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Murder, She Wrote (PC CD)
Murder, She Wrote (PC CD)
Offered by GX-ENTERTAINMENT UK
Price: £19.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy peasy but quite fun, 1 Feb 2013
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is a simple point-and-click Hidden Objects game, with the additional challenge of blanked-out vowels in the list of the objects to be found. There are also a few extra puzzles thrown into the mix. There's no murder-mystery-solving to be done, as Jessica and her friends do all that - in fact, as someone else has commented, there's an awful lot of chat!! It's a very linear game, in that you must solve each problem before you can move on, and you can't move on to the next case until you've completed the one you're on. However, you can't really go wrong as there are additional hints (to the point of spoon-feeding) for each problem if you get stuck. It took me a couple of leisurely days to work through it. The CD loaded and worked fine on Windows Vista.

The one thing about this game that does stand out is its lovely artwork. Jessica, Seth, Amos, plus Cabot Cove and its interiors are really well done, and stay with you long after the games are finished. It would have been nicer, though, if Jessica didn't wear exactly the same outfit in each of the 5 cases! I guess it saved on drawing. As with all hidden object games it's not something with much replay value, but I might just load this up again in a year or so.


Joseph Joseph Stretch Silicone Pot Stand - Pink
Joseph Joseph Stretch Silicone Pot Stand - Pink
Price: £12.40

5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful & practical, 1 Feb 2013
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I bought 2 of these (one bright pink, one black) as a present for a couple who'd just had their kitchen refitted, and these pot stands went down very well indeed. Surprisingly heavy, but they pack away into a corner of a drawer when not in use rather than cluttering up a beautiful new worktop!

The picture on Amazon makes the pink one look a little sickly, but it's actually a true deep hot pink.


Daylight Floorstanding Reading, Art & Craft Lamp D23030-01
Daylight Floorstanding Reading, Art & Craft Lamp D23030-01
Offered by Daylight Lamps
Price: £99.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ugly efficient beast, 31 Jan 2013
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This daylight floor lamp does its job, as it produces a non-flickering bright light for my hobby work. Frankly, however, it is the ugliest piece of kit that I have in my home. With its long, large bulbous head on the end of its stalk-like neck, it reminds me strongly of the 1953 film 'War of The Worlds'. Nor is the main stem as flexible as claimed. The picture on Amazon is presumably of a different model, since the upright on mine won't flex at all; it's built with a solid upright and solid top curve, and only the part nearest the light bends up/down and back/forth. (A picture of the actual model supplied is on RNIB's website.) The magnifier stem thankfully is much more flexible but seems unwilling to bend to just the right angle I need. I've found that to see comfortably I have to move my work around, rather than the magnifier bending to my will. When seated at a desk the light is at neck height and the magnifier at chest height. It's not possible to adjust the overall height. I've tried using it to read in my armchair, but the magnifier arm isn't long enough to extend fully over my chair arm onto my book.

All in all an unsatisfactory purchase. I'm keeping it simply because it would be such a hassle to try to repack and return it, but I wish I'd bought a more flexible - and a more beautiful - lamp!
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Scotch C60 Magic Tape Dispenser - Silver - with 1 Roll of Magic Tape Supplied - For tape 19 mm x 10 m
Scotch C60 Magic Tape Dispenser - Silver - with 1 Roll of Magic Tape Supplied - For tape 19 mm x 10 m
Price: £7.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of room for a 19mm x 33m tape, 9 Jan 2013
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After yet another season of wrapping Xmas presents with my sticky tape dangling from a desk edge, I finally made a useful decision and bought this rather smart Scotch dispenser. Nice and heavy, and quite a neat size (approx 6" long, 2" wide and 3" high). All of my various 3/4" small tapes fit onto its central core/drum, some more snugly than others. Once loaded with a tape, the drum then drops securely into the body of the dispenser and doesn't pop up unexpectedly when I pull on the tape. So all in all a good design. The roll of Magic Tape supplied with this item was in fact 19mm x 33m, not the 10m advertised, so that was a nice surprise!


LEGO Lord of the Rings (PC CD)
LEGO Lord of the Rings (PC CD)
Price: £6.36

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need a controller to get the best game experience, 14 Dec 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is just a warning to potential buyers who aren't already geared up with a game controller for their pc. I can't really comment on the game itself as I'm only a few levels into it, though I'm enjoying it immensely as it's delightfully off-the-wall in a non-threatening kind of way.

Not having played video games since 'Tomb Raider' (oh how that ages me!), I couldn't resist buying this Lego LOTR game for my Windows Vista laptop. Alas, on installing it, I found that the Read Me file says: "For the best game experience it is recommended that you play LEGO® The Lord of the Rings(tm) using a dual analog game pad with six buttons. You will be unable to tip-toe /walk slowly when using a keyboard."

