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Like Crazy [DVD]
Like Crazy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Felicity Jones
Price: £3.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone but an unusual take on romance, 30 Oct 2014
This review is from: Like Crazy [DVD] (DVD)
This film is a bit different, being written and directed by Drake Doremus (who later made "Breathe in") and like that film this features Felicity Jones in the lead role and his usual informal style of directing is present here too with quite a bit of improvisation from the cast members and he also limited the film crew in some scenes to make the main actors more comfortable in the more intimate scenes.

Story wise Felicity Jones plays Anna Gardner a British national who falls for an American guy called Jacob Helm (played by Anton Yelchin) whilst studying in Los Angeles, she decides to stay after she graduates thus breaking the terms of her visa. She goes back to Britain, but once she tries to fly out to Jacob again she is denied entry as she violated the terms of her visa. Thus the couple are forced to try to maintain a long distance relationship. Jacob does come to visit her for a few weeks where the sparks fly during his visit, but he has to return to the USA.

Over time the visa problem is re-visited which puts a strain on the relationship, but the couple decide to marry in a small ceremony during Jacob's next visit. Again Anna is denied entry to the USA, and after some relationship issues both of them start to see other people even though they are married.

The story is quite simple, it's really a battle of emotions and watching the couples start new relationships but with a constant pondering about the romance they feel deep inside. Performances are good from both lead actors we also get some well known supporting cast members including Jennifer Lawrence and Alex Kingston. But make no mistake it's really centred on the couple throughout the production.

This falls firmly into the slow burn category (just like Breathe In) if you hated that film then the chances are you won't like this, but if it hit the spot this is very much in a similar category. Plot wise I think stretches a bit at times one being why Jacob just didn't stay in the UK after they were married. Leaving that to one side both actors are very believable in their performances and genuine Felicity Jones having the unique "look" where she doesn't even need to say anything to convey a feeling works in films like this. Ending wise I wasn't entirely convinced (seems to leave the door open but some might like that) ultimately it boils down to if they did the right thing, and with the closing scenes you can't help but wonder if the spark and magic has gone, but I imagine the director wanted that.

If the thoughts of a slow pondering romance with lots of intensity but played in an off the cuff/improvised non typecast way appeal, this will be right up your street. But if not you'll probably find it tediously boring. I think the film is quite clever and raises some interesting questions about relationships, and thus is worth a look.


BEAUTIFUL OPALITE POCKET ANGEL 4.5CM, CRYSTAL ENERGY HEALING, GUARDIAN ANGEL MINI FIGURINE STATUTE ORNAMENT 4.5CM, LUCKY CHARM. EARTH THERAPYTM **COMES IN GOLDPOUCH WITH FREE ANGEL POEM CARD**, CHAKRA HEALING, MEDITATION AID, REIKI HEALING, OPAL LIKE MOONSTONE GEMSTONE, ANGEL WINGS GIFTS.
BEAUTIFUL OPALITE POCKET ANGEL 4.5CM, CRYSTAL ENERGY HEALING, GUARDIAN ANGEL MINI FIGURINE STATUTE ORNAMENT 4.5CM, LUCKY CHARM. EARTH THERAPYTM **COMES IN GOLDPOUCH WITH FREE ANGEL POEM CARD**, CHAKRA HEALING, MEDITATION AID, REIKI HEALING, OPAL LIKE MOONSTONE GEMSTONE, ANGEL WINGS GIFTS.
Offered by EARTH THERAPY
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but very appealing angel, 30 Oct 2014
Note: The supplier sent me a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This little Angel has a blue cast, but when held at various angles to the light takes on an "orange/red glow" effect. This is supposedly down to the Opalescence effect which scatters the light thus revealing the warming effect when light hits it stronger light showing a higher colour intensity. The angel is about 4.6cm tall (I measured my sample) the casting is very solid (with a flat base to it stays upright), though this is not a highly detailed object I rather like the visual simplicity it offers. From a hands on perspective I've seen quite a few angels (ornaments that is) and some of them are what I'd call very fragile. This on the other hand is rock solid (no small bits sticking out likely to break) and it should survive a bit of handling which appeals to my practical side. Just to clarify things this is "glass" (the name Opalite means synthetic opalised glass)

You get a small tie bag to store it in and a card, after I showed it to my girlfriend she instantly took a liking to it. I have to admit I like it a lot myself for some reason, probably the glowing effect which is very nice. As she collects items like this I've seen quite a few similar offerings and she warmed to this one more than most so I take that as a good sign. I'm not in a position to comment on the spiritual side of things (being the earthy kind of guy I am) but I like to look of the angel.

