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Blue Pullman Pictorial
Blue Pullman Pictorial
by Kevin Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Third Book in Robertson's Blue Pullman Series, 6 July 2013
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This review is from: Blue Pullman Pictorial (Paperback)
The Blue Pullman pictorial is the THIRD book in Kevin Robertson's Blue Pullman series.
If you want to make a a 'start' with reading about this remarkable DMU, consider purchasing and reading his previous two books, available on Amazon. If you have ever tried to find photos or information about the Blue Pullman, you will know that it is incredibly difficult; that's where the Robertson books come in, and this third volume adds more black and white and colour historical photos, and new information that had come to light following the publication off his first two books. The book finishes with information about the creation of the OO gauge and N gauge Bachmann Blue Pullman models, which in themselves owe a lot to the information in Robertson's previous books.
In summary, if you can't get enough of the Blue Pullman, buy the three books.

Fantasy Man
Fantasy Man
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Music to hunt Dream Tigers by, 18 Feb 2013
This review is from: Fantasy Man (MP3 Download)
This music accompanies Fantasy Man on his journeys in Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy.
It is a standalone version performed in exactly the same manner as heard on TV, but is not as long as what it could have been, and more tracks would have been appreciated. The slow version from The Valley of the Chavs is not present, neither is the fast version from the Crack in the Internet.

Raise the "Titanic"!
Raise the "Titanic"!
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Thriller: Rises to the occasion!, 4 Jun 2012
This review is from: Raise the "Titanic"! (Hardcover)
This is an excellent read.
If you've not read any of Cussler's work before, or his Dirk Pitt adventure novels series, then this is an excellent novel with which to start.
The plot, written prior to the discovery of the wreck, involves a rare mineral, the last known stock of which was in the hold of the Titanic...
This mineral holds the key to renewable energy, and the future of the Western world; however both American and Russian agents are on the trail...! Don't be put off by the "MacGuffin" plot element, there's much more going to enjoy!

Toy Story Alien Go Glow Pal
Toy Story Alien Go Glow Pal
Offered by Tiddlers way
Price: £29.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien Glow Pal; what you need to know! 5 Stars!, 11 Dec 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Toy Story Alien Go Glow Pal (Toy)
The Toy Story Alien Go Glow Pal was THE highlight of Amazon's Black Friday week 2011. Despite them being available all week, as the last item to go, hundreds of people got one on impulse. Many of these people were beyond the recommended age range, apparently hoping that the Alien would turn into a tablet PC or something, but he didn't. Tempers were fraught on the deals message board, as bargain hunters simply "wanted" one...
Well, here's the review, including what you need to know:
The Alien Glow Pal is just over a foot long.
He is soft, yet durable; he could take quite a lot of use, and I am impressed that he is well made, with an array of textures. When you squeeze his (left) hand, his three eyes light up; enough to scare away monsters (should you have them) or illuminate your way to the toilet and/or fridge on a cold winter's night.
Crucially, for those expecting a lifetime of service, you CAN replace the batteries, which are stored in a box in his back (very well hidden by a Velcro flap). Here, you can also turn off the light altogether, set it to stay on for the full timeframe, or a "demo mode" minute. Somewhat mercifully, the Alien Glow Pal does not make a noise.
As an educational item, I expect the Alien Glow Pal should prompt philosophical debate among owners about "life on other worlds". Other learning points could incorporate (and not be limited to) principles of organic biochemistry. Also, the manufacture of man-made textiles, such as the woven polymers of the Alien Glow Pal's face, could be discussed before bedtime. The instructions are written in several of the Earth's languages; this alone could be the kindling of an interest in other cultures and language, in a way that GCSE French failed to do for so many.
All in all, the Alien Glow Pal is your stalwart protector from midnight terrors, requires less upkeep than a small animal, and WILL NOT let you down.
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Łutensil spudnik - potato masher (azure blue/white)
Łutensil spudnik - potato masher (azure blue/white)
Offered by And Design
Price: £7.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect mash!, 21 July 2011
I bought this for someone who needed a potato masher. After some thorough research, I decided on this one. It is fantastic at the job. The recommended use is to place the tip of the round handle in the palm of your hand, and rock the masher on it's curved blades. As such, the potato is mashed efficiently. The gaps between the blades mean no mash gets left behind; it easily slips off back into the bowl, and onto your plate. Fantastic. Would never have another type of masher!

Rapid Medicine
Rapid Medicine
by Amir H. Sam
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid Revision!, 21 July 2011
This review is from: Rapid Medicine (Paperback)
Rapid Medicine was a hidden gem of a medicine textbook. It's a small yet chunky textbook, that features more or less one page summaries of core medical conditions. What's more, these follow the same pattern of definition, epidemiology, history, exam etc etc, that enables the reader to rapidly assimilate salient features of core conditions. There are no pictures or diagrams. I went for the first edition, though I believe the second edition contains essentially the same information plus a differential diagnosis section.
The conditions are listed in alphabetical order, but there's also an index in the back.
My first edition is perhaps a little outdated (now in 2011) in some of it's treatment suggestions, but the power of it's simple consistent presentation of core medical conditions is unparalled.
Along with it's companion books, including rapid surgery (which features pictures), they make up a useful set of revision guides.

