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WMF Loft Cocktail Shaker, Stainless Steel, Multi-Colour, 2-Piece
WMF Loft Cocktail Shaker, Stainless Steel, Multi-Colour, 2-Piece
Price: £33.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 Aug. 2013
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This is by far the best 'Boston' cocktail shaker I have found. No need to worry about making a firm seal with a solid smack as the materials are extremely robust. Also, unlike cheaper 'Bostons' a simple tap on the side is all that is required for easy separation. Foolproof!


Asian Vegan Kitchen: Authentic and Appetizing Dishes from a Continent of Rich Flavors
Asian Vegan Kitchen: Authentic and Appetizing Dishes from a Continent of Rich Flavors
by Hema Parekh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and authentic recipes, 9 Aug. 2013
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This is an excellent book full of traditional recipes from a variety of Asian cuisines. If you follow the recipes, the food will turn out as expected.

There are several reviews on here that say that some ingredients are 'hard to source'. I'm not saying you'll find everything in your local small supermarket, but virtually any ingredient is available with a little effort these days. It all depends upon how serious you are about trying to discover food worth cooking and eating. Some people just like something to moan about - be positive and go find things!!


Canon Eos 60d - Digital Camera
Canon Eos 60d - Digital Camera

1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off, 14 Jun. 2013
The camera, and the lens seemingly included, are excellent. However, the price most certainly is not. You can get a 60d body for approx. £600 and even the 17-55 mm lens which is said to be included can be bought for £750. Buy it somewhere else.


The Savoy Cocktail Book (Savoy London)
The Savoy Cocktail Book (Savoy London)
by Harry Craddock
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This ..., 21 Dec. 2011
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.. unless you are happy with an inferior looking product. The book you will receive is not the one pictured. This runs the risk of being false advertising and the seller should be held to account for this by Amazon. The picture, and the details from the 'look inside' section, relate to the 1999 edition which, it seems from another reviewer, is of much better quality. The book I received was the 2011 edition which has a cream cover and feels cheap. So disappointing!


Tigerlily's Orchids
Tigerlily's Orchids
by Ruth Rendell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 1 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Tigerlily's Orchids (Paperback)
Sadly, this is possibly the poorest book I have read this year - and I read a lot.

The characters are a bunch of one-dimensional stereotypes (plucked from the Daily Mail, it seems) - ex-hippies who are into alternative remedies, a sad loner alcoholic, a rich Indian student with a 'prince' as a boyfriend, a seedy paedophile who only looks at pictures and doesn't think he's really doing any harm - you get the picture. The man who runs the corner shop is Asian, the (obvious) drug producers are from Hong Kong or China. There isn't a sympathetic person amongst them and, frankly, I don't care about any single one of them.

The motive for the murder is weak beyond belief and the depth of characterisation is pathetically weak. There is no real connection between the eventual victim and the woman he begins the novel having an affair with and no real-life decision-making by any of the characters. For example - you're having an affair with a married woman and her husband turns up and assaults you. Do you tell her? Course you do; do you call the police? Course you do. When he comes back again, in front of countless witnesses, and assaults you again and threatens to kill you if you're seen with the wife again do you tell the police? Course you do. Does the wife limply go off with her husband? No, course she doesn't.

You're living in a semi-detached house that is overly warm because the house next-door seems to be heating yours too - and you don't clock they're growing Cannabis? When you go round, break in with a convenient key get hit on the head you get amnesia? Please, do me a favour.

I cannot fully express quite how poor this novel is


Is There Anybody Out There? (Deluxe + Book)
Is There Anybody Out There? (Deluxe + Book)
Offered by Discover Music
Price: £33.31

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning Warning Warning, 21 Jan. 2011
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One of the best live albums ever made BUT don't buy this new from Badlands - currently advertised here (21/01/11) as it is not the deluxe version they are selling but the two disc standard "small" version (i.e not the large one pictured here. Despite my complaint, and an admission by them that the "listing" is a "mistake" - it nevertheless remains so listed.
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The Godless Delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism
The Godless Delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism
by Patrick Madrid
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.36

18 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Baseless and irrelevant, 18 July 2010
Prod a believer with some rational thinking and there's usually a reaction, which usually involves a combination of straw-men and ad hominem attacks along with all the familiar old arguments along the lines of "atheists are amoral" (or, even, "atheists have no basis for morality") and "Stalin, Hitler and Mao were atheists". Prod a Catholic believer and you get the same, with the addition here of "Planned Parenthood" to the list of "mass-murdering atheists" together with some true irony. Once again, we have an inability to differentiate between totalitarianism and its consequences on the one hand and lack of faith on the other.

