July 15, 2014

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Beware “Cheap” Shopping Tours in Thailand and Asia

The Xile Holiday Travel Service don’t deliver on the bargain they promote This is a short word of warning to any potential customers of the Xile Holiday Travel Service Co. Ltd. (Suzhou City; also trading under the name “Happiness Tours“) considering purchasing a “shopping holiday” package from them. The advertised price of the 6 day […]

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Top of the Lake: TV Review

September 23, 2013

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Top of the Lake: TV Review

Jane Campion has excelled with Top of the Lake. Confronting, emotionally brutal, but restrained. Elizabeth Moss’ Kiwi accent may be flawed, but she plays a solid lead. Peter Mullan plays a brilliantly menacing Matt Mitchum, whilst David Wenham puts in a stellar stoney performance as Al (the chief detective). In fact, the entire cast was […]

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June 14, 2013

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Jabees Stereo Earphones WE104M (in-ear headphone)

If you’re looking for a good set of in-ear headphones for your phone or music player, avoid these! Good Flexible flat siliconised chord volume slider Bad sound quality: woeful: muffled treble: non-existent / bass: mild volume: low long stems    

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January 26, 2013

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Django Unchained: Quick Review

Django Unchained: Quick Review

★★★★☆ Quentin Tarrantino can still make solid films. Christoph Waltz, who was mesmorisingly good in Inglourious Basterds, also commands your attention in this one. Jamie Foxx is brilliantly cast, insomuch as his inability to match Waltz’s acting talent is well masked by good direction. Unlike Tarrantino’s other work, Django follows a single storyline and doesn’t […]

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January 12, 2013

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Don’t use Cloudberry’s Cloud Migrator! (to Amazon Glacier)

Don’t use Cloudberry’s Cloud Migrator! (to Amazon Glacier)

If you’re a Cloudberry Backup (for WHS 1) user and are planning to use Cloudberry Migrator to migrate content from Amazon S3 to Amazon Glacier, don’t! I was enticed by Amazon’s low Glacier prices which would have reduced my monthly storage costs by 90%, however, there are a number of ‘gotchas’ which make the Migrator service effectively useless (if migrating from S3 to Glacier).

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January 16, 2012

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Nokia Lumia 800 – 5 days of happiness

Nokia Lumia 800 – 5 days of happiness

The Nokia Lumia 800 and Windows Phone Mango 7.5 make a formidable combination. Beautiful build quality, gorgeous display, immediate responsiveness and an extremely elegant operating system (clearly better in many respects than iOS5). I bought the phone 5 days ago to replace my painfully slow iPhone 3G. Despite this praise however, the phone is going back today, replaced by my shiny new iPhone 4S – “what?!” I hear you say – well read on …

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April 16, 2011

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Synchronizing Outlook Calendar to Google Calendar

Synchronizing Outlook Calendar to Google Calendar

I recently decided to publish (merge) my Outlook Calendar (Exchange) to my Google Calendar as a discrete calendar – that is, as a fifth calendar on top of my existing four calendars) – doing so would allow me to see my combined commitments at a glance. Since my iPhone gets its calendars from Google Calendar, they would all be [thus] available in-turn on my phone … I thought I’d share some notes and experiences.

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February 12, 2011

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Southerly Buster

Apparently it is tradition when Native Australians (Aborigines) greet each other to ask not where they work and what they do, but “what is your river?” and “what is your wind?”.  As a Sydney-sider, the latter question is easy to answer – The Southerly Buster. The Southerly, as is it also known, is not unique […]

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January 7, 2011

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Animal Kingdom (2010)

Animal Kingdom (2010)

“Well rounded” doesn’t even start to describe this movie. Jackie Weaver’s much-celebrated role as the matriarch of large family of criminally-inclined ‘boys’ is not the award winning role that the movie’s PR company has decided to promote, but her role is pivotal and mesmerizing. Ben Mendelsen, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton and newcomer James Frecheville excel themselves in their roles and a dysfunctional and yet highly effective armed robbery team (of sorts). “Team” kind of overstates the organic nature of their level of organisation, as you’ll see.

4½ / 5 stars

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January 7, 2011

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Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams do a stellar job. See it with someone you love.

4½/5 stars

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