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Rubie's Fred Elliot Coronation St. Fancy Dress (XL)
Rubie's Fred Elliot Coronation St. Fancy Dress (XL)
Offered by D & A Toys
Price: £17.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Mutton dressed as lamb! Ah say! Dressed as lamb our Ashley!, 11 Sept. 2014
Eee, this is champion!

You'll be the talk of the fancy-dress scene in your neighbourhood once you've got hold of one of these sidesplittingly hilarious costumes. Gentlemen, trust me here, Ah say! Trust me here. Because never more will you have to turn up at your brother's summer barbecue in drag bedecked with a pair of unfeasibly large comedy breasts just like all the other men attending. No way!

This meatylicious rigout may just change your life! Ah say! It may just change your life!

For a touch of authenticity and before arriving at any do why not smear the hat with some red ink as if to indicate you have been hard at it out the back of the shop with your chopper all day long (oh Matron!). Also a judiciously placed string of sausages may add to the fun. I wore my 'Fred' last weekend to a PTA function and I was the talk of the town. Ah say! I was the talk of the town.

Only one negative thing I'd mention. If you're not a fat baldy bloke and you look like the fellah in the photo then you may simply be mistaken for a butcher who's turned up at the party rather than Fred Elliot to be fair.

Harmony of Opposites
Harmony of Opposites
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessentially British Genius, 11 Sept. 2014
Multifuse's second album, Harmony of Opposites, sees the band exploring the great legacy of melodic British Pop Rock with a set of songs that hit harder than their last outing, Journey to the Nesting Place.

Gone, to a large extent although thankfully not completely, are the atmospheric soundscapes and rich choral harmonies which were the signature of 'Nesting Place' and in their place are riffs, screaming guitars and a more epic rock sound overall.

Multi-instrumentalist, Peter Fallowell, creative force behind the band, has called on influences as diverse as The Beatles, Roy Harper and Pink Floyd to deliver another impressive album that manages to mix retro with contemporary sounds and influences remarkably successfully.

Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the splendid Find My Way Back Home, which sees Fallowell doffing his cap to The Beatles during the Sgt. Pepper years.

The CD package is nicely put together with the CD itself looking like a mini vinyl disc complete with textured grooves.

HOO is something of a departure from Multifuse's previous outing but it sees the band going from strength to strength.

The Guts
The Guts
Price: £4.31

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless perfection, 18 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: The Guts (Kindle Edition)
Once again Roddy Doyle hits the nail on the head with a pitch-perfect story beautifully told and written in his inimitably masterful style. A tale light on lingering descriptions but one so superbly dialogue-driven that it effortlessly captures Dublin in all its wonderfully irreverent yet caring perfection. Doyle's ear for the authenticity of dialogue is on a par with that of Flann O'Brien's and leaps from the page as if the reader is eavesdropping on real-life conversations. His skill to be able to steer the narrative in this way makes the pace relentless and gripping.

To visit the Rabbittes after all this time is like dropping in on old friends who are essentially unchanged in many ways. The sharp wit, endless banter and bad language are still there in spades, however now that Jimmy Jnr. is middle-aged and fighting bowel cancer, it serves to strike a chord with the Barrytown trilogy's original readership that none of us are immortal, or indeed immune to the ravages of time or the omnipresent life-threatening serious health problems we all face as the Grim Reaper sharpens his scythe.

Roddy Doyle is my favourite contemporary writer and this tremendous book only serves to enhance my view of his work. Dark, light, funny and poignant, The Guts has it all.

IGGI Jumbo Toilet Mug
IGGI Jumbo Toilet Mug
Offered by Toy Zany
Price: £19.38

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Matron!, 27 Mar. 2013
If you're English then this is the very thing for you and is guaranteed to make you collapse in frenzies of uncontrollable laughter.

A mug that looks like a toilet! What a stroke of pure genius! Why, even looking at the picture has almost rendered me incapable of hitting the correct keys on ny keyboaed due to paroxysms of the goggles. I can just imagine it as a plop (tee-hee) in a Carry On film with the late great Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams looking at it and making hilarious toilet-based quips and saucy comments.

For centuries the English have found the toilet the holy grail when it comes to funny and this splendid mug carries on that wonderful tradition. I intend placing an order for 50 of these peerless mugs this Christmas and will give one (Oh Matron!) to each of my friends. I have even earmarked the Rev. Peabody down as another lucky recipient, and who knows, he may even use it in the Nativity Service. It'd be sure to have them rolling in the aisles.

Carry On, Jeeves: (Jeeves & Wooster)
Carry On, Jeeves: (Jeeves & Wooster)
by P.G. Wodehouse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest writer ever to wield a pen., 16 Feb. 2012
There have been many excellent comic writers throughout the ages, but surely there has never been one as good as P G Wodehouse. With a canon of work stretching back now over 100 years he is almost unrivalled in his output, and has produced some of the funniest passages of prose ever committed to paper.

