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The Scarecrows' Wedding by Julia Donaldson
The Scarecrows' Wedding by Julia Donaldson
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoke and Fire!, 4 Aug 2014
Another tip-top outing for Donaldson and Scheffler. I was a bit disappointed by the 'smoking pages' as some have referred to them. Frankly I think Julia didn't go far enough with her anti-message. I think it would have been better if Reginald had offered Betty a crack pipe, it exploded in her face - scarring her for life forcing her to eke out a living by being pimped by Harry to fund his meth habit.

In all seriousness - this is the deal with children's books: you (the parent) read them to your children so that they discover the joy of literature and learning. The books aren't the parent, you are. You can't wrap your little darlings up in cotton wool with no sense of what is good… Read more
Sankey Guttermate Water Diverter Kit (Black) by Fiskars UK Limited
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BIT OF KIT, 18 April 2012
Couldn't disagree more with the negative reviews of this item.

Sturdy, well designed, construction. Not flimsy. If you read the instructions CAREFULLY and follow correctly you will have no problems.

Switching mechanism works fine and as an experiment I have left the bottom piece of down pipe off to check whether any rainwater is still getting through despite being switched to the Tub setting.

No rainwater is getting through and as of today (18 April 2012) - and the first significant downpour we've had in the Thames Valley this spring - I've collected over 400 litres of rainwater. I have this product attached to one down pipe and a standard diverter attached… Read more
The Dying Light by Henry Porter
The Dying Light by Henry Porter
By far and away the best Henry Porter novel yet - fully realised, gripping, terrifying and (as of November 2011) worryingly prescient.

Given Porter's stance on issues of liberty it is ripe territory he visits in this tale of state intrusion of privacy, power grabs by the political elite, the use of the security services as a tool for repression, and the disturbing influence big business has over our elected officials. What really adds a frisson is the fact that this was written in 2009 yet the UK Porter describes now feels familiar.

I particularly liked the characters of Kate Lockhart, Peter Kilmartin, and David Eyam. The representation of John Temple as Prime Minister… Read more

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