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5.0 out of 5 stars Great item!, 23 May 2015
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Great quality fabric - very pleased!


7.5 Wicked The Musical Edible Icing Birthday Cake Topper
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5.0 out of 5 stars SO delighted; it exceeded my expectations, 23 May 2015
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SO delighted; it exceeded my expectations. Very clear instructions for applying to my cake, which resulted in an easy and faultless process.
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Jazooli Full Size Padded Protective Waterproof Classical Acoustic Guitar Back Bag Carry Case - Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money!, 23 May 2015
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Lovely item. Very pleased.


Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier
Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier
by Terry Darlington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read!, 6 Oct. 2012
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I bought this book as soon as it came out, but did not have the opportunity to read it straight away. It sat on my shelf, a "come hither" look upon its dust jacket, seducing me to find the time. Some authors (the good ones) grab you in this way; you look forward to their books, and when you open the covers you feel like you are putting on a favourite, comfy jumper. I settled snugly down with my glass of red, and treated myself to a couple of chapters at a time; I didn't want it to be over too fast!

This is the perfect kind of escapism. Terry and Monica take on all the hard work for you, and you just go along for the ride, just like their two endearing whippets. Terry's writing has some idiosyncrasies, but they are charming. His poetic nature comes through quite strongly and although I may be wrong, it reminds me a little, in style and sentence structure, of other Welsh writer, Richard Llewellyn, and that of adopted Welshman, Alexander Cordell.

Thank you, Terry! I've enjoyed my travels with you very much. If there is to be no future book in the offing, I'll just have to take the trips down to Carcassone and the Indian River all over again!


Room
Room
by Emma Donoghue
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Marks!, 28 May 2011
This review is from: Room (Paperback)
I wasn't looking forward to this at all when it was suggested for my Book Club, but how wrong was I?!! You will be gripped from the word "go" and feel very sorry when the book finishes (always my benchmark). An incredible story.


For Your Entertainment
For Your Entertainment
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, Fantastic!, 5 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: For Your Entertainment (Audio CD)
Adam Lambert is the single most exciting thing to happen in music this century. He could sing the phone book and I would love it. What a vocal range this young man has!

He has it all.

TALENT - listen to him on You Tube if you are in doubt about whether to buy this CD (I recommend you start with "Ring of Fire" although it's not on this album it will give you an idea of what he can do) He sings so effortlessly.
LOOKS - far too pretty to be a boy, he's gorgeous! A slight look of Elvis from some angles - check out the Google images.
PERSONALITY - he's charming, sincere and fun when interviewed and has a real twinkle in his eyes!

This, his first album, does not have a bad track on it in my opinion. I love it, my kids love it and even my Mum can't get over his voice! This is a really eclectic mix of songs, so even if you don't adore every track, there are bound to be some you will like.


Band Of Brothers
Band Of Brothers
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 14 Oct. 2009
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A wonderful mix of songs again on this their second album. Interesting and arresting arrangements as always, and superb vocals. For a relatively small male voice choir, the sound they create is extraordinary, and it makes me incredibly proud to be Welsh. Loved the Pearl Fishers in particular, and Band of Brothers had me in tears.

Just a suggestion, next time, can we have a little booklet of lyrics please? My young sons love to sing along, and it would be really useful!


Toby and the Secrets of the Tree
Toby and the Secrets of the Tree
by Timothée De Fombelle
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A big story set in a miniature world, 13 Oct. 2009
This is the second, and concluding, book in Timothee de Fombelle's fantastic adventures of Toby, a tiny hero who lives in "The Tree". As with the first book, this tiny world faces a range of issues we too are faced with in real life: Environmental worries, racial tension, misinformation, cover-ups, bullying, to name but a few. We left book one,Toby Alone with Toby in exile, still unsure of his parent's fate, and still facing great challenges, and I am pleased to say that this book sees the resolution of all of these, as well as some revelations as to Toby's true origins, whilst very satisfyingly tying up all the loose ends. I think for children this is particularly important - they need to know what happens to the characters they have come to care about.

This saga will appeal to 9 - 13 year olds the most, I think (although I enjoyed it very much too!). It did cross my mind that this could easily have been one, JKR style mammoth storybook, but on reflection I think the publishers have got it right. One very large book might have been intimidating, a series of lots of little ones (a la Lemony Snicket) would position it towards much younger children, so, on reflection, I think two "Toby" books to complete the story is perfect for its target market.

One thing I would say is that in both books I found it difficult to get my head around visualising the scale of these miniature people in their setting. My spatial imagination skills are obviously deficient!! In the end I just stopped trying, and enjoyed the story without focussing too much on scale. Yes, it is a criticism, but just like Toby, it's miniscule!


The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking)
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking)
by Patrick Ness
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your seats!, 10 Sept. 2009
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I have never shouted "Oh NO!!" (and out loud, mind you!)so many times whilst reading a book. Do not read this on the train or you might embarass yourself! This series is just superb. You are on a roller-coaster of constantly questioning who "The Good Guys" are - nothing is ever clear cut for the characters, and their loyalties (both to their causes and to each other) are regularly put to the test. The tension and atmosphere created by the wonderful writing is enhanced by the ingenious graphic use of different fonts and font sizes, and the use of staccato line editing has you rushing frantically to the end of those pages. Whoever decided to use such a clever format should be applauded for the effect it creates. Patrick Ness is a very clever man - almost every chapter finishes on a revelation and a gasp (from the reader!) Simply stunning!

How long did you say I have to wait for the next one?!? The New Year? Oh NO!!!!


Ghost Hunter: Bk. 6 (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness)
Ghost Hunter: Bk. 6 (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness)
by Michelle Paver
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Torak's farewell, 23 Aug. 2009
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Michelle Paver brings the "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" series to a dramatic conclusion with this final story. Your emotions will be taken on a roller-coaster - heartbreak, fear, relief, happiness, .... I was moved to tears of sadness and joy. I'm exhausted! This is an exciting episode in Torak's rites of passage, as he faces his final challenge - to free his world once and for all of the dreaded Soul Eaters.

There is a theme of loss running through this book (loss of innocence, security, loved ones, hope) so if your children are very young, or quite emotional, they might get upset, particularly in the first half of the story. To balance this, however, Michelle Paver brings to the story a great sense of inclusion and cameraderie, and a hopeful reassurance that friends can sometimes be found in unlikely places.

As usual, the detail and visual imagery she creates is fabulous and it is so real, you can almost smell the world she describes - like the scent of the cold, night air on someone who comes in from outside in the winter.

I am going to miss Torak, Renn, and the rest, but I will miss Wolf, with his simple touching language and fierce loyalty the most. Thankyou Miss Paver, and I am looking forward to reading your next books with my children.


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