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Crucial CT512MX100SSD1 2.5 inch 512GB SATA III Solid State Drive
Crucial CT512MX100SSD1 2.5 inch 512GB SATA III Solid State Drive
Offered by IvoryEgg
Price: £185.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The combination of this SSD and the Inateck® USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk HDD Enclosure - makes for an excellent storage device, 30 Jan. 2015
I am pretty much still a newbie when comes to SSDs. After some research, I decided on this occasion to use Crucial CT512M100SSD1 2.5-inch 512GB M500 SATA 6Gbs Internal Solid State Drive, as there are some ‘glowing’ reviews about it, and because price has become a real factor in my choice. It is strange that in Oct/Nov 2013 the prices for a decent 512 SSD were very competitive. However, January 2015 prices seem to be higher. The Crucial CT512M100SSD1 2.5-inch SSD is a relatively easy to format, as I was going to use it in an Inateck® USB 3.0 Hard Drive Disk HDD Enclosure. This is my second purchase of the Inateck – they are just very good for what they are. In my first enclosure, I used an Intel SSD that was a particularly good buy at the time. My reasons remain the same as the previous occasion, as I want a second storage device that is fast, in transfer speeds and lightweight to carry.

Please note, the publicised speeds of this SSD are meant for a capable SATA III device.
If, however, you are running this in a laptop or desktop computer, which only has SATA II abilities, the speediness of this SSD is going to be slower - but should still perform pretty well.

For technical details and installation details, the advice I found on YouTube was very helpful. For Specifications and performance information, the Newegg review is very good too.


Spiral - Series 5 [DVD]
Spiral - Series 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Grégory Fitoussi
Price: £17.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The day-to-day work and life of six employees of the French judicial system, 29 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Spiral - Series 5 [DVD] (DVD)
Possible Spoilers

I hope that those reading this review will forgive my presumption of doing a review before the DVD was actually released. `Spiral' now in its fifth season is a French television police procedural and legal drama set in Paris, we the audience are pretty much the fly on the wall observing the lives and the working practices of certain police officers, lawyers and judges who all work in the `Palais de Justice'. In season five of spiral there are 12 episodes, each episode has a length of 52 minutes. The main narrative here is the investigation into the death of a mother and daughter, and is currently the series' main focus, although there are other narrative threads.

The main players are Police Captain Laure Berthaud who is a skilled senior officer who pretty much leads from the front. Once she has the bit between her teeth she has the energy to see any case through, and the willpower to ensure the job is done. However, her methodology and other working practices can at times be considered borderline at best. As a leader of a team, she is very dedicated to her colleagues under her command and will pretty much do anything to protect them. She knows how to turn on the charm when needed, all of this bodes well in her professional life - however her private life is pretty much a dogs breakfast. In this series not only has she to deal with her casework but also her working relationship with her colleagues. Unfortunately, her private life is increasingly becoming a very public matter. Laurie's right-hand man is Police Lieutenant Gilles "Gilou" Escoffier, both he and the captain are more like family and seem to have their own private relationship - that at times excludes other officers in the team. However, the lieutenant has his own Gremlins in the form of previous drug abuse and past disciplinary enquiries. Police Lieutenant Frédéric "Tintin" in this season is an officer who seems to be pretty much excluded out of most things, and for his own reasons seems to want to avoid family and his marriage at all costs. In past seasons, he has been pretty much the stabilising factor from within the tight knit team. However, this season, so far sees him very much out on a limb.

The last three protagonists are pretty much from the judiciary side of the series. There is Lawyer Joséphine Karlsson a somewhat cynical individual who in past series is always trying to ensure that her position is protected. Ms Karlsson likes the finer things in life, and to this end will at times pickup cases that others may avoid. Her working practices have at times gotten into trouble with the police. For Karlsson the police are not to be trusted. Pierre Clément a defence lawyer and Ms Karlsson can be considered very much an item. Clément a former magistrate is a pretty popular individual amongst his colleagues, and to a certain degree with the police that he works with. His relationship seems to have a very positive impact on Karlsson, as she seems somewhat reformed - but for how long?

Last, but by no means least Judge François Roban, in some ways perhaps one of the most interesting characters - he is a consummate professional, he does not suffer fools and uses thorough working practices, and is meticulous within his own tradecraft. Many find his character cold and calculating, his dealings with anybody involved with his casework; he can sometimes come over as being cruel and cold. He values his supposed independence - and at times he has attracted the wrath of his seniors for this trait. For him his job is his life, whatever social life he had is pretty much finished with.

In summation then this is a season where mere months after Sami's death, at the end of season 4. Laure is all over the place: moodier than ever, drinking too much, eating badly, 15 weeks pregnant but too caught up in her grief to notice. The judge: seems to be entirely wrapped up in himself, he has grown punitive and blinkered, resolute to be proved right irrespective of the costs. He was not always this way- but his actions in this case could well have pushed a possible innocent man into a most desperate situation. Spiral has violence, in all its grisly details, but there has been a lot of really violent kicking this series. It is interesting to see the French judicial system at work. This show still displays it has a lot of mileage left in it and that it is really worth seeing.


