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      25.07.2013 20:08
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      A great gift, just needs to last longer

      The Body Shop is known for it's White Musk range which includes a white musk eau de toilette fragrance. It comes in a small 100 ml glass bottle or as part of a gift set. At present the original is not available individually on the Body Shop website but seasonal variations are available. This scent is a blend of musk, lily, iris, rose and vanilla.

      I like the fragrance as it is very light and fresh. I wear it at work particularly in the hot summer months. I feel it also works as a holiday scent due to it's fresh smell. The downside to this fragrance and for me this is a big downside, is the smell just doesn't last. I have to reapply the scent several times a day.

      As always Body Shop products are very appealing to me due to their commitment to helping protect the planet, defending human rights and supporting Fair Trade. They boast that all their products are not tested on animals making it a very ethical product. This has also made it a great gift.

      Sadly with a lot of Body shop products the cost is high. On it's own the fragrances are generally available from £8.50 or from £12.50 as part of a gift set. In comparison to top perfumes this is reasonable but as a body spray (which is how I use it) it is pricey.

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      04.11.2012 13:54
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      Highly recommended

      I have had a few digital cameras in my time but none have compared to my current camera. I currently own the Canon Digital Ixus 85 IS. I've had it for several years now and swear by it. It was recommended to me by a friend who has a photography degree and had worked in Jessops so I feel that she knows her stuff. Since purchasing it, i have had no complaints.

      Now i'm no photography expert. I want my camera to be simple to use and take good quality photos and this has ticked the box. The settings on the camera are very easy to use and easy to understand. I also want my camera to have a long battery life which this has. I can go on a weeks holiday and not have to charge it at all.
      The camera needs an SD card. I was sad to find out that on top of the camera I had to purchase this as the current card only held 4 pictures which was pretty useless, I also had to purchase a case which all in all made it quite a bit pricier.

      It is more than adequate for the purpose I bought it for. It's Sensor Resolution is10.0 Megapixel with a 3 x zoom lens which is great for catching those pictures in the distance.
      The camera has a built-in flash which can be set to automatic or switched on or off. There is also a great colour setting, where you pick a colour out and only that colour is shown in the photo, the rest is black and white, this has made some fantastic photos.
      The screen is 2.5" which is more than adequate and shows the pictures taken to a high quality. As well as taking photos, the camera also takes videos which I don't utilise enough.
      It is a small sleek camera, with the dimensions 8.6 cm x 2 cm x 5.4 cm and is very light at about 130 g. It feels top quality too and not cheap and plasticy.

      If you are looking for a new camera definitely look into an IXUS, they are updating them all the time and I highly recommend them.

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      02.11.2012 16:55
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      Definitely a product to have to hand just in case

      I have tried a range of the Batiste dry shampoo products but have chosen to review the original one.
      My main purpose for purchasing this product was for use when I went camping or was at a festival, anywhere really where I didn't have as much opportunity to wash my hair as I need to straighten it after washing it.

      I have to say overall I have found this product to be very effective. I generally wash my hair every other day but have been attempting to go a third day by using this, to prevent my hair from being so damaged by the straightening that I do. I don't have particularly greasy hair but it does go a bit lifeless after a day or so and this does revitalise it a little.

      Directions for use:
      You need to shake the can
      Hold the can about 30 cms away from the roots (this is very important as the product comes out as a white powder and you don't want a load of that on your hair)
      Spray the roots and massage hair
      Brush through and style as usual.

      Although it does not compare to a proper hair wash it does help my hair look fresher.

      Where to buy
      Most beauty stores and supermarkets stock this product, I generally get mine when they are on offer in Sainsbury's. It retails for between £2 and £4 so a bargain can be found if you shop around.

      WARNING: Do not buy the Batiste Gold Shimmer unless you are a 12 year old going out to a school disco. I bought this thinking it might give my hair a bit more shimmer, it literally turned all my clothes into a gold shimmering mess, not the look I want at work. I can't see how it can be practical for anyone.
      This is not to say however that some of their other products aren't great, one of my favourite being the tropical smell.

      Overall a very handy product to have lying around.

