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Born Yogis
Born Yogis
by Susie Arnett
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars It's an art, coffee table book, 24 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Born Yogis (Hardcover)
Previous reviews seem to have missed the point -- this book does not claim to "teach" children yoga. It is a fun book of wondrous photos of children doing what comes naturally.

Does what it says in the tin: depicts children as born yogis.

The photography is great. This is a fantastic gift for a new parent or grandparent.

It makes you smile.

Just lovely.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Starts out great, but then... downhill, 13 Oct. 2009
This product started out wonderfully.... popped it out the box, turned it on, and it began glowing in several colours at different soft to medium intensities and it seemed safe enough to let baby cuddle it (well, as much as you can 'cuddle' a firm plastic animal) and chew the ears of when teething, etc., while falling asleep. My baby fell asleep chewing on the ear and being soothed by the then-soft glowing lights... and after she was asleep, I propped it on the table for a nightlight... but then...

I realised I had been using it only at partial charge. First time it lost full charge and I had to plug it in to the mains to recharge it -- (it can be used while plugged into the mains, but it doesn't stand up on the table well, because mains plug is on the rabbit's bum and it tumbles over) -- disaster!

At full charge this thing is brighter than my car's headlights! What on earth! It glowed like the devil's own minion and terrified my little one so much she won't touch it now.

Again, only when at full charge, it is horrible as a night light because one second it is soft and gently glowing, the next it is pitch dark, the next it's on full beams that could guide a ship into port on a foggy night.

It kept waking my child up and I'd find her in her cot staring it horror.

Then (as other reviewers have said) the mains plug aparatus just got flewy one day and now it is unusable. Don't quite know how to describe it... the plug bit that you need to recharge just disappeared. Did it fall off? Get shoved into the toy's body cavity? snap off? Don't know... just gone and no way to recharge it now.

It is now just a very expensive chew toy.

Great idea, but really needs some tweaking.

Inner Art of Vegetarianism: Spiritual Practices for Body and Soul
Inner Art of Vegetarianism: Spiritual Practices for Body and Soul
by Carol J. Adams
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Art of Spiritual Veganism" would be a more honest title, 21 Sept. 2009
As a vegetarian, I am getting heartily tired of the way vegans are usurping the word "vegetarian" to mean only them (I used to be vegan, so I know from the inside that this is a conscious trend). This book does just that.

I was so excited to get hold of a book that speaks intelligently about the links and pracitices of vegetarianism and spirituality, only to be excluded from the book by page 10: the author is crystal clear that any of us who ingest milk, eggs or honey (no matter how organic, local, responsible, humane or sustainably sourced) need not apply further for any enlightenment or deepening of spiritual practice.

So vegans will find this book a wonderful exploration -- no one else need apply.

by Ayesha Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great, 21 Sept. 2009
First let me say, I love every single soup recipe in this book. They are fantastic. The salads and desserts are nice as well. But the mains section is highly disappointing.

The recipes are fine but the book is very slim and missed out on a good number of non-meat-substitute dishes in Jamaican cooking that could well have been included (which are included in other popular Jamaican and West Indian cookery books on the market today that are not strictly veggie).

But the absolute worst part of the book are the horrid photographs of the food. They are of such poor quality as to make the food look revolting. One pic actually makes the plantains on the plate look as if they are covered in grey-green mould! I have to cover the photos when cooking, as honestly they are stomach churningly bad.

Shame. This book is good, but not great... I wish it were better.

Pregnancy Health Yoga with Tara Lee [DVD]
Pregnancy Health Yoga with Tara Lee [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tara Lee
Offered by lightningdvd
Price: £23.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply perfect, 22 Aug. 2009
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My only regret with the DVD is that I wish I had gotten it months earlier in my pregnancy. I have had several pregnancies and suffered increasingly worse SPD with each one... this video is just what I needed.

It's not too airy-fairy but it is still soothing and focused on the unique miracle that pregnancy is and the specific changes a woman's body goes through.

It's neither too tough nor too easy. Some pregnancy yoga dvds are just too easy and of no help at all, as they assume that you will be too afraid to move your body and will only want to lie back and breath deeply. Others are just too darn hard, assuming that you were a super yogini before your pregnancy and the instructor just looks like she is showing off. But this dvd strikes just the right balance of keeping things simple and basic (not too many fancy poses) but giving your body the healthy challenge it needs to be strong, fit and supple for both the job ahead and the months after.

And there is the option to turn off the instruction when you want and just play music and follow along... which is really great.

