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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Food for Thought - But Don't Drink all the Kool-Aid, 12 Dec 2013
I like the Malcolm Gladwell books - he is one of the great "new" thinkers of our time and his books are always interesting - I have read them all - they are very well written and easy to read. Unlike his other books, Outliers for example, where the repetitive examples to illustrate his point were interesting, poignant and factual, this book lacked a little substance and made a few too many sweeping assumptions/generalisations.

Most of the examples used seemed believable enough, however I didn't really like the inclusion of the war in Ireland example - to make claims about how the war in Ireland would have gone had the British army realised the "David and goliath theory", hugely over simplifies what was (and still is) a complex socio-religious situation on a confined island. The book could have perhaps tried to apply itself to a current situation to show how that "should" turn out if the point he is making stands true.

His weakest book so far - but still worth reading and should provide some good food for thought.


AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras and Accessories Black
AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR Cameras and Accessories Black
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bag, Great Price, 11 Dec 2013
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An amazon product - and a good product - it is big enough to hold a DSLR, 2 or 3 lenses and a host of other smaller bits, plus straps on the side to fit even the largest tripod. Good value - perfect size - other reviewers have said it all.


Neewer BG-E8 Replacement Battery Grip for EOS 550D 600D 650D 700D / Rebel T2i T3i T4i T5i SLR Digital Cameras
Neewer BG-E8 Replacement Battery Grip for EOS 550D 600D 650D 700D / Rebel T2i T3i T4i T5i SLR Digital Cameras
Offered by Happy Sales UK
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars High quality - doubles your battery power., 11 Dec 2013
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The grip fits into the existing battery slot and through a connecction inside the camera enables the grip to have all the same functionality as the camers itself (should you want it). You can turn the extra buttons on or off as you want. It comes with 2 adapters for different types of battery - which is great - I use 2x LP-E8's - they last a really long time. It adds quite a bit of weight to the camera, so if you arne't shooting from a tripod this might be a factor.

It looses 1 star because it only has one hole in the bottom to attach to the tripod or whatever you are using - it doesn thave a second little hole for the stabiliser "plug" that some tripods come with to ensure that the camera is squarely attached.


ARCTIC WHITE Creativity Photographic Studio Background Paper, 2.72m wide (9') x 11m long (36'), 180gsm heavyweight Backdrop. Special Offer - 4 for the price of 3. Professional Studio and Home Usage, possibly the best quality at the best price. Wrinkle free, no hot-spots, perfect background for the best quality images. Over 50 colours to choose from
ARCTIC WHITE Creativity Photographic Studio Background Paper, 2.72m wide (9') x 11m long (36'), 180gsm heavyweight Backdrop. Special Offer - 4 for the price of 3. Professional Studio and Home Usage, possibly the best quality at the best price. Wrinkle free, no hot-spots, perfect background for the best quality images. Over 50 colours to choose from
Offered by Creativity Papers
Price: £42.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Genius - cloth backdrop be gone!, 11 Dec 2013
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I was strugling with a cloth material backdrop (a cheap one but still) and the creases would show up in my videos - so I needed to edit them out in post - very annoying. This 11 meter long white roll has been a revelation - the paper is high quality (you could use it for a huge painting!) it does crease a bit easily - but if you are careful and have a decent frame to mount it on it is perfect. You can cut off a chunk that has become to creased or dirty, unroll it a few more meters and start over - saves time, effort and you dont need to iron it! £40 isnt cheap - but the paper should last you a while.


