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The Porcelain Thief
The Porcelain Thief
by Huan Hsu
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written book about his family and living in China, 24 April 2015
This review is from: The Porcelain Thief (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have enjoyed a number of books which look at live in other countries, mostly written (as this is) by an expat or child of expats. They provide an insight into the everyday day, issues faced by locals, as well as human interest stories. This is another such good book.
Looking for the buried porcelain of his ancestor is only a plot device - a reason to make the journey. The journey itself is the best part. Huan Hsu is an accomplished writer - he has accolades for writing and they appear to be well-deserved if this book is anything to go buy. It's a gently paced read, full of interesting characters and an insight into China, present and past. A good read for a summer's day or a long journey.


Maclaren Alleviating Leg Lotion
Maclaren Alleviating Leg Lotion
Price: £15.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable product to use, 23 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Enjoyable product to use. Has a nice scent to it. Whether there are proper benefits to the product, on top of massaging legs, is difficult to determine but it acts as a moisturiser. My bottle has been mostly used by aged mum-in-law, with leg problems and water retention, and she is very pleased with it (but she is using medication as well).


Lenor Unstoppables In-Wash Scent Booster Beads Fresh 275 g (Pack of 6)
Lenor Unstoppables In-Wash Scent Booster Beads Fresh 275 g (Pack of 6)
Price: £24.70

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cannot discern any effect, 20 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have a super sense of smell (I once outdid a gas sensor on detecting a leak so faint it required a super-sensitive device to read it) but I get nothing from this. I have tried varying amounts of the beads with no discernible effect. Even sticking my nose into the bottle I only just detect an odour - which is unidentifiable - neither bad nor pleasant. I am using with Lenor products. Wonder why we need the extra product then. I was thinking it would benefit items that get put away for longer terms of storage and/or make the chest of drawers smell nicer when opening to retrieve items. Just not working for me.


Lincoln [Blu-ray]
Lincoln [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Daniel Day-Lewis
Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Would have worked better as a mini-series., 12 April 2015
This review is from: Lincoln [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
A long, slow paced film. Apart from the obvious ones, not knowing who each person was made it difficult to understand any importance as to their role in the 13th Amendment. A film for America and not a global audience. With "House of Cards" and "Boss" covering politics and manipulation for votes, these seemed quite tame. They should have gone the mini-series route and given more time to background and introduction of characters.
Competent acting but the direction was a bit dubious at times - the long pauses in quiet during the vote was so unrealistic and tedious. Doesn't hold a candle to "12 Years A Slave". Recommend avoiding.


Pearl Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Garden Grow Your Own Kit
Pearl Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Garden Grow Your Own Kit
Price: £18.95

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Set up properly and wait for the crop, 10 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:46 Mins

Read the starting instructions carefully as the box and the sheet are not exact copies - I did not read about removing the outer plastic on one and had to take off after I had incised the cross. No drama but better to do it right.
Soaking the pack- use the smallest bowl you can, as the pack is very light and tries to float, making it difficult to weigh down submerged.
After 12 hours (overnight does it), remove from the water and leave to drain before replacing in the cardboard box. Stand on a dish as it will lose water and you don't want a puddle.
All set up now, and I am waiting for a crop - and I will photo and update the review at the appropriate time.

UPDATE: for a couple of days,it was just the watering, then some growth - tiny mushrooms with dark heads, that grew bigger very quickly. I cut off a crop and my wife made a risotto, which was very nice. Mushrooms are quite firm - they don't break apart like buttons - and require some chewing. Some people may be put off at a suggestion of sliminess and chewiness in a risotto. Will try other recipes, but these are not equal replacement for button or field mushrooms, that can be eaten raw, sprinkled over salad etc. They are quite different and maybe more like shitake.

Makes a nice project for the children.

Now will follow instructions to try for a second crop.


SanDisk Ultra 32 GB SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
SanDisk Ultra 32 GB SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
Price: £10.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, 6 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Have tried this in camera, in PC, and in printer, and it performs perfectly every time. Great to have so much memory in such little space.
Good idea to have a couple of these when going on holiday and swap in the camera if unable to back up, so that memories are not lost.
Not able to do a lab test against other cards, but I am very happy with this one


6x Savvies SU75 UltraClear Screen Protector for Huawei Ascend Y550
6x Savvies SU75 UltraClear Screen Protector for Huawei Ascend Y550
Offered by protectionfilms24-com
Price: £1.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job and is price effective, 5 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
In terms of fitting bubble-free, this has been my best protector fit to date. Set the protector to line up from the top down, by selecting the camera lens to match up. Had to lift as the cut outs in the protector had not fallen out (the waste bit when they punch through). I have read other reviews and will take on board the idea to trim the edge slightly as it is true, it is a close fit and to be out even a milli-degree sets the protector on the edge and not snug.
It does reduce the sensitivity of finger touch - there is a slight resistance to swiping, unlike the ultra-smooth glass of the phone, but this is a small price to pay for protection. Enough films for a year plus a !0% discount on my next order.


GSD STYLE YOUR MOBILE {TM} HUAWEI ASCEND Y550 FLIP PU LEATHER MAGNETIC CARD CASE COVER + STYLUS (Black Book)
GSD STYLE YOUR MOBILE {TM} HUAWEI ASCEND Y550 FLIP PU LEATHER MAGNETIC CARD CASE COVER + STYLUS (Black Book)
Offered by Style Your Mobile Limited
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good value for this price - but has some shortcomings, 5 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Snug fit; the cover only just closes. Quite thick as well, making the phone a bulky item for the pocket. The snap-in holder makes the on/off and volume buttons less responsive. I am not using the credit card slots - probably best for a single business card.
On the plus side, it offers good protection to the phone and is good value at this price.
Pity there is not a loop to attach the stylus - you have to carry it separately (there is a pocket clip, like a pen.


Cloud Atlas [DVD + UV Copy] [2013]
Cloud Atlas [DVD + UV Copy] [2013]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £5.00

2.0 out of 5 stars WTF is this movie about?, 4 April 2015
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Too weird. The entertainment value comes from identifying which actor is in the role - multiplaying roles with prosthetics and make-up gives an actor stretch - but Tom Hanks is always recognisable so the accolades go to Hugh Grant. Another way to pass the time is to identify which movies have influenced at different points (that kills off some originality).
Some good scenes but what is this movie about? I thought the strands would pull together - I assumed reincarnation was the theme - but while each tale could have made a mini-movie, all together it was bizarre. A collection of short stories that the producers and team tried to make into one whole. I haven't read the book (and I shall avoid it if I come across it).


BLACK+DECKER KA161BC Mouse Detail Sander with Accessories
BLACK+DECKER KA161BC Mouse Detail Sander with Accessories
Price: £15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive performance for small sanding jobs., 27 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I needed this to repair a bay window ledge where my dog has torn up the wood with claws after years of jumping in and out. It fits the hand well and did a great job in levelling off the wood filler. the triangular shape made it easy to get into corners and angles. I can see it being useful for irregular 3 dimensional shapes as well.
PS I still have the dog but he no longer gets in the window


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