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Foxnovo® FP10 10400mAh Lithium Polymer Ultra-thin Aluminum Alloy Dual-Port Backup External Battery Chargers Power Bank Charger for iPhone 6, 5S 5, 4S 4, iPod, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4 3 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Tab 2, Sony, HTC, Blackberry and Most USB Devices (Silver)
Foxnovo® FP10 10400mAh Lithium Polymer Ultra-thin Aluminum Alloy Dual-Port Backup External Battery Chargers Power Bank Charger for iPhone 6, 5S 5, 4S 4, iPod, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4 3 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Tab 2, Sony, HTC, Blackberry and Most USB Devices (Silver)
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Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Conveniently smaller than many similar products, 19 April 2015
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I've been using an Allreli Power Bank for several months as a portable device for recharging mobile phones, and although I like it, it isn't quite as pocket-portable as I would like. Now along comes the Foxnovo FP10 which is much smaller and definitely more convenient as a carry-around back-up. So in terms of size and practicality it has a significant advantage.

Despite its compact dimensions and relatively light weight, it somehow manages to do just as good a job as the Allreli. It can only be down to advances in lithium polymer technology; who knows, maybe one day they'll get this kind of capacity in a battery small enough to fit into a mobile phone (or tablet). The Foxnovo FP10 can recharge my (now replaced) Samsung smartphone at least four times. For an Amazon Kindle, most of the stored power in the FP10 is used up in a single charge.

It's possible to charge two devices at the same time, which could be useful if time is tight. There are two USB ports, a micro USB port for charging the power bank, am on-off switch and four blue lights (LEDs) to show battery level, so all four lit means fully (or nearly fully) charged. A carrying pouch is included which might come in handy.

The Foxnovo FP10 comes with a lifetime warranty, you can't ask for more than that but I have no experience of claiming under this warranty.

In summary it's well-made, a convenient size and it does exactly what it is expected of it. It's also good value.

Foxnovo sent me the FP10 at no charge in early March 2015 in return for a review on Amazon UK.


AmazonBasics Microfiber Summer Quilt, 200 x 200 cm
AmazonBasics Microfiber Summer Quilt, 200 x 200 cm

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, basically, 18 April 2015
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Living up the the name 'basic', there's almost no information about this quilt on the product itself or any of the packaging. I was curious to know its tog rating but there is no mention of it.

But it's called a 'summer quilt' and not actually a duvet at all so tog ratings are presumably of no relevance or simply inapplicable. As it is, this is exactly what you expect it to be in being 200cm square, light and fluffy and well-suited to use in the warmer months of the year. Its levels of heat retention will be less than those of a fully-qualified tog-rated duvet.


Blood on Snow
Blood on Snow
by Jo Nesbo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars It ain't no Snowman, that's for sure, 13 April 2015
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This review is from: Blood on Snow (Hardcover)
This is a novella written in the first person, that person being contract killer Olav Johansen whose latest task is to 'fix' his employer's cheating wife. Olav's boss is one of the underworld kingpins in late-1970s Oslo. The twist to the tale is that the normally distant and non-committal killer takes rather a strong liking to his target. Not exactly Prizzi's Honour, then, but not a million miles away from it.

The only reason I like this is because the quality of writing is good. In fact I read this on the back of another "Scandinavian Crime Thriller" which had been padded out to the rafters and of poor overall standard such that this new Nesbo offering was a relief from Page One. I like classy prose and the art of writing in general, and Nesbo has never let me down in this respect. He doesn't fail here either, but there are one or two issues that make for something of a disappointment. The main one is that this story is over almost as soon as it's begun; it's not just that it's 198 pages, it's 198 *small and quick* pages. I really can't remember reading a book as quickly as this one.

In fact, I often had the improbable impression that Nesbo wrote this faster than I read it.

As for the meat and bones of the story, it's mainly an examination of the mind-set of Olav Johansen, and he's no Harry Hole that's for sure. He might be able to carry this tale for its brief length but that's all he's worth. Mildly interesting but really a rather disposable character, and that's a surprise as much as a disappointment because Nesbo is normally excellent in this key area. His standalone novel Headhunters is an example of what he can do in a one-off story in the character creation and development department. This new novel barely deserves a mention in the same sentence. And of course the story is simple, there's not a great deal more to it than what the blurb leads you to believe.

Yet I've given it the thumbs-up - just - on the grounds that it's still a good piece of writing and a class above most of the crime fiction to be found out there. The Sunday Mirror calls this "A perfectly pitched thriller" (that's a bit OTT, let's face it), The Independent suggests that it's "an incendiary cocktail of murder, revenge and a hitman with multiple problems" - oh, come ON - while CrimeFictionLover hams it up with its summary of "Pure, bloody, cold, atmospheric and engaging noir", which again flatters to deceive.

To quote a current TV commercial : "It's goo-ood, but it's not quite Carling".


