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Katharine Kirby "Kate" (HELSTON, Cornwall United Kingdom)
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Duracell Pre Charged Rechargeable 2400mAh AA Batteries--Pack of 4
Duracell Pre Charged Rechargeable 2400mAh AA Batteries--Pack of 4
Price: £7.50

4.0 out of 5 stars These work well in a new Roberts radio that recharges batteries, 26 Nov 2014
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I bought these to work in my new Roberts 'Play Duo' DAB/DAB+/FM RDS Stereo Radio with Built In Battery Charger - Orange and they are working fine.

The radio keeps them topped them up for me so that's one less thing to think about. It shows a message batteries full when I turn on.

They are excellent value and top quality batteries. I am pleased to have found them and appreciate all the useful reviews on the site.


500mm x 25M HEAVY DUTY BROWN PAPER ROLL 90gsm
500mm x 25M HEAVY DUTY BROWN PAPER ROLL 90gsm
Offered by PolyPostalBags
Price: £4.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Brown paper parcels wrapped up in string - these ar a few of my favourite things!, 25 Nov 2014
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Keeping a roll of this about the place is a good idea. I know we have any number of cardboard boxes from our amazon purchases but good old heavy duty brown paper is hard to beat for a professional looking parcel. I even learned how to tie one up properly in the Girl Guides fifty plus years ago!

I use mine for returning left behind items at my holiday house, sending gifts, wrapping Christmas cakes in the oven, lining drawers, covering old books. There's something rewardingly retro and sensible about brown paper!

Years ago purchases in hardware shops would be respectfully presented wrapped tidily from a huge roll on a spindle.

This paper is sturdy, unflappable, useful and recycle- able. Sometimes the old things are still the best.


The Twilight Hour
The Twilight Hour
by Nicci Gerrard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Every heart has its secrets, to be guessed at, or told..., 25 Nov 2014
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This review is from: The Twilight Hour (Paperback)
I bought this after hearing Nicci Gerrard on Woman's Hour. She was part of a discussion around extreme old age, an interesting subject which is not often aired. Also co authoring as Nicci French with her husband Sean, Nicci Gerrard on her own, writes at a slower pace, with less drama and no big crime to solve.

This is a beautiful book. It moves on at a gentle roll, recounting the last days of now nearly blind Eleanor Lee, in her ninety fifth year; elegantly moving about her emptying residence, as she heads towards the 'waiting room' as she calls in it, in home which is not a home. All the right ingredients for a wonderfully involving read are here; a house stuffed with memories of a large family growing up, a maturing, always polite and considerate marriage ending in widowhood, a well loved garden, music, books, meals, a dog and two cats. Into all this melee cycles young, slightly frail Peter, a surprising choice perhaps for a male lead. He has been asked, by his friend Jonah, a son, to be an independent witness as it were, to the archiving, sorting, distributing of all that waits within. What he finds touches him deeply. He keeps a respectful distance and does a good job, in fact, a better one than he could ever have expected of himself.

Eleanor has a problem. She has left sorting her papers and memorabilia a little too late. With her fading eyesight she can no longer locate those letters that should not be seen by her children. She tried to burn a batch of such stuff, in a metal filing cabinet tray. This only hastened her being declared unfit to stay living alone by her worried family. Peter must eventually come across these clues so they can be destroyed to avoid the truth hurting and maybe disappointing her family.

Meanwhile Peter and Eleanor rub along happily from day to day. They have something to give each other, they need the help that can be had from confiding, reassuring, encouraging in both directions. Fires are lit, wine flows, meals shared. The house, described as an old ship sailing on an endless sea, enfolds them and creates a wonderful atmosphere for what needs to be unburdened.

A most pleasurable read, a little like Anita Brookner; one that impresses once again the truth that people are not always what they seem and that life stories, long buried, are still lively in the hearts of the very old, burning low, their embers still capable of being re lit to the very last breath. Lovely.


400 x Silver Stars Sparkle Stickers
400 x Silver Stars Sparkle Stickers
Offered by Beststickers
Price: £2.52

3.0 out of 5 stars Starry Starry Night, 24 Nov 2014
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Somewhat smaller than I expected so several will be needed to create a meteor shower effect.

They are a little tricky to remove from the backing sheet, being so titchy, you have to bend the paper back to release them. They don't tear easily, happily.

Under a light they flash up myriad colours so are more exciting when in place than on the sheet. They can used to decorate glass, plastic, paper, card etc. I chose them for Christmas gifts, wrapping and seasonal produce.


