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Membrane - Black Vertical Case for Huawei Ascend Y550 (Y550-L01, Y550-L02, Y550-L03) - Flip phone cover with magnetic closure
Membrane - Black Vertical Case for Huawei Ascend Y550 (Y550-L01, Y550-L02, Y550-L03) - Flip phone cover with magnetic closure
Offered by Membrane Store
Price: £3.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Superior quality case., 22 Dec 2014
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Superior quality case, feels nice and sturdy, grips the phone firmly and feels good in the hand. For those who favour the flap down style of case, this is a winner. I must also commend Membrane Store, who when I raised concerns over the delivery of an xmas order, responded immediately, sending a replacement out just to be sure. That is what I call excellent service.


Huawei Ascend Y550 - Premium Leather Book Wallet Case Cover Pouch + Screen Protector With Microfibre Polishing Cloth + Touch Screen Stylus Pen
Huawei Ascend Y550 - Premium Leather Book Wallet Case Cover Pouch + Screen Protector With Microfibre Polishing Cloth + Touch Screen Stylus Pen
Offered by CASE COLLECTION LTD
Price: £1.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bright case, flimsy inner sleeve., 22 Dec 2014
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On the plus side the case is nice and bright, for those who like that kind of thing, and the price is very reasonable. The phone clips in easily, and seems to be firmly held. The case comes with a matching full size stylus, and a screen protector, making it good value. The one proviso we noticed was that the material used on the inner sleeve, where credit cards can be stored, is very thin indeed. My impression is that I would not expect it to stand up to having cards pulled out and pushed in for a long period, without tearing.


Yazilind Jewellery Tibetan Silver Oval Turquoise Crystal Owl Necklace Earrings Set
Yazilind Jewellery Tibetan Silver Oval Turquoise Crystal Owl Necklace Earrings Set
Offered by YAZILIND JEWELRY LIMITED
Price: £13.92

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice stocking filler. Stock based in China., 22 Dec 2014
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Three times now, I've tried to write an informative and honest review of this product. Each time Amazon has rejected that review. What I want to say about it is totally honest and provable, yet somehow breaks the rules. So, I will try again, letting the title speak for itself.


Hippie VW Camper Van Inspired Unisex Hoodie - Available in 6 Colours!
Hippie VW Camper Van Inspired Unisex Hoodie - Available in 6 Colours!

5.0 out of 5 stars Purple reign...with a hoodie, 16 Dec 2014
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Got this as an xmas gift, so the 'how does this product fit' bit - which Amazon forces reviewers to chose from, is at best a guess at this stage. What I can say with confidence is that the garment looks exactly as it is presented, and under daylight the shade of purple is most pleasing. The quality of fabric seems good, not too heavy not too light, and the stencil of the VW Camper is a professional job. Therefore, it should last many more than a few washes. All in all, a great buy for the VW enthusiast who likes a pull-on style hoodie.


Thin Lizzy: Live And Dangerous - At The Rainbow [DVD] [2008]
Thin Lizzy: Live And Dangerous - At The Rainbow [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Thin Lizzy
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal, accept no substitute., 14 Dec 2014
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Got this as a gift, having seen a Thin Lizzy tribute band earlier in the year who got the volume completely wrong, temporarily deafening most of the audience. As always, it's better to see (and hear) the originals. This is a pretty good DVD, featuring most of Thin Lizzy's classic hits performed at the peak of their powers. A great trip down memory lane for those of us who remember, and possibly the best way to show younger rock fans what made Thin Lizzy such an iconic band. Accept no substitute.


Who Dares Wins: Three of the Best Special-Forces Commando Comic Book Adventures (Commando for Action and Adventure)
Who Dares Wins: Three of the Best Special-Forces Commando Comic Book Adventures (Commando for Action and Adventure)
by Calum Laird
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gung-ho Boys Own adventure!, 14 Dec 2014
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Got this and a another from the same source as a stocking filler. Great for young and not so young fans of a classic genre. These books collect several stories in each edition, and aside from being a greater depth (obviously) have the same dimensions as original magazines. That being slightly shorter and wider than a DVD. The stories are all Boys Own style adventures, which do not really glorify war but definitely glorify the military. Unlike the real military, there is not serious swearing.


Wild Cards: Lowball (Wild Cards 22)
Wild Cards: Lowball (Wild Cards 22)
by George R.R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.78

3.0 out of 5 stars Slowly bleeding out....does the editor care?, 12 Dec 2014
For once, I didn't buy this from Amazon, because on this occasion I was able to get it elsewhere faster. But anyone can look me up and see I'm an honest reviewer. I also very rarely post reviews of items bought elsewhere, but feel so strongly about this, I had to give it a go.

