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Rightmove Property Search
Rightmove Property Search
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 1 May 2015
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A great app that does everything you want it to nice and quickly. It's great to have this to while away the time to when you're waiting for a train and you can also look up house prices of any nice For Sale properties you walk past.


Hidden Artifacts: Hidden Object Investigation
Hidden Artifacts: Hidden Object Investigation
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too fiddly, 1 May 2015
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I didn't like this as there were too many plots, dialogue, introductions and characters to follow and listen to. I was looking for a quick game you can play on the go for the kids. This wasn't what I was looking for.


The Last Anniversary
The Last Anniversary
by Liane Moriarty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but hard work in the middle., 1 May 2015
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This review is from: The Last Anniversary (Paperback)
I first came across Liane Moriarty when I read The Husband's Secret- a superb book which I could not put down. The Last Anniversary isn't as gripping and in places it meanders a bit too much. I feel like I have been reading it for years and not getting anywhere, despite engaging characters and convincing dialogue. The plots starts off intriguingly and then sags in the middle, although the character of Sophie keeps the reader's interest. The plot where Sophie keeps thinking "is this The One?" went a bit chick lit for me, but its by no means dominates the main plot.

I'm giving it three stars because although it's well written, I have been halfway through it for weeks and the plot and pace hasn't really picked up again yet.


The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently
The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently
by Allen Carr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It's long and sometimes over-detailed, but I'm on the right track, 1 May 2015
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I have read and reread the EasyWay to stop smoking and found it very effective, but I keep falling off the wagon after three months. I bought The Only Way to Stop Smoking Permanently to try and counter this and because I'd heard a former smoker say they read this and never looked back. So far, it is quite a long and dense read, with typeface which is very small and content that is a lot more rambling. The point is still made though, and its all going in but I haven't got to the end yet. Carr seems to go off on more tangents with this book though- you can tell he had an ambitious word count target.

I will get back to you about the results as its taking a really long time to read, but I have every faith.


The Accidental Prime Minister
The Accidental Prime Minister
by Tom McLaughlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars More please!, 26 April 2015
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My son is age 8 and has a voracious appetite for reading. I gave him this book, asked if he had started it yet, and he told me he had already finished it. He liked the humour and the way the adults were outclassed and outwitted. I would like to see more from Tom McLaughlin- he is a fresh voice that my son really enjoyed. He doesn't talk down to children, and plot and characterization were all spot on, without too much laborious detail.


Yardley London Jade Eau de Toilette for Women 50 ml
Yardley London Jade Eau de Toilette for Women 50 ml
Price: £11.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value and great for summer., 23 April 2015
This is wonderfully light, with green notes that smell unmistakably fresh. It really reminds me of Chanel Cristalle. It's light, pure and clean with a long lasting mossy base. This is described as a sixties style chypre, but if that doesn't persuade you, then just take my word for it that this is perfect for a hot day and very refreshing.


Spending Tracker
Spending Tracker
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's surprising!, 23 April 2015
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Very handy, as long you remember to tot up everything you spend. Worth trying though- I was shocked by how all the little things added up!


Oral B Vitality Plus White and Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral B Vitality Plus White and Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £32.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Noticed improved whiteness, 11 April 2015
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I normally use an ordinary manual toothbrush but having recently been booked in for a "clean" with the dental hygienist (ouch- I hated it!), I decided I didn't want one of those again. I had heard that electric toothbrushes could improve tooth whiteness and that many dentists recommended them. I was therefore ready and willing to try the Oral B Vitality Plus.

I must say, I found my first use quite alarming- its noisy and it vibrates hard so it felt weird putting it into my mouth when it sounds a bit like a drill. However I soon got used to having the buzzy head glide over my teeth. I have noticed a definite improvement in tooth whiteness since using it- not drastically so, but enough to hopefully put the dental hygienist off my case. I also like how smooth and glossy my teeth feel afterwards. It comes with two heads and a recharger but I've been using this for two weeks and haven't had to recharge it yet.

All in all- excellent performance, but it was a bit "bracing" the first time I used it!


Merlin The Complete Guide
Merlin The Complete Guide
by Jacqueline Rayner
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A great companion to a brilliant series, 10 April 2015
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This is an excellent guide to a superb series that we have only just got into as a family. It is full of background info, characters, plot summaries, and glossy photographs and is a handy size for bedside reading. My 8 year old was engrossed and I was very pleased at how inexpensive it was.


Big Hero 6 [DVD]
Big Hero 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Don Hall
Price: £10.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing, 10 April 2015
This review is from: Big Hero 6 [DVD] (DVD)
This is a visually stunning film that left me agape at the genius of it. Disney knows that we parents have to tag along to a lot of kids film and they obligingly made this engaging for all ages. There are relationships, friendships, tragedy, retribution, emotional growth, humour...it's all there and my children and I were equally engrossed in it.

The script is superb- just enough balance of tragedy and comedy to make the story fully rounded. However, I wasn't expecting the tragedy that occurs in the first 15 minutes. It was a blow for sure, and sensitive children might find it difficult. (it's up there with Bambi in the sadness olympics).

There are some good female role models, and the fictional city of San Fransokyo was a visual treat with a Japanese style Golden Gate bridge, a villagey atmosphere and lots of cherry blossom.

The SFX were mind blowing and I came out of the cinema muttering old lady phrases such as "it wasn't like when I was growing up!" and "HOW did they DO that?" It is utterly stunning and the skill of the team behind it left me in awe. Superb. Five stars.

The ending left me in no doubt at all that a sequel will be along soon.


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