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BT Mini Wi-Fi 500 Home Hotspot Powerline Multi-Adapter Kit - ( Pack of 3)
BT Mini Wi-Fi 500 Home Hotspot Powerline Multi-Adapter Kit - ( Pack of 3)
Price: £99.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very simple to set up and use straight from the box., 2 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My Broadband provider has sent me a free Youview box as part of their service, but as my TV is in a different room to my router, they told me I needed a pair of 'powerline adaptors' to get it on line. As I am a bit of a novice with this, when I was offered these through the Vine program, I asked the Amazon 'community' whether these would be suitable - thanks for the answers, guys - very helpful (you can see my question on the product page).
I was fearing some kind of tech nightmare to set them up - but they were very easy to connect, straight from the box. The instructions were clear and really, all you need to do is plug in and switch on. My Youview box worked at the first time of asking. Very, very simple to get up and running. Can't comment on whether the wifi signal has improved as it was ok before - so probably this product is over-specced for my needs. I imagine it would work fine for that, too. Each of the 2 output devices has two ethernet ports as well as the wifi, so i would think this would be more than adequate for most households.
You do lose a plug socket for each one as they can't be put on a doubler or extension lead, so if you're short of sockets you may prefer the 'plug-thru' type - but apart from that, no problems at all.
Very easy to set up, understand and use - recommended, but if you just want to bring your router to your TV box like me, there are probably cheaper solutions.


Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Capsule Machine by Krups - Black
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Coffee Capsule Machine by Krups - Black
Price: £54.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Coffee-shop quality'? Not exactly...., 10 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
OK,I like coffee, but I've never tried one of these machines before. This promises 'coffee-shop quality', so thought i'd
give it a go.
First impressions - good design, feels solid and engineered from good quality, high spec plastic. It lifts straight out of
the box ready to use. Instructions are totally in pictures which make it seem more complicated than it actually is. Some of
the instructions also appear to refer to an earlier model, which is slightly confusing.
All the same, it's not hard. Fill the water tank and flush through without a coffee cap to clean the system, no problem.
So lets try a cup-
Fill tank, switch on, red light goes green in 15 seconds. Pop in an 'Americano' cap, close the lid, move lever to 'hot' and
out comes a stream of rich-aroma black coffee. And here's the first problem. The instructions say to dispense 'the
indicated amount', then stop. These amounts vary between 35ml and 240ml, depending on the type of coffee capsule, but short
of dispensing into a measuring jug, this is pure guesswork. I guess at 3/4 of a mug and it's fine. Add a little milk from
the fridge to my taste, and enjoy. So very easy to use, and does what it says on the tin. Well, not exactly.....
Next i try one of the 'milky' ones, a cappuccino, and it's a different story. First of all, I discover that drinks
including milk take 2 capsules (1 milk, then 1 coffee) - so there are only 4 free drinks included in the starter pack, not
6. OK, I'll try one. Milk capsule in, fill 75% of a mug, then remove the milk capsule, throw away, insert coffee capsule
and fill the rest with coffee. A bit more fiddly, then, but it tastes - horrible! Tasting like a 'cappuccino' from a cheap
vending machine, not remotely 'coffee-shop quality' (It surely never will be, using powdered milk rather than fresh). It's
much too sweet for my taste. I check the ingredients and find the 'milk' capsule contains 17% sugar. I hate sugar in
coffee. Checking the ingredients for the other drinks, I find that ALL those that are made with a milk capsule contain
sugar. So half the range is unavailable to me. Very disappointing. This seems crazy - surely those who like it sweet can
add their own sugar, rather than impose it on everyone?
I try the other supplied 'black' coffee, the Lungo. This is excellent. Quite happy with this. I buy another box of 'lungo'
caps from the supermarket, and enjoy them.
The range apparently consists of 19 (?) different drinks. My local (large) Tescos and Morrisons carry 6 or 7 of them, in boxes
of 16 at £3.77. Presumably the full range can be ordered online, but I am not inclined to spend £3.77 to try one and find I
don't like it. Surely it would have been good business to include one of each with the machine? Or at least sell a trial
variety pack? I may in future try a box of one of the other black coffees, but for the moment I'm happy with the Lungo. If
you like your coffee sweet, you might not react to the sugary milk like me - but remember that the milky ones will cost you £3.77 for 8 drinks, not 16. So quite expensive to run. And a final thought - isn't using a disposable plastic capsule (or two) for every cup of coffee rather wasteful environmentally?

