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Crinkle Balls cat kitten toys 4 pack
Crinkle Balls cat kitten toys 4 pack
Offered by Pet-Bliss - Delivering WORLDWIDE
Price: £4.85

5.0 out of 5 stars The first toy our rescue cat has played with, 10 Jan. 2016
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Bought these for one of my cats, who was rescued from a life as a breeding machine at kitten farm. Normally she doesn't play with toys, and we'd begun to think that, due to her very bad start in life, she maybe didn't know how.

When we first put them down, she sniffed them and walked away, and we thought that this was another set of toys that would be unused. We were wrong.

Within a couple of hours she was chasing them up and down. Even now a few weeks later, she is still playing with them. She adores chasing them, pouncing on them, throwing them around, ambushing them - we've even caught her a few times carrying it around in her mouth (although only when she thinks no-one is looking). Considering that she's never before showed any interest in playing with any toy we've bought her, these are an unqualified success.

Our other rescue cat, who will play with anything not nailed down, doesn't seem to be interested in them at all. But he has lots of other things to play with (whether we want him to or not!). So I guess that these maybe aren't for all cats, but they're worth a try if you've got a cat that doesn't seem to like other types of toy.

The Loose Canon: Complete Second Edition
The Loose Canon: Complete Second Edition
by Various Devoted Pastafarians
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Loose Canon was compiled by the Council of Olive ..., 31 Dec. 2014
The Loose Canon was compiled by the Council of Olive Garden, from writings by individual Pastafarians who were divinely inspired by the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The publisher of this book does NOT have any authority or permission to publish the Loose Canon from either the Council of Olive Garden, or from the individual Pastafarians who's work he is trying to sell.

The GENUINE Loose Canon is available for free at [...] - if you wish to read this collection, please get it from the official source, not from someone selling something that is not his to sell.

Good Medicine: Safe, natural ways to solve over 75 common health problems
Good Medicine: Safe, natural ways to solve over 75 common health problems
by Patrick Holford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

49 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money, 20 Jan. 2014
Having just had a short flick through this book, some things are noticable - and not in a good way.

For example - Holford still seems to be promoting his "take massive doses of Vitamin C as a cure for nearly everything" mantra - despite the fact that repeated clinical trials have not only shown high doses of vitamin C do not have such a curative effect, but that they can actually have a harmful one.

In fact it seems to me that much of the "advice" given in this book is along the lines of "your body needs a little bit of this particular thing" (for example chromium) "so you should take loads of it in the forms of supplements" (interesting advice from a guy who works for Biocare (a supplement pill company) as "Head of Science and Education"). Yet there is little proper clinical evidence to support most of the "advice" in this book (despite what the fluff on the book claims). The human body is perfectly capapable of getting all the nutrients it needs from a regular balanced diet without the need for any exotic potions and pills. In truth I'm at a loss to work out how recommending taking artificial supplements in any way qualifies as "natural" at all - it seems to me singularly UN-natural.

As other reviewers have pointed out - if you're worried about your health, go and talk to your doctor. If you want good diet advice, have a chat with a dietician (in the UK "dietician" is a protected and regulated title held by qualified professionals; "nutritionist" is not controlled or regulated - anyone can set themselves up as a nutritionists without a single relevant qualification). And in the mean time - save your money. Don't waste it on such nonsense as this book.
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Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele - The World's Most Popular Uke
Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele - The World's Most Popular Uke

3.0 out of 5 stars Not comfy, 26 Jun. 2013
I have no doubt that the Lanikai LU-21 is a quality ukulele, and certainly when I tried one, it had a lovely rich sound. If I were rating this ukulele on that alone, it would get 5 stars.

However I found that the edges of the the white binding are quite sharp and hard. If you're a female uke player, this cound be an issue, as our playing position is slightly different than men have (by virtue of having a chest!!!) As a result I found the edge dug into my arm and became very uncomfortable quite quickly - ended up getting a Brunswick in the end. I don't think guys will have the same problem as they can hold a uke flatter. Because of this, I'm going to have to drop a couple of stars.

Price: £2.35

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a brilliant product, 28 Jan. 2013
Our cat was hit by a car on Christmas day. She ended up having to have metal plates put in to repair the broken bones. Needless to say this meant she was in a lot of pain.

This lead to a problem. If she was in pain she didn't eat. As her pain medication had to go in her food, she wasn't getting a full dose - we got into a vicious cycle.

Then a collague recommended trying Lik-e-Lix. As she pointed out, although it's sold as a treat, it's soft and mild (good if your cat is not well), and although it's not as nutritious as proper food, at least she'd be getting some energy from it.

Puss hoovered it up from the outset. We were able to give her the proper dose of pain medication with no problems at all (if you're doing this, I recommend giving the Lik-e-Lix with medication first, before giving proper food). It meant she wasn't in discomfort anymore, her appetite returned, and she just seemed much, much brighter. And judging by the loud purrs, she enjoys her Lik-e-Lix every time.

Lik-e-Lix was a godsend!

My one tiny criticism is that it only comes in 2 flavours (chicken and salmon). But as it's a new product hopefully that will change.

UPDATE: Noticed that there are now a couple more flavours available now. Puss is now well healed, but still enjoys these as a treat occasionally

Riemann P10 Once a Day 200 ml
Riemann P10 Once a Day 200 ml

3.0 out of 5 stars Works very well but..., 30 Jun. 2012
I have to admit, this does exactly what it says on the tin. Put it on at the start of the day and it protects you all day with just the one application.


If you have very very fair skin, factor 20 sunblock isn't quite enough. I still find I need to add a little extra if I'm out during the heat of the day. However by having P20 as a base layer it extends the time you can go without topping up, so if you're running around like a lunatic, you know you've got some leeway to work with.

