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Regina Thirst Pockets Kitchen Towels, Large, Pack of 6
Regina Thirst Pockets Kitchen Towels, Large, Pack of 6
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Roll with it, 20 Sept. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Being 26% bigger, these kitchen rolls are certainly larger than the ones I usually buy but to be perfectly honest, that's the only advantage a Regina roll has. The number of sheets per roll is the same and I didn't think these worked any better than the supermarket own brand. Yes, it does what it's supposed to but so do other makes. They're more expensive and you don't save anything by buying six over a three pack. (Buying the twelve pack isn't financially beneficial either.)

You might need a bigger dispenser for this roll.
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Patisserie de Bain Ruffle Soap Cake Gift, Sugared Violet
Patisserie de Bain Ruffle Soap Cake Gift, Sugared Violet
Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars In a lather, 19 Sept. 2017
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This looks good. Actually, it looks so good you might not want to use it and some of you might display it in your bathroom. (Don't have it elsewhere as it really does look edible, and that would take the "wash your mouth out" admonishment to a new level.)

But it's just soap and has a purpose and that purpose is satisfied when used. The lather is acceptable, as is the parma violets smell reminding me of distamt memories of the small sweets we used to have as kids (I wonder if they still have those?) As others have ascertained, there is a danger of this being damaged in transit such is the flimsiness of the box.

Still, as a gift it will be appreciated.


Philips Sonicare Black AirFloss Pro Power Flosser & Mouthwash 2017 model - 3rd Generation (UK 2-Pin Bathroom Plug)
Philips Sonicare Black AirFloss Pro Power Flosser & Mouthwash 2017 model - 3rd Generation (UK 2-Pin Bathroom Plug)
Price: £100.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, 18 Sept. 2017
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Teeth. Or, if you want to get down with the kids, gnashers, pearly whites, grill or chiclets. Whatever your choice of word, one thing is inescapable; unless you want to wake up to find them staring at you from a glass, you have to take care of what’s in your mouth. And that isn’t a simple case of brushing them each day. No sir, there’s more involvement than that. This air floss power flosser might help.

Fill the reservoir with the supplied mouthwash (any mouthwash will suffice, or water come to that), point it in the right direction and turn it on. The pressure blasts away at all that nasty plaque, and removing it. Well it would if it was as powerful as claimed. The three settings aren’t relative to any strength, only how many blasts of water you get each time. It does remove bits but nowhere near as much as you would expect. Having used this for nearly a month, I can safely report that my teeth feel and looks no different. Another caveat is that it has to be charged but there’s only a two-pin plug enclosed. It may be standard practice to include a shaver socket in bathrooms now but not everyone lives in a new build.

The thing with something like this is it’s difficult to decide whether it’s value for money. Yes, it’s a way of flossing to get rid of that plaque and other detritus but then so does decent brushing and using one of those small hand-held ‘sticks’ things with the brush attached. (My dentist hands them out on request.) It’s certainly easier but is it really better? I have my doubts. New gadgets might look good but they aren’t always an improvement over what is already available.

It comes in black, white or pink, and why the black version is far more expensive isn’t clear.


Give More Love
Give More Love
Price: £9.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A man so famous, he doesn't need a surname., 15 Sept. 2017
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This review is from: Give More Love (Audio CD)
Back in 2008 when I reviewed Ringo’s ‘Liverpool 8’ CD, I suggested that with him approaching his 70th birthday, it could be his last solo offering. Nearly ten years and four CDs later, I don’t mind admitting I may have been a bit hasty in pensioning him off. With his annual statement from Apple no doubt being rather healthy, he certainly doesn’t need to release anything for the financial reward but rather because it’s what he does, as he has to do something with his time. And his enthusiastic supporters (me included) are grateful.

