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H2D iR Ionic and Infrared Professional Hair Dryer
H2D iR Ionic and Infrared Professional Hair Dryer
Price: 51.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Pro quality dryer., 15 Sep 2014
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I haven't owned a hairdryer since my goth days in the early 80s, but have long hair again now as the most visible evidence of an ongoing midlife crisis, so was on the market for anything to make my thinning barnet look a bit more frou-frou.

After years of exposure to the beauty industry's fondness for misleading pseudoscientific gibberish, one is naturally rather suspicious of terms like Infrared and Ionic. However, I've done some research and those are real things that exist, and they do help to dry your hair quickly and make it shinier, so that's that out of the way.

Simply put then, this is a very high quality hairdryer designed for professional use, high powered and with various speed and heat levels, plus something called a 'cold shot' - a blast of cold air to set the final look. It comes with a diffuser, concentrator nozzle and brush, and it's worth mentioning the sleek packaging, which would make makes this very suitable as a gift. It dries my hair in about 60-90 seconds.

As with other reviewers, I thought this was quite pricey, but a bit more research shows that a ton plus is about the market rate for this sort of caper, so it could be seen as a bit of a bargain at the price Amazon's currently charging


Cairo Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes from the Middle East Inspired by the Street Foods of Cairo
Cairo Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes from the Middle East Inspired by the Street Foods of Cairo
by Suzanne Zeidy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A healthy, accessible cuisine., 15 Sep 2014
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I think Middle Eastern food might be about to have its fashion moment, it being healthy, exotic and suitable for the more casual dining experience people are beginning to prefer. I enjoy cooking it as it's a simple, quick cuisine that's hard to get wrong, so ideal if your knocking stuff up to go with drinking.

However, as British restaurants selling Turkish and Lebanese food tend to stick to a limited menu of kebabs, bread and dips, the variety of Persian food is something of an unknown to many Britons, myself included. This very substantial coffee table hardback remedies that, and then some. Comprehensively covering all aspects of the cuisine, from often grain or pulse based breakfasts to main meals, desserts, it's pretty much all here, beautifully photographed with methods clearly explained.

, Middle Eastern cuisine is very suitable for the beginner or less experienced cook, simple and generally forgiving of mistakes. You will need a few exotic ingredients*, but these can now be found fairly easily in most British cities, I imagine. Recommended.

*Kitchen cupboard Starter kit: Freekeh (green wheat), tahini (sesame paste),sumac, pine nuts, pomegranate molasses, preserved lemons, couscous, rosewater, zatar.


Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Mr Tumble Soft Toy 38cm
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Mr Tumble Soft Toy 38cm
Price: 29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough bang for your buck., 14 Sep 2014
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On the plus side, this is a very well-madesoft toy, attractive in a sort of retro, Enid Blyton way, and it got a big grin from my one-year old when it was presented to him, though he's not familiar with the TV show. It would make an impressive birthday or Christmas gift.

The minus points are really all to do with the electronic interactivity. If one presses the titular head, shoulders knees and toes in sequence, one is rewarded with a (slightly dalek-y) rendition of the song and Mr. Tumbles bow tie lighting up. However, the sequence is recorded by buttons under the plush, rather than by just touching the area, and they actually need quite a firm press, Certainly, this is a motor and skill beyond the average toddler, and I can't really see this toy being engaging for the amount of time such a task would take to learn. Which brings up the other issue, the price. You could buy quite a lot more play value for 30 quid than this toy offers.


BISSELL Vac & Steam Cleaner, 1500 Watt, Red
BISSELL Vac & Steam Cleaner, 1500 Watt, Red

5.0 out of 5 stars First steam cleaner I've owned that actually works., 8 Sep 2014
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The USP on this device is that its a combination vacuum and steam cleaner, in which both functions can operate together or independently. So one can simultaneously vacuum and the kitchen floor, then continue into a carpeted area with just the vac, though it can steam carpets too.*

What's impressive about this cleaner is it's comparative ease of use: We quickly gave up on our last two steam cleaners, the former a five gallon drum of water and system of tubes, the operating of which was akin to putting socks on a grumpy octopus, the latter a fifty quid job which was about as effective as a damp teatowel. This one, however, works well and is simple to operate, with a bare minimum of changeable parts. Two jugfuls of water and your away. Highly recommended.

*Short pile carpets and rugs only. It's really a hard floor cleaner, though.


Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play Roaring Dino Run
Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play Roaring Dino Run
Price: 31.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a well-thought out toy, lots of play value for the size, 5 Sep 2014
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A tie in with the current TTTE movie, this is quite a cool toy. Within a footprint of about 60cm x 30cm, it manages to fit in quite a few boyish preoccupations - It's a (small) train set wherein Thomas can transport bones from a quarry, dinosaurs, electronic interactivity, and some top hand-eye coordination action where one fits the dinosaurs bones into the spaces in the quarry wall. It folds up into a flat carry case and is quickly reassembled, and I believe you can connect it to other sets in the range to make a more respectably sized layout. Pretty good.


