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GCSE Biology AQA 10-Minute Tests (including Answers)
GCSE Biology AQA 10-Minute Tests (including Answers)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Raises just as many questions as it does answers, 1 Aug. 2015
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This book is dedicated to Biology for GCSE level and includes 30 separate tests each of which is supposed to take 10 minutes. Most tests contain 11 or 12 questions, one has 10. The subjects covered are Human Biology, Life Processes, Environment & Evolution, Humans and their Environment, Cells/Organs/Populations, and finally Enzymes & Genetics. Each of these six subjects contains 5 tests. All answers are provided but not on a separate and detachable booklet, instead all answers are part of the book.

About two-thirds of the questions in each test are true/false options or multiple choice. The remaining one-third require a written answer. I am personally unaware if this is an accurate reflection of the Biology GCSE exam in reality but it seems likely that it is.

Here are a few examples of questions requiring a written answer :-

1. What is meant by the term 'metabolic rate' ?
2. What is the placebo effect ?
3. Describe two ways in which desert animals are adapted to keep cool
4. Explain why a compost bin might have mesh inside
5. What is the difference between the functions of the small and large intestines?

To get the best value out of this book, it's worth writing the answers on a separate, throw-away piece of paper (i.e. not write in the book at all) so that the book can be used repeatedly, including sharing between siblings or friends.

Having already used and read GCSE Core Science AQA 10-Minute Tests (including Answers) - Higher, I noticed that more than 100 of the questions that appear in that book also appear in this Biology test book, which is frustrating for anyone buying both books. It's frustrating to me, anyway.

The book was published in 2015 so at the current time it can be regarded as being as up-to-date as it could possibly be. Recommended - can only be of positive value, but I'm docking it one star because of the 100+ duplicated questions appearing in at least two of these books.


Sebastian Bergman [Blu-ray]
Sebastian Bergman [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Rolf Lassgård
Price: £8.00

4.0 out of 5 stars First one : Okay. Second one : Excellent, 31 July 2015
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I bought this on the back of reading the two books it's based on. Two really outstanding books, in fact, so I was expecting something special.

If you've read the books, especially The Man Who Watched Women, you'll like this. It's fascinating to see the actors play the characters who until now had been visual figments of the reader's imagination, and generally speaking the casting is pretty much spot-on - with the arguable exception of the key man Sebastian Bergman. In the books he was more miserable and depressed than in these films, but I expected him to be more attractive than Rolf Lassgård to be honest. It's an important point because his philandering ways and sexual obsessions are very much part of his character in the novels.

Anyway what you get here are two films, one in effect a sequel to the other, with five main characters in both. Somewhat disappointingly, Thomas Haraldsson - a key figure in both written tales - is completely written out of the screenplays. In each film, the loose storyline is similar - there's a murder investigation in Sweden and the emotionally dead and distraught Bergman asks to assist, in the first story it's because he wants to find out the address of the mother of a child he never knew he fathered over 30 years earlier, and in the second story it's because to his horror all of the female victims of a serial killer are past one-night 'conquests' of his. It's very clear that he has a direct connection to the murdered women. The first film - called The Cursed One Part 1 - is based on the first novel Dark Secrets and I'm sorry to say that it was rather ordinary, understated and lacking energy and excitement. Yes, in the main it sticks to the written tale (although some of the characters' names are slightly changed for some reason) but the thing that made Dark Secrets so good - Bergman's endless psychological self-torture and near self-hatred - was underplayed and the general impression was of a fairly run-of-the-mill police procedural. It could be because the killer in the first story is unrevealed until late on (okay in a book, not so okay in a film) while in the second story the killer is known from a fairly early stage and the viewer can better engage - and strongly dislike - that character. The second film - The Cursed One Part 2 - is much better as a viewing experience, it has tension and suspense and is quite simply a stronger story.

Both films utilise subtitles - which can be switched off - it would be nice to have a dubbed version so that you can watch events uninterrupted on the screen but you can't have everything.

If you've not read the books at all you're likely to enjoy both of these films equally. I've read both books and the impression was very different; the second one is good enough to excuse the shortcomings of the first and make the pair, overall, a good buy. Good value too.

Incidentally, the image shows a rating of 18, but my copy is 15 rated, which I think is probably the right one.


