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Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Offered by TKGIFTS (Please Note No Delivery To Jersey, Guernsey etc).
Price: £34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Shining example, 26 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Labour saving devices are really good. Though not technically a device, these dishwasher tablets do save you the energy of having to do the washing up by hand. Actually, when I say 'you', I mean you because I don't include myself in that.

These do the job rather efficiently, which means that as 'er indoors no longer has to be elbow deep in a washing up bowl, it allows her the freedom to lay another few rows of bricks and mix a bit more concrete whilst Soccer Saturday is on. And as there are 60 tablets in here, that's a decent amount of time she can spend on those things hinted at above. And that can't be a bad thing.

There isn't much to say about something like this; they either do the job or they don't. These do, though they do seem a tad expensive.


Philips Sonicare HX9331/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush White
Philips Sonicare HX9331/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush White
Price: £166.54

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling gnashers, 21 Jan. 2015
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Not being as technically minded as the average small child (I still get befuddled with trying to record anything on Sky+), it's confused me no end as to how this toothbrush can charge itself whilst in a glass or in the case. I thought it actually had to be plugged directly into something for that to happen. How wrong can you be? Be that as it may, for the price being asked, this had better be good.

Get the charging out the way first (and it's recommended that you do so for 24hrs before using it), fit the brush to the end - and at this price there should be more than there is - and off you go. There's only one switch on the toothbrush but five cleaning options: clean, white, polish, gum care and sensitive. Pressing this button switches between the modes. The thing with this cleaner is that it beeps when it's time to brush another part of your mouth (they split it into four sections) and it will take time getting used to the vibration, as it left me with a brief feeling of something similar to pins and needles in my fingers. Yes it makes a noise, as is expected, but nothing like another reviewer claims.

The results? It's too early to see if my teeth are whiter but they do feel cleaner. I guess only a visit to a hygienist will confirm if it's removed any sizeable amount of plaque. A habit I need to get out of when using an electric toothbrush is that I still move it about as if I'm using a standard one, which somewhat defeats the object.

Other than that, the only drawback to this is that it doesn't come with a three pin plug. I'm pretty sure not everyone has a two pin charging socket in their bathroom. Oh, and just having the single head is a faux pas, especially at this price.


Lavolta Premium Shockproof Protective Hard Carry Case Storage Travel Bag for GoPro Camera HD Hero / 960 / 1 / 2 / 3
Lavolta Premium Shockproof Protective Hard Carry Case Storage Travel Bag for GoPro Camera HD Hero / 960 / 1 / 2 / 3
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £26.89

4.0 out of 5 stars An open and shut case, 20 Jan. 2015
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I don't have a GoPro, but I do have an Ultrasport UmoveE, which is very similar. That camera, and all it's related accessories fit in here perfectly, so that's what I use it for.

So, this semi hard zipped case has a foam insert with eight removable compartments (in case you don't need or want to use them all) in the base alongside a mesh storage space in the lid. The camera fits snugly and won't rattle around in transit, nor will any extras you might decide to carry along.

This will mainly be used for storage, as there's no carrying handle or shoulder strap. Maybe Lavolta should have tooled this so it has provision for one. Be that as it may, used in the way the company expect, it keeps your camera (GoPro or otherwise) nicely tucked away. The only issue, is where do you keep the foam inserts in the meantime?

What sometimes lets a product down that has zip openings/closings is the quality of the tags. A minor issue to many perhaps, but this case has big rubber tags firmly attached to the fastening. These won't come off, so a house point for that. Maybe the case itself could have been more rigid.

I was sent this by the manufacturer for review purposes.


Kenley Bike Bicycle Multifunctional Maintenance Repair Tool Set Kit with Bottle Holder Rack
Kenley Bike Bicycle Multifunctional Maintenance Repair Tool Set Kit with Bottle Holder Rack
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £13.90

4.0 out of 5 stars I want to ride my bicycle, 18 Jan. 2015
If you ride a bicycle, one essential item you should have in your possession is that of a maintenance and repair kit. You might not think you need one but you'll bemoan you're lack of such an item when you suffer a puncture. And believe me, you will. Within that kit, the bare minimum you need is a pump, two tyre levers and some inner tube patches and glue. Fortunately, amongst a few other convenient items, this kit has that.

