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I Really Hate My Job [DVD]
I Really Hate My Job [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neve Campbell
Price: £7.25

1.0 out of 5 stars The acting was fine ..., 1 Oct 2014
This review is from: I Really Hate My Job [DVD] (DVD)
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I am afraid the film title summed up my feelings about the content rather well. The acting was fine but the material they had to work with and the cinematography/direction made this film a particularly tedious watch to the extent it took three sittings for me to get to the end as I fell asleep twice. The attempt at slapstick humour just didn't work for me and I was relieved when it was finally all over. One to give a miss.


Leifheit 72567 AirSteam Premium Large Lightweight Deluxe Ironing Board for Steam Generator Irons, Blue
Leifheit 72567 AirSteam Premium Large Lightweight Deluxe Ironing Board for Steam Generator Irons, Blue
Offered by KG Homewares
Price: £74.49

4.0 out of 5 stars ... and has an innovative feature however it feels more like a work in progress than a fully finished article, 1 Oct 2014
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It's a lightweight board that is designed specifically for use with steam generators and has an innovative feature however it feels more like a work in progress than a fully finished article.

An information sheet provided with the iron indicates the board can take a maximum weight of 20Kg at the tray end reducing to 1.5Kg at the tip. Whilst my steam generator iron is well within that weight limit the fixed tray on which it is designed to sit appeared to buckle under the weight, which is the same issue as I experienced when using the slightly larger board. In this case however the rest of the board remained stable (unlike its larger brother) however I didn't feel sufficiently confident to risk using the iron from the tray and moved it onto the board itself where it felt better supported. An alternative would be to iron next to a table and place the iron on that instead as that would preserve the full ironing surface; however it does make the tray a slightly redundant feature and in need of some more strengthening.

In terms of the board itself, the foamy plastic base is really rather good. A series of holes allows steam to penetrate through the board and this does make a significant difference to the efficiency of the iron and the speed with which creases are removed from clothes. After only ironing one set of bed linen however I discovered that water had condensed underneath the board and dripped through these holes leaving the carpet damp and the legs of the board wet. It probably doesn't matter if you iron on a solid floor but I'll put a towel underneath to catch excess water in the future.

At 130x38 cm the ironing surface is fairly large and it is certainly easy to get through ironing at a fair old rate. It is ultra lightweight (to the extent it can be carried in one hand with ease) and if you struggle with the weight of a traditional board this is worth considering as long as you don't need to rely on the tray to hold the steam generator and can put up with a towel underneath to catch excess water. With a strengthened tray it would be 5 stars but as it stands it's a four star board.


The Warren Buffett Way: + Website
The Warren Buffett Way: + Website
by Robert G. Hagstrom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

5.0 out of 5 stars The simplicity of success, 29 Sep 2014
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Warren Buffett is known for deconstructing the process of investment decision making to arrive at basic tenets to work by. However, too often books and articles are sycophantic and accord his approach a magical status that is the very antithesis of what he stands for.

Hagstrom’s book is refreshingly straightforward and he manages to combine biography with anecdote to create an extremely readable primer on investing. As a result this isn’t just a book for acolytes but for anyone who is interested in developing a grasp of underlying principles. The lack of evangelism enables the reader to take what they will without the sense that the Sage of Omaha necessarily represents all of the truth and all of the light.

The book is worthy of Warren Buffett’s own philosophy in that someone without the least experience of investing can read it and end up wiser but it is of equal value to someone who regards themselves as a savvy investor. The book also serves to highlight some of the elephant traps and false logic which beset investors and to this extent is of relevance even to those who do not perceive any value in Buffett’s own take on matters for the wider insight it offers.

Highly engaging even to those with a peripheral or armchair interest in investing.


Shrewdunnit: The Nature Files
Shrewdunnit: The Nature Files
by Conor Mark Jameson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meanderings to some purpose, 29 Sep 2014
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A delightful collection of nature vignettes from a journalist I was entirely unfamiliar with. Thoughtful and reflective observations about nature that also provide an insight into the person through whose eyes the reader witnesses scenes throughout the year across the natural world, from his doorstep through to forays abroad.

