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Mondo Sex Head
Mondo Sex Head
Price: £11.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Dare I say it? These remixes are better than the originals..., 23 Dec. 2015
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I discovered this on Spotify and instantly fell in love.
Electronic remixes from Rob's oeuvre, largely from Educated Horses but also from other eras including a couple of old White Zombie songs.

What can I say? Brilliant! Every track a gem, right down to the mariachi infused version of Pussy Liquor.
But the highlight for me was a slowed down version of More Human Than Human with its pulsating squelchy baseline and crunchy guitar riffs.

Which brings me to the sound in general. Several of the tracks feature truly amazing noises which produce in me a series of mind-altering effects (I kid you not). Track 2, for example a great remix of Living Dead Girl, contains mid-frequency squeaking noises which appear to induce a mild form of euphoria, bordering on a not unpleasant feeling of nausea. YMMV.

This is not a heavy metal album but if you loved the previous remix albums such as American Music Made to Strip By, I doubt you'll be disappointed. Personally I find it hard to listen to Educated Horses now without pining for the remixes. Foxy Foxy, especially...

Make sure you get this Deluxe version as it has twice the number of track as the original release.

Sony CMT SBT 100B - Micro Hi-Fi System with CD/DAB/FM Radio Tuner
Sony CMT SBT 100B - Micro Hi-Fi System with CD/DAB/FM Radio Tuner
Price: £189.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst sounding hi-fi I've ever owned, 3 Nov. 2015
I bought this from Argos but I'm taking it back. It looks very nice and isn't too big, however, the sound quality is awful. The only graphic equalization is via a bass boost and treble and bass adjusters. There is no presence or clarity whatsoever, just annoying vibration. I'm not being picky, I'm not an audiophile or hi-fi snob, It's simply that it's nigh-on impossible to hear any of the midrange within the muffled fog of sound. Trust me; play any song on bog-standard iPhone headphones and you'll hear 100 times more nuance. If you value sound over beauty, look elsewhere. I'm seriously considering sinking another hundred in and buying a half-decent Denon.
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Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 - Season 1 [DVD]
Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dreama Walker

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for the show - not the DVD, 31 July 2013
Awesome performance by the beautiful and talented Krysten Ritter and the equally awesome James Van Der Beek (Dawson) playing her best friend, a hilarious parody of the actor himself.

Krysten plays Chloe, a kind of sociopathic, untragic Holly Golightly, a New York party-girl who starts the series receiving a new room-mate in apartment 23, June (Dreama Walker), whom she initially tries to screw-over (can I say that on Amazon?). June is a slightly naive middle-american girl with dreams of the big city but she soon discovers that there are people like Chloe out there who would eat her alive. June's perky attempts at friendship and sharing are met with Chloe's light-hearted party-girl flippancy and shameless honesty.

The comedy comes mainly from Chloe's outrageous antics, her unsympathetic attitude towards others and JVDB's mockingly high-flying A-list celebrity lifestyle and inflated self-image.

Dreama Walker's character is likeable if a little grating in her peppiness (it's how she is written) but the show really works if only as a vehicle for Krysten and James to be hilarious.

If you like dry comedy, sarcasm and smart one-liners that whistle by at a break-neck speed and are tired of formulaic sit-coms with laugh-tracks, you really might get a kick out of this show. I really hope you do.

And as if you needed more evidence that this is a great show, and not some brainless willy and fart-joke series, note that it was cancelled half-way through season 2 after a mere 26 brilliant episodes.
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Dick Whittington and His Cat (A Ladybird Easy Reading Book)(Well-Loved Tales Series, Vol. 606D, No. 6)
Dick Whittington and His Cat (A Ladybird Easy Reading Book)(Well-Loved Tales Series, Vol. 606D, No. 6)
by Vera Southgate
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good for the kids..., 19 July 2013
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This book, a childhood favourite, although second-hand, arrived in pristine condition, so good, in fact, that I was in two minds whether to give it to my children or hoard it away as a near-perfect collector's item.

It arrived in an envelope with a stiff card back and was clearly marked "DO NOT BEND".

The seller, Barnabeesbooks, was top-notch. Correspondence regarding a dispute, which wasn't their fault AT ALL, was always courteous and helpful. I cannot recommend them enough.

The story of Dick Whittington is widely known and well told here by Vera Southgate who wrote most of the Ladybird Well-Loved-Tales. The artwork inside the book (by Eric Winter) differs slightly from the cover which makes me wonder if there weren't multiple versions of it (comments welcome). Although listed as Grade 2, it is a challenging read for my 7 year-old, easily as wordy as Jack and The Beanstalk which is a Grade 3.

Sorcery - Move Required (PS3)
Sorcery - Move Required (PS3)
Offered by JPG Enterprises UK
Price: £7.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been an arcade game, 8 July 2013
The promise of this game was the reason I bought a Move controller when it was released and, despite owning a dozen or more Move titles, this is the closest it's come to actually being a worthwhile accessory, but it's still a wasted opportunity.

I preferred the look and feel of the original demo (check out the 2010 E3 video on youtube here [...] and thought that the published game could have done without so many still-frame, comic-book cut-scenes. I don't think that the story or the feline sidekick added anything to the game at all and I definitely would have enjoyed it more had it been a free roaming arcade-adventure rather than being forced to put up with all the tedious exposition.

The lack of polish is also quite apparent in things like the difficultly the player has in making the avatar face forward, getting stuck next to obstacles and losing the player avatar when boxed in. The scenery looks good in general but sometimes the graphics seem to appear in low-resolution, looking pixelated. Some areas are non-linear meaning there is still more to explore on another play-through. Many of the enemy sprites are motion captured but this is actually distracting. Because they move too realistically, they don't fit with the fantasy experience, which is a pity. Some of the voice-acting is pitiful as well (e.g. the Nightmare Queen).

