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iPhone 5 / 5S / SE Case, Spigen® [Ultra Hybrid] Air Cushion Technology Premium Bumper Protection TPU Case, Anti-Scratch PC Clear back / Shockproof TPU bumper, slim thin clear cover for iPhone 5 / 5S / SE (Black)
iPhone 5 / 5S / SE Case, Spigen® [Ultra Hybrid] Air Cushion Technology Premium Bumper Protection TPU Case, Anti-Scratch PC Clear back / Shockproof TPU bumper, slim thin clear cover for iPhone 5 / 5S / SE (Black)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars People should be aware that it only provides protection to ..., 22 Mar. 2017
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People should be aware that it only provides protection to the back of the phone. The front glass which I think is most prone to being broken is not covered at all. Apart from creating a tiny lip which might protect it a bit the front is completely exposed


Ladies Fairisle Chunky Slipper Socks with Metallic Sparkle - One Size Lilac
Ladies Fairisle Chunky Slipper Socks with Metallic Sparkle - One Size Lilac
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Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I would not recommend it unless you have huge feet, 10 Mar. 2017
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Soft and comfy but enormous. I would not recommend it unless you have huge feet!


Vax C86-PC-Pe Performance 10 Pet Cylinder Vacuum
Vax C86-PC-Pe Performance 10 Pet Cylinder Vacuum

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it - useless, 29 Sept. 2016
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I would not recommend this at all. When the suction works it is ridiculously too strong, almost pulling up the carpet. Then after about 20 minutes usage the suction goes down to almost nothing. This is the signal for you to empty the chamber and wash the filters. Since the latter have to be allowed to dry for 24 hours, that is the end of your usage for the day. Usually washing the filters gets the suction back to very strong but recently I have found that even after washing it has not come back. The lead is also too short for a vacuum cleaner eg it won't stretch to an average size staircase.


Beware of Pity (Stefan Zweig's classic novel)  (B-Format Paperback)
Beware of Pity (Stefan Zweig's classic novel) (B-Format Paperback)
by Stefan Zweig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The high water mark of the psychological novel, 30 Oct. 2015
This is a magnificent work by an author I had never even heard of. His brilliant prose draws you in until one is emotionally drained and desperate for a resolution of the crisis. I would compare him with Tolstoy and Henry James, and he makes Graham Greene seem like an amateur in comparison. Also, all credit to the translator, the brilliant Anthea Bell.
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HP Envy 4500 e-All-In-One Printer - Black
HP Envy 4500 e-All-In-One Printer - Black
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Price: £94.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It is probably the computer/windows which is to blame but it is flaky nevertherless and I think it's annoying to have to buy a l, 2 Feb. 2015
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I am very surprised that it does not include a lead to connect directly to the computer via USB. I know it comes with a wireless facility but in my experience I have found that to be very flaky - eg having installed it and having it working, today I find that the computer just wont recognise the printer on wireless. I'm not saying it's the printers fault. It is probably the computer/windows which is to blame but it is flaky nevertherless and I think it's annoying to have to buy a lead specially. (Admittedly not expensive but just annoying that it didn't come with the printer. I basically cant get it to work wirelessly today which is very inconvenient).


A Curl of Copper and Pearl
A Curl of Copper and Pearl
by Kirsty Stonell Walker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and beautifully written novel which provides a window into the later life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1 Oct. 2014
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Most people when they think of the women associated with the great nineteenth century painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti split into two camps - there are those who are enthusiastic supporters of his wife and first muse, the long suffering and ill-used Lizzie Siddal, and of course there are those who are fascinated by the strong, silent woman who dominated his later work, Jane Morris, the wife of his friend William Morris. In her earlier excellent book, Stunner, Walker made a case for a third usually forgotten muse, the earthy, commonplace Fanny Cornforth. In her latest work, A Curl of Copper and Pearl, the author reminds us that there were other women in the life of this larger than life artist by presenting in the form of a novel the last 20 or so years of Rossetti's life through the eyes of Alexa Wilding, now virtually forgotten, but who actually looks out at us from more Rossetti paintings than any of Rossetti's other models (including Siddal, Morris and Cornforth). Readers who are familiar with the author's blog, The Kissed Mouth, will be aware of the huge amount of research and scholarship which Walker undertakes and this is borne out in the many fascinating details which she has included in the novel, especially concerning Wilding's humble origins in the London meat trade, and the mystery of her birth and parentage. A fascinating and beautifully written account which I am sure will be enjoyed by all pre-raphaelite enthusiasts.