Recommended for Angel enthusiasts it's simple but you can't help but like it


BEAUTIFUL BUDDHA BRACELET FOR MEN OR WOMEN, MEDITATION. HEMATITE BEADS. Black Mala, Buddhist prayer, Zen Buddhism, Reiki Energy Healing Therapy. FREE HEMATITE WORRY STONE
BEAUTIFUL BUDDHA BRACELET FOR MEN OR WOMEN, MEDITATION. HEMATITE BEADS. Black Mala, Buddhist prayer, Zen Buddhism, Reiki Energy Healing Therapy. FREE HEMATITE WORRY STONE
Offered by EARTH THERAPY
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive bracelet which is very comfy to wear, 30 Oct 2014
Note the supplier sent me a review sample, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This bracelet is constructed with some decent strength elastic inside with Hematite beads, with a small Buddha section breaking the design up nicely.
Whilst I'm not one to wear jewellery much I did show this to a few people who are (esp folks into Yoga and other meditation activities) and they all liked it. I personally think it's more at home on a female wearer but it might do the job for some males too.

Comfort wise very good really I did try it and got others to do the same just about the right size of beads they have a very smooth finish and you don't really know you're wearing it after a while. Materials being mostly made from Hematite this is an interesting material which is a mineral form of iron and has some density/weight to it. Evidently it was extremely popular during Victorian times, but it's making a bit of a comeback in the modern era too.

You get a nice felt effect bag too and a separate "worry stone" I can't personally comment on the properties of the Hematite other than what I learnt briefly in school science lessons the material though does display a certain type of magnetism (partly down to the iron ore structure) some feel this is beneficial for wearers.

Overall a nicely made and presented product, recommended


Honeystore Men's Titanium Steel Rolo Chain Cross Pendant Necklace Color Black Silver Length 19.6 inch
Honeystore Men's Titanium Steel Rolo Chain Cross Pendant Necklace Color Black Silver Length 19.6 inch
Offered by Honeystore
Price: £28.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made "Titanium" cross with solid chain, 30 Oct 2014
Note: The supplier sent me a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This small cross stands just under two inches high and has a smooth finishing on the front and sides. The black section covering the cross is level with the metal around it, with a clean crisp outline the finishing is good all round. The supplied chain impressed me too, often items like this come with weedy chains and they're likely to break over time, no so here this chain has tight links and feels very strong.

On the rear part this is machined though not to a gloss finish. If I were nit picking slightly I'd like to see rounder edges on the back part, or a smooth all over finish but that's down to taste as it is nobody will see the rear part and the main event is the impact of the black inlay on the cross section.

The use of Titanium has increased in recent years for jewellery products partly because it's hypoallergenic and suitable for those who might have allergies to other metals, it's also very light and extremely strong as well as resistant to most common forms of corrosion. I like the metal myself here it's polished to a nice finish. I don't usually wear jewellery items but I showed the cross to a few friends who do and they all liked it quite a lot. Overall a good quality cross that is visually appealing and has the bonus of being allergy friendly too.


GMYLE(R) 1080p (16:9) Monocular 8x Digital Video Camcorder with 2.4-inch TFT panel LCD Screen
GMYLE(R) 1080p (16:9) Monocular 8x Digital Video Camcorder with 2.4-inch TFT panel LCD Screen
Offered by Clever Gadgets
Price: £119.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for a monocular with video/stills recording, 30 Oct 2014
Note: The supplier sent me a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

First off I'll start with what this isn't for the sake of clarity. This isn't a "camcorder" with a zoom lens, but a fixed magnification 8x monocular with the ability to record video and take photos. So bear that in mind as this is a higher magnification (no wider angle) it's use might be better suited to someone with an interest in nature and wildlife (or anything else where you need to bring action closer)

This is a bit different to a camcorder in other ways too being a monocular you have an optical view of the subject or you can use the swivel LCD panel to get a "live view" There are markings (notches) on the optical view showing you the area capture for video. This is achieved by a separate section for the optics and one for the sensor to capture video/images (the optical one is on the bottom) real world though it's perfectly possible to just use the optical finder and use the two buttons on the top deck (one for video and one for photos) but it's worth looking at the LCD as this shows you the exposure.

In the box you get a case for the monocular & hand strap, an AV cable (no HDMI) a wall plug charger and mini to normal USB cable for computer connection.

