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      14.10.2012 18:51
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      Superb Show. Will never be replaced or forgotten.

      Lost centres around a group of survivors who were on a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles, when their plane mysteriously crashed into an unknown island. The island itself is more than what it seems, as there is a supernatural ambience around the island. The survivors must stick together and find a way back home.

      I started watching Lost a few years after it's release, finally giving into the hype it had been getting at the time. I remember watching the pilot episode. I was drawn in like I had never been drawn into a TV Show before. The characters, the plot, the acting, the mysteriousness, it left me wanting more like when you read a really good novel and you just can't put it down. From the very first scenes of the plane crash to the ending credits, I knew that this show was going to hurt my social life.

      Lost isn't a series which is a fast pace like prison break for example. Instead, it has a slower movement but is still packed full of constant tension, twists and emotional moments. Each season leaves different and new objectives for the characters to handle. There is never a dull moment. The 45 minute episodes use up every moment of time to give such an entertaining show.

      Without giving too much away, the shows earlier seasons focus on the survival of the characters on the island. It seems like every episode there is a new question appearing about the mysteries of the island or how trustworthy each character is. The writing team do a superb job in giving each character such depth and complexity. Yes it may get confusing at times, but Lost is a show that you cannot afford to miss a single episode or watch over an extended period of time, where you allow yourself to forget what has happened in previous episodes.

      The characters go through a long and enduring journey over the six seasons which tests their faith in themselves, others and their trust in one another. I cannot explain any more about the plot without spoiling anything.

      The acting and dialogue can only be described as nothing short of outstanding. With many of the actors and writing team nominated for various awards over the years. Every word wrote and said on this show seems to be so delicately chosen and precisely acted which makes the experience that much more immense.

      The blu rays picture and sound quality are second to none. I have never watched a TV show with such a brilliant HD blu ray picture adaptation than Lost. The island with it's vivid diverse colour arrangement just looks spectacular in full definition. The sound is spot on as well. From the frantic sounds of the plane crashing to the more sombre moments as the ocean moves, it doesn't get any better than this.

      The Blu Ray box-set includes all the special features from each season; behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes, bloopers, season-play (play where you left off), audio commentaries and special clips e.g Dharma initiative videos. These special features are a nice touch to a brilliant series and offer more content to the delight of avid fans.

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    • Bobble Water Bottle / Homeware / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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      13.10.2012 14:51
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      Brilliant at the start but the whole unit deteriorates

      I bought this bottle because I had been re-using cheap plastic bottles that I had bought in the supermarket. I did some research on the internet and found out that re using plastic bottles is not a good idea as it can cause various health hazards.

      I purchased the 1 litre Bobble water bottle off Amazon, intrigued by it's design and the fact it contained a filter. When it arrived, I followed the instructions in cleaning the head and not before too long I filled my first water bottle and tested it.

      This is a good place to mention that the water running through my taps in my house has not always tasted that great. In fact, every time I drink water in another city, outside of London the water has been so much cleaner tasting. I don't know if that's a problem with my taps or if it's because the water in London is bad.

      Upon first tasting, the water out of the bobble I was blown away. The water seemed fresh for once, and it encouraged me to drink more and more water which is a big plus for me as I struggle to meet a daily intake of water. I was sold and kept refilling and drinking at least 2 bottles a day.

      Within a few months though, the filter slowly deteriorates. And as said on the packaging, the filter must be changed after 300 refills for the best cleanliness and tasting water. This means paying at least another £6.00 for a new filter. I already paid £12.00 for the bottle and the filter on my first purchase. What's more is after constant use the bottle itself looks fairly dirty. I have cleaned it and put it in the dishwasher a few times but it still seems to have a mist of grubbiness that I can't get rid of. Therefore I'm in two minds to just buy a whole new bobble bottle and head. It does work out cheaper than buying separate bottles in the shop every week, but it's not ideal. This is where the bobble loses one star for me.

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      13.10.2012 02:26
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      Best live show of any artist I have seen.

      I was never a John Mayer fan before purchasing this DVD. I had listened to Battle Studies on the first week of it's release in 2009 and didn't think much of it. For some unknown reason I decided to download Where the Light is DVD in early 2010, not expecting much as I didn't really enjoy battle studies. Upon first listen I skipped through each track listening to parts and my first impression was boy could this guy play guitar. The opening of Neon which starts the show on acoustic guitar, just blew my ears away and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It was that good. So I proceeded listening to other parts and I was completely sold.

      I must mention, prior to listening to this album I never knew exactly what music I really loved. I never had a deep connection to any album or artist and was constantly experimenting with different genres to discover something I really loved.

      This was it. I played this album over and over again. I just couldn't get enough of this guy. And what's more is that I picked up my guitar after 2 years of being fed up with not be interested enough in the music I was playing. This man introduced me into a whole new world of music and different genres.

