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      24.09.2013 13:06
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      If you like the macarbre you will love this book

      The whole idea of having a clone double or doppelganger that is out to kill me sends a shiver down my spine.
      So when I started reading this book Mr Murder by Dean Koontz I really did not know what to expect. This is the first and probably my last of this type of genre, sorry folks I really did not enjoy it that much. I found the whole thing a little hard to get my head around and a little far fetched for my taste, give me a slushy romance any day.

      But having said that I did find I could not put this book down until I had found out where it was going and what happened to Mr Murder or Martin Stillwater the murder mystery writer in this book. I found the premise a good one and the plot was well thought out.

      The bits I did not enjoy were the bits about the killer as he did not seem to have existed as a child. This is explained a bit later on it the book and would explain why he needs a life and not just any life, as he wants to be Martin Stillwater, Why? and how is explained later in the book too.

      The killer goes on a rampage after what appears is a mission which he is apparently sent on by others who develop in the book too. He goes renegade and sets off on a killing spree in the search for a life the one he feels he has been cheated out of. Not just any life either it has to be Martin Stillwaters life. Why is soon explained later in the book.

      Martin Stillwater is a good murder mystery writer, he is married with two children Charlotte and Emily he has a beautiful and clever wife who is a psychologist. They have the perfect life until Martin starts to have blackouts or gaps in his life when he doesn't remember what he was doing or where he should be. He has a tape machine which he dictates his books onto and finds after rewinding it that it keeps repeating the words I WANT I WANT I WANT. But he doesn't know what?

      All comes to a climax when he finds the killer has broken into his home and they have a massive fight. Fearing for the families lives he tells them to go over the road to stay with friends so that he can get rid of the intruder, but when he goes back the body which he thought was dead or at the very least very very seriously damaged had vanished.

      The police get called and they give the impression they do not believe his story so the whole family start to run for their lives.

      The killer who seems to have the amazing ability to cure himself takes chase. This story get deeper and deeper as the people who controlled the killer take chase too and soon there is a deeper darker side of this book.

      I have just glossed over the salient points in a hope I have not spoiled it for you others out there who like this type of reading.

      Unfortunately for me it all got too complicated and the twists and turns in it just confused the hell out of me so sorry Dean I know you have a lot of followers who really dig your books but for me they left me cold.

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        29.05.2013 16:17
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        loved this book from cover to cover worth the read

        Well as always Sylvia Day delivers a story that is bold sexy and a damn good read. This is a story is about two sisters, the story set in a time of landed gentry and ladies who were obiedient noble creatures, and as such these two girls, were neither of these things, in fact Jess was quite the opposite to those women. Very unlike this statement says in the beginning ( as this book is set in the days of yore when knights were bold and the women were meek and mild bubbling inferno's waiting to explode). She was far from the meek exterior she portraid, and her sister Hester tries to become meek and mild milksoppish wife only to find herself in a situation that needs sterner stuff. So in the end you have two very strong women in times that demanded more genteel none demanding ones.

        The two girls were casually watching their future playmates grovelling in the grass with each other showing off of course their male prowess. The girls trying of course not to look as if they were in the least bit interest, which of course they were.

        Hester the younger sister will at some stage marry and the man she was to ogle after will at some stage come to her rescue. Why well you will need to read the book to find out and as this story is unfolded towards the end of the book I can at last leave you to wonder what happens to her and why does she need to be rescued from the man she marries.

        What was the reason for his anger and who sets this man off on a rampage that would kill his son.?

        Her sister Jess marries a nice man who looks after her for many years in a style to which she becomes very much accustomed to, but before she marries him she stumbles on a man and woman in a very compromising situation and she blanches when she finds out it is the very man she was staring so intently at while the two sisters where idly chatting on that long summers day when the men were play fighting in the grass.

        He is none other than Alistair Lucius Caulfield the man it becomes clear will figure greatly in her life several years down the line. Hence the title of the book.
        Like I said she marries a respectable gentleman called Benedict, who treats her well and gives her a short but happy married life, but alas no children. He soon dies and leaves her a plantation and all his wealth.

        She then sets sail to apparently go to inspect her new found wealth and plantation and has to do this by ship, which of course is where Alistair Caulfield comes in. He being the Captain and owner of said ship.

        She falls under his charms and the book takes off on a whole new level this story is about two sisters who have to face their own demons and sexual tensions, they have to come to terms with finding love in strange and unmitigating circumstances and they have to fight for their respectability all the way through.

        It is a good yarn one which I really enjoyed reading and loved the way Sylvia Day portrayed the heroine of this story making it a good lazy summer time read.

        Having said that it follows the vein of book that Fifty shades developed into best sellers and with this sets the book industry on fire with lust and carnal desire from both the hero's perspective and the heroines too.
        This book is hot and as the tile would suggest it has a lot to offer on the sexual front. Sylvia Day goes into quite graphic detail and you are left in no disillusion as to what the two love birds are getting up too.

        This book was a really good read and I liked the way the story unfolded for both sisters interlacing them throughout the book so you are kept up to speed with their stories. Although Jess and Alistair are the two main characters in this book it lends itself to the other character well and you do not feel cheated by their omission.
        Well worth the read.

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          29.04.2013 14:21
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          Lovely story well written by Sylvia Day third in series to come out

          Extra Extra read all about it?

