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I Can Draw At The Shops
I Can Draw At The Shops
by Simon Abbott
Edition: Board book

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun drawing book, 19 April 2010
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This basically lets you draw some stylised real life things.
A rub out set of grids on the right with examples on the left hand side.
My son has been playing with it since we got it on Saturday, often just scribbling but very please with it and the pictures are simple enough for me to follow and I'm a complete art duffer. Macdraw is about my limit!

Recommended.


"Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Circus of Doom v. 3 (BBC Audio)
"Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Circus of Doom v. 3 (BBC Audio)
by Paul Magrs
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun but not particularly 'Who', 29 Mar 2010
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The pluses of this series remain - Tom Baker attacks the role with relish and is ably supported by a decent cast (although Richard Franklin again doesn't get much to do).
The chills are memorably supplied by the script and it all motors along with abandon.
The minuses are the same too, the script is a bit contrived, the villain not particularly convincing and the whole effect is a bit 'Tales of the Unexpected' rather than Dr Who, it's still good fun and great to hear Tom Baker chewing the scenery again.


Fridge Door Bottle Shelf
Fridge Door Bottle Shelf
Offered by SPARES-2-GO
Price: 16.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 29 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Fridge Door Bottle Shelf
My son managed to shove the fridge bottle holder out of place and break it, part of his general conspiracy to drive me to penury.
So we went on line and ordered this part through Amazon - it fitted perfectly (just watch the fridge number on the front and you should be OK). It came quickly too, ordered on Sunday, arrived Wednesday.

Very pleased.


"Doctor Who": Logopolis (Classic Novels)
"Doctor Who": Logopolis (Classic Novels)
by Christopher H. Bidmead
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 13.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected but a bit slow, 29 Mar 2010
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Christopher H Bidmead can be accused of may things but he's doesn't lack ambition.

This is an attempt to dramatise the Laws of Thermodynamics and part of Bidmead's general push as script editor to move Dr Who back to hard sci-fi.
He certainly achieves a move back to more scientific ideas but often at the expense of drama. There's a fine line to tred here, too much soft drama and you end up in Russel T Davies territory and too much hard science and the drama starts to limp. There's a happy medium in the middle where the ideas inform the action and vice-versa.

In Logopolis across all formats, I think there's too much exposition and not enough action and as a consequence it comes across as a bit slow. I liked it at the time, but listening to this audio book, I longed for a bit more oomph and comedy. Castrovalva also suffered from this slow plotting.

As to the audio book part - Bidmead is a surprisingly good narrator but I still prefer full cast recitals.

Worth a listen if you remember the original, not the greatest regeneration story.


Doctor Who: The Last Voyage
Doctor Who: The Last Voyage
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite atmospheric and well read, 12 Mar 2010
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This is a ghost story in essence and it relies on a chilling atmosphere to work.
It actually succeeds quite well, David Tennant reads the story very well and the music and effects contribute to a strange atmosphere. A lot of the plot is left hanging - you don't find out who the aliens are and you don't really find out what the inventor of the Interstitial Transposition Vehicle was up to and where the craft came from.

David Tennant is a good narrator (not quite as good as Tom Baker but then who is?), but I wish they would let him have a cast - his impersonation of Sugar's (female american) voice is a bit silly to say the least. Would one other female/ male actor have broken the bank?

Apart from that this is a good story and one that feels quite Dr Who-y in the tradition of something like The Horror of Fang Rock. Enjoyable but I probably won't listen again.


Sex, Love and Valentines
Sex, Love and Valentines
by Miranda Forbes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.88

2.0 out of 5 stars Diverting but doesn't really hit the spot, 26 Feb 2010
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This seems to have been mis-marketed, it seems to be written for straight women but marketed for straight men (the cover model with the chipped nail polish!)

