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Zog
Zog
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Non-patriarchal princess poem, 5 Sept. 2017
This review is from: Zog (Paperback)
Bright pictures, a fun story in verse, and nice non-sexist characterisation (a knight who asks the princess to teach him her medical knowledge). My princess/dragon-obsessed younger relatives loved it and hopefully it does something to counteract the general sexist programming they're exposed to.


Outlander Season 1
Outlander Season 1
Dvd
Price: £7.99

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: extreme sexual violence, 14 Jan. 2017
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This review is from: Outlander Season 1 (Amazon Video)
This whole series should carry an 18 certificate AND a clear warning about the extreme sexual violence graphically depicted in the final two episodes. It's not good enough to put varying certificates on individual episodes - viewers need to know at the beginning of the series what audience the entire series is (or rather is not) appropriate for. The final two episodes feature a prolonged sadistic rape sequence that is extremely disturbing. The event itself might be significant to the [generally very weak] plot but the graphic, detailed depiction of it is certainly unnecessary, and also completely out of place in a series which is entertainment rather than serious drama. It's the sort of thing that would generate record numbers of complaints and shocked newspaper articles if it was broadcast on national TV.

Aside from this, the acting is mostly poor, the dialogue largely embarrassing, and the plot tedious. Excessive (consensual) sex scenes are included presumably in an effort to liven things up. I kept watching anyway (WHY?!), hoping for some sort of resolution to the story, and got none; *perhaps* it's delivered in the second season but I won't be wasting any more time finding out (I have read elsewhere that there are further disturbing rape scenes in season 2 - another reason to avoid it). If you're interested in the time travel aspect, you'll be disappointed: it turns out to be rather a minor element of the plot and none of the potential interest from it is exploited. If you're interested in the historical aspect, again there's not a great deal for you here and socio-historical accuracy was clearly not a concern of the programme makers anyway.

Conclusion: pointless drivel with a very disturbing end. AVOID.
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Royal 841mm x 20m 90gsm Sovereign Natural Tracing Paper
Royal 841mm x 20m 90gsm Sovereign Natural Tracing Paper
Price: £16.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Very smooth, very see-through, 7 May 2015
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Lovely paper, nice and smooth and stiff but very transparent (translucent?). I am using it for tracing sewing patterns and it's great to be able to see all the markings so clearly; as the paper's so thick it doesn't crinkle as you're working, it lies really flat and holds a good firm edge. I had problems with both the roll I ordered and its replacement arriving damaged, but I think that was just bad luck.


Personal Organizing Workbook
Personal Organizing Workbook
by Meryl Starr
Edition: Spiral-bound

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not going to help you, 7 May 2015
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This is one of those books about organising by someone who's never been disorganised. If you live in chaos and want some help digging your way out, you need 'Organizing from the Inside Out' by Julie Morgenstern - it ain't pretty but it really helps. If, on the other hand, you are basically pretty organised and just want to look at of co-ordinated pencils, and maybe pick up a tip of two about sorting your gift-wrapping supplies, this might well be the book for you.


Who Will Comfort Toffle?: A Tale of Moomin Valley
Who Will Comfort Toffle?: A Tale of Moomin Valley
by Tove Jansson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful for children and adults alike, 7 May 2015
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This book is really attractively produced and shows off Tove Jansson's gorgeous, richly coloured illustrations beautifully. There are multiple stunning double-page spreads that you'll almost want to frame, and the whole thing has a charming mid-century style. The translated verse reads very well and the story is typically strange and sweet. It would make as good a gift for an art/design-loving adult as it does for a child.


Stanley and Rhoda (Picture Lions)
Stanley and Rhoda (Picture Lions)
by Rosemary Wells
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Scandalously out of print, 7 May 2015
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An absolute classic, still frequently referenced in my family three decades after we first encountered it. Scandalous that it's out of print - I can only assume that's because it lacks modern attachments like merchandise and a TV show... I will keep buying secondhand copies for the kids I know.


After Hours
After Hours

5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest, 7 May 2015
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This review is from: After Hours (Audio CD)
When I'm listening to this I often wonder if it's the greatest vocal record ever made... Sarah Vaughan's virtuosity is astounding, more so because it always serves the music. The way she plays with pronunciation and vibrato is an absolute joy to hear, and she really doesn't need any more accompaniment than the perfectly judged bass and guitar.


The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids)
The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids)
by Robert N. Munsch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and fun rejection of all that pink princess nonsense, 7 May 2015
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I bought this for a young relative whose parents relentlessly call her their "little princess". Hopefully a bit of the Paper Bag attitude will rub off on her...


Command Wire Hook with Water Resistant Strips - Large, White
Command Wire Hook with Water Resistant Strips - Large, White
Price: £4.09

3.0 out of 5 stars Glue melts in hot places, 7 May 2015
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These are basically good but they don't work if they're in a place that gets very warm. I put 2 up in an airing cupboard and the one closest to the immersion heater fell down (without very much weight on it).


Montezuma's Orange & Ginger Christmas Drinking Chocolate
Montezuma's Orange & Ginger Christmas Drinking Chocolate
Offered by All Mall Shop
Price: £8.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift for foodies, 7 May 2015
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I bought this as a present for a couple of foodies and it was VERY much appreciated. It's a shame the packaging can't be a bit more attractive, but apparently it was by far the best hot chocolate they'd ever tasted, so I guess the presentation doesn't matter too much.


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