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BRITA fill&go Active Water Filter Bottle - Pink
BRITA fill&go Active Water Filter Bottle - Pink
Offered by MDV16
Price: £10.30

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and well built, 2 May 2017
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I am taking this to the gym as my main bottle. I can drop it without the possibility of either a split or a spill. The base has a small cup if I wish, but I can suck as the norm. It 'squeezy' enough to project more liquid faster if I wish. Where I fall out of love is over the BRITA system as a whole. I see quite a few people with these bottles. (My climbing partner had one yesterday.) But I see NO ONE using the filters. The overall cost of use is OK if you are into bottled water in the first place. I just see it as a waste of time and money. As purchased, it comes with a single filter, which is said to last for 4 weeks. You cannot get replacement filters for less than £8.20 for 8. So, if you are paying for bottled water things suddenly look v cheap. If, like me, you use the tap, it's an unnecessary £12 a year. However, if your area has metallic tasting water etc, maybe tap water is unattractive, and maybe the filter can help.


Saint Death
Saint Death
by Marcus Sedgwick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me - and probably not for most people, 27 April 2017
This review is from: Saint Death (Hardcover)
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I thought that I was reviewing a young adult novel. It turns out that this is just a disguise for various rants about G7, NAFTA, America, global warming, etc. I can now see why the main blurb recommending the book was from The Guardian newspaper! The author probably thinks that he is being very disciplined in waiting until half way before the turgid polemic pours forth. This takes 2 forms - typically as a page of unfounded rhetoric at the beginning of a chapter, less often through the mouths or thought processes of the characters. So be ready.

What you are MEANT to be reading is a short novel, or novella really, about the 'life' of a young barrio dweller in Juarez, Mexico, close to the border with the USA at El Paso. I will try not to comment on the author's opinions and concentrate purely on the writing and the literary/entertainment value of that writing. Sedgewick can certainly write, and all his 3 stars are for writing ability. However he seems to believe that he needs to change styles every few pages and demonstrate what he learned/taught at his last workshop. The consequences are leaps between derivative and excellent prose, with numerous stylistic flourishes. Pace, however, is poor. I put the book down 5 times over several weeks. As soon as it gets remotely interesting, the author manages to reduce it to right-on pap. I felt that the biggest strengths were in plunging the reader into a completely alien world and making few concessions. While this will lose most readers, particularly younger ones, at least it is intellectually stimulating. I even looked up some stuff about border culture on Google as a result! I suspect that Marcus Sedgewick has had a happier stint as a writer of fantasy. I just hope that the rest of his work is not entirely subordinated to his agendas. (Oh no - visions of PC feminist sword heros!)

The pity of it is that the hero, Arturo, comes across as a complete berk - and manages to escalate that 'berkitude' right to the very end. The Messiah stuff at the end made me want to puke - and not because of the torture scenes. His friends are gutless, his enemies are strong. No one CAN be happy, because everyone is in thrall to the 'THE MAN, 'THE SYSTEM'. Apparently all drug dealers round that way are minions of G7, global warming deniers and other spawn of Satan.


BLACK+DECKER SVJ520BFS-GB 2-in-1 Cordless Vac with Smart Tech
BLACK+DECKER SVJ520BFS-GB 2-in-1 Cordless Vac with Smart Tech
Price: £110.13

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best slimlines, 12 Mar. 2017
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PROS
- Good oick up, 2 levels of suction
- Removable dustbuster hand tool for stairs and nooks and crannies. A particularly good function (Saves power in handheld function too)
- Used as a nupright it takes up dirt well and does not result in you croucking
- the charger stands on the floor, which is easier than the wall-mounted alternatives
- Light to handle
- Slimline design is attractive, but also assists in getting under furniture

CONS
- Dust collection receptacle is very small so needs constant emptying
- It is not very stable when put on its stand for storage or charging the battery
- The dust collection piece will ping out if not pressed into the socket fully


L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paint Lacquer 102 Darling Pink
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paint Lacquer 102 Darling Pink
Price: £6.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect - but not quite, 6 Mar. 2017
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PROS
Good, even coverage
Shaped applicator
In a squeezy tube so that you can get all the way to the bottom
Secure top, so it can go in a hand bag without leakage risk
Vibrant colour
CONS
Not quick dry
tends to "bleed"


City of Gold
City of Gold
by Anton Gill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Third rate self-hate, 16 Feb. 2017
This review is from: City of Gold (Paperback)
Initially I saw this as just another third-rate thriller. Two stars, I thought. However, the more I read, the more I took note of the seeming hatred for the author's own nation and culture. The hero is English, but has rejected it as the 'new Romania of Europe'. He is utterly characterless, defined entirely by his rumpled clothing and irresistable sexiness. He works for a ruthless agency based in New York (the goodies), run by a ruthless English aristocrat. The baddies are based in Paris and are run by a ruthless English aristocrat. I ask you!

Gill casually replaces Shakespeare with Christopher Marlowe, casually mocks Elizabeth I's attempts to keep England free from Spanish invasion. The historical bits portray Sir Walter Raleigh as a gobby poltroon, while Cecil etc. are all - you guessed it - ruthless English aristocrats. This guy has some problems. This is not the Liberal elite at the writing desk; its the wannabe Liberal elite. Thus is the kind of thriller Jeremy Corbyn would write.