In addition to the above, included here is a 7-in-one Allen key set with two small screwdrivers, a socket spanner with three sockets, and a spoke adjuster. It all comes in a plastic water bottle shaped holder with a yellow holder that screws onto the frame (screws included). I've never had reason to use a spoke adjuster, so I'm not sure how it's used but it's there.

It's all very useful stuff but there's one thing that stops this from getting the maximum five stars; the bottle shape is a bit big (in diameter that is) to screw to your cycle frame. True enthusiasts will already have all the necessary equipment and some of what's in here won't mean a great deal to the casual cyclist, as you can't use what's here for adjusting seat height, handlebars, etc. A multi-size spanner would also have been handy. Still, half of it is helpful and it is a decent price.

I was sent this by the manufacturer for review purposes.


Longridge Golf Ball Kaddy - Black
Longridge Golf Ball Kaddy - Black
Price: £23.22

3.0 out of 5 stars A good walk ruined, 16 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Why won't you ever go hungry on a golf course?
Because of all the sand which is there.

A dizzy blonde hitch-hiker was given a lift by a man driving a Rolls Royce who was on his way to play golf. She noticed a pack of tees on the dashboard. "What are those for?" she enquired. "To put my balls on when I'm driving" he replied. "Wow! They think of everything nowadays."

I have no idea why this is called a shag bag, but anyway.

It's a black tube like bag that can hold about 75 golf balls. It has a mesh compartment on the outside (for a bottle perhaps). Inside are three plastic tubes. The longest piece screws to the bottom of the bag and is used to pick up balls, whilst the shorter and angled pieces join together and are then attached to the bag as a dispenser. The latter of these has a 'pedal' that you push to release a ball and the former has three metal prongs that open up when pressed against a ball, which also act as a stopper. On the end of the dispenser is a spike for keeping the bag in the ground.

The problem is, you have to swap the sections over to pick-up or dispense the balls. Okay, it may have made the thing a bit taller when in use but it would have also made it more convenient. It's also something that can only be used in the garden or somewhere similar, as it's impractical to carry it round a course with you (and you have no reason to do so anyway).

To be brutally honest (in my own opinion of course), because of where it would be used, anything useful for carrying golf balls also satisfies the same activity. If you're a golfer who really must have everything and is also incredibly lazy, this might be just for you; for everyone else, you'll only be wasting your money.


Instant Replay (Deluxe Edition 3-CD Boxed Set) by The Monkees [Music CD]
Instant Replay (Deluxe Edition 3-CD Boxed Set) by The Monkees [Music CD]

5.0 out of 5 stars See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil, 12 Jan. 2015
First there was the LP (and possibly a cassette), then came the CD with extra tracks. Now there's the 'deluxe' three CD release. The question you're all asking yourselves is, "If I have the CD with bonus tracks and all the other releases with extra songs and that, is it worth getting this?" To wear out further an oft used cliché, at the end of the day only you can decide. But to help you with that decision, I pulled this from my collection to give my tuppence worth. (Bear in mind though that whilst it may seem expensive, it is imported from the U.S.A. where, with shipping, it will set you back the equivalent of about £51 - and maybe customs duty too.)

Though the tracks on here were all recorded before December 1968 when Peter Tork left, he appears on guitar on one song on the original 10-track release of The Monkees' seventh album (and first as a trio), and on a few more of the bonus tracks (including two vocals). In fact, all the songs are basically solo efforts with, bar fleeting occurrences, the instrumentation courtesy of top session musicians, some dating back to 1966.

Before getting to the music itself, a word on what it's packaged in. It's excellent. A 3D book style cover opens out to reveal a twenty-three page booklet with plenty of photos I've never seen, three individual CDs, again with nice rear images, and a picture sleeve 45 (ask your parents). To keep as close to the original LP as possible, the 16 bonus tracks on CD1 aren't listed on the reverse. That's what my guess is.

