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SlimFast Chunky Chocolate Shake Powder, 450g
SlimFast Chunky Chocolate Shake Powder, 450g
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works - but for how long?, 15 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
You can't beat the science - If you subsitute these shakes for two meals a day and stick to the calorie advice for your remaining meal and snacks, you will absolutely positively lose weight.

The shakes are easy to make, make you feel full, and if they don't taste delicious at least taste not too bad.

It seems to me there are two questions to answer though: Can you stick to the regime, and if you do is weight lost this way sustainable in the longer run? Well you can only really answer that first question for yourself. It seems more and more obvious to me though that weight lost through special measures such as this ultimately boomerangs back for many of us. We all need to look at our permanent menus rather than take short-term measures.


AmazonBasics 400TC Cotton Sateen Wrinkle Free Flat Sheet,  Beige 180 x 290 + 10 cm
AmazonBasics 400TC Cotton Sateen Wrinkle Free Flat Sheet, Beige 180 x 290 + 10 cm

4.0 out of 5 stars Dependable no frills value bedding., 28 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Great value for money bedding. Washes easily and well made.

You notice the expensive luxury of Egyptian cotton or the scratchy uncomfortableness of really nasty cheap sheets. With these you don't notice them at all. Nothing wrong with that!

Dependable no frills value bedding.


Ukulele For Dummies
Ukulele For Dummies
by Alistair Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Great starting point for beginners and will guide you to quite advanced material, 2 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Ukulele For Dummies (Paperback)
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This is an excellent guide for any newcomer to the ukulele - taking you from the most basic first steps through to quite advanced playing.

Everything is shown in either chord charts or tablature so no prior musical knowledge is necessary. (tablature is a system that shows you what frets to cover on which strings as a piece progresses. So unlike traditional music notation it gives you the geography of where your hands need to be on the instrument rather than just the names of the notes you need to play.)

There are sound files and videos to help you online too. Quite a lot of music theory is given along the way but its all very digestable. The usual "Dummies" clarity and approachability is in evidence.

There is a quite sophisticated section on playing the blues and the musical challenges peak with some pieces taken from the classical guitar repertoire.

All in all a great companion for the ukist.


BISSELL 1538A Powerglide Compact Ion Lightweight and Full Size Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
BISSELL 1538A Powerglide Compact Ion Lightweight and Full Size Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Price: £189.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Very handy go-anywhere cleaner., 18 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is handy cleaner. Not sure it would ever replace my main Dyson vacuum but its portability makes it very useful.

Portable point one - it is chordless and batter powered. So you can rove at will. I haven't timed it but certainly loads of useable time per battery charge.

Portable point two - the dust tank and extension hose part can lift off from the floor brush part. This means you can hold the vacuum easily in one hand while deploying the hose perhaps to the top of curtains, even up a ladder. Its very good to take outside and clean a car too.

Downsides - just a couple. There is only one attachment tool for the extension pipe. Its a small brush. Mebbe thats a bonus for you if you don't want the clutter of attachments. Suction is good but not great.

Upsides - Flexibility. Assembly is straightforward. Controls are easy to work out. Emptying the bagless dust chamber is very simple. Robust feel. Seems well designed and made.


Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin 70cl
Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin 70cl
Price: £30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars I think I may be in love!, 16 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is an extremly nice drop! The minute you pop the cork you just get wafts of the most sublime aromas.

I'm loving it three ways - G&T, neat and in a martini.

It makes a stupendous G&T. You wouldn't want to mix a gin this good with anything other than Fevertree tonic. Over ice with a slice of lime it just sends me into raptures. There are numerous botanicals in the gin but I find the coriander really comes out with tonic. I also tried the suggestion they had on the label of making a G&T with a slice of fresh ginger added. Didn't work for me at all. I'll stick to lime thanks.

The gin is so fragrant and smooth that its very nice to sip neat. Super chilled perhaps even out of the freezer.

And shaken with ice and a dash of Noilly Prat, served with a twist of citrus peel - a fragrant and satisfying martini cocktail.

This really is a very special gin, and worth every penny. Highly recommend.


Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival
Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival
by Colin Harper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

4.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of the swinging 60s away from the pop spotlight., 14 Nov. 2015
This is not always a smooth read but it is very informative and an impressive piece of research.

While the story is hung on the career of the extraordinary Bert Jansch, he didn't really come to life for me. What did was the 1960s folk and blues scene. A time when folk and blues music shared the same space, in little clubs run by lefty fusspots.Before blues became a subset of rock rather than the cousin of the ballad. Although the book covers the whole of Jansch's career, it is the world of this early period that is outlined best. I can think of no better primer on the history and faces of the folk and blues revival.

The text can be a bit dense with detail. The chronology really is exhaustive. Every address of every flat of every sleepover seems to be given. Harper outlines folk clubs migrating from pub to pub and sometimes it seems like every member is named let alone the organisers and performers.

Despite the detail, Jansch remains pretty unknowable.

There are copious notes and a very useful discography that lists Jansch and Pentangle recordings as well as his appearances on other people's work.

I'm conscious the above seems quite negative but I have given this book four stars. I found it a really worthwhile read, evoking a far off time before everything was recorded, filmed and photographed to death. As Harper says: "When amazing things happened they happened without warning, and only for the benefit of those in the room at the time."


Firehole Grid Fleece
Firehole Grid Fleece
Offered by Orvis UK
Price: £59.00

5.0 out of 5 stars I love this top., 14 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Firehole Grid Fleece (Misc.)
Had this top for around six months and I have to say its one of the best garments I have ever owned.

It is just so flexible. Its quite lightweight so you can layer it quite easily when its really cold but its good to throw on in the evening in summer when its just a wee bit chilly.

Very well made and robust. I've been bramble picking in it and its unscathed.

It looks pretty sharp too.


Bosch SilentMixx Blender, 800 W - 1.5 L, Black/Brushed Stainless Steel
Bosch SilentMixx Blender, 800 W - 1.5 L, Black/Brushed Stainless Steel
Price: £119.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bombproof!, 12 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Most of the time I use one of those convenient little hand blenders but there are occasions when you need to bring out the big guns. For me this is usually when crushing ice for mojitos! This machine crushes ice, blends and chops with aplomb.

I do have to mark it down one star for a little bit of marketing flim-flam. Yes its is relatively quiet as these things go, but it is by no means silent. But they have called it SilentMixx. Naughty. And you might also be excited by the 1.5l capacity of the jug, but the instructions state the maximum hot frothing liquid capacity is only 0.5l. It will only take 100g of solids.

Still a great machine though. Works well, cleans easy and looks stylish. And everything about this machine feels heavy-duty. It really seems bomb-proof.


American Apparel Unisex Baby Rib Briefs/Underwear
American Apparel Unisex Baby Rib Briefs/Underwear
Price: £7.50 - £10.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Great pants but poor elastic, 12 Nov. 2015
American Apparel pants are fantastic but there is one thing that lets them down - the elastic. I find it gives up the ghost long before I would expect. Otherwise these are lovely comfortable and cheerful undercrackers. They just don't last. Calvin Kleins stay in great condition for much longer. While I have bought a dozen or so pairs of American Apparel pants over the years I won't buy any more, because the waitbands are a weakness.


Leifheit 81456 Tower 450 Indoor Airer with 45 M Drying Space
Leifheit 81456 Tower 450 Indoor Airer with 45 M Drying Space
Price: £45.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect drier if you are short of space., 12 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is the ideal solution for drying clothes if you live in a tiny flat as I do. Quite simply it supports a huge amount of washing while taking up a minimal amount of floor space. It is on wheels and moves around easily even when fully laden with clothes.

There are a number of different ways you can arrange the drier, offering useful flexibility. Each horizontal tray of slats can be removed or tilted as you wish, so that you might assign part of the drier for shirts on hangers for instance. If you have fewer clothes to dry and want to save even more space, you can half the footprint of the drier.

Another handy feature is that it will sit neatly inside a typical shower cubical for items that requrie drip drying - or just to get everything out of the way.

There are very minimal instructions with the drier but I found it pretty obvious how to assemble and move the various components around as needed.

Very pleased with this item! Flexible, easy to use and massive capacity.


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