Author: Chris Ellis

Tile Combo Bluetooth Keyfinder Pack

When I first heard that I’d get a small pack of Tiles to test I went to the internet to do some research. I knew the basics from a  previous review several years ago – they’re a Bluetooth tracker that you put in your wallet, bag or anywhere else. They pair to your smartphone and then you can keep track of where they are. The app records where they were when you last saw them and anyone else with the Tile app can confirm that for you.  We’d planned a trip to Stockholm and as well as my wallet and...

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The Woojer Strap

Today I looked like Iron Man. I walked to school to pick up Cass with a glowing LED circle in the middle of my chest. Not something that most people do every day but a red letter for me. The Woojer Strap had arrived. The Woojer are two very low-frequency speakers with an adjustable elastic belt that aim to add some physical feedback to recorded sounds. Put the belt around your waist or chest, hook it up to your phone and a headset, start playing music and it provides physical feedback. If you’ve ever been to a concert or...

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Center Parcs Longleat Falconers Club (Age 6 – 11 years)

Part of the Centre Parcs experience is the activities. We’ve been visiting for years and usually try and investigate something completely new every time. In 2018 we decided to try the Falconers Club. Cass has long been a fan of bigger birds and a previous holiday highlight was meeting an owl being shown off by the lake so the idea of an hour being able to get closer to them was appealing. The club was held at a  private and specifically built arena near the Village Square. We were lucky enough to be one of only three groups and Cass...

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Center Parcs Longleat Animal Magic

One of Centre Parc Longleat’s big draws is its rural location inside a forest environment. Get in close to nature, see squirrels, hear the quiet and if you’re slightly lucky watch the deer outside your lodge. The Parc’s designers did an excellent job of making it feel close to nature, but small children always want to get as close as possible –  closer than just watching. One of the activities available is the animal magic workshop which gives you (and your children) the chance to get much closer to some local and not so local animals. We went along...

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Let’s Talk Photography

Photography is something most of us have come to relatively late in life. Chances are that if you’re in my generation or older that you played with a disposable camera or two as a kid but have only come back into photography as an adult with the rise of smartphones.  Smartphones do have the advantage of being point and click to a great extent but they’ve gotten sophisticated enough that they have many more options under the hood – and that’s even before you start thinking about the many rules and tricks that you can use to get better...

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Aquapac DSLR camera case

Lily and I share a DSLR camera. We have our smartphones for day to day pictures, but if we’re going somewhere special or we need a particular picture we’ve got a Canon DSLR that – along with lenses, batteries, SD card and extras is worth considerably more than either of our phones. Because of this, we have got a nice big padded bag for it and generally baby it. That’s fine and great for normal transport but there’s a problem – water. If it starts raining hard the DSLR goes away instantly and even light rain makes us worry....

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