The first paragraphs of this book establish its philosophical assault on atheism - it is wicked, society-destroying, aggressive and promoted by an intellectual elite fixated on the concept of naturalism and the desire to indoctrinate the young and impressionable. The irony, of course, is that Catholicism is a totalitarian regime based on the absolute authority of an unelected elite that survives by indoctrination and has a history of invasion, murder, mayhem and wickedness that rivals any other in it's brutality and outdoes any other in its longevity. It is at this point, unless you really do want to continue through life without exercising the brain you have to think for yourself, that you should give up and put this book in the appropriate section of your library - that is the round basket-type shelf in the corner of the room for later removal to the recycling section of your waste disposal process.

If you really have to read this book, try borrowing it from a library or buy it second hand. Buying a new copy only encourages them.
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Stargate Universe - Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Stargate Universe - Complete Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Carlyle
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £12.99

41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SG for those willing to think, 9 May 2010
SGU is not simple sci-fi 45-minute-storytelling; it is not humour-laden froth (which, excellent though it is, SG1 qualifies as); it is not full of fantastic aliens bent on invading the Earth again, and again (and again); it doesn't star Amanda Tapping, which is a real shame; it is not "put your brain on hold" "let's blind them with SFX" sci-fi.

What it is is drama; dark, brooding drama with characters who have flaws and backgrounds full of trauma and difficulties - like real people. Well- written, sparse, well acted and with, no doubt, a long-term arc with some depth.

So, don't listen to the "we hate it because it isn't proper Stargate" brigade; open your eyes, ears, brains and put a bit of effort into it and you'll be rewarded.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and interesting, 14 Jan. 2010
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There are quite a few 1 star reviews of this book. I can't help feeling many of them must have been written by jealous, poor, unpublished wannabe authors. This book, and the rest of the trilogy, are not typical run-of-the-mill thrillers. The story-line is unusual, the heroine startlingly different and the pace of the books excellent.

Many critical reviews identify poor characterisation, however, these people clearly have not met anyone who has suffered the abusive upbringing the heroine in this book has.

Do yourself a favour, read the books, approach with an open mind and enjoy.


Knife Of Dreams: Book 11 of the Wheel of Time: 11/12
Knife Of Dreams: Book 11 of the Wheel of Time: 11/12
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average, 14 Jan. 2010
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Jordan has created a wonderful fantasy world with his Wheel of Time series, full of interesting characters. Sadly, this is not the finest example of his work. For me, the strength of these books is the overall story, the individual characters and the various magical elements; this particular book contains few of these.

SPOILER ALERT! We left book 10 with Perrin frantically searching for a way to rescue Faile. It takes the whole of this book for this to happen. Egwene had been captured by the sisters in the White Tower - she's still there at the end of this volume, having achieved well, not very much, other than developing an unsavoury taste for being beaten (the author does seem to have an overly developed interest in the physical chastisement of women). Elayne is besieged in Caemlyn at the beginning and just about manages to become queen by the end of the book. Mat spends the entire book wandering aimlessly, but at least he ends up married by the end of the book. Rand doesn't appear for about 400 pages, or so it seems, and he starts by waiting for his meeting with The Daughter of the Nine Moons, which he never achieves because it is the imposter Semirhage masquerading as the Seanchen. Oh, but at least we eventually get to the point of how he loses his hand.

One of the longest books in the series with the least happening. If all of the stares, smoothing of skirts, discussion of clothing details, hair-braid tugging etc were removed from this book it would be 60% shorter and the better for it. In addition, it is tiresome to be reminded all of the time of the petty characteristics of all the characters; we know them already. Plus, it would be a welcome relief if there was a female character who didn't treat all men as if they are stupid and a male character who could actually have a concept of women that doesn't mark them all as being "unfathomable".

Only read this if you have read "the story so far" and need to keep up to date.


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