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Yamaha 4C Altsax Mouthpiece Standard ∑ Mouthpiece (woodwind)
Yamaha 4C Altsax Mouthpiece Standard ∑ Mouthpiece (woodwind)
Offered by Shopper's Saving
Price: £25.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Plastic? Cheap? But not a toy by any means., 10 April 2016
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I agree with the positive reviews, but read them only after getting one.

My route was lending a dusty old King 613 to a friend.

Before handing it over, I was looking for a mouthpiece for it, as I assumed the old, crap-looking, nearly bitten through wreck that came with it, and that I had never tried, would be rubbish. Stuck a Rico Royal 2.5 on it and good grief... It is very unfinicky, allows wide dynamics and you can get a very reasonable sound out of the thing almost instantly.

I got one for myself immediately. This one behaves exactly the same.

This is a ridiculously tiny amount of money for something that actually works a treat and holds up well against the big names.

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Price: £7.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Lottery, 10 April 2016
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Just gave up on this. Given that it was supposed to be a replacement for a specific named turntable, you'd expect it to fit?

The first one was miles too small - stalled the motor. Thinking it was just mispackaged, I sent it back with accurate measurements of the actual player.

The second one was miles too big. It could have gone round the lid of the turntable. I'd got bored with trekking to the Post Office, so just binned it. I suppose I might have eventually got one the right size, but only by accident. No confidence.

Thakker N 15 E MKII Stylus for Ortofon F 15 E MKII - Generic stylus
Thakker N 15 E MKII Stylus for Ortofon F 15 E MKII - Generic stylus
Offered by Williamthakker
Price: £20.25

5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think I'd be able to find one., 10 April 2016
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This sounds absolutely excellent, and works very well as a replacement for an ancient red F/FF stylus on my Pioneer PL-516.

The Librarians - The Complete First Season 1 [DVD]
The Librarians - The Complete First Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Noah Wyle
Offered by Wowudo
Price: £17.19

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Curator's Egg..., 10 April 2016
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Given that this is the first series, and the actors have to settle a little into their characters, you have to allow some slack.
Still the signs are not really that good. I will start with the better qualities, and then get progressively moanier...

Some of the cast can act (in a TV manner), and have been in stuff before, and some of the episodes are well written.

Rebecca Romijn channels Susan Ivanova, and I can offer no higher compliment. She can act too, and it does make all the difference. (More patience, mind. Ivanova would have shot Ezekiel several times by now).

John Larroquette is as good as he always is. Much better than Bob Newhart, and a good and relevant addition to the cast.

Christian Kane is not bad at all. He gets the idea and has sorted his character out without any fuss. If they ever made an unnecessary remake of "Tremors", he'd be the man.

Lindy Booth is occasionally OK, but not often enough. She's chosen Ally McBeal as her role model, and added lots of extra simpering, and bad Deus-Ex-Machina mathematical visualising. Simpers a lot. That's about it, I'm afraid. No charisma at all. And that time she had to go Full Supervillain? Honestly, love. Please don't do that again. Put the script on the floor, and step away from it slowly...

Surprisingly NOT at the bottom of the list, John Harlan Kim is exactly as good as you would expect from a "Neighbours" escapee. But then he decides to try acting, and pitches his character in a very narrow space between "Massively smug and chair-through-the-screen annoying" (when he is on screen) and "Incredibly irritating" when he is off screen, (because you know he is going to reappear sometime soon). He can't even act well enough to pass the traits off as some sort of ADHD, and just comes across as a complete git.

He definitely needs to be rewritten, or taken aside for a quiet word, or written out. Preferably by John Wick. Just to be certain.

And now we come to Noah Wyle.
Oh. Dear...
He was good in the old 3-parter (excluding the King Solomon's Mines one - that stank on all levels...) but is now the producer. That is rarely good news, and here he proves it to the hilt.

Thankfully, because the TV series has a lower budget, a plot device means that he is generally elsewhere most of the time, and only pops up in about half the episodes. As a whole, the series is not fantastic, but it is ALWAYS better when he is well out of it, and allows the main cast to make the best of whatever script they are served up.

