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Philips Onis 200 Vox Digital Cordless Phone with Answerphone
Philips Onis 200 Vox Digital Cordless Phone with Answerphone

4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is perfect!, 24 Mar 2013
We have had one of these phones, with two base stations, for a very long time. It has been reliable and withstood storage for a year before being reinstalled in my new home last year. I have had to buy a replacement (refurbished) handset which is just beginning to show signs of ageing. First step in this regeneration process is to buy new batteries and hopefully this will sort out its lack of energy! One very good aspect of this phne is that the numbers are stored on the base station, and not the handset. Therefore replacing a handset does not incur the pain of re-storing the phone directory.


The English National Opera Presents Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado [VHS] [1987]
The English National Opera Presents Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado [VHS] [1987]
VHS
Offered by rdowns33
Price: £21.97

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer enjoyment, 9 Nov 2010
I love this production of The Mikado. Whenever I watch it, it really lifts my spirits and I want to join in the dancing! The characters are so good and of course the singing is impecable. Eric Idle as Ko-Ko is hilarious. Lesley Garrett as Yum-Yum is coy and charming, Felicity Palmer as Katisha is awesome, and Richard Van Allan as Pooh-Bah is so "retro" it's not true!

I would dearly love to have a copy of this production on DVD but it appears to be only available in US format. It would cost a lot to pay to have it transferred commercially, but as I no longer have a Video player, this is probably my only option to be able to watch this gem in the future.
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The Lion Who Wanted To Love (Orchard Picturebooks)
The Lion Who Wanted To Love (Orchard Picturebooks)
by Giles Andreae
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lion who wants to Love, 7 Oct 2009
I love this book and have given it as gifts to a number of children.

It tells the story of a lion cub who has no wish to fight and hunt other animals, but instead just wants to love them and be friends with them. His mother is worried that Leo will never survive in the wild if he does not learn to hunt for his food. Because he doesn't want to harm other animals he is told to leave the pride and so he goes off on his own and proceeds to make friends and live with the other animals in the jungle. He takes care of them and rescues them when they get into difficulties. Eventually Leo, with the help of his jungle friends, saves a young cheetah that falls into a river, and all the othere lions agree that he is a very brave lion and asks him to become their king, because he has so much love in his heart.

A wonderful story of how love can overcome all difficulties. The illustrations are colourful, lively and endearing. A great story with a moral that eaches children the benefits of love.


Giraffes Can't Dance
Giraffes Can't Dance
by Giles Andreae
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Giraffes can't dance, 7 Oct 2009
This review is from: Giraffes Can't Dance (Paperback)
This is a wonderful, uplifting story about a giraffe who thinks he cannot dance. When all the animals hold a dance in the jungle, he goes to watch but is sad because he can't join in, and leaves the party. He meets a little cricket who tells him that he is trying to dance to the wrong music. Instead of trying to join in with the crazy dances that the other animals are doing, he should listen to the wind and move gently to its rhythm. This he does and is surprised to find that he can, indeed, dance and gradually becomes more expressive and graceful, finally jumping and twirling around. The other jungle animals agree that he is the best dancer in the jungle. A story of the joy of conquering fears and gaining confidence. The illustrations are colourful, funny and wild. Kids of all ages will love this book.


The Brave Little Parrot
The Brave Little Parrot
by Rafe Martin
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A story of bravery, 10 Aug 2009
This is a story of a brave parrot who doesn't give up her efforts to put out a forest fire. All of the other animals in the forest run away in fear but she decides that she must try to stop the fire by collecting drops of water from the river into a leaf cup and flying over the fire to drop the water onto the flames. Despite being told by the other anumals that her efforts would not be enough to quell the flames, she carries on until a great eagle who has been watching develops shame and begins to weep. The tears fall onto the fire in torrents until eventually the fire is put out, plants begin to regrow and the parrot's scourched feathers are replaced by new colourful feathers.

This is a traditional Indian Jataka story that teaches how we can overcome great adversity and set an example to others by trying to help wherever we can.

The illustrations are bold and colourful, delicate and beautiful. A wonderful book for children and adults alike.


New Covent Garden Soup Company's Book of Soups: New, Old and Odd Recipes
New Covent Garden Soup Company's Book of Soups: New, Old and Odd Recipes
by Fionna Geddes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.79

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Souper Covent Garden Recipes, 10 Aug 2009
This is the better one of two Covent Garden recipe books I have purchased. It contains 128 pages of soups that are categorised into: Wonderful (eg: Pappa al Pomodoro), Unusual (Nettle), Reviving (Chicory), Fancy (Cream of Fennel), Plain (Spinach with Nutmet), Chilled (Avocado & Cucumber), Warming (Smoked Haddock Chowder), Exotic (Moroccan Chickpea & Spinach), and Seasonal (Turkey & Cranberry). There are even sweet soups using various fruits (and one using chocolate!) but I haven't tried any of them yet.

The book is spiral bound which makes it easy to stay open whilst working through the instructions. The paper is slightly glossed so can easily be wiped clean.

The recipes are "hand written" which adds a homeliness to the book, and each recipe begins with an introduction to the origin of the recipe, many of which have been devised by members of the Covent Garden staff.

There is a section at the back of the book entitled "How to make this book your own" in which you can make your own notes regarding changes in ingredients, and tasting notes. I prefer to make notes at the top of the relevant recipe page instead.

A worthwhile buy for all Soup fans, looking for new and exciting recipes to try.


Elephant Wellyphant
Elephant Wellyphant
by Nick Sharratt
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars This book is Brilliphant, 10 Aug 2009
This review is from: Elephant Wellyphant (Hardcover)
I found this wonderful Novelty book originally in a budget bookshop but when I got it home one of the pages was damaged so I ordered a replacement through Amazon. This copy will eventually find it's way to Cyprus where my little granddaughter is living. In the meantime I pick it off the bookshelf from time to time, just for a giggle. The illustrations are great - large colourful elephants with silly names like Rude Smellipant - when you pull a tag his tail lifts and a "parp" appears. Other equally silly 'phants are Fruit jellyphant, unwellaphant (with measly spots), Cheer up cinderellaphant, Two wings and a Propellerphant, etc. The pictures are "animated" to reveal hidden images that will surprise and delight kids of all ages (even 60pluses!).

I fear the book may soon become dilapidated from overuse by little fingers, but I know I can always buy replacements at any time from Amazon.


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