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Little Charley Bear Up, Up and Away Little Charley Bear
Little Charley Bear Up, Up and Away Little Charley Bear

3.0 out of 5 stars Looks can be deceiving, 27 Dec 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
I echo what other reviewers have said about the peeling 'DIY' flame stickers. The sounds are also a little temperamental - they are supposed to be triggered when you tilt the plane, but I nearly lost my arm jiggling the toy in a pathetic attempt to activate the sounds.

My final moan is that Charley is teeny-tiny. He looks bigger in the pic.

But of course, none of this matters because this toy is DAMN CUTE, and otherwise well-made.


Never Push When it Says Pull: Small Rules for Little Problems
Never Push When it Says Pull: Small Rules for Little Problems
by Guy Browning
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Genius, 30 Jun 2013
Guy Browning has a way of taking the mundane and injecting it with deadpan hilarity. In this book he examines everyday scenarios, from attempting to change a duvet cover to buying shoes, and lavishes his observations with cunning attention to detail. There's no doubt you will see yourself amongst some of the pages, whether reflected in your showering ponderings ("It's impossible for a man to drop a bar of soap in the shower without being transported to an unpleasant scene in Midnight Express") or whether you've ever caught yourself on a public high street doing "that sudden monkey spasm trip walk thing".

Browning's witty narrative teases out only the highest quality laughs. No lazy clichés to be found here. His genius observational talents far surpass those of even the most veteran stand-up comedian. This charming and cheeky little book is the perfect `toilet companion', shoe-horned with bite-sized morsels of comedic indulgence, perfect for devouring a few pages at a time.

Highly recommended for anyone with a sense of humour.


VTech Baby Toot-Toot Drivers Cement Mixer
VTech Baby Toot-Toot Drivers Cement Mixer
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The builders are waiting, let's go!", 27 Jun 2013
This little cement mixer is a cheerful addition to the Toot Toot family. It features all the hallmarks you'd expect from the series, including:

Bright primary colours.
Sturdy hard-wearing plastic.
Same size as the other Toot Toot vehicles.
Adorable `face' which lights up and activates audio when pressed.
Audio includes songs as well as phrases and sound effects.
Interacts with the Toot Toot garage and other playsets.
And an extra bonus - it features the voice of celebrity Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble!)

It happily sings about mixing cement and helping builders. Also the cement mixing barrel can be turned manually by hand. What's not to like?


The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How to talk bull and dress it in a cloak of bogus profoundness, 24 Jun 2013
Everyone has an embarrassing family member (let's call him uncle Bob) that fancies himself as a philosophical pundit. You swerve to avoid Bob at family gatherings. Bob is the kind of chap that belly-laughs at Christmas cracker jokes. This book is the literary embodiment of Bob.

Alas, I really wanted to like this book and was excited by its promises. "Wry, hilarious, entertaining, maddeningly wise" the appraisal on the cover touts. What could possibly go wrong? I was also attracted by the fact that it is a 'toilet book' comprising of random quippets that you can dip in and out of. Yet sadly, the book itself belongs down the toilet. A mere 1% is worth quoting. The rest is drivel masquerading as devine insight. Take the following typical example:

"It takes a lot of intellect and confidence to accept that what makes sense doesn't really make sense" (p84).

Yawn. If disingenuous fallacies are your cuppa, you'll have a tea party with this rag.


How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic
How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of Logic
by Madsen Pirie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An ironic paradox, 23 Mar 2013
Contrary to its title, this is basically a book detailing how NOT to argue. It catalogues an extensive range of fallacies ranging from the well-known (straw man) to the obscure (circulus in probando).

As fallacies are errors in reasoning, the claim of the book is itself one huge fallacy: how would erroneous techniques win arguments? More often, they simply serve to frustrate the opponent, which is not really a win and more like a wind-up.

I also echo the other reviewers' sentiments that the author tries embarrassingly (and often in vain) to craft some wit into the book via a series of awkward puns. If you purchase this book looking to win arguments or simply searching for entertainment, you will be disappointed in both instances.


THREE PACKS of Heinz Dessert Can Banana Delight 3-15 128 G
THREE PACKS of Heinz Dessert Can Banana Delight 3-15 128 G

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just 16% banana!, 5 Feb 2013
Despite the name, this product contains just 16% banana! Furthermore, the product contains citric acid as a preservative and a lot of added sugar. Both of these ingredients erode babies' teeth as well as triggering reflux and increasing other health risks.


HiPP Organic Stage 1 From 4 Months Banana Yogurt Breakfast 6 x 125 g (Pack of 2, Total 12 Pots)
HiPP Organic Stage 1 From 4 Months Banana Yogurt Breakfast 6 x 125 g (Pack of 2, Total 12 Pots)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Added sugar, 5 Feb 2013
Despite being aimed at very young babies - 4 months old - this product is packed with added sugar. It contains 11.2g of sugar per 100g! Also, the largest ingredient is water, so very poor value for money.


THREE PACKS of Heinz Mums Own Creamed Porridge 128g
THREE PACKS of Heinz Mums Own Creamed Porridge 128g

1.0 out of 5 stars Thickening agents and added sugar, 5 Feb 2013
This product declares prominently on the front of the label that it is a `source of iron', however one serving only contains 1mg of iron. A baby's recommended daily allowance is 11mg! Furthermore, the product only contains 5% oats, so to increase volume the manufacturer has used the nutritionally-void thickening agents rice flour and cornflour. The product is also packed with added sugar.


Heinz 10 Month Banana Multigrain Cereal Packet 200g
Heinz 10 Month Banana Multigrain Cereal Packet 200g

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A cocktail of allergy-triggers, 5 Feb 2013
This product contains multigrains for sure. However this includes hydrolysed wheat and no whole grains. The product also contains `Maltodextrin', an artificial sweetener. Maltodextrin is harmful to teeth, has a high glycemic index and can trigger allergic reactions.


(Healthcare) - Cow & Gate Baby Balance Beef Casserole 250g
(Healthcare) - Cow & Gate Baby Balance Beef Casserole 250g
Offered by Pharmacy Place
Price: £3.39

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only 8% beef, 5 Feb 2013
Despite the name, this product only contains 8% beef. To bulk it up, the product also contains nutritionally-void thickening agents (corn starch and wheat starch).


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