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Max Factor 24 Hour False Lash Effect Mascara - Black/Brown
Max Factor 24 Hour False Lash Effect Mascara - Black/Brown
Price: £9.61

1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE, 17 Oct 2014
TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE. I got this because the "normal" maxfactor false lash effect mascara was out of stock. I would rather be make up free than ever go through the stress of trying to convince this product to work again. It just didn't seem to stick to my eyelashes AT ALL. Made them look stubby and shorter than with nothing on! A total waste of time and money

Masione™High quality PU leather folio stand with Auto Sleep/Wake Function Case Cover for Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display(iPad Mini 2nd Gen)with Screen Protector with Stylus included (Purple Color)
Masione™High quality PU leather folio stand with Auto Sleep/Wake Function Case Cover for Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display(iPad Mini 2nd Gen)with Screen Protector with Stylus included (Purple Color)

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, 26 Jun 2014
Flimsy and cheap looking, but does the job for the price you pay. An ok buy, not a permanent option

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike)
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike)
by Robert Galbraith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal!, 26 Jun 2014
After my disappointment at "the casual vacancy", reading "cuckoos calling" was somewhat of a relief for such an avid potter fan. The second of the cormoran strike novels is even more gripping, perhaps, than the first. Rowling's unrivalled ability to create identifiable and loveable characters is the key to this series, with our protagonist Cormy and his sidekick Robin thrust into a world of grisly and mysterious crime. Galbraith is allowed the freedom of a far more violent world than Rowling, with a truly bloodthirsty murder reminiscent of the Jacobean tragedy genre that it so often likens itself to. Aside from the gripping plot, characters and beautiful writing style that is Rowling's signature, "the Silkworm" is also an insight into Rowling's views on her own literary world, and as a public figure. It feels a very frank and personal account of Rowling's experiences, and this alone is reason to read her tenth book.

In terms of plot, one can just about guess whodunnit, although cannot rule out everyone. Herein lies my only criticism - that each suspect is not "ruled out". Apart from the fact we accept Cormy's explanation, and he handily manages to secure the physical evidence at the last, it could have been any one of the suspects.

So Liz is a psychopath who planned the whole thing well in advance, brutally butchering the victim and feeding his removed innards to her manic dog. Perfectly plausible. One even wonders around about half way through Strike's investigation whether Bombyx Mori IS in fact Owen's work - after all, we already have an unclaimed piece of literature that is blamed for a woman's death, it is natural we should question this similarly gruesome writing.

So why couldn't it have been FANCOURT? He was Owens old mate, he could have easily lured him into believing a false reconciliation and executed the crime exactly as liz did, albeit without the dog. Encouraged him to write a new book while writing the expose version of Bombyx Mori (after all, he IS a talented mimic says Cormy), lures Owen to the house, and finally gets the revenge he has so long wanted, a fate decided when Owen told the world of his infertility I the "Balzac brothers". He takes the guts, and dumps them at his leisure, perhaps into the sea with second typewriter. A person of his blind confidence in his own brilliance and with fans fawning over him surely would have the resources to execute such dastardly deeds?

Chard is the "villain". Clearly we are supposed to be pegging the crime on the socially inept and awkward chard, he even has those red, blistered hands that could SO easily take the place of Liz's acid scarred throat! He is even removed from London, as Liz was, and is hiding out in Devon while his leg heals after he ordered his manservant to push him down the stairs in order to sustain such an excuse. After all, nobody in London ever recovered from having a leg in plaster...
Chard also has that beautifully detached character that he shows Cormy in his Devonshire house. His ability to ignore the gut wrenching violence so close to him in order that he can focus on himself, such a man is surely a murderer capable of committing the level of violence involved. Why though? Because he could? No, because his company is bundled with a madman pretending to be an author. Chard is already under scrutiny for inheriting his company, being handed success and has yet to prove it. Getting rid of Strike to make way for the adored Fancourt is just phase one of his own reinvention as a more respected figure in the literary world. His own servants are terrified of him, he is completely self absorbed and has the relevant injuries, opportunity and resources: he is just as believable a murderer as Liz.

likeable though jerry is, he does fall apart. We are hinted at early on that his daughter is not all she is supposed to be (or as he believes) and that his concern for his wife is less than it ought to be. I never quite fancied jerry as a murderer but it similarly would not have surprised me. A far poorer author may have turned to jerry as a "twist" I the plot, thankfully, Rowling isn't that cheap.

I had it in for dodo ever since she didn't like Cormy's hair. Perhaps not a murder of her own making, but maybe Owen DID do this to himself. No, he can't rip out his own guts, he needed someone for that. Dodo spent all those hours with him in his office, of course he loved his daughter but she has no understanding of consequence - she would never suffer the guilt of someone without her brain damage. He tells her he's going to look after her dead twin, convinces her she needs to help, lays out the seven plates and gives her very specific instructions. Hence the clues hidden in cheeky monkey, Owen knew that would be the safest and anything he couldn't get rid of he told her to stash forever. Dodo does strange things at the best of times and with he least observant mother in the world, could easily have dug in the freshly perished mr poops grave to add his grisly guts to. Perhaps it was a little mean to suspect orly when it wouldn't have been her own fault but she didn't like strike.

