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Walimex 2-in-1 109cm Reflex and Translucent Umbrella Diffuser - White
Walimex 2-in-1 109cm Reflex and Translucent Umbrella Diffuser - White
Price: £23.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a great flash umbrella. The reflective black/silver outer layer can be unclipped (one spoke at a time, so it takes a minute or so) and removed, to convert it to a transmissive diffuser. The umbrella collapses down to fit easily in the fabric carry case. One reviewer apparently received one with the white layer dirty and marked; this certainly isn't the case with mine. It's excellent.


KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Spelling - Year 3 (for the New Curriculum)
KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Spelling - Year 3 (for the New Curriculum)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.50

3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 3 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Each of the 30 pages of this book contains a brief teaching point followed by several spelling exercises, such as spotting the misspelled word, or adding a particular ending to a list of words. No answers are included, so an adult will need to mark the child's work (and explain the correct answers). My main concern with this book is that the teaching point doesn't provide enough information to be able to complete the spelling exercises. For each question, the child is likely either to know the answer already, or to have to guess. I'm not sure that either of these provides a huge amount of educational value. It will be the discussion with the adult afterwards that provides the real learning opportunity.


KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar - Year 3 (for the New Curriculum)
KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar - Year 3 (for the New Curriculum)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 3 Feb. 2016
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Each page of this 30-page workbook contains a brief teaching point--e.g. "A noun phrase is a phrase that acts as a noun"--which is followed by some tick-box or fill-in-the-gap exercises. The writing and layout is large, so you don't get much practice on each page, but, that aside, this is a useful book for helping children to learn the meanings of various grammatical terms, and spotting grammatical errors.


KS2 Science Year Four Workout: Living Things & Habitats (for the New Curriculum)
KS2 Science Year Four Workout: Living Things & Habitats (for the New Curriculum)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile, 3 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This black & white workbook contains nearly 30 pages of fill-in-the-blanks type questions for a child to answer. These range widely in standard, from saying whether a giraffe is a plant or an animal, to writing a letter to a pixie arguing why he shouldn't drain a lake. The trivial questions might patronise some 8-year-olds, and whole book won't take a capable child very long to complete. Personally, I find the chatty first-person style a little grating, but overall this would be a useful workbook to help consolidate a child's understanding on habitats.


KS2 Maths Targeted Study Book - Year 6+, Challenging Maths for Year 6 Pupils
KS2 Maths Targeted Study Book - Year 6+, Challenging Maths for Year 6 Pupils
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for revision, 3 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This study book is a riot of colour, with lots of different illustrations and various font types and colours. It covers a lot of topics, with one page on each subject, containing a brief introduction and a worked example or two. Sometimes these pages contain exercises for the reader, but I'm not convinced that all children would be motivated enough to do them. There are also a few pages of dedicated practice questions. These are much less exciting than the visually-stimulating topic pages, and don't really cover much ground. So, as a revision guide, this book is excellent. For self-directed learning, it just has far too little on each topic.


Etekcity® Mini Portable Digital Multimeter with Backlit LCD Display(DMM) Multi Tester Voltmeter Ammeter Ohmmeter - AC / DC Voltage, DC Current, Resistance, Continuity, Diodes Tester, Data Hold Function & Overload Protection, Battery Included
Etekcity® Mini Portable Digital Multimeter with Backlit LCD Display(DMM) Multi Tester Voltmeter Ammeter Ohmmeter - AC / DC Voltage, DC Current, Resistance, Continuity, Diodes Tester, Data Hold Function & Overload Protection, Battery Included
Offered by Etekcity Corporation
Price: £16.88

5.0 out of 5 stars A very capable meter, 28 Jan. 2016
This is a very capable multimeter and represents extremely good value. It provides the usual functions of DC and AC voltage measurement, DC current measurement, resistance measurement, and a continuity buzzer. It can also generate a simple square wave. It has a backlight and a hold button. It comes with a protective rubber surround, which should protect it from knocks. Its performance easily rivals that of more expensive models. The only minor issue I've experienced is that the continuity buzzer can be a little faltering at times, but then I've experienced the same thing on more-expensive meters too; it doesn't affect its usefulness. In summary, this is an excellent meter which costs no more than a simple battery tester, but can do a whole lot more as well.

I was provided with a free sample for review purposes.


FM Transmitter, Doosl® 3.5mm FM Transmitter Radio Adapter Hands-free Calling Wireless Radio Car Kit, Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, MP3, MP4 and Most Devices with 3.5mm Audio Jack
FM Transmitter, Doosl® 3.5mm FM Transmitter Radio Adapter Hands-free Calling Wireless Radio Car Kit, Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, MP3, MP4 and Most Devices with 3.5mm Audio Jack
Offered by Vinsic_Direct
Price: £21.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive little device, 27 Jan. 2016
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This very compact FM transmitter works very well indeed with the stock radio in my Vauxhall Astra Mk IV. Unlike some other FM transmitters, it's powered by a rechargeable battery, so doesn't need to occupy the cigarette lighter all the time (good if, like me, you want to use that for other devices such as a TomTom). It seems to hold its charge well. The signal transmission strength is impressive for such a small device, and it's a doddle to set up and use. The sound quality isn't up there with a CD, but certainly rivals that of a normal FM station. Highly recommended.

I was sent this product as a free sample in order to give an unbiased review of it.


Philips 43842800 GU10 4.5 W 2200-2700 k Flame 355 lm 40 Degree Master LED Dimmable Dim Tone Spotlight - Warm White
Philips 43842800 GU10 4.5 W 2200-2700 k Flame 355 lm 40 Degree Master LED Dimmable Dim Tone Spotlight - Warm White
Price: £10.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best dimmable bulb, 15 Jan. 2016
I've tried many LED GU10 bulbs and this is my clear favourite. It's best feature is that the light gets more orange as it dims. I've compared it side-by-side with a traditional halogen bulb and the colour change is extremely realistic. Dimmable LED bulbs that don't have this feature look strangely cold as they get dimmer, because we are conditioned by filament bulbs and candles to expect the light to get more orange and intimate, but it doesn't.

The lamp itself has a central bluer diode, surrounded by a ring of eight more orange diodes. At full intensity, only the central diode is illuminated, but as you dim the bulb, the central one fades and the more orange surrounding diodes come into play.

The light spread isn't as wide as that of surface-mount (SMD) bulbs, but it is nice and wide -- better than other supposedly 40-degree LED bulbs I've tried.

There is a slightly dimmer 4 Watt version from Philips, but it has fewer diodes in the surrounding ring, which doesn't look as uniform. The only other lamp I've tried that is nearly as good as this one is a Megaman Dim-to-Warm GU10, but it was less energy efficient.


Elastoplast Disney Kids Plaster Strips - Pack of 10, Total 160
Elastoplast Disney Kids Plaster Strips - Pack of 10, Total 160
Price: £26.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!, 15 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These Disney plasters are of the waterproof variety and are great fun. They seem to stick very well (to the extent of causing some discomfort pulling hairs out on removal). I don't know if they are breathable. The absorbent pad on the smaller ones is tiny though -- it might just about cover a paper cut, but would be of no use at all on a grazed knee. Fun for a change.


Mitre Astro Division Football - White/Blue/Silver, Size 5
Mitre Astro Division Football - White/Blue/Silver, Size 5
Price: £18.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A good, touch ball, 15 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a nice, tough football, which my son enjoys playing with. It has an outer coating to resist scuffs, so should stay in good condition for a long time. Highly recommended!


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