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Annabel Gaskell "gaskella2" (Nr Oxford, UK)
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Intertwined - EP [Explicit]
Intertwined - EP [Explicit]
Price: £5.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The interludes give a really fresh feel to the EP with a useful moral in "Life Lesson", 21 Nov. 2016
Dodie's first EP is incredible - all her songs are so meaningful. Subscribers to her YouTube channels will have heard 6/7 of them, although the studio versions have lots of depth due to other instruments (e.g. the strings in "When" and the backround singing in "Intertwined"). The interludes give a really fresh feel to the EP with a useful moral in "Life Lesson". I could praise this forever, so if you like Dodie and have heard her music before, do not hesitate to buy this. If not, give it a try as Dodie has such beautiful, descriptive lyrics and such talent. <3


The Fatal Tree
The Fatal Tree
by Jake Arnott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.04

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seedy 18th Century London - in all its grim glory, 20 Nov. 2016
This review is from: The Fatal Tree (Hardcover)
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Arnott's novels are moving back in time - from the 1970s through the 60s, WWII, the early years of the twentieth century. Now in his 7th, we jump further back into the 18th century. Whenever the setting though, you know with one of Arnott's books that he will get the detail exactly right, evoking each era perfectly, and this is the case with The Fatal Tree - and if I had one quibble with the novel, it's that it was slightly overwhelming: too much atmosphere, too much thieves' cant (their 'flash' dialect), too much lightning (gin), too many double-dealers, too much corruption, too many hangings!

This is the time of John Gay's Beggar's Opera and Gay appears in cameo, along with Swift and Defoe, but we are not directly concerned with Gay's tale of Macheath, The Fatal Tree follows the life of Elizabeth Lyon, aka 'Edgworth Bess', who, along with many other characters in the novel actually existed.

Bess comes to London to seek her fortune - and is no sooner arrived than she is inducted into the career of being a prostitute. Her destiny is not to become a used-up old 'trull' though, through falling in love with Jack Sheppard who will become 'Romeville's' most notorious thief and four-time prison-escaper. This meant that Bess piqued the attentions of the crooked chief thief-taker Jonathan Wild. These two men will be the bane of her life right to the end.

Jack Sheppard is said to be the inspiration for Gay's Macheath, and surely Edgworth Bess must have influenced Defoe's Moll Flanders. Arnott's impeccably researched tale, while not a pure fictional biography, arguably exposes the real life of the period as being just as colourful as the novels and entertainments written about it!


Nexcare Coldhot Hot Instant
Nexcare Coldhot Hot Instant
Price: £4.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Reuseable and effective - a great little product, 12 Nov. 2016
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This is a really useful hot product from Nexcare's ColdHot range - especially because it is reusable - you can recharge it by putting in a pan of boiling water. Once activated it warms up quickly and stays really warm for about twenty mins or slightly longer if you wrap it up. (I find I prefer a layer of material between me and the warm product). Besides being a hand-warmer, it is excellent as a mini hot water bottle for any aches and pains needing some heat including period pains. More expensive than a pack of disposable pocket warmers, but better vfm as you can re-use it.


skinChemists Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream with Gatuline Bio which works to promote skin & Matrixyl 3000 aims to smooth away visible wrinkles and blemishes for an even mattified complexion. 50 ml
skinChemists Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream with Gatuline Bio which works to promote skin & Matrixyl 3000 aims to smooth away visible wrinkles and blemishes for an even mattified complexion. 50 ml
Price: £86.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but my skin does feel lovely in the morning..., 8 Nov. 2016
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I don't have the cash to spend more than a tenner on face-cream, so the chance to review a top-end one for Amazon had to be leapt upon. The cream comes in a fancy pump ... if you take the top off to look at the container inside, you'll see the cream has a little sparkly shimmer in, plus some other suspended little grains, and is pale cream in colour.

Texturally, while putting the cream on, it feels more like a serum than a cream as it is very light and is absorbed really quickly leaving the skin feeling matte, but comfortable - there was no residual wetness, but it also doesn't leave skin felling tight either.Two tiny squirts is plenty to cover your entire face - so I'm hoping it'll last a good while.

Being a night cream, it's meant to do its work overnight - and I have to say my skin feels lovely and soft in the mornings. A lovely product, but so expensive - I'd give it five stars for quality of the cream, less one for the price (and lack of instructions/ingredients in the package - isn't that a legal requirement???)


Dove Beauty and Care Washbag Gift Set
Dove Beauty and Care Washbag Gift Set
Offered by Jewel of London Ltd.
Price: £20.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A great gift idea - good products and good value for money, 3 Nov. 2016
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If you want a functional and value for money gift look no further than the various Dove gift sets. This one has three full-size products: Deeply nourishing body lotion, body wash and Extra nourishing cream presented in a decent washbag for a gift of this sort. It's nice that all the Dove sets have full-sized products, unlike most beauty gift sets, and the products themselves will get used.


