some truly awesome things with them should find this book an absolutely ideal way of achieving their goal. Truly stands head and shoulders above the comparable books I have read.

Alan T


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 Sep 2013
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This box forms a bridge between up to four wired (100/1000 mbps) Ethernet devices and your WiFi network. So, if you have (for example) a 2nd building in which your wired devices live, but no cable is run from your main building to provide network connectivity, you can use this to convert WiFi back into wired Ethernet in that second building. Thus, wired devices in the 2nd location connect to any servers or media stores within the main building AND of course to your main router and thus to the Internet.

It's very easy to set-up and just works! Speed seems good too - easily streams two MP4 videos to PCs at the remote location without jitter.


Skeeter Davis: Studio 102 Essentials
Skeeter Davis: Studio 102 Essentials
Price: 5.99

1.0 out of 5 stars The End of the World., 8 Sep 2013
I can't vouch for the other tracks, but since I have an original single of "The End of the World." I can say that the track on this collection is definitely a much different performance = not the original hit. Shame it's not labelled as such.


Bobby Bond: Studio 102 Essentials
Bobby Bond: Studio 102 Essentials

1.0 out of 5 stars Actually - this is a listing of a Roger Miller Album., 7 Sep 2013
Actually - this is a listing of a Roger Miller Album - nothing to do with Bobby Bond, unfortunately. I reported it to Amazon, but looking at other sites these tracks (definitely by Roger Miller) are quoted everywhere so I guess its; Studio 102 (well, suite 102 is the actual company name) that is pushing out the wrong metadata.


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