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2014 A4 Day to Page Diary - Black
2014 A4 Day to Page Diary - Black
Offered by AbbeyShake
Price: £7.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You may get a poor quality copy in Chinglish, 19 Jan 2014
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I ordered the diary shown on this page. What I got is obviously a Chinese copy that loses something in translation and ends up being very confusing in use.

Every month is numbered on the pages - January is 1, Feb is 2 and so on. On the right hand page the month is numbered twice ! So you end up looking for a date, say the 21st and all you see is 1/2/3 etc (twice on the right page) as the actual date is not shown in the obvious place on the page.

Lots of information though about Chinese animal years which is jolly useful.

Very confusing, very irritating and why doesn't Amazon get a grip on suppliers substituting goods. If these were fake trainers or watches Amazon would be in serious trouble.

Will I buy any more diaries from Amazon - no. The last one, a different version, was sold as a Collins, but nowhere was the word Collins used. It was yet another Chinese clone with ultra thin easily torn paper. I could have returned both but not worth the hassle.

Buy your diary from a sensible stationers, not a peddler of third world fake garbage.

Amazon, as we all now know, thinks it is big enough to shrug off petty details like trade descriptions, copyright and the like. We shall see.


BLACK AND DECKER GLC3630L 36V Cordless Grass Trimmer
BLACK AND DECKER GLC3630L 36V Cordless Grass Trimmer
Offered by Ideabright Ltd
Price: £146.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced junk - comprehensively self destructed in 4 weeks !!!, 28 Jun 2013
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I bought this unit thinking (incorrectly) that B and D priced it to reflect high quality - WRONG.

Started using in at the end of April 2013 and despite a clunky feel to it and suspect build quality which in places (battery compartment in particular) is reminiscent of a cheap plastic toy, it seemed to work.

However, the unit never self feeds, you constantly have to remove the cap and wind out line (even new it did not self feed).

Then 2 weeks ago the twisting head jammed in position. Then the telescopic section fell apart becoming two sections. the collar holding them together will not stay tight.

The battery will not always charge. Sometimes it's hot (even in shade), or maybe it just will not charge.

All this after less than 2 months use....!!!

Probably the worst product I have ever bought. 1 star is being generous. Spend another £100 on the Makita equivalent when it is available in September 2013.

I will never consider a B and D product as anything other than utter JUNK.


Brother DCP-J315W Wireless Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer with Media Card Centre
Brother DCP-J315W Wireless Colour Inkjet Multifunction Printer with Media Card Centre

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well it prints and copies, 24 Jan 2013
Bought this not expecting miracles, and liked the idea of wireless.

On opening the box, far too much packaging junk. In this day and age get real Brother - slim down the plastic and waste.

One look at the manaul was enough to kill any idea of getting wireless to work. Far too time consuming. Used a USB cable, mine, they don't give you one.

The manual itself and the so called quick start guide is badly organised (is it organised ?). The whole human interface is again too complicated, illogical and bizarre and thoroughly annoying. This is the only copier I have ever used in 40 years where I had to resort to the manual (rubbish) to see how to get a copy going. A button marked COPY would be a good starting point. It's got one marked SCAN but don't think it's that simple...

Go back to the basics and give us a machine that is simple to operate, and cut out the dozens of plastic bits of packaging junk and self congratulatory product labels.

If you have nothing better to do and like the idea of getting your head around 70 pages of fascinating operational possibilities then this may be your machine, but for those of us who are not in this category, look elsewhere. Pity that APPLE don't make a scanner / copier.
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Collins 2013 One Day To A Page A4 Black Diary - Hardback Casebound Cover - Desk/Business/Office
Collins 2013 One Day To A Page A4 Black Diary - Hardback Casebound Cover - Desk/Business/Office

2.0 out of 5 stars Collins ? I don't think so..., 6 Jan 2013
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Bought two of these on the basis that they were Collins, which in my experience although not great quality, passable. Collins diaries do seem to have become poorer in quality of late. Made in China or somewhere ?

This however is basically toilet paper. Very thin paper which tore as you turn the page, and flimsy construction. Ok for infrequent users maybe, but forget it for daily use. No mention of Collins anywhere I can see.

Garbage. Spend more and get something better or pay twice.

I am surprised at Amazon passing this off as a Collins product.


La Règle du jeu [1939] [DVD]
La Règle du jeu [1939] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marcel Dalio
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £11.49

3 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dire, 25 Dec 2012
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Rambling, dated, not for me. Probably ok if you listen to Radio 4 all day and don't have to work. Just my opinion !
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The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Julie Harris
Offered by babsbargains *** WORLDWIDE SHIPPING ***
Price: £26.75

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 25 Dec 2012
This review is from: The Haunting [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
I first saw this on tv as a teenager late one night in the late 60's. Very scary it was then. Having now seen it several times on DVD I think it's a standout, if not perfect film, and probably the best example of a ghost story, certainly in relation to a English Victorian house, full of powerful resonances from those repressed times.

