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Hook, Line and Singer: A Sing-a-long Book
Hook, Line and Singer: A Sing-a-long Book
by Cerys Matthews
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars I write the songs...., 25 July 2013
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I watched Cerys Matthews talking about this book on Later... with Jools Holland a little while back so was very pleased to come across a copy myself. It is, as a lot of other people have said, a collection of songs throughout the ages - a lot of which we *think* we probably know but actually find ourselves humming rather than singing by about verse 2!

The book is beautifully presented with a lovely, slightly faded colour scheme which fits well with the "traditional" feel. The songs are designed to be sung, together if possible, and I look forward to doing so with my young children in a couple of years' time. You can see it being one of those things that is brought out at family gatherings for years to come, which is what I think Cerys wanted to achieve.

My only issue, as others have said, is that, being a hardback book, it is not easy to hold it open whilst doing something else (playing the piano for example). the only way to do so would be to break the spine which would be a real shame. This makes it seem like the design of the book was more for aesthetic rather than practical value, which is the complete reverse of what the contents of the book are trying to achieve.

Anyway, a very nice collection and well done Cerys - could there be enough songs out there to sustain a second volume?!


Rotring 1904443 600 Mechanical Pencil, 0.5 mm - Black
Rotring 1904443 600 Mechanical Pencil, 0.5 mm - Black
Price: £17.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bit of kit, 25 July 2013
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This pencil is nice to write and draw with, feels solid in your hand and makes a nice neat finish on the paper. My only complaint was that it claimed to be in a gift box but, unless a squashed plain cardboard tube passes as a gift box these days, I think this is a bit misleading. Good for functionality but wouldn't make much of a gift in its current form.


Straight to Yes
Straight to Yes
by Haider Imam
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ask and ye shall receive... sometimes., 20 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Straight to Yes (Paperback)
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This is an attempt demystify some aspects of behavioral psychology and place them in the context of making requests for what it is we truly want - be that a promotion, funding for a project or even a first date!

There are many attempts throughout the book to make the theories relevant and interesting for the average reader and this works pretty well on the whole; however, there are also times when the author is a little too casual with his prose and it ends up sounding more like the transcript of a presentation than a well written book.

It is also a bit odd when he presents some of the theories as secret knowledge with a mysterious power that must only be wielded by those with true hearts etc etc (Now you know what to do, I can't tell you what to do with this power - you need to decide if you will use it for good or evil...) It makes some effective psychological principles sound more like a superhero movie.

Basically a lot of the book boils down to being tenacious (ask, ask and ask again) and offering a reason for someone else to say yes (you agree to x because it means that you get y in return). It's never less than readable and is easy to dip in and out of but don't expect your life to be radically changed as a result.... Unless you want to say "yes" to sending me all of your money of course!! Anyone...?


BT 2000 Cordless DECT Phone (Pack of 2)
BT 2000 Cordless DECT Phone (Pack of 2)

4.0 out of 5 stars Effective if uninspired, 20 Jun. 2013
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This is a product that looks the way it functions - effective but not particularly exciting. The phone design is solid, the display is basic but uncluttered and pretty easy to navigate, the voice connection is nice and clear and the phones work well even when they are far from the their base units. Why the missing star? They're just a bit dull - in this day and age of phones doing everything except making a call, it's nice to know that phones can still be phones, but they also appear pretty dated in the world of smartphones and even smarter graphics and designs. Despite that, however, if you're looking for a plain phone, you could do much worse than these. A good, solid product.


Dermalex Repair Psoriasis Cream, 150 g
Dermalex Repair Psoriasis Cream, 150 g
Price: £24.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, if pricey, product, 20 Jun. 2013
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This cream was used by a relative who regularly suffers from psoriasis - their opinion was that the cream is effective and moisturises the skin very well. His symptoms showed improvement during application of the cream and he would try it again when symptoms recur. Only downside is the price - it's not a cheap product to buy regularly. Still, if you suffer from psoriasis this cream is well worth a try.


Politics and the English Language (Penguin Modern Classics)
Politics and the English Language (Penguin Modern Classics)
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant after nearly 70 years, 5 April 2013
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Orwell's attack on the use of poorly phrased, overly complicated writing still feels fresh and relevant today. You need to take a slightly more modern take on some of his issues (not many people use "grist to the mill" or "rift within the lute" these days) but with the rise of hideous business speak ("ducks in a row", "on the same page" etc) it is easy to make the jump to the modern equivalents.

