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      31.01.2011 17:43

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      Well worth reading.

      I have already read a couple of David Baldacci books before and enjoyed them so I was really pleased when I received this book for christmas.

      I realised that it was a follow up to The Whole Truth which I haven't read but this doesn't affect your enjoyment of the book as it is a separete story involving Shaw and to a lesser extent Katie James.

      The book starts with a murder in Brazil of an elderly Nazi war criminal, who is murdered because of his past war crimes. The reasons for the murder are explained and the group responsible are introduced to us including Reggie who becomes one of the main characters of the book. Their next target is decided upon and the reason for choosing this Russian war criminal become clear.

      Shaw is also given the mission to capture the same Russian, who is now a Canadian business man. Both Shaw and Reggie decide the best place to excecute their plan is when the Canadian is in Provence on holiday. The scene is now set for the different agendas of the two and how Reggie and Shaw meet and become involved with each other and how this affects each of their well laid plans.

      Shaw is told to leave Provence but doesn't and Reggie plans fails and then the two of them with the help of Reggies group follow the Canadian to USA and Canada. Katie James becomes involved as the Canadian tries to find Shaw and Reggie.

      There is an action packed finale with a few unexpected twists.

      This is a great book and well worth reading if you enjoy action. The plot is great with many twists in it and is different to his Camel Club series but is similar in the fact that the characterization is very good and you care for the people involved in the book.

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      14.01.2011 15:38
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      Great cheap way of cleaning carpets well.

      After deciding that the carpets needed cleaning and comparing the cost of a professional cleaning service and hiring the machine from the local dry cleaners I decided to hire this cleaner.

      It is slightly difficult to fit it into the boot of a micra but once home no problem.

      The instructions are easy to follow and first of all the detergent needs to be mixed with hot water and then poured into the base of the machine and the top removable tank needs to be replaced. The cleaner then needs to be pulled backwards while holding down a red button. The used water can be seen swirling in a clear reservoir as what seems to be foam.

      It takes some time to fill up the machine with hot water but the actual cleaning of the carpets is very simple to do and the carpet cleaner moves easily so it doesn't seem as heavy as it is to manouvre. I needed to refill the reservoir three times to do all the carpets that I wanted to clean.

      I found that if you stop moving the machine and release the red button at the same time there is water that hasn't been hoovered up. It is very effective and does a wonderful job on dirty carpets in a household of boys and dogs.

      The attachments make stairs very easy to clean and are easy to use once attached to machine which I found fiddly.

      The carpets took from approx three hours to a day to dry depending partly on how warm the room was I think. I recleaned a couple of areas in the hallway which were the dirtest part of the house.

      I found cleaning the machine at the end straightforward to do. A case of removing dog hairs even though I had hoovered the carpet before I started cleaning the carpet as recommended.

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        05.01.2011 19:21
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        Makes you want to get into the kitchen and cook

        I have recently acquired this book after loving her Domestic Goddess book. This book has a very different format and
        doesn't contain any pictures but is full of recipes.

        It is split into chapters which include basics etc, cooking in advance, weekend lunch and low fat. I find the basics etc chapter the most useful as it gives many recipes for things such as stock, soup, sauces, meringues, pastry and icecream. It is written in Nigella's chatty style and doesn't always give formal recipes but ideas of how to use various food. It has certainly helped me to become more creative in my cooking.

        Before the vast majority of her recipes Nigella gives a brief description of the recipe and why she enjoys cooking it and will often credit others for the recipe or the idea of the recipe. Nigella tends to follow the formal written recipe in her other chapters other than the basics etc.

        It also has an useful index system which informs you of recipes which are vegetarian and those that can be prepared in under 30 minutes.

        It is a great book that is a pleasure to read as well as to cook from. Nigella Lawson's love of food and eating comes shining through and she has recipes that can be made easily and successfully. The book makes you want to try the recipes and to spend more time in the kitchen trying out the recipes.

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        • Harveys / Highstreet Shopping / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          04.01.2011 19:52

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          The customer services have no idea what customer service is.

          Having purchased a sofa and two armchairs which were delivered fairly promptly. The delivery man noticed one of the cushions zips was faulty and said it would be replaced.

          The problems started then. A cover in the wrong colour arrived within three weeks. I then requested that the right colour to be delivered and 6 months later after numerous phone calls and never being called back the cushion covers arrived.

          Customer services could never communicate with each other and every time I phoned I was told that they would email the supplier and ignore the fact someone else had done it a few days before.

          No information was ever put onto the system about the suppliers response if they ever did.

          Also it was virtually impossible to speak to a line manager and on at least one occasion a normal customer services said he was a manager. When I tried to email Harveys customer services the emails weren't answered beyond the initial we are investigating the problem.

          The customer services name is a joke and I for one will never be buying from Harveys again as they never phone back when they say they will.

          I even wrote to the chief executive and had to find his name and address out online as customer services wouldn't give it to me

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          05.08.2010 08:38
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          Great variety of recipes

          How to be a domestic goddess - baking and the art of comfort cooking is a book primarily about baking but isn't just about cakes.

          It is written in Nigella's own style and she has a page or so introduction to each of the chapters and also a paragraph about each recipe in which she explains why she has chosen the recipe and will give credit for the recipe to others and explain the motivation to including a particular recipe.

