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Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £11.16

4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, nice coffee taste, but a little watery., 15 Nov. 2014
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I've tried a few of the 'clone' Nespresso capsules, and they're main pretty unsatisfactory compared to the Nespresso capsules. The Carte Noire ones are probably the best I've had. For a start, the capsules always fit well (I use a 2 year old De Longhi Machine.) unlike others, which sometimes don't. The coffee comes out very frothy with a nice crema. Initial tasting are that it's a little watery (I like the thick taste of Nespresso capsules) but there's a nice intense coffee taste, with a hint of dark chocolate, and it's also pretty smooth. I can easily drink these as espresso. Some of the other capsule brands I can't, and generally use them as the basis for a milky drink or Americano. I'd quite happily use these capsules.


Really Useful Plastic Storage Box 35 Litre Xl - Color: Clear
Really Useful Plastic Storage Box 35 Litre Xl - Color: Clear
Offered by Ryman Stationery and Office Supplies
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The XL is perfect for storing LPs, 13 Nov. 2014
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I got this box to store LPs in - if you want to do this, make sure you get the XL size, as it has a taller lid so you can fit records in. These are really, erm, useful. No, seriously, they're good quality, sturdy and the lids snap close tightly. Even better they can be stacked and piled in corners neatly.


The Pi Hut USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Raspberry Pi
The Pi Hut USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Raspberry Pi
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked without a problem., 10 Nov. 2014
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Plugged this in the Raspberry PI, and from Raspian had it set up and working in seconds. Range seems OK, despite its size, but it struggled up in the attic - not to worry, I have an extender up there. Decent quality as well.


The Endless River
The Endless River
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £8.00

35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished Business, but a fitting finale., 10 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The Endless River (Audio CD)
Not 'sweeping' from the studio, but put together from 20+ hours of jamming with work by Andy Jackson, Youth, Phil Manzanera along the way. I can see this one dividing the fans, and it's not without its faults, but I'm glad it was given a separate release due to the amount of work that has gone into making it.

This is definitely an album that harks back to the early seventies sound, with It's What We Do sounding very similar to the opening of Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and this is pretty much how it continues. Nick Mason's thundering drums in Skins remind me of the experiments of Saucerful of Secrets, although Allons-y has the effect laden sound of the Wall, with a fantastic interlude that features a recording of Wright playing an organ in the Royal Hall in 1968. The only track that Wright doesn't appear on is Anisina, which reminded me somewhat of 'Local Hero' by Dire Straits. An upbeat track, but a little out of place, perhaps. On Noodle Street is an amusingly titled track that perhaps highlights that the band know exactly what this album is.

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey this album took me on, and fifty minutes sped by quickly. My main criticism is that when Floyd were at their greatest - for me, personally - some of the material here would be an introduction to a song that would burst into lyrical life.

But that's not the point of this record, it's unfinished business, and with Wright no longer around to participate, I guess it was an attempt to stay true to the original material that features his playing.

If you like the more instrumental side of Floyd, and enjoy the sound of Wright's soundscapes, Gilmour's drumming and Mason's drumming then I guess you'll enjoy this as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Useful Device, and well made., 7 Nov. 2014
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With two kids and a wife with iDevices and assorted other devices littering the house, this was a god-send! A well packaged, well constructed unit, that doesn't get too hot and copes brilliantly with 2 iPads, iPhones, Kindles and Galaxy Tablets at the same time. I've had no problems with any of the ports (Yet) and charging is quick. I've replaced assorted cables hanging off the back of computers or plugs dotted around the house with one box that sits on a sideboard and always has the cables handy (No more searching for the last place they were used.). Highly useful!


Laborum Torrontes 2012 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Laborum Torrontes 2012 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £42.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant and Tasty, 31 Oct. 2014
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I am not an expert on wine tasting, but do quite enjoy a glass of white with a meal (Especially something spicy).

I did enjoy this wine a lot. It's quite clear looking, for a start, and the smell is fruity. The initial taste is quite strong and fruity and zesty, I guess, and then really quite smooth after that with no aftertaste or acidity. Very pleasant and memorable, and 'dry'. I'm not keen on sweet drinks, and this certainly isn't. Nice with a home made Thai curry.

A very pleasant bottle.


Do Ut Des
Do Ut Des
Price: £18.13

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mix of Prog, Ballads and Rock., 31 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Do Ut Des (Audio CD)
This is another spin off from the Italian Prog/Pop/Rock group, 'New Trolls', this one featuring two members of the lineup who recorded the UT album, which is from their more 'Prog' era. And this album is far more 'Prog' than the other spin off (Ill Mito New Trolls) and recreates the sound and spirit of the UT album that they take their name from.

The opening track, for instance, is a short symphonic instrumental, while La Lucra De Vermeer is a rock song with a great instrumental break in the middle that is reminiscent of the original bands Deep Purple influences. The title track harks back to the Symphonic era, beginning with a YES-like instrumental passage that leads into the vocal passages.

This is a pretty good album, and does a good job of bringing the sound of UT up to date, with its mix of ballads, prog and rock.


Seagate ST4000VN000 4TB NAS HDD SATA III 3.5 inch Internal Hard Disk Drive for 1- to 8-Bay NAS Systems
Seagate ST4000VN000 4TB NAS HDD SATA III 3.5 inch Internal Hard Disk Drive for 1- to 8-Bay NAS Systems
Offered by Ebuyer UK Limited
Price: £121.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Capacity and Silent Running., 30 Oct. 2014
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I used this to replace the drive in an existing Netgear ReadyNAS that was struggling - due to capacity - to back up numerous Apple and Windows computers dotted around the house. Installed and had it working almost straight away, and currently in use as a Time Machine back up. The capacity (3.6TB one you factor in the fact hard drive manufacturers define storage capacities based on 1000 bytes in a K.) will suit me fine, as will the almost total lack of noise coming from the drive - unlike the old drive, and the one in my other NAS which makes loud creaking sounds while it's backing up. Might get another one for a RAID array.


AmazonBasics On-Ear Headphones (supra-aural) - Black
AmazonBasics On-Ear Headphones (supra-aural) - Black

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent sound and good value, 29 Oct. 2014
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Surprisingly good, with better sound than a more expensive set from a well-known audio manufacturer. The build quality is decent, if a little bit plasticky. They fold flat and slip into a supplied cloth bag, which is a nice touch. They are comfortable as well. The sound is clear and they are adjustable (A little rickety.) I found the sound quite clear with an iPod touch and a desktop computer. Good value for money! I'm thinking of getting some for the kids.

As they are a 'basic' model, there's no volume control or special braided cable.


Vax Air Base U88-AM-Be Upright Vacuum
Vax Air Base U88-AM-Be Upright Vacuum
Price: £109.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good on short pile carpets, quiet and light weight., 29 Oct. 2014
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Pros:

Small - although this may be a problem if you are tall.
Lightweight.
It's easy to manoeuvre especially on hard floors and short pile carpets.
Pretty good on carpets.
Quiet in use.

Cons

Putting on attachments is fiddly - both removing them and putting them together.
Cord is very low on vacuum, so have to bend right down to pick it up
Turbo brush gets stuck on my deep pile carpet - more difficult to move on this type of carpet too
Doesn't pick up as well as expected on hard floor e.g. breakfast cereal such as Cheerios, but it's fine for smaller bits

Location of one of the attachments is very awkward to remove and replace as it is near to the cord winder.


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