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Dog Activity Mini Snack Bags, 7 X 9 Centimeter Assorted Colours
Dog Activity Mini Snack Bags, 7 X 9 Centimeter Assorted Colours
Offered by Brindle Bear
Price: £3.20

1.0 out of 5 stars Tiny., 20 Aug. 2017
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Described as 7cm diameter by 9cm high. Yes, it is 9cm high OPEN but that includes the drawstring section which closes the top - so when it's closed it's only 5 1/2cm high and holds a tiny amount. OK if you have a chihuahua perhaps, useless for anything larger.


The Faithful Couple
The Faithful Couple
by A. D. Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite..., 2 Dec. 2016
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This is not a plot-driven book - it's about emotions, communication, how people view events differently, and the changing nature and value of a friendship over the years. For this kind of book to be successful the writing has to be polished and beautiful, and I don't think it is here. There are some wonderful sections but much of the text could do with thorough editing - a couple of times I found I had to go back over a section 3 or 4 times to make sense of it, and I frequently lost track of who was speaking in longer conversations. Partly this is because the two main characters are not very clearly drawn - I didn't have a picture of them and their personalities in my head.

I enjoyed it but it's a 'straight to Oxfam' rather than a 'keep, might reread'.


MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS
MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS
by LOUISA JONES
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Mediterranean gardens don't have lawns, 19 May 2015
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Not a 'how-to-do-it' guide, nor a glossy coffee table book of seductive photographs, but a series of musings on the tradition and ideology behind how man has adapted and tamed Mediterranean landscape to his needs, in harmony with climate and soil.


How to Clean and Maintain Your Own Swimming Pool: Volume 1
How to Clean and Maintain Your Own Swimming Pool: Volume 1
by Jeffrey M. Schulte
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic, 30 May 2013
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Not really much use. This little (26 pages) book explains very basic basics such as you need to run the pump each day and clean the filter regularly, and it has a good, clear section on how to deal with various types of algae.

I was hoping to find a clear explanation of which chemicals to use, what they each do, and how they inter-react, but this is not covered here.


Plantes et jardins méditerranéens
Plantes et jardins méditerranéens
by Serge Schall
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but, 5 Sept. 2012
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Contains drought-resistance and frost hardiness information for some obscure plants not covered in other books, but the gardens shown are all very ordinary. Other writers (Olivier Filippi, Pierre Cuche, Louisa Jones) offer more information and better inspiration.


Madame Bovary (Wordsworth Classics)
Madame Bovary (Wordsworth Classics)
by Gustave Flaubert
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lumpy translation, 5 Sept. 2012
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Like wading through treacle - the translation is into English of the same era as the book, so is impenetrable in places.


The Gardens of Luciano Giubbilei
The Gardens of Luciano Giubbilei
by Wilson Andrew
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant simplicity, 26 Aug. 2012
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How to achieve a lot with very little - no fancy planting schemes, just pure lines, simple plant choices and carefully chosen materials.

A lovely book which describes the design process and shows the end results through clear photographs and drawings.


Dream Gardens: 100 Inspirational Gardens
Dream Gardens: 100 Inspirational Gardens
by Tania Compton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.85

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly northern european, 6 Dec. 2011
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A beautifully presented book with informative text and fantastic photographs. A real source of inspiration and a good base from which to explore the ideas of the garden designers shown.

However - I bought this as it was described as showing 'gardens from around the world' and was disappointed that with a (very) few exceptions the gardens are all northern European. If you are looking for inspiration for, say, a mediterranean garden, look elsewhere.


Aldington, Craig and Collinge (Twentieth Century Architects)
Aldington, Craig and Collinge (Twentieth Century Architects)
by Alan Powers
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing graphics, 7 May 2010
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Excellent text with a comprehensive overview of the practice's work. However, plans are tiny and virtually impossible to read, and photographs too small to be of much use.


Breakfast on the morning tram
Breakfast on the morning tram
Price: £7.07

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful, 25 Feb. 2009
The Ishiguro songs are the best modern 'intelligent' songs I have heard for a long time and her cover of 'Landslide' strips it to its bones to reveal the beautiful melody which, as ever, her perfect voice does great justice to. And her French isn't bad either......


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