This single has acetate versions of 'I Go Ape' and '(I Prithee) Do Not Ask For Love' from the TV special, but I have yet to listen to these. It's a nice item to have. Of the 87 tracks on the CDs, 58 are unreleased, but don't think it's chock full of newly discovered songs. As with something like "Headquarters Sessions", a lot of what was previously unissued are a variety of takes of backing tracks, which I think makes all this worthwhile, but then I am a die-hard fan and, as you're reading this, maybe you are too. Excepting those backing tracks and the last five songs on disc three, the remainder consists of different mixes and/or alternate vocals. Those aforementioned five happen to be the complete versions of songs taken from the '68 television special and it's about time these were issued (different backing takes are heard elsewhere on this disc) but it's a shame the masters are no longer around.

One of the surprising things heard here is a fuzz guitar version of 'Through the Looking Glass' and a couple of original Jones penned songs, even though they are without vocals. Also, his 'You And I' is heard in an alien mix complete with drumstick intro and a weird, ear piercing, second organ; and it's not difficult to see why Nesmith wasn't satisfied with his alternate vocal to 'Carlisle Wheeling'. Even though Colgems stopped issuing true mono albums after the group's fifth such release, most of the tracks on this LP were originally mixed in this form and they make their début here, and they are distinct from their stereo counterparts.

What is surprising is the disparate musical styles from the sessions; the usual pop ('Me Without You') is mixed with a fusion of Broadway oriented tunes ('My Share Of The Sidewalk' and 'Changes''), incendiary and provocative lyrics ('Mommy And Daddy'), country rock (most things by Nesmith), R&B ('Rosemarie') and a bit of mini opera (Dolenz's 'Shorty Blackwell') to leave the listener wondering why it never worked. Maybe the problem was there was too much of a motley mix with what the group was now recording, albeit as individuals, which could have been another issue.

This isn't for the casual listener or someone investigating The Monkees, as there are better options for them as an introduction to the group. No, this is aimed squarely at the dedicated fan and collector who will lap this up simply because much of it is discernibly different.


Merrell Womens Decora Chant Waterproof Snow Boots J48420 Black 4 UK, 37 EU
Merrell Womens Decora Chant Waterproof Snow Boots J48420 Black 4 UK, 37 EU
Price: £89.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars These boots (should be made for walking), 10 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This pair of Merrell boots is nigh impossible to rate, so I've given a three simply because they can neither be hated nor loved for one fairly important reason.

Pros:
They look very stylish.
They look very comfortable.
They're available in a nice variety of colours.

Cons:
They're stated as being size four but are too small.


The Archaeology of the Second World War: Uncovering Britain's Wartime Heritage
The Archaeology of the Second World War: Uncovering Britain's Wartime Heritage
by Gabriel Moshenska
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Digging for victory, 6 Jan. 2015
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Archaeology may seem a strange noun to use when discussing the Second World War, as many people believe it to be the digging up and excavation of ancient buildings, tombs, etc. While that is true, it also encompasses the study of objects, and not necessarily those found in the ground. As far as WW2 is concerned many objects are available for all to see, be it pillboxes, museum artefacts or air raid shelters. Gabriel Moshenska has delved into the subject.

Unfortunately, anyone who thinks the subject matter sounds interesting enough to investigate this book further will find that...

It's far too short. You can't report on a subject such as this in less than 150 pages. A book like this needs to be far more substantial.
The author mentions things and just when you think it's going to be interesting, he moves to something else.
He repeats himself too many times.
He mentions various organisations mapping certain elements of the war but doesn't reproduce these.
He mentions findings but shows no photos or locations.
Gas masks take up three pages of text but you won't know what one looks like.
Harperley PoW Camp in County Durham is supposed to be the best preserved in the country. Shame you will only see what it looks like by going there.
There's a good surviving pillbox 'near' Shalford in Surrey. Be nice to actually know where 'near Shalford' it actually is. Be nice to know where anything mentioned here is. Tripcock Ness anyone?

