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Dexam Angled Blade Palette Knife with Riveted Wood Handle
Dexam Angled Blade Palette Knife with Riveted Wood Handle
Price: £3.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of kit - use it all the time ..., 28 Feb. 2015
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Brilliant piece of kit - use it all the time when spreading icing or just getting cake batter level in the tin.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it, 28 Feb. 2015
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Screw thread is too short for a normal fridge meaning that there is insufficient contact with the socket to turn the light on.

The Afghan Campaign
The Afghan Campaign
by Steven Pressfield
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vivid but disappointing, 6 Dec. 2007
This review is from: The Afghan Campaign (Hardcover)
Alexander's campaign in the Upper Satrapies is a much forgotten part of his wars of conquest and I'm glad this book drew attention to it. Unlike many other historical authors, Pressfield is really good at highlighting the sides of a soldier's life that are much forgotten, particularly the issue of camp wives.

However, I disagree a lot with many of the historical and cultural assumptions he makes. For example, the premise of the story is that Matthias is part of relief unit. This is untrue as Alexander seems to have fallen out with Antipater (general in charge of Greece) around 330 BC and receives no new recruits afterwards. Also, the excessive filling in the blanks of the soldier's lifestyle with that of a modern one he researched while writing. I think this undermines what I think a good historical fiction novel should do and that is convince you of the mindset of past societies. Instead, it looks like he's forcing parallels between ancient and modern Afghanistan.

Winning Moves - Da Vinci Code Game The Quest
Winning Moves - Da Vinci Code Game The Quest
Offered by Renaissance
Price: £7.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A succesful film tie-in, 19 April 2007
Board and video games from films can sometimes be overcomplicated to play as they are rushed to the shelves. The Da Vinci code game has its fair share of rules that need to be read about 20 times in the booklet before playing. However, the inclusion of a practice mystery where the clues are easier helps to overcome this. Once you do learn, you get quite an enjoyable game where the focus isn't just on finding out the overall mystery phrase, but on what you have learned from the clues e.g. what did x picture show etc. Da Vinci code will appeal to people who like puzzle-solving and have an interest in history. If you have already read the book, it won't give you an unfair advantage as most of the mysteries do not directly relate to the plot.

However, this game has a limited life span as there are only 15 mysteries to solve - probably so an expansion pack can be brought out later. Although with 4 players, it takes about an hour to do each one. It's a board game that's more suited to playing with the same group of people over and over rather than trying to teach new sets of people each time you play. A big problem is that we had to alter some of the minor rules to make the game more playable. For example, to successfully use the cryptex tool, you needed more than the allotted 30 seconds. Another issue, is the questions at the end can sometimes be answered based on common general knowledge rather than paying attention to the game.

Overall, me and my uni friends have had a lot of fun with this game and would especially recommend it to people who enjoy puzzles.

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