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Rexel A4 Clear Ice 2 Ring Binders (Pack of 10)
Rexel A4 Clear Ice 2 Ring Binders (Pack of 10)
Price: £20.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality binders with label pockets, 7 Jun. 2015
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These soft-cover plastic binders from Rexel are ideal for when you want to see through the front cover to the first of the pages underneath. The front cover also has an inner pocket that allows you to place a few loose pages – perhaps ones you have not had a chance to punch holes into yet. The metal rings are firm yet easy to open and close. Not only is there a pocket in the spine with a piece of card to label the folder, there is also one on the front towards the bottom right corner.

The packaging is a little excessive. Ten clear plastic folders arrive neatly stored in a cardboard box, and you can keep them there if you don't need to use them all at once. But also, each folder is wrapped individually in sealed clear plastic packaging. Maybe they make them that way for when they're on sale as individual retail. The retail stickers affixed to the folder peel off with no trouble at all and leave no residue behind.


Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook (Discworld)
Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook (Discworld)
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big cabbage, 18 May 2015
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I loved Raising Steam and this book is the perfect accompaniment. Having watched Michael Portillo journey around Britain and abroad on his Great British Railway Journeys programme, I've become quite familiar with George Bradshaw's Victorian guidebook, and it's been a lot of fun to read the Discworld equivalent and read entries related to stops along the new Ankh-Morpork & Sto Plains Hygenic Railway.

If you haven't read Raising Steam, then I would very strongly recommend reading it first (or at least reading enough of it so that you get the background), because otherwise you would be missing out on a large part of the charm of this book, which comes from the way that it perfectly compliments the novel.

Another thing to bear in mind is that whilst the book has a lot of wry humour, it is written in all seriousness so as to be exactly the book that you would expect it to be from reading the novel. The illustrations are excellent and often hilarious. No self-respecting shelf holding Raising Steam is complete without this wonderful little book sitting alongside it.


BISSELL Multi-Reach 2-in-1 Light Weight Cordless Vacuum with 25.2 V Lithium-Ion 115 W
BISSELL Multi-Reach 2-in-1 Light Weight Cordless Vacuum with 25.2 V Lithium-Ion 115 W
Price: £259.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very, very easy to use, 18 May 2015
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This extremely versatile vacuum cleaner manages to do what many have claimed to do, and can literally clean anywhere. When not in use it sits on its charging stand and the handle folds backwards behind it, but cleverly it also folds forward and allows you to clean under low shelved tables – something that in the past we have always needed to use an attachment for. It's not short on attachments itself, and after unclipping the central unit you can either add a short attachment to go and clean pet hairs off the car seats or combine all the accessories together into one and clean spider webs from the corner of the room.

It scores well on features too. An edge reach function targets the suction to the edge of the cleaner at the touch of a button, and that's a great idea. The brush can be turned on or off whilst the vacuum cleaner is on, again at a touch of a button – and the buttons are located most conveniently at the top of the handle. What's surprising is that although this is small, it has great suction and picks up dust, trodden in garden dirt and budgie food with the minimum of passes. It gets full quickly, but it is easy to empty and we actually found that because it is so easy to use (no power cord to restrict our movements) we are using it more often and therefore picking up less dirt each time anyway.

The instructions are not very impressive, but the vacuum itself is very impressive indeed and its easy to work things out without reading the instructions anyway. We're extremely pleased with this model, and if 10 stars were available, it would get them.
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Philips GC1020/70 EasySpeed Steam Iron with 70 g Steam Boost, 0.2 Litre, 1800 W, Green
Philips GC1020/70 EasySpeed Steam Iron with 70 g Steam Boost, 0.2 Litre, 1800 W, Green
Price: £19.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Bright green iron, 19 April 2015
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With its bright green and white colour scheme and transparent water tank, this Philips steam iron is certainly eye catching. The switches are easy to use, and the essential features have all been thought out well. It has a precision tip for ironing around buttons, spray and steam boost, and a calc clean function. The power lead joins to the iron with a ball socket, and was just about long enough for our purposes.

The iron is light when unloaded, and still relatively light with water in it. The surface is non-stick and does indeed glide well. The results are good so, in summary, it does just what it says on the box, and with a bare minimum of fuss. We cannot fault it, even though with that bright green colour scheme we half expect it to glow in the dark!


