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Belkin Express Charge and Sync Desktop Lightning Dock for iPad Air, 4th Gen, iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6 Plus and iPod Touch (MFI Approved)
Belkin Express Charge and Sync Desktop Lightning Dock for iPad Air, 4th Gen, iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6 Plus and iPod Touch (MFI Approved)
Price: £32.39

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stand but beware if your iPad is in a case, 4 Nov. 2014
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I bought this device for my new iPhone 6 and hoping it would work with my iPad Air with Apple leather case too. Unfortunately, as the product warnings suggest about cases, it doesn't. Although sturdy and nicely designed, with a Lightning connector that can be finely adjusted vertically, many iPad cases will have a thickness around the connector that means they won't fit. My iPhone 6 leather case is open at the bottom edge, and so fits perfectly. I'm happy as it looks great and does the key job I bought it for, but if your iPad is in a case, take care to check this will work for you.


Personal: (Jack Reacher 19)
Personal: (Jack Reacher 19)
Price: £3.32

48 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Reacher in Essex? - the story gets 4 stars, but the ride gets 5 - a blast!, 29 Aug. 2014
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Every Jack Reacher is a page turner. Beware, because when you start one your plans will change for the day and you'll just have to finish it. Personal is great entertainment with Jack doing what he does best. Analysing all the positions and all of the options. Putting himself in the shoes of his opposition, keeping one jump ahead with a plan, but improvising because plans always need to change, and trusting his instincts. Taking us through the details of how an actual fight goes down in brutal reality, rather than the fiction that is served up to us in films and TV all the time. You hit someone on the head with something hard and metal, they'll probably die, not wake up to fight again an hour later. Jack takes us deep in to the mind of the sniper, as he goes after someone he put away years ago, who now carries a grudge. This story was even more pleasing than usual as it brings Jack to France, tells us more about his mother, and then heads to England. We have Jack Reacher in various London locations including arriving on the District Line tube at Barking Station, grabbing a minicab and heading to Romford and then Chigwell - as an Eastender who grew up in Barking it was great to have Jack going to places with people I know and love, dealing with an environment where East End mobsters only carry guns some of the time, and when a single shot gets fired the cops turn up in droves as it's unusual. Getting confused when he is charged for a carrier bag in a supermarket. Mr. Child had some fun putting his fearless American hero back in the old country. As usual the author tantalises you with clues and keeps you guessing about the whole way it fits together till the last page. There are some great characters along the way, and Mr. Child avoids the obvious. It's not perfect, but it's a blast!


Live In London
Live In London
Price: £13.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive and really kicking in London, 27 April 2014
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This is an exceptional Acoustic Alchemy album. Their body of studio work is great. I've been following them from the start, and I've enjoyed the evolution of their sound album to album. Seeing them live is always a joy, usually as a 5 piece - 2 guitars, keyboards, bass and drums with the occasional guest on saxophone or trumpet. This live album was recorded in London with the latest incarnation of the group (and no guest). It must have been recorded at the Pizza Express, Dean Street, but the album notes don't say that. That's the only London venue that I know they've played in the last few years. I've seen them there and at The Stables, but not last year or this. Listening to this album that's now a big regret, but this makes up for it big time. The live setting allows them to relax and stretch out the arrangements. There is an extra energy and immediacy to their interplay that is really difficult to recreate in the studio, and this recording captures that live essence perfectly.

Greg Carmichael playing nylon guitar has been there from the first album in 1987. Miles Gilderdale plays steel and electric guitar, and has been involved since my particular favourite album Positive Thinking in 1998. They do the writing and production, except for the earlier pre-1987 material composed with original member Nick Webb who sadly died during the recording of Positive Thinking. Fred White is on keyboards here, and Greg and Gary Grainger are the brothers playing drums and bass. This is a tight band on the top of its form on a double album of high quality performances covering a spread of material from the very first album to the most recent. Stone Island from 1987's Red Dust and Spanish Lace, Overnight Sleeper from 1988's Natural Elements, Ariane from 1989's Blue Chip, Homecoming from 1990's Reference Point, Jamaica Heartbeat from 1991's Back On The Case, Lazeez from 1994's Against The Grain, Angel of the South and The Beautiful Game from 2000's The Beautiful Game, Tuff Puzzle and Passion Play from 2001's Aart, No Messin' from 2003's Radio Contact, Marrakesh and One For Shorty and Templemeads and Sand On Her Toes and Roseland and A Kinder Loving from 2011's Roseland. Every version is good. Greg's playing stands out on Roseland and Ariane. Miles' electric guitar is brilliant on Templemeads and Lazeez. Gary and Greg get to showcase on Tuff Puzzle. Fred White's piano on A Kinder Loving is awesomely mellow, but the truth is that the band are great on all tracks, giving a really integrated atmosphere, great touches and solos. Even the Miles band introduction is a "nice to have" to capture a little of his silly, typically English humour as the front man.

