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Fisher Price Gold Fish Potty
Fisher Price Gold Fish Potty
Price: 17.49

5.0 out of 5 stars My God, the clutter., 31 Mar 2014
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Things they don't tell you about fatherhood #457: Babies need more stuff than you could possibly credit, and within the first year your tasefully appointed home will be knee deep in coloured plastic and up to a thousand babygros, the boy Vinnie possessing more clothes after 8 months on the planet than I've managed to acquire in 50.

So almost anything that will even slightly reduce the clutter is warmly welcomed, and when this three -in- one potty, toilet trainer and footstool came up I ordered it straight away, my bit of the bathroom now 18" square and shrinking every day.

Like all Fisher Price products, it's designed and manufactured to a very high standard and is a little more expensive than you'd expect it to be, but at least it isn't emblazoned with a Disney character or that bloody tank engine, rather you get what FP fancy to be a goldfish but is in reality a member of the flatfish family, perhaps a coprophilic plaice. It's got a lot going for it, as far as potties go. Recommended.


Fisher-Price Deluxe Stroller Activity Centre
Fisher-Price Deluxe Stroller Activity Centre
Price: 13.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of play value., 31 Mar 2014
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As with all Fisher Price products, a lot of play content and thoughtful design going on here, with lots of different activities, colours, patterns and textures to stimulate. Well made and durable, and a fair price at Amazon's current ask.


From Here to Eternity (Penguin Modern Classics)
From Here to Eternity (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very long, but worth it., 31 Mar 2014
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a novel set in a Hawaiian US army camp around the time of Pearl Harbour, centred round fatalistic protagonist Sgt. Milt Warden.

I acquired this as I'm collecting the Penguin Modern Classics list, rather than a particular interest in the author or subject matter, Thus the sheer size of this book came as a bit of a surprise - A 1000 page doorstop, and considerably longer than the sort of stuff I'm used to reading. Add to that the huge cast of characters and the massive amount of descriptive detail and you have a book that demands a sizable commitment of time and mental effort from the reader It's fair to say that by current standards, 'FTHE' is very overwritten, and a lot of readers will be put off by the sheer weight of text.

Persist though, and the reasons for it's classic status emerge, character studies of disaffected youndvfdtgg men working within the banalities of army life. I'm glad i stuck with it.


Fisher-Price Rainforest Open Top Take Along Swing
Fisher-Price Rainforest Open Top Take Along Swing
Price: 64.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot going on here., 31 Mar 2014
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One of the things I didn't really grasp as a new Dad was the little lad's low boredom threshhold. I'd thought that in between feeds and cuddles he'd be quite happy in his cot with a rag doll or an old sock.

That was of course very naive of me: In reality, the house has filled up over the months with a series of ever more elaborate gizmos designed to keep him engaged for at least long enough for me to scarf down a bacon sandwich and a mug of coffee whilst answering my emails,

Fisher Price obviously understand this issue, and whilst I don't think you could call their products competitively priced, this swing, like everything else they make has been carefully designed to generate as much entertainment value as possible, - lots of different tunes, a colourful seat and a couple of stuffed toys on the mobile , etc. so lots to keep him happy. It would have a working life of perhaps five months, per child, from about a month old until 6 months when they're getting . antsy to move about.


Tacwise Z1-140 Staple Gun. Staple Gun Tacker
Tacwise Z1-140 Staple Gun. Staple Gun Tacker
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this., 31 Mar 2014
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As a teacher, I really bought this for doing wall displays: The ones that are issued by schools seem to last five minutes before the mechanism gets stuck. It's probably in reality a bit too heavy duty for stapling paper to wallboards, being more of an upholstery/garden/interior decorating gizmo, but it's obviously a lot better designed and more durable than the ones I've used in the past, so I'm very pleased with it. Good price, too.


Men Rock Cut Throat Shavette
Men Rock Cut Throat Shavette
Offered by Gadget Grotto
Price: 9.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite, but nearly a solution., 31 Mar 2014
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One of the things they don't tell you about middle age is that you get progressively worse at shaving, the combined result of facial droop, tougher bristles and general decrepitude. These days I usually have to do it twice with a disposable, and and I still find a stray patch of bristle in the mirror when I get to work.

Alternatives though, are difficult. We all know that electric shavers don't work, and I've got aesthetic and financial reservations about 12 bladed turbo razors styled like racing cars wherein the blades cos more than the razor.

Cut throat it is then, but then there's the stropping and whatnot, I'm a busy man. The USP here though, is that the shaver takes straight razor blades (which you have to break in half) that slip into the area where the blade would be on a cuthroat.

