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2.4G Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver, 6 Buttons, Customized Side Buttons, 5 Adjustable DPI (800, 1200, 1600, 2000, 2400 ), Energy-saving Sleeping Mode
2.4G Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver, 6 Buttons, Customized Side Buttons, 5 Adjustable DPI (800, 1200, 1600, 2000, 2400 ), Energy-saving Sleeping Mode
Offered by Xintop
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works great right out of the box -just add one AA cell. Pointer speed easily adjustable. Extra buttons aid lazy browsing!, 25 May 2016
I received a sample of this mouse to review.

Ok, so I don't already have a collection of wireless mice to compare this to.
Nonetheless, after inserting a battery and the USB dongle this sprang into life, no messin'. And it works very well for my needs.

It is anatomically designed, if slightly small, although Its compact size will make it more convenient for travel.
Another nice touch for portability is the storage socket under the mouse to hold the wee dongle.
The materials and finish feel high quality; the top is a silky matt finish and the sides have a knobbly finish for grip/so you know your fingers are in the right place. Very ergonomic.

The top button cycles through 5 mouse pointer speeds. I found the middle setting (3) perfect and had no trouble dragging even the fussiest of grab-handles (such as Word page size sliders).

There is an LED which flashes to indicate which speed you have selected. This is barely noticeable and not really necessary; imo it could be dispensed with.

The 2 side buttons by your thumb (if you're right handed) are configured for browser forward/back buttons which makes for very leisurely (lazy!) surfing.

The optical beam itself is invisible rather than the familiar red glow. Maybe it's infra-red. Just thought I'd mention it.

With the already phannic* look of the front of the mouse, the image of fallopian tubes on the heel of the mouse is a curious feature(!)

I've been using the mouse all day at work and find it solid, perfectly responsive, a good weight (with the cell inserted) and overall a pleasure to use.

At the time of writing this is going for a very reasonable price.
Although I received a sample for free, If I'd paid for it I'd say it was a good purchase.

It looks like my images have been accepted so you should be able to see how the mouse looks in the flesh.

As an aside, it is easy to insert the dongle into a colleague's machine to play "You're drunk!" or "Your machine has been taken over by hackers!".

*female equivalent of phallic, of course.
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Nodding Dog "Waldie wobble", 27 cm
Nodding Dog "Waldie wobble", 27 cm
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking nodder but benefits from several adjustments., 19 May 2016
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Nice looking dog but not perfect and benefits from adjustment.

Head attaches by slotting onto metal rail. This allows for some nodding but it soon subsides. I want the nodding to continue for 5 minutes after I've stopped so will need to modify the attachment using some cotton or thin fishing wire.

And on full nod, the weight knocks against the inside of the body. I will add a foam device to dampen this.

Mine didn't stand completely flat and rocked a bit on a flat surface.

I stuck some adhesive hook and loop tape (hook side) to the feet so it better grips the felt of my parcel shelf.

Waldie's coat, instead of being like felt, seems more like he got covered in glue and fell into a big bag of powdered Wotsits. Doesn't want too much handling of the flakes come off.


Post-it Colour Notes, Dream, 38mm x 51mm (653-MTDR) - 1 pack of 12 pads, 100 sheets per pad
Post-it Colour Notes, Dream, 38mm x 51mm (653-MTDR) - 1 pack of 12 pads, 100 sheets per pad
Price: £11.88

5.0 out of 5 stars One by one and a half inches. Nice wee sticky notes with gentle sweet fragrance., 19 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are 1" by 1.5" which is easier to say than the seemingly compulsory metric equivalent.

They smell like pineapple which in my experience only these branded sticky notes do.

The different colours are useful and the smaller size is more tidy than having to tear strips off the larger square sized pads.

By definition, such "reminder" notes only really need to sport a few words and these smaller ones will fit around your computer screen without obscuring too much.

They probably cost a lot more than the unbranded versions. Whether you think it's worth the extra depends on you. And if you like pineapple.


