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Vax Genuine C91-P1/C91-PF/VRS2/C91-PF2 Series Filter Kit
Vax Genuine C91-P1/C91-PF/VRS2/C91-PF2 Series Filter Kit
Price: £14.53

4.0 out of 5 stars It's a vacuum filter, after all!, 21 Nov 2013
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This product is totally adequate for its purpose, does what it says on the tin, etc, easy to fit and to clean, so no problems!


The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London
The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London
by Hannah Greig
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Revealing and absorbing study, 14 Nov 2013
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Hannah Greig's 'The Beau Monde' is a well-researched, and exceptionally lucid overview of one of the most intriguing aspects of Georgian Society. I have read Ian Kelly's exceptional biography of Beau Brummell Beau Brummell which details the life and times of one of Georgian England's great style-setters and scene-makers, but 'The Beau Monde' adds yet more colour, light and shade into the times, and other characters and commentators of the era. I highly recommend the book.


Fast Cooking: Really Exciting Recipes in 20 Minutes
Fast Cooking: Really Exciting Recipes in 20 Minutes
by James Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly high-end cuisine, but there again, it doesn't set out to be, 14 Nov 2013
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James Martin is one of the most engaging and likeable of TV chefs, his appearances inevitably yielding interesting menu ideas, useful cooking and preparation tips. This book, intended for the Christmas gift market, and ultimately for the busy, hard-working individual who wants to knock together tasty and nutritious meals in quick time, is good value and beautifully-illustrated. There are plentiful uses of chef's 'cheats' and shortcuts (ie using frozen mashed potato and other pre-made ingredients) which the more Stalinist of cooks may take offence to, but the book does succeed more than adequately in its chosen brief. There's some good meal ideas within this tome, and I am sure that many if them will be tried out in this household over the coming months.


Schalcken The Painter (BFI Flipside ) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Schalcken The Painter (BFI Flipside ) (DVD + Blu-ray)
Dvd ~ Jeremy Clyde
Price: £12.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, glassily still piece of film-making, 2 Oct 2013
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The DVD / Blu-Ray release of 'Schalcken The Painter', a 1979 Christmas Ghost Story first shown on 23rd December 1979, is long overdue, and the BFI Flipside version does the film the kind of justice it so richly deserves. Originally conceived as a strange kind of hybrid - an 'Omnibus' BBC presentation that sought to double as a kind of Flemish School art documentary in the form of a horror story, it transcends both by being a genuinely strange, chilling, and fabulously inert sort of film. There's little in the way of what could be called 'action'; scenes are very carefully staged, rather like what Stanley Kubrick did in 'Barry Lyndon', to resemble Flemish portraiture, which makes the film very beautiful to look at, but the tone, and insidious quality is cumulatively chilling. It's also a film about how art and inspiration gets corrupted by cupidity, a greed of gain that sees the niece of Schalcken The Painter's employer, the artist Gerrit Dou, literally sold for a cask of antique gold. There's also an undercurrent of cold eroticism pervading the film - it's a loveless terrain that the characters inhabit that adds to the chill factor. I could go on, but I really think that, if you're a fan of the BBC Christmas Ghost Stories, you really ought to invest in this set, before it gets deleted and is unavailable for many years. It's a very rewarding, and absorbing watch, that certainly reveals more with subsequent viewings. Brrrrrrrr!


PRO PLAN Dog Duo Délice Adult Rich in Chicken With Rice, 2.5kg
PRO PLAN Dog Duo Délice Adult Rich in Chicken With Rice, 2.5kg
Price: £14.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Nosh For the Pooch In Your Life, 6 Sep 2013
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I heartily recommend this product - not that I've tasted it, mind, but if the response of my Two Year Old Border Collie is anything to go by, it must be delicious. My dog is not necessarily a fussy eater, nor is he the type that wolfs down the food as soon as you put it in his bowl, but when I fed them the Duo Delice biscuits for the first time, he promptly finished the bowl off. I put some more out for him the next day, and because he was out in the front garden, he didn't immediately come to chow down on 'em. By the time I got back from fetching him, the next door neighbour's cat had sneaked into the kitchem and was munching on them himself! Good quality product.


