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Hawaii Five-O: Eighth Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hawaii Five-O: Eighth Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £10.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Still essential classic TV, 29 Aug. 2015
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This classic series has been remastered, and looks better than ever, with straightforward, well-made stories that provide first-class entertainment while making intelligent points. The acting is generally very good, with the main characters being believable and likeable. There are also some notable guest stars.

Season 8 (of 12) does see a certain degree of routineness setting in - not too surprising, perhaps, after so long. And as well as changes to the main cast, the behind-the-scenes staff had also seen some radical changes around this time. However, while this season does not quite match the overall quality of the first six seasons, it is still essential classic viewing.

Anyway, if you have fond memories of this series, this is your chance to relive it. If you have never seen it, you may find it a refreshing change from the labyrinthine plots and angst-ridden characters that seem to be a requirement of some modern series (although ideally you'd start with Season 1). Finally, you get one of the best opening sequences (and themes) in TV history, plus great Hawaiian locations.


Hawaii Five-O Season 7 [DVD]
Hawaii Five-O Season 7 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Lord
Price: £12.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic TV, 29 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: Hawaii Five-O Season 7 [DVD] (DVD)
This classic series has been remastered, and looks better than ever. You will not find complex tales that span multiple episodes (at least in this season). What you will find is straightforward, well-made stories that provide first-class entertainment while making intelligent points. The acting is generally very good, with the main characters being believable and likeable. There are also some notable guest stars.

Being Season 7 of 12, this is the start of the second half of the whole series, and perhaps fittingly sees some changes in the regular cast - a trend that was to continue later in the series, after a fairly stable cast list for Seasons 1-6. This brings fresh faces, yet at the same time changes the familair dynamic. However, expecting exactly the same cast to remain in place indefinitely would perhaps not be realistic.

Anyway, if you have fond memories of this series, this is your chance to relive it. If you have never seen it, you may find it a refreshing change from the labyrinthine plots and angst-ridden characters that seem to be a requirement of some modern series (although ideally you'd start with Season 1). Finally, you get one of the best opening sequences (and themes) in TV history, plus great Hawaiian locations.


Russell Hobbs 20570 Steam Mop, 1500 W - White
Russell Hobbs 20570 Steam Mop, 1500 W - White
Price: £59.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent steam mop, 29 Aug. 2015
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Steam cleaning is becoming more and more popular, and there are many such cleaners on the market, so how well does this one work?

The unit needs assembling, which is not too difficult, and one of the supplied microfibre clothes fitting. Charge the battery, fill the reservoir with water, switch on and you are ready to go. One of the most useful features is the triangular head, which will get into corners easily. Results are very good on lino - I am not as convinced about the usefulness of the carpet cleaning attachment, though.

The biggest drawback of this and similar cleaners is the need to wash the microfibre cloth after each use, but the only alternative is disposable floor wipes, which can be tedious and time-consuming to employ.

As steam cleaners go, this one does the job adequately and is probably worth acquiring - especially if you can do so in a sale as I managed to.


Karcher WV50 cordless window vac and Small Head head attachment
Karcher WV50 cordless window vac and Small Head head attachment
Price: £67.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great solution for glass, 29 Aug. 2015
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Cleaning windows and other glass surfaces is a tedious task, made all the more onerous by the difficulty of avoiding streaks on the cleaned area. This handy gadget not only does the cleaning well, but sucks up the liquid used and so leaves a dry and (mostly) streak-free surface.

There is no charge indicator for the battery, so to avoid an abrupt cessation of cleaning you should ensure the cleaner is charged to full capacity before use. And you do have to empty the used water reservoir frequently.

Overall, this cleaner won't ultimately do more than could be done using old-fashioned methods, but will save a lot of time.


