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aLLreli® Portable Power Bank with Stand Black | 2 in 1 kit | Multi-Angle Stand + 7800mAh Dual USB External Battery Pack Backup Smart Charger for Tablets 7-10 inch, E-readers and Smartphones Compatible for Apple iPads, iPad Air, iPad Mini Mini 2, iPod, iPhone 5 5S 5C 4S 4 3GS; Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Tab 3, Note 8.0 10.1 2014 Edition, Note 3, Note2, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, S2; Google Nexus 4,5,7,10; Asus EeePad Transformer; HTC One; LG Optimus 4X HD, I7; Nokia Lumia; Sony Xperia Z, Google Glass
aLLreli® Portable Power Bank with Stand Black | 2 in 1 kit | Multi-Angle Stand + 7800mAh Dual USB External Battery Pack Backup Smart Charger for Tablets 7-10 inch, E-readers and Smartphones Compatible for Apple iPads, iPad Air, iPad Mini Mini 2, iPod, iPhone 5 5S 5C 4S 4 3GS; Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Tab 3, Note 8.0 10.1 2014 Edition, Note 3, Note2, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, S2; Google Nexus 4,5,7,10; Asus EeePad Transformer; HTC One; LG Optimus 4X HD, I7; Nokia Lumia; Sony Xperia Z, Google Glass
Offered by ForPower(aLLreli TM)
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, well-made and above all very useful, 9 July 2014
This product was supplied for review purposes by the manufacturer.

It has been used with an Apple iPad, a Kindle HD and several smartphones. As a stand for the iPad it just about works but it's probably not an ideal partnership as the iPad is a little too big and there is a clear risk of damage if the iPad were to fall off (which it could). Much better matches in terms of physical dimensions would be the Kindle or, I would guess, an iPad Mini. Perhaps the best combination is with any smartphone for which horizontal or vertical application is equally suitable.

It's very useful as a back-up battery. Taking this and your phone - both fully charged - should give you several hours of continuous outdoor use; once your phone's battery has gone flat you connect the phone to the aLLreli PBB with the short cable and re-charge - and a full re-charge won't use up all of the power so you could do it again. Equally, if you have a laptop you can re-charge the PPB via your laptop's USB outlet. This is what I have been doing on a daily basis for a couple of months now, and I have found this product to be useful to the point of being almost indispensible.

The instruction leaflet was difficult to read (print very small) but in all fairness it's a product that you will learn to get the best out of my simple intuition. The charging cable could be said to be inconveniently short (less than a foot long) but I actually prefer it as it is, as it's easy to store and in fact I tend to leave it connected to the PBB at all times so it doesn't get lost.

I definitely like it and plan to continue to use it every day.


MegaRed Extra Strength Krill Oil - Pack of 40 Tablets
MegaRed Extra Strength Krill Oil - Pack of 40 Tablets
Price: £16.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Okiami helps the Japanese live longer than anyone, 26 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
They call this life-form 'okiami' in Japan, a nation with the longest average life-expectancy in the world. And there's plenty of it; all the krill in the world collectively weigh more than all the people in the world, and krill can boast of having the largest single animal biomass on the planet.

Krill oil, like fish oil, contains omega-3 fats such as eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). However, in fish oil, these omega-3 fats are found in the triglyceride form. I have a personal interest/concern with triglyceride levels and I was reassured to learn that supplementing my diet with krill oil can regulate genes in the liver and influence the production of glucose, fat and cholesterol metabolism.

I have been taking cod liver oil capsules for many years and I am convinced that this daily habit has been of benefit to my health. But I believe krill oil is an even better option for most people, for several reasons. I particularly appreciate the fact that the omega-3 is attached to phospholipids that dramatically increase its absorption, especially into brain tissue. High-quality fish oils are certainly great products with many important health benefits but fish oil is weak in antioxidant content, whereas krill oil contains potent antioxidants - apparently the antioxidant potency of krill oil is 48 times more potent than fish oil.

