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How to Lose Weight in a Week
How to Lose Weight in a Week

1.0 out of 5 stars How to lose $300 in a week, 23 Jun 2014
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This is just an advert for a range of diet products named Advocare and, more specifically, their "24 days challenge", of which the week mentioned in the title will be part, I assume.Should you be a sucker for this kind of scam, the products will cost you about $300. Should you hope to find at least a few useful hints regarding weight loss amidst the sales drivel, you'll be disappointed - any advise given (as little as there is) is of the most generic and basic variety. Sadly, just a complete waste of time; not even worth reading for free.


Megapolis
Megapolis
Price: £0.00

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bugs Fizz, 7 May 2014
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So pleased when I finally saw the kindle version of (possibly) my favourite game. Sadly, this version is so full of bugs it's unplayable. Main problem for me, so far: I can't connect to facebook, so no play. Admittedly, the Android version started out almost as bad as this and is by now reasonably playable. Hope the same will eventually be true of the kindle version, only hopefully it won't take as long as with the Android version.


[FREE HD FILM] RINGKE SLIM® Moto G Case [CRIMSON RED][BETTER GRIP] VALUE COMBO DEAL Get A FREE Premium HD Clear Screen Protector + 1 Premium Hard Case SUPER SLIM + LF DUAL COATED + PERFECT FIT Premium Hard Case Cover for Google Motorola Moto G [ECO Package]
[FREE HD FILM] RINGKE SLIM® Moto G Case [CRIMSON RED][BETTER GRIP] VALUE COMBO DEAL Get A FREE Premium HD Clear Screen Protector + 1 Premium Hard Case SUPER SLIM + LF DUAL COATED + PERFECT FIT Premium Hard Case Cover for Google Motorola Moto G [ECO Package]

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Design versus reality, i.e. the kitchen floor ..., 13 April 2014
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Rather sluggish delivery but oh so sleek and stylish product when it finally did arrive. Perfect fit, designed from recyled materials to be a pleasure for the eye and a green conscience. Quite pleased with my purchase until ...well, until the phone met the kitchen floor headlong. One corner broke off and the case is now cracked. The phone is still working, whether because of the case or just incidentally, I do not know. But a protective case that breaks on first contact with just the kind of immovable object it is meant to protect against might be a good fit for the phone but, sadly, is not fit for purpose. Will have to find myself another protector for my Motorola.


Escape Through History - Premium
Escape Through History - Premium
Price: £0.61

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice way to pass the time, 12 Jan 2014
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Nice little puzzles, good graphics. Would have given the app at least one more star if it weren't for a rather annoying glitch (?): Played all day on and off, always was able to pick up where I had left off. Opened the app the next day to continue with level 8, only to find I was back at the beginning again and had to redo all the earlier levels one more time.


You Must Escape
You Must Escape
Price: £0.64

4.0 out of 5 stars No escape, 11 Jan 2014
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Good fun, quite addictive - therefore, sadly, you get through the levels quite quickly. More levels are promised, though. Hope they are coming soon!


15 Home Workouts for a Toned Body. For Improved Fitness with Workout Routines that WORK: Home Workout Exercises to do at Home To Tone, Lose Fat, Gain Muscle, and Weight Loss.
15 Home Workouts for a Toned Body. For Improved Fitness with Workout Routines that WORK: Home Workout Exercises to do at Home To Tone, Lose Fat, Gain Muscle, and Weight Loss.
Price: £1.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some pain, no gain, 9 Jan 2014
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If this had been the prep talk of a fitness instructor in front of his new gym recruits it probably would have been just about okay. As a serious and, in appearance at least, professional introduction cum manual to body toning and weight training it is a waste of time.

The "15 home workouts" of the title are, in fact, simply 15 exercises for men (7) and women (8). There is barely one workout here, let alone 15. That the author doesn't know the difference between workout, i.e. an exercise session, and individual exercises is not exactly confidence inspiring but, frankly, it is just one of many things wrong with this very short, very superficial book. There is absolutely nothing new about this random selection of exercises which can be found in pretty much any exercise guide, though usually better described and illustrated. The advise on toning, weight training, food et al is generic at best and so general to be practically useless. To make matters worse, the writing itself is painfully amateurish and shows little grasp of the English language. I am fully aware that this is a workout manual, not a work of literature but, even so, it should at the very least be readable - "one should exercise aggressively" might sound classy but "you" would have been far more appropriate throughout and, always remember, "proof reading" is the "stretching" of writing, essential and indispensible for a successful outcome.

