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Philips Style Shaver QS6141/33 Dual Ended Shaver and Beard Trimmer for Wet and Dry Use
Philips Style Shaver QS6141/33 Dual Ended Shaver and Beard Trimmer for Wet and Dry Use
Price: £59.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Cumbersome design but does the job, 29 Jun. 2015
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This is a cumbersome design. The dual end design just makes the unit strange to look at and stranger to use. Perhaps with use I would find it less awkward but with a razor one end and beard trimmer the other it just feels awkward. The inbuilt folding charging stand seems a bit of a flimsy afterthought and not particularly useful. On the plus side it is a decent enough razor for an electric though I cannot judge the beard trimmer. Would I use it? No. Like most electrics it is not nearly as good as a wet shave while the cumbersome design outweighs any convenience. So I will be sticking to wet shaving for quality and a rotary headed electric razor (also a philips but much better than this) for convenience.


A-Level Maths for Edexcel - Statistics 1: Student Book
A-Level Maths for Edexcel - Statistics 1: Student Book
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Well laid out and clear revision guide, 25 Jun. 2015
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This is excellent for anyone following the edexcel syllabus. In fact I recommend it for all students as revision guides give a nice quick review of the whole syllabus, a sort of precis of everything. Like most revision guides it is poor on explanation as it attempts to cover the entire course in brief so it ends up as an excercise in using this as a guide and going to other resources if you can't solve the set questions in here but that's a fault of all such guides.

Recommended!
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Russell Hobbs 21200 Aura Hand and Stand Mixer - White
Russell Hobbs 21200 Aura Hand and Stand Mixer - White
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars OK hand mixer, rubbish stand mixer, 25 Jun. 2015
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This is an excellent little hand mixer. Ideal for small light jobs. The stand and bowl it's provided with are flimsy rubbish. If all you want is a hand mixer this is fine, if you want to use the stand simply as something to hold it while not using it that's fine. If you expect the stand to hold up to any serious use, forget it.

Overall slightly overpriced for a hand mixer.


The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture
The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture
Price: £1.52

2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but doesn't say anything new, 15 Jun. 2015
As I read this it became rapidly very obvious that this is targetted at higher education and adult education. That has one major advantage - willing participants! Try this with a group of uncooperative KS4 students and it might not work so well.

The essence of the flipped classroom is that classroom lectures become videos that can be watched before the student gets to the classroom. With a willing participant that's not a problem. With an unwilling participant that's just extra homework and it won't be done. With a willing participant questions about the lecture content will be investigated. With an unwilling participant they will be ignored until the lesson and we are just back to the didactic model in the classroom.

Even at adult and higher education levels this isn't really offering anything that people have not been doing for centuries. Look at the description of the book "The lecture or didactic component of the lesson becomes available to the learner as a video to be viewed during his or her own time, often as homework". Replace "video to be viewed" with "book to be read" and that statement could have been made at any time in the last three thousand years. Video has it's place and this book is useful in raising awareness of where it could be used but in essence there is nothing new here.


50 Quick and Easy Lesson Activities (Quick 50 Teaching Series Book 3)
50 Quick and Easy Lesson Activities (Quick 50 Teaching Series Book 3)
Price: £1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas but too little depth, 14 Jun. 2015
There is nothing wrong with any of the ideas presented here but there is no real exploration of the ideas or need for the book. For example suggesting splitting your class into two groups, one debating and one commenting on the debate, is a fine idea for some situations but if the book adds nothing to it beyond that suggestion then why does this exist as a book? It's the sort of thing that could be reduced to a couple of web pages. So great ideas and the book is cheap but it doesn't explore any of the ideas in depth.


Rexel Mylar Index (Pack of 10)
Rexel Mylar Index (Pack of 10)
Price: £43.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced but good quality, 7 Jun. 2015
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This is a basic set of indexed filing cards. They are a lot more expensive than simple card dividers, about five times what they would cost. Is it worth the extra cost? I'd say no but that's simply because the reinforcing on these, while it makes them durable, has also but applied over the protruding tabs so you can not write on them. I prefer to write subjects on the tabs so that I can go to a section directly. With these you need to use an index card and then go to a numbered section. It's a minor difference but it's how I file things so it's why I wouldn't use these. That said these are durable and they won't tear and fall out, so if that suits how you file things they are recommended.