Gill has clearly analysed the works of Clive Cussler to some effect, but has neglected to inject the warmth and relationships that lift Cussler to the heights of both riches and second-rate status.

I would have entered the sex for worst sex scenes of the year, but then realised the novel was published in 2013.


Hallmark Valentine's Day Card 'Love and Kisses' - Medium
Hallmark Valentine's Day Card 'Love and Kisses' - Medium
Price: £2.40

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go on - give her one, 6 Feb. 2017
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There is nothing here NOT to like! Personally, I found the foil finish really attractive. I think this could be given by either sex, making it very versatile. Or TO either sex....even more versatile....

One of the functions of such a card is to be a) displayed 'I got one. Here it is' - and b) kept (if the giver is worth it of course. this card fulfils both requirements.


Game of Thrones Cluedo Mystery Board Game
Game of Thrones Cluedo Mystery Board Game
Price: £21.87

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really IS better than Cluedo - IF you are a Game of Thrones fan., 6 Feb. 2017
This review is from: Cluedo games (Toy)
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This really IS better than Cluedo - IF you are a 'Game of Thrones' fan. Otherwise I suspect you will be plenty confused! Fortunately, we made it a centre-piece of our 'GOT' night, with the background theme music , and an episode of Season 6 later on. It went down a storm.

I am presuming that you are familiar with Cluedo. That part is essentially unchanged, although the Chance cards are in my opinion much more interesting; the benefits are better and the losses more keenly felt. For instance, the 6th time a White walker card is picked, that person is immediately out of the game.

The game is also produced to higher standards than my Cluedo. So what do you get?
- 6 distinctive GOT weapons
- A reversible board (nice touch) so that you get both The Red Keep and Mereen. Somehow, the game feels different on the other side!
- Character cards
- Location cards
Personally I got a real kick out of saying it was Jaime Lannister with the x in the dungeons!


Shambala Junction: a novel
Shambala Junction: a novel
by Dipika Mukherjee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Spice of Life - good stuff, 6 Feb. 2017
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I picked this book up because I have been to India a lot, and needed an interim 'India Fix'. I was not disappointed. The pace of the novel is excellent. I initially saw it as 'really for girls', and that may possibly be true, but as a male I still enjoyed it a lot. The tone is somewhat uneven, though. If it were a film (which is what I think the author is angling for), it would need a strong director to even it out. To start with it feels like it's going to be Rom-com. In actuality, the grinding poverty of the lives of the people Iris meets do not lend themselves much to such an approach.The author seems to realise this after about 3 chapters and the themes become increasingly more serious. That is not to say, however, that the lurv aspect, becomes irrelevant.

In essence this is a story about an adult growing up! It does not patronise India or make it simply a backdrop to the tale. In many ways the hero/heroine of the story IS modern India. I am particularly familiar with the State in which 'Shambala Junction' is set, and can vouch for the accuracy of the portrayal. Not unsurprisingly the topics are not really close to my direct experience. (I have never tried to buy a child or sought one to adopt, for instance!) However, the quiet substrate of corruption, complicity and contempt for the poor is well-recognised.

My only real criticism besides the uneven tone, is that several potentially really interesting characters see no development. (Are Buddhist teachers pressure groups really that 'kick-ass'?). Mukherjee only really bothers to characterise people directly connected to Iris. I can see that this makes the book focussed, but it seems to miss out on the sheer extravagance of Indian life. I usually met more 'characters' in a day than Iris meets in several weeks!


Intimuse Women's Knee-Length Plain Body Con Short Sleeve Dress, Black (schwarz Melange 073), 38 (Manufacturer size: Medium)
Intimuse Women's Knee-Length Plain Body Con Short Sleeve Dress, Black (schwarz Melange 073), 38 (Manufacturer size: Medium)
Price: £5.55

5.0 out of 5 stars My wife loved it!, 15 Jan. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
GENERAL
- Smart casual
- medium weight
- Medium size is above the knee on a 5' 2" woman
PROS
- Excellent basis for a capsule wardrobe
- good feel to the material
- does not pill
- washes well and needs little or even no ironing
- very versatile; - Could be worn with leggings or a long-sleeved top
- zip detail at neck is a nice touch
- streamlined fit, but does not cling unduly
CONS
- none


Zyliss "Tili'N Grate" Grater, White
Zyliss "Tili'N Grate" Grater, White
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and innovative - if you care!, 9 Jan. 2017
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This products' USP is the fact that it can be easily and safely tilted. It's a good idea, and it works. In fact to NOT be like this will probably be seen as a design fault in the future! The rubber lip on the bottom prevents the grater slipping while tilted, and enables a much sharper angle to be achieved. It also means that the grated item is already ;peeping out of the bottom while you grate - both satisfying and practical.

So why no 5th star? Well - it is really all about a single frill. people have managed to grate the old way for several thousand years, and may not wish to pay the premium. Also, it is quite stubby to ensure stability and therefore does not give the length of grate that one is used to.


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