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How to Write a Brilliant Cv (Brilliant Business)
How to Write a Brilliant Cv (Brilliant Business)
by Jim Bright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the title., 12 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have read a number of similar books but found this genuinely useful with some excellent advice about opening the door to employment, or career enhancement. it was ordered for my sons who are both applying for jobs and a quick look at their CVs confirmed they resembled the "before" examples rather than the optimum ones. There are some great examples of poor layouts and common mistakes both in presentation and content. It is amazing how some fairly minor tweaks can transform a CV from an also-ran to one that stands out and how often less is more when it comes to producing something that will make a potential employer take notice.

The book focuses on the creation of a CV from scratch or improving an existing CV, It is nice the book seems to be aimed at the UK job market as many books in this area are US focused. The book also offers broader advice on online applications and social media and there is an Appendix that lists useful web sites and it was nice to see many the UK sites as well. It includes some excellent examples and exercises as well as samples and templates for ideal CVs in different styles so that you can find the best one for you. The writing is lively and informative and there is many examples, both good and bad to guide you in the right direction. As someone who has experience of interviewing as well as sifting through applications I felt the advice was well conceived, and up to date and I recognised many of the errors pointed out both from my own experience reading as well as some of my previous attempts.

An excellent book, recommended to those applying for jobs or even thinking about it.


Braun BGT 5030 Body Groomer
Braun BGT 5030 Body Groomer
Offered by UK Pharmacy Direct
Price: £31.87

4.0 out of 5 stars For the man who has everything., 6 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When you get to a certain age you become more aware of hairs appearing in places it never did before. This looked to be a good solution and is an interesting combination of a trimmer and a wet shave. It is well packaged and is supplied with an induction charger, a handy shower holder, three comb attachments, a spare Gillette Fusion blade (two in all) and the instructions I never read.

The charging base has a short lead and a two pin shaver plug (why can they not put on a proper three pin plug on a separate charger I do not know.) The shower holder is a good idea made of translucent plastic and with a rubber hanging loop. The shaver is waterproof and slots in, always ready to attack any rogue growth spotted while washing. There is nowhere on the shower holder or charger to store the combs though and I can see them getting lost or mislaid. Battery life is really fine and it is still going on one charge after a week of intermittent use.

The Groomer feels well made and comfortable in the hand although bulkier than it needs to be due to its "2 in 1" nature. I was pleased to note that it has noticeably smaller cutters than my previous Philips trimmer which is a good thing as that sometimes felt like taking a hedge trimmer to your most precious areas. It is supplied with three combs allowing you the option of designer body hair to the length of 0.6 mm, 3 mm, 8 mm. Quite why you would want to do this I am not quite sure as I am a bit of an all or nothing type of bloke but I suppose you leave a little in a sensitive area before lopping it off with the wet shave? It does work well though and the wet shave gives a closer shave leaving your skin feel smooth without noticeable irritation.

The wet shaver uses Gillette Fusion blades that have five blades and replacements are expensive with a pack of 8 in the region of £20, even from Amazon and I do wonder if this is not a crafty plan by Procter & Gamble to sell more blades as they own both Braun and Gillette? Still as well as the option to use the trimmer or the blade there is also a combination mode which uses them together and lets you trim and shave long hair in one stroke which I found useful for my neck after a few days.

All in all this is a neat trimmer that is well made and works well. I am not convinced the Gillette attachment is essential but it has its uses and the fact this is waterproof and has a shower holder makes it a convenient and useful device.


Revlon Tempest Power Dryer
Revlon Tempest Power Dryer
Price: £29.17

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot dryer, and not always in a good way., 6 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a stylish and well made Hairdryer that is nicely compact but in the end I was disappointing with its performance. The initial impression was good with solid build quality and an attractive rubberised mat finish. The dryer is supplied with a concentrater and a diffuser which are both easy to fit and are secure when attached.

The dryer has 2 speed settings and 3 temperature settings along with a cool shot button that provides cool air for the duration it is pressed. The lead supplied was not as thick as some I have seen and I would have preferred it to be a meter longer but I suppose this depends on where you use it, there is also a hanging loop on the base.