But when he does appear, dear God, the self-indulgence lever gets slammed (loudly) up to the maximum. The plots become incoherent, there is an awful lot of running around and shouting crass exposition back over his shoulder while pulling books off shelves, and you generally lose the will to live. The constant wild overacting does not help either. He should definitely cut down on his coffee intake.

After his 50 years in Holby City, or whatever the hospital was, you'd think he would be able to tone down the acting to suit the small screen.

Honestly, if I wanted that, I could watch Dr Who...

The romance between Carsen and Baird is also a bit creepy. There is absolutely no chemistry, or even any reason for it and the snogging seems to be because he's the producer. (Also, he's nowhere near good enough for her. Not that I'm jealous or nothing...)

Imperial Brass Wind-up Doorbell, Brass Push with porcelain press
Imperial Brass Wind-up Doorbell, Brass Push with porcelain press
Offered by ExtrasOnline
Price: £36.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Analogue Technology, this..., 22 Mar. 2016
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This is outstanding.

Like everyone else, I have been getting fed up with those stupid little wireless (because EVERYTHING has to be, these days) electronic chimes that always rack up the full house of things that might annoy you:

Having to buy different batteries (Button cells for the ... er... button and AA);
Said batteries being feeble and not lasting more than 5 minutes before they run flat. If you are of a certain age, you will remember "Bell Batteries" huge blue things that might leak and look a bit funky, but never ran out, no matter how many years you had been living there;
You only ever find out it's dead when people have stopped visiting or delivering anything and everyone thinks you are that Howard Hughes;
Even if the battery hasn't run out, the crappy push button will have rusted out long ago, because the makers never seem to have considered that the thing might conceivably be outside in the open air / rain / snow;
Even if it is working perfectly and neither the battery in the bell push, nor (or either) the batteries in the stupid little baby alarm things they give you are flat, the chime is pitifully quiet or incredibly naff, and usually both.

This is a no nonsense, actual, hand up to God, bell. It's loud, no batteries, nothing to go wrong, and if it doesn't work, you only have yourself to blame for not winding the thing up.

Fitting is not too fiddly, but I'd suggest you do a brass rubbing - style trace of the backplate and use that as a template for the screws and the hole for the pushrod.

Long Life Lamp Company 4 x R50 LED 5W E14 Replacment for Reflector R50 LED Light Bulb Energy saving
Long Life Lamp Company 4 x R50 LED 5W E14 Replacment for Reflector R50 LED Light Bulb Energy saving
Price: £16.80

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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge miscalculation going for the 5 Watters..., 13 Feb. 2015
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...I mean, I only wanted to light the kitchen. However, if I acquired a football pitch for some reason, I'd be sorted.

After a long time trying different things, this was pretty impressive.

You can have your halogens that light up 4 square inches and nothing else, your frosted jobs that plunge a room into darkness when you switch them on, and the clear filament ones that manage to capture the worst of both worlds. Or you can get these. You should. Really.

I realise I am actually easily pleased, but the difference was real one step back in amazement standard.

Tons of pure binding light like in films when you die. Lovely even spread too. No more dark corners, and I fancy you could get a very decent tan out of these things too.

I would have liked to have got through this review without saying it was a revelation, but clearly that didn't work at all...

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Price: £9.95

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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault them on their cheese..., 4 Nov. 2014
...but good grief, what is the problem the Dutch have with soundtracks?

If Amazon insist on foisting DVDs from Holland on us, they should at least make sure they work. First, dodgy sound on Father Brown, and now this?

The telly generally becomes too noisy to listen to by about 15, but I swear on a stack of Gouda slices, that to hear anything, it had to be racked up to 90 ! Nine. Zero. And then you have to hover over the remote to catch it when the occasional loud bit blasts out.

But enough about that, what was it like?

Not bad at all. Of course very sub pre-fridge Indiana Jones, but still pretty decent. Noah Wyle is easily the best thing in it, with the rest of the cast being quite colourless. Jane Curtin has the fewest lines, but is miles better than anyone else.

Bob Newhart is more or less Professor Proton again. Comedy legend wheeled out for the umpteenth time, and after all these years, he still hasn't been funny. He always looks like he just might be about to be... But no.

