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Lola Rose Benita Beryl Stone and Black Cherry Quartzite Bracelet of Length 15-21cm
Lola Rose Benita Beryl Stone and Black Cherry Quartzite Bracelet of Length 15-21cm

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful especially as a gift, 28 July 2015
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One of the first things that struck me when this arrived in the post was the luxurious presentation - it comes in bright pink velvet (or velvet-effect) pouch which instantly gives the impression of opulence. If you were buying this as a gift, this presentation would be very striking. And if you didn't want to keep the bracelet in this pouch, you could always use the pouch as small make-up bag, so it's doubly good!

The bracelet itself is also striking with its half-and-half effect. Personally I found this a little too abrupt and would have preferred a more subtle effect of interspersing the two different stones, but that's merely my opinion. The stones are a beautiful colour especially the black cherry quartzite which is a rich deep purple (the picture on Amazon is quite true to the real colour) and they are perfectly round and smooth. The beryl stone is cut different to give an interesting contrast and their cut is more facetted and angular with no two of the five stones (on my bracelet) being the same. Thus there is a strong contrast between both stones in colour, shape and size and this gives the bracelet more interest and some asymmetry. I think this bracelet will prove to be a talking piece which will attract interest among those who see it. And the velvet pouch suggests luxury and expense, although the bracelet is not actually that expensive.


Home Defence Ant Stop! Bait Station
Home Defence Ant Stop! Bait Station
Price: £2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My ants are still there and happy, 14 July 2015
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I kept moving this product to see if there was a place where it was more effective but to no avail. The ants merrily marched on past it without a care in the world. The odd ant may have been a little irritated at this obstacle in his / her way but this necessitated merely a brief diversion before he / she went on to do whatever a busy ant has to do. As a result, I still have ants... so, no, it didn't work for me.


Home Defence Ant Stop! Granules
Home Defence Ant Stop! Granules
Offered by MERCAT LTD
Price: £6.75

2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed results for me, 14 July 2015
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At first this seemed to work. However, just a few days passed and the ants were back and so were their ants. I smothered the area with the product again and this time the novelty seemed to have worn off; the ants were completely disinterested and carried on their daily business of just being generally annoying in ant-like fashion. I still have ants and am currently looking for a more effective product.


Ibico Basics A4 Standard Laminating Pouch (Pack of 100)
Ibico Basics A4 Standard Laminating Pouch (Pack of 100)
Price: £11.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product at an attractive price, 14 July 2015
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There's not a lot one can say about laminating pouches. However, the price of these is particularly attractive for a start. They are also fairly forgiving and easy to get on with - on the packet it states that they should be used with a laminator setting of 125 micron. However, I have a fairly old laminator which certainly doesn't have any choice of setting and which seems to wander through a variety of temperatures - yet, these pouches worked just fine so I think they would probably work with a range of machines. The end product of laminated display material was smooth and bubble-free. For the price, I would definitely recommend these.


Bi-Office 1200x900mm Aluminium Frame Magnetic Dry Wipe Board - White
Bi-Office 1200x900mm Aluminium Frame Magnetic Dry Wipe Board - White
Price: £51.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Shiny and easy to use, 13 July 2015
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This is a good sized board. It is clean and shiny and the board pens write very smoothly on it with little friction and no drag. Even more importantly, it cleans easily, leaving no trace of board marks; I tried a range of colours and they all came off easily, even red, which can be difficult to get off. I am very happy with this.


Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 700 Watt - White
Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 700 Watt - White
Price: £94.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good with hard fruits, not as good with citrus, 11 July 2015
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Firstly – the packaging. The juicer arrives well packaged and protected – but a word of warning: the box is very big. If your council is like ours and collects recycling fortnightly, the box will take a sizeable amount of space. The juicer appears to be very solidly built and is a fairly attractive unit. The footprint of it isn’t too big, but it is very tall and gets wider towards the midriff – so it does end up taking a fair bit of counter space. One of the key features of the juicer is the ease of cleaning it – it works quite well cleaning the sides of the machine, but the centrifuge cone does still have bits of fruit in the mesh after the cleaning cycle.

Juicing, the machine is extremely fast – things like apples seem to disappear in it. Be aware of which model you are using – this one does not come with a citrus cone (another model does) and you have to peel and remove the pith on citrus fruits. I peeled the oranges and removed the loose parts of the pith – because of the speed and force generated in the machine it seemed to disappear pith and all. Some of it remained in the machine, but the resulting orange juice was quite bitter from all the bits that ended up in the glass. As a point of reference I then juiced more oranges in a citrus press and they were pretty sweet.