GCSE Core Science AQA 10-Minute Tests (including Answers) - Higher
GCSE Core Science AQA 10-Minute Tests (including Answers) - Higher
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Testing, testing, 31 July 2015
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This book is dedicated to Core Science and includes 30 separate tests each of which is supposed to take 10 minutes. Most tests contain 11 or 12 questions, one has 10. The subjects covered are Human Biology, Environment and Evolution, Products from Rocks, Oils/Earth/Atmosphere, Energy, and finally Electricity & Waves. Each of these subjects contains 5 tests. All answers are provided but not on a separate booklet, instead all answers are part of the book.

About two-thirds of the questions in ech test are true/false options or multiple choice. The remaining one-third require a written answer. I am personally unaware if this is an accurate reflection of the Core Science GCSE exam in reality but it seems likely that it is.

Here are a few examples of questions requiring a written answer :-

1. Explain why free electrons in metals make them good conductors
2. List four internal conditions that your body needs to keep constant to survive
3. How did Semmelweis cut the death rate from puerperal fever in hospitals in the 1840s?
4. What effect does gravitropism (geotropism) have on the shoots and roots of a plant?
5. Alkanes are saturated hydrocarbons. What does this mean?

To get the best value out of this book, it's worth writing the answers on a separate, throw-away piece of paper (i.e. not write in the book at all) so that the book can be used repeatedly, including sharing between siblings or friends.

There are occasional moments of humour, such as "nitrates are cheaper than day rates", although this example is on the back cover and not part of any test.

The book was published in 2015 so at the current time it can be regarded as being as up-to-date as it could possibly be. Recommended - can only be of positive value but I'm taking one star off because more than 100 of the questions also appear in the GCSE Biology AQA 10 minute test book, which I also have. I don't mind the fact that two of the subjects (Human Biology and Environment & Evolution) appear in both books, but it's a bit cheeky - some might say a rip-off - to see the exact same questions over 100 times in both books. I really think the company behind these books should have been able to come up with unique questions in the books, questions that do not appear in any other. That's short-changing buyers of both books and won't help students at all.


Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets
by Michael Hjorth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to know a secret? This is better than most crime fiction novels you've read, 28 July 2015
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This review is from: Dark Secrets (Paperback)
I had never heard of these authors or the name Sebastian Bergman until I came across the sequel to this novel The Man Who Watched Women a few weeks ago. So I already knew the biggest secret of all, one which is left unrevealed until the very last page. The thing is, it didn't spoil my enjoyment at all, in fact it actually enhanced it. It made for amusing reading, knowing that darkest secret of all! I would say that you can definitely read this after the sequel and you'll love it just as much as the other.

Västerås is a city in central Sweden, located on the shore of Lake Mälaren in the province Västmanland, some 60 miles west of Stockholm. It's the location for almost all of the events in the story, one that centres on the murder of a 16-year-old boy named Roger Eriksson. The elite homicide unit Riksmord comes into town from Stockholm, headed by Torkel Höglund and aided by Ursula in forensics, Vanja and Billy as the detectives, and of course psychological profiler Sebastian Bergman who has been living alone in a personal wilderness since the deaths of his wife and daughter in the 2004 tsunami about 5 or so years earlier. Bergman is only in Västerås to finalise his late mother's estate but in going through her personal things he discovers a secret that he had known nothing about - that he was a father to another child, a child who would be over 30 years old by now. So he persuades his old chum Torkel to let him help them in solving the murder of Roger Eriksson while his only motive is to access the police records so as to find the address of the mother of the child he has never known.

You get the best of both worlds here: a story that is at all times intriguing and unpredictable, and that would be good enough on its own to recommend it - but even better than that is the superb character creation and development. These feel like real people, and how they relate to one another (for better or worse) is probably the consistently best feature from first page to last. We have Torkel's relationship with Ursula, Ursula's relationship with her husband, local cop Thomas Haraldsson's reltionship with his wife and the world in general...and that's before you come to the cherry on the cake that is Sebastian Bergman, a man who seems to be sexually desired by any woman he wants for the night, yet disliked by everybody else in his life be it his own parents, his colleagues and - it seems - probably Bergman himself. He is joyless, loveless and pitiless, yet he makes for magnetic reading at all times. He doesn't feature as often as some readers might wish, but there are no weak points here; everyone is interesting and capable of carrying a chapter at the very least.

This tale was always planned as one that would be converted to the TV screen and that happened several years ago. It was shown on BBC4 in 2012 and I don't remember it at all. Now I definitely want to see it, and it's available here :-

Sebastian Bergman [Blu-ray]

I bought Dark Secrets for 1p from Amazon Marketplace. Best bargain book of the year, without question.


