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Life of Pi (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy)
Life of Pi (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy)
Dvd ~ Suraj Sharma
Price: £17.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie, 29 July 2013
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One of very few movies that are definitely better in 3D, this is an epic movie worthy of watching and watching again. Brilliant.


Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 - 2 man backpacking tent & FOOTPRINT BUNDLE - Ultralight 1.73Kg!
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 - 2 man backpacking tent & FOOTPRINT BUNDLE - Ultralight 1.73Kg!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In love with this tent, 29 July 2013
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I dithered for weeks to choose a tent. I wanted super lightweight, but big enough for 2 to comfortably sleep together.

Considered a Vango Alpha 300 at the cheaper end - and very nearly bought the Vaude Power Lizard UL1-2 (£300ish). What swung me to this is firstly the name: 'Big Agnes' is way cooler. And secondly the space inside. The standard diagrams really don't do that justice. The low walls on the inner mean you can expand the inside space into the double porches, which is a lot bigger than the Vaude. The walls are near vertical and the internal space feels expansive.

So I took it to a festival this weekend as a trial run. Set-up is .. unconventional, but once you figure it out you see why they've done it. It's been architected brilliantly. It looks great and it works great. Lots of ventilation, no chance of condensation getting to the inner. When the wind picks up it feels solid and stable. When the rain came down it was no problem. I'd even left one porch wide open for a few hours assuming rain wasn't likely, but the inner was dry thanks to the design.

The double porches are great for storing backpacks and supplies, and for exiting without disturbing the other person.

The only potential issues both relate to the thinness of the light material (necessarily) used: 1) sunlight comes straight through in the morning, making it impossible to sleep unless you can generate shade 2) at night with a torch, your silhouette is clearly visible from outside the tent if privacy bothers you.

Of course, it's bloody expensive considering you can get a basic 2man tent for £20. But for what I need (regular, longer-term cycle-camping) it's perfect.

Love it.


Zombie Dice
Zombie Dice
Offered by Euro Games
Price: £9.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little game, 9 May 2013
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Good fun, really simple to learn and play. Doesn't get boring. Really enjoyed playing with friend on holiday! Neat idea and great for kids I think.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broke after 9 months, 1 April 2013
Same as other reviews, I was very happy with this until it broke after 9 months from being new. Disappointing and hoping for a replacement!


The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
by Ken Robinson
Edition: Hardcover

37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly mediocre, 24 Mar 2009
This is mostly a mishmash of disjunct storytelling ("yeah so, like, I was chatting to, like, PAUL MCCARTNEY the other day") with reheated self help ideas from other titles.

It shouts `But we could ALL BE DANCERS!', which I found annoying because I can't dance and I certainly can't draw. The future for each of us doesn't necessarily lie in us all becoming artists and artisans.

It has a good chapter on `Education'. Robinson is a keen promoter of reform and he makes a compelling case for change. The current system (in the West) was founded for an 18th century industrial society: a production line where the inputs are grouped arbitrarily into ages then educated en-masse, the bell going off on the hour every hour to keep the conveyer going, the curriculum strictly constrained, with QA testing at every stage, dumping adequate but mediocre skilled/qualified people off the end. He criticises the `hierarchy of subjects' with maths and english at the top and drama at the bottom. He says the system is inappropriate for the modern economy and society, that the way forward is student-centred learning, cross-pollination between subjects, the `re-professionalisation' of teaching - and most important the engagement with creativity to produce people that think for themselves and don't fit into a pre-defined set of boxes, where success is narrowly defined as academic ability in english and maths.

A readable book that provides some interesting insights, but padded out with too many unnecessary anecdotes.
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Politics 2nd ed (Palgrave Foundations Series)
Politics 2nd ed (Palgrave Foundations Series)
by Andrew Heywood
Edition: Paperback

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid, well-structured, in-depth., 25 Jan 2005
Lucid, intellectual writing that covers exactly the right areas.

Other reviews say it's ideal for academic study. In my case it encouraged me to start on formal courses, because the subject matter is fascinating.

It's very readable; I expect to be referring to it for a long time!

A high quality book, both physically and intellectually.


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