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Unwrapped Sky
Unwrapped Sky
by Rjurik Davidson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Science, history, mythology and fantasy, 16 Jun 2014
This review is from: Unwrapped Sky (Hardcover)
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This book is a mish-mash of various genres: Science, history, mythology and fantasy; which is actually its strongest feature and keeps you hooked. It is these different facets woven together that impart the real twist and turns to the story; e.g. minotaurs alongside submarines powered by magic....
The actual storyline is an interesting one, but gets slightly warped by the details colouring the background. Though I found it hard work to keep going, I was hooked just enough to want to finish


Psychiatry on the Move (MOTM)
Psychiatry on the Move (MOTM)
by Molly Douglas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point, 16 Jun 2014
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Well written and structured, easy to follow and understand. Covers all the basics and is definitely recommended for final year medical students.


Revell Control Stunt Car Two Side (Yellow/Red)
Revell Control Stunt Car Two Side (Yellow/Red)
Offered by A & D OG
Price: £17.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Zooooom, 16 Jun 2014
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Wonderful toy....my 7 year old son loves this.
Coming out of the box, all you have to do is
1) Affix antenna by manually screwing into the control
2) Insert 4 AA batteries (the battery cover is secured by screws)
3) Charge the car

It's quite an agile little car that as yet my son is normally using on normal speed, as it's too fast otherwise. Though plastic and light , it does feel quite sturdy.


Keter Apex 6 x 4ft Shed
Keter Apex 6 x 4ft Shed
Price: £299.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High & dry, 25 May 2014
After much research comparing standard wood vs. plastic vs. metal sheds I decided plastic was way to go, and after traipsing through quite a few websites, surmised that Keter was near unanimously at the forefront. I was limited to this size as this was replacing a wooden shed, and already had a concrete foundation. After having decided that I didn't want a wooden shed, it was quite a straightforward decision to go with this Keter plastic one.

A few suggestions:

1) This very same shed (with exactly the same spec including base) is also available from Wickes, Tesco, as well as Amazon here as well as a couple of other sites. Price varies remarkably from £250 to £399....so hunt around, factor in delivery costs etc.
2) Try and avoid constructing on grass, as not having a solid level ground will cause inconvenience and bother. It is not impossible, but just makes it a bit more awkward.
3) DIY skill competency: in my opinion if you can build most flat pack e.g. Ikea products, then this isn't too much different. There are a few sharp-ish edges/corners. The instructions are generally very clear and the illustrations are simple and to the point
4) 2 people are recommended to construct it. Though I managed to build this on my own with my wife helping (for about 15 minutes) holding the panels steady as I screwed them in place. It probably took me about 2-3 hours all told
5) I found it really useful to lay out all the pieces in the garden, which made it quite obvious which piece goes where and how.
6) If locating near a boundary fence/wall/hedge, you MUST allow yourself enough access to get down the side all the way to the back. Not only will you need room to lift and slot the roof panels (which are a bit fiddly), but they are then affixed with 8 screws on the outside on each side (and 6 on the inside each). Thus you will need ample space to affix these screws. I managed to construct, then tighten all the screws, and then just pushed it into place!
7) The window can be on either side, and the door can also be hung to either side; so can open either to the right or left.
8) The only thing that slightly threw me (and also took the most out of me) was having the tighten all the screws (32 in total) into the roof. There are holes for these in the beams, but they then have to be screwed into the roof panel itself which themselves don't have any guides or holes in them.

Bonuses/Pros
1) Knowing myself I don't think I could have made/assembled a wooden shed and so any savings would have been offset otherwise
2) Hopefully no maintenance will be required
3) The central longitudinal beam in the roof is translucent, so allows in light
4) It has a clean clinical feel to it, as the base and walls are all nice clean plastic. I will probably avail this and move some of the clutter from inside the house.
5) It actually looks quite nice from the outside (when's the last time anyone described a shed as nice looking)
6) The panel adjacent to the door also can open up, to allow wider access

Drawbacks
1) The doors do catch slightly when you open them
2) The locking mechanism isn't the strongest; but I suspect any garden shed lock will eventually yield to a determined protagonist.

