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Withings WS-30 Wireless Scale White
Withings WS-30 Wireless Scale White
Price: £59.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convenient and with me every step of my weight loss, 28 Dec. 2012
I bought the Withings scale in April 2012. Set up was simple. Simply connect the scale to the PC and set up the wifi connection.

After that, there is no more conveniently forgetting what you weighed last time you used your scale. In our family, 3 users regularly use the scale. We have access to our weights through the web, on an iPhone and iPad and on an Android phone and Android tablet. Full marks for making the data easily available everywhere you are.

Thanks to the scale, we have been able to follow the long term trends of our weight and it's been a very useful tool to motivate me to keep going (lost 25kgs in the past 8 months and still going, albeit slower).

Also, the scale is a cinch to use. Step on it, it recognises you and weighs you. Seconds after, your weight is available to review on the web or your mobile devices. You can't conveniently "forget" whether you really were a few hundred grams lighter last week or not. It's all there for you to see. And this, to me, has been a great tool to reliably keep track of how I was doing.

It's not a weight losing tool in itself. It's just a scale, and an expensive one. However, if you care about keeping track of your weight, it does the job extremely well and ensures the data is there for you to review. And that might make all the difference...


Isla Dorada
Isla Dorada

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure & reluctant adventurers in 1934, 24 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Isla Dorada (Toy)
Isla Dorada was delivered on Saturday and it proved to be a huge hit with the kids. We played one game a day from Saturday to Tuesday. Considering it takes 90-120+ minutes to play a game, that's not bad at all!

The setting:

The year is 1934. A band of merry adventurers have crash landed on an island rumoured to contain many ancient treasures. Sticking together for safety, they set out to try and be the one who collects the most treasures.

Box contents:

This game impresses as soon as you open the box. All the components (even the board and cardboard piece with the detachable gold coins) are safely stored in their own ziplock bag.

Once you unpack it all, you'll find a game board, various tokens, somewhere between 200-300 cards for various purposes ([i]treasures[/i] to collect, [i]adventure[/i] cards to move around the board and play for beneficial / detrimental effects, [i]curses[/i] you try to stay clear off and [i]destiny[/i] cards which give you the opportunity to earn more points by completing a secret objective). The box contains no dice. Card draws mean this game is still luck based to a degree, however.

That being said, the real stars of the show are the pieces. They are really distinctive and well crafted.

Gameplay:

With only 1 player piece on the board and no dice, it's cards and bidding for the role of "expedition leader" which decide where the character is going to move.

Treasure and Curse cards correspond to locations on the map. We all have a set of them.

Adventure cards are used for the bidding process. They contain the means to travel by land (various line colours on the map), river/sea (blue lines) or even by air. By wrestling for control of the expedition, you are trying to steer it to where you have treasures, away from your curse card and trying to fulfill your secret objective (explore x named locations, never travel by sea, do not visit the same place twice, ...).

The game is all about managing your limited resources to steer the expedition to your preferred locations while thwarting the moves of the other players.

My youngest son (he is 10) was struggling to get his treasures down in that first game. He went on to score really high in the next 2 games though. The game is approachable by quite a large range of ages, but I would probably not recommend it under 8 or 9 as the intricacies of the bidding and game strategies would likely be lost on a younger child.

Conclusions:

When we finished the first game, we were past supper time and feeling like it had gone a bit too long at over 2 hours. I didn't expect the kids to want to dive right back into it, but it's the only game they wanted to play the following days. And I must admit I had a lot of fun complying.

Our following games took around 90 minutes and were much better paced. We also knew what to expect and our scores soared accordingly.

The design of the game itself is elegant and well judged. The victory conditions are tuned to the fixed number of sites you can visit in a game (you can never see them all). A turn is made up of a series of simple phases once you get the hang of it (bid to go somewhere, the winning bidder becomes the leader and gets his/her destination choice, draw more adventure cards). Also, because there are so many cards and objectives, each game plays quite differently.

Between that and the high production values, this is a game I'd happily recommend if it sounds like your cup of tea.


Tamron Front Lens Cap 77mm
Tamron Front Lens Cap 77mm
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says in the description, 20 Jan. 2011
I lost my Tamron lens cap on holiday and used this to replace it. You can't tell the difference with the original one. So a perfect replacement.


Eden [2007] [DVD]
Eden [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Josef Ostendorf
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £3.53

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie with a big heart, 11 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Eden [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a German "food porn" movie. No, not that kind of porn. The kind dispensed by Nigella Lawson, when she makes food seem sensuous and an object of desire. :)

It tells the story of a fat cook, who doesn't fit well in society but creates the most incredible dishes, and a waitress and her daughter. They meet, they connect, she loves his food....

It's a simple story but it has nice funny moments and some that make you smile or feel all warm inside.

Give it a chance...


Kushiel's Dart: Kushiel's Legacy: Book One
Kushiel's Dart: Kushiel's Legacy: Book One
by Jacqueline Carey
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing adventures and political intrigue in a superb mix, 16 Feb. 2004
I just finished reading "Kushiel's Dart" by Jacqueline Carey and I have to recommend it.
Set in a Europe which is recognisably that of the middle ages but which is based on divergent history, religion and politics, the book mixes history and fantasy. It follows the intrigue and adventures surrounding Phedre, a girl "born" courtesan who becomes a pawn in a game of high stakes political intrigue.
Give the nature of the hero, there are quite explicit sexual encounters in the book. But they are not gratuitous or vulgar. They serve the plot. Phedre is not just a pretty face either. She could put many master spies to shame.
If I had to mention any bad things about the book, it is that the first 100 of about 1000 pages are a bit slow going. Also, you might feel you're getting confused by all the characters and places involved in the plot(s). But do not worry too much about that. By the end of the book, you will effortlessly know who is who and I believe you will have enjoyed the journey to get there.
Phedre truly is quite a memorable character. I usually enjoy books about political intrigue. So this was a great book for me.
I then discovered that 2 more books have been written about Phedre. But even though reports say that the other 2 are very good, the first book is a fully self contained story. No Otherland syndrom here. So you can read it and ejoy it thoroughly without having to worry about having to read the 2 sequels: Kushiel's Avatar and Kushiel's Chosen .
I know I'm off to order them though. :)


Enigma
Enigma
by Robert Harris
Edition: Audio Cassette
Price: £13.27

4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale well told, 9 Jan. 2002
This review is from: Enigma (Audio Cassette)
The Amazon Synopsis does a fair job of giving the potential reader/listener, an idea of what the story is about. Enigma is indeed an exciting tale involving cryptanalists, spies, mysterious disparitions and the race to save the lives of thousands of sailors threatened by German U-Boats.
Harris does a great job of bringing us back to wartime Britain and the world of Blechley Park. I've been listening to this audio book during my daily commute and I could never wait to get back on the road to discover what would happen next. As a paper edition, I can imagine that it would be hard to put down. Here's, it's hard to switch it off.
The narrator does a great job of bringing us into the story, with just the right amount of voices and accents to add to the experience rather than distract us from it.
Why 4 stars then? Simply because this is an abridged version of the book. Not having read the paper version, I can't judge how much has been cut but this tale is gripping enough that I'd have enjoyed listening to the full text. That being said, I was never confused and didn't notice obvious gaps in the storyline.
I'd never read Robert Harris books before but now I'm convinced to give others a try. You could do worse than discovering the author with this book.


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