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Britax 2000007856 Evolva Plus Group 1/2/3 Combination Car Seat - Black Thunder
Britax 2000007856 Evolva Plus Group 1/2/3 Combination Car Seat - Black Thunder

3.0 out of 5 stars Seems sturdy and safe, 1 Feb. 2016
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Seems sturdy and safe. Strapping it is hard - but no harder than any other car seat. Our little one (18 months) is comfortable and can sleep fine in it.


Bayer Design Doll`s Stroller (Blue)
Bayer Design Doll`s Stroller (Blue)
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 Feb. 2016
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Great little pram. Sturdy and well made. Only niggle - the way the flaps come off the front.


Scrum: A revolutionary approach to building teams, beating deadlines and boosting productivity
Scrum: A revolutionary approach to building teams, beating deadlines and boosting productivity
Price: £6.49

2.0 out of 5 stars No practical information. Waste of time., 1 Feb. 2016
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I was looking for a book that would help me roll out scrum with a new team, pointing out potential pitfalls. This was not that book.

This is a book full of meandering stories that talks about scrum as the most amazing thing ever. I love scrum and I'm grateful to the author for inventing it, but this book is a waste of money.


Traditional Garden Games Sports Day Set
Traditional Garden Games Sports Day Set
Price: £17.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a one-off event with a few kids, 12 Jun. 2012
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I was organising a mini-sports day, with about 15 kids. This kit was really popular with the kids - old-fashioned games like a race with a beanbag on your head, the sack race, three-legged race, the egg and spoon race.

The equipment was not great quality - the eggs were squashed very easily, and the ties for the three-legged race came off very easily.

However, it was good value and I would recommend it for anyone doing a one-off day.


Digital Fortress
Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The bad bits of Da Vinci Code, without the good, 23 April 2009
This review is from: Digital Fortress (Paperback)
This book has it all - inaccuracies, plot holes, linguistic cliches, two-dimensional characters. The Da Vinci Code may not have been a classic, but it was at least an adventure.

The one saving grace is that it's not very long, so I didn't waste too much of my life reading it. I recommend you waste none of yours.


Spore (Mac/PC DVD)
Spore (Mac/PC DVD)
Offered by Turbotrance
Price: £6.85

1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Disappointing, 20 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Spore (Mac/PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
GAMEPLAY: 4/10
GRAPHICS: 9/10
LONGEVITY: 2/10
ORIGINALITY: 5/10
VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/10

I would much prefer a really well designed version of the first two levels. The opening bit in the pool is great fun, designing your own creature and then swimming around to escape from things while catching your own food.

Unfortunately, after that it just feels like a very limited version of Age of Empires - just one resource, and very few unit and building types. There is no research concept. The design of your creature makes no difference whatsoever - the only unique element of this game is just a gimmick after the first hour.

The gameplay is terrible - the view is often obscured by trees even when you're standing next to the item. In civilisation mode, you can't select all units by, say, which island they're on (important since land units can't travel to different islands), or what type they are (military boats, for example).

If 'Spore 2' were to be made, I would say:
* Stick with the idea of the first two levels: keep evolving your creature, with the aim on finding food and reproducing
* Only be one character all the time.
* Make the design of your character more important - i.e. it matters WHERE you place features rather.
* Limit the amount you can 'evolve' at each level. The current 'limitation' (based on DNA points) is ridiculous, since you can 'sell' everything you've currently got and start again. This means you can go from being a fish to something akin to human in just two steps.
* Add a wider range of meaningful facets - to health, attack and charm, you could add strength, defence, attack, size, intelligence, camoflauge, etc. For example, size could bring an attack/defence benefit, but require you to eat more food.

In short, the 10-year-old Age of Empires 2 is far better (not just better value, but better) than Spore. Then get the Spore Creature Creator for just £4.99, since that's the only good part of this game.


CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
by Andy Budd
Edition: Paperback

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for learning advanced CSS, 21 Sept. 2006
If you've covered the basics of CSS and HTML, but want to know the difference between divs, classes and styles, this is a good book. Covers from start to finish on how to build table-less sites.

One scary point, though: the two example sites that they have built are both broke in IE7, though fine in Firefox. Admittedly, the book was written before the current release of IE7, but they should update their site and issue guidance on where the box is wrong.

I would recommend the book as the best on the market for self-teaching advanced CSS concepts, but there's room for something better.
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Crime and Punishment: With selected excerpts from the Notebooks for Crime and Punishment (Wordsworth Classics)
Crime and Punishment: With selected excerpts from the Notebooks for Crime and Punishment (Wordsworth Classics)
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.99

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing then, Amazing now, 30 July 2006
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So many books that you are 'supposed' to read, and 'supposed' to like are in reality frighteningly dull. There's probably a good moral behind them, but you are yawning too much to really see it.

Crime and Punishment, however, is a rarity - it is a page-turner. Raskolnikov's crime, and his subsequent punishment, keep you gripped right from the start. Dostoevsky's morals of the book are always close to the surface, but do not get in the way of a fantastic read.

The usual collection of bizarre and fascinating characters are all here, and so are the easily recognisable emotions. The feeling of somebody having done something so bad that he can't talk to anybody, including his mother, is probably universal and perfectly captured here.

Raskolnikov's megalomania, and obsession with wanting to be a 'Napoleon' figure will also chime with many of those who read it today, especially those of a similar age (mid 20s).

This particular translation is considered the classic version, though there is not much to call between it and many others. However, there is a good introduction to some of the themes of the book that make it a good buy.


Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Robert Pirsig
Edition: Paperback

14 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, pretentius new-age diatribe, 30 July 2006
I had heard lots of people talking about how wonderful and life-changing this book was, so eventually got round to reading it myself. What a waste of time. It's one of those books that attempts to look for an inner soul and meaning to everything, but instead talks about nothing except meaningless drivel.

I know you're really supposed to like this book, but I hated it so much that I gave up about 2/3s of the way through. I just could not convince myself to waste any more time with it.

Some people will like this book, and my criticisms above are not a tirade against them, their lifestyle, or their beliefs. It is just my opinion that this book is not the work of magnificent fiction that it is supposed to be, but instead could be described as the 'Hippy Bible'. If you don't believe in the religion, you won't find the book interesting.
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Labyrinth
Labyrinth
by Kate Mosse
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confused and Average, 12 April 2006
This review is from: Labyrinth (Paperback)
It might be a sensation today, but this is a book that will quickly fade into obscurity. Its sales boosted by the good reviews of critics, who just happen to be in the author's circle of friends, it is quickly being realised amongst the wider book-reading community as awful. Just check out the reviews on Amazon and other customer review websites.

Its biggest problem is its attempt to cross genres, by appealing to historical thriller readers and female fiction at the same time. This ends up with bizarre scenes where the Grail is about to be discovered, but the narrative spends a paragraph explaining how the sweat runs down the hero's rippling muscles.

The main characters are two-dimensional cliches, following tired plot devices that have already being covered so many times, and in so much better quality.

What makes the book worse is its lenght - at 700 pages, this is not a quick read, and having finished it, you feel like you had read something else.


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