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Tabby McTat
Tabby McTat
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Board book
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - perhaps better than "The Gruffalo"!, 19 Jun. 2016
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This has become our favourite bedtime book! The story is good, with a little sadness to point up the happy parts, and the rhythm is wonderfully varied. It is good to see Axel Schiffer drawing urban environments instead of woodland, and the detail is exquisite. That fact that we have a tabby cat at home with a "voice both loud and strong" makes the story even better!


The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Board book
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice book, 19 Jun. 2016
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Good fun with lovely artwork!


Resqme Car Escape Tool with Clip Yellow
Resqme Car Escape Tool with Clip Yellow
Price: £9.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Reassuring tool to have in the event of an roadside emergency., 19 Jun. 2016
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I bought two of these to clip onto the key-rings for both cars, as I couldn't find a safe place to site a life-hammer where I could guarantee that both the passenger and driver could reach it in an emergency. The Resqme Car Escape Tool is small and well-made, with a glass-punch and a blade for cutting seatbelts in the event of a crash. I haven't tried the punch on glass yet, but it puts a good dent in a piece of wood. The blade is sharp, and well recessed so that it would be very difficult to cut anything accidentally (which wouldn't stop it being confiscated if you tried to take it on an aircraft, annoyingly).


The Gruffalo's Child
The Gruffalo's Child
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Board book
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars As good as everyon says, 19 Jun. 2016
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Most people know "The Gruffalo's Child" by now, so I can't think of anything original to say! It is fun, and the artwork is beautiful.


Vintage Globe Paper Lampshade
Vintage Globe Paper Lampshade
Offered by Dotcomgiftshop
Price: £4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lampshade, 19 Jun. 2016
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I wanted a globe lampshade for the children's nursery, and this one looked very good, especially at the price. It arrived in good time, and was easy to assemble and hang. The colours are very vivid, and it makes the room look great! Please bear in mind that the "vintage" in the description means that the countries are not accurate for today's world - there are some places that are not drawn the shape we know them today - but I think that adds to the effect, and will give me something to teach the children about as they grow up.


Car + Home Stereo Aux Auxiliary AUX-IN 3.5mm Audio Input Cable / Lead, (1.2m) for iPod, iPhone 6,6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, 3G, smartphone, phones, mp3 music players, tablets and computers
Car + Home Stereo Aux Auxiliary AUX-IN 3.5mm Audio Input Cable / Lead, (1.2m) for iPod, iPhone 6,6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, 3G, smartphone, phones, mp3 music players, tablets and computers
Offered by InCarCables Ltd
Price: £6.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Good sound quality for good price., 11 May 2016
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I bought this because the cables I had from connecting speakers to computers produce a terrible hiss when used to connect my phone to the car radio. Apparently, the impedance is wrong on that type of cable. I bought this, and it works perfectly - good sound quality with no fuss. Well recommended.


StarTech 2.5 inch SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure - 9.5/12.5mm HDD
StarTech 2.5 inch SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure - 9.5/12.5mm HDD
Price: £21.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hard-drive casing, 24 Mar. 2016
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I bought this to help with repairing a friend's hard-drive. It is easy to put the drive in to the casing, and it is well protected when in. The USB3 interface transfers data quickly, even on a computer that has only a USB2 interface. Well worth the money.


Samsung SE-208GB/RSGD Ultra Slim Portable Optical DVD Writer - Grey
Samsung SE-208GB/RSGD Ultra Slim Portable Optical DVD Writer - Grey
Price: £19.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good results, but dubious materials, 24 Mar. 2016
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This portable DVD player/writer works very well. I have used it for burning disks and for watching films. The quality of the results is what I would expect.

The reason I have not given it five stars is that the build quality is quite flimsy. Whilst this means that it is light to carry, I would not expect this to last very long if it was being transported a lot. Also, the noise from the drive is quite noticeable as a result of the thin plastic.


Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs: Waste and Blundering in the Military
Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs: Waste and Blundering in the Military
Price: £2.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening account of military waste, 4 Feb. 2016
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Well-written account of where the military establishment could improve. Whilst the examples given are now more than ten years out of date, it is still frightening to see how badly the military is still fighting the Cold War. Of course, this may be what the future holds again, with a resurgent Russia, and it will be good to see an update from Lewis Page.

If there is one thing that came as a significant surprise to me as a military outsider, it is the huge over-provision of senior officers in all branches compared to sharp-end active military.

We'll worth a read if you want to see how badly money was being wasted in the late 20th/early 21st Centuries.


Universal Grip Turner (Pack of 2)
Universal Grip Turner (Pack of 2)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but big., 25 Dec. 2015
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Very effective for turning taps etc when my arthritis is bad. They are a bit larger than I expected, which is fine except when trying to find somewhere to store them (they are too big for the bathroom cabinet, so take up one of the hooks on the wall).


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