          Gideon and Eva still at logger heads with each other as their relationship develops. They have some serious issues these two and really need to get them addressed fast or all will be lost forever. With Gideon falling over past loves and causing Eva's jealousy to go into overdrive and then to cap it all we have Eva's roommate having a major breakdown at the end of the first book only to fall prey to some maniac wielding a baseball bat at his body nearly killing him into the process. Where does one start to try and unravel the mess their lives are in?

          Where indeed it is just as well they have a friendly shrink to fall back on and help them through their troubled times. But is the shrink as friendly as he seems is this one to be trusted? Does Gideon have a really big issue with shrinks in general or does he have cause for concern, where is his mother when he needs her and why did she not stand up for poor little Gideon when he needed her to?

          Why do I feel that these two lost souls are so akin to the other they should be really in tune with the other far more than they seem to be. After all We already know that Eva was raped by her stepbrother in the last book and now we have the same issues popping up in this one, the only difference is that this time she is being stalked by someone and she is very unnerved by it. Gideon has been keeping things from her and trying to protect her without her knowledge which nearly gets her flatmate killed. Old flames keep popping into the story with quite a lot of regularity and seem intent on breaking the hapless pair up.

          Old rock stars pop up with haunting love songs about Eva and the same rock star seem to still carry a torch for her making his advances to her end in fisty cuffs with himself and Gideon. It is therefore no surprise that this pair of nutters for want of a better word suit each other right down to the ground. Don't get me wrong I really like this hapless pair and want them to get it on and cannot wait to see Cary in a happy relationship of his own, but I have a feeling that Gideon and Eva have a very long way to go in getting this relationship to work.

          There is a major lack of trust and serious issues have to be addressed before these two get into a meaningful relationship that will work outside the bedroom. There lies another problem what is with the dark frightening dream scenes these two keep having and why can they not finally work through these?
          I really enjoy reading these books and want to know what happens next I have so many unanswered questions and look forward to Sylvia Day getting the third book released in June. Please hurry I am in suspense here!

          Really enjoyable read with so many twists and turns you have to keep reading to find out where the story will end up. I love the whole storyline and angst that these characters are going through and place myself within their characters as I am reading this. I feel for each and every one as if it was me in the story.
          This story written by Sylvia Day is s far my favorite of this type of genre and I cannot wait for the third book in the series to come out.

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          20.03.2013 15:53
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          Well written and very compelling reading, will be searching for more.

          Blue Horizon by Wilbur Smith

          This is a compelling read and well worthy of a space in my bookshelf, it was a nail biter right from page one through to the very end of the full 778 paged tome.
          If you like Wilbur Smith you will really enjoy this book it is full of mystic intrigue and murder, with a taste of love interests, and hardship, loyalty revenge and a sense of justice. The book is jammed packed with historical interest and factual detail about the area in which this book is based the Svelte of Africa. It is about trading in the 1700s and the Keizer's outpost in league with the Dutch.

          The story revolves around the Courtney Family who are a group of Traders of anything from gold, gems, ivory, silk to spices. But never men or women slaves. They drew a line there.
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          To start from the beginning you find out a small bit about the novelist himself, this is an excerpt on the front flyleaf of the book.
          Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. He became a full time writer in 1964 after a successful publication of when the lions feed, and has since written nearly thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books are now translated into twenty-six languages.
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          The family
          Tom Courtney,
          Dorian Courtney half brother to Tom He is also Muslim.
          Sarah Courtney wife to Tom
          Jim Courtney son of Tom and Sarah
          Mansur Courtney son of Dorian Courtney
          Louisa to become Jim Courtney's wife
          George Jim and Louisa's son
          Zamu trusted friend
          Yasmini , wife to Dorian and mother to Mansur.

          Later there follows
          Kadem Enemy to the Courtney clan
          Verity to become wife to Mansur
          Xhia Enemy of the Courtney's, He is also scout and tracker for the Keizer and the Dutch VOC.
          Bakkat Friend to Courtney family and tracker, enemy of Xhia
          Koots deadly enemy to the Courtney's
          Keyser Colonel to VOC A very nasty person and enemy to Jim and Dorian Courtney
          Others and there are many.
          I could name everyone in the book but would soon loose interest as there are so many characters involved in this book that I could not possibly do them justice. All have a relevant part to play and some with more sinister intent than others.

          The story unfolds with the fishing expedition mounted by Jim and Mansur and Zamu for a fish by the name of Big Julie, who up till this moment had evaded many years of fishermen trying to capture her. We are led through the experience in some detail and their fight to get control of her and their near plight in being mowed down in their little boat by a prison ship full of slaves and convicts.

          I found this story was worth the read and would happily have read a book about their fishing exploits but Wilbur Smith did not leave it there, he goes into detail which does not detract from the reading experience about how Jim spies Louisa in the ship that nearly mows their little fishing vessel down and his fight to rescue and claim her as his own. After this the story heats up and we are taken through the following stages where Jim meets up with Louisa who is on the prison ship. Their love and her escape and the following problems this incurs.

          Once this part of the story is told and I refuse to go into too much detail as it would detract from the tale as is told so much better by Wilbur Smith.
          Jim ,Dorian and the rest of their families find themselves running from the VOC and the Keiser. To save their families and their amassed fortunes they take to the African Svelte and form an alliance with the Nguni. Their journey takes them through many battles and right across the African wasteland into a lagoon called Nativity Bay where the two elders built a fort and called it Fort Auspice, this was to become their new trading post where they would settle.

