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Scott Of The Antarctic [DVD]
Scott Of The Antarctic [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Mills
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping film, 10 July 2016
This review is from: Scott Of The Antarctic [DVD] (DVD)
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This 1948 film dramatizes Scott's 1910 Terra Nova exhibition to the South Pole. The film starts with Scott's attempts to raise funds and gather a team and ends in an Antarctic tent. The cast includes John Mills as Scott and fleeting glimpses of a very young Christopher Lee.

Some reviews I have read complain that this is a slow moving film, and the BFI's page states that 'accuracy came at the expense of drama'. However, I was gripped from beginning to end. The facts are fascinating, the Antarctic stunningly recreated, and the travails of the men horribly believable. I was left eager to find out more about the expedition and its players.

I watched this film on a projector and the restoration of the 3-strip Technicolour print is excellent. A short film in the extras shows some of the process, and the before and after shots reveal how painstaking the restoration has been. Other extras include an interview with Ranulph Fiennes (who has rather an axe to grind), Andrew Davis on Vaughan Williams's score, John Mills's home movies of the shoot, and a feature on Jack Cardiff's cinematography.


Cath Kidston Meadow Posy Conditioning Body Wash 260 ml
Cath Kidston Meadow Posy Conditioning Body Wash 260 ml
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Luxurious shower gel, 10 July 2016
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I really like this shower gel. It comes in an attractive bottle with a small card you can use if giving it as a gift. It's thick, smells lovely (I liked the almondy base), and leaves skin feeling clean, not dry, and subtly scented.

nb. The bottle I received has a different lid from that displayed in the picture. Rather than being pump action, it pushes down and you then squeeze the upturned bottle.


Cath Kidston Meadow Posy Moisturising Hand Cream 100 ml
Cath Kidston Meadow Posy Moisturising Hand Cream 100 ml
Price: £8.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Effective but grainy, 10 July 2016
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This is an attractive hand cream which comes in a metal tube packaged in a matte cardboard outer box. The warm floral scent, with base notes of almond and vanilla, is pleasant and not too strong.

A small amount absorbs easily and left my hands feeling soft but not greasy. My criticism is that it doesn't seem well mixed. The cream I was given is quite grainy, and although most of it absorbs very well, each time I'm left with harder white grains of cream on my hands which don't absorb at all and have to be wiped off.


Manuka Doctor ApiClear Foaming Facial Cleanser 100 ml
Manuka Doctor ApiClear Foaming Facial Cleanser 100 ml
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good cleanser, 3 July 2016
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This cleanser contains bee venom (humanely harvested*), so shouldn't be used by those who are allergic to bees. Moreover a patch test should be done before use.

This is a good cleanser: it has a nice subtle fragrance, left my skin feeling clean and neither too dry or too greasy. It doesn't foam as the description states and I didn't feel any tingling from the venom. It hasn't cleared up my skin, so those with spots shouldn't expect any miracles. Although this is a good cleanser which I like using, ultimately I don't think that it's worth the premium price, especially as there doesn't seem to be any scientific evidence showing the efficacy of bee venom when used this way in a facial cleanser.

*Apparently the bees are induced to sting a piece of glass, thus releasing their venom without losing their stings.


My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel
My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel
by Grady Hendrix
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Judy Blume meets William Peter Blatty, 3 July 2016
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I think that very few people can pull off a horror novel which works from start to finish, on the basis of "My Best Friend's Exorcism" it looks like Grady Hendrix is one of those few. First off this book is beautifully produced, with its front and end matter replicating that of a high school year book from the eighties, complete with comments from classmates and teachers. The novel itself is a compelling tale of female friendship, and its teenage protagonists are at the age when 'the word "friend" could draw blood'. Abby, the heroine, and Gretchen, her best friend,:

'spent hours ranking their friendships, trying to determine who was best friend and and who was an everyday friend, debating whether anyone could have two best friends at the same time, writing each other's names over in purple ink, buzzed on the dopamine high of belonging to someone else, having a total stranger choose you, someone who wanted to know you, another person who cared that you were alive.'

The pitch perfect account of Abby and Gretchen's friendship is funny and also very moving (it struck a lot of chords with me). Then Hendrix brings demonic possession into the mix and things go from creepy to out and out horrific. The result is a novel that I couldn't put down.


