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ResultSport® Core Workout Air Dome/Balance Trainer (Home Edition) with Toning Tubes, Handy Pump and Wall Chart -
ResultSport® Core Workout Air Dome/Balance Trainer (Home Edition) with Toning Tubes, Handy Pump and Wall Chart -
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Price: £89.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 Jun. 2016
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Done great, solid & is fit for purpose, easy to inflate. The pump however is flimsy and snapped.


New Look Women's Snickerdoodle Blazer Jacket, White (White Patterned), 10
New Look Women's Snickerdoodle Blazer Jacket, White (White Patterned), 10
Price: £20.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 May 2016
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Useful jacket for work. Smart yet comfortable.


Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scales - Black
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scales - Black
Price: £71.58

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This scale failed to work at all for me. ..., 9 May 2016
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This scale failed to work at all for me. We could not get it to recognize the wifi router, despite numerous attempts, which included using a laptop ad an iphone. we also changied our protocols to the old fashioned one the Aria uses. The online support just told us to follow the instructions.I noticed this was an issue for several users and Fitbit need to get it sorted.
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In Bitter Chill (Inspector Francis Sadler Book 1)
In Bitter Chill (Inspector Francis Sadler Book 1)
Price: £3.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deftly plotted., 24 July 2015
Hopefully this is the start of a series featuring Francis Sadler & Connie. Atmospheric descriptions of Derbyshire and its inhabitants.


GetYourselfFitter Women's Cross Training Weight Lifting Gloves
GetYourselfFitter Women's Cross Training Weight Lifting Gloves
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Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate sizing, 21 Aug. 2013
I have very small hands & the small size was way too big. However, friends with averagely small hands found the gloves too big as well.


Jubilee
Jubilee
by Shelley Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel. Perfectly captures 1977, 11 July 2012
This review is from: Jubilee (Paperback)
Jubilee is a novel written around a snapshot, a photo of a significant event in the lives of the characters. With the snapshot as the centrepiece the narrative is sprung forwards and back from what had become an iconic photo. 1977 was a different world. And this world is captured perfectly by Shelley Harris as she takes us into the subjects' present and past lives. There is casual racism, the battle lines are drawn between the children. Forced, often by their parents, to act on their (the parents) own prejudices, formed by empire and ignorance and perhaps TV programmes like Love Thy Neighbour, which is appalling in its portrayal of immigrants from ex colonies. The moment that sparks the violence is tiny, seized upon by adults to cover indiscretions. The punishment is horrific. The physical violence is shocking, the more so because of the sheer nastiness of what they inflict upon Satish. Slavery and a purposeful disregard for cultural and religious edicts are brought to mind by the bullies actions. What is worse is the acceptance and implicit approval by the watching adults. The ramifications of that day live on in all the protagonists. Although his ultimate revenge of living well is somewhat tarnished, his immediate revenge is delightfully suitable. Forgiveness is not on Satish's agenda, and I don't blame him. An excellent book, timely with its rendering of 1977 in this year of the Jubilee, unsparing in its portrayal of the not so 'good old days'. I'm not sure it needs the Jubilee connection though, it is a story that could stand apart from this year's celebrations. Finally, the linking of the iconography of the photo with the Sex Pistols' famous image of the Queen is subtly done. The paperback contains the author's 1977 music choices, TV programmes and a recipe for the perfect Coronation Chicken. The latter an ironic addition in view of Mrs Patel's views on a despised dish of the empire!


Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging, but excellent read. Brings the court of Henry VIII to life., 9 July 2012
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It took me a while to finish this book, and I am a prolific, usually quick reader. However I did enjoy it. I liked the humanising aspect of Hilary Mantel's treatment of Thomas Cromwell. His back story & childhood made him a more rounded character than a factual description would. His enjoyment of his children was a sharp contrast to his ruthlessness in his machinations that ensured he, for a while at least, kept his head. I also enjoyed the portrayal of the manipulative Anne Boleyn. Her singleminded campaign, urged on by the ambitions of her father, to enslave Henry was brilliantly portrayed. Her subsequent downfall was signposted in the asides and suggestions in regard to her relationship with her brother and other lovers. The role of 'royal' and other women of the court as bargaining chips, their family wealth, as rewards for good or approved of behaviour and vessels for continuing the royal male line is all too clearly exposed. Marriage for love seemed poorly understood and almost frowned upon. It is a slow moving narrative, I didn't get the impression it was supposed to be fast paced - a complaint of some 1* reviewers. I liked the emphasis on the machiavellian machinations of all the characters - they were literally scrabbling around trying at all times to avoid getting onto the wrong side of the King. It really was a case of look after No 1, and your own family to the detriment of anyone who got in the way. The cruel and punitative punishments of those who didn't support Henry VIII demonstrated the cruelty of the age and the fear all Henry's court must have lived under. This is a well written narrative and a challenging read. I recommend that this book should be read in large chunks, not piecemeal. A sustained reading really allows the reader to become submerged in the period and court society of the 16th C.


Summer With My Sister
Summer With My Sister
by Lucy Diamond
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A light, enjoyable read that cheered me up. Can't ask for more than that!, 5 July 2012
This review is from: Summer With My Sister (Paperback)
This book doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: A light, jolly read. It does have a slight dark heart - a family tragedy, but one that explains the relationship between the sisters and their individual foibles. That doesn't drag down the uplifting premise of the narrative as a whole. The characters are the usual mix of opposites: scary financial trader sister vs country mouse sister and slightly unbelievable inhabitants of a beautiful village, albeit a village with bungalows & caravans and what every village needs - a dishy doctor. All the loose ends are neatly tied up in a satisfiying epilogue. This book will flow over you and not flex the reading muscles at all, but ... I needed an uplifting, easy read, and this book fulfilled that need. I recommend this book for a sunny afternoon, in the garden with a ice cold glass of pimms!


Crossbones Yard (Alice Quentin)
Crossbones Yard (Alice Quentin)
Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters, fast moving story., 21 Jun. 2012
Crossbones Yard features a clinical psychologist, her bipolar brother and two, slightly maverick, detectives. The story is fast paced, with interesting interweaving of characters. There are some moments in the book when the action stalls to explore a characters personality traits. Some of the action sequences require a suspension of disbelief. Alice possesses a superhero's strength, speed and ability to almost leap tall buildings! I did find the implied connection to or fictional reconstruction of a real life pair of serial killers a little uncomfortable though, and while I appreciate a writers right to source fiction from real life events, this connection was a bit offputting. The murderer's identity was slightly surprising to me and his reasons for committing the crimes not fully explored or explained. The brother's illness was also an integral part of the plot. However at times it seemed to be more of a subject lesson in how to manage a relative with Bipolar and to promote an understanding and acceptance/enabling of their, often illegal and dangerous, behaviour. Despite that, this book is good read, and I will be looking out for her next book.


The Summer of Living Dangerously
The Summer of Living Dangerously
Price: £5.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful romp through regency re-enaction, 15 Jun. 2012
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A `what would a Jane (Austen) character do?' romp set in a stately home. A country house rescue with nicer, livelier characters than the TV programme. In addition, in the style of Marian Keyes, a sad centre to the narrative that explains the main protagonists behaviour. Alice's coping strategies of reading to escape sadness is realistic and entirely true to her character as it is slowly revealed throughout the text. The portrayal of her slightly eccentric family is nicely done. The setting of Eversley Hall allowed the characters to explore 21st century problems of the heart in the speech and mindset of early 19th C individuals. I would love to visit a country house that put on a show like the one described in this book. A really nice book, well written with engaging characters.


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