World's 1st 3-in-1 Bluetooth Selfie Stick + Power Bank + Flashlight Wireless Balios® Self-portrait Monopod Extendable Wireless Aluminium Alloy Selfie Stick Bluetooth Remote Shutter with Adjustable Phone Holder for iOS & Android Smartphones for iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 5 5s 5c (Black)
World's 1st 3-in-1 Bluetooth Selfie Stick + Power Bank + Flashlight Wireless Balios® Self-portrait Monopod Extendable Wireless Aluminium Alloy Selfie Stick Bluetooth Remote Shutter with Adjustable Phone Holder for iOS & Android Smartphones for iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 5 5s 5c (Black)
Offered by ePorter Ltd
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a bit selfieish, and this is great!, 19 July 2015
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First impression - looks very professional, and is made of what appear to be strong, durable-looking materials. From looking at the product, it looks as if it should cost far more than it does. Initial impressions are definitely positive, even before it's taken out of the box.

This selfie stick is quite small and easily portable, with an extendable stick to change the length, similar to one leg of a tripod - twist to release/change length/twist to lock. The area at the top in which your phone or iPod etc is held is secure and firm, and holds the phone without any problems. I have also used this to hold a compact camera as well, and while the grip is not exactly vice-lick, the camera never fell out even after shaking the stick and waving it around in several directions. So all looks and appears reassuring.

The buttons on the remote include the on/off button, the camera button to take the photo, and lastly the torch button which turns the torch at the end of the stick on and off. The remote attaches to the end of the stick, but can still serve its purpose when not attached to the stick. I have had no issues with the remote either.

The only issue I have had with this product - which was mostly my fault - was when I was experimenting with the selfie stick and the remote wasn't attached firmly enough and the whole stick fell to the ground with my iPod in, where I was then left still holding the remote. Thankfully, my iPod Touch wasn't damaged. The stick fell because I hadn't locked the remote into place, so I want to bring it to your attention that you ensure it is secure before using. The lesson to be learned from this is to make really sure that the stick is firmly inserted (again by applying a slight twist) - best to make sure in case of disaster....

Your device must have bluetooth, as this is essential to use and be fully satisfied with the product. Without bluetooth the selfie stick can still be used if you use the 'self-timer' on your device.

Very happy with this, and strongly recommended due to its simple yet technical structure. I think this is superb value, it does everything you are likely to want if not more, it looks and feels good, and frankly it's cheaper than it could be. While I admit that this is my first selfie stick, I reckon I've got one of the best available. A thoroughly satisfying device which I like a lot.


CALMURID PRO Body Lipolotion
CALMURID PRO Body Lipolotion
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Urea-ly will like this, 19 July 2015
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This is a body moisturiser aimed at those with dry or very dry and sensitive skin. Its purpose is to increase the water content in the skin and to create a protective barrier.

First impressions have been very good. Once applied to the skin it's soft and lightweight in feel with a very pleasant aroma that is fresh and pure. None of us in the family have eczema so I can't comment on the benefits in this respect.

The family view is that this product gives the skin a nice glow and there is no sign of greasiness. Hydration is almost instantaneous, another very positive aspect.

The product is possibly not ideally suited for carrying around in a handbag or anything similar as it feels slightly heavy. The impression it gives - right or wrong - is that it feels more like a medical product than one aimed at the cosmetic market. This in no way suggests that it's not a very effective skin moisturiser. Everyone in the family gives this the thumbs-up.


OZ Naturals Facial Moisturizer - This Sea Infused Face Moisturizer Is Not To Be Underestimated - Contains Powerful Vitamin C & Algae Keratin Extract For Superior Moisturizing & Antioxidant Benefits. The Vitamin C Infused Seaweed Proteins Act As Powerful Collagen Building Blocks For Your Skin.
OZ Naturals Facial Moisturizer - This Sea Infused Face Moisturizer Is Not To Be Underestimated - Contains Powerful Vitamin C & Algae Keratin Extract For Superior Moisturizing & Antioxidant Benefits. The Vitamin C Infused Seaweed Proteins Act As Powerful Collagen Building Blocks For Your Skin.
Offered by OZ Naturals EU
Price: £17.79

4.0 out of 5 stars The wizard of OZ, 16 July 2015
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This is a nice moisturiser that is very good at hydrating the skin, in this case normal or dry skin. The absorption rate is fast which is another plus. It contains Vitamin C - always a good thing. The packaging is great, it looks attractive and would make for a nice present. According to the packaging it is 72% organic, 100% suitable for vegans and totally free of any cruelty to animals although it is not clear if there has been any testing on animals. The cream itself is kind of skin coloured (i.e. not white) but this should not be a deterrent. It disappears into the skin quickly, the odour is fresh, clean and natural - whether this is algae, keratin or blueberries (or a mixture of these) I am not sure but it is quite pleasant. It contains seaweed proteins which act as collagen building precursors.


