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      07.09.2010 09:26
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      4 Cute fantasy stories in one book

      Rather than a single story, The Starry Night is a collection of 4 stories written and drawn by Kimjin. Billed as fantasy for "all ages" manwah, I have to admit I wouldnt let my younger children read this due to the proliferation of the word "bastard" - although this is the only bad word in the whole book. It would, however, suit my preteen step daughter.

      As I mentioned before this is not a single story but more a collective of works comprising of 4 stories - The Starry Night; Toy Soldier; A Autumn Parting; and Shine like a Star.

      The Starry Night is a lovely 2 chapter piece about a young astronomer and her struggles at school. Its very relateable for younger readers as they follow the young ladies day to day life and her love tribulations. Unfortunately, some of the writing was placed on odd backgrounds, sometimes making it very un easy to read and sometimes totally illegible. This would have been remedied by being able to zoom in or looking closer at the page, however this function was not available from the Netcomics viewer - marring my enjoyment of what was probably the best story in the book.

      Toy Soldier was more complex and I had to read it through a few times before I really understood the story properly. The story is based on a young girl and her toys coming to life. This time it wasnt the disguised writing that was the problem, it was my personal grasping of the story as it shot from one "life" to the other. That said however it was spectacularly drawn and was a joy to read on the second time through.

      An Autumn parting showed yet another feature of the genre - comedic tragedy. The story followed a heavenly messenger as it was to pick up a soul from earth. Some of the situations he ended up in were hilarious (he was shot by a BB gun for example) however the poignant sadness of the dying girl was not overwelmed by the comedy, making this short manwha my actual favourite in the book as a whole.

      Shine like a Star - A poignant story about a young man trying to make ends meet when he is adopted by a orphan. Well drawn but hardly fantasy this short story seemed a little out of place with the others, but still interesting to read.

      I am looking forward to my stepdaughter reading this as I firmly believe she will enjoy this.

      This book can be viewed chapter by chapter at the Netcomics.com and from Amazon UK in paperback.

      I want to thank Netcomics for making this title open for me to view and enjoy

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        23.08.2010 22:32
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        Three stories about a Vampire hunting Vampire

        Crimson Cross is a delightfully chilling dark and often gruesome vampire novel which doesn't skimp on the horror of the acts. There's no sex but plenty of "eye popping" violence to sink your teeth into!

        The book is split into three main chapters - named for the young woman involved in each - Rosine, Flora and Maria. First time readers will probably feel a little disorientated in the first chapter (Rosine) as its actually not till the second chapter (Flora) that exactly who this blonde haired vampire hunting vampire is. In fact 'Flora' is more a retrospective piece explaining the history of the main protagonist - Karl von Helsing (yes - a descendant of that famous family) ended up following in his family's footsteps and eventually his turning into a vampire. It would be hard to explain any more without giving away the plot to chapter.

        Its exceedingly well drawn and graphic in the right places leaving not much to the imagination but a delightful vamperic creepy feeling. The translation and the dialogue in overall was excellent and I didn't feel lost, apart from the first reading through the first chapter, but this is remedied as it is not totally confusing, it just leaves you wanting to know more about this mysterious vampire hunting vampire. Its not a manga you can read just once, however, you will find yourself compelled to read it over and over to find the things you missed the first time.

        Well worth a read for the older readers and especially for vampire lovers everywhere

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          23.08.2010 16:32
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          Kyounosuke is on a quest to find his older brother

          Young Kyounosuke has been given a task by his fading Grandfather, to find his older brother, Kokuyou Shirigami, so that once the old man passes Kokuyou can take his place as the rightful leader of the family - the Alpha pack leader. You see, young Kyounosuke is decended not from man - but wolves.

          On his journey Kyounosuke enters the city and the difference from the country air to city air affects him horrifically, making him feverish and rather ill. This is when he happens to smell his brothers scent on pretty little Koyuki. His task of finding his brother seems to involve her on the level of Fate.

          Its a fantastic understated story about humanoid descendants of wolves in a more Japanese context rather than the whole evil werewolf monster story. All the characters and to a certain respect you could call them "races" are very human in origin with obvious distinctive differences in what you could call typical to the genre - the wolfmen (and women) are distinctive by their more angular eyeshape and 'yellow' eyes (which comes across a faint shading) whilst their guardian spirits appear in humanoid form with robes, tails and sterotypical manga wolf ears.

