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Katharine Kirby "Kate" (HELSTON, Cornwall United Kingdom)
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Pretty Flowers Colouring Book (Pretty Patterns)
Pretty Flowers Colouring Book (Pretty Patterns)
by Hannah Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Be aware that some of the page is already printed in colour, 27 May 2015
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My nine year old grand daughter and I very much enjoy colouring in. I find it absorbing and restful, especially if you have a good set of pens to work with. We have bought several such books as this and work away happily, getting better and better at design and neatness.

This one though isn't our favourite. The designs are abstract rather than realistic, they are psychedelic and swirly to an extreme. reminds me of 70's wallpaper and fabric. Too much of the colouring in is already printed, making the page look half done before you start. For us this is unwelcome and depressing, no chance to be original and to have that lovely feeling of clear white space to work in.

Others will be happy with this so I am only pointing out our opinion. The paper quality is good.


LolliZ Gel Pens | 48 Gel Pen Set | These are Quality Gel Ink Pens | Multi Colored | Fine Ink Ballpoint Pens | Smooth, Anti Skip, Vibrant Color - Neon , Pastel, Metalic, Glitter | A Great Range of Colors in This Gel Pen Set | Manufactured to the Highest Standard and Complete with a Full Product Replacement Guarantee.
LolliZ Gel Pens | 48 Gel Pen Set | These are Quality Gel Ink Pens | Multi Colored | Fine Ink Ballpoint Pens | Smooth, Anti Skip, Vibrant Color - Neon , Pastel, Metalic, Glitter | A Great Range of Colors in This Gel Pen Set | Manufactured to the Highest Standard and Complete with a Full Product Replacement Guarantee.
Offered by Innovative World
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars All the colours of the rainbow, with sparkles and glowing magic effects., 27 May 2015
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I was delighted to be offered a set of these pens by lolliZ to review. There are four packs/clip in trays in the clear plastic wallet box. Each tray has a wide range of gorgeous colours, a dozen in each. The different types are twelve of glitter, six swirl, six neon, ten metallic, eight milky and six standard. The nibs are broadish, at 0.6 - 1.0mm. The pens sit tidily in their trays, they won't fall out, or get muddled up, as their caps have a clip that attaches to the tray. I suggest you keep them to hand in this arrangement so as to be able to quickly find the one you fancy using.

My nine year old grand daughter and I very much enjoy colouring in books of patterns, and I can occasionally entice my grandsons to do the same with more boyish colouring books, ones with sharks are especially popular. So we set to work with these pens to give them a good try out. They are a good size for a child to hold as they are quite slim and light. They work very well indeed, you can really create a lovely picture, not going over the edges clumsily with too fat a stroke, as they are fine enough to be very neat. The level of ink in them is the same, as far as I can see, as much more expensive pens.

So yes they are a success, soothing and calming to use, easily producing lovely results. Apart from colouring in, you could also use them for labelling gifts, creating cards, calendar notes, highlighting text, and general everyday paper work. The colours and special effects are visible through the barrel, the tip at the ends and the top, plus the clips. The supply of ink flows freely once you start them off, no blobs or dry patches, an even line every time.

The pack would make a great gift, children and students can really enjoy using the whole range of colours and sparkles. They are made in China, as so much good stuff is these days.


The Broken
The Broken
by Tamar Cohen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Light, then dark, very dark., 26 May 2015
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This review is from: The Broken (Paperback)
Challenging your perceptions, with writing that is seriously creepy, Tamar Cohen ratchets up the tension page by page. What starts out as a relatively chick litty tale of two middle class London couples who can't behave (think Cold Feet) ends up as scary as any psychological thriller can be.

Josh is a hapless secondary school teacher, who innocently bumbles along through his daily life, hoping for more, but accepting the way things are. Hannah, his wife, is struggling, she is a freelance writer, who works from home when she can get the chance, not often enough for their funds, as she's kept busy being mother of little Lily, and being the grieving daughter of a dead but still influential manic-depressive mother. Sparkly Sasha is Hannah's best friend as her husband Dan is Josh's. September, their daughter, is more mixed up, she sticks to Lily through preschool, to the exclusion of other little friends. Years of friendship bind these two couples, shared meals, holidays, shopping for the girls, football matches for the boys, hours of companionship, memories and in jokes. Swapping childcare, supporting each other, they live in each other's pockets. Their situations are not balanced; Sasha and Dan are very wealthy, successful, big spenders, more frivolous altogether.

