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Go Stationery Colour Block Small Notebook - Pop Pink
Go Stationery Colour Block Small Notebook - Pop Pink

4.0 out of 5 stars This little notebook is beautifully made, with bold colours (meaning it is easily ..., 3 May 2016
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This little notebook is beautifully made, with bold colours (meaning it is easily located on a cluttered desk or in the depths of a busy bag) and the pages are ruled, with useful division marks along the top and bottom lines, so you can easily convert a page into a grid, or arrange information into neat columns. There is both an elasticated strap, and a ribbon marker, so you can mark two sections of the notebook at once - a handy feature, as the size of this implies it will be used for a great number of listing/reminder/note-taking purposes.


The Gift of Time - How Delegation Can Give You Space to Succeed
The Gift of Time - How Delegation Can Give You Space to Succeed
by Gail Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice for the Right Moment, 3 May 2016
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I read The Gift of Time more out of a general interest in the advice it could provide, rather than with a specific goal/target in mind, or a workplace situation that I wanted to apply it to. As such, I found Gail Thomas's writing style rather dry and difficult to digest: she spends a large amount of the first half of the book giving examples of how implementing delegation (and consequently potentially hiring more staff) can be proven/persuaded to be a cost-saving, or as a means of increasing the production of a workplace. There are lots of figures and statistics referenced that, for a slightly casual reader like me, are a very boring part of the book, but would no doubt be invaluable to a manager persuading their boss of the need to use Gail Thomas's methods. A later section provides a good technique for determining what can, can't and shouldn't be delegated, on a sort of sliding scale basis, so the method isn't an 'all or nothing' situation - it could be implemented gradually depending on a business's resources or bravery. I'd definitely recommend this book for individuals who feel that more delegation is necessary in their organisation and requires an action plan or good evidence to support their assertion - for those paddling in the waters of potential management techniques etc., I'd suggest this is too specific and practical to be enjoyed.


Archi-Doodle: An Architect's Activity Book
Archi-Doodle: An Architect's Activity Book
by Steve Bowkett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Time to Play!, 20 Feb. 2014
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The feel of this book is great: suitably squashy and nicely weighty, it just begs the user to start sketching straightaway. The basic premise is to complete or embellish a series of line drawings by meeting a particular challenge, such as drawing a suspension bridge between two islands. The challenges do require a little previous architectural knowledge, but in no way do you need to be a qualified engineer or architect to do this - and I believe the main drive of the book is to increase a person's creativity. Some of the tasks are all about finding very pragmatic solutions, whereas others lead to much wilder, futuristic impulses. A great gift for the professional who needs to inject a bit more play into their career, or for the architectural enthusiast who wants to play at being designer.


Redwoods [DVD]
Redwoods [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elinor Bell
Price: £4.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Weak story with dislikable characters, 20 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Redwoods [DVD] (DVD)
Basic story: man (Everett) in long term relationship with a child decides to have an affair (with stranger in town, Chase) when his family is away from home. It seems we are supposed to sympathise with the Everett as being oppressed in some way by his boyfriend, and to warm to him thanks to his - rather over-wrought and over-protective - care for his son. I wasn't surprised the son seemed to be intensely anxious in almost all scenes; being subject 24/7 to this father's overbearing 'love' would probably make me mute too. My major problem was that the story struggled to set up the situation convincingly, and Everett (given the implied sense of duty and loyalty at the start of the film) quickly decides to cheat on his partner, without an adequate amount of soul-searching. As other reviewers have stated, I was also surprised at how casually the supporting characters (family members and neighbours) took the obvious betrayal. The conclusion of the story is also a little bizarre, and I felt that it allowed the storywriter to avoid dealing with a more difficult (but probably more realistic/compelling) ending. Special mention must be made of the music: maybe this was due to budget, but a saccharin, schmaltzy piece was used over and over again throughout the film. I suppose this was intended to reflect the beautiful, peaceful scenery, whilst conveying some inner turmoil/excitement, but it sounded like cheap daytime soap music - and it was too obviously trying to create a romantic mood where the script/direction was failing. On the plus side, I believe many of the actors did the best they could with the material, especially Everett's mother (Elinor Bell).


