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Le Creuset Jug Salt and Pepper Shakers, Marseille
Le Creuset Jug Salt and Pepper Shakers, Marseille

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brighten up your kitchen and table presentation with this stylish pair, 17 April 2014
Le Creuset salt & pepper shakers - a cute, but functional addition to any table or countertop.


Shaped like mini pitchers, this neat little duo stand just over 7.5 cm high, with holes in the top (one with three/one with five) and a plastic stopper in the bottom, to allow for easy filling.
Comfortable handles.
Approximate maximum capacity : 3 oz

Le Creuset embossed.
Dishwasher safe.

Packaged in a cardboard sleeve, incorporating full Le Creuset STONEWARE care & use instructions.
Made in Thailand.

Domino (Medley) (2007 Digital Remaster)
Domino (Medley) (2007 Digital Remaster)
Price: £2.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 10 minutes of...., 15 April 2014
....sheer complexity.

'Domino', from the Invisible Touch album.

'....There's nothing you can do when you're the next in line....'

So true?

Dandy William Armes Seychelles 130 x 50 cm Bath Runner, Champagne
Dandy William Armes Seychelles 130 x 50 cm Bath Runner, Champagne
Price: £20.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine &...., 15 April 2014


Mixing 'SEYCHELLES' with 'CHAMPAGNE' - more than a hint of luxury to many, and that is exactly what one gets with this long '100% Microfibre Bath Mat', from William Armes Ltd.

Approximate advertised size : 50 cm x 130 cm x 2.5 cm deep

From the cardboard label:

* 'Microfibre Bath Mat
* Machine washable at 30°
* Anti-slip latex backing'

Impeccably packed for safe transport, a rather large box opened to reveal a long pile 'shaggy effect' bath runner which adds that aforementioned look of luxury with warmth of colour to a simple new bathroom.
The backing helps to stop it from moving as you jump out of the bath and excess moisture is well absorbed.
It dries out easily over the towel rail, in my experience.

It has regularly been in the wash at the recommended temperature and fluffs up nicely once dried on the washing line, and aired, looking like new again with no loss in fibre or size.

Mine measures in slightly over the advertised size at 132 cm x 52 cm, so even more pleased with that - the longer the better!

Smaller version also available.

Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of those classic tracks...., 15 April 2014
This review is from: Babe (MP3 Download)
....with which one might struggle to recall the name of the artist, especially with only a few seconds to do so in a pub quiz, as one hums on and misses the next question!

This is one of those moving 'love songs' which annoyingly sticks in your head - then the memory cells are tweaked and whisks you back in time to.........1979, and the album - CORNERSTONE.

Bosch Rotak 34 R Corded Rotary Lawnmower (34 cm Cutting Width)
Bosch Rotak 34 R Corded Rotary Lawnmower (34 cm Cutting Width)
Price: £99.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The cutting edge....Bosch Rotak 34 R (mains powered) LAWNMOWER, 10 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Innovatively packed, I was doubtful that there was a full size machine in the BOSCH sealed box, which measured about 61 cm x 41 cm x 37 cm, but it opened to reveal the contents as listed on the box side:

* '1 x Bosch Rotak 34 R Lawnmower
* 1 x Grass Box
* 1 x Instruction Manual/Troubleshooter Guide. (for ROTAK MODELS 34 R/37 R // 340 R/370 R)
Note: The wheels are hidden in the grass box.'

Out of the box, the 'corded' (Mains Powered) BOSCH Rotak 34 R (incidentally, the '34' relates to the cutting width of 34 cm for those not in the know) was relatively easy to assemble, but it is necessary to look at the bigger picture for further optical guidance - i.e. the box - rather than just rely on the instruction leaflet, if my experience is anything to go by!
A little bit of pressure is required to click the wheels into place and the 2-height handle needed some pondering, but in reasonably quick time this compact and relatively lightweight mower (11.3 kg) was ready for action.
The 40-litre grass-box seemed on the flimsy side - even when assembled - but it is efficient, with no problems in picking up every cut blade of grass with the two weeks growth it was first set to task on and less emptying trips (compared to my ageing flymo).

There are 5 cutting heights:

* 20 mm
* 30 mm
* 45 mm
* 55 mm
* 70 mm

which are easily set, and around 10 m of cable which is OK, but then an extension flex has always been necessary for the lawn area, in my particular case. The machine is easy to manoeuvre and the wheels make it easy to get right up to the edges. it also says on the box...that stripy effect is easy to achieve, if that is your thing:

* 'Get stripes with the rear roller
With the rear roller you can get that stately home look in your own garden, giving you precise stripes all over your lawn. Additionally, and importantly, the rear roller offers stability over lawn edges and prevents scalping.'

The 1300 W BOSCH POWERDRIVE motor is impressive and does seem quieter than those that usually spring into action in the neighbouring territory within minutes of one another!
It is well balanced - weight wise - and easy to pick up with the integrated carry handle.

It does advertise that it takes up much less storage space, which is a bonus for those with limited space, but, I think, that this is more an end of season attribute as the disassembly isn't that practical for something which will be in use getting on for every weekend in the near future (at the time of writing).


Other information on this machine:

* 'Grass combs - mow right up to the edge
With inset front wheels and grass combs, the Rotak 34 R can cut grass growing close to or over the edge of the lawn. This ensures that no strips of uncut grass are left behind even when cutting around flower beds, walls or paths.