There are so many workout manuals out there, most of them much more informative, for sure. Even as a free Kindle download this "book" should be avoided.


The Bride Price (Avon Romance)
The Bride Price (Avon Romance)
by Anne Mallory
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The winner takes it all, 8 July 2009
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A group of old, rich, influential men is holding a tournament to offer one of their not so prosperous offspring a title, land, money - and a bride. To save young innocent Sarah from the fate of being married off to some rake, her best friend, Caroline Martin, sabotages the tournament and stops at nothing to keep the worst of the lot, the fiendishly handsome Sebastien Deville, from winning. Deville, on the other hand, will stop at nothing to claim his prize - Caroline's heart, body and soul.

Anne Mallory's "The Bride Price" is one of the ever popular Regency romances with a strong emphasis on all the naughty going-ons that Austen never wrote about. In other words: it's sex in corsets and long flowing dresses with a few semi-historical trimmings. In the case of Mallory's book said trimmings are more than flimsy - London is mentioned, in passing, as is the inevitable debutante season, there is some talk about legitimate and illegitimate sons, but that's about it. This is, after all, an example of the increasingly prominent new generation of Regency romances, where historical background and even plot are kept to an absolute minimum so that they will not distract from the sexy bits and, heaven forbid, keep the readers from indulging in their fantasies.

Here's the thing about sexual fantasies: we all have them (all those claiming not to included) and the truth is that more often than not our deepest, darkest fantasies are the most captivating and satisfying. Yes, the "unmentionable" ones in particular. The problem with the written versions of these fantasies is that our politically correct or simply residually prim mind will inevitably and instantly turn into a censor of our most forbidden desires, and because of that it is a very fine line between titilation and distaste: We might all dream of being overpowered and taken without mercy; on the page it very easily turns into a woman being taken against her will. And that, exactly, is the crux with this book. Caroline meets the stereotypical handsome dark stranger who incites her long suppressed desires ...only the way Miss Mallory describes it, Caroline gets molested by some unknown, possibly dangerous and definitely threatening man at their very first encounter. Sorry, but I just didn't manage to get into the spirit. Throughout the book, Sebastien Deville all too convincingly threatens Caroline's livelihood and reputation, blackmailing her into an agreement which, in effect, would allow him to take her whenever he so desires and ruin her in the process. Of course, Caroline is a woman of experience, who herself knows desire and longs desperately to feel passion again. Nonetheless Mallory fails to make her Deville's equal in the power stakes, as his personal demons, his ruthlessness and his almost brutal streak are much too believable, whereas Caroline, though at times a spirited, gutsy woman, is ultimately too meek and submissive to be the self-determined Mistress of her own libido. It doesn't help, either, that his fascination with her never quite rises above the interest one might show for a newly found specimen in a petri dish, and that his sensual cat-and-mouse play smacks too much of a cruel experiment to see just how far he can go. So, no, I did not particularly root for them to get it together. And even the fact that he has the heart of an artist doesn't make him a more sympathetic figure - Nero loved poetry and music, after all.

The other characters in the book do not fare much better. Anne Mallory is extremely good in describing nasty, devious personalities and these characters are truly believable, as superficially drawn as they might be. But again, where Mallory is lacking is in her ability to create equally believable positive characters. Which brings us to Sarah, the hapless victim of her father's cold-hearted machinations. Well, at least that's what she is supposed to be, but any pity one might feel for her evaporates as soon she forgets all about her plight and the upcoming forced marriage to some heartless brute when she discovers that London's most fashionable modiste will design her wedding dress. A girl has got to get her priorities straight, I guess.

As far as I am concerned, "The Bride Price" is a book of wasted promise and talent. The basic idea is quite good - incredibly far-fetched, sure, but in historical romances the emphasis sadly is on the romance, not on the history. For once, due to the conditions of the tournament, you actually wonder how the two lovers will manage to get everything they want as well as each other. There is the potential for many scintillating encounters and verbal sparring bouts and Mallory does deliver, albeit hampered by her rather unengaging main characters. And, for the most part, the book is actually a joy to read, thanks to Mallory's quite accomplished, though strictly modern prose style and despite the occassional wonky image. One day, hopefully, when Anne Mallory masters the art of populating her novels with sympathetic characters that engage our hearts and our fantasies, she will truly be a force to be reckoned with in the world of romance writing.


