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First4Spares Dust Bags For Bosch MegaAir Type P Vacuum Cleaners Pack of 5
First4Spares Dust Bags For Bosch MegaAir Type P Vacuum Cleaners Pack of 5
Offered by L.M Electrical
Price: £6.49

2.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for, unfortunately, 25 Mar. 2015
I would love to be able to say that these bags are just as good as the genuine Bosch ones, that it's really not worth spending the extra money when you can get these ones. But I can't - because they're a bit rubbish.
As soon as you open the packet you can tell straight away that they're inferior. I'm perfectly willing to acknowledge that it may be due to the specifics of my particular cleaner, but these bags do not fit in as immediately and as obviously as the genuine ones. The paper they're made from is also nowhere near as sturdy as the "real" ones and the plastic bits on the end are also pretty flimsy.
I could go on and tell you about how the hole in the bag doesn't quite line up so that some dust goes into the body of the machine rather than into the actual bag but I've just realised that I'm putting thought and effort into writing a review of a vacuum cleaner bag so I'll just finish as soon as I can by saying this - these bags are a false economy because they're not very good.

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie [DVD]
Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brendan O'Carroll
Price: £6.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excrement, 1 Nov. 2014
There's more craft and intelligence in the title than there is in the whole movie.
My local corner shop has already started trying to flog it super cheap - but no-one's buying; nor should you.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Limited Edition with Comic Booklet ( Exclusive) [Blu-ray] [2014]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Limited Edition with Comic Booklet ( Exclusive) [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Andrew Garfield

7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More tosser than web-slinger, 22 Aug. 2014
Spiderman is such a successful super-hero because, in reality, he is Peter Parker - a gawky, gauche, confused teenager whose Aunt May constantly has to nip across to the pawn shop to make ends meet.
One of the reasons why this film is so bloody awful - and there are many - is because Andrew Garfield's Peter turns him into a self-regarding, brattish tosser whose version of anguish looks more like constipation. He's not helped by the way in which the plot tries to alter almost everything that makes the original Spiderman story so good; I think the back-story (in which Peter's father becomes a genius ex-employee of OSCORP with sufficient funds to have constructed an underground, secret research lab and to have met his death in his Lear Jet) is further proof of how cock-eyed and vacuous the thinking was that went into making this tripe. As a measure of how little I enjoyed this film, I cheered when Gwen Stacy - Parker's smug and rather pop-eyed girlfriend (Emma Stone) fell to her death; my delight only tempered by the realisation that this event would lead to more bilious gurning from Garfield.

The Tobey Maguire trilogy isn't entirely a success either - the last of the three is a bit puny - but at least they reflect the characterisation and, on the whole, the charm of the original stories. It seems very telling, in fact , that despite this newer version spending long, tedious sequences establishing how much Stone and Garfield appreciate each other's middle-class, anodyne credentials, you get a much stronger sense of a real, loving relationship in the much more subtle, earlier films.
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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
by Judith Kerr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Phillippa Griffin is right! Kerr has a nefarious agenda!, 16 Aug. 2014
Oh Mrs Phillippa Griffin, how heartening to find someone else who abhors this twisted tome!
It took me quite a while to decode the hidden message that Kerr - obviously a member of some covert body bent on the undermining of values we hold dear (I notice that she is of foreign origin) - had embedded in the text using a complex cryptography but, inspired by you, Mrs Griffin, I managed to make out the following by underlining key letters in alternating words:
"Only a sad old trout with a blighted, embittered view of things would find anything objectionable in this lovely book."
Proof! Oh Mrs Griffin, let us commune - we can be stridently myopic together!
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Clinique Skin Supplies for Men 2.5 Scruffing Lotion
Clinique Skin Supplies for Men 2.5 Scruffing Lotion
Price: £16.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The product is a 5 star one but the price here is absurd!, 14 May 2014
This is a reall great product in a very good range but one only need to look at any alternative site to realise that the price shown here - currently £21.00 - is bonkers. For example, John Lewis offers exactly the same product for £14.00.

