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Life [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Life [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ David Attenborough
Price: 12.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must have for all blu ray owners!, 30 Dec 2011
The quality of this blu ray is absolutely outstanding!

The quality of the series itself is beyond question - the vast array of animals covered, and with it their obscure behaviours that we couldn't have imagined, makes this series so good. There is a vast amount of detail in every episode, all presented in David Attenborough's inimitable style.

The quality of the blu ray presentation itself is a benchmark by which others should be judged; whether it is the vibrant, rich colours of the rainforest's chameleons, the detail on the eyeballs of a preying mantis, or a shot of the Antarctic in all of its glory - every scene looks remarkable.

The sound is also outstanding, particularly on surround sound. When there is an underwater shot of fish or whales, every bubble and splash can be heard. When a lizard bites into an insect there is a distinctive, sickening crunch. And when a tarantula is moving in on it's prey, the bristling of the hairs on its legs can be heard clearly. All the while, bird songs and various other wildlife noises can be heard clearly on the other speakers.

All in all, this is the best nature documentary I have ever watched, and the best blu ray I have ever experienced. Buy this now and you won't be disappointed!

Police Phalanx 11599JS/01M Silver Dial Watch
Police Phalanx 11599JS/01M Silver Dial Watch

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very attractive watch, 29 Dec 2011
This is a lovely watch - I was delighted with it as soon as I opened the delivery box;

It comes in a very nice presentation box, and once you open this you find the watch fastened around a small pillow, that can always be used for future placement of the watch when you're not wearing it.

The watch face is very large - it is almost 2 inches across, and the fact it's a square face accentuates the size even more, but I personally love that about it. The watch is also quite heavy - not the heaviest by any means, but you aren't likely to forget that you're wearing it.

The watch is short on features but big on style; though frankly that's what Police watches are all about - if you want a feature rich watch with solar power and world time etc. then go for something like a citizen or Casio. This watch is very nice with its polished strap, white face, chrome detailing, and silver/ grey inserts on the face that look really well when the light hits them. It also has many small embellishments and features that alert everyone to the fact that it's a Police watch

Fortunately I haven't had any of the same problems with the linkage that other reviewers have reported. A word of warning though is that the watch is not water resistant - even the manual that comes with it informs you that it is only really splash proof (heavy rain or washing the car, not swimming or scuba diving)

All in all it is a very attractive watch that is sure to stand out and draw some complements

LG BD650 Blu Ray Player (DVD, DivX, DivX HD, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, USB)
LG BD650 Blu Ray Player (DVD, DivX, DivX HD, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, USB)

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid blu-ray player, 29 Dec 2011
This is a great entry level blu ray player;

It starts up and loads blu rays quickly, and is virtually silent whilst in operation. Sound and picture are both good from the player, and it does a decent job of up scaling DVD's also. The menus are incredibly intuitive and initial setup is simple. Be sure to check for and install the latest firmware to avoid any problems though.

This is an entry level model, and so doesn't have the networking abilities of better models, or other 'luxury' features, but it does everything you would expect of it. Also, be warned that it doesn't come with an HDMI lead so buy one of those too. Another small gripe I have is the very poor "simple manual" that is provided - meaning that you have to visit the LG website for the proper manual.

All in all it is an excellent entry level machine, and great value for money

Body Language For Dummies
Body Language For Dummies
by Elizabeth Kuhnke
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview, 21 Oct 2011
If you have ever read any of the other 'for dummies' books you know what you're getting - an accessible text with helpful photos and illustrations; this book is no different.

The books greatest strength is probably is biggest weakness also - it's basic nature. The authors have clearly written this to cater for complete beginners, and have developed the chapters to relate to specific real life situations (dating, job interview etc) The book delivers brilliantly in this way, but you can't help but feeling that you'd like just a little bit more depth - possibly some of the juicier details of reading body language.

