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Chest Expander Black/Blue 25-125kg Resistance
Chest Expander Black/Blue 25-125kg Resistance
Offered by Meingesundheitshaus
Price: £12.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resistance and great value. Highly recommended, but not for more gentile physiques as its quite tense., 22 Feb. 2016
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I'm not a whimp, but I was out of shape when this arrived and hadn't used a chest expander for many years; the last time I used one, it was far too easy and also broke. I was horrified when I first tried this as I could hardly move it - its got fantastic resistance. Eventually you get used to it and can really feel the difference and benefits; I now do 3 reps 50,40,30 every evening. I would really recommend this to young rugby players and athletes and also to people who just want to stay in shape - gives you real strength in your shoulders. Excellent value also.
Use it in conjunction with dumbells or kettlebells in the house. Love it.


The Tea Makers of London Margaret's Hope Second Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling Black Tea Caddy 125 g
The Tea Makers of London Margaret's Hope Second Flush FTGFOP1 Darjeeling Black Tea Caddy 125 g
Price: £10.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Quite simple for a premium grade tea, although does have Darjeeling character, 22 Feb. 2016
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Quite dark and clumsy. Not very well balanced. Lacks complexity and the Darjeeling muscatel flavour is muted. It is decent as a standard tea, but isn't as good as many single estate FTGFOP teas. Quite simple for a premium grade tea, although vastly superior to the branded tea-bag junk. I recently bought a Neuteeland 100 g Darjeeling Pussimbing FTGFOP1 organic from Amazon.co.uk and it was vastly superior compared to this tea - it was like comparing a Cru Classé wine to an AOP Bordeaux. If you want a tea that is above the norm and has recognisable Darjeeling character, then buy this, but if you're looking for a superior tea, look elsewhere.


Neuteeland 100 g Darjeeling Pussimbing FTGFOP1 organic
Neuteeland 100 g Darjeeling Pussimbing FTGFOP1 organic
Offered by Neuteeland
Price: £8.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, refreshing, astringent, perfumed, fruity and aromatic. Classic Darjeeling., 2 Feb. 2016
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Classic Darjeeling. Beautiful tight grained tannins; just the right amount of astringency. Notes of green peach and apricot. That all elusive Muscatel flavour associated with darjeeling is in this tea in abundance. Also a touch of spice. Refreshing, complex and beautifully balanced. I would describe this tea to beer drinkers as an IPA with a very high IBU; it is difficult to describe to wine drinkers as the tannins are far too high for a white wine - its almost a Muscat, but with the tannin of a Cabernet Franc.
Don't use too much as it is very tannic. When brewed perfectly, it is delicious, refreshing, astringent, perfumed, fruity and aromatic.
One a day as a treat!


Before Action - William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons, a Story of the Great War
Before Action - William Noel Hodgson and the 9th Devons, a Story of the Great War
by Charlotte Zeepvat
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, insightful, passionate, sensitive, meticulous and highly addictive - one of the greatest WW1 books ever written., 15 Jan. 2016
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Great biographies and history books often convey great personal insight and bring the reader and the subject closer together; some authors take extra steps and academically cannot be faulted for their works and endeavours; Charlotte Zeepvat goes beyond this, she has written a biography that could only be written by somebody who has a deep passion or even love for the subject. This book is nothing short of extraordinary, I couldn't put it down and as it progressed; her detail, passion and insight were absorbing and contagious. When you finish this book, you feel as though you have been taken on a personal and very emotional journey, but quite cleverly not just from the author's perspective - you have empathy for many of the individuals and their families, and you feel as though you know many of them, not just Hodgson. I've enjoyed most of the contemporary books of WW1 and also many of the great WW1 standards written by MacDonald, Middlebrook, Farrar-Hockley et al, I've also read many WW1 books based on diaries - I have to say though, none of them have the poise, insight, personal detail, passion and emotion of this book. Zeepvat weaves her way cleverly through Noel Hodgson's life, from birth though to death and by utilising his poetry and prose in conjunction with many private and family letters and personal accounts, the reader is enlightened and emotionally manipulated to a point where there is a definite emotional connection with Hodgson and the men of the 9th Devons. On another note, Zeepvat does not glorify Hodgson or war; he is no more a hero than any other man in the 9th Devons, but his loss was great and is felt by the reader - outside of his poetry Zeepvat shows great insight into his character, abilities, frailties etc; you feel as though you grow up alongside "Smiler' as the book progresses and you soon know him as a good, honest, affable and talented human being who is admired and loved by many people.
I won't give too much away, other than to say that the meticulous detail regarding his family, youth, friends, school, fell-walking/climbing, university, poetry and regiment is extraordinary, sensitive and honest. I've been to the Devonshire Cemetery a number of times and I'm certain that the next time I go there (later this year) I will have a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat because I now know those men of the 9th Devons so well. Thank you Charlotte Zeepvat.


