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Almo Nature Rouge Dry with Chicken 750 g
Almo Nature Rouge Dry with Chicken 750 g
Price: 7.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality cat food that will not put you off your dinner, 11 April 2014
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My girlfriend has a cat, Merlin, who really likes meat, enjoys his tins and pouches and is a terror with any meat you leave unattended: he’ll have it. I’ve seen him fight the children over a chicken bone then happened to look away from for too long so I wasn’t sure how he’d take to this. On the first day he liked it, by the second he found the packet, tore it open and ate much of the contents. Merlin has never done this with dried food before, only pouches of wet food, so we didn’t bother to put it out of his reach and as the plastic bag is hardly cat proof he had no difficulty getting in. Keep yours in a cat resistant cupboard!

The packet is resealable so the food stays fresh and contained, but even if you leave it unsealed it does not have a strong smell (so is especially handy if you’re in and small home and dislike the smell of most pet foods) and does not break down into greasy dust as so many other pet foods do so you can handle it easily and without stains or smells on your hands.


MathsTutor: GCSE DVD-ROM Tutorials and Exam Practice Pack - Higher Level
MathsTutor: GCSE DVD-ROM Tutorials and Exam Practice Pack - Higher Level
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.19

5.0 out of 5 stars An utterly brilliant maths guide with great, video based, explanations - much better than a book!, 4 April 2014
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You get a cardboard folder that looks like (is roughly the same size and of similar design as) one of the other CGP revision books, but instead of a book you get a DVD-ROM and a 96 page booklet filled with questions from the maths videos. This is not a video DVD and you will need a PC (not a DVD player or a tablet) to use it. You get a single DVD in a modern thin DVD case, there are no licence keys or other anti copying nonsense to worry about either.

Opening the DVD on a PC gives you a flash based application which first presents a choice of exam boards or a “Show me everything” option so you can see all the topics. You then pick a topic, say Equations, which presents you with a number of videos to watch, in this case 8, the last of which is usually an “exam question” which allows you to print question, try it for yourself before you watch the video to check you’ve done it correctly. Presentation is good, straightforward and easy to follow, best of all the videos are short and well organised so you can watch one to help you do something specific, practice it and then move on to the next one. You’re not stuck with a 30 minute programme each time!

The video player allows you to play, pause, skip videos and move to a particular part, so if you need to repeat part of an explanation you can easily do so. Graphics are basic but are clear and work well to support the speaker, of which there are several on the disk so if you dislike the first voice, don’t worry, you’re not stuck with him for the full duration.

The only drawback I can see to this product is you have to play it on a PC, probably running Windows (but it doesn’t say,) so you can’t see the videos on your mobile or tablet and this is a shame as I suspect this would make it more accessible for young folk. Being tied to a PC is very 2009!


Bio Synergy Raspberry Ketones Capsules--Pack of 60 Capsules
Bio Synergy Raspberry Ketones Capsules--Pack of 60 Capsules
Offered by bargin smellys
Price: 11.58

1.0 out of 5 stars Not something I wanted to put in my body, 3 April 2014
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After receiving these at home I found I just didn’t want to take them. They didn’t explain how they did what they claimed, the packaging felt cheap and the product looked about as natural as the M1. I don’t know that there is anything wrong with these but, they just don’t look right to me.


Oatibix Biscuits 24 (Pack of 4)
Oatibix Biscuits 24 (Pack of 4)
Price: 10.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Like Weetabix but different - a good cereal at any time of the day, 3 April 2014
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Just like Weetabix in size, appearance and shape, though in a slightly different shade. These require a little more milk to become soft, have a slightly chewier texture and tend to make me feel a little fuller for a longer period of time than the original Weetabix. Realisticly I will only eat Oatibix with a reasonable amount of milk and not semi-dry with yoghurt as I find them too dense. The taste is different but similar enough and generally I like Oatibix and will continue to buy them.


A Short Book About Drawing
A Short Book About Drawing
by Andrew Marr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Not just about drawing, a cheerful book on Andrew Marr's view of the world through drawing, 3 April 2014
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I expected something of a lesson in how to draw but the book is really about Andrew Marr, his view of drawing, painting, art in general, a little on modern culture and then some more about Andrew Marr. He makes some thought provoking points about the importance of creativity, references some key figures in the art world and has produced a nice little book which you can read in a few hours. His own drawings and digital paintings take up roughly every other page and they add a pleasant, personal, touch and bring you a little more of the author. It's a shame he has not shown any of the art or other artists he mentions in the text, but you can look most of these up online if you need to.

