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Acme Thunderer 660 Yellow Whistle
Acme Thunderer 660 Yellow Whistle
Offered by RLSS Direct UK
Price: £2.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Oct. 2015
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Brilliant loud whistle that is easy to find in the dark because of its fluorescent yellow colour.


Now is the Time
Now is the Time
by Melvyn Bragg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.20

4.0 out of 5 stars We love 'In Our Time' and often listen to it when ..., 30 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Now is the Time (Hardcover)
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Melvyn Bragg is one of our heroes. We love 'In Our Time' and often listen to it when we can't sleep, as it can be soporific and interesting in equal measures. This is the first of his novels I have read.

This is not soporific. It is interesting in its structure, as each chapter is told in the voice of a different character who is involved in the peasant's revolt that took place during the early part of Richard II's reign. The characters include the priest John Ball, Richard's mother Joan, Watt Tyler and other key figures. This is good as it gives a well-rounded perspective on the situation at the time and provides empathy where you might not expect it.

If there is one criticism, I would say that the use of the dialogue to explain the situation can sometimes feel forced. Bragg often uses this as a replacement for action, and this sometimes feels a little bit like "tell don't show".

That said, this is a compelling read that will carry you along easily and keep you enthralled whilst teaching you some interesting things. You will love it if you are interested in English history.


Philosophy and the Idea of Communism: Alain Badiou in conversation with Peter Engelmann
Philosophy and the Idea of Communism: Alain Badiou in conversation with Peter Engelmann
by Alain Badiou
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.64

3.0 out of 5 stars I have a copy of a similar book published by ..., 30 Oct. 2015
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I have a copy of a similar book published by Polity - Demanding the Impossible by Slavoj Zizek - which shares the format of an interview with rather long answers. I was hoping that this would be as enjoyable to read and as accessible, but unfortunately I found this title dense to the point of being impenetrable and, ironically, more demanding than the Zizek title!

There seems to be a lot of discussion of... phenomenology i guess? But I can't be sure because although I have a philosophy degree, specialising in political philosophy, I didn't understand much of the first thirty pages that I read.

In short, this is probably more of a shortcoming on my behalf, but I was hoping for something a little more rewarding. I suppose I'll give it another whirl, and if I manage to get anything further from it, I'll amend this review.


Exclusive to Amazon: Burt's Bees Love From Nature 3-Piece Gift Set
Exclusive to Amazon: Burt's Bees Love From Nature 3-Piece Gift Set

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a nice little gift set for someone special - a nice ..., 30 Oct. 2015
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This is a nice little gift set for someone special - a nice little token or stoking filler. It contains some sumptuous almond hand cream and two flavours of lip balm - the traditional honey and the slightly more risqué peppermint.

The hand cream is lovely and thick. You don't need much, and the almond fragrance is very strong. It takes a little getting used to, but it is overall a nice scent. The lip balm is rich but not too thick. It goes on easily and soothes sore lips without making them sticky. Everything is quite well presented, although it rattles around a little in the box, which is pretty, and probably useful for keeping trinkets in, but ultimately too big.


The Wonder Garden: Wander through the world's wildest habitats and discover more than 80 amazing animals
The Wonder Garden: Wander through the world's wildest habitats and discover more than 80 amazing animals
by Jenny Broom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Neon Naturalism, 26 Sept. 2015
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This is a beautiful and informative book. It's a good size, showcasing the beautiful illustrations. There is plenty of information about the animals and habitats in the book. The pages are glossy and colourful. The illustrations are reminiscent of Victorian naturalist drawings, but with added 21st century neon accents. There are five gorgeous habitats to explore in the book, although there aren't any African environs or animals to learn about.


Myfox Smart Home Alarm, Proactive Wireless Security System
Myfox Smart Home Alarm, Proactive Wireless Security System
Offered by OutletAL
Price: £264.63

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Alarming, 26 Sept. 2015
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This alarm is a real step up from the old-school fitted alarms that have an ugly box that is fitted to the side of your house and a big horrible control panel by the door with a code that you have to type in whilst dying for the loo late on a Friday or Saturday night, half-cut and fumbling, inevitably unable to remember the code or accidentally hitting the wrong numbers three times in a row and waking up half the neighbourhood. This alarm is beautifully designed in glossy white, and is easy to install - no tradesmen or specialists required, not even a drill! There is no outward sign that you have the alarm installed, so this somewhat diminishes the potential to deter would-be burglars, although there is a little sticker in the box that you can attach to your window that simply states "ALARM". Perhaps a step above a BEWARE OF THE DOGS sign in the detergents stake?

It was very easy to install. I plugged in the thing that you have to plug in, downloaded the app to my phone, placed the alarm unit in a central location and the fob on my keys and then started the app. It took me through the process, crashing once and then updating the firmware on the plug-in unit. I placed the single sensor on our front door, and if there had been another one in the box I would have put one on the front window as well, but I'm loath to spend another 30 quid on another sensor (I am also loath to spend another 25 quid on another key fob - more on that later). The alarm works well and it's easy to arm - just click a button on the fob or in the app. The alarm senses when a key fob is in proximity, so it's simple to disarm too, although we found out that if you arm it with the fob still in the house and then open the door, you don't get much of a warning before you're hit with an ear-piercing alarm!

