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Run Girl (Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers Book 1)
Run Girl (Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers Book 1)
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty light plot, 4 Jan. 2016
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A pretty light plot, but it passed the time on a plane. I liked the characters well enough, but the story just didn't develop very much. However, it was well-enough written for me to be willing to try another book of hers, hoping maybe for a longer book with a bit more room for plot and characters to develop...


Fone-Case Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Orange Premium Tough Survivor Hard Rugged Shock Proof Heavy Duty Case Skin Cover With LCD Screen Protector Guard & Polishing Cloth
Fone-Case Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Orange Premium Tough Survivor Hard Rugged Shock Proof Heavy Duty Case Skin Cover With LCD Screen Protector Guard & Polishing Cloth
Offered by Fone-Case
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Only buy if you have a wireless charging station, 4 Jan. 2016
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Completely useless for me. You have to take the phone out of the case to plug in the charger, so inevitably I would have damaged the phone doing that every day. It's a shame, as it's funky-looking and feels rugged, and I like the little stand at the back, but it went straight to a charity shop as it wasn't worth returning. The hunt for a good case continues!


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - Premium Leather Wallet Flip Case Cover Pouch + Screen Protector With Microfibre Polishing Cloth + Touch Screen Stylus Pen By CCUK
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - Premium Leather Wallet Flip Case Cover Pouch + Screen Protector With Microfibre Polishing Cloth + Touch Screen Stylus Pen By CCUK
Offered by CASE COLLECTION LTD
Price: £2.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but very cheap, so..., 4 Jan. 2016
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I think calling it a "premium" case is probably over-egging it a bit, but this is ok for the money. It has a reasonably strong magnet that holds it closed, and the side of the case that doesn't have the phone in has room for 2 credit cards, which means you can take an emergency card with you in your phone case rather than take a wallet. There are three problems with it:
- the slots for credit cards aren't at all robust, so if you try to put a card and (e.g.) a paper train ticket in a slot, it will very quickly start to tear.
- the design of the hard plastic that you slot the phone itself into is such that only a very thin bit of brittle plastic rests beside the charging port. You will have to open and close the flap covering the charging socket very frequently (every time you charge the phone), so that bit of plastic will break off very easily. Doesn't affect how it works as the phone is still held in place, but it's a poor design and can leave you with a sharp edge.
- the most irritating thing about it is that when your phone is charging, the case won't close, so you have to leave it open. And if you're charging it overnight, you'll want to lie it face-down so you don't see the flashing light telling you it's charging. So that's awkward.

You kind of get what you pay for, and it's very cheap. That's why I've given it 4 stars...


Long Handle S/S coffee or ice cream spoon set of 6
Long Handle S/S coffee or ice cream spoon set of 6
Offered by Indiabazaar
Price: £2.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, perfectly ok and reach down to the bottom ..., 1 Jan. 2016
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Cheap, perfectly ok and reach down to the bottom of the coffee jar, which is what we wanted them for! Wash well by hand or in the dishwasher. Delivered quickly.


Party Bag Filler Toy Rainbow Atom Balls for Children to Play With (Pack of 6)
Party Bag Filler Toy Rainbow Atom Balls for Children to Play With (Pack of 6)

2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't last..., 1 Jan. 2016
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These were v cheap and plasticky. I bought them as a fiddle toy, but they weren't at all robust, coming apart in a matter of days and the only way of putting them back together in such a way that they would have lasted would have been to glue each individual strand together, which would have taken ages. If they're not to be played with, they're not much use...


