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Aurora Rollerball pen Optima - Emerald Green Auroloide
Aurora Rollerball pen Optima - Emerald Green Auroloide

4.0 out of 5 stars A work of art to be cherished, enjoyed and discreetly flaunted, 14 Dec 2012
I bought the Auroloide rollerball for £134.89p from the GBA pen company (gbapencouk), who also offer the ballpoint version at £97.11p. The pen has a nice weighty feel to it, and balances perfectly in the hand. The cap screws on and off with a pleasing precision. The whole ensemble looks as though it has been carved from dark green, beautifully polished Italian marble, against which the gold fittings make a beautiful contrast. Cartridges are available with blue or black ink from GBA Pen Co for 3.39 each, and fitting a new one is very simple - unscrew the black end cap, pull out the old cartridge and insert a new one. The pen itself is a miniature work of art, to be cherished, enjoyed and discreetly flaunted but, however beautiful the pen looks, and however lovingly it has been crafted, bear in mind that you actually write with the £3.39 cartridge, and this does feel a little `scratchy' - it's what Aurora aficionados refer to as `feedback'. If you're not particularly concerned about the visual appeal of the pen itself, or its impact on those around you, and what you're really after is simply a sublimely smooth writing experience, then go buy a Pentel Energel Rollerball. It'll cost you around £2.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small, light, wipe clean, easy to use., 11 Dec 2012
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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Flexible, wipe-clean, double-sided, twin rotating discs. Small and very light, so easy to slip into a jacket pocket. One side of the wheel illustrates the results of mixing different colours; the other illustrates and explains the relationships between colours. A lot of information in a small space, so some of the text is very small. A useful memory aid for art students and, for the price, good value.
Shipped promptly, protected between cardboard sheets in a padded envelope.


NEW Trustfire Searchlight High-power Super Bright 8000 Lumens 6x Cree Xm-l T6 LED Flashlight Searchlight 18650
NEW Trustfire Searchlight High-power Super Bright 8000 Lumens 6x Cree Xm-l T6 LED Flashlight Searchlight 18650
Offered by GLOBAL SOURCING GROUP LTD
Price: £45.00

63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like having a set of football stadium lights in the palm of your hand., 3 Dec 2012
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For many people, the idea of spending £77+ on a torch - any torch - would be absurd but, to lumen-loving beamers and flashaholics, that is a modest price to pay for the biggest & brightest beam on the block.
This is a cracking piece of kit, beautifully engineered and, even though the output is nearer 5,000 than 8,000 lumens, that is still almost DOUBLE the output from a Jaguar XKR HID headlight. Coming from a tiny, hand-held device like this, that is a stunning amount of light.
This Trustfire torch is essentially a budget version (or, if you're uncharitable, knock-off copy) of the Olight X6 Marauder - same body shape, same CREE XL LED's, same number of LED's, same arrangement (five in a circle, a sixth in the centre, each nestling in an individual silvered cone). The difference is that the Marauder weighs three times as much (1.5kg), has a separate battery pack, and costs five times as much (yes, FIVE TIMES as much - around £360-90). The Trustfire weighs just half a kilogram, INCLUDING the batteries, which are stored inside the barrel of the torch. The rechargeable 18650 batteries and chargers are inexpensive and readily available on the usual (Amazon, eBay etc) websites.
So, what does this £77 torch do that your common or garden £10 torch doesn't do? To really answer that, you need to go stand in the middle of a big field, in the middle of the country, in the middle of a winter night, then click the On switch. The entire field and any trees round about are instantly turned an intense, almost blinding blue-white, as if everything were covered in thick hoar frost. It's rather like having a set of football stadium lights in the palm of your hand.
However, if what you're after is beam and nothing else, then this torch is probably not for you. Yes, it puts out a colossal amount of light, and yes, it does have a very powerful central beam, but a great deal of the light that it produces spills out over the surrounding countryside. Perfect if you're a country dweller and need to walk your Labradors late at night but, if what matters to you is owning the longest beam, then you need Olight's SR90 Intimidator - a single 40w LED, set in a deep, beautifully mirrored cone, produces a precisely defined beam that will light up a tree 700m away (even the magic kilometre, if all you need to do is see that the tree's there, not count its twigs). But the SR90 will cost you £250, and it's heavy.
Ideally, I'd like to have seen this Trustfire torch use larger, wider cones for each of the LED's and thus produce a better focused, more powerful central beam. But that's merely personal preference. This is still a stunningly powerful torch, that won't just light up a tree 300m away, it'll light up the entire wood AND the field in between. For £77, it's superb value when compared with its competitors. From my own experience, Trustfire has turned out to be one of China's reliable, better quality producers of high powered torches, and this latest model has not disappointed me.
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Twizzlers Licorice Twists 198 g (Pack of 4)
Twizzlers Licorice Twists 198 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £11.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Addictively delicious, 26 Nov 2012
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Addictively delicious, or deliciously addictive, does it matter? Twizzlers don't gum your teeth together, or break your jaw; they're not too hard, or too sticky, or too heavy, or too chewy, or too strongly flavoured. Just delicious. Dangerously delicious.
Yes, I know this is junk food - real junk. 650 calories in a pack of 20, and a staggering 80% (yes, eighty percent) carbohydrates. No minerals, no vitamins, no fibre - in fact, nothing that's good for your body at all, just junk. But it's delicious - and who buys sweets because they're good for your body??
Sin and enjoy :-)


Extra Large Men's White Cotton Handkerchiefs - 3 Pack
Extra Large Men's White Cotton Handkerchiefs - 3 Pack

