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Samsung YP-Q3CB Q3 8GB MP3 with FM Radio and Video Player - Black
Samsung YP-Q3CB Q3 8GB MP3 with FM Radio and Video Player - Black
Offered by Zolzoom LTD
Price: £59.95

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear sound, sharp images, nice design., 27 Jan 2011
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Sharp video and crystal clear, rich sound, free from any hint of tinniness, this is a quality mp3 player. I especially like the ergonomic earphones which are really comfy, don't dig in to the ears and don't work loose and require constant pushing back in. The screen is a generous size, ideal for watching videos, and the player is compatible with BBC iplayer. It's a nice, lightweight, attractive looking player with easily navigable function buttons located on the front of the device. You need to charge it via your usb, which seems standard for a modern device. A quality, versatile player and excellent value for money.


The Warming Papers
The Warming Papers
by David Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collated climate change research for scientists and students., 12 Jan 2011
This review is from: The Warming Papers (Paperback)
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This book collects together scientific research, beginning with Fourier's' 1824 paper `On the Temperatures of the Terrestrial Sphere and Interplanetary Space' and spanning almost two centuries, which forms the foundation of climate change theory. The editors summarise each paper and add revisions from more up to date research, as well as clarifying the inaccessible language of older papers. The book is subdivided into two sections, Climate Physics and The Carbon Cycle.

It's aimed at students and scientists and as such requires a scientific background to understand much of the content. As an Environmental Science student, this book is like a goldmine of information to me, collating almost two hundred years worth of climate change research into one accessible volume. As a previous reviewer states, it may be disappointing to a non-scientist seeking a primer on the climate change debate. If this is what you're searching for I recommend `The Rough Guide to Climate Change' or `Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction..


Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories
Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories
by John Taylor
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.27

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe it's not Conan-Doyle!, 12 Jan 2011
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My toes curl with shame as I say I actually wrinkled my nose in distaste at the very idea of new Holmes stories. Sacrilege, surely? Well no, actually, it isn't. I'm glad to say that I listened to these superb stories and felt wholly ashamed of my previous silly prejudice. Here are four tautly written, very exciting stories each of which had me holding me breath towards the denouement, listening enrapt. If someone had told me that these were genuine Conan-Doyle stories, recently found in a dusty tin box in an attic of one of his descendants, I'd have believed them, so seamlessly do they fit into the existing canon. Cumberbatch is a marvellous narrator, drawing out the characters of Watson and Holmes so deftly that in places it's hard to believe it's the same actor doing both voices. Any fan of Holmes, or of detective/mystery stories can't fail to enjoy these stories, they're superb.


The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)
The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)
by William Irwin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Philosophical ideas applied to the Harry Potter stories., 12 Jan 2011
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Philosophical and ethical issues are examined in the context of the Harry Potter stories. It's hard to argue that this isn't a cash in, albeit a genuinely interesting and thought provoking one. It provides a variety of well argued topics such as what constitutes the soul, here discussed in the context of the Dementors Kiss. My particular favourite discussion stems from the arbitrary question of `Is Dumbeldore Gay?'. Of course it matters not either way, but the bones of the discussion are whether an author retains ownership of characters after publication, and whether they have the right to amend details of a character once the book is in the public domain. Challenging and intriguing questions throughout the book, which will stay with you and have you pondering your own answers long after reading this.


Samsung YP-U6QB U6 2GB MP3 with FM Radio and USB Slide -  Black
Samsung YP-U6QB U6 2GB MP3 with FM Radio and USB Slide - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good value MP3 player., 29 Dec 2010
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This device can hold about 500 songs, which is plenty for casual use in commuting or at the gym. It also has an FM radio tuner. The effectiveness of the fitness mode, which counts calories used as you do whatever you're doing, is debatable as it is very basic and can't be anything more than a general guide (but what more would you reasonably expect from a budget MP3 player?) It's a very attractive, sleek, lightweight black design. The long, thin shape is easier to hold in the palm than a flat, broader shape, so it's ideal for the gym or running and I'd even say that the shape is a distinct advantage in this situation, I was always dropping my wider shaped device at the gym but this is so easy to hold. The headphones supplied are basic and you may choose to buy better quality ones, but even so with the 'phones supplied the sound quality is very good and clear. My only gripes with this device are that it can only be charged via USB, but I've found this to be the case with several other devices I've bought in the past year so perhaps chargers are a thing of the past in general and USB charging is the new thing. I also find the screen a bit small compared to other MP3 players, but to fair it doesn't impair the effectiveness of the device, everything you need to see is displayed clearly. A really nice, good quality, budget priced MP3 player.


The First Years Sounds for Silence Machine
The First Years Sounds for Silence Machine
Offered by BabyToys4you
Price: £39.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works!, 29 Dec 2010
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This product can be plugged in at the mains, or used with AA batteries for use when travelling. The sounds are a choice of Mozart melodies, or what the product description calls 'white noise'. Only one of the white noise sounds is what I associate with that description, it sounds like heavy rain on a hard surface. The other sounds are gurgling kind of noises which all sound like they're underwater, I'm guessing it simulates the sound in the womb, all similar sounds but each sufficiently distinct. There's also a booklet enclosed, written by the paediatrician who developed the product, with advice aimed at first time parents including soothing, feeding and weaning. The most important thing about the product, though, is that it does work. It was tested by my week old great niece, who had been keeping her parents awake all night. From the first night using the product, her parents noticed an immediate difference, with the baby almost sleeping through apart from waking for a feed. Very effective and great value.


