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AmazonBasics Everyday Double Fitted Sheet, Ivory
AmazonBasics Everyday Double Fitted Sheet, Ivory
Price: £16.49

4.0 out of 5 stars good value for money fitted sheet, 18 Jun. 2015
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A decent, good value for money fitted sheet. Seems well made and durable.


Philips SC2008/11 IPL Lumea Precision Plus Hair Regrowth Prevention System
Philips SC2008/11 IPL Lumea Precision Plus Hair Regrowth Prevention System
Price: £259.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but the good lady says that it is easy to use, 7 Jun. 2015
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Difficult to review as the final desired effect is likely to take sometime, but the good lady says that it is easy to use, solid and relatively lightweight and - so far - seems to work as new hair growth seems to certainly have slowed.

Very fair haired ladies and redheads shouldn't use this apparently, nor those with sensitive skin, but it seems to do as indicated and with relative ease.


Rexel A4 Advance Stay Put Pocket and Prong Folder - Purple (Pack of 5)
Rexel A4 Advance Stay Put Pocket and Prong Folder - Purple (Pack of 5)
Price: £11.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, durable plastic folders with various pockets inside, 28 May 2015
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Great, durable plastic folders with various pockets inside. Hole punched to fit into an A4 lever arch file, they are handy mini-portfolios which could be used for presentations, projects and the like. Great value for money


The Scarlet Gospels
The Scarlet Gospels
by Clive Barker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun, such pleasures., 28 May 2015
This review is from: The Scarlet Gospels (Hardcover)
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I'm probably biased but this is an excellent book. I grew up reading Barker, in many ways a visionary who had built on and twisted the worlds of King and Herbert. It was with the release of the movie 'Hellraiser' that brought him to the mainstream in such a way, that his creations have been emulated, parodied and copied but never improved upon. Through Hellraiser I read more and more, loving the character of Harry D'Amour, occult detective as well as other creations such as the monster v monsters scenario in in Cabal.

Further from that I loved other author's takes on his works - especially those by Gaiman, Pinborough, Lebbon, Armstrong et al in Hellbound Hearts.

It was with some trepidation that I began to read this book. Despite dipping back in occasionally, Barker hadn't released a novel for some time. Would he still have IT? Would I enjoy t? Perhaps my perspective would have changed whilst he had not.

I was greatly relieved to find this is a fantastic read. Pinhead - or The Hell Priest - gets some valuable air time and his character is fleshed (pun intended) out and developed in a way that the film series, with their increasing B Movie status, never could. Coming up against D'Amour we can really see the levels of depravation inside him that just would not come across on screen.

Pinhead's last ride - as this is said to be - is a creepily disturbing book - horror at it's best. There is no wishy-washy colouring over of evil here, and D'Amour shows what can be done with an intelligent and grounded (and fallible) occult detective - Jack Nightingale take note.

This is what Horror should be.

Great stuff.


Toni & Guy Men Styling Wax Stick - 75 ml
Toni & Guy Men Styling Wax Stick - 75 ml
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hair wax in an easily applicable form- think pritt ..., 18 May 2015
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Excellent hair wax in an easily applicable form- think pritt stik for your hair. It has a strong hold, although if you are thinning on top I can foresee this being too strong to be applied in stick form as it my well rip your hair out. Great hold throughout the day.


The Death House
The Death House
by Sarah Pinborough
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the title!!!, 10 May 2015
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This review is from: The Death House (Hardcover)
Potential spoilers!

Sarah Pinborough is a fantastic writer, notably of supernatural/ fantasy books.
The story is set in a near(?) future, where an anonymous government body spirits away children who shown signs of an unnamed disease.

When ripped from their family, they are deposited at The Death House, part boarding school, part hospice where they will spend their time until the disease finally wins its war. Inside this house lives Toby, a sufferer longing to return to normalcy and the girlfriend that never was. He and his friends care for each other, wary of the staff as well as other groups of teens. Many people have likened this aspect to 'Lord of the Flies', however it puts me more in mind of Stephen King's 'Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption', as Toby and the new girl - the entrancing and mysterious Clara - seek small victories over the evil Matron. There is much left unsaid in this book. The disease remains anonymous as too the secrets of the upstairs rooms. In truth that is irrelevant.

Despite it's title, this is at it's heart a romance, not only between Toby and Clara, but with the beauty and joy they take from life every day. Incredibly well written, it is in turns uplifting, bright and at times - like life itself - dreary and downbeat. And herein lies Pinborough's skill. For someone who has grounded themselves in horror and murder, her ability to adapt to a literary tale, echoing what would now be considered classics, she has produced a book which involves and engages you from the start to the bittersweet end.

An exceptional book.


Oxford Reading Tree: Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit
Oxford Reading Tree: Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit
by Annemarie Young
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.55

4.0 out of 5 stars A good little set supposedly for age 6 and up, 7 May 2015
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A good little set supposedly for age 6 and up. In truth however, I would say it is more likely to be suitable for an on track child leaving Y1 (or a younger brighter child, or an older child below age related expectations(Gove's levels, not mine).

It covers the basics presumably expected at y2 SATs levels - can't tell as they haven't been rolled out yet. Pronouns, connectives, basic sentence structure and so on are covered in various workbooks featuring the ubiquitous Biff, Chip and Kipper. It's child friendly and my Y3below age elated expectation learners loved working with it.


The Breath Co Fresh Breath Oral Rinse - 500 ml, Icy Mint
The Breath Co Fresh Breath Oral Rinse - 500 ml, Icy Mint
Price: £6.50

3.0 out of 5 stars To be honest, i can't tell the difference between ..., 29 April 2015
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To be honest, i can't tell the difference between this and any supermarket generic mouthwash. My wallet might, but that's about it. As you expect, you rinse and gargle and hopefully halt the encroaching halitosis monster.


Osomount 360 Flex Universal In-Car Dashboard Windscreen Mount Holder for Smartphones
Osomount 360 Flex Universal In-Car Dashboard Windscreen Mount Holder for Smartphones
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Love this grip, 29 April 2015
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Love this grip! Very solid and secure, although as I have an Xperia, I have to be careful not to allow it to push the on/off switch. Well worth the money.


Philips Multi-Groom Ultra Precise Beard Styler Series 1000
Philips Multi-Groom Ultra Precise Beard Styler Series 1000
Price: £17.45

4.0 out of 5 stars ... Multigroom 1000 is a decent little package and a good entry level model, 26 April 2015
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This Multigroom 1000 is a decent little package and a good entry level model. It comes with various heads as you'd expect, allowing precision trimming to accomodate whatever style of facial hair you wish. It's easy to use, designed to sit comfortably in our hand and the heads simply twist on and off - much easier than other brands.

The effect is good, giving an even trim and it fits easily into a washbag for your weekend away or holiday.

Well worth the money, and whilst there are better unis on the market, for this price it is relative bargain.


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