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2 4-in-1 Black Stylus Ballpoint Pen Laser Pointer LED Light for Capacitive Touch Screens iPad iPhone by GEARONIC TM
2 4-in-1 Black Stylus Ballpoint Pen Laser Pointer LED Light for Capacitive Touch Screens iPad iPhone by GEARONIC TM
Offered by Gearonic
Price: £3.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad value for money - even with only a 50% success rate!, 30 Mar. 2015
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My experience of this product echoes that of some other reviewers. I ordered one pair of these devices. One of them worked perfectly, whereas the second one produced a glimmer about half as bright as a dead firefly. In other words, it would appear that half of the units are despatched with dead or almost dead batteries. I can still use the dead one as a biro or stylus though and the working one has a reasonably powerful laser function - just about sufficient for presentations and more than powerful enough to give your cat something to chase!

Overall, despite the battery issue, this is a decent product at a decent price.


Philips GC7635/30 PerfectCare Pure Steam Generator Iron - One Perfect Temperature, 240 g Pressurised Steam Boost
Philips GC7635/30 PerfectCare Pure Steam Generator Iron - One Perfect Temperature, 240 g Pressurised Steam Boost
Price: £119.99

4.0 out of 5 stars This is not just any old iron, but is it, just maybe, a slightly over-engineered solution?, 30 Mar. 2015
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I've got through a lot of irons in my time and I cannot recall any doing a better job than this one. Even heavily crumpled material which, previously would have required ironing two or three times, is ironed to perfection in just one pass with this device. The smart chip which supposedly detects the material and adjusts the iron's parameters accordingly, genuinely seems to work and negates the need for any manual adjustment. I haven't risked putting the "never burns" claim to the test, but it is reassuring that such a function is present. With the water tank, this is a fairly hefty unit, albeit not as massive as some steam generator irons, but the iron itself is not overly weighty and the plate is nicely shaped. So far so damn well superb!

On the downside, I find the reservoir and hose assembly a bit awkward in use and the recommended addition of water softening cartridges to prevent lime-scale accumulation will certainly bump up the running costs of this iron. The amount of steam generated doesn't seem any greater overall than in my previous conventional steam iron. Furthermore the provision of all these bells and whistles does bump up the purchase price significantly.

To summarise, the Philips GC7635/30 does an undeniably excellent job, but the reservoir and hose design makes it slightly awkward in operation and whether it is worth 2, 3 or 4 times the purchase price of more traditional steam irons (plus the ongoing cost for the water cartridges) is debatable.


Ethos 28cm Teflon Non Stick Perfect Pancake Pan
Ethos 28cm Teflon Non Stick Perfect Pancake Pan
Offered by Babz Media
Price: £7.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Generous size and good value for money, 19 Mar. 2015
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At a couple of cm wider than my previous crêpe pan, the output from this is generously sized and will almost cover your average dinner plate.

The pan base is not completely flat, but very slightly convex, which some crêpe traditionalists seem to prefer. This does mean though that the hot oil will tend to gather around the periphery of the pan, so you need to tip and swirl it around a bit before adding the batter/mix.

The handle isn't riveted like some very cheap pans, but is held in place with a screw (which is how I prefer it - I've had a few pans acquire wobbly handles and was helpless to remedy it).

Only time will tell how long the Teflon coating will last, but so far so good. Made some very well received French (buckwheat) galettes last night.

If you're happy with a convex pan base. then this is well worth buying.


Hama Vertical Window Case for Apple iPhone 5C - Black
Hama Vertical Window Case for Apple iPhone 5C - Black
Price: £10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Very basic but does the job at a reasonable price, 16 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This isn't a particularly attractive case, but it holds your iPhone securely, the magnetic catch is just the right strength and the shape and cut-outs are all accurate, so no problem with accessing buttons etc. Given the notorious fragility of a dropped iPhone, I would have perhaps liked a bit more padding, but this is way better than no case at all. The artificial leather looks OK - quite businesslike, if not particularly convincing. It's obviously far less expensive than an official Apple case, but there are cheaper options out there for your iPhone which would probably serve just as well.


The Life and Adventures of Poor Puss
The Life and Adventures of Poor Puss
by Gray Lucy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and charming short story, but probably too sad for today's children, 14 Mar. 2015
This 19th century short story tells the rather short life story of a working cat.

It starts with her death and then, in a series of flashbacks, covers her kittenhood, becoming a mouser, finding a mate and quite a few tribulations and narrow escapes along the way.

The language, as you would expect, is slightly archaic ("durst" instead of "dared not") but still very readable. The illustrations are quite charming.

The moral to the story would seem to be that naughtiness will incur punishment and that curiosity really will kill the cat.

I guess the book was aimed at the Victorian child, who lived a far less cosseted life than today's generation. A child today who is fond of their pet cat would probably find this story too sad and upsetting.

There is a certain stoicism about puss though and her indomitable and mischievous spirit will certainly be recognised by many cat lovers.


