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Alexander Bryce "Sandy" (Scotland)
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KitchenCraft Living Nostalgia Enamel Self-Basting Roaster with Lid, 33.5 x 24 x 14.5 cm - White / Grey
KitchenCraft Living Nostalgia Enamel Self-Basting Roaster with Lid, 33.5 x 24 x 14.5 cm - White / Grey
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check the size, 20 Feb. 2017
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I am no cook, but fortunately my wife is so she put this to the test with a traditional Sunday roast( lamb). The result was succulent and delicious.
It is well made with a fairly heavy , quality feel. Turning the lid over it stores away conveniently. Her only criticism, which could be vita, was that it was a close fit for our modern oven which is larger than the norm. So check dimensions before buying.


Natures Aid Ucalm  300mg (Equivalent 1500mg-2100mg of St Johns Wort Herb) - Pack of 60 Tablets
Natures Aid Ucalm 300mg (Equivalent 1500mg-2100mg of St Johns Wort Herb) - Pack of 60 Tablets
Price: £7.15

1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR ME, 19 Feb. 2017
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Now I remember why I stopped taking this supplement years ago.........because it's no damn use.
To give it every benefit of doubt I finished the jar before doing this review. As far as I am concerned it didn't alter my mental state, relieve anxiety or lift my spirits.
Perhaps it works for some, but not i.


BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp Designed for Monitor Suitable for Designers, Engineers, Architects, Studying, Gaming (Ergonomic, Dimmable, Warm/Cool White) - Silver
BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp Designed for Monitor Suitable for Designers, Engineers, Architects, Studying, Gaming (Ergonomic, Dimmable, Warm/Cool White) - Silver
Offered by BenQ Webstore
Price: £179.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LIGHT, BUT WATCH YOU TOES, 15 Feb. 2017
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Arrived safely packaged with all parts. Easy to assemble once I located amoung the packaging the only small screw which had become loose. It comes with a variety of plugs covering most European and western world outlets.
Magic touch on and off controll ring which can also be used for the e-reading mode. The knob on top controls the brightness and the colour from warm to cool light.
The instructions take you through the various suggested angles etc depending on whether reading, key board operating etc.
But does it work? An emphatic yes. Living in Scotland the winter days are short and natural light can be poor so I am using this lamp mainly for recreational reading and what a difference it has made. I think that I have eliminated any eye strain by using the warmer ligh for reading and the cool light for cross words and any intricate work. There must be lots of hobbies/pastimes that would benefit from using this lamp e.g. Artwork, knitting, model making etc.
It also illuminates my lap top key board clearly without any screen reflection.
It is expensive, but is very effective and with one important exception well made: the base is very heavy to facilitate the arms mobility without it toppling. The above mentioned small screw is all that fixes the arm to the heavy base. The lamp should therefor always be lifted by gripping the base. If you forget and lift it by the arm there I fear that the base will come away and woe betide any toes that it falls on. This is the only reason that I have deducted a star as I feel that sooner or later I will forget and move it holding the arm. It's almost the natural thing to do. Finally it is BIG.


Duracell Ultra Power Type AAA Alkaline Batteries, Pack of 12
Duracell Ultra Power Type AAA Alkaline Batteries, Pack of 12
Offered by TELcomponents
Price: £7.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Only the best, 14 Feb. 2017
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Better than all the rest.....in my opinion. As with the new generation of AA batteries from Duracell they last longer when in use and have a longer shelf life when not in use. Sometimes costing a few pennies more,but economical in the long run.


Duracell Ultra Power Type AA Alkaline Batteries, pack of 12
Duracell Ultra Power Type AA Alkaline Batteries, pack of 12
Price: £7.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Only the best, 14 Feb. 2017
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....better than all the rest ..... in my opinion. This latest generation of batteries from Duracell lasts longer no matter the device when in use and has a much longer shelf life when not in use. They can cost a little more than their rivals, but this is a good case in point where buying cheap can be more expensive in the long run.


