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Perfect Petzzz Sleeping and Breathing Black and White Domestic Shorthair Kitten New soft Version
Perfect Petzzz Sleeping and Breathing Black and White Domestic Shorthair Kitten New soft Version
Offered by Megalivres
Price: £34.13

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not A Soft Toy, 21 Dec. 2013
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After reading the only review available for this product (giving only 1 star rating), I decided to take a risk and order the item anyway - from the photo and information it looked so sweet and cuddly! Plus points for the company (Pandacat) for delivery - it took one day to arrive, and the packaging was excellent also. Unfortunately, that's almost all the good things I can say about this product. I opened the box to reveal a well-wrapped kitten toy curled up sweetly on a furry soft bed in a cardboard carry box. So far, so good... and then I took the little kitten out of the box and became very disappointed.
The information shown on the Amazon page states "New soft Version" - so I expected a better version of the old style 'Perfect Petzzz' toy that could be picked up and cuddled like a soft toy. Unfortunately, I can see little difference between this and the old style - it is a hard plastic moulded shape covered in quite unrealistic fur with a soft hollow (near what may be moulded to be the back leg) that holds the breathing mechanism. Turn the kitten upside down and it's a rather macabre flattened furry oval shape with a paw sticking out on one side.
For £10 or so, I'd have been very pleased with the item... for the £31.99 I paid, it's too pricey for such a poor quality item with misleading information. I returned the item a.s.a.p.


A Christmas Carol [DVD] [1999]
A Christmas Carol [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Offered by SteveDeery Books UK
Price: £2.22

5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Christmas, 20 Aug. 2013
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I have to give this film a -star rating ... Patrick Stewart plays Ebeneezer Scrooge brilliantly! Many people find the book can be slightly ponderous - this adaptation of "A Chrismas Carol" is very close to the book, but without the heavy feeling reading the words can give. It is a well-acted and directed film, with wonderful performances from Richard E Grant (Bob Cratchit), Bernard Lloyd (Marleys Ghost), and many others.
When Ebeneezer laughs for the first time as an older man, the quality of performance can clearly be seen... my favourite part of the film.
It's a film that makes my Christmas totally perfect :)


OUTDOOR WOODEN GARDEN HAMMOCK BURNT LOG WOOD BENCH SWING SEAT WOOD SEATER 2 3
OUTDOOR WOODEN GARDEN HAMMOCK BURNT LOG WOOD BENCH SWING SEAT WOOD SEATER 2 3

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Bargain!, 20 Aug. 2013
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The bench arrived in good time, and was very easy to put together (2 people). It's rustic, country look sits well in my garden - but don't let that worn, rough look fool anyone - the finish is superb with no chance of splinters at all. The rocking motion is smooth and so relaxing that I have fallen asleep in the bench twice!
The finish has stood up well to the intense sun and the downpours, with no adverse reactions to the wood or joins thus far.
In short, this bench is probably the best garden buy I have ever made - and an absolute bargain too - a fantastic purchase!


Lake Mungo [DVD]
Lake Mungo [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Sharpe
Price: £8.55

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undoing The Typical Ghost Story, 18 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Lake Mungo [DVD] (DVD)
Don't expect a bloodied gore-fest from this little gem of a movie. It's subtle, well-acted and clever. If you like a ghost story without unnecessary blood guts and gore, then this could be for you. And this really is a well-told story. It very cleverly undoes itself as far as a haunting goes... then stitches itself back together again - and it's hard to say more without giving the game away. Some people have reviewed this and had the opinion of a weak film with no real ending... but I'd have to disagree - the very end of the film is just a gift - quite brilliant.
The story itself can almost be described as how any family could be haunted after the death of a loved one - haunted by memories and of the discovery that they never really knew the person they cared for. But as far as a typical ghoulie and ghosties sort of haunting... well, you can forget that completely - almost. As I said... this film is a lot more clever than that.
I bought my copy at full price when it was first released, and I'd happily pay that price again. It was well worth the money - especially considering that I've watched it possibly twenty times now... and find a little something extra each time. It's a film that you have to watch carefully, and expect not to be fed the answers in an obvious way. Quiet ghost stories round the fireplace before bedtime... this was made for that sort of time!