TheBlingZ.® TPU Gel Jelly Rubber Silicone Slim Skin Phone Case Cover For Sony Xperia E3 - Pink
TheBlingZ.® TPU Gel Jelly Rubber Silicone Slim Skin Phone Case Cover For Sony Xperia E3 - Pink

4.0 out of 5 stars Jelly good but gets a bit dirty after a while, 16 July 2015
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Strong and well made, grips the phone well, simple design. The only disappointment that you can only find out about after several weeks' use is that it collects black smudges - mainly on all four corners - which are next to impossible to remove. This is after about 3 months. The marks almost certainly came from pocket linings of clothing, mostly a school blazer


Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister
by Jess Bright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Bella needs a donna, 12 July 2015
This review is from: Sister, Sister (Paperback)
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Willow is a thirteen year old girl leading a normal life with her mum, her grandmother lives just down the road and her two best friends - who are brother and sister twins - live next door. Willow does some investigating with the twins when she notices something peculiar going on, as Mum keeps stressing over some letters coming in the post. Soon, everything is unfolded and explained, and Willow finds out that she has a real father, after being told that she didn't, and this also gives her a half-brother and sister, too, the children of her father.

But there's more. Willow's new half-sister Bella, who is two years younger than her, is seriously ill. She has a disease called 'Aplastic Anaemia', and Bella's only chance of survival is to have a bone marrow transplant - and Willow may be a suitable donor; she could be a match.

There are a few things stopping Willow from making a fast decision to donate: she may not be a match, she has this severe phobia of needles and blood extractions, and her sister Bella seems to despise her with a passion!
If Willow were to be able to donate, is she willing to overcome her fear for someone who she barely knows and who seems to hate her?

I really enjoyed reading this book, and although the story is told in the third person, the reader can really see through Willow's eyes. It has been written with a lot of emotion, and it has been made very easy to connect and engage with the characters. I will be honest, it took me a while to get drawn into the story, but as soon as I was in, I was hooked! You see the reality of family issues unravel from the point of view of the children, and it opens up your eyes to all the complications and complexities. On top of the family issues, the story brings friendship problems and phobias too. I have never experienced any family issues like the ones mentioned in the book, however I found it easy to understand Willow's frustration and emotion. Basically, the author has written the story very well.

As a 12-year-old girl myself I would recommend this book mostly to girls between the ages ten to fourteen, because the main characters are around this age group. Boys could enjoy the book too, of course, but some parts they may struggle to relate to. I loved reading this, and hope that others will enjoy this just as much as I did.


CB12 Mint Menthol Mouthwash 1000ml
CB12 Mint Menthol Mouthwash 1000ml
Price: £35.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediately, I rate this as the best mouthwash I have ever used, 10 July 2015
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I'm a miserable git. I don't get enthusiastic about much of the stuff I review here on Amazon, and apart from not exactly jumping with joy at the thought of reviewing some mouthwash, things got off to a bad start when I couldn't get the dispenser to work. It looked so simple, but try as I might, I could not get the thing to release itself, rise up and be ready to work. Just before I reached the point of shouting at it and offending the neighbours with my expletives, for no apparent reason it DID release itself and was ready to squirt.

It's worth mentioning that you don't get any type of cup or container with this, and such an accessory is pretty much essential. So you'll have to provide the cup yourself.

Two depressions, the blurb says, releases the correct quantity - so that's what I did. At first it seemed too little and I was thinking "great! This will last for ages" as it's a huge container by mouthwash standards (1000 ml). But as soon as I emptied the liquid into my mouth it seemed just right.

I don't know what I had expected, in fact I don't think I had any expectations at all, but after spitting it out about 30 seconds later, I instantly thought - and in fact said out loud - "WOW". This is really, really good. I know all mouthwashes are supposed to make your breath feel fresh and clean, but THIS one definitely does the business. I've tried several brands over the years including Listerine, Colgate, Oral-B and supermarket own brands, but this one - CB12 Mint menthol - goes straight to the top of the tree. It's the best I know of and will as of today be (for me) the standard against which all others will be judged and compared.

Using it twice a day will mean that, in theory, this 1-litre container will last 50 days or about 7 weeks. Don't be put off by the price though; your breath and oral hygiene really matters and I believe this will make it as fresh as it could be.


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