Controls are straight forward on the top two buttons for video/photo capture, flip open the LCD and you have a four section of buttons for menus/navigation/playback and a central OK button. The front flap (with the red button on it) is rubber and has the on/off switch (it also auto turns on/off when you open close the LCD screen) under that is a slot for a micro SD card, mini HDMI output and an AV socket to attach the supplied composite outputs to.

I've been using it now for over a week and will update the review with more field use over time

Good stuff:

+ Build is good with a "soft touch" effect on the casing a decent fully articulating LCD and logical control layout (easy to get to) metal tripod thread
+ Monocular optics are "very good" there are no signs of aberrations at all (purple fringing) very clear view and good contrast (flare can be an issue at times)
+ Video recording quality is mostly pretty good (see note in cons though on rolling shutter), at full HD details are decent with a natural tonality to footage
+ Reasonable stills capture quality output is printable certainly at normal sizes, some grain/noise but decent details (this is preferable in my view to heavy smearing due to noise reduction) though not as good as a dedicated camera (something like a superzoom bridge model for example)
+ Menus are fairly logical and easy to navigate
+ Some control over video and stills settings such as white balance, exposure compensation, sharpness, video resolution (and fps for lower resolution settings)
+ Interval recording option for stills

Not so good:

- Video does suffer from "jello effect" when panning at quicker speeds (this is a wobble or bending of the lines as you move the camera due to the sensor being read out line by line) Less well suited to moving action bar clear skies
- Native stills capture is around 5 megapixels little point setting it to higher resolutions nothing to be gained
- Modest battery life (around 1 hour I got a bit more at times but it's about that on average)
- Playback for video/stills isn't very intuitive I got the hang of it eventually though

Notes:
You do have a built in stabiliser (this appears to be electronic) it can help a bit but in practice it's not easy to get a steady image (due to the high magnification) I got much better results using a monopod or ideally a tripod would be the best choice if possible. It can be used hand held but takes some practice.

Video is recorded in the "AVI" container format I averaged about 93MB per minute at full HD resolution. I tested it with a 16GB micro SD card no issues with the card during testing.

The "camera" part is fixed focus that means everything from about 20 metres to infinity is "in focus" you can adjust the focus through the optical finder closer but the video won't be in focus unless it's at that distance so bear that in mind for closer subjects.

In use I see this product aimed more at a specific type of user rather than a general camcorder buyer for obvious reasons at 8x magnification you are limited to distant shots, though this could be of interest for someone who observes wildlife/nature at a distance, or even air shows anything where you want to pull in further away details closer. In some ways being stuck at 8x is a bit limiting for many folks, though I got used to it and it can reveal a different perspective. Regular binocular/monocular users with a fixed magnification will be more at ease.

Video output is quite good really, though the battery endurance isn't huge it's probably enough for a trip out where you might be taking shorter clips or the odd stills shot. You charge the camera up via a supplied adapter and it takes about 3 hours to charge it up from flat.

It's a different type of product more specialised in some ways, the articulated screen is quite good (resolution is not super high but it's fairly clear) I think I could see this being of some use for bird watchers who might have a location set up for regular watching the screen might be handy when tripod mounted as you can adjust the angles fully. The main optics are good (though can suffer from flare at times) certainly a cut above budget monoculars I've used. For me it's decent overall (for what it is) a few areas for improvement as listed above I'd look at it as a monocular with the video/stills bits as a bonus, size wise it's a bit bigger than a tiny camcorder but still quite compact and easy to carry around and importantly it's comfortable to hold.

Worth a look if you want a monocular with recording capability. (I'll be adding a video sample shortly)


Gripfill Solvent Free 350ml
Gripfill Solvent Free 350ml
Offered by san direct
Price: £4.36

4.0 out of 5 stars Very handy solution and easy to work with, 30 Oct 2014
This came out after the original "Solvent based Gripfill" which has a green tube. This variety is a bit different for a few reasons firstly because it's using a water based adhesive (I assume some type of PVA glue) it's suited to application where "at least one surface is porous" that can mean plaster, wood etc. If you are trying to bond and gap fill two non porous surfaces go with the "original green gripfill"

One advantage of this type is that it's both cheaper than the adhesive based one and easier to work with. If you over apply in some areas simply use a damp cloth to wipe the excess off. The smell is also far milder than the green version which has a very strong odour (and should be used with some ventilation) This still have some degree of flexibility though unlike some types of adhesive that can snap or break this will flex (I'm not sure what compound Evo-Stik are using but it's more than just normal PVA glue) this still has the gap filling properties of the original though.

