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Like alot of people out there my first knowledge of Lolita was the Stanley Kubrick film loosely based on this Nabokov novel. I say loosely as after reading it becomes apparent very quickly the adaptions made to make a more palatable film for the masses to consume.
The Novel was written & published originally in the 1950's and originally written in Nabokov's native Russian. This is a translation of the text into English, although does also contain many passages written in French as well, and was translated by Nabokov himself so there isn't the usual mistranslations that I have become so used to in transated text.
We read the book from the perspective of Humbert Humbert, a noted scholar and expert of literary world. The Story begin with Humbert's failed marriage and his move to New England, It is here that he meets Charlotte Haze when seeking accomodation for his stay. During the tour of the house we are introduced to Dolores Haze, the infatuation felt by Humbert begins in the first moment of meeting.
As Humbert narrates the story we are taken through of his time in the Haze household, and begin to understand the disfunctional relationship between mother and daughter. Charlotte begins to fall in love with Humbert due to his intelligence and kindness, she uses a period when Dolores is away at camp to confront Humber offer an ultimatum, either he marries her or moves out.
The marriage is agreed upon but soon comes to problems, Charlotte finds a diary written by Humbert detailing his lust for her young daughter. Upon confronting Humbert she rushes out in a fit of rage and is tragically killed in a collision with a car while Dolores is at camp. Humbert takes this an oppurtunity to collect the child from camp and they're journey begins.
Humbert informs Dolores of her Mother's death, explaining that without him she would end up in the foster system. It is during this time that Humbert begins to openly call Dolores "Lolita" and we spend the next year travelling from motel to motel, from state to state.
The narrative is extremely written and compells the reader to continue, wanting to further understand the scenes that are unfolding in front of us. Many consider this an erotic novel and the films that have been released have only compounded this, however, I totally disagree and in the words of Nabokov himself;
"Nabokov himself observes in the novel's afterword that a few readers were "misled. [by the opening of the book]...into assuming this was going to be a lewd book...[expecting] the rising succession of erotic scenes; when these stopped, the readers stopped, too, and felt bored."
This a book filled with sarcasm & irony, the narrative almost mocking popular american culture whilst influencing the reader's perception of Humbert.
In my opinion this novel should be read to be fully understood, at times it is hard read due to language and subtext (often re-reading gave a new insight to the text) but is definately a classic. This will not only challenge a readers mind but also their perception of their surroundings, a must for all
For those who are unaware party poppers are small plastic containers filled with what I believe is crepe paper or something very similar. There is a small length of string protruding from the top which when pulled releases the launch mechanism to "fire" the paper inside out into the room. These bits of paper are multicoloured and spread out in a rainbow of fun.
I bought these at a whim in tesco, they were roughly £2.50 for around 50 poppers so work out at roughly 5 pence per popper. Straight after the first pull of one you realise how much fun they really are!
Mine were used at a childs birthday party and the kids absolutely loved them, I recommend adult supervision just to be on the safe side but everyone will enjoy these, except the one person left to clean up.
I have had similar poppers before and usually there are several poppers in the set that will fail to go off which can be extremely frustrating but on this occassion that wasn't a problem.
These are a cheap and cheerful way to entertain the kids at a party, although many of the adults will be fighting for the chance to let one off as well!
These are readily available in the majority of Tesco stores with an RRP of £2.4
I have to say that i received the Storm Trooper Alarm clock in the same range & was so happy i went straight out to buy the Darth Vader Clock in the same range & have endless fun posing the 2 together.
Darth Vader is actually posable have movable arms and legs allowing you to place how you want it, you will find that sitting down is the best position when actually being used as an alarm though.
The time is clearly shown on the chest and can be set as the usual 12 or 24 hour clock. In low light conditions (or no light) you are able to see the time simply by pushing the head of the storm trooper down, this activates a light which highlights the time for several seconds.
Setting the alarm, or indeed the actual time, is done through 4 button located on the reverse of the storm trooper. The buttons are simple to use and can be worked out without looking at the guide due to its simplicity. The buttons are clearly labelled "Hour", "Minute", "Clock" & "Alarm". To set either the clock or alarm you simply hold down the setting you wish to change and adjust using the minute/hour buttons.
After the alarm is set there is a small switch above the 4 buttons which turns the alarm On or Off. A sound is made to confirm the alarm is set and also a bell is shown on the front screen to confirm this.
On of my favorite addition to any alarm clock is the snooze button, this also has that function allowing you to postpone the alarm for 7 minutes while you get abit more sleep. To activate the snooze when alarm sounds simply press the head of the storm trooper down. To turn the alarm of completely simply flick the switch on the reverse.
