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      31.01.2011 20:29
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      Alright, just get your ruler out before ordering!

      This is a fully functional camera case which looks smart and has a soft, reasonable-quality feel to it. It is well thought out with separate compartments that make things easy to find and ensure that everything isn't thrown in together which can cause scratches. The case looks like it would protect against most of the elements and that it would keep your camera pretty secure. It is perhaps a little pricey for a basics range, costing £5.99 with free postage from Amazon.co.uk, but on the other hand, many other camera cases cost a lot more and probably don't offer much extra.

      However I would suggest that you thoroughly check the measurements of the case with the measurements of your camera before purchasing! The internal dimensions are 2.2 x 1.24 x 3.70 inches (55.8mm x 3.05mm x 9.40mm). I ordered this case assuming that because the description stated that it was designed for small digital cameras, it would go well with my new Kodak Easyshare M530, which is about the size of most compact point and shoot cameras these days. When the case arrived though I found that it was almost twice as big as it needed to be! Huge, in fact. So I would only recommend purchasing this if you have quite a large digital camera or perhaps a camcorder, as otherwise your camera, like mine, will be swimming around in the case.

      Oh, and if you're concerned about labels and such things, you might like to avoid this case, as it has a not-very-cool 'Amazon basics' tab sticking out of the side of it. Not a problem for me, but I can imagine some people wouldn't be all that impressed by it!

      (updated and revised from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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      08.12.2010 22:01
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      I wouldn't get it again

      A while ago I received an email from The Body Shop saying that they were having a sale, so I popped onto their website to have a look, and ended up buying quite a few products that had incredibly good discounts. One such product was this Raspberry Body Puree, which is normally £8.00 but had been reduced to the excellent price of £3.00.

      The puree comes in a clear plastic bottle which allows you to see when you are running low on the lotion. It has a pump mechanism to release the lotion, which worked quite well for the first half of the bottle. However as soon as the lotion dipped below the halfway point, it became very difficult to get any out at all, for reasons I can't quite figure out. I have resorted to removing the pump from the bottle completely whenever I want to use it, and just tipping the lotion out onto my hand. This works OK but is a bit of a pain!

      The lotion itself is light pink and so very pretty. It has quite a soft, light consistency and isn't sticky or gloopy. It's obviously a lot lighter and easier to rub in than the heavy Body Shop Body Butters. It leaves my skin quite well moisturised although if you have very dry or itchy skin I don't think it would be effective enough.

      The smell of the lotion is very strong and you can almost taste the raspberries! If you are not a huge fan of raspberry scent then you should definitely avoid this as you can smell it on your skin for hours afterwards. If you do like the scent though then this is obviously a big plus!

      This lotion is perfectly acceptable but at its normal cost it is way overpriced. It also needs to be repackaged in a more user-friendly container. I wouldn't buy it again but I'm pleased to have tried it and it really was a bargain.

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      07.12.2010 21:17
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      Only average

      I am in two minds about whether or not I enjoyed this book. On the one hand, I found it interesting reading and I got through it in just a few days, and never considered not carrying on til the end, as I wanted to see how things worked out. On the other hand, some of the characters are a bit annoying and not entirely realistic, which put a dampener on things for me.

      The book follows the diary entries of a nineteen/twenty year old girl, Vida, who has just had a heart transplant after a lifetime of sickness, and the donor's husband, Richard, who is obviously grieving after having lost his wife. When Vida and Richard meet, Vida declares she has fallen in love with him, leading Richard to wonder whether part of his wife has transferred to Vida.

      There are some nice moments in the book and certainly towards the end I found myself quite emotionally involved and doing a lot of crying! However Vida is, especially in the beginning, very annoying and the way she treats her mother made me quite angry. She develops a lot as a character during the book but I did wonder whether the transformation was possible; can someone go from being that insensitive to that perceptive? Richard is not brilliantly written either. At times you really feel his grief and can identify with him but at others he is a bit of an odd character and it is difficult to understand where he is coming from.

      I also found the book to be quite disjointed time-wise. Sometimes I would think events were occurring a few days after the previous event, and it is later noted that months have gone by in between. This can be quite confusing.

      I did find there were good parts to this book but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it and I don't think I'd read it again. It would make a good TV movie though!

      This book has an RRP of £6.99 but can be bought on Amazon.co.uk for £4.04. However I'd suggest getting it from the library instead, or buying it second hand (lol, sorry!).

