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Lily's kitchen Crunchy Nibbles for Cats with Chicken 400g
Lily's kitchen Crunchy Nibbles for Cats with Chicken 400g
Offered by Pets Galore Coulsdon Ltd
Price: £7.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not clear why..., 9 July 2013
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This is then, a large tube of meaty cheerios for cats. The notion is that these can be spread temptingly on top of wet food to enhance the eating experience for your beloved moggy. The fact that tiddles is happy to chew sparrow feathers and mouse faces might give you some hints that he is perhaps actually not as fastidious as you wish to believe, and could probably be persuaded to enjoy his meaty chunks without this crispy adornment, but if you still think he needs that michelin starred touch, here is the answer to his gastronomic wants. You can't feed him on this alone, 'cos his kidneys will explode if you do, so it isn't dry food per se, but rather just the finishing touch to his repast. It comes in a very stylish tube (slightly awkwardly shaped, unless you have dedicated pringle shelves in you kitchen, and certainly less handy than the nice, mostly square, bags that actual dry food comes in) but since you cat needs the equivalent of chef's foam, on his supper, this huge cardboard tube seems only fitting for your worksurface, and the relative inconvenience of having both wet food, and this, in your kitchen, will seem as nothing at the thought of his delight as he lovingly combines the morsels of reclaimed entrail in both gelatinous, and crunchy form, into a large, indifferent mouthful of vaguely old-fish tasting slop.

being a scientist, i thought to also compare the relative tastiness of this, and actual catfood, by giving tiddles a choice. He chose the wet food, and devoured it rapidly and noisily, before finishing this off as a post script. naturally, he may have been saving the best 'til last, showing foresight and composure before unseen in the ravening beast's repertoire, but I am afraid it might just be that he spotted this is basically a great big pointless gimick, and that 8/10 of his buddies would say likewise.


Iams Dry Cat Food Adult Light Chicken 2.55 Kg (Pack of 3)
Iams Dry Cat Food Adult Light Chicken 2.55 Kg (Pack of 3)

5.0 out of 5 stars happy cats, for the next 3 months, 1 Jun 2013
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I have 3 cats, inclined to fatness, all able hunters, table sneaks, and outdoor beasts, but relentless catfood eaters, so diet catfood is great to prevent them from over eating. Based on the reactions so far (they managed to claw through the box in which it was delivered, and into the sealed packet, before even opening) this is just as tasty as full fat food, and, given that each bag lasts well over a month (admittedly mixing the dry food and some sachets - having been told by a vet that an exclusively dry food diet might lead to renal damage, and a fully wet food diet is less good for dental hygeine), saves on a lot of trips to the shops.


Pampers Active Fit Size 3 (Midi) Monthly Pack--204 Nappies
Pampers Active Fit Size 3 (Midi) Monthly Pack--204 Nappies
Price: £24.29

4.0 out of 5 stars faultless, if your conscience can take it, 1 Jun 2013
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Have now tried most nappies in search of the best mix of comfort, ease and leak-resistance. These are the lighter, more flexible nappy of Pampers' range, whereas the Babydry nappies are slightly heavier and seem to have a hygroscopic layer of slightly more substance. In actual use, both are dry to the touch, even when heavy with pee, after a night without a change. Whether, at this size (fitting nicely from 8 weeks on) the added "flex" makes much difference to the thrashing, screaming, ball of fat that the nappy contains, is moot. On the matter of sizing, the size range is wide enough to allow ample overlap with size 2 and 4, so buying either side of perfect fit is fine, and meaning this bummper sized pack won't be wasted, and will be good value.

My only slight anxiety when recommending these is the waste issue. Admittedly, there is the option for non-disposables, but there are some places that parenthood and guilt won't take me. I did like the enviro-credentials of the Naty nappies, and their fit and feel is excellent, but the Pampers do a far better job of keeping the baby comfortable, and overflow far less often. Heartily recommended.


Braun Silk-épil 5 5780 Epilator with 5 Attachments and Cooling Glove
Braun Silk-épil 5 5780 Epilator with 5 Attachments and Cooling Glove
Price: £49.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars trades comfort for effeciency, 6 May 2013
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Here's another review by proxy, my willingness to venture into leg-strimming (again) is limited by my painful memories of one drunken night...

In essence this is a corded epilator, with interchangeable heads (offering a trimmer and small foil razor) for edging and grooming wherever some fluff should (be thought appropriate to) remain. The pack comes with a cooling freezer-gel pad and mitt too. For reasons that stille escape me, the plug is a 2-pin shaver-socket/euro type. Given that the cord is separate, I'd think it should be possible to package a local plug without adding too much to the cost.

Ergonomically and aesthetically this is very well sorted, a mixture of hard transparent plastics, and metallic sheens make for a space-age toy. The head floats on a spring that follows contours with ease, and the head is gentle enough with massaging cushions either side of the business parts. There's a light, which is claimed to show up invisible hairs (sounds to me like a recipe for neurosis) but which happily doesn't actually do much more than help navigate in, ahem, darker areas.

