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Premier Housewares Horse Sculpture, Silver
Premier Housewares Horse Sculpture, Silver
Price: £46.17

3.0 out of 5 stars a gift horse requiring an all over appraisal., 26 Jun. 2015
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Impressive sculpture when viewed from a distance. - close up not such a high quality product, although more acceptable if the matks on the horse's body can viewed as mud. With it's heavy base it becomes a handy weapon..

It interesting buy.


Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Vienna
Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Vienna
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Vintage year., 5 May 2015
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Forty entries this year, twenty-seven (at least three too many) will participate in the final. Thirty-three of the songs are in English.

Very much a marathon this year, with the bookmakers predicting the winner will come from one of Sweden,(hot favourites), Italy, Australia, Estonia and Russia Australia will probably need a strong ex-pat vote in order to finish among the leaders. Sweden's entry is a strong anthemic song, Italy has a younger version of Il Divo, Russia has a pretty girl singing about peace, but it is the Estonia song that is the most memorable and probably deserves to win. Of the other offerings. Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands and Serbia deserve to do well and the UK entry if it gets a good performance, could finished in the top twelve. The two shockers, Latvia and Moldova should be eliminated at the semi-final stage. Songs with a message come from Hungary and Serbia. although one hopes the latter does not become a celebration of obesity. The Russian song about peace and the Finnish quartet formed by people with learning disabilities could well be the talking points of this year's contest.

Prepare for a very long but interesting night on May 23rd.


Alfie the Doorstep Cat
Alfie the Doorstep Cat
by Rachel Wells
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Paws for reflection., 30 Mar. 2015
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Alfie is the undoubted star of the story - narrowly avoiding death on more than occasion and playing an important people in improving the lives and resolving the problems of the four households he regularly inhabits. . The dialogue of the humans is largely unrealistic in a contrast to Alfie's l vocabulary, he knows a lot of words for a cat, but the number of times he informs us of his feline status becomes rather repetitive. Readers who like happy endings will not be disappointed, the resolution to the romantic stories involving Claire and Jonathan is signalled too early in the narrative. A story that will entertain many but there is one further criticism. The pages are numbered up to 311, but around ninety are blank or just with chapter headings.


No Man's Nightingale: (A Wexford Case)
No Man's Nightingale: (A Wexford Case)
by Ruth Rendell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Reg's last case? Here's hoping., 19 Mar. 2015
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Ruth Rendell has written many good books, most featuring her detective Reg Wexford but this is not one of them. . Has has now retired and is asked by his former colleague, now Superintendent Mike Burden to help solve the case of a murdered female vicar. How Burden has reached such an exalted rank given the failings he exhibits in the case, in anyone's guess. The best part of the book is the clever way Wexford solves the crime, but it takes over 350 pages to do so. Like Agatha Christie in her later books, the writing has a rather meandering quality and 80-100 pages could have been cut from the narrative. Aging hasn't made Wexford or more likely his creator more understanding of their fellow human beings and a number of the characters are portrayed in an unattractive manner.. I hope this book is Wexford's last case so we can remember him from better times.


Welcome to Just a Minute!: A Celebration of Britain's Best-Loved Radio Comedy
Welcome to Just a Minute!: A Celebration of Britain's Best-Loved Radio Comedy
by Nicholas Parsons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Author still in very good Nick., 19 Mar. 2015
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Entertaining and informative of the long running panel game. Nicholas Parsons has appeared in every programme and gives a candid impression of many of the players. One advantage of living into your nineties is that you outlive your contemporaries and can have the last word it any disputes that have taken place. Of the four original regulars, the author had the best relationships with Peter Jones and Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams was a one-off but Clement Freud had an element of menace about him which Nicholas Parsons skillfully describes.

The major revelation of the book is the ill-feeling that developed between Paul Merton and Wendy Richard, which led to the latter being dropped from the show. In addition to erxtensive extracts from the broadcasts, the book which runs to over 460 pages, the development of the show is well described and for anoraks there are plentry of statistics.

