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Case Logic SnapView Folio Cover with Fastener for iPad Air - Silver
Case Logic SnapView Folio Cover with Fastener for iPad Air - Silver
Price: £25.66

3.0 out of 5 stars A functional case, but I think the iPad Air deserves better, 24 Nov 2014
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Whilst this is an adequate cover for an iPad Air, personally I would prefer something a little more solid in its construction and looking a little better quality. Considering that this has been designed for something that is a relatively expensive piece of kit. I would have thought that they would have designed this with a sleeker, more chic material.

The case is functional, allowing the two viewing positions, either horizontal or vertical and closes with a clasp, which whilst not the most intuitive, is secure.


Diplomacy [DVD]
Diplomacy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Niels Arestrup
Price: £14.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Words are the weapon in this battle for Paris, 24 Nov 2014
This review is from: Diplomacy [DVD] (DVD)
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Many other reviews have detailed the general plot of the film in more than enough detail, but this is essentially a film which centres around the dialogue between the two main protagonists - one a military man and the other a diplomat. The miliary man, a German general, with orders to blow up Paris, shows himself to be much more than the man who barks orders, a man with heart and conscience, who grapples with deeper thoughts even if they are not always on show, showing kindness and generosity to others, whilst initially keeping his own guard well raised. The diplomat, a Swedish diplomat, who makes much of his neutrality, surprises the General from a secret passage and reveals the way that he has been spying on the general over some time. The diplomat, who is clear that he is not a man of war, does not deal in death, but does use his weaponry, his words, to try and win his own battle, to rally and try and persuade the general to change his plan and save Paris from annihilation.

The plot is a gripping one, but it really is the dynamic relationship between the chief characters which is utterly compelling - the mood shifts and changes and the actors are wonderful (I particularly like Niels Arastrup, who played the French grandfather in War Horse) and you watch as layers are revealed about their personalities and I was surprised to feel such compassion for the very human German General as the film comes to a conclusion.


BURBERRY for Men Eau de Toilette 30 ml
BURBERRY for Men Eau de Toilette 30 ml
Price: £26.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, classy scent - complex but not overwhelming, 21 Nov 2014
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This Burberry for Men eau de toilette is a really warm and complex scent in a neat, chic bottle, which would make a lovely gift for any man. The fragrance itself is a really well-balanced blend of notes which include lavender, mint, moss, geranium, sandalwood, amber, cedar wood and tonka. I can't tell you which the tonka is, because it isn't a smell I am familiar with, but I can identify all of the others (to my surprise).

You do expect a quality scent to have layers to it which harmonise well and this fragrance manages to achieve that with a product which is well-concentrated for an eau de toilette, so that the bottle will last longer than weaker fragrances and the product itself lasts well on the skin without fading.

Although a warm scent, it isn't heavy or overwhelming, so could be worn in the day or evening.


Do-Ahead Christmas: Stress-Free Cooking for the Festive Season
Do-Ahead Christmas: Stress-Free Cooking for the Festive Season
by James Ramsden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, modern take on cooking at Christmas - takes away the stress and strain!, 18 Nov 2014
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This is a really super festive cookery book, which works in the same way as James Ramsden's Do-ahead Dinners: how to feed friends and family without the frenzy, trying to help you to manage your time ahead of time to take the stress out of cooking, this time focussed on perhaps the most stressful time of the year for catering.

For me the beauty of this is the concept - getting as much done in advance, so that on the day you are just pulling bits together, cooking pre-prepared dishes, warming through others and allowing you to spend more time with your friends and family and less pulling your hair out in a manic kitchen.

One of the nicest parts is you can work out what time you want to serve your meal - whether Christmas dinner or another festive feast and you work back with the jobs that you need to do - for example, what needs to be done 30 mins before, what needs to be done at least 2 hours before and you can set yourself a clear plan. Indeed, the author clearly thinks just like this and there is a menu and a planner in which he sets out for your basic timings for Christmas day, tasks for Christmas Eve, those for the three days before and those for up to a week ahead. I think just like this and usually make a timetable working backwards myself, so this book is just my cup of tea!

Even without this novel method of setting out all of the recipes, I would still love this book. All of the recipes are festive, as is the beautiful layout of the book but nothing about this book is run-of-the-mill. There are unusual recipes, interesting variations on traditional ideas and a good mix of drinks, edible gifts and the all-important leftovers section.

If you want a recipe book to tell you how to make a Christmas pudding and a Christmas cake, this isn't what you are after - it's a modern take and one which isn't afraid to offer cheat substitutes where you might need a shortcut (like using good quality shop-bought custard in your trifle if needs be), but always gives you the home-made version if you have the time and inclination.

I like the tips and tricks and thoughtfulness that flows throughout the book and this will be invaluable this Christmas and for years to come.


Body Pure 1200 mg Raspberry Ketones
Body Pure 1200 mg Raspberry Ketones
Price: £12.81

2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best version of Raspberry Ketones, 18 Nov 2014
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Whether Raspberry Ketones work or not is very difficult to determine on an individual level outside of a scientific test and even then there is much discussion about the effects. Personally, based on my own experiences, I am inclined to think that pure raspberry ketones are well be worth trying as a part of a health regime to lose weight, alongside improved diet and increased exercise, although on their own, I would be doubtful that you would see weight loss, although I am not an expert! Also I don't think that this is the best product to use - I would opt for a pure version.

