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Money for Life: Everyone's Guide to Financial Freedom
Money for Life: Everyone's Guide to Financial Freedom
by Alvin Hall
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Financial common sense, blunt and frank, but also charmingly laid out., 2 Mar. 2016
This book is the ultimate money diet book. I read it over a decade ago, and it made me realise about how taking responsibility over my own finances is totally key to building my future. It helps to build an understanding of the importance of saving for a pension. Who would want to rely on family hand-outs after retirement? Or even have to go on working beyond 70 to make ends meet?
It also helps one to think about unnecessary spending and strategies to curb it.
With extra chapters on financial biggies like buying property, or budgeting to start a family, it really is a book that everyone should read.

Avengers: Age of Ultron [Blu-ray]
Avengers: Age of Ultron [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: £13.00

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loud, silly, occasionally witty., 18 May 2015
So instead of a horde of pan-dimensional homicidal aliens, this time it's an equally murderous horde of killer robots. The story is rather silly to say the least. It's essentially based on the same conceit as the Terminators and the Cylons idea that after achieving self-awareness, the AI's logical move to save the planet is to wipe out human life.
The action bits are so consuming that they become tedious medleys of explosions interlaced with flying robots and debris. The more quiet conversational banter moments are what pulls this film through; the only mark that Mr Whedon has successfully made on this franchise.
The film is mediocre at best, but given could have been a lot worse given the over-bloated budget. (I'm talking to you, Michael Bay)
A Good movie to put on in the background when you're doing the hoovering.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 28, 2015 4:48 PM BST

Selle Italia C2 Gel Flow Saddle Black
Selle Italia C2 Gel Flow Saddle Black
Price: £41.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 11 Mar. 2015
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Comfortable, but after just one month, this saddle is already looking quite worn...
Not good for the price.

Corpus delicti
Corpus delicti
by Serge Birault
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Corpus delicti (Hardcover)
Wonderful book. The contents are superb. Buy this book to support an extremely talented artist.

TomTom Multi Sport Cardio GPS Watch - Black
TomTom Multi Sport Cardio GPS Watch - Black
Offered by Red-Rock-UK
Price: £134.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars simple, stylish and cheap GPS watch for triathletes, 11 Mar. 2015
(grey version) I have had this watch for two months now. It's great to say goodbye to the smartphone for monitoring activity.

Good points:
- Stays charged for quite a few days, it's not gone flat on me yet.
- It looks quite nice as far as sports watches go.
- Cheap compared to Garmin! (mind you, I got a Black Thursday deal for £99).
- Connects with smartphone app via bluetooth, which is good when it works.
- Automatic connection to mapmyfitness, which is brilliant for stattoes like me.

Bad points:
- The USB charger is a non-standard piece, and is quite clunky. (£20 to replace if I lose it or it breaks...)
- Indoor swim recording appears to be very inaccurate. I've gone back to using my Swimovate Poolmate for this.
- Sometimes can take five minutes to find a GPS signal.... inconsistent, sometimes from the same location it finds GPS immediately
- How accurate is the heart rate monitor.
- Bluetooth syncing to smartphone app is hit and miss. Often have to repair.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 11, 2015 3:05 PM GMT

Lost Themes
Lost Themes
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting retro journey, lacking a killer, catchy tune., 12 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Lost Themes (Audio CD)
My impression of the album is that while it is great to see that such a talented auteur is demonstrating further aspects of his skillset, it isn't really bringing anything exciting to the table. It's very creative, and it is technically and theoretically interesting, but it appears to be a bit of a pot pourri of ideas. The style of music, that Carpenter demonstrates, is great. Bringing the listener back to an era of VHS horror, sci-fi and action movies. However, while Carpenter deserves all the credit for innovating with the style back in the 80's, it sounds more dated than nostalgic or retro-tastic in this collection. I would recommend a listen to 'Perturbator', whose style very much follows the lead of the original 80's soundtracks, but with a modern twist that is much more successful. All in all, the album is well crafted, but little more than background music.

Run & Fly Unisex Robot Snowman Crew Neck Jumper
Run & Fly Unisex Robot Snowman Crew Neck Jumper

4.0 out of 5 stars Take the advice about sizing, 10 Dec. 2014
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I'm normally a size large, but after reading the feedback about sizing, I decided to order the XL size.
Well the XL fits me perfectly, so I advise to order one size up!

Sennheiser MM 100 Bluetooth Headphones Black
Sennheiser MM 100 Bluetooth Headphones Black

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great at first but..., 7 Jun. 2012
These headphones were the best running headphones I had bought. The Sennheiser quality was there with solid base and crisp mid-range and treble.
I can still hear traffic because they don't block my ear canals.
The sit on my head firmly without coming off or needing adjustment.
And it's possible to take hands free calls.
Now the bad points.

After a year of use, the power inlet corroded from moisture.
Although there is a protective seal over the power inlet, capillary action means that water still gets inside, so they are very hard to charge.
The next problem was the on button, being a rather fragile and clunky button on the right ear.
After a relatively short period of use, these headphones don't work at all.

If you are prepared to buy a pair of these headphones once a year, these are the best headphones, but I want a longer life out of my products. I've gone back to my old trusty Sennheiser PMX-80's. They still work after six years, although they're not as comfortable and don't sound as good.

The MM100's represent the development of a great running product, but I'd wait till the next generation of this product comes out, and they may have fixed some of these medium term reliability problems.

In This Light and on This Evening
In This Light and on This Evening
Offered by Music-Finder
Price: £16.88

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The words 'bitten', 'chew' and 'more' spring to mind!, 27 Nov. 2009
Editors are a great band. While they at first seemed to be a British answer to New York's own Interpol, through their debut and followup albums, they became so much more.
And they turn out to be a band that can not only sound good through the hifi circuits, but can also deliver from front of house.
While there have been a spate of bands that have tried to redefine themselves on their third album with a new direction, that is often going to be a troublesome step.
I instantly recall Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol. (or even Howling Bells and Noisettes with their 2nd albums!)
I'm no stranger to appreciating electronica based material. Some alt bands such as Idiot Pilot, Radiohead and White Lies seem to embrace newer technologies within the alternative music genre with aplomb.
However, this album to me sounded like it was made by a group of musicians that had just finished touring, had some time off to play with their cash, went straight down to Turnkey and bought a few Apple Macs, and started playing around with synths. The synth patches sound crude, obvious and underworked. This in itself is quite surprising, seeing as the album was produced by none other than Flood, the producer responsible for some of the best alternative electronica albums around including work by Nine Inch Nails, Erasure, Depeche Mode, The Killers and even U2.
I hope that the band members can spend a bit more time playing with synths and learning how to design some more clever sounds, as this album sounds like a half-baked learning project.
I'm still a big fan of Editors, I just know that they can do better than this. If they are going to flirt with electronica, I only hope that next time they've worked out how to use their new toys!
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 11, 2014 10:23 PM BST

Logic Express 9
Logic Express 9

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to DAW software, 13 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Logic Express 9 (DVD-ROM)
This package does an amazing amount of stuff to say it's under £150.
Several synthesizers, including a sampler, a drum synth, analog and FM synthesizers.
Basic instruments.
Effects, and a great, easy to use interface.
One of the best products on the market.
Shame it's exclusive to Mac as I would have got it for my PC

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