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Flip Mino High Definition Camcorder - 2nd Generation, 120 minutes recording - Brushed Metal
Flip Mino High Definition Camcorder - 2nd Generation, 120 minutes recording - Brushed Metal

4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight and simple, 28 Nov. 2011
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I don't have a lot of experience with camcorders, so this review is written without much prior knowledge of the market. However, all that one can do is describe the individual product.

The Flip Mino is a nice camera to have and is about the size of an average mobile phone. It's very easy to use and the quality of footage is very good, as you would expect from a high definition camera. There is a built in USB connection so you don't need a cable to plug it into a computer - it just goes straight into the slot. You can record up to two hours of footage and it's very portable, coming with a carrying pouch and fitting easily into a pocket. There is a zoom function which works well.

The one minor niggle would be that if you haven't used it recently, it takes quite a while to charge the battery (you do this by plugging it into the computer). It's also fairly pricey and you might want to have a good look at other cameras before committing. However, this does what it says on the tin, and you can't say fairer than that.


Bill's Basics
Bill's Basics
by Bill Granger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Variety is the spice of life, 28 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Bill's Basics (Hardcover)
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An eclectic cook book which covers a wide range of dishes. Bill Granger clearly likes his Asian food, as is evidenced in recipes like the Thai 'Pad see ew' and the Malaysian nasi goreng, but he also covers a range of more western salads, soups and classic British dishes like crisp pork belly with apple sauce. There are breakfast ideas in here, plenty of desserts and some good tips throughout. Recipes are mainly for two, four or six people but some are for more (cakes, as you would expect, plus some others).

Overall I think this is a really nice book to have on the shelf. It's not one I turn to every week, but it's nice to have as a stand by when I feel like something a bit different such as an Asian-influenced dish. Worth a look.


How I Cook
How I Cook
by Skye Gyngell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious family food, 28 Nov. 2011
This review is from: How I Cook (Hardcover)
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Skye Gyngell has, in her words, attempted to produce a cookery book to reflect how she cooks at home for her family. Some of the recipes here are extremely simple - grilled steaks, meringues with strawberries and cream, chicken with rice and basil and even cucumber sandwiches! Others take on a more exotic edge or are more involved - bagna cauda (an Italian sauce for dipping vegetables), poached langoustines, pashka (a Russian dessert).

There is something in here for everyone and the short chapters contain suggested recipes which go well together for different occasions such as weekday dinners, special occasions, Sunday lunches etc. It must be said that generally they are designed for four or more people, but many of these can be adapted for two. Most of all, the ideas are there for anyone to try and play around with.

A lovely book, which is ideal for those who regularly cook for a family and want to try something different. For those cooking for one or two, the value is slightly reduced, but it's still a nice one to have on the shelf and pull out when you're tired of your everyday recipes.


Crabtree and Evelyn Iris Bath and Shower Gel 250 ml
Crabtree and Evelyn Iris Bath and Shower Gel 250 ml

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice fragrance, but..., 17 Nov. 2011
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Crabtree and Evelyn are known for their nice smellies. This shower gel has a pleasant, delicate fragrance and is all right, as it goes, but doesn't lather up very much and is a little difficult to squeeze out of the bottle. It's also quite pricey for the size. In summary, it's not a bad product - far from it - but you could get something equally good or better for a lower price.


The Burning: (Maeve Kerrigan 1)
The Burning: (Maeve Kerrigan 1)
by Jane Casey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.58

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent slow burner, 17 Feb. 2011
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I had never read a Jane Casey novel before, so decided to give this a go and was glad I did. It's a British detective story in which the central theme is the hunt for a killer who is burning his victims. The story is told mainly from two viewpoints: Maeve Kerrigan, a Detective Constable, and Louise, the friend of one of the victims. Each character tells her story in the first person and the story flips back between the two, clearly indicating at the start of the relevant chapter who is telling the tale.

It takes some time to get going, but The Burning is a highly enjoyable story with interesting characters. Aspects of it reminded me of Ruth Rendell's style of writing, but Jane Casey is finding a voice of her own and it will be interesting to see how she develops as an author. While this novel is not necessarily a breakneck speed, rapid page-turning kind of thriller, it is nevertheless a very easy read with a likeable protagonist. I would certainly read more by this author and have no hesitation in recommending The Burning.


My Kitchen: Real Food from Near and Far (New Voices in Food)
My Kitchen: Real Food from Near and Far (New Voices in Food)
by Stevie Parle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very strange - not for most cooks, 25 Sept. 2010
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I always like to try a new recipe, so this looked like an interesting book to try. However, I quickly realised that there are very few recipes here that most, including myself, will attempt. And it's ordered very strangely, by month rather than type of food, so you need to make very good use of the index.

