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HOMEFRONT FULLY FITTED WASHABLE DOUBLE SIZE MATTRESS COVER DUAL CONTROL (193 x 137 cm)
HOMEFRONT FULLY FITTED WASHABLE DOUBLE SIZE MATTRESS COVER DUAL CONTROL (193 x 137 cm)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding on every front, 8 Jan. 2014
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First, this is a "fitted" under-blanket: so there are no problems with it needing to be continually adjusted. Second, "fitted" means here that it has sufficiently large sides that it is flexible in sizing (eg our mattress was bought in France). So, it's easy to fit. Then, as for heat settings, we've found that level1 is sufficient for us - it takes the chill off the sheets (no central heating here!); but if we're late in getting home 15 minutes on setting 3 is more than enough.

If you're considering buying an electric blanket, there's no competition: this is the one you need.


Dummy Decoy House Alarm Box - Solar Powered
Dummy Decoy House Alarm Box - Solar Powered
Offered by Dummy Camera Co
Price: £13.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You do need the sun, 29 Mar. 2013
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This works so well that the local Gendarmerie believe it to be the real thing (I'm not telling them it isn't!). Also, I had to buy another for my neighbour, he was so impressed.

However, after three days without sun this winter, I soon realised its drawback: you do need the sun. OK, it only took about three hours to re-chatrge the batteries, but beware!
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The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars PASS OVER CHAPTER 1, 29 Mar. 2013
For a long time I put off reading the whole of this book. Chapter 1 is a diatribe against religious deniers of Darwin and evolution. However, having read several of Dawkins' books I started again. The effort was well worth it.

In 450 pages (excluding bibliography) Dawkins sets out, in detail, just about all that could contribute to the story of evolution as of 2009. He draws in evidence from biology, chemistry, ecology, embryology, paleontology and many more disciplines, to put forward a wonderful (ie full of wonders) story - and history. Yes, there are occasional swipes at the deniers but less off-putting than Chap 1. Dawkins speciality is being able to explain difficult science that laymen (such as me) can understand. I fully recommend this book.

Why only 4*? Chapter 1 spoils it, for me.


Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law
Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law
by Sadakat Kadri
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential guide to what is the sharia, 8 Jan. 2013
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Sadakat Kadri is a British barrister of mixed parentage. From this background he is able to explore how the sharia has developed over time and why there exist so many variations today. It is a compelling read: an easy style, backed by a full catalogue of research (the notes themselves are worth reading). As he recounts, there are almost as many versions of the sharia as there are islamic communities.

His grand tour of the history of Islam and of the sharia is a necessary preparation for the final few chapters on the many present-day interpretations - including, as he points out, several (deliberate?) mis-interpretations. His visit to Iran proved enlightening and should encourage a more studied view of that country. His journeys in Pakistan left me fearful, as did some of his depictions of modern converts. Some hope showed through, though, in his final analysis of how most modern UK muslims view the sharia.

A book that should be on the desk of every western president and prime minister.


Cosequin for Cats 10 x 15 Sprinkle Capsules
Cosequin for Cats 10 x 15 Sprinkle Capsules

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars doesn't work for all cats, 27 Jun. 2012
The vet prescribed this - and it seemed to be working. Our old cat managed to get upstairs again more easily but couldn't get back to scratching the furniture (good!). However, she was sleeping more. Then, as time went on (about three weeks into her course) she became listless and couldn't even manage one step of the staircase.

We stopped her medication there, about ten days ago. Within two days she was more lively - OK, not climbing the stairs very easily, but she was climbing them. She even faced up to next door's dog!

So, is this the after-effects of the Cosequin, or what? My view is that, having waited ten days and with no change in her activity rate in the past eight, I think her system is now cleared of it: and we're seeing a cat pleased to released from her listlessness.


Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
by Keith Lowe
Edition: Hardcover

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential to an understanding of Europe today, 6 May 2012
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An important book, that should be on the history syllabus of high schools across Europe. This is a balanced account of a history that has never been written about in such depth, across such a wide spectrum of action, and on a Europe-wide basis. Having said that, as the author makes clear, many of the statistics and accounts of this after-war period are still hotly disputed - for all the reasons he lays out. There are always more than two sides to every tale, and the author tries to put forward as many as possible. His list of sources alone (originals in 38 different languages) is extensive; and his notes show the extent to which he drew on them.

