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Tech Traders iPhone 5 White Replacement Full Front Screen LCD and Digitizer & Set Of Tools Included
Tech Traders iPhone 5 White Replacement Full Front Screen LCD and Digitizer & Set Of Tools Included
Offered by LTT0220
Price: £19.81

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect replacement part, but be careful., 13 Jun. 2013
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Do be aware that this replacement screen does not include the button or the front-facing camera. And, to be fair, the description does not state that it does.
If you have seen a YouTube video, explaining how an iPhone 5 screen can be replaced in 3 minutes, you might be under the misapprehension that this is an easy repair.
While replacing the entire screen assembly looks fairly easy, it all went awry for me when I tried to take out the existing button and front-facing camera.
In the end I had to replace my existing (cracked) screen and, in the process, got two (tiny) screws mixed up and have made the damage worse.
The item was well packaged and was delivered on time. I would appreciate, however, instructions on how to do the repair, bearing in mind this kit doesn't include camera or home button. I would appreciate it if the vendor could contact me with full instructions (and I'd happily pay for a few replacement screws)!!
*UPDATE* I have since fitted the screen successfully following these instructions:

Further to these instructions, I would recommend having a sheet of paper and a pencil. Draw circles and label these circles with the different types of screw (pentastar, 1.2mm Phillips etc.). As you take the phone apart, put the screws in the appropriate circles. It makes it much easier to put it all back together again.
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Tones Of Town
Tones Of Town
Price: £8.42

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chin-stoking has never sounded so human or melodic., 26 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Tones Of Town (Audio CD)
Field Music have created a masterpiece. They have pulled off the hardest trick in the book: making intricate and cerebral music sound poppy and accessible. By keeping songs short and packed with unexpected surprises, Tones of Town manages to delight well beyond its modest half-hour length. A provincial OK Computer, it has grand ambitions tempered by homely charm. Opening track Give It Lose It Take It combines a marimba study reminiscent of Steve Reich's Music for Mallet Instruments, 1970s power pop and the melodic meanderings of Jaga Jazzist; while managing to sound utterly earth-bound.

Lyrically the album is a rejection of prevailing metropolitan "values". Latest single A House Is Not A Home counters the urban chic mindset by reminding listeners that living on your own will never make a home. While the outstanding Working To Work blasts a personal pet hate: people who ask you what you do, as if your work defined your personality.

The album's been damned by faint praise. I've not seen a bad review, but neither have I seen it praised from the mountain-tops. And I suspect this boils down to the usual class prejudices that simmer in the subtext of British rock journalism. Most rock journalists (and I should know, it's a business I find myself in from time to time) are middle class white boys (like me). From the south of England (unlike me). And they define music by opposition: they love music made either by their polar opposites (working class northerners like Oasis making derivative but jubilant rock) or by people just like themselves (public school southerners like Radiohead making ambitious progressive rock). Field Music don't fit at either end of this spectrum. They're northern, but softly-spken and clearly in possession of a wide musical knowledge. They sit between the anthemic and the experimental. Some people believe the middle-ground is the incubator of mediocrity. It's not. It's the point of perfection. Midway between the ice cold and the scalding hot is the perfect, luxurious, sensual and relaxing bath.
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Peggy Suicide
Peggy Suicide
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £5.95

11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cope's most accessible album though not his best., 30 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Peggy Suicide (Audio CD)
Cruelly shorn of one of the best LP tracks "Uptight" (at 1h 20minutes, Peggy Suicide is a little too long to fit on a single CD), Peggy Suicide is still a thrillingly-good album that showcases not just Cope's eccentricity but his tremendous songwriting talent. Cope needs the restrictions of major labels to curb his wilder instincts. Buy it, and then befriend a dedicated Cope fan who will burn a copy of "uptight" for you.

"Steely Dan": Reelin' in the Years
"Steely Dan": Reelin' in the Years
by Brian Sweet
Edition: Paperback

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fact-filled but poorly written., 10 Oct. 2003
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I wanted to know more about Steely Dan and this book provided me with plenty of facts and figures. The prose, however, is dire and the author makes subjective statements that damage the book's credibility. I was surprised to read "Through with Buzz" described as a "throwaway" track. In my (subjective) opinion, Through with Buzz is a quite remarkable song ... one of few songs in the Steely Dan canon to feature a string arrangement, and a companion piece to "Charlie Freak", begging the question: "Was Pretzel Logic originally intended as a concept album?".
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Reasons and Persons (Oxford Paperbacks)
Reasons and Persons (Oxford Paperbacks)
by Derek Parfit
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.85

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life-changing work of moral philosophy, 23 Nov. 2001
... I concentrated mainly on the 'persons' side of the book.
I first read it in 1992, while studying philosophy at university and finding the entire subject frustrating. So much philosophy in the anglo-german tradition is a game of semantics. Reasons and Persons is different - it is a well reasoned argument that can have life-changing consequences.
His discussion of personal identity - what makes a person the same person across a spatio-termporal path - was revelatory. By explaining that, frankly, we do not have a consistent identity over time the implications for ethics become explosive.
I don't want to make it sound like some drippy self-help book, it certainly isn't, but it had a profound and life-changing effect on me and my notions of justice, punishment and my own identity.

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Price: £28.70

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An early hint of The High Llama's greatness, 11 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Santa Barbara (Audio CD)
If you are used to the lush instrumentation of Hawaii or Gideon Gaye then Santa Barbara will initially disappoint. It's a more straightforward song-based album than any of the Llamas' later works and it sounds almost commercial in comparison. Once you get over this hurdle, however, you soon find yourself marvelling to Sean O'Hagan's songwriting talents. The opening song, Put Yourself Down is an infectious C&W singalong. Birdies Sing and Holland are also particularly good. But if Hawaii and Gideon Gaye are influenced by the Californian sounds of Beach Boys and Van Dyke Parks, then Santa Barbara, ironically is the sound of Swindon - there's more than a nod to XTC in these tunes.

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