Roberts 'Play Duo' DAB/DAB+/FM RDS Stereo Radio with Built In Battery Charger - Grey
Roberts 'Play Duo' DAB/DAB+/FM RDS Stereo Radio with Built In Battery Charger - Grey
Price: £80.00

5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best portable radio I have ever used, 24 Nov 2014
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As soon as you remove your new Roberts PlayDUO from its moulded board and soft packaging, it is the tactile, soft case that immediately impresses. You might actually find yourself stroking it.

I don't now about buying it a new coat yet but the offer's there, should colour matching float your boat.

I chose to use the mains power, 4 AA, alkaline or rechargeable batteries are required, not supplied, for when you wander off into the garden or down to the shed. Once in the set the rechargeable batteries automatically keep themselves charged. This is a really innovative, clever, eco idea, thanks Roberts!

The sound is crisp and clear, easy on the ear, the tuning once selected, is kept absolutely on station. You can set up to ten of your favourites to be remembered.

The little screen shows the time, the station you are listening to and the present programme playing.

I can use my headphones when settled and wanting to keep the transmission to myself.

We are encouraged to try a huge range of stations - `There's a lot to listen to inside a small box' however I am part of the Radio 4 family, it is my constant companion when I am alone and able to tune in.

I think David and Ruth Archer will be able to afford one of these perfect little beauties to take with them to Northumberland. Then they will be able to keep up with family and friends back in Ambridge!


Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £11.16

4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone for coffee..., 23 Nov 2014
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Carte Noire is a name I already recognised so although these are made to be used as 'compatibles' in Nespresso machines the brand stands confidently out.

Ready perforated, unlike the Nespresso pods, an aroma of coffee is released when you snip open the individual pack for each pod. Rather the size of a Walnut Whip and perhaps over packaged, these pods aren't made to to stored in the tower we use for our Nespresso varieties. They wait to be used in a cardboard box, to get them out ready other than a few moments before using them, might make them go stale.

The taste was absolutely fine, much enjoyed as an espresso or with frothy milk. It all depends on the price whether they are an improvement on buying Nespresso - there's no problem with the taste. The no. 10 is strong, towards the highest range of strength, but not bitter, pleasant and enjoyable however served.


Trend Gold Stars Sparkle Stickers
Trend Gold Stars Sparkle Stickers
Offered by Classroom Capers
Price: £2.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Twinkle Twinkle LITTLE star, 22 Nov 2014
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These are ok, pretty multi faceted stars. I bought them to decorate Christmas cards, gifts and seasonal produce.

However I find them a little disappointing in size, there really are rather small and won't make much impact unless you use several.

They go onto paper, glass and plastic smoothly and stay put.


Charles Wilson Winter Woven Neck Scarf (One Size, Orange Stripe)
Charles Wilson Winter Woven Neck Scarf (One Size, Orange Stripe)
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £11.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No issues with itchiness!, 22 Nov 2014
This orange multi stripe is light but warm, smart but casual, expensive looking but not in price.

The thin stripes are most attractive, creating a subtle range of colours in an elastic ribbing stitch. This makes the acrylic scarf more cuddly and close fitting.

The fringing will not unravel, it is tubular, growing tidily out of the ends all of one piece and soundly constructed.

All the Charles Wilson clothes are well worth considering, they are top quality and deserve a place i every gentleman's wardrobe.

Thank you Charles Wilson for supplying this super scarf for a fair review.

I can also speak highly of the flat tartan version which is also 100% acrylic. This one in black, grey, camel blue and plum is agin cosy and comfortable to wear. Both are worth far more than their current price on amazon. A snip!


Verbatim 52612 LED Classic A B22 9 Watt Light Bulb
Verbatim 52612 LED Classic A B22 9 Watt Light Bulb
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Comes on straightaway, keeps its cool and gives a warm glow! Ideal..., 22 Nov 2014
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I especially chose this to fit into a hanging light on a stairway that needs to come on immediately, for safety, which this does.

The light is bright enough to illuminate a flight of stairs and best of all, it stays cool so will not upset the rather antique glass and metal lantern shade that I wanted to keep.

The warm white is friendlier than the usual cold energy saving LED bulbs. It is reassuringly heavy and apparently very well made (in China). Its promised longevity it impressive, I will come back to my review when it fails - God Willing!


Holly & Berry Glitter Foam Stickers for Children to Decorate Christmas Cards and Collage - Pack of 200
Holly & Berry Glitter Foam Stickers for Children to Decorate Christmas Cards and Collage - Pack of 200
Offered by Yellow Moon UK Ltd
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The holly bears a berry... (A Cornish Christmas carol), 22 Nov 2014
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These are larger and fatter than I imagined but all the better for it.

They stick well and stay stuck. I have used them on glass as well as on paper, card and plastic.

The berries pop of their backing beautifully, they are all easy to use, a child will really enjoy helping, adorning their Christmas cards, gifts and seasonal produce.


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