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Kaiser Unisex Baby Mittens Marine Size 0
Kaiser Unisex Baby Mittens Marine Size 0

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 25 Dec. 2010
An absolutely gorgeous pair of mittens that just look and feel exquisite. The soft fur trim and sumptuous lambskin mitts have been just the job for our 18 month old son - previously he wouldn't wear anything and was getting icy fingers every time we went out.
The mittens came beautifully packaged and arrived a mere two days after the order was placed - item and seller therefore both highly recommended.


Bolt (With Free Rhino Soft Toy) [DVD]
Bolt (With Free Rhino Soft Toy) [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Travolta
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Early promise fades a bit - great Rhino toy though!, 10 April 2010
John Travolta's recognisable tones star alongside those of Miley Cyrus; Travolta is the eponymous canine, who believes himself to be blessed with super powers but who in reality is the unwitting start of a series of action movies alongside Zelwegger's Penny, a teenage girl. When a pair of mischievous moggies release Bolt from his trailer as a prank, he becomes lost, and embarks upon a quest to find Penny, accompanied by a sarcastic alley cat and Rhino the hamster, his number one fan.

The film opens with a blizzard of action, and sets out its stall as a riveting and thrill-laden action movie. However, once the big reveal kicks in, the film settles into a fairly entertaining but ultimately predictable formula, as Bolt finds out who he really is, experiences the pain of rejection for the first time, and eventually becomes a real hero. The best character for me was Rhino; trapped inside his ball he is all gushing admiration and optimism, and has all the best lines in the film.

The animation is as good as you'd expect from a Disney Pixar collaboration, and the film is visually accomplished and engaging. However, Travolta's voice is a little too bland to really invest the audience with any pathos regarding Bolt, whilst the humour and the concept are too often aimed above the heads of children, supposedly the film's main audience. I took my four year-old daughter to see this, and although she was riveted, she unsurprisingly didn't understand the meta-film concept, or get the ironic comments made by a group of streetwise pigeons who appear as a kind of Greek chorus throughout the film. The film was polished, but at the end of the day I thought it lacked that certain something, which could have put it up there with instant animated classics such as Toy Story, Shrek and Finding Nemo.

This release does however get an extra star for the superb plush 'Rhino the Hamster' soft toy that comes with it. Rhino is easily the best thing about the movie and it's just a shame that he doesn't come with his exercise ball!


Doctor Who - The Invasion (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1968]
Doctor Who - The Invasion (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Toon-tastic, 13 Mar. 2010
An intriguing one to review, this; animators Cosgrove Hall created replacements
for episodes 1 and 4, which were victims of the BBC's thoughtless wiping of the story's master tapes after they had originally been aired in the late 1960s. CH have done a fantastic job using original scripts and audio recordings, and the episodes fit almost seamlessly into the serial - episode 1 in particular conveying an appropriately dark and moody atmosphere. The story itself isn't particularly memorable - as was often the case with the longer serials, it's pretty slow, with a fair bit if filler - the Cybermen don't even appear until the end of episode 4!

Ultimately though, it's a solid Patrick Troughton era story, and even more precious as there are so few of his serials complete or available for DVD release. I would love to see other missing stories treated in this way - The Faceless Ones, or The Moonbase, for example; go on 2Entertain/Cosgrove Hall/BBC - you know you want to!


Midsomer Murders : The Sixth Collection - A Further 10 Investigations [10 DVD Boxed Set]
Midsomer Murders : The Sixth Collection - A Further 10 Investigations [10 DVD Boxed Set]
Dvd ~ John Nettles

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bucolic bloodbath, 18 Feb. 2010
What more needs to be said about the finest detective drama series ever to grace the ITV schedules? Tireless Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and his eagerly faithful sidekick Sergeant Jones return for another slew of occasionally surreal and always bonkers adventures, in the fictional English county of Midsomer. Chocolate-box villages, all with a dark underbelly; furtive locals and crazed murderers with smiling faces inhabit this world, and the dynamic duo staunchly investigate and inevitably solve a series of crimes of passion, crimes of greed and crimes of sheer insanity amongst the leafy Midsomer copses (or should that be corpses?)

I have seen all of these stories at least once on TV, but I have found that I can revisit them again and again with a suitable break in-between. Midsomer Murders struck TV gold back in 1998 with its mix of unreal yet somehow recognisable settings and characters. John Nettles' phlegmatic DCI is the glue that holds the show together, as he and Jones seem to be the only working police detectives in the county! Sergeant Jones started off a little bland in comparison to predecessors Troy and Scott but has developed into the perfect Sancho Panza.

