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Philips YS527/17 Click and Style 2-in-1 Shave and Stubble
Philips YS527/17 Click and Style 2-in-1 Shave and Stubble
Price: 66.35

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent product, 7 Aug 2014
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An excellent product. Compared to other electric shavers I have used in the past it is noticeably more comfortable and less irritating on my skin. Following the instructions and shaving in a circular motion is the best way to use it removing all hairs quickly. The instructions are easy to follow and helpful. I've had some trouble with other products that I had to use repeatedly on the same awkward sports particularly on the jawline but there was no trouble with this shaver.

Two different heads mean that shaving full beards or an everyday close shave is more efficient then products with a fixed head.

It does come with a double headed plug though so you will need to get an adapter if you live in the UK.

Review by 19 year old


A Thousand Times Good Night [DVD]
A Thousand Times Good Night [DVD]
Dvd ~ Juliette Binoche
Price: 10.25

2.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing, 2 Aug 2014
Contains spoiler both of the film and of Game of Thrones

I love Juliet Binoche as an actress, she shone in "Three Colours: Blue" and "The English Patient". I’ve also admired her greatly on stage. But this did not show her at her best, playing Rebecca, a “war-zone” photographer who I found unconvincing, shoving her camera into the face of the dying and traumatised, and I mean literally shoving. Rebecca has a husband and two daughters - the youngest of which she appeared far too old to have – living in an idyllic house in Ireland. I kept thinking “they must have a cleaner and a cook" because Rebecca clearly does nothing except gaze intently around her. Rebecca’s compulsion to return to war zones was unconvincing, as was her gooey, false relationship with her too-good-to-be-true daughters and husband (Jamie Lannister with arm grown back, for Game of Thrones fans). The climax was, that word again, unconvincing, when Rebecca and her daughter (excellent performance from Lauryn Canny) are both in danger. The final unconvincing moment comes when Jamie Lannister finds evidence of that moment and it leads to a crisis in their marriage. Had the film kept up the momentum and tension of the promising first twenty minutes it would have been excellent.


The Mysterious Loss of the Darlwyne: A Cornish Holiday Tragedy
The Mysterious Loss of the Darlwyne: A Cornish Holiday Tragedy
Price: 4.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes "Health and Safety" has a purpose, 29 July 2014
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For some reason my friend Mandy’s mother did not let her go on the Darlwyne on its last fateful voyage on July 31st, 1966. Had she done so, Mandy would have died along with the other passengers, for there were no survivors from the 31 on board. Mandy’s mother had been best friends with Carol Tassell since they were 19. Tragically, Carol died along with her husband and three children aged 14, 12 and 8.

My own mother still speaks with horror of the incident, it affected the Cornish very strongly as well as all the bereaved families. Mandy still talks of the barn owl who visited her mother at an open window on the night of the tragedy.

The awful fact is that the Darlwyne was not fit to be at sea, and especially in such dreadful weather conditions. Having managed to get to Fowey they should never have attempted to return, and in fact as someone shouted advice not to attempt it, someone from the boat yelled back “mind your own business.” Perhaps the thought of the cost of transporting everyone back by road was a factor?

It was incompetence, arrogance and ignorance that killed 31 people, many of them children, 27 of them guests at the local Greatwood Hotel. Who was held accountable? Some who I think should have been accountable for their share of the blame seem to have avoided it. Why was the 16’ dinghy found drifting, cut loose, were 4 people seen clinging to rocks survivors, later swept off again? When was the coastguard alerted and why were no lifeboats launched earlier? Then there were those who escaped the trip, pleading hangovers perhaps from celebrating England’s world cup victory the day before.

We all have negative views about health and safety but the incident helped prevent the ease with which unlicensed operators could dice with people’s lives.

Had mobile phones been around…. In fact had social media been around AFTER the disaster I’m sure there would have been far more of a hue and cry. Cornwall could feel so remote.

This account pulls together all the facts –as far as we can know them - and that is good – for it must never be forgotten.


Merrell Womens Azura Trekking and Hiking Shoes J24362 Castle Rock/Purple 6 UK, 39 EU
Merrell Womens Azura Trekking and Hiking Shoes J24362 Castle Rock/Purple 6 UK, 39 EU
Price: 50.00

5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, 26 July 2014
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Just ordered my size which is a risk I have never taken before but the first time I put the them on they felt amazing, really comfortable, like having cotton wool round my feet _ walking on a cloud _but strong too. I never got a blister and the second week of having them I walked ten miles. I'm just about to wear them on a walking holiday so thank you Merrill for a really great product.


Locke [DVD]
Locke [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hardy
Price: 9.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To do the right thing - at all costs, 11 July 2014
This review is from: Locke [DVD] (DVD)
We see Locke leaving a construction site and getting into a car. He drives away. The phone rings and he talks to his wife, his two sons, his boss and others. Through the night that follows, as he drives we gradually piece together the fact that this night is a crucial turning point in his life. Because of something he did a few months ago he is poised to lose everything, family, job, all that is important. One of the people Locke is speaking to is not real, it is his dead father, and we learn that Locke is determined not to pass on the mistakes he feel his own father made. In fact it is Locke's determination to do the right thing, that is going to bring his world crashing down. While feeling a huge admiration for his steadfastness, I left the cinema feeling extremely sad.