Eveready  ERROUGLS150BCP GLS Lamp, Glass, White, B22, 150 W, Pack of 10
Eveready ERROUGLS150BCP GLS Lamp, Glass, White, B22, 150 W, Pack of 10
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Price: £16.28

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very shortlived and in my opinion dangerous - better to buy the 105W Xenon type, 12 April 2014
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These bulbs last about 1-2 months maximum. 1 of them actually exploded scattering glass everywhere. Another one the bulb came away loose from the metal housing and was quite difficult to take out. I think these are poor quality and could be dangerous. For people looking for a 150W dimmable bulb, I would recommend the 105W Xenon bulbs which produce the same light output as the 150W and are much monger lasting


The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, 1857
The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, 1857
by William Dalrymple
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.38

44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of a terrible tragedy, 16 Oct. 2012
Dalrymple has written an excellent account of the last days of the Moghul dynasty and the failed Indian Revolutionary War of 1857. The once great Moghul Empire of India had been slowly dying over a period of 150 years or so, plagued first of all by rebellious subjects such as the Marathas in the west and the Sikhs in the North who had never truly accepted the rule of the Moghuls from Delhi, and then in later years by the colonial trading empires of the French and British. By the mid-nineteenth century, almost the whole of India was either ruled directly by the British East India company or by local rulers who were subject to British authority. The last Moghul Emperor, Bahadur Shah (referred to as "Zafar" by Dalrymple) was no more than a ceremonial ruler whose remit barely extended beyond the immediate neighbourhood of his magnificent palace, the Red Fort in Delhi. Dalrymple gives a wonderful description of this dying, exotic society - full of artists, poets (Zafar himself was an accomplished Urdu poet and teacher), a society which had bewitched the first generations of British settlers, many of whom had "gone native" in a spectacular fashion - adopting Moghul dress and customs, taking multiple Indian women as wives, and fathering numerous Anglo-Indian children. Suddenly into this exotic idyll was tossed the rebellion of 1857. The author describes in vivid detail the sudden arrival in Delhi of thousands of mutinous Indian soldiers or sepoys, their brutal massacre of of any Europeans in the city (including men, women and children) and their proclamation of the restoration of the old Moghul Empire. He then describes the inevitable British counterattack, the siege of Delhi and the terrible British vengeance - the virtual annihilation of the city, the destruction of much of its architecture, the almost complete elimination of that old courtly Moghul society. The author has done a great deal of research in the old Delhi archives, unearthing many first hand accounts , particularly of the British destruction of the city - possibly the darkest episode in the history of the British army. It certainly makes one appreciate such developments as the Geneva convention. I have one criticism and that is the author's determination to place the blame for what happened firmly on the shoulders of British evangelical Christianity. The revolt was unquestionably the result of the bullet issue and the subsequent heavy handed response to the initial complaints and unrest. The high-handed and arrogant attitudes of the British in gradually taking over the running of this great and proud nation through the cuckoos nest antics of the East India company would also have contributed. The lack of the virtues of forgiveness and compassion in many of the nominally Christian British military leaders is also startling. But to blame a few enthusiastic missionaries for the whole affair seems to smack more of Dalrymple's modern liberal prejudices than of what was most people's perception at the time. I think he has also over-played his nostalgia for the wonders of the Moghul court and society. There was toleration of different religions and customs, but this tolerance also extended to practices such as the suttee, and for the less well off, no doubt, as in most societies of the time, life was nasty, brutish and short.
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Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth
Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth
by Kirsty Stonell Walker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for all pre-raphaelite enthusiasts, 12 July 2012
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Fanny Cornforth is probably the least known of the three women who dominated the personal and professional life of the painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Elizabeth Siddal (his wife) is seen as the typical Victorian oppressed woman, a talented artist and poet in her own right, driven to an early and tragic death by her husband's lack of commitment and flighty ways. Jane Morris is the archetypal artist's muse: silent, superior, and mysterious, a keeper of many secrets and inspirer of fabulous portraiture. Fanny Cornforth in comparison has been regarded variously as a thief, a liar, a gold digger and a prostitute. Walker has written an excellent account of the life of this lesser regarded muse. She traces her life from its origins in the Sussex market town of Steyning, through her "glory days" in London when she was virtually Rossetti's "partner" for 20 or so years, and finally to her probable end back in Sussex in the early years of the twentieth century. Walker does a valiant job, trying to defend the reputation of her heroine against the various charges which have been levelled against her by Rossetti's biographers. I personally think she succeeds. Life was very hard for a working class woman in London in those days and it is easy to see why money became such an important factor in her life. It is also touching to see the genuine affection which Rossetti and Fanny had for one another. The author (who writes The Kissed Mouth blog) also describes every painting in which Fanny appeared. I greatly enjoyed reading these sections while accessing the images in question on the web. This is an excellent book that will be enjoyed by all pre-raphaelite enthusiasts.


