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NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 3
NCIS: Los Angeles - Season 3
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars NCIS LA - season 3 - what happened to Hatti?, 11 Oct. 2015
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I missed this episode, having watched the first part, and wanted to see how it panned out. I tried to use catch-up TV but without success. Then I found it on Amazon and was delighted!
The relatively small cost of watching was definitely worth it and finding out what happened to Hatti and the NCIS gang settled my curiosity - although the very end of the episode seemed a bit rushed, almost as if the scriptwriters had to fit the story line into just a few seconds.

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey

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4.0 out of 5 stars 50 Shades of Grey - an entertaining but misleading film., 1 Sept. 2015
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Whenever a book, or a film based on a book, is released and causes contoversy I tend to wait a year or so before sampling it for myself; in order not to be unduly influenced by hype.

When I recently spotted the availability of 50 Shades of Grey on Amazon Prime my curiosity was aroused. Having read the generally negative critical reaction to the book, confounded by the massive public approval of this best seller I was curious to see how the director would tackle the tricky subjects of BDSM and Dominence. I was curious to see how well the film would reflect the original book [which I have still not read], how explicit a contemporay film could be, and how successful would the two primary actors be in conveying such a relationship?

There is a fine line [and a general lack of understanding] between BDSM and abuse which, personally I feel the film did not accurately portray. Whether this failure originated from the screenwriter or the original author is not clear. In typical Hollywood style the over glamourising of the storyline certainly took precidence over a fair and realistic treatment of the subject.

The film was certainly cast well and the lead actors threw themselves with gusto headlong into the many sexual scenarios. However the film failed dismally to show the long and careful selection and training of a submissive, and the building of trust, that is at the very core of the BDSM lifestyle. Which may account for the dramatic rise in injuries resulting from BDSM and sex toys in the years following the film [and book] release. But I digress!

Without doubt the film was beautifully put together, very entertaining, and showed dramatically the huge difference between those that have vast fortunes and those that don't. But the film failed to show the "safe, sane, and consentual" elements of BDSM. It totally ignored the fact that in truth the submissive partener actually determines what can, or cannot, happen to them. This is certainly demonstrated by the sudden unrealistic change from light [almost chastising] punishment whilst in bondage and restraint to enhance sexual gratification and stimulation to extremely severe punishment; which accounted for the submissive's sudden decision to instantly leave the relationship.

Yes, 50 Shades of Grey was an interesting, thought provoking, and entertaining film to watch. But, compared to the similar subject matter film Secretary [2002] [DVD] it did not treat it subject with any depth. I have yet to see how the other two books in the trilogy pan out and whether they will be turned into films - a most intriguing prospect.

Faithfull 200mm 8-inch G-Clamp Deep Throat with 85mm 3-inch Cap
Faithfull 200mm 8-inch G-Clamp Deep Throat with 85mm 3-inch Cap
Price: £13.41

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy G-clamp at the price - just a bit too small!, 27 Sept. 2014
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I bought this as I needed a G-clamp with a very deep throat to do a guitar repair. Unfortunately I couldn't find one with a larger gap and took a gamble -which I lost, no fault of the tool. I was surprised that it was a really sturdy piece of kit for the money and good value. If it had done what I wanted I'd give it 5stars!

HAREM GIRL: A Harem Girl's Journey
HAREM GIRL: A Harem Girl's Journey
Price: £4.45

5.0 out of 5 stars HAREM GIRL: A Harem Girl's Journey, 2 Dec. 2013
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There are countless books, and short stories, devoted to this subject. Many are erotic, some are downright pornographic, and some are just poorly researched works of fiction. Out of curiosity I sat down to read this tale with few thoughts of becoming engrossed, but I was wrong!

This book by Mariya Saalih sets out to describe virtually the entire lifetime of a young girl who, by her own decision and a rather devious route, finds herself in a harem.

