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S5 Case, ULAK Samsung Galaxy S5 Case Rugged Hybrid Rubber Protective Hard Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy S5 S V i9600 with Screen Protector (Black + Black)
S5 Case, ULAK Samsung Galaxy S5 Case Rugged Hybrid Rubber Protective Hard Case Cover for Samsung Galaxy S5 S V i9600 with Screen Protector (Black + Black)
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Price: £29.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good chunky protective case, 3 Mar. 2015
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A good chunky protective case.Easy to fit and feels as if its really protecting my S5.Only slight downside is that its hard to access the headphone socket without partially removing the rubber cover,but thats a small detail.Looks good too.Recommended as long as you dont mind your S5 looking bigger than it really is.


Ultimate Scanning Guide 2012 with FREE CD ROM!
Ultimate Scanning Guide 2012 with FREE CD ROM!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much use, 28 Jan. 2014
In the past I have used the 'UK scanning directory' from another publisher. Although this wasn't perfect (lots of out-of-date entries and incorrect listings), it was at least a decent guide as to what shop/store/service I was hearing and in which town it was based.
This 'Ultimate Scanning Guide' from Radio Today is much, much worse. It contains only the licence information for each frequency, which means almost nothing. It does not tell us who is using the frequency or where they are, only the company that holds the licence for the radios.
In fact, all this information is available free by just visiting the OFCOM site, but without the clickable maps.
The searchable database on the supplied CD is exactly the same, once again telling us nothing of any real use. In my opinion the book is something close to a con.


Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved
Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved
by Katherine Ketcham
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss who?, 30 May 2013
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While I found this book an interesting read,I found it hard to believe how easy it was for her to integrate with so many different stars of that time.The fact that she was treated like an old and trusted friend by everybody so soon after meeting up with Derek Taylor and how everything just fell into her lap after that,intrigued me.What intrigued me even more was the fact that,after having read many books about the Beatles including Richard DiLello's 'Longest Cocktail Party',I don't actually recall seeing many references to her in any of them.I may have missed some,and indeed if anyone can point them out to me,please leave a comment to that effect.A good interesting read,nevertheless.


Les Paul: Guitar Wizard (Badger Biographies)
Les Paul: Guitar Wizard (Badger Biographies)
by Bob Jacobson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.05

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange book?!, 8 Feb. 2013
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As a musician,albeit a bassist,I was always very interested in this man and his accomplishments,which contributed so much to recording techniques and electric instruments of today.I've seen a couple of TV programmes about his life,and I wanted a book to read on the subject.
This book,however is mighty strange.Printed in quite large type,it glosses over Les' life far too quickly.The main oddity though,is the writers devotion to including,at the bottom of each page,instruction on the pronunciation and meaning of random words from that page.E.G.If one ever wondered what 'forming' meant,then 'putting together' should keep you right.Or,how to pronounce 'venue'? Then' vehn-nu' will solve your problem.There is also a mini dictionary at the end of the book as well as a 'pronunciation key' for difficult words.
After having seen this,I could no longer treat the book with any great respect.It does not dwell enough on the important stages of his life.for example,his discovery and subsequent development in the art of multi-tracking,the development of the electric guitar,the accidents which almost stopped him in his tracks.His marriage to Mary Ford,and how their combined talent led to the amazing sound that they made their own.
I managed to read this book in just over 45 minutes,thanks to the various 'page fillers'
A quirky little book indeed!


The Pete Bite Songbook
The Pete Bite Songbook
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Price: £14.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a listen, 4 Feb. 2013
This review is from: The Pete Bite Songbook (Audio CD)
Good to see Pete back with another collection of his own stuff.The album is an interesting mixture of several different types and genres of music in that you have authentic Reggae (How Can I Be sure).I half expected Bob himself to come in on vocals.Pure 80's pop (Toy Boy).Beautiful ballads as in 'What Went Wrong' and even a sly touch of voyeurism in 'Peek- a - Boo Love'.Hey,there's even a touch of Punk in there too.
My own personal favourite is 'Missing You',with 'How C an I Be Sure' a close second.'Bubbling Under' seems to glide along,or should I say ,bubble along!
All in all,a polished collection of accomplished musicians and vocalists,very good arrangements and good engineering,plus of course some excellent songwriting on Pete's part.Recommended listening all right.
Well done young (?) Bite!


abc Air Band Radio Guide 7th edition
abc Air Band Radio Guide 7th edition
by Graham Duke
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, 10 Oct. 2012
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I found this little book very helpful as I listen to mainly Transatlantic traffic but also take an interest in Local stuff as well.It covers all you need to know,and has been been updated from previous editions.My only slight grumble is the use of photos.There are some lovely pics of aircraft in flight,in colour too,I might add.Some of Control Tower stuff at work,and even some scanners.There are,however some 'space fillers' there too.Some screen grabs of various radar displays and such,which are too small to be of any use to the reader.In a larger book,they would be more interesting,but not in this little volume.
That said,I keep the book beside me and my radios at all times.Recommended.


