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Dinosaur Rocket (Penny Dale's Dinosaurs)
Dinosaur Rocket (Penny Dale's Dinosaurs)
by Ms. Penny Dale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars and I actually think it is beautifully written. The pictures are interesting and I love ..., 17 Jun. 2015
My daughter totally adores this book. Because she is only two she loves the repetitive nature of the text, and I actually think it is beautifully written. The pictures are interesting and I love the glossaries of all the equipment and the types of dinosaur - my little girl has learned lots of new (if not very practical on a day to day basis) words.


Johnson's Baby Nursing Pads (total 60 pads /2 boxes)
Johnson's Baby Nursing Pads (total 60 pads /2 boxes)
Offered by Bluecrest Direct
Price: £8.18

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst thing ever, 26 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Okay, I've given it 2 stars so it's clearly not actually the worst thing ever. But pretty bad. They don't absorb well. Buy Lansinoh.


I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew: Yellow Back Book (Dr. Seuss - Yellow Back Book)
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew: Yellow Back Book (Dr. Seuss - Yellow Back Book)
by Dr. Seuss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever Dr Seuss, 28 Jan. 2012
This book is amazing and without a doubt my favourite Dr Seuss book. It is a tale of a young character who is constantly running from his troubles in the hope of reaching a perfect place in which troubles can never bother him again. Of course this is impossible, and Dr Seuss shows in a witty and uplifting way that you cannot prevent hardship befalling you but it is always better to face your problems head on lest they get worse. This book captured my imagination as a child and still does as an adult, it almost makes me want to have children just so that I can read it to them! It is full of hilarious rhymes and beautiful illustrations (my favourite one is the one of him dreaming that he is sleeping on a bed of marshmallows in Solla Sollew) and it has a witty twist when it explains what the 'very few' troubles in Solla Sollew actually are. It is intended for a slightly (slightly) older audience that the cat in the hat for example, but could be read to a child of any age. To read this aloud you would need to set aside probably 20 minutes but it's well worth it. Highly recommended.


Beautiful Natural Purple Abalone Paua Shell Dragonfly Earrings In Gift Box - D
Beautiful Natural Purple Abalone Paua Shell Dragonfly Earrings In Gift Box - D
Offered by Cygnet Gifts
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So pretty!, 28 Jan. 2012
Really really pretty. I bought these as a gift but really wish I could keep them. The only (minor) criticism is that the matching bracelet is even more beautiful and better value for money! If you were going to get one or the other I would recommend the bracelet unless you are specifically looking for earrings, but as I said, the earrings are also beautiful.


Premier Housewares Canvas Bag Laundry Hamper with Wooden Frame
Premier Housewares Canvas Bag Laundry Hamper with Wooden Frame

4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 28 Jan. 2012
Prior to buying this my laundry hamper was my bedroom floor so this is for me a massive improvement. The frame is not terribly sturdy but it stands and doesn't fall apart so that's fine - I'm also a bit confused as to whether there is actually a function of the flap that covers the top but it's fine, I guess it keeps my cat out. It is a hamper that holds ones laundry which is exactly what I was looking for. It looks like it does in the picture and does what it says on the tin. It probably fits about 2 medium sized laundry loads.


PLAIN WOODEN BOX 4 DRAWERS DECOUPAGE 13,5X11X16,5 2M2D CRAFT ART
PLAIN WOODEN BOX 4 DRAWERS DECOUPAGE 13,5X11X16,5 2M2D CRAFT ART

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, useful, 25 Jan. 2012
A nice product. It looks as it does in the picture and the drawers open and close well. It is pretty small though, I'm not sure what came over me when I thought I could fit all of my earrings into the top 2 drawers.


