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Automatic LED Night Light Plug-In Low Energy
Automatic LED Night Light Plug-In Low Energy
Price: £4.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 15 April 2013
Mine has finally died, after using it every night for at least 3 years. It's a great little product that produces just enough light to break the darkness and allow you to see what's going on. You won't be able to signal passing ships, or even read by it. It has a sensor to switch off in the daylight, but I just used to switch it off anyway when not in use. Of course, if you're doing this and you forget, it'll turn off anyway.
For my purposes anyway, it was just right. If you have more than one spare sockets and need a little bit more light, you could always use two. I'm now buying some more because at this price, who cares?


Red Dwarf - Back To Earth - Director's Cut [DVD] [2009]
Red Dwarf - Back To Earth - Director's Cut [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Price: £6.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighten up and appreciate this for it is............, 15 Feb. 2010
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First of all, I think a lot of the criticism of this program here and elsewhere stems from the fact that it doesn't capture the magic earlier Red Dwarf seasons. Series one and the wooden sets and hilarious Lister-Rimmer banter, series two's injection of colour (well, a large inflatable banana and cup) and occasional trip off of the large rouge one, Krytie's arrival in series 3 with an odd, possibly even backwards Canadian accent that was quickly rectified as Llywellyn found the character, and Lister found out what Hitler had on his sandwiches. It's not quite like the excellent series four, the editing is isn't as hodge podge as season five, though it pays homage to the all time classic television that is Back to Reality from that season, a favourite of Terry Pratchett amongst others. Nor is Back to Earth as "honey I'm home" as season six, or as utterly baffling yet strangely charming as season eight's at least partially successful attempt to recapture the magic of earlier seasons.

This feels most similar to Season seven's "adventure-com" style of excellent sci fi storytelling taking priority over humour, but the humour being good enough to make one think and smile, if not fall off the couch laughing (Rimmer's crotch pounding scene aside). Season Seven is an acquired taste that divided opinion somewhat, but the point here is that the show has constantly been in flux, changing and adapting over the course of it's eight series. Exactly what series did you expect this to recreate? All of them at once?

If you really expected this program to 'turn back the years' and catapult you back through time to the late eighties, when hairdos were bigger than BBC budgets and all areas were grey, you must have droidrot or something. The fact that one of the co-creators and writers left after series six effectively rules out the possibility of anything up to that point being recreated, the fact that the show is now about 30 years old (depressingly) makes the notion laughable. Yes, we'll get the cast back together, dress them at OXFAM, put them in a grey cardboard set and have them sit around annoying each other while referring to Peter Beardsley and watching VHS videos, yet in glorious full HD with incredible digital effects at our disposal. Yeah, I'm not too keen on that idea. The visuals of the show were like that through necessity, not design. Admittedly, this could well have had the unexpected and beneficial effect of forcing the writers and actors to work ten times harder to compensate for this, but it was not how this great universe was ever supposed to be. If anything, Back to Earth is probably more in line with how Red Dwarf was always 'supposed' to look and feel.

This was never going to capture that unique combination of two talented writers bouncing off each other, improvised sets and effects on tiny budgets, models instead of cgi, deliberately crappy props for us to snigger at and a cast that worked beautifully despite coming from such diverse and downright daft backgrounds that no one sane would throw them together. What we needed from a new dwarf is big ideas, a big story, excellent locations and, seeing as the universe/dimension/spacetime continuum the boys, and girl, from the dwarf themselves inhabit is almost entirely empty, we need dimension shifting metapysical freakiness. This IS Red Dwarf, after all.

The only option for director and writer Doug Naylor with this project was to pay homage to things past, influences and ideas, while adding to the central story of Dave Lister, the last(ish) human being. In returning to the very essence of the story, the core, human part of this universe, Lister's unlikely (given that the human race is extinct) but never-ending search for love and fulfilment, something every person in the world can relate to, I feel this show is faithful to what Red Dwarf is and was, and is a triumph.

And.....

