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Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (74 of 87)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 72,959 - Total Helpful Votes: 74 of 87
Howzat!: Kerry Packer and the Great Cricket War by Christopher Lee
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was too young to fully "get" the whole "Packer Circus" thing when it happened & I don't like sport so I hadn't heard anything since. (I had occasionally wondered, when cricket was in the press, like now (The Ashes, Summer 2013) whatever happened to Kerry Packer?) I do vaguely remember the UK press coverage at the time. So when BBC4 put the TV version of Howzat in the schedules I was intrigued to finally find out what it had all been about.

The TV programme was great & I frankly could see why the cricketers had been p-d off with the old regime & were so open to Kerry's approaches. It was also fascinating to discover that Paul Hogan's comedy partner had played… Read more
Victims (Alex Delaware) by Jonathan Kellerman
Victims (Alex Delaware) by Jonathan Kellerman
4.0 out of 5 stars An Alex Delaware book, 18 April 2013
I used to read every Alex Delaware book, but stopped a while back. Looking at the list of titles, I have only missed a couple, and I can't quite remember what caused me to stop buying them. However, other reviewers seem to have felt they had dropped off a bit in quality, so maybe that was it for me too.

Anyway, I spotted this title by chance & wondered what the "Crime Reader" tag was all about. As another reviewer has mentioned, basically it's a marketing ploy. It isn't mentioned ANYWHERE in the book. Presumably the series has been going for so long that sales may be going off the boil & they are trying to hook new people in. I really don't like it, and think they should ditch it… Read more
Mermaid 36 cm 14-inch Hard Anodised Bakewell Pan by Mermaid
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 April 2013
Had previously purchased a tray of this size & shape from another retailer, which was supposed to be non-stick. It wasn't. Nor did the non-stick stand up to the washing it then required to keep it usable.

So, that went back for a refund & I looked for something else in the same dimensions. This tray is not, & does not claim to be non-stick. However, so far it has proven to be fairly hard to stick something to, and even if food does stick a bit - and thus get a lovely brown crust (on chicken portions for example) - it comes clean much more easily, plus you can scrub it if you need to (we don't have a dishwasher).

Hard anodised is definitely the way to go. I anticipate… Read more