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Rexel A4 50 Pocket Clearview Display Books - Black (3 Pack)
Rexel A4 50 Pocket Clearview Display Books - Black (3 Pack)
Price: £72.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality and ideal for a number of uses., 12 May 2015
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These display books seem to be very well-made. For the price, you would expect this, but they really are far superior to the cheaper alternatives available in most stationery stores.

There are fifty pockets in each book, allowing for 100 pages to be displayed. However, the pockets have a capacity of slightly more than two sheets, and several extra sheets can be stored behind the one on display. This means that the books can also be used for storing items such as stapled notes (a few pages only in each pocket) or full booklets such as football programmes or comics.

I myself use one for notes relating to a language course I am undertaking. Much of the material for this is online, and printed copies can be easily displayed and accessed in one of these folders.

The folders also have a display panel on the front, so they can be easily customised or personalised, and there are small sections on the inside cover for a CD/DVD, a business card, and (rather oddly, in 2015) a floppy disk. Each folder has its own slipcase, so they can be easily stored upright without toppling or falling open and creasing.

Overall, I am delighted with these books, and would recommend this brand to anyone looking for such a solution.


PhotoSEL BG411 Sling Bag with Rain Cover for DSLR Cameras and Accessories - Black
PhotoSEL BG411 Sling Bag with Rain Cover for DSLR Cameras and Accessories - Black
Price: £16.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Adequate bag, but an easy target for thieves., 9 May 2015
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This is an adequate bag, with enough room in it for short excursions when not all your equipment is needed, or when a larger bag would be too awkward or heavy. There is a waterproof cover, which covers the whole bag and works well, but will probably be lost quite quickly, as it will need to be kept away from the bag when it is wet.

I have a couple of reservations about the bag, both concerning security. A selling point for this bag is that it can be swung round to your front for easy access to its contents. However, that means the bag is less secure on your shoulder, and could be ab easy target for thieves. A more traditional rucksack-type bag is far less liable to being stolen in this way. Furthermore, the brand name "PhotoSEL" is prominently displayed on the bag, thus advertising its probable contents, again making it an attractive target for thieves.

I'm quite happy with the bag, but the security concerns may have stopped me from buying it.


The Breath Co Fresh Breath Dry Mouth Lozenges - Mandarin Mint, 72 Pieces
The Breath Co Fresh Breath Dry Mouth Lozenges - Mandarin Mint, 72 Pieces
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars They're OK, but nothing special., 9 May 2015
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These are pleasant enough. The over-riding flavour is, as expected, mint, but there is a fleeting taste of orange early on. The minty taste is accompanied by the unmistakably artificial taste of the sweetener - it is so obvious that you shouldn't really need the warning about the possible laxative effects of taking too many of these in a short space of time.

Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't find that the lozenges alleviated a dry mouth any more than any sweet would do, and the aftertaste, while a little unpleasant, did not last long.

Overall, I don't see what is special enough about these lozenges to encourage me to seek them out in future in preference to any other brand of sugar-free mint, many of which are available at a much lower price.


The Furchester Hotel Elmo Jumbo Plush Toy
The Furchester Hotel Elmo Jumbo Plush Toy
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great plush toy for the young and not-so-young., 28 April 2015
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This is a really nice, really soft plush toy for kids of all ages (and adults too!). Being an official toy, and being so well made, it is instantly recognisable as Elmo, and not simply a generic soft toy. It may not be suitable for very young children, as the eyes and the mouth are both considerably "harder" than the rest of the toy, and could easily hurt smaller children, who are less likely to play safely and carefully.

Having said that, my own (22 year old) child loves it. She's always been a Sesame Street fan, and this now take pride of place in her large collection. I would recommned it for any Elmo fan, over he age of, say, five years.


TECEVO FX3 AptX Bluetooth V4.0 Stereo Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Sports Headset - NFC Enabled - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 Air iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6Plus , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nokia etc (FX3 Black)
TECEVO FX3 AptX Bluetooth V4.0 Stereo Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Sports Headset - NFC Enabled - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 Air iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6Plus , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nokia etc (FX3 Black)

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal entry-level, budget 'phones, 23 Mar. 2015
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I have to say I was really impressed with this budget pair of Bluetooth headphones. I had expected them to be rather poor, and I must admit, I was not overly impressed when I took them out of the box. The finish is a bit "plasticky" and the controls are rather crude, to say the least. They also looked quite unwieldy and uncomfortable.

It was a little tricky to put the headphones on, but once they were in place, they were surprisingly comfortable and unobtrusive. The slight increase in weight is more than compensated for by the lack of cables - there was no drag, and no danger of tangles or having the phones roughly pulled from the ears. Sound was surprisingly clear too; the bass mayve wasn't as full as you may wish, but if you wanted heavy bass, you would not select headphones like this in the first place!

As previously mentioned, the controls are a little crude, and even once you have mastered the locations of the various functions on the phones, it was difficult to perform any action without first removing the phones from the ear.

I had been warned to expect drop-outs on sound, bur suffered none, even indoors up to around fifteen metres from the source. Overall, I would say this is a fine entry-level pair of bluetooth 'phones, but I may be tempted to pay a little more for a better build and finish.


