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Weetabix Crunchy Bran 375 g (Pack of 9)
Weetabix Crunchy Bran 375 g (Pack of 9)

4.0 out of 5 stars Weetacrunch, 29 Dec. 2013
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I remember Weetabix releasing a cereal somewhat like this many years ago - that is, Weetabix in a flake rather than biscuit form. I see that they currently have a product called Weetabix Weetaflakes. I'm not sure if that is the original version that I remember, but it looks just the same. They bring out so many varieties - some of which survive and some don't - that it's hard to keep track.

This Crunchy Bran version has a much crunchier texture, which some people will prefer.

One advantage of not having a cereal in biscuit form is that you can be more precise with the serving size.

I will now hand over to our chief breakfast cereal taster, from a younger generation of the family:

"As far as cereal goes I'd say it's not too interesting. It tastes like Weetabix but the texture is much better to be fair and I don't like how mushy Weetabix gets quite quickly, so it's much better than that. A serving suggestion is with fruit and that does make it better. You can taste the sugar as well which is different from Weetabix so it is a little nicer to eat. It's good for Weetabix lovers who want something a bit different anyway."

So worth trying, for the sake of variety.


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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and comfortable to hold, 18 Dec. 2013
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We love these pans. The food cooks really evenly and they hold the heat so you can turn off the gas early (good fuel saving). Metal utensils don't harm them and they wash really well. The handles are comfortable and the double riveting makes the pan really sturdy. Being able to put them in an oven could come in handy over Christmas. The lifetime guarantee is reassuring. These pans look very good quality and have a very high performance. We would definitely recommend these pans.


Prestige 75 Year Stainless Steel Cookware Set, 4-Piece - Silver
Prestige 75 Year Stainless Steel Cookware Set, 4-Piece - Silver

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, sturdy, heavy, recommended, 18 Dec. 2013
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These pans are very good quality and the double riveted handles make them very sturdy and safe. They cook really well and all the meat we have cooked seems to be cooked very evenly. They are great in the oven and this is a very handy feature. The handles are really comfortable and the shape helps when pouring. We particularly like the skillet, which cooks food perfectly and holds the heat so you can turn off the heat and it will still cook. They look quality and are quality. The only possible downside is that they are very heavy, so somebody who had difficulty lifting may find that a problem. We would definitely recommend these pans.


Me To You Tiny Tatty Teddy Bookends
Me To You Tiny Tatty Teddy Bookends

5.0 out of 5 stars Practical bookends attractive enough to be a gift, 11 Sept. 2013
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The book-ends were attractively packaged and were of good solid quality. They are a lovely pastel shade, which would match a pastel or neutral nursery.

They held the books very well. The only problem with them was that one of them hadn't been finished off and was rough. We would purchase them as a part of a range for a nursery but would like to see a brightly-coloured set as another option.


Clemmy Plus Play Set Country House (15 Pieces)
Clemmy Plus Play Set Country House (15 Pieces)
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Chewy, colourful fun, 31 July 2013
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When these arrived they attracted lots of interest from our 20 month old granddaughter, who undertook product-testing for us. We got the Country House and the Petrol Station, and I have posted the same review for both.

The bricks are of very vibrant colours and there is a very pleasant sherbety smell to them. They are chewable, and neither bricks nor baby seemed to come to any harm as a result.

The flexibility of the bricks was a great feature as they were really east to put together and dismantle and the vehicles were very popular too.

The only drawback - according to Grandma, who did all the supervisory work - was, "If you put the stickers on the wrong way they were ruined if you tried to address the mistake. So perhaps re-usable stickers would be good".

My impression is that the advertised age range of 18 months to 36 months is probably about right for this toy.

These were such a success with Baby that we are looking forward to purchasing more for her. A lovely product.


Clemmy Plus Play Set Petrol Station (15 Pieces)
Clemmy Plus Play Set Petrol Station (15 Pieces)
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Chewy, colourful fun, 31 July 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When these arrived they attracted lots of interest from our 20 month old granddaughter, who undertook product-testing for us. We got the Country House and the Petrol Station, and I have posted the same review for both.

The bricks are of very vibrant colours and there is a very pleasant sherbety smell to them. They are chewable, and neither bricks nor baby seemed to come to any harm as a result.

The flexibility of the bricks was a great feature as they were really east to put together and dismantle and the vehicles were very popular too.

The only drawback - according to Grandma, who did all the supervisory work - was, "If you put the stickers on the wrong way they were ruined if you tried to address the mistake. So perhaps re-usable stickers would be good".

