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Monster Gold Advanced High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet - 1.5m
Monster Gold Advanced High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet - 1.5m
Price: £34.99

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For those with more money than sense!, 15 Sept. 2016
If you're spending this much money on a HDMI cable you are really quite silly with way too much money! All decent quality cables from around the £2+ mark should be "high speed" and support HEC (HDMI Ethernet Connection) although hardly any devices use this and ARC (Audio Return Channel) which a lot of TVs do make use of. Apparently the same bit of wiring and design within a high speed HDMI cable support both these functions and that's all you need. If it's a high speed cable (up to HDMI 1.4 standard) which is physically robust and well made so that it doesn't get easily damaged and has connectors that make a tight physical connection then go for that, don't pay more for a HDMI 2 cable because the extra functionality will come from the hardware that you connect to and not from the cable itself. Whether a cable actually supports HDMI 2.0 will depend on the quality of the cable and you can HDMI 2 certified cables for 1/5 of this price! Even Amazon are charging a small premium for a HDMI 2.0 cable which is part of the AmazonBasics brand but you can get a much more physically sturdy cable that is less like to get damaged for less. I ended up ordering a 1 metre cable for £1.99 and a 2 metre cable for £3.49 which both have thick gauge PVC jackets. I also ordered a very sturdy looking 1m cable with a nylon and PVC jacket (comes with a lifetime warranty) for just £2.49. These are only advertised as HDMI 1.4a compliant, which is all I need at the moment, but they look much better made than others advertised as HDMI 2.0 compliant. I will review both products and update this review when I've received and tested them.
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Professional Soil Thermometer 4 In1 LCD Temperature Sunlight Moisture PH Garden Soil Tester Meter
Professional Soil Thermometer 4 In1 LCD Temperature Sunlight Moisture PH Garden Soil Tester Meter
Offered by Thermometer World
Price: £15.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Relatively expensive and inaccurate for measuring soil pH compared to analogue alternatives, 6 July 2016
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The first problem with this item is that you can't see the display properly at an angle looking down, you need to be at eye level which is a problem when it's stuck in the ground!

I mainly wanted it as a soil pH tester and was attracted by the "professional" tag because I wanted something accurate and reliable. I also bought an analogue meter at the same time (with a simple needle indicating results) which was less than one fifth of the price but turned out to be more accurate and reliable. Judging by all the pH tests I did this meter understates the pH by a factor of around 1 which can be a lot since pH is on a logarithmic scale so that a 6 reading is 10 times more acidic than (a neutral) 7 and a 5 reading is apparently a hundred times more acidic than neutral (pH 7) soil!

This meter shows multi purpose compost as being an acidic 5 to 5.5 while the analogue meter shows it in the 6 to 7 range which is neutral to slightly acidic and corresponds to what I would expect. Ericaceous (acidic) compost can be shown as too low a value to show a reading while the analogue meter shows it in the 4 to 5 range which again is what I would expect. Sometimes you can put this digital meter in the ground and it will give you a too low to register reading but testing a couples of inches away can give a too high to register reading! The graduation is only 0.5 steps rather than 0.1 but given it's inaccuracy this hardly matters.

My advice is to save your money and get the cheaper analogue version at SOIL TESTER but you still need to ensure that the soil is moist and that it is reasonably well packed together so that there aren't too many air gaps and there's good contact with the probe. You should also take lots of readings to get an idea of the pH but bear in mind that neither meter is completely accurate and reliable because vastly different readings can be obtained while testing the same spot or just an inch or two apart. There is also a big variation depending on how far you dig the probe into the ground. This could be due to actual changes in the pH of the soil at different depths or to the mechanics of how the meter works. There's no information on what part of the probe is sensitive and used to assess the reading, whether it's just the tip or the whole length of the probe.

The bottom line is that as a soil pH tester this digital version is relatively expensive, difficult to read (unless at eye level), requires a battery which others don't and is not at all accurate. The cheaper analogue versions, which are available for a fraction of the price, are easier to use and give a more accurate indication if tested in moist, compact soil over a number of readings.


The Americans - Season 1
The Americans - Season 1
Dvd
Price: £0.00

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has great potential but unsympathetic lead, one-sided portrayals and some weak story telling mean it's very average., 25 April 2016
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This review is from: The Americans - Season 1 (DVD)
This was written a few years back by an ex CIA agent who later apparently said it was a mistake joining the organisation so perhaps not the greatest fan of American intelligence services. Viewing this as someone who sees Russia under Putin as an aggressive and destabilising influence in the world, I could not fully warm to the series which seemed like a Russian love fest to me. In particular, I had no sympathy for the female lead who seemed like a totally brain washed robot because she doesn’t appear to have been influenced at all by the people or society who she has spent over a decade with. Her husband and fellow spy is more nuanced and a much more realistic and sympathetic character in my eyes. As a result, I was constantly rooting against the female Russian spy but obviously left disappointed as she is the hero (or anti-hero) and has to prevail for the series to continue.

