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Road Angel Gem Advanced Alerts and Safety Camera System with Traffic Blackspots
Road Angel Gem Advanced Alerts and Safety Camera System with Traffic Blackspots
Offered by BASS JUNKIES - Wolverhampton
Price: £159.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Functional with some good features but cheap-and-plasticky with irritating sound: many improvements needed, 21 Mar. 2015
I have used four different Road Angels over 10 years: the small oval classic model, the 6000 incorporating GPS navigation, the big-screen Vantage now out of production, and now this Gem which may be the last time I buy and use a RA.

PROS

* Charges continually via in-car cable

* Updates from the dashboard so you don't have to take it into the house and connect it to a PC like the old models

* Small & unobtrusive (if you see this as an advantage) with good graphics

* Mount it on the inside of the windscreen or the dash = both locations are problematic

* Correctly IDs speed cameras 95% of the time and alerts you to their presence

* eAssist option (which you may never use, or only once in the product's lifetime)

* mph/kph easy to change over when you drive abroad

* RA's tech-support is reasonably knowledgeable and responsive

CONS

* The magnet-attach dash-mount is so weak that the unit spins around every time you corner, so you need the screen-mount for a secure fitting - which in my vehicle means the Gem ends up too far away to see clearly, as the device is too small

* The build quality feels cheap and plasticky, less substantial than previous models

* The rubbery buttons are fiddly to use, a regressive step from the big easy touch-screen & quality-feel of the Vantage

* The speed limits on roads I know and use a lot are incorrectly displayed (i.e. `60' is displayed for 3 miles in a `30' zone); this has never happened before with a RA product

* Screeching, irritating camera alarms (one reviewer describes them as "like a demented dalek") with no `mute' button will drive you nuts - another step backwards from the superior Vantage

* You need to subscribe to the regular update service (where RA makes its money) or the unit rapidly becomes out-of-date and useless

If you want a speed camera detection device then the RA Gem is better than nothing. RA however needs to pay more attention to the driver experience of the device in daily use, and stop compromising on design & build quality to maximise profits from such a blatantly cheap-to-manufacture product. RA: what's wrong with your marketing department? You can do better than this.


Road Angel Gem - Mobile Speed Camera Detector Locator
Road Angel Gem - Mobile Speed Camera Detector Locator
Offered by BASS JUNKIES - Wolverhampton
Price: £169.99

3.0 out of 5 stars RA Gem: functional but cheap-and-plasticky with irritating sound; many improvements needed, 21 Mar. 2015
I have used four different Road Angels over 10 years: the small oval classic model, the 6000 incorporating GPS navigation, the big-screen Vantage now out of production, and now this Gem which may be the last time I buy and use a RA.

PROS

* Charges continually via in-car cable

* Updates from the dashboard so you don't have to take it into the house and connect it to a PC like the old models

* Small & unobtrusive (if you see this as an advantage) with good graphics

* Mount it on the inside of the windscreen or the dash = both locations are problematic

* Correctly IDs speed cameras 95% of the time and alerts you to their presence

* eAssist option (which you may never use, or only once in the product's lifetime)

* mph/kph easy to change over when you drive abroad

* RA's tech-support is reasonably knowledgeable and responsive

CONS

* The magnet-attach dash-mount is so weak that the unit spins around every time you corner, so you need the screen-mount for a secure fitting - which in my vehicle means the Gem ends up too far away to see clearly, as the device is too small

* The build quality feels cheap and plasticky, less substantial than previous models

* The rubbery buttons are fiddly to use, a regressive step from the big easy touch-screen & quality-feel of the Vantage

* The speed limits on roads I know and use a lot are incorrectly displayed (i.e. `60' is displayed for 3 miles in a `30' zone); this has never happened before with a RA product

* Screeching, irritating camera alarms (one reviewer describes them as "like a demented dalek") with no `mute' button will drive you nuts - another step backwards from the superior Vantage

* You need to subscribe to the regular update service (where RA makes its money) or the unit rapidly becomes out-of-date and useless

If you want a speed camera detection device then the RA Gem is better than nothing. RA however needs to pay more attention to the driver experience of the device in daily use, and stop compromising on design & build quality to maximise profits from such a blatantly cheap-to-manufacture product. RA: what's wrong with your marketing department? You can do better than this.


Airbrushing: The Essential Guide
Airbrushing: The Essential Guide
by Fred Crellin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Airbrush World: be inspired, 20 Mar. 2015
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After studiying industrial design and modelling at university, the author Fred Crellin now owns his own company specializing in portraits and cartoons created by airbrush.

In this 2013 hardcover book, Crellin takes the inexperienced or part-experienced airbrusher through the development of the airbrush, choosing and maintaining an airbrush and the materials and equipment needed before getting down to the different techniques involved: basic patterns, landscapes, masks, freehand airbrushing, frisket film and cutting stencils using a computer. There are chapters on airbrushing 3-D models using masking tape, cake design and creating designs on cotton and leather clothing, and on vehicles.

