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BLACK+DECKER 21.6V Hand Vac + Floor Extension with ORA Technology, White
BLACK+DECKER 21.6V Hand Vac + Floor Extension with ORA Technology, White
Price: £149.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful machine with a few flaws, 13 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is essentially a high powered dust buster with a floor extension. The dustbuster bit works well and you can have it hanging in its charger cradle ready to vac up any dirt, crumbs, etc. It is very well made, has decent power, the dirt box is easy to empty and the filters simple to remove and clean. The floor extension makes it even more useful in that you can use it for sweeping floors. Works best on hard floors and short pile carpets. You can also detatch the brush head and use the longer pole to reach cobwebs on the ceiling, tops of curtains, etc., or just to make it more comfortable cleaning crevices, The charge lasts up to half an hour and the power is constant until the battery runs out (unlike old fashioned hand helds).

A few niggles - the dustbuster unit is quite heavy. This is not a problem using it on its own, but with the floor extension it makes the whole thing top heavy and not so comfortable to use for long. A narrower crevice tool would also help for cleaning nooks and crannies in the car and such like. The crevice tool on the main unit (which extends), and the extension tool are both quite large.

I would have liked this more I think if I hadn't been lucky enough to try the B&D 32.4V 2-in-1 Stick Vac, which while using the same technology is more thoughtfully constructed. It has the weight at the bottom, so can stand up by itself and is much easier to manoeuvre, and has lots more accessories as well as being more powerful.

So this 21.6V model is great if you want something for a quick clean up - I'd say very good if you have hard floors. Certainly not a replacement for a full vacuum though.


1 BUCKET 20 ASSORTED JUMBO SIDEWALK PLAYGROUND CHALKS
1 BUCKET 20 ASSORTED JUMBO SIDEWALK PLAYGROUND CHALKS
Offered by AONESTATIONERY
Price: £2.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Jan. 2015
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Great chalks. Superb value.


BLACK+DECKER 32.4V 2-in-1 Stick Vac with ORA technology, White
BLACK+DECKER 32.4V 2-in-1 Stick Vac with ORA technology, White
Price: £199.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Clever design. Makes cleaning easy., 13 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Love this vac. Makes everyday sweeping a breeze. Good suction and the motorised brush works really well on the carpets. Nice and quiet and cordless. My old heavy Dyson is hardly ever needed to be dragged out now (the Dyson is still way more powerful). Used as an upright it is marvellously light and manoeuvrable. Then at the press of a button you can remove the hand held vac contained within to clean any hard to reach small spaces. Brilliant for the stairs, car, skirting boards, etc. Charges fully after around 5 hours and the battery lasts a good half hour and doesn't lose power at any point.

It takes up very little space in the utility room, having its own charger stand keeping it upright, which also stores the 3 cleaning tools that come with it - a multi-function nozzle with a fold out brush, a crevice tool, and a pet tool (the instructions helpfully tell you that this is for cleaning up pet hait and must not be used directly on the animal!).

Emptying the dirt box is simple - open the hatch and tip it in the bin. Similarly the filters are all easy to remove and clean - just need rinsing under a tap and allowing to dry.


BT YouView Box
BT YouView Box
Price: £94.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compact, easy set up, usefulness limited though, 7 Jan. 2015
This review is from: BT YouView Box (Electronics)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
What this doesn't make clear is that you need a TV aerial connection to pause and watch live TV. Also that it is not wireless and needs connecting with an ethernet cable. I got this to use for the upstairs television, which currently only works as a dvd/usb player as we have no TV reception via aerial, only via Virgin cable where we only have the point downstairs. Fortunately I had a wi-fi extender with an ethernet point that I was able to connect it with. Setup was straightforward, including programming the remote to work with my TV, and I have it all working fine for the catch-up TV over the internet so it gives some functionality. It frequently hangs though, even though I have high strength broadband and wi-fi. It is no use to me downstairs, as the Virgin Tivo box, along with the Amazon Fire box we have already has all the functionality this has and a lot more besides.