1000 Great Guitarists: A Guide to the World's Best Players and Their Finest Recordings (Profile)
1000 Great Guitarists: A Guide to the World's Best Players and Their Finest Recordings (Profile)
by Hugh Gregory
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty thorough,although..., 6 Oct. 2012
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This is an exhaustive review of guitarists.Now some people regard guitarists as those who play guitars.There is,however some dispute that people like Paul Simon,who plays a guitar,but is more renowned as a singer/songwriter,who also happens to strum a guitar.He gets a mention.Not really a guitarist as such.Eric Clapton (who,obviously,gets a mention)on the other hand is primarily a guitarist,who happens to sing and also write a song or two.So this book is a mish-mash,a very informative one albeit,of guitar players.EXCEPT for one.There is no entry for the great James Taylor.who is a singer-songwriter,and also a talented guitarist.OK,he gets a mention under Danny Kortchmar's entry,who ironically has played guitar in Taylors backing band for years.
That aside,this is a minefield of information on guitarist/singer/songwriters (except the main one)including information on not only the musicians,but also the instruments they used.A good read.
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The Beatles' Let It Be (33 1/3)
The Beatles' Let It Be (33 1/3)
by Stephen Matteo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A couple of howlers, 29 Jan. 2012
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At first reading this book seems quite thorough in it's content,with lots of little hidden gems regarding equipment,amplification etc.There were,unfortunately some little errors,like,for instance,Apple being situated at 3 Savile Road,Magic Alex's surname given as Madras,rather than Mardas,John and Yoko being married on the mystical ISLAND of Gibraltar,and Ringo using a multicolored kit at the Rooftop concert(it was Maple coloured).I probably missed some more,but these aside,a damn good read.Finished it in 1 day.


The Freshmen Unzipped
The Freshmen Unzipped
by Derek Dean
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Freshmen???, 25 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Freshmen Unzipped (Paperback)
Having been around in N.Ireland when the Freshmen were one of the biggest names on the Showband scene,I was very interested in this book when I first saw it.However,it should have been named Derek Dean Unzipped.Written by Dean,or McMenamin to give him his real name the book is mainly about his conquests on the road.It gives some attention to the rest of the the band,who I might add,were supreme musicians in their own right,and backed McMenamin,as the singer,very well.He dwells,quite rightly, a lot of the time, on the mainstay of the band,the late Billy Brown,the virtuoso,who wrote,arranged music,harmonies and generally was in charge of the music.
The book is funny in a lot of parts,but does not pay homage to the Freshmen as a band,as I said it refers more to his conquests with women,which although very funny at times,took up too much of the book.
I enjoyed the book,and even laughed out loud a couple of times,but I feel it was wrongly titled.Too much attention paid to 'The Serpent'(read it and see!) and not enough to the band itself
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Kelly: A Personal Memoir
Kelly: A Personal Memoir
by Gerry Kelly
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Kelly, 23 Oct. 2008
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For those people who know,or know of,Gerry Kelly,and expect a detailed view of his life so far,then this book may not be exactly what you are looking for.This book is mainly about his time working for Ulster Television.His early life is given some attention as is his family and pre school days.I know Gerry personally and was glad to see that he devoted a couple of pages to his time as a musician as well as mentioning some of his associates at the time.The book is mainly about the time with UTV and mainly his 'Kelly' chat show.It is interesting in that the goings - on in the background of actually making the show especially that it was in the time of severe unrest in N.Ireland and that his show was not spared in the usual spate of bomb scares,and even threats on his own life,things that not many of us know about.
An interesting read,so interesting that I began reading at about 9.30am and was actually finishing the book at 2.00pm.Having said that,although it is a substantial tome,the print is quite large,so it's not as big as it looks.Well done Big Kelly!


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