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Where Children Sleep
Where Children Sleep
by James Mollison
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should have a copy of this, 26 April 2014
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This review is from: Where Children Sleep (Hardcover)
This book spans the whole world looking through the eyes of children, and will open your eyes to the way children from both poor and privileged backgrounds see the world around them. For me, the biggest differentiator in all if the featured kids is not the amount of money in their lives but how open their lives are. 17 year-old "X" in Brazil, forced to choose allegiance to a drug gang is little different in his outlook than 9 year-old Tzvika in the West Bank whose upbringing is carefully controlled to exclude extra-cultural influences; whilst the dreams of 7 year-old Indira working in a Nepalese quarry and 4 year-old Jazzy living in what is described as a "big house" in Kentucky have remarkably similar dreams to have careers in music.

Tagalog Down & Dirty: Filipino Obscenities, Insults, Sex Talk, Drug Slang and Gay Language in The Philippines
Tagalog Down & Dirty: Filipino Obscenities, Insults, Sex Talk, Drug Slang and Gay Language in The Philippines
by Emmett Henderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Not just a pretty cover..., 11 July 2013
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Only bought this as it came as a good offer with a couple of other items, not really advanced enough to use it yet, but looks concise and well presented.

Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera (With 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit) (discontinued by manufacturer)
Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera (With 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit) (discontinued by manufacturer)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal, 11 July 2013
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This was bought as a gift for someone special, was happy to see it at such a great price, delivery was quick and painless.

Knight Rider (2008) Season 1 [DVD]
Knight Rider (2008) Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bruce Davison

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good start but back on form quickly, 7 Jan. 2012
As a ten year-old, I loved the original series, but having watched it again as an adult didn't enjoy it at all for the reasons mentioned by other reviewers: highly questionable acting, corny storylines, etc. Series 2 and 3 had been the best of the four, but even by series three there were signs of desperation in the script writing teams, the car was capable of so much that they had to conveniently forget many of the features added by mechanics Bonnie/April in order to keep up the drama and not solve each case in five minutes flat. By series four, I was fourteen and not one bit fooled by the unfeasible panels emerging from nowhere to form 'super-pursuit' and 'convertible' modes.

the reason for saying so much about the old series is that it was necessary to put into context my feelings on this updated version. The pilot showed extraordinary promise: the car, whilst well beyond current technology, did pay very close attention to current scientific theory concerning what nanobots might achieve, and the driving reflected much of the improvements that we see today in automotive technology that is either already available or on the drawing boards.

However, once the series began, the subtly excellent special effects of the pilot were replaced by totally unfeasible 'Transformers'-style transformations that saw the Ford Mustang change totally unrealistically into an F150 pick-up, along with CGI 'turbo boosts' which look even less convincing than the jumps of the original series and of the 'Dukes of Hazzard' which no-doubt inspired them. In short, the re-imagined 21st-Century Knight Rider leapt straight from a brilliant pilot to series four in comparison with its predecessor.

Not only that, but the series gains a darker, more political edge by putting all of the action in the hands of the FBI. Add the politics to the increased violence and (largely implied) sexual content to the storylines and you get a series that is supposedly adult-oriented, gaining an 18-rating for the UK release. An adult show should have at least kept up the pilot's pretence of reality, unfortunately it did not.
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Room-Mates, Volume 2 (4 Girlfriends)
Room-Mates, Volume 2 (4 Girlfriends)
by Atilio Gambedotti
Edition: Paperback

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the fews erotic comics I'd remcommend, 25 Mar. 2008
I'm not really into comics of any type, this is one of the few erotic comics that I have enjoyed reading, the artwork is full-colour throughout and beautifully drawn, and the storylines are entertaining if a little contrived.

Most so-called erotic comics fail to live up to their promise, but the Room Mates series is simple, straightforward saucy fun.

Room-Mates, Vol. 1
Room-Mates, Vol. 1
by Atilio Gambedotti
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great example of the genre, 25 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Room-Mates, Vol. 1 (Paperback)
I'm not really into comic of any type, this is one of the few erotic comics that I have enjoyed reading, the artwork is full-colour throughout and beautifully drawn, and the storylines are entertaining if a little contrived. Second volume is even better.

Most so-called erotic comics fail to live up to their promise, but the Room Mates series is simple, straightforward saucy fun.

Acer n35 GPS handheld Pocket Chauffeur
Acer n35 GPS handheld Pocket Chauffeur

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sat-nav on a tight budget, 23 Feb. 2007
I bought my n35 two years ago, and it has proved excellent in service in the UK, France and the Benelux countries (I had to buy additional licences for the non-UK maps, but everything was still cheaper than any of the other popular systems at the time, including the TomTom range). I recently upgraded the mapping software from the original Destinator 3 to Destinator 6, which is much improved.

My n35 was bought primarily as a sat-nav system, but the pocket PC functionality has proved a godsend, being able to use Microsoft Word and Excel whilst not at home, a PDA fits into the coat pocket much easier than a laptop! I even have my Dutch language course in MP3 format occupying the space not used by maps on the SD memory card (I expanded from the original 256Mb to 1.0Gb).

The n35 has been largely reliable, it has had a few of soft resets over the last 24 months and two hard resets (one of those being a user error, not a fault with the technology!), but mine has the earlier version of Windows Mobile 2003, which is known for its eccentricities. The n35 recently ceased production, but there are lots still on offer out there, often at half the price I paid in spring 2005 and usually with the improved Windows Mobile 2003 Premium Edition.

You get more memory with an Acer than equivelant models from common makes like HP and Fujitsu Seimens, for a much lower price. Standing any Acer computer equipment next to that of a more common manufacturer is like standing a Mazda car next to a Mercedes - it may not be as desirable a brand, but it will do as good a job for a fraction of the price.

