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A Mammoth in the Fridge
A Mammoth in the Fridge
by MichaŽl Escoffier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mammoth in the fridge, 22 April 2016
Funny children's book in which bizarre things seem like an every day occurrence. Funny ending too.


DIGIFLEX 3 Port AV Audio RCA Phono Selector Switch Connect Xbox, PS2, DVD
DIGIFLEX 3 Port AV Audio RCA Phono Selector Switch Connect Xbox, PS2, DVD
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great solution for old games consoles and modern televisions, 6 Aug. 2014
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Modern televisions are great aren’t they? They are lighter, flatter and can be wall mounted. The picture is better then anything we could have dreamed of years ago. But ask any retro game collector and they’ll tell you there’s one flaw that’s becoming increasingly common. There are not enough sockets! This is why I bought the Digiflex switch box, from Amazon.

The Digiflex is a small, compact item in a nice black colour. It has one output, and three composite inputs with a switch for changing between the sources.

We all know that composite connections (also known around the world as Phono or RCA) are about the most basic way of connecting components, and in particular the video quality is nothing special. But not every device is capable of connecting via HDMI or even RGB SCART, so that’s why we still need composite. And with high quality cables, a surprisingly good picture can be achieved.

Switch boxes can be very variable in quality. Many result in ‘interference’ when two or more devices are connected, or result in a poorer picture quality. So buying this was a bit of a gamble, but at the low price there wasn’t much to lose. How did it fare?

I tested mine with a PC Engine Core Grafx and a Sinclair Spectrum which had been modified to output a composite signal. First I tried one device on its own (the PC Engine), in case the picture was downgraded by going through the box. The picture and sound were both flawless.

Next I tried adding a second device (the Spectrum) which I expected to be more susceptible to interference. Not only did it work brilliantly, but both devices could be powered on at the same time with no detectable loss in picture or sound quality.

In summary, here we have a cheap, compact device which works excellently. In fact, I’ll probably order another one as a backup. I’ve seen at least one person on YouTube who has bought two switchers and uses one for audio and the other for RGB component video from more modern consoles (like the original Xbox). So there are lots of possibilities here.

On the down side, the Digiflex could do with a way of securing it, such as a wall fixer or hook. It’s no big issue though, it could easily be stuck to a surface if required.

Lastly, the Digiflex came with a free cable which is absolutely hopeless! Send it on its way to the dustbin, and go to a supplier like Kenable and get some quality cables instead. Buyers are recommended to attach the switch box to their television with the shortest, most high quality cable that they can afford - for maximum results.

Verdict - essential if you have old equipment and don’t want to keep swapping leads around the back of the television. But do replace those cables!


kenable 3.5mm Right Angle Mono Jack to Twin Phono RCA Male Plugs Cable Lead 2m
kenable 3.5mm Right Angle Mono Jack to Twin Phono RCA Male Plugs Cable Lead 2m
Offered by kenable_ltd
Price: £2.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for old computers, 12 Nov. 2013
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I wanted a modern audio lead to connect a classic Sinclair Spectrum to a modern tv. As some of you will know the original Spectrum had its own tiny built-in speaker. Not very impressive these days. But with this lead, I was able to connect it to a modern tv and amplify the signal. Though still mono, this lead splits the mono signal across the left and right channels so you get a nice full sound. Most leads don't do this, if you are starting with a mono signal.

It was very hard to find a lead that did exactly what I wanted, ie it was a mono splitter, it had a male headphone jack at one end and two male RCA plugs at the other. So I was glad to get this, and it works perfectly for this purpose.


Adventures with the Wife in Space: Living With Doctor Who
Adventures with the Wife in Space: Living With Doctor Who
by Neil Perryman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For carpenters and time travellers, 12 Nov. 2013
I came late to the Wife in Space blog, having only joined during the end of the Colin Baker years. Hours and hours later, I had caught up with all the blogs and had an eerie feeling that I knew Neil and Sue quite well! Along the way, I'd been in fits of laughter. So it was sad when the inevitable end of the blog was reached.

But then.... A book! Though this is very accessible on its own, it is the perfect companion to the blog. In other words, it's the Sarah Jane that goes with the fourth Doctor. Should I be worried that so many parts of this book chime with me? Not a bit of it - for these are fun people who happened to have 'quite a bit of time on their hands' in order to conduct the great experiment.

