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Amscan Disney Winnie The Pooh And Piglet Tablecover
Amscan Disney Winnie The Pooh And Piglet Tablecover
Offered by CN-ICE Ltd
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice party tablecover. Good quality design., 30 Sep 2014
Bought two of these for a birthday party and was surprised how well they lasted and also; they're a really good size and cover quite a large surface. The Winnie the Pooh artwork is nice and bright. My only 'niggle' is that the cloth's were very slippy. No problem when covered with plates but quick to slide off otherwise. I used sellotape to fix them onto the ends of the table. Good value product for the price and I'm happy to recommend.


My Friend Cayla
My Friend Cayla
Price: £53.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works perfectly on android but is quite limited in response., 30 Sep 2014
This review is from: My Friend Cayla (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Firstly; works fine on an android device. I've downloaded the Cayla app. onto my Samsung tablet and she's chatting away. You do need Bluetooth. So long as you can open a Bluetooth connection I can't see any issues. Be aware the Bluetooth connection quickly runs down your battery. From what I can see she won't work without the app. I had the impression from the marketing blurb she'd work without an internet connection but all I had without the app. was an expensive doll in a box.

Before you start; install 3 x AA batteries, not included, into the battery compartment in her back. Once you've done that make sure the doll is switched on, small switch under battery compartment, then download the app. You'll need to establish a Bluetooth connection to connect Carla to the device. I'm no technical wizard but it took me minutes to work it out. Open the app and you'll have a variety of icons to chose from allowing Cayla to read stories, play games, show you a photo album etc. It's quite simple but my grandchildren absolutely love playing with the doll.

Cayla will also speak to you. She asks and answers questions. Wait until you hear a "beep" from your device and see the locket around her kneck light up..that's your key to speak to her. It's here I found the doll distracting because there are so many questions she won't answer and the the ones she does, well, the answers can be random. For example; "do you go to school" a; I don't know that one I'll ask my teacher!. Say a single word; chocolate and she'll give you a really nice answer about what she does and doesn't like. It's frustrating for me as an adult and will be even more so to a young child.

Cayla is a good size and very cute. I have some reservations, as mentioned, but I really do like this doll and the technology can only get better as time moves on.


LeapFrog LeapBand Activity Tracker (Blue)
LeapFrog LeapBand Activity Tracker (Blue)
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Run, dance, jump and look after your virtual pet., 30 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Cute toy that works as a watch and an activity tracker. Offers a variety of interactive games from keeping and controlling a virtual pet through to gaining rewards for completing the suggested physical exercises. Download 'The LeapFrog Petathlon Games app' onto your tablet/laptop for extra game play. Simple for younger children to use with just a few large buttons and the toy works perfectly well if you don't want the app. It will obviously be more limited. There are parental controls which allow the settings to be turned to 'watch only' during bedtime hours, school etc. There's also a silent/quiet mode.

The energy tracker continues to work throughout the day and night. There's a bar on the screen to show children how much exercise they've had and the whole system is reward based. The idea is to get them used to accepting a healthy treat when they've successfully completed a challenge.

It is fun. My grandchildren enjoy using the tracker. It's also well made and though plastic this isn't a cheaply made toy.

The wristband fastens with a simple buckle that's easy to adjust. Volume is quite loud and the sound a little 'tinny'. Requires 1 x rechargeable battery, included, and is 50 - 60% pre-charged ready to use straight from the box.


Ghosts
Ghosts
Price: £0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, complicated story with a heart of darkness., 29 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Ghosts (Kindle Edition)
Ghosts was written in 1881 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. The plot works it's way around Helen Alving, a widow, who appears a woman of generous spirit and some wealth. As events move along Mrs Alving's relationship with her husband comes under close scrutiny. It was far from a happy marriage. So bad that Mrs Alving 'hides' the evil from her marriage beneath an orphanage in order to save her son, Oswald, from his father's corruption. There are some brilliant twists and turns to this story. Nothing is really as it seems. Far from burying her husband's 'evil' Mrs Alving has to finally face up to it in no uncertain terms. When the pieces finally fit together it's quite shocking and Ibsen works the sense of intrigue and uncertainty brilliantly. It just keeps on building. I particularly enjoy the themes set around the rights of women at the time and the intervention, or not!, of the Church through the hapless Pastor Manders. Considering 'Ghosts' is so short it has so much to say. Classic piece of writing with an asbolute heart of darkness. Packs a punch even now and is still relevant on so many levels.


Breaking Bad - Season 2 [DVD]
Breaking Bad - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bryan Cranston
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £9.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better. Superb television., 29 Sep 2014
Season 2 follows directly on from season 1. There's no overlap. The action picks up immediately and you're thrown straight back into the world of science teacher Walter White in his battle against cancer and his plunge into the murky world of drugs. I'd recommend you watch season 1 first. It sets the scene for what's to come and so much has happened to Walt, and his family, you might struggle to make sense of it if you don't watch the series in the proper order.

One thing's for sure; it's certainly ramped up in terms of action and violence and it's strong stuff. What makes it acceptable is the brilliant story that's unfolding throughout and the highly believable characters you just can't help bonding with. For that it's similar to the Sopranos but; Breaking Bad is in a whole other league. What I particularly enjoy is the wicked, dark humour flying around and the ongoing growth of the lead characters. The relationship between Walter White, Bryan Cranston, and his hapless, addict sidekick Jesse, Aaron Paul, is brilliantly worked into the plot. Extremely good TV.

