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Bosch Ironing Board, White/Blue
Bosch Ironing Board, White/Blue
Price: £67.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Board meeting, 30 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The ironing board was looking rather tatty, but then it is 15 years old, so it was time for a replacement. A mundane and basic item it might be, but unless you have someone who come round in one of those little vans to take away your ironing and then return it when done, it's something you need. In the market for one? Here's one for your consideration.

The cover has a loud blue and white circle pattern, though other alternatives may be available, which might make a difference, as some people are swayed by the aesthetics of such things. It looks nice and sturdy and the square legs show it is. Depending on how tall you are, this can be set at a minimum height of 40cm, stopping at 100cm with all stations in between. Lifting a black clip underneath allows you to adjust the height to your preference. It's a fairly lengthy board on account of the large tray that extends that length to five feet.

Now, the blurb claims that you can utilise this tray with a steam generator. We have one of those and a rather hefty thing it is too and it didn't look too safe on the tray simply because there's no under support. And things were looking good up until then. Lose a star.

Be that as it may, 'er indoors must like this a lot, as she's been upstairs using it for quite a while. Maybe I should have let it be a gift from Father Christmas. A very useful gift at that.
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Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Whisky 70cl
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Whisky 70cl
Offered by ewhisky
Price: £44.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whisky Galore, 24 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First things first; this is exceptionally well packaged and sexy looking. Endorsed by master blender Colin Scott, the signature brown box has a blue edged lid that opens to reveal an equally sexy looking bottle. (Even the inside of the box has 'CR18yo' printed all over it.) It actually seemed a shame to have to open this. However, for reviewing purposes, that's what I was forced to do. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.

A lovely golden colour gives way to a more than satisfying golden aroma. I tried this with coke, then soda water, and then just water but I've come to the conclusion that there's only one way to drink whisky; neat. This was very rewarding and didn't seem as 'harsh' as other brands I've tried, if that makes sense. I guess an analogy would be to run your tongue across some rough grade sandpaper, then do the same with the smoothest. Yes, smoother is probably the right word.

It's a 70cl bottle so, unless you have your mates round, it should last you quite a while. It's difficult to explain, and the only way you'll really understand is to try it yourself, but this whisky really does taste the part in that it looks expensive and actually has that feel about it when drunk. I rather enjoyed the toffee and honey flavour. As I couldn't detect even a hint of such a thing, forget the bit about there being a 'sweet taste of coconut milk…' (and be thankful it's not coconut water!). If you're a whisky drinker, and chance is you are, or someone you know is, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this, this is one to put on your list of possibles.

Now I might need to sample some 12 and 25 year old Chivas Regal to see if I can taste the difference. Right, I'm off to offer the girl up the road a few glasses of this until she finds me attractive.

Fabulous stuff.

Wostu 18K White Gold Plated Necklaces Pendants with White AAA Cubic Zirconia For Women Birthday Gift
Wostu 18K White Gold Plated Necklaces Pendants with White AAA Cubic Zirconia For Women Birthday Gift
Offered by Wostu
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show off!, 24 Nov. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was sent this by the manufacturer for review purposes. It is NOT a Verified Purchase.

Jewellery doesn't have to be expensive to look good. After all, no one but you knows how much you're wearing cost. Equally, expensive jewellery can also look both horrendous and ostentatious.

There are different versions of this 'snowflake' pendant and I have the white one. There are 13 stones, six small ones and six slightly larger ones around a bigger centre stone that sits proud. I say it's a 'snowflake' design, but it could also be thought of as a flower. Maybe it's due to the time of year. The necklace is 16inch with a two inch extender. It comes in a black net pouch with a drawstring.

Where this looked best was when worn with something black or dark, which I thought highlighted it more. And isn't that what you want it to do; get shown off? It's attractive, pocket money price, and I hope they make matching earrings.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's in your jeans, 22 Nov. 2015
The first thing I noticed when this pair of jeans arrived was how classy they look. The appearance oozes quality from the Demon & Hunter leather stitched name on the back, to the logo and name embossed silver button and the small press studs on each front pocket. There are also two patches of leather at the back and a small patch at the top of the front coin pocket. Who knows why?

The pair I have is a dark blue colour (billed as Nostalgia Navy) with a mild distressed look, in that there are five parts on the legs (three on the right, two on the left) that have deliberately had threads pulled to give that worn visual aspect. I found the pocket lining to be slightly unusual in that it has a small chequered pattern to it instead of being the ubiquitous plain white or grey. Okay, no one but you will know, but that isn't the point. It also has a zip, which beats fly buttons every time.