          But not before Tom and Bakkat and Louisa set off on a different trail to escape sure death if they are caught by the Keyser. Tom and Dorian and the rest of the family and group of workers take the carts full to the brim on a different route down to the sea to join their trading vessels and war ships and reload all their goods and chattels into the holds and themselves and take to the sea to escape.

          Where do they go? There is a place on the shore many miles from their home which Tom's family charted many years before called Nativity Bay; they decided that they would all meet back there once they had lost the Keyser's men.

          Separating the Keyser's men, with the hope that in their search for Jim and Mansur Courtney, they will loose sight of their hunt for Tom and Dorian. Who as we are soon to find out he has a blood lust for, and a very big score to settle with the whole family.

          He has hired other men Koots and Kadem who also have scores to settle with this family. There are many battles fought during this time of escape and much tracking and killing of Elephants and other wild beasts which Wilbur Smith goes into a lot of detail with also. So if you are of a faint heart maybe this book would not suit.

          During the time that this takes to get to the new fort hold, Jim and company wage war on their enemies and go through many battles through the barren Svelte of the African wilderness. We get to here about many stories on the African wilderness and all its inhabitants including the big battle with the Nguni warriors, and the alliance that is forged with the Courtney family.

          In the mean time we here a bit more about the struggle that Tom and Dorian have to go through and their building of the fort and the realization that Dorian is now a king to his people. This is because he is only half brother to Tom and His father was the king of a large tribe. There are more battles to be fought and more struggles to be met, another member or two to join the family and the final part of the story unfolds with quite a surprising outcome.

          I loved this book and found it very difficult to put down I do not think I have left any spoilers as I think the book is so jammed full of information and different battles and problems the families face that it would be hard to do so. This is a book full of adventure love and intrigue and deep devastating hatred that really grips you from the very first page to the very last and I found it captivating loving every page. I have as far as I can remember never read a Wilbur Smith book before but after this one I will definitely be reading more.

          Prices range from £5 upwards depending where you go, but this book has been sitting on my shelf for some time and for the lack of other reading material I found myself choosing this really well written and interesting book as a last resort, which really in my present frame of mind is no slight on Wilbur Smith, and more a slight toward me as a now devoted reader of this accomplished writers novels. I really do not understand why I have never picked up his books to read before.

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          19.03.2013 13:08
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          Worth the read despite the similarities with 50 shades of grey

          Wow I guess the best place to start this really interesting book is with the plot as it is the main stay of this review. I found it an interesting read and although it was very similar to 50 Shades of Grey I really enjoyed reading it. So here goes.
          The Plot

          Eva gets a job in Manhattan where a chance meeting with super rich and powerful Gideon Cross, is inevitable as she checks out her new place of work at the cross-fire building, they seem to collide in the foyer of the building when she assists a hapless female who has launched the entire contents of her handbag over the floor, thus while Eva is picking up some of these items for the young woman she finds herself looking up the length of a very striking Gideon Cross. (Ring any bells?)

          Flustered by his appealing good looks and the manner in which she finds herself at his feet she finds herself falling into the arms of Gideon Cross Owner of the building and her new place of work, this then leads to some latent cat and mouse game between them which later leads to a fast paced, full on relationship. Hot sex is most definitely on the menu and it soon becomes clear that Gideon needs to have complete control over Eva, as he obsessively dominates her, not that Eva seems to mind.

          Anyway Eva then goes off to her gym and then home to ponder on whom this man is. Eventually they meet again and she finds herself in his employment, this smack of 50 here. They both hit some kind of wall to start with as they are both struggling with it seems insurmountable problems of their own, and trust issues which when it comes to being involved ,Eva and Gideon seam to have similar problems and this it appears begins to be a big issue.

          To start with they have somewhat of a weird relationship. Cross makes you inquisitive in a positive way to try and find out what has made him the way he is. Eva has issues that run deep and the further along the story goes you find out why she is the way she is but does this excuse the weird childish behaviour? This I leave for you all to decide.

          As the plot develops you see that the two characters have far more in common than you might at first have imagined. I found myself feeling a little sorry for Eva and Gideon at times and at others I just wanted to give them a good cuff around the ear and tell them to grow the f.... up. I did find myself evaluating this book against the 50 shades trilogy and found that I preferred the 50 shades to this. I thought this book was written well but it did not spark my interest in the storyline as much as 50 shades did.

          Gideon Cross has control issues leading to an ever darkening and increasingly complex series of mind games as more is revealed about Gideon and Eva's pasts, Corny but it seems to be working so far.
          I could not help feeling though that the writer may have been schooled by the same editing house as 50 shades writer, E. L. James? Predictable in some places I found some similarities with 50 shades of grey overwhelming.


          ~/Things I liked about this book. /~

          I did find I really needed to find out what happened next, and the different twists and turns in the book kept me reading especially Eva and Gideon who at times were like a pair of stroppy teenagers in need of having their heads banged together. I thought the author did well with the release of information throughout the story - this was delivered at a pace which teases the mind and made me want to find out what else was going to happen next.

