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Confidence Dumbbell set 20kg
Confidence Dumbbell set 20kg
Price: £30.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Seem great for the money, but expect difference quality of finish, 17 July 2014
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Although new to weights, it's quickly becoming clear that you get what you pay for. Essentially, these are as expected. All weights present and correct (as opposed to the people who don't realise the 20kg declared weight INCLUDES the bars and spinlocks), the spinlocks fit perfectly, and the finish on the weights themselves seems fairly good. As many others have said, for some reason weights manufacturers can't be bothered to put them in boxes which can actually hold that amount of weight, so it was barely still together, the weights had moved a little, so there are a couple of chips here and there; nothing major.

The thing which has slightly disappointed me is the huge difference in quality of finish on the bars. One is brilliantly smooth, and the other is exceedingly rough, to the point where I think one is going to require the use of a glove, while it feels like the other probably won't. I guess time will tell.

Nevertheless, at my beginner level these are going to work well. I have small hands, but the diameter of these bars is fine for me, and the weights themselves are not too big in circumference to be at all prohibitive. Some have said the spinlocks have a habit of coming loose with extended use, and I've yet to test this, but if that is the case, I really don't see doing them up again from time to time as much of a burden.

Happy so far.

by Harriet Lane
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Labours to its conclusion, 19 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Her (Hardcover)
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Conceptually Her has everything going for it. The mundane, day-to-day exchanges between two ordinary women leading up to the final shocking confrontation and revelation, narrated alternately from each of their points of view presents a brilliant example of how two people can interpret the same situation in wildly different ways.

It's problem is, despite being a rather short book, it takes far, far too long to do it. It's like author Harriet Lane isn't quite sure that the reader is going to get that it's the tedious minutia of these women's lives that they should be understanding, so she labours every point, often going over some of them more than once just to drive them home. A bit like when a specialist in some technical field in a movie verbosely describes a term for the benefit of the audience in a far more simplistic way than they ever would on the job in the real world.

Compared to this slow, grinding journey to the revenge twist, which we are approaching kind of in reverse as we find out why Nina want's revenge on Emma in the first place, the unconvincing punchline doesn't pay off. For such an ordinary, frankly boring woman as Nina to go so far as she does, there has to be an element of madness there that goes completely unexplored. Her desire for revenge is presented as completely normal, when it is in fact extreme. Nina could have been a much deeper character than the one Lane has written and it's that lack of depth where needed, plus an over-abundance of unnecessarily heavy description of things which don't require it that make this a far more painstaking read than it needed to be.

Out of The Furnace [DVD] [2013]
Out of The Furnace [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £4.80

3.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent acting masques a pedestrian plot, 19 Jun. 2014
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There are a few of these every year. Washed out colours, dark tone, stellar cast. Thrillers for which the terms "gritty" and "visceral" are apparently needed. Inevitably slow-paced, these kinds of films often require a significant investment of time and concentration, which the good ones reward with top class performances and a story which delivers on all levels.

Out of The Furnace, the latest effort from Scott Cooper, who's directorial debut Crazy Heart won hatfulls of awards, is not one such movie. It's got the tone, cinematography, and pace of a classic "gritty" thriller, but when it comes down to it, the story is just that well-worn younger brother gets mixed up in something untoward, gets killed, older brother seeks revenge plot that everyone has seen before.

Now granted most people may not have seen it played out with such skill as the cast of this one pull off, particularly main star Christian Bale as the revenge-seeking Russell, Willem Defoe as criminal leader John Petty, Woody Harrelson's lunatic Harlan DeGroat, and Casey Affleck as Bale's younger brother Rodney, but it's still a story that won't pay off at the end because it holds no surprises, stark and poignant though the final scene may be.

When screened on TV, this is worth some time just for the acting, but it's not worth investing any money in.

Peacock [DVD] [2010]
Peacock [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Cillian Murphy
Price: £4.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Murphy can't quite save it, 24 April 2014
This review is from: Peacock [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
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If performances were enough to single-handedly rescue strangely messy movies, Cillian Murphy's cross-dresser in Peacock would be one of them.

