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Obersee Kids Pre-School All-In-One Backpack with Cooler Bling Rhinestone Star
Obersee Kids Pre-School All-In-One Backpack with Cooler Bling Rhinestone Star
Price: 25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Very popular for young girls, 4 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Our seven year old niece loved this. It's got an appealing design, perfect size, it's got a cooling compartment for drinks and snacks and it's sturdy enough to survive being thrown about.

Our niece takes her books to school in this bag, as well as putting stuff in it when she goes off on trips. Recommended all round.


Galt Dr Miriam Activity Centre
Galt Dr Miriam Activity Centre
Price: 22.03

3.0 out of 5 stars Just too similar to other products on the market, 4 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This activity centre was fun for our daughter for a very short period of time, for two reasons.

The first is that she already has a walker that is very similar to this - things to turn, spin et cetera, that she already knows and loves.

Secondly, the shelf life of this toy was very short. The box advises that it's for babies from six months but I'd say that any baby over one year old will either already have something like this or if they don't, they'll get bored of it very quickly.


Ambi Toys Lock-a-Block
Ambi Toys Lock-a-Block
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Chunky, simple and fun, 4 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This toy has coloured shapes that drop in to their respective holes and there's a key (on a fabric chain, so it won't get lost) to unlock the door to get them back out. It's simple, colourful and repetitive, just what babies like. Perhaps the only downside is that as the whole thing is made of plastic, it doesn't have any tactile sensations for our daughter; if this toy had textured sides, it would provide that extra bit of stimulation.


Chicco Twist Armchair (Sea Green)
Chicco Twist Armchair (Sea Green)

4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish design, well built, versatile but just not popular!, 4 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This padded chair looks great and has a versatile design: the rear flips back and the seat unfolds, so it becomes more of a lounger than a chair. It's soft and feels very well made. The only issue is that my daughter just didn't take to the chair!

Several weeks later, after the chair had been neglected, my daughter finally climbed on the chair and then quickly got off it. Not sure why, as other babies who've visited seem to get on with it. These kind of things happen all the time with babies, of course but because the chair just didn't appeal to my daughter, I can't give it a five star review, even though if I had an adult version of this, I'd probably love it!


Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live Deluxe Edition [Book+DVD+Br+2cd] [2013] [NTSC]
Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live Deluxe Edition [Book+DVD+Br+2cd] [2013] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ The Rolling Stones
Price: 36.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know I play a bad guitar..., 6 April 2014
If you were fortunate enough and saw the Rolling Stones in the summer of 2013 in Hyde Park, London, then you need to get this release. Even if you weren’t one of the lucky ones, this is the Stones firing on all cylinders. Sure, at the first gig which was the one I attended, Keef fluffed the intro to Start Me Up but in this live version, he plays it perfectly! Only the most jaded and cynical will find something to actually complain about here, rather than find it amusing.

Overall, this is an excellent package. The film begins with the Stones talking about the Glastonbury gig a few weeks before and is intercut with tremendous crowd reaction. This live release is a compilation of the two gigs, edited together. Why they chose to put Before They Make Me Run as a “bonus” item and not edit it into the actual concert is an unusual decision but – hey – at least it’s on the package. The coffee table book, which houses the four disks, is really just a few stills taken from the film which is a bit cheap; some proper photography wouldn’t have gone amiss here.

Sure, this live concert isn’t going to replace Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! or Ladies and Gentlemen but for a contemporary Stones gig, it’s up there with Shine a Light, though it’s not as amazingly well filmed as that concert.

More than just a memento of an unforgettable gig from the 50 and Counting tour, this is an essential document of the last great rock n roll band on the planet.


Battlefield 4 (PS4)
Battlefield 4 (PS4)
Offered by SelectGames
Price: 38.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The all-out Battlefield experience we've been waiting for, 6 April 2014
This review is from: Battlefield 4 (PS4) (Video Game)
Battlefield 4 should have been the flagship release for Sony's excellent new Playstation 4 games console. However, due to some online multiplayer issues, variously referred to as rubber-banding, lag, netcode and other phrases, this game has become a case study in how not to launch a video game. Or at least that's what an incredibly vocal "community" would have you believe (and no, I'm not either a fanboy or some paid stooge of Battlefield 4 publisher, Electronic Arts).

Sure, the game isn't perfect but for my friends & I, it actually plays incredibly well - and the new test servers DICE have added are really making this a smooth experience.

Battlefield 4 delivers best-in-class next generation first person shooting, with 64 players online simultaneously, in interactive, destructible environments, with loads of different vehicles (tanks, jeeps, bikes, quads, boats, planes, helicopters et cetera), all delivered at a stunning 60 frames per second in high definition visuals, which means crisp images and loads of slick visual effects.

BF4 Premium adds another worthwhile layer to this, by adding extra themed maps, game modes (Naval Strike is shaping up to be a classic), weapons and vehicles.

There are a few things that have differentiated the Battlefield series from the opposition: destructible environments (that wall you were sniping behind can get taken out with a well-placed tank round or RPG) and whole buildings can collapse; a plethora of vehicles, so the war can be waged not only by infantry troops but by land vehicles, air and sea; team-based play, where you fight together and support each other in variety of ways (health and ammo resupplies, spotting the opposition), objective-based games - it's not a case of running around in a circle shooting the opposition but actually working towards an objective to attack or defend; the maps are so large and detailed, it gives the impression of taking part in a larger war, unlike other FPSs where the maps are smaller and feel more like arenas designed for combat. Battlefield 4 does all of this and takes it to another level.