      That was my personal experience. Now onto why this is such an amazing album. The album itself is split into three incarnations; the acoustic, blues trio and the popular contemporary hits. The acoustic set is full of mellow melodic songs which include Neon, Daughters, Stop this train and a cover of Tom Petty's free falling. As I would later find out, John Mayer executes some of the best cover song versions of any artist I have come across, free falling is a prime example.

      The blues trio set was where this album puts John Mayer into the category of not just 'a guy who can sing a few love songs,' but a man that is keeping the blues genre alive in this generation. He proves his guitar ability and his vast song writing talent in being capable to write engrossing blues songs such as 'good love is on the way' and 'come when I call.'

      The final set was made up of the hits which Mayer is most famous for, mainly focusing on his 2006 album continuum. But what makes this set so refreshing is that like his other sets the live versions of each song are so much more gratifying and enthralling compared to his studio work (which might I add, I am not knocking at all!). And what's very important is that this set proves that John Mayer is not just a great guitarist or a great songwriter but he is a brilliant performer. He knows when to stop and start the guitar solo's (which is a problem for many guitarist, as it's easy to over play), he is exceptional at improvising on the spot and he just knows what works musically and what doesn't.

      After listening to this DVD multiple times, I have listened to all of John Mayer's albums. Including Battle Studies again. Where the Light is seemed to shine a new light on Battle Studies for me, as I now enjoy the album very much and have done ever since. I cannot stress enough that this man in my opinion is so overly underrated, as I would never have come across this album, only for my curiosity. In my opinion this live DVD is his best work.

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      13.10.2012 02:21
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      Best live show of any artist I have seen.

      I was never a John Mayer fan before purchasing this album. I had listened to Battle Studies on the first week of it's release in 2009 and didn't think much of it. For some unknown reason I decided to download Where the Light is DVD in early 2010, not expecting much as I didn't really enjoy battle studies. Upon first listen I skipped through each track listening to parts and my first impression was boy could this guy play guitar. The opening of Neon which starts the show on acoustic guitar, just blew my ears away and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It was that good. So I proceeded listening to other parts and I was completely sold.

      I must mention, prior to listening to this album I never knew exactly what music I really loved. I never had a deep connection to any album or artist and was constantly experimenting with different genres to discover something I really loved.

      This was it. I played this album over and over again. I just couldn't get enough of this guy. And what's more is that I picked up my guitar after 2 years of being fed up with not be interested enough in the music I was playing. This man introduced me into a whole new world of music and different genres.

      That was my personal experience. Now onto why this is such an amazing album. The album itself is split into three incarnations; the acoustic, blues trio and the popular contemporary hits. The acoustic set is full of mellow melodic songs which include Neon, Daughters, Stop this train and a cover of Tom Petty's free falling. As I would later find out, John Mayer executes some of the best cover song versions of any artist I have come across, free falling is a prime example.

      The blues trio set was where this album puts John Mayer into the category of not just 'a guy who can sing a few love songs,' but a man that is keeping the blues genre alive in this generation. He proves his guitar ability and his vast song writing talent in being capable to write engrossing blues songs such as 'good love is on the way' and 'come when I call.'

      The final set was made up of the hits which Mayer is most famous for, mainly focusing on his 2006 album continuum. But what makes this set so refreshing is that like his other sets the live versions of each song are so much more gratifying and enthralling compared to his studio work (which might I add, I am not knocking at all!). And what's very important is that this set proves that John Mayer is not just a great guitarist or a great songwriter but he is a brilliant performer. He knows when to stop and start the guitar solo's (which is a problem for many guitarist, as it's easy to over play), he is exceptional at improvising on the spot and he just knows what works musically and what doesn't.

      After listening to this album multiple times, I have listened to all of John Mayer's albums. Including Battle Studies again. Where the Light is seemed to shine a new light on Battle Studies for me, as I now enjoy the album very much and have done ever since. I cannot stress enough that this man in my opinion is so overly underrated, as I would never have come across this album, only for my curiosity. In my opinion this live album is his best work.

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    • The Sitter (Blu-ray) / Blu-Ray Movie / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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      11.10.2012 17:07

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      Poor storyline, few laughs. A lackluster film!

      I was looking forward to watching this film as the trailer had given me high hopes that it looked a funny comedy, but it was actually far from that. The plot was bland and very silly. I can't think of another film I have watched in the last year with such a ridiculous plot. I can understand that the main purpose of this film is humour, but I just couldn't get over the fact that the story was so poorly written, it just didn't matter how funny they made it. The humour itself was good in places, but overall the laughs were of bad taste and irritating at times. The acting was mediocre, Jonah Hill was the most convincing, though not a brilliant performance from him either. The kids had their good and bad moments, though they cannot be blamed for the poor dialogue. Overall, I really wouldn't recommend this film to buy. I for one wouldn't watch it again. If you want to see it, I would recommend renting it first.

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