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Street Fighting Years
Street Fighting Years
Price: £5.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 80's pomp synth-rock classic, 17 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Street Fighting Years (Audio CD)
I loved this album when it was released in 1989; I was sixteen at the time. And, whilst aware that, by that time, Simple Minds weren't a very cool band, I did enjoy the lush, filmic, multi-layered production on this album; however, this is a sound which, unfortunately, the passage of time has not been kind to, as it now sounds cluttered and in dire need of paring down, a diagnosis which could apply to a lot of stuff from the late 80's. @ Big Dave: 'Subtly detailed production'? Err, detailed maybe; but subtle? If you want truly detailed and subtle production from a pop band of the same era, listen to 'Spirit of Eden' (1987) or 'Laughing Stock' (1991) by Talk Talk; these two albums have stood the test of time far better than the album being reviewed here. There are some good tracks on 'SFY', but, having listened to it again after a gap of twenty years, I've found that, as Sock Puppet suggests, the production is overwrought to the point of cringeworthiness in places.


Tripod Mount Ring EF for Canon EF 70-200mm F4L, F4L IS, EF 200mm F2.8L, EF 300mm F4L, EF 400mm F5.6L.
Tripod Mount Ring EF for Canon EF 70-200mm F4L, F4L IS, EF 200mm F2.8L, EF 300mm F4L, EF 400mm F5.6L.

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You don't want this one!, 19 Mar. 2010
...you want this one instead:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-compatible-Tripod-Mount-70-200mm/dp/B002RXEDX8/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1269029590&sr=1-7

The one in the link I've posted is a carbon copy of the Canon-branded design for a lot less; it has a much better spring-loaded locking mechanism than the one here, which makes the one in my link easier to swing the camera from landscape to portrait orientation. Check it out for yourself; the model you're looking at here is a completely different design to the Canon version.


Remote Switch Cable Shuttle with Locking for Canon EOS 10D 20D 30D D30 40D 50D 7D 1D 1Ds 5D 7D as RS-80N3
Remote Switch Cable Shuttle with Locking for Canon EOS 10D 20D 30D D30 40D 50D 7D 1D 1Ds 5D 7D as RS-80N3

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID AVOID AVOID! A zero star review, 31 Dec. 2009
Received this as a gift for Christmas (6 days ago), only got a chance to try it out yesterday. For starters, the fact that it is very cheaply made doesn't exactly fill one with a great deal of faith in the product. In practice it's lasted for about 40 shots before the firing mechanism has failed; press the button half way to focus and it works fine, press further to fire the shutter and nothing happens - after 40 shots only, ladies and gents! Yes, I know it's cheap, but it really should be fit for purpose; and with the p&p costing almost as much as the product itself, it's certainly not worth going to the trouble to send back only to receive another, which, I imagine, would have a high chance of being as rubbish as the first one. Do yourself a favour and spend a bit more if you want a remote that works. Zero stars.


Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader
Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader
Price: £3.34

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 5 Mar. 2009
Does what it's supposed to do, is very cheap, and has a lid that won't stay on, so will be lost very quickly.


Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag for DSLR Camera
Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag for DSLR Camera

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact, smart looking bag, 22 Jan. 2009
I ordered this item from Amazon as it was being offered on their site at a price well below the rrp. First of all, the bag is very well constructed and feels very sturdy. The reverse-opening lid is great for access when you're on the move, with the front flap - which is there solely to allow access to the zipped front pocket beneath, and not the main compartment - adding to the bag's asthetics as well as acting as a red herring to any opportunist thief fishing for your equipment.
In terms of space, it is able to contain my Eos 450d with 18-55 kit lens attached, a EFS 55-250 zoom and a Speedlight 430EX II (in it's own case), with additional room for filters, memory cards, leads etc. There is also room left in the central division of the main compartment, just below the camera with attached kit lens, to store either a small fast prime or a battery charger.
With the addition of the microfibre cloth, which prottects the cam's LCD and doubles as a lens cloth, as well as the waterproof cover that fits tidily into a pocket below the front pocket, the bag shapes up to being a very portable solution for those who wish to travel light with a small amount of equipment.
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A Brief History of Time [DVD]
A Brief History of Time [DVD]
Dvd ~ Isobel Hawking
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £23.69