Wolf Solent (Penguin Modern Classics)
Wolf Solent (Penguin Modern Classics)
by John Powys
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Inside body soul and mind, 11 July 2014
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This is one of the oddest books I have ever read. I am astonished to think it was published in 1929. While not explicit, there are themes of adultery, nymphophylia, pederasty, incest: the character of Wolf Solent is writing up a history of the debauchery and scandalous goings-on of the area. Wolf arrives in Dorset, almost immediately marries a beautiful young girl he meets, and swiftly moves to a magnetic attraction for another woman. We are inside Wolf’s head, his frenzied, demented mind’s workings, metaphysical musings, his peculiar fixation on his “mythology,” his “sense of huge invisible cosmic transactions in the midst of which he played his part,” his need and dependency on scenes from nature to stabilise him. Sometimes I laughed out loud at his oddity, when his mother in law approaches him at a fete he bellows at her at the top of his lungs, and when he sees a leaf detached from some twigs on pavement he is determined to reunite the errant leaf with its fellows to prevent their distress at the separation.

Wolf is torn between his conscience, which tells him to remain faithful to his wife, and also whether to refuse to continue writing the odious history of the depravity of the locals for his unpleasant employer Urquhart. He is torn between two women, one he sees as his “horizon” and one “the solid ground beneath him.”

James Joyce summed up his aloneness with the mantra “silence, exile, cunning.” Wolf Solent’s final mantra is “Alone! Endure or escape.”
Nature, our natural surroundings, free of the “brutality of mechanism,” plays such a vital role in the book I do not think it could not be written now.


All the Pretty Horses (Border Trilogy 1): 1/3
All the Pretty Horses (Border Trilogy 1): 1/3
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing, captivating story, 29 Jun 2014
I love horses and I love stories of the Old West so this novel - set in 1949 - was just perfect for me. John Grady Cole is 16 when his grandfather dies and his mother, who is estranged from his father, refuses to believe he is capable of running the ranch they live on. John leaves with his friend Lacey Rawlins and they set off for Mexico. On the way a runaway, an even younger wild boy, Jimmy, hooks up with them but they lose him en route. The two friends seem to fall on their feet when they are hired on a grand Mexican ranch and John's natural talent with horses is quickly recognised. He speaks Spanish because he was partly raised by Spanish help at his Texan home. John falls in love with the entrancing daughter of the owners and she seems to reciprocate his love. Everything then goes horribly wrong when there are repercussions from previous actions of Jimmy.

The writing is lyrical, it transports you to Mexico with the dust and sun, guns and lawless prisons, bulls and horses, always horses. There are many passages in Spanish, but even though there were parts I only guessed at, nothing could diminish my pleasure at discovering this book.


The Railway Man
The Railway Man
by Eric Lomax
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and powerful, 29 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Railway Man (Paperback)
A book that is not always easy to read, but that needs to be read. Eric Lomax says "no man is a hero to himself", but he comes across as incredibly heroic in this story. Some of the tortures he underwent at the hands of the Japanese were so horrific he has blotted them from his memory. Even their pet kitten was skewered by a guard. How he found forgiveness is beyond belief, but this book is more than the story of how he survived as a prisoner of war, it is a wonderful depiction of a railway enthusiast, and how he met his second wife after his early first marriage "diminished". There is a lot in the book that is missing in the film, although the film was excellent too, I found the book far more moving and powerful. Before he was sent to Burma, Eric Lomax visited Kashmir, and it was the peace and silence of that perfectly beautiful place that he says he held in his mind when enduring the silences filled with anxiety and violence.


Philips Sonicare HX6511/43 EasyClean White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare HX6511/43 EasyClean White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: 45.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 12 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The toothbrush looks good, with a sleek design, and fits in the hand nicely - I like the small size and shape of the brush head - it makes it really easy to use and get around all of your mouth. My teeth and mouth feel much cleaner after using this compared to a regular toothbrush.

There is a simple auto timing structure - 2 minutes divided into 4 sections by small breaks in the buzzing to signify the time you spend on each section of your mouth - upper outside, upper inside, lower outside, lower inside. Really great for making sure you spend enough time on each area.
I charged it when I first got it 2 weeks ago and still haven't needed to charge it again.
It's easy to clean and easy to change heads - just pull off old one and push on new one!

It's a shame there's no case included to put it in for travelling or a replacement head.

Otherwise absolutely perfect!


Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedicure Intense Foot Serum 30 ml
Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedicure Intense Foot Serum 30 ml
Price: 5.24

5.0 out of 5 stars A great find and a great product., 10 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is an amazing product that works brilliantly on feet to make them silky soft. It sinks in quickly leaving my (pretty rough) feet feeling soft and smooth. I'm going to take this on my travels as its light and convenient to pack, as my feet always get extra rough and dry walking around for hours in open sandals.


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