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Missoma Gold Plated Drop Lemon Quartz Jacket Earrings with Gold Plated Amethyst Studs
Missoma Gold Plated Drop Lemon Quartz Jacket Earrings with Gold Plated Amethyst Studs
Price: £52.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Earrings, 27 Nov. 2015
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This is a very high quality product; everything about it is well executed. The gems are nice with deep colours; the metal work is attractive; presentation is excellent; a very nice grey box.

The earrings have an interesting feature that allows the height of the lower stones to be adjusted; this seems to work well.

Perhaps a little on the expensive side but very nice.


The Sceptical Optimist: Why technology isn't the answer to everything
The Sceptical Optimist: Why technology isn't the answer to everything
by Nicholas Agar
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.58

3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting ideas..., 25 Nov. 2015
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An interesting albeit somewhat obvious premise. This is essentially attempting to be a philosophy book. It is clearly written by an academic, although the academic penchant for footnotes is thankfully avoided (maybe just replaced by endnotes).

I found the book and the approach interesting although not always convincing. I was and remain sceptical about using ‘subjective well being’ as a basis for the analysis. I’m afraid that my initial reaction to phrases like ‘plausible evolutionary conjecture’ and ‘hedonic normalization’ is to giggle.

That said - some interesting ideas, generally well articulated.


Ukulele For Dummies
Ukulele For Dummies
by Alistair Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction, 23 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Ukulele For Dummies (Paperback)
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This is an excellent introduction to playing the Ukulele with some very good online resources.

I am an absolute beginner (sadly my lippy, not particularly helpful or encouraging 11 year old son isn’t) but this book covers everything I can envisage wanting or needing to know about the ukulele.

Recommended


New GCSE Maths Edexcel Exam Practice Workbook: Higher - for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers)
New GCSE Maths Edexcel Exam Practice Workbook: Higher - for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, 23 Nov. 2015
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I’ve become a big fan of the CGP books, particularly the Mathematics ones; they are proving invaluable in the face of the radical changes in the GCSE.

This is a good book - it gets straight to the point with little fuss. The books are designed to be written in (although obviously this is not a requirement); making them well suited for photocopying. The questions are clearly graded for difficulty, making the guide suitable for all students. There is a separate book for students aiming for the highest grade, so there are not many grade 9 level questions included in this book).

Recommended


TP-LINK TL-PB2600 Portable Universal USB Power Bank External Battery Charger/Power Bar/Smartphone Charger for iOS and Android Devices with Premium LG Battery Cell - 2600 mAh
TP-LINK TL-PB2600 Portable Universal USB Power Bank External Battery Charger/Power Bar/Smartphone Charger for iOS and Android Devices with Premium LG Battery Cell - 2600 mAh
Price: £12.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Emergency Charger, 18 Nov. 2015
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There appear to be reviews of different models on this page - for clarity this is a review of the TP-LINK TL-PB2600; the 2600 mAh portable battery which weighs only 68g.

Initially I had one potential issue: there is a slightly raised on button on the side and I have had problems in the past with accidentally turning chargers on and there being no charge left when I needed it. So far I have not accidentally turned it on when carrying it in my bag or in my pocket.

Overall, this is a really nice portable battery - very very light (easily the lightest I have used) and compact. It seems to work very well but be warned 2600 mAh isn’t a huge amount; it really is an emergency charger and won’t do much more than provide a single charge for an iPhone (5).


CAILLER L'Art Du Brut Dark Chocolate 54 Percent Cocoa with Whole Almonds Hazelnuts and Blueberries (Pack of 2)
CAILLER L'Art Du Brut Dark Chocolate 54 Percent Cocoa with Whole Almonds Hazelnuts and Blueberries (Pack of 2)

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but expensive, 9 Nov. 2015
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It is difficult to go wrong with high quality dark chocolate packed with Almonds, Hazelnuts and Blueberries; it is a winning combination.

These are really nice chocolate bars - the chocolate itself is superb - dark and rich without being bitter. The bar is divided into 20 segments; each segment is packed with fruit and nuts. The only possible complaint is that some segments are a little too packed and consequently have too little chocolate.

Expensive but they sure taste good.


Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar for GCSE - Digital Tester and Handbook
Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar for GCSE - Digital Tester and Handbook
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good (although one of the less impressive CGP offerings), 9 Nov. 2015
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I am becoming a big fan of the CGP books. We now own a number of guides and test papers and I am almost always impressed.

In many ways this is one of the less impressive offerings (but that is against a very high baseline).

I liked the handbook. It contains some usage guidance, some examples of common grammatical mistakes along with commonly misspelled words by subject. My 14 year old, the primary target for this resource, professes to like it too.

We are both a little less impressed with the digital tester. Interesting to use once or twice but not sure how much use it will get in the future.


GCSE English Text Guide - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
GCSE English Text Guide - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to a very good series, 9 Nov. 2015
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We now have a number of these CGP guides and, overall, I have been very impressed.

This is a particularly good one. It is short, only 80 pages, but packed with useful information. It is well laid out with good use of colour & graphics. It is very easy to read.

It is provides almost all the information a student will require: an excellent overview of the characters and the plot along with some very useful background information about the author and the times. I’m not even certain you would need to read the book.

Particularly useful is the strong focus on analysis, particularly useful as the the underlying themes of the book are moderately complex and well suited to analysis.


Revlon RVHA6475UK Perfectionist 2-in-1 Dryer
Revlon RVHA6475UK Perfectionist 2-in-1 Dryer
Price: £29.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 3 Nov. 2015
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The packaging suggests that the product is targeted as women (with longish hair); maybe it is correctly targeted as my preening floppy haired teenage son certainly did not take to it.

This is a good product but it is not as powerful as a regular hair dryer and consequently hair takes longer to dry.

The brush feature ensures that the hair dries straight but the lack of power means the whole process can take quite a long time. The heat is good; not too hot. The heat only comes out of the top of the brush; it might be better if it came out from all over the brush.

Overall very nice but would be better if the heat came out from all over the brush and it was more powerful


JESSICA At Home Kit - Blush
JESSICA At Home Kit - Blush
Price: £32.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice kit, 2 Nov. 2015
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This is a very nice kit containing most the the things you would need for between manicure nail care.

The kit contains a hand & body moisturiser; a hi gloss finish, Phenomen Oil, Nourish Therapeutic Cuticle Formula and a nail colour along with a nail file. They are all very nice, high quality products.

The only missing item is an orangewood stick for pushing back the cuticles. That said the missing item is not significant enough to merit losing a star: still 5 stars.


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