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AmazonBasics Screen Protector for Nintendo 3DS Officially Licensed by Nintendo
AmazonBasics Screen Protector for Nintendo 3DS Officially Licensed by Nintendo
Price: 2.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple :), 4 Feb 2012
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This is a simple little screen protector for your Nintendo 3DS. Designed to fit onto the bottom screen only, it will protect it from continuous gaming with the stylus. I would say particularly useful for children that may get a little over enthusiastic with their games.

The protector is easy to fit and reposition if necessary. Just take care to clean the screen first and not get any dust on the underside of the protector. It also comes with a little cleaning cloth, not unlike the ones you would get with glasses.

Gaming is not affected in any way.

A good little item :)


Magical Messages From The Fairies Oracle Cards (Card Deck & Guidebook)
Magical Messages From The Fairies Oracle Cards (Card Deck & Guidebook)
by Doreen Virtue PhD
Edition: Cards
Price: 13.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful :), 24 Jan 2012
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These are an absolutely exquisite deck of quality Oracle Cards from Doreen Virtue. Each of the 44 cards has a different but equally beautiful picture of a fairy on it and each one is edged in gold. The box they come in is nice and sturdy and house both the cards and guide book neatly in the one place. The book itself is very easy to follow.

It is explained in simple steps how to clear and prepare your deck for readings and you can be ready to start within a few minutes. I found the cards very easy to use immediately and, like all Doreen's cards, extremely accurate. These would be quite good for beginners, and yet there is much detail in the cards to satisfy more seasoned readers. I always try to deduce what I can from the cards before referring to the book. It's amazing how much insight you can get that way, with practise.

A delightful way to connect with the Fairy Realm.

Highly recommended :)


Morphy Richards Never Loses Suction 73230 Anti-Allergy  Compact Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner - Red
Morphy Richards Never Loses Suction 73230 Anti-Allergy Compact Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner - Red

33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful...., 11 Jan 2012
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The Morphy Richards Never Loses Suction 73230 Anti-allergy Compact Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, basically does what it says in its title. It has everything you would expect from a cleaner, especially at this price. It is definitely great value for money. Attachments which come with it are stored on the handle which makes it extremely useful to have them so close at hand. There are a range of attachments, including extension pole which is great if you are tall like me.

The cleaner is powerful and lifts dust and pet hair with ease - I have one cat, and will clean all the fluff from her favourite resting places and bedding. The cleaner will vacuum all different surfaces equally well and will go from carpet to tiles and lino with the flick of a switch. When finished the canister empties easily with no fuss and the cord rewinds into the unit for compact storage. Not as compact as an upright, but that's just the nature of compact floor vacuums and not really a complaint.

I've no hesitation in recommending :)

EDIT REVIEW 7/6/12

PLUMMETING TO NO STARS!!!!

Been using this Morphy Richards vacuum now for about six months. I use this as a 'second' vacuum so therefore don't use it as much as my main one. However, just switched on this morning to clean up the sofa and chairs where the cat normally sleeps, and it gave a splutter and a cough, coupled with a strong smell of burning and has just died. No power - has gone belly up. Had to put it outside to get rid of smell from the house.

Not recommended at all - should not have happened given this gets occasional use :(


200 Super Soups: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
200 Super Soups: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
by Sara Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.34

5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the kitchen..., 30 Dec 2011
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Sara Lewis's 200 Super Soups is a wonderful addition to any recipe book collection, especially for the winter season. There is, however, a short chilled soup section which would be perfect to experiment with in the summer.

The book starts off with a short introduction explaining the different types of soup and their differences. Instructions are then given for making your own stocks before finally beginning the soup recipes. As the name of the book suggests there are 200 recipes in total, divided loosely into sections. Each recipe takes about a page with a full colour illustration opposite. (Gives you an idea of what it should look like when you've finished!!) Recipes are easy to follow and most ingredients easy to acquire. There should be a soup here to suit even the most fussy eaters.

Highly recommended and good value for money :)


The Viking's Touch (Mills & Boon Historical)
The Viking's Touch (Mills & Boon Historical)
by Joanna Fulford
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and ultimately sweet...., 3 Dec 2011
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If you like historical romance you can't really go wrong with 'The Viking's Touch'. Wulfgar is a Viking and mercenary soldier on his way to his next battle when, his ship is damaged and washed up upon the shore. The land belongs to a rich and beautiful widow, the Lady Anwyn. Although strong, and knowing her own mind, she is also vulnerable to the desires of men, (notably the neighbouring landowner Ingvar, and her brother). Seeing an opportunity to gain some security she enlists the help of Wulfgar, hiring him and his men for protection. Things are complicated, however, because of the instant attraction and chemistry between them. She has had only bad experiences with men in the past, not least at the hands of her late husband, and has no wish to lose her heart to a mercenary soldier. And Wulfgar has no desire to tie himself to any woman. The two of them, however, cannot deny their feelings....

This little novel is a sequel to 'The Viking's Defiant Bride'. This did not matter because the book easily stands alone. Wulfgar and Anwyn were both likable characters and he was the typical hero with a soft centre. The other characters such as Ingvar and Eyvind, Anwyn's son, rounded out the story nicely, although I would like to have seen the story move a little quicker at the beginning.

