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    • The Pacific (DVD) / TV Series / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      01.05.2011 18:13

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      Well worth watching

      I bought and have now watched Band of Brothers many times. The story line is very watchable with a series of characters that develop. I start like this as Pacific came from the same production stable. It was with some trepidation that I bought Pacific following, as I saw it, numerous examples of it, basically being slated as a poor second to Band of Brothers. I have foun it to be anything but a poor second. It, more or less gets stuck into things much more quickly and grittedly than that in BoB. One was left with a very solid impression with the story line as the Japanese conflict being so much dirtier and non stop those involved in combat in Europe when the two series are compared. The characters are based on real life soldiers without the talk time from individuals. There is a lot more film time on fighting activity as a result. All in all, both I, and surprisingly the wife enjoyed the series and I would not hesitate to recommend to any war film or series enthuaiast as worth watching.

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    • Samsung LE-46C750 / LCD TV / 7 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      01.05.2011 17:59

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      A great television which I would not hesitate to buy again

      We bought this television at Christmas and it has turned out to ba absolutely smashing. Set up was little more than switching it on. This is the 100 Hz version. We rely on satallite to receive any form of signal. The set is HD capable but we have not signed up to any HD reception so any HD signals that appear do so as free signals. The quality of the pictures we get is so good that I would not be able to say that it has improved to the supposedly higher, better HD standard. I have a Samsung Bluray player attached to the TV. Once again the picture quality is excellent. It is capable of all manner of internet connectivity which frankly we have not yet even attempted. There are numerous HDMI sockets, scart sockets for older equipment, including the Sky+ box. Optical sockets are plentiful for attachment to a cinema type surround system. The instruction booklet is very basic but fortunately, evrything is reasonably easy to link up together. Sound quality is good but could be better as the speakers project the sound backward. All in all, an absolutely smashing television.

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    • Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.0 Diesel / Car / 5 Readings / 1 Rating
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      01.05.2011 17:40
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      A reliable 4x4 for a multiple purposes

      I bought this vehicle as brand new in March 2005. I have just broken the fourty thousand mile mark. The vehicle has been looked after with servicing etc each year for both winter and summer as per the recommended time span. I drive a moderate number of miles in a number of ways ranging from longer distances of four hundred mile journies through to local stop start journies. I have also used the vehicl off road in a number of venues. Thus the vehicle has a good grounding on which I can give a solid opinion. The biggest single annoying issue is that the vehicle, from day one has a habit of locking itself no matter where the keys are. Inside, outside the vehicle makes no difference. Milage. On a run, I get better than the book mileage quoted at approximately 38 MPG. About town and short runs, approximately 33 MPG. It attracts rust on and around the non alloy wheels and has done so since the very early days. It is a good solid vehicle. Good for towing. I have towed boats, caravans and trailers, all without any problem whatever. Mototways and country lanes makes no difference. I, myself like the seperate gear boxing for selecting four wheel drive both in low and high options and definately in preference of the electronic press a switch or turn a knob versions that followed this one. A good solid and reliable vehicle to date.

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      • Kindle 3 / Tablet PC / eBook Reader / 18 Readings / 11 Ratings
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        28.04.2011 21:49
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        A very conveniet easy to use piece of equipment

