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Aurora World 15639 9-Inch "Donutella" Plush Toy
Aurora World 15639 9-Inch "Donutella" Plush Toy
Price: £10.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, unique and very cute, 21 May 2017
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This is one off-the-wall plush toy, but in a good way. Donutella comes from a planet where sugar is used as energy, so it naturally follows that she is made out of doughnuts (or maybe she is just wearing a doughnut costume). On paper this doesn't sound like it would be a good idea, but actually she is one of the cutest plush toys we've seen in ages and she now sits on the sofa with the family watching TV with us. The material has a nice feel to it and the stitching is high quality. And if you want to get her some friends, there are others in the range including a unicorn based on David Bowie!


Minecraft Guide to Exploration: An official Minecraft book from Mojang
Minecraft Guide to Exploration: An official Minecraft book from Mojang
by Mojang AB
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A superb guide to exploring a superb game, 8 May 2017
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As any fan of Minecraft knows, the two main aspects of this excellent game can be summed up in two short words – create and explore – and you're just as likely to spend hundreds of hours doing one of these as the other. It's such a detailed world that I wouldn't even consider buying any book about Minecraft that wasn't 100% official. Being written and published by the game's creators Mojang, this is just as official as it gets. Best of all – and a really sensible decision in my opinion – is that these two aspects are covered in two separate companion volumes: "Minecraft Guide to Creative" and "Minecraft Guide to Exploration".

I have pre-ordered the Creative book but was lucky enough to get an advance review copy of the Exploration book. It's just what I hoped it would be – colour pictures on every page and lots of detail. The book starts by saying which computer and console platforms you can get the game on, their basic controls, notes about world seeds, and then covers all of the biomes in great detail, along with the various structures you can find. Passive, neutral and hostile mobs are described in the next section, which again is extensive and well illustrated. Survival tips come next, including advice to do on your first days in the world, along with farming, mining and combat.

Throughout the book are comments from Mojang giving some inside knowledge that is often genuinely interesting, such as references to how the game is programmed, where inspiration for some of the content came from, and bugs that existed in earlier versions of the game.


Destiny: The Collection (Xbox One)
Destiny: The Collection (Xbox One)
Price: £27.49

4.0 out of 5 stars The complete collection – or a ticket to Year 3 for veterans, 30 April 2017
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This game ate up my time like no other over the last few years. The story has been expanded and improved on with expansion missions and areas since it came out – provided you pay for the DLC of course – and the overall experience has definitely improved in my opinion. There are solid cooperative and PVP modes and plenty of tasks and rewards for single play. The game still relies heavily on grinding once the story based missions are over, but Bungie have come up with more and more ways for you to get rewards for doing so.

I have to say that Year 2 of Destiny was the best for me – the Taken King expansion introduced the Dreadnaught area, new enemies and made patrolling a lot more fun. In my opinion it saved the franchise for me, and I will be buying Destiny 2 off the back of it. I'd heard indifferent reviews from friends about Year 3's Rise of Iron and only recently decided to come back to Destiny and play it. Unfortunately, after The Taken King, it was an anticlimax for me. The story missions are fun whilst they last, with glimpses of innovation even, but are shockingly small in number – moving very quickly on to story progression through patrolling, meaning there is never any real feel of a satisfying end to the game before Destiny 2 comes. There are some must-play highlights outside of the story missions and strikes, such as the Archon's Forge public event (which is similar to the Dreadnaught's Court of Oryx), but after the excellent new enemies and setting of Taken King, the enemies and setting of Rise of Iron feel uninspired and recycled, even if that isn't the designers' intention.

Also, be aware that there are garish micro transaction stations all over the three social paces now. I know that gets some people's backs up, especially when you can't get the same rewards through all the endless grinding and resource collection you do whilst patrolling. It's just a sad sign of the times that Bungie feel the need to do this. I'm a Day 1 customer who has paid a lot of money in total for the game and all its expansions, so why am I left with the feeling that Bungie still look at me as a cash cow?

That aside, this is a great game even with its flaws, and if you're new to the game, it's never been a better time to buy and play it.

But if you stopped playing after finishing The Taken King and are thinking of coming back for a while before Destiny 2 comes, you may need to lower your expectations a bit, for the Plaguelands are definitely no Dreadnaught.


Silentnight Memory Foam Pillow, White
Silentnight Memory Foam Pillow, White
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Firm but comfy, 30 April 2017
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Filled with memory foam, this pillow is a lot firmer than most and it retains the indent of your head in it. I went straight to sleep on it the first night, and do find it comfortable probably because of that firmness. It does stretch the pillowcase though, being quite large.

Outer Cover: 100% Cotton. Shell: Memory Foam. Inner Fabric: 100% Polypropylene. Filling: 100% Polyester. Hand wash and cool tumble dry.


