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5M Large Octopus Parafoil Kite with Handle & String Outdoor Park Garden Games Fun
5M Large Octopus Parafoil Kite with Handle & String Outdoor Park Garden Games Fun
Offered by Presentz
Price: £15.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Fun Kite, 4 Jun. 2015
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If your kids love kite flying this is a fantastic kite. Only one possible problem, the guide string that attaches the kite to its anchor points and then to the flying string probably has quite a high "small child tangle it into cats cradle" potential, its something to watch for/ be aware of when packing up, otherwise it is really good value, it is well made, it has high strength flying string, it will soar in light breezes, probably not best for the under 5's but 6 and up its fine. Great Kite.


The Lady from Zagreb (Bernie Gunther Mystery 10)
The Lady from Zagreb (Bernie Gunther Mystery 10)
by Philip Kerr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book in a magnificent series, 30 April 2015
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I am not going to spoil the plot for you here. Needless to say this is another smasher but not up to standards of the superb "Man without a breath". While I feel that there could (and should) still be along road to travel with Gunther for Kerr this novel, like rhubarb, feels a little forced, either that or Kerr drained after writing the previous outstanding offering, has lost his own engagement with his lead character. I would rather he had not bothered with the frankly dire Prayer and saved his care for this. One of Kerrs usual strong points is dialogue and at times this is a little hackneyed, until that is the final chapter where it zings a la "Key Largo". Don't get me wrong, by most standards this is an excellent book, its just not as excellent as most of his other Gunther series. One clever literary trick which creates so much of the mood of the novel is that as the story is being told in retrospect it is infused with Gunthers cynicism but also an existential weariness which conveys that the protagonist is tiring of life, a lost love bitterly remembered in a life marked by too few noble moments. I am sure it will bear another read and improve with it. As it is I would heartily recommend it to anyone.


Brookite Shark Kite
Brookite Shark Kite
Offered by Accessory-Shop
Price: £15.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Potentially heroic kite let down by quality of materials, 27 April 2015
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This review is from: Brookite Shark Kite (Toy)
this kite is lovely, it looks great and flies beautifully. It is so easy to put together that a 6yr old can do it. In short it became, in the short time we flew it (more on that later), the hero of kites to my young son. However, like all literary heroes, too good to be true, it has one or two major flaws that undermine the whole. We had the kite up and flying in a matter of 5 minutes, in a very moderate breeze up it soared. Then it started diving to the right. "Oh...lets have a look". Reeled the site in and one of the fibre glass cross struts that adds rigidity to the lateral fins had split. Total flying time from opening the bag and building to putting it back in the bag 12 minutes. At £17.99 this kite is over priced as it is, and is let down by the quality of the materials used in its construction. The kite string is too light weight and the fibre glass cross struts, likewise. I would advise not to buy this kite really if you want to avoid disappointed children, which is a shame because the rip stop nylon body is very robust. Potentially great product but with major flaws.


Dominion
Dominion
by C. J. Sansom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Alternate history as alegory, 2 Oct. 2014
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I have just read this excellent book. One of the most striking parts, indeed it seems his reason for writing it, is fictional alternate world as allegory. This book airs its authors worries about the cancer of nationalism creeping once again over Europe by re-imagining what would have happened if we had surrendered, as so many wanted to, in 1940. If, then, one views this work in part as a warning for the present and future then of course one can understand why the author has to both labouriously recreate for the reader the domestic and geopolitical climate of the times but also add further meat to the story by fleshing out historical characters and demonstrating conceivably how people, who some will know from their general knowledge or history (though for instance how many contemporary everyman/woman know who Nye Bevin, Beaverbroke, Atlee were?) could have acted as they did in this book.

On a literary level I found the book compelling, it sets a plausible scene and fleshes out the characters well and allows us to understand their motivations, in depth. Natalia is painted a bit lite but other main characters are credible and the dialogue is seldom clunky or amateur. Where, for me, this book falls down slightly is in its denouement, emotions and sympathies are revealed in a rushed and not all together credible way. Mitigating this however is the context in which the book was written, the author admits in the note at the back to have completed the book while undergoing treatment for cancer and so bringing it to an end a trifle hastily can be entirely understood. be in no doubt though this is a good book, maybe even an excellent book and a thought provoking read. The author is to be commended for stepping out of his comfort zone, writing it and what is more arguing its case eloquently at the end. Read the authors note at teh end of the book once you have finished reading it. It is well worth it.


Song For Everyone
Song For Everyone
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £7.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if I step out of my steriotype, 2 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Song For Everyone (Audio CD)
It really is a very very good album. Not usually my kind of thing but I have to say it really is rather good.


