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LG BP125 2D Slim Blu-ray Player - Black
LG BP125 2D Slim Blu-ray Player - Black

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mine isn't region free, 3 April 2013
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I know that Amazon state that this player only plays Region 2, but I took the word of another reviewer that this player was 'region free straight out of the box'.

The one I received certainly isn't region free. If you need to play anything other than Region 2, I would advise that you Google to see if it's possible for this player before buying it. (At present, I haven't been able to find a way to play anything but Region 2 despite some fairly extensive Googling.)

Apart from being stuck on Region 2, it seems to be a reasonable player as far as I can tell.


Due South - The Complete First Series [DVD]
Due South - The Complete First Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Gross

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where might the Pilot be?, 28 Dec. 2005
Although I enjoyed the occasional episodes of Due South that I had managed to see from time to time, seeing the Region 1 boxsets (already released) was my first opportunity to watch this incredible show in the way it was intended -- and, as a result, I have enjoyed it all the more.
In trying to spot a pattern in what shows I have liked the most over the years, common elements seems to be interesting characters, good humour, clever dialogue, and well-chosen accompanying music. Due South has all of these.
In addition, it has what seems to make good shows great: an interesting central character. Benton Fraser (the mountie) does for Due South what David Addison did for Moonlighting, and what Frank Drebbin did for Police Squad (Airplane was good, but Drebbin made Police Squad and Naked Gun wonderful).
Do note, though, that if you like clever whodunnits or detailed crime investigations, Due South may not be your cup of tea. Even though Fraser is a very capable detective (very Sherlock Holmesian at times), the cases do tend to take something of a back seat to character development and relationship issues in many episodes.
As already noted by a previous reviewer, it was something of a disappointment that the double pilot episode was not included on the Region 1 version of the Season 1 boxset, however, somewhat incongruously, it was included with the Season 3 Region 1 set, so perhaps the Region 2 sets will follow the same arrangement.


Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever
by Ray Kurzweil
Edition: Hardcover

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live long enough to live forever, 10 Nov. 2005
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It must be hard for a serious scientist working towards the goal of human immortality to be taken seriously, in the same way as I'm sure it is for those astronomers who spend inordinate amounts of time looking for signs of intelligence from the heavens. Immortality, like aliens, have been so done-to-death in fiction that it's hard for rational thinkers to treat it as being anything other than a fantasy or a myth. In a way, it's worse for immortality -- living forever has been a central part of so many legends (and has been portrayed in such a way) to cause most of us to consider it almost as though it's an impossible dream -- or worse, that it's somehow fundamentally forbidden by the universe.
And yet... why should it be forbidden? Is there really some fundamental magic or spirituality that causes people to age because it's the 'right' thing for humans to do? An increasing number of sane and serious scientists are beginning to think that perhaps effective immortality is not impossible after all.
To help swallow the idea that immortality is possible, it may be useful to realise that immortality doesn't have to be achieved all at once, and as long as there's enough time to figure it out, we will get there. Fortunately, the in-roads made as part of working towards immortality do exactly that -- give us more time!
It has been reported recently that human life expectancy has increased by about 3.5 years in the last 6 years. Some thinkers believe that it will be possible to increase human life expectancy by 1 year PER YEAR within perhaps a decade or two. If this becomes a reality, immortality has effectively happened and gives those working on it plenty of extra time to REALLY make it happen.
Look at longevity another way. If someone could guarantee you an extra year of healthy life to be tagged onto the end of your current 'allotted lifetime', how much would it be worth to you? Thousands? Tens of thousands?
In which case, how much extra time would reading this book have to add onto your life for it to be worth the few pounds it costs?
This book really could change your life... and as your life might turn out to last longer than you expected, that might be a more important thing than you can currently imagine.


Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever
by Ray Kurzweil
Edition: Paperback

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live long enough to live forever, 10 Nov. 2005
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It must be hard for a serious scientist working towards the goal of human immortality to be taken seriously, in the same way as I'm sure it is for those astronomers who spend inordinate amounts of time looking for signs of intelligence from the heavens. Immortality, like aliens, have been so done-to-death in fiction that it's hard for rational thinkers to treat it as being anything other than a fantasy or a myth. In a way, it's worse for immortality -- living forever has been a central part of so many legends (and has been portrayed in such a way) to cause most of us to consider it almost as though it's an impossible dream -- or worse, that it's somehow fundamentally forbidden by the universe.
And yet... why should it be forbidden? Is there really some fundamental magic or spirituality that causes people to age because it's the 'right' thing for humans to do? An increasing number of sane and serious scientists are beginning to think that perhaps effective immortality is not impossible after all.
To help swallow the idea that immortality is possible, it may be useful to realise that immortality doesn't have to be achieved all at once, and as long as there's enough time to figure it out, we will get there. Fortunately, the in-roads made as part of working towards immortality do exactly that -- give us more time!
It has been reported recently that human life expectancy has increased by about 3.5 years in the last 6 years. Some thinkers believe that it will be possible to increase human life expectancy by 1 year PER YEAR within perhaps a decade or two. If this becomes a reality, immortality has effectively happened and gives those working on it plenty of extra time to REALLY make it happen.
Look at longevity another way. If someone could guarantee you an extra year of healthy life to be tagged onto the end of your current 'allotted lifetime', how much would it be worth to you? Thousands? Tens of thousands?
In which case, how much extra time would reading this book have to add onto your life for it to be worth the few pounds it costs?
This book really could change your life... and as your life might turn out to last longer than you expected, that might be a more important thing than you can currently imagine.


