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Wafcol Complete Vegetarian for Adult Dogs, 3 kg
Wafcol Complete Vegetarian for Adult Dogs, 3 kg
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My dogs have thrived on this for 14 years and counting, 17 Jun. 2014
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On becoming vegan, I offered my hitherto meat-eating dogs a choice of several complete dog foods, both meat-based and vegetarian. They went straight for the Wafcol, and have been thriving on it ever since. Both are now 14, which is a testament to the long-term efficacy of a vegetarian diet for dogs, and for Wafcol in particular.

Despite what many pet-food companies would like you to believe, unlike cats, dogs are not carnivores but rather scavenging omnivores, and do not require meat in their diet. In fact, before putting my dogs on Wafcol I consulted both vets and animal welfare experts, who assured me that not only was a vegetarian diet fine, but that it was far better than most if not all of the meat-based foods on the market.

So if you are hesitating about whether a vegetarian diet is good for dogs, in my personal experience, and the experience of my dogs, the answer is a resounding yes.


Gembird 5m Premium Dual Shielded VGA Cable with Double Ferrite Core
Gembird 5m Premium Dual Shielded VGA Cable with Double Ferrite Core
Offered by Consoletronic Ltd
Price: £7.82

2.0 out of 5 stars Shielding ineffective, 31 Mar. 2014
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I purchased this cable for a laptop whose power input is right next to the VGA port, and interferes with the signal quality when I use a basic VGA cable (wavy lines on the screen when the mains power was switched on). However, whilst this cable works, the shielding on it does not, and has had no effect in reducing the interference. Summary? Buy this if you want a fairly cheap cable that works. Don't buy it if you are hoping that the shielding will have any effect.


Cry Murder! in a Small Voice
Cry Murder! in a Small Voice
Price: £4.36

4.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully-crafted bauble, 17 Sept. 2013
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I should admit from the outset that I am a huge fan of Greer Gilman, and her first novel, Moonwise, is one of my favourite novels, one of a select few I turn to again and again. But it is a strange thing, to read a new work by an author you love, and from whom you have waited for something new for so long. There is so much expectation that inevitably it seems there must be disappointment, especially when, as in the case of Cry Murder, the book is not set in the same much-loved world as the earlier novels. But not here. A page, or two, and you forget your expectations, and fall once more into the beauty of Gilman's writing, the uniqueness of her style.

Perhaps surprisingly, given that Cry Murder is set for the most part in early 17th century London and ostensibly a detective story, whilst her earlier books are set in a fantasy world and deal with more mythic concepts, there are many of the same themes to be found here, such as the importance of ritual and the turning points of the year, the interplay of play and reality, and others of which to tell would spoil the tale's own telling.

The language is as beautifully-wrought as ever, and as dense, too, often more akin to the poetry of the period it portrays than prose. But somehow it is easier to read than her earlier works, perhaps because the setting is familiar, of this world, and so the many references easier to catch. (Perhaps too because of Kindle's extensive built-in dictionary!) The old humour, too, is here, though of gallows-kind.

But why only four stars? Because, as one of Gilman's characters might write, oh and O, it is so short! Less a meal, more a mere morsel, an appetiser. And, also, only four stars because it feels somehow shallow, more form than substance. Moonwise was inspirational, transformational, Cloud and Ashes was harrowing, and both lingered long in the imagination after reading. But Cry Murder feels more like a clever trinket, a bauble, beautiful but insubstantial.

Finally, I was not wholly convinced by the final chapter. Obviously to say more would be to risk spoiling the book, but whilst it was not the twist I had been expecting, neither, I think, was it quite the right one.

Still, a lesser work by Greer Gilman is worth a dozen by most other authors. And I would not hesitate to recommend it to any and all who look for more than mere plot in a work.


Moonwise [Hardback]
Moonwise [Hardback]
by Greer Gilman
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and darkly enchanting, 2 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Moonwise [Hardback] (Hardcover)
Combines the mythical quality of Robert Holdstock's "Mythago Wood", the enchantment of John Crowley's "Little, Big", and the poetry of a medieval ballad.