Perhaps he beauty of a truly brilliant whodunnit is the fact that it COULD be any of our shifty cast. After all, if they all had solid alibis it wouldn't be particularly mysterious. I thoroughly enjoyed "the silkworm" and am eagerly anticipating the next instalment of strike and robin's adventures. My eyes were glued to the pages it held throughout the book, and the keenness I felt reading a new potter book until the early hours of the morning was definitely present in this fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cuter than the picture implies!, 13 Sep 2013
These genuine charms come in chamilia packaging and arrived super-fast. They look quite chunky in the picture but are really very delicate cute little charms.

Thanks For Parking Memo Pad Rude Funny Car Gifts
Thanks For Parking Memo Pad Rude Funny Car Gifts
Offered by Bear & Bear Gifts
Price: £3.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Top, 3 Jan 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Top stuff. Just what we were looking for to let the white BMW that blocks in my car to know he's a very silly man

Sony DVPNS718HB Full HD 1080p Upscaling DVD Player
Sony DVPNS718HB Full HD 1080p Upscaling DVD Player

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL, 13 May 2011
I have had this product for a year now and deeply regret spending the extra money because I thought I would get better quality with Sony. Firstly the player was unbearably slow. But I just got used to that. Then the tray broke and wouldn't always open or close. Then it started failing to read that there was a disc in the machine. AT THIS POINT I TOOK THE PLAYER TO SONY FOR REPAIR. THEY REPLACED THE TRAY AND OTHER PARTS AND DID A FULL SERVICE. Great thinks I. No more problems with the tray. 2 months later the thing can't read any discs at all and is utterly useless. I'm not sure I can be bothered to even spend the frustration and stress contacting sony and wouldnt buy another Sony dvd player for the foreseeable future.

My mother has an identical model, bought at a different from from a different supplier. Hers has been terrible too. Similar chain of problems, ultimately leading i nthe thing gathering dust and not even looking that pretty.



1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL, 9 Sep 2007
I'm incredibly careful with all of my electrical goods and look after them proporly. I have had two of these keyboards now, because they were cheap and available when i needed them. The first lasted 5 1/2 months and the second just about 6 months. The keys stick and jam after about 2 months. The keys are in unusual places as well, I initially thought I would get used to it, but using library and university computers regularly I never did.

Very poor quality. More expensive than my brothers £5 microsoft spare keyboard that has lasted well over 3 years and is now what I'm using.

Twice majorly disappointed, and am having trouble refunding it.

Twelve Monkeys [DVD] [1996]
Twelve Monkeys [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Joseph Melito
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £3.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars monkeys eh, 26 July 2007
This review is from: Twelve Monkeys [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
This film was on the good ol' 'amazon reccomends' list. and at nearly a fiver it was worth a pop. In fact, i was absolutely bowled over by one of the best acting performances i've seen on film. Brad Pitt as the unquestionably derranged Jeffrey (sp.?) is far outside his 'comfort zone' of hollywood acting heroes/smouldering bandits/intelligent evil guys. The character requires depth, careful study and a little individual flare, all of which is bought perfectly together by his firm grasp of the character. Pitt gives Jeffrey certain gestic movements, which sets off the more observant character played by Willis.

Although the dvd commentry claims to have turned away from old Brucey's die hard image, theres definitely an element of you can't un-know knowledge in his fluency of beating certain minor characters. The commentry also comes gives the impression that the production team and se3nior staff working on the film credited themselves with it being more complex than it actually is. I think they were thinking matrix-style wtf stuff, but it's actually fairly straightforward if you read the dates in the sub-text.

It's the acting and some wonderful camera angles that really pull of this film. A CLEAR COLLECTORS MUST

Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ellen Burstyn
Price: £4.25

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 26 July 2007
This is an intelligent film. The score has emerged as one of the most recognisable pieces of music of our age, and is subtley changed in a minimalistic style throughout the film. IT IS NOT REPEATED. Anyone thinking this and finding themselves irritated by it should really pay a little more attention.
The film isn't so much about the 'drugs are bad' issue. Requiem for a Dream concentrates more on characters linked together by their use of drugs - both illegal and legal substances.

The film has some brilliant and poignantly designed sets, that are really used to their best potential by some magnificent acting. Leto delivers an almost flawless performance, and is to be commended for avoiding the 'puppy-dog-eyes-help-me-i'm-doing-my-best' stance.

In fact, my copy was borrowed months ago, and has never been returned...

Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007]
Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Price: £2.98

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a collectible, 26 July 2007
This review is from: Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
There are some terrific effects and the brutality of the images are highly emotive. The film's production team and crew have really driven this project. It is essential to recognise this IS NOT a plot-driven piece, but it's strength lies in it's atmosphere and therein the poignancy emerges. That is the brilliance here, and not the actors. It is not the usual hollywood blockbuster, a must-see for all film fans but keep an open mind

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