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Lindam Easy Fit Premium Safety Gate
Lindam Easy Fit Premium Safety Gate

4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of spring!, 24 Nov. 2011
A nice sturdy gate. But beware! For a safety gate it isn't very safe around small children or pets, as the gate operates on a spring, which closes the gate once you release hold on it. This was fixed by wedging the gate open so that it couldn't spontaneously jam my dog. A month later the spring no longer works, which means that the gate doesn't snap shut anymore, which I am MUCH happier about!


Sticks & Stones
Sticks & Stones
Price: £5.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun debut album!, 24 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Sticks & Stones (MP3 Download)
To be honest, I wasn't anticipating this album at all after Swagger Jagger, which although a grower, was far from pop magic. When I saw that the complete ambum had been released curiosity took the better of me and I previewed the other tracks. What a surprise! The entire album is filled with fun, catchy tunes set to infectious lyrics. It oozes attitude, and at times reminded me of a younger Lily Allen. A lot of the tracks feel summery. Perfect for brightening up those winter months!

Best song for me was Superhero.

If this album is anything to go by, Cher has a bright future ahead!


Like I Love You (Basement Jaxx Vocal Mix)
Like I Love You (Basement Jaxx Vocal Mix)
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best JT mixes, 24 Nov. 2011
It revitalises a class somg. Perfect to dance to! But have a listen to the preview if tyou're unsure that the beat will be to your taste.


Kipling Women's Claudine Handbag
Kipling Women's Claudine Handbag

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely big bag, 24 Nov. 2011
Very pleased with bag. The material feels soft and durable, and is easily cleaned. There are plenty of compartments in and out of the bag, which means size is not an issue!


No More Heroes 2 - Desperate Struggle (Wii)
No More Heroes 2 - Desperate Struggle (Wii)

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay., 20 Sept. 2010
As a big fan of the first No More Heroes, I was pretty excited to play the sequel. Inserting the disc in to my Wii, I automatically expected more of the same: tongue on cheek dialogue, memorable characters and varied gameplay.

In reality: not quite. No More Heroes 2 plays more like a prettier, stripped down version of the original: no more free roaming, no more telephone call moments, no more K Entertainment?!

Without giving too much away, the plot was also a little contrived. Fifty assassin battles were cut down to more like ten. The final plot twist also felt more like an anti-climax.

You are also granted the ability to play as two extra characters: Shinobu and Henry,both from the first game. Henry's part is fun, bizarre albeit short-lived, but Shinobu's adventure soon outlives its welcome. For some reason her levels include jumping on platforms: which invariably resulted in repeated failures given the clumsy controls.

The main selling point of the game seems to be the retro minigames. Personally, I didn't enjoy these, but I can see how they would appeal to a significant portion of the gaming market.

PROS:

-Plenty of customisable outfits, weapons and wrestling moves.
-Plenty of familiar faces from the original No More Heroes.
-Plenty of minigames
-Pretty graphics

CONS:
-No more exploration
-Short
-Annoying compulsary platforming segment
-Confusing storyline
-Repetitive battles
-Uninspired script.

VERDICT: Worth a playthrough, but the original is far superior.


SingStar Rocks! - Solus (PS2)
SingStar Rocks! - Solus (PS2)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £9.56

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let down by marketing, 3 May 2006
Singstar delivers yet another fun game for the collection, but is let down by obvious marketing towards 'the lads' audience. Only four acts of thirty here are female, and therefore limits somewhat the vocal diversity that the first four singstars provided.

Another problem is that there are no real duets available and rapping is completely ignored. Undertandable, as this is Rock, but still...

This is perhaps one of the weaker entries in the series, but you still won't find a better karaoke game out there for the PS2.


Shayne Ward
Shayne Ward
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £3.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Promises Here, 26 April 2006
This review is from: Shayne Ward (Audio CD)
Before I get right into the review, let me just clarify that I like Shayne Ward. I shamelessly watched the programme that promoted him, and believed he had potential. He can sing, and that means the high notes. He can dance. He's attractive on oh so many levels. It looked like the UK had finally found the Justin Timberlake of its dreams (particularly important since J.T. has currently left the building). "That's My Goal" was forgivable because it was designed for two other acts, both specialising in ballads.