An ideal ‘dipping into’ book for when the mood takes you. Conor’s reflections are fond, amusing and bittersweet by turn and an observation of people as well as our fellow inhabitants on this planet. The only aspect that didn’t work for me was the title, which initially put me off for some reason as suggesting an over zany tone.


Leifheit # 72592 Large Lightweight Deluxe Ironing Board for Steam Generator Irons-Air Steam Premium MAXX
Leifheit # 72592 Large Lightweight Deluxe Ironing Board for Steam Generator Irons-Air Steam Premium MAXX
Price: £87.19

3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea that needs a little refinement, 29 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's a lightweight board that is designed specifically for use with steam generators and has an innovative feature however it feels more like a work in progress than a fully finished article.

In terms of the board itself, the foamy plastic base is really rather good. A series of holes allows steam to penetrate through the board and this does make a significant difference to the efficiency of the iron and the speed with which creases are removed from clothes. After only ironing a handful of items however I discovered that water had condensed underneath the board and dripped through these holes leaving the carpet damp and the legs of the board wet. It probably doesn't matter if you iron on a solid floor but I'll put a towel underneath to catch excess water in the future.

An information sheet provided with the iron indicates the board can take a maximum weight of 25Kg at the tray end reducing to 1.5Kg at the tip. Whilst my steam generator iron is well within that weight limit the surface of the board twisted as soon as it was put in place and the fixed tray on which it is designed to sit appeared to buckle under the weight. I didn't feel sufficiently confident to risk using the iron from that position and moved it onto the board itself where it felt better supported. An alternative would be to iron next to a table and place the iron on that instead as that would preserve the full ironing surface; however it does make the tray a slightly redundant feature and in need of some more strengthening.

At 130x45 cm the ironing surface is fairly large and it is certainly easy to get through ironing at a fair old rate. It is ultra lightweight (to the extent it can be carried in one hand with ease) and if you struggle with the weight of a traditional board this is worth considering as long as you don't need to rely on the tray to hold the steam generator and can put up with a towel underneath to catch excess water. With a strengthened tray it would be good but as it stands it's really only a three star board.


Kent's Kitchen Thai Green Curry Meal Kit 65 g (Pack of 1, Total 4 Kits)
Kent's Kitchen Thai Green Curry Meal Kit 65 g (Pack of 1, Total 4 Kits)
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Thai meals, 22 Sep 2014
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This kit contains everything you need to add to basic ingredients to create a delicious Thai meal. It's all pre-measured into three pots; garlic oil to fry chicken, prawns or vegetables, Thai curry paste and finally a garnishing pot containing coconut, crushed chillies and coriander. It is suitable for vegetarians, so it's a very handy kit to have in the cupboard to allow you to cater for an unexpected guest.

The suggestion that the meal can be prepared in 20 minutes was a little optimistic; it took around 40 from starting prep to serving, although I did make two versions (one vegetarian) at the same time. I decided to split one kit into two, which worked well and produced two very fragrant dishes, which smelled absolutely fantastic whilst cooking and tasted even better.

A recipe for a chicken or prawn dish is included on the pack and I broadly followed those instructions for one of the versions I cooked. As I was also doing a vegetarian meal I did add mushrooms and spring onions, which seemed to work well. I fried some strips of Halloumi to substitute for the chicken in the vegetarian dish.

The kits are easy to store in the cupboard and have a reasonably good shelf life, although I suspect they'll get used rather quickly as I experiment more with Thai-inspired cuisine.


TCP LED GU10 5 Watt LED Spotlight, White
TCP LED GU10 5 Watt LED Spotlight, White
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars whilst the light emitted was good, it didn’t appear to be quite as bright ..., 22 Sep 2014
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A low wattage GU10 light bulb that promises equivalent light to a 50W for less power consumption; whilst the light emitted was good, it didn’t appear to be quite as bright as either an original GU10 or other low watt alternatives in place. This bulb is also not dimmable, which isn’t a problem for me but there are dimmable low wattage bulbs available for much the same outlay.

