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The Astronaut Wives Club
The Astronaut Wives Club
by Lily Koppel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The wives story, 16 Jan. 2014
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Interesting to hear about the stories of the lives of the wives of the early Astronaults.
It is really surprising how little support or guidance was give to the very first group.

However as the programme expands through the 60s and 70s it gets harder to follow the wives, and it gets a bit confusing. It's the kind of story which would really benefit from a Historical Fiction writer telling the story. I did get quite confused at times.

It is shocking how NASA wanted the Astronauts to be clean cut family men; but also couldn't care less about them seeing their families or helping their families if there was a disaster.

Its a good read, and thoroughly researched. A great resource for contemporary history. However it might have benefitted by only focussing on the first group of wives. It also does read a little like a well written PhD thesis at times.


AURAGLOW 5w COB LED GU10 Light Bulb, Warm White, 50w EQV- 350 Lumens - RETROFIT
AURAGLOW 5w COB LED GU10 Light Bulb, Warm White, 50w EQV- 350 Lumens - RETROFIT
Offered by Safield Dist. Ltd

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, if it fits, 16 Jan. 2014
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Nice idea, but it didn't fit my light fitting. The description doesn't make it clear how to check if it will fit. The pins are too big.
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What's Inside?: See-through pages and magic surprises!
What's Inside?: See-through pages and magic surprises!
by OKIDO
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of interesting facts, 19 Dec. 2013
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This is a really good book for the small child who is interested in facts. It gives lots of information on the body, machines, buildings and nature. The special feature is that is asks "What do you think is inside" for example "a cave" and then you can hold the page up to the light to see what might be inside. Then when you turn the page you can see the inside and learn more about it.
The final section allows you to draw your own "insides" for various things.

The book has a strudy hard cover, and is mainly printed on a rough paper (not shiny and glossy as I sort of expected). The colours used are more muted than I expected too. However this is helpful for the more interactive pages.

It is a great gift for the inquisitive child, and asks some very interesting questions eg. "What is the difference between an Alien and a Robot?".


How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer: Inspirational Sketchbooks - Tips from Top Designers
How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer: Inspirational Sketchbooks - Tips from Top Designers
by Celia Joicey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.05

5.0 out of 5 stars For aspiring Fashion Designers everywhere., 5 Dec. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I would guess this is aimed at teenagers, but is suitable for preteens to adults.
It has a forward by Zandra Rhodes, and is a good basic guide to what is involved in fashion designing.
It starts with the basics, moves through some designers, then on to the serious business of drawing people and designs. It finishes with discussions of mood boards, whether or not you should go to Art college, and what you need to do to get a job as a fashion designer.


Braun Oral-B TriZone 600 Electric Toothbrush - Black
Braun Oral-B TriZone 600 Electric Toothbrush - Black
Price: £28.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Black electric toothbrush!, 5 Dec. 2013
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A limited edition Black toothbrush from Oral B. Maybe an ideal gift for you teen?
Mine also came with a limited edition travel case. Which is great as the toothbrush lasts for at least a couple of weeks on one charge, which should be plenty for most holidays, for longer travel you may need to take a charger, but that won't add much to your luggage. The travel case holds the toothbrush snugly and can hold two brush heads.

The toothbrush charges via a standard Oral B charger. It can be stored on the charger and will not over charge. However if like me you charge it, and then unplug it the charge seems to last for quite a while. When it gets low on charge it flashes to let you know you need to charge it.

Okay so how is it for cleaning your teeth? Great!
My dentist has said my teeth and gums have never been better. I think the best thing is the inbuilt timer, it vibrates after each 30 seconds for 2 minutes. This means that I brush my teeth for a full two minutes (you can tell when 2 minutes is up as it vibrates for slightly longer). It also means that I pay attention to each area of my mouth evenly, so the tops and backs really get a good brushing even when I'm in a hurry.

You can use either the round Brush heads or the "more traditional looking" straight one, I use the straight one and do find it does a fabulous job of getting out stuff between the teeth too.

Overall a good toothbrush.


Case Logic QTS210K Sleeve for iPad/10.1 inch Tablet
Case Logic QTS210K Sleeve for iPad/10.1 inch Tablet
Price: £13.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seems good but....., 28 Nov. 2013
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It seems pretty well made, and a nice sturdy home for your iPad. Easy to use in the case, the bit that covers it while you carry your iPad around, unzips leaving just one side still attached, it then swivels around and can be rezipped. This keeps it out of the way while you use the iPad. There is even a pull out stand so you can rest it on a surface, for example when watching a film.

