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The Tick
The Tick
Dvd

5.0 out of 5 stars Way above average superhero comedy. Hard to fault the quality of this production., 21 Aug. 2016
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With genuine Hollywood greats directing and producing plus Peter S in a role that suits his talents perfectly this, for me, is the perfect example of the shift away from dumbed-down movies towards smart TV.

If you're into anything that subverts the tedium of Marvel & DC's output this is a must-watch.


BrainDead, Season 1
BrainDead, Season 1

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savage satire masquerading as SF, 28 July 2016
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I can imagine the conversation that inspired this series. I bet we all can. It must have happened whilst enduring the collective insanity that led to the most recent US government shutdown. Something along the lines of: "These politicians, they're not behaving like humans. What the **** is wrong with them? Have they got alien bugs in their brains?" And so an utterly brilliant piece of TV was born.

There are stellar performances from the cast, with Johnny Ray Gill stealing every scene he's in. He does get the best lines but he nails them with immaculate comic timing.

The cast, the casting director, the writers, the directors, everyone involved deserves immense praise for delivering such a great show.


Cardamom Green Ground 250g
Cardamom Green Ground 250g
Offered by Buy Whole Foods Online
Price: 4.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Smells fresh-ground., 4 July 2016
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Very pleased because I was worried - this being an online order - that the spice might be stale, but I needn't have. It is really good quality.


5 x 22 Litre Plastic Tray - Robusto Industrial Plastic Stacking Euro Storage Containers Boxes Baskets Crates GREY
5 x 22 Litre Plastic Tray - Robusto Industrial Plastic Stacking Euro Storage Containers Boxes Baskets Crates GREY
Offered by Solent Plastics
Price: 42.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use & easy to clean., 4 July 2016
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Well-constructed. However, when stacked the slots are a bit shallow and they could avalanche if placed on a slope. Handle with care.


6ft Blow Moulded Folding Trestle Table Camping Garden Dining Rattan Effect
6ft Blow Moulded Folding Trestle Table Camping Garden Dining Rattan Effect
Offered by This Is It Famous Value Stores
Price: 49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & well-designed., 4 July 2016
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Very useful for anyone doing market/car boot stalls. Easy to clean and to erect.

It is quite bulky, you need to be on the strong side to haul this about solo, but I would rather have this than something light and flimsy.


Bright Spark 1-Piece 12 x 4.5 x 6 cm Catering Blowtorch
Bright Spark 1-Piece 12 x 4.5 x 6 cm Catering Blowtorch
Offered by Socal UK
Price: 12.65

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you need for any kind of kitchen work, 3 July 2016
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A dangerous piece of equipment. If you adjust the flame held horizontally, it will, when pointed down to, for example, to brlée a tart, spurt erratically and blast dangerously large flames. If you try to adjust it, the flame roars then sputters on whichever level you set the gas feed. Oh, and the orange igniter button at regularly false out. It's astonishing that such a badly designed piece of equipment is sold to the public. And contemptible that the manufacturer should do so.


The Odin Mission: A Jack Tanner Adventure (Jack Tanner 1)
The Odin Mission: A Jack Tanner Adventure (Jack Tanner 1)
by James Holland
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of the Sharpe novels, you'll find this story eerily familiar, 21 Jun. 2016
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In fact the storyline and characters are so close to those in Bernard Cornwell's first novel, 'Sharpe's Rifles', that he could probably sue. Successfully. There's the chisel-jawed super-warriror leading a the ragged band of Rifleman, whoops, sorry, Rangers marooned behind enemy lines. There's the teaming up with the locals on a missions that could change the war. Like Sharpe, Tanner is also an expert marksman.There's the appearance of a beautiful local lass as the obligatory love interest. The similarities are legion, to the minutest detail: Tanner even acquires his enemy's better-made boots. I could go on. And on. And on. All that's missing is a giant Irishman.

That said, it's a bit like watching an adaptation of 'Macbeth' set in a different place and period. Nothing wrong with that. It's still the same story. Still just an enjoyable. Just weird that an author should write an near-identical tale to a famous best-seller.

A lot has been said about the historical accuracy of the book's detail. So I also found it a little surprising that so many minor details were wrong. The Panzer VI (Tiger) did not come into service for another two years. The Junkers-88, so prominent in this book set in mountainous central Norway, did fly in the campaign but was restricted to a (very successful, unfortunately) maritime strike role. Again, I could go on and on...

I just hope the author did the right thing and split his royalties with Bernard Cornwell.
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Habor Water Thermometer Probe, Food Thermometer with Cap, Kithcen Thermometer with Digital Instant Read, for Meat, Cooking, BBQ and Milk
Habor Water Thermometer Probe, Food Thermometer with Cap, Kithcen Thermometer with Digital Instant Read, for Meat, Cooking, BBQ and Milk
Offered by Xintop
Price: 16.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible quality. And you cannot replace the battery., 19 Jun. 2016
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Looks far more impressive in the photo than in reality. You cannot even recalibrate it (mine was 2℃ off) and you cannot change the batter. It lasted a week before it stopped working. Very poor build quality. It looks and feels like a cheap Chinese knock-off of a better thermometer which is what I should have bought in the first place. My advice is to spend more on something you will be able to rely upon.
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Bosch - Season 2
Bosch - Season 2
Dvd

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not often a TV series matches the intensity of best-selling novels, but this does., 14 Mar. 2016
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Series One had it's flaws. Not many, but they were there, especially the cramming in of too much plot. That was understandable given the producers' desire to meet the expectations of fans of the books; but now, with Series Two, the pacing is much better. Maybe even perfectly balanced. One huge strength of having Michael Connelly on-board as Exec Producer is that the writers have melded together various bits of the LA cop-lawyer universe he created with great assurance. And they've gone further by introducing plot-lines that are not in the books but which are seamless and coherent within the well-established storylines. Best of all, by making Deputy Chief Irving a more complex, rounded character they've added greater depth.

Never has LA looked more beautiful. And that's saying something considering what sprawling mess most of it is. Quite an achievement. Along the way, the production also manages to convey just how sleazy LV is.

Another of the show's strengths is that it hasn't fallen for the 'Hollywood beautiful' casting style of so many US cop shows on the main networks, especially NCIS/CSI and all their spin-offs. It's not afraid to cast actresses in central roles who aren't in their twenties and that helps make the show look more realistic. Smart move.

It is a wonderful show.


19 - 2 Season 2
19 - 2 Season 2
Dvd

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still excellent, but more mainstream., 11 Feb. 2016
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A change in emphasis from Series One. Less a powerful series about patrol officers struggling to deal with their dysfunctional lives and more about police corruption (and with ever darker twists). It's now more akin tho the BBC's 'Line of Duty' series (was it inspired by 19-2?) but with added gunplay.

That said, Episode One is one of the most visceral pieces of TV I've ever seen. Shot on long, long single takes, it recreates the fear and confusion of a major incident in pretty much real-time. It's about as far from Hollywood-Bruce Willis-style cop fantasy as you could possibly get. And it's all the better for it until that ridiculous, impossible shot at the end. But that's just a very minor gripe


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