          If you read the 50 Shades books there are some similarities here which do make me wonder if the two authors had a similar script to run with and therefore came up with a very similar storyline, maybe they were with the same Editing house and therefore what eventually was printed was like a negative copy in some places as 50 shades. I found the similarities quite a close run thing, but the style of the writer was very different and made both series of books worth reading.

          I did find several references to Eva's cleft a bit disturbing as I have never heard a woman's lady parts being referred to in such a fashion this made me laugh. I thought the sexual scenes somewhat unnecessary and could have used my imagination more effectively when these scenes occurred in the book. I thought they were a let down to the book and were really not really needed if the story gave you more content to their feelings rather than sexual overtures.

          The other characters in the book, such as Eva's boss, her best friend Cary and her mum to name but a few make it an even better read, because they are actually actively involved in the story - for more than just a second. Cary being a friend she met in therapy and also somewhat of a screw up although you really did not get to grips with his full persona, I think this will probably follow in the further books of this series. Whether I will read them I am uncertain.

          Her mum is something else, and that is all I am going to say about her. Simply because she is just a big a screw up as her daughter and reading this book will make why more revealing than I could describe without giving the game away.

          This is another one of those erotic novels, but to me this book isn't just about the sex even though it is very prominent. Sex in Limo's and other strange places like his bolt hole hotel room which he specifically has just for sex with the odd woman. Some are very odd.

          It's not all sex though as there is a somewhat strange relationship with Eva and Gideon - which takes a bit of getting your head around and I would say although not exactly romantic it develops into something that makes you wonder what could and would happen between them next. Similarly with Cary and Eva, because you get a hint at the beginning of the book that they've had similar experiences and find they have a brother sister relationship which is quite sweet. Cary being bisexual gives this book a weird twist and keeps you reading.

          It's a good example of different types of relationships after suffering something life changing, and shows how they try to go about the rest of their lives dealing with this. Obviously there are therapist's involved and some really disturbing bits in the book which keep you reading which I think is where the difference between the two writer's shows. Well written and worth the read if you can put aside the similarities.
          Reflected in You. is the next book in the series and promises to fill in some of the gaps that the previous one leaves wide open. This is already on Amazon quite cheaply.

          ~*~ Price and Availability ~*~

          Well for a used copy you can pick this book up for 1p on Amazon with postage, £3.99 on Kindle and a new paperback from Amazon is £5.24... It is also available in Waterstone's for, £5.59... W.H.Smith's for £2.95 on the website... Look out online and in bookstores for offers - as they often have 3 for 2 so well worth including this in your next book purchase! Introduction

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          • Tesco Value Lemon Curd / Spread / 45 Readings / 45 Ratings
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            07.03.2013 18:37
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            Lemon assaulted flavour with a sweet kick to it.

            This is the very basic Lemon curd I bought from Tesco for want of something sweet. The outer labelling has recently changed but the Lemon curd I bought was still of the Value range. The new and improved labelling is quite plain with a white label with orange writing across it detailing the fact that it indeed comes from Tesco and it is of their everyday basic range and Lemon curd.
            Simple concise packaging with clearly visible lemon curd in the jar with a nice bright orange lid.
            Nothing special about the packaging keeping this item as cheap as possible at 23P.

            Wonderful so far then, no quibble about the jar or price I take it home and try it on toast, I am assailed with flavour, a pungent aroma of lemon, a taste which is tart and sweet at the same time and very lemony. In fact quite delicious despite the very cheap price. I was surprised, as I thought it cannot possibly taste very good being such a low priced item and most lemon curds from jars that cheap taste awful. But to it's credit it was not at all bad. I have now made a lemon curd tart to have with my tea and of course sneaked a little taste test. Yes ! Brilliant just as I was hoping for it worked well in that too.

            OK so it is never going to be as good as the homemade version which I have to admit I love but haven't for one reason or another made in a while. Sadly something I will have to rectify at some stage. But with this little wonder working so well and so cheaply is there any reason too other than the ultimate taste challenge.

            This little jar of wonders is going to find it's way back into my cupboard, as a standby for when I am just too lazy to make the real deal, but as it tastes really nice and lemony with a sharp backbite I am not sure when I will be making the real thing.

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              07.03.2013 18:05
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              Just wish I found them years ago as I have used everything but, these are brilliant!

              At last I found a clip that keeps my hair up and away from my face, and keeps it nice and tidy for work.

              These lovely little clips come in packs of two or four as seen in the picture above. Mine are black suede like fabric, covered metal, and as you can see from the picture above have a pinch grip fastener at the top which opens two finger like pincers so that you can slide these over your hair and release the clip to close over the hair to be kept up.

              This works really well and looks amazing once you have styled your hair into the way you want it. I rolled mine into a french pleat and used the clip to slide up the open side of the pleat to keep it all in place it works beautifully. I was a little surprised as my hair is very fine and falls out very easily but these little darlings work beautifully. I have tried various other hair styling clips including the claw. which is another review altogether.

              These clips are packaged very simply on a piece of mauve cardboard with boots logo on the top left in darkest blue and white writing across this, also the words medium or large sectioning clips written clearly across the top of this pack. The clips are neatly clipped onto the cardboard in regimental rows like soldiers. Simple but effective and at only £2.10 for two and £2.95 for four this is so cheap and easy to use I was thrilled.

