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David H J Ashdown (Wales)
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Then She Found Me [2008] [DVD]
Then She Found Me [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Shenkman
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 23 Jan. 2016
Awful , no atmosphere and dreadful acting by all the actors. That in itself is surprising as Colin Firth , Helen Hunt and Bette Midler are all good performers when directed by a decent director. Maybe Helen Hunt should stick to acting !!


Snow Cake - Special Edition [DVD]
Snow Cake - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Rickman
Price: £15.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Jan. 2016
An excellent comedic film about autism with brilliant acting from Sigourney Weaver as the sufferer with Alan Rickman as the person who befriends her after a tragedy. Autism has many degrees of severity from very mild to severe and Ms Weaver's character falls into the functioning sort able to care for herself although she's towards the severe end of the spectrum. It refreshing to watch an intelligent film with good acting that doesn't rely on "special effects" - thoroughly recommended.


The Sealed Letter
The Sealed Letter
by Emma Donoghue
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good novel set in Victorian London., 15 Jan. 2016
This review is from: The Sealed Letter (Paperback)
A story set in the mid nineteenth century and based of the actual case of the scandalous divorce of a high ranking naval officer Henry Codrington and his wife Helen. It's written in such a way that you think you're in Victorian London , there's just enough of the narrative used at that time to make it realistic but not too much as so often happens in a lot of books set in this period. Although Henry is a typical cold Victorian gent you feel sorry for him as he's treated in way that was not acceptable in those days and Helen comes across as a scheming hussy who eventually gets what's coming to her. I like the way that the various chapter headings are written in legalise to highlight the legal implications.


Intelex Cozy Plush Microwaveable Warmer - Puppy
Intelex Cozy Plush Microwaveable Warmer - Puppy
Offered by Blue Herbs
Price: £11.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery and exactly as described, 14 Jan. 2016
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Bought for my wife and she loves it - there's no age limit for cuddly toys !!


Daughter of the House
Daughter of the House
by Rosie Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK !!, 13 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Daughter of the House (Paperback)
Novel set in the early 1900s about Nancy (Zenobia) Wix a woman who is what one might euphemistically call a seer or clairvoyant but she insists on calling it "The uncanny". The novel was OK but was written in a way that tried to use the language of the early 1900s like "They hooted with laughter" and other corny expressions that didn't seem to gel . It would have been much better if the writer had stuck to "normal" language instead of trying to be clever, notwithstanding it was gripping enough although not as good as "The Kashmir Shawl" by the same author.


If I Stay [DVD]
If I Stay [DVD]
Dvd ~ ChloŽ Grace Moretz
Price: £5.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional rollercoaster., 13 Jan. 2016
This review is from: If I Stay [DVD] (DVD)
Brilliant emotional and well acted film about a teenage girl who is involved in a serious car accident that leaves her in a coma and experiences an out of body experience giving her a taste of what might happen if she were to return to her body and carry on with her life. It captures the feeling you have when you're in a coma brilliantly - I experienced similar sensations myself when I was in an induced coma for two weeks a couple of years ago and it was scarily realistic.


The Shell Seekers
The Shell Seekers
by Rosamunde Pilcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosamunde Pilcher in top form, 8 Jan. 2016
This review is from: The Shell Seekers (Paperback)
Brilliant story about the life of Penelope Keeling focusing on her life and adult offspring - money grabbing Nancy cynical and businesslike Olivia and scheming and womanising Noel . When sixty-four year old Penelope discharges herself from hospital after a mild coronary her children , with the exception of Olivia, decide to make sure that she doesn't "waste" their inheritance by hanging on to paintings that had been given to her by her artist father Lawrence Sterne especially the jewel in the crown "The Shell Seekers". The story deals with the relationship between Penelope and her children in a brilliant and amusing way and also delves into her past revealing a few skeletons in her cupboard. One of the best books I've read in a long time. If you're thinking of watching the TV adaptation (2006) of the book don't waste your time as it completely destroys the essence of the story by inept casting and distorting the flow by too many alterations and unnecessary changes.


High Tide
High Tide
by Veronica Henry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant if undemanding read., 8 Jan. 2016
This review is from: High Tide (Paperback)
A lovely lightweight story about discovering your soulmate in trying situations. When Kate returns to Penfleet from New York after her mother died to sort out her estate she slowly becomes involved in the slower pace of life in her hometown realising that her high flying life in the Big Apple is not really what life should be about. There are friends to get reacquainted with and new friends to make making this book an enjoyable if somewhat cheesy read however the other embryonic relationships involved in this tale make the whole immensely satisfying.


The Shell Seekers [DVD][2006]
The Shell Seekers [DVD][2006]
Dvd ~ Vanessa Redgrave
Price: £7.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you've read and enjoyed the book then don't bother with this travesty, 6 Jan. 2016
I don't know how so many reviewers say this adaptation follows the book closely , the first five minutes are fine but after that it's as if the director dropped the script messing up all the scenes and carried on regardless changing the dialogue and making up ridiculous ideas to join the parts back together. Vanessa Redgrave was the only person who was good and well cast all the others were dreadfully miss-cast. Nancy was slim not obese Olivia was overpowering and abrupt not cynical and businesslike Noel was like a pathetic wimp not a scheming womaniser Cosmo was too young with completely the wrong personality and Antonia was dark haired and stroppy not blond and sweet . One of the main characters Danus who should have been prominent did not appear until late in the second instalment and turned from an Adonis exuding masculinity to a petulant child. The whole essence of the book was lost by completely flat acting by most of the cast. Quite possibly one of the worst book adaptations I've ever watched - it's a lesson in how to turn an excellent book into a terrible film. It shouldn't have been called Rosamunde Pilcher's "The Shell Seekers" but a film very loosely based on Rosamunde Pilcher's "The Shell Seekers".


EasySleep Pro Red Adjustable Stop Snoring Chin Strap
EasySleep Pro Red Adjustable Stop Snoring Chin Strap
Offered by Veluxio Europe
Price: £29.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I't works but is uncomfortable !!, 5 Jan. 2016
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I've snored for years and it had become a bone of contention between my wife and me so I tried this as a last resort not expecting any success but it works - after a fashion although it doesn't completely stop snoring. I've only given it two stars as it's itchy and uncomfortable to wear and you look ridiculous wearing it so it's back to the drawing board. Once a snorer always a snorer !!!!


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