And that is my issue with this particular product, that it isn't a pure version of Raspberry Ketones, but rather some Raspberry Ketones along with quite a lot of other ingredients, which aren't the things that you might think that you are buying. I understand that Body Pure is the company name, but it makes you think that this will be a pure product and not a "diluted" version.

I have tried and I have had better results using other products (whilst on a diet and exercising) such as 100% PURE RASPBERRY KETONE (1400mg per Serving): Highest Strength Available! 100% Natural Ketones for Superior Results - Not Synthetically Manufactured or Extracted. Scientifically Proven & GUARANTEED to Help You Achieve Your Fat Loss Goals! Don't Waste... and if you haven't tried Raspberry Ketones before, I wouldn't suggest this one as it's unlikely to be as effective. On my trial of this version, I took 1 capsule twice a day and it didn't alter the course of my weight-loss in any discernible way, but I didn't experience any major hungry cravings during the time I took them, so perhaps they had some effect - who knows!


Mitre Vandis 32P Ball - White/Red/Black - 5
Mitre Vandis 32P Ball - White/Red/Black - 5
Price: £14.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality international match standard football, 18 Nov 2014
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This is an excellent, quality football, which having been sturdily hand-sewn shows itself to be a football made to last. As it is international match standard, you know that the design and materials have been approved and it certainly can hold its own in a match between some very enthusiastic dads.

If you have any footballing skills, you will find that this ball responds well and is good on the ground and in the air. Mitre in my experience make really good quality and useable footballs of different sizes and designs, but this one is a good all round football suitable for teenagers and adults alike.


The Moon Field
The Moon Field
by Judith Allnatt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully takes you through the sights and smells of the battlefield, 17 Nov 2014
This review is from: The Moon Field (Hardcover)
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A postal worker, still a teenager, George, stumbles, via some unfortunate events, into the First World War and this story tells his tale from the lead up to his departure (including the unfortunate incidents that lead to him signing up) and his relationships with family and friends; the second part his time in action and finally his time back in Blighty.

The author skillfully takes you through these different times, moods and settings, which are strikingly at odds with one another. The author uses pace of narrative and descriptive passages to set the scene well and the scents and smells described are evocative to say the least. The jarring contrasts from one part to the next are at one with those experienced by George, who struggles increasingly to cope with the transfer from one place and activities to another. The contrasts are clear and they are powerful and invoke those images and sensations clearly, as if you are making the journeys and experiencing all that George experiences along with him.

There are other key players amongst the characters and each is given their chance to elaborate upon their thoughts and experiences of the war and it also means that the reader is given another view of George from their perspectives.

This is a captivating story and reading this during November, whilst seeing poppies all around has made this particularly thought-provoking.


Fabri-Tac  113 ml Medium Bottle, Clear
Fabri-Tac 113 ml Medium Bottle, Clear
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and effective - perfect for fixing dolls clothes, 15 Nov 2014
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I have been really pleased with the results using this Fabri-Tac adhesive. It sticks really quickly and forms a really strong bond clearly and hasn't seeped through any of the materials I have used.

I have been using it primarily to fix dolls clothes and reattach their embellishments, which have come loose or fallen off completely during the dolls' crazy adventures courtesy of my children and these are the jobs which I just want a quick, firm fix and certainly don't want to fuss around with a needle and thread!

You need to work quickly and cleanly to use this most effectively and don't use too much, you just don't need to because it is powerful stuff. It's hard to forget that it is powerful stuff when you are using it due to the smell. You need to be in a well ventilated room to use it and keep away from any open flames as it is flammable.


Spin Master Moustache Smash Game
Spin Master Moustache Smash Game
Price: £10.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Smash a 'tashe fun, 13 Nov 2014
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This games is essentially built on a really simple premise, it's snap but instead of matching cards with cards, you are matching cards with a selection of different moustaches - either colour or shape, which if you win by smashing your 'tashe down at the right time on the right card and sticking it with the sucker as you slam down. Make sure you have a table and a good amount of space between the players, so that you don't bump into each other too much (or poke each other with a moustache!)

We have had plenty of giggles (and a few tears when one of the younger players got a bit too excited) and the rules of the game are easy to pick up, so I am a bit confused by the 7+ age suggestion - I would think that 5+ would be more accurate. Overall it's a great game to play around the table at home or in a caravan on a wet and windy day and so nice to have a simple game that doesn't require any batteries!!


Kensington Keyfolio Fit Universal Folio with Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard for 9" and 10" Android Tablets UK QWERTY Layout - Black
Kensington Keyfolio Fit Universal Folio with Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard for 9" and 10" Android Tablets UK QWERTY Layout - Black
Price: £55.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Good slimline bluetooth keyboard cover for 9-10 inch tablets, 13 Nov 2014
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I have tried a number of product specific wireless keyboard tablet covers before, so it is interesting to compare these against this universal version for 9-10 inch tablets.

It is easy to pair this via bluetooth and the case holds my tablet well. The case is sleek and has a slim profile, so doesn't bulk out your tablet much, even with the keys. The keys of the keyboard, rather like with a small laptop, are quite close together, but this is true of all such keyboard covers, but it is a good keyboard to type on with keys that press down properly and you can feel and they are not overly "clacky" as you type.

Personally for the price, I would want this to be specific to my tablet, to make sure that the fit is the best and most secure available. However, if you want to use this with a number of different tablets, then this would be an ideal product.


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