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Spilling Ink
Spilling Ink
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Take whatever shape you please", 22 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Spilling Ink (Kindle Edition)
I'm no poet, nor am I a poetic person and to be honest I was expecting a bunch of slightly soppy love poems. Well! Nothing of the sort! Spilling Ink is a very personal affair and yet also very readable... accessible.

There's a certain naivety to some of the poems, but also an unexpected seam of wit and sophistication that surprised this hardened old cynic.

I particularly liked "Wonder"...

If quantums leap
And quarks are able,
And strings unwind
Their lengths of cable;
And protons promise
To unleash their tension,
Then I’m not surprised
By a fourth dimension.

Some are almost too painful to read and I wonder at the courage Darrielle must have needed in order to persuade herself to publish them.
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Verdo Wood Long Burning Briquettes (6 Pack)
Verdo Wood Long Burning Briquettes (6 Pack)
Offered by MIA DEALS DIRECT LTD
Price: £15.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some like it hot, 7 Mar. 2015
These logs are brilliant. They're easy to light and when they get going they burn long and hot. Probably too hot, so do be careful; you won't need more than one on the fire at a time. So theyre great for reviving a struggling fire or getting a quick heat fix. They're also easy to beeak into shorter lengths for a more compact fire.

I've uploaded a picture of a single log, broken in two, after a couple of hours in my wood burning stove. It was almost too hot to take the photo.

Do be advised that the price here on Amazon is ridiculously high. You can get a six pack in Home Bargains for a fraction.
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Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor Starter Kit with Flexball Technology--Pack of 1
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor Starter Kit with Flexball Technology--Pack of 1
Price: £15.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth as a baby's bum, 2 Mar. 2015
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With more blades than Edward Scissorhands, the Gillette Fusion razor does give me a smooth, clean shave. I have to admit that I only shave about twice a week - three times if I want to impress the boss (or Mrs Crookedmouth) - so this razor head has a fairly punishing routine dealing with several days worth of growth. It performs well enough. I have still to be convinced that the more blades a razor sports the better the shave but happy to admit that this is much smoother than a single or double blade razor. That said, I do still use an old, disposable two-blade to tidy up side burns - with a smaller blade head it's much more precise than a 5 bladed head.

Allegedly the Flexball thing is supposed to make this razor more maneouvrable than a "normal" razor that only hinges in one direction. The Flexball allows the head to pivot in two axes but, to be honest, it makes NO difference to my shave at all. I'm pretty sure that it's just a gimmick, introduced because the "We've got one more blade than you" arms race between Gillette and Wilkinson's Sword has reached a plateau the 5-blade head.

All in all it LOOKS pretty funky and space-age and it performs as well (but no better) than previous generations of Gillette Fusion razors.


Gillette Fusion Proglide Manual 9 Razor Blades + Razor with Flexball Technology
Gillette Fusion Proglide Manual 9 Razor Blades + Razor with Flexball Technology
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth as a baby's bum, 2 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With more blades than Edward Scissorhands, the Gillette Fusion razor does give me a smooth, clean shave. I have to admit that I only shave about twice a week - three times if I want to impress the boss (or Mrs Crookedmouth) - so this razor head has a fairly punishing routine dealing with several days worth of growth. It performs well enough. I have still to be convinced that the more blades a razor sports the better the shave but happy to admit that this is much smoother than a single or double blade razor. That said, I do still use an old, disposable two-blade to tidy up side burns - with a smaller blade head it's much more precise than a 5 bladed head.

Allegedly the Flexball thing is supposed to make this razor more maneouvrable than a "normal" razor that only hinges in one direction. The Flexball allows the head to pivot in two axes but, to be honest, it makes NO difference to my shave at all. I'm pretty sure that it's just a gimmick, introduced because the "We've got one more blade than you" arms race between Gillette and Wilkinson's Sword has reached a plateau the 5-blade head.

All in all it LOOKS pretty funky and space-age and it performs as well (but no better) than previous generations of Gillette Fusion razors.


The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children Book 1)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children Book 1)
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neighbours! Everybody needs cro-magnon neighbours!, 26 Feb. 2015
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Neolithic Europe, Ayla - a young Cro-magnon child is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthals when her true parents die in an earthquake. Clan of the Cave Bear tells the tale of Ayla's early years, her adoption by Iza the clan's medicine woman, her gradual acceptance into the tribe and her conflict with her step-cousin Broud.

This is a bit of an epic; a large book in itself, it is the first of six in the series. Not having read the next five, I can't say how the story or the writing develops. This first episode is a bit of a curate's egg, though. It's certainly well researched, if you can accept that our understanding of Neolithic man has developed somewhat in the 35 years since it was written. A good deal of Auel's anthropological and botanical research comes through in the text, in large semi-digestible chunks, in fact, as if she was reluctant to let her work go to waste. This means that there are a number of rather dry descriptive chapters on the flora and fauna of the region or on Neanderthal customs and anthropology. It is also transpires that some of this research turns out to be more than little speculative, to be kind about it. That's all right - this IS a novel after all - but it's useful to keep that in mind as you read.