Levivo Silicone Ice Cube Tray for 8 Semi-Circle Shaped Ice Cubes approx. 27 x 14 x 4 cm, Blue
Levivo Silicone Ice Cube Tray for 8 Semi-Circle Shaped Ice Cubes approx. 27 x 14 x 4 cm, Blue
Price: £16.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance? Nice look & feel but ice jumps when popped-out., 19 May 2016
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This tray looks the part. Very pleasing to handle, too.
It's a good length and despite the cups being made of rubbery silicone, the tray stays horizontal when held at one end due to the rigid rim. With it being quite shallow, it can be slid into a full freezer with ease.

The circular 'cubes' fit well into small glasses.

It loses a star as the ice discs jump out when ejected; they can't simply be eased out. And I reckon they could've squeezed 3 more cups into the tray down the middle.

Also, at the time of writing, they're a bit pricey.

My personal fave trays are these: [Kuuk Silicone Ice Cube Tray (Twin Pack) Blue and Green] and these Lothario trays don't match them for ease of use.


Twinings Pure Ceylon Tea Bag
Twinings Pure Ceylon Tea Bag

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice flavour but needs a proper mashing to get a robust cuppa., 17 May 2016
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Pretty good but you need to give 'em a good stewing if you're used to stronger stuff (like standard PG/'Red label' stuff).
And you do need one bag for each mug. Maybe 2 bags would service 3 teacups with a good mashing.

Be careful if you want to empty the bags out to use as loose tea as it's very fine and will go through many strainers.

Tasty stuff, though and deffo recommended if you want a different dimension to your standard builders brew.


Get Started in Brazilian Portuguese  Absolute Beginner Course: (Book and audio support) The essential introduction to reading, writing, speaking and understanding a new language (Teach Yourself)
Get Started in Brazilian Portuguese Absolute Beginner Course: (Book and audio support) The essential introduction to reading, writing, speaking and understanding a new language (Teach Yourself)
by Sue Tyson-Ward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.39

5.0 out of 5 stars A good, no-nonsense introduction to using the language in practical situations. Doesn't get as far as explaining tenses., 15 May 2016
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I give this 5 stars as it's a good introduction to the language from someone who obviously knows how it's really spoken rather than just the pure theory. I don't take into account the selling price as that can go up and down but at the time of writing it seems a wee bit pricy, especially as there are a few free online introductions to the language.

You get a 186 page book and (256 kbps) MP3 audio CD featuring 116 tracks of a couple of minutes each.

I think the book is essential as it gets straight to the point with pronunciation and fundamental info: numbers, days/months, useful expressions and questions. It also explains spellings and how to pronounce written words. Again. very useful info' indeed as Beazilian spelling and pronunciation can be baffling unless you 'get' some of the more quirky (to us) differences.

The book is also very honest as to how the average Brazilian will actually speak. They do have a habit of leaving the endings off words and suchlike and this is explained rather than ignored. I find this very refreshing.

I personally find Portuguese quite difficult to get hold of (compared to, say, french, spanish or italian) but I find the Brazilian pronunciation easier than that used in Portugal. They also simplify some aspects of the language.

The book pretty much dives straight into the language, giving a basic and brief outline of verb formation but getting straight into talking exercises without getting too bogged-down with technicalities. I think this is a great way of doing things as trying to learn the main verbs straight off would become too testing.

Although this is a 'beginner' course, the learning curve is pretty steep but then, as a fairly short course, there's a lot to pack in and they don't have space to include too many repeated exercises. The subject matter is practical stuff: directions/times/ordering/travel, along with learning to say a bit about yourself like what you do and if you're single(!) Weather only gets a brief mention but in much of Brazil the weather's simply either hot or #$#X hot!

Speaking about the future is covered in a way by using, for example: "I'm thinking of going to .. tomorrow". It's a clever cheat to use "I'm thinking of" instead of "I will be" so is not true future tense but I always get stuck on the tenses and you can do a LOT even when restricting yourself to present tense.

