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SoundMAGIC E80S In-Ear Isolating Earphones with Microphone - Gunmetal
SoundMAGIC E80S In-Ear Isolating Earphones with Microphone - Gunmetal
Price: £69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars These are really great headphones. Brilliant sound quality, 27 Feb. 2016
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These are really great headphones. Brilliant sound quality, not too much bass. And the wire is surprisingly tough and untangley.


Junghans Gents Watch Max Bill Hand Wound Analogue 027/3004.44
Junghans Gents Watch Max Bill Hand Wound Analogue 027/3004.44
Offered by Hannets-Designshop
Price: £512.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Feb. 2016
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Beautiful watch, delighted with it.


Hydro Flask 24 oz - 709ml Standard Mouth - stainless Größe OneSize
Hydro Flask 24 oz - 709ml Standard Mouth - stainless Größe OneSize
Offered by Optimum-Outdoor
Price: £26.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Feb. 2016
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Excellent product and speedy delivery


12V Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External hard drive replacement power supply adaptor
12V Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External hard drive replacement power supply adaptor
Offered by Digidave
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great adapter and it was delivered super speedily, 27 Feb. 2016
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After several missteps elsewhere, I eventually found exactly what I was looking for here. This is a great adapter and it was delivered super speedily.


Watchmen
Watchmen
by Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fan is born!, 7 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Watchmen (Paperback)
I've never been really fanatical about comics, although I have read and loved stuff by Art Spiegelman, Charles Burns, Chris Ware, that kind of thing. The superhero genre never interested me that much or maybe I was just put off by the amount of dedication that seems to be a prerequisite. Nevertheless, I'm always suckered by the hype into seeing the blockbuster movies based on seminal comics and after being entirely nonplussed by The Dark Knight movie, I wondered what all the fuss was about this so I thought I'd read it before deciding whether to see the film.
Well, I'm not going to see the film. However faithful it might be, it simply could not do justice to this book. However much of the plot the film retains, it will still miss the point of this exhilarating work which depends on the formal possibilities and constraints of the comic book ( I can't bring myself to say graphic novel; it's like calling secondhand clothes vintage). The echoing, layering and mirroring of narratives and the recurring motifs, clues, puns, references and allusions are what make this so special and so deeply impressive. The additional epistolary material, which I at first thought was a bit of a cop-out, deepens your appreciation and understanding of the characters' history; it doesn't require reading but it rewards it.
The plot, in fact, while perfectly serviceable, is probably the least interesting element of the book although I'm no connoisseur of superhero fiction so what seems a little hokey to me might be perfectly fine within genre limitations. Such limitations are otherwise ignored in every other aspect of this hugely imaginative book, though. My only reservation, and it's minor, is that the artwork (which is generally excellent) is occasionally a bit clumsy or perfunctory - characters' sight lines don't match up, or poses are a little awkward and stiff - but this only applies to a handful of panels. Thematically and structurally this is a masterpiece of graphic storytelling which throws up new delights with each re-reading. And it's cheaper than a movie ticket.


Wintersongs
Wintersongs
Price: £13.36

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is rampant, 3 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Wintersongs (Audio CD)
Ever wondered what it'd be like if Kurt Weill wrote medievel folk songs for Souxie Soux (channelling Kate Bush) to perform? Wonder no more! Actually, once you acclimatize to the initial shriekiness and spookiness, a startling eclecticism and virtuosity (which never descends into gratuitous Prog noodling) becomes apparent. While all the songs lyrics are apparently based on texts taken from Amiens Cathedral and the general atmosphere is rather forbidding and, well, wintry, there is much more here (despite what the cover art might suggest) than some hippy folk rumination on ritual and religion. Man & Boy and Rats & Monkeys are works of startling studio magic(k) and even the seemingly straightforward pieces are charged with a sonic intensity and strangeness that's quite unique.
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Teenage Kicks - The Best of the Undertones [CD + DVD]
Teenage Kicks - The Best of the Undertones [CD + DVD]
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.84

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irrepressible, loveable, indispensable, 24 Nov. 2007
While their peers whined self-consciously about boredom and being misunderstood, The Undertones (who, being from Derry, had legitimate grounds for complaint) addressed instead the far more pressing issues of girls, subbutteo and mars bars in songs of formal perfection and deceptive simplicity. Their sophistication and self-awareness was already apparent in everything from their choice of name, which perfectly suggests pop cheesiness and a hint of menace, to lyrics like their "difficult second album" introduction, More Songs About Chocolate and Girls where they unapologetically state their limitations, in homage perhaps to Talking Heads (whose '77, incidentally, has a similar guitar sound to much of Hypnotised although that's where the similarity ends). This incipient sophistication was allowed a more musical outlet on their third album and, while the immediacy and humour of its predecessors is largely absent, it still has a handful and a half of great pop songs. Admittedly, by the time of The Sin Of Pride, they had lost the plot somewhat. You only need to look at the cover to see how far removed from the fairisle jumper-wearing, mammy-haircut sporting lads they'd become.
As an introduction, this is pretty flawless and if it has faults it doesn't matter because I'm willing to bet it won't be the last Undertones record you buy.


Discover America
Discover America
Offered by trec002
Price: £17.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost good, 14 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Discover America (Audio CD)
Like Song Cycle, this has some arcane concept at it's heart but it's a much more muddled affair, both lyrically and musically, so you're less bothered about working it out. On the one hand there's charming pastiches of 30's America and on the other a rather patronising exhortation to Trinidadian nationalism, complete with steel drums and unconvincing calypso. I don't see the connection myself but there you are. This hasn't got the same inventiveness as Song Cycle but it's got moments of startling production and a couple of memorable songs.


The Album Formerly Known As...
The Album Formerly Known As...
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £25.28

11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars unimaginative vandalism, 14 Jan. 2006
Like a moustache on the Mona Lisa, Carl Craig here demonstrates how little has to be done to completely alter the character of a thing of beauty. His Landcruising album, of which this is a creatively bankrupt reworking, was and remains one of the very few techno albums which transcended genre and is truly essential in anyone's collection. So quite why he's decided to extend and rework it (very subtly, admittedly) and, worse, shuffle its running order when it was already such a cohesive, perfect whole is baffling. For completists, it contains a couple of uninspired bonus mixes and a rotten new track which may date from the time of the original release but was rightly omitted.
Just get Landcruising.
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Maritime
Maritime
Offered by MasterDVD
Price: £2.40

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cuddle up!, 28 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Maritime (Audio CD)
This is like an unexpected hug from a friend. It makes you want to dance or, more specifically, jig. Or throw out your arms and spin round like Julie Andrews at the beginning of The Sound Of Music. Subtly marrying elements of dimly familiar 80's pop, chirpy electronica and gorgeous strings, woodwind, accordian, breathy vocals and what sounds like a colliery band, he manages to sustain a convincing and contagious happiness for the entire album's duration which is practically unheard of these days (cf Ulrich Schnauss). Don't call it Folktronica; this is Nature Programme.


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