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BT 350 Digital Baby Monitor Lightshow
BT 350 Digital Baby Monitor Lightshow
Offered by DST (UK) LTD Established 1999
Price: £69.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 23 Oct 2014
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EXPECTING
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If you're expecting this is one of the better baby monitors there is. In addition to this I've also tried Motorola MBP8 Digital Audio Baby Monitor which was fine and the BT 200 Digital Baby Monitor which was also acceptable.

WHY THIS IS THE BEST
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There are too many baby monitors on the market and it's always difficult to pick the right one. One for £10 or something more substantial. Features galore or simple.

If you want something that'll last beyond baby years this'll be one to consider.

Especially if you continue using a monitor, say for a toddler, for checking the little-uns are asleep or they're coughing etc.

NOT CHEAP
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It's not cheap but it is solid and well made. It has features such as temperature, and the tunes aren't tinney and annoying.

SOUND
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The sound on this is good. You can hear russles, tussles and coughs with ease. It's really really clear.

NIGHT LIGHT
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I think it's a useful night light. If you have to get up in the night it's light enough to see what you're doing but not so bright it'll wake everyone, especially the baby.

REASSURE MODE
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If the baby is crying you can say, "shusssshhhh" on your way. It never seems to work to get them to sleep but it can give a little reassurance.

CHARGE
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Lasts a day without needing a charge.

RECOMMENDED
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Yes


Acer Aspire E5-521 15.6-inch Notebook (Red) - (AMD A4-6210 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDSM DL, WLAN, Bluetooth, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8.1)
Acer Aspire E5-521 15.6-inch Notebook (Red) - (AMD A4-6210 1.8GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDSM DL, WLAN, Bluetooth, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8.1)
Offered by Ballicom International
Price: £376.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 15 Oct 2014
NICE SIZE
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I have a 17 inch laptop and find it cumbersome. This is the perfect size screen. Big enough for games and films. In terms of the actual laptop, the colour is nice and it's not too heavy. It's certainly not light. But as I say, not too heavy.

MAIN STRENGTHS
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To test it I used this with Corel VideoStudio X7, and it rendered a 20 minute clip into H264 (2GB file) in under 18 mins..
It also has a remarkable battery life. I managed to get over 6 hours and it was still going strong.
The hard drive is 1TB. That's huge.
I also found that it wasn't at all sluggish.
It has three USB ports and a HDMI output.

MAIN WEAKNESSES
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It looks nice. But it doesn't look stunning.
It's not slow, but it's not fast either. It's a 'steady eddy' type of laptop.

DESIGN
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With it's red finish I like it. It's not slim. It's the standard rectangular shape laptop.

SOUND
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The sound was much better than the average laptop. Good for films, playing music and games.

WEIGHT
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Not the lightest of laptops. However, it's not too heavy. 2.5 KGs

DISPLAY
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Large, bright, with brilliant colours. Impressive.

KEYBOARD
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It's not got a backlight keyboarda. But it is responsive and comfortable to use. As the keyboard is set back from the edge the laptop doubles as a wrist rest.

TOUCHPAD
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One of the most responsive I've used. Good, really good.

PERFORMANCE
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It takes about 35 seconds to boot up.
Applications and a video editors all ran more than comfortably.

PORTS
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3 usb ports and a hdmi port.

BLOATWARE
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There is a little bloatware on this laptop. Took about 15 minutes to get rid of the elements I didn't want.

RECOMMENDED
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A low cost laptop that doesn't disappoint overall. It's very capable laptop and for the money and the spec is good value. Recommended.


Pilot Frixion Erasable Rollerball Pen Triple Pack (Black/Red/Blue)
Pilot Frixion Erasable Rollerball Pen Triple Pack (Black/Red/Blue)
Price: £6.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pens, 15 Oct 2014
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WOW PENS
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Years ago there were some 'ink pens' that you could erase. They weren't very good. So when I saw these my expectations were low.