Mission to Paris
Mission to Paris
by Alan Furst
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok but he's not a Faulks or a Kerr, 2 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Mission to Paris (Paperback)
Having had the works of Furst bigged up to me by various friends who thought that because I have enjoyed the works of Phillip Kerr and David Downing I would enjoy this I settled down to this novel with some anticipation. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed "Spies of the Balkans" and thought it engaging, well plotted and well written. Imagine my disappointment when completing this book, which, in the edition I read it in (TV Book Club) read as though it were written as a primer for people who don't really like reading and need encouraging. Either that or it was written to be read on public transport by the part time engaged either on their phones, kindle or igadget.

Mission to Paris is competently written, in a workman like way and it is similarly plotted (but reads as though it were designed for film or TV) and consequently it has little depth, little engagement. As a reader I did not sympathise with the characters who were presented in a sequence as a series of two dimensional character pastiches drawn from a welter of influences mostly from US cinema. The ambiance ois entirely derivative from other works which try to capture Paris in the summer of 1938 (JPS trilogy springs to mind)or at least some of it. The book is light on substance and history and plot events are not intricately woven and thus, in comparison to any of Kerr's books this book feels and is superficial. In essence a poor historical spy novel for thicko's who know nothing of history, probably written by someone with a poor grasp of history who thought it wise to patronise his reading public by assuming they do not know who the British Prime minister at the time of Munich was and so must explain it in the text (rather than as an after note, or a note of the historical context at the beginning, which would have been better). The amount of time spent exposing the fact that National Socialist Govt of Germany was "bad" and why is incredible, and while quick to point the accusatory finger at those in France who thought Democracy had failed is very one sided in its portrayal of the US and its relations with Nazi Germany (US companies did very well from Nazi Germany and anti-sematism was alive and healthy in America prior to WW2). Comparison with John Le Carre are wasted, Furst and Le Carre don't compare. I veryt much enjoyed Spies of the Balkans, this book, just annoyed me it was full of stereo types which I have seen in numerous 1940s and 1950s war films which were better plotted and scripted. Rather than buy this book rent "Pimpernell Smith" or Casablanca from Love Film and have a better time.


The Excavation Record : Part 1 Stratification
The Excavation Record : Part 1 Stratification
by Andrew Boddington
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have, 1 July 2013
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For anyone researching the historiography of archaeological field techniques in the UK this excavation manual is an absolute must have and must read. Ground breaking it is one of teh milestones of archaeological practice and the precursor to the famous DUA (little red book) excavation manual.


OPTIMUM Extreme Blitz Junior Headguard, Black/Red, Small Boys
OPTIMUM Extreme Blitz Junior Headguard, Black/Red, Small Boys
Offered by Eastern Sports
Price: £31.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent scrum cap but too small, 26 Jun. 2013
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As with so many other reviews, these caps are small. I bought a Small boys for my 7 yr old and it is only big enough for his 5 yr old sister.


Excavations in Cranborne Chase, near Rushmore, on the borders of Dorset and Wilts Volume 1
Excavations in Cranborne Chase, near Rushmore, on the borders of Dorset and Wilts Volume 1
by Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Limited use text only, 26 Jun. 2013
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No archaeological reports make any sense without illustrations, they are crucial to the intelligibility of the texts. This volume (and to be fair it does say in the book description, which I did not read before I bought) does not include illustrations or plates and is thus not worth purchasing. It is expensive too at £12.99 for something which is practically useless. Money for old rope. Don't go there.


Optimum Blitz Extreme Headguard Boys Head Protection
Optimum Blitz Extreme Headguard Boys Head Protection
Price: £27.02 - £29.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental design flaw, 11 Jun. 2013
I bought the small boy version for my 7 yr old son who plays full contact union in Sweden. In terms of quality of manufacture and materials it is a good product, where it falls down is that it is poorly proportioned. The ration of the distance of nose/base of forehead to crown of head against head circumference is poor, so that while the circumference is wide enough for my 7 yr old, the lack of depth of the head guard is such that the ear pieces (which lets be honest it is a scrum cap, rubbing the ears are one the the things it is supposed to protect against) ride up much too high. The small boys is probably Ok for my 5yr old daughter but I will look to buy from another manufacturer for my son (who is by no means extra big for 7). Bit disappointed with this product really, if it is designed by rugby players for rugby players its not been designed by any players who have children, my lad will be so disapointed he was looking forwards to getting this and wearing it on Saturday.


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