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Lego Elves Azari's Magic Fire - 30259
Lego Elves Azari's Magic Fire - 30259
Offered by rarebrix
Price: £6.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Azari with her magical 'apple baking' fire., 28 Mar. 2015
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I hadn't realised this LEGO 'polybag' accessory was initially given away free with the new LEGO ELVES sets. Oh well!. We needed a new Azari mini doll. The original doll from our 'Azari Magic Bakery' seems to have disappeared!. I'd like to believe it was Elf magic but it's more likely to have been a stroppy six year old!.

Small sized accessory,19 x 17.2 x 1.2 cm, comprises 27 pieces and includes an Azari mini doll. Once assembled what you have is a bench attached to a tree trunk with a lava, magic fire, pit to the front. There's a long stick, lifts up and down, holding and an apple over the fire. All of this so Azari can bake her favourite sweet 'apple flambe!'.

The LEGO pieces are well made, extremely bright and also very small and quite fiddly to assemble. Comes with an age 7+ recommendation. Absolutely not recommended for younger children due to choking hazard.

Once made the piece is sturdy enough and fits in perfectly as part of the 'The Magic Bakery'.


Winnie the Bold! (Winnie the Witch)
Winnie the Bold! (Winnie the Witch)
by Laura Owen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four new Winnie the Witch illustrated short stories., 27 Mar. 2015
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A collection of 4 short, illustrated, stories featuring Winnie the Witch;

Winnie's New Kitten.
Winnie Goes Camping.
Winnie's Hat Trick.
Winnie the Bold!.

We have quite a few Winnie books and she has become a favourite character when a bedtime story is required.

The stories are short, choppy and printed in large, clear text. Each page is illustrated, black and white, with comical scenes to add to the enjoyment. The stories aren't difficult but they're complex enough to be offer a challenge to younger children and keep new readers occupied.

Winnie the Bold! runs to a total 95 pages and has soft, glossy, card covers.

I'm happy to recommend Winnie's new adventures!.


The L-Shaped Room [DVD] [1962]
The L-Shaped Room [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Leslie Caron
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Single, pregnant and surviving the swinging 60s., 27 Mar. 2015
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Originally released for the cinema in 1962 The L Shaped Room stars Leslie Caron, Leslie Claire Margaret Caron, a French actress who appeared in 45 films between 1951 and 2003. Her most famous role was probably that of GIGI in the musical of the same title. Also look out for appearances by Tom Bell, Bernard Lee, Patricia Phoenix, Emlyn Williams and Brock Peters.

The film follows the fortunes of Jane, Leslie Caron, a somewhat shy French girl who happens to be single and pregnant. Jane moves into a low rent boarding house in London where she meets and befriends the other residents, one way and another!. Her relationship with these very different characters helps Jane to grow in confidence and embrace the start of the swinging 60s and the sexual revolution but; doubts about her baby and their future linger. What exactly will this newly liberated single decide to do?.

The L Shaped Room is contained on once disc.
Running time; 120 minutes approx.
B&W format.
Mono.
Region 2 only.
Language; English.
Classification; 15+ years.


The Gauntlet
The Gauntlet
by Ronald Welch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tale of daring adventure on the Welsh borders., 26 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Gauntlet (Paperback)
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I remember my brother reading 'The Gauntlet' when we were children, far too many years ago now!, and I ordered a copy of the book to read with my grandson hoping he would enjoy it as much.

'The Gauntlet' is a traditional tale, originally published in 1951, of boyhood adventure featuring a young boy, Peter, who is living in the family castle on the Welsh border. Peter discovers a mysterious object, the gauntlet of the title, and is transported back in time to the 14th century where he meets Sir Roger de Bois and discovers chivalry, weaponry and battles before eventually going off on a dangerous mission to help save the castle and his Norman ancestors.

The story still holds a great deal of appeal and I've often wondered why it hasn't been turned into a film or television production.

Any negatives?. It's 1950s all the way here and the story lends itself to that era. Men rule the roost', make all the decisions and hold power. The only female characters are, interestingly enough, a wise old woman portrayed as a smelly witch and a young Queen who is very glamorous but ultimately dim!. My granddaughter lost interst quite quickly but my grandson, just like my brother, thinks it's great.