PS: Been using this for a few weeks now and have upped my star-rating from 3 to 4, as I've found the coffee I like and am enjoying it, so 3 stars was a bit harsh - but I still think you should stay away from the 'milk' drinks, personally


Nico Less E-Cigarette E-Shisha Starter Kit
Nico Less E-Cigarette E-Shisha Starter Kit
Price: £9.57

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value basic E-cig kit., 16 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is just fine - not sure why there are so many negative reviews. If you're thinking of switching to E-cigs you could do worse than start here.
The 'kit' contains:
1. A good quality 1000mz battery. Most will contain a 650 or 750 model, this will last longer between charges. These batteries cost £11-£12 in my local High St shops, so at the current price of £10.39, this kit looks like a good deal for starters.
2. One Clearomiser. This is the type that you need to replace the whole thing when it burns out or starts to leak (usually 4-6 weeks). When you replace it, get the type that you can keep the plastic tank and just replace the wick/coil (about £2) instead of the whole tank (about £5) - but this will do to get you started.
3. One USB charger. You will probably want to add a 3-pin mains adaptor for convenience, as this can only charge from a USB socket with this.

OK so no liquid is included but as there's over 100 flavours available now on the high street, thats probably better than supplying one which you might not like. You do need to experiment a bit with flavours and strengths to see what suits you. (Most people seem to start with a 'tobacco' flavour to more closely replicate cigarettes, but you'll most likely quickly switch to a fruit or other flavour.)
You'll probably want to order 2 so you can vape while the other is charging (about 90 - 120 min).
This is excellent value, as the 3 individual components would cost £16 - £18 if bought separately on the High St.
(Oh, and ignore the 'E-Shisha' name - its just an ordinary refillable e-cig)


Staedtler Karat 2420 C36 Oil Pastels - Assorted Colours (Pack of 36)
Staedtler Karat 2420 C36 Oil Pastels - Assorted Colours (Pack of 36)
Price: £13.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality product, 15 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Lovely quality oil pastels - colour is rich and deep, pleasant to use Easy to smudge, blur and merge (purposely, of course!). Fine, smooth coverage on all surfaces. If you've only ever used the cheap varieties which sell for £4-£5 a box you'll appreciate the difference. A quality product, as you'd expect from one of the leading and longest-established suppliers of art materials. The 'gold' and 'silver' "metallics" are a bit disappointing, more like brown and grey - but thats a minor quibble - only 2 of the 36, and who uses them much anyway?
An excellent quality product at a very reasonable price.


Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Conditioner 200 ml
Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Conditioner 200 ml
Price: £5.08

3.0 out of 5 stars nice shampoo..middling conditioner, 15 Dec 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Over to Mrs. 23 for this review:-

"I used Pantene AgeDefy shampoo on its own once before the conditioner arrived and was very pleased with the result.
I have used Pantene AgeDefy shampoo and conditioner together twice and continue to be happy. Normally use Pantene 2 in 1 but found the AgeDefy left my fine hair with more body, felt thicker and was easier to manage. Of course it is more expensive and more effort to use than a 2 in 1. I felt the shampoo made a significant improvement on its own and I'm not sure the conditioner added a lot. I will be using it again,but may buy the shampoo rather than both in the future"


Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Shampoo 250 ml
Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Shampoo 250 ml
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars nice shampoo..middling conditioner, 15 Dec 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Over to Mrs. 23 for this review:-

"I used Pantene AgeDefy shampoo on its own once before the conditioner arrived and was very pleased with the result.
I have used Pantene AgeDefy shampoo and conditioner together twice and continue to be happy. Normally use Pantene 2 in 1 but found the AgeDefy left my fine hair with more body, felt thicker and was easier to manage. Of course it is more expensive and more effort to use than a 2 in 1. I felt the shampoo made a significant improvement on its own and I'm not sure the conditioner added a lot. I will be using it again,but may buy the shampoo rather than both in the future"


Mediterranean Mountain Environments
Mediterranean Mountain Environments
by Ioannis N. Vogiatzakis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £39.95