Harlequin (The Grail Quest, Book 1)
Harlequin (The Grail Quest, Book 1)
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Superior to Sharpe, inferior to Warlord Trilogy, 4 Jan. 2012
An entertaining read from beginning to end. It is the first novel in the grail quest trilogy, the whole of which you should enjoy if you are a fan of Bernard Cornwell's other works. It is also an ode to just how cool longbows are when compared with crossbows. The first book is set in 1342 at the beginning of the 100 year war and follows Thomas Hookton, the illegitimate son of a priest and competent archer in his quest to find the lance of St George which has been stolen from his father's church and to avenge his father's death.

I really enjoyed this book and the series as a whole. The narrative is pleasant to read, the plot is intriguing and there is a perfect balance between bloody battles, plot and romance. The characters are well constructed; aside from Thomas there is his friend and commander, Will Skeat, his worthy adversary, Sir Guillame and a less worthy one, Sir Simon Jekyll. There is also a beautiful French countess, Jeanette, who is handy with a crossbow and has vengeful aspirations of her own.

All in all this book is an entertaining read, though as mentioned in the title of my review, the series didn't captivate my imagination quite so much as Cornwell's Warlord trilogy which I also thoroughly recommend.


Hogfather: A Discworld Novel
Hogfather: A Discworld Novel
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars WHY ARE YOUR HANDS ON BITS OF STRING, CHILD?, 8 Oct. 2011
The Hogfather is dead. Or at least if not dead he has been 'severely reduced'. Death therefore has no choice but to fill in for the big guy, despite being rather of the bony persuasion himself. As a socially awkward Death dons a red santa suit trying his best to bring merriment, good will and most importantly belief to the children, beggars and other miscreants of Ankh Morpork there is excess belief floating about and things are starting to go awry elsewhere. This hillarious read features not only Death (possibly my favourite discworld character with the exception of Nanny Ogg) but also his eminently sensible granddaughter Susan along with favourites from the Unseen University, the beggars without a guild and a host of hillarious one off characters - from the truly mad Mr Teatime to the unfortunate 'Oh God' who has the misfortune of being the god of hangovers. I think it best to read some of the other Death books first but even if you haven't it is still utterly hillarious, 'gettable' and unforgettable.


Maskerade: A Discworld Novel: 18
Maskerade: A Discworld Novel: 18
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The witches are the best and this is the best of the witches, 20 Sept. 2011
I've always enjoyed the witches books far more than any other Pratchett storyline. Pratchett is a true master at character creation and unusually for a male writer he writes fantastic female characters with amazing insight and imagination. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are the two magnetic poles. Granny Weatherwax, sharp as grapefruit and completely judgemental is ultimately the good witch whereas Nanny Ogg - caring, motherly and mistress of rude pun believes it ain't stealing if a witch does it and it's okay to tell lies so long as you don't think 'em. Since the marriage of Magrat Garlick the two are missing the necessary third witch to complete their trio - after all 'when shall we two meet again' just doesn't have that much of a ring to it. Enter Agnes Nitt (ideally she would like to be known as Perdita X Dream but will settle for Perdita X) - you may remember a brief appearance by her in Lords and Ladies but this is where she first enters the Discworld as a main character. Fat, funny, strong willed and an amazing singer (she can sing in any voice and even harmonise with herself!) I do have affection for Magrat (impossible not to really) but I actually think Agnes makes a better third witch than Magrat did.

The story is basically a whodunnit at the opera. In this phantom of the opera satire Pratchett makes the most of the dramatic opportunity of a theatrical setting (somewhat a theme in the witches books actually). Suspense is perfectly combined with humour in a book that I had finished in a matter of hours (oh okay, maybe if this is your entertainment budget for the week it isn't going to last that well but that's the only downside!) The particular highlight of this book is definitely Nanny Ogg who I think is slightly less focussed on in the previous witches books really comes into her own in this book. She is constantly hillarious and as Pratchett points out it only takes 45 minutes to feel that you've known her your whole life.


The Sims 3: Generations (PC/Mac DVD)
The Sims 3: Generations (PC/Mac DVD)
Offered by Netro Enterprise
Price: £34.98

265 of 272 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun!, 20 July 2011
The Sims 3 Generations is probably the best expansion pack for the Sims 3 yet, possibly with the exception of World Adventures. As previous reviewers have mentioned, it is mainly beneficial if you like to play with families as opposed to only adults, but there are some new aspects for the adults and it certainly makes having children a bit more interesting.

