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Pinzon Basics Shower Curtain, Transparent
Pinzon Basics Shower Curtain, Transparent
Price: £6.42

3.0 out of 5 stars Pole and hooks not included!, 13 Oct 2014
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I realised I would have to buy a shower pole to hang this up with, but I expected it to have hooks (as indeed it does in the picture). I was wrong! This is just a curtain (or "curtain liner" as the packaging has it).

Once I'd actually got hold of the pole and hooks, it was fairly easy to hang up. It is, this time in line with the description, "basic", no frills, just a transparent rubbery shower curtain. I imagine you'd have to wipe it down and dry it well after every shower if you want to avoid limescale and blobs forming on it, but for now it does the job just fine.


Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
by Sylvain Tesson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A small taste of raw nature, 13 Oct 2014
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The idea of becoming a hermit is both fascinating and terrifying. To retreat to a remote part of the world where every day's activities are guided by nature at her most elemental, and to become self-sufficient, is a prospect which both appeals and repels. Sylvain Tesson, who took the bold step of living six months in a forest cabin in Siberia, gives us a taste of what this experience must be like. His task is an impossible one - as he himself admits - how can one put down in writing what it feels like to survive and work in temperatures of -40F, or to explore forests and climb mountains in a place where one's nearest neighbours are tens of miles away, and a small accident or poor judgement could lead to death. But he makes a good attempt of it. Particularly towards the end of the book, as I became familiar with Tesson's cycle of fishing, book-reading, vodka-drinking and scrambling up mountain slopes, I did get a sense of what it must be like to exist outside of the timescales and responsibilities forced upon us by modern society and technology.


Gardening Myths and Misconceptions (Wise Words)
Gardening Myths and Misconceptions (Wise Words)
by Charles Dowding
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book, though of questionable value, 8 Oct 2014
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This is an interesting and pretty little book, with some handy tips, which would make a good present for any gardener. The "myths and misconceptions" which the author attempts to dispel cover a range of things, many of which are emphasised several times in different ways, particularly the myth that land needs digging and loosening before planting. However, the author's evidence that these myths are incorrect often just come down to the fact that he has succesfully grown things while doing things the opposite way. One or two of his statements are backed up by scientific studies, but generally it is a case of "works for me" (to be fair, he does make this quite clear in the introduction, and stresses that his real aim is to get readers to question and test any handed-down wisdom).

The book itself is a pretty thin hardback (I read the whole thing in under two hours, and I'm not a particularly fast reader). It's very attractively presented, although while reading it I found that the little flourishes and fancy headers were actually a little distracting, and made it harder to read - as did the rather small typeface.


Hotpoint Steam Blender, 600 Watt, Silver
Hotpoint Steam Blender, 600 Watt, Silver
Price: £99.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Makes great healthy soup and baby food, 4 Oct 2014
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To start off with, this is a great blender, with a heavy duty glass container and a lethal-looking arrangement of six blades, two of which are serrated. It is both larger and more effective than the blender I used previously, on my Bosch food processor. And then, we have the steam cooking option. I was a bit baffled by this at first (the next-to-useless instructions really do not help), but it's actually very straightforward: set the time to cook, and then turn it on, that's it - there are no other settings. By steaming and then blending, you can knock up some deliciously tasty (and nutrient-filled) soups and baby foods (careful though, this stuff comes out HOT). It's really very quick and easy to knock up some great purees. As with all blenders, washing up can be a bit of a chore, but nothing especially tricky about it.


Stanley STHT5-20211 20-inch/ 500mm Heavy Duty Saw (Pack of 5)
Stanley STHT5-20211 20-inch/ 500mm Heavy Duty Saw (Pack of 5)
Price: £38.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy-duty, but disposable, 4 Oct 2014
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These saws make fairly light work of heavy-duty sawing. Their sharp, hardened blades are good for hard woods and for big jobs - but are fairly coarse, so perhaps better suited for sawing firewood than for crafting furniture. They are "disposable" - hence the five pack - once the saw blunts then you move on to the next one.


