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Katharine Kirby "Kate" (HELSTON, Cornwall United Kingdom)
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Local Lion Outdoor Packs Sports Hiking Rucksack Cycling Backpack, 20L
Local Lion Outdoor Packs Sports Hiking Rucksack Cycling Backpack, 20L
Offered by Sunspeed cycling
Price: £44.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A place for everything and everything in its place, 13 Feb. 2016
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This backpack will initially reward you well for taking extra care to fit it exactly to your frame, as a tailor would, for a bespoke suit. Half a dozen belts buckles, straps, all need fine tuning and tidying. I recommend cutting and heat sealing the excess lengths to avoid any accidents with trailing bands, likely to get caught in something. The capacious pockets, bag sections all need getting to know, so as to be able to reach into them in a hurry. I counted six zips, two side pockets, elasticated, plus a tucked away helmet cover which will keep the helmet protected when clipped on the the outside with the attachments provided. The abdominal belt also has an ingenious life saving whistle.

Most impressive of all is the vast amount of light reflective material sewn neatly all over the pack. You will certainly show up on the road with so much of this safety feature. I think that the massage patches on the back of the pack are a good idea, they are ribbed and quite forceful. The netting keeps it all cool and will wick away moisture. Your tablet will be safer in its own sleeve, with the firm shock resistant shell behind. There is a hidden open pocket on the very back of the bag for a map, newspaper, towel, whatever. There is room in the main compartment for a camel bak, a bag of drink, water, with tubes to sip from, these can emerge from either side of the top. The thick shoulder straps are lavishly padded, they don't rub, when properly adjusted, when all sorted this back pack feels much lighter than its 1.38lb weight. There is even a name label to write on inside. Almost like a garment, part of the cycling, sports clothing, rather than 'luggage'. The instructions are here on the web page, the card that comes with the pack is in Chinese.

I was pleased to receive this super back pack for review, and I am enjoying learning all it's bells and whistles, ins and outs. A truly well thought out product.


Lifelong Grain Free Dog Food, Fish and Potato for Adult Dogs, 15 kg
Lifelong Grain Free Dog Food, Fish and Potato for Adult Dogs, 15 kg
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars No Bones About It, 13 Feb. 2016
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My Springer Spaniels could have been sniffer dogs in another life, so the fact that they were already waiting at the door for the delivery driver to haul in the huge pack containing their 15kg of Lifelong was no surprise. Excitedly, impatiently watching me cut open the box and extract the bag, this was Christmas Day for them indeed. Usually helping me with my reviews means lying at my feet by the computer, trying out leads and toys with the odd chance of a new dog food tastes, but this product truly took the biscuit.

Clean bowls chased around the kitchen for a last lick were enough evidence for me. 5* ensued, the 5p piece sized half moon shapes are so good they could be used as training treats. Short of crunching some up myself, which isn't out of the question as fish and chips is a favourite, I really think this food is special. No digestive problems to report and I should know, being the bearer of the poo bags, so all in all, my and my furry chums say this is brilliant!


The Forgetting Time
The Forgetting Time
by Sharon Guskin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Mouths of Babes, 13 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Forgetting Time (Hardcover)
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Before you open this book –here is my advice. Feign illness, lock the doors, turn off the phone, draw the curtains, pretend to be out… Abandon scepticism, suspend disbelief, immerse yourself in what just might be possible, and enjoy the ride. The collection of case studies that appear between chapters give the story an air of credibility and that keeps you on trend.

Janie’s son Noah is in an awful state. A preschool boy who should be all sweetness and light is weird in so many ways. He cannot bear water, has to be cleaned with wipes, frightens the other children with tales of a gun, he knows too much, and none of it has come from Janie or their home. Janie does her level best but she is distraught. A single mother from choice she knows nothing about Noah’s father, he was just a ship that passed in the night, leaving her beached with this baby boy growing inside her.

The medical profession can only come up with a scary diagnosis of schizophrenia, and that is just too awful to contemplate. Lateral thinking allows her to contemplate and create contact with Jerry Anderson, a doctor who specialises in ‘past relationships’ and has problems of his own to battle with. Clues from Noah lead them to another family, wrecked by tragedy and with more than a nod to Lovely Bones we are off on the trail of another child whose fate was never explained. Redemption, resolution and repair can result.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and was annoyed to be interrupted so if you have a clear day, pick this up and dive in, you won’t be able to let go until you know…


Belle Azul Spa Pedicure Kit - Complete home pedicure kit, with a Hard Skin Removing Gel, Callus Remover, a Metal Callus Scraper, a Double Sided Foot File and a Hydrating Foot Cream. Gel and Cream are rich in Aloe Vera, Argan and Tea Tree oil.
Belle Azul Spa Pedicure Kit - Complete home pedicure kit, with a Hard Skin Removing Gel, Callus Remover, a Metal Callus Scraper, a Double Sided Foot File and a Hydrating Foot Cream. Gel and Cream are rich in Aloe Vera, Argan and Tea Tree oil.
Offered by Beauty Solutions Ltd
Price: £39.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Set aside an hour to treat your feet, they're worth it!, 12 Feb. 2016
A box of tricks, packed full with professional standard kit, all ready to sort your feet out in the privacy of your own bathroom.