If you’re Russian, a sympathiser or anti West you will love this because the portrayal of the two groups is all in favour of the Russians. They are smarter and more effective, besting their American counterparts on virtually every occasion including escaping (without firing a shot) when confronted by a dozen or so FBI agents who are armed and on a stake out so completely prepared for the situation, as well as having police back-up, while the Russian escape is a last minute necessity. The Russians are loyal to the cause, even the ones that stray later return to the fold as a matter of conscience rather than necessity. In contrast, some of the Americans are easily bought or turned and will apparently betray their country readily due to a combination of stupidity, romance or cash. The secretary to the FBI boss is unfeasibly stupid in her actions and I found this plot line unbelievable in the way it was portrayed. The unquestioning loyalty of the turned former black civil rights activist to his new KGB masters also completely ignores the racist nature of Russian society in the way that the story is told. The first series of this program suggests that the FBI and CIA are amateurs compared to their Russian counterparts and as individuals the latter are far more loyal and committed than the ever ready supply of treasonous Americans.

Having said all of this, I will probably watch series 2 to see how the story develops and to see if the gap in inherent loyalty and operational competence narrows to a more realistic level so that the fake Americans are no longer superior to the real Americans in every respect. A more balanced and nuanced representation of the various parties would make the series far more enjoyable.


OMorc Telephone Wire Tracker Network LAN Ethernet BNC RJ45 RJ11 Cable Tester
OMorc Telephone Wire Tracker Network LAN Ethernet BNC RJ45 RJ11 Cable Tester

2.0 out of 5 stars Cable finder weak and cable tester doesn't work at all. Crocodile clip connection to cable very flimsy., 3 Feb. 2015
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I've had 2 of these (the cheaper orange version not the blue one which is a different product altogether) and neither was very satisfactory. With the first one the crocodile clips separated from the cable unsurprisingly as there was only a very thin wire and solder connecting them. With the second one (before using) I used electrical tape to strengthen the connection between the crocodile clip and the cable to stop it falling part again. I then tried to use it as a cable tracer with mains electrical cable and it didn't seem to work. Today I used to trace some cat 5 cable and it worked just about. As other reviewers have said there is a lot of interference from other cables and I also found it to be of very low sensitivity so it's virtually useless if there are a lot of cables. I connected 2 of the 8 wires and found that you had to be virtually touching the other end of the connected wire to pick up the signal. I also couldn't get it to work with coax cable. Having eventually found and connected the correct (LAN) cable I tried to test this and found that the test function didn't work at all. The "verify" LED on the emitter lit up but none of the other LEDs showed any sign of life even with short lengths of perfectly good connecting cable.
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1964 Birthday Gifts - 1964 DVD Film and 1964 Birthday Card
1964 Birthday Gifts - 1964 DVD Film and 1964 Birthday Card
Offered by Herbys Gifts Ltd
Price: £11.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great personalised gift card with option of including music CD, news DVD or both., 6 Aug. 2014
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This is a great gift and card in one package. The DVD is nearly an hour long and contains some interesting material although it was missing a huge boxing event that is shown on the card. I will be buying the audio CD version in future because the person receiving the gift may get more long term use out of that. If you want to cover all your bases then there is a version available with both the DVD and audio CD! 1964 Birthday Gifts- 1964 Birthday Star DVD , CD and Birthday Card

Great service from the seller as well with the item received the next day on standard delivery.


Like Someone in Love - Subtitled
Like Someone in Love - Subtitled
Dvd
Price: £0.00

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An hour and 45 minutes of going nowhere, 25 July 2014
If you're going to spend a long time building up to something then the destination should be worthwhile. This film has been described as "low-key" and some might say slow burning but in the end I was left disappointed at having wasted my time watching it because it goes nowhere. Characterisation, observation etc. are great in a movie but, for me at least, not enough on their own. I have to buy into the story and there has to be a pay off somewhere along the line but here I was just left disappointed. A feel a bit like the client in this movie, seems like he was sucked in and taken for a ride (not the kind he paid for) but he didn't get his "happy ending" whatever form that might have taken for him. I would have been satisfied with any kind of climax but I was left with droopy eyelids and disappointment with the failure to deliver. If I could describe this film in one word it would be "pointless".


