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Miller's Damsels Charcoal Wafers, 125g
Miller's Damsels Charcoal Wafers, 125g
Offered by Fine Food Specialist
Price: £3.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect little crackers, 26 Aug. 2014
These hexagons of wholewheat and charcoal are a perfect combination. I just have them with butter or tahini or peanut butter as little 'sandwiches.' I haven't tried the others so can't compare, but being wholemeal appeals to me more.


Flatbush Princess: and, What Ever Happened to Bernie Cornfield
Flatbush Princess: and, What Ever Happened to Bernie Cornfield
Price: £2.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale, 21 Aug. 2014
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For anyone who was aware of the IOS saga this inside view is a real eye opener. It sheds light on similar financial scams and the gullibility of people whose greed gets the better of their desire to save for their old age and their descendants From the humblest of beginnings in Brooklyn, this story of rags to riches to rags (well not quite) shows how easily we can adapt to the best or worst of conditions. Carol has done a great job in telling the story of her own life and that of Bernie Cornfeld but at the same time has written a much bigger story about greed, ambition, success and failure. A compelling read


High Quality Waterproof pH+Temperature Meter Tester (ATC) with Large LCD Screen (One Touch automatic Calibration function, No Need to Adjust Mini Screwdrivers!)--EasyPet
High Quality Waterproof pH+Temperature Meter Tester (ATC) with Large LCD Screen (One Touch automatic Calibration function, No Need to Adjust Mini Screwdrivers!)--EasyPet
Offered by EasyPet (ePorter Ltd)
Price: £49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets, 13 Aug. 2014
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I've been working on soft drink product development and pH is pretty crucial to final product experience. Even a couple of tenths of pH difference can make a real difference to perceived flavour and refreshing quality. This meter has made that job a doddle - it's very accurate, holds its calibration and is easy to use, once you've read the instructions carefully. It looks more complicated than it is and we are now 'fluent' in its use. I bought a similar product 15 years ago - the last time I needed one - and it cost around £400. It's amazing how efficient and economical this sort of kit has become. If they factored this into the cost of living index it would would help to balance the ever rising cost of a cup of tea or coffee at a railway station! Definitely would recommend as a best buy


The Connell Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
The Connell Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
by John Sutherland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enriching and enlightening, 17 May 2014
I read The Great Gatsby in college many decades ago and saw the film quite recently. This Connell Guide was riveting - so full of insights that helped expand my understanding of why this novel is deservedly so highly regarded. Just the detail of the 'Getz' name that morphed into Gatsby was typical of the depth of insight that this guide gives. It left me in awe of the skill and art of F Scott Fitzgerald and determined me to read the book again, probably with this guide at my side. My next step will be the guide to Macbeth and I hope that they will eventually do a guide to Henry V - it covers unnecessary foreign wars and their domestic harm and I'd love to see them cover it with the same competence as they have done with The Great Gatsby


SodaStream Genesis Drinks Maker - Grey
SodaStream Genesis Drinks Maker - Grey
Offered by BestBuyUk

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, robust and effective, 2 Feb. 2014
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This device has given me great pleasure since I bought it just before Christmas. I make my own cordials out of garden fruit such as mulberries and then carbonate them in this device, so can't comment on the value of the syrups they supply. Just a note that it's good to wait a few seconds before removing the bottle or it will spray you. I have decided to continue using it despite my dismay at discovering that it is made in Israeli settlements on the West Bank on land that has been forcibly stolen from Palestinians by racist land-grabbing settlers. But it's too late now and, frankly, I couldn't now do without this great device. I have decided to give £100 to Jews For Justice For Palestinians to ease my conscience and because I believe that right-minded Jews are our only hope for a solution to this dreadful problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lamborghini of phone cases, 2 Dec. 2013
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This case does what it says on the tin. The BoxWave Blackout case fits snugly around the phone and helps it to stick to your fingers in use so that it doesn't slip out and fall to the ground and incur replacement screen costs. But it's more than that, it is aesthetically pleasing. The contrast of the black shiny rubber against the creamy white of my iPhone 5s is so beautiful that, for a few fleeting moments of transcendental bliss, I forget that I 'upgraded' from an iPhone 4s with a 10 hour battery life to a 5s that loses juice faster than you can say 'how could you do the dirty on me like this, you rascals in Cupertino?' I will remain loyal to the suppliers of the case long after I have migrated to another phone provider (just kidding, Apple, but empty threats are better than none at all) and will happily queue overnight outside the BoxWave store to get the new case for my iPhone 6s, which no doubt will have an even shorter battery life but will promise an even longer one.


Neudorff 800g Sluggo Slug and Snail Killer
Neudorff 800g Sluggo Slug and Snail Killer
Offered by deals-direct
Price: £8.69

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-toxic and it works!, 14 Aug. 2013
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As my first trial I sprinkled Sluggo around some lettuces and pak choi that had a slug nestled in every fold, gnawing relentlessly at the juicy spine of each leaf. The real test was whether a slug, comfortably nestled in a leaf and mainlining its juicy food supply while leaving unsightly brown discolouration behind (not to mention their little black pellets of poo - or is it eggs?) would migrate away from its comfortable lunch counter to eat the pellets. Bearing in mind that our potager is also inhabited by frogs and toads, no slug in its right mind would risk crossing no-man's-land to get at a slug pellet. Well, blow me down if the little blighters didn't do just that. Now my lettuces are slug free, I can plant out more pak choi and other oriental veg with confidence that they will have a chance in life and I can serve lettuce to friends and family without guiltily knowing that I have rinsed off slime and poo (or is it eggs?) and removed damaged bits of leaf before serving up a lovely fresh-picked-from-the garden salad.


Nature's Answer Gentian Root Extract, Low Alcohol, 2 Oz
Nature's Answer Gentian Root Extract, Low Alcohol, 2 Oz
Offered by Atlantic Trading from USA
Price: £8.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real bitters, 7 Feb. 2013
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This is a good extract of gentian, I didn't realise it was low alcohol, but that's a plus. It tastes of a lot more gentian than Angostura.


Duronic KS1009 Super Slim Design Digital Display 5KG Electronic Kitchen Scales - with Glossy Brushed Chrome surface and 2 Years FREE Warranty
Duronic KS1009 Super Slim Design Digital Display 5KG Electronic Kitchen Scales - with Glossy Brushed Chrome surface and 2 Years FREE Warranty
Offered by DURONIC
Price: £49.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This scale does have a tare function, 18 Nov. 2011
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Not all scales have the tare function. I ordered these in the hope that this had been overlooked in the product description and the reviews. I was delighted to find this scale does tare, very helpful when you're building a recipe in one bowl. It should be mentioned in the product description. These replaced my old lab scales that cost £400 and only went up to 4kg. Ain't technological progress grand?


How to Make Bread
How to Make Bread
by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece for the home baker, 4 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: How to Make Bread (Hardcover)
As a commercial baker I have bought most of the books about baking, going right back to the 1970s classics such as the Sunday Times Book of Real Bread and Elizabeth David's English Bread and Yeast Cookery. I have to declare that Emmanuel was head of production at Judges Bakery in Hastings, our business which we started with him. So we already knew he was a master at making perfect bread. This book is brilliant - the photographs ensure that you never get lost or end up wondering if what you have in front of you looks like it should - it holds your hand as it takes you step by step through the almost magical process where flour is transformed into a living dough and then into a wonderful loaf of bread. The patisserie recipes are excellent too - if you make the Napoleons I suggest a double batch - the first lot out of the oven will disappear into grateful mouths - they are the best Danish pastry type recipe I've ever tried
Craig Sams


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