That is how all it seems set to continue, until Dan announces the unbelievable news that he is no longer in love with Sasha, and will leave her. Suddenly all changes, implodes. Loyalties are tested and broken, genuine desires to be of help are twisted out of shape, subterfuge, nothing goes right; readers may recognise the torn feeling of not knowing who to stick with when great friends part.

Who is telling the truth? That is the question. Floundering around trying to decide which side of the fence to sit on, Josh and Hannah nearly destroy themselves; it is as if divorce/splitting up is infectious. A rough ride follows and the elegance of the writing is clearer, the polish is there, the plot well thought out. A most involving read if at first not that engaging through it appearing to be something it isn't.


Murad Environmental Shield Advanced Active Radiance Serum 30 ml
Murad Environmental Shield Advanced Active Radiance Serum 30 ml
Price: £79.50

5.0 out of 5 stars The middle of three skin care treatments, 26 May 2015
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I found it reassuring to read that Dr. Howard Murad, the `inventor' of this Advance Radiance Serum, is a Dermatologist and trained Pharmacist. He wants us all to look and feel BETTER EVERY DAY. Well I am up for that!

The pillar pot that this comes in looks serious, space age and slightly medical rather than a fun cosmetic. The scent is clean, pleasant and lasting. The pump nozzle is protected by a tough plastic lid, the slim, business-like 30ml container is again a strong, almost glass like clear plastic.

When you squeeze out a small amount it looks like a runny moisturiser. This emulsion is very quickly absorbed onto the skin and instantly feels cool, tightening and fresh. I like that. As this is `2 Treat and Repair' it is a product that works after `1' cleansing and toning, preferably with his other product, before any other layers you might like to add such as `3' Hydrate and Protect. The Environmental Shield effect is a welcome claim; who wouldn't want to protect their face from such ravages as are daily encountered, as pollution, sunshine, general weather conditions. As for applying it to face, neck and chest, well yes, I am sure that would be good, as the chest so often lets down the face if you wear low necks.

I quite agree that it `improves brightness, clarity and radiance by 60%' and I am delighted to have had a chance to try a treatment that normally I wouldn't even think of using. I have seen ads for these creams, serums, in magazines; sometimes with a sample, and feel the chance to try a whole pot is a privilege and a pleasure. My complexion really does look better, despite my only using this a few times already. Thank you Dr. Murad!


Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Cabbie Transporter Toy
Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Cabbie Transporter Toy
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All aboard for the trip back to base, 24 May 2015
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Following some hints, we bought this for our four year old grandson's birthday gift and it was a real success. Just what he wanted. He has some of the other planes, the smokejumpers and so they were swiftly stowed away inside.

Cabbie is still in one piece a month or so later and lives on the top of the toy box. He is well made and robust despite his size.

It is good that toys like this are properly constructed and stand up to a small child's play.


Fates and Furies
Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We don't know the half of it..., 24 May 2015
This review is from: Fates and Furies (Hardcover)
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Clever, callous, crude, and complex, two accounts, each fiercely convincing and dramatic, are both told in the one book. First we meet Lancelot aka Lotto, the uxorious husband of Mathilde; his version of events encompasses the twenty-four years they are together. From a glance across a crowded room to a shocking, breathtaking, denouement, this gilded pair are in deep, out of their depth even, a coupling beset by fear of the other leaving, danger from those around them. There were evil spirits circling this speedy wedding ceremony, a very modern fairy tale indeed. Their rich and detailed back stories, their unusual childhoods, are colourful and rewarding. I fell for Lotto's father Gawain, what a man. Mathilde even began life with a different name, and a reputation to send a shiver. There is much more to this than initially meets the eye.

Razor sharp writing, with wise asides in parenthesis, reminded me of Fay Weldon, with that same knowing sub commentary. Very USA in cultural references though, rough and nasty in parts, a little too much raw sex, casual drugs (no rock and roll to mention). I got a bit lost in the blur and needed more facts to ground me. Of course soon they come, thick and fast. References to contemporary terrors - 9/11 and the Boxing Day Tsunami bring the real world crowding in. There is dark cruelty dished out in spades, revenge served cold, secrets and lies, dreadful damage done by early tragedies. I liked the variation in presentation, some little clips of plays, a nod to opera; it was an awareness raising read, which I appreciated. Those parts reminded me of Alan Hollingsworth. There are classical tributes, signposts, with a blending in of Shakespeare and the Greeks, literary, yes, but still easy to identify with.