Gatineau Age Benefit Anti-ageing Eye cream 15 ml
Gatineau Age Benefit Anti-ageing Eye cream 15 ml
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight and silky - luxurious eye cream, 31 Oct. 2016
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Despite not having an 'eye-wand' as promised in the write-up, this is a gorgeous eye cream. You don't need a wand, just use your ring finger to dab a tiny dot of cream around the eye - always dab/pat the cream onto the delicate skin in this area. A little goes a long long way, so although expensive, this cream will last for ages The cream is essentially unperfumed and is very lightweight and silky smooth in texture. Providing you don't use too much (and at this price you won't want to), it absorbs well after a little while. After a couple of weeks of using, the skin around my eyes does feel nice, and perhaps plumped up a little after a very tiring first half term, so I'd say it's certainly having some benefit. The nicely designed heavyweight bottomed jar is a bonus.


Scotch 48mm x 12.7m Polka Dot Design Decorative Packaging Tape on an Easy Start Dispenser - Pink
Scotch 48mm x 12.7m Polka Dot Design Decorative Packaging Tape on an Easy Start Dispenser - Pink
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun packaging tape, 30 Oct. 2016
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What fun! However, as you get just 12.7m of this standard width packaging tape, it's not the cheapest solution... Save it for when you really need to make an impact on a parcel. It comes pre-loaded on an 'easy-start dispenser' with a tearing edge built in, which I always dispense of as unnecessary preferring scissors, but that's up to you.


Don't Turn Out the Lights (Commandant Servaz)
Don't Turn Out the Lights (Commandant Servaz)
by Bernard Minier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another French crime star - but not for the faint-hearted., 30 Oct. 2016
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I'm a huge fan of French crime novels - Pierre Lemaitre, Pascal Garnier and Fred Vargas for starters. Now I shall add Bernard Minier to the list and track down his previous novels to read, particularly as this, the third of his Commandant Servaz books, is book-ended by material relating to the Toulouse cop's arch nemesis. Not having read the other two, these sections meant little, however, ignoring them Don't Turn Out the Lights can be read on its own as a gory thriller very much in the mould of Pierre Lemaitre's books.

The action starts on Christmas Eve when Christine, a successful radio presenter is about to leave for dinner at her prospective in-laws. She finds a letter in her mailbox telling her someone is going to to commit suicide and what is she going to do about it. To cut a long story short, this is the first salley in a determined and creepy campaign against Christine which will cost her her job and fiance and turn her nice life totally upside down, making her a paranoid hunted woman.

Meanwhile Commandant Servaz is currently on holiday from the Toulouse police, regaining his mental health at a police rest-home, presumedly after his previous encounters with his arch-enemy. He is not ready to return to the fray, but someone thinks he is, sending him a key to the Toulouse hotel room in which a woman committed suicide some months ago... He can't resist investigating on the quiet, and soon is finding out that the background to the suicide doesn't add up.

The two threads will eventually come together after many twists and turns into an end-game with even more fiendish games. Every time you think you are getting somewhere, Minier pulls back to reveal another puppeteer pulling everyone's strings - it's very clever! Also the entire novel is written with references to opera. It is staged in three acts, and each chapter bears an operatic term or aria as its heading. Puccini has a lot to answer for!


All We Shall Know
All We Shall Know
by Donal Ryan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.38

5.0 out of 5 stars An assured third novel - I loved it., 27 Oct. 2016
This review is from: All We Shall Know (Hardcover)
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This is Irish author Donal Ryan's third novel, and he's an author really getting into his stride, after receiving prizes for his first novel, then a somewhat tricky second novel (IMHO). All We Shall Know tells the story of Melody Shee and the opening lines are arresting to say the least:

"Martin Toppy is the son of a famous Traveller and the father of my unborn child. He's seventeen, I'm thirty-three. I was his teacher. I'd have killed myself by now if I was brave enough."

Melody tells the story of her pregnancy, her dysfunctional relationship with her husband who walks out when she tells him, her attraction to the local Traveller site and the tentative friendship she strikes up with a teenaged girl there called Mary who is the subject of a clan war within the Traveller community when she left her own husband.

Melody starts her story at week twelve of her pregnancy and the chapters follow week by week up to the birth. Melody has a hard time, not with the baby itself, but with attitudes of those around her towards her adultery. It's one thing for men to sow their oats elsewhere, but for women in Ireland, it is still unforgiveable. Unfortunately Melody makes it worse for herself by being quite unlikeable at times. Thank goodness for her father who is just lovely and loving.

Ryan has a great ear for dialogue, and captures that small town mentality where everyone knows, and interferes in given the chance, each other's business. I can't tell you what happens, but the ending is superb!


Bourjois Sweet Kiss Lip-Gloss Shade Number 03, Light As De Pink
Bourjois Sweet Kiss Lip-Gloss Shade Number 03, Light As De Pink
Price: £6.71

3.0 out of 5 stars Good shine, 25 Oct. 2016
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A bit sticky and thick and doesn't really show the pigment much in use. Nice fragrance and flavour and gives a good shine. The small brush applicator makes it easy to apply precisely.


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