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    • The Scourge / Archive Books & Magazines / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      26.07.2016 08:02

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      The Scourge is a compelling work of historical fantasy and alternate history that depicts Fourteenth Century England during a plague far worse than the Black Death. Believed by the priests and bishops to be a scourge from God, the plague transforms those afflicted into bloodthirsty zombies called “plaguers.” Imagine mixing a Bernard Cornwell novel with the zombie apocalypse, and thanks to Roberto Calas’ considerable research and attention to historical detail, it really works.

      The novel’s premise is straightforward: Sir Edward of Bodiam seeks to return to St. Edmund’s Bury in East Anglia to save his wife from the plague sweeping across the kingdom. He travels with his companions, Sir Morgan, a devout knight and former priest who views the plague (and perhaps its cure) from a deeply religious point of view, and Sir Tristan, a skeptic with a witty sense of humor. Along with the more pragmatic and conflicted Edward, these three characters provide a spectrum of viewpoints – both religious and non – about the scourge and its origins.

      The knights’ religious bent, as well as that of most of the supporting cast, naturally plays a big role in the story since religion was a huge part of medieval life. There is even a Muslim point of view via a Moorish character who appears about halfway through the tale, and the novel is richer for it. One of my favorite aspects of the story was its focus on relics. Christians in the Middle Ages were obsessed with the bones and other remnants of dead saints, and the author cleverly plays on this obsession in the novel.

      As one would expect from a story like this, the book is chock-full of action and suspense. The author has a knack for imagining just how bad a particular situation could be for the characters – and then makes it a whole lot worse. Suffice it to say, the numerous plot twists and cliffhangers kept me turning the pages to the very end. The author also has a talent for battle scenes and an appreciation for medieval weaponry, including the earliest firearms which began to emerge in the later Middle Ages and play a role in the story. The novel ends in a way that begs for a sequel, and fortunately the author has given us one. I truly enjoyed The Scourge and look forward to finishing the next book in the series.

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    • virtuavia.eu / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      26.07.2016 07:53

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      "Products are OK, but the shipping prices and customer service are terrible. Maybe it's because it's a French company and they don't want to deal with US customers. I paid $420 in shipping charges to ship a box of 15 lb to the US - they didn't even use an expedited delivery service. My requests for tracking information and help in finding the delayed shipment were not answered promptly. Definitely not for the faint of heart."

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    • Bosch KSL20S54 / Fridge / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      26.07.2016 07:43

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      • "BOSCH is undoubtedly the highest quality equipment."

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      Very nice unit,

      when the optical one. Certainly the energy values ​​of this device are not the ones you can get in the latest equipment, even from the same manufacturer. However, I appreciate the current details such as the fuel consumption of the car manufacturers - they do not match the reality of life in agreement. We keep the door open infrequently, are fixed to the assembly. But back to this "refrigeration equipment". The device is just great. He looks great, very valuable. He also feels good. The door opens and closes very pleasant. Even the interior is designed high, the lighting is perfectly adequate. The temperature gauge was only a bit confusing, but if man sometimes reads as a user manual, and works that. I would particularly like to highlight the information on the different cooling zones in the closet, which I found very informative. The refrigerator is extremely quiet. In our open kitchen with adjoining living room, it behaves almost silently. The rear wheels allow a simple "maneuver" in the kitchen area; the front connectors, screw feet are slightly fummeling. Still, it was not a problem, place the unit. The freezer or the temperature combined with the cooling area is not so great, but it was enough for an ice cream or pizza. Otherwise, we have already a single refrigerator. We have long wanted and us other retro refrigerators viewed whose manufacturer's name surely recognize - BOSCH is undoubtedly the highest quality equipment. In the cabinet of the company. S ... I did not even open the door.

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    • LG 32LB561V / LCD TV / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      26.07.2016 07:35

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      • "It was delivered fast and we'll packed."

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      Best Product in the below 20K price range

      its a pretty good product based on the price. Also dont fall for the cheap Micromax TV, believe me they are cheap for a reason, i have first hand experienced.
      Sound Quality - Awesome
      Build - Great
      Feature - Amazing, I mean you have 2 HDMI port in this thing which is rare below 20K.
      Picture Quality - Good but not great. Thats the reason i rate it 4/5.(I guess its the only downside for not having FULL HD)
      Overall - Considering the price this product is totally worth it, plus its LG so you have trusted brand right there with you. So if you budget is around 20K then its the best deal

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    • Philips DTR230 / Set Top Box / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      26.07.2016 07:26

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      Overall very impressed.

      I bought this to replace an old Sagem freeview box, when the picture became more and more unwatchable. As we are on the very edge of the transmission area for Ridge Hill, I assumed that it was simply a weak signal, but the aerial guy said the signal was fine and a decent box should be fine.