      (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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    • Lego 4665 Duplo: Big Farm / Lego / 38 Readings / 38 Ratings
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      20.11.2010 19:35
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      Good solid fun for 2-5 year olds

      This Duplo farm set is a really nice, high quality toy. The farm itself is a pretty simple construction, an open backed four room house. Also inluded are a tractor, fencing to create pens or sties, animals, people and a few accessories such as buckets.

      All the pieces are bright, sturdy and well made, and should be easy to use for little hands. There are lots of components to the set which makes it good for imaginative play and will also be useful for teaching children about what happens on a farm.

      It is a shame that most of the pieces are ready made, such as the animals and vehicles, and there is not much to do in the way of construction. The set could be improved by including lots more building blocks so that you could expand the farm and be more creative in your constructions. As it is, it is not far away from a normal play set that doesn't require putting together.

      However if you have a 2 to 5 year old who enjoys imaginative play then they should be able to entertain themselves for hours with this lovely set, and if they want to do more in the way of building then you can always buy some extra Duplo blocks, expensive though they are. There are also lots of other playsets, vehicles etc available in the Duplo range so you can of course add to your collection which will widen the amount of play scenarios.

      This farm set has an RRP of £49.99 which I think is a little over the top, however you can purchase it from Amazon.co.uk for £34.99 which is more reasonable. To be honest I wouldn't pay anything above this price for it and would be tempted to see if I could find a bargain on Ebay.

      (updated and revised from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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      04.10.2010 22:25
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      Excellent at under £70

      I wasn't expecting too much from this digital camera as it is priced between the middle and the bottom of the point and shoot market. However I was very impressed.

      The camera is small, and incredibly light. Probably the lightest digital camera I can remember picking up. It's not too bulky width-wise either which makes it handy for carrying around. It's not the most attractive camera due to its plastic rather than metal outer, but I am happy to sacrifice looks for lightness. The screen size is also excellent and allows you to see all your photos very clearly.

      The camera has 12 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom and an automatic focus which cleverly switches modes for you by detecting what you are looking at. It is impressive how often you see the icon which symbolises mode changing in the corner of the camera, showing you that the camera reacts very swiftly when you move it from an image of people, to landscapes, to small objects. This smart focus mode allows you to take excellent pictures even if, basically, you have no idea what you are doing and no desire to ever change the camera's mode yourself. Perfect for the non-technologically-minded, or just those who can't be bothered! Flash can of course also be put on automatic so that the camera decides for you when it is needed.

      Pictures come out crisp and clear and seem to be good in all different types of light. The high megapixel count means that you won't have any trouble enlarging the photos. Photos are also easily deleted or uploaded to your PC.

      The easy share mode is of course a bit of a gimmick. Please be aware that although you might be led to believe by the advertising that simply pressing a button on the camera, from any location, will upload your photos to Facebook etc, this isn't really the case and your pics will only be uploaded AFTER you've attached the camera to your computer. For uploading photos on the move you will need a smart phone instead. However the easy share aspect is good marketing and for those who are obsessed with social networking, it should shave a few minutes off your overall uploading/sharing time. I think this is probably best suited to teenagers, and whilst not an essential part of the camera, it's a nice extra.

      Obviously there are ways this camera could be improved. A bigger optical zoom would be top of my list. But such features would of course bump up the price. And for its current price I think this is an excellent camera and would be surprised if you could find much better.

      This camera has an RRP of £119.99 but can be bought for £69.81 at Amazon.co.uk. It comes in five colours: carbon (grey), red, blue, orange and green.

      (also posted on Amazon.co.uk)

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        12.05.2010 20:08
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        Fab value for money

        Recently I ran out of recordable CDs and so I popped onto Amazon.co.uk to search for some cheap, functional ones to purchase. These Memorex CD-Rs seemed to provide the best deal, and I was able to buy a pack of 100 for less than £10, meaning each CD worked out at just 10 pence, a real bargain.

        I was a bit concerned at first, as the reviews on Amazon seemed to be split down the middle, with many people finding these CDs to be great, and a considerable amount finding them to be nothing but trouble. However I've had no issues with them at all so far.

        My computer recognises them easily and records onto them without any problem. Each CD has a 700 MB capacity and can hold up to 80 minutes of music when used in audio CD mode. The resulting audio CDs then play absolutely fine in my CD player, laptop and even car stereo.

        The CDs come packaged on a spindle which was wrapped securely in cellophane. This is a handy and compact way to store them. Once recorded onto, it would be nice to have some empty boxes to put the CDs into, but let's face it, CDs that come with boxes are a lot more expensive!