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like blowing your nose on a finely woven napkin, 14 Jun 2012
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`Neckerchiefs', proclaims the blue sticker on the white and gold box, and that just about sums these things up. Using one of them is rather like blowing your nose on a finely woven napkin.
These are BIG handkerchiefs for men with BIG pockets and BIG hooters. Nicely made from good quality cotton that is absorbent and gentle on the nose, with sides cut square and edges neatly hemmed, the handkerchiefs iron nicely and fold neatly.
My only reservation would be that the handkerchiefs are a tad too bulky to simply stuff back into your trouser pocket (especially if you wear tight trousers or made-to-measure suits) - they need to be folded carefully first. I'm still giving them five stars, though.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Serviceable, but not 'extra soft'., 15 April 2012
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Made entirely from petrochemical by-products, with not a natural fibre anywhere. 75% `Acrylic' (or polyacrylonitrile, for those who like to know these things) and 25% Polyamide (think nylon). The first for softness, the second because it's hard-wearing.
The socks are lightweight and wear `cool', which bodes well for the summer, although they do snag very easily, so you'll need to keep your toenails short.
My disappointment is that, when worn, the socks do not feel `extra soft'. There's a coarseness to the weave and a toughness to the fibre that, although not actually uncomfortable, is nevertheless noticeable. There's a bit too much of the hard-wearing Polyamide, and not enough of the soft acrylic.
For what it may be worth, if these socks were being sold in the USA, they would not be allowed to be described as `extra soft acrylic', or even `acrylic' - the acrylic content would need to be at least 85%.
For that rather misleading description, I'm docking two stars.


Blue Diamond - Hard Ground Tent Peg - Pack of 20
Blue Diamond - Hard Ground Tent Peg - Pack of 20
Offered by Blackmore Leisure
Price: £9.24

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, effective and good value; but heavy, 14 April 2012
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Each `peg' is actually a 19.5cm steel nail, plus a sliding plastic collar with a hook and an eye, around/through which a guy rope up to 5mm diameter can be fastened. Simple, effective and good value, although probably too heavy for a rucksack. Backpackers should look for aluminium pegs.


Smartwool Medium Crew Men's Hiking Socks
Smartwool Medium Crew Men's Hiking Socks
Price: £13.23 - £18.41

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and well-made., 12 April 2012
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Irritatingly, the Amazon webpage does not include any size guide. What sizes of feet does `X-Large' fit? According to specialistsocks, `X Large' covers UK size range 11-13.5. I'd say this was a little optimistic - the X-Large socks fit my 10.5 (broad) feet snugly, but they'd be tight as a drum on a size 13 foot. Presumably, a similar story applies to small, medium and large.
The cushioning under the soles of these Medium Crew socks is fine for moderate walkers (like myself), but I suspect determined backpackers might find it a tad lightweight, and prefer the Smartwool Heavy Crew PhD. The socks do need to be put on `straight', so that all the cushioning sits under the sole of your foot.
The socks are sturdy, well made and reasonably comfortable, although I can't help but get the feeling that the good folk at Smartwool might be just a little bit disapproving of anything too soft and luxurious. The wool blend has a slightly coarse 'grainy' feel to it, although that may well soften with use.
I hate to be the only customer not to give these a 5-star rating. But, 5-star implies perfection and, although these are well-made, I have other socks that are more comfortable, which did not cost a bomb, and which have lasted well. I'm going to be brave and deduct a star.
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Linguaphone Swedish Course
Linguaphone Swedish Course
by Gosta et al. Bergman
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The oldies are the best., 19 Mar 2012
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If you want to learn a foreign language with the equivalent of a cut glass accent, coupled with impeccable diction and perfect grammar, then go for one of these older 45rpm Linguaphone courses. The style of speech may be a little bit dated, but the accents are absolutely top drawer - just half an hour an evening for a few months before your trip and you'll find yourself commanding respect wherever you go. It's a doddle to transfer the 45rpm records to your ipod/pc/laptop etc with (for example) an Ion USB turntable.Ion Profile LP Vinyl-Archiving Turntable


Restaurant Quality 8 Piece Steak Knife and Fork Set with Dark Pear Wood Handles and Stainless Steel Blades & FREE UK Delivery
Restaurant Quality 8 Piece Steak Knife and Fork Set with Dark Pear Wood Handles and Stainless Steel Blades & FREE UK Delivery
Offered by HospitalityQuality
Price: £11.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value barbecue cutlery., 21 Feb 2012
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OK, Tamahagane knives these are not. But then, neither is the price. Rather, at around £2.50 per set, these are good value barbecue cutlery.
The knife is about the same size as a standard table knife. The top edge of the blade is wide enough to allow firm finger pressure.
Both the knife and fork have no frills chunky wooden handles, and are comfortable to use.
The knife has a much sturdier feel to it, and the wooden handle is better finished than that of the fork. The fork is (IMHO) slightly disappointing, and somewhat utilitarian in appearance. The `business end' is made from thin, easily bent metal, and the prongs are crudely shaped (flat, with a single bend at their base, rather than uniformly curved). In use, the square-edged tines of the fork can snag against the serrated edge of the knife blade.
Despite my minor gripes, the cutlery does what it's supposed to do well. Given the price, prompt service and FREE delivery, it would be difficult, indeed churlish, not to award a 5 star rating. However, to borrow from AI McCulloch's review, `restaurant quality' refers more to Berni Inn than the Savoy Grill.


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