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A Robot In The Garden
A Robot In The Garden
by Deborah Install
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Fab, lovely and a sure hit, 26 Mar. 2015
This review is from: A Robot In The Garden (Paperback)
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For a first time writer, this is pretty darn good. Funny, sweet and touching, A Robot In The Garden follows the tale of Ben, who finds what appears to be a robot at the bottom of his garden. Much against his wife's advice, he brings it - Tang -- home, and from there, the two bond. There's a journey to be had - physical and spiritual -- and in taking this step to actually achieving something for once, Tang does as much for Ben as he the little robot.

Think Paddington for adults - with a little Nick Hornby thrown in. Install's debut novel is a joy, and bound to be a hit this year.


The Lives of Women
The Lives of Women
by Christine Dwyer Hickey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't go anywhere, 21 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Lives of Women (Paperback)
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Started off with such promise, but The Lives Of Women misses that one fundamental ingredient: a plot.

There's no denying Dwyer Hickey can write - and she has an eye for life's little details -- but without any sense of jeopardy, this book fails to engage. I kept waiting for it to kick in, but, instead, it just kept drifting around. I also felt that I should care about the main character, as she's not well and, obviously, going through some life experiences that will stay with her, but ultimately I stopped caring about a third of the way through. There's also a weird lack of location: I kept double-checking the blurb on the back, because, at times (especially when the author talks about people going to a pub), it's not obviously set in America... a bizarre lack of geographic description at odds with the writer's otherwise canny observations on everyday life.

Pity. The first two pages were amongst the best I've read for a long time.


Mr. Goodlad Worker Complete, 15 Kg
Mr. Goodlad Worker Complete, 15 Kg

5.0 out of 5 stars Bailey loves them!, 7 Mar. 2015
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I didn't choose five-stars - Bailey the dog did. Absolutely loves these, and while they're great for meal-times, the size of the pieces makes them good for taking on walks, as rewards. No waste; I honestly didn't notice the smell (which somebody noted on here, but if you're storing them in a plastic bin, then you won't notice them at all). And value for money wise, they're to be recommended.

Dog is as mad as ever, so it's fair to say they deliver the right energy!


Mr. Magic Kitchen Appliance Royal, 400 Watt
Mr. Magic Kitchen Appliance Royal, 400 Watt
Offered by in-trading
Price: £39.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Okay - bit fiddly though, 7 Mar. 2015
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Was excited about this, but upon delivery I'm not so sure. For the price this is a lot of gadgets, but there's a few things that let this Mr Magic down. Primarily, the plastics feel a bit cheap; I'm not sure how long it's going to last, but I guess time will tell. But otherwise, the lack of clear instructions means getting the most out of the mix-and-match set of units is a bit of an investigation. I was also surprised that it arrived with a non-UK plug (two prongs, rather than the usual three-square), which made me wonder whether I'd got a wrong delivery - or whether it would be okay on our British voltage system.

Actually using the Mr Magic: Good. Again, it's all a bit hit-and-miss fitting the rights bits together for the job in hand. And once you've got all these bits, it's a job to know where to store them all.

Ultimately, I'm not really a fan. I was dazzled by the multi-function, when, really, I think a standard blender probably would have been a better call.


Zip Dry 59 ml One Bottle with Nozzle and Lid, Crystal Clear
Zip Dry 59 ml One Bottle with Nozzle and Lid, Crystal Clear
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good..., 31 Dec. 2014
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As good as any heavy-duty household glue is expected to be. A decent sized bottle; and it comes with a handy, lengthy spout, which can be screwed onto the end, to help dispense into tight spots.

My trial was to glue back together a cracked flower pot. And it worked!

Works well on paper, and does exactly as it says: doesn't make the paper go all crinkly.


Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Offered by Guilty Gadgets
Price: £5.75

4.0 out of 5 stars You could live in a palace!, 18 Dec. 2014
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That's handy! I've lost count of how many times I've moved into a new place and found the TV aerial suddenly isn't long enough. So, while 10 metres of cable should be enough for the majority of homes, also getting an adapter that allows for this to be joined to a second cable is fab. You could live in a palace and, I wager, still have enough cable to go around.

The adapter is the same each end (female to female), which means you can add another standard TV aerial cable to it, and, hey presto, you've got oodles of cable reach.

The cable and adapter are both white, with gold-plated connectors - which is neat, and less oppressive than the standard black (or brown!) However, the adapter metal is quite soft, and bends easily, so you might find it growing lose over the years.

Other than that, though, at these prices, I reckon it's a bargain.


Leitz Style 40 Pocket Display Book - Garnet Red
Leitz Style 40 Pocket Display Book - Garnet Red
Price: £7.52

4.0 out of 5 stars I'd say this is a pretty good buy, 13 Dec. 2014
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Does exactly what it says on the label: a slim, forty-pocket book, for documents, pictures, etc. The binding is softback, and there's no needless bulk. So, all in, this is a winner. Plus, the stickers that are attached at the time of purchase, come off without either a battle or the need to resort to white-spirit.

For the price, I'd say this is a pretty good buy.


Wild Bill [DVD]
Wild Bill [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charlie Creed-Miles
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A great, great British movie, 26 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Wild Bill [DVD] (DVD)
Superb. A western transposed to housing estate London, Wild Bill has guts and a big heart. A great, great British movie.


Kid Galaxy Soft and Squeezable Light and Sound Vehicle Fire Truck
Kid Galaxy Soft and Squeezable Light and Sound Vehicle Fire Truck
Price: £13.52

3.0 out of 5 stars Big and squidgy and... noises!, 16 Nov. 2014
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Big, colourful, makes great siren noises - and it's squidgy. I did wonder, 'Why a squidgy firetruck', but then it became obvious. The 2 year old lad who got this loves to bash things together, or into furniture. So having something that's not entirely solid makes sense.

It's a lovely, colourful toy; and the two programmed sounds went down a treat (but not with his parents). I think it's a little on the expensive side.

But the lad loves it, so that's what counts.


Cannibal [DVD]
Cannibal [DVD]
Dvd ~ Antonio de la Torre
Price: £9.50

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good taste!, 11 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Cannibal [DVD] (DVD)
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Okay, it's a well worn road, but don't let that put you off Cannibal. Visually, it's gorgeous; and de la Torre is brilliant in the lead, as a tailor with a taste for human flesh. We're not in Hollywood anymore, Toto, so pace-wise, this is slower than your average mainstream flick. But if you're after a foreign language movie about a cannibal tailor, I'm guessing that's not going to be a problem.

Story-wise, this is smart. Something of a love triangle - a former victim's sister comes looking for her, and love blossoms. There's more to it than that, but if I said too much more, there'd be no point in you watching this. After Hannibal (the TV series), I thought the genre was pretty much tied up; but Cannibal proved me wrong. Just as sumptuous to look at, and no less of a punch in the violence stakes, Cannibal is grisly but only in moderate bursts.

Highly recommended.


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