Freak of Nature: A Novel
Freak of Nature: A Novel
by Phil Whitaker
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and absolutely hilarious, 16 Dec. 2015
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Beautifully written and absolutely hilarious, but it also has serious undertones regarding mental health. A barnstorming romp confined to a small group of characters, all of whom you soon 'know' yet fail to understand. This book easily surpasses the base ideology and psychology of characters in Fight Club and How to Get Ahead in Advertsing etc - you just don't know where he is leading you; its as if he has given a craniotomy to his characters and also to the reader - he looks into and plays with your mind, emotions and moral judgment. It is also very bizarre and at times you don't know whether to laugh or cringe - especially regarding the ménage á trois. Original and unique.
(With the use of CGI, this would make a great short movie.)


Bel-Ami
Bel-Ami
by Guy Maupassant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly modern tale of corruption, lust, power and exploitation - one of the world's greatest novels., 22 Oct. 2015
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I had read Maupasant's short stories several times, but for some reason I ignored his novels believing that they would be more wordy and clumsy versions of what he did best i.e writing short, deliberate and concise stories; what a mistake. Maupassant is a genius and this surely must be one of the greatest novels ever written.
I really love the works of Flaubert, especially Madame Bovary and Sentimental Education and you can see the influence of the master on his pupil and yet although their writing over-lapped, Bel-Ami is by a far more modern novel - it could have been set in the 1980s as opposed to the 1880s.
Many French author's of the 1800s wrote about lust, greed, infidelity and corruption - it seemed to be accepted by the Bourgeoisie and was a very normal way of life and an accepted method of self-furtherance. Cousin Bette by Balzac highlighted how corrupt and immoral the Bourgeoisie society had become and yet it seemed like a world away; you just cannot relate to the behaviour of the characters as behaviour, moral conduct and acceptance in our modern world is so different from that of 1800s Paris. When you read Flaubert, you can relate closely to the characters, but you look at them from a historical viewpoint, perhaps the way that you do when you read Dickens, Bronte(s) etc - we all have sympathy for M.Bovary, but she is a romantic historical figure within our minds.
Bel-Ami is different, he is relevant to the modern reader and his business of journalism and politics has not changed much. I don't want to give away the plot, other than to say that this is a story of moral decay, exploitation and corruption set within a sleazy business world; it is a story of lust, greed and power. Bel- Ami has been blessed with nothing other than good looks, charm and ambition, but he acquires other corrupting attributes and vices as the book progresses. His relationships within the book are all very believable and exciting. This book carries you along at a high pace via beautiful language and a conservative use of words (as he does in his short stories) and you will wait to the end of the book for Bel-Ami to crash and burn - to be punished for living life based on corruption, torment and the seven deadly sins. It is the end of the book which plays most on your mind afterwards - how and why? A thoroughly realistic and modern ending.


