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Havaianas Slim Tropical, Women's Flip Flop, Multicolor (Sand Grey/Rose/Rose 8625), 6.5 UK (41/42 EU)
Havaianas Slim Tropical, Women's Flip Flop, Multicolor (Sand Grey/Rose/Rose 8625), 6.5 UK (41/42 EU)

4.0 out of 5 stars Not flip-flops. Havaianas., 23 May 2016
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These are one of Brazil's most significant cultural exports, along with Bebel Gilberto and guarana. They are great, though pricey for what is, it has to be said, a pair of flip flops. The fact that they are pretty much universally worn there does kind of reduce the clash of gears as the paradigm shifts. It being considered normal to wear them in a country of 200 million means that you somehow feel less conspicuous even though the number of days in this country where nice thick socks aren't preferable is probably pretty small. Basically, unleash your inner Latin American ....


Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Fryer, 1 kg - White
Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Fryer, 1 kg - White
Price: £99.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Bulky, but a good way of cutting down on fat, 23 Mar. 2016
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Good things about this - it does what it says. It means that you can cook yourself chips, sweet potato fries etc relatively quickly without having a pan of hot oil on the cooker, or a deep fat fryer. To be able to cook very passable chips using just a few millilitres of oil is an excellent thing. There are other serving suggestions as well in the inevitable recipe book that comes with it. The gadget is easy to clean; most of the parts will go in the dishwasher. It helps people move away from processed food towards knowing what they are consuming.

Bad things - it takes around half an hour (for a portion of chips), and draws quite a lot of energy (it's rated at around 1200W). I guess that's not much compared to the 3000W or so that an oven requires to cook things in a similar time. But it is a lot compared to say five minutes in a microwave oven. The device feels BIG - it takes up a lot of space in a cupboard and on a work surface. And most of the recipe ideas are basically originally oven recipes, so there is the question of how much it is really adding to your lifestyle.

My conclusion - if you have loads of space, and are interested in looking for ways to reduce your fat intake, or even just to know what you are eating, this is a useful kitchen appliance.


AmazonBasics Large Sports & Travel Microfibre Bath Towel
AmazonBasics Large Sports & Travel Microfibre Bath Towel
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you know where your towel is?, 23 Mar. 2016
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This is not based on heavy use yet ....

This is not a "bath towel" in the sense of a lovely big fluffy towel you can hang on the radiator and wrap yourself up in when you get out on a winter's night. That's not the idea. It is a bath towel in that it is quite large. But, being a microfibre towel, it is also pretty thin. So it's large, light and absorbent. The circumstances in which you might want this, then, are when you are going somewhere that you need a towel, but don't want one that takes up much space. Hiking? Hand-luggage travelling? One to keep in the car for after a muddy walk? Trying to see the marvels of the galaxy for less than thirty Altairian dollars a day? The possibilities are pretty limitless; there are plenty of obvious uses for this product.


New GCSE Maths Exam Practice Workbook: Higher - for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers)
New GCSE Maths Exam Practice Workbook: Higher - for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Our third child is currently going through GCSEs. And ..., 10 Feb. 2016
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Our third child is currently going through GCSEs. And just when we thought we had it all sorted out ... the government changed the goalposts. Not to worry; the CGP books, both the practice workbooks and the revision books, continue to represent a benchmark for student preparation. This book has practice questions on all the topics that will come up in the exam. There are plenty of online resources, but our experience is that the wording and presentation of the books comes very close to what will be actually presented in the exams.

Our approach tends to be ... do practice papers or questions, usually provided by the school, and then when this highlights particular areas that need further work, turn to the CGP books for a concise summary (or, in this case, more practice questions). The books have made a real difference.