The waist fit was perfect, but like most jeans or trousers I buy, the leg was too long, so had to be altered. That's a minor irritant though, as I doubt many of us can get both waist and leg to fit 'straight off the peg'. The stitching is good, and the material itself feels nice and sturdy. I haven't washed these yet, so I can't comment on the durability. This pair of jeans strikes me as being best suited for an older person. In that, I mean due to their look and style, I can't see many under 25s wearing them. Just my opinion, of course.

I was sent this by the manufacturer for review purposes.

Hacienda Zorita Natural Reserve Syrah Wine 75 cl
Hacienda Zorita Natural Reserve Syrah Wine 75 cl
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheers!, 18 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I, actually I should say she, as her glass was a lot bigger than mine, rather enjoyed this bottle of 2011 Syrah, the first time I had tasted this (or had heard of it, to be honest) and was pleasantly surprised. I’m far from being a wine connoisseur, but after pouring, it was a lovely deep red colour in the glass with quite a spicy bouquet. To drink was a nice warming smooth dark berry flavour which lingered on the palate. We enjoyed with some nice venison which went well, which I had to do as she was a bit, how can I put this politely, sloshed. Also finished off with nice strong smoked cheese. A great wine just right for those autumn/winter evenings, and something to look out for again, making a nice gift to take to a dinner invite. A bit different to the usual household vineyard names.

Apparently, they only produce 22,000 bottles a year, so I better get in quick, as I may need another bottle just to make sure.

Bottoms up!

L'Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Youth Code Night Pot (Boosting Cream) - 50 ml
L'Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Youth Code Night Pot (Boosting Cream) - 50 ml
Price: £13.02

4.0 out of 5 stars She used it. I merely typed what I was told, 16 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A nice little pot with a light purple colour cream inside that, when applied, doesn't make her skin oily and shiny, which is a good thing, so I'm told. It also leaves no dry patches and seems to moisturise well. That's another plus point. The third thing this has going for it, is that is hasn't caused any itching nor any allergic reaction (but that's just on her).

She's been using this for nearly a month, so it's too early to know whether it works, but after being told by a paramedic and triage nurse following an accident that she doesn't look her age, she thinks it's the most wonderful invention ever.

Price: £9.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles. Everything else is just silence, 14 Nov. 2015
This review is from: 1 (Audio CD)
In Amazon's infinite wisdom, they have decided to group all the CD reviews of the 2015 release of '1' with that of the Blu-ray/DVD package, and as I've reviewed that there, this is the only place to review the music.

Let's get something out the way first. This is not a 'Best Of', as that would entail including virtually every track they ever recorded. No, it's the most sumptuous collection of 45s ever issued. Each one also made it to Number 1 either here or the USA. The clue is in the title, so please, no complaining about “Why isn't....included?”

Sporting the now standard cardboard sleeve for this re-release, which I actually prefer, as the old jewel cases were prone to cracking and having the inside 'lugs' broken, why Apple has chosen to do so now is known only to them, as it doesn't coincide with any particular anniversary. (A 180g vinyl edition will also be issued.) Other than a couple of 2015 credits and obvious legal bits, the booklet is the same but 'The Beatles' is now in yellow and not white on the disc itself. It's all owed by Universal Music now and EMI is no longer mentioned. The passing of another era.

It's not just the music you listen to, though. It will affect those of a certain age in another way. Songs can make you emotional, but not due to the song itself; it's down to it bringing back memories of what you were doing when these tracks were first released. Memories of a more innocent age. You went to sleep one night in the 60s listening to all this and woke up the next day wondering where those 50 years had gone.

Being in mono, there couldn't be much done with the first three tracks but surprisingly, the rest have been remixed into 2.0 stereo, whatever that is, making it all sound wonderful and opening with the Andy White version of 'Love Me Do' (who sadly passed away three days after this was released), we're taken on an aural delight through a selection of the finest catalogue of songs committed to tape. If the first 15 seconds ever sold a song 'She Loves You' was it being the moment they became a true foursome and entered the psyche of the nation, whilst the deliberate stumbling intro of 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' was the one that captured the rest of the world. Maybe it wasn't just Dylan who thought they were singing “I get high”. Included at the start of 'I Feel Fine' is an early example of feedback and a continuous, somewhat difficult, riff, and whilst 'Ticket To Ride' seemed a primal exponent of heavy metal (and you can now hear the previously buried handclaps), what was a string quartet doing on the long haired pop song of 'Yesterday'? Whatever next? Still, if your nan liked it (and she did), then it was okay. That it's the most recorded song in history must say something about it. Most of their songs threw up a surprise and 'Eight Days A Week' was one; a fade out yes, but a fade in? That must have fooled a lot of radio stations.