It's certainly an absorbing story. The early sections, where nothing much seems to be happening tended to drag for me and I do think that this book would have benefitted from a decent edit. Things warm up as the story progresses and as Ayla approaches adulthood. No, it's not an adventure or action novel - more along the lines of a Neolithic Aga Saga. But if the plotting is a tad slow, the writing is certainly competent and readable. Characterisation is also OK although as the story progressed I became less and less convinced by the Neanderthal protagonists who communicate - almost solely by gesture and grunts - surprisingly eloquently.

While I enjoyed Clan of the Cave Bear, I didn't love it and I'm in two minds as to whether I really want to read the next in the series. However, if you like big, immersive reads and like your mammoth cooked medium-rare, this may be the novel for you.


Easy Model 1:72 - P-40E Tomahawk - 9FS 49FG 1941 - Easy Model 1:72 - P-40E Tomahawk - 9FS 49FG 1941 (EM37273)
Easy Model 1:72 - P-40E Tomahawk - 9FS 49FG 1941 - Easy Model 1:72 - P-40E Tomahawk - 9FS 49FG 1941 (EM37273)
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £5.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiny Tomahawk, 25 Feb. 2015
The Curtiss P40 was a single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. In its various guises it was named the Warhawk (all USAAC marks), Tomahawk or Kittyhawk (where operated by British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces, depending, again, on the Mark). It served with many Allied air forces and in pretty much every theatre of the war and, operated by the The Flying Tigers (volunteer American airmen serving in the Chinese air force) it distinguished itself against the Japanese. Although its performance meant that it struggled against contemporary high performance fighters it did nevertheless manage operate effectively as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also handing out the punishment to enemy aircraft.

EasyModel manufacture a seemingly endless line of military models; not toys, but rather collector pieces. Take a look at their Platinum Collection Aircraft product line... a huge range of aircraft covering the obvious subjects (Spitfires, [[ASIN: Hurricanes]] and Messerschmitts) but also less obvious (the Hawker Tempest or the FW190) or even obscure aircraft (the He162 Salamander or the Lavochkin La7). Not only that, but each aircraft can be bought in one of several marking schemes - they do several versions of the P40 - so there's a lot for you to collect, if you're wealthy (and obsessed) enough.

These 1/72 scale models are all ready-assembled in plastic and fully painted and the quality is surprising. Obviously, if you've the inclination and skill, a good build-your-own P40 kit will come out looking better... but not much. The propeller turns, the panel lines are engraved, the (striking) paint scheme is detailed and well executed and the shape is - as far as I can see - accurate. There's even a little cockpit detail. This P40 has a belly tank with a nicely detailed cradle and even some almost unreadably small "stencil markings".

On the negative side, you're stuck with the undercarriage down and there's a small alignment problem in one of the painted on markings, but really those hardly qualify as legitimate complaints when you consider the high quality of the model overall.


Daron Worldwide Trading EM37274 Easy Model P40E 16TH Fs 23RD Fg 1942 1/72
Daron Worldwide Trading EM37274 Easy Model P40E 16TH Fs 23RD Fg 1942 1/72
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £5.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiny Tomahawk, 25 Feb. 2015
The Curtiss P40 was a single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. In its various guises it was named the Warhawk (all USAAC marks), Tomahawk or Kittyhawk (where operated by British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces, depending, again, on the Mark). It served with many Allied air forces and in pretty much every theatre of the war and, operated by the The Flying Tigers (volunteer American airmen serving in the Chinese air force) it distinguished itself against the Japanese. Although its performance meant that it struggled against contemporary high performance fighters it did nevertheless manage operate effectively as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also handing out the punishment to enemy aircraft.

EasyModel manufacture a seemingly endless line of military models; not toys, but rather collector pieces. Take a look at their Platinum Collection Aircraft product line... a huge range of aircraft covering the obvious subjects (Spitfires, [[ASIN: Hurricanes]] and Messerschmitts) but also less obvious (the Hawker Tempest or the FW190) or even obscure aircraft (the He162 Salamander or the Lavochkin La7). Not only that, but each aircraft can be bought in one of several marking schemes - they do several versions of the P40 - so there's a lot for you to collect, if you're wealthy (and obsessed) enough.

These 1/72 scale models are all ready-assembled in plastic and fully painted and the quality is surprising. Obviously, if you've the inclination and skill, a good build-your-own P40 kit will come out looking better... but not much. The propeller turns, the panel lines are engraved, the (striking) paint scheme is detailed and well executed and the shape is - as far as I can see - accurate. There's even a little cockpit detail. This P40 has a belly tank with a nicely detailed cradle and even some almost unreadably small "stencil markings".