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        14.10.2012 14:27
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        A very basic laptop. You get what you pay for

        This laptop was given to me as a work computer. I have had it for a while now and am not a fan. This is the first ACER I have used and would not purchase one out of choice based on this one.

        Size
        This laptop is definitely on the larger size. It measures 36 cm x 26cm. It is also quite heavy which is not the best for a computer that I have to cart backwards and forwards from work. The screen is big which is good for watching films though. It is quite sleek and I hard waring (except for the cable which I will come to later).

        What it comes with
        It is not a computer that claims to be top of the range but does come with all the basics expected of a laptop like speakers, CD writer, microphone and wireless connection. The speakers aren't of the best quality but do a job. I watch films on the computer and as long as there is no background noise they are adequate enough.
        The CD player runs smoothly but is quite noisy. This is not a continuous noise but does become quite tiresome. I cannot comment on the CD writer as I have not used this.
        WARNING: If you are using this laptop for a prolonged period of time it does become very hot underneath and has left red marks on my legs. I now use the laptop with something underneath.

        Right now for the bit I don't understand and I am quoting this:
        "It has a Processor Intel Celeron M 530 / 1.73 GHz
        Data Bus Speed 553 MHz
        Chipset Type Mobile Intel GL960 Express
        Cache Memory
        Type L2 Cache
        Installed Size 1 MB
        RAM
        Installed Size 512 MB / 2 GB (max)
        Hard Drive 80 GB - Serial ATA-150"

        It has 2 USB ports which are towards the front of the computer. These are well placed as I do not find I knock them or that they get in the way like I have experienced with other computers.

        The Keyboard is simple to use with large, easy touch buttons. This is the same with the touchpad. It is sensitive enough to register all movements but not ridiculously so that you catch it as you are typing like I have experienced with others.

        I have found over time the computer has slowed quite considerably. This is definitely not a computer for gamers but more as a word processor and for basic internet browsing. I would definitely not recommend being away form a power source for long as the battery life isn't good. I have found the battery will last an hour and a half max. I also have the added problem that my adapter no longer fits snuggly into the computer so it stops charging regularly. I have purchased a new adapter which works better but still disconnects at times so it is the inside of the computer that has become damaged.

        It really is a standard computer that will never win awards. I wouldn't advise people to buy this but then it's a cheap lap top so you get exactly what you paid for.

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      • GHD Mk4 Straighteners / Hair Care / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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        12.09.2012 18:25
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        A fantastic product that I couldn't live without

        A very well known brand in the hair straightening world and this is purely because it is the best of all I have tried.

        How they work
        Ghd's look like any other straightners on the high street, they have 2 metal plates which are able to heat up to 210 degrees. Now this is extremely hot and I must say, if you have fine hair that needs just a bit of straightening these may not be the straighteners for you. However if like me you have thick untameable hair then this temperature is necessary to achieve a smooth sleek effect.
        They are switched on using a small balck switch, a red light then comes on and a small beep can be heard. They claim to heat up in about 6 seconds (i'm sure mine take about 30 seconds).
        Once they are at full heat they will beep again and the light will flash, this also helps remind you that they are on.

        What they do
        They straighten curls and waves, leaving a sleek and straight look. They do this because they have, now i'm going to quote this as I cannot say whether this claim is true or false "A negative ion charge (which) seals in moisture, natural oils and hair colour for total hair protection." I have to say that I straighten my hair everyday and it has taken it's toll on my hair. The ends do become dry and brittle but this is the case with all straighteners. I must stress here that it is essential that a heat defence product is used on your hair before straightening to prevent damage as much as possible.

        Pros
        The straighteners have a nice long cable which means you don't have to be sat right next to the plug to straighten your hair. They heat up quickly and to a high temperature. Once straightened the style stays until my hair is washed again or exposed to high levels of moisture.
        They are very light which is a bonus for me as it takes me so long to straighten my thick hair. They can also be used for curling your hair and this works well, however it did take some time to perfect this.
        If you do leave your straighteners on (I have to check mine 20 times before i leave the house) supposedly they do switch themselves off after a while, although I have never witnessed this for myself.

