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Barry Lyndon [1975] [DVD]
Barry Lyndon [1975] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ryan O'Neal
Offered by GB4DVDS
Price: 14.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 16 Dec 2008
This review is from: Barry Lyndon [1975] [DVD] (DVD)
One of the few examples of film being almost flawless. A film truly can be a work of art.

'Almost flawless' as there is one flaw - Ryan O'Neil is not quite ideal for the role and doesn't really deliver an engaging performance, it's probably the best he can do but it's a noticeable weak link in among all the other superb performances.

This minor flaw accepted it's still a 5 star film. It's just beautiful.

The locations are perfect and have a real 'period' feel that puts other productions (film & TV) to shame

The indoor candle-lit scenes are just fantastic thnks to the NASA lenses (which Kubrick bought second-hand from NASA after they decided they no longer needed them. They tried subsequently to buy them back but Kubrick refused to sell them). It rightly won an Oscar for the brilliant cinematography.

The soundtrack is brilliant too, classical music played in a period style which is both unobtrusive and engaging.

Overall it's an essential film for any cinema buff and possibly Kubrick's finest hour.

Gaggia Classic 74507N Coffee Maker Chrome
Gaggia Classic 74507N Coffee Maker Chrome

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 16 Dec 2008
I've had this machine for over 7 years - it's a brilliant piece of kit.

It's a manual machine and only a single boiler so learning to get the best out of it will take time & practice. Once you have the knack and partnered it with a decent grinder (I have an ascaso) it's capable of producing coffees on a par with any sold by the major chains.

The manual is poor but better info is available on the net. Gaggia UK are very helpful but their communication isn't the best.

If your machine includes a rubber disc about 3" across then just discard this item, it's not featured in the mnual and not required for operation - no-one has ever explained why it it's included!

Buy one and spend time experimenting and you'll soon be producing perfect coffee at a reasonable price - it's saved me '000s.


Sony ICF-C273L Clock Radio
Sony ICF-C273L Clock Radio

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous OS, 16 Dec 2008
Very poor product. The palava involved in changing the time, setting the alarms etc is unbelievable. Once set up never, ever cut the power or you'll be forced to rummage for the manual & spend 10+ minutes resetting it!

This machine has so many niggles: the above hassle, no 24hr clock option (unless you have the 'European' version where it's fixed - AM/PM isn't an option)that it just sits unused on a shelf.

Sound quality is just about OK, nothing special.

The manual / web support is laughable - I'm sure this OS made sense in Sony-land but in the real world it's not fit for purpose.

It's too complicated to put in a spare room or the holiday cottage so is of no use at all. You can have mine for the cost of the postage!
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Memphis Belle [DVD] [1990]
Memphis Belle [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Matthew Modine
Price: 3.99

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful Emotional Tosh, 11 Dec 2008
This review is from: Memphis Belle [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
What might have been/

This project started out with the intention to film Len Deighton's 'Bomber' with it's dark sub-plots about remorse for the damage inflicted on Germany, growing socialism in the RAF '44 onwards, class conflicts between NCO pilots and officers. But it wouldn't 'play in Milwaukee' so the money men and 'associate producers' stepped in and we get this.

Schmatlzy, hackneyed, Yoosay-centric tosh. Actually as a comedy it's worth two stars as it is toe-curlingly funny (reading Keats against a backdrop of billowing wheat - please!) but as a drama it's remarkably weak and simplistic.

Went down well in Milwaukee though......
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The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How it Changed the City Forever
The Subterranean Railway: How the London Underground Was Built and How it Changed the City Forever
by Christian Wolmar
Edition: Paperback

13 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Potentially interesting - poorly executed, 16 Nov 2008
I know a little about the Tube, gleaned from websites and many years' use as a tourist and then commuter.

I expected an interesting read from this book - the reviews on here suggest it's well-written, insightful history provided in a well-constructed format.

It is none of the above.

This book needs a serious re-edit, the addition of many maps and diagrams to explain the development of the various railways over time and some judicious re-writing to explain many of the points alluded to.

There are many examples where the Author's writing abilities aren't up to the job - the result is a confusing and often contradictory account.

