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Let's Kill Uncle (The Bloomsbury Group)
Let's Kill Uncle (The Bloomsbury Group)
by Rohan O'Grady
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good story, 17 July 2016
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A young boy and a young girl (unrelated) arrive by ferry boat on a small island off the Canadian coast to spend their summer holiday. Each is travelling alone and each is being put-up in an island home. It is a few years after the Second War, a time when the wounds of loss remain raw and Canadians still have thoughts of the 'home country'. The people of the island are lovingly described, warts and all. The guilt of returning from war when others did not and a story of rebuffed and unrequieted love are running themes throughout the book. In practical terms though it is a simple way of life on the island and the children have to adapt again to the simple things of life.. Eventually they do, with relish.

The boy and girl who fought bitterly with each other on board the boat become best mates and fellow conspirators on the island. Their misdemeanours are brought to the attention of the Mounty. And what's 'The conspiracy'? The clue's in the title, to Kill Uncle. 'Uncle' is the boy's uncle and guardian, a former soldier with a war record of escape from Colditz, a cheery chap who exudes charm and sweetness in his public persona. Beneath that outward public veneer there is something much darker and less endearing. Do the children succeed? You'll have to read the book to find out.

This is a really good example of old fashioned storytelling at its best. A classic which is fit to be read by adults and children of a certain age. I am glad I happened across it.


Fiskars UK 1001449 Quantum Hedge Shear - Black
Fiskars UK 1001449 Quantum Hedge Shear - Black
Price: £53.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, worth the extra expense, 11 July 2016
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My shears arrived today. My first impression as I unpacked them was, these are very light. I also thought the blades look short compared to my old (50 years old) shears. In this case however lightness is not a sign of poor quality but a sign of efficiency and ease of use. I discovered that when I tackled my overgrown front hedge. Some of the stems were as thick as my finger and these shears sliced through with minimum effort. The lightness of weight means they are easy to lift high and wide and the good thing about that is even at full arm extension they cut just as easily as when close up. One final word of praise, no lead to cut through or noisy roar of my electric shears. Peace returned to the garden. I wish they had a grass cutting device of similar efficiency and ease of use.

Already I am very, very pleased with this purchase and hope they keep up the good work. I just wish gathering up the clippings was as easy as cutting the hedge. That took four times as long as cutting the hedge.


True Grit
True Grit
by Bear Grylls
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Men and Women of grit and determination, 10 July 2016
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This review is from: True Grit (Hardcover)
This is a book of 25 biographical sketches. In each of these Bear Grylls focuses on the signs of 'True Grit' shown by each of the individuals he has chosen. His subjects exhibited their grit in times of hardship, war and disaster. Aircraft accidents, perils of the seas, climbers, WW2 spies and heroes, and great explorers all feature. The stories he tells range from the beginning of the 19th century with the story of Captain James Riley, enslaved in the western Sahara when his ship foundered off its coast, to Aaron Ralston the American who became famous in 2003 for cutting off his own arm to set himself free when he was trapped alone by a boulder in a canyon in Utah.

Most of the individuals in this book though showed their grit in the 20th century. Many of the names are famous, they include the Victorian explorer, Sir Benjamin Franklin, and the great names of Antarctic exploration, Scott and Amundsen. I remember all of these from my schooldays when they were not quite so historical and overlooked as they are today. Others are not so well known by name. For example Nancy Wake, the White Mouse Spy or Chris Moon, blown up while working with Halo Trust to diffuse landmines.

The book begins with another unfamiliar name from a media sensation of the 1970s. 22 year old Uruguayan Nando Parrado a survivor of the Flight 172 which crashed in the Andes on 13 October 1972. The survivors who ate their deceased fellow travellers to preserve their own lives, perhaps the greatest taboo of 20th century living. Fittingly the book finishes with the story of Ernest Shackleton one of the most inspiring adventurers and explorers of the early 20th century. Perhaps, in this generation, we need more men of integrity and courage like Shackleton.

