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Grace and Mary by Bragg, Melvyn (2014) Paperback
Grace and Mary by Bragg, Melvyn (2014) Paperback
by Melvyn Bragg
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory wandering and failing, 1 Sep 2014
This is my first foray into any work written by Melvyn Bragg, and thought it was time to sample his work. Melvyn Bragg, through unfortunate personal experience, had just finished this novel before his own mother died from Alzheimer's disease in a nursing home.

In the narrative our main protagonist's is John a successful man in his 70s who is the only child of Mary. He is very close to his mother and wishes to engage the last remnants of mind that is confused and fading

John contemplates the ambiguities of the deteriorating mind, and hopes that he can stimulate it by calling up old memories, speaking to her of the past; he shows her a book of old photographs of the town they lived in and Mary lights up. However, then she drifts away, and doesn't remember who he is, asks when she will be back in her own home, and when her husband - dead for some 15 years, will come to visit her. Mary also calls out for her mother, Grace, and yearns to be with her.

Grace was Mary's mother, but we learn, she didn't bring her up, and they never lived together. They never had a true mother-daughter relationship. Grace's backstory is the other half of the book, told in episodic way aptly interleaved laced with John's visits to Mary. John tries to understand the state of her dementia, and how it may be lessened, is there a cure - can it be found. Grace's story is re-created by John, but presented as a non-fiction more over rather an accurate reconstruction, yet the reader accepts it just as one accepts John's accounts of his visits to Mary - the two narratives here are very different and Melvyn Bragg pulls it off with subtle style.

This book, for me, is an exploration world of the aged and dementia, a road that we may travel. We can only hope there is someone as gentle and caring as Mary's son at our side.


Rapesco Stapler, Heavy Duty Stapler Zero-02
Rapesco Stapler, Heavy Duty Stapler Zero-02
Price: 16.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good & Robust Stapler, 1 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
On the face it this is a good, robust stapler and would not be out place at home or at the office.

It will staple 25 sheets of paper together with ease. The lining up of the stapling point and where you want the metal staple, on the paper takes a moment to figure out, but is not taxing affair. It has a non-slip rubber ‘feet’ and this, combined with its weight gives good traction. The leveraging power is good and just needs little pressure to discharge the staple. The loading of the staples is fairly straight forward to do; we have had no misfires, deformed staples or any failed operations. However, our observations of this stapler are limited as we not had it for long, only long term use of this device will show its true benchmark. At present it is being used at home, in our little office and it's coped with everything we have thrown at it. The added 15 year warranty is reassuring to have.

This a good product that does its intended job very well.


Tacwise Z3-140 Staple Gun. Staple Gun Tacker
Tacwise Z3-140 Staple Gun. Staple Gun Tacker
Price: 14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Z3 - 140 is a real quality product, 1 Sep 2014
Recently given a free Tacwise Z3-140 metal taker & Tacwise 180/15MM 18G Nails for review purposes.

The above items were recently used to help pretty much cover most of the area around the staircase in plastic sheeting over three floors, due to major building works. We hardly had any misfires and no `deformed' pins. The Tacker sits well in your hand and is easy to operate even when you have a lot of stapling to do. Just imagine trying to do this job using a hammer and pins. The Z3 - 140 is a real quality product. The ergonomic design has useful detailing like the belt hook and edge guide.

All in all these are two very good products from a good specialist company.


Tacwise 180/15MM 18G Nails (2000)
Tacwise 180/15MM 18G Nails (2000)
Price: 6.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tacwise 180/15MM 18G Nails, 1 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We recently needed to replace our slate roof with a new roof. For one reason and or another, the work had to be carried out using the internal staircase, of our three storeys terraced house, for access as opposed to erecting scaffolding outside the home. Anyway these pins were exceedingly handy as we needed to pretty much cover most of the area around the staircase in plastic sheeting over three floors. We hardly had any misfires and no `deformed' pins. Just imagine trying to do this job using a hammer and pins. For us the obvious choice was to use Tacwise pins/staples, they are a quality product as they are robust and are just well made. You can you use them in other branded tackers, but we went with the proprietary Tacker from Tacwise.

As well as the pins we also received a Tacwise Z3-140 metal taker. The Z3 - 140 is a real quality product. The ergonomic design has some useful detailing like the belt hook and edge guide.

All in all these are two very good products from a good specialist company.


The Lotus Eaters - Complete BBC Series 2 [DVD]
The Lotus Eaters - Complete BBC Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Hendry

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My two pence worth, 30 Aug 2014
Series two, is shorter in length then series one. The quality of the production, as with series one is top notch.

While series one was more about other characters associated with the Taverna/pub. In this series the plot concentrates on the owners, and the espionage plot line comes to the forefront. This is an excellent drama series regardless of which decade it's seen in. Yes the transfer from film to DVD leaves a lot to be desired. Could there have been more in terms of extras? Yes there should have been.

Still a very worthwhile series to watch.