If you like your humour edgy, gritty and hard-hitting then you've come to the wrong place. There's not so much as one thing in any of his books that you wouldn't be happy to trot out in front of your most straight-laced maiden aunt. He never once relies on the slightest hint of crudeness, but instead revels in the richness of the English language to get his laughs and there's never so much as one word in his prose that's surplus to requirement, or indeed a passage approaching anything less than perfect in its pace or construction. It's as if his work was edited by some sort of super human deity. There is nothing jarring or awkward; just fabulous comic writing page after page, time and time again.

His command of the perfect sentence is second to none and his light touch is just peerless. He can deliver the most barbed comment and make it sound like the most pleasant of compliments. Wodehouse's work is nothing short of true genius; if I may use that most horrible of overused expressions.

I first read this particular book 35+ years ago as a mere stripling myself, and have read and reread it over and over so may times since. I don't think that in all of those encounters I have ever read it and not found some new additional little gem between its pages that I had somehow managed to miss on previous readings.

Wodehouse is pure farce in its most distilled form, and even if you're feeling like everything's become too much and the prospect of leaping off a cliff beckons as a viable way forward, then just start reading this and you'll banish all such thoughts within the first two pages. There are some truly brilliant short stories here, without even the hint of a dud anywhere to be found; one of particular note, where unusually the narrator is Jeeves and not Wooster, is 'Bertie Changes His Mind'. It is simply wonderful in its execution and the section where Bertie has to address the school assembly of young ladies is, for me, priceless. I can't think of a funnier three pages in any book anywhere.

If you haven't read Wodehouse before then do yourself a favour; start here and work your way through Jeeves and Wooster. But then don't just stop after that, read the Blandings saga, Psmith, Mr Mulliner and his hilarious golf stories too. Then there are the standalone one-offs to explore. I believe there are almost 100 books one way or the other and I have never found a turkey in among them. I think I've read practically everything he's written in book form, and with a bit of luck and a following wind I certainly intend to do so again and often.

ProCook Spoon Rest Stainless Steel
ProCook Spoon Rest Stainless Steel

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Rest - Bye Bye Messy Stains For Good, 1 Aug. 2011
This review is from: ProCook Spoon Rest Stainless Steel
You know in the past there was always a nasty and embarrassing coffee-ish, teay, sort of gungy stain on my worktop just beside the tea and coffee making facilities in my luxury fitted kitchen. An ugly brown mark formed by the accumulation (over time) of wet tea or coffee spoons being set down on the side. You know what I'm sayin? Hey, I sound like some kind of soul singer here don't I?

And I don't like to tell tales on my friends but if I'm being honest, I'd frequently noticed on evenings when at their houses, say for dinner parties or maybe a girlie coffee morning with the boys out at work, that they had the same problem in their kitchens too. Who knows, maybe even you might have this scourge to deal with in your own busy and hectic life. Go on have a quick peek if you're reading this in your kitchen. I shan't tell anybody. Go on, don't be shy. Have a quick squint... What's that, you do?


All of our troubles are over because since I bought this splendid piece of kit, spoon stain shame (widely known throughout America as SSS) is now thankfully a thing of the past. It just doesn't figure anymore in either my life, or more importantly, my luxury fitted kitchen. Because now I simply put any offending drippy and gunky spoons on the neat little holder and all the mess is collected safely and hygienically, allowing me once more to take pride in pristine surfaces; well that is unless my husband has left the curry containers from the previous night's takeaway out on the side like he frequently does. Come to think of it I wish the inventors of this wonderful rest would invent a device that would mop up all of his messy spills. Honestly he's a right mucky article but I love him really. LOL! :-)

Fashioned from pure stainless steel the rest is a doddle to clean and a handsome addition to any kitchen anywhere in the world. But don't just take my word for it, part with the quite frankly paltry asking price and you too will be delighted. Let's clean up the kitchens of the UK for once and for all!!

Stop Press: Totally amazing! You can also set a dirty knife or fork on it too and it stops the mess getting on your surfaces. Incredible! I've just done it and the rest passed with flying colours.

Hilka 84800120 Manual Grease Gun Set
Hilka 84800120 Manual Grease Gun Set
Price: £12.94

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greased Lightning, 8 April 2011
Wow! What can you say about this Hilka Pistol Grip Grease Gun Set that hasn't been said already.

If you're thinking of buying a pistol grip grease gun set in the near future you'd be mad not to make it one of these. Sure there are other pretenders to the throne, but once you strip back all the fancy packing and celebrity endorsements, that's all they are - pretenders; sort of a bit like that guy out of those old Hollywood movies starring Jimmy Stewart or somebody like that.

This baby delivers every time and don't let anybody tell you any different. There'll be no nipple un-greased round your place once you've got yours. So DIY enthusiasts everywhere, do yourselves a favour and get one today. You won't be disappointed.

