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Forgotten Men [DVD]
Forgotten Men [DVD]
Price: 13.02

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPOILER ALERT, 17 July 2014
This review is from: Forgotten Men [DVD] (DVD)
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A real rarity and a must for Great War aficionados. has to be worth the money just to hear Piper Laidlaw play his pipes, the same tune he played in September 1915....This shows the genesis of the ‘futility’ narrative in full swing, but the ‘witnesses’ are hard to refute. Hammerton holds court over a strange schoolroom / court with an equally odd schoolmaster / judge demeanour, and oscillates between war as exciting cinema and degrading experience. Its role as commentary is ironic when it describes the Europe of the 30s as “20 years later when racial passions have died down…” Striking connection with famous names, and a must for any historigraphic understanding of the war, some unseen and striking footage.

I’m going to list the contents of the film so SPOILER ALERT
Sir Ian Hamilton 1853 -1947 introduces – high Victorian…
Sir John Hammerton introduces the panel of international veterans
‘Soldier Lejeune’ Belgian Army on 1914
‘Captain Blackburn’ BEF 1914
Lieutenant Menzies describes the Marne
Mr Healey describes Gas at Ypres 1915
‘Fuller’ Royal Signals on cameramen
German film of combat?
John Vincent Holland VC of the Leinsters describes Guillemont
Sergeant Brigg Royal Irish Regiment Passchendaele
Sergeant Thomas Kenny VC talks about Ypres 1914
Sergeant Morrison MM 1916 ‘Beaumont Hamel’
Piper Laidlaw Pipes of Loos ‘All The Blue Bonnets Over the Border’
Corporal Pellegrini talks on Mussolini and Asiago
Memory of the Somme
Sergeant Alan Nichols BEF DLI : Describes his anti war lectures: he’s blind, and lost both hands.
Lt Kuschke Iron Cross on the Allied blockade
Flight Lt Keane RFC – on Richthofen
Lt Rippe – German balloon observer
British Legion Major Brunel Cohen on 1930s bombing fear: ‘I cannot exaggerate the horrors of the next (war)’.
Stubbs naval gun layer ‘Mentor’ – ‘saw Blucher go down’
Sinking of the Stromboli by U35
Lusitania and American entry
Miss Whitton of the Graves Registration Unit


Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking
by Tilly Walnes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Stitch in Time, 17 July 2014
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A really well-produced and professional package that rides on the wave of enthusiasm created by the Great British Sewing Bee - this book and the set of patterns it contains tactfully presumes no inherited ability with the needle at all, but clearly and humanely shows the novice how to make elegant staple items in a friendly manner.

Very much for the beginner - if you have any experience, you may find it too basic, but you'll enjoy the engaging tone and high production values.


Friendship Bracelets Galt Toys Friendship Bracelets
Friendship Bracelets Galt Toys Friendship Bracelets
Offered by The Global Trader
Price: 3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars And the Band Played On..., 17 July 2014
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This is a sweet little set that would make a charming present - but through no fault of its own, it's almost certainly doomed due to the relentless march of 'Loom Bands'.... This is definitely pitched at the younger child than the Loomatic pre-teen - nice quality, bright and cheerful, but don't get this if they said 'Loom Bands'...


Galt Toys B Glam Fashion Designer Studio
Galt Toys B Glam Fashion Designer Studio
Price: 9.81

4.0 out of 5 stars dedicated follower, 26 Jun 2014
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This in essence is an above average take on a stalwart item that is a perennially popular rainy day amusement. the design of the dolls and the fabrics is bright and cheerful, with a stylish and eye catching aesthetic. What probably would need a little more improvement if you were revising the item, is bit stronger quality in the materials for the stencils are made out of as they can look and feel a little flimsy. The price however is competitive for this kind of item, and it's easy to spend a lot more and not get a terribly more sophisticated book. This would make a fun gift for a creative child and it's hard to dislike.


Trunki SnooziHedz Travel Pillow and Blanket - Bert (Blue)
Trunki SnooziHedz Travel Pillow and Blanket - Bert (Blue)
Price: 13.61

4.0 out of 5 stars Cute as buttons, 26 Jun 2014
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A friend of mine from the North uses this phrase to describe something almost too sweet. This is a lovely item that would make a super little gift, especially for a tot undertaking a long journey. It is well - designed and very finely finished with a strong sense of safety and quality. Designed by parents I bet.

The only issue is my feeling that cute as this is, it would struggle to replace the grubby comforter that a child would ultimately choose for itself...which would be a pity. Great item though, for little ones especially.


Panasonic Silver 5 Blade Wet/ Dry Foil Shaver
Panasonic Silver 5 Blade Wet/ Dry Foil Shaver
Offered by Southern Electric
Price: 192.30

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel the Power, 26 Jun 2014
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This is a very impressive razor. Over the past 2 years I’ve used a Braun series 7 and a Braun Curve both of which are double blade linear razors and a Philips SensoTouch which is the nearest parallel to this Panasonic model. Strangely enough, the Braun Curve is the cheapest, but in terms of straightforward usage and reliability it's hard to beat.

The Philips shaving system was designed impressively and this is the style of razor that Panasonic are chasing. I always seem to start with packaging in reviews, but this package creates a good impression. As well as the razor there is a very substantial base unit (with a sachet of disinfectant cleaning fluid) and which also acts as a charger for the razor. The power lead fits into the back of the base unit or you can charge the razor simply by putting it straight into the handset. You get the obligatory cleaning brush and a cover for the cutting head, as well as a small leatherette carrying case, and substantial instructions in the number of just about every major language you can think of.

