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Napiers Infant Starflower Skin Cream
Napiers Infant Starflower Skin Cream

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starflower star rating, 15 July 2011
A friend suggested that I try this cream after I developed topical eczema on my face. It soothes the skin instantly, diminishing any redness and rough patches; my eczema disappeared after two days.

This cream doesn't irritate or sting, is unperfumed, and is absorbed easily. I use this as a night cream and carry a jar with me in my bag so that I can use it throughout the day. I'm very happy with my purchase, and would recommend this cream without hesitation.


The Ghost
The Ghost
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One-dimensional, 11 Jan. 2011
This review is from: The Ghost (Paperback)
This is a thinly-veiled thriller that comments on Tony Blair's post-premier career.

Former British Prime Minister Adam Lang is residing in Martha's Vineyard ostensibly to write his memoirs. However, the body of his ghost writer, Mike McAra, is found washed up on one of the winter beaches, seemingly the result of having committed suicide by throwing himself off the ferry. A second ghost writer is engaged and begins the task of re-writing the turgid first draft of the memoirs.

The peace of the retreat is shattered by the news that Lang is to be investigated for war crimes, having seemingly sanctioned the capture by special forces of four terrorists as well as their subsequent torture - during which one suffered a heart attack and died.

By working through the memoir and the package of additional archive material left by MacAra, the narrator begins to question the 'truth' around which Lang surrounds himself. Memory and fact are seemingly at odds - as are Lang and his wife, the formidable Ruth. Delving deeper, it seems that Lang has a far more shadowy past than that to which he admits, and could the CIA really have had a part to play in his meteoric rise to power?

Whilst this book is a page-turner, its structure is extremely simplistic, and not redolent of the far-superior 'Archangel'. I think the interest in this book stems from its timing; is this what we had all hoped would happen to Blair following his resignation? I don't think this is a novel that will date particularly well, and, being full of rather loathsome characters, is unlikely to elicit any sympathy or compassion in the reader. Ultimately, it's a question of 'Who cares?'.


Necropolis: London and Its Dead
Necropolis: London and Its Dead
by Catharine Arnold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Introduction, 11 Jan. 2011
I loved this book, although the part about the era that I would have found most interesting (Roman) was sadly lacking when compared with the later evidence. Overall this was an interesting exploration of the changing attitudes towards death and burial as manifest in London and it made me want to seek out some of the graveyards mentioned - something I've never had time to do. It's a book that I definitely want to read again, and to chase some of the references for myself.


The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: The Most Happy
The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: The Most Happy
by Eric Ives
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and authoritative, 11 Jan. 2011
This is a superb biography of Anne Boleyn. Painstakingly researched, the evidence for Anne's life - and fall - is meticulously considered and presented. Whilst this is an academic study, it is also a very readable account of this turbulent period. Dispelled are many of the myths, rumours and lies surrounding this charismatic character, whose fate was completely unavoidable given the political mess in which Cromwell found himself in 1536.

As many have stated, this must be considered the definitive account of Anne's life, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.


Lighthousekeeping
Lighthousekeeping
by Jeanette Winterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver lined, 11 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Lighthousekeeping (Paperback)
'Lighthousekeeping' is a joy to read, with the language washing over you like waves. As with many of Winterson's books, this is a book about stories - historical stories, legendary stories, and the self as a series of story beginnings - the point being that all are stories without ends, as they're always being retold, becoming again in each retelling.

A lovely book about Silver, DogJim, Pew, Babel Dark, and the lighthouse at Cape Wrath.


Tisserand Rose in Organic Jojoba 9 ml
Tisserand Rose in Organic Jojoba 9 ml
Price: £6.45

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 6 Dec. 2010
It's clear that the oils used in this product are of the highest quality, and the jojoba base rubs into the skin without leaving a residue, but the rose perfume barely lasts for 5 minutes. The rose notes are strong as the oil is dabbed onto the skin, although they fade very quickly. Having never used rose oil before, I don't know whether this is usual, but I was expecting a more durable fragrance, like that of geranium or lavender.
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Titania's Book of Hours: A Celebration of the Witch's Year
Titania's Book of Hours: A Celebration of the Witch's Year
by Titania Hardie
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully useful, 1 Dec. 2010
This is another beautiful book of spells from Titania Hardie, one that complements her earlier book, `Enchanted: Titania's book of white magic', perfectly. With the now-customary velvet cover, uncluttered text and stunning photographs, this is a handsome edition, but it's the clarity of the information contained within it that elevates `Hours' from being a mere coffee-table book. The chapters include: The Cycle of Life, The Witch's Week, Moon Cycles, Solar Sabbats, Lunar Sabbats, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Special Dates, and each one contains interesting references to folk customs as well as descriptions of simple magical greetings and/or spells. As you would expect, their force is towards the light, resulting in a book that is a delight to read and cheery in its aspect.

I am certain that I will return to this book time and again, will definitely be practising many of its spells, and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone interested in white magic.


Kite Killer - Stunt Kite Accessories - HQ
Kite Killer - Stunt Kite Accessories - HQ
Offered by Bluefinn
Price: £9.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting on the Brakes, 16 Jun. 2010
Utterly essential if you own a power kite. These are cheap but very effective kite killers, and I certainly wouldn't attempt flying a powerkite without them.


Radsail 3m Power Kite
Radsail 3m Power Kite

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flight of Fancy, 16 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Radsail 3m Power Kite (Misc.)
If you're looking for your first power kite, then look no further. I'd previously only flown small stunt kites, and did a lot of research before finally settling on the Radsail 3m. It makes the progression to power kiting very easy - and incredibly pleasurable.

The kite is simple to assemble, though it does help if you have another person to assist as the whole thing is much bigger than you might imagine! If you're new to power kiting then this kite is great for learning about brake lines, which you'll master in no time, and you'll become addicted instantly. Being dragged across the beach by the kite might give you a bit of a shock the first time that it happens, but you'll soon learn to anticipate moves like this. If you decide to buy this kite, I'd also recommend you get some kite killers (HQ are the brand that I use) - they're essential for those moments when you feel the kite is too powerful and you just need to let go.

In summary, this is an excellent first power kite; you won't regret this investment.


Worlds Apart Meteor Powerfoil Kite
Worlds Apart Meteor Powerfoil Kite
Price: £38.20

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up, up and away!, 27 Jan. 2008
I received this kite for Christmas, and tried it out for the first time yesterday. It's incredibly easy to set up - all you have to do is unfold it, undo two loops, and attach the flying lines, all of which is explained in an enclosed leaflet. It flies incredibly well in next-to-no wind, and is very simple to master - I have no experience in flying kites, but within 5-10 minutes I was able to manoeuvre and swerve it with ease. This particular kite does not have a frame, so if you do happen to crash it, there are fewer parts to break. I would recommend this kite without hesitation.


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