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John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Sheer Blonde 10A Extra Light Ash Blonde
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Sheer Blonde 10A Extra Light Ash Blonde

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best on the market!, 19 Mar. 2015
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This is the best dye I've ever used, and I've been colouring my hair for a decade - I refuse to use anything else! My natural dark blonde hair lightens evenly with this dye and the result is incredibly natural and without the dreaded brassiness. I've had some terrible experiences with hair dye from other leading brands, but this is consistently perfect. The mousse is very easy to use and covers the hair perfectly. Can't recommend enough!!


Pretzel Making at Home
Pretzel Making at Home
by Andrea Slonecker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Proper pretzels, 19 Sept. 2014
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I have searched far and wide for a decent pretzel or bretzel recipe that works. All the ones I tried worked but no where near as original tasting or easy as Andrea's recipe!! They taste fantastic and keep really well. The book also features also sorts of variations and things to do with the recipes. Highly recommended.


1001 Beers: You Must Try Before You Die
1001 Beers: You Must Try Before You Die
by Adrian Tierney-Jones
Edition: Paperback

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, a stunning collection of world beers, 21 Jun. 2010
1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die, is an excellent book for the beer fanatic. It features a collection of 1001 beers from across the globe. It is not devised like similar books (300 Beers to Try Before You Die) by style eg Ipa, stout, pilsner but by colour eg amber, blond, dark and speciality. Yes the last one was not a colour but its to sort out the ones which do not belong elsewhere eg Geuze.

Its also different as its not just written by Adrian Tierney-Jones, He is the general editor of the collection which features I believe 40 other writers, all who have had a part to play in the book and decide what goes in and what stays out. Adrian Tierney-Jones has not personally tasted all 1001 either and says so in the introduction, he does sum the book up nicely though, explaining why the book is organised as so and about why the are 40 other beer experts. He puts it that is not just one man's opinion but the wisdom of many.

This makes the book seem a little confusing at first, as it comes across as a mass collection of beers in no particular order, or reference to whether they are good, great or just interesting. This is because of all the different writers, as there is no information if they are good in the writers opinion. We just get a page of information about the brewer (information is a bit repetitive for beers by the same brewery), a picture and a small tasting box which contains a little information on what to expect in flavours. This is where other books (as mentioned) slightly get a higher mark in my book as they include more information on each beer and personal recommendation as to the tastes and flavours. This by no means means its bad either, its an excellent collection rather than a guide, similar in some aspects to the late Mr Jacksons Great Beer Guide: The World's 500 Best Beers. An excellent reference book maybe rather than a guide.

Its excellent value for money too as its 960 pages! The book is around three inch thick and contains many pictures of the beers themselves with the correct glass or interesting beer themed images.
Its not the best beer guide but its is an unique and wonderful collection of beers well worth your book shelf space! Recommended!


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what is says for the bottle., 14 Jun. 2010
An excellent product which actually works. To be honest I was a little sceptical when I first tried it but its a great product which could easily pay for its self if you have had to throw away spilt wine. Depending on the room temperature, type of wine and age your bottle could last a few days more to over ten!

I have found it to be excellent to keep a bottle of red open for one glass with a meal or cooking for a easy three or four days with almost no taste difference, which by I mean (depending on the bottle) on the fourth day it tastes like a nice aerated wine rather than sweet vinegar. Wonderful!

Operation could not be any easier too, place stopper in bottle, attach vacuum wine saver, pump till it clicks and that is all. Easy.

An excellent product, and good value too.


Good Bottled Beer Guide (Good Bottled Beer Guide: The Camra Guide to Real Ale in a Bottle)
Good Bottled Beer Guide (Good Bottled Beer Guide: The Camra Guide to Real Ale in a Bottle)
by Jeff Evans
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good british bottle conditioned beer guide..., 14 Jun. 2010
The good bottled beer guide (7th edition) is a review of over 1300 bottle beers of which are conditioned in the bottle. That means a small amount of yeast from the primary or secondary fermentation is also put in the bottle to further develop the flavours and provide a fresher taste. Good news as some of the best ales/beers in the world are produced this way!

The Title should read Good British bottle conditioned beer guide, but that is not very eye catching as the book focus's on bottle conditioned beers not just bottled beers. This is not a big problem but it does exclude some of the best beers around and I for one would love to see a non-bottle conditioned beer guide.

The guide is split in to beer types ( IPA, Stout, old ales, ect) with alphabetical by brewer in each section followed by a list of the brewers and the beers (in this book) that they produce. This is very easy to follow and quick reference so nice work there Mr Evens but shame the list did not also include the page numbers as the index is only by the beer name and not the brewer as well. This and the only bottle-conditioned beer is why I gave only 4 stars, but I would prefer to say 4 and a half.

Towards the back the is a two further sections, one on world bottled conditioned beers (a particular favourite of mine) and where to obtain some of the beers in this book.

I have found this to be an very useful guide which has helped me to find some beers by style I would have not of thought to try ( fullers vintage ale for one). overall this is a excellent and recommended guide for the home drinker or should I say bottled ale connoisseur..


Coneheads [DVD]
Coneheads [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dan Aykroyd
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the conehead family.., 14 Jun. 2010
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An excellent example of how a sc-fi comedy should be made and a early 1990's classic.