This is a general purpose bulb that casts light over a 36 degree angle. The 3000K rating places it towards the lower end of the warmer/yellow range so it isn’t a pure, crisp white light.

Whilst carrying the usual caveats, the bulb should last for 25,000 hours (or about 17 years if it is switched on for four hours every day over that period of time). Lifespan of the bulb is affected by the number of times it is switched on and off and with a quoted 12,500 on/off cycle life expectancy that might impact on that 17 year estimate if it’s used somewhere where the light is switched on more than a couple of times a day.


VonShef Electric Pasta Maker, Red
VonShef Electric Pasta Maker, Red
Price: £39.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We had rice instead, 22 Sep 2014
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I have wanted to make my own pasta for some time but never actually tried it as it always appeared to be such a labour intensive, as well as time consuming, task. My hopes that this machine would enable me to produce plates of freshly made pasta have been dashed and I ended up swiftly cooking rice to substitute for the disaster that stayed in the machine.

The pasta machine is nicely presented in a rather attractive shade of metallic red (coated plastic sadly, which was scratched during one of my disastrous attempts at making pasta). It’s a heavyweight item despite the body casing and all food processing attachments being plastic and it’s very noisy when working (no cats came anywhere near the kitchen whilst it was on).

The machine comes pre-assembled, which made things a little tricky as I didn’t find it at all clear which bits of plastic needed to be pushed and pulled to get the lid off; the plastic is thick but feels as though it could be snapped if care wasn’t taken. Having said that, everything survived one particularly vigorous kneading session when it looked as though the lid was under a degree of strain. Once the lid was finally removed (in one piece) the rest came apart in a fairly logical order and everything went into the dishwasher (except the motor unit) for an initial wash as recommended.

Re-assembly wasn’t too bad with the manual to hand and I was then ready to have a first attempt at making pasta. The manual only has one recipe using 400g flour (ordinary household flour could be used, which I assumed meant plain) although I halved the quantities as I was only cooking for two.

I eventually ended up with what appeared to be pea sized (ish) lumps of dough although I needed to add a lot more flour to the mix to achieve that (perhaps the eggs were too large as no guide was provided). I then allowed the dough to rest for the suggested 30 minutes before then trying to produce the pasta. But nothing came through the attachment. Clearly something was wrong with the pasta dough consistency as I discovered a lump of dough stuck behind the attachment when I removed it – in my case even having added olive oil to the mixture wasn’t enough to allow the pasta to slide through the attachment as suggested by the instructions. I cleared the blockage and tried again but the same thing happened, so I gave up at this point and cooked rice instead.

Taking the machine apart post this first disaster was a problem in itself. The kneading spiral was effectively welded onto the screw conveyor and everything wanted to stay put and it took a fair amount of manipulation to get everything apart for cleaning. Thankfully lumps of pasta dough (once dry) come away quite easily from the plastic parts – except for the pasta attachments and you aren’t given any tool to get into those holes. Hand washing would be a nightmare but thankfully everything went into the dishwasher.

I did discover a large residue of wet dough had somehow found its way behind the drive shaft and into the opening of the motor unit. Fortunately this area appears to be sealed and I discovered it before it had set; I managed to remove the goo using a bottle brush and then scrunched up paper towel.

I have yet to produce any pasta using this machine and suspect that plain household flour is probably not the best choice. I’ll have more attempts using different flour (oo grade) and will update with results however I don’t think the instructions explain things well enough to enable a novice to successfully make pasta.


#1 Deluxe Solar Garden Security Flood Spotlight - The FireBlaze (TM) - Wireless Ultra Bright LED - Outdoor Exterior PIR Motion/Angle Sensor - Wall Mount for Path, Shed, Garage, Porch, Fence, Gate - Long Lasting Rechargeable Batteries Included - Night Intruder Alert - Free Home Security eBooks - Protect Your Investment with 90 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee
#1 Deluxe Solar Garden Security Flood Spotlight - The FireBlaze (TM) - Wireless Ultra Bright LED - Outdoor Exterior PIR Motion/Angle Sensor - Wall Mount for Path, Shed, Garage, Porch, Fence, Gate - Long Lasting Rechargeable Batteries Included - Night Intruder Alert - Free Home Security eBooks - Protect Your Investment with 90 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and effective, 21 Sep 2014
This is a surprisingly effective light given its diminutive size; it can be placed discreetly in a corner of the garden without spoiling ambience and only stands out when you need it to, by lighting the path.

