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Pinzon Luxury Banded Bath Mat, White
Pinzon Luxury Banded Bath Mat, White

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost five stars..., 30 Sep 2014
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This is rather fab.

Its density gives it a plush feel which, at the very first, feels almost like memory foam. It's head and shoulders above every other bath mat we've had, even the one we took from a five star hotel.

However, it's two quibbles short of five stars.

First, the deadline for these reviews means I can't say how it will feel after a thousand washes. Having said that, the wife has a plush dressing gown from a Well Known Department store that is still lush after a few years.

Second, I wish I had it in a colour other than white.

Still, a fab bit of schmutter.


From Here to Eternity (Penguin Modern Classics)
From Here to Eternity (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A fairly pointless reissue, 28 Sep 2014
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Let's get one thing out of the way. This is justifiably a modern classic from an underrated, in this country at least, writer.

What makes this a four star rather than a five star book is its redundancy. It's a printing of a 2011 ebook with a fairly lightweight afterword.

Then there's the pretty cover and the sticker saying it's a West End Musical. Much as my mum liked the Frank Sinatra film, the marketing department need to talk to someone who has actually read the book.

In short, there are cheaper editions out there which are just as good and probably cheaper. Then again, you don't get the fabulous cover, darling.


LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table
LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table
Price: £28.71

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic size for very early learners., 27 Sep 2014
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There are plenty of activity tables out there but this is particularly good for pre-toddlers.

It can it flat on the floor but, even with the legs on, it's barely five inches high. That makes it wonderfully accessible to even the smallest of little hands propped up on a cushion or Bumbo.

It works on multiple intelligences, lends itself to early numbers and phonics work and, if you're aspirational in a 1980s kind of way, it's English-French bilingual.

All that for £30.


City Simulator Collection (PC DVD Rom)
City Simulator Collection (PC DVD Rom)
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £16.98

3.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is., 26 Sep 2014
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If you're a bloke of a certain age, too young for monging in front of the TV but too old for expensive whizzbang games, this kind of package is appealing.

You know you're paying under £20 for six games past-their-sell-by-date games. They're not going to be state of the art and, for less than the price of a round on a Friday evening, they might tend to be a little crusty.

So it is with this collection. Not quite the Sim City series, not as sharp as even middling simulators, but still at least an evening's entertainment.

True, you could spend a fiver on a copy of Civilisation III but even that gets a bit dull after several hundred games.

Worth a punt for the money.


Gro Hush Baby Calmer
Gro Hush Baby Calmer
Price: £34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A nifty gadget for kids who already need white noise., 24 Sep 2014
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Although this seems like one more pointless gadget, a surprising number of babies (and grown ups) sleep so much better with white noise. Supposedly reminiscent of the mother's blood flow in the womb, it's just the right side of woo.

This is a handy device which produces three sounds a bit closer to the relaxation tapes of the early nineties - mother's heartbeat, rain on a tin roof, and ocean waves.

Nevertheless, it works.

Whether you'd want to use it generate a conditioned response is another matter and it's disingenuous of the manufacturer's to suggest it. Do you really want a six year old that can't get to sleep without it?

However, if your child already needs it, this is a great, handily sized widget.


Philips AVENT Fast Bottle Warmer
Philips AVENT Fast Bottle Warmer
Price: £32.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommeneded by the patron saint of midnight feeds., 23 Sep 2014
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At first, I was cynical about this. What could this do that a bain marie (a pot with water on the stove to you, guv) can't?

In short, nothing, but this is so much better, so much quicker and so much more efficient.

Particularly in the middle of the night - bottle in, heat up, take upstairs. No pots, no taps, no faff. That alone makes it worth its weight in nappies.

What's more, it has a nifty little footprint that means it can be kept easily to hand.

Cracking.


Business Networking For Dummies(R) (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))
Business Networking For Dummies(R) (For Dummies (Business & Personal Finance))
by Stefan Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty broad brush stuff, 23 Sep 2014
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At the airport a few months ago, I bought a cycling mag. Some of it was for real numpties, some for real road demons and some for the average, experienced rider - a pretty broad editorial mix which somehow managed to work. I hadn't bought a mag like this before but I will again.

This book is something like that. Published in the compact "...for Dummies" format - just right for a briefcase - it ranges from how to shake someone's hand (well duh!) to how to work a room to following through on social media to the body language skills that are taught to management trainees . It's not for the MBA in your life, or even your pet lounge lizard, but it will hit the spot with aspirational youths and the kind of people who go to motivational talks about multi-level-marketing.

If that's what you're after, this is it with the "...for Dummies" seal of quality.


KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Shape, Measures and Data
KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Shape, Measures and Data
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the SATs, get this book anyway., 9 Sep 2014
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The KS 2 SATs are a huge con. Kids already have their secondary offers before they sit them and the SATs results are only of very limited value in year seven in beyond.

Nevertheless, this is a study guide up the usual high CGP standard. It's clear, accessible and wonderful for supervised private study. Used sensitively, it's the stuff of quality bonding time.

Highly recommended.


KS2 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Study Book
KS2 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Study Book
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.68

5.0 out of 5 stars A great tool for supportive parents, 9 Sep 2014
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This is a study guide up the usual high CGP standard. It's clear, accessible and wonderful for supervised private study. Used sensitively, it's the stuff of quality bonding time.

Highly recommended.


KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Mental Maths (with audio tests)
KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Mental Maths (with audio tests)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Stuff the SATs, this is a great buy, 9 Sep 2014
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The KS 2 SATs are a huge con. Kids already have their secondary offers before they sit them and the SATs results are only of very limited value in year seven in beyond.

Nevertheless, this is a study guide up the usual high CGP standard. It's clear, accessible and wonderful for supervised private study. Used sensitively, it's the stuff of quality bonding time.

Highly recommended.


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