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The Foundling's War
The Foundling's War
by Michel Déon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical and heartwarming, 29 Aug. 2015
This review is from: The Foundling's War (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I hadn't read the first book to which this is a sequel: the Foundling Boy but it didn't matter because this book is a stand-alone book. It's a charming work and it's beautifully written just as you'd expect from somebody who was born in 1919 and is a member of the Academy francaise. Mine was a paperback that came rather charmingly with its own tearoff bookmark at the back!
It's written with a delightful bonhomie and not only that, it gives a fascinating glimpse into this period in history. And unusually, for a book about war, it's quite heartwarming.


PYRUS Wireless Headphones NFC-Enabled Portable Stereo in-ear Lightweight Noise Cancellation Sports Headphones
PYRUS Wireless Headphones NFC-Enabled Portable Stereo in-ear Lightweight Noise Cancellation Sports Headphones
Offered by PYRUS UK
Price: £22.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great headphones once the TLAs (three-letter abbreviations) are explained., 29 Aug. 2015
Length:: 0:39 Mins

These headphones come nicely presented in a white cardboard box. They come with two alternative sets of fittings and two rubber 'anti-sweat' surrounds. They are quite flexible and fit into my ears very comfortably and are ideal for using during sports. They come with their own nice quality charging cable and they charge quickly. You plug in the charging cable near the propeller-like icon on the right earphone. The light flashes red when it is not charged and blue when it is charged. The on switch is the little silver 'phone' switch.

PAIRING: It suggests you press the MFB button (Multi/ Main Function Button) to pair but there is no illustration. It's the one with the little phone pic. Anyway, I pressed a few buttons until the red and blue lights began to flash. The headphones tell you they are pairing and then it is just a case of looking for the device on your phone or your tablet. It is called: 'SH 03D'. They paired up with my phone and my netbook no problem.

Just to confuse matters, the headset is labelled with NFC (near field communication). I think this enables automatic pairing, but only if you have the technology on your gadget. I don't.

The sound quality is excellent. I find them easy to use. There are two up-and-down volume buttons and, as with most of these Bluetooth headsets, you can answer your phone by pressing the on switch. On the right, are the next track/previous track buttons.

I would have liked an illustration in the instructions, which I didn't find that helpful. This may be an issue if you're new to Bluetooth pairing. However, if you are happy to press a few buttons until you hear the pairing start up, then you'll be fine. Pairing glitches aside, the headphones work well.

I was sent these headphones free of charge for review and the opinions stated are my own.


Eye Mask Sleep Mask for Men and Women - ON MASSIVE PROMOTION - Sleeping Mask for Night REM Sleep, Travel, Nap, Yoga, Meditation - Reduces Dry Eyes, Puffy Eyes, Apnea, Keeps Cold, Better than Gel Eye Mask - Silk & Cotton, Memory Foam Ear plugs, Free Ebook - Satisfaction Guaranteed
Eye Mask Sleep Mask for Men and Women - ON MASSIVE PROMOTION - Sleeping Mask for Night REM Sleep, Travel, Nap, Yoga, Meditation - Reduces Dry Eyes, Puffy Eyes, Apnea, Keeps Cold, Better than Gel Eye Mask - Silk & Cotton, Memory Foam Ear plugs, Free Ebook - Satisfaction Guaranteed
Offered by Goods Specialists
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Measures 24 inches in circumference unstretched, 29 Aug. 2015
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This sleep mask measures 19 cm x 6 cm approximately not including the nose bit. It's nicely made. It has more than enough padding to stop light leaching through. It's made of faux-silk on on side. (For this price, I would have liked to have had real silk.) The side that contacts with your eyes is soft towelling which is says is cotton. The elastic is thick and strong. It adjusts via a Velcro fastening. The mask has a bit over the nose which cuts out the light coming up from under the bridge of your nose.

The mask comes complete with two earplugs and they are nice, actually, because they are the foam type you squash and which expand in your ear. It comes with its own little drawstring satin carry bag.

On the largest adjustment it measures approximately 24 inches in circumference unstretched. Obviously the elastic does stretch but you wouldn't want it to have to stretch it too tightly during the night because it would give you a headache. So if you have a large head circumference, this mask may not be for you. The mask is lightweight and comes nicely packaged with full instructions – should you need them.
I was sent this free of charge for review and all opinions expressed are my own.


Russell Hobbs 18995 Aura Glass 2-in-1 Jug Blender - White
Russell Hobbs 18995 Aura Glass 2-in-1 Jug Blender - White
Price: £49.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 600 Watt motor, 29 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a full-size blender. It takes up a bit of cupboard room. It has the standard blender setup but would feed the whole family because of its 1500ml capacity. There are two attachments: the jug and the grinding attachment. The grinding attachment can be used for coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, pesto, spices and nuts.The jug is a heavy thick glass one. The Advantage to glass jugs is that they tend to be more durable and don't mist, stain or discolour like the the plastic jugs.This blend is a substantial and well constructed machine as you would expect from Russell Hobbs.

