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Boompods Earpods In Ear Headphones for iPod/iPhone/iPad - Blue
Boompods Earpods In Ear Headphones for iPod/iPhone/iPad - Blue
Price: 27.47

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 28 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I rather like these. The cord is covered with a braided fabric rather than the usual rubber sheath, which gives the phones a nice, top-end feel and seems to prevent the cord from distorting and curling up. The ear piece cords are equal length - I truly detest the asymmetric ear cord design.

Also provided is a big rubber mushroom to wind the cable neatly around while it's not being used. Great idea but I can imagine that t'll get discarded and I'll end up just balling the cable into my pocket, creating the traditional epically gordian knot.

As for sound quality? Well, it's decent enough. Not that I have much of an ear for good sound repro.

My only complaint is the colour - a rather vibrant royal-blue but - hey! - who cares about the colour?


Ultrasport Unisex Adult Adjustable hand grip 10-40 kg - Grey/Black
Ultrasport Unisex Adult Adjustable hand grip 10-40 kg - Grey/Black
Price: 7.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy!, 28 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Made of heavy duty grey plastic, this hand exerciser looks a little cheap and nasty. While it works very well, out of the box, I do wonder what sort of life the main hinge will have.

That said, it's easy to use and adjust for strength (there's a wee scale that gives you a rough indication of the weight you're pulling). It's also pretty comfortable to use too.


Dear Committee Members
Dear Committee Members
Price: 3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Writing 101, 25 Aug 2014
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Jay Fitger is Professor of Creative Writing and English at Payne University, somewhere in the American mid-West. His days are filled writing letters of recommendation in presumably fruitless attempts to usher his charges into gainful employment, railing against the arcane mysteries of online forms and oiling up his ex-wife and ex-lover. He strives, manfully at first, and subsequently with increasing desperation, to publicise his most promising student's work, "Accountant in a Bordello", a shattering reinterpretation of Herman Melville's "Bartleby". Meanwhile, the English Department's faculty buildings crumble and leak about him (Economics' are getting renovated, so why not English?).

"Dear Committee Members" is an epistolic novel, an exhibition-piece exercise in creative writing; big-hearted, quirky, warmly engaging and, in places, laugh-out-loud funny. Fitger describes one of his students as having "a mop of blond dreadlocks erupting from the top of his head like the yellow coils of an excess brain" and as one who "has bona fide thoughts and knows how to apportion them into relatively grammatical sentences". One wonders if Schumacher simply rummaged through her own email archive, changed the names to protect the guilty and arranged them in manuscript form for her editor.

The format drags a tiny bit towards the end of this short to medium length novel, but it remains an enjoyable read and wonderful instruction in how to write a letter.


Smart Weigh CSB2KG Cuisine Digital Kitchen Scale with Removable Bowl 2000g x 0.1g - Black
Smart Weigh CSB2KG Cuisine Digital Kitchen Scale with Removable Bowl 2000g x 0.1g - Black
Offered by Five Star
Price: 13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weigh to go!, 23 Aug 2014
I was sent one of these free to review.

We've been using these scales for several weeks now and we're very impressed. They're easy to use, and can be toggled between metric and Imperial measurements. The bowl looked a little small and shallow to begin with, but actually it is perfectly usable. My daughter in particular has been baking a lot of cakes recently and loves these scales. I think she's hoping I'll let her take them with her when she goes to uni later this year.

The scales also seem to be very accurate. I used some metal weights from my old balance scales to test the read-out and got an accurate reading for weights between 1/4oz and 2lb.


BOOMco Rapid Madness Blaster
BOOMco Rapid Madness Blaster
Price: 40.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probaly non-lethal, 23 Aug 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: BOOMco Rapid Madness Blaster (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:36 Mins

The Younger Miss Crookedmouth kindly offered to help me with this review, the plan being to determine whether the gun is in any way dangerous. She was worried about having to spend her Saturday afternoon at the hospital, instead of drinking Tizer with her mates, "Happy Snapping" and hugging old ladies on the street corner, but I was fairly confident that no permanent damage would be done.

PS I don't THINK she's crying in the video.
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Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 5 Refills)
Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 5 Refills)
Price: 18.23

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brushie brushie, 21 Aug 2014
My family have been brushing their teeth with Braun cross action heads for a couple of years or more. They are fairly bog standard as electric brush heads go but they do the job and last a long time before they need changing.

The "cross action" feature is really just a selling point, rather like the ever multiplying blades on Gillette and W Sword razors. The heads don't seem to clean any more effectively than other heads, nor for that matter any worse than "better" brush heads.


Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 8 Refills)
Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 8 Refills)
Price: 25.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brushie brushie, 21 Aug 2014
My family have been brushing their teeth with Braun cross action heads for a couple of years or more. They are fairly bog standard as electric brush heads go but they do the job and last a long time before they need changing.

The "cross action" feature is really just a selling point, rather like the ever multiplying blades on Gillette and W Sword razors. The heads don't seem to clean any more effectively than other heads, nor for that matter any worse than "better" brush heads.


Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Trizone 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: 44.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neither over designed or overpriced, 21 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Brauns Oral B brushes are all much of a muchness.. you pay more and get more features, but at the end of the day, those features are a bit gimmicky in my opinion. This model is at the basic end of the spectrum and is quite able nevertheless.
The action is very much more... industrial... than the sonic brushes and one can imagine using the Braun unit to remove old road markings, or grind the rust from your garden gate and the like. That said, one does at least feel like one's teeth have been cleaned... sorry - stripped back.

The "quadpacer" is a feature that many brushes seem to have these days - the brush action blips every 30s to tell you that it's time to change from your top teeth to the bottom set or from outside to inside, helping to ensure that your gnashers get the regulation two minutes of scrubbing, evenly distributed.

There is a handy pressure sensor and warning light to stop you from applying too much force when brushing - something that can reduce the effectiveness of the brush AND cause gum sensitivity problems.


Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 4 Refills)
Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 4 Refills)
Price: 14.62

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brushie brushie, 21 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My family have been brushing their teeth with Braun cross action heads for a couple of years or more. They are fairly bog standard as electric brush heads go but they do the job and last a long time before they need changing.

The "cross action" feature is really just a selling point, rather like the ever multiplying blades on Gillette and W Sword razors. The heads don't seem to clean any more effectively than other heads, nor for that matter any worse than "better" brush heads.


Sacla Fiery Chilli Pesto 190g
Sacla Fiery Chilli Pesto 190g
Offered by Cooking Marvellous
Price: 4.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zing!, 21 Aug 2014
This chilli pesto is absolutely gorgeous. Yes it has a kick to it, but not so thermal as to be inedible. Warm it through and then stir the whole jar into a plate of spaghetti ti make a quick, easy and delicious meal.
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