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Vilac Cow, Pig & Hen Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
Vilac Cow, Pig & Hen Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
Offered by Jouets En Folie
Price: £22.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for introducing the concept of jigsaws, 29 Sep 2012
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We bought this for our toddler aged 1 1/2 and he loved it. Since the pig and cow resemble the animals it was quite easy for him to reason which bit was which and get the idea of fitting pieces together to make a whole (the chicken is more awkward). He grew out of it fairly quickly, but only because it was so good at teaching him the concept that he was able to progress to more difficult puzzles quite rapidly. The only negative is that it's a bit expensive compared to other products.


Kitchen Craft White Porcelain Covered Butter Dish
Kitchen Craft White Porcelain Covered Butter Dish
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to use, 24 Aug 2012
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Although of reasonable manufacturing quality, the height is too small - with the result that the lid sticks to the butter block (for standard UK blocks). This means that the base sometimes lifts also when the lid is raised - making it both awkward to use and quite likely to break when the base and block unstick and drop-away from the lid.

If the size had been bigger (by a couple of mm) it would have gotten 4 stars (the lower edge of the lid isn't glazed properly), but as it is the height makes using it quite annoying.


Branching Out ABC Wooden Alphabet Set
Branching Out ABC Wooden Alphabet Set
Offered by Just Childsplay
Price: £18.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality, 24 Aug 2012
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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We've bought several other alphabet puzzles from different manufacturers and this one is far and away the best - top quality and well-formed distinct letters. It's also more expensive (over double) than the other puzzles we've bought, but worth the extra.


The Last Stormlord: Book 1 of the Stormlord trilogy
The Last Stormlord: Book 1 of the Stormlord trilogy
by Glenda Larke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian administrators, 23 Feb 2012
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I found the book rather dull. The plot generally revolves around local politics and the romantic aspirations/entanglements of the main characters set against the background of an impending resource shortage. The magical component is somewhat unexciting consisting primarily of an ability to sense the location and behaviour of water and, for the key players, the ability to influence it's movement.

Bottom line: if you're looking for escapism, excitement or fresh ideas then give this a miss. If you want to read about depressing human foibles in the face of environmental problems then get the Economist instead.


The Noise Revealed (Noise 2)
The Noise Revealed (Noise 2)
by Ian Whates
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Once-only read, ruined deus-ex-machina ending, 24 Aug 2011
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The book follows on directly from The Noise Within, where the author assembles an varied an engaging cast of characters into what feels like the start of a multi-part series.
Not great literature but an enjoyable romp for whiling away a few hours.

*SPOILER*

Unfortunately the creativity vanishes 3/4 of the way through the book. The major characters assemble and are largely killed off until one of them discovers, pretty much from nowhere, a 'magic get-out clause' that saves the day. The prior plot threads are completely voided by the ending, making any re-reading of the story pointless.

A very disappointing conclusion to what was generally an enjoyable read.


ONE4all playpen 1+7
ONE4all playpen 1+7

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fit for purpose, 27 July 2011
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This review is from: ONE4all playpen 1+7 (Baby Product)
Construction is of smooth hardwood with a nicely laquered surface, giving a solid high-quality feel - it seems very unlikely produce splinters when small teeth gnaw on it. Components fit together well and joints are linked using bolts tightened with (supplied) allen-keys, so the occupant has no chance of dismantling it. Assembly of the full octagon took (by a single person) about 30 minutes on the first try.

Each junction can be set at one of 4 pre-determined angles, ranging from 90 (square) to 135-degrees (octagon). Reconfiguring to a different shape requires undoing/redoing 2 bolts per corner so isn't trivial, but the upside of this is that once assembled the playpen is very stable and the joints don't wobble or flex. The door mechanism is simple for an adult to operate - it requires simultaneously squeezing a handle and lifting the door, so should be satisfactorily difficult for someone with small hands under 70cm tall.

In addition to regular shapes it is also possible to build a 'flattened' hexagon with 2 (opposite) 90-degree corners and 4 135-degree corners. One section is also supplied with the ability to form any angle between 90 and 135 degrees, presumably to allow construction of a barrier between walls rather than a standalone pen (we haven't tested it in this mode, though 2 wall-connection ends were included with the package).

Before buying the 7+1 configuration I'd recommend getting some bits of string and laying out the proposed area on the floor to determine if such a large size works for you, or whether you'd be better buying the 5+1 (or other) configuration.

The only change I'd make to it would be to have thicker wood throughout - not that I suspect it's inadequate as-is, just that I like things to be thoroughly over-engineered.


Chicco Polly Highchair (Mr Owl)
Chicco Polly Highchair (Mr Owl)

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent highchair, 6 Jun 2011
We've been using one of these for 3 months and think it's superb. Extremely adjustable and with a large tray that catches all but the most determinedly flung food. The chair is quite bulky so not suitable for small kitchens/diners, but as a result is very stable and (due to castors at rear) should be impossible for a stroppy child to kick over by pushing on the tables.


Aurora 12V G4 Unidirectional Capsule LED Bulbs, Warm White
Aurora 12V G4 Unidirectional Capsule LED Bulbs, Warm White
Offered by Lights4u
Price: £33.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good replacement product, 6 Oct 2010
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I bought this to replace standard G4 bulbs in a bathroom installation. The bulb works perfectly, starts instantly and the fitting remains cool to the touch (rather than the burning heat of the original G4). It feels about as bright as a 10W conventional bulb, so somewhat duller than the 40W G4s it replaced, but is still amply sufficient to mount over sinks etc.


Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Complete (PC)
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Complete (PC)
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £17.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Civilization evolves, 6 Oct 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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The game is a variant/spin-off of the Civilization series, however rather than being a watered-down imitation it's at least as good as Civ with a unique twist that makes the whole build-a-world scenario logical and the subsequent interactions and conflict feel historically inevitable rather than just introduced game mechanics. The dynamic landscape introduces an additional facet that the later Civ games have yet to emulate.

Thoroughly recommended to anyone who enjoys 4X games - massive replayability through factions which are genuinely distinct rather than the simpler variations-on-a-theme used by Civilization. I loved Civ1-4 (let's draw a kindly veil of silence over the embarassing Civ5), but consider the gameplay here superior and am still coming back to it many years after release.


Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight
Command & Conquer 4 Tiberian Twilight
Offered by DVDGAMING DIRECT
Price: £5.49

1.0 out of 5 stars An illlogical game, 3 Oct 2010
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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The gameplay completely lacks logic - you have an infinite supply of units, but can only manage a certain number at a time - and so does the enemy. Levels are just gruellingly pointless. I agree with most of the coments about DRM and cut-scenes, but could have lived with them if the gameplay had been comparable to C&C3 - but it's so far short of this as to be insulting. Don't buy at any price.


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