        These CD-Rs should last me for ages and for the price I'm really happy. What more can I say?

        (updated and revised from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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        • Wenger Insight / Laptop Case / 67 Readings / 66 Ratings
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          06.05.2010 20:51
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          Good bag, but not one I'd choose for myself

          As soon as you see and touch this laptop case, it's easy to tell that it is good quality and has been made well. The case is sturdy, the zips run smoothly, the material is hard wearing, and the protection factor is very high. The padding and the two velcro straps inside the main section will keep your laptop safely in place, and the handle and the separate shoulder strap provide easy carrying options.

          The two separate sections at the front, one large enough for a notebook and one large enough for an array of items are both very useful, with the latter having a mobile phone pocket and two other interior pockets, along with a laminated name tag.

          This case is good value for money and is a very practical option for any worker, student or other laptop user. However I must say that looks-wise, the case is not amazing. The material has a bit of a sheen to it which makes it look a little tacky. And the case is very bulky, probably due to the two extra sections at the front that add quite a lot of width to the bag when empty and even more when full. Because of this, the case does not look very streamlined or particularly classy.

          It's also worth mentioning that in my view the design and fabric will appeal much more to men, and this isn't really a bag I would recommend to women. It has a very male look to it and there are many much more feminine and attractive options out there for the ladies.

          So this is a practical bag that provides many useful compartments and is very well made for an impressively low price, but be aware that it doesn't win any awards for sexiest laptop bag ever!

          This laptop case has an RRP of £30.99, but I have seen it selling on Amazon.co.uk for as little as £20.99, which is an excellent deal, so keep an eye out for price variations.

          (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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            05.05.2010 23:41
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            Highly amusing

            For those of you who are unaware, Just A Minute is a radio show broadcast on Radio 4 and presented by Nicholas Parsons, in which four panelists are challenged to talk on random subjects for a minute without any deviation, repitition, hesitation or exaggeration. If they make one of these errors, the other panelists can buzz in with a challenge and if successful, they take on the subject with the remaining time.

            This CD set contains four specially selected episodes of the show from 2009. This was my first experience of the show and I found it surprisingly funny! Parsons is a lovely, genial host and reminds me a little of Stephen Fry.

            The panelists are all excellent. They include Gyles Brandreth, Jack Dee, Pam Ayres, Sir Tim Rice, Tony Hawks, Liza Tarbuck, Sheila Hancock, David Mitchell, Josie Lawrence and Sue Perkins. Their rants about their assigned subjects tend to be hilarious. The interaction amongst the panel members is very funny too. If you like panel shows such as Have I Got News for You or 8 Out of 10 Cats then you will probably enjoy this too.

            These CDs are perfect to have on for a good laugh whilst you're doing the washing up or other odd jobs at home. I would say that they are perhaps a little frenetic for listening to in the car, and also be aware that they can be quite rude, so maybe try not to put them on around children!

            This CD has an RRP of £12.99 but can be bought at Amazon.co.uk for just £5.86 which I think is quite good value. I think it would make an excellent present for slightly older people who are tricky to buy for!

            (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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              02.05.2010 20:34
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              Take a bite out of this

              ** This review contains NO spoilers for either the Twilight books or films**

              'Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality' is edited by Rebecca Housel and J. Jeremy Wisnewski. It is part of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series which merges the study of philosophy and popular films or TV series.

              There are a few reviews on Amazon, where I first posted a version of this review, which argue that the Twilight saga is too light or too inconsequential to deserve a book discussing philosophical issues related to it. But I cannot agree with this at all, for regardless of the objective literary merit of these books, there's no denying that they are hugely popular, have a massive influence on their teenage and tweenage readers, and have all but created their own subculture.

              So, in my view, an analysis of the issues that the books raise is pretty much essential, especially when you consider that some of the characters could be interpreted as somewhat dangerous role models. Take Bella's complete obsession with Edward and loss of self, or Edward's stalker like tendancies and his repressed desire to literally consume Bella. These two are seen by many readers and movie watchers as the ultimate romantic couple, so I very much approve of any book which tackles these ideas and examines the effect they may have.

              This book is a collection of short-ish essays divided into four parts, one part for each novel. Each section contains either four or five essays and these cover subjects as diverse as God, immortality, vegetarianism, feminism and the patriarchy. To give you an idea of the variety of topics covered, essay titles include 'Love and Authority Among Wolves', 'Mind Reading and Morality', 'Bella Swan and Sarah Palin: All the Old Myths are Not True', 'Space, Time and Vampire Ontology', and 'For the Strength of Bella: Meyer, Vampires and Mormonism'.

