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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, 25 Jun 2008
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I bought this watch for my 16 year-old son as he wanted a steel strap and this watch seems to be one of only a few that have a steel strap on a reasonably cool looking watch. I would say the watch looks far better in reality than it does in the photos.

This model is the AQ-164WD-1AVEF which is a new one in the Casio Sports range. It feels robust and looks durable. The strap was fairly easily adjusted by taking out a couple of links to make it smaller and these can be put back in if necessary. I bought if from a third party shop called 'Shock' who were excellent.

The watch has a multi-function alarm, a stop watch with several features, auto-calendar up to 2099, a countdown timer and a great back light. This is a combination watch with both analog and digital displays with month/day/date and hours/minutes/seconds which are all clear to read. Although it's hard to notice on the photo the seconds are counted round the edge of the display by small black stripes filling the larger "clear" dashes between the numbers and this is quite cool.

I gave it four stars as I think it is good value for money and looks cool but because it is cheaper it doesn't have as many features as some fancier watches.


Joby Gorillapod Original - Black
Joby Gorillapod Original - Black
Offered by Marks Best
Price: £15.88

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really nifty, 24 Jun 2008
The small version of the Gorillapod was bought for use with a compact digital zoom camera. It is small enough to fit in a pocket, light to carry and easy to fix the camera onto. It is practical, durable, flexible and versatile. It can easily be bent into all kinds of shapes to hold the camera just where you want it and fixes on to all kinds of things by twisting the legs around. Just the job if you don't want to carry a standard full-size tripod.


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really clever., 24 Jun 2008
This was bought for use with a compact digital zoom camera. It is small enough to fit in a pocket, light to carry and easy to fix the camera onto. It is practical, durable, flexible and versatile. It can easily be bent into all kinds of shapes to hold the camera just where you want it and fixes on to all kinds of things by twisting the legs around. Just the job if you don't want to carry a standard full-size tripod.


P.S. I Love You [DVD] [2008]
P.S. I Love You [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Hilary Swank
Price: £3.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy, romantic film, very loosely based on the book, 21 Jun 2008
This review is from: P.S. I Love You [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
The film is only very loosely based on the book which I had read first and thoroughly enjoyed. If you are hoping for something true to the book this will disappoint as it is based in America not Ireland and many of the salient threads are missing. It loses quite a lot in translation to film as of course do most books.

Taken at face value though I would say this is a fairly enjoyable, sloppy, romantic film that moves on apace after a rather slow start. I thought the story line was a little weak but OK. It is both funny and sad and probably really a chick flick. Possibly it's best to see this before reading the book. I would give it 7/10.


Bush Falls
Bush Falls
by Jonathan Tropper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Different subject matter., 20 Jun 2008
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This review is from: Bush Falls (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed two other Tropper books: 'How to talk to a widower' and 'Everything changes' so decided to try this one. If you have enjoyed either of these other books I think this would appeal to you as well.

Once again the death of someone plays a central role to the plot but the story is completely different. The characters are well drawn and plausible and stay with you once the book is finished. The story moves at a fast pace, keeping you absorbed and wanting more. It is written with a sardonic humour (like the other Tropper books mentioned above) and this occasionaly seems wanton and excessive and perhaps detracts a little from the writing. There are some positively cartoon moments in the story which likewise make it seem written more for effect (- cinematic?) and remind you that you're reading a book as they're somewhat implausible.

Overall I would recommend this book which is moving, funny, thought-provoking, fast paced and based on a less conventional theme. Would have liked to have given this 4 and a half stars but I didn't feel it was quite 5 due to the odd moments of farce.


The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
by Andrea Camilleri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 20 Jun 2008
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I thought I'd give this a try as it sounded quite different from the kind of book I would normally read and other reviews made it sound (to me) rather intriguing. The book is quite slow to get going and at the start particularly there are some over-long sentences: at the end of page 5 there is one of over 100 words and the following sentence is 61 words long.

I was beginning to regret having bothered with this book when things started to improve. Quite quickly the sentences become shorter and the fact that they have been translated (from Italian) becomes far less obvious and less distracting. As the book becomes more readable the story picks up pace as well.

I found it a little taxing getting to grips with various police, military and civil roles referred to in the book and occasionally confused the similar-ish Italian names. The character of Inspector Montalbano is very likeable and I thought a little alternative. He brought to mind the American TV detective Columbo.

This book gives a flavour of Sicily but I found the plot predictable with no real surprises. Overall I did enjoy it and will read the next in the series as it seems to promise better.


Thanks for the Memories
Thanks for the Memories
by Cecelia Ahern
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, 9 Jun 2008
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Having read and enjoyed all of Cecelia Ahern's previous books I thought I'd give this one a go. As many other reviews mention the plot I won't repeat that. I would say that like her other books it is a light read with a good dose of humour and (I thought) a predictable but satisfying ending. Not for those who like a meaty story, gripping plot or great sophistication in their books but fine for an easy and enjoyable holiday read. It probably wouldn't appeal to most men and I would rate it similarly to her other books.


Massive Machines with Chris Barrie [2004] [DVD]
Massive Machines with Chris Barrie [2004] [DVD]

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining, 5 Jun 2008
This is a great series presented by Chris Barrie who is both knowledgeable and entertaining. Each program is 30 minutes and deals with one type of machine (trains, planes ... etc). Chris Barrie explains succinctly in plain English how the machines work and evolved. He is clearly passionate about anything mechanical. There is very little technical speak and jargon, making this a wonderfully accessible introduction to the massive machines that I think would appeal to many, not just budding mechanical engineers. The series is probably meant for adults but would be suitable for age 10 and above.


Ingenious Strategy Game
Ingenious Strategy Game
Price: £15.00

52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, 5 Jun 2008
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Ingenious Strategy Game (Toy)
We have owned this game for years and whole family still thoroughly enjoy playing it. Originally and rather pretentiously it was called Mensa as it was designed by people belonging to Mensa. Don't let that put you off though as it is a quick game to pick up. It involves matching colours (or shapes for the colour blind) in as long a string as possible to reach a specific total. Matching one colour only is no good as all six have total goals to obtain.

The tiles are tough and durable and the board is robust. It can be played by 5 year olds on a simple level but is great for teenagers and the rest of the family. You can play tactically and if you want to play dirty you can block your opponents (but expect the same in return). Every game is different and it can be played repeatedly without becoming boring. We all found it quite addictive and I would say it is good value for money.
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Ravensburger - Puzzleball Simpson's 240 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Ravensburger - Puzzleball Simpson's 240 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great puzzling fun, 5 Jun 2008
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This puzzle is made from sturdy hard plastic pieces that more or less click together. It keeps it shape well as it is built with only the final piece or two being rather fiddly to fit. The picture from which to work is rather small and not as helpful as it might be. However as all the pieces are numbered (from 1 to 240) you can check whether you have the right one before piecing it together. This said, we did manage to put a large number of pieces together in the wrong place without noticing as the shapes of the pieces are fairly uniform and the puzzle pattern (picture) repeats itself. The finished puzzle is smaller than we expcted and makes a ball of about six inches diameter. All in all a different, fun and ultimately very satisfying puzzle.


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