Happy Odyssey
Happy Odyssey
by Adrian Carton de Sir Wiart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

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5.0 out of 5 stars They must make a movie about this man - unbelievable!!, 11 Sept. 2015
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This has to be one of the greatest autobiographies ever written, simply because of its hilarity based on de Wiart's 'matter of fact' style. He served in most major campaigns from the Boer war though to the Second World War and was shot in the stomach twice, shot in the face, shot through the head, had multiple wounds in his legs, lost a hand (bit off his own fingers) as well as being shot through the hip and ear; he was wounded while pig-sticking in India and broke his spine in China; he survived two plane crashes - one in Africa and one in the Middle East; he was presumed dead on several occasions and tunnelled out of an Italian prisoner-of-war camp. He doesn't really mention his gallantry awards such as the Victoria Cross and may mention being badly wounded in the same way that we may say that we stubbed a toe.
There is no world leader or military leader who he did not meet in the first half of the twentieth century, yet he doesn't name drop for kudos, he is extremely humble. For his rank, it was unusual that he was in the thick of fighting at the Somme, Arras, Passchendaele and Cambrai; four major WW1 battles - you just wouldn't want to be stood next to him as inevitably he would get wounded, he actually kept his own dressing gown and slippers at a military hospital in London because he was such a regular visitor.
If you had to invent a comedy character who was completely unbelievable (as Evelyn Waugh did), then de Wiart would be your blueprint. He is completely un-PC and gives great insight into life, the army and the class system of post- Victorian Europe. He is extremely humble for a man who achieved so much - this book is a must read and is a refreshing change from all of the WW1 history books, biographies and novels.


Moody Squeeze Face
Moody Squeeze Face
Offered by Fat-Catz-Copy-Catz (UK Seller)
Price: £1.75

2.0 out of 5 stars ... daughter ordered this on my account and was very disappointed when she received only one Squeeze Face, 11 Sept. 2015
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My daughter ordered this on my account and was very disappointed when she received only one Squeeze Face. It seems quite clear to some adults, but possibly not clear to everyone.
They are also very small and simple - very expensive if you are to order 4.


Covenant with Death
Covenant with Death
by John Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book is more than just reading a novel, it will enrich your knowledge and passion for WW1, 2 July 2015
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Great novel that gives WW1 enthusiasts a welcome break from all of the rigid history books and biographical books/novels. There are a few books which should be read to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of WW1 so that you can then appreciate the history books of Middlebrook, MacDonald, Farrar-Hockley etc in more depth. Storm of Steel is a must read, although Ernst Jünger tends to glorify the war and his contribution; he does however give a great insight into key battles of WW1 from a German officer's perspective. Goodbye To All That gives insight into the upper class officer society of the time, before, during and after the war. Fredric Manning's Middle Part of Fortune is brilliant in that it shows the mundane life of a soldier on the front - most time spent away from the front line drinking, swearing etc and being very bored; it also shows the hierarchy within the army very well. A farewell to arms is simply a love story set on the Italian front, although Hemingway does show us how life in Italy during WW1 was; it is not relevant for the Western front though. All Quiet On The western Front is more philosophical and thoughtful and looks at a soldiers alienation from society due to extreme mental and physical pressure. Every one of these books was coincidentally written in 1929.
John Harris, although writing in 1961, obviously researched WW1 in extreme detail and was lucky enough to have several relations who were veterans who he mined for precise information: what was it like before the war; how were you recruited; what was it like waiting to be called up and mobilised; how did society view you; how did your work colleagues view you and how was work affected; how close were you to others within your Pals regiment etc? The life he then describes in the trenches is as accurate as Manning, Hemingway, Graves, Jünger, Remarque etc - it reflects elements of all of them and is very believable, much in the way that Patrick O'Brian is with his Aubrey–Maturin novels.
I won't go into the plot or the writing style other than to say that it is very readable and carries you from the beginning to the end via a group of very believable characters. Reading this book is more than just reading a novel, it will enrich your knowledge and passion for WW1 and share a journey from pre-recruitment through to death on the Western front. I'll read this every few years to break free from the shackles of history books.


Orijen Puppy Food Whole Prey Large Breed 13kg
Orijen Puppy Food Whole Prey Large Breed 13kg
Offered by Telepienso
Price: £68.10

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2015
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Best puppy food on the market. My dog loves it and is as fit as a butcher's dog.


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