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Doctor Who Mini Dalek Talking Plush (Yellow)
Doctor Who Mini Dalek Talking Plush (Yellow)
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent with poor batteries., 3 Jan. 2017
Two of these were bought a few weeks before Christmas, one arrived unable to "talk" properly, was replaced OK. 2nd was also unable to talk by Christmas day, presumably the batteries are dying and there is no way to replace them. Can't be bothered with the hassle of returning again.

If you just want a plush toy they are fine, if you actually wan the talking function I'd suggest you find a model with the option to replace batteries.


Crazy Enough to take it apart, Clever Enough to put it back together, Smart Enough to hide the extra parts Novelty t-shirt (XXX-Large, Black)
Crazy Enough to take it apart, Clever Enough to put it back together, Smart Enough to hide the extra parts Novelty t-shirt (XXX-Large, Black)
Offered by Mileymoo's Merchandise
Price: £15.00


6 PAIRS Mens Big Foot Loose Top NON ELASTIC 100% Cotton Socks - Size 11-14 - No Elastic (Dark Colours)
6 PAIRS Mens Big Foot Loose Top NON ELASTIC 100% Cotton Socks - Size 11-14 - No Elastic (Dark Colours)
Offered by Underworld online
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, good fit., 5 Dec. 2016
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Good value, good fit.


Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset
Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 Headset
Price: £22.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent with an annoying flaw, 5 Dec. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Audio quality is good, mic works well, generally comfortable, decent for the price.

Only major annoyance is that the mid-cable volume unit is very large and at a very awkward length. It only just reaches the desk, meaning every move of your head drags it about, but you can't let it hang off the desk because it's heavy enough to be noticeable. Were the unit another foot down the line this would be a 5* review.


Sacred Arias
Sacred Arias
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £3.23

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As expected, 21 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Sacred Arias (Audio CD)
As the title says, as expected.

We all expect a beautiful voice and wonderful execution of the classics and Katherine delivers every time.

My only negative is that I personally loved the idea of Katherine going in another direction, away from the well worn (and frankly repetetively boring) track of covering the same songs as every other classical diva.

Katherine has the popularity to step outside of that world now, she should be looking to help ceate new classics from new composers rather than retread the same steps as everyone else. It's no wonder that the wold at large sees classical as stuffy and bakwadlooking when some of it's biggest stars in the UK are releasing albums full of what are effectively cover version.

Come on Katherine, there are plenty of composers out there who would love to write a track for you, take advantage of that and bring classical music into the 21st century next time around.


NIGHTFALL
NIGHTFALL
by Isaac Asimov
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best and Worst, 14 July 2006
This review is from: NIGHTFALL (Hardcover)
I am a fan of Asimov, let's get that out of the way first, while this is the first Silverberg title I have read.

OK this is a really good book from start to finish, the carachters are believable in a 1984 kind of way and enarly all of them have some depth. The idea of starting with three seperate storylines is a good one, if a little overone in recent years, and they tie together nicely (and much more unusually) very early in the story (by end of chapter 1 of 3).

The time skip between chapter 1 and 2 is a little lazy and it takes a bit of careful reading earl in Chapter 2 to see the change in relationships and point of view over that time in between. But by the end of the chapter things make sense again.

The third is very different, extremely bleak and slightly odd in the way it treats some of part 1/2's charachters, who have been built up, almost uncaringly, but this is perhaps an attempt to reflect on the very nature of the new world that is being described.

However, this is a 3 chapter book that desperately needs a fourth. The way chapter 3 ends is very unsatisfactory, being neitehr a real ending nor any sort of open ending (if that is possible, as it just feels that there should be more to follow. I assume that this is meant to be clever and show that a story like this will have no discernable ending for centuries (which is true), but honestly just seems like they go bored and decided to end it there.

The book was enjoyable enough whilst reading it, like I said it was a good story, but in the end I look back on a book and think about it. I can usually say that a book has a satifying story, makes me think or teaches me soemthing, this book really has none of those three things.

Overall nice writing and a good story but almost anyone can manage those two things in writing a book, what makes the greats is their ability to connect, teach, entertain and satisfy in equal quantities and this faisl in at least 3/4 of those categories.

I am an Asimov fan still and will look up Silverberg for his writing style if nothing else but forthe beginner I am sure that there ate better titles than this from both.


Fantazia III-Made in Heaven
Fantazia III-Made in Heaven
Offered by Mattpuss
Price: £53.44

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantazia - Made In Heaven, 4 May 2004
OK I admit I am a mark for this album becasue it was one of my first exposures to the Rave/Dance culture back in the early 90's as an easily influenced schoolboy.
However I still cna't bring myself to give it a five star rating because at times it does become a bit repetitive. That said there are a number of real classic tracks on here that you will wish were a part of a better and longer set (and away from those annoying MCs).
If you want to get an idea of what life was REALLY like for a dance fan before the mid-nineties boom then rather than go for a 2 Unlimited album try out one of these little gems.