          The story itself was a delight to read, and the right shade of dark for the age setting (13). Although there was some translation issues it wasn't the english it was the fault it was more the context, just for example at one point Koyoki looses her temper as Kyounosuke as he will not rest while he has a fever and calls him by the term "son". In context it was wrong as only a older female in that situation would have called a young man 'son'. That said these we more like miniature hiccups rather than major issues and were more like a 'stutter' in the reading to native english speakers. There was just enough retrospective into the history of wolfmen to be informative without stunting the story for a few pages and the two fight scenes were drawn and choreographed fantastically and I actually left the book imagining that the situatioun could happen.

          The book closes with a oneshot vignette (called "wolf boy" ) which is a few pages involving Kyounosuke and his cousin at school- a nice little slice into the past of the cousins and how 'deep routed' their competitiveness is.

          I would certainly recommend this as a light fantasy, its interesting and refreshing. For the age group its aimed for its certainly not too dark to be gothic but suitibly violent with a excelent storyline.

          I would be very very interested to read Vol 2 when it comes out as the story could definately go in many directions.

          I would like to thank DMP and Emanga.com for providing me with this treat.

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          16.08.2010 16:38
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          Ascalon after the Foe fire is left a desolate city haunted by its inhabitants

          Ghosts of Ascalon takes place roughly 200 years after the current game "Guild Wars" and its expantions (Factions, Nightfall and Eye of the North) but before the soon to be released Guildwars 2.

          The story is a simple linear storyline with a few twists to the mix and a slight romantic sub story which really come into its own at the end of the book as an actual twist to the main storyline. At the beginning of the book is a time line for those not familar with the GuildWars lore story, making the book more appealing to all, not just GuildWars fans and players.

          We follow the adventures of Dougal Keane (a character not unlike a rogue in Dungeons and Dragons) as he first raids the ancient tomb of a famous Asuran, gets caught and ultimately ends up on a major quest to re-enter the haunted city of Ascalon - A city doomed to spend eternity as ghosts after the King set off a mighty catacysmic event- the Foefire.

          The story trips along at a decent pace, and quite often you feel really immersed in it, or so I felt. The main character was relatable and you got to learn more about him and how his experiences on his path shape him, and ultimately also his comrades on the journey to Ascalon.

          The only thing I will say about this book is there was a lot of retrospective into history which would have happened between Guildwars and the book, while informative and not leaving out much for the non GuildWars players to get lost on, it did take up a majority of the book, while the final objective- Ascalon- and the troubles within the city seemed contained only within the last 20 or so pages only of a 370 page book. As such I do hope the authors do pen more of these to keep the interest going as you feel at the end it was all about the journey rather than the final goal. I guess the next book would be how they escape Ascalon and on to a further adventure!

          Its a good book for players and nonplayers alike, but if you are not into role play fantasy fiction you might want to give this a miss.

          *please note this review and variations written by myself are officially on Dooyoo, Ciao and Reddeerforum.co.uk Only at this point*

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            10.08.2010 14:44
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            Wonderful education shop

            Ichthus resources is a on-line store to purchase good quality educational books and resources. Their selection is quite wide and cover a majority of curricula and subjects. While a large selection of their catalogue is Christianised, a good percent off their merchandise is relevant and excellent quality.

            I however mainly use them as my main supplier for my math course written by Singapore math by the name of simply- Primary Math.

            There are 2 ways to order, by post or on-line. If you opt for on-line the cart can seem a little confusing but manageable. Payment is not instant- instead of a pay on check out system they have opted for a check out and order adjustment on the postage charges giving you a figure to pay via Nochex. They do not accept Paypal.

            I have tried phoning a few times, mostly greeted with a cheerful answer phone, but the one time I did talk to this family run business they were just about to go out for a convention (see their home page for ones they go to) and deliberately searched out a book from their van just for me!

            I have no qualms with this company, they are friendly, answer emails courteously and solve dilemmas quite quickly with minimal fuss.

            I definitely recommend them as a resource for Text, work and functional books for not just home education, but for those parents wishing to heavily supplement their children's school education either by using good structured systems like Singapore or using their More Christian outlook personal achievement and satisfaction work books.