      I have to say that the pictures now are a revelation - no break ups, no sound loss, no freezing. The box responds well to the remote, and to being controlled by the Tivo. Channel changes takes a second or less. Couldn't have asked for anything better. It's very small, and seems like a fairly cheap plastic box, but if it works, it's not like it's being moved around or banged a lot, so I don't see that it needs to be heavy duty. The EPG looks good, although having the Tivo I don't use it. It also has fairly extensive functionality available around timed events (if you have a recorder that can't control it separately) and energy saving features.

      Overall very impressed. Four stars only because it's still a lot more expensive than the opposition.

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      26.07.2016 00:26

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      • "Remarkable soundtrack"
      • "Exciting battles"
      • " dynamic characters"
      • Unforgettable
      • " yet involving gameplay"
      • Simple
      • "Incredible story line"
      • "High replay value"

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      • "Takes awhile to sail between islands"
      • "Takes longer to climb blocks"
      • "A bit too easy at times"

      Wind Waker HD is an improved version of an already incredibly fun game.

      I have been a Legend of Zelda fan for as long as I can remember. When the original version of this game first came out on the Gamecube, I played it over and over again. I could not get enough of the Legend of Zelda universe and all of the characters involved (though not a part of this game, Midna has to be my favorite). The Wii U version (mine came pre-installed with my limited edition system) has plenty of alterations that enhance the gaming experience. High definition graphics and smoother gameplay make the game just as enjoyable as it was when it was first released, and in some ways improve it. There are minor changes; for example, the Tingle Bombs no longer exist and there is an added "Hero mode" that you can play, which is available from the start of the game (I haven't tried it yet, though). Also, Tingle has become a part of the main quest line, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. Personally, I think it adds to the story line and I like it. But both the original version and the new, HD version of the game have their strong points and weak points. In some ways, the original is better than the HD (it takes longer to climb blocks in the new one) and in other ways the HD is better than the original (enemies have less invincibility after you hit them in the new one). However way you wish to play, Wind Waker is a great, easy-to-learn game that can be enjoyed by gamers of all ages, fans of the Zelda series or not. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a simple, fun game for either their kids or themselves.

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      25.07.2016 18:52
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      • "Good aftersales"
      • "Good quality products"

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      www.manchesterwindowfactory.co.uk

      We used Manchester Window Factory in 2012 (when we promised to review on here, but forgot!) and again June 2016. The main reason we used them initially was their reputation. But we came back without hesitation because of the service. We had some very minor issues after six months and they came straight out the same day to fix them. My Mum used them too and had equally good service. Alex and Danny really care about their customers and do all they can for them.
      As others have said, there's no pressure so just give them a try.

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      25.07.2016 17:12
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      Reliable and friendly family firm

      We found this company through online searches and reviews and they stood out. We visited their showroom and were really impressed with the products on offer. Friendly to deal with as the owners deal with you directly. Fitting staff are equally professional. None of the hard sell. Just decent and honest. Very pleased

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    • TV3 / TV Channel / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      25.07.2016 11:41

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      • "Not on anymore"

      The Job Interview - a show on TV3

      TV has decided not to bother with sitcoms anymore, funding at its lowest for 10-years-in the genre. Instead they are racing on with the far cheaper world of reality TV where sad sacks and posers from the general public agree to be scrutinized and then humiliated on a multitude of shows, for them in the hope of 15 minutes of fame, for C4 a decent profit making vehicle through advertising and cheap labor. The Gogglebox families were as little as £15 per show for the first two series. The people’s format has made big money around the world. The Job Interview is more of the same as a ‘selected’ mix of the long term unemployed, suitable applicants or the darn right strange have their job interview discreetly filmed in front of the camera for what appears to be genuine jobs and employers, with on or two of the interviewers also hamming it up David Brent style in front of those cameras, especially Rod Doyle of Low Cost Vans, who looks destined for greater things. Rod was upset that his interviewers didn’t know which 2 liter vans his company hired out. Ian, fired from a wire brush factory after 25-years service, had no answer, the Trigger from Only Fools and Horses moment.

      Each episode has two jobs up for grabs, the interviewees apparently picked by the employers but I guess the production team throwing in some weirdoes to make it entertaining TV, the type of people and CVs that would be sifted out first round if all was above board here. The jobs are not for menial tasks and some quite good positions going, ranging from 15-45k, but we need the sob stories and so ‘the journey’ back stories are filmed of the final two in their flats and houses as they await for the phone call to see if they have been successful (with the film crew present for the classic reality TV money shot). So far there have been no black or Asian interviewees, presumably the employers fearful of litigious claims if they didn’t employ them, or, somewhat counter intuitively, C4 or the employers are somehow racist for not picking a more diverse mix of candidates to be interviewed. I know some TV researchers and program makers and they say you have to be carful who you pick to be humiliated on national TV. If you watch any reality show you will see mainly white participants. I personally think black or Asian people are to smart and suspicious to go on the shows so to be made a mug of.

