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Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser Powder 990 g (Pack of 3)
Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser Powder 990 g (Pack of 3)
Price: £22.16

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So Last Century, 26 Jan. 2015
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In these days of eco programs and general low temperature washing I am sure there are a great many customers who would like to have the extra peace of mind which comes from adding a powerful antibacterial cleanser to their laundry even if the threat from viruses and bacteria is a rather difficult one to define. Dettol certainly have a proven reputation in the field, and it is true that if you have one or two heavily soiled items, perhaps some clothes from a person who is ill or a traditional nappy to deal with then this product does afford you some reassurance and better smelling washing than you will get from a normal detergent. However, then we reach the question of how you use this product: it is NOT a powder you can add as a pre-wash to your machine! Dettol is here taking washing back to the era of soaking in a bucket or similar container for 5 minutes at twenty five celsius and then to wring out the clothes and put them into the machine for a normal wash. Thirty or forty years ago this might have seemed natural enough, but given today's busy lifestyles and a culture of detergents designed to be added to your washing machine or tabs you just thrown in the door this is just hopelessly out of date. How you would deal with bedding or large quantities of washing is unclear, but it would be certainly be wet time-consuming work. This is a case if ever there was one of a manufacturer identifying a genuine gap in the market, but not coming up with the right solution. Next stop an antibacterial cleanser for the pre-wash drawer. Not a winner as it stands.


Igenix IG7050 Cordless Jug Kettle 1,800 W - 1 L, Polished Stainless Steel
Igenix IG7050 Cordless Jug Kettle 1,800 W - 1 L, Polished Stainless Steel
Price: £17.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Smart Kettle with Some Issues, 24 Jan. 2015
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This kettle has the standard features one would expect of a modern electric cordless including a washable filter, overheat protection, automatic switch off on boiling and also has a 360 degree base which will be a boon to left handed users. it is also a handsomely designed object with a smart stainless steel finish which will look good in most modern kitchens along with a curved handle which fits well into the palm of the hand. Given that its capacity is only 1 litre it is most suitable for a one or two person household or, I would suggest, as a personal kettle to take to the office. In use we found a litre of water took at least 5 minutes to boil which is a bit on the slow side. There is one definite drawback: the water fill scale is not at all easy to read given it is made of semi reflective white plastic and is in the shadow of the handle-indeed I am guessing when I fill it up. It should also be noted that the lid only opens to an angle of about 75 degrees and requires the press of a button to release which is good for safety, but would render it unusable if the button happened to break. After 4 or 5 boilings I are still noticing a chemical-like taste when using water from the kettle which makes tea unpleasant. This is obviously an issue which needs to be resolved so I will update on whether this goes or way or persists.


Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser Spray 750 ml (Pack of 3)
Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser Spray 750 ml (Pack of 3)
Price: £8.97

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Value Effective Hygiene, 24 Jan. 2015
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As with all products of this nature, I have to preface this review by saying no one can testify to the manufacturer's claims that it kills 99.9% of such bacteria as e coli or the influenza flu virus. However, if we accept this caveat then this is a very good cleaning spray which has benefited from its new 750ml packaging affording the customer considerably better value than the 500ml size. Probably its most obvious strength is that it is virtually odourless which will particularly appeal to people involved in food preparation say, or who find powerful lemon and lime fragrances a problem such as babies or those with allergies. The bottle is a bit heavy to be used one-handed, but this is no real negative and the spray is easy to use and it can be deployed in all rooms of the house from kitchen to bathroom which may allow you to cut down the number of cleaning products you buy. Having cleaned the surface with a standard cloth there is no need to rinse and this all helps to get the job done that bit more quickly. We all need a product of this kind for general cleaning and hygiene and the Dettol's blend of effectiveness and antibacterial action make this as good as any. A safe purchase.


