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50 FeatherPost D/1 DVD Sized Mailer Padded Envelopes Bags JL1
50 FeatherPost D/1 DVD Sized Mailer Padded Envelopes Bags JL1
Offered by PolyPostalBags
Price: £5.94

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, easily tears, 4 July 2016
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These envelopes aren't very good quality. The paper material is that very weak paper that almost feels damp, that tears with the slightest pressure. Try pushing a small box in there and the corners stretch the loose internal bubble wrap, before quickly tearing straight through the envelope at the corners. You have to reinforce it all with sellotape, which is just annoying. Probably ok for cheap used DVDs etc on eBay, but nothing too expensive.


Killer in The Shadows: The Monstrous Crimes of Robert Napper: 1
Killer in The Shadows: The Monstrous Crimes of Robert Napper: 1
by Laurence Alison
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars A very watered down wikipedia article with one interesting chapter about the Colin Stagg situation., 3 July 2016
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This is a very strange and disjointed book. My feeling is that its very likely it was a series of different essays, loosely based around Robert Napper (but not always, e.g. the general chapter about sex murderers) that have been thrown together as a book. The problem with its style and structure is that there is no clear voice or audience. It also assumes different knowledge of the reader at different times.

For example, the most interesting chapter is undoubtedly the one about Colin Stagg, wrongly accused and the victim of entrapment via a very messy situation directed by Paul Britton. Its a fascinating scenario because it encapsulates so many irrationalities, assumptions and negative consequences of uncritical-thinking. The book points these flaws out, but glosses over the actual detail of what went on (for that you'll need Paul Brittons Jigsaw Man, which gives the details but with the clumsy, unscientific and exceedingly arrogant commentary). It takes pride in pointing out the woolly thinking as opposed to hard, scientific thinking based on research based evidence.

Yet, everywhere else in the book, the authors prattle on with the most annoyingly vague, repetitive guff, which reads like a sunday magazine article. The actual information is very, very weak and diluted - you have to wade through so much filler and obvious junk to get the bare details. I could easily go back and quote many ridiculously and overly-obvious lines, but by this point I doubt anyone will actually read this review nor really care about it.

Basically - I know for certain that I could take a Wikipedia article about a serial killer, and with that information spin out a book like this by padding the information out among a load of repetitive, obvious filler guff. At no point did I feel the author (who apparently works in forensic profiling) brought anything new or interesting to the table whatsoever. There's not even a sense of personality in there - its completely dry and dull, vacuous like the worst kind of ghost-writing. If you're into the true crime genre, I recommend Ann Rule's "The Stranger Beside Me" and Jonathon Goodman's "The Killing of Julia Wallace" - they're both very moreish and fascinating.


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Aroma Diffuser, SeresRoad® 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Adjustable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Waterless Auto Shut-off with Color Changing LED Light for Home, Yoga, Office, Spa, Bedroom
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Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A good optimal diffuser - and quiet, 1 July 2016
A good optimal diffuser - quiet, effective, nice colours, not too expensive. I much prefer this one to the UFO shaped ones.


The Jigsaw Man
The Jigsaw Man
by Paul Britton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable as a spoof comedy of profilers, 29 Jun. 2016
This review is from: The Jigsaw Man (Paperback)
I'm staggered that this book has received so many 5-star reviews. The only way to really enjoy it is as a kind of spoof - a parody of criminal profilers, akin to Kevin Bishop's "Mind Cop" sketch.

Its insanely misbalanced in terms of how his inflated ego collides with a pretty sketchy understanding of criminal psychology. Its packed with cringe-worthy lines like "it was time for me to get inside the mind of the killer". At one point he likens the ability to read a crime scene to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphics. He writes things like "my interpretation of the killer was fact - all the clues supported it" which is not what a fact is. His profiles often end up basically the same, and based on commonalities of the crimes - whilst still making himself out to be some kind of intuitive genius who saves the day. Often the criminals are caught in ways that have nothing whatsoever to do with his profiling - but he'll gloat on any "hits" of his predictions (e.g. a male! White! Under 40! Told you so!) as if they held some kind of value. At one point he even tells the police they have the wrong man, based purely on his subjective profile, which is madness. The section with the entrapment of Colin Stagg is where the would-be satire reaches a kind of crescendo that is devastatingly stupid and unprofessional (and apparently ruined his career).

