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Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Men's Razor with Flexball Technology
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Men's Razor with Flexball Technology
Offered by Innox Trading
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true development of earlier available razors from Gillette, recommended., 1 Mar. 2015
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Efficient razor which provides a comfortable shave.

Flexible blade improves shave, seems to be an enhancement on previous Gillette razors. Would recommend.

This is the model with a battery in the grip and which can provide a buzzing/motion, I do think this is a little bit of a gimic, although used to this from earlier models it is something I prefer. Although I would say that the main selling point ought to be the flexiball which is a true innovation or development on all other Gillettes.

Oral-B Pro 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun - Pink
Oral-B Pro 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun - Pink
Price: £25.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product that meets expectations. 4/5 based on good quality performance and meets a good standard., 24 Feb. 2015
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Efficient electric toothbrush that does what it says on the box.

Visible pressure sensor and two minute time both useful. Works well and retains power from charge.

Good product that meets expectations. 4/5 based on good quality performance and meets a good standard.

Polti Forzaspira AG100 Window Vacuum Cleaner, 5 W
Polti Forzaspira AG100 Window Vacuum Cleaner, 5 W
Price: £59.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy with this appliance and shall continue to use it frequently on windows, glass doors, tiles and shower units in m, 24 Feb. 2015
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I found this cleaner to be very beneficial in cleaning my shower, It glided over both tiles and glass leaving a streak free gleaming finish, in a very short time taking a lot of the labour out of the job.

The size is comfortable to handle and the capacity of the water tank lets you complete the job of cleaning an average shower and tiled bathroom without having to empty the tank. The flat bottomed base allows it to stand alone whilst it charges. I have previously had this type of cleaner/dryer and found them awkward to handle and they did not dry so well and left streaks behind and this one is much superior.

Parts are easy to assemble and the tank components can be easily removed and put together again when cleaning them. One think to point out is that you cannot use this appliance on the floor or horizontal area apart from only to dry a tiled window sill, perhaps, as the power cuts out another thing I would recommend is an additional shorter blade along with the one supplied with the appliance. It would be helpful coping with narrow areas which the one supplied does not really permit.

I am very happy with this appliance and shall continue to use it frequently on windows, glass doors, tiles and shower units in my home.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor Starter Kit with Flexball Technology
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor Starter Kit with Flexball Technology
Price: £15.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you opt for the wet shave this is the best you can find, 24 Feb. 2015
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Best shave I've had in years, having briefly opted for electric shavers I returned to the wet shaving, probably out of habit and believing that there was pretty much no further innovations in shaving to be made, that the best shaving product was actually one of the earlier Gillettes, ie sensor excel, and all else were gimmicks.

This product has, pleasingly, caused me to rethink that.

The pivoting head, which my dad quipped Gillette had stolen from Dyson's pivoting vacum clearner ball, really does make for a closer shave in a single shave, whether you are relatively clean shaven or gone a day or two without shaving. There is the usual closer shaving single blade for parts of the face which the multi-blade cant shave so easily, for instance around the mouth or just beneath the nose.

In addition to the handle and blade there are four blades in a molded hard plastic case, the packaging advises these are compatible with all Fusion handles.

If I have any complaint with this product it is not with the actual product itself, which is totally grand, but the packaging, I hate the fact that these things are that difficult to open, there are no "tear here" tabs and the two pieces of cardboard glued together around the plastic molded casing are pretty resistant to tearing apart. There is only one worse variety of plastic packing which I only recently learned are best tackled with an actual can opener.

Whether you are used with another sort of razor and just trying new or different innovations or new to wet shaving or considering switching from electric shaving I would recommend this product.

The Conversations: 66 Reasons to Start Talking
The Conversations: 66 Reasons to Start Talking
by Olivia Fane
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conversation? It'd be a row, 20 Feb. 2015
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We have met the enemy and they are middle class, may have been one of my own choices for a subtitle to this, proceeding from my own highly acknowledged personal bias, or how arguments kick off.

I am not suggesting that this is one of those subtle works of covert politics, philosophy and prejudice which seek to pass of opinion for solid fact, the introduction which is a very fair opener to the work that follows makes it pretty clear that it is about conversation, its importance and pleasures and that does involve differences of opinion, even if you become the author's "enemy" their purpose is accomplished.

