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Red Horse Space Hopper, Pump Included (Inflatable Space Hopper, Jumping Horse, Ride-on Bouncy Animal)
Red Horse Space Hopper, Pump Included (Inflatable Space Hopper, Jumping Horse, Ride-on Bouncy Animal)
Offered by Apple Round eStore
Price: 25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely cracking!, 26 Dec 2013
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This was a hit Christmas gift for my 2 year old, almost 3 year old, nephew. Even his brother, who is 4 and 1/2 had a good time with it.

Wait until your kiddie is big enough to get their feet down on either side - that way you can supervise from a chair, rather than have to hang onto them whilst they bounce up and down (and around)


Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing and Advertising
Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing and Advertising
Price: 0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars For the price; very good. However, not a new paradigm., 26 Dec 2013
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This is a very interesting and thought provoking little book. There are a lot of good techniques and examples of how to launch a new product without much budget. In fact, the book suggests actively avoiding large conventional advertising campaigns and budgets. It won't take up a lot of your time or money, so definitely worth a read. As with many of these types of books it glosses over two things.

1) The danger of subscribing to a Whiggish interpretation of history, where every action is an inevitable step towards enlightenment and progress. Saying "these 20 companies used these techniques and are now worth billions" ignores the possible thousands of companies who used the same methods and failed. Remember, someone has to win; that doesn't mean that everything they did meant they would inevitably win.

2) Describing as "industry changing" a method that is applicable for a very narrow set of problems. If you have a great new product, with little competition, in an un-established market, this is great. However, I'd suggest that your marketing isn't super important if you have all of those things to begin with.

That's just nitpicking though - if this was 300 pages long and cost twenty pounds you could sniff at it, but at about a quid and readable on a short commute, there's nothing to get bothered about.

If you liked this, you'd probably enjoy ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever - although I note, the price of this hasn't gone down.


Lazy Lemon Juice 1 Litre (Pack of 6)
Lazy Lemon Juice 1 Litre (Pack of 6)
Price: 12.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Super, 26 Dec 2013
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I like a cocktail like the next man, and obviously prefer fresh lemon. However, life is too short to be constantly squeezing fruit when you coul be drinking. This does a good job of providing a staple ingredient that's always on hand.


Ask me about my Santa Mens Funny Flip Tee T-Shirt All Sizes (Mens Medium 38-40" chest)
Ask me about my Santa Mens Funny Flip Tee T-Shirt All Sizes (Mens Medium 38-40" chest)
Offered by RippedInkClothingCo
Price: 10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Shirt, but be careful to buy a size up, 26 Dec 2013
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I bought this shirt for y brother and it was well-received, but I would advise going up at least one, maybe two sizes so you can do the "flip" more easily.


Sweet Tooth Volume 5: Unnatural Habitat TP (MR)
Sweet Tooth Volume 5: Unnatural Habitat TP (MR)
by Matt Kindt
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely cracking volume, 3 Jan 2013
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I've been following this series and it's pretty good, but I'd rate this the best book so far. It goes into the origins of the "virus" that's been causing all the problems and shows how current events are mirrored way back in the past.

This is the volume where you really get the feeling that the story is "going somewhere" - sadly, this may be because there isn't much of the story left. Genuinely compelling stuff - and although it'a a cliche, a real page-turner.

Rob


Blood of the Zombies (Fighting Fantasy)
Blood of the Zombies (Fighting Fantasy)
by Ian Livingstone
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - but PLEASE read this review first, 6 Aug 2012
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I bought this out of nostalgia - I'm old enough to have played the original FF books when they first came out. This is just as good as I remember, and even has a few features that have improved. Firstly you don't need dice - the pages have random pictures of two dice at the bottom of each page so you can just riffle the pages to get the dice rolls you need. Secondly, zombie combat is simple, meaning less note taking.

The plot is great and the action is super - you wake up chained up in a Zombie infested castle, needing to escape and kill as many zombies as you can.

