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eSynic® DAC Digital Optical Coaxial Toslink to Analog Stereo RCA Audio Converter - Digital to Analogue Audio Converter PS3 XBox 360 HDTV Blu RAY DVD Sky HD
eSynic® DAC Digital Optical Coaxial Toslink to Analog Stereo RCA Audio Converter - Digital to Analogue Audio Converter PS3 XBox 360 HDTV Blu RAY DVD Sky HD
Offered by EsynicDirect
Price: £11.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Helping techy generations to speak to older/younger techy generations, 26 Mar. 2015
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The speed of gadgetry change is so phenomenal that I would imagine only the 'New! Must Have!' tech obsessional fashionista will replace everything, endlessly, in one fell swoop for a fully functioning NOW! sensurround gadgetty geek home.

The rest of us, possibly slightly sourfacedly are forever facing the problem that this new thing may not speak to that not quite so new thing - the anguish of the rapid change, not only of technology itself, but the very connections which enable this to communicate with that via various cables, leads and their variously shaped ends and sockets.

Traipsing disconsolately round various small electronics shops, proprietors telling me this couldn't be done, a welcome search of online forums unearthed this little beauty.

Having finally found a way to get my Blu-Ray (HDMI, Coax) to communicate not only with my older TV (fine, HDMI) but also with my even older (but ab fabby) sound system receiver chosen as it played the music I prefer BEST (aux, RCA Phono plugs only) via this excellent little converter, modestly priced I hit the same problem over communication from the TV (toslink) to the receiver. So I am now a 2 eSynic household

I know much more expensive conversion options exist, but this works fine and dandy for me.


A Place Called Winter
A Place Called Winter
by Patrick Gale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted novel, set in England and Canada, about the love `which dared not speak its name' in Edwardian times., 26 Mar. 2015
This review is from: A Place Called Winter (Hardcover)
Patrick Gale is in many ways quite an old-fashioned writer - and I mean that only positively. He has the virtues of constructing narratives, shaping the trajectory of the whole story beautifully, paying attention to both detail and the wider picture, writing rich, complex characters who are not just ciphers, but have the contradictions and ambiguities of real people. And he takes due care with his use of language. He writes like a craftsman, and you realise his skill only on reflection because, as a reader, you are not tripped up by either something too ornate or something too superficial or clichéd.

He is not a writer who is trying to show-off his brilliance or do incredibly shocking ground-breaking things with his fiction (and foundering because apart from the single ground breaking trick there was nothing at the heart of the book) Instead, he does that utterly absorbing thing of laying bare, by increments, the minds and hearts of his characters.

This is done with a lot of warmth. I suspect Gale is someone who views humanity with kindness, flawed though humankind may often be.

This particular novel is set in Edwardian England, before the First War, and then moves to Canada, ending just after the end of the First World War.

His protagonist is Harry Cane, a kindly, generally financially fortunate public school educated man. Cane has no particular vocation (unlike his younger brother Jack who becomes a vet) and because he has `a portfolio' has no need to earn. He is also someone who is rather introverted and shy.

Harry and Jack (very much driven by Jack's desires) court a pair of sisters. Jack and his chosen sister are an extrovert, sparkly match, as are Harry and equally reserved and sensible Winnie.

Harry and Winnie, however, have come together with kindly real affection and friendship between them, but no passion. Winnie, in fact is still in love with a man her class conscious family thought `beneath her' And, to his shock and surprise Harry finds himself attracted by an actor. This takes place a few years after the Oscar Wilde `scandal' was the focus of prurient, salacious disgust.

The threat of blackmail and public disclosure, combined with a poor investment leave Harry with the only `decent' option, to avoid bringing shame to his own and his wife's family, that of emigration, to Canada, recruiting at that time for homesteaders, wheat-farmers.

The story is not just a simple linear narrative, however, because its beginning is in Canada, in an asylum which seems to be focused on (for the time) more humane ways of treating what seems to be `deviance' Harry has come here, after some time spent in a previous institution where the inmates were treated with more predictable brutality.

In many ways A Place Called Winter (the isolated part of the Canadian Prairies where city dweller Harry Cane learns how to live close to, and sustained by, the land) is a love story - but not just one kind of love. Gale shows relationships which may be loving through friendship but fail to work as sexual relationships. He is not a `proselytising writer' who demonises or elevates sexual relationships because of their orientation. Instead, Harry (and others) have particular relationships which work, or do not work, because of the individual characters involved with each other.

