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Yellow Kitchen
Yellow Kitchen
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Talking therapy, 20 Sept. 2017
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This review is from: Yellow Kitchen (Audio CD)
Periodically eyebrow-raising/chuckle-inducing, but ultimately crude (in both senses) and monotonous spoken word-er, in which M.K. spleen-vents about the usual subjects (his waistline, sexual conquests, the fall of society) across all six tracks, backed by fairly unremarkable electronic noodling. CD edition of 300. Even so, surprised if it'll sell-out! He calls it on the first song: "People say 'Mark, why don't you write like you used to?' I say, 'Well, people, cos it's no longer 1992". Under no circumstances let this be yr Kozelek entry point. Indeed, it could be yr exit point. And yet, it didn't stop me pre-ordering his next one... there's a perverse value to be found in his brand of 'authenticity', almost as an end in itself - at least to me, on a good day.


Pampers Baby-Dry Nappies Monthly Saving Pack - Size 6, Pack of 124
Pampers Baby-Dry Nappies Monthly Saving Pack - Size 6, Pack of 124
Price: £19.38

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much the perfect nappy- absorbant and comfy, 20 Nov. 2016
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In an ideal world I'd be using real (i.e. reusable) nappies but this being the real world, I don't. We wanted to at least use right-on eco-friendly Nature Babycare nappies but they just didn't do the job - comparatively stiff and uncomfy feeling, prone to leaks etc. We ended up trying all the major brands before settling on Papmers which are far and away the best we've encourntered: lightweight and malleable so they seem comfy, seldom if ever leak, and crazily absorbant... after a 12+ hour sleep, they're saturated but the wearer is normally bone dry and very seldom has nappy rash. I will never try another brand again. From experience, once they start walking and climbing and generally being mega zippy (which, by Size 6, tends to be the case) then switching to 'Active Fit' is a smart move, they're more tensile and leak less in the day. But for younger babies, or for older ones at night, 'Baby Dry' are pretty much the perfect nappy.


Derma Treatments Energising Superfood Nutrition Oil with Rose Otto Oil & Vitamin E, Olive Oil: aims to penetrate deep into the skin for intense moisturisation 30ml
Derma Treatments Energising Superfood Nutrition Oil with Rose Otto Oil & Vitamin E, Olive Oil: aims to penetrate deep into the skin for intense moisturisation 30ml
Offered by Feel Like Beauty
Price: £39.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smells really good, 6 Nov. 2016
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My wife (who has very dry sensitive skin which is prone to patches of redness and congestion- lucky her) says:
Pros: Smells really gorgeous. Does not irritate my skin like most products. Calms redness. For some people the speedy absorption will be a pro because it doesn't leave you looking greasy. Sale price seems good for treatment oil containing Rose Otto oil which is an expensive ingredient, but it is not clear exactly how much this contains.
Cons: Needs to be used underneath another rich moisturiser if your skin is drier- even when lots is applied my skin still feels dry, despite this being an oil.


Scotch C60 Desk Tape Dispenser - Silver - with 4 Rolls of Scotch Magic Tape - 19 mm x 33 m
Scotch C60 Desk Tape Dispenser - Silver - with 4 Rolls of Scotch Magic Tape - 19 mm x 33 m
Price: £16.79

4.0 out of 5 stars As recommended by Lou Reed, 4 Nov. 2016
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Kind of. He namechecks the stuff in the lyrics to his song Ecstacy: “They call you ecstasy/Nothing ever sticks to you/Not Velcro, not Scotch tape/Not my arms dipped in glue”. Beat that. Anyway: x4 mini rolls of Scotch tape complete with a dispenser that’s sufficiently weighty to allow for one-handed operation (unlike the disposable dispensers you can buy Scotch tape pre-loaded on in the shops). I have few brand preferences but Scotch magic tape is absolutely my ‘adhesive tape’ of choice. It has a matte finish, appearing frosty on the roll but invisible on paper – making it perfect for gift-wrapping (doubly so when coupled with this dispenser) and it can be written on with pen or marker. Resists drying out and removes cleanly off most surfaces, unlike conventional sellotape.


L'Oreal Men Expert Cool Power Gift Set
L'Oreal Men Expert Cool Power Gift Set
Offered by Concord Extra
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap deodorant/shower gel 2-fer 'gift' set for men who've outgrown Lynx., 30 Oct. 2016
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I probably wouldn't be that thrilled if someone got me this for Christmas... it's a bit naff. Little more than a flimy carboard box containing a can of deodorant which Amazon sell separately for £1 and a bottle of shower gel which I saw in Superdrug for £2. So you are spending quite a lot of money on a cardboard box, in effect. Both products are in the L'Oreal Men Expert 'Cool Power' range, which is little more than macho marketing nonsense. The shower gel is supposedly "powered by icy caps technology" to mimic the sensation of being cooled down to -4c. Total cobblers, I can confirm after showering with this stuff this morning- it's indistinguishable from any men's other shower gel I've ever used. The anti-perspirant/deodorant is OK- it applies fine/doesn't feel sticky/ doesn't leave any powery residue/white marks but it's way too strong- overpoweringly so. Basically, this feels like something aimed at young men who've outgrown Lynx.