        I have been a big time reader since I was a young lad. I have about two thousand books, mostly hardbacks and very space consuming. I was very unsure as to how I would take to this device and continually hesitated. It was my wife who took the plunge and bought it for me probably due to the sentence above. She spent the extra fifty pounds and bought me the wireless version. The device itself is very easy to use. I love the function which allows the user to check a dictionary definition of words in the text he / she is reading. Searching for words as a theasaurus is also very easy with a few very simple button pushes. I have not yet got to grips with page marking and page notes but on the basis of the dictionary use it will almost certainly be easy to use. The text as you look at it can be changed by size with the touch of as few as two button pushes then up down as you wish. It is lightweight and fairly solid. I bought a screen protector and think it necessary to do so. It is as good as book print in bright light and bright sunlight. A\utomatically marks the place of the book you are reading. The list of books can be alphabetically listed in the fron record. One thing I will say is get a cover. Then when you hold the the device it is just like holding a book with the flap over cover being like the other side of the book. I would not get on with this anywhere near as good as I do if I did not have the cover. The charge retention is very good with only an ocassional charge needed unless you MAKE SURE that you do not leave the wireless switched off at which point the battery drains very quickly. I have broadband connection in my home. Setting the device to allow wireless transmission of books through Amazon was very simple. Several books are loaded up in a few very short minutes. I have yet to find anywhere away from my home which picks up a wireless signal strong enough to download outstanding books. I have left them, deliberately not doing them at home in the search of a strong external signal. I have not yet found one ranging fro Whitby, York, Stranraer, Maidstone, Bangor. Although convenient, the wireless is great, for the sake of connecting a usb cable, I have yet to find a means to justify the extra cost of the wireless version. One, as I see it major grumble. I can buy the hard back first edition version for as little as a penny more that the E book version. I can then pass the book on, sell it, charity shop it or whatever. The E book versions for new books are a serious comparative rip - off. Mini grumble is that the E format lacks the equilivent of the inside cove to get the gist of a story or in the case of a series, working out which order they come in. Grumble over All in all this is an excellent piece of kit which is getting to be well used.

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        27.04.2011 14:47

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        Excellent medievil setting historical storyline

        I did not get the prequel, Pillars of the Earth but saw the Mini TV series. That was very well made and I got this book. I am more than happy that I did. Very interesting from start to finish. I am not really aware if as in the prequel the characters are from real life history but the book is so well written and ties in with other events I know to be factual that I believe they may be real. It starts well and gets better. There is a lot of reference to characters in that first book. The characters are entertaining but as with so many of the books I read it is the descriptions of life and conditions of the era that captivate me. The medical treatments, the hunting for a witch. All engrossing. The power of the monastry over the common people and the abuse, there is no other word for it, of authority by the religious leaders. The rich, landed and titled basically doing what they want as and when they want so far as rape without consequence. Very interesting, also the manner in the way power corrupts down through each layer of position. I hope will be made for the screen to the same standard as it's prequel. All in all, a great book, especially for any semi history buff

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        27.04.2011 14:36
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        A great page turner

        I am an avid non - stop reader. Clancy is among my favourites. This is a great book. The descriptions of how things can just go so out of control sprouting from the smallest of incidents are fascinating. It is very well written. The descriptions of the various munitions, military units and their capabilities are excellent. The most worrying thing ultimately is that it comes across as so real and so possible. The first world war started in a very similar fashion, once the first card fell, the rest followed with no one willing to step back. The characters are very easy to follow and although the plot flies from a - b - c and back the story flows well. I would buy this book without a second thought and reccomend it without hesitation. Fit for any older child, say 12 onward simply to keep the story line. Male, female, whatever. A book for all ages. Excellent

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          27.04.2011 14:26

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          Try some of the earlier books, do not waste your money on this one

          I am an avid reader due to rabid insomnia caused by constant pain. That aside I have read W Smith books since I was a youngster, getting caught up in the descriptions of unexplored Africa and similar. I was looking forward to reading this book, effectively the fourth linked to a story. I do not know what has happened but all the panache, the attention grabbing, the educational titbits are all missing. Normally, I pick up a Smith book and that is me tied up for a day or two. Not with this book. It just has no flow and my interest was not held long enough to stop me turning off a light and attempting to sleep. If this example had been my first, I might never have read any of the other books by the same author. It is in fact so different that I cannot wonder if it is the same author. A very solid disappointment and a waste of the ten pound purchase cost.

