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ComputerActive Back Issue CD 2015 all 26 issues
ComputerActive Back Issue CD 2015 all 26 issues
by Computeractive
Edition: Library Binding
Price: £12.26

4.0 out of 5 stars 26 issues of Computer Active 2015 stored on just one CD., 12 Feb. 2016
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All 26 editions, 440 - 465, of Computer Active Magazine from 2015 on one CD.

System requirements for running the disc;

PC: Windows NTSP6, Win 2000 SP2, Win 2003, Win XP Home, Pro or Tablet PC SP1, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Mac: Power PC G3, G4, G5 or Intel Processor, Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later.

You will need to install Adobe Reader 7 or later if you don't already have it. There's a direct link to Adobe 7 for Windows on the CD.

Articles are in full and appear just as they did in the magazine.

Scanning through the disc is simple and it's easy to print out whatever you need.

We've been replacing piles of old magazines with these CDs. Much easier to search a disc for the articles we're interested in than trying to scour through piles of magazines. You'll also clear a lot of space when you throw the mags away.

Recommended.


The Queen's Choice
The Queen's Choice
by Anne O'Brien
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars The journey of a strong woman on her way to the Throne of England., 11 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Queen's Choice (Hardcover)
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Joanna of Navarre isn't a character I knew much about outside of the fact that she married Henry IV at a time when the English crown was less than secure. Henry IV was a King hounded by the political and social infighting of the times. His marriage to Joanna was initially far from happy mostly due to his inability to trust her, or anyone else but, according to Anne O'Brien, a love match ensued which cemented a strong French/English alliance.

'The Queen's Choice' charts Joanna's life through two distinctly different marriages; as the wife of The Duke of Brittany until his death and then wife to The King of England who she also survived. Much of the book is focused upon the sacrifices Joanna was forced to make in order to sit at the side of Henry IV as his wife and rightful Queen and the insecurities of her position both before and after the King's death.

I found the history of the era well researched and well written. Joanna's journey flows nicely along as she becomes stronger, more capable with experience. There's obviously a little bit of artistic licence taken with the times and the characters but altogether I found the scene setting and historical detailing very believable.

I enjoyed 'The Queen's Choice' and would happily recommend it to fans of historical fiction. It is a long book, hardback edition has approx. 549 pages, but was surprisingly quick and easy to read.


The Crow Girl
The Crow Girl
by Erik Axl Sund
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A complex and darkly twisted journey into insanity., 7 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Crow Girl (Hardcover)
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Crow Girl is a darkly twisted journey into the minds and actions of some creepy, scary characters. A look at the horror we're capable of inflicting while slowly revealing damaged psychology and the far reaching effects of abuse. Told mostly from the perspective of two female characters, psychologist and police, the plot spins from one narrative voice to the next which makes this huge book, over 750 pages in the paperback edition, surprisingly quick to read. Expect the unexpected. The plot twists are frequent and there's a lot of complexity. I found this quite an addictive novel and I particularly enjoyed getting inside the minds of the more surreal characters. The large amount of psychoanalysis added to the intensity, depth of the plot. I'm not giving anything else away because this book is so new to the market I don't want to spoil your enjoyment. Happy to recommend to anyone looking for a tightly plotted, intriguing thriller with a seriously dark heart and plenty of surprises along the way.


Aussie Volume Conditioner 400 ml
Aussie Volume Conditioner 400 ml
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves fine hair soft, shiny and feeling fuller., 29 Jan. 2016
This is one of the best conditioners I've used and it really works on fine, limp hair. A tiny drop is all you need on short hair. No need to use a lot. Rinses out easily and there's no heavy residue or greasiness. Leaves my hair shiny, soft, fuller and gets rid of that awful static/flyaway look. I find some Aussie products can be heavily fragranced but this conditioner is gently perfumed and quite pleasant. Being really honest I'm impressed with this product. I've been using it for a couple of weeks and I'd recommend to anyone with fine, limp hair like mine. Happy to recommend.


Aussie Volume Shampoo 500ml
Aussie Volume Shampoo 500ml
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Helps with fullness, leaves hair soft and shiny., 29 Jan. 2016
I have fine, limp hair and it's also quite flyaway and prone to static. I started using Aussie Volume a couple of weeks ago and I really like it. The shampoo is so light it makes my hair squeaky clean. Easy to rinse out and doesn't weigh down my hair or leave it feeling greasy. Certainly adds volume and lift and leaves a nice shine.

Because my hair is short I only use a small drop of shampoo so this 500ml bottle will last for ages.

If your hair is very fine and flyaway like mine then I'd suggest you'll get a better result if you use the Aussie Volume Conditioner after washing. It certainly helps settle the flyaway effect and leaves hair feeling softer and fuller.