[Apple MFI certified] SanDisk iXpand 64 GB Flash Drive [New]
[Apple MFI certified] SanDisk iXpand 64 GB Flash Drive [New]
Offered by Vadgets
Price: £63.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works really well, 3 July 2016
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This flash drive enables you to transfer files not just from PC to PC, but also from PC to iPad/iPhone and vice versa. In order to transfer files to and from an iPad/iPhone, you first need to download an app. I wasn't anticipating this to be much fun as other apps I've downloaded in conjunction with hardware have been torturous to use. However, SanDisk's app is simple and intuitive and the whole process was painless. I have now been able to transfer all my music from my PC to the drive. You can then download the music onto an ipad or iphone, or alternatively, save memory and stream the music straight from the drive. All in all I'm very pleased with this device as it supplies a need effectively and easily.


Why Did You Lie?
Why Did You Lie?
by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

4.0 out of 5 stars A creepy thriller, 17 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Why Did You Lie? (Hardcover)
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I'm a fan of Yrsa Siguršardóttir's Icelandic crime novels featuring lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, and this standalone novel is just as enjoyable.

The novel's three separate strands consist of a grieving police officer, a couple who return from holiday and find their house (which they had swapped with an American couple) is not quite as it should be, and four workers stuck on a dangerous windswept rock in the Icelandic sea.

Yrsa keeps up the suspense throughout and there are plenty of genuinely creepy moments. The prose is workmanlike, but the plot and the characters meant that I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future
Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future
by Svetlana Alexievich
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A polyphonic masterpiece, 24 May 2016
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"Chernobyl Prayer" is a frightening, moving, horrific, and often beautiful book. Through the monologues of her interviewees (who include doomed rescue workers, evacuees, physicists, party members, children, and those who have chosen to resettle in the Zone), Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to those whose lives are inextricably linked to the Chernobyl disaster.

I started the book knowing very little about Chernobyl and those who were affected by the explosion of the reactor. I finished it sobered and enlightened, not just about the events of 1986, but also about the Soviet Union and the mindset of those who belonged to it. Certain themes recur and are worried at by the various speakers: the shadow of the Second World War, the beauty and fecundity of the land around Chernobyl, and most of all an inability to give a shape and outline to what had happened (several speakers describe it as like something out of science fiction).

This is an essential book that I would urge everyone to read. It will stay with me for a long time.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How the other half lives, 19 April 2016
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Between May 2008 and December 2009, sociologist Matthew Desmond moved into some of Milwaukee's poorest neighbourhoods, immersing himself in the lives of some of their residents, as they desperately try to find and remain in a safe and secure place they can call home. Desmond also spent time with their landlords and this insight is fascinating, especially in they way that they sincerely believe that they do not exploit their tenants or have a role to play in their vicious poverty.

"Evicted" focuses on the human dramas and emotional lives of its subjects and its style is reminiscent of David Simon's "Homicide", for example. This narrative is underpinned by rigorous research and analysis evinced by the 60 pages of endnotes. The result makes for a compelling read and you have to keep turning the pages, sucked into the lives of these Milwaukee residents and desperately hoping that this time things will turn out ok (they usually don't). Indeed, reading it in a nice warm house felt almost like rubbernecking.

However, although the conditions Desmond describes are extreme they are also all too common and although treating of just one city in the States, the book has universal relevance. What Desmond most powerfully shows is that when you are poor every piece of bad luck, every vicissitude, has an effect far more damaging than for those who aren't, creating a vicious circle of poverty and misery from which it is almost impossible to escape. Desmond also describes how poverty is 'a relationship..involving poor and rich people alike' and it is for this reason that "Evicted" should be required reading for everyone, especially our Eton-educated politicians.


CurtzyTM 39 All Purpose Polyester Sewing Colour Thread Reel Spools Set Needlework Embroidery
CurtzyTM 39 All Purpose Polyester Sewing Colour Thread Reel Spools Set Needlework Embroidery
Offered by Kurtzie - Fast Shipping
Price: £19.96

4.0 out of 5 stars A useful collection of threads, 18 April 2016
[I was given a free sample of this product in return for an honest review.]

This is a really useful collection of threads for when you need a particular colour for applique, binding, etc. (there are only 6 metres of thread on each spool, so I wouldn't rely on these for projects that require a large amount of one colour). The threads come in a tray with a cardboard sleeve, so they're easy to store and view. The set consists of 39 threads, including two metallic spools. Quality-wise, I think I prefer Gutermann, but these are a convenient alternative and (at the current price) a bargain.
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