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Case-Mate Barely There Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 / Galaxy S5 Neo - Black
Case-Mate Barely There Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 / Galaxy S5 Neo - Black
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and slim but slippery, 7 Nov. 2014
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This case certainly lives up to its name "barely there" on the Galaxy S5 as it matches the contours of the phone perfectly. It would certainly protect the phone case from scratches, but it doesn't seem so robust and feels like it would break easily if dropped. As another reviewer has stated, there is no grip to it. It feels more precarious holding the phone with this case than without as it could slip right out of your hand.


Kool(TM) MHL Micro USB to VGA With 3.5mm Stereo Audio Adapter For Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 S2 / Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2 1 / Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0/8.0/10.1 / HTC / LG / Smartphones / Tablets
Kool(TM) MHL Micro USB to VGA With 3.5mm Stereo Audio Adapter For Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 S2 / Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2 1 / Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0/8.0/10.1 / HTC / LG / Smartphones / Tablets

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin but could be sturdier., 29 Oct. 2014
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The VGA adaptor itself is reasonably sturdy, but the adaptor for use with Samsung Note devices feels very flimsy and cheap.

The set up worked fine on my Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note 2014, but the signal was easily lost if you jogged it. You might have to play around with the monitor resolution to get a decent image, as all the images could get were quite low resolution (I wouldn't want to use it for presenting PowerPoint slides).

Lastly, it doesn't come with many instructions. It was not intuitive that you need to plug in your phone's/tablet's charger to the adaptor before you got an image on the monitor.


Silver Jubilee
Silver Jubilee
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, Hilarious and Touching, 13 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Silver Jubilee (Audio CD)
This CD compiles all of the new songs from Fascinating AÔda's Silver Jubilee tour and the recordings are not the same as those on the Fascinating Aida - Silver Jubilee [DVD] (which adds to the variety). It was the songs on here that introduced me to this group and now and, as a result, I have been purchasing their back catalogue. The songs are satirical, witty and up-to-date, such as "It Isn't Too Late to Be Famous", "Health & Safety", "Tesco Saves" and the "Bulgarian Song Cycles 2009" (think Tom Lehrer) but also very touching and heart-felt as in "I Saw Two People" and "Goodbye Old Friends". Sometimes, they're even downright and delightfully crude ("Dogging").

There was originally a furore over the fact that "Cheap Flights", which was made very popular on YouTube, was not included on this CD. The reason for this was that it was an encore and not part of the main show but was due to be part of the next production. It seams that the record label has relented and re-released the CD with this track included (taken from the DVD). It is not mentioned on the cover nor is the lyric included in the sleeve, but it's on there.

There is a huge amount of wit that goes into these songs and I hope they continue for many years.


Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life (or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door)
Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life (or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door)
by Lynne Truss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny in places but really just a rant, 16 Jan. 2010
Firstly, the comments about gluten and lactose intolerance have been removed from the paperback addition (see the reviews of the hardback edition); presumably replaced with the line about forcing all young people to do national service.

Having read "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" I thought this would be a good read, so I bought it, although it is clear this was written as a quick follow up and so is not really up to the same standard. "Talk to the Hand" is really just a long rant, which has been mentioned in numerous reviews about the hardback version. However, I enjoy a good rant so I did find this enjoyable to read in that sense. Truss set out 6 reasons to stay at home and lock the door, but I never felt she really came to any solid conclusions about them, and didn't tie it all up nicely at the end. It just trailed off, and in this respect the book is disappointing.

In summary, this book is good as a toilet read, but don't expect the usefulness and humour of "Eats, Shoots and Leaves".


The Undutchables: An Observation of the Netherlands, Its Culture And Its Inhabitants
The Undutchables: An Observation of the Netherlands, Its Culture And Its Inhabitants
by Colin White
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as I was led to believe..., 2 July 2009
I agree with the other reviewers giving this one star. I have lived in the Netherlands for more than 6 months now and am well versed in their idiosyncrasies, so I failed to see the humour in this book. It seems to be a medium for insulting the Dutch, which I'm sure wasn't the intent. I did giggle at a couple of the comments regarding the bording/alighting trains and the WC, but that was about it. This book tries very hard to be witty, but comes off rather childish, with the air of "they're like this, therefore they're stupid". Another reviewer recommended "A Xenophope's Guide to the Dutch" - it's more accurate, cheaper and you don't have to spend half your life reading it.