The Trials Of Cate Mccall (Region B)
The Trials Of Cate Mccall (Region B)
Offered by Acid Vibes
Price: £20.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doing the right thing is not always the right thing to do, 28 Jan. 2015
This film had some potential, but a lack of decent characters other than our heroine of the piece, which hampers its dramatic development.

Kate Beckinsale plays the title role in The Trials Of Cate McCall and she's an inebriating lawyer separated from her partner and desperate not to lose custody of her daughter. Her main friend and confidante is her ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ sponsor played by Nick Nolte. She is on supervisory suspension from the bar association and is assigned a case, which she does not wish to handle from Anna Annissimova who is in jail for a brutal murder. However, she needs to do the unsavoury task and win to solve her work problems and better place her in ensuing custody battle.

What follows is an interesting narrative, where doing the right thing is not always the right thing to do. This is a film which at times feels too condensed and seems to go through the motions. That said it is refreshing to see Beckinsale's comeback in film that does not deal with werewolves and vampires.

I think with a bit better writing this could have been a major triumph. Beckinsale's character was, at times, too self-indulgent and inclined to spend a lot of time on the self-pity. Nolte was interesting however, we see all too little of his character. This is a good film, the sad thing is it had the potential to be really good film.


Doctor Who - Destiny of the Daleks [DVD] [1979]
Doctor Who - Destiny of the Daleks [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor is back on Skaro, many generations after the events of Genesis of the Daleks, 28 Jan. 2015
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Season Seventeen of Tom Baker as Doctor Who is one of those seasons, which really divides fans.

This perhaps, can be considered as one of the more fragile adventures featuring the Doctor's most infamous antagonists. The lack of budget, the surprising lack of motivation and the lethargic treading out of the Daleks mean the main feature is really one that some may consign to Dalek history, and for those interested in the continuity of Doctor Who adventures. As an example the look, of the Movellans is at time ludicrous. These dreadlocked exiles from a disco age, their space suits - skin-tight and silver may have been all the rage for a 1970s Wind and Fire tribute band, but do little to enhance the narrative. Yet the basic plot had so much potential that was unfortunately not really realised. This was to be the very last script; Terry Nation did for Doctor Who, and his central tenet had been based interest in the idea of a robot race as adversaries to the Daleks.

In essence, the plot threads boil down to strangely familiar territory as it emerges that the Doctor is back on planet Skaro, many generations after the happenings of Genesis of the Daleks. He soon determines that two dangerous extra-terrestrial races are on the planet; the Daleks, who have returned to find their architect Davros; and the Movellans, who have an ominous schema of their own. From the get go the audience is distracted by the opening scene where Romana, undergoes a regeneration process, and `tries on' a number of bodies before choosing the Astra likeness.

However, notwithstanding all of its teething troubles, the narrative does work. This is mainly due to Tom Baker, who portrays the Doctor so very well. He is so amusing as he meanders the sets, on occasions ad-libbing his dialogue in an off-hand fashion before coming out with something unpredicted and, possibly, unscripted. He is the personification of being very alien here in his mannerisms and responses. The narrative itself carries an important link in in Doctor Who universe. With this revisit to the Daleks, we see his actions in the Genesis of the Daleks have influenced the Dalek race and this is an important part of the Dalek development.

In terms of viewing figures, over 13 million viewers saw this series, which made it a hit at the time it was broadcast in the UK. As mentioned early this may not be the best Who-Dalek narrative, but it is not that bad either.


Drive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Drive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A distinctive soundtrack that can be labelled as ethereal electronic-pop, 27 Jan. 2015
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Drive's soundtrack makes this film so distinctive, or at least how the soundtrack mergers with what is happening with the moving image. The distinctive soundtrack can be labelled as ethereal electronic-pop. However, the depiction that straightaway comes to most people's minds is eighties-style synthesiser. Of particular import is unavoidable '80s/out-of-time melody of a song called 'A Real Hero' by the band called College.

This an excellent OST worthy of anyone's music collection, not how small you're musical tastes maybe.


Dettol Power and Fresh Citrus Zest Spray 750 ml (Pack of 3)
Dettol Power and Fresh Citrus Zest Spray 750 ml (Pack of 3)
Price: £10.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 27 Jan. 2015
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We have found this to be a pretty good all-purpose cleaner. It smells great, which is always a bonus and is pretty powerful. We have black granite worktops in our kitchen (which we thought was a good idea at the time!) which repetitively needed to be washed and polished to look their best. Previous cleaners we used had started to leave stains on the surface which my partner was devastated about. This cleaner has removed all those stains! It is good for cleaning stainless steel parts of the kitchen and even works on light lime scale. We have also used it in the bathroom, and it works great on the sanitary ware as well as the floor and the chrome taps.


