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TAKEN
TAKEN
by JACQUI ROSE
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read, 20 Aug. 2015
This review is from: TAKEN (Paperback)
Jacqui is one of several authors whose writing is influenced by Martina Cole and one of the very best, based on this evidence.

The angle here though is not so much one about one East End gang pitting themselves against the other. The core of the story is about the innocent although troubled heroine, Casey, searching for the child she was forced to have adopted as a teenager and the effects on a family that can be felt when the criminal activities of the main gangland figure go wrong, as Casey's search leads to her to London's Soho.

It's a gripping read with several, twists and turns, with a great moment that makes you turn page after page.


The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
by Robert Galbraith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a long winded tale, that boils down to the final chapter, 15 Aug. 2015
This novel seems to take an age to get anywhere, but at the same time you don't want to put it down until you have found out if Lula Landry was indeed murdered and by whom.

The book could be completed in half the length. All is revealed in the final chapter. I identified the culprit, prior to the end and I suspect many others will too. I do confess though that this was not based on all the pointers that Cormoran Strike used in unravelling the true depth to the story.

It's bit like an episode of Columbo, except one where the audience doesn't know for sure who the killer is until the end.


Waldorf Salad
Waldorf Salad
Dvd
Price: £1.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British humour, not done to death, 13 July 2015
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The pre-political correctness humour comes to the fore again in another classic set of episodes.

This time Basil has problems with Americans, health inspectors and various others who he considers to be riff raff.

It is all more tongue in cheek than the political correctness brigade would ever advise.

Perhaps the enduring appeal of Fawlty Towers is that only 12 episodes ere made and the concept wasn't done to death.


A Touch of Class
A Touch of Class
Dvd
Price: £1.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy pre political correctness, 13 July 2015
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Comedy like this could not be made today, in the days of political correctness.

Now there are some famous episodes in the series where this is very true, The Germans for example. But although the comments made by Basil and the Major may be have ended up in the out takes bin if the series were made today, the real joke is actually at the expense of these characters for their ignorance.

The relationship between Basil and Cybil, providing the husband and wife gags has a touch of the Les Dawson's about it.

This has stood the test of time, it's frantic, funny, even if by today's standards unsubtle.


Trixie Cat Activity Solitaire, 20 cm, White/ Blue
Trixie Cat Activity Solitaire, 20 cm, White/ Blue
Price: £8.17

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: £8.00

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: £14.58

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.


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