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3.0 out of 5 stars The legend of Nathaniel and the haunting of a young boy., 4 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Nathaniel (Kindle Edition)
'Nathaniel' was originally published in 1984, re-released in 2014, and is a fairly typical take on the themes of possession and demons...maybe!.

The inhabitants of a small town, Prairie Bend, have a boogey man legend of their own in the form of 'Nathaniel'. Over the last century Nathaniel has become a mix of urban legend/folklore. There are so many different stories no-one seems to know exactly where the reality lies but the locals are still nervous. Where's the truth?.

The idyllic neighborhood of Prairie Bend might be about to discover the real Nathaniel and the truth behind his legend. The arrival of newcomer Michael Hall seems to have unsettled an already restless spirit. One who seems determined to share its deepest, darkest secrets. How far is Michael willing to follow the whispering voices and journey into dangerous places to find his new friend...I'm not telling you!. Read the book.

I read Nathaniel the first time around and re-read the novel a few weeks ago. It hasn't aged well. Our anticipation of horror is so different now and I suspect Nathaniel won't offer much in the way of scares or of atmosphere to the modern reader. I'm always rather surprised to find John Saul's novels in the horror category because they're more supernatural thriller than horror.

Worth a read.

Nivea Sweet Lips Gift Set
Nivea Sweet Lips Gift Set
Price: £6.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, pink tin with 4 full sized Nivea lip care products., 3 Sept. 2015
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Small sized, heart shaped pink tin containing 4 full sized Nivea lip care products; 2 x traditional lip salves, Essential Care and Pearly Shine, plus 2 tins of lip butter, Coconut and Vanilla/Macadamia. The Coconut lip butter smells luscious!. I've been using Nivea lip care for a long time and I'm not disappointed. There's certainly enough product here to last for a long time. The pink tin is cute and makes an attractive storage tin for small keepsakes/bits and pieces but; it's a shame you can't peel off the NIVEA logo - be nicer looking without it. The gift set would make a decent little gift/stocking filler for Christmas just in time for the cold weather and those sore, chapped lips. Happy to recommend.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray 250ml
John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray 250ml
Price: £2.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Light hairspray, once a day use, brushes out easily., 3 Sept. 2015
For fine or flyaway hair I would really recommend this range of products. The joy of the 'Luxurious Volume' hairspray isn't the quality of the hold, which is really good, it's that you don't need to use much and the spray mist is so fine it doesn't leave hair feeling sticky or looking flat. That's an absolute must for extra fine and flyaway hair. The spray brushes out easily, no tangling, and my hairstyle, short bob, only needs one quick spray in the morning to last me through the working day. I've been using this range of products for slightly over a month and am happy to recommend.

John Frieda Luxurious Seven Day Volume Treatment 100 ml
John Frieda Luxurious Seven Day Volume Treatment 100 ml
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great range of products for super fine/flyaway hair., 3 Sept. 2015
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 day In-Shower treatment is a semi-permanent treatment to be used after every two to three washes. The treatment is packaged inside a pump dispenser bottle which is idea for the shower and simple to use;

*Wash and condition as normal, preferably with the Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner.
*Three to four pumps on the dispenser will provide enough in-shower treatment for most hair types.
*Simply rub the treatment through your hair, concentrating on the roots and then smoothing into the ends..
*Leave for between 4-5 minutes then rinse.
*Style as normal.

I've been using this range of products for over a month on my super fine, short hair. I've had good results. I'm not going to deceive you and say I'm sitting here with a head full of thick, luscious hair because I'm not but; there's a definite improvement in the overall fullness and texture of my hair which is nowhere near as flyaway as it was.

The idea behind this range is that you use as many of the products as possible because they build up a 'volumising polymer' in your hair. The more you use them the better, and longer lasting, the effect. One use of one product isn't going to make much difference at all. Won't harm your hair but won't boost it. I'm using quite a few products in the range; shampoo, conditioner, in-shower treatment, Blow-Out Spray and all-day hold hairspray to get the results but it's working for me and I'm happy.

Good treatment. Great for very fine, flyaway hair.