Wanted [DVD]
Wanted [DVD]
Dvd ~ Angelina Jolie
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £2.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling!, 27 April 2014
This review is from: Wanted [DVD] (DVD)
This film is so bad that, even if you were to download it from the internet illegally (don't, not least for the reasons detailed below), then you would still have good grounds to sue the makers.

To cut to the chase, James McAvoy is a complete embarrassment and, to my mind, is the most miscast actor in any film ever. Not only is his American accent dire but he looks pale and constipated throughout; even when he's supposed to be enacting a bloody revenge, he just looks a bit troubled by bloating. Long may his return to obscurity continue. Angelina Jolie acts as if she's the only one who realises that the whole thing is just a cheap and bollocks imitation/mash of lots of other films and Morgan Freeman was obviously only after a new garden shed and so agreed to performance related pay. Terence Stamp appears a few times as well, but only to mumble some plot exposition with an English accent.

If you paid money to see this film then I can only express my deepest condolences; my mission here is to try to ensure that no more make the same mistake.

BioShock Infinite (PS3)
BioShock Infinite (PS3)
Price: £8.36

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Once again, a missed opportunity, 10 Jan. 2014
Just as with the previous games, the opening - when you're introduced to the game world - is really compelling, and good fun. But then it all just settles into an endless stream of fights in the midst of which all the quirkiness of the elaborate styling, all the craft of the actually quite funny dialogue is completely obliterated. It seems a great shame that, beyond a certain point, virtually everyone you meet wants to kill you so that there are no interactions other than that. I'm not saying that I wish it was completely open world, I just wish that there was more variety. There are some puzzles, sort of, but not enough. The key thing, i suppose, is that all the things that could have made this more than just another FPS aren't really exploited enough.
The ending is just self-congratulatory hokum too - I don't think the game makers come up with enough depth and involvement to achieve the portentousness they aspire to.

The Prince Of Mist
The Prince Of Mist
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Either badly written or badly translated, or perhaps both..., 8 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Prince Of Mist (Paperback)
I didn't really enjoy this - it all seemed a bit forced and rather trite.
Right from the outset I was turned off by all the whimsy and faux-eccentricity of the father; children's literature has too many self-centred, irresponsible fathers already and Zafon's other books are stuffed with them.
Some of the phrasing is a bit sickly and over-ripe too but, as I say in the heading, this might be down to the translation.

Dolly: A Ghost Story
Dolly: A Ghost Story
by Susan Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Insubstantial, recycled and rather cynical, 11 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Dolly: A Ghost Story (Hardcover)
This story doesn't really amount to much and is not really that involving. The characterisation is poor and the double denouements are rather silly - she's done "Oh dear, harm's come to children!" more effectively elsewhere and perhaps because of this, its use here seems rather crass. I liked the descriptions of the Fens but, again, they're better in The Woman in Black and this comparison is inevitable because, blimey fancy that, she takes us to an isolated crumbling graveyard and an isolated house with dodgy electrics.
This isn't the first time that Hill's cobbled something together for Christmas but this one seems particularly undercooked.

Winter in Madrid
Winter in Madrid
Price: £3.59

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not that involving, 21 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Winter in Madrid (Kindle Edition)
Reading this book is a bit like staying up to watch a film on telly when, really, you should go to bed.

It starts well and there's enough to draw you in but then it starts stalling and puttering along so that, half-way through, you know it's a bit rubbish but you keep on going because you've got this far and then, when the ending proves to be just as flat as you knew it would be and the sum total of its parts is, (again, as you knew it would be), not that much at all, you feel resentful and a bit stupid that you've invested so much time in something so flimsy.

On a very simple level, he just didn't convince me that he knew what Madrid was really like.

Of course, the fact that his other books are so excellent makes this sense of disappointment all the greater. I just hope that his latest book, set in a re-imagined 1950s, Nazi-occupied London is the delight it should be. As long as it steers clear of any of the same plot details as Robert Harris' Fatherland, I'm sure it won't give the same sense of being a re-hash of better books that this one does.
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