3M PELTOR Kids Ear Muffs Pink H510AK-442-RE
3M PELTOR Kids Ear Muffs Pink H510AK-442-RE
Price: £19.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly good but there are better (cheaper) kids ear defenders but the colour is a winner, 30 Oct. 2016
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My 3 year old daughter is autistic and is very sensitive to certain loud/mechanical noises (hoover, fireworks, traffic etc.), so finds it helpful to wear ear defenders in loud/busy settings to muffle the sound and keep her relaxed. She wears them to nursery and takes them off once she has settled each morning, it works well to keep her chilled. The ones we normally use are Edz Kidz Ear Defenders, which are cheaper than these ones. As far as I can tell, their noise cancelling properties are similar; the main difference is that these ones are more of a lightweight design and clamp around the ear a little less tightly. Also the mechanism for making these ones bigger/smaller is a bit flimsier and the pads are a slightly softer material. I personally prefer the Edz Kidz ones, which are a bit more robust and are also easier to fold up small for transportation albeit if she’s wearing them for long spells, they do seem to make her sweat more than these ones, which sit around the head less closely. These are absolutely fine but for half the price you can get something which in my view is functionally superior. Sizing absolutely fine for most kids as adjustable. The #1 sell of these for us is the colour because she loves pink and was very excited when these arrived and hopefully will be less self-concious about needing them when she is a bit older and more likely to be bothered by such things.


L'Oreal Men Expert Cool Power 48H Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 250ml
L'Oreal Men Expert Cool Power 48H Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 250ml
Price: £2.60

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but excessively strong smelling, 16 Oct. 2016
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This passes 2 of my 3 tests for what makes a good anti-perspirant/deodorant insofar as: 1) it applies fine and doesn't feel sticky and doesn't leave any powery residue/white marks; 2) actually works. But where it falls down is the scent: the smell itself is ok if a bit perfumey but it's just way too strong- overpoweringly so. Depending on your personal preference this may be no bad thing from your perspective. For me, nothing beats Mitchum Ice Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, just as effective but much less obstrusive, smell-wise, and easily the best I've stumbled across.


Under a Pole Star: Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 - the most unforgettable love story of the year
Under a Pole Star: Richard & Judy Book Club 2017 - the most unforgettable love story of the year
by Stef Penney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, if ponderous, love story, 12 Oct. 2016
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Got this for my 69 y.o. mum, a bookworm and all round good egg who I thought (wrongly) read a lot of this sort of thing. Here's her review:. "Haven't read her first novel 'tenderness of wolves' which has a similar type of location - the Canadian tundra. Nor her second 'the invisible ones'. Neither can I compare it to similar novels/authors as this is not my usual type of read - I go for taut pacy thrillers and this is a slow languid read - beautifully written but I feel it's a bit self indulgent... Very sexual - a bit unnecessarily in my opinion but that doesn't spoil it. The fact that the book is so long and so heavy meant it wasn't one of those unputdownable novels that once you start you just want to finish it. So I found I kept forgetting who was who amongst the eskimos and I think it would have been helpful to have a list of characters one could refer to - she has a glossary of Inuit words which were reasonably helpful although a lot of the time u cld work out what the word was anyway. Long and short of it - thoroughly enjoyed it". Nice one mum.


VTech 171603 Kidizoom DX Smart Watch - Blue
VTech 171603 Kidizoom DX Smart Watch - Blue
Price: £32.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good looking kids smart watch with a clear focus on multimedia entertainment, 11 Oct. 2016
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This kids smart watch is rammed with multimedia functions including still and video (0.3 megapixel) camera plus voice recorder with effects (which is hilarious). There are tons of analogue and digital watch faces, plus a stopwatch and timer. The three built-in games are so-so, overly simple ... but the rest of the features are very decent. Battery is rechargeable via the supplied Micro USB cable. My 6 year old newphew was very impressed!


A Boy Made of Blocks: The most uplifting novel of 2017
A Boy Made of Blocks: The most uplifting novel of 2017
by Keith Stuart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Father/son autism fable: An oddly significant, tender-hearted novel, vaguely Nick Hornby-esque, 11 Oct. 2016
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An understatedly wonderful, unmannered and very human novel that builds a funny kind of momentum and really drew me in across its 400 pages. As the thirtysomething father of autistic kids myself, there was obviously plenty I could relate to here given that the central narrative concerns a father’s attempts to bond with his autistic son through play (in this case, Minecraft), set against the backdrop of his estrangement from the boy’s mother (owing to the strain that’s been put on their marriage by his mishandling of the fallout from their son’s condition). As somebody who has actually ‘been there’ much of the writing rings true – it’s an honest, credible treatment which captures (fragments of) a reality that’s familiar, not so much exact parallels – children all differ wildly – but in how it taps into the sheer everyday incalculability of it all, at a family level. Which isn’t surprising given that the author is also the father of a boy with ASD . But one’s enjoyment of the book doesn’t hinge on having a personal connection and, whilst the son’s autism frames the plot, it doesn’t dominate the novel. Some aspects of family life apply to everyone, anyway. It’s very tender-hearted, well written but not at all ‘literary’… in a style that’s vaguely Nick Hornby-eque (wouldn’t surprise me remotely to see this turned into a film at some future point). Some of the dialogue, especially between husband and wife, is a bit leaden– although it picks up after the first third quite noticeably and my investment in the fate of their relationship became considerable! Most of the characterisation is spot-on. Things walk a bit of a schmaltzy tightrope at times but it’s mostly offset by the emotional richness in the book’s exploration of the central father/son relationship – their Minecraft ‘world’ is an inspired device for exposing to view the boy’s perspective and his father’s attempts to reach out. For a piece of commercial fiction, this really feels like something that's oddly crucial.


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