BPS 2850W 5500K 5 Individual Switch Control Continuous Light Softbox Kit -Earthed -15 x 190w Fluorescent Bulbs + 3X 5-Head lamp holder+ 3X 5- Socket Softboxes Soft box Kit + 2X 0.8-2m Light Stand +1X 0.8m-2.8m Light Tripod + 1X ajustable Boom Arm + Carry Bag UK plug EU Adapter
BPS 2850W 5500K 5 Individual Switch Control Continuous Light Softbox Kit -Earthed -15 x 190w Fluorescent Bulbs + 3X 5-Head lamp holder+ 3X 5- Socket Softboxes Soft box Kit + 2X 0.8-2m Light Stand +1X 0.8m-2.8m Light Tripod + 1X ajustable Boom Arm + Carry Bag UK plug EU Adapter
Offered by bpsltduk
Price: £159.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lights - Treat Them Nicely - £150 ... you cant go wrong., 11 Dec 2013
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Be warned - There are no instructions with these, each of the softboxes comes in 7 parts - the outside black cover, 4 metal poles to stretch the cover out (they go through the white loop and into a sewed up velcro patch in each of the 4 corners, with the 4th corner having an "adjustable velcro patch"), a small inner white defuser and a larger outer defuser - they fit together nicely and allow the option of mounting vertically, horitontaly or at a 45 degree angle. The first light took about 15 minutes to put together, once I had the courage to bend the wires enough to get them into position (i was a little afraid based on other reviewers saying they were really flimsy). Second and third lights took 5 mins. There is a "sand bag" to attach as a counter weight for whichever light you want to use as a hairlight - rather than filling with sand or dirt i put my wifes ankle weights in - they were perfect.

It is flimsy sure - and if you were taking this from set to set I would be worried about the durability (and the length of time to screw in the lightbulbs!). The carry case is surprisingly sturdy.

I have these setup in a static studio for corporate videos - so durability isnt a factor. £150 ... you cant go wrong.


PhotoSEL CL135S4 35mm Grip Size Photography Clamp for Background Support and Backdrop (Set of 4)
PhotoSEL CL135S4 35mm Grip Size Photography Clamp for Background Support and Backdrop (Set of 4)
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Well Made, Effective, 11 Dec 2013
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Like another reviewer i only use these for a 3m wide 11m long white paper background roll - pop them into the roll at the top once it is in position and they hold the paper amazingly well. Smaller than I expected, but they fit around all the standard size backdrop frames I have used.


Shampoo Two (Deep Cleansing) 500ml/16.9oz
Shampoo Two (Deep Cleansing) 500ml/16.9oz
Offered by Fragrance Go
Price: £19.51

5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It!, 11 Dec 2013
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This is my new favourite Paul Mitchell produce - i had been using it in rotation with the original, and super skinny, but now i use this all the time as I am using more hair spray in my hair and this really cleanses it. Great smell, lathers up amazingly.


Let Her Go (In the Style of Passenger) [Karaoke Version]
Let Her Go (In the Style of Passenger) [Karaoke Version]

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Recording, 11 Dec 2013
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This is an original recording (not an audiacity mono channel reverse out) - it is a little different to the original, but not significant enough to be noticeble unless you are really listening for it.


Apple iPod Nano 6th Generation Gel Case - Red PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE
Apple iPod Nano 6th Generation Gel Case - Red PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple cheap and Effective, 11 Dec 2013
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This stops me caring if it bounces around in the car while plugged into my stereo - snug fit - bright colour so I don't lose it - perfect. Not sure what the reviewers mentioning the armband are reviewing - but this doesnt come with anything. As for those complaingn it is hard to get it off ... well that is the idea isnt it? So it doesnt fall off.


Asus RT-N56U - 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router. 802.11n, Hardware NAT, 5 Internal Antennas, Fast Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless HD content streaming, 3 Year Warranty
Asus RT-N56U - 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router. 802.11n, Hardware NAT, 5 Internal Antennas, Fast Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless HD content streaming, 3 Year Warranty
Price: £69.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Slick, Solid, reliable and great Range Plus it Never Needs to be Rebooted!, 4 Dec 2013
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I won't go into the specs or the fact it doesnt have an ADSL modem built in - because all the other reviews say this kind of information. What I will say is that I have bought literally hundreds of routers over the past 15 years, with ADSL, without, for home, for businesses and all seem to need to be rebooted anywhere between daily and monthly - this is the first router I have ever owned which just keeps on trucking. I have had it for a year and only turned it off once to move it - and it gets a lot of throughput - streaming from local network 720p and 1080p movies, Netflix, a family of 5 all with laptops and mobile devices, xbox, playstation, the works.

Great reception around a large house with thick brick walls. It is so reliable I actually forgot where it was. Setup is easy - plug in the ethernet cable to a PC and call up 192.168.1.1 in your browser - use the usual admin/admin login/password.


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