There is a very strong sense of place and time in this book. Gale explores race, class, sex, emancipation, the aspirations of frontier men and particularly frontier women, the relationship between the white settlers and the Cree Indians whose lands are being taken, and the dynamics of relationships which are about violence, domination and control, as well as those which are mutual and loving.

Gale's webpage gives a little more background to this story. Harry Cane was his mother's grandfather, and there was some mystery about him, some family secret. He did indeed become a homesteader in Canada, and was `not talked about', leaving his wife and child in England, that child (Gale's grandmother) being discouraged from having any contact with her father.

Although the trajectory of the story is not `true' - Gale was unable to really discover what the mystery was, his novelist's imagination takes some of the known events and characters from family history in this country, and imagines what might have happened, and who Harry Cane might have been

My only minor cavil is with the ending of the book - it is satisfying and has a symmetry, and possibly reflects Gale's warmth and humanity, but although life can of course be full of strange surprises, I did find this a little too `pat'

I received this, with delight as an ARC from the publishers, via NetGalley.


Broken Harbour
Broken Harbour
by Tana French
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars A crime novel about much more than dead bodies, 25 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Broken Harbour (Paperback)
Tana French is an author new to me. On finishing this, her fourth book I am unsurprised to find that she won the 2012 Irish Crime Fiction Award with it, as it is an extremely satisfying, thoughtful work, which stands easily as a book of literary fiction, subject matter, crime and detection.

Set after the Lehman Brother's financial collapse of 2008, when the effects of world-wide recession hit what had been the booming, but now slowed-down `Celtic Tiger' economy particularly hard, French examines Ireland, culturally, politically, economically, through the lens of the Dublin police force, and, particularly its murder squad.

She has taken a slightly different approach - rather than follow the fortunes of one particular detective, she follows the squad as a whole, and focuses on a different detective in each book. This gives a really detailed, rounded approach, as though of course different personalities will work procedures in their individual ways, the reader gets a sense of the whole process of investigation, in its day-to-day grind, the meshings and antagonisms of individual the individuals, and the methods and the madness of solving a crime, and bringing individuals to justice and securing convictions

I hope this doesn't make `the procedures' sound dry - French is anything but dry in her writing - but she is meticulous, and creates believable detail, fascinating story and depth characters in time and place.

The central investigating detective, Mick `Scorcher' Kennedy is a fiercely controlled, meticulous, by-the-book policeman, with a rookie partner he is prepared to properly train. Kennedy is almost obsessively treading a thorough, correct path, and through the course of the book his own psychology and history shows why - there is indeed `background' here, and every reason why he has not gone down the maverick, hard-drinking, law-unto-himself route.

The brutal crime which sets this story up is a savage attack on a middle class couple and their two children, living in a kind of new-development ghost town beyond Balbriggan, Fingal. Now called Brianstown, previously Broken Harbour, it had a connection to Kennedy's boyhood. Now, it is a symbol and the reality of when boom turns to bust.

French winds up a tight and twisting story as the solution seems to fall one way and then another, and, always, the story of individual lives is played out truthfully, but the wider cultural context has an equal weight.

This is a gripping police procedural, an extremely well written and chilling thriller, gritty and dark - but there is nothing gratuitous about the violence: - French does not present it as entertainment, but as an indictment of a system which created the means for it to happen

"In every way there is, murder is chaos.

I remember the country back when I was growing up....There was plenty of bad there, I don't forget that, but we all knew exactly where we stood and we didn't break the rules lightly. If that sounds like small stuff to you, if it sounds boring or old-fashioned or uncool, think about this, people smiled at strangers, people said hello to neighbours, people left their doors unlocked and helped old women with their shopping bags, and the murder rate was scraping zero.

Sometime since then, we started turning feral. Wild got into the air like a virus and it's spreading.....Everything that stops us being animals is eroding, washing away like sand, going and gone.

The final step into feral is murder. "


Sony BDPS5500 SMART 3D Wi-Fi Blu Ray Player
Sony BDPS5500 SMART 3D Wi-Fi Blu Ray Player
Price: £99.60

5.0 out of 5 stars The inevitable challenges of a multi-generation technology household, 23 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Now I know there are some who like to be at the forefront of technology and will be chasing down the brightest shiniest and newest almost before it is off the production line. I imagine them in technological households where absolutely everything is well within its guarantee period.