Philips DVP3310/05 DVD Player - Black
Philips DVP3310/05 DVD Player - Black

184 of 187 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beauty with hidden talents, 23 Jun 2009
The Phillips DVP3310 is a lovely little machine - slim, sleek, ultra-simple "plug in and play", does everything it says on the tin ...well, I guess so, because I actually only bought it to play dvds, not my music collection or photo collection as well. Anyways, it gets great reviews everywhere and, going by the picture quality even on my old tv in the office, it deserves all the praise it gets. The only niggle is the fact that you cannot turn the machine off; it is either in play mode or on stand-by, not quite as energy - and money - saving as you would expect nowadays.

The nicest feature, though, is the fact that, contrary to some comments on the web, it CAN be turned into a multi-region/region 0 player! Hooray! For a moment there I feared half of my dvd collection would go unseen from now on, but then a very nice person on the internet tried and tried until their little fingers bled (I'm embellishing here just a bit, I hope) and gave us the the answer all owners of multi-region dvd hoards have been waiting for:

1. Open the tray
2. Press "9879", followed by the desired region code ("0" for all regions/region-free/multi-region)
3. Press "OK"

And give your unending gratitude to "Flickboy", who originally posted this. Supposedly, it is a code already used by Phillips for another model, but it really works.

So have unlimited fun with this great little player ;-)
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George Foreman 14182 Black 4-Portion Family Grill and Melt
George Foreman 14182 Black 4-Portion Family Grill and Melt
Offered by Pharmacyone
Price: £56.97

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lean mean dream machine with a few flaws, 16 Jan 2009
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Having all the advantages of a Foreman Grill PLUS the option to do melts and other gorgeously less healthy snacks was like a dream come true and so I bought this Grill & Melt to replace my Foreman Junior which had become a bit unsightly after almost 6 years of use. In addition to the "melt" function this little machine also promises vertical storage and a place for the power cord - two brilliant innovations as any owner of one of the great but bulky Foreman grills will probably agree. Also, the picture looked great, the new design all sleek and black (the version I chose) or the traditional metallic silver.

The first disappointment came straight away when I took the grill out of its box - the black cover is not matte, as it appears in the pictures, but high shine, like Japanese lacquer. And you see every fingerprint, every little scratch - the first very slight marks and scratches were already on it when it arrived (it is virtually impossibble to get it in and out of the box without marking it). So it's cleaning with lots of care and a very, very soft cloth only - which is fine ... if this wasn't a grill, used in a real kitchen. My advice: Go for silver! The second disappointment is that it might have gained vertical storage and a place for the cable but it has lost its timer and its variable temperature control. Admittedly, I didn't use the latter that often and can do without. The timer, though, is a different story. Not having a built-in timer means getting out the old kitchen timer every time, not an insurmountable problem, sure, but exceedingly annoying.

All that aside, of course, it is still a Foreman grill and does what it is supposed to do - and does it as satisfyingly as ever. Grilling works great, even though I had to get used to the different direction of the machine & plates which at first made it appear smaller than my old machine (optical illusion or senior moment ... I prefer the first option). Cheese on toast and similar snacks work great as well, though they do take time. I found that, for example, tuna melts work best with the regular grill function, i.e. contact grilling with closed lid, but the choice is up to you. Overall, it is still one of the most useful kitchen applicances I have and it would have got at least 1 star more if I had chosen the silver version instead of the black. Ah well, we all make mistake so that we can learn from them ...


The Gone-Away World
The Gone-Away World
by Nick Harkaway
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The day Cuba became part of the UK, 15 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Gone-Away World (Hardcover)
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At first glance, "The Gone Away World" is yet another generic distopia of the type so often found in sci-fi novels and movies and video games. You have the typical ragtag band of misfits being hired by The Company in this apocalyptic corporate world to go on an obvious suicide mission, the real goal of which they are blatantly kept in the dark about. Luckily, Nick Harkaway's prose is so fresh and captivating that you are bound to keep reading despite this more than clichéd set-up and soon you are rewarded with a brilliant story that goes of on the most surreal tangents and is peopled with probably the most intriguing cast of characters I have come across in a long, long time. I will not even attempt to summarize the plot - suffice it to say that this is an unexpectedly inventive novel, a real treat for anyone who likes sci-fi, distopias ... or simply wants to know how it came about that Cuba joined the UK.


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