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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD] [2013]
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Martin Freeman
Price: £10.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what Lord of the Rings should have been like, 11 July 2014
The chemistry between the characters, the acting, pace, direction, it's simply the best film of the Tolkien series. Martin Freeman is the Hobbit they should have cast for LOTR, but perfect casting nevertheless as Bilbo for this series. This film is more polished, and humour abound, perhaps the Dwarf aspect was open to more creativity in the action sequences, but fabulous fun regardless.

Wow, a cameo from one of England's best loved treasures as the head of the Lake city, simply magical.

Orlando Bloom, although wooden in LOTR, really blossoms, he absolutely nails his character. Put him and Luke Goss from Hellboy II, and you'd have an elven double act that's as hard as they come.

I haven't read the book, so waiting for the next movie is a treat. LOTR was the practice session for this polished movie, they just keep getting better.


12 Years a Slave [DVD] [2013]
12 Years a Slave [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Chiwetel Ejiofor
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars mixed reviews, superb film, a reminder of modern slavery, 16 May 2014
superbly made movie and considering the subject, moves with lightening speed through a potentially slow and arduous journey. Painful story, love some characters, hate others, and cannot decide on others.

Can you believe this is happening in the world today?


Populaire [DVD]
Populaire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Déborah François
Price: £8.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous movie, but not quite as 'Doris Day' as the style suggests, and not a 12, 7 April 2014
This review is from: Populaire [DVD] (DVD)
It starts like a Doris Day movie, but there's a short scene of sexual nature that shatters the old feel of the movie, and is rather dark thereafter.

Nevertheless, it's a well made movie and done with Mad Men flair. Very funny and touching, buy or rent, there's no other movie like it, This is a story for men just as much for women.


Muppets Most Wanted [DVD]
Muppets Most Wanted [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ricky Gervais
Price: £12.75

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want this film to be a surprise, do not read the other reviews, too many cameo spoilers, they are the appeal., 7 April 2014
This review is from: Muppets Most Wanted [DVD] (DVD)
The cameo line up is full of unexpected faces you wouldn't normally associate with musical numbers, but this film is full of them, and many actors with a career history of immensely violent movies. And here they are, in a muppet movie. It's comedy . I'm not a massive fan of the muppets, but this could be one of the best comedies I've ever watched. It's intelligent, and up there with peter sellers. I laughed from start to finish. It's old school muppets and a master class in slapstick comedy.


Belkin - Micro Car Charger adapter 2100 mAh + ChargeSync cable for iPhone/iPod/iPad (F8Z689cw)
Belkin - Micro Car Charger adapter 2100 mAh + ChargeSync cable for iPhone/iPod/iPad (F8Z689cw)
Offered by Terminal 1
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great quality, does the job, 2 April 2014
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high quality good price, I'm very pleased and reassured I won't run out of juice with this. Thick cable means it doesn't flop about the dashboard as much as altenratives. excellent.


The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix
The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix
by Kate Saunders
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Actually, it's not for me, but my wife however..., 2 April 2014
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she has rarely raved about a modern book as much as this since Harry Potter (in the children's genre at least). I think I bought it for my daughter, but the real fan is mum.


The Burning Question: We can't burn half the world's oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?
The Burning Question: We can't burn half the world's oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?
by Mike Berners-Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really bold enough to come up with inconvenient truths other than the usual fossil fuel debate, 2 April 2014
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Climate change is happening, and fossil fuels are the main cause. This is a well written and informative book, but rather insipid in parts using the usual language like "we must try harder" and "take a lead" in every aspect of fossil fuel, political and foreign policy. These are rather weak statements, but the reason for taking such inspiring action is provided.

