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TRIXES 1M Long 20mm Wide Self Adhesive Sticky Back Black Strips Hook and Loop Fastener
TRIXES 1M Long 20mm Wide Self Adhesive Sticky Back Black Strips Hook and Loop Fastener
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for me., 28 Aug. 2015
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Fixed my partner's handbag with this when the metal magnetic clasp wore away the inner. So far it has worked like a charm and scored me some brownie points.


Night On Earth [DVD]
Night On Earth [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gena Rowlands
Offered by SmokeCDs
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Bri8lliant but beware of region coding, 28 Aug. 2015
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Be careful of the region coding. Fortunately I was able to give this to a relative abroad and then buy the Blu-Ray for myself but if you need a region 2 this is region 4 and won't play in the UK. As for the film, it is a must-see and unlike anything you'll ever see .. other than maybe another film by the same guy. It is in fact five short films with a related them although they are all very different and by turns poignant, funny, macarbe and insightful. You'll pend the rest of your life trying to forget the Italian taxi driver but you won't manage to. :-)


Quality Sterling Silver Ladies Curb Chain 18"
Quality Sterling Silver Ladies Curb Chain 18"
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Price: £3.36

2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but not necessarily very cheerful, 28 Aug. 2015
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Cheap but not necessarily very cheerful. An extremely thin chain and difficult to operate clasp.


Being Human - Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Being Human - Series 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Russell Tovey
Price: £7.97

2.0 out of 5 stars Okay as mindless entetainment pehaps but little else ..., 23 May 2015
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Certainly well-acted and for the most part good dialogue but let down by predictable and poorly conceived plots with numerous internal inconsistencies and stupidites. If you are looking for some mindless entertainment with less edge and less blood than True Blood then you might like it but a vampire eating breakfast cereal might turn you off. After shows like Agents of SHIELD, Poldark, Happy Valley or even Atlantis this ranks way down. Shame really as the characters are good and the dynamics fun but the poor plot and character development put us off from watching any more after this series. Personally, the idea of a ghost that is just as physical as a human being seems pretty daft as does the aforementioned vampire eating breakfast cereal. Then a wrewolf explains the marks he got being attacked by the werewolf that changed him as having fallen through a patio door when he was eleven .. and a rather clued-up nurse who must have seen plenty of glass cuts in her time believes him!


Monsters, Inc. (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [2002] [Region Free]
Monsters, Inc. (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [2002] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Pete Docter
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 21 April 2015
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Probably one of the best animation films ever and in 3D it is really captivating. I'm sure we'll be watching this one again. Shame that the follow-up prequel 'Monsters University' isn't as good as this one.


The Great Fire [DVD] [2014]
The Great Fire [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Andrew Buchan
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £5.09

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, 21 April 2015
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It is worth watching, if only for some classic lines from the villain of the piece but overall it seems somehow wanting. Some of the actors seem to be trying too hard and a fair bit of the dialogue is far too modern and detracts from the spirit of a period drama. This is no doubt to appeal to a wider audience and not just those of us who like authentic period dramas. We enjoyed it but it would not rank high on our list of period dramas.


Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts
Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts
by Stanislas Dehaene
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.04

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great research but understandably poor philosophy, 21 April 2015
I would like to start by saying that this is an excellent book because I have a particularly harsh criticism of it and I would not like to give the impression that the book is not worth reading.

It is the same criticism that can be levelled against Antonio Damasio. Despite the arrogance of Stephen Hawking that informs us that "philosophy is dead" (The Grand Design page 1) it is very much alive and scientists like Dehaene and Damasio show us why. As with any top academic or scientist they are excellent in their specialist field and the five star reviews here testify to that. Unfortunately, since the mysteries do still abound (despite Dehaene's various attempts to pretend they do not or are almost solved) philosophy has a great deal to offer and the almost laughably daft attempts by scientists to do philosophy in their books makes this clear. To try and refute the positions of Ned Block and David Chalmers in less than two pages at the end of this book is an unworthy and cavalier approach that no philospher would engage in. Dehaene's arguments here are unstructured and poorly presented in contrast to his writing on topics within his field of expertise. Read the philosophers in the field of studying consciousness and you will find that the way they work is far more systematic, thorough and clearly referenced than the "let's do a bit of philosophy now" that finds its way into these books that are meant to be informing us about the state of the art in the research field. If you want to know about the research this book is excellent but be very wary of the attempts at theorising and philosophizing that go beyond the researched evidence base. If you read "The Character of Consciousness" by David Chalmers carefully and understand it better than Dehaene, which sadly isn't difficult, you will see that Chalmers has set up the goalposts for our understanding of consciousness in the challenge to provide a proper explanation for subjectivity. The scientists are not taking this seriously and continue, as in this book, to "explain away" subjectivity instead of providing a proper explanation for it. Appeals to natural selection, correlations, behaviourism even do not provide a proper explanation, they just allow for avoiding the fact that we do not have one. As I see it, David Chalmers has pushed for dualism as a challenge to provide such an explanation or at least stop this arrogant pretence that "we will get there" when such certainty is not possible. Dehaene also seems very keen on the idea of the "language of thought" idea proposed by Jerry Fodor way back and which has in recent years been subject to some quite harsh criticism.

I strongly recommend that readers be very wary of the philosophical elements in this book and read the philosophers referred to instead. A list of names would be something like Chalmers, Block, Carruthers, Prinz, Fodor, Clark, Dennett and Searle but there are others. You will soon see that they approach the arguments with a detailed logic and clarity that is missing in the philosophizing attempted by researchers like Dehaene.
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Johnny English Reborn (Blu-ray + DVD)
Johnny English Reborn (Blu-ray + DVD)
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £2.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Good laugh., 9 April 2015
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Good follow-up to the first film and Atkinson on form as always. We had a good laugh.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Still there, 9 April 2015
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She's still got it on her desk and has it light up every now and then if she's feeling down. This was a really fun Valentine's card and I'm glad I got it. Something a bit different.


Byzantium
Byzantium
Price: £14.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great!, 9 April 2015
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This review is from: Byzantium (Audio CD)
I was a bit reluctant to fork out ten quid for an album I originally bought for 50p second-hand in the seventies and then paid £30 again for ten years ago but to be fair the original vinyl was knackered and this actually appears to be a good remaster although how they got hold of the original tapes i don't know as I was assured ten years ago that they were lost (which is why I went out and bought the vinyl!). Why Prog Temple have set up an Escrow account for royalties rather than contacting people who actually shouldn't be that difficult to contact given the sleeve notes taht tell you they are pretty much all working in the music industry is puzzling. I have always loved this album and I do hope that some of the money I've paid will find its way to the composers and performers of it.

Why would you buy it? Well, if you don't know it but are into seventies folk, progressive rock (I despise the word "prog") like Kevin Ayers, Gentle Giant, Floyd, CSN&Y or the Canterbury Scene I can't imagine you'll go far wrong buying this. 'Trade Wind' is a sublime soft acoustic song and the long last track has a Sgt Pepperesque orchestration that you really ought to hear. The songs are strong and quite unusual in places. They all play very well and why this band never became a major player is beyond me as the follow up album was very good too.


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