But they're not, and although more or less everyone in the movie does their job well, the whole thing is just a little toi disjointed throughout.

Maybe worth a Sunday evening on TV, but not worth parting with money for.

Alpen Berries Trail Bar 48g (Pack of 12 bars)
Alpen Berries Trail Bar 48g (Pack of 12 bars)
Price: £9.48

3.0 out of 5 stars Just more of what you know, 24 Mar. 2014
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These were as nice as any other Alpen bar because in all honestly they're really not significantly different to all the other Alpen (or indeed anyone else's) bars - except for the ones with a chocolate or yoghurt coating, obviously.

Anyone who likes the others on the market will enjoy these just as much, and Amazon's prices can't really be faulted. There's not much more too it than that.

The Kill List (Audiogo)
The Kill List (Audiogo)
by Frederick Forsyth
Edition: Audio CD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start, but comes good in the end, 20 Feb. 2014
This review is from: The Kill List (Audiogo) (Audio CD)
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The payoff is worth it with this one. It's very heavy going to start with. A LOT of people and situations require in depth description and without the option to re-read passages to make sure you understand them, keeping up can be hard. But not impossible, and although it seems like it's going to be a very slow story, all of that heavy description proves necessary. The second half is much faster paced, and more or less all of what you heard in the first half has a direct baring on the second. Don't give up part way through, because it will all be worth it after a while. A very engaging story, with a good ending and a somewhat rewarding feeling that comes with sticking it out early on!

Octopussy & The Living Daylights and Other Stories
Octopussy & The Living Daylights and Other Stories
by Ian Fleming
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most accessible, 20 Feb. 2014
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What can make some of the other titles in this rather excellent 'Reloaded' series of James Bond stories read by famous contemporary names a little tiresome is that most of them are unabridged, and while some people certainly prefer that, others can understandably find them a bit of a drag.

'Octopussy' and 'The Living Daylights', perhaps better known as separate full-length Sean Connery movies, were both originally short stories, collected together in a single book along with two more which were not made into films, 'The Property of a Lady' and '007 In New York'.

Actor Tom Hiddleston (currently known to most people only as Loki in the Thor and Avengers movie series - something it'll probably take him a while to shake) reads all three of those stories in this release, while Lucy Fleming, Iain's neice and producer of the series, reads '007 In New York. The shorter, punchier format translates to audio book in a far more accessible way than a full length novel can for many people, and the natural breaks make pacing it a lot easier too.

This is therefore a very enjoyable listen, for a James Bond fan or not. Both Hiddleston's and Lucy Fleming's voices are charismatic and engaging, and both are very well-spoken, making the reading easy to understand and follow. They also both make a concerted effort to make their readings believable and authentic.

Recommended for anyone interested in stories of this kind.

Lonely Planet Pocket Amsterdam (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Pocket Amsterdam (Travel Guide)
by Karla Zimmerman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars About as good as any other, 3 Oct. 2013
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Guides like this are only every useful up to a point, because nothing beats walking around the city and finding things for yourself. But with that in mind, this little guide, the perfect size to drop into any bag when you head out, has enough in it to be useful all day long. The map is good, if not quite as detailed as some, and the sensible classification of things to do depending on the kind of person you are is very helpful. For instance, people uninterested in the famed smoking and red light aspects of Amsterdam get these things clearly flagged in the book, so know what to avoid.

The restaurant recommendations are a bit lacking, but again that is something best found personally, and the canal walks are excellent. The sections on food, drink, museums, etc. are approached from a recommended "best of" angle, due to the need to keep things concise, and again this is only something useful up to a point. Really a comprehensive catalogue of all that is on offer under each heading, categorised appropriately (i.e. by cuisine) with indications of price, queueing/popularity etc. is much more helpful. The Dorling Kindersley ones do this.

