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Clip-On Acoustic Classical Guitar Pickup Soundhole Pickup--Black
Clip-On Acoustic Classical Guitar Pickup Soundhole Pickup--Black
Offered by Tcity
Price: £10.37

4.0 out of 5 stars A good little accessory for an acoustic guitar, 25 Feb. 2015
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This is an easy to fit and remove pickup and with the padding as described it doesn't mark the guitar.

The sound added a certain richness of, tone to the sound of the acoustic guitar that I noted in particular on certain higher chords like a D, for example.

I am really only a novice on the guitar, and using a Marshall MS-2 micro amp, my first impression was that the separate volume and tone controls didn't do that much when adjusted. I did discover this actually worked better when the I turned the on switch to the 'overdrive sounds' position, rather than the 'clean sounds' position. I do note, however that another reviewer suggested that it worked more effectively on a 15W amp.

I think this is actually a good little device that is capable of delivering a decent, electro-acoustic sound for those who already own acoustic guitars. It probably doesn't fully substitute for an engineered electro acoustic, but then again you are not paying anything like that kind of price. It is a good little accessory, handy when you want that electro acoustic sound, even if you may not use it every time you play.

Note:This arrived 2 days later than the top end delivery estimate, but being mailed from China, this is not bad in terms of the delivery.


Rise and Fall
Rise and Fall
by Casey Kelleher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbingly refreshing alternative to a Martina Cole formula, 24 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Rise and Fall (Paperback)
This book is certainly in the Martina Cole mould, but without following the formulaic plot that Martina Cole seems to have fallen into. (I have been a Martina Cole fan since her first novel The Jump, but after a dozen plus books, they are all merging into the same plot).

Yes, the book concerns rival gangs, but the developing plotline in 'Rise and Fall' is not so much about the gang rivalry and the emergence of 'the Don' from with 'the family', covering the success of one gang over another, it is one more concerned with a disturbing case of child abuse.

The conquering gang in this case isn't the most sinister. The conquering gang actually comes down to one gang lieutenant who has a personal score to settle with the sinister gang leader of the more hard core gang. The more hard core gang in itself is not of the typical make-up of one from a Martina Cole novel.

I don't want to give too much away in the plot in this review, as other readers should enjoy the refreshingly alternative plot in the setting of the criminal underground, that is both disturbing and gripping.

Taking into account that this book is of the genre but not of the formula, and also contains a classic surprise twist in the tale at the end, 'Rise and Fall' is a must read for lovers of crime thrillers.


A Tap on the Window
A Tap on the Window
by Linwood Barclay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars A book with an obvious opening that builds towards an unpredicatable ending., 27 Jan. 2015
This review is from: A Tap on the Window (Paperback)
This book begins presenting the reader with a classic dilemma. Should a guy on his own at night help single attractive girl in trouble? Yes, but of course this leads the main character into a whole bunch of trouble.

Some might argue that the basic plot is a bit formulaic, but keep going with it and the book gets better and better as the story unravels. The twist at the end actually reveals the key to the story which is the identity of the people responsible for the demise of the main characters son. For 90% of the book the reader is lured into thinking the main focus is solving the mystery of the subsequent disappearance of the girl who is offered help in the opening chapter.

The book contains some italicised chapters which when you first come across them almost seem to leap out of nowhere and not fit in with the story. Only about half way through the book do they seem to gradually start to fall into place and help the author reveal to the reader what is happening from the point of view of the guilty parties with respect to the girl's disappearance, rather than from the point of view of main character.

These chapters could have been integrated more seamlessly from the start so that they when the reader first comes across them the reader is not left wondering if a random insert has been made accidently. Alternatively, so as not to develop the plot too quickly they could have been left out until the point where they begin to make sense and serve a purpose.

Overall an excellent read then particularly in the latter half.


Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
by John Kruth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great subject, useless author, 5 Dec. 2014
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This book is quite good at analysing the writing behind the big early hits from the early 1960's and little else.
From this early period, Roy's first wife Claudette barely gets a mention.

The book is full of annoying misconceptions, for example, everyone knows that Elvis's time in the army in Germany was spent as regular soldier. This is one of the most universally commended time's of Elvis life. Yet, this author mentions twice in a derogatory fashion "while Elvis was entertaining the troops in Germany". If the author has such stupid misconceptions about Roy's contemporaries, how much of the material pertaining to Roy is also inaccurate.

