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Philips BRT383/15 BikiniGenie Trimmer
Philips BRT383/15 BikiniGenie Trimmer
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great item, 24 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A great item with various heads to achieve the cut you want.
The item comes with a cute grey bag where the trimmer can be stored.
This is battery operated so you can use and take it where ever you wish.
Would recommend.


Rexel A5 Mesh Bag with Blue Zip (Pack of 10)
Rexel A5 Mesh Bag with Blue Zip (Pack of 10)
Price: £15.68

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 20 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Essentially a pencil case for A5 documents, Rexel's Mesh Bags have so far proved durable.


Logitech [+] trip Universal Air Vent Car Mount for Smartphone
Logitech [+] trip Universal Air Vent Car Mount for Smartphone
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars for the music player it's perfect., 20 May 2015
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Works perfectly with my iPod in the car though it has a little trouble with my slightly heavier Nexus phone. There are supplied adhesive magnets but I don't want to have to attach them to the phone's casing. Still, for the music player it's perfect.


Clearblue Plus Visual Pregnancy Test Sticks - Pack of 2
Clearblue Plus Visual Pregnancy Test Sticks - Pack of 2
Offered by pharmacysaver
Price: £5.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 20 May 2015
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Clearblue manufacutyre consistently reliable products and this latest iteration is no exception.


Osomount 360 Flex Universal In-Car Dashboard Windscreen Mount Holder for Smartphones
Osomount 360 Flex Universal In-Car Dashboard Windscreen Mount Holder for Smartphones
Offered by Zero 50 Retail Ltd
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very smart looking, sturdy and unobtrusive as far as its ..., 9 May 2015
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Very smart looking, sturdy and unobtrusive as far as its position on the dash goes. A great addition to any in-car studio setup.


TONI&GUY Men Sea Salt Spray - 200 ml
TONI&GUY Men Sea Salt Spray - 200 ml
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 7 May 2015
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Lovely stuff


Airmax Sport Version Nasal Dilator
Airmax Sport Version Nasal Dilator
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 7 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Pretty uncomfortable, yes, but it certainly did help.


Batman Adventures: Mad Love Deluxe Edition HC
Batman Adventures: Mad Love Deluxe Edition HC
by Bruce Timm
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2015 Deluxe Edition Review, 29 April 2015
Mad Love is, as Frank Miller himself attests, the best Batman story of the 1990s. This collection marks the third time it's been reprinted since its original publication as a single issue in 1994, after the hardcover and softcover prints of Mad Love And Other Stories. Sadly, this latest edition is by some distance the worst of the three versions and if you have either version of the 'And Other Stories' version of the book, hold on to them.

The problem isn't with the material itself, obviously, but the presentation. The Other Stories contained in the previous printings of this book comprised a number of related Batman Adventures issues by either Timm, Dini or both together and accounted for well over half the books' page counts. Here, however, the only thing that's on offer is the Mad Love one-shot itself, as well as Bruce Timm's original sketches for the entire book as well as the book's worth of colour guides. Essentially, you're paying for three copies of the one issue. Selected pages from this sort of thing make for an interesting bonus on occasion, but they cannot replace 130+ pages of good-to-great extra comics material.

You're well within your rights to balk at this as, after all, the book is no longer SOLD as "Mad Love And Other Stories", but that edition of the book is still in print and readily available, for the time being at least. What you're being offered here is an inferior product. Yes, it's oversized, but the artwork hasn't been scaled up to a professional standard and there are noticeable jagged edges throughout the book, which usually isn't a problem with DC's Deluxe Editions. That said, consistency with DC's collections department is non-existent, so it's not fair to judge them by such a standard. Similarly annoyingly, Paul Dini's introduction from the older version of the book is presented here also, though it makes reference to all those extra tales. Really shoddy quality control from DC, there.

I guess the worst thing is that some people are going to feel compelled to buy this out of a sense of compulsion. I sold my paperback when this hardcover was announced, but having seen the quality of the finished book I've just ended up rebuying a copy. Even the dustjacket is disappointing, with DC having gone back to the plain black matte finish instead of using any of the book's suitably presentable imagery like with the recent Arkham Asylum Deluxe Edition.

So, if you have Mad Love And Other Stories, I'd advise holding on to it.


Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Round Robin
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Round Robin
by David Michelinie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The First Casualty Of Comprehensive Collection, 21 April 2015
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Though I've not been keeping up with the other Epic lines from Marvel's latest and greatest reprint program, I feel safe in saying this is the first casualty of the 'reprint EVERYTHING' mindset when it comes to Amazing Spider-Man comics. In order to have the full unbroken run on any potential set of shelves in our collecting futures, there's going to have to be some degree of trash on there, and with reserved gladness I welcomed this collection knowing that it presents arguably the very worst of Amazing Spider-Man and at least I could look forward to forthcoming installments without wincing at the prospect of this run's inclusion.

Bad bad bad bad bad comics, is what this is.

Round Robin: The Sidekick's Revenge is an early example of the practice of writing for trades that has since become the norm for US comics, and collects Amazing Spider-Man #353-358 from late '91 and early '92. Written by Al Milgrom (filling in for David Michelinie, the series' then-regular scribe) and collecting some of Mark Bagley's earliest issues as long-term penciller, the story concerns an erstwhile sidekick of Moon Knight's, Midnight, who's been resurrected as a cyborg and is feeling vengeful. Also figuring into the mix for no good reason at all are New Warriors Nova and Night Thrasher, and the Punisher. Oh, and Spider-Man, but that's not important.

Oh, wait, that IS important. It's important that Spider-Man feature in his own book. I just forgot because Al Milgrom evidently doesn't want me to think so.

Yes, this is gluttonous, nutrient-deficient 90's Marvel at its very worst: a six-issue saga featuring a cavalcade of heroes and villains so far down the list they bypass a letter of the alphabet altogether, fighting and fighting, and then pausing to relay their origins and innermost thoughts once an issue or so, and resuming fighting and then fighting some more 'til the story ends because someone blows up or has a change of heart or something equally as compelling happens.

That might seem harsh, but it's a fair description of the headline story for this volume. Michelinie was a great writer and I've never read an issue of Spider-Man that he wrote that I didn't like (though he tried his damndest with The Assassin-Nation Plot). Milgrom, on the other hand, is not a great writer. Many would argue he's not even a great artist. Thankfully, that's not an issue here (even though Bagley's early work isn't particularly exciting, much as it honestly shames me to have to admit it). Milgrom throws cyborgs, a shady cult, personality-free grunts (including The Seekers: Sonic, Grasp and Chain!) and daddy issues aplenty at us and nothing sticks. I paid close attention while reading - I'm not in the habit of not reading things while I'm reading them - and even now I'd struggle to give you a detailed rundown of what happens. I remember the early reveal that Aunt May loves watching wrestling on TV, that no fewer than three characters have some variation of 'night' in their name and a misjudged post-coital quip from Peter and that's about it. Oh, and a panel in which Punisher conveniently recounts his origin in his sleep for the benefit both of the characters who've only just met him and unfamiliar readers that made me laugh aloud.

What you have is something that can't even merit a second star. There's just nothing there for it. The writing's bad, the art's not great and the plot isn't, well, it isn't there. Worst of all, it's never explained why it's called "Round Robin". That just bugged me from start to finish, that did.

Bad.

Bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad.

As for the rest of the issues, when Michelinie DOES return to his writing duties, Bagley takes a few issues off! The Mitch and Bags team was a highlight of early 90s Marvel but, for these issues alone, it was hard to get the two of them together at once.

Also included are a number of Annuals containing several stories, mostly written by Michelinie, that go nowhere and shine spotlights on characters generally undeserving of their own series, and some assorted artworks and text pieces at the back relevant to the reprinted material.

With this being volume 22 in the series and Cosmic Adventures as volume 20, we know at least that volume 21 ought to contain issues #334-350, which has some very fun Erik Larsen artwork covering a great Sinister Six six-parter.

I suppose there was no better time to release it, given the prominence of Ultron and Kingpin on the cover and those two villains' appearances in high-profile Marvel productions onscreen recently, but there's no doubt that whichever the next volume is, from the likely (Invasion of the Spider Slayers maybe) to the less so (already-collected Silver Age content), it'll be a damn sight more enjoyable than this.


Skil Circular Saw 5740 CD (700W, 130 mm)
Skil Circular Saw 5740 CD (700W, 130 mm)
Price: £48.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of kit really, 8 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Excellent piece of kit really, which is sure to come in handy once I get this spring's DIY projects up and running. Handles well and sturdily constructed.


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