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Keep Calm and Carry On - Tea Cosy
Keep Calm and Carry On - Tea Cosy

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cosy, excellent message, 2 Dec. 2013
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It works. I've got a glass teapot (with infuser) which is a bit larger than my ceramic one, and this cosy is just the right size for both. As for tucking at the bottom, which some reviewers have said they do, and which you can do with this cosy if you wish, I prefer to set my teapot on a couple of folded tea towels instead -- works perfectly, and no need for tucking. And the WW2 message is timeless.

Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker, 6 Cup
Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker, 6 Cup
Price: £24.38

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Bialetti!, 30 Oct. 2013
I've had this espresso maker for about five years now, and I'd like to address some of the concerns others have brought up about it (especially in the States, where there seem to have been more complaints; surprise, surprise):

1. The aluminium discolours with use. Well, yes, as a matter of fact, it does. It cannot be overemphasised, though, that this does NOT affect the efficacy of this espresso maker, or the quality of the brew. My own Bialetti has become discoloured; I've tried scrubbing, etc., to no avail. My advice: Live with it. There are, of course, many products that are tarnish-free, but for whatever reason, this isn't one of them. Have a nice lie-down and then enjoy a nice espresso instead of worrying about it.
2. It leaks. If it's leaking, then: a) it is time for a new rubber gasket (these are readily available and cheap on Amazon), or b) you are not securing the top to the reservoir (the bottom part that holds the water) securely enough, or c) you are overfilling the reservoir part. Bear in mind that this size -- 6 "cups" -- is meant to hold no more than about 300 ml of water (about 10 fl. oz., or 1 1/4 c.). If the water is up to, or covering, the relief valve, then leakage is likely. Don't overfill.
3. The handle breaks. And then they tell us how they broke it: They used the handle to tighten (should I say, "wrench"?) the top. Do not ever do this. To tighten, simply apply fingertip pressure to the perimeter round the lid, and turn. That is all that's necessary, and applying brute force will only shorten the life of the gasket.
4. The handle sustained heat damage. Some common sense should obtain. The hob (especially if it's not electric) is too large; use a smaller one. In any case, simply move the jewel farther to the side. Easy peasy, as some television chef is fond of saying.

Summary: If you want a good, long-lasting (with reasonable care) espresso maker and are none too keen on the idea of breaking the bank to have one, then look no further. This is what you want.

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare)
William Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare)
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.44

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice edition to add to your library, 11 Sept. 2013
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The first thing that struck me about this Oxford edition is that, unlike in many other editions, there are no marginal glosses and endless footnotes cluttering the text. If you prefer to have them, then this edition is not for you. There is, however, a partial glossary in the back; for further assistance, this edition also includes a bibliography, which is quite extensive.
For those smitten (bitten?) by the Bard, or who love the English language, or both, top-notch dictionaries are indispensable. My two favourites are the two-volume Shorter Oxford and Webster's Second. The latter has been out of print for more than 50 years, but it's not too difficult to find one that is in at least reasonably good condition.
Lastly, it should be noted that the four scholars who review the works have made changes when such changes were deemed more in keeping with Shakespeare's original work; this is explained in detail in the General Introduction and in the User's Guide.
Great edition, highly recommended.

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