The dryer was not too loud in operation (none of them I have found are quiet) but the airflow was slightly disappointing for a dryer rated at 2000W. My Nicky Clark dryer is rated at 1800W and provided a better flow although this is much larger, The other issue was the concentrator has a very thin nozzle and this seemed to restrict the airflow to the extent it got very hot on the highest setting. It did not melt but it was too hot to comfortably touch. The diffuser did not have this problem but also the flow was quite low although I suppose that is what they are supposed to do.

Without the accessories this is a stylish and compact dryer which is powerful enough if not the best. However I think they need to look at the concentrater design and as it stands there are better dryers out there for the price.


OnePlus 2 Case, Spigen® [Rugged Capsule] Resilient [Black] Rugged Armor Ultimate protection and rugged design with matte finish for OnePlus 2 (2015) - Black (SGP11767)
OnePlus 2 Case, Spigen® [Rugged Capsule] Resilient [Black] Rugged Armor Ultimate protection and rugged design with matte finish for OnePlus 2 (2015) - Black (SGP11767)
Offered by Spigen UK Store
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Style with protection., 6 Feb. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
My previous Nillkin Super Frosted Shield Cover had done its job but was looking a little sorry with a broken corner so I decided not to take any more chances and replaced it with a SPIGEN case which may not be as sleek but adds some extra protection.

The case slipped nicely on my OnePlus 2 with raised areas for the buttons and a cuttout for the sliding mode switch and the various ports and openings. All these lined up perfectly while the volume and on/off switches were very easy to operate through the raised areas, not always the case in my experience.

It feels nice to hold and fits snugly around the phone, not adding too much bulk while providing more reassuring protection than my previous cover. The camera is very well protected and the carbon-fiber like inserts add a dash of style and texture to hold.

All in all this is a rugged case with a dash of style and I am very happy with it.


Nillkin Super Frosted Shield Cover Case for OnePlus 2 - Black (Retail Packaging)
Nillkin Super Frosted Shield Cover Case for OnePlus 2 - Black (Retail Packaging)
Price: £8.35

4.0 out of 5 stars A sleek cover for careful owners., 6 Feb. 2016
This is a good quality hard cover with a tight fit on my OnePlus 2 and all the switches easily accessible. It does not require removing the back plate like some of the official case but does not add much to the bulk and feels nice to hold with a textured mat black finish and provides a measure of protection for your phone.

It has a raised edge on the side that lifts the screen clear if placed face down although there is no protection for the top and bottom edges. However this may have already saved my phone when I knocked a large sheet of perspex onto it while charging on the first day. It took a nick out of one of the edges and the screen protector but crucially the screen did not crack and the phone worked fine. I have since dropped it and broken off a corner but again the cover did its job and the screen did not crack.

There are covers that provide more protection but they are likely to be bulkier adding to what is already a good sized phone and this provides some protection while minimising bulk. It is also attractive, feels nice to hold with its textured back and is tightly fitting but I have decided not to take any more chances and replaced it with a SPIGEN case. It may not be as sleek but adds some extra protection.


ieGeek® Smart Bluetooth Remote Control Color Changing Light Bulb LED RGB 5W E27/E26 Support Apple Android APP Built-in Bluetooth Speaker [Energy Class A] (Red)
ieGeek® Smart Bluetooth Remote Control Color Changing Light Bulb LED RGB 5W E27/E26 Support Apple Android APP Built-in Bluetooth Speaker [Energy Class A] (Red)
Offered by mayers-eu
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed (and didn't know it!), 5 Feb. 2016
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At first this seems a slightly bizarre idea. A bulb that can be controlled by an app......that is also a Bluetooth speaker! Stick with me on this one though because I think ieGeek may be onto something! It is supplied in a neat branded box with a small but well written manual which also includes QR codes for their website and for the essential App for both Apple and Android, a nice touch.

The bulb I had has a large screw fitting and fitted neatly into my desk lamp. The red housing clashed a bit and it is quite bulky compared to a conventional bulb so it may not suit every fitting but was not an issue with mine although I would have probably preferred a white or black one.

Initially it behaves like a standard LED bulb, turning on and off with the lamp and defaulting to a standard white light. To get the most out of it you need to install the App. After this and peering the bulb with Bluetooth the fun really begins. The app allows full control of the bulb and potentially other bulbs individually although it would be nice to stream and control to multiple bulbs I doubt the Bluetooth technology will allow that. You can turn the bulb on and off, select the colour and brightness or get it to flash in time to music.

