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R/C Goodyear Blimp
Gifts & Gadgets
A great idea and a lot of fun, but takes a bit of work to start using it, so sadly not a great gift. It's one thing that you've got to source your own helium to inflate it, it another that they don't even supply you with the double sided tape to stick the inflated skin to the main workings. I bought one for a present, but feel a bit robbed that the recipient has to put in the hard work to enjoy it.
I'm sure once it's working it'll be a lot of fun. I'm yet to find out.
2 New from
As my first exposure to Lee Child, this couldn't have been a better hook. Since reading this in June 2007, I've now bought the entire Jack Reacher catalogue to date and am working my way through, and loving every minute.
To begin with, I had a little trouble adapting to the style and language of this book, but purely because I'd read an article about Lee Child prior to reading his work. I knew he was a Coventry guy and had spent much of his time working for Granada Television, so when I first started Persuader and was confronted with a style of writing and language more stateside than born and bread American authors I'd encountered, I was a little taken aback and dubious as to his motives. The first page in particular read more like wannabee Western screenwriter in full flow, but it only took me to the end of the first chapter to become fully immersed in it, love it and be persuaded that it couldn't have worked as well any other way.
The story is simple, but clever and detailed and you're with Jack the whole way (this is one of few Jack Reacher books written in the first person). Child manages to make his loveable flawlessness believable and his motives impeccable while at the same time creating bad guys you can't help but hate.
Try it, you won't be sorry.
Daewoo DSD9430 Freeview Digital Receiver
I bought this box when it was £30 after cancelling my Sky subscription for reasons of extorsion.
I tried to give it a good chance, as I'd been used to being able to set programme reminders and this seemed to be able to fulfill a similar function.
At £30, it probably wasn't a bad deal and had I not been as demanding as I am, I might have been content with it. However, I wasn't content with the times it wouldn't respond, and I would have to remove the power cable and reseat it to get it working again. Also it would switch off without warning.
There are far too few connections available for audio and video hookup if you have surround sound.
I ended up returning this to Play for a refund. Thankfully.