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Katharine Kirby "Kate" (HELSTON, Cornwall United Kingdom)
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Smart Weigh DVS250 High Precision Digital Vanity Scale with Extra Wide Platform, Step-on Technology and LCD Display
Smart Weigh DVS250 High Precision Digital Vanity Scale with Extra Wide Platform, Step-on Technology and LCD Display
Offered by Five Star
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars No need to speak your weight..., 29 Oct 2014
From peach, avocado, or aubergine, to marble, monochrome or travertine, these scales will sit stylishly with any bathroom decor.

Most families have a rocky old set of weighing scales tucked away in a corner, with a blurry screen, and the rust creeping up the sides. So why not ditch them now and invest in this unobtrusively elegant item.

The roomy 13" wide platform will have you standing comfortably, in stable fashion, ready to peer over your tum hopefully, to see the drop, in lbs, .oz, stones or kilograms if you are up to date enough.

No waiting for the arrow to settle, an instant read out will show you what you need to know. You won't need your reading glasses to get the result, the LCD display is large, clear and light. An occasional anti bacterial cloth wipe over will keep them shiny and hygienic.

Because the readings are taken from four points by high precision sensors, the best possible accuracy is promised.

Right up to just under 24 stone can jump aboard.

The required 4 AAA batteries are included. There is a discreet auto shut off after 10 seconds, long enough to absorb the news, and step away from the scales, so batteries will last a good while. A 2 year warranty should reassure that the scales will perform reliably.

I was supplied with this product by smart weigh, for a fair review, which I am delighted to give it.


Charles Wilson Full Zip Fine Knit Cotton Jumper
Charles Wilson Full Zip Fine Knit Cotton Jumper
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £22.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Uncluttered, suave, smooth and tidy knitwear, 27 Oct 2014
A soft yet dense knit, in fine grade cotton; this sophisticated black full zip jacket (definitely posher than a cardigan, less weighty than a jacket) will be a go to for when you need to up your image. it will complement a tee or a crisply ironed shirt elegantly. You could even sport a cravat!

These are truly tops for gentlemen, tidy chaps, they will make you feel correctly attired even when dressing down. The fit is just fine at XXL you'll have room to move about a bit, bulk out with another layer, with a 44 inch chest say.

The ladies will like it too as it's very huggable. You can pull the heavy brass zip down as far you like to go...

Perhaps for a cool day in the office when suits are not required, yet you need a bit of class.

Thank you again Charles Wilson for allowing me to review these most excellent products. The men in my life look the cats whiskers these days!


Pinzon Plush Velvet Throw Navy
Pinzon Plush Velvet Throw Navy
Price: £11.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Snug as a bug, 27 Oct 2014
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The deep rich navy coloured rug is quite safe against lighter colours, I have just rubbed it against a white linen napkin for five mins and there are no blue marks...

Neatly bound up, gift wrapped, with a wide, colour matching grosgrain ribbon, this super softie is sure to be warmly received.

The plastic zip up carrying case will keep it safe when not in use. Pinzon do plush perfectly, just hand it over and see the smiles.

A lovely item, a new sofa buddy, just make sure you have one for yourself, don't give them all away!


Charles Wilson Heritage Range Button Neck Premium Wool Blend Jumper
Charles Wilson Heritage Range Button Neck Premium Wool Blend Jumper
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £24.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to look the part, 27 Oct 2014
Charles Wilson is a great new brand offering top quality garments at a truly affordable price. There is no excuse now for not being comfortably and attractively dressed for the autumn and winter days, when you can buy such a well made and appealing jumper for the present amount. This brand is definitely confident of its products and proud to identify the buttons with their name, a nice touch.

This Heritage Winchester Brown button neck jumper is soft, yet tough, smart yet casual warm but not heavy. Being a sensible mix of wool and cotton, it should survive the washing machine happily too. The workmanship is admirable. All the seams are properly sewn and the knitting perfectly crafted. The ribbing on the neck, the three button placket and wrists is elastic in feel and thick enough for the collar to stand up and out.

It looks super on and will certainly carry you through all kinds of days ahead. I am delighted to recommend the Charles Wilson products I have been sent to review; they are a revelation to me after spending so much during the years on similar clothes bought through the high street at many times the cost of a Charles Wilson item.

This jumper is proving to be a particular favourite for it's flattering colour and country friendly looks.


