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Men's Auto Self Wind Mechanical Hollow Engraving Brown PU Leather Strap Steampunk Bracelet Wrist Watch
Men's Auto Self Wind Mechanical Hollow Engraving Brown PU Leather Strap Steampunk Bracelet Wrist Watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars I do like the look of the dial and it is easy ..., 14 May 2016
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A very attractive watch! I do like the look of the dial and it is easy to wind up- a task that keeps you on track too. The strap was plasticky so I changed and immediately the watch became stunning with lots of praise...fantastic​ value.


How to Write a Novella in 24 Hours: And other questionable & possibly insane advice on creativity for writers
How to Write a Novella in 24 Hours: And other questionable & possibly insane advice on creativity for writers
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The premise was immediately engaging and I love the attention on the novella, 7 Dec. 2015
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Very direct and clear. I found this a lively, inspiring read and will reread again. The premise was immediately engaging and I love the attention on the novella. Very helpful. Thankyou! ps great cover too!


AMPM24 Hot Mechanical Analog Skeleton Golden Dial AMPM24 Sport Leather Wrist Watch Gift PMW029
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... so I recently started to wear it and I love it. Looks great especially when you invest in ..., 2 Nov. 2015
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Bought this for my son who preferred his phone for time keeping so I recently started to wear it and I love it. Looks great especially when you invest in a real leather strap. The other day someone asked me where I had bought my Michael Kors watch from! Just wind up(gently) each day and off you go.( Don't over wind). And lovely design and weight.


Fiction Unboxed: Publishing and Writing a Novel in 30 Days, From Scratch, In Front of the World (The Smarter Artist Book 2)
Fiction Unboxed: Publishing and Writing a Novel in 30 Days, From Scratch, In Front of the World (The Smarter Artist Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing better on Amazon for getting words out and accepting that ..., 16 Jan. 2015
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A superb, inspirational visit into the merry land of creativity with a deadline! The honesty, graft and sheer energy of this book is uplifting and I found this got me writing straight away. Nothing better on Amazon for getting words out and accepting that they can be one minute utter doldrums and next soaring ahead as things are discovered or 'excavated' to the surface!
A brilliant way to start January and would love a book from you all on BEATS! Sheer magic and energizing !!! Reading your other book about publishing and find them both very refreshing, direct and get me WRITING. Thankyou.


Mind Over Money: How to Program Your Mind For Wealth
Mind Over Money: How to Program Your Mind For Wealth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational !, 26 Jan. 2014
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Use the information contained within it....USE it with Joy..learn to tap into the positive resources within each and every new day and bring a wonderful new enthusiasm into your life..Kindness is the key!


Cinderella's not a Fella...
Cinderella's not a Fella...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondering, wandering magic!, 3 Jan. 2014
If you enjoy arch, intelligent, surprising writing then this opening episode from a serial on kindle will brighten any time of your day!
This is a witty beginning and yet contains enough poignant possibilities to keep you guessing as to what may/may not happen ahead.
I did enjoy the author's knowingness about love, about our fears of being wanted and whether we can hold onto happiness. The protagonist Alan is very well done and I could literally 'see' the story as it unfolded, as it has a strong cinematic dimension.
And the story is littered with great one liners too and neat reversals of our expectations.
Definitely a lively read with a haunting seriousness perhaps?
I am really looking forward to the next episode.
Gets you to go 'a wondering'!


Collected Poems 1909-62
Collected Poems 1909-62
by T.S. Eliot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.79

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars T S Eliot's Insomnia, 16 Nov. 2010
T S Eliot's poem explores some 'flaneur' wandering like an insomniac refugee about the 'reaches' of some unnamed city, where even a prostitute hesitates to ply her trade in the poet's direction...just as in The Love song of J Alfred Prufrock, the poet seems isolated, sexually unfulfilled and possessed of an hallucinatory imagination bordering on the surreally febrile!

The brilliance of the poem seems to shine out from the unreliable lighting of the talking street lamps whose presence gives the poet a structure to his ostensible progression. Perception is thus connected to these pools of light and shade, with moral implications and existential questions lurking at the borders and hinterland of the poem .

Memory has become grotesque and disfigures all the shapes of the past. Things return to taunt us with their loss of symmetry. We have killed our hope?

Time erodes and returns the past to the wandering poet so damaged that the present becomes infected by cynicism and distrust. The perceptual bewilderment of Eliot's poet makes the final return of the poet to his solitary room with solitary toothbrush, a relief, even if the isolation of the verb 'mount' communicates teh bleakness of sexual unfulfillment and despondency. ( Anticipating Mr Bleaney by Larkin) The house has a 'real' number and appears welcomingly itself in the midst of the somnabulistic, nocturnal hauntings of a man very much on the verge of some mental collapse.

I admire the unsettling subversion of the phrase: ' prepare for life.' How can we prepare for our own inevitable death when we are spectators or bystanders on our own lives? Reading this poem today I could detect Larkin's shared sensibility too. Ennui as a refuge, style and linguistic choice. The resigned affection of the 'little lamp'..chattering malignancies embedded in the daily.


The Whitsun Weddings (Faber Poetry)
The Whitsun Weddings (Faber Poetry)
by Philip Larkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A room with a view: Mr Bleaney in Larkin's Whitsun Weddings, 16 Nov. 2010
Have you ever read your old notes or annnotations?