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little pedantic of me, but..., 22 Aug. 2007
A superb film. However, I must correct Katie Green's comment regarding the film being an example of British documentary making at its best; director Errol Morris is indeed a fine filmmaker, but he is American.
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Epileptic
Epileptic
by David B.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.18

10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self indulgent to the extreme, 22 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Epileptic (Paperback)
I've always been a big fan of the literary comic book, having lapped up the works of Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes and the finer offerings from Alan Moore. However, I fail to see what the song and dance is all about with this effort by David B.
I will agree, as many reviewers have pointed out, that the raw, woodcut-style artwork is captivating at times; it manages to convey the internal world of our protagonist vividly. However, it seems that David B. was more concerned with showcasing his doodling talents than he was with any semblance of plotting, pace or narrative structure. Despite the book's title, the fact that the writer's brother suffers from epilepsy almost becomes incidental to the author's own navel-gazing; we learn very little about what it is to live in such close proximity to the condition. The sequences in which we're told how his parents enlisted the help of various alternative and new-age practitioners in a bid to cure his brother and heal the family have a tendency towards repetition; every four to five pages we are introduced to a new belief system or medicine, with each exploration fizzling out to be promptly replaced by another. It is this cycle that sustains the book for a large part of its over-long 360 pages.
A very personal work, indeed, but perhaps one so personal that only members of the author's own family need bother themselves with.

Finally, to quote J Wilks (elsewhere on this page); "Self indulgent? -Maybe so, but why shouldn't he be? All creativity is self indulgent, ..it's his story, he can say what he likes. Stories are good like that." Why, thank you, J Wilks! Damning the book with such faint praise has made me feel somewhat vindicated!
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Viking 512MB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Viking 512MB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let down by cheaply made casing, 23 Nov. 2005
This 512Mb USB 2.0 pen drive represents decent value for money; it does do its job adequately. However, after only two weeks of daily use, the cap will no longer stay on, and needs to be taped down to keep it in place. Added to this, it is a bit on the wide side, and doesn't come with an extension cable, making it a little troublesome when trying to plug it into most desktops. A little disappointing, especially considering that there is stiff competition: the Connect 3D 512MB USB 2.0 Pocket Drive for only a few pounds more is a superior design and comes with a USB cable.


fabric12: The Amalgamation of Soundz
fabric12: The Amalgamation of Soundz
Price: £15.34

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabric's finest, 10 Oct. 2004
If Kruder & Dorfmeister were ever to get around to putting together a mix album to follow up 1997's "K & D Sessions", it would be a rare treat indeed if it were to sound as good as this. From the outset of lush cinematic textures, through the brooding beats of Richard Davis' magnificent "Meaning" to the pulsing floorfillers of Hi-Lo, Jeff Bennett and beyond, we are taken - as described elswhere on this page - on a journey by Mssrs Thompson and Hardbottle which, considering the variety of musical styles showcased, is startling in its cohesiveness . More like this please!


Living Room Hush
Living Room Hush
Price: £11.97

5.0 out of 5 stars The finest of Norway's jazz vanguard, 15 April 2003
This review is from: Living Room Hush (Audio CD)
After a few years grooving to the likes of Nils Petter Molvaer and Bugge Wesseltoft, a friend from Norway turned me on to Jaga Jazzist shortly before the UK release of this, their debut album. Looking back, one has to wonder why it took nearly two years for this Jazz classic to cross the North Sea in order to search out UK audiences.
The comparisons that have been made between the Jazzists and bands such Tortoise and Squarepusher are to be considered. But these comparisons pale once the album is listened to, and, in order for one to be fully immersed by the inspired eclecticism that is on offer here, listened to again. Unlike a lot of the "jazz-by-numbers" sampladelica that masquerades as the (nu) jazz scene these days, the 10-strong Jaga Jazzist tip their hats to their antecedents while putting together exquisite, highly melodic material of their own. And, although they remain on the right side of experimental, their tunes are, for the most part, upbeat and buoyant, which is an outlook often foregone by leftfield artists in the quest for idiosyncratic modes of expression. Made for radio? Maybe. But you won't find this on any breakfast show.
Having had the good fortune to see this band give an impassioned live performance earlier this year, I would recommend that any prospective purchaser snaps this album up immediately, and awaits new releases with baited breath, as this is a band with a long and exciting career ahead of them.


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