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European Railway Journeys - The Sicilian Connection [DVD]
European Railway Journeys - The Sicilian Connection [DVD]
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £1.93

2.0 out of 5 stars Dated, 17 Jun. 2016
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Dated. Better than nothing. Very light overview of southern Italy not just Sicily, which is what I wanted. Glad I did not pay much for it.


HEPA Filter for EH0318 (AP281-2SN)
HEPA Filter for EH0318 (AP281-2SN)
Offered by DiO
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It works., 17 Jun. 2016
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Does what it is supposed to do. In this case help my daughter's hay fever.


Traditional White Wooden Christmas Candle Bridge
Traditional White Wooden Christmas Candle Bridge
Offered by BeNeLux
Price: £10.98

2.0 out of 5 stars Not wooden but PLASTIC., 11 Dec. 2015
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The advert describes this as Traditional Wooden. It is PLASTIC. Returned immediately.


TOOTHBRUSH 'STICK ON' HOLDER FOR 5 LARGE BRUSHES WITH 2 SUCTION CUPS - 10 COLOURS (Transparent Green/Glass Effect)
TOOTHBRUSH 'STICK ON' HOLDER FOR 5 LARGE BRUSHES WITH 2 SUCTION CUPS - 10 COLOURS (Transparent Green/Glass Effect)

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple., 5 Nov. 2015
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Very simple and helps keep the bathroom tidy.


Englanders and Huns: The Culture-Clash which Led to the First World War
Englanders and Huns: The Culture-Clash which Led to the First World War
by James Hawes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The seeds of the First World War, 28 Sept. 2015
Germany since 1945 is a very different place socially, culturally and politically from the Germany preceding that date. It is extremely important to bear that in mind after finishing this book.

James Hawes provides information that I suspect many of us have never come across before, at least not in so much volume. He is well qualified to do so and to interpret it. Perhaps the style is a little flippant given the seriousness of the subject. Indeed I nearly did not buy the book because of its title. I should have liked something more academic but that would have been to miss the point.

The book covers the period from 1864 to 1914 and charts the ups and downs (mostly downs) of Anglo-German relations. Germany was beginning to feel its strength and wanted a place on the world stage, a place in the sun. It saw Britain (England) as the chief impediment. Britain did not enter the Danish-German war of 1864. Perhaps for the simple reason that Denmark was considered to have effectively started it. It might be said that the Danes having started the war Prussia was going to finish it in the most brutal and unscrupulous way. From this point the feeling in Germany was that Britain was decadent and lazy and only interested in quick profits. From this point Germany popular opinion was contemptuous of Britain.

The British in their turn regarded the Germans as socially backward and oafish. Not an attitude calculated to earn friends.

There are several villains in all of this particularly Bismarck. Bismarck demonstrated a masterly ability to manipulate the press. He used it damn the British at every opportunity as self-seeking, usurious and cowardly. Unwilling to fight and willing to let their friends down for a profit.

There are other villains such as Tirpitz. It seems that Germany wanted Britain as an ally against Russia. Unfortunately the policy was to threaten rather than persuade. If this did not work then more of the same would be applied, that is to build an even bigger fleet.

What is startling is the depth to which this hatred of Britain went and by whom the greatest feeling of loathing and contempt was felt: the “volk.” The ordinary German masses. In Britain the masses were concerned with German ambitions and the threat to the Empire. [Interesting sub-note some native peoples in Cameroon and New Guinea actually asked to be taken into the British Empire lest they be taken over by the German Empire.]

I had previously believed that Bismarck created the gun and loaded it which was then fired by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Ultimately he did urged on by his demanding people. The people usually blamed are the Prussian Junkers: Mr Hawes shows that this is not the case.

It is possible through the pages of this book to see how the National Socialists would arise. A population that expected to be led by strong leaders, that would follow without without considering the consequences. In this period of German history for a German to be called an “Englander” was almost as bad as to be called a Jew. The beginnings of rabid German anti-Semitism that would lead to appalling catastrophe.

The inescapable conclusion is that Germany started the First World War expecting it to be short, sharp and victorious.

How different Germany now is: a settled liberal democracy willing to offer help to enormous numbers of refugees.

Apart from some minor issues over style this a highly readable and informative book that needs to be read by all who are interested in the start of the cataclysmic events of the Twentieth Century. And it started in 1864.


PTFE GAS HOB LINERS. Reusable and Washable. Ultra Non Stick. Keep your gas hobs clean. Pack 4
PTFE GAS HOB LINERS. Reusable and Washable. Ultra Non Stick. Keep your gas hobs clean. Pack 4
Offered by Cyclaire
Price: £8.19

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 18 Sept. 2015
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Seems like a good idea but ... Disintegrated very quickly. In spite of cutting to size to avoid scorching they scorched. Would not buy again.


Duralex 25 cl Picardie Tumbler, Pack of 6, Clear Glass
Duralex 25 cl Picardie Tumbler, Pack of 6, Clear Glass
Price: £5.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 Sept. 2015
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Excellent - see my review for 36cl size


Duralex Picardie water glass 160ml, without filling mark, 6 Glasses
Duralex Picardie water glass 160ml, without filling mark, 6 Glasses
Price: £5.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 Sept. 2015
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Excellent - see my review for 36cl size. So good in fact I have ordered some more. We tend to use them as wine glasses. I suspect the French do for the vin ordinaire. Personally I find large wine glasses vulgar. (Yes I know that seems incredibly pretentious.)


1 Dozen Soft Replacement Tips for The Friendly Swede® Thin-Tip High Precision Stylus Pen + Cleaning Cloth - Retail Packaging (S Rubber Tip)
1 Dozen Soft Replacement Tips for The Friendly Swede® Thin-Tip High Precision Stylus Pen + Cleaning Cloth - Retail Packaging (S Rubber Tip)
Offered by The Friendly Swede [UK]
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but expensive., 17 Sept. 2015
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Rather expensive for small bits of rubber but they do the job. I find a stylus much more successful than trying to use fingers and thumbs on a mobile phone.
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Duralex Picardie water glass 360ml, without filling mark, 6 Glasses
Duralex Picardie water glass 360ml, without filling mark, 6 Glasses
Offered by Noble Express Catering Supplies
Price: £12.46

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough like the French Foreign Legion., 17 Sept. 2015
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My father bought some of these when they first came out, and there are still two left! A bit worse for wear but then who isn't after sixty years. I bought them after becoming fed up with ordinary glasses that keep breaking and needing to be replaced. The tumblers are not indestructible, they will break but not in normal usage. They can clink together and even against sauce pans. They are tough. I dropped one one a hard kitchen floor and it survived. If you want glasses that will last then try these.


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