Did I also mention it is a Bluetooth speaker as well! This works the same as any other Bluetooth speaker and actually sounds surprisingly good with a clear sound and reasonable volume although it is not going to fill a large room, It is projected forward through grills around the bulb with the app controlling the volume and whether the bulb flashes in time, frequency etc. The downside is while the light flashes in time with the music when played through the app it does not if the music is played through another one and the music is just a random list of songs on my phone and I could fine no way of selecting via artist or even sorting them. I suspect this requires a bit more development of the app.

So while this is something you did not know you needed I really like this item and feel it is fun and well priced while the associated app opens up the door to managing a number of them. Supplied by ieGeek for evaluation.
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Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce, 380g
Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce, 380g
Price: £1.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant tasting sauce, 4 Feb. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I nice Thai sweet chilli sauce in a convenient plastic bottle for a reasonable price from Amazon Pantry. Not too hot but has a a gentle heat to offset the sweetness without any odd flavours.


Guinness Draught In Can, 8 x 440ml
Guinness Draught In Can, 8 x 440ml
Price: £8.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Head!, 4 Feb. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
8 cans of Draught Guinness for a reasonable price. The widget in the can provides a reasonable head, not far off the original. As a tip just tip the can into a suitable glass, do not try to moderate it. Cheers!


Targus TSS594EU City Smart Slipcase fits 14 - 15.6 inch laptops - Black
Targus TSS594EU City Smart Slipcase fits 14 - 15.6 inch laptops - Black
Offered by ProComponentes
Price: £13.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight and well made., 4 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a lightweight but smart looking and practical laptop bag for transporting your laptop and a few documents. It is not a replacement for a briefcase but provides a measure of protection when transporting your Laptop. It is finished in thick black nylon and is lightly padded and will provide protection from the elements and minor knocks. It has a grey nylon interior with a divider along with a Velcro closed and zip pocket on the outside for documents or accessories.

The bag is well finished with some leatherette zip trims and handles which enhances the look of the bag. The main pocket accommodates my Lenovo 14" laptop and also tried it with my son's Dell 15" laptop which also fitted easily. The closes with a double zip at the top and comes with a padded shoulder strap so you can carry it and have both hands free. This is a simple but sturdy laptop bag ideal for when you are travelling light. At the current price of £13 I think it provides good value for money but if you need to carry more that the bear minimum you may require a larger bag.


FifineTM USB Cardioid recording Condenser Microphone Plug & Play with desktop tripod mic stand + anti-wind foam-White
FifineTM USB Cardioid recording Condenser Microphone Plug & Play with desktop tripod mic stand + anti-wind foam-White
Offered by FiFine
Price: £23.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent microphone for the price., 4 Feb. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I needed a mic to use with Skype and Skype For Business and this one fits the bill admirably. It is supplied in a solid box that includes; A Tripod stand, an adjustable Mic holder which attaches to the stand, A detachable cable, a foam wind muffler and instructions. The mic looked well made with an alloy body, a pleasing cream finish and silver grill, looking slightly retro without being too contrived. The desk tripod is reasonably solid with metal legs and the microphone clip screws into the top although you have to remove the adapter first. It is a sprung clip that holds the microphone securely and allows it to be easily removed if required.

The cable is a good length at approximately 3 meters and clips on with a 5 pin microphone plug and is held securely. It is good to have a detachable cable as it can be replaced if it is damaged or worn. It plugs into my PC via USB and was recognised instantly with the correct drivers loaded via Windows 10. The mic has two adjustable dials, one for echo and the other for volume. The echo function is a bit of a gimmick with full echo sounding like a train announcer so I quickly turned that down. The volume adjuster is useful for getting the balance between clear speech with the minimum of background noise. The microphone follows the cardioid pattern which focuses sensitivity to the front and this worked well with my set up where I am using it with Skype.

As stated I found this very good at picking up speech with little background and I thought the voice quality was good and it was nice to be able to adjust the volume without having to resort to the application. The foam windshield can soften the harshness if you speak loudly and may be useful outside but I preferred to use the mic without it. I used it with Skype, Skype for Business and Dolby Meet-me and in all cases it performed faultlessly. I think this is a good balance between cost and quality and found this was more sensitive and provided noticeably better results than some cheaper microphones I have. Supplied by Fifine for evaluation.
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