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Doc's Prescription
Doc's Prescription
Price: 5.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant, knocked out and totally blown away! The Doc is PURE GENIUS!, 27 July 2014
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This review is from: Doc's Prescription (Audio CD)
I love this compilation: it is brilliant! Doc Watson is little known in the UK and the only other two reviews testify to this. After recently hearing four Doc Watson tracks, I was shocked to realise I had never heard before - amongst the standard Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins tracks and many others, on I Just Love Folk(an album you really must buy!) - and was left wanting to hear them over and over, and to hear more.

Shock no 2 was to discover Doc Watson was blind from babyhood after an eye infection. It certainly helped explain this man's wonderfully musical ear; his voice is a musical instrument in its own right, with its harmonic undertones. It brought to mind Delta Blues singer Charlie Patton. And WOW! the guitar picking. I was blown completely away.

I looked him up on Google, and shock no. 3 was to discover not only had he been highly esteemed in the US with accolades from Bill Clinton and others and a place in various music halls of fame, but had achieved Grammy awards. With 28 albums to choose from, I picked out this one, as it contained my four new favourite tracks from I Just Love Folk, Peg and Awl, Little Sadie, Old Ruben and God's Gonna Ease My Troubled Mind. Sadly, it is not available as an MP3 download (hint hint), but glad to have bought the CD. I am not disappointed! The banjos, fiddles and harps showcase the pure genius of this man, accompanied by others or not.

Shock no.4 was with sadness to discover he died 2012 aged 89! To think, all this time he was outside my radar. The explanation lies in the fact here in the UK "bluegrass" is considered niche, strictly for those willing to rummage the CD's in the folk and country sections, hidden away on the second floor of music megastores, in a dark corner.

It is always wonderful to discover a new musical love. Thanks, Doc! You rocked.


CoverTop LCBLACK156 Universal Shock Protection Pure Silicone Cover Jacket 15.6 inch Laptop
CoverTop LCBLACK156 Universal Shock Protection Pure Silicone Cover Jacket 15.6 inch Laptop
Price: 19.20

2.0 out of 5 stars Scratch resistant, but otherwise not convinced., 23 July 2014
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The material is clearly scratch resistant - this is the main selling point. It is also a perfect fit for our Dell laptop.

However, some of the other selling points I'm unsure of. For example,it can probably absorb small shocks but I doubt this product would make a difference with larger shocks. Worse, using radiation resistance as a selling point is ridiculous.
As another reviewer points out, this may take in some older folk, but is actually a gimmick. Radiation levels from laptops are tiny and unlikely to have negative effects on people. That this is being used as a selling point is worrying. Is that the most solid scientific basis this product has? Finally, this will make your laptop a little bit bigger and heavier, for relatively little benefit.


Colgate A1500 ProClinical Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Colgate A1500 ProClinical Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Price: 117.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product (but A little Expensive), 20 July 2014
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This is a great product. I’ve been using its “auto” option, which basically makes the brush automatically move at three different speeds depending on the angle you are holding it at. One speed is used for brushing the sides of your teeth, one for the top/bottom, and one for brushing along the gumline.

Included in the packaging are three brush heads: two normal, and one for sensitive teeth. It is quite rigorous, so I thought I would need the sensitive brush, but I soon got used to it. My teeth feel very clean afterwards. I would say that this is better than my previous electric toothbrush which only had one speed and doesn’t seem as thorough. It also comes with a plastic travel case which will come in handy.

I would recommend this product.


Ring Automotive RCT3 Glovebox Kit
Ring Automotive RCT3 Glovebox Kit
Price: 11.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Neat, a Nice Compact Package, 19 July 2014
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As an emergency kit it is pretty neat, a nice compact package. The emergency envisaged seems to be a cold weather emergency, with hand warmer, ice scraper included. The emergency hammer/seatbelt cutter is one of those tools you imagine might be useful in other ways too, but adhesive plasters?, hardly emergency material, unless you panic at the sight of a small cut that can be covered by a small plaster. Surface cleaning wipes - to wipe away blood? A bit of a mish mash of items but the hammer and seatbelt cutter is one of those gadgets you would like to have in your car, having been introduced to it Emoji

Of course there is a poncho and a torch too, maybe in case you need to walk the rest of the way in the dark and rain. Emoji


AmazonBasics 7-Inch Black Sleeve for Nexus 7 / Kindle Fire / Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-Inch Tablet
AmazonBasics 7-Inch Black Sleeve for Nexus 7 / Kindle Fire / Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-Inch Tablet
Price: 4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Zip-Up Pouch. Padded, but won't give much protection if you drop yor device., 17 July 2014
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Not sure how much this will be selling for, but it is a basic, padded, functional Kindle wallet/holder. It is made of a springy cloth/polyurethane (?) material -Neoprene - with a polyester-with-cotton texture. It zips up, rather like a toiletries bag.