1Byone 3-Port 5.1A(2.1A 2A 1A) Aluminum Panel Compact Designed Rapid USB Car Charger For iPhone 6 6 Plus iPhone 5/5s/5c iPhone 4 4S iPad 1 2 3 iPad mini iPad Air iPod 5th iPod classic iPod nano iPod touch Samsung Galaxy Smartphones Samsung Tablets Motorola HTC Asus Huawei Cellphones Android Smartphones Tablet Pc Gopro Ebooks e-Reader MP3 Player GPS and More Digital Devices with 5V Input, Color Black And Red
1Byone 3-Port 5.1A(2.1A 2A 1A) Aluminum Panel Compact Designed Rapid USB Car Charger For iPhone 6 6 Plus iPhone 5/5s/5c iPhone 4 4S iPad 1 2 3 iPad mini iPad Air iPod 5th iPod classic iPod nano iPod touch Samsung Galaxy Smartphones Samsung Tablets Motorola HTC Asus Huawei Cellphones Android Smartphones Tablet Pc Gopro Ebooks e-Reader MP3 Player GPS and More Digital Devices with 5V Input, Color Black And Red
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and pretty little gadget., 3 Oct 2014
This is a really nicely designed little USB charger adapter. It is a lot shorter than the Maplins one I used previously, and feels quite a bit sturdier. I've had it happily charging three different devices while driving along. There is also a blue LED which shows when the adapter is powered, which is a nice touch. I was slightly concerned that this would drain the battery if I leave the adapter plugged in while not driving the car for a long time, but the power drain of the (tiny) LED is so small that it would probably take a good month or more for this to be a problem.


1Byone 27W 4-Port Travel-Sized Multi Ports Desktop USB Charger with U-station Design for iPhone 6 5s 5c 5, iPad 4 mini Air, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4, Note 3 2, the new HTC One (M8), Nexus, Smartphones, 5V Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers and More
1Byone 27W 4-Port Travel-Sized Multi Ports Desktop USB Charger with U-station Design for iPhone 6 5s 5c 5, iPad 4 mini Air, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4, Note 3 2, the new HTC One (M8), Nexus, Smartphones, 5V Tablets, Bluetooth Speakers and More
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and useful, 3 Oct 2014
I own several different USB multi-chargers, but this is my favourite, for several reasons. Rather than going directly into the wall it plugs into a standard figure-of-eight power adapter. This means that it can be positioned away from the socket (in my case, on my desk) and also that the plug and cable can easily be replaced (including when travelling abroad). It is sturdily built, and contains 4 USB outlets with dust protectors, reasonably well spaced apart. Although it is marketed for charging Apple products, it should work with any USB-chargeable device: I use mine to charge HTC phone, Asus tablet and assorted other bluetooth devices.


Green Coffee Bean Extract GOLD - 100% Pure PATENTED SVETOL® Grade, Fat Burning Supplement| 800mg Serving, ~ 50% Chlorogenic Acid | Weight Loss Supplement using Pure All Natural Veggie Capsules with ZERO Fillers, or Artificial Ingredients
Green Coffee Bean Extract GOLD - 100% Pure PATENTED SVETOL® Grade, Fat Burning Supplement| 800mg Serving, ~ 50% Chlorogenic Acid | Weight Loss Supplement using Pure All Natural Veggie Capsules with ZERO Fillers, or Artificial Ingredients
Offered by House Of Goods
Price: £18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well for me, 3 Oct 2014
I can't say with confidence whether or not these work, as I've only tried them on myself, but I certainly found that over a month of taking them I lost weight and also felt generally more energised.


Ultrasport Jump Trampoline - Blue, 6 Ft/183 cm
Ultrasport Jump Trampoline - Blue, 6 Ft/183 cm
Price: £97.83

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Palaver to set up, but great fun to use, 24 Sep 2014
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It took us a couple of hours to get all of the parts for this trampoline laid out and built up, but once we were up and bouncing the whole family had fun on it. It is big enough for an adult - just about - but only really for solo bouncing. You can easily get a couple of kids bouncing away in it though, and the high fence keeps them from doing too much injury to themselves if they fall off.


Scalextric 1:32 Scale GT Lightning Slot Car (Blue)
Scalextric 1:32 Scale GT Lightning Slot Car (Blue)
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 24 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The car is supplied blank with stickers for you to affix yourself, which the kids loved doing. It certainly seems a little sturdier than the other Scalextric cars we have, and sticks to the track a little more reliably. Great fun for kids big and small!


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