'The Gauntlet' has soft card covers, a total of 248 pages and black and white reproductions of the original artwork.

Happy to recommend.


Singin' In The Rain [2 Disc Special Edition] [DVD] [1952]
Singin' In The Rain [2 Disc Special Edition] [DVD] [1952]
Dvd ~ Gene Kelly
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £7.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singing in the Rain - possibly the best musical ever!., 26 Mar. 2015
Singing in The Rain was originally released in 1951. This 2 Disc Special Edition was re-issued to commemorate the films 50th anniversary. My DVD version has a gold band across the top of the front case and not the red band as featured on Amazon.

Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds in what could be considered the best musical ever.

The story features a matinee idol, Gene Kelly, who is caught up in a world of change as silent movies give way to 'The Talkies'. He takes his friend, Donald O'Connor along on the journey. Love interest in the form of Debbie Reynolds can only add more tension to the mix.

Running time is approx. 99 minutes.
Language; English, French and Italian.
Hearing Impaired; English and Italian.
Subtitles; English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portugese, German, Romanian and Bulgarian.
U certificate as suitable for all.

Special features Disc 1 - Feature length audio commentary by Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse, Kathleen Freeman, co-director Stanley Donan,
Scrrenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Filmaker Baz Luhrmann and author/historian Rudy Behlmer.
Singing in the Rain Ispirations and reel sound - interactive menus, scene access and trailers.

Bonus material Disc 2 - 2 fantastic documentaries; the all-new What a Glorious Feeling (35 mins approx) and 'Musicals Great Musicals' the Arthur Freed unit at MGM (86 mins approx.).
Excerpts of Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown songs from originating movies (40 mins approx.).
Scoring Stage sessions (90 minutes audio approx.).
You are My Lucky Star outtake, stills gallery.
Hidden feature - Baz Luhrmann.


Straw Dogs [1971] [DVD]
Straw Dogs [1971] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dustin Hoffman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not a happy Cornish village!., 26 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Straw Dogs [1971] [DVD] (DVD)
Set in Cornwall and starring Dustin Hoffman, American academic David Sumner, and Susan George, Cornish born wife Amy Sumner.

The couple move into a house in the Cornish village where Amy grew up in order to escape the violence/gun crime of America. This is not a happy place!. Before long tensions surface as David is not accepted by the locals and systematic bullying begins. David's inability to 'man up' frustrates his wife beyond measure. Her frustration is heightened by the fact the worst of the aggressors is her ex-boyfriend.

Sexual tension is much at play as the movie moves towards a scene of particular sexual violence which has possibly defined Straw Dogs since its release.

For me, personal opinion, what happens after the assault is by far the best part of the movie. Director Sam Peckinpah goes all Quentin Tarantino, in a moderate sort of 1971 way, and turns the mild mannered David Sumner into something of a gun wielding bad boy seeking revenge. For one moment he becomes everything he has tried to escape. Will he go through with it though?. Does a wise man really treat people like 'Straw Dogs?'.

Original release date 1971.
Straw Dogs is contained on one disc.
Running time approx. 113 minutes.
Language - English.
Audio - English mono.
Age 18+ restriction due to scenes of violence and sexual violence.


Ghost Story
Ghost Story
Price: £3.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional, eerie ghost story with a well worked mystery., 26 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Ghost Story (Kindle Edition)
Ghost story was originally published in 1979 and is now available as a Kindle download.

Ghost Story is traditional all the way. A group of friends form the Chowder Society, a type of dressy supper club, where they take it in turns to tell stories after dinner. One of the members of the Society mysteriously dies, murder or accident?, and his death turns the remaining members away from traditional stories and propels them towards darker, murkier tales of ghosts and the supernatural. Are they being haunted?. The strange thing is; once the story telling stops strange events seem to worm their way up through the darkness, into their dreams and then out into their daily lives. Fanatasy becomes reality and stories turn into prediction. What they foresee for one another is far from pleasant. What dreadful entity is working it's way slowly and sneakily into their once calm and privileged world?.