Do it Toilet Seat Hinge Replacement Bolt Set-TOILET HINGE BOLTS
Do it Toilet Seat Hinge Replacement Bolt Set-TOILET HINGE BOLTS
Offered by priceless tools
Price: £2.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent quality replacement bolts for securing toilet seat., 3 Sept. 2015
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One of the bolts holding the toilet seat had snapped and I looked in just about every big DIY outlet for a replacement. I could only find complete sets which included 4 pieces I didn't need. I was surprised to find the bolts advertised in pairs online and ordered them right away. Quality matches up to the bolt I'm replacing but; the original bolts are much thinner and shorter. Perhaps that's why they're breaking off.

These bolts are quite long at approx. two and a half inches with the nut approx. one inch wide across the top x half an inch long. The benefit of the chunky size is that the bolt is easy to reach under the toilet. Fastens tightly and so far hasn't loosened or sheered off.

I don't usually mention p&p on my reviews but I've noticed other reviewers complain about slow delivery times for this item. My experience was different. I ordered the bolts with free p&p and the item arrived in less than a week. That's pretty quick for free p&p deals. I've waited much longer.

Happy to recommend.

Philips GC9630/20 Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron with Optimal Temperature and 420 g Steam Boost - Navy
Philips GC9630/20 Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron with Optimal Temperature and 420 g Steam Boost - Navy
Price: £292.70

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4.0 out of 5 stars In a class of its own but a heavy and bulky unit., 2 Sept. 2015
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Without doubt the best steam iron I've used and probably the best Philips iron I've used. The only thing you have to consider is the size and weight of the steam tank. When full of water this is a big, bulky item. For that reason I place the unit on the kitchen worktop with my ironing board adjacent to it however; the benefit of that much water is that you can iron a huge stack of laundry without thinking about a refill. Filling and refilling are simple because you can remove the water tank and tip excess water down the sink or refill directly from the tap. Just fill to the point you need - no need to fill to the top.

It's all about steam pressure, steam is fed into the iron through a hose, and much less to do with manual pressure and heat settings. There's nothing here for you to alter. The iron releases enough steam to flatten creases in the hardest to softest materials without you having to worry about changing settings. No need to wait for the iron to cool down or heat up between fabrics - just keep going. I was using a Philips Smart Iron before this and it's the same principle. Steam does all the work - not heat. Takes a little bit of getting used to but saves so much time and effort in the long run. Go from denim to delicates in seconds.

The size of the iron is small and nippy, fits neatly into the tank and fastens securely with a retaining clip. Nice little iron to use because it's incredibly smooth but nicely shaped so it glides into corners and gets into tricky areas such as the spaces between buttons. The positive of course is that it's not full of water so it's lightweight and they can make it smaller because there's no water tank. Generates a lot of steam. I was amazed.

Automatic switch off kicks in after approx.10 minutes if you're called away.

Once the ironing is done it's easy to store the hose and electrical cable into their allocated spaces, clip in the iron and then just move the whole unit into whatever 'large' space you might have available. I leave mine on the kitchen worktop. Remember it's a heavy unit, even when empty, so don't leave it somewhere difficult to reach.

I would honestly recommend the Philips GC9630/20 Perfect Steam Iron. Takes the hard work out of ironing but; if I'm being really picky I do have a few minor niggles; size and weight of the unit need to be considered, the ironing process generates a 'lot' of moisture due to the high steam pressure and this is a noisy beast - noisiest steam iron I've used. All of that apart though this is an iron in a class of its own. More than happy to recommend.

Barbie Rock-n-Royals Courtney Doll 
Barbie Rock-n-Royals Courtney Doll 
Price: £22.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Singing Princess Barbie - Pink, sparkly with changing costume., 2 Sept. 2015
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Barbie Rock-n-Royals Courtney Doll is one of the characters from the forthcoming DVD 'Rock N Royals' which is due out later this year. There are two feature dolls in the series; Erika the rock star and Courtney the princess. A 'Barbie Rock-n-Royals Transforming Stage Playset' is also available.

