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Learn 101 Welsh Verbs in 1 Day with the LearnBots®
Learn 101 Welsh Verbs in 1 Day with the LearnBots®
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 19 Dec. 2016
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the print is so small and with a dark ground that it is impossible to read


Der Tod kommt immer: Thriller-Krimi-Sammelband (German Edition)
Der Tod kommt immer: Thriller-Krimi-Sammelband (German Edition)
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1.0 out of 5 stars It is boring and repetitive and really difficult to read to the ..., 14 Jan. 2016
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I can't really see the point of this book. It is boring and repetitive and really difficult to read to the end. Only persisting for practising my Italian


Skechers Women's Breathe-Easy Trainers Blue Navy Black Schwarz (BKSL) Size: 40
Skechers Women's Breathe-Easy Trainers Blue Navy Black Schwarz (BKSL) Size: 40

3.0 out of 5 stars slippery soles, 27 Feb. 2015
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Unlike previous Skechers shoes these have a sole that is very slippery on wet surfaces. I fell long length the first time I went out in the rain.


Us
Us
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant creation of a middle-aged marriage of opposites and their ..., 6 Feb. 2015
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A brilliant creation of a middle-aged marriage of opposites and their deeply unattractive son. One really feels for the well meaning scientist father whose seriousness is combined with a delightful wit. Hard to put down and leads to laughing out loud, yet really touching


Power and Profit: Hidden World of the: The Merchant in Medieval Europe
Power and Profit: Hidden World of the: The Merchant in Medieval Europe
by Peter Spufford
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Sept. 2014
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Brilliant and detailed account with great illustrations of trade and economics in mediaeval Europe


Scoop
Scoop
by Evelyn Waugh
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 4 Feb. 2014
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I first read this book forty years ago and it is still as fresh and funny as ever. Even though foreign correspondents no longer have to send telegrams back to London in incomprehensible code we can still appreciate the attempts of the naïve Boot to get his reports in to the newsdesk. And some of the phrases (like 'up to a point, Lord Copper') have passed into the English language. Waugh is brilliant at bringing his characters alive in a few phrases.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars wrong product, 1 Feb. 2014
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The chairs that were delivered had a completely different cover that did not match our colour scheme. It should have been made clear that there were different coverings. When I did not hear from Wayfair within 3 days I phoned them direct and was told I couldnot simply exchange the covers but would have to order and pay for the chairs again and have the other ones picked up before I would be refunded. I reluctantly agreed and am hoping that this will go as planned


Imprimatur
Imprimatur
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars overwhelmingly tedious, 29 Aug. 2013
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This novel, set in 17th century Italy is like a cross between Dan Brown and Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose - but I found it practically unreadable. The authors seem to have read every available document on the period and are intent to include absolutely everything in the text - pages and pages of contemporary quack remedies, recipes, lives of courtesans etc. The plot concerns a group of people shut up in an inn under quarantine during an outbreak of plague. A young apprentice combines with a castrato abbot (!) in detective work concerning the mysterious life of the disgraced French tax superintendent, Fouquet, a supposedly holy pope who turns out to have feet of clay, and involve much roaming around in the mysterious catacombs under the pavements of Rome. The authors claim that this and their other books were frozen out of the Italian market by publishers under the influence of Berlusconi because their discovery that Pope Innocent XI had lent funds to the protestant Netherlands and was a moneygrubbing character was embarrassing to the Vatican who had planned to canonise him. According to them this is why they are only published abroad in translation where they are best sellers (hard to believe). The translation is clumsy and unconvincing but the poor translator must have had a really hard time.
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Being Dead
Being Dead
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Crace novel, 21 Mar. 2013
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I found the characterisation unconvincing and it is really annoying how the author makes up names (of places, insects and animals) for no obvious reason. The setting seems to be modern English so why invent terms, both Latin and English, to describe our native fauna?


SQUIRREL PROOF HANGING CAGED BIRD SEED FEEDER GUARD NEW
SQUIRREL PROOF HANGING CAGED BIRD SEED FEEDER GUARD NEW
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3.0 out of 5 stars squirrel proof it is not, 27 Jan. 2013
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Sturdy feeder but a local genius squirrel managed to get the seeds by hanging upside down and pulling it to one side so that it could pour the seeds from inside the bars straight into its mouth


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