Coleman's Drive: From Buenos Aires to New York in a vintage Baby Austin
Coleman's Drive: From Buenos Aires to New York in a vintage Baby Austin
by John Coleman
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Coleman..., 19 Mar. 2007
I met John Coleman... in fact, I spent many an hour with the gentleman. He was my English teacher in senior school.

He is a softly-spoken man with a keen mind, and he has a way of speaking that just makes you want to sit and listen. He introduced us (the English class) to his book "Coleman's Drive" after we failed miserably to be interested in the course work we were supposed to be doing. Once opened, it is difficult to put the book down. It tells of John Coleman, driving from Buenos Aires to New York in a 1925 Austin 7 Chummy. Through terrain of desert, mountain and jungle, Coleman lets his reader into a world of fascination, humour and (it must be said) some risk.

I had a signed copy of this book, and whilst moving home, it was lost - but I'd certainly buy and read it again. It's written by a true gentleman, with a sense of spirit and adventure sadly lacking in todays society...

I never knew what happened to Mr Coleman after I left school - but I do know that the car (1925 Austin 7 Chummy) sat happily for many a year (and may still do) at the Beaulieu Motor Museum.
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To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.99

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GCSE English students be warned..., 19 Mar. 2007
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There are many great books... and there are some books that, when read, stay with you forever. Harper Lee has written one of those books - To Kill A Mockingbird. Written from the perspective of a child (Scout Finch) it holds within it's pages an innocence that I have rarely found in any other book. This book may change the way you think... it may change your life... it will certainly make you wish for an era long gone - or one that may have never even existed, save for in the brilliant mind of Harper Lee.

But any students studying this book for an exam, be warned! Read the book, and do not try to cheat or take a short cut by watching the film. The book is written entirely from a childs point of veiw - and the film is definitely from the perspective of Scout and Jems father, Atticus Finch.

I've read this book maybe fifty times... and I'd still read it again, and again. Rarely is a book of this calibre written - don't miss out and pass it aside.


The Book of Spells, the Book of Spells
The Book of Spells, the Book of Spells
by Nicola de Pulford
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good read - but not a serious one, 4 Feb. 2004
The book of spells (also Book Of Spells II) is a fun book for anyone. It does reveal some facts that some may find helpful - such as: why the author regards June's full moon as the 'Strawberry moon' (Page 34 ~ 'Solar Power').
However... any serious practitioner of spellweaving will know that every book written by someone else on this subject will not be as good as your own words and thoughts.
Although these books are highly entertaining, they will probably not fulfill the needs or wants of any spellcrafting Pagan. Beginners within the craft may find the books easy to follow, and memorise the information given - but beware! - much of the information provided will not follow what you may learn as your Path into spellweaving matures.


The Cure for Death by Lightning
The Cure for Death by Lightning
by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting & Atmospheric, 4 Feb. 2004
Although this tale takes place during the Second World War, the narrator of the book ~ a fifteen year old girl named Beth Weeks ~ manages to remain the focus of the story. It is beautifully written with lines that will stay in your head, sparking imagination every time you remember them. From beginning to end the reader is wrapped in a world that is exquisitely described ~ though sometimes dark and foreboding.
Throughout the book we are witness to Beth’s evolving maturity, and how she finds understanding towards her family and surrounding community in Turtle Valley. Every character is made real by the vivid descriptions given ~ yet Beth is always the central character, and all others are seen through her eyes. Because of this we, as the reader, are also privy to Beth’s most secret moments: her private thoughts, daydreams and nightmares.
Woven throughout the book are native, supernatural and cultural myths and legends. These add a dimension to the book that sits well with Beth's 'coming of age' and how family traditions cope with her impending adulthood.
The cure for death by lightning is listed in the book ~ as well as 97 other recipes ranging from a recipe for daffodil cake to ‘how to milk a cow’ (index at the back of the book).
A truly beautiful book that, once started, will not be put down until finished…and never forgotten afterwards.


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