The production is clean and intimate. I'd love to here Georgia Peach or Positive Thinking played by this band (a request for the next tour please). This is both a must have album for Acoustic Alchemy fans and a great introduction to their body of work.


The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7) (The Warrior Chronicles)
The Pagan Lord (The Last Kingdom Series, Book 7) (The Warrior Chronicles)
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but as always leaves you wanting more, 2 Oct. 2013
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The seventh outing for Mr. Cornwell's Warrior Chronicles charges along at breakneck speed. I pre-ordered, waited patiently and it arrived on my Kindle a day before expected. A while after I started reading I looked down and saw I was already 59% of the way through in what felt like no time. Some people have suggested The Pagan Lord is short, but at 320 pages it's long enough and the speed has more to do with Cornwell's style and pace. He's a master. In my opinion Uhtred here and Derfel Cadern from the Arthur/Warlord books are his best two creations. The Arthur books edge in to the lead ever so slightly as the additional cast of characters is so great, but there are 7 Uhtred books and counting. Living his battles, loves, generosity, stubbornness, ups and downs is a thrill. This book takes him even lower and then higher again. It has some great battles, some great set pieces, excellent moments with his sons, and a first rate ending. I cannot wait until Uhtred rides again. Bernard had better get this Waterloo stuff and any other books out of the way quickly - what happens next?


Face The Music
Face The Music
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Duke - we'll miss his jazz groove deeply, 17 Aug. 2013
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As I write this review I'm still a little shocked to have heard that George Duke died of heart complications while being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia on 5 August 2013. I was checking back through his back catalogue and I can't figure out how I missed this 2002 opus. During the 70s and early 80s I would buy anything that George released, or almost anything George played on immediately, without first hearing. I was never disappointed. He was part of Frank Zappa's best ever band. His tunes have been sampled by Daft Punk, Kanye West/Common, and A Tribe Called Quest. He played on Michael Jackson's Off The Wall, and contributed to Miles Davis' Tutu album/band. George was a great composer and song writer, a fantastic pianist using melody, space and speed in equal measures, and you could argue that he was the most influential user of the synthesizer in jazz rock. In the 90s up to his death (in my opinion) some (but not all) of his output felt formulaic and repetitive, but this album is not one of those. It's a return to the kind of jazz found on his MPS/BASF albums of the 70s like Faces In Reflection or The Aura Will Prevail, or the tunes in between the more commercial jazz funk and soul ballads of his later albums. He lays down a groove with a fantastic drummer and bass player, in this case Christian McBride and Little John Roberts, sets the tune with added brass or keyboards punctuation, and then gives himself and the other players space to play.

If you can't afford the whole album, download the first 3 tracks, but be aware you'll come back for all of it later. The Black Messiah (Part 2) uses crowd noise and the voice of Cannonball Adderley from a 1970 live recording of George's tune, and ends with Mr Adderley waxing lyrical about his band member. It was a great tune then, and this version is great now. Chillin' lays down another cool groove, with the theme stated by voices (and occasionally the word chillin') in a typical Duke style, then subtle guitar, and a lazy acoustic bass underpins George's piano runs and accents interspersed with the occasional dramatic chord unison. My Piano starts with a beautiful little acoustic piano intro/overture and then moves in to a Latin beat heading in to the kind of territory found on Brazilian Love Affair, or dotted around many of George's records. But it's a mellow and infectious groove, rather than an out and out dance tune, with some soul/gospel choruses and building to a classic, dramatic Duke coda. The song then rounds off with acoustic piano to a gentle close. It's this mix of soulful tunes, drama, melodic development, light and shade that set George apart as a truly great (but underrated) composer. Guess You're Not The One is much more than just a soulful ballad. The rest of the album keeps to the same standard, never drifting in to any "dukey stick" excesses. On Kirk Whalum's Close To You, for a change, he lets his voice stretch out like his friend Al Jarreau. Another Way To Look at It and Creepin' head back towards complex, humour tinged compositional territory he covered when in The Mothers Of Invention. Ten Mile Jog allows the band, horn section and backing singers to stretch out, and lay down the groove and percussion for some space to improvize, layer on layer, leading to blistering fast solos from George on synthesiser, electric piano, Roberts on guitar, McBride bubbling on electric bass this time, building to a climax. George will be sorely missed. If you haven't got this in your George Duke collection you are really missing out. If you don't know George, buy this and then go back to those 1970s albums and start discovering.


