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Omron MIT Quick Check Three Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Omron MIT Quick Check Three Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Price: £48.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and easy to use, 4 Aug. 2015
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This blood pressure monitor fits neatly onto the wrist and gives a speedy blood pressure reading. It says to allow 2 and a half minutes but in practice it only took about 1 minute. I have quite a slim wrist and the main attachment fits snugly. There is however plenty of give in the velcro strap so it should fit most people without any trouble. The unit gives an error message if it is not attached correctly. This facilitates an accurate reading every time.

Good instructions are paramount when using medical equipment such as this. It is important to be in the correct position and not to take a reading soon after vigorous exercise or drinking alcohol. Fortunately the instructions are clear and concise and, with the use of words and illustrations, show the correct positioning of the arm.

It is also important not to rush to conclusions if you have one high reading. To this end, the unit stores up to 60 readings. This particular model only does this for one person but other models are available in the same range that store readings for more than one person.

The build is of solid, sturdy plastic and has a high quality feel to it.

This is a useful gadget to have about the house but it is important to remember that is not a replacement for professional healthcare advice. It could be handy to show the readings to the doctor if you have any worries.


Slim Sonic Toothbrush - Silver
Slim Sonic Toothbrush - Silver
Offered by VanityandBeyond
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy for going away with, 1 Aug. 2015
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This is not an electric toothbrush as such as it does not have the power of the larger rechargeables. Rather the sonic pulses complement the manual brushing action. In this respect, it is comparable to the Oral B Pulsar toothbrush that many supermarkets and chemists sell.

The brush head is towards the softer side of medium and is not a standard size (at least it does not fit my Philips Sonicare). However a spare head is supplied as is an alkaline battery so well done to the manufacturers for that.

It is very versatile in that the lower half of the travel case also acts as the toothbrush handle. It will fit nicely inside a washbag and the sturdy case will protect it and keep it clean. Also, because it only uses 1 AAA battery, it is easy to keep a spare handy. I would recommend this to anyone who travels regularly who would like to use an electric brush but doesn't want to carry around the complete recharging kit, just as long as you don't mind doing a bit of manual brushing as well.


Philips GC9630/20 Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron with Optimal Temperature and 420 g Steam Boost - Navy
Philips GC9630/20 Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron with Optimal Temperature and 420 g Steam Boost - Navy
Price: £309.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently good, 30 July 2015
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This is the latest in a series of Philips Perfect Care Steam generator irons and, together with the ones I have previously used, have provided the best ironing experience I have ever had.

Now, whilst I am a fan of steam generators, they are heavy to use so won't suit everybody. However this one feels lighter than my previous one. This one is also more powerful providing plenty of steam making it a doddle to get perfectly smooth results with little effort. Also very effective is the Optimal Temp function which means that you don't have to change settings for different materials. This may seem a small thing but it does save time and really does work.

I also like the water tank. Unlike some, it is fully detachable so you don't have to lug the whole unit to the sink to empty it. The decalc function is also useful but do make sure you let it cool down first to avoid getting scalded and make sure you do the screw up very tight.

Ironing can be a chore but this iron goes a long way towards making it a lot more bearable and, dare I say it, enjoyable. You can get cheaper steam generators but in my opinion, it is worth it.


The Breath Co Fresh Breath Toothpaste - 75 ml, Mild Mint
The Breath Co Fresh Breath Toothpaste - 75 ml, Mild Mint
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Expensive for what it is., 26 July 2015
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The main selling point of this toothpaste is that freshens your breath. However, the main cause of bad breath is the bacteria present in your mouth. All good toothpastes address this issue so I am at a loss to understand the justification for the premium price for this product.

That said, the toothpaste is not unpleasant to use. There is no real flavour to it, which might please people who do not like a minty taste. However, when you can get 4 equivalent or larger size tubes of Colgate or similar (or two tubes and two bottles of mouthwash) for the same price it is hard to justify buying this.


Bosmere 5 Litre Pressure Sprayer
Bosmere 5 Litre Pressure Sprayer
Price: £14.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and Handy, 21 July 2015
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My first impression is that the sprayer is of a sturdy build and well suited for outdoor use. It is 5 litres which means that it is a good balance between being light enough to carry and big enough that you don't need to refill it too often.