Overall this is a good guide written to inspire confidence in the aspiring airbrusher by equipping him with all the basic tools and demonstrating what can be achieved with a little imagination, time and effort. The writing style is engaging and the book lavishly illustrated in colour, with step-by-step instructions for each different technique.

Recommended.


Super Bright High Intensity 5 LED Strip Bike Cycling Bicycle Safety Taillight Flashing Rear Light Back Lamp With Umiwe Accessory Peeler
Super Bright High Intensity 5 LED Strip Bike Cycling Bicycle Safety Taillight Flashing Rear Light Back Lamp With Umiwe Accessory Peeler
Offered by Frlife
Price: £1.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Very cheap from China: light is OK, but fixing bracket is near-useless, 18 Mar. 2015
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This 5-LED rear cycle light is bright and works fine, and is almost unbelievable value for money. How do they make and sell it at this price?

However the fixing is cheap and plasticky, and broke almost immediately. If you have spare fixings in your garden-shed parts box, then you can botch together something which will hold it in place but don't rely on the junk-bracket they send you with the light.


Waiting For The Sun [Expanded] [40th Anniversary Mixes]
Waiting For The Sun [Expanded] [40th Anniversary Mixes]
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The 40th Anniversary mixes of `Waiting for the Sun', 18 Mar. 2015
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The Doors' third album when released in 1968 contained no extended musical piece like `The End' or `When the Music's Over', and revealed a softer side. Mixed in with the more up-tempo pop songs `Hello I Love You' and `Love Street' are poignant ballads like `Summer's Almost Gone', `Yes, the River Knows', and the powerful `Wintertime Love'. Robbie Krieger proves he can play Classical guitar on `Spanish Caravan' and there is a streak of impassioned social-political protest with `The Unknown Soldier,' which unfortunately has not aged well.

On the 2007 40th Anniversary re-mix, Morrison's unfinished `Celebration of the Lizard' is offered as a rambling 17-minute extra, along with three previously unheard takes of the only part of his original epic deemed worthy of inclusion on the album, `Not to Touch the Earth'. Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore also demonstrate their versatility by performing an out-and-out Baroque classical piece, namely Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor.

Overall `Waiting for the Sun' is something a bit different from this versatile and unpredictable band, a mid-point in their five highly creative years before Morrison's untimely demise on 3rd July 1971. It's full of good stuff: if you've never heard it, check it out.


Strange Days
Strange Days
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The Strange Doors deliver a dark mood-piece on the edge of 1960s conterculture, 17 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Strange Days (Audio CD)
The Doors' second album `Strange Days' was released in late 1967, less than a year after their sensational eponymous debut.

From the arresting album cover image of circus freaks performing on a sidewalk to the moody, minor-key dominant melodies, SD was an unfashionably dark portrait of the 1967 counter-culture, dominated as it was by utopian-inspired psychedelia and demands for a radical re-ordering of societal norms. Oozing from Morrison's poetic lyrics delivered in his haunting baritone are signs of uncertainty and looming discord ("Straaaange days have found us, Straaange days have tracked us down...as we run from the day to a strange night of stone"), an early prophecy of the riots and violent social protest which burst onto the streets and campuses of the Western world in 1968. `People are Strange' captures precisely the loneliness and isolation of city life in the late 20th century, its jaunty keyboard-driven rhythm at odds with the subject matter of Morrison's menacing lyrics hinting at psychosis and alienation.

SD is at the same time The Doors' most confident and focussed album but the darkest. It has the strongest, most consistent theme. It may fall just short of the seminal debut and the curtain-closer `LA Woman' in moments of sheer musical brilliance, but nevertheless lingers long in the memory and has a special place in the rock music history of the 1960s.

The 2007 40th Anniversary re-mix is superb, BTW; though the pair of `extras' (a spare take of `Love me two Times' and a few minutes of false starts and chat prior to recording `People are Strange') are hardly worthy of inclusion.


The Doors [Expanded] [40th Anniversary Mixes]
The Doors [Expanded] [40th Anniversary Mixes]
Price: £5.93

5.0 out of 5 stars The Doors finally opened in good time, 16 Mar. 2015
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This 1966 debut album by The Doors is ranked #42 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 greatest albums of all time and seen as a landmark in rock history. The charismatic front-man and poetic songwriter Jim Morrison was backed by three first class creative musicians and this debut announced that something special had arrived on the rock music scene. Right from the get-go, The Doors demonstrated they were not limited to a single musical style but wove together rock, blues, psychedelia, poetic ballads and longer experimental elegiac pieces like `The End' to build something unique and different. That you can crank up the volume on `Light My Fire' after almost 50 years and still be captured by the visceral get-up-and-dance excitement just says it all; it never seems to age.

The band took its name from Aldous Huxley's work `The Doors of Perception' wherein the author referenced a quote attributed to William Blake "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite".

As with The Rolling Stones' `Beggars Banquet', a playback error in the analog master tapes meant this album had for decades been heard at a 3.5% slower speed than it was actually recorded in the studio, making every song sound one semitone flat. Surprisingly until 2006 nobody noticed: this 2007 `40th Anniversary' re-mix finally rectifies the recording speed issue, and the transformation is astounding. The sound quality of this re-mix is superb, especially clear and sharp for a 1966 recording and unconditionally recommended to all Doors fans. To those of a younger generation who may be curious to discover what all the fuss was about, this is where you should start.


