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XX the debut album from London based Indie-Rock Band The XX is 38:35 seconds of joy.
The album gives the listener a warm fuzzy feeling. The band uses bass really well and should be listened to on a system capable of making you feel the undertone of the bass. That being said you can't neglect the guitar, and the band's use of pauses, drawing you in, stopping you and then drawing you back in. Top that with Romy Madley Croft's haunting vocals, and Tricky-esque (Of Massive Attack) vocals from Oliver Sim, and you are left with a haunting record.
Put it on in a darkened room , and you'll feel like your body is being invaded by a warm feeling, like the feeling of melting chocolate seeping in to your body and warming you to the core.
My first experience of the record had the hairs on my arms on end, and you will probably have a similar experience.
Blood Work by Michael Connelly is the sort of book that you pick up, read the blurb on the book and buy. You think you will just read a chapter or two, but the pace of the story, along with the interest that Connelly provokes, will leave you reading more and more. I've read most of Connelly's work, and can't think of one piece of his writing I've not enjoyed. He lures you in to believing you know who the killer is and then shocks you to the bone, as you find out who the real perpetrator is!
Blood Work is no different, and its story was deemed appropriate to make a film out of, starring Clint Eastwood, the film isn't strict to the book, but the make a fairly good adaption of it.
Blood work tells the story of Terry Mcaleb, a retired FBI profiler who has recently had a heart transplant. He is approached by the woman who's heart he received in the transplant, and she asks him to freelance investigate the murder of her sister.
Danny Wallace, author of the recent hit film starring Jim Carey "Yes Man", writes about a similar crazy scheme he had! One day whilst "between Jobs" Wallace posts an ad in a local paper, with just a note saying join me and an address, to which he receives a response from one person. People continue to join him, and Wallace ends up the leader of a "cult" with followers from around the world. He sees joinees from Belgium, France and across the UK as well as from Scandinavia. Wallace is funny from start to end, his inner monologues are at times ridiculous but always funny and the relationship between him and his girlfriend and his joinees always make for good humour. Overall this is a great read, and good if you can get through it in one go as I did on a plane flight. The Book follows the actual occurrences, and it spirals and gathers pace, just as the cult actually did!
I picked up America unchained in an airport book store, prior to flying out to visit my American Fiancée, the ideal time to read it. Gorman has a simple plan, to travel from one side of the United States of America to the other using only independent businesses. Independent Restaurants, Hotels and Petrol Stations.
From the start in Los Angeles Gorman is funny, and easy to read. Whilst you feel distanced from the action, there is a certain will for him to succeed in his quest, and to avoid the "Man". Although the book focuses around Gorman, the sub characters he introduces, such as his camera crew and the people he meets along the way really add to the book and make it both an enjoyable and rewarding read. I've got a copy of Googlewhack to read, and have just finished Danny Wallace's Join Me - so the next installment from the funny pair.
Firstly, let me explain a little about me as a mobile phone user. I use mobile phones, they get dropped they get submerged in water and generally they get broken. I've bought and broke Motorola's and Nokia's despite using this phone for 4 years, dropping it repeatedly, I have not been able to break it! So quality no. 1 pretty indestructible! That aside, the phone offers a very simple to use interface, its easy to navigate, and all features are where you'd expect to find them. The Camera produces remarkably great images for a phone, and as a predecessor to the new range of smart phones with very high quality cameras, this camera would have led the field. The only issues I found using this phone were the sensitivity of the scroll button in the middle of the phone, which seemed over-sensitive initially, before becoming practically unresponsive towards the end of the phone's life, and secondly, the fact that as soon as you opened the lens cover, the camera came on. Now some people may find that a good thing, as it means the phone becomes a camera quickly, however it meant that every time I pulled the phone from my pocket, there was a chance of the camera being on. In terms of battery life, I never had a problem and despite texting and talking heavily, I'd always get two days battery life from the phone.
Firstly I think some of the other reviews on this site are a little misdirected. Having just sold my Ford Fiesta Zetec S after 4 years, I guarantee it has never lacked in the acceleration department! My sisters boyfriend has a Titanium Fiesta 1.6, and having driven mine, he feels the newer fiesta does not have the great acceleration which my Fiesta has. Anyway, to the real review! Having bought this car from new in 2005, this car has never caused me any trouble, despite being a clutch riding, over-revving, high accelerating, maybe a little over bold mid twenties driver! Whilst it has required new tyres and brake pads a plenty, the only other fault I had during the whole time, was an exhaust bracket breaking. The car accelerates well away from a stop, moves well through all the gears, and cruises comfortably at the 70mph speed limit ;) It feels like a better car than the price tag suggests. Audio works well on a standard system, and the car has more space than you might imagine, fitting my golf clubs in the boot easily. Overall I wish I didn't have to sell my Fiesta - however I'm moving to the US to study an MBA so no choices there!
I purchased this laptop back in January, and since then it has been put through its paces, at some times being used 16 hours a day between Business and Personal time. Having rigorously tested it, I would rate the HP G70 very highly, it performs well, and my only concern is how hot it sometimes get. There are a few features I particularly like. I am a big fan of the full size keyboard, there is nothing quite like a full size keyboard when working using Word, Powerpoint or Excel. The webcam is of a good quality too and integrates well with Skype and other voice calling programs. The sleek gloss black cover of the laptop looks great, but unfortunately does get scratched easily, and after only removing the protective cover just a month ago, it is already looking a little worse for wear. Its provided with Vista, which I think is a great operating system, despite the negative comments this program has had in the past, the window switching capability is fantastic and the gadget toolbar which hangs on the right hand side works well. I've used the DVD writer and player, and it works well, and with such a large screen, it makes a great spot for watching a movie. Downside is the battery does not last a long time. Obviously a computer of such a size is going to weigh allot and the HP G70 does not disappoint.
I purchased the EOS 450D during a visit to the United States, they call it the Canon Rebel XSI over there. It was my first Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (DSLR) and as such I was nervous of choosing the right model, particularly with the expense involved. I should have not worried, the Canon EOS 450D with its range of settings, is accessible to both New and more experienced photographers, it can act as a point and shoot and will automate the whole process, producing better shots than a standard DSLR, but at the same point, you can begin to tinker with aspects such as Exposure length, Lighting, Focal Points. As with any SLR camera, the body only represents part of the quality of the photographer, in addition to a good body, you should pair the camera with a good lens, Canon offer their White Lens, which are of professional grade, and believe me, the difference between these and the standard lenses is noticeable. Good luck with your new Purchase! Highly Recommended