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Thomas and Friends: The Railway Stories, Branch Line Engines and Other Stories (Thomas & Friends)
Thomas and Friends: The Railway Stories, Branch Line Engines and Other Stories (Thomas & Friends)
by W. Awdry
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 2.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable CD for the kids, 19 July 2011
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My children have been enjoying listening to the CD of Thomas and Friends: The Railway Stories, Branch Line Engines and Other Stories for a few weeks now. We often play them this as they drift off to sleep after reading time. This collection of Thomas stories is engaging and relaxing for the children to listen to. They know the books well, but this is the first time they've listened to the stories on CD and they have really taken to it. My daughter's only complaint was that she didn't think there was enough songs included.
I would recommend this CD for any parents of young children, put it on at bedtime & let them drift off to these tales - stress free.


Appsmaker Appsbooster Pro 2.0 (PC)
Appsmaker Appsbooster Pro 2.0 (PC)
Price: 9.57

5.0 out of 5 stars A real boost to your system.., 23 May 2011
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AppBooster Pro 2.0 is software designed to improve the performance of your PC, especially when Internet browsing or gaming. To do this, AppBooster installs a button on your desktop that when activated then shuts down processes and applications that the PC may be running in the background. By stopping these processes, more processing power & memory (RAM) is freed up for you to use on the task (game, downloading or browsing) you are currently performing. If you were to do this yourself, you would need to go into each task individually to stop them or alter your Program Mgt system. Either way is both time consuming and not for beginners. AppBooster does this for you at the touch of a button and when deactivated again, returns your system to its pre-boost state.

AppBooster Pro 2.0 is very easy to install and use. It was only a matter of minutes before I was able to see the benefits. Prior to activating the boost button I ran a broadband speed test, after activating the Boost I re-ran the speed test & obtained an approx 60% improvement. The software also contains a useful Defragmentation Tool for optimising your disk drives.

AppBooster Pro 2.0 - It works!


History of a Pleasure Seeker
History of a Pleasure Seeker
by Richard Mason
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real pleasure, worth seeking out.., 18 May 2011
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Richard Mason's "History of a Pleasure Seeker" is a sincerely pleasurable read. I don't usually read `historical' novels but had been intrigued by the title of this book and the tag line that it was set during the belle époque, a fascinating period early during the last century.

The story details the life of Piet Barol as he takes on a job as a tutor in Amsterdam. It tells of his adventures both amorous and otherwise, of his encounters and relationships with the Vermeulen-Sickerts family for whom he works & their servants. The story is humorous, enjoyable, descriptive (full of the tensions & mores of the period) and erotic. The author is skilled at building up the erotic tension throughout the book until they are satisfactory concluded with fine prose that sets this book apart from the usual erotic tales. The writing at no time becomes smutty or titillating for the sake of it - but is overall a very pleasurable and fulfilling interlude.

I would highly recommend this book and I look forward to more stories from Richard Mason.


Munchkin Travel Booster Seat
Munchkin Travel Booster Seat
Offered by BabyBeyondUK
Price: 29.96

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful papoose for the wee one.., 27 April 2011
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A great idea that works well. This travel booster seat can also double-up as a nappy bag, so is ideal for being out and about with baby.

Even in this day & age it's not uncommon to find restaurants and cafes (especially smaller establishments) that don't provide high-chairs and it's really no fun to try & drink your coffee with a squirming baby on your knee. This is when this bag comes into its own - it can quickly be turned it to a stable baby seat that will attach to most dining chairs. I expect it could also be useful for those rare emergency taxi rides when it could be substituted for a car seat (though probably not recommended!).
The only drawback is that the storage space in the bag is quite tight, at the most you'll get a couple of nappies, wipes & maybe a small bottle in but not all usual accoutrements most mothers seem to carry around - just about right then for the Dads!


Ten Stories About Smoking (Boxed Edition)
Ten Stories About Smoking (Boxed Edition)
by Stuart Evers
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.10

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Menthol light.., 27 April 2011
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As a fan of short story collections I was looking forward to reading this book. However, while hoping to experience the satisfaction of a rich cigar I was left with the unsatisfying bitter aftertaste of a menthol light.
While the stories aren't bad, they are just not particularly interesting. The prose and style are fine but they just lack substance. It's like going to a party expecting a filling buffet but ending up with a few canapés, while they may excite the taste buds they ultimately leave you disappointingly hungry.
Some of the stories especially leave you feeling like you've just wasted 15 mins of you time. "The Best Place in Town" was very dull & who really cares about Paul Daniels? "What's in Swindon" is a lacklustre tale of a re-visited romance doomed to fail, it's a story been done before and better by other writers. "Underground" was dreary, but I did quite enjoy "Lou Lou in the Blue Bottle". The smoking motif's that supposedly link these stories are pretty tenuous and doesn't really work.
While I generally did not enjoy this collection of stories, I would acknowledge that the writer does show some flair and I will be hoping that his next book will be much better and more enjoyable.


