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What the Ladybird Heard
What the Ladybird Heard
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intricate illustrations, slightly plain story., 27 April 2009
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The first thing that strikes you about this title is the excellent illustration. Every page is laid out in a slightly different style to the others, meaning each one presents new opportunities to visually explore what's going on. The story is well written too, but, relying heavily on repetition, can get a bit boring to read after a few runs through. I get why the book is this way - repetition helps learning and imitating all the animal sounds can probably be a lot of fun. But unless you ahve the time and patience to really get into all the sounds and rhymes you might find this story a bit of a drag.


Finger Puppet Friends: Where is Mama Bear?
Finger Puppet Friends: Where is Mama Bear?
by Luana Rinaldo
Edition: Board book

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too little of a good thing, 27 April 2009
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I've been reading this book with my 6-month old and she loves it! Its a really brightly colored book as you might expect and as well as the main story there's lots of extra details on each page for growing children to pick up on as you go through it. It is a little small and a little short though. I can just about get the three supplied puppets on my fingers and they tend to slip off if I move them more than a little while reading. There are also only a few pages in the book so it is finished quite quickly when your child is the age mine is. Hopefully we'll get more out of it as she learns the names of more of the animals, insects, and flowers on each page.


Seagate FreeAgent Go 320GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (Red)
Seagate FreeAgent Go 320GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (Red)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it could be., 16 Mar. 2009
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I bought one of these to back up the various video and audio files that were starting to clog up my HD. I already had a desktop HD but wanted something that didn't require mains power, making moving it between the computers and Xbox in various rooms in the house easy. The Seagate FreeAgent Go is exactly what I needed.

It does seem to require you to install some software to work initially. But this software is mostly of use if you wish to routinely back up folders and files and/or encrypt said files. Good for the traveling types I guess and no real inconvenience to me.

There is a docking cradle available for the drive, and I can see how this would be useful where I to be backing up or transferring files frequently. No need to get it for the drive to work perfectly well though. It comes with a (short) USB cable and has a nice collection of cutaways in the metal exterior that illuminate when the drive is plugged in and pulsate as you transfer data. A nice touch but of no practical value.

All in all a great little drive, good for archiving and transferring data wherever you go.


Le Creuset Cast Iron Frying Pan, Non-Stick, Volcanic, 28 cm
Le Creuset Cast Iron Frying Pan, Non-Stick, Volcanic, 28 cm

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last frying pan you'll ever own?, 16 Mar. 2009
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Whether or not to buy a piece of Le Creuset cookware is a pretty simple equation. This frying pan, for example, comes with a 10 year lifetime guarantee. Divide the price by ten then, and you come to a value of around 8 quid per year. Do the same with the cheaper pan you were also considering, a Tefal maybe, and you'll most likely find the cast iron orange monster comes out on top.

Is there a reason not to but one then? Well, maybe one. Being cast iron the Le Creuset 28cm pan is very very heavy. I'm a well built man and I don't like lifting it to dish up onto a plate. The designers have included a small handle opposite the main handle to help with lifting, but of course this means serving would become a two-man operation. Its obviously not hard to scoop up your food direct from the pan, but, if you're not all that confident in your arm strength, you might want to consider the smaller version just for the sake of being able to move it around.

Other than that, you can't get much better than this frying pan. Super solid, great thermal conductivity, classic look and, over its lifetime, great value for money.


Babylon [DVD]
Babylon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brinsley Forde
Price: £4.34

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason we left the Eighties behind, 19 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Babylon [DVD] (DVD)
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Time has not been kind to 'Babylon'. It may have been big news way back when, before we had the internet and stuff. Unfortunately it just looks very dated in 2009.

Badly written with unconvincing accents and embarrassing clothes, this is pretty unwatchable for the serious reggae fan. Its a valid attempt to pass off London music as being as good as the Caribbean stuff and you could get away with it back then. But now it just looks silly.

A but of a nostalgia trip maybe, but beware - if you have fond memories of seeing this film when you were a kid and still hum some of the songs from its soundtrack, watching it now will most likely be a letdown. There are probably other better British movies from the Eighties and there are certainly better movies about reggae music. Seek them out instead.
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Solstice [DVD]
Solstice [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elisabeth Harnois
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £2.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Think One Tree Hill. But with a corpse hanging from that one tree., 19 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Solstice [DVD] (DVD)
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At first I thought this was going to be a standard tween slasher flick. Sadly its not even that good. Because although there are the requisite cast of moderately attractive tweenagers, culled from various US TV shows (and one former X-man!) in improbably neat clothes there actually isn't a slasher in the film. The closest you get is the living legend that is R.Lee Ermey looking a bit glum.

