MisterHobgoblin

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When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett
When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Snowblind, 18 Sep 2014
When The Night Comes has clearly had a lot of time and love invested in its making. Favel Parrett has travelled to Antarctica, Macquarie Island and Heard Island. She has researched the history of Australia’s Antarctic ships and interviewed many who had sailed on them. It is clear that Favel Parrett is passionate.

It’s sad, then, that this passion has produced a rather lacklustre novel. It is never clear exactly what the focus is. At first, we have a series of first person narratives told by Isla, a young girl who has moved with her mother and brother to Tasmania when her mother’s marriage breaks down. Initially there are privations, but as her mother finds her feet these ease… Read more
Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 2&hellip by Philips
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a pretty good iron. It heats quickly, the heat settings seem to be correct, and the finish glides easily over clothes. The steam works well, especially the boost, but perhaps the water tank needs re-filling a little too often. The flex could be longer - I like to hook it at the blunt end of the ironing board and be able easily to reach to the pointy end of the board. This one feels tight when you do that. Unlike some irons, this one doesn't seem to ruck or crease the cloth if you move it backwards - which is a pleasant change from my old iron. It stands up well on the end when you're pausing between garments.

It's difficult to gush about an iron when there are so many… Read more
Vax Air Silence Pet Eco Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner by Vax
3.0 out of 5 stars Me-too, 17 Sep 2014
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Look, this is an OK vacuum cleaner. It is not silent and the name is misleading. The machine feels underpowered, although to be fair it does still manage to pick up the dirt - so perhaps I have just got used to vacuum cleaners that were more powerful than needed.

This is quite a heavy bit of kit and, like a supermarket trolley, once it has decided which direction it is going, it will go. It is awful for stairs as it doesn't easily reach from the top or the bottom and it doesn't sit happily half way up.

The hose is not stretchy and the cable is short, meaning you have to use an extension lead. So much for the push button cable winder - although it works, its usefulness… Read more