Its only drawback is that it does not contain more than a trace of vitamin D, which is nearly as important as omega-3 fats. You can remedy this however, by making sure you're getting plenty of appropriate sun exposure as that is your best source of vitamin D anyway.

As far as supplements are concerned, two of the best yet simplest ways to improve your overall health include:

Increasing your intake of antioxidants
Increasing your intake of omega-3 oils

And krill oil accomplishes both of those missions.

Krill has been shown to be beneficial for a really wide range of health issues, including:

Support for concentration, memory, and learning
Blood sugar health
Healthy joints, with an increase in joint comfort
Fighting signs of aging
Protection for cell membranes
Cholesterol and other blood lipid health
Healthy liver function
Relief of normal PMS symptoms
Bolstering your immune system
Healthy mood support
Optimal skin health

I'd give it 5 stars but have to mark it down on the basis of cost - it's just too expensive and I believe not for any convincingly justifiable reason. Let's not forget that it has been the basic source of food for aquarium fish for decades, and as a bait for catching the likes of tuna and bream; it's only relatively recently that the idea of making it a food supplement for human consumption has been tried out. At present the best value of the three options is the 40-capsule box, and at current prices each 500mg capsule costs about 27p; compare that with a mainstream product like Seven Seas One A Day Pure Cod Liver Oil 120 capsules - which cost about 5p each for a similar-sized capsule, and you can see that Krill Oil is effectively 5 times the price. At the moment the jury's out as to whether krill oil is 5 times better but there are, it would seem, factual arguments in favour of its antioxidant properties, so I'm not really comparing like with like. It does seem pricey though.

I can confirm that there is no fishy odour or aftertaste, in fact they smell rather pleasant.


MegaRed Original Krill Oil - Pack of 60 Tablets
MegaRed Original Krill Oil - Pack of 60 Tablets
Price: £16.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 48 Times Better Than Fish Oil, 24 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Krill oil is made from krill, a small, shrimp-like crustacean that inhabits the cold ocean areas of the world. Despite their small size, krill make up the largest animal biomass on the planet. There are approximately 500 million tons of krill roaming around in northern seas.

The antioxidant potency of krill oil is 48 times more potent than fish oil.

Krill oil, like fish oil, contains omega-3 fats such as eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). However, in fish oil, these omega-3 fats are found in the triglyceride form. I have a personal interest/concern with triglyceride levels and I was reassured to learn that supplementing my diet with krill oil can regulate genes in the liver and influence the production of glucose, fat and cholesterol metabolism.

I have been taking cod liver oil capsules for many years and I am convinced that this daily habit has been of benefit to my health. But I believe krill oil is an even better option for most people, for several reasons. I particularly appreciate the fact that the omega-3 is attached to phospholipids that dramatically increase its absorption, especially into brain tissue. High-quality fish oils are certainly great products with many important health benefits but fish oil is weak in antioxidant content, whereas krill oil contains potent antioxidants.

Its only drawback is that it does not contain more than a trace of vitamin D, which is nearly as important as omega-3 fats. You can remedy this however, by making sure you're getting plenty of appropriate sun exposure as that is your best source of vitamin D anyway.

As far as supplements are concerned, two of the best yet simplest ways to improve your overall health include:

Increasing your intake of antioxidants
Increasing your intake of omega-3 oils

And krill oil accomplishes both of those missions.

Krill has been shown to be beneficial for a really wide range of health issues, including:

Support for concentration, memory, and learning
Blood sugar health
Healthy joints, with an increase in joint comfort
Fighting signs of aging
Protection for cell membranes
Cholesterol and other blood lipid health
Healthy liver function
Relief of normal PMS symptoms
Bolstering your immune system
Healthy mood support
Optimal skin health

I'm not replacing the cod-liver oil with krill oil, rather I have chosen to take both.


