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Century of Traction Engines
Century of Traction Engines
by W. J. Hughes
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, excellent service, 25 Mar. 2014
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I used to lend this title regularly from Sheffield library in the early 60's. I learned all about trabction engines from it. Now it's back on the shelff.

Service from this seller was excellent. The book arrived very fast. It was in very good condition. Mind you, the postage costs were seriously under-estmated (by £2.50 !). I offered to pay the extra amount but the seller wouldn't hear of it. Was just glad I enjoyed the book.

Overall a very pleasant experience.


Cats (Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Cats (Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the most famous artists, but the best performance., 25 Mar. 2014
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I was very happy to find this performance, having owned an LP version of it for at least 25 years. Most people are used to the London performances by (among others) Elaine Page. Names like Cynthia Onrubia (Memory), Bonnie Simons (Gus: the Theatre Cat), Ken Page (Old Deuteronomy) don't spring to most people's mind, but believe me, the members of the original Broadway cast were so good. I'd prefer them any day. Just have a listen.
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Two Years Before The Mast
Two Years Before The Mast
by Richard Henry Dana
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Carefully check the description, 25 Mar. 2014
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I was replacing a paperback that was falling apart. Although the story is told in a rather dry style, I still find it interesting and can read it again.

However, I was rather surprised at the size of this package. This paperback book is 20cm x 25cm. That's as big as two normal paperbacks laid down next to each other. There are also the occasional numbers in brackets with footnotes at the end of the chapters, so I reckon that this is a study version.

Overall, not quite what I expected, and I'll look for a more suitable version. Travelling with a book this size is not very convenient. My mistake of course, but who checks the size of a paperback before buying it...?


Norton Internet Security 2012, 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC)
Norton Internet Security 2012, 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC)

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Norton irritations, 30 Mar. 2012
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Let me first of all say that the software works. At least, it seems to keep out the attackers. But not having tried anything else, I've nothing to compare it with.

Where I find Norton irritating is after installation, when it persistently reminds you to create a Norton Account. This means registering with Symantec. It keeps pestering you until you do it. Luckily you can register as Donald Duck with a bogus email address and the reminder goes away.

Then every so often Norton re-installs itself from the internet with an updated version of itself. I'm not just talking about new virus definitions, but an updated version number of the program. All in the interests of keeping one step ahead of the hackers, but it also places its icons back on the desktop (where you probably already decided you didn't want it) and in the Programs section of the Start Menu. If you customized your menu's, you will then have to re-customize them. It doesn't happen all that often, but you'll most likely give in and leave the icons where Norton thinks they ought to be, rather than where you think they ought to be. Not many people will care about it anyway.

So, just petty irritations you need to put up with for a clever piece of software that seems to work. I've used it (and cussed at it) for years without any virusses getting in.

And by the way, when you are coming to the end of your subscription, ignore Norton's repeated doom and gloom popups wanting you to renew at their website. Unless you really want to pay through the nose. Better just buy a new copy of Norton at Amazon, as a present for Donald Duck...
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Charlie Wilson's War [DVD]
Charlie Wilson's War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by Compilationheaven
Price: £2.70

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film but spoiled by UNICEF fundraiser, 22 Aug. 2008
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This review is from: Charlie Wilson's War [DVD] (DVD)
We had great expectations of a hilarious film with a message. Although the story was gripping from the beginning, the fun really started about halfway through, when Philip Seymour Hoffman got into the action. Julia Roberts was disappointing, more reminiscent of Devil Wears Prada than the character in this film. Tom Hanks was excellent.

This was a nice mix of entertainment, thrill and political message. The exchanges between Hanks and Hoffman are very funny. The film gives a light-hearted insight into the American political and lobbying system, contrasted with the more serious side of war, as seen in the refugee camps. Then at the end of the film we are reminded about what happened after Russia pulled out of Afghanistan. This is pointedly brought out in the scene on the balcony. Do watch out for it. It leaves you thinking.

But the real negative of this DVD is the forced UNICEF AIDS fundraising sequence at the beginning. It lasts 4 minutes and cannot be stopped, paused, fast-forwarded or turn off. And whatever you do, don't touch the menu key while you are watching the film otherwise you have to endure the whole 4 minute sequence again. Personally, I would not buy this DVD knowing what I know now. Emails to Universal Studios about it just bounce back.

So, in summary, quite a good film but not good enough to live with the UNICEF sequence at the beginning. No matter how much you might respect the work of UNICEF.


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