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Beethoven: The Late Quartets [Camerata Nordica, Terje Tønnesen] [BIS: BIS1096]
Beethoven: The Late Quartets [Camerata Nordica, Terje Tønnesen] [BIS: BIS1096]
Price: £28.37

5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding op.131, 25 Dec. 2014
I'd like to focus on some impressive aspects of this recording and the string orchestra. The place to really get a sense of the power folded into Beethoven's imagination is in no.14 op. 131. The string quartet does excellent things with this but when you listen to it in this string orchestral arrangement suddenly you find yourself thrown forward several centuries and into - what feels like - part of the 2001 soundtrack. What do I mean? That the transcendent secular mystery woven into that film lies actually deeper and more forcefully expressed in Beethoven.

The larger forces simply let this mysterious root of existence burst through.

Utterly profound. As close to religious music without the trappings of any theology.


Bibetta Neoprene Children's Lunch Bag (Turqoise Bird)
Bibetta Neoprene Children's Lunch Bag (Turqoise Bird)
Price: £12.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Most Popular Lunch Bag in the house, 19 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's soft, clean and very light. It allows you to put sandwich boxes, fruit and water and it doesn't smell.

Clearly that has something to do with the ease of cleaning it.

I would also add it hasn't faded and the girls still fight over it. Looks like we will buying another one this coming Christmas.


Bibetta Swim Bag/ Large Wet Bag (Blue)
Bibetta Swim Bag/ Large Wet Bag (Blue)
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars excellent at keeping wet towels after swimming, 19 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Really popular - the texture of this bag means it can hold wet towels and swimming clothes without 'rotting' over a period of months.

After some considerable time this bag has remained as good as the day we bought it - which is a fantastic recommendation.


Pixnor Colorful LED Bluetooth Dancing Water Speakers for iPhone, iPad, Cellphone, PC (Black)
Pixnor Colorful LED Bluetooth Dancing Water Speakers for iPhone, iPad, Cellphone, PC (Black)
Offered by ibestsky
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Get it for your kids now!!!, 19 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These speakers are simply brilliant. You have to turn the music up quite high to overcome the physical sound of the liquid dancing to the music - but my 8 year old has completely and utterly fallen in love with these speakers.

Recently, she drew some pictures and created a mini art gallery in the conservatory. It was late, so she put some music - Cara Dillon, and used these speakers - which lit her gallery with rainbow light. The atmosphere was fantastic.

Of course your kids can have a disco but in a more relaxed setting, in dimmed lights having the lights dance to them usci really works.


The Queen Of The Tearling
The Queen Of The Tearling
by Erika Johansen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars My 11 year absolutely loved this. It was classic fairytale material - displaced ..., 19 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My 11 year absolutely loved this. It was classic fairytale material - displaced child who is really a queen but doesn't realise it.

For those who like young adult variants on classic fairytales.

She tells me it was well written and the memory of it has stayed with her.
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Beatrice and Benedick
Beatrice and Benedick
by Marina Fiorato
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.58

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespearean Comedy Pair refracted through Jane Austen Sensibilities for the 21st Century, 19 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Beatrice and Benedick (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I gave this to my 11 year old Shakespeare loving daughter and she really enjoyed it. For fans of Shakespeare 'Much Ado About Nothing' the twin characters delightfully anticipate some of Jane Austen's characters.

In fact my daughter also noticed these connections of Austen, as if the writer had inflected Shakespeare through Austen - but kept it all rather light and easy.

But then the original characters were also light.....


The Gro Company Height Chart Sticker Set Hetty
The Gro Company Height Chart Sticker Set Hetty
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bright and Lively, for any living space, 19 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Really Popular and attractive height chart.

There were some minor difficulties in rolling it out, but once flattened it worked a treat.

What makes this particularly delightful is the actual look ad feel. It feels like a centre point around which the children generate lots of interest and activity.


Outstanding Teaching In Lifelong Learning
Outstanding Teaching In Lifelong Learning
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Varieties of Teaching Experience, 9 Sept. 2014
The central claim of this book is that an outstanding lesson has no simple single recipe. But rather it has a number of key ingredients which can be combined in a variety of ways - ways that may seem apparently contradictory but ways that have been judged outstanding by Ofsted. It's not as paradoxical as it sounds.

To really grasp this consider some simple questions: are all outstanding lessons those that begin with the 'In this lesson you will be' - the classical, make all the aims and objectives explicit at the beginning in a rote manner? Or do all lessons have to follow a certain pattern to be judged outstanding?

According to the research, which looked at 20 lessons graded by Ofsted as outstanding, the answer is no.

So what does this book provide you with?

It draws out the ingredients common to all the outstanding lessons. It suggests that a truly outstanding lessons can be a unique mixture of these ingredients. I suspect you will be fascinated by the sheer variety of what is presented. What is fascinating is how many different permutations can be generated by combining these ingredients - but will all of them be outstanding?

I'm not even sure this book simplifies the problem to this level. It suggests if any of these ingredients is absent is it more likely not to be outstanding. The sheer contingency of teaching - particular students, particular content, location, moods, etc - means outstanding is fundamentally responsive and aware and - dare I say it - creative or experimental?

Reading Harriet's book will help you think your own practice and challenge you to stretch yourself and use your imagination.

Excellent. Thoroughly recommended.


OXA®  NFC Bluetooth Natural Wood Design Wireless Stereo Speaker For iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, iPads, Bluetooth Android Phones, Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, Nokia Lumia, Blackberry and all other Smart Phones, Tablets and Computers (Apple Green)
OXA® NFC Bluetooth Natural Wood Design Wireless Stereo Speaker For iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, iPads, Bluetooth Android Phones, Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, Nokia Lumia, Blackberry and all other Smart Phones, Tablets and Computers (Apple Green)

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sound but some tweaks would help the product, 29 May 2014
I have been testing this in an air-conditioned office and I am impressed. Here are some more details:

Sound quality: 5 stars
Sound is excellent. The clarity of sound coming out of these speakers really shines.

Volume: 3 stars
If I open my window and the background noise of the roads around pour in suddenly the volume of the speakers is not quite loud enough. You have to remember that it has no independent volume control so relies on the volume control of my iPod and the recording level of the music. Bill Frisell comes out really well. John Adams (classical minimalist) actually is too quiet - especially with the window open.

Battery - played for almost 5 hours yesterday but without a charging light it is difficult to know if the battery is fully charged so I have ended up using a wall USB charger while I am playing today. I have no idea the charge level of the battery.

This is my experience so far


The Book of You
The Book of You
by Claire Kendal
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As other have said....gripping, 29 April 2014
This review is from: The Book of You (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have just started this so will post a more lengthy review later but the opening has got me gripped!!

This is one of those books that you ought not to read in the middle of the week, in the middle of really boring paperwork to do and looking for excuses not to do it.......

It's pure escapism


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