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Ted McKeever Library Book 1: Transit
Ted McKeever Library Book 1: Transit
by Ted McKeever
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very much a first effort, 28 Oct. 2011
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Ted McKeever's first book Transit was cancelled midway in its run (rather ironic considering his second book Eddy Current involved a character obsessed with a cancelled comic book!), and finally it has been revived and an ending rewritten. The book is hardcover, slightly undersized and seemingly printed on poor quality paper by a careless printer, a curious mix of high and low production values. Revisiting the work, Ted's art and writing seem somewhat amateurish but develop through the story, with the new ending being in a completely different abstract style and being a little on the incomprehensible side - from memory this was going to be a ten issue book but here is chopped down to the 6 original issues plus the new one chapter ending so evidently something vanished into the ether pulling together all the plot strands in such a short space! The story borrows extensively from Luc Besson's Subway as well as foreshadowing the plot of Eddy Current with a threat to a city from a shadowy religious society. Ted's art is more cartoonish and "busy" than his later works with some influence from graffiti in there which was less evident in his later work, and it is interesting from a point of view as to see how his style develops, in particular learning what to leave out! I would suggest this is a book for completists. If you are new to Ted McKeever's work Eddy Current is the book to check, then Plastic Forks, both works of genius.


Selectors Choice Vol. 1
Selectors Choice Vol. 1
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many digital greats!, 9 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Selectors Choice Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
Massive bargain collection of some of Jammys greatest moments, you can hardly go wrong with this box set. In the mid to late 1980s Lloyd "Prince Jammy" James made the computerized backing in reggae respectable with a slew of killer riddims produced from within a Casio beatbox, kicking off the era we these days call digital reggae. There's plenty of tunes based around his era defining Stalag riddim including the one that started it all, Wayne Smith's "Under Mi Sleng Teng" (and several of the other thousands of Stalag responses are included here) but plenty of other big digital reggae classics can be found - In The Area, Clark's Booty, Mr Landlord, No Sound Like We, Pumpkin Belly, The Exit... The list goes on. There's quite a bit of filler here but its not bad filler, more the tunes that got pushed to one side by the wealth of great releases that we tend to remember. Second box is just as crucial in both senses of the word, watch out though, these two boxes are a repackaging of the previously issued Selectors Choice Vol 1-4 2xCDs so make sure you order the 4xCD which seem to be priced at a similar level to the 2xCD issues...


Hot Sauce Committee Part Two [VINYL]
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two [VINYL]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beasties show good form but maybe not as classic as their earlier albums, 9 Oct. 2011
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Whoever decided that "The Beastie Boys ... don't figure in the upper echelons of the pantheon of great rappers" has definitely been smoking a little too much cane to be truly rational! These supposed rap lightweights continue in their longevity which outstrips most of that pantheon of "great rappers", and "Hot Sauce" is a good, accomplished album. However, it suffers in the way "To The 5 Boroughs" did, lacking that extra little spark which propels it to classic status. It'll entertain and put a smile on your face but you probably won't be pining to dig it out and listen to it at some point in the future like Paul's Boutique.


Modern-Tech Screen Protector Guard Overlay for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Modern-Tech Screen Protector Guard Overlay for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

2.0 out of 5 stars Not that impressed, 8 Oct. 2011
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Screen protector left bubbles, there was only one in the packet too which makes it a lot more expensive than others I've had in the past where you receive several screen protectors for the same price. It was however the correct shape unlike others I've bought which require cutting down to size.