The book is Chinese printed on a fairly heavy grade of paper, the boards do not flex, it is a handy size, text is well printed, not too big or small, and the art looks right. It gave me two nice afternoons of gentle, light reading on my holidays.


Almo Nature Daily Menu With Chicken and Turkey 375g x 6
Almo Nature Daily Menu With Chicken and Turkey 375g x 6
Offered by Posh Pets
Price: 12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real food for your dog - our Westie loves this, 3 April 2014
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No objectionable smell or wondering what weird ingredients were used, this is food you can look at and know what you’re feeding your dog and it’s about the only dog food I’m happy to put in the fridge. Robbie, our Westie, does not eat this under sufferance: he really, really likes it and the only drawback I can think of is it looks rather too much like some kind of stew fit for people.


The Broken Circle Breakdown [DVD]
The Broken Circle Breakdown [DVD]
Dvd ~ Veerle Baetens
Price: 17.32

5.0 out of 5 stars You’ll cry, but it’s beautiful, 3 April 2014
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A story told out of sequence, it’s the wrong order but it feels right, it changes the suspense it’s not hard to work out the actual order of events and the story plays out well. The subject matter is emotional; it is very sad in parts but playful and happy in others, with scenes of naked bodies and sex mingling with hospitals and illness. It embodies the phrase in the midst of life we are in death and it does so with great, bluegrass, music and beautiful photography: the lighting and colours telling as much of the story as the acting.

There is some bad language (that does not need translating,) a little politics and religion, scenes in hospital though nothing too detailed, nudity and sex.


Milius [DVD]
Milius [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joey Figueroa
Price: 17.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary about a great maker of films, 3 April 2014
This review is from: Milius [DVD] (DVD)
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An excellent mix of interviews with the great and good of Hollywood who worked with Milius, backed up by excerpts from Milius’ films and even archive footage from his student days. The variety of sources from student films, old interviews and B movies to film greats like Apocalypse Now mean quality is mixed but it all adds to the detail of his story. Milius is more interesting than enthralling but it is worth watching, even if you don’t know of Milius you’ll likely have seen some of his films and the breadth of his work is surprising.


Vanishing
Vanishing
by Gerard Woodward
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A series of modern fears played out through an jumbled story set in the early 20th century, 3 April 2014
This review is from: Vanishing (Hardcover)
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For a book set some seventy years ago, Vanishing addresses a number of modern fears: airport expansion, child sexualisation, loss of the old ways and countryside, anti-terror legislation, private medicine, planning and compulsory purchase all make an appearance and its interesting to see how these 'new' fears sit equally well in the 1930s and 40s as they do in the modern world. It couldn't happen today doesn't really reassure the reader, as you can see it nearly, probably, could.

This mix of old and new works well. Told out of sequence Vanishing leaves you wondering not only what happens next, but what happened before all this to set it up. There are hints dropped here and there, of events past and possible futures, but you have to keep turning the pages to find out.

I found this desire to unpick the events from the story drew me on at first but, eventually, the threat of looming disaster, of yet another silly thing this man was going to do to get himself into trouble killed off my desire to read on and it became something of a trudge. Vanishing would be a better book if it were not saddled with such cumbersome and unlikeable lead.


Consumed: How Shopping Fed the Class System
Consumed: How Shopping Fed the Class System
by Harry Wallop
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.55

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smug, tabloid style, assessment of class in the early 21st Century – incomplete, opinion based and disposable, 3 April 2014
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I had high hopes for 'Consumed' but I feel rather let down by the unsupported conclusions, errors, occasional references and author's incorrect assumption that I really care about his social class.

It is not a dry academic, sociological text, stuffed with references and tables; 'Consumed' is more like the opinion column in a tabloid newspaper: big on judgement but with limited facts or reasoned argument to support it. There is a lot of (brand) name dropping, of the author giving less than complimentary names to the classes he defines and of him trying to sound like he has the inside track when, what he's really got is a list of brands and shopping habits that happen to be popular right now. Where statistics are used, they are sparse and often entirely unhelpful, such as comparisons where a figure is produced for one year as a percentage and another year as an absolute number. Such laxness means, while it's quite an entertaining read you certainly couldn't class it as reliable.

It's a book for the moment, for in eighteen months time it could be very out of date. Not that it's entirely up to the mark now: a book on branded shopping trends that fails to mention ebay and similar marketplaces can't really be considered up to the minute.

I quite enjoyed 'Consumed' but I can't really recommend it. The nature of any such book on current brands is they will almost certainly be out of date by the time you get to read them. Things change, quickly, and while the text claims Newcastle does not have a Jack Wills shop it does have one now. There isn't enough here data to make this worth reading in a few years time as a history of brands around 2013/14 either.


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