House of Cards - Season 1
House of Cards - Season 1
Dvd
Price: £0.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising start but spoilt when lead character goes from shades of grey to outright baddie, 17 Jun. 2014
I haven't yet seen the original UK version which is apparently much better but I was enjoying this because the lead characters had some depth with various shades of grey in their characterisation. Despite the relentless pursuit of power and Machiavellian methods you could still admire the ingenuity and single mindedness of the lead protagonist until about 2/3 of the way through the series when the grey disappeared into black. Once that line had been crossed I no longer knew who to root for and didn't really care for any of the characters. Underwood's wife started as someone who perhaps had her heart in the right place but her back-stabbing, infidelity and willingness to sell out on her charity's principles makes her no more sympathetic than her husband. The plot in itself is hardly gripping enough to maintain a high level of interest once you're no longer invested in the characters but I watched the last third purely for completion and in the faint hope of a redemption that never came. Apparently season 2 is better and I may give it a try but I really can't get excited about it. I have on the other hand added the BBC original of the series to my list and am looking forward to seeing that!


August: Osage County
August: Osage County
Dvd
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Great acting vehicle for female leads ultimately goes nowhere, 12 Jun. 2014
This review is from: August: Osage County (Blu-ray)
Some great performances, particularly from Meryl Streep (as per normal) and Julia Roberts but also the rest of the cast. Well written with believable characters and some sharp dialogue however somehow the entertainment factor was still missing. Three quarters of the way through I stopped to download Football World Cup apps on my phone because for all it's strengths I wasn't gripped, entertained or otherwise captivated by the story. An interesting study of family pressures and portrait of the American mid-west but without a plot per se or other focus this is something I could have taken or left and in hindsight I would probably have done the latter.
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I Am Slave
I Am Slave
Dvd
Price: £0.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Powerful in parts but perhaps an opportunity missed?, 17 May 2014
This review is from: I Am Slave (DVD)
In the bonus features the makers of the film assert that they wanted to make a film about a human story rather than a story about the issue of slavery. To me this is an artificial separation. Slavery IS a human story particularly when dealing with a specific case and since the whole circumstance of this girl is about her slavery you cannot but tackle the issue as well. By making the characters so black and white it detracts from rather than adding to the realism. The unrelenting cruelty by otherwise "normal" people isn't explored properly because in real life such people convince themselves that what they're doing isn't cruel at all. Exploring these characters in greater depth would have forced the film to examine the issue more deeply and made the human story that much more powerful and realistic. I would give this film 3.5 out of 5 but don't have that option so I've decided on 3 to balance the other mainly positive reviews. Definitely worth watching despite these caveats.
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Five Minutes of Heaven
Five Minutes of Heaven
Dvd
Price: £0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, nuanced and entertaining take on a tough subject matter, 9 April 2014
This review is from: Five Minutes of Heaven (DVD)
A thoughtful and thought provoking piece which gives an insight into The Troubles on a very personal level.

The character of Joe, played by James Nesbitt, manages to be funny and entertaining without trivialising the deeper issues of tragic loss and it's consequences on family. On this note, one of the least convincing parts of the film is how the mother blames and reacts to the helpless younger son, who was just a child, for the death of his older brother which he traumatically witnessed while nearly suffering the same fate himself. People grieve in different ways but portraying the mother like this is a major and probably unnecessary weakness in the plot, a lazy option on the part of screenwriter in depicting the family being torn apart.

The character of Joe, the killer, played by Liam Neeson is the opposite being an intense and brooding characterisation of a tortured soul seeking redemption. Ironically, he seems to understand the state of mind and needs of his victim better than anyone else around him. They need each other to release them from their torment but it's nothing as simple as plain forgiveness.

Both performances work well for their characters and it's a credit to the film and the turnaround that the real Alistair Little has made in his life that we can empathise with both the victim and the killer. "I don't think I have a right to ask for forgiveness. It only adds insult to injury and places yet another burden upon relatives and family members" says the real Alistair Little.

It's worth watching the "extras" section on the disc to get some further insight. The two main protagonists are real living people but most of the story is fictional apart from the murder and the killer's quest for redemption. The real life characters have apparently never met or attempted to do so.

Despite the weakness in the plot line's portrayal of the mother, this is a thought provoking movie that touches on many human issues such as loss, grief, indoctrination, guilt, forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation. It's convincing in it's portrayal of most which is some achievement.


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