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Purina ONE Adult Wet Chicken & Beef Mini Fillets in Gravy, 8 x 85 g (Pack of 5)
Purina ONE Adult Wet Chicken & Beef Mini Fillets in Gravy, 8 x 85 g (Pack of 5)
Price: £14.55

2.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, messy and seems no better than normal tinned food, 25 Mar. 2015
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This is a product marketed at cat owners not cats, although to be fair that's true of all cat foods as it's not the cat that does the shopping. Cats do not really care if vegetables have been included in their meal, they can always eat a little grass for their fibre requirements. Cats do not really care if the food is in gravy, jelly, a raw mouse or served in a michelin accredited restaurant.

The cat food is in "gravy" and in a pouch which means that it's messy to handle unless you are willing to leave a large amount of the food in the pouch which, as the pouches only weigh 85g, is a noticeable waste. It's expensive at three times the price of branded tinned cat foods. Nutritionally it makes great claims which may or may not be true but is it really significantly better than other cat foods? Above all though is what the cats thought of it and my cats seemed to think no more of this than any other food, considerably less than they thought of dry food and carried on dining on a succession of prey they found themselves while ignoring the food in the bowl.


Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus - Black
Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus - Black
Price: £23.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Mightier than the finger, if not the sword, 4 Mar. 2015
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The pen might not be mightier than the sword but this has a fair go at being mightier than the finger.

Most tablet stylii are not very good, basically a plastic stick with a rubber tip made to varying quality and it may or may not work. Even on taking this out of the packet it is obviously well made, it has a weight about it that inspires confidence that it isn't just more disposable plastic tat. Initially I thought I wasn't going to like it, it has a broad plastic tip that looks like it should be unusable for fine work and yet somehow it works and works well. The only things I don't like are the price and that the cap, while it can be screwed on to the end while in use seems to, is a bit of a faff to unscrew from one end and then attach to the other, a simple clip would probably have worked better.


Airfix 1:48 Scale Red Arrows Model Kit
Airfix 1:48 Scale Red Arrows Model Kit
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent first airfix kit to try, 30 Jan. 2015
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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Airfix make this kit in at at least two variants. This version and a 1:72 scale "starter" set. Having tried both it's interesting to compare and this is probably a better starter kit than the version marketed as their starter kit. There's nothing wrong with a 1:72 scale model but with this larger scale most of the pieces are a lot easier to handle. OK there are some which are small and fiddly, inevitable when the larger scale allows more detail, but with a little supervision and surreptitious help this is probably a better introductory kit. Durability is non existent but that's expected, this is after all a model to be made and it will disintegrate in the hands of an eight year old exercising their imagination but the value of these lies in the construction not the play afterwards.

It's the construction of these which gives them have some educational value, OK airfix include a few notes about the history of the the aircraft (battleship / tank / whatever) but in practice we know almost noone will read those. No, it's value lies in practising those fine motor skills of assembly something which needs tweezers to position and not quite so much glue as you threw around when you were in kindergarten please! That and getting a child to slow down, interpret and follow the instructions makes these something which every child should try.


Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel
Price: £4.68

5.0 out of 5 stars interesting but not very serious, 3 Jan. 2015
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Michio Kaku's physics of the impossible is a brilliant book, but not a very serious one. There is very little science, or at least very little practical science, here but what there is is a lot of imagination about the limits of what we know and the loopholes in what we know.


Made by Dad
Made by Dad
by Scott Bedford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars buy it, read it, do it, 3 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Made by Dad (Paperback)
This is a brilliant and inspirational book. If you have children buy it, read it and, most importantly, do it.

The ideas are mostly quite simple but regardless of how simple they are it is the act of making rather than buying that matters and making it with your kids that turns this into something special.


Teach Yourself Visually LinkedIn (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
Teach Yourself Visually LinkedIn (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
by Lance Whitney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.94

2.0 out of 5 stars Too specific for the current version of Linked In, 3 Jan. 2015
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This is disappointing. Linkedin is an interesting site, facebook for professionals, and a guide that tells people how to use it but more importantly what value it has would be excellent. Unfortunately this spends too much time walking through the screenshots on the current interface which is of no use whatsoever the moment Linkedin change their interface. Spend the time on concepts and this would have been useful.


The Lacuna
The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.34

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing compared to the Poisonwood Bible, 24 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The Lacuna (Hardcover)
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The Poisonwood Bible is probably Barbara Kingsolver's best known book and, prior to this, the only book I have read by her. So based on that I had high expectations of this and yet it fell short of those expectations. The characters were difficult to empathise with and not memorable, there is something wrong with a book when the reader needs to hop back to a previous section to see who people were. After half a book of not really caring about the characters it was put aside as I really didn't care enough about the characters to see what happened. Disappointing and I may pick it up again in future but nowhere near as good as the Poisonwood Bible.


What the Best College Teachers Do
What the Best College Teachers Do
by Ken Bain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.65

3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the corresponding students book, 24 Nov. 2014
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This appears as half of a matched pair of books, the other being "What the best college students do". Unfortunately this is not nearly as good. There's nothing actually wrong in here but it's all a bit staid, old fashioned and americanised and most of it's advice is fairly obvious. Possibly useful for those of us who have to lecture but are not experienced in lecturing but otherwise it's difficult to see much of a market for it (I would hope most trained teachers would already know what this book tells them)


What the Best College Students Do
What the Best College Students Do
by Ken Bain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and much better than the corresponding What the best ..., 24 Nov. 2014
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Excellent and much better than the corresponding What the best college teachers do. It's a little bit americanised with the insistence on referring to college when in fact the advice is fairly universal and while it falls into the "self help" category which so often has some appallingly obvious books this does offer some useful advice.


Philips LED Spot Bulb, Dimmable (GU10 5W) - Warm White
Philips LED Spot Bulb, Dimmable (GU10 5W) - Warm White
Price: £7.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Philips make possibly the best LEDs available, 23 Nov. 2014
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It is possible to get cheaper LED spotlights but they are not worth the saving. Cheap LEDs are prone to flicker and not so well constructed. Philips LEDs are as good as you can get, albeit they cost more. Almost identical in size to the halogens they replace (so no problems with getting them int the light fitting), no flicker, fast start up, mechanically well made. The one issue with LEDs, which almost all LEDs are prone to is a harsh light but this is at the warmer end of the scale and alleviates that as much as is possible with current LED technology.


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