Ultrasport Men's Pensacola Polo Shirt Long Sleeve - Dark Grey, X-Large
Ultrasport Men's Pensacola Polo Shirt Long Sleeve - Dark Grey, X-Large
Price: £59.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, 24 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
At the time of writing (June 2014) this polo shirt is priced at just under sixty quid and I just cannot see any valid reason for that. The product is quite good but really nothing special, and I have purchased similar quality for a quarter of the price.

The sample I have is rated XL but it's closer to L by my reckoning.

If the price tag is of no concern then this is fine, but if it is - keep looking.
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Kingston SDHC Class 4 Secure Digital (SDHC) SD Memory Card 16 GB - Frustration Free Packaging
Kingston SDHC Class 4 Secure Digital (SDHC) SD Memory Card 16 GB - Frustration Free Packaging
Price: £5.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding value, moderate performance, 24 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's not the first Kingston SD memory card I've used but it is the biggest in terms of capacity. Being a Class 4 type there's a 4 MB/sec minimum data transfer rate making it best suited to still-image storage. If you get a card that’s slower than Class 10, you won’t be able to shoot 1080p video, which most video cameras are equipped to do nowadays.

Great value and best for point-and-shoot cameras, secure too with built-in write-protect switch preventing accidental data loss


Out of The Furnace [DVD] [2013]
Out of The Furnace [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and realistic, no classic, 19 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Although it takes a long time getting to the point, this film is basically about a man seeking revenge for his brother's death. Christian Bale plays the lead and does an excellent job, while Woody Harrelson is slightly less convincing in the role of drug dealer and generally unpleasant crime kingpin.

There are some images and concepts that are bound to trigger thoughts of The Deerhunter, and while that is as good to watch today as it was more than thirty years ago, I rather doubt that Out of The Furnace will stand in the memory for very long, even though it's more than watchable and the acting and direction is of a high standard. Perhaps its strongest point is its down-to-earth portrayal of the trials and tribulations of working-class people on the fringes of (if not well outside) the more stereotypical US suburbs. Its strength lies mainly in the acting and characterisation but this is slightly uneven, with Willem Dafoe providing very good support to the versatile and ever-reliable Christian Bale, but Forest Whitaker's contribution feels like an almost unnecessary cameo part while Woody Harrelson doesn't put his heart and soul into what was effectively a pivotal role in the story.

In the end, Bale carries it, but there isn't really a great deal more to it than a snapshot of a semi-forgotten America and a mission of revenge and retribution that doesn't quite hit the mark because of the near absence of any meaningful background to the two brothers' lives and their relationship with each other. What Bale's character ends up doing seems slightly out of sorts with his apparently stronger loves and loyalties that until then had been channeled mainly towards his girlfriend, played by Zoe Saldana in another minor part for an A-lister.


Wolf: Jack Caffery series 7
Wolf: Jack Caffery series 7
Price: £4.35

4.0 out of 5 stars Still not the Mo Hayder of old, but a satisfying read nevertheless, 9 Jun 2014
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Anyone who has read Mo Hayder's first three novels will know that, back then, she really pushed the limits in terms of her subject matter and possibly even ventured into areas and issues that no other writer dared tread. For years I've been waiting to read an "Old Mo" story, and the first thing that has to be said about WOLF is that - this isn't that return.

It's good though, no doubt about that. Although it's effectively split into two halves, those halves happen simultaneously. On the one side there is a kidnapped (wealthy) family, trapped in their own house, and on the other side there's the ubiquitous Jack Caffery - no sign of Flea Marley, thankfully, although The Walking Man's back. Basically the kidnapped family's dog escapes and Caffery finds it - it's not long before he figures out that there's something amiss and that there are more serious events to investigate than a missing dog. His problem, at first, is trying to investigate a crime when he has next to no idea what the crime is. Since the abducted family have a limited life expectancy at the hands of their takers, the suspense builds as the reader almost shouts at Caffery things like "He's behind you" in pantomime style, as we readers know what's going on while Jack doesn't.