Seagate STDZ500400 500 GB 2.5-Inch Seven USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Seagate STDZ500400 500 GB 2.5-Inch Seven USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Price: £89.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and dependable as always, but...., 9 Mar. 2015
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In its box, this is a lovely looking little hard drive, with a shiny steel finish. Unfortunately, as soon as it is removed, it instantly becomes a magnet for fingerprints, which make it look dirty, and can't be removed easily. It's heavy and very slim (7mm), and obviously very well made.

Performance-wise, it does everything you would expect it to do, as high speed, as it is USB3 enabled. As my PC also has USB3 capability, transfer of files is quick and trouble-free, not the major time-consuming task it would have been using USB2. The capacity is a little low, at 500Gb, and there don't seem to be other capacities available. Along with its current price (which has dropped considerably over the last couple of weeks), this lack of capacity stop me from buying it. Alternatives with similar features are readily available much cheaper, and with much greater capacities.

Seagate is a good, dependable brand. I have had six or seven of their HDs in the past, and never suffered any problems with them. If reliability is your main concern, this would be ideal, but if you are more interested in either capacity or price, I would probably look elsewhere.


Adventures In Dementia - A Micro Opera
Adventures In Dementia - A Micro Opera
Price: £11.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, but much too short..., 7 Feb. 2015
An E.P. - have to admit I hoped for a little more than this. Fourteen minutes and forty-four seconds is really a lot less than you expect these days, particularly when the CD is priced the same as a full album. Add to that the fact that (at least) two of the tracks are throwaway novelties, and you really do begin to question this product.

Apart from the obvious clues in the narrative, Luke is obviously paying homage to The Fall's style here, and there's nothing wrong with that. The first track is just "Container Drivers", written for caravanners instead of HGV drivers; the third track is called "Cats that Look Like M.E.S." (a truly horrifying concept), and there is a kazoo driven rendition of "Jerusalem". Add to these a little bit of whimsy and a couple of decent pop songs (anyone else remember Bill Pritchard?), and that's it.

It's perfectly pleasant; a sanitised tribute to The Fall and M.E.S., but I think you'd be entitled to expect a little more for your money.


Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus - Black
Adonit Jot Pro Fine Point Stylus - Black
Price: £19.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It does work, but needs to be cheaper., 1 Feb. 2015
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This appears to be a very well-made piece of equipment. To be honest, I hadn't really considered using a stylus before I was offered this, as I just accepted the limitations of using fingers on my phone and my tablet.

However, this thing really works! It is similar in size and weight to a decent ball-point pen, and can be used in much the same way. The tip of the stylus has a small clear circular disc attached, which avoids your target becoming obscured, as can occur with some of the wider-tipped styli on the market. However, as you will tend to hold this as you would hold a pen, you may find that your hand obscures your target, and I quickly found myself needing to check every tap for accuracy, which was not really any quicker than my previous one-fingered typing had been. However, with practice, this is becoming less of an issue, and I can now "type" quite accurately using the stylus.

It has several plus points; the quality of the build is excellent, as mentioned above; the lid neatly screws onto the top of the stylus while in use, so shouldn't get itself lost too quickly; and, with practice, it does actually produce pretty good results. However, on a more practical note, it's just something else to carry around with you, and it will be just as easy to lose as a pen is. Already, I have begun leaving it at home - I still use it on my tablet when I'm at home, but I make do with my fingers on my phone, when I'm away from home.

I do like it, although it is maybe a bit of a gimmick, or a novelty. If it was around a tenner, I would urge you to give it a go, otherwise, maybe not.


Igenix IG9010 Flat/Upright Fan Heater 2,000 W - White
Igenix IG9010 Flat/Upright Fan Heater 2,000 W - White
Price: £22.02

2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe just too "cheap and nasty", 1 Feb. 2015
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This is a cheap heater, and should be ideal for quickly warming up a room. Heaters like this are not particularly economical to run, especially on the higher 2000W setting, and you do really need to use that setting, as the lower setting doesn't give off enough heat to take the chill off a room quickly.

It's a rather anonymous, generic model; there are many similar heaters available, both here on Amazon, and at many high street discount stores. Some of these are considerably cheaper, and many appear sturdier, and better quality.

In its favour, it is simple to use, and it is specifically designed to sit either upright or flat, which means it should fit into most spaces. Overall though, I couldn't get away from the "cheap and nasty" impression I had when I first opened the box, and I wouldn't recommend this model to anyone.


Cole & Mason Wood and Glass Croft Wooden 12 Jar Herb and Spice Rack
Cole & Mason Wood and Glass Croft Wooden 12 Jar Herb and Spice Rack
Price: £54.96

4.0 out of 5 stars An ideal gift, possibly more expensive than you would want for personal use., 18 Jan. 2015
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This is a very well made, heavy wooden rack, which would look good in any kitchen. Some reviewers have remarked that spices should be kept away from direct light, and that is a fair point, but from my own (limited) experience, it doesn't really make that much difference - most spices have a pretty long shelf-life, and you would dispose of any which had lost their flavour; those included here would not be particularly expensive to replace.

The selection of spices incluided here are the basics - the ones you are likely to use most often, and the pre-labelled jars themselves are both attractive and practical, and can be easily refilled.

Overall, this is a perfectly good spice rack with a good selection of spices. Its price may be a little prohibitive. I wouldn't spend that much myself, and I can imagine that most purchases will be for wedding gifts, rather than personal use.


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