But I suspect there are many more of us who are piecemeal, for many reasons. And in in households where the technologically ancient (but fully functioning) has to work alongside the middle aged, not quite obsolete, the energised adolescent and the barely out of techy nappies in some kind of sweet harmony, getting this to happen is always a shock and a challenge.

So, this review is for those households, wondering if this thing will work with that thing.......Now I don't possess any 3D blu-ray discs. But, on the finally ready to embrace 2D Blu-Ray (see what I mean about not being a trendsetting tech savant!) I was delighted to be offered this to review.

Once I carefully checked that I could still play DVDs on it, as well as 2D blu-ray I was happy to go. In fact, well there's a thing, it also plays all sorts of other stuff, CDs too, USB sticks. And I was particularly happy that a smart blu-ray could give me access to things which my not at all smart TV couldn't - accessing BBCiPlayer directly, for one, without only being able to do this via HDMI between PC and TV, and performing various double screen manoeuvres to switch sound and vision from one screen to another. So the smart blu-ray seemed, in theory, exciting........

OK. Time to hook up. The blu-ray connects to the TV via HDMI, and huzza, I had already checked the blu-ray TV communication and the 4 year old TV has 2 HDMI, so THAT'S OK.

Oh no, to connect to the sound system, the Blu-ray has coaxial (or you could connect straight to the HDMI on the sound system......except, um, my sound system is NOT Home Cinema equipped, and doesn't do ARC - and, by all accounts HDMI connections are about to be so old hat, something else on the way) Okay - the other option then, for the sound, is coaxial to coaxial.......BUT...OH NO...the sound system just has that very old fashioned AUX with the red and white connections.

Time to sit down and cry.......except, I know I'm not alone with this frustration....root around various forums on sound systems, TVs, blu-rays....both my own array of manufacturers and others.....there must, surely be the technological equivalent of translators to enable this confusing selection of connection methods, from different microseconds of techy evolution, so that hardware can speak peace unto hardware.

The solution.......(of course there was one) is - eSynic® DAC Digital Optical Coaxial Toslink to Analog Stereo RCA Audio Converter - Digital to Analogue Audio Converter PS3 XBox 360 HDTV Blu RAY DVD Sky HD which will split the digital audio output from the blu-ray into theold RCA analogue Left Right which will connect to my sound systems INPUT and blast OUT from the receiver's speakers

There will of course be similar little whatever these are converters to deal with other getting-connection-to-speak-unto-connection devices, but my particular version was this one. I had to buy the Twin RCA Phono Stereo Red Black Audio Lead Cable - 1m RCA leads of the right length, a Belkin 1m Digital Coaxial Audio Cable coaxial, ditto, and a AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable 3 Feet / 0.9 meter Supports Ethernet, 3D, Audio ReturnHDMI to HDMI, ditto, The little box needs plugging into a socket and comes with its plug and connection

The only challenging part of the whole operation was the search for these additional bits and pieces. Everything else was remarkably simple. The slim booklet explains how to connect TV receiver and blu-ray (adapt for your own versions) Once turned on, and language selected, you get offered routes to connect to the internet - via LAN cables or, as I did, easy WiFi, which worked a treat. There is immediate firmware available to directly install, once connected to the internet, which took no time at all, and then I followed a couple of little setting tweaks to adjust the screen size of blu-ray discs to fill the particular dimensions of my TV. The home screen button on the remote suggested connecting to the Sony website to download the Apps already available, and with a quick blink Netflix, BBCiPlayer, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, BBCNews instantly appeared

I am delighted with this! The discplayer is absolutely fine and does as expected, it's the smarties that go along with it that are a delight - and, believe me, as someone who whimpers a bit at the (ferociously helpful) detailed techy reviews because I don't speak the lingo and just want to watch things easily, without needing to massively tweak and refine, this is a real joy. There are, of course, many more facilities than I am likely to use, so, for those wanting refined techy detail, wait till more of the tech-heads write their erudite reviews. This one is for the `want plug and play, please' consumer!


Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Extra Coarse Hard Skin Remover Refill - Pack of 2
Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Extra Coarse Hard Skin Remover Refill - Pack of 2
Price: £12.49

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coarse Roller Replacements fit the smooth fine blue, and the rough pink Scholl Pedis, 19 Mar. 2015
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I guess very regular use should mean that use of the coarse heads won't be as frequent as use of the Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Hard Skin Remover Refills, the original finer heads. Very useful to have both sizes of foot sanding grain. Now feet, (like wooden floors) can have both the rough treatment for areas of stubborn and initial debris build-up, and then be oh so finely polished to smooth perfection with the finer rollers

BTW, I found that by the time I needed to replace the rollers from my original Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover, a little search on this site showed that (perfectly good) compatible refills were being produced. It would not surprise me to find this happening in time for this coarse version. Just saying....


Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Extra Coarse Power Hard Skin Remover
Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Extra Coarse Power Hard Skin Remover
Price: £24.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interchangeable Roller Heads gets my big toes up!, 19 Mar. 2015
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Last year, Scholl's `sumer is a cumin in' item was the Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover which I bought and thought was very good too; my only cavil being `shame there wasn't a coarser head for those really challenging spots - I have one, on the ball of one foot only and it needed harder more (or more often work) than the rest of my feet.

Well, this year Scholl bring out a new version, brightly pink (which amused me slightly as it suggests only GURLS have really horny feet (!) whereas, I assume, that as we are more likely to be a-pampering our hooves in order to best show them off in summer strappiness, it would be the chaps with hooves for feet. Unless, of course, it is the wearing of heels and the rest which create the calluses.........

Anyway. Delighted was I to receive this for review. It is excellent. And what is not clear on any packaging (but clearly would be if you bought from a physical shop and could look at the items on display, is that the Velvet Replacement Rollers Compatible with Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover (4 pack) (or of course Scholl's own version) will fit the Velvet Smooth Coarse pink. And vice versa. So this means the bits which need gentle buffery can get that, and the bits that need a bit of rough, ditto, with the same battery driven model.

Instructions for use are clear - basically, on/off, and an eject button to remove a spent roller and insert a replacement (they recommend every 12 uses, but, really, let your feet tell you when you aren't being sufficiently buffed to perfection). Battery housing takes 4 AA batteries, and these are included.

You can rinse the roller (removed from the device) free of your foot dust, but not the device itself - a wipe over only with damp cloth.


Scholl Active Sports Insoles Gel for Women
Scholl Active Sports Insoles Gel for Women
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neutral runner says - neutral, 18 Mar. 2015
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I was interested in seeing if Scholl, a trustworthy brand, would possibly slightly extend the life of my running shoes, which will be due for replacing in a few months.

Now I love those shoes, but decided I'd try the new experience of the soles in stages.

Yesterday, I did some fairly short walking with them, as it was not a running day - so the 15 minutes or so walk to, and walk from, one of my running routes. Because the insoles are more padded/cushioned, and the cushion is not evenly distributed across the foot, there was a slight discomfort in my calves and knees - as clearly I was positioned slightly differently by the insole. In fact, walking seemed a bit of an effort, which is definitely unusual on such a short stroll.

Today I gave it the workout of the run. I didn't notice any discomfort, either on walking or running, but didn't feel there was any kind of extra spring, extra ease - it was all - neutral - except that my feet felt a bit sweatier than normal.

To be honest , I'm not sure I do need the extra cushioning, and am certainly more inclined to put my old, with-the-shoe insoles back in when I do a longer run later in the week.

Maybe it will be a different experience for those who run much harder, much longer, than I do.

The practicalities of use of this : if you want to fit them into existing close fitting shoes, their bulk means (even with judicious cutting to fit) that you are likely to feel squeezed. As my running shoes are a half size above my normal shoe size, to allow for heat expansion, this wasn't a problem.

And of course you DO need to remove any existing insole, otherwise the lack of room would really make itself noticed!

This fits a female shoe size 5-8, with useful guidance marks for cutting to your specific fit - or, of course, using your existing removed insole as a guide.

Sweatiness inducing properties would I think mean more frequent hand washing of insole to reduce unpleasantness.


Airmax Anti Snoring Nasal Dilator
Airmax Anti Snoring Nasal Dilator
Price: £9.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Initially weird to wear : perseverance yields desired results, 18 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Let's face it, sticking anything up your nose is going to feel initially strange.

The advantage to this anti snoring device (apart from the fact that it works!) is that the material its made of is soft and malleable.

It comes in a neat little case for ease of storage and hygiene. You just rinse it before each use (and of course, wash it properly after use), as putting it into the nose is easier with the water as a lubricant.

