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Brabantia Large Laundry Bin with Black Plastic Lid 60 L - Matt Steel
Brabantia Large Laundry Bin with Black Plastic Lid 60 L - Matt Steel
Price: £56.98

5.0 out of 5 stars The lid with the hole, 25 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I wasn't sure initially if having a Polo Mint type lid would be a good or bad idea on a laundry bin but it works really well and the surface is angled slightly towards the hole, making it easier for clothes or towels to slide the rest of the way in. The bin's matt steel drum holds 60L and there is a 75% cotton inner liner which is secured by a Velcro fastener and can be removed from the drum with the washing inside for carrying it to the washing machine.

The box shows a number of features, but also informs you (by means of an un-ticked tick box) that the drum is not fingerprint proof. That doesn't bother me, but any flaw in the drum's surface is prone to catching the light and when it arrived – despite the box being undamaged – there were two dents in the sides. I was able to push these so that they snapped back into shape and the surface looks to the casual eye to be as it was supposed to be. However it is still obvious by the way the light reflects off the side that these dents were there once. It's not a real concern to me, and although I need to mention it in the review, it won’t ever be something that bothers me. If it happens to you and it bothers you, you can always send it back to be swapped – so it's not going to affect my review score, because I really like this laundry bin and it's worth a score of five stars.


Hallmark Medium Birthday Kids Star Wars Yoda
Hallmark Medium Birthday Kids Star Wars Yoda
Offered by budget gifts
Price: £3.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this card you will, 25 July 2015
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This is an absolutely fantastic birthday card. It's all too easy to make Star Wars merchandise badly, but this Hallmark card is the real deal. It did need some careful coaxing to pull the tab at the top the first time around, but after that it has worked smoothly every time. The transition from Yoda and the message "HAVE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YOU WILL" to Darth Vader's "YOU HAVE LEARNED MUCH, YOUNG ONE" is very nicely done.

The card comes with an envelope and although it is not the sort of card you open up, there is a flap in the back that allows you to stand it up like a picture frame. There is a white space at the back to write a message, with the words "MAY THE BIRTHDAY FORCE BE WITH YOU" in the centre.


Igenix Liteway LW4251 Small Bayonet Cap Energy Saving LED Golfball Lamp 5 W - Clear
Igenix Liteway LW4251 Small Bayonet Cap Energy Saving LED Golfball Lamp 5 W - Clear
Offered by BestBuyUk
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good quality bulb, 25 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This 5 watt clear "golfball" size lamp is of good quality, and gives off a warm white 2700K, 380 Lumen light. It has a 30,000 hour lamp life and claims to last for 100,000 switching cycles, or in other words 100,000 on/offs.

It is instant on and has a 250 degree beam angle. As you would expect, it is mercury free and has the CE mark on it.

It is not dimmable and there is a note on the side of the box that it is not suitable for accent lighting.

It is also well packed, and extremely unlikely to suffer any breakage in the post.


Amazon Basics High Back Patio Chair Cover
Amazon Basics High Back Patio Chair Cover

5.0 out of 5 stars A good and durable cover, 12 July 2015
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We have some stackable plastic patio chairs which we would lift into the house and stack in the hall when not in use. That took up a lot of space, but no-one likes sitting on wet patio chairs, especially ones where water tends to pool in the seat. So this cover allows those chairs to now stay in the garden, and in fact even when stacked, all 4 chairs fit under the one cover.

The material this cover is made from repels water. It literally slides right off. Before I'd even put this cover to use I laid it flat and poured some water on it; it just pooled in the middle. I let it stand for a bit and then soaked it up with a tissue, and the area where it had been was completely dry to the touch.

Fixing the cover over the chairs is easy, and there are a couple of handles in the material which are useful for when you're lifting it off or pulling it down. That's fine if you're doing it solo, but an extra couple of handles on the other side for the person helping you would have been welcome. There are backpack-style tethers on each corner which can be used to secure the cover round the legs if you wish to, and a cord that runs along the length of the base with an adjustment pull that allows you to bring it up tight at the base.

There is also a little window of clear material, covered by a flap in the main material (a flap which is secured with Velcro at the bottom corners, so that you unfasten the flap and lift it up to look inside). What that is for, I'm having trouble working out. Maybe you've forgotten what colour your chairs are or have neighbours who are really nosy about patio chairs.


Panasonic RPHXS400EW 1.2 m On Ear Street Headphones - White
Panasonic RPHXS400EW 1.2 m On Ear Street Headphones - White
Price: £31.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for outdoor use, 10 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These headphones look quite good and they are comfortable to wear. Having tested them, I like the thin, no-tangle cord and how light they are, and they are well suited for outdoor listening. I say that partly because of what I've just mentioned, partly because they fold away easily, but also because the sound is clear and you can hear a lot of detail in it.

