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50 St. Catherine's Drive
50 St. Catherine's Drive
Price: CDN$ 14.18
32 used & new from CDN$ 7.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Solo Swan Song, Sept. 30 2014
Over two years after Robin Gibb passed away, his last solo album is released with some songs nearly ten years old. These were written between the years of 2004-2008 with the hope of using some as part of a Bee Gees reunion with Barry. That was not to be.
The listener does get treated to an array of some of Robin Gibb's best music to date. It's much more upbeat in style and verse than previous Gibb compositions and the result is wonderful. Relying mostly on electronic equipment, it's tough to tell that most of the instruments are electronic. Robin's voice is more reedy than usual with a higher pitch, but that only tends to pulls the listener in closer.

With a hefty dose of seventeen songs, Robin Gibb concentrates on layered songs backed with a strong beats. In fact, only two songs, 'Solid' and 'All We Have Is Now' are the only slower ballads and they stand up to any previous Gibb tearjerker. One of the standout cuts that are worthy of single treatment are 'Alan Freeman Days' with its excitable exclamatory proclamations. 'I Am The World' is a remix of the 1966 B-Side vocal and it’s a layered composition that stands up to modern tastes and styles. 'Broken Wings' contains a danceable beat that begs for an extended version, if not a single release. The instrumental sections and backing vocals are synthesized genius. 'Avalanche', a title taken from a 1970 song is an anthemic upbeat journey of a song with powerful backing vocals.

'Mother Of Love' is presented in its original form and is a nice respite from the bevy of strong songs, but what it lacks in structure, it makes up in pure emotion. The closing cut, 'Sydney' is one of the saddest songs I think I've heard any Gibb brother sing. Reportedly recorded on an iPad with sparse working, the lyrics and the yearning vocal tug at your heart when you realize what Robin is singing about - a loss of innocence and younger times. It’s the perfect finish for this album.

With a nice cardboard sleeve and notes from his wife Dwina, this makes for a fan special. Note that the Isle Of Man Post Office is releasing a limited edition of this album (1,000 copies) with an accompanying DVD. Robin Gibb deserves this and more. Thank you Robin.

Ivation Multipurpose Gooseneck 7-LED Dimmable Clip Light with Stand - Battery operated, or plugs into USB or outlet - Can be used for BBQ, grill, reading, tabletop/desktop, tasks, computer ect.
Ivation Multipurpose Gooseneck 7-LED Dimmable Clip Light with Stand - Battery operated, or plugs into USB or outlet - Can be used for BBQ, grill, reading, tabletop/desktop, tasks, computer ect.
Offered by Canadian Shoppe
Price: CDN$ 29.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive & Versatile, Sept. 29 2014
This is a perfectly well designed, attractive, small but portable lamp with multiple placement options. The look is very sleek and black with a flexible gooseneck arm, a sturdy, non scratching clamp (it has rubber clamps) and a seven-light LED lamp that is very bright. This lamp can be powered by a USB plug from a wall socket or 3 (AAA) batteries (not included). If you use a wall socket, the charge from the batteries stops, so you don't drain them down. If you use the batteries alone, you can easily get up to three hours of light before replacing batteries.

The light is even, strong, but soft, which is perfect for reading or using anywhere where light is needed in a small space. It can safely clamp onto any surface (maximum 1.75" thick which is a good range) and is light enough to be moved anywhere. It can also stand alone. I use mine at my computer desk, but you could use this outdoors (they mention BBQ here), in the garage while working on your car, under a sink or just about whatever you can think of considering its size is compact. The cord is just under six feet in length. If that isn't long enough for a special work need, just attach an extension cord.

The light on/off switch is sensitive circular surfaces on the top of the lights that goes on and off with a simple light tap of your finger. No switches to click back and forth or search for. When you look at the price and consider the versatility of this light, you'll see it's a bargain. This makes a great gift, stocking stuffer or simply an extra handy light to have around the house. It's flexible in many more ways than one. Product supplied for a fair and honest review.

