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Mark Shackelford "mark shackelford" (Worthing, UK)
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Kid Galaxy Soft and Squeezable Light and Sound Vehicle Fire Truck
Kid Galaxy Soft and Squeezable Light and Sound Vehicle Fire Truck
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars large red toy that is quite noisy, 16 Oct. 2014
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large red toy that is quite noisy
fun for a child for a while


Order of Play
Order of Play
Price: £12.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the shufffling madness, 3 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Order of Play (Audio CD)
"In the shuffling madness..." - it is always interesting to see how any re-recording of Locomotive Breath kicks off.

This one is gentle, shuffling snare, gentle guitar floating around, and the sax-instead-of-flute (a Good Idea)...

But where was I? Ah yes - on the train passing Lancing and Shoreham aerodrome, with an Aotearoan "long white cloud" shrouding the Downs... and this intriguing album on the Walkman.

Martin Barre (CV = the guitarist of Jethro Tull for the past two centuries), has been touring with his own band and playing old Tull songs (and a few other odds and ends) - this is a studio "Live" album... and rather good too!

Starts off with a wonderful slow blues rethink of "New Day Yesterday" - with the airiness of Free, but an essence of Colosseum, followed by a great take on "Fatman"... at this point I am thinking it is about time I put "This Was" and "Stand Up" onto the Walkman... what a long time ago. And what glorious music!

We then hit "Minstrel" - a fairly faithful rendition, followed by the inimitable Barre intro to "To Cry You A Song".

Odds and ends from "Thick as a Brick" (OK - but a bit out of place), and then "Sweet Dream" - taken at a terrific pace with some snappy snare and that lovely warm Barre sound, slightly fuzzy but melodic... some gentle bits in the middle and then that wonderful edgy guitar introduction to the chorus.

And yet more treats - the lovely "Song for Jeffery", "Teacher" and, of course, the ultimate expression of Aqualung and some more of Barre's glorious guitaring (and THE riff).


Wind in the Wires
Wind in the Wires
by Duncan Grinnell-Milne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating glimpse of the early days of aircraft at war., 30 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Wind in the Wires (Hardcover)
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Fascinating glimpse of the early days of aircraft at war.

The book was first published in 1933, and along with books such as "Winged Victory" and "Sagittarius Rising" takes us back to the crazy world of WW1 aviation - very inexperienced, poorly trained, but very enthusiastic young men being sent aloft in planes literally made from "stick and string".
Grinnell-Milne started the war flying the decidedly out-of-date (even then) Maurice Farman Longhorns and Shorthorns, and was tasked with observation flights - and chasing off the German planes doing the same job. Poorly equipped they seldom shot anyone down - and were more in danger from their own aircraft and the rather unprepared airfields!
Amusingly he started his flying training at Shoreham (just down the round from where I live) and at one point describes flying over Worthing Pier.
His first posting was not a happy one - and unlike the other books, which suggest that the pilots were desperately needed - he did not get much flying to start with. He then has some adventures (NO SPOILERS) and his descriptions of flying through and above the clouds are delightful.
Lovely book - and especially poignant now we are a century away from these times.
A voice from a nearly forgotten past - and with no one alive who remembers it now.


Kid Galaxy Morphibians Terrapin
Kid Galaxy Morphibians Terrapin

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for small boys and their Dads., 24 Sept. 2014
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Great fun for small boys and their Dads.
Brilliant colour and shape, ZOOMS around - slightly strange to control to start with as the levers work the wheels on each side. So both forward goes forward, both back goes back and then one forward, one back spins it round.

Slight annoyance - no batteries supplied... and needs 3AA and 1x 1.9v (luckily my wife has a drawer full...)

Didn't enjoy our tiled floor (which is fair enough) but raced round the garden, up some ramps, fell off the top (with no apparent damage)... Not sure how long these are going to last as the front and rear bumpers don't look that strong.

These are GREAT FUN!!!! Haven't laughed so much in a long while... and Benjamin's Aunt Lizzie got hold of it and was amused for ages. And a great price (so we've got TWO! Or possibly THREE)


Kid Galaxy Mega Morphibian Snake
Kid Galaxy Mega Morphibian Snake
Price: £23.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for small boys and their Dads., 24 Sept. 2014
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Great fun for small boys and their Dads.
Brilliant colour and shape, ZOOMS around - slightly strange to control to start with as the levers work the wheels on each side. So both forward goes forward, both back goes back and then one forward, one back spins it round.

Slight annoyance - no batteries supplied... and needs 3AA and 1x 1.9v (luckily my wife has a drawer full...)

