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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS - IT'S DANGEROUS!!, 1 Nov 2012
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Bought this to replace an Apple charger I lost a while ago. Was tempted to just get another Apple but this, at a third of the price, seemed like a good idea. Should have trusted my instincts, however, as at first switch on this one went pffft with a flash and a puff of blue smoke. Honestly, just don't bother with this cheap crap, they are not worth the apparent saving in cash. Worst case, the internal fuse or coils won't just blow they will catch fire or set alight anything that's resting against them, making them not just a waste of time and money but also dangerous. What price your home while your phone is on charge?

Can't leave negative stars so 1 is the lowest available.

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The 39 Steps [1978] [DVD]
The 39 Steps [1978] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Powell
Price: 4.92

5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch!, 23 Oct 2012
This review is from: The 39 Steps [1978] [DVD] (DVD)
Apart from the climactic scene on the face of Big Ben, this version of The 39 Steps is the closest to John Buchan's novel of the same name and easily the best of the bunch. From start to finish the film is a real gem. Robert Powell is perfect as the gentleman adventurer caught up in a Prussian plot to destabilise Europe. The rest of the supporting cast are equally on form - Sir John Mills, Eric Porter and Ronald Pickup, to name a few and the script is witty and clever (Und ich glaube das sie unfahig sind!). What really shines for me, though, is the backdrop to all the action - the scenery; from Hannay's elegant London pad (filmed just outside the Albert Hall) to St Pancras Station (actually Paddington Station) and the Scottish Highlands, it all looks sumptuous and atmospheric. You really get a sense of pre-war Britain with its class divisions, naivety and a sort of 'calm before the storm' pervading British life.

Just a shame that Robert Powell's TV series 'Hannay' isn't available to complement this excellent film.

Buy it and enjoy!

OtterBox Defender Case for Apple iPhone 4S - Gunmetal Grey PC/Envy Green IMS
OtterBox Defender Case for Apple iPhone 4S - Gunmetal Grey PC/Envy Green IMS

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax - your phone's in an Otterbox...., 3 Feb 2012
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- Tough as nails
- Simple to use
- Essential protection for the 4S

Regardless of what the naysayers may believe, the iPhone 4S is an amazing machine and just about the best phone on the market at the moment. It really is. That said, it does have some downsides, namely battery life (rubbish) and a glass screen that is so prone to cracking at the merest bump that I have seen more broken phones out on the streets than intact ones.

Enter the Otterbox Defender. I bought one for my iPhone 3GS a couple of years ago and, not long after, managed to run it over in my car. The case died bravely in the line of duty however the phone was left completely untouched and now lies perfectly serviceable waiting to be sold to offset some of the expense of its successor. Any other case and I would have been left with nothing but pieces of circuit board.

So I bought this one the day after I received the new phone. And I am very happy with it. It looks good in a purposeful sort of way and it has the same construction as the previous case, ie. a hard, polycarbonate inner surrounded by a softer, rubber like shell. All the main ports are covered with easily opened flaps and the camera lens & flash are well clear of obstruction. The built in screen cover retains full functionality for the touchscreen and there is no blotching or smearing. The whole thing fits into a decent pocket and while it bulks out the phone a bit, it is still small enough to be relatively unobtrusive. Finally, it takes less than 2 minutes to put it on.
As with most things in life, there are a few compromises. The sleek iPhone form is sacrificed somewhat and some iPhone docks won't be able to accept the case but that is about all. Small prices to pay, in my opinion, for a phone that will now survive a small nuclear detonation.

My phone costs about 700 and I have the contract for it for 2 years. This case means I can relax, knowing that whatever I throw at it (or it at), I will still have it in 2014 to sell on to offset the cost of an iPhone 5....

Philips DCB242/05 Docking Entertainment System
Philips DCB242/05 Docking Entertainment System

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good performer and great value for money!, 25 Oct 2011
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I am really pleased with this bit of kit. It looks good, sounds good and has bags of useful features that would normally only be found on more expensive units. The iPhone sits nicely in the spring loaded dock and charges even when the unit is in standby. Being able to wake to buzzer, iPhone or radio (DAB or FM!) is exactly what an alarm clock/dock should offer and the two separate alarms (one for weekdays, one for weekends?) is a great idea, as is the fade-up when the alarm goes off. The sound from the speakers is impressive and will fill an average sized bedroom nicely. The DAB works well, with station or programme information scrolling nicely across the display if you want it to; alternatively you can just have the time permanently displayed. The unit feels reassuringly solid and this helps the speakers deliver a nice bass.