There are 180 pages of evidence of the badness of human economic activity, but I don't need convincing. There are just a handful of pages that suggest that nuclear is not a good idea, despite the fact that France has an incredibly successful nuclear fleet. Carbon capture and storage is glossed over in 2 pages, and fails to acknowledge with any vigour that China alone has almost 900,000 megawatts of coal fired power capacity that would take trillions of dollars to replace with renewables. So why is carbon capture more or less dismissed with "governments and companies could be working much harder...", but boldly admits that green opposition to CCS is an obstacle. This is one of the few 'tell it like it is' statements that comes out in the book which I think has any meat (or quorn).

Let me repeat, 900,000 MW of coal power that has no carbon capture, despite the fact that the oil and gas industry have been capturing carbon for decades. So why is the green lobby dismissing nuclear and CCS in ALL circumstances? These techs may not be appropriate in many regions (Fukushima and any eartquake zone or politically unstable region), BUT there is a place for these techs.

Another criticism about a 'tell it like it is' book is that there is rarely an attempt to consider the 'resource' implications for renewables, ie land area. Nobody considers the finite resource of land as a limit to renewables, we assume the wind and sun is free, then there must be limitless energy. Endless energy maybe (for any square metre of land), but not without limits to capacity (ie the number of square metres available to us).

Also, carbon intensive materials such as steel should be treated as such, but wind turbines require vast amounts of steel, yet a shift to electric based methods (while the world shifts to electric vehicles) doesn't address where the electricity will come from. I think where steel is manufactured inefficiently and doesn't use enough recycled metals is poor practiced and should be stopped, but these things have to be measured and targeted before banning mining of iron ore and steel making using coal.

A great deal of truth in the complexity of the task is discussed in other books (eg Sustainability without the hot air), which is often omitted from books like the Burning Question, but let's be clear, the point of this book is anti-fossil fuels (hence the quotes which cover the book from upstanding members of the green community).

In summary, there are more open ended debates than firm (technological) action points beyond action such as "a massive increase in efforts...", the last point that leaves me wondering what effort? what's massive? There's little sense of scale for the road ahead, but there's plenty of scale regarding the damage that has been done, so if you still need converting, this is an ok book. If you're already converted (like me), it's a good book to reinforce your views, but has almost no concrete (sorry about the C-intensive phrase) solution to replacing fossil fuels today.

One thing is for sure, Britain and its industrial revolution puts us as one of the worst CO2 offenders in history, although today the average UK citizen emits 8.5 tonnes of CO2 per year. That's far too much, but less than solar rich Germany, less than hydro rich Norway, about the same as wind rich Denmark. And even less than the average Greenlander. So if you're asking 'what can I do', you can do a lot lot more, but don't beat yourself up about it.


JVC HAKD5P Tiny Phones Kids Stereo Headphones - Pink
JVC HAKD5P Tiny Phones Kids Stereo Headphones - Pink
Price: £14.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound quality, I use these myself (not out in public), 25 Mar 2014
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These headphones have all the features that kids phones should have in a comfortable and impressively sounding package. OK, a tad quiet, but sound is balanced and crystal clear. Top marks, I use these all the time when my daughter isn't using them.


kenable PRO METAL WHITE 3.5mm Stereo Jack Headphone Extension Cable 3m
kenable PRO METAL WHITE 3.5mm Stereo Jack Headphone Extension Cable 3m
Offered by kenable_ltd
Price: £2.44

5.0 out of 5 stars great quality great price, 25 Mar 2014
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it works well, feels like a premium product, I love it. If Apple made extension leads, it should be made like this. The price is even better, worth every penny.


Bosch Chainsaw Oil - Biodegradable (1 litre)
Bosch Chainsaw Oil - Biodegradable (1 litre)
Offered by Small Engine Services
Price: £11.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's oil and goes in a chainsaw, what more can I say., 25 Mar 2014
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It's a good value oil, but the aperture could do with a finer nozzle so I don't spill oil on my driveway and chainsaw while pouring. I'm sure that's not good for the environment. Despite that niggle, it's superb value, I'll definitely buy again at this price (£7-8 at time of purchase).


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