Given the style, content, plot and entire premise, lots of exposition and obscure factism is ineveitable, but it is a tribute to the script's light touch and genuinely good quality that it doesn't go Full Da Vinci.

On to the next disc then, and hoping it's audible. I suspect though, that there may not be much to add...
I can't say I'm too keen on the fights. Inevitably everyone does that particularly harmless Hollywood Kung Fu. Even after a ruck, no hint of blood, bruises, sweat or disturbed makeup.

However, as a Brit, I have nothing but praise for the henchmen. Say what you like about their choice of employer, they really know how to handle themselves in a queue.

Manners costs nothing. Even though you outnumber the heroes ten to one, always line up in an orderly single file to be knocked over.

Plot? Nothing much. The preamble / introduction / becoming the Librarian stuff was just as enjoyable as I imagine they intended the main plot to be.

No sound complaints on discs / episodes 2 and 3, thank goodness.

However, episode 2, the King Solomon's Mines one, was utterly rubbish. Definite sense of, "fab, we've had a surprise hit, better write something."

Massively padded out with travelogue disease. It uses up (a LOT) of sreeen time but we don't need to watch people wandering about. Slowly.

Equally bad was the pointless Dr Who running about and yelling "Waaaaaaaaaaaa!" in unison all the time. That was getting old by about half way through Home Alone, and 24 years later, I don't think it is suddenly going to improve. So stop doing it.

The leading lady was terrible. Her off of the Tango with Al Pacino totally lacked any screen presence, and just looked painfully emaciated and ill. The schtick with Excalibur was very cringey too. I though cute sidekicks went out with Buck Rogers and Old BSG?

On to the third episode with fingers crossed. Initial indications were not promising. Mr Bean Goes to Sotheby'a, has a Nightmare Girlfriend. Hilarity and a bad version of the fight at the Cliffs of Insanity ensues.

Mercifully, the duff intro is no indication of how the rest of the episode goes. Much much better, and a decent heroine at last. Stana Katic was as great as she always is.

Jane Curtin had a bit more to do in this episode, and that is not a bad thing.

So, watch the first and last, and don't let the middle one ruin it too much for you.

3 DVD Box Father Brown Complete Series 1 - BBC - Mark Williams - Region 2 - English Audio - European Import
3 DVD Box Father Brown Complete Series 1 - BBC - Mark Williams - Region 2 - English Audio - European Import
Dvd ~ Mark Williams
Offered by TVserieshop
Price: £3.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Today, I are bin mostly reviewing Father Brown., 15 Aug. 2014
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Well, it has Mark Williams in it.

That is pretty much all the recommendation anyone needs.

But for the purposes of padding this review out, I'll go on.

This is very watchable, even if I'm not too keen on Mrs "say 'award-winning scones' once more and there really will be murder done" McCarthy. Imagine if Mrs Doyle wasn't funny (or utterly mad).

The scenery and sets are astounding. Pure chocolate-box Cotswoldery that you'd think was well overdone until you Streetview it and see the locations, Upper Slaughter, Blockley and Winchconb in Gloucestershire (thrown in to freak out our our American readers - I was that tempted to sneak in an extra syllable...) really do look like that.

The plots are not bad, and the scripts are well written, which is a rarity these days.

All the Dutchness of the packaging was a bit bemusing, especially as it launches right into it without the language choice menu. (Ends up being in English, thank God). Just keep the subtitles switched "Uit".

The sound recording and balance is really not very good at all. Recorded with two plastic cups and some string, then mixed by that bloke from the BBC who does Dr Who. The one who used to sound engineer for Metal bands until his hearing went.

Everything sounds compressed, bad mp3 wheezy and pretty horrible. Very grating and in your face, yet with the dialogue only just discernable through the background music and background noises, which are all pitched at the same volume.

(Please don't tell me to adjust the sound on my telly (I can almost see people reaching for the keyboard). My point is that it sounds rubbish on the same settings that work fine with anything else.)

Maybe the second series will be better. I hope so, as I've already bought the thing...


