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The Logo Board Game
The Logo Board Game
Price: £25.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Logo Board game, 22 Jan. 2013
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Good fun! I bought it so the family could play it on christmas day after dinner. Surprising number of questions, and surprising how many answers we got...shows the power of advertising! I expect we will pplay it occasionally when friends come round, but it's not particularly stimulating. Then again, the fact that there is such a range of questions makes it ideal for mixed ages since there are questions which are fine for the very young and the not-so-young, and it doesn't require input or inventiveness from the players. At the end of the day, it's a cardboard board-game with a packet of question cards and some poor-looking plastic playing pieces, so not great value at the price, but good fun to play.


Zippo Deluxe Hand Warmer Kit With 125ml Tin of Zippo Lighter Fuel
Zippo Deluxe Hand Warmer Kit With 125ml Tin of Zippo Lighter Fuel
Offered by Kent e Shop
Price: £23.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Zippo Handwarmer kit, 22 Jan. 2013
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Does a fine job! Perhaps a bit fiddly for some...I bough two and while mine lit easily first time my wife struggled a bit with hers. however, once lit the heat was fantastic! I followed the instructions and made the first filling a "double"...it lasted forever! Just prior to running out, after it had been luke warm for an hour it suddenly warmed up to full power again for a while. I am talking afternoon and overnight here!
So for golfers, fishers, anyone outside...this is a great gadget. It does exactly what you would expect, providing comforting warmth in a compact and easily used format. I've tried other systems but they just don't produce the same heat, nor last as long. So, I'm a fan!


Maglite Solitaire Keyring Torch Pink in Gift Box Size 1 x AAA Battery
Maglite Solitaire Keyring Torch Pink in Gift Box Size 1 x AAA Battery
Offered by UK Outdoor Store
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maglire solitaire keyring torch, 22 Jan. 2013
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Nice packaging and makes a pretty present. Usual maglite quality, but the performance is mediocre compared with more recent LED torches.


2 x Universal Capacitive Stylus Pen for iPad 1, 2 & 3, iPhone 4, HTC, Tablet pc, Asus Tablets, Advent, Samsung Galaxy, Mobile Phones, PC, Blackberry Playbook & Phones, Android and all other Capacitive Screens Devices - Universal Stylus Touchscreen pen with STRAP - Assorted Colours
2 x Universal Capacitive Stylus Pen for iPad 1, 2 & 3, iPhone 4, HTC, Tablet pc, Asus Tablets, Advent, Samsung Galaxy, Mobile Phones, PC, Blackberry Playbook & Phones, Android and all other Capacitive Screens Devices - Universal Stylus Touchscreen pen with STRAP - Assorted Colours
Offered by Aken

4.0 out of 5 stars Stylus Pen, 22 Jan. 2013
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I chose this as an experiment for use with iPad. It works very well, and is very reasonably priced.
The only drawback is that the otherwise useful jackplug gadget to keep it handy is not a good fit, and tends to jam in the socket making it a worry to remove as it seems like it might break off.


Fast USB Ethernet Network/LAN Adaptor For Nintendo Wii
Fast USB Ethernet Network/LAN Adaptor For Nintendo Wii
Offered by Micropix
Price: £9.45

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LAN adaptor for Wii, 31 Oct. 2011
This product did exactly what I wanted it to do. Not surprising really since it is a very simple box with a USB plug on one end and an ethernet socket on the other. Basically, my wireless signal in one room is not very strong, and this is where I watch BBC iPlayer via my Wii, to catch programmes I have missed. The Wii wasn't getting a good signal so the programmes were not streaming properly. I bought a Solwise Homeplug so I could run the Wii from that, and just bought this adapter so I could connect an ethernet cable from the Solwise to the Wii, the latter only having a USB connector. So, a simple device, and it works fine.


The History of the Island of Minorca
The History of the Island of Minorca
by John Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy, not perfect, but worth every penny..., 1 Aug. 2011
Here we have an example of a "free" book.
A year or so ago, while trying to source a copy of the original work, Google came up with their own version. For those not familiar with the idea, Google, amongst others, source important works which are out of copyright, scan library copies and make them available online...I was thus able to download this wonderful book (well, wonderful if you have a real interest in the subject) and laboriously print it out onto A4, and file it in a huge ring-binder. The problem was, as good as the scan was, it did not include the original maps and illustrations...rather, bits of these had been scanned as the pages remained folded up inside the book...so, I had an authentic copy, minus the pictures, but with all the original library markings etc. Still, for a book that you will now pay £400 to £1000 for if you can find one at all, it's a bit of a bargain!
Now,a few sources have this very book readily available to all, at a very realistic price. These are library copies which have been scanned, and some are "print on demand"...effectively, with modern techniques, a few are held in stock and more printed if demand merits it. I am very pleased with my copy from Amazon! In fact, it is exactly the same as my own scanned version, except it is a neat paperback book of 24.6 x 19 cm, or 9.75 x 7.5", which is so much lighter, smaller and more useable than my clumsy scan - and when i think of the 265+ pages of A4, and all that printer ink, it must be more cost-effective too!
OK, it still doesn't have the original fold-out map and other illustrations, but frankly that is not a significant drawback. Why? Well, because that is not what this book is about...it is a wonderful history, written in letter form by "John Armstrong, Engineer in Ordinary to His Majesty, to RICHARD OFFARREL,Esquire, Colonel of a Regiment of Foot and Major-General of His Majesty's FORCES" and dated 1756. This series of letters catalogues the life of the Island of Minorca, how it was populated, how the people there lived, how it was developing, what was there, flora and fauna, island life, farming, marine life, culture...if you love Menorca, you can't but love this wonderful historic diary...so much of what is written is true today...even the precise description of the design and manufacture of the classic roof-tiles...and the description of the crosses erected wherever a murder had taken place...
I am a fan of this book...I am a fan of this brilliant initiative for preserving old books of merit and allowing everyone access to them...and thus a fan of Amazon for making this superb work available to me, and everyone, and at a very realistic price.
Conclusion: If you want a true classic on this subject (I would call this the only classic, frankly) then buy this book!


