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Creature Teacher Goes Wild (Creature Teacher 2)
Creature Teacher Goes Wild (Creature Teacher 2)
by Sam Watkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More zany adventures, 31 July 2015
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This is the second book about Creature teacher and is authored by Sam Watkins, with the collaboration of David O'Connell, who does all the madcap artwork. My niece and I can wholeheartedly attest to that O'Connell’s “illustrations Pop off the page like fireworks”. The pictorials are monochrome, which really bring the narrative to life. Add into the mix the short chapters and zany adventures based around a school trip to a theme park – and you have great book for its target audience of children aged 7 to 9. Jake and company are pupils in Mr Hyde class. Without giving away too much of the plot, Mr Hyde - who is much beloved by his class of children,who has a little secret – that will unfortunately have a huge impact, if found out by the headteacher Ms blunt. Therefore, Jake and friends need help Mr Hyde keep his secret.

This is a good children’s book is both funny and engaging.
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Samsonite Luggage Strap, 25 cm, Indigo Blue 61595 1439
Samsonite Luggage Strap, 25 cm, Indigo Blue 61595 1439
Price: £22.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bag arrives without TSA Luggage Strap, 31 July 2015
I bought these for a friend who is travelling overseas for the first time. There are two reasons why I got these, firstly and most importantly as added extra security on the suitcase. If the appropriate officials need to check the bag, well they can get in without breaking anything. The second reason is so my friend does not walk off with somebody else's case, I (as has happened to my other half, when somebody took her bag!) would hope the combination of suitcase type plus the strap should help him narrow down the choice of bag on the conveyor belt. However, On arriving at the destination the bag arrived minus the 'Tsa Us Security Luggage Strap' !? Hence my rating of two stars - I might add that a colleague has reported that his brother had they same thing happen to them.


Project Management For Dummies
Project Management For Dummies
by Nick Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a great addition to your library, 31 July 2015
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If you are new to the field project management, this book is a great addition to your library. This title shows business professionals what works and what doesn't by examining the field's best practices.

Project Management for Dummies goes over defining the project, who your target audience is, breaking down the project into its constituent actions, making network diagrams, approximating budget and timelines, scheduling for other resources, making the most of the latest technology and software that can help, team member roles and tasks, risk management, tracking progress, communication, leadership and organisation. Clear, concise and well written, this text provides valuable guidance and insights into successful project management. It also shows how best to avoid, the most common problems, which can ensnare even the best of project managers.

The Dummies guide walks you through, using a gradually methodology through the fundamentals, and gets you “started off on the right foot”. There is good use of illustrations and has very well written text, all which is done in a reader friendly manner. This is a book that you can take at your own pace and zero in on the matters of most relevance to you and your task at hand. You are able to dip into as and when required.


301556 External HDD LaCie Rugged Mini 2.5'' 500GB USB3 7200RPM Shock &
301556 External HDD LaCie Rugged Mini 2.5'' 500GB USB3 7200RPM Shock &
Offered by Semicom LTD
Price: £77.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Real Problems - very poor build quailty, 30 July 2015
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Based on the specifications, and the reviews of this storage device on Amazon, I bought two to solve my storage needs (at different times). Plus I also liked and it's perceived `ruggedness' of said product. The first device died after having it for the less than 24 hours! It appears the controller card failed - very poor. The second drive lasted 6 months, it never failed outright but the heat issues were such that you could burn yourself, and hence I returned it. These devices were never abused and were used with care. I may have been unlucky, but it has stopped me buying another of these products by LaCie. Credit to Amazon for very good customer service with resolving the issues I had. Search the Web and see other reviews and blogs, as I am not the only person to have real problems with these devices. Clearly these devices are more style than function - all very poor and hence not recommended at all.
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1 Million Paco Rabanne Shower Gel for Him 150 ml
1 Million Paco Rabanne Shower Gel for Him 150 ml
Offered by Grey light
Price: £15.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely smelling and very trendy shower gel from Paco Rabanne, 30 July 2015
We bought this for our nephew who absolutely loves this fragrance - so we got him the shower gel so he could "layer the fragrance", after his shower. As the shower gel helps to reinforce the fragrance. For him the tones range from Oriental/spicy, Fresh and Citrus/fruity. In his own words he says that not only smells great it has reasonable longevity on application.


A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
by Jackie Copleton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amaterasu, elderly survivor of Nagasaki, is confronted with her past, 29 July 2015
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The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The narrative is about Amaterasu, who along with her husband leave Japan after the war. Amaterasu is living in a retirement home in the United Sates, her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo died when the Americans attacked Nagasaki with an atom bomb. Amaterasu is truly alone as her husband has passed away and there is nobody else who is close to her, in her new homeland. When one day someone, who is badly burned, shows up on her doorstep and tells her he is Hideo – the grandson she presumed died during the horrific events of August 9, 1945.

The last conventional U.S Air Force raid on Nagasaki occurred the August 1, 1945, and was deemed effective to a degree. The damage from these few bombs was relatively small, it, however, created considerable concern in Nagasaki and a number of people, predominantly school children, were evacuated to rural areas for safety, thus reducing the populace in the city at the time of the atomic attack on Thursday, August 9, 1945. On that day, a plutonium bomb code named "Fat Man" was used by the U.S Air Force. In fact, Kokura province was the primary target, or intended target for the "Fat Man" bomb. However, due to poor visibility the secondary target of Nagasaki was chosen (Major Charles Sweeney, commander of the B29 bomber, had orders to drop the bomb visually and not by radar, hence he diverted to the secondary target, of Nagasaki) – and thus the cities’ fate was sealed.

