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Jays a-Jays Four Earphones with Microphone (Black)
Jays a-Jays Four Earphones with Microphone (Black)
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Price: £42.13

4.0 out of 5 stars Good sound, 31 Jan 2014
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Bought to replace a pair of Sennheisers, and I prefer these. The sound is good, with a good bass, and the flat wires mean little or no tangling.


SONS OF ANARCHY STYLE LEATHER MOTORCYCLE VEST WAISTCOAT BLACK 6XL
SONS OF ANARCHY STYLE LEATHER MOTORCYCLE VEST WAISTCOAT BLACK 6XL
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Price: £129.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted, 31 Jan 2014
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I got the 6XL and it fits perfectly over a t-shirt. Good cut, good fit considering my awkward shape. Top marks to ABG for fast delivery too!


My Animals and Other Family
My Animals and Other Family
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT!! BUY IT NOW!!!!, 5 Oct 2012
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I'll prefix this by saying that I love Clare Balding. She's a great presenter, deeply passionate about sport, and does her research so that she knows what she's talking about. She's warm, interested and interesting - and that more than comes across in her book.

This is the story of Clare's first 20 years told through her love of animals, mainly the horses which surrounded her as a child and the family dogs. The prose is written just as if she's telling you a story face to face, and she is wonderfully descriptive when talking about the stables where she grew up. I sometimes wonder if she was a little harsh on her parents - they come across as a bit, well, unloving; but that seemed par for the course for the family, her grandmother (a real middle-class matriarch) never really showing love to her own children or grandchildren. Well, the female ones anyway. And really, her parents weren't uncaring, they just didn't really know how to show it.

What I think I liked most about the book was seeing Clare's personality really coming through and seeing that she was always a bit of a minx :) The woman we see on the TV is the real Clare Balding, warts and all, and I think this book shows that. Buy it, you won't want to put it down.


I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeter than chocolate, 16 Sep 2012
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In an age of the LOOK AT ME "celebrity" biography, this book comes as a true breath of fresh air.

Julie Dawn Cole was a child actress from a modest background in suburban England when she was selected to play the rather vile Veruca Salt in "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and this is as much the story of the film as it is her story. We trace her route to the auditions, through her love of the theatre inherited from her mother, and how difficult it was for her to play a character so very different to her actual personality.

The reader gets an excellent insight into the making of this film, remembered so fondly by many. It was a real challenge in a lot of ways - as much for the actors as for the production - and Julie Dawn really made me feel like I was there, through liberal use of anecdotes, photos and letters back home. It's clear that this was a bit of a lonely time for a young girl, despite having filming and rehearsals every day and schooling. She missed her family, and there are few who couldn't identify with that. It was nice to read how they all bonded, and the on-screen parents carried on that role off-screen.

I won't give anything away about the film itself. Julie Dawn does then trace her career after the film and answers the age-old question, did they ever see each other again. In all, a rather good read, despite a couple of OCR errors in the Kindle edition and many Americanisms.


The Codex file
The Codex file
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable but annoying, 24 Aug 2012
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This review is from: The Codex file (Kindle Edition)
The description sounded attractive enough and in many ways the book is good. Set in a parallel Britain where the government has banned the internet and replaced it with an intranet (shades of North Korea!) and people are encouraged to move online, including replacing their TVs with web-enabled devices. However, there is a darker side to all this, with people being murdered in the name of industrial espionage and for the great god of national security. On the face of it, a good read. However, if you know *anything* about the internet, networking, etc., you will routinely sigh and shake your head. That was me. Rudimentary mistakes coupled with some really poor proofreading spoiled the book for me.
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A Little Bit of Everything For Dummies
A Little Bit of Everything For Dummies
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasters that leave you wanting more, 23 Dec 2011
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Who hasn't see a "... for Dummies" book? But who has actually picked one up and started reading? Well this is the first one I've ever read and I really quite enjoyed it.

The book is very well-structured, with key chapters from popular books, split into sections where the chapters all more or less have something in common. They did make me think, sometimes, especially the chapter from Sex for Dummies (by Doctor Ruth) and the chapter from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, which really hit home.

However, if you do know a bit about the subject in question - for me in this book, DOS and Facebook were two - then it can seem a little, well, patronising. Just skip through, you won't miss out.

As a lead in, however, it works perfectly. I've just downloaded British History for Dummies and Canadian History for Dummies, based on the incredibly accessible and entertaining chapters in this book.


The Phoenix Conspiracy (The Phoenix Conspiracy Series Book 1)
The Phoenix Conspiracy (The Phoenix Conspiracy Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the description would have you think, 27 Nov 2011
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OK so I downloaded this because it was free and looked vaguely interesting but please, do yourself a favour and pick it up whilst it's still free. Like Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica? You'll like this (I found more parallels with BSG due to the propulsion systems of the ships; sound the GEEK KLAXON).

At the heart of it, you have Calvin Cross, a bit of a rebel in the Intelligence Wing of a human Empire who is sent to track down a criminal who escaped. So it's a rip-roaring jaunt through the universe, chasing after a broken arrow. Or is it? Plot twist after plot twist does leave you a little dizzy but at the end it's a great SF novel that would make a great movie.


Sennheiser MM 30i Ear-Canal Headset
Sennheiser MM 30i Ear-Canal Headset
Price: £22.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, really, 2 May 2011
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I've had two pairs of Sennheiser CX300 earphones in the past and whilst the sound has been good, the build quality was a bit so-so. I've only had these for a few days but I'm quite pleased with them. The build quality issues from my previous Senns seem to have been addressed and the sound quality is excellent, nice and deep and bassy and throaty. Note that they are *not* noise-cancelling - they are noise-reducing and on my Tube journeys the noise is greatly reduced.

These are iPhone-compatible, and have a remote which mimics the same functions of Apple's own headset mic (double/triple click, etc.). It is in a different location from the remote on the Apple set but that's just a minor personal quibble.

Overall, thumbs up.


Naty by Nature Babycare Eco Sensitive Wipes - 10 x Packs of 70 (700 Wipes)
Naty by Nature Babycare Eco Sensitive Wipes - 10 x Packs of 70 (700 Wipes)

4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as described, 22 April 2011
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I got these wipes really just to have around the house, for the odd occasion I'd want to wipe my face or hands, etc. Each wipe is nice and soft, and just moist enough - not dry, not dripping in lotion. No fragrance, no nasty anything. Each wipe is also quite large, I'd say getting on for a sheet of A5 paper. A nice choice.


Silesian Station
Silesian Station

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darker but just as good, 5 April 2011
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The second book in the Station series is as tightly written as the first, but much darker. We are quickly drawn into Berlin in summer 1939, just before the War, and whilst on the surface life is good for John Russell, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he is asked to look into the disappearance of a young Jewish girl. This is one story arc, and one that ends with imagination and pace towards the end of the book.

As with the first book, espionage plays a part and at times it's easy to forget who is playing off who, and who is getting fake information and who knows what. But that does take us on a whistlestop tour of central and eastern Europe during the days of quickening Nazi occupation and aggression, again Downing paints a very involving, gripping picture - all the more so if you have been to Berlin or any of the other cities mentioned.

Another theme of the book is the thoughts and words of ordinary Germans during this era - yes there is some licence here, but it's a good reminder that fundamentally we are all the same and few people look forward to war...

In all, an intricately-woven web of a story that manages to grip and entertain, without being too heavy - considering the subject matter. Now on to book three...


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