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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty Suites/Romeo and Juliet
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty Suites/Romeo and Juliet
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Spacious and detailed sound, 27 July 2015
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This generously-filled double album is a worthy contender in a crowded field of these perennially-popular ballets. Conducting and playing are both excellent, and the recording quality is of the high standard I expect from DG.

These could not unreasonably be your only recordings of Tchaikovsky's masterpieces. Or if you have one or more existing versions, they would make a useful addition. Either way, the current price is a real bargain. Buy while the physical CD is still available.


Matias Mini Tactile Pro for Mac, USA
Matias Mini Tactile Pro for Mac, USA

4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy keyboard option for Mac users, 27 July 2015
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This might be an excellent choice if you want a keyboard that offers better tactile feedback than the current Apple offerings. The keys are clicky, but not too noisy (although certainly not silent, either). As well as a nice action, you get all the "proper" Apple keys such as Command and Option - no need to remap Windows keys and have to remember what key does what. Another significant point is the lack of a numeric keypad, which makes the keyboard much narrower and so enables you to position the mouse closer. The arrow keys are placed at the bottom right of the keyboard, with Page Up and Page Down at the extreme right. Home and End are catered for by pressing Fn (just above the right arrow key) with Page Up or Page Down, respectively.

Build quality is good, with no discernible give if you gently try to flex the keyboard. The key caps have a pleasant, slightly textured feel. I am not quite so keen on the glossy white finish of the rest of the keyboard, but that is just my personal preference. There are two USB ports, one at either end of the keyboard. These are standard connections and quite handily placed.

On the downside, there are no rubber feet to stop the keyboard sliding around a bit as you type. I am going to see what I can add to prevent this. Also, the end of the USB cable that goes into the keyboard has a flimsy-seeming, non-standard connector that looks prone to breaking easily. You do get two cables, so perhaps they expect breakage! More likely, one is intended for use when travelling.

Overall, this is a very nice keyboard to use, and good value for money.
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Mckenna, Modern Galosh/Overshoe Yellow
Mckenna, Modern Galosh/Overshoe Yellow
Offered by Eskimo Agency
Price: £34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Practical overshoes for the garden, 11 July 2015
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These overshoes are practical rather than elegant, and as such are ideal for use around the garden. Their flexible and floppy structure makes them easy to slip on and off. Getting them on is also helped by the provision of a finger loop at the heel.

The key point when ordering is the size. If you want them to slip on and off over a variety of shoes, you may need to order a larger size than expected. Of course, the risk is that if they are too large, they might slip off while you are walking. So think carefully what shoes you may want to wear them with, and take note of the internal sizes as listed.


Spies In The Sky: The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence during World War II
Spies In The Sky: The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence during World War II
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story, 11 July 2015
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I suppose most students of WWII would acknowledge that aerial reconnaissance played an important part in the conflict. Just how important can be learned from this very readable account of the origins and development of what was partly a science and partly an art. Focusing (so to speak!) on the contribution of the RAF, the story starts in WWI, progresses through the inter-war years (where many lessons were forgotten) and then gets into its stride for WWII.

Progress was not always smooth, especially in the early stages, but once the requirements has been established photo reconnaissance became a well-oiled machine. There was still plenty of room for eccentric characters, some of whose exploits seem astonishing. Sadly, many were lost sooner or later.

Geographically, the focus (that word again) is on Europe, but the Mediterranean and Middle East get reasonable mentions, with the Far East being covered very briefly.

One point of interest in today's more egalitarian world is the prominent role played by women from the early stages of photo reconaissance.

The only small drawback is that the story ends rather abruptly at the end of WWII, with only a quick comment on the post-war years. A look at what transpired as the Cold War got under way would have been interesting - but that is probably another book.


Panasonic Lumix GF1 12.1MP Digital System Camera 14-45mm Lens Kit - Silver
Panasonic Lumix GF1 12.1MP Digital System Camera 14-45mm Lens Kit - Silver

5.0 out of 5 stars All you need?, 11 July 2015
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This well-constructed and easy to use little gem of a camera was ahead of its time, and in my opinion still holds its own today. Although far from the highest available, the 12.1 MP specification represents a good balance between quality and file size. Both JPEG and raw output are very good indeed, with natural colours and overall results that are very pleasing to the eye.