              For those interested in specific characters, there are not only essays dedicated to the books in general, and of course Bella and Edward, but also Jacob ('The Tao of Jacob') and vampire daddy Carlisle ('Carlisle: More Compassionate than a Speeding Bullet'). More minor characters are also mentioned but these four are analysed to a greater extent than the others.

              Some essays take the books as a starting point and use philosophy to shed light on them, whilst others start from pre-existing philosophical issues and apply them to the books. There's no denying that some of these essays are not amazingly written and certainly wouldn't classify as page-turners, but almost all of them raise some very interesting points and some are surprisingly readable. The first essay of the book ('You Look Good Enough to Eat: Love, Madness and the Food Analogy') is arguably one of the weakest in terms of writing and subject matter, so it may be a good idea to start elsewhere so as not to be dissuaded from continuing!

              In order to not be disappointed by this book though, it's essential to know who it is aimed at. I would say if you're looking for in depth discussion of philosophy that will back up your literature phD then this is probably not academic enough for you, and equally if you're looking for a frothy, fun, fan-focused debate on whether Bella should be with Edward or Jacob, then you'll find this too dry and tedious. However, if you are an intelligent and thoughtful fan of the Twilight saga and have some interest in larger social and especially female issues, then this should be a really good book for you.

              It's worth bearing in mind too that this book considers the novels much more than the films, despite the slightly misleading cover photograph. A quick glance at the index shows that neither Kristen Stewart nor Robert Pattinson are mentioned at all in the book, so if you're strictly a fan of the movies then this might be a disappointment for you.

              This book may also be worth checking out if you are not a Twilight fan but are interested in our current cultural obsession with vampires and related mythology. There's no denying that the undead are enjoying a resurgence in pop culture at the moment, with shows like 'True Blood' and 'The Vampire Diaries' gathering some seriously loyal fanbases, programmes such as 'Buffy' and 'Angel' maintaining a revered status in TV history, and new vampire themed book series popping up left and right. Many of the issues covered in these essays apply to vampires in general (for example 'Can A Vampire Be a Person' and 'Twilight of an Idol: Our Fatal Attraction to Vampires'), and so I would be surprised if these articles did not appeal to general fans of the genre, as well as specific Twifans.

              This book is a shiny paperback that looks good on the shelf, though closet adult Twilight fans will probably want to hide it somewhere out of view! It has an RRP of £11.99 and is currently on sale at Amazon.co.uk for £8.05. I think this is reasonable value as it is a book that would no doubt merit re-reading.

              (heavily updated and revised from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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                01.05.2010 17:10
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                Fantastic for young or old ladies!

                When I received this book I was a little surprised that rather than adult fiction, it was aimed at young teenagers. However I enjoy young adult fiction so I wasn't bothered, and as soon as I started reading it, I completely fell in love with it.

                The story is about Jenny Cooper, the sixteen year old cousin of a fifteen year old Jane Austen. After losing her parents, Jenny goes to live with Jane and her family. She finds herself thrown into a world of balls, gowns and flirtations from rich young men, a naval captain and Jane's older brothers. The shy and pretty Jenny must navigate this new world whilst trying to keep a secret from her recent past, which if it got out would ruin her reputation and chances of marriage. Will she manage to keep her secret and who will she end up with?

                This book is written in the form of Jenny's diary entries and I found this to be a great style, as we really get to know Jenny's character through all her thoughts and feelings. I immediately warmed to Jenny and the little sketches that she sprinkles throughout her diary are endearing too, and give us an idea of what the different characters look like. I found Jenny's love life to be completely addictive and I couldn't wait to find out whether she ended up with one of Jane's brothers, with William or with Captain Thomas.

                The book is a real page turner and is sweet, funny and very readable. It gives us an enticing glance at who Jane Austen was and the sort of world she lived in. However if you are looking for a historically accurate book, this might not be for you, as little is really known about Jenny, and the author confesses at the end that even from what is known, she has changed quite a lot (such as Jenny's age and name!) Still, it gives us an idea of the time and its conventions, and I defy anyone to read this and not want to read Pride and Prejudice immediately afterwards, as this is like a junior version of that novel!

                The novel is not perfect and I was vaguely aware that Jenny's writing style and the speaking style of all the characters is probably a bit modern for the time, however I can forgive any errors because I enjoyed the book so much. It kept me up reading at night and it's a long time since I've loved a novel this much, so it has to be five stars and a hearty recommendation from me!

