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Neverwhere
Neverwhere
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive edition of a classic, 27 July 2016
This review is from: Neverwhere (Hardcover)
This is one of my favourite books of all time. The new edition comes with illustrations the really bring the story to life. The version here is the author's preferred edition which is essentially a major redraft which basically takes the best bits of the abomination that was the American edition and blends it in with the humour and British references of the original. None of the original story is lost and the whole thing has been improved greatly.

As a bonus, there is an interview with the author and an extra short story featuring the Marquis at the back.


Live At The Lake 2014 [DVD]
Live At The Lake 2014 [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Price: £11.50

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best music DVDs I have seen., 25 July 2016
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This review is from: Live At The Lake 2014 [DVD] (DVD)
I had the pleasure of seeing this band live recently and the atmosphere they create is electric. This performance contains a similar and slightly longer performance at a festival in the States, which they say is ther favourite venue to play because of the audience. Whilst you can never get the same atmosphere at home, this is probably the nearest I have seen on a DVD.

The musical content may not be to everyone's tastes but don't be put off by the fact that it is bagpipes. Their style is a fusion of traditional Scottish music and Rock. The music, humour and musical skill of the band has to be seen to be believed.

This isn't just a concert. It is a complete performance.


My Fair Lady: 50th Anniversary Restoration [Blu-ray] [1964]
My Fair Lady: 50th Anniversary Restoration [Blu-ray] [1964]
Dvd ~ Audrey Hepburn
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip Off Britain Strikes Again, 25 July 2016
There's something missing here. What is it? Oh yes, the three disc version that was released in America. In Britain we get only the one disc with NO extras whatsoever. I thought the era of treating us Brits as second class citizens by the film companies was long gone but no, it is stil alive and well here.

So, if you want the (old) documentary as well as the new restoration, you have to buy the film twice. If you want the new extras, you can go whistle.

I fully expect Paramount to wait until all interested parties have bought this vanilla version and then release a "deluxe" version containing the missing extras that should have been on this edition in order to persuade us t buy it again.

My Fair Lady? My Unfair Lady more like.


Igenix IG9903 11500 BTU 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner, 1300 W, White
Igenix IG9903 11500 BTU 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner, 1300 W, White
Price: £397.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but with practical problems., 24 July 2016
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I am a novice as far as home aircon units go and, whilst this model is highly effective, there are a few things that potential buyers should be aware of.

Firstly, it is heavy and is 28" high by 18" wide by 11" deep. This is not so bad in itself as it is quite easy to wheel about. However, in practice, portability is limited as you need an outlet for the hose. It recommends that you drill a hole in your wall with a 152cm bit (and we've all got one of those lying around!). Not good if you don't know what you're doing or live in rented accommodation. Alternatively you can feed the hose through an open window. The problem is that I have always been told that you are not supposed to have a window open when using air conditioning and it also defies the object of using it as a heater. The biggest issue with this method though is that the hose is not flexible and you are advised not to bend it. This means that you have to have a spare table at window height to put the unit on and it is extremely heavy to lift. You need it off the ground anyway to drain the moisture collected.

Another issue that people might not be aware of is that the fan is noisy. You certainly can't use it if you are watching TV.

Having made people aware of these issues which probably affect most air conditioning units, I must be fair to the product and have to say that, having set it up as per the instructions, which were refreshingly clear, it was very effective. I had the cooling function going on a hot day (yes we did have a couple!) and the air not only felt cooler but fresher as well. If you can get around the practical problems that I have highlighted, this is a very good product that made for a much more comfortable atmosphere.


Animal Querkles: A puzzling colour-by-numbers book
Animal Querkles: A puzzling colour-by-numbers book
by Thomas Pavitte
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Different take on a current craze, 24 July 2016
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This is a variation on the adult colouring books that are currently on the market. They are a tool intended to help stress and promote relaxation. The difference with this book (and others in the series) is that you can't see what the picture is before you start colouring. This is achieved by filling the page with overlapping circles and colouring in according to the number code in each circle or part circle. This keeps the interest going as quite often you can't see what the picture is until you have nearly finished. Each picture uses five colours and it doesn't matter which colours you use as long as they are graded from darkest (1) to lightest (5).

The pages are quite thick and have pictures on one side only. I have used pencils and felt tips with no problems. The colour does not bleed through sufficiently to mark the next picture.

There are only 20 pictures in the book but they are quite large (approx. A5 size) and each takes a while to complete.


Trump on Trump
Trump on Trump
by George Beahm
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 14 July 2016
This review is from: Trump on Trump (Paperback)
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This book attempts to give you an insight into the mind of Donald Trump in the context of his candidacy for the office of US President. It does this through many of his quotes, which are accompanied by the source and in many cases, the context in which they were spoken. Importantly, the book does not offer any interpretations or opinions by the author but lets the reader make up their own mind.