That's just a selection of what makes this book less than it should and could have been. That isn't to say there isn't anything worthwhile reading. I did learn a few things; there just isn't much of it. It's simply lacking in substance with too much waffle. The idea is good and the research obviously good; the end product isn't.

Though the two authors may have written specifically about Kent and Sussex, whatever Moshenska has published in the past, he needs to look at Victor Smith and Stuart Hylton to see how WW2 books on the relics in the country should look and read.


99digitals® Ultra-Compact Lipstick-Sized USB (2A/1A Output) 10400mAh Portable External Battery Power Bank Charger for iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy Android Phone Smartphone Bluetooth Speaker ect(Black)
99digitals® Ultra-Compact Lipstick-Sized USB (2A/1A Output) 10400mAh Portable External Battery Power Bank Charger for iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy Android Phone Smartphone Bluetooth Speaker ect(Black)
Offered by 99 digitals
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charge of the light brigade, 31 Dec. 2014
Another gadget from that purveyor of all things gadgetry; China. This time it's a black box that incorporates two USB sockets, a bank of four LEDs, a light, a micro in port, and an on/off button. But what's it for, you might ask? Read on.

The idea is that you plug the USB end of the (extremely) short supplied lead into a PC or laptop to charge a battery inside the admittedly well made and aesthetically pleasing ribbed case. When it's charged, you carry it around with you just in case your mobile phone, iPad or other such like piece of equipment that has a compatible socket runs out of power. You then recharge whatever it is with the black box.

The instructions (what there is, though not much is needed) says that when charging, the four LEDs are blue, turning to red when complete, which seems backward. The first blue light on mine flashes but none have turned red. Maybe they have it the wrong way round. When I first plugged it in one LED was flashing, so maybe it was fully charged. When using it to charge a phone, it seems that you press the on/off switch to check the charger's status, as the lights go off five seconds later.

It also says that a double press of the on/off button turns on the rather dim and pointless blue light located between the two ports. It doesn't; you have to hold it down. For those who understand such things, the battery is 10400mAh with an input/output of 1000mAh.

Being nearly as big as the Huawei Honor 6 I use, and a lot heavier, this is a bit of a hefty thing to carry around just in case your battery gets too low. Oh, and as there are two USB sockets, the manufacturer has missed a trick by including only one lead, as I'm guessing the idea is to be able to recharge two things at once. Maybe I'm doing this a disservice, but it's not wonderful and it's not terrible either; it's just something you'll have. (It will have it's advantages if you're stuck in the wilds for any length of time but I doubt that happens often.)

Does it work? Yes. Is it worthwhile? Some may think so. The main issue is that there is no mains option, so it will take a very long time to fully charge through a USB port. It's available in four colours.

I was sent this by the manufacturer for review purposes.
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Philips GC4522/00 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 200 g Steam Boost and Safety Auto Off, 300 ml, 2600 Watt, Black
Philips GC4522/00 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 200 g Steam Boost and Safety Auto Off, 300 ml, 2600 Watt, Black
Price: £67.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Where's my shirt?, 26 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Ironing. One of the most hated chores anyone does. If there's anything that could be done to get rid of the need for doing it, bring it on. Not that it bothers me in the slightest; I don't do it. I leave all that to the ironing fairy, which reminds me to have words with her when she returns from her annual two day's holiday. I mean, this is here to make her life easier so the least she could do is show her gratitude. Anyway...

To start with, this looks the part (she will be pleased). She did have the budget GC2048 but this one has a larger reservoir, a more powerful steam boost, is slightly heavier and it isn't purple, which is a plus point for me. Apparently it glides over clothing quite well and I am told it creates creases sharp enough to cut paper. The tip is pointy enough to be able to get into the places usually hard to iron, such as behind buttons, etc.

It's an iron and it does what it's supposed to do. And it does it well.


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