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Braun Silk Epil 7 7561 Wet/Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Attachments
Braun Silk Epil 7 7561 Wet/Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Attachments
Price: £129.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Braun Silk Epil 7, 2 Mar. 2015
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This is an excellent epilator, with a good range of attachment heads, including ones for facial hair, sensitive areas, trimmer, high frequency massage and an efficiency attachment. Charge this up and you can use this both wet and dry, for up to forty minutes if fully charged. Using this in the bath obviously reduces the discomfort of epilating and helps to sooth the skin. The epilator has a light, which helps highlight any stray hairs you may have missed and this gives your legs a nice, smooth finish. Personally, I would probably only use an epilator regularly in the summer and so it is fantastic that there is a razor attachment, giving you the option to shave in the winter when you are wearing tights. I do have very sensitive skin and using creams, for example, have led to my having rashes, so I much prefer this option of hair removal.

Although I have very light hair and so haven’t used the facial hair cap, the sensitive area attachment is useful for underarms and bikini line. The high frequency massage attachment is probably best used on legs and helps reduce discomfort. There is discomfort with any epilator, but this certainly minimises it – especially with the massage cap and using this in water. It gives an excellent result, with the minimum of discomfort, and has a handy pouch to keep it in. A very good quality epilator, which is easy to use and has a really good range of attachments.


11+ Verbal Activity Testbook 1: Standard 20 Minute Tests
11+ Verbal Activity Testbook 1: Standard 20 Minute Tests
by Stephen C. Curran
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 11+ Verbal Activity Testbook 1, 2 Mar. 2015
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These are Verbal Activity Tests (20 min each) which are designed to run alongside the ae tuition Verbal Activity workbooks. This is the first one and designed for ages 9 – 12 (Key Stage 2 & 3) and ideal preparation for the 11+ (CEM and NFER), Common Entrance and Scholarship tests. If you are considering selective secondary schools then it is important to look at the schools you are interested in and check which exams they use. However, it is likely that almost all of them will have a Verbal Reasoning paper, usually in the first round of examinations. Therefore, practice in this very important area is essential and many different publishers produce Verbal Reasoning books. This is particularly important, as schools do not really give practice in this area – neither state or private, unless they are a prep school which ends at age 11 – and they will not prepare children for these kind of tests. This one has 40 short tests, with answers included at the back of the book.

Verbal Reasoning – or Verbal Activity – as ae call it, tests word meanings, vocabulary, puzzles and codes. In order to do well in this paper, children need to be familiar with the types of questions they will face. Of course, an increased vocabulary will not be taught through doing test papers necessarily, and that is down to reading widely and discussing books. However, questions which involve codes, opposites, anagrams, etc will be improved with practice. This is a useful workbook, which will give your child a lot of practice in this essential area.


Lulu and the Treasure Hunt (Wagtail Town)
Lulu and the Treasure Hunt (Wagtail Town)
Price: £0.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lulu and the Treasure Hunt, 2 Mar. 2015
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Unlike the first Lulu book, “Lulu and the Best Cake Ever,” this story worked perfectly on my kindle. The previously one was not aligned properly, but thankfully, this was perfectly readable.

We are back in Wagtail Town, where Lulu lives. Her teacher, Miss Ellie, has organised a treasure hunt and Lulu wants to win. However, she volunteers to look after Bonnie, the littlest member of the class and then gets frustrated when everyone else gets to the clues first. In fact, she gets so cross that she does something really naughty, even though she knows it is wrong…

This story will be understood perfectly by little children, especially if they have younger siblings. Sometimes it is possible to become impatient when little ones can’t keep up, but Lulu is very sorry for what she does and the story has a happy ending. The story is interesting, with a good message, and the illustrations are bright and colourful. Lulu is a lovely character and is sure to appeal to all children.


Pigeon Pie, Oh My!
Pigeon Pie, Oh My!
Price: £5.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pigeon Pie, Oh My!, 2 Mar. 2015
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This story is set in Budds Farm, where Farmer Budd is very busy before setting off to market with his milk and eggs. He forgets two things though – he forgets to close the gate and he forgets the goat.... Before long, chaos ensues and there are a row of pigeons sitting in the cornfield, where the scarecrow once stood. Can the other animals do something before they eat all the corn? The little chick has a good idea to trick the pigeons, but will it work?

Small children always seem to enjoy books set in farms and this is a delightful read, with lots of humour – both visually and in the text – and a fun ending. I hope there are more stories featuring Farmer Budd and his animals in future.


James the Connoisseur Cat: A Novel
James the Connoisseur Cat: A Novel
Price: £3.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James the Connoisseur Cat, 1 Mar. 2015
This is a short, cozy novel, about an unusually gifted cat, called James. Our narrator is a fine art agent – who visits London to bid on art and antiques for clients and carry out research for academics. While working in London, he resides in the wonderfully named Baron’s Chambers, presided over by Mrs March. When our narrator arrives in London to stay, he is met by James, who Mrs March claims has been ‘dumped’ on her by her sister. Before long, the two have an affinity and it is obvious that James understands everything that is said to him, has a liking for whiskey and fine pate and a gift for solving crime.

It is fair to say that this short book gives a slightly rose coloured view of London life. Main characters include Lord Henry, Earl of Haverstock, involving visits to stately homes, and his romance with artist Helena Haakon. During this book, James discovers missing jewels, ferrets out forgeries and rids Lord Henry of unwanted relatives. This is a fun read for feline lovers, and the author is wise to keep the book short enough that the jokes do not wear thin. An enjoyable and easy mystery. Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.


Lulu and The Best Cake Ever (Wagtail Town)
Lulu and The Best Cake Ever (Wagtail Town)
Price: £0.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lulu and the Best Cake Ever, 1 Mar. 2015
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First of all, I would say that I would never reduce the rating I give a book because of issues of reading it in a different format – but I would like to point out that this is not properly formatted for kindle. Obviously, this might be resolved in the future, but as it stands, I would really suggest reading this as a book, as on my kindle fire, the pages were overlapping. This is, however, a favourite story and Lulu is a popular character in our house.

Wagtail Town is the best place ever, where Lulu, best friend Alfie, and her classmates all go to Miss Ellie’s New Trick’s nursery. There is a school cake competition and Lulu is keen to win it. Alfie keeps asking whether she has made a cake before, but Lulu is not willing to listen to advice. This is a nice little story about the joy of taking part, rather than just wanting to win, coping with disappointment and sharing with your friends.


VAX Air Revolve, 800 W
VAX Air Revolve, 800 W
Price: £298.61

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4.0 out of 5 stars Vax Air Revolve 800 W, 1 Mar. 2015
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This is an unusually designed vacuum cleaner, where the main body of the machine is a cylinder shape. Now, this has to be obviously held by the handle and has the advantage that you can stand it on steps whilst vacuuming the stairs. When vacuuming on a flat surface, the cylinder pulls behind you. However, before we discuss how it works, let's look at what it comes with: an accessory hose and handle, a powered head, a dusting brush, a crevice tool, an upholstery tool, a pre-motor filter, a pre-motor sponge, a hard floor tool and a telescopic extension tube and parking clip.

The Vax Air Revolve is easy to set up and the instruction booklet is very helpful and informative. You simply connect the hose to the machine, then attach the telescopic tube to the hose and, lastly, attach the powered head (or the crevice tool, dusting brush, hard floor head) to this. The powered head brush should be in the On position for carpets, but Off for hard floors. Now, this is a very powerful machine, so it is useful that, if you require less suction (and this was literally lifting the carpet in the air!) you can slide back the vent cover and reduce the power. I found that, without sliding back the vent, I found it quite hard to move the powered head back and forth. To see whether it was just me being hopeless, I asked my husband to try and he also found it quite difficult to move. So, yes, it is very powerful, but if you do have difficulty with strength in your arms/upper body, for example, then just bear in mind that this can be quite a workout!
There is a useful `max fill' line on the machine and, when that has been reached, you know to empty it by releasing the dirt container and tipping out the dust. There are full instructions on how to keep the Vax Air clean - including cleaning the filter, removing blockages from the hose, etc. in the booklet.

To store the machine, you need to stand the vacuum cleaner upright, with the carry handle attached by the parking clip in the floorhead, which keeps the main parts together. However, the shape and size of this vacuum; while making it easy to pull the machine along behind you, does mean that you cannot keep all the attachments on the machine. If you prefer to keep all the attachments on the vacuum, this will not be possible and is a minus design point. After all, the actual vacuum looks so neat and nicely designed, it is a shame that you cannot, somehow, attach all the accessories together with the machine.

Overall, this has plus and minus points. It looks impressive and I did not find it heavy to lift compared to other vacuum cleaners. However, it is a very strong machine and needs some physical force to get the most out of the powered head. Not being able to store the attachments with the machine is a minus issue; especially considering the fact that the design is a selling point. As a vacuum though, the choice of attachments are good and it works well.


The Plane That Wasn't There: Why We Haven't Found Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (Kindle Single)
The Plane That Wasn't There: Why We Haven't Found Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (Kindle Single)
Price: £1.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Plane That Wasn't There, 28 Feb. 2015
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We all remember the news stories about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which set out from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and should have arrived six hours later. Instead, it left Malaysian airspace with a standard message to sign off and then, seemingly, disappeared. Within fifteen minutes, air traffic controllers in Hanoi were wondering why MH370 had not radioed in to establish contact - it never would. Declared missing, a search began, which left specialists discussing what had happened and why the plane had seemingly veered off in a different direction than the flight path it had been following. Had the plane come down in the Southern Indian Ocean, was it hi-jacked?

Author Jeff Wise was one of CNN's aviation analysts and, when the story was headline news, he appeared on television - often several times a day - to give his opinions as to what might have happened and speculate with other experts. Like all news stories, though, this one was eventually replaced by others and, despite there being no answers, it was given less and less coverage. For Jeff Wise, though, and a scattered group of amateur experts around the world and united by the internet, this story was far from over. Analysing data, mathematical formula and discussing theories, they named themselves the Independent Group and included experts as far apart as New Zealand, the UK, Frankfurt and Sweden. Wise refers to them, only half-jokingly, as "the Bletchley Park of aeronautical sleuthing."