Princess Courtney is wearing a long, pink ballgown which rotates, just lift the microphone to her mouth, and leaves her in a short skirt ready to sing. Press down on her arm or necklace and she'll sing two short clips from the movie soundtrack. The Erika doll plays the guitar and makes a musical accompaniment to Courtney.

The idea is great, the packaging has the 'WOW' factor and children usually fall for these dolls but; though she's very pretty Courtney doesn't have jointed limbs, you can't take the microphone away, bend her arm straight or remove her costume. There are compensations. The doll has a decently clear singing voice and my granddaughter is very much into the 'pink' phase at the moment so she loves the pink hair and glittery costume.

These are certainly novelty dolls but they do last for quite a while and are harder wearing than they look. Recommended for all of those little Barbie fanatics out there and a good accompaniment to 'Barbie Secret Door - Alexa Doll/Barbie in Princess Power - Corinne Doll' who also have sound effects.

Mr Noisy and the Silent Night (Mr. Men & Little Miss Celebrations)
Mr Noisy and the Silent Night (Mr. Men & Little Miss Celebrations)
by Roger Hargreaves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Quiet can't stand Christmas - too noisy!., 31 Aug. 2015
Small sized book perfect for little fingers to hold onto and at just 32 pages long, paperback edition, Mr. Noisy and the Silent Night is a perfect length for a bedtime story. We ordered the book as a Christmas stocking filler for my grandson, aged 3 years, who loves Mr Men and I know he'll enjoy this little tale about poor Mr. Quiet who dreads Christmas, it's too noisy, especially when Mr. Noisy arrives for a visit. All ends well and a Merry Christmas is had by all. Lovely story to share over the Christmas period and a welcome addition to the other Mr. Men Christmas books. Recommended.

Barbie Glitter Hair Doll
Barbie Glitter Hair Doll
Price: £22.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of glitter, lots of mess, lots of fun., 29 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Barbie Glitter Hair Doll (Toy)
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What you get in the box; a pretty Barbie, sheets of tiny sticky shapes, 7 x glitter sheets, a comb, glitter slide and a few tiny hair slides.

What do your do; Take a sticker from off the sheet, stick it onto Barbie's hair and then slide the glitter sheet downwards over the top - the glitter coats the sticky surface. Very simple and messy.

Lots of fine, dusty glitter all over the place and the glitter comes off Barbie's hair and sticks onto little hands and fingers. Stickers and glitter won't last for long but when they run out at least there's another Barbie to add to the collection.

My 5 year old granddaughter loves playing hairdresser with this doll and has been occupied with her for hours. That's what it's all about. For me; I don't think this is anything great but the doll looks amazing in her large, colourful presentation pack. There aren't many Barbie fans out there who will be disappointed receiving 'Barbie Glitter Hair' as a gift. That's why I'm leaving 4*. Kids love them.

High Dive
High Dive
by Jonathan Lee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction based around the 1984 Brighton bombing., 29 Aug. 2015
This review is from: High Dive (Hardcover)
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High Dive is based around the bombing of the Grand Hotel, Brighton, in 1984 during the Conservative Party Conference. I remember it well.

For the majority of the novel Jonathan Lee concentrates his attention on building his characters. Those responsible for planting the bomb, those working in the hotel and another small cast of people who become caught up in the ensuing horror for different reasons. The political background is handled sensitively and feels realistic. Although politics are at the heart of the story, the central theme, politics don't overpower what moves forwards to become a story about the human cost of this type of tragedy.

High Dive has a growing tension as the anticipated event closes in on those characters just innocently going about their day-to-day lives, particularly Deputy Manager, Moose, single father to daughter Freya. Jonathan Lee uses that combination to good effect. These are normal, humble people with ordinary dreams and aspirations just trying to get by. Hour by hour they're being moved closer to something dreadful through no fault of their own and that builds a lot of empathy.

High Dive begins slowly, concentrating on setting the background scenery and evolving the characters before moving on to an ending which is both poignant and powerful.

I enjoyed this novel and Jonathan Lee is an author I would read again.


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