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The Greatest Love Story of All Time
The Greatest Love Story of All Time
by Lucy Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and boring, 13 May 2012
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This is a story of Fran who gets dumped by her boyfriend Michael and then gets some "help" from her mates to get over him. Well, technically, Fran doesn't get dumped as Michael asked for a 3-months break but her friends decide she needs help in getting over him anyway as he's not explained why he needs a break, Fran never asked, so seems like a "plausible" conclusion to think she got dumped. So, the help comes in the shape of online dates, all of which are a mixture of weird, unattractive, pitiful or all three and more. The condition is Fran needs to go on 8 of them before the 3-months' period is over just to find out what else is out there.

Long story short, this book, at best, can be considered a variation on the theme of Bridget Jones in that it is a story of a 30-year old lunatic (well, sort of... because Bridget Jones was funny) and, at worst, a story with no imagination, no real humour and no memorable characters. The culmination of Michael and Fran is just simply weird in the end and it is completely unclear how you got there. If it was intended to keep you guessing, it wasn't done well.

Fran's relationship with her friend Dave who is basically her rock also lacked depth and any degree of interest as did her relationship with all her other friends.

In the end, I couldn't wait to finish this book but for all the wrong reasons. Two stars because the idea was good and could have worked if it wasn't so poorly executed.

The greatest love story of all time... Definitely not. If it was the greatest, then the question is how did its author only end up devoting the last 20 or so pages describing its peak to her readers?
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Zyliss No Need To Peel Susi 3 Garlic Press
Zyliss No Need To Peel Susi 3 Garlic Press
Price: £9.59

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin, 30 April 2012
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Great garlic press. Does press garlic without having to peel it. All you have to do is insert a garlic clove inside and press. Pressed garlic comes out at the other end and the skin remains inside. Easy to clean. I like it.


BRAINtastic Version 2 Maths THREE
BRAINtastic Version 2 Maths THREE
Price: £16.67

3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun but..., 15 Mar 2012
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My review of this product would be very similar to the one I've written for Maths Four, i.e. I accept this idea as a little bit of fun but question its usefulness for long term learning outcomes. I found that traditional methods work a lot better for my son.


BRAINtastic Version 2 Maths FOUR
BRAINtastic Version 2 Maths FOUR
Price: £16.99

3.0 out of 5 stars good fun, questionable outcomes, 15 Mar 2012
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The idea of learning through play isn't new and this allows your kids some useful interactive thinking although I would question how brilliant the idea is given the fact that 1) they would need to be glued to your PC 2) on initial observation, I've not noticed any long-term memorable outcomes. Everything seems to be forgotten very quickly. A lot quicker than when done with a bit of paper and pen.

In summary, fun? yes. Learning - not sure.


CBT Journal For Dummies
CBT Journal For Dummies
by Rob Willson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but..., 24 Feb 2012
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WHen you read the title of this book, it seems like a great idea but I am not actually sure to which extent it will be useful in terms of self-help. This book is essentially a number of days of written exercises asking you to first define your problem, set yourself some goals and then write about different things every day for 83 days. Each day has got different themes such as Getting The Gratitude Attitude, Overcoming Obstacles, Finding Forgiveness etc.

It all sounds lovely and I am sure it won't do you any harm whatsoever if you did follow this book all the way to the end. In fact, it would probably help you become more positive than not. However, I have absolutely no idea how writing about a set of miscellaneous topics would help you resolve any specific issues. You may as well just commit to finding one positive thing in your life every day and write about it in some notepad that cost you less than a pound in your local Tesco. You would be less restricted in your thinking and page size.

Giving it 2 stars because the idea was great but not well executed.


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.64

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The statistical probability of getting bored, 11 Feb 2012
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This book's only saving grace is that it isn't long. Other than that, I found it boring, tedious and predictable. The two characters were so dull and boring that I couldn't find myself liking either of them. The pathetic attempts at sense of humour couldn't even raise a smile if they were magnified 10 fold. This book could only be considered romantic by a bunch of 10 year olds. To be fair though, I don't think it's written for adults.

