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Standards
Standards
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standards Exceeds Expectation, 2 July 2013
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The new Lloyd Cole album, Standards, is what many would call a return to form. Back is the sound of the Commotions and early solo work, gone, for the most part, are the folk and country songs that have been so prevalent on his last few albums.

Standards kicks off with a cover of John Hartford's "California Earthquake". Hartford is described as "an American folk, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo", so my expectations were not good. It turns out to be a fantastic song, and a great opener. I never would have believed it.

Song number 2, and potential the second single after the excellent "Period Piece", is "Women Studies" that could easily have appeared on Easy Pieces. It's lyrically sharp witted and punchy. For Commotions fans this is truly a return to form.

Other standout tracks include the aforementioned "Period Piece", which is slower paced, but still very catchy, as well as "Myrtle and Rose".

The song "No Truck" is a grower. It could sit comfortably on the Love Story album. But I'm still trying to figure out what the lyrics "She will have no truck with me" means. Curious. But pretty.

As with other Lloyd Cole albums, the closer on Standards, "Diminished Ex", is a gem; the guitars are superb on this track, and while lyrically we expect the subject of the song to be a person (an "ex"), it turns out to be short for "diminished expectations". Nice twist.

All in all, a great album. Recommended.
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WMF Tea Cup Infuser
WMF Tea Cup Infuser
Price: £12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to this tea strainer, 24 Dec. 2011
I just bought one of these tea strainers from Fortnum & Mason in London, and I am very happy with my purchase. If you've ever used any other such devices you'll know that they usually involve messing around with clasps and filling a caddy with tea. You get none of that bother with the WMF tea strainer. The strainer is easy to use, easy to clean, and I have no complaints about the size of cup with which you can use it. Recommended. Buy with confidence.


LEGO® Star Wars(TM) Han Solo(TM) Kids' Watch with minifigure 9002946
LEGO® Star Wars(TM) Han Solo(TM) Kids' Watch with minifigure 9002946

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 4 Jan. 2011
My 8 year old son got this watch for Christmas from his grandparents and it has been very popular. The watch is the perfect size and the strap is adjustable by adding or removing links. My son is very proud of his new watch and loves to tell me what time it is! Recommended!


Eclipse Rich Client Platform: Designing, Coding, and Packaging Java Applications (Eclipse (Addison-Wesley))
Eclipse Rich Client Platform: Designing, Coding, and Packaging Java Applications (Eclipse (Addison-Wesley))
by Jeff McAffer
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-stop shopping for learning Eclipse RCP, 4 Nov. 2005
Having read "Eclipse RCP" in its entirety as a manuscript reviewer, I can tell you that this is a superb book. The authors have done a splendid job of creating a technical book that serves well as both a tutorial and as a reference.
Through the development of a single example, the book covers everything you need to get started building and packaging an Eclipse RCP application. The book even includes a CD containing all the software you'll need to work through the tutorials and build your own RCP applications.
While a single book could never describe every aspect of the Eclipse Platform, this book is certainly all you need to get started with Eclipse RCP, and then once you've found your feet, there are other books in the Eclipse Series that will help expand your knowledge of the Eclipse Platform and Eclipse plug-in development.
This book has been produced extremely well: The text is well written, the pages are full of easy to follow code snippets, and there are sidebars that share best practices and handy tips, as well as plenty of good quality screen shots and diagrams.
Buy this book. Read this book. You'll be glad you did.


Eclipse Rich Client Platform: Designing, Coding, and Packaging Java Applications (Eclipse (Addison-Wesley))
Eclipse Rich Client Platform: Designing, Coding, and Packaging Java Applications (Eclipse (Addison-Wesley))
by Jeff McAffer
Edition: Paperback

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-stop shopping for learning Eclipse RCP, 1 Nov. 2005
Having read "Eclipse RCP" in its entirety as a manuscript reviewer, I can tell you that this is a superb book. The authors have done a splendid job of creating a technical book that serves well as both a tutorial and as a reference.
Through the development of a single example, the book covers everything you need to get started building and packaging an Eclipse RCP application. The book even includes a CD containing all the software you'll need to work through the tutorials and build your own RCP applications.
While a single book could never describe every aspect of the Eclipse Platform, this book is certainly all you need to get started with Eclipse RCP, and then once you've found your feet, there are other books in the Eclipse Series that will help expand your knowledge of the Eclipse Platform and Eclipse plug-in development.
This book has been produced extremely well: The text is well written, the pages are full of easy to follow code snippets, and there are sidebars that share best practices and handy tips, as well as plenty of good quality screen shots and diagrams.
Buy this book. Read this book. You'll be glad you did.


Eclipse Distilled (Eclipse (Addison-Wesley))
Eclipse Distilled (Eclipse (Addison-Wesley))
by David Carlson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Increase your proficiency with Eclipse today, 26 Feb. 2005
While there are many books available for developers wishing to build Eclipse plug-ins, there are few that provide pragmatic coverage of how best to use Eclipse for building regular Java applications.
In Eclipse Distilled, David Carlson does a superb job of introducing how to best use Eclipse 3.0. David takes the time to share many of the tips and techniques that will allow the reader to embrace an agile software development process.
One of the qualities of this book is that it is only 290 pages. The discussion is "to the point" and always relevant. Most readers should expect to be able to read this book and increase their proficiency with Eclipse in just a few weeks.
Having read the book in its entirety I highly recommend Eclipse Distilled. While it will mostly be of interest to developers new to Eclipse, there are plenty of gems here that even seasoned Eclipse developers might have missed.


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