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Tartex Herb Pate
Tartex Herb Pate
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Price: 4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Just as you remember it, 3 July 2014
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If you were also raised veggie in the 70s and 80s you'll be pleased to note this product is comfortingly the same as it always was. A handy package for camping, we use it all the time.


MexGrocer Cary Whole Tomatillos 790 g (Pack of 2)
MexGrocer Cary Whole Tomatillos 790 g (Pack of 2)
Price: 6.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it, 3 July 2014
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Good product, price, and delivery but an awkward amount for home use, I'd appreciate if tins half this size were made available. However will keep buying as otherwise satisfied.


Candle Wax 4Kg
Candle Wax 4Kg
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Price: 16.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Super fast delivery and high quality product with good melt ..., 3 July 2014
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Super fast delivery and high quality product with good melt point. I would recommend this product and seller to anyone.


Straight Expectations
Straight Expectations
by Julie Bindel
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Erasure...... and not just the band, 3 July 2014
This review is from: Straight Expectations (Paperback)
When articles that were obviously chapters-in-development for this book started turning up in the paper I was intrigued. A thoughtful and comprehensive assessment on how LGBT rights have evolved over the last couple of decades is sorely needed for the mainstream audience. Unfortunately the result shows that maybe Ms Bindel is not the right person to write such a book, or at least an objectively reported one, as her own biases against bisexuality and trans people are plain.

Her unfamiliarity with high quality research shows as well, with a discussion of her own choice to be a lesbian overtaking any sensible discussion of the research or science that has been going in to the nature-v-nurture debate for decades. She misunderstands the point of polls, mistaking people's reported responses (through the self-selecting group of online Guardian readers) as any kind of population samples. And her erasure of transnational and migrant marriages, and the importance of equal marriage for those relationships, is staggeringly blinkered.

If the book had been presented as Julie's personal reflections on a movement and her life, a personal and emotional call to arms, rather than positioning herself as a spokesperson, this would have merited at least one more star. It's conflating her own observations and experience for the truth that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
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The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media
The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media
by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is 4th wave?, 4 May 2014
The extensive coverage of 4th wave feminism in the press and of the authors of this book would suggest this is going to be the banner publication for the movement. Which makes it doubly disappointing.

I have liked the blog in the past but that relies on a sizable roster of diverse writers whose talents were not on show here, only the writing of the two founders. Unfortunately as both are under 25 and come from average middle class white homes, they have very little new to report, only the same discomfort with so-called women's media that everyone has experienced and has been commented on elsewhere in great detail, complete with waxing anecdotes. Yawn.

The parts that dive into statistics are very sloppy and would have benefited from input by someone who knows about the uses and misuses of statistics. Too often the writers fall into the very same lazy traps they claim they are sending up.

There is a great book to be written by young women about feminism today. This is not it.
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Mouse Guard: Winter 1152
Mouse Guard: Winter 1152
by David Petersen
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars More Black Axe!, 3 April 2014
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After reading this I can't wait for the Black Axe origin story. Some genuinely edge-of-seat bits in this, and the writing and artwork continue to be some of the best out there. Would LOVE to see a film of these.


Mouse Guard: Legends of The Guard Vol.1
Mouse Guard: Legends of The Guard Vol.1
by David Petersen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous art, 3 April 2014
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For fans of the main series this is a series of short (sometimes very short) stories drawn and written by other artists. Of you ever wondered how the Guard started or why they have matriarchs, it will answer that questions! A very nice and worthy spinoff from the main stories.


Tower 11253 7 L Aluminium Pressure Cooker
Tower 11253 7 L Aluminium Pressure Cooker
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Price: 32.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as described, 3 April 2014
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This is a good quality, LARGE pressure cooker suitable for family-sized cooking or catering. Came perfectly packaged and arrived very quickly. With luck I will not have to buy one again but if I do, I would buy this one again.


The Public Woman
The Public Woman
by Joan Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stuck in the 1970s, 22 May 2013
This review is from: The Public Woman (Paperback)
Two decades ago Joan Smith's work may have seemed very relevant and up to the minute. Misogynies for example was a minor classic addressing the ways in which women and women's issues are reported, or more to the point not reported in the media. That makes this book even more of a disappointment. The topics that preoccupied Smith in the 1990s are no different now. Perhaps she would claim this is because nothing has changed but that is a facile argument and clearly wrong. The ways in which modern media have shaped reporting in the last decade have altered the game irrevocably and she's still writing as if printed newspapers are the ones setting the agenda.

Instead she takes aim at women who she seems to think are in charge of how women are portrayed, glamour models and ssimilar. Instead of taking to task the entrenched interests of the editors who promote vacuous stars above any other news she seems to believe that these women invented and single-handedly perpetuate misogyny. This is not only a fallacious argument but a dangerous one. The balance between criticising other women's choices and trashing them is frequently blurred. In the chapter on prostitution her main source of information is riding in a police car rather than interviewing any sex workers themselves and she privileges the narrative offered to her by far-from-disinterested law enforcement officers over the people the laws affect.

Rather than a call to arms for women to unite as media rushes to remake and remold itself in the digital age, she is playing the usual game of tearing others down who in reality have little if any power. For example given that this book was published after the Leveson inquiry you might have thought a feminist writer would have more to say about the phenomenal success of Rebekah Brooks than simply, what a disappointment. By contrast endless space is given over to lambasting Jordan. This book goes no deeper than the public faces of the women it gleefully tears down. We already know there are women who are comfortable and successful in the patriarchy. Smith fails to explore what to do next.


The Book of Madness and Cures
The Book of Madness and Cures
by Regina O'Melveny
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Won me over slowly, 5 Sep 2012
Usually I am not a fan of historical fiction and this kind of book is not my thing at all. I was given it as a gift and really found that I enjoyed it far more than I expected. Yes, the writing is sometimes high handed but the author sets the scenes very well and you can really see what the characters see. The writing certainly has a lot of period research behind it but it it seamlessly incorporated and not as "obvious" that the writer is planting facts they dug up in the research phase (something that usually annoys me about historical fiction). Even the dialogue is not too stilted or fake-historical. The book flowed well once I got into it. If you are already a fan of nonfiction books like The Knife Man and Circulation about the development of early medicine this will be appealing.


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