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To Train Up a Child: Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children
To Train Up a Child: Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children
Price: 3.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon - stop stocking this book, 18 Nov 2013
Simply put, Amazon should not stock this book and others like it. This particular text was the 'reference book' for a pair of home schoolers in Seattle, USA, who eventually beat their child to death. They were both given life sentences, well as near as the judge was able. It has no place in this, or any, civilised country. Remove it from your shelves, Amazon.


S Filter for AeroPress - Ultra Fine Stainless Steel Coffee Filter
S Filter for AeroPress - Ultra Fine Stainless Steel Coffee Filter
Offered by Kaffeologie Europe
Price: 18.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply doesn't fit properly, 16 Oct 2013
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This thing is too thick to allow the base to fit onto my Aeropress once the filter is in place (because of the metal rim you can see in the photographs). If you force it on it is almost impossible to get the base off afterwards. Forget about the inverted method of using the Aeropress as you cannot get the base to click into place. First cup using this method, therefore, went everywhere. Tried the normal method and, frankly, the result was rather thin and tasteless. Will not be bothering with again and will return. Having said all that I am not generally in awe of the Aeropress anyway so will probably return to the old filter method or buy another cafetiere the breaking of which led me down the filter route in the first place.
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Procter Pest-Stop 1 x Trip Trap Boxed Pack
Procter Pest-Stop 1 x Trip Trap Boxed Pack
Price: 2.69

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly successful, 24 April 2013
Though I thought the trap flimsy in the extreme and likely to close far too easily we caught three mice in less than 12 hours (two together) with a bait of bread and nutella. As we are hopelessly sentimental about animals the first was called Monty. The second two just went straight outside to roam free (somewhere else). Hopefully that is the last of them. If so, may get one of those sonic thingys to deter any new extra residents.


Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
Offered by Magical Moments
Price: 61.80

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while but persevere, 27 Mar 2013
Bought this and, initially, was seriously disappointed. Switched to a previous favourite, the old version of Monsieur de Givenchy, and then tried the Vetiver for a change after a few weeks. A revelation. Its understated but lasts like crazy and my wife loves it.


Good Food: Best-ever Curries: Triple-tested Recipes
Good Food: Best-ever Curries: Triple-tested Recipes
by Sarah Cook
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Good Food book, 24 April 2011
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Have about ten of these excellent little books and, to be honest, no other cookbooks get a look in. Haven't repeated a meal for about three months and 95% of them were excellent. Used this to cook a birthday dinner for my son: Saffron scented chicken, chilli road potatoes, tomato, cucumber and coriander salad and a cucumber and mango raita followed by aromatic poached fruit. Everyone loved it. Everything cooked to time. Everything tasted great. I recommend these books to anyone who wants simple, tasty and not too time consuming recipes that taste good.


Countdown Timer - Minutes and Seconds
Countdown Timer - Minutes and Seconds
Offered by Winware
Price: 7.89