Hiding from Love: How to Change the Withdrawal Patterns That Isolate and Imprison You
Hiding from Love: How to Change the Withdrawal Patterns That Isolate and Imprison You
by John Townsend
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some reflections, 20 Mar. 2010
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In this book the author (who is the co-author with Henry Cloud of the Boundaries series) uses an extended allegory to explain the problem that many people have in their relationships. In the allegory, a girl has to hide from enemy forces that have taken over her town. She learns not to trust anyone especially soldiers in uniform. Eventually when friendly, liberating forces arrive she responds to them in the same way i.e. with fear, mistrust and hatred. This allegory is presented as a picture of the tendency of people who have suffered emotional hurt or abuse to take these experiences forward into their subsequent relationships.

The author argues that typically these experiences manifest themselves in four destructive ways:

* The inability to recognise both good and bad in people / situations
* Attachment deficits - the inability to open up to people emotionally or to allow them to get close to you
* Separation deficits - the inability to say "No" to certain people, to establish boundaries with people, always feeling the need to do what people say, to agree with people regardless of one's true feelings
* Authority and adulthood deficits

The author discusses in detail many things that may help to repair the deficits in these areas. I strongly recommend that people read the book for themselves. However here is a list of principles which I personally have found helpful:

Recognising Good and Bad
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Give up the need for perfection both in ourselves and in the world around us. Stop striving for the ideal. Accept that "good enough" is good enough.

Accept that both we ourselves and the people around us are not 100% good or bad but a mixture of good and bad.

Think of the people that we admire and respect. Are we in danger of putting them on a pedestal? Dwell for a moment on their bad points. Notice how they are a mixture. Try not to idealise people; it will just make it more difficult when they do let us down. At the same time notice how despite their bad points, we can still appreciate the good in them.

Recognise where we have been in denial about our own personal failings and errors. Accept responsibility for our mistakes. Confess our mistakes to other people and give them the opportunity to accept and forgive us; this could be the start of healing for them as well as for us.

Think of some people that we have come to dislike - perhaps people that we try to avoid. What is it about them that made us start to dislike them? Can we think of any good points about them? Have we been fair in our judgement of them?

Recognise that most days are a mixture of good and bad. Sometimes we say that a day (eg a day out or a holiday) has been "completely ruined" by one thing going wrong. Try to see that that is not true - one small problem should not cancel out a whole period of time when everything has been more or less OK.

Make sadness our ally rather than our enemy. Most people recognise that grieving the death of a loved one is a normal part of the healing process and that suppressing one's emotions in such circumstances is not a healthy way of dealing with it. However this principle is also true in less traumatic situations; the grieving process can be a vital way to bring about recovery from any kind of disappointment. Sadness and grieving can be God's way of resolving past hurts.

Attachment Deficits
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Don't allow the bad experiences with people in the past to drive us into a state of isolation. If we are prone to doing this, we need to find safe, warm relationships in which emotional needs will be accepted and not subjected to criticism and judgement. Healing comes from openness to people. Clearly this does require that we take risks with our needs, a great deal of patience and perseverance, and a determination not to retreat into hiding when people do let us down. We need always to bear in mind the principles above i.e. that everyone is a mixture of good and bad.

Separation Deficits
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If we have difficulty saying "No" to people, or feel a pressure always to agree with everyone, we may need consciously to "practice disagreement" i.e. go out of our way to disagree with people and to emphasise our own opinions.

Ask God to help us to become truth tellers even of negative truth

Find people who celebrate our separateness i.e. people who respect and accept our "No" as well as our "Yes"

Learn to respect other people's separateness i.e. respect other people's 'no' as much as their 'yes'

Authority and Adulthood
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Recognise if a particular person or people have an excessive or unhealthy degree of control over us. Do we relate to that person almost like a child towards a parent rather than as two adults? (This can include relationships between parents and their grown up children. "Good parenting should culminate in a relationship based on friendship and equality, not continued control").

See authority as a positional not a personal issue - eg we should give a manager the respect and submission that his position demands, but that doesn't mean being blind to his faults. Also we need to remember that authority has limits and parameters. We need to recognise what these are.

Take an inventory of our values and convictions. Ask ourselves, "what do I believe?", then find out "why do I believe it?"

Develop your talents. Adulthood involves finding out what our passion is, what we really want to accomplish in our lives and what gifts we have to do it. This may be different from our family's expectations.
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