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Bar Craft Connoisseur Deluxe Lever-Arm Corkscrew Gift Set
Bar Craft Connoisseur Deluxe Lever-Arm Corkscrew Gift Set
Price: £27.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use, 25 Feb. 2010
This is by far the easiest corkscrew I have ever used. The simple leaver action requires so little effort to remove the cork that my other corkscrews have been put into retirement. Whilst this is quite expensive for a corkscrew it is well worth it. Not only does it do it's job well, which is the main reason why you should buy anything but it also looks good

The stand for the corkscrew when not in use is a good idea as it keeps it tidy and the thread part is kept safe from damage. At times if I have been doing allot of paperwork it has doubled up as a paperweight. I tend to leave it out on the side table in the sitting room/dining room most of the time as it does serve as a bit of a curiosity.


Haden 13723 Stick Blender,  200 W,  in White with 2-Speed Settings
Haden 13723 Stick Blender, 200 W, in White with 2-Speed Settings

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars pay peanuts get peanuts, 25 Feb. 2010
Well I suppose you get what you pay for whilst I love cooking etc I don't like spending money. Stupidly I thought that stick blenders were all the same and it was just the brand name that put the price up. I fully admit I was wrong. This must be the worst blender I have come accross. Why? simple it doesn't blend anything. It's noisy and frankly it just doesn't fit in the hand very well. The two speeds it claims are simple 'slow' and 'very slow'. The motor simply isn't powerful enough for even the simplest of jobs and there was a faint burning smell when I used it on even just blending up some cooked peas. If it can't cope with something this basic then there is no way it could cope with anything else.

After about a month this was consined to the bin and I bought a higher priced one - but trust me it was worth it.


Morphy Richards 43684 Reflex Jug Kettle - Polished, Quiet Element 1.7ltr's
Morphy Richards 43684 Reflex Jug Kettle - Polished, Quiet Element 1.7ltr's

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars style over substance, 18 Feb. 2010
Ok so it does the job of boiling water but then again so does every kettle. With this particular one I think it sells because it looks modern and stylish. The metallic body has the disadvantage of being heavy and with water also being deceptively heavy as well this could be a problem for some. Also the kettle is tall and if I didn't have a deep Belfast sink I would have to be filling it with a jug as modern sinks are simply not deep enough to fill it via the tap directly.

It is a rapid boil kettle so you are not hanging around for ages to have your morning brew - which in a way is always a good thing. The water fill gauge is also easy to see so you don't over fill it or try to switch it on without enough water in it.

Has to be said that this was given to me as part of a wedding present as it isn't one I would have chosen to buy myself.


Poison and Poisoning: A Compendium of Cases, Catastrophes and Crimes
Poison and Poisoning: A Compendium of Cases, Catastrophes and Crimes
by Celia G. Kellett
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars interesting if rather morbid, 18 Feb. 2010
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I think my interest in this book comes from the fact I have been studying and teaching chemistry for many years.

This book is fairly factual and an interesting read as it does go into detail about the different poisons which have been discovered and how they work on the body, the different types etc. It also give details about how some historical figures were, to put it politely, done away with as well as some accidental mix ups with disastrous consequences and how the law governing poisons was changed due to these 'mix-ups'. It also gives some little known facts about some more commonly known poisons.

The writer has at times tried to use some humour to lighten the read which does work quite well. You don't even need to read this from front to back, you can just pick out sections to read at your leisure.

Whilst this is not a book you can really say is an enjoyable read in the same way a crime novel would be it may be used as a text book for any crime writer wanting to get the details of the poisons correct.


Angel with Two Faces
Angel with Two Faces
by Nicola Upson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad read, 20 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Angel with Two Faces (Hardcover)
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The story is set in Cornwall during the summer of 1935 and Nicola Upson has done a very good job at her description of the landscape. Whilst many would find this an excellent part of the book I personally found it a bit irritating as it slowed down the main story. The main story also took quite a while to get going and at times to begin with I was tempted to give up and read something else

The character descriptions are also very good but I was finding myself at times asking myself "who was s/he again?" this is due possibly in my opinion to there being too many characters in the novel its self. Loosing one or two of the more minor ones or combining them into a single person would have been better. That being said the characters as described do appear to be in a way very real along with their faults and ways of doing things.

At the start after reading the notes on the dust jacket with the main character being a `crime writer' I was thinking that it was `Murder she wrote' set in the 1930s. Well I'm glad to say that it wasn't as bad as that. Whilst I don't think this is quite as accomplished as some other crime writers it was an enjoyable read.

Main Plot:

The main character the fictional crime writer Josephine Tey who has been invited by a friend of hers to spend some time with him in Cornwall. Naturally Tey accepts the invitation and sets off to visit her friend Archie Penrose (who by coincidence is police inspector). As she arrives Tey discovers that a riding `accident' has caused the death of one of the locals and a child is missing. Shortly after Penrose is given a murder to investigate after another life is snuffed out too soon. Naturally some of the locals are a help others are a hindrance but are they all telling the truth?


Where Are You
Where Are You
Offered by InfinityBuys
Price: £4.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best, 15 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Where Are You (Audio CD)
This was one of the best UK entries to Eurovision not to win. It came second to Dana International.

It was before the voting got way too political and this was a good song performed well on the night.

A bit of a ballard with a dance/R+B backing track.


Family Guy - Happy Freakin' Christmas [DVD]
Family Guy - Happy Freakin' Christmas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andi Klein
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £0.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a con, 15 Sept. 2008
If you have series 2 and 3 of Family guy, don't buy this. You already have the episodes. Unfortunately I didn't realise this before I bought it.

The episodes however are good but this is a bit of a con job.


Waiting for God - Series 3 [DVD]
Waiting for God - Series 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Graham Crowden
Price: £6.82

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever, 12 April 2007
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Tom and Diana return for the third series. Nothing much has changed, Diana is still as politically incorrect as ever and continues to wage war on the Bayview manager - The Idiot Bains and on anyone else who gets in her way. Tom, Diana's trusted sidekick is happy to join in.

This series introduces the Vicar Denis Sparrow
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Waiting for God - Series 5 [DVD]
Waiting for God - Series 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Graham Crowden
Price: £6.00

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final series, probably the best., 17 Dec. 2006
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Diana and Tom are back for the final series showing that when you hit retirement you don't have to become the steriotypical 'little old dear'.

Diana is still waging the endless battle against the idiot Bains who is still trying to have her evicted as well as attacking the gardner and driving the mobile library person up the wall (just two of her hobies) Tom is frustraiting his revolting daughter-in-law simply by still being alive.

The one down side of this series is that Michael Bilton who played Basil Makepeace died during the filming of series 4. His 'replacement' (Jane's Grandfather, Jamie) is not as good and the series did lose one of it's best caracters.


Waiting for God - Series 2 [DVD]
Waiting for God - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Graham Crowden
Price: £6.50

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab series, 2 Dec. 2006
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Grow old gracefully? Not these two. Tom and Diana stil prove that growing old Disgracefully is far more fun. Diana along with her trusty sidekick Tom are still able to defeat any con job that 'The Idiot Bains' tries to pull on the residents of the Bayview Retirement home.


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