There is no index but a comprehensive contents, each chapter is true to its chapter heading, about three or four pages in length, usually comprised of opinion stated at length and interspersed with recollections from childhood, adolescence, married life, life right now and concluded with half a dozen or more questions aimed at sparking further conversation. The writing is done very well, the pace and style is engaging and interesting, never too self-indulging as to become a dull ramble, although every single inch the unvarnished and unapologetic opinion of the author. I can really respect that, there is no mincing of words on a lot of topics but, I think as a result, the quotation from Oliver James, author of Affluenza, on the cover "this book will make you think and argue" is entirely appropriate.

Among the best chapters, I felt, were the reflections upon Plato, although the chapter "On the soul (according to Plato)" which ends by asking if any modern psychologist could have offered as smart a metaphor for the mind as a charioteer attempting to pilot two horses has to have been making a joke because that's precisely what Freud suggested (with, like Plato, a tripartite concept of the consciousness). There are quite a few chapters which I didnt like, ranging from detestation of the chapter "On Suicide", which it feels there is a concerted effort among publishers and intellectuals to rehabilitate (Terry Pratchett has a significant enough portion of his own recent nonfiction given over to it and all at a time when GB and NI have record levels of suicides among young men), to more mild rancor and dislike of others such as the essay "On Socialism" or "On violence".

Just on that note, since it really bothered me, the author could not possibly have been acquainted with very many socialist books and neither, it would appear were her socialist friends, but ensuring that there's life in a lot of old prejudices and worn out stock arguments against it seems a shameful idea, particularly since capitalism, libertarianism or conservatism did not receive a similar treatment. That socialists appear more concerned with material distribution than individual welfare or relationships belies, what I think is a deep seated English dislike of socialists and not much more, an acquaintance with socialist psychologist Erich Fromm, or closer to home, English socialists like Orwell or GDH Cole would not permit such a wrong headed view to stand up for long. Anthony Crosland's A Future of Socialism, republished with a great introduction from Gordon Brown, dealt with the whole question of private schools unflinchingly, asking the question who cares what they do in their schools provided the public ones are good enough? And right he was. The ideas that the "perfect socialist state" would be one in which the state owns everything, everything is equivocal or that a socialist might wake up in a society reflecting their values but be totally powerless as a consequence or even that socialism is about vagaries such as equality and fairness are all foreign ideas to me an actual socialist. Much better to read GDH Cole on socialism and see that its aim is a society with less or without servility and amount of writing from socialists, because no one else affords it any attention, about how class conflict and privilege will scupper any sort of economy, planned any sort of a way.

Despite being rancorous perhaps in this review, and I didnt mention the throw away remarks about slapping former spouses or the harsh disdain for therapy, I would recommend the book as an interesting and easy non-fiction read. It could spark some conversation, or argument, or a good old fashioned row and if it did then it would be as good as other books such as "If" or "The Book of Questions", which are good books for precisely that reason. I had thought for a while if it provided a sort of case study of English middle class mindsets, although its probably too idiosyncratic for that and I hope it would not be too accurate to generalise it to the rest of the population.

Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent attempt to examine the length, breadth and depth of Socialism, 16 Feb. 2015
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Berki's book is an excellent attempt to reconcile students or readers, and possibly even socialists themselves, to the reality of a Socialism embracing a great deal of conceptual pluralism and dynamism. Berki objects to some of the attempts to conceptualize socialism one way or another in the past which has involved exclusive and exclusionary labels and labelling with the aim of establishing a one "true" socialism, instead Berki suggests that the diversity and disparity of opinion can be understood in terms of a number of key tendencies. These tendencies are broken down as moralism, rationalism, libertarianism and egalitarianism.

Personally I felt this resembled a sort of typology, like the Myers Briggs Typology Indicator/Index which breaks down cognitive sets into Extroversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuition, Feeling/Thinking and Perception/Thinking, as Berki suggests that Moralism and Egalitarianism are associated one with the other and Rationalism and Libertarianism associated one with the other. The Moralist Egalitarianism tendency Berki describes as emphasizing community rather than individuality and shares some common ground with paternalistic conservatism, this tendency I think may be described as communitarianism today and I suspect strongly is that which Berki is most comfortable with himself or most readily identifies with, the other tendency Berki describes as having kinship with liberalism, in fact he describes it as, possibly a little disdainfully, a "hyper liberalism" seeking to realise the unfulfilled promises of liberalism to the individual.