Professional Monopod Handheld Telescopic Camera Extender with Tripod Mount for Gopro 1 2 3 3+ Digital Camera and Cell Phone
Professional Monopod Handheld Telescopic Camera Extender with Tripod Mount for Gopro 1 2 3 3+ Digital Camera and Cell Phone
Offered by fogood
Price: CDN$ 24.99
4 used & new from CDN$ 15.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Designed, Multi-Use Camera Extender - Best I've Seen, Aug. 27 2014
Taking 'selfies' is always a little tricky -some people excel while others struggle (like me). This multi-use monopod telescopic camera extender is perfect. It is well built aluminum alloy with a strong black neoprene handle with a thin hand-sized cloth loop for hanging. There are three strong clamps to use to extend the arm in four different lengths (actually any length you prefer) - the longest being just short of three feet and capable of holding a camera weighing just over five pounds. This is meant for smartphones and light 'point 'n shoot' cameras. The camera end has a multi-directional, adjustable fixture that allows for an endless way to position your camera for angles.

The end is a strong adjustable clamp that holds a Smartphone, but only horizontally (which is fine; it has a better balance). There is a styled mount that can hold a 'Go-Pro' camera. There is also the standard threaded mount that can be used with just about any small camera. The handle can also be used as a vertical tripod for a fixed position with its threaded mount.

Collapsing to a little over a foot long and just over five pounds, this is great for backpacking or slipping into a jacket or clipping to your belt if necessary. There are a lot of extendable camera holders on the market, but this one is very well made and the clasps seem to hold very well. Time will tell if they slip, but my feeling is they are rather sturdy and tight. The facts that you can adjust it for selfies and also use it as a tripod are big sellers for me. Product supplied for an honest review.

Ivation 6 LED Automatic Motion-sensing Night Light - Battery Powered Hallway Light with a Built in Motion and Light Sensor -With adjustable Brightness and Adjustable light timer (20/60/90 Seconds)
Ivation 6 LED Automatic Motion-sensing Night Light - Battery Powered Hallway Light with a Built in Motion and Light Sensor -With adjustable Brightness and Adjustable light timer (20/60/90 Seconds)
Offered by Canadian Shoppe
Price: CDN$ 16.99
3 used & new from CDN$ 16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Light WIll Make Your Life So Easy, June 17 2014
This is one of the most efficient and small night lights I've seen. It is just three inches across and able to be installed with the magnet, a Hook and Loop tape or by two screw holes. It also has a convenient `swing-out' hook for door handles. It's one of the easiest setups ever.

Just load four-AAA batteries in the back compartment and set it to the wall. There are six circular LED lights that are very bright. The light goes off when the sensor detects motion from as far away as fifteen feet! It instantly shines on and then turns off automatically a few seconds after no motion is detected. If you need the light to stay on longer, simply make a 'motion' within the detector's range. This unit features adjustable brightness: you can adjust the LED's strength to your liking (Dimming or ambient light settings).

It also stays off during the day and only begins to `sense' when light is reaches a certain ambience or low-level. The switch can be set to constantly `on', and can be set to turn off after 20 seconds, 60 seconds or 90 seconds. The white ball in the middle is the Motion.
Great for hallways, bathrooms, basements, attics - anywhere you may need an instant light. Imagine just stubbing your toe once and compare it to the price of this unit. It's a keeper. Product generously supplied by manufacturer for an honest review.

The Warner Bros. Years (1987-1991)
The Warner Bros. Years (1987-1991)
Price: CDN$ 41.40
27 used & new from CDN$ 31.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Creative Years, June 9 2014
This was a creative burst after seven years from the Bee Gees but it didn't end with 'High Civilization'. 'Size Isn't Everything' and 'Still Waters' continued that trend, but these are all Warner Brothers albums and have been in the pike for several years. Packed like the original album covers, the three studio albums are faithful in reproduction and the 'One For All' double disc is a great addition to this box set. The package comes with each CD in a cardboard folder similar to most releases using this format. Unfortunately, the liner notes that were on the other albums are not here; only the front and back covers. Personally, I love reading these notes, as there is so much great information there. You may want to hang onto your older CD's for this reason.

These albums were mixed well over 20 years ago and with the new remastering techniques, these albums are brought to life with a cleaner, crisper, fuller and warmer sound than before. There is no muddiness and it's great to actually hear hidden percussion and more clarity of the vocals. These are as good as it gets. (Note: Your system will determine how much better these discs sound. The MP3 versions are only 'slightly' better).

