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Please Enjoy Responsibly
Please Enjoy Responsibly
Price: £1.85

4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Sophie Kinsella's creations - check this out!, 26 Sep 2014
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I was approached by the author of "Please Enjoy Responsibly" asking for a fair review of the book. The synopsis sounded appealing to me (I could relate in many ways, professional and personal), and I jumped on the opportunity to read the book. So, meet Harriet, in her thirties, well-read and well-educated, with a sharp tongue and sarcastic sense of humour that, alas, is forever trapped inside her head due to the appearances she must uphold (she is a lawyer, after all - who cares about sense of humour when there are hours to bill?).

The story covers several [highly intoxicating] days of Harriet's life, during which she gets drunk (over and over again), travels to the exotic location, makes a full of herself again and again, and bags a man. I read "Please Enjoy Responsibly" in a few days - and it's a page turner, I would have finished it way sooner if I had a day off. The story, and the heroine, Harriet, reminded me a lot of Sophie Kinsella's Becky - and isn't it a compliment! It's an easy, lighthearted, good-humoured read.

BUT. What is it with binge-drinking? I started to feel nauseous in the middle of the book due to the amounts of alcohol consumed by Harriet! (The other thing which was slightly annoying is the editing of the book - there is a number of typos and poor grammar, e.g. "St. Jame's Park" instead of "St. James's Part", and the more terrible ones, such as "would not of hesitated" and "you're fare" instead of "your fare".)

Enjoyable and recommended for a light-hearted read. 3.5-4 stars.


The Age of Miracles
The Age of Miracles
Price: £3.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous, sweet and slightly heartbreaking..., 26 Sep 2014
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I loved this book! It's such a sweet, engaging, thoughtful and sad account of the end of the world. It's a dystopia, but it does not have sexually frustrated teenagers fighting the system, it's the most subtle sci-fi, it's a love story, the main protagonist of which is an 11-year old.

Melancholy, poignant and unforgettable, "The Age of Miracles" is a coming of age tale set in extraordinary times, about ordinary people and ordinary lives in the age of uncertainty.

Karen Thompson Walker, the author, is a Californian, and I applaud her ways of describing the land she knows (and so obviously loves!).

Not for everybody, but if you are in a right type of mood, "The Age of Miracles" could be a very special treat!


By Felix Martin Money: The Unauthorised Biography
By Felix Martin Money: The Unauthorised Biography
by Felix Martin
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars So many words, so little sense., 25 Sep 2014
“Money, the unauthorized biography” is a huge tome, and yet it offers no enlightenment. It is a dry history (think school books) of money, ancient civilizations, first banks, financial crisis(es) and musings about money as a completely independent organism, which no-one seems to know and know how to control. This book is a very confused offering from somebody who should know about money – after all, Felix Martin used to work for the World Bank.

It could have been a great history book (with anecdotes about bankers being hanged outside their establishments if they could not pay up the requests for withdrawals – don’t you wish we lived in the medieval Europe?) if not for the unnecessary and confusing thought-process of the author. He lost me a number of times. The book felt like a boring and completely unaware of his own boredom guest at the party – you know the sort. And the sad thing: this particular guest frantically wants to say something profound and enlightening about the world and mechanisms of money, but his arguments quickly disintegrate and fall apart. So many words, so little sense.

I LOVE books about money and how it works! This one, by far, was the most un-amusing and tedious affair. The occasional joke thrown in by the author did not help the situation (and the last chapter, comprised of the “dialogue” between Mr Martin and his capitalist friend did not save the situation).


Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Martin. Felix ( 2013 ) Hardcover
Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Martin. Felix ( 2013 ) Hardcover
by Martin. Felix
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars So many words, so little sense., 25 Sep 2014
“Money, the unauthorized biography” is a huge tome, and yet it offers no enlightenment. It is a dry history (think school books) of money, ancient civilizations, first banks, financial crisis(es) and musings about money as a completely independent organism, which no-one seems to know and know how to control. This book is a very confused offering from somebody who should know about money – after all, Felix Martin used to work for the World Bank.

It could have been a great history book (with anecdotes about bankers being hanged outside their establishments if they could not pay up the requests for withdrawals – don’t you wish we lived in the medieval Europe?) if not for the unnecessary and confusing thought-process of the author. He lost me a number of times. The book felt like a boring and completely unaware of his own boredom guest at the party – you know the sort. And the sad thing: this particular guest frantically wants to say something profound and enlightening about the world and mechanisms of money, but his arguments quickly disintegrate and fall apart. So many words, so little sense.

I LOVE books about money and how it works! This one, by far, was the most un-amusing and tedious affair. The occasional joke thrown in by the author did not help the situation (and the last chapter, comprised of the “dialogue” between Mr Martin and his capitalist friend did not save the situation).


Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Martin, Felix (2013)
Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Martin, Felix (2013)
by Felix Martin
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars So many words, so little sense., 25 Sep 2014
“Money, the unauthorized biography” is a huge tome, and yet it offers no enlightenment. It is a dry history (think school books) of money, ancient civilizations, first banks, financial crisis(es) and musings about money as a completely independent organism, which no-one seems to know and know how to control. This book is a very confused offering from somebody who should know about money – after all, Felix Martin used to work for the World Bank.

It could have been a great history book (with anecdotes about bankers being hanged outside their establishments if they could not pay up the requests for withdrawals – don’t you wish we lived in the medieval Europe?) if not for the unnecessary and confusing thought-process of the author. He lost me a number of times. The book felt like a boring and completely unaware of his own boredom guest at the party – you know the sort. And the sad thing: this particular guest frantically wants to say something profound and enlightening about the world and mechanisms of money, but his arguments quickly disintegrate and fall apart. So many words, so little sense.

