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Colgin Hickory Liquid Smoke 472ml
Colgin Hickory Liquid Smoke 472ml
Offered by We Luv Shopping
Price: £9.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Great smoke seasoning in a bottle, 21 April 2015
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Great seasoning when you want that smokey taste. Was buying smaller bottles of liquid smoke and often postage on top but this large bottle roughly equivalent to 4 small bottles is more convenient and is on Prime. No brainer. For whatever reason UK supermarkets just do not stock any type of liquid smoke so Amazon to the rescue again. Experiment!


Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens - Assorted (Pack of 30)
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens - Assorted (Pack of 30)
Price: £20.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 30 colours, 19 April 2015
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A pack of 0.3mm fine liners in 30 colours with no repeats.

There is no plastic case to hold the pens but they are slotted into a white cardboard box that pulls out of the shipping box this serves well as an organiser. I have put sample colours in two rows on the front ofthis card container to help with selection as some of the pen tops are ‘off’ a bit from the ink colours. To my eyes 3 of the the blue inks are closer together in darkness than suggested by the lids and I find I need to add a mid green from Stabilo pack as there is a big jump in light to dark here.

Drysafe means the lids are safe be left off which I can certainly vouch for.

Love these pens, only wish there were just a few more colours available.


P.KU.VDSL®Outdoor Living Portable Commercial Trip Bag Large Capacity Storage Cosmetic Bags Rose Red
P.KU.VDSL®Outdoor Living Portable Commercial Trip Bag Large Capacity Storage Cosmetic Bags Rose Red
Offered by VanDeSaiL
Price: £31.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Wash bag for normal sized bottles, 17 April 2015
The way this hangs up allowing all your normal sized bathroom items and maybe medicines stay organised and pretty much ready to go is the best feature.

All zips are plastic coil with coated metal sliders and pullers.

Normal sized 250ml cans and hair products can fit standing up so you don’t need to decant those into small bottles or buy holiday sized versions. Half litre Aussie shampoo bottle however will not fit.

I like how dental stuff can be kept separate in the sides (electric tooth brush fits standing up with head detached. I can see though that some may need a bigger version of this. It is more of a traveling medium-light bag.

The logo and text printed on the front “NatureHike Idea for outdoor use” hints at hiking usage but I don’t quite get what makes it specially suited to hiking beyond the waterproof and size. Not sure what the word “commercial” in the title means either.

The colour is a dull red bordering on a dark pink and on my calibrated laptop display looks pretty similar to the real thing. Inside is a muted yellow lining and matching mesh. Given the choice now I would perhaps have gone with the blue one shown.

The care label suggests 30°C machine wash on normal cycle & not to tumble dry.

On the downside the description mentions a mirror that detaches or attaches with velcro. This was not present on my sample. Nor do I see where that would attach to go so I don’t think it is missing. Despite that this is the most functional toiletries bag I have come across and now permanent of part of my travel kit.


P.KU.VDSL® Retro Men Canvas With Leather Fashion Casual Bag Waist Pack Hand Bag Single Shoulder Messenger Bag (Coffee)
P.KU.VDSL® Retro Men Canvas With Leather Fashion Casual Bag Waist Pack Hand Bag Single Shoulder Messenger Bag (Coffee)
Offered by VanDeSaiL
Price: £29.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Affordable tablet carrier., 17 April 2015
This small messenger bag is made from thick canvas like material, the colour I have is described as coffee with dark brown leather like trim with brass coloured metal buckles, loops and magnetic fasteners. Weight I measured at 600g.

The over-flap features a large ‘leather look’ badge with odd collection of english words embossed (making little sense if read: "D/E/A/R AUGUR® simple casual COMFORTABLE & FREESTYLE NATURE… DEEP RESPIRATION (DAILYLIFE) WESTERN U.S. CATTLE SUBPACKAGES FREE PERSON AT TIME”) under which two canvas belt straps thread, with 4 buckles which I think is a bit overkill. There are no pockets in the flap. Thankfully the flap is kept closed via one magnetic stud fastener per strap hidden under the lower buckles which makes opening/closing much faster than buckles alone would be; they only really serve as strap length adjustment if the bag is stuffed full.
You can remove the lower half of the straps from under the flap but you then loose the magnetic fasteners.

I count 7 compartments.

Under the flap are three compartments of decreasing size. A lined main compartment with drawstring closure, is large enough take a full iPad size tablet, A5 paper pad (it is wide enough for A4 but sadly not long enough) and a lot more, it also has a small shallow zip pocket (metal slider and puller on plastic coil teeth) big enough for reading/sun glasses. Be aware there is no corner or edge padding anywhere.