The 'ESP' album was the first official album to be released since, 'Living Eyes'. It is a extremely varied album with funk, pop, ballads and rock. The songs all hold well together and the extras are an oddity. No real unknown new songs and 'ESP' and 'Angela' get short-shrift as edits. The 'ESP' (demo) has been released before on 'Tales of the Brothers Gibb' and makes a nice addition here, giving clues to the song writing process. 'You Win Again' (extended) also had been released before, but it begs another reissue being such a great song. The 'ESP' extended is also a nice addition, it being a very strong hard rock song that, bewilderingly, did not chart. 'The Longest Night' was due to be the third single release, but was held back. The album hit #5 in the UK but failed to chart in the USA. The inclusion of the duplicitous single edits of 'Angela' and 'ESP' make no sense when there are such great new mixes of 'ESP' from Arthur Baker: "E*S*P "Extra Sensory House" (Vocal), "E*S*P "E.S. Piano" (Dub), "E*S*P "E.S.P.N.R.G." (Vocal) and "E*S*P "Extra Energy" (Dub). These could have been squeezed into the full CD format instead.

'One' is a superb album with a lot of attention to detail and production. Several songs have little background nuances and effects that add to the mood and atmosphere. Released after the death of Andy Gibb, many of the songs have double meanings. 'Ordinary Lives' was originally called, 'Cruel World' and 'Wish you Were Here' was about Andy, but also included on the 'Diana Princess of Wales Tribute' album. The great thing about this album's new releases (none new or unheard before) are finally having 'Shape Of Things To Come' from the '1988 Olympics' album. The 'One' (remix/edit) is one minute less than the single, but is a funkier sync-pop version worth the listen. The 'One' Dance Version is similar with a good compelling dance beat. The 'One' Club Mix at over nine minutes is the most crisp and deliberate in ultimate club mix excess. It uses the vocals and basic song structure only as an excuse to create a fun new mix for any fan.

It's hard to believe there are no demos or other songs from the, 'High Civilization' album. This CD is very different in sound and style than the others. It's all digital and was mixed by Femi Jiya using a heavier use of drum programming and electronic effects. It has a clear and crisp sound, but the bass is lacking in weight. These are all upbeat songs and good ones, but the mixing is just unusual for the Bee Gees. However, with this remaster, you hear a more balanced, richer sound that makes these great songs sound even better. I still love, 'When He's Gone' and 'Evolution'. There is a 'war version' of 'High Civilization' out there, but I suspect it must be a bootleg, having sounds of the Gulf War in the background. It charted at #24 in the UK but not in the USA. Singles released were, 'Secret Love', which charted, but not, 'The Only Love' and 'When He's Gone', despite USA promotion.

The "One For All" tour is available on DVD, but with Barry Gibb and remastering genius John Merchant remastering this live set, it sounds so much better with all the nuances you'd expect from a great live concert. I like it better than the DVD in 'sound quality'. It's also great to have that fantastic introduction; one of the best the Bee Gees have ever done. The set is varied and includes, 'You Win Again', a #1 in the UK but a disappointment in the USA, barely making to top #100 on Billboard. The USA still had some issues to get over. The 'One For All' concert is so well mixed that it makes the DVD sound muddy, muffled and second generation in sound. Vocals are pushed to the front and instrumentals are extremely well separated for a fantastic new experience in sound. Not only can you hear the instruments, but you will be aware of individuals clapping and cheering - it's that well mixed. Unfortunately, unlike the DVD, these are in stereo only. They sound much better than the DVD, but lack the wonderful 5.1 surround sound.

This 5-disc box set is the second largest the Bee Gees have released to date, other than 'The Studio Albums'. 'Mythology' and 'Tales From The Brothers Gibb' still hold at four discs each. This 5-disc set is a welcome addition and gives hope that the other albums will be given similar treatment.

NOTE: For an idea of what the box set looks like when open, check the 'customer image' I posted.

Ivation Powerful Mid-Size Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier - Quietly Gathers Up to 20 oz. of Water per Day -Great for Bath, Laundry and Bed Room, Basement, Attic, Stored Boat, RV, Antique Car Ect - For Spaces Up to 2,200 Cubic Feet
Ivation Powerful Mid-Size Thermo-Electric Dehumidifier - Quietly Gathers Up to 20 oz. of Water per Day -Great for Bath, Laundry and Bed Room, Basement, Attic, Stored Boat, RV, Antique Car Ect - For Spaces Up to 2,200 Cubic Feet
Offered by Canadian Shoppe
Price: CDN$ 109.99
3 used & new from CDN$ 99.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful LIttle Dehumidifier, June 9 2014
My 10’ X 12’ walk-in closet is next to my main bath. There is no ventilation in the closet, so I have noticed at times that it can smell a bit musty. I also like to drip-dry my shirts to avoid ironing, so this adds to that. When I installed the Ivation dehumidifier, within a few days the closet smelled fresh and it actually helped dry my shirts a little faster.