Didn't enjoy our tiled floor (which is fair enough) but raced round the garden, up some ramps, fell off the top (with no apparent damage)... Not sure how long these are going to last as the front and rear bumpers don't look that strong.

These are GREAT FUN!!!! Haven't laughed so much in a long while... and Benjamin's Aunt Lizzie got hold of it and was amused for ages. And a great price (so we've got TWO! Or possibly THREE)


Kid Galaxy Mega Morphibian Lobster
Kid Galaxy Mega Morphibian Lobster
Price: £13.37

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for small boys and their Dads., 22 Sept. 2014
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Great fun for small boys and their Dads.
Brilliant colour and shape, ZOOMS around - slightly strange to control to start with as the levers work the wheels on each side. So both forward goes forward, both back goes back and then one forward, one back spins it round.

Slight annoyance - no batteries supplied... and needs 3AA and 1x 1.9v (luckily my wife has a drawer full...)

Didn't enjoy our tiled floor (which is fair enough) but raced round the garden, up some ramps, fell off the top (with no apparent damage)... Not sure how long these are going to last as the front and rear bumpers don't look that strong.

These are GREAT FUN!!!! Haven't laughed so much in a long while... and Benjamin's Aunt Lizzie got hold of it and was amused for ages. And a great price (so we've got TWO! Or possibly THREE)


BETA Dry Dog Food Adult Retrievers with Turkey 2 kg (Pack of 4)
BETA Dry Dog Food Adult Retrievers with Turkey 2 kg (Pack of 4)
Price: £25.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Dog enjoyed it - bit expensive, but sounds well balanced, 20 Sept. 2014
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Here are the details from the packaging:
Composition
Cereals, Meat and animal derivatives (8%*) , Vegetable protein extracts, Oils and fats, Derivatives of vegetable origin, Vegetables (dried chicory root 1.0%), Minerals.
* equivalent to 16% rehydrated meat and animal derivatives, with min 4% Turkey

Additives
Nutritional additives:

IU/kg: Vit. A: 21 000; Vit. D3: 1 225; Vit. E: 100; mg/kg: L-carnitine: 200; Fe (E1): 266; I (E2): 3.3; Cu (E4): 38.0; Mn (E5): 20.3; Zn (E6): 429. Se (E8): 0.47.
With antioxidants.

Analytical constituents:
Nutritional information
Protein 25.0%
Fat content 10.0%
Crude ash 8.0%
Crude fibres 5.0%
Omega 6 fatty acids
(Linoleic acid) 2.3%
Omega 3 fatty acids
(EPA+DHA) 0.19%

We tried this on Murphy who has a variety of genes, including Irish wolf-hound, retriever and (probably) poodle. As such he not exactly fussy with his food. So this went down a treat (but then, so do socks and mobile phones).

From our perspective it does not smell too bad (more meaty than just turkey - but there are lots of non meat ingredients)
I am assuming the ingredients provide a balanced diet (as it says on the bag) - although there are several that I have no idea what they are!
Anyway - dog loved it, but it is quite expensive.


Scandinavian Baking: Loving Baking at Home
Scandinavian Baking: Loving Baking at Home
by Trine Hahnemann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious book with delicious recipes, 20 Sept. 2014
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Delicious book with delicious recipes.
Ever since I employed a lovely Swedish lady who would bring us special cakes on a variety of occasions, I have been looking for a book that would help me recreate some of them... and I think this is the book!

Mouthwatering photographs for every recipe (my daughter is currently looking through the book trying to choose something to make, to the sound of "oooh" and "wow" and "yummy").

The recipes look well presented, with all the necessary instructions - weights, temperatures etc. There is also an extremely helpful section at the front introducing some of the less well known ingredients.

Ah... my daughter is now asking whether we have any rhubarb in the garden... sounds hopeful!


Sussed Pocket Card Game - Vices and Virtues: Well, Nobody's Perfect
Sussed Pocket Card Game - Vices and Virtues: Well, Nobody's Perfect
Offered by Games to Get Ltd
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent variation on the Sussed brand., 4 Sept. 2014
Another excellent variation on the Sussed brand.

I have played (and reviewed) a couple of the previous Sussed games - and have used them as part of team building exercises (to great amusement from the team).

This one is a bit more personal in its questions - being called "Vices and Virtues" is a bit of a clue!

So, I will probably not play this with the team, and have instead tried it out on a family gathering.. to great hilarity!


Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime Salad, Every Weekday, in 20 Minutes or Less
Salad Love: How to Create a Lunchtime Salad, Every Weekday, in 20 Minutes or Less
by David Bez
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars fun book with lots of (salad) recipes, 3 Sept. 2014
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fun book with lots of (salad) recipes
bit of a serious diet!


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