C. H. Kemp

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (56 of 65)
Location: Isle of Man


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,168,689 - Total Helpful Votes: 56 of 65
Electrolux ZSH710 Cyclone Power 1800w Cyclonic Cyl&hellip by Electrolux
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought one of these in April 2010. Over a year later it's still working well. I'm now looking for a replacement filter, which is why I've come across all the negative things people are saying about the machine. I discovered after a few cleans that you need to empty it and unclog the filter, really, after each clean, and then it works perfectly. This isn't a great hardship. Unclogging the filter only requires you to tap it against the side of your bin a few times. The machine is cheap and it doesn't need bags, which are a stupid extra expense. I had a really expensive Miele machine, about the same size as this, and the bags cost me another 130 over the brief two years of its life… Read more
Chart Throb by Ben Elton
Chart Throb by Ben Elton
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Ben Elton did a first-rate satire about Big Brother a few years ago (Dead Famous, I think). In Chart Throb he's had a go at doing it again, but it feels formulaic - almost as dull as reality tv itself. Anyone who hates X-factor type tv will recognise the humour in this novel, and the cliches are quite funny at first. They do become very laboured and repetitive. Beril's comments about motherhood and owning a song and learning and growing become totally predictable within the first quarter of the book. So does Rodney's blandness. The story bangs on, just like the Prince of Wales character. Like a previous reviewer, I've really enjoyed all Ben Elton's books until now - it's as if he had… Read more
Broke Through Britain: One Man's Penniless Odyssey by Peter Mortimer
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This book has made me think. What would I have done, not in Peter Mortimer's shoes, but in the shoes of the door-openers, and the door closers, and the "peeping through a crack in the door - sleep in the garage" -ers. I found I was wanting to know more about some of his benefactors, to extend the conversations beyond just the one (or sometimes two) nights. I was amazed at his needy embracing of lifestyles which, in other circumstances, were completely alien - if not unacceptable - and then his philosophical open-mindedness despite (I felt) strong-held beliefs. Those who helped Peter Mortimer on his way were displaying that same open-mindedness, in a way.

I am also amazed that… Read more