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Blue Orange Chickyboom Game
Blue Orange Chickyboom Game
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A loveable, fun family game., 13 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Blue Orange Chickyboom Game (Toy)
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Chickyboom is a really great example of a simple game concept, which you barely even need to look at the rulebook for to instinctively understand. Not just that, but the whole set is made to the highest quality and is one of the most visually attractive judgement/dexterity games I have seen. Even the box you keep it in is good quality. The set is made up of a see-saw base and board onto which each player can take it in turns to stack and arrange the pieces in whatever way he or she likes, and then place it onto the base so it balances. Each player then has a turn removing one piece at a time until all the pieces have been removed or the board topples.

Pick up a wagon wheel (of which there are 7) and you score 1 point, a hay bale (7 of which again) scores 3, and the small and large chickybooms (3 of each) score 2 and 3 respectively. Topple the arrangement and you are deducted 5 points. If you pick up a piece and the arrangement starts to wobble, you are allowed to let go and take another piece. It's so simple yet so much fun, and we all loved it in our house.

Price: £7.55

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing accomplishment, 12 Sept. 2015
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This review is from: THE SOUND AND THE FURY (Audio CD)
I have loved every album Nerina Pallot has put out, and as a fan I had a great 2014 waiting for each new EP in her year of EPs to come out. This new album mixes brand new tracks with re-recorded versions of some of those songs, and I was pleased to see some of my favourites here. The extra attention to production, (something that can sometimes get fans' backs up when they loved the originals), is done with care and subtlety and I think most fans will agree that they are better for it. The new songs are startling good. This is easily the best album she has done since Fires, and part of that is down to the feeling that this really is a collection of songs that are sonically and thematically connected.

The Sound and The Fury takes the listener on a journey that moves, in almost equal measure, towards and away from concepts of home, history and identity until it reaches the focal point of this album, the ninth track, "The Road" and its chorus of "you don't follow, no you walk this road alone". It seems no coincidence that the last three tracks are in the positions they are on the album, as by the time you have listened to the first eight, even if it's just subconsciously you have that feeling that you don't know whether you are moving towards or away, and that makes those last three tracks all the more effective. Nerina has said that "as the product of British multiculturalism, when I see migrants, I see hope and hard work. But most of all I see humans, like you and I". In writing the album, she has been influenced by her family's history, but by coincidence or design the album is also extremely topical in its themes and if you listen to it whilst thinking about the recent humanitarian crisis it is also extremely empathic to listen to, especially when you approach the final three tracks.

"There Is a Drum" is a 'towards' song – connecting to the rhythm of human experience.

"Aint Got Anything Left" is an 'away from' song – feeling a loss of emotional energy.

"Rousseau" is a 'towards' song – finding your own philosophy.

"If I Had a Girl" is an 'away from' song – a wish to escape casual sexism. Notice how it quickly transitions into the next song, without a break of silence because…

"Boy on the Bus" is also an 'away from' song – escape from collective indifference.

"Handle" is a 'towards' song – a search for understanding.

"Spirit Walks" is where the album starts to play with the expectations the previous songs have placed in your mind, as it is both an 'away from' song – keeping going when burdened; and a 'towards' song – finding spirit within yourself, or making a spiritual connection.

"Big White House" is a 'towards' song – aspiration for something better.

"The Road" could be equally interpreted as an 'away from' song – separating yourself from the crowd; a 'towards' song – self-determination; both or neither. Up until this point those boundaries have been mostly clear, which is why this thematic shift in the album is effectively placed, and the song itself is made all the more effective than when listened to on its own.

"Blessèd", a song about the worth of kindness and morality, whether or not there is a higher power, again does not fit the theme. And again, as a result, its positioning makes it tend to mean more when listened as part of the album than listened to on its own.

"Longest Memory" is a clever and deliberate choice of final song. For the two songs before, you may still subconsciously have been searching for the pattern established by the earlier songs, but this last song finally and openly breaks the pattern, settling the listener down into a state of tranquillity and ending on a position of stillness. Its lyrics do not specifically relate to anything you can easy describe, giving the listener every opportunity to put their own interpretation on not just the song, but also to come to their own emotional conclusion about the album.

