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Denver MCD-62 - wall mountable DVD, CD HiFi with FM radio, USB port & memory card reader
Denver MCD-62 - wall mountable DVD, CD HiFi with FM radio, USB port & memory card reader

5.0 out of 5 stars Seems pretty robust, plenty of volume and for a cheapish ..., 20 May 2016
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This was bought for use in my workshop to play DVDs which are mainly just music (recorded off the Radio). Seems pretty robust, plenty of volume and for a cheapish and cheerful device , good value. Haven't tried all the facilities yet but so far I like it and it does what it says on the tin.


A3 Rotary Paper Trimmer
A3 Rotary Paper Trimmer
Price: £15.38

1.0 out of 5 stars Buy something a lot more robust., 31 Dec. 2015
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This trimmer is far too fragile to handle even in the domestic office: it bends when and where it shouldn't and the wheel gets blunt very quickly. The plastic ruler bit tends to come out of its mountings. After about 6 months, it just fell apart. Waste of space.


LIVING NEXT DOOR TO ALICE 7 INCH (7" VINYL 45) UK RAK 1976
LIVING NEXT DOOR TO ALICE 7 INCH (7" VINYL 45) UK RAK 1976

5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the past!, 12 Jan. 2015
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Have recently bought an ION deck for putting vinyl onto CD and so can buy old vinyl again - great record wheich somehow had escaped my collection. Good fun!


A Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the Founding of America
A Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the Founding of America
by P. L. Firstbrook
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring the USA before it was the uSA, 16 Dec. 2014
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Who is Captain John Smith I hear you, gentle reader, wonder ? Well, here was a man who was, perhaps, one of the first, if not the first writer of an autobiography (excluding Moses of course whose own work described a number of events after his death on the borders of Canaan - assuming you think Moses did write the first five books of the Old Testament all by himself). Although this book may sell better in the USA where he is eminent enough to be portrayed on the Capitol frieze, his story is relevant to us in the UK as he was English (of rather impoverished Lincolnshire stock) and was prominent in the early days of colonisation of North America.
But before this he was apprenticed to a merchant in King's Lynn, was briefly a pirate, became a soldier of fortune on the Continent (and later of misfortune as he was captured and became a slave), but eventually returned safe to London. And it was in London that he became intrigued with North America and eventually became one of the founding fathers of Jamestown.
Most of us of a certain age were brought up to believe that the first English colonists on the American mainland were the Pilgrim Fathers who arrived on the good ship Mayflower in 1620. However, prior to this, there were a number of generally unsuccessful attempts at making a permanent base on the eastern seaboard of what later became the USA. Smith sailed on the Susan Constant , the largest (at only 100 tons) of three ships in late 1606. Much of the second half of this book consists of the efforts to put the new colony on firm ground, in descriptions of relations with the indigenous people (once known as "indians") - neither side being very honourable - and, of course, the meeting with the Princess Pocahontas who, according to Smith, saved his life.
Towards the end of his life, Smith turned to writing and much of Firstbrook's book draws upon Smith's books and reports and, wherever possible, provides supporting evidence from other sources. This is a remarkable life and at times I was reminded of Gulliver's Travels: but it is a fascinating story which, if not always wholly believable, shows that times may not have changed: do not our politicians rush into print once they lose office in order to justify their recent actions ? And Churchill allegedly said "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it".
Whilst Smith's story may appeal more to our American cousins, it is well worth reading for the insight it provides into the early days of colonial Britain. This book makes clear that whilst there was some, rather minimal, effort put in to taking Christianity to the New World, the main driving force behind these hazardous trips was trade - in particular the lure of gold. Lack of gold contributed to the failure of many small colonies as the money to supply them from England dried up. Short term thinking is nothing new then.
Much original research has gone into A Man Most Driven and the result is very readable, exciting and enlightening: a good book for book clubs perhaps as there is much to discus.


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4.0 out of 5 stars not a turkey, 15 Jan. 2012
My mum always used a thermometer in her oven and so have I - hers is now several decades old and almost unreadable so to upgrade to digital is great. This year's turkey and several recent cakes have been a great success. BUT why, oh why, can no one write a decent set of instructions for anything. Its all electronic, DVDs are as cheap as chips (cheaper actually) so a DVD with instructions and examples would be fab. Surely the Germans can do that right ?


Bergerac - Series 1 [DVD] [1981]
Bergerac - Series 1 [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ John Nettles
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £18.94

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5.0 out of 5 stars Midsomer it's not!, 4 Oct. 2011
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Never saw this when it was first broadcast but as a fan of the retired Midsomer man (DCI Barnaby for those illiterates who haven't kept up with John Nettles' career), thought it would be worth watching - and it is. The stories are perhaps a bit clunky by modern standards but such a relief not to have endless computer generated bangs. And as a slice of history, the car, the dresses and the people are worth the viewing. Nice length too when there is nothing else but Xfactor to watch.
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The Capital Ring 2008 (Recreational Path Guides)
The Capital Ring 2008 (Recreational Path Guides)
by Colin Saunders
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 17 July 2011
My mate Douglas and I completed the London Ring (78 miles) last December in 7 trips with the essential help of this excellent book. Whilst the Ring itself is very well signposted (congratulations to the London mayors responsible for its inception and upkeep), the maps in the book were an added help. But it was the book's description of places we wandered through and the historical background that really made this a great walk and I would buy any similar book by the same author on any other walk without thinking twice. Go buy some walking boots and this book and get going - it is not hard work.


Dark Water
Dark Water
by Caro Ramsay
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars nearly not put-downable!, 17 July 2011
This review is from: Dark Water (Paperback)
This was not a bad story as murder-mysteries go: OK for the beach or bedtime, but easy to put aside for a doughnut or a warm beer. It did not quite grip in the way that perhaps Ian Rankin does: partly because the characters were (to me) a little wooden and partly because the written English needed a touch of editing. Too many times I seemed to have to go back to the beginning of a sentence/paragraph to see who "she" referred to - subject or object. True test perhaps is will I buy others in the series ? That needs some thought hence only 3 stars.


TAIYO YUDEN DVD-R 16x WHITE FULL FACE INKJET PRINTABLE (100 Stack)
TAIYO YUDEN DVD-R 16x WHITE FULL FACE INKJET PRINTABLE (100 Stack)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great recordings, 13 Jun. 2011
Latest home project is to copy a load of old VHS tapes to DVD via computer and these were recommended to me as the best (I already use Taiyo Yuden CDs for recording vinyls). Have used about half so far and no problems so can recommend them to others. Only moan is the packaging - could have done with one of those plastic towers to keep them in as they just came shrink wrapped in a cardboard box - not at all convenient. The CDs come in a tower
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Joanna (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Joanna (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Genevieve Waite
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £5.99

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sixties revisited, 13 Jun. 2011
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Spotted a review of this in the Guardian some weeks back and as I had listened to Director Mike Sarne back in the 60's, I thought it might be fun. Telling the story of a 17 year old (I think) visiting London it is wacky and fun and funny with a young Donald Sutherland playing a rather louche member of the rich aristocracy brilliantly. Scenes of London in the 1960's will appeal to those of a certain age, the attitudes of the 60's are well captured and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not up there with Blow-up perhaps but well worth an evening.


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