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3M E-A-R Classic Ear Plugs, Uncorded, 28 dB, Retail, SP-01-002SP - 5 Per Pack
3M E-A-R Classic Ear Plugs, Uncorded, 28 dB, Retail, SP-01-002SP - 5 Per Pack
Price: £3.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Top ear plugs, 13 Oct. 2017
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Very effective ear plugs, a little longer than the 3M plugs I have previously bought in small packs. They are easily squeezed to insert, and I found them comfortable for long periods of wear. I'm going to buy more. These always come to the cinema with me, to suppress the blasting ads and trailers.


Assorted Sized Aluminium Wire, 1 mm, 2 mm and 3 mm in Diameter, 5 Meters Each, Silver Color, 3 Pieces
Assorted Sized Aluminium Wire, 1 mm, 2 mm and 3 mm in Diameter, 5 Meters Each, Silver Color, 3 Pieces
Offered by Gopera UK
Price: £12.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to handle craft wire, 13 Oct. 2017
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This is soft wire, which I found very useful for making prototypes of small wire sculptures. You can easily shape it with your fingers.


1 X 2018 Diary A4 COLLINS ESSENTIAL Week to View Hardback Desk Diary Black
1 X 2018 Diary A4 COLLINS ESSENTIAL Week to View Hardback Desk Diary Black
Offered by SMCO
Price: £3.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's cheap, 13 Oct. 2017
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Most of the pages were wavy and did not lie flat. Maybe the paper had been exposed to a damp atmosphere. I wish I'd paid a bit more and got a better quality diary. I don't want to be annoyed every day for a whole year using this one.


A History of Judaism
A History of Judaism
by Martin Goodman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding history for intelligent readers of all religions or none, 11 Oct. 2017
This review is from: A History of Judaism (Hardcover)
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This is not presented as a history of the Jewish people, but as a history of the Jewish religion. Yet the two cannot be separated; the religion was affected by the events that history imposed on it, and so Martin Goodman starts -- unexpectedly -- at the time of the historian Josephus, close to the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70CE, the povotal date in this book. From here, he can look back, as Josephus did, to the development of early Judaism as recounted in the Hebrew Bible (that's the Old Testament, for Christians). Goodman uses more sources than Josephus could, but made me want to go and read Josephus next. Also close to Josephus' time were the lives of the Jews Jesus and Paul and the origin of Christianity. Goodman explains how Jewish Christians separated from the mainstream until they had a separate religion, soon dominated by gentiles, but retaining many Jewish concepts and practices.

The first third of the book is largely taken up with explaining the concepts and practices of the Jewish religion and its sects as they developed up to 70CE. And then we are taken through the development of rabbinic Judaism up to 1500CE, no longer in the Roman Empire, but now within the worlds of Islam and medieval Christianity, and this is the foundation stone of modern orthodox Judaism. That's the middle third of the book.

The coming of the European renaissance, the dangerous "false messiahs", and the foundation of Hasidism lead us to the modern times, after 1750CE. This is the fascinating last quarter of the book, explaining the main varieties of Judaism as you will now meet them: Reform Judaism, modern orthodoxy, and the American conservative Judaism which sits between the other two.

This book will be of enormous value to Jews, filling in the gaps in our personal knowledge, and telling us -- as good history does -- how we got to where we now are. Even more so, interested Christians -- not just academics -- will, I believe, find this fascinating reading that will give them insight into the roots of their own religion. I'd like to see this book on the shelves of every synagogue, and in sixth-form and University libraries. I'm going to ask my local public library to buy it, too.


Vitamin D3 365 Softgels (Full Year Supply) 1000IU Vitamin D3 Supplement, High Absorption Cholecalciferol by Nu U Nutrition
Vitamin D3 365 Softgels (Full Year Supply) 1000IU Vitamin D3 Supplement, High Absorption Cholecalciferol by Nu U Nutrition
Offered by Nu U Nutrition
Price: £29.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to take vitamin D3, 9 Oct. 2017
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These are soft, slippery little capsules that are very easy to swallow. The 1000IU dosage is at the high end of the range of recommended daily amounts, so this is likely to be a good vitamin D supplement for most adults.

The capsules contain sunflower oil and vitamin D3, and an ingredient of them is gelatin sourced from cows.