It is a little more fiddly to properly position if you have a deviated septrum

The instructions are clear, and the visuals help to ensure you get it in place.

I gave it a challenging run last night, as I'm quite congested at the moment, and the previous night had been uncomfortable as my nose veered between stuffing and streaming (too much information, I know)

Now I expected (still being bunged up last night) that I would have another bad night's sleep, because (unless the device really DID work) it would be even harder to sleep with a wretched piece of rubberised substance in my nose. I decided to get over the strange discomfort by putting it in place well before settling down to sleep. It isn't painful, it is just...odd. Be that as it may, this was a wise move, because I was over the weird and the 'what DO I look like' by the time of lights out, and was unaware of the device...........until the morning.

I woke clear, not bunged, and had not been woken by being unable to breathe.

What was even more impressive was, as a generally well-controlled asthmatic, I do find that the blocked nose/runny nose cycle if I am congested means that I wake in the morning a little wheezy, and need to do breathing exercises to clear my chest. The Airmax seems to have had a beneficial effect on my lungs from keeping my nasal passages clear, meaning nose breathing, rather than mouth breathing, happened.

Good old Airmax. Recommended


Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky (Vintage Classics)
Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky (Vintage Classics)
by Patrick Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary trilogy of hope and despair in thirties London, 18 Mar. 2015
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Patrick Hamilton's trilogy of bar and street life in London in the late twenties and early thirties, linked by their three central characters, was originally published as three works : The Midnight Bell, in 1929 when Hamilton was 25, The Siege of Pleasure 3 years later, and the final volume, The Plains of Cement in 1934. They were then republished the following year as this trilogy, Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky

The novels are drawn in part (or the first one is) from aspects of Hamilton's own rather destructive life. Although they could indeed be read singly, without reference to each other, and in any order, it is through reading them sequentially that the widest understanding happens.

The Midnight Bell is a West End pub. Two of the bar staff are Bob, who yearns to be a writer and is something of an auto-didact, and Ella, a plain, good natured young woman who is in love with Bob, although she has no hopes in that direction, as she is aware that his considerable physical charms, his wit, likeability and intelligence - not to mention his own intense susceptibility to pretty women, put him out of her reach.

Bob has a growing problem with alcohol, but at the beginning of the novel it is no more than heavy drinking, and there is every likelihood, in his mind, that he will fulfil his literary ambitions, and make something of himself. Ella, the perfect kindly barmaid does not drink, and seems the least damaged of the three central characters. The other protagonist is Jenny, a ravishingly pretty young prostitute, aged 18, whose entrance one evening into The Midnight Bell will be cataclysmic for Bob

The Midnight Bell is Bob's story, a decline and fall, laid absolutely low by love. As Bob himself is a witty man, this book ripples with Hamilton's sparkling word play and mordant observations. In fact, for my tastes, the self-deprecating humour, as an antidote to the darkening story, was almost a little overdone. In Hamilton's later books - most specifically in The Slaves of Solitude, his brilliant and sly humour is much less overt, and instead sparkles darkly and judiciously, rather than `and here's another funny line'

The much, much, bleaker The Siege of Pleasure is Jenny's Story. Picking up at the end of the Midnight Bell, when Jenny's destruction of Bob is almost complete, Hamilton almost immediately back tracks to show how Jenny, who is not consciously wicked, became a woman of the streets. Unlike the destructive, vicious and racketty Netta of his other highly acclaimed novel, Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl's Court (Penguin Modern Classics), another stunningly beautiful, completely amoral woman who uses her beauty to part men from their money, Jenny, though absolutely self-obsessed, has a kind of charm and a desire to please. Jenny's dark destruction is also due to alcoholism. The Siege of Pleasure also seethes with Hamilton's socialist, egalitarian politics - Jenny is a well-drawn individual woman, but she is also a representative of the unfairness of the class system. The best she can hope for is a life in service, and, at the start of the book, becoming the live-in housekeeper and cook to a trio of elderly siblings, represents a big step up on her own humbler, violent beginnings. Her fall is rapid and its start happens in a single evening.