I have been a fan of the fantasy genre for over thirty years, and I didn't think I would ever again come upon a novel that could reawaken the sense of magic and wonder that comes from first reading a fantasy book. Its unique prose gets under your skin and into your spirit, so that, like the poetry of Shakespeare, you find your thoughts resonating to its style. The atmosphere it evokes stays with you even when you are not reading it, and colours the way you look at the world around you. It feels less like reading a new book and more like rediscovering an old favourite one.

It is the kind of book you tell all your friends they must read, then go out and buy them copies of just to make sure they do so.

It is not an easy read, in that the writing is 'dense', often more like poetry than prose, and its meaning is not always immediately clear. But like poetry, it is writing that is surely intended to be read slowly, and savoured, filled as it is with brilliantly-imaginative imagery, and, also like poetry, if you do so, its meaning gradually emerges.

If it has a flaw, it is the introduction in some editions by Michael Swanwick, which reveals too much of the central concepts of the book, concepts that should be discovered by reading the book. It is interesting, but to my mind it should have been placed at the end, not at the beginning, of the novel. But skip that, and enjoy a book like no other. (Well, except for Gilman's other works, anyway.)

To call it one of the greatest fantasy books of the twentieth century is to do it an injustice. It is simply one of the greatest books of the twentieth century.


Works of Jerome K. Jerome
Works of Jerome K. Jerome

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A witty and charming writer, 18 Mar. 2013
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Just as his near contemporary P.G. Wodehouse is chiefly known for his Jeeves stories, even though many of his others are every bit as good if not better, so the only book by J.K. Jerome I knew of was Three Men in a Boat. But I was delighted to find that, again like P.G. Wodehouse, Jerome has also written many other works, many of which are every bit as good - if not better - than Three Men in a Boat.

Jerome has a lightness of touch that makes you feel less as if you are reading a book, and more as if you are listening to a friend talking over dinner. Unlike some humorous writers he is never seems glib, condescending or smug, and even when one does not agree with him, one enjoys doing so. He also has a more thoughtful, philosophical and sometimes even poetical side to him, though the tends to make light of such passages.

Obviously some of his opinions - and occasional choice of word - are dated, but most of the humour remains as amusing and as relevant today as presumably it did then, complaints of his day seemingly not much different from those of ours.

So why only four stars? Because for some reason the anthology is not ordered chronologically, or even by type of work, but alphabetically. This results in some startling changes of mood, period and decade, whilst the first work in the anthology - All Roads Lead to Calvary - is a serious novel very different to most of the anthology, and which may put some people off reading further. There is also no biographical information, which is a shame, and there are the occasional formatting problems where, for example, the text will decide to centre itself for a paragraph or two. For such a cheap price it seems churlish to complain about this, and overall it is undeniably very good value for money, but the ordering of the works in particular seems an unfortunate decision.

But, all in all, well worth buying.


Epson Expression Home XP-202 Wi-Fi Small-in-One Printer
Epson Expression Home XP-202 Wi-Fi Small-in-One Printer
Offered by EPrinters-uk
Price: £55.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything works perfectly - who could ask for more?, 23 Feb. 2013
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From installing and setting up the printer, to printing and scanning, everything has worked perfectly first time. Who could ask for more?

This was the first printer I've tried to connect by WiFi, and given other negative reviews regarding this aspect, I was a little concerned that there would be problems. But whilst there a number of steps to follow, the software walks you through them without any problems.

I've also read complaints about the cost of the ink cartridges. But compared to those for other, similarly-priced printers, they are very reasonable - in fact, less than half the price of the old Lexmark I used to own.

Print quality is fine - both colour and black and white is crisp and clear. I haven't tried printing a photograph, though, so cannot comment on that aspect of printing.

One word of warning though - the installation guide recommends that you connect the printer to your computer via a USB lead when installing, but the printer does not come with such a lead. However, it is hard to imagine a household these days without one lying around - or in my case, connected to something else and which I could use for the few minutes required to set up the printer.

I also cannot comment as to durability, as I have only had the printer for a few days. If problems develop, I'll add to this review.

But all in all, I am completely satisfied, and this happens so rarely I thought I should post this review!


