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Stackers Hot Pink - Medium Storage Caddy - 582C
Stackers Hot Pink - Medium Storage Caddy - 582C
Offered by Carters of London
Price: 8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing quality for the price., 7 Jan 2014
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I have bought this as a desk tidy for work. The quality is lovely, it's really nicely finished and looks like it's worth at least double the price. It's very pretty and a decent size. Recommend.


One Moment, One Morning
One Moment, One Morning
by Sarah Rayner
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Miserable snobby cows moaning., 7 July 2013
I got up to page 275 of this book and resorted to checking the Amazon reviews to see if anything interesting was going to happen and was reassured that it wasn't and just flicked through the rest which saved me a valuable few hours which would have been wasted if I'd read on.

At the beginning half of a rather self obsessed unlikeable snobby couple dies. He's a cheater and she pinched him off his long term girlfriend and they both look down on people who work in manual professions. But this is glossed over and the girlfriend must have deserved it. Probably for being a hairdresser or a receptionist or something else hideously unmiddle class which seems to be a heinous crime to the author.

She has a best friend who is a selfish moaner who has a boyfriend who has unsurprisingly resorted to drink. She's going out with a decorator but deep down is intensely snobbish about his job and thinks she could do better and hankers after a previous rich boyfriend. She also wishes her boyfriend dead in the stead of her friends husband. She enjoys castigating him over his comparative lack of wages and dismisses his contribution to the mortgage as 'rent' and is constantly reminding him that he lives in her house. And she deliberately goes out of her way to catch him out and expects him to be available at the drop of a hat for 'cuddles' when she has previously told him she will be elsewhere that evening and given him the impression he is free. Despite him cooking food for the funeral and helping out nothing he does is ever good enough for this sour faced old cow. Honestly, she'd drive a saint to drink, and it seemed to me Anna herself was always sloshing back the wine like a good un, but apparently this okay because she's not a manual labourer. The final row this the only good bit of the book, because he finally tells her and her snobby mates who wish him dead because he hasn't got as much money as Simon where to stick it. And yet the author expects us to find these characters pleasant. And the author also seems to think readers will sympathize with her shuddering disapproval of people who work in manual rather than professional jobs which she seems to think is a terrible sin.

Oh and there's a boring angsty lesbian who's horrible to her mother who she blames for her father's death from cancer and has dull sub plot.

If you like angsty navel gazing you'll probably enjoy this book but personally I just wanted to yell at them to pull themselves together. With the exception of Karen they are perfect examples of people who are miserable purely because they make themselves so by constantly obsessing about their own egos. And the whole thing is a litany of first world problems and really, I just couldn't give a flying about any of them. There's lots of banging on about emotions and counselling. And a few Vicky Pollard like teenagers are introduced to make the middle class lesbian shudder and grasp her pearls at their encroachment on her middle class world. Oh and she also talks about her interest in addicts which is supposed to make her sound caring but in fact makes her seem like a voyeur prodding and poking at them like a science experiment in a petri dish rather than a human.

If a load of unpleasant women sitting around moaning and banging on about their 'feelings' is your cup of tea read away. Personally these are the kind of people I would cross the road to avoid having to listen to their latest meditation on themselves and what they want and their other favourite subject 'themselves'.

Anyway, as you might have noticed I didn't like it. To be quite honest if the author thinks this kind of behaviour is normal I'm surprise she managed to tear herself away from thinking about her angst for long enough to write a book. It's boring to listen to this kind of rubbish off people in real life without reading a book about it. Not my cup of tea at all. Put the kettle on and stop moaning, honestly we never would have won 2 world wars if we'd had people banging on like this all the time and obsessing about themselves rather than getting on with things. And the only suspense in this book was the suspense of waiting to see if they'd finally stop moaning.


Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.35

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, pointless, unlikeable navel gazing., 4 July 2013
I can't believe I wasted several hours of my life on this pointless drivel. I've finished it and I still have absolutely no idea what the point of it was. It just seemed to be an over long account of boring unpleasant selfish people doing boring unpleasant selfish things. I think some of the characters are supposed to be in the process of 'finding themselves' but to me they all just came across as self obsessed, self pitying whingers. Bernadette's 'quirkiness' is too laboured and studied. She's not a well rounded character, nor is her husband Elgin, and their daughter remains a poorly drawn wisp.

And the story just peters out, there's no real resolution and a lot of plot strands just get abandoned. Really don't recommend this, it's just pointless American navel gazing.
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Jamm Door Stop (Honey Beige)
Jamm Door Stop (Honey Beige)
Offered by Jamm Products
Price: 4.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good product, 15 April 2013
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Very happy with this, holds the door firmly and the fact that you kick it in means that it cannot be removed by little fings. Does the job. Only problem is it looks a bit like a spaceship and if it's ever dislodged from the door my son can usually be found flying it round the living room, not really too much of a problem though, just makes it a bit difficult to find sometimes!


Philips AE2330/00 Bathroom Splashproof Clock Radio
Philips AE2330/00 Bathroom Splashproof Clock Radio
Offered by Express Box Limited
Price: 35.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little radio, 15 April 2013
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Very pleased with this purchase, the sound quality is good for an in shower radio, programming is easy and it's fine to use in the early morning when you're bleary eyed and not up to anything technical. Goes up to a decent level of volume too. Recommend.