I stuck a friends wooden cover to a dishwasher door with this, that was a year ago and it's not moved since (one surface porous one metal) You can be a bit more generous with application with this type as unlike the original it's a lot easier to clean up, it's also a good solution for large skirting areas as the gaps are filled with this, but apply it in "blob" patterns spread out along the timber you don't need to load up the whole area with the adhesive seam it in at the top if you wish to fill the gaps.

Very useful and a great addition for anyone doing DIY, just remember to use it on suitable surfaces. Recommended


Evo Stik Gripfill 350ml
Evo Stik Gripfill 350ml
Offered by ZigZag trading ltd
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The "mother of all" gap filling adhesives, 30 Oct 2014
This review is from: Evo Stik Gripfill 350ml
I've used this since it first came to the market (in the 80's) since then another type has turned up (this is the original stuff)

First off this really does work. I've attached sinks to walls, stuck floor tiles down with this and hung wooden shelf brackets up too. This is the normal adhesive version and is suitable for porous and non porous application. There is another version which can be used only if one surface is porous (Gripfill Solvent Free) and that one has a much milder smell but is effective esp when wood is used.

I would recommend this type for tougher items that need securing but would caution on a few areas. Firstly this sticks very firmly so make sure you won't want to move whatever it is you are fixing as removal could pretty much destroy the item (it sticks that well) the other point to note is in some cases you might be better off looking at the solvent free option esp if you are fixing wood be it skirting boards or joints (or the various other options such as no more nails and equivalent products). This original one though is the champ for sticking thanks to the strong adhesive used, but there is quite an odour off of it until it's cured.

Do note that this is "flexible" where as some adhesive offerings are not this won't snap or crack so use it where some movement or strain might occur (for skirting this isn't going to move so use the water bases adhesives there)

As a side note whilst this is great for fixing plasterboard I wouldn't recommend trying to stick heavy items to plaster board with this, purely because unlike a "solid fixing" this sticks to the surface (which is fine if it's a normal wall) the surface of plasterboard though won't hold heavy loads but it can be useful in other areas as an additional adhesive (I've put bathroom units with fixings and this to help with extra bonding) Thanks to the gap filling properties this works a treat on many areas where you need a fix "and" to fill gaps hence the name, it's really extremely useful to have around. Working with gripfill is fairly straight forward but I'd be somewhat less generous with application so cut the top to a small point to give a moderate flow of the adhesive don't over apply. Also avoid contact with clothes once this has set it's difficult to remove easily.

I've used this for many years and certainly has a place in the house/shed for various jobs.


2 X EvoStik GRIPFILL Gripfill Gap Filling Adhesive 350ml
2 X EvoStik GRIPFILL Gripfill Gap Filling Adhesive 350ml

5.0 out of 5 stars Top stuff for DIY folks, 30 Oct 2014
I've used this since it first came to the market (in the 80's) since then another type has turned up (this is the original stuff)

First off this really does work. I've attached sinks to walls, stuck floor tiles down with this and hung wooden shelf brackets up too. This is the normal adhesive version and is suitable for porous and non porous application. There is another version which can be used only if one surface is porous (Gripfill Solvent Free) and that one has a much milder smell but is effective esp when wood is used.

I would recommend this type for tougher items that need securing but would caution on a few areas. Firstly this sticks very firmly so make sure you won't want to move whatever it is you are fixing as removal could pretty much destroy the item (it sticks that well) the other point to note is in some cases you might be better off looking at the solvent free option esp if you are fixing wood be it skirting boards or joints (or the various other options such as no more nails and equivalent products). This original one though is the champ for sticking thanks to the strong adhesive used, but there is quite an odour off of it until it's cured.

Do note that this is "flexible" where as some adhesive offerings are not this won't snap or crack so use it where some movement or strain might occur (for skirting this isn't going to move so use the water bases adhesives there)

As a side note whilst this is great for fixing plasterboard I wouldn't recommend trying to stick heavy items to plaster board with this, purely because unlike a "solid fixing" this sticks to the surface (which is fine if it's a normal wall) the surface of plasterboard though won't hold heavy loads but it can be useful in other areas as an additional adhesive (I've put bathroom units with fixings and this to help with extra bonding) Thanks to the gap filling properties this works a treat on many areas where you need a fix "and" to fill gaps hence the name, it's really extremely useful to have around. Working with gripfill is fairly straight forward but I'd be somewhat less generous with application so cut the top to a small point to give a moderate flow of the adhesive don't over apply. Also avoid contact with clothes once this has set it's difficult to remove easily.

