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Ultrasport Miami Children's Snorkel Set red Size:25-31
Ultrasport Miami Children's Snorkel Set red Size:25-31
Price: £30.63

4.0 out of 5 stars My niece likes her new Snorkel Set, 28 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I got this for my niece, and wanted something that would be good quality than the usual rubbish sold for children these days. When this was offered the descriptor and look seemed to indicate that this product went beyond, some of the cheap and tacky sets that I had seen around. In short, I was not disappointed. The quality of all items is good, the flippers worked particularly well as they have good fastenings on the rubber foot strap making it very quick and easy to get the flipper on, off and ensure that when they are on they are sturdy and not loose. Mask and snorkel, are pretty well designed, and worked very well and the mask strap is firm, while allowing for reasonable adjustment. The whole thing comes in a really nice "mesh bag", which is handy and keeps each and every component together nice and securely. Only time, wear and tear will tell how durable the set-up is, but so far, everything worked out nicely.


[(Fattypuffs and Thinifers)] [ By (author) Andre Maurois ] [October, 2013]
[(Fattypuffs and Thinifers)] [ By (author) Andre Maurois ] [October, 2013]
by Andre Maurois
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cleverly constructed funny moral tale, translated from the French children's book Patapoufs et Filifers, 27 Feb. 2015
This is a well written moral tale that exudes warm hearted fun, of a rather odd world that exists below our own. A world where body shape/size determines which society you belong too. It concerns the imaginary underground land of the fat and agreeable Fattypuffs and the thin and crotchety Thinifers, which is visited by the two brothers.The narrative is accompanied by well sketched pictorials that help enhance the storyline. While many people look to newly published authors, which is not a bad thing. It is little gems like this book from 1930s that can be as much fun today, and have as much relevance as the day they first went in to print. This is a book that I really enjoyed as a child.


Memory of Water
Memory of Water
by Emmi Itäranta
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A World where freshwater is the new gold?, 27 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Memory of Water (Paperback)
Possible Spoilers

Set in a stark and maybe not too distant dystopian future, where water is scarce, teenage Noria Kaitio has been appointed the role of tea master. With this new title and placement comes responsibilities - thus our main protagonist finds she is growing up very quickly. Noria soon becomes the keeper of two very significant confidences; the illegal water spring entrusted to her, and her friend, by her father plus the knowledge of historic evidence of where the water went. Her new, secretive role of preserving the fresh water spring - for this has been the duty of her family for generations. Noria increasingly sees herself at odds with the occupying regime; she soon starts to resist the government. Her rebellious struggle leads her down a dangerous path. Noria is a driven person and is thus striving to do something for the greater good.

The expressive descriptions contrast nicely with the harsh world background setup Noria is living in. This is an attractively written narrative. It is coming of age novel with themes about family, friendship, custom/tradition and political subjugation. For me Emmi Itäranta's graceful and moving debut novel is worthy of good recognition. One example of what drew me into the book was the vivid descriptions of the plastic waste dump and its role in Noria's society, which showed originality and ingenuity by the author. I think that this book would appeal to adults, teenagers and to sci-fi/fantasy fans. That said all readers of good fiction will enjoy this rather original work.


Thierry Mugler Womanity by Thierry Mugler Eau De Parfum Refillable Spray 1.7 oz / 48 ml
Thierry Mugler Womanity by Thierry Mugler Eau De Parfum Refillable Spray 1.7 oz / 48 ml
Offered by Dencowear
Price: £50.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what we expected, 27 Feb. 2015
Bought this Eau de Toilette, as a Valentine present and unfortunately the fragrance did not go down too well with the person in question. I believe that fragrances are a very individual things, also you need to 'wear them' on the skin and see how things progress. So although my review is a disappointing three stars, I really think you should check it out at department store first. Anyway there is an up shot to this little tale, the Lady in question loved the bottle and that it was refillable and hence decanted the contents so she can put another perfume in! At least i'm off the hook!


Braun SE80 Hair Removal Pads
Braun SE80 Hair Removal Pads
Price: £11.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Braun Face - Pack of 2 cleansing brush refills (Not hair removal pads!), 26 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is very much my Partner's review.

Please note, as other reviewers have pointed out that these brushes do not remove hair. In the pack you get Braun Face cleansing brush refills (x2). As the bumf from Braun says - it is recommended that these brush heads are replaced every 3 months. So in theory you should enjoy clean skin for 6 months. The brushes can be used frequently on cheeks, T-zone (i.e. the forehead down to the tip of the nose) and chin. To clean the brushes, they should be rinsed with warm water. If you prefer cleaning it carefully with soap, you may detach the brush unit by pressing the release button. After cleaning, just leave the parts to dry completely before reattaching.


Braun SE830 Face Epilator and Facial Cleansing Brush Premium Edition
Braun SE830 Face Epilator and Facial Cleansing Brush Premium Edition
Price: £57.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a lot to like here with this product, 26 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is very much my Partner's review.

I took this away with me and it's been great so far. It comes with its own little travel case which has been very handy, and the inclusion of the Lighted mirror is brilliant as it great to have for helping with make-up. I found the instructions were clear and quite straightforward.

On the Epilator side of things, it is quite a painful process for me, particularly in sensitive areas of my face, for example my top lip (it's clear from other reviewers - that may you (or may not) experience pain on use, as it is different from one individual to another). The device is relatively easy to handle and small, this then makes it very handy for `work' around the eyebrows. The cleansing brush is big enough to be effective, as well as small enough, to work around the contours of my face with relative ease. I have been using this product for a short while, with my usual cleanser.When using the cleansing brush you can move to the nose and then outward towards the cheeks on either side. Spend more time on oily zones. It can also be used on the neck. After use my skin feels so nice and soft, so this was a real plus point. My pores appear to be a little reduced, and the main transformation for me is the rapid reduction of the oily patches, which I used get either side of my nose.

