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Men's Plain Bamboo Socks - Pack of 3 pairs of Bamboo socks
Men's Plain Bamboo Socks - Pack of 3 pairs of Bamboo socks
Offered by Maybury
Price: 6.50

3.0 out of 5 stars not quite as described, 17 April 2014
Firstly, the description of these socks is inaccurate. They are 75% bamboo not 80% as in the product description.

That said, they are very comfortable and handle moisture and sweating well. Athletes foot has improved considerably since wearing these.

Smart Trike Plus 3 in 1 (Pink)
Smart Trike Plus 3 in 1 (Pink)

2.0 out of 5 stars not really worth the money, 28 Mar 2014
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Hmmmm, I have to be kind as this was received as a present.

Firstly, the instructions are horrible. It's a very difficult contraption to assemble.

Once assembled, the trike is surprisingly flimsy. The 'hubcaps' fall off in use and usually end up in the boot while we are out with it, it's horrible to steer using the parents handle and veers off straight alarmingly if youre not careful. Worst of all the front wheel has detatched twice whilst in use.

Have very little faith in the product and am loathe to let little one use it unattended for fear of accidents.

Not recommended.

Bridesmaids (Extended Edition) [DVD] [2011]
Bridesmaids (Extended Edition) [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Kristen Wiig
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.63

2.0 out of 5 stars overrated and overlong, 15 Mar 2014
Why is every movie Judd Apatow is involved in at least half an hour too long?

Only intermittently funny, rarely anything other than gently amusing and could easily do without the romantic subplot which destroys the films pace.

All the funny is in the trailer, Wiig is likeable but that's not enough to carry the film for its 2 hour + running time.

Surely I can't be the only one who remembers the days when comedies know....funny?

The Talented Mr Ripley [DVD]
The Talented Mr Ripley [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Price: 4.39

3.0 out of 5 stars the positives just about cancel out the negatives., 9 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Talented Mr Ripley [DVD] (DVD)
This is a film which struggles with the basic implausibilty of the source material (The Patricia Highsmith novel, which I love but does require a fair bit of suspension of disbelief).

Jude Law is outstanding as Dickie Greenleaf whilst I couldn't take my eyes off Paltrow and Blanchett both of whom look absolutely stunning (although Blanchetts character is little more than a plot device), Hoffman puts in a scene stealing performance as Freddy Miles.

The movie stands or falls on Damon's portrayal of Ripley and he just about pulls off the simmering, underlying sociopath of the novel, unfortunately he also makes him a bit overtly weird making it difficult to believe that anyone would have anything to do with him.

Downsides? its too long and the ending is unsatisfactory, I was heartily sick of jazz come the end credits too.

An thriller with too few thrills which goes someway to proving the novel unfilmable, nice looking but empty at its heart - a bit like Tom Ripley himself in fact.

Sure Shut Axis Gate
Sure Shut Axis Gate
Offered by BabySecurity
Price: 30.97

4.0 out of 5 stars what can you say?, 8 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Sure Shut Axis Gate (Baby Product)
It's a safety gate, you put it at the top (or bottom) of you stairs and it makes the stairs safe for the adventurous toddler.

Good build quality but a bit fiddly to install, needs tightening after a while.

All in all, it does what it should and it does it well at a good price.

Storm Front: The Dresden Files Book One
Storm Front: The Dresden Files Book One
by Jim Butcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars good series starter, 8 Feb 2014
Recommended by a friend, 'bear with it, the series only really gets good after the first 2 or 3 books' was the advice.

Well if thats true, bring on the rest of the series as the first one is a cracker.

A fine start to the series, I'm off to buy the next couple.

Inferno: (Robert Langdon Book 4)
Inferno: (Robert Langdon Book 4)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Big, Dumb and Overwhelmingly Stupid, 21 Jan 2014
At least you know what youre getting with Dan Brown, theres that old saying about chimpanzees, typewriters and the works of Shakespeare, I'm starting to wonder if Brown - given the same tools and timescale - could randomly hit a keyboard and eventually end up writing a decent book, after all this is 4th attempt at basically the same story.

All the usual suspects are here in abundance, the cardboard cut out characters, the unneccessary and inappropriate exposition, the clunking dialogue, the horrible stereotyping, the prudish descriptions and the worrying tweed, loafers and mickey mouse watch obsession.

The story is a rehash of A&D, TDVC and The Lost Symbol - nothing new here, Browns hit on a money spinner and seems content to just flog it for all its worth.

For all the critisicms (and if I listed them all this review would be about as long as the book itself) it rolls along at a half decent pace and did keep me reading, having started it expecting to hate it I actually found myself being carried along by the story - ludicrous as it is.

There is even some unexpected hilarity as Brown fails miserably to disprove that Americans know nothing about football.

Its rubbish, but it's mildly entertaining and diverting rubbish - very mildly mind you, treat it as such and you might not be too offended.

Not recommended though, I read it so you dont have to, theres much better out there.

Bringing Down The Krays: Finally the truth about Ronnie and Reggie by the man who took them down
Bringing Down The Krays: Finally the truth about Ronnie and Reggie by the man who took them down
by Bobby Teale
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars a good yarn..., 14 Nov 2013
....but is that all it is?

Very readable account of 'Phillips' and his familys life with the Krays, only let down by a nagging suspicion that there is a certain amount of embelishment here and that the Teales were perhaps not quite as central to the Krays downfall as they would like to believe (maybe they were, maybe they werent but there is not a huge amount of supporting evidence).

The narrative flits about a bit - especially towards the end of the book - and it gets a little confusing when one minute we are hearing from one Teale brother and then suddenly switch to the views of another.

There's very little about the trial itself (no more than a few pages) which would seem to be a bit strange if Teale really was such a key player in bringing down the Krays and I would like to have known a bit more about his 40 years on the run as there are tantalising hints that there is an interesting story there to be told.

It's entertaining but have a pinch of salt at the ready when you're reading it.

Mega Bloks LadyBird Whirl N Twirl
Mega Bloks LadyBird Whirl N Twirl
Price: 16.24

5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic bargain, 18 Oct 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a good product at the retail price of 25, at the current purchase price of 12.50 its quite simply fantastic.

A sturdy and easily manoueverable ride-on for yung uns, the way it twists and turns (ie. It's not just backwards/forwards) is great and enthralled our little one as soon as she had a go on it.

An unmissable bargain and a brilliant product.

The Complaints
The Complaints
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

3.0 out of 5 stars a fresh start, 11 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Complaints (Paperback)
I liked Rebus, read 'em all and enjoyed 'em all, even visited some of his Edinburgh haunts. I'm a fan, retirement brought sadness but that was quite a few years ago now. I was over it.

But what's that? Rebus has reappeared in the 3rd Malcolm Fox novel? Best start at the beginning....and by that route we find ourselves at The Complaints - the first Fox novel.

Is it any good? No, not really. The plot is confusing and underdeveloped, Fox himself is frankly a bit dull (Rebus smoked and drank, he liked rock music, he was an enigma, a puzzle....a REBUS, geddit?. Fox sorts out his bookshelves and donates to charity). We learn nothing about many of the characters and they are cardboard thin.

I actually enjoyed the first half or so of the book but that was followed by boredom and, by the final few chapters, complete disinterest.

It 2 and a half stars for me, the extra half as its the first in a series and Rankin is probably (hopefully) still developing the characters so I'm being a bit generous.

Onto the second one, hopefully Rebus will spice things up a bit when he appears in book 3.

On the evidence of The Complaints it seems more fun is to be had hanging with the bad boys.

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