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Dr. J. D. Mitchell "Jon Mitchell" (Plymouth, UK)

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Sony Playstation 3 Console (40GB Version)
Sony Playstation 3 Console (40GB Version)

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "non-geek" review, 10 Aug. 2008
Lets cut to the chase for you non-geeks out there!! First some facts:

1. This is the first games console that I've ever owned. I'm 39.

2. I bought it 'cos I wanted a "media-server" for all my music in the living room and a Blu-Ray/Upscaling DVD player.

3. I bought my first game yesterday. Gran Turismo, so I can give you no advice on techie, geekie stuff that most people dont understand.


Its a fabulous DVD player.
Its easy to set up.
It makes a great server for your music...listening (and watching) my music will never be the same again.
Its quiet.
It looks fabulous in the right setting.
The game I have is brilliant and I may even buy another one!!
It isnt a PC replacement. You want to access the internet in your living room then get a laptop.
Its excellent value.
Its a Sony!

Go buy. You know you want one but dont tell your children!!
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Our Earthly Pleasures
Our Earthly Pleasures
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £3.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Brilliant, 7 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Our Earthly Pleasures (Audio CD)
First lets start with the jargon.

Lyrically mature, musically complex but accessible....OK?

Now the real stuff. Brilliant, catchy tunes, addictive, play it again and again, rousing rock, clever, original, awesome (sorry about that one), big fat smiles, better than Cold Patrol Monkeys and, as a member of a band, damn difficult to play. Buy it, play it, love it!

Once [DVD]
Once [DVD]
Dvd ~ Glen Hansard
Price: £3.94

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully simple, 26 May 2008
This review is from: Once [DVD] (DVD)
A beautifully simple film that relies less on gimmicks and high tec and more on believable performances, sparkling music and a simple, yet wonderful, story. If you're fed up with Hollywood hype and want a film that tugs on your heart strings whilst making you hit the rewind button again and again for truly memorable songs then look no further. Marvellous.

Sony KDL-37P3020 - 37'' Widescreen Bravia HD Ready LCD TV - With Freeview
Sony KDL-37P3020 - 37'' Widescreen Bravia HD Ready LCD TV - With Freeview

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous TV, 20 May 2008
No jargon here. No HDMI/SCART/Picture Ratio/line stuff. Just plain facts.

A truly brilliant TV (bought on here for £499!). Functional, well made, easy to set up, great picture, fine sound, adaptable, reliable. We've never looked back and would buy it again and again.

Price: £7.00

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Voice but patchy material, 16 Mar. 2008
This review is from: 19 (Audio CD)
There is no doubting that this girl has a great soaring voice and has joined the growing ranks of "finds" in the charts. And on tracks such as "Hometown Glory" and "Daydreamer", she shines. Beautiful soulful songs that make you reach for the replay button. But you get the impression that some shady character is wanting their cut a little soon. There just isn't enough quality music for a whole album. Some tracks are clumsily put together and do nothing for Adele's undeniable talent.

She has shown her class with great performances on TV shows like Later and at such a tender age she could be a real star for the future. But this album does less for her charms and musical style than it does to line record executives pockets. Download "Pavements", "Hometown" & "Daydreamer" but save the rest of your money for her "difficult second album".
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Olympus SP-560 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera - Black (8MP, 18x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD
Olympus SP-560 Ultra Zoom Digital Camera - Black (8MP, 18x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera for the price but beware..., 24 Feb. 2008
Lets face it, £225 for this level of technology is nothing short of amazing. Haven't digital cameras come on the last few years. And, wow, does it take great pictures. Vivid colours & fantastic zoom and macro settings!

But lets cut through the technical jargon for those of us that just want great pictures with little fuss and maximum flexibility. As a true amateur I dont understand talk about noise and ISO etc.

What I do understand is that sometimes more is less. This camera is complicated. Yes, pop it onto Auto and it will snap away to your hearts content but if you want to use the more advanced features then take a seat, grab yourself a beer and get reading the instruction manual. Here are my tips!

1. Dont buy this camera a week before you go on a wildlife holiday. I did and regretted it. To get to grips with the zoom, the anti shake and the myriad of other features will take you a few weeks otherwise your close up rhino pictures may look a little less convincing to friends back home!

2. Dont expect it to do all the work! 18 x zoom is one hell of a lens in a fairly cheap camera and, with a compact CCD, conditions need to be right to get your dream shots!

3. Dont expect it to be an SLR. It isnt. You just dont get that much for your money but if you treat it well and you learn your techniques, the photos are still pretty outstanding.

4. Be very careful in difficult conditions! I took my new pride and joy to the rainforests of Costa Rica. 6 days in, the humidity took its toll and the camera packed in for good!! Despite its rugged feel, it doesnt seem to have the go anywhere build of my Cybershot. Thankfully, the camera shop where I bought it have replaced it so time will tell.

All in all, this is a great camera. Research it, practice with it and keep it safe and sound and it will be a great investment and produce wonderful results. However, if you think the extra quid will turn you froma happy snapper to David Bailey or that the camera will accompany you to the North Pole, then you may be disappointed.

Shinkansen 'Water' Sharpener - Black and Red
Shinkansen 'Water' Sharpener - Black and Red
Offered by Harts Of Stur
Price: £26.11

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only one you'll ever need, 12 Jan. 2008
A fabulous, easy to use and highly effective knife sharpener. This is the best I have ever owned. Forget expensive sharpening stones and those little cheap Kitchen Devil gadgets that lead you to lose your digits, this knife sharpener is effectively the only one you'll ever need.

Silverlit Radio Control Picoo Z Helicopter (Assortment)
Silverlit Radio Control Picoo Z Helicopter (Assortment)

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for about an hour, 12 Jan. 2008
Lets face it, you get what you pay for! This is fun, for a while, but do not expect Tonka toy build quality. Light polystyrene and flimsy plastic make up the helicopter which, after its banged off a few ceilings and walls (and it will!!), will start to fall to pieces.

The biggest problem with this model is, however, that it is almost impossible to control. Up and down (with a featherlight touch) are fine and you can stop it spinning with a little practice. However, if you manage to get it to fly meaningfully in your chosen direction around your room, then you're a better pilot than me!!

Fun in the same way as cracker novelties are, but expect it to end up in the box or the bin by the time the month is out!

Chart Throb
Chart Throb
by Ben Elton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great., 12 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Chart Throb (Paperback)
No-one would disagree that Ben Elton is a masterful observer of contemporary society. Once again here, he taps into the frustration with the X factor/Pop idol culture that seems to have dominated our "empty lives" in the last few years.

His observations are shrewd, funny and probably altogether true. You'll certainly never take another episode of these dire programmes seriously!!

The problem is that, once the jokes have been told, there is very little else here and the book drags on and on. The plot is flimsy, unfulfilling and ultimately fairly silly (without being clever) and you warm to none of the characters leaving you caring nothing about what happens to any of them.

Sometimes I think that the Ben Elton book machine latches onto the subject du jour much as a stand up comic plan his latest routine. Unfortunately, the book has to be readable and gripping as well and here, with Chart Throb, Mr Elton fails.
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Tell No-One (Ne Le Dis A Personne) [DVD]
Tell No-One (Ne Le Dis A Personne) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marie-Josee Croze
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £4.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, stylish thriller., 12 Jan. 2008
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A beautifully filmed, acted and stylised French Thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Forget reviewers who bemoan the fact that the source material is American (since when has that stopped Hollywood), this is likely to be the best adaptation possible.

A non-stop plot, undisguised French cinematic class and locations along with a great score makes this truly first class entertainment. Oh, if only Hollywood could do it like this.

Highly recommended.

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