Perhaps most important is the quality of the cutting blade. This is indeed a very impressive 5 layered linear cutting head which looks though it means business. The razor is a little lighter than I thought come out to be honest little lighter than I like, and was a slightly disco design in shiny black plastic and metal chrome effect. Obviously it will need a full charge when you first use it, but there was a very attractive green led on black charge counter which is clear and useful. I was slightly dubious about the design and he aesthetic of the item call out but I have to say that when I started to shave this is given its early days, a very impressive razor indeed. I was not giving much pressure on my face and the item was cutting very effectively and really closely. It even seemed to do better than normal when I had more stubble after missing a day. It's tearing away on one charge and after a week there's only 15 percent used so far. The action is very smooth and gentle on the skin.

I have to express some rest reticence about this automatic disinfectant bath that you're supposed to plug the item into. Given it’s a wet and dry shaver and you can rinse it under the tap after each use. I just feel that this and clumsy bath of disinfectant that you're meant to souse the item into is a bit of a gimmick and not really so useful. But I will have a go and persevere with this feature and update my review when I’ve used it a couple of times.

Perhaps the only thing I would commend you stop and think about is the price. This is impressive item, just a tiny bit disappointing is aesthetic call out but does a phenomenal a good job of shaving. The price, even with Amazon discount does seem rather eye watering to me. Whether this could tempt me from the simplistic plastic reliability of my Braun curve, I’m not so sure. I think you would need to shop, compare, and be very careful if you have this much money to spend on a personal grooming product. The beard trimmer function is very dainty but quite rigorous, the led readout is crystal clear and useful, and the battery seems generous effective and careful with your electricity. I enjoyed using this and I did find it more effective than the Philips. Perhaps if Panasonic can orientate the price is a little more judiciously Braun and Philips might have a serious competitor.


Braun Oral-B PRO 5000 CrossAction 5-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide
Braun Oral-B PRO 5000 CrossAction 5-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide
Price: 80.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clean sweep, 26 Jun 2014
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This stylish and engaging Oral B toothbrush has to be assessed the light of existing products and how much further it goes than them; in terms of presentation of product in and out of the packaging, this is a high status item. There is a real sense of quality when handling the handset, which is sturdy and weighty and there is a reassuring sense that this is a substantial artefact. The charger seems to be a standard Oral B charger, and the small plastic storage tray which fits around it looks attractive and fulfils a small function: but it hasn’t really changed from lower range models.

The claim that the toothbrush operates on ‘wifi’ is a little disingenuous. What you get is a small digital clock that receives a signal from the handset, and that's mainly making sure that you brush for 2 minutes. My children have an egg timer style timer which does exactly the same thing. So far it gives me a smiley face brushing my teeth which is quite touching given that I'm 46! A bit more serious is the the ability to use rapid button pushes of the on off switch to toggle between different types of brushing such a sensitive teeth / whitening / or normal plaque removal. As far as I can tell this is simply a toggle between different speeds, and it also operates fairly randomly when you're trying to switch off the handset, which can be just a little bit awkward.

I hope i'm not sounding too negative as this is a fine, high quality item, and if you were giving it as a gift and have not owned an electric toothbrush before, I think you'll be quite happy with it. If you are replacing existing Oral B toothbrush, be careful to compare what you already have with what this does as I don't think it goes as far with new functions quite as much as it seems to pretend. Shop judiciously but rest assured that this is an Oral B and is a strong, well-designed item. Make sure you want to spend as much as they’re asking for it, although the Amazon price is a good one.


William and Dorothy Wordsworth: 'All in each other'
William and Dorothy Wordsworth: 'All in each other'
by Lucy Newlyn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars My dear, dear Sister, 19 Jun 2014
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"...in thy voice I catch
The language of my former heart, and read
My former pleasures in the shooting lights
Of thy wild eyes. Oh! yet a little while
May I behold in thee what I was once,
My dear, dear Sister!"

As Tintern Abbey suggests, the familial and literary relationship between William and Dorothy Wordsworth is notoriously difficult to read, and this book does a fine job in decoding it. The book is securely scholarly, and shows a reassuring depth of engagement with sources held at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, but as other reviewers suggest, does provide valuable insights from other disciplines. The theraputic power of rhythmn and verse reminded me of Tony Harrison's Black Daisies For The Bride. The image of Dorothy carrying William and Sarah Hutchinson's wedding ring back from Germany on her own finger still haunts, but thanks to this handsomely produced book, I feel I can read it a little better.


Braun Series 3 340s-4 Rechargeable Wet and Dry Foil Electric Shaver
Braun Series 3 340s-4 Rechargeable Wet and Dry Foil Electric Shaver
Price: 49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close shave - clean sweep, 19 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm very satisfied with my Braun Curve at the moment, but this razor has tempted me away from it. It has an impressive range of features, especially centred around a speedy charge and impressive battery life. The cutting action seems if anything, better on a few day's stubble, and it cuts well with or without gels or pre-shaves. The feel of the product in the hand is pleasingly ergonomic, and Braun's reliable design and solid build quality is what you'd expect from a brand leader. This is a middle range product with high range features, and well worth your investment.


Monarch [DVD]
Monarch [DVD]
Dvd ~ TP McKenna
Price: 11.03

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TPK VIII, 19 Jun 2014
This review is from: Monarch [DVD] (DVD)
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Slightly sobering to have a film rescued from the 'distant decade' of the 90s...but this is a quirky, flawed but compelling historical drama which captures the King's claustrophobic paranoia as his long dreaded death approaches. The film has the gauche passion of a labour of love, and there is certainly some tension as older and younger generations of actors exhibit different acting styles. If you have a soft spot for that run of 60s and 70s Tudor dramas, low on budget but high in acting talent and passion for the topic, you'll enjoy this unusual film.


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