Why only one star? Well the zip in mine was faulty. It was very hard to zip and unzip. Within about 10 minutes of first opening the teeth had deformed, just by my family trying to open and close the zip. So I have a piece of worthless junk.

However if the zip actually works then it would probably get 4 or more.


The Boys In The Boat
The Boys In The Boat
by Daniel James Brown
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the book about rowing for non rowers, 21 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Boys In The Boat (Hardcover)
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I don't row. I have never rowed. Not even in a freshers boat at Oxford.
I have though watched the Varsity Boat race since a child, and like anyone whose been to Oxford or Cambridge, I know a bit about the cold morning, and bumps etc.

Although having read this book I don't think anyone has a right to complain about cold mornings on either the Thames or the Cam again. Rowing in Washington State or almost anywhere in the US seemed to need an extra degree of hardiness.

This tell the story of a group of boys from Washington State University, who learnt to row, learnt to become a winning team, beating first their rivals from California, and then those from the Ivy league Universities in the East. Then earn the right to represent the US in the 1936 Olympics, only to be told they can only go if the can raise the money to pay their own way.

These are poor boys, who have experienced hardship, and are also working their way through college. The context is just after the depression and during the dust bowl disaster. This historical context is nicely explained, but without being a boring lecture taking away from the central story.

The biggest central focus is on the story of Joe Kantz - whose life tells us a lot about what life was like for young men at the time. He travels surprisingly widely, has an especially compelling family background and works in a lot of different places. By the end of the book I was desperate for him to get back into the lead boat and go to the Olympics.

For those who are keen followers of rowing, there are some lovely depictions of some of the early greats in rowing.

It is an interesting and thought provoking book; whether you are keen on rowing or just interested in people.


Braun Satin Hair 7 HD730 Iontec Dryer
Braun Satin Hair 7 HD730 Iontec Dryer
Offered by pegasus trading
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the pseudo science - a good hairdryer, 21 Nov. 2013
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This hairdryer isn't for those who just like to point and dry, but its wealth of extra features can give you a really professional finish. It comes with both a styling nozzle and diffuser. It has a choice of heat and power settings. It can also give a cool shot to "set" your style.
The real key feature is button which releases "satin ions" which give you a smooth finish. Okay the claim is rubbish, there are not such thing as "satin ions" as most people with a GCSE in science could tell you. However use of this button does result in a sleeker, less fizzy finish.
Finally it has technology to prevent your hair being sucked into the bake of the dryer, so no more burnt hair smell. You can even apparently clean the filter (I haven't done that yet).


Gifted and Talented
Gifted and Talented
by Wendy Holden
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit?, 21 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Gifted and Talented (Paperback)
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It is an enjoyable enough read.

At the start Isabel travels from Scotland to an ancient university in England (the direction seems like Oxford but the description of the place is more like Cambridge). This is where my first annoyance happened, when Olly describes her as a "genius" for having got in from a Comprehensive. Sorry but a lot of people get into both Oxford and Cambridge from Comprehensives (and did so even back in the 1980s).
Next, I wasn't sure if it was supposed to be set in the present day or back in the 1980s. If the later I could almost forgive the lack of fund raising skills by the college, and a bit more of Isabel's naivety. If it is supposed to be present day - well I can't forgive either (my old college has been using students to phone alumni for years now). The finances do seem to hint at present student funding, but don't seemed to have been researched enough.
Next there is a supposed "it" girl, Amber. A kind of "Paris Hilton" goes to college. Okay except Porter's I knew wouldn't turn a "blind eye" to rule breaking even if you were the Crown Prince of Japan. I also wonder how she would have got the grades to get in etc. (Plus at Oxford she could have been sent down before matriculating for bringing "the gown into disrepute".)
Next there is Jasper de Borchy, whose older brother has a name that seems almost libellous to someone I know. He is arrogant, powerful and a member of a "Bullingdon Club" type society, but again its depiction is pretty defamatory.
Then there is the other romance, between my two favourite characters; Diana the college gardener and Richard the College head. However this annoyed me, as Wendy doesn't allow herself enough room to develop the characters realistically; its a bit too fairy tale ish. I also hated the stereotypical portrayal of working class life in Isabel's neighbours. Has the writer even spoke to working class people, or spent more than 10 minutes on a council estate?

A good beach read, but not one to bring home with you to re-read. Definitely not a good guide to student life!


Everything Around Me is Destroyed or Damaged
Everything Around Me is Destroyed or Damaged
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing short stories, 21 Nov. 2013
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These are great short stories. Set in an everyday world, but with some interesting twists. My favourite is the penultimate one, probably worth the purchase for this story alone!


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