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    • Marshall MG15CD Guitar Amp / Amplifier / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      03.07.2009 21:01

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      BEST FOR THOSE WHO ARE STILL PRACTISING AND NOT AT PROFESSIONAL LEVEL YET

      In my opinion, this has to be the best amp on the market. Marshall, in the guitarist world, is what Ferrari is to Formula 1, or Apple is to the PC Market. It is a desirable brand that never fails to disappoint. This amplifier is no exception to the Marshall name, and delivers unbelievable amount of power to your ears - at only 15 Watt, the power should not be underestimated. The emulated line out is a must for any budding recordist out there, since this makes the sound when recorded on a PC without microphones but instead through being plugged directly into the sound card of your PC sound like it has been recorded with a microphone. Having recorded myself, I can guarantee that this is something that everyone should be looking out for when wanting to hear what they sound like when being played back on their PC. It is relativity small for a practise amp, at only 350 x 360 x 185mm, but power is still delivered with amazing power and force. CD Input enables you to plug your iPod, MP3 Player, or CD Player into the amp so you can jam along with your favourite tracks - this is something that is not always included in amps at this price, so make sure that you look out for this when looking at other amps. Being light at 7kg means transporting it to a gig or to a friend's house is easy, since it is a drag to carry around. The FDD switch is what sets Marshall apart from the rest since this makes it sound like a power amp, such as the amps seen at Glastonbury, even though it is just a practise amp. This is a must buy, at a relatively cheap price wherever you look on the Web, it is worth it.

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      03.07.2009 11:44

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      JACK JOHNSON HAS MANAGED TO CREATE A SUPERB CD THAT LIVES UP TO THE REPUTATION OF EXISTING ALBUMS

      I feel that this album certainly lives up to expectations and although perhaps being a 'darker' album than his other albums, eg. In Between Dreams, I feel that the artist has managed to create a captivating music experience which many fans will cherish. Since this a surfer record, his album is not exactly dark in the way of Marilyn Manson or My Chemical Romance, but he touches upon sensitive issues in his album that would have been easily ignored in others. For instance, one song is written about someone living in Iraq during the current war there. Although none of the chirpy, bouncy, happy music that was found in In Between Dreams will not be found, Sleep Through the Static gives us a new sense of direction in the way in which Jack Johnson's music is going. I feel that although Jack Johnson's new album does take some getting used to and has changed, eg. Electric guitars are more promident than acoustics in this CD, it deserves a few listens before one can decide if the album is either 1 or 5 stars. Although this album has tried to cater for new audience, I feel that only his existing fans will have bought the music, and relatively few fans will have latched on to his funky guitar licks. If your unsure, give it a listen: Hope is the probably the best song on the CD

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    • Deep Black - Andy McNab / Fiction Book / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      03.07.2009 11:33

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      A GOOD BOOK FOR HARDCORE FANS, BUT READERS SHOULD TRY HIS OTHER BOOKS FOR BETTER ENJOYMENT

      Andy McNab is perhaps one of the best writers out there in terms of his writing skills and technique, and the way that he delivers stories about life in the Army, SAS etc. After reading many of his books before hand, I was interested to read this book, and I was sure that it would be able to step to the mark. However, I was disappointed with this book. For all the praise that had been written about him on the back of the book, from the Daily Telegraph to the Mail on Sunday, I was expected a captivating read. However, it would appear that with this book, McNab has slipped down a peg or two in the ways that he writes, and the book was not one that I felt lived up to his great reputation. Although a promising story, I could not get interested or involved with the character at any point, and at times, it appeared that McNab had tried to too hard to be dramatic over the story, making parts of it appear unbelievable, even if it wasnt. I feel that many readers may feel annoyed about this book, and I would expect only hardcore fans to be seriously excited by the book that he has written. Although it does make a 'good' read, I felt that at times, his writing almost seemed laborious, and I would urge people to read previews of the book for Google Books or from Amazon LookInside feature of their website, before buying this book.

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    • Peugeot 206 LX 1.1 3dr / Car / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      03.07.2009 11:18
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      GREAT CAR FOR THOSE THAT HAVE JUST PASSED OR THOSE THAT DRIVE ONCE OR THRICE A WEEK