          The chapters are cakes,biscuits, pies, puddings, chocolate, children, christmas, bread and yeast and the domestic goddess's larder. In many of the chapters are savoury recipes which makes it a more useful recipe book some of the recipes include small tomato tarts, cheese,onion and potato pies, Boxing Day egg and bacon pie all of which are firm favourites and like all the recipes I have tried all work very successfully.

          The cakes have all tasted good and do fill the house with that lovely smell. I particulary like the variations that are given.

          The store cupboard section is great and I have made jams and brown sauce for the first time. I have been surprised at how easy it was and how muchbetter it tastes than shop brought stuff.

          I would recommend this book.

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            17.07.2010 13:12

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            wonderful family saga

            A delightful book set in three periods and two countries.
            The different periods and countries all intertwine in the narrative which add to the charm of the book and also its page turning qualities.
            The earliest time is 1913, though you do have some events set earlier than this, this period is mainly set in Cornwall but sections are in London and eventually in Australia. This deals with Nells early life and provides the explanation as to why she was abandoned on the ship. It also deals very sensitively with the relationship with Nells mother and other members of her family.
            In 1975, Nell, who as a child was abandoned on the ship to Australia,returns to Cornwall to find out about her childhood and she purchases a property which she never returns to.
            In 2005 after Nells death, her granddaughter Cassandra returns to Cornwall to try and find the truth about her grandmother's past and the reason as to why she had been left a house in her grandmothers will.. She finds a forgotten garden and this garden helps Cassandra come to terms with her own life and also to discover the secrets of her grandmother's life.
            This novel is worth reading and ties together four generations of a family across two countries with ease and is a compelling read.

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            17.07.2010 12:46

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            Crime, thriller makes you want to finish the book

            Having not read any of Richard Montanari's books I decided to read this one as I enjoy crime novels.
            I enjoyed the novel especially the way the narrative keeps changing from the detectives to Mr. Ludo. It is done in such a way that isn't confusing and enables the killer, Mr. Ludo, to become more of a major part of the story than is usual and gives explanations as to why the murders were committed and what motivation there was. The murders all relate to seven depraved tricks in a dark and dangerous magic act.
            The book starts with the detectives starting to investigate the cold case murder of a young female runaway whose dead body was found posed in a glass display set.
            The interaction between the detectives was interesting but I felt that perhaps reading the previous books starring Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano would be beneficial in understanding the relationship.
            I enjoyed the book and would definately read more of his books and would earlier books in the series.

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            29.06.2010 06:36
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            Useful addition to the kitchen

            This is a replacement for my old lean mean grilling machine and is a much improved version. If the food isn;t placed into the machine until the light goes off the food doesn't stick as much and makes it so much easier to clean. It cooks chicken and steaks extremely well and does reduce the fat content of foods and so makes it healthier for you.
            The main use the George gets though is for bacon! Teenage boys are willing and happy to cook bacon in it whereas they wouldn't be as keen to use the grill or frying pan and so toasted sandwiches are made on a regular basis as well.
            The machine has a few uses and is well used and this model looks attractive enough to stay out on the work surface hence its frequent use for bacon.
            The slanted grill enables the fat to run off into the drip tray provided, I feel it would be useful if two drip trays had been provided but that aside a very useful addition to the kitchen.

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              21.06.2010 09:31

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              Useful, informative

              Having just read the latest Gardeners World, July 2010. I would recommend it to gardeners. It is very well set out with many photos which illustrate the text very well.
              This months special offer is for either strawberries or perennials for the cost of postage. The quality of the plants are generally of a high standard on the offersI have purchased in the past.
              As there is every month there is an action plan for all the months jobs which helps deciding those important jobs in the garden.
              In the plant section there is a focus on African plants with pictures which detail where the plants are best suited whether in garden, pots or conservatory.
              There is also a guide on how to take cuttings and how to prune with clear photos which makes the explanations easier to understand.
              An article on night scented plants should have all gardens smelling sweet.
              The plants for problem areas are focussing on paving and patios this month.
              The articles on wildlife are focussing on shieldbugs and summer birds.
              There is also a large vegetable section with tips this month on tomatoes and increasing your harvest and what to plant for winter.
              The herbs for health section is on digestion this month with handy tips.
              The question and answer section as usual covers a wide range of subjects.
              There is also the usual whats on and readers letters page.
              It is very informative and well worth a read especially for gardeners who feel they need some advice and help to make the most from their garden.

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            • Indesit IWE7145K / Washing Machine / 17 Readings / 14 Ratings
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              09.06.2010 07:01
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              Good machine with wide range of programmes

              Having purchased this washing machine after my last one broke I am very pleased with it, It has a wide range of washes which include sport washes especially designed for muddy sports kits. There are two sports washes an intensive one and a light one. The other sport wash is for shoes and two pairs can be washed at once. There are 6 washes for cottons depending on whether whites or coloured and also how heavily or lightly soiled the clothes are.
              There is a synthetics wash as well as 5 special washes which are for wool, silk/ curtains, jeans, a very useful express wash for lightly soiled clothes which is very quick and a flash cotton wash.
              The washing machine has an eco feature if a half load is being washed and delayed timer feature as well as an intensive wash feature.
              The machine has a display informing of the time the machine has left until it finishes which is a very useful feature.
              The washing machine washes well, looks good and has a large range ofuseful features and also has a 7kg load capacity on most of the routine washes though some of the specialist washes have a reduced load but the instruction booklet is very clear and informative.
              The machine beeps at the end of a wash which Iam not too keen on but some may find useful

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