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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Complete Seasons 1-7 [DVD]
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Complete Seasons 1-7 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar

5.0 out of 5 stars There might have been better things on the telly..., 31 Mar 2012
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...but I can't remember any when I've been watching this.

Like The Simpsons this appeals to a large age range and is consistently witty, while providing drama and making the entire premise credible (cf; 'Charmed') by a combination of jokes at the ludicrousness of vampires existence and the clever updating of the undead lifestyles. The stories are gripping, the characters genuinely develop over time, sex and death are discussed (and done!) in an intelligent fahion and SM-G looks and acts brilliantly (best female straight-faced comic actor since movies went to colour). And the dialogue is as good as Bilko or Gilmore Girls. Sample

Spotty youth (actually a werewolf) is looking through albums at nerdy English professor's home while some important world-saving activities are being discussed.

Nerdy Prof: "We're trying to save the world here, that's more important than some records."
Spotty Youth: "More important than this?" (Shows Loaded by Velvet Underground).
Nerdy Prof shrugs, conceding the point.

Buffy. She saved the world. Lots.


Here Are the Sonics
Here Are the Sonics
Price: £8.76

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're a garageband, 31 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Here Are the Sonics (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic garageband record, with a mix of covers and originals recorded in reasonable fidelity for the period and budget (everythings clear for a start). Energy levels are incredible, and it's no surprise they couldn't maintain this on later records. Great to see them performing again, and well worth the few pounds it cost. Anyone into basic rock (Stooges, Feelgoods, MC5, White Stripes etc.) should get this.


Supergets® Sony Xperia s lt26i Top Flip PU Leather Case Covers, Screen Protector , High Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus and Polishing Cloth Black
Supergets® Sony Xperia s lt26i Top Flip PU Leather Case Covers, Screen Protector , High Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus and Polishing Cloth Black

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not fit Xperia Arc, 31 Mar 2012
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Bought this for my Xperia Arc, and it's a very loose fit (phone will fall out if inverted) with the cut-outs in the wrong place - can't use camera, connect USB or headphones while it's in the case. For a phone that it fitted this would be adequate protection for the rear and sides, but I've wasted my money on this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent bat, but lots more available, 17 Aug 2011
At least you're looking in the right price range - the Cornilleau fibreglass bats are illegal for competitive play, and like all the other cheap bats on offer they are really dead, with no feel or pace. Bats from Donic, DHS, Stiga, Joola and Butterfly will cost more, but have a responsiveness that allows you to put pace on the ball without having to make wild swings, and the rubbers will give you some spin and speed as well. But if you want a bat for your requirements you're looking in the wrong place - there's at least 5 specialist Table Tennis shops in Britain that have far bigger ranges, can advise you on what's suitable for you and will put together a blade (the wood bit) with 2 rubbers to your requirements. Buying a ready-made blade is a mug's game - how many players below pro level play the same way forehand and backhand for a start? So you should have different rubbers that emphasise speed or spin or give you more control as needed. The rubbers are more important than the blade (as long as it's a suitable weight and is in the right general area for your game) so to just take the two that are stuck on by the maker is like buying a set of tyres and taking the car they're on as part of the package. Search for Table Tennis Shops Britain to find the sites, they're all happy to help over the phone and assemble the bat before posting. Worth looking at their websites for prices, as while no-one is consistently the cheapest each of them is cheaper for their preferred makes.
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adidas Tour (Core)  Table Tennis Bat - Black/Red
adidas Tour (Core) Table Tennis Bat - Black/Red

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better available for this money, 17 Aug 2011
At least you're looking in the right price range - the Cornilleau fibreglass bats are illegal for competitive play, and like all the other cheap bats on offer they are really dead, with no feel or pace. Bats from Donic, DHS, Stiga, Joola and Butterfly will cost more, but have a responsiveness that allows you to put pace on the ball without having to make wild swings, and the rubbers will give you some spin and speed as well. But if you want a bat for your requirements you're looking in the wrong place - there's at least 5 specialist Table Tennis shops in Britain that have far bigger ranges, can advise you on what's suitable for you and will put together a blade (the wood bit) with 2 rubbers to your requirements. Buying a ready-made blade is a mug's game - how many players below pro level play the same way forehand and backhand for a start? So you should have different rubbers that emphasise speed or spin or give you more control as needed. The rubbers are more important than the blade (as long as it's a suitable weight and is in the right general area for your game) so to just take the two that are stuck on by the maker is like buying a set of tyres and taking the car they're on as part of the package. Search for Table Tennis Shops Britain to find the sites, they're all happy to help over the phone and assemble the bat before posting. Worth looking at their websites for prices, as while no-one is consistently the cheapest each of them is cheaper for their preferred makes.