Faults: too much banter from the lead character, Julie Harris which rather grates. Obvioulsy fake American towns, roads, houses etc looking like Hertfordshire, but we can overlook those. The music can be monotonous, but maybe it's meant to be, reflecting the main characters hopeless situation.

The sequences of the bedroom door distorting, the ghost researches cowering in terror inside the room, while the camera follows at weird angles the motion of their eyes around the edge of the door, the massive pounding shaking the whole house as an obviously agitated spirit stomps the passage ways trying to locate the Julie Harris character, and the appearance of writing on the wall, and the eyes in the wall paper sequence are pretty scary stuff.

Maybe the younger geneartion are not familiar with unblemished Victorian properties and the strange atmosphere of some of them, and cannot relate to this film. Or maybe it was just me.

All done with no CGI, blood, nor do you even see a ghost. Best watched before bed time !

The director was Robert Wise who also directed the Sound of Music, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Executive Suite, The Sand Pebbles, West Side Story, and dozens of others. So not exactly an amateur then.


Payroll [DVD]
Payroll [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Craig
Price: £11.62

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, annoying music, 24 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Payroll [DVD] (DVD)
I enjoyed the film having first seen parts of it on TV when I was a child - the trucks smashing the security van, which as a child seemed quite shocking. The lack of Geordies ? Quite honestly it never crossed my mind. The lead villain seemed too decent a chap to be a vicious gangster. Mrs Pearson, the murdered security van driver's husband metamorphoses into a terminator style character and goes after the villains, quite plausibly too. The main fault, for me, was the monotonous, intrusive and frequently downright inappropriate music which although it had a gangster style edginess about it, mostly seemed ill fitted to the scenes portrayed. Otherwise, pretty good. Excellent filming and editing.


Babel [DVD]
Babel [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.90

0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Attention seeking, profound for those who don't get out much, 23 Dec 2012
This review is from: Babel [DVD] (DVD)
This is the worst film I have ever seen. Allegedly the 'story' has a profound message. For me at least, you will get the same effect from standing on four street corners. Disjointed, sloooooooow, culturally naive, irritating 'realistic' hand held cameras and full of pointless connections which shout 'look - it's reality, aren't these people hard done by, isn't it real'.

Pointless scenes include a pre-pubescent child masturbating - why ? A live chicken having it's head pulled off, gushing blood, then put down in front of young children to run around headless - I would be apoplectic if I was the parent of thos children. And a teenage Japanese deaf girl flashing her knickerless crutch to teenage boys. All these and more scenes just padding to gain attention and bring the viewer up.

We all know that many Japanese men have a fascination with schoolgirls - see it here.

After 20 minutes I was looking at the clock. After 45 minutes I had had enough. This film is not fit to grace my house and will be going in the dustbin where it belongs. The Japanese geezer that wrote it, along with those who made it should be run past a mental health board.

And it should be an 18 rating, or preferably banned completely.

Suitable only for dweebs or luvvies.
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Philips PQ203/17 Micro+ 2HD Electric Travel Shaver
Philips PQ203/17 Micro+ 2HD Electric Travel Shaver
Price: £14.69

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, cheap, as good as any other shaver., 12 Dec 2012
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I have only used these Philips battery shavers for 10+ years now. Just as good as anything else, portable and sooo cheap. I cannot understand why anyone would pay more for a set of rotating blades.


Samsung SC8442 Big Neo + Vaccum  Cylinder Cleaner,1800 Watts
Samsung SC8442 Big Neo + Vaccum Cylinder Cleaner,1800 Watts

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars After a year it's on it's way out..., 12 Dec 2012
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Like many others, I was very impressed with the suction of this machine when new. I bought it because my girlfriends dog drops hair constantly. After a few uses with the pet hair tool, the rotating brushes just refuse to rotate, clogged up with, er...hair. You then have to dismantle the whole tool, which is a pain to re-assemble believe me. Even then it doesn't rotate fast enough to do the job. So I gave up with it.

Issue no 2 : Filters..After half a session in my 40 sq metre house the filter lights are complaining. Basically you have to clean (wash) all filters after every use, then let them dry out. Also you have to empty the dust collecting jar thing after every use. What a pain. Talk about high maintenance.

3. Suction after a couple of months from new is poor, whether filters are pristine or not. No the pipes are not blocked.

4. The machine turns turtle when you are not looking, so no suction and mess.

5. The speed control slider is constantly being knocked to a slower speed by the hose pipes.

6. Today the power cord has decided not to play, and rewinds itself slowly.

Conclusion: Another piece of short life consumer junk destined for the tip after just one year. Will I buy another ? Er no.

Will be looking for a properly designed and longer life machine, if there are any now.

Don't waste your money or time and buy something that doesn't abuse the planet.


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