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Panasonic Lumix ZX3 Digital Camera - Silver (14.1MP, 8x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
Panasonic Lumix ZX3 Digital Camera - Silver (14.1MP, 8x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

5.0 out of 5 stars small but mighty, 29 Sept. 2011
Great camera - does exactly what it says on the box.
Was going to buy a video camera too, but this little beauty does good quality HD video so no need! Its so small and light you'll forget you're carrying it!
Upto 29 minutes 59 seconds continous video too - enough for me, much more in seperate shoots. It's very convenient too that you can intersperse excellent quality still pics (14 mil. pixel) with snippets of video and upload the whole lot together onto your pc. The enclosed software sorts the video and stills out nicely so you can playback both.
With an additional mini HDMI cable (from amazon) you can plug it into your big tv and watch stills and video before uploading to your pc (I use a 2TR external hard drive (also from amazon!) for safe storage of my video and stills. Get an 8 gig memory card - I recommend a Panasonic one, dearer but designed for the camera, and you'll have more than enough space for any shoot anywhere.
Bargain at the price.

Ghosts: An Investigation into a True Canadian Haunting
Ghosts: An Investigation into a True Canadian Haunting
by Richard Palmisano
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good if true, 5 Sept. 2011
I can't make my mind up about this book. It's very well written and very entertaining, but does it stand up as a true paranormal investigation? Or is the author filling in the dots too much at what sounds like a genuine enough haunting?
Lets put this into some perspective;

1. Most paranormal investigators can spend a lifetime without finding a single haunting of this nature, Richard Palmisano appears to have investigated several, at least this is his third book. Now this seems extremely unlikely to me.
2.Apart from one very good picture there is no photographic evidence at all, despite numerous mentions in the text about shadows (some even outlined in black), balls of light etc. being captured on video - surely stills could have been captured from these to support the claims?
3.Go to the Searcher Group website and there is nothing supportive there either, beyond some of the stills of "footprints", "handprints" etc. that are already in the book.
4.The video of the farmhouse posted on Youtube doesn't seem to marry-up with the claims in the book. The investigators don't look particularly concerned going about their tasks - yet the book paints a very differant picture of that place.
5. But most of all where are all the EVP's which are the basis of this haunting? I can't find anything at the Searcher Group Website? Surely they could make some of these available? The EVP's are extremely central to the evidence especially with regards to the names of the ghosts alleged to haunt the sites that are frequently mentioned, as is some of the video footage showing movement, shadows, balls of light, camera shake, lights going on-off and being dimmed etc. Where is it and why is it not available for interested parties to witness?
It's almost too good to be true.

Hopefully we will see more evidence of this remarkable haunting, or triple haunting as it really was according to Richard Palmisano (Fusion, Coach-house and Farm) presented for serious researchers on the Searcher Group Canada website or even on Youtube.
If you enjoy a good ghost story then get this book. If you enjoy the account of a true paranormal investigation but unfortunately without much backing evidence, then get this book. If you're not sure then await the supporting evidence before spending your money, if it doesn't appear on the web then perhaps there is a problem.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PC DVD)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 (PC DVD)

5.0 out of 5 stars The beautiful game, 5 Aug. 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I am very impressed with this product. The whole game feels like a labour of love by its producers. Okay so it was slightly held back by licensing compared to FIFA but in my opinion the base game is a much more realistic experience, and the graphics are better - especially the pitch compared to that horrible fluro green grass from fifa 2010 pc!
Anyways plenty of downloads are available across the web if your fav team isn't represented. Last night I played an exhibition match (vs. ai) England v Nigeria which ended 1-1. The whole thing played out beautifully and very realistically too. The pitch was waterlogged and you could see the splashes coming up from the turf when the ball landed or a player ran fast or slid on it. The animations are first class and yes Rooney threw a wobbly when he got yellow carded (my fault of course!). The sounds are great too - like the ball hitting the hoardings behind the goal or hitting the woodwork. The commentary worked for me and did seem directly relevant to events in my game.
During that match goal chances were limited, so it certainly didn't turn into the easy goal fest I half feared and expected; Walcott broke through on a dribbling run but shot over, Rooney shot low and hard from the edge of the box but the keeper parried to his left - the ball skidding out of his grasp but he recovered well and beat Walcott to the ball. That was about it for England! Nigeria came close a couple of times too, their goal came from a defensive muddle in the England defence (realistic!) James saving the first shot but helpless with the follow-up.
Best of all were the replays from every conceivable camera angle just like on Tv. The players are amazing likenesses of themselves too. All in all highly recomended to anyone with the remotest interest in the beautiful game.