To be critical of someone who's trying to bring a new kind of cookery book to the market seems a little harsh. However, it's difficult to find very many positives to say. The dessert recipes at least seem to use regular, widely available ingredients, but many of the mains and side dishes contain very specific, specialist ingredients which most people will never seek out because they are unlikely ever to use them in another recipe. And it's so inconsistent that it is unintentionally funny at times: on the one hand Stevie Parle has you seeking out Himalayan cheese or palourde clams, and in another recipe he simply states 'a fish'. It's also patronising at times: 'good pheasants' are specified in one recipe. Whoops, better stop asking the butcher for bad ones then.

If I try any of these recipes, it will most likely be the desserts. It's probably not fair to write off the book completely without at least trying it out properly, but this review is aimed at anyone who is casually browsing for something to use as an everyday cookery companion. Probably only for those who are looking for something adventurous and have the time to trawl through specialist shops to find the ingredients.


BaByliss 2775U Big Hair Rotating Styler
BaByliss 2775U Big Hair Rotating Styler

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for bouncy soft hair, 19 Sept. 2010
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My girlfriend thinks this styler is great. The following is her view:

I can use it to dry and style my hair at the same time. It gives lots of volume and leaves my curly hair smooth and shiny. It's easy to use one-handed, rather than trying to use a dryer and a styling brush at the same time. The only negative is it doesn't dry the very roots, due to the size of the barrel, but you can dry the roots first with a hairdryer if necessary.

Overall this is a very good product which comes recommended.


The TV Detective (The TV Detective Series)
The TV Detective (The TV Detective Series)
by Simon Hall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad debut, 19 Sept. 2010
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Local TV reporter Dan Groves has been moved by his news editor from the Environment beat to Crime, and almost immediately has a major story to get his teeth into: the murder of prominent, unpopular local businessman Edward Bray. He soon finds himself covering the investigation from an inside perspective as he follows lead detective DCI Adam Breen on his enquiries, initially confined to a silent role but later being given more and more leeway as the sceptical police officers start to cut him some slack.

Author Simon Hall is himself a TV reporter and it is to be assumed that many of the details of the job portrayed here are accurate. But as a crime story, it perhaps lacks something - a sting in the tail? It's all quite pleasant to read and Dan is a likeable hero, but somehow it all doesn't quite ring true. Of course this is the case with many crime stories, but the whole premise of Dan tagging along with the stereotypical DCI with personal problems, hostile Detective Sergeant and others is hard to accept.

There are plenty of suspects for the murder of Bray, but they're all rather conveniently arranged, with little thought given to the possibility that it could be anyone else. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it does add to the feeling that Hall either hasn't thoroughly researched what a real police investigation is like, or didn't want to spend time padding the novel out with extraneous details.

Overall this is an enjoyable enough crime novel. It doesn't go anywhere the genre hasn't gone before, it won't keep you awake at night, but it's a gentle tale which offers a certain degree of promise. There's not much more to say.


Think of a Number
Think of a Number
by John Verdon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Numbers add up to a cracking read, 15 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Think of a Number (Paperback)
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John Verdon's debut novel first caught my eye on Amazon some months prior to publication and the premise sounded far too intriguing to resist. Mark Mellery contacts his old friend, retired detective Dave Gurney, with a stumper of a problem. Having received a letter asking him to think of a number between 1 and 1000 and then opened the enclosed envelope to find that the writer correctly predicted which one he would choose, Mellery is baffled and scared. He follows the enclosed instructions to find out more before involving Gurney.

When Mellery is later murdered, Gurney is dragged into the subsequent investigation, which is littered with clues, puzzles and games set up by the killer. All this makes for a hugely entertaining story as Gurney attempts to put all the pieces together to catch a highly intelligent murderer. As an officially retired detective, he encounters hostility from the belligerent captain on the force, the ego of the district attorney he is working for, as well as dealing with the reactions of his enigmatic but insightful wife.

Think of a Number may ultimately give the reader too many clues about the identity of the killer, but despite this, it's an original work in a crime market packed with writers wanting to stand out, and it's a thoroughly entertaining way of spending a few hours. Whether Verdon will be able to come up with such an original premise with his next book remains to be seen, but if it's of the high standard of this debut, he will definitely be an author to watch. An excellent thriller which deserves to be recommended.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and sleek, 22 Aug. 2010
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This is definitely the best electric razor that I have used to date. Admittedly it comes with a price tag to reflect its quality, but as with most things, you get what you pay for.

The Philips RQ1250 gives a much closer shave than many electric razors and eliminates the bits of stubble that most leave. The three heads are comfortable and effective. It's also very easy to clean and comes with a charger which takes up to an hour for a full battery recharge. The display on the front lights up and makes it clear when the razor needs charging or washing. In addition, there's a handy case in which to store the razor when away from home.

The manual could be a little better - it relies on pictures rather than straightforward instructions and covers a variety of different models - but otherwise, this is a very good product which I have no hesitation in recommending.


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