3.0 out of 5 stars not for the general reader..., 15 Sep 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm not an academic or a degree student so I guess I'm not the sort of person this book is written for. I do, however, have a great interest in Geology and Geography, as well as an interest in many of the regions covered. Unfortunately, a fair bit of went over my head but there was sufficient here to keep me interested. Having a variety of authors for each of the chapters helps to keep it fresh and readable when struggling with some of the more `difficult' sections. Ultimately, it's a textbook for those on a degree course and not written for the general reader, so I can't really comment on whether it would be suitable as such. To me, the breadth of the areas covered seemed a bit wide for a book of this size, in attempting to cover all the mountain regions of the Mediterranean from Spain to the Balkans, and from Lebanon to Morocco, in a volume of only some 200 or so pages. If you are interested in (or are studying) a specific region, I would suggest this isn't the place to look. Some interesting chapters on human geography, and mountains in the myth and history of the region especially.
Have to say that some of the illustrations and plates are not of the highest quality, and some of the tables rather confusing. But I accept the book is probably aimed at smarter people than me, and is intended as a guide to further study rather than a book for the general reader, and really needs an academic review to do justice to it.


HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £15.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great 60s pop here, 16 April 2013
Even if you don't know the film (and I would urge lovers of all things swinging-60s to check it out) theres some great sixties music here. OK the Traffic tracks you probably know and are available elsewhere but the rest are only available in this form I think. Most of the Spencer Davis tracks are terrific pieces of mid-60s pop RnB (better than anything on the SDG albums), especially 'Looking Back', 'Taking out time' and 'Picture of her', but the real treasure is Andy Ellisons 'It's Been A Long Time', a quite gorgeous piece of 1967 dreamy pop-psych which deserves to be much better known, and its complemented by a lush instrumental version of the same, used as a 'theme' in the movie (called 'virginal's dream' here)Highly recommended if you think you've heard all the sixties stuff. There are 3 short snippets of horribly dated dialogue from the film which are charming if you love the film, but are probably annoying (and a bit toe-curling) if you're just playing this as a 60's album. Still, a very effective sixties time-warp, hugely enjoyable. Ah, what a time it was....


T2
T2
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £14.40

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly close to brilliant..., 16 April 2013
This review is from: T2 (Audio CD)
Presumably you're only looking at this if you're a fan of the classic 'It'll all work out in Boomland' and want to know if this is a Great Lost 2nd Album, or a collection of rough demos and outtakes, like so much stuff from this period dug up over the past 2 decades. Thankfully this is closer to the former than the latter, but with some reservations. This 2nd album must have been ALMOST ready to release - the sleeve art for both sides of the album is included. Unfortunately, ALMOST is the operative word here. The vocals sound more like a 'guide vocal' which may have been intended to be redone, and it certainly needed a few days professional mixing to balance the sound - you will find yourself constantly fiddling with the volume knob for the quiet segments. The problem is that apparently the master tapes have been lost and only acetates exist, rendering any further production difficult.
Having said that,it is an almost-complete ALBUM rather than some odd tracks, and as such is perfectly listenable. The amazing (whatever-happened-to-?) Keith Cross's capacity for thunderous riffing and soloing is undiminished by the aforementioned reservations, sounding as exciting and inventive as he does on 'Boomland'. The songs have the same thrilling blend of power and melody as 'Boomland',though perhaps nothing quite as majestic as 'No More White Horses'. If you love 'Boomland' and have always wished for more, then buy (for a reasonable price) and enjoy as a bonus (there is plenty to enjoy here) - but its a huge pity this was never quite finished properly.


Get Together
Get Together
Price: £13.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Gold and Silver...., 16 April 2013
This review is from: Get Together (Audio CD)
OK if you're looking at this page then its pretty sure you're a fan of Dino's solo album or the Quicksilver Messenger Service, or more likely both, and want to know if this is worth buying. If that's the case then the answer is an emphatic 'Yes'. Recording info and dates are scant, but (apart from the oldie 'Get Together') these tracks would appear to have more in common with Just for Love / What About Me era Quicksilver than the 'Dino Valente' album.
The vast majority here are finished, polished,mostly electric, quality tracks - 'One Thousand Miles an Hour' in particular is worth the admission price alone - classic Dino, and up there with Fresh Air, Children of the Sun, Long haired Lady among his very best work. Plenty more to enjoy too - 13 glorious rambling minutes of 'County Fair', idiosyncratic versions of 'Silver dagger' and Smokey Robinsons 'Try Something New', and top quality Dino originals like 'Ain't that a shame' and 'Star rider'. 14 tracks, 68 minutes and only the short cover of 'Midnight rider' is less than essential. This really is buried treasure, posthumously exhumed from one of Dino's forgotten storage units. At a stroke, this must add 50% to his total recorded works. It won't be for everyone, but if you love the Quicksilver albums mentioned, or his classic solo album, then don't hesitate snapping this up while its around. You'll find it better than you thought possible.


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