        The down side
        The price. GHD's are known for being expensive with prices generally around the £80-£100 mark. However if you choose one of the limited edition ones (they are generally a different colour and may come with some added extras like heat defence spray) you can be looking at spending about £120-£140. Saying this I have seen them on ebay for just over £50 so shopping around is essential.
        They cannot be bought in a shop but have to be purchased from a hairdresser or online.

        I am now on my 3rd set of GHD's and each one has gone wrong in the same way. They end up having a loose connection in the wire, near the plug and switch themselves on and off regularly. This effects their performance and makes straighten difficult. Each one does last on average about 3 years.

        Overall a fantastic product with a few flaws which hopefully they have 'ironed out' since my last purchase.

        Highly recommended

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        25.08.2012 19:43
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        A beautiful place for a day visit

        On a recent visit to Guernsey, I decided to take day trip to Herm, something I would highly recommend to anyone visiting that part of the world. Although we really like Guensey, the thing I loved mosst about Herm was it's Mediteranean holiday feel (although we were lucky to have great weather, i'm not sure it has the same effect if it is raining) and the peace and tranqui;ity of the island.

        Why choose Herm?
        Herm is a small island in comparison to some of the better known Channel Islands and bec ause of that very quiet. It has beautiful sandy beaches and clear blue waters which make it an appealing place to visit and explore. It also has a range of foot paths (none of which that we used needed any special footwear) that take you across cliffes and along country paths. Like the more famous island Sark it does not have cars but be prepared to move out of the way of the tractors that pass.

        Things to do.
        As I said before Herm is very small and one option is to spend your time on Herm walking right around the island. Other activities available on the island are fishing, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking or if you are very lucky relaxing on the beautiful sandy beach sunbathing and swimming. We chose to spend our day walking and on the beach. We did some kayaking as well which was great fun and reasoanably priced.

        Shops and Restaurants
        With Herm being such a small island, you are quite limited about where you eat and drink. However I have to say the Mermaid Tavern where we ate lunch and had a tipple or two was fantastic. Very reasonable prices and great food. The selection of drinks, alcoholic and non were also very good. There were a few other options too which for a small isalnd I was surprised about.
        I also spent a while in the gift shop. This was a small shop that had everything I could need while visiting the island. It had a range of clothes, inflactables, sun cream, hats etc. all the essentials that you may have forgotten along with a wide selection of gits and toys. I spent much longer than I should have done browsing in this shop.

        Staying in Herm
        Now I have had to research this as I only went for the day but there are options to stay over night on Herm. There is a range of accommodation to choose from including hotels, self catering cottages and camping. This is definitely an option I would consider if I went again as the last boat left at 17:35 and I would have loved to have watched the sunset on Herm.

        Gettin there
        We went by boat from St Peter's Port in Guernsey. The prices were £11 for adults and £5.50 for children (young babies £1). The boat ran all year round however the times did vary. In the summer we had a range of times to choose from, the earliest being 08:30 and they ran roughly every hour. The journey took 20 minutes.

        My opinion
        We had an absolutely fantastic day on Herm and have spoken about going back but for longer next time. For such a small island there really is so much to see and do. It is peaceful and definitely a good place to escape the craziness of modern day life. Highly recommended for a day trip or a few nights stay.

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          16.08.2012 20:24
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          A unique fragrance, perfect for a night out.

          I own a small collection of fragrances and this one is definitely one of my favourites.

          I purchased this perfume with the help of a fantastic member of Boots sales staff. I wanted a perfume that smelt vanillary, as I often wear a body spray that is a vanilla scent but wanted something that lasted a bit longer. I was offered a few 'vanilla smelling' perfumes and this was by far my favourite and the sexy little bottle definitely helped.

          The bottle is a deep red colour (the picture doesn't do the red justice). It has a black stopper on top to protect the spraying nozzle. The writing on the bottle is gold which is quite subtle on deep red. This bottle complimetns this luxurious perfume perfectly and looks fantastic on any dressing table.