Davina Intense [DVD]
Davina Intense [DVD]
Dvd ~ Davina McCall
Price: 7.00

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, boring, boring., 15 April 2013
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This review is from: Davina Intense [DVD] (DVD)
I've used Davina's videos before and really enjoyed them. I just couldn't get into this one, I found it too boring to use. The presenters don't really engage with you and after so many videos Davina's gurning and jazz hands are starting to become really wearing. This isn't helped by the fact that the high intensity exercises are not as much fun as the moves in Davina's early videos either. They're quite simple and you'd be just as well reading it in a book than having to watch an entire video which isn't really padded out enough to make it worthwhile when the exercises are so brief. Not one I'd recommend, hope Davina's next video has some fo the fun put back in it.
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Weaning
Weaning
by Annabel Karmel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant - a fantastic way to introduce your child to a wide range of flavours., 14 April 2013
This review is from: Weaning (Hardcover)
Weaned my child using this book - he is now too old for this book so I can fully review it as I've used it from start to finish. And I think it's absolutely brilliant.

I was in two minds whether to choose this book or to go for the baby led weaning system which is fashionable at the moment. I started using this intending to more on to BLW later but I didn't as I found the recipes in this book worked so well I didn't want to change to BLW.

Primarily this was because it was fun. The recipes are very easy to cook and take max 20 minutes but usually much less. And Annabel Karmel knows what babies like and it was a real joy introducing him to such a wide variety of food and flavours, from the very first spoonfuls you're offered a wide variety of choice to feed your baby. In addition the food in this book is packed with fruit and veg and moves on to quite complex flavours fairly quickly.

The variety of food won out over BLW for me - he really introduced to such a cross section of food and so many different flavours that I didn't want to change. I felt BLW would exclude too many foods and wouldn't introduce him to so many flavours as there is a temptation to stick to easy finger foods and exclude things that may be to messy. Also if you're giving him things on a spoon he is introduced to things which he perhaps may not pick out himself on a plate and therefore this method seems to introduce your child to a far wider range of flavours.

He is now a toddler and will eat anything and is particularly fond of fruit and veg, and also very adventurous and likes to try new things. He's very into garlic, Turkish and Mediterranean food and I credit this with the early way he was introduced to food using the methods in this book.

I would recommend this book to anybody, it was so enjoyable to use and had such great results.


World of Happy: My Little World of Happy
World of Happy: My Little World of Happy
by Giles Andreae
Edition: Board book
Price: 6.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant for babies - and a lot of fun to read to them too., 6 April 2013
These are absolutely lovely little books. Just the right size for little hands in the pram and on long journeys. The illustrations are bright and my baby finds no end of amusement in them as they are wittily drawn and he can see they are silly. The books are also incredibly funny for grown ups too and are really fun to read to them. The stories are silly but have a really nice message to them, for example about sharing or a King Cow who really loves his Queen Cow. The books also have little puzzles on the back where you match the halves of the animals. Really recommend. Bought these for my baby at six months and he still adores them at a year old and can see them being a favourite for quite some time ahead.


We Were Berliners: From Weimar to the Wall
We Were Berliners: From Weimar to the Wall
by Douglas Niles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sections but a missed opportunity, 23 Jan 2013
This book is structured with about 50% direct quotes from interviews with the Jacobitzs' and 50% a rather second rate military history of WWII. The interview with the Jacobitzs' are absolutely fascinating, they lived through WWII, Helmut fought for the Germans and Charlotte lived in Berlin during hosilities and the Soviet invasion, with a mother who was a Jehovah's Witness and should have been interned in a concentration camp for her religion but was saved by the unwillingness of neighbours to inform on her. After the war Helmut is involved in smuggling and blackmarketeering and the couple's budding romance is formed on smuggling missions to the countryside for black market goods.

The raw materials of this book are amazing, the Jacobitzs' have a fascinating story and and in their interviews prove to be incredibly endearing and engaging characters. But the sections of the book which gave the military history of WWII I could have done without. Everybody knows most of it, there was no need for it to be rehashed in such detail, the book would have been far, far better if the background history had been kept minimal - the sort of reader for this book is not going to be entirely ignorant of it anyway.

But I was also frustrated as I felt the story of the Jacobitzs' had been lost in this morass of historical detail. Much more could have been made of their personal accounts, they could have done with a far more skillful interviewer to draw out their story in more detail and depth and perhaps more background research of the people and areas in the book. In short the book would have been better as 90% the recollections of the Jacobitzs'. I was left with so many questions, how did they smuggle, who was the farmer they stayed with when smuggling, how did they convince him to help them, what risks did they take? What happened to the neighbour who idolised Hitler so much he imitated his dress and was a full party member yet he never informed on Charlotte's mother the Jehovah's Witness for the sake of their friendship? Charlotte's account of the invasion is hopelessly undetailed and far more could have been made of it. Her account a group of people searching desperately for food and inadvertently taking mind mending drugs intended for troops at the frontline is funny and touching and a real gem to find within a time of so much misery. Helmut returned from the frontline to Germany and although some details are given of his journey I wanted to hear much more.

I was left wanting to hear so much more from Helmut and Charlotte and felt the book in the main was a missed opportunity to bring a fascinating story to the public. I wonder if perhaps one day the story will be rewritten again and I do hope so as I would love to hear more of the story of Helmut and Charlotte in far more detail.

It is really worth reading, their story has war, adventure, romance - but this could have been a real five star riveting read if it had been treated differently, it's a wonderful story.


LG 32LS3500 32-inch Widescreen HD Ready LED TV with Freeview
LG 32LS3500 32-inch Widescreen HD Ready LED TV with Freeview
Offered by Hyper-Fi

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent picture, good sound, bit of a pain to programme., 12 Nov 2012
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Really good picture and sound, easy to wall mount. In general very pleased with purchase. A bit of a pain to programme though, and it has a built in power off feature that turns the TV off every hour or so that I still haven't figured out how to switch off. Otherwise good purchase but prepare to spend a bit of time with the manual.


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