The Business of Being Social: A Practical Guide to Harnessing the power of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & YouTube for all businesses
The Business of Being Social: A Practical Guide to Harnessing the power of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & YouTube for all businesses
by David Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.19

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware..., 23 Aug 2013
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Running a small business, and being mindful of the massive growth in the sphere of Social Networking, I was eager to read this book and see how best to pick one's path through the variants of the phenomenon. Sadly, after reading this book, I was not any the wiser, really. I find it glib and not terribly engaging, and I am still unsure how my business - PR - could really benefit from what (generally uninspiring) tips the authors were parlaying. Social media seems, to me, at least, not as influential as the printed word, and I still fail to see how 'tweets' or someone on Facebook telling me what they had for lunch or whether they are going to see such and such a film is really going to help my business improve. I remain to be convinced, a feeling only exacerbated by this somewhat turgid book. Buyer beware...
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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Manfred B. Steger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Succinct and useful primer, 23 Aug 2013
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This publication, in the 'A Very Short Introduction' series, is a handy, economical and eminently readable guide to a subject that affects us all in one way or another. There's very little waffle or padding going on, as one would expect, and I feel that I learned much from its content. Highly recommended, and it has made me want to explore not only the subject more - globalization - but also see what other topics the 'A Very Short Introduction' series covers.


Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
by Blake Bell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A Handsome Tribute To Ditko, With A Real Critical Perspective, Too, 20 Aug 2013
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Steve Ditko thoroughly deserves the high regard that his superlative artwork is held in, particularly in imaging the early Spider-Man stories, and, arguably even greater, Dr Strange. However, the 'ying' to the 'yang' of his artistry is his unswerving devotion to the Ojectivist Philosophy as expounded by the writer Ayn Rand. In the end, his adherence to this philosophical dogma is that, as time wore on, he was reduced to the indie and self-published sector of comic magazine-dom, his own scripted stuff being weighty and frequently turgid to get through, with his brilliant artwork often suffering as a result. This handsome book features many superb examples of Ditko's highly idiosyncratic, but supremely vivid artwork, through all stages of his career, and the accompanying text offers up detailed critical analysis and assessment. It is not sparing in its revealing of the flaws and low points of Ditko's career, whilst rightly celebrating the man's frequent periods of utter genius. I'd recommend this book highly to anyone seeking to dig deep into the remarkable talent of Steve Ditko, now well into his twilight years, but still an artist of great influence and originality.


Blind, Crippled & Crazy
Blind, Crippled & Crazy
Price: £13.96

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldies still strikin' Gold..., 1 Aug 2013
This review is from: Blind, Crippled & Crazy (Audio CD)
Although probably none but a select few were exactly salivating for a new album by Delbert McClinton & Glen Clark album (they last recorded together over forty years ago), 'Blind Crippled & Crazy' is well worth the wait. True, there's no dazzling originality, or indeed, real surprises on offer here, but what is herein are a matchless shuffling of musical styles, from gutbucket blues through to easy-rolling honky tonkin'. It's an unalloyed joy throughout, two geezers whose collective ages probably add up to over one hundred and fifty, but a rich wellspring of good, good music to draw upon. If Van Morrison had just stuck to R&B and dabbled more in Country, then decamped to Texas, he'd sound like this!


Quah
Quah
Price: £11.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Jorma's first solo outing is an unqualified delight!, 17 July 2013
This review is from: Quah (Audio CD)
After the ongoing Pyschedelic soap opera of the Jefferson Airplane crash landed in the early seventies, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady had a ready-made, up 'n' running side project, Hot Tuna, in which to showcase their talents. Jorma Kaukonen, however, had been in the process of recording 'Quah', his first solo album, back in 1972, with Casady in the production chair - it didn't get released until 1974, however. The Paul Kantner / Grace Slick creative fulcrum at the heart of the Airplane didn't leave much room for Jorma (or Jack) to roam, but, even so, 'Quah' went some way to prove what wonderful music lay hidden within him. Originally conceived as a kind of double-header album with the obscure singer-songwriter Tom Hobson, the record label nixed the idea, and so Hobson ended up with only a couple of tracks. Jorma's really in his element; wistful, thoughtful, occasionally delving into the catalogue of Blues greats, such as Rev Gary Davis and Blind Blake, who inspired him to pick up the guitar in the first place. There's some fine orchestral arrangements that enhance the songs without getting in the way of Jorma's music. There's plenty of his nimble acoustic guitar work; also of note is his warm, gritty vocals, too - 'Quah' is a constantly-rewarding listen that will appeal to fans of quality singer-songwriters, and the more open-minded fans of the Airplane; there's none of the sometimes daft posturing of the Airplane. Good stuff, highly recommended.


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