Norton Security 2.0, 1 User - 5 Devices, 12 Month  [PC/Mac Download - Online Code]
Norton Security 2.0, 1 User - 5 Devices, 12 Month [PC/Mac Download - Online Code]
Price: £24.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy installation, 19 April 2015
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At time of writing there are just two reviews on here, both 1 star only. My experience of Norton Security has always been good, so when I realised today that my subscription would expire in less than a week (my email browser had decided the reminder notices were spam), I decided I couldn't wait for a product card or CD to arrive. I chose the option to buy a code, paid for it and immediately was given the code on Amazon's thank you for purchasing page.

The code did not work with the renewal options on my existing Norton installation – it was a couple of digits too long for that – but I just went to my Norton account page on the internet and was given a different box to fill in, which this time accepted the code.

The install was very quick – about five minutes – and after a restart it was ready to go. My password vault is still working, scans are working; the only noticeable change is the front end which looks cleaner and more professional than the last one, which I had grown to dislike. Going on ease of installation and past experience of Norton, I give this an easy five stars.


Fiddle For Dummies
Fiddle For Dummies
by Michael John Sanchez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Fiddle de dee, 19 April 2015
This review is from: Fiddle For Dummies (Paperback)
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If you have owned a violin since childhood but play it no more than a couple of times a year as an adult, then maybe there's something more on your mind than the urge to play classical music. I have always loved the sound of fiddle music, and listening to the carefree interpretations of those who play it. Whilst I have a couple of violin "how-to" guides gathering dust on my shelves at home, because this book focuses specifically on the fiddle style of play, I have been reading it with a lot more interest that those other guides.

I've started to take some of the book's advice and have done a bit of practicing. The fiddle and the violin are the same instrument, but the difference between the two is in how you use that instrument. As the book explains, there are changes such as using a flatter bridge that you might want to make, but a lot of it is about improvisation and what the book calls ornamentation. There are techniques specific to the fiddle player that give fiddle music that distinct sound, which I have never had an explanation of before. It's early days, as it always takes me a long time when it comes to musical instruments, but the book is well written and is holding my interest.


Philips HX6732/45 Healthy White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Philips HX6732/45 Healthy White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £72.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good all rounder, 24 Mar. 2015
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This is a good mid-priced alternative to my current favourite, the Philips Sonicare HX9331/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush White. I'm sure Philips wouldn't mind me encouraging you to take a look at the page for that model before you look at this, but I would suggest it because the extras you get with that model are worth looking into.

This toothbrush uses the now familiar method of induction charging, done by placing it so it stands upright on the charger. It comes with a travel case and a choice of two brushes. These could be used as his and hers, as they are easy to swap over, or you could use one and keep the other for spare.

The brushes are different, not just in the design and the fancy names they have (DiamondClean and ProResults (no, seriously)); one of them is good for cleaning the gumline and the other claims to remove "up to 100% more stains for whiter teeth in only one week*." That's actually *than a manual toothbrush, and as a statement it means next to nothing because even if it was only 1% better, that's accounted for in the "up to" part of that statement. Let's face it, big companies use silly statements to try and sell you stuff, and I'm not in a position to verify their "data on file, 2012", so let's replace that with a simpler statement that Philips and I can both agree on, that "sonic toothbrushes are better at removing stains than manual brushing with a standard toothbrush".

There are features you don't necessarily need on a sonic toothbrush but I find useful if it has them, and those include the quadpacer interval timer that reminds you (should your mind start wandering) to move on to the next section of your mouth, and different selectable modes for whitening and sensitive. The handle is sturdy and well balanced, and the whole thing can be rinsed under the tap and, as such, is easy to keep clean. My limited experience of just a couple of brands is that Philips is the better one, and whilst the choice of which model you get will ultimately reflect what you're willing or able to pay for it, the difference you get in how clean your teeth feel makes getting a sonic toothbrush a worthwhile investment.


Scholl Active Everyday Gel Insoles for Men
Scholl Active Everyday Gel Insoles for Men
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles better than the Dunlop equivalent, 24 Mar. 2015
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This isn't my first experience with gel insoles. I bought a pair of new shoes just over a month ago and the salesman convinced me it was the new latest thing, so I bought some Dunlop ones – same brand as the shoