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Tomy Aqua Fun Bathtime Whirly Washer
Tomy Aqua Fun Bathtime Whirly Washer

1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the money, 15 Sep 2011
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This looks good and has novelty value for the first two or three plays, but the door is almost impossible to open and this fault renders the toy inoperable. It is too much trouble to try to wrench it open, and a small child certainly couldn't do it alone - which leads to much frustration. At bath time, which is supposed to be relaxing, this really isn't ideal. Better to get a less flashy toy that you can use multiple times without breaking all your finger nails!

Shelf Life: How I Found The Meaning of Life Stacking Supermarket Shelves
Shelf Life: How I Found The Meaning of Life Stacking Supermarket Shelves
by Simon Parke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.48

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem, 8 Aug 2010
This is a superb book. Simon Parke felt compelled, after 20 years, to give up his job of Parish Priest, but found the only place willing to take him on was a supermarket on their shopfloor. From this unpromising and potentially gloomy starting point, Parke manages to craft a book that is full of insight, humour, wisdom, and poignancy. It has a wonderful lightness of touch, very funny lines and observations, and utterly convincing character portraits as we become acquainted with his colleagues and regular customers. It's a very revealing insight into the workings of our major supermarkets - his trip to the gleaming headquarters to represent a colleague in a tribunal particularly harrowing in its contrast with the working environment of those facing the customers on the front line. It's deceptively simply written, completely without pretension, yet in gently reminding us of the consumer age in which we live, extremely salutory. Thoroughly recommended.

Places to Hide
Places to Hide
by Dixe Wills
Edition: Hardcover

39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completely addictive, 23 Oct 2006
This review is from: Places to Hide (Hardcover)
There are lots of so-called 'humorous' writers out there but in the case of many such books (eg. Lynne Truss), the humour wanes pretty quickly and/or becomes repetitive/obvious/forced/generally boring/silly.

Not so Places to Hide, which doesn't pretend to do anything except take itself utterly seriously. The directory-style format of this book doesn't necessarily make for an easy through-read experience - at first it seems it's more of an amusing loo-break pick-up - but the writing is curiously addictive, and once you've started reading some of the entries, you'll find yourself spending hours on the bog (appropriately enough for a hideout book): 'just one more, then I'll get on with the day'.

Dixe Wills has a knack of taking a perfectly ordinary subject and turning it into a batty parallel universe. Forget Irony for Dummies: this is a masterclass in how to get away with the ludicrous by being completely hilarious. In fact, the scenarios he creates are so funny that when someone hammers on the door and asks how long you're going to be, you realise how boring normal life really is.

I defy anyone to read this and not to laugh at least once.
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The Inside Job: A Spirituality of True Self-esteem
The Inside Job: A Spirituality of True Self-esteem
by Jim McManus
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book on self-esteem I've read, 28 Sep 2006
Jim McManus really understands what it is like for people living with very little sense of self, and low self-esteem. He writes insightfully about the reasons why this is so, and offers a lucid account of how things can change for those who are seeking help. The book includes exercises to help build self-esteem, which are useful. Most importantly, he looks at where our 'sense of self' comes from and concludes that we are often looking in the wrong places for affirmation and identity.

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