The size is small enough that I can put it in the corner and forget about it until the light shines yellow, indicating that it is full. It took about two weeks to fill, which is about  gallon of water and the machine stops when the tank is full. The green indicator light glows when it is working and the slight whirring noise of the machine is virtually unheard in the closet.

This is actually overkill for my tiny closet, but even in a normal sized garage or a basement, it should work just as well. I like the fact that it shuts off when the tank is full, meaning you can use this just about anywhere. My parent’s old noisy dehumidifier only held about a gallon of water and they would empty it frequently. This is a bargain for the ease, resulting cleanliness for the closet and the price. Product was supplied for review purposes.

Jumbl Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner and Sanitizing, System with Attachments - 1550-Watt Continues Pump Streamer - Great Handheld Steam Cleaner For Bed Bug Treatment - Clothing, Fabric, Garments, Indoors, Outdoor, Kitchen, Bathroom, Shower,
Jumbl Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner and Sanitizing, System with Attachments - 1550-Watt Continues Pump Streamer - Great Handheld Steam Cleaner For Bed Bug Treatment - Clothing, Fabric, Garments, Indoors, Outdoor, Kitchen, Bathroom, Shower,
Offered by Canadian Shoppe
Price: CDN$ 44.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 44.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Ways To Easily Clean, May 28 2014
Water is easily placed in the tank and in less than a minute I had steam shooting from my Steam Cleaner. There are so many uses (with appropriate attachments) that I was really surprised how great they all worked. The 9-1/2 foot electrical cord is long enough to work anywhere.

Here’s what I was able to clean:

‘Pink scum’ around my bathtub was instantly steamed away by getting about 2-inches from the surface. This worked better than soapy or sudsy cleaners. I just rinsed it off later. Scum around the drain and the faucets were also easily cleaned. It was great not to have to use smelly cleaners like ‘Scrubbing Bubbles’ or ‘Ajax’.

Blasting the area around my faucet base and handles where scummy grime accumulated was fast and easy. That spot between and behind the faucet handles on the counter top was sprayed away and left the area cleaner. This is much better than taking cleaners and a wash cloth or a toothbrush to clean the area.

My glass countertop stove was never clean even with the manufacturer’s cleaning scrub solution. All the grease was easily steamed away and blotted up with paper towels.

My bedroom drapes have cat hair stuck to them and even washing them in the washing machine didn’t work well enough. With the brush accessory, I was able to slowly wipe the cat hairs off with the steaming action. It was a little bit of a bother, but it took the cat hairs off. Mind you, the following week, the hairs were there again. Gosh Darn cats.

I have some Hawaiian shirts that won’t drip and dry without wrinkles. A minute or two with the steamer and it was wrinkle free. I am sure I can use this with my suits, but have yet to do so.

Inside my dryer, I had old gum that had solidified along the metal seams. Once I tried using WD40 for lubricating the gum and removing it. It worked but was messy. The steamer about an inch away worked perfectly at loosening up the gum and I was able to remove it with old rags.

No cleaners, no mess and hot steam from a water tank that lasts longer than you’d imagine is great. It’s also a lot lighter than it looks making for easy cleaning. I really like this steamer. Product supplied for a fair and honest review.

Bolse® AON6 Dual USB Output 5200mAh External Battery Pack High Capacity Power Bank for Cellphones, iPhone, Tablets, Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2, HTC Sensation, EVO, One X, etc.
Bolse® AON6 Dual USB Output 5200mAh External Battery Pack High Capacity Power Bank for Cellphones, iPhone, Tablets, Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2, HTC Sensation, EVO, One X, etc.
Offered by Urban Inspirations
Price: CDN$ 33.30
2 used & new from CDN$ 33.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lower Price & Lower Power - Still Great Value!, July 17 2013
Bolse makes an entire series of power banks ranging from 5,200 mAh and higher. This model is on the lower end of power, but also the lower end of price. You don't always need a heavy, high-capacity battery for just smart phones.

