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Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: Live In Barcelona [DVD] [2003]
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band: Live In Barcelona [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Bruce Springsteen
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one live rock DVD, buy this one, 12 July 2008
This isn't a review about Springsteen, it's my thoughts about this concert on DVD.

Let's be clear, I love Springsteen. He's great on disk, but best live and this DVD shows why. Compared with any other top price recordings of big artists, this is head and shoulders above the best. It captures the atmosphere of the crowd, but more importantly the genius of the artist.

It looks good,it sounds good and the end result justifies the obvious investment in planning the whole thing. Ultimately it's a perfect record of how you remember your best ever live concert, and it will be difficult to beat. Even if you're not a huge Springsteen fan, watch it and see how it should be done.

It should be compulsory viewing for anyone who expreses an opinion on live music. Period.


Canon 50mm f/1.8 Ef Lens (Mk11)
Canon 50mm f/1.8 Ef Lens (Mk11)
Offered by BETTER CHOICES
Price: £89.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned quality at a bargain price, 12 July 2008
So much has been said about this great little lens that it's hard to add something new. Quality is far and above what you'd expect for the price, and it's so light you hardly notice in in the bag.

Build quality is strictly amateur, but don't be fooled, this lens delivers and unless you treat it badly it will reward you for years.

Going back to a fixed lens after the comfort of a zoom may seem strange at first but it takes me back to m old SLR days, when you simply walked back to fit more it. It makes you concentrate more on your framing and will make you a better photographer. The more shots you take, the more you'll want to use this lens, especially when you see the results.

If you're used to the plastic kit lens, the quality will blow you away. If you're used to L series, then it's worth buying for the heck of it.

Have to agree with the vast majority.


Sigma AF18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Optical Stabilizer Lens for Selected Canon Digital SLR Only
Sigma AF18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Optical Stabilizer Lens for Selected Canon Digital SLR Only

50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A contender for the best walkabout..., 24 Feb. 2008
at this range nothing's perfect, but this comes quite close.

Let's get the niggles out of the way first... It's quite heavy compared to say, a Canon 17-85mm IS , but then it also seems a lot more solid (and has a lot bigger range. The zoom ring is in a different place and the movement is hard, but once you're used to it, you're used to it.

It's not the fastest of lenses, but again, once you know that you can use the OS to compensate.

All that said, it is well worth the investment. It sits on my EOS400D all the time now and I have no complaints. It kind of makes you wonder why I ever bothered with a multi lens setup in the first place. I doubt I'll go back to other lenses, unless it's for a very specific subject or absolute quality within a small range.

Some reviews cite softness at mid-range, and that's a fair comment, but with a tad sharpening the results are completely acceptable and usually impressive even at A3 size, unless you're a pro, in which case you won't even be looking at this.

If it was lost or stolen, I'd buy another. 'nuff said.


Hey Ho Let's Go - Anthology
Hey Ho Let's Go - Anthology
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £5.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't wanna grow up., 24 Feb. 2008
As good as it gets. Anyone, especially the brits amongst you (and that includes me), who thought punk started with the sex pistols, should be made to listen to this album.

Yes, it's got all the hits - Judy, Sheena, Blitzkreig etc, but it's also full of suprises.

On the first listen you'll think the Ramones were influenced by every band going, but think about it logically and you'll realise it was actually the other way around.

The Ramones were a big influence on so, so many big names. Get this and find out why!


No Place Like Home
No Place Like Home
by Richard Jarman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand designs for oddballs, 1 Dec. 2005
This review is from: No Place Like Home (Hardcover)
Richard Jarman has produced this thoroughly entertaining look at property ownership of a very different kind.
An Englishman’s home might be his castle, but the selection of eccentric individuals brought together in this book have very definite ideas about what their castle should look like, whether it’s Santa’s grotto, a shrine to Elvis, a London underground carriage or a 150 foot German minesweeper.
Gently amusing, yet disturbing in equal quantities, are the ways in which some people choose to live their lives. To say more would perhaps be giving too much away, although people will surely identify with the lengths that some people go to in order to stick two fingers up to the planners. In one case, literally, along with a 14 foot plastic fish to emphasise the point .
It’s not Shakespeare, it’s British eccentricity as you like it - at a distance.


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