      From the six jobs filled in the three shows so far all have gone to young women, most of them attractive, both female and male bosses seemingly preferring to have, vibrant pretty and young people working for them over experience and reliability. Again, as the bosses pick their final few to be interviewed they are under gentle pressure to pick some weirdoes to make the show watchable but lace it with who they really want, of course. Most male boss’s employ a secretary they want to bonk. As we know very few employers are in their business of sentimentality and given unqualified (/qualified) losers and the forgotten a chance. In reality the Job Center make you apply for so many companies a week and these poor companies are overrun with crap CVs. Diversity laws with public service mean you have to interview a set number of ethnic, disabled and female and gay candidates but the company or public body still employing the same type of candidate they set out with in their mind at the end of the process. I know a guy who works at a reputable job agency and he says clients are extremely racist and gender unfriendly when it comes to giving the agency a guide on to who they are looking for their position. It would have been nice to see that explored in the show. Legally you can ask a candidate if they have kids or planning to, or, indeed, will thye be going on a diet soon, but bosses have their ways to get that info from you. I personally am not nervous at job interviews going up against all those prejudices. I don’t worry if I don’t get the job or underperform on the day. I am myself and always feel the interviewer is more nervous than 1 am, especially if I throw in a few big words early on and get them on an equal footing.

      The Job Interview ends up a mix of First Dates meets The Apprentice and enjoyable but not a must see. You know deep down most of these people would not get an interview and would be treated differently with no cameras present. The fun is picking who you think will get the job based on our prejudices, rather than their suitability’s. We know employers do make up their minds early on in the interview on people and if its customer facing role then looks, ethnicity, age, body size and personality are everything in many jobs. A slight negative here is all the interviews for the various companies across greater London are held in the same office, because it’s rigged with the discreet cameras. They also end up offering the other person from the final two in other training or part-time roles to make the company look good and not heartless. But, as I said, they are real jobs and employers and at the end of each episode we see the people settled into the jobs and how they are getting on.








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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      25.07.2016 10:32
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      • "Brilliant order status notification system"
      • "No issue altering my order"
      • "Highly cutomised laptop built"
      • "Easy to use website"

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      Overall, 5 out of 5 stars. Ordering from PC Specialit was a hugely positive experience.

      PC Specialist was recommended to me by a friend (an IT specialist himself).

      I was buying a gaming laptop, PC Specialist were able to build a laptop to my specifications approximately 50% cheaper than a branded one.

      Their website is easy to use, and I made a slight change to my order without an issue.

      The status notification system is great, allowing you to see exactly what stage your build is at.

      My order was built and delivered in just over a week, so excellent in terms of speed of build.

      Well packaged on delivery.

      Have recommended PC Specialist to a colleague, who is now ordering a laptop from them.

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      25.07.2016 10:11
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      • "very good product"

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      A good product for everyday use
      This product does what it says on the tin - when I used it this product worked all day, keeping my underarms sweat free which was great. The downside however is that on certain clothing (especially darker colours, it did leave white marks however this can easily be avoided by spraying before you put a shirt on. The smell is also not too overpowering as is often found with deodorants. A little pricey but that's just the price you pay for Nivea unfortunately.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      24.07.2016 15:55
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      • Customisable
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      Fully recommend

      Good, got the PC I wanted as I can customise it

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      24.07.2016 09:54
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      • "Flexibility of options"

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      • "Automated emails aren't always accurate"

      Some room for improvement but would use again

      My first experience with this company and I would use them again. My only issue was that one of the parts for my build was out of stock despite being an option and no date could be given for when it would be available. An automated email told me this when I would have preferred a phone call to discuss my options. My other issue was that the antivirus I ordered was supplied on a DVD yet my build had no optical drive, I expected it to be pre-installed. Despite this my build arrived within specified timescales and was as described.

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    • Dell Studio 15 / Laptop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      22.07.2016 15:22
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      • Design
      • Price
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      • "Battery Life"

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      • "Operating System"
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      Yes, I would recommend this product

      Dell Studio 15 laptop. I think this a great choice. I have ordered directly from Dell Website. There is no reason to call customer support and i have never ever any problem with this laptop and other dell products.

      PROs:

      1) Excellent Screen (1920x1080 HIGHLY recommended)
      2) Excellent price with all chosen upgrades
      3) Its very suited for getting things done
      4) Quality components
      5) Solid battery life
      6) 15 inch screen
      7) Optical DVD slot
      8) 4GB RAM
      9) 750 GB Memory
      10) 2.66GHZ
      11) Backlit keyboard
      12) 4 UBS slots
      13) HDMI outport
      14) Sleak shiek design
      15) Different colored cases
      16) Wi-Fi
      17) Webcam
      18) System is very fast and good configuration
      19) Good Graphic Card

      CONs:

      1) Keyboard is Squeaky
      2) Strange, less than stellar power adapter
      3) Windows Vista (Super Whack)
      4) No number pad - this isn't good.

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    • Ebuyer.com / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      22.07.2016 15:11
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      • "Speedy answer to my inquiry "
      • "Customer service was on point"

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      Will probably go ahead with my pre-order

      Spoke to a lady called Emily who was very helpful in answering all of my long winded questions, Emily you have been very helpful today thank you

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