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          26.04.2011 21:43

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          I would definately buy again but search compeditors for best value

          Using my laptop and printer together always gives me the means to make an additional copy but there is always the time when you need a copy of something sent to you in the post. This is spot on for the job.
          SETUP: This has to be one of the easiet setups that I have ever done. It took not a great deal more that the electric power and a USB lead. The beauty of this machine however is that it is a stan a lone unit that does not rely on connection to a computer to use it. Copying really could not be simpler. Lift the lid, choose number of copies, colour or non colour and press print. It has also got an enlarging capability. This is a four cartridge printer so you only replace that which needs replacing. No chucking a three quarter filled multi colour cartridge because one of the multi colours runs low. Copy quality is good but I will still use my photo printer for photographs. This machine comes into its own in terms of printed documents. Good clear quality. I have done a lot of printing and as is the case with all the Epsons I have had, the cartridges do a lot of work. I buy Epson because of this and of course the availibility of affordable comparable cartridges. There is also a scanning capability so that in the event of a hard copy not being needed, a copy can be scanned and saved to disc. I am very pleased with this printer and would not hesitate to buy one of these again.

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        • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic / Mobile Phone / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          26.04.2011 21:21
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          Many functions and does what it is meant to do

          I got this, full of ideas about being out and about and being to access the internet and do the odd price comparrison when I set my eye on something. Unfortunately I do not have a five year old to give me the course. The first problem presented itself.
          INSTRUCTIONS
          The instruction booklet is very basic. I looked up the instruction mannual to find that it is two hundred plus pages cross reference section to section so you need the lot. Its not feasible to try reading through the pages on a computer and teach use of the phone for obvious reasons. Being away fro home, power etc. I found the instruction manual to be difficult reading because of unknown computing and phone terms. (no 5 yr old to interpret)
          SCREEN SIZE
          One of the major reasons for my getting this particular model is the screen size. It is easier on my eyes. Even with the larger screen I had lots of problems to make out the text. Manouvering on the screen also caused me problems.
          INTERNET CONNECTION
          It just appeared to take forever to load a page even when connected through my broadband at home. Refreshing pages, likewise very slow. The text is so small and so little of the page is showing that I gave up but will try again when I get a better grip on how to travel around the various icons.
          MP3
          There is an MP3 capability which claims to hold a vast quantity of music. I can see it taking forever to scroll through song lists as to date I have not found a search mode but there might well be one. The sound quality is actually quite good, so good that I by far prefer using it standing alone as opposed to using the supplied ear pieces. I am going to get a small speaker set when I can get the right buy.
          VOICE CALLS
          Good for calls, I am on O2 and have not yet ever had connection fade in or out problems. Excellent for text sending and reception.
          TEXTING
          Fully capable of sending both picture and video messages. In fact there is so much capability that I have yet to find out where the items are and how to use them.
          CAMERA
          I have been taking photographs for years with all manner of equipment and am exceptionally impressed with the photo capability. Blutoothed to my laptop in seconds and really does match the snaps taken on a full blown Fujifilm digital camera.
          GPS
          GPS capabilities come as standard, supposedly for life through the Nokia Ovi site. I have not used it a great deal, but did go astray in central London looking for a certain address. It all went into action very quickly and really did it's job. Downfall, once again the screen size. I would not want to use this for vehicle travel but on foot in town, pretty good.
          BATTERY LIFE
          The claims made do not match reality, but then again I doubt that any will dowhat they claim except under exceptional circumstances. My first battery was dying in about two days. Replaced immediately (see below) and no further problem experianced with a long life before the need to recharge.
          NOKIA CUSTOMER SERVICES
          I had bought direct from Nokia, found the relevant numbers and after the hassle of automated systems spoke to Nokia customer services who where very good. A replacement battery was despatched that day and arrived the very next morning. Even better for Nokia standards was that I was unexpectantly at my parents address as opposed to home where the phones were bought and delivered. I expected the obvious problem but the battery arrival speaks for itself.the customers
          CUSTOMISATION
          I got one of these for the wife at the same time. We have both been 'playing' and the two are very different beasts. Mine has photographs that come up from known callers. The wifes actually announces the callers name if the number is recorded in her address book. (A dalek type voice but recognisible)
          WORTH IT OR NOT?
          All in all, I bought this Nokia due to a combination of previous experiance, a good deal, getting the same for each of us as above. I still have a great deal to learn about the phone to allow me to use it to its potential but I am satisfied that it will do more than the job I want it to be capable of. I just wish I had the 5 year olds knowledge. I hope this helps

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