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Barrettine Danish Oil 500ml
Barrettine Danish Oil 500ml
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Price: £7.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Semi-sheen finish that covers well., 26 July 2017
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This oil dries to a semi-sheen. It covers well.
If you want a matt finish or something that simply soaks into the wood without changing its surface appearance, go for something like teak oil.


Winston Churchill; a pictorial life story authorized by the Winston Churchill Foundation
Winston Churchill; a pictorial life story authorized by the Winston Churchill Foundation
by Elizabeth Harman Pakenham Longford
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most accessible books of many that describe the life of this great man. Recommended., 26 July 2017
This biography was commissioned and authorised by the Winston Churchill Foundation to commemorate the centenary of his birth in 1974. It has a foreword by Anthony Eden, Earl of Avon who succeeded Churchill as Prime MInister.Eden quite rightly says that Winston Churchill will always be remembered for his leadership of the country and free world int he critical years of the Second World War. He had the vision, the courage and the genius to make victory possible.

Elizabeth Longford's biography is authoritative. She chronicles Churchill's life from his birth on November 30th, 1874, two months premature. It covers his growing up and his controversial early days in politics. He was not the most trusted of figures. But when war came and Chamberlain had to sacrifice himself as Prime Minister, Churchill announced that he was willing to form a Government of all parties. He was plunged into the leadership of the nation at a time when it faced its gravest danger. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The book goes on to chronicle the years out of office after the War, the return to power and the strokes that laid him low but were kept out of the public domain.

Throughout, this book is illustrated with contemporary and important photographs. It runs to some 221 pages: it is not the wordiest of biographies nor the most detailed therefore. But everything that matters is here and this is one of the most accessible books of many that describe the life of this great man. Recommended.


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Footful 1 Pair of Gel Heel Cups Heel Support Pads Cushions for Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain---UK3.5-6.5 (Red)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, 6 July 2017
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A simple product that helps with walking comfort. Good value for money and worth trying.


Wilkinson Sword 7000035E Hydro 5 - 4 Blades
Wilkinson Sword 7000035E Hydro 5 - 4 Blades
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5.0 out of 5 stars A close shave and good value, 6 July 2017
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The order arrived promptly and well packed.

I like these blades. They offer a smooth and very close shave, especially when used with a shaving gel rather than a foam (my personal preference). Although their recommended price is higher than many, I find that they last much longer, which improves their value-for-money. At this price, I find they represent excellent value.

The blades are easy to load into the handle and seem well made.

Recommended.


Works Volume 2 (Deluxe Edition) [2017 Remastered Version]
Works Volume 2 (Deluxe Edition) [2017 Remastered Version]
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It has good moments but is not one of their best, 16 Jun. 2017
I felt when I bought 'Works' that Emerson Lake and Palmer were either deliberately or inadvertently signalling that they were reaching the end of the road. Having three sides devoted to solo projects and only one to the super-group itself seemed to me to be a sign. Still, that one side yielded 'Fanfare for the Common Man' and 'Pirates', both major ELP tracks and that was a consolation. And the piano concerto was pretty good too.

'Works 2' came out quite quickly afterwards and was immediately recognisable by one thing: for the first time there is no major work; no stand-out track. Instead these were the fillers that, in the group's heyday, might have surrounded the heavyweight tracks to lighten a 'real' ELP album and give it balance. So this is, by ELP standards, a lightweight offering.

Nevertheless it yielded a few gems. 'Tiger In A Spotlight' went on to become a regular feature of their live sets. 'Barrelhouse Shake-Down' offers great honky-tonk piano from Keith Emerson. 'Maple Leaf Rag' is brilliant and 'I Believe in Father Christmas' has become a seasonal classic (though this is not the single version). My favourite track is 'Honky Tonk Train Blues' in which Keith Emerson captures the spirit and movement of the piece perfectly.

This is not ELP at their best. Many of the tracks with the orchestra seem overloaded and therefore plod along. ELP were at their best as a threesome and when offering longer tracks, complexity and the virtuosity of which they were capable. Works 2 is worth a listen, but you'll find yourself returning to their other albums many more times than this one.

I like parts of it, but in all honesty (and I say this as a huge ELP fan) this is not one of their four or five star offerings. Three stars for this one: it has good moments but is not one of their best, I'm sorry to say.