If you're interested in learning about body language I would highly recommend this book - it is accessible, enjoyable and fairly informative. If you already have a basic understanding of body language this book isn't likely to offer too much in the way of new information. All things considered, this is a good value book and I would definitely recommend it.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent rash guard, 19 July 2011
Admittedly when I first bought this rash guard, it wasn't because of the advanced sweat wicking technology, the added muscle endurance that you gain from the compression, or the antimicrobial coating that they use on the fibres; I bought it because it looks totally awesome. Luckily, it delivers on all of the sales talk promises too.

The first time that I trained in the rash guard I was astounded by just how cool it kept my body; whilst my face, head and legs were as warm as usual, my torso was surprisingly cool. It was also a great fit; when it came to rolling my opponents found it impossible to gain a grip on it (I also prefer the short sleeved rash guards as having sweaty forearms really helps with slipping submissions onto opponents, and slipping out of their submissions). The rash guard wicks away sweat brilliantly, and I genuinely believe that my body being less sore and stiff than usual the following day was a result of the rash guard's compression technology.

The one criticism that I have of the rash guard is that after a long, hard session it can start to pinch at the armpits a little; caused by the material bunching up a little. However, this is fairly typical of a lot of compression style rash guards.

All things considered I think this is an excellent purchase. A little pricey, but this is to be expected when buying Hayabusa. The look, feel and performance of this rash guard are all excellent.
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Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu
Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu
by Andre Galvao
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.10

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent BJJ Companion, 17 Jun 2011
Andre Galvao's grappling credentials are without question, so when you have the opportunity to learn even a small amount of what he has to offer, you should jump at the chance.

In `Drill to Win' Galvao sets about giving readers a thorough understanding of the oft overlooked, but massively important, drilling in BJJ. First impressions of the book are that it is big, colourful and well constructed; this will take the abuse of being in and out of the gym bag, to and from class, with relative ease. A quick flick through the book shows that there are a huge amount of techniques, all backed up by beautiful illustrations and accurate instructions.

The book itself is very well written; it opens with a miniature, and refreshingly frank biography of Galvao and how he came to be the Jiu Jitsu phenomenon that he is today. It's reassuring to know that someone who overcame poverty and chronic asthma became the multiple time BJJ world champion, and is now guiding you through your own journey.

The structure of the book is excellent. It begins with a comprehensive index (an often overlooked, but essential component) before starting into the structured drill program. The program itself is set out in days, weeks and months (as the title suggests, the book is meant to cover you for the next 12 months) with training taking place three to four days per week.

Galvao is realistic and honest when he informs the reader that the new drilling programme is not going to take the place of their usual routine, but rather, when used to supplement their routine they should see massive gains in their performance. As with all good programmes of this nature it highlights the need for improved diet; Galvao tells us that it is the foundation upon which the rest of his BJJ is formed. The book then sets about a course of effective drills, each chapter building on the skills developed in the last. Users can quite easily pick and choose drills to suit their specific needs, or to create their own circuit. However, to get the most use of the book readers should follow the book from cover to cover, in order.

In conclusion, the book is excellent and will become a valuable asset to any BJJ practitioner who follows it. The drills in the book are also substantially good for developing general health and fitness, alongside sport specific technique.

All Consuming
All Consuming
by Neal Lawson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting but a little Condescending, 1 Jun 2011
This review is from: All Consuming (Paperback)
As someone who is enthralled by the subject of excessive consumption, I was very intrigued by this book. The premise seems simple enough; to study what went wrong with society, how it happened, how to fix it, and what's the alternative. The book delivers with vast amounts of usable and interesting facts, figures and knowledge. But the way in which the author has written the book grates on me, and it becomes more of an issue towards the end.

The book starts out very strong and contains lots of interesting facts and figures, and makes reference to many of the oft referenced examples of excessive consumption (tulip-mania etc) , however, when the book moves onto `what went wrong' and `how to fix it', the author begins to come off as quite condescending, as if we've all been turbo consuming as he has had to sit back helpless to stop it. At times the author is also hypocritical, a prime example of this is his scorn for green house pollution caused by cars, yet proudly announces that he drives a VW van because he believes himself to be "hippie", when in fact it is well known that older vehicles are much more polluting than their modern counterparts. By the end of the book it feels like a political manifesto for the green party.