Giving it 2 stars only because it was fairly easy to read and, thankfully, very short.


SMK-Link Pad Dock 10 for Apple iPad 3rd Generation & iPad 2 (VP3650v2) with Speakers, Sync and Rotation
SMK-Link Pad Dock 10 for Apple iPad 3rd Generation & iPad 2 (VP3650v2) with Speakers, Sync and Rotation
Offered by Gadget_Boy
Price: £64.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Neat and Convenient, 7 Feb 2012
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This is a very neat and convenient dock for your iPad that will make it look like a mini version of your Mac. Quite stable and good size for your kitchen, which is a nice alternative to having a TV there as it will also make it a lot more portable.

The speakers aren't too bad. I expected worse.

All in all, a good item but only if you feel you need this kind of thing as opposed to, say, an iPad case that you can turn into a stand, which will be an alternative without some of the functionality but also cheaper than this one.


Paul Mitchell Super Charged Moisturiser 200Ml
Paul Mitchell Super Charged Moisturiser 200Ml
Offered by Online Beauty Buys
Price: £22.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No more than ok, 4 Feb 2012
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Although this is a fairly good moisturiser that detangles wet hair really well and makes it much easier to brush, I didn't think it made any difference to how shiny my hair was before or after its use. My hair was soft and nice afterwards but I find that this can be achieved with most high street products of reasonable quality too. Overall, this product is ok although I wouldn't look to pay £14 for it again as there are a number of high street brands that are far better and cheaper and definitely quite a few professional level brands that will deliver more for the same price.


Uni-Ball SXN-210 Jetstream RT Retractable Rollerball Pen Black Ink - Pack of 12
Uni-Ball SXN-210 Jetstream RT Retractable Rollerball Pen Black Ink - Pack of 12
Offered by OMGHOWCHEAP LTD
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 Feb 2012
These pens are absolutely fantastic! They don't write; they glide on paper! And they don't show through on the reverse even on thin paper. A little costly but worth every penny for those who are obsessed with stationery like myself! Highly recommended.


One Day
One Day
by David Nicholls
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Dull..., 31 Jan 2012
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This review is from: One Day (Paperback)
WARNING: SPOILER...

I wanted to read this book for a long time, and finally I have just finished the last page! One Day that felt like 20 years of wasted lives that stretched over nearly 500 pages. It's a story of 2 characters, supposedly best friends, that happen to be in love with each other but, through various circumstances, struggle to realise their relationship or, I should say, expected relationship. Eventually, the story comes to an almost predictable conclusion when the author, for some bizzarre reason, decides to kill off one of the two main characters. When that happened, I actually felt like I wanted to find out where he lives, physically shake him and ask what the hell is wrong with him because I felt like I waited for 20 years to read 50 or so final pages of boring drivel.

I never managed to feel anything for either of the 2 main characters in this story. Dexter comes across as selfish useless moron. Emma is equally dull but, for some reason, is considered interesting by the few men that she did have to brighten up her existence. I don't even want to talk about the so called supporting cast because it's not worth it at all.

After a while, the story gets repetitive. Emma and Dexter go their separate ways. Dexter comes back into Emma's life but she isn't available. Emma comes back into Dexter's life but he isn't available. Emma and Dexter are in each other's lives but neither is available. Dexter and Emma aren't in each other's lives but think about each other every day for a decade. And that is pretty much it for nearly 400 odd pages except the last 50 when they are suddenly in each other's lives and are available or made available... The next few pages after that moment are the reason why nobody ever wrote a sentence after "and the lived happily ever after" in most fairytales. David Nicholls should have stuck to that principle and finished this novel after about 250 pages or so. Instead, he kept it going for almost another 250 pages. Big mistake.

Reading through these 20 years of wasted lives would only be recommended if you don't know what to do with your time. For me, even my daily commute to London is an easier struggle than this book was as the book certainly didn't make it feel any shorter.
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