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Wrap N Mat Red Gingham Reusable Sandwich Wrap
Wrap N Mat Red Gingham Reusable Sandwich Wrap
Offered by Ananda's Kitchen & Home
Price: 6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Clean and Green, 15 July 2014
Clean and green and less faff than plastic bags or wrap.


Letts NotelettsLetts Academic Noteletts L5 Edge Week to View with Notes 2014-15 Diary - Red
Letts NotelettsLetts Academic Noteletts L5 Edge Week to View with Notes 2014-15 Diary - Red
Price: 11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful notes pages, 15 July 2014
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Useful to have the notes on the other page


Consumed: How We Buy Class in Modern Britain
Consumed: How We Buy Class in Modern Britain
by Harry Wallop
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, fun and interesting, 15 July 2014
A very funny, tongue-in-cheek look at how shopping defines class in the 21st century. Some of the (more humourless) reviewers seem to have decided that this book should be a serious piece of socio-economic research which is daft. That is not the author's intention. Although he has done quite a bit of research, Harry Wallop does miss a beat here and there but the accessible style and the humour make this an enjoyable read as well as a thought-provoking one. What is also endearing is that he does not stand back as the supposedly objective observer. He acknowledges his own complicity in the unprecedented materialism of our times.

It's an easy, funny read and interesting. Shopping at Waitrose or Asda will never be the same...


The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think
The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think
Price: 7.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and thought-provoking, 25 Mar 2014
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Julian Baggini considers, very thoughtfully, the way we produce, process and consume food and the morality of various positions such as vegetarianism, locavorism and fair trade. What makes this book so valuable is that it unpacks the standard articulation of each issue and probes into the evidence and possible alternatives. Should we eat more locally and less organically? Does being a locavore mean we shun fair trade? What is refreshing is the lack of finger-waving and tutting. Moral questions are considered but without recourse to rants or evangelical sermonising. Everyone, particularly our latte-drinking urban-based politicians, should read this book and then think about what they put into their mouths. If this book teaches anything, it teaches the reader to think carefully about food and to think again. One of the best books I have read on food production.


The Dish
The Dish
Price: 7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and touching, 25 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Dish (MP3 Download)
This is a gently funny comedy set in the outback New South Wales town of Parkes, where the satellite dish and those staffing it, assist with the moon landings in 1969. The depiction of 1960s rural Australia is touching, funny and gently wry. Pay attention to the throwaway lines, which are some of the funniest in the film. The Mayor and his wife are a great pair, provincial and ambitious but generous and affectionate. The macho world of Australian politics contrasts with the slower, more gentle spirit of the locals.

Music is nostalgic and fun, too. An enjoyable tale that recaptures the time and the event.


Square London
Square London
by Gary Powell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but no map, 25 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Square London (Paperback)
This is a comprehensive work and details various and often less well-known squares in London. It is different from the lavish, The London Square by Longstaffe-Gowan (which is highly recommended, too, an excellent book). Powell's work is comprehensive and full of interesting insights into each square. The great disappointment is that there is no map. Why not? Did the publisher decide or did the author. If a second edition is planned, please think about using a map or maps!


Le Week-End [DVD]
Le Week-End [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jim Broadbent
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Price: 5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Le weekend = le failure, 16 Mar 2014
This review is from: Le Week-End [DVD] (DVD)
Despite the main roles being filled by talented actors, this film is dreadful. We have the Broadbent character, Nick, a self-obsessed whiney, supposedly intelligent man, still hoping to maintain his hold on his wife of thirty years through control of her body and as this proves more elusive, he whines even more, falls back on his baby boomer music and drinks. Lesley Duncan, as the wife, does her best with a tragically stereotyped script as the angry woman, wondering why she has spent so long with a man who, despite a university education, is a moron. Clearly, Kureshi and Michell think it's a goer, a British Woody Allen tribute to the angst-ridden ageing male. Geoff Goldblum tries hard with the stereotyped American character (outwardly successful, onto the second marriage with a younger woman, inwardly terrified and spouting psychobabble) but he cannot overcome the limitations of the script and direction. Americans must be fed up with the ubiquity of this racial stereotyping. The denouement, if one can call it that, is pathetic.

Even Paris falls victim to the hackneyed themes of the film.

It tries hard to be pretentious and knowing but this film is dull and dreary. One to be avoided.


Artline Ergoline 1.0mm Calligraphy Pen - Black (Pack of 12)
Artline Ergoline 1.0mm Calligraphy Pen - Black (Pack of 12)

5.0 out of 5 stars Great pens, 1 Mar 2014
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Great for calligraphy or just writing. Last a long time and well worth the money. Available in other sizes too.


Wedding Night
Wedding Night
by Sophie Kinsella
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired, implausible and outdated and badly written sex, 1 Mar 2014
This review is from: Wedding Night (Paperback)
So here we have a novel based on the premise that all women want is to be Married with a capital 'M'. Lottie is a moron, apparently so ditsy that her life is almost always a mess but she somehow manages to have a high-powered job with a pharmaceuticals company. She rushes into marriage with an old flame when the new flame fails to fall to his knees and produce a ring in a box. My goodness, too, too 1950s woman!

The sister, Fliss, is much more interesting and intelligent, even though she too, has a high-powered job - as a magazine editor, a cool travel one naturally, that appears to enable her to rush off at a moment's notice to 5 star hotels.

Nobody is poor, of course and all are well-educated, pampered by their hardworking (and most probably badly underpaid) PAs, who seem to keep the whole show running.

I could forgive all of that unbelievable nonsense if the characters themselves sustained a bit of interest but they don't. It's all about 'lifestyle' and Mr Right. Earlier Kinsellas were at least better crafted.

If you want escapism and a world where pampered young men and women have no money worries and very little depth of character and you like very badly written sex scenes to laugh at, this book is for you. If you think a man should go down on his knees to propose and that marriage is about telling people "I'm married" and you change your name to his (natch!), then this book is also for you.

If you prefer intelligent, funny and fun to read novels where the female characters are not cretins, try Mavis Cheek or Gil McNiell, or even Annie Sanders at a pinch. But don't waste your life reading this novel.


Australian Newspapers
Australian Newspapers
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2.0 out of 5 stars Headlines and not much else, 22 Feb 2014
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If you want only headlines, this will be for you although it is fairly clunky to use. If you want in-depth news there are faster, more informative apps. But, it is free and subscriptions are better for proper news coverage. For headlines, search engines probably do better than this.


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