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Bulging Box of Books (Horrible Science)
Bulging Box of Books (Horrible Science)
by Nick Arnold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.33

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're gory, horrible and nasty. What's not to like?, 7 May 2015
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These are definitely brilliant. First of all non fiction is a great way to get reluctant readers into books and the grosser it is the better for that. I have found that using these or excerpts from these is a good way to get some of the pupils at older ages groups but who are below average readers interested. They are not an easy read for younger and struggling children but interest is what we are after here. These are very like the horrible history series except without the option of watching the TV instead.

Personally I bought a set for my son (6 years old) because of his ongoing fascination with science. Reading them is a little beyond him but only because the nature of the subject means the occasional convoluted latin or medical phrase has to get used so he was quite happy reading about different sorts of plants and animals but gets thrown by dropping in terms like "eukaryote". So it's probably aimed at the 8 year and upward age groups and now I use it by reading and editing on the fly and picking the right book to go with whatever we've been doing recently. So if he's shoved a splinter into his finger we'll have blood, bones and body bits, if we've been staring a bits of plant then tonight's bedtime reading is vicious veg.

In short this wins on all fronts. You can tie them in with other activities, older or better readers can read them independently and reluctant readers can be interested.


Integral Sure LED Non-Dimmable Bulb (GU10 PAR16 5 W Replacement for 50 W, 380 lm, 2700k)
Integral Sure LED Non-Dimmable Bulb (GU10 PAR16 5 W Replacement for 50 W, 380 lm, 2700k)
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars These seem to be as good as the philps LED bulbs which still set the ..., 5 May 2015
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These seem to be as good as the philps LED bulbs which still set the standard for LED lighting. The light from them is a poor light to work by but that's what I would expect from a "warm" led. LEDs still come in too basic varieties; harsh work lights and warm lights that are not really good enough for working. The fitting is fine and feels solid if lightweight which inspires less confidence than a heavier bulb but shouldn't be a problem. There's no flicker from the bulbs which some people, including myself, can see with the cheap low quality chinese bulbs.

Time will tell if this is as durable as the philips bulbs but at the moment it looks just as good.


Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power with Flexball Technology Men's Razor with 3 Razor Blades, Starter Pack
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power with Flexball Technology Men's Razor with 3 Razor Blades, Starter Pack

5.0 out of 5 stars Closest shave I've found - just a pity the blades are so expensive, 23 April 2015
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I was expecting to be disappointed by this as I've always thought that the idea of a battery and motor in a wet razor was just a gimick, something else that's adding to the price but not necessarily adding to the product. I was wrong, whether it's because of the blades or because of the powered nature of this wet razor the fact is that it gives the best shave I have found yet. I may well change from my Mach 3 razors to these.


Scholl Gel Activ Sports Insoles for Women
Scholl Gel Activ Sports Insoles for Women
Price: £14.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Work well as long as you don't need much arch support, 23 April 2015
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These are a perfectly decent insole. Better than some, not as good as others. On the plus side they are quite grippy so you won't find them bunching up at your toes from a poor grip to your shoe and they provide good cushioning so they look like they will work quite well as long as that is all you are after. On the downside if you are after an insole because you need extra arch support in a shoe then they are not so good. They are quite flat so do little to support a high arch. So all in all if you just want to provide a little more cushioning to a show they're great if you want to provide more support they're not much use.


Purina ONE Adult Wet Chicken & Beef Mini Fillets in Gravy, 8 x 85 g (Pack of 5)
Purina ONE Adult Wet Chicken & Beef Mini Fillets in Gravy, 8 x 85 g (Pack of 5)

2.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, messy and seems no better than normal tinned food, 25 Mar. 2015
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This is a product marketed at cat owners not cats, although to be fair that's true of all cat foods as it's not the cat that does the shopping. Cats do not really care if vegetables have been included in their meal, they can always eat a little grass for their fibre requirements. Cats do not really care if the food is in gravy, jelly, a raw mouse or served in a michelin accredited restaurant.

The cat food is in "gravy" and in a pouch which means that it's messy to handle unless you are willing to leave a large amount of the food in the pouch which, as the pouches only weigh 85g, is a noticeable waste. It's expensive at three times the price of branded tinned cat foods. Nutritionally it makes great claims which may or may not be true but is it really significantly better than other cat foods? Above all though is what the cats thought of it and my cats seemed to think no more of this than any other food, considerably less than they thought of dry food and carried on dining on a succession of prey they found themselves while ignoring the food in the bowl.


Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus - Black
Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus - Black
Price: £29.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mightier than the finger, if not the sword, 4 Mar. 2015
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The pen might not be mightier than the sword but this has a fair go at being mightier than the finger.

Most tablet stylii are not very good, basically a plastic stick with a rubber tip made to varying quality and it may or may not work. Even on taking this out of the packet it is obviously well made, it has a weight about it that inspires confidence that it isn't just more disposable plastic tat. Initially I thought I wasn't going to like it, it has a broad plastic tip that looks like it should be unusable for fine work and yet somehow it works and works well. The only things I don't like are the price and that the cap, while it can be screwed on to the end while in use seems to, is a bit of a faff to unscrew from one end and then attach to the other, a simple clip would probably have worked better.


Airfix 1:48 Scale Red Arrows Model Kit
Airfix 1:48 Scale Red Arrows Model Kit
Price: £16.92

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent first airfix kit to try, 30 Jan. 2015
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Airfix make this kit in at at least two variants. This version and a 1:72 scale "starter" set. Having tried both it's interesting to compare and this is probably a better starter kit than the version marketed as their starter kit. There's nothing wrong with a 1:72 scale model but with this larger scale most of the pieces are a lot easier to handle. OK there are some which are small and fiddly, inevitable when the larger scale allows more detail, but with a little supervision and surreptitious help this is probably a better introductory kit. Durability is non existent but that's expected, this is after all a model to be made and it will disintegrate in the hands of an eight year old exercising their imagination but the value of these lies in the construction not the play afterwards.

It's the construction of these which gives them have some educational value, OK airfix include a few notes about the history of the the aircraft (battleship / tank / whatever) but in practice we know almost noone will read those. No, it's value lies in practising those fine motor skills of assembly something which needs tweezers to position and not quite so much glue as you threw around when you were in kindergarten please! That and getting a child to slow down, interpret and follow the instructions makes these something which every child should try.


Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars interesting but not very serious, 3 Jan. 2015
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Michio Kaku's physics of the impossible is a brilliant book, but not a very serious one. There is very little science, or at least very little practical science, here but what there is is a lot of imagination about the limits of what we know and the loopholes in what we know.


Made by Dad
Made by Dad
by Scott Bedford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars buy it, read it, do it, 3 Jan. 2015
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This is a brilliant and inspirational book. If you have children buy it, read it and, most importantly, do it.

The ideas are mostly quite simple but regardless of how simple they are it is the act of making rather than buying that matters and making it with your kids that turns this into something special.


Teach Yourself Visually LinkedIn (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
Teach Yourself Visually LinkedIn (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
by Lance Whitney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Too specific for the current version of Linked In, 3 Jan. 2015
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This is disappointing. Linkedin is an interesting site, facebook for professionals, and a guide that tells people how to use it but more importantly what value it has would be excellent. Unfortunately this spends too much time walking through the screenshots on the current interface which is of no use whatsoever the moment Linkedin change their interface. Spend the time on concepts and this would have been useful.


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