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3M 4251 Maintenance Free Reusable Half Mask FFA1P2RD -Single respirator
3M 4251 Maintenance Free Reusable Half Mask FFA1P2RD -Single respirator
Price: £15.95

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars efficient - and surprisingly comfortable, 1 Nov. 2013
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i bought this mask last week: i'm surprised at how efficient - and surprisingly comfortable - it is. i'm wearing it in dusty situations, and it seems to work really well. if you're a claustrophobe you might find it a little disturbing to start with - but you soon get used to it, once you've found you can actually breathe! a tip for spectacles wearers: put the mask on first, then your specs, otherwise you can get the lenses marked as you pull the mask onto your face.

update: it's a really good mask - i've been using it to filter dust from cat litter - but after a while it gets harder and harder to breathe through it: presumably it's become clogged, though you can't tell that from looking at it. as i've only had it a month or two, this makes it quite an expensive mask. however, it certainly does the job.


Royal & Langnickel RBIND-37 A4 Soft Nylon Presentation Ring Binder Case
Royal & Langnickel RBIND-37 A4 Soft Nylon Presentation Ring Binder Case
Price: £10.69

3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed..., 26 Aug. 2013
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The bulky handle means that the spine inside arches upwards, and the plastic sleeves bunch up. The sleeves provided were crinkled and useless for display, since they'd been creased by being pressed against the totally unnecessary, small sewn-in pocket on the inside back cover. The sleeves I ordered especially for this folder came promptly, but were badly packaged: just a bubble wrap envelope, so they, too, were slightly creased - and dusty! They are for presentation of artwork, so obviously one wants the sleeves to be as clean and flat as possible. The case is OK, but since I had to unpick the stupid pocket, and can't use the plastic sleeves provided with the case, I'm not giving it more than three stars.


Marius Fabre Savon de Marseille Coconut Oil Liquid Soap 300ml -Verbena
Marius Fabre Savon de Marseille Coconut Oil Liquid Soap 300ml -Verbena

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous!, 26 Aug. 2013
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I only discovered Marius Fabre products recently, and I'm a convert! This one is very gentle, leaves no smell at all, and rinses off totally, leaving no residue. All the Bad Stuff that normally goes into a liquid soap is conspicuously absent. I'm using it as a shower soap. I wholly recommend it.


Marius Fabre Herbier Coconut Oil Shampoo 200ml - Honey
Marius Fabre Herbier Coconut Oil Shampoo 200ml - Honey

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! no... beware! Methylisothiazolinone..., 26 Aug. 2013
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Bought this shampoo after much searching for non-SLS shampoos - and tried it for the first time today. Gorgeous gentle smell; it's concentrated, so you really don't need to use much - and it washes out completely, leaving the hair very sleek but not sticky. Love it! Going to be my shampoo of choice from now on.

some months later... i'm editing this review (and knocking stars off) because, although the shampoo is still great and works better than any other i've come across, it contains Methylisothiazolinone - now thought to be a toxic preservative, shown to cause nerve damage. very sad about this, as i really, really like it. :-( WHY don't shampoo retailers give a FULL LIST OF INGREDIENTS? it's insane that you should have to wait till you receive the ordered product before finding out the nasties (or otherwise) it contains!


Dunlop GREEN FLASH Unisex Retro Trainers White/Green UK 6
Dunlop GREEN FLASH Unisex Retro Trainers White/Green UK 6
Offered by Shoesbyclaire
Price: £25.75

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars buyer beware! size anomaly!, 10 Jun. 2013
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these are genuine Green Flash shoes - yes; but something's gone badly wrong with their sizing. i take size 6, which is a Eur. size 39. so i ordered a size 6, and got a Eur size 40. wrong! but the confusing thing is, the label says : size 6, 40. which is nonsense. i've bought these plimsolls for the last thirty years - and i KNOW that size 6 is 39. i bet these things were made in China.
so - caveat emptor! i have to send mine back now - which is a damn nuisance, and if they don't give me refunded postage, i'm going to be Very Cross.

postscript: after a lot of persuading, and emails back and forth, they did eventually return the postage as well as refund the cost. but i don't recommend buying these.


The Dresser [DVD] [2004]
The Dresser [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Albert Finney
Price: £4.10

5.0 out of 5 stars MARVELLOUS!, 15 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: The Dresser [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
great acting, wonderful screenplay - and Tom Courtenay (whose timing is impeccable) really fabulous as the effeminate dresser. a delicious treat! really loved it. and i actually laughed out loud at the storm scene - something i can't remember doing, with a movie, for a long time.


Extra Select Premium Wild Bird Food 12.75 Kg
Extra Select Premium Wild Bird Food 12.75 Kg
Price: £11.96

4.0 out of 5 stars A PRETTY GOOD MIX, 13 Mar. 2013
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not absolutely top-notch nosh, but the birds eat it readily enough - apart from the nyjer seed, which tends to get left: maybe we don't have the right birds for that! the ring-collar doves and the wood pigeons are great for tidying up under the bird tables, and removing all the wheat which the little birds don't eat. starlings, chaffinches, robins, tits, blackbirds and even a woodpecker come to the table and demolish this seed - so it obviously appeals to a wide variety of birds. this mix is also suitable for cylindrical feeders with little openings, but perhaps not for mesh ones. we are about to buy a second large bag in two months, and there have been copious re-fills of the bird tables in the cold weather recently - so: good value.