Wild Cards, for those coming to this series via the editor's more celebrated works, is the longest running shared world superhero series, in book form. It has its own counterfactual history, some gritty and great characters, and decades of stories written in a mosaic form. This approach has allowed many talented writers to mingle their literary blood since the mid 1980's. Over the years there have been changes of publisher, but the song remained the same. Until more recent times. In the case of book number 22, it's not that the work is without decent characterisation, or that it lacks dramatic tension. It's more like getting a fresh slice of the best pie you ever tasted, only to find that the bakers have messed up the recipe. So, what's the lowdown on Lowball?

More recent Wild Card readers will be pleased to find a partly reconstituted Committee making an appearance, even though it comes across more like a super-powered episode of Friends. Older fans will be cheered slightly to see Father Squid and Croyd Crenson, plus cameos from Jube the walrus, and Carnifex, the Wild Card answer to Wolverine. Sadly, only one of them plays a significant part, and that is shamefully reduced to a plot device. But by far the biggest sin here is that much of Lowdown is little more than a police procedural. As if the writers are embarrassed to be writing about super-powered characters. Switching focus to Jokers and Deuces (the almost Ace powered denizens of Wild Cards history) is not a bad idea. Indeed, there are Jokers and Deuces fully deserving of time in the spotlight. However, when this backdrop plays second fiddle to the Nat police force, the central premise of Wild Cards is shot to pieces. Adding to the confusion is a boring subplot that winds up having almost nothing to do with the main theme. That theme concerns a Joker Fight Club, where kidnapped victims are made to fight to the death. Again, this bristles with possibility, and to be fair there are some exciting set piece scenes, and good individual character development. Unfortunately, these all lead to an ending that is abrupt as a car crash. It resolves very little, crudely terminates an interesting thread about a main player, with little hope of explanation, and then dusts it hands. Two of the more intriguing characters get clobbered with all the subtlety of Ben Grimm suffering a migraine, and Infamous Black Tongue, the main anti-hero of Lowdown, is left out on a limb. Okay, this is the middle book of a trilogy, but that's still no excuse for what happens. Especially in a book edited by a super famous author, and written by award winning contributors. That should be a winning team, but isn't. The writing here borders on insulting the classic era of Wild Cards.

Everything moves on, and there's nothing wrong with attempting to keep a series fresh and current. Yet the editors and writers seem to have forgotten that new characters replacing old favourites must be their equals. If new characters come across as less interesting, depth free and underpowered by comparison, then the brand is weakened. While reading this book I found myself remembering how, as a naive young writer, long before the Internet, I once wrote a fan letter to George R.R. Martin. I was dreaming of submitting my own Wild Card scenario, and thought all I needed to do was make it good enough in order to have it considered. George graciously replied, explaining how Wild Cards was an invitation only club, and being a previously successful writer was a prerequisite. This was fair enough, providing those writers were turning in good stories, full of vim and vigour. For many years they did, resulting in thrilling, complex, character rich novels. Now though, it seems as if some of those in the privileged position of being Wild Cards writers don't really understand what they're writing about, or have much enthusiasm for their task. If it's just a job to them, that's not nearly good enough. Wild Cards has been a success for much longer than 'A Game of Thrones' and great things could still be achieved in its current world. But only if there's a will to get back on track. The editors need to remember that quality story-telling, respect for the premise, and passion to write within that framework, should always trump individual fame. As things stand it pains me to see my all-time favourite series slowly bleeding out, and that no one with the power to save it has even noticed.


Gwynedd Owl Whoopsies Milk Chocolate Drops 100 g (Pack of 2)
Gwynedd Owl Whoopsies Milk Chocolate Drops 100 g (Pack of 2)
Price: £6.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone for owl plop?, 10 Dec 2014
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It is what it is, inexpensive sweets disguised as owl plop. It the humour appeals, then it's a good little stocking filler.


2015 EQUUS WALL CALENDAR      R482
2015 EQUUS WALL CALENDAR R482
by SUSAN FRIEDMAN
Edition: Calendar

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice calendar for those who love horsey, 10 Dec 2014
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Nice calendar for those who love horsey. Pictures are beautifully. Not so impressed that the price has almost halved on Amazon since I bought it a month ago. But, I suppose they have to pay for the drones somehow.


Marriner Yarns Midget Double Knit Starter Bumper Pack | 20 x 25g Balls of Assorted Double Knitting Yarn | Colours Will Vary Depending On Availability | 100% Acrylic
Marriner Yarns Midget Double Knit Starter Bumper Pack | 20 x 25g Balls of Assorted Double Knitting Yarn | Colours Will Vary Depending On Availability | 100% Acrylic
Offered by Marriner Yarns
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a big knit or small., 10 Dec 2014
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Got this bundle for my girlfriend, who is keen to try out crochet. Package arrived 2 days ahead of estimate, and all is as described. Other traders could learn a lesson from Marriner, who prove there is no need for lengthy delays.


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