              As I said previously I was looking for something along this line for some time and have used various other clips and fasteners in between with varying degrees of success. This clip for me is an outright winner and absolutely brilliant trendy and cool looking. I like them a lot and will be wearing them tomorrow at work as we have to keep long hair tied up and off the face. But with these this is no longer a problem for my light flyaway hair.

              I am so pleased with these I just had to try them out as soon as I got home from my shopping expedition and am so pleased with the result I am beside myself. it doesn't take much to please me these days but this is one of those tiny little things that makes so much difference to my life and no more struggling with unwieldy banana clips or scrunchies that just wont stay in. Claw clips can be designated to the back of the cupboard from now on as the new sectioning clip has become my new fashion statement.

              These clips are usually used for hairdressing purposes for sectioning parts of hair while the stylist either colours chops or styles your hair but these delightful suede coated clips would not look out of place as a hair fastener in most up do's. I love them.

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            • Car Boot Sales / Discussion / 36 Readings / 32 Ratings
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              28.02.2013 16:26
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              Where will we find our bargains now?

              I used to love rummaging through a good car boot sale and did so regularly when I lived in England, but now I am living in Bonny Scotland I find that these wonderful inventions no longer seem to be in fashion. I do not know wether it is because the Scot, doesn't throw out old stuff or whether they just give their junk to charities instead but as far as carbooting is concerned they are few and far to be found. Which is a great pity as I really enjoyed the good old fashioned mooch.

              In Farnborough Englandshire there was a car boot sale every Sunday in the underground carpark opposite the council offices, this started as quite a small event growing in size to a reasonably large venue taking in the outer carpark and the upper floors too. Now it is quite the car boot venue to go too. I loved having a lazy sunday at the carboot and often found the odd special find there. It would range from a nice new vase to something for the kids or even something quite unexpected but great. I would mooch through all the old brickabrack and books while hubby would go in search of old cameras and other things like binoculars, as he could never have enough.

              We loved nothing better than rummaging, through market stalls and meeting people there we had know all our lives. It was therefore a shock to the system to find Scotland pretty much carboot free.

              What no more mooching! Where will we go for our bargain hunt? Our answer is the local auction on a Friday in Dingwall, which happens quite often it would seem. The canny Scot would bring his bits and pieces to flog as prise possesions at the local auction rooms in a hope to get a better price for his cast offs. Clever huh.

              At my last auction we found more bins for Gerry and there was a lovely selection of meat platters I really had my eye on only to be outbidded. So not such a success as previous carboots.

              So please Scotland give us a good venue for a really good car boot sale and lets have a good old fashioned mooching day out.

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                27.02.2013 19:00
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                A good book to get angry with and if you can cope with it lets you down lightly at the end!

                When Rosie Martin discovers that Jonathan, her husband of 15 years, is having an affair, she feels that her world is falling apart. That is, until she realises that she has actually fallen out of love with him too. So Rosie and Jonathan both decide to go their separate ways, determined to be civilised about their divorce, for the sake of the children - in short, to have a (good divorce).
                But even the best of intentions and the most mature of objectives can be no match for external forces. Cue the rest of the world, where divorce is always a dirty word. Everyone and everything seems determined to conspire to make this divorce bitter - the lawyer, the estate agent, the bot ox man, the friends, not least their respective families...
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                This first section is an excerpt from this book giving a brief but slightly comical look into what this book is about.

                MY FINDINGS:-

                Personally I do not think it does justice to this book and found myself getting irritated to my back teeth with the Heroine Rosie Martin in this rendition of a so called good divorce. (Never will Happen) in real life sorry been there done that and got shat! on from a great height, even with me being the doormat. Which is what I believe Rosie was in this book.

                I related to her in as much as she was going through a rather unwanted divorce to start with, and finding out that she really did want the divorce because she no longer loved Jonathan (or Jonus) as I called him, he being her previous husband and lover and now her ex. All because he being a man could not keep it in his pants.

                Typical stereotype situation here, Man and Woman fall in love perhaps being a bit too young to realize that it would never last, have kids , wife gives up work to look after family, he finds second wind and goes out and falls for the Stereotypical secretarial type girl. Ho Hum nothing new here. OK so she was his co worker but really who give a s....

                The story heats up a bit when Rosie decides to try and have a happy divorce and keep things kind of Rosie and good. Her need to make the transition as painless for their two children as possible despite hubby shacking up with the girlfriend and ousting them out of their family home. Works in some respects but in others I find her lacking. She finds that she needs to go to work full time and embarks on a job in a Doctors Surgery where she finds she is attracted to Max. A Doctor. She is also trying to keep the job which is at first quite above her head until she finds her feet and wins over the whole staff including her best friend Jill, one of the match makers.Who cannot stop themselves from interfering in her life.

                She finds herself being set up for many a blind date by her best friends and even falling for one of the so called nominees for partner, which is all well and good but there are still the children to consider and well does this guy like her as much as she appears to like him, she is very uncertain of herself and rightly so as she is still smarting from having the rug pulled from under her comfy if predictable marriage. Which by this stage she realises was dead long before hubby took to the hills.

                I can understand her need to keep things calm, and reasonable for the kids but did she really have to lay there whilst hubby used her as a doormat in the process, after all it is her life he is ruining too. Does the girl have no backbone.