WE’RE ON THE ROAD AGAIN: A great toe-tapping opener about what it’s like playing on stage “singing Photograph”. McCartney plays bass and is on back-up vocals. A track screaming for a live outing.
LAUGHABLE: Other than the ending, this sounds like something from the Bee Gees, which is no bad thing for anyone.
SHOW ME THE WAY: McCartney guests again on a ballad about his marriage to Barbara Bach (36 years no less). Unfortunately, as pleasant as this is, his voice isn’t suited to songs like this.
SPEED OF SOUND: With a ‘talkbox’ guitar solo from Peter Frampton (which is something I’ve never liked), this is a fairly nondescript song and the worst thing here.
STANDING STILL: The heavy use of a dobro gives this a country feel. It’s pleasant enough.
KING OF THE KINGDOM: A reggae track that borrows a bit from ‘One Love’, and both Marley and Haile Selassie are name checked, and is a bit of a throwaway to be honest.
ELECTRICITY: It’s obligatory for Ringo to have a track on each release that reminisces about his early days and this is that one, this time enthusing about Johnny 'Guitar' Byrne. Who? He was the guitarist with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, and is Ring's third song to pay tribute to his old group. I like this.
SO WRONG FOR SO LONG: Ringo has never hidden his liking for country music and this is well in that vein. It’s about a man losing his wife/girlfriend. This genre suits him, as much as any style can suit someone fast approaching his eighth decade.
SHAKE IT UP: Rock n Roll time! When he doesn’t try to be clever and gets out of his comfort zone, it works. One of the stronger tracks as he keeps it simple.
GIVE MORE LOVE: Close your eyes and that could be George on guitar. Both catchy and singalong, it’s a shoe-in for live outings.
BACK OFF BOOGALOO: Based on Ringo’s original recording, it starts with him singing to his own guitar accompaniment on the original demo then gets heavier. He must like this song, as it’s the third time he’s released it on a studio album.
DON’T PASS ME BY: This sounds rather strange without the fiddle. A group I’ve never heard of, Vandaveer, play on this and join in on vocals, though Ringo is the prominent voice. The fade is ‘Octupus’s Garden’.
YOU CAN’T FIGHT LIGHTNING: Another jump back in time and featuring someone I’ve never heard of, Alberta Cross.
PHOTOGRAPH: Another duet with Vandaveer, this is still a great song. A contemporary version and you can’t help comparing the two. I like them both.

Richard Starkey, MBE, once went more than a decade between issuing studio albums in the UK but this is his sixth such release in less than that same time period. As he is now in his 78th year, how many more will we hear? (Mind you, remember that I’ve asked the same thing before.)

Save for ‘Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo’, which reached #26 in the charts, unfortunately, as with every release since ‘Goodnight Vienna’ in 1974, this disc will never attract sales or critical acclaim (approval does come from his fans who accept his limitations), something of which Mr Starr is well aware. It’s a pity it won’t be heard by a wider audience than that of his loyal fan base. He’s like an old friend who doesn’t change, and there’s something comforting in staying the same.


Silentnight Safe Nights Fleece Blanket, Grey
Silentnight Safe Nights Fleece Blanket, Grey
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Even more blanket coverage, 13 Sept. 2017
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Millie isn't a baby, she's nearly 18 months, but is still of the right age for a blanket like this. So it's now hers. But as she has yet to get to grips with a keyboard, I'm having to write this review. (Though give her a mobile phone and she can somehow take photos with it.)

Anyway, this Silentnights Fleece Blanket, is incredibly soft and just the right size for Millie to snuggle under. It's not one sided either, as the reverse can be utilised just as easily. In fact, she likes it so much, it now has to go everywhere with her, which isn't a bad thing as the blanket will certainly earn its money. The grey colour makes it neutral and I think it's better than a coloured one (it's also available in pink).

Tied with a neat Silentnights ribbon, there's not much else to say. If the one it's intended for likes it and uses it, that's all that matters. There is another, slightly dearer, fleece blanket available with a star 'bubbles' pattern, Silentnight Safe Nights Bubble Blanket, Grey. Even nanny is tempted to commandeer this.


Silentnight Safe Nights Bubble Blanket, Grey
Silentnight Safe Nights Bubble Blanket, Grey
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Blanket coverage, 13 Sept. 2017
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Millie isn't a baby, she's nearly 18 months, but is still of the right age for a blanket like this. So it's now hers. But as she has yet to get to grips with a keyboard, I'm having to write this review. (Though give her a mobile phone and she can somehow take photos with it.)

Anyway, this Silentnight Bubble Blanket, and the 'bubble' part comes from it having numerous star shapes on the outside is incredibly soft and just the right size for Millie to snuggle under. (I say outside, but this can just as easily be used the other way round.) In fact, she likes it so much, it now has to go everywhere with her, which isn't a bad thing as the blanket will certainly earn its money. The grey colour makes it neutral and I think it's better than a coloured one.