Installation is nice and straightforward; two wall plugs and screws are provided to fix securely to masonry so it cannot be casually removed. The solar panel needs to be in direct sunlight to achieve its best charge but I found that even where the sun penetration was poorer, the dimmed light remained on all night without exception although (as far as I know) experienced only a few triggers to full brightness.

One of the things to bear in mind is that the light is on all of the time when it gets dark, a low level glow over a fairly large area – unless you use the supplied pin to deactivate it. When motion is sensed the full beam is triggered and an area of about 12 – 15 feet is lit very satisfactorily; the beam turns off about five seconds after no further motion is detected.

The light and sensor are fixed in position and cannot be altered so it may not be suitable for use in locations where you don’t have a flat surface facing the right way as you cannot angle the light in a different direction. You may also need to consider impact on near neighbours given the light doesn’t switch off completely at night.

Pros

• Small and discreet; it doesn’t stand out

• Fits securely to a wall or fence post

• Powerful light source

• High beam switches off about 5 seconds after last motion detected

• Good sensitivity to movement

• Good charging capacity even if the solar panel cannot be placed in direct sun all day

Cons

• Light and sensor angles cannot be adjusted

• Dimness and brightness of light cannot be adjusted; it’s always on at a low level at night, unless you manually switch it off

This was given to me without charge for review purposes; I really like it and intend to purchase more to provide some additional security lighting in my Dad’s garden. The positive aspects of this light significantly outweigh the only cons that came to mind and, as you don’t need an electrician to wire it up, it’s an easy solution to lighting dark areas at night.


Explosion Proof Tempered Glass Film Samsung S4,Samsung Galaxy S4 Screen Protector Glass Slim Series Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Galaxy S IV Galaxy SIV i9500
Explosion Proof Tempered Glass Film Samsung S4,Samsung Galaxy S4 Screen Protector Glass Slim Series Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Galaxy S IV Galaxy SIV i9500
Offered by Early Bird Savings
Price: £1.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Phone Saver, 21 Sep 2014
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I have needed to purchase two of these screen protectors now; not because of any spectacular product failure but quite the opposite: it literally saved my phone from terminal damage.

The tempered glass protector is much thicker than the usual thin plastic protectors and we decided to use them to protect new mobile phones when both were first purchased. The protectors were applied to the screens as soon as the phones were removed from their boxes so I didn't need to use any of the supplied cleaning agents as the screen surface was pristine. The glass dropped into place on the first attempt and all air bubbles were pressed away with ease. The protector was as clear as, well glass and you could only tell it was there due to the slightly visible rim. After the addition of a case to protect the rest of the phone, I thought that would be it.

However, during a recent hospital stay the phone needed to be locked away in a secure drawer. Unfortunately the drawer (or its user) was faulty and despite repeated attempts to lock it, it remained firmly open. Further investigation revealed the phone had been preventing the lock closing and the screen had come into contact with one of the metal protrusions and it appeared to have suffered significant damage (photographs uploaded). I anticipated we might need to buy a new phone.

Once home and on removing the glass screen protector, we were relieved to see that the phone itself had suffered absolutely no damage whatsoever. The screen protector had been irreparably damaged but held together in one piece as promised so there were no splinters of glass to be concerned about, even after it had been removed from the phone.

I had no hesitation purchasing the same protector again; this time the screen needed to be cleaned using the provided wet and dry wipes. Application was then as easy as the first time around.

The tempered glass protectors are more expensive than the plastic alternatives - but they cost significantly less than the new mobile phone we would otherwise have needed to purchase.


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