Clearly with only 10-15 pages on each of these individuals the book can just skim the surface but Bear Grylls has added a detailed bibliography if you should want to read more about the remarkable characters of this book.


The Axe Factor (Jimm Juree 3)
The Axe Factor (Jimm Juree 3)
by Colin Cotterill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.54

4.0 out of 5 stars Chop, chop in Thailand, 30 Jun. 2016
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The 3rd in the Jim Juree series is as amusing and flippant as its predecessors. I found it an amusing and entertaining read. You do not need to be Sherlock Holmes to pick up the clues/allusions in this book, starting with its title. Medley the corrupt, multi-national company accused of forcing its baby-formula on the poor of Thailand. It does that by deliberately misleading advertisement and endorsement by medics and childcare specialists it has corrupted. Jim Juree is drawn to investigate the proponents of Medley when a country doctor goes missing in Southern Thailand. Murder is suspected. It's not hard to guess what multi-national could well fit the profile of Medley.

Another potential suspect is an ex-pat lothario with initials C.C. who includes Jim in his conquests. I hope that this character and the author share only their initials!

As always however it is Jims's weird family and their three dogs who are the stars of this story. It kept me smiling just about all the way through.


The Corpse Bridge (Cooper and Fry)
The Corpse Bridge (Cooper and Fry)
by Stephen Booth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A winding trail, 17 Jun. 2016
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In The Corpse Bridge, Stephen Booth uses the old coffin 'roads' across the Derbyshire hills as the framework on which to build a good story. A body is found in the early hours of a winter's morning on an old coffin road, right by an old stone bridge where the pall bearers were accustomed to rest the coffins en route to the burial ground. Surprisingly, some witnesses come forward, though none give evidence of having seen the person now dead. The local police led by Ben Cooper discover symbols of old superstitions in the surrounding woods. Curiously Ben is shadowed by his former colleague Diane Fry for reasons unexplained but when another body is found she takes the lead in the investigation. The interaction between Cooper and Fry in this story is interesting and ultimately surprising.

There are lots of twists and turns along the way and not just in the coffin road. Enough to keep me reading to the end, though I have to admit I thought the end was a bit of a soft landing.

This is not the only regional crime story available which uses the old coffin routes as the hook on which to hang a tale. Martin Edwards' book 'The Coffin Trail' which is set in the Lake District was published about 9 years before this book. It's another interesting read. The Coffin Trail


SUNTEC 100cm 39.4in Warm White Under Cupboard/Camping Light Battery Operated Waterproof LED Strip Light Gerneric for Home Kitchen Outdoor Light Decor B1W
SUNTEC 100cm 39.4in Warm White Under Cupboard/Camping Light Battery Operated Waterproof LED Strip Light Gerneric for Home Kitchen Outdoor Light Decor B1W
Offered by Sunrise tec
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Let there be light., 23 May 2016
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I bought this strip of lights to use as a temporary fix for under-cupboard lighting in the kitchen. The kitchen overhead lighting is not great and there is none wired to the cupboards over the worktops. It is quite a major task for an electrician to run cables through a tiled kitchen and I could not face up to the task.

I bought one strip of these lights to see what light they might shed under the cupboards. The 1 metre strip is powered by 3 x 1.5w batteries. I have used 3 re-chargeable batteries. The battery box with the on-off switch sticks easily under the cupboard and out of sight using Velcro. The light strip is self-adhesive and is also tucked out of sight. After a couple of weeks of usage I found that the adhesive on the light strip was not strong enough to stay on the cupboard. A couple of pieces of velcro has remedied that problem.

