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The Broons / Oor Wullie
The Broons / Oor Wullie

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Instead of celebrating 80 years of the strips and the Fun Section, the focus is on reprinting some magazines ..., 26 Sept. 2015
This series has been running for 20 years now and in that time reprinted most of the Dudley D Watkins canon. So the past few years have seen the reprints go off on tangents - and this year's is the weirdest yet.

Instead of celebrating 80 years of the strips and the Fun Section, the focus is on reprinting some magazines that were issued free with the Sunday Post last year, detailing the ancestors of the Broons. The strips feature some sublime art by Ken H Harrison (of course) but when that's the main focus of a book celebrating eight decades of one of the world's longest running cartoon strips, then there's something wrong.

It would have been great to have seen, as has already been suggested, reprints through the ages, charting how the art has changed and, for that matter, how the Sunday Post Fun Section changed in that time too.

A missed opportunity IMHO.


ELEPHONE P6000 5 Inch HD OGS Android 4.4.4 KitKat Smartphone MTK6732 4-Core 4G FDD- LTE Phone with Dual SIM 8MP CAM 2GB RAM 16 GB ROM(Black)
ELEPHONE P6000 5 Inch HD OGS Android 4.4.4 KitKat Smartphone MTK6732 4-Core 4G FDD- LTE Phone with Dual SIM 8MP CAM 2GB RAM 16 GB ROM(Black)
Offered by Oxford Street
Price: £99.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it's a great piece of kit, 7 Aug. 2015
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I've waited two months to write this review so I've had time to use the phone properly.

On the one hand, it's a great piece of kit. It looks good, the screen is great, it's fast and it's snappy.
But it's also got some big niggles.

Battery life is appalling. I can, on a good day, manage to go from 7am to 6pm before it needs more juice, but the reality is every four to six hours it needs some power. I'm a heavy user - bluetooth and wifi eat power - but I've found that half hour of web browsing can steal 25% of the battery.

It also overheats. A lot. To the point where it's unpleasant to hold in the hand. It's not quite as much of an issue for me as others as I use the bluetooth to talk.

Call quality is very hit or miss. One in two calls result in the end user saying they can't hear me. A redial usually sorts it out but it's a pain. Using Skype on the set is impossible, again for reasons of call clarity. When a large part of my job relies on clear communications, that's a big issue.

So, a great phone in many respects but these big niggles let it down big time and I think my time with it will be limited.


Elephone P6000 MTK6732 64bit Quad Core 4G LTE Cell Phone 5.0" Android 5.0 2GB RAM 16GB ROM 13MP (Black)
Elephone P6000 MTK6732 64bit Quad Core 4G LTE Cell Phone 5.0" Android 5.0 2GB RAM 16GB ROM 13MP (Black)
Offered by Oxford Street
Price: £99.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money and very fast., 22 Jun. 2015
It's an excellent phone for your money. Not perfect, but until they invent Paul Ross phone covers, nothing is.

The phone is fast to boot up, has been rooted and comes with a customised version of Android 5.0. I've replaced Elephone's stock search/layout with Android, which means I can now 'OK Google' to my heart's content.
It's already received an OTA update but not to Android 5.1. Am sure this won't be far away.

The battery is 2,700, it is removable and there are two SIM sockets plus space for a micro SD card. Not bad.

Some niggles.

The camera gives mixed results and mine is blurred at the edges.

You will need to download many of the core Google programmes from Play, no big hardship, but stuff like a PDF viewer, Drive and Camera all need to be installed.

The Android home/back buttons are swapped round and I have no idea how to change them round.

The battery life is so-so. I can get four hours out of a charge, I can get all day. I can't fathom out why some days' usage is better than others when I do the same things day in day out. At the moment, it's on from around 6.30am and needs a charge by teatime.

It doesn't come with a case - you will need to order one separately.

Call quality can vary, but this could be more reception than anything else.

Definitely value for money.


Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus [DVD] [1964]
Doctor Who - The Keys Of Marinus [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £6.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Billyfluffs, creative set dressing and wobbly sets ..., 26 Sept. 2014
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Packed with Billyfluffs, creative set dressing and wobbly sets, this is everything a slice of 60s Who should resemble.


Transcend 64GB Ultimate SDXC Class 10 UHS-I 600x Memory Card
Transcend 64GB Ultimate SDXC Class 10 UHS-I 600x Memory Card
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally the camera has trouble reading from it and requires ..., 26 Sept. 2014
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Occasionally the camera has trouble reading from it and requires a 'reformat', but thankfully nothing lost yet and it's working well. Bargain.


We're Just Passing Through
We're Just Passing Through
Price: £15.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't just pass through this., 26 Sept. 2014
Kate Robbins has an incredible voice, rich, warm and powerful. Nicky also has a great voice but only sings on one track, which is rather a shame.
The songs are beautifully crafted, the arrangements are uncluttered with effective layers of sound and the backing vocals stand out in a good way. The harmonies, jazz-inflected chord progressions and melodic piano make for an album which is very easy to listen to.
The care and passion that went into writing and performing the songs is obvious.
The collaboration would seem to be a fruitful one. Long may it continue.
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Oor Wullie 1969
Oor Wullie 1969
by Dudley Watkins
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, fun and fantastic, 26 May 2014
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This review is from: Oor Wullie 1969 (Hardcover)
You can't beat a bit of Oor Wullie. And this is a lot of Oor Wullie. Plenty of funny scrapes, stories and pictures it makes me giggle every time.


Rainbow Magic: My Rainbow Fairies Collection
Rainbow Magic: My Rainbow Fairies Collection
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness they're abridged versions, 9 May 2014
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Shorter and it means you get through the whole book more quickly, making it less of a chore.
Would have made it five stars had it included some pictures of Paul Ross, Su Pollard and some kitchen foil.


BenQ GL2450HM LED TN 24-inch Widescreen Multimedia Monitor (1920 x 1080, 2 ms GTG, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, speakers) - Glossy Black
BenQ GL2450HM LED TN 24-inch Widescreen Multimedia Monitor (1920 x 1080, 2 ms GTG, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, speakers) - Glossy Black
Price: £112.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with the display, 9 May 2014
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Love the display, but there's some fuzzy logic to the menu and how to access it from the buttons on the side of the screen.


NETGEAR GS208-100UKS 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps Switch
NETGEAR GS208-100UKS 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps Switch
Price: £19.16

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a small office set up, 9 May 2014
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We've got four PCs, a modem and a printer all hooked up into this baby. And it works brilliantly with our machines, apart from the Windows 8 ones that had to be bludgeoned to an inch of their life. Why, oh why oh why oh why did Mircrosoft not learn a single lesson from the Vista debacle?
Whinging aside, this is a neat piece of kit.


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