L'Oreal Paris True Match The One Concealer 4N Beige
L'Oreal Paris True Match The One Concealer 4N Beige
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great under the eyes, 9 Oct. 2017
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Just the thing for use under the eyes, this was very quick and easy to apply. It seemed slightly shiny when first applied, but that was only for a short time. This product can also be used on other facial marks that you want to conceal, and it is especially useful when not wearing foundation, for example when going to the gym.


Bluetooth Transmitter, TaoTronics Wireless Transmitter for TV with 3.5mm Adapter& USB Dongle (High-Fidelity Stereo, Plug and Play via USB or AUX Input, Charging while Playing for TV & iPod)
Bluetooth Transmitter, TaoTronics Wireless Transmitter for TV with 3.5mm Adapter& USB Dongle (High-Fidelity Stereo, Plug and Play via USB or AUX Input, Charging while Playing for TV & iPod)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK

5.0 out of 5 stars Works very well, 4 Oct. 2017
This is a delightfully simple and tiny gadget that adds Bluetooth output to just about any audio device. I use it on my TV and on my Youview box to transmit sound to my Bluetooth headphones. There are clear instructions and some useful cables for connecting and recharging the TaoTronics gadget. One full charge lasts for several hours listening, and you can recharge from a USB port or a phone charger.


Glenrothes Vintage Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70cl Bottle
Glenrothes Vintage Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70cl Bottle
Price: £36.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth drinking single malt, 28 Sept. 2017
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Made in Rothes, Speyside, this is a mixed single malt from a number of years' manufacture at the Glenrothes distillery. It seems to be meant for the general whisky drinker (like me), not for knowledgeable whisky connoisseurs. The colour is at the pale end of the whisky spectrum, and the Speyside taste has no surprises, even if you are used to drinking blended whisky rather than single malts. There is none of the peaty, smoky flavour of Isle of Skye whiskies which some folk love and some dislike.

Aged enough and smooth enough to drink neat if that's what you like, it also seemed very good with a small addition of bottled Scottish water, and the 40% strength gives a good alcohol feel. Obviously a quality dram from the trusted brand of BBR.

The packaging, in buff recycled card, is basic, and the large diameter fat flask is hard to manage unless your hands are big. You can't really grasp the neck -- it's too short. It only felt safe to pour when I used both hands. Neither the cardboard nor the flask label give much information. I decided that it wasn't well enough presented to be a good gift choice.


Gravity [DVD] [2013]
Gravity [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Sandra Bullock
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.75

3.0 out of 5 stars Ginormous TVs only, 27 Sept. 2017
This review is from: Gravity [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
At the cinema, on the big screen, it was a visual knockout. On a TV, I didn't get the tremendous impact of the near-earth orbit setting of this simple film. And that only leaves you with the plot, of which there is not a lot. Sandra Bullock plays a morose scientist working outside the space shuttle, while Clooney, on his last space mission, is happily scooting around with a jet pack. All is calm. Then overwhelming disaster strikes and the challenge is to survive and get back to Earth and gravity. For the viewer, the only mystery is, how will they do it? For Bullock, there is a great deal of struggling in and out of space suits and in and out of spacecraft hatches. At one point, even the director gets fed up with this and jump cuts from Bullock in unisex grey underwear inside a spacecraft to Bullock suited up and outside it.

At the end of all the required procedures, as we always expected, all is calm again.


Number 3 London Dry Gin, 70 cl
Number 3 London Dry Gin, 70 cl
Price: £23.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Top gin, 27 Sept. 2017
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This is a top gin. There's no nonsense about artisanal processes or magic botanicals, just competent manufacturing in Holland -- where they know a thing or two about gin. The product is branded for Berry Bros and Rudd, and comes in a luxurious looking bottle. If you are thinking of buying this as a present, don't hesitate. Any gin-lover would love this.

The initial aroma and taste of the neat spirit is juniper, as it should be. The strength is above average at 46%. The test? Dry Martini, of course, and the recipe for that comes attached to the bottle. Lotsa gin, just a teaspoonful of Vermouth (Noilly Prat). Terrific, Then G&T with Schweppes and a drop of Angostura was lovely, and the strong flavour and high alcohol really helps counter the sweetness of Schweppes tonic.

This is going to be good in cocktails, too, although I fear the taste will be wasted against the sort of liqueurs and fruity stuff that gets into cocktails. BBR suggested a Negroni, and that was a success.

We are drinking gin here that is clearly superior to your bog standard Gordons or some sour supermarket own-brand. When this bottle's empty, I'm getting another one!


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