I was disappointed by the lack of sounds and extra's as even after searching around for the cheapest store it still set me back £20, but i still love it. Yes this is another example of cashing in on a well established brand but that what Star Wars has become famous for.
Buy for any fans of the Star Wars Saga.
It was my Niece's birthday recently, she has just turned 5 and as I used to babysit for her as a teenager I always like to get her something she'll keep for years. I found this Hello Kitty plush while searching out a gift.
I was concerned for the quality when I found the price was just over £5 including delivery (purchased via amazon). As it was a Ty product, which are generally well made I gave it a try. I was thrilled when it arrived, the quality was surprisingly good and I knew it would be a favourite.
The toy stands at roughly 4 Inches in height with a total wingspan of about 6 Inches. As it is a plush toy it is also extremely lightweight and very soft to the touch.
As this is a Ty product you expect a certain level of quality & this certainly lives up to that high standard. The stitching is especially well done and my main worry was the wand coming lose or falling of, but this has been unfounded thus far. The materials used are all smooth and soft making it the perfect toy to cuddle!
In my experience this is a toy any girl of a certain age will love and won't break the bank. Well worth it.
Also Reviewed On Ciao Under SciFighter.
I have had many USB memory sticks over the years and have normally stumped up for an expensive product as I can at times be abit of a technology snob. It was my girlfriend who found this available on E-Bay for under £5 and that included delivery.
The San Disk memory stick really is tiny, making it perfect for anyone as once you have finished using it you are able to slip it into any pocket where you know it's safe. The drawback to this is that on the odd occassion you will find yourself looking for it, this can take a while due to it's small size. If you are looking for a truly portable memory stick then this may be for you.
The memory is a reasonable size, allowing a maximum of 4 gig of extra space to help keep important files and documents with you. The memory of 4gig does place restrictions on what you are able to put on the device, if you are looking for a portable way of transferring video (such as HD film or just normal film) I would suggest looking for a memory stick with a far larger memory.
As soon as this is plugged into your computer you have access to the files located on the USB and can transfer information between the PC and the USB. Transferring is done easily using the simple "drag and drop" technique to place files onto the memory stick. Alternatively you are able to save files/documents/pictures etc directly to the USB stick.
There will be no difficulty locating a good place to purchase this product. Mine was purchased new E-Bay but there are a host of other sites available. The best thing is to search around to ensure the best price, this would normally be the auction site but Amazon and other are worth checking to ensure the best price.
This is a very good sized memory stick for a very good price. My main concern is the lack of a cap or some kind of protection for the USB connection, I have had many in the past and all have had a cap to protect the vital connection parts but it seems to have been forgotten on this one. I would still recommend this though, as for the price and quality it can still only be considered a bargain.
I started drinking coffee at the many years ago when my parents brought me my first Filter machine. It was my uncle who started me on this road of addiction and even had me invest in a coffee grinder and actual beans as he was a coffee purist.
Now, years later I still own the same grinder and aways have coffee beans to make a delicious cup when I have time and kind of a treat. But I was having the problem of filling my need for caffeine with the long procress of grinding beans. My partner returned home from the weekly shop with packets of the medium strength Douwe Egberts.
After hastily making a pot using the recommended amounts on the packet, which states that 1 tablespoon per cup which allows you put in slightly more or less depending on your personal tastes, I was soon sitting with a fresh coffee. My coffee is made with minimal milk and I was surprised to find that it was a very good cup. The strength rating is 3 out of a maximum 5, which according to the packet is a mild & mellow taste which I would tend to agree with.
I can easily go through 2 packets of the 250g packets in a week but for the amount of coffee that makes, it works out a very reasonable price per cup for a coffee taste that is far superior to any Instant Coffee I have tried to date.
The taste and texture is very good, without leaving any bitterness in your mouth and because it's such a mild coffee it really can be enjoyed at any time. I find myself using more than the recommended amount for my morning coffee to give me the kick I need and this seems to work.
I would recommend this coffee to anyone who is looking for a good all round taste. Douwe Egberts isn't going to amaze you with it's taste or quality but will be enjoyed thoroughly nonetheless. I will continue to use a coffee grinder for those special cups now and then but the times inbetween my mug will be full with a very tasty coffee that is also more convenient.
You can locate the Douwe Egberts range in the majority of supermarkets, I have a local poundshop that stocks these so may be worth a look around for the best bargain.
I have had this fridge/freezer for several months now and have to say overall it's a reliable machine that is well worth a look if you're looking to replace an older unit.