In 2017 the show will have run for fifty years. It would not be the same without Nicholas Parsons and should finish when he is no longer able to do the job.

This book is a fine testament to one of Radio 4's most successful shows.


The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business
The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business
by Richard Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where's Robin Hood?, 23 Jan. 2015
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Written by a former tax inspector, this book is an informative and unanswerable account of the various practices by which large corporations ands wealthy individuals avoid paying a just amount of tax. Both major parties are responsible for the current position but there seems to be little likelihood of the current situation being rectified, even though the vast majority of the population will feel that wrongdoing is taking place.

There could be a couple of difficulties any action would face. If large poltical donations were ended, then public money would be required to fill the gap. If the tax authorities ended the avoidance methods employed by many top footballers, would fans happily see the star names go elsewhere? Unless international action is taken there are no easy answers.

A book that should be read by politicians in a position to put things right and all the rest of the see how we are being shafted by the greedy and wealthy people at the top.


The State of the World Atlas
The State of the World Atlas
by Dan Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious analysis of world problems.., 4 Jan. 2015
In just under a hundred and fifty pages the book from New International gives a lot of information about the world, There are seven parts.

1) Who We Are gives information about population, life expectancy and related matters.
)2 Wealth & Poverty deals with income, inequality and debt.
3) War & Peace.
4) Rights & Respect analyses political systems and citizens' rights.
5) Health of the People deals with malnutrition and threats to people's health.
6) Health of the Planet is concerned with climate change and managing the world's resources.
7) Vital Statistics is anaylsis of each country's wellbeing.

The analysis is largely positive, 48% of people live in established democracies and there are fewer wars than there were twenty years ago. Written from a left-of-centre perspective, some of the statistics such as gender equality, corruption perception and the shadow economy must to a certain extent must be based on guesswork. There a shortage of information from some countries making for an incomplete analysis.

Some of the graphics are rather confusing with similar colours being used to display information. Given the ever changing nature of the world, even this revised work will already be out of date.

Despite reservations, a useful addition to a library of anyone interested in the serious problems the world faces,


The Monster in the Box: (A Wexford Case)
The Monster in the Box: (A Wexford Case)
by Ruth Rendell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Wexford nearing the end of the road..., 17 Dec. 2014
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The 22nd Wexford novel but set in 1999, prior to the three previous stories. The novel links events over thiirty-six years and makes reference to the case in the first Wexford novel, From Doon to Death, published in 1964. In the origihal book Wexford was a fifty-two year old inspector. Now he refers to the case as if it featured in the early part of the career. Aspects of Wexfotd's early private life are graphically described.

The tale is rather meandering with Wexford's obsession with Trago, whom he believes is responsible for two historcial murders emerging as the main suspect in his current investigathon.. Linked to the story is the disappearance of a teenage Moslem girl with attendant references to political correctness and reactions to politcal correctness which lead to no serious conclusion. Whether the right-on young woman detective would be able to bahave in such a way is open to question..

An interesting addition to the Wexford canon. I wonder if Ruth Rendell was worked how she will conclude the invesatigating life of her famous creation.


The Top Twenty Book: 1955-93: Official British Record Charts
The Top Twenty Book: 1955-93: Official British Record Charts
by Tony Jasper
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Chart book for pop music fans., 5 Nov. 2014
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Updated version of Tony Jasper's previous book which listed the top twenty hits up to 1985. All you need to know about chart positions is there and makes a useful companion when watched editions of Top of the Pops originally screened thirty-five years ago. This would appear to be last of the series . Presumably, any updated book would not be commercially viable.


Keel Toys 34cm Meercat
Keel Toys 34cm Meercat
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Meercat, 5 Nov. 2014
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A bought it as a birthday present for my mum and I like it too. The Meercat is a marvellous creature whom you can look in the eye and has a lovely tale. You do not have to buy the overpriced Oleg. Get this fellow instead.


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