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El Loro "El Pinarillo Books" (London, England)
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Salter Premium Automatic Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
Salter Premium Automatic Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
Offered by HoMedics Group
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars When did we stop calling them sphygmomanometers?, 23 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
According to my GP, there are four kinds of blood pressure monitors: toys, basic, basic with knobs on and those things from the future they use in hospitals.

This is basic with knobs on. It does what you would expect - measure your blood pressure and pulse - with a couple of nice extra features. First, it detects irregular heartbeats: important and not always picked up during reviews.

Second, it records readings in its memory. Yes, this a good feature but are you going to go through the memory at a review or are you going to show the doc your notebook?

Having said that, a home bp monitor is as much about reassurance as it is about control - and this does the job admirably.


Memories of Gascony
Memories of Gascony
by Pierre Koffmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous, if impractical, 16 July 2016
This review is from: Memories of Gascony (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a lovely book, evocative of those small restaurants you find in out of the way places in Gascony, serving locals with the most amazing food for a great price. You know the sort: the ones where you still remember the meal - and cringe at your attempts at French conversation - fifteen years later.

In places, it's not a book for even the intermediate cook. You won't find some of the ingredients in most branches of Tesco and it takes some culinary nous to work out how to prepare them.

Nevertheless, it's a feast for the eyes (and the memories)


MonBaby Smart Baby Monitor (Blue)
MonBaby Smart Baby Monitor (Blue)
Price: £99.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Think of this less as a baby monitor and more as a short range breathing monitor, 15 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This isn't really what I'd call a baby monitor: i doesn't monitor the room, temperratrure etc, it just, essentially monitors your child's breathing.

It's much less faff than a breathing monitor mat, particularly if you're not at home, and it links to your smartphone. So far, pretty good.

However, it links by Bluetooth which means it has a very limited range. It's great in the same room or the next but not much cop between two floors.

It might be OK when travelling or staying away, but at home you can get a lot more functionality for not much more money elsewhere.


Sol Republic RELAYS SPORT In-Ear Headphone with Noise Isolation, Black
Sol Republic RELAYS SPORT In-Ear Headphone with Noise Isolation, Black
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great headphones but why so expensive?, 12 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is, so far, a pretty good set of headphones.

For a start, they are stylish and comfortable. They give a great response on an MP3 player, a DAB radio, a phone and - most importantly for me - my old school stack and turntable.

The cable is a nice thickness which means I haven't had a tangle yet.

Which brings me on to the big question: why are they £40 when my just as good and still tangle-free after four years Philips O'Neill headphones are £22? Not even a carry case...


3M P100 SandBlaster Medium Sanding Sponge for Bare Surfaces - (Pack of 1)
3M P100 SandBlaster Medium Sanding Sponge for Bare Surfaces - (Pack of 1)
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for the bathroom door., 4 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Used this quite nicely to properly prep the new bathroom door.

Feels great in the hand, gets into most of the edges of the panels, washes nicely and is, generally, less kerfuffle than a sanding block and much much less fuss than a detail sander..

On reflection, the fine grade sponge might have been enough but no complaints.

Whether it will still be as good after a few more uses, who knows?


PARIS The World's Longest Dot-to-Dot Puzzle
PARIS The World's Longest Dot-to-Dot Puzzle
by Abi Daker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 2 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Forget the mindfulness tosh - this is plain old fashioned good fun.

It's big enough for more than one person to do at once and the hardback binding means it can be left lying around in the family room without fear of destruction.


Rapesco Zero-40 Heavy Duty Long Handled 2 Hole Punch, 40 sheet Capacity - Silver
Rapesco Zero-40 Heavy Duty Long Handled 2 Hole Punch, 40 sheet Capacity - Silver
Price: £19.83

4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy duty but not heavy., 1 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a nice piece of office kit.

The handle and pivot are made of metal and hard plastic, giving it a solidity that suggests it won't give way even if you over load it.

The chad reservoir is satisfyingly large and will do the lazier administrators a favour.

This review is time sensitive so I can't comment on how well it punches after a thousand uses; sometimes, the punch gets snagged on even the best hole punches.

My only quibble is that it isn't heavy enough. It looks substantial, it feels substantial but, when I pick it up, I feel oddly short changed!


Ultrasport Spoke Reflectors Set of 10, Gray, One Size, 330900000104
Ultrasport Spoke Reflectors Set of 10, Gray, One Size, 330900000104
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars All reflectors are good., 22 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The problem with reviewing stuff like this to a deadline in June is self evident. Nevertheless, some monkeying about in the garage with the lights off was fun and they seem ok.

They get five stars because this kind of kit is essential for commuting the rest of the year. You cannot skimp on visibility; even if you don't want to splash out on a ProViz jacket, you should have as much quality lighting, high viz and reflector material as possible.

Will they survive the rigours of commuting in November and January? Who knows...but for now, I like them just fine.


Our Amazing Planet: The World in Infographics
Our Amazing Planet: The World in Infographics
by Jon Richards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for family learning and discussion., 22 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We've really enjoyed this. More a stimulus than a study resource, it's generated some interesting discussion and mini projects to settle arguments.

It's accessible, attractive and of interest to all of us, from the youngest to visiting grandparents.

If you're not into the whole staring at a screen thing, and prefer collaborative learning, this is great.


Sigel SM135 Menu Folder with screw post binding, for A5, plastic, black, 1 pc.
Sigel SM135 Menu Folder with screw post binding, for A5, plastic, black, 1 pc.
Price: £15.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for checklists and the other kind of table., 22 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Confession: I didn't want this for a menu. I wanted it to hold and protect some checklists and tables - and it does a great job.

What I find particularly attractive is the size, just right for a backpack or shoulder bag, snug against the tablet.

It's handsome and easy to use.

Fab.


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