200 x 200 VESA Black Mount Adaptor Plate by electrosmart® Convert TV Wall Bracket 50 / 75 / 100 mm
200 x 200 VESA Black Mount Adaptor Plate by electrosmart® Convert TV Wall Bracket 50 / 75 / 100 mm
Offered by electrosmart
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Save me from replacing my TV bracket!, 9 May 2015
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Changing from a 26" to a 40" TV I thought I was going to have to replace the old bracket as the VESA bracket was a different size (100 x 100 compared to 200 x 200 on the new TV). This saved me from all that hassle, which is just as well as I overengineered the last bracket and removing it would have been difficult. It was easy enough to install albeit that I needed to add washers to space the bracket from the back of the TV to allow space for the bolt heads. Initially on looking at the package I thought I would have problems with loading as it suggested I needed a far larger bracket for a 40" TV than I had but the instructions don't allow for how much TVs have lost weight (the 40" weighed less than the 26" it replaced).

If you have a new TV and an existing bracket this could save you a lot of DIY.


LINDY 0.5m Type A Male to Micro-B Male Premium USB 2.0 Cable
LINDY 0.5m Type A Male to Micro-B Male Premium USB 2.0 Cable
Price: £7.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality cable that charges reliably, 9 May 2015
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USB data cables are a basic commodity for which there is no good reason to pay very much ... as long as you don't mind cables that don't charge and are unreliable. I've used plenty of cheap cables in the past and have just bought a lot of much better quality cables. What drove me to that was cheap cables that could barely carry enough current to charge any of my devices. These work reliably, feel solid enough that they inspire confidence in their durability and have allowed me to discard all the cheap cables that would so annoy me by being plugged in for 12 hours to find that had only added a few percent to the charge in my tablets.

Proof that sometimes you do get what you pay for.


Roald Dahl 15 Book Box Set (Slipcase) Includes Matilda, Witches, The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Georges Marvellous Medicine, The BFG, Danny the Champion of the World....
Roald Dahl 15 Book Box Set (Slipcase) Includes Matilda, Witches, The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Georges Marvellous Medicine, The BFG, Danny the Champion of the World....
by Roald Dahl
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection from one of the best children's authors, 9 May 2015
Roald Dahl is without a doubt one of the best children's authors and this collection is excellent value. I initially hesitated about getting them think that my six year old would want something simpler but as he was insisting on hearing the stories every time we were in the car we thought it worth trying. The ultimate vote of approval was when my wife was reading to him at bed time (Charlie and the Chocolate factory) he took the book from her and started reading it to her, followed by insisting on taking one of them to school so he could read them in his free time. When a story engages a child that well it's a sign that the author has got something right and when you can get a box set of 15 for this value the publisher has got something right.

In short, stop procrastinating and buy these.


Bulging Box of Books (Horrible Science)
Bulging Box of Books (Horrible Science)
by Nick Arnold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.94

5.0 out of 5 stars They're gory, horrible and nasty. What's not to like?, 7 May 2015
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These are definitely brilliant. First of all non fiction is a great way to get reluctant readers into books and the grosser it is the better for that. I have found that using these or excerpts from these is a good way to get some of the pupils at older ages groups but who are below average readers interested. They are not an easy read for younger and struggling children but interest is what we are after here. These are very like the horrible history series except without the option of watching the TV instead.

Personally I bought a set for my son (6 years old) because of his ongoing fascination with science. Reading them is a little beyond him but only because the nature of the subject means the occasional convoluted latin or medical phrase has to get used so he was quite happy reading about different sorts of plants and animals but gets thrown by dropping in terms like "eukaryote". So it's probably aimed at the 8 year and upward age groups and now I use it by reading and editing on the fly and picking the right book to go with whatever we've been doing recently. So if he's shoved a splinter into his finger we'll have blood, bones and body bits, if we've been staring a bits of plant then tonight's bedtime reading is vicious veg.

In short this wins on all fronts. You can tie them in with other activities, older or better readers can read them independently and reluctant readers can be interested.


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