Line Of Duty: Series 3 [DVD]
Line Of Duty: Series 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Mays
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this series without reservation. It is quality TV drama at its best., 31 May 2017
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This review is from: Line Of Duty: Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
NO SPOILERS

This is compelling drama, superbly acted and with a plotline that demands attention.

The plot centres round AC-12 (AC= Anti-Corruption) and its personnel. It starts with the death of a suspect and then the story gets ever more complex. The team follows the evidence and as the facts become known and the body count mounts, it gets ever more complicated to follow.

Some facts are shared with the audience beforehand but most are not and you will find yourself speculating as to what might happen in the next episode. And the final episode is shocking in its unexpected reveals.

The acting here is superb. The viewer can almost feel the tension and pressure being felt by the participants, almost like being there.

I recommend this series without reservation. It is quality TV drama at its best.


Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Case, by Caseflex [Genuine Leather] Lightweight & Slim ID Wallet Cover [Cash & Card Slots] - Exact Fit for Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Case, by Caseflex [Genuine Leather] Lightweight & Slim ID Wallet Cover [Cash & Card Slots] - Exact Fit for Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Initial reactions to this item are good. Delivery was prompt., 23 May 2017
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I am pleased with this purchase. I was hesitant about putting the S8+ in a case, because it looks so sleek without it. However, my fear of having it in pockets with keys, or knocking it onto the floor prevailed, so I bought this. The phone still looks good when fitted and the edge screen features are not impaired.

The case is well made. The phone fits into a flexible plastic frame which holds it securely. Fitting the phone is no problem. The case fastens with a magnetic catch. In time I expect this to wear, but experience says it is likely to last a couple of years at least.

The leather surfaces are good quality. The open cover has space for credit cards / a driving licence or similar. Personally I am cautious about putting too much sensitive information in one place in case of loss or theft.

There is no screen protector included in the package, which would have been a good addition. There is a small polishing cloth for cleaning the screen.

My initial reactions to this item are good. Delivery was prompt.


Double Fantasy
Double Fantasy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Keep the remote handy, 5 May 2017
This review is from: Double Fantasy (MP3 Download)
For me this is an album made bearable by the invention of CD players with remote controls. As a vinyl LP I stopped playing it: as a CD it is brilliant. The reason is that with a remote control you can skip over the dross that represents Yoko Ono's contributions.

It was wonderful to hear John Lennon's voice again after a five year break and at first I thought I could tolerate the rubbish that came between each of his tracks. But I couldn't and the LP was seldom played as a result.

Which was a shame because the Lennon material is very good. '(Just Like) Starting Over' is a super start. 'Beautiful Boy' may be a tad mawkish but it's a wonderful lullaby. And 'Woman' is one of the most beautiful songs Lennon ever wrote. Simply wonderful.

So here we have half an album of five star brilliance and the other half of sub-one-star mind-numbing awfulness. Three overall. Keep the remote handy.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compatibles, but better value than the Braun originals. Recommended., 13 April 2017
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These brushes are good value. They fit the Braun toothbrush perfectly.

I find the bristles a tad firmer than the Braun originals, even though they are marked 'soft'. I think I like them better than the originals.

The four heads each have a different coloured ring so that different members of the family can identify their own.

These heads are compatibles and better value than the Braun originals and I am able to recommend them.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [Blu-ray]  [2017]
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [Blu-ray] [2017]
Dvd ~ Felicity Jones
Price: £15.00

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star Wars film that is free-standing and great entertainment, 13 April 2017
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SPOILER FREE.

This film is well described as 'A Star Wars story'. It is set in the same era as 'Star Wars' itself, just before Episode iV A New Hope. It contains references to the original Star Wars film and cameos from some of its characters, but it is a free-standing adventure in its own right. It introduces a whole new set of characters and backgrounds and does not allow itself to be overwhelmed by its ultra-famous stable-mate.

The storyline is strong: a rip-roaring 'here's what we have to do, let's do it' adventure. The production is taut and the acting is good. The use of CGI animation is outstanding as it brings back to the screen characters from over 40 years ago.

I saw this film in the cinema and have also watched it now on Blu-Ray at home. The picture quality is good. I found the dialogue in the cinema a tad muffled at times: It seems to come across perfectly well at home. The bass notes in the explosions and the noise of spaceship engines come through in room-vibrating splendour. Not a film to watch when other members of the family have already gone to bed!

There are many references to the original Star Wars films. They set the scene but they do not dominate. This film's own storyline is the main driver. As a result, 'Rogue 1' is a free-standing film in its own right and it works very well. Recommended.


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