This didn't work out for me, I expected a few cheap thrills but a lot of the stories set up scenarios that didn't particularly interest me and the mood can be killed so easily - in the first story a women refers to her 'under-carriage', that killed that story stone dead for me. The best story was all build up - all the sex took place after the story finished.

So this wasn't for me, in fact I didn't even finish it which must be a first for an erotic novel.


A Matter of Life and Death: Or How to Wean A Man off Football
A Matter of Life and Death: Or How to Wean A Man off Football
by Ronni Ancona
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly amusing, goes on a bit., 26 Feb 2010
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Essentially the experiment here is for Alistar McGowan to give up football under the 12 step programme of Ronnie Ancona, his ex-girlfriend.

This is a decent idea for an article but it's over-stretched for book length, Ronnie tends to go on at length and rely on a scatter-brained stereotype of ditzy-ness for laughs which doesn't really work for long.

The interesting thing here is in the background - a lament for a lost relationship, which would be potentially a better book.

So does Alistair give up football? - well not entirely and Ronnie at the end acknowledges she doesn't really want him to.

So no real news there and not many laughs either - this book was meant to be light relief but was unexpectedly hard work.


Inside Steve's Brain: Business Lessons from Steve Jobs, the Man Who Saved Apple
Inside Steve's Brain: Business Lessons from Steve Jobs, the Man Who Saved Apple
by Leander Kahney
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.97

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising start, bogs down towards the end., 15 Feb 2010
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This book has a promising start - it begins by explaining how Steve Jobs acts in the first 40 days or so after he takes over at Apple. It's very much anti-legend, no screaming, no firing people on the spot etc. It was very interesting, particularly as Steve (apparently) needed to be convinced to take the job.

However after a while it start to look like a cut and paste job. SJ reverts to to the figure of legend - see Fake Steve jobs for the definitive version. The author contradicts himself, and the chapter endings where "you too can be like Steve Jobs" are just silly - he's a one off and you can't imitate his qualities (whether bad or good).

Not recommended, worth renting from the library for the first couple of chapters.


AmazonBasics RJ45 Cat5e High Speed Ethernet Patch Cable 14 Feet /4.2 m
AmazonBasics RJ45 Cat5e High Speed Ethernet Patch Cable 14 Feet /4.2 m
Price: 3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice ethernet cable, 9 Feb 2010
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This probably won't be one of my longer reviews - this Ethernet cable came well wrapped and worked perfectly - enabling me to extend my home plug network (via a switch) to my Humax freesat box and my iMac.

I'm very pleased with the solidity of the network, it's a definite improvement over wireless which can be a bit flaky at times.

So recommended, a decent price for a commodity piece of kit.


Apple Magic Mouse
Apple Magic Mouse
Offered by FRElectronics
Price: 49.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Apple finally - the perfect mouse, 29 Jan 2010
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Apple aren't noted for their mouse functionality - they usually look great but have real problems in use. The original iMac came with the horrible puck mouse, then they went for semi-transparent mice with no scroll wheels and no right click (even though the OS has supported them since OS9) in various colours. Finally the Mighty Mouse was so nearly great but the trackball gummed up after a month and went solid after about 18 months of use.

The packaging on this mouse is perhaps not up to the usual standard, a clear plastic box with the mouse (with batteries) inside, a small set of instructions and not much else.

It takes about a minute to set this up on a Mac running Snow Leopard, and it's pretty swish in operation. The tactile sensation of using the back of the mouse for scrolling and other gestures is a revelation. It has just a bit of inertia like the iPhone. The mouse supports a scrubbing gesture out of the box, you can also download MagicPrefs if you need support for expose but I just found it too confusing. Bluetooth works well on the Mac with decent range and good battery life - the mouse takes 2 'AA' batteries and so far has lasted a fortnight and is about 85% power still. I tried it on a bootcamped XP install and it just reverts back to a pointing device with no gesture support.

If you like the look of this, try it first to see if it suits, but I haven't had any problems with it being too skinny. I do use a mouse mat though.

Recommended.


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