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Kärcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer
Kärcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer
Price: £159.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars as I now understand that Karcher use cheap parts which are pretty much doomed to fail after a year or so, 19 Dec. 2016
I had a Proline washer from B&Q that lasted 5 years before failing. Replaced it with a Karcher K4 on special offer from Wickes at £140. This washer is far less powerful than the old one, so it took me roughly twice as long to clean a patio using it. It has now died after 9 months of very light use - the on/off switch has failed. Taking it back under guarantee and hoping they offer me a different make, as I now understand that Karcher use cheap parts which are pretty much doomed to fail after a year or so.


Nureyev & Friends: A Gala Tribute [DVD]
Nureyev & Friends: A Gala Tribute [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rudolf Nureyev
Price: £12.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would be worth the price for Obraztsova alone, the rest is a major bonus.., 13 Dec. 2015
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An eclectic mix of bravura pieces, all of which are enjoyable and some outstanding. All the artists bring something to the game. Iana Salenko shows her usual technical brilliance and long, fluid arms but a degree of emotional detachment. Tamara Rojo brings her usual passion to Manon and there's an engaging clip of her psyching up backstage. There are a couple of more unusual pieces I had not seen before - Manfred and Het - the latter with the engaging Maia Makhateli. But for me the real reasons for buying this disc have to be the two performances by Evgenia Obraztsova, who does not have much material available on DVD. I've had the good fortune to see her dance live in, and indeed practising solo for, La Bayadere, and she gives an excellent performance her - but that is eclipsed by her Sleeping Beauty excerpt. In this she avoids the hyperextended showboating style of some Russian primas and gives an absolutely delightful, fluid and natural performance - her smile reaches her eyes, and she really seems to be enjoying herself. One basic step I always find a good indicator is the hop, which is intrinsically clumsy; some otherwise great dancers can frankly look about as elegant as a goose when hopping backwards across the stage, but here Evgenia positively springs, light as a feather. Shopping around, I got this DVD for about £8 - an absolute bargain.
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Manquait Plus Que Ca
Manquait Plus Que Ca
Price: £19.00

5.0 out of 5 stars and have always really liked her - she has a natural flair for a ..., 22 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Manquait Plus Que Ca (Audio CD)
Took a punt on this based on the reviews and clips. I know Sandrine Kiberlain well as an actress, and have always really liked her - she has a natural flair for a naturalistic, slightly gauche comedy - but has never heard her music. This is a very unusual little album and fits her individuality. The style is extremely simple, with very basic repeated melodies and lyrics, and almost embarrassingly naive rhymes. Her voice is also quite unstyled, like someone casually singing in the kitchen or the car... The recording is close miked and feels quite intimate. The only track that really didn't work for me was 'Girl'. Overall however this is very charming.


Adam: Giselle [Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta] [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free] [NTSC]
Adam: Giselle [Natalia Osipova, Carlos Acosta] [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Natalia Osipova
Price: £29.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best ballet blurays, 31 Jan. 2015
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I can't add much detail to the existing reviews but can endorse the quality of the production and the performances. I've seen a couple of live Giselles and have the DVDs of the Zakharova and Cojocaru interpretations. Frankly this blows them away. Acosta does sterling work, the corps are great and we have a chilling Myrthe (though Marianella Munez still edges that role for me), but all eyes are really on Natalia. Having only seen her in high energy roles before (notably Kitri at the ROH with Vasiliev) I thought her sheer vitality might overpower Giselle but was wrong. She is fabulous; her technical virtuosity is effortless and allows her to focus on bringing out nuances of gesture and expression to build out a really emotive performance. Just stunning. The quality of the video and soundtrack is also exemplary. Did I mention how good Osipova is........


Petit Nicolas [DVD]
Petit Nicolas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Maxime Godart
Price: £8.99

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a delight from start to finish, 27 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Petit Nicolas [DVD] (DVD)
I watched this shortly after two gritty films set among young people in the Paris suburbs - what a change of tone! This is a delight from start to finish, and had us all laughing out loud every few minutes. Adapted from a comic, which which I'm not familiar, the look of the film reflects that with use of simple, graphical colour schemes and with slightly surreal camerawork and voiceover techniques that are reminiscent at times of Amélie. For those who speak French, there are some nice word plays that don't translate, but my wife and son who were reliant on the subtitles got just as much pleasure out of it (something of a testament as they were suffering a degree of French film fatigue at the time). The lead boys all give charming performances. I particularly liked the class 'low achiever' Clotaire, whose bewildered hangdog expressions had me laughing even when he had no lines. Sandrine Kiberlain, paying their teacher, is a constant favourite of mine, and this plays to her comic talent for expressing an air of resignation and mild disappointment with life through little looks and nuances. A brief appearance by the gorgeous Louise Bourgoin in a heap of cacti was an aesthetic bonus... Nicolas' parents give broad performances which are right for the comic book heritage and are both genuinely warm and amusing. This is a really refreshing film - simple, warm, direct, drawing its humour from situations and perspectives rather than spite. Absolutely recommended.


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4.0 out of 5 stars simple and effective, 24 Sept. 2014
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I used this to pump out water laying in a difficult to access trench after a hot water pipe leak. You can shift a fair volume quite fast, so it worked well for me. Not sure how long it will last, but paid for itself on one job really.


