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Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars These tabs are not the best that Finish has to offer, 28 Jan. 2015
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These tabs are not the best that Finish has to offer. After only three consecutive uses glassware was beginning to form a white deposit and tea/coffee stains were left in mugs. Also cutlery was becoming dull and streaked. I’m going to stick with the far superior Finish Quantum which always gives excellent results.


Vileda WindoMatic Window Vacuum, 0.1 Litre, 12 Watt
Vileda WindoMatic Window Vacuum, 0.1 Litre, 12 Watt
Price: £47.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, 24 Jan. 2015
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This has a few pro's and con's. On the pro's it is lighter and sturdier in the hand than either the Karcher or Leifheit equivalents and the water tank is easily removable. The rubber blade doesn't distort when up against window edges, unlike the Karcher and the unit is quieter than the other two models. It also has a flexi-neck which allows for slightly better positioning. Although the rubber edge has a scalloped fin beneath (like the Karcher) it doesn't leave stripy streaks.

The con's are that it seems to have a bit less suction power than the other models so needs to be used more slowly to remove the water. Also it's necessary to use more pressure to get the blade flat to the window, perhaps because the rubber is quite firm.

Nonetheless after doing a couple of large windows a knack developed and it did a good enough job.


Cole & Mason Wood and Glass Croft Wooden 12 Jar Herb and Spice Rack
Cole & Mason Wood and Glass Croft Wooden 12 Jar Herb and Spice Rack
Price: £64.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Looks good, 27 Dec. 2014
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This is a handsome set which has a superior feel to the jars and the base. The contents are sealed beneath a foil cap and seem to be of equivalent quality to known high-street brands. The lids rotate smoothly to allow access to pouring and sprinkling apertures.

The jars wipe clean easily and if the base is not required, they are small enough to fit in a standard wire door rack. However if you have space they look pretty classy on display. The set arrives packed in a sturdy and attractive box. Not cheap perhaps, but much more handsome and higher quality than most other varieties of spice jars.


Kitchen Craft Deluxe Small Stainless Steel Slotted Spoon
Kitchen Craft Deluxe Small Stainless Steel Slotted Spoon
Price: £4.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy, 20 Dec. 2014
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This is a handy bit of kitchen kit for those jobs where the regular long-handled type won't do. The bowl of the spoon is about the size of a tablespoon and it's 25cm long overall. It's nicely balanced and has a solid, quality feel. Comes out lovely and shiny from the dishwasher, too.


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

4.0 out of 5 stars Good so far, 6 Dec. 2014
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Used this to glue polycotton to a stiff upholstery fabric and it’s held so far (3 weeks). Also used to glue a broken belt tab on a satin robe and it’s withstood one cool wash up to present. The glue is quite stringy and sets rapidly, so I recommend testing out how to use it on a bit of scrap fabric first. The directions recommend using Vaseline on the tip of the applicator after use which I did by applying it with the end of a cotton bud and it seems to have worked. Handy glue if used carefully and sparingly.


Industry Empire (PC DVD)
Industry Empire (PC DVD)
Offered by Startup Media
Price: £11.05

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total pain, 14 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Industry Empire (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
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Having spent half a day faffing about with this it wouldn’t run.

To install it needs an hour and a half, during which the EULA etc requires agreement to release personally identifiable info to others. The game is only licenced, not owned by the purchaser and it comes with the usual ‘if it screws up your life that’s your problem, not ours’ warnings. The actual installation does not come from the disc itself but requires a lengthy and tiresome procedure to download it from the Steam site. There are more boxes to tick, click and fill in than there are to get insurance.

After downloading (which took 35 mins though my system is well up to spec for the game) it can only be activated through Steam’s site at which point it hangs on a screen trying to download DirectX – and it will do this each and every time you hit Play.
Disabling firewalls/antivirus etc made no difference, neither did trying other routes in through files on the PC. There are so many hoops to jump through to try and get the damn thing installed, let alone to play, you’d think it’s some sort of hacking device to break into the Pentagon. It’s just a Sim game for heaven’s sake, Excalibur!

Having checked out the FAQs on their site it appears that there are known issues with starting the game and their suggested remedies get into installing patches (which according to the FAQs don’t work anyway) or manually uninstalling/reinstalling graphics cards and other similar procedures. No thanks.

I really don’t have time or inclination to prat about with this, so on the basis of it being a total pain to install and not running after hours of effort, I reckon one star is way generous. If you want a game which just installs and runs straight out of the box, this ain’t it.


The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared [DVD]
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Gustafsson
Price: £10.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost funny, 2 Oct. 2014
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This Swedish film tells the story of Allan, a man who absconds from his retirement home on his 100th birthday. He finds himself unwittingly instigating a plot to steal a fortune in cash and is pursued by a gang of ruthless thugs who want possession of it. Along the way he collects an assortment of oddball characters and his disappearance sets off a police manhunt.

