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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: £4.54

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.


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: £4.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 25 Aug 2014
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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: £39.70

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
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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: £10.49

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.


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