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              14.05.2010 15:56
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              epp no thx for my ikkle mousie

              On the surface of this mix you would be mistaken in believing it was a garden variety small pet mix sold in 99% of small pet shops. It looks a good mix of dried veg and seeds with mysterious red disks of what you can only presume is some kind of vitamin tablet type thing.

              The bag is bog standard value type... white with a stripe and a picture in limited color scope, and usually this doesn't put me off.

              OK we had a really tight month, one with a lot of outlays (new washer! gah) so we picked up a pack of this cheap in Tesco's to keep our little friend from starvation. Tickles scares the cat, so is a wonderful little gerbil with a big heart of gold and braver than any lion.

              OK that was a HUGE mistake. It seriously wasn't worth it. I can only assume those red disk things had food dye or something as poor tickles tummy went PINK. Luckily there were no other signs of damage but a trip to the vet to allay the little ones was in order. We swapped this food out after a week when the pink fur was visible and took about a week of fresh fruit & veggies and a rush to get the regular Pets at home mix for the dye to finally go away.

              I seriously cant remember the price, but I wouldn't bother buying this mix for your little friends.... the 'value' in the product name is not worth the paper its printed on.

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                22.04.2010 16:19
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                Rich creamy chocolate cake that really takes the.... chocolate!

                We bought this as a birthday cake - which was a darned good idea.

                Listed as a celebration cake it should have its name changed to "Birthday cake" as the big white chocolate "Happy birthday" scrawl kinda spoils it being a anniversary cake (although I would happily eat that off......)

                OK that aside (the name) the cake is a very generous sized chocolate sponge cake with a chocolate cream filling and coating that is simply light and rich at the same time. Regardless of it saying it would provide 20 portions, we found it so creamy and rich even our most prolific sweet tooth could manage half of that! So you could easily get 30 or more portions out.

                Primarily made of milk chocolate the shavings on the edge are a mix of milk, white and dark chocolate, and sprinkled on the top are numeral smaller white chocolate stars and some larger (varying in size) milk chocolate ones joined quite nicely with the "Happy birthday" looking hand piped in white chocolate.

                This is quite a big cake for the price and range.... most 'celebration' cakes come up about half the size and make you feel a little 'cheated' with plain icing and jam filling. This one most definitely doesn't. Chocolate to the extreme, creamy and basically every chocoholics day dream!

                So what you waiting for? Don't let the Happy Birthday put you off buying this delicious cake for a special occasion. Just don't let the kids catch you scooping off the chocolate....

                Cake was £7.49 for "supposedly" 20 portions

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                  23.03.2010 17:55
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                  poorest bunny food on the market.

                  one word- Avoid

                  The cheapness of this product far out weighs any possible benefit to your animal - in fact in its current form at time of review the current manufacturers behind the pet mix in these bland bunny covered packets should be slapped really hard.

                  Visually
                  the packet is the usual Tesco value packaging with a picture of a bunny on it. The food looks like your average pet store dried veg & cereal mix, however this is really about it.

                  Your rabbit will eat it out of sheer nothing else to eat. there are mineral chunks that look a reddish colour in it, as well as the usual cornflakey stuff and dried sweet corn.

                  As a good rule of thumb a decent rabbit food should have at least a 13%-15% protein content. This rabbit food is very low at 13% but ok (ish)

                  My biggest issue is those red chunks. After 2 weeks my white albino bunny had a distinct pink stain on its fur from its urine. This was most definitely NOT blood in the urine as the colour was much to bright. I immediately changed brand over to Wagg, bathed and basically nurtured my bunny until its fur changed back a couple of days later.

                  I would NOT suggest saving your pennies on this product until they change the core supplier or change the recipe at the very least. Tesco have taken back their remaining product and are investigating my claims now, however, avoid any possible damage/tummy upset/urine colour changes I seriously would not bother saving the pennies to buy this product. A couple more pennies per kg and you wont have a nightmare of a bunny problem.

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                    16.03.2010 11:36
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                    great book to help your child grow academically

                    This book is 4th in a series of 8 books graded on the American school system.

                    Originally designed as a enrichment tool for parents in the USA to make sure gaps left by state run primary education (from preschool to high school entry) were completely filled, these books have been developed past their original concept. In their current form they show a complete profile of what a child should know on a grade by grade basis, creating a guide for parents and teachers alike to balance out the school system.