Project Management For Dummies (UK Edition)
Project Management For Dummies (UK Edition)
by Nick Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro to Project Mgt, 20 April 2011
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I currently work as a Project Manager for a leading global Investment Bank, so was interested to find this book available through Amazon Vine. Project Management for Dummies provides a good introduction to an overview of the fundamentals of Project Management. Alone, this book will not make you a successful Project Manager but it will introduce you to the disciplines you need to build on to enable you to strive towards being a good PM. I doubt any book alone could teach you all the skills required, successful Project Management comes through application, improvement and experience.
The book is logically organised into the key sections and covers all the fundamentals that a PM requires, such as identifying stakeholders, planning, documenting, tracking, delivery and closure. Each section contains useful examples, tips, warnings, etc, that help to illustrate what the chapter is discussing. Much of what is written in Project Management for Dummies is fairly unembroidered and simple and most PMs would follow the traits discussed unconsciously. However, if you are new to Project Mgt or looking to learn the basics ahead of blagging through an interview - then this book will give you the basics. It's not going to be your bible if you are a Project Manager and doesn't go into any detail on the high level Project Management methodology such as Prince, etc, but is a good taster to the field and for Project Managers a useful text to refer to occasionally for direction.


A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided
A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided
by Amanda Foreman
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vade mecum for understanding the American Civil War., 21 Mar 2011
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A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided is a sizeable opus that tells the history of the American Civil War from a British perspective.

Growing up In England, I was educated to believe that the American Civil War was fought solely over the issue of slavery and as slavery is (undeniably) inhumane, the North justifiably went to war and won a righteous war. I then attended college in the Deep South. In the South, the Civil War is seen as a war about States' rights and slavery is a secondary issue, a fact that the majority of those who fought for the south were not slave owners gives some credence to this folklore. So having been "indoctrinated" into the view of the poor south trying to stand up to the rich, belligerent North and hearing the stories of southern folk heroes such as Jeb Stuart, "Gallant" John Pelham, etc - it was refreshing to read a definitive, unbiased history of this conflict.

What makes this book all the more interesting is that it is set against a background of the diplomatic relations between Great Britain & the USA. Fascinating characters such as William Seward, who pushed for a war against England under the belief that this would cause the Southern States to lay down their arms to fight a common cause, add colour. Also intriguing is that though Britain is feverently against the Slave trade, there is much support for the South - somewhat driven by our insatiable desire for cotton and from sympathy with the underdog. On both sides, many British subjects joined the war (either voluntarily or not) and fought in many of the battles - the author brings these characters to life in this impressive missive.

This tome is one of the most enlightening & enjoyable history books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This will be my vade mecum for understanding the American Civil War.


Nature Babycare Eco Sensitive Wipes - 10 x Packs of 70 (700 Wipes)
Nature Babycare Eco Sensitive Wipes - 10 x Packs of 70 (700 Wipes)
Price: 25.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wipes that don't quite depurate..., 17 Mar 2011
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These Nature Care Eco Fragrance Free wipes appear to be a great product. Baby Wipes are a great thing to have, especially if you have a baby! Though I have found other uses for them in the past - such a cleaning a dust covered hire car in a town with no carwash - that saved my deposit!

The packaging is simple & attractive, indicating that you should feel good about this product. I found the natural 'fragrance' to be quite alluring.
But I initially found that the wipes tend to cling together when removing them from the packet, so while you may only desire a single wipe, a gentle pull will decamp a clump of 2-3 wipes - resulting in one having to manhandle the extras back into the packet.
As for the wiping ability, these work pretty well though sometimes shed a little fluff. On the whole they do a fine job of clearing the detritus from baby's' bottom. However, I can't really see that they do it any more efficiently than a generic supermarket wipe.

So if you want to feel good about the environment while wiping up ordure, then these might be just the ticket for you however for me these don't quite compute..


The Shadow Project
The Shadow Project
Price: 1.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable thriller, 9 Mar 2011
This was the first book I read on my new Kindle3 (great device). Though I enjoyed the novel, I did find the plot a tad predictable & formularic. I've not read any of the other books in the Ben Hope series so am only commenting on "Shadow Project" - If you are only wanting an escapist, easy read then this book is fine.
However, though the story revolved around an interesting premise it did lack quality at times. The writing was pedantic in places and the two parallel narratives though working well at times - did not always tally. Occaisonally you'd get a plethora of chapters following one narrative until it seems the author suddenly remembered to include a chapter on the other, as if it had slipped his mind. A little more care around the plot and narrative would have made this a better book. The other issue I had, was that the outcome and plot were too predictable - there was no real suspense or surprise. Had the author taken a liitle more care with the narrative and been a little less obvious I would have rated this book higher.


Not Fade Away
Not Fade Away
by Jim Dodge
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tripping!, 14 July 2010
This review is from: Not Fade Away (Paperback)
The greatest literary road trip ever? Chill out to the sounds of the big bopper & cruise across the US meeting an assortment of "characters" along the way. Comical, surreal & thoroughly entertaining. Tripping!


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