Breaking Bad - Season 2 - contains all 13 episodes on 4 discs and runs for approx. 9 hours and 50 minutes.
English subtitles.
Age 15+ suitability due to 'bloody violence, hard drug use and drug references'.
Extras;
Cast and Crew commentaries, Deleted scenes, Inside Breaking Bad - 13 featurettes about the making of each episode, Season 1 recap, "Negro y Azul" Music Video, "Better call Saul" Commercial, 11 behind the scene featurettes, Cop talk with Dean Norris, Gag reel, Walt's warning, 6 Breaking Bad original webisodes, Season 3 sneak peak, Vince Gilligan's photo gallery.


Paddington Suitcase (Eight book set) (Paddington Bear)
Paddington Suitcase (Eight book set) (Paddington Bear)
by Michael Bond
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice keepsake and children love the suitcase., 28 Sep 2014
Paddington suitcase with 8 illustrated story books inside;

Paddington and the Busy Day
Paddington and the Marmalade Maze
Paddington and the Tutti Frutti Rainbow
Paddington at the Fair
Paddington at the Palace
Paddington at the Zoo
Paddington Minds the House
Paddington the Artist

The books are small and the stories are short but just the right length for bedtime without children getting bored.

The suitcase is made of cardboard but, so long as your children aren't too heavy handed, it's sturdy enough to last a fair while and nicely designed. My friend used the suitcase to store 'baby' keepsakes which I thought was a lovely idea. My only 'niggle' is that I'd have expected the suitcase to be a little stronger and that's why I'm leaving 4* rather than 5*.

More than happy to recommend and a nice gift for any age group.


Andrew James Adjustable 2 Layer Cupcake Holder And Cake Carrier Container Holds 24 - Includes 2 Year Warranty
Andrew James Adjustable 2 Layer Cupcake Holder And Cake Carrier Container Holds 24 - Includes 2 Year Warranty
Offered by Andrew James UK LTD
Price: £24.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful, airtight, storage container., 28 Sep 2014
Securely holds 24 cup cakes. Each little cake sits inside a shallow recess on two trays. Each tray has it's own handles so lifts out easily without any breaking or 'smudging'. If you're making larger cakes then simply take the trays out and use the larger space. Carry handle helps balance the container and keeps it upright. You can buy further tiers, trays, if you're transporting a lot of cakes around. The container is airtight and I leave cakes in the fridge without them going stale.

There's just one slight niggle and that's why I'm leaving 4* not 5*; I would advise you to secure the container to stop it moving around if you're carrying it in the car. Obviously the cakes will come loose if the container is shaken around. Would be 5* without hesitation if the little cake recesses were deeper and cakes didn't slip around during 'bumpy' journeys.

Sturdy, well made product for the home baker. Happy to recommend.


Fujifilm FinePix AX650 Digital Camera - Red (16 MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
Fujifilm FinePix AX650 Digital Camera - Red (16 MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
Offered by Fuzion
Price: £59.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, simple little camera for those 'quick' snaps., 28 Sep 2014
Decent little camera that's really easy to use and takes perfectly acceptable photos for those wishing to take instant pictures and not mess around too much with complicated settings. The main camera body and controls are plastic, I didn't expect too much else in this price range, but it's still a decent build and durable. I carry mine around in my pocket or bag when I'm out and about. So far so good. There's not too much to it function wise, it's on the simple side, with a x5 zoom that's acceptable for the type of snaps I want when I'm out and about with my grandchildren. The easy functionality makes it simple for them to use as well and the price and plastic build means I can hand it over without too much panic!. Requires 2 x AAA batterties, included, and the battery life is good, even with flash. Display quality is reasonable even in bright sunlight. I can't say it takes the best photos, it doesn't, but if you're looking for a handy, tough little camera with enough 'oomph' for decent family snaps then I'm more than happy to recommend.


Remember, Remember
Remember, Remember
by Lisa Cutts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining police procedural with good characters., 25 Sep 2014
This review is from: Remember, Remember (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Decent crime thriller following on from 'Never Forget' and featuring DC Nina Foster. Nina is returning to work after sick leave and to ease her back into the job she's given a cold case investigation to follow up on; an unexplained train crash from the 1960s. It's obvious Nina won't sit behind a desk for long and soon she's off unearthing clues that possibly link the crash to current criminal activity.

Written as a series of very short chapters 'Remember Remember' is really easy and fast to read. You can zoom through it in no time. Not particularly dark but certainly entertaining and the police procedure and characters believable. I really like DC Nina Foster and will keep my eyes open for the next in the series.


Kid Galaxy Bump N Chuck Rc Bumper Car
Kid Galaxy Bump N Chuck Rc Bumper Car
Price: £28.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent size bumper cars and good fun., 21 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Two cars, two radio controllers, two colour coded drivers, one blue and one orange. You will need a total of 10 AAA batteries, not included, to run the toy. 2 for each car and 3 for each radio control/handset. Fortunately the battery life is good.

Each car moves forwards, backwards and performs left and right turns. They have power fans/louvres at the back that work when they're racing round. On impact, you have to hit a button at the side of the car, the losing driver is ejected from the vehicle.

Radio controllers are simple to use for adults and older children but young children will find it tricky and definitely need help.

The cars can be raced on a flat surface or around an obstacle course.

As for quality; they look so much better than I thought they would and though quite lightweight are nicely designed and a good size. They certainly move!. We've had a lot of fun with them.

4* rather than 5* because the little driver leaps out of his seat whenever the button hits a hard surface whether or not it's the chasing car or a chair leg!.

Age 3+ safety recommendation due to small parts/choking hazard.


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