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The Lady in the Van
The Lady in the Van
by Alan Bennett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars From the Man in the Van, 27 Mar. 2016
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I enjoyed the film of Alan Bennett's 'The Lady in the Van' so much so, that I decided to buy the book that gave birth to the film, and I am not disappointed. This true short story is an absolute delight as he recounts his relationship with Miss Mary Shepherd, who lived her eccentric life, in a van, on the drive of his house, until her death.

Funny in a way that only Bennett seems to acheive, I saw elements of Miss Shepherd in myself and worryingly, I have recently bought a van to add to my own eccentric collection of vehicles. Her letters to Margaret Thatcher and other leaders made me realise that there are further elements of Miss Shepherd within me.

I would recommend this little book to anyone to laugh at, but to also reflect upon own eccentricities. Thank you Mary Shepherd.
In future I promise to not take life and myself so seriously (possibly).


Light a Fire Natural Firelighters Case of 50 x 2
Light a Fire Natural Firelighters Case of 50 x 2
Offered by Galleon Fireplaces
Price: £15.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Wood Burner Enthusiasts., 27 Jan. 2016
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These work so well and are a vast improvement on using newspaper. I can light a fire wth less kindling by using these. Cheap and effective.


Woodford Swiss-Made Skeleton Pocket Watch, 1066, Men's Twin-Lidded Sterling Silver  with Albert (Suitable for Engraving)
Woodford Swiss-Made Skeleton Pocket Watch, 1066, Men's Twin-Lidded Sterling Silver with Albert (Suitable for Engraving)
Price: £512.54

5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Skeleton, 27 Jan. 2016
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At the price I paid on Amazon, this is a bargain. The case is impressive and the watch keeps good time. The lightweight Albert chain is a perfect match.


Stanley Folding Pocket Knife      0 10 598
Stanley Folding Pocket Knife 0 10 598
Price: £4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scalpel, 18 Jan. 2016
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This would be more appropriately described as a folding scalpel. It is an excellent tool with a renewable blade. It is ideal for intricate work requiring a sharp blade.


Valiant Premium IV 4-Blade Heat Powered Log Burner & Stove Fan (FIR361)
Valiant Premium IV 4-Blade Heat Powered Log Burner & Stove Fan (FIR361)
Price: £72.45

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Performs Well, 29 Nov. 2015
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I read some of the reports that indicated no air flow or effect. Well I am pleased to report that this fan works well and disperses the heat with good air flow. I've only just bought it and therefore cannot comment on longevity, but it does the job, it's designed for, and makes a difference.


Heavy Duty Wicker Log Basket Large
Heavy Duty Wicker Log Basket Large
Offered by Stewart and Gibson Ltd
Price: £21.19

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality, 20 Nov. 2015
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Poor quality and certainly not heavy duty. The weave is poor with many fractures and the construction is too 'light' for heavy use. As an experienced user of wood burners, I would recommend others to give this a miss and look for something better. It is relatively cheap and is reflected in what you get.


LINDY 2m USB 2.0 Cable - Type A to B, Black
LINDY 2m USB 2.0 Cable - Type A to B, Black
Price: £3.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Jan. 2015
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Excellent cable at a bargain price.


Kinver & Enville: The Photographic Collection
Kinver & Enville: The Photographic Collection
by Bob Clarke
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Love Kinver & Enville, 21 May 2014
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For those who love these special areas, the period photographs and notes are an absolute must. The book is absolute proof of the term, "A picture is worth a thousand words". These are still wonderful places but the book records just how much change has taken place.

In the 'Amazon' notes above, Tony Freer is not mentioned. He deserves to be acknowledged.


Samsung 840 Series Pro 256GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive
Samsung 840 Series Pro 256GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive
Offered by ComputerPirates

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great SSD but software not compatible with Mac, 5 Mar. 2014
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If the review was confined to the SSD I would award five stars because it is that good. If you are a PC user the same would probably be true for the entire package, but for Mac users the software is useless. To make matters worse, Samsung do not make this software incompatibility clear. Indeed the opposite is true because the assistance offered to Mac users. on their website. is also useless. Not all is lost though because you can download 'Carbon Copy Cloner' for a free trial and this does a good job at no cost. Also do not forget that you will have to buy a lead to do the cloning.
With the SSD now installed as the main drive for my Macbook (late 2008), there is an enormous improvement is 'speed'. My advice for fellow Mac users is to buy this drive and benefit from my experience and advice.


A Calendar of Gardeners' Lore
A Calendar of Gardeners' Lore
by Susan Campbell
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book, 2 Dec. 2013
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Written by Susan Campbell, the authority in respect of historic walled gardens, this is a pleasure to read and indeed look at. The 'Lore', backed up by quotations going back as far as the seventeenth century, show where some of our beliefs and knowledge date from. The book charts out the gardener's year, starting with November and shows how the gardens were managed. Susan's illustrations and layout are beautiful. Get a copy.


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