And although I obviously can't be sure because I don't actually know him, I wouldn't be at all surprised if your man, Handy Andy, off all those telly programmes doesn't think the Hilka is the bee's knees. I'd stick my neck out and say with confidence that at the very least if he didn't think it was the bee's knees, then he'd certainly think that it wasn't too bad at all.

Judge Long Handled Colander 24cm
Judge Long Handled Colander 24cm
Offered by Cutting Edge Cookware
Price: £7.90

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straining at the Leash, 13 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Judge Long Handled Colander 24cm
You know how it is don't you? You have some peas that you need to rinse in water but you don't have a suitable vessel to put them in, so you end up filling container after container and swapping them over to rinse them through before cooking.

What a kerfuffle!

But not any more! Because that's where the Judge 24cm Long Handled Colander comes in. For with one of these magnificent utensils at your disposal rinsing your peas (and no Mrs that's not a euphemism) is the work of an instant. Simply put them in the Judge and run them under the cold tap and that's you done. No fuss, no faff.

The long handle is so much more versatile than the normal two grab handles that we've come to expect from the bog-standard colander, and consequently one's colandering experience is greatly enhanced by this ingenious addition. Say for example you need to remove a colander that may be steaming over a pot of gently simmering water, then the long handle allows this operation to be performed simply, safely and without the fear of burning yourself in the process.

Where he to be asked that top chef bloke, you know him, yes that one, the funny-looking chap, yes that's the fella, would undoubtedly give his full backing to this most wonderful of kitchen devices. So do yourself the biggest favour you're likely to do in 2011, get your credit cards out and get one ordered up 'Presto Pronto'. You'll not be sorry, believe me.

Journey To The Nesting Place
Journey To The Nesting Place

5.0 out of 5 stars Soundscapes to die for, 23 Jan. 2011
Drawing on influences as diverse as Crosby Stills and Nash, National Health and the French progressive band Magma, Multifuse has created in Journey to the Nesting Place, an album rich in sonic imagery and one tinged with quasi-classical brilliance.

From the trance-like opener, Hypnotise through to the epic twenty five minutes of the closing piece, Yours Again, the listener is treated to a collection of thought-provoking, mind-transporting soundscapes and songs that are quite simply beautiful and moving in their richness and depth. With no flab or filler anywhere Nesting Place manages to pull off that rare trick of not putting a foot wrong from start to finish.

The project which is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and composer Peter Fallowell, here augmented by vocalist Cherie Emmit and bassist Tom Allen, has been many years in the making. Sixteen to be exact - from conception to production - and is in the best traditions, designed as a continuous suite. As Fallowell says, if possible the album should be listened to from start to finish in one complete sitting. A suggestion I would agree with completely.

Underpinned by hypnotic and sparse electric piano figures, Nesting Place's songs are then built upon with layers of synths, drums, guitars and vocals. The ambitious choral section running through the second half of Yours Again, in particular, is very impressive in both its composition and execution, and for me is the undoubted high point of the work. But it is only one of many such highlights to be found throughout; the beautiful twin composition Day to Day and Your World being other stand-out moments.

Emmit's mellow vocals lend a very gentle feel to the entire work and the multilayered harmonies that she shares with Fallowell are very impressive too, and perhaps even reminiscent of Yes in places.

The overall feel here is of classic British Prog and fans of the genre will not be disappointed. If you like yours with a 70s / 80s feel but then intelligently and lovingly updated for today, then look no further than this. And at a measly £2.76 for the entire album, Journey to the Nesting Place has to be the best value for money anywhere. Purists who like something more tangible and solid can also buy the CD version from the band's website.

Kings Choice Retro Style Tea Caddy
Kings Choice Retro Style Tea Caddy

30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One lump or two?, 13 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Kings Choice Retro Style Tea Caddy

Every now and then something comes to your attention and you simply wonder from that moment onwards how on earth you managed without it. And so it was when I took delivery of my Kings Choice Retro Style Tea Caddy. To say that I was blown away is to understate it. I at once grasped the enormity of the situation, for no longer will my teabags or loose leaf tea have to languish in their old supermarket-branded cardboard box. Now they can proudly reside in this caddy of caddies; this storage vessel that is in so many ways breathtaking in its complete perfection. The Royal connection in the caddy's name adds, in my humble opinion, a true sense of our great Imperial past to the overall scheme of things.

The picture of the bloke with the beard on the caddy's side elevates this splendid tea storage device to the sort of thing that will make you the envy of any American guests that may come round yours for tea and scones an that. You could most likely dupe them into believeing that the image was hand painted on there by John Constable or Turner or somebody like that. Americans love that sort of thing.

I can't be one hundred percent sure but I believe that the caddy is having a positive effect on the quality of my tea too. Only last week the vicar was extremely complimentary on my English breakfast and it was only Co-op's own brand! Amazing!

So if you only ever buy one tea caddy in 2011 be sure and make it a Kings Choice Retro Style Tea Caddy.

Simply top hole old chap!
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