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Hama Traveller Compact Pro Tripod
Hama Traveller Compact Pro Tripod
Offered by ExpressPro
Price: £49.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Very good value but mine required modification to function properly., 8 Feb. 2015
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I am happy with this tripod - it's excellent value the money - but mine required some modification to become useable. I should also point out that I bought a refurbished item. As originally bought the connection between the ball head 'stalk' and quick release platform was very slightly loose, hardly noticeable when not in use, but clearly so when trying to take photos by the sea in the wind. In trying to tighten this connection I managed to a) shear off a metal tooth on the underside of the platform that prevents rotation and b) stripped the screw thread in the cheap metal of the platform! I eventually managed to fix the problem by filing the remaining tooth flat and drilling a hole all the way through the platform and bolting it to the ball head stalk. The metal is soft and not hard to drill. The bolt needs to be recessed otherwise you can't fit the quick-release plate onto the platform, but this recess can be easily 'reamed' out using a wood spade-bit as the metal is so soft. Now the connection is absolutely firm and the tripod works really well. It's light and strong and feels very good for the money. The only downside is the cork on the quick release plate which is a bit spongey and allows a very small amount of flex, but this is getting picky and it could also be replaced.
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Under the Skin (2013)
Under the Skin (2013)
Dvd
Price: £3.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, 10 Aug. 2014
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One of the freakiest films I have ever seen - up there with Jacob's Ladder and 2001, but hyper-realistic and therefore more close to the bone. Scarlett Johansson's performance is mesmerising.


Rogue Moon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Rogue Moon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Algis Budrys
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Psychology in SF, 16 April 2012
I read this book a few years back after being drawn in by the ideas of death, reincarnation and the links to strange moon-based environments that are conjured up by the novel's usual descriptions. Unfortunately I found it to be a rather boring litany on psychological attributes and character types, with a bit of SF pulp style action thrown in towards the end. Dated and faintly ridiculous at times, but it could be one for those interested in an unusual angle on 1960's psychology.


The Mark of the Beast And Other Fantastical Tales (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
The Mark of the Beast And Other Fantastical Tales (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
by Rudyard Kipling
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising collection, 27 Nov. 2009
I had no idea Rudyard Kipling was responsible for such a vast output of what could now be considered fantasy, horror and even science fiction short stories. When I received this collection I was familiar only with the Just So stories, which are a sort of modern folklore, if anything. This collection is a stream of extremely inventive tales, all with a flavour of Colonial India to them, which at times although slightly lacking in political correctness, nevertheless speaks of a lost world in a unique way. Fascinating (and extremely good value).


The Corner Of Miles And Gil
The Corner Of Miles And Gil

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Strands, 1 Jun. 2006
Michael & John Head's greatest record, and one of my favourite albums ever, was 'The Magical World of the Strands'. Shack always seemed to me to lag behind this sublime record, despite being to all intents and purposes the same band.

I own most of the Head brothers' albums and am never disappointed by them, but am often frustrated that they just don't quite seem able to recapture their former glory. '...The Corner of Miles and Gil' is no exception but unlike the, frankly, rollicking 'HMS Fable', this album has a sweeter and more soulful heart. It dispenses with that album's brash, radio-friendly pop and replaces it with (as the title suggests) a jazzier songcraft whilst retaining the trademark nods to influences such as The Beatles and Love.

Compared to 'The Strands' and even 'Waterpistol' this record is somewhat lacking in substance, but compared to the swathe of new acts blighting the alternative airwaves it is still the sound of a band who truly know how to create great songs when they try. In the context of pop music generally it's grade 'A', but it's only grade 'B' Head brothers.


Rendezvous With Rama (S.F. Masterworks S.)
Rendezvous With Rama (S.F. Masterworks S.)
by Arthur C. Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SF wonders on a grand scale, 26 April 2006
I first read Rendezvous with Rama about 15 years ago and found it an absolutely riveting read. I don't think any SF book I have read since has come near it in terms of instilling an awe-inspiring feeling of wonder and the thrill of exploring the unknown. This is what SF is really about for me and in this book Arthr C Clarke writes it better than anyone else I can think of. Don't expect high literature but revel in the nicely flowing, descriptive prose nonetheless. The one problem with the Masterwoks edition is the rather poxy cover that doesn't do a terribly good job of conveying the story within the pages!


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