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SuperLEDTM MR16 12v LED BULB 5.5W WITH 27 x 5050 SMD LEDs IN COOL WHITE THE BRIGHTEST SMD BULBS AVAILABLE EMITTING 460 LUMENS - EXTREMELY - BRIGHT PERFECT FOR REPLACING HALOGEN BULBS
SuperLEDTM MR16 12v LED BULB 5.5W WITH 27 x 5050 SMD LEDs IN COOL WHITE THE BRIGHTEST SMD BULBS AVAILABLE EMITTING 460 LUMENS - EXTREMELY - BRIGHT PERFECT FOR REPLACING HALOGEN BULBS

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They work, but what hideous light!, 30 Oct 2013
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I have tried many different types of energy-saving MR16 bulbs. It seems to me that the technology is not there yet. Many do not work properly. They flicker of fail to light altogether. These, at least, work. They create a fairly powerful 'metallic' light. Ideal for a morgue or a horror movie.


10 x MR16 GU5.3 48 LED 3528 SMD Warm White High Power Spot Light Lamp Bulb 8-24V
10 x MR16 GU5.3 48 LED 3528 SMD Warm White High Power Spot Light Lamp Bulb 8-24V
Offered by Super Deal Genie
Price: £30.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive but they flicker, 30 Sep 2013
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Unfortunately, many of these bulbs flickered. The light was simply not steady. They look good and fit well but if you need a high quality lighting option, this is not the one.


Bluetooth wireless keyboard hard plastic stand cover case for iPad 2 (white keys)
Bluetooth wireless keyboard hard plastic stand cover case for iPad 2 (white keys)
Offered by Global Distributor
Price: £9.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice item. Keys 'stuck' originally. Replacement perfect., 7 Feb 2013
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I bought this item, influenced by the numerous positive reviews. I was delighted when the item arrived. It 'fits' perfectly the iPad anddoes indeed look as if Apple themselves designed it. The on-off key is the only 'cheap' feature of this item but it worked well, the keyboard charged quickly and it connected flawlessly with the blue-tooth connection. Unfortunately, howver, right from the start many of the keys of the devise 'stuck'. I am sure that most readers will recognize this as a very frustrating thing. You type e and you get eeeeeeeeeeeeeee. You do backspace to delete and then it deletes several additional letters than the unwanted eeeeee. I returned it using Amazon's return policy, but feel frustrated because I really liked this item.

PS. This item was replaced by one that works perfectly. It has been a tremendous accessory to the iPad.


Samsung CLP-325W  Colour Laser Printer (Wireless)
Samsung CLP-325W Colour Laser Printer (Wireless)

4.0 out of 5 stars A good printer but installing wireless a torture, 1 Jan 2012
It is 10:45 and have just managed to print the first document wirelessly with this printer. What is it about these things that cause so much trouble to some people I don't know but a degree, a masters and a PhD seem of little help when you try to install a device like this one. Manufacturers have now decided that manuals and prospectuses are a thing of the past and that consumers have a responsibility to dig out from innemrable HELP websites solutions to their problems. A shame. This printer comes with a quick set up guide which is entirely useless for wireless set up (it doesn't even tell you the function of the WPS button) and a longer guide that is rinted so small I found it unreadable (I use readyreadrs 1.50 and my eye sight is not normally hopeless).

I installed this printer using the USB connection very quickly and painlessly in 3 minutes (round about 3pm). Windows XP picked up the software from the necessary website and the printer was up and running smoothly. Connecting it wirelessly has take some five hours of frustration and maybe I can save some other people a little time with the following tips.

If you install the printer directly with the USB connection, you will have to uninstall it before you can install it wirelessly.

First make sure that the printer has recognized the router, by pressing the WPS button persistently (3-5 seconds) AND ALSO the WPS button on your router (if it has one).

To install the printer wirelessly on your computer, you will still have to use the USB connection but MAKE SURE THAT THE PRINTER IS FIRST WIRELESSLY CONNECTED TO YOUR ROUTER. I spent a good half hour before realizing that once you have plugged the USB on you computer, the printer is unable to make contact with the router, UNTIL IT HAS BEEN FULLY INSTALLED.