During his rather aimless escape he reminisces in flashback about his life, during which he inadvertently played pivotal roles in world history. Despite being a centenarian, he continues to accidentally affect the lives of those around him.

Although this unusual idea should have worked it somehow misses its mark, never fully achieving either comedy or pathos, in part because the central character fails to elicit any sympathy or warmth from the viewer. By the end of the film he remains unknown and continues to be the purposeless and indifferent person of a century earlier. He merely passes through a series of successes and tragedies without any noticeable reaction, so he offers the viewer no personality on which to hang their interest. If his indifference is meant to convey some deeper message, it is lost behind a byzantine storyline which seems to never quite get going.

The dialogue shifts frequently from English to Swedish with subtitles provided and DVD quality is good. Extras show an interview with the star and the making of the film. The latter demonstrates the arduous make-up ritual endured by the lead actor and some special effects tricks.


BISSELL Homecare Emergency Spot Cleaner 3698E, 275 Watt
BISSELL Homecare Emergency Spot Cleaner 3698E, 275 Watt
Price: £99.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little sucker, 16 Sept. 2014
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This works better than expected once you get the knack. It's essentially a mini version of the likes of Vax etc carpet cleaners which suck out dirty water from carpets and fabrics. The main difference is that the water must be sprayed onto the surface manually.

The unit has separate tanks for clean and dirty water. The former is marked for both small and larger cleaning tasks so that the correct amounts of water and cleaning fluid can be added. Supplied are two bottles containing Bissel's Oxy cleaning fluids which must be mixed in water in the tank. The unit requires some assembly to fit the hose clip, brush holder and cord grip.

The instruction leaflets are poor, showing black and white photo images of the unit which are not clear enough to see the components adequately and the instructions for assembly and use are insufficient. They emphasize that the water tanks must be fitted securely and without any rocking or looseness, but the dirty water tank will not seat securely and wobbles about. In spite of that the unit functions well enough but the tank will fall off if the unit is tilted too much.

On the plus side the supplied cleaning fluid did the job extremely well. I successfully removed old stains on rugs which had resisted other cleaners, including Vanish. The fluid leaves no noticeable odour.

The cleaning head has a spray function which operates only when the unit is switched on. I found it sprays too wide an area for spot cleaning even when held at the recommended 2.5 cm from the surface, wetting about 10 cm, which means more to suction away. The suction was adequate for carpets but not enough for upholstery and left the fabric too wet.

Overall however, I found this to be a useful and practical item and would recommend it.


Emjoi MICRO Pedi Gift Set - 11 Piece
Emjoi MICRO Pedi Gift Set - 11 Piece
Price: £38.38

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not comprehensive for a fine manicure, 27 Aug. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This kit comprises a MicroPedi hard skin remover (requires 2 x AA batteries, not supplied) with dust brush, a double-sided nail brush, 5 filing tools, 2 x toe-separator bars, a slot-in roller to hold the filing tools, straight-edge scissors, nail clippers and a tube of coconut scented foot cream.

The filing tools are for shaping and buffing and each fit in the end of the replacement roller (take the abrasive roller out and slot other one in). One of the tools is for cuticle removal, which is a pointed slightly coarse implement. It looks a bit vicious but does do the job of removing cuticle skin when soft. That said, it takes a very long time to do so and it’s much quicker to use a standard hand tool.

Although the tools generally do what they claim, it’s still necessary to use a standard nail file because none of the attachments will file down the sides of the toenails to round them. Also the edge of the nail is left slightly rough even after using the emery tool (the pink one) so a fine board is necessary to achieve the best finish.

The packaging is quite cheap – thin plastic into which the pieces are wedged pretty tightly. The tools are held in a special plastic box but opening it and removing the heads is requires a strong hand – it was necessary to prise the box open with a knife!

Aside from the MicroPedi unit and the tools, the other items are of low quality and can be purchased cheaply anywhere. The coconut cream has a good aroma and gives good moisturisation. It goes on a bit heavy and greasy but soaks in after about 5 minutes.

Overall this kit assists in removing hard skin and filing nails, but cannot fully take the place of a good nail file and emery board.


Oral-B Pro 600 CrossAction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 600 CrossAction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £24.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some design flaws, 10 Aug. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In terms of performance when compared to the reliable old Oral-B Vitality, this offers a slight improvement in cleaning, insofar as the teeth and mouth feel to have had a more thorough cleansing. It feels to have a slower rotation and therefore seems to vibrate more, which is less comfortable than the Vitality.

Handling is a little disappointing. The unit is made largely of smooth plastic so any wetness causes the item to slip around in the hand and the on/off button is too small. Also the unit is not watertight; the pull-off battery cover quickly gathers water (and therefore bacteria) around the base.

It comes with one brush head and a charger. It requires a whacking 22 hours to take a full charge and needs 2.5 hours per day charge to keep it full.


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