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Pictionary Board Game
Pictionary Board Game
Price: £19.54

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing and laughter for all ages, 10 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Pictionary Board Game (Toy)
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This is a wonderful family game but does need an absolute minimum of four players as you need to play in teams of at least two - so, the more the merrier and it therefore makes a brilliant game for a large family, or a large gathering of any ages. Little people can be helped along in the team by older ones and there are junior choices of subjects for picture drawing as well as general ones. Each team takes a turn with one of their number drawing a picture as directed by the card they have drawn. The team has one minute to guess what the drawing is and the drawings and the guesses can be hilarious. The subjects are not always the easiest or the most obvious to draw but children are surprisingly quick to get straight to the point. If the team guesses correctly they throw the dice to move forward on the board and have another drawing to do (by another team member) but if they get it wrong it passes to the next team, and so on. You really don't have to be able to draw well to do this and everyone has a good laugh. Recommended.


Tourist Guide to Karnataka: The Land of Splendour
Tourist Guide to Karnataka: The Land of Splendour
by V. Subburaj
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Local guide with a local flavour, 27 July 2014
I love this book because it is gloriously Indian, written and published there in 2005. It is of course out of date now so things like phone numbers and train timetables will be inaccurate, but other information is still relevant and I look forward to taking it with me to check the details while there. It really does not compare with a proper guide book and I wouldn't recommend it as such, but as an additional bit of background and with a reasonably good map of the area at the back it is a nice slim volume to take with you. The information provided of various places to visit is a little random and quirky and not what the modern British tourist is looking for, but it is a delight to read, e.g. a description of some gardens doesn't tell you a lot but mentions "a profusion of brightly coloured blossoms, enchanting fountains, musical fountains and slides and swings for children who can always be seen roistering in the place"!! Probably not top of your travel needs, but enjoyable.


The Red Queen
The Red Queen
by Margaret Drabble
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Horrible History would be preferable, 27 July 2014
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This review is from: The Red Queen (Paperback)
From a purely personal point of view I hated this book - I cannot pretend that it is not well written but I don't like the style. It is written in two halves, the first being a Drabble version of a genuine historical document: an ancient autobiography written by a sad and lonely, but brave, North Korean queen. I would far rather have read the original than this tweaked and slightly fictionalised version. The second half of the book is written in the present tense and in the present century on behalf of an English woman who is being used as a vehicle in a slightly spooky but unconvincing way by the aforesaid Queen. The Englishwoman is about to go to a conference in Korea and is anonymously (never explained) sent a copy of the Queen's book and she is sufficiently intrigued to want to visit the various sites mentioned within. In her travels she meets a sympathetic local - the only truly amiable character in the book - and a professor of some vintage that she admires and, of course, falls for. I detest a story being told in the present tense - something that historians do a lot on television now and it is confusing and unnecessary, but the story itself is rather dull and unpredictable and the main protagonist is not attractive particularly. This is a very personal review and others, especially Drabble fans, may love the book and I apologise to them in advance!


The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe
by Romain Puertolas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trip Advisor wouldn't recommend this journey!, 27 July 2014
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Loony, but such fun! A completely batty and impossible tale of an Indian fakir on a fraudulent mission to buy a bed of nails in the Parisian Ikea - and, yes, they had one in stock! Through a ludicrious chapter of accidents beginning with a Groucho Marx trick of using a dollar (Euro) note attached to an invisible thread so you can snatch it back unseen, and ending with a good deal of fraternising with illegal immigrants, it is a romp from start to finish through various European cities in unlikely circumstances. Quickly and easily read, it is a laugh-out-loud book with a few serious notes. Written by someone with first hand knowledge of immigration procedures, the author clearly has some sympathy for the wretched travellers or at any rate understands their difficulties which makes the subject a good deal more believable and sympathetic than it might be. Very jolly indeed.


Horrible Histories Awesome Art Set
Horrible Histories Awesome Art Set
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Happy halfterm fun, 3 Jun. 2014
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Well done the Horrible Histories team for producing this - just the job for a dreary day in halfterm and it entertained 3 grandsons admirably. They are HH fans so pounced on it with glee and their Mum was equally enthusiastic when she realised that the paint is washable. A nicely packaged sensible art set.


NOCO G7200UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
NOCO G7200UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
Price: £62.95

4.0 out of 5 stars clever charger, 3 Jun. 2014
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I do think this charger is extremely good - hopefully my car won't need recharging any time soon as it's a fairly new battery but the lawnmower and a scooter have both benefited BUT not without a lot of head scratching. The instruction booklet is a total nightmare to understand and, as a fairly average person who is fairly capable of doing most things if not an out-an-out handyman type, I found it virtually impossible to work out what some of the instructions meant. By guesswork we got there but I wouldn't recommend this to someone who is not prepared to spend some time working it all out. That said, it is a neat efficient charger which does the job well.


Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continued (Pride and Prejudice Chronicles Book 1)
Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continued (Pride and Prejudice Chronicles Book 1)
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars For Jane Austen fans, 21 May 2014
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This really isn't a very long book - I raced through it in a couple of days. It's a nice idea and if you are a fan of Jane Austen and of Pride & Prejudice in particular, you can't help but enjoy it. The story holds no real surprises but trickles on pleasantly and is very readable if not inspiring. The author says that she has not tried to emulate Austen's prose precisely but somehow she falls between two stools: she has avoided being mannered or too modern but the dialogue doesn't quite convince. It's an amiable, if not great, yarn.


Faithfull TARP129 3.6 x 2.7m/ 12 x 9ft Tarpaulin - Green/ Silver
Faithfull TARP129 3.6 x 2.7m/ 12 x 9ft Tarpaulin - Green/ Silver
Price: £7.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensible tarpaulin, 21 May 2014
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Well, it's green on one side and grey on the other just like the picture - it's plastic and seems to be pretty much as described. Not a lot you can say about this, but it will be handy for covering logs, or anything else you want to keep dry. Reasonably good value and as good, or better, than most tarpaulins of this type.


DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India
by VARIOUS
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide to India, 21 May 2014
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As usual, the Eyewitness guides get it just right. Excellent maps, good clear descriptions, well put together in sensible sections and fully up to date information about everything. If you are going to India, you have to have this guide whatever else you may decide to get. it is a heavy book - its only disadvantage - but you can read it up before you go if you can't face carrying it. You could even cut it up and take the bits you want - it is such a good guide it would be worth doing!


Nutley's Modiform Plastic Plant Pot (Pack of 100)
Nutley's Modiform Plastic Plant Pot (Pack of 100)
Price: £8.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pots, 21 May 2014
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Straightforward round plastic pots of a reasonable quality and just the right size for potting on seedlings. Nothing exciting to say about them - they are just pots, but the supplier needs to review their packaging as they arrived in a plastic envelope which provided no protection and had split at one end. Luckily none of them had escaped or been damaged and the post office had fielded the parcel and put it in another bag.


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