UPDATE just had second bag delivered - very promptly. however, the cardboard box round the plastic bag of birdseed was ripped to pieces and all bashed in. fortunately the plastic bag didn't puncture, but if it had there'd have been bird seed all over the delivery van! (i know this is not strictly part of the product review - but it's worth bearing in mind, when you order from this supplier: it's happened to us on both deliveries.)


AEG AEG MD 5503
AEG AEG MD 5503

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much good., 4 Mar. 2013
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well - i'm a little ambivalent about this gadget, which arrived today (well packaged, and in working order).

the pros:

- it's well made: good German solid, functional design.
- it's quite small, and the hand-held single-jet nozzle is light and easy to hold.
- the tank holds plenty of water, enough to circle round your teeth twice.
- the nozzle has an adjustment ring on it, which you can turn to get either a jet of water for cleaning, or a massage spray.
- it's very quiet in use.
- it comes with four jet nozzles, so you either have spares, or if you have a family, each person has their own.
- it also comes supplied with a two pin to three pin (Euro to UK plug) adaptor, which is strong and well made.

the cons:

- the actual spray of water for cleaning is really too gentle. i've had other dental irrigators which were much more powerful - and they were battery charged, not mains. i expected a mains one to be more powerful: sadly this is not so. on full whack, it whispers around your mouth; though it does, in fact, remove particles. but it doesn't give that satisfying strong blast that many other do. however, i do wonder if this isn't actually a good thing, since it stands to reason that if you are always power-cleaning your teeth with a very strong jet, something must get worn down eventually! anyway - even turned up to 'max', the jet is very gentle; but if you're someone with dodgy gums and teeth, perhaps consider that this might be a good thing?
- it has to be used near to a mains plug. this means that i'm having to use mine in the kitchen. not a big deal, but it would be nice if they made this as a mains-rechargeable device, for the UK.
- there is a label stuck across the gadget ordering one to mount this device on a wall - and this despite the fact that it has nice little rubber feet, presumably designed for standing on. i guess they're afraid that, in the rare event of someone standing the machine in a pool of water and getting fried, they'd be liable. but if you keep the device well away from the sink where you're cleaning your teeth (up higher is good) and make sure you dry everything off afterwards, i don't see the problem. which brings me to the next 'con' , should you decide in fact to mount it on a wall:
- the mounting plate is plastic and not very big or strong, and it goes at the bottom of the device; however, the water tank, which is heavy when filled with water, is at the top. i obediently drilled two holes, mounted the machine on the plate - and watched it list forwards and outwards... this is *not* a good piece of design, and i would guess it was an afterthought. but as i say, if you're sensible about positioning the thing, and keep it dry, and unplug it when not in use, i don't see why it shouldn't stand on a surface on its own little rubber feet. just be sensible - as one always must be when electricity and water are combined.

so i'm not sending it back - despite the business with the mounting plate and the fact that the jet spray is not as powerful as i'd hoped. i won't give it five stars, but if they'd figure out a better mount, and make the jet more powerful, it would certainly deserve more stars than the three i've given it.

SOME MONTHS LATER:

have docked it one star - now giving it 2 stars, not 3: the reason being, it's sometimes nearly impossible to get the nozzle-jet thing to fix into the handle. and the pressure is really pathetic: it really doesn't do much of a job. avoid.


James Wellbeloved Senior Cat Turkey Pouch 12 x 85 g
James Wellbeloved Senior Cat Turkey Pouch 12 x 85 g
Offered by Lovepetsuperstore
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mmm... gravy!!, 23 Feb. 2013
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well, to me this looks like good stuff - and smells ok. but my two cats will only lick all the gravy off the solid pieces. even if i mash it up, they somehow manage to lick the gravy off, leaving tiny fragments! but they tend to do this with other wet foods too, so i can only conclude that all the flavour is in the gravy...
i've started mixing this with one of the Felix wet foods, and more or less get the total mash-up eaten; but since i also give my cats steamed white fish, and Orijen dried kibble, i don't think they're missing out. (Orijen is very high quality food - worth considering, btw.)


The Betrayal of Trust: Simon Serrailler Book 6 (Simon Serrailler 6)
The Betrayal of Trust: Simon Serrailler Book 6 (Simon Serrailler 6)
by Susan Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars highly unsatisfying ending!, 29 Jan. 2013
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i'd liked the other Serrailler novels so much - and i was thoroughly getting into this one and enjoying it, when... it suddenly came to an end! there were so many loose ends left hanging i don't know where to begin - in fact i won't even try, because i don't want to spoil this book for anyone.
most of it was great, but i felt it could have run to at least four more chapters. what a great shame, because this book was really shaping up to be first rate: attempting the difficult issue of assisted suicide, for instance, with what felt like a (fairly) open mind. i think if Susan Hill were not such a respected novelist - indeed, if this was a first book by an unknown writer - her editor would have pressured her to resolve all the threads thoroughly at the end, and not dump everything in an inconclusive heap.


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