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Remington AC9096 Silk Dryer
Remington AC9096 Silk Dryer
Price: 54.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super fast, 6 speed dryer with ant-frizz components - it's great., 27 July 2014
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Certainly a powerful dryer, 2400 watts. Dries my hair in a couple of minutes without snagging leaving a nice glossy, smooth finish. There are 6 heat speeds, plus a turbo setting, and a cold shot if you want to fix curls/waves. Easy to set the speed and heat settings as they're marked by a letter on the handle. I don't have any static in my hair when I've used the dryer and that's essential when your hair is fine like mine. The dryer comes complete with a slim concentrator, nozzle, and diffuser for those with longer, thicker hair. The AC9096 is no heavier than my previous dryer but it's not small. Has a nice, long cord that enables you to move around without too much restriction and isn't over noisy. Leaves my hair soft, eliminates frizz and dries quickly. There's a full instruction booklet in the box is you get stuck. Nice looking dryer and I'm very happy to recommend.


Wreaking
Wreaking
Price: 4.31

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A broken relationship, terminal illness, crime and a dreadful asylum., 27 July 2014
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This review is from: Wreaking (Kindle Edition)
Wreaking has some of the best scene setting I've ever encountered. I wasn't just reading the book I was there walking those long hospital corridors in the company of the 'ever so slightly insane' Jasper Scrivens. He staggers through the carnage of the hospital, it's a huge place, with only his regrets, an oxygen cylinder and dreams of people long departed. Nothing disturbs the old man as he wanders alone inside the wreckage of his dreams. He haunts the building, filling it's already fetid atmosphere with his own growing insanity.

At the core of Jasper's madness is an event from some years ago involving his daughter, Cleo, and it's something so powerful it reaches out from the past to infect the present for them both. Cleo seems, on the surface, happy, healthy, securing a life for herself with as little contact with Jasper as possible but; why is she being stalked by a real bad guy, Victor, part of a criminal fraternity?. What's the link?.

The author is so busy building the atmosphere, and he does it brilliantly, there's hardly any plot. Not much happens. That's the point. It's all about the power of the Wreaking and it's impact upon the characters. That dreadful, decommissioned asylum is the star of the show and it has a long memory and a long reach. There are some excellent Gothic twists and turns. The opening chapters are incredibly eerie and set the scene perfectly for what's to come.

The author opens up the plot towards the end of the novel and all is revealed. There are no loose ends and few surprises just a satisfactory conclusion that ambled towards what I'd already decided for myself.

Wreaking is odd and quirky. It's also addictive. I'm a fan of dark fiction and enjoy most things Gothic. It certainly hit the spot for me.


Animagic Rescue Hospital Air Ambulance
Animagic Rescue Hospital Air Ambulance
Offered by Shop4World
Price: 18.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent helicopter model with moving winch., 27 July 2014
Average toy that's a decent size and has four figures included; vet and three small horses plus a tiny medicine bag. There's a winch and a little platform that moves up an down for transporting sick animals. Very easy to work and just a case of pressing a button at the side of the helicopter. Side door opens to reveal the vets treatment room which is on a platform that slides in and out ready for the arrival of the animal being winched up. The front of the helicopter opens to allow the vet to sit behind the controls. The rotor blades spin manually and aren't battery operated.

Three negatives;

The rotor blades came off in a matter of minutes. They just slide back on but they're not the sturdiest of things.
It's almost impossible to fit the vet behind the helicopter controls due to a 'safety belt' she has to slide behind. Trying to bend the figure into the right position and wedge her into the seat is a nightmare.
The little horse figures are very poor quality and don't have any movement.

The helicopter and vet figure are the best things about the set and are generally decent quality. My grandchildren use both in a variety of different games and with different animals and figures. No doubt the thing they love the most is the little winch which has lifted everyone, Peppa Pig included!, to safety. On it's own I'd give this toy no more than 3* but the helicopter will fit into so many games and has proved to be such a popular toy I'm leaving 4*.