I don't think this book has been originally researched, even with the bits that are OK, most of the analysis of the song writing for example can be extrapolated from comments made by the likes of Bono and Bernie Taupin in DVD's.

The author also refers to Roy's first album as "Blue and Lonely" rather than the correct title of "Lonely and Blue", just how bad is that.


Elvis & Ginger
Elvis & Ginger
by Alden, Ginger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.44

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A more comforting appraisal of Elvis's last few months, 17 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Elvis & Ginger (Hardcover)
Ginger has waited a very long time to tell her story of her time with Elvis. In many ways Ginger's account provides a more comforting appraisal of Elvis's last few months alive.

According to the accounts by aides, Elvis was depressed, ill tempered and reclusive. They dismiss Ginger as being someone whose presence was barely noticed and non-existent after the end and who wasn't really committed to Elvis.

The is not the case according to Ginger's account.

Ginger provides detailed accounts of how Elvis helped her family manage difficulties caused by adverse weather at the time of her Grandfather's funeral by organising transport in the form of his private jets, helping her family through her parents separation and divorce and other caring acts that don't seem to have been mentioned in accounts from the likes of Joe Esposito who focus on his depression caused by the upcoming bodyguard book and other negativity.

Ginger describes a man who regularly visited her family home, took family on trips to Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Hawaii. A man who in the early hours of the day he died discussed wedding plans with Ginger.

Ginger does confirm a couple of events that tie in with other accounts, for example his confrontation with Charlie Hodge after Charlie had been drinking heavily, his incredibly un-healthy diet, noting in particular a high salt content, large portions and lack of exercise when not on tour. Ginger notes Elvis's use of prescribed medication, but in her account this seems to be limited to what she understood to be sleeping medication for his life long insomnia. Although she wasn't convinced it was always necessary, she doesn't appear to have witnessed anything near as abusive as some others have claimed, with one exception a few weeks before Elvis died which she understood to have been caused by over prescription by a Las Vegas doctor.

In her account Elvis was not as depressed about the book by his ex-bodyguards as others claim. He apparently told Ginger that it was not worth dwelling on too long and that he didn't intend to comment publically.

Ginger spent a lot of time with Elvis. She does admit to not knowing some of his aides that well, as most of her time at Graceland was spent in the upstairs rooms as Elvis himself seemed to be more comfortable away from members of the household at the time. This therefore would explain the difference in other accounts to Ginger's.

Clearly she loved him and he loved her. Ginger has evidence to this effect in the form of personal photo's of notes between them at the time for example.

She also describes Elvis as "still incredibly handsome" and barely mentions his weight at the time, which is often one of the focal points of other accounts from this period.

Partly as a result by being dismissed by everyone else (with the possible exception of Vernon Presley, who himself did not live long in a healthy state after Elvis's death) and partly being protective of her own private life and family (when she finally married many years later), Ginger chose to remain out of the public eye. Linda Thompson in comparison for example has had much more to say over the years.

This book re-addresses her role in Elvis's final few months and also leaves me wondering about possible sensationalism created by the accounts of others with respect to Elvis's outlook on life at the time. Ginger does not describe someone who was fed-up of being "Elvis Presley" and who was ready to through in the towel. In fact she mentions that he told her that "there are going to be some changes around here".

Had Elvis survived that fateful day in 1977, after reading this book, I feel that he may well have done just that in a positive way.

The wider public need to read this book or at least be made aware of it.


Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles)
Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Slow at first but develops into a page turner., 9 Oct. 2014
The first quarter of this book seemed a little slow to me. However you knew something was brewing for Barrington's Shipping with respect to Don Pedro Martinez's hatred of the Barrington and Clifton family, but it was sometime before the actual plot was revealed.

From the second quarter to the end the book became quite a page turner. The main focus is on the issues with the company more than anything else however. Some of the original characters in the series seem to almost be forgotten about. Most notable in this respect is Harry Clifton himself, whose early development in book one is so wonderfully documented.

The book ends with the biggest cliff hanger yet aboard the ocean liner the 'Buckingham'.

But be warned, its not going to be until sometime in 2015 before we will get to find out the outcome when the next book is due.