Knife Edge (Blackwood Family Book 5)
Knife Edge (Blackwood Family Book 5)
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Don't stand ANYWHERE near him on an Op. Seriously., 6 Aug. 2014
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I know the strapline should refer to the title, or something, but no one-liners spring to mind that don't involve references to wrist slashing.

This was an utterly dreadful book.

As usual, I got the series and worked my way through it. If it's any help, the first 2 of the 5 books are reasonably OK. The third one (WW1? see? I can't even be bothered to check) is probably a good place to stop, although even by then you could sense that he was bored with the whole idea.

Even from the start I always found the battle scenes were curiously uninvolving. You never got much of a feel for the surroundings, or participants, or opponents, or anything, really. The Blackwoods were reasonably good characters, but generally one dimensional stiff upper lip heroic, and completely uncharismatic types. Sure, he threw in Ralf as a bad apple, but it was so obviously a ploy to suggest that not everyone with the name was a worthy.

Completely implausible how hel would have become an officer at all, let alone be related.

But back to this book. Location. All over the shop. Characters. Same as usual, but even more faceless, with the sergeant cousin's narrative crossing over with the main officer's story as if there might have been some sort of a payoff. Nothing of the sort ever materialised. Or maybe it did, but I never noticed. The sergeant just hooked up with a random woman and faded out.

Inevitably the officer met the love interest, but there were at least a couple of them and a sister chucked in too that were all similar and very unremarkable. Difficult to tell who was who, and even more difficult to care. Luckily it isn't even annoying. You just sort of discard them, and it does not make the slightest difference to the book. The very definition of superfluous.

The battle scenes in this were easily the worst of all the books. Lots of turgid logistics. Get into position, then The Main Character gets shot or blown up about 2 minutes into the operation. Instant cut to recuperation in hospital. Recover, rejoin regiment, repeat process.

And the final episode was pitiful. It was built around the Falklands Campaign. I was reading this (well grimly hanging on to the end as a means of getting me through Tube trips, and anyway, I'd bought the sodding thing, and being a tight git I was damn well going to finish it ) on a Kindle and when that started I had mixed feelings - was this book ever going to end? Hang on. 96% complete? Surely not? He wouldn't dare pull that one again?

He did.

I'm afraid so, after dragging across the Altlantic (99%), "Bullet Magnet" Blackwood gets shot within about 2 seconds of landing. The end. Just like that.

Sadly, this is "Worse Than WEB Griffin". I never thought I'd utter those words this side of a Dan Brown review (which is never going to happen...)

Sherlock - Series 3 [DVD]
Sherlock - Series 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
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Price: £6.49

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5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, it's good..., 3 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Sherlock - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Gosh, the amount of bleating going on here. Bitter disappointment, Eastenders, nepotism?

Well the series 3 I watched was brilliant, and I first watched it with a fair degree of skepticism and crossed fingerness. But after the first one, I scuttled off to Mrs G to tell her that it was safe to watch.

The danger had been that it would get Moffated, and you'd end up sitting in front of the telly with that Dr Who face on. Grimly sticking with it, willing it to get better, or at least be OK this time. Maybe. Instead of being treated to dazzlingly clever, and don't we really know it, writing and convoluted story lines and that leave you simply not caring about what might or might not happen.

But anyway, it didn't disappear up that particular plughole, thank God. Spot on execution (except maybe the train flashback, but who cares?), dead funny and one in the eye for anyone complaining about the lack of mysteries.

Forget the detection. I'm just happy watching these characters on screen doing their thing. Including what has to be toughest job; joining an established and already top-notch cast. Mary Morstan just walked it. Relaxed and unshowy, but instantly right on it and stealing scenes everywhere.

Not just to wind up the naysayers, I have to put the 2nd episode up there as one of the best they have ever done. Or I should qualify that, one of the episodes I have enjoyed the most, which is all that matters.

In all, the series did the clever stuff and carried it off as well as anything you could name. Even the final episode, which was the big heavy duty dramatic one was OK. Although I could quite happily have settled for the first two on their own. They just make you happy.

They didn't muck it up. Now all I've got to worry about is Series 4... They will inevitably ramp it up a bit more of course, but when will anyone ever get that just because you can go to 11, you don't have to. Just do it as well as this instead.
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