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Canon EW-54 Lens Hood for 54mm Fitment
Canon EW-54 Lens Hood for 54mm Fitment
Price: £11.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine article, 22 Feb. 2015
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A lens hood will not only help with blocking unwanted light, but can also help protect your valuable lens from knocks. This one fits perfectly, and when not needed can be stored unobtrusively round the lens.

If you've spent a lot of money on your camera, don't take chances with third-party accessories that might not fit so well. Get the genuine article.


Wentronic 1m A Plug to B Plug USB 2.0 Cable
Wentronic 1m A Plug to B Plug USB 2.0 Cable
Offered by MEXXTRONICS
Price: £5.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Durable cable, 22 Feb. 2015
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A nicely designed and finished product, the silver colour of which is less obtrusive (and looks smarter) than the more common black.

If you are in the market for an A-B USB cable, look no further - especially at the very reasonable price these sell for.


Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
Price: £4.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative and comprehensive, 8 Feb. 2015
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This book is the follow-up to Dreadnought: Britain,Germany and the Coming of the Great War, by the same author. You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one, but it does help. Picking up where the first volume left off, the aptly-named Castles of Steel takes an in-depth look at the ships and naval battles of the First World War. Jutland is covered, of course, but so are the less well-known battles (and in a few cases, battles that could have happened but didn't).

Those familiar with the general subject will very likely learn something new, while those who have only heard of Jutland will find out exactly how and why that famous clash came to take place. Highly recommended.


They Flew Hurricanes
They Flew Hurricanes
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy tribute to the men and the machine, 4 Feb. 2015
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The Supermarine Spitfire was more glamorous, but the Battle of Britain wouldn't have been won without the workhorse that was the Hawker Hurricane. This book pays effective tribute to the plane and the men who flew it. There are plenty of tales to tell, as the aircraft was in service throughout the war, in almost every theatre and in a wide variety of roles. For example, the Hurricane proved an effective tank-buster in the Western Desert, its relatively thick wings allowing 40mm cannons to be fitted and used to great effect.

Recommended for all WWII aviation enthusiasts.


Karajan: Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 (1963) Remastered [Deluxe Limited Edition-5 CDs + 1 Blu-Ray Audio]
Karajan: Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 (1963) Remastered [Deluxe Limited Edition-5 CDs + 1 Blu-Ray Audio]
Price: £24.79

5.0 out of 5 stars An essential collection, 31 Jan. 2015
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If you are a collector of Beethoven symphony cycles, chances are you already had the 1963 set in your collection. If not, this luxury re-issue is your perfect opportunity. For those who have more modern versions (by Karajan or others) of these truly timeless works, the set would also definitely be worth your money. And those who have no complete cycle at all could very profitably start with this one.

The current Amazon price is really something of a steal. Buy a copy while you can.


The Soldier's War: The Great War through Veterans' Eyes
The Soldier's War: The Great War through Veterans' Eyes
Price: £5.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and sobering, 31 Jan. 2015
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There are many books available on the First World War. What makes this one different? Well, it is the war told by those who were there. The author has collected numerous accounts from veterans and assembled them chronologically to follow the four years of war (I would guess they must have seemed more like four decades to those who were there for the whole period). There is also some linking text provided by the author.

The stories are sometimes surprising (the wildlife sometimes found in profusion near the front line), often very harrowing (the loss of comrades and friends), but always interesting and readable.

The only small drawback is that the fate of those who tell their stories is not always given in the linking text. Although sadly, where the fate is revealed it is usually to relate where the man met his demise.

Although the basic idea of the book has also been used in the long-running "Forgotten Voices" series, many by Max Arthur, there is definitely also room for this valuable volume by respected author and historian Richard van Emden.


Canon SC-DC85 Soft Case for Powershot G15
Canon SC-DC85 Soft Case for Powershot G15
Price: £79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the expense, 31 Jan. 2015
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There are quite a few cases on the market that will fit your Canon Power Shot G15 Camera - Black (28mm Wide Lens,12MP) 3.0 inch LCD FHD, but none will do so as well as this luxury model from Canon. The quality is so good that it will give the camera a feel of being even better. Of course, there is a downside to this: the case is not cheap. You can get a very good Lowepro case for a fraction of the price. So is this case worth it? For me, the answer is a definite yes.


Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Price: £9.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb recording, 31 Jan. 2015
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The soloist, conductor and orchestra are all on top form in this late Eighties recording of the two Liszt piano concertos plus the less frequently recorded Totentanz. Happily, the DG recording captures the near-incandescence well, making this CD a definite recommended buy either for those with other versions of the concertos in their collections already, or those who want an introduction to these dazzling yet profound works by one of classical music's greatest innovators.


George Szell Conducts Beethoven Symphonies & Overtures
George Szell Conducts Beethoven Symphonies & Overtures
Price: £12.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Beethoven, 31 Jan. 2015
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These legendary performances deserve a place in the library of every serious Beethoven symphony collector. The sound is full and rich, with the quality of the recordings belying their age (late Fifties to early Sixties).

Perhaps even more importantly, though, this modestly-sized box set would be perfect for those wanting to acquire their first complete set of arguably the greatest works in all of classical music. Why? Because the price is even more modest, offering first-rate performances for about a tenner. An unmissable bargain.


Tchaikovsky: The Three Ballets
Tchaikovsky: The Three Ballets
Price: £16.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative and enjoyable accounts, 31 Jan. 2015
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These performances of the three main Tchaikovsky ballets have deservedly been available since they were recorded in the Seventies, and should be on the shortlist of anyone wishing to purchase the full works - perhaps having enjoyed one of the CDs offering the highlights. The Decca sound is, typically, spacious and warm, and really brings the wonderful melodies to life.

Also worth looking at is the excellent Brilliant Classics box by Ernest Ansermet and the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande (Tchaikovsky - Complete Ballets (6 CD), which also includes Symphony No. 6. Or for a more modern recording, try Tchaikovsky: The Ballets (Decca Collectors Edition) with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Valery Gergiev.


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