But, for me, the stand-out is Ella's story, in The Plains Of Cement - London and the area between Oxford Street and the Euston Road, form the bulk of it, though the glamour of theatre land, and the poverty of Pimlico, are also drawn. Ella is a good young woman, kindly, and with a kind of commonplace store of cliché driven phrases, which however come with a homespun innocence from her. She is another with few prospects, and, her only escape could come through marriage, except that she accepts her plainness is unlikely to make this likely. One of the denizens of the bar is a truly irritating, desperately lonely on the verge of elderly bachelor, Ernest Eccles. Eccles is screamingly annoying, the kind of person whose conversation is full of meaningful innuendo which is at the same time WITHOUT meaning. The developing courtship (if indeed that is what it is) is wonderfully handled, and Ella, appreciating Eccles' good qualities, must juggle moral choices - she has a dearly loved mother, and a hated, bad-tempered stepfather - also working in the bar industry, fallen from almost being a `self-made man' to a bottle and glass washer. Ella gives half her earnings to her mother; the stepfather is mean as well as an emotional bully.

This again is a bleak book, but it is the writer's wonderful humour, light touch, fine ear for dialogue, and the internal running commentary of Ella's thoughts whilst her `out in the world' external doings and sayings are happening, that makes his work such a delight to read.

The excruciating progression of Eccles' courtship of Ella, and her frustration, embarrassment and changing feelings towards her elderly admirer, moment to moment, are wonderfully drawn.

The detailed, authentically delineated Ella comes from the same kind of world as Enid Roach in Hamilton's The Slaves of Solitude - and Ernest Eccles, though not consciously bullying, in the manner of the obnoxious Mr Thwaites in that book, is equally a boor, insensitive, solipsistic and insufferable in his pomposity. Hamilton writes from inside his central female characters utterly believably.

The autobiographical basis for the first novel in the trilogy came from Hamilton's own love affair with a prostitute, and his own alcoholism. His father, too, was an alcoholic, an unsuccessful writer, and made an early, disastrous marriage to a prostitute. Out of his own dreadfully destructive nature and nurture Patrick Hamilton created finely crafted literature. Alcohol, and its potential for destruction, as well as its ability to create a rose-tinted world, runs through all three books, as does the various ways in which capital exploits labour

In the end, despite the humour, the storyline, the well drawn characters, and the marvellous journey of 3 novels sequentially, which can be enjoyed as solo outings, it is Hamilton's depth and humanity which grabs me, every time. His touch may be light, and have at times an almost Restoration style comedy of manners going on (the trajectory of the courtship between Eccles and Ella) - but light, in Hamilton's touch, is never limited to the superficial, and he has an enviable ability to whisk aside the surface, and leave the reader heart-clutchingly aching as they engage with, not only his central characters, but ourselves. He is some kind of witness to the lives all those who are not the explorers who discover continents, the astronauts who step on other planets, the rulers of nations, but those who live inside the ordinary dwellings, the denizens of those Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky
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2x Salt for Salitair salt inhaler - 220g refill bottle
2x Salt for Salitair salt inhaler - 220g refill bottle
Offered by Tower Health
Price: £13.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Crystal size seems to have shrunk!, 17 Mar. 2015
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I'm a big fan of salt pipes, and salt therapy - it's a definite intensification of the sea-shore phenomenon, where the salty air absolutely does wonders at opening the lungs, clearing whatever gunk is in them, not to mention the heady clearing of any stuffy noses.

Not living by the sea but in a polluted city, to which I sadly sensitively respond, suffering from what a similarly afflicted friend calls 'London nose', I supplement my attempts to keep my lungs happy by exercise, diet, hydration and as much exposure to air which is fresh and tree cleansed, rather than heavy with industry and car exhausts, with the use of salt inhalation via a SALITAIR SALT THERAPY FOR ASTHMA AND ALLERGY Saltpipe, and nasal douching with salt water as needed. NeilMed Original Sinus Rinse Kit with 60 Premixed Sachets

It works: salt reaching the lungs thins mucous and helps expectoration. Salt therapy, before we had easy access to modern medicine which has been both a life-saver but also responsible also from some unwanted side-effects was used in Central and Eastern Europe for supporting weak lungs in the same way that well-off tubercular patients were sent to sanatoriums high in the mountains and pine forests

My only cavil with these replacement bottles - which are good value, the double bottle will give about 9 months to a year's worth of salt, replacing every 4-6 weeks - is that the granule size is very fine. Shake the inhaler and some grains will slip through the holes at the bottom, something which did not happen with the chunkier crystals I previously had.

Finally, the 'spent' salt does not need to be wasted - but can be used as bath salts or a foot soak, - shake with 3 or 4 drops of a skin kind essential oil from a reputable supplier!


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