If you think that's a load of poppycock, you'll still want the dvd if you're a dwarfer because it's very well produced and full of behind the scenes, geektabulous extras that'll make you hornier than a dog at a Miss, well, enough of that. Buy this DVD!!!
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Nyko Charge Base and 2 Rechargeable Battery Packs - White (Xbox 360)
Nyko Charge Base and 2 Rechargeable Battery Packs - White (Xbox 360)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good piece of kit, 21 Aug. 2009
Charges quickly and the battery packs (included) seem to last for so long that you don't even have to think about it. Also doubles as a sort of rack to store two controllers in. Definitely worth the money.


EDEN EXPRESS, THE : A Memoir of Schizopherenia: A Memoir of Schizophrenia
EDEN EXPRESS, THE : A Memoir of Schizopherenia: A Memoir of Schizophrenia
by Mark Vonnegut
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Eden Express., 18 Sept. 2006
In this book, first published in 1975, Mark Vonnegut recounts his adventures of 1969 - 1971. Vonnegut, a recent religion graduate, and friends set out to an isolated area of British Columbia and establish a farm-cum-hippy commune. All goes swimmingly well until Vonnegut develops a mental illness, later diagnosed as schizophrenia. After 3 separate "breakdowns" and two stays in a mental hospital, the author abandons the farm, his alternative lifestyle and even his beloved dog, and re-enters society.

Firstly, as a look at counter culture, the hippy ideal and the political and social backdrop of sixties America, the book excels. Thanks to the author's writing style, this also stands up as a straightforward, readable and enjoyable adventure tale. However one would expect a book with such a title to provide some sort of insight into the experience of mental illness. This it does, but in a very bizarre fashion. Vonnegut attempts to recount what he was thinking while he was ill in a verbatim manner. The advantage of this approach is that it offers an unfiltered, unabated view of what the author was experiencing. Vonnegut doesn't let his later rationalisations and interpretations interfere with his vivid descriptions. Unfortunately, this style also makes for, at times, a very confusing read. As the author's thoughts become frankly nonsensical, so does the text.

Undoubtedly the author does a commendable job of describing the thoughts he had while he was ill. He describes his other `symptoms' reasonably well too. However, throughout the book I was wondering why I (someone who has experienced psychosis) had so much difficulty relating to the author's experiences of his illness. Particularly since the other accounts of psychosis and schizophrenia I've read were replete with familiar situations, feelings, thoughts and symptoms. I was finally enlightened when the author revealed in the afterword that today he would be diagnosed as bipolar. This little revelation probably explains why the current edition's subtitle is "a memoir of madness" and no longer "a memoir of schizophrenia". That little gripe aside, this is another interesting look at mental illness, and one very different from the others I've encountered. Forgetting about mental illness, it's also a very enjoyable book full stop.


The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it could have been, 18 Feb. 2006
This review is from: The Silmarillion (Paperback)
This is NOT an easy read, and can seem a bit like a list of names or the old testament at times. You have to study this book - work at it, with the Return of the King's appendix and this books appendix at hand to constantly be refered to. It took me two attempts to get through it the first time, but now I honestly enjoy dusting this off at least as much as the lord of the rings. It's now impossible for me to read one without the other.
The sense of history, depth and grandeur that's apparent in the lord of the rings is so MUCH more convincing than any other fantasy novel for a reason. That history has been written. It's real (if you follow me!).
Tolkien created a series of languages, a world, all of its history, all of it's peoples, all of its geography, its gods, its conception, its weather, its plants, its trees, its animals, its seasons, its calendars etc etc. He created everything. The lord of the rings is not just a little fantasy story flung against some backdrop reminescent of medieval europe. Sadly most "epic fantasy" stories are just that.
However, the lord of the rings is really just a side track, and one that tolkien was loathe to take himself. As a story it's epic enough. It really only deals with a very short, fleeting piece of something so much larger. The Silimarillion is your first chance to appreciate this, and I suggest you enjoy it!
This book is flawed, Christopher Tolkien admits as much himself in the history of middle earth and the foreword to unfinished tales. CT indulged in some "editorial meddling" (his words) to make a coherent story from a collection of disparate, contradictory writings. The result is, in spite of this, still rather convoluted and taxing. For me, the need to keep your wits about you, cross check information and really work at reading this is part of the fun. Having done all this a few times over the years, now this is a gentle coffee table book.
The only real 'problem' with this work is that it just leaves you wanting more!
Luckily for you the history of middle earth and unfinished tales provide you with just that.


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