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Niederegger Marzipanerie Marzipan Assortment 270 g
Niederegger Marzipanerie Marzipan Assortment 270 g
Offered by TOTAL RECALL UK 2
Price: £20.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Sticky, rich marzipan plus fruit flavours., 22 Nov 2014
20 pieces of chocolate covered marzipan, approx. 270gms, in three different shapes; loaf, oval and heart. In this selection six of the sweets, oval shapes, are filled with fruit liqueur flavoured marzipan. Makes this quite a sophisticated treat and perfect for passing around with a nice coffee after a meal.

Niederegger marzipan paste has at least 37% almonds and, in my opinion, is the best tasting marzipan around. Sticky and rich but not overly sweet because they don't add extra sugar to the marzipan. The dark chocolate is just a little bitter which adds a nice contrast. I buy a box of Niederegger marzipan sweets every Christmas and always struggle not to open the box before the big day.

Happy to recommend.


Spontex Microfibre Flat Mop Refill (Pack of 3)
Spontex Microfibre Flat Mop Refill (Pack of 3)
Price: £10.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Great refills, absorbent and machine washable., 22 Nov 2014
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What I like about the Spontex refills is they can be washed in the washing machine and last for ages. No matter how dirty they are give them a minimum wash at around 40 degrees and they'll be perfectly usable time and time again. They're absorbent, nice and thick and you can really squeeze out the excess water so you don't need to go back over your floors because they're too wet. Suitable for all floor types and for a pack of three, bearing in mind how long they last, I think I've had value for money. Happy to recommend.


Better Than Home
Better Than Home
Price: £0.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Sanity or insanity the lines are blurred!, 21 Nov 2014
This review is from: Better Than Home (Kindle Edition)
'Better Than Home' is one of the short stories featured in Joe Hill's anthology '20th Century Ghosts' originally published in the UK in 2005. You can still download the book from Amazon. It appears all of the stories are being re-released as Kindle singles and they're a nice place to start if you haven't previously read this author. Just be aware some of the singles are very short. 'Better Than Home' runs to approx. 22 pages and took less than half an hour to read.

Is 'Better Than Home' a horror?.Yes and no. This is the story of a troubled father and son relationship with a central theme of baseball. The horror comes in the blurring of the lines between sanity and insanity and is very subtle. In a story so short it's hard for an author to fully develop his ideas and build much in the way of tension. That's the problem with publishing these stories as singles. On it's own without the longer, darker stories from the rest of the anthology to prop it up 'Better than Home' seems a little lost. Reading the complete '20th Century Ghosts' is a much better experience.


Paths of Courage
Paths of Courage
by Mike Woodhams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.52

3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced action thriller that's quite flat., 21 Nov 2014
This review is from: Paths of Courage (Paperback)
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I found 'Paths of Courage' too much of a mix to take seriously. Reads more like a screenplay, an outline, for an action movie than a novel but it's easy to read, quite entertaining and doesn't take much thinking about.

The central idea of a 'mega' virus isn't too original but the author manages to squeeze every drop of intrigue from out of it. What follows are prolonged actions scenes, shootings and gratuitous violence as the Koreans, Russians, British Secret Service and bears! battle it out unfortunately; the key characters are washed away under the action. It's hard to take sides or feel any empathy because they're so totally flat.

I wasn't greatly impressed by the novel, it's certainly forgettable, but does have a certain entertainment value. If you're looking for a pacy action thriller without much depth and are willing to just 'go with it' you might well enjoy 'Paths of Courage'.


Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Eau De Parfum Spray - 50ml/1.7oz
Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Eau De Parfum Spray - 50ml/1.7oz
Offered by Asure Hair & Beauty
Price: £70.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, sophisticated, elegant floral perfume., 21 Nov 2014
Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile is a sweet, fresh floral. A statement perfume that's strong on first contact with the skin but soon mellows into a lovely warm, feminine fragrance. I was surprised at how delicate the scent becomes after the big start. Doesn't go stale on the skin or develop 'sweety shop' sugary notes. If you're looking for an obvious floral you might be disappointed. This is magnolia with deep, warm undertones and a buttery richness that doesn't scream 'flowers'. I've been using Acqua Di Parma for a few years and I'm a real fan of Violet Nobile. Magnolia Nobile is a complete contrast and I absolutely love it. The perfume is housed inside a sophisticated gold box with purple base and gold highlights. Perfect gift and I'm delighted to recommend.


Spontex Express System Flat Spin Mop
Spontex Express System Flat Spin Mop
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Functional, nicely designed, easy to use., 18 Nov 2014
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Well made, solid, larger size bucket with mop. The bucket is divided into two sections both of which help to spin and squeeze out excess water. The flat head of the mop lifts at both edges to allow a tight fit into the bucket. A simple, forward click of the handle will flatten it out again. Designed to be versatile and suitable for cleaning most floor types, vinyl/wood/tile etc., without chemicals, if that's your preference. The fabric head can be removed and washed in the washing machine. Replacements are available.