Arctic Silver 5 3.5g Thermal Paste and Arcticlean value pack
Arctic Silver 5 3.5g Thermal Paste and Arcticlean value pack
Offered by Shiny Hardware Limited
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Silver 5 3.5g Thermal Paste and Arcticlean, 27 Jan. 2015
What you have is one product to clean up old 'contact paste' and the other to give you 'fresh' paste to apply for good thermal contact. As mentioned in other web reviews for best results tear up small strips of micro fibre to help do the job. It is highly recommend that you check out how to use said products by watching the appropriate YouTube video. The bundled cleaner product is first-rate for removing old paste. Use this to get old paste off then Arctic Silver 5 compound and hopefully you should see a variance in temperatures – the resultant being the item in question running cooler. This item should prepare the surface well, for the new application to be used. It is essential that you make sure you follow the instructions for the Arctic 5 paste. Will rejuvenate a pc or provide a new one with the best possible start!

This is good way to ensure the best possible way forward for new builds, repair and just routine maintenance of the CPU or GPU card. Overall this good product does the job well and worthy of full 5 stars.


The Howling
The Howling
by Gary Brandner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ‘‘The Howling’’ gave werewolf aficionados much to salivate over, 26 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Howling (Paperback)
The Howling is a 1977 horror novel by Gary Brandner. It was the stimulus for the 1981 movie of the same name, although the scheme of the film was only dubiously comparable to that of the book.

The narrative concerns a young couple, Roy and Karyn Beatty for they thought they had the American dream - until Karyn suffers a home invasion, a brutal sexual assault that scarred her and caused her miscarriage. In an effort to save their marriage and their sanity, they move to the rural idyll of a California town of Drago. Like all small towns, Drago is quiet. At times, it feels too quiet. As with any small town, the people can come over as being strange – and you try to deal with it. The only problem is that at night Karyn is disturbed when she thinks she can hear the wolves howling. However, Roy believes she is becoming more and more unhinged, but Karyn is unwavering, in her believe, that there is something in the woods. As tension between them increases, Roy has other more compelling interests. As the narrative unfolds the truth about the town, its people and the fate that awaits them, goes beyond the rational, as Karyn has to fight the new daemons in life.

Both the book and the film have really left an imprint on me since I was young, when I saw and read the book and film, yes, both are dissimilar in the tale they tell - but the underlying premise of a furtive werewolf pack in our midst was very enticing.


The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn Colour Photographs from a Lost Age by Okuefuna, David ( AUTHOR ) Apr-24-2008 Hardback
The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn Colour Photographs from a Lost Age by Okuefuna, David ( AUTHOR ) Apr-24-2008 Hardback
by David Okuefuna
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autochrome process that a enabled a great project, 26 Jan. 2015
A book that serves to place its subject matter, the stunning colour plates of Albert Kahn, at the core of its subject matter. Each image is given just enough description, to give the reader a reference point for the image, the image then tells its own story. This book is an excellent offering and supplements the BBC documentary that brought to the fore Albert Kahn’s vision to document, through living colour snapshots of a rapidly changing world. A project he financed from his own funds, his photographers travelled far and wide to deliver some of most sumptuous pictorials of the early 20th Century.


Ray Donovan: Season Two [DVD]
Ray Donovan: Season Two [DVD]
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Donovan is heating up, and is getting even better, 26 Jan. 2015
The trick to Ray Donovan is the artistic ability to make almost every character come across fully fashioned, and each scene a stunning visual portrait of misfortune.

The drama that is "Ray Donovan" season 2 is full of violence and bad language and plots of impossible complication. It also could be said that it is perhaps the most surprising conception on television now, even in its second season it’s just getting in its stride. Set in Los Angeles, and set around a high-powered fixer for the entertainment industry and its errant stars and executives, the series gets some free glare and juice from its Hollywood milieu. Each actor and every character makes us stop and stare at a fairly unique moulded individual that is uniquely fascinating.

At the centre of it all is Boston-Irish Ray (Liev Schreiber, whose character is in full bloom). There is his wife (Paula Malcomson) who feels unloved for good reason, and who this season will begin to melt down in shocking detail. Ray has a teenage daughter (Kerris Dorsey) who is covertly dating a famous young rapper with dangerous tastes and equally lethal associates, and a teenage son (Devon Bagby) with a hair trigger temper that no one can control. Then there is the other star of the series, Jon Voight as Ray's father, Mickey, an ex-con who has wreaked havoc on his sons, including an injured boxer (Eddie Marsan), a sexually abused train-wreck (Dash Mihok) and a biracial illegitimate son (Pooch Hall) who is quickly coming up to speed on what his half-brothers already know about Pop. For now Mickey is under investigation by the FBI and will soon be in the sights of an inquisitive journalist from Boston on the trail of missing persons, who we know about from last season. As the narrative of season 2 continues, who cares about implausibility in the storyline when there is such a feast of visual delights to behold here.


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