One of the advantages is the width of this unit, my kitchen is literally tiny so everything has to be slimline in order to have room to move. The freezer has 3 pullout draws, 2 of which are of reasonable size although it could be said they lack depth and so you'll find yourself cramming items in which don't fit. The bottom draw is the largest and is where bigger items will have to be kept. There is also a shelf above the draws which adds a little more room to the freezer.
Another little space saver added into the freezer are the ice cube trays built into 2 of the freezer doors. Each tray is actually an elongated blue plastic tubes with bumps along the bottom. Filling these trays is simplified by a well marked "Fill Level", these are then placed back into the freezer doors and a while later you have ice cubes. These do work well but can at times be tricky to get out of the tube and will have you smashing them on the kitchen counter.
I have found the fridge to have ample space and a good number of compartments in which to seperate foods. The inside door has 3 shelves, the bottom shelf offering the most space and where I generally keep 4pints of milk, 2 litres of coke and a water filter. The middle shelf is very useful for small pots and sauces that need to be refridgerated but that's about all the will fit due to height restriction imposed by the shelf above. The top shelf could be described as a compartment as it has a sliding door which can enclose the top shelf.
There are a maximum of 4 shelfs that can be placed inside the fridge, although reallistically you will probably only want to use 3 of them as using the maximum really restricts the height of things that will fit upon the shelves. The bottom of the fridge is divided into two draws which I have found extremely useful for storing vegetables.
The fridge came with a sticker that said it was extremely efficient and in my experience it has been. The unit comes with 5 settings, 1 being the most efficient and usung least energy up to level 5 which will be far more costly to run. The guide recommended leaving the fridge on the 3rd setting for a few days after first use , while doing this the milk in my fridge froze overnight. Since then I have never needed to have it above the very lowest setting.
6 months after purchase and it still works perfectly, occasionally the fridge will have frozen water on the very back but the the auto-defrost button located on the top front of the fridge this can be easily resolved. No other issues have come up since purchase so I have been very pleased with it.
I would recommend this to anyone who has no more than 2 people in their home as the size of the freezer just isn't large enough. The freezer becomes packed with just a weeks worth of shopping so definately would not be suitable for a family but it suits my girlfriend and I extremely well.
I was interested originally to this mobile due to the Walkman capabilities of the phone and have had good experiences with the Walkman series before. From the image alone you can tell the handset is lightweight & sexy and definately worth a look.
I was surprised by the quality of the sound and reception on this unit. As a mobile the call system is extremely important & this is where the phone excells. We have al had connection problems with a phone but I found this happening far fewer times with this than my previous phones. With the phonebook and call log included on the handset you will always have the number you need, remembering not only called numbers but received as well.
Texts are entered using the keypad located on the front of the phone beneath the screen. A quick launch button is available taking you straight to the create message screen rather than having to go into a menu screen. The usual suspects are here, with predictive text (which I cannot tolerate due to it's lack of vocabulary and American spellings despite setting on English UK) and a dictionary which does allow you to add a certain number of your own words.
Built into the phone is a Sony Walkman which acts in the same way as an MP3 player. Music can be obtain through an online store which is accessible from the from itself by connecting to the internet. The other and most popular is transferring music from CD through a PC or Laptop to the phone. All the software needed for this is included with instruction so is pretty easy to get used to. Also included are Sony headphones specially designed for the phone which offer a reasonably good sound and also can act as a hands free kit.
Nearly all modern phones have access to the internet and the ability to download items such as music and applications for the phone. Despite previous experiences with Internet connection problems on older phones this comes together quite well here, offering reasonably quick speeds and good download times. The Internet on the W880i can become costly very quickly so will probably be used sparingly.
When being used as a phone without using any of the added features the battery will last amost endlessly. As soon as you begin using the features (internet, calls & Walkman) the battery will be consumed very rapidly. Recharge time is reasonable with roughly 1 hour charge lasting the day, provided you don't use excessively, which is an advantage.
This phone has a basic 2 Megapixel camera which has various settings, from close up shots to low light, so you need to play around to get the best picture. The camera can be used to shoot video or the standard pictures. This is not a phone for you if the camera is vital.
I still like this phone, its slim (less than 1cm) and very lightweight although it is not for everyone. My main concern would be the buttons themselves as they seem to have been designed for E.T. himself. Anyone who has the fingers of a human will find themselves pressing multiple buttons at the the same time. Not for everyone.
Firstly, I would like to make the comment that I downloaded this game for free from the Playstation Network Store (accessed via the Playstation 3 console) & I really wasn't expecting too much from this title. Shortly after beginning the game I began to change my mind.
