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Vina Ludy Albarino DO Riax Baixas 2013 Wine 75 cl (Case of 6)
Vina Ludy Albarino DO Riax Baixas 2013 Wine 75 cl (Case of 6)
Price: £54.90

5.0 out of 5 stars This is good value., 9 Oct 2014
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This is a lovely wine. The Albarino grapes produce a rich and fruity white wine that outclasses many of the viura-type Riojas. No wonder that is has become so fashionable in Spain. This is good value.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Luxury at a bargain price, 29 Dec 2012
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I wanted a new reel case for an old Hardy St George fly reel. This was perfect. The leather feels good and the fibre pile lining offers a good cushion against knocks and other damage.


Sotheby's Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout
Sotheby's Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout
by Jardine (Charles).
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Improperly dressed, 8 Nov 2012
This is a beautiful book, well-designed and written, but the dressings of many flies are incorrect or badly proof-read. As a reference book it is unreliable and most irritating. A pity!


BT Call Reminder
BT Call Reminder

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Call, 11 Aug 2012
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All I wanted was a phone that told me the number of the caller. I have 1471 and 1571 facilities but a prior warning (for spams or unwelcome calls)was welcome BEFORE picking up the receiver. There are some cheap and some expensive pieces of kit out there but many seem to elicit contradictory reviews (5 stars to 2 stars for the same product).

This little device (£0.99!) hits the spot. It displays the calling number and draws attention to any messages. That's all I needed. Terrific value!


Gunpowder Temple of Heaven, Green tea from China
Gunpowder Temple of Heaven, Green tea from China

4.0 out of 5 stars Tastes really good, 15 July 2012
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An excellent product, Temple of Heaven is a beautiful tasting tea. The packaging is good, although naturally expensive for such a small quantity. It's possible to get better value from bigger packages in Chinese supermarkets, but this company provides an excellent service for those distant from specialist shops.


The October Country
The October Country
by RAY BRADBURY
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance, 13 July 2012
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This review is from: The October Country (Hardcover)
I have got most of these stories in other collections but this is the book I remember vividly from childhood. It is quintessential Ray Bradbury complemented by the atmospheric drawings by Joe Mugnaini.The book begins with 'The Dwarf', which is left out of some later collections, perhaps for reasons of political correctness. All of the stories are well worth reading and the illustrations are magical. Ray Bradbury inhabits a realm that transcends genres like fantasy, the horror story,or science fiction. This is a very special land, aptly given the title 'The October Country'. It is a classic.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat Pack, 3 July 2012
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The materials look fine. It arrived in kit form, which is handy for postage, but the wood is lightly sanded, unstained and unvarnished. A set of instructions would have been helpful for the unskilled, not only about assembly (fairly obvious) but about the finishing (coats and type of varnish, amount of sanding, type of stain for beech, etc.)The price is not exactly cheap for an unfinished product. The advert shows what appears to be a completed article.


Beyond Black
Beyond Black
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Medium is the Message, 8 Jun 2012
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It is worth buying the novel for its first chapter alone: `This is the time of Le Pendu, the Hanged Man, swinging by his foot from the living tree.' The tone, the prose rhythms, the imagery are classic T S Eliot, even the cheeky humour: `in pastureland, the pylons lift their skirts in a ferrous gavotte.'

Hilary Mantel weaves a wonderful story around the travels of a medium and her assistant/manager. Their relationship is touching and enigmatic, as is the very nature of the `profession'. The relationship acts like a chemical reaction. Colette is the catalyst. Alison gradually reveals what makes the troubled psychic haunted by figures from her past. Throughout the novel there is a continuous exploration: is the medium just a fraudster? Is she genuinely in touch with the dead? Is she empathic to the weaknesses and needs of her clients? Is she quite sane, or is her neurosis purely the result of childhood abuse?

Alison has a recurrent poltergeist, Morris, who is acts as her spirit guide. He is wonderfully revolting, committing indecencies, flashing his ghostly genitalia, always present with a varied gang of unsavoury associates. It is through Morris that the reader begins to piece together the mystery story surrounding Alison's childhood. Who is the mysterious Gloria that her (living) mother talks to all the time? What happened to her before she was somewhat cut-up about things?

Past and present recur like a `heap of broken images' in Eliot's `Wasteland'. We are presented with a sympathetic version of Madame Sosostris (`famous clairvoyante'). The location is on the edge of the great city. The novel opens in the `dank oily days after Christmas', not a hundred miles away from Eliot's `Unreal City / Under the brown fog of a winter dawn'. All the time Alison is avoiding the great city, using the M25 to skirt the metropolis and the nature of her own problems. She provides consolation for her clients but is forced to live and relive her own troubled past in flashbacks and dialogues with the dead.

All through the novel the reader hopes for a resolution, but the words from `Burnt Norton' seem to echo: `Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future, / And time future contained in time past / If all time is eternally present / All time is unredeemable.'

Nonetheless, the novel is compelling and very funny (in places). Hilary Mantel is a fine novelist.


The Secret Life of Laszlo Almasy: The Real English Patient
The Secret Life of Laszlo Almasy: The Real English Patient
by John Bierman
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Double or triple agent?, 20 April 2012
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'The Secret Life of Laszlo Almasy' adds depth to an already enigmatic story. For those who enjoyed Michael Ondaatje's 'English Patient' this biography by John Bierman uncovers many intriguing elements of Almasy's past, his family history, his connections with fascist Germany, his genuine involvement in desert archeology and the likelihood of his homosexuality. Whatever Bierman uncovers it takes nothing away from the 'English Patient'. If anything it adds to the mystery. How much did he really do to undermine the British in war-torn Libya? Was he feeding information to the Allies? Was he a traitor, to either, or both sides? Who helped him escape from the clutches of the Hungarian communists after the War? And, of course, he didn't die of burns in an Italian villa. This is a brilliantly clear exposition, and it leaves lots of doors open for further research and speculation.


The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ (Myths)
The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ (Myths)
by Philip Pullman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jesus the myth, 27 April 2010
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Pullman continues his sharp criticism on the institution of the Church as an artificial power base often at odds with the humane teachings of Jesus. It's a well-told story and by using a variety of narrative techniques he brings into question the very mythos of the Christian story: what happened? How reliable are the witnesses? How was the story modified to suit the changing circumstances of the believers? As in any celebrity culture 'fans' have a vested interest in 'grooming the image'. Philip Pullman has done a great job for believers and non-believers alike. The Christian story needs to be chewed and digested, not swallowed whole.


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