For me there are two main advantages to using the Spontex Flat Spin compared to my usual flat mop. I can squeeze out more water which helps leave my tiled and wooden floors drier, less slippy. The handle is long enough to run the mop in, under and around furniture without much effort.

I like the product and don't really have many negatives. My only piece of advise would be to make sure you have storage space for the bucket..it's not small.


Mr Stanleys British Biscuit Barrel 600 g (Pack of 1)
Mr Stanleys British Biscuit Barrel 600 g (Pack of 1)
Price: £19.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Proper biscuits, nice and crumbly not too sweet., 15 Nov 2014
Inside the tin are three packets, approx. 600 gms, of biscuits one fudge, coconut and toffee flavour. That's not a lot of biscuit but they taste nice and buttery, aren't too sweet and have a crumbly, crunchy texture. Traditional biscuits rather than cookies and lovely with a cuppa. I have to admit there's hardly any difference between the fudge and toffee flavours.

I wouldn't usually pay for a tin of biscuits because you get better value when you buy them in packets. I made an exception in this case because I wanted the tin which is really attractive. Thick, heavy and airtight due to the excellent tight fit of the lid. I bought the biscuits last year and still use the tin for storage. It hasn't rusted, looks great on the kitchen counter and remains in good condition.

You can be a bit sneaky if you know someone who will appreciate the biscuits as a gift but won't want to keep the tin. My husband was quite surprised when he got a tin of biscuits for Christmas!.


Honeydew
Honeydew
by Edith Pearlman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warm, oddly dark in places and beautifully written., 15 Nov 2014
This review is from: Honeydew (Hardcover)
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A collection of 20 short stories; Tenderfoot, Dream Children, Castle 4, Stone, Her Cousin Jamie, Blessed Harry, Puck, Assisted Living, What the Ax Forgets the Tree Remembers, The Golden Swan, Cul-de-sac, Deliverance, Fishwater, Wait and See, Flowers, Conveniences, Hat Trick, Sonny, The Descent of Happiness, Honeydew.

The stories vary in length but there wasn't one that took me more than an half hour to read. In fact I'd finished the book in a couple of sessions. There's nothing here that requires too much thinking about or working out so Honeydew makes for a quick read.

The theme of the collection is the author creating a moment, a day, in the life of her characters and expanding upon it with a huge amount of attention to each and every thought, movement and emotion. I really enjoyed the authors strong American narrative voice. Felt like being wrapped up in a big, warm blanket unfortunately; although her writing style is beautiful, I failed to engage with most of her stories and characters because it's all pretty much the same throughout. It's difficult to tell the stories apart. They're all different but they all 'feel' the same.

I'm indifferent to be honest. I didn't dislike the stories, enjoyed the warm, narrative voice and admired the standard of writing. I can only reach for a 3* review to 'honestly' reflect my reading experience. Not really for me.


The Blue Cross Animal Charity Silver Oval Locket with Motif and Gold Plated Paw Prints Displayed from a 46cm Chain
The Blue Cross Animal Charity Silver Oval Locket with Motif and Gold Plated Paw Prints Displayed from a 46cm Chain
Price: £31.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Little piece of jewellery that means a lot., 15 Nov 2014
I was given this locket as a 'cheering up' gift after losing both of my 15 year old dogs within a couple of weeks of one another. I have to say I wear it quite often and it has become very precious to me. The locket is silver, has tiny gold plated paw prints to the front and opens to allow for two photos. Not the heaviest locket, total silver weight approx. 4.8 gms including chain, but heavy enough. The chain is a delicate 'curb' design and the locket and chain have a total length of approx. 46 cms. On the back of the locket there's a little cross to represent the Blue Cross charity. The locket has a very 'bright' finish and is quite an obvious piece of jewellery though not too showy. This little piece of jewellery will mean an awful lot to the right person. Add a couple of hankies to the box because you can expect tears!!!.


Dower & Hall Cherished Hearts - Solid Sterling Silver 8mm Heart Stud Earrings
Dower & Hall Cherished Hearts - Solid Sterling Silver 8mm Heart Stud Earrings
Price: £38.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Small, chunky hearts that are very cute., 15 Nov 2014
Very small and quite plain but good quality, solid silver, and arrive packed in a gift box. If you want an idea of size they're approx. 7mm wide and the style is 'elfin stud'. They are small but they're also quite chunky, rather than flat, which makes them stand out more. There's nothing flashy about these earrings and they don't have a 'bright' silver finish. The amount of silver, approx. 1.6 gms, makes the earrings decent value for money particularly if you buy at the 'lightning deal' price. I have several pairs of these Dower and Hall studs. They last for ages and are so discreet they suit any outfit. The 'Cherished Hearts' studs have a one year guarantee. My husband bought the hearts for me and I'm happy.


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