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Imajo Rag Doll Clothes - Green Set
Imajo Rag Doll Clothes - Green Set
Offered by Bumbles Toys & Gifts
Price: £7.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect accompanying gift to Imajo dolls., 2 April 2013
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Got this set for my daughter to accompany the rag doll Rosanne. Good selection of garments which can be combined in numerous ways, and not necessarily as depicted. Mix and match fun that enhances the playability of the doll. Recommend this or one of the other packets of garments as an accompanying gift if you're already thinking of giving an imajo rag doll as a gift to a young female relative (in my case my 5-year old daughter).

Imajo Rosanne Ragdoll
Imajo Rosanne Ragdoll
Offered by Toypost
Price: £15.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes this was just the thing - Get the clothes as well though for maximum playability, 2 April 2013
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This review is from: Imajo Rosanne Ragdoll (Toy)
Of my three offspring, the five year old girl is the toughest to buy for. I have an eleven year old boy, and an eight year old boy, and they're quite easy, because I was once an eight year old and eleven year old boy myself, although not at the same time, and in a way there's a part of me that still is. But I've never been a five year old girl, not even once.

Also, that's a tricky age anyway, because they can't quite articulate precisely what they want; so my remit was
She: "I want a doll, with stripy stockings"
Me: "Like a rag doll?"
She: "And she's got different clothes"
Me: "A fashion doll? Like a barbie?"
Me thinks: (heart sinks. So soon?! No, please don't let her fall for that souless commercial franchise already!)
She: "No."
Me (thinks): (Oh thank god!)
She: "You can cuddle her"
Me: "So a rag doll? You want a rag doll, like Jemima in..."
Me thinks: (oh what's the use; I work with people who can't remember Play School)
Me: "With stripy legs. Yeah, I get it."

But this filled the remit and then some. Much much more charisma than Jemima ever had, very well made, fair trade, and if you get one of the five or six packets of clothes - any one of which provides numerous combinations, you can change her outfit meaning she's a play-with role-play toy as well as a cuddling/companion toy. Recommend buying one of the set of clothes to maximise playability and give her a unique appeal over other soft toys competing for attention.

The manufacturers think she's called Rosanne, but my daughter is insistent her name is Amy. Lol... but that's the only criticism. C'mon guys, get the name right!

AA+inks Compatible Ink Cartridges Replace for Epson T1281 ET1281 T1285 for Epson SX125 SX130 SX420W etc.printers - 4x T1281 2x T1282 2x T1283 2x T1284
AA+inks Compatible Ink Cartridges Replace for Epson T1281 ET1281 T1285 for Epson SX125 SX130 SX420W etc.printers - 4x T1281 2x T1282 2x T1283 2x T1284
Offered by AA+inks
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would be a bargain - if they worked, 16 Mar. 2013
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These aren't genuine Epson cartridges.
Of course that shouldn't matter - if they fit and have the same amount of ink in them (doubtful), but the Epson printer I had was very temperamental about recognising them, and the black ink came out very patchy and unreadable as if the nozzles needed cleaning, but cleaning them made no difference - just wasted more ink.

This was an utter waste of money for me. The moral of the story is if you want to economize on Printer ink don't buy an Epson in the first place! Because the supposedly compatible economy ink cartridges don't work; and at the rate I go through printer ink Epson's own are extortionate.

Doctor Who: The Iron Legion GN: v. 1
Doctor Who: The Iron Legion GN: v. 1
by Pat Mills
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seventies strips that stand the test of time., 31 Dec. 2012
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I grew up reading these strips; I remember them as being brilliant. However I still thought I was taking a gamble when I bought them for my seven year old son. Sure I was seven when I read them, but we're always being told that kids have different expectations these days; after all these strips are in black and white, not full blown colour, and they're full length stories with lots of parts.

I needn't of worried; these strips certainly do stand the test of time and appeal just as well to the current generation - my seven year old son sat up reading the strip avidly way past his bedtime, and as soon as he was asleep the eleven year old was in to steal the book to read it himself, and they both agreed it was a great story and they liked the "skeleton guy" (the cyborg gladiator Morris) and was sad when he died. So if your younger who-fans are curious enough about the old series to care for the adventures of the fourth doctor, this is a great purchase; or if like me, you're an aging Doctor Who fan who's a nostalgia junky, you might just want it for yourself.

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (King Penguin)
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (King Penguin)
by Angela Carter
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 17 Jan. 2007
A collection of darkly sensual reinterpretations of familiar fairy tales, many with a twist. The most famous short story in this collection is probably A Company of Wolves, which was adapted from Angela Carter's own radio script and was later made into a cult movie (a movie which incidentally remains on my list of favourites). The themes of sexuality and loss of innocence are explored throughout the collection. The stories are collected together because of their umbrella theme, but were not necessarily written at the same time; this is notable because there are actually two versions of Beauty and the Beast in the book, the first of which ("The Courtship of Mister Lyon") is greatly over-shadowed by the superiority of the other ("The Tiger's Bride").

Overall a rewarding collection of magical tales that invokes all those dark archetypes that dwell in your subconcious to leave you feeling uneasy and yet enchanted.

Doctor Who Playing Cards
Doctor Who Playing Cards
Offered by Quite Bizarre Collectables
Price: £19.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant curiosity for fan collectors, 17 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Doctor Who Playing Cards (Toy)
Okay, it's nothing to get too excited about - it's a pack of cards. And as it was produced when Richard E. Grant's online cartoon Doctor was the latest introduction to the mythos, it's looking a bit dated when the new BBC Cardiff version of the series has made such a big impact.

There's some attempt at a pattern running through the cards (the spades are all monsters, the hearts all female companions, the clubs all male companions and the diamonds all Doctors) with some attempt to link each pip value thematically as well; not successfully in some areas - for instance you might find yourself idly wondering, if all the kings refer to the Peter Cushing movies why is the King of Clubs the emperor Dalek from Evil of the Daleks, and not a movie dalek? Also in the failed attempt to maintain this thematic pattern obscurities are included whilst popular characters fail to appear - to make up the numbers the diamonds include Trevor Martin as the stageplay Doctor and Richard Hurndull as the William Hartnell stand-in.

Still it's a pleasant thing to have, it doesn't cost much and I'm proud of my set. I'd suggest it was time for a re-release now Christopher Ecclestone and David Tennant and their associates and adversaries are sorely missed from the pack, but since current merchandise tends to ignore the original series entirely it just wouldn't be the same.

The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
by Lemony Snicket
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Crucial Turning Point in the Baudelaire series., 1 May 2004
The Wide Window and Miserable Mill only really revisited the themes of the first two books, but from The Austere Academy onwards the plot really begins to find it's bearings.
In this novel we meet the two Quagmire Triplets whose experienced are not unlike those of the Baudelaires. It's still follows the pattern of the previous three books, flawed adults that persistently disbelieve the kids until the last minute, and Olaf in yet another ridiculous disguise, but the introduction of the Quagmires starts the ball rolling with a story arc that makes all subsequent novels a series of masterpieces.
If you haven't read any of the Lemony Snicket novels before (in which case you should really start with "Bad Beginning") he has a witty style that never talks down to his audience. Though he often explains any words or phrases that might not be in the younger readers vocbulary but always does so in a humourous (sometimes quite darkly so) way, that makes each explanation a joy to anyone who like Klaus Baudelaire already know what that word or phrase means. I usually laugh out loud at some point reading each page including the dedication and about the author!
Lots of children's authors are likened to Roald Dahl, but none so deservedly so as Lemony Snicket.

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