Midnight in Peking: The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China
Midnight in Peking: The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China
by Paul French
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Disturbing, 16 April 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this account. The book gives the reader a really fascinating insight into the state of China - and in some ways the wider world - during the early part of the 20th century. The relations between the Chinese, Europeans and Americans in this very multicultural city are compelling; sometimes touching and at other times detestable. The framework of the 'story', based on the investigations following the horrific murder of a young woman, makes for a gripping thriller, as various leads ultimately send you deeper in the seedy and dangerous parts of contemporary society. Would absolutely recommend it.
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BabyBjorn Booster Chair (White)
BabyBjorn Booster Chair (White)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well made but for the right child, 16 Nov. 2012
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I selected the booster chair for my nephew who was two months shy of his third birthday. The plastic seat is extremely well molded and has a lovely tactile finish, and fixing it to a chair is quite easy, although secure. The only problem is that my nephew enjoys climbing onto the chair himself, but the booster chair makes this impossible - and the same goes for when he wants to get off the chair. My sister thinks that it might be an improvement if the booster chair had an optional belt restraint, as the worry is that some children may try to get off themselves and cause an injury. Additionally, being solid, it's not really appropriate for taking along when visiting friends' for dinner as it is quite bulky. That said, my nephew is still using it - he gets to sit on an 'adult chair' at a comfortable height.


Little Learners: Slide & See 'I Feel Happy'
Little Learners: Slide & See 'I Feel Happy'
by Little Learners
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Help little ones learn about emotions and how to express themselves, 28 May 2012
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I really enjoy reading this book with my two year old nephew. He loves naming the animal characters (a different type of animal is on each page) and pulling out the thick cardboard tabs. Each page has a statement about an emotion, such as 'happy', 'scared' or 'hungry', and a pull-out tab reveals a sentence using the opposite emotion, i.e. 'sad', 'brave' or 'full'. The book is so well made that it can withstand rough treatment and a padded, wipe-clean cover helps.


Little Learners: Slide & See 'I Can Share'
Little Learners: Slide & See 'I Can Share'
by Little Learners
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for reading with little ones, 28 May 2012
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This book is a delight to read with toddlers! Each page has a simple statement with a big, colourful picture, and a chunky cardboard tab to pull that then reveals a corresponding sentence. My two year old nephew loved sliding out the tabs when prompted and had such fun pointing out the animal characters - each page features a different type of animal, guaranteeing the child's continued interest. The statements are pitched just right for very young children and the book has really helped my nephew develop his language skills. The pages and tabs are really sturdy, and the squashy, padded cover have a wipe clean surface to survive sticky fingers. Wonderful value.


The LEGO® Ideas Book: You Can Build Anything!
The LEGO® Ideas Book: You Can Build Anything!
by Daniel Lipkowitz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.15

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring ideas to develop your lego-building creativity, 28 May 2012
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This big, hard-backed book is a great resource to inspire lego fans to leave the instruction booklets to one side and start creating their own, unique lego models. Large, well composed photographs of example builds help to show how differently-shaped lego blocks can be combined for a range of subtle and unexpected effects, alongside some where a feature is shown as various stages of construction to provide further guidance. The awesome multitude of builds in the book have been assembled from the creations of a number of featured builders from the lego fan word, with profiles dispersed throughout to paint a fascinating picture of the lego building community. The book takes me back to the lego of my childhood when specialised pieces were few (and the current rash of licensed lego products, such as Star Wars, were unheard of) and successful play relied on your creativity and imagination. Building on this, the book gives examples of how many of the more specialised components that are now common in lego kits can be used in novel ways. I can't wait until my nephews are old enough to play with lego, we can dig out old sets from the attic, dip into this book and start building!


In at the Deep End
In at the Deep End
by Jake Tilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Cookery Diary, 1 April 2012
This review is from: In at the Deep End (Paperback)
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I feel I must begin by pointing out that this isn't a cookery book: true it contains a selection of recipes, but this is much more a story about the author's journey to better appreciate fish in cookery, illustrated with a choice of dishes that he encountered along the way. The author is also - primarily - a designer, and the whole book is styled like a journal, filled with a patchwork of images, typography and food photography from the places he visited including Sweden, Tokyo, New York and Australia. It's a fascinating read for the foodie, with a kaleidoscope of ingredients and flavours that give one itchy feet and a desire to see the icy fish market in Venice or the cornucopia of life drawn from pacific waters firsthand. This can also be its main problem; some of the recipes include ingredients that would seem hard to find outside of elitist London markets or chance-discovered food shops, leaving the reader frustrated as to how to recreate the dishes given their lack of friends in Sweden or a second home in Venice. Some comfort is given with recipes sourced in Scotland and on the south-east coast of England, that are more achievable in the UK kitchen. Enjoy the book for its continent-crossing adventure, and leave the cooking to the imagination.


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