After installation was completed (and this took several false starts), the computer had to be rebooted before it could connect wirelessly with the printer - something that nobody told the first time user.


Beethoven: The 32 Piano Sonatas
Beethoven: The 32 Piano Sonatas
Price: £31.95

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A master pianist but not his greatest achievement, 15 Nov 2011
I grew up listening to many of Kempff's stereo versions of Beethoven piano sonatas - I loved them. Years have passed and as I listen to them again, I find them not altogether rewarding. To ears that have experienced Richter in the Storm, Arrau in the Pathetique, Ashkenazy in the Appassionata, Rubinstein in the Moonlight and Pollini in the last three (to say nothing of numerous others), Kempff sounds underpowered to me, especially when Beethoven is raising a storm worthy of Zeus. I appreciate other reviewers' comments about the clarity and serenity he brings in much of what he touches, but I want more passion, more stress and more grandeur in my Beethoven. I also increasingly get irritated by smudged notes, which one would easily forgive in more 'risky' or hell for leather performances. Kempff was undoubtedly a great artist - I attended a couple of his Festival Hall performances and have wonderful memories of him playing Mozart's piano concertos and Schubert piano sonatas. I must also say that I have not heard his earlier mono recordings that many regard as superior to this set - I would not however place this complete set above others, especially Arrau, Ashkenazy and Barenboim.
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Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets
Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets
by Wendy Lesser
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy effort, but the big questions remain unanswered, 21 Oct 2011
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The author clearly loves the string quartets of the great Dmitri Shostakovich and she has tried to pay hommage to the legacy that he has left us. She has also skillfully intermingled the composition and content of the quartets with what is known about DSCH's life, from existing sources as well as her interviews with people who knew him and loved him, not least several members of string quartets that pioneered his works. Unfortunately, it is incredibly difficult for a non-musicologist to write intelligently and informatively about music without resorting to cliches and platitudes, something that this author does quite a lot of. I think that the entire discourse of 'silent voices' is such a tired one and one that does not begin to capture the complexities of life for a creative genius in a tyranny. Many of the great Soviet artists, including composers like Shostakovich, performers like Richter and Oistrakh, dancers etc. enjoyed a relatively great lifestyle compared with many of their compatriots, provided that they adhered to certain routines and standards. Of course, many of them found them intolerable, though undoubtedly the unfreedom and oppression stimulated their creative imagination and disciplined delivery in remarkable ways (probably helping them rise to greater levels than their Western counterparts). But what price did they have to pay? The author does not really begin to cast any light into the psychological complexities of someone like Shostakivich beyond what is already known.

I am very reluctant to criticize a very honest effort, but as a psychologist, I find the author's venture into Shostakovich psyche simplistic and unenlightening. Her ability to articulate what she herself finds in the quartets and why, at times, they engulf her entire being is also very limited, frquently lapsing into tired and well-rehearsed generalizations. There are very few non-musicologists who can write intelligently about music and reveal some of the reasons why it has a particular effect on the listener. I am thinking of Thomas Mann towards the end of Magic Mountain and a few others. Wendy Lesser does not belong to those gifted few.


Chopin: Ballades & Piano Concerto No. 2
Chopin: Ballades & Piano Concerto No. 2
Price: £10.50

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sugary, self-indulgent and sentimental, 9 Aug 2011
I thought that I had heard the least inspiring version of both Chopin's piano concertos in Lang Lang's highly idiosyncratic and anxiety-riven performances. I must say, however, that I found Lise de la Salle's version of the Second Concerto just about unbearable - this is surely the most self-indulgent, sugary, and sentimental Chopin that you are likely to get - it takes us to those now forgotten days of Chopin as salon composer, which the great Rubinstein, Richter and Pollini did so much to discredit. The tempo is pulled and pushed in every musical phrase, the kind of rubato that gives Chopin a a bad name and which used to be practiced by my great aunts in the early parts of the 20th century. I just cannot understand how piano companies these days can promote this type of rubbish, except that the image of an attractive and dreamy young woman on the cover may attract the innocent and unwary. That a great orchestra should be enticed to participate in this venture is something I find equally objectionable, when there are great pianists who are languishing forgotten. I am writing this listening to to Richter's version of the F minor concerto on Melodyia with the USSR SYmphony Orchestra under Svetlanov, a 1966 performance - now, there you have a musical experience to sweep you off your feet! If you want a more recent performace you will not go wrong with the later Zimerman or, for a more 'masculine' experience, Argerich. If, however, you can find the Richter performance, you will be in for a treat.


