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How to Plan the Perfect Stag or Hen Party
How to Plan the Perfect Stag or Hen Party
Price: £0.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Hen&Stag Party Planner, 3 Mar 2013
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This booklet is a must-have for everybody living in an English speaking country where Hen & Stag Parties are part of the whole wedding ceremony. The price of 1.53 GBP is ridiculous considering how much money you can save if you start planning early. I'm sure that this can easily be 153 GBP if not much more. Ms Thompson repeats it like a mantra: "Start early, compare prices, haggle".

The first thought should go to the planners of the events. Plural, because you must find a capable woman and man. They don't have to be the chief bridesmaid or the best man (they have other tasks to fulfil) but people who're good at planning in advance and organising everything to perfection on Day(s) X.

Besides deciding who to invite at all bride and groom must decide on the kind of party they want to have - and see fit for their guests - and where it should take place. When it's clear how much money can be spent, the real planning can start. Ms Thompson has collected a wide range of activities and locations. Ideas for parties in your home, in your town, in the vicinity of your town, somewhere farther away in the UK as well as in some locations on the European mainland. You even get good advice what to do with a guest who refuses to leave their bed or wherever they're nursing their hangover in, say, Spain and accompany the group to the airport to fly back home. At the end of the booklet you find a list of links to all establishments and companies which in some way or other can help you organise the perfect events.

In case a Hen & Stag Party is the last thing you're thinking of, you can also use the booklet if you're just interested in finding tips for an original birthday party.


Blood in Grandpont (Blood in Oxford)
Blood in Grandpont (Blood in Oxford)
Price: £3.43

2.0 out of 5 stars Do something else in your spare time., 8 Dec 2012
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Badly constructed plot, police work unbelievable, characters stereotypical. Nothing is made of Oxford; using the name of the town in the title can only be seen as a means of attracting readers.
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Murder in the South of France (The Maggie Newberry Mystery Series Book 1)
Murder in the South of France (The Maggie Newberry Mystery Series Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars French Fouls, 11 Nov 2012
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I'm a great admirer of well woven plots. I've read many a thriller in which several stories are told which seemingly have nothing to do with each other but which by and by are connected. In the end it becomes clear that they all depend on each other and none could have been omitted.

This, sadly, can't be said about this novel. I feel my leg pulled by the way the author leads the reader. I'm snowed under by minute descriptions of places, characters, and above all emotions which lead nowhere. I can't say that there are red herrings, the bulk of the book is a red herring. The term 'red whale' would be more appropriate. The solution is far-fetched and unsatisfying. So, despite two murders and two attempted murders the book is more flop than top as a thriller. Furthermore, there are many improbabilities. Two drug addicts with enough money to fly from France to the USA? An airline which lets two dirty, stinking bums on board a transatlantic flight? My back bottom!

An author can get away with a lot if they can use language well. Unfortunately, Susan Kiernan-Lewis can't. Listen to this, "... (she said), straightening out the long, languid pleats of her skirt with pale, tapered fingers." Languid pleats? Tapered fingers? Authors should get an electric stroke whenever they type a superfluous and/or nonsensical adjective or adverb and a double stroke if they combine the two.

Murder on the Côte d'Azur isn't your typical chick lit novel because the female protagonist doesn't waver between two alpha males and the plot centres around a murder mystery, but stylistically it belongs into the chick-lit drawer. For some reason the authors or rather authoresses of this genre think that chicks like their lit flowery.


Kitchen Craft Master Class Deluxe Stainless Steel Egg Slicer
Kitchen Craft Master Class Deluxe Stainless Steel Egg Slicer
Price: £8.10

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWANGY TOOL, 7 April 2012
The egg-slicer is made of (dishwasher safe) polished stainless steel. It's 10cm in diameter and 2.5cm high when closed. The bottom and the top part are held together by a hinge. The lower part is slightly elevated, it has seven 3mm wide slats divided by 2mm wide slits. It serves as a tray onto which you put the boiled egg. Then you lower the top containing eight stainless steel wires. They cut through the egg by moving into the slits. Up with the top and you can take out perfect slices.

You can also use this slicer for mushrooms and lumps of mozzarella cheese if they aren't too big. If they are, you can cut them into half first. Unfortunately you can't slice tomatoes, too. The skin is a bit too hard for the wires.

Considering that it`s indestructible and you can have it forever if you treat it in a civilised way and don`t maltreat it with, say, a hammer or step on it, it`s a cheap acquisition. It's an ideal present - maybe together with an egg-pick - for people setting up their first household. But also long-time housewives and househusbands will be pleased and ask themselves after a while how they could ever live without these little helpers.

If you`re musically minded and are capable of producing music with anything, you`ll love the egg-slicer. It hasn`t got the nickname `egg-harp` for nothing. Move your fingertips along the wires and you`ll hear music of the spheres.


WMF Profi Plus Potato Peeling Fork
WMF Profi Plus Potato Peeling Fork
Price: £8.50

5.0 out of 5 stars POSH PEELING, 6 April 2012
When I needed a new Jacket Potato Peeling Fork (JPPF), I found several on Amazon. The specimen from WMF is the most stylish, but also the most expensive one. I`m a modest person when it comes to the equipment of my household. I thought, "Why not?" Just because I`m so modest, I can give myself a present every now and then. Besides, I`ve always had a certain affection for WMF since I took part in a guided tour through the factory many years ago. WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG) is a manufacturer of stylish tableware, founded in 1853 in Geislingen an der Steige (55 km southeast of Stuttgart as the crow flies).

My JPPF is 15.5 cm long including the top with the stem which opens into three 5 cm long tines so-to-speak. They're very sharp, if you're afraid of pricking your fingers, you can put a cork on them before storing the JPPF in the drawer. The material is polished Cromargan 18/10 stainless steel. From the homepage: `It`s absolutely stable and durable, watertight, perfectly dishwasher-safe, just indestructible. The design which is both sophisticated and timeless fits into every modern kitchen.` Right they are, but it also fits perfectly into my not modern kitchen.

After writing this review I was hit by a bout of spring cleaning fever and went through the drawers of my kitchen cupboard. To my great surprise I found an old JPPF. How ugly it looks compared to my new WMF specimen! No chance that I'll ever go back to it. Hopefully the gleaming steel body of my WMF JPPF will hinder me from throwing it into the bin accidentally.


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