I just can't imagine how so many people fell for this guy and his massive ego. If you're at all interested in profiling or forensic psychology, this should be read as a cautionary tale of how ego and bias can really get in the way.


Scapegoat for Murder: The Truth About the Killing of Carl Bridgewater
Scapegoat for Murder: The Truth About the Killing of Carl Bridgewater
by Simon W Golding
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, balanced and detailed account - a must-read for any "guilty!" viewers of the documentary, 27 Jun. 2016
I was drawn to this book after the documentary Interview with a Murderer. Following the documentary, I found myself fascinated with the various ambiguities and possibilities of the case, which I had no prior knowledge of. At first I found Spencer's character questionable on a number of levels, as I'm sure did most of the audience watching. Alongside that though was the disturbing nature of David Wilson's interview technique - often baiting, manipulating, and then being quite unprofessional with his presentation of the (pretty unfair) p-scan results. I can't blame Spencer for "aggression" being ticked, anyone would be frustrated under the circumstances and all that Spencer had been through (which we really can't imagine). However, there were some troubling moments from Spencer in the documentary, which I'll return to.

I have a few things to say about all this so will break this review into sections.

The Book Itself
===============

Simon's account is well researched and structured, covering all the main areas, many of which were new to me and completely left out of the documentary. One in particular involves a very mysterious piece of card with a cryptic but highly significant message, left in a place to be indirectly discovered by Spencer. Its a pretty mind-blowing and baffling moment.

Simon clearly supports Spencer's innocence of the Bridgewater murder, whilst undermining the unfair views of his (often very vocal and dogged) accusers. However, I feel he is entirely reasonable in his views - there is no evidence against Spencer, there is plenty to refute the importance of the circumstantial evidence, and there are clearly unfair biases at play with the accusations levelled against him.

Ultimately, I found this to be the emerging theme of the account - not so much the actions of the unfortunate criminal minority, but the irrational, biased and uncritical-thinking nature of the majority and the havoc it can cause.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few typos. Barry changes to Barrie, Phillip to Philip, and even Spencer to Spenser at one point. Physiatrists. "Your average bugler targets empty houses". There are some poorly structured lines that I had to re-read to make sense of, like "We must remember Bert Spencer never stood trial for the murder of the paperboy and the police, and more important the judiciary, were never convinced that he was guilty, certainly following the conviction of the Bridgewater Four." "As far as the slaying of the paperboy, Bert Spencer, it was suggested, had literally got away with murder".

I would have liked more from Spencer. Considering he supposedly co-wrote it, there wasn't much direct thought, reflection or perspective from Spencer. An interview chapter with him would have been an excellent addition to the book, so we can really understand the situation more from his perspective.

The final chapter, regarding the documentary, makes for cringe-worthy reading. Simon is clearly excited, name-dropping and proving his prior involvements with media, but comes across instead like a naive lamb being led to slaughter. The documentary was completely contrary to his seeming expectations, in terms of how anti-Spencer it becomes. "We all knew afterwards that were were all on the same page, we were kindred spirits bonded by a common cause." "The many, many experiences... had left Bert untrusting and nervous of how he would be portrayed. ... I need not have been concerned as the [initial production meeting] flowed freely" "I was the go-between and researcher, and also appearing in the programme to discuss my book". Simon didn't appear in the documentary, except as a disembodied voice on an answerphone asking Wilson to interview Bert. In the book, it was the production team who contacted Simon. The evolution of the documentary, Wilson's unfair strategies, and the aftermath of its effect on Spencer's life could certainly make for a few more chapters. It was part of the production agreement that the book would be delayed until the broadcast - yet whilst the producer (and Wilson) had read the book, its unfair that Simon couldn't see the documentary beforehand. He would surely have completely re-written that awkward final chapter.