I've used this for many years and certainly has a place in the house/shed for various jobs.


Evo-Stik High Performance Gripfill
Evo-Stik High Performance Gripfill
Offered by K Direct
Price: £5.98

5.0 out of 5 stars An essential item for DIY enthusiasts, 30 Oct 2014
This review is from: Evo-Stik High Performance Gripfill
I've used this since it first came to the market (in the 80's) since then another type has turned up (this is the original stuff)

First off this really does work. I've attached sinks to walls, stuck floor tiles down with this and hung wooden shelf brackets up too. This is the normal adhesive version and is suitable for porous and non porous application. There is another version which can be used only if one surface is porous (Gripfill Solvent Free) and that one has a much milder smell but is effective esp when wood is used.

I would recommend this type for tougher items that need securing but would caution on a few areas. Firstly this sticks very firmly so make sure you won't want to move whatever it is you are fixing as removal could pretty much destroy the item (it sticks that well) the other point to note is in some cases you might be better off looking at the solvent free option esp if you are fixing wood be it skirting boards or joints (or the various other options such as no more nails and equivalent products). This original one though is the champ for sticking thanks to the strong adhesive used, but there is quite an odour off of it until it's cured.

Do note that this is "flexible" where as some adhesive offerings are not this won't snap or crack so use it where some movement or strain might occur (for skirting this isn't going to move so use the water bases adhesives there)

As a side note whilst this is great for fixing plasterboard I wouldn't recommend trying to stick heavy items to plaster board with this, purely because unlike a "solid fixing" this sticks to the surface (which is fine if it's a normal wall) the surface of plasterboard though won't hold heavy loads but it can be useful in other areas as an additional adhesive (I've put bathroom units with fixings and this to help with extra bonding) Thanks to the gap filling properties this works a treat on many areas where you need a fix "and" to fill gaps hence the name, it's really extremely useful to have around. Working with gripfill is fairly straight forward but I'd be somewhat less generous with application so cut the top to a small point to give a moderate flow of the adhesive don't over apply. Also avoid contact with clothes once this has set it's difficult to remove easily.

I've used this for many years and certainly has a place in the house/shed for various jobs.


BOSTIK 18601 Gripfill Gap Filling Adhesive 350ml - Pack of 12
BOSTIK 18601 Gripfill Gap Filling Adhesive 350ml - Pack of 12
Offered by Ideabright Ltd
Price: £28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Super hand to have around the house, 30 Oct 2014
I've used this since it first came to the market (in the 80's) since then another type has turned up (this is the original stuff)

First off this really does work. I've attached sinks to walls, stuck floor tiles down with this and hung wooden shelf brackets up too. This is the normal adhesive version and is suitable for porous and non porous application. There is another version which can be used only if one surface is porous (Gripfill Solvent Free) and that one has a much milder smell but is effective esp when wood is used.

I would recommend this type for tougher items that need securing but would caution on a few areas. Firstly this sticks very firmly so make sure you won't want to move whatever it is you are fixing as removal could pretty much destroy the item (it sticks that well) the other point to note is in some cases you might be better off looking at the solvent free option esp if you are fixing wood be it skirting boards or joints (or the various other options such as no more nails and equivalent products). This original one though is the champ for sticking thanks to the strong adhesive used, but there is quite an odour off of it until it's cured.

Do note that this is "flexible" where as some adhesive offerings are not this won't snap or crack so use it where some movement or strain might occur (for skirting this isn't going to move so use the water bases adhesives there)

As a side note whilst this is great for fixing plasterboard I wouldn't recommend trying to stick heavy items to plaster board with this, purely because unlike a "solid fixing" this sticks to the surface (which is fine if it's a normal wall) the surface of plasterboard though won't hold heavy loads but it can be useful in other areas as an additional adhesive (I've put bathroom units with fixings and this to help with extra bonding) Thanks to the gap filling properties this works a treat on many areas where you need a fix "and" to fill gaps hence the name, it's really extremely useful to have around. Working with gripfill is fairly straight forward but I'd be somewhat less generous with application so cut the top to a small point to give a moderate flow of the adhesive don't over apply. Also avoid contact with clothes once this has set it's difficult to remove easily.

I've used this for many years and certainly has a place in the house/shed for various jobs.


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