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Swingtown - The First Season [DVD]
Swingtown - The First Season [DVD]
Dvd ~ Molly Parker
Offered by Bookend-Morpeth
Price: 38.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get it, 8 Nov 2013
I'm a child of the 60's (grew up in the 70s). Whilst I recognise some of the commonplace activities of the 70s in this series - like the blase, pre-"Just Say No..." attitude to taking drugs - none of the storyline was very convincing, despite the period outfits and (peeling) wallpaper.

Furthermore, I'm not sure who this was aimed at and what it was trying to say - I just didn't get it (apart from the obvious swinging couples, friendship jealousies etc.). In fact, I didn't have to squint much to see the 3D image in this 2D production: the whole thing had a feel of bow-chick-a-wow-wow 70s sleazy, cheesy, corny porn what with the moustaches and the innuendo-laden attitudes of women which used to be considered sexy at the time.

But the main reason I chose to watch this was because of Jack Davenport who I think is usually a very good actor what with his sensitivity to and intuition into the roles he gets landed with. Not so this time round, though. He felt raw and uncomfortable in this role, and his "American" accent didn't do that any favours. One could see his usual deep, charming, endearing "British-ness" coming through in what was, essentially, the shallow character of Bruce. Definitely a mis-cast here.

I can see why a second season wasn't met with any enthusiasm. Sorry...


Breathless [DVD]
Breathless [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Davenport
Price: 8.30

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to watch this over and over..., 8 Nov 2013
This review is from: Breathless [DVD] (DVD)
This was a 6-episode production that is still running on ITV (only one more episode to air at the time of writing on 8 Nov 2013).

Set in the gynaecological department of a hospital in the early 1960s, when fraternisation between doctors and nurses was the expected thing, everything from the direction to sets to fashion, hairstyles and even jargon and personalities are very much of that period. Jack Davenport is excellent and very inspiring in the role of the authoritative yet sensitive, slightly over self-assured gynaecological surgeon who is hiding a secret from his past that leaves him bound to remain in a marriage of convenience (or so it seems).

Other characters are equally potent, each playing out their own hidden agendas which are revealed to the viewer (and, within the plot, to each other) at an edge-of-the-seat pace, leaving one eager with anticipation for the next episode and reveal.

So clever are the production and direction that the piece has all the quality and solidity of (nostalgic) "Made In Britain" manufacturing. In fact, it would be surprising and wholly unfair if BAFTA did not acknowledge this production for some awards.

A timeless piece well worth adding to one's personal collection as this will definitely be revisited over and over again.


Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography
Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography
by Julian Assange
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.22

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Contract or no contract... this is disgusting ... wont buy it!!!, 11 Oct 2013
Contract or no contract, you guys have no right to publish what he did not want published. He can always pay you back the money he owes you - but once this was published, you could NEVER take back his personal memoirs.

I am disgusted with the way you've handled this. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for all your future publications or those of any and all companies and authors associated with you, no matter how remotely. Twitter goes a very long way towards spreading bad press.

In this day and age of compromised and shrinking democracy, did you REALLY want this sort of bad publicity. He didn't prostitute his life - but you guys certainly are p*mps!
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Pommery Green Peppercorn, French Mustard , Moutard Pommery, Green Peppercorn Mustard 250g
Pommery Green Peppercorn, French Mustard , Moutard Pommery, Green Peppercorn Mustard 250g
Offered by French Flavour Ltd
Price: 6.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! 250g Pommery Green Peppercorn Mustard, 30 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Unlike some of Pommery's other mustards - honey, moutarde de meaux etc. - this one doesn't have the wholegrain mustard. It's smooth and yellow. The taste of green peppercorns is definitely present, yet subtle and lacks the overpowering heat you'd get if you bit into a green peppercorn. I've become dairy intolerant and so have had to forego on my favourite peppercorn sauces to accompany the likes of steak. I am sure that now - with a bit of research and imagination - I will be able to create a sauce to suit me using this wonderful mustard. My only regret? I didn't buy a 500g jar!!!