It's a shame that, for the price, you only get one fob and one sensor. The fob is really useful because once you've armed the alarm, you don't have to disarm it. If, like us, you are a family, one of you will have to use the fob, and one of you will have to rely on the app and remember to disarm using your smartphone. If you happen to open the door to the postman with your smartphone upstairs and your baby asleep, you may discover that the warning the alarm gives you before ruining your morning is a little too short.

To be fair, the app does work very well, alerting you when someone changes the status of the system or when the alarm goes off and this happens pretty instantaneously. It can tell you who is in the house - if you want to buy them all a fob! It is easy to add users to the system, but if you have any guests or have anyone entering your house who doesn't have a smartphone, you're in trouble. We tested the system using an iPhone, and it worked very well.


Silentnight Hi-Therm 13.5 Tog Duvet, Double
Silentnight Hi-Therm 13.5 Tog Duvet, Double
Price: £29.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Toasty little number, 26 Sept. 2015
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This is a snuggly duvet that is incredibly warm and nice and lightweight. It will see you comfortably through the winter months. It was quick and easy to get into the duvet cover, and it came neatly packaged in a clear plastic packet which we will store it in until the weather turns cold enough to warrant this toasty little number. It packs up neatly into the small package.

It was a little too lightweight for us - we prefer the weight of a feather duvet, and this synthetic filling just doesn't fall quite right. Also, it is incredibly warm, so not really a suitable duvet for all year round. You might want a separate duvet for summer, but you won't need a blanket on top of this one in winter.


Bright Starts Lullaby Lagoon Rocker Napper
Bright Starts Lullaby Lagoon Rocker Napper

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and Safe, 5 Sept. 2015
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This is a well-built chair/moses basket style sleeper with a soothing rocking feature. It is easy to clean as it can be wiped down with a damp cloth, and it has some electronic features which might keep little one entertained for a decent amount of time.

In terms of construction, the instructions were fairly straightforward and the product is well designed for a quick and toolless build. The components feel sturdy and reliable, and they fit together well with very little "gentle persuasion" (otherwise known as a short sharp knock). Once made, it rocks smoothly, and the depth of the seat makes it feel very safe. The adjustment between the sleeping position and the sitting position is fairly smooth, if a little stiff, and requires a bit of a "knack".

The electronic features are pretty standard, and this part of the product feels a little flimsy, especially the buttons. Batteries are NOT INCLUDED. A nice feature is the vibrate function, a feature that our little one found particularly soothing. The music is fairly standard. It is upbeat and baby friendly. The lights are cute and will hold a child's attention for a little while - they might even stop a few tears occasionally! The toys that hang from the hood are plasticky, hence easy to clean if not to everyone's taste. They are cute enough, and have a little bit of sparkle to reflect some of that groovy LED light.

I like this product - it feels very sturdy and safe, with good features guaranteed to entertain and distract. My main concern is the stabiliser block which stops the chair from rocking - if your little one is like ours and is a good wriggler, they may well wriggle enough to cause the stabiliser block to fall. This has no massive safety concerns, but is something to keep an eye on, as it could surprise and shock a tender little constitution.


AEG AT5300 Two Slot Toaster, Stainless Steel & Black
AEG AT5300 Two Slot Toaster, Stainless Steel & Black

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fashion Toaster, 5 Sept. 2015
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The features on this toaster are useful - the defrost setting toasts bread straight from the freezer, and the little flip up rack is neat and functional. The product looks pretty cool, with a glowing orange ring around the stop button when the toaster is on. This is a good function for night-time toasting, and I would recommend this toaster to toast-lovers who need a midnight fix of buttered brown. I would also think that the toaster is suitable to those keen for a crumb free toasting environment, as the crumb tray is very effective.

The toaster is possibly unsuitable for those who love extreme toasting. It is not suited to an outdoor environment, particularly mountain tops or wilderness locations, due to a lightweight and marginally flimsy feel. I would class this as more of a fashion toaster than a heavy duty outward bound toaster because it is nicely designed and attractive in appearance with a pleasing shape and colour palette.


Bright Starts Light Up Lagoon Activity Gym
Bright Starts Light Up Lagoon Activity Gym

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and attractive, 5 Sept. 2015
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This is a nice little baby gym that has plenty of features to keep a little one busy. The lights were a particular draw for our baby, who, at 7 months, is probably a little too big for this item.

The product is easily assembled and attractive. It is easy to clean, and the toys are well designed and cute. They have chewable bits for those terrible teething times, and plenty of texture and sound to explore. The lights are, as described on the packaging, mesmerising, and the music is bearable - certainly no worse than any other noisy toy - although is not familiar to me. It's a shame there are no lullabies. There is also a good nature sound - the sound of running water and ribbiting frogs. Our little one finds such white noise very useful for sleeping, but I'm not sure you'd want to let your baby sleep on this gym.

In terms of the down sides, I would say that the quality of the materials used feels cheap, and all the toys are plastic rather than fabric. As mentioned earlier, this makes it easy to clean, so it's a case of six of one, half a dozen of the other really. If this is an issue, the gym comes with an extra ring to hang any other gym toy on - we have a lovely lamaze butterfly, flash bazza, who could happily hang from the hood!


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