Yes the book is erotic, and sometimes quite explicit in its description of sexual activities, yet somehow it is never lewd. It describes in great detail how the members of the harem live, what is expected of them, and the manner in which the "master" treats them. Also, and graphically, it shows how the slave trade in human beings worked [and still does] and the vast extent of the slave network in Africa, Europe, and beyond.

Set in Arabia, at the turn of the twentieth century, the book also sets out to destroy many of the myths surrounding harem girls and their relationship with both their master's and their master's "real" wife, or wives. As the story progresses the reader is drawn ever deeper into the intrigue of the Eastern world at a time when attitudes towards women and centuries old traditions were both being questioned and the seeds of change planted.

Without giving too much of the story away I will say that this beautifully written book will appeal to a wide range of readers, of all ages and inclinations. It is written in the language of the boudoir, not of the street, and whilst it will surely titillate and captivate the reader it should certainly not offend.

Mariya Saalih skilfully turns this graphic tale of forced slavery and abduction into a vivid account of the lives of half a dozen girls and along the route there are many unforeseen twists in the tale, including deep devotion and love.

To learn more you will simply have to read it for yourself. And having done so will very probably re-read it with even more enjoyment!

Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Colour Scanner
Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Colour Scanner
Offered by Inkubus Bargains
Price: £166.93

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4.0 out of 5 stars Canon Cano Scan 9000F Mk II scanner, 2 Dec. 2013
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I purchased this scanner because my previous hardware [a Cano Scan 8800F] had developed a fault which I could not rectify.

In typical Amazon style the scanner arrived very quickly and was extremely simple to both install and get running. Having being extremely happy with my previous scanner [ which was virtually identical] I was expecting to be presented with the same simple Scan Gear software that came with the 8800F and was surprised to find I was not; instead I discovered a program entitled My Image Garden - more of this later! Sadly, unlike our cousins over the Atlantic we in Europe don't get free bundled Adobe Photoshop software with our Cano Scan 9000F's, and yet we pay pound per dollar for the hardware!

Let me say that the Cano Scan 9000F is NOT a compact slim device but a serious chunk of technology that's over 18" long, 10" wide, and 4" deep so it does demand some serious desk space. Let me also say that for anyone that's satisfied with the results of a run of the mill combined printer/scanner this chunk of hardware is definitely OTT. However for those who need fast [about 7 second from cold] high quality scans [up to 4800dpi], and particularly those who need to scan negatives, photographs, or film strips in both 35mm and medium format, this is a remarkable good scanner for the money.

As with my previous machine the new Canon uses LED lighting and thus warms up in mere seconds. However there have been some improvements in both design and software and these include the lack of a "power brick" [why cant everybody do this?] the neat way in which the lid stays up on its own [ a boon if doing a batch of scans] and the ability to scan objects up to about an inch thick - so copying the odd page from a text book is a doddle. The machine also comes with various film/slide masks which are of excellent quality and simple to use.

As on previous versions this scanner has a number of "short cut" buttons on the front panel which enable you to scan a document,create a PDF, copy a page, or send a scan as an email - most useful, but you have to set the software up before they work! But as most of my work is either done in Photoshop or Acrobat [both of which instantly recognised the 9000F] they are rarely used.

And now we come to the matter of the supplied and oddly named "My Image Garden" software. Those that have not had a top of the range Cano Scan before will probably find their way round the software quite quickly but I personally found it to be both clunky and unintuitive compared to Scan Gear which was simple to learn and worked very well. It is for this reason that I have not given the Cano Scan 9000F a five star rating. Having said this you will find, if you look hard enough, the very effective tools, such as Flare, that Canon have developed to get rid of blemishes on old photographs and negatives which really do work well and are far easier most people to use than the complex tools in Photoshop.

I have had many scanners over the years, from numerous manufacturers, and whilst they have all worked satisfactorily I have personally found that the top end Cano Scans have consistently performed the best and have been quite long lived considering the large and varied amount of work they have been asked to do. Only time will tell but so far, with the exception of the supplied software, I am delighted with the Cano Scan 9000F and would confidently recommend it to anyone needing quality scanning facilities.
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She Wolf
She Wolf
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Shakira - She Wolf, 22 Nov. 2013
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Although this album was released in 2009 I have only just added it to my collection, more out of curiosity than anything else, wondering why Shakira had waited four years to release new material!

