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Canon X Mark 1 Mouse Calculator (Wireless Bluetooth Mouse, PC Numerical Keypad and Calculator) - White
Canon X Mark 1 Mouse Calculator (Wireless Bluetooth Mouse, PC Numerical Keypad and Calculator) - White
Price: £33.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value and cute too, 12 Aug 2013
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I have used this stylish mouse with a MacBook laptop and it worked flawlessly straight out of the box and was comfortable to use. It looks great and matches the Mac design well - like the Magic Mouse's eccentric Swedish (think Volvo) cousin. It works perfectly as a mouse and as a standalone calculator and can send the results of a calculation to the application I am using: Notepad, Word, Excel, email programs etc. It gets covetous looks from other colleagues whose ordinary mice only serve to move the cursor around their screens and don't look half as attractive.

The other reviewer called it 'fatally flawed' for not working as s/he had expected with a music application and gave it a low score. Hello? It's a mouse and a calculator. It works well in both functions. Maybe my expectations are too low and the fact that it doesn't make great toast and I can't use it to paddle my canoe should upset me. But one look at its fetching lines, quality surfaces and, well, just *all* those buttons just sitting there next to my Mac begging to be used and I'm smitten again.

I'm buying another one as a birthday gift for a colleague. At less than 15 GBP it's fantastic value.

Portrait in Sepia
Portrait in Sepia
by Isabel Allende
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All talk and no black pyjama trousers, 11 Aug 2005
This review is from: Portrait in Sepia (Paperback)
This was my first Isabelle Allende and I probably chose the wrong one. The only McGuffin driving the plot is Aurora's nightmare and frankly by the end I didn't care what the resolution was. The main character just does not give you enough to make you care about her and the other characters are two-dimensional stereotypes. By the end, it felt like I was reading a book outline which needed to have the characters fleshed out and a plot backbone inserted.
I can only assume that readers who enjoyed this are feeling an after-glow from previous (and I assume much better) Allende works.

Journey by Moonlight
Journey by Moonlight
by Antal Szerb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex or Suicide?, 21 Jun 2004
This review is from: Journey by Moonlight (Paperback)
You can see from the first page that Mihaly is not comfortable with the idea of a honeymoon. A trip that is meant to finally draw a line under the extreme and intimate relationships and obsessions of his adolescence only plunges him more deeply into an irrational and self-destructive nostalalgia for the world within a world inhabited by his friends Tamas, Ervin, Janos and most of all the dangerous and captivating Eva. Szerb allows us into the Mihaly's deepest thoughts as he seems to recapture and then abandon the memories of his first love on a roadtrip around the backwaters and tourist traps Mussolini's Italy.
He tries to weigh up his choices of soul and suicide or sex and security. There are times when the reader probably wants to just slap Mihaly and tell him to grow up but you secretly hope that somehow he can rediscover the naivity and  purity of his youth, or at least find a more bohemian alternative than returning to work for his father in the Varaljai Hemp and Flax Works. It is funny, fascinating and frustrating in turn. Szerb has written a Hungarian take on Cocteau's 'Les Enfants Terribles', with more sex, more grounding in the economics of middle-class middle Europe and with less iron, but more irony.

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