Next out under the flap there is a zip over front pocket (metal slider and puller on plastic coil teeth) big enough for regular paperback book or an iPad mini sized tablet, but no sub-pockets for smaller items like pens. Finally there is a slightly smaller open compartment but again with no sub-pockets.

The two sides of the bag each have narrow see-through mesh pockets.

There is one final very small pocket on a side flap that has a magnetic clip fastener. I would say you could fit some keys maybe but not any of todays phones. The item picture shows an iPhone 5 in there, note it has no case on and the flap is open. If you have any sort of case even a skinny one it wiil not slide in. A bare iPhone 4S will just about slide in but you still cannot then close the flap shut with the magnetic stud (I tried one). The shoulder strap is permanently attached with thick metal loops, adjustable in length. It has no shoulder pad.

Pros:
It is well made
zips work smoothly
Magnetic fasteners are strong enough
the material feels reassuringly thick.
OK in a brief light rain shower

Cons
Avoid downpours.
It could do with a bit of corner or bottom edge padding
Needs a few more sub pockets for pens etc
Needs a larger phone pocket (there is plenty of space) and longer flap

I would say a young male or female could make good use of this bag, the style would suit some more than others and I would say it will last a good while.


GRDE® Smart Sound Control Lamp, Lucky Bedside Table Lamp with Sound Activated Function, Energy Saving LED Night Light, Great Gift for Children (Upgrade Version, UK Plug)
GRDE® Smart Sound Control Lamp, Lucky Bedside Table Lamp with Sound Activated Function, Energy Saving LED Night Light, Great Gift for Children (Upgrade Version, UK Plug)
Offered by UK tree
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Small Gratifying Double Red Hi, 16 April 2015
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Mains powered night light in a Chinese good luck design. The combination of the character (Dual Hi?) and the red colour considered to bring good luck.

Feng shui aside the lamp produces a cooler brilliant white light rather than a warm tungsten white. Overall brightness is below a normal table lamp but sufficient not to dazzle when you wander about in the dark. The red plastic body is a very glossy finish and dare I say a bit cheap close up or handling but just fine from a distance. The white mains cable is 1.3m long with a 3-pin UK plug. Packaging indicates it will work on 110V - 230V.

There is a three position slide-switch on the back of the red body SOUND|OFF|ON. Two of these are obvious while SOUND means the lamp comes on for exactly 2 minutes when the room is both dark AND a sound is heard. After using my wish would be the light would stay on a little longer than this say 5 or ten minutes. The microphone is quite sensitive and will activate if in a room with a TV or in the hall and someone rings or knocks at the front door which I find useful. But note this does not happen when there is sufficient daylight.

Interestingly I measured electricity usage at just over 1W regardless of the switch position including OFF, in fact when the LEDs were on it seemed to take a little less (which probably means all that luck must be an example of negative energy) but in any setting it is so small its not worth worrying about bills. Leaving this plugged in 24-7-365 will eat less than £2 of electricity per year and so I don’t think the inactive period in daylight is actually doing significant energy saving, its just an aesthetic effect so a longer on-time would cost nothing more.

Original design, low-cost, sound activated lucky lamp. To quote the box: “The happiness and good luck with the light will be come with you”.


JustIngredients Smoked Paprika Loose 250 g (Pack of 2)
JustIngredients Smoked Paprika Loose 250 g (Pack of 2)
Price: £6.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Paprika, 15 April 2015
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Half a kilo of smoked paprika that introduces a new depth of flavour and richness. I am now wondering if I will be using any of my ordinary paprika anymore because this is a whole new experience that you want every time. Will buy again.


MeasuPro BPM-50W Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with Heart Rate Detection, Hypertension Color Alert Display, Two User Modes, IHB Indicator and Memory Recall
MeasuPro BPM-50W Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with Heart Rate Detection, Hypertension Color Alert Display, Two User Modes, IHB Indicator and Memory Recall
Offered by Five Star
Price: £24.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Affordable BP monitor, 9 April 2015
Every home should have one of these. Place the display such that the plam-side veins are against the back surface and secure the velcro. You must remember to raise your wrist to be level with your heart. Touch one user button and a little motor pumps away and the systolic and diastolic and pulse are measured with a date and time stamp. The supplied booklet (English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish) give plenty of help and advice as to when best to take readings. The font is a little small. Have used a Beurer BC58 for about 2 years so it was interesting to compare the two.

The BPM-50W operates in a slightly different fashion to my Beurer which inflates to max pressure first and performs the SYS then DIA measurements in that order during the deflation process. The BPM-50W is the opposite, inflating slowly measuring DIA first then SYS. The time taken to complete pumping and reading is quicker on the Beurer at 20s compared to the 27s with the MeasurePro. The BPM-50W pump is very quiet compared with the Beurer where I think its larger case houses a bigger pump (hence quicker time).