                    When looking at this book you would be forgiven by relating it to our current year 2, however this would be a grave mistake. The American school system runs a year later than our own, with Preschool being their parallel to Reception Class, Kindergarten to our year 1, Grade 1 being equivalent to Grade 2.

                    That in mind you should really be using this book for a child currently in Year 1 of the British school system, however due to the gaps in our own National curriculum and the poor efforts of my local school I have found supplementing the current education system by using this particular book on a Year 3 pupil.

                    This is not a curriculum book! However it does contain excerpts, exercises and a massive insight into just how deficient our National Curriculum school system is. I am not saying the American system is much better, after all this book wouldn't have been created if it was perfect!

                    The book is neatly laid out in convenient subject sections, each with clear sub sections and activities and examples. Its a blessing of reading materials, simply as if it references a book or poem it actually has the excerpt printed in the book, saving hours of exhausting searching and buying loads of books to find the right one. Not only that, with print editions and reprints and rewrites often means books change slightly making them impossible to reference any other way.

                    I use this book myself as a hole plugger for both my Home educated and school educated children and the all find it useful. However, a word of warning, seeing this much work ahead can make a parent panic their child is too far behind, however with scheduling and gradual immersion its possible to provide a enrichment environment without hot housing your child.

                    A must for those who want their children to succeed professionally and academically in the future.

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                      15.03.2010 11:20
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                      supplimenting a childs education need'n't be taxing...

                      Just like the first book I reviewed in the series (see my review on What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know) I am going to lay down a little relation to UK education.

                      I would use this book as a guide for Year 2 pupils in the UK, however if you have never used these books before at all you would be wise using this particular edition on a Year 3 pupil to fill any skill gaps. You may even want to use it back to back starting with either Kindergarten or Preschool as I have found huge skill gaps in the current national curriculum left at least 1 of my children referencing them in Year 9!

                      This is not a curriculum book, however it is a guide to what is expected to be known by the summer after the 7th birthday. It is chock full with resources, ideas and will give even the most inept parent a very good insight into the failings a child can have in state education.

                      As I pointed out in my previous review, this and all the books in the series are used as curriculum fortifiers and embellishment all over the US and are used by the state of Texas as a intensive curriculum guide.

                      The book follows its predecessor in having clear defined sections and sub sections and activities. It also has excerpts of books, making things much better on resources as you don't have to trace more books through Amazon to find out they are the wrong issue/reprint/publication which is frustrating, especially when you realise there are at least 3 Bibles which all word differently let alone any other book that gets changed in a reprint! I hate having to find text when its not on the page commented because I have a larger worded copy or something.

                      The book is a god send and good for reference if your 'skills' get a little rusty or are planning enriching / improving upon a state education.

                      Just try not to get carried away, remember, a child wont learn if its under duress, if its not fun its not worth it.

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                        15.03.2010 09:57
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                        If your wondering what your child should know by the summer after his/her 6th birthday....

                        First of all, it might be a good idea to discuss the relevance and links to the American school system to make it easier for parents to use this book!

                        Kindergarten is akin to our own Reception class year, however the American school system denotes Kindergarten ages to be around the age of 6 - in the UK that is Year 1.

                        American - UK
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                        Preschool = Reception
                        Kindergarten = Year 1
                        Grade 1 = Year 2

                        However that in mind you may still want to purchase a book for your UK year -2 simply to catch up with the curriculum.

                        "What your Kindergärtner needs to know" is the second book in a series of developed books to help parents even out and remove gaps in their offspring state run education to assist in a higher academic outcome (I.E. college) in later years. The books run from pre school to Grade 6, which is when a typical American child goes into High school and the educational process in public schools becomes more inclusive and intense. It is even used as a curriculum guide in Texas and some other schools in the US and is credited as the #1 enrichment and enhancement guide for parents and teachers alike.

                        The book contains some major sections. It is not a lesson plan, nor is it a hand to you fix of materials and work sheets.... it is only a excellent guide.

                        The book contains 6 sections, covering what a child should know by the end of that school year in major subjects such as Literature and Language, History & Geography (mostly American here) , Visual Arts, Music, Mathematics and Science. Each major section has two to six subject sections, and each section has around 2 - 4 activities.