Bagration to Berlin: The Final Air Battles in the East 1944-1945
Bagration to Berlin: The Final Air Battles in the East 1944-1945
by Christer Bergstrom
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth adding to your collection, 12 April 2010
First of all I would say that this volume is well worth adding to any WW11 air combat collection - especially if you've got the previous 3 volumes, as this 4th and final book takes you to war's end. Its not quite as complete as the previous 3 volumes as the above reviewer says; lacking detailed maps of airfields and a conclusion. But this does not detract too much. Once again there are some excellent photos; most of which I've not seen before.

Once the book get's going past the reminder of what happened in previous volumes it becomes interesting. Bergstrom outlines ground operations and the air battles that followed Kursk closely, and he has gone into loss records too which gives you a clearer view of the results of particular combats (and the chronic Soviet overclaiming).

Excellent new Soviet fighters enter the arena, but the Luftwaffe can still achieve local air supremacy, but pretty soon it's obvious that the writing is very much on the wall, and only a delusional Hitler seems to believe the war can still be won!

The final battles around Berlin are very exciting and see some bizarre aircraft combinations taking to the air - including the Mistel; a German "piggyback" secret weapon aimed at the Oder bridges. Add to this the superb La-7 and Yak 3's, which the Luftwaffe counters with Fw-190D9's and even some of the new Ta-152's. But now the Russians have quality as well as quantity and the Luftwaffe is very much Goering's broken toy.

However I do wish that the author would stick to his excellent knowledge and narrative of the air war on the eastern front without straying into aircraft comparisons; for example stating that the failure of the Bf-110 series as a day fighter was a myth is just not true - the only time the poor old 110 had any success as a day fighter was over Poland in 1939 and Russia during the summer of 1941. If it had to face a normal fighter defence then it was hopelessly outclassed. During the Battle of Britain the Bf-110 itself had to be escorted by Bf-109's ! The same was true over the Mediterranean, Aegean, Africa and even over Russia when it faced even early Soviet fighters such as the LaGG-3. As a night fighter it was superb.

More like a genuine myth was Bergstroms statement that "the P-39 airacobra was inferior to all Russian fighters after the Yak 1". At low level the US fighter was quite a handful as evidenced by the significant number of Russian aces that succesfully flew the type - many of which became aces, including the 2nd top-scoring VVS ace. The air war in the east was usually at lower altitudes, so suited the P-39 very well. The type was fast, sturdy and well armed.

Try reading "Red Star Airacobra" by Evgeniy Mariinsky also available here from Amazon. This fighter, like most sent from the West to aid the Soviets, was well equipped and reliable - the same could not be said of some VVS home-produced aircraft, which tended to vary in quality depending from which factory they had been produced. Soviet doctrine did not encourage praise of foreign aircraft types for political reasons.

I would also add that the main reason that the il-2 was so successful was that Russia could simply build so many of them and also benefitted from an endless supply of aircrew to fly them. A 2-seat ground attack/close air support aircraft was not ideal in 1943-45 and none were used in the battlefield in the west. The RAF's Typhoon and Tempest, along with the USAAF's P-47 Thunderbolt could do everything that the Shturmovik could do and more (Typhoon and Tempest 4x20mm cannon and 2,000 lb of bombs or rockets), and also revert to a capable fighter if the need arose. I think we have to keep some of these things in mind when we praise the genuinley capable Russian VVS in WW11 and try and keep comparisons with other air forces a bit more realistic.

Ghost Caught on Film 2: 2
Ghost Caught on Film 2: 2
by Jim Eaton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining - but for the right reasons?, 30 Sept. 2009
Having had a proper chance to sit down and really study this book I've updated this review; I would say that a large proportion of these images are not of the paranormal kind. Unfortunately they're not necessarily just errors either which wouldn't be so bad, but instead photos that have been manipulated by people keen on hoaxing and skilled with photography/photo-editing programmes/computers. To be fair the author doesn't claim them to necessarily be ghosts, but leaves the decision to you the reader. However the book is kind of hinting at the content being genuine isn't it?
A handful are good and could be the proof we seek, some could just be genuine but are a bit iffy, but I'm afraid many are downright silly. The image showing the gaggle of shrouded ghosts peering in through the open car window at the new baby on the back seat just made me howl with laughter - oh of course the car was parked conveniently in a graveyard, well beats feeding the ducks I guess........
Something else which sticks out alarmingly too is the sheer number of alleged ghosts that manage to appear just at the time some guy or gal has bought a brand new camera and is just trying it out for the first time!! Really? Sure that wasn't a brand new photo-editing program? Then there's all the kids dolls and small shop dummies pictured going walkabout in various graveyards.....Did anyone even check to see if all these places are even haunted?
There also seems to be an alarming number of "glowing white entities" like the one on the cover too. A rare type of ghost photograph until seeing this book?
The cover pic was apparently captured by some US ghost-hunter "who saw it coming up the stairs and waited till it got near him before taking its picture". Cripes you mean he waited? Like you'd risk losing that once-in-a-lifetime-moment by waiting for it to reach your position so you could catch its gleaming teeth......
So I'm now giving it 3 stars for pure entertainment!!!
If you want serious paranormal go for the previous 2 titles. If you want to see mostly fake, but still be entertained, then buy this too.