Best Kept Secret: 3 (The Clifton Chronicles)
Best Kept Secret: 3 (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining enough to hold the readers interest in the series., 12 Aug. 2014
The cliff hanger from the previous "The Sins Of The Father", is swiftly dealt with in the prologue to this the third book in the series, it's almost an anti-climax.

After this the book settles down into telling the story of Harry's developing career as an author, Giles as politician and Emma's progression into the business world.

Along the way there are elements that are again straight out of a 1980's US soap with Giles falling for the scheming Virginia, who pushes him into contesting Elizabeth's will. As Giles mother, Elizabeth sees through Virginia's façade and by the end of the court case so does Giles thanks to a clever trick Elizabeth entrusted Harry with for use in the event that her will was contested.

Things don't run smooth for too long though because Sebastian, the son of Harry and Emma, gets himself into a sticky situation.

So the book has plenty to hold the reader's interest in the evolving Clifton / Barrington family story without being totally top drawer.


The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles)
The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat improbable plot, but what a cliffhanger ending!, 25 July 2014
The second book in the Clifton Chronicles sees Harry adopting the identity of Tom Bradshaw, which seems on the face of it quite probable given the circumstances surrounding his non-marriage to Emma Barrington. Firstly however Tom is an American and secondly it turns out he is wanted for murder, but gets convicted for desertion. So we are starting to go down a path that seems to be improbable.

During the course of World War 2 both Harry and Giles Barrington seem to survive some experiences which virtually leaves them dead.

However this is all sub-plots to the main point - Is Harry the son of Hugo Barrington and the heir to the Barrington empire?

So we go to the House of Lords to make a final judgment. Then comes the cliff hanger, right on the last page. Like the cliff hangers at the end of a season of a 1980's US soap, the reader is left on a knife edge waiting to find out how it will turn out.

So for all the questions surrounding the improbability in the sub-stories, the cliff hanger is master stroke.


Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles)
Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story telling which encourages to read the other books in the sequence., 20 July 2014
The first Jeffrey Archer novel I've read and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

Set between World War 1 and 2, the book tells the tale of the early life of Harry Clifton. The son of a dock worker who dies in mysterious circumstances, with a thirst for knowledge and blessed with a good choral voice, Harry finds himself through scholarships mixing with the upper classes and in particular with the Barrington family who were his fathers employers.

The story unfolds by relating events from the point of view of the main characters involved, so each character's viewpoint reveals a little more insight into the events. This is the clever part of the writing, which kept me interested into how things would turn out.


Laminar Flow
Laminar Flow
Price: £19.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seventies musical styles just didn't suit Roy, 24 May 2014
This review is from: Laminar Flow (Audio CD)
There is an obvious seventies sound to this album, which has been languishing at the bottom of my Roy Orbison CD collection without being played for years. It has that funky seventies sound with a hint of disco which puts Roy completely out of place.

It actually doesn't start too badly with "Easy way out" a mid tempo, subtly disco type track. "Love is A cold Wind" is nice enough ballad without managing to stir the emotions in the way that the truly classic Roy Orbison ballads do.

The rot really sets in by the third track "Lay It down", which is an awful attempt at disco. There could have been a bit of an uplift on track 6 with "Movin'", which is a up-tempo song describing the life of a touring singer. However it is spoilt by uncharacteristic language, even though by today's standards its hardly noticeable.

Only more blandness follows with "Poor Baby" with that poor, funky 70's sound coming in. "Warm Spot Hot" has an even more hideous 70's sound to it, again with slightly suggestive lyrics that is so far removed from the Roy Orbison we love it's embarrassing to listen to.

Thankfully there is a slight improvement with "Tears", but again its just too bland for Roy Orbison.

The only song that has any true quality in it is the Elvis tribute "Hound Dog Man", and on which Roy finally sings with sincerity and it is the only song where Roy produced the emotion feeling in a song.

It's an album very much reflective of that period in Roy's career. It makes me angry that music executives, management or whoever couldn't help Roy get a better deal than this and get more out of him as a result.

I thank god that we had the final period of joy with the "Traveling Wilburys" and "Mystery Girl" which saw Roy depart this earth on top form, forever allowing us to over look this, because I love Roy Orbison.
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