                This book is a hardback and has an RRP of £8.99, but Amazon are currently selling it for £6.29. Apparantly you will receive a beautiful gift edition, however I only have a proof copy so cannot tell you what this might entail!

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                  19.04.2010 17:52
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                  Definitely not the cookbook for me!

                  When I first looked at this book I was impressed by the lovely production, the thick glossy pages and the easy to read, personal style of the writing. However after a while I began to see that this is not the book for me.

                  The book aims to help you use the ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda to give you a healthier diet. It tries to help you figure out which type of 'dosha' is dominant in your body, and then guide you in the right way to balance your various doshas.

                  There is a chart to help you work out which dosha is dominant in you. The problem with this for me was that there was no real distinction between the three types in my body and so I was unsure what to do. Also, even if there is a dominant dosha or two dominant ones, the instructions as to how to balance them still sound quite unclear to me.

                  The recipes look a bit hit and miss - there's a bit too much tofu in them for me! Unfortunately only around half of them have photographs with them, and even more unfortunately, there are no calorie amounts or fat measurements with them. This is a shame, as the introduction says that if you don't want to follow the Ayurveda plan then you can still use this as a source of low fat, healthy recipes, but without calories counts there's not much chance of fitting them into a regular diet if you're already following one or keeping a track of how many calories or fat you consume.

                  Unfortunately this book was too complex and unclear for me and I wouldn't recommend it, though I will probably try a couple of the nicer looking recipes.

                  This cookbook is a paperback and has an inflated selling price of £14.99. It is definitely not worth that amount in my opinion. Amazon.co.uk are currently selling it for £7.48 but unless you can pick it up for a pound at a car boot sale, I wouldn't bother!

                  (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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                    11.04.2010 22:00
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                    Fine - but only if you know what you're getting!

                    I have to admit that this CD set was not what I was expecting. I had hoped, like many reviewers on Amazon it seems, for an amusing and interesting look at language with Fry interspersing little known facts with his trademark wry humour, much like he does on the show QI. However, this is a much more serious and earnest look at language than I anticipated.

                    It is a two CD set containing the second series of Fry's English Delight which was originally broadcast on Radio 2. There are four episodes. The first is called 'So wrong it's right' and looks at how language changes with use and certain words or phrases change their meaning over time. The second is 'Speaking Proper' and looks at enunciation and pronunciation, the third is 'Hello' which looks at the origins of this oft-used greeting, and the fourth is 'The Joy of Gibberish' which examines why we love saying and singing what is essentially nonsense.

                    If you are really fascinated by the development of certain forms of language and the way it changes over time, then you will probably enjoy this and find it educational. However, if talk of split infinitives, Latin traditions, where the `subject' should come in sentances and the suggestions of the Spelling Reform Society don't float your boat then this is not for you.

                    It's also worth saying that Stephen Fry features in probably at most fifty per cent of these programmes, with the rest of the time being given to various lecturers or experts in grammar. Fry holds it together nicely and of course he is quite easy to listen to, and he does add the odd sprinkling of gently amusing commentary, but the other contributors are all strictly business.

                    If you fancy concentrating hard, listening closely and learning lots then these CDs should please you, but if you are looking for easy listening and some classic Fry humour then you'd be best to look elsewhere, as like me you will at the most find these O.M.I. - Only Mildly Interesting.

                    The CD set has an RRP of £12.99 but Amazon.co.uk are currently selling it for £7.28. I would recommend getting it from the library though as I can't imagine many people wanting to listen to these over and over - once was more than enough for me!

                    (updated and revised from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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                    09.04.2010 20:55
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                    Brilliant

                    There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of books aimed at women to guide them through pregnancy, but very few books aimed at the fathers. This book aims to redress the balance a little, by providing a guide for daddys-to-be that will help them to understand how their child is developing, and how to support and help their partner along the way.

                    The book has an incredibly easy to read, personal style that drew me in instantly and made me want to keep reading. I never knew a book like this could be such a page turner, and that is almost entirely down to the excellent style. It is very funny and had me laughing out loud often. As a woman, I was a little worried that the book might turn out to be one that made fun of women and their hormonal changes etc., but I was pleasantly surprised to find that women are treated with nothing but total respect in this book and the emphasis is very much on how the fathers should be taking care of the ladies during this time.