I LOVE books about money and how it works! This one, by far, was the most un-amusing and tedious affair. The occasional joke thrown in by the author did not help the situation (and the last chapter, comprised of the “dialogue” between Mr Martin and his capitalist friend did not save the situation).


Money: The Unauthorised Biography
Money: The Unauthorised Biography
by Felix Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So many words, so little sense., 25 Sep 2014
“Money, the unauthorized biography” is a huge tome, and yet it offers no enlightenment. It is a dry history (think school books) of money, ancient civilizations, first banks, financial crisis(es) and musings about money as a completely independent organism, which no-one seems to know and know how to control. This book is a very confused offering from somebody who should know about money – after all, Felix Martin used to work for the World Bank.

It could have been a great history book (with anecdotes about bankers being hanged outside their establishments if they could not pay up the requests for withdrawals – don’t you wish we lived in the medieval Europe?) if not for the unnecessary and confusing thought-process of the author. He lost me a number of times. The book felt like a boring and completely unaware of his own boredom guest at the party – you know the sort. And the sad thing: this particular guest frantically wants to say something profound and enlightening about the world and mechanisms of money, but his arguments quickly disintegrate and fall apart. So many words, so little sense.

I LOVE books about money and how it works! This one, by far, was the most un-amusing and tedious affair. The occasional joke thrown in by the author did not help the situation (and the last chapter, comprised of the “dialogue” between Mr Martin and his capitalist friend did not save the situation).


Money: The Unauthorised Biography
Money: The Unauthorised Biography
Price: £4.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So many words, so little sense., 25 Sep 2014
“Money, the unauthorized biography” is a huge tome, and yet it offers no enlightenment. It is a dry history (think school books) of money, ancient civilizations, first banks, financial crisis(es) and musings about money as a completely independent organism, which no-one seems to know and know how to control. This book is a very confused offering from somebody who should know about money – after all, Felix Martin used to work for the World Bank.

It could have been a great history book (with anecdotes about bankers being hanged outside their establishments if they could not pay up the requests for withdrawals – don’t you wish we lived in the medieval Europe?) if not for the unnecessary and confusing thought-process of the author. He lost me a number of times. The book felt like a boring and completely unaware of his own boredom guest at the party – you know the sort. And the sad thing: this particular guest frantically wants to say something profound and enlightening about the world and mechanisms of money, but his arguments quickly disintegrate and fall apart. So many words, so little sense.

I LOVE books about money and how it works! This one, by far, was the most un-amusing and tedious affair. The occasional joke thrown in by the author did not help the situation (and the last chapter, comprised of the “dialogue” between Mr Martin and his capitalist friend did not save the situation).


Instructions for a Heatwave
Instructions for a Heatwave
Price: £3.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars And what about the missing father?, 25 Sep 2014
I was sure I would love "Instructions for a Heatwave". A dysfunctional (and Irish!) family - what more could I ask for? O'Farrell's latest offering has several slowly exploding domestic dramas: the disappeared father, the unhappy marriage, the divorced sister, the dyslexic, the dead cat. And wait till you uncover the big family secret. Sounds good on paper? But I found the book was dragging on, the characters not likable (I did not really care for any of them), the secret (oh wait, there are a few) - overrated (and not at all breathtaking!), and the conclusion - unsatisfying.

The whole reference to the 1976 heatwave was completely unnecessary, the "background" played minimal role and did not add to the story at all.

Would not recommend.


What If [DVD] [2014]
What If [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Price: £13.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment!, 25 Sep 2014
This review is from: What If [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
I grew up with Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, so it took me a good half an hour to stop thinking about "What If" in wizard-ing terms (yet there is a little bit of magic in the film!). I would always put one additional star to a not Hollywood production of romantic comedy, starting a girl (and a boy) next door - Zoe Kazan (is wonderful) and Daniel Radcliffe (a bit stiff, but you quickly get used to it) make an unlikely, but ultimately VERY likeable couple.

"What If" is about medical school failure Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), whose relationships were always out of luck. And then he meets the aloof Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator with a serious boyfriend. They become friends, and the next hour and a half we are wondering, could there be something else? Of course, the story-line is predictable, but the dialogue and the occasional falling out of the windows keeps you entertained.


Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus (20 Individually Wrapped Pre- Moistened Pads)
Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus (20 Individually Wrapped Pre- Moistened Pads)
Offered by Graceson Online
Price: £11.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! One of the best products for sufferers of blepharitis., 24 Sep 2014
Suddenly, I am a sufferer of blepharitis (i.e. swollen, itchy, very sensitive, red, occasionally flaky eyelids - and generally eye area - which is not allergy!). It took me by complete surprise as I never ever in my life had problems with allergies and/or eyelid conditions. Anyway, after a month (!) of drinking anti-allergy products, applying anti-fungi cream on my eyelids and consulting pharmacist etc., I self-diagnosed (which was confirmed by my GP), that I have blepharitis. If you do too - do not despair. Literally 2 days after I was using these amazing wipes (extra strength), together with Blephasol lotion and hot compresses on my eyes a few times a week, I am back to wearing make-up and contact lenses. These wipes are amazing - super strong and very efficient. Every time I am surprised to find the remains of mascara and some skin flakes after my face is washed.

I definitely recommend these wipes! You will experience relief straight away after the first application!


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