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MICRO Pedi Man Gift Set
MICRO Pedi Man Gift Set
Price: £49.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Feels cheap and plasticky, but works well., 13 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When I opened the package, my first impression was of rather a cheap-looking product - the type of thing you might buy unbranded on eBay via Hong Kong. Despite appearances, it worked rather well, removing dead skin effectively and even feeling rather nice on the foot as it did so. It still seems rather expensive for what it is, and it could be improved by having a rechargeable battery (rather than the two AA batteries - not included! - which it requires), by being waterproof, and by having a slightly more heavy-duty feel.


Bakers Dentacrunch Chicken and Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food 1 kg - Pack of 4
Bakers Dentacrunch Chicken and Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food 1 kg - Pack of 4
Price: £11.80

2.0 out of 5 stars Makes dog stinky, 10 April 2015
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I've used this dog food a couple of times before now, and can't help noticing that it makes my dog a lot more... there's no easy way to say this... trumpy. She stinks the room out whenever she's been eating Bakers! As with anything and everything even vaguely edible, she wolfs it down and always wants more, but I've had to stop feeding it to her because the resulting smell is just too much for the family to cope with.


VAX Floormate Cordless Floor Cleaner
VAX Floormate Cordless Floor Cleaner
Price: £199.00

4.0 out of 5 stars This cleaner does a good job of cleaning hard (lino or wooden) floors, 7 April 2015
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This cleaner does a good job of cleaning hard (lino or wooden) floors. You charge up the battery (which lasts approximately 30 minutes), fill with water & detergent, and get going. In my experience it worked at least as well as a mop and bucket, but is perhaps a bit more of a faff for small areas, particularly as it's not great at getting into small and oddly shaped corners and crevices. One other small niggle is that the on/off switch seems a bit peculiar, and isn't quite as easy to operate as I would have hoped. All in all though, a useful product.


Big Data: Using Smart Big Data, Analytics and Metrics to Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance
Big Data: Using Smart Big Data, Analytics and Metrics to Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance
by Bernard Marr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction and approach to data analysis, 30 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is the third book I have read on the topic of "big data", and certainly the most approachable. While taking through his own "SMART" approach to data analysis, Bernard Marr introduces the reader gently to the topic as well as providing some interesting case studies. I did find that particularly in the early chapters he has a habit of repeating the same things over and over in slightly different ways, which became a bit tedious and didn't really seem necessary. But when it comes to practical suggestions of how readers can approach their own problems through collecting and analysing data, the book really came into its own.


Igenix IG9508 Portable 2 Bar Quartz Halogen Heater 800 W - White
Igenix IG9508 Portable 2 Bar Quartz Halogen Heater 800 W - White
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Puts out some heat, but not great build quality, 22 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The first thing that struck me when this heater arrived is that at 36cm high it's a lot smaller and lighter than I'd expected. Build quality is very plasticky and it weighs next-to-nothing. On plugging it in, everything worked fine, it heated up quickly and, although the heat is very localised, within ten or twenty minutes it will warm up a small room. There is a switch on the bottom which needs to be kept pushed in (i.e. for the heater to remain on a hard surface) otherwise the heater will cut out for safety purposes. This is better than nothing, but all the same the heater is so small and lightweight, and gets so hot, that I wouldn't want to leave it anywhere where there are children or animals.


Oral-B Pro CrossAction 600 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush - Pink, 6 Units Per Case
Oral-B Pro CrossAction 600 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush - Pink, 6 Units Per Case
Price: £28.73

5.0 out of 5 stars Effective toothbrush, 20 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I was really quite surprised to find that this toothbrush does, as the adverts claim, leave your teeth feeling as clean as they do after a trip to the dentists. It was easy to charge and use, and felt like it was really getting to work on my teeth - without tickling my nose, as I've previously found some other electric toothbrushes do. The packaging also advertised an Oral-B app to go with the toothbrush - I downloaded this, and it seemed like a waste of time - it counts down two minutes in divisions of thirty seconds, which anyone with a watch (or phone) can already do, plus displays some weather and news articles, which I can get from anywhere else. But ignoring the quite unnecessary app, the toothbrush itself was great to use.


Nespresso by KRUPS Pixie Clips Capsule Coffee Machine, Black/Yellow Neon
Nespresso by KRUPS Pixie Clips Capsule Coffee Machine, Black/Yellow Neon
Price: £134.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks stylish, makes great coffee., 2 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This machine is incredibly easy to operate - just fill the detachable water container, pop in a cartridge, and press a button (espresso for a tiny shot, lungo for a bigger-but-still-small shot) - and the coffee that comes out is up there with the best I have tasted. It comes supplied with a large selection of different coffee types, so that you can find the one you like best. The detachable sides, with different coloured fascias available, are a little harder to operate, but make it something that you can style to match your kitchen. I am a little concerned at the environmental cost of supplying coffee in single-hit capsules, so this will be kept for special occasions only.


AmiGami Giraffe Figure
AmiGami Giraffe Figure

3.0 out of 5 stars A one-off toy with some fiddy bits, 2 Mar. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Giraffe Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm not quite sure of the target age for this "creative" toy - the 11 year-olds we tried it with found it a bit dull, and tired of it after a few minutes, but for younger kids I imagine that the parts would be a bit fiddly without extensive adult input. I'm also not convinced that the stickers are "reusable" as claimed. All-in-all, it seems like something that could occupy a child for half-an-hour or so before they lose interest. Certainly not a total waste of time, but rather over-sold on its potential for creative play.


AmazonBasics - Dog-Waste Bags with Dispenser and Lead Clip - Pack of 300
AmazonBasics - Dog-Waste Bags with Dispenser and Lead Clip - Pack of 300

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy to say that these bags suffer from none of ..., 2 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's surprising how much can go wrong with what ought to be a really simple product such as dog poo bags. Ones I have bought in the past have suffered from various flaws including bag too thin (yeuch!), too transparent (likewise), hard to open, and not being clear which end should be opened. I'm happy to say that these bags suffer from none of those flaws (they even have a handy arrow on them to indicate which end to open at). The dispenser too is really handy - we just keep ours clipped onto the dog's lead, so it's always ready when you go for a walk. I have previously owned a similar dispenser which, after a few refills, started to snap around the edges and pretty soon became unusable. The plastic on the Amazon dispenser seems a little less brittle, so I'm hoping this won't prove a problem, but only time will tell.


The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District
The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District
by James Rebanks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars our leisure-centred attitude to the great outdoors is a relatively recent craze, 23 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is not only a fascinating book, but also a very important one: a first-person description of the indigenous English hill farmer. While many of us feel a connection with the British countryside, our leisure-centred attitude to the great outdoors is a relatively recent craze, arising in the last few hundred years. In contrast, aside from the introduction of technologies that make the job easier, there is much about James Rebanks' outlook on the Northern English fells that is unchanged over hundreds, even thousand of years of farming in these islands. For this reason it is a valuable historical document, and a record of a way of life once shared by many that is now close to extinction.


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