                        For literacy I found this book valuable as a resource. There is very few references to certain books (always a issue as some change with publish editions) and in most cases studied excerpts and even (in the case of poetry) full works are included in the book.

                        This book is a valuable educational resource for all parents, US and UK alike and has been developed over a few years. Its really hard to pick faults with it, other than in comparison to UK state education and lack of UK history, however this book IS American so totally forgiveable in that respect. A good parent/teacher will know how to supplement the US for UK in that section or at least do some good Google-ling to find out!

                        A quick warning though, UK parents might find the books over whelming at first, as our state education system really has some nasty skill holes in the starter years, causing problems later on. Use the book as a enrichment guide and try not to over do it with the child - they might switch off completely.

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                          30.01.2010 22:51
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                          HE is all about the child, not the parent.

                          I am a parent (ok no duuh to that one really) but what some people don't know is that we have 5 children, and only 3 are in main stream public schools.

                          Our option to Home educate came out of necessity. The summer we were due to move home our 2 youngest children were in the transition from infant primary to junior primary, and as is the way with our local authority, all junior school places were assigned by mid June - and no one but SERCO knew if they had placements for the children that september.

                          Now, we were left with a tough decision. One of the middle 2 children has educational and behavioural issues, and as such a swift transition into a new school was a absolute must. However, there was no guarantees at all we could get placements for the youngest 2 at the same school. The next nearest junior school was 3 miles away with our new house in-between the 2 schools!

                          We were also faced with the fact placements may not have been found till at least December, forcing us into a state of 'home education' for at least 3 months.

                          Well I am a firm believer in if a jobs worth doing, its worth doing well. So after some extensive research and questioning of some well rated Home Educators we chose to deregister the youngest 2 a month prior to our home move.

                          Now unlike a lot of home educators, we did have a view of doing home education for at least 1 year, and each year we review the situation and how we feel the girls are progressing. We have a firm grounding in the core - literacy and numeracy - basically covered with workbooks and a whole spiral course divided up into American style 'semester' grade system. The course has been validated and approved by many countries.

                          Our Home Education officer visits once a year but quite often we talk on a monthly basis. WE go to cubs, scouts, HE meets, tours, educational facilities....

                          I've even had the nerve to challenge the schools on many occasions on their handling of my other children's education. And my teaching doesn't stop at 4 o'clock when my 'schoolies' come home. I then have to for 2 hours a night re do what they did at school, explaining not just how things are done, but WHY things are done. While my little He'd ones are happily playing monopoly on the dinner table I have 3 children having a whole extra school day packed into 2 hours just so they can understand in context what they are supposed to be doing!

                          Add on to the fact I have been on 20 "school trips" in the last 3 months with my HE'd to the total cost (including travel and food) coming to less than £200, I told the school about free cinema tickets they did not even look at, I have had to shell out £90 per schooled child in 2 trips since September.

                          My children relish the 1 on 2 time we spend on their education. Yes occasionally they say they would like school, but that's because one of them specifically thinks it will get them out of 10 minutes daily hand writing exercises!

                          HE relies on many things. It relies on the child's thirst for knowledge and the parents ability to involve themselves.

                          With the current fall in standards in exams and schools drive for SAT scores, pushy teachers expecting parents to collect tokens from higher priced foods & goods to pay for equipment that should have been covered with funding took out in tax from every working parents pocket, a de-christianised school system which still pushes Christianity.

                          Personally, before you think of abolishing HE, maybe you should look at shaking up the British school system, maybe even align it with our American or even Japanese counterparts. They may have their issues, but right now they are heads and shoulders and a huge ladder above our schools.

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                            07.01.2010 15:20
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                            Oh no, mummys gone hunting and baby needs a cuddle.... can ayone cuddle like mummy?

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                            Rather large in face thin book with adorable picture of a mummy & baby leopard that really is extreemly cute. It really shows itself well and stood out at a school book fayre. Roo is a huge fan of all big cats, so getting away without buying it wasnt really on the cards!

                            The story surrounds a small cub on his own as his mother goes to hunt, hes so desperate for a cuddle he goes round all the animals to see if they can give him a hug like mum!

                            The pictures make the book appealable to as young as 1/2 years old as a read together book, however the type and format make it a very easy starter reader. Would be a absolutely ace book for a big sister to read to a new baby :)

                            The following review is by the reader!