                I, by about the halfway mark in this book was about to throw in the towel, after getting mighty annoyed with both her and Jonathan acting like two spoiled kids needing a right good sound slapping. The solicitor was very much a divorce lawyer with fangs and wanted only the best for his client which was to nail Jonathan to the nearest tree and shake him until he had no more to give. But Rosie, being Rosie, decides that this would not do at all. Doormat!

                I have no idea if the writer went through divorce herself but she pinned one or two facts which were true in my case down to rights, but others left the mark wide and dry. The acrimony that invariably follows an amicable breakup no matter how well intended nearly always follows. Then things start to get very ugly and if honest it does not matter a jot whether you want it to stay friendly or not it just cannot remain that way for long when money rears it's ugly head. Also he get's to the point when he may realise that he kind of messed up and the fruit was much better on the old tree as it were.

                I would love to believe in this hearts and roses version of divorce, but found myself just not caring in the end whether she found love or not and this is probably why this book irked me so much. I like a happy ending and Really did feel cheated when I got to the end to find in my mind this was not at all resolved in a satisfactory manner despite love interests in plural being there.

                This was probably the wrong fictional choice of book for me as I still wince when even after 25 years of a happily second marriage I remember what a total "beeper" my first husband was like. That divorce did not end well and my daughter ended up feeling a bit like a pinball in a machine which I so wanted to avoid, this was not to be but she survived through it all with my help, and that of my very much present day husband and saint just because he is one, as we showed our love for her she and herlovely partner and family of five of her own. I think we worked out things pretty well for us in the end.

                Which is why I guess I was wanting the heroine in this book to find total closure too and didn't really find that this came across that well. I felt sorry for her children and wanted to help guide them through the terrible heartache that they were going through and was frustrated at both the parents and the school for not realising they were indeed finding the whole thing traumatising.Needing so much more advice and closure than they were getting.

                I know it is just a novel but it hit home and I found it very imotive and real. Yes even I a hardbitten old crone have feelings, which sometimes boil up to the surface and explode.

                Sorry if this review is more of a rant than a rave but it was a very thought provoking book and anyone who has either gone through or is going through a divorce may find it illuminating in places and could in some small way tell you what to watch out for as in pitfalls and clues like is he having an affair? Books to be found on amazon for £7.99 paperback version or £4.99 Kindle version. Not for the faint of heart.

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                  Not mind blowing but could have potential

                  Very small chicken fillets in these boxes and once cooked they get even smaller. I do not think these birds got to grow to their full potential and this gives me the thought that these chicken steaks could have been a lot bigger if they had been allowed to continue to grow.

                  The chicken steak once cooked was OK, a bit bland and tasteless but with the addition of a sweet and sour sauce nothing that could not be remedied. I think these would be OK as part of a Chinese dish with a sauce included but on their own they were very bland and boring. Not large by any stretch of the imagination and barely made a meal for four hungry people. Needed a lot of veggies to go with it to cope.

                  This chicken fillet package is as it says on the box very Simple as all you need is an oven and patience to wait 30 minutes for the chicken to cook, it does have a light batter which is barely noticeable but there none the less and the flavour is non existing.

                  This simple fillet steak would need culinary help in my view and some serious flavouring added to make it an interesting meal.

                  Here are a few suggestions that may well work with it.
                  Barbecue sauce, with a nice jacket potato and other veggies
                  Sweet and sour sauce with rice and spring rolls
                  Lemon or orange sauce with new potatoes and veggies
                  Nice flavouring gravy with roast tatties and the works.

                  I feel something along this line is the only way to eat these particular chicken steaks as they do not inspire a young or elderly person to eat them otherwise.
                  Cheap and cheerful at £1 to £2 per box and simple to cook.
                  Not mind blowing but could have some potential. Maybe as part of a Mexican style burrito or Taco.

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                • Cadburys Egg and Spoon / Other Food / 21 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                  When I researched this item I found the price market varied a lot, search out a good deal worth it.

                  As you can see these come in four, all the more for me.....

                  They come in an egg box shaped box in purple with a sleeve over this which is decorated with chocolate eggs with their tops taken off, a descriptive writing telling you this is indeed Cadbury's egg n spoon.This is a new item of deliciousness offered up by Cadbury's they are basically a chocolate egg filled with either double chocolate mousse or vanilla mousse. Did I mention these come in four's.

                  Taste is out of this world, creamy mousse which is delicious not too over sweet, in fact just right in my view. The outer shell traditionally Cadbury's chocolate which blend together with the mousse beautifully. A taste sensation which I think is so much better that the old style creme egg. This is to me knocking spots off them with a big stick.

                  Talking of sticks, you also get a dear little blue spoon to eat this with. What more could you possible want for a lovely bit of cadbury decadence. Prices vary depending where you buy your eggs from and I would suggest with this in mind you shop around as they can range from £2 ish to well over £5. The comparison sites vary tremendously and I really do not understand how this item can be priced so widely. So really do shop around for the best deal. Well worth the effort once you get your teeth into them so why not give them a try.

                  My friend bought these for us all to share when we had one of our dining experiences and I was so glad that he did. They were very Moorish and we all will be buying them again as we were all in raptures with them.

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                  If you need something to help you sleep this is probably the book to do it

                  This book started really slowly going through a lot of different characters before getting to the real point. It could have in my opinion done with far less main characters and concentrated on the main stars which in my opinion were Lorna, Gloria, Maeve, the Millionaire Xavier or better known as the big man and Liam his pa.