Mohawk
Mohawk
Price: £4.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book/great writer, 4 Feb. 2017
This review is from: Mohawk (Kindle Edition)
Does anyone write dialogue better than Richard Russo. An emphatic no.
Anyone who has lived in a "seen better days" small town wherever it may be will appreciate the accuracy of the beautifully drawn characters and situations from the pen of Mr. Russo. Two families for reasons that gradually become apparent are at loggerheads and have been over three generations. On one side we have the shifty Gaffneys who number a lazy fat sherif, a badly damaged young man and a thieving factory worker. On the other the Grouses who although not saints are basically honest and decent and boast the best looking gal in town.
There are several other characters populating this once center of the leather trade before the world passed it by, Mohawk. The time is the sixties and seventies when Mohawk is trying to adjust to the depressed township that is its fate. Richard Russo's own background is such a town so he knows of which he writes and it shows. I would go as far as to say that some of the characters and situations remind me of the great Steinbeck's work.
As to the dialogue' if you have ever eaves dropped in a small town cafe or bar you will realise how authentic it is. This makes the writing so believable that one gets truly involved in the lives of this sad town's citizens.It also delivers some laugh out loud situations.
Written 30 years ago it is as fresh today as it was then.
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House Rules
House Rules
by Jodi Picoult
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly great, 27 Jan. 2017
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This review is from: House Rules (Paperback)
This is the story of a single mum bringing up two teenagers as best she can. Theo and elder brother Jacob an Asbergers sufferer who is fascinated by forensic science. His attractive young tutor Jess is murdered , an investigation leads to Jacob being tried for her murder.
There is great detail about Asberger's syndrome and I feel that I now have a greater knowledge and sympathy for sufferers. Some reviewers with Asberger children have commented on the accuracy of Ms. Picoult's description of this illness. I am sure that they are righ in all that they say, but Jodi Pucoult has by way of a gripping novel drawn this condition to thousands and in times possibly millions of people previously ignorant of it. She must be applauded for this.

The book is however in my opinion not her best. The book focuses almost exclusively on the perpetrator and his family. We have very little information about the victim: her parents, siblings, her pre student life etc. This makes for a fairly one dimensional victim and ergo I found it difficult to be emotionally involved with her demise. Finally the ending left be a little frustrated.
While not in my opinion her best it is still a worthwhile read.


Hallmark One I Love Valentine's Day Card 'Too Special' - Medium
Hallmark One I Love Valentine's Day Card 'Too Special' - Medium
Price: £1.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE CARD, 23 Jan. 2017
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One size in this case does fit all. A generic " to the one I love " Valentine's card from a respected manufacturer. Ideal for your wife and sweetheart ( may they never meet). Tasteful ,bordering on , but not quite too sweet. I like it, but will the recipient.........watch this space.


Stylus Needle for 33, 45 & 78 rpm records - Fits Most Steepletone Record Turntables (except SMC595, SMC922, 1200e/Edinburgh, Lancaster & older SRP1r). Fits: 2055/2055D, 3155DR, Cambridge, Canterbury, Columbus, E516 (Carlisle & Truro Encode), Hereford, Norwich*, Oxford, Retro USB, Salisbury, SMC6a, SMC7r, SMC99r, SMC386, SRP1r 09, Stratford, ST918, Rockette, Roxy 1*, Roxy 2*, Roxy 3*, Windsor, York - Plays 33, 45 & 78 rpm speed records (Universal Sapphire Stylus DTL- SSTY1)
Stylus Needle for 33, 45 & 78 rpm records - Fits Most Steepletone Record Turntables (except SMC595, SMC922, 1200e/Edinburgh, Lancaster & older SRP1r). Fits: 2055/2055D, 3155DR, Cambridge, Canterbury, Columbus, E516 (Carlisle & Truro Encode), Hereford, Norwich*, Oxford, Retro USB, Salisbury, SMC6a, SMC7r, SMC99r, SMC386, SRP1r 09, Stratford, ST918, Rockette, Roxy 1*, Roxy 2*, Roxy 3*, Windsor, York - Plays 33, 45 & 78 rpm speed records (Universal Sapphire Stylus DTL- SSTY1)
Offered by JiangBao-UK
Price: £6.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Like new, 19 Jan. 2017
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The quality of my old 45s and 331/3s ( ask your dad) was faiding . Then I realised that I had used the same Stylus for years. The new one arrived in 24 hours , carefully packed and hey presto clear stereo sound once more. My very old LPs sound like new.
Worth every penny.


Scalextric C8246 Side Swipes 350 millimetre 1:32 Scale Accessory
Scalextric C8246 Side Swipes 350 millimetre 1:32 Scale Accessory
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet clever, 17 Jan. 2017
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What a clever little bit of track making it impossible for both cars to pass through it at once thus adding a little extra excitement to any race. It also needs a bit of extra care to negotiate the " wiggle". One of many Scalextric additions and a good one.


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