Dance Tip 2000
Dance Tip 2000
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Good album from Dance's best ever year., 4 May 2004
This review is from: Dance Tip 2000 (Audio CD)
The year is 1996. Twelve glorious months right at the end of the "rave in a field" era in which Dance Music literally exploded into the mainstream. Sure there had been a few chart successes like 2 Unlimited and a load of cult classics before it but this was the year in which Dance music came out of the "drugged up raver" shadow and into our homes.
This album contains most of the highlights, from the fresh and innovative brashness of the Prodigy's "Breathe" and Underworld's "Born Slippy" through to the true clubbing hits like "Klubbhopping" and "Night Train". There is also a good mix of more old school (Circa 93/94) tracks like Livin Joy's "Don't Stop Movin"g and the ever recurring Don't You Want Me by Felix, plus a smattering of more pop laden hits for Gina G and an early Backstreet Boys. Finally there are a few tracks that point the way forward from here for Dance music into the Trance-laden era of 1999 in the form of BBE, BT and Chicane.
That said this is not a perfect album, suffering as it does from "Various Artist" albums tendancy to only include one track per artist, meaning we miss out on Prodigy's "Firestarter" and more hits from Underworld and BT although oddly enough Everything But The Girl get a second track that is much inferior to many left off this album. Also missing are some of the seminal tracks of that year, for example Robert Miles' contribution is "One on One", probably the weakest of his three hits behing "Fable" and the magnificant "Children". Also missing completely are Faitless who could have had either of "Insomnia" and "Salva Mea" or prefferably both. Other missing racks include Olive's "Youre Not Alone", Tori Amos' "Proffesional Widow" and anything by Sash!.
So eventually we get to marking the album. Despite the tracks I would like to see on here this is still a very good album and even in 2004 still takes you back as if it was yesterday and will most likely still do so in 2024. A four star attempt that could so easily have been five with a few replacement tracks.


Late Night Shopping [DVD] [2001]
Late Night Shopping [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Luke de Woolfson
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £6.98

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What reality TV should be like., 30 Dec. 2003
No action scenes (save one quick punch between mates), no steamy sex scenes, no hero, no villian, in fact very little point at all. But then that's real life.
This movie is about real life, four people who work nights just happen to be regulars at a late night coffee bar after work. They meet, chat and become acquaintences. Their time together is spent talking uter rubbish, cruising pointlessly in a car, injesting caffeine and shooting pool. It could be a scene straight from any coffee bar, pool hall, local diner or bar.
Together they exchange conversation, sometimes about the deepest emotions, sometimes about nothing much at all, but inevitably they become drawn into friendship, even before they realise this themselves.
The story isn't really important in a movie like this, it's about personalities and the idea of friendship. Anyone who has made seemingly random friends in school, university or just a local bar will be able to identify with this and propbably with all of the charachters as well.
Anyone who enjoyed the splendid Human Traffic will also enjoy this as (while not quite as good) the central ideas are the same and neither revert to the schmaltz of The Breakfast Club.
This is not a movie for "the night in with the boys/girls" but is a nice movie to watch late in the day, especially if (like me) you no longer see as much of your random mates as you would like (as happens when you grow up).
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the 90 minutes of my life that this film took up and it has perhaps prompted me to get in touch with some people a bit more often. A good solid 4/5 movie for me.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 6 [DVD] [1998]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 6 [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as a lot of people think., 18 Dec. 2003
I was impressed by this series more than the other buffies up to this point (and now after as well), it shows the writing, acting and charachters all maturing both in talent, realism and of course on-air. The real issues of what happens after college are raise throughout through marriage, money troubles, responsibilities, employment and generally in having to be more grown up about things than in previous years.
The brewing idea of inseperable school and college friends slowly drifting into different lives is a theme I am experiencing myself at the moment and definately hits home and make the charachters so much more real in this series, unfortunately they undi a lot of good work in the next series with this but oh well.
Willow gets her real starring role too late in a way and while I can see the reason for her evilness on the back of grief, it came way too quickly. A slower burn from earlier in the series of the darker places that the magic would take her would have been better.
The real MVP of this series (and by far in the next) is Spike though, he is undoubtably the best charachter actor in the cast and if he can turn his hand to other roles could have a great future. His constant tustle with his chip were intreaging and you had to wonder was his soul there all along in some way ? Otherwise when he found out he could damage buffy he could have just got it over with. Something stopped him.
Anyway I digress. The best buffy by a decent distance and kept me interested, but then I like the dark humour shown in this series over the perky heroic kind in the others. A definate 7.5/10


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