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The Eco Friendly Medium Beco Ball, Blue
The Eco Friendly Medium Beco Ball, Blue
Price: £4.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 May 2015
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Brilliant eco-friendly ball. Thoughtfully designed, with the environment in mind. Rover will have lots of fun, whilst supporting sustainability.


TRESemme Perfectly Undone Weightless Silicone-Free Conditioner - 500 ml
TRESemme Perfectly Undone Weightless Silicone-Free Conditioner - 500 ml
Price: £2.47

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 11 May 2015
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Quite nice to use. Left my hair silky. Nothing all that special.


BecoThings Eco-Friendly Poo Bag Refills
BecoThings Eco-Friendly Poo Bag Refills
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 May 2015
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Excellent large thick poo bags. Always useful. Sustainable material to reduce carbon footprint.


Amanda Knox: The Story of Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox: The Story of Amanda Knox
Price: £2.18

1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Rubbish; Very Short; Inaccurate, 9 May 2015
Meredith is referred to as Margaret. "Rafaela" becomes American.

Dreadful. Read it in less than ten minutes. Not proofread.

Waste of time and money.


Maclaren Balancing Facial Mist
Maclaren Balancing Facial Mist
Price: £15.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Luxury Packaging makes for a nice Gift, 20 April 2015
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This comes in a tubular cardboard gift box with lettering in French and English. The bottle inside is an attractive design, obviously intended for the high end of the market at £15, for what is, basically a water spritzer, albeit with organic mandarin and geranium oils.

I got a delicious grapefruit fragrance which I love. However, it made my face quite wet. I also had to remove my glasses first.

Some got in my eye which caused it to sting a bit. After wiping down my face and dabbing my eye, my face did seem softer. This might be an illusion.

As I tend to perspire from my temples when overheated, perhaps on London Underground, I can see the attraction of this for heavily pregnant ladies, especially in summer.

I have only given it three stars as although it is a nice handheld size, unfortunately, because the bottle is glass, I would deem it too heavy for my handbag, as I prefer to travel as lightly as possible.


Scholl Active Everyday Gel Insoles for Women
Scholl Active Everyday Gel Insoles for Women
Price: £11.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As someone who loves walking, but has some osteoarthritis ..., 17 April 2015
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As someone who loves walking, but has some osteoarthritis in my foot, I have gone to some lengths to ease symptoms. For example, investing in wide-fitting toning shoes.

These inserts fitted perfectly - they can be cut to size - and I noticed the immediate comfort. The aim is to absorb shock, from the impact of walking.

It is contoured by gel material at key points of the foot.

Clearly, a lot of research has gone into this product.

I have no hesitation in recommending it.


Bakers Dentacrunch Beef and Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food 1 kg (Pack of 4)
Bakers Dentacrunch Beef and Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food 1 kg (Pack of 4)
Price: £8.84

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F o o o o d!, 6 April 2015
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Gerry the lurcher beneficiary of this snack had one response to this.

F O O O O D !!! Promptly demolished.


In Search of A Revolution
In Search of A Revolution
Price: £1.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Cracking pace., 6 April 2015
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Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller. He maintains a cracking pace. He has clearly researched his subject matter well. It is admirable how Fischer gets to grips with a complex set of political intrigues but yet keeps it simple and never descends into turgidity.

As a Finn myself with a keen interest in history, I waited for the author to trip up on fact. However, he never did. This is a feat, as many books have strange ideas about Finland.

My interest was driven by the Finnish Civil War of circa 1917. I was impressed the novel also covers the Winter War, the Continuation War and touches on the interests of Denmark and Estonia viz a vis Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany.

The political intrigues and the characters different ideological viewpoints are well-handled.

Not quite Booker Winner material, but nonetheless Fischer does an excellent job in distilling the macro into the micro. This talent could be compared to Kazuo Ishiguro's gift of "writing in the miniature". It does need to be developed, though as some parts of the plot are thin.

I am not a great fan of "love interest" situations and the character Raisa almost fell into the danger of being somewhat two-dimensional, slightly redeemed as the book went on.

The relationship between main protagonists Zacharias and Ansgar is portrayed beautifully. Ansgar's tale is a particular horror story all the more for it being one true of Nazi occupied Denmark and its collaborators.

The depiction of the ideologist Holgar Beck is also poignant.

Excellent read, cracking pace.


The Gift of Time: How Delegation Can Give You Space to Succeed
The Gift of Time: How Delegation Can Give You Space to Succeed
by Gail Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for a sole trader looking for tips on how best to grow their business, 16 Mar. 2015
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Bearing in mind this book, at RRP £12.99, and its subject matter, is likely to limit its audience to novice business people, perhaps a sole trader looking for tips on how best to grow their business, or managerial employees looking to hone their delegation skills, then this book is comprehensive, easy to read and gives practical advice.

From the point of view of leisure reading, it is repetitive and is yet another "I am a successful business person and here is my secret" tome, which is useful as far as it goes.

As a chartered accountant myself, I thought it a useful layman's guide - the author has an MBA - on how to value your business and how to add value, all via effective delegation. It's an intriguing title and has a webpage link for more tools in freeing up time for the busy businessman or woman.


The Wellness Syndrome
The Wellness Syndrome
by Carl Cederström
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Social observation in the finest tradition of essayists, 16 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Wellness Syndrome (Paperback)
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An interesting and erudite critique of today's "Happiness" culture. This is not a self-help book. Rather it is social observation in the finest tradition of essayists, such as Naomi Woolf, Susan Sontag, Germaine Greer, etc.

The authors show how the modern "Wellness Syndrome" is a suspected revivalism of W Taylor's "Scientific Management", not far off the B F Skinner Behaviourist school. Orgainisations offering personal data management of their staff, brings us closer to Big Brother, it is argued, with the impetus for change and self-improvement falling on the lot of the individual. Unemployed? All your fault: you haven't thought positively enough. PM David Cameron is a big advocate of measuring "happiness" and has commissioned various studies into it.

The "smelly" underclasses are reviled by the smug middleclasses as being too stupid to know how to cook economically, and as for the overweight...how can people let themselves go?

However, wherever the big stick of authority is found, there will be encouraging acts of subversion and sabotage. For example, groups of smokers or hamburger eaters meeting together to cock a snook at smoking bans and healthy eating restaurants.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Can highly recommend as (healthy!) food for thought.
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