Filles De Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis (2002) Audio CD
Filles De Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis (2002) Audio CD
Offered by Sam Books
Price: £16.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles' first venture into fusion looks to the future, 15 Mar. 2015
`Filles de Kilimanjaro' recorded in two sessions and released in 1968 sits between `Miles in the Sky' and the landmark `In a Silent Way' where Miles' new electronic music style defined the jazz fusion groove. The album title FdK is an ironic reference to Pablo Picasso's painting `Filles d'Avignon' (`girls of Avignon') because although the pieces all have French names the music is definitely not French in style but something far more exotic. Compositional credit for all five pieces goes to Miles himself.

This outing was the last for Miles' mighty second quintet: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams who feature on the middle three numbers, but also introduced pianist Chick Corea and Brit bass player Dave Holland on the opening track `Frelon Brun' and the closer `Mademoiselle Mabry' (dedicated to Miles' wife, Betty Mabry whose face is used for the album cover image). Corea played electric piano - a very cheap instrument with poor sound and dynamic range made available for the sessions reportedly annoyed Corea, but he made the most of it and the result is impressive indeed - and Holland played both double bass and electric bass. The resulting sound is an intermediate hybrid between the acoustic jazz era a la `Miles Smiles,' and the future electronic fusion sound which was soon to be heard on `In a Silent Way' and `Bitches Brew'. You can hear already the fusion style emerging, with longer compositional pieces like `Tout de Suite' and `Mademoiselle Mabry' feeling out Miles' future direction. The title track `Filles de Kilimanjaro' sounds like it was lifted straight from the sessions for `In a Silent Way' (minus John McLaughlin) and would not be out of place on that 1969 landmark album.

FdK is a great album, a `pre-fusion' masterpiece of improvisation introducing rhythms from rock and soul into the jazz groove and featuring some superb playing from Miles. Less well known than some of Miles' bigger selling albums like KoB and BB, it's nevertheless outstanding and IMO should be in every jazz collection.

The `bonus track' on the deluxe edition is an alternative take of `Tout de Suite' which sticks to the main theme rather than developing in the adventurous direction of the original album track.


eimo Apple Authorized 0.3m USB Sync Data Charging Charger Cable Cord with USB-Micro USB cable for Apple iPhone 4/4S/3G/3GS ,ipad 2/ipad,ipod touch(1st,2nd,3rd and 4th generation) and ipod nano(6th generation)£¬Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/Note 3/Note 2, Htc One and Other Android Compatible Devices --White
eimo Apple Authorized 0.3m USB Sync Data Charging Charger Cable Cord with USB-Micro USB cable for Apple iPhone 4/4S/3G/3GS ,ipad 2/ipad,ipod touch(1st,2nd,3rd and 4th generation) and ipod nano(6th generation)£¬Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/Note 3/Note 2, Htc One and Other Android Compatible Devices --White
Offered by eimo
Price: £31.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, white and affordable, 15 Mar. 2015
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This is a short 0.3m charging cable designed to connect an iPod Touch to a USB socket, so has an Apple OPSO 30-pin connector for the iPod at one end and a conventional USB connector at the other to fit a computer or Apple electrical-mains plug.

I needed exactly this product to use my non-Bluetooth iPod in the car, as it needs to be hardwired to the car's USB socket and so with this short cable, all the music may be played through the sound system and the iPod is at the same time permanently charged by the car's battery. I already had such a cable, but it was far too long and what was really needed was a very short one with no unnecessary length to get in the way.

It's the perfect product for the job, moulded in Apple's trademark white colour so easy to see & ID against other predominantly black cables which you may be using simultaneously for other equipment. Delivered in a small neat box, the price on Amazon is less than half what you would pay in an Apple retail store.


And Then There Were Three
And Then There Were Three

3.0 out of 5 stars Five, four, three..., 14 Mar. 2015
The title of this 1978 album refers to the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett from Genesis the year prior to its release; Hackett was not replaced, and the remaining members decided to continue as a three-piece: Collins, Banks & Rutherford.

ATTWT is an OK album with some good `stadium rock' numbers, but lacks the subtlety and complexity of earlier Genesis music. Prog had gone out of fashion in the New Wave punk-rock era, and the band started to re-invent themselves. Nothing wrong with that, you may say; but the result is not prog and not exactly pop but a between-two-stools product pointing the way to a more mainstream verse-chorus music designed to attract a new audience. `Follow you follow me' was the band's first commercially successful pop single which delivered a new generation of fans who neither listened to nor cared about the earlier Genesis prog-rock legacy.

`Three' is what it is: a good album in its own terms with some fine songs and great hooks, but no more. If you like Genesis music post-`Duke' & `Abacab' then you'll probably like it. If however you're a diehard fan of the long musical pieces typical of Gabriel-era Genesis with complex time-signature changes and quirky English-eccentric storytelling, well, in that case you may not warm to it so much.


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