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The Syndicate - Series 3 [DVD]
The Syndicate - Series 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lenny Henry
Price: £19.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irritatingly Watchable, 28 July 2015
The background setting is a lottery win by the downstairs' support staff who serve the ailing Hazelwood Estate. Kate Mellor has written a sequel to her two successful series. This is full of melodramatic moments. The syndicate winners of over £14 million pounds are, as expected, unable to decide how to spend their fortune until a personal and sentimental consensus is reached. Lord Hazlewood, (Anthony Hopkins), and his scheming wife, (Alice Krige), play along with the traditions of American game shotgun tourists along with a step-son, Spencer, who is more than he seems, although perhaps not to the viewer. Added to this, the story enfolds with a cook, Julie (Melanie Hill) and her stroppy daughter, Sarah, (Clare Theobald), both with secrets, plus an infuriating missing girl, Amy, whom I hoped would be found earlier allow the story line to develop. Her strutting, stomping over-the-top father and tearful mother have their own dilemmas. Boyfriends, gardener Godfrey, (Lenny Henry), an obsessional personality who is free from outright comedy, plus characters who weave in and out of the story never seem entirely believable but add to the drama.

The police officers tackle suspects in an off-hand manner. Interviews are often not recorded and suspects intimidated. Lord Hazlewood's destiny from multiple strokes seem to have a remarkable improvement when he realises his family deceptions and also his true affections plus loyalty from his staff. This keeps the momentum shifting despite the many side-lines and conflicting issues. The ending may not be straightforward, as Amy's story is full of interpretation.

An engaging series full of plots and side-tracks that don't all add up. Despite this it was compulsive viewing and fun.


Gardman Squirrel Proof Fat Snax Feeder
Gardman Squirrel Proof Fat Snax Feeder
Price: £15.48

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective Against Larger Animals, 15 July 2015
This globe-shaped fat feeder complements our peanut feeder. It is well-built and solid with a central column removable and cleanable. This is a replacement for a trusty and rusty item. After a few months, the squirrels have not managed to master it. Living next to a common, the problem has largely been with magpies and other birds with flexible necks and long beaks. This feeder has frustrated them and gradually they have realised it is a no go zone: (doesn't stop them trying). The smaller birds can now pick at the fat balls whenever the larger aggressors are absent. An excellent buy and affordable for the birds.


On the Move: A Life
On the Move: A Life
by Oliver Sacks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Sacks - Always On The Move, 13 July 2015
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Oliver Sacks is an individual who has determined his own destiny. His upbringing within a medical environment led to his statement, "By the time I was fourteen, it was 'understood' that I was going to be a doctor", following his parents and elder brothers. Whether it was his chosen route in life he has doubts, but his eventual medical career as a neurologist is one of eminence with a way of explaining the intricacies of the brain that appeal to laymen and fellow professionals. The pulling-power of this autobiography is Oliver Sack's honesty expressed though his experiences. His writing has always been fluent. He details his love of motor cycles, swimming and body building, his sexual orientation that he and his parents were aware of when he was twelve, later graphically exemplified by his experiences in Amsterdam and Hampstead.

Oliver Sacks never seems to have taken life lying down. Despite his dedication to his distinguished medical career, he has managed to embrace himself as a self-confessed 'field-worker', a man who is constantly striving to fit his and other human behaviour within his professional knowledge and experiences as a 'brain doctor'. This is a forthright and honest autobiography written by a man who has an audience and who has lived life to the full. His terminal disease makes this even more compelling. A book that is as pleasurable and interesting to read as its author intended. Full of revelations and humanity, it is highly recommended.


Mr Men go Swimming (Mr. Men & Little Miss Everyday)
Mr Men go Swimming (Mr. Men & Little Miss Everyday)
by Adam Hargreaves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective Therapy, 11 July 2015
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My 5 year old granddaughter would not contemplate swimming. Her father was a sea life-guard yet his attempts to persuade her that this was a pleasing and important skill fell on deaf ears. Mr Tickle in arm bands hit a note and now she is happy in a pool as long as she has floatable aids. The story is, as always, delightful and full of meaning and with a simple educational value.


Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book
by Johanna Basford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.49

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissful Colouring Book, 11 July 2015
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My mother, in her nineties, demanded this having seen similar books. Despite her failing eyesight she has selected the parts of the pages she wishes to colour. The felt tip pens have overtaken the coloured pencils (both excellent). On self-admission, she acknowledges that it will never be completed. The hidden treasures are 'irrelevant', I am told. What delights her is the time spent colouring. This is a pleasure when she talks about how it helps her 'keep on going'.I have seen the pick-and-choose parts of her achievements and they are immaculate. They have added another dimension to her routine. Nothing else to say except it has made my nonagenarian mother happy.


Mini Doodles: Owls: Volume 1
Mini Doodles: Owls: Volume 1
by Louise
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.84

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Owl Doodles, 10 July 2015
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This is described as a handy carry-sized book. At 6x6 inches it fulfils the description being pocket-sized and easily produced to fill in time. Owls are a theme in our house. The doodles are attractive and the layout of one design per page (the other side blank), eliminates the problem of felt tip seepage through to the next. The owl pictures number 47. This is a diverse collection with recognisable owls mixed with imagination. The paper is fine. Some of the designs have a dense black content whilst others are so finite that magnifying glasses are needed. Despite this, the subject matter is delightful and the enjoyment overrides any flaws in the composition.


Biltong SHREDDED - 250g - ORIGINAL Flavour
Biltong SHREDDED - 250g - ORIGINAL Flavour
Offered by The Biltong Company
Price: £5.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biltong Supplied Shredded, 10 July 2015
This biltong is firm and on the dry-side that is ideal for a range of usage. Shredding of biltong follows other food items and adds to the versatility of producing the final dish. The original hard sticks have the fat and meat ratio up to the individual's palate (but difficult to shred or grate), and there are many other wetter and drier instantly edible varieties available. This has the characteristic taste and texture of biltong from a reliable source. Snacking of this alone is fine but with additions such as grated cheese, mince, salads virtually anything feasible is compatible. Whether alone or as supplement, this is a nutritious and tasty product.


Large Print Crosswords
Large Print Crosswords
by Clarity Media
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Appreciated Crossword Book, 7 July 2015
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My mother enjoys crossword puzzles. Unfortunately, her eyesight continues to deteriorate despite glasses.. The brain-solving is still there as long as the clues can be read and the grid filled in. This large print crossword book solves more than a reading problem, it has lifted her back into a visual world without the strain and frustration of smaller newspaper versions. The solutions to the clues are in the back pages. This gives the potential for concentration, activity and engagement. A straightforward crossword book, (100 puzzles), in large print that has been greatly appreciated.


Staedtler 326WP20 Noris Club Fibre Tip Pen in Wallet - 20 Assorted Colours
Staedtler 326WP20 Noris Club Fibre Tip Pen in Wallet - 20 Assorted Colours
Price: £5.40

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow Assortment, 7 July 2015
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Bought for the fine colouring books that are popular, this collection of fibre tip pens has landed with my mother who has the same supplier's coloured pencils. These fibre tips enable quicker colouring on larger spaces. My mother (in her nineties), uses both pencil and pen. Some you smudge and some you nudge, she tells me. Either way, these pens are brilliant. They don't soak the paper. I have bought more for the younger family members with excellent feed-back.
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The Science Book (Dk Science 10)
The Science Book (Dk Science 10)
by DK
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Science Book, 27 Jun. 2015
This is a very readable journey through scientific theory and experimental discovery from Archimedes to present day theorists. Science is an on going search for truth, as introduced by the opening words. This book manages to pack in the history of science with the legendary names behind the progression. Presented in a chronological format, lavishly illustrated with the major achievements highlighted in a concise form. Aimed, perhaps, at schoolchildren but also adults as a refresher or an enlightened read.


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