As the years go by and the novels pile up, Mo Hayder has in many ways improved as a professional author and as a writer of crime fiction. But in WOLF I kept waiting for "the good bit" - such as we had in her earliest novels - and, well, it never really happened. She has yet again produced a good novel with good characterisation but the identity that she created for herself a decade ago has gotten smoother at the edges. More polished, yes, but lacking that shock-factor which I personally miss.

Despite the absence of Flea Marley, which I thought I would welcome, I find myself wishing that there had been a third dimension to this tale, or another sub-plot or layer. There's not a lot more to it than wondering if the cavalry - in the shape of Caffery - will get to the family in time. That's not to suggest that the conclusion is predictable, as it's not, but my impression as I closed the last page was one of ever-so-slight disappointment. If I hadn't read a Mo Hayder novel before I might not try again, as it is I almost certainly will give her next effort a read because I will hope - yet again - that she returns to her darkest, most extreme best.


aLLreli® 8200 DPI High Precision Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse for PC | 10 Programmable Buttons | 5 User Profiles | Omron Micro Switches | 1000Hz 12000F/S 150I/S 30G acceleration - Professional Equipment for Gamers
aLLreli® 8200 DPI High Precision Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse for PC | 10 Programmable Buttons | 5 User Profiles | Omron Micro Switches | 1000Hz 12000F/S 150I/S 30G acceleration - Professional Equipment for Gamers
Offered by ForPower(aLLreli TM)
Price: £59.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless, superb and unbeatable value, 9 Jun 2014
In my case, I've been using this mouse with a laptop and I hardly do any gaming at all, so maybe I'm not the best source of reference but in spite of that I guess there must be plenty of people out there who just want a high-quality house to help them to carry out 'normal stuff'.

Of course being a laptop it has a built-in trackpad with right and left buttons, which have always been okay but the aLLreli 8200 has made that trio pretty much redundant, as I use my laptop at home all of the time. I've had the 8200 for over a month now, it's had a lot of very heavy use and while it seemed a slightly odd shape at first, I now feel perfectly at home with it. And there's no getting away from it - it looks cool.

First of all, it lives up to its title of 'High precision', enabling rapid and accurate movements across the screen, stopping exactly where I want to stop - FAST. Sometimes speed matters (as anyone on the Vine Programme will know only too well) and for those with such needs, this mouse delivers the goods. It feels very well made and built to last, the legacy of that being that it is just a little on the heavy side. On the right hand side are two buttons for increasing or decreasing volume, and on the left side are buttons for moving backwards or forwards when browsing - i.e. next page or previous page.

On the top there's probably the best feature - the facility to alter the DPI. To the layman, this is basically a way of choosing how fast the cursor moves across the screen - the colour red is the slowest, then the options are green, blue, gold, purple, and finally turquoise. For me the gold one suits my needs best, a kind of average speed I guess. On Vine Night I'd probably choose purple because the turquoise is just a bit too fast - the cursor almost disappears.

Then of course there are the left- and right-click buttons, which in my case have probably been used 30,000 times already in the short period of ownership. They fall very naturally to finger and feel just right. In between these is the scroll wheel, which seems to be unaffected (in terms of speed) by the DPI selection. Clicking the scroll wheel down freezes the frame, clicking again unfreezes it.

I am very impressed with this product and feel comfortable in giving it the full beans - 5-stars - because I can't imagine anything better for the price. I have a few Logitech products (not a mouse though) which I generally rate very highly but they do come at a price; the aLLreli 8200 seems under-priced for what you get and frankly I have nothing but praise for it. It has given my bashed-to-death laptop a new lease of life.

Unhesitatingly recommended.