A generous selection of useful equipment, all you need for a good sort out for your hard working feet. The Hard Skin removing gel is instantly effective, quickly rubbing away layers of cracked dry build up of skin. The photo on the box doesn't lie. Heels, big toes will come up like new after session with this stuff. Anything beyond its powers an be smoothed away with the file, an easy to use shape, with two sides, one rough and the other smoother for finishing off. The collection includes a sharp, rather surgical looking callus scraper, which should be kept somewhere safe I feel, it is sharp and of course does the job. When you have got to grips with your problem ares on the last and most enjoyable bit - the Hydrating foot cream, as with the gel it includes Argan Oil and Tea Tree oil, truly refreshing and cooling, with a delicious scent of peppermint.

The friendly firm of Belle Azul is based in Barcelona, Spain, where they understand about bare feet, sandals, heat, dancing and walking. So this Spa Pedicure kit, which I was lucky enough to be sent for review comes from an understanding company.


Belle Azul Dr. Nails - Anti Fungal Nail formula. Restores the Healthy appearance of Nails. Enriched with Argan, Tea tree and Clove oil for stronger, nourished nails. 10ml
Belle Azul Dr. Nails - Anti Fungal Nail formula. Restores the Healthy appearance of Nails. Enriched with Argan, Tea tree and Clove oil for stronger, nourished nails. 10ml
Offered by Beauty Solutions Ltd
Price: £29.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty from tip to toe, 12 Feb. 2016
You don't need to have a fungal infection to use this, although it promises to deal with that. Midwinter is a time for sorting out toe nails that are usually generously slicked with glittery, fancy nail polishes. On removing the almost permanent varnish it's obvious that they are crying out for a bit of nourishment and pampering. Ditto, world weary finger nails that start to flake and crack under the strain. Argan oil, Tea Tree oil and Vitamin E are married up, ready to help.

In the box is a small, three inch high, turquoise, yellow and white, screw top dispenser bottle, like the ones you get for ear drops etc. The bulb on the top picks up the potion into the clear pipette and delivers it, drop by drop, exactly where needed. There is also a complementary small file.

Looking after your actual nails rather than just painting them is good investment of time and product. I am very pleased with the results so far and realise this is another beauty routine I will enjoy carrying out. I spend all summer in sandals, as I sure the ladies of Barcelona do, where this is made, so I reckon they know their stuff at Belle Azul. I was very pleased to receive this sample for review.


Belle Azul Moroccan Hair Serum - Nourishes and Conditions. Rich in Argan oil, for Glossy, Smooth Hair. Protects from Heat Damage, Controls Frizz. For All Hair Types, Non-Greasy. 100 ml.
Belle Azul Moroccan Hair Serum - Nourishes and Conditions. Rich in Argan oil, for Glossy, Smooth Hair. Protects from Heat Damage, Controls Frizz. For All Hair Types, Non-Greasy. 100 ml.
Offered by Beauty Solutions Ltd
Price: £39.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Tip Top Treatment, 12 Feb. 2016
No sign of a pump in my box that was sent to me for review. Just a 100ml, heavy brown glass screw top bottle that looks the business, retro really, simple and straightforward. The kind of container I occasionally dig up in my garden from years gone by. I can measure out a few drops into my hand and rub them where I have drier hair, at the ends. I prefer to use it as a 'leave in' conditioner, after shampooing, so very little is needed for the promised and delivered, protective, nourishing strengthening effect.

Made in Barcelona, Spain by a most friendly company, Belle Azul, this potion is perfect for holiday hair as well as everyday. It is suitable for all hair types, just sensibly adjust how much you use according to your hair type and length. Bring on your straighteners, hair dryer, curlers, this stuff will cope with them all.

What is absolutely fabulous darling, is the scent! You could almost eat it, there is an evocatively, warm, happy, almost sweet fragrance that reminds me of an expensive perfume, a wholesome smell that lasts and lasts. My hair likes it too and I shall eke this bottle out over the coming months, then certainly order another. I fell we shall be friends for a long time.


Belle Azul Cool Legs - Instant Relief for Aching, Tired, Overworked legs. Cooling Gel Improves Circulation, Revitalizes while Soothing away any Discomfort. 100ml
Belle Azul Cool Legs - Instant Relief for Aching, Tired, Overworked legs. Cooling Gel Improves Circulation, Revitalizes while Soothing away any Discomfort. 100ml
Offered by Beauty Solutions Ltd
Price: £29.90

5.0 out of 5 stars You'll soon be dancing again!, 12 Feb. 2016
This really works, and the effect is surprisingly long lasting. There is a feeling of cooling from the menthol and peppermint, witch hazel, all familiar scents, safely natural, yet potent.