Hama CD Rom Sleeves White Pack of 50
Hama CD Rom Sleeves White Pack of 50

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost too good to be disposable, 29 July 2005
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As the description says, each of these cases will hold two CD-sized discs, separated by a protective 'cloth' layer.
I originally bought them as 'throw away' cases for temporary things and to place data CDs in that I might give to clients and such like (as I ran out of my last batch of even cheaper, clear plastic cases), but they almost seem too good just to give away... So be careful you don't buy these to give away and then end up having to buy even cheaper ones for that purpose!


Goodmans GBD5 2 in 1 FREEVIEW Receiver With DAB Radio - Silver
Goodmans GBD5 2 in 1 FREEVIEW Receiver With DAB Radio - Silver

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect, 29 July 2005
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I would basically agree with all the previous reviewers (nice combined functionality, good collection of connection combinations possible, easy set-up), but I do have a slight niggle with this unit: it seems to be necessary to navigate the digital radio aspects of its functionality via your TV screen.
Given that the unit has the functionality of a digital radio hifi separate, it would have been nice to be able to treat it like one, i.e. be able to use it properly for radio without turning the TV on.
Physically, it has everything required to be able to do this (stereo audio phonos to plug into an amp, a two-line display to help you navigate), but frustratingly, when you'd want the display to be summarising what the on-screen display is showing to help you navigate with the TV off, it mostly displays something banal like, "Welcome to Digital Radio" or something equally meaningless.
It's hard to imagine a bunch of people having a design meeting when this thing was being developed, and someone not saying, "Say, what about if they want to listen to a radio station without turning the TV on to find it?"
As ever, though -- "It's a shame all the people who know how the world should be run are all too busy driving taxi cabs."


Due South Season 1 [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Due South Season 1 [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £15.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the Pilot went to, 3 Feb. 2005
Although I enjoyed the occasional episodes of Due South that I had managed to see from time to time, this was my first opportunity to watch this incredible show in the way it was intended -- and, as a result, I have enjoyed it all the more.
In trying to spot a pattern in what shows I have liked the most over the years, common elements seems to be interesting characters, good humour, clever dialogue, and well-chosen accompanying music. Due South has all of these.
In addition, it has what seems to make good shows great: an interesting central character. Benton Fraser (the mountie) does for Due South what David Addison did for Moonlighting, and what Frank Drebbin did for Police Squad (Airplane was good, but Drebbin made Naked Gun great).
Do note, though, that if you like clever whodunnits or detailed crime investigations, Due South may not be your cup of tea. Even though Fraser is a very capable detective (very Sherlock Holmesian at times), the cases do tend to take something of a back seat to character development and relationship issues in many episodes.
As already noted by other reviewers, it was a slight disappointment that the double pilot episode was not included in this set, however, somewhat incongruously, it is included with the Season 3 set that has recently been released.


A Bit of a Do - Complete DVD Box Set [1989]
A Bit of a Do - Complete DVD Box Set [1989]
Dvd ~ David Jason

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four weddings and a funeral... and a dinner dance, and a..., 2 Feb. 2005
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Superficially, 'A Bit of a Do' is similar to 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' (or perhaps more likely, vice versa) in that we follow the characters through numerous 'acts' that are each a bit of do of one sort or another -- one 'do' per episode.
As you may imagine looking at the cast list and who wrote it, 'A Bit of a Do' isn't as syrupy (nor quite so full of beautiful people) as 'Four Weddings', but in its own earthy way, it's just as funny and altogether more moving at times -- perhaps because of (rather than despite) how prosaic it is.
Although perhaps feeling a little drawn out at times during the second series, the whole piece hangs together very well. It has a rather hammy, am-dram feel to it, but for some, that will be very much part of its charm.


A Thousand Last Chances
A Thousand Last Chances
Price: £32.89

5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Discovery, 2 Feb. 2005
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This review is from: A Thousand Last Chances (Audio CD)
I consider Eskobar to be a wonderful discovery; a real jewel in the rough, they make me wonder how many other undiscovered musical gems are out there in the world.
Eskobar's sound has always felt very mature and relaxed as though it comes naturally to them, or as though it's simply an extension of themselves somehow. It comes across as being straight forward and honest -- just what happens when some guys play some instruments -- and yet, it's not without subtlety and complexity.
Eskobar also give me the feeling that they're not trying to be cool. In fact, if doing something decidedly un-cool (like some twee vocal harmonising) is just what the song needs, then so be it.
'A Thousand Last Chances' represents this quintessential Eskobar-ness even more than the subsequent two albums for me (and I didn't think the second one would be bettered). It makes me wonder what we can expect in the future.


Love in the Time of Science
Love in the Time of Science
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.67

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not 45 minutes of Gollum's Song, 2 Feb. 2005
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I discovered this artiste through her work on Gollum's Song (from the closing credits of Jackson's Two Towers movie). I guess I was hoping for an album full of Gollum's Songs, but sadly, it turned out to be an album of fair to middling songs sung by someone with a good voice.
I find myself treating this more as background than foreground music.
Not unpleasant, but not earth-shattering either.


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