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Nokia 515 Sim-Free Mobile Phone - Black
Nokia 515 Sim-Free Mobile Phone - Black

2.0 out of 5 stars Only SIM1 is 3G. SIM2 is 2G and therefore the 515 is not particularly good as a roaming phone., 5 Nov. 2014
The attraction of this phone is that you can have two SIMs in a compact phone with a good battery life.
So far so good. Unfortunately Nokia do not make clear that only SIM1 is 3G. This is an increasing problem in many countries 2G networks are being aggressively decommissioned to make way for 3G/4G. The US in particular.
Some countries never had a 2G network, e.g. Japan and Korea.
So as a travel phone for roaming the 515 is significantly compromised.

Fodor's Japan
Fodor's Japan
by Fodor Travel Publications
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.05

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Narita Vs Haneda Aiport nonsense, 20 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Fodor's Japan (Paperback)
I feel I need to challenge the comments about this book in another review.

The reviewer states that the book is poorly written because Fodors says that Narita is the easiest airport to use.

Fodors is correct, Narita is the easiest airport to use when visiting Tokyo. ( It is not the best for connecting flights.)
There are several good train services from Narita into central Tokyo. These are fast and efficient. Much faster than the connections from Haneda, which have many stops and are frequently crowded. Public transport connections from Narita are also much easier to use when lugging heavy luggage.

Really, few people would have good reason to use a Taxi travelling from either airport. The limousine coach can be a decent option but heavy traffic means that it is slow.

Some airlines have recently added new services into Haneda, only to find that travellers actually do prefer Narita.

Jama Ko
Jama Ko
Price: £12.83

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to their usual standard., 29 April 2013
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This review is from: Jama Ko (Audio CD)
Another super album from the Malian superstars. I didn't however find this as immediately enjoyable as the previous album. Perhaps the novely factor is wearing off for me.

Crock-Pot 0.6L Rice Cooker Grey
Crock-Pot 0.6L Rice Cooker Grey
Price: £19.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars lasted only 10 uses, 31 Mar. 2013
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This small rice cooker is just the right size for up to 4 people. I bought it to replace a similar-sized Ainsley Harriot rice cooker that had started to fall apart (Still works though).
Sadly it only lasted 10 uses before dying.

Life on Mars - BBC Series 1 (New Packaging) [Blu-ray]
Life on Mars - BBC Series 1 (New Packaging) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ John Simm
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £9.49

2 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please disregard the nonsense below about this excellent series., 29 Jun. 2009
Firstly its true that the Bluray is a bit lacking in features, but the Bluray does deliver a noticeable increase in picture and sound quality over the DVD.
Life on Mars was shot on 16mm film and hence is a 24frames/sec frame rate. On the Bluray at 1080/24p the series is displayed exactly as it was shot. Please disregard the nonsense written below about the frame-rate being wrong. For anybody interested full details can be found on IMDB.
I'm going to give this a FIVE star rating only partly to compensate for the the misguided low ratings given below.
Life on Mars is one of the few series which has been improved upon in the US version. Sadly it only went to 17 episodes in the US. However, the excellent cast delivered brilliant performances. Like a few other great series it was canned in the downturn. I would advise that you watch the UK series first, and you can see how little the script has had to be changed in the transposition from Manchester to New York.
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Blade Runner: The Final Cut [Blu-ray] [1982] [Region Free]
Blade Runner: The Final Cut [Blu-ray] [1982] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford
Price: £6.40

15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb restoration of an all time classic, 21 Dec. 2007
Not a single one of the the below reviews is addressed to the quality of this particular release. Indeed, the reviewers have chosen to indulge in a moan about the way that it has been diferently marketed in the US and the UK. They have not even seen the product and rated it useen, before release.

Make no mistake, this is the best picture quality of any version of Bladerunner to date on film or DVD. Gone is the grainy picture, gone is the tinny soundtrack. This is the film as it was meant to be seen.

Sure, some might prefer to have a collectors item with all verions and some bits of tat in a pretty box, that's a reasonable aspiration.

However, this release should be reviewed on it's own merits.
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Onibaba [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1964]
Onibaba [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1964]
Dvd ~ Kei Sato

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demon Woman, 30 Jun. 2006
ONIBABA was a worldwide hit when it was released in 1964. It's not hard to see why. The film is an allegory on several levels, commenting on the pointlessness of war and the failings of capitalism. The film can be enjoyed without appreciating any of that, with it's simmering erotisim and superb photography in a unique setting.

The DVD has worthwhile extras. The director's and actor's commentary is quite interesting as is the home video footage taken on location by Kei Sato.

Highly recommended

Go: An Airline Adventure
Go: An Airline Adventure
by Barbara Cassani
Edition: Paperback

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A salutary tale of loyalty and betrayal in business, 17 Nov. 2003
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This is a compellingly readable account of how Barbara Cassani and her small team launched the low-cost airline "Go". Barbara tells how the immense dedication of the companies employees pulled them through on many occasions. The book also details how the airline was betrayed by British Airlines, who provided the launch funding, and 3i who funded the Management Buy Out. Both British Airways and 3i lost potential profit and the public lost a popular and reliable low-cost airline.
The account is related from the very personal viewpoint of Ms Cassani, but none the less readable for that.
Anyone who regularly flys on low-cost airline should read this book.

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