The opening chapter is a bit long and dry as, after the text of a speech he was due to give upon announcing his candidacy, which concisely lists his policies, it prints verbatim, the actual speech he gave, which is long and rambling.

After this, the style settle into shortish soundbites, each headed by the subject on which he is speaking.

I can't imagine that there is anyone in this country who has not heard, or heard of, at least some speeches by Mr. Trump and made their own opinions of the man. However, this brings together many of these into one volume to allow the reader to make an informed opinion. Sadly the vast majority of the people of the World who will be affected by his policies (i.e. those not living in America) will not be able to vote either way.


Scotch Crystal Strong Tape, Dispensered Roll, 19mm x 25m  - 1 roll
Scotch Crystal Strong Tape, Dispensered Roll, 19mm x 25m - 1 roll
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy, 14 July 2016
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This is a good quality strong tape from a reputable company. In my opinion, Scotch Tape and Sellotape are the only brands worth buying as they don't tear in the wrong places and have a good strong stickiness. Scotch wins out for me though as it is usually easier to tear.

This particular version makes tearing it even easier as it comes with its own dispenser, which also alleviates the problem of the tape sticking to itself. Whilst this undoubtedly pushes the price up, it is worth it for the convenience and the fact that less tape is wasted. Additionally the dispenser can be reused so if you have another roll of similar size, you don't need another dispenser. It does seem quite fragile though so I don't know how many reuses it will stand before it breaks.

The tape in this roll is quite narrow and will be suitable for wrapping small presents and sticking notes to surfaces (although the removable tape would be better for this). It's also a handy size for keeping on a desk without the footprint of a larger dispenser.

Stickiness wise, this is on a par with most Scotch tapes and sticks well.


Post-it Notes - Canary Pastel Yellow - 12 Pads Per Pad - 100 Sheets Per Pad -  76 mm x 102 mm
Post-it Notes - Canary Pastel Yellow - 12 Pads Per Pad - 100 Sheets Per Pad - 76 mm x 102 mm
Price: £17.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Best, 3 July 2016
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I've had, used and reviewed several weirdly coloured Post-Its recently so it's nice to get some of the original yellow coloured ones. The multi-coloured ones are great for indexing and organising different types of note but the pale yellow ones are good for general note making as writing is always clear.

These are, of course, the original Post-It brand and it is my firm opinion that they are better than "own brand" equivalents. The paper is a good consistency for writing on, not too shiny and not too rough, and they stick well.

In an age where people make notes on their phones, it is still useful to have Post-Its to stick around the place, particularly for reminders - after all you would otherwise have to remember to check your phone!


L'Oreal Paris ME Shower Gel 300 ml, Hydra Power
L'Oreal Paris ME Shower Gel 300 ml, Hydra Power
Offered by Kiara World
Price: £3.47

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for people who don't like strong scents., 27 Jun. 2016
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This is a fairly standard shower gel aimed at men, supposedly with "Mountain Water" - How does water "power" a shower gel? Oh the joys of marketing! It comes in a larger than average bottle at 300ml. Despite this, the bottle itself is quite slim and easily fits on the side of the bath or on a shower shelf.

I dislike strong scents and was pleased that this one, although there is a scent, is not overpowering. It is also not too floral as it is aimed at men. It's ideal for someone like me that cannot stand the smell of most Lynx varieties.

I cannot comment on the hydration properties but can say that it felt quite pleasant to use. It didn't foam too much and washed off without any clinging or residue.

It's slightly more expensive than most brands sold in supermarkets (they presumably have to pay the mountaineers to get the water) but is pleasant to use.


Joe & Seph's Salted Caramel Square Glass Popcorn Jar (120g)
Joe & Seph's Salted Caramel Square Glass Popcorn Jar (120g)

4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a fine gift, 27 Jun. 2016
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OK, let's face it, 99.9% of the time. this product is going to be bought as a gift rather than for personal consumption. On that basis, it is a very nice gift. It is well presented with a ribbon and bow in a strong glass jar.

The popcorn itself is excellent with a good flavour that is not too overpowering. The popcorn is not greasy at all and only minimally sticky (due to the caramel flavouring). The product description says to eat it within 5 days of opening. No chance, it lasted about 10 minutes, it was so moreish.

The glass jar is very sturdy and can be used as a storage jar after the popcorn has been eaten. The lid has a good seal on it.

If you just want the popcorn, it's also sold in packets which, although still expensive for popcorn as befitting a quality product, is a lot cheaper than buying it in a jar.


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