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Xylo Micro USB Sync / Transfer Data & Charger Cable. Fits The Lenovo S6000, A1000, A3000 & IdeaTab S2110 10.1" 32GB Android 4.0 Tablet.
Xylo Micro USB Sync / Transfer Data & Charger Cable. Fits The Lenovo S6000, A1000, A3000 & IdeaTab S2110 10.1" 32GB Android 4.0 Tablet.
Offered by Xylo Uk
Price: £2.99

1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 4 Dec. 2015
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The material is so weak the plug that fits into the my tablet fell apart on third use.

The Elemental: Volume 1 (The Fire Trilogy)
The Elemental: Volume 1 (The Fire Trilogy)
by Lisa Veldkamp
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and exiting book, 23 Jan. 2014
If you love London, enjoy the shopaholics books and aren't adverse to magical intrigue this is the book for you. Its a lively book about original modern women with magical powers who struggle with life, romance and world threatening catastrophes while debating the best place to have a perfect latte.
This is the first of a trilogy and I'm usually a bit wary of that because they tend to leave you hanging, but while there are tantalising hints about the deeper levels behind this story it does lead to a satisfying conclusion.

The First Movie [DVD] [2009]
The First Movie [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Mark Cousins
Offered by Dogwoof Ltd.
Price: £5.75

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, moving and a completely new image of the world, 7 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: The First Movie [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
One of the most beautiful and moving works of art I have ever seen.
The movie shows a small village in Irak where the filmmaker shows the children classic movies for children and then gives the children camera's to film their own lives and their own stories. The life of the village, its past and dreams all come out through the eyes of its children. It leaves you with the knowledge that though its horrors are very visible even in this out of the way place Iraq is beautiful, its children are wise and funny and that the visual of men gathered in a mosque can be a sight of pleasant community life, of softness and safety, and if that isn't a reversal of expectation nothing is.

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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect acting, a beautiful and unforgettable movie., 9 Feb. 2010
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A movie based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood. Colin Firth plays a man who has lost his lover and finds himself unable to go on. He plans to end his life and we follow him through what should be his last day, during which he rediscovers some of the things that could make life worth living again, but it might still be to late for him.

Much has been made of the fact that the movie looks beautiful and it does, but more than anything else it's the acting that really lifts the movie towards perfection. Colin Firth shows a side I had not appreciated in him before, projecting tremendously understated but heartbreaking emotion both in the way he delivers his lines and his non-verbal acting. Perhaps with the gravity of the subject there was a risk that this would lurch towards melodrama but that absolutely never happens. In fact quite often the movie is funny as well as profoundly moving.

Visually the movie is perfect but I was struck by the quality of the sound effects as well. The way certain emotions and characters don't just project their own effect on the visual world of the movie but also carry their own sound theme throughout the movie opened the door to the main characters experience of the world in a way I had not expected.

Beautiful and unforgettable. A perfect debut.
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Stalking Bret Easton Ellis: A Novel in Two Parts
Stalking Bret Easton Ellis: A Novel in Two Parts
by Caroline Weiss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the next Brett Easton Ellis book, 17 Jan. 2010
Having reread all my B.E.E. books and impatient for the next one I thought I'd give this a try. The title and the subject-matter suggested some kind of homage to B.E.E. I liked the idea of it and I was curious to see what they had done. I shouldn't have bothered. It reads like a very pale immitation of The Informers without ever catching what makes that book so hypnotic.

The Swimming-Pool Library
The Swimming-Pool Library
by Alan Hollinghurst
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous writing, 10 Oct. 2009
This is to me above all a book about London, about a London that remains hidden from all but a few, described in a magnificent subtle language. Hollinghurst is no easy read, he's intricate and ellusive sometimes but so very much worth it.

The Bad Quarto (Imogen Quy Mystery 4)
The Bad Quarto (Imogen Quy Mystery 4)
by Jill Paton Walsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, good plot, shame about the ending, 4 Jan. 2008
The Bad Quarto is a detective story set in Cambridge involving wonderfully arcane Cambridge customs, mad university politics and a Shakespeare play. I finished it in one go and will certainly read it again some day.
Where the previous book, Debts of Dishonour, was a huge disappointment this is quality stuff. A great one for anglophiles, lovers of Shakespeare and the old-fashioned detective story where you can still gather information by buying the local bum a cup of tea even if he is on drugs now.
The only thing I didn't like was the hasty ending. I rather enjoyed the characters and could have done with a bit more wrap up time.

Collected Poems
Collected Poems
by Charles Hamilton Sorley
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The song of the ungirt runners and others, 6 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Collected Poems (Hardcover)
I once saw the quirky British movie Clockwork Mice that stars Ian Hart as an idealistic new teacher at a school for difficult boys. He tries to help them connect with the world through poetry and sports. The movie features the Charles Hamilton Sorley poem The Song of the Ungirt Runners.

I had not heard of Sorley really. I found he was one of the poets killed in the First World War, regarded by some as the greatest loss.
His voice seemed so modern I was surprised to find he had died almost a hunderd years ago.

That great poem with its unforgettable last lines:

'And we run because we like it
Through the broad bright land'

made me want to read more though.

Except in First World War collections he's not that readily available, but he really deserves a volume of his own and this is a good collection of his work.

His style is not overly complicated but the subtlety and rhythm of his work is beautiful. I highly recommend him.

Jerusalem Poker (Jerusalem Quartet)
Jerusalem Poker (Jerusalem Quartet)
by Edward Whittemore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.13

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most amazing books you'll ever read, 27 May 2007
This book centres around a poker game in a squalid shop in the back streets of Jerusalem that lasts for decades. The three men at the table play for stakes that include everything from secret control of the entire middle eastern region to fantastic treasures. However Jerusalem Poker also tells of a thousands of years old man who defends the city of Jerusalem single-handedly and mostly by accident, eccentric British aristocrats in love with the desert, aphrodisiac mummy dust, international spy rings and everything else you could possibly wish for.

The Jerusalem Quartet, of which this is the second one, evokes a beautiful, wondrous alternate history written with true love for the region and an erudite handling of material surely only matched by Umberto Eco.

Edward Whittemore's Jerusalem Quartet is largely unknown. This is a tragedy. These books contain some of the best most imaginative writing of the last century. Perhaps it is because they defy easy classification that they haven't received proper recognition.

Until The End Of The World [DVD][1991] [1992]
Until The End Of The World [DVD][1991] [1992]
Dvd ~ William Hurt

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast with a great soundtrack, 31 Mar. 2007
I saw this movie in a small cinema in Amsterdam when it first came out and even though I could never quite explain what it had been about I always remembered how much I'd loved it. Finally seeing it again now I fell in love with it all over again.

There are too many ideas in it, all trying to fit in one movie. Really there are several stories rubbing against each other and they don't all work, but that doesn't even matter because there are more than enough fascinating ideas and breathtaking moments from start to finish to make up for that.

William Hurt's portrayal of a son haunted by his father's expectations and choices is moving and Sam Neill's character keeps the whole thing grounded. Many of the smaller roles are subtly hilarious and surreal.

I really liked how Wenders almost uses the planet as a separate character, the landscape photography is overwhelmingly beautiful.

Great soundtrack too, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, REM etc etc.

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