It is a chore to have to pump it forty times per fill but it does provide a good pressurised spray at the end of it.

I'm not sure why you would want to use it for cleaning detergents in the home. It is too big for small surfaces and you really need a good mop for the floor. However, for the garden, it works well.


Fern Verrow: Recipes from the Farm Kitchen
Fern Verrow: Recipes from the Farm Kitchen
by Harry Astley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It, 9 July 2015
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This is a beautifully presented book containing a large selection of recipes inspired by the biodynamic farm run by the authors (Fern Varrow being the farm name).

THe book is split into four main sections based on the seasons of the year. Between the recipes there are many articles about life and work on the farm. These provide a fascinating insight into the rural life.

Each recipe is accompanied by a beautiful full page picture (some double page) and there are also pictures to accompany the articles.

This truly is a beautiful, well presented book. I love reading it and I can't wait to try out some of the recipes, using organic ingredients of course.


PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Cat Toy
PetSafe FroliCat Cheese Cat Toy
Price: £22.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun, 9 July 2015
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I tried this with two cats, one who is very playful and one who is not so much. The first one absolutely loved it and had loads of fun with it. Even the second cat showed interest and tried to find the mice when I switched it off. The toy only does one thing but cats like routine so I don't think this is a problem. I like the fact that you can set it to come on at set intervals when you are out. Mind you, you can't guarantee the cat will be around when it switches on, especially if they had access to a cat flap.

One star deducted for not supplying batteries. I think that anything that needs batteries should be supplied with a set otherwise I don't consider it fit for purpose. It is normal these days to provide them. Also, why three batteries? Where can you buy a pack of three batteries? You are going to have one left over which is bound to get lost.

That said, it is a fun, if limited, toy for cats.


Carmex Cherry Tube and Pot - (Pack of 2)
Carmex Cherry Tube and Pot - (Pack of 2)
Price: £5.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Protects Lips from the Sun, 4 July 2015
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As someone who suffers from sunburn and needs to protect, I need something effective on my lips when I go out in the sun. This is a lip balm with the added bonus that it has SPF 15 protection. It comes in two forms (both supplied), a tube and a pot. Both of these are small enough to slip easily into a pocket or handbag. The two are similar in content so maybe you can have two on the go kept in separate places so you are less likely to forget to take one.

The cherry flavour is fruity, if a little artificial tasting. I certainly didn't find it unpleasant. It has a slightly greasy feel but this is true of most lips balms I have tried.

I have tried it in hot sun (yes we have had some believe it or not) and I found it to be effective and my lips were not dry at the end of the day, which they would have been if I hadn't used a balm.


William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Stanley Wells
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Very Short Indeed, 23 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is indeed a short book, around 120 pages and small in size. The content is as concerned with Shakespeare's life and times as it is with his plays which, although they are covered, they are parts of themed chapters rather than listing each in turn. This means that to get an overview of a particular play is not easy.

As an overview of the man and his works, this book is a good start which may help you towards other, more in depth information. For this purpose, it works well. If you are looking for information for each play and/or sonnet, you may be better off looking elsewhere.


Ingenious Jewellery Sterling Silver Rose Gold Plated Necklace of Length 22.6-24.1cm and Earrings Set with Open Pave Hearts
Ingenious Jewellery Sterling Silver Rose Gold Plated Necklace of Length 22.6-24.1cm and Earrings Set with Open Pave Hearts
Price: £57.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Not as expensive as it looks, 15 Jun. 2015
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This is a set of necklace and earrings in silver plated in rose gold. It is a very attractive set with the rose coloured gold giving it a pleasing and unusual look. There are clear gems all around the hearts and these show off the rose gold beneath.

It comes in a plain cardboard presentation box with a clear front so it is easy to display when not being worn. You may prefer to transfer it to a stronger box though as these can be obtained without too much expensive.

The only issue I have is with the chain on the pendant which is very thin. Many people may prefer this to a thicker chain but it feels as if it could break fairly easily if it catches on anything.

With the gold plating on sterling silver, this is a quality, expensive looking set at an afforble price.


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