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Trixie Cat Activity Solitaire, 20 cm, White/ Blue
Trixie Cat Activity Solitaire, 20 cm, White/ Blue
Price: £8.77

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Achieves the intended objective of slowing down our cats eating rate although not a complete feeder, 27 May 2015
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After trying an alternative product that although was labelled as being OK for dogs and cats, which turned out to be unsuitable for cats, I found this alternative.

This actually works well, the rubber on the base stops the feeder sliding all over the floor.

With a little bit of encouragement our 13 year old cat was able to figure out what it was all about. Sometimes she would walk away from it if approached in the hope for a more easy option, but when that wasn't forthcoming went back to it.

It has slowed her eating down as sometimes she looks for additional food inside the ball, before immediately going to uncover one of the others.

So this does do the intended job.

Perhaps, it doesn't quite have enough slots to be a true feeder, but used as means to supplement small feed via a standard bowl with extras to be uncovered the objective can be achieved.

But please, if your cat is sometimes sick after eating, don't assume that this is due to eating too quickly, have this investigated, especially if this occurs with an increasing frequency.

Mightier than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles)
Mightier than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished business, 14 May 2015
There were two possible headlines for this review: "Unfinished business" and "Always leave them wanting more".

Sure enough the book resolved the cliff hanger from the previous chronicle predictably enough with the IRA bomb getting thrown over the side of the Buckingham just in time. But, it does leave the question of the ensuing cover up by the board of Barrington's concerning the night time disturbance experienced by some of the passengers on the maiden voyage. This is one of several that remains to be fully explored.

One of the good things about the book is that not all runs smoothly for either the Barrington's or the Clifton's. Sir Giles looses his seat in the commons to Alex Fisher, and along with Sebastian appears to loose out romantically. I'm pretty confident that there is more to come on these stories.

Harry has a hard time in Russia and Emma is about to hear the verdict on a libel case bought about by Lady Virginia, which is the cliff hanger on which this latest volume of the chronicle ends.

But actually, there is more unfinished business in this volume than in the others, over and above the trademark cliff hanger. So, definitely lots of unfinished business and yes, I'm left with wanting to know how these various threads turn out.

sourcingmap Plastic Dog Cat Slow Feed Bowl Feeder Dish, 6.1 cm, Blue
sourcingmap Plastic Dog Cat Slow Feed Bowl Feeder Dish, 6.1 cm, Blue
Price: £9.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Better for dogs, hopeless for cats, 12 May 2015
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The reason why this was bought was to stop our cat from gulping food down and then being sick as a consequence.

It is titled as being a "Plastic Dog Cat Slow Feed Bowl".

Although the name implies that it is for use for dogs and cats, the trouble with this is that it is not appropriate for cats because, it is either just that bit too deep, or the three main prongs are too close together. The result of this flaw is that a cat cannot really get sufficient access to the food without really struggling that bit too much. Also, without any rubber on the base the bowl moves around on the floor which only serves to emphasise the problem.

The idea was to slow down our cat's eating not cause starvation.

It is probably only really appropriate for a dog with a longish, thinner nose.

There was one good point though, it was funny watching our cat trying it out, even if we have reverted back to small, regular portions.

The Babysitters [DVD]
The Babysitters [DVD]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly no comedy, intriging but ultimately disappointing, 28 April 2015
On the cover it says "wickedly funny", almost implying that is could be a kind of "American Pie" type movie.

However its far from a comedy, it is much more of a thriller but a kind of cheaply made one. Basically the "babysitters" evolves into a prostitution racket, and you can't help wondering, given the levels of student debt that exists these days if this could actually happen. The naïve main babysitter proves to be far from naïve.

It wouldn't have broken any production budgets to make, so it is kind of a B-movie, but it has one quality in that you keep watching to find out how it all crumbles in the end. So having got to the end, the end does have a little twist, but is also very abrupt and appears to offer very little in the way of consequences.

Rebel Heart (Deluxe) [Explicit]
Rebel Heart (Deluxe) [Explicit]
Price: £9.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's best for at least 25 years!, 24 April 2015
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I had been a Madonna fan through to 1990's Immaculate Collection, but felt that Madonna after that was more interested in courting outrageousness to sustain her fame more than relying on the music. For example, the 'Sex' book and the 'Erotica' album. As a result of which I stopped listening to her music regularly, although not entirely. I enjoyed odd tracks from Madonna through the years since those early days, without really considering myself as being a current fan. For example, "Frozen", "Something To Remember", "American Pie" and even "Hung up".

I enjoyed her appearance on the "The Jonathan Ross Show" recently and was motivated to listen to "Rebel Heart".

After listening to this album though I can safely say this is the first full studio album from Madonna, that I have enjoyed from beginning to end since 1989's, "Like A Prayer".

The first three songs grabbed my attention:
1. Living For Love had echoes of Into The Groove
2. Devil Pray had echoes of Like A Prayer
3. Ghosttown has echoes of Live To Tell / Something To Remember.

The album is almost a homage to those early days, whilst being current and still on the edge. There is something unique about an artist who can pay homage to the early, glory days and maintain a current edge after all those years. For me, this is Madonna's confirmation as being the only, true No. 1, living legend. We are talking different generations here but, as far as female superstars go, she has firmly established the "Elvis" position, i.e. can legitimately claim to be the "Queen of Pop".