Oxford Handbook of Medical Dermatology (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
Oxford Handbook of Medical Dermatology (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
by Susan Burge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.52

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of Essential Dermatology, 28 April 2011
The Oxford Handbook of Medical Dermatology is a great little textbook of dermatology, with opening chapters on skin structure and function, history and examination. Whole chapters are devoted to eczema and psoriasis, and skin cancers, as well as infection/infestation, emergency dermatology and dermatology relating to other specialities (this list is by no means exhaustive, consult the contents).
While not as comprehensive as the bigger and more expensive dermatology textbooks, it covers a broad number of topics in some depth.
Unlike other Oxford Speciality textbooks, there's a number of colour illustrations and photos, but not as many as you'd think or for every manifestation of dermatological disease. If you are looking to diagnose dermatological disease, "Differential Diagnosis in Dermatology" would be better for you, but where that book lacks is in treatment options, the Oxford Handbook of Dermatology excells. For any interested student or doctor upto registrar level, owning these two books would go someway to de-mystifying dermatology.

Oxford Handbook of Geriatric Medicine (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
Oxford Handbook of Geriatric Medicine (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
by Lesley Bowker
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Elderly Care Resource, 28 April 2011
The Oxford Medical Handbook represents a goldmine of information for general medicine, but the individual speciality textbooks are often overlooked. The Oxford Handbook of Geriatrics contains key information about elderly care services in the UK, including roles and responsibilities of members of the multi-disciplinary team in care of the elderly (COTE).
As such, appropriate management plans are given for common and complex conditions, which are often mis-managed because of a lack of support from other professionals.
Details throughout the text are made available for modified clinical skills in a COTE setting.
In particular, there are excellent chapters on "Faints and Funny Tums", drug prescribing in the elderly and stroke/neurology, which along with the other chapters give comprehensive advice on history, investigation, diagnosis and management.
While this first edition is now a little out of date, the vast majority is still perfectly relevant.
This book is useful for students completing junior rotations, as well as Foundation Doctors, and Registrars.
NB: As with all the other speciality handbooks, don't expect lots of flashy colours and anecdotes as you would in the standard OH of Clinical Medicine; though in this geriatrics book, that is hardly a detriment.

Hornby GWR Western Pullman Digital Train Set
Hornby GWR Western Pullman Digital Train Set

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hornby starter set!, 22 Sep 2010
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This set contains two Hornby DCC fitted locomotives; the GWR Castle Class "Windsor Castle" and GWR Pannier tank.
It also contains 3 white-roof Pullman coaches, with brass table lamps (non-illuminated interior) and three goods trucks; a GWR van, a coal truck, and a Mr Fothergills fertiliser truck.
The set also comes with a generous helping of track, enough to create a large loop with an exterior siding, and half an interior loop, to create an inner siding (this is easily convertible to a complete inner loop with Hornby Track Pack D).

The locomotives themselves are quite well detailed, though do not come under the umbrella of Hornby's super detailed range; this means they will put up with a little more play (or abuse) than the more detailed locos in the range.

As these are digital locos, and the set comes with the Hornby Select controller, you can control the two locos independently, and have them running at different speeds on the same track.
You can also send the trains into the inner/outer siding without having to seperately power the inner loop with a power booster as in the old days. Though adjusting points is still a manual operation, you can control them with motors (sold seperately) and control them with your digital controller if you wish.
Most people will probably be happy to flick them across manually.

All in all, an excellent train set, comprising two favourite locos of the GWR era; the Castle Class and Pannier Tank, with more than just goods trucks, and a bigger helping of track than you would otherwise get.

Hornby R2805XS 00 Gauge LNER Class A4 Herring Gull with Sound Digital (DCC) Locomotive with Sound Steam
Hornby R2805XS 00 Gauge LNER Class A4 Herring Gull with Sound Digital (DCC) Locomotive with Sound Steam

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornby Class A4 Herring Gull: Sounds Great!, 20 Sep 2010
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The Hornby Class A4 Herring Gull with DCC Sound is a decent loco, with some reservations, namely price.
Please note, you will need to be running a DCC or digital setup to make the most of the sound features; they will not work with an older or current analogue set.

The locomotive has excellent detailing as befits one of the flagship sound locos in the range; such detailing includes headboad and oil lamp pegs on the front end. It also features a fully detailed cab interior, with footplate, driving gear (painted and detailed), and opening canopies on the roof.

The loco features some lovely sounds, though out of the box, may be a bit loud for some users.
The sound vlume can only be adjusted if you have a Hornby Elite, or other advanced controller (but NOT Hornby Select). Some serious users cast doubt over the accuracy of the sounds, but they are recorded from a real Class A4. Some users wish to have the sound chip "reblown"; a modification which results in new sounds being overwritten onto the chip; this is a third party modification, not suggested by Hornby themselves.

Here are some of the negatives...
This loco features the motor and DCC chip within the loco body; the chip is a LokSound 3.5, the cost of one of these chips alone is over £100, and for licensing reasons alone, contributes to the significant retail cost, so bear that in mind. The speaker is in the tender.
Not all sound features can be operated by the Hornby Select Unit, which allows for programmable sound functions 1-9, but includes all the essentials, such as steam whistle, guard whistle etc. The sounds associated with locomotive acceleration and deceleration will work regardless of whether you use Hornby Select or Elite.
Again, out of the box, it may be a little loud, and this cannot be adjusted with the Hornby Select controller, which is a common "starter" controller in DCC model rails; this is a limitation of the controller rather than the loco itself.
The connection between loco and tender is a standard hinged peg, but the tender must also be connected to the loco body with a very TIGHT fiting and FRAGILE looking plug; it's very small so as not to detract from the scale of OO gauge, but is not easily removed. Once it is in, you CAN NOT put the loco back in it's retail box, unless you disconnect it (not advised, as it appears ver fragile indeed).
This can be a problem if you want to put your loco away (I had to modify the polystyrene insert to fit loco and tender, connected).

All in all, a great, if not pricey model, with caveats outlined above.

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