PC Problem Solving Made Easy: Fix Your Windows 7 Computer Yourself (Which?)
PC Problem Solving Made Easy: Fix Your Windows 7 Computer Yourself (Which?)
by Lynn Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Computer problem? This book is all you need., 9 Dec 2010
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This book reminds me of the cover of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, which had the words 'Don't Panic' written on the front. For anybody like me, who finds a computer necessary but does indeed panic when the wretched thing doesn't work properly, this book is like a cross between the Little Book of Calm and your best mate who works in I.T and knows what to do. It gives sensible, practical, knowledgeable advice on computer problems and breakdowns, talking you step by step through how to fix everything that can be fixed at home by yourself. Totally invaluable. Topics covered are:

Chapter One: Hardware difficulties; start up-problems, sound and memory problems, installing Windows 7.

Chapter Two: Full chapter on Windows 7, common problems associated with it, and how to troubleshoot them.

Chapter Three: Files and documents; accidentally losing documents, moving and saving files, common printer errors.

Chapter Four: Network problems; securing your network, problems connecting to the internet, faster web-surfing, changing your I.S.P.

Chapter Five: Internet and mail; problems with web browsers, common error messages on websites, using e-mail attachments.

Chapter Six: Security; virus checking, and what to do if you find a virus in your computer; removing spyware; using a firewall; which websites are safe or unsafe?

Chapter seven: USB devices; installing and using printers, cameras, camcorders, etc., and troubleshooting common problems.

Chapter eight: Photos, music and video; troubleshooting common problems plus video editing tips.

Chapter nine: P.C. Health; files back up, system repair, updating drivers, what to do if your computer is running slowly.
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Just a Minute: Best of 2010 (BBC Radio 4 Comedy)
Just a Minute: Best of 2010 (BBC Radio 4 Comedy)
by Just a Minute
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £12.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good comedy moments, marred a bit., 9 Dec 2010
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Just a Minute is just brilliant. The laconic and unfazed Nicholas Parsons and the impossibly quick witted Paul Merton are a regular audible pleasure. These episodes, though, offered as the best of 2010, leave a bit of a bad aftertaste due to some particularly petty challenges which are just not quite in the spirit of the game and even with audio only, the bad feeling is palpable. These are only a few moments, though, and on the positive side you have the joy of Sheila Hancock who exudes wit and warmth, the ever surreal Julian Clary, and the hilarious Ross Noble on top form. I defy anybody not to be reduced to hysterics by Noble's talk of bribing moles, a moment which in itself is worth the purchase price.


Webroot Internet Security Complete 2011, 3 user (PC)
Webroot Internet Security Complete 2011, 3 user (PC)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars User friendly, easy to install, highly effective., 9 Dec 2010
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Not being a very confident computer user, I like security software that is easy to install, no-fuss to use, and makes me feel safe from all known web threats. Webroot is perfect for me, then, as it does all these things brilliantly.

Installation was easy and stress free, just promting one re-start to complete the installation. That done, you have access to a very user friendly interface, clearly showing each function and how to access them. Webroot protects and encrypts your passwords and online banking/payment card details, and offers secure form filling, to make online banking and shopping safe. You get 10GB online backup, and a vert fast, efficient System Cleanup to free up space on your hard drive. Game mode can be set to delay virus scans, so that game play isn't interrupted. The firewall blocks spam, phishing, spyware, adware, keyloggers and trojans.

This is a very easy to use, but very robust and effective, internet security package. The only negative thing is the lack of parental controls, which is only an issue for people with children. If you don't need the parental control, this is excellent.


BaByliss 5560DU 2100W Elegance Hair Dryer - Metallic Purple
BaByliss 5560DU 2100W Elegance Hair Dryer - Metallic Purple

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, practical and beautifully designed., 12 Nov 2010
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The design is lightweight, so no aching arms as you dry the back of your hair. It's also beautifully designed, sleek and a gorgeous, deep metallic plum colour. It has 2 speed settings and 3 heat settings, plus a cool shot, and each setting is hot enough and powerful enough to dry your hair quickly and thoroughly, but not so hot that it overheats the hair (I've found this is the case with previous dryers so the less singeing heat of this model is very welcome.) The BaByliss 5560DU gets the heat/speed settings just right. By far the best feature, though, is the filter at the back - it actually opens so you can clean out those bits of fluff that inexplicably collect in the back. I've found that the fluff in the filter is the main cause of hairdyers becoming broken, or I just don't feel safe using them as they start giving off a burning smell from inside. The detachable, cleanable filter prevents this, so making the dryer last longer.

A lovely, practical dryer at a reasonable price. Whether it's a gift or for yourself, this is an excellent choice.


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