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The Knowledge: Jazz
The Knowledge: Jazz
by John Fordham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars By no means exhaustive but useful all the same., 24 Aug. 2015
This review is from: The Knowledge: Jazz (Hardcover)
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This attractive little guide to jazz is by no means exhaustive but gives an interesting and useful overview of the chronological and geographical development of the music across the 20th century. Its probably not for true jazz obsessives, but will serve very well indeed the rock fan with a bit of Count Basie, Billie Holiday or Miles Davis in their collection. If you want to know a bit more you will find it here.

There is a summary of the main movements from the early pioneers, to swing, to be-bop, to cool, then free and fusion. Key performers and in some cases key performances are mentioned along the way.

As a music fan with wide tastes I found it very useful in unearthing a few new names I had not encountered before. Sit down with Spotify and this book and I think most people will find something new and interesting to listen to.

There are no illustrations but the text is clearly organised and useful. The book is about the size of a typical paperback but is in robust hardback form with no slip cover.


The Breath Co Fresh Breath Toothpaste - 75 ml, Mild Mint
The Breath Co Fresh Breath Toothpaste - 75 ml, Mild Mint
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bit pricey but I like it., 19 Aug. 2015
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Difficult to judge whether this is clinically effective toothpaste but it seems to do the job, and it contains sodium fluoride and xylitol which are generally accepted to do the business.

The main difference that I note in this toothpaste from most is that it is almost entirely flavourless. I rather like that. I find the overpowering mintiness of most toothpastes quite offputting.

Suitable for vegetarians, free from artificial colours and flavours, and is kosher. What's not to like? Well actually, the price.

The downside is that this stuff is expensive. You can get it cheaper if you go for their "subscription" model but I am very wary of offers like that. Other products offered that way always seem to provoke a lot of complaints from customers.


Panasonic RPHD10EK Hi - Fi Monitor Headphones - Black
Panasonic RPHD10EK Hi - Fi Monitor Headphones - Black
Offered by ATELCO UK
Price: £132.18

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying listen., 12 Aug. 2015
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These are exceptionally clear sounding phones. The build quality seems excellent and sound-wise I cannot fault them. They produce a warm, well-balanced listening experience.

The only thing I can mark them down on is fit. Despite adjusting in two directions I have found it difficult to get them to sit snugly on my head. I don't think there is anything unusual about my head, but it could just be me.

The phones flatten to travel in a nice bag they come with. There is a long cable and a short cable and an adaptor so you have the two most common jack sizes covered.


Sealy Posturepedic Pocket Spring Back Pillow - Soft
Sealy Posturepedic Pocket Spring Back Pillow - Soft
Price: £24.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Great pillow at a great price, 21 July 2015
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This is a great pillow and brilliant value.

I have only ever had one other pillow that is is comfortable as this, and its a memory foam one costing three times as much.

The first thing you notice is that you don't notice (the pillow!). You are just comfortable. No more tossing and turning, punching the plumping the pillow. The pocket springs stop the pillow losing its shape and flattening out the way most of them do. It moulds itself around the head as you are lying on it but bounces back to fully plumped when you are not.

Noticeably better sleep from the first night.


Taylors of Harrogate Espresso Coffee Capsules Nespresso Compatible Colombia Huila (Pack of 6, Total 60 Capsules)
Taylors of Harrogate Espresso Coffee Capsules Nespresso Compatible Colombia Huila (Pack of 6, Total 60 Capsules)
Price: £17.94

4.0 out of 5 stars These are the best alternative Nespresso pods I have tried, 16 July 2015
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These are the best alternative Nespresso pods I have tried. They come well packed, but with less packaging than most pods and there is no individual foil wrapper. Coffee tastes great and has a smooth finish.

Pods are a good fit for the Nespresso machine, there is a good flow and a nice crema. They are plastic and not recyclable like the usual aluminium ones.


