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Evernote
Evernote
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars very usable, very helpful!, 5 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Evernote (App)
This is a great product that has really improved my productivity levels. I would recommend it to anyone who has multiple devices and a busy life!


Pay Your Taxes
Pay Your Taxes
Price: £0.77

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't read and share this book with your friends, 30 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Pay Your Taxes (Kindle Edition)
A Balrog with herpes will punch you in the bum.

This is amazing and plus it has Paul Daniels in it. It's up there with Lord of the Rings

Pay your bloomin taxes Amazon


21
21
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Eclipsing all her contemporaries, 30 Jan 2012
This review is from: 21 (Audio CD)
This is a painfully beautiful album.

Such prowess and grace, such heart-rending beauty infused into the lyrics by such a soulful, mournful voice and a stunning accompaniment by strings and piano make it probably, and certainly in this reviewers opinion, one of the best albums this decade, at least.

Adele must now surely feature in the Pantheon of great blues vocalists. 'Rolling In The Deep', 'Set Fire To The Rain' and 'Someone Like You' are out-and-out classics. She renders the likes of Duffy and other contemporaries utterly tawdry in comparison. Nothing so genuine from her peers, she is the real thing and you can feel it in the passion and energy she throws into her vocals. This is a girl who lives and breathes her singing, not an X-Factor wannabe shooting for fame and glory with lowest-common-denominator crap.

I ask you, nay urge you, buy this album, buy a ticket, see her live, watch her on YouTube... something. Anyone with a pulse can surely not fail to be moved by the likes of 'Rolling In The Deep'? It describes, perfectly, tragically the throes of the human soul and the passionate anger and heartbreak of a break-up.

Cry-inducing, definitely. But tragedy is beautiful and Adele distills this through her soul to make this amazing record.

She is such a rare talent, and we are lucky to have her.


Sound Oasis S650 tinnitus and stress relaxer with high quality sound and baby pacify features
Sound Oasis S650 tinnitus and stress relaxer with high quality sound and baby pacify features
Offered by Hearing Direct
Price: £62.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Broke after ONE day!, 15 Nov 2011
I like this product, but sadly the item I received was faulty. This I'm sure is an exception to the rule, but it was deeply frustrating and it brings about concerns about rigidity of build for me. Although attractive and useful (it certainly helped me sleep better and block out the snoring of the girl next door!) the item broke after 1 day. The item powered down and wouldn't turn back on again, even after I added batteries! Very frustrating.

The positives are that:

1. Yes, you CAN dim the display (contrary to what other reviewers may say, the instructions are clear as day in the manual)
2. The sound effects are generally good and natural sounding (although there are some very odd ones, but you can skip these... Delta Voyage in particular has the name of a Greenpeace boat and sounds creepy)
3. It tells the time and the alarm is functionally annoying
4. It is effective at blocking out noise and helps you to sleep

But it broke still, which has annoyed me. Hence 3 stars. Otherwise, I'd have been chuffed. Oh yeah, and another negative... it's bloody expensive at £60!


Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (3 User Licence) (PC)
Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (3 User Licence) (PC)
Offered by iSolutions
Price: £134.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works, but..., 6 Jan 2009
You could spend money on this software and be fairly happy with it. Personally, I couldn't uncover any major issues with the software in the short time I spent trialling it (well, apart from the annoying quirk of Word to put a space-and-a-half between your lines... although this is readily fixable if you search t'internet).

It's aesthetically pleasing and pretty intuitive.

In fairness, it's a neat little creation from Microsoft.

BUT... why spend any money at all?

Apparently we're in the middle of a credit crunch, and therefore it is everyone's duty to spend less, and beg/borrow/steal more.

And steal we can. Microsoft Office? Well yeah, it works. But why not just download Open Office 3 instead? It's almost a complete facsimile of the £xxx branded edition, and, for goodness sake, it's free. Free!

How's that for a crunch-beating saving? Eh? EH?!


Untrue
Untrue
Price: £10.57

54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, mournful brilliance, 6 Nov 2007
This review is from: Untrue (Audio CD)
If anyone could be said to define the state of the nation, Burial would be that man.

This album is mournful, epic, and magnificent. It speaks of loss - a loss of what we once were perhaps. But to me at least it speaks of a loss of direction - not the loss of some kind of utopian prestige connected to a golden era. Burial speaks of Britain today, with all its gritty, dirty, messy, impersonality. He speaks of its faults - without forgetting its magnificent cultural, musical and historical achievements. His is a balanced, truthful account of what it is to be British today - an account with no words, just music.

