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Road to Referendum
Road to Referendum
by Iain Macwhirter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.65

5.0 out of 5 stars At the end of the road, 7 April 2014
This review is from: Road to Referendum (Hardcover)
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A clear and comprehensive account of the background and development of the Scottish independence movement, with enough detail to offer the average non-Scot a clue as to how and why it is now so successful. My only minor complaint is that an index would have been helpful for quick reference, but this does not detract from the overall usefulness of the book. If this beautiful and resourceful country does decide to separate itself from mine I will be saddened but at least I will understand why.


German Cookery for the English Kitchen (Classic Reprint)
German Cookery for the English Kitchen (Classic Reprint)
by Ella Oswald
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Not just sausages and sauerkraut, 7 April 2014
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I bought this because it was mentioned (not in a complimentary way) in Rachel Johnson's Winter Games, and I can never resist following book trails. Despite the disparaging remarks about it, this is a usable recipe book with only one or two puzzling ingredients - Sardellen (anchovies, though mysteriously not translated), and Liebig's Meat Extract (no longer in existence as far as I have been able to discover). If you like the characteristically robust and unpretentious traditional German style of cookery then this is as good as any other book currently available in English, though you will have to use your common sense and look up oven temperatures and modern measurements elsewhere.


Winter Games
Winter Games
by Rachel Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.34

3.0 out of 5 stars Olympic legacies, 7 April 2014
This review is from: Winter Games (Hardcover)
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Not quite Mitfordish (though I think Rachel Johnson would qualify as a terrific Hon) despite owing a lot to Nancy and Diana, this is an entertaining slalom of a story, lurching rapidly between 1930s Germany and contemporary England. The German episodes, while clearly well-researched, lack any sense of period and don't work as well as the current ones, which are much more convincing. Not an entire waste of time, however, thanks to the Johnsonian way with words.


Slim Fast Meal Bar Chocolate Crunch 60g - Pack of 4
Slim Fast Meal Bar Chocolate Crunch 60g - Pack of 4
Price: 2.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Chunky and chocolatey, 4 Mar 2014
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I was quite surprised to see how hefty these bars are; with a dense, crisp and chewy texture and a rich chocolate flavour they are very filling and make a satisfying emergency lunch, even if you are not trying to lose weight.


Alpen Chunky Nuts Trail Bar 46g x 3 (Pack of 11, 33 bars in total)
Alpen Chunky Nuts Trail Bar 46g x 3 (Pack of 11, 33 bars in total)
Price: 14.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Happy trails, 4 Mar 2014
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Chewy and crunchy, not too sweet and with a pleasantly malty flavour, a useful extra for lunch boxes. And although they are not sugar-free they are certainly a better choice than many muesli bars.


Ready Brek Original 250 g (Pack of 6)
Ready Brek Original 250 g (Pack of 6)
Price: 9.51

3.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite revisited, 7 Jan 2014
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I tried this again for old sake's sake, having enjoyed it as a child. What I didn't realise at the time was that it is actually almost as easy, and almost as quick, to make proper porridge with rolled oats, and that if you want a very smooth texture oat bran makes a delicious alternative. However, the kids seem to enjoy it, and if you want them to have a hot oat breakfast and they like this, it certainly won't do them any harm.


Ready Brek Golden Syrup 500 g (Pack of 6)
Ready Brek Golden Syrup 500 g (Pack of 6)
Price: 12.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Quick but not instant, 7 Jan 2014
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Like the original, it is hardly any less trouble, and far less cheap, to make up a bowl of Ready Brek than it would be to make proper porridge with plain rolled oats, but with a very smooth texture and a sweet taste it is very popular with the kids. If getting them to eat a hot breakfast matters more than porridge puritanism then this might be a solution.


Weetabix Breakfast Biscuits Milk and Cereals 50 g (Pack of 16)
Weetabix Breakfast Biscuits Milk and Cereals 50 g (Pack of 16)
Price: 7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Mobile breakfast and easy elevenses, 7 Jan 2014
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Rather like malted milk with attitude, these biscuits are crunchy and just sweet enough. Though I wouldn't offer them as a complete breakfast solution, they would make a reasonable addition to a lunchbox and, being pre-packed, an easy emergency snack to keep in handbag or car.


Alpen Apricot and Almond 560 g (Pack of 6)
Alpen Apricot and Almond 560 g (Pack of 6)
Price: 13.30

4.0 out of 5 stars A breakfast treat, 7 Jan 2014
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A nice change from the usual Alpen, with plenty of apricot and not too sweet. The texture is slightly powdery, so in my opinion benefits from a few minutes to absorb the milk. A spoonful added to Greek yogurt makes a delicious breakfast too.


Cover Her Face (Audiogo)
Cover Her Face (Audiogo)
by P. D. James
Edition: Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars She died young, 9 Dec 2013
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This is a review of the audiobook.

Trainee parlourmaid Sally Jupp would have been given notice long before being throttled if anyone at Martingales, the Elizabethan manor house occupied by the family at the centre of this beautifully-written but essentially silly story had the sense they were born with. As was to become usual with P D James, the principal characters are on the whole insufferably and inexplicably self-satisfied, despite brooding over personal miseries, and the lower orders are invariably unpleasant to look at, lacking in taste and education and either vicious or stupid. If you like that sort of thing, however, there is no better place to find it than in this early but characteristic novel, read with suitable austerity by Roy Marsden, who created the role of Dalgleish in the original televison adaptations. As many actors tend to do, he reads dialogue with more expressiveness than the supporting text, so the listener has to concentrate. Worth the effort, though, for the pleasure of hearing flawless prose in an unabridged performance.


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