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Philips DVT2700 Voice Tracer Digital Recorder with Speech Recognition Software and 2 Microphone Stereo Recording
Philips DVT2700 Voice Tracer Digital Recorder with Speech Recognition Software and 2 Microphone Stereo Recording
Offered by PineApple Uk
Price: £64.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Very good - once you get to grips with it!, 22 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
On the positive side, the quality of recorded sound on this is excellent. I have used it for recording both voice and music played at folk sessions and have found it performs admirably. Indeed, even when recording morris tunes I wanted to learn, the music was clear with little background noise. However, although this recorded does all it claims to do, it could do with being far more intuitive to use. Even with the quick start guide it takes time to grapple with the basics, and even once you've got the basics there's no quick and easy way to record, play and alter the volume without navigating various menus. Personally, I think I shall stick to using the recording app I have on my iPhone.


Wahl KM2 and Mini Arco Dog Clipper and Trimmer Combo Kit
Wahl KM2 and Mini Arco Dog Clipper and Trimmer Combo Kit
Price: £129.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely set of clippers, slightly let down by a flimsy case., 15 Jun. 2015
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This is a lovely set of clippers, made all the more useful with the inclusion of the rechargeable mini Arco clipper.

Out of the box there are the main clipper set and blade, rechargeable clipper and charger, 2 length guides (with 2 lengths available from each guide), a brush and clipper oil. All of this comes in a reasonably sturdy plastic carry case; it's just a slight shame that there is no moulded lining so as it is everything 'slops' about inside.

The blade clips in and out of the main clipper very easily, and the length guides are very easy to snap on and off. Likewise, the blade on the mini clips out easily for cleaning and the length guides also clip onto the rechargeable version - it's not just for detail work.

The rechargeable clipper holds a decent length charge. I haven't timed it but it's easily sufficient for at least a few cuts between charges when being used alongside the main plugged charger for the more fiddly bits!

Both clippers run very quietly.


BISSELL Multi-Reach 2-in-1 Light Weight Cordless Vacuum with 25.2 V Lithium-Ion 115 W
BISSELL Multi-Reach 2-in-1 Light Weight Cordless Vacuum with 25.2 V Lithium-Ion 115 W
Price: £259.63

5.0 out of 5 stars A decent powerful 2-in-1 which holds a long charge and is light to manoeuvre!, 31 May 2015
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The suction on this is much better than an 18v model from another supplier which I have also used. It's surprising how much difference a few volts of power make to a small motor!

Straight out the box this was easy to use - the handle is designed to fold so it simply unfolds out of the box! There are a few brush and crevice attachments. The longest pipe attachment is pretty useless as its too long for the handheld motor to suck up anything more than fluff!

The Hoover is light and easy to use. The foldable handle makes it really easy to get underneath furniture as it also folds towards the motor unit to make the angle of access for the brush head flatter. It's a really neat trick and is activated by a trigger under the handle.

The brush is good and the edge function does do a really good job up against skirting boards or kick boards in the kitchen. There is a spare brush bar in the box.

The detachable hand held motor-unit-come-handheld Hoover is really good, but it feels a bit clunky pulling firmly (as instructd by a sticker on the Hoover!) to remove it from the main body. The other 2-in-1 Hoover I've used just has a button to release it which is a nicer means of release!

It's easy to empty and holds a decent long charge. All in all a nice Hoover to use.


Toni & Guy Men Sea Salt Spray - 200 ml
Toni & Guy Men Sea Salt Spray - 200 ml
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Smells great and really gives a good messed-up texture (even on very fine hair!), 26 May 2015
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This salt spray is much better than others I have purchased.

It smells good and it really does leave even my fine hair with some texture and separation when applied.

I find its best sprayed onto wet hair then blow dried. When I have lightly sprayed it on dry hair it has just flattened any volume I had managed to dry into my hair (which is hard enough with fine hair as it is!!!!)

I do find it sometimes 'sticks' a few hairs together which makes running your fingers through your hair troublesome, and it doesn't have the best sprayer so it's best held a long way away and pressed hard - but those are he only negatives.


Braun Face 810 Facial Epilator and Facial Cleansing Brush
Braun Face 810 Facial Epilator and Facial Cleansing Brush
Offered by Innox Trading
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice addition to an everyday facial routine, 21 April 2015
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This for me was acquired more for the facial scrubbing brush than the epilator head. I have, however tried it on the small hairs on the back of my hand and it seems perfectly adequate at quickly and (fairly) painlessly removing small hairs.

The facial scrubbing brush is lovely. The bristles are just firm enough to really clear the skin, but soft enough to still feel gentle on the face.

Battery life seems good, although note when you come to change the battery that the small twist cap which secures it only properly fits one way round ( the small locking tabs are not reversible) - I nearly jammed it the first time I tried putting it back.

There is no travel case and only a push-on cap for the epilator head. It's a shame that there's no simple travel case included as this is generally small enough that I would take it on holiday.

Overall, for my purposes this is a nice addition to my daily cleansing regime though and leaves the skin feeling properly cleansed.