Differences to the documentary
==============================

I won't ruin the book too much, because it is worth reading, and it does offer far more than than documentary. But just to whet your apetite:
- the business of the Vauxhall Viva sighting plays quite a large part in the docu, against Spencer. You'll see that its a bit of a red herring for a number of reasons - the number of other vehicle sightings, the time of day, the description of the driver, Spencer's driving habits.
- the mysterious piece of card, understandably too complex for the documentary, is baffling.
- plenty of other clues and bits and pieces surrounding the two murders that put things into a much better perspective

My thoughts on the Spencer's Innocence
======================================

Even having read the book, I can't say for certainly whether Spencer is innocent or guilty, because I simply don't know. Either remains possible, and whilst I sway towards his innocence of the murder, I sometimes wonder of his potential involvement in some way. There are a few things which support, but can't prove, both possibilities.

There are however three moments in the documentary that trouble me. Specifically:

He says this:
"We make mistakes. Some of us make dreadful mistakes. I took a life, I'm fully aware of the awfulness of that. I go to church, and I say, with you, the Lords prayer. Forgive us, as we forgive those who trespass against us. What a load of liars we are as a nation. We will not forgive those who trespass against us. We want revenge. Why didn't you forgive me, you're liars, you're two-faced as you talk to your God, and He will do something about it one day".

Despite implying God wants vengeance instead of forgiveness at the end there, why would he say this unless he was guilty? He can't simply be referring to the influence of the Wilkes murder, as no one wants "revenge" for that, he served his time.

Secondly, the missing hospital records, which I feel are of huge importance. In the book, co-written with Spencer remember, its mentioned a few times that they were easily accessible. "These were kept at Corbett Hospital with little or no security". Spencer even suggests that a "do-gooder" might have removed them trying to help him. WHY? If they proved his whereabouts and therefore innocence, they would have been thrust into the hands of the police. More importantly, on the documentary when its suggested that he may have taken them himself, he says, in a very unconvincing and frankly implausible way "I couldn't get in, you can't get in".

Finally, when asked by Wilson why Carl was murdered, he says "well I can only go on what the police said, it was a robbery and he got disturbed". HE. Not THEY. Bearing in mind Spencer also is "convinced that" and "believes" that the Bridgewater Four did it (despite the similar lack of evidence, and his own frustration at being unfairly targeted). How would he know it was a "he" who was disturbed?

Another fascinating case
========================

If you like this stuff (there is something hugely fascinating about it), I recommend another incredible case where a guy is a suspect for murder, and you just can't figure out his innocence or guilt (far more evenly split as I find Spencer leaning more towards innocence). The surrounding situation is complex but hugely strange and fascinating - the two alternates of guilt or innocence create two completely opposing set of motives and strategies. Its called The Killing of Julia Wallace - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Killing-Julia-Wallace-Jonathan-Goodman/dp/0747230196
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Excelvan 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier Aromatherapy with 4 Timer Settings,7 Changing Colors for Home,Office,Baby Room
Excelvan 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier Aromatherapy with 4 Timer Settings,7 Changing Colors for Home,Office,Baby Room
Offered by FUDISI Tech
Price: £22.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the aroma diffuser you are looking for., 7 Jun. 2016
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This is the 3rd diffuser I tried. It ticked all the boxes. The main issue I had with others were that they were too noisy, too weak, or had a mist stream that went vertical and was just not that interesting. The standard UFO looking ones that you see, with the nipple shaped tops, are useless - the stream of diffuse is so thin and useless, you can't even smell the aroma. What's the point?

This one however really kicks it out - and has two mist settings too. The mist settings are not that different, but boy does it kick steam out. The cool thing about this ones with an angular spout is that you have the steam pouring up, out and all over you whilst you're in bed. You can't do that with the vertical ones. Also with regards to the angular spout - you can easily swivel the top half of the device, its not clicked in or anything, so you can easily aim it without turning the whole thing around.

Its not silent - but I haven't found a quieter one. Its fine for what it is.

The huge 500ml reservoir means this is a lot bigger than the piddly small ones - but its so much better and more effective as a device because of it.