Being cut off from your family makes you value your friends more, Lotto thinks. However his friends have their own agendas. Mathilde mentors and moulds his career, secretly steers him along a different path towards success. Ignoring regular taunts from her mother in law and the depressing influence of a reviewer, she keeps the boat afloat as best she can. He really needs her. Lotto's wealthy water bottling family, the Satterwhites in Florida, watch from the sidelines, his mother's influence lost with his disinheritance. Sallie, his aunt and sister Rachel are his true allies, thankfully, they stick close by. Lotto is trusting but fundamentally proprietorially jealous, and this is his eventual undoing.

Mathilde's story, the reverse side of the coin, is startling, distressing, but ultimately utterly believable. It wakes up the narrative, sets it alight and shows a flipside that will stay with you. It's what Mathilde didn't tell Lotto that makes your heart beat faster. She is one impressively strong character, and has history. I was competely caught up in the eventual outcome.

I read this in a day and didn't get much else done. A great book and one that will certainly hit the top spots in 2015.


Second Nature Adult Turkey and Rice Hypoallergenic Complete Dry Dog Food, 12 kg
Second Nature Adult Turkey and Rice Hypoallergenic Complete Dry Dog Food, 12 kg
Price: £34.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A Dog's Dinner, in the best possible taste!, 23 May 2015
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5***** from our two springers today, OK, they can't talk, but are pretty good at making their feelings known. Both boys got their noses into the bag even as I was opening it, and on receiving their bowls full, immediately crunched up their meal with relish, coming back to see if there was any more. This gravy coloured kibble is small in size so would work fine as a training aid as well as a dinner.

The sack is robust, doesn't tear off awkwardly as some do and all the info you need is printed on the sides - daily feeding guides, ingredients and why they are especially chosen for this one protein sourced food. The seaweed oil clearly gives it extra taste and goodness, these chaps often nibble at seaweed when walking along the beaches anyway. They are clearly most discerning dogs... Turkey and rice are easily digested, in fact it's a suggestion made for poorly pups with tummy upsets, by vets, fowl and rice.

Much is made of the eco credentials of this hypo allergenic, natural, no artificial colours,all admirable and on message nowadays. Omega 6 and three fatty acids, all the things needed to encourage glossy coats, calmness and medical maintenance. All this adds up to an excellent product appreciated by owners and their dogs alike. We can read but they can taste, and they went for this without hesitation, deviation, and with demand for repetition!


Bike Light - Front and Rear Aluminum LED Bike Light Set - 2 Valve Wheels Lights - 2 Waterproof High Intensity Multi-Purpose Rear Bike Light for Bicycle
Bike Light - Front and Rear Aluminum LED Bike Light Set - 2 Valve Wheels Lights - 2 Waterproof High Intensity Multi-Purpose Rear Bike Light for Bicycle
Offered by AbcoTech Direct
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Showing up is safer by far, 22 May 2015
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These are really bright, another useful safety feature, we chose them for a new bike we had bought our 9 year old grand daughter recently.

We are only too glad to see her new lights flashing, making her look really obvious on the road.

They are simple to attach and work immediately once you have undone the little tab which protects the battery..

I was pleased to receive them for review.


Sigel SA108 Magazine File Eyestyle - White
Sigel SA108 Magazine File Eyestyle - White
Price: £16.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sits well on a desk, work table, shelf., 22 May 2015
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Standing to attention, this simple solution to a spreading pile of glossies sorts the men from the boys.

Ideal for filing research material, craft magazines, sheet music, this is more of a minimalist/office accoutrement than a domestic, more cosy, basket.

As I have already read, you will certainly want more than one to organise your stuff. I am not going to bother with the skimpy plastic tab for placing a tiny label in, it may seem OCD but I just couldn't stick it on straight!


Charles Wilson Faux Leather Jeans Belt (Large 36-38", Dark Brown)
Charles Wilson Faux Leather Jeans Belt (Large 36-38", Dark Brown)
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job, 22 May 2015
Our son was very pleased with this jeans belt from Charles Wilson. Here are his thoughts - It is lighter than other jeans belts I own, but in a pleasant way - it feels just right. It is well made, with good quality stitching.

Belts tend not to be treated with much respect - grabbed from a drawer, slung around jeans quickly - so I have been pleased to find this belt standing up well to regular use in this way. My belt is the light brown, medium size version, which I find is a good complement to the Charles Wilson blue jeans I own.

At my waist size, 34", I am using the penultimate hole on the belt, but that's not a problem unless you prefer to have more belt `left over', in which case the large size belt might be a better option.

If you're looking for a smart faux leather jeans belt, I am happy to give the Charles Wilson belt a high recommendation.

I was kindly sent this belt in exchange for a fair review which I am delighted to give it.


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