However, in spite of these flaws I still give this book 4 stars, as the information contained within it is shocking, entertaining, disturbing and accurate. It holds a mirror up to the uncontrolled buying of modern Britain and this makes for a fascinating read. You may find your interest tailing off towards the end of the book, but even then the book is still worth a read for what came beforehand.

All in all, the premise of this book is a very good one, and it contains a vast amount of interesting information. I just can't help but feeling it could have been written in a slightly different style. But then again, I'm not a published author...

MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Crystal Clear (Invisible) - Apple iPad 1 / 1st Generation (2 x Screen Protectors)
MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Crystal Clear (Invisible) - Apple iPad 1 / 1st Generation (2 x Screen Protectors)
Offered by MediaDevil
Price: 24.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Product, 1 Jun 2011
This is an excellent screen protector and is excellent value for money given the very high quality of the product.

When I began looking for a screen protector for my new iPad I was quickly overwhelmed by the amount of offerings on the internet, with such a wide range of prices also. In terms of advice for finding a good screen protector the general consensus was that you should opt for one of the more expensive offerings, and so I purchased this one.
When it arrived (promptly) in the post, I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the packaging (and the free maom sweets in the envelope - a quirky but nice touch). When I opened the product I was again surprised by the quality of the components, which even includes a small cloth for cleaning the screen; the likes of which you'd spend a few pounds on in the shop.

The protector itself is of the highest quality and you wouldn't know it was there if it wasn't for the fact you put it on, or if you were unfortunate enough to scrape it. The instructions are excellent, and the manufacturer has been kind enough to upload an instructional video too.

At first it seems a little pricey - but given that it works out at 7.50 per protector, to protect your 400+ iPad, it's a bargain. Do yourself a favour and go for this one in favour of one of the cheaper, lower quality offerings.

Marketing Communications: A Brand Narrative Approach
Marketing Communications: A Brand Narrative Approach
by Micael Dahlen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 39.02

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Marketing Communications Textbook, 1 Jun 2011
This is an excellent textbook that is very accessible, informative, and modern in its approach towards a very enjoyable, yet sometimes complex subject.

The book is very well written and breaks down difficult subjects and themes quite well so that less experienced or less knowledgeable students can easily understand them. There are countless illustrations, charts and photographs; the vivid colours of which are very attractive and help to prevent the text from falling into the trap of being page after page of dull text. Where this textbook really shines however is the use of modern and interesting case studies (such as Stella Artois, the Cadbury Gorilla, Burberry etc) that today's students are likely to find interesting, and with which they can easily relate to. Add to this a very good structure and a very comprehensive glossary, and it makes for an excellent textbook.

All in all this is an excellent textbook, and even those students and practitioners who have a fairly substantial knowledge of marketing communications should make good use of the case studies, if not the theory in the book.

Call of the Mall
Call of the Mall
by Paco Underhill
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 23 April 2011
This review is from: Call of the Mall (Paperback)
This is an excellent book, written in an enjoyable way by a man who clearly knows what he's talking about.

He writes the book in a very humorous way, but at the same time tackles major issues such as the design, layout, atmospherics and subliminal advertising of the mall (and shopping centres in general, the world over). It is written in the style of an actual journey taken with the author - from the approach to the mall, and throughout the day there.

Paco Underhill talks about the mall with equal measures of admiration and disappointment; admiration at what they do and achieve, and disappointment at how much unfulfilled potential they have. The author also makes the book very informative, whilst remaining a light read - one you could finish in one or two afternoons.

All in all, the book is excellently written, very enjoyable and deeply informative. Having read the book you'll never look at malls and shopping centres in the same way again!

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