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GIRLS MAKEUP KIT- SAFETY TESTED- NON TOXIC- COMPACT FOLD OUT MAKEUP PALLET WITH MIRROR AND SECURE CLOSE ...
GIRLS MAKEUP KIT- SAFETY TESTED- NON TOXIC- COMPACT FOLD OUT MAKEUP PALLET WITH MIRROR AND SECURE CLOSE ...

5.0 out of 5 stars Glad we bought it, 4 Mar. 2017
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This turned out to be a fun set, just right for a first make-up kit with enough variety and nicely presented in the box. We wondered if it might be a bit basic but no, it has plenty of different colours and items to try.


The Private Lives of the Saints: Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England
The Private Lives of the Saints: Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England
by Janina Ramirez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars and at best only Cuthbert could conceivably be added to their ranks, 21 Feb. 2016
It's very readable for sure, but I beg to differ with the reviews here because the book doesn't exactly provide what it promises, and it takes a really narrow and highly questionable line on interpreting the significance of early medieval Christianity in Europe.

First it becomes clear very early on that the book pursues the conventional, modern line on religion, despite acknowledging in the introduction that it is anachronous to do so (page 22, where either disregard or loathing are presented as the only attitudes available regarding Christianity). In the first chapter, when writing about St Alban, the first martyr of Britain, killed for what I would consider the relatively benign act of sheltering a priest, she comments (page 31): "Alban can be seen as a rebel, defying the establishment, and a convert, entranced by a basic understanding of a faith he had only recently accepted. When we compare this with the lure of religious cults or the campaigns of ISIS today, the similarities are compelling." It's difficult to know where to begin with that, although it would greatly please many a BBC executive so I guess there is much more of this to come. The filter of fundamentalist Islamic extremism is all but universal these days, but it is not the only one available to a historian talking about religion, despite what this book and other evidence suggests.

Second, and this is less of a criticism, the book is not really focused on Anglo-Saxon England, despite the title. Among the 10 saints given their own chapters (Alban, Brigid, Patrick, Gregory, Columba, Cuthbert, Hilda, Wilfrid and Bede, plus king Alfred up to a point), only the last four can realistically be described as English/Anglo-Saxons, and at best only Cuthbert could conceivably be added to their ranks.

It is readable and well researched, but the legacy and heritage of early British Christianity can be interpreted more sympathetically, or even more objectively, and the book leaves plenty of space for others to do so.
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Liturgy, Architecture, and Sacred Places in Anglo-Saxon England (Medieval History and Archaeology)
Liturgy, Architecture, and Sacred Places in Anglo-Saxon England (Medieval History and Archaeology)
by Helen Gittos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and well written, 20 Mar. 2015
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This book is as wide-ranging as its title suggests, covering a broad array of interlinked topics, with an exceptional degree of detail and focus maintained throughout. I'm studying one small aspect covered by this book and Helen Gittos' scholarship is meticulous, up to date, and comprehensive.

An exceptional work for anyone studying the period, but written with such clarity and ease it should be of interest to those with a more general interest in the church in England. The paperback version now comes at a price that should help this book reach a wide audience.


Crayola Outdoor Glow Sand Ball
Crayola Outdoor Glow Sand Ball
Offered by Swag Toy
Price: £3.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars complete waste of money and time, 28 Dec. 2014
Not even the faintest glow from this 'toy', complete waste of money and time... The instructions are easy enough to follow but it simply doesn't give out any light at all, even in total darkness.

The manufacturer ought to put a 'use by' date on this product if it has a limited shelf life. Or spend its time instead making products that actually work.


Grafix Make Your Own Smellies and Jellies
Grafix Make Your Own Smellies and Jellies
Offered by Carousel Shop
Price: £8.35

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big box, little content, 26 Dec. 2014
This comes in a huge box with a rather small amount in it... The main disappointment was that we bought it because it talks about making your own hand cream prominently on the box. But there are neither ingredients nor instructions for doing so inside. So I guess we were misled. The other contents are OK but the fragrances are quite faint, and the 'coloured crystals' ended up totally white even though we put three times as much coloured fragrance in as instructed.

All in all it's a nice idea but not produced with any interest in the customer's enjoyment.


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12 Moreinks Compatible Printer Ink Cartridges to replace Epson T0715 - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black for use with Epson Stylus SX218 SX215 SX515W SX415 SX200 SX400 SX205 SX510W SX405 SX115 SX100 SX105 SX210 SX410 SX600FW SX110 S20 SX610FW S21 Wifi DX8400 DX7400 DX7450 DX6050 DX8450 DX5050 DX5000 DX4050 DX4400 D92 DX6000 DX4450 DX9400F D78 D120 DX4000 DX8000 Network DX7000F DX6050EN & Range BX300f BX310FN BX610FW B40W BX600FW Office BX510 Printers
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Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond compare, 22 Dec. 2013
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The price difference between these and the Epson-branded inks is a joke. We've been through one of these multi-packs and I haven't noticed any difference at all in print quality. It's possible that a few cartridges have finished a bit quicker than we might have expected, but that's the only issue I could raise. One slight quirk is that our printer states the cartridge is not recognised when it is in fact simply out of ink (I've checked this) so now we know that is the error message to look out for it's not a problem. Our printer is the SX515W. I will never buy any Epson products again, there is no question that they are vastly over-priced.


