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Morphy Richards 102004 Accents Kettle, 1.5 Litre, 3000 Watt, Red
Morphy Richards 102004 Accents Kettle, 1.5 Litre, 3000 Watt, Red
Price: £35.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but Noisy, 12 April 2015
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It's a stylish kettle that handles well. The way it sits on its large base gives an impression of solidity and robust manufacture (remains to be seen in longterm use). The grip feels good in the hand when filling and the spout is well angled to be able to fill from the tap. It is not the quietest machine out there; in fact when it starts out to boil water it is very noisy indeed. I hope this doesn't mean trouble later on. On the whole we're pleased with it, but we'll see how the performance continues.


Philips GC7619/20 PerfectCare Pure Steam Generator Iron - OptimalTemp No Fabric Burns Technology, 200 g Pressurised Steam Boost
Philips GC7619/20 PerfectCare Pure Steam Generator Iron - OptimalTemp No Fabric Burns Technology, 200 g Pressurised Steam Boost
Price: £99.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 12 April 2015
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What a wonderful piece of kit. It does exactly what it says in the blurb. It looks a bit of a monster when you unpack it down to the large water tank, but the iron section itself is light and easy to use. If you enjoy ironing it makes a joy of the task and even if you don't, you'll be delighted at how easy and fast it makes the chore. The iron is comfortable in use; there is plenty of steam and the technology means it will never spoil a garment by overheating on it, but at the same time has enough power for you to be able to iron both sides at once. By far the best of the ones we've tried. Only downside is the storage because it's not a small piece of kit. We had a Tefal iron as our main one - very good - but that has now been relegated to the spare.


Scholl Active Work Gel Insoles for Women
Scholl Active Work Gel Insoles for Women
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good product, 3 April 2015
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I've been trying these out inside my lightweight walking shoes. They're comfortable and add that extra cushiony spring to the step. They're also very substantial and are best for walking shoes and trainers. I had to cut mine down quite a lot, so they are generous in their size.


Tefal FV9630 Ultimate Anti-Calc Steam Iron - 2600 W
Tefal FV9630 Ultimate Anti-Calc Steam Iron - 2600 W
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, 3 April 2015
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This is one of the better irons in a crowded market. It has a good design build and does the job well. It's pretty similar to the non Anti-Calc version but a bit heavier. Indeed the weight would be a slight drawback to some. My husband does the ironing in our household and remarked on its weight although it didn't cause him a problem. It's a solid piece of kit and does a super job of ironing clothes. A huge plus for us is the long flex which makes it so much easier to do the job. We live in a hard water area so the anti-calc will come in useful, but it's early days to comment on how long the cartridges last and how much use they are.


Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (Black)
Panasonic ALL8 Wireless Speaker System (Black)
Price: £295.00

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL USER INTERFACE, 23 Mar. 2015
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Oh dear. This speaker system is well built and solid and sounds wonderful. But...
The reason it's missing the other four stars is the travesty of an operating system. Who on earth thought it was a good idea to make the user download a Panasonic app and connect in via mucking about with the house Wifi and passwords rather than Bluetooth. Why, when Bluetooth works perfectly well do you want to go and abandon a system that every android uses and complicate it with a rubbish interface that either doesn't work or only does half a job.
I wanted this speaker for my kitchen. At the moment I have a Jawbone speaker that links to my tablet with Bluetooth and will happily play streamed music from Amazon Cloud and Google. Forget it with the Panasonic. You can't do it. To actually hear music on my tablet I have to put the songs onto the tablet itself rather than streaming. I have thousands of songs on my cloud accounts and I ain't going to put them on my tablet and clog up its memory, so this product is basically unusable for me.
You're offered 6 months free trial of premium Spotify - after which you have to pay. I don't want Spotify. I want to listen to my own music collection (free and without adverts) streamed through good speakers with a minimum of fuss.
The instructions appear to have been written by someone without English as a first language. For example: 'When the update has been failed, retry from the preparation.' What's that supposed to mean!
The difficult setup for this, the limited options and lack of Bluetooth make this a complete and utter waste of money in my opinion. Might come in as a doorstop I suppose.
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Igenix IG9030 PTC Ceramic Fan Heater 1,800 W - Silver
Igenix IG9030 PTC Ceramic Fan Heater 1,800 W - Silver
Price: £25.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent small piece of kit, 19 Mar. 2015
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Bought this for occasionally requires boosts of heat and have been really pleased with the product. It's compact and solid. It gets on with the business of heating the room in no time at all and kicks out a good wallop of heat for its small size. Excellent for a spare room, garage, or cold corner. The safety features are excellent. Pick it up, knock it over and it cuts out. I am hoping to use this in the summer to move the air about should we ever get any warm weather. Can't report on that side of matters yet, but as a heater it's certainly recommended.


The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217 (General Military)
The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217 (General Military)
by Richard Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Effort. Recommended., 16 Mar. 2015
I have been studying William Marshal for many years and have read most of what's out there about him, including biographies and primary sources. This is a strong addition to the oeuvre, The general biography makes a good fist of telling his life story. There are a few errors which is why I dropped a star, but it'll give you a good overview. Where this work shines is on the military aspects and I think Richard Brooks understands the Marshal very well as a soldier. It's probably the best of the works I've read on analysing that aspect.
All told it's much better than Thomas Asbridge's recent very badly researched bungled offering The Greatest Knight. It would, however sit very well alongside David Crouch's biography of the Marshal.


The Devil's Detective
The Devil's Detective
by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Original and imaginative - with caveats, 14 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Devil's Detective (Hardcover)
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When I took a punt on this it was because I thought it might be quirky, enjoyable fun rather like Ben Aaronovich's Rivers of London. Never was I more wrong. It's quirky, yes, and highly imaginitive, but in a very different way. This is a dark, dystopian novel with strong elements of the horror genre, set in the kingdom of Hell. There's always routine murder, but when bodies begin turning up with their souls missing, it's down to Hell's Information man Thomas Fool to find out just who is responsible, and in so doing change the landscape of hell - but for the better?
The Devil's detective is one of those multi-layered novels that makes the reader think and it can be read on several levels. I enjoyed it for that aspect and for the imaginative twists and turns of the plot where everything is nearly always not what it seems.
I did, however, find the gore and the body fluids relentless and tedious by the end of the book. Unsworth is a fine writer and very good at the graphic descriptions. He puts you in the moment but there is only so much visceral detailed description of torture, blood, vomit, mucus, excrement, saliva and other body fluids that a person can take, especially when accustomed to reading a mealtimes!


Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250 (The Middle Ages Series)
Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250 (The Middle Ages Series)
by Martha Carlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.38

5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem, 9 Mar. 2015
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This is a fabulous book both for students, academics and the general reader wanting to find out about daily life in the Middle Ages. The letters, dating from the 13th century, cover all manner of subjects from ordering wine and fur for cloaks, to invites to tournaments, to demands for parental cash from hard up scholars. It's extensive in scope and clearly a labour of love. The authors give detailed explanations of the workings of that aspect of society behind each letter and include sources and an extensive bibliography. For anyone wanting to know the nuts and bolts of early 13th century society, this is a must have on your book shelf.


AmiGami Giraffe Figure
AmiGami Giraffe Figure

4.0 out of 5 stars Good standby for a creative moment., 9 Mar. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Giraffe Figure (Toy)
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Kept our little one thoroughly entertained for a while over half term. She is four and a half and had some fun with it. She found it fairly simple to use and could manage the tools quite easily, twisting the card and using the pegs to attach to the giraffe. Very useful for a wet afternoon.


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