There are two speeds high and low, and 'swirl'. There is no 'pulse' on this blender. Speed one is for liquids and speed two is for mainly solids, for example, if you're blending big lumps of fruit.The swirl flicks on and off on its own when you select it. This setting gives a short burst of high-speed. It has quite a powerful motor. It's labelled on the bottom as having 600 W.

For anyone interested in crushing ice, you add 4 to 6 ice cubes with 1 tablespoon of water and set it on to 'swirl'.
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With regard to cleaning, it's just the same as any other blender. The collar detaches from the blade, then there is a seal, then there is the jug, lid and cap. The collar, jug and lid all go in the dishwasher, fine. All you have to wash up by hand is the seal and the blade.

It comes with an easy-to-follow instruction book.Also comes with a three-year guarantee.

With regard to function, it works precisely as you would expect a blender to work. My wife reports that it's a shade heavy to lift in and out of the cupboard, if you don't keep it on the worktop. (The jug weighs just under 2kg.) If you're looking for a full-size, heavy-duty blender, with a powerful motor, this is a choice.


VonShef 20 Piece Premium Mixing Bundle with 5 Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls, Measuring Spoon Set, Measuring Cup Set, Graters, Whisk & Spatula
VonShef 20 Piece Premium Mixing Bundle with 5 Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls, Measuring Spoon Set, Measuring Cup Set, Graters, Whisk & Spatula
Offered by DOMU UK
Price: £59.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would make a nice gift., 28 Aug. 2015
This is a great set for anyone who enjoys baking. It's lovely quality. Really sturdy and well-made. I should imagine this will serve me well for many years to come. You get five solid sturdy stainless steel bowls. Inside each bowl is marked with millilitres and ounces.This is a handy because it cuts down on the weighing-out process and save time. Each bowl has silicon base, which stops the sliding about during whisking and beating.

There are five bowls in all. The smallest measures a diameter of just under 7 inches, the next one is 7 1/2 inches, then 8 1/2 inches, then 9 inches and then 10 inches (approximately). Each bowl comes with its own colour-coded lid. The lids press on and make a very good seal. You can turn them upside down to hold a cake/ cakes.

The largest of the lids has an insert which you flip out and into the insert you can fit in one of three graters. There is a large grater, a medium-size grater and a slicer. This means you can create your carrot for your carrot cake straight into but if you want.

Also supplied is a nice quality silicon spatula which is very flexible, and a good sturdy hand whisk which are always useful to have. The whole set is fine to go in the dishwasher.

In a set there are also five measuring spoons. Which means you can accurately measure your condiments and spices because you can never rely on the teaspoons in your cutlery drawer to be a standard size! These are metal, with with silicon grips. They start at a quarter of a teaspoon and go up to 1 teaspoon which is equivalent to 50 mL. You also get five measuring cups graded in millilitres beginning at an eighth of a cup which is 30 mL and go up to 1 cup which is 250 mL. If you use these, you don't need the scales so much and this saves on the washing up when weighing out ingredients. This is a really nice baking set. It comes nicely packaged and would a good gift for the keen cake-maker.
I received this f.o.c to review and all opinions are my own.
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Lumsing® 21W 4-Port 5V 4.2A USB Wall Charger Portable Travel Charger for iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy HTC Motorola and Other USB-charged Devices (orange)
Lumsing® 21W 4-Port 5V 4.2A USB Wall Charger Portable Travel Charger for iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy HTC Motorola and Other USB-charged Devices (orange)
Offered by ATekCity
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine with android devices, 27 Aug. 2015
This is a really useful charging plug I was sent for review. Mine is a lovely bright orange. It's a three pin plug that fits into the mains. It is labelled as 100 to 240 V and its output is 5 V. It has four sockets. As far as I can tell, all the sockets are the same although they are labelled 'iPhone, android, iPad and iPad. I don't have any OS devices. Everything I plug in is android, but it works fine. It comes with an instruction manual – not that you need it.

This is really useful because nowadays one has some gadgets to charge and a very limited number of sockets. It looks sturdy and well-made.


KurtzyTM Clear Acrylic Table Top Makeup Beauty Organiser Stand
KurtzyTM Clear Acrylic Table Top Makeup Beauty Organiser Stand
Offered by Kurtzie - Fast Shipping
Price: £59.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality!, 27 Aug. 2015
This is a rather nice two-piece caddy. It's not at all flimsy. It's quite sturdy and well-made. It is clear plastic but actually it has bit of a crystalline sparkle to it It looks attractive on a dressing table. It comes in two pieces, the lower piece has two pull out drawers. The drawers are sturdy and the handles are easy to grip. The draws slide out easily. You can use the drawers on their own or you can place the other half of the caddy on top. It sits happily on top of the drawers or to the side if you prefer.