François Couperin: Keyboard Music, Vol. 1
François Couperin: Keyboard Music, Vol. 1
Price: £11.33

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A note of caution, 28 July 2011
Like the other reviewers, I love the harpsichord music of the Great Couperin. It represents an outstanding achievement of the French baroque and a lasting memorial to a time when music did not seek to arouse the passions but to communicate them in a discreet and controlled manner. Unlike Bach's harpsichord works, Couperin's harpsichord music does not involve the same extraordinary intellectual discipline, counterpoint and complexity. It does, however, work very precisely with the harpsichord sonority (the way Chopin's works with the piano), in volving wide ranging decorations, imaginative flourishes, unequal notes and a very rich but controlled musicality which do not easily translate into piano music. It can be done as Emmannuel Tharaud has demonstrated in his fine recording, but I do not believe that Angela Hewitt delivers it here. I have listened to this cd well over 20 times, every time hoping to derive more pleasure than I actually do and it is this that prompts me to write this review. The staccato style favoured by Hewitt, evoking Glenn Gould's great Bach recordings, simply does not work here. It turns elaborate grandeur into triviality - the Versailles spirit cannot be captured in this manner. To me, this sounds very much like a French poem read by somebody with a very strong foreign accent.


Rentokil FC61 Cat and Dog Repeller
Rentokil FC61 Cat and Dog Repeller
Offered by GoodsWholesaleUK
Price: £24.99

68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great product with two huge flaws, 13 Jun 2011
When you pay so much money for a cat repellent you expect it to work. I have no doubt that this works and over a period of time, cats have learnt to stay clear of my garden. WHAT'S THE SNAG THEN? First, the device gobbles up two 9V batteries in 7-10 days. Not cheap. Problem solved by buying rechargeable batteries and charger at cost of about £[]. Snag two. To replace the batteries you must remove four tiny and poor quality screws ; fiddly and inaccurate. Eventually the plastic gives way and it becomes impossible to get a clean fit. Water seaps through when it rains and the baterries are gone. Shame, because this could have been the gadget that many gardeners dream of. What would it take? Make the battery container permanently sealed and get the batteries recharged like other garden gizmos; not rocket science really.
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Avanti il levar de la tenda - Agostino Steffani (Arie dal Tassilone)
Avanti il levar de la tenda - Agostino Steffani (Arie dal Tassilone)
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A neglected masterpiece that should be far better known, 12 Jun 2011
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Agostino Steffani is a remarkable historical figure, diplomat, man of letters and no mean composer. I hear his opera Tassilone in Berkeley in the 1970s and recorded it off the air (yes, we used to do such things in those days) and absolutely loved it. I listened to it for many years on the cassette tapes, until eventually the sound quality was such that I threw them away. Such great music, I thought, it won't be long before someone records it properly. How wrong I was. Nearly forty years later and at last we have a recording of some arias and a few instrumental numbers modestly recorded by an Italian ealry music group unknown to me and tenor Alessio Nicolavcich Gioitti. The quality of the music remains remarkable but this is hardly a professional performance one would hope for. Giotti has a timbre reminiscent of the great Monteverdi tenor Nigel Rogers and has a fair stab at the coloratura parts of the arias, but his intonation is suspect and his voice becomes a little tiring in number after number with little variation (and scarcely any recitative). The orchestra is hardly better. All the same, we owe a big thanks to these honest musicians for at least giving us a recording of some great music that prefigures Handel (and, in my view, is at least the equal of most French operas composed at the time).
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