Conclusion:
Overall, I am quite pleased with the result. It feels sturdy and durable, and it serves our purpose quite nicely. Whereas we were contemplating renting storage, this will serve as an alternative (though don't plan to put anything too valuable. I also have a bigger
wooden shed, and now plan to replace that - when the time comes - for another Keter shed!


Sarah Beeny's 100 DIY Jobs
Sarah Beeny's 100 DIY Jobs
by Sarah Beeny
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy!!!, 17 May 2014
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Have a few DIY books, but this one not only is more readable but also makes more sense for a DIY-novice like me! Have read a few selective pertinent chapters, and then took a deep breath and tried my hand, and surprise surprise it wasn't as bad as I feared. Whether, that is the rule of DIY or not, this book definitely gave me the confidence to have a go!
The other appealing thing is the lay out of the chapters: starts with a list of what you will need, a few pre-take off checks, and then a structured A to Z step by step guide. This style and approach will not appeal to everyone, but definitely works for me!


Rowenta Ultrasteam DR6055 Steam Brush, Dual Voltage
Rowenta Ultrasteam DR6055 Steam Brush, Dual Voltage
Price: £24.95

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot and steamy, 17 May 2014
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This is a steam iron that works without the need for a ironing board and can iron clothes hanging from a hanger. As it is light it is portable, and though, in my opinion, not as good as a good ole steam iron, it is definitely better that the standard travel irons you get!
Comes with a handy pouch and a few accessories, but most importantly can operate on dual voltage! Very pleased


Marble Racer Galt
Marble Racer Galt
Price: £20.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Yipeeeeeeee, 17 May 2014
This review is from: Marble Racer Galt (Toy)
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This consists of racing marbles down a slide/track. It has 80 pieces: : starter top, base, finish, racing vortex, chutes, tubes, staircase, paddle wheel, vertical wheel chute, 'S' shaped chute etc. and 20 solid coloured racing marbles.

It is targeted for age 4s and above, and my 7 & 8 year olds are really enjoying it. My son relishes the construction and altering parts of it as well as chucking marbles down and making a ruckus.

Slightly different from the toys they've had to date, but very enjoyable!


Revell Control XS Nano Quad Micro Quadrocopter (Black)
Revell Control XS Nano Quad Micro Quadrocopter (Black)
Price: £28.91

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty & Nimble, 16 May 2014
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At ~4cm long with 4 propellers and built-in LED lights, this is a great little gadget. The controls feature forward, backward, left turn, right turn, upwards, downwards, and sideways directional functions. The four propellers with four motors allow for complex flight manoeuvres. It takes a bit getting used to, and the propellers do fall off if the crash is anything more than a nudge and then are a nightmare to find, but there are 4 spares included. The Lithium ion batteries (included) in the Nano Quad are inbuilt and are charged via USB connection to a computer or power outlet (charging time ~45 minutes for 5 minutes flying time). The RC requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).

Have yet to master flying it, but early days still. The most important point is the sequence for turning it on, if done in the wrong order it won't work! Thus essential to read the instructions first!

The box contains:
1 x Nano Quad
1 x Transmitter
1 x USB charging cable
1 x Spare rotor set
1 x Instruction manual


Urban Outlaws
Urban Outlaws
by Peter Jay Black
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed kids, 15 May 2014
This review is from: Urban Outlaws (Paperback)
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Well written and engrossing, this follows the antics and adventures of a group of teenagers striving for survival and independence in a dysfunctional totalitarian UK. The characters are interesting and well though out, though they are typecast in extra-ordinary moulds. Overall enjoyable and engrossing, with enough twists to keep you turning the pages


Gaby's Angel
Gaby's Angel
by Janet Hoggarth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical ghost story, 15 May 2014
This review is from: Gaby's Angel (Paperback)
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This is not your typical ghost story, and far from a grim and morose saga, it is humorous, lovable, believable and compassionate. There are some lessons and morals that can be shared and learnt from, but without being too moribund, does touch upon a topic that most books steer away from; so kudos for that.


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