So, no doubt some people have experienced multiplayer issues with this title and some people are continuing to. I can't speak for them. This particular gamer and his friends have generally had a great experience online with Battlefield 4: this is the true Battlefield experience that console owners have been waiting for.


Corsair CA-9011125-EU Vengeance 2100 USB Wireless Dolby 7.1 Comfortable Gaming Headset - Gunmetal Grey
Corsair CA-9011125-EU Vengeance 2100 USB Wireless Dolby 7.1 Comfortable Gaming Headset - Gunmetal Grey
Offered by PoWoW
Price: 83.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent sound, ridiculous design, 6 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These gaming headphones deliver decent enough sound across the spectrum, though I would suggest that the sound quality is more in the range of a 50 pair of audio heaphones, if this were a music as opposed to gaming headset. Perhaps different criteria should be applied to gaming headphones but as they stand, I'd say that they were over-priced. The microphone works well enough and feels reasonably well built.

However, I am not a fan of the ridiculously bulky design of the headphones, which appear to be more appropriate to an airline pilot rather than a PC gamer. It seems this chunky style is the fashion at the moment and no doubt a trend that will be reversed at some point in the future. Perhaps they are designed to appear to young males, which would be reinforced by the naming of the colour: they're not grey or metallic silver but according to the makers, they are "gun metal grey"...

So all in, the sound quality is good and the mic is well built but they seem overpriced and suffer from being simply too bulky.


Braun Satin Hair 7 ST710 Iontec Straightener
Braun Satin Hair 7 ST710 Iontec Straightener
Price: 39.26

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly average, 15 Jan 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My wife has a pair of hair straighteners (brand Ozon) and was hoping that technology had moved on since she bought them 4 years ago. However, the results are pretty much the same with both pairs. Also, there is no heating mat, which should always be included for free when buying hair straighteners, even though these are at the cheaper end of the product range.

Don't get me wrong, they do the job, but my wife doesn't think they are anything special. Very good value for money hence 3 stars rating but they don't achieve any spectacular results that other straighteners have already been able to achieve for years.


GOD IS NOT GREAT: THE CASE AGAINST RELIGION
GOD IS NOT GREAT: THE CASE AGAINST RELIGION
by CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superbly well written but more literary than scientific, 4 Dec 2013
A few anti-religious books were published around the same time but the two main barrels of the atheist's shotgun were this book and of course, Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion. You can have fun with both, of course but for my money, it's Dawkins' science-based approach that really hits the mark.

As you would expect from Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great is superbly well written. He can turn a phrase with the best of them and really knows the power of rhetoric, by which I mean, not in the sense of bombast or exaggeration but employing the definition of the ability to use language effectively. An example: "Philosophy begins where religion ends, just as by analogy chemistry begins where alchemy runs out, and astronomy takes the place of astrology."

Another appealing aspect of Hitchens' book is that because he is so well read, one gets the sense of having read several books after reading just one of his, so widely does he quote from others, both literary and scientific. This may simply be flattering to the reader but it is a telling indication of the range and depth to which he has considered this subject.

However, the flip side to this is that a lot of God Is Not Great seems philosophical, almost anecdotal. For some, this will not be a serious criticism at all - to be considered philosophical may be even complimentary but this is where I lean more towards Dawkins' The God Delusion, who relies primarily on scientific fact to support his arguments. This is not to write that Hitchens ignores the scientific arguments - he doesn't but rather, that Dawkins' who is an international expert on evolutionary biology, employs the subject much more effectively.

Your appreciation of this book, whether theist or atheist, may be derived from whether you prefer to debate the value and truth of religion from a philosophical or literary perspective, or from a scientific perspective. Ultimately both approaches can be employed; as I wrote at the start, it is not an either/or situation. Christopher Hitchens does not pull his punches regarding his contempt for the three prime monotheistic religions and much of God Is Not Great is elegantly well written and highly entertaining. However, if you want a book that deals primarily in the currency of scientific truths, you're better off with Richard Dawkins.


Sony MDR10RC Overhead Lightweight Folding Headphones - Black
Sony MDR10RC Overhead Lightweight Folding Headphones - Black
Price: 99.95

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great combination of sound delivery and design, 4 Dec 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These Sony headphones are just about everything I could want from such a product. They are lightweight but solidly well built, comfortable and really deliver the goods in terms of sound quality. The external sound-reduction is also excellent.

I don't tend to listen to portable music, as I find the sound compression quality is usually pretty poor when compared to the original recording, so I tested these with my home music system: a Technics CD player and a Rotel amplifier. Never having owned an expensive pair of headphones before, I was hugely impressed with what these did, picking out every note with clarity and really bringing out the bass but without distorting or over-amplifying it.

An additional bonus is that these great headphones are compatible with Sony's Playstation 4 games console. So not only do they deliver music with great depth but really bring out the quality of sound design in games such as Battlefield 4.

All told, these Sony headphones look great, are totally ergonomic, lightweight and deliver superb sound range and clarity. Highly recommended.


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