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A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes
by Adam Rutherford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible introduction to genetics., 25 July 2016
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I'm getting to that stage of life where one realises how ignorant one is - ah, for the certainties of youth - and am devouring a lot of new knowledge at a point in time where it's never going to do me much good. Genetics is yet another subject I know nowt about, so I enjoyed this very readable introduction, which is thankfully light on the complexities of DNA and heavy on the interesting historical aspects of genetics and human ancestry.

It does suffer a bit from what I call Brysonitis, the tendency for science writers to adopt a humorous tone even if they're not particularly adept at the funny stuff, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. Recommended.


Nivea Sun Protect and Sensitive Sun Lotion High SPF 50 - 200 ml
Nivea Sun Protect and Sensitive Sun Lotion High SPF 50 - 200 ml
Price: £6.38

5.0 out of 5 stars A good choice., 25 July 2016
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This is the one we always buy when the family goes on holiday: It has a high SPF, is unscented and is designed for sensitive skins, which means it's suitable for the whole family. The pump action bottle makes it easier to apply and we find that one bottle lasts the whole holiday. Recommended.


Maybelline Vivid Matte Lipstick Number 20, Coral Courage
Maybelline Vivid Matte Lipstick Number 20, Coral Courage
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very bright, but sophisticated too., 25 July 2016
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Very bright, neon-pink lip colour in a matt finish, rather than the usual high gloss, which dare I say it gives a bit of a more sophisticated, grown-up effect. The brush applicator makes it easy to apply and it lasted an evening. Nicely packaged.


L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Number 7, Golden Beige
L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Number 7, Golden Beige
Price: £10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Lot of packaging, little product., 25 July 2016
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Whilst there's nothing wrong with the effectiveness of this product - It comprises a sponge soaked in liquid foundation and 'pure water' , a standard sponge applicator, both in a compact with a mirror in the lid. It's a fine light foundation, but one should ask oneself how much you're spending on the fairly redundant packaging - you're never far away from a cotton pad and a mirror, are you? - and how much you're getting of the product itself: not a lot, I reckon, given the dimensions of the sponge.

However, this wouldn't be something I would buy because of poor value so much and the inherent environmental issues: This doesn't appear to be refillable, so after a few weeks use, when it runs out, you're going to be throwing away a non-recyclable package that presumably you spent quite a large proportion of the price of the product on.


Maybelline Master Contour Crayon Number 2, Medium
Maybelline Master Contour Crayon Number 2, Medium
Offered by Tiger Lilley Cosmetics
Price: £8.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about the two-tone applicator, but good results., 25 July 2016
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A two tone-in-one crayon, like a double-sized lipstick. You can grasp the thinking behind it, wherein the appropriate light and dark tones are preselected for you, and an an adept user could quickly turn the barrel as they applied it, but in practise it's quite tricky to do, and I think most users will find it no more handy than a double ended applicator. However, once it's one and blended with a contouring brush, there's no doubt its a very effective result.


Teletubbies: A Rainy Day
Teletubbies: A Rainy Day
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun on a rainy day., 24 July 2016
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Coluourful board book. It's raining in Teletubbyland but that doesn't stop the Teletubbies having fun - they go home for some tubby toast and then go out again to splash in some puddles. A good bedtime story for children around 2 years old.


Teletubbies: Favourite Things
Teletubbies: Favourite Things
Price: £2.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Lala has lost her ball., 24 July 2016
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Full colour board book. The Teletubbies want to play with their favourite things, but Lala can't find her ball. It's in every picture, but none of the Teletubbies can see it. Can you help Lala find it? A good bedtime story for children around 2 years old.


Charcoal Joe: The Latest Easy Rawlins Mystery: Easy Rawlins 14
Charcoal Joe: The Latest Easy Rawlins Mystery: Easy Rawlins 14
by Walter Mosley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.94

4.0 out of 5 stars It ain't cheesy being Easy., 24 July 2016
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Walter Mosley is in the top echelon of US crime writers, and a new Easy Rawlins novel is an automatic purchase for any fan of contemporary Noir. No.14 sees Easy setting up a new detective agency in 1960s LA with the money he made in the last novel in the series 'Rose Gold' whilst getting embroiled in trying to prove the innocence of the titular characters son, who has been accused of murder. As always, there's some quite complex plotting and old characters returning, so whilst it's a great read as always, I wouldn't recommend it if you're new to the series. - Go back to the start with 'Devil In A Blue Dress' and go on from there.


Selfie: The Changing Face of Self Portraits
Selfie: The Changing Face of Self Portraits
by Susie Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Questionable premise., 23 July 2016
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Children's book, aimed at KS2. The idea that the iPhone 'selfie' has claims to art is an interesting idea, but it's not an idea explored here. Rather it's a capsule history of the self portrait, presenting the, to me, questionable idea that the selfie (extrovert,external) is comparative to the art discussed, which was generally introverted and internal. Van Gogh didn't paint himself with his ear cut off to get some likes on Facebook.


Vogue Goes Pop Colouring Book
Vogue Goes Pop Colouring Book
by Iain R Webb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting text, not too great pics., 23 July 2016
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Iain R Webb was the hugely influential fashion editor of Blitz magazine in the 1980s, and later had a long career as a respected fashion journalist and lecturer. Here he's got some old copies of Vogue out of the attic and some tracing paper, and got on board the colouring-in bandwagon. The text on fashion history is interesting and informed, but I think people into the colouring in thing will find the pictures a bit lacking in detail and interest.


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