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Mmm17067Clrvp Clear Hooks & Strips Plastic/Wire 9 Hooks W/ 12 Adhesive Strips
Mmm17067Clrvp Clear Hooks & Strips Plastic/Wire 9 Hooks W/ 12 Adhesive Strips
Offered by supermart USA
Price: £9.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Versatile multi-function hooks, 16 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I ordered this pack of hooks primarily to route some audio cables high up in my conservatory - and they did the job perfectly. As with all similar Command products, they stick extremely well and the transparent finish of these particular ones makes them nicely unobtrusive. Had a couple left over, and they have gone in the kitchen to hang utensils on. Again, they serve their purpose very well. I guess the uses for these are only really limited by your imagination. Pretty good value for money too.


Sealy Select Balance Pillow, White, Pack of 2
Sealy Select Balance Pillow, White, Pack of 2
Price: £28.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Cool and comfortable softer pillow, 16 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The clever synthetic filling feels as smooth and comfortable as a natural filling, whilst allowing improved air flow and providing anti-allergy properties. The pillows are somewhat softer than I would normally buy, but still have quite a bouncy feel and retain their shape well. Come well-packaged in a classy-looking zip bag and, at the current discounted price, represent very decent value for money.
If you prefer a softer pillow, I doubt if you will find anything more comfortable and get a better night's sleep than with these quality Sealy pillows.


VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1 Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA and Sponge Filtration & FREE Crevice Tool - Free 2 Year Warranty
VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1 Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA and Sponge Filtration & FREE Crevice Tool - Free 2 Year Warranty
Offered by DOMU UK
Price: £34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and decent performance, 13 July 2016
At a tenth of the price of some Dysons or VAXes, this little vacuum cleaner is undeniably great value for money. It's remarkably light, so can easily be run up and down stairs and performs adequately for most jobs. Needs a few passes to suck up moulted fur from our DLH cat, but that's only to be expected. Bit noisy in use, but not too horrendous. Overall, I'm very pleased with this cute little vacuum, which is ideally suited for the smaller home.


Command 17007-ES Broom Gripper - Multi-Colour
Command 17007-ES Broom Gripper - Multi-Colour
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple idea that serves its purpose well, 9 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Last time I got my bike out of the shed, the leaf rake got tangled in the spokes. When I saw this on Amazon, I thought it would solve my problem - and it did. In fact, I would like a whole rack of these to store my long-handled garden tools. You could make the gripping diameter a tiny bit larger though. Overall, another innovative and useful product from the 3M Command boys.


Scotch Extra Resistant Packaging Tape 50mm x 66m (E5066S6) - 1 roll
Scotch Extra Resistant Packaging Tape 50mm x 66m (E5066S6) - 1 roll
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, but not as advertised, 8 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The blurb here describes a roll of super-strength, clear packing tape. Instead, I received three rolls of what appears to be conventional, brown packing tape. So, certainly reasonable value for money for this tape, which is easily cut into strips and sticks very readily, but it doesn't seem to have any "extra-resistant" properties and, if you wanted clear tape, you are likely to be disappointed.


Wellbeing Skin and Coat Grain Free Cat Food, 1.5 kg
Wellbeing Skin and Coat Grain Free Cat Food, 1.5 kg
Offered by Toy and Gift Shop
Price: £10.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Well received by a very fussy feline, 8 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Puss is a very fussy eater, relishing only the finest cuts of wet food, and the better quality dry (we usually give her IAMS). She tucked into these Wellbeing kibbles with obvious relish. The ingredients all seem very wholesome with the added benefit of containing anti-furball agents (always a problem with a DLH cat). Only criticisms are that, unlike the illustration on this page, the pack that I received was not resealable and I therefore expect the freshness and appeal of the food may diminish before Puss finishes it all. It is also a bit pricier than most dried foods. If you have more than one fussy feline in your house though, this would be ideal.