Philips GC9236/02 PerfectCare Expert Steam Generator Iron with OptimalTemp - 320 g Steam Boost, 1.5 L, 2400 W, Purple/White
Philips GC9236/02 PerfectCare Expert Steam Generator Iron with OptimalTemp - 320 g Steam Boost, 1.5 L, 2400 W, Purple/White
Price: £255.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 25 May 2015
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I have never tried an iron like this before, with a separate water chamber. So I don't know whether to give Philips the credit or this kind of iron. It does a spectacularly good job with all sorts of fabrics. Really easy to fill. Heats up fast. A pleasure to use. Because a lot of the gubbins are in the base unit it means the bit you wield in your hand is much lighter in weight so you don't get tired so quickly.

The steam does the work while the baseplate temperature stays quite low so you don't have to worry about damaging any fabrics, or the ironing board cover. As it doesn't melt anything it means the baseplate doesn't get sticky with all that gunk that tends to build up on old-fashioned steam irons.

An unexpected bonus is that it is great for using free of a board on hanging suits or curtains. Drops creases lickety-spit and freshens things up with massive jets of steam on demand. Love it!

Other than being quite expensive, the only downside is that it take up more space than an old-school steam iron. But unless you live in a shoebox the improved performance far outweights that inconvenience. I suppose you have to decide for yourself whether you will spend this amount of money on an iron. Anything that makes a chore as easy as this is well worth it for me!


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

2.0 out of 5 stars Might work for some people didn't work for me, 25 May 2015
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The difference between this and their standard version (for sleeping) is that there are little catches to stop the gadget falling out of your nose dure to movements. To say barbs would suggest pain and it doesn't hurt. Little plastic catches designed to increase grip.

Sadly though they fell out when I ran just as the standard ones fell out when I slept.

I am sure they will work for some noses but they don't work for mine.


Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain
Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain
by David Crystal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Failed to spark with me, 25 May 2015
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This book appeared interesting but I found it quite dull.

David Crystal and his wife, Hilary, a speech therapist, cover a lot of ground, literally and figuratively, as they travel Britain tracking the development of the English language. It is part personal travelogue, part linguistic history, they make 57 roadside stops spanning from the 8th century rune in Ruthwell church to the 1604 dictionary compiled in remote Rutland and ending at University College London, with the 1980s Survey of English Usage. Most stops are in and around London. Each chapter closes with a page of detailed directions.

Its clearly a labour of love but I did not find it very engaging.


Oral-B Pro 3000 White and Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 3000 White and Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £44.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific toothbrush., 26 Mar. 2015
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A great electric toothbrush that leaves your teeth feeling really clean. I like the pressure sensor that lights up to indicate when you are brushing too hard. The brush pulses every 30 seconds so you know you've cleaned each quarter of your mouth properly. It gives a great clean and has a unique shaped head to get in all the nooks and crannies. It holds its charge really well and I'm only having to charge it once a week.

It really makes my teeth feel cleaner than ever. It's like having a polish done at the dentist.

I've have several electric brushes over the years and this one is the best. Highly recommended.


Game On   
Game On   
Price: £11.40

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyeliner and big dumb riffs - glorious!, 26 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Game On    (Audio CD)
Wow - this is an exciting young band making well-worn heavy rawk sound newly minted and fresh.

Every song title sounds like ACDC, Judas Priest, Motorhead or Saxon should have used it already - Bull by the Horns, Shoot from the Hip and Fire at Will anyone? There is absolutely nothing new here except the panache this band bring to their work. It could be 1982 not 2015. There are a good many cliches but its done with such verve and joy that it has an amazing freshness.

This style of music often goes wrong because the emphasis is on showy playing rather than songs. But the songs here are the main event. Every one is a perfectly honed hook-laden monster. Big dumb riffs abound. Choruses arrive like express trains. Solos are face-melting enough to please your inner Jack Black but kept to the point.

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal is still breaking it seems. Its just a pity Tommy Vance is no longer with us to give it a suitable introduction. "Thats Amorettes - with two Tees!"

Exhilirating stuff!

Oh and the fatherly protectiveness I feel for the bass player is not creepy, I tell you. Not creepy at all.


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