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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, 22 May 2016
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Doesn't run as smoothly as 4-OD or BBC iPlayer and much more limited content.


TP-LINK 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2 with VoIP Modem
TP-LINK 300Mbps Wireless N ADSL2 with VoIP Modem

4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of faffing around to use USB hard drive., 12 Mar. 2014
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It works well and is noticeably faster than the old router that it replaced. The USB HD can only be formatted in NTFS or FAT32. If you are using Macs, then you can't automatically write to the HD over the network. Some hard drive makers have an additional driver for Mac OS or there is software to download. If all the machines that will access the hard drive are Windows based, then just format in NTFS and away you go.


The Act of Killing [DVD]
The Act of Killing [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joshua Oppenheimer
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5.0 out of 5 stars See it at the cinema if you can, if not buy the DVD. Just don't miss it., 16 Nov. 2013
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The other reviews of this film are all excellent and Dipesh's review in particular says most of what I wanted to. However there are a couple of points to add.

Firstly, Dipash said "one of the many shocking scenes in this film is the recreation of an attack upon a village in which families were burned out of their homes and butchered, an uncomfortable situation since it bordered on the exploitative not just from the gangsters but the filmmaker". I also felt this when I saw the film. I was fortunate enough to have a few moments to ask Joshua Oppenheimer about this after the film showing in Liverpool. He said that in fact the children were all very much acting and had been chosen at audition for their ability to cry when required. Oppenheimer said that the only scene that caused him concern was the Chinese gentleman who talked about his father being taken away and executed. The 'gangsters' who he was telling the story to were incredibly dismissive and said something like 'we don't have room for everything in our film'. The Chinese guy is then seen playing the part of a victim. His distress is quite palpable. Apparently, this scene was one of many that were shot by Oppenheimer's colleagues and he didn't see it until well in the production of the film. Once he had witnessed both scenes he realised what had happened and told me that had he seen the part where the guy described what had happened to his family, he would have found him something else to do in the film rather than the distressing 'acting' the part of a victim. So while the village scene may appear on the surface to be the most concerning, in fact it is a brief moment that was genuinely upsetting.

The second point that I found disturbing about this film that has not yet been mentioned, is how, by the end of the film, I was increasingly concerned and upset for Anwar Congo. Here is a man who butchered a thousand people and was proud to boast about his part in the genocide. Almost evil personified. Yet by the end of the film, the realisations of his actions start to break through. Now, here is an old man who by his own vanity comes to understand his lack of morality. I'm sure most people would say 'good', and to an extent, I do too. But I also felt very uncomfortable seeing the realisation as it crept in and then eventually overwhelmed him. This was yet another of the uncomfortable incongruities within this amazing film. Oppenheimer was interviewed by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show and talked about his concern for Congo and his safety post the release of the film. Congo begins the film by saying how much he has enjoyed his life, drinking, dancing & taking drugs. The reality is perhaps that he has spent his life burying his atrocities with drug & alcohol abuse so that he did not have to feel the emotion of what he had done?

This is an incredible film. Uncomfortable, funny, shocking. Truly a powerful film. I could not stop thinking about it for many days, even weeks after I'd seen it.

Don't miss it, but don't expect to enjoy it, at least, not in the traditional sense.


TT3D: Closer to the Edge (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD)
TT3D: Closer to the Edge (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD)
Dvd ~ Guy Martin

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying just for the extra interviews!, 12 Feb. 2012
I first saw this film in a cinema at the TT in 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed it more when I watched it in my own home! A great story/documentary which gets under the skin of why people do this race in the first place. It's a shame Ian Hutchinson didn't feature more, given that he set a record of five wins in five races that year, something that I doubt will ever be repeated.

The most amazing, life affirming part of the documentary was the attitude of Bridget Dobbs, whose husband Paul lost his life during the 2010 races. As a DVD extra, there is a longer interview with her. What an incredible woman, determined to pack as much fun & living in to her life and that of their daughters. Paul lived life the same way.

The 3D is an excellent addition to the film, which is superb in 2d too.


Don't Shoot the Clowns: Taking a Circus to the Real Iraq
Don't Shoot the Clowns: Taking a Circus to the Real Iraq
by Jo Wilding
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting first hand account., 17 Dec. 2011
Like Jackie in the previous review, I also heard Jo Wilding being interviewed on the Radio 4 programme, which led to me purchasing this book. Unlike Jackie, I became engrossed in the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is one of very few first hand accounts from the receiving end of the "shock and awe" in Baghdad. It offers an insight in to the pain and suffering in particular, of the children. The account of coming under fire from American Marines in Fallujah while in an ambulance is the kind of event that sadly can only be told by a white, Western person. If an Iraqi had told the same story it would have been dismissed as propaganda.

I do agree with Jackie that the 'best bits' were in the Radio 4 programme, but I felt that the book fleshed out those best bits and that is why I wanted to read it.

Incidentally, the BBC programme is still available on 'Listen Again'. 'Midweek', 3rd November 2010 [...]


It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace
It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace
by Rye Barcott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best book I've ever read!, 17 Dec. 2011
"Possibly the best book I've ever read!"? Really?

Well, yes. A book that moved me to tears on more than one occasion is pretty special. I was actually sitting in a passenger lounge of a ferry, reading this with tears in my eyes. Smiling & sniffing at the same time and not even slightly self-conscious.

While it was the humanitarian aspect of the book that was so moving, Rye's narrative of marine life was also very interesting, especially his time in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. This counterbalanced another excellent book, 'Don't Shoot the Clowns'. It is interesting to read both accounts of the battle for Fallujah from entirely different view points.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has". Quite.


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