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Russell Hobbs 19170 Heritage Coffee Maker - Metallic Red
Russell Hobbs 19170 Heritage Coffee Maker - Metallic Red
Price: 39.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and weak coffee, 28 Mar 2014
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No matter how much freshly ground coffee I put in it, it doesn't make particularly string coffee. There are also the issues with water which other people have mentioned and it is quite big and cumbersome. I wish my much cheaper coffee maker hadn't broken.

Puccini: Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Price: 7.25

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best budget recording of Tosca, 26 Oct 2010
This review is from: Puccini: Tosca (Audio CD)
I really like the Domingo, Malfitano, Raimondi DVD of Tosca, but this is my favourite CD version. Carreras was at the peak of his career and his beautiful singing here reminds you of why he was once considered one of the best tenors in the world. It is also one of Caballe's best ever recordings. Sir Colin Davis, as always, conducts perfectly.

This double CD is astoundingly good value. My advice is, buy it. You won't be disappointed.

The Lamplighter
The Lamplighter
by Shane O'Neill
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly 'putdownable', 5 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Lamplighter (Paperback)
I have just finished 'The Lamplighter' after many months of starting and stopping and finding much better books to read in between. It is a highly 'putdownable' book. Even when I was reading the final few pages, which were obviously intended to be climactic and exciting, I found myself looking at every page number and calculating how many more pages of this 'tosh' I had left to plough through.

Anthony O'Neill's desperate attempts to sound erudite give the impression that, in his mind at least, he was writing a work of literature; he wasn't. He wasn't even writing a half-decent thriller. The characters are so poorly portrayed and lifeless that the reader doesn't really care what happens to any of them. The plot is farcical. Possibly the only plaudits I can give are for O'Neill's well-researched portrayal of Victorian Edinburgh, although even that is, at times, clichéd.

Life is short and there are tens of thousands of better books to read. I wouldn't waste your time with this one. If you want a good, historical, murder mystery, Barry Unsworth's 'Stone Virgin' is much better than this.

Kenwood CG100  Coffee Grinder 140w (White)
Kenwood CG100 Coffee Grinder 140w (White)

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compact coffee grinder, 9 Aug 2008
I bought this coffee grinder on the strength of the previous two reviews and I have to say I totally agree with them. This Kenwood coffee grinder is great. It is very easy to use: just push down the button for a few seconds and you have perfect coffee. Another great adavantage is that it is compact so you can take it with you when you travel. I wouldn't be without it. I brought a lot of coffee beans back from a trip round Central America and find that the beans from Guatemala and Panama make particularly good coffee.

6.57 The Story of Pompey's Hooligan Crew
6.57 The Story of Pompey's Hooligan Crew
by Payne
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.31

2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy land, 21 July 2008
What next? The story of Yeovil's notorious hooligan crew, with a photo of a scythe on the cover? The 6.57 were by far the most overrated of any of the so-called crews. In actual fact, when they weren't getting beaten up, they spent most of the time running away from other lower league "firms", although you won't find truth like that getting in the way of the author's fantasies. This book is the usual ranting of a loud-mouthed braggart. There are MANY much better books on this subject about real firms. If you want to read about the real thing in much better written books, rather than this unreadable garbage about country yokels, buy "Scally: Confessions of a Category C Football Hooligan" or "After the Match the Game Begins", both available from amazon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 17 July 2008
I regretted buying this so-called thermos flask as soon as I tried to use it. The top kept coming off, causing leaks and spillage and even when the top stayed on, the flask failed to keep hot liquids hot or cold liquids cold. It was not long before I just threw it in a rubbish bin.

Rolling with the 6.57 Crew: The True Story of Pompey's Legendary Football Fans
Rolling with the 6.57 Crew: The True Story of Pompey's Legendary Football Fans
by Wensley Clarkson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Fantasy, 5 Nov 2007
This book is pure fantasy. The 657 crew were actually a small group of retarded drunks who went around the country getting beaten up by other football fans. Their last outing for a derby game v Southampton typically ended up with them running away as soon as they saw the opposition fans. They seem to have convinced themselves, if nobody else, that they were some sort of feared hooligan firm. Maybe they took too many blows to the head or, more likely their memories failed them after being in an alcoholic stupor for so many years.
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The Patriot [DVD] [2001]
The Patriot [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.00

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very poor imitation of Braveheart, 17 Dec 2000
This review is from: The Patriot [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
Like Emmerich's Independence Day, where the President of the United States flew into space and destroyed the alien invasion force, this is a load of over-the-top patriotic schmaltz.

La Strada [VHS] (1954)
La Strada [VHS] (1954)
Offered by rdowns33
Price: 18.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films ever made., 23 Nov 2000
This review is from: La Strada [VHS] (1954) (VHS Tape)
For anyone who likes foreign language films, La Strada is essential viewing. Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1956, as well as numerous other awards, it is brilliant at every level. Superbly directed by Fellini and wonderfully acted by Anthony Quinn as the brutal strongman and Giuletta Masina as the fool with the heart of gold, sold into virtual slavery by her own mother, it features some stunning locations as the strongman and his "slave" embark on their beautiful, yet melancholy, odyssey through the backroads of Italy.
It is a film that you can watch time and time again. It may be viewed as a simple "road movie", but it also operates at a deeper level as an allegorical quest for the very essence of life. La Strada is, quite simply, a masterpiece.
On a technical note, the sound and picture quality of this VHS version are excellent, and the subtitles are always very clear.

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