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The Edge
The Edge
Dvd
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 'unknown' movie, 18 Sept. 2014
This review is from: The Edge (Amazon Video)
Excellent 'unknown' movie. One of those films that used to only get shown late at night on BBC2. Great performances from Hopkins and Baldwin and one of the best fight scenes on film. Great buddy/wilderness survival movie.


Outpost III - Rise Of The Spetznas
Outpost III - Rise Of The Spetznas
Dvd
Price: £3.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 15 July 2014
Just dumb gore.


Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask - 60 ml
Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask - 60 ml

3.0 out of 5 stars Just a very thick moisturiser, 8 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I used this for five nights on my feet and I can't say I noticed any real difference in their condition. I have a rough patch on the instep side of each big toe and did not see them soften or reduce in any way. The top surfaces of my feet did feel smooth in the mornings, but it felt more like this was a consequence of a layer of some kind of residue being left by the cream than any promotion of new cell growth or 'intensive, long-sustained moisture'. Furthermore, the cream feels slightly unpleasant overnight. My feet felt like they were slightly wet when I got into bed.

The best I can say about it is I didn't have any allergic reactions and my feet did not feel any worse for using it.


Milius [DVD]
Milius [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joey Figueroa
Price: £12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars What is Good in Life?, 30 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Milius [DVD] (DVD)
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As a child of the 80's, I couldn't help but be a fan of John Milius's work; Dirty Harry, Big Wednesday, Conan, Red Dawn, Apocalypse Now. But despite the massive amount of highly influential work Milius has done, behind the camera and behind the scenes, he still seems to be the member of that incredible group of USC Film School alums, one that also included George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola, that people know almost nothing about.

This film then attempts to fill in some of the blanks and perhaps stand as something of a testament to one of the most influential and provocative writers in 20th and 21st century cinema.

The film is studded with interviews with Milius's contemporaries and associates including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, William Katz, Richard Dreyfus, Sam Elliot, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Occasionally the editing makes it all seem a bit breathless. Stories are often recounted by several different voices, each getting one sentence perhaps, before a quick disorienting cut to another talking head.

But maybe this is the problem with trying to make a documentary about someone as influential as Milius in less than two hours; there is too much to tell. Despite going into some detail on the start of Milius's career, his time at film school and first few jobs in the industry, the making of Apocalypse Now and some of his other better known works, some of the best anecdotes actually come in even shorter clips during the end credits. This film makes me want to know more about John Milius and how he works and made all those great movies, but also leaves me feeling I probably won't find a film that really does the man justice. I need a good book!

Don't get me wrong - 'Milius' is very much worth watching for any fans of Milius's wok or American cinema in general. I would just have preferred a slower and more measured approach to examine his impact over a lightly rushed feeling series of fast anecdotes.

The film does, however, still manage to depict Milius as a writer and filmmaker, very much respected, occasionally feared, and often revered by Hollywood.


Electronics All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies: UK Edition
Electronics All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies: UK Edition
by Dickon Ross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.92

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Guide and Introductory Course, 10 Jan. 2014
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Electronics for Dummies bills itself as actually being eight books rolled into one. That's probably fair enough, as it certainly is a hefty package. It comes to just over 700 useful pages and the books within the book are as follows:

1. Getting Started with Electronics
2. Working with Basic Electronic Components
3. Working with Integrated Circuits
4. Getting into Alternating Current
5. Working with Radio and Infrared
6. Doing Digital Electronics
7. Working with BASIC Stamp Processors
8. Having Fun with Special Effects

A lot of ground is covered then. To me, a novice at electronics, it seems fairly comprehensive and decent value for the slightly higher than one might expect price.

As with most 'for Dummies' books, the introduction to 'Electronics' says you should feel free to jump from chapter to chapter and dip into the sections you need to. But, again, as a novice, I found many of the latter sections, the more interesting ones perhaps, were still incomprehensible without having read through earlier ones. Not a problem perhaps for those that didn't fail physics at school like I did. But for most beginners in the field, there are no shortcuts - you will need to read a lot before you get into the good stuff.

It's not all reading though. There are loads of projects, big and small, to try your hand at, all with decent instructions and so you could take this book as a solid introductory course, working through it to build bigger and more interesting circuits and devices.

Once you have that grounding in electronics, no pun intended, whether from working through this book or not, 'Electronics for Dummies' looks likely to remain a pretty decent reference and brush-up book for a long time to come.


