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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for daily smoothie drinkers, 9 Feb. 2015
I drink smoothies every day, but with regular tabletop blenders the cleanup can be a bit of a hassle. You also waste a bit of whatever sinks to the bottom or sticks to the side and won't pour out. The brilliance of the Nutri Ninja is that it's just two pieces, with the blender jar also serving as your drinking cup. Compared to a regular blender, this system wastes next to nothing.

There is also plenty of power to get the job done quickly and thoroughly, regardless of the ingredients. I regularly use frozen fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and seeds, all of which pose no problem at all to this device. There is only a bit of a learning curve as far as what order to load ingredients, and the recipe book isn't always right. So, the first few times I had to give it a shake or a stir. Once you've figured it out, the blending takes just a minute -- and the result is smooth as silk. (There are also recipes for dips, soups and the like, but those might be better served by a regular food processor. I intend to use this only for smoothies.)

Cleaning is really as simple as filling the jar partway with water and a drop of dish soap, giving it a pulse or two, and rinsing.

The single con is that for now, the larger 32 ounce/950ml blender jar is only available in the U.S. The included 650ml jar is sufficient, but a slightly larger jar would make things a bit easier when loading ingredients, and also allow the flexibility for people who want a bigger serving.
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Leonard Cohen: Live In London [DVD] [2009] [NTSC]
Leonard Cohen: Live In London [DVD] [2009] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Roscoe Beck
Offered by ScreamingCd UK
Price: £10.11

53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LC awesome, DVD shoddy, 8 April 2009
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I was lucky enough to see Mr. Cohen on his summer 2008 tour, and looked forward to this DVD as a memento. While Cohen and his band turn in a superb performance here -- as they reportedly did throughout the tour -- this DVD is a letdown.

Firstly, I was surprised to receive an NTSC DVD from Amazon UK. Fortunately, I have a multi-system DVD player and TV, as most people probably do, but I'm sure there will be at least some disappointed customers out there.

What is truly disappointing, as others have noted, is to pop in this long-awaited DVD, likely the only official release from what is surely Cohen's farewell tour, and find it presented in 4:3 aspect ratio. 4:3, Sony? In 2009? Really? Cohen surely deserves better, and so do we.

Somewhat less surprising but equally disappointing is a complete lack of extras on the DVD, unless you count song lyrics as extras. One would have hoped for a short interview, or perhaps some backstage footage, but there is nothing of the sort. As at least one reviewer suggested, perhaps we have to wait for the Blu-Ray "deluxe" DVD...
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Contenders
Contenders

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the 80s, perfect for now, 23 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Contenders (Audio CD)
As a leftist student in the U.S. 20 years ago, this album was the perfect antidote to the Reaganism and Thatcherism that seemed to have consumed many of my peers. In 2008, even though many of the references are dated, the revolutionary spirit rings true -- now more than ever, given the dire state of the world. What's sad is that no one has the bollocks to make a record like this now. Get this, to wash the taste of Bush, Blair, and Brown out of your mouth.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A good alternative to Senseo (if anyone is looking), 18 Oct. 2007
I've been looking for a coffee pod machine, and this just caught my eye. Maybe it was the name, which is just ridiculous. Actually, I prefer the look of it to the Senseo, particularly as the Mokabista gives you a bit more room for two coffee cups, or a taller mug if you prefer. The Mokabista also comes with all necessary pod holders -- one for a regular crema coffee, one for a double crema (or the bigger cappuccino or chocolate pods), and one for espresso -- whereas Senseo owners had to shell out extra for an espresso holder. The clincher is that the Mokabista has a steam nozzle for making real cappuccino, or dispensing hot water for tea, which no other pod machine has.

My only quibbles with this machine is that it is a bit loud when brewing, and it would be nice if there were some internal storage for the pod holders when not in use. Anyway, it makes coffee every bit as good as the competition, if not better, and it's a bit cheaper as well.


Hope in a darkend heart (1986)
Hope in a darkend heart (1986)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally unavailable, 24 April 2007
One of the real undiscovered gems of the 80s. Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto, best known for his soundtrack work (Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence), and featuring a duet with David Sylvian, this is a collection of beautiful and deceptively childlike music, with melancholy, almost bitter lyrics. One could compare Virginia Astley's sound to Enya, but the emotional depth of this album is more akin to Kate Bush. Sadly, the CD has been out of print for 17 years. Hopefully it will be re-released one day, as this masterwork by a truly unique British artist deserves to be heard!


The Icicle Works
The Icicle Works
Price: £21.51

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underrated, 23 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Icicle Works (Audio CD)
"Whisper To a Scream" and "Love Is a Wonderful Colour" are two of the great singles of the 80s, from one of the most underrated albums of the era. The album holds up quite well even 20 years (!) later, as a young man's memoir, full of wonder, uncertainty and optimism. This is sweeping, shimmering, melodic rock, comparable in the best ways to another Liverpool gem from the same year, "Ocean Rain" by Echo & the Bunnymen. The band's subsequent albums never really managed to live up to the consistent standards set by this one. They all have their moments, found on "The Best of the Icicle Works," but don't short change yourself the experience of hearing their great debut in its entirety.
NB I had the good fortune of seeing the band in a club performance on their first (and only, if I am not mistaken) US tour in 1984. The three of them managed to produce a grand wall of noise that accurately reproduced the heavily layered sound on the album. Fantastic show. Also met them afterwards and they were extremely nice.


The Icicle Works
The Icicle Works
Price: £21.51

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underrated, 23 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Icicle Works (Audio CD)
"Whisper To a Scream" and "Love Is a Wonderful Colour" are two of the great singles of the 80s, from one of the most underrated albums of the era. The album holds up quite well even 20 years (!) later, as a young man's memoir, full of wonder, uncertainty and optimism. This is sweeping, shimmering, melodic rock, comparable in the best ways to another Liverpool gem from the same year, "Ocean Rain" by Echo & the Bunnymen. The band's subsequent albums never really managed to live up to the consistent standards set by this one. They all have their moments, found on "The Best of the Icicle Works," but don't short change yourself the experience of hearing their great debut in its entirety.
NB I had the good fortune of seeing the band in a club performance on their first (and only, if I am not mistaken) US tour in 1984. The three of them managed to produce a grand wall of noise that accurately reproduced the heavily layered sound on the album. Fantastic show. Also met them afterwards and they were extremely nice.


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