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Forever Gold
Forever Gold
Offered by Zona-K
Price: £12.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but there is better value available from other packages, 10 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Forever Gold (Audio CD)
This is pop music at its best and many of the tracks have become standards. However, if you want an Abba 'Best Of' collection, don't spend £30. This two-CD package has been superseded. I suggest you look at Abba Gold Anniversary Edition 2014, which has the two CDs included here and a third one for just £10.


The Eagle Annual of the Cutaways Published by Orion (2008)
The Eagle Annual of the Cutaways Published by Orion (2008)

4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to own, recalling as it does one of the features that made the Eagle a cut above the rest, 9 Jun. 2015
The Eagle cutaways are remembered with great affection by past readers and their Dads. In truth, I found them variable but still studied them with interest at the time. Now we have a selection re-printed in this fine book, and there is an added dimension ... the passage of history.

The cutaways were of contemporary items, or even of schemes being considered (like the channel tunnel). What we therefore have in this book is some fairly detailed analysis of items that have passed into history: the Bentley Continental; old fashioned refuse collectors before the days of wheelie bins and recycling; the old Fordson Tractor; Concorde ... and so on. There is great interest in here.

The book is printed on high quality paper and the reproduction is good. It is great for leafing through and pausing occasionally at an item that catches the attention.

A couple of things I don't like so much: in order to achieve an 'old' look and feel, the cover is designed to look worn and the pages inside are artificially yellowed at the edges. I would have preferred the drawings to have been reproduced 'as new' to give this great feature of the Eagle a new lease of life.

Those quibbles aside, this a great book to own, recreating as it does one of the features that set the 'Eagle' apart from its competitors on the newsagents' shelves. We were lucky to have it.


The Eagle Annual of the Cutaways (2008)
The Eagle Annual of the Cutaways (2008)

4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to own, recalling one of features that made the Eagle a cut above the rest, 9 Jun. 2015
The Eagle cutaways are remembered with great affection by past readers and their Dads. In truth, I found them variable but still studied them with interest at the time. Now we have a selection re-printed in this fine book, and there is an added dimension ... the passage of history.

The cutaways were of contemporary items, or even of schemes being considered (like the channel tunnel). What we therefore have in this book is some fairly detailed analysis of items that have passed into history: the Bentley Continental; old fashioned refuse collectors before the days of wheelie bins and recycling; the old Fordson Tractor; Concorde ... and so on. There is great interest in here.

The book is printed on high quality paper and the reproduction is good. It is great for leafing through and pausing occasionally at an item that catches the attention.

A couple of things I don't like so much: in order to achieve an 'old' look and feel, the cover is designed to look worn and the pages inside are artificially yellowed at the edges. I would have preferred the drawings to have been reproduced 'as new' to give this great feature of the Eagle a new lease of life.

Those quibbles aside, this a great book to own, recreating as it does one of the features that set the 'Eagle' apart from its competitors on the newsagents' shelves. We were lucky to have it.


WD-40 Smart Straw 400ml
WD-40 Smart Straw 400ml
Offered by LightingandMobileAccessoriesUK
Price: £5.69

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those products which is pretty-well a 'must-have'., 9 Jun. 2015
This is a must-have for every home - a light oil that penetrates, cleans and protects.

When our replacement windows and doors were fitted, the last piece of advice given to us by the fitters was 'give the moving parts a regular squirt of WD40'. When I found the nut seized on my electric mower, a liberal does of WD40, left for a while, helped to loosen it so that I could replace the cutting blade.

It's one of those products that it is difficult to live without. In this format and at this price, it is a very attractive purchase.


Get Lucky
Get Lucky
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle, soft album, steeped in Knopfler's northern roots, 9 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Get Lucky (Audio CD)
This is an album of relaxed ' play it sitting down' music. If you're hoping for a Dire Straits album in all but name: it isn't that. This is Knopfler going back to his northern roots, reminiscing, paying tribute to people he has known. It's mood-music: Knopfler playing what he wants to play.

'Border Reiver' starts with a couple of phrases that remind me of Local Hero, but it very quickly morphs into a faster-tempo northern-folk style song about 'the hard life of a lorry driver at the end of the 60s' (CD sleeve notes).

'Hard Shoulder' features Knopfler's voice at its most tuneful: not his usual style. It's a pleasant enough song, atmospheric rather than memorable.

'You Can't beat the House' is a bluesy song, pleasant and moody.

'Before Gas and TV' is a reminiscence piece about the days when people would make their own entertainment on a guitar handed round the group, singing songs passed down from person to person. Again a northern-folk flavour: slow, a little melancholic but an affectionate memory of times passed.

'Monteleone' is a tribute to the maker of one of Knopfler's favourite guitars. It starts with lush strings and piano before slipping into a pleasant waltz-time piece. Very easy on the ear.

'Cleaning my Gun' is a medium tempo guitar-based piece: the first track on the CD to invoke Knopfler's Dire Straits days, but more raw, more bluesy.

'The Car was the One' is a slow-tempo reminiscence song about the summer of '63, It 'retells a brief incident related by the late Mark Donohue when he was young' (sleeve notes). A few snatches of Knopfler's inimitable guitar accompaniments surface here.

'Remembrance Day' was released as a single with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. I like this one especially as Knopfler's voice and accompanying guitar wrap around each other in his classic style. Arguably the strongest track on the album.

'Get Lucky' is another medium-tempo northern-folk style song leading into 'So Far From the Clyde', Knopfler's lament for fine ships built on the Clyde that ended up in a breaker's yard in India. Some pleasant guitar work again here.