Santa Monica Studios also produced the God Of War series and the attention to detail there is generally impeccable; why this game fell short is a mystery.

It's still the best Move game I've played so far and my low rating is more down to the missed opportunity and the lack of vision by the producers to give us a fun arcade game rather than trying to generically appeal to gamers with what they think gamers want (yet another video-game slash movie experience). It could have been a fun multi-player experience too.

Gadget Giant ® Nokia Lumia 520 Black PU Leather Flip Case Cover & LCD Screen Protector
Gadget Giant ® Nokia Lumia 520 Black PU Leather Flip Case Cover & LCD Screen Protector

5.0 out of 5 stars Smashed my expectations, 20 Jun. 2013
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For the price I expected a cheap case to protect my phone while I shopped around for a permanent one.

I was wrong. There's nothing whatsoever wrong with this case. It's well made, practical, has all the right holes (okay, no charger hole but it's probably better without one) and even comes with a sticky screen protector (which I don't plan on using) and cleaning cloth.

The faux-leather case is tidily stitched and is attached to a rigid plastic cup which holds your phone in place in the same way the battery cover clips to your phone. It's not a replacement battery cover however, you still need to use that.

The only downside I could mention is that due to the plastic cup your buttons are set deeper than normal. That might actually be better for someone keeping the phone in a pocket or bag and it's not so much a flaw as something I noticed and will probably get used to.

The seller was prompt, the packaging was fine (the correct-sized padded envelope) and the case was protected by an expanded-polystyrene insert to protect it from getting crushed.

Excellent value for money.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely strong cuppatea, 23 April 2013
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The best tea I've ever tasted is Ahmad's English Tea No.1 but it's too expensive to have every day.

Living abroad, I shopped around a lot to get the best deal for my daily cuppa, and this was it.

Each teabag makes a pot for a good 2 strong cuppas and there are 480 bags.
You'll need to invest in a few airtight containers for the teabags as the bag they come in does not reseal.

Yorkshire Tea takes a little bit of getting used to. It is delicious to drink but leaves a slightly bitter lingering aftertaste on the tongue. I stopped noticing this after a few days. Your experience may vary.

Very happy overall.
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The Big Acoustic Guitar Chord Songbook
The Big Acoustic Guitar Chord Songbook
by Nick Crispin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singlehandedly responsible for my advancement, 25 Mar. 2013
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This series of books presents popular songs in lyric format with chord names inserted at the points where chord changes should happen.
I currently own nine books from this series.

The chords themselves are presented as shapes at the top of the first page of each song.
Some of the shapes can be quite challenging to play and that is why these books are so good.

As a beginner you can miss out the difficult chords or substitute them for simpler chords or more familar shapes. As you advance you'll find yourself adding the more challenging chords and trying new things. Because of this, these books will be with you for many years.

I would recommend this series for players who already know at least the basic C, G, A, Am, E, Em, D, Dm chords and the 4 basic barre shapes.

A single page of instruction shows relative tuning and how to read the chord diagrams.

The books require that the player possesses a good degree of familiarity with the songs in order to be able to play them. Some songs you may be hearing for the first time and some songs appear in more than one book.

The writing is fairly big and the page size is somewhere between A5 and A4.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells (Includes Wonderbook and Book of Spells Game) (PS3)
Wonderbook: Book of Spells (Includes Wonderbook and Book of Spells Game) (PS3)
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neither fun nor engaging, 31 Jan. 2013
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My 9 and 6 year-olds are gifted readers.

Both love the Harry Potter series, enjoy the Lego video-games and most of the other Move games we own (especially TV Superstars).
However, this "game", while innovative and beautifully presented, just wasn't engaging enough to keep either of them interested for very long.

Watching them play, I myself could see how it was very slowly paced, frustrating at times and overall quite boring. There is a narrator who guides you through each lesson but it's all a bit too drawn-out and "talky" with not enough humour injected to keep you amused.

To give you an example, fairly early in the game you are required to re-pot a dozen or so stationary Mandrakes using a wand gesture. Even if you forget what the gesture is, the instructions are never repeated (although there is a sort of icon on-screen) and, once you do work it out, the task of re-potting is just hard work with absolutely no sense of reward.

Someone with more patience than us or an all consuming desire for all things Rowling might enjoy this game (for a while, at least). We did not.

Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD]
Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stewart Lee
Price: £18.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos on your success, Stew, 3 Dec. 2012
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Stewart Lee deserves to be successful, even though he recently rebuilt his career on the comedic conceit that he wasn't.

At the time of writing, I'm very glad to see three of his DVDs in the top 100 Stand-up chart with this particular DVD at #12 despite being the most expensive single DVD (i.e. not blu-ray or collection) in the top #20 if not the whole chart.

I went to see this show live (in that London they have now) and absolutely balled with laughter all the way through.
In my impatience waiting almost a year for this DVD's release I managed to get hold of an audio-only bootleg which had been recorded around the same time in December and, despite the quality of the recording, was almost identical to the show I remembered - stand-up at its finest.

It's a pity that the show as it appears on this DVD is missing some of the funniest and most absurd pieces of comedy since Stew's Robert the Bruce gag.
1. Closing the stable door
2. Gypsies and bats
3. Letter from Helena Bonham Carter

One can only assume that these gems have been stashed away in a box marked Comedy Vehicle Season #3.

The DVD itself is one of the most nicely packaged so far in its cardboard slip-case with liner notes and it's a good show with a satisfying conclusion.

If the DVD contained all the missing bits, I would probably consider it to be Stew's finest DVD to date. As it is, I would say it comes in about third behind 41st Best and If You Prefer A Milder Comedian.

Four-and-a-half stars from me (rounded to five).

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