Art of Germany [DVD]
Art of Germany [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andrew Graham-Dixon
Price: £7.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all here, 29 April 2013
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This review is from: Art of Germany [DVD] (DVD)
Andrew Graham Dixon's programmes on art are the best of their kind. He can describe the most complex social, political, spiritual and of course artistic ideas and influences in clear terms and through memorable images, with unfailing sensitivity. This series successfully tackles one of the hardest and broadest of topics imaginable in any field, illuminating in all sorts of surprising corners - and not just dark ones by any means, despite one other reviewer's comments on this site!

This particular series covers the lot, from obscure medieval pieces of devotional wooden sculpture through the birth pains of the actual German state in the 19th century through the depravity of the 20th century and beyond. It's an artistic journey more urgent than most, and needs to be distilled through a limited number of examples of each period and genre. This bigger stories are told without too much clutter and detail, intelligently perceived in the tiniest details of some seemingly ordinary works of art. Andrew Graham Dixon is really on top of his many subjects.

The second episode has the weakest artistic material to draw on, focusing in part on a relatively short period when the German state was being forged in the 19th century. And of course the end result of this German nationalism is always in the back of our minds, but it does explain many of the fantastical and ultimately fanatical imaginations at work. And it does bridge the gap between the pious works of the high medieval and later artists and the descent into hell that was the early and mid 20th century.

The ending was a genuinely moving and uplifting example of civic and landscape art that I had never heard about, a work by an artist called Joseph Beuys. Highly recommended from start to finish.


Jewish London: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Visitors and Londoners
Jewish London: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Visitors and Londoners
by Rachel Kolsky
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural and spiritual in equal measure, 13 July 2012
This is the best of guide book writing: opening up a fascinating and important heritage to everyone, of any belief or background. So many stories are contained in the pages of Jewish London, something to make you stop and wonder about our city's history and its Jewish story on every page.

The guide excels in telling not only the histories that contributed to our city but also describing what the visitor will encounter today. It therefore has that rare combination of creative story telling supported by deeply considered research, its obvious intelligence lightly worn. Anyone with even the slightest interest in Jewish history, or just the cultural output of faith in general, will be charmed and intrigued by this beautiful book. It manages to celebrate both religious activity and cultural achievements alike, which broadens its appeal to pretty much anybody who is interested in art, culture, history and architecture as well as those travelling with a more spiritual focus.

The sites in the book are nearly all in central, north and east London, places most closely associated with Jewish communities, plus several day trips out to places in the Home Counties around the city. I wonder as an aside if an additional day trip to Guildford is worth including in future editions, thought to be the site of the oldest synagogue in Britain, if not Western Europe. So I look forward to the authors' next book with great enthusiasm!


Denver
Denver
by David McKee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.61

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameful, or perhaps shameless, 19 May 2012
This review is from: Denver (Hardcover)
This is a disgraceful book to write, illustrate, publish and distribute to young children. We picked it up at our local library and thankfully I stopped to read it before we carried it home: it is an undisguised piece of political propaganda entirely unsuitable for young children. The story of the book doesn't even make sense of the political message (that redistribution of wealth is sinister), so it fails as a work of children's literature on the most basic level. It's just plain nasty to do this, whether you're Tory, Labour or LibDem or anything else.


Wild Swimming France: Discover the Most Beautiful Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of France
Wild Swimming France: Discover the Most Beautiful Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls of France
by Daniel Start
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.45

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Le heaven, 1 May 2012
This book somehow manages to make wild swimming look as good as it feels, capturing the physical sensation with its tantalising pictures and accessible descriptions. If you have enjoyed either of the author's other two books - or have been put off thus far by Britain's colder waters - this takes the subject to a new level.

There is a lot of variety in the sites chosen, from safe sandy lake shores to exhilarating gorges and plunging waterfalls - something for swimmers of every level in other words. The directions are very clear, and even better are the GPS co-ordinates, so you can preview any location from the comfort of Google Earth.

It's hard to find fault with such a perfectly executed photo guide. Nearly all the sites are in the south of France, the most northerly being near Le Mans, but of course the south is also where most people go on holiday anyway.

A few more skinny dipping recommendations and pictures would add to the appeal, but there are enough (16 listings) for those who prefer to bare all - and it's obvious from the text and pictures which other sites are likely to be sufficiently secluded.

Apart from this book and a towel, I can't think of anything more I need for summer 2012's holiday.


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