          The ingredients used to create this scent are 'Caraway, Bitter Almond, Jasmine Sambac, Moss, Jacarander Wood, Vanilla and Musk'. These ingredients create a beautiful, strong, sensual smell. As you can probably tell from the ingredients Hypnotic Poison is a very eastern smell but still with that beautiful warm vanilla fragrance. The perfume I feel is very distinct and not like anything I have smelt before due to it's spicy yet slightly fruity fragrance.

          Now this fragrance is very heavy and strong and this is where I find people are divided by it. It seems many people find it way too over powering and quite sickly. However in contrast to this many people love the scent and I have been complimented on it on several occassions. You really do love it or hate it, so if you are considering purchasing it you MUST go and test it first. Also don't take this perfume at face value because I feel the scent really develops throughout the day.

          The cost. Christian Diors Hypnotic Poison isn't the cheapest fragrance. Prices vary across the net from £25- £50 however Boots generally sell it for £38 for a 30ml bottle.

          This is my winter perfume and definitely not one for the hot summer months (what are they i hear you ask). It lasts for quite a while but would need to be reapplied if it was to be worn all day.

          A unique, yet brilliant fragrance from Christian Dior.

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          12.08.2012 19:53
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          A super, sweet, summer scent

          Ralph Lauren

          The claims
          Ralph Lauren's female fragrance (turquoise/blue) is a classic fragrance that has been popular for many years. It claims to be ' a fresh, floral fragrance. A blend of sparkling green apple leaves, zesty orange mandarin, charismatic pink magnolia, inspiring purple freesia and soft blue musk'. It believes it 'captures the energy, spirit and personality of today's young woman'.

          Appearance
          The Ralph Lauren fragrance bottle comes in a small cuboid box which is turquoise in colour. The bottle itself is a clear curved bottle, with a blue/turquoise band across the middle. On the bottle the name Ralph is written. The appearance, although quite plain, I feel is very distinctive and classy.

          The important bit- the smell.
          I would describe this perfume as a fruity fragrance (despite Ralph Lauren claiming it is floral). It is the type of fragrance that is perfect as a day perfume rather than an evening perfume. It has a strong distinct smell which fits in well with the summer months. In my experience this perfume is more suited to the younger generation. My mum, although she does not hate the smell, often tells me she could never wear it. However I feel that the summer smell is just beautiful and everytime I use it it reminds me of the sunshine.

          Buying it
          The fragrance comes in 3 sized bottles 30ml, 50ml and 100ml, although I have never seen the 100ml available in Boots where I generally buy my perfume. Prices range from £15 (special offer) up to about £40 for the 100ml bottle. You can also buy this fragrance as part of a gift pack which can include moisturisers and shower creams which I once received as a gift and loved. I really like knowing I'm using the same smells rather than trying to compliment my shower gel and perfume.

          Other products
          Ralph Lauren also do an orange version within this range but this appears to be less popular. I am not as familiar with this product as although I have smelt it, i do not like the smell enough to purchase it instead of the blue one. This can also come as part of a gift pack which includes shower cream.

          My opinion
          I love this fragrance. It is a really sweet youthful fragrance, perfect for summer times in the sun. I always own a bottle of this and always ask for it as a present. The only negative parts of this product are that firstly the fragrance doesn't last all day. I'd generally say I can still smell it after half a day but others would need to get very close to me to smell it beyond that. Secondly I have found that sometimes the lids can become a little loose and this can lead to difficulty if you are travelling with the fragrance. Other than that, this product is top qulaity and I love it.

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          10.08.2012 23:39
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          If you take the risk, don't be too disappointed if it doesn't do what it claims.

          Mascara I would say is my main make-up purchase. I will not leave the house without wearing any. due to my eye lashes being quite pale. I have tried a lot of different mascaras looking for that perfect one and I thought I had found it with Rimmeds Max Volume Flash.