                  This book is not to put a too fine a point on it boring until you get to about two thirds in when the whole thing starts to take shape. This only happens after you wade through all the various characters jobs lives and personalities. Which for me made the whole thing hard work as I found it hard to keep up with who was who and where did they all fit in to the whole picture?

                  Like I said not one of my best reads, certainly not one I would recommend to a friend, having been given it to me by a friend who in all eventuality seemed to have enjoyed it. So maybe it was just be that found it hard to get through.

                  The main character is a Business tycoon billionaire named Xavier Big, He has roots in Ireland but lives in America. He suddenly decides after a marriage breakup that he would like nothing more than a beautiful Irish colleen for his next wife and so sets his PA Liam a task of finding him this very person by putting an advert out to all colleens in County Ireland. This gets us a whole host of women who each have their own story to tell and by the way you get each and everyone's version on who would be the best wife for said magnet.

                  There is rivalry amongst the ranks and various other people trying to get in on the action. There are other love triangles going on at the same time which again in my view just adds further complication to the plot and would have been better used in different books. Perhaps using each life coupling as a series instead of ramming them all into one read. I found it hard to follow and was getting to the point when I had just about had enough when things about two thirds towards the end started to perk up.

                  I finally saw the wood through the trees. Bit hard going could have been much better shame she had to push so much into the one read to get a novel out of it as it had so much scope to be a whole heap better.

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                  • Emergency Dinners / Discussion / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                    Always a use for the odd tin of this and that and the curled up piece of cheese lurking.

                    I know not all families feel the pinch quite as badly as I have just painted it but there are times when there seems to be precious little to eat and payday seems to be taking longer and longer to get here so for those eventuallities I have conjured a few recipies out of thin air almost!

                    Here are a few examples of these.

                    Tuna Bake

                    Sounds delicious doesn't it and it is. Most people have a tin of some kind of fish in their cupboards wether as in this case it is Tuna, Salmon, Tinned Prawns or shrimps, or possibly sardines or pilchards. Although I have never tried the latter with this it may well work quite well.

                    Tin Tuna
                    Onion
                    Garlic either fresh or powdered or even garlick crushed
                    milk or cream if you still have some
                    cheese
                    salt pepper
                    Pasta about 500g
                    I know most people still have these lurking in the shelving somewhere.

                    To make you boil pasta,
                    chop onion garlic and fry these off till onion is opaque, and soft, add tuna or other tinned fish, milk or cream about 1/2 -3/4 pint, salt pepper drain pasta add to tuna mixture.

                    place in casserole dish and top with cheese grill for a short time until browned lightly you could also add a few breadcrums to the cheese to boost what leftovers you have.
                    Walla cheap but efficient meal will serve 4.
                    If you use cream you get better result but milk just makes for a thinner sauce.

                    Also another favorite of ours is homemade pizza

                    so easy to make as you need very little ingredients.

                    Providing you have flour fat and salt and milk for a soft pastry base you need little else
                    tomatoes can be tinned as I nearly always have these in my cupboard as an emergency item these are a must have
                    onion garlick to make a salsa sauce by choppin onions and garlick and cooking until soft add tomatoes and fry off until sauce thickens . quick easy salsa sauce.
                    then make basis by rolling out pastry mixture, (I am not boring you by telling you how to make pastry) taking it as everyone knows that one. By rubbing fat into flour and adding a little milk to soft dough stage yar. Roll out pastry into 2 circles 8" across Then spread salsa over bases add a bit of cheese and anything else you have lying around that would do as a topping and bake in oven at around 200 degrees this is so easy the kids could do it. Till cooked through.

                    Making a fun tea and a very tasty one at that.
                    I hope you enjoy just a couple of my ideas for something to eat out of very little in the pantry.

                    Another is spanish style omelette which if I have eggs I generally have I use up all the odd bits of onion ham cheese tomatoes what ever else I find generally goes in too and make a big frittata style beauty that feeds a hungry crew, in my house quite happily munching on left overs without it seeming that way.

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                  • Meat / Recipe / 17 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                    19.02.2013 14:04
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                    As long as we regulate this product where is the harm?

                    No house is complete without it's share of Horse meat it would appear, Oh ugh! I here you all cry, but just think about it for a minute. We all eat Cow, Lamb, Rabbit, Chicken, Pork and various other meats Why then do we baulk at the poor old horse. If we were not told about it we would have quite happily kept on eating our Findus Lasagna and Tesco Burgers and other goods from various other outlets. Indeed would not have batted an eyelid to stopping off for a Mcdonalds or Burger king on the way home from a busy day at the office. Now we know we are all it seems in a state of abhorrent shock. Why? because the thought of eating poor old Neddy, is somehow worse than eating rabbit or duck or chicken or pig, (which in some countries this is abhorrent already) and the lowly cow. Incidentally another animal which we are happy to munch through without much concern, even though other countries worship them. Go figure.

                    I personally do not see what the big fuss is at the end of the day, as long as the whole enterprise is clearly marketed properly and we are notified we are indeed buying horse meat, it is treated properly and checked against damaging drugs. This would then cause us no real problem. If the stringent rules that are in place for cows sheep and pigs and other animals which are eaten on a regular basis without thought of any kind, why then can we not put into place the same strict rules for this type of meat to be consumed legally.?