Although much of this short ebook can be hard to follow - with the author discussing various `pings' and electronic handshakes the plane transmitted - it is also riveting. Obviously, there have been theories about what happened to MH370 and they range from the obvious (mechanical failure) to the absurd (alien abduction). There is no way to know, at the moment, whether this theory is correct or not (I will not spoil the read for you by explaining the authors conclusions) although Wise has unveiled his thoughts in the New York Magazine before. This kindle single is an expanded version and, when he outlines what he thinks happened on board, it reads like a thriller. However, we have to remember that this was a real plane and real people were on board, with families who have still not received answers to what actually happened to their loved ones. However, it is hard not to be impressed by his research and this is an intriguing and interesting read.


The best beat of the Beatles
The best beat of the Beatles
Price: £3.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Best Beat of the Beatles, 27 Feb. 2015
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This has to be the longest running argument in Beatles history - why did John, Paul and George decide to throw out drummer Pete Best just before they became famous and ask Ringo to join the group? In hindsight, it seems the ultimate cruelty in the history of music - ousted from the greatest band in the world as they stood on the threshold of success. In reality, the reasons why this happened has been explored many times; notably in Spencer Leigh's book "Drummed Out," which is shortly to be re-published and, with extreme thoroughness, in Mark Lewisohn's exhaustive first volume of his new biography of the band, "Tune In." In Beatles fandom it is a topic which turns up again and again; in books, podcasts and discussions. I thought that Mark Lewisohn had finally put this story to rest with his book, which showed that Pete's drumming just was not good enough (a recent podcast episode of "Something about the Beatles" did a special programme on this subject recently and demonstrates this very neatly). Apart from evidence that Pete Best was virtually cut out of the recordings the Beatles did in Germany, with Tony Sheridan remarking that not one of the other Beatles stood up for him when he was side-lined, that George Martin had decided to use a session drummer in future after hearing Pete's drumming (resulting in Ringo Starr not being used on "Love Me Do", although he was, naturally, considered suitable once George Martin had heard him play), that Pete Best was rarely known to socialise with the other members of the band and that Brian Epstein disliked Pete's mother Mona Best, and it seems that the Beatles only kept him so long as they never had a replacement. Once they could go to Ringo and tell him they had a recording contract, it was enough to tempt him from Rory Storm and the Hurricanes (a band he was about to leave anyway) and try his hand as a Beatle.

With all of this already known, this author has written a very brave - some might say, foolhardy, piece of writing indeed. He calls it `controversial' and, if I were being kind, I might suggest this writing is in the `stream of consciousness' style. However, as, after suffering struggling through this (however short it is, it was a struggle!), I am not feeling particularly kind, I would compare this more to delirious and incoherent ramblings.... Unkind ramblings too - with the usual nonsense about Paul being jealous of Pete and wanting him out, despite it being obvious that George was the one who fought hardest to replace Pete with Ringo and John had approached other drummers to sound them out about joining the band months before Pete was ousted. In fact this is not only unkind, but also both offensive and vicious in parts, with Brian Epstein described as, "a gay puppet." Yes, both Mona and Pete took bookings for the Beatles, but the fact was that the Beatles did not want Pete as their drummer anymore and having a recording contract spurred them on to rid themselves of him. Pete Best is a lovely gentleman and very kind to the fans. This book in no way reflects on him, but the truth is that Mona was only interested in her son and not the band itself. Brian Epstein was a much better manager for them. Even if he made mistakes, he never intentionally did anything to harm them - he struggled and worked ceaselessly on their behalf and he believed in them as musicians and, most importantly, in John and Paul's song writing abilities. Ringo was both a better drummer, and a better Beatle. He fit them and completed the jigsaw. Brian Epstein deserves better than the abuse heaped upon him in this book and Paul certainly does not deserve the venomous comments written in these pages either. I really would not waste your time or money on this rubbish.


Latest Kids Girls Disney Frozen Crystal Elsa Blue Snowflake Cosy Fleece Soft Hooded Cuddle Robe
Latest Kids Girls Disney Frozen Crystal Elsa Blue Snowflake Cosy Fleece Soft Hooded Cuddle Robe
Offered by Alectro toys
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disney Frozen Cosy Fleece Wrap, 27 Feb. 2015
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This is a little fleecey cuddle robe in which the hood is shaped to look like Elsa’s hair and the actual robe is blue, with a snowflake pattern. This is 100% polyester and 80cm x 120cm in size. It isn’t particularly large – it wraps around my five year old niece and falls to just below her knees at the back. I would probably suggest it is more suitable for ages three and four; although it will obviously appeal to older girls as well, it wouldn’t really be long enough to wrap them in after a bath or swim. She prefers to use it while sitting watching TV, or just for playing with. The hood has a plait detail, which is stitched to the cuddle robe – this could, possibly be cut if you wanted the plait to hang loose, although it might mean that the material frays, as there are quite a number of stitches attaching it. Generally, this more a novelty item and certainly better for smaller children. There is also an Olaf Frozen Cuddle Robe in a similar style.


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