The second part is an open-topped caddy with four small square holders, one large rectangular holder, two triangular-ish holders and a larger tray to the right. The caddy will accommodate short make-up brushes, lipsticks and small cosmetics. You could also use it for holding jewellery or pens and pencils. I'm really quite impressed with the quality of this.

I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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KurtzyTM 10 Piece Make Up Round Topped Brushes In Storage Pouch
KurtzyTM 10 Piece Make Up Round Topped Brushes In Storage Pouch
Offered by Kurtzie - Fast Shipping
Price: £39.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 27 Aug. 2015
This is an excellent brush set. The handles are nice and sturdy and well sealed onto the bristles. None of the bristles are loose. The bristles are generous, making nice fat brushes.They are soft on your skin and work well for blending. They come in a black zip-up bag which is handy to keep them hygienic and doesn't take up too much space. Probably a bit big to go in your make-up bag. The longest one is nearly 8 cm long. But long handled brushes are far better for getting the correct sweep when applying cosmetics. These brushes are good for applying blusher, face powder, highlighter, and eyeshadow. These are ideal for your dressing table drawer. If you find they smell a bit of brush-cleaning solvent when they arrive, just give them a good wash with liquid soap. This is a good idea to do once a week with all make-up brushes. I love these, and what a great price! (Auntie Barbar)

I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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UltraPro 50ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expandable Garden Hose Set, Complete With 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun, Metal Hose Hanger And 2 x Hose Connectors By Scott & Co®. Your 50ft UltraPro Expanding Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed.
UltraPro 50ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expandable Garden Hose Set, Complete With 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun, Metal Hose Hanger And 2 x Hose Connectors By Scott & Co®. Your 50ft UltraPro Expanding Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed.
Offered by gardenbestbuys
Price: £27.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for watering my conservatory plants!, 27 Aug. 2015
This hose, which was sent to me for review, is sturdy and well-made. The waterjet is good quality. It has a clip to keep it permanently on. It has seven different spray settings: centre jet, vertical, flat, full, shower, mist, cone, and stream. This approximately 15ft long when not in use, which means it's a real space-saver and you don't have loads of hose trailing around your garden tap to trip you up. You never have to wind anything up. It never gets tangled or kinked.

I find this hose ideal for watering my conservatory plants from the outside tap. I just twist the tap around 20° on and I get a gentle, controllable flow of water for pot-plant watering. It reaches right round my conservatory, automatically expanding and this saves constant refilling of watering cans. This hose is ideal for outside plant-watering too, such as for hanging baskets or tubs. It screws onto my existing fitting, no problem (Hoze-lok). Initially, I thought I was going to have to stretch out the hose myself but it does it by itself as it fills.

Operation: The hose itself is quite 'small bore' and can't handle a sudden large gush of water. If you turn the tap full on all at once, the sudden pressure can sometimes blast the fixing off the tap. And before you switch the tap on, make sure you have the clip fixed so that the jet is on spray. If you turn it on with the sprayhead off, again, the fixing can uncouple. As with attaching all new hoses, it's worth spending a bit of time ensuring all joins are tightened and the washers are in the right place in order to get a firm coupling to the tap.

When you switch off the supply, the water drains out and the hose contracts. It comes with a metal hose hang up hook which you can install by your tap.
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Fisher-Price Smart Stages Purse
Fisher-Price Smart Stages Purse
Price: £12.49

3.0 out of 5 stars En francais aussi, 27 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The box says this is suitable for six months onwards. I was in two minds about this initially but my niece loves it. And I think the reason is that babies just love going down bags. They like to open them. They like to delve about inside and they like to draw things out and discover what they are. So the fact that it's got car keys, a mobile phone and credit card shouldn't put you off too much because I think that just finding interesting objects in a bag is fun the baby.

The objects inside are colourful and the phone rattles. However, there is an attempt to make this educational because on the front of the bag there are three settings. Level I (said to be suitable for six months) teaches colours, Level II (said to be suitable for 12 months onwards) teaches numbers - and it teaches them in English...and French. No seriously. Not sure that might not simply serve to confuse. Level III (said to be suitable for 18 months plus) are random phrases such as 'let's go shopping' or 'let's call a friend.' At the top there is a musical note which plays just one bar of one of five jangly but mercifully short-lived songs.

It's fun for baby. The audible factor might jangle your nerves after a while because there is only one volume level and the actor employed to imitate the child's voice adopts a strident tone while managing to sound vacuous and annoying.


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