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Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (PCVS-Polity Conversations Series)
Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (PCVS-Polity Conversations Series)
by Judith Butler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing, 25 Aug 2014
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Although stimulating, this is ultimately another testament to the failure of the post 1989 left.

It is particularly relevant in this age of diasporas and ever more blatant appropriation of public space but where we used to organise and protest, today's left is content to talk to itself in an intellectual bunker.

The class war is over. We lost. Where is the resistance?


Melissa & Doug Reusable Puffy Stickers Pirate
Melissa & Doug Reusable Puffy Stickers Pirate
Price: £3.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 25 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A big sheet of stickers and a doub≠le sided wipe clean background means plenty of fun.

As well as the old fashioned Action Transfers type pictures, it's great for short narrative work with pre-schoolers.

Great fun, great educational value.


Tacwise A14014V 140-Staples Air Stapler Tacker
Tacwise A14014V 140-Staples Air Stapler Tacker
Price: £27.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for pros., 25 Aug 2014
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Although there is an element of overkill, this is still a great bit of kit for a well equipped home workshop.

I got it as a replacement for a fairly lightweight electric stapler and, working off a midrange home compressor, it's palpably more powerful.

My only quibble is that, being attached to a compressor, it's not really suitable for working on the shed roof etc. Nevertheless, a good piece of equipment to have.


Galt Toys Robo Modelling
Galt Toys Robo Modelling
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fab way to spend a rainy afternoon, 25 Aug 2014
This review is from: Galt Toys Robo Modelling (Toy)
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These bijou wind up figures are an excellent way to spend an afternoon with your litt'uns.

Essentially a clay modelling kit built around wind-up mechanisms, they are great for all abilities and degrees of coordination. OK, they might not look like they do on the box but, hey, have you ever seen how proud a child can be of even the most seemingly abstract drawing?

Good fun and worth every penny for bonding time.


Galt Toys Robo Crew Wind Ups
Galt Toys Robo Crew Wind Ups
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great rainy day activity., 25 Aug 2014
This review is from: Galt Toys Robo Crew Wind Ups (Toy)
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This is a fab little way to pass a rainy hour with an infant school age child.

Some parts are fiddly and they are a tad flimsy - probably too flimsy for any lasting play - but they're great for a bit of quality parent and child time. Oh, and they look pretty good perched on the bookshelf.


NOCO BLSOLAR5 Solar Battery Charger
NOCO BLSOLAR5 Solar Battery Charger
Price: £24.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smashing but..., 19 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a nice piece of kit with some room for improvement.

It's in three straightforward parts and easy to set up and use.

The main component is the solar panel about a foot square (0.1 m2 or so in new money). There are holes drilled in each corner of the frame for fixed mounting although a stand like you get on photo frames would have been good.

The connector from the frame connects to crocodile clips and a lighter plug. So far so good for trickle charging batteries.

What it doesn't have is the leads for connecting directly to 12v kit like water pumps, phone chargers etc. The male/female connectors on the leads mean there's some improvising to be done which will invalidate any warranty. A pity, because there is a market for cheap, effective solar panels out here.


A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars One to pass around your friends, 19 Jun 2014
This review is from: A Man Called Ove (Hardcover)
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This is a marvellously emotive read.

Ove is a grumpy old man, an extreme version of the grumpy old men we all know, the kind of grumpy old man we can all become. His world has ossified after his wife's death and, as the novel progresses, we discover that there is a vibrant living joyous soul within.

Its not the kind of mawkish nonsense you'd expect from a less able British or American writer; it's heartfelt like the best European cinema.

Its the kind of you book you regret finishing, the kind of book you'll want to share.


Yepp Kids Maxi Easyfit Childseat and Carrier - Silver, One Size
Yepp Kids Maxi Easyfit Childseat and Carrier - Silver, One Size
Offered by Dennis Winter leven ltd
Price: £84.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make sure it's the one for you before you order it., 28 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The little one is now rising four and rapidly outgrowing the Wee Ride, so it's time for a rear mounted seat.

This is a handsome enough beast with an ingenious fitting which not only puts the weight on the seat tube but allows the child seat to be quickly and easily removed. It rides as well as other rear mounted seats but...

...it's not suitable for a lot of bikes.

It's not suitable for mountain bikes or bikes with rear suspension,

It's not suitable for bikes with carbon frames (although it would be like using a Ferrari to tow a trailer)

It's not suitable for my number one bike, a mid range fairly run of the mill but absolutely lovely Claude Butler hybrid. The frame is the right size but, because of the way the crossbar meets the seat tube, there is not enough room to fit the Yepp and clear the back wheel.

It's not suitable for my number two bike, a fairly cheap Apollo hybrid, because of the way cable runs to the front derailleur. Not unless I buy an adaptor.

It does fit my number three, The Pig, normally reserved for emergencies and the filthiest weather. Look up bog-standard in the big book of cheap bikes and there's a picture of it.

So, by all means consider this seat. It is lovely. But make sure if's the right seat for your bike before you order it.
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Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedicure Intense Foot Serum 30 ml
Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedicure Intense Foot Serum 30 ml
Price: £5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A metaphor for modern living, 28 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
What do you do when you have too much money and not enough to worry about beyond an instutionalised sense of personal inadequacy?

You pamper yourself.

You spend a fiver or so on 30ml of what is essentially a moisturiser based, as all moisturisers are, on hydrobase which costs around £20 a litre retail.

You watch naff TV programmes punctuated by adverts, all adding to your insecurity, while you apply this hugely overpriced stuff to your feet,

The next day, you cram your lovely and smooth feet into inadequate shoes where nobody can see them. Not only that, but chances are the shoes are causing a degree of musculoskeletal problems.

Still, at least you have bought your way into living the dream and you are looking good and feeling good, eh?


Yepp Kids Maxi Child Bike Seat - Black
Yepp Kids Maxi Child Bike Seat - Black
Offered by expert-shops
Price: £105.41

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like this but..., 28 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The little one is now rising four and rapidly outgrowing the Wee Ride, so it's time for a rear mounted seat.

This is a handsome enough beast with an ingenious fitting which not only puts the weight on the seat tube but allows the child seat to be quickly and easily removed. It rides as well as other rear mounted seats but...

...it's not suitable for a lot of bikes.

It's not suitable for mountain bikes or bikes with rear suspension,

It's not suitable for bikes with carbon frames (although it would be like using a Ferrari to tow a trailer)

It's not suitable for my number one bike, a mid range fairly run of the mill but absolutely lovely Claude Butler hybrid. The frame is the right size but, because of the way the crossbar meets the seat tube, there is not enough room to fit the Yepp and clear the back wheel.

It's not suitable for my number two bike, a fairly cheap Apollo hybrid, because of the way cable runs to the front derailleur. Not unless I buy an adaptor.

It does fit my number three, The Pig, normally reserved for emergencies and the filthiest weather. Look up bog-standard in the big book of cheap bikes and there's a picture of it.

So, by all means consider this seat. It is lovely. But make sure if's the right seat for your bike before you order it.


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