If you want a sat-nav equipped PDA on a tight budget, I have no hesitation in recommending this model. I feel I should address some of the issues raised in other reviews, which I feel are user ignorance rather than faults with the n35.

Firstly, the lady who had no AC adapter should have contacted her supplier on receiving her PDA - a mains power supply-cum-charger is part of the standard kit, as indicated on the packaging; and as the instructions clearly state, a brand new unit needs a 3-hour charge on mains electricity before use (this is normal with all mobile equipment). And the battery DOES charge on the in-car charger whilst the unit is switched on, you just have to remember that your car's cigarette lighter has a 12v electricity supply, not 230v like a domestic plug socket, so it won't charge as anywhere near as quickly in the car as it does at home.

The same reviewer's comment about Points of Interest is curious, even the Desinator 3 software bundled with my n35 did have a POI facility, perhaps later models were supplied with different software. As for speed camera detection, NO PDA-based sat-nav system currently has this built in, it requires additional hardware which would push up the price, hence all manufacturers who offer it do so as an optional extra.

Comments made about battery life are misguided. Yes, run on battery power it does run out if the screen is in constant use, but this is the nature of the beast and Acer models have some of the best running times between charges on the PDA market.

Finally, as for the comments from the user whose cables didn't work properly, they are like any cables and need to be looked after properly. My n35 is not a paperweight after 10 months, it works as well today as it did when originally activated two years ago, and shows no sign of stopping.

Cleopatra 2525: Season 1 - Episodes 7-13 [DVD]
Cleopatra 2525: Season 1 - Episodes 7-13 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Sky
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, should have been better executed, 23 Dec. 2005
I watched this on the strength of the name Sam Raimi appearing in the credits as executive producer, and the series definitely has merit, paying homage numerous sci-fi/fanatasy series that went before it, with sound ideas and some snappy dialogue.
A little disappointed, however, in the short episodes which rob the show of depth. It's a half-hour show, and allowing for adverts when broadcast on TV, that makes each episode about 23 minutes long. This leaves some of the plots a bit lacking in substance, little is ever properly explained, and it doesn't really give the viewer enough time to get to know and identify with the characters. There is also a sense that the series isn't really sure what age-group it is aimed at.
One clear advantage of the absence of a continuing plotline is that, unlike many similar series, it doesn't end on a cliffhanger. All too often this happens, some accountant in a grey suit cancels the show, and the fans are left wondering what happened next...
Cleopatra herself looks, dresses and (sometimes) acts a little too much like Gigi Edgley's Chianna in Farscape. No disrespect to Jennifer Sky, who plays the part very well, it's just that if each episode had a little more depth, she could have developed Cleo into a much more 'rounded' character in her own right. Chianna's great, but she doesn't need a clone.
The lack of recognition this series receives puts it in the 'bargain basement', so if you're into futuristic 'saving the Earth' fantasy series, you're not losing much in giving Cleopatra 2525 a try. Despite it's shortcomings, it is worth watching.

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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic, 16 Jun. 2002
In my youth, I read the book. I remain a big fan of the 1960 film. I had wanted to see the new "Time Machine" knowing that, as always, Dreamworks would have made an excellent film by modern standards, yet still expecting to be disappointed.
I expected the disappointment because all too often we see wonderful books and films massacred to make the archetypal all-American special-effects punch-up. What I found could not have been more different, and in spite of the transportation of the scene from London to New York, I did allow a self-satisfied smirk at the lead-casting of an Englishman, an Irish woman and an Australian - which almost sounds like the beginning of a joke!
Guy Pearce is completely believable as the tortured genius whose fiancé's tragic death leads to an obsession with changing time. That same tragedy serves to add to the character's unconventional spirit, which prepares him so well for a future that would have given a coronary to his Victorian contemporaries!
The occasional penetration of Samantha Mumba's own delightful Irish lilt into Mara's speech adds to the charm of the heroine that she plays so well in her debut film appearance. Mara may lack the naïvety of Yvette Mimieux's Weena, but the ancient wisdom that she teaches to her tribe does not detract from Mumba's magical performance of a stone-age woman.
There are actors and there are people who work in film, and Jeremy Irons is definitely one of the finest examples of the former. Whilst the Morlocks are the personification of all that we perceive to be complete evil, Irons gives his Über-Morlock a soul every bit as tortured as that of the good Doctor. Are the good and bad in all of us really so far apart?
The new Time Machine loses nothing of the marvellous original, and gains so much. The modern special effects supplement what remains a fine tale of morality, rather than loosely covering a lack of plot which is all too common nowadays. Apart from the analysis of our own human psyché, The Time Machine also gives a stark warning about the care we must take with our environment otherwise nature will fight back and win.
If you see only one film this year, make it this one. The message: Whatever horrors await us today and tomorrow, there is always hope for the future...
Wayne Spillett, 15th June 2002

The Hitchhiker Trilogy
The Hitchhiker Trilogy
by Douglas Adams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master, 17 Aug. 2001
This review is from: The Hitchhiker Trilogy (Paperback)
Science fiction, despite what the sci-fi nerds will tell you, is nothing to do with visions of the future. Sci-fi is a stage where tales relevant to modern life are told free from the shackles of political correctness.
Douglas Adams expertly uses fictional characters in comedic situations to highlight our everyday eccentricities, absurdities and neuroses; making the reader look at all that is important in their life and ask 'in the great scheme of things, is any of this relevant at all?'.
The Hitch Hiker's series the the product of a unique talent the like of which will never be seen again. The jokes, many of which are cocooned in subtlety, prove again and again that there is many a true word spoken in jest. However many times you read these stories, you'll always find something you missed before. Perhaps the story really is being regularly updated via the sub-ether net...

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