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Vitax 1L Liquid Feed for Hanging Baskets
Vitax 1L Liquid Feed for Hanging Baskets
Price: £6.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps the flowers blooming all summer, 10 Feb. 2016
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Vey effective. I have three large hanging baskets, and a single bottle of this feed lasted for about 3 summer months, keeping the flowers blooming and the baskets beautiful. Good value and great results


Corelle Vitrelle Glass Winter Frost White Serving Platter, Pack of 3
Corelle Vitrelle Glass Winter Frost White Serving Platter, Pack of 3
Price: £29.80

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm convinced - Vitrelle is the way to go, 10 Feb. 2016
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There are great value, nice look and feel, and very light I am now convinced that Vitrelle is the way to go. These are large enough to be used as plates for a big serving of for example a roast dinner, as well as for use as family serving plates.

Great value, strong, light and pleasing on the eye


Wild Republic Europe 64 cm CKstanding Giraffe Plush Toy (Large)
Wild Republic Europe 64 cm CKstanding Giraffe Plush Toy (Large)
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely big soft giraffe, 10 Feb. 2016
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Lovely giraffe cuddly toy which my one year old granddaughter loves. Its bigger than her so she drags the giraffe around by the neck. A very successful present which has made a lovely little girl smile. The giraffe seems well made, set to touch and seems free of anything which could hurt a small child


Bentima by Acctim '14707 Sweeper One' Non-Tick Alarm Clock
Bentima by Acctim '14707 Sweeper One' Non-Tick Alarm Clock
Offered by Robert Grant of London
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars silent runnings, 10 Feb. 2016
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Very very simple to set up, with little wheels to set the clock and timer. Runs off 1 AA battery, which wasn't supplied.

The snooze and backlight functions are controlled by a big bar button on the top of the clock - unmissable even in the dark and when half asleep. And wonderfully it doesn't make a noise at all


The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k
by Sarah Knight
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

4.0 out of 5 stars made me laugh and smile, 9 Feb. 2016
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Well, the point of this book is that the author won't give a xxxx what i think of the book - and she is right not to. Its only my opinion and it has sold very well whatever i might think. What I do think is that this makes for entertaining reading - I laughed out loud twice, and smiled often. The general idea is that you should do less of what annoys you and more of what brings you joy, which seems entirely sensible. There is some good advice too, for managing relationships and just being yourself. The tone seems much more light hearted that serious, and for me there was more to smile about than to actual change. But each to their own


A God in Ruins: Costa Shortlisted 2015
A God in Ruins: Costa Shortlisted 2015
by Kate Atkinson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable - but for me a disappointing ending, 6 Feb. 2016
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I thoroughly enjoyed most of this novel which follows is the companion to the wonderful Life after Life. Focused around the life of Teddy, his years as a bomber pilot in world war 2, and his relationships with his family - which were often difficult, through no fault of his own -this is a tale of the changes which life brings, the highs and lows, and above all the damage that events can bring to people. The characters are totally believable and the war parts are very moving - Kate Atkinson has combined lots of research with a powerful imagination, and bucket loads of empathy, to portray just how difficult in must have been to live through those years and to adjust to the peace when it came.

The book jumps around in time - sometimes in the present, sometimes in the future, often in the past. I found this slightly confusing at first but soon settled into the rhythm of the book and began to enjoy it thoroughly. Not at all convinced by the ending though


The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession
The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession
by John Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Intersting, sometimes shocking, 23 Jan. 2016
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An interesting book on the subject of confession and its growth and subsequent decline in Catholic doctrine and practice, The book is inevitably wider in scope than just confession, tracing the history of the Catholic church over the last half millennium - but confession and its consequences, both intended and unattended are the focal points. Drawing on the author's personal experience as well as extensive research the book makes clear the abuse of the confessional, the focus on sexual matters, and the damage done as a result to many who sought only absolution and peace of mind.

Well written, easy to read, and informative though the content is often shocking. Abuse of confession has done much harm, yes, and that is drawn out clearly here. But confession has given comfort to so many too, and this is not emphasised here enough in my view for a fully balanced picture.

We worth reading though


Where My Heart Used to Beat
Where My Heart Used to Beat
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars full of humanity, 9 Jan. 2016
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When Sebastian Faulks is on form he is, in my opinion, one of the finest writers alive. This book is one of his best, full of humanity, and entirely believable characters. Tracing the life, back and forward of Robert Hendricks, his lonely childhood, his sexual indiscretions, his work, and above all the losses and damages caused to him by war, this is the story of the twentieth century.

There are moments of lightness to be sure, but a sadness pervades the story - the losses are so great, the wastes so huge, that the story cannot be other than sad. I read this in three sittings - reading well on when I should have been doing something else, and find myself thinking about it now that I have finished it. For me that's the mark of a really good novel, and i haven't read a better one in a long time


Unscripted: My Ten Years in Telly
Unscripted: My Ten Years in Telly
by Alan Sugar
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars The Apprentice - through the eyes of Lord Sugar, 6 Jan. 2016
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This is a very enjoyable account of the Apprentice, as seen through the eyes of Alan Sugar. Opinionated, boastful at times, honest, and often charming this is very easy, pleasant reading, which I raced through in just a few sittings. At 440 pages this in not a short book, but rarely boring.

The only parts which I found a little tedious were the comings and goings of staff at the production company, which seemed to happen almost every series as people moved on to new challenges. The most interesting parts for me were what happened to the apprentice candidates, especially the winners, after the series were finished and to learn how their businesses were doing. Interesting ,it seems that one of the most successful was not a winner in the series, but so impressed Lord Sugar that he invested in her ideas anyway, to great success


Wind/ Pinball: Two Novels
Wind/ Pinball: Two Novels
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars short early Murakami novels, 5 Jan. 2016
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Two short, enjoyable novels in one book. This is some of Murakami's earliest work, and introduces the characters who would later feature in a Wild Sheep Chase. Of the two stories, I found the first, Wind, to be the more interesting, but both are enjoyable enough, and introduce the writing style and a few of the motifs which would later make Murakami's work so unique and fascinating
We worth reading


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