The Sacrifice [DVD]
The Sacrifice [DVD]
Dvd ~ Erland Josephson

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult going!, 6 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Sacrifice [DVD] (DVD)
I love all of Tarkovsky's other films with the exception of Nostalgia which I don't particularly loathe but don't think is of the standard of his other works, something I put down partly to the fact that it was shot in Italian and seemed to have very little to say. The Sacrifice is on a different level entirely, in its two and a half long and tedious hours little happens, you care about none of it, its drawn out emptiness gives you plenty of time to reflect on how boring it is. The rich poetic images of his other films is entirely absent here and you are left wondering how anybody would have stumped up the cash to make this insipid turkey of a movie. However, a lot of other more cultured people reckon this is great so what do I know!?
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Screen Protectors for Sony Ericsson X10 (Pack of 6) With Cleaning Cloth
Screen Protectors for Sony Ericsson X10 (Pack of 6) With Cleaning Cloth
Offered by Audiotrader
Price: £2.90

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong shape for screen, 19 Sept. 2011
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Cheap and quality seems okay, but these are completely the wrong shape for the Xperia screen, I had to cut it down to size with a craft knife. Not impressed.


The Ascent Of Man
The Ascent Of Man
by Jacob Bronowski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great read but not as useful as it could be, 19 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: The Ascent Of Man (Paperback)
The TV series is one of the greatest documentaries made if not the greatest. However bear in mind that the text of the book is an ad verbatim transcription of each TV episode with a few random pictures and in this age of readily available DVDs is probably not that useful or enlightening when you can have Dr Bronowski telling it in the comfort of your own living room.
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Boxing Helena
Boxing Helena
Dvd ~ Julian Sands
Offered by DMCshop5000
Price: £4.05

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite disappointing, 8 May 2011
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Being a big follower of David Lynch I was keen to see if some of his magic rubbed off on his daughter, Jennifer, whose directorial debut Boxing Helena is. With its unusual plot about a mad doctor who cuts the limbs of a girl he is infatuated with and keeps her in a box it certainly held promise. However it completely fails to deliver on even a hint of its promise. What we have - with the exception of a girl with no arms and legs - is one of those bland TV movies you come across if you flip channels randomly on a weekday afternoon, a weak plot, an inept script, wooden acting and minimal evidence of characterisation. Julian Sands is particularly bad as wimpy Dr Nick whose problems are rooted in watching his mom have sex as a child and continue into adulthood in his inept bedroom performance with wet lettuce girlfriend Dr Ann, but Sherilyn Fenn is also nauseating as Helena, a sullen woman it is hard to imagine anybody feeling any affection for, let alone being infatuated with (despite a few shots of Playboy styled soft eroticism as Dr Nick watches from the tree outside her house, which completely fails to convince any other viewer). Helena's unconvincing reaction to losing her limbs, as well as appearing perfectly made-up and dressed adds to the disbelief the film instils in us and it got to a point two-thirds of the way through where it was so bad that I literally had to switch it off. I did return and soldier through the last part where we discover Dr Nick really was too sissy to go through with the fiendish plot and it was all a dream. Yawn.

This copy is a Korean issue but presents no problem with domestic DVD players (Korean subtitles can be turned off).
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Allcam IT-735 USB 2.0 and e-SATA combo Enclosure for 3.5" SATA Hard Drives -Black
Allcam IT-735 USB 2.0 and e-SATA combo Enclosure for 3.5" SATA Hard Drives -Black
Offered by eHome
Price: £13.80

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work, 31 Mar. 2011
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I've tried this with 4 different drives including one brand new drive; none of them worked. The seller sent out a replacement circuit board but it still didn't work. A complete piece of junk, next time I'll cut out the fiddling about and flush £20 down the toilet.
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Girl Group Sounds: One...
Girl Group Sounds: One...
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: £192.05

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, 9 Mar. 2011
First thing you notice is the overindulgent packaging - the box is far bigger than you expect from the picture and is not something you can easily file away anywhere - plus when you look inside the "hat box" the cases for the individual CDs fall a lot short of what the designer hoped for.

As for the music, there is one CD here of killer, one CD of good filler and two CDs of pretty bad music that will at times leave you cringing - most of the bad stuff is either from solo artists (so not girl groups) or British artists. This would have made a good double CD! A vinyl issue would have been nice too!


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