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Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine
by Michael R. Evans
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £59.07

5.0 out of 5 stars It Ain't Necessarily So, 20 Dec 2014
If you are interested in Eleanor of Aquitaine and have read any of her biographies,(Agnes Strickland, Amy Kelly, Alison Weir, Marion Meade et al) then you should read this one too for a reality check. It may be a tad expensive but it's an absolute must for anyone who thinks they know their Eleanor. What they will find in reading this book is how much detritus has been piled on down the years and that in the words of Porgy and Bess 'It ain't Necessarily So.' Good stuff.


AEG DB6120-U Precision 4 Safety Steam Iron, 0.35 Litre, 2200 Watt
AEG DB6120-U Precision 4 Safety Steam Iron, 0.35 Litre, 2200 Watt
Price: £59.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a couple of design let-downs for the price., 20 Dec 2014
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The positive points for this iron is that it has a good feel in handling; it's light, easy to use and it does a lovely job of a batch of ironing.
The main gripe is that for the price of the iron the manufacturer's have been rather too stingy with the flex - 6ft. Our other iron is a Tefal, which is not only almost £20 cheaper, but the flex on that is nearly 3ft longer than this one and they are very similar in performance. With the AEG you have to have your ironing board pretty close to a wall socket in order to reach, and that means it can cramp your style when ironing. The filler cup doesn't fill the reservoir. My husband, the ironer in our house, filled the iron from the tap.
Bottom line - it's a lovely iron in itself in performance, but it will depend on your style of ironing whether you're happy with a short flex. There are irons equally good in this price bracket (or under) that will give you more versatility. I'd have given it a higher rating if it had had that option for the price.


BURBERRY Body Tender for Women Eau de Toilette 35 ml
BURBERRY Body Tender for Women Eau de Toilette 35 ml
Price: £39.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Interesting and classy, 19 Dec 2014
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What an interesting perfume this is.
The initial first notes are floral, feminine and fresh - quite green and refreshing with an almost mandarin undernote. This soon mellows into a rose perfume, but not that Turkish delight sort of rose. This is far more subtle and classy. It reminds me a bit of Eternity but not as loud in the rose department and with more nuance. There's a lemony scent that comes through too and develops more on the skin throughout the day. I put it on about 5 hours ago and the scent now reminds me of the very citrusy Tommy Girl - but again it's a lot more subtle than that. It's the sort of perfume that will take you from day to evening. It's not heavy, but it certainly still makes a statement, and it is grown up.
The bottle has a good weight in the hand and a classy look - almost like one of those shaped tall pieces of rock crystal with angled sides. There's a delicate pink shade to the perfume which suggests femininity but it's not at all a 'girly' perfume. It's confident and classic. Yes, I'd add it to my perfume shelf. In fact I'd probably set aside the Eternity in favour of this one.


Beaphar Spray Away Plus, 400ml
Beaphar Spray Away Plus, 400ml
Price: £5.15

4.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, 12 Dec 2014
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There's not really a lot to say about this. It does a decent job of removing stains but it's no different to any other carpet stain remover. As it says on the bottle you need to use elbow grease and scrub with the cloth and you can get pretty much the same effect from any quality carpet stain remover. It works well which I guess is the bottom line, but it's not some miracle product that works better than anything else and if the stains are older, then forget it. You'll not be wasting your money on this, but neither will you be doing the ecstatic happy dance.


A Hard Day [DVD]
A Hard Day [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seon-gyun Lee
Price: £15.22

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars social comment and some terrific inovative action scenes, 8 Dec 2014
This review is from: A Hard Day [DVD] (DVD)
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This was an unsuspected gem of a cop movie. Filled with black comedy, social comment and some terrific inovative action scenes. The latter are low budget and not glossy but that doesn't matter and goes to prove that you don't need the Hollywood polish to pull off a darned good action sequence. From a UK point of view it's also interesting to see Korean morals and mores in action.I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an entertaining thriller with an edge of dark humour. It is subtitled so you'll need to be able to chew gum and walk if watching it - so to speak.


The Chemistry of Beer: The Science in the Suds
The Chemistry of Beer: The Science in the Suds
by Roger Barth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Badly Targetted: not for the general reader, 24 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The blurb for this book and the front cover led me to believe that what I was getting was a work that would appeal to the person in the street with an interest in doing a spot of home brewing and getting themselves clued up. However, the contents don't bear this expectation out. What one gets is a fearsome technical tome full of intensive chemistry and diagrams at degree level with questions to make sure you've understood each chapter. For the serious brewer thinking of going into business and needing to know the technical minutae it's perfect. But for the ordinary Joe, forget it.
Bottom line - it looks user friendly. It isn't.


The Original Spirograph New Generation Spirograph Optical 3D Artist Set
The Original Spirograph New Generation Spirograph Optical 3D Artist Set
Offered by Splash And Relax
Price: £22.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good with caveats., 15 Nov 2014
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Remembering the original Spirograph I thought the youngster in my family might enjoy it. She's at the lower end of the age spectrum and found it slightly difficult but I think will grow into it. The plastic pieces appear to be robust and built to last and it's excellent that this toy is being sold as non gender specific. The 3D specs require batteries and it might just be a gizmo too far. I would like to have seen a proper, robust storage container for the pieces and for this money, but it is an excellent, staple quiet moment or rainy day toy and recommended for any child's toybox.


Rivers of London (PC Peter Grant Book Book 1)
Rivers of London (PC Peter Grant Book Book 1)
Price: £5.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... these out of curiosity after someone told me how good they were, 10 Nov 2014
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I read the first one of these out of curiosity after someone told me how good they were. They were right. I'm hooked on the entire series now. If you're looking for something quirky, imaginitive and different to read, then this will fit the bill. Nearest comparison is Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Certainly if you like Gaiman you will like Aaronovitch.


Braun ThermoScan-5 IRT6020 Ear Thermometer
Braun ThermoScan-5 IRT6020 Ear Thermometer
Price: £35.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Gives easy to read accurate results and is so easy to ..., 10 Nov 2014
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Gives easy to read accurate results and is so easy to use. The four year old had a go and managed it no problem. It's a boon for anyone with young families or family members susceptible to infection. Readings are clear and accurate. The only downside is that it can't be operated without the plastic caps and these will run out at some point. So it's an extra peripheral expense you have to build in if you are thinking of buying and to hope that they don;'t suddenly become unavailable or obsolete as different models come along. But in the here and now, an excellent product.


Colgate C350 ProClinical Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Colgate C350 ProClinical Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Price: £22.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me., 9 Nov 2014
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This one isn't for me. It's how I imagine having a buzzy fly in your mouth would feel. It's disconcerting and unpleasant. The brush doesn't get into the crevices even though it polishes okay and I found I got a much better clean with a good manual toothbrush despite this one's whizzy all singing all dancing claims. There's no cap for it which would have been an asset and the two pin charger is annoying.


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