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Breville JK121 Stainless Steel Brita Filter Jug Kettle
Breville JK121 Stainless Steel Brita Filter Jug Kettle

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very good... for 20 months while it worked!, 20 Mar 2008
I thought this was a great product, until it broke after just 20 months. It filtered the water quickly, boiled great tasting water, looked great, and was much loved. Then, the on-off switch broke - the only way to boil the kettle is now to hold down the switch until the water boils (yawn). Not so great. I don't think I'll be buying another.

I also had another Brita (not Breville) kettle before this - that lasted only 18 months. Why are filter kettles so shoddily manufactured?


Modernism: A Guide to Criticism (Blackwell Guides to Criticism)
Modernism: A Guide to Criticism (Blackwell Guides to Criticism)
by Michael H. Whitworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book, 16 Oct 2007
well, i have found modernism a frankly baffling thing.

this book won't entirely give you an answer - it won't tell you what modernism is or answer your essay questions.

however, it will indeed help you understand the different modernisms that exist - looking at how the writers of the time viewed themselves and engaging with the most important critical debates, in particular how literary modernism relates to modernity, as well as to other literary and cultural movements. the book also presents useful critical history from earliest reviews to some of the most current critical thinking.


Colloquial Swedish: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series)
Colloquial Swedish: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series)
by Philip Holmes
Edition: Paperback

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What were the publishers thinking?, 5 Sep 2007
We bought this book in preparation for a short holiday to Sweden, interested to have something a bit higher and to gain more insight into the way the language works than you would gain from a phrasebook.

On the positive side, the book has a strong focus on pronunciation. However, you will gain limited essential vocabulary for everyday situations. We thought it was laughable that the word for "metal workers' union" had cropped up twice before we could even say "Good morning", ask for and receive directions, order food, know basic numbers, etc. etc. etc. (you get the picture).

It's difficult to pick up basic vocabulary from the CDs. You are asked to repeat back lots of words for pronunciation (metal workers' union; religion, institution, a variety of personal names and place names), without worrying about the meaning, but not asked to repeat back anything from the dialogues featured, so don't expect much progress from these.

On the CD, lots of passages are read aloud as in the book, many without pause or any explanation or afterword, in constrast to other volumes in the series, where the speaker explains in English, invites you in English to make certain responses (as given in passages).

We previously bought the Prague volume, and thought that the selection of material in that course was a bit eclectic and eccentric. This is even more the case in this book, which contains dialogues on moving in with someone in Sweden and buying a sofa (surely by the point you were moving in with someone, you'd have got past the language course stage?).

All in all, better for those with lots of time and interest, but no interest in basic conversational Swedish.


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