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Orchard Toys Tummy Ache
Orchard Toys Tummy Ache
Price: £7.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A great game! My three grandchildren aged seven, 21 July 2014
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A great game! My three grandchildren aged seven, five ( with high-level special needs) and three enjoy this game more than any other. They love the concept of the 'bad' food. I can also give it a twist for the oldest by asking her to try and assemble a particular type of 'meal' i.e. Vegetarian which raises the difficulty level for her. A great buy.


Large Beautiful Modern Black Wall Mirror 5ft6 x 2ft6 (168cm x 79cm)
Large Beautiful Modern Black Wall Mirror 5ft6 x 2ft6 (168cm x 79cm)

5.0 out of 5 stars Looks great in my white, 21 July 2014
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A fabulous mirror. I've hung mine in landscape rather than portrait mode and it is both practical and decorative in my hall. Looks great in my white, black and red colour scheme too!


Bad Monkey
Bad Monkey
Price: £3.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but not Great, 21 July 2014
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Funny and pacy this book has some Hiaasen moments but less than his best work. Still an enjoyable read though.


The Brandons: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC Book 42)
The Brandons: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC Book 42)
Price: £3.59

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on Kindle, 19 May 2014
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At last Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire series has come to Kindle. On the surface a light, frivolous story of the 'gentry' of the big houses and the working classes surrounding them underneath is a well-observed social history of a world almost vanished forever. Through the series stretching from the mid-thirties to the end of the 1950's we see how it happened.

This book introduces the Brandon family, Mr. Miller the vicar, Miss Morris and several others who will all be major players in the later books.

Using Trollope' Barsetshire chronicles as the foundation of her work Ms Thirkell creates a world as funny and observant as Nancy Mitford's, though less satirical and sharp. The round of daily life in a home counties village just before world war two is examined through the happenings of The Brandon family and their associates. A rich aunt, a possible legacy, subtle romance these are the main ingredients of the plot but it meanders along so happily that you are content to go with the flow without worrying too much about outcomes.

A book for all lovers of English Family Sagas and a must for students of English social history.


Shostakovich: Symphony No 08
Shostakovich: Symphony No 08

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 26 April 2014
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The clarity of the digital recording is superb, each instrument being distinguishable. Previn's interpretation is amazing. Highly recommend even if you already have other versions of this piece. Should be in every fans collection. An unmissable musical experience.


Oak bookcase tall large bookshelf oak bookcase big bookshelves storage shelving unit wooden shelves
Oak bookcase tall large bookshelf oak bookcase big bookshelves storage shelving unit wooden shelves
Offered by DEUBA GmbH & Co. KG.
Price: £79.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value, 26 April 2014
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For the money it cost this is a terrific piece of furniture. I was looking for a sturdy, utility unit and this is it. The shelves are a good depth which is often lacking in cheaper furniture and it was easy to assemble. I chose the darkest colour and was pleased with that as well as it looked like the picture on the page. Quick delivery too. All-in-all a very satisfactory purchase.


The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey series Book 11)
The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey series Book 11)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going by modern standards, 18 Mar 2014
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By the standard of modern literature this is the heaviest going of all the DLS books. The whole bell-ringing scenario eventually bogs the story down. Although without it there would be a very slight story indeed, more of a novella than a whole novel. Plus the attempt to weave the bells into the story as a character fails for the modern reader. Glad to have read it as part of the DLS/Wimsey cannon but nothing more.


Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey series Book 10)
Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey series Book 10)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting snapshot of social history, 18 Mar 2014
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As well as being a jolly romp of a story this is also an excellent picture of working life in offices back then. The class differences, the view of women etc. all makes for an entertaining read.


Jago JLSHZ08natural Wooden Blinds - DIFFERENT SIZES - DIFFERENT COLOURS (Natural Wood Colour, 120x130cm)
Jago JLSHZ08natural Wooden Blinds - DIFFERENT SIZES - DIFFERENT COLOURS (Natural Wood Colour, 120x130cm)
Offered by JAGO24 UK
Price: £24.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely real wood blinds, 8 Feb 2014
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It is so nice to have real wood at an affordable price. Excellent colour as well, not too overpowering. Very easy to hang. Quick delivery as well.


Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld Novels)
Raising Steam: (Discworld novel 40) (Discworld Novels)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mind the Gap?, 7 Dec 2013
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This book feels like that. A bridge between the strength of Snuff and hopefully whatever is coming next. The goblins are being integrated as a sapient species and that seems to be the spine of this book with even the railway proving subsidiary.

The dwarfs are having to run to catch up before they are sidelined by the new, more current, small race of Disc-folk. They seem to have stagnated since the time of the Koom Valley accord which strikes a very odd note given that everybody else, especially the trolls have taken their place in the more modern Disc society and that Rhys, the low king was always portrayed as the modern face of dwarfdom.

Even Vetinari is being modernised, taking a central role away from his office in a way not seen since Night Watch (when he didn't actually have an office). And Drumknott is quite frankly unbelievable in his new persona.

The book has a bit of a roll-call feel to it with many minor characters from previous novels given at least a mention. I mean Queen Keli? But in amongst the throng is the biggest gap of the whole book. Carrot is not mentioned once (though Angua gets a small look-in). While it has been apparent for some time that Pratchett feels constrained by the character of Carrot, especially since the coming of Moist von Lipwig, who is almost the 'anti-Carrot', took the whole story of the Disc down a very different route to what had gone before. This is especially notable in that Vimes gets to interact with Moist in this book in a previously unexplored way. But still, leaving Carrot completely out is a crude omission which shows a previously unseen lack of care for narrative continuity.

There is definitely a padded feel to this book; actually an over-padded feel if I'm really honest. A pretty slight core story in the context of the whole series, bulked up by nothing very much.

I get the feeling that it might actually be all change after this rather than mind the gap but I hope not because where would winter be without the familiarity of the Disc to keep fantasy fans happy?


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