Whilst it won't protect your Kindle from hard knocks, it will cushion an accidental drop. It is more of a dust cover to protect your screen when not in use, or inside your bag.

If your Kindle already has a cover - as mine does - the Kindle will still just about fit in (or, at least it does for a slimline Origami-protected one). However, you won't be able to do up the zip!

Another disadvantage is you have to remove your device from the sleeve completely to use it.

If you can afford it, I would recommend the Origami Kindle cover,New Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch 7" 2013 (ALL Model Versions) BLUE Multi-Function / Position / Front & Back ORIGAMI Case / Cover / Typing & Viewing Stand / SLIM Flip Case With Magnetic Sleep Sensor & Screen Protector Shield Guard & Kindle Fire HDX 7 in... which will not only fit like a glove and automatically turn off or start yor device when you open or shut the cover, it also offers a hard case protection, should you drop your Kindle, as well as protecting the screen from scratches when not in use. Best of all, you do not have to remove it whenever you want to use it.

Just noticed the price is 4.99, which is not very basic. I wouldn't pay more than 2.99 for it.


Song Bird
Song Bird
Price: 3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful; Joan Baez Warbles Like a Bird, 29 Jun 2014
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One of the best female vocalists of a generation, Baez, together with Judy Collins and Mary, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, helped shape a whole era of musical taste in the folk music genre.

Baez is also a mean acoustic guitar player.

My personal faves are, East Virginia, Banks of the Ohio, Twelve Gates to the City and All My Trials. "Too late, my brother! Too late, but never mind!"

Such a pity that 'There But For Fortune' isn't here. That would make it complete.


Time & Love And Her Essential Recordings
Time & Love And Her Essential Recordings
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, I Never Tire of Listening to Laura Nyro, 29 Jun 2014
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I have played this over and over throughout the years, and was even happy to buy it yet again for my Kindle device to enjoy on holiday.

Laura Nyro came from a New York Jewish - Italian musical family. Her songwriting and musicianship are wonderful. 5th Dimension had hits with Nyro's Carpet Man, and Wedding Bell Blues, as well as Stoned Soul Picnic, an enduring track on the seminal LOVE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON 70's sampler. Barbara Streisand covered Stoney End (Nyro's version is so much better : if possible!). Bread covered the track, And When I Die.

My personal faves are, Eli's Coming, Goodbye Joe, Up on The Roof, It's Gonna Take a Miracle, and Sexy Mama.

Nyro, a bit of a free spirit, being bisexual, sadly died of ovarian cancer some years ago.


AmazonBasics A100 USB-Powered Computer Speakers - Black
AmazonBasics A100 USB-Powered Computer Speakers - Black
Price: 11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Functional, basic, 29 Jun 2014
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It is exactly what its name states. It is a standard set of PC speakers, probably not much more than ten quid (price not given at time of acquisition). The speakers themselves are quite good-looking. The relatively thick black cables are quite horrid, with both a USB type head AND a microphone head. It has to be plugged to a PC for your device to play, is the idea.

I would recommend as an alternative an Amazon Basics Bluetooth speaker AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which for 35 is a nifty "ghetto blaster" with great amp, bass and - hey! - no wires! In fact, a superior sound quality. Most devices these days do have Bluetooth, so really worthwhile forking out a couple of bob extra IMV.

Although the reviewed product is basic, my son was happy to take this away for use with his various different devices.


Solitare
Solitare
Price: 5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant enough, 28 Jun 2014
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It's not the blockbuster of Perhaps Love, the album with Jonathan Antoine. Charlotte can sound stunning at times, but the wonderful Charlotte & Jonathan harmonies are missed.

It is an album that sounds better with each listening, and is good in its own right. Charlotte appears to be doing a "Katherine Jenkins", with an easy-listening mix of classical (Pie Jesu) and schmultz (Solitaire).

I can endorse it, but it is neither as good as Charlotte & Jonathan, nor Katherine Jenkins; but then, they would be a near impossible act to beat!


The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever made!, 2 Jun 2014
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Brilliant film. Many films of this length flag two-thirds of the way in. This one never did. It retained pace and momentum completely. I laughed like a drain throughout, especially having worked in the City myself.

Leonard di Caprio ought really have got an Oscar for his amazing performance. Jim Carey would have been envious! Usually, di Caprio plays the part of a sensitive soul. Incredible to see him here as an out and out extravert, bordering on sociopath, and with jet black hair. Watch out Jack Nicholson, he'll steal your crown.

Reservations? Should we be enjoying the antics of some thoroughly corrupt characters quite so much, and their hilariously debauched sex 'n drug scenes?

However, great film; one of the best I have ever seen. This'll be in the 8's in the IDBM film ratings (check the web site).

At almost three hours long, it is truly wonderful all the way through.


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