After 53 seconds from its release, the bomb named "Fat Man” exploded at 11:02 a.m. at an approximate altitude of 1,800 feet - some 39,000–80,000 people were killed. About half of these died instantly, while the other half suffered prolonged deaths.

Jackie Copleton, the author, paints a sensitively told narrative about an absorbing woman with a heart-breaking past, who also suffers from guilt. This is a narrative, which is encapsulated within a complicated history, much of which remains secret until the end of the book. At times, it is quite intriguing and the reader is left wanting to know more. Jackie Copleton tells us a poignant tale, which is done with great sensitivity, thus making it even more striking.


Quatermass [Blu-ray] [1979]
Quatermass [Blu-ray] [1979]
Dvd ~ John Mills
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its "harvest" time, 28 July 2015
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In the near future, Civilisation is crumbling through social decay. Through the decay, Professor Quatermass searches for his missing granddaughter. Meanwhile an awesomely powerful beam of light is striking from the depths of outer space; each time apparently crowds of young people seem to just disappear. However, Quatermass and a young astronomer, Joe Kapp who is trying to investigate strange signals from space using the last working pieces of electronic equipment. They find the “Planet People” at a nearby stone circle, as on other recent occasions a light appears, the signal appears, - and the people disappear. Can this be a Russian plot? On the other hand, could it be something altogether more grisly purpose?

The premise for the narrative was very much a product of it times and was influenced by contemporary political events such as strikes, power cuts, the Oil Crisis and developments in the Space Race. The story while commissioned by the BBC was eventually brought to the TV by ITV. John Mills rendition of Professor Quatermass was apparently not well liked by Nigel Kneale who said he "didn't have the authority for Quatermass". Nigel Kneale was not too happy, in fact, with the entire ensemble – apart from the high production values.

My Thoughts:

I very much a fan of the late Nigel Kneales’ work, and enjoyed his unique look at speculative fiction/chiller. While the special affects at times are rather ‘ropey’ especially the outer space scenes. I enjoyed this production and believe it is worthy of good four-star rating and still worth a viewing.
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New 2015 A-Level Biology for AQA: Year 1 & AS Student Book with Online Edition
New 2015 A-Level Biology for AQA: Year 1 & AS Student Book with Online Edition
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New 2015 A-Level Biology for AQA, 28 July 2015
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With this “New 2015 A-Level Biology for AQA: Year 1 & AS Student Book” edition there is a good basic book covering its topics reasonably well. This guide should supplement a student's notes, certain more in-depth texts.

This is a guide that is written in a concise but readable format, the layout is well done with colour coded good examples and there are good Q and As. Unlike the monotone dreary books that can still be found out there. This edition will get students past there exam with some of the lower passing grades, but they will need to know this guide well. For those students who want to attain higher grades then they will need to supplement this guide with other materials. To summarise then this guide is OK, and cover the areas that are needed, but not enough to ensure those students who need top grades.

This book contains a unique and useful code at the back that can be used to explore topics beyond the text to the latest updated information on the web site.


Honeywell HHV180E Pro Series Power Fan 135 W
Honeywell HHV180E Pro Series Power Fan 135 W
Price: £76.41

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is good heavy duty fan, 27 July 2015
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This fan really packs an excellent punch for getting airflow and cooling a room. It is a nice design, easy to handle – that said it is a little heavy to move around. As other reviewers have pointed the unit pictured is not the one we got, rather the controls are at the rear – as opposed to the side. Looks and feels well-made and robust. The fan can be rather noisy, but the trade-off here is that it does shift a huge amount of air as a trade-off. This is not a fan that you would get for a small home or office, where space is a premium, but for a medium to large space. The fan arrived in a box, with an outer layer of plastic covering and fully assembled, might add it is worth keeping hold of the box for winter storage.

A good piece of kit that does a good job.

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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Clark, Christopher (2013) Hardcover
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Clark, Christopher (2013) Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We all muddled into war." (Lloyd George on 1914), 26 July 2015
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As we approach the first 2014 and, what will be the first centennial, I am sure there will be a plethora of academic publications that will deal with all aspects of the `Great War' also known as the `First World War'. Mr C Clark's book at some 697 pages long is not a light read by any means that said it is readable, with good referencing and research. The start of the book deals with an exploration, in depth, of the players and triggers which brought the Balkans situation/crisis as the pre-eminent catalyst that lead to World War.

Two thirds of way through the book the language of the narrative, for me seemed to get convoluted and I seemed to have stumbled in the arena of a chauvinistic nature of early 20th century male dominated areas of power play and politics of Europe, while I could understand the need explain and flesh out the greater background, I found narrative flow was way off course. I guess I will need to re-read this book. Still this a well done piece of research and presented not in dry and mundane fashion, as some I have read. If this period of history is something that interests you, then I would recommend purchasing this book, or at the very least, getting it from your local library.

Lastly returning to Lloyd George, who was Prime Minister during the WW1, his comments some 22 years later on Hitler and his leadership of Germany was very supportive to say the least, in `Appeasement of Germany', 1919-1945 (published 2011) page 247 Lloyd George says Hitler was "the greatest living German". So maybe quoting him, as my title for this review may not have been such a good idea?

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