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Weasels
Weasels
by Elys Dolan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Dec. 2014
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Absolutely awesome picture book - hilarious with lots of great details.


Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing & Believing
Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing & Believing
by Clive Gifford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun., 7 Dec. 2014
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Disappeared very quickly in the school library. Good fun.


Spaghetti With the Yeti
Spaghetti With the Yeti
by Charlotte Guillain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 Dec. 2014
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wacky and great fun for little ones


Frankie vs The Pirate Pillagers: Book 1 (Frankie's Magic Football)
Frankie vs The Pirate Pillagers: Book 1 (Frankie's Magic Football)
by Frank Lampard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 Dec. 2014
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see above


Frankie vs The Rowdy Romans: Book 2 (Frankie's Magic Football)
Frankie vs The Rowdy Romans: Book 2 (Frankie's Magic Football)
by Frank Lampard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 Dec. 2014
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excellent for primary school boys, nice combination of footie and fantasy.


Better You Boost Pure Energy Oral Spray 25ml
Better You Boost Pure Energy Oral Spray 25ml
Offered by Medideals
Price: £8.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 Dec. 2014
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no issues


Contigo Autoseal Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler, 16 Ounces, Silver
Contigo Autoseal Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler, 16 Ounces, Silver
Offered by Shopper's Saving
Price: £20.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 7 Dec. 2014
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nice bit of kit


New Nordic Dida - Pack of 90 Tablets
New Nordic Dida - Pack of 90 Tablets
Price: £16.79

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars which is particularly useful in social situations or when travelling as alternatives aren't ..., 14 Nov. 2014
I've been taking these for about four months now. I suffer from IBS and find I am particularly sensitive to yeast products. By keeping to a maintenance dose of one of these daily I am able to tolerate them in moderation, which is particularly useful in social situations or when travelling as alternatives aren't always conveniently available. The effect takes several days to build up but I've never taken more than two a day. My only problem is that they are large, hard to swallow and don't taste very nice, but that's a minor point in comparison to the alternatives.


The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
by Tom Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Have veg box, now what?, 11 Aug. 2014
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There is no shortage of cookery books these days encouraging us to eat locally produced, organic veg, so anything new has to have a unique selling point to make an impact. This one is ingredient centred, which isn't unique (Sarah Raven has written a wonderful through-the-year cookbook) - and I'm not quite sure if Tom is aiming at the seasoned veg lover or the well-intentioned and probably well-heeled consumer who has just ordered a regular box and hasn't a clue what to do with asparagus or celeriac.

Tom offers to talk you through it, with a kind of family tree of suggestions for each featured ingredient. First, he'll break it down into ways of cooking it (or eating it raw). Then he'll give you ideas for each method, and these in their turn will feature as building blocks for more complicated recipes. For example, he'll suggest you serve strawberries macerated in grappa, or with mint and black pepper, before moving on to strawberry ripple and marscapone ice cream and summer pudding (it's very Waitrose-y). As this example suggests, many of the recipes themselves will already be familiar if you're into this sort of eating. Fattoush, green minestrone and beetroot humous have all appeared elsewhere, for example, although there are more original suggestions.

I particularly like his take on apricots and rhubarb - some truly inspirational yumminess there. But I'm not sure I need yet another grated carrot and seed concoction, or that with the best will in the world, I'll get around to trying pickled turnips. And a major fault with this book is that it isn't actually very practical in the kitchen. The hardback binding doesn't lie flat and I found the organisation of the recipes difficult to navigate. The photographs are gorgeous, and I suspect we are well into aspirational coffee-table territory here. I think it's all been done before, and done better, by River Cottage. Still, cook books are a very personal thing, and if it encourages more people to eat healthily, that can't be a bad thing.


Gutenberg's Apprentice
Gutenberg's Apprentice

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Project Gutenberg, 5 Aug. 2014
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This book transported me to medieval Europe. The world-building is faultless; the description of the Frankfurt Trade Fair was the next best thing to your own personal time machine. It is also very strong on character. Taking as its starting point a very contemporary quote about Steve Jobs, Alex Christie shows that new ideas are nothing without the right execution, and that involves people, place and politics.

So this isn't primarily a book about Gutenberg, though he looms large over the story in all his maddening, quicksilver impossibility - sly, cunning, sometimes secretive and often unpredictable. It's a book about the people who made the Gutenberg Bible happen, and primarily these are the scribe turned master-printer Peter Schoeffer and the hard-nosed financier and general fixer Johann Fust, who happens to be Peter's adoptive father. Keeping his two mentor and father-figures from each other's throats will turn out to be as great a challenge for Peter as working to impossible deadlines in order to get the Bible finished, not to mention working for a boss whose idea of quality control is scorching the arms of errant apprentices with boiling metal.

Of course, any information revolution will make you enemies; people tend to react violently to new possibilities that threaten the status quo. The entrenched power of the mercantile class and the increasingly paranoid Catholic Church both fear and covet Gutenberg's technology and all it makes possible. Gutenberg is not above playing one off against the other, and keeping people he's supposed to be working with in the dark about his motives.

There are many historical novels filled with romance and power politics. Neither are absent from this account. But what sets it apart - and seems to give it a distinctively German flavour - is its depiction of the intensity of working together at a project that pushes you to the limit in every conceivable way. Alex Christie, who has worked as a hot-metal printer herself, needs to walk a fine line between giving you the enough detail to make you feel you're right there in the heat and clatter of the workshop and not overwhelming the reader with excessive information. She brings this off superbly as far as the technology is concerned; the analysis of the period's complicated politics is perhaps a bigger ask and it took me a while to get my mind around the scenario. But once past the first section, I was hooked. I rank this beside Hilary Mantel's Cromwell books as the best of a new wave of realistic historical fiction with a very contemporary sensibility.

Incidentally, the novel's website (gutenbergsapprentice.com) is a wealth of fascinating background information, including links to videos explaining the printing process.


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