BIG BIG thing though - there are spaces on the adventure sheet to record your battles, and particularly the total quantity of zombies you have killed. Don't ignore these...you need to count your zombie kills and if you don't do it, you're going to be frustrated come the end of the book. For this reason i gave it four rather than five stars....

Rob
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The Status Civilisation
The Status Civilisation

4.0 out of 5 stars A real early classic, 3 Aug 2012
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I read loads of Bob Sheckley from the library when I was a young teen. I genuinely believe that he's one of those "foundation" SF writers and an essential part of any SF fan's collection. I'd put him in with a collection of other early writers who really opened up the genre.

Philip K Dick The Philip K. Dick Collection was the mainstream, with stories like "we can remember it for you wholesale" and do "androids dream of electric sheep" (which became Total Recall and Bladerunner respectively) and guys like Stanislaw Lem were the "hard" SF guys with stories like "invincible" The Invincible (Penguin science fiction).

Where Sheckley fits in is at the quirky and slightly humorous end of the scale. This is best demonstrated in the short story collection "can you feel anything when I do this?" Can You Feel Anything When I Do This

Regarding the Status Civilisation; obviously it didn't impact as much as when I read it for the first time in my teens, and it can come across as dated in parts, but the central concept is still strong. Will Barrent wakes up on a spaceship, bound for a prison planet, with no memory of why he's there. The Planet, Omega is governed by the prisoners themselves with a brutal and inverted sense of justice and an average life expectancy of 3 years. Barrent initially thrives in the environment but soon doubts about the nature of Omega begin to creep in. Anything more would be a massive spoiler - all I can say is that if you love SF you really should have this story "under your belt"


Baptism: An Ed Mallory Thriller
Baptism: An Ed Mallory Thriller
Price: 0.56

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably best not to read on the tube!, 8 July 2012
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Having read Max Kinnings other two books, Hitman and The Fixer I was pleased to find out he had another book coming out after a long gap.

Rather than follow the same pattern as his two previous "quirkier" outings, this book is a tied-on thriller. As you read the book, you can clearly imagine the TV show or the Movie, and there's a real suggestion that this could be the first of a series, featuring the compelling Special Branch Negotiator, Ed Mallory.

The writing is fast paced and compelling, and maintains the fantastic style that was evident in the other books. You'll end up flying through the story to find out what happens at the end.

There's not much I can say about the plot without spoiling a lot of the book, but suffice to say if you live in London, next time your tube train stops in the tunnel for an unexpected delay you might be a little bit more nervous than usual!


DiGiBaBa Smart Dual USB Desktop Charger Cradle for Blackberry Bold 9900 / Bold 9930 / Torch 9850 / Torch 9860 / Desk Charger for Blackberry J-M1 Battery / UK Plug
DiGiBaBa Smart Dual USB Desktop Charger Cradle for Blackberry Bold 9900 / Bold 9930 / Torch 9850 / Torch 9860 / Desk Charger for Blackberry J-M1 Battery / UK Plug
Offered by TOTAL ACCESSORIES
Price: 12.90

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 2 Jun 2012
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great value! the ability to charge a spare battery independently of the phone is brilliant! i just keep one battery charging at work and swap them around - very useful with these smartphones that just run out of juice before even 24 hours is up.

also very useful there's a usb slot in the charger so it can charge the phone and the spare battery at the same time if you have a usb cable like this Micro USB Car Charger Sync Cable

this is just a little item that'll make a difference to your life...


The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon: Reissued
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon: Reissued
by Gideon Defoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.03

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slightly more introspective Pirates book, 7 May 2012
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Of all the Pirates books, this one made me laugh the most. When the Pirate Captain is humiliated at the Pirate of the Year awards he exiles himself to St Helena to become a bee keeper. As such, there's not much "adventuring" and the book is much more about the special character that is the Pirate Captain. I think we get a far more sustained look at the essence of the man - and it's hilarious. Only a rival as self important as Napoleon can really bring out the best and worst in our hero!

Warning, this book has a number of "spit out your tea" funny moments - be careful reading it in public!


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