Cole & Mason 140 mm Stainless Steel and Glass Kingsley Herb and Spice Mill, Silver
Cole & Mason 140 mm Stainless Steel and Glass Kingsley Herb and Spice Mill, Silver
Offered by Red House Direct
Price: £9.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Design and Functionality, 21 Jan. 2015
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This Cole and Mason spice mill is aimed at the cook who values a device which blends functionality with style. The design is pleasing combining a rounded brushed steel upper section which houses the grinder and lid with a heavy glass bottom to hold the spices. The latter allows you to see exactly how much of the blend is left and if you are using a colourful range of spices adds to the decorative quality of the mill as it sits on your shelf. In both form and material this device will match a modern kitchen especially well. Obviously the most important feature is the grinder itself which is powerful and can be adjusted to achieve a coarser or finer grain with the aid of a little nut on the top. The lid works well in both keeping the freshness of the herbs and spices in, but also keeping the smell out of your kitchen when not in use. The mill comes complete with one high quality packet of herbs and spices which include oregano, fennel, coriander and other seeds, but clearly having something like this is an open invitation to make up your own blends according to personal taste. If you are fond of cooking dishes like fried chicken breasts, schnitzel and the like this mill will be ideal for adding a spicy seasoning before cooking, but anyone who wants to add flavour to their dishes will get value and pleasure from this quality product. One gripe: as so often these days there are no instructions except a couple of lines on the back of the box so you have to work out how to pull the sections apart for filling.This is not difficult after the first time, but a product of this calibre should surely have some guidance for the user.


McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gets on with the Job, 10 Jan. 2015
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There are so many high performance security packages available these days that it can be difficult to differentiate between them, but this McAfee incarnation certainly seems to get the basics right. On a very simple level it is attractive as it is a card and not a CD and as such ideal for netbooks and the like. The installation procedure is not difficult although for me it was quite slow as having gone to the website and entered the 25 digit code, after a trouble-free download McAfee could not remove my previous AVG security system automatically. Obviously I then removed it manually, but it still didn't recognize the fact until I re-started the system for the second time. Having said all this, when everything was finally downloaded (50 minutes from beginning to end), everything was running smoothly with no noticeable slowdown in the operating system and with an interface which allows you to access key functions easily. The system is less obtrusive than some avoiding the tendency to have icons flashing up every few minutes and all in all gives you hassle free protection for your device. Note that you will need to open a McAfee account to download the programme and to access it for a second or third PC. If you can get a good price this is a sound choice.


The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records
The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records
by Stuart Maconie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Are Pretentious Authors Electric?, 31 Dec. 2014
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Stuart Maconie’s enthusiasm for Pop Music drips from every page of this book and it is equally obvious that his levels of knowledge and research are high. This is just as well given the scale of his ambitions which are to write a social history of post-war Britain though the medium of 50 songs-making connections between the music and wider political, cultural and intellectual trends: a noble and perfectly legitimate objective in my eyes.

It might be observed that the songs chosen are a rather eccentric bunch with Viva Espana taking precedence over the Rolling Stones or Roxy Music, but every punter’s selection of key tracks would be different and it is refreshing to read about records and ideas that you otherwise might not have considered. It also becomes quickly apparent that Maconie’s choices are less about the music and more about finding suitable illustrations of the themes that he wants to write about whether it be Race Relations or Europop, Coronations or the Drugs Scene. Nonetheless, this all still makes for an interesting read.

If, dear reader, you are waiting for a ‘but’ then you will not wait in vain. The problem with this book is not difficult to discern. If you are going to write about any subject, but especially Pop Music with great enthusiasm and with profound points to espouse, then a certain detachment from your material is absolutely vital. Alas Maconie doesn’t have it. Therefore we learn Ozzy Osbourne left a foundry in Walsall with the noise of heavy industry still in his ears, wrote Paranoid and changed the world. In the same vein, Bowie dressed as Ziggy sang Starman, put his arm round Mick Ronson and tectonic plates shifted. If only Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King had known... And so it goes on-we are treated to the great insight that the first time The Smiths rehearsed together they knew they were the best band in the world. Revolution, the reshaping of social attitudes, liberating women: you name it a song in Maconie’s canon has achieved it.
In short, if you are the kind of reader who finds the hyperbole of the rock critic a turn off then avoid this book at all costs. If you are more tolerant, you can learn quite a lot, but your entertainment will be mixed with a liberal dose of irritation at the over earnest writer trying to convince you that his subject is even more important and life changing than it really is.

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Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Offered by Guilty Gadgets
Price: £5.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the Job, 27 Dec. 2014
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If you are looking for a decent quality co-axial cable then this fits the bill pretty well. You get 10 metres of additional cable should you be looking to connect a TV to an aerial socket in an awkward place or a different room. The connection plates are well made albeit with minimal gold plating! You get a female coupling for one end which tightens with a little threaded wheel and although the connection don't seem particular strong, the resulting picture quality is very good. This cable will connect a Freeview or Sky box or a digital/analogue TV to an aerial outlet without fuss and great expense-what more can you ask?