'Piper to the End' is a tribute to Knopfler's Uncle Freddy, a piper who carried his pipes into action and was killed near Arras in 1940. This is another track from which the proceeds go to the British Legion. It has a dreamy, hymn-like quality with some wonderful 'Local hero' style guitar work before a slow fade-out.

This is a gentle, soft album. It's worth reading the lyrics, which are printed in the full. They are heartfelt words and it is an album that clearly meant a lot to Knopfler when he made it.


1100mm Cable Management Flexible Tube 32mm Diameter
1100mm Cable Management Flexible Tube 32mm Diameter
Offered by The Plasma Centre
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more tidy, much more secure., 6 Jun. 2015
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This item comes on a large piece of card, and is a pretty robust product. I bought it to help me to control the wires behind my music and TV stand and think it is just about perfect for that use.

It's really a drainpipe for electrical wires. I am using it for mains cables that I want to protect and which run from a multiple-socket tower, thereby starting in roughly the same place and heading off in roughly the same direction.

Much more tidy, much more secure. Recommended


Silence Is Golden
Silence Is Golden
Offered by Great Price Media EU
Price: £3.98

4.0 out of 5 stars There are many compilations of the Sixties: this is one of the best., 6 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Silence Is Golden (Audio CD)
To capture the Sixties, this is a good collection. It contains many of the forward-looking quality tracks that were released and few of the dated fifties-orientated recordings that did nothing to move the industry forward. There are some very important tracks here.

As always, no Beatles, due to their refusal to allow their material onto compilations like this. So the biggest influence on the music industry in the Sixties is absent. But without labelling these tracks as 'the best of the rest' which would be harsh, here we have many tracks that were significant too. Tracks such as 'Albatross' from Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green days, 'Mr. Tambourine Man' by The Byrds representing one of Bob Dylan's most famous compositions, the Hollies at their best with 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' and Simon and Garfunkel's breakthrough record 'Sound of Silence'.

Then the Moody Blues orchestral work 'Nights In White Satin' which many people see as one of the pre-cursors of Prog Rock, Leonard Cohen's signature song 'Bird on The Wire', 'Soul Sacrifice' which was one of the launch tracks for Santana and the stunning guitar work on 'Angie' by Bert Jansch. These are important records.

There are few tracks here that cause me to reach for the remote control to skip them and many that I am really pleased to hear again; tracks that bring back memories of where I was when I first heard them.

There are many, many compilations of the Sixties. This is one of the best. Recommended.


The Six Wives Of Henry VIII - Live At Hampton Court Palace
The Six Wives Of Henry VIII - Live At Hampton Court Palace
Price: £13.08

5.0 out of 5 stars A live performance, longer than the original. Well worth owning., 6 Jun. 2015
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This is a review of the CD, not the DVD. I have found it very good.

I originally bought 'Six Wives' on vinyl when it was first released and liked it very much. I was attracted by this CD because of the fact that it is a live performance: what you lose in studio perfection you gain in the vibrancy of a live performance.

The quality of the playing is very good, as one would expect of Rick Wakeman. The recorded sound is also very good, despite the difficulties that must have attached to making it in such an historic location.

There are three sections on this CD that were not on the original LP: an overture (very good), Defender of the Faith (inserted in the middle: didn't like it so much - it seemed to lack direction) and Tudor Rock at the end (very good). I was worried that the CD might be affected by the Brian Blessed narration, which appears not to be to everyone's taste. It isn't there: the CD is simply the nine tracks.

I recommend this CD. I think it would be a mistake to ask whether it is better than the original or not. It is different: live and longer. Well worth owning.


15mm x 1m Black Cable Tie / Tidy Lengths
15mm x 1m Black Cable Tie / Tidy Lengths
Offered by TRsalesUK
Price: £2.12

5.0 out of 5 stars A quality product and very good value., 5 Jun. 2015
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This is a very simple and effective way of securing cables together and tidying up cable-clutter. The tie comes in a one metre length, which you cut according to your requirements. One side is Velcro hooks and the other is Velcro eyes. When wrapped round the cables, the hooks and eyes latch onto each other making for a firm binding. The base material is strong.

The ties can be released, the cables re-clustered and the ties put back into place. It's worth cutting a the lengths a little generously to allow for this eventuality and, of course, the greater the overlap the stronger the hold will be. To my mind the flexibility makes this product a superior solution to those horrible plastic cable ties which, once tightened and trimmed, can only be released by cutting through them.

All in all this is a quality product and very good value.


Wilkinson Sword Hydro5 Razor Blade Refill Cartridges, Pack of 8
Wilkinson Sword Hydro5 Razor Blade Refill Cartridges, Pack of 8
Offered by Venture Blue
Price: £14.53

5.0 out of 5 stars They suit me and I find them consistently good, 29 May 2015
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These blades are good value compared to supermarket prices, but be sure to order them with something else to avoid high postage and packing charges. If you incur those charges, you might as well buy in the supermarket.

I am pleased with this product and have used it for well over a year. I find the shave smooth and each blade lasts up to a month with careful cleaning.

The blades come packed in small plastic trays, each of which hold four. It's a little fiddly getting the blade onto the handle but that's no problem really.

I use these blades in conjunction with shaving gel, as opposed to foam. I can't say that any particular brand of gel brings out the best in the razor, so I tend to buy what seems best value at the time.

I haven't had any 'bad' blades yet so the manufacturing quality seems consistent.

Shaving materials are an intensely personal choice: I can report that these blades suit me and I am likely to stay with them.


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