A nice romantic read, and one to curl up with :)


Agatha Raisin as the Pig Turns (BBC Audio)
Agatha Raisin as the Pig Turns (BBC Audio)
by M. C. Beaton
Edition: Audio CD

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining...., 23 Nov 2011
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As the Pig Turns is an entertaining murder mystery. I haven't read or listened to any of M.C. Beaton's books before, so was looking forward to giving this a go. I also didn't realize at the time of ordering that it was part of a series of 'Agatha Raisin' mysteries. That said, I was pleased to discover that this can be read/listened to as a stand alone story without too much difficulty.

The story begins with a hog roast in a quaint Cotswold village (very Midsommer). Agatha Raisin and her friend and rival have arrived in the village to enjoy the winter festivities. It soon becomes clear that things are not quite right!! The hog roast is not a pig but a local policeman!! (How anyone expected to get away with that one is anyone's guess). Sleuth, Agatha initially doesn't want to get involved but Agatha being Agatha can't help herself and is very soon on the case. And so we follow her as she tries to solve it, and get on up on her friend Toni (rival detective).

This 6 C.D. set is complete and unabridged (always better) and is read excellently by Penelope Keith. A reader can make or break audiobooks and Penelope was a good choice here. A good one to listen to in the car, and laugh out lout funny!!

Recommended :)


The Emperor's New Clothes and Other Fairy Tales (BBC Audiobooks)
The Emperor's New Clothes and Other Fairy Tales (BBC Audiobooks)
by Sir Derek Jacobi
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 5.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, 3 Nov 2011
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This is a lovely C.D. containing four of Hans Christian Anderson's well known fairy tales, read by some familiar and well respected actors: The Emperor's New Clothes; The Little Mermaid:The Fir Tree: The Wild Swans.

Each story is approximately fifteen minutes long, so should be no problem in holding little ones' attention. Perhaps would make a nice bedtime C.D. Each story is read beautifully by each actor (no lemons here) and there are also some extra sound effects which add some nice touches eg. trumpets heralding the approach of the Emperor, or the creaks and groans of a ship in The Little Mermaid. Very professionally done, but would expect nothing less from the BBC.

If I was pushed to pick a favourite, I would say the title track is the best, but all of the tales are excellent.

I would say children of ages 4-9 especially would enjoy this C.D. and would listen to it several times. There is also a short biography on Hans Christian Anderson on the inside sleeve, and the disc also contains PDFs of the stories themselves.

Highly recommended :)


Mac OS X Lion For Dummies
Mac OS X Lion For Dummies
by Bob LeVitus
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.59

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great dummies' book, 20 Oct 2011
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Having used Mac computers for years, there are two series of books that myself and my hubby have found wonderful over this time; They are The Missing Manual and books for Dummies. The Dummies OS X Lion is no exception and covers everything one will need to know about this new operating system. It's not really a book to read from cover to cover, but rather one to dip into when needed, or to flick through to pick up any new information. The only complaint we used to have was that many of the Dummies' series were only in black and white. Not the case here, this one is in full colour and makes a great difference to the reading and learning experience.

There are many features in Lion which are completely new and unique eg. mission control, facetime and launchpad. This book takes you through them step by step with ease.

I would recommend this book for complete beginners and intermediate users alike. Advanced people may not get much from it other than details of the new features.

A must for Mac users :)


One for Sorrow: A Book of Old-Fashioned Lore
One for Sorrow: A Book of Old-Fashioned Lore
by Chloe Rhodes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.92

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect coffee table book..., 22 Sep 2011
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One For Sorrow by Chloe Rhodes is a charming and informative book. The author clearly has a love of the English language and folklore, and she takes us on journey of sorts through well known and maybe some less known sayings still used to this day. The sayings and proverbs generally fall into one of three categories, the author explains: moral, practical and superstitious. Many have originated from farming and go back to an era when there was no such thing as a weather forecast. In many cases there are scientific reasons behind the sayings. Many of the sayings go back beyond the middle ages.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with woodcuts by Thomas Bewick, an eighteenth century wood engraver. It is printed on good quality paper, and as others have said would make a nice gift. Nice to dip into, because while the sayings and meanings are interesting they are not too long - a page or two for each one. So nice to have on the coffee table for when you have a spare couple of minutes enjoying that cuppa.

Lovely little book :)


The Queen's Governess
The Queen's Governess
by Karen Harper
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written Tudor Novel..., 10 Sep 2011
This review is from: The Queen's Governess (Paperback)
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The Queen's Governess is the first book I've read from this author. It is the story Kat Ashley, Elizabeth 1's governess and later first lady of the bedchamber. Kat herself is the main player in this story, and begins with her early life in relative obscurity. A chance encounter with Thomas Cromwell brings her into the household of Anne Boleyn. From this perspective we see all the well known events of the time unfold and the effect they had on Kat's charge, how they shaped Elizabeth's character and guessing at the influence Kat must have had upon her. The story then progresses right up to Elizabeth's accession to the throne and a little beyond. Because of this the book does tend to stop quite abruptly, though having said that, it covers all the major events of Kat's life, and that of course is who the book is primarily about.

The novel is told in the first person, which I always enjoy, and Karen Harper creates Kat's character with ease. She appears to stick to the facts, where they are known, pretty well. Apparently there are not many known facts about Kat's early life, but the author appears to use what she can to build a believable scenario around them.

There perhaps isn't much in the novel that is new, other than the perspective, however if you love the Tudors and Elizabeth 1, you will enjoy this well put together story.


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