My impression is that the advertised age range of 18 months to 36 months is probably about right for this toy.

These were such a success with Baby that we are looking forward to purchasing more for her. A lovely product.


Cloud B Sleep Sheep On The Go Sleep Soother
Cloud B Sleep Sheep On The Go Sleep Soother
Price: £22.02

4.0 out of 5 stars A sleep sheep you can count on, 21 July 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This looks like a quality product. It is well made and robust and the sheep is very soft. It would be ideal for use in a pram or car. It certainly worked when we tested it on Baby.

The only concern we had about the product is that it is a pale colour and would soon get grubby and the instructions say surface wash only.

We would certainly recommend this product. It is good quality and great fun.


Baby Nail Nipper Clippers Set Manicure Grooming Safety Stylfile S File
Baby Nail Nipper Clippers Set Manicure Grooming Safety Stylfile S File
Offered by Direct 4 Baby
Price: £11.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended., 21 July 2013
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At first this looks like a really good idea and the packaging promises something special. However the nail clipper has a cheap look and feel about it and the spy hole doesn't really work. A magnifier would be better and would be useful - for elderly people as well. The nail clipper was far too big for a small baby and really difficult to use. The nail file was just a gimmick.

(Note: those were Grandma's comments, but Mum and Dad agreed. Baby was indifferent).

The app was a good idea but nothing new.

To summarize, the product isn't really suitable for purpose and looks as though it would break easily. Not recommended.


Sibelius - Luonnotar; Orchestral Songs
Sibelius - Luonnotar; Orchestral Songs
Price: £14.22

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect marriage of voice, lyrics and music, 24 Jun. 2013
This a beautiful collection of rarely heard orchestral songs by Sibelius, performed by the Finnish lyric soprano Soile Isokoski and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

The title track "Luonnotar", at nearly nine minutes the longest track, is described as a tone poem for soprano and orchestra. It is known to performers as a fiendishly difficult piece. The text is from the first part of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, and deals with the creation of the world. Luonnotar is the Spirit of Nature in Finnish mythology. The music is every bit as dramatic as the theme would suggest, and Isokoski's vocal agility and power are very impressive. It takes a great singer to avoid being overwhelmed by the orchestra in a piece like this.

In addition, there are 18 further songs, all based on Finnish and Swedish texts (Swedish was actually Sibelius' first language). They are all fine, all very dramatic, and include songs like Driftwood and Swim, Duck Swim, which prevent the overall experience from becoming too sombre.

Very highly recommended.
[PeterReeve]


Maria Muldaur [Australian Import]
Maria Muldaur [Australian Import]
Offered by BestSellerRecordshop
Price: £5.12

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 70s interpretation of American Roots., 23 Jun. 2013
This was Maria's debut solo album, released 10 years after the release of the eponymous The Even Dozen Jug Band, of which band she was a member. She has gone on to make more than 30 more solo albums, though oddly enough not - so far as I can see - a "Greatest Hits" or similar compilation. If you are new to her, this album is still the best place to start.

Her only big hit single was Midnight at the Oasis, the second track on this album (the B side was Any Old Time, the album's first track). It was written by David Nichtern, who plays acoustic guitar on this and some other tracks. The song became notorious in the 70s as the alleged cause of a great many pregnancies and losses of virginity. Take that as a warning or a recommendation, as you choose.

The rather bawdy, or saucy, flavour continues throughout Muldaur's career and is at its strongest on this album in the Blue Lu Barker song Don't You Feel My Leg. Inevitably, this flirty sauciness has earned Maria the condemnation of feminists, which seems to have bothered her not at all. At the time of writing this review, she is still performing at the age of 69, and is currently touring with the Bluesiana Boys in what she describes as "an evening of New Orleans flavored `Swamp Funk', Vintage Blues, & good ol' American Roots Music!"

Various shades and interpretations of American Roots is what this album is all about. There are excellent musicians backing her. Greg Prestopino's piano on Mad Mad Me, Richard Greene's violin on Walkin' One and Only, and Amos Garrett's electric guitar on Midnight at the Oasis deserve special mention, but it's all good. Ry Cooder (no less!) plays acoustic guitar on the opening track.

Her voice can be a little shrill in the upper register, but never lacks heart and soul, and has a lovely, lilting, lyrical quality.

Essential 70s interpretation of some "good ol' American Roots Music".
[PeterReeve]


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