There's not much else to say. If the one it's intended for likes it and uses it, that's all that matters. There is another, cheaper, fleece blanket available but without the star 'bubbles', Silentnight Safe Nights Fleece Blanket, Grey. Even nanny is tempted to commandeer this.
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Regina Thirst Pockets Kitchen Towels, Large
Regina Thirst Pockets Kitchen Towels, Large
Offered by Vinsani (UK Seller)
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Roll with the flow, 10 Sept. 2017
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Being 26% bigger, these kitchen rolls are certainly larger than the ones I usually buy but to be perfectly honest, that's the only advantage a Regina roll has. The number of sheets per roll is the same and I didn't think these worked any better than the supermarket own brand. Yes, it does what it's supposed to but so do other makes. They're more expensive and you don't save anything by buying a dozen over a three or six pack.


Bad Soldier: Danny Black Thriller 4
Bad Soldier: Danny Black Thriller 4
by Chris Ryan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.20

3.0 out of 5 stars He who dares..., 4 Sept. 2017
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Chris Ryan knows how to write a book. Actually, he knows how to write a book for his target audience; the gung-ho, blood and guts, spoiling for a fight, living life on the edge tough guy gathering, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

There are a couple of IS terrorists hiding amongst a boatload of refugees coming from Africa and Danny (in his fourth outing) is sent to intercept them. It’s a stand alone book that plays on the current fears of many people but if that is the situation the world is in at present, that is what becomes topical – maybe Danny’s next jaunt will be to sort out Kim Jong-un. Yes it’s violent, graphically so in places. Yes it has plenty of swearing, sometimes too much for my liking especially the overuse of the c word. Many may think it’s a ‘leave your brain at the door’ type novel but as Ryan is a distinguished former SAS man, maybe what he includes is what he has experienced. It certainly passes the time whilst lying on a beach somewhere.

Mind you, the Americans don’t come over too well and I can assume Her Majesty the Queen hasn’t read this, as he might have ended up in the tower. If you’re a fan of the genre, you’ll lap it up; if not, you won’t like it. And I’ve just realised that anyone reading reviews of this book must have a passing interest in the subject or author.


bliss Body Butter, Blood Orange & White Pepper 200 ml
bliss Body Butter, Blood Orange & White Pepper 200 ml
Price: £21.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmm., 4 Sept. 2017
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She dictated this.

Let’s get the negatives out of the way first; this is expensive and some might baulk at trying to justify shelling out for something that is a moisturiser cream. That said, I think it will last quite some time, as you don’t need a much and it doesn’t dispense much at a time anyway. It isn’t at all greasy and your skin ingests it rather quickly (maybe that’s why it’s pricey). As for the odour, you really can sense the orange.

It made me feel good afterwards, which is what matters. It’s a bigger tube than usual and costly it might be; but you’re worth it, and it’s not as if you’ll be buying something like this every week. I better try some of the other fragrances to see which one the men prefer.


Blame: For fans of The Girl Before
Blame: For fans of The Girl Before
by Jeff Abbott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.08

5.0 out of 5 stars It's all coming back to me now, 2 Sept. 2017
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Two years ago, 17 year olds Jane Norton and David Hall were in a car accident in which the latter died. Jane was driving the car and, as a result, suffered amnesia and can remember nothing of the previous three years. The investigation uncovered a note written by her saying she wished they were both dead and the town of Lakehaven turned against her. She tortures herself wondering why she was driving the car and where they were going. Having failed school, she makes it her aim to discover what happened that fateful night. Still shunned by nearly everyone, things take a turn when the so called ‘suicide note’ turns out to have been written a couple of years before the accident and she soon realises that some people are being less than truthful. Not all is is it seems.

To get to the finale out the way first, this is excellent. The setting of Lakehaven and St.Michael’s University might be fictional, and the social media use of ‘Faceplace’ fabricated but you’ll believe it’s all real. You begin to wonder what actually happened and was Jane actually responsible. Then you start to think you might be wrong. What involvement did the characters have, if any? Why is the dead boy’s father being nice to her whilst his mother wants to stick a knife in her back? What do they know? It turns out even Jane’s own mother isn’t being truthful with her.

This is split into two parts; the present day and sections that delve into Jane’s memory book that she wrote in the days after the crash. Whilst the former is the probe into what is going on, the latter concentrates on her being reintroduced to life. Author Jeff Abbot paints some very good word pictures and keeps the tension running throughout. You can feel the pain of Perri Hall in losing her son and the desperation of Laurel Norton in attempting to bring her daughter back to normality. You can also understand the exasperation of Jane when someone begins to taunt her by leaving cryptic messages on ‘Faceplace’.

A cracking read.


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