You can now have an adult sim read toddlers and children to sleep, and sometimes this will be one of their wishes, which is nice. You can only do this if you have certain suitable books. For children and teenagers there are a few more options at school. They can go on field trips from which they can pick up skills and moodlets and they can also sign up for after school activities from which they also pick up skills. Alternatively you can send them to boarding school where they will remain until they reach their next age up or until you remove them. If you leave them there they will pick up certain skills and personality traits. There was some kind of glitch in my game as I sent my teenager to a boarding school and for some reason she was delivered back to the house having not graduated. She received negative personality traits for her 'indifferent' attitude to school and also was unable to get a job! The option to join the ___ career was simply not there when you click on the buildings, although she could still get a vocational profession. Slightly unfair as I did not ask for her to be returned early from school, as I said, I think it was a glitch.

The fact that children can be punished is a bit annoying as the parents will punish the children without you telling them to do so. They can be sent to time out, be grounded or banned from using certain household objects. Fortunately you can just 'let off the hook' if you want to.

There are a few new toys which can be used by children and adults alike. There are rocking toys for toddlers, see saws, water slides and dressing up boxes. Dressing up boxes are good fun and have quite a few options such as dinosaur, princess etc. Furthermore you can even choose they type of dinosaur / princess you want your sim to dress up as. Children can now have imaginary friends, which is amusing, and they can pull pranks such as hairdye in the shower, whoopie cushions and making the toilet overflow. Teenage pranks are slightly more thuggish and involve throwing eggs at neighbours houses and leaving flaming bags of poo (gross). That's a fun aspect and I appreciate that.

Both teenagers and the menopausal (male as well as female!) are subject to hormonal changes. Teenagers on certain days wake up feeling rebellious and you will have the option to select wishes such as snub another sim, skip school, stop being friends with their mother etc etc! Sims having a midlife crisis have a similar thing and have wishes such as breaking up with their partner, flirting with somebody else, changing jobs or moving house.

There is a new day care profession for adults. It's ok, but a bit boring as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure some people would really enjoy it. You get to look after other sims' toddlers and children in your own home.

There a few new cosmetic features. There are a few new hairstyles and clothes and you can now give your sims body hair on their chests. Babies and toddlers can have buggies and elders can have walking sticks. This really doesn't make much difference to gameplay but is nice all the same.

Adult interactions are a bit more fun. You can woo hoo in a few new places including in the shower which I like because they get clean at the same time! They can also star gaze together which is really sweet and gives them a positive moodlet after they've done it. Weddings are a bit more fun with generations. The hen and stag parties are very good, with the options to spray sims with fizzy nectar or ask sims to make a toast. You also get a sexy dancer turn up. Weddings are a bit more organised with the reappearance of the marriage arch.

Sims can now store memories, which I find to be a pointless feature because the memories don't really have any kind of effect on the game. It would be better if sims recalled them occasionally or if they had an effect on their mood like in the sims 2.

There are a few new rewards up for purchase with the lifetime reward points; Hover Bed, Young Again, Clone Voucher, Age Freeze, Inheritance, Super Nanny, Above Reproach, Clean Slate. They all pretty much do what they say on the tin. As for the clean slate and above reproach ones, I find the whole reputation thing a bit annoying as it goes. There are only so many times I need to be reminded that my sims are 'eternally faithful' etc. Oh, and it also tells you that your sim remembers woo hooing with another sim practically every time you do it which is a bit annoying. Maybe they'll iron that kind of thing out later.

All in all it's a pretty good game with some slightly annoying features. If you're a sims addict it will definitely keep you entertained for quite a while. Every time the sims has a new expansion pack the game just becomes a little more 'deep'. It is a ridiculously complex game in terms of the multitude of options and interactions available to you and generations vastly increases that.
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