Hoont Plug-in Electronic Total Pest Eliminator with LED Night Light - Eradicates All Types of Pest Infestation; Insects and Rodents (Works for Rats, Mice, Ants, Roaches, Spiders, Bugs, Fleas, Bats and much More)/ Robust Patented Mix of Waves and Ultrasonic Pest Repelling Technology / Environmentally Friendly and Safe Pest Control - Safe for Humans, Home Pets and Plants / 100% Maintenance Free - Just plug-in and Enjoy Being Pest Free! [100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - GUARANTEED EFFECTIVE!]
Hoont Plug-in Electronic Total Pest Eliminator with LED Night Light - Eradicates All Types of Pest Infestation; Insects and Rodents (Works for Rats, Mice, Ants, Roaches, Spiders, Bugs, Fleas, Bats and much More)/ Robust Patented Mix of Waves and Ultrasonic Pest Repelling Technology / Environmentally Friendly and Safe Pest Control - Safe for Humans, Home Pets and Plants / 100% Maintenance Free - Just plug-in and Enjoy Being Pest Free! [100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - GUARANTEED EFFECTIVE!]
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Price: £49.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Works within close proximity, 12 April 2015
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It's difficult to tell with any accuracy just how well this works, but provided it is located quite close to any part of the home where you regularly sit then it does seem to live up to its claims. Initially we located it more centrally in the house but it seemed to be less effective that way. Re-locating it to a living room has made a difference.

This product was supplied by the manufacturer in return for an honest review.


TONI&GUY  Nourish Normal Conditioner 250 ml
TONI&GUY Nourish Normal Conditioner 250 ml
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Unconditional 5 star rating, 10 April 2015
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Toni & Guy Nourish Normal Conditioner comes in a container that's easy to hold, easy to apply and is overall a pleasure to use. The conditioner itself has a fresh clean smell, is smooth on the hair and feels nourishing. The most important benefit of course is how the hair feels later when dry, and in this respect feedback from the family include comments such as shiny, silky, light, refreshed, tangle-free and luscious.

Compared to other up-market conditioners tried recently (such as Elvive Fibrology and Aussie Moist Miracle) Toni & Guy Nourish feels lighter and more refreshing with better results. Of these three, Nourish would be first choice.

Toni & Guy is a global hairdressing and training business founded in London in 1963 by brothers Giuseppe (Toni) and Gaetano (Guy) Mascolo.


I'm Travelling Alone
I'm Travelling Alone
by Samuel Bjork
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising start, but fails to live up to hopes or expectation, 10 April 2015
This review is from: I'm Travelling Alone (Hardcover)
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This is the first novel by Samuel Bjørk, the pseudonym of Frode Sander Øien. In Norway it's called "There's an Angel Alone in the Forest". In essence it's a Norwegian serial killer thriller, the victims invariably being girls of six years old.

It starts off impressively with satisfyingly long-drawn-out examinations into the damaged souls of leading characters Mia Krüger and her former partner and homicide team leader Holger Munch. Mia has all manner of issues burning into her in such a way that she decides she can't live anymore. Munch, meanwhile, is appointed front-man for the investigation into the disappearance and eventual murder of some very young girls, and wants to bring Mia Krüger back from her self-imposed exile because she has 'special powers' that no-one else on the homicide team (the Munch Bunch?) fully understand but respect her for nonetheless. In some ways the character of depressed and maladaptive Mia Krüger brings to mind that of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; at first, anyway. The enigma soon fades away and I was soon left wondering what was really so special about her at all.

The 89 chapters often flick from one character to another and not always the one the reader wants to know about. There are several in the supporting cast but very few are of real interest and I didn't engage with any of them. That was the biggest disappointment, because the story starts off being very character-driven but once Mia's out of exile and on the case, the feel of the tale becomes one of a rather unoriginal police procedural, and even then few procedures are outlined in any depth or detail. It's clear that the author's background is not in law enforcement.

So after a promising start this failed to keep the momentum going and for large chunks it was really rather mundane. The writing style was amateurish and I was often distracted by the influence of the translator - to the detriment of the story engagement. In the end it was a big disappointment and I can't help but feel that a much better opportunity has been missed. Apparently UK TV rights have been sold; this is utterly perplexing to me and I can only hope the producers make a better job of this story than the writer of the novel has done. It's not bad, but it falls into the category of simply "okay" in the end. Samuel Bjørk needs to develop his skills as a writer from an artistic point of view. There are huge numbers of "okay" crime fiction novels out there, always have been, but very few display any real art to the writing.
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Tefal Easy Soup Automatic Soup Maker
Tefal Easy Soup Automatic Soup Maker
Price: £63.30

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soupa, 3 April 2015
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This could be regarded as a sophisticated kettle, with a built in whisk. It's better than that though once you've got the hang of it.

