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Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat: Delicious slimming and anti-ageing secrets
Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat: Delicious slimming and anti-ageing secrets
by William Doyle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Mar. 2016
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I love this book, and for weight loss it is superb, and my diet has now completely changed.


Urban Music of the Edo Period
Urban Music of the Edo Period
Price: £11.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative of a lost era, 9 Mar. 2016
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Close your eyes; imagine that you are in old Tokyo, sitting on a well polished wooden floor, sipping green tea or slowly waving a fan as the heat of summer is outside. Imagine dragonflies, the scent of incense, golden decorated screens and a beautiful Zen garden. Imagine that you are in a world which knows nothing of the outside world, which hasn't been bothered by it for three hundred years or so. If you can imagine this, then this incredibly beautiful CD of music will stir your soul and make you think of all the beauty, elegance and haunting fragility that was Edo.


Made in Japan Noren Curtain Ukiyoe Fujin Raijin Wind God and Thunder God
Made in Japan Noren Curtain Ukiyoe Fujin Raijin Wind God and Thunder God
Offered by Euro_Japan_Ex
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 7 Mar. 2016
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This hangs in my spare room over my wardrobe, and I have to say that it is beautiful (and probably would be more so if my boyfriend would let me hang it over a door). The colours are muted which makes it look old, but the figures are vibrant. If you are an enthusiast of Noren, Japanese mythology or woodblock art then I strong recommend that you purchase this.


Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl
Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl
by Debra Ollivier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Duveteux, 29 Feb. 2016
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A nice little book which will give you some hints for labels and perfume and some stylish etiquette tips. However, it is a little silly when the author states that all French women have affairs and are happy with their husbands doing it or that you don't see them eating in public. Aside from that its a sweet little book which will give you a happy outlook on life.


Oh, No.....Jackie-O! the Unspeakable is Spoken: A Theory
Oh, No.....Jackie-O! the Unspeakable is Spoken: A Theory
by January Jones
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Jackie O please!, 19 Feb. 2016
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The author proposes that Jackie and Onassis killed JFK, but fails to uncover any serious or convincing evidence other than Jackie failed to act like Coretta King (who was shopping, and not by Martin Luther King JNR's side) in hunting down the assassin. The author unwittingly answers her own question as to why this was by saying that when there was something unpleasant, Jackie buried her head in the sand. Its a silly book from someone who wants to be a conspiracy theorist, but clutches at straws, and given what a shallow heartless harpy Jackie is made out to be, a woman who killed the father of her children, I am amazed the author didn't conclude that Jackie had other people bumped off.


Diva: the life and death of Maria Callas
Diva: the life and death of Maria Callas
by Steven Linakis
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Delusions of Callas, 10 Feb. 2016
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Steven Linakis claims to be a cousin of Maria's (he calls her "Mary"), and boy isn't this one sensational roller coaster about a man who wants to do what's best, and a frosty diva who doesn't! For someone who (if you have ever read any other books on Maria, please tell me if you have ever come across his name, because even her sister's biography doesn't mention his heroic contributions) claims to be at the forefront of things as he tells stories that surely would have wound up in the media when the press were dying to dig up anything on Callas and her diva like behaviour. I mean such stories as "Mary" repeatedly breaking crockery over the head of her fathers mistress and being arrested for it several times (Super Steven to the rescue here), consigning her mother to live in the house where the landlord was a peeping tom (Linakis makes it sound as if he was the one who got Maria to give her mother money, when Jackie Callas's story tells a different version and unsurprisingly there is no mention of this good Samaritan and his noble deeds), and inviting him on board The Christina (he wishes it was reality), and sitting in Onassis's lap while very drunk. He also claims to be the only person in the family that "Mary" would talk to. If this wasn't bad enough, then the writing style is even worse as he blandly manages to come across as a good all round American guy (I imagine him being like Chuck Norris who comes to the rescue in a flatbed truck while chewing gum to lay the smackdown on "Mary"), using phrases like "goddammit Mary" so much so The Rocky Horror Picture Show must have wished they came up with it as its used like its going out of style. This book is staying (buried) in my library (after all someone has to buy the copy), but I am not reading it again.


Elisabeth, Empress of Austria
Elisabeth, Empress of Austria
by Alfred Buschek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Silly, 8 Feb. 2016
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There are historical novels where the author knows what they are talking about, understands the period and changes things, and there are novels where the author knows nothing of the period, nothing of what they are talking about, and throws in the twenty-first century. This author belongs to the latter. I pride myself on being able to read awful books, but I had to put this one down. I'm sorry, but even I draw the line at Elizabeth having rampant affairs, wanting nothing but constant rumpo from Franz-Josef, wondering if she looks sexy (a word Elizabeth surely never knew or anyone knew for that matter in the 19th century) in dresses, and Franz-Josef being bad in bed, and having press conferences. I will touch lightly on the newspaper headlines as well, for the UK readers, who knew The Sun was so big in Vienna?


Black Seed Cream With Aloe Vera 150g
Black Seed Cream With Aloe Vera 150g
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Price: £5.98

5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this product, 23 Jan. 2016
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I love this. Words cannot express how much I love this product. Having tried a lot of face cream, I never found one that left my skin feeling soft and smelling fragrant. The cream itself isn't smooth, and it can feel a little gritty, but the benefits are fantastic, and it makes your skin glow.
VERY happy with this product, and will be using it again and again and again.


Ghost Towns: Series 1 [DVD]
Ghost Towns: Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget the paranormal, this is all about one man's ego trip, 7 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Ghost Towns: Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
There are no words to describe just how sycophantic this show is. Derek Acorah travels the country, gets possessed (yawn) and gives paranormal readings to a bunch of hideously ugly people who do nothing but gush about how fantastic he was (half of them look like either they have drinking problems or have "Love" and "Hate" tattooed on their knuckles). The presenter plays Waylon Smithers to Derek's Monty Burns, and added to all this hideousness is Daniella Westbrook whose role seems to be to stand there, look gormless make "hmm" "yeah" and "Derek! Derek, come forward! Derek" noises in a failed attempt to revive her sunken career.
Personally, had Derek Acorah with the team of Most Haunted turned up at my door to do a "doorstop divination" I would have let them in, the door would have been slammed firmly on anything and anyone to do with "Ghost Towns".


The Passion Within [DVD]
The Passion Within [DVD]
Dvd ~ Adrien Brody
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Price: £1.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rushed, 27 Oct. 2015
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This could have been a very good and interesting film, but unfortunately it comes off as being somewhat rushed and hurried which is a shame. You never get the sense that their affair was scandalous at the time (i.e that Spain's superstar Bullfighter was carousing with a woman who was considered a low rent actress, a fortune hunter and a predator, and who was blamed for his physical decline and descent into the murky worlds of alcohol, drugs and night clubs), only that the people around him (his manager, mother, Cuadrilla) didn't like her, and even Franco appears to wave his finger, when in reality there was serious pressure on Manolete to give her up. You also get the impression that their affair lasted for about a week.

The film is rushed, it can't make up its mind what it wants to be or where it wants to go, and it feels somewhat empty. The soundtrack is beautiful though, as is the cinematography, but its a shame as it could have been so much more.


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