Crystal Puzzle 59171 "Red Roses" 3D Puzzle
Crystal Puzzle 59171 "Red Roses" 3D Puzzle
Price: £11.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Roses puzzle / ornament, 30 April 2017
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This is one of the most decorative crystal puzzles you can get, and although it may look fragile and flimsy, it is actually quite sturdy. Is it a challenge, like some other crystal puzzles? No, not at all, but that doesn't make it any less fun to put together.


Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Peter Atkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Portable and interesting, 30 April 2017
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There are over 400 Very Short Introduction books, and I can see the attraction. They are so small and slim you can take them anywhere in the pocket of your coat or trousers.

Peter Atkins introduces and explains something of the vast subject which has contributed so much to our understanding and manipulation of matter and energy. His account of the subject helps us to understand quantum mechanics and thermodynamics, and states that chemistry must be given credit for many advances, even in other sciences such as physics and biology.

What is the importance of the periodic table? What is the difference between acids and alkalis? What is going on when chemists stir and boil their liquid mixtures? Peter Atkins account of the subject uses clear language and is interesting.

The only negative criticism is that the text size is a bit small to read, but it is a balance between this and the advantage of it being a pocket sized book, which you can take with you anywhere.


Hallmark Spiderman Easter Card "Create Your Own Spider-Cycle" - Medium
Hallmark Spiderman Easter Card "Create Your Own Spider-Cycle" - Medium
Price: £2.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Spiderman Easter Card, 1 April 2017
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There are few superheroes as popular as Spiderman, and whilst he may not be traditional Easter card material, there are surely very few children and even adults who wouldn't smile at seeing him swinging over a pile of Easter eggs and "wishing you webloads of chocolate". The added surprise on opening the card is the push-out-and-build Spider-Cycle, which pushes out easily and is really simple to assemble. The cycle is colour on one side and its Spiderman rider is colour on both sides. The card is firm, so the whole thing stands up on its own afterwards. After removing the parts, you can still stand the card up, and there is no hole in the front of the card, so you can still display it. Not an essential buy, but quite good for what it is.


Black n' Red 16 mm A4 Polypropylene 4 Ring Binder - Black
Black n' Red 16 mm A4 Polypropylene 4 Ring Binder - Black
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Black n' Red all over, 9 Mar. 2017
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Manufacturers Elba clearly want everyone who sees this Black n' Red folder to know it's a Black n' Red folder, because it's printed on the front. It's a slimline folder with 4 rings, and because the rings are quite small it can be a bit fiddly to open them. However, Elba have come up with an interesting way of helping you, and that is that the upper two rings and the bottom two rings open independently. Note that I say "interesting" rather than "good", because the obvious result is that it takes twice the time to open it, and it still remains a fiddly process. Whilst this is better than having the increased resistance you usually get from opening 4 rings at once, it's still a bit annoying. Luckily, the folder has other things in its favour, namely the index card on the front, which you can slide out of its plastic cover really easily thanks to a convenient hole in the plastic underneath where the card sits, and the elastic cords which hold the binder shut, which are easy to flick over the corners and back again.


BIC Technolight Highlighter Pens - Assorted (Pack of 5)
BIC Technolight Highlighter Pens - Assorted (Pack of 5)
Price: £6.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for fine highlighting (rather than wide), 9 Mar. 2017
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These highlighter pens are ideal for me, as I like to use different colours of highlighter when I am working through a document, and the standard size highlighter pens tend to be quite wide. Having 5 compact diameter pens is much better for when I need to take them with me. The line is thinner too, at the widest point of the nib. Whilst that's not ideal for some text sizes, it is good for smaller text and also allows you to write text in the highlighter pen itself if you want to, although you mustn't press too hard or the nib will start to get damaged.

The caps of the pens have a spring in them, and remain quite firmly on until you pull them off again. You can see the highlighter link sloshing about inside the pen. I have no complaints over the quality of the colours, and you get 5 colours in total – yellow, green, blue, pink and orange.


Hallmark Mummy Mother's Day Card "Special Something" - Medium
Hallmark Mummy Mother's Day Card "Special Something" - Medium

4.0 out of 5 stars A bear to show you care, 9 Mar. 2017
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This Mother's Day card is well made and looks good close up or at a distance. The card is textured and has a nice feel to it. The elevated parts on the front are stuck on well and the glitter didn't come off when I handled the card. I'm not sure the message on the front and inside of the card is the best they could come up with though. "You've got that special something no-one else has… me!" isn't exactly along the lines of "you're the best Mum in the world". It's mildly amusing, but possibly not sentimental enough for Mother's Day. The bear on the front is very nice though.


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