A Good Place to Hide: How One  Community Saved Thousands of Lives from the Nazis In WWII
A Good Place to Hide: How One Community Saved Thousands of Lives from the Nazis In WWII
by Peter Grose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and poignant account of some little-known acts of heroism, 7 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Ordered primarily for my wife who, being French, has a particular interest in war-time events of her compatriots, she described this book as very well-written and moving and that it brings these events from over 70 years ago alive today and into vivid focus. A topical reminder to us all that, as well as the shame of the collaborative Vichy régime, there was a lot of selfless heroism going on over the Channel too. Illustrations include some useful maps, so you don't need to Google where Le Chambon-Sur-Lignon is. Would have liked some more illustrations though. Overall, well worth reading for anyone with an interest in World War II and, in particular, how the human spirit can survive against the backdrop of such barbarity.


Command BATH12-ES Corner Caddy with Water Resistant Strips - Frosted
Command BATH12-ES Corner Caddy with Water Resistant Strips - Frosted
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly elegant, but does the job very well, 6 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With its unadorned frosted white finish, this shower caddy is definitely more functional than decorative. Somewhat larger than anticipated, it certainly allows you to free up a fair bit of space in your bathroom cabinet, by storing your most frequently used ablution requisites (see photo - other brands of toiletries are available) conveniently at hand.

Fitting instructions were initially slightly confusing - notably when telling you to remove the red strip from the sticky tabs, which were supplied with black and blue strips! A quick perusal of the diagrams on the rear of the packaging made everything clear though and my caddy was attached to the bathroom tiles within a matter of minutes. The longest part was cleaning the tile surface with the alcohol wipe provided and allowing to dry. After affixing the caddy, you then have to wait 24 hours before using it in earnest.

Positives: impressive storage capacity; makes reaching for your toiletries very convenient; secure fitting even in very humid conditions; drainage holes; (comparatively) easy fitting; easy removal.

Negative; looks rather utilitarian

Overall, a decent product that does the job perfectly.
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Levivo 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cutter for Fruit and Vegetables
Levivo 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cutter for Fruit and Vegetables
Price: £27.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the ultimate mandolin chopper - highly recommended, 3 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have been very impressed with this exceptionally well-designed chopper. I've now used every attachment and the versatility of this device is quite amazing. From finely sliced cucumber, grated carrots, thinly sliced onions ideal for onion bhajis and, my personal favourite, large diced potatoes for patatas bravas or Bombay potatoes (which are cooking in my Actifry as I type this), this multi-function device does it all and more. The chopped product drops into the clear container, which means no more tears even with strong onions. The container has rubberised feet too so it won't slip on your worktop. The vegetable holder has 4 retractable prongs to hold the veg securely and they've even provided a cleaning tool to easily remove any detritus from the units.

As with all devices containing sharp blades, you do need to exercise caution when cleaning it.

All the blades store conveniently in the clear plastic container and the mandolin's handle is ideal to hang on a hook alongside your other kitchen utensils.

Overall, I am delighted with this clever device, which will see almost daily use in my kitchen. Gotta go now - Bombay potatoes are ready!


The Trainable Cat: How to Make Life Happier for You and Your Cat
The Trainable Cat: How to Make Life Happier for You and Your Cat
by John Bradshaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining user guide to your cat, 3 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is an authoritative, well-written and occasionally amusing book that offers practical advice for pretty well every eventuality that may prove difficult for your cat (and you). After a preface from the co-authors and an introduction which touches on the evolution of the domestic cat and some fundamentals of cat psychology, the book is divided into logical sections covering such scenarios as, coaxing a cat into a cat-carrier, taking the stress out of trips to the vet, using meaningful rewards to aid training, combining play with learning and helping your cat become comfortable with other cats, different animals and humans. The whole vet scenario proved useful for me yesterday, when Puss had to have her annual booster shot. I believe judicious use of treats and a gradual familiarisation with the cat carrier, which I kept as elevated as possible at the vet's genuinely did minimise her stress.

There are many illustrations throughout the 312 pages, including some endearing photos.

Only criticisms are that, occasionally, the advice seems a bit over-elaborate (the cat-carrier scenario includes a 20-step flow-chart) and slow to get to the point. Furthermore, my copy of the book was missing an index. I trust this is solely because it is a pre-release version? I had to mark the most useful sections with coloured tabs for future reference.

Overall, this book is undeniably a very useful guide which succeeds in its stated goal of making life that bit less stressful for both cats and their owners. Probably best suited to owners of a kitten who have plenty of time to invest, but also worthwhile for owners who would like to see if you can teach an older cat some new behaviours (and tricks).


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