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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6- Pastorale / Schubert: Symphony No. 5 (DG The Originals)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6- Pastorale / Schubert: Symphony No. 5 (DG The Originals)
Price: £6.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Two classic performances, 17 May 2015
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For those who love Beethoven's and Schubert's symphonies, these classic accounts of one by each composer are not to be missed. Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the "Pastoral", is one of my favourite works by this composer, and the performance here is worth the price of the CD on its own.

The conducting, playing, and recording are all first class.

If you have one or more versions of either of these works already, this inexpensive album should join them. And if you are just starting your collection, this would make an excellent introduction to two of the most famous symphonies.


Mozart: Symphonies No. 35 In D Major K385; No. 39 In E-Flat Major K.543 & No. 40 In G Minor K550
Mozart: Symphonies No. 35 In D Major K385; No. 39 In E-Flat Major K.543 & No. 40 In G Minor K550
Price: £5.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic perrformances, 17 May 2015
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For those who love Mozart's symphonies, these classic accounts by George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra are not to be missed. Although the assembled forces are arguably large by today's standards, there is no lack of the joie de vivre and sheer fun that is essential to Mozart. Symphony No. 35, the "Haffner", is one of my favourite Mozart works, and the performance here is worth the price of the CD on its own.

If you have one (or several!) versions of any of these works already, this very inexpensive album should join them And if you have none, this is a very good introduction to the wonderful world of some of W.A. Mozart's most famous symphonies.


We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race
We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race
by Michael Cassutt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the space race by a less well known insider, 12 May 2015
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When thinking of famous astronauts, Tom Stafford is perhaps not the first name that springs to mind. However, he was in the front line of the space race and played a signficant role in both the Gemini and Apollo programmes, culminating in his being one of the American crew who rendezvoused in orbit with their Soviet counterparts in 1975. As such, he has a fascinating story to tell of the huge efforts made by both the USA and Soviet Union to outdo each other in what was seen by many as another front in the Cold War.

If you are an avid reader of astronaut biographies and autobiographies, don't miss this one.


Canon Power Shot G15 Camera - Black (28mm Wide Lens,12MP) 3.0 inch LCD FHD
Canon Power Shot G15 Camera - Black (28mm Wide Lens,12MP) 3.0 inch LCD FHD

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality photos - and construction, 12 May 2015
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The Canon 'G' series has been evolving for many years, and progressively improving. So as you might expect, the G15 takes excellent photos and is easy to use. Other reviews have gone into depth about this, so I will simply say that it is a safe bet picture-wise. All the controls (including ones such as exposure compensation) fall easily to hand: if you are used to Canon cameras, you will be using this one in no time.

What is not so obvious is the sheer quality of construction. The G15 feels beautifully made and satisfyingly solid in the hand, but is not too weighty and so is ideal for travelling. I also bought the matching luxurious (and expensive) leather case: Canon SC-DC85 Soft Case for Powershot G15.

Any downsides? Well, the LCD screen does not articulate. Personally, I do not miss this, but if you value the feature, the camera may not be for you.


Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 : The USA's Ill-fated Supersonic Heavy Bomber
Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 : The USA's Ill-fated Supersonic Heavy Bomber
Price: £4.31

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book for aviation enthusiasts, 12 May 2015
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The astonishing aeroplane that is the subject of this book is probably not as well known as it should be. Reasons for this may be that the plane was ultimately branded a failure (with only two being built), and its working life (such as it was) coincided with the heady days when the space programme was dominating the flight headlines.

Aviation enthusiasts should not hesitate to obtain a copy, and learn about a flying machine that still looks utterly futuristic. As well as an in-depth look at the XB-70 itself, the author provides a tour of the aerospace industry of the time, with all the associated rivalries and politics.

If you have anything more than a passing interest in planes, buy this book.


Wellington's Guns: The Untold Story of Wellington and his Artillery in the Peninsula and at Waterloo (General Military)
Wellington's Guns: The Untold Story of Wellington and his Artillery in the Peninsula and at Waterloo (General Military)
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and interesting insight, 3 May 2015
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The Napoleonic Wars are well-documented, so why another book on them? This book takes a look at the battles, especially in the Peninsula, from a different perspective: namely, how artillery formed a vital part of Wellington's army. The author's contention is that Wellington was insufficiently appreciative of the gunners' contribution. In setting out his evidence, he provides vivid descriptions of not just the battles but the preparation for them - in an age of poor (or no) roads, and horses as a source of motive power, how do you get heavy guns and ammunition into the right place, and what do you do to defend them if they come under attack?

Perhaps a little specialised for the general reader, this will be a rewarding read for those who are already reasonably familiar with a pivotal period in history.


StarTech 6 inch DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Video Cable Adapter - M/F
StarTech 6 inch DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Video Cable Adapter - M/F
Price: £5.32

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality and reasonably priced, 3 May 2015
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This will come in useful if you have DisplayPort and MiniDisplayPort equipment that needs to co-exist. For example, a DisplayPort monitor you wish to use with a Mac that only has MiniDisplayPort.

The adapter is well-constructed and the small but useful length of cable helps the cable to turn corners where needed.


Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter for iPad Mini/iPad4 with Retina Display
Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter for iPad Mini/iPad4 with Retina Display
Price: £23.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, 3 May 2015
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Yes, this seems expensive, but the way I look at it is like this: you have spent a tidy sum on your iPad, and perhaps also on your camera, so why skimp by looking for a third-party item to connect the two? This is a high-quality item that works well, and is a fast way to get those precious photos on to your iPad for both ease of viewing and security.

Highly recommended.


Eagle Creek Pack-It On Board toilet bag blue 2015
Eagle Creek Pack-It On Board toilet bag blue 2015
Offered by ALL OUTDOOR LTD
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and smart, 3 May 2015
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This toliet bag manages to look smart while (more importantly) being very practical. Not only does it have a good capacity, but the design is sensible, with several different compartments and the capability to store larger items upright.

The quality is high, and this bag should last for years.

Highly recommended.


Kanex SnapX 2x Switcher for Mac, Two Port Switcher Control Two Macs with One Keyboard & Mouse
Kanex SnapX 2x Switcher for Mac, Two Port Switcher Control Two Macs with One Keyboard & Mouse
Offered by Ballicom International
Price: £38.81

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5.0 out of 5 stars Also works with non-Apple displays, 3 May 2015
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This is a very handy way of obtaining KVM functionality at a modest price. You simply need a monitor that has three spare USB ports. Plug the Switcher into one, and your keyboard and mouse into the others. After you have also connected the Switcher to the two computers using the cables provided, you can simply press the button on the Switcher to use the monitor, keyboard and mouse with the other computer.

Also, you don't have to use an Apple monitor. I am using this Switcher with two Macs and a Dell U2711. The only extra item needed was a DisplayPort to MiniDisplayPort adapter cable (as the U2711 only has DisplayPort and not MiniDisplayPort). These can be obtained for a few pounds.

The build quality and look of the Switcher are more than adequate. The cables that go to the computers are fairly flexible, and the large embossed switching button gives a precise click on being pressed. A pair of white LEDs, one to the left of the button and one to the right, show you which computer is active.

The photos show the Switcher positioned just in front of the monitor, within easy reach for clicking.
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