                    Would it not then stop this illegal use of meat being shipped into factories under cover of darkness and by other means, could it not be another source of protein which as I understand it is high in ,but low in cholesterol and really quite lean. Would it therefore not be useful to have an extra source of meat for those countries that have nothing and would love a nice square meal, In my mind we are making altogether far too much of this.


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                    This latest news clip from Rowena Mason, Political Correspondent
                    The world's biggest food supplier said its products sold in the UK are not affected by the latest recall but it is checking on the status of testing.

                    Just last week, Nestle insisted its food contains no horse meat, but it has now been forced to admit that its own tests revealed beef was falsely labelled.

                    Nestle is the latest in a string of companies to be drawn into the horse meat crisis. A number of retailers, including, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi, have withdrawn food from sale after discovering that horse meat was used in beef meals. Asda, Waitrose, Co-op and Sainsbury have also cleared shelves of some products as a "precaution".

                    Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, has been meeting ministers in Europe as the scandal spread across the continent.

                    Two chilled meat and pasta products sold by Nestle in other European countries were withdrawn after they were found to contain more than one per cent horse meat.
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                    This gives rise to the big fuss that was made at the initial findings and just goes to show that Britain for one country was on top of the situation before it got too much of a hold on our food market. So All burgers in your freezer will no doubt be either eaten or destroyed by yourselves if you feel you just could not possibly eat horse.

                    Once this initial knee jerk reaction which we seem so good at is over this debacle will soon settle down and we will find ourselves eating foods as we would have done previously because of tight budgets or trying to make things from scratch ourselves buying beef (that is if you can trust it to be so) either from our local butcher or friendly supermarket butcher. Can you really ever be totally 100% sure that what you are buying as beef is truly just that ?

                    There is just one more news piece I found while checking this scandal out and added it for your perusal also
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                    175Share Facebook Twitter.Horse meat scandal:

                    Scottish meat brand 'must be protected' Food retailers have been meeting with politicians in London to discuss the meat scandal
                    The good brand image of Scottish meat must be protected amid the scandal of horse meat entering the food chain, the rural affairs minister has said.

                    Richard Lochhead was speaking after a meeting in London between the UK government, devolved administrations and major supermarket chains.

                    He said there was no evidence the scandal was an issue in Scotland.

                    Mr Lochhead is due to make a statement on the horse meat issue when he goes before MSPs at Holyrood later.

                    The minister said there was no room for complacency when it came to the testing of food supplies.

                    Following his meeting in London, Mr Lochhead said: "I highlighted that in my view there is an absolute need for supply chains to be shorter and easier to track and for high quality local produce to be used whenever possible.

                    "What was very clear was that everyone in the room wants to resolve this issue as quickly as possible so that consumers regain the confidence and trust they have always had in Scottish and UK food providers.

                    "As testing continues it is reassuring that the vast majority of tests being carried out are negative for horse meat. However, we cannot be complacent and a precautionary approach will continue to be taken."
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                    With this piece of information in mind will you now go shopping with a clear mind or will you still be concerned that unknowingly you may still be eating horse?

                    Also if horse was to be put on the food chain as it were would you also eat that or would you suddenly find yourself going vegetarian or vegan because you would not trust the butcher anymore?. I think personally as long as the meat is treated correctly and is checked as stringently and thoroughly as our beef or lamb and pig market there should be no real problem for the humble horse to find its way on the dinner plate as long and this is the big question ? as we know it is what we are about to eat in the first place.

                    After all is said and done Other countries have been eating horse for a very long time and have had no ill effects from doing so. Places like Nepal also I have to say eat Dog what would happen if we as a Dog loving country found out we were doing the same I can imagine the uproar there would be with this one.

                    Leaving you all with food for thought. Would you eat meat of any kind or be a bit more circumspect on what meats and indeed fowl you would eat.?

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                      19.02.2013 12:53
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                      Nice looking fun item good for a laugh with mother

                      Finding this mirror was a real thrill for me, as with Mother's Day coming up I thought this would make a nice quirky little gift for my Mum. She like myself likes the odd sort of find that makes a gift individual and different, and as she like myself loves things chocolate and likes to adorn herself with makeup items then this would be right up her street.

                      This little mirror compact comes in various different styles and you can choose from chocolate biscuits to a range of cupcakes through a whole range of fairies and angels and flags and pretty much any theme you can think of. I found this mirror on a website called kiki.co.uk. But there are other sites out there that do the same style of compact.

                      This one has the chocolate digestive front to it and this slides away to show the mirror section underneath it, which is encased in a stainless steel bottom and sides. It is 73cm across and fits nicely into a handbag, but do try not to mistake it for a rogue biscuit won't you I don't want any broken teeth.

                      As I have already said it is a fun item and looks the part, with Mothering Sunday coming up it will be a lovely item with a few bits of Mum's favorite makeup items thrown in for good measure and a nice new makeup bag as well this should be just the thing for her. I can get the makeup bag from the same site too with similar themes so this will work really well for me. I love this item as not only is it cheap and cheerful it is also a bit of fun and glamorous too. What more can a girl want.

                      Just don't mix it up with the biscuits and you can't go wrong.
                      Did I say Mother's day is on the way.? What nicer way of spending some of your hard earned cash can you think of than buying something really cool for your mother on her special day.

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