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reviewed Catch-22 (book). June 13, 2010
When I moved to the US and wanted to read more American literature, the novel that people recommended to me most often was not, as I had expected, Moby Dick (which few seemed to have read) but Catch-22. …
reviewed Do Not Adjust Your Set. June 12, 2010
Do Not Adjust Your Set
In Britain in the late 60s, television was still at the relatively primitive stage where it was necessary to flash up a message from time to time that there was a technical problem in the transmission …
reviewed Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi.... April 20, 2010
Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface
Whether you like these wipes or not will depend to a great extent on what you think of the scent. It is not particularly strong but it is distinctive, and it lingers.    The active …
reviewed Forbes City Guide New York 2010 (Forb.... April 15, 2010
Forbes City Guide New York 2010 (Forbes Travel
I suppose that eventually, online, up-to-the-minute, interactive travel guides will be available on hand-held devices that you can carry anywhere. Perhaps they already are, for all I know. Until then, …
reviewed PROBAR Fruition Superfood Snack Bar, .... March 25, 2010
PROBAR Fruition Superfood Snack Bar, Strawberry
I took these into work for my coworkers to try. Oddly, some of them complained it was too sweet, others that it was not sweet enough. There seems to be the same range of opinion in these reviews. I suppose …
reviewed Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Flourid.... March 18, 2010
Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Flouride Toothpaste,
The tube is very handy. Because it has a flip-top lid, you avoid the nuisance of someone not replacing the cap. It also conveniently stands end-up.    The texture is thin, which means …
reviewed Dinty Moore Big Bowlss Italian Style .... January 31, 2010
Dinty Moore Big Bowlss Italian Style Vegetable Stew with Meatballs, 15-Ounce Microwavable Bowls (Pack of 8)
Most of these microwavable meals have too much liquid for my taste -- they are soups rather than stews. This is a notable exception. It's a good, solid meal. It has a strong tomato taste, so that will …
reviewed The Tales of Hoffmann. January 31, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Tales of Hoffmann
With some fine music and exquisite dancing, this is a treat for opera and ballet fans alike. Hoffman's bizarre tales, Offenbach's music, Moira Shearer's dancing, and gloriously lavish visual imagery all …
reviewed Dinty Moore Big Bowlss Chicken & Dump.... January 24, 2010
Dinty Moore Big Bowlss Chicken & Dumplings,
There's rather too much broth and dumplings and not enough chicken for my taste, in this Dinty Moore offering. It is tasty, in a pleasant, bland sort of way. I wanted something more solid and meaty. If …
reviewed Bounce Dryer Bar - 2 Month Fresh Line.... January 24, 2010
Bounce Dryer Bar - 2 Month Fresh Linen, 44-Use Box
The problem with this product is that the bar is exposed. It should be enclosed in a plastic grid or mesh. As it is, on a long drying cycle on a high temperature setting, the bar can leave a film or streaks …
reviewed Emerson CKS9051 SmartSet Dual Alarm C.... January 24, 2010
Emerson CKS9051 SmartSet Dual Alarm Clock Radio
When I plugged the unit in, it showed completely the wrong time -- not just the difference in time zones but totally wrong hours and minutes. The problem was not due to a total memory loss (which can …
reviewed 3M Permanent Adhesive Return Address .... January 02, 2010
3M Permanent Adhesive Return Address Labels, 1/2
Yes, they are somewhat small, but just big enough, I think. I printed 4 lines of Times New Roman 8 on them and they looked fine. I quickly gave up trying to find a template in Word 2007. I downloaded …
reviewed KitchenAid Porcelain Enamel on Steel .... January 02, 2010
KitchenAid Porcelain Enamel on Steel Soft Grip
I buy hardly any kind of product these days without consulting Amazon reviews first. This latest experience is a reminder of why. If I had read these reviews first, I would have been forewarned.    Qu …
reviewed Dinty Moore Beef Stew, 10-Ounce Packa.... December 27, 2009
Dinty Moore Beef Stew, 10-Ounce Packages (Pack of
Because I have a microwave lunch at work each day, I've tried quite a few varieties. This is one of my favorites. It has a richer, meatier taste than other microwaveable beef meals. The Amazon price is …
reviewed The Woman in White (Barnes & Noble Cl.... December 16, 2009
The Woman in White (Barnes & Noble Classics)
It is rare for a heroine to be ugly. One of the elements that makes "Jane Eyre" a perfect romance is that Jane is physically unattractive, just as the author Charlotte Bronte perceived herself to be. …
reviewed 3M Permanent Adhesive Shipping Labels.... December 08, 2009
3M Permanent Adhesive Shipping Labels, 2 x 4
I downloaded the template from 3m.com and it worked fine. You can specify product 3100-S. The labels are easy to handle -- they peel off easily and stick firmly to the package but not to your fingers. …
Have You Lived Before This Life?