In a quiet room indoors that clarity is still there, but there is something a bit off about the tone – something I don’t get from my other headphones – and that's fine if you have a graphic equaliser or presets which can rebalance the sound, but on a standard no-frills portable CD player it doesn't sound quite right to me. So, all in all, they're great outdoor headphones but for indoor use (for me at least) they're not as impressive.


LEGO Elves 41073: Naida's Epic Adventure Ship
LEGO Elves 41073: Naida's Epic Adventure Ship
Price: £20.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Elves at sea, 10 July 2015
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I have attached a before and after photo to this review. As you can see, the pieces come in three numbered packets, but the best approach with Lego is always to just tip everything into one big pile and dive in.

We loved the design and it was a lot of fun putting it together. This is a themed set with a back-story to it, and it's set in context by the artwork on the instruction booklet. The booklet is a massive 74 pages and you can't go wrong following it.

Two elven characters come with it – Aira and Naida – and they have a number of mini accessories including a giant clam, a map and a wand. Lego being Lego, everything clips together perfectly – even the small fiddly bits – and comes apart again with the minimum of necessary effort. There are also some very high quality stickers, which can be attached for some extra detail.

There is a sail, possibly made from fabric that feels like paper or paper that feels like fabric, which is printed on one side and white on the other. It's very well made and the way it fixes onto the mast is cleverly done.

Now for the best bit – the sail can actually be rotated by turning the ship's wheel – it's not just for show.

It's definitely one of the best.
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Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
by Francis D. K. Ching
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically presented book, 29 Jun. 2015
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I am not an architecture student, nor do I work in that field, but I do find the subject interesting and have a number of books on my shelves about great buildings and their design. This book has no photographs, although there is a website you are given a unique access code to on the inside over, however it does have what can only be described as a wealth of pencil and line drawings. It has an extensive 8 page glossary at the back and separate indexes for name of building, name of designer and subject material.

For the target audience, this will be a reference book, but as a layman I am finding it easier to read than I thought I would, and it has opened my mind a bit wider to the concepts that are part and parcel of building, interior and urban space design. It can only make me appreciate those concepts more when I see them expressed in buildings in the future.


Bi-Office A1 Frameless Tripod Dryerase Easel - White
Bi-Office A1 Frameless Tripod Dryerase Easel - White
Price: £55.91

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Office or home – the choice is yours, 29 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When I ordered this easel, I had a very specific purpose in mind for it. Whilst I use flipcharts at work, and am familiar with flipchart boards, I am unlikely to ever use one at home – however, there is an avid artist in the family and my Dad has – as I thought he would – taken to it immediately. Okay, so perhaps it's not specifically designed as an artist's easel, but all you need to fix the paper in place is a little bit of masking tape. The board is firm, the easel is steady on the tripod, and the legs are easy to set at the right height – just pull and then twist them. The board is actually quite light and easy to carry, all things considering. It's already had a couple of days outside use, and we've only had it a couple of days before writing this review.

As far as the office side of the easel goes, I do use flipcharts in the office and this one is perfect for that purpose. I will not be testing the dry wipe facility, as I want the board to remain in pristine condition, but hopefully I've given you another perspective on the way this board can be used.


Oral-B Pro Vitality Plus Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral-B Pro Vitality Plus Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid mid-range model with rubberised grip, 29 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When choosing a powered toothbrush, you are spoilt for choice – you could spend a lot of money on a top of the range sonic toothbrush with a load of features and accessories – you could buy a cheap battery powered one from the chemist – or you could look for a reasonably priced rechargeable toothbrush which will do a good job without setting you back too much money.

This model is exactly at that mid-range price point, and it comes with an induction charger and two brush heads instead of one. There is no travel case, but that is unlikely to bother most people. The rubber handle is probably the most "grippable" surface I've ever seen on a toothbrush, meaning that the likelihood of it slipping out of your hand when brushing is very low. The on/off button is a press switch. Taking the heads on and off is very easy. They are the round, spinning/oscillating type and it says on the box that the handle is also compatible with other head types Oral-B make.

There's no charging light, but then again I've often thought that the only use charging lights have is a visual confirmation that the charging process has started. If it's largely irrelevant, you don't miss it. The instructions are worth a quick read, as they give you advice on your brushing technique.


Hallmark Birthday Mum Cute Forever Friends 3D Attachment Card - Medium Slim
Hallmark Birthday Mum Cute Forever Friends 3D Attachment Card - Medium Slim
Offered by Shop Inc
Price: £3.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Mum loved it, 14 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a really lovely card. From the "Forever Friends" series, it features "The Original Very Cute Bear", and very cute he is too. So cute that he appears three times on the front, holding up the letters M, U and M, and once on the back. The card is made of textured card that feels nice to the touch. On the outside it reads "For a Very Special Mum. With Lots of Love. x", and on the inside it reads "For being such a kind and caring mum… this wishes you all the happiness you deserve, and more! Happy Birthday. x".


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