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Minecraft Construction For Dummies
Minecraft Construction For Dummies
by Adam Cordeiro
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.94

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great entry level advice for middle aged men, 24 Mar. 2015
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Like a lot of men my age, I seem to be surrounded by youngsters who love this game. Like a lot of men my age, I struggle with any game produced since Windows 95.

This guide clearly lays out the basics and then some, with great illustrations, all in the pocket digest ....for Dummies format.

It's early days yet, but I think I'm getting the hang of it...
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Minecraft Redstone For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
Minecraft Redstone For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
by Jacob Cordeiro
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners., 21 Mar. 2015
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This is a fairly detailed, wel­l illustrated guide to the important Minecraft resource, all in the lovely smaller ...for Dummies format.

If you're after an entry level guide to the Minecraft craze, this is not for you. If, however, you're a reasonably experienced player looking to up your game, this is right up your street.


Oral B Vitality Plus Floss Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral B Vitality Plus Floss Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good low to mid range electric toothbrush., 20 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is not bad for a middling electric toothbrush.

Particularly commendable is the action, which feels great during and after.

My main quibble with electric toothbrushes is the battery life but, as this review is to a deadline, I can't comment on that.

What could make it better? A built in MP3 player that could transmit tunes through the bones and into the ear.


Philips HP6392/00 Precision Body Hair Trimmer
Philips HP6392/00 Precision Body Hair Trimmer
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, but why?, 15 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have a similar trimmer, designed for men, with interchangeable heads for nostrils, ears, eyebrows and sideburns. All makes sense.

This one, aimed at women, has one head and a cap. It's marketed as small enough to fit in your handbag.

The question is why?

I'm assuming anyone buying this indulges in at least some grooming at home so why bother? In case you notice you missed it a bit while you're out? To trim a tiny patch of garlic bread in your left armpit while you're on the bus? To give yourself a quick tidy up down below after your fifteenth Malibu and coke and you're ready to pull someone? Anyone?

This is not a bad trimmer but its lack of accessories and the way it's marketed make me wonder why.


The Devil is a Gentleman: The Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley (Dark Master Series)
The Devil is a Gentleman: The Life and Times of Dennis Wheatley (Dark Master Series)
by Phil Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in parts, lazy in others, 13 Mar. 2015
This is, on the whole, a very good biography of Dennis Wheatley. It avoids a lot of the dry, ultimately sterile, analysis that plagues weightier literary biographies. With a light, fluid style, Phil Baker shows us suburban shop keeper's progress from rake to avuncular national treasure.

The book is at it's strongest showing Wheatley the man about town in the roaring twenties, thirty years too late for fin de siècle decadence but making up for lost time. Before he had even been published, we get a strong sense of a man who could walk with the common crowd and with kings, a man with a ravenous appetite for wine and women (and opium?).

It loses pace a little as we head into the thirties and the war. Phil Baker is refreshingly blunt about appeasement and its advocates, something we tend to forget in this time of predigested TV history. However, a few, possibly very interesting, situations are left undeveloped, such as the mutual coldness between Wheatley and Ewan Montagu (and by association, Ian Fleming)

Where its starts to come apart is after the war. Although Baker makes some memorably astute observations about life in the sixties and seventies, observations that will resonate with anyone who remembers the time, he seems to rely a little too much on Wheatley's own records. As a result, we get some pretty lazy assertions, like the one about communist penetration of British trade unions, passed off as fact. The first time this happens, it's a bum note. The second, two bum notes. After a few bum notes, the whole thing starts to sound out of tune.

It's a shame. For want of a little objectivity and fact checking, this slips from being an outstanding example of autobiography to merely (!) very good.

ADDENDUM: please don't tell anyone I almost agreed with Michael "please don't demote me" Gove.


Snuza Hero Mobile Baby Movement Monitor
Snuza Hero Mobile Baby Movement Monitor
Price: £67.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Cordless + small + easy to use = nice, 12 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We had used an Angelcare monitor with movement pad with our last littl'un and were very pleased with it The only drawbacks, apart from a handful of false alarms, was its size and the fact that the pad ran off the mains. The Snuza is cordless and small enough to fit in a pocket.

My sister now uses the Angelcare and she was very happy to get the Snuza as well. When she's staying at our mum's, she uses the old monitor on batteries to hear the boy and the Snuza to check on his breathing. When she's out and about and he's in his car seat or stroller, she uses the Snuza on its own.

We can't comment on the vibration function. Touch wood, Boy hasn't needed it and won't need it, but it's nice to know it's there.

The only niggle is the alarm, which is on the quiet side compared to the Angelcare's mains powered alarm. Still, it's portability and ease of use make it great value.


TOFKA Toffee Vodka
TOFKA Toffee Vodka
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It's different, 11 Mar. 2015
This review is from: TOFKA Toffee Vodka (Grocery)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The first thing that strikes us about this drink is the marvellous swirly effect. I think it's great but my tasting panel disagreed

"Looks like nail varnish".

"That's going to have a heck of a hangover on it"

We open the bottle. Smells of...

"Toffee? Ish"

"Can't put my finger on it"

"Caramac! It smells like Caramac with notes of ether!"

A sip. Three winces. Maybe a teenage niece might like it.

An idea. What if we use it with a mixer?

Lemonade. Three winces.

Pour it on ice cream? Some good quality vanilla?

Three big grins. Perfick!

Mix it with apple juice to make toffee apple schnapps?

Oh yes!

Having found two astounding ways to drink this stuff, we decided our teenage nieces could run along. Let them drink Lambrusco!


Barbie Princess Power Superhero Vanity Playset
Barbie Princess Power Superhero Vanity Playset
Price: £19.97

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice present for the Barbiephile in your life., 8 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a great addition to any young girl's Barbie collection, particularly one who has seen the film.

It's a pinky girly pink vanity set, complete with accessories, that turns into a Totally Spies kind of set up. What makes it really come alive is the way you can insert a smartphone and run the free Barbie Life app on it.

My only quibble is the price. IMHO, it's a tad too expensive for what it is, bearing in mind you are likely to stump up for a Princess Power doll and the DVD as well. If you can find it at a discount, go for it.


A-Level Maths for Edexcel - Statistics 1: Student Book
A-Level Maths for Edexcel - Statistics 1: Student Book
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Great but make sure this right for your syllabus., 7 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is up to the usual high standard of CGP revision material

BUT

do make sure this appropriate to your syllabus. Things are changing and changing quickly so make sure it's appropriate to your syllabus.

Did I say you should make sure this appropriate to your syllabus?


Bic Kids Supersoft Colouring Pencils - Pack of 8, Plus Sharpener
Bic Kids Supersoft Colouring Pencils - Pack of 8, Plus Sharpener
Offered by ZINKER
Price: £6.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Just right for little hands., 5 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As pencils, these are lovely and soft and easy to use.

However, what makes them a spectacular success in a toddler's hands is the size. Not as think as normal pencils, not as chunky as some kids' colours, they are just right for detail work and colouring in.

The large bore pencil sharpener is also a hit, although I'm not so happy about finding shavings everywhere!


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