The first oddity about it - and a feature that I found easy to miss - is that there is a curiously small gap between "minimum" fill level and "maximum". If the contents are below the min or above the max, it refuses to work, but it's not obvious to the novice what's happening. As always, it's easy when you know, but when you don't know, it can be very frustrating. In my case I was testing the device at night and our kitchen is not particularly brightly lit, and it was difficult to detect the min and max markers on the inside of the soup maker. The gap between the two extremes is only about half an inch, which seems rather odd but there you go. Those are the rules.

This might not sound particularly appetising, but the first trial involved putting the entire leftovers of a roast chicken dinner into this device - the meat (no bones), the potatoes, the stuffing, the vegetables, the gravy - everything. Water was added to bring the fill level in between the narrow margins set out by Min and Max. Then it was a case of whisking it up, and then selecting one of the automated programmes. I was rather apprehensive about tasting the result, a little later, but it was surprisingly good. Okay a bit weird but I'd give that 4 stars too.

In a way this is a little bit like a camera, in that its qualities will best be defined by the skills and abilities of its user. I can't regard this as a magic machine that "makes soup for dummies", because it's not. It will need some thought as far as the ingredients are concerned because that will be overwhelmingly influential. Assuming you know how to get the contents right, this is definitely a useful addition to the kitchen technology. It doesn't take up much space either.

While it can be used for making cold shakes it really isn't best used for that and it seems far better suited to its title of soup-maker. To that end it does the job and of course its potential is almost limitless, governed by the user's imagination as you can make a soup out of pretty much anything. It's a little noisy in use but not irritatingly so. Once heated - and the soup is very hot - the device keeps it warm for a while afterwards but does switch off automatically.

I was less than impressed by its self-cleaning abilities, in fact one trial was enough to tell me that I won't be trying that again. It needs to be cleaned manually.

So it's a slightly curious device, but with the right skills any user can add a near endless number of new recipes to their home menu as far as soups are concerned.


Cafetto at Home Eco Descaler 2 x 120ml
Cafetto at Home Eco Descaler 2 x 120ml

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On a descale of 1 to 5 - has to be a 5, 3 April 2015
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This product does exactly what I hoped and probably better than that. It has only been used in a kettle, but it completely transformed it - on the inside, that is. Looking inside the kettle it looks as good as new, although it's probably a couple of years old by now.

For me this does the de-scaling job perfectly and I can't fault it.


Purina ONE Adult Wet Ocean Fish & Lamb Mini Fillets in Gravy, 8 x 85 g (Pack of 5)
Purina ONE Adult Wet Ocean Fish & Lamb Mini Fillets in Gravy, 8 x 85 g (Pack of 5)
Price: £19.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes four tails vertical, 22 Mar. 2015
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Our four cats are going to miss Purina One - they absolutely love it. Normally they don't like cat food in gravy (only jelly) but this is completely different. It's obviously a high quality product in terms of its ingredients, containing all the necessary vitamins and minerals for a healthy diet.

It's what I would call the first "more-ish" food our cats have ever had. They just want more and more and more! One of our cats is eating more than usual, probably because of Purina One, and he'll probably be a bit fed up when it's all gone and they return to the likes of Kit-e-kat and supermarket own-brands. Yes, Purina One is a pricey cat food but if that's not an issue then this is probably as good as you'll be able to find for your cat.

Unreservedly recommended.


OZ Naturals - The BEST Eye Gel - Eye Cream For Dark Circles Puffiness and Wrinkles - This Eye Gel Treatment Addresses Every Eye Concern - 100% Natural Ingredients - Considered To Be The Most Potent & Effective Eye Gel - Eye Cream Available - ALLURE MAGAZINE'S Best In Beauty Eye Gel - 100% Satisfaction GUARANTEED!
OZ Naturals - The BEST Eye Gel - Eye Cream For Dark Circles Puffiness and Wrinkles - This Eye Gel Treatment Addresses Every Eye Concern - 100% Natural Ingredients - Considered To Be The Most Potent & Effective Eye Gel - Eye Cream Available - ALLURE MAGAZINE'S Best In Beauty Eye Gel - 100% Satisfaction GUARANTEED!
Offered by OZ Naturals EU
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars No worries - or lines, 22 Mar. 2015
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This organic gel is designed to smoothe the skin on the face, notably around the eyes of course but also around the mouth and forehead.

In use, the pump dispenser is very useful and convenient because it releases just the right quantity of gel thereby avoiding wastage. The gel smells fresh (a bit like cucumber) and the texture is lightweight although it can be a bit sticky. It does make a beneficial difference by reducing puffiness around the eyes and by doing that makes the area around the eyes appear a little brighter.

When applied to the forehead, it does slightly reduce the worry lines just below the hairline, and this is a benefit that can be seen within a few minutes of application.

This product works, it provides the kind of benefits most buyers would hope for and it is now in regular use. The only note of caution I would mention is that it can leave the skin feeling a little sticky but this disappears after about ten minutes. Make-up can be applied soon after application.

This product was supplied by OZ Naturals at no charge.


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