IBRA® 1M Master Gold Digital Optical Cable - suitable for PS3, Sky, Sky HD, LCD, LED, Plasma, Blu-ray, Home Cinema Systems, AV Amps
IBRA® 1M Master Gold Digital Optical Cable - suitable for PS3, Sky, Sky HD, LCD, LED, Plasma, Blu-ray, Home Cinema Systems, AV Amps
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Price: £39.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cable, great price, 30 Mar. 2013
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This is a robust, good quality cable at a reasonable price. It gives a clean sound and no hassles. No issues on plug in connection at all. It arrived in good time too. I decided to pay 2 or 3 pounds more than the very basic cables available here, but at under £7 including delivery this is excellent value.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cable, great price, 9 Mar. 2013
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This cable is difficult to distinguish from an Apple own brand lightning connector and works just fine with a new iPod and an iPad mini. It arrived in a plain envelope and simple packaging in good time. At this price how could you go wrong?


Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World
Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World
by Don Tapscott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.58

3.0 out of 5 stars Get a handle on the net generation, but not the definitive book, 4 Jan. 2013
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Don Tapscott is a respected consultant, author and speaker on corporate strategy and the role of technology in business and society. This 2008 book still has some value, and is worth putting on the list of maybe 4 or 5 books you should read if you are trying to get your head around the way business is changing, and the fact that we have a whole generation of kids about to enter the workplace who have have been connected on Facebook, Skype, Xbox, Tumblr, Twitter, DeviantART and host of other social networking technology and tools for as long as they can remember. When they hit the workplace, they expect business systems to work the way their technology works in their bedroom at home. They don't expect to have to read manuals, they just intuitively press the next button. Tapscott provides many positive examples to counter those that think the Internet is dumbing us down. The opposite is true, but this book doesn't present as coherent an argument as it should have. It looks like it was rushed out and could have done with some better editing and structuring. As well as dipping in to this, I would take a look at Net Smart by Howard Rheingold, and Net, Blogs and Rock 'n' Roll by David Jennings. If you are coming at this from a business direction, you might also check out Monkeys with typewriters by Jemima Gibbons, The Connected Customer by David Gray or Organizations Don't Tweet, People Do by Euan Semple.


City of the Sun
City of the Sun
by David Levien
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A fine thriller, would make a great film, 4 Jan. 2013
This review is from: City of the Sun (Hardcover)
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It's every parent's nightmare - a child abducted without trace, and over a year goes by with no word or tangible lead. That's the set up to a suspense thriller that feels very atmospheric and cinematic from the start. That makes sense because Levien found success as a script writer before this novel was published. The private detective, following in the footsteps of so many great literary characters from crime fiction, is an ex-cop called Frank Behr. Tough, big, quick to act, not liked by many - he just gets on with it. I was hoping to meet him again, and I see there are two further novels following the success of this one. Frank's first outing and his alliance with the missing boy's father builds to a great and exciting last scene and a satisfying climax. I'm really surprised this hasn't been optioned and turned in to a film yet. Well worth it.


Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
by Walter Isaacson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The complex Microsoft version, when I wanted the simpler Mac style biography, 2 Jan. 2013
There is no doubt that there are a number of crucial messages to be learned from Steve Jobs amazing success in and approach to business. This authorised biography contains the most comprehensive and detailed account of the events and motivations in Steve's life. It's well worth the read, but I found myself frustrated by the style and complexity. This is the Microsoft PC version of Steve's life, when I'd have much preferred the Apple Mac version. It's too complicated and it feels like 3 books in one. It is a biography of Steve the man, a biography of Apple the company, and a history lesson on the development of technology companies in silicon valley from the 70s to the present day. Steve would have hated the complexity, and have wanted to edit and remove material to simplify the story. Steve's own commencement speech to Stanford used just 3 stories from his life, and might be the most inspirational and useful commencement speech ever. Aaron Sorkin's script for the upcoming movie of Steve's life is said to pick out events from just 3 days in his life - just the sort of simplification that Steve would have loved. There is a definite value in working your way through all of the stories and material in here. I recommend the book, and I recommend reading articles and interviews and some of the other books on Steve's presentation style or approach to simplicity. It's just a shame that Mr Isaacson wasn't given the time and help to make this a better, shorter book.


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