5Cities World's lightest (only 0.5kg!) Cabin Size holdall -fits Ryan Air/Easy Jet 55 x 40 x 20 -flight bag. Actual dimension 54x30x20, Massive 32l Capacity (Red 602)
5Cities World's lightest (only 0.5kg!) Cabin Size holdall -fits Ryan Air/Easy Jet 55 x 40 x 20 -flight bag. Actual dimension 54x30x20, Massive 32l Capacity (Red 602)

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, and I like the bright red colour, 1 Jan. 2016
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Well, you kind of get what you pay for, and it's not surprising that after only a few weeks of dragging my gym kit around in this, the webbing loop holding the strap together on one side had come apart... So I just used the strap from another bag, reasoning it will last a few more months and then I will end up junking it. Because it was so cheap, the VFM is actually ok, and I like the bright red colour, end pockets and handles. I've paid more in the past for gym bags that haven't lasted for that much longer, so this one's ok.


Sleepy Kittens (Despicable Me)
Sleepy Kittens (Despicable Me)
by TK
Edition: Board book
Price: £5.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The book itself is pretty naff, but then so are a lot of ..., 1 Jan. 2016
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This is an ok book which has been reissued in this format to cash in on the popularity of Despicable Me. The book itself is pretty naff, but then so are a lot of children's books, and my son appreciated the link to the film and enjoyed it because of that. The design of the finger puppets is a bit cheap and not quite as you see in the film, making them awkward for an adult to wear while reading the book. The material they're made of is very stiff, so it's really hard to manoeuvre your fingers to make the kittens lap the milk (er, a critical part of the story!). If your child is really sold on Despicable Me, it's worth getting. But it's a bit of a compromise...


Liam Knows What to Do When Kids Act Snitty: Coping When Friends are Tactless: Coping When Friends Are Tactless (Liam Says) (Liam Books)
Liam Knows What to Do When Kids Act Snitty: Coping When Friends are Tactless: Coping When Friends Are Tactless (Liam Says) (Liam Books)
by Jane Whelen Banks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful advice on how to react when other kids are the problem!, 1 Jan. 2016
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This is another book in the excellent "Liam" series of books by Jane Whelan Banks. As with there other books in the series, this is designed to be read by and to children on the autistic spectrum (including those with Aspergers). Knowing how to react when other kids don't behave in the "right" way can be very hard for children with ASC, especially younger ones. This well-written book helps to explain why other children might behave in a way that's hard to understand, and helps explain that it's not the ASC kid's fault - and more importantly suggests what to do in response. The illustrations are the usual very basic and rather naive ones, but they seem to be popular with the kids who are the target audience! An excellent series of books.


University Games Wonder Stars
University Games Wonder Stars
Offered by Splash And Relax
Price: £4.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of impact, even though they don't glow very brightly, 1 Jan. 2016
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This is a good set of stars, bought to decorate a child's bedroom to fit in with the space theme it has. We looked at the much smaller stick-on stars, but we felt that if those small stars were on the ceiling, they would be too far away to see properly from the bed. We therefore went for these, which are bigger and made of plastic rather than sticky paper. They have little sparkles in them which makes them look a bit more interesting during the day, and because they're big, they have a lot of impact when put on the ceiling randomly or in constellations. Our son has quite a small bedroom and if we wanted to put more than a couple of constellations I would want to buy two packs of these, as you get through the 50 stars quite quickly marking out constellations! The stars feel quite thick, but are easily stuck to the ceiling with blu-tac. These don't get 5 stars because we find that they don't glow for that long, even after exposed to natural light all day and then electric light for an hour before bedtime. However, they have a good impact and it's fun to decorate a room with the constellations that were in the sky on the day your child was born, or just pick some favourites like the Plough.


The Big Book of Mazes (Usborne Mazes)
The Big Book of Mazes (Usborne Mazes)
by K. Blundell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's fine for my son, 25 April 2015
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If it were as new as I was expecting, it would have got higher marks, but some of the mazes were done already (in pen). if you buy this one secondhand, worth checking carefully on receipt. However, it's fine for my son, as he just ignored the completed ones and did some of the others - where he could work out the maze. Some of them are a bit unclear about where the path can and can't go, so there's obviously a compromise between variety of maze and clarity of picture/maze. OK, but not great.


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