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Centra 25mm 2 Round Rings A4 Ring Binder - Black
Centra 25mm 2 Round Rings A4 Ring Binder - Black
Price: £2.30

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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?, 21 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There is a limit to what you can say about a ring binder unless it's covered in diamonds or made from depleted uranium.

You can write about how it holds loose leaf paper.

You can't write about how well it clamps on to your nipples if you choose to wear it as a breastplate.

You can write about how durable it is.

You can't write about how well it keeps the rain off your head.

So, it holds loose leaf paper well and seems durable enough.

Now, where's the Sudocrem?


Leitz Style 40 Pocket Display Book - Garnet Red
Leitz Style 40 Pocket Display Book - Garnet Red
Price: £7.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Tres elegante..., 20 Nov 2014
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This is a cut above the usual display books for two reasons.

First, the wallets are strong and securely bound. Perhaps I'm a cheapskate, but I'm pleasantly surprised by this high quality.

The second is the finish, which is a kind of metallic sheeny magenta. Not my kind of thing up til now but, having had this sit on my desk for a few days, I'm converted.


Battroborg Samurai Vs Ninja Battle Set
Battroborg Samurai Vs Ninja Battle Set

5.0 out of 5 stars Battling Robots for the wii generation, 18 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you're old enough to remember Battling Robots, you'll know how much fun two robots clumping each other can be.

But where we had to do with pressing a Hungry Hippo style lever and hoping for the best, this set is far more free form. The controllers, in the form of katana handles, work like wii controllers - which put anyone over the age of forty at a disadvantage!

It's all good fun but there is, as ever, one quibble. Although the spec says the robots are rechargeable, you still need a shed load of AA batteries. You should be using rechargables anyway, but it's stil­l not clear from the description.


GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank
GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank
Price: £17.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Not enough for the money., 12 Nov 2014
This review is from: GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have mixed feelings about this.

On one hand, it's a fab educational toy that explores the principles of hinges and levers in an engaging and dramatic way. It can be used as a springboard to discussing moment of force and angular momentum. So far so good.

However, it's a lot of money for what is essentially a few rods and blocks and pivots. Unless you buy the other sets, their use is fairly limited. The "book", while providing a narrative backbeat, is redundant.

If you're serious about exploring mechanical principles with your child, it would be better to spend more and invest in Lego Technics or even the old Mouse Trap Game.

If you're after some fun, this will do nicely.


Pinzon Egyptian Cotton 725-Gram Towel Set, White, 2 Bath
Pinzon Egyptian Cotton 725-Gram Towel Set, White, 2 Bath
Price: £16.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of luxury, 12 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The oldest of our towels date back to the early nineties, so it was time for fresh cotton, as it were.

These feel lovely and dense. Maybe white wasn't the best choice in a home with children and a husband who loves DIY but they look good on the rail.

Thing is, now the bathroom looks a bit dingy. I wonder if the missus will mind if I start doing it up at the weekends?


Soybu Women's Flex Tank Top - Orchard, Medium
Soybu Women's Flex Tank Top - Orchard, Medium
Price: £43.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 12 Nov 2014
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There's not really a lot to say on first wearing.

It's attractive, it fits well enough for any kind of exercise and looks good.

Feels nice too.


Kings Bounty - Dark Side (PC DVD)
Kings Bounty - Dark Side (PC DVD)
Price: £19.04

1.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? It took ages to instal ..., 10 Nov 2014
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What can I say? It took ages to instal and doesn't seem to work.

Had I paid for it, I'd be claiming a refund.


Galt Toys Water Magic Gift Set
Galt Toys Water Magic Gift Set
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Six out of five for playability, four out five for value., 9 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Remember those magic paintbooks you had as a kid? The ones where you brushed water on and got a greyish water colour effect on printed pictures. This is the same idea, only a lot better.

The set consists of two spiral bound books and two large cards, printed on heavy stock, and two very clever water pens. The pens mean the set can be used in the back of a car, at a restaurant table or on a flight with no mess and a minimum of fuss.

The old magic paintbooks used watercolour printed into dots on the page. These books work the other way around - the pictures are covered with a translucent film that becomes transparent when wet and, when it dries again, becomes translucent again. This means that the pictures can be used over and over, giving crisp,vibrant pictures each time.

There's enough to share so the littl'un and his friends love them. My only concern is that, after few dozen uses, the film is starting to scratch in places and the card - understandably - starts to warp at the edges. Hopefully they will last a good while longer but I'd expect something a bit sturdier for this much money.


The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
by Tom Rachman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and shallow at the same time., 5 Nov 2014
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This is a very well written novel.

Its elegant, flowing prose is accessible without the mechanical feel of Dan Brown and other hacks. This style, however, belies the themes of the novel.

It seems only yesterday that Dom DeLillo's doorstop Underworld staked it's claim as the definitive doorstop American novel but the world has moved on. The Twin Towers on the cover of that book have fallen, the American Century is over and this novel is of the new, global age. It's about displacement, history, books in the digital age, identity in a time of social media, the things that matter today and shape tomorrow.

Did I say it was a nice easy read too?

Smashing.


Ring RCT2 Ring Emergency travel kit
Ring RCT2 Ring Emergency travel kit
Offered by Maplin_Webdeals
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good entry level emergency kit., 5 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When I was a youngster, the boot of the Volvo contained a duvet, a pillow, some Mars Bars, a Haynes manual, a torch that you could use to signal submarines off the coast of France and enough tools to build a nuclear reactor. It wasn't overpreparedness so much as driving a rust heap that no roadside service wanted to touch.

Now the boot just has a picnic rug, a very basic tool kit, a football and a kite.

This emergency kit fills most of gap between the boot of my oily youth and the family space at the back of the people carrier. It's the kind of thing you need to get by in a pickle or while you wait for the AA man to show up. The torch and the jump leads feel fairly lightweight but should get you out of minor scrapes.

The warning triangle and high viz jacket are great. We don't seem to be any good at roadside safety in this country but, as anyone who has driven in mainland Europe knows, a warning triangle is essential.

The first aid kit and foil blanket are inspired. I'm not a first aid kit kind of person. Either you can fix it with a cup of tea, an ice pack, Dettol and a dishcloth or you call 999. Now I've got one in the car, I can see the point. The foil blanket might find its way into my cycling kit now the weather is getting colder...

It's not compliant for driving on the mainland. You need the RCT1 travel kit for that. For driving within the UK, it's pretty good.


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