When Colombian born Shakira first burst onto the scene a few years ago, I initially dismissed her as a serious artist [ believing her to be "yet another" here today gone tomorrow young female pop star who relied on skimpy stage outfits and erotic dancing to sell her music]. How wrong could I be for within months she had become the single greatest selling Spanish language artist pushing Jennifer Lopez from this rare and valuable pedestal. Yes, some of Shakira's music was raunchy, but her skills as both a song writer and performer were without question and her voice a true delight.

I was also skeptical when she released her first album in English but she truly brought the same vitality as her native tongue, but maybe with marginally less passion, and I was hooked!

She Wolf is Shakira's third album primarily in English and, for the first time, she employed the Neptunes to produce it for her.The result is both interesting and entertaining although all the tracks do not demonstrate the level of passion we have come to expect of Shakira. As a stand alone album She Wolf is probably not her best effort to date but for those who already have her earlier work [especially in Spanish] it does demonstrate her ability and range, albeit over ten tracks not the customary twelve.

In short She Wolf is a worthwhile addition to any Shakira fan's library but be prepared for some inevitable dance tracks and less passion when compared to her classic Laundry Service or Oral Fixation albums.

Fake Smile
Fake Smile

3.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca Ferguson - Fake Smiles sample track, 22 Nov. 2013
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Having followed Rebecca Ferguson's career, and bought her last album, I was intrigued to see how her latest offering would compare. Thus I accepted Amazon's offer to download a sample track, Fake Smiles, from her forthcoming "Freedom" album.

Although pleasant I found the track did not exploit her unique and powerful soul voice. Whilst appreciating that this artist is trying a wider range of material to appeal to a greater audience I personally feel that this "sample" track, although perhaps not representative of the rest of the new album, may not be strong enough to tempt either existing or new fans into buying "Freedom".

I hope that Rebecca still has the potential to become a worldwide "diva" and, out of curiosity, will of course buy the new album for my collection. Whether I will be as moved by her new material as I was by her past performances is open to conjecture and I sincerely hope that fans will also buy "Freedom" - we shall see!

Asus DSL-N12U B1 300Mbps USB 2.0 Wireless ADSL Router
Asus DSL-N12U B1 300Mbps USB 2.0 Wireless ADSL Router

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4.0 out of 5 stars Asus DSL-N12U B1 300Mbps USB 2.0 Wireless ADSL Router, 16 Oct. 2013
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When I rebuilt my office PC a few months ago I thought I had replaced everything that might die before the next rebuild in three or four years - but it appears I was wrong!

Remarkably everything was going to plan. The new PC was behaving, the printer and scanner worked, there were no software glitches, and I was working again. Then the router simply died, my office network crashed, and I was no longer connected to the world - a crushing blow.

Over the years I've had numerous routers and none have lasted more than a couple of years as the system is running 24/7. What to buy was the question so it was time to use the Sony laptop with its built in Sim card to do a bit of research.

Then I had a brainwave. As much of my PC is comprised of Asus components [which are remarkably reliable] I looked to see if they made routers, which I found they did, and then do a little research. Virtually everyone said the routers were good, reliable, had good range, and most importantly easy to set up. So I ordered one, what could I lose!

As you'd expect of Amazon it arrived before its promised delivery date and was soon unpacked, set up, and ready to install. This, with routers, is where the "fun" [and frustration] usually starts. But not this time!

Despite some reviewers saying the Asus was a bit difficult to install it proved not to be the case. In fact it set up remarkably easily and was working within minutes. It actually took far longer to get the various laptops in the office to "talk" to it [and each other] than to get the system back on line.