However, "That's My Goal" is basically not the appetizer for Shayne Ward's album, but the main course. Instead of giving a talented young singer a variety of songs to suit his vocal talent and young age, instead he is lumbered with Westlife styled tunes that are instantly forgetable. "No Promises," the second track and also his second single, is vaguely memorable but is a blatant rip-off from Danial Bedingfield's "If You're Not the One," a song he sung well on the X Factor. Therefore, we are talking about 11 out of 13 songs that sound too much alike, tackling same tempo, same theme. Track 12 is the only upbeat une that took my interest, but sadly its positioning on the album suggests that the record label ranks this genre low on their marketing scale.

Sadly, Shayne Ward's live performance of "Over the Rainbow" is included as a bonus track. This is the biggest mistake of the entire album, not because its bad, but because it showed so much promise for the young star, and blatantly highlights the determination of SyCo to box Shayne and manufacture him for the 10-15 year market.

Shayne Ward certainly has the talent to make it far, but this album has done him no favours. It would be interesting to see how a second album would play out; that is, if his record label has time for after the the third series of X Factor emerges. But if Cowell and Walsh really can't promise him more than this, then maybe he should start looking elsewhere.


Animaniacs Lights, Camera, Action! (Nintendo DS)
Animaniacs Lights, Camera, Action! (Nintendo DS)
Offered by CD Dixie
Price: £21.99

44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dodgy, awful,---- AVOID---, 21 Jan. 2006
When I first got this game, there wasn't a lot out for the DS. A nice cartoony platformer sounded okay though, and I even liked the movie making idea. However, Animaniacs isn't what it seems to be.
Firstly, this is a DS game that uses no DS features, unless you include the item inventory viewed on the bottom screen. No touch control, no microphone.
Secondly, the gameplay is awful. You have to explore a few levels as you do for this genre, collect a few food tokens, and get to the goal. However, the storyline is paper thin, you have tore read through dull text, listen to uninspired music and look at game boy color quality graphics. The franchise doesn't even save it. I have fond memories of the cartoon, and this game did its quirkiness no justice.
This doesn't deserve to be a game boy advance game, let alone a DS one. There are so many other better games out there for the DS for 2006, which use the DS's unique features plus challenge and amuse the player.
Do not waste your money on this cheap disappointment.


Lost : Season 1 - Part 2 [DVD] [2005]
Lost : Season 1 - Part 2 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Jorge Garcia
Offered by TaKeMarket
Price: £6.68

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best part of the season, 17 Jan. 2006
Lost is a great series, with a number of genres that will appeal to a wide audience. There's action, there's horror, there's the supernatural, there's drama, there's romance, there's mystery, there's even 'When Wild Boars Go Bad' if that's what interests you.
In some ways, this is similar to Alias, due to a lot of cliffhangers and plot twist. But the show has a unique flavour of its own. Each episode, you don't really know which character is going to survive, what their background is, or even where they are. Perceptions are constantly challenged, until the last episode, you feel you know every character...but have the distinct feeling that there is still more we don't know about.
This part of the season is arguably the most gripping, as the charcters are now settled on the island, allowing the focus to shift to the island's mysteries. You'll be continuously surprised, saddened and confused as you are led to the season finale, an impressively complex 3 parter that will ensure that you watch season 2!
I could tell you more about what happens, but if you really want to enjoy the series, remain spoiler free and open to LOST's surprises.
The DVD set itself is excellent, with plenty of extras and commentaries to keep viewer's busy long after the last episode. My only complaint is that they could have made the DVD case a little prettier, as you are just given basic slimline cases for the DVDS.
***Warning*** Try to watch part 1 before attempting this set, or you'll just leave confused!


Now That's What I Call Music! 61
Now That's What I Call Music! 61
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.87

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No sign of Signs?, 25 July 2005
This is a great collection of songs, but I was disappointed to learn upon release that the brilliant summer anthem by Snoop Dogg/Justin Timberlake was dropped from the album! Signs was listed originally, but now it's definitely not on there.


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