Shift 2 knows what you want from a racing title so doesn't try too hard as far as story goes. It's the generic new driver working his way through the ranks up to the ultimate racing challenge in the FIA GT1 racing tourament. You get there by winning races in a total of 16 classes while each progression in the story is narrated by someone who is obviously important in the FIA Racing world but unless you are an avid fan of the sport you won't really recognise.
The unique system in Shift 2 Unleashed is allowing the player to do some test laps on the Suzuka Race Track while monitoring your overall driving ability. After this is completed automatic adjustments are made to improve the players chances of succeeding. The driving itself is simple enough, with the L2 controlling the break and R2 the accellerator. Settings are fully adjustable to suit any skill level.
The game comprises of 140 fully licensed cars all with different accessories and parts to fully customise each car to the player. Since release more cars have been available from the Playstation Network. All the makes you would expect are here, from the basic Golf to the high spec Bentley Continental.
Again Shift 2 doesn't rewrite the rule book as far as tracks are concerned. If you are a regular gamer and enjoy racing titles then you know what to expect. From the wonderful Brands Hatch to the legendary straights of the Monza GP, the emphasis here is on real tracks, real environments and giving people what they know.
This is game is very pretty to look at, although nothing in this department really sets it apart. The cars look great on the track, the scenery of the tracks look reasonable but you can never really get a great view due to the speed your travelling at.
Since playing I have been converted into a fan, this is far more of a "pick up & play" game than some rivals such as Gran Turismo which require time and effort to master. If you want some fun then this is a decent racing game that will keep you entertained. However, If you are looking for a real driving simulator then I recommend you check out Forza or the Gran Turismo series
I purchased this phone for a new flat as I wanted a stylish cordless phone & thats exactly what I got. The features on this are endless, including;
-Multi Choice Ringtones
-Games (including a jigsaw of a drink for some reason)
-Redial shows last 10 called numbers
There are more but they are not really worth mentioning as most of the features do not work as described or to the extent they are supposed to.
While in the same room as the base unit for the cordless Philips the sound and connection remain clear and of a high quality but as you move away the sound received begins to wane. If you happen to be in another room when the phone does ring you probably won't hear it as the biggest issue I have had is with the maximum volume. My phone is located in the living room of my flat, it cannot be heard from another room if you happen to have a door closed, so either my doors are soundproofed or the maximum volume is just too quite.
Another problem is the SMS service, after setting this up as described in the manual I still can't get it to work properly. I had the phone replaced before as I was sure it was faulty but have had the same issues with the replacement so believe the phone itself is just a dissapointment.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone unless they wanted a basic home phone that looks very pleasing, the modern style design really is the best thing about the phone. It can be summed up as style over substance as all the features which make this worth the price will not work as expected.
I'll start with a quick overview of my experiences. Firstly, I found the slimline machine was really a letdown, after my original excitement about the dishwasher I soon became disillusioned and still longer for a better machine. The overall capacity isn't what you'd expect so get used to doing 2 loads which is an inconvenience. You will also find that when removing items after the wash that most still have dirt or marks on them so they need to be done twice. My advice is to look around.
One of the few positives of this machine is the dimensions which allow it to fit into a small kitchen with ease. I live in an apartment and so have very limited space as far as the kitchen goes, this machine is ideal when space is of utmost importance.
The downside to the small size is obviously the quantity of dishes that can be placed inside, living with my partner it copes well with the demands of 2 people but I feel a family would really need a larger machine.
The machine comes with various settings to tailor each wash with whats inside. This is a really good idea as the quick cycle takes roughly 30 minutes with the more intensive ranging up to 2 hours which includes 3 stages of washing. All of this information is located on the front of the machine. The buttons seem complicated but are easy to get used to.
The features are good idea's but the quick cycle never gets things clean so you will find yourself using the quick cycle more often than not
I really would not recommend this machine to anyone that I like and suggest they look around for a more complete machine.
Everyone has a TV and everyone expects different things. Some focus on the sound quality, some on the picture while others choose simply by the design and look of the equipment. With this Samsung TV almost everyone will be pleased with the results.
With full HD compatibility and in built freeview this is a modern TV for people who are looking to upgrade from their old Analogue sets and doesn't require a subscription to satellite channels as you get over 100 (including radio stations) with the freeview built in.
My main use is for HD gaming with a PS3 console connected via HDMI cable to the TV and I have to say my games have never looked or sounded better!
Is this is a TV for everyone? I would have to say no. This is more of a standard HD TV that probably isn't for the technology oriented consumer. This has all the features you would expect from a modern TV without many extra's. The three HDMI are a bonus but most people will leave these ports unused.