I was looking at this poem again on Saturday after a long gap I think of about 20 years! The notes were in biro and 'built to last' and I laughed at the irony of reimagining the 'who' who wrote these things, whilst reading a poem about stepping inside some elses's head and space.

I love the gestural opening. The potential for pathos ensnared in the use of the past tense. Perhaps I agree with my old self that there is something brisk, bosomy and capable about the voice of the landlady. Even perhaps a hint of the sexually voracious about her margins?

The hinted sense of repetition and quiet despair culminate in the attention paid to the ill fitting curtains and the bleak horizons glimpsed through the no doubt streaked window. Mr Bleaney's room is a version of Mr Bleaney. A mirror to the banality Larkin feels of this 'unsuccessful' figure. The poem is an object, an artefact offering little solace for the poet or his imagined lodger subject. Like Miss Havisam's infamous room of decay and stais, Mr Bleaney's room is a metaphorical representation of his life, his psychical source. Like Miss Havisham too, it is also a 'box' in which he is already metaphorically dead and which will outlive him as he succumbs to mortality with its rituals of burial and (to Larkin as an atheist ) personal oblivion and deletion. Of course the poet seems to be suggesting that he too is Mr Bleaney or 'a Mr Bleaney' with his singleton existence, economic poverty and lack fo choice. But then, just as we feel we have arrived with our cynical guide Larkin at a clear but devastating destination, Larkin reveals that he has listened to himself and his words and has a change of heart. Or at least a change of focus. A shift?

' I don't know' He concludes ambiguously. And perhaps he doesn't despite the weight of his irony and accumulative argument. He has almost argued himself into faith. Faith through doubt. The cynical 'faithlessness' of his poet event yields to a glimmer of light. Light through doubt like Hardy's Oxen; 'hoping it might be so' and Larkin at the end of his final poem in the Whitsun Wedding Collection:'What will survive of us is love.'

Leave it there. Footsteps going forward and another's shoes...


Fragile Things
Fragile Things
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Gaiman's Fragile Visitations!, 16 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Fragile Things (Paperback)
Neil Gaiman dances on tired eyelids!

Reading him is like opening your front door to find a shiny gold sovereign in the beak of a magpie wearing a pink velvet coat!

Fragile Things they are. Fragile because they leap up and samba!

'I like things to be story shaped.

Reality, however is not story shaped, and the eruptions of the odd into our lives are not story shaped either.They do not end in entirely satifactory ways.Recounting the strange is like telling one's dreams: one can communicate the events of a dream, but not the emotional content, the way that a dream can colour one's entire day.'

How far do we all try to resist the stories that are not story shaped?!

Yet with confidence-for-life, we can, like Neil Gaiman, open our doors to Fragile Things and greet with good humour and resourcefulness the magpie wearing the pink velvet coat!

By the way, The magpie just appeared as I was typing.

That's the beauty of Neil Gaiman and FLOW!


Far from the Madding Crowd n/e (Oxford World's Classics)
Far from the Madding Crowd n/e (Oxford World's Classics)
by Thomas Hardy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring love?, 13 July 2010
Reading this novel again in 36 degrees of heat in Tunisia was a delightful and slightly unusual experience! As I sat moderately baking in occasional shade, Bathsheba and Oak wrestled out their very pragmatic romance amidst the debris and lives of other characters whose impracticality and passion proves their undoing. The novel recommends survival through work and co-operation and this core value in the narrative far from being dull and tame compared to the heated, reckless drives of others,provides humour and finally healing. The scenes where Oak saves the gas ridden sheep and the stacks communicate Oak's consummate competence and care and Hardy 's sensory skills are marvellously suggestive and psychologically apt:

'He felt a zephyr curling about his cheek and turned.It was Bathsheba's breath - she had followed him, and was looking into the same chink.'

Far From The Madding Crowd is full of 'peeping tom' moments where characters watch each other through hedges,chinks and doors! This moment is beautifully laid out, the metaphor 'zephyr' registers the magic of Bathsheba's physicality...even more, her very breath, her life force enchants Oak. She is as special and magical to Oak as any legend from the Greeks. The simplicity of this shared watching explores their natural equality and the unconscious attraction of Bathsheba for Oak. How beautifully erotic is this scene and yet how it reveals their hesitancy and delay.

Hardy allows Bathsheba her eventual happiness which is rare indeed in the so-called 'great' novels, and he is also astute in granting Bathsheba autonomy in characterisation. She remains true to her perverse, challenging self and we do not see a shadowy, chastened figure at the end, though this Bathsheba has learnt about consequences!

' I have thought so much more of you since I fancied you did not want even to see me again.'

Human nature is perverse! This admission is fully in keeping Bathsheba's vanity and wilfulness. Yet is also reinforces the honesty and intimacy that has existed between them. Such intimacy elevates their relationship and makes their future marriage and happiness certain.

A final glimpse, simply because it is highly Impressionistic and tender and would not be out of keeping in a Katherine Mansfield story or a Monet painting:

'Ten minutes later, a large and smaller umbrella might have been seen moving from the same door, and through the mist along the road to the church.'

The tenderness of the ordinary here is palpable. Oak and Bathsheba are granted some privacy away from the speculative eye of reader and community and under their umbrelllas remains sanctuary and promise!

Wonderful!


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