          Rimmel Max Volume Flash claims to 'fatten lashes' with collagen and 'strengthen' them with Keratin. Now like with all my purchases of mascara I bought this based on the fact that it was on offer in boots (where I generally purchase makeup to earn my points). On my first purchase of this mascara I bought the non-waterproof type. I generally do this because although I would prefer waterproof I find non better. When I first tried this it did make my lashes look fuller. I loved the effect it had on my lashes and even had some people comment on them and ask which mascara I was using (so far this all seems very positive). Now I can't really comment on the 'strength' of my lashes, i'm not sure I noticed that they were any stronger but what I am trying to achieve is fuller longer lashes and I felt I got this, so.....

          I went out and purchased the waterproof one. Absolute waste of time, It was thin and did nothing for my lashes. Now like I said before I wasn't too disappointed with this and have found this with waterproof mascaras in the past. I carried on using my original purchase but after a while it started to go quite clumpy. Now i'm not holding this against the mascara, i had had it a while and needed to replace it. So that's what I did, because I wanted to achieve that longer fuller look again so......

          I purchased my third one again non waterproof. Was it any good? No!!!! Like the waterproof one it didn't do much for my lashes and was clumpy almost immediately. Now I have some theories on this. It maybe that this mascara had been on the shelf a long time or they had attempted to improve the mascara over the months since I purchased my original one. I don't know but lets just say I haven't bought another one since and I'm back to my buying what is on offer strategy.

          A quick run down of the product. It comes in a thick pink bottle which is standard shape for mascaras. It has bold gold writing down the side. The brush is thicker than a standard mascara brush and works better if regularly wiped with a tissue to remove excess mascara. The lid screws on and off to get more of the mascara on the brush (nothing out of the ordinary)

          Now would I recommend it?
          As described in the heading I feel this mascara is a bit of a game of roulette, if you get a good one, you will have just purchased a great mascara, however if you don't the product really is a waste of money. I'm not sure the risk is worth the £6.99 it generally retails at in Boots.

          4 stars for my original purchase
          1 star for the follow ups

          Overall in my opinion it's just not worth the risk.

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          08.08.2012 16:59
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          A hilarious book that is fun for all the family to share at storytime.

          Martin Waddell is one of the best authors around of Children's picture books. The Pig in the Pond is one of his lesser known books but still has the brilliance and humour of some of his more famous books. I feel this book is perfect for children aged 0-7 years and is loved by all that I have read it to.

          Plot
          If you don't already know 'pigs don't swim'. This is the problem that Neligan's pig faces on a hot day. The pig sits in the hot sun watching the ducks and geese bathing in the cool pond. The heat soon becomes unbearable, the sweat continues to build up on the poor pig until he can bear the heat no more and to all of the animals surprise Neligan's pig jumps into the pond 'SPLASH'.
          How will Neligan the farmer react to the Pig being in the pond?

          Warning: if the children you are sharing this book with are anything like mine, then there will be a page that has them screaming and howling with laughter. This is because towards the end of the book, you get to see Farmer Neligan's bum! This part of the book soon becomes children's favourite part and is the bit of the story most children remember ;-)

          The book is quite repetitive, perfect for young children to support them with reading and giving them the opportunity to join in after multiple readings. It includes animal noises which allows even the youngest child to join in. The watercolour illustrations are fantastic and support the enjoyable experience of reading this book. The book has a very basic plot and is very humorous.

          Now most picture books retail at around £4.99, this one higher on amazon but there is no need to buy this book at this price. There is often a Martin Waddell set on the Book People website where you can buy 10 of his books for £10 including the Pig in the Pond and other Waddell favourites like Owl Babies, Can't You Sleep Little Bear and Farmer Duck. A collection I would recommend all families own. If they are currently unavailable be patient they generally come round every few months.

          A highly recommended book, hilarious and great to share with young children.

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          • Magicool / Sun Care / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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            07.08.2012 23:17
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            A fantastic product that needs to be more widely available

            Whenever I am in the sun for more than a couple of days I find that my skin suffers from heat rash. This can vary from a few red raised spots that go down over night, to some larger marks on my body that can look like quite severe burns. They are unusual and I have never seen them on anyone else. They don't hurt and only occassionally cause some itching but it is more the way they look that bothers me.