There's the suggestion of horror for the first hour or so. Then some quick mumbo-jumbo about Cajun black magic (those poor Cajuns - always portrayed badly in American movies) and a couple of semi-shocking flashbacks to explain the whole thing. Basically the heroine of the piece is haunted by her dead sister's keyring and then finds out said sister and sister's boyfriend killed some poor girl and kept it a secret. More in the vein of The Grudge then, than a genuine slasher flick, but sadly The Solstice has nothing novel, shocking, or particularly entertaining to spring on its audience.

The cast get some experience of being in a 'big' movie, R.Lee Ermey gets a paycheck, the rest of us get numb behinds. Pass on this one.


World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Official Strategy Guide (Brady Games)
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Official Strategy Guide (Brady Games)
by BradyGames
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Everyone knows odd numbered sequels suck, 16 Jan. 2009
Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, Jaws 3D, all weak entries to franchises that failed to live up to the standards set by their predecessor. Strangely enough, Bradygames's guide to WoTLK also matches that pattern, being entirely not as good as their guide to TBC. My copy of that book has a prided place on the shelf with its tattered corners and coffee-stained pages, the result of almost constant reference in the years since TBC launched. My guide to WoTLK in contrast sits buried in my in-pile beneath unopened bank statements and notifications of direct debits for the utilities.

The reason for this difference in treatment? The Lich King guide just isn't that useful. Yet.

You see, the main reason I go back to my TBC guide again and again is its list of nearly every crafting recipe in the game. When you're leveling up trade skills this list is invaluable, particularly for when I'm offline and planning my next moves. I was expecting an updated version of these lists in the WoTLK guide, but all there is is a list of recipes for skill level 350 and above (excepting Inscription for which a full list is given). Great if you are a Grand Master in your chosen field, not so great if you're leveling up still.

TBC's guide had a beginner's intro to the two new races - Blood Elves and Draenei. WoTLK has Death Knights and although the guide to the DK starter zone is comprehensive I just didn't find it necessary to refer to, having started a few DK's in the beta test. And, if you have Questhelper installed, you really won't need to refer to the written page at all.

To be fair, this book does have guides to more dungeons than the last book and some of the details are quite useful. But not so useful I'll need to refer to them repeatedly and only relevant to normal difficulty. Lets face it, once you've done the first five instances in Northrend once you know as much as you'll ever need to again until Heroics time, in which case this book is no help at all.

Maybe as time goes on I will change my mind about this guide. I've leveled a DK up to 60 now and intend to use him as a tank. This will mean rereading the guides from a different perspective to that of the healer I normally play. And maybe one day I'll want to start Inscription as a profession and will eventualy have Grand Master level in other profs too. But until then, this book is sadly doomed to remain buried on my desk beneath all the other unnecessary and unread paper.


Disaster Movie [DVD]
Disaster Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Lanter
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: £2.35

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The 5 Ds., 16 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Disaster Movie [DVD] (DVD)
Remember the 5 Ds of Dodgeball and dodge, duck, dive, dip, and dodge ever watching Disaster Movie. This movie is so bad, I watched a pirated copy and sued the guys seeding it on bit-torrent for wasting my time. Awful awful film.
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The Church Mouse
The Church Mouse
by Graham Oakley
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic tale for small children, 18 Dec. 2008
This review is from: The Church Mouse (Hardcover)
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This story has been around forever and for a good reason. Its a classic children's storytime book and this is a really nice edition. As with many children's books there is as much in the pictures as the words so be prepared to spend as much time talking to your child about what is in the illustrations as reading the text to them. Probably appropriate for a quite a range in ages too - more so than many current publications.


Superpowers for Parents: The Psychology of Great Parenting and Happy Children
Superpowers for Parents: The Psychology of Great Parenting and Happy Children
by Dr Stephen Briers
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A more thoughtful approach to childraising, 27 Nov. 2008
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My wife and I were very glad to receive this book, coming as it did a week before our first child. We've watched our share of Supernanny and been to a few parenting seminars so we were intrigued to see what else we could learn.

If Supernanny paints with broad brushstrokes, this book inks in all the little details. It doesn't just tell you how to combat bad behaviour, it tells you the psychological, sometimes even the physiological, routes of that behaviour. Definitely more involving and complicated, but potentially ultimately more rewarding. Be prepared to read a lot and do a lot more work with your kids as you learn why they do the things they do.


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