It is a nice compact unit and does what it is supposed to. Being able to search all the catch-up offerings is nice. If you could watch live TV over the internet (like you can on BBC) rather than via an aerial it would be really useful but sadly it doesn't do that.


Spandex Pants Vintage Egypt Pharaoh Digital Print Pants Leggings Egypt Pharaoh/ CHESHIRE CAT/Aurora Skye Neon Leggings (sky cloud)
Spandex Pants Vintage Egypt Pharaoh Digital Print Pants Leggings Egypt Pharaoh/ CHESHIRE CAT/Aurora Skye Neon Leggings (sky cloud)
Offered by Dawdyfu-U
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice print, poor stitching, 7 Jan. 2015
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Bought the multicoloured ones and while the fit and print was OK the stitching and stretch is poor and the stitching has started coming apart after a couple of wears. Still not bad for the price. They look good.


Jollychic Women's Pattern Printed Bodcon Stretch Footless Leggings Pants One Size Black Galaxy
Jollychic Women's Pattern Printed Bodcon Stretch Footless Leggings Pants One Size Black Galaxy
Offered by Jollycorp (Dispatched from China 7-15 days)
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - great fit and good quality, 7 Jan. 2015
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I bought the Black Galaxy design and they have been really great. I have worn them out running and get lots of remarks - "love the leggings!". Makes a change from boring black or grey gear. Unlike another similar pair I bought from another vendor, the stitching on these has lasted so far through several washes and runs so I am really pleased for the price.


Lost & Found
Lost & Found
by Brooke Davis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book - great characters, moving and full of adventure, 7 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Lost & Found (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Loved this book from the first page. It is beautifully written, funny, moving, with a pretty action packed road trip! It features 3 main characters. 7 year old Millie Bird, left to wait by the ginormous undies in a department store by her mother. Millie has a wonderful imagination and collects memories of dead things. Karl the Touch Typist has lost his beloved Evie and is a lonely, eccentric figure with a mischievous soul. Agatha Pantha hasn't left the house for 7 years since her husband died and is angry, shouty, frustrated and obsessed with time and her routines. Their stories become embroiled and they end up on a fantastic road trip in search of Millie's mum.

The structure of the story switches perspective from Millie, to Karl, to Agatha. We hear each of the stories and I came to care deeply for each and how they developed throughout was very satisfying. They were all so well crafted. For a story with grief and longing and loss at its heart there was an awful lot of joy and adventure. A wonderful book I would recommend to anyone.


Philips Lumea Compact SC1981/00 IPL Hair Removal System
Philips Lumea Compact SC1981/00 IPL Hair Removal System
Price: £200.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, 12 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
IPL should prevent hair regrowth after around 6 treatments 2 weeks apart. Works best for dark hair and light skin. You cannot use it on dark skin as it works by the dark hair pigment absorbing the heat/light "zap". So far so good. Using on underarms and bikini area and each treatment took only about 5 mins. Really simple to use and very clear instructions provided. Shave first then hold the machine against the skin and move it along zapping as you go. Comfortable and no pain at all. Holds like a shaver albeit it is a little bigger. While only having completed 2 treatments so far I have noticeably less hair growth so am confident it is working. Recommended this method by a sporty friend she says she has not needed to shave her armpits for 6 months! Lead could do with being a little longer but otherwise all good.


Philips InSight Wireless HD Home Video Monitor
Philips InSight Wireless HD Home Video Monitor
Price: £125.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Functional, good quality - limited use though, 11 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Out of the box - 11cm tall - bigger than expected, but feels solid and sturdy and stands up by itself. The supplied power cable is fairly long so helps with locating it where you want it. Has a wall mounting bracket but obviously you have to decide what to do with the wires, etc. It is wireless as in it connects over Wi-Fi, however it has a great big wire to power it.