In use, the epilator is less painful than older models, and the manner that the head follows contours, makes for a more relaxed personal grooming experience. Whatever might be said about buffers, cushions, massages etc, in reality, this is achieved by an altogether gentler approach to the task at hand. The head seems to have fewer tweezers than older models, overall. The trade off is in efficiency therefore, with a longer overall effort and more missed hairs as a result.

I asked my OH, "will you keep using it, or go back to the old one?" She said "I'll keep it, because it's pretty, and these things matter to girls... but I'll not get rid of the old one.."


Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Charles Foster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars small and accessible, 5 May 2013
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The informative content. and easy reading style should make this a 5-star read, and it's only because the slightly ironic , conversational, style of the prose might grate with some readers that I've dropped a star. In addition, there is a tendency for he author to drift into an anti-establishment position (doctors are potentially evil, lawyers mercenary, academics all self-serving) which may chime with reality, and certainly helps to explain the historical context of the legal mess we have to read about, but which doesn't necessarily fit with his own status as an establishment figure.

More importantly than these stylistic niggles, the content, style, and breadth of the book is fantastic. It is a tiny tome, almost pocket sized, and reads rather like a series of lectures, as given by your favourite lecturer. Definitely recommended.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars QC issues, but otherwise effective, 25 April 2013
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Essentially this is a big plastic kettle with a shelf, on which to put items for sterilisation, and small tray for the water. The steam bathes hotly around the items on the shelf, and sterilises by heat alone. No chemicals, which is nice.

It takes up lots of work surface, so it is a convenient thing that it is light weight enough to lug around. There's no real way to compact for storage, so once in use, it does rather become part of the kitchen environment. Given that it's a big, globular, plastic, device, in not-so-discrete yellow, this isn't necessarily an easy thing (face it, your life is probably all plastic and colour now anyway, so might as well get over it...)

Sadly, this one came with the wrong cable (needs a 3-pin kettle plug, comes supplied with a 2-pin), needing a delve in the parts-bin to test. In my view this is pretty unforgivable, and makes me wonder about where else there's been sloppy QC.


The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business
The Age of Responsibility: CSR 2.0 and the New DNA of Business
by Jeffrey Hollender
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.08

4.0 out of 5 stars well written, and morally sound, 22 April 2013
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self interest and altruism needn't be incompatible, and here are plenty of examples and principles to prove this. Altogether, a well written book, and well worth a read.


Change Your Business with NLP: Powerful Tools to Improve Your Organisation's Performance and Get Results
Change Your Business with NLP: Powerful Tools to Improve Your Organisation's Performance and Get Results
by Lindsey Agness
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars nice introduction, questionable concepts, 22 April 2013
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this is a nicely written book, exploring the NLP concepts accessibly. I suppose, underneath it all, it probably lacks the real credibility of cognitive approaches to change management, and relies a little too much on a culture-bound set of constructs and values, but does give a useful framework, and at least one approach to understanding resistances in change processes.


Gillette Fusion Proglide Silvertouch Power Razor
Gillette Fusion Proglide Silvertouch Power Razor
Offered by O.P Healthcare
Price: £15.66

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shiny and sharp, 20 April 2013
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The ergonomics of Gillette razors have been improving steadily, and since the Mach 3, the in-line handle/blade has really worked well. The blade count keeps rising too, as does the variety of powered and vibrating options (gender specific effect mind; in a woman's razor the vibration is for "exfoliation" in men's razors (exfoliating being of questionable sexuality) the purpose is to achieve a closer, more masculine, shave. I actually like the faint buzzing; it makes for a pleasant numbness, the trade-off is a slightly fatter, less nimble handle) The 5 blades of the fusion might seem the overkill extension of this, but actually does seem to give an imperceptible glide to the shaving experience. there's a blade on the back, for artistry (it actually works pretty ell since the angle the blade is mounted puts the handle out of the way of the mirror image a little better for precision work).

This is a silvery, almost-an-apple-product-but-for-the-complete-lack-of-understatement, white accented version. It looks nice, a couple of fins and whitewall tyres would have offset the chrome nicely, and added even more, all-american, cool to it, but as far as it is, it looks really nice in that toothbrush chic way.

The real cost of razors is the blades, so including only one in the pack is a bit cheap, but there is an included battery, and my experience is that these fusion blades last really well, so still good value, in my book.


Change Leader: Learning to Do What Matters Most
Change Leader: Learning to Do What Matters Most
by Michael Fullan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.72

3.0 out of 5 stars largely waffle, but inspiring waffle, 16 April 2013
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This is a fairly typical trudge through change management with conceptualisation of varied team resistances and impediments to change dressed up in newspeak and jargon. This might help to drive the newly appointed or promoted manager to reflect and model change management practice, but won't ever serve as much value as individual coaching, particularly given the investment of time in this sort of turgid read.


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