WRITING STYLE
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These pens write smoothly, just like a regular non erasable gel pen. You can write, erase, write again, erase again. No more tippex. The eraser doesn't leave what I'd call crumbs.

HOMEWORK
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Perfect for homework, crosswords, calendars, dressmaking, teachers and especially if you like a good pen.

OTHER STYLES
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These ones have a removable lid. You can get them a clicker too. Pilot Pen Frixion Clicker Erasable Rollerball Pen - Black

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T USE THEM FOR
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Legal documents.

RECOMMENDED
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I think they write lovely, are not too expensive and have the bonus of being erasable. So yes, they're recommended.


Philips B22 6 Watt LED 40W WW 230V A60 FR ND/4, Warm White
Philips B22 6 Watt LED 40W WW 230V A60 FR ND/4, Warm White
Price: £5.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a bright idea, 15 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
RUNNING COSTS
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Uses about a 1/7 of the electricity of it's traditional equivalent.

COLOUR
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Gives a pleasant glow, not too harsh nor too warm.

BEAM ANGLE
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With a tradition bulb the light is certainly wider than this one. Ideally this should be used when a few bulbs are required.
Is it a dealbreaker? Probably not, but certainly something to consider.

OVERALL
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It's an inexpensive bulb which should give years and years of brightness.


Philips GU10 5 Watt 230 V LED Dimmable Spot Bulb, Warm White
Philips GU10 5 Watt 230 V LED Dimmable Spot Bulb, Warm White
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dimmable LED, 15 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
ON TEST
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I have tested a few LED bulbs. We all know the benefits: cheaper to run, last forever*, and are just generally better.

TO REPLACE OR NOT
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I'd done a little bit of maths and worked out some of the savings on electricity. Using a bulb for about two hours will use 5 watts of power per hour. The equivalent would use 50 watts per hour. Using the cost of electricity as of October 2014 I think it'll take 18 months to pay for themselves.

ALTERNATIVES
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I have used the bulk 10 pack 10 Pack GU10 but had a 30% failure rate within a month or so.

I also experimented with Long Life GU10 but found the colour stark and the build quality lacking.

The Ultra Bright GU10 didn't shine over the same area as the originals. I didn't like them.

The Sebson's were good SEBSON® 10 x GU10 and so too were the Auroras Aurora 7W GU10 .

So essentially out of five other makes only two had a good range of shining, and a nice colour. I'm sure there's a more technical term for 'range of shining' and feel free to tell me in the comments below.

THE PHILIPS
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This compares very well to the others. Nice range, good colour and well made. The colour is warm and pleasant. The spread of the light is comparable with the original halogens and this particular model is also dimmable.

DECISIONS DECISIONS DECISIONS
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I like these and note that they do vary in price from time to time. Sometimes they're cheaper to buy individually, whilst sometimes they are cheaper in bulk. Pack of 40 Pack of 10

OVERALL
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More expensive to buy but should save you money in the long run.

*not forever, but ages and ages...


QuickBooks Online Simple Start, 12-Month Subscription (Mac/PC)
QuickBooks Online Simple Start, 12-Month Subscription (Mac/PC)
Price: £35.99

4.0 out of 5 stars 3 pounds a month, 14 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
SIMPLE
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Simple to set up and you can get going in less than 10 minutes.

GOOD ENTRY LEVEL
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It's OK, but I think it's a little too restricted compared to the other versions (But to be fair they are much more expensive.)

FUNCTIONAL
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It's not fully featured but it is functional. It's also very easy to use. I think after an evening or two most people will have mastered how to use it.

COMPETITORS
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There are one or two competitors (look at the Amazon top 10) that seem to have cornered the cloud based starter market. Intuit dominate the desktop and are attempting to dominate the online space.