There is a lot to like here, with this product, and it has become an indispensable in my daily skincare routine. Therefore, I am very happy to recommend this Face Epilator and Facial Cleansing Brush unit.


A Killing Winter
A Killing Winter
by Tom Callaghan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

5.0 out of 5 stars The narrative and plot threads are very graphic, 25 Feb. 2015
This review is from: A Killing Winter (Hardcover)
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When first reading A Killing Winter, it rapidly become apparent that this novel was both original and different to what I had read before. The opening sequence was disturbing and just loitered in my mind for ages, as I braced myself for more of the same.

----------Be warned the narrative and plot threads are at times very graphic----------

In the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, the daughter of a leading government minister is found slaughtered in a vicious and macabre fashion, our lead detective is Akyl Borubaev an inspector tasked with cracking the case as quickly and quietly as possible. However, this is not easy as more bodies are discovered. As the plot progressed I found it creepy how characters that are higher up "the food chain", and who are responsible for defending the public, can often be some of the most unreliable and chancy characters in the narrative and that was the case in point here.

For the author Tom Callaghan, his writing is nothing short of pretty good stuff, the fact that this is a debut novel is just amazing, and I am keen to read book two as soon as possible. At times the writing and descriptions are nearly stunning, he paints a truly vivid picture in your mind until you realise that those accounts are of some of the most wicked and uncomfortable crimes, which you could ever had read. In just the first chapter alone, he illustrates to his readers the absolute nastiest of humanity. In a rather overcrowded genre this is a book which is both original and stands out from the rest of the crowd, hence highly recommended.


The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Sequence) by Stroud, Jonathan (2010)
The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Sequence) by Stroud, Jonathan (2010)
by Jonathan Stroud
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book begins two years after the events of `The Amulet of Samarkand', 25 Feb. 2015
Life for Nathaniel has changed he is apprenticed to the Minister of Security, Jessica Whitwell. At the tender age of fourteen he is now a Civil Servant and applies himself as a proficient magician, however, he no longer uses his original servant - Bartimaeus. So when the book starts, he is working on a situation concerning a mysterious group of rebelling commoners, also known as the Resistance. Nathaniel knows a few facts about the group including three of their members' from his disagreeable encounter with them in Book One. The narrative is just as crisp as from the previous book and the atmosphere laced with tension from the unknown happenings that are plaguing London. While this book was very enjoyable, it is sad that Bartimaeus makes limited appearances in this novel. Also Nathaniel comes over as being more antagonistic in his nature which adds a negative flavour to the book.


Gods and Warriors by Paver, Michelle (2012)
Gods and Warriors by Paver, Michelle (2012)
by Michelle Paver
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of a quintet of novels, 25 Feb. 2015
This is the first offering, from what is to be a five-part series that is a mixing of magic with ritual from Michelle Paver. Her new series of books tells the narrative of Hylas, a 12-year-old goatherder, whose adventures take him to Ancient Crete and Ancient Egypt. He also has a potent ally in the form Pirra; the stubborn daughter of an Egyptian priestess, the scene is set during the Bronze Age. Other characters featured in the plot, of non-human variety are a lion cub, a falcon and a dolphin (called Spirit).

Book 1 shows our hero Hylas given a bronze dagger by a dying slave, though he is both mystified and at loss to understand why the dreaded Crows - the warrior clan of Koronos and rulers of Mycenae - will do anything within their power to retrieve it. Hylas finds himself on the run. On his fraught journey Hylas encounters the daughter of the High Priestess, courageous 12-year-old Pirra, who has boldly branded her own cheek and escaped an arranged marriage joins him on his journey. Soon they find themselves marooned on an Island, and here they are caught up in hostile enmities between Lakonians, Mycenaeans and Minoans. They soon find that they must rely on each if they are to survive, and this growing shared dependency drives the story.

While a number of other fashionable children's authors imagine a future regularly described in dystopian terms, Paver's work looks backwards more with a positive eye to the past. This book illustrates the quality of Paver's research is impeccable and, reading her intense accounts of Bronze Age life really the narrative to the fore. Paver's brings in well-rounded and stalwart characters that always seem to do the right thing, helped by generous helping of flukes and a succession of eleventh-hour escapes. The authors' storytelling maybe a blend of fantasy and adventure, however, the background to the narrative is facts based archaeology of the Greek Bronze Age and its belief systems of that time frame. It is this attention to detail - innovative storytelling and clean grammatical style as most of written word is written in short, stabbing sentences. The wide ranging success of the first set of books has assured her popularity and success, in my opinion this series will do as well hence my 5 star rating.


AmiGami Bird Figure
AmiGami Bird Figure
Price: £6.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AmiGami Bird Figure, 24 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Bird Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The AmiGami range is based around the traditional paper folding hobby or Origami in the respect that it is all about creating something wonderful with nothing but paper - the only difference is no folding needed just a child's imagination and some clips instead to secure them.

Overall, the AmiGami sets we have received have been reasonably impressive. The instructions are very easy to follow but you do not really need them, they are more of guide. At the end of the day, your child should do it all his or her own way, the instructions show you how to curl the AmiGami Paper to make a curly tail for the animal or some curly hair to give that give some flair.
For those of you who maybe interested AmiGami has its own YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/AmiGami) where ‘how to’ videos exhibit many diverse creative ideas plus an Instagram page to share and celebrate AmiGami creations.

For us the AmiGami range gets the child's imagination going and that is a good thing.


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