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Brainstorm Eureka Toys RC Illuminated Solar System 09/01/2013

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Out - Natsuo Kirino 12/11/2012

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A New School Ruler

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Women of the Revolution - Kira Cochrane 10/02/2012

On the radical notion that women are human beings.

Women of the Revolution - Kira Cochrane Women of the Revolution is an anthology of feminist writing selected from Guardian archives by journalist Kira Cochrane. The resulting book is a guide to feminism as written about in the Guardian. It would be understandable to expect it to be a largely white educated middle class discussion of the women's movement, and this is true to a degree, but voices and opinions of minority groups within the movement are also represented. Alongside regular Guardian contributors such as Polly Toynbee and noted feminist luminaries like Germaine Greer and Bell Hooks, Raekha Prasad interviews Sampat Devi Pal of India's 'Gulabi Gang,' there are interviews with working class women in the UK, rape survivors in Congo and Rwandan politicians, but the majority of viewpoints come from Guardian journalists or women whose voices are heard in the mainstream. Altogether there are 72 articles. The first piece from 1971 is by Mary Stott, a long serving women's page editor. In it she attempts to answer the question; "What is the Women's Liberation fuss about?" Some of the language in the early articles is almost quaint. Michael Behr's patronising if well intentioned assessment of Betty Friedan back in 1971; "How to be Voluble, Sexy and Liberated," may seem cringeworthy now, but even old fashioned sexism such as that from the union executive who calls a journalist 'sweetheart' and refuses to answer her question about union rules because they're too complex for her, is mild in comparison to the sexually ...

The Big Big Sea - Martin Waddell 08/02/2012

And Mum said to me, "Remember this time. It's the way life should be."

The Big Big Sea - Martin Waddell Pleased to have found a children's illustrator who gives her little girls practical clothes, rather than the ubiquitous pink dress, I was in search of more books with Jennifer Eachus' impressive watercolour illustrations for my daughter, when I discovered 'The Big Big Sea,' (Walker Books). This picture book for young children in which a little girl and her mother visit the sea on a moonlit night was originally published in 1994 and re-issued a couple of years ago. It's a simple tale told and illustrated exquisitely. [] Because of the little girl on the cover I imagine many people would think of it as a book for little girls, but just as girls are commonly expected to read books with male leads, so this book is fine for either gender. It's such a straightforward story that it can be read to very young children, who after all, care not about the gender of characters in books until it is impressed upon them by others that certain books are for girls or boys. My daughter loves this and I just wish she'd had it from a much younger age as it is beginning to feel a little young for her now, at the grand old age of four and a half. [] The story begins with the words: "Mum said, ‘Let’s go!’ So we went …", the accompanying picture is an almost silhouette of a woman waiting by her daughter as she puts her sandals on. The spontaneous mood develops throughout the pages into a celebration of nature, freedom and the love between a mother and child. [] The pair cross over a field and under a ...

Hawkin's Bazaar Retro Metal Kaleidoscope 23/12/2011

Retro Toy Joy

Hawkin's Bazaar Retro Metal Kaleidoscope I bought this metal kaleidoscope from Hawkin's Bazaar as a stocking filler for my daughter's Christmas last year. This year it's priced £4.50. There are a few different designs, they all appear to be unisex and aimed at very young children. The website specifies the age as 3+, but I see no reason why a younger child couldn't play with it under supervision. My daughter was three when I bought this. Ours is designed with multicoloured squares of red, blue, yellow and green covered in all sorts of little pictures which include animals, vehicles, faces and toys. I note on the website that this comes under '60's toys', whether this is 60's inspired or reproduction, I'm not sure, but maybe some people will recognise it from 'olden times,' (it's probably the reason they are all unisex as well, it seems the days are gone when toys were generally aimed at children rather than seperating them by gender). The tube is metal and the turning end piece is clear plastic. The kaleidoscopic image comes from what looks to be a triangular gap at the end of the tube surrounded by mirrors. There are several different colours and shapes of bead in the bottom. The beads rattle when it's carried around, (or rattled). The beads are red, orange, yellow and different shades of pink and blue. They are quite chunky for a kaleidoscope which may be why the effect is often several seperate images with gaps between, rather than the view being totally filled, although this does happen. I have seen better ...

Lucky Ducks 23/12/2011

Luv a Duck

Manhattan Toy Lanky Cats 17/12/2011

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Hasbro Elefun Game 17/12/2011

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Just Another Girl

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