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Honey & Co: Food from the Middle East
Honey & Co: Food from the Middle East
Price: £12.99

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of love: for people, food, and each other. Marvellous., 6 July 2014
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This is worth buying just to read, let alone cook from. It's a marvellous story of how two people have succeeded, with not much money but with a great deal of perseverance, to create a restaurant and now a cook book. I haven't yet made anything from it, but the descriptions alone have made me determined to put aside my fear of bread dough and give it a go. As a whole, the recipes want you to summon all your nearest and dearest to supper and ply them all evening long with these dishes, and a lot of booze. Restores your faith in humanity. Thank you both.


Chinese Characters - Flash Cards for Beginners
Chinese Characters - Flash Cards for Beginners
Price: £2.03

1.0 out of 5 stars not much use, 16 Dec. 2011
Agree with the other one star review. With no accompanying pinyin this doesn't help learning. Waste of money, don't bother buying it unless you are a total beginner.


Gardman Universal Squirrel Baffle
Gardman Universal Squirrel Baffle
Offered by Garden Selections
Price: £16.14

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great at preventing attacks from above, but ..., 18 July 2011
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This is an amusing piece of kit, until the squirrel works out how to launch itself at the feeder from something close by. At first they fling themselves straight at it, only to slide off helplessly. This makes them very irritated! I made the mistake of attaching this to the top of a plastic feeder. Once the little blighters had worked out how to launch themselves straight at it from a nearby bay tree, they snapped off all four of the feeder perches. So, back to the drawing board and a new, metal feeder. (Plastic feeders also just get chewed round the feeder holes by the squirrels who want faster access to the seeds.)
For a while I added a small cotton bag with some moth balls to the top, which actually did seem to keep them at bay - apparently they hate the smell. When I forgot to put it back after re-filling the feeder, back came the squirrels. If you don't have moth balls, cat hair may also work the same way.
Another downside to the baffle (if placed on a feeder under a tree) is that the birds poo on it, so be careful when removing it to top up the feeder.


STV177 - MULTI-CATCH MOUSE TRAP- LARGE
STV177 - MULTI-CATCH MOUSE TRAP- LARGE
Offered by Goods Wholesale Ltd
Price: £3.49

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth the effort, because mice are smart and persistent, 10 Mar. 2010
Placed this trap in the cupboard with the mice.
Baited it first with peanut butter. No joy.
Then with cheese. Still nothing.
(Mice not eating food, just ignoring it.)
Left it there and forgot about it for at least a week. Then, it caught two little mice!
Difficult bit is that you then have to carry the mice at least a mile away in order to release them. When I opened the trap, one sprang out and dashed back in the direction of our place. The other wouldn't come out, and hid in one of the tunnels so I had to leave the trap in the park.

Am now going to get some mouse repeller plugs as either they've managed to find their way back again or their kids have taken their place (more droppings).

In summary, yes a humane way of catching them but not really worth the effort as the darn things just keep on coming in!
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Bonjour Zen Glass Teapot, 1200ml, 42floz
Bonjour Zen Glass Teapot, 1200ml, 42floz

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but perhaps a bit fragile?, 20 Aug. 2009
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Have had this teapot for about a week now.
It comes with a cute wooden stand and little wooden tea scoop.
It's beautifully balanced and pours really well.
Tea tastes great, so much better than in a mug.
However the glass is pretty thin and I just know my cleaner is going to chip/break it at some stage.
Also if you leave the tea in it for any time (like overnight, which I do all the time because I'm lazy) it does stain. But a clean round with washing up liquid and a final rinse in cold water and it comes up like new.


Chef'n SleekStor Collapsible Colander, 15 cm, Cherry/ Meringue
Chef'n SleekStor Collapsible Colander, 15 cm, Cherry/ Meringue
Price: £12.29

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very small!, 27 July 2009
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Oh dear. Having waited in most of the day for this, was very disappointed when it turned up. It's only 6" in diameter at the low point, so not much good if you're draining large pans of veggies or pasta.
Shame - it's a nice idea but it needs to be twice the size. Will now go and check to see if they do a bigger one, as it's also a good price.
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Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe
Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe
by Nicholas Crane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, captivating adventure, beautifully written, 26 Oct. 2007
I'm less than a third of the way through the book and already compelled to write a review.

The map at the beginning immediately shows the enormity of Nicholas Crane's task: to walk across the spine of Europe from the Atlantic edge of Northern Spain to the waters of the Bosphurus at Istanbul. A walk any enthusiastic hiker and nature lover would also like to do - in part - if it weren't for the 'sleeping under a rock' bit. Crane writes wonderfully of his grading system for cow sheds and the mysterious hi-jacking of his boxer shorts by a marmot.

More seriously, the book is packed with interesting stories of both historical figues associated with the towns and villages he passes by, and the characters he meets on the way.

I can't recommend this book highly enough to enyone with a curiosity about the remaining isolated parts of Europe and a love of the outdoors.


Vax VS-18 Big Bubble Bagless Upright Cleaner
Vax VS-18 Big Bubble Bagless Upright Cleaner

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, easy to put together, very powerful, 13 May 2005
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Believe me, if I can follow the instructions and assemble this vacuum in ten minutes, so can your six year old. Only strange thing was the instructions said there was a handle on the side of the extension tube, but there wasn't.
Emptying the 'jug' which contains the filter and all the gunk from your carpets is so easy - much easier than changing a bag.
It's also much much lighter than a Dyson and smaller, so easier to store. Really tremendous value.
Can't believe how much dust it sucked out of the bedroom carpet - yeach! Now a different colour!! In fact, it's so powerful, make sure you don't let it too close to that sock which is lying next to the laundry basket ... It sucks up the corners of rugs, as well.
However, it is noisy. If you're not on good terms with your neighbours, I'd use it when they're out. If you have a cleaner, perhaps consider buying her/him some ear muffs? (Kidding).
Really super machine, buy it.


London Orbital
London Orbital
by Iain Sinclair
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read for the nuggets, 17 Mar. 2004
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This review is from: London Orbital (Paperback)
As other reviewers have said, there is some fascinating information here, and Sinclair is clearly passionate about his subject. However, if you are not a terribly patient reader (like me) and want a flowing story, beware! This book could make you very frustrated. It could have been edited down quite successfully by about 30% and still contained all the interesting bits. However, Sinclair takes the term "florid" to extremes, and has some annoying writing quirks. Many short sentences. No verbs. That kind of thing. I'm packing up my copy and sending it to a retired professor in Chicago who is truly mad about London and has time to wade through the uneccessary verbiage.


Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger
Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger
by Nigel Slater
Edition: Hardcover

48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Salad cream and hostess trollies - my childhood writ large, 10 Mar. 2004
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I laughed at every single page in the opening chapters. The descriptions of growing up in Middle England, with its associated food snobberies are ruthlessly accurate. Perhaps that's why so many of us 30-somethings are obsessed with the latest food innovations - we are desperate to obliterate memories of childhood salads of ham, boiled egg and lettuce leaf.
However, Slater is also tender in his descriptions of his mother and her struggles with her health, and remarkably honest about his relationship with his step mother. Having always admired his food writing, his honesty and directness shine through here, too. But be warned - you may never want to eat in a provincial hotel dining room again, EU regulations or no!
A remarkable tale of growing up from a remarkable personality.


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