Gore Running Wear Mythos SO Gloves - Black, Medium
Gore Running Wear Mythos SO Gloves - Black, Medium

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gore Running Wear Mythos SO Gloves, Black, Medium: Not worth the money, 28 Jan 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The main reason I bought these gloves was because of the "special material" it claims to have that enables one to use smartphones with touch screens. Brand new, out-of-the-box, this 'feature' hardly worked which was quite frustrating. The gloves got wet whilst I went out running once and now the feature doesn't work at all (I'm presuming, because the gloves got wet?). In my opinion, given what other features this pair of gloves claims to offer, it's certainly not worth the 30+ I paid for a medium pair.


Zeal Silicone Cook's Tong 25cm - Pink
Zeal Silicone Cook's Tong 25cm - Pink
Offered by Colanders
Price: 12.65

3.0 out of 5 stars Good Tongs Shame About The Rust, 23 Nov 2012
Bought this from a store. Got 2 sizes - a small and a medium length. I've only had them about 2 weeks now and the small one is already showing signs of rust around the rivet that holds the arms together. There is also a very small amount of movement when "unlocked" i.e. when the tongs are open. I say small because I'm comparing this to better quality tongs, but in all honesty it is minimal and these tongs feel fairly well built (rust aside). The grip is also pretty good. Despite the flaws, with this item, it certainly is the case that "all that glitters IS gold" as the bright pink silicone is really vibrant and beautiful and is what sold me.


Monument 1459W Master Plunger Sink and Waste Pipe Unblocker
Monument 1459W Master Plunger Sink and Waste Pipe Unblocker
Offered by Maunders
Price: 10.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really works & is much better than the standard black rubber plungers!, 12 Oct 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This was recommended to me by my local Dynarod plumber - and he was right!!! It works MUCH better than the typical, black, rubber plungers with the (smaller) shallower-headed plungers because they do not produce the updraft (pull) that this one does because of the amount of air pushed through due to the HEIGHT of the head. Would definitely recommend this one!


Haws V101 Haws V101 5L Deluxe Outdoor Watering Can - Red
Haws V101 Haws V101 5L Deluxe Outdoor Watering Can - Red
Price: 21.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - lives up to its reputation!, 10 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Excellent quality, sturdy plastic. Extremely well balanced (empty or full). The bar that extends between the body of the can and the spout makes it easy to tip it. It comes with a down spout, a spout cap (to keep unwanted insects out!), a spout extender and a lovely fine spray rose. The rose is in brass as is a plaque bearing the manufacturer's emblem (nice, opulent touch). It was very easy to carry when filled (and I suffer a lot from lower back problems). Overall, this is a quality product and it certainly looks it. I'm looking to many years of use. Thank you, Mr. Haws!!!


Haws V100 5L Deluxe Outdoor Watering Can - Green
Haws V100 5L Deluxe Outdoor Watering Can - Green
Price: 21.25

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best watering can I've ever had..., 10 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Excellent quality, sturdy plastic. Extremely well balanced (empty or full). The bar that extends between the body of the can and the spout makes it easy to tip it. It comes with a down spout, a spout cap (to keep unwanted insects out!), a spout extender and a lovely fine spray rose. The rose is in brass as is a plaque bearing the manufacturer's emblem (nice, opulent touch). It was very easy to carry when filled (and I suffer a lot from lower back problems). Overall, this is a quality product and it certainly looks it. I'm looking to many years of use. Thank you, Mr. Haws!!!


BirdBan Professional Stainless Steel Bird Spikes - 2 Metre Pack (6 x 330mm strips)
BirdBan Professional Stainless Steel Bird Spikes - 2 Metre Pack (6 x 330mm strips)
Offered by The Drywall Emporium Ltd
Price: 19.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bird (even cat) repellent!!!, 10 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Excellent product! Very versatile because of the following reasons:

- 3 spikes provide a wide coverage (width-wise)
- strong plastic base (onto which the spikes are attached)
- screw holes at either end of each strip which can be used to attach the strip
- strips can be glued in place
- each strip can be easily cut to provide smaller strips making this very versatile
- spikes are stainless steel and fairly rigid so do not rust or bend very easily

Would thoroughly recommend these strips!!!


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