Meet the Coneheads, Beldar (Dan Aykroyd) and his wife Prymaat (Jane curtain), from the planet Remulak. They have come to earth to destroy it but end up crash landing and have to find a place to hide. After asking to be rescued they find they have to wait for 15 or so years, so they go undercover to survive on our planet in New Jersey and to hide from the INS who are trying to deport them. While waiting to be rescued they have a family and get a house and like all have to put up with their teenage daughter. When they come to be rescued, the Conehead family head back to Remulak and just in the nik of time with with the INS on there case but they are not out of trouble yet!

An hysterical comedy, which after not seeing it for over ten years has not lost any of its appeal and if anything like a fine wine has aged very well. Recommended for anyone, particularly if you like 1990's films like ghost busters, ect.


The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the prequal to lords of the rings., 14 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Silmarillion (Paperback)
What an amazing and beautiful story, one of Mr Tolkien's finest works, but its not easy going.

The Silmarillion is best described as the journey of middle earth and by reading it you too will enter middle earth and discover its history and hidden secrets. Be warned though, the journey is not an easy one, its no simple adventure like the hobbit or even epic quest like lord of the rings. The Silmarillion is the outcome of a vision, its history from the beginning to just before Frodo's adventures. The story overall is amazing, you will enter another world, the details are mind boggling and it flows quite smoothly throughout but I feel its let down by reading in places like a history text. Hence the four stars.

If you are a competent and determined reader who is inspired by the Tolkeins middle earth, I feel you will enjoy the The Silmarillion. If you enjoyed the Lords of the rings trilogy and would love the know more of its history, pick up the The Silmarillion. If you trudged through the Lords of the rings trilogy and quite enjoyed it, dont read this, its not for you.


The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The prequal to lords of the rings.., 14 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Silmarillion (Paperback)
What an amazing and beautiful story, one of Mr Tolkien's finest works, but its not easy going.

The Silmarillion is best described as the journey of middle earth and by reading it you too will enter middle earth and discover its history and hidden secrets. Be warned though, the journey is not an easy one, its no simple adventure like the hobbit or even epic quest like lord of the rings. The Silmarillion is the outcome of a vision, its history from the beginning to just before Frodo's adventures. The story overall is amazing, you will enter another world, the details are mind boggling and it flows quite smoothly throughout but I feel its let down by reading in places like a history text. Hence the four stars.

If you are a competent and determined reader who is inspired by the Tolkeins middle earth, I feel you will enjoy the The Silmarillion. If you enjoyed the Lords of the rings trilogy and would love the know more of its history, pick up the The Silmarillion. If you trudged through the Lords of the rings trilogy and quite enjoyed it, dont read this, its not for you.


Avatar [DVD]
Avatar [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sam Worthington
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.59

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Avatar - something for everyone..., 14 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Avatar [DVD] (DVD)
Avatar was said to be "THE" James Cameron film, but why would the PR company not say this after the man had put so much time into it (and a few years not producing other films).
Dont get me wrong, It's a great film, for the entertainment value that is but its not a terminator, or other Cameron film. The work on the graphics is stunning, I can see why he waited 10 years for the CGI to catch up with his idea but I feel the film needed a little extra or should of been made 5 years ago to really shine. Ten years from now will really tell the story on this.

But enough of that, how about the film its self?

- First of what is it about?

Set in the future, a injured ex-soldier is asked to join the Avatar program to replace his brother ho has just died. He takes up the offer and is transported to another world far away. He's meet with some resistance, due to him being an ex-solider and wheel chair bound. He quickly makes a big mistake and is left for dead when he is rescued by an inhabitant from the other world. He is then set the task to learn the ways of the locals and become one of them, during this he falls in love. Disaster strikes when "we" the human population decide to push forward and mine the precious minerals under the locals home, by any means necessary. This leads to another dilemma for the hero, his own race or his new found life! after being thrown out of the tribe for being a traitor he finds a way to gain their respect again (and the one he loves) and takes the lead to overcome the corporation. Very brief synopsis, but lets not give it all away.

- So is it worth watching?

Yes its an excellent film, with a very green message which has been seen many times before. Look after the environment and the cultures of the world. For the thrill seeker, this is a epic battle film taking place on another world with some excellent scenes and plenty of big bangs. For the romantics we have a enduring love story which comes by chance and the pair have to fight to save her people and home. Avatar is an excellent film with something for every one, some minor errors IMO but dont get hung up on other Cameron films, just sit back and enjoy...


The Adventures Of Tintin - 75th Anniversary [1990] [DVD]
The Adventures Of Tintin - 75th Anniversary [1990] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin O'Meara
Offered by Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Price: £24.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from my past...., 28 Nov. 2009
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This is the series i loved as a kid. There seems to be two series an older one and a newer one, this being the newer one. I dont know anything of the former, so cant comment there. I can fondly recall getting up early on a weekend to see tintin in action, and today it still gives me a warm pleasnt feeling. I used to have a VHS of 'Tintin in tibet' till i wore it out, it was a sad day. when i saw this was out, i was very excited. After watching it over many times, im still very happy. The adventures of Tintin, snowy and friends are great stories and are highly recomended...


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