Following the introduction of the idea of these tendencies in the introduction it is filled out in the following chapters, Berki describes the differences in cultural backdrops contributing to the ascendency of one set of values over another, even describes the tensions and dynamic conflict of all tendencies in a single theorist Marx, at different stages in his life as a consequence of different influences being romantic and libertarian and then striving for greater rationalism and never really divesting himself of the libertarian thinking as a consequence.

There really is some brilliant writing here for the politically interested reader, I like the conceptual effort, even if it has been criticised by subsequent writers, ie Andrew Vincent in Modern Political Ideologies when he suggests that Berki simply reinvents the sort of categorizing he begins with criticizing and rejecting. The chapter on the contribution of Marx is an excellent summary of Marx's thinking and writing, as good as many short introductions I have read (Peter Singer's for instance) and better than many others (particularly a lot of Marxist websites), I think his conclusion that while Marx aimed to identify impersonal economic laws, the contradictions between development of production and the mode/practice of production, his essential criticism is an ethical humanistic one.

However, and this is a major, major point that anyone reading it should allow for without it spoiling the book by any means, it is a very, very dated read. Berki writes confidently in a time when there existed an almost cast iron consensus in politics between left and right, between conservatism, liberalism and socialism which would appear not just centre left in its character today but markedly left of the centre left. The book is written in the seventies and so Reagan-Thatcher and the so called "New Right" were yet to smash the so called "liberal consensus" in politics, move the centre ground to the right and reorientate politics in such a fashion that it is still felt today that business interests are paramount and anyone pleading for improved wages and working conditions are suspect as a "special interest".

So when Berki affirms, subtly, a moralistic egalitarianism, demonstrates an aversion to libertarianism and asserts that Socialism is a reigning intellectual theory to which all politics is a reasoning for or response to it should be seen as of its age. It makes for interesting reflection to read this and consider the possibility that just as socialism had its day in this way perhaps libertarianism as the reigning orthodoxy today ought to or could have its day too and be dispensed with (what would remain or replace it remains to be seen). Equally, the value in reading a book almost thirty years old, can be in revealing vanished consensus, such as Berki's point that all parties consider full employment, Keynesianism, social services and social spending valid (not anymore! Not in the least!), or what was once considered compromising, for instance the idea of the "mixed economy" contrary to socialism as a complete break with capitalism.

The book has a good clear contents, an index and good endnotes for each chapter, clearly labelled as such and so would be good for any student using the book for purposes of research or anyone wishing to find specific content when reading. The contents breaks down as follows:

1. What is Socialism?; 2. The Four Basic Tendencies of Socialism; 3, The Emergence of Socialism; 4. The Nature of The Marxian Achievement; 5. Ideas in Ferment and The Parting of The Ways; 6. Moralism: The Way of Western Social Democracy; 7. Rationalism: The European Marxist Establishment; 8. Egalitarianism: The Lean and Hungry Socialists; 9. Libertarianism: The Love-Makers; Notes; Bibliography; Index

As well as being of its time there is a real possibility that this book is also of its place, the chapters on the emergence of socialism are good but repeat much of what is conventional wisdom within socialism, with a focus very much upon French history, ie the egalitarian en rages, then afterwards Fourier and Saint-Simon, then upon Robert Owen briefly in the UK and a consideration as to why socialism was never a force in the US, which actually is a pretty disfavourable account of US labour history, quite in keeping with conservative histories of the US. So in some ways I would suggest that this is also a very British book on Socialism, perhaps I have been influenced in saying so by reading the brilliant introduction to socialism written by Bernard Crick (Crick describes UK socialism as being more methodist than marxist) but it is something I get a distinct feeling is the case. Berki is very fair to Marx and even to Marxism and clearly prefers it to any tendency which is libertarian in hue but I am left with an impression that the moralistic egalitarianism with friends in conservative communitarian camps is very much the tendency he identifies most strongly with himself. Like many books on socialism which are not explicitly anti-socialist I would suggest this falls somewhere between description and advocacy. Recommended.

Shadowland (Daredevil) (Ultimate Marvel Graphic Novel Collection issue 69)
Shadowland (Daredevil) (Ultimate Marvel Graphic Novel Collection issue 69)
by Andy Diggle
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infighting in the superhero community on a city scale, 15 Feb. 2015
OK, I bought this as it appeared to feature A LOT of my favourite Marvel characters all in a single bracing storyline, and also, its got to be said, one of Marvel's characters that I "love to hate", that is Dare Devil, I am unacquainted with the whole saga or know of any presentation different from the one collected here, which appears to have vexed some of the other reviewers.

