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Weleda Sage Deodorant 30ml
Weleda Sage Deodorant 30ml
Price: £5.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff., 4 Sep 2014
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Lovely - I bought this sage deodorant instead of my usual citrus one, as the last Weleda citrus deodorant I bought smelt perfectly awful (and is now doing time as a toilet blaster). This has a delicate sagey scent - which disappears completely in a short time, leaving one deodorised and comfortable. Recommended.


15 Litre Plastic Swing Bin Bright White - Made in UK
15 Litre Plastic Swing Bin Bright White - Made in UK
Offered by FINE STAR
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Much nicer than it looks in the picture., 4 Sep 2014
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Surprisingly sturdily made, and the lid fits well. Since I bought it as a sump hole liner, the lid doesn't matter - but I thought you'd like to know! It's a very good deal. And it arrived very well packaged, swathed in masses of bubble wrap.


Bentley Organic Shampoo Frequent Use 250ml
Bentley Organic Shampoo Frequent Use 250ml
Price: £6.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff., 4 Sep 2014
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Gorgeous: it has a very delicate citrus smell, and it's gentle. Not full of nasties, and it lasts for ages. Good for ageing hair, as well.


Whitefurze Plastic 10ltr Swing Bin and Lid Black
Whitefurze Plastic 10ltr Swing Bin and Lid Black
Offered by deals-direct
Price: £5.72

2.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish bin..., 4 Sep 2014
Flimsy, badly made - and the lid wouldn't fit properly: it kept falling off, or sliding down at an angle. I'd put it in the bin, if I had a bin.


Panasonic EW 1211 Dental Care Cordless Rechargeable Oral Irrigator
Panasonic EW 1211 Dental Care Cordless Rechargeable Oral Irrigator
Price: £54.75

2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: THIS ONE BITES!, 30 Aug 2014
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i bought this less than a year ago, and up till last week reckoned it was the best water flosser i'd come across. not any more. the other day, while i was flossing on 'jet', the nozzle shot off and hit me painfully in the gum. thinking i'd not seated it firmly enough in the handle, i tried again, and it whacked me in the gum - again. so i changed to a new nozzle, which held - just about; but i now notice that when it's working, the nozzle is straining upwards to release itself from the handle, which makes me nervous: i don't want the nozzle ending up down my throat!
i would have given it five stars before; i've knocked that down to two. Manufacturers - take note! redesign the mechanism which holds the nozzle in place! or you're going to have some lawsuits on your hands.


Flood
Flood
by Richard Doyle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.79

5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT, 30 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Flood (Paperback)
brilliantly researched, clearly and almost laconically written and, though fiction, reads all too plausibly as something that *could* happen if there was a major storm down the East coast of the UK. human error, greed and short-sightedness result in an all-consuming disaster, when the Thames barrier is breached, and - horrifically - the huge oil refineries and giant gas storage facilities near London catastrophically catch fire, and a foot-thick skin of oil on the swollen river blazes out of control for miles. the hubris of storing highly dangerous substances on an insanely enormous scale results in a terrifying - and deserved - nemesis.
the research that went into this book is impressive; the fact that the writer doesn't give into mere sensationalism, even more so. if you want to think twice about ever going to London again... read it!


Weleda Organic Calendula Natural Baby Lotion 200ml Pack of 1
Weleda Organic Calendula Natural Baby Lotion 200ml Pack of 1
Offered by Superfooduk
Price: £9.29

3.0 out of 5 stars MISLEADING PHOTO: PRODUCT NOT ORGANIC, 15 Aug 2014
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Be aware - despite the photo, this product is NOT organic! When you get it, you see that the green 'organic' label has been replaced by a similar-sized green label saying '100% Certified Natural Care' - a phrase which means precisely nothing.
I can't be bothered to send it back, because the lotion itself seems fine - maybe a bit oily, but that's acceptable. But the retailer shouldn't be posting a misleading photo.


Breakfast table, breakfast tray - eat in bed.
Breakfast table, breakfast tray - eat in bed.