I've never got that detailed in a review before, but this album is worth it, and as you can see, it has made me think. I don't know how much weight these reviews have when it comes to influencing people to buy and listen to albums all the way through, but I hope that you consider taking the chance.

The Little Book of Colouring: Patterns: Peace in Your Pocket
The Little Book of Colouring: Patterns: Peace in Your Pocket
by Peace in Your Pocket
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Calming, 12 Sept. 2015
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Colouring books as something that can help adults relax came up in a conversation with a friend only weeks before I saw this one on offer. That's why I wanted to give this book a try. I agree it can be relaxing, but I found it better as something to do when listening to music.

This book is made from good quality paper and is just the right size. It has a good variety of illustrations to colour, from repeating patterns to pictures with common elements, such as flags, cakes and candles. The picture is always on the top side of each sheet and there's a phrase on the other. This is good because if you choose to use pens instead of pencils, some of the ink is going to bleed through to the flipside, and it's better than the page being blank.

I like the cover art too. Simple, but it conveys the "relaxing" message well.

Hot Wheels Nitro Bot Attack Track Set
Hot Wheels Nitro Bot Attack Track Set
Price: £14.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping racecar wrecks raucous robot, 12 Sept. 2015
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From the box you literally have to destroy to get into, to the spring powered race car and giant robot ripping up the road, this is a wonderfully raucous toy. Instructions are included, but you could quite happily lose them and still have no trouble putting the pieces together. The sticker sheet with flames and windows is good quality and once the whole assemble is ready it draws every eye in the room to it. There are three ramps you can launch the car from and, as long as you have used a level surface, the car sticks to the ramps most times you launch it.

The choice of actions is well thought out. The left ramp allows you to send the car past the robot's hand, with it pulling the road up as it passes over it. The right ramp allows you to do this in the reverse direction. Back to the left ramp again and you can activate a lane change to bypass the robot altogether. The middle ramp is where the most fun can be had. Send the car flying into the skyscraper and it falls down to become a ramp. Send the car up the ramp and the impact against the button in the robot's chest drops the robot's right hand down and sends the robot's head flying into the air in two halves. In doing so, any cars you have extra to the set can be released.

There lies the downside though. This set connects to other tracks in the Hot Wheels range, but it you're getting this as a standalone present you're going to be disappointed that there's only one car included – after all, isn't the point that you're trying to rescue the car trapped in the robot's arm or mouth? Otherwise you're just bullying the robot. Poor robot. A deliberate tactic to get children to buy more Hot Wheels, or a corporate assumption that children are already going to have Hot Wheel collections?

Far Cry 4 - Limited Edition (Xbox One)
Far Cry 4 - Limited Edition (Xbox One)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £26.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, and you get to ride a rampaging elephant, 6 Sept. 2015
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If you haven't played this game yet and can pick it up cheap, I'd urge you to do so. I really enjoyed Far Cry 3, but Far Cry 4 picks up and runs with everything Far Cry 3 was good at and improves it. The story is better (albeit a bit too "on rails" for an open world game) and the leading villain steals the show, but the main character in the game – no not the protagonist – is the scenery. It's a joy to look at, explore, drive in, paraglide and fly in, and there's mountain climbing too. Action or stealth, you often have the choice of how to approach missions. There's plenty to do and plenty of challenges to complete, meaning this game will last you a long time if you get really into it. On the other hand, despite the large number of fortresses to liberate, hostages to free etc, it can get repetitive. There is some DLC you can buy, but not as much as I would have expected. Definitely worth playing if you get it cheap though. Oh, and you get to ride a rampaging elephant and attack enemies with it. Perhaps I should lead with that!

