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Is it Just Me?
Is it Just Me?
by Miranda Hart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.43

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile, 1 Nov 2013
This review is from: Is it Just Me? (Paperback)
This book appears to be have been written by a teenager with a poor style.
The monotonous crawl through her 'younger self' is cringeworthy, together with her all too often references to 'MDRC'. To save you reading the book MDRC stands for 'My Dear Reader Chum'. Well, I'm not.
I've gone off watching her acting on TV (or anywhere else she pops up).

Police, Crime & 999: The True Story of a Front Line Officer
Police, Crime & 999: The True Story of a Front Line Officer
by John Donoghue
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.29

7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tedious overworked style, 11 Sep 2011
Maybe it's because the author was a policeman and as such not a writer by profession, that this book, whilst starting out okay, soon leaves you with the feeling that you've got a long journey on your hands.

Whilst it's in parts interesting to read the stories of 'life on the line', some of it's stuff I've heard before and I'm left wondering how much of the book is urban myth. The author has a habit of starting a story only to diverge, and following an excursion to some side topic he very frequently has to say 'But I digress.'. This phrase is peppered throughout the book and gets really rather annoying.

The humour is there - if you consider it funny - and the author no doubt feels proud of the fact that he was able to 'put that one in'. Most people would just roll their eyes.

If you're looking for real behind the scenes information, you'll be disappointed. What there is of 'life in the station' you could probably make up yourself with a bit of imagination.

This book is readable for those wanting couch-potato entertainment. Unless of course you consider it challenging to guess where the next 'But I digress.' is coming.
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Scotland Yard
Scotland Yard
Offered by LUDIBAY
Price: £25.86

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland Yard - Detectives chase the elusive Mr. X!!!!!!, 26 Oct 2001
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Scotland Yard (Toy)
This board game is simply great great fun. Based upon a map of central London, upto 5 detectives chase Mr. X - the baddie - around London either by taxi, bus or underground (subway in US parlance). Mr. X only appears on the board at specific intervals at which point the detectives make plans to 'close the net'. He then disappears off the map and moves around. All that the detectives know is whether he takes a taxi or a bus or the underground. That's until Mr. X decides to use one of his black cards that lets him move without letting the detectives know what mode of transport he took!!!!! And, sometimes he can take a double move, and he alone can travel up the river Thames. Just when the detectives think they have him snared, Mr. X emerges on the other side of town, amazing the detectives with his deviousness. The game ends when either one of the detectives land on the spot occupied by Mr. X - the detectives win, or the detectives run out of travel tickets - Mr. X wins.
This is an easy game to learn to play (age 6-99), and the instructions are clear and fun to read. From an educational perspective, it scores in respect to communication and logic skills. Not much is learnt about the landmarks of London although some are mentioned.
If there is a draw back, it would be that as the detectives are allowed to talk to eachother about how they will plan the capture of Mr. X, it is possible that one person gets bossy and tells the other detectives where to move to. Nevertheless, this could be construed as valuable learning aid to assertiveness..
A great game that always ends with a cheer!!!!
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