I do have a gripe or two, which is only to be expected given the price. 1) The display is only dimmable in two stages: dim and off! Would have been nice to have it fully adjustable. 2) As with most Philips products, the controls can be a bit unintuitive to use but you do get the hang of it very quickly so this isn't a major issue. 3) Maybe it's me but the lowest volume setting I can get the DAB alarm to come on in the morning is 5, which is a bit too loud for my taste - still, it does wake me up!

Overall I think this is an excellent product that punches well above its weight. With a fully dimmable display this would have been 5 stars. Go Philips!

OtterBox Impact Case for iPhone 3G/3GS - Black
OtterBox Impact Case for iPhone 3G/3GS - Black

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple, no nonsense, useful bit of kit., 3 Nov 2010
Want to protect your iPhone? You should, because they cost a fortune to replace or repair if you are not insured. The Otter Box will protect your phone without hindering its use. It is simple to install the phone, taking about 3-5 minutes to work out how it goes together (instructions are included). Once completed, the phone is nearly impregnable and I think it looks pretty good, in a purposeful sort of way. Yes, it does bulk the phone out a little but it still fits in my back pocket unobtrusively. Sound and vision are unimpaired and the buttons still feel positive to operate through the rubber. The belt clip that comes with the case may be useful to those who like to wear phones on the hip - not my thing but looks tough too and is there if you need it!

There are a couple of drawbacks. Initially the clear screen membrane that is fixed to the case was blotchy against the iPhone screen but this disappeared within a couple of weeks as the case loosened slightly. Contrary to other reviews, I think this loosening is normal and doesn't affect the level of protection at all. Secondly, the rubber cover at the base of the case can restrict some non-Apple brands of phone connector (such as Power Monkey) but it works fine with OEM cables.

All in all, this is a no-nonsense case that is well worth the paltry sum of money I gave Amazon for it. Highly recommended.

By the way, just previewed this and realise it sounds like an advert - not intentional!!

January 2011: Just accidentally run over the iphone with my car on the driveway. iPhone was totally untouched!! Otterbox cracked too badly to repair, right enough, but it did its job and died honourably in the line of duty. Getting another one asap...

The War Of The Worlds - 30th Anniversary Edition
The War Of The Worlds - 30th Anniversary Edition
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 23.94

66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't broke so why fix it?, 4 July 2009
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I was originally after a digitally re-mastered version of this classic album but what I have ended up with here is actually a re-mixed version, which has tweaked and tampered with the original master, ill-advisedly in my opinion. The result is a 'poppier', softer, more diluted sound, perhaps re-mixed for a more modern feel. Whatever, I don't really like it. The original was perfect so there was nothing to do save to enhance the various strings, synths and guitars with a digital remastering, however, it feels like a formulaic 30 minute TV makeover has been applied here and WoTW is poorer for it.

Newcomers to this fantastic musical rendition of HG Well's novel will not know any better and will probably love this 30th Anniversary version. Those who know the original well should stick with the basic CD version.
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Acer Aspire 5920G 15.4-inch Laptop, Intel Core 2 Duo T5750, Vista Home Premium, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Blu-ray Drive,  ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470
Acer Aspire 5920G 15.4-inch Laptop, Intel Core 2 Duo T5750, Vista Home Premium, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Blu-ray Drive, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Capable, well built machine., 1 Jun 2009
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Received this barely three days after placing the order - tick VG Amazon!

Used it immediately over in USA for a fortnight and was extremely pleased with it.

Good Points: Capable, fast and lots of connections. WiFi worked well and built in microphone allowed skype to run perfectly. Instruction manual is ok but not comprehensive. Price is good too. Build quality seems top notch.

Bad Points: A little heavy and screen casts lots of reflections at some angles. Otherwise, none.

Overall, I would recommend this laptop to anyone requiring a relatively cheap but capable machine that will pack away into hand luggage with little trouble. Could be lighter and smaller but for the price can't really complain.

The Colour Of Spring
The Colour Of Spring
Offered by westworld-
Price: 10.00

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best all-round Talk Talk album there is., 27 Jun 2005
This review is from: The Colour Of Spring (Audio CD)
It is safe to say that Talk Talk remain, to this day, my favorite band in the world and The Colour of Spring is the album that reminds me why. Slap bang in the middle of their five album lifespan, Colour of Spring contains elements of all Talk Talk's best work. There is a reminder of their early effervescence in 'Living in Another World', as well as some stadium swelling numbers like 'Life's What You Make It', 'Happiness Is Easy' and 'Give It Up'. This is Talk Talk at their commercial, if not artistic, best. Hints of the eclectic music that would follow with the final two albums are also there, in 'April 5th' and the haunting 'Chameleon Day'. The final track leaves you with a gorgeous upbeat melody that lingers in the mind long afterwards.
A truly awesome album and probably the best for any newcomer to this band to try on for size.

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