If you listen carefully to the suggestive 'Day Tripper', you'll hear the ascent up the scale during the break fizzles out before it reaches the top. The missing note on the descent has been fixed, which, having lived with hearing it for half a century, spoils it slightly for me. That chugging song is countered by 'Yellow Submarine'. Childish it might be and also the weakest song here, but it's still effective, known by every five year old and still way ahead of anything else the competition was coming up with. Often overlooked in their canon when discussing their singles is 'Lady Madonna' with it's effective 'mouth trumpets'. Clocking in on here at an outrageous 7:04, though there slightly longer versions around, which made it the third longest track they ever released, 'Hey Jude' still has one of the best singalongs around and I defy anyone hearing the long refrain not to join in. Following on, 'Get Back' sounds even funkier. Possibly George's finest moment as a Beatle and his only A side, 'Something' has been recorded by nearly every crooner and club act, and if Sinatra called this the greatest love song of the [at the time] last 50 years, it must have been.

The rest of the tracks are of such a high standard that most other artists would have been satisfied to have written and recorded just a few of these and considered it to be the pinnacle of their career. Much of their output was commercial enough to be released as singles, so it does make you wonder why they chose these particular ones. Forty five years after they packed it in, they're still at the summit. You've heard the music, now watch the promotional films and more.

And you know that can't be bad.
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Philips GC330/47 Steam and Go 2-in-1 Handheld Garment Steamer
Philips GC330/47 Steam and Go 2-in-1 Handheld Garment Steamer
Offered by Shavers UK
Price: £95.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Steaming in, 11 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The first thing I need to say is that this is a fairly big unit. Okay, whilst not having the size and weight of a steam iron, considering it's billed as suitable for travel, it does seems rather large. The other reservation I have is that the reservoir is small, though it might suitable enough for 'travel', I guess. That's the negatives but those negatives are fairly important ones, for me at least.

Unusually, instead of having on on/off switch on the unit, the plug has a button that you press. This illuminates not only a light on the plug, but also one on the steamer. It doesn't take long to heat, which is probably a result of the reservoir containing not much more than a spit of water.

Whilst this works when it comes to eliminating creases from clothes (and it's a shame it doesn't work with wrinkles on skin), it's not as clever as a dedicated iron. And there's the problem. To be perfectly honest, unless I'm missing something, I can't see where this could be useful. If you're at home, you won't use this; if you're travelling, you won't really want to take it with you. And many hotels tend to have small irons in the rooms anyway. If you're staying in a cottage somewhere, chances are you'll drive, so an iron of some description won't be difficult to take along.

All in all, it's a bit pointless, though you can get a soft carrying pouch as an extra.

1 The Beatles [Limited Edition]
1 The Beatles [Limited Edition]
Price: £33.99

70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celluloid heroes, 6 Nov. 2015
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Back in 1994, Apple's Neil Aspinall said 'Anthology is a ten year project'. When '1' was released in 2000, many bemoaned the lack of a DVD of promo films to accompany that CD, though there was the belief such a thing would eventually be released as part of that plan. That anticipation has now been realised. The 2015 '1' project is available in seven different configurations, and whilst it's part of the deluxe set reviewed here, reviews on the CD can be read elsewhere. It's the videos everyone is interested in.

Until now, other than the 'Anthology' series, everyone has been able to watch a lot of what's here on line but not necessarily in its entirety and, for the most part, it's usually been a painful viewing experience; but no more. Not only have the films been fastidiously restored to 4K standard, each has a 5.1 surround audio mix too. And that's one reason why it's taken this long to come to fruition. When it comes to anything Fab Four related, it has to be perfect. Unfortunately for me, I don't have a 5.1 system so cannot comment on the sound regarding that. On top of the 50 videos, this deluxe package also includes a lavish 124 page book on each track, and an essay from Mark Ellen.

The first 27 are related to the songs on the '1' CD and some have had videos especially prepared for this, whilst the 23 on the second disc are a decent selection of tracks. However, though some songs might be duplicated on the first disc, the videos are completely different, and again, some have been made exclusively for this release editing in previously unused film. All the same, it's this second disc that will probably be the most interesting of the two. As if you needed any, both discs have 'extras' of Paul giving audio commentaries on 'Penny Lane', 'Hello Goodbye' and 'Hey Jude', whilst Ringo filmed introductions to those same three songs plus 'Get Back'. Disc 2 has a commentary by Paul on 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and a Ringo intro.