SLIM
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Intuit have brought out a slimmed down, simple piece of software that should grow with the business. (For example, you can add payroll at a later stage when you are employing sufficient numbers of staff.) For the money it's OK if the slimmed down version meets your needs. If you consider the comparison chart you should be able to assess that. If it does, it shouldn't disappoint.


QuickBooks Online Plus, 12-Month Subscription (Mac/PC)
QuickBooks Online Plus, 12-Month Subscription (Mac/PC)
Price: £50.44

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 years, 14 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
15 YEARS
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For about 15 years Intuit have been publishing accountancy software which is aimed squarely at the small business sector.

TRY IT BUY IT
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They even allow a trial to see if the software is suitable before you buy. I think that's brave given that some will find it unsuitable.

IS IS THE SAME AS THE OTHER VERSIONS
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No. The online, cloud version has been around for about three years. It's specifically tailored for 'cloud based' accountancy and has a slightly different look and feel than other versions.

WHAT ABOUT DESKTOP USERS
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I had the desktop version and was worried that I may have to input all the data again. Fortunately it's reasonably easy to import the data to this online version.

WHO'S THIS FOR
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Ideal for the smaller self-employed enterprise, as it's laid out in a user-friendly way. But the premier version QuickBooks Premier 2014 - 1 User (PC) has some additions that this version has omitted. But the Premier version is four times the price. And as a consequence I think this version is much better value.

OVERALL
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Not too expensive and a valuable aid to the self-employed.


Alcosense ALCNFTWIN French NF Approved Breathalyser - Twin Pack
Alcosense ALCNFTWIN French NF Approved Breathalyser - Twin Pack
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They work, 13 Oct 2014
IF YOU ARE GETTING THEM FOR DRIVING IN FRANCE READ ON
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These are ideal, two for just under a fiver including postage. They work too.
For the benefit of the review I had a little drink or two. Tested before and after. Perfect.

NEEDED FOR FRANCE?
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Well, technically yes. But you won't get a fine.
Why?

1 March 2012 - from "1 July 2012" drivers must carry a breathalyser. Enforced from 1 November 2012 and anyone stopped after that date who fails to produce a breathalyser when requested will receive an on the spot fine of 11.

October 2012 - the French government announced that the fine of 11 - has been postponed from 1 November 2012 to 1 March 2013.

January 2013 - the French government announced that the fine of 11 - has been postponed indefinitely.

So theoretically you need to carry a breathalyser when driving in France but no fine.

Hope this helps.


Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World
Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World
by Elizabeth Harper Neeld
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on grief, 13 Oct 2014
THE BEST BOOK ON GRIEF
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It's inevitable that we experience grief at some point in our lives.
Whether that loss is expected after an illness or totally unexpected we experience grief in the most profound way.

BEGINNING TO BREATH
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The book takes you through the seven choices after a death and isn't brash, "get out there!" or "sink or swim." It's sympathetic and extremely encouraging.

AWFUL
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It's an awful position to be in but this book can help in a very very difficult time.

RECOMMENDED
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I think it's THE best book to help through the grieving process.


English Grammar in Use with Answers and CD-ROM: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Intermediate Learners of English
English Grammar in Use with Answers and CD-ROM: A Self-Study Reference and Practice Book for Intermediate Learners of English
by Raymond Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Reason To Buy, 10 Oct 2014
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FIRST
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It's a very well presented book and one of the most readable books on English Grammar. Loads of examples and broken down into 144 units. From present continuous to phrasal verbs.

SECOND
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We don't tend to get taught grammar in school, and I've found that learners of English will often know more of the 'rules'. It's for intermediate learners of English. So, if you're a native English speaker you may know the 'rule' but just not know how to explain it. This will be your aid. For example you would say some bananas (plural) and yet some rice (plural). Not some rices. [this is in the section on countable and uncountable nouns]

THREE
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If you need to teach grammar (for CELTA) or simply want to understand the rules of English Grammar this is the ideal starting point.

RECOMMENDED
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Yes.


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