On the negative side, you're stuck with the undercarriage down and there's a small alignment problem in one of the painted on markings, but really those hardly qualify as legitimate complaints when you consider the high quality of the model overall.


Easy Model 1:72 - P-40E Tomahawk - 77 Sqn RAAF 1942 - EM37271
Easy Model 1:72 - P-40E Tomahawk - 77 Sqn RAAF 1942 - EM37271
Offered by BuySend Limited
Price: £8.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiny Tomahawk, 25 Feb. 2015
The Curtiss P40 was a single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. In its various guises it was named the Warhawk (all USAAC marks), Tomahawk or Kittyhawk (where operated by British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces, depending, again, on the Mark). It served with many Allied air forces and in pretty much every theatre of the war and, operated by the The Flying Tigers (volunteer American airmen serving in the Chinese air force) it distinguished itself against the Japanese. Although its performance meant that it struggled against contemporary high performance fighters it did nevertheless manage operate effectively as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also handing out the punishment to enemy aircraft.

EasyModel manufacture a seemingly endless line of military models; not toys, but rather collector pieces. Take a look at their Platinum Collection Aircraft product line... a huge range of aircraft covering the obvious subjects (Spitfires, [[ASIN: Hurricanes]] and Messerschmitts) but also less obvious (the Hawker Tempest or the FW190) or even obscure aircraft (the He162 Salamander or the Lavochkin La7). Not only that, but each aircraft can be bought in one of several marking schemes - they do several versions of the P40 - so there's a lot for you to collect, if you're wealthy (and obsessed) enough.

These 1/72 scale models are all ready-assembled in plastic and fully painted and the quality is surprising. Obviously, if you've the inclination and skill, a good build-your-own P40 kit will come out looking better... but not much. The propeller turns, the panel lines are engraved, the (striking) paint scheme is detailed and well executed and the shape is - as far as I can see - accurate. There's even a little cockpit detail. This P40 has a belly tank with a nicely detailed cradle and even some almost unreadably small "stencil markings".

On the negative side, you're stuck with the undercarriage down and there's a small alignment problem in one of the painted on markings, but really those hardly qualify as legitimate complaints when you consider the high quality of the model overall.


Easy Model 1:72 - P-40E Tomahawk - 11FS 343FG 1942 - EM37272
Easy Model 1:72 - P-40E Tomahawk - 11FS 343FG 1942 - EM37272

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiny Tomahawk, 25 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The Curtiss P40 was a single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. In its various guises it was named the Warhawk (all USAAC marks), Tomahawk or Kittyhawk (where operated by British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces, depending, again, on the Mark). It served with many Allied air forces and in pretty much every theatre of the war and, operated by the The Flying Tigers (volunteer American airmen serving in the Chinese air force) it distinguished itself against the Japanese. Although its performance meant that it struggled against contemporary high performance fighters it did nevertheless manage operate effectively as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also handing out the punishment to enemy aircraft.

EasyModel manufacture a seemingly endless line of military models; not toys, but rather collector pieces. Take a look at their Platinum Collection Aircraft product line... a huge range of aircraft covering the obvious subjects (Spitfires, [[ASIN: Hurricanes]] and Messerschmitts) but also less obvious (the Hawker Tempest or the FW190) or even obscure aircraft (the He162 Salamander or the Lavochkin La7). Not only that, but each aircraft can be bought in one of several marking schemes - they do several versions of the P40 - so there's a lot for you to collect, if you're wealthy (and obsessed) enough.

These 1/72 scale models are all ready-assembled in plastic and fully painted and the quality is surprising. Obviously, if you've the inclination and skill, a good build-your-own P40 kit will come out looking better... but not much. The propeller turns, the panel lines are engraved, the (striking) paint scheme is detailed and well executed and the shape is - as far as I can see - accurate. There's even a little cockpit detail. This P40 has a belly tank with a nicely detailed cradle and even some almost unreadably small "stencil markings".

On the negative side, you're stuck with the undercarriage down and there's a small alignment problem in one of the painted on markings, but really those hardly qualify as legitimate complaints when you consider the high quality of the model overall.


Ainsley Harriot Wild Mushroom Soup (Pack of 9)
Ainsley Harriot Wild Mushroom Soup (Pack of 9)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not mushroom for shitake, 13 Feb. 2015
I suppose one must try to avoid expecting too much when it comes to cup-soups, but in this particular case Ainsley does at least manage to provide something that tastes like a typical cream-of-mushroom cuppa. Nothing to get too annoyed at, the texture is faux-creamy and the taste faux-mushroomy. Perhaps a little too salty for me but that's more likely a matter of taste. Not a bad effort, but don't get too excited by the "premium" or "wild" tags.


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