Review: The ASUS TP550LA (and tips on laptop safety for kids)

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As you would probably expect, we’re quite a tech-focused household. Having said that, even I’m surprised by the number of Internet-enabled devices we have in the house these days – four tablets, two PC laptops, one Mac laptop, three smartphones, an iPod, X-Box and a desktop machine.  I bet we’re not alone, either. We were […]

10 Stupid Things Dog Owners Do.

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It’s 7am. It’s 7am, and I’m standing outside in my Batman jammies (don’t judge) and a hoodie, with my arms stuck out to the sides, forming a human umbrella over the dog. What has my life come to? I mean, it made sense at the time. The puppy needed to go outside (consistency being the […]

Now TV Review for Simpletons (like us)

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Here at the Whittle household we are big fans of TV. Big. Huge. Seriously, I think I might give up food before I gave up TV box sets. I’ve written before about 40 Box Sets to See Before You’re 40, and I also have a deep, abiding love for 80s movies. So when the lovely […]

Review: Peugeot 5008

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Just before Christmas, the rather nice people at Peugeot got in touch and asked if we’d like to try out the Peugeot 5008 compact MPV. As it happened, I was planning a day trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour with Flea and two of her friends, and I figured this was the perfect opportunity […]

Win a Gigaset Tablet in time for Christmas!

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An affordable family tablet is something of a holy grail among my friends – it’s tricky finding something that offers enough functionality to keep everyone in the house happy, AND which won’t break the bank (or break your heart if the kids drop it on a hard surface). This week, we’ve been trying out the new […]

Review: Subaru XV Family 4×4

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It’s fair to say I spend a lot of time in my car – the school run is an 18 mile round trip twice a day, and I regularly drive down to London and the surrounding areas for work meetings, not to mention visiting friends in our old home of Brighton. On that basis, I […]

Review: Anki Drive

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I bet, like many parents, I remember playing with remote control cars and race tracks as a kid. Perhaps that’s why I was so excited when a big box arrived at our house this week containing the brand new Anki Drive toy, which launches in the UK today. I should start by saying that Anki […]

Review: Skoda Yeti

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Like many people, I guess I’ve always had preconceptions about Skoda, while also reading enough to know that today’s Skoda’s are a world away from the vehicles I remember from my younger years. So I was really excited to finally get my hands on a Skoda of my own – albeit temporarily – when we were […]

Go Ape Junior at Grizedale – Review

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If you’re looking for somewhere fun to go with the kids during the summer hols, then you might want to consider Go Ape at Grizedale, in the Lake District. We’ve been aware of Go Ape for a fair few years – every time we’re in one of those places with local attraction leaflets, Flea picks […]

Can you spend less on petrol?

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  There are some things I don’t mind spending money on. Decorators and builders always seem like money well spent, for example. It would take me more time than them, to do a worse job, and the money I wouldn’t earn outweighs what they cost. Netflix. Apple TV. Broadband. All no-brainers. For some reason, though, […]