I have to say that I am also a fan of the "The Ultimate Graphic Novels Collection Marvel" series, of which this is a part, I have bought a few in the past, notably the Punisher comics collections, I like the fact that the collections include an introduction from the publishing director, a "The Story So Far..." segment catching you up on what is no doubt part of a long running series (this to me is useful for anyone who is a fan of comics in general or even just a casual reader rather than a devoted follower, it makes things less exclusive or niche and also I just like it, it reminds me of the TV serials which included it some how in their opening credits like Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, Lost in Space or The Invaders). There is then the collected comic presentation followed by a page presentation of Shadowland Variant Covers Cover Gallery, which may be too small for some tastes but which I liked to see, a two page spread bordered Shadowland Wraparound Variant Cover (which features a scene of chaos with all the heroes, and bullseye, killed dead) and finally a piece featuring The Writer Andy Diggle on Shadowland.

I share the feeling that this was incomplete some how because at the finish I really wanted to know "what happened then?" to some of the characters who had been featured within, The Punisher, who I was interested to see in the mainstream Marvel universe variant rather than Marvel MAX variant, appears from nowhere, says very little, then disappears as quickly as he arrives, a funny thing given that he basically saved the day for seemingly no reason at all on this occasion, Moon Knight appears to be set up for a more significant role than he actually ends up playing and kind of disappears from proceedings too, likewise one of the bad guys Tarantula (who I am afraid I know nothing about for by this presentation) disappears but then even one of the characters featured here in comments upon that. Possibly most significant of all Ghost Rider appears to be "killed", or at least his character is totally extinguished, his fire literally goes out, but I dont know if that means extinction or not.

Those are perhaps the cons of the story, or at least its arrangement, like I say I know of no alternative arrangement to this one. Now the pros because I dont think that ruins the story or plot progression at all and I really did love the unfolding of this tale. The afterword by the authors make it clear what they were attempting to do, portray a fall and rise of Dare Devil in kind of temptation, sin and redemption story line, which I think they achieved, although perhaps having him go to a church and beg forgiveness was a bit of an exercise in overstatement.

The question, first raised by Frank Miller, but cited by Diggle in the afterword about if DD had experienced so many terrible life adversities why was he not a bad guy, is a good one, he definitely has experienced what would appear to be less than Frank Castle, The Punisher, the other masked vigilante with whom he has been contrasted and put in direct opposition to (I remember reading Marvel UK reprints of Childs Play and felt they never did Castle's character justice but in retrospect DD appeared one dimensionally "good" also).

The story demonstrates how DD's own repression of this trauma into his subconscious has left him vulnerable, so when tempted with power, in the wake of witnessing the authorities/powers he always choose to align himself with (as opposed to vigilante's like The Punisher's explicit choice to work outside the law and even against it) being corrupted (the characters and agencies are mentioned but you dont really need prior knowledge of either to understand the course of events), DD seizes power but is in turn corrupted by it. This is a pretty simple moral message and I think it plays out clearly enough.

However, given that DD has not been tempted in this way before, he is a super hero after all, he did not choose to be something like The Punisher, this would be unconvincing and inconceivable where it not for the addition of a couple of other plot devices too. The Hand's shady black magic back story (I vaguely recollect this from the DD and Electra movies, also there is something about a Snake Bite society or something, which appears to be secret society within a secret society, its all clear enough to move the story along) demonic possession and The King Pin manipulating Ghost Rider into supplying a charge of evil directly into DD are just a few worth mentioning.

Finally, the tale circles about and concludes in a fashion which leaves the over arching "world" unchanged, DD has returned to his pre-corrupted state, King Pin has a new army of henchmen, even a new fortress from which to conduct his campaigns since the last one was consumed by fire and destroyed by rioting. I appreciate it when a story arch is capable of doing this because it displays a certain humility on the part of the writer that they arent attempting to "close the book" on a particular character or write the "final chapter" or position themselves as the pivotal, greatest writer in this storyline ever sort of thing, everyone needs to be aware of what was written before and what will likely (hopefully) follow being of merit also.

