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Rapesco Stapler, Stapling Plier for rapid stapling
Rapesco Stapler, Stapling Plier for rapid stapling
Price: 12.24

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

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.


Providence
Providence
Price: 0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle supernatural themes and a decent romance., 25 July 2014
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This review is from: Providence (Kindle Edition)
Just a bit too much cliché for me; gorgeous Angel falls in love with the equally gorgeous woman he has been sent to save. Obviously there's a secret he must never reveal, or will he?. That's one of the hooks used to hold the readers attention and there are some nice little twists and turns but; 'Providence' is more romance than anything else and it's quite slow and gentle.

The supernatural elements are lightly done, perhaps too light, and don't build enough intrigue to move the plot away from the basic question of 'will they or won't they?'. The answer was pretty obvious from the start and too much time taken up further expanding the theme.

'Providence' is a gentle read and quite entertaining. I just had the feeling I'd read/watched it all before and there were few surprises.


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

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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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: 36.00

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.


Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream EDT 50mls
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream EDT 50mls
Offered by Beauty Base Online
Price: 50.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful blend of fruity and floral notes with a dash of coconut water., 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.


City Centre
City Centre
by Simon J. Halliday
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.06

4.0 out of 5 stars High finance and political intrigue within the RFU - interesting & unique., 23 July 2014
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This review is from: City Centre (Paperback)
A different sporting autobiography. Different because of it's complexity. Halliday tells his story from different angles; a player involved in rugby union, amateur to International level, a professional employed by the RFU and a financier working in the City during the collapse of Lehman Brothers. He lets rip at rugby union and the world of business in equal measure and is incredibly candid about both. After reading the book I think I'm right in saying Simon Halliday has an 'in and out' tray and you're either in one or the other...there's no room for the middle line.

So; City Centre isn't a muck and bullets player autobiography and is much more a 'warts and all' account of two businesses, RFU and the world of high finance as seen by a man directly involved and properly placed to see both from the inside. Neither come out with a particularly rosy glow. His time at Lehman Brothers is intriguing and very well set out. The tales of the RFU are gripping but didn't really come as a great surprise. The RFU usually stagger away from opposition and crisis reasonably intact which is more than can be said for Lehman Brothers whose collapse led to financial crisis. Halliday displays a great deal of passion towards both.

Halliday has his favourites, Clive Woodward and Jack Rowell are at the top of his list with Jerry Guscott following close behind. His time at Bath and Quin's is well documented and he's generous in detail when it comes to his assessment of other senior players, his time within the RFU and his current business and private life.

This is not a run of the mill rugby autobiography. If you're expecting scraps, scrapes and speculation then you're in for disappointment. If you're happy to read an interesting, insightful account of rugby as a business running alongside the wranglings of high finance in the City you'll probably enjoy it.

My negative would be; a man in this position could write something 'explosive' about the world of rugby or the world of finance. In some ways Halliday gives as much as he can but, for his own reasons, he doesn't go anywhere near as far as I think he could. Leaves the book a little flat and grey in places.


Bic Cristal Medium Ball Pen - Black (Pack of 10)
Bic Cristal Medium Ball Pen - Black (Pack of 10)
Offered by BargainShop_London
Price: 1.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality of the ink is good but; the pens do blotch from time time ..., 23 July 2014
I use BIC Cristal pens in a variety of different colours. The pens last for ages and the ink doesn't dry out before it runs out so you get value for money. Quality of the ink is good but; the pens do blotch from time time to time especially if you press down hard on the page. I'm willing to overlook that for the price. Decent quality everyday pens.


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