            To combat this I have tried a range of products, the most expensive being the special sun cream that stops heat rash... yeah right. It is claimed that the oils in normal sun cream can make heat rash worse, well these sun creams do nothing for me. Taking antihistamines can reduce it a bit but only the drowsy ones seem to do anything and this can ruin a holiday. This used to get me down until dah dah daaaaaaah I found magicool plus. Magicool is a cooling spray made mainly of water, magicool plus claims to have other ingredients that help to reduce heat rash. It really is amazing stuff.

            I started using this a few years ago and bought the product from Boots. As I only use it a few times a year it has lasted ages. However when I recently went to buy more from Boots, they had no idea what I was talking about and fobbed me off with an inferior Boots own brand product that did nothing. This is why I am so excited to see it on here and available. Seriously I cannot tell you how great this stuff is if you suffer from heat rashes and prickly heat.

            It comes in a aerosol can which I think allows it to be sprayed at a low temperature, helping the heat rash to cool. As expected the main ingredient in this is aqua, however it also contains Dimethyl Ether, Cyclodimethicone, Allantoin, Dimethoxymethane, polysorbate 80, Mea-borate and Triethanolamine. Now if you are like me, this means absolutely nothing, but what I do know is at least one of those ingredients is that magic ingredient that makes my holidays so much more enjoyable.

            It is a sterile, non-steroidal spray. The can claims to instantly stop and clear itching and irritated skin due to prickly heat, which I support. It also says that it is suitable for all ages including infants. It is used by simply holding the can about 10cms away from the affected area and spraying liberally.

            It seems that the product is retailing on the internet at between £6-£8 and although i'm sure this is more than when Boots used to stock it, this is nothing when compared to the relief it brings me.

            I cannot recommend this product more to all you fellow prickly heat and heat rash sufferers, it truly is magicool.

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            07.08.2012 17:04
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            A fantastic addition to any puzzle gamers collection.

            I received this game from my brother a few Christmas' ago. He bought it for me due to my love of puzzle games like the Monkey Island series. I've never been the biggest computer game player but every now and again a game comes along that I just can't put down.

            The game is about Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke and their adventures to find out what secrets the village holds. The people in the village will cause you problems and hold secrets, only giving away information if you solve puzzles and answer questions.

            Each game has it's own story to tell, the curious village of St Mystere being the setting for the first of what is now 4 (i think) games. When the Baron dies he leaves a cryptic will that you must help Professor Layton solve with the help of Luke in order to find the missing treasure.

            I found this to be quite a unique style of game as it is not just about solving puzzles as a game like Sudoku would be but is entwined with a compelling story. You have to seek out the clues and games and it can sometimes be quite frustrating when a hidden game is difficult to find. For those of you who might be worried about the difficulty of some of the puzzles, you can collect hint coins, which you can use to help you solve puzzles. Each game has 3 hints and if a puzzle is too hard, it is not essential that you solve it in order to complete the story. Don't worry if you get a puzzle wrong you can keep trying until you get it right, the only downside being that you are collecting picarates and the amount you gain drops each time you get a puzzle wrong.

            The game is only available on the Nintendo DS. You use the touch screen to guide Professor Layton around, following him on the map on the top screen. The game involves reading what characters say to you as well as sections of high quality animation which can only be enjoyed with the volume up. Some of the characters are endearing and you enjoy getting to know them, others are just irritating.

            When you have completed the story, the game is not over. In completing the story you open up secret games that are of a much higher level of difficulty (some of which I claim to be impossible ;-)). Despite this, I feel this to be the big draw back of this game. Once you have completed it, that is it. It is not a game that you will want to go back and play anytime soon.

            Looking at the recent prices on Amazon it can be purchased for around £12. I feel this is exceptional value for a game that I predict contains at least 20+ hours of game play. This price has continued to drop due to the releases of the other games (which I believe just get better and better). Although these games do follow a story, they can be played out of order (although this would irritate me).

            To summarise if you enjoy puzzle games, this is a must have in your collection.