I ploughed on regardless but found the keyboard controls horrendously hard work (such as trying to select the right character), and for some things impossible to achieve. I finally hit a wall during 'Weathertop', where my keystrokes simply did nothing. So I caved in and bought this excellent controller Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows - Black (PC) which installed without a hitch. The game recognised the controller immediately and now properly displays on-screen prompts etc. Quite an expensive addition to my little detour into pc gameplay, but now at last I can enjoy this amusing game as it was meant to be played!
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Scrooge (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD]
Scrooge (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alastair Sim
Offered by the_record_factory
Price: £19.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of 'Scrooge' in b&w and colour, 9 Dec 2012
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This is a review of the 2-disc Collector's Edition of 'Scrooge' Scrooge (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD], a boxed set which includes both the original Black & White release from 1951, a 'Colourised' version of the same film, and a varied set of extras. I found this set to be a mixed bag of delights.

The 'digitally restored' black & white version is generally very decent, with good clear image detail and sound. However the picture suffers from too much contrast between glaring whites and deep blacks, which I found a strain until I changed my tv setting to a dimmer mode.

The 'colourised' version on the 2nd disc is rather woeful, because the transfer has chopped off some of the original picture. This was most noticeable in the Jacob Marley & First Ghost scenes, where the top half of characters' heads were missing! No matter which tv setting I used - even on 4:3 ratio - I wasn't able to view the whole picture as it was meant to be. Given that I'd bought this double-dvd set so that I could occasionally watch the tepid colour version, I feel rather short-changed.

There are quite a few extras on the discs - none too exciting, unless you're interested in a rather bored George Cole trying to summon up memories of a film made 55 years earlier! Alas there are no subtitles nor trailers. If you want a full breakdown of all the extras, search through the previous reviews for Trevor Willsmer's excellent one of 17 May 2011.

This box set was published by DD Home Entertainment in 2005, so if you're just looking for a decent b&w print of 'Scrooge' you could perhaps try Scrooge [DVD] [1951] which was produced by the same company in 2008.


LEGO Architecture 21005 : Fallingwater
LEGO Architecture 21005 : Fallingwater
Price: £70.00

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very classy but very beige, 18 Nov 2012
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This Lego Architecture model is the equivalent of a coffee table book: to be built, displayed and admired. It's a nice compact size, measuring 4.7" (11.7cm) tall, 10" (25.6cm) wide and 5" (12.8cm) deep, so it would fit nicely on a bookcase. It's quite a demanding build in terms of concentration as it's principally composed of small tiles and plates of the same colour, but the beautifully presented spiral-bound instruction book is very clear and precise. The finished product is striking and solid, with its strong cantilever design and Lego's clever depiction of water, pebbles and concrete, although the overwhelming beige colour is a bit of a let-down. It would have been better if a second colour had been used to distinguish between the concrete and limestone sections. A unique feature of 'Fallingwater' is that the finished model can be lifted out of its landscape, and sections slide out so they can be looked at more closely. All in all, it's a very classy and adult addition to Lego's Architecture Series, though I would have preferred to pay more for a bigger model with more detail as Lego has done with its magnificent 'Robie House', another stunning Frank Lloyd Wright building.

PS: While working on this model you need a couple of Lego Brick Separators to hand, to remove misplaced elements or dismantle it. The new small orange Separator only costs a couple of quid but is worth a fortune in avoiding manicurists/dentists' bills!

PPS: Unless you're in a hurry, it's useful to keep an eye out for Amazon's short-term deals on selected Lego models; I was lucky enough to snap this one up last week at a very good discount. And always check the RRP at the official Lego site, to make sure you're not being ripped off by some 3rd party supplier.


LEGO Creator 7346: Seaside House
LEGO Creator 7346: Seaside House
Price: £26.97

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful 3-in-1, 18 Nov 2012
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
As an adult fan of Lego, I couldn't resist this tiny colourful seaside house! It can be constructed in 3 versions, each of which is different enough to encourage the player to dismantle one and create another. Given that each finished house is very small indeed, there's not much room for Lego mini-figures inside even the largest model, but there's an enormous amount of amusing detail crammed onto the exterior. Lots of tiny pieces to handle, so suitable for someone with good dexterity. Excellent for exercising the imagination, and good value for money. (PS: If you're not in a hurry to buy, watch out for Amazon short-term saver deals on this and other Lego sets, and always check the RRP at Lego before buying to make sure it's not a 3rd-party rip-off.)


Superworm
Superworm
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slim title suitable for 2-3 year old, 16 Nov 2012
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I'd bought this sight-unseen as a birthday present for a 4 year old, but found it more suitable for a younger child, say a 2-3 year old. A simple story in a slim volume, with rather muddy colours in the packed drawings (suitable for a worm!) and very few words.


Eco-Friendly Reusable Foldable Shopping Tote Bag with Clip On Pouch - Navy Blue Vintage Butterfly Print
Eco-Friendly Reusable Foldable Shopping Tote Bag with Clip On Pouch - Navy Blue Vintage Butterfly Print

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, practical & pretty too, 5 Sep 2012
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Strong construction, as the bag & its handles are made out of the same piece of material - hence no possibility of the handles tearing away from an over-loaded bag! Pretty design, a little darker than the picture. One thing that surprised me is that the containing pouch is completely separate from the bag, rather than a fold-in-on-itself design. The pouch has a clip on one end so it can be attached to a larger shopper or a keyring etc; the shopping tote pops out from the other end of the pouch so it's not necessary to unclip the pouch to get at it. Folded size excluding the clip is approx 4 x 2.5 inches (10 x 6 cm). All in all a clever design and very handy.


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