For the price this is a steal, so to speak; the box-set is beautifully packaged as a faux book, and sits nicely on the bookshelf, ready to be pulled down and savoured on those long winter nights. If you've never seen this programme I heartily recommend that you give it a go (and buy series one too!) Hole yourself up, pour a glass of Pinot Noir, grab a six-pack of Mars bars and indulge in a feast of Midsomer Madness.


Silken Servitude (Nexus)
Silken Servitude (Nexus)
by Christina Shelly
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it sounds, 31 Dec. 2009
A mouth-watering concept that will have all those men whose dream is to be feminised and dominated reaching for their credit cards. Unfortunately, the story is too outlandish and cartoonish, and the descriptions of the narrator and his companion being forced to drink one another's bodily fluids didn't do anything for me. Very explicit but palls very quickly. Would have been better if it just focused on men being forced to wear shimmering silk babydolls and nylon bodystockings and submit to sound spanking and whipping - oh sorry I'm forgetting myself, perhaps I should write one!


Madame Depardieu and the Beautiful Strangers
Madame Depardieu and the Beautiful Strangers
by Antonia Quirke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange days indeed, 27 Nov. 2009
Although cleverly written, Antonia Quirke's novel switches between funny and interesting biography, and fairly random long-winded sycophantic rants on the merits of various male movie stars (okay she is a film critic but really!) I ended up skim-reading these parts and would say that this is definitely one for hardened film buffs and those who enjoy vacuous and image-based anecdotes about pretty men.


"Doctor Who" - Black Orchid (Classic Novels)
"Doctor Who" - Black Orchid (Classic Novels)
by Terence Dudley
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skeletons in the closet, 18 Jun. 2009
Terence Dudley's oft-maligned Fifth Doctor TV script and then Target novelisation is the latest to receive the audio treatment. Dudley's take on `the mad woman in the attic' theme is probably the only Doctor Who serial to eschew Sci-fi altogether, and is instead a rich and satisfying murder mystery, complete with Edwardian aristocrats, a large stately home, secret panels and doppelgangers. The TV version was only two episodes long, but Dudley padded the story out for its novelisation and the detail is superb, especially the opening cricket match that sees The Doctor wow the spectators with a performance of skill and guile. Michael Cochrane, who played Lord Cranleigh in the TV serial, narrates the book, and his rich velvet tones perfectly capture the mood and flavour of the story.

More than any other Peter Davison story, Black Orchid gives his Doctor's youthful TARDIS crew a chance to shine. Tegan is in her element (and is for once not being stroppy) teaching Nyssa the Charleston and lapping up The Doctor's performance in her national sport. Nyssa shows more signs of life and personality than we've come to expect, whilst Adric is portrayed as a greedy and ignorant twerp, nothing new there then. Cochrane captures their voices perfectly, and with a moody and atmospheric soundtrack, and a well developed mystery, this makes as fine an audio as it did a TV show and novelisation.


Shadow Of The Minotaur (The Legendeer)
Shadow Of The Minotaur (The Legendeer)
by Alan Gibbons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumping at shadows, 20 May 2009
The first book in Alan Gibbons' Legendeer trilogy, this is an understated and underrated piece of teen fantasy fiction, about a boy who battles a malignant computer programme that wants to take over the world. Phoenix's dad is a computer programmer who brings his son a new game to test out. Phoenix is soon thrust into a cyber-world of monsters, mayhem, and the sinister Gamesmaster; he also has to contend with the school bully who also becomes his nemesis in the world of the game.
Not as acclaimed as Potter or as keenly marketed as Alex Rider; I found this novel - and its sequels - to ultimately be more engaging and more intelligent than either of those series' in the same genre.


Postman Pat Soft Toy
Postman Pat Soft Toy

4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, 20 May 2009
This review is from: Postman Pat Soft Toy (Toy)
Let's get this straight; there is absolutely nothing educational about this plush Postman Pat toy; it's just a fun cuddly toy for kids. The details are pretty like the 'real thing', he has spectacles made of plastic that don't come off, and a cool little sack full of letters. My 3 year old won't go to bed without him; superb toy.


The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman)
The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman)
by Janet Ahlberg
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ho Ho Ho and a parcel that needs signing for, 17 May 2009
The prolific Ahlberg husband and wife team strike gold again with a Christmas version of their classic 'The Jolly Postman'. There's nothing wrong with capitalizing on a good idea as long as it's done carefully and with integrity; this is a smashing book with lots of fun fairytale characters and interactive bits and bobs fro kids from 3 upwards. Unfortunately my 2 year old daughter got to her bigger sister's version and the extra bits quickly disappeared; however it's a decent price on here and a nice adaptation of timeless kids' favourite.


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