Some people listen to this album and are put off by the 2-step sound and garage/R'n'B clips - they think they're listening to, as some have said, 'what a chav would play at the back of a bus'. But they miss the point entirely - Burial IS talking about that kid at the back of the bus. The kids who are a product of our society, whether we like it or not. He's trying to articulate the lifestyle of the majority of people living in this country - their hopes, fears, faults and virtues. There is no judgement here, just a condensed commentary on modern living.

This is definitely album of the year - what an incredible achievement from such a brilliant young talent.

And we still don't know who he is.

Absolute class.
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Takk...
Takk...
Offered by electro bitz
Price: £5.39

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Immense & Life-affirming, 1 Feb 2006
This review is from: Takk... (Audio CD)
This is the album that, for years, Sigur Ros had been building up to. It is a masterpiece. An immense masterpiece. Truly Sigur Ros have affirmed themselves as one of the greatest post-rock acts to come out of Europe, and humanity in general, since man created fire.
The sharp, crisp, yet warming beauty of their creation is clear from the very first track - 'Takk...’. One envisions the endless, bright plains of snow, ice and mountain that inspired these pieces, before we are led gracefully into the album's true gem: Glosoli. This 'track' (more like 'movement' or 'piece'!) is one of the most exciting; life-affirming; adrenaline-pumping; endorphin releasing pieces of music I have heard thus far in my life. Like a boulder, gently gaining pace, the vocals, guitars and drums grow ever more powerful. It grows, grows and multiplies, before, irreducibly, the boulder leaps over the point of no return, and the crescendo breaks like a great wave upon a rock - the rumbling and crashing and magnificently crisp vocals reverberating into Hoppipolla, the albums third track.
I would comment on the rest of the album, yet I could not say anything I have not said within those last two paragraphs. This album is truly a masterpiece for Sigur Ros. They have nothing left to prove - they are masters of their game. Their majestic control of every sound, beat, rhythm (not a single one misplaced) woven intricately amongst each other demonstrates this fact. This album reminds me of a beautiful grey spider’s web, dripping with ice and water droplets, set amongst the vividly green backdrop of a forest scene.
If you buy any album this year - any album - make sure it is this:
Sigur Ros - Takk.


Alba STB2 Freeview Set Top Box
Alba STB2 Freeview Set Top Box

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely poor quality, faulty device!, 6 Jan 2006
If you're thinking of buying a cheap, robust and fairly reliable Freeview box ... then keep looking. This is perhaps the most patchy and frustrating Freeview set-top box I have ever come across. Now, I'm not saying it warranted a refund when I first purchased it - it worked fine for a couple of months. Yet, eventually, problems began to arise. These problems centred around the remote control, and the tendency of the device to randomly reset itself to 'first-time installation' mode, or, on occasion, to simply stop receiving channels.
The problems with the remote control were many. Keys on the remote began to stop working, and over time I could only manage to work the channel changer and 'ok' button (which allowed me to go through the 'first-time installation' menu when it reset itself for some godforsaken reason). Eventually, however, those keys also broke on me, and I was left for about a week with manual channel changing.
That in itself was frustrating - however, when, ONCE AGAIN, the device reset itself, I could no longer use it. It had, effectively, fallen to pieces in front of me.
Worst. Spent. Money. Ever. Where's the 0 star button?


Transformer
Transformer
Price: £5.53

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Genius on Top Form, 3 April 2005
This review is from: Transformer (Audio CD)
Truly a brilliant, brilliant album. On first listen this blew me away with the tremendously cool (yet often gritty and dark) lyrical prowess of Lou Reed, and the laid-back, confident mix of funky, jazzy, bluesy and often punk influences. This is a must have for anyone's record collection - an amazing album - if you haven't heard any Lou Reed before I'd recommend this. Certainly if you enjoy this it's a must that you then explore his work with the Velvet Underground, which is equally original and equally immense.
A big, big recommendation to get this album coming from this reviewer!


Irish Son
Irish Son
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Price: £2.72

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Argh, go away..., 2 Feb 2005
This review is from: Irish Son (Audio CD)
Awful, terrible, dire - I can't even call it music. What, Brian Mcfadden? You grow a beard, and suddenly you want everyone to take you seriously? Please. Westlife were rubbish when they were united, but divided - they're even worse! I've heard cats having vasectomys without anaesthetic make more pleasing sounds to the ear.
Horrible.


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