Setting date and time seemed easier on the MeasurePro both offer 12 or 24/hr format but date format on the MeasurePro is M/D whereas the Beurer in D/M. The MeasurePro gives one average per user whilst the Beurer will also give AM and PM averages.

The Beurer will sometimes auto repeat the cycle because it did not get good enough reading which has not yet happened with the MeasurePro. I think its because the MeasurePro’s hard clip part of the band is a snugger fit to my wrist making a good final velro fit easier to make.

Comparing the two units readings with each other they are within 2mmHg or less which is the sort of variation you get using just one for repeat reading so I am quite confident the measurements are reliable. They both have the same 2 user, 60 stamped readings per user. However the BP-50W has no USB port to download the user data to analyse and then print graphs.

Other differences: MeasurePro has no master slide switch and no hard carry case which can mean it is easy to trigger an accidental inflation cycle but it does make it one step process. The user buttons are actual moving buttons where the Beurer was a glass touch screen. The BPM-50W is a smaller unit whilst the bands are identical in width and length, is 60g lighter at 120g (inc batts) and more curved in profile and the LCD display area is smaller with smaller digits. Don't be misled by the "colour display" in description, it is reverse monochrome LCD with a pointer to a colour legend printed to the left side of the display which is the WHO scale. The BPM-50W is notably almost half the price of the BC-50.

If downloading the data is not an issue then I would say the MeasurePro BPM-50W is the one to choose.


Basily Wine Aerator --- BREATHES wine straight from the bottle! | HASSLE-FREE Spout Pourer | Bottle Top Wine Decanter Alternative | Best Aerator for Red Wine | PREMIUM Bar Accessories | Portable | 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
Basily Wine Aerator --- BREATHES wine straight from the bottle! | HASSLE-FREE Spout Pourer | Bottle Top Wine Decanter Alternative | Best Aerator for Red Wine | PREMIUM Bar Accessories | Portable | 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
Offered by AbcoTech Direct
Price: £6.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A must have item for cheaper reds, 5 April 2015
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I have often poured out a red wine into a glass jug to instantly improve the smoothness especially on lower priced bottles of reds. Stopped doing that now I have tried the aerator which does the same job.
A second channel bubbles air through the wine flow as you pour. You can hear this quite clearly and the result is a much more pleasant mouth.
I have only tried it on reds but I have used without issue on screw and corked bottles. A must have item if you like affordable red wine.


Basily High Grade Premium Garlic and Ginger Press - Silicon Garlic PEELER INCLUDED
Basily High Grade Premium Garlic and Ginger Press - Silicon Garlic PEELER INCLUDED
Offered by AbcoTech Direct
Price: £6.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Two for one. Both excellent., 4 April 2015
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I have never come across this kind of peeler before. Put a clove in the tube and gently roll it on the work surface. The friction quickly takes off the skin and you have a perfect naked clove. Suddenly a job I have dislike for so long is now almost too easy. Don’t press too hard though. The tube has a hole for hanging.

The press itself is ferritic stainless steel with a little plastic in the handle joints. The handles have loops for hanging if you want. I have used and chucked many presses over the years with disappointing results but this one works very well with no leakage round the piston. Crushed Garlic emerges quickly and easily with almost nothing left in the chamber.

Cleaning of the cavity etc after use is simple because the stainless steel grid of holes pushes out giving easy access for a brush.

Both keepers.


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Meat Claws - Pulled Pork Claws - Shredder Bear Claws - Meat Handler Forks - Carving Forks - BBQ Shredding Forks - Best BBQ Meat Claw- Barbecue - Barbecue Gifts - Barbecue Accessories - BBQ Tools - BBQ Supplies - Pork Shredder - Bear Claws for Pulling Pork - Bear Claw Meat Shredder BBQ - BBQ Smoker Accessories - BBQ Pork - Best BBQ Tools - BBQ Smoking Accessories - Barbecue Tools Grill Accessories - Shred Meat Like A Bear - Best Selling- The Perfect Barbecue & Grill Tool - Kodiak Klaws - Kitchen Forks - Spaghetti Forks - Salad Forks - Mixer - Meat Forks
Offered by Walsh Fellow
Price: £19.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab your meat, 4 April 2015
Getting these to test inspired me to make pulled pork as best I could using a normal oven. I used Falicity Cloake’s “How to cook perfect pulled pork” from Guardian Jan 2013 albeit with a boneless joint. It turned out brilliant and these Kodiak Klaws made shredding an quick and easy job of the 2.5kg chunk of meat. Have used to shread a half duck too.

Obviously shredding is their main purpose but I find I am using them mostly for lifting roast joints and chicken from a pan to their resting place and also using one claw as a firm hold during carving.

They are very easy to clean and despite being plastic are resistant to oven heat. Worth having in any kitchen.


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