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Masterplug 13 A 5 m 4-Gang Extension Lead - White
Masterplug 13 A 5 m 4-Gang Extension Lead - White
Price: £5.96

4.0 out of 5 stars As advertised, 27 Jun. 2016
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After reading some of the other reviews, I was somewhat wary. However I needed a long extension cable in a hurry, so I took a chance and am quite happy with the result. It does what it says. Ideally, would have preferred an extension block that included a surge protector, but I think this product seems good quality for the price.

N.B. I bought from Amazon itself, not one of the Marketplace orders. Masterplug was the brand that I ordered, and that is what I received.


Raphael
Raphael
by R. A. MacAvoy
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - the description currently given by Amazon has NO connection to this book!, 12 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Raphael (Paperback)
In the earlier books of the sequence, the angel Raphael, befriended the musician and magician, Damiano. He took actions, knowing that there would be consequences. This book tells the story of those consequences.

However, the book stands perfectly well on its own. This is a story of an angel who has been stripped of his angelic powers, seeking redemption. Raphael has watched mankind for centuries. He knows what humans do; but his knowledge was abstract. Now he has to struggle with the realities of their dirty, petty lives. Being good is not as easy as it looks from a comfortable distance. How will a being whose very nature is goodness cope with the realities of human life?


Perlasca: The Courage Of A Just Man:English Sub-titled [DVD]
Perlasca: The Courage Of A Just Man:English Sub-titled [DVD]
Dvd ~ Luca Zingaretti
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Come the hour, cometh the man..., 27 May 2016
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This is a sumptously photographed film, telling the story of a real Italian businessman, who on suddenly found himself deemed an enenmy alien in Hungary, due to Fascist Italy's surrender to the Allied powers in 1944.Using his wits to survive, he thenm like the better-known Oscar Schindler, put his somewhat flexible negotiating skills (and Italian gallantry) to use in trying to save the lives of Hungary's Jews.

The fact that it is based on a true story is both the film's blessing and its curse. I had never heard of Giorgio Perlasca - given the intelligence and courage with which he carried out his self-appointed task, I am very glad to have learned about him. I was also unaware of the enthusiasm with which the Arrow Cross party, which took over the government of Hungary in 1944 after Hitler's invasion, implemented Nazi Aryan supremacy theories and rounded up Jews. it is chilling history, and should not be forgotten.

But, treated as a work of art, rather than a documentary, the fact that it tells a true story hampers it. New characters appear briefly, then disappear, never to be seen again. This is real life - in such circumstances, you may never know what happened next to people that you met, and were briefly close to. But it makes for jumpy and disjointed drama.

Although the film is to be commended for not fictionalising events, Hollywood-style, to fit a dramatic narrative, the glossy cinematographics do feel somehow inappropriate for the raw horror of the subject material. Luca Zingarelli (best known to UK audiences as "Inspector Montalbano") is a fine actor, and gives a nuanced portrayal of an ordinary man compelled by his humanity to do something extraordinary.

Yet I did find rather jarring the film's insistence on demonstrating on every possible occasion that the married Perlasca was 'irresistable' to women!

Note: this film is subtitled. I do not speak Italian, so I can make no comment on the quality of the translation, but the English text never seemed clunky or bizarre to me.

I received this DVD in preview form, as part of the Amazon Vine programme, so I also cannot comment as to what extras, if any, were included on the DVD.


Womens New Long Hareem Baggy Ladies Harem Trousers Elasticated Waistband Stretch Full Leggings Pants Purple Size 14 - 16 (L/XL)
Womens New Long Hareem Baggy Ladies Harem Trousers Elasticated Waistband Stretch Full Leggings Pants Purple Size 14 - 16 (L/XL)
Offered by Planet_Fancy_Dress
Price: £4.75

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4.0 out of 5 stars working a little magic, 28 April 2016
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A very baggy fit - but then in harem pants, what do you expect?

The jersey is a little thinner than I was expecting, but they are not see-thtrough (which is the litmus test for me).

They are extremely comfortable, with the broad waistband being a nice comfortable feature.

These are not the sort of harem pants that you can dress up for a more formal occasion. But they are comfortable and hang well, so are ideal day wear - easy to relax in, but not so sloppy.they you wouldn't wear them in public.


Casual: A Novel
Casual: A Novel
by Oksana Robski
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars where fantastic amounts of time and money are expended on looking ..., 4 April 2016
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This review is from: Casual: A Novel (Hardcover)
Our heroine's life revolves around shopping, drinks parties and gossip. This is the decadent life of the super-rich, where fantastic amounts of time and money are expended on looking good. The effort is essential, as men (and women) are shallow; drop your game, and your replacement is waiting in the wings.

Our heroine is worried; her husband has a lover. Then someone shoots her husband dead, and her life becomes more complicated. Who has done it, and why? She wants to know - and she wants revenge. Meanwhile her husband's former colleagues want to forget about her, the police want to implicate her, and her husband's pregnant mistress wants money...

The shallow consumerism of the heroine and her social circle make them hard to warm to, or even care much about. But as the novel unfolds, we see the desperation and unhappiness that lies behind the glittering excess. And membership of Moscow's elite has its dangers - sure, there are shopping precincts where you can buy goods much cheaper, but is it worth the risk of being kidnapped to go there?


