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New GCSE Maths Edexcel Exam Practice Workbook: Higher - for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers)
New GCSE Maths Edexcel Exam Practice Workbook: Higher - for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Usual high standard from CGP, 24 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This the usual high standard resource from CGP.

It's a clear, well structured aid to revision and practice, with structured questions specifically targeted at the exam. It's not exhaustive and any student worth her salt will practise much more, but it's a great start.

As usual, it's compliant with the latest Edexcel specification.


GCSE English Text Guide - Anita and Me
GCSE English Text Guide - Anita and Me
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for a so-so text., 22 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Over the last few years, the English curriculum has been turned inside out and spun on its head for no more reason than providing a smokescreen for deeper, structural "reforms" to education. That's why a fairly unremarkable book like Anita and Me has made it on to the syllabus while John Steinbeck is stuck back on the shelf.

Still, ours as parents, teachers and students is not to reason why,

If this is one of your or your children's set texts, you can't go wrong with GCP support materials like this. Clear, accessible and syllabus compliant, as ever, this is great for anyone aiming for a C and below, or whatever Michael Gove called the "new" grades.
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Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Featuring Disney Mickey Mouse for Kids
Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Featuring Disney Mickey Mouse for Kids
Price: £22.50

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great toothbrush with patronising branding., 11 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A pretty good toothbrush for an infant schooler. Easy to grip, works on mum and dad's recharger and the timer is brilliant.

But...

...some of us don't want our kids growing up as corporate drones, with every experience no more than a polished commodity. If it's not Disney, it's Cars or Frozen or whatever, like our kids are so stupid they can't even brush their teeth without a predigested imaginative "experience" to make it more attractive.

Even the replacement heads come with this cultural dross.

Unfortunately, there are far too many parents who, constantly being told their kids are stupid, assume their kids are stupid.

Enough.


Igenix Small Edison Screw 40 W Round Lamp, Pack of 10, Clear
Igenix Small Edison Screw 40 W Round Lamp, Pack of 10, Clear
Price: £15.71

3.0 out of 5 stars OK bulbs but shonky packaging., 11 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
What can I say.

They look OK.

They work OK,

So far, five stars

Will they work OK in six months time? Dunno.

Down to four stars through no fault of the manufacturer,

However, the choice of packaging is down to the manufacturer. A blister pack not only looks cheap and flimsy, but it makes storage at home a problem. I'm sure that suits whoever has to sell you a replacement after you find your spare bulb doesn't work but a box can't cost much more.

Three stars


GCSE English Text Guide - A Christmas Carol
GCSE English Text Guide - A Christmas Carol
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommended, unfortunately...., 11 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A Christmas Carol is a somewhat painful choice for GCSE.

Yes, it's short. Yes, it's familiar. Yes, there are lots of film versions, audio versions and other resources to support teaching and learning.

But, by Jove, it's dull.

If you don't believe me, go and reread the opening. The bit about death and doornails. Not exactly accessible, is it? Not likely to be within the required range of literacy for a 21st worker's either.

Still, we've been stuck with this kind of reactionary thinking from the DfES, or whatever it's called this week, since Lord Adonis had his feet under the table. Seeing as both the major parties haven't a clue any more, we have to make the best of it.

This is where the CGP Guides come in. Not for the higher fliers among us - who are likely to be doing more challening and rewarding texts anyway - they make even the dullest text accessible and are a valuable tool in any low to middle ability student's workbox.

So, if you're young'un is trapped in a politician or senior civil servant's false memory, this is for you.


Igenix Liteway LW4250 Bayonet Cap Energy Saving LED Golfball Lamp 5 W - Clear
Igenix Liteway LW4250 Bayonet Cap Energy Saving LED Golfball Lamp 5 W - Clear
Offered by BestBuyUk
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars OK, 11 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The problem with writing a Vine review is the deadline.

I can write about how the item looks, how it performs etc but I can't say how well it performs beyond a few weeks...and that's the crunch with electrical equipment, with increasing inbuilt obsolescence and fudging about EU consumer protection.

So, yes, this is handsome. Yes, it works well. Nothing more to say


Philips GC2086/30 EasySpeed Plus Cordless Steam Iron with Compact Smart Charging Base, 2400 Watt, Purple
Philips GC2086/30 EasySpeed Plus Cordless Steam Iron with Compact Smart Charging Base, 2400 Watt, Purple
Price: £59.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great so far..., 10 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a pretty nifty alternative to our usual, corded, iron.

It is just as effective for our smallish ironing pile and a lot handier.

We haven't done enough ironing with it in one go to drain the charge, Nor have we had it long enough to comment on how effectively it holds the charge over time. Normally, that would cost it one star from me but I'm very chuffed with it so far.


Maradonia and the Seven Bridges  (The Maradonia Saga: Book 1)
Maradonia and the Seven Bridges (The Maradonia Saga: Book 1)
Price: £2.38

1.0 out of 5 stars A storm trooper in the war on literacy., 7 July 2015
Read the "look inside" sample.

It's beyond bad.

Spelling, grammar, syntax and punctuation are the first to fall. Style, characterisation and narrative structure crash and burn.

Just awful.


Maradonia and the Escape from the Underworld (The Maradonia Saga: Book 2)
Maradonia and the Escape from the Underworld (The Maradonia Saga: Book 2)
Price: £4.62

1.0 out of 5 stars No., 7 July 2015
Just no.


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

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Usual first class CGP publication, 3 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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.


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