Donic Schildkrot Waldner Platinum Attack Table Tennis Bat
Donic Schildkrot Waldner Platinum Attack Table Tennis Bat

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More choice available, 17 Aug 2011
At least you're looking in the right price range - the Cornilleau fibreglass bats are illegal for competitive play, and like all the other cheap bats on offer they are really dead, with no feel or pace. Bats from Donic, DHS, Stiga, Joola and Butterfly will cost more, but have a responsiveness that allows you to put pace on the ball without having to make wild swings, and the rubbers will give you some spin and speed as well. But if you want a bat for your requirements you're looking in the wrong place - there's at least 5 specialist Table Tennis shops in Britain that have far bigger ranges, can advise you on what's suitable for you and will put together a blade (the wood bit) with 2 rubbers to your requirements. Buying a ready-made blade is a mug's game - how many players below pro level play the same way forehand and backhand for a start? So you should have different rubbers that emphasise speed or spin or give you more control as needed. The rubbers are more important than the blade (as long as it's a suitable weight and is in the right general area for your game) so to just take the two that are stuck on by the maker is like buying a set of tyres and taking the car they're on as part of the package. Search for Table Tennis Shops Britain to find the sites, they're all happy to help over the phone and assemble the bat before posting. Worth looking at their websites for prices, as while no-one is consistently the cheapest each of them is cheaper for their preferred makes.


Artline Calligraphy Pen 1.0mm Black
Artline Calligraphy Pen 1.0mm Black

5.0 out of 5 stars The best pen I have, 15 Mar 2011
Beautiful pen, smooth, smear-free (important as I'm left-handed) and very neat. Whoever designed the cap so it doesn't stay on the butt of the pen when writing should be shot. The 2.0 is also excellent for high-visibility work such as notices, envelopes.


Drumset Essentials: 1
Drumset Essentials: 1
by Peter Erskine
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Begin Drumming Properly Here, 25 Feb 2011
This review is from: Drumset Essentials: 1 (Paperback)
The best introduction to drums I've seen. Once you can play a 4/4 beat this should be your next step, as it gives you a series of patterns to play (with CD showing how they should sound). Most of the patterns are a variation in ride cymbal over 14 bass drum patterns in eigths, so you learn how to play offbeat or open hi-hats over reasonable rhythms. This is much better than the "1 million patterns in 4/4 time" books. Then it goes on to show you triplet rhythms used for blues and jazz.

There is also an opening section covering grip, equipment and the other areas usually ignored. If you've never played before this book is probably too much as it tries to give a drummer a basic vocabulalry, so not everything sounds the same. But if you've been playing a few months and can play a basic backbeat then there's no more useful book to move on to.


Stick Control
Stick Control
by George Lawrence Stone
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £8.86

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to play properly, 16 Dec 2010
This review is from: Stick Control (Perfect Paperback)
When you start playing it's surprising that you need to work on several areas that aren't related: how to keep accurate time, independence and stick control (i.e. playing accurately at speed in various patterns)before you get to the stuff that shows you how to play like Buddy, Art, Bonzo or Joey. Keeping time needs some work with the metronome early on but then improves as a by-product of your other practice, so although it's the most essential part of drumming it needs least practice until you start playing in odd metres and compound time signatures. There's a million independence books out there, get a big one with a score size you can read comfortably and not too much text. Then get this.

It's a staggeringly dull book - original grey cover (I think it looks great), and pages of snare drum patterns.The first 3 pages just have a series of 2 bar eigth-note patterns without accents (you want accents? Buy his next book!)with various sticking patterns. Seems easy, then you realise how much you have to learn, grasshopper. Get through these at a good tempo and you can play the snare a bit.After that the patterns look at triplets (and switching from staight eighths into triplets), roll combinations and so on for 46 horrible pages. This is not a lot of fun to do, and it's always tempting to try a Play along with Coldplay book instead (even duller I suspect), but just play a short section every day, even on a pad while watching the telly with a click in one ear.There's no need to finish the book, but it will quickly show you your limits, and get you to play with speed and accuracy like Neil and Art.

If you want to go further, Stone's Accents and Rebounds book is tough, Joe Morello's Master Studies is a more balanced approach, Ted Reed's Syncopation is great (and absurdly cheap),Buddy Rich apparenrly wrote some book about this stuff, Alan Dawson's Complete Drummer's Vocabularly is a continuation while Tommy Igoe's Great Hands DVD is a much more user-friendly starting point. As I said at the start, this is a vital field of practice and Stone's book is fantastic at showing you what you need to be able to do.


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