CK T4506 Tuff Snip 180mm
CK T4506 Tuff Snip 180mm
Offered by Nightingale Nursing Supplies
Price: £1.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, neat, quick to do the job, 27 Oct 2014
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These are used all day long during net making and equipment repair for our fishing business. They are easy on the hand and cut through tough netting, string etc with no problem.

The best thing about them on amazon is the present price, which is way below the amount asked for them by the high street.

I believe they are most used in hospitals for cutting through clothes, dressing etc. Of course they must work straightaway in those circumstances so are clearly to be trusted with whatever you may need them for.


Summerhouse Trilogy, The: "Clothes in the Wardrobe", "Skeleton in the Cupboard" and "Fly in the Ointment"
Summerhouse Trilogy, The: "Clothes in the Wardrobe", "Skeleton in the Cupboard" and "Fly in the Ointment"
by Alice Thomas Ellis
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Help from an unexpected quarter ensures the right result., 27 Oct 2014
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I was recommended to read this by another reviewer and am glad I was introduced to a previously un read Alice Thomas Ellis.

The Summer House Trilogy is an exquisite comedy of manners, morals and misunderstanding. Seen in triptych we have the opportunity to examine one event in total 3D, and yes, it is well worth sticking with.

'The Clothes in The Wardrobe' hears mostly from the reluctant bride Margaret, in the days running towards her wedding. Middle Class Mother Monica is a nightmare, she really only wants to get her daughter married, it doesn't matter much who to. Neighbour Syl (a strange male name to me) has obliged by asking for Margaret's limp hand. A recent visit to Egypt has left Margaret all but mute, what happened there appears to have broken her spirit and may yet drive her to a nunnery.

Along comes Lili, an unlikely old school friend of Monica, and she certainly sets the cat amongst the pigeons. Her apparently long suffering husband, Robert, is a struggling artist who has issues of his own to deal with. The Fiance Syl, is a creep of the first order, you can tell straight away he is bad news. His mother Mrs. Monro is the most likeable of the lot. The finale gathers them all together by the Summerhouse to witness something which will turn all plans upside down.

In 'The Skeleton in the Cupboard', we hear more from Syl's Mother, and she has plenty to say. Your opinion of her may grow and grow. An Anita Shreve character she steps out of another generation in style. A realist who can cope with most that life sends her way, her story is a perfect distillation of the essence of wisdom learned through a long life. Unexpected gems drop from her lips, she is another Dame Maggie Smith, albeit a down market Downton style dowager. Her conversations with her daily help Mrs. Raffald are divine. I felt I made friends with her along with Lili.

'The Fly in the Ointment' shines the spotlight on theatrical Lili who makes everything happen. her motives are better than their execution seems, but she is forgivable and good value all round. Her revelations make sense of the situation and add a dash of naughtiness and sparkle that brings the whole charming book together.

The trilogy is a slow burner, of necessity, that will be an entertaining fireside companion for a few days; a set piece of formidable farce with many an insight to warm and bring a flash of recognition to the reader.


Inflicted
Inflicted
by Ria Frances
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life is what you make of it, 27 Oct 2014
This review is from: Inflicted (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This book is printed by `Britain's Next Best Sellers', which I gather is a controlled, selective way of crowd fund publishing with supporters, friends and family, work connections, all promising pre publication sales in order for the book to reach targets. Ria Frances has a large following of enthusiastic fans wishing to see her writing succeed. Readers can embrace this publishing concept by becoming involved in BNBS books online, and through social media.

My one issue is that, for me, 'Inflicted' is actually a Young Adult read; although it doesn't say so anywhere on the information I was given. I was offered it through the amazon vine programme and there was no mention there of genre, or on Ria Frances' webpage, nor from the previous very friendly, but even less factual reviews. On enquiring I am now told that is declared by an editorial team and outside reviewers to be 'cross over', suitable for all generations and Young Adults. Because of the simplistic construction and obvious contemporary message, I did feel it must actually be meant for a younger generation and if so, it will certainly educate and inform. A bit too much, in my opinion, on how to self harm. If Ria Frances would allow 'Inflicted' to be identified formally as Young Adult I would give it five stars.

In `Inflicted', Theo is a troubled sixteen year old, living in Sussex 2010. He has always been bullied at school by his peers and, to top it all, at home, horribly, by a domineering grandmother. He had learnt to cut himself for release, he feels his life is blighted forever; most recently by the loss of his little sister Eden, whom he innocently cuddled just before she died. Ria Frances clearly understands the unwarranted mental torment of a teenager with a warped perception of his own impact on events.