Auraglow Motion Activated PIR Sensor Wireless Twin Security Light
Auraglow Motion Activated PIR Sensor Wireless Twin Security Light
Offered by Safield Dist. Ltd
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. For a long time, 26 Nov. 2015
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Pretty good. For a long time, I'd been intending to run cabling out to the back door, so that we could have a mains powered security light. But it would have involved moving flooring, drilling holes through walls and so on. This simply mounts on the wall, and provides a good and bright light, which hopefully not only discourages people from wandering around the back door at night but also helps us getting in when it's dark. Took one star off, as it was a little fiddly to fit and IIRC I had to find my own rawlplugs - but otherwise, does what is needed of it.


Van Wezel 4029668 Front Trim Panel
Van Wezel 4029668 Front Trim Panel
Price: £38.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Did what it had to - ie. replace the ..., 26 Nov. 2015
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Did what it had to - ie. replace the corresponding part in a Citroen C3. We didn't fit it, but had no complaints from the engineer who did.


D'Addario Woodwinds Reed Guard for Clarinet and Saxophone, Red
D'Addario Woodwinds Reed Guard for Clarinet and Saxophone, Red
Price: £7.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful little thing, 26 Nov. 2015
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Very useful little thing. This keeps your reeds safe, and not soggy, protects the fragile ends, and is more convenient than the little plastic cases that they are supplied in. Showed it to the clarinet teacher, who made approving noises. Not complicated, but does what it needs to.


The Watch (The Red Series Book 1)
The Watch (The Red Series Book 1)
Price: £2.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Complex, subtle young adult dystopia, 22 Aug. 2015
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I'm a fan of young adult dystopia - not only Collins and Roth, but also Patrick Ness and Philip Reeve - so am always happy to find a new good read. I found out about this through the author's website, and thought I'd give it a go.

I've now made my way through three of the four books in the series, and I'm impressed. A well-realised world needs a back story - something that SF authors frequently disregard, and which can mark the difference between an okay book and a good book. There is philosophical, historical and religious complexity to the world in which Red lives, even if she is only starting to become aware of it - this sort of background requires either extraordinary imagination or deep knowledge on the part of the author, but it means that as a book, it becomes far more convincing, even when you can't put your finger on what exactly is going on.

Red is on the cusp of adulthood, and living in an authoritarian, communal society which is failing. She discovers that those in charge plan to take grim actions to survive. Small indications suggest that there may be more to the world than is apparent - but can help be found? Is it possible for Red to save the people she cares about? This first volume of the story only takes the reader so far - and the story did drive forward strongly enough to encourage me to continue with the next book.

This is an enjoyable read, which would comfortably share shelf space with many of the other high quality YA dystopias that are around at the moment. It would also make a pretty gripping film....


Dawkins God: From the Selfish Gene to the God Delusion
Dawkins God: From the Selfish Gene to the God Delusion
by Alister E. McGrath
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.32

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once a good book ..., 22 July 2015
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This is an important book. It engages in a careful and scholarly manner with Dawkins' writing, and although it will irritate those of the school of Dawkins to say so, it is not a work of religious dogmatism. It looks at Dawkins' writings, in a fair and balanced way, and both the scientific and cultural context.

However, it feels now all a little bit irrelevant. Nobody pays much attention these days to the fact that Dawkins' worldview and epistemological foundation are flawed, and Christianity, despite the huge benefits it has introduced to the UK and the world for centuries, is understood to be an intolerant, hate-filled religion. That doesn't have to be proved, everyone KNOWS. So by definition, McGrath must be wrong and offensive as well. Enough grounds to save people the bother of actually reading the book if they would disagree with it.


HTC Desire 500 Black Leather Wallet Flip Case Cover Pouch + Touch Stylus Pen + Screen Protector & Polishing Cloth
HTC Desire 500 Black Leather Wallet Flip Case Cover Pouch + Touch Stylus Pen + Screen Protector & Polishing Cloth
Offered by GB Online Sales
Price: £2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice case, but the plastic frame that holds the ..., 30 May 2015
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Nice case, but the plastic frame that holds the phone didn't last very long. Having said that, neither did the phone, which didn't have enough main memory to deal with normal use.


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