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The Night Circus (Vintage Magic)
The Night Circus (Vintage Magic)
Price: £4.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely enchanting!, 4 April 2014
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You know those books which catch you up so completely you're torn between wanting to devour them whole, and eking out the experience for as long as you can? This is one of those rare and wonderful gems. Magical in nature, as well as content, and just a huge treat to read.


The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
Price: £7.99

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Offensive waste of time and money, 23 Jan. 2013
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Far and away the worst cookery book I have ever seen, wrapped up in endless reams of irrelevant, self-aggrandising name-dropping, and rehashed anecdotes from his website and previous books.

Despite his insistence to the contrary, I can't say as I've ever had any trouble following a recipe or finding a basic cookery book assuming I have obscure kitchen gadgets to hand. Never, that is, until his bewildering list of "must have" items nobody in their right mind would expect to find in a domestic kitchen. Would-be chef or no!

The first recipe can barely be termed cooking, consisting as it does of sticking a piece of meat in a dish (to save other EU readers having to Google, it transpires his much vaunted "Dutch oven" is the US term for a casserole dish) and emptying a couple of cans of ready made food over it. At which point he may as well have taught you how to slice salami onto a pizza for all the relevance it has to actual cooking...

Having helped you gain confidence by assuming you have the IQ and culinary capability of a particularly inept brick, he goes into another bout of rather cringe-worthy ego stroking in the guise of a "rich white boys playing at being rugged men" hunting trip, before progressing onto the pinnacle of pointlessness by teaching you how to catch and kill park pigeons.

Don't even get me started on the pretentious wastes of culinary space he cites as favourite restaurants!

After an initial glimmer of promise in the form of a shorthand guide to learning that never quite leads anywhere relevant, the rest of the book is just one big Tim Ferriss ego trip. Utter waste of money.
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Cotton Twine Ideal For Household / DIY / Office
Cotton Twine Ideal For Household / DIY / Office
Offered by Super Utensil Ltd.
Price: £1.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiny ball of very poor quality twine!, 6 Oct. 2012
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Well, I guess that'll teach me to be lazy and buy online instead of nipping to the shop! Title says it all - you're paying over the odds for a tiny ball of very poor quality twine. In my case, it didn't even come in the pictured packaging (I ordered from Stewart and Gibson Ltd). Waste of money.


Barlean's Organic Oils Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16-Ounce Jar
Barlean's Organic Oils Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16-Ounce Jar
Offered by albert on the go
Price: £14.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nasty quality and odd flavour, 1 Aug. 2012
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I've tried assorted brands of organic coconut oil trying to settle on a favourite, but I absolutely won't be buying this one again! The oil tasted almost rancid, and had a particularly unpleasant aftertaste from the plastic container it came in. Where good coconut oil leaves you feeling fabulous, this stuff left me slightly acidic and low in energy. Nasty, nasty stuff. Chucked the rest of the pot away - I didn't even trust it to put on my skin! Shame - the reviews and attractive packaging seemed so promising.
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York Strength Training Bar
York Strength Training Bar
Price: £21.07 - £23.17

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bar, but grab some spring collars and gloves!, 9 May 2012
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Nice, solid bar, but needs spring collars, so make sure to order some at the same time! I found the grips far rougher on my hands than the York dumbells, so you might also want to grab some gloves or grips while you're at it.


Biona Coconut Palm Sugar 250g
Biona Coconut Palm Sugar 250g
Offered by Superfooduk
Price: £4.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tastier than sugar, and better for you!, 26 April 2012
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I must admit, I was a little dubious about buying this, but had read much about the potential health benefits and figured it was worth a try. I'm really glad I did - it's so delicious that, all other considerations aside, based purely on flavour I would actively choose this over regular sugar! The price is slightly restrictive, of course, but for me that's an added bonus as it guarantees I'll continue to only have sugar as a treat, rather than a daily staple.


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly made, but you get what you pay for., 24 April 2012
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If I were rating purely on construction and usefulness, this wouldn't even rate one star. But... well, it kind of works after a fashion, and you get what you pay for!