Will Storr Vs. The Supernatural: One man's search for the truth about ghosts
Will Storr Vs. The Supernatural: One man's search for the truth about ghosts
by Will Storr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.09

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a writer who doesn't sit on the fence!, 24 Sept. 2009
An outstanding book from a writer that initially sets out to dispel ghosts as a myth but who ended up realising (as most of us do who seriously research the subject) that in fact there is overwhelming evidence that says they DO exist. OVERWHELMING evidence.

One in the eye for the trendy sceptics!

Unlike some current authors who um and ah endlessly Will comes right out fighting once he realises that this thing is for real. No boring sitting on the fence here. Get it!
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Wings Over Europe (PC CD)
Wings Over Europe (PC CD)

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product - excellent price!, 21 Aug. 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
well worth investing in - like another reviewer said, because its a little older than current titles (obviously) you don't have to worry about how it runs on your machine and you can turn all the detail sliders up to max, for that you'll get a great combat jet experience. This title in the US is known as "the cold war gets hot" and boy it does in this game.

* IMPORTANT install the game, then go to the thirdwire website and download and install the october 08 patch, then visit the column5 site and download ALL 4 of their free NATO fighters add-ons, put them ALL on BEFORE running the game and you are left with a WOE experience which is even better - for nowt (just this game of course).

You'll get stacks and stacks new planes including some great British jets like the Jaguar and Tornado, plus loads of scenery additions, weapons, airbases, vehicles etc.Better still they will all be configured automatically for you by column5's automatci installer for each - just check that the filepath is right for each one.

21st Century Ghosts
21st Century Ghosts
by Jason Karl
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly atmospheric book, 19 Aug. 2009
This review is from: 21st Century Ghosts (Hardcover)
I largely agree with the other reviews. This is a large, coffee-table type book and its crammed full with atmosphere. Jason Karl has pulled together many first-hand accounts from ghost-hunters/paranormal investigators and even owners of haunted houses. Some of them are entirely unknown locations whilst others are more well known places that are part of the supernatural circuit, but with up to the date investigations. Nothing is included prior to the year 2000; so these hauntings are current.

Colour illustrations abound; creepy, moody shots that really set the scene. There are also some paranormal photographs - some very convincing evidence. The book is crammed with evidence for what many of us already know - ghosts are truly out there.

You've only got to pick up the book for a short while and it'll definitely get you in the mood for going out ghost-hunting!

Ghosts Caught on Film: Photographs of the Paranormal?
Ghosts Caught on Film: Photographs of the Paranormal?
by Melvyn Willin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit let down by this one, 24 July 2009
I liked the first volume but this 2nd edition had too many whacky pics for me. This series should stick to paranormal images in the currently understood meaning of the description, and not include substantial numbers of images of daft clouds that look like elephants, cherubs supposedly hiding in a bunch of flowers, or waterfalls/reflective glass windows that supposedly resemble madonna to mention just a few.
The inclusion of pics like these just lowers the impact of the serious images that simply take your breath away - like the amazing Hampton Court CCTV pic.
I've seen most of the good pics (not all) before on the web, but I guess they are nice to have in a book anyway.
My other problem is I wish this author would get off the fence and just be truthful about what he believed are genuine paranormal pics, which are likely to be environmemtal and which could be faked.
A lot of people will buy this book because they hope that some of the photos they already know might be explaimed by somebody who is supposedly an expert in the field of paranormal images. Instead they will be just as confused after reading this because the author invariably leaves the decision each time to the reader - talk about a cop-out!!
Mind you most of these "experts", especially certain sites on the web, are usually self-proclaimed prima-dona's on a powerkick who enjoy telling would be contributors that "his or her photo is or isn't paranormal", well guys sorry to say this but judging by your contributions to this volume perhaps your judgement and so called expertise could be very debatable?

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