Nobo Easypeel Drywipe Eraser with 10 Peelable Felt Pads
Nobo Easypeel Drywipe Eraser with 10 Peelable Felt Pads
Offered by Choice Stationery Supplies Limited
Price: £7.41

1.0 out of 5 stars Refills only – no eraser, 6 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As confused as everybody else as to why I had been sent a pack of refills without the drywipe eraser they're used in, I looked on this page and found that everyone else is in the same boat as I am. That makes reviewing them a less than ideal situation, but just going on how they wipe ink away, all I can say is they do it well and hold the ink like they're supposed to. I also used these with the Quartet Neon Drywipe Markers – which use more of a paint-like substance and it held that very well, without smudging it around.

Because it's not what's advertised in the product description, I guess it would be wrong of me to give this anything other than the minimum review score, but if I happen to get the other piece in the post I'll naturally come back and review it again.

Quartet Neon Whiteboard Markers - Assorted Colours (Pack of 4)
Quartet Neon Whiteboard Markers - Assorted Colours (Pack of 4)
Price: £5.76

4.0 out of 5 stars The writing's on the window, 6 Sept. 2015
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How many times recently have I seen TV detectives, doctors, lawyers, etc, standing in front of a glass writing board with the camera behind it, writing facts, clues and theories in bright neon colours? A lot is the answer, and even though I have a whiteboard, as soon as these pens arrived I sought out a sheet of clear plastic and, relishing the novelty, started drawing on it.

You shake the pens before use and press the nib down to get the paint flowing. You can then use them vertically. The paint stays in clear lines without flowing and wipes off easily without leaving residue.

But when it comes to review score, I need to break this down into the two possible uses people might put the pens to.

If you want to use these with whiteboards, you may have a problem – the nib size is rather on the small side, so anyone wanting to view the writing will need to sit close to it. There's also little need for a yellow pen on a whiteboard. Score for this use – 3 out of 5.

If you want to write on glass – and I'm not talking about TV detectives now, but about shop owners and others who want to write prices, offers and other information onto window panes – it's ideal. Score for this use – 5 out of 5.

Taking the average, 4 out of 5.

Sony SRSX55 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Sony SRSX55 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black
Offered by DB Technology srl
Price: £115.70

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best portable Bluetooth speaker I've heard (and seen), 31 Aug. 2015
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It was easy to connect this speaker up via Bluetooth to my phone, and I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality, which is as good as that coming from a set of decent hi-fi speakers playing from CD. It has a great surround sound effect and perfect tone – all that you would hope and expect from a Sony speaker. It has a nice weight to it, without being too heavy (by that I mean that it's not easy to knock over accidentally), and it has felt feet to help keep it in place. This is, after all, a portable speaker, used to play music from your phone and be a speakerphone for incoming phone calls; a secondary function which works very well.

The speaker looks expensive, which is a good thing I guess (unless you're using it in a busy public place), and the buttons (6 light-touch and 2 press-click) seem to be in the right place, as it's easy to press the one you wanted without really needing to look. Look round the back and you will find a USB charger socket for when your phone gets low, as well as an audio in, and a reset button to clear stored Bluetooth settings. Although it is operated by rechargeable battery, it also operates when charging; you don't need to wait for it.

AmazonBasics Everyday Flat Sheet, Dark Purple Large
AmazonBasics Everyday Flat Sheet, Dark Purple Large
Price: £26.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Deep purple, 25 Aug. 2015
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This is a very good quality large bedsheet, made from 100% cotton. The dark purple colour is a good choice. The stitching is good. It seems durable, and the colour did not come out in the wash. The writing on the label could be bigger to make it easier to read, but that's my only gripe.

Garnier Clean & Soft Facial Wipes 25's
Garnier Clean & Soft Facial Wipes 25's
Offered by Bargain Genie UK
Price: £5.66

5.0 out of 5 stars A nice natural smell, 25 Aug. 2015
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It's a very personal thing whether you like the smell of face wipes, and some brands can have a dislikeable 'chemical' smell under the perfume, but the rose extract smell of these wipes is really nice and 'natural' smelling. As you'd expect from Garnier, they are high quality, and the resealable travel packet of 25 wipes is an ideal carry size.

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