D E Barker

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,105
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (317 of 428)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,105 - Total Helpful Votes: 317 of 428
The Moon Field by Judith Allnatt
The Moon Field by Judith Allnatt
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not engaging., 13 Sep 2014
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This is a rather formulaic upstairs-downstairs version of life during the First World War. I very nearly stopped reading after the first chapter as I found the dialogue between the working class lads that hero George joins up with almost laughable. Ms Allnatt has no ear for accent; folk from the North West of England would never talk like this. However, I'm glad I did read on because the 'upstairs' parts are far better drawn, and the romantic interludes between Edmund and Violet are believable. I must say, here, that I'm surprised Ms Allnatt chose to focus on her male leads; Violet and Kitty are far more interesting as characters than wimpy George and goody goody Edmund. Also, there are… Read more
Busy B A4 Recipe File - Blue by BusyB
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheaply Made Rubbish, 12 Sep 2014
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When I first saw this product I thought it looked rather old fashioned and I was right. Who nowadays clips recipes? Surely we use the internet and buy books? However, if you did do so what you would want is something neat and stable. Unfortunately the A4 size makes this unwieldy. The plastic sheets for storing the recipes are flimsy and would soon, I'm sure, rip. As I was examining the item all the loose pages for writing recipes on fell out which just about says it all. I'm sure most cooks realise that hardcopy single recipes are best kept in a box card index style, with a small stand to balance each one as required. This product is simply cheaply made rubbish.
Fresh Prints: 25 Easy and Enticing Printing Projec&hellip by Christine Leech
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I'll come clean. I'm not drawn to the art of printing at all. All that equipment, the ink, the need for a sink: I just don't have the facilities. However, I am a keen card maker. And what I found in this book opened up a whole range of creative possibilities which I could easily adapt to my own equipment. I have stamping ink. I have plastic plates. I have a rolling pin! Having read the book I can now make feathers from sweet potatoes, print botanical etchings using leaf material, make fabulous patterns using a potato masher, and make my own sponge hares! So, this book would be ideal for anyone who already likes simple crafting techniques like stamping and wants to take things to another… Read more