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Ian Gordon Malcomson (Victoria, BC)
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YUMQUA Portable Wired USB Flexible Foldable Silicone Keyboard Soft Waterproof Roll up 107 Keys for Computer Laptop PC Black
YUMQUA Portable Wired USB Flexible Foldable Silicone Keyboard Soft Waterproof Roll up 107 Keys for Computer Laptop PC Black
Offered by WhasrpOnline
Price: CDN$ 26.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if You Want to Change, Aug. 19 2016
Welcome to the world of very convenient and effective keyboards. As a flexible silicone product, it can be rolled up, folded, or simply placed in a drawer when not in use. The keys are quiet, well spaced and easy to compress. I like the hot keys that allow one to go directly to the Internet, e-mail, favourites, and refresh options. So far it is proving very easy to keep clean, unlike its conventional counterpart. Yes, I have made the switch in the interests of having a cleaner, quieter, and easier experience in front of the desktop. Instructions are easy to follow.


The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island
The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island
by Jeanette Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.68
19 used & new from CDN$ 18.68

5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable Story to go with a Beautiful Island, Aug. 19 2016
My wife and I had the privilege of spending a week on Quadra this past month, where we were introduced to great scenic beauty, a warm and friendly community of islanders, great food and Jeanette Taylor's wonderful history of the island. This book looks at how various individuals and families came, starting in the 19th century, to settle on this upper Gulf Island, minutes away from Campbell River in the Discovery Passage. All these people had a dream to own land and live an independent lifestyle. It would be fishing, logging, farming, mining and the friendship of the We Wai Kai people that allowed many to succeed. Like every well-researched history, the facts speak for themselves. The true pioneer spirit, as captured here, embraces every opportunity to succeed and enjoy, knowing full well that tragedy and adversity are always lurking around the corner. Heriot Bay and Quathiaski come in for special mention as the hubs where commerce, public services, and social life transpired. The author goes into exquisite detail on geographical wonders like Rebecca Spit, Morte Lake, and Cape Mudge. Like many places on Quadra these spots are lovely to visit. What grabbed my attention the most was Taylor's colorful description of how various generations of residents came together to celebrate, entertain, and lend a hand. Lots of a very useful old photos dotting this work.


Pawn Sacrifice
Pawn Sacrifice
DVD ~ Tobey Maguire
Price: CDN$ 15.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Study on a Brilliant but Flawed Character, Aug. 19 2016
This review is from: Pawn Sacrifice (DVD)
When we get passed the small technical issues besetting this movie, "Pawn Sacrifice" is a monumental statement on the brilliant but tragic life of Bobby Fischer, chess grandmaster and world champion. Fischer is accurately and dramatically shown as a man both obsessed with winning the right to be called the best in the game and in control of his destiny. To attain the first, he must master the second which, unfortunately, could never happen because, as portrayed in the film, he is a dangerously flawed person. The fact that he succeeds, ever so briefly, regardless of serious multiple psychological issues is a miracle in itself. The true drama in this cautionary tale of epic proportions lies in the fact that Fischer's sensational rise to the top was encapsulated in something even bigger: the unfolding of the Cold War. It is along this axis that the real conflict happens. While Fischer increasingly saw the Russians as cheats, hell-bent on depriving him of his championship, the American government, with its obsession for propaganda advantage, wasn't his friend either. As his persecution complex and delusional paranoia grew, Bobby's only hope of breaking free of either traces was to achieve that one brilliant moment of greatness in Reykjavik before the eyes of the world on his own terms. The mind games, the board strategies and political gamesmanship are all vintage Fischer, which this film does a competent job in playing to their dramatic conclusion. Everything that follows is melodramatic and inconsequential.


VIVISKY High Quality Double Layer Inverted Umbrella,Creative Travel Umbrella,Double Layer Straight Waterproof Windproof Easy Carrying Golf Size Umbrella (BLACK AND RED)
VIVISKY High Quality Double Layer Inverted Umbrella,Creative Travel Umbrella,Double Layer Straight Waterproof Windproof Easy Carrying Golf Size Umbrella (BLACK AND RED)
Offered by VIVISKY(TM)
Price: CDN$ 39.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The Inside Out Umbrella, Aug. 19 2016
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This umbrella appears to live up to its billing. It opens and closes easily. The material appears to be durable. Its biggest advantage is that it allows you to fold it up while going through a door. However, I have not been able to use it yet as to its ability to shelter me from rain because of the very dry weather we have experienced. I will add to this review once I have been able to take it through some heavy rain.