What really sums it up are the six questions Orwell says any writer should ask of their work:

* What am I trying to say?
* What words will express it?
* What image or idiom will make it clearer?
* Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
* Could I put it more shortly?
* Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?

There is more written work out there than ever with the rise of social media, blogs and other outlets, yet there is still so much poor writing. Anyone who picks up a pen (or these days, sits at a keyboard) would do well to reflect on this short work before starting. A masterpiece and very easy to complete in one sitting.

PS - amazingly there are a couple of spelling mistakes in this version ("turmng" instead of "turning" for example on p7) which I assume come from scanning a copy of the original work rather than reentering the text. Still, considering the subject matter and author, it's a bit poor!


Q: A Love Story
Q: A Love Story
by Evan Mandery
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

2.0 out of 5 stars How can you make time travel dull??, 28 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Q: A Love Story (Hardcover)
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I was hoping this was going to be a more humorous take on something like "The Time Travellers Wife" - a relationship rather than a sci-fi based jaunt. It was always readable but it never really rose above "dull", definitely not a page turner. The main character is a Woody Allen-esque neurotic who receives conflicting advice from various versions of himself from the future. There is some humour to be gained from that, conversations about things that have happened, are going to happen etc but that as a concept is not enough to sustain interest over many pages and sadly it forms the majority of the book.

** Spoiler alert ** the character meets versions of himself and moves further and further away from his love, Q. There really isn't a lot else that you don't know from reading the blurb except for how it will work out in the end. Blurb-writers: this is definitely a case of less is more. It was like a trailer that shows you everything that happens in the film.

It's a shame as the book had a great concept that was never fully explored. Some of the scenes, such as the protest that they stage, are amusing but never more than a slight smile. Certainly not laugh out loud funny. The author doesn't get the mileage out of his ideas that he should have done. Overall, a dull book that probably isn't worth your time.


Leifheit Linomatic Rotary Washing Line 600 Plus, 60 m
Leifheit Linomatic Rotary Washing Line 600 Plus, 60 m
Price: £157.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality, 28 Mar. 2013
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As other reviewers have mentioned, this is a huuuuuge solid piece of kit. It was a struggle getting it through the side gate to our garden!

However, once unpacked it is a seriously high quality product. The spread is great and you can fit loads(!) of washing on there. The adjustable options make it very easy to use and everything just works smoothly and effectively.

It's not cheap but if you think that you would probably be paying £40 for an "ok" one then this is a million miles away from "ok" and looks like it will still be going strong after the £40 one has snapped, warped or generally fallen apart (and we have had a few of those!)

In short, if you want a very high quality product that looks like it was built to last then this is the one for you!


Argon Digital Radio with iPod Dock - High Gloss (discontinued by manufacturer)
Argon Digital Radio with iPod Dock - High Gloss (discontinued by manufacturer)

4.0 out of 5 stars Great little radio, 28 Mar. 2013
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I won't spend ages banging on about DAB - digital radio, lots of channels, better quality (depending on who you listen to!) etc. The key question is how does this one measure up?

This a decent little DAB radio with a handy iPod dock which means that you don't end up with lots of cables all over the place if you want to listen to your own music. The sound quality is decent, if not stunning, and the navigation is pretty intuitive. It annoyed me a little that you had to use the arrow buttons to move through the channels but it wasn't difficult to do. I think we just forget in this world of touch screens that you still have to use buttons occasionally!

Bluetooth streaming would have made this an absolute must buy but overall I would say you could a lot worse than this for your DAB needs - it's a solid little device and looks very nice either by the bed or round the house. Good stuff.


Smartcafe Hot Cafetiere Mug, Platinum
Smartcafe Hot Cafetiere Mug, Platinum
Offered by Rocka Group Ltd

5.0 out of 5 stars Take the plunge!, 22 Mar. 2013
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I am a self confessed coffee snob - I can't do machine / instant coffee under any circumstances and I would rather go without than drink anything other than fresh coffee. This has never been a problem at work as I have always worked in places where I can keep a small cafetiere in my desk drawer. Imagine my horror, then, on starting a new job with (gulp) hot desks! No storage space, no cafetiere... no coffee!!

So I took the "plunge" on this little marvel and all my problems have been solved. Seriously, I don't know how I lived without it and for the price it's a total no brainer. It's even worth using at home as it saves washing the cafetiere out for just one cup of coffee. I have since ordered another one for my wife and have become a bit obsessed with singing its praises to anyone who will listen.

If you're a coffee snob like me and you want something quick, easy and effective just get one! You'll be glad you did!


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