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A di Alessi Parrot Corkscrew, Blue, (AAM32 AZ)
A di Alessi Parrot Corkscrew, Blue, (AAM32 AZ)
Price: £29.95

2.0 out of 5 stars this is made worse by it being hinged halfway down, 23 Jan. 2015
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Looks fabulous - makes me smile every time I see it. Superb manufacturing quality.

But 2 stars for functionality, as a corkscrew the metal 'tooth' is angled wrong & slips off the glass bottle rim, this is made worse by it being hinged halfway down. Perhaps there is a knack to it - but surely you shouldn't need to have a knack when using a corkscrew!

SHAME on Alessi for producing an item that does not actually perform its primary function.


The Sweeney [DVD]
The Sweeney [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Winstone
Price: £3.00

1.0 out of 5 stars LEAVE IT !, 18 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Sweeney [DVD] (DVD)
Leave it!

Original Sweeney, was the ultimate 70's cops'n'robbers TV, and remains unbeaten in its genre.

This poor imitation is a waste of decent acting talent. Listing the piss-poor factors would take too long, but how about: New Sweeney drive boy-racer ford fiestas, They are no longer hard drinking boozers but hang out in an uber-hip club, Villians have assault rifles (but dont manage to hit anything) yet Sweeney have automatic pistols and are a dead shot!

Hmm.. the 'Sweeney' (flying squad) was disbanded 20 years ago (along with the S.P.G) - now we have Rapid Armed Response teams, who use MARKED cars, wear uniforms and are anything but fast-n-loose.

This is DRIVEL.


47 Ronin [DVD] [2013] [2014]
47 Ronin [DVD] [2013] [2014]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film - its sort of 'Shogun (the book)' and ..., 9 Jan. 2015
This review is from: 47 Ronin [DVD] [2013] [2014] (DVD)
Excellent film - its sort of 'Shogun (the book)' and 'The seven Samurai' but dumbed down as only Hollywood can.

the director cunningly casts Keno Reevy; as a brawny halfwit barely able to string 7 words together - who for a finale combats a flying haddock. No change there then.

Otherwise its entertaining. Great Choreography, haircuts & costume design.


Stalingrad [DVD] [2014]
Stalingrad [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Thomas Kretschmann
Price: £6.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 7 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Stalingrad [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Straight down the middle, 3 stars. And that's generous. The inconsistancies are everywhere - a low calibre round from an anti-tank gun, bounces a shot off another tank - and then performs like a massive high explosive round detonating all and sundry! or maybe its the ridiculous bored American voiceover, who adds 'enough already' jewish immigrant type comments into the translation!. The final straw is the voiceover concluding that due to the heroic defence of Stalingrad... Russians would never have to fight in a war again.

The odd thing is there ARE good Russian war fims - "The 9th Company" for instance.

I so wanted this to be a good film, and finally put to rest the myth of band of brothers being the best war film - ever. But it failed to even do that.

Interesting that MOST of the 5 star reviews... are 5 words or less !


Generation War [DVD]
Generation War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Volker Bruch
Price: £13.19

5.0 out of 5 stars too real, 3 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Generation War [DVD] (DVD)
Stands equal to 'Das Boot' in the war film genre. I cannot add to the numerous other comments - except to hope the experiences depicted never come around again in my, or my childrens lifetime.


Mammut Men'S Mt.Trail Xt Gtx Hiking Boot
Mammut Men'S Mt.Trail Xt Gtx Hiking Boot
Price: £155.95 - £200.00

4.0 out of 5 stars review: Mammut Brecon GTX !! beware Amazon mixes up product names, 2 Jan. 2015
My boots: Mammut Brecon GTX. Which looks like the mt.trail boot except the rubber sole isnt continued 1/4 way up the boot sides. Possible design tweak / market re-branding.

I possibly bought 1/2 size too small: with thick winter socks they are a VERY snug fit - however zero blistering or toe cramp, so actually OK.

Grip is excellent on everything except ice. Confident on wet rock, snow, grass, loose gravel etc. Decent ankle support as well. Totally waterproof (so far) providing they are combined with gaiters in the wet to prevent water seeping down the ankle. Padding (memory foam?) is just right, takes out any shock but also avoids any 'slopping around' especially going downhill.

Sole is shaped to give a kind of 'rolling' action to walking.

£130 is a lot to pay - BUT they are a high quality boot and providing they last 3 to 5 years before replacing I will be happy. Only concern I have is the depth of (softish rubber) tread doesnt allow for much wear, and looks like it will abrade fast. My guess is the soles will wear down at the heel long before the rest of the boot is past it. I doubt these can be re-soled.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [DVD]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Freeman
Price: £12.25

4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pants,,, with bells on., 29 Dec. 2014
A review of a DVD not yet in the shops ! remarkable.

OK, I saw the IMAX 3D high framerate film at a cinema. So this review (as all the others) is pointless - you will never get the same experience with a DVD.

Why just 2 stars? well; the problem is that the effects are sensory overwhelming, with the real actors so done up in false noses etc that any 'character acting' is at best lame, at worse totally lost, its like watching a video game or an OTT pantomime but NOT like watching a 'great' film. The CGI stuff totally takes over at the expense of everything else. If you take away the gee whiz effect, there is precious little remaining.

There are some very strange things happening with the relative scale of the characters: sometimes a dwarf or hobbit is half the height of a human or elf... sometimes exactly the same height ! this is especially obvious with Gimli Dwarf and the Elf girly. The script is also rather odd, the actors talk (or shout) AT each other in a kind of staged Shakespearian manner - but dont really talk TO each other - possibly becasue the CGI filming meant the various actors were not actually there at the same time.

On the plus side, its a very enjoyable night out at the movies. The dragon + lake city burning especially. Stephen fry gets the best line "I must evacuate myself" which kind of sums up the film.


Clipper Organic White 26 Teabags (Pack of 6, Total 156 Teabags)
Clipper Organic White 26 Teabags (Pack of 6, Total 156 Teabags)
Price: £10.24

1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid - this is fake white tea, 28 Dec. 2014
Horrid: absolutely nothing like REAL white tea. Disgraceful.

This makes a dark, tannic, rich tea smelling if anything of compost. The genuine article is a very light tea (pale primrose), zero tannin, almost no caffeine, highly fragrant perhaps evocative of spring flowers - and is expensive.

Rest of the packet in the bin - its undrinkable.


Berghaus Men's Choktoi II Gore Tex Technical Fleece Pullover
Berghaus Men's Choktoi II Gore Tex Technical Fleece Pullover
Price: £69.95 - £140.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Fleeced., 23 Dec. 2014
The main fault - and this is a FAULT - is the neck is too tight to zip up fully. Berghaus ALWAYS get the simple things wrong (boots that leak, fleeces that go bobbly), yet the difficult stuff right (technically clever garments, high quality materials, great styling). If considering purchase then TRY BEFORE BUY.

Cost £94 (blue version), which is ridiculously expensive for a fleece. BUT almost acceptable if it will last 3 years+, and performs genuinely as a proper mountain-wear garment.

The fit is odd, but works: snug yet also allowing plenty of movement with rather long arms. The chest pocket is unusable even for something small like a car key fob, because it overlays the position of the lower 'hand' pocket !

Big positive, is the garment is truly wind and waterproof ! After a winter Pennines hike with stinging wind and rain going sideways, the only part of me that was dry was under the fleece. This in my books is exceptional for a fleece, and if it maintains its wind/ waterproof ability then I will be happy.


BHL Glass Cow Butter Dish With Lid
BHL Glass Cow Butter Dish With Lid
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Dec. 2014
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its a glass butter dish. end of story.


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