                            Child view (by 8 year old Roo)

                            Title: The cuddliest cuddle in the whole world by Sarah Nash and Daniel Howarth

                            It takes place in a jungle in the summer.

                            There are 8 characters. They are Mummy leopard and Baby leopard, and also Bear, Python and Monkey who is baby leopards friends.

                            In the beginning of the story mummy has gone hunting. The problem in the story is the other animals dont cuddle right. They cuddle too tight, too tickly, too whooshy, too licky, too snappy or too small.

                            The characters solve the problem by listening up when baby leopard cries for his mummy back

                            Then, little leopard says "Mummy I did miss you"

                            At the end of the story, mummy gives baby the biggest cuddliest cuddle in the world.

                            I liked the story because it has leopards in it.

                            I would recommend the story because there are animals in it.

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                              As close as I am getting to Japan for a while, but certainly a experience I would suggest taking!

                              So. Its my birthday! Yay happy birthday to me.....

                              Ive had some really god awful birthdays over the past few years, and after talking to my BIP (Bestest Internet Pal!) and a really nice young male gamer friend I met playing Runes of Magic & Guild Wars with (I suddenly feel rather geeky for my 34 years!) and typically my other over suffering half it was decided to have a real blow out this year. With the other half giving up his freedom for a whole day (5 kids!) we all decided it would be a great adventure to visit Memorabilia convention the Saturday after my birthday, followed up by a real treat for me... a real Japanese sushi restaurant mini party!

                              We actually started planning this back in February, and having a core "plan" I was actually put in charge of the location detail, especially as I was the one more local to Birmingham!

                              Now the one thing I hate is 'plastic' restaurants. You know the ones, usually trying to be a modern version of whatever culture they take the food from but in the end abysmally failing as the food becomes less and less 'traditional'. I was raised by a Father who thought nothing of taking me to a fine French restaurants with real French waiters, Chinese restaurants with traditional décor and real Chinese people. As such I am a picky person when it comes to cultural restaurants - I want it authentic, clean and friendly. We also didn't really want expensive either, as Conventions can be pricey as is, let alone that my ikkle guildy mate was saving to finish his degree and head Japan-wards!

                              Searching the internet I found 2 Japanese restaurants in Birmingham, the other being a Go Sushi! which struck me like a sushi version of MacDonald's. Looking more into this restaurant, the more I liked it, sharing the on-line menu with my little gang as we salivated over it while we also discussed what we wearing and avoiding at the con! We also probably over bounced them on hits to their website as they have a fascinating on-line shop of probably everything and anything Japanese food you could want!

                              Unfortunately for us the weather on Saturday was terrible, and we got caught in a huge down pour between Cyber Candy and the restaurant. Although it is situated 'in' the Bullring its not exactly in it. If you head through the center concourse (which is uncovered) and turn right at the barrier you cant miss the restaurant, although the coffee place down in St Mark's square makes a interesting point of reference as it sticks out more.

                              The restaurant itself faces St Mark's church, and while seeming narrow and long (that photo is the whole restaurant from the one end!) its definitely well designed for maximum space usage with still retaining comfort and room for shopping bags.

                              It feels as if the restaurant was typically in 3 sections - the far section was where we were seated, and contained more 'company' orientated table with only 1 row of high stools which were close to the kitchen exit. the second "zone" was a small waiting area, till and most importantly - a very visible kitchen housing 4 chef's. The remaining area (which is more visible on the photo above) is all more orientated to single person customers.

                              Now we didn't ring ahead (maybe we should have) that said however there was only a couple of us waiting and a table became free within about 5-10 minutes. It that time we were given menu's and unbeknownst to my friends (especially as she forgot to put it in her review) there was a book case type "shop" stocked with teas and all sorts right opposite the till. I left them with the menus and told them to 'surprise me' while I looked at the shelves from where I stood.

                              There is a really interesting point about this delightful restaurant - it is owned by a family who run their own tea farm - would you like to guess where? I think its probably obvious! Anyway, all tea served and sold at the restaurant & shop is from this particular farm.

                              The lovely courteous staff were amazing. They must have been rushed off their feet all day but they still managed to smile a genuine smile and be really nice to us. Heavens sake, this is Birmingham before Christmas - if they wanted to throw their shoes off they certainly didn't show it!