It takes a lot of practise to get used to shaving this way (I believe barbers used to practise on foam-covered balloons) but you do get the closest possible shave if you go through the stages properly, using a hot towel, oil, etc. It's too time consuming for me to do every day, but shaving like this on a Sunday evening seems to keep me a bit more presentable during the week.

A star off, though, because if your going to go the gentleman's route, everythings got to be matchy- matchy, and the Menrock range, as far as I can see, falls a bit short on presenting a coordinated range of requisites - their shaving brush is white/perspex and their bowl stainless steel, so I had to buy black versions of these from another manufacturer.


San Miguel
San Miguel
by T.C. Boyle
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Character Vs. Circumstance, 31 Mar 2014
This review is from: San Miguel (Hardcover)
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TC Boyle is able to occupy any genre, any theme, and make it his own: Book by book, you never know whats going to come along next. In fact, I think this wild eclecticism has probably been somewhat to the detriment of him being a more widely read author.

Certainly, coming after the last few thriller-ish books I've read by him, this moving meditation on female isolation and struggle is a real curveball: Set on the titular island of the American coast, it recounts 3 true life stories of women fighting against both landscape and circumstance. As with all of Mr. Boyles books, it's beautifully written, literary yet completely accessible, and existing fans will enjoy it as much as his previous work.

Having said that, in a career that's been almost defined by atypicality, this is perhaps his most atypical, and perhaps not the one to start with if your new to him. Maybe start with 'The Tortilla Curtain' or 'Drop City'?


Fool (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries)
Fool (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries)
by Frederick Dillen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.64

3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, but not for everyone., 31 Mar 2014
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Nancy Pearl, an American librarian and broadcaster, curates the 'Book Lust' series,, reissues of comparatively obcure novels which she feels are worthy of a new, wider audience.

As with 'Fool' her choices have tended to American literary fiction: Fool is the story of broker Barnaby Griswold, who's charmed life falls apart after he is accused of insider trading. The novel sees him reflecting on his past and himself as as he attempts to start again.

This isn't at all a bad book, but it's certainly not one that will have universal, or even broad, appeal: It's the sort of American literary comedy that a lot of Britons (well, me, anyway) don't really grasp as being humourous, and something of an effort to get through in parts.

This sort of highlights my general feelings about the 'Book Lust' series, in that whilst I've no doubt Ms. Pearl has meticulous taste, it's somewhat difficult to define what that taste is, the books varying quite a lot in tone. The Book Lust logo then, for me, not being the sort of badge of recommendation that is perhaps it's purpose.


Sushi Slim
Sushi Slim
by Makiko Sano
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Don't think of it as a diet book., 13 Jan 2014
This review is from: Sushi Slim (Paperback)
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This is just what I've been looking for - a simple, step by step guide to producing sushi and bento boxes. It's an elegant book with excellent sequential prep. photos and information on ingrediients an techniques, and I needed something like it to start making this technically challenging cuisine. A star off though, for the redundant idea of presenting it as a new diet fad. If you started eating Japanese food, with it's focus on grilled chicken and fish, vegetables, and small portions, you'd lose weight. It doesn't need to be dressed up with a lot of calorie counting and pseudoscience.


The Demolition of the Century
The Demolition of the Century
by Duncan Sarkies
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.06

3.0 out of 5 stars Don't be misled by the blurb., 13 Jan 2014
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I've no idea why publishers do this.

If I was a publisher, and I wanted to appeal to a readership interested in funny novels, I'd probably sign up some funny novelists and publish their funny novels, which appears to me both a simple and elegant solution.

What I wouldn't do, I don't think, is this, i.e. pretend a fairly serious novel is humourous, on the grounds that the writer once wrote an episode of Flight Of The Conchords. That would I think, manage to alienate everyone; the reader, who's been fooled into buying something that isn't what it says it is: The author, who's work has been misrepresented and who will in the long run lose readers because of this, Flight Of The Conchords, who's name is being stuck willy-nilly on anything that comes out of New Zealand without their blessing, and the Kiwis as a whole, who are being represented as a culture that only produces anything the world notices about once every twenty years.

This book has abslutely nothing in commmon, at all with FOTC, and to market it in this way is like claiming a pair of lamb cutlets would appeal to fans of the rich soprano voice of Kiri Ti Kanawa, (or vice versa!) stupid and desperate. Publishers do this a lot, though.

The novel itself, when you get past the idea it's not actually supposed to be funny,* is OK, a multiple viewpoint human drama, but obviously nobody who orders it is going to know that from the blurb, and will be disappointed. As other reviewers have noted, the cover is also oddly dissonant from the contents, looking something like an EL Doctorow novel about 30s America.

*At least, I hope not.


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