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Hack: Sex, Drugs, and Scandal from Inside the Tabloid Jungle
Hack: Sex, Drugs, and Scandal from Inside the Tabloid Jungle
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything that's wrong with tabloid journalism.....in one person, 6 Jun. 2014
If you ever consider a career in journalism this is most definitely not the book for you. But if you ever doubted that the News of the World deserved to be closed down read this and have a rethink.

Graham Johnson paints a sordid picture of the machinations of the tabloid press. Blackmail and skulduggery abounded as his ambitious climb was fuelled by lies, fiction and fakery. Refreshingly, Johnson does not try to paint himself as some kind of white knight fighting the hordes of journalistic miscreants. Rather he represented the archetypal gutter press and he intended to become king of the sewer.

His Bodmin Beast con takes up a disproportionate amount of the book but as it was this that caused his fall from grace it’s understandable. A certain level of bitterness comes through his writing, as does a tendency to blame others; a bit like an alcoholic blaming a supermarket for selling booze.

Towards the end you hope there will be a renaissance for an obviously talented journalist, after all he did make it to the top of his profession. Don’t hold your breath. His ‘realisation’ and embracing of philosophy is hardly road to Damascus material and, like a reformed smoker, it’s easy to imagine Johnson being drawn back in for ‘one last drag’ on the nicotine of the tabloid ego trip.

As the tabloid press emerges from its darkest days Johnson offers an insight into how the Fourth Estate wallowed in a pit of corruption and filth of its own making.

My only complaint? By his own admission Johnson lied without conscience, cheated without consideration and manipulated for benefit. All of which leads to the uncomfortable question – can you believe everything in Hack? Against a well-documented backdrop of chequebook journalism, hacking trials and famous fakes decide for yourself. ;-)

Seben Star-Sheriff incl. "Big-Pack" 1000-114 EQ3 Reflector Telescope
Seben Star-Sheriff incl. "Big-Pack" 1000-114 EQ3 Reflector Telescope
Offered by Seben GmbH
Price: £122.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seben Sheriff Telescope - a star!, 18 Jan. 2013
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This was a gift for someone new to astronomy and I have to say it's rather good value for a novice machine.

I was a little concerned that it was being shipped from Germany but I needn't have worried, it was well packed and arrived without a scratch, or more importantly, without a break. Assembly was relatively easy and the product feels solid and well built. The manual gives the impression the spotter scope features a right-angle eyepiece, which it doesn't, which led to double checking all the packaging. The manual is the only let down, it could really do with a re-write. For a complete novice it's not always clear. For example, it doesn't explain how to set up the spotter scope with the main telescope which results in mis-alignment.

But these are minor issues and once you take the time to familiarise yourself with the telescope you'll discover it is actually very easy to use and offers a good starting point for would be Patrick Moores. The components fit together well but remember it is heavy and the tripod should be properly locked. Once you get the hang of the spotter scope fine tuning is easy to maintain. A good selection of lens are supplied and help ensure a clean, crisp image.

All in all a good quality telescope at an economical price that beats many other similar priced but smaller scopes.

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