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            07.08.2012 16:30
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            A great book to really engage 6 years+ in picture books

            I'm sure most of you have heard of this book and generally with it the words 'classic' and 'all time favourite' are used. My review does not use these words because although I love this book I don't believe many of the children who it is read to really understand it or engage with it in the way they do other 'classics'. Popularity has increased since the recent film (which I have to admit I haven't seen) and this maybe helping the books popularity with children but generally I feel it is aimed at children who are too young to really grasp all the book has to offer.

            Now before I make a lot of fans angry, I don't dislike this book. The book has stood the test of time, having been written and published over 50 years ago by the acclaimed author Maurice Sendak. My issues with this book are if you enter any bookshop/browse an internet site you will see this book in a collection generally for 3-5 year olds. Now I have read this book to many 6 year olds and I have to admit to you that they rarely understand the book. This is not to say they don't enjoy having the story read to them and that this should not continue as every child is different but I feel the majority of children are just too young to understand the depths of this book. When I have questioned children about it they struggle to see past the story of a boy running away and meeting monsters. They are also quite confused about how he gets back from the land where the Wild Things are and it takes a lot of discussion (which isn't a bad thing) for young children to even begin to grasp what is happening.

            For those of you who are not aware of the book, it is the story of Max, a boy, who dressed in his wolf suit, causes mischief and mayhem around his house to the point where his mum calls him a 'Wild Thing'. This leads to Max getting angry and telling his mother 'i'll eat you up'. As a result Max is sent to bed. In his room Max uses his imagination to go into a fantasy world of Wild Things. Here he is made a king because of his unruly behaviour. The book ends with Max smelling his dinner and being returned to the real world and to where he is loved.

            Now I am not denying that this isn't a great picture book but my main concern is that it is not directed at the right aged children. Picture books have a stigma attached to them that they are for young children and this view is wrong. If your child is at a stage where they are reading chapter books, this is no need to stop reading and SHARING picture books. This is the great thing about picture books they can be shared and discussed more thoroughly than chapter books. This is a great example of a picture book that would be much better shared with children 6+ as although short this book has hidden depths. Also Max is definitely a character lots of children can relate to due to his angry streak.

            The illustrations in this book are exquisite, completed by Maurice Sendak himself. They have elements of humour, beauty and at times can be quite scary. Spending time discussing what is happening in the pictures is half of the appeal of this book.

            To summarise, this is a quality book but I just don't feel that children are getting the most out of this book as it is only being shared with younger children and not those who are old enough to really appreciate it. If you read it to younger children be prepared to spend time discussing this book (which I would recommend with everything you read with your child).

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              06.08.2012 00:19
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              05.08.2012 23:14
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              A MUST have book for all families to share

              A firm favourite among children under the age of seven (and if i'm honest with older children and adults too). Michael Rosen's poetry and stories have captured children's imaginations for years and has helped a generation of children read for pleasure.

              If you have a child boy or girl who is between the ages of 0 and 7 and are what is called a 'reluctant reader' then this is definitely the book that will get your whole family reading, singing and even acting together.
              Reading is in the headlines a lot at the moment with Michael Gove pushing phonics and phonics testing as he thinks this is the way to get all children reading. I'm not saying that phonics isn't a good way of supporting children to decode words because that's exactly what phonics does it helps children decode but it does not instill a love of reading that only good books can and this is exactly what this book does. We're Going On A Bear Hunt is the type of book that can inspire children.

              The book is a rhyming book, with repetitive phrases that allows children to quickly join in even on the first read. Children will very quickly know the book off by heart and will be reading it with expression and acting it out anytime they are walking through a wooded area or splashing through a puddle. These are all skills needed to progress and improve as a reader. Don't stop after reading this book with your child, spend time making up your own versus for the text and sharing these together.

              We're Going on a Bear Hunt tells the story of a family looking for a bear and going through a range of scenes which cause difficulties. Then their reaction when they finally find a bear.

              If you are unsure of how to read this text and do it justice, you can youtube Michael Rosen reading (well more acting out) this text and I'm sure it will inspire you to read it again.

              This is one of many books every family MUST have in their collection for bedtime reading, if they want their child to become a confident reader. A lovely book that will be remembered by children through out their lives and I'm sure a book they will cherish and read to their own children.

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