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Guilty Gadgets ® - In Car Bluetooth Hands Free Kit For Samsung Galaxy S I9000, Plus I9001, i9100 S2, i9300 S3, LTE, S3 Mini, i9500 S4, S5, S4 Mini, Ace, Tab, 10.1, 2 10.1, 2 7.0, 7 Plus, 7.7, 8 9, Galaxy Note, 10.1, 2, 8.0, 8000, 4, 5 LG Phone, Apple iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5s, 5c, LG Nexus 4, 5, 6, Sony Xperia, S, Z, Z1, HTC, one, S, V, X, M7, M8, Nokia Lumia, 520, 925, 950, 1020, 800
Guilty Gadgets ® - In Car Bluetooth Hands Free Kit For Samsung Galaxy S I9000, Plus I9001, i9100 S2, i9300 S3, LTE, S3 Mini, i9500 S4, S5, S4 Mini, Ace, Tab, 10.1, 2 10.1, 2 7.0, 7 Plus, 7.7, 8 9, Galaxy Note, 10.1, 2, 8.0, 8000, 4, 5 LG Phone, Apple iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5s, 5c, LG Nexus 4, 5, 6, Sony Xperia, S, Z, Z1, HTC, one, S, V, X, M7, M8, Nokia Lumia, 520, 925, 950, 1020, 800
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Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value., 20 Dec 2014
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This hasn't got the greatest finish in the world. And the styling is very 80s music centre. And the voice transmission is a bit tinny. But, it works, and its a tenner, complete with all the mounting gear and charger. Can one complain about a few rough edges at that price? One cannot.


Memory of Water
Memory of Water
by Emmi Itäranta
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Literary SF. More the former than the latter., 17 Dec 2014
This review is from: Memory of Water (Hardcover)
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The dystopian novel is well over a hundred years old now, so one would have to be a very original writer indeed to bring any truly new ideas to the genre. In the case of ', Memory Of Water' ,any reasonably well read SF reader will be familiar with most of the tropes here: After a period of war and global warming, mankind has regressed a low-tech society; Water has become a scarce resource; People dig amongst the detritus of a previous age, finding mysterious clues to the past. A Far Eastern country rules the world in a dictatorship. Japanese ceremonies persist unchanged through the centuries. As these ideas aren't really developed very much, it's tempting to see them as metaphors for female adolescence, reflecting the books narrative, a coming of age story about a young girl. It's a very beautifully written book, but in my opinion marketing it primarily as SF is an error. It's literary fiction.


Decorated: Sublimely Crafted Cakes for Every Occasion
Decorated: Sublimely Crafted Cakes for Every Occasion
by April Carter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mistitled., 15 Dec 2014
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As one of my fellow Vine reviewers has already pointed out, the title of this book might be misleading to the majority of potential buyers -it's not about cake decorating in the traditional sense of marzipan, modeling from royal icing and piping. So I'll have to buy another book to learn that.

What it is though, is the work of a clever baker doing contemporary updates of old classics, using modern flavours and a strong visual aeshetic in her presentation. There isn't a great deal of interesting baking going on here - if you can bake an iced sponge cake, you can bake anything in this book - but I do like the idea of these traditional ideas being given a breath of fresh air. Not an essential purchase, but a nice addition to the bookshelf.


What a Wonderful World Hardback & CD
What a Wonderful World Hardback & CD
by Bob Thiele
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What could be nicer than this?, 15 Dec 2014
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Ahh, what a lovely idea. Put your child on your knee, stick on the CD of Louie doing the titular tune, and sing along as you flip through the beautiful artwork illustrating the sentiments of the song. What could be nicer than that? Wonderful.


The Book of Life
The Book of Life
by Stuart Nadler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.04

3.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' Cheever Cheever.., 15 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Book of Life (Paperback)
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Whenever I read something by a new American writer, they always seem to have at least three of the following in common:

1.They attended some prestigious, and no doubt expensive, postgraduate Creative Writing program.

2. They are indebted to the great American novelists of the 60s, especially John Cheever. (Possibly this ties to point #1)

3. The stories, though set in contemporary times, are somehow redolent of 1960s American suburbia (Possibly this ties to point #2)

4. Jewishness.

5. Extreme overhyping. (Possibly connected to point #1)

Stuart knocks it out of the ballpark here with 5/5. It's not a bad little collection of stories, at all, but there's nothing here to merit the praise given in the blurb. The sort of weighted suburban non-events that American writers have been concerned with since the late 50s.