BETA Adult Terriers with Chicken, 2 kg (Pack of 4)
BETA Adult Terriers with Chicken, 2 kg (Pack of 4)
Price: 23.36

5.0 out of 5 stars A more convenient alternative to tinned dogfood., 5 Sep 2014
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We have always used dry food with our cats: It's can be bought in bulk, is better value in the long term and has less of a pronounced smell about it than wet food. I imagine it's probably healthier, too, though that's a supposition. So when we inherited Mollie, an elderly Yorkie, we wanted to train her away from wet food, and though she didn't go cock-a-hoop or anything, by gradually mixing in more of this product every day with her usual food until she fully on dry food took 3 days, and she seems to have no complaints. Just remember to offer more water.


The Cabana Cookbook
The Cabana Cookbook
by David Ponté
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Cabana, not True., 4 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Cabana Cookbook (Hardcover)
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Quadrille publishing specialise in cookbooks covering celebrity chefs (and celebrity pseudo-chefs), fleetingly fashionable metropolitan food trends and restaurants, that sort of malarkey. Their books tend towards trendy graphics, nice production values - packaging over substance, basically. Cabana is a case in point, Presented as a book of Brazilian recipes as a World Cup celebration/marketing opportunity, it's in fact a collection of recipes, cocktails and whatnot from a London mid-price barbecue chains menu. It's all pretty tasty looking, but questionably authentic.

On the other hand, if you wanted to cook authentic Brazilian food you'd be on all day grinding up marioc flour and going on Amazon to buy clay casserole dishes before firing up your 300 quid gas barbecue. If you want a book of Brazil-lite dishes that anyone could cook, this is a good buy.


Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime Salad, Every Weekday, in 20 Minutes or Less
Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime Salad, Every Weekday, in 20 Minutes or Less
by David Bez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright if you live in That London., 4 Sep 2014
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In which media ponce from That London creates a new Al Desko salad for lunch every day for a year and does a blog about it, which is exactly the sort of thing they tend to get up to whilst the rest of us are doing proper jobs.

Don't get me wrong, there's a lot to like about it. The salads are constantly inventive and healthy. and in a major change of policy for Quadrille books, are illustrated by clear and well-lit photographs, (most of the imprint's food photographers prefer a murky, submerged in dishwater look to their subjects. I presume the author took the photos himself for his blog).

On the other hand, the idea that you could make this stuff fresh at work by keeping dozens of oils, vinegars, herbs etc. and the days ingredients 'in the staff fridge' and prepare the salad 'in the staff kitchen' suggests working conditions are a tiny bit nicer round his office than mine, and he obviously has a really good Deli to pop into on the way home. My corner shop specialises in porn, cigarettes and 1.49 litre bottles of 9.5% abv. cider called things like 'Metal Hammer'.

Still, a lot of good ideas that I will make at home after my Saturday shop.
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Emjoi MICRO Pedi MINI Portable Pedicure Device
Emjoi MICRO Pedi MINI Portable Pedicure Device
Price: 27.68

1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work., 4 Sep 2014
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I seem to be alone among my fellow reviewers in being dissatisfied with this little device. The Emjoi micropedi claims to 'remove hard skin in seconds' and I suppose it can justify that claim if one considers that any amount of time can be expressed in seconds. I, for instance, devoted 960 seconds to the hard skin on the heel of my left foot before noticing it was slightly smoother but by no means removed. Its hard to see how it could be, as the titchy motor is audibly struggling even before one applies it to the tootsies, and a cutoff switch is triggered even if the mildest pressure is used.

Plus, even if it did work, it would still be humourously overpriced at 30 quid, with it's flimsy feel and indifferent styling.


Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine
Eat Istanbul: A Journey to the Heart of Turkish Cuisine
by Andy Harris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Turkish Delights., 2 Sep 2014
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As another reviewer has noted, it's difficult to understand why Turkish cuisine - healthy, varied, and uniquely spiced - isn't more widely known. Istanbul, certainly, is one of the great food cities of the world.

Hopefully, this book will remedy that a little. Concentrating on street food, this combination travelogue and recipe book visits the cooks, bakers and confectioners of Istanbul and gives 90 recipes across these disciplines.

Turkish cuisine tends to value flavour over presentation, so there aren't many dinner party dishes here, but it's an accessible cuisine that bar obtaining a few exotic spice mixes, competent home cooks and beginners would be confident in preparing. Thoroughly recommended.


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