                              On to the food and drink....

                              On first order we kinda split a bit, 2 of us deciding to go with Sencha green tea while the third went for a latte style green tea. The menu had so much to choose from.... so I left it to my friends to order my bento! The really nice lady gave us napkins and a set of ohashi each (convenient wooden chopsticks you break apart to use) and then brought us our tea in lovely cups (available at their on-line store I noticed). It was a delightful refreshing tea with no over cloying stewed taste and was absolutely perfect. It was a beautiful green hue and you could see the bottom of the cup through the liquid just to seem to prove how clean and clear it was.

                              Now I cant really comment on my companions bentos (although they both had the same chicken) but mine was a delightful pork and ginger concoction served in a wonderful black and red 12" square sectioned bento box with sesame seeded rice, salad and a delightful selection of little 'bits' like a section of corn on the cob (which we had fun discussing the best way to eat it with chopsticks!)

                              It was not in the least bit dry or over cooked, but was defiantly fresh, well layed out with care and certainly a piece of art in my eyes.

                              My friend also ordered the chef's selection of sushi which brought around a new game for us.... what is that fish? The selection came out on a delightful plate of 5 - 6 pieces, a small dollop of wassabi (which looked hand ground) and some pickled ginger. Most we knew the ingredients of, however we summarised the 2 we didn't were eel (which I had) and some kind of shellfish! We had a deal - we would ask AFTER trying it, that way the name couldn't put us off!

                              After a while the restaurant became emptier, we decided to divvy out our convention spoils, most of which we had shoved into my bag for carrying convenience, but we really needed to organise carrier bags etc so I wasn't carrying home everyone's manga! Well this and our dress sense had one waitress interested, she was over like a shot talking to us about our purchases!

                              All in all I would recommend this restaurant for pure experience of Japanese culture in our society - you certainly would not regret it. Just make sure you budget about £10 per head.

                              Were planning to go back to find out just what is in those child bento's...... and to buy more TEA!!!!!!!

                              http://www.mountfuji.co.uk/restaurant/restaurant_lunch.htm

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                              • wynsors.com / Online Shop / 23 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                                Great shoe shop on the electronic high street

                                shoes.... we need em, we want em stylish, comfortable, lasting and not expensive. Most the time we settle for just a couple of that list, right?

                                Well having bought shoes for 5 kids we decided it was my other half's turn at some new shoes. After a good search we found the Wynsors shoe site, and after reading reviews on here about its high street store being good we decided to give it a whirl.

                                We ordered a pair of size 8 Red Rock walking shoes for Tom (that looked very much like trainers) plus a pair of Explode trainers for my eldest son, costing £10 and £5 respectively, which was excellent value. Of course value of shoes isn't measured till they have been tried on and walked in. Postage & packing seemed to be stuck at £2.99, even when I checked by adding extra 7 pairs of shoes the girls wanted to check the postage value!

                                The amount of contact we have had with Wynsors has been great, they acknowledged the order automatically within minutes of purchase (we used mastercard) and we had 2 updates about our order before the shoes arrived, miraculously because of the postage strike - within 3 working days.

                                The shoes were perfectly packaged and were in excellent condition on arrival, immediately put on by their new owners and given a good jog up and down stairs and the such. The quality, even a month on now, cant seem to be faltered.

                                Once we received our items, we were sent another email, inviting us to review the shoes we purchased on site. This offer we have yet to take up as we wanted to make sure of the shoe quality!
                                The site has a shoe size guide (incase you need t compare to EU and US sizes) plus a printable children's foot chart.

                                They take a number of payment methods: Visa Credit,Visa Delta / Debit, Visa Electron, Mastercard Credit, Maestro (Excluding Switch) Solo. Unfortunately they cannot accept American Express, cheque, vouchers or Paypal and the like at the moment.

                                I have to admit I was sceptical, expecting the shoes to fall apart rather quick for that price, but my other half is still very much 'in love' with his walking boots and has asked that I go back to that shop again after christmas for our next seasons family shoes!

                                I wouldn't say the range was extensive, but certainly not restrictive choice and most definitely value for money, both for the actual shoes and postage.

                                If nothing else, its a definite number one shoe shop for the bookmark list!

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