                    I found that this book really does cover everything you would want to know. It deals surprisingly sensitively with the worries and possibilities of miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies during the early months and tells you the signs to look out for in your partner and how to respond to them. It describes all the changes a woman's body will go through, from morning sickness to heartburn, and suggests ways to help and to be sensitive to them. It lists things that are safe to do and eat in pregnancy, things you will need to buy, decisions you will need to make about the birth itself, and even takes you right up to labour, encouraging overdue babies to arrive, and holding your little arrival.

                    The book is also laid out in a helpful month-by-month way and at the end of every chapter is a round-up of how your baby will have developed during the past weeks, and how your partner will be feeling/changing/coping. There is also a list of things to do at the end of each chapter, which range from the practical (don't let your partner do heavy lifting or change cat's litter trays, put a nighlight up on the path to the bathroom), to the forward-thinking (book into the best antenatal classes ahead of time), to the sweet and thoughtful (arrange a pregnancy-safe massage or pedicure for her).

                    I can't recommend this book enough. It is a fantastic starting point for any guy who is planning to be a good partner and dad before, during and after the pregnancy process, and it is informative and useful without ever being dry or boring. If you're a guy, buy it for yourself, and if you're a woman hoping to conceive, buy it for your partner - he'll be able to understand you so much better, and I wouldn't be surprised if this actually saves a few relationships!

                    This book is currently available for £8.24 at Amazon.co.uk, but you can't put a price on it in my opinion - it's that good!

                    (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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                      07.04.2010 23:51
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                      Not worth buying

                      This book looks great. It's an incredibly large, hefty hardback with a gorgeous front cover. Inside it has a four page spread of information and photos for every state in North America (aside from a small amount of states which are apparently too small or too dull and so only get two pages). You would think this would be an awesome way to get to know the continent and to inspire you in planning a trip to America.

                      However I have found it to be not very practical at all. Each state has various bits of information on its history, its landscape, its cuisine, the type of people who live there, representations of it in popular culture and local legends. Each section finishes with a very brief and often jokey list of four or five `essential experiences'.

                      What the book is sorely missing is a decent section for each state telling you the best things to actually do and see when you're there. I'm sure these states have absolutely amazing landmarks and experiences to be seen and had, and indeed some of these can be glimpsed from the photos, but nothing is said about them in the text. Background information on the states is fine, but I want to actually know why I should visit them and what I should do when I'm there. And this book is almost useless in this regard.

                      This is a lovely glossy coffee table book and anyone just looking for a flick through and a bit of light reading will enjoy it, but if you are seriously considering a holiday to the states and are trying to decide which ones to go to and what to do in them, I'd advise you look for a book with a different focus.

                      This book has an extortionate RRP of £25.00 but is available at Amazon.co.uk for £15.42. However I would strongly recommend flicking through it in a library or bookshop first to see whether it contains the sort of information you are interested in, otherwise you may well find yourself as disappointed as I am.

                      (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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                        02.04.2010 21:43
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                        It's pretty good, but it's probably not for me.

                        I don't suffer badly with a furry tongue or bad breath (as far as I know!) but this tongue scraper intrigued me anyway, and I am always looking for ways to improve my oral health.

                        The OraBrush promises to give fresh breath and a fresher feel in the mouth for up to 12 hours by removing bacteria from the tongue, which causes 90 per cent of bad breath. The blurb on Amazon says: 'OraBrush is the only tongue cleaner that will clean deep into the soft crevices of the tongue, to pull out the bad breath-causing bacteria'.

                        The brush looks and feels a bit scary at first, with lots of tiny but very firm and slightly sharp bristles, but when it's being used it feels very gentle and doesn't hurt at all. The scraper at the top of the brush is useful to remove anything that you've scraped off. After use my tongue looks a lot cleaner and is a fresh pink shade rather than a mottled pink/yellow shade! It doesn't particularly feel cleaner though.

                        Unfortunately I think I must have quite a strong gag reflex as I can't get very far back with this without retching, and for doing the very back of my tongue a toothbrush seems more effective.

                        I think if you have a particular problem with bad breath then this is probably a good investment, and certainly it looks to be one of the best tongue scrapers out there at quite a low price. However I'm not sure it's necessary if you don't have that problem, and I doubt I'll replace mine at the end of six months.

                        The OraBrush has an RRP of £4.99 and can be bought at a slightly reduced price of £4.39 from Amazon.co.uk. It is recommended that you get a new one every six months so this will really only cost you less than ten pound a year. Which I think is worth it for fresh breath!

                        (updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)

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