The instructions that come with it are quite good – if you like flat pack furniture: not too many words but lots of pictures. For example the cleaning cycle didn’t seem documented but instead you had to find the corresponding pictures.

In summary it depends what you are looking for. If you want to juice fruits and vegetables, especially hard ones, the machine is excellent. Well built, robust and able to cope with them exceptionally well. If you want to juice citrus as well, you may end up with 2 juicers, or want to get the model with the cone. The rinse cycle worked well, but wasn’t flawless – you’ll still end up rinsing the machine afterwards and getting fruit out the mesh. But it was better than other mesh based machines I have used. The speed is quite impressive, but again if you’re after cold press type juices this (obviously) isn’t the one. But more than that, it is about the highest speed one I’ve seen. So potentially furthest from the cold press idea. Overall if you’re looking for this type of juicer and citrus isn’t a big requirement, it is excellent.


The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope
The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope
by Nancy Tucker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Sensitively written, 3 May 2015
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This book offers a sensitive and gut-wrenchingly honest insight into the world of the anorexic. Written as it is from a first-person perspective, it gives the reader a taste of how completely absorbing anorexia can be. For the person who does not suffer from an eating disorder, Nancy's choices in life seem bizarre and ridiculous and the solution seems simple; the outsider can easily see that if she continues along the non-eating path, she will eventually kill herself. It seems obvious that her lifestyle choices are killing her and that she should just stop. But for Nancy, anorexia becomes a friend, a comforting presence, to the exclusion of all else, including her real friends. Anorexia gives her a sense of control and a route towards the perfection she so desperately craves. The frightening thing is how quickly it happens. While still a young child, Nancy completes a piece of school work in which the task is to write what she would like to be; Nancy writes that she would like to be thin, and this is the starting point that leads to an eating disorder that lasts for years. The author is starkly honest and does not try to hide the unpleasant side-effects of anorexia in order to make her seem nicer - she honestly speaks of the physical side effects (such as growing hair over her body and waking up with puss filled ulcers in her mouth) to the behavioural habits such as lying and stock-piling rotting food. This honesty makes for a compelling account.


Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter - 2.55 g, Peach Parfait
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter - 2.55 g, Peach Parfait
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars but what is really lovely is the feel - it is beautifully creamy and soothing, 7 Feb. 2015
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The colour is quite subtle, but what is really lovely is the feel - it is beautifully creamy and soothing, almost like a lip salve. Would recommend.


Waterman Carene Amber Lacquer Gold Trim Medium Nib Fountain Pen - Gift Boxed
Waterman Carene Amber Lacquer Gold Trim Medium Nib Fountain Pen - Gift Boxed
Price: £117.47

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They just don't make them like they used to..., 5 Jan. 2015
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I collect fountain pens with my favourites being Waterman and Schaeffer. However, of late I have noticed that my Watermans just don't work as well as they used to - the nibs seem to block up easily and the ink doesn't flow well.
I'm sorry to say that this is no exception and will be the last Waterman I purchase. It works satisfactorily with cartridges, but the convertor does not dispense ink properly. It does not flow properly at all and I can only write two or three words before I have to resort to drawing lots of squiggles to get the ink flowing again. (Honestly, I think a good old-fashioned quill with its requirement of being dipped in ink might dispense more ink and create more words than this). I'm afraid this is just a desk decoration now, a very pretty decoration admittedly, but that's all.
And here endeth a long relationship with Waterman. I am sad to say goodbye but sometimes you have to admit that's it's over. I'm sorry, Waterman, it's not me, it's you.

Edited to add: I sent this back and got a replacement...which works fine so that's good to know. It doesn't make up for the fact that my other Watermans are not working and that there definitely seems to have been a drop in quality in recent years, but this one works well now so I have changed my rating and review accordingly.
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Greek Stories: A GCSE Reader
Greek Stories: A GCSE Reader
by John Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.19

4.0 out of 5 stars but it does have a good selection of passages, 14 Dec. 2014
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This is very helpful for any teacher wanting to prepare pupils for the GCSE unseen exam. Do be aware that it has no answers or mark schemes - you will have to make your own, but it does have a good selection of passages. The only small complaint I had is that not all the questions are GCSE style - there are several longer questions whereas the GCSE exam would have broken these up into several smaller questions, so if you are wanting something that is completely true to the exam to get your pupils ready, then you may have a little niggle, but overall it's a good book.
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