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Fabri-Tac  113 ml Medium Bottle, Clear
Fabri-Tac 113 ml Medium Bottle, Clear
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Worked great, and fast, 26 Nov 2014
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Worked great, and fast, on fabric - creates a strong, quick-drying bond. Have not yet tried it with leather and other heavier materials, but I see not reason why it should not also be great on those.


Pooch and Mutt Calm Relaxed Complete Dry Food
Pooch and Mutt Calm Relaxed Complete Dry Food
Price: £13.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to tell whether they work, 26 Nov 2014
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Our (very un-calm) terrier wolfed these down, as she does everything. Can't say that I noticed any calming effects, although given that it was a tiny pack, there probably wasn't enough there to make any noticeable sort of change.


Pinzon Egyptian Cotton 725-Gram Towel Set, Driftwood, 2 Bath
Pinzon Egyptian Cotton 725-Gram Towel Set, Driftwood, 2 Bath
Price: £16.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Good towels, 26 Nov 2014
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Not quite the thickest, most luxurious, but all the same a very nice set of towels.


Verbatim 52602 LED Candle E14 4.5 Watt 350 lm Light Bulb
Verbatim 52602 LED Candle E14 4.5 Watt 350 lm Light Bulb
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which has got to be a good thing, right, 23 Nov 2014
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It's a lightbulb. And it works. And it uses very little electricity, compared to normal flourescent "energy saving" bulbs, let alone to the old tungsten ones. Which has got to be a good thing, right?


Anxiety Wrap
Anxiety Wrap
Price: £24.05

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed to help a little, 16 Nov 2014
This review is from: Anxiety Wrap (Misc.)
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We tried the wrap a few times on our very jumpy Lakeland terrier. The first few times there was no noticeable affect, but eventually it did seem to calm her down a little - not a great deal, but a little.


Tacwise 1038 Hobby 53EL Kit
Tacwise 1038 Hobby 53EL Kit
Offered by 1 Tool Shop
Price: £32.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well. Needs longer cable & better manual., 12 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This gadget does exactly what you would expect it to do - quickly and easily fires stapes and nails - and is really handy for upholstery, framing and the like.

My only real complaints are that it could do with a longer cable and/or the option to use batteries, and the manual is not particularly clear - par for the course for this type of product, unfortunately, but still not acceptable.


The Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Dining
The Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Dining
by Charles Spence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, if a bit esoteric., 1 Nov 2014
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This is quite an extraordinary book. It is really not aimed at the household cook, although if like me you are an adventurous cook, always looking for something to set your meals apart, then you will certainly find something of interest in here. The real target are, I assume, professional chefs looking to improve their game (particularly those with an interest in "molecular gastronomy"), and probably also academics studying food sciences. The writing itself is rather academic and dry, and in almost every sentence there are bracketed references to primary sources and to other sections of the book (Spence and Piqueras-Fiszman, 2014) which would have been a lot less distracting as end-notes. However, the writing may be dry but the subject matter is far from it: along the way you will learn about all aspects of dining from the names of dishes and shapes of plates to the possibility of food grown in petri dishes and "virtual reality" eating. Far from a cook-book, and a bit high-level for most, but nonetheless this makes for a fascinating read.


Pebble Smartwatch - Black
Pebble Smartwatch - Black
Price: £92.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not work as a fitness tracker, 1 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I got this watch mainly as a replacement for my lost FitBit - I thought that I would be able to do the same sort of activity-tracking, plus get some extra functionality from the watch's integration with my Android phone. Well, the integration part went fine - in fact better than expected, I found that it was particularly handy for controlling my MP3 player when in the car, allowing me to pause or skip forwards/back a track. However, the activity-tracking is worse than useless. It worked fine for a couple of days - matching more-or-less step-for-step the counter on my HTC One phone - but then then it developed a mind of its own. Most days I will glance at the step counter at around 10am, by which time I'll have walked a good mile or two, and the Pebble tells me that I have walked 30 steps. Couple this with the lack of climb-tracking and no integration with the FitBit website, and it's basically useless for the purpose I bought it for. As a very expensive music controller and compass, however, it's great!


Woolly Woofers
Woolly Woofers
by Debbie Bliss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun!, 28 Oct 2014
This review is from: Woolly Woofers (Paperback)
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I bought this book as a bit of a joke for my wife, but it's actually a lot of fun. Really nicely laid out and clearly explained, with some great ideas for doggie knits.


Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life
Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life
by Paul Dolan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful suggestions, but a struggle to read, 23 Oct 2014
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I struggled with this book at first: it is not particularly well-written, with important points buried amongst repetition, anecdote and poorly structured sentences. However, it contains many fascinating insights and particularly in the second half, where Dolan lays out some practical exercises, it becomes genuinely useful. In the short time since I read this book, I certainly feel both happier and more aware of the sources of my own happiness. It's just a shame that the book wasn't better written and about half the length.


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