StarTech.com 2 Port Professional USB DisplayPort KVM Switch with Audio
StarTech.com 2 Port Professional USB DisplayPort KVM Switch with Audio
Price: £144.93

3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable KVM, 29 Aug. 2015
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I purchased this KVM to be able to share the same monitor, keyboard and mouse between two Macs, as it seemed to offer better display capabilities than the KVM I was using. The unit is solidly constructed from steel, so could almost be labelled as industrial-grade. A warning, though: there are no rubber feet on the enclosure, so avoid placing it on something prone to being scratched.

A major drawback for some will be that it includes no cables. So if you don't already have suitable items, you'll need to budget for them.

Although the unit did work reasonably well, there was little or no improvement over the KVM it was intended to replace, so I returned it.


Matt Helm - The Interlopers
Matt Helm - The Interlopers
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Helm in the Pacific North-West, 29 Aug. 2015
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Another assignment for Matt Helm, whose job is not to spy on others but to terminate enemy agents. This makes the series fairly hard-boiled, as he does not just kill when he has to - doing so is his job, which he performs very well. His dry sense of humour does lighten the mood, though (they are all told in the first person).

This one sees our hero in the far north-west of the USA, where (as is typical in these books) more Communist skullduggery is afoot. The story is more complex than the usual Helm adventure, with a mysterious third group involved as well as Helm's own shadowy organisation and their Soviet foes. The pace is reasonable, but drags a bit from time to time, and I can't say this is one of my favourite Helm stories, hence the deduction of the fifth star. Still very readable, though.


Matt Helm - The Wrecking Crew
Matt Helm - The Wrecking Crew
Price: £2.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Another hard-hitting Helm adventure, 29 Aug. 2015
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This early entry in the Matt Helm series sees our hero in Sweden, out to terminate a Soviet agent there. As usual, he goes about his work with ruthless determination.

The story moves at a fast pace, but not too fast, which is perhaps just as well because there are plenty of twists and turns to keep up with. The Swedish surroundings are brought vividly to life, especially at the tense conclusion.

Recommended for those who want a change from 007, or have simply read all the Bond books and seek something in the same vein.


Prologue: Skaro / Doctor Who Theme (From "Doctor Who: The Tv Movie")
Prologue: Skaro / Doctor Who Theme (From "Doctor Who: The Tv Movie")
Price: £0.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Orchestral version of the famous theme, 22 Aug. 2015
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Ron Grainer's iconic theme was given an orchestral sound for its role in the opening titles of the sadly underappreciated 1996 TV movie, the first time there had ever been a Doctor Who production that did not lack anything in production values.

Short but impressive, this big-sounding version is an excellent addition to the musical support for the famous and long-lived TV series.


Fighter Command 1936-1968: An Operational & Historical Record: An Operational and Historical Record
Fighter Command 1936-1968: An Operational & Historical Record: An Operational and Historical Record
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual look at the air war, 22 Aug. 2015
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There are many worthy books about the the heroic fighter pilots and iconic aircraft that helped win World War II. Far fewer popular accounts exist of the strategic canvas that had to exist for these individual achievements to be possible. For example, why were the fighters organised and deployed as they were? What pre-war steps were needed to ensure the RAF would be ready for battle in 1939? And what did the Germans think of the opposing air force? Questions such as these are addressed in this readable look at Fighter Command's 32-year history. There is also a look at the post-war years, which saw new threats and new tactics.

Highly recommended for all students of aviation history.


Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 "Pathétique"
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 "Pathétique"
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Tchaikovsky (Part 2), 22 Aug. 2015
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DG's 2-CD albums in their distinctively-labelled jewel cases are usually both excellent value and (more importantly) great recordings. This offering by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic is no exception, providing first rate accounts of the last three symphonies that will stand comparison to the many other versions available. The conducting is as precise as I'd expect from Karajan, and the BPO more than meet the demands on them. Recording quality is fine.

This would serve well as your only copy of these works, or a worthy addition to your collection if you have versions by other conductors and orchestras.
Also recommended is the companion 2-CD album Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1, 2, 3, Marche Slave, Capriccio Italien that includes the first three symphonies.


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