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A Walk On The Wild Side
A Walk On The Wild Side
Price: 5.15

4.0 out of 5 stars IMPRESSIONS, 24 Mar 2014
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...is what this novel is all about.
-And what impressions! I don't think I have ever come across a novel as impressionistic as this. It somehow prefigures the gut wrenching force of Cormack McCarthy, another unforgettably atmospheric writer.
This is strictly an ode to life's downtrodden losers: the suckers to whom W.C. Fields would never give an even break.
Whilst in no way an easy read, it is as graphic as life itself in all it's hellish degradation, and pulls no punches in ramming home what abject failure is all about. A real downer, about the kind of people a lot of us never get to meet, who nevertheless become all too familiar through the extraordinarily mordant pen of a writer I have never previously read.
Mr Algren must have been quite a tortured soul to have devoted so much force of experience into describing what otherwise would constitute an amorphous, nondescript bottom layer of American society that nobody would give two hoots about. In his hands, however, Dove Linkhorn, the protagonist, and the human flotsam he manages to attract to his virtual non-existence, becomes an anti-hero that is utterly unforgettable.
Although he manages to make his way from some godforsaken one-horse town in Texas to New Orleans, the book is almost totally lacking a plot. It lives (or dies) on its fly-on-the wall description of the characters, places and seedy lives that occur within. Had a plot been added this would surely rank as a masterpiece.
As it is, I would best describe it as a masterpiece of descriptive writing, although somewhat less as a novel overall.


Dog waste Pick Up Bag dispenser incl. 20 bags, 1 roll of 20 bags *CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR*
Dog waste Pick Up Bag dispenser incl. 20 bags, 1 roll of 20 bags *CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR*
Offered by Personalised Pet Products
Price: 6.76

5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT, 27 Jan 2014
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If you're looking for a perfect product, this it it: good quality, light, small and easy to use. In addition it works perfectly!


Armitage Pet Care Armitage Stainless Steel Dog Bowl - 13cm
Armitage Pet Care Armitage Stainless Steel Dog Bowl - 13cm
Offered by Universal Markets Ltd
Price: 5.20

5.0 out of 5 stars FINE, 4 Oct 2013
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Not much to say about a simple bowl. However, it was just what I was looking for in size and weight - plus decent quality.


Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the men who blew up the British economy
Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the men who blew up the British economy
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READABLE OVERVIEW, 4 Oct 2013
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Although this is unlikely to be the definitive work on the subject it certainly provides a very readable narrative of the RBS story from its very beginnings until its collapse. I don't think the general reader will want to know a lot more than appears here, even if there is a lot more detail yet to be covered.
The Fred Goodwin story is well covered in its own banal way ( was there ever an accountant's life interesting enough to write a book about?). The other characters are rolled out in a much more cursory way, and leave little or no impression at all.
Still, while no magnum opus, this is certainly worth a read for those interested in the subject, and a stark warning to all of us who thought that banking was a serious profession.


Sloggi Start 2-Pack Hipster, Black/Green Multi 34"
Sloggi Start 2-Pack Hipster, Black/Green Multi 34"
Offered by Boxers-and-briefs
Price: 21.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER, 3 Jun 2013
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COMFORTABLE, SNUG AND FINE QUALITY. THEY KEEP THEIR SHAPE WELL AFTER WASHING AND SO FAR HAVE NOT LOST THEIR ELASTICITY. I HOPE THEY LAST A LONG TIME.


Eddingtons V-Shaped Roasting Rack, Non-Stick
Eddingtons V-Shaped Roasting Rack, Non-Stick
Price: 4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars DOES THE JOB, 3 Jun 2013
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NO OUTSTANDING QUALITY HERE, BUT QUITE ADEQUATE FOR SUPPORTING A JOINT. I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED STAINLESS STEEL BUT COULDN'T FIND IT IN THE SAME SIZE.


Seki Edge Ss-202 Professional Nail Nipper, Stainless Steel
Seki Edge Ss-202 Professional Nail Nipper, Stainless Steel
Offered by Live Salon
Price: 25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars BEST EVER, 3 Jun 2013
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THIS IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE BEST CLIPPER I HAVE EVER TRIED. IT IS SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY FINISHED AND SURPRISINGLY SHARP AND EFFECTIVE. IT DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY EFFORT, UNLIKE OTHER CLIPPERS I HAVE HAD, AND EASILY GETS INTO TIGHT CORNERS WHERE OTHER CLIPPER STRUGGLE TO CUT.
DEFINITELY A FIVE STAR JOB


Netgear N300 Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router Mobile Broadband Edition
Netgear N300 Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router Mobile Broadband Edition

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE PEREFORMER, 3 Jun 2013
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PROVIDES GOOD COVERAGE AND IS PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD TO SET UP. AS FAR AS PERFORMANCE GOES I CAN'T TELL MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS AND ANY OTHER MODEM ROUTERS I HAVE HAD. IT CERTAINLY COSTS MORE. THEREFORE, PROVIDED IT LASTS LONGER THAN THE BELKIN I HAD BEFORE (18 MONTHS), I WILL BE WELL SATISFIED.


Down the Shore [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]
Down the Shore [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]
Dvd ~ James Gandolfini

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FINE ART ON A SMALL CANVASS, 1 May 2013
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I have yet to see a bad film with James Gandolfini - and this is no exception. This is somewhat similar in style and feeling to "Welcome To The Rileys", another fine film with a super performance from Gandolfini, but even more sparse and downbeat than the latter.
This has the same indie low budget quality to it, which all goes to enhance its authenticity. We are all the sum of our genetics and environment, and as the film progresses this becomes gradually more evident. The protagonist, a no hope, run-down funfair operator is stuck in a rut of indifference/despair, as a result of his frustrated life in a one horse seaside village. Nothing could be more monotonous or dispiriting, until an unknown Frenchman arrives on his doorstep with bad news. From here the drama develops, and the forces of life's experiences begin to exert their effect on the four main characters.
Although slow, this is a well paced and very human drama, extremely well acted by all concerned. It's nice to know that these kind of films are still being made, when they have to fight for screen space against the mainstream big budget Hollywood heavy brigade.
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Where Does Money Come From?: A Guide to the UK Monetary & Banking System
Where Does Money Come From?: A Guide to the UK Monetary & Banking System
by Josh Ryan-Collins
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH EVERY PENNY, 29 April 2013
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I can't really add anything of value to what has already been said about this excellent book. While it may be short on pages it is very long on content: a really clear and concise explanation of the mystery of money; its origin and workings. If you have any interest in the subject, as any responsible person should, it's a no brainer. Buy it, read it and revel in the mystery unraveled!


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