For most reading this looking to purchase a new TV then this is definately worth considering. However,if you looking for the best quality TV then look elsewhere.
I have to say that when I moved into my new flat and found the dishwasher in the kitchen I couldn't be more excited. The thought of never washing up again made me so happy! This excitement was shortlived though, I then had to find a dishwasher tablet that was actually going to work at a reasonable price. I was unsure to begin with and weary to try an own brand so began with the leading company in the market. This can be extremely expensive so I decided to look around for a saving.
I had tried several different tablets before coming across Tesco's own brand. At the time of purchase I was skeptical as to how well they would work as I have not had great experience with other own brand products. After the first use I was surprised by how well they had worked. I have been using the same tablets for months now and all my dishes and cutlery are now sparkling clean and I haven't needed to wash up for ages.
There have been times during particularly large loads that one tablet hasn't cleaned everything to a satisfactory condition. This results in an annoying situation where you have to put the dishwasher back on and again wait for completion. This is still a better situation than actually washing up so maybe i'm being a bit harsh.
I know some people are put off by the own brand label but you will not be disappointed with the results. I would suggest that you try first as they are usually on special for a very reasonable price and available from all Tesco stores.
Overall this was a matter or price and quality for me & I am still so pleased I found these tablets. Buy now and look forward to sparkling dishes everyday!
Now everyone has a kettle in their home and when mine recently decided to stop working I was looking for a replacement. Now for anyone looking for a quick review can read the following short points which highlight the positives & basic functions.
The specification are as follows;
- 1.6 litre capacity
- Concealed element
- Rapid boil
- Boil dry protection
- Safety cut-out
- Removable limescale filter
- Automatic switch-off
- Cord storage
- Water window
- Illuminated power indicator
Now for a more in depth look.
The capacity has a maximum of 1.6litres and this is more than adequate for an average sized family. One of the best features in this regard is the Water Window which allows you to see clearly how much water is already in the kettle. My previous kettle didn't have this useful tool and leads to the horrible sound of a kettle boiling with little water in it so I was very pleased with the added function of the water window. I know other kettles also have a water window or some kind of system to show the water content inside, however, these windows are usually not a major feature and so can be missed when in a rush. With the Kenwood you always know exactly how much water you have.
I am a coffee and tea lover and so my kettle is usually on the boil several times a day. This kettle is extremely durable and easily able to keep up with the multitude of uses each day & with the quick boil system you are not left waiting for boiling water. Included is a removable limescale filter which I had originaly thought of as useless but have to say that I have since changed my mind. If you live in a hard water area or a location where limescale is a real problem this is definately a selling point.
I would reccomend this product to anyone who is looking for a new kettle, as such an important product in your home there are some consumers who this wouldn't be ideal for. If you have a large family in your home and require a larger capacity then this is of little use. For most this would be a perfect fit for their home, the stainless steel styling is able to improve the look of any kitchen. Definately a must if hard water & limescale is a problem in your area.
This game is the continuation of the Star Ocean series (the previous being Star Ocean Till The End Of Time on PS2) and takes the series to a whole new level of excellance.The game is created by Japanese producers Tri Ace who have published through square enix and is available on both PS3 and Xbox 360.
This is a prequal to the earlier PS2 game and explains the turn of events that lead mankind to destroy our own planet. You take the role of Edge & Reimi who are part of mankind's first exploration missions to space in order to locate a new home planet to colonize after the nuclear war that destroyed the surface of Earth.
During initial parts of the mission problems occur with many of Earth's spaceships lost during warp transfer. The Calnus (ship piloted by Edge) arrives on the destination planet and begins a search for the missing ships. During the search Reimi & Edge come across a new friend in Faize (an alien being sent to investigate the missing ships). While returning to the Calnus the team are attacked by the Mysterious Grigori!
Their mission begins now, search the universe for their missing comrades while trying to locate a new planet for the human race and information on the Grigori.
There really can be no complaints as far as graphics are concerned, the battles look beautiful as well as the FMV sequences which will have you on the edge of your seat. This alongside huge arrays of music from renown japanese producers Tri-Ace really sets a tone which matches the game and genuinly improves the gameplay.
This is a simpe battle system (anyone familiar with previous titles in the series will be right at home), asking you to take control of a single character while 3 are CPU controlled. The CPU can be adjusted to suit any occasion and battle scenario. There is a good learning curve with access on the menu to tips on how to succeed.
This is a perfect addition to the Star Ocean Series and also a stand alone title as no prior knowledge is required as all is explained. The level of customisation in game and amount of extras included are truly astounding warrenting multiple playthroughs and intense fun. This game feels endless in the best possible way