Albeit in black and white, when I watched the restored 'AHDN' film it looked as if it was made the previous week; much on here has a similar feel in that the restoration has removed all traces of scratching, jumping and the detritus that accumulates on film over time and each one is now very watchable. No wonder it's taken years to finish. What you see is the group's progression from nicely turned out boys (appearance did matter) to doing things their way, foibles and all. Strangely, only five of the 50 are live, on stage performances and it's good to hear 'From Me To You' without screaming – the Royal Variety Show wasn't the place for that.

'Twist And Shout' is unusual in that their positions on stage are reversed, whilst 'She Loves You' from Sweden grinds into the dirt with a well heeled Cuban boot the oft held view of some that the group weren't much live. The version of 'A Hard Day's Night' is the best on stage rendition of that song, 'Can't Buy Me Love' utilises a slightly different vocal, and the second 'I Feel Fine' is the one that had the Beatles making no attempt to mime to the music, which is why it was never originally shown. The BBC version of 'Words Of Love' combines footage of the boys with some clever animation. The non UK single of 'Eight Days A Week' (a strange choice for a single) was never performed either on stage or for television, so it's an amalgamation of footage from the '65 Shea Stadium show. On the other hand, 'Eleanor Rigby' is taken directly from the Yellow Submarine film.

Though not shown until a fortnight later, 'Please Please Me' was the second song performed on their first filmed appearance for the Ed Sullivan show. 'Rain' is seen in both colour and a newly created black and white edit performed straight to camera that hasn't been seen for 50 years, and try miming to backwards singing, whilst their most celebrated videos of both 'Penny Lane' and 'Strawberry Fields' are full of colour and no longer look 'washed out' (the tree in the latter is no longer there). To get some idea of what they might have looked like had they carried on touring into 1968, 'Revolution' is the teaser (the film itself bitch slaps any performance since - mimed or otherwise - by anyone on any song firmly back in its place), and 'Hey Jude' is an edit of two other performances to the one usually shown (it also has a different introduction). Look out for John's knowing look when the hula girl dances in front of him on 'Hello Goodbye'. By far the worst thing here, and one that probably unknown by many (including me), is a rather silly animation of 'Come Together', commissioned for the launch of, but it is the first time it's been seen properly. The other side of that single, 'Something' is ironic in that though this was the final time all four collaborated on film, no two Beatles are shown together. It's the simplest of films and, watched retrospectively, shows how far apart they had now grown. Two videos many might not be familiar with are 'Get Back' and 'Don't Let Me Down', both collected to promote 'Let It Be...Naked' in 2003. 'Free As A Bird' and 'Real Love' are the videos from '94 and '95 but this time with improved quality.

As good as each one is, there is one, albeit minor, negative to this. Having three videos of 'Day Tripper' and 'Hello Goodbye' does seem a bit excessive. I'm sure another couple of live performances of something could have been found, as we know there is enough that exist. (Maybe Apple are planning a live release, or didn't want to impinge on the up and coming film documentary.) But it is what it is and Apple obviously had their reasons for including what they have. Included here is a Jukebox 1 and Jukebox 2 option that allows you to programme what you want to watch in any order. Grainy some of them might be, but that's what it was back then.

Has the wait for those elusive promo films (and more) been worth it? Whilst there a few bits and pieces we haven't seen before, enough of it has been, let's say, difficult to come by and certainly never commercially released before. That this package includes so many previously hard to see films makes it worth the admission price. If you have a Blu ray player that upscales to 4K (most do) and an appropriate television, with this most sumptuous collection of music videos, you're in for a visual (and audio) delight.

Buy it. It's the Beatles!
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CurtzyTM 16 Piece Paint Brush Set In Canvas Storage Case- Oil Paints, Watercolours, Poster, Acrylic
CurtzyTM 16 Piece Paint Brush Set In Canvas Storage Case- Oil Paints, Watercolours, Poster, Acrylic
Offered by Kurtzie - Fast Shipping
Price: £27.96

3.0 out of 5 stars Brush strokes, 5 Nov. 2015
There's an artist in the family who showed great interest in these. Sixteen brushes ranging from a size 1 up to size 12 (the numbers denote the width of the bristles) all housed in a neat canvas 'bag' for easy extraction and use. Whilst they aren't brushes for the professional or committed amateur, they are ideal for those who dabble. And at the current price, it's pocket money if you decide it's not for you or you break or lose any.

For some reason, probably known only to the manufacturer, each brush has 'KEEP SMILE' (sic) printed on it.

This was supplied to me by the manufacturer for review purposes.

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