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Nokia 6230i - O2 - Pay As You Go Mobile Phone
Nokia 6230i - O2 - Pay As You Go Mobile Phone

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Nokia, 17 April 2006
Favourite feature: wallpaper slide show. Only apparent flaw after a month's useage: the back light doesn't stay on for very long before dimming. In short, highly recommended.

At length.... I just need a decent quality, non-frustrating, reliable phone that looks the part. I don't need a phone to play Mp3s, or offer games, or radio or speak to my computer or take good photographs - or so I thought until I started to take full advantage of what this phone can do.

I'm somewhat of a prodigal son returning to the Nokia fold having spent a few years in the Samsung and Motorola-strewn wilderness. I can happily say it's very good to be back.

No more text-lag (Motorola Pebl), or frustrating (and wholly illogical) menus, just a straight-forward, no-nonsense attractive (but hardly ostentatious) phone that offers everything a mobile should in 2006.

It probably would be nonsense to suggest that it's because Nokia is European and I am European that I find Nokia menu systems more logical than other brands; still, it's a mystery why the competition can't be more like Nokia in this regard...

Usually firmware is patronising and restrictive. Not so here. Nokia's PC software is very user-friendly and allows you to do all sorts, from making ringtones to transferring files, sync-ing up your phone and Outlook contacts and calendar, or making wallpaper photos for your phone from high res digital shots that you have on your PC.

GEAR4 JumpSuit Pro - Premium Silicon Case for iPod Nano - Black
GEAR4 JumpSuit Pro - Premium Silicon Case for iPod Nano - Black

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Protect your Nano in Style, 4 April 2006
After scouring Ebay and finding only poor-quality-looking items that may or may not have arrived from Hong Kong, I am pleased to report that this Gear4 case - purchased cheaply through Amazon - is of high quality. Though its made of soft flexible rubber and is only a couple of millimetres thick, it's tough enough for drops and preventing scratches - basically turning a too-perfect-for-the-real-world Apple work of art (yawn) into a practical, mobile mp3 player. In fact, the matt black rubber casing's only minor downside is that it attracts as much dust as it does envious looks. Most impressivley, I thought, was that functioning of the Nano's 'wheel' navigation system was in no way impaired when sheafed in this sexy, Batman-esque case.
And for those who'd really rather they'd bought a black Nano, well, with this black case no one will know the difference.
Gear4 also seem like a cool company insomuch they promote new music through their packaging and website, and offer free downloads.

Larry Burrows: Vietnam
Larry Burrows: Vietnam
by Larry Burrows
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing Images from a Tragic War, 4 April 2006
This review is from: Larry Burrows: Vietnam (Hardcover)
Firstly, I'd like to make it clear that I do not own this book; I chose to rate it a 5 only under duress from Amazon. Rather, I have seen many of the stark and harrowing images that feature in this publication at the War Remnants exhibit in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. In many ways the first technicolour war, the US-Vietnam conflict was reported by a free western press as no other before it (and given the freedom-curbing measures of the US military and US media's compliance during the Iraq invasion, perhaps since too). However, it was not the pen that proved to be mightier than the sword (or the machine gun), but rather the still image. Larry Burrows did not live to see the end of the Vietnam war his lenses almost came to define; he was killed in a helicopter crash in 1971 while on assignment for LIFE magazine along with another photographer whose work is of comparable quality, Henri Huet. Burrows' technically-brilliant images of the conflict are arguably definitive - and are certainly among the most memorable of this tragic chapter of 20th century history. For saddening, unforgettable glimpses of what was life - and death - for the poor individuals caught up in it, look no further.
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She's Not Leaving
She's Not Leaving
Offered by LEWKS1973
Price: £0.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A band to fall in love with?, 20 Feb. 2005
This review is from: She's Not Leaving (Audio CD)
If someone was to ask me what The Research sound like - and a few people have, by the way, usually before I drag them to a gig where The Research haphazardly convert them too into a 'Researchette' - well, I'd start by describing their sound as fresh. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Casio-rock at its most heartfelt, homegrown and organic - and is a perfect remedy for guitar stodge. Firstly, there's no guitarist. Instead, the three-piece comprises a girl bassist who sings, a boy who plays a novelty-sized keyboard and sings, and a girl drummer who sings beautifully and generally makes men go weak at the knees (perhaps even on record). Despite their cold-sounding name, there's not a laptop in sight. Think off-kilter harmonies, lovely tunes that are as catchy as chicken pox (but of course so much more pleasant to experience, and stay with you for longer and leave less in the way of scarring) and humorous and touching lyrics. Think shambolic, modest and touching. Think Loveable. Do your own research and find out why I spent ten minutes writing this (may be I'll invoice the band when they can afford expensive - or even their own - instruments).