If you really need to be taking your guide out with you, something like this is perfect, just don't expect it to be able to tell you everything. A better option is to get a bigger one with more in it and a removable map. Plan what you want to do, mark it on the map, and just take the map with you.

The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979)
The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979)
Price: £11.03

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific value, but incomplete, 30 Mar. 2012
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The value of this set obviously cannot be faulted. All the albums from UFO's most successful, and probably highest-quality period for a little over a tenner is remarkable.

But, having gone through the process of issuing all of these albums as remasters with bonus tracks, why is this set missing almost ALL of the bonus tracks from those releases? As another reviewer pointed out, the version of Strangers In The Night here is not the expanded version, but in actual fact NONE of the albums are the expanded versions. Leaving out demos and yet more live tracks (when actually rather a lot of bonus live material has been included in this box anyway) is fair enough, but there are genuine studio bonus tracks. There are some unreleased bonus tracks in their place, but most of them are just single edits of regular tracks, or further live versions (in most cases taken from the BBC In Session and Live Concert album).

Bonus tracks missing tracks:
Sixteen, Doctor Doctor (Live), Oh My (Demo), Sixteen (Demo) from Phenomenon
A Million Miles, Mother Mary (Live Radio One), Out In The Street (Live Radio One), Shoot Shoot (Live Radio One), Let It Roll (Live at The Roundhouse), This Kid's (Live At The Roundhouse) from Force It
All Or Nothing, French Kisses, Have You Seen Me Lately Joan, Do It If You Can, All The Strings from No Heavy Petting
Lights Out (Live At The Roundhouse), Try Me (Live At The Roundhouse), Love To Love (Live At The Roundhouse), Getting' Ready (Live At The Roundhouse) from Lights Out
Hot 'n' Ready (Live), Pack It Up (And Go) (Live), Ain't No Baby (Live) from Obsession
Cherry (Live), Hot 'n' Ready (Live) from Strangers In The Night (Remaster)

Bonus tracks included:
Give Her The Gun (from Phenomenon)
Sweet Little Thing (from Phenomenon)
Doctor Doctor (single edit, 1st time on CD)
Doctor Doctor (live single edit, 1st time on CD)
On With The Action (live, 1st time on CD)
Try Me (single remix, 1st time on CD)
Only You Can Rock Me (single version, 1st time on CD)
6 tracks from BBC In Session And In Concert (seven more are not here, one is listed above)
8 tracks from an unreleased concert in Atlanta, 1974

So yes, this set is good, but it's not perfect, and things have probably been left off and replaced with other unreleased material so that completists will feel the need to buy both this and the individual remasters.
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Fanboys [DVD]
Fanboys [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seth Rogen
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A title for both its content and its target viewers, 21 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Fanboys [DVD] (DVD)
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It's rarely possible to put together a humorous commentary on a subject as niche as science fiction without make most of the jokes only accessible to members of the niche.

Such is the case for most of 'Fanboys', which follows a fairly well-worn basic storyline of a madcap teenage roadtrip, but relies on in-jokes and good-natured mocking for its best moments.

Anyone who has watched just a little science fiction, particularly the most obvious exponents of the genre such as 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek', and possess a basic knowledge of the much-documented rivalry between die-hard fans of each, will be able to enjoy the light-hearted, feel-good comedy of 'Fanboys', but the real laughs are likely to only be had by those with a slightly deeper understanding.

Everyone should be able to appreciate turns by William Shatner and Seth Rogan, but it's really the core cast of dude-wannabe Dan Fogler, super-nerd Jay Baruchel, should-be-a-cool-guy-but-doesn't-know-it Sam Huntington, token hottie Kristen Bell and sob-story Chris Marquette whose chemistry really shines alongside the accurate, clever gags.

There are enough laughs for everyone here that 'Fanboys' should be enjoyable to all, but it's the proper genre-fans who will get the most from it, and shouldn't be too offended by most of the mocking included as it's all pretty accurate.

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