The Best Of Julie London
The Best Of Julie London
Price: £6.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Marks and Spencer, 25 Dec. 2014
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These days I find TV ads less interesting for the products they intend to promote than for the often ear-catching music they use as a backing track. Never was this better illustrated than in the Christmas 2014 M and S campaign which in the first five seconds introduced me to a voice I knew I wanted to hear more of. That song was Fly me to the Moon which combines a glorious performance with elegantly impressive orchestration. This is reflected on the other 17 tracks on this splendid collection which showcases Julie London's smoky rich voice to wonderful effect and demonstrate that this woman was no one hit wonder. The tempi are largely slow, the style a mellow jazz which makes for superb late night listening. The central glory though is the voice itself which never sounds under pressure and blends smoothness with effortless phrasing. For those of you who have picked up on Madeline Peyroux's music in recent years this will be very appealing. However, at this price this is an incredible bargain for any music lover not least because the sound has been re-mastered so atmospherically. Recommended with all possible enthusiasm.


Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art (Elephant Books)
Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art (Elephant Books)
by Ossian Ward
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Easy Way, 22 Dec. 2014
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Ossian Ward's concise book aims to fulfill an undoubted need namely to offer gallery goers some approaches to assist their understanding of the complexity and diversity of contemporary art practice. His idea is to offer half a dozen ways of thinking which you can remember in epigrammatic form based on the word TABULA from the phrase tabula rasa meaning of course a clean slate the author believes one needs in order to appreciate contemporary art successfully. There is nothing very profound about these themes indeed most are simple commonsense, for example T stands for taking a minute of two of Time to think, B is for the Background behind the work etc. Ward uses these simple approaches to look at some works, but the vast majority of the text is very clearly the work of an art critic who has spent many years with his subject. Thus he writes about the work of Glenn Ligon's Warm Broad Glow, a neon sculpture which specifically reference an early twentieth novella with deals with racial stereotypes or Maurizio Cattelan's piece with a stuffed squirrel who appears to have committed suicide where the author himself admits to having problems finding any logic or meaning in the piece. In short this is really an informed critic using all his years of education and experience to offer a commentary on a diverse range art from performance to video to assemblage often being illuminating and quite often failing to shed much light. As an inexpensive way of learning about what's going on in the modern art world with the aid of decent reproductions which might otherwise be difficult to access this is worthwhile. However, if someone is hoping to find the confidence and intellectual equipment to make a quick connection with often bewildering material, he or she will be disappointed. Contemporary Art is hard work and requires quite a bit of knowledge-this book confirms the myth rather than exploding it.


Philips HR1855/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt - Black
Philips HR1855/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt - Black
Price: £59.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Design, Great Juice, 13 Dec. 2014
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The merits of having a juicer are well known, but choosing the right one from the plethora on the market is a rather big challenge-how does this Philips shape up? On the whole very well is the answer. It combines a number of thoughtful features which will be appreciated if you are, like me, someone who has owned a juicer for years. Firstly, it has a powerful 700 watt motor which juices at a very good speed-large chunks of pineapple in 8 seconds, oranges just 2or 3 with even the hardest vegetables like carrots taking only slightly longer. Secondly, it has a decent jug with a lid for catching the juice with a capacity of about a litre. This jug fits well into the spout of the juicer delivering the liquid mess free-a huge improvement over some models. Thirdly and most importantly the final product tastes superb: smooth, full flavoured with a creamy foam overlaying the clear juice. There are also little suction feet to give you some stability when using the machine and the device is quite tall, but not very wide so it will fit quite neatly in a kitchen corner. In short, it looks like a smart, well designed piece of kit which is easy to assemble and dismantle.

Of course not everything is perfect, in operation the motor is quite noisy even by the standards of juicers almost sounding as if it is going into earth orbit when you switch it off. There is only 1 speed setting which is very effective, but some might miss the ability to change up from a slower to a higher speed. Although you can juice for quite a long time, it does require an empty of the pulp compartment after every 1.5 litres to keep things moving properly. The usual exclusions apply in terms of fruit you can use most notably banana and mango. The other vital issue is of course washing up. Seven working parts need to be washed after use, but there are not too many inaccessible corners-my previous model had 9 pieces to clean!

All in all I am very well satisfied with the HR1855 and the juice it produces. Recommended.


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