So buy this book if you are a casual or hardcore fan, it's great fun with some touching stories. And then... Come back in 2014 for the next blog... The Wife and Blake!


Cabin Pressure: The Collected Series 1-3
Cabin Pressure: The Collected Series 1-3
by John Finnemore
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £30.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential!, 16 Aug. 2013
I really cannot even begin to describe how much fun this is. I heard about it and jumped in with this box set. Not only is it funnier than anything being produced on TV these days, but it also has great characters and superb performances that seem to grow each year. The more ludicrous capers are worthy of Fawlty Towers, while the cast have a similar dynamic to Father Ted and his household. Actually, some of the guest character names are nodding references to Fawlty Towers and even Laurel and Hardy.

The episodes seem to get better with repeated listening, so this is an essential purchase that you will laugh at again and again...


Red Dwarf X [DVD]
Red Dwarf X [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £6.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bouncing back, 10 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Red Dwarf X [DVD] (DVD)
After the disappointing Back to Earth, this is a genuine surprise. The scripts are fast and funny, episodes are full length and a real effort has been made to come up with some impressive sets and effects. Looks like a lot of love has gone into the production, with lots of little continuity nods in the design that go right back to the early days. Well done to the team.


Duracell DL 1620 - battery - CR1620 - Li(DL1620)
Duracell DL 1620 - battery - CR1620 - Li(DL1620)
Offered by decolectrix2013
Price: £1.52

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where to begin?, 10 Aug. 2012
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Well there's not much to say about a battery but hey, let's have a go.

The battery works, and is round which is an added bonus since it is exactly the same shape as the hole that it needs to be fitted into. Packaging is excellent, a particularly good feature is the round plastic which is the same shape as the battery and therefore fits perfectly. High marks for that!


Replacement Remote Control for SAMSUNG BN59-00463A
Replacement Remote Control for SAMSUNG BN59-00463A
Offered by cherrypickelectronics
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good replacement, 10 Aug. 2012
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This is well designed and build quality seems good. To be honest, I wish I'd got one sooner - and ditched the official standard Samsung remote - which crashed on a weekly basis. One oddity is the position of 'zero' - which is to the right of '9' instead of beneath the '8' and thus isn't instinctively where I expect it to be. No issues though.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier (League of Extraordinary Gentmn)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier (League of Extraordinary Gentmn)
by Kevin O'Neill & Alan Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 10 Aug. 2012
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Better than expected after the mixed reviews / difficulties with obtaining in the UK. Actually this is an aptly extraordinary piece of work, full of clues and pointers for the Century trilogy. As a fan of classic sci-fi, I was thrilled by the references to Dan Dare, Journey Into Space, and the early Gerry Anderson series. I also loved the diversity of styles, though I found 'the crazy wide forever' completely impenetrable (maybe that was intentional). The 3D section was pretty odd, to say the least.

Not perfect, but still five stars from me and worth the investment in the more challenging sections.


NEW Touch Screen Glass Digitizer Screen for Samsung Galaxy ACE S5830 GT-S5830, INCLUDING TOOL TO DISASSEMBLE THE PHONE & LINK TO VIDEO DISASSEMBLY GUIDE ** EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO REPLACE YOUR FAULTY/DAMAGED/BROKEN TOP TOUCH SCREEN **WILL NOT WORK WITH S5830i or S5839i, ONLY S5830**
NEW Touch Screen Glass Digitizer Screen for Samsung Galaxy ACE S5830 GT-S5830, INCLUDING TOOL TO DISASSEMBLE THE PHONE & LINK TO VIDEO DISASSEMBLY GUIDE ** EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO REPLACE YOUR FAULTY/DAMAGED/BROKEN TOP TOUCH SCREEN **WILL NOT WORK WITH S5830i or S5839i, ONLY S5830**
Offered by TECHGEAR Solutions
Price: £7.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fixed phone!, 24 Jun. 2012
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This is the authentic digitiser screen for the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. If you can find some good instructions on youtube then you will basically end up with a new-looking phone. Saved me a lot of cash if I'd taken it to a dealer. I followed these instructions - [...]


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