Included there is the general yoga routine; but also a separate section for labour preparation; another for visualisation and meditation; another for work with a partner; a section with 1 or 2 poses for specific pregnancy ailments; another section with just a relaxation exercise if you cannot do a full routine that day... you get a lot of options for your emotional, physical and financial investment.

I cannot say enough good things I guess. Simply perfect from my pov.

Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport
Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport
by Jennifer Shahade
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.50

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, Good insights into chess world, Good for all interested in the game, 9 July 2009
I came to this book late, well after all the hoopla about the title had come and gone. Basically, the controversy about the use of one little word, has overshadowed the fact that this is a d*mn good book! It's feminist without being preachy, it shows snapshots of the chess playing and tournament world in a way no other book has (let's face it, most chess players cannot write; most good writers cannot play chess; Shahade is a double threat -- fantastic, readable writing and a keen mind for the game and the world of the game). It is a sneak peak behind the curtains at what women and girls have had to endure just to play this great game competatively (she weaves historical accounts with present day events so that none of the book ever becomes a dry history text). It is also a personal journey for the author. And it is a brilliant snapshot of the world of competative chess. Great all around and fun to read.

Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition (PC DVD)
Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition (PC DVD)
Offered by gb_sales
Price: £39.99

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the trouble, 10 Jun. 2009
This version has so many "issues" it's not worth it. The buffer overload problem from version 10 -- not fixed. Only new features are new, pretty chess board interfaces -- so what? No, no, no -- not good. I regret the purchase and now installilng it has interfered with the running of Chessmaster 10, which I have had to go back to using, because it has fewer "issues", buffer oerloads, and thing that freeze my screen and require me to reboot my computer.

Just stick with version 10 until they can update this properly.
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The Truth about Addiction and Recovery
The Truth about Addiction and Recovery
by Stanton Peele
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.33

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grounded in research not emotion -- for those turned off by AA, 12 Jun. 2008
I'm not an AA devotee nor a devotee to any form of recovery. But I can honestly say all the "Anonymous" programmes are off-putting to so many people. This book is a doorway to help for those who do not want a very American, very religious focused path to recovery.

Not only religious or spiritual people need help recovering from substance abuse. People who want an approach that works without the cult-like feel of the 12-step programmes cannot do better than to start here.

I believe this reivew, like all those that praise this approach, will get slammed by those lurking 12-steppers (not representative of all) who are intolerant and afraid of other approaches gaining sway. That's a shame... but for those looking for something to help without the baggage, this book will set you on a great path.
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Thomas & Friends Giant Floor Puzzle (24 pieces)
Thomas & Friends Giant Floor Puzzle (24 pieces)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My son has not stopped playing with it!, 3 Jun. 2008
What more needs to be said... my 3.5 yr old son who usually cannot focus on one thing for five minutes loves it, it is right for his age range, and he has taken it apart and put it together no less than four times a day since we gave it to him. Very good play-value for money.

A Guide To Keeping Hens In Your Garden [DVD]
A Guide To Keeping Hens In Your Garden [DVD]
Offered by becksdvds-co-uk
Price: £16.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but somewhat flawed -- great for gardeners though, 22 May 2008
Overall, for the average person approaching hen keeping for the first time, you will get a generally helpful dose of advice on chickens, eggs, housing, feeding, care and grooming of birds (if you show them), hatching, broodies, chicks... with lots of pretty visuals... but there are some production flaws that are irritating.

For instance, in the discussion on choosing the right kind of chicken feed, Francine Raymond, the host, speaks to a feed producer and they speak about certain grains in short-hand, not naming them. Ms Raymond shows a bag of some grain, for example, and they both smile and say, Oh yes now that is a very oily one and good to give in the spring time.... but what is it? No idea. There are moments like that, which ruin an otherwise good video.

Also, unfortunately, the host comes across as a bit smug, which can turn off some viewers -- but as she really does know her stuff, I suppose that is par for the course and must be taken with a grain of salt.

The best reason to get this video, though, is if you are a keen gardener and want to know how to design a garden, your planting, around your chickens, so they can live in harmony with you without creating a wasteland. Ms Raymond walks you through her garden in one section, detailing lists of plants that are "chicken proof", as she calls them. Also a few tips on how to fence off and keep chickens away from the plants they do want to eat. That section is unique to this video, in comparison to other videos (and most books), and reason enough to get it if you really are keen on creating a chicken-friendly garden (or a garden-friendly chicken).

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