I suggest you ensure you have access to the internet and a copy of the standard tube map to help you follow the narrative.

This book can't even provide a decent modern tube map, half the Northern Line and the southern section of the Bakerloo are missing, swallowed by the gutter. A frankly pathetic production error in a book about the Tube!

The book also assumes you'll spend time working mnay things out for yourself (Bishop's Road was a station near Paddington - or perhaps it was a previous name for Paddington? who knows?) and have a working knowledge of mainline connections & termini (these are a fundamental part of the story, either as competition to the tube or as a driving factor for its development). Again no map is provided.

All in all this is a near miss. There is a truly fascinating story to be told but this author/edition isn't up to the task.

Lm Technologies 802.11g Wireless G USB Network Adapter for PC
Lm Technologies 802.11g Wireless G USB Network Adapter for PC

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great so far, 10 Nov 2008
Having had an awful experience with the Netgear wpn111 I settled on this as an alternative.

Unlike the netgear this works!!

Installing was confusing but once I just plugged the USB in and let vista load the drivers it worked!

A breath of efficient air!

Netgear RangeMax WPN111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter
Netgear RangeMax WPN111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter
Price: 26.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star's too high!, 6 Nov 2008
This is rubbish!

It works intermittently, fails for no reason and then won't reconnect. Sometime it works for days on end, others it goes in 10 minutes.

30% of the time you can unplug / plug the cable in again, the other 70% of the time you have to restart the computer. There is no other way.

The router's fine it's just the USB adapter.

The phone support offers no help / doesn't acknowledge there's a flaw with this product.



Just bought the Lm Technologies 802.11g Wireless G USB Network Adapter from Amazon for 9 ish which is far, far superior. It actually works!

From the same position the Lm USB gets a perfect signal (the Netgear only got 2 bars), Windows loads the drivers and all in all it's 20 times better.

When I think of all the hassle the Netgear caused me and the amount of time I spent trying to sort it, assuming it was the computer etc etc I really wonder whether I'll ever buy another netgear product.

Do not buy the Netgear! There are many better cheaper alternatives

Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (PC DVD)
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (PC DVD)
Offered by rockaway-records
Price: 14.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, 26 April 2008
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This is quite a good game once you get playing. The graphics are good, the gameplay is OK and the portrayal of the Brits (and the language) is notable for not being the Lah-di-dah stereotype.

BUT it barely works.

Have a good book handy. You'll get through a couple of pages while it decides to load, then a few more when you have to down load a patch for online gaming even if that doesn't interest you at all - you're not asked!, quit the game and load the patch. Reload the game (a few more pages read), download another patch for reasons unspecifieed (3 more pages) then it'll say 'can't find the disc' - despite the fact that you launched the game from the disc! Eject the disc and re-insert (another page), then the 'media isn't recognised', eject the disc and try again (5 more pages).

When you get to play, don't stop as if you do and exit you have to reload patches when you try next time. I've only played the game 3 times and as I say it's not bad but I've managed 83 pages of my book while waiting.

Quite honestly they've got a cheek releasing this in this condition and Microsoft have got an even bigger cheek taking their dollars to allow them to put 'Games For Windows (logo)' on the cover.

Maybe it works on a Mac?

Friendly Fire: The Secret War Between the Allies
Friendly Fire: The Secret War Between the Allies
by Clive Prince
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.15

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Thought-Provoking, 22 April 2008
A must-read for all those studying WW2.

Well-researched it overturns many of the the myths we've been fed about WW2 and particularly the US's motivation in stirring up the war and then joining in the fighting.


12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A man at the top of his game!!, 16 Jan 2008
This review is from: Unearthed (Audio CD)
Collected from illicit tapes, sound board recordings and 'lost' broadcasts this compilations captures Nic at the top of his game before the accident prevented him performing. The owner of most of his back catalogue refuses to allow it to be sold so this is all we have (officially) apart from Penguin Eggs.

Brilliant guitar work, passionate peformances and thoughtfull singing, Nic was, in his prime, a force of nature and without him UK folk now would look and sound very different.

Essential for all folkies and anyone who thinks he can play a guitar!!
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