After a few weeks use I can honestly say the Asus router has behaved perfectly. Whether the fact that it has two aerials instead of one is critical or not I don't know; but it certainly pumps out a healthy signal and for the first time I can even sit in the garden and work. Even when there's a couple of laptops and the odd phone running the Asus seems to shrug off the load and just keeps everyone connected; which, after all is what it's there for!

So would I recommend the Asus DSL-N12UB1 Wireless Router? Without hesitation it's a "yes". All I have to do now wait to see how long it survives running all day every day.

What would be really nice is for BT to upgrade my line so the Asus can actually work faster and to get my Dell printer to wirelessly talk to anything - but we all live in hope.....

Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 (2 PCs, 1 User)
Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 (2 PCs, 1 User)
Offered by uksoftwareseller
Price: £325.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010, 16 Oct. 2013
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You might think that buying the last version of Office when the 2013 version [and Office 365] is currently on sale is not a good move, but it was a very deliberate decision having first tried the latest version and hated it. Like millions of users I've been using Office for donkey's years and know where everything is and how it works. The 2003 version has served me well but with support ending next April [along with Windows XP] I simply had to bite the bullet and update.

Firstly I did not want to either work or save my documents "in the cloud" so Office 365 did not appeal.

Secondly I never buy software until the bugs have been ironed out so spending a heap of cash on Office 2013 did not appeal; which left me with Office 2010.

Thirdly I needed to install it on both my desktop and laptop so a download version was not the answer. Buying a "traditional" boxed version of proven 2010 [for 2 PC's] which includes a software DVD was the obvious and most sensible choice, and this I did.

So am I pleased with my choice? In a nutshell, yes but with a couple of reservations! To its credit the new software loaded quickly, easily, and without a single glitch. It automatically imported all my document locations and, more essentially, also imported all my emails/contacts/and diary dates into Outlook - which surprised me a little.

Office is my lifeline, and has been for well over a decade. In Word I write documents and letters, prepare reports, and even design the odd leaflet and poster. Outlook keeps my diary and reminds me of appointments and things I have to do and also keeps track of all my contacts. Crucially Outlook also provides [in one place] my platform for email communication by routing emails from everyone into one single space. The other programs in the suit I use only infrequently so these did not enter the decision making process. Whenever you update software getting everything working easily is a blessing - and this is where we come to the "but".

Obviously, as time goes by, both hardware and software have to change to take advantage of new developments and incorporate new features we didn't realize we needed before - and Office 2010 is no exception to the rule. Office is a work based suite of programs that millions of people have used for years, and know intimately, or so I thought! But Office 2010 incorporates new toolbars, functions, and controls that look nothing like they did before. Whilst this means nothing to those using, or learning, the programs for the first time it's a big [and rather unwelcome] step to experienced users who rightly expect to simply "load and shoot".

If you are an experienced Office user you have the option to either find where everything now is [imagine if car makers put the brake on the right and the horn on the handbrake] and what the new icons mean or find a workaround. I chose the latter route and simply downloaded and installed Classic View for Office - instantly the old "classic" toolbar and icons are back where they should be, thank goodness, and I can work again easily and automatically!

So "yes" this version of Office 2010 is a good buy especially for those with more than one PC, and having the software on hand in DVD form is always re-assuring. There are still a couple of niggling anomalies like having to work in "compatibility mode" if you want to retain the old "doc" file format but generally Microsoft have done a good job in updating this software suite.

Maybe I'll load a spare laptop with Windows 8 and Office 365 and play with the metro interface whenever I have a few spare minutes - or perhaps I'll just keep going as I am and use Office 2010 until I retire! 6 feet Mini USB Cable - A to Right Angle Mini B 6 feet Mini USB Cable - A to Right Angle Mini B
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Price: £2.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Startech 2m Mini USB cable, 14 April 2013
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It seems that one can not have enough cables for every time you buy another electronic gizmo you find that the ones you have either don't fit or are too short!

But what can you say about a simple cable other than it did the job for which you bought it; and that was the case with this purchase. Nothing more, nothing less - it just worked!

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