The horrors of physical and moral destruction are set aside a litany of vengeance, ethnic cleansing, political violence and civil war, that lasted until the 1950's and still has repercussions today. It is a compelling, at times gripping account - very readable.


The Rough Guide to Spain
The Rough Guide to Spain
by Simon Baskett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

20 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An armchair travellers' picture book, 30 Mar. 2012
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Our 2004 Rough Guide was worn out, so bought this, newly published. We have visited Spain a lot and have relied on Rough Guides to advise us on delightful off-the-beaten-track places to visit. They were written by people who were as excited by these places as we became.

What we have here is a guide to the well-worn tourist paths and places. Lots of pretty pictures and worthy prose. If you take this as a guide to "every corner of this fascinating and varied country" as the blurb on the back promises, then you will miss huge areas of "fascinating and varied" Real Spain. Of nine places I had highlighted as possibly worth a visit, only two were listed here: yet they were in the old guide. Even those out-of-the-way areas that have been kept (eg the Pyrenean areas) are much foreshortened.

As I live in France I couldn't view this before buying. Now, I'm getting the sticky tape out (again) to my old guide, and this one will be a gift to a Spain-in-five-days type I know.
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Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons
Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons
by Michael Haag
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Templars and the rubbish made of their existence, 24 Feb. 2012
I found this to be an absorbing read: based on what looks to be extensive research. Haag brings a sceptical look at the Templars. He gives no quarter in dealing with religious pretensions but, nonetheless, treats us to a very readable journey through the (comparatively) short history of the Templars. He wanders off into helpful explanations of key individuals or movements throughout the narrative and leads to ... well, what came after the Templars. His destruction of the various sects, groups, books and claims of conspiracy theorists (all claiming some connection or significance from the Templars) is captivating in its destructiveness.


Canon MG5350 Pixma Inkjet All-In-One Airprint A4 Printer
Canon MG5350 Pixma Inkjet All-In-One Airprint A4 Printer

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good, 20 Feb. 2012
It took a couple of tries to get myself WiFi connected to my iMac, but once I had remembered to first download the firm software it worked effortlessly (much easier than my previous Canon).

I've been using this now for about six months: on jobs ranging from straight colour or B/W prints off the web, to high-quality colour photos. It has been excellent in most aspects. The major niggle is the first job of the day, when it seems to take for ever to get organised (I've never known a printer hum and click and whirr so much). But once you've started printing it's much faster than my previous Canon.

After reading other comments about heavy ink usage I found there's an "economy" setting, for quick and no-finesse work. This has cut ink consumption enormously. Also, having separate colour cartridges means that when one runs out (ie really runs out, not just warns it's going to) then it's easy to change just that one. Cyane and Yellow seem to run out quickest. I buy chipped non-Canon ones: a 5-pack every so often, just the necessary colour ones in between.


The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began
The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began
by Stephen Greenblatt
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How the book on the genesis of the "science of everything" was found, 3 Feb. 2012
As others have noted, this is a highly readable book about the search for, and finding of an important manuscript by an apostolic scribe called Poggio Bracciolini.

The first seven chapters deal more with a vivid description of the life and times of Poggio himself; plus some explanations of those of Lucretius and Epicurus (as far as can be ascertained). This is important if one is to understand how, despite these clearly inauspicious factors, the manuscript of "da rerum natura" (On the Nature of Things) came to be brought back from oblivion. One chapter is devoted to the work itself: a work that lays down the basis for atomic and sub-atomic research, Darwinian theory, genetics and DNA sequencing, ecology, paleontology, and more scientific ideas. There is also as clear a statement of 'why atheism' as one could wish. To think this was thought through over three thousand years ago is amazing: almost a "theory of everything". Its unlikely survival also. As others have noted, the author's view on its likely impact on the Renaissance is not convincing.

However, this is a magnificent work, to which I will refer often.


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