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GCSE English Text Guide - Blood Brothers
GCSE English Text Guide - Blood Brothers
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Usual first class CGP publication, 3 July 2015
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If you used CGP revision guides before, you know what to expect.

It's comprehensive, accessible and authoritative. It's compliant with the syllabus up to 2017, when I'm sure some clueless politician will once again reinvent the wheel to raise standards and hide yet another giant stride towards privatisation.

Seeing as Arthur Miller isn't good enough for the new specifications, more kids will be studying Blood Brothers for the Lit GCSE as well as the drama one. They can't go wrong with this revision guide.


Earth-it Bi-Office Notice Board Cork with MDF Frame W1200xH900mm Ref REC1401233
Earth-it Bi-Office Notice Board Cork with MDF Frame W1200xH900mm Ref REC1401233
Price: £30.62

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than wood frames., 3 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A noticeboard is a noticeboard. right?

No.

The corkboard part is much of a much, yes, but the frame makes a difference. Most noticeboards come with frames made from cheap wood like deal. Its lightweight, yes, but easily splinters and doesn't take much weight.

This has an MDF frame which, as attractive as real wood but a long stronger. It will take the weight of the board easily and - although it's probably not recommended - will take hooks on the outside for hanging keys etc.

All in all, great value and better than most.


Wahl Avalon Horse Clipper
Wahl Avalon Horse Clipper
Price: £195.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good clippers, pretty dreadful user guide., 28 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Wahl Avalon Horse Clipper (Misc.)
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Two great things about this clipper: its versatility and its versatility. The combination of a re­liable battery and a well designed shape makes it easy to use away from a plug.

The drawback is the user guide, which is less than useful.

Over the years, several great brands, such as Wharfedale and SanDisk, have gone from being top notch to bottom drawer tutt. I sincerely these rubbish user guide is not a sign of things to come.


Wahoo TICKR X Workout Tracker with Memory for iPhone and Android
Wahoo TICKR X Workout Tracker with Memory for iPhone and Android
Price: £78.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not for the older, more set-in-their-ways, exercisers., 28 Jun. 2015
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I really am in two minds about this kind of gadget. As someone who's been in and out of the gym for almost thirty five years, I'm quite old school. However, as someone who'd rather use a cross trainer or stationary bike with cardiac programmes and real time heart rate monitoring, I appreciate and value the importance of feedback when working out.

The heart rate monitor is first class and great for making sure you stay in the optimal zone when road cycling. The cadence function, the accelerometer and calorie counting function, um. I don't know. I'm not convinced.

I also have no use for the memory or the phone compatibility function. Although I'm reasonably fit, I don't need that much data. Strava gives me what I need for road work - and bragging rights - and I resent the idea of chipping in to Big Data for free.

Do I need the workout programmes? Maybe, but I'm a bit set in my ways.

But still it's a four star bit of kit. It's handsome,it's easy to use and it's much slimmer than my old (OK, really old) heart beat monitor,

Maybe it's me. Maybe I'm a little too grey for it.


Hippychick Toddler Footmuff (Navy Blue)
Hippychick Toddler Footmuff (Navy Blue)
Price: £24.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for the winter..., 28 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Although this seems like the wrong time of year to review something like this, it has been very useful in the car in the cooler late evenings a few weeks ago.

It's a very handsome, wipes clean (so far!) and front zip on or depending on whether you want a fleecy rug type thing, a footmuff or a snugglier proposition to more of the littl'un warm.

We can't comment on its versatility across pushchairs and car seats because we have only tried it on one. It has a five point harness and takes the footmuff wonderfully.

Good value at full price, blisteringly good value at the current Amazon discount.


Ultrasport Women's Rainbow Compression Pants - Black, X-Large
Ultrasport Women's Rainbow Compression Pants - Black, X-Large
Price: £34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice pair of leggings, 28 Jun. 2015
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This is a nice pair of running leggings. They fit as wel­l as expected and can be used for running or cycling without chafing.

They look good.

However, we're still not convinced that compression pants give anyone an edge, let alone your after-work sportsperson.


Vauxhall
Vauxhall
by Gabriel Gbadamosi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Should be on the GCSE syllabus., 22 May 2015
This review is from: Vauxhall (Paperback)
I came across this novel by accident, in the middle of a London writing display at my local library. As someone who grew up in the same area only a few years later, I thought I'd see what it was like.

Wow.

The author manages to capture the naivete and terror of childhood in simple snapshots of growing up in a Vauxhall that had disappeared by the mid-eighties, a Vauxhall of corrugated iron, dumped cars, empty houses and random violence, a Vauxhall a milion miles away from the wealth just beyond the railway bridge and the river.

At times, it reminded me of Joyce's Dubliners, world changing epiphanies on the kitchen table in unadorned language.

Now that the government has stripped the Literature GCSE of writers like Steinbeck, the publishers should lobby like demons to get this on the syllabus.


Philips GC3810/20 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 150 g Steam Boost, 300 ml, 2400 Watt, Blue
Philips GC3810/20 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 150 g Steam Boost, 300 ml, 2400 Watt, Blue
Price: £29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price., 21 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a fairly bog standard iron. No separate steam compartment, no telepathic heat settings, just an honest-to-goodness iron.

It's attractive and fairly responsive - like all irons it takes a little time to heat up and cool down as you move between fabrics.

It's also quite light without compromising the quality of the ironing. Combined with the ergonomic handle, this is a pleasure to use.


Philips Satinelle Epilator HP6422/02 with Opti-start Cap with Massage Element
Philips Satinelle Epilator HP6422/02 with Opti-start Cap with Massage Element
Price: £40.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A not bad epilator with a nice vibe., 16 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We're getting quite good at reviewing epilators but there is a downside. There's a difference between using an epilator regularly and coming in from the start. Seeing as I'm not quite ready to start epilating, waxing or otherwise causing myself pain through my manly follicles, it falls to the wife to compare to an already impressive range of kit from Amazon.

It's not outstanding, but it is pretty easy to use. The effect is much the same as any mid- to entry-level epilator but the massager makes it a little more fun to use. Does it help with painless or less painful epilation? Hard to say but it does feel nice.

Easy to use, easy to clean and a handy carrying pouch if you're going away (for more than four weeks? lucky devil).

All in all, a good starter or entry level epilator. It's not going to make your legs sing but it does do the jobv pretty well for the price.


Crayola-Colour Alive Enchanted Forest
Crayola-Colour Alive Enchanted Forest
Offered by eTwist
Price: £6.94

4.0 out of 5 stars It's like the one Dorling Kindersley had a few years back ..., 15 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is basically a thin colouring book on the enchanted forest theme with an app that brings the pictures out of the page.

The app itself is nothing new. It's like the one Dorling Kindersley had a few years back for computers, adapted for mobile phones. The problem with the DK titles was that they were essentially flash but unwieldly pop-up books.

Having it on a mobile is much handier and allows you take photos of your creations but is, fundamentally, a variation on a Victorian technology.

Given the price and the number of pages, I was tempted to give this three stars but it has gone down well. Will it be of lasting interest? I doubt it.


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