Oral-B Pro CrossAction 600 Power Electric Toothbrush - Pink, 6 Units Per Case
Oral-B Pro CrossAction 600 Power Electric Toothbrush - Pink, 6 Units Per Case
Price: £28.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Efficient but very basic (and very pink!) model, 13 Mar. 2015
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I've owned a few of these Oral-Bs over the years and have always been impressed with their performance.

As with most things, the more you pay, the more bells and whistles you get and this Pro 600 model is definitely near the cheap and cheerful end of the range. It is a single speed brush and only feature you get here are the 30 second 'stutter' to help you time your brushing routine and the pressure sensor to warn when you're pressing too hard. It also has the original narrow base/charging stand, which makes it more prone to toppling than say the Pro 3000.. It still does a very good job though and, as with all these Oral-Bs is a big improvement on a manual toothbrush. You can expect to get around a week's use from one overnight charge. Haven't tried downloading the associated App yet - seems like a gimmick too far to be honest!

If your budget is tight and you're not fussed about all the extra bells and whistles, then the Pro 600 is worth considering.

Oh and my daughter loves the pink colour!


Field Punishment No.1 [DVD]
Field Punishment No.1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fraser Brown
Price: £8.50

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The war story that had to be told, 10 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Field Punishment No.1 [DVD] (DVD)
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Based on true events, Field Punishment No.1 is an extremely powerful and poignant film depicting the extent to which conscientious objectors held firm to their beliefs when faced with appalling carnage and brutal military attitudes during the Great War.

Harrowing and wince-makingly violent at times, deeply moving at others, it succeeds in reminding us that courage is not all about combat. Perhaps a little slow at times and treading just occasionally close to melodrama, the sheer power of the narrative and the flawless performances - especially from Fraser Brown carries this through.

Good use of surround sound during the combat scenes, but sadly no extras at all on the disk.

Overall, a very powerful, important and memorable film.


Capsaicin Gel for Pain Relief of Arthritis, Aches, Muscular Tensions 30g Tube *FREE DELIVERY WORLDWIDE*
Capsaicin Gel for Pain Relief of Arthritis, Aches, Muscular Tensions 30g Tube *FREE DELIVERY WORLDWIDE*
Offered by Beauty Health Shop
Price: £4.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than a prescription!, 10 Mar. 2015
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Only available on prescription in the UK, this gel arrived securely packed after 10 days from Thailand and represents great value for money.

It is significantly stronger than conventional muscle rubs and it's best to avoid getting it on your fingers as, if you rub your eye 3 days later, you will feel it! I fold up a wad of tissue and apply it to my gammy knee on that. After around 30 minutes, you will start to feel the heat and that warming sensation lasts for hours.

For arthritic joint pain, this definitely does help. Be aware that the effect does seem to be cumulative so, on the first application I didn't feel a great deal but, by the 2nd and 3rd, the hot sensation was significant. I doubt if anyone would need to apply this more than twice a day.

1 star deducted as the capsaicin concentration in this gel is slightly lower than in prescription creams I've tried, but is still effective, recommended and excellent value for money.


Nutrifiz Wheatgrass Effervescent Tablets - Pack of 20
Nutrifiz Wheatgrass Effervescent Tablets - Pack of 20
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pricey but palatable and effective energy boost, 10 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Far less sickly and cloying than Emergen-C, the taste of Nutrifiz is actually quite pleasant. The tablets dissolve rapidly and produce a slightly effervescent, pale green drink. It is also vegetarian, unlike its rival - important for me. I take it after work before I go onto play sport in the evening. It certainly does seem to give you a quick energy boost and the long list of vitamins and minerals are good for boosting your immune system and ensuring long-term health. One star deducted though for the rather high price - 65p per tablet does seem somewhat excessive!


Only Lovers Left Alive [Blu-ray] [2014]
Only Lovers Left Alive [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Tilda Swinton
Price: £7.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and memorable - best vampire movie for a decade, 8 Mar. 2015
I guess we're all sick of angst-ridden teenage vampires with high-school hang-ups and gelled-back hair. Jim Jarmusch injects some much needed life into the genre with this achingly beautiful fable of mature and world-weary vampires dealing with the practicalities of (un-)life in the 21st century and attempting to squeeze every last drop out of their existence.

The ever enigmatic and fascinating Tilda Swinton puts in her most memorable performance since Orlando and simply oozes dangerous (but playful) sexuality as Eve. Tom Hiddleston is perfect as her younger (if indeed age means anything?) lover. He is the more blasé of the couple, enjoying his own company for the most part and spending his waking hours composing haunting music in a minor key. John Hurt puts in a stoic and often amusing performance as the ageing Christopher Marlowe. The arrival of Eve's bitchy and anarchic younger sister Ava destroys what passes for cosy domesticity in vampire circles. No spoilers - just watch and enjoy.

It's beautifully filmed, with scene after scene which could be hung in the Tate or Prado. In fact, Only Lovers succeeds in feeling both modern and very ancient.

Great use of surround sound and a stirring and memorable soundtrack - the main theme often reprised during the film rings faint echoes of The Velvet Underground's Venus in Furs.

Not high on action, but a slow-burning masterpiece, with exquisite audio, video and performances all round.


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