Original Brand New Hard Drive Cable For A1278 Apple Macbook 13" P/N 821-0814-A Laptop Year 2009-2010 - 1 Year Warranty Sold By (Laptop-Accessories4u)
Original Brand New Hard Drive Cable For A1278 Apple Macbook 13" P/N 821-0814-A Laptop Year 2009-2010 - 1 Year Warranty Sold By (Laptop-Accessories4u)

5.0 out of 5 stars fine but handle carefully, 24 Sept. 2014
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It's a cable and it works, what's not to like... Just be careful handling it when fitting as it would be easy to snap a connector.


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2.0 out of 5 stars need stiffening up, 24 Sept. 2014
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the handles are not stiff enough to allow a good swipe - they flop around allowing the fly to mooch away at its leisure. I've had almost identical ones where this was not the case so either I got a bad batch or they've cut costs.


The Class (Single-disc edition) [DVD] [2008]
The Class (Single-disc edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Juliette Demaille
Price: £5.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and engaging view of education in the banlieue, 24 Sept. 2014
I came across this film from browsing past Cannes winners, which has proved a somewhat hit and miss approach but is usually interesting at least. On this occasion I was well rewarded. For those who are familiar with contemporary French cinema, this feels like a blend of L'Esquive (for the inner city culture and dialogue) and Etre et Avoir (for the long-suffering teacher and his sense of vocation), but has more pace than the latter. I won't repeat the summaries which others have already done well here but rather set out what I enjoyed. The filming is in a documentary style, complete with occasional glances to camera from the non-professional kids, that lets the storyline emerge in a very naturalistic manner. The film is however mostly about engaging us with the teachers and a number of key individuals among the adolescents, and letting us observe the cultural dynamics that emerge within the group and the interaction of the French teacher with his class. Some of the kids are challenging to say the least, and the expectations of the teacher seem to be pretty low - active obstruction or passive resistance seem to be the default modes, and very basic articulations or pieces of work are treated as a triumph. The approach to teaching his class seems to be very chatty and discursive, and does make the viewer wonder what they are actually supposed to be learning, but that does of course lend itself to the film engaging us with their personalities and situations. I empathised with the teacher's frustrations to the extent of wondering why anyone would choose to do such a thankless job! If this seems rather gloomy in the telling, in the viewing it actually isn't, the film never fails to hold our attention and there are flashes of likeability from even the most difficult pupils. The director treads a careful path between showing the kids as victims of their environments (domestic, ethnic and cultural factors are all strong influences on their behaviour) and showing them as unsympathetic yobs, and lets a more complex picture emerge that recognises their challenges but does not absolve them of responsibiity for their behaviour. The wrap up scene jarred a little for me, with a rather pat and unconvincing reading surprise from one of the kids, though this was tempered by the frank avowal by another that she had learned nothing in the year. The teacher is presented in all his human frailty and does not have miraculous answers (I dread a Hollywood remake where that would doubtless be reversed....). In summary, not as energetic and uplifting as L'Esquive, but a frank, believable and highly engaging depiction of banlieue schooling. A film I will doubtless watch several times.


L'Esquive - DVD
L'Esquive - DVD
Dvd ~ OsmanElkharraz
Offered by CULTURE EMPIRE
Price: £13.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic, engaging and uplifting, if at times incomprehensible!, 9 Sept. 2014
This review is from: L'Esquive - DVD (DVD)
I came to this film having seen Sara Forestier in Suzanne and looked up her other work - discovering that she'd been in an award winning Abdellatif Kechiche film set my expectations high, as La Vie d'Adèle is to my mind a masterpiece. I landed a used copy with no English subtitles. Now my French is pretty good, but understanding much of the dialogue here is a major challenge; it has taken me repeated viewings and reference to a subtitles download file. From what I've read elsewhere, it is also still a challenge to native French speakers. If you only have school or 'holiday' French, this will be totally incomprehensible without subtitles. The style of the language is however core to the film, and in fact one of the things the viewer learns from the film is not to judge and stereotype the characters according to the social box that their language puts them in. This is the language of the banlieue, rich in Arabic borrowings and verlan (slang based on word reversal) and delivered in a guttural accent at the speed of a machine-gun. The language does become somewhat more standardised and comprehensible as the film progresses. However, despite the concrete surroundings and the aggressive verbal sparring, the kids are kids like any other and their activities and concerns are largely innocent. The incipient loves and crushes of the adolescents are woven around their rehearsals for a school performance of Marivaux's Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard, an 18C comedy of manners in which despite the obfuscations of social role reversals, love finds its pairings of 'social equals'. That message of inability to escape one's social condition is spelled out to the kids by their teacher and by the end, when we have seen through the bluster and developed an affection for these characters, we find ourselves concerned that their potential has already been circumscribed by their environment and upbringing. The style of directing is highly naturalistic, with many hand-held close ups of and quick cuts between the faces of verbally duelling protagonists, and yet there are echoes of the theatre too in the groupings, entrances and exits. There are some outstanding performances - Sara Forestier and Sabrina Ouazani in particular, though the former's accent to me is the most difficult to understand. I also particularly enjoyed a scene of the teacher's frustration with Krimo's attempts to deliver Marivaux's lines. Unlike most films set in the grim suburbs, and with a couple of scenes excepted, the overall tone feels quite positive and avoids the usual cliches. Overall this film may present some barriers to entry, but its sheer energy will be apparent and engaging even to those who cannot understand all the dialogue, and it's well worth more than one viewing.


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