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Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination
Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination
by Paul Freedman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.10

5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, 8 May 2014
I admit to a particular interest in this subject. The book moves steadily through clearly defined chapters on diet, medicine, trade and so on. Statements are supported by clear anecdotes and reference to primary sources. There's a hefty index for looking up specific points. However, this is not in any way a book on spices and their uses and does not try to be. It is an intriguing attempt to unravel why the Medieval world was so obsessed with them that vast quantities were sourced and sold despite the trade difficulties and vast distances they had to travel. A thought provoking and fascinating insight.


The Good Life - Complete Boxed Set [DVD]
The Good Life - Complete Boxed Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Briers
Price: 20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal escapist present, 28 Jan 2014
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This was bought for a niece who is too young to remember it. The comedy has endured, the characters are fun and it has given her lots of pure escapist entertainment. Good value


Jennie - Lady Randolph Churchill - The Complete Series [DVD] [1974]
Jennie - Lady Randolph Churchill - The Complete Series [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Lee Remick
Price: 7.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, 28 Jan 2014
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I missed this when it was originally shown and was swayed by the positive reviews. However, it has not worn that well: the costumes and obvious sets look dated and tend towards theatricality rather than period accuracy. I have watched around half of the series and feel remarkably unenthusiastic about the rest, a pity as it was an interesting and turbulent period and the Churchills were a fascinating family.


Nokia Universal CR-123 Mobile Phone Holder - Black
Nokia Universal CR-123 Mobile Phone Holder - Black
Offered by Wiziwoo Limited
Price: 16.38

5.0 out of 5 stars It works., 28 Jan 2014
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I was dubious about a suction cup holder as my experiences in the past haven't been brilliant, but it was easy to move around to find the best windscreen position which allowed me full field vision as well as a clear view of the Nokia GPS system. Since I stuck the holder on the screen it has stayed firm despite a range of temperatures including ice, though I've yet to discover if it is as efficient in the Summer. One thing I have discovered is that it is obviously intended for the windscreen, not any part of the dashboard - it simply doesn't adhere. The adjustable grip rotates fully and holds the phone securely, though I should say that I'm using a smaller Nokia, not the large 1020. I'm not sure whether the law requires it to be removed before an MOT, but it might be wise to find that out in advance.


The Queen of Subtleties
The Queen of Subtleties
by Suzannah Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of Subtleties, 5 Mar 2009
This book makes interesting reading. The story and outcome will be known to most readers in advance, but the author gives it a fresh twist by using modern idiomatic language (including swear words)to present Anne's opinions as her life spins out of her control. However, her use of personal diminutives for the main characters obscures their identities and she takes several liberties with well known facts.Her sub plot of Lucy Cornwallis, the king's confectioner about whom virtually nothing is known, doesn't really work and she stays a fairly flat character, mainly important in developing Mark Smeaton's sense of belonging so he has someone who will mourn his going. A good holiday read rather than a seriously researched historical novel.


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