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Tippitoes Doorway Bouncer
Tippitoes Doorway Bouncer

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best things we've bought for our baby, 12 May 2010
This is a brilliant-designed door bouncer. It's easily put together and dismantled, and can definitely be used by one person.

We first used it when our son was three months old, as he had good head control, and even at that small size the sling/harness felt snug and secure. Now he is older he loves bouncing around in it and, whilst I can't leave him completely unattended as he might bounce into the doorframe, I can certainly sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy watching him. There's no way he could fall out.

He also likes being 'walked' across the floor in the harness, which will be useful when he starts trying to walk for real.

Highly recommended.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 3 Dimensions of Murder (PC DVD)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 3 Dimensions of Murder (PC DVD)
Offered by Startup Media
Price: £3.08

2.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy interface spoils it for me, 27 Jan. 2008
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Having played the first 2 CSI PC games, I agree that the 3D graphics on this one are a big step up. However, the interface has not been sufficiently tweaked to allow for the new graphics, with the result that it's just as fiddly to find and process the evidence, sometimes even downright impossible. The logical progression through evidence, interviews etc has also not been well programmed, so that you get revelations fed to you when you only had half the evidence in place. Finally the storylines are either dull or silly. That said, if you enjoy these games there's a certain inevitable satisfaction in ticking all the boxes, getting the perp to fess up and getting your pat on the head from Grissom.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painful, 5 Oct. 2007
I had a pair of these and I had to get rid of them. The sole is very comfortable but the upper rubbed raw lines across the top of my feet after 15 minute's walking.

Red Herrings and White Elephants
Red Herrings and White Elephants
by Albert Jack
Edition: Hardcover

123 of 137 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor entry in the market, 15 Dec. 2004
I had a flick through this the other day and in those few seconds I spotted two entries which simply repeated folk etymologies have been discredited in other texts. This is the linguistic equivalent of publishing a book full of urban legends as true tales!
By the author's own admission this book was put together simply to cash in on the Christmas/casual purchase market, and it shows in its sloppy research. If you, or your gift-recipient, are genuinely interested in the history of words and phrases, I would suggest Michael Quinion's far superior 'Port Out, Starboard Home'. It may not be piled high by the tills in your local bookshop, but you'll be well rewarded for seeking it out.

Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English (Longman African Writers/Classics)
Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English (Longman African Writers/Classics)
by Ken Saro-Wiwa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.20

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An experience in itself, 25 July 2002
I had to read this book as part of a university course exploring the relations between language and power, but having now finished university I can say it was one of my favourite texts.
'Sozaboy' (Soldier-boy) is written in what the author called "Rotten English": a mixture of Nigerian language, pidgin English and occasional bursts of idiomatic English. If you are daunted by that, don't be - it takes about 20 pages to get into the flow, and after that you only have to refer to the glossary for the more obscure phrases (some of which are very evocative, such as 'see pepper' for 'be angry').
The story is based on the real events in Saro-Wiwa's homeland of Nigeria; the eponymous 'Sozaboy' is a member of a small tribe and enthusiastically signs up to fight for it. The contrast between his naive belief and the reality of jungle warfare, his small village and the city, and his war experience and that of an old man who fought in Burma in WW2 is brought to life vividly by the rhythms and the colourful similes of Saro-Wiwa's prose. It is a very moving story, brought to a climax by a disturbing piece of magic realism (at least *I* think it is magic realism) that dramatically captures the dislocated mindset of a soldier returning home.
Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed by the Nigerian authorities in November 1995 (after the British government refused to intervene) because they felt threatened by intelligent works such as this. This short novel may therefore be one of the most politically important you read in your life; but you should also enjoy it. Whether you are a student of post-colonial literature, or have never read any before, 'Sozaboy' is a must - and I highly recommend it for personal reading too.

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