Eurovision Song Contest 2009
Eurovision Song Contest 2009
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £15.49

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of songs, shame about the production quality, 6 May 2009
I have bought the Eurovision CD every year since they started releasing it, and I managed to get a copy of it early in the Netherlands. My advice? Buy the mp3s rather than the CD. In this mp3 age, the production quality has taken second place to money making for the EBU. Basically, some of the tracks on the CD sound like they are a 128 kbps mp3 or worse, probably because it is easy for each delegation to send a small mp3 rather than post a CD. This is particularly noticeable on the Polish track and less so on about half of the others. I buy CDs, which do cost more, because I want the high quality as I can hear the distortion caused by compression, so I was disappointed with this.

In terms of the content, the musical style is as varied as ever, although there seem to be very few novely tracks this year (Serbia and the Czech Republic being the only two). You have rock, dance, pop, eastern music and rather a lot of ballads this year, so there should be something to please everyone. It's a nice mix and easy to listen to in the background, so a worthy addition to anyone's music collection, although a must for Eurovision fans.
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Scandinavian Berlitz Phrase Book (Berlitz Phrasebooks)
Scandinavian Berlitz Phrase Book (Berlitz Phrasebooks)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay to get by on, 27 Dec. 2008
I bought this item because I was curious as to how Berlitz could cram five phrasebooks (Icelandic, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish) into one. They do a fair job and the pronunciation guides are adequate (as far as I can tell, although the Icelandic pronunciation guide is questionable). However, problems arise where a generic phrase is given, which takes no account of the infletion, particularly in Icelandic and Finnish. However, this is only problematic if you want to get the language correct as I'm sure you'll still be understood, which is the important thing after all. I would suggest you question whether this book is necessary, as all of the countries covered in speak excellent English. However, the locals will always appreciate an attempt at their language. To summarise, this book is fine if you want to try one or two phrases, but I would recommend a single language phrasebook instead if you want more out of it.


Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Offered by hifi-media-store
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eurotastic, as usual, 26 April 2007
Eurovision has taken on a slightly more serious theme this year with many countries entering rock/indie style music. However, this compilation is not without it's eastern ballads and euro-cheese and a must for all Eurovision fans.

I do have a gripe with it though. Many of the tracks sound like they are mediocre mp3s that have been burnt to a disc, which is proably only noticable to those of you with keen hearing, but is most obvious on the Serbian entry. They certainly don't sound like CD quality. I hope this improves next year.


Summer Holiday Hits
Summer Holiday Hits
Offered by encorerecords
Price: £13.73

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly produced, 1 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Summer Holiday Hits (Audio CD)
I bought this album because the track listing looked pretty good - all of the tracks are cheesy dance music from the 80s to now.

However, the tracks are all mashed together, not properly mixed like you would expect from a professional dance album mixed by a DJ. They've just dumped the last few bars of the previous track over the next so it just sounds like a DJ who can't be bothered. It would have been better to have kept the tracks separate. I was dissapointed.


Puppets On A String: The Songs Of EUROVISION
Puppets On A String: The Songs Of EUROVISION

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the extreme Eurovision fan..., 7 Feb. 2006
I remeber picking this up a couple of years ago and dismissing it as it didn't contain many actual Eurovision entries. I was wrong to do so, this is a fantastic little CD.
The focus of this compilation is on songs that didn't quite make it to the contest, and for those that did, they didn't win. (The one exception to this is "Puppet On A String".)
Actual Eurovision entries include UK 1967 and 1985* as well as Irish entries from 1965*, 1967* and 1976.
*I have not found these on any other Eurovision CD.
The remaining tracks are British preselection songs from the 60s and 70s - these include all the other songs presented by Sandie Shaw on the Rolf Harris show in 1967. Some tracks are covers, as the original artist(s) didn't record them in the first place, e.g. "Suddenly" sung on this CD by Petula Clark.
Most of the background information about the contents (written by Maria Callous) is presented, in a somwhat haphazard way in places, in the cover sleeve, which tells you the years the songs were released along with anecdotes.
Overall, I would recommend this CD to die-hard Eurovision fans or those who like 60s/70s easy listening pop.
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