Also unique is the light dimmer - there are three dimness settings for the light, which as with the others can cycle through colours or fix on one in particular.

OVERALL this does everything I want from a diffuser, and actually blasts out a bunch of steam and scent which is what I wanted from it. For the price, its definitely the best option.

Also - I wasn't given one of these for free like most of the other reviewers, I actually bought the thing.
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Aromatherapy Essential Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser SeresRoad 300ml Aroma Diffuser Electric Cool Mist Humidifier Air Purifier 10 Hours Continuous Mist Waterless Auto off for Home Office Spa Massage Baby Room Bedroom
Aromatherapy Essential Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser SeresRoad 300ml Aroma Diffuser Electric Cool Mist Humidifier Air Purifier 10 Hours Continuous Mist Waterless Auto off for Home Office Spa Massage Baby Room Bedroom
Offered by DigitalEra UK
Price: £79.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beepy, noisy, very weak diffuser, 6 Jun. 2016
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As usual, another product whereby you have NO CLUE what the actual devices are like because its swamped with free product reviews - which are massively biased regardless of the reviewers self-deception.

The main pro of this is that it looks nice, and the lights show up nicely at night.

The cons:
- its too noisy. If you have one by your bed, it doesn't create the quiet relaxing atmosphere that you hoped for. I don't know why they can't make one with better soundproofing.
- The amount of "diffuse" really isn't great at all. I had a £9.99 one before that churned out a much more enthusiastic diffuse that you could actually smell the aroma of. I can barely smell anything with this one. The "steam" is like some ants made a fire beyond the horizon somewhere, or a grasshopper is lying on his back enjoying a post-coital cigarette (see main product pic).
- It makes a loud BEEP when the 1, 3 or 6 hour timer shuts off. WHY? You put it on for an hour before bed for example, and finally fall asleep despite the industrial drone sound going on, then it BEEPS and wakes you up as it switches off. A really stupid design flaw.

Overall, it looks pretty, but is far too ineffective as a diffuser, and too beepy/noisy to be relaxing. really not worth the £27-30+ that is being charged for this model from suppliers.


Pasonomi® 3D VR Glasses, Virtual Reality Headset for 4~6 inch Mobie Phones for 3D Movies, Games, with adjustable focal/pupil distance (2016 New Version)
Pasonomi® 3D VR Glasses, Virtual Reality Headset for 4~6 inch Mobie Phones for 3D Movies, Games, with adjustable focal/pupil distance (2016 New Version)
Offered by Pasonomi Global
Price: £19.99

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good optics and fairly good FOV for price, but uncomfortable, and you can do better., 31 Mar. 2016
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I researched a lot of these headsets before buying, reading everything I could find. The problem is that many reviews suffer from two issues - they're biased because of review-based discounts or freebies (the 5-star reviews here are ABSOLUTELY biased), or they're just not that into the specifics of things. You end up with "OMG VR is like totally awesome!" without any actual constructive feedback on specifics - so it doesn't help you choose a device.

I chose this one because it seemed to have the best optics, adjustability and FOV (102) for this price point. The alternative, more expensive Freefly apparently has a similar FOV, but a really fiddly/time-consuming phone holding mechanism and no IPD adjustment (for the distance between your eyes) which is essential with these, unless you want to risk serious eye-strain. At the time of writing the BoboVR Z4 is about to be released with an FOV of 120 - I imagine that will be the one to go for, but its a little pricier (£36ish) and has built in headphones. Still, if you're going to do this, you may as well get it right, right?

Why is FOV (field of view) so important? It decides the level of immersion you'll feel. The higher the FOV, the more the image fills your vision and so it feels more like you're there. As opposed to looking through a window at a 3D screen. Lower FOV's don't matter as much for films. If you measure the actual FOV that your TV takes up, even a cinema screen. they're not that big at all.

So back to this device.

PROS:

The optics are very clear which was a big relief. The eyepieces are individually adjustable. I choose to have them extended out as far as they'll go so they're closer to my eyes, and the image is still pin sharp.