Anete/Anna is an elderly lady living alone with her dog, Blackie, nearby. Their worlds collide when she finds Theo after his worst yet effort to make his pain go away. Her previously untold story of incarceration in a ghetto during WW II, meticulously researched and well written, is her gift to him and us. She gradually recounts her wartime challenges to Theo as they establish a rewarding, restorative relationship.

The dreadful events and suffering caused to the Jewish nation by Hitler's regime become intimate and personal when you hear how it affected this brave lady. Her experiences hang heavily on the shoulders of a young man in the twenty first century and gradually open his eyes to an answer to his situation. She could give him the healing that he needs.

The long chapters provided by Anna in Scheherazade fashion are the bulk of the book. They catch you up in her suffering and demonstrate her resilience and strength of character. She shows Theo how to live by above all considering others and trying to offer kindness wherever you find yourself. As an older reader, I recognised most of what is being written about regarding the Holocaust, but it could all be news to a younger generation.

This is a harsh account of two twisted lives, there is a lot of fear and terror to take in. Tidily rounded off in a satisfying way, the language is wide and fluent throughout, the description effective, it always places you in the moment with a crisp, sharp reality.

The conclusion may seem improbable to some, but is no less lovely for that. In fact it is the last few pages of `Inlficted' that make it worth struggling through the misery!
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Clarks Womens Casual Clarks Gael Angora Synthetic Shoes In Black Croc Standard Fit Size 5.5
Clarks Womens Casual Clarks Gael Angora Synthetic Shoes In Black Croc Standard Fit Size 5.5
Offered by Bells Shoes
Price: £34.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Back into winter uniform, 24 Oct 2014
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After a long hot summer of flip flops, and sandals, our toes now need to be protected from puddles and colder weather.

I admit that at first these are pretty snug but after a few days of wearing for short periods they ease up and are most accommodating. The bouncy bungy sole absorbs the shocks and helps you through the transition from those now retired thick soled, summery, relaxed, comfy friends.

A halfway house between boots and open toes seems to me to be casual loafers. Preppy with short skirts, tidy with trousers, these permanently gleaming black crocs will lift your looks and smarten your style.

Safe for driving, secure for jumping in and out of shops and cars, they are a perfect choice for kicking about in autumn leaves as well as working, socialising, striding around generally.


Leitz WOW Click & Store A4 Storage Box (Pink) - ref 60440023
Leitz WOW Click & Store A4 Storage Box (Pink) - ref 60440023
Price: £8.87

5.0 out of 5 stars A workplace needn't be a dull place, 24 Oct 2014
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Banish away the grey and green, let your boxes be clearly seen... Singing out sturdy and strong in punk pank pink nobody is going to put this baby in the corner. Ingeniously flattened for storage and transportation in origami fashion, the whole caboodle unfolds itself transformer style into a box a small child could sit on or in, safely.

Clicking the poppers shut is a highly satisfactory pleasure, completing the construction in moments. Cart it about with the hefty handles, label clearly with a card slid into the holder and tidy away your love letters, secret diaries, recipes, magazine cuttings, birthday cards, whatever bumph now needs a smart new home. Maybe a different coloured memory box for each year, stuffed with mementos, newspaper cuttings, photos, pressed flowers, tickets...

Crafting generally involves colour and texture, which creative folk feed on. Cottons, wools, materials for patchwork, tools, all would take up residence contentedly in one of these.

Imagine a glorious array of rainbow colours, one of each. These goodies in a home office, wardrobe, kitchen, or happy hobby room will brighten your days and protect your bits.


Methven KOHPCPWHUK Kaha Satinjet Shower Handset with Faceplate with Chrome Finish - White
Methven KOHPCPWHUK Kaha Satinjet Shower Handset with Faceplate with Chrome Finish - White
Price: £99.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Raindrops keep falling on my head..., 22 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's quite hard to review a shower head!

Not much to say really other than it was easy to install (simply unscrew the old one and screw this on). It fitted our totally bog standard electric shower without any problem or the extra (included) flow restrictor. It's basically much bigger than a normal shower head and has a slider to allow the water to come out of all its holes, creating a gentle rain shower effect, or just a few for more of a massage. Both worked OK but maybe a middle option would also be good as it's kind of "all or nothing" and with our water pressure having it on the wide setting makes for more gentle shower that I'd like.

It does look good - shiny, big,clean and spa-like! Might be a nice thing to add to a B and B or holiday cottage shower to make it look a bit more special.


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