Fiddle For Dummies
Fiddle For Dummies
by Michael John Sanchez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good, 17 April 2015
This review is from: Fiddle For Dummies (Paperback)
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I have played fiddle, both classical and folk (for pleasure, in pub sessions and for Morris dancers) for about 16 years, so am not a beginner. One of the real positives of this book is that it assumes no previous knowledge, and the opening material on holding the violin and how are very good. Where I think it lacks is the material on scales and arpeggios, and that there is nothing on Pentatonic scales, a solid grasp of which is essential to develop tone and ability to jump between notes. Especially as much folk music is built out of arpeggio runs and Pentatonic sequences. There is also a very heavy bias towards American folk, which I'm personally not a fan of, much preferring English, Scots and Irish music, but hey ho! Personally, I would recommend this book in tandem with a good scale book, and when ready to progress go onto something like Chris Haigh's Explore Folk Fiddle or one of the beginners Irish fiddle tutors (such as those by Peter Cooper or Matt Cranitch).


Mr. Beams MB702 Wireless Motion-Sensing Mini Stick-Anywhere LED Nightlights, Small, White, 2-Pack
Mr. Beams MB702 Wireless Motion-Sensing Mini Stick-Anywhere LED Nightlights, Small, White, 2-Pack
Price: £19.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly effective 'hands-free' occasional light., 15 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm really impressed with these little lights!

I have used the to give a small amount of light after dark in the lean-to on the side of my kitchen, where my washing machine is. I don't need masses of light, but equally wanted to just have some lighting out there to at least see what I'm doing when it gets darker. These fit the bill perfectly!

Very simple to load with batteries and put up. 2 AAAs each and a couple of screws (which are contained in the box). There are also two sticky strips for adhesive mounting, but I prefer to use a screw if possible so cannot comment on how effective sticking them up would be.

After darkness falls, the sensor picks you up when moving in the vicinity of the unit, and a really impressive amount of light is given off considering it's such a small single LED. I haven't timed it, but it stays on for a usefully prolonged amount of time.

These would be ideal in a cupboard or shed or some such place where you only occasionally need some 'hands-free' light.


Stanley 210 Piece Mixed Tool Set 73795 - Polished Chrome
Stanley 210 Piece Mixed Tool Set 73795 - Polished Chrome
Price: £139.75

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly useful set, but shame about Stanley's customer service., 7 April 2015
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This is a fantastically useful set. It contains pretty much every socket in every size that you could possibly need.

There's 3 nicely sized ratchet handle sets. The only minor annoyance is that there's no instructions to tell you that you have to depress a button on the back of the ratchet handle to lock the socket on and also release it afterwards. I spent ages initially thinking that the ball-bearing on the driver shaft was stuck, stopping you being able to push a socket onto the drive shaft!!!! It's a brilliant idea though - the socket feels very secure indeed. It's just a shame they don't give you instructions to explain it!

There's a good mix of metric and imperial measurement sockets in long and short shafts. There's also a brilliant selection of hex keys, spanners, screwdrivers and a good Stanley cutter knife. The screwdrivers are excellent. I have bought cheaper screwdrivers before and the minute you try and turn your first screw, the end rounds off (particularly with Phillips head screwdrivers). Nothing of the such with these - they keep their shape perfectly.

It was slightly weird that the tape measure has ONLY inches on it. I am of the metric generation and inches mean very little to me. I ended up going to Wickes and buying a Stanley tape measure which has centimetres and inches on it and is thankfully in a case which is exactly the same as the strange inches one, so fits perfectly in the carry case but did mean an extra £7.99 spent. On the subject of the case, it's very secure, but on receipt the turning knob had come apart so most of the contents had shaken loose in the packaging!

My only major disappointment is that one of the sockets has been doubled-up in error and I am therefore missing one socket. I have tried contacting Stanley via their online contact form TWICE with no response at all, which is very disappointing from a customer service experience (especially having received such excellent customer service from AEG/Electrolux recently on a different purchase - it serves to emphasise how disappointing Stanley have been).


TOFKA Toffee Vodka 700 ml
TOFKA Toffee Vodka 700 ml
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good looking and great tasting toffee vodka!, 13 Mar. 2015
This review is from: TOFKA Toffee Vodka 700 ml (Wine)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This toffee vodka tastes (and looks!) fabulous!

I tried a sip initially straight from the bottle. On its own it is quite sweet, but has a beautiful, rich, buttery toffee flavour. A word of warning..... some of the 'shimmer' had collected round the bottle neck under the cap and in sipping the bottle I was unknowingly left with a copper mark on my lip which a friend later asked about thinking it was lipstick!!!!

The suggestion on the bottle is to try drinking this either with warm or cold apple juice. It really is a combination to die for. Cold is good, but warm is possibly one of the nicest 'warm' alcoholic drinks I have ever tasted - just like the flavour of a good toffee apple, or a bit like that lovely toffee apple cake you get in IKEA!!

The bottle looks good - the way the shimmer is suspended throughout the drink after a shake makes it look like something out of the potions lab in Harry Potter.


Oster Blender Reversible, 1.25 Litre, 600 W
Oster Blender Reversible, 1.25 Litre, 600 W
Price: £74.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant blender - it does an amazing job of mixing, blending and chopping., 10 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This blender is brilliant. I wanted something that would tackle the task of mashing up fruit and veg for smoothies and is really doesn't disappoint.

I had previously been using a borrowed 'specific' smoothie maker, and I have to say that this blender does a better job!

It's a very nice quality item. The thick glass jug is of great quality. The double blades are incredibly sharp and the base motor unit has nice, soft touch rubberised buttons.

There are 2 automated blending functions which automatically reverse the blades to ensure a good mix, and you can pulse at different speeds too. It does an excellent job of mixing and blending by drawing down the ingredients to the bottom of the jug. Overall it makes a brilliant job of blending.

The jug and lid are dishwasherable which also makes life very simple.


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