Connection - downloaded the InSight app on my Motorola E phone (make sure you select the HD version, the other one won't work. The connection instructions seemed quite straightforward with connection authorised via a QR code that you show on you phone to the camera. Unfortunately it would not read the code from my phone. Tried again using an iPad and yes it did work.

Picture quality - bit weird. In good natural light it gives a nice picture with accurate colours. In artificial light it seems to invert some colours, e.g. black clothes look white/light blue-grey. The night vision is pretty good though. Couldn't find any obvious way to adjust the colours.

Remote viewing (aka Spying!):
- So you can access the camera from anywhere using your phone with the app installed. Takes a few seconds to open the live cam and once open it streams fairly steadily.
- Using it in the same room it is obvious there is a good few seconds delay. Using the "send voice message" feature it takes around 8 seconds for the sound to be broadcast (or for you to see/hear it being broadcast?) so it is no use for having a conversation but quite fun for scaring the cats.
- The app sends you an alert every time it detects a movement or sound (fortunately you can adjust the sensitivity of this!) and lists this in the app with a picture and time/date stamp. Without having signed up to any cloud recording facility you don't get to examine the picture more closely. The alerts keep happening until you sign out of the app so can get annoying. I couldn't find an obvious way to keep them quiet! It would be good if they stopped when it knows you are home on the same wi-fi network as I kept forgetting to sign out and got annoyed with the constant bleeping from my phone - usually having left it in another room!)
- You can take a snapshot at any time which saves to your phone so that's quite good.
Sound quality: I thought the camera had no sound recording initially because you cannot hear anything more than a couple of meters from the camera. Closer proximity if you turn up the volume you can hear conversations though.

Usefulness:
This is where the product lost points for me. Seems too bulky and indiscrete for a security camera and obviously only covers one space (apparently you need a separate subscription for each camera if you want video recording). Philips want to sell you this so the "Do you want recording?" message pops up at every opportunity if you have not subscribed. My daughter thought it creepy and turned it to the wall at every opportunity!)
The most fun we had with it was sending scary sounding messages over the camera to unwitting visitors! That joke gets old quite quickly though.
So it is functional. Picture quality is OK. Doubt I'll keep using it regularly though. Maybe when on holiday it would give some reassurance that the neighbour is feeding the cat.
With a subscription (starts at £7.99 per month for the Silver package with motion and sound triggered recording available for last 7 days).it would become more interesting but for me this is an unnecessary expense. If you want to keep an eye on everything it is probably worth it.


Epson Pulsense PS-100 with Activity and In-Built Heart Rate Monitor - Medium/Large, Black
Epson Pulsense PS-100 with Activity and In-Built Heart Rate Monitor - Medium/Large, Black
Price: £101.33

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Works with nothing!, 25 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Frustrating! Tried this with Nexus 4 on Android 4.4.4 - app downloads but cannot connect to the device in spite of an hour of trying. Also tried with iPad Air which is supposed to be compatible according to the website, but that would not even find the app. Prior to that tried an iPhone 4 which downloaded the app but again would not connect (Epson only says iPhone 4s and later so I'll forgive them that last one). So there you go. Have tried 2 devices stated as compatible but I am no closer to being able to use it.
Oh and I must stress that the PS100 model cannot upload data to a PC. Apparently you can view it but can only upload using a compatible phone - if such a thing exists!
Sounds really good on paper if you are lucky enough to find a compatible device but I cannot recommend anyone to buy this.

Update: Following the comment posted to this review from Epson I engaged with Epson's customer service to find a solution. While waiting for them to contact me I managed to finally get the app to download onto an iPad (will find it from the link from the Epson page, but not the apple store), however the app displayed in phone format in a box in the middle of the screen and buttons would not work, etc. Could not get past the "Terms of Use" page. All Epson's customer service could tell me (after I had brought everything to work as they won't speak to you out of hours) was that Pulsense is compatible with my brand of iPad (Air). As it clearly is not, I gave up at that point and refused to spend any more time on it. If I find someone with a new iPhone willing to try it I will report back!
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