      After passing my test, I decided I need a car that would not only be cheap to insurance and buy, but would also be reliable and last for ages. Although the 206 I bought was relatively expensive, I would argue that it was one of the best cars that any first-time driver could have. It is small, so it is easy to drive around, and when reversing it is therefore easier - when you have just passed your test, you want a car that is not too big and bulky, and one that will make your driving experience easier. Sure, it is not exactly fast and acceleration is slow, but for a 1.1, it is not exactly a surprise. This car exceeded my expectations, and it was actually easier to drive than my instructors car. However, I would argue that the car can be thirsty for petrol, and although it does not have a large engine, I would argue with the fact that the MPG is often around 30-35. Obviously, this is not necessarily bad, and it may be the cause of my inexperienced driving that have caused the lower than expected MPG figures, but the petrol does not last as long as you would want it to. And, in the time of the recession and rising petrol prices, perhaps this is not what you want from your car. The great thing about these cars is that they can retain their value - I bought the car in mid 2007 and had it revalued yesterday, and there has only been a decrease of £500 in price. Not bad for two years, especially when the car is not exactly a 'collectable', so to speak. Without a doubt this car is perfect for those who go up to Tesco's once a week to do their shopping (the boot is surprising spacious), go around town to see friends, and is perfect for those who have just passed their driving test. But, I would argue that for those that drive every day, they do need to consider a bigger car, or a car with a bigger engine.

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      03.07.2009 11:03
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      A DEFINATE BOOK FOR THOSE THAT HAVE A REAL INTEREST IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

      I would have originally have not bought this book if it were not for my A-Level English Teacher requesting that we got it for our studies and her class. After reading a chapter of it in class, I was suddenly enthralled in the english language and suddenly found this book not a drag to read but actually the opposite. This book defiantly is one of those books where you should judge a book by its cover. Bill Bryson once again outshines as being one of those writers who can put across interesting facts, while being funny and amusing at the same time - perhaps the lethal combination to making facts in the book, needed for A-Level, stay in you head. This book can be one of those books that either make us want to read it full out, although it is easy to enough to tread one chapter one week and the other the next and not get confused. I think Angus Deayton from the Daily Telegraph quote on the book defiantly explains what the book is like: "Not only fascinating, but extremely funny".

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      • JVC RA-P11 / Portable Radio / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        03.07.2009 10:53

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        WORTH IT FOR THOSE ON A BUDGET

        I have owned this stereo for over a year now, and I have never experienced a problem with it. Of course, I have not tried to use it with the batterys in it, so how long it lasts with batterys i do not know, but when it plays ipods and the radio, it is purely fantastic. amazing sound quality, with deep, resounding bass, which is weird for such small speakers. little interference on the radio sound quality, and at times, it is similar to listening to DAB. With even a thermometer which is included in the product, you can even see the temperature of your room which is useful when you think about it, especially when you want to know how hot it is in your room during the recent heatwave here! Never once experienced a problem with it, and with a mini battery in it, when there is a power-cut, there is none of the hassle of reprogramming radio pre-sets and the clock. Defiantly worth the money.

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      • Sony Ericsson K510i / Mobile Phone / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        03.07.2009 10:48

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        BEST MOBILE FOR THOSE WHO DONT CARE BOUT BLING

        I have owned this product for nearly two years and I believe it is one of those phones that will just keep going and going and never break. It is unbelievably durable - I have dropped it, stamped on it, chucked it, and even flushed it - yet the phone continues to survive, being just as good as the day I got it. Sure there are better phones out there, but with a high quality camera, easy to use interface, and a long battery life (I keep my phone on all the time, night and day, and only need to charge it every two weeks), means that this phone is world's apart from the rest. After previously owning a Motorola, which is known for having bad battery life, I was amazed that such a little battery in this mobile phone could last for such a long time. If you dont really care about all the flash and bling, and just want a simple phone, then this one is for you.

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        03.07.2009 10:41

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        BETTER THAN THE NANO

        Without a doubt, this product is a serious contender for the Apple iPod Nano.
        Relativity cheap compared to its competitor, with much better sound quality, especially when you buy the recommend Sony headphones that accompany it, it beats the iPod hands down. My only problem with it is that it it only works if you didn't have an iPod before hand. Any protected music you may have bought from the iTunes Store will not work on the product, although this is not such an issue now since the iTunes Store is now offering uncopyrighted music. However, if you were a fan of the sync feature that came with iPods, this will only work with Windows Media Player, which is not as good as iTunes, and so you may find that the product can be irritating, as if you want to put any music on it through iTunes it is a case of drag and drop. Still, with a huge memory and as light as a feather, it is defiantly worth the money.

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      • Apple iPod (5G) 30 GB / MP3 Player / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        03.07.2009 10:33

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        BUY IT - YOU'LL NOT REGRET IT

        I originally bought this product when I was looking for an MP3 player that could also play video, that would be reliable and would last. So far, the iPod has lasted for over three years, and it has not broken since. I have nearly filled up the entire hard disk with songs, and it still looks like there is life in the hard disk yet. There were reviews that stated that the hard disks were vulnerable to issues with durability and were often unreliable - not lasting more than a year or two. This has not proved the case with my iPod and if it was to happen, then I would still go ahead and buy another iPod again, as Apple have defiantly proved their worth in this product. Guaranteed, if you buy this product you will not regret it and you will find it is the best product you have ever bought!

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