Overall, a good guide for those who are ready to plough ahead with learning the basics of the language, even if it sounds like gobbledy gook at first.


Ink Jet Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for HP 300 - Black
Ink Jet Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for HP 300 - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked fine for me. No mess, installed and printed as originals., 13 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Works fine as a straight replacement for branded carts. Worked fine for me.


Keter Knit Cozies Indoor/Outdoor Large Garden Plant Pot Planters - Misty blue, 1 Piece
Keter Knit Cozies Indoor/Outdoor Large Garden Plant Pot Planters - Misty blue, 1 Piece
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Novel, quirky, unique? LARGE planter for those with the space and position!, 9 May 2016
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LUGE! This planter takes up a lot of floor space. If you had a classicly shaped terracotta pot with the same footprint, you could probably hide both Adele and Frank Bruno in there!

Mine says blue but is definitely more pale jade. The planter consists of an inside container with flared sides and the moulded "knit" design outer decorative shell.

There is a plug which fits to the outside bottom of the planter to stop water damaging your (indoor) flooring. I would feel happier if the plug fitted from the inside or was threaded or otherwise more securely fitted.

An unusual design that would require not only a suitably sized place but also suitable placement. It looks like it wants to be on a tall stand and may require the accompaniment of some of the smaller planters in order to look at home.

Not too expensive at the time of writing if the unique design grabs you.

I'm going to transfer my bamboo into mine. Should keep it in check.


Pot Kettle Black Latte Glasses Set x 2 Cups, 250 Millilitres - Includes Stencil Kit
Pot Kettle Black Latte Glasses Set x 2 Cups, 250 Millilitres - Includes Stencil Kit
Offered by Pot & Kettle Black (UK)
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice glasses. No major imperfections. Way superior to simiar Pound-shop offerings. And I don't even like milky coffee!, 9 May 2016
Received samples of these to review.

The ones I received are NOT the same as ones I have from the Pound shop. They are much more similar to some I've seen in Morrison's though (although the seams on those looked a bit more conspicuous).

The handles are flatter in section so are MUCH more comfortable to hold than the circular cross-section cheap shop ones I have.
And the base looks more sophisticated.
The ones I received had a detectable seam on the handle side only; pound shop one has more visible seam on TWO sides.

These are JUST low enough to fit my DeLonghi Eletta coffee machine.
They're fine for cold drinks, too -although don't hold a full 330ml fizzy drink's worth.

The stencils are 'free' but don't arrive with the glasses; you have to email for them which is a slightly sneaky way for PKB to farm your email address. I wasn't bothered about stencils so left it.

The glass is a bit ripply as you turn the glass and these aren't the poshest of glasses but I think they're perfectly acceptable at the delivered price at the time of writing.

I like these and use them a lot; the pound shop equivalents will now be going to the recycling center.

I read that some others had received glasses with 'bubbles' in the glass. Mine have no specific imperfections and I would not accept a glass with bubbles in from any seller, for safety reasons as much as anything else.

I'll up some pics if I can.
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Ohuhu Stainless Steel Tea Strainer / Tea Filter / Tea Infuser with 4.35 Chain
Ohuhu Stainless Steel Tea Strainer / Tea Filter / Tea Infuser with 4.35 Chain
Offered by OhuhuDirect
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice tea strainer. Well made but did need adjusting for lid to fully fit., 8 May 2016
I received a sample strainer to review.

Couldn't get the lid properly secured at first. Miniature clasps were too tight so it wouldn't fully twist together.
Wedging a cocktail stick under each clasp to prise it up a tad remedied the situation.

The strainer is made of perforated foil rather than mesh which works very well, makes it easy to remove used tea leaves and easy to clean.
Works fine once I made the aforementioned adjustments. Seams and joins are very well finished and when I did apply firm pressure when promngs were too tight, it didn't bend or go out of shape.

I did need to atach a big paperclip to the end of the chain to stop the whole chain falling into the tea.

I've upped some pics to show the prongs and strainer as best I can. Fish paste pot is for scale!
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