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Screen Protectors for Sony Ericsson X10 (Pack of 6) With Cleaning Cloth
Screen Protectors for Sony Ericsson X10 (Pack of 6) With Cleaning Cloth
Offered by LEADS U NEED
Price: 3.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong shape for screen, 19 Sep 2011
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Cheap and quality seems okay, but these are completely the wrong shape for the Xperia screen, I had to cut it down to size with a craft knife. Not impressed.


The Ascent Of Man
The Ascent Of Man
by Jacob Bronowski
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great read but not as useful as it could be, 19 Jun 2011
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This review is from: The Ascent Of Man (Paperback)
The TV series is one of the greatest documentaries made if not the greatest. However bear in mind that the text of the book is an ad verbatim transcription of each TV episode with a few random pictures and in this age of readily available DVDs is probably not that useful or enlightening when you can have Dr Bronowski telling it in the comfort of your own living room.
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Boxing Helena
Boxing Helena
Dvd ~ Julian Sands
Offered by UK F1rst Class DVD
Price: 10.96

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite disappointing, 8 May 2011
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Being a big follower of David Lynch I was keen to see if some of his magic rubbed off on his daughter, Jennifer, whose directorial debut Boxing Helena is. With its unusual plot about a mad doctor who cuts the limbs of a girl he is infatuated with and keeps her in a box it certainly held promise. However it completely fails to deliver on even a hint of its promise. What we have - with the exception of a girl with no arms and legs - is one of those bland TV movies you come across if you flip channels randomly on a weekday afternoon, a weak plot, an inept script, wooden acting and minimal evidence of characterisation. Julian Sands is particularly bad as wimpy Dr Nick whose problems are rooted in watching his mom have sex as a child and continue into adulthood in his inept bedroom performance with wet lettuce girlfriend Dr Ann, but Sherilyn Fenn is also nauseating as Helena, a sullen woman it is hard to imagine anybody feeling any affection for, let alone being infatuated with (despite a few shots of Playboy styled soft eroticism as Dr Nick watches from the tree outside her house, which completely fails to convince any other viewer). Helena's unconvincing reaction to losing her limbs, as well as appearing perfectly made-up and dressed adds to the disbelief the film instils in us and it got to a point two-thirds of the way through where it was so bad that I literally had to switch it off. I did return and soldier through the last part where we discover Dr Nick really was too sissy to go through with the fiendish plot and it was all a dream. Yawn.

This copy is a Korean issue but presents no problem with domestic DVD players (Korean subtitles can be turned off).
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Allcam IT-735 USB 2.0 and e-SATA combo Enclosure for 3.5" SATA Hard Drives -Black
Allcam IT-735 USB 2.0 and e-SATA combo Enclosure for 3.5" SATA Hard Drives -Black
Offered by eHome
Price: 14.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work, 31 Mar 2011
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I've tried this with 4 different drives including one brand new drive; none of them worked. The seller sent out a replacement circuit board but it still didn't work. A complete piece of junk, next time I'll cut out the fiddling about and flush 20 down the toilet.
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Girl Group Sounds: One...
Girl Group Sounds: One...

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 9 Mar 2011
First thing you notice is the overindulgent packaging - the box is far bigger than you expect from the picture and is not something you can easily file away anywhere - plus when you look inside the "hat box" the cases for the individual CDs fall a lot short of what the designer hoped for.

As for the music, there is one CD here of killer, one CD of good filler and two CDs of pretty bad music that will at times leave you cringing - most of the bad stuff is either from solo artists (so not girl groups) or British artists. This would have made a good double CD! A vinyl issue would have been nice too!


David Lynch Decoded
David Lynch Decoded
by Mark Allyn Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting but a little amateurish and expensive, 26 Jan 2011
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For such a significant modern director David Lynch there are very few books published on his films and having had this sit in my wants list for two years and with a small price reduction corresponding with completing watching Twin Peaks again I risked my [...] on this tome, which is probably closer to a pamphlet. Its a small 117 page book and the pages are quite small in terms of content - I read it in two lunch breaks and I don't get a full hour to give you some idea of how much is here. From a content point of view it seems a little overpriced.