I think this could be recommeneded to anyone, fans and casual readers alike, if you are unacquainted with the "honour role" of characters Dare Devil, Spiderman, Ghost Knight, Frank Castle/The Punihser, Luke Cage/Power Man, Iron Fist/Danny Rand, Electra, Wolverine (I liked the fact a character actually said "what are you doing here?" because at that point I did think it was a matter of throwing in all the "coolest" characters possible), Bullseye, Lady Bullseye, Tarantula, White Tiger, Typhoid Mary, The King Pin etc. you could still enjoy it if you are a fan of the martial arts and super hero war and intrigue storyline its typical of. The rest of humanity, while their fates are in the balance influenced by a malevolence as they are, do not feature that heavily, they dont interact with the supers much, I know some people dont like that sort of story so fair warning.

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset PC/PS4/Mac/Mobile - Red
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset PC/PS4/Mac/Mobile - Red
Offered by MGH Wireless
Price: £63.15

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this product for someone who is looking for a mid range headset, 13 Feb. 2015
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On first impressions this headset looks quite impressive, with sleek and professional packaging. From a black mat effect box comes a red (display like, storage) box with a with a lift up lid to present a secure padded interior to house the headset. the item is pushed well into the packaging with padding on the lid, so secure transport of your new headset is guaranteed.

One of my first observations of this products packaging and my main gripe with this product is its statement of uses. On the box it states for use with “PS4 PC MAC and Mobile”, no mention of compatibility with Xbox One. Reading further into the product and checking the Amazon listing doesn’t help much to clarify that this product is compatible with the xbox one, the title of this product again only states use with one of the above listed devices. It is only when you read through the product description that it becomes clear this is xbox one compatible. Once opening the box and finding an instruction manual(one folded glossy page) it becomes clear the xbox one compatibility, although fully compatible was somewhat of an afterthought for Kingston. Xbox one is a compatible option however only compatible with an additional purchase of “Xbox One controller adaptor with headphone jack”, you may find this is the case with allot of third party headsets however would have been nice for this to be mentioned in the product description.

The product comes with three parts to it, headphones with mini jack connection, usb control box for use with PC and PS4 and detachable microphone. I thought this was handy as can detach the mic and use these to listen to music through any headphone jack.

Product is made of metal hinged construction which swivels very well to fit the shape of the head and ears. Ear cups are just about the right size to fit most ears sizes comfortably with good sound cancellation once correctly positioned around the ear lob. Ear cups are replaceable and there is a spare set in the box if you prefer a felt feel as opposed to a gloss fake leather feel. Jack cable is of woven nylon construction which will prevent fraying of cable and longer life of product. Microphone is a flexible metal arm which is easy to move yet stiff enough that it will not move out of place whilst gaming. Adjustable headband of device with sliding ear cups is a little short, I have to have both ear cups slid to the maximum head size in order for this to be comfortable, I would not see myself as having a large head which would possibly cause issue for larger heads.

After testing this devices overall sound quality on my iphone with a number of different genres of music I would rate its sound quality very highly. It has a crisp, well rounded sound with nice base tones, treble is nicely lowered as you would expect for gaming and mid levels punchy and sharp.

Installation of device on Xbox one is very quick and simple, after a controller update to download latest device drivers(which immediately removed static I was experiencing when I connected the device initially to the console) the device is good to go and ready to emurse yourself in both game audio and friends chat. The sound output when playing games is very rich, device is capable of turning up very loud, infact so loud that when talking to friends online you will have to have the volume of the game turned right down, not too much that you cant enjoy game audio however a balance that both game audio and chat audio is at a balanced level.

Overall this product is a solid headset in both construction and sound, the only other downside to this device is that is it is quite heavy although very well padded around the headband with stitching along each side after wearing the product for 2 to 3 hours(which although seems a long time isn’t that long when you are emerged in online game play especially with your friends) you can find yourself getting a pain on the top of your head where the headband rests. I must stress that this headset is comfortable however being so well constructed has possibly let them down when it comes to weight. Sound quality is rich and suitable for a number of uses, tested on mobile, pc and xbox one with all tasks handled well by this headset. I would recommend this product for someone who is looking for a mid range headset which is not too expensive however still gives you a high standard of product you would expect from Kingston.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Wenger 600628 UPDATE 15" Laptop Backpack with Tablet / eReader Pocket (Black / Grey)
Wenger 600628 UPDATE 15" Laptop Backpack with Tablet / eReader Pocket (Black / Grey)
Offered by Bartlett's HiFi
Price: £46.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect pairing of utility and style for any cityslicker/cityslacker on the go, 5 Feb. 2015
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This is a great product, I have no hesitation at all recommending it whole heartedly to anyone who is looking for a good backpack specifically designed for carrying laptops, tablets, phones, iPads, kindles etc. This pack contains sufficient pockets and pouches to carry all these things at once too.