The lens deserves a special mention. Many kit lenses are not much more than adequate (if that). This 14-45mm is different. It offers a very useful range of focal lengths (28-90mm in 35mm terms), but more importantly does so with consistently high quality across the image.

Highly recommended, if you can find one.


COVY'S Urban Life "black" PREMIUM SET (overshoes, cover shoes, galosh) (9.5-11.0 UK / Size L (44-46 EU; US 10.5-12.0))
COVY'S Urban Life "black" PREMIUM SET (overshoes, cover shoes, galosh) (9.5-11.0 UK / Size L (44-46 EU; US 10.5-12.0))
Offered by COVY'S | Cosmopolitan Lifestyle Company
Price: £39.90

3.0 out of 5 stars Suitable for formal shoes, 11 July 2015
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These overshoes are very well made and supplied in a neat carrying bag. They are, however, only suitable for use with the formal, office-type shoes you'd wear with a suit. This, plus their fairly high price and need to fit them to your shoes before putting the latter on, greatly reduces their usefulness (for me, anyway).

If the above limitations are not relevant to you, they would very likely be a good solution.


Speck SmartShell Hard Shell Clip-On Case Cover for iPad Mini 1/2/3 with Retina Display - Black
Speck SmartShell Hard Shell Clip-On Case Cover for iPad Mini 1/2/3 with Retina Display - Black
Price: £24.97

5.0 out of 5 stars An essential accessory, 11 July 2015
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lf you have an iPad mini, you should seriously consider this unobtrusive, well made and easily fitted accessory. Not only will it protect the device from knocks, but works in conjunction with the Apple Smart Case, holding the latter open flat by means of a magnet (visible to the left of the Apple logo in the photo).

The only downside is the price. This case is not cheap - but then neither was your iPad, was it?


Gerald Finzi: Violin And Cello
Gerald Finzi: Violin And Cello
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Finzi album, 14 Jun. 2015
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The last few years have seen more recognition for the talents of the short-lived Gerald Finzi, who is now accepted as a leading English composer. This album is a pleasing combination of his reasonably well-known cello concerto and less well-known violin concerto. Both are fine works, and are given excellent renditions by Raphael Wallfisch and Tasmin Little respectively (curiously, the violin work is top-billed, despite appearing after the cello concerto on the CD).

This album has the typically rich and sonorous Chandos sound, and is rounded out by a couple of pleasant fillers, namely the Op. 25 Prelude and Op. 11 Romance, both for string orchestra.

Particularly recommended both for those who have heard some Finzi (such as the famous Eclogue for piano and strings) and want to hear more from the composer.


Szell Conducts Haydn Symphonies - Sony Classical Masters
Szell Conducts Haydn Symphonies - Sony Classical Masters
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling traditional Haydn, 14 Jun. 2015
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The name of George Szell is not so widely known today, which is regrettable as he and the Cleveland Orchestra made numerous fine recordings during his lengthy tenure as music director from 1946 to 1970, during which he fashioned the orchestra into one of the world's finest ensembles.

A benefit of this for music buyers is that many of these performances are now available at super-bargain prices of around ten pounds, such as this compact boxed set from Sony. The collection of Haydn symphonies offered here benefits from a combination of superb conducting and playing, which respects the composer's sparkling wit and sense of fun while still treating these works with the seriousness that such truly great music deserves.

This collection would be ideal both for those new to Haydn, and those who have other recordings (perhaps more recent ones). Buy with confidence.


Sennheiser RS 170 Closed Digital Wireless Over-Ear Headphone
Sennheiser RS 170 Closed Digital Wireless Over-Ear Headphone
Price: £148.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 14 Jun. 2015
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These premium headphones score by a combination of three things:
1. Superb sound. I use them to listen to a wide range of music, and everything sounds authentic and natural, with no sense of fatigue.
2. Wireless convenience. No cords to get tangled, and a very good range - with the base connected to a Mac in a downstairs room, I can also listen in upstairs rooms and even out in the garden. The range limitations of Bluetooth are not felt with the wireless technology used here.
3. Great comfort. I can wear these headphones for hours without any discomfort. The generously-sized and well-padded cushions help here.
At the current price, I would say these are unbeatable. In fact, I have bought a second pair for use with the TV.


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