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Clearblue Plus Visual Pregnancy Test Sticks - Pack of 2
Clearblue Plus Visual Pregnancy Test Sticks - Pack of 2
Offered by pharmacysaver
Price: £5.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Update To Clearblue Pregnancy Tests, 19 May 2015
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These Clearblue Visual Pregnancy Sticks are as accurate as ever, but sporting a new and improved design. They have been ergonomically shaped, which make them easy to grip whilst testing. This is very useful because, let's face it, nobody wants to accidentally end up with urine on their hand. The end tip is much bigger now, and it turns bright pink when you have finished sampling, so you can see straight away if you managed to hit the mark. The display area is also larger than previous models, and very easy to read.

Overall, the pregnancy tests are very clear and easy to use, helping to leave you with no ambiguity of results. The updated model is of a good quality, and the brand is one that is very reliable.

His Other Life
His Other Life
by Beth Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

4.0 out of 5 stars How Much Do You Truly Know Anyone?, 16 May 2015
This review is from: His Other Life (Paperback)
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Adam and Grace have the most superficially perfect relationship. Life simply could not be better, unless you count the fact that Grace thinks she isn't good enough to be with Adam...or the fact that she barely even knows him any more. After a year of marriage, Adam goes out one night...and then disappears...

When the police question Grace about Adam's life, she finally realises how little she knows her own husband. Grace desperately searches for her missing husband, and through doing so, finally starts to unveil the man who he really is. Grace learns a lot about herself, and 'grows' significantly during the searching process.

The story that follows tells the tale of what happened to Adam on that night. It is fairly predictable for most of the tale, but with a little twist to liven up the end. It is an enjoyable enough read, with some humour interspersed as well.

Overall, I would say that it is a reasonably good book, that would make a good holiday read.

Game Changer
Game Changer
by Tim Bowler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Begs To Be Read In One Sitting!, 16 May 2015
This review is from: Game Changer (Paperback)
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Tim Bowler certainly knows how to write a dramatic and tension-filled scene. Within a few pages you find that you are utterly immersed in the world of Mikey, and by the end of page 5 Mikey has already lived through his first death threat.

Mikey, perhaps unsurprisingly, is full of anxiety almost every waking minute of the day following the threats that arise from him bearing accidental witness to an event. His life is absolute hell, and he can barely keep functioning through the perpetual stress he is experiencing. The thing is, he was already an anxiety-ridden individual even before this unfortunate turn of events. Life was hard before, it is immeasurably more difficult now.

Meggie, Mikey's sister, is a strong and important character to the tale. She is so vital to Mikey's well-being, but even this bond is threatened by what is happening to poor Mikey.

I cannot tell you much more, for fear of in some way spoiling the story for you, which would be a crying shame. Tim Bowler has written a powerful thriller of a novel, with such believable characters throughout. The drama throughout, makes this novel a very fast-paced read, and it begs to be read in one sitting. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

We Are All Made of Molecules
We Are All Made of Molecules
by Susin Nielsen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Paced Teenage Novel, 16 May 2015
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We Are All Made Of Molecules tells the story of Ashley, and her new 'brother' Stewart. Ashley does not want a brother; she wants her old life back - the one with a Dad who is not gay, and where she is the centre of everyone's life. Instead, her Dad has moved into the annex in the garden, and he has a boyfriend. Her Mum has got herself a new boyfriend too, who brings along a socially inept son into the mix. What on Earth will everyone in Ashley's school make of all these changes?

Stewart may have issues understanding social interactions, but he is a very intelligent lad. He is suffering from his own issues for, although he always a wanted a sister, he was hoping for a baby sister to arrive. Instead, his Mum has passed away, leaving him and his Dad to pick up the pieces of their shattered 'triangle'. Stewart is nothing but resourceful though, and tries to put his heart and soul into the new move that winds up with him and Ashley living under the same roof. He even quits his school for gifted children, and signs up for the local school that Ashley attends.

It is really hard to have any sympathy for Ashley, who is a thoroughly horrid little madam most of the time. Over time, through a split narrative, you come to understand some of Ashley's viewpoint. Whilst you may not condone some of her actions, you can start to appreciate how much her life has changed.

Over the course of the story, certain events occur which inevitably pull the family together - Including Ashley's father and his new boyfriend. Susan Nielsen writes a story of courage, and empathy. She also provides a stark warning to modern day young adults, that technology has opened up the path to humiliation and bullying of a whole new level, and that care should be taken.

We Are All Made Of Molecules is a very fast-paced and interesting read. It is full of quirky characters, and has a real moral to the story. I highly recommend it for secondary school aged children, as it is a very engaging read.

Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess
Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable Read, 15 May 2015
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This is the story of Olivia Grace, a completely average twelve year old girl. Her mother has passed away, in tragic circumstances, and she hasn't ever met her father. Olivia lives with her aunt, uncle, and two cousins, but she doesn't feel particularly loved, or even overly included in that particular family unit.

One day, out of the blue, Princess Mia Thermopolis arrives at Olivia's school, and thus begins an exciting transformation! Perhaps average old Olivia-Grace, is not quite so ordinary after all!

What follows is the diary of Olivia-Grace, charting the highs and lows of the events taking place. It makes for a very entertaining read, and I enjoyed it very much. My six year old daughter also read it, and found it very amusing. I would say that the average six year old would very much enjoy this story, peaking around the age of ten. You would need to assess the reading level of your child, if purchasing for a child to read by themselves. The guidelines suggest that the story is suitable from age 8 and upwards.

Overall, Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess is an enjoyable tale, and the character of Olivia is loyal and lovely. I hope that your little princess enjoys reading it as much as we have!

Philips Multi-Groom Ultra Precise Beard Styler Series 1000
Philips Multi-Groom Ultra Precise Beard Styler Series 1000
Price: £17.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Portable Beard Styler, 10 May 2015
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Although the Philips Multi-Groom Ultra Precise Beard Styler is at the lower priced end of the market, it is of surprisingly good quality. Of course, this is not unusual for the brand. The set contains:- A beard trimmer, a 1 mm comb, a 3 mm comb, a 5 mm comb, a cleaning brush and a shaving attachment. It also includes an AA battery.

The beard styler can be used to trim and shape facial hair. It is very effective, and can be used to create fine edges through contouring. You can also use it as a travel sized trimmer, by using the shaver attachment.

The styler uses a conventional AA battery, which makes it very portable when travelling. It also means that it is cordless, and can be used wherever you have a mirror to do so!

It would have been nice if it had arrived with a little case, or bag, but this is an aside. It will adequately fit into any old wash bag, and so you could argue who really needs another one to clog up their bathroom with?

Overall, it is a good piece of equipment, that performs better than the price might suggest.

Oxford Reading Tree: Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit
Oxford Reading Tree: Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit
by Annemarie Young
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.55

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Grammar, Spelling And Punctuation Kit., 10 May 2015
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This is a lovely little set that is just right for your Key Stage 1 child to practice their grammar, punctuation and spelling skills. It could be used to discuss the basics when starting these topics. It could equally be used to consolidate knowledge, and to check understanding, before your child undergoes their SATS at the end of Year 2.

The kit includes three workbooks:- Biff's Spelling Workbook, Chip's Grammar and Punctuation Workbook, and Kipper's Grammar and Punctuation Workbook. It also includes a sticker chart, and some flashcards.

Biff's Spelling Workbook is sixteen pages in length. It looks at letter groups used to produce certain sounds, prefixes, suffixes, root words, syllables and homophones. It is clearly presented, and on certain pages your child earns a puzzle piece sticker for their chart. Smaller stickers are also earned on every double-page spread, as a reward for completing a section.

Chip's Grammar and Punctuation Workbook is also sixteen pages. It continues on from Biff's workbook, and examines contractions, possession, nouns, pronouns and tenses. It continues with reward stickers for each section tackled by your child.

The final book, Kipper's Grammar and Punctuation Workbook continues on from Chip's book. It explores verbs, adjectives, punctuation and plurals.

All three workbooks are easy to comprehend, and my six year old massively enjoyed working through them. She is due to complete her Key Stage 1 SAT tests this week, so I hope they have helped to consolidate all that she knows.

The cards can be used to explore grammatically correct sentence formation. They can also be used for several games, as detailed with the instructions. The words on the flashcards are colour-coded to show whether they are proper nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, contractions, or suffixes.

Whilst I agree with the idea that the kit is not only suitable for children aged 6-7, I think it is still valid that it is marketed as such. My child was reading at a a very high 'free-reading' level when she was four, some of her friends are nowhere near that level yet. You know your own child, if they are doing well, then you may want to look at this earlier. If they are struggling, then you may wish to use this at a slightly later point. It only says the age on the box, so if you think your child is sensitive, you could 'lose' the box. I truly believe you need to have an idea what level you are buying, and adjust it according to where your child fits on the 'scale'. When you buy clothes you use the size as a guideline. I have to buy a smaller size for my daughter, because she is very petite, but I use the age scale as a way of gauging what I truly need to buy.

Overall, I highly recommend this set. It is a lovely way to consolidate the ideas being taught in school. It is also very enjoyable, and gave my daughter a sense of accomplishment at having completed it all so well.