A Better Tomorrow
A Better Tomorrow
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A right dog's breakfast., 7 Dec 2014
This review is from: A Better Tomorrow (Audio CD)
I'm amazed by the number of five star reviews of this album that have been posted on Amazon.com. A lot of old hiphop heads deluding themselves that their favourite band is still relevant, is my guess. I've been a fan since 1992, and own over a hundred Wu and Wu affiliated albums, but without a doubt this is a right dog's breakfast of an LP: RZA's most misguided ideas yet, - 80s vocoder-jam funk band soundbeds, childrens choirs, mawkish pseudo gospel vocal hooks. The production is so lazily done that it's patently obvious that a lot of the vocals were done in different studios at different times, and none of the MCs, bar Meth, are bringing their top game. And since the only three who've got much of a recording career left, -Meth, Ghostface and Raekwon - started disassociating themselves from this album even as it was being made, thats hardly surprising. Only 'Ruckus' and 'Necklace save it from being a complete turkey. A saddening end to the greatest rap group of all time. Buy '36 Seasons' instead
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Lumie Bodyclock IRIS 500 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Aromatherapy
Lumie Bodyclock IRIS 500 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Aromatherapy
Price: £160.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Does what it does well, but at this price it should do a bit more.., 29 Nov 2014
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"Are we getting a Teasmade to go with it, then?" said the Missus as I was setting the Lumie up on my bedside cabinet. Rather harsh, I thought, but she does have a point. From it's magnolia and putty colour scheme to it's none-more-basic LCD interface, the Lumie appears to have slipped through a wormhole from the mid-1980s. There's a sort of faint hospital-y vibe there as well, perhaps because of it's imposing bulk. It is very well made, though.

Anyway, she left me to it and I set it up, a simple, but lengthy process as one has to set the time and alarm cycle and the many, many options available with the light and aroma by navigating through that LCD screen using arrow/select keys on the supplied remote. This took about an hour initially, but presumably will be quicker when I next change the settings. Toss in one each of lavender and grapefruit oils and you're away.

It works really well, going through (on the settings I chose) a 90 minute sleepy-byes session which starts of with the room filled with a soft reading light that slowly dims out, and a rather more brisk 15 minute wake up , wherein the light slowly increases before the alarm beep. It's great, no complaints at all on the basic functionality. Genuinely helps you sleep, too.

However, What is a point worth raising is how little you're getting for your money here: 160 quid will you a 40" television, a 160gb MP3 player, a smartphone, or a fairly decent tablet computer. Or it will buy you the Lumie, which doesn't even have a radio function. One would expect in this day and age and at that pricepoint, it would, at the very least, be controlled by an app or touchscreen and wake you up with music from your phone.....how then, have the Lumie people decided on 160 quid as a pricepoint for an LCD alarm clock wired to a light socket and two heating elements? Do the NHS squander the taxpayers money on them, or something? Certainly, if you are in the market for one of these and paying for it with your own money, you could find something similar for a good deal less.

In summary: Works really well apart from the primitive user interface, very overpriced.


Wu Massacre
Wu Massacre
Offered by BestSellerRecordshop
Price: £4.05

3.0 out of 5 stars Mixtape quality., 18 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Wu Massacre (Audio CD)
This is the 103rd Wu Tang affiliated record I've bought. I'm a big fan. However, as I'm sure you're aware, hiphop sells so little these days, even for the major artists, that rappers are forced to release massive amounts of product just to keep a foothold in the game, and quality obviously suffers. This, then, is really a mixtape quality release -less than half an hour long, sub par production, rehashes of previously released tracks, etc, that was somehow given a high profile launch with the different covers and whatnot.

On the other hand, there's one standout track here, 'Our Dreams' which kills. So it stays in the collection.


53rd State of Mind
53rd State of Mind
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.14

3.0 out of 5 stars The sad history of UK hiphop., 18 Nov 2014
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This review is from: 53rd State of Mind (Audio CD)
Kaleef started of as Nu Konshos Kaliphz, a rowdy, highly politicised crew of Rochdale Asians. Their first album was well recieved critically but sold little , so London Records put them in the studio with Pete Waterman as producer: For the benefit of younger readers, this is roughly the equivalent to someone thinking Death Grips would have a better chance of chart success if they did a record with Justin Bieber on vocals.

The band split up out of sheer embarassment after this album was released: Someone decided that all of the songs shojld be based around samples of early 80s new wave hits (I get the impression that Pete had some 'rap is ths new punk' concept going) and he's obviously noones idea of a hip hop producer. They also had to change their name to something less inflammatory, because rap fans hate that sort of thing, and had to do a novelty record with a boxer.

15 years on though, and its at least an interesting record, a sort of easy listening gangsta rap thing.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-inch Tablet (White) - (Quad Core 1.9GHz Processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB Storage, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean) (New Edition for 2014)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-inch Tablet (White) - (Quad Core 1.9GHz Processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB Storage, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean) (New Edition for 2014)
Offered by Jeremiah Deals
Price: £325.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good bells and whistles, poor basics., 18 Nov 2014
I got this tablet on a very good discount deal which made it preferable to upgrading my old iPad.

On first appearance, it has a lot of features that make it superior to the iPad - 64gb expandable memory, much louder stereo speakers, split screen, a slot for a SIM card so it can be used on 3G and as a mobile phone, flashbulb on the camera, office software, the attached pen, etc. Battery life is good

However, in use as a tablet, it has a lot of irritating issues - the screen seesaws between being oversensitive and completely unresponsive, it freezes a lot, it regularly loses contact with wifi, some of the apps only work when it's on wi-fi even when its not necessary, it often declines to search through my emails, and it often wont access the internet even wnen connected.

On balance, I'd say if you wanted a tablet that does everything a laptop does, this is a good buy. But if you use a tablet mainly for leisure activities, it's not your best bet.


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