Case Logic FSG1073K Anthracite Snapview Folio Case for 7.3-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Sm-T211
Case Logic FSG1073K Anthracite Snapview Folio Case for 7.3-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Sm-T211
Price: £6.78

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the actual Galaxy Tab, 9 Jan. 2014
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I was a bit disappointed to receive this case and find it doesn't actually fit the Galaxy Tab. It is a case for the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and therefore much too small. It seems like a nice case, and of course there aren't many people like me still using their big old Tabs. But be aware what size this case is before ordering :)


Ten Little Pirates
Ten Little Pirates
by Mike Brownlow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pirate Life was Rough, 9 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Ten Little Pirates (Paperback)
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It's a funny one. I picked Ten Little Pirates up thinking it was going to be like Ten Friendly Fish. And it is, to a point. It shares the rhyme scheme and basic storyline of ten little characters on an adventure being slowly whittled down. But while the little fishes were generally tempted away from the group by similarly charming distractions, the ten pirates mostly seem to go to pretty horrible deaths. One gets electrocuted. One carried away by a typhoon. The pirate ship gets blown up by a rival ship and one of the floating survivors is picked off by a shark.

It all ends happily though with the pirates reunited on a desert island. But it's a wee bit darker than the fishy tail to say the least.

I don't think it's supposed to be an ironic take on Ten Little Fishes. It is marketed as an aid to learning to count. But I probably wouldn't get it for smaller children unless you really want to give them nightmares about life on the ocean wave .


Alpen Light Cherry Bakewell Bar, 95g (Pack of 5)
Alpen Light Cherry Bakewell Bar, 95g (Pack of 5)
Offered by krish shoppers
Price: £7.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but not satisfying, 9 Jan. 2014
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They're nice enough, but not massively different in flavour from the other bars Alpen makes. There's a hint of Cherry Bakewell about them, but not enough to satsify a craving, and not enough bite to each bar to really satisfy a hunger. They don't taste bad at all, they just don't leave me feeling like I've eaten anything, certainly not as much as a real Cherry Bakewell. Seems a risky strategy to make your health bars taste like proper cakes too - I'm more likely to want to go out and buy some Cherry Bakewells after eating some of these than I was before :(


NudeAudio Move S (Wired) Portable Wireless Speaker Charcoal/Coral
NudeAudio Move S (Wired) Portable Wireless Speaker Charcoal/Coral
Offered by Sunny Sales
Price: £8.79

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smaller in every way, 1 Nov. 2013
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I tried this speaker at the same time as the larger, Bluetooth-poweredNudeAudio Move M Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Charcoal/Coral. The Move S is made smaller and lighter and the sound is too.

Its not terrible, but it is a little tinny and lacks bass. The build quality is great and set up as easy as it could be. The 3.5mm jack lead is a little short though. As the speaker does not come with any kind of stand, only a soap-on-a-rope string loop, it will need to lean against something to get any sound out of it. But then, if you use the loop to hang it from something, does that mean you are supposed to leave your mp3 player hanging from the speaker?

The Bluetooth version is not much more than this one, and the sound is so much better. My advice is that although this isn't a terrible speaker, the Move M is a much better choice.


LeapFrog Read with Me (Scout)
LeapFrog Read with Me (Scout)
Price: £21.79

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just read with them yourself, 6 Oct. 2013
This review is from: LeapFrog Read with Me (Toy)
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I'm really not sure what the point of Scout is.

He is supposed to help your kids learn to read by reading the words in his collection of short stories to them. And then you are supposed to talk to the child about what they've just read - point out the patterns, or alliteration and so on. So, it seems you're supposed to sit their mutely, turning the pages while Scout talks. But... then why can't you just read the stories to them? And if your kid is old enough to sit alone with Scout and follow his instructions to turn the pages, well, they can probably read the book anyway.

As a reading aid then, he's a bit redundant.

And as an interactive toy, he's a bit simple.

He has a few pressure switches and will occasionally ask your kid to touch them. 'Pat my head, if you're my friend', that kind of thing. And he will respond if you do so uninvited. But then he will do that even if he's part-way through a story, interrupting the flow. And sometimes the switches don't work. My wife thought I was trying to kill him when she saw me try to pat him on the head in the exact right way.

So, if you're the kind of parent who is so keen to help their child learn to read they will spend this kind of money on a toy, well, you probably already do enough. You can just sit with them and read to them - that's all Scout does. And if you want some kind of interactive nanny-bot, the future is not quite here yet.

Scout is one of those toys you think looks like a great idea for your kids to have, but whose novelty wears off fairly quickly.

On a positive note, Scout is very cute. My son and daughter both love cuddling him. My little girl even made him a lead. He does of course have a little electronics package in his insides, but mostly he's a big softy.

But really, just buy a load of books and sit and read them with your kids. You're better at it than Scout is.


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