There's a nice sense of eeriness throughout the story. It's gently spooky. The mystery is slow to unfold and the ending comes as something of a surprise.

A little bit on the old fashioned side in terms of language and themes but still worth a read if you're into traditional ghost stories.


Simpkins Citrus, Lemon and Sour Cherry Drops 200 g (Pack of 6)
Simpkins Citrus, Lemon and Sour Cherry Drops 200 g (Pack of 6)
Price: £11.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I always keep a tin a Simpkins sweets in the car., 25 Mar. 2015
I always have a tin of Simpkins travel sweets in the car. Usually the sour lemon flavour. This time I decided on the citrus lemon and cherry.

As always there are a few niggles to get through; the clear tape strip sealing the lid is a nightmare to get off and the sweets are covered in a fine, white flour coating which gets 'everywhere'. Because the sweets are unwrapped and inside a metal tin some of them are broken and the noise of a half empty tin rattling around inside the car is enough to drive you crazy!. I quite like all of that. These sweets are much the same as they've always been and their quirkiness is half of the reason I buy them.

Anyway; the sweets themselves are small, round and hard. They last for ages so long as you don't find yourself in a traffic jam!.

The lemon sweets remind me of sharp, lemon curd and are really nice. The cherry sweets aren't sour, at least not to me, I found that a bit disappointing. I love sour cherry.

Nice sweets to keep around for a long drive.


Natural Candy Shop Bag Jelly Babies 250 g (Pack of 3)
Natural Candy Shop Bag Jelly Babies 250 g (Pack of 3)
Price: £8.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, fruity flavour and not overly sweet - recommended., 25 Mar. 2015
These jelly babies are approx the same size as other traditional jelly babies but; where these are different is that they're not over sweet and you can identify the individual fruit flavour especially the lemon and orange.

I like the texture of the jelly which is just set enough to be chewy without being too soft. They have a type of light, flour coating and there's no hard, crunchy sugar shell around the soft inside.

All natural flavours and natural colours which I think is important these days;

Ingredients; sugar, glucose, syrup, beef gelatine, citirc acid, natural flavourings, natural colours; Anthoocyanin, Curcumin, Paprika extract, vegetable concentrates (nettle and spinach).

Plenty of sweets in the bag whether of not they'll last for long is up to you!. I'm going to order more. I like the idea of a sophisticated take on such a well established sweet.

Not suitable for nut/peanut allergy sufferers.

My only niggle; no nutritional information on the packet. I want to know about sugar and calories especially with sweets!.

I bought the sweets from a local shop and then checked on Amazon and discovered plenty of other varieties from this company and available in multi packs!. I'm certainly going to try some of the others.


KINGFISHER TRADITIONAL BRONZE EFFECT GARDEN OUTDOOR BIRD BATH TABLE WEATHERPROOF
KINGFISHER TRADITIONAL BRONZE EFFECT GARDEN OUTDOOR BIRD BATH TABLE WEATHERPROOF
Offered by homeandgarden
Price: £11.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decorative feature for the price but lightweight., 25 Mar. 2015
Bronze effect, self assembly, resin birdbath measuring approx. 29 inches high. Looks quite attractive from a distance. Not quite so nice close up. The two little bird figures are not well made and quite clunky but they can be removed. Has been outside since last summer and survived winter weather without cracking/splitting.

The bird bath is not particularly heavy and has a plastic feel. It will survive for longer if you secure the base to the ground otherwise it will roll away in high winds.

In hot weather the water warms up quite quickly and you will need to empty the bath and clean it out regularly if birds have been using it. Warm water and bird mess...recipe for disaster for them and for you!. Keep the water basin scrubbed out and germ free especially during summer.

Very few birds use the bath. They honestly don't like it. After a couple of weeks I went back to using a large, plastic saucer full of water, about a two inch depth so blackbirds can have a proper bath, and they would far sooner use that.

Looks pretty enough where it is and makes a decent feature considering the price. I am somewhat disappointed.


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