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PowerBlock Sport 2.4 Adjustable Dumbbells
PowerBlock Sport 2.4 Adjustable Dumbbells
Offered by Fitness Superstore
Price: £145.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them!, 11 July 2014
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I totally love these! I do the Chalean Extreme Workout and needed some weights that could be changed quickly and easily. I started off with individual dumbbells, then a cheap adjustable set that took forever to change. These are perfect and an excellent price in comparison to something like the Bowflex Selecttech weights. For men these may not go heavy enough as the highest is around 11kg. I actually need 15kg in each hand for squats, but I think for the majority of women these are perfect and will be enough for their exercise needs.​


The Refuge: My Journey to the Safe House for Battered Women
The Refuge: My Journey to the Safe House for Battered Women
Price: £2.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly inspiring tale., 8 May 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jenny Smith born in 1946 was brought up in Derbyshire and the Prologue describes the warm, happy memories she has of her early childhood, the Roast dinners, homemade cakes, loving parents and lots of children in the neighbourhood to get into mischief with. Sadly her mother is diagnosed with schizophrenia and this has a huge impact on Jenny's emotional well-being as she struggles to make sense of her mothers rages and hallucinations. At the age of 13 Jenny runs away to London where she ends up getting involved in prostitution in order to survive. After a year on the streets she is reunited with her family only to be sentenced to a year in an Approved school.

Jenny's book covers so many sad topics, mental illness, runaways, prostitution, homelessness, Mixed race marriage, poverty and domestic violence. After getting into an abusive relationship Jenny manages to escape with her two daughters to a refuge for battered women in Chiswick, run by Erin Pizzey. The strength of these women is incredible and Erin has made a promise to never turn a battered away. The book describes Jenny's time at the refuge and beyond. The book mentioned two documentaries that were filmed in the refuge, "Scream quietly or the neighbours will here" and "Sanctuary" which was filmed in 1991 for Channel 4. The former was filmed with the same title as Erin Pizzey's book written a couple of years prior to the documentary. I would love to see this book available on Kindle and I'm also now in search online of any clips of the Sanctuary documentary. Erin Pizzey sounds an amazing woman with the strength to fight for what she believed in no matter what the personal cost.

Jenny's style of writing makes this a very easy read despite the harrowing subject matter. She is excellent at creating imagery of what it was like to live in Hackney, London in the late 60's early 70's and the racism that many new immigrants from the West Indies faced from the locals and the police. There are brighter moment where she describes the atmosphere at the Shabeens, the Caribbean food that she comes to love and the smells and sounds of the local markets. As well as living in the same district as the notorious Kray twins.

Later in life Jenny becomes a foster carer something which she is well equipped for with her past experiences. An excellent read, tragic yet inspiring in equal measure.


Daddy's Little Princess
Daddy's Little Princess
Price: £3.32

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Cathy's best books to date., 28 Mar 2014
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I've now read all of Cathy Glass's books and also enjoy similar authors such as Casey Watson and Rosie Lewis. I'd been eagerly awaiting this new release and I wasn't disappointed. The story goes back to when Cathy's children, Adrian and Paula were much younger and a seven year old girl, Beth comes to stay after her father suffers a nervous breakdown. Cathy's starts to notice that there is something not quite right about Beth's relationship with her father and gradually all becomes clear. Cathy has mentioned in her previous books her divorce from her husband and this covers the period when Cathy's marriage to her husband John broke down, something that I found as interesting as the story with Beth. Well done Cathy Glass and what a tough cookie you are! I can't wait for her next release and have it on pre order.


Trapped: The Terrifying True Story of a Secret World of Abuse
Trapped: The Terrifying True Story of a Secret World of Abuse
by Rosie Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb first full length book from Rosie Lewis., 2 Mar 2014
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I've read many books written by UK foster carers such as Cathy Glass and Casey Watson so I've been looking forward to reading the first full length book by Rosie Lewis. It didn't disappoint. This is the story of a 8 year old girl, Phoebe who has been removed from her middle class home and placed with Rosie. Phoebe has been diagnosed with Autism however as Rosie builds a relationship with her she starts to wonder whether this is a correct diagnoses or whether she is carrying a dark secret.

I gave this book five stars because it is an excellent debut and also gives a very well rounded insight into the world of fostering. Rosie doesn't shy away from being honest of how she felt in certain situations. Sometimes when I read Foster caring books the carer can come across as a super woman but because they never say how the stress of dealing with a troubled child impacts their health or emotional wellbeing.This wasn't the case with Rosie, and it made for an excellent read.

There are certain authors that I regularly check for new or forthcoming book releases. Rosie Lewis will definitely be added to this list.


Scarlett's Secret: A real-life short story by Casey Watson
Scarlett's Secret: A real-life short story by Casey Watson
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect short story!, 21 Feb 2014
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I'm a Casey Watson fan and have enjoyed most of her books so I was looking forward to this being released. Scarlett's Secret is a Short story about Casey's time working as a Youth Centre Team leader. This is long before she became a Foster Care and indeed before she worked in the "Unit" at a Secondary school that she mentions in some of her books.

The two main characters are Jade and Scarlett, twin sisters with a dark past. They attend the workshops that Casey is running for young people not in education or work. They do Adult literacy courses, numeracy and team building exercises so that hopefully they can go out in to the world and find their 'place'. Jade has an unpleasant problem and Scarlett open up to Casey about the root course of it. As is mentioned early on in the book is how child behaviour is like an Iceberg. The part you see is the bit sticking above the water whilst the remaining bit under the water is the root cause of the problems. It's that that you need to get to the bottom of.

The story has a positive ending where you feel optimistic about the girls future. Casey's books are so easy to read and despite the subject matters often being quite heavy going she manages to bring a lightness in her story telling so that you don't get dragged down by the darkness of it all.

If you like Cathy Glass books and even Toni Maquire then you will enjoy Casey Watson's books. I look forward to her next release.


Buster's Day (board book)
Buster's Day (board book)
by Rod Campbell
Edition: Board book

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible condition!, 8 Sep 2013
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I've never written an Amazon review before but felt compelled on this occasion. The book is a lift a flap book but it arrived with two of the flaps torn off despite being described as in a "very good condition" by the seller. Even worse was the thick, brown stain on the cover (Chocolate? Excrement?) that had to be removed with a brillo pad before I finally decided to bin on health grounds. Disgusting condition and I would reconsider ever buying used products from Amazon again. I paid nearly the same price as new for this.


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