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MediaDevil Apple iPhone 3G/3GS Screen Protector: Magicscreen Crystal Clear (Invisible) Edition - (2 x Protectors)
MediaDevil Apple iPhone 3G/3GS Screen Protector: Magicscreen Crystal Clear (Invisible) Edition - (2 x Protectors)
Offered by MediaDevil
Price: £11.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality screen, 9 Nov. 2010
Like the title says, this is a good quality screen which applied easily and has held up well. I intend to buy more of them.


SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Expansion Pack (PC CD)
SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate Expansion Pack (PC CD)

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine with Nvidia cards, 18 Aug. 2006
Provided you have the right drivers. Swat 4 and this expansion both conflict with earlier Nvidia drivers, and if you haven't got the current drivers on your system the games will conflict.

However, I currently use an Nvidia 6600GT and although I also initially had problems running the games I found that it was a driver issue and on updating my drivers the problems went away. So, don't be put off by the reviewer saying it won't run, it's a question of updating your drivers using the free download feature at the Nvidia website is all.

Otherwise, Swat 4 but more of it. A great game and one that other reviewers here summarise well. A great tactical shooter, tons of atmosphere, clever gameplay, really a great game and one of the best of recent releases in my view. If you liked the original then you should like this just as much.


Miami (Classics of Reportage)
Miami (Classics of Reportage)
by Joan Didion
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tremendous piece of reportage, 31 Mar. 2006
Joan Didion's book is a guide not only to the politics and culture of Miami in the 1980s, but also to the wider currents of American political life in that decade. It is well written, very easy to read and surprisingly gripping given that in a sense it is a work of current affairs about a period that is now 20 years behind us.
The writing is clear yet evocative, the book is well structured building over its course to provide a real feel for the city and its people (particularly on the interaction of the Anglo-Americans and Cuban-Americans) and works well to show how the history of one time and place reflects on the wider history of which it forms part.
This is not a light hearted book, it is very easy to read but it is in large part a tale of corruption, grimy politics and the social currents that can hide just out of sight of the gaze of the the casual tourist. It gives a tremendous insight into a fascinating city, but it doesn't tempt you to move there and I doubt the Miami tourist board are as taken by it as I am.
This is part of a Granta series of reissued great works of reportage, having read it I can see why Granta considered it worth republishing and why it is so highly regarded as a piece of high quality journalistic writing.


The Perfect Heresy: The Life and Death of the Cathars
The Perfect Heresy: The Life and Death of the Cathars
by Stephen O'Shea
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lively overview of the conflict, 18 Mar. 2005
This is a well written and lively introductory book covering the Albigensian crusade in Southern France (but not, as the title might suggest, the Cathar movement more generally). As with Jonathan Sumption's similar book "The Albigensian Crusade" it is an overview of the period, the personalities and the reasons for the crusade. It is well written, concentrates on history rather than myth (although it does touch briefly upon the myths that have later arisen) and does an excellent job of bringing the period and the people who lived in it to life.
Both this and Jonathan Sumption's book work very well as guides to this period of history, and in fairness either would make a good choice if you have an interest in this topic. My personal preference of the two was for this book as I found it somewhat fresher in tone and lighter in touch while still containing much the same level of information, it makes a surprisingly good holiday read whereas Jonathan Sumption's book has a slightly drier and more academic flavour. Ultimately though, both are good and both are well written, with this book being a little more accessible and Jonathan Sumption's book having better illustrative maps and plans.


The Albigensian Crusade
The Albigensian Crusade
by Jonathan Sumption
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory history, 18 Mar. 2005
This is an extremely readable book which manages to condense a long and often complex conflict into a highly digestible form. Concentrating on facts rather than the later myths which grew around this subject the book takes you through the history of the crusade, the personalities involved and the factors which gave birth to it all (and as already said, property rights played in many ways a larger part than any religious issues).
The book is even handed in its approach and has surprising depth given its relative brevity. Highly recommended as an introduction to a fascinating historical episode.


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