In the introduction, the editors set the scene by informing us that 'Reincarnation was a fundamental belief in the Roman Catholic Church until 553 A.D. when a company of Catholic church officials …
reviewed KR Tools 12650 Autoloader 6-in-1 Auto.... November 23, 2009
KR Tools 12650 Autoloader 6-in-1 Auto Loading
I'm impressed. The idea is that the screwdriver is 'loaded' with 6 bits. To change bits, you move to another chamber. You pull, twist until you see the chamber you want, then push. A new bit is thus fitted …
reviewed Chef Boyardee Rice with Chicken & Veg.... November 20, 2009
Chef Boyardee Rice with Chicken & Vegetables,
This range of microwavable meals is extremely convenient. They don't require refrigeration and can be heated up quickly and eaten straight from the bowl. The 7.25 ounce size is not an adult meal, just …
reviewed The Royle Family - The Complete First.... October 25, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
The Royle Family - The Complete First Season
Whenever a comedy becomes a hit, a big hit, in the UK, there will be Britons who say. "It'll never work in America. They just won't 'get it'". The Classic example was Monty Python's Flying Circus, which …
reviewed Avery® Clean Edge® Business Cards, 2 .... October 18, 2009
Avery® Clean Edge® Business Cards, 2 inches x 3
The edges are very clean and neat, which seems to be the main selling point for these cards. You just fold all 4 edges of the sheet to remove the borders, then separate each card by folding them where …
reviewed Four Decades of Folk Rock. October 11, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Four Decades of Folk Rock
I had recently heard Among the Oak & Ash, so was in no doubt that Folk Rock is still alive and flourishing. Listening to this box set, you might think it had long ago morphed into something quite different.  &n …
reviewed Tetley British Blend Premium Black, 8.... September 27, 2009
Tetley British Blend Premium Black, 80-Count Tea
I am not one to play the race card, but when it comes to tea I stand firmly on my Britishness. Tetley's British Blend is real tea, not the pallid, anemic apology for tea that skulks in silly little bags …
reviewed I'm About To Come Alive. September 06, 2009
I'm About To Come Alive
David Nail's debut album (his previous, self-titled album remains unreleased, as far as I know) has superb production values, including some very sensitive piano playing courtesy of Dan Dugmore. The electric …
reviewed Del Monte Harvest Selections, Heat & .... August 20, 2009
Del Monte Harvest Selections, Heat & Eat Beef
This is a very watery stew, despite the picture on the packaging, which promises a more substantial meal. The beef is a few diced and rather tastless little cubes. The Dinty Moore Beef Stew (also microwavable …
reviewed Among the Oak & Ash (album). August 15, 2009
Among the Oak & Ash
This is the debut, eponymous album from the duo comprised of Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr, although each has recorded before. They had a spring 2009 tour in support of the album.    The …
reviewed Swan Feathers. July 25, 2009
Swan Feathers
For the most part, reviews on Amazon should be just that - reviews and not critiques. The former are best read before you buy the product, and should help you to decide if it's likely to be to your taste. …
Hormel Chili'n Penne, 10-Ounce Microwavable Trays
I've just had a Hormel Chili 'n Penne for lunch at work, and I was so pleased with it that I felt moved to post a review. The chili sauce is especially good. If you use this type of meal for convenience …
The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret
In deciding whether to read this novel, there are some things you should know:    Firstly, it is beautifully written. It is a classic piece of prose literature. Long descriptive passages …
reviewed The Telefax Box. July 06, 2009
The Telefax Box
This elaborately-wrought, futuristic fantasy will appeal to science fiction aficionados who like imaginative, thought-provoking tales. This is more 'Blade Runner' than 'Battlefield Earth'.    Seger's …
reviewed Alright, Still. June 06, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Alright, Still
On the BBC, in 1989, I saw a clip from The Late Show, in which a loud-mouthed, loutish participant disrupted the discussion and stormed off the set. I did not know who this obnoxious character was until …
The Philo Vance Murder Cases: 1-The Benson Murder
Leonaur have published a collected edition of Van Dine's Philo Vance murder cases, but with none of the editorial effort you might expect. There is no introduction to set the scene, to tell you anything …
reviewed Faryl. May 31, 2009
Those of you lamenting the fact that Charlotte Church grew up can console yourselves with another sweet-voiced British youngster called Faryl Smith. Although born in England, with the most English of …
Arizona New Mexico & the Grand Canyon Trips
The comments I make here are repeated from my review of the companion volume, California Trips, because they apply equally to both. In fact, I suggest you read reviews of all volumes in the series (6 …
reviewed California Trips. May 24, 2009
California Trips
My acid test of this guide was that it should include non-road trips, like Amtrak's Coast Starlight and the boat trips to Santa Catalina and the Channel Islands (especially for the whale and dolphin watching). …
reviewed Canary Murder Case. May 17, 2009
Canary Murder Case
If you are a fan of murder mysteries, then you must read Van Dine, who was a pivotal figure in the development of that genre. Unfortunately, if you are a longtime fan, this particular story will seem …
reviewed American Pie & Other Hits. April 26, 2009
posted in Music Matters
American Pie & Other Hits
Don McLean is great. But there are several compilation albums available and this is about the worst, and is not even the cheapest. If you are an absolute completist fan, and want every version of every …
reviewed Ruggles of Red Gap (1935). April 21, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
I saw this movie on Turner Classic Movies last night, and just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of approval here.    Laughton produces a complex and memorable performance, with …
French Visual Language Guide
On page 7 of this guide I learned that 'interesting men' is 'des homes interessants'. Then on page 16 I am told 'one half liter' is 'le quart de litre'. I decided to give up on the book at that point, …
reviewed Dark Side of the Morgue: A Spike Bere.... April 18, 2009
Dark Side of the Morgue: A Spike Berenger Rock 'n'
It's impossible to state exactly why the plot of a mystery is unsatisfactory, without giving away spoilers. So I won't do it. I'll just say that I did not think that the author played entirely fair with …
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