The Moth: This Is a True Story
The Moth: This Is a True Story
by Catherine Burns
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 50 unique storytellers telling it their way., 26 July 2014
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'The Moth' is an American phenomenon in the shape of live storytelling events which take place across The States. It's actually much bigger than that but you get the idea!. I'd never heard of it and ordered the book because it sounded interesting.

Inside the book, taken from a pot of more than 3,000 stories, comes this collection of just 50.

I can't categorise 'The Moth'. A great many of the stories are personal accounts, real life, told from the point of view of the person who experienced the event. Some are fiction based on fact, maybe, while others are comical. Several are just too quirky to generalise about and others offer a message about surviving modern day living with all it's vices.

The contributors are equally varied and a random bunch of professionals mainly from the publishing, theatre, education and art world. With each story is a photograph and small biopic to introduce the storyteller.

I mostly enjoyed this book. There's a lot of energy. I didn't enjoy all of the stories, that's only to be expected out of such a large collection, but they're so short it was no hardship to sit and go through them. I read the whole thing in one day. Perfect book for holidays, long journeys or when you only have a few minutes here and there. Easy to just dip in and out of.

'The Moth' is in the UK for 2014 and if you're interested; www.themoth.org


Rapesco Stapler, Stapling Plier for rapid stapling
Rapesco Stapler, Stapling Plier for rapid stapling
Price: 12.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smaller sized, resilient and useful little gadget., 25 July 2014
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Hard working stapler that's strong enough to staple around 20 sheets of A4 paper or several sheets of card together without a problem. The kneck of the stapler is deep enough to allow stapling at different places across the page. If, like me, you're regularly mailing out bulk information you'll find it a useful piece of kit. I like the flat base which sits firmly on the desk and the loading/unloading process is easy. I haven't experienced any undue problems with misfiring or jamming no matter how fast I'm stapling.

What I'm less than happy about is the thin handle which can start to hurt your hand after a while and the lack of any type of rubber or silicone grip means the cold metal gets slippy against damp skin.

The stapler is certainly tough enough, and small enough, to carry around and try out on crafting or small DIY projects.


The Queen Of The Tearling
The Queen Of The Tearling
by Erika Johansen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A young girl on an adventure to claim the Tearling Throne., 25 July 2014
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'The Queen of The Tearling' is a fantasy novel, the first part of a trilogy and soon to be a major movie. It couldn't fail. This is a novel running a similar line to both 'The Hunger Games' and 'Game of Thrones' both of which are hugely popular, money spinning ventures. I've no doubt 'The Queen of The Tearling' will follow on.

I enjoyed the journey as 19 years old Kelsea Glynn, main character and narrative voice, grows from young girl to a rightful challenger for the Tearling Throne. There's a lot of complexity and, as is typical for this type of adventure, enough characters entering and leaving the story to cause some serious confusion; dead parents, foster parents, The Red Queen, hired killers, slaves, armies and I'm only naming a few!. But it's handled well and for the most part runs smoothly and is quite easy to read. Certainly gripping.

I don't really need to tell you much about the plot, it's self explanatory; young girl goes on a quest to gain her rightful place and she meets up with every type of opposition on the journey with many of those meetings leading to scenes of conflict and bloodshed. There are some strong, graphic fight scenes. The violence is in keeping with what we expect from this genre but I certainly wouldn't want to recommend the novel to a younger audience. It's not suitable for the YA market.

I enjoyed the way Erika Johansen used a series of flashbacks and quotes from imaginary manuscripts to infill Kelsea's history. Kelsea has a royal pedigree, an absolute right to claim the throne, and it was important to get that out there to the reader. It's her motivation and what drives her along.

Because 'The Queen of The Tearling' is the first part of a trilogy don't expect too many conclusions or the tying up of loose ends. This is the 'scene setter' for what will come and it's function is to introduce the characters and show their place in the game. You'll certainly want to know more by the end. I did.