Panasonic ALL1 Network Audio Connector
Panasonic ALL1 Network Audio Connector
Price: £199.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Network Audio Connector, 30 April 2015
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The Panasonic ALL1 network audio connector links an existing speaker, Hi-Fi, or other music output device, to the AllPlay protocol system. Despite reviews to the contrary, it is a versatile piece of equipment that has two analogue outputs. This means that most stereo equipment should connect to the ALL1, as they would have analogue inputs. The ALL1 also has an optical output.

It appears that there has been some confusion as to what the Network Audio Connector actually does. To put it simply, there is no audio circuitry in this connector, making any sound quality issues irrelevant to this product. It merely allows an existing stereo to be used as an AllPlay device on your network.

Having already set up an ALL3 speaker, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I did not have to reconfigure in order to setup the Audio Connector. This made setting up even swifter than I had anticipated.

Using the ALL1, I can play perfectly synchronised music to both the speaker I have connected to the ALL1, and also to my ALL3 speaker. Synchronisation like this, is really the key selling point of the AllPlay system. It works very well, and allows us to enjoy the music equally well even when moving between rooms.

At this point in time, the software is a little rough around the edges, but it I am confident that the AllPlay protocol will improve over time. It currently allows us to send music from our Media center (Kodi) to any, or all. of my AllPlay devices. This is quite adequate for my needs.

Whilst the connector is not a large piece of equipment, it is comparatively large for the amount of circuitry it contains. It could have easily been made into a smaller sized product. Nonetheless, that is merely aesthetics, and does not affect performance.

Overall, I am pleased with the ALL1, and it goes well with my existing devices.

Panasonic ALL3 Wireless Speaker System (White)
Panasonic ALL3 Wireless Speaker System (White)
Offered by Crampton And Moore
Price: £209.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition To The AllPlay Family, 27 April 2015
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The Panasonic AllPlay system works quite well. The main advantage of using such a system is that you can play to multiple speakers whilst retaining a good level of synchronisation. If you are looking to only have the one speaker, or in only one room, there is not much advantage to buying this set; you could just as easily make use of a bluetooth speaker instead. If, however, you wish to be able to wakl around your house, and enjoy perfect synchronisation of sound, then the AllPlay system definitely offers that.

We have set our ALL3 up in the kitchen, with the ALL1 situated upstairs playing through our Bose Soundbar. The synchronisation is perfect, and you can walk around the house without finding what you are listening to is in any way disjointed.

The Panasonic ALL3 speaker, itself, feels sturdy and well-made. The controls are capacitive touch buttons, and are quite responsive. It does have an on/off button, but the speaker also turns on when you send a command, from the app, telling it to do so. Sound quality is good, and I think most people would find it more than adequate for their needs.

The only thing that drops the AllPlay system down, is the software, which is not that mature. I would much prefer to use existing music software, but at the moment I am resigned to using the Panasonic Stream software, or AllPlay Jukebox. When attempting to play 'random' tracks from my media server, through upnp, it was a frustrating experience. Hopefully, in the future, you will be able to send music to AllPlay speakers through all popular music apps.

Aesthetically, the ALL3 is a smart speaker, that can be positioned in a vertical or horizontal manner. It takes up a reasonable amount of space, but is not obtrusive. In standby it uses 1.9-2.8 watts, fluctuating slightly, but staying fairly low.

Overall, the ALL3 is a great addition to the AllPlay family. It is just a shame that the software is limited at this point in time.

Philips HR2162/91 Viva Collection Blender, 600 Watt, 2 Litre
Philips HR2162/91 Viva Collection Blender, 600 Watt, 2 Litre
Price: £41.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward, Yet Effective!, 23 April 2015
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The Philips HR2162/91 is a straightforward blender. It has a sturdy plastic jug, which has a capacity of up to 1.5litres. If you choose to use American recipes, then it holds up to 6 US cups of fluid.

The blender has six different speed settings, depending on the texture of the ingredients used. It also utilizes a 'pulse' function, in order to eliminate any hidden chunks of food. This works really well, despite it sounding like a gimmick, and can be used to make smooth purees, soups, or for thicker consistencies.

The jug is very easy to clean, with no fiddly parts to make it a time-consuming job. This means that I am more likely to make use of it, because it is a doddle to tidy away after use. One of my personal bugbears is when a machine that is 'making life easier' requires some complex way of being disassembled for cleaning. The Philips HR2162/91 is a really quick use product, without increasing your workload in any noticeable way.

Overall, it is a straightforward blender, that does a very effective job on your ingredients. Ir is easy to use, and performs well. I highly recommend it.

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