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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
by Winifred Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favourite., 27 Dec. 2014
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is warm-hearted and engaging, and much too good to be dismissed as mere romantic whimsy, although it is undeniably both romantic and whimsical. Miss Pettigrew, impoverished spinster, following a last desperate lead on a governess position, falls into the company of Deylisia LaFosse and is instantly embroiled in a hitherto unimagined world of indelicate entanglements. To her surprise she not only enjoys, but excels at, un-entwining Miss LaFosse from her complicated love-life.

Nice, frothy dialogue and delightful inner musings make this a joy to read. Its apparent surface shallowness (everyone is beautiful, or made so, and everything fun is idealised) does have some depth to it after all, but even if it did not the sheer magnificence of the character of Miss Pettigrew would save the day.


High Quality Apollo Plastic Long Handled Bath Brush
High Quality Apollo Plastic Long Handled Bath Brush
Offered by east2eden
Price: £2.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with it while it lasted., 27 Dec. 2014
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Lasted about four months, then the handle snapped at the thinnest point. It had started to rust at the base of the bristles, too... I have had no luck finding a plastic brush that doesn't do that, however.


Drew Brady 3 Black Mix Stripe Ladies Non Elastic Gentle Grip Socks 4-8
Drew Brady 3 Black Mix Stripe Ladies Non Elastic Gentle Grip Socks 4-8
Offered by CaptainValue
Price: £5.94

5.0 out of 5 stars What's better than great socks? Nothing., 27 Dec. 2014
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These socks are smashing; the fit across the calf is gentle enough to barely leave a skin-imprint, yet they don't feel too loose or work their way down your foot. Nice bright colours, too. I'm not buying other socks now, just these.


Stainless Steel Tea Strainer with Anti Slip Handles - 0.5mm Micro Filter - Black
Stainless Steel Tea Strainer with Anti Slip Handles - 0.5mm Micro Filter - Black
Offered by The Tea Makers of London
Price: £10.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased; this is lasting well., 27 Dec. 2014
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Have been using this daily for a few months now; best tea-related purchase of last year. It hasn't rusted, the rubber bits are still intact, any mild staining comes off with a dishwasher wash, and it keeps any chaff from loose tea under control. Sits neatly across the top of most sized mugs and cups, and the lid doubling as a drip-catcher is great.


Stanley 010789 FatMax Retractable Twin Blade Knife
Stanley 010789 FatMax Retractable Twin Blade Knife
Price: £12.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Felt a bit off-balance at first, but got over that., 27 Dec. 2014
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Feels a little weird not having the blade in the middle because of the dual aspect; you get used to it though. Otherwise this is a reasonable, well-designed improvement on the standard - and still classic - Stanley knife handle.


Miss Potter [DVD] [2006]
Miss Potter [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Renee Zellweger
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Just delightful., 27 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Miss Potter [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This is charming and whimsical, with a perfect balance of sad, sweet and mischievous. I've seen it three times, and have only just bought the DVD, having concluded that I will always want a copy to hand.


SIX Pairs of Victorian scroll chrome style door latch handles.
SIX Pairs of Victorian scroll chrome style door latch handles.
Offered by FastPak Hardware
Price: £24.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with these, 5 Sept. 2014
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These are brilliant value and don't look/feel as cheap as the price suggests. Surprised at the decent quality, although you may need some extra screws (two were missing from our packs, and two were of a different style). Note, there are no latches with this set, so you still need the internal mechanism, but for the price a great way to update an entire landing's worth of doors.


Hinterland (Y Gwyll) [DVD] [2013]
Hinterland (Y Gwyll) [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Richard Harrington
Price: £12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great atmosphere and attention to detail, 5 Sept. 2014
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Great atmosphere and attention to detail, lots of lovely noir imagery (well, it's Wales, and raining half the time), watchable acting and plot lines that sustain your interest without stretching your credulity. If there's a flaw in this first season, it's that the main character arcs don't ... arc. Brooding without resolution is only entertaining to a certain point, and significant looks need something of significance to hinge on. Otherwise, not at all sorry I bought the set of four episodes.


Russell Hobbs 18941 Colours Kettle - Red
Russell Hobbs 18941 Colours Kettle - Red
Price: £17.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fond of this kettle., 28 Aug. 2013
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This kettle is loud. The first time I boiled it it didn't fit very well on the stand and wobbled like a little red dalek. The measure of water indicator is under the handle so that when you fill it, you're never quite sure what level you've got (although any serious tea drinker can tell by heft). So I can't quite explain why this kettle has a place in my heart as 'the best kettle yet', but it does. Maybe it's that it's solid and well made, nothing tacky about it's construction or finish. Or that it doesn't dribble at the spout like my last kettle. Or maybe it's just the memory of that time when it wobbled about in its enthusiasm to boil water. But I defy you to buy this kettle and then hold a grudge about its quirks.


Falcon de Luxe - Around Britain Riverbank Cottage Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 Pieces)
Falcon de Luxe - Around Britain Riverbank Cottage Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 Pieces)
Price: £9.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Just puzzling enough., 17 Aug. 2013
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Very nice quality jigsaw, no fear of tearing the pieces when shuffling or dismantling, and great reproduction of the image. The picture itself has a nice balance of areas (although perhaps a few too many small points of interest to challenge the hardened jigsaw'er... I enjoyed them, though). I thought the thatch was particularly delightful to assemble, and the trees are just the right mix of different leaves but sizeable enough groups to add an extra day to my puzzling. A great return to an old pastime, but I already miss the triumph of fitting the last piece in a monotonous seascape-with-sky study.


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