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does its job fine, 18 Feb 2011
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Third of this type of pesky little thing I bought within a week or two. First one (IKEA) fell in the porridge (magnet not strong enough). Second one (John Lewis) fell on the cooker and broke (magnet not strong enough). This one sits on the work surface, has nice big numbers, makes a suitably loud noise at the appropriate moment and tells you how long over the required time it has been since it went off (might be useful). A bit plasticky but does the job effectively nonetheless. And it has survived longer than either of the other two which has to be a good thing. And if it is good enough for Raymond Blanc (he was using one in one of his Kitchen Secrets programmes, 14.3.2011) then it is good enough for me)
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Solstice at Stonewylde: Book 3 (Stonewylde Series)
Solstice at Stonewylde: Book 3 (Stonewylde Series)
by Kit Berry
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A story stretched too far, 4 Jun 2010
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I read and enjoyed the first two books of the series but had a nagging feeling that this story would need to be stretched to the limits (and beyond) if it was to somehow last for five volumes. Unfortunately it unravelled in the middle of 'Solstice'. Clearly, with any book of this type a substantial suspension of disbelief is required otherwise one would be asking how a 'charitable' organisation, which Stonewylde is supposed to be, can somehow get round the requirements of the British education system and have most of its youngsters unable to read and write by the age of 16. Under age sex would apparently bring down the powers that be on the estate (ref: Buzz and the attempted rapes) but Educational Welfare Officers are apparently never seen in this rather large chunk of rural Dorset. OK, I can (just about) get round that but what became preposterous was the notion that our mentally and physically abused heroine can suddenly forgive the monstrous Magus not only for his attacks on her but also his regular attempts on the young hero's life, attempts which culminate in his dastardly efforts to have him burnt alive. No, I think not. You can stretch a story just so far and this takes Stonewylde beyond breaking point. The chapter in which Magus fakes illness in order to convince Sylvie of his good intentions is, in the context of the overall story, absurd but, presumably, was thought necessary in order to stretch the story out to its planned length. Sadly, I will now not find out the conclusion (I think I can have a decent guess at its outcome though) as the story line lost all credibility at this point. But a story has to have some internal logic and this flew out of the window mid-way through this volume of the Stonewylde saga. A shame as it was entertaining stuff up until then and Kit Berry's knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, her underlying subject shines through in each volume but even that cannot salvage the story from this rather desperate plot device.
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Casio WVA-230DE-2AVER Wave-Ceptor Combi Watch
Casio WVA-230DE-2AVER Wave-Ceptor Combi Watch
Offered by uhrenwatch
Price: 157.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great.... until the battery goes, 2 Mar 2010
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I like the watch and the radio controlled stuff was great... until the battery died after two years. Try getting it changed. Most shops will not touch it. I was quoted 25 and four weeks for a replacement battery (the watch has to go back to Casio apparently). Eventually I found somewhere that would try to change the battery but they warned me:
1. It might not work properly afterwards; because
2. There is some sort of internal reset button which Casio will not reveal.
They were right. It does not work properly. None of the buttons function and the time according to the digital read out is now stuck on a timer/stop watch. The time reads 8:12 instead of the actual current time of 4:27.
Great watch stupid system and I have just written off a perfectly serviceable watch because of it.
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Breville JK164 Aluminium Brita Kettle
Breville JK164 Aluminium Brita Kettle

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Died after 12 hours, 22 April 2009
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I bought this and thought the colours rather silly but the filter worked well and the tea/coffee tasted much better but THEN it just died the morning after I got it. Changed the fuse, the socket, etc., dead as a flipping dodo. Tried the Breville web site: dead as well. Tried to return it to Amazon and the return label doesn't print. Bloody marvellous in all. Just as well I haven't thrown away the old kettle otherwise no hot drinks all day.

And then.... having left it for several hours and for some reason clicked the 'on' button it came back to life. So have currently given it a reprieve. As the results are infinitely better than my previous kettle I will now change my one star rating to a 4 star.


Critique of Criminal Reason
Critique of Criminal Reason
by Michael Gregorio
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.92

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kant, Konigsberg and conspiracies, 7 Feb 2007
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A cleverly written book that summons up the mood and atmosphere of a snow-bound Konigsberg in Winter, 1804 admirably. The hero, prosecutor Stiffeniis, is both human and humane although liable to outbursts of fury as things fail to go his way. Brought in to investigate a series of bizarre murders (although I am not sure that only four such events would have brought the near panic that paralyses the city throughout) Stiffeniis works his way through official ineptitude and unofficial obstruction in an effort to explain the murders and catch the culprit. The introduction of the aged philosopher Immanuel Kant, Stiffeniis's youthful mentor, adds to the mix and contributes another level of complexity to the unfolding events. On the way others, mostly innocent, die for which Stiffeniis blames himself and a previous personal tragedy increasingly looms large over proceedings.

So far, so good. This book drew me in, it was tense, dense, dark and brooding. The ending, however, was its least satisfactory part. Seemingly desperate to wind the story up, Gregorio falls into the trap of too rapidly resolving things, especially as they relate to the murders, and they remain 'solved' but in an unsatisfactory and somewhat vague fashion.

I gather this may be the first of other Stiffeniis books. I will certainly get the next one on the basis of the first 90% of 'Critique of Criminal Reason'. Thus 4 not 5 stars.


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