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Stagg SMC10 CBL 10 m XLR to XLR Microphone Cable - Blue
Stagg SMC10 CBL 10 m XLR to XLR Microphone Cable - Blue
Price: £10.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Blue and it works, 9 Jan. 2017
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Nice blue colour. And it works. Prompt delivery. Good product. All good.


The Speech - a gripping historical thriller
The Speech - a gripping historical thriller
by Andrew Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The blurred line between fact and fiction, 2 Jan. 2017
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The story works well, interweaving the renowned or infamous “Rivers of Blood” speech with a murder-mystery with racial overtones. It is very readable and enjoyable, and on that level, I’d give it five stars. I never felt like abandoning it, and looked forward to picking it up.

A personal reaction: I don’t like the genre, in which a real person is made into a fictional character, so that the lines between fact and fiction are blurred. I must be the only person in the world who didn’t like “Wolf Hall”. In this case, I actually remember Enoch Powell, and don’t like it when the author chooses to show “typical” behaviour, such as Powell doffing a schoolboy cap in Caernarfon Castle as a mark of respect, or singing “Rule Britannia” in the car. I believe that one of those is fact, one is fiction, but it annoys me that I don’t know. Did Enoch Powell really prefer the Marx Brothers to Hancock and Steptoe, or is this fiction, included to show his character?

Fact or fiction, I didn’t like the way Enoch Powell was sometimes portrayed. In one description, Enoch looked like Hitler about to invade Poland. Too much.

It was in the detail that the book irritated me. Incidental characters were stereotypes: Dennis (skinhead yobbo), Taffy Thomas (Welshman, boyo), Denise (butch feminist), Kathy (struggling single mother). I disagree that the author researched the times well. If I remember correctly, certain phrases spoken by the characters were not in use at the time, for example, “from the get-go”, “dumped”, “old farts”, “get over yourself”, “an item”. If you are going to quote contemporary popular culture, at least get the spelling right. Otis Reading, Ina Sharples and Jimmy Hendrix all featured. The folk club scene was another stereotype for me. It felt as though the author was trying too hard to shoe-horn in the contemporary references he’d researched, and was getting them a bit wrong. He should have been practicing more (his spelling, not mine).

Similarly, I felt that the author was trying too hard to set attitudes in the Britain of the 1960s against those in Brexit Britain. I thought he was reinventing Enoch Powell as a sort-of cultured Nigel Farage, and it didn’t work for me.

I can see why this book is so positively reviewed, and mixing biography with history, social commentary, romance, thriller and who-dun-it clearly works for people. The book may be a suitable introduction to profitable research into Powell and the history of race relations in our country. There are other definite plusses as other reviewers have already said. It just wasn’t entirely for me, unfortunately.


Lose Weight Now
Lose Weight Now
by Glenn Harrold
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £11.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Hoddle may sound like Ray Winstone, but ..., 10 Jan. 2016
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... apart from the annoying new age Casio keyboard type music, the product really works. Soothing, relaxing and effective.


Kabalo Classic 350ml / 3-cup Stainless Steel Glass Cafetiere French Filter Coffee Press Plunger
Kabalo Classic 350ml / 3-cup Stainless Steel Glass Cafetiere French Filter Coffee Press Plunger

5.0 out of 5 stars Looks nice, tastes nice., 10 Jan. 2016
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Good value, attractive, functional.


Berghaus Deluge Men's Outdoor Trousers available in Black Size Medium/Regular
Berghaus Deluge Men's Outdoor Trousers available in Black Size Medium/Regular
Price: £39.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Trousers which keep legs dry., 10 Jan. 2016
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Good quality, so they work.


A Spool of Blue Thread
A Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating family saga from the writer who keeps writing ..., 10 Jan. 2016
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A fascinating family saga from the writer who keeps writing the same book and still gets people to buy them all.


Goki 18cm Train Whistle
Goki 18cm Train Whistle
Price: £4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars " Folsom Prison Blues never sounded better., 10 Jan. 2016
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"Now every time I hear that whistle I hang my head and cry." Folsom Prison Blues never sounded better.


3 x LARGE SHELL THUMB PICKS plectrums for acoustic guitar
3 x LARGE SHELL THUMB PICKS plectrums for acoustic guitar

5.0 out of 5 stars Take your pick, 19 July 2015
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Good value and quality. Arrived quickly. Work well. Pretty. Just the job.


Bontempi Childrens Wooden Guitar with 6 strings
Bontempi Childrens Wooden Guitar with 6 strings

3.0 out of 5 stars What you pay for., 19 July 2015
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I bought this as a half size guitar, but it was bigger than that. The finish was poor, hence the cheapness, I suppose. I immediately took it apart to make a uke bass, so can't comment on it as an instrument.


LIVIVO ® Black Padded Full Size 42 Inch Guitar Bag Carry Case - Durable High Quality Protective Waterproof Cover for Acoustic Classical and Electric Guitars
LIVIVO ® Black Padded Full Size 42 Inch Guitar Bag Carry Case - Durable High Quality Protective Waterproof Cover for Acoustic Classical and Electric Guitars
Offered by Home Emporium UK
Price: £10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 19 July 2015
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Just what I expected, no more, no less, in terms of quality, price, delivery time, etc
Not a robust bag, but good enough for a classical guitar.


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