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101 Languages of the World (PC)
101 Languages of the World (PC)
Offered by PNA247
Price: £20.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, but too much to deal with, 21 Mar 2011
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First off, let me say I do really like this product. The vocabulary range and the useful phrases make this a fantastic choice for any semi-serious language learner. However, the four discs lead you through the hoops in order to load up the product. Either you download every language which takes up huge swathes of memory, or you pick your languages. The most commonly needed languages are not on one disc so you are forced to look at the contents and tick boxes then wait to see if your computer wants to download it properly!
Once set up has been negotiated a wealth of features await that are worth five stars, but the sheer difficulty of loading the software is the reason it is a four star package.


HoMedics MiBody Scales, Pedometer and Blood Pressure Monitor Fitness Analysis Set
HoMedics MiBody Scales, Pedometer and Blood Pressure Monitor Fitness Analysis Set

4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful set, 23 Feb 2011
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First off, let me deal with the plus points. This collection of health analysing products is a very useful guide to anyone trying to lose weight or increase fitness. The scales work on a flat surface like lino and give very accurate readings. The main difference between this and other sets is the ability to upload your readings to any computer. The pedometer is a good guide to overall activity and, once again, you can work out how near you are to optimum activity levels.

The one major minus is the blood pressure measuring. As you will probavly be unused to taking these readings you could very easily be lulled into a false sense of security. If you position the equipment wrongly you could end up with a far lower blood pressure reading than is actually the case. Unless you are confident that you have everything perfect, leave that to the professionals.

Overall, then, a good set at a good price.


Upstairs Downstairs (BBC Audio)
Upstairs Downstairs (BBC Audio)
by John Hawkesworth
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars A trip back to Eaton Place, 23 Feb 2011
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With the resurrection of Upstairs, Downstairs at Christmas, now is a perfect time to return to the original series. Read by Jean Marsh, the creator and Rose in the original, the listener can picture every one of the characters and remember some of the scenes from the original programmes. Jean Marsh has got a lovely voice and she has a go at all the characters' voices with varying degrees of success. Her Mrs Bridges is spot on, but she naturally has more trouble with Mr Hudson. As an unabridged read you can completely lose yourself in it. Well worth buying for a long journey anywhere, or just some evenings of relaxation at home.


Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body
Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body
by M. C. Beaton
Edition: Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars A relaxing listen, 23 Feb 2011
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I got this as a Christmas present for my Mother-in-Law who really enjoyed it. It is perfect for her with the mix of humour and a whodunnit. With it being unabridged she could follow every step of the story and not be concerned about missing anything. Penelope Keith is fantastic, of course, and brings the book to life in a way that only she can. Overall, perfect for an older relative.


Rockoholic
Rockoholic
by C.J. Skuse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Not for pre-teens, 21 Feb 2011
This review is from: Rockoholic (Paperback)
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First off, let me say I really liked the book. It has an arch sense of humour and a grasp of the absurdities of being a teenager, not to mention the problems of stardom. It is a great read and a lot of adults will appreciate it. However, the blurb on my copy has the ages 12+ for its core audience. I would not give this book to a 12 year old. 14 year old, maybe, but even then I would be uncomfortable with some of the language, particularly in a very early chapter where the Oedipal swear word is used. Even I was shocked with that, and I'm pretty broad minded. I really don't think you could call that use of the word anything other than gratuitous, and it seems to be a serious lapse of judgement from a very well established publishing house. The four stars would have been five if it hadn't been recommended for 12 year olds, but I felt it was right to say something to parents thinking of buying this.


The Memory Cage
The Memory Cage
by Ruth Eastham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A challenging read, 3 Feb 2011
This review is from: The Memory Cage (Paperback)
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I have looked at all the other reviews written about this title and I find myself in general agreement with the unstinting praise that The Memory Cage has attracted. It is superbly written and deals with a whole range of issues in a realistic way. However, the range of issues from Alzheimers to Bosnia via Adoption makes it far too difficult for most children of under 11 to engage with.
My daughter, who is a Michael Morpurgo fan and 10 years old, is apparently the target audience. After three chapters she put the book down, finding the subject matter very tough to wade through. I will keep the book for her so she can return to it when she is emotionally maturer and well read enough to understand what is going on.
On balance, then, a book for secondary school students with a general understanding of the issues around war and dementia. If you want an easy read, stay away, but it is definitely worth persevering with if you can.


BabyFoot Deep Exfoliation For Feet peel
BabyFoot Deep Exfoliation For Feet peel
Offered by FREEDOM HILL LLC
Price: £17.10

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but effective, 2 Feb 2011
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This is one of the stranger products I have had to review, so lets start with basics. Does it work? Yes, to a large extent it does. It doesn't clear every bit of hard skin, but, as it suggests on the instructions, between 3 and 7 days an awful lot of hard skin starts to flake off. The process leaves your feet looking unsightly for about 3 days, but the overall result was very pleasing.
The big problem comes for anyone with feet over size 7. I'm a size 9 and I could only barely fit my feet into the bags containing the chemical. Size 10s and above would never be able to use it. Finding two hours to sit immobile was a problem for me as were the comments from the rest of the family!!
Overall then, a success if you can put up with the strange process.
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Diary of a Parent Trainer
Diary of a Parent Trainer
by Jenny Smith
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A funny and touching guide to family life., 24 Jan 2011
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Jenny Smith has created a great new character in Katie Sutton who narrates this novel. She is feisty opinionated and absolutely convinced she can 'operate' her grown ups like most teenagers. The modes of operation especially irritated mode and start-up raised more than a few laughs of familiarity from myself and my children!
The guide, however, is simply the central plank of a funny and touching story that deals with the various situations life throws at Katie. There are a number of carefully handled threads that make this a more complex novel than most in this genre. The sections dealing with Katie's dad are beautifully written and extremely affecting. If I had one slight disappointment it was that Stuart never became more than a peripheral undeveloped character, but given the narrator it is perhaps completely accurate that Katie would know little about him and be unable to tell the reader much about his true character. Overall, then, an excellent novel just as rewading for grown ups as for their trainers!


The Middle Class Handbook: An illustrated field guide to the behaviour and tastes of Britain's new middle-class tribes
The Middle Class Handbook: An illustrated field guide to the behaviour and tastes of Britain's new middle-class tribes
by Not Actual Size
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.60

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very funny guide to social status, 26 Dec 2010
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The author of this field guide to the Middle Classes new and old has clearly done his research and fashioned an amusing and well structured book. Each chapter deals with an individual 'tribe', usually to great comic effect. At the back is a question and answer flow chart that enables the reader to put themself into a particular 'tribe'. Now I can't promise anything, but it had me perfectly summed up, even to the extent that my name was the one given to the male member of the tribe! If you've got this for Christmas, pick it up and dip into it. Its great fun with more than a few real insights.


The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin)
The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin)
by Catherine Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful well paced read, 26 Dec 2010
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The story of Jack Brenin is your typical everyman hero finding reserves he never knew he had thanks to a situation that a prophecy has placed him in. So far, so generic. However, the richness of the cast of characters and the sheer engagement provided by the superb writing lift this far above the usual run of the mill 'hero using magic' books. Camelin, the Raven who accompanies him is a superb comic creation, and the obvious problem caused by transforming from one species to another is finally dealt with head on in a really funny way!
Absolutely superb, and highly recommended for bedtime reading or individual reading. Can't wait for the sequel.
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