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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: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Calming, 12 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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
Offered by Debenhams
Price: £24.00

5 of 8 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)
Price: £15.00

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
Price: £7.07

1.0 out of 5 stars Refills only – no eraser, 6 Sept. 2015
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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
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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
Price: £109.00

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
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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 Wipes
Garnier Clean & Soft Facial Wipes, 25 Wipes
Offered by TAC Natural Cosmetics
Price: £5.66

5.0 out of 5 stars A nice natural smell, 25 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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.


Philips HD9305/26 Brushed Metal Kettle, 2200 W, 1.5 Litre
Philips HD9305/26 Brushed Metal Kettle, 2200 W, 1.5 Litre
Price: £25.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some minor issues, but an otherwise good kettle, 23 Aug. 2015
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This is a good kettle in the majority of respects. It's easy to fill, the lid can be removed or clicked into a 90 degree angle so it doesn't fall down when you're filling it up from the tap. It has a good handle and fits easily onto the base. It also has boil-dry protection in case of being switched on accidentally with little or no water inside. In terms of looks, the stainless steel makes it quite attractive. There are two things I don't like about it though.

The water gauge is an important feature in a modern kettle because you only want to boil what you're going to use – and there is a gauge window with 2, 3, 4 or 5 cup indicator marks on it (great) – but the placement of this underneath the handle makes it very difficult to see when filling it up at the tap (not so great).

The other thing that bothers me is the lack of a light to show it is switched on and heating the water. All the recent kettles we have had have had lights which show you that the kettle is on. For me and the family, that's maybe an aesthetic thing – perhaps we find it irritating that it doesn't have a light because we've become so used to kettles having them – but at least we can all hear the slight noises that come with boiling a kettle. For a deaf person there is no visual clue that it's on.


Hangerworld Wooden Premium Belt Hanger, Natural
Hangerworld Wooden Premium Belt Hanger, Natural
Price: £7.88

5.0 out of 5 stars What your wardrobe needs, 22 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Although described as a belt hanger, this excellent lacquered wooden hanger can be used for a range of different accessories – belts, ties, scarves – and it's wide enough for the six chrome hooks on each side to be realistically used for that many items. It's well balanced and you can rotate the hook if you need to hang it up at an angle. It's a great item to have in the wardrobe because it makes it tidier and saves space.


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