However the contents of the book are what are important and Stewart's book reads like a reasonably good though a little fannish school essay. He has a short chapter on each film plus the Twin Peaks series, though he does seem unaware of some other important works such as The Grandmother, On The Air and Industrial Symphony No. 1 for example. For each one he points out how the key motifs which feature in Lynch's work appear in that particular work - at first interesting but as you get deeper into the book you pretty much know what is going to come next. There isn't a great deal of information outside what appears in each film and if you have given his works a more than cursory glance (which someone thinking of buying this is quite likely to have done) then this book isn't going to offer you a great deal.
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Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records
Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records
by Michael De Koningh
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the discography, 25 Nov 2010
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I was a little disappointed with the first part of this book. Take a look on the cover and you'll see why - the publisher Sanctuary is also the owner of Trojan Records and this is a sanitised corporate history with very little incisive analysis, and which spends far too much of its 118 page text trumping the chart positions of its successes in place of any serious music journalism. Writers De Koningh and Cane-Honeysett are in-house writers at Trojan tasked with writing sleeve notes for their barrage of reissues and repackages and unfortunately this book reads much like an extended sleeve note.
The middle section is a short selection of lists of recommendations and the like. However what makes this book come into its own is the last 150 pages which gives a valuable discography of Trojan and all its various sublabels and is the reason you should consider buying this book.


The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science and What Comes Next
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science and What Comes Next
by Lee Smolin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book about the state of Physics today, 18 Nov 2010
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Lee Smolin gives a great overview of what Physics is up to these days. However, he is also a bitter man who has found that if you don't like string theory you get pushed to one side and a lot more of this book than is necessary is dedicated to attacking the poor state of affairs that allows one theory to overwhelm an entire science (and thus to push him into a corner). However he does have a point, string theory is built upon shaky foundations - mathematics that no one else can understand, mathematics that no one else can understand that is kludged to fit together, theories that cannot be tested in any way, theories that you are not supposed to question because they are nearly a "theory of everything". As something between an informed outsider and an interested idiot I've had serious doubts about whether string theory is in any way meaningful and it is very interesting to hear someone very knowledgeable in the field pointing out that the emperor really is wearing no clothes.

Whilst I agree with much of what is written in the last section of the book about how university departments operate particularly with regards to funding, I found it a little tedious and repetitive (even more so because much of what is here is stated elsewhere in the text) which is why I gave four stars instead of five.


A Dirty Shame [DVD]
A Dirty Shame [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tracey Ullman
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: 3.14

3.0 out of 5 stars Not John's ace in the hole, 25 Aug 2010
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Whilst I found this movie to some extent enjoyable and I bust a little chuckle now and again, here John came a long way from pulling off, I mean pulling this movie off... Ultimately, the big concept that the film is built around - that people who get hit on the head become sex addicts - doesn't hold together and what plot there is seems to dissolve about half way through into something incoherent. What you are left with is a bunch of skits filled with references to unusual sexual practices done in a way that will still allow it to be shown at your local multiplex cinema. Its also let down by its casting, not by the Walters' regulars who deliver the expected on cue but by the b-list celebrities who blunder their way through this movie.

I ummed and ahhed over whether to give this 2 or 3 stars, it gets 3 stars because the documentary with John and characters explaining the feature is much more satisfying.


20th Century Boys (2 Discs & 24 Page Book) [2008] [DVD]
20th Century Boys (2 Discs & 24 Page Book) [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Toshiaki Karasawa
Offered by FilmloverUK
Price: 9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on the edge of your seat!, 15 Aug 2010
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A bunch of school kids write a comic strip called The Book of Prophesies in which an evil villain sets out to destroy the world only to have them heroically defend it which years later they find starts to come true, and seemingly behind it is a cult which uses their secret gang symbol. Quite simple in premise this is a very complex tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat constantly, flashing back to their early 1970s childhood and sometimes forward to the 2015 setting of the second movie with most of the action taking place in the late 1990s as virus attacks and explosions wipe out cities around the world! Most manga to movie translations (which tend to be more to anime than live action) tend to oversimplify to appeal to the lowest common denominator but not here, there is so much happening that blink and you'll miss something! However, it is nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

One important thing, this is just the first part of a trilogy; it seems the plan to release it as 3 separate DVDs has been abandoned meaning if you want the next two parts you have to buy 20th Century Boys Trilogy - The Complete Saga [DVD] [2010], which as it seems to contain the same bonus disc makes this part redundant!


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