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Panasonic Lumix LX7 Digital Camera with LEICA F1.4 Summilux Lens - Black (10.1 MP, 3.8x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
Panasonic Lumix LX7 Digital Camera with LEICA F1.4 Summilux Lens - Black (10.1 MP, 3.8x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
Offered by TODO! TODO!
Price: £299.99

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic photo camera... as usual with Lumix but, but, BUT..., 14 April 2014
As the subject matter says. But, BUT, B U T:

Contrary to prior Lumix cameras, this one comes with such an array to buy separately as so-called "options" that it looks that Panasonic is in for a proper scam - and worse.

Consider only one of those scandalous add-ons you have to buy: Say you want to screw on a (standard) 37mm UV say an UV filter (not a luxury, since the front of the zoom lens proper is right out... on front, so greasy fingerprints are a recurring danger), or any other filter for that matter. Well, you are obliged to buy one of these blasted "options" in order to use it (original Panasonic is... nearly £58!!! Although you can buy replacements cheaper of course - but still...)

And for EU countries there is one more problem: following one of those absurd EU regulations (akin to square bananas and eggs), film recording is limited to 30 minutes in one go - and is also the reason that one can't buy a mains adapter either (which would indeed enable the user to film longer takes).

And there's much, much more in terms of limitations. For one thing, these ought to be clearly published, and not just stuck somewhere deep down, or even nowhere at all - for the user to discover at his/her own expense after the purchase. Not a way for a big company (including Amazon) to do proper business.


The Pirates Of Penzance
The Pirates Of Penzance
Price: £4.57

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A scandal of a transfer, 14 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: The Pirates Of Penzance (Audio CD)
This review is not only about 'The Pirates of Penzance' but of the entire 'Golden Legacy' d'Oyly Carte Operas offering.

However important the D'Oyly Carte recordings may be - and they _are_ important, given they are the closest that we may have of the original performances - it is inadmissible at any price that the entirety of this collection on the 'Golden Legacy' label is merely a sloppy direct transfer of (much used!) vinyls, including hiss, ticks, scratches and record player rumble - not to mention the occasional high pitch sound distortion.

No work of any kind has been done to go back to the original tape recordings or to remaster the sound. In short, a complete disaster. I had these recordings on cassettes, and they sound better than these so-called CDs. Don't let me get started on the presentation, which is even sloppier than the rest: perfunctory to put it charitably, illegible at times, contents of disk 1 followed by contents of... disk 1 within the same set, no separate tracks, but just the bulk of each act at once, etc...

Except if you're nostalgic in a perverted way, and wish to hear how a worn long-play record sounds on a cheap phonograph attached to an even cheaper audio system, don't buy any items of this collection!

Unfortunately, lured by the relatively cheap price of each opera, I did not look further than these versions - while there exist remastered, much better recordings of the complete G&S d'Oyly Carte operas, judging from the user critics. One on the Avid label with a 1950s mono complete operas version, which at £20 is cheaper than the embarrassingly awful 'Golden Legacy' collection. It's a historical recording, apparently, including hoity-toity British accents, but excellent sound quality given its age. The other is of course the glorious (but relatively dear) Decca stereo version of the 1960s. So, go for one of these.


Broadway Babylon: Glamour, Glitz and Gossip on the Great White Way
Broadway Babylon: Glamour, Glitz and Gossip on the Great White Way
by Boze Hadleigh
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars It's what it says it is, 4 Dec. 2011
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It's what it says it is: GOSSIP. Longish on the tittle-tattle, somewhat shortish on the information. And it's a bit, well... one-sided in its approach. But let's not complain. As said, it's what it is - just as we are what we are.


Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Ice Cream, Obama, Churchill and My Mother
Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Ice Cream, Obama, Churchill and My Mother
by Simon Schama
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, entertaining and instructive as befits Schama, 4 Dec. 2011
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As is often - if lately in his more 'engagé' books not always - the case, the learned professor in these short if sometimes fluffy journalistic 'set pieces' is fun to read; and his knowledge, style and wit make for an easy informative experience at the same time. It's like having an erudite after dinner speaker at one's call and beck - without having to dine first. I could have done perhaps without the confused and confusing preface, which is none of the above.
Pity the binding of this paperback edition is not up to its content: cover cracks when reaching the first quarter of the book, page layout is too close for comfort to the binding, and other such niceties.


Various Artists - Stars of the Russian Ballet [1953] [DVD]
Various Artists - Stars of the Russian Ballet [1953] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Galina Ulanova
Price: £22.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful but..., 4 Dec. 2011
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Wonderful of course. No one to touch Oulanova's toes. And the 'Sovcolor' transfer is now more than acceptable, all colour things considered. But a shame that these are all (extremely) shortened versions of beautifully classical ballet pieces -- especially in the case of 'Swan Lake'. This ought to be indicated on the Amazon details of the dvd.


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