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Mediterranean Turquoise Rag Rug
Mediterranean Turquoise Rag Rug
Offered by Dotcomgiftshop
Price: £12.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, but somewhat smelly, 28 Sept. 2015
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Very, very pretty, but sadly it reeked unbearably of mothballs when it arrived. After two hand washes and, in desperation, three machine washes the smell has gone, but it has slightly disintegrated as a result. Still eminently usable, if a little fragile. I suspect that this problem is confined to the £4.95 batch of turquoise rugs (thus the reduction), because the red and pink ones I have are just fine.


Lagostina - 12110040124 - Non-Stick Pan 24 cm Accademia Nera
Lagostina - 12110040124 - Non-Stick Pan 24 cm Accademia Nera
Price: £69.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luxury!, 28 Sept. 2015
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Nice classy bit of kit, with amazingly good non-stick surface. Perfect for risotto.


Fair Trade Thick over dyed Rag Rug in various bright colours 60 x 90cm (Pink)
Fair Trade Thick over dyed Rag Rug in various bright colours 60 x 90cm (Pink)
Offered by Megmoors

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 28 Sept. 2015
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Both this and the orange one are bright, pretty and rather more closely woven than other Indian rag rugs I've found, which means that they don't fall apart in the washing machine. What's not to like?


Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea (Children's Classics)
Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea (Children's Classics)
by Lucy Montgomery
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.99

2.0 out of 5 stars For children only, 2 May 2015
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I loved these books as a child, and thought they might repay rereading. Sadly, I found Anne quite unbearably verbose and fey, to the extent that I was yelling at her to 'STFU!!!!' Put a sock in it, why don't you??!!'. After several of these outbursts I gave up in disgust and she is now on her way to the charity shop.


The Rake's Mistress (Historical Romance)
The Rake's Mistress (Historical Romance)
by Nicola Cornick
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, 2 May 2015
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Much much better than the others in the series.


One Wicked Sin
One Wicked Sin
by Nicola Cornick
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Her best!, 20 Mar. 2015
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An utterly delightful book, which even on the third reading I find almost impossible to put down. For my money, the Scandals of the Ton series is a cut above Nicola Cornick's other books, and this is by far the best of them; witty, original, fast-paced, cliff-hangers galore and - perhaps alone of all her tales - a brilliant ending. One reviewer has described the hero as 'a bad boy to die for', and I couldn't have put it better myself. Ethan Ryder rules!


Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book
Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book
by Jane Grigson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 22 Jan. 2014
Wonderful in every way; entertaining, erudite, informative and packed with excellent recipes. Nobody, not even Elizabeth David, writes quite as well as Jane Grigson; her advice on buying cauliflowers, for instance, is to go for one 'that looks right back at you with a vigorous air'. Priceless.


Between Males
Between Males
by Fiona Walker
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, 24 Oct. 2013
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It saddens me to diss a book on which so much effort has apparently been expended, but Between Males is dreadful. The heroine lacks depth and is anti-empathetic (and calls everybody 'babes'), other characters behave inconsistently and are merely sketched in, the plot is both overly tangled and incoherent, and none of it is very funny. The end, amazingly enough, is inconclusive, unsatisfying, unbelievable and a let-down (a considerable achievement given the unconvincingness of the previous narrative) and, perhaps most damningly, characters reintroduced from previous novels (especially the very wonderful Kiss Chase) are cardboard cutouts whose previous wit and fire has been drenched from a great height. Don't waste your time with this; read French Relations, Well Groomed and the aforementioned KC, and then skip to Kiss & Tell; Between Males is merely padding.


Korean: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars)
Korean: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars)
by Jaehoon Yeon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £51.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous!, 13 Feb. 2011
This is SUCH a good book; it tells you everything you want to know, clearly and intelligently, and is organised (with multiple indices and logically subdivided chapters) so that you can answer your own questions (e.g. 'How do I express disapproval?', 'What is the Korean equivalent of ending a sentence with 'innit'?','What does '~rago' mean at the end of a Korean word?' etc) with the minumum of time and faff. It doesn't mess around with romanisations, which is a relief, as none of the systems are entirely adequate (besides reflecting American English rather than the home-grown variety), and the typefaces are carefully chosen so that you can a)read all the detail, in both English and Hangul, and b)differentiate between them and thus know exactly what the authors are trying to say. Forty quid-odd may seem quite steep for a paperback but you get an awful lot for your money, and there is NO Korean grammar book for English speakers on the market that is remotely as good as this one. You should buy it immediately!


Collins Gem Korean Dictionary (Collins Gem)
Collins Gem Korean Dictionary (Collins Gem)
by Collins Dictionaries
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent little dictionary, 2 Aug. 2010
I like this dictionary; the Korean section is in the order of the Korean alphabet (ie not in the order of romanised Korean words, as is the Berlitz dictionary) which is very helpful indeed, and it is also nicely laid out and seems quite authoritative. BUT it's really really tiny! In fact, it's so tiny I have real difficulty in reading it - I have to concentrate extremely hard on focussing, or use a magnifying glass. 20-year-olds can probably read it easily, but middle-aged people like me will struggle with it. Also, although this is a minor point, the cover is very flimsy; I would have appreciated thicker card or plastic. However, if you want a decent Korean dictionary the size of a cigarette packet, this is pretty well perfect.


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