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Tales From Acorn Wood: Postman Bear
Tales From Acorn Wood: Postman Bear
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Board book

5.0 out of 5 stars A firm favourite with our 17 m.o., 5 Oct. 2013
A great lift-flap book with the right length sweet story for bedtime and lovingly illustrated by Scheffler. Our daughter always want this story at bed time and the advantages are that it introduces counting (one, two, three) and the illustrations have plenty of additional detail for young ones to look at (and point out to you) whilst you are reading to them. We also have Fox's Socks from this series and I think this is a better story.


Manhattan Toy Whoozit Water Mat
Manhattan Toy Whoozit Water Mat
Price: £11.49

1.0 out of 5 stars The worst toy we had - impossible to empty, cloudy plastic, no fun at all, 21 Sept. 2013
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Our daughter is 16 months old and this is without doubt the worst toy we have yet had for her. It is hard to fill, the clear plastic is just cloudy (akin to moisture trapped inside double glazing) - which makes it impossible to see the shapes suspended in the water within - which means it is of no interest to children as it is very difficult to see into when they bash it. The valve means it is impossible to empty - so the thing has now just gone mouldy. A terrible, terrible product that's only purpose is to create more landfill. It genuinely would not be accepted by any charity shops, full of its mouldy water.

Avoid buying this item - it is a total waste of money.


Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Teddy Bear Sing-Along)
Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Teddy Bear Sing-Along)
by David Ellwand
Edition: Board book

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inexcusable that there is no provision to replace the batteries, 8 Sept. 2013
This was a much loved-book but now the batteries are running out and the music is stopping working. I fail to believe that publishers in the 21st century as still producing books with a musical element and yet failing to ensure there is a means of replacing the batteries. I therefore cannot recommend this book on the basis of its very short useful life.


BT Digital Baby Monitor and Pacifier (White/ Purple)
BT Digital Baby Monitor and Pacifier (White/ Purple)
Price: £54.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Let down by LCD failing in handset after 14 months, 6 Sept. 2013
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The positives of this product are good sound quality and the tunes that are built into the system which our baby seems to find quite soothing.

The main negative - and hence the two star review - is that the liquid crystal display on our model started to fail after 14 months, making it impossible to accurately read the temperature or any other information displayed on the screen. As others have mentioned, the battery life of the rechargeable batteries that the product is supplied with is also poor - but can be easily remedied by changing for some good quality rechargeable AA batteries. The LCD problem obviously cannot be resolved, and as is so often the case, manifested itself just after the 1 year product warranty came to an end.

In light of the LCD's deficiency, I would struggle to recommend this product to others.

EDIT: Now the charger for the handset no longer works - again, appears to be a widespread problem. Its not the batteries (I have already changed those from the woefully bad ones that it is supplied with) - its a problem in the handset base station which prevents the device from charging. This is a really low quality piece of kit, something that is designed to end up in landfill as soon as the 12 month warranty period expires. Disgraceful, really.
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A Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect: Guidance on Hiring an Architect for Your Project
A Client's Guide to Engaging an Architect: Guidance on Hiring an Architect for Your Project
by Royal Institute of British Architects
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars RIBA should provide this information for free on its website, 5 Aug. 2013
It beggars belief that the RIBA is trying to charge £10 for this 32pp pamphlet (actually more like 26 pages when you take out the references, credits, table of contents, etc.). There is very little text per page and you can read the whole thing in under 5 minutes. I always thought part of the role of the RIBA was promotion of the industry and education - but I am increasingly of the view it is to try to bolster its coffers by churning out flimsy, overpriced publications.


Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix Car Seat Base
Maxi-Cosi FamilyFix Car Seat Base
Price: £149.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The grey release handle design is severely flawed, 29 July 2013
We have owned this product for just over 12 months - firstly with the CabrioFix and now with the Pearl car seat. Like others have reported, the grey plastic release handle on the base has become disengaged from the steel cable that releases the seat from the base. This means that in order to change the seat from car to car, you need to first take the whole assembly out (base and car seat jammed together) by releasing the yellow isofix bars. Then, with the whole lot now out of the car, you can then access the grey release handle. You will need a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the steel cable to release the seat from the base. At this point you will be struck by how inadequate the design is - a steel cable with a metal lug on the end is the release cable, and this is supposed to be held in place by a very slight plastic housing on the underside of the grey release handle. It is clearly never going to have a very long shelf life based on this flawed design.

Once you have used your pliers to release the seat you can then put the base into another car and re-attach the seat to the base. A complete faff, and a something that should have been ironed out in the product testing.

Thankfully we bought ours via John Lewis with their two year guarantee, so it went back to Maxi-Cosi for a replacement. It will be interesting to see how long the release handle on the replacement lasts for. Maxi-Cosi need to address this design oversight.


Invision® iPad Mini Smart Case Cover - Front and Back Protection With Magnetic Auto Wake/Sleep Function - Superior Design Features - Premium Quality PU Leather With Microfiber Inner Lining - Independently Recommended by "Which?" Magazine (iPad Mini 1 2 Cover Brown)
Invision® iPad Mini Smart Case Cover - Front and Back Protection With Magnetic Auto Wake/Sleep Function - Superior Design Features - Premium Quality PU Leather With Microfiber Inner Lining - Independently Recommended by "Which?" Magazine (iPad Mini 1 2 Cover Brown)
Offered by Invision Technology (UK) Limited
Price: £39.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Highlights how greedy apple are., 8 July 2013
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Bought in brown leather effect when I saw the price apple are asking for their case cover. You need to have more money than sense to pay apple's prices when this does the job just fine and looks good.


BabyDan Magnetic Cupboard/Drawer Lock
BabyDan Magnetic Cupboard/Drawer Lock
Price: £6.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but the best there is, 23 Jun. 2013
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Having tried a number of different cupboard locks prior to the BabyDan Magnetic Locks, I think this is currently probably the best solution that is available on the market. That is not to say it is perfect - about 80% of the locks I have installed work pretty much as expected, but if there is any play in they way the cupboard doors open, you are likely to experience problems getting the locks to work over time. But overall, pretty decent and reasonably priced for what they do.


Griffin GB36142 CinemaSeat for iPad Mini
Griffin GB36142 CinemaSeat for iPad Mini
Price: £17.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, effective low-tech solution, 20 Jun. 2013
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If you are keen to avoid all manner of elaborate clips, angles, brackets and hinges and the like in order to fix an ipad mini to the back of the head restraints in your car, then you could do a lot worse than this product. You just slide the ipad into the open top side and that's it. The simple solutions are generally the best.


Good Practice Guide: Keeping out of Trouble (Riba Good Practice Guides)
Good Practice Guide: Keeping out of Trouble (Riba Good Practice Guides)
by Owen Luder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - a RIBA Good Practice Guide worth reading!, 24 May 2013
Having now read about five of the RIBA Good Practice Guides (including the woefully poor "Marketing" and "Starting A Practice") I was on the cusp of abandoning using this series as reference material. My faith has been somewhat restored in this excellent guide by Owen Luder. It is intelligently and clearly written and its references the real world - what can go wrong, why, how to deal with it when it does. The explanation of the merits of various contract forms is particularly succinct and cuts straight to the point.

I would recommend this book to anyone doing Part 3 or starting a practice as a really tightly written introduction to the potential pitfalls out there as an architect.


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