First the battery pack is about one pound and measures 1" X 3" X 4-1/2". The side of the unit with the power button displays five bright-blue LED lights. These show you 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% of charged remaining power.

There are also two ways to charge your External Battery. You can choose from a Micro USB power port that has a male USB on the end or the other male USB cable that has a universal female port on the other end for one of the (4) four attachments (one will fit your device). There is also a nice black pouch that will keep the battery and all the attachments safe and together. It's a real necessity.

Just some geek info: "mAh" means `Milli-ampere hour'. It's the rating of the battery. It means your battery is of 5,200 mAh rating.

Charging through the Micro to USB port (on my PC) took about (6-7) hours to charge and using the DC charger took about (5-6) hours to charge. So overnight charging will keep you powered for a long time. This can all vary a bit from outlet to outlet and PC to PC.

I have an iPhone 4S and it will charge about 2-1/2 times from around 15%-20% of a starting charge. It charged my iPad mini once from 20%. Both together charged once and took about (9.0) nine hours. (Never let your device go below 10% in order to keep the battery capacity at its best).

I would suggest charging one device at a time to be sure of a full charge in a faster time. The white color with the almost mirrored surface is attractive, but shows smudges, if that really bothers you. All (4) attachments and the (2) cables are also white.

I would suggest looking at all Bolse battery packs to see which one works best for you, as all are different with groups of attachments or simpler. Please note that all Bolse batteries are different in power, function and capabilities. Product was supplied by manufacturer for an honest review.

Bolse® 4.2Amp 20W High Output Turbo Charge Dual USB Port Wall Charger for iPad, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 / S4, Amazon Kindle Fire, etc - Black
Bolse® 4.2Amp 20W High Output Turbo Charge Dual USB Port Wall Charger for iPad, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 / S4, Amazon Kindle Fire, etc - Black

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny, Powerful & A Bargain!, July 17 2013
Virtually 2" X 2" X 1", this compact wall charger is one of the best I've seen on the market. Most wall chargers (and car chargers) that have two USB ports will have 2.1A and 1.0A, the 2.1A being the fastest. But this device has TWO 2.1A USB ports, each one being a standard 5V, 2.1A. That's slightly faster than a standard Apple (white) plug in. Because of its size and its neat fold out electrical prongs, you can carry this anywhere you travel.

This Turbo Charge will charge just about anything that uses a USB port. The nice features that are reassuring are that is will not over-heat, over-current or over-charge your device. In fact, the charge stops when your device is fully charged. Note that whatever you charge is going to vary greatly in time, depending on what kind of battery you are charging and the device itself. I charged my iPhone 4S from 20% to 100% in about 90 minutes. The charge is as consistent as your wall socket. There is a small orange LED light showing whether it is charging or not. The glossy black surface hides smudges but is easily cleaned. Device supplied for review.

Bolse® 4.2Amp 20W High Output Turbo Charge Dual USB Port Wall Charger for iPad, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 / S4, Amazon Kindle Fire, etc - White
Bolse® 4.2Amp 20W High Output Turbo Charge Dual USB Port Wall Charger for iPad, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 / S4, Amazon Kindle Fire, etc - White

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny, Powerful & A Bargain!, July 17 2013
Virtually 2" X 2" X 1", this compact wall charger is one of the best I've seen on the market. Most wall chargers (and car chargers) that have two USB ports will have 2.1A and 1.0A, the 2.1A being the fastest. But this device has TWO 2.1A USB ports, each one being a standard 5V, 2.1A. That's slightly faster than a standard Apple (white) plug in. Because of its size and its neat fold out electrical prongs, you can carry this anywhere you travel.

This Turbo Charge will charge just about anything that uses a USB port. The nice features that are reassuring are that is will not over-heat, over-current or over-charge your device. In fact, the charge stops when your device is fully charged. Note that whatever you charge is going to vary greatly in time, depending on what kind of battery you are charging and the device itself. I charged my iPhone 4S from 20% to 100% in about 90 minutes. The charge is as consistent as your wall socket. There is a small orange LED light showing whether it is charging or not. The glossy white surface is easily cleaned. Device supplied for review.

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