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Offered by POWERPLUS
Price: £2.79

1.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Not suitable for models listed, 8 Feb. 2013
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This item has a mini-USB connector (the really tiny one), and as such is NOT suitable for older models of START and ONE TomToms, despite what it says in the item description.


Above Ker-Is and Other Stories
Above Ker-Is and Other Stories
by Evangeline Walton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but inconsistent, 7 Feb. 2013
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As with Yeats, or with Machen, at their best these short stories give the impression that you are reading not mere fiction, but stories of real Celtic folklore, handed down to the author from a more mystical and pagan past. And even at their worst, they are always evocative and atmospheric. However, what mars this collection for me is its inconsistency.

This can be found in the overall stories - a subtle tale with an ambiguous ending is placed next to one titled 'Werewolf', in which a description of a character as having pointed teeth rather gives away the rest of the tale. It can also be found in the writing, where frequent flashes of poetic brilliance lie alongside clumsy sentence structure, awkward repetition or cliche. And whilst some of the scenic descriptions make it feel as she has walked the cliffs and forests she describes, at other times it seems clear that she has not.

There are also an unfortunate number of punctuation errors, which sometimes mar the flow of the stories, whilst the spelling of characters' names alter on occasion. I do not know whether these errors were in the original manuscripts, but even if so, a kind editor might have fixed what are clearly mistakes.

But overall, the stories are well worth taking the time to read, and the best of them will linger with you long after you have finished doing so.


Bradamant's Quest
Bradamant's Quest
Price: £3.06

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical tales, well told., 10 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Bradamant's Quest (Kindle Edition)
The book follows the adventures of Bradamant, a female knight in the time of Charlemagne. Each chapter describes a single adventure, none of which outstay their welcome, and which are connected by way of an overall quest. This is a world of magic and almost childlike wonder, where hippogriffs, monsters and magic items wait round every corner. However, because we also hear of Bradamant's aches, pains and even period pains, the stories retain a sense of realism which both contrasts with and highlights the magical elements.

The writing style is a simple one, never getting in the way of the story, and the descriptions of places, people and events are both clear and evocative, the book wearing its learning lightly. It should be noted that the writing style is clearly a modern one - this is a book written today about adventures set in the past, as opposed to a traditional fantasy novel such as, say, Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", whose style is deliberately archaic to match the setting. But both approaches have their advantages, and here the modern style serves well.

If the book has a flaw, it is that occasional typos detract from immersion in the story. (This on the Kindle version - I cannot comment on the paper copy.)

But overall, it is most definitely well worth a read, especially if you purchase the Kindle version, which is considerably cheaper than the paper copy!


Moonwise
Moonwise
by Greer Gilman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and unique book, 21 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Moonwise (Hardcover)
Combines the mythical quality of Robert Holdstock's "Mythago Wood", the enchantment of John Crowley's "Little, Big", and the poetry of a medieval ballad.

I have been a fan of the fantasy genre for over thirty years, and I didn't think I would ever again come upon a novel that could reawaken the sense of magic and wonder that comes from first reading a fantasy book. Its unique prose gets under your skin and into your spirit, so that, like the poetry of Shakespeare, you find your thoughts resonating to its style. The atmosphere it evokes stays with you even when you are not reading it, and colours the way you look at the world around you. It feels less like reading a new book and more like rediscovering an old favourite one.

It is the kind of book you tell all your friends they must read, then go out and buy them copies of just to make sure they do so.

It is not an easy read, in that the writing is 'dense', often more like poetry than prose, and its meaning is not always immediately clear. But like poetry, it is writing that is surely intended to be read slowly, and savoured, filled as it is with brilliantly-imaginative imagery, and, also like poetry, if you do so, its meaning gradually emerges.

If it has a flaw, it is the introduction in some editions by Michael Swanwick, which reveals too much of the central concepts of the book, concepts that should be discovered by reading the book. It is interesting, but to my mind it should have been placed at the end, not at the beginning, of the novel. But skip that, and enjoy a book like no other. (Well, except for Gilman's other works, anyway.)

To call it one of the greatest fantasy books of the twentieth century is to do it an injustice. It is simply one of the greatest books of the twentieth century.


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