The light is good, from fully charged batteries, and it is just the job. I am impressed enough to invest in a couple more strips for more cupboards. I don't know what the lifespan of the system will be. The switch is just a small sliding switch and it may be vulnerable to frequent usage but time will tell. I won't be rushing to bring the electrician and his drill into the kitchen


Rolson 11201 8 oz Stubby Claw Hammer
Rolson 11201 8 oz Stubby Claw Hammer
Price: £3.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 9 May 2016
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Excellent little hammer for confined spaces.
Good for panel pins and other light weight hammer work.
It feels good and well-balanced in the hand


Evil for Evil (DI Marjory Fleming)
Evil for Evil (DI Marjory Fleming)
by Aline Templeton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The past has consequences, 9 May 2016
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This series is set in Galloway in South West Scotland and feature farmer's wife Marjory Fleming as the Detective Inspector in charge of the small Kirkluce team of detectives. I have read a few of the 'Marjory Fleming' series and this is the best so far.

Poor Madge is run ragged with trouble at home and a some serious crimes to deal with in a little coastal holiday village of Innellan, close to Kirkcudbright. Her sergeant also has home problems which take him out of the action for a while. One thing leads to another, arson, the discovery of a long-murdered corpse, and the police are on the back foot. Then while they are on the ground investigating the goings on in Innellan, someone is murdered. All the separate story lines hold the interest and there are enough blind alleys in the investigation to build up tension until the exposure of the guilty party.


Suspension Trainer Home Gym Workout Kit by Peak Fitness. Great Crossfit Training Exercise Equipment System for a Full Body Weight Core Workout. Includes Door Anchor Mount, Straps, Heavy Duty Buckles and Travel Bag. Burn Fat and Build Muscle. With a No Risk Lifetime Guarantee
Suspension Trainer Home Gym Workout Kit by Peak Fitness. Great Crossfit Training Exercise Equipment System for a Full Body Weight Core Workout. Includes Door Anchor Mount, Straps, Heavy Duty Buckles and Travel Bag. Burn Fat and Build Muscle. With a No Risk Lifetime Guarantee
Offered by Ripthek Sports
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Aid to recovery, 6 April 2016
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I have had a problem with a damaged knee following a fracture of my leg. I was introduced to a TRX suspension trainer during hospital treatment. I found it very useful in strengthening my knee and I decided to invest in a TRX of my own. This 'Peak Fitness trainer' seems to be exactly the same as the hospital version. Very well made, simple to set up, and easy to adjust and use.

It comes with an over-door attachment and that's how I have used it at home. Just hook the tab over a door, and close the door with the tab in the inside of the room so that you are not pulling on a door which will suddenly burst open and deposit you on the floor. One issue with using a door is that the high point to which the equipment is attached is only about 2 metres high. It's high enough for me but a higher fixing point may be more desirable, particularly if you are tall.

Another point to remember is that you need floor space to work in. You'll need at least seven or eight feet from the base of the door to which you attach the equipment. In my case that means using the hallway where there is no space restriction.

Finally this equipment does not come with any exercise instruction booklet. That is a pity and the only downside for me but seems to be par for the course. None of the variations on sale seem to have an instruction booklet. You will have to spend a bit of time on the internet compiling your own exercise booklet. Download and print the exercises you will need for all the parts of your body you want to work on. You should perhaps research the exercises first by googling TRX to see if this equipment is for you.


The Misty Harbour: Inspector Maigret #16
The Misty Harbour: Inspector Maigret #16
by Georges Simenon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.89

5.0 out of 5 stars A very atmospheric read, 4 April 2016
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It is always good to meet up again with Maigret. Simenon tells a great story. He is superb at creating the physical and psychological atmosphere in his stories.

As the title makes clear this book is set in and around a misty harbour. Maigret is there because he has brought Joris the harbourmaster back to his home from Paris. Joris has lost his memory, no longer knows who he is, but the cause is clear from the healed bullet wound in his head. Who did that? Maigret personally delivers him to his home on the brink of the misty harbour but next day Joris is dead. Maigret's investigation of the murder, because that what it is, begins. He comes up against a wall of silence from everyone in the little village. There's quite a collection of characters in that small place and Simenon describes them so well.

Slowly but surely small hints and clues emerge and Maigret pieces them together. He calls in Lucas to help him. The mist over the village never completely disperses but Maigret sees through it and Joris's killer is uncovered.


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