Naples '44: An Intelligence Officer in the Italian Labyrinth
Naples '44: An Intelligence Officer in the Italian Labyrinth
by Norman Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless prose depicts an incredible culture and period, 7 Jan. 2004
Naples '44 is simply an incredible, brilliantly-written diary of an intelligence officer that is at times shocking and moving.
Armed with modesty, unfailing politness and, perhaps most impressively, a military pass allowing him to be anywhere at any time and in any uniform, Norman Lewis moves through the murky, dangerous world of wartime Naples.
Lewis, who died in July 2003, was a London-born Welshmen whose diamond-sharp eye for observation and subtle satire and humour depicts with warmth and accuracy the idiosyncrasies of Italian culture, and a city that has descended into chaos.
For Lewis, his stay in Naples was an unforgettable experience. Thanks to his writing talent it is also an unforgettable experience for any reader of Naples '44 - a fascinating and valuable historical document.


6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoot Speed, Kill Light: Hail to the Motor City King, 8 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Landcruising (Audio CD)
A rare gem, Landcruising is an electronic concept album that is a dark, cool and subtly immense piece of work. It is perfectly suited to its subject matter, created for - or inspired by - night-time driving. From the click of Craig's seat belt at the start of the album, you are on a journey across dark, strange lands, through amber-glow urban sprawl and lost concrete realms. The sounds reflect perfectly the artificiality of the built environment - complex road systems, dark sinister architecture, the loneliness of cities.
I first heard (and loved) this album shortly after its original release. It has aged well, unlike many electronic albums.
If you want your music to not just entertain but to become a soundtrack to your life, this could be for you. If you also love driving, then Craig's album is as essential for your car as the steering wheel. Landcruising has the ability to turn an otherwise mundane journey into an memorable (cinematic) experience. I would go so far as to say that all contemporary vehicles should come with this album 'as standard'.

Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
Price: £4.45

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tongue fun, 12 Oct. 2001
If the Warhols were to ape the Stones' logo of a pair of red lips with a tongue sticking out, then the gesture, like their music for the most part and the logo would have the tongue firmly in cheek, for some of these songs are affectionate take-offs of classic riffs, but with hooks so catchy you remember why they're called hooks, and an infectious, fun vibe that makes you wanna drive faster, drink more (not at the same time as driving, I hope), live louder, party harder, and makes you just think, "ah, yes, this is why life's good - bring it on!" So why only 4 stars? Well, if you gave this 5, what could you give Sticky Fingers?

Offered by FREETIME
Price: £14.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy Lo-Fi Cinamatic Soundtrax building climax, 27 April 2001
This review is from: Ep (Audio CD)
Excellent. The slow, at times building, always moving, melancholic and distant tunes of a band that should be a household name already. These tunes say to me that winter's on its way. Tunes are samey, yes, but what a tune - Twin Peaks meets slack Indie cool. Let this be your soundtrack some time.

The True Adventures of "The Rolling Stones"
The True Adventures of "The Rolling Stones"
by Stanley Booth
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanging out with the Soul Survivors and dancing with Mr D, 27 Mar. 2001
Quite simply the best pop music-related or rock-journalist's book I have read.
Almost unique in that the book is autobiographical whilst being biographical, the world's best rock and roll band is captured on their US tour in late 1969, when they were at their most dangerous, Brian wasn't long dead and the time was right for fighting in the street. Sections of Booth's book are almost reportage from the trenches, echoing his counterparts in Se Asia at the time. Both there and in Booth's drug-fuelled quest to get and remain close to the action, life was close to the edge - and often slipped over it.
Booth was there (man). He was in the firing line - he was a monkey man too, just another tumbling dice, with long hair, young girls, white powder and streteched limos. While most biographers - or writers - are forced into months-long research on events and people and then sit at home in Clapham on a rainy night in November and try (as they might) to empathise with a 24-year-old multi-millionaire rock star who was sitting in the California sun 20 years ago, Booth lived the life -if for a while.
On an event, he didn't need to ask an ageing, addled rock dinosaur 20 years down the line if he recalled it, let alone how he felt about it, no, he just trurned to Charlie AT THE TIME and asked him.
That's not to say this book is not excellently researched. The account of the Stones rise is documented extrememly well, and is spliced in with the 69 tour, keeping you reading - a cloud gathering on the horizon as Brian rushes to his demise and the Stones go play on the mountian.
And let's not forget that the book didn't make it out until 1984 - a hell of a long time after the terrors of Altamount - where Angels brought death to bring to an end to the flower power generation's naive dreams of changing the world and human nature through the use of music and LSD. This allowed years of research. Or, as I suspect, years of the manuscript lingering in a cupboard as booth got lost in the wilderness.
Still, its a blast - a great trip - and it makes you jealous. Moreover, it's the truth - these aren't rock and roll boasts, but stuff that went on. It brings the characters down to earth (Keef even goes to bed before Booth at one point), and they still come out of it as legends.

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