The phone holder fits my LG G4 perfectly - its a doddle getting the phone in and out (which you want as you'll be flitting between apps often). I don't have to remove the case, and can bend it (a QuickCircle case) around to the back.

It feels fairly practical and substantial, although the plastics are a bit cheap feeling. Can't really expect more for this price range though.

Good accessibility to the ends of your phone for headphones or charging cable. Charging cable might be useful if you're wanting to watch a film, cinema apps are very draining.

CONS:

The FOV is actually a little disappointing. Its supposed to be good for this range of headset - so I dread to think what models with lesser FOV are like. I can see the square shape of the screen, the surrounding plastic, and even outside of the lenses. Its still pretty immersive - but I'm really hoping the Bobovr Z4 will be better. I don't want to put you off about this - the FOV is still GOOD - but I think I was a little disappointed because I had too high expectations. I'm sure most people will be suitably impressed. I'm being pretty fussy about it.

EDIT - since using more, I've now discovered a really annoying problem this device has. Because the lens adjustment mechanism is on the lens itself - it means they have a big ridge (about 5mm) running around the lens. Its best to get the lens as close to your eye as possible. Yet, if you have a brow just above your eyes - as I do - then it smacks into the ridge around the lenses. This is really annoying. If you lower the lens a bit, so it tucks under your brow, then it goes blurry - because you should be looking right through the center of it. This is a fatal flaw for me. Its simply impossible to wear these for extended periods in comfort, if you have a brow just above your eyes.

Lack of comfort. The surround is really flimsy foam. Between the strip of foam and the actual device is a very thin (actually translucent) piece of black fabric. Light leaks in here - between the foam and the device - and hits the lenses. So I have to hold my hands on either side of the device to prevent it. Its a really silly design flaw in my opinion, the very first trial should have highlighted this. At night with the lights off its far more immersive without this distraction - so I'll need to mod it with some black-out fabric. If you have a deep brow like I do (my eyes are a little inset) then the plastic of the top ridge digs in a lot as you press the device to your face (Edit - since discovered this is the ridges around the lens, not the plastic surround, so isn't fixable). If you have a fairly flat, or fat face then you'll probably be ok.

Eyestrain - after using for 10-15 minutes, despite adjusting for my eyes, my eyes felt strained and I had a little headache.

No QR code - but apparently the one for the Freefly works for this.
No magnet button - I think you can use one of those cheap bluetooth controllers (£5ish) instead, which will also be useful for controlling movement in games.

In summary - its a good starting point, and I think a good VR experience for the money. I'm glad I didn't waste my time/money on something lesser which would have been an easy mistake to make. By Apr '16 there will be some fierce competition out there in terms of improved comfort and FOV though.

If you have any questions I'll be happy to answer.

Some good apps to demo these things to friends:
Cedar Point roller coaster - a really well built and designed coaster experience.
Blockbuster VR - another good coaster that crashes, good fun for the unsuspecting
Seaworld VR2 - the shark option is fun (being stuck in a sharkcage being pulled apart)
goed geregeld - weird sounding and weird to experience - a coaster that goes through a house on fire. Like that Chris Walken scene from the Dead Zone where the child's bedroom is burning up. Its just plain weird and spooky but fun exactly because of that.
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Sterling Silver Executive Office Chair Charm
Sterling Silver Executive Office Chair Charm
Offered by Charm School UK
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A little small, but looks great in the office., 22 Jan. 2016
Frankly its a little too hard. After a few hours of work, my bum became a bit sore, and I started to find the headrest uncomfortable. I'm only a small fellow so the size wasn't an issue, but some adjustable features would have been nice. The thing that I love most about it though is that it reminds me of Terminator 2. I wonder sometimes if its going to deliver a deathly stab at any given moment.


Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Price: £14.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Blu-Ray for Any Collection, 10 Sept. 2014
This movie is relentless - it doesn't let up for a single second (I had to hold a wee in at the cinema for the whole thing). Very rewatchable, excellent fun, awesome effects and sound design, great to show off your home cinema - the perfect blu-ray that's worth every penny.


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