P20 say that their product doesn't leave white marks. This is very true. What they don't tell you is that on light coloured clothing it can leave yellow marks instead. As long as you stay cool this isn't a problem, but if you're active and you sweat, it can transfers some of the sunblock on to your clothes along with it.

And you have to put it on 15-20 minutes before you go out in the sun. Fine on holiday but if you have to go out suddenly - not so great.

So - great for holidays by the pool (if I did that sort of thing I'd probably be giving it 5 stars), but for active out and about for those with very pale skin - got to go with 3 stars I'm afraid.
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Christmas with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Christmas with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A plucking good Christmas album!!!, 3 Feb. 2012
If you want a Christmas album with a difference. Christmas songs, both secular and religious, done in the UOGB's inimitable style.

There's a nice range of genres and tempos, from Elvis's Blue Christmas, to traditional Wassailing tunes, to modern takes on old favourites. To this day I cannot decide whether I like Jonty Bank's version of "Merry Xmas Everybody", or Dave Suich's alternative take on "The Christmas Song" ("Rudolph roasting on an open fire...") more. Both are frankly amazing!

My only real criticism is with the "Down in Yon Forest" canticle. This is probably the weak point of the album. It doesn't seem to fit with any of the other tracks, although it has to be said that ukuleles do capture that medieval flavour excellently. This is why I've dropped a star, because I cannot fault any of the other tracks.

Unlike many of the Uke's other albums, more of this seems to be studio recorded rather than live, so you drop some of the banter. But really, it doesn't matter a jot.

It should tell you something that, although I am rather apathetic about Christmas in general (with a big helping on Humbug on the side!), I was still playing this album almost constantly until about a week ago (and it's now February). The music on the album is really a joy to listen to.

Ukulele For Dummies
Ukulele For Dummies
by Alistair Wood
Edition: Paperback

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for all levels, 3 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Ukulele For Dummies (Paperback)
I was given Ukulele for Dummies for Christmas. I'm so glad I was.

I consider myself an intermediate player, but I'd got into a rut and didn't know how to move my skills on. Most ukulele books out there are either for beginners, or for advanced "finger pickers". If you're beyond beginner but still need to learn a lot more, there's never been a lot out there for you.

Not a problem any more!

This books covers everything! If you're a beginner it starts you out with everything you need to know to get playing. For intermediates it takes you on to more complicated strum patterns, and other effects such as chunking, as well as introducing you to reading music notation. If you're more advanced yet it takes you through some more advanced picking techniques and will give you some unusual exercises to really test your skills on (how about "Greensleeves" on the uke?).

There's even a section on ukulele maintenance, such as changing strings and basic troubleshooting, and introductions to famous uke players - so you know who all those people are that get mentioned on uke forums!

And for me, what I liked the most is that the songs you play in the exercises are ones you might have stood a chance of hearing at some point! Most beginners ukulele books seem to expect an intimate knowledge of American folk songs. If you're a Brit or under the age of 70, there's a liklihood that you've never heard of the song, which makes learning doubly difficult. Although there are still some of these songs (hence the dropping of a star), there are audio tracks of all of the tunes, so you can hear what it sounds like. And let's fact it, who can argue with learning how to play 3/4 time using "House Of The Rising Sun"!

Hal Leonard Ukulele Method: Book 1
Hal Leonard Ukulele Method: Book 1
by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but maybe not for absolute beginners, 4 Sept. 2011
The Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1 is an excellent teaching book that teaches both strumming and playing tab (single notes played on individual strings), along with playing 12 bar blues and some more advanced techniques such as playing tremello. It also introduces you to how to read music, for those who've never learned. It goes at a good pace so you can work through it at your own speed with each lesson building on the previous so you move along. Okay so playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the like may be a little boring at times, but they're nice easy tunes so you're not just playing repetative exercises all the time.

However I would not recommend this book for absolute novices who have never held a ukulele in their lives before now. I think it starts off a little too complicated. There are many other excellent books and websites out there to get you started. Once you've got going a little bit, maybe even to the point of learning a couple of easy songs, then this is absolutely the book to get you on and get you progressing further - especially if you want to learn to read music alongside chord charts, or if you want to move on to playing melodies on strings. This is definately the book to turn to to start turning yourself from a beginner to what I would want to call an intermediate player, where you're maybe attempting things slightly more complicated than 3 chord 4/4 timed easy tunes.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Hits for Ukulele [With 2 CDs] (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Hits for Ukulele [With 2 CDs] (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))
by Andrew Dubrock
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as "rock-y" as it should be, 14 July 2011
The full song list is:

Do You Want to Know a Secret? - The Beatles
Tonight You Belong to Me - Patience and Prudence (composed by Billy Rose and Lee David)
Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Over the Rainbow (from "The Wizard of Oz")
If You Could Read My Mind- Gordon Lightfoot
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
Wild Night - Van Morrison
Moondance- Van Morrison
Soul Man - Isaac Hayes
Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers Band
Long Train Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers
Sister Golden Hair - America
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
Take It Easy - Eagles
Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
I'll See You in My Dreams - Isham Jones
Creep - Radiohead
Sunshine of Your Love - Eric Clapton
Hotel California - Eagles
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
Layla - Eric Clapton

The title of the book is "The Complete Idiot's Guide to ROCK Hits for Ukulele". One wonders how "Soul Man" and "Gimme Some Lovin'" qualify as rock. Fine songs surely but definately not rock. And as for the inclusion of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"...

As a song book, it's quite good - each song is transcribed in full music notation and tab. There's a short refresher on musical theory, hints and tips, a big chord dictionary and best of all 2 CDs contain ukulele versions of every song (with computer software that lets you mute the vocals or ukulele, slow tracks down, and loop sections for practice).

But this is advertised as book of rock music. And it just isn't.

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