Juan Carlos: Steering Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy
Juan Carlos: Steering Spain from Dictatorship to Democracy
by Paul Preston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars part history, part novel, 28 May 2011
First of all, this is a huge book! In every way...
If you ever thought being a member of a royal family would be a fun way to spend your life, think again! And if you ever thought you wouldn't want to read such a massive tome, well...think again!
Juan Carlos...a man who never had a childhood, torn between his exiled family and the dictates of being raised by Franco...groomed, shaped, yet retaining the overriding goal of restoring the monarchy in post-war Spain.
Humbling...
If you have read Ghosts of Spain, another huge book, you must read this, to see what has really happened to bring the Spanish royal family into the 20th and 21st century after decades of francoism...and if you haven't read Ghosts of Spain, may I suggest you do. and whether you do or don't, read this book if you want a concise, in-depth tale of in-fighting and political intrigue, of manipulation, of betrayal, family division, tragedy and, finally, triumph...
The clever assessments, the massaging of opinion, the nurturing and back-stabbing...all is revealed as never before.
If nothing else, you cannot help but be moved by the eventual success of a young child growing to be king in a country torn by suspicion and debate, manipulation and deceit...he defied his father, and rose to the challenge of restoration in a regime which would defeat even the most sage of our spin-doctors of today...and all wth nothing more than a heartfelt mission and a few friends.

It's a history book, it's a novel, it's a triumph for writer and subject...take a week (or two) off, and read this book!


Voices of the Old Sea
Voices of the Old Sea
by Norman Lewis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars too short!, 28 May 2011
This review is from: Voices of the Old Sea (Paperback)
Yes, too short! How I wish there could have been perhaps as much again! The plots are clever, amusing, yet real life...the characters and rivalries are hugely entertaining, and you just know that this account is written from close, first hand surveillance.

How sad, in a way, to trace the last years of innocence, custom and folklore, to the first days of mass tourism on the costas, and see what was destroyed along the way...yet, how amazing to have this first-hand account of that astonishing transition.

I won't spoil your pleasure by revealing anything more, but if you have read the seminal South From Granada, by Gerald Brennan, and yearn for such tales again, in a slightly lighter vein, this book will delight...


Spain in Light and Shadow
Spain in Light and Shadow
by Eduardo Mencos
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars light and shadow..., 28 May 2011
Usually the coffee-table tomes are all about blistering light, deep blue skies, vibrant colours...
this is so refreshingly different.

Seasons come and go, and the landscapes are revealed in a variety of sofer, gentler tones...almost unrecognisable really...almost disappointing until you see the subtlety, the variety, the different colours of the vast skies and plains....and more than ever you want to visit "off-season"...

Go, see, relax, enjoy...

this book will inspire you to do just that.
Don't even bother to take your camera...you won't better these images (unless you are extremely gifted)...rather, just look, absorb, remember, and review in your mind whenever life seems dull and boring...
be glad you saw this wonderful country in all its shades, in light and shadow...don't try to capture it, just enjoy it and inspire others to share.


Your Cheatin' Heart
Your Cheatin' Heart
by Annie McCartney
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get a life..., 28 May 2011
This review is from: Your Cheatin' Heart (Paperback)
Get a life...all of you 70's folk out there!
listen to me...this is a gem of a story!
Now, I like to do highbrow, I like to do lowbrow, but i love to do good old fun! and that is what this brilliant book is all about! Some say it is autobiographical, at least in part, and i go with that...some have said it isn't quite accurate in some details...so?
It is a story, part life, part contrived to keep the story alive, but in essence this is a perfect book...don't criticise for what it isn't, or might have been..it is an honest, fun, rollicking romp of an adventure..the road trip you all would have love to have made! Jealous? I bet you are! Embellished? Why not? It's a fantastic tale, without the fantasy...just a great story to be read as it was written..tounge in cheek in parts, yes...but a novel that grabs the attention, leaks a tiny bit here and there, because it's not perfect...no real-life story is...and to perfect it, cure those leaks, make it watertight, would have been to destroy the fun, the truth, the honesty with which it was written...

The "great writers" will not fear for their positions on the ladder of literary greatness, but the wannabe scribes will do well to take note...everyone has a book in them, few deliver...Annie does, and how many folks can say that?
Read this, enjoy it, pass it on...I did, and have enjoyed it over again..
Read my other reviews and you will see this is not my bag...
but it is! I loved it!
And Annie, if you are listening...

keep on rockin' in the free world!


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