Classical Mythology, International Edition
Classical Mythology, International Edition
by Mark P.O. Morford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £35.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnum opus, 1 April 2016
This is a magisterial tour de force. Starting with creation myths, it works its way through the mythological corpus, ordering them according to the mythological timeline.

Within each section, there is a condensed telling of the myth. Variant and local versions are also included, and their literary influences discussed. The book does not restrict itself to classical writers, sculptors, playwrights and poets - even modern artistic works are included.

There are plenty of illustrations, and excerpts from poetry, plays and prose.

My only quibble is in the production values. This book is a sumptious feast; it cannot be devoured in one sitting! It is a book that you will want to dip into again and again - and my copy is already showing signs of wear.


Wartime Farm
Wartime Farm
by Peter Ginn
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars More than "the book of the TV series", 31 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Wartime Farm (Hardcover)
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This is a superb book of its type - and that is the genre of what used to be called "a coffee table book". It is not for reading cover to cover, but for dipping into. Each topic is a couple of pages long, heavily illustrated and easily digested. The cover art of the dustjacket is replicated on the cover itself and its section-sewn spine will ensure that it is hardwearing. This is the sort of book that you can leave lying around your house, available for interested readers to browse, in the knowledge that it will stay looking good.

In this review, I seem to be emphasising style over content. Whether this book will delight you rather than disappoint depends on how much you value such considerations.

The tone of the articles varies considerably, from the chatty to the technical. Facts and figures are mixed with 'reality TV'-style accounts from the trio doing "living history" - trying to live and work according to the rural lifestyle of 70 years ago. Most are a few pages long, at most. This is its virtue - almost everyone can dip in and find something to interest them.

The Home Front has been a notable omission in the plethora of literature that deals with the Second World War, and this book does a welcome job of filling the gap. The miners and the farmers had a less glamorous war than the "boys in uniform", and their contribution is often forgotten. This book does an excellent job in interesting the reader in these less glamorous realities, and the major cultural changes required in British farming in order to support our war effort that were essential in achieving eventual victory.

The writers are respected academics. Even when writing in a style very different from the 'academic' voice, they are nevertheless paying scrupulous attention to accuracy. So one can feel assured that one is learning about the past, not some nostalgia-tinged revision of it.

However the strength of this book - its browsability - is also its weakness. The shortness of the articles, and the inclusion of so many photographs, means that each topic is necessarily dealt with very lightly. It can be frustrating. If you are really interested in the history, the lifestyles, the recipes, you will probably want a book that goes into more detail.

But it is depth that is missing, not accuracy. So, taking this as simply an introduction to the topic, it is excellent.


Womens Ladies Scuba Stretchy Flared Skater Swing Long Midi Mid Length Knee Office Skirt (18, Wine)
Womens Ladies Scuba Stretchy Flared Skater Swing Long Midi Mid Length Knee Office Skirt (18, Wine)
Offered by Real Life Fashion Ltd
Price: £3.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely skirt - but be careful about the description..., 24 Mar. 2016
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Now I like this skirt: it is comfortable, hangs well, and is a gorgeous colour. It is elasticated at the waist and unlined. It is not top quality, but neither is it poorly made, and I expect to wear it a lot.

However there are some important warnings:

1. READ THE AMAZON SIZE CHART - do not simply order your normal size! based on my measurements and the chart, I chose a size larger than I would normally, based on the chart, and the resulting fit was perfect.

2. I would question the description as "midi". I would expect a "midi" skirt to be mid-calf, it barely reaches below my knee. And I am what is generally called "petite"; if you are average height, it won't. Again, it is important to go by the item description, which gives its length as 26" for a Small (8-10), rather than the title.

3. It is NOT colourfast; after more than one wash, it still needs to be washed alone.

So it is important to realise what you are buying. That said, it is a lovely little skirt, at a very reasonable price and I definitely recommend it.


Crocs Cap Toe, Women's Ballet Flats, Black (Black/Black), 5 UK
Crocs Cap Toe, Women's Ballet Flats, Black (Black/Black), 5 UK
Price: £25.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Review for black on black Crocs Cap Toe Ballet Flats, 23 Mar. 2016
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I love these shoes! The fit is extremely comfortable, and having completely waterproof shoes is a great advantage in certain situations - although you do have to be careful with the side ventilation holes!

The plastic ensures that they don't look scuffed and mud can be instantly wiped off. But the stylish two-tone effect ensures that you don't look like you are wearing wellies; from a distance they resemble patent leather pumps. When you want to attend a formal event, but are going to have to cross some rough or wet terrain to get there, these are an excellent alternative to finding somewhere to hide a change of shoes.

They do not have any padding or insole (and so are completely washable), but nevertheless they are are comfortable enough for all day wear.


New Look Women's Popcorn Dip Hem Plain Long Sleeve Shirt, Red (Burgundy), 16
New Look Women's Popcorn Dip Hem Plain Long Sleeve Shirt, Red (Burgundy), 16

4.0 out of 5 stars a nice floaty shirt, 23 Mar. 2016
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The shirt was slightly thinner than I had anticipated, but it is good quality material and not see-through. Stitching is fine and it comes with 2 spare buttons.

The colour is a lovely rich magenta.

I ordered size 16, and it proved a very generous fit and quite long.


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