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A. W. Savage "Will" (Norfolk, England)

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Acctim 74431 Durham Wall Clock, Natural Oak
Acctim 74431 Durham Wall Clock, Natural Oak
Price: £45.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., 4 July 2014
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I was uncertain about buying something like this unseen, save for the pictures on Amazon's site, but I need not have worried. It looks really good, worked from the start without trouble or fuss, and have become a firm favourite in the household. Don't hesitate!


Journal Antique Halogen Reading Floor Lamp
Journal Antique Halogen Reading Floor Lamp
Offered by Style & Light by Cotterell & Co
Price: £47.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended., 4 July 2014
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I have been using this for several weeks and can recommend it with confidence. Easy to assemble, neat and unobtrusive in use, gives well-focussed light.


Kirkland Signature Canadian Maple Syrup - 1L - Grade A Dsrk Amber
Kirkland Signature Canadian Maple Syrup - 1L - Grade A Dsrk Amber
Offered by Perfect Cafe
Price: £16.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!, 4 July 2014
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Excellent taste, easy to pour and competitively priced. What's not to love?


TRG Self Shine Shoe Cream kit 139 Middle Brown 20.00 ml
TRG Self Shine Shoe Cream kit 139 Middle Brown 20.00 ml
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb product!, 4 July 2014
I have been using this now for more than a month and found it to be the best self-shine shoe polish/cream I have ever used: easy to apply, great coverage, economical and able to produce a great shine first time. Highly recommended.


Love and Madness: The Murder of Martha Ray, Mistress of the Fourth Earl of Sandwich
Love and Madness: The Murder of Martha Ray, Mistress of the Fourth Earl of Sandwich
by M. J. Levy
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying account of a fascinating case., 4 July 2014
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Lots of research and an obvious interest in the period, but a curiously unsatisfying book just the same. The author seems to veer between excessive reliance on dubious sources when it suits him and total scepticism at other times. In particular, he never seems to make up his mind whether to believe in James Hackman's act as the penitent lover, rejected by someone who once had a relationship with him; or take the opposing view that this was mostly self-justification and Martha Ray was an innocent victim of an obsessive stalker.

In the end, this book resembles many of the contemporary account of this sensational murder: muddled, sentimental and ultimately adding little or nothing to a bald statement of the facts. Writing is adequate, but rarely reaches beyond the level of a tabloid journalist.


Belgian Waffle Maker with 1kg Luxury Belgian Waffle Mix
Belgian Waffle Maker with 1kg Luxury Belgian Waffle Mix
Offered by JM POSNER
Price: £34.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Beware! My item was defective., 4 July 2014
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Sadly, this seems to be a case of getting what you pay for. I was suspicious on opening the package, since there was what seemed to be excessive lateral play in the hinge mechanism, and the whole unit felt light and flimsy.

Nevertheless, I followed the manufacturer's instructions to the letter, using the waffle mix supplied. The machine seemed to reach optimum heat very quickly (I suspect this was a defect), then failed to cook the waffles at all by the end of the recommended cooking time. After allowing double the time, all I got was a limp, pale 'waffle' that resembled a plastic gasket more than anything you might be willing to eat. Threw it away.

I tried again, using my own proven waffle mix and increasing the heat almost to the maximum. Waffle wasn't cooked after five minutes. After eight, the inner edge was getting golden, but the rest of the waffle was white and uncooked. Took this one out and tried a third time, filling only the half of the waffle tray nearest the hinge. Maximum heat and double the cooking time for a whole waffle. Result: uncooked, inedible waffle.

I then gave up and returned the item.


Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (& Editor's) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths [Second Edition]
Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (& Editor's) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths [Second Edition]
Price: £2.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Every Historical Fiction writer should read this, 11 Feb 2014
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This is a truly excellent book: witty, humorous, but also full of easily-missed pitfalls and essential warnings for the aspiring writer. I have too often thrown a book aside, because I became irritated by the number of silly and obvious mistakes in dealing with the chosen period. I don't mean the kind of things only a scholar or a nerd would notice; I mean major blunders that bring the reader up short and distract from the story.

What it all comes down to, as Ms. Alleyn explains, is checking your facts and showing respect for your readers. Near enough will not do; nor will assumptions or half-recalled snippets from school. If you don't want to do the research, chose another period to write about. Even famous writers, when they stray outside their usual historical territory, make silly errors.

It's also good to see the editors come in for some stick! I sometimes wonder whether such animals even exist in publishing houses today, given the typos, grammar howlers and half-erased rewrites that make it onto the printed page.


Panasonic Lumix FZ200 Bridge Camera - Black (12MP, 24x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
Panasonic Lumix FZ200 Bridge Camera - Black (12MP, 24x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
Offered by Rodgers Enterprise
Price: £342.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera., 15 Jan 2014
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Small, light, very sharp lens and easy to operate. It really does seem to be the 'do it all' camera that does away with the need to carry around a mass of heavy kit. Glad I bought it.


FLOSO® Mens Thermal Underwear Short Sleeve T-Shirt Vest Top (Standard Range) (Chest: 48-50inchs (XX-Large)) (Denim)
FLOSO® Mens Thermal Underwear Short Sleeve T-Shirt Vest Top (Standard Range) (Chest: 48-50inchs (XX-Large)) (Denim)
Offered by Universal Textiles & Footwear
Price: £11.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended., 15 Jan 2014
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Good quality, roomy and VERY warm. This was my second purchase. I find these much better value than those in the high street.


Mens Soft White 100% Cotton Gloves Extra Extra Large (XXL) x 2 Pairs (Please select from drop down box)
Mens Soft White 100% Cotton Gloves Extra Extra Large (XXL) x 2 Pairs (Please select from drop down box)
Offered by Elite Supplies
Price: £2.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality., 15 Jan 2014
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Ideal, especially for archive work, which is why I bought them. Plenty large enough for my big hands too. Recommended.


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