First off, most people obviously view this for it's usefulness as a mobility aid. I'm fit, healthy, exercise daily, and frankly just wanted a way to feel less guilty about time spent on the computer or in front of an Xbox! For this it's virtually useless. The promised resistance comes by way of a screw you tighten to add pressure to the already flimsy pedals and alarmingly overheating metal. Far from adding any actual resistance, it just makes the pedalling motion clunky and stilted. If you could safely avoid using it and at least get some kind of spinning benefit, that might be okay. But you can't. Again: flimsy pedals, overheating metal. Plus, on mine at least, such poor construction one side wasn't properly affixed, with no discernible way to fix it, meaning the pedal made an alarming clunking sound each time it went round.

Okay. So. Utterly useless as a fitness aid. What about those seeking to increase their mobility? I actually spent a fair length of time either bedridden or confined to a wheelchair. When I was first recovering my legs were so weak that, assuming I hadn't been sent a machine with a wonky pedal, I could probably have gained some limited benefit from using the machine without it's "resistance" for at least a short while. If that sounds like you (or the person you're buying for), then it's better than nothing. The only thing I would say is, if it's for a vulnerable person, whatever you do, make sure their skin is protected from the metal. I can't begin to stress how quickly or dangerously it heats up! Terrible design flaw.

Whatever your circumstances, you're most likely looking at this for the same reason I was: because you don't have much cash to spare and it's one of the more affordable options. If you're fit, or have any muscle strength at all, don't waste your money. If you're using it for rehabilitation for utterly wasted or weakened muscles, it's better than nothing, but do use it with care.
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Andrew James Hot Air Popcorn Maker -Includes 4 Popcorn Boxes And 2 Year Warranty
Andrew James Hot Air Popcorn Maker -Includes 4 Popcorn Boxes And 2 Year Warranty

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes perfect popcorn, and hilarious fun to use!, 24 April 2012
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Honestly, I can't remember the last time I bought a kitchen gadget that had me crying with laughter when I first tried it out! There's something utterly joyful about making popcorn with this! More importantly, it makes fabulous light, fluffy popcorn. Works in minutes, and never more than one or two unpopped kernels left to clear up. For people having trouble with the mess, try using a large cylindrical container, rather than a bowl. That pretty much catches all bar four or five stray pieces, and if you're really bothered by those, you probably need to reconnect with your fun side! Spray oil helps make coatings stick without defeating the calorie benefit of not using the pan popping method. So far, popular seasonings have included cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, and crumbled up homemade kale crisps.


Angelmaker
Angelmaker
by Nick Harkaway
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite literally too glorious for words!, 24 April 2012
This review is from: Angelmaker (Hardcover)
Once in a while, if you're spectacularly lucky, you come across a book so magnificent you simply have to share the joy with others, yet so utterly barking you honestly don't know where to begin! An absolute treat from start to finish, this is one such rare and wonderful gem. Read it for the quiet clockmaker. Read it for the spies and secret agents. Read it for the marvels of engineering. Read it for the bees. Read it for the baby elephant. Read it for the fiendish villain. Read it for the gangsters. Read it for the nearly-toothless pug. Read it for the nostalgia, the optimism, the embrace of a more stylish way to live. Read it for the simple delight of a tale well told. Just, whatever you do, read it!


Hush Puppies Women's Pennie Flats
Hush Puppies Women's Pennie Flats

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing - wish I'd returned them!, 22 Feb. 2012
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Such a shame - these look so lovely in the picture, but something about the cut is just all wrong. The toes are too pointed for the style; the ankle is totally shapeless and loose, making the heel rub horribly as you walk; and the calf is a very strange overly curved shape considering the lack of fit at the ankles, leaving a horribly ugly bump below where your calf muscle naturally starts.

Two stars is for the material quality only. What they've done with them wouldn't even warrant one.

Total waste of money. Really regret not sending them back.


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