The Lotus Eaters - Complete BBC Series 1 [DVD]
The Lotus Eaters - Complete BBC Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Hendry
Price: 15.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Gem, 30 Aug 2014
One of the best drama's of the 70s.

Please look to the C. Fuller's, review which is really top notch. Ian Hendry is at his best here, maybe because the screen character is a alcoholic, and this problem was one he had in real life. A series of vignettes about expats who own a Taverna/bar, and some of the characters that frequent the establishment. For each has their own narrative - or dare I say secret.

Please note this series was made in the 70s,and the transfer to DVD may put people off, but saying all that it is a Gem - and well worth the purchase.


Femen
Femen
by Femen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Advocates of their brand of protest, 30 Aug 2014
This review is from: Femen (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Femen is a radical small group of women advocating their theory of 'sextremism' and they are very 'media savvy'. For Femen the camera lens is to be embraced.

The book traces their origins from an Easter Europe feminist protest group - founded in Ukraine in 2008 and now they seem to be mainly situated in France as well as some south American nations as well as having other affiliates in other countries. They advocate public actions and protests - through the use of their bodies and shock imagery - they call people's attention to their voice to stand for freedom, justice and women's rights. Since their origins their scope has widened to include, themes of poverty, religious institutions and dictatorships plus other topics of concern. Femen has a clear position on prostitution, as they say:

'there is nothing else but a domination of one gender through exploitation, force or lie. The ruling Patriarchy wants to legalise prostitution as a way to finally win the gender fight and make society accept women as sex-waitresses for the hungry clients that are men'.

Their narrative tells their story, from their 'humble' origins in a small Ukrainian town to their current lives in France. We learn about what they did and why they did it, how they were treated by former Communist states, and how they survived. This book is not a dry treatment of their inception and struggle; it shows us their game plan for their brand of active protest. They are a small group of devoted activists who say they really want to make a difference. However,there have been detractors notably such as Ms Tilly Grove who says in her commentary, in the Huffington Post, that
'UK Feminism Doesn't Need Femen's Imperialism'. A former member, from Tunisia, Amina Tyler left the group in protest citing what she saw 'a lack of financial transparency in the organization'.

Like them or dislike them, it appears that FEMEN will not be ignored.


Makita PLM5121 4-Stroke Rotary Petrol Lawn Mower
Makita PLM5121 4-Stroke Rotary Petrol Lawn Mower
Offered by GM Suppliers
Price: 399.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful mulching mower, 29 Aug 2014
This is a large, powerful mulching mower. However, instead of collecting the clippings, it spreads them back onto the lawn to rot down. It has a 51cm cutting width and a single-speed drive that powers the back wheels. It has five cutting heights between 25mm and 70mm.

What does mulching do?

The mulching blade is totally different to a grass collection blade. The mulching blade cuts and re-cuts the grass clipping in to tiny particles. These small particles are blown downwards into the sward, out of sight. These tiny slithers of grass will then breakdown within hours depositing key nutrients (i.e. nitrogen, potash and phosphate) back in to the lawn allowing micro-organisms and worms to carry these nutrients back into the soil.

This mower is pretty good mulching mower. The wide cutting width means it cuts a large lawn quickly with no grass-box to empty. It leaves a neat finish, as it disperses the clippings well and gives an even cut.

However, this mower is poor at cutting right up to lawn edges and around other obstacles.


Animagic Tickle Tum Tilly
Animagic Tickle Tum Tilly
Price: 29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice animatronic dog, 29 Aug 2014
This review is from: Animagic Tickle Tum Tilly (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I got this for little nephew who is three and half years old and he just loves this animatronic dog. Thankfully it came with batteries included, as he was rather impatient to get his hands on it. There is a good range of motion – so when you tickle its tummy the legs get all ‘fidgety’, but in a good way. The tail of the dog wags reassembly convincingly; I am not wholly convinced with the dogs bark and on occasion you can hear the whirring of the internal mechanism. However, my nephew loves the whole set up. The fur is OK and has a nice feel to it. The whole doll just about fits in his arms so that he can give it a nice cuddle.


Tacwise A54 Hammer Tacker Bundle with 140/10mm Stainless Steel Staples
Tacwise A54 Hammer Tacker Bundle with 140/10mm Stainless Steel Staples
Price: 24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent piece of kit, 28 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Tacwise A54 Hammer Tacker arrived just in time to be of serious use securing a new breathable membrane under large sections of our slate roof, and really proved its worth. The tool itself feels robust and the overall build quality is pretty good. At one point, while using it on our roofing project, it was dropped from a height of nearly three metres high on a chipboard surface with absolutely no ill effects or damage to the unit. Its next job will be to replace damaged hard board covering, and I am sure rather like with the roofing job this tool will take it in its stride. Unlike other inferior cable tacker’s there is no need to follow up with a hammer to get a flush fitting. The filling of pins/staples is relatively easy and the cartridge carries a sufficient supply. There have been very few misfires and these can be attributed to other causes. As for staple jams, there have been none of these so far. This is a really good piece of kit, from a company that by and large do staple products.


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