White Dolphin
White Dolphin
by Gill Lewis
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars It's all white I suppose, 28 May 2014
This review is from: White Dolphin (Paperback)
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Kara Wood, a girl who is living with her father, her auntie, her uncle and her cousin, is an animal lover like her mother (who had disappeared before the story begins) and is determined to save any creature vulnerable to danger. Due to her condition of dyslexia, she struggles in school and is bullied, making it harder to focus on wishing for her mother's return. The story is based around Kara's discovery of a white dolphin and making sure the dolphin and its mother survive. Felix, the new boy at school, helps Kara to save the dolphins. But will their teamwork and ambition save them? Will the stress from criticisms of children from their school bring them down?

This book has been well written with a lot of conversation therefore there isn't very much description or detail. The story is told by Kara, so it is in the first person - which also means that there isn't a lot of focus on other characters.

I found that the storyline was a little confusing and it wasn't always easy to follow. For example, I think that the settings change quite abruptly, without any happenings in between and some of the characters seem similar to each other. I couldn't find a main plot to the book because so many things happen without enough detail to indicate if this scene is an important part of the story.

I enjoyed this book, and being the second I've read by Gill Lewis I have to admit I much preferred the one that I read first (Scarlet Ibis). I couldn't always get drawn into the story, but it is definitely not bad. This book would be enjoyed by primary-school girls like myself and is mostly aimed at those who love animals.

Gill Lewis is still one of my favourite authors, and I would really like to read more of her books

SKY :) xx


Carnival of Shadows
Carnival of Shadows
Price: £8.57

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RJ's got his mojo back, 22 May 2014
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What a relief! A novel from RJ Ellory that puts him right back where he belongs, up there with the best of British crime-fiction writers. After what I felt was a slightly disappointing previous outing with The Devil and the River, Carnival of Shadows is a thoroughly engaging and satisfying read with a return to form in the area that Ellory is normally so strong : Character creation and development. Add to that some really outstanding prose and imagery, and all you need is a decent story to wrap around it. No problems there - this is the complete package.

The story is based in the small town of Seneca Falls, Kansas, in 1959, where a travelling carnival has unexpectedly made base, and a murder of an unidentified man has already taken place. Cue newly promoted Senior Special Agent Michael Travis from the FBI to come in on a fact-finding mission. He has an interesting background, one that is in part based on the death of one of his parents when he was fifteen years old. The second chapter of the novel is dedicated to what his mother had called "the terrible rage", culminating in a dramatic event that had taken place right in front of Michael Travis and which would understandably shape him into to the man he is today. This is a familiar Ellory fingerprint, describing new characters and within the space of a few pages explaining not just who they are, but why they are who they are. He creates depth to his characters, gives them dimension and helps us to relate to them and care for them. This can work both ways - liking and disliking - but the important point is that we care, and that's not a common skill in writers these days.

"Michael was merely fifteen years old when the Terrible Rage came to an end. It came
to an end suddenly and unexpectedly and gave him barely sufficient time to catch his
breath.

"It was a warm August evening, some last vestige of high summer present in the atmosphere.
The day had stretched lazily from dawn to dusk and filled each hour between with a sense
of strange anticipation. Insects gave up their buzzing and bothering, finding respite from
insect business in the deep-shadowed eaves of barns and haylofts. It seemed as if the world
and all it offered had come to some unspoken and tacit consent that no manner of work
would be undertaken on a day such as this. It was still too darned hot, there was too darned
little air, and a cool breeze was something so indistinctly remembered that it might have been
a figment of universal imagination. Such was this day: quiet, slow, airless, and as dry as bones."

The prose includes that other Ellory trait of the triplet alliteration, for example "But love being what it is - so often misguided, misunderstood, misconceived....". It's a method seen in many of his earlier novels and I for one welcome its return. It's a style of writing that marks out his style and if taken an anonymous extract would enable those familiar with this author's work to recognise it. Not many writers can be regarded as having an identity within their prose, but Ellory is one of the few.

In summary - he's back (and that wasn't always a given), better yet he's back to his best, and the bottom line is this is a 'darned good book' !


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