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Igenix IG3001 2 Slice Toaster in White with Six Position Variable Control, 750 Watt
Igenix IG3001 2 Slice Toaster in White with Six Position Variable Control, 750 Watt
Price: £14.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE BEAUTY, 3 Mar. 2015
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IGENIX is a new manufacturer for me. Didn't like their kettle, liked their heater and love this toaster. I have tried various toasters in recent years and found them all less than perfect . This little beauty is the best yet surpassing larger, more sophisticated and much more expensive toasters when it comes to making consistently good toast. AND THATS ALL I WANT. The 5 settings are reliable and the reheat and frozen settings have been very useful. Not the fanciest on the market, but for me the best.


Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor Starter Kit with Flexball Technology--Pack of 1
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor Starter Kit with Flexball Technology--Pack of 1
Price: £15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars BEST YET, 25 Feb. 2015
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Would give it 6 stars if I could. Being an old codger stricken by year's, I have had many electric and wet shavers in my lifetime. This one by no means the most expensive is by far the best. The Dysonesque ball allows the cutting edges into every every little nook and cranny and follows the contours of the old visog beautifully. An effortless way for the closest possible shave.
This is truly a shaving landmark. I love it.


Igenix Convector Heater with Thermostat, 3000 Watt
Igenix Convector Heater with Thermostat, 3000 Watt
Price: £39.98

5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BUY, 24 Feb. 2015
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Not the most stylish, but very effective. At max setting it heated my conservatory quickly on a freezing morning. The three settings of intensity plus a reliable accurate thermostat give total control of heat level and speed of achieving the required level.
Another plus for me is the anti frost setting which keeps the temperature just above freezing. Ideal for said conservatory.
A very efficient heater at a very reasonable price.


Under Armour   CG Compression Mock Women's Shirt - White, S
Under Armour CG Compression Mock Women's Shirt - White, S
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Price: £40.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WATCH THE SIZE, 24 Feb. 2015
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Excellent item, but watch the size you order as it is a very tight fit. Go for at least one size more than your normal otherwise instead of snug it will be too tight for comfort and restrict any physical activity.


The Last Kind Words Saloon
The Last Kind Words Saloon
by Larry McMurtry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but pretty damn good, 19 Feb. 2015
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I am a big fan of Mr. McMurtry. His Pulitzer prise winning Lonesome Dove is the definitive and by far the best novel set in the old West. I have been over to Archer City Texas to meet the great man and have read everything published by him. I say this to evidence my admiration for the man and his work. Now to The Last Kind Word Saloon :
What a wonderful title just begging to be read. Alas the book does not quite live up to the quality of the title. It is not a great epic story although, it is whimsical, interesting and casts some real legends of The West e.g.the Earps,Doc Holliday,Charles Goodnight,Bill Cody etc.etc. they all add a little to this rather rambling tale . They survive while the world that made them legends has gone. The Indian Wars are over, the buffalo are slaughtered, the open plains are fenced creating cattle spreads as big as many small countries. There are no longer great battles to be won. We follow the Earps and Doc to the Wild West show in Denver then on to the final showdown in Tombstone with many an adventure, gallons of whiskey and a welter of whores along the way.
Why not 4 stars? Well I save that for Larry McMurtry's greater works such as the above Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment and a few others.
This is a fine rollicking read of 196 pages told with a doze of McMurtry's inimitable dry humour.


God's Pocket: A Novel
God's Pocket: A Novel
Price: £7.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BIG DISAPPOINTMENT, 18 Feb. 2015
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I am a big fan of Pete Dexter so this was a big disappointment. A rambling disjointed tale of low life in the tough , seen better days God's Pocket . There are several almost intertwined stories all concerning losers . There is drama, humour, sex and violence, but none of it is well written. I only gave it 3 stars as among the dross there are hints of the real Pete Dexter.
Couldn't wait to finish it. I will give Mr. Dexter a rest for a while


The Miniaturist
The Miniaturist
Price: £1.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SO SO, 17 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: The Miniaturist (Kindle Edition)
Don't know how it achieved such huge sales. Rather pedestrian , did nothing for me, but my wife loved it so perhaps one better suited for the ladies.


The Sheep Queen: A Novel
The Sheep Queen: A Novel
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, 11 Feb. 2015
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Thomas Savage is up there with Cormac Macarthy, Larry McMurtry, Thomas Berger and the other great writers on life in the American West. I have only just discovered him which as an avid reader of this genre surprises me and illustraights how little is know of this writer in the UK.
The Sheep Queen is a dramatised biography of the author's family over 4 generations.
The author out of the blue receives a lawyer's letter representing a woman called Amy McKinney who claimed to be his sister. For his mother to have had and then abandoned a secret child is preposterous. Her investigations and the authors knowledge of his family's history form the basis of this epic from his gold prospecting great grandfather's strike which finances the establishment of a sheep ranch to the present day.This ranch is one of the most successful in The West and grandmother Emma Sweringen raises her family there and with skill, brains and determination becomes a woman of power and influence.
As time goes by our author suspects that there may be truth in Amy's claim and if so how tragic that she missed the joy and support of his large loving family.
The final paragraph brought a tear to this crusty old guy's eyes.
Previously published under the , in my opinion, better title of I Heard My Sister Speak My Name this is a fascinating, beautifully written piece of modern history.


The Power of the Dog: A Novel
The Power of the Dog: A Novel

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST READ IN YEARS, 10 Feb. 2015
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Why have I only now discovered Thomas Savage. He is a great writer and worthy of more attention. I shall now seek out more of his work.
A drunken, but decent Doctor hangs himself never revealing the final humiliation driving him to this final act. His widow grinds out a frugal existence for herself and "sissy" son running her lodging house diner in out back Utah . Phill and George have inherited the largest spread in the area from their parents " the old Gent and the old Lady" and while Phill takes care of the manual work George looks after the business end . Phill is tall , lean and mean. George heavy, short and pleasant. Phill is so outwardly masculine that one early on suspects a homosexual repression as he repeats stories of his old timer wrangler mate Bronco Henry. The brothers still share a bedroom although they don't have to and are now in their late 30s!
George courts and marries the Doctor's widow , Rose and brings her and her son to live on the ranch. In spite of her best efforts Phill does not take to her and makes life as difficult and unpleasant as he can. Husband George is too easy going to seek conflict with Phill who is after all his brother.After many humiliations his trump card is to gain the affection of the academically strong, but physically week son with perhaps a subconscious homosexual motive thus distancing son Peter from his mother. The poor woman relies more and more on pilfered liquor to get her through the days as Phill's plan seems to be working. But as with all arrogant types he underestimates the situation!
To say more of the plot would be wrong, but please believe me this is a first rate work by a great, practically unsung American writer.

Ps the afterword is by another great American writer, Annie Preulx . This alone makes this a book worth investigating.


The Headmaster's Wife
The Headmaster's Wife
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE NAKED HEADMASTER, 10 Feb. 2015
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Thomas Christopher Green is new to me and I am glad to have come across his work. He writes well and kept me engrossed from page one.
Arthur is a straight arrow, ultra conservative headmaster of an exclusive Vermont boarding school. He appears to be happily married with an 18 year old son doing a job he loves so why is he wandering naked in the snow in Central Park. His explanation to the NYPD is the hanger on which hangs a fascinating story. I read it on holiday in 2 sessions and was carried along thinking I knew what was what until surprise I was on the wrong track altogether. We witness the mental disintegration of a good if somewhat boring man as reality and his imaginings become confused. There is sadness, drama , sex and a little humour making this an excellent read. Best enjoyed if read in big chunks at a time.


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