I'll point to some other tracks I thoroughly enjoyed: Joan Of Arc, Wash All Over Me, Messiah and Rebel Heart.

All of these listed are going to be added to my largely (but not exclusively) 1980's dominated play list.

In fact, on the strength of this album I have booked to go and see Madonna, for the first time, at the O2 on 2nd December 2015.
Now, my first and forever greatest musical hero is Elvis, this concert could be the modern day equivalent of seeing going to see Elvis live.

This album says to me "go and see her live now before Madonna (as fit as she keeps herself at 56/57), just gets too old".

Johnny Cash-the Line [DVD]
Johnny Cash-the Line [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Cash
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of Johnny Cash, 30 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Johnny Cash-the Line [DVD] (DVD)
In an hour this provides the main insight into the story of Johnny Cash, without drilling down in depth on any one topic.

His roots are described, his air force career, marriages, addictions and musical influences and career highs and lows.

There is some great old footage TV footage, of some popular songs, although not the signature songs that prevail elsewhere.

There is a nice clip of Johnny's take on Elvis that will raise a smile.

It's worth watching on Amazon Prime, or on TV. It's a good way to pass an hour although it's neither a music video or a complete life story so you would think carefully or buying a copy.

Elvis Presley: My Second Chance
Elvis Presley: My Second Chance
by Bruce Portmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only it could have happened this way, 20 Mar. 2015
Rather than dying Elvis survives what is diagnosed as a stroke. He then embarks on getting his life sorted, by eliminating the prescription drugs and getting back in shape. This takes place over a two / three year period which is spent in favourite holiday destination Hawaii, on his newly purchased pineapple farm.

He untangles himself from Colonel Parker and with Tom Diskin has his new manager and without the creative shackles that many have said contributed to his decline, creates his best album, before embarking on a much wanted world tour, followed by an even more wanted great movie role.

He is also reconciled with Priscilla with whom he has another child. The names and the places are familiar, if only things had turned out this way.

The People Traders (Trafficker series featuring Karen Marshall Book 1)
The People Traders (Trafficker series featuring Karen Marshall Book 1)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic no, entertaining yes, 20 Mar. 2015
I found this book very entertaining although it became as realistic as the most hyper all action hero movie.

The hero isn't Arnie, but a 17 year old Karen Marshall, whose abduction was arranged by the parent of another girl killed in a driving accident by her father.

Karen is used as a toy in the early part of the book, but rather than sinking into misery, prepares herself to escape and in the process seek revenge on those who sought to abuse and control her.

Karen turns into a gun toting, brilliant strategist that even upstages the SAS who are sent in to rescue her after she contrived to make a call home.

I can understand why some have slated this book in other reviews, but, I ultimately I found it very entertaining. Few all action hero movies win Oscars and similarly this book won't receive any wards for literature, but as it has the capacity to entertain, I'm not going to get snobbish about it, and I may well follow this up with the next one in the series at some point.

Clip-On Acoustic Classical Guitar Pickup Soundhole Pickup--Black
Clip-On Acoustic Classical Guitar Pickup Soundhole Pickup--Black
Offered by Tcity
Price: £10.37

4.0 out of 5 stars A good little accessory for an acoustic guitar, 25 Feb. 2015
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This is an easy to fit and remove pickup and with the padding as described it doesn't mark the guitar.

The sound added a certain richness of, tone to the sound of the acoustic guitar that I noted in particular on certain higher chords like a D, for example.

I am really only a novice on the guitar, and using a Marshall MS-2 micro amp, my first impression was that the separate volume and tone controls didn't do that much when adjusted. I did discover this actually worked better when the I turned the on switch to the 'overdrive sounds' position, rather than the 'clean sounds' position. I do note, however that another reviewer suggested that it worked more effectively on a 15W amp.

I think this is actually a good little device that is capable of delivering a decent, electro-acoustic sound for those who already own acoustic guitars. It probably doesn't fully substitute for an engineered electro acoustic, but then again you are not paying anything like that kind of price. It is a good little accessory, handy when you want that electro acoustic sound, even if you may not use it every time you play.

Note:This arrived 2 days later than the top end delivery estimate, but being mailed from China, this is not bad in terms of the delivery.

Rise and Fall
Rise and Fall
by Casey Kelleher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbingly refreshing alternative to a Martina Cole formula, 24 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Rise and Fall (Paperback)
This book is certainly in the Martina Cole mould, but without following the formulaic plot that Martina Cole seems to have fallen into. (I have been a Martina Cole fan since her first novel The Jump, but after a dozen plus books, they are all merging into the same plot).

Yes, the book concerns rival gangs, but the developing plotline in 'Rise and Fall' is not so much about the gang rivalry and the emergence of 'the Don' from with 'the family', covering the success of one gang over another, it is one more concerned with a disturbing case of child abuse.

The conquering gang in this case isn't the most sinister. The conquering gang actually comes down to one gang lieutenant who has a personal score to settle with the sinister gang leader of the more hard core gang. The more hard core gang in itself is not of the typical make-up of one from a Martina Cole novel.

I don't want to give too much away in the plot in this review, as other readers should enjoy the refreshingly alternative plot in the setting of the criminal underground, that is both disturbing and gripping.

Taking into account that this book is of the genre but not of the formula, and also contains a classic surprise twist in the tale at the end, 'Rise and Fall' is a must read for lovers of crime thrillers.

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