5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautifully made bed table!, 14 Aug 2014
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I'd give this six stars if I could! I'm VERY impressed. It's really well and solidly made, feels (and smells) good, and it's all wood - even to the pegs articulating the legs. Even the ends of the legs are slightly rounded. The finish is smooth, and it looks as if the wood has been oiled, rather than varnished? I really didn't expect such a nice table, and the quality is such that if I'd seen it in a shop, I'd have expected it to cost at least double this amount. The size is great: high enough off your legs to be comfortable, and wide and stable enough to hold a heavy art book, or a laptop - or breakfast - but not so wide as to be unwieldy. It arrived very well packed - and with a free pen! Not a cheapo pen, but a nice heavy, metal cased one - see photo (if I can find out where to upload one). So all in all, I'm delighted, having trawled through a good many others and not found anything of this quality and solidity. And it arrived very quickly - so this manufacturer gets my top vote (and no, I'm not in their pay. ;-) )


The Naked Pilgrim - Road To Santiago [DVD]
The Naked Pilgrim - Road To Santiago [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brian Sewell
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Santiago and Beyond, 28 July 2014
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By one of those strange coincidences which haunt pilgrimage, I happened to watch this DVD on 25th July. Only on getting to the last episode did I learn that 25th July is the Feast Day of Santiago.
This is a candid and moving exploration into the nature of pilgrimage, and Brian Sewell's emotional integrity does full service to the subject. It isn't an easy thing to do: going on pilgrimage. Whether one is a religious believer or not, the implacable nature of any pilgrimage is that it turns one inside out. Springs bubble up, lids won't remain shut. Whatever one imagines one is undertaking is almost certainly not what's going to happen. What does happen is whatever is needed to effect a transformation. Setting out always counts as assent, though reaching the place of pilgrimage is often not the end of the journey: change needs time afterwards, to ripen.
It seemed to me that despite setting out on what he'd hoped would be a bit of a jaunt, Brian Sewell was fully aware that this pilgrimage was more than that. Yet though emotionally buffeted, he was able to face his sense of being 'nothing' (as he described it) without the comfort of self-delusion. Personally shorn of belief, he started out with the observer's protective carapace, yet became drawn towards the honesty of other pilgrims on the Way, despite their religious fervour. He describes his discomfort at feeling tearful, but dissolving and resolving are the necessary ebb and flowtide of the process; the gift here is that he neither hides nor dramatises his feelings.
It soon becomes clear that though interesting, the architecture is simply not the point. Despite Brian's erudition his heart isn't in it, and the buildings become mere backdrops to the real journey. The most tranquil stage is the last, where he completes his journey to Compostela on a gentle mare and can finally adopt the pace most appropriate to pilgrimage.
If I have any criticism at all, it is that sometimes the narrative seems sketchy and the scenes jumpily unconnected. I wonder how much had to be edited out so as to fit the broadcasting time? Perhaps fewer shots of Brian driving, and more of him discussing his experiences with fellow pilgrims would have added depth. I was also astonished that he could stand in Chartres Cathedral and not once look down at the labyrinth! Although this does seem a fitting metaphor for a pilgrimage which was going on under his nose, unremarked.
The final scene, in which he burns the clothes he's travelled in and wades naked into the sea, moved me and has since left me tugged around by the undertow of this journey. Not for the first time I have been wondering about pilgrimages: why we need to make them, and even whether we can go on pilgrimage without leaving our home? Certainly there is no requirement for religious belief, yet perhaps every need for faith of a different kind: faith in meaning.
'The Naked Pilgrim' is so much more than a tour of cathedrals, or a look at why bits of dead people should be revered and mounted in kitsch boxes. Like the best music, not everything is articulated: there are silent spaces, and the inexpressible is allowed to linger, unworded.
I'd love to spend an evening with Brian Sewell talking about all the roads we take and why we take them. I'd even buy the wine.


The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous, marvellous, marvellous!, 27 Jun 2014
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one of the very best things i've read this year (and i get through a lot of books). exceptionally sensitive, touching, oddly quirky, with some harrowing bits but in all a real mood-upper: a redemptive story, without being in the least heavy-handed. well written, and a book i had to force myself to read in instalments: even so, i was through it in a couple of days. beautiful.


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