* Compact design
The Rotak 34 R features easy z-folding handles and a stackable grass box for convenient and compact storage at a height of only 55 cm. Quick to store and easy to assembly for hassle free mowing.

* Height of cut adjustment
Decide from different height of cut positions ranging between 20 - 70 mm using the simple handle for adjustment. Choose a different height depending on the lawn condition or to most suit your own preference.'

All in all, a neat little machine which does a great big job, well, and it will replace that aforementioned flymo which is now destined for the lawn in the sky!

14/04/14 EDITED TO ADD:

Just had its second outing which was every bit as impressive as the first, making light work of what has been a very easy to put off but necessary chore!

Sunvary Two Peas in a Pod Salt and Pepper Shakers Thanksgiving Gifts Christmas Gifts TWG007
Sunvary Two Peas in a Pod Salt and Pepper Shakers Thanksgiving Gifts Christmas Gifts TWG007

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Peas!, 8 April 2014

Some say.....I am addicted to garden peas, fresh out of the garden and just out of their pods.
Dotted through a fresh salad, I can think of nothing more representative of a Summer's day than my garden peas!
So it was natural that a family member saw this and thought of me.

They came safely packed in the most adorable little box and I hadn't the faintest idea what was contained within!

Tiny salt and pepper pots in the shape of two peas.....complete with half-a-'pod' - a handy little shaped saucer to contain the cute pair!
Popped(!) out, each little shaker is only around 2.5 cm at its widest point, but functional.
One has three holes; the other has two, in the top.
In the little base of each is a plastic bung of around 1 cm diameter, which easily levers out for filling.
The whole unit measures around 10 cm in length (allowing for the 'stalk'), around 2.5 cm high and I love it!
(All sizes approximate, based on my own set).

3 Piece Knife Set
3 Piece Knife Set
Offered by ZOVATO
Price: £9.34

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The knives are out, 4 April 2014
This review is from: 3 Piece Knife Set
3 KNIFE SET, with sheaths
CODE : E72404

'All Zyliss products are dishwasher safe, unless stated. However Zyliss recommends handwashing components with blades to maintain sharpness.'

Here we have three rather smart, two-tone colour handled, rigid knives:

* 9 cm PARING
* 14 cm UTILITY

Approximate sizes of each knife (based on my own set):


 *Overall length : 20.5 cm
 *Blade length : 9 cm
 *Blade width : 2 cm maximum, tapering to a point

(2) PARING (SERRATED EDGE) - ORANGEY RED (VERMILLION? - Very bright and hard to miss, with its 'coat' on!)

 *Overall length : 22 cm
 *Blade length : a smidgeon over 10 cm
 *Blade width : 2 cm maximum, tapering to a point


 *Overall length : 26 cm
 *Blade length : 14 cm
 *Blade width : 3.5 cm maximum, tapering to a point

The handles are 'ergonomic with soft touch grip', in a coordinating shade and I find them comfortable in hand.
The sheaths are ventilated and the embossed ZYLISS ® neatly shows through on both sides, when the knives are in situ. The sheaths are not as clean to pull off as some I have, so care does need to be taken when doing so, especially with the largest one as I find I need to give it a sharp(ish) tug to start the release.
However, care is always needed when handling any knife and this particular one makes very light work of slicing through a chunky red cabbage.

I do like the two paring knives, also - the serrated one is often sought if someone has run off with my overall favourite for the tomato run, and you can never have too many knives in a busy kitchen? (Too many chefs, occasionally, perhaps!)

All three knives have stood up to a fair amount of dicing 'n' slicing over the last five months. I have had no problems with any rust spots, but I do follow the instructions, especially with cutlery in dishwashers and remove as soon as the cycle is finished (and cooled down sufficiently to be able to do so) and wipe down, carefully, before sheathing up ready for the drawer.

The blades don't have the coating that you find on e.g. but this doesn't appear to have affected their durability in my experience to date.

Slip Slidin' Away
Slip Slidin' Away
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No truer words were spoken...., 4 April 2014
This review is from: Slip Slidin' Away (MP3 Download) this thought provoking song from Paul Simon.

'...Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away.....'

Poison Arrow
Poison Arrow
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW WAVE......and a step back in time to....., 4 April 2014
This review is from: Poison Arrow (MP3 Download)
1982, with a meaningful track from ABC's excellent The Lexicon of Love.

'....Who broke my heart, you did, you did
Bow to the target, blame Cupid
You think you're smart, that's stupid
Right from the start when you knew we would part

Shoot that poison arrow to my heart
Shoot that poison arrow
Shoot that poison arrow to my heart, heart, heart....
Shoot that poison arrow

Heart, shoot that poison arrow
Shoot that poison arrow.....'

Check this one out, from the same album.

Bows & Arrows
Bows & Arrows
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to hit.......bows and arrows?, 3 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Bows & Arrows (MP3 Download)
The latest track from the newly released (at the time of writing), and currently FREE at Amazon, so a good time to listen and decide.
It is catchy enough with an impressive start but I feel it is lacking something I cannot quite put my finger on.
Perhaps a little too repetitive, with less punchy lyrics than one might be expecting from Kaiser Chiefs?

'...You and me on the front line
You and me, every time
It's always you and me,
We're bows and arrows

We the people, created equal.......
....And if that's true then we're not the only ones......'


Edited to add:

After a couple of days of listening, I am growing to like it, but not love it!
It is certainly hard to get out of your head!
Would be great live, IMO - it will probably become 'an anthem'.

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