The scent lingers for longer than the cooling feeling, so you have to like the aroma, which is almost medicinal, fresh and clean, like an aftershave balm. This product comes from Barcelona, so I think the Spanish people know well about over heating, swollen legs, and the need for a useful treatment such as this. Good to pack it for a holiday!

The way you use it will depend on your need. It is advised to brush the lotion upwards, as the massage will also be helping towards the cooling that is so pleasant. Argan oil in the ingredients leaves your legs conditioned and smooth, another lovely result.

Included in the box is a pretty, turquoise gel pack, which, when frozen, can be attached with a wide elastic strap, adjustable with a velcro tie. This will be most efficacious when you have a strain or a pulled muscle, as well as tiredness and aching. A most well thought out product that will be a good friend to take away with you, have in the cupboard and the freezer, to use when you need to pamper and revitalise your poor old pins. Thank you Belle Azul Beauty Solutions, for so kindly sending me this sample to review, I am very pleased to have it


Compact Umbrella for UK Weather. Auto open/close Folding Umbrella. High Quality Water Repellent with Stylish Hook or Straight Handle | Gentlemen & Ladies (Curved Handle)
Compact Umbrella for UK Weather. Auto open/close Folding Umbrella. High Quality Water Repellent with Stylish Hook or Straight Handle | Gentlemen & Ladies (Curved Handle)
Offered by JetSetGo!
Price: £24.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget your umbrella!, 11 Feb. 2016
This is just the kind of brolly I can imagine Jeeves whisking out pronto as Bertie Wooster exits his automobile and makes a dash for his club.

Be prepared for a quick action when you press the arrow for open, it truly jumps to attention; ditto when retracting, keep your paws away from the mechanism and interior...

The curved, well polished and varnished, silky smooth walnut effect handle is most comfortable to hold. Top quality in looks, and working. The umbrella reduces in size to just over a foot long. It can be easily stowed in a car or a briefcase. The slip cover can be wiped down, as can the actual umbrella, to restore good looks later. It's easy to wrap the material around the umbrella stem in order to pack it away. A popper secures the tidy shape. I daresay you could stick an address label on the stainless steel in case you leave it on the train...

Thank you Richard Cale for kindly sending me this super sample to review, it will come in most handy for those 150-200 days when it rains here in the South West, on average!
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ZANZEA Women Long Sleeve High Necked Pocket Hoodie Sweatshirt Hooded Jumper Tops Coat Blue UK 12
ZANZEA Women Long Sleeve High Necked Pocket Hoodie Sweatshirt Hooded Jumper Tops Coat Blue UK 12
Offered by Quqe
Price: £31.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect length, fit, feel and colour, I love it!, 11 Feb. 2016
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Hurray, this is absolutely gorgeous. The fabric is just right, not too thick so that you can't layer it under a coat, but snug enough to wear with a camisole or tee underneath. I really love the high neck, which is so cosy, I don't need a scarf. I can pull the drawstrings tight for warmth or loosen them to let the hoodie neck lie open. The Periwinkle/Sky blue I chose is a lovely bright, flattering colour.

Kitten soft inside, it feels lovely against the skin. The various little faux leather accents around are fun, original and stylish, especially the nautical anchor. The length is great, covers down to the thighs, so keeps my back warm.

I chose the 12 -14 size so it wouldn't be too tight, and it is a perfect fit for that size. I have folded the sleeve cuffs up, they look neat and tidy. Or you can leave them to crumple as the model does. It doesn't cling hides any bumps but still looks slim. The pockets, hand warmers at the front are just the thing, so relaxing and comfy I may live in this till summertime!

Thank you Zanzea for kindly sending me this sample to review, I absolutely love it!


ThorFire LED Clip-On Table Lamp Eye-Protected Desk Lamps Modes Dimmable Book Light
ThorFire LED Clip-On Table Lamp Eye-Protected Desk Lamps Modes Dimmable Book Light
Offered by Doeracil
Price: £35.99

4.0 out of 5 stars LED light for just where you need it to be., 11 Feb. 2016
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Such a handy light, and the beam is perfect for reading.

The sturdy clip is able to adapt to levels of thickness, desktop, bedside table, headboard, side table whatever.

Its lead goes into a USB hub or one of the those plugs you can adapt it to into a three pin. I liket he on off switch being just over a foot along the lead from the strongly sprung clip. It has a snazzy sparkly elasticated protective band inside to avoid making marks on the furniture together with pads on the clip.

The light head is about the size of a smart phone, which it actually resembles. I find it great for reading and craft work, not tiring to use. The arm can be bent and manipulated into the perfect position for the user.

Thank you Thorlight for kindly sending me this sample to review. I will never forget the brand as their name and log are printed on the back of the light, my only gripe with it as I think it over the top to have to read 'Thorfire Healthy LED desk lamp' everyday! I can't peel it off...


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