The product is supplied with a paper tag, which is a little like an inlay card, entitled 15" MacBook Pro Backpack with iPad Pocket (don't be deterred if you don't actually own a MacBook Pro or iPad as I do not and my HP Pavilion and an older Dell laptop both fit securely in place, as does a classic Kindle, Kindle paperwhite and Kindle Fire) which contains the "vital stats" of the backpack as follows:

Padded compartment with anti-scratch lining for up to a 15" MacBook Pro
Padded iPad pocket with anti-scratch lining
CaseBase stabilising platform keeps bag standing upright
Air-flow back padding keeps wearer cool
Shock-absorbing shoulder straps
Reinforced grab handle
Quik Pocket for easy access to essnetials
Mesh side pocket
Pass through trolley strap for easy travel with wheeled luggage

The inlay "vital stats" are in a number of languages and includes a number of small photographs showing the features outlined, I struggled because the picture is quite small, with identifying the pass through trolley strap but it has the appearence of an additional "grab handle", much less reinforced than the main one, which you lift over a trolley bag's extended handle struts in order to carry it resting upon the top of the bag. I am not sure I would actually use this, especially if I had the bag fully loaded with hardware but its an additional feature none the less worth having.

The bag needs to be filled out for a bit and the base, which is a hard plastic material but not a solid cast, allowed to shape itself to stand as expected given that it was flattened for delivery but when has taken place it stands upright as expected.

The grab handle is excellent, reinforced with plastic and metal fastenings, the shoulder straps are equally durable too and have loops which you can use to pull the pack up onto your shoulders, the padding on the back assists with supporting the weight of the pack and its contents but raises the pack up a little from your back to allow air to circulate as suggested also, I think that maybe if it was snowing or raining this would result in it running down the back of the pack but the upper pad which is horizontal may prevent this.

The zips are high, high quality and there are two to each compartment zipping from either side, they are also chunky, something I think is valuable if you are out in colder weather, snow or rain or wind or hail etc. because it means it is easy to open the compartments with numbed hands and fingers or while wearing gloves. The zips also have loops in the metal which may permit the use of a padlock or something similar to secure the compartment because my own concern while wearing this was that it is comfortable on the back and standing in a que or on a bus or during a commute someone could attempt to open a compartment and steal the contents. Given that the contents are liable to be hardware like tablets, phones or laptops (although the laptop pocket has a velcro strap securing it too) I think that's a fair concern.

The material of the pack is hardwearing and relatively waterproof, although the velvety material, which the scratch proofing compartments designed to protect laptop casing and tablet or phone screens are made up of, would take some drying out if they got soaked by bad weather or spills.

There are two side pockets of the kind I have known on rucksacks to be good places to carry a softdrinks bottle or bottle of water, and two small vertical zipped pouches also, it is in addition to the four main compartments, one of which is the laptop compartnment and another of which is a tablet pouch and one smaller compartment atop the back which is sized for a mobile or mobiles or iPod or similar device. The multiple compartments including the smaller ones atop and to the front permit quick access to anything you would be using while travelling, such as a rail pass, wallet, passport or anything like that. I like the loops on the end of the adjustable straps, I know this feature is probably a ripstop technology to prevent the strap's weave unraveling but you could attach something to them with something similar to a key chain.

It is a sturdy bag and as protective as anything short of a hard plastic blown mold case could be. It is comfortable to wear and quite stylish and sophisticated too, as stylish and sophisticated as any shoulder bag alternative. Recommended.

Kent's Kitchen Beef Gravy 220 g (Pack of 3)
Kent's Kitchen Beef Gravy 220 g (Pack of 3)
Price: £8.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for flavour and convenience., 3 Feb. 2015
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Convenient to prepare and great tasting beefy gravy.

Amazon grocery has in Kent's Kitchen a quality beef gravy which comes in a plastic sealed casing tub which seals again easily should the entire contents not be used in a single preparation and there are instructions on preparation printed on the stickers on the exterior of the tub.

It is convenient to prepare, measuring cold water to stir the stock into and then bring to the boil to create a great tasting gravy of good consistency which will add something to any dish for which gravy is a good accompaniment. Recommended.

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