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Cresyn C220E Black Earhook Sweat-Proof Sports Headphones / Earphones
Cresyn C220E Black Earhook Sweat-Proof Sports Headphones / Earphones
Offered by DIGITALGUY INTERNATIONAL, INC
Price: £12.90

3.0 out of 5 stars Comfy, but easily breakable, 3 Dec. 2014
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So they're lightweight, comfortable, don't fall out (although they can be knocked a little askew if you wear glasses) and the audio quality seems pretty good.
But. They don't last very long at all. This is maybe my fifth pair of these, and they all lasted roughly three or four months, and they all suffered from the same fault: they broke at the jack where you plug the 'phones into the mp3 player. Specifically, the wire that snaps is the one for the right ear. Now I'm pretty active and I like to listen to my music while I'm out and about, so I was expecting these to be quite sturdy as they're billed as 'sports headphones', but the wires snap so easily from being tucked into pockets/waistbands with a little excess wire wrapped around the mp3.
The only reason I keep coming back to these headphones is that they're rather cheap and are by far the most comfortable headphones I've ever had.


All the Lights in the Sky
All the Lights in the Sky

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 2 Feb. 2013
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Having been a fan of this band for a few months, I was looking forward to this album, particularly after seeing their Youtube video advertising it (the song used in the video is the very last minute or so of the album) and it really doesn't disappoint.

There are eleven tracks on this album, and three of them are the finalised versions of songs that Area 11 is very well known for, 'Euphemia' in particular; the songs vary in genre from more or less pure rock, to acoustic, jazz and melodies that wouldn't be out of place in a video game and yet are very cohesive for the most part. On a second listen through of the album every single song with words in English (counting the five movements of Bosozuko Symphony as five different songs) contains references to the stars or lights in the sky *without* being obtrusive or out of place, which shows just how much effort was put into writing the lyrics and the overall structure of the album.

The songs with the strongest lyrics (which is saying something as there isn't a single song that *doesn't* have very good lyrics) are 'Shi no Barado', 'Vectors' and 'Bosozuko Symphony Mvt IV (All the Lights in the Sky)' and the words really pull you into the song and carry you along with the music. I will say that 'Bosozuko Symphony' probably isn't for everyone as ' as the change from the instrumental dreamy tones of 'Mvt II' to the chip tune/8 bit beat of 'Mvt III' which then leads into the simple acoustic guitar of 'Mvt IV' can seem a bit jarring, and admittedly it isn't as well done as it could have been.

That said, I don't think there's a weak song in the album, and 'Vectors' and 'Shi no Barado' are definitely my new favourite songs from this band; they are amazing.

While this album (and the band in general) is inspired by anime and Japanese culture in general it's not very noticeable if, like me, you aren't much of an anime fan.

I sincerely recommend this album to anyone. Area 11 has also released the album onto Youtube so even if you're feeling a bit dubious about buying the album, go listen to it on Youtube first.


Lindt Chocolate Selection, 445g
Lindt Chocolate Selection, 445g

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum, 2 Feb. 2013
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Simply delicious. I wouldn't advise it for people who don't like praline confections though as about two-thirds of the chocolates involve praline in some form.


The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics)
The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics)
by Robert Carroll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.49

16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible: An Academic's Review, 9 Aug. 2010
This review isn't about whether The Bible is or isn't the word of God. This review will treat it as any other book, and especially the benefits of this edition for academics.

The KJV is undoubtedly one of the most influential books in English literature, it's language, syntax, it's imagery and even entire phrases and passages have been massively influential over the four hundred years since it was published.
Translated on the orders of King James, a strong Protestant seeking to remove as much of the Latin and Catholic influences from the Bible, the KJV uses as many words of Anglo-Saxon, Germanic and English origin as possible. So not only is this is great use as far as general Biblical references, I've read parts of several different versions of the Bible for various reasons and the language in this version is beautiful, even though it does sacrifice clarity in some parts.
This version of the Bible is the most referenced, alluded and thematic book in Western Literature in English and, despite the heaviness of this volume it has an extremely helpful introduction and notes section. But that latter goes without saying as it's the Oxford World's Classics series and all their books are very good when it comes to scholarly introductions and explantory notes.

Deuteronomy and Leviticus are boring, Revelation is trippy and the Apocrypha are very interesting.

And the scholarly and academic worth of having your own Bible is well worth the small price.
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Darkness Visible
Darkness Visible
by William Golding
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa. o.O, 3 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Darkness Visible (Paperback)
Whoa.
This is an extremely powerfully written book; especially the first ten pages about the Blitz. Beautifully written, and an amazing introduction to the main character.
However, this novel is very surreal, and full of symbolism and what is probably a very detailed and fine application of Biblical scripture to the life of the main character. Some parts are *much* harder to grasp than others, but the beginning and ending sequences are amazing.
The sub-plots with the paedophile teacher, the possible whore-terrorist and so on vary in turns from dull to horrific to intriguing, but they don't seem to mix with the main plot even though there're clear links between all of them. I also think that this book is one that could use annotations, notes, or even a brief introduction to the text a la 'Lord of the Flies', but even so it's a very draining book.
Not for everyone, certainly; but a very surreal and compelling book. I was tired after reading this. At only two hundred and seventy some pages tis takes a lot out of you between the dullness of one plot, the disgust at reading from the POV of the teacher (far more explicit at times than 'Lolita', and definitely creepier) and the religious spirituality/insanity/confusion of the main plot.


Beowulf: A Student Edition
Beowulf: A Student Edition
by George Jack
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and experts alike, 13 Mar. 2010
As a university undergraduate I found this to be one of the best versions of Beowulf around as the 'extras' are incredbly useful. Others won't add contextual information, a running gloss or a miniature Beowuld specific dictionary at the back, and the editor's footnotes also point out interesting manuscript differences, recommend some critics and alternate readings of words/lines.
I've not studied Old English very long, and this edition is clear and comprehensible, not patronising the new reader, but neither does it assume the reader is a complete expert and drown you in complex grammar.
For anyone who wants to read Beowulf, this is highly recommended.


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