My only 'niggle' would be the fragrance which I find quite strong and fruity though it's not unpleasant.

Happy to recommend.


An Absence of Natural Light
An Absence of Natural Light
Price: £0.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Short ghost/supernatural story with plenty of darkness., 27 Jan. 2016
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Short ghost story of approx. 72 pages. Quite traditional because it follows the haunted house, haunted apartment, theme but with some contemporary twists to bring it up to date. Cottam regularly explores themes of possession and haunting in his work and here I think he gets the balance between reality and creepiness just about right. The growing relationship between the two key characters, Rebecca and Tom, helps with the tension because you're not sure whether they'll survive the attentions of what appears to be a dark, vindictive force. I quite enjoyed 'An Absence of Natural Light'. For such a short story it's surprisingly detailed and atmospheric. I can't say I found the story particularly scary but it's certainly entertaining.


Garnier Moisture Plus Restore
Garnier Moisture Plus Restore
Offered by Bargainperfumeshop
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Light gel/cream formula for night time - lovely fragrance., 21 Jan. 2016
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A light gel/cream with the fragrance of 'Revival flower'. I like this product. It melts into the skin immediately and leaves no sign of oiliness. In the morning my face feels soft and smooth. Garnier recommend this night cream for all skin types including sensitive and I've had no problems with irritation or dryness. Due to the light, thin formula of Moisture Plus a little goes a long way and this 50 ml tub will last for quite a while. Simply apply over clean skin before bed. Nice little beauty basic I'm happy to recommend.


Jeff Banks 6-Piece Egyptian Cotton Supersoft Contemporary Luxury Towels - White
Jeff Banks 6-Piece Egyptian Cotton Supersoft Contemporary Luxury Towels - White
Offered by UK-Bedding
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pack of 6 soft, light, absorbent cotton towels., 20 Jan. 2016
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A set of six 100% 500GSM, grams per square metre, Egyptian cotton towels; 2 x face cloths (30cm x 30cm), 2 x hand towels (length 80cm x width 50cm), 2 x bath towels (length 120cm x width 70cm).

500 GSM towels are medium weight and these are quite thin and light though nicely absorbent and really soft. Another plus point is that these towels don't shed lots of fibre either on your skin or on the bathroom floor.

Safe and easy to wash at 40C but use colour safe detergent and only a few drops of fabric softener because softener can coat the cotton and prevent the towels from being quite so absorbent.

Really well presented, tightly folded, and tied up with white ribbon displaying the 'Ports of Call - Jeff Banks' logo. Would make a really nice wedding/house moving gift.


Accurist Ladies LB1540P - Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Accurist Ladies LB1540P - Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty watch, reliable time keeping, extra sparkle., 17 Jan. 2016
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Pretty, silver tone, women's wristwatch by Accurist. Larger than I'd anticipated, approx. 30 millimeter case diameter, with a dial that's white with a pearly finish. Hands and hours are silver with the minutes in black. There's a simple date display to the side of the dial. Decent sized numbers which are easy to read.

Around the outside of the dial the watch has a display of Swarovski crystals which add a nice little bit of sparkle but are very subtle.

Strap is stainless steel in two different shades and it closes with a secure clasp that snaps open when you press a small catch. Very easy to put on and take off but on the long side and I had to have 5 links taken out for a snug fit. Only took a couple of minutes to get it done and wasn't expensive.

So far the watch has kept excellent time.

Packaging is excellent. The watch is fastened around a cream coloured cushion inside a large gift box which is wrapped inside a cream coloured, cardboard sleeve. Looks Sophisticated.

The watch comes with a 3 year manufacturer's guarantee and is waterproof to 100M.

Happy to recommend. My only 'niggle' would be that the bracelet scratches quite easily and I wouldn't advise you wear bracelets/bangles at the same time.


Unicorn in New York: Louie Lets Loose! (Unicorn in New York 1)
Unicorn in New York: Louie Lets Loose! (Unicorn in New York 1)
by Rachel Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Louie the Unicorn and his New York adventure., 16 Jan. 2016
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Louie The Unicorn is tired of being typecast as the unicorn in Fairytale productions and wants to branch out and find a new challenge. Louie decides to leave the safety of his home in Storyland and attend an audition for 'The New York School of Performing Arts'. What follows is a journey into a magical New York full of little creatures just like Louie in search of adventure.

'Louie Lets Loose!' is divided into 14 short, choppy chapters. The language is challenging enough for children of around 7 who are ready to move away from picture/story books. Plenty of black and white illustrations to involve children in the story and plenty of humour to break things up a little.

Nice story and a little book.Should appeal to the 7-9 age group.


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