On My Own
On My Own
by Diane Rehm
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 26.68
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reflections of a Loving Person, Aug. 17 2016
This review is from: On My Own (Hardcover)
I picked up this book to find out how a great radio journalist handles yet another challenge in her life, and I was not disappointed. As a woman who has struggled with serious health issues concerning her voice, Rehm now ventures into the world of spousal loss. In this painful process, her story involves a very reflective and loving look at a longstanding relationship with her late husband, John, who recently died from Parkinson's, and a very instructive discussion on the right to die, an option he took. In reading this memoir and tribute, I sensed that Rehm, a woman with strong Christian values, is learning to pick up her life again while still coping with grief. While John did so much to secure her life, she is now taking a different initiative, in his memory, to help others cope with the very private issue of the right to die. As a national celebrity, she and her associates are lobbying for legislation to allow people the right to die with dignity. Now in her eighties, with the knowledge that her radio days may be coming to an end, Rehm seems to have found new inspiration to keep going. This book is a testimony to the fact that she still has the wonderful ability to connect with people of all walks of life in ways that continue to show sensitivity, grace, and love. I recommend this short work to anyone who is looking for an all-important kickstart in their disconsolate lives. What Rehm has to say here is measured, caring, and practical because she truly loves life.


Aromatherapy Diffuser Ultrasonic Mist Humidifier-300ml Essential Oil Diffuser for Office, Bedroom,Yoga Baby Room By Cootree with Optional 7 Color Changing LED Lights, AUTO Shut off Function
Aromatherapy Diffuser Ultrasonic Mist Humidifier-300ml Essential Oil Diffuser for Office, Bedroom,Yoga Baby Room By Cootree with Optional 7 Color Changing LED Lights, AUTO Shut off Function
Offered by Kumuworld-CA
Price: CDN$ 39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to make a big quality difference in your environment, Aug. 16 2016
Once again, I am committed to using diffusers to positively change the atmosphere of living space with the use of essential oils. This device works very well in providing a sweeter and more salubrious feeling. It pumps out a decent volume of mist up to six hours, accompanied by a cool color show. Instructions as to filling and clearing the pot are easy to follow.


EC Technology Digital LCD Infrared Thermometer Non-contact Instant Read Temperature Gun (-50°C to +420°C)-Red
EC Technology Digital LCD Infrared Thermometer Non-contact Instant Read Temperature Gun (-50°C to +420°C)-Red
Offered by EC Technology CA Store
Price: CDN$ 30.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Means for Gauging Surface Temperatures, Aug. 16 2016
Here are ten observations about this product garnered from personal use:
1. Easy to handle (point and shoot);
2. Did experience slight variation in adjoining surfaces which I now realize, with the help of another reviewer, that it has to do with difference in reflection;
3. The readout is well lit and and easy to read;
4. The thermometer comes with a warning about infrared light;
5. Comes with a good grip;
6. Very reliable with liquids;
7. Comes with guide for trainable distances;
8. A good device for determining the insularity of thermoses, the relative temperature of various parts of a room, effectiveness of refrigeration, and heat loss to the outside;
9. Comes with a convenient temperature conversion button;
10. A good price when compared with other similar models.


LILYSILK 100 Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase for Hair Charmeuse Hypoallergenic Standard/Queen 20x30 Inch White 1pc 19 Momme Gift Box
LILYSILK 100 Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase for Hair Charmeuse Hypoallergenic Standard/Queen 20x30 Inch White 1pc 19 Momme Gift Box
Offered by LILYSILK
Price: CDN$ 44.58

5.0 out of 5 stars A Product Worth a Try, Aug. 16 2016
This is my first introduction to the wonders of sleeping on silk.It is a remarkable experience to lay one's head on the softest of material in rediness for a good night's sleep When I realize the extent of the bacterial activity found in cotton material, silk looks like a great alternative with better durability and comfort. The seller here makes sure that whoever buys this product is well aware of how to treat its material with the greatest of care. If this pillow case is a sign of things to come in our household, I will be looking at buying some sheets. There is one slight drawback with the fact that silk tends to wrinkle after a wash, requiring an ironing which isn't necessary for its cheaper cotton counterpart.


Newcomdigi Shower Water Filter Shower Filter Chlorine Removing Shower Filter Cartridge High Output Filtration Cartridge System
Newcomdigi Shower Water Filter Shower Filter Chlorine Removing Shower Filter Cartridge High Output Filtration Cartridge System
Offered by NO1PARTS
Price: CDN$ 25.00
3 used & new from CDN$ 25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Shower Filter, Aug. 11 2016
I found it was easy to install, made the water softer, and actually helped the showerhead run smoother.


I3C Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ebon Ultrasonic USB Plug Aromatherapy Cool Mist Car Air Humidifier 50ML Portable Round Mini Car Diffuser Waterless Auto Shut Off for Car Office Bedroom Travel - Silver
I3C Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ebon Ultrasonic USB Plug Aromatherapy Cool Mist Car Air Humidifier 50ML Portable Round Mini Car Diffuser Waterless Auto Shut Off for Car Office Bedroom Travel - Silver
Offered by NO1PARTS
Price: CDN$ 32.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 32.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Freshening up the Car, Aug. 11 2016
As someone who likes the aromatherapy concept, I have no problem recommending this diffuser made for a car interior. With a USB plug and a well with capacity for an hour, this device truly works wonders by removing stale air while leaving a pleasant feeling behind. Be sure in filing it not to overdo it. Instructions are well laid out and controls are easy to operate.


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