Any negatives?. Well, obviously, this is a novel that's written to a fantasy formula and will immediately be compared to 'Game of Thrones'. You could call it cliched, there are certainly characters here I've met up with before, but it's engaging and interesting despite it's familiarity.

There's something intriguing here and I was hooked almost from the start. The book does get better as it goes along and the second half is most definitely stronger and more confident than the first.


Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner Nourishing Cocoa 250 ml
Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner Nourishing Cocoa 250 ml
Price: 2.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice product, nice fragrance but quite greasy and slow to dry., 24 July 2014
This isn't a 2 in 1 product and you do need to use shower gel first. It is a nice moisturiser, lovely fragrance, but I don't have a better result after I've used it than I would from a moisturising shower gel. At least then I only need to buy one product. If you suffer with dry skin I don't think you'll notice too much difference. Leaves skin smooth once dry but is greasy until it does and you wouldn't want to get dressed right away. For me; this is just an OK product that now sits on my bedroom cabinet and is used as a general body moisturiser/hand lotion. Having said that it's a decent price, a good make and better than a lot of moisturiser in the same price range.


The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
Price: 0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetic, innocent and gentle story about life and death., 23 July 2014
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This review is from: The Secret Garden (Kindle Edition)
I first read 'The Secret Garden' at school. I recently read the book again and was taken directly back to those dusty classrooms. Bliss.

I'm surprised at how easy it was to enjoy the novel as an adult. Such an appealing story. The children, Mary and her sickly cousin Colin, are perfectly created and a wonderful blend of surly, moody and unhappy. It's easy to feel empathy for them locked away in a dark, old house though at times they do act like spoilt brats. That is until the magic begins.

The 'law of nature' is the magic within the story. Nature sweeps away the old, the dead, and makes way for new growth, new shoots. It's the emergence of a beautiful Spring after a dark Winter. As sunlight sweeps right into the hearts of the children they are changed forever and slowly uncover the hidden beauty within 'The Secret Garden'.

There's a message inside the story though we're quite closed off to it these days. It's a message for children to hear and be guided by and it's a very simple one; with the right mental attitude Spring will always follow Winter so long as you engage with the world and work towards it.

The Secret Garden runs to approx. 308 pages and is still one of the most popular classics for very good reason.


The Beast In Me
The Beast In Me
Price: 0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stripped back, honest vocal with poignant, poetical lyrics., 23 July 2014
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This review is from: The Beast In Me (MP3 Download)
I first heard 'The Beast in Me' during an episode of 'The Sopranos'. It's the lyrics I fell in love with but the simple guitar rythm and stripped bare vocal performance create something really, rather good. I haven't listened to Nick Lowe for so long, not since Breaking Glass, and it's hard to find any similarity. I was never the greatest fan but I'm going to have to change that opinion and go back to discover more.

I downloaded the track from Amazon with no trouble and it took less than a minute. Quality of the download is very good and I've listened to it through a number of different devices with good results.


Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream EDT 30MLS
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream EDT 30MLS
Offered by Beauty Base Online
Price: 37.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful summer floral, fruity scent with a hint of coconut., 23 July 2014
Just been handed a bottle of Daisy Dream as a wedding anniversary gift and it's a gorgeous scent for these hot, summer days. Daisy Dream is light and summery with fruity notes of grapefruit, blackberry, pear, lychee and coconut. The sweet floral notes are from wisteria and jasmine. The perfume starts off sweet but soon calms down and the coconut water comes through right at the end to give a real summer vibe. There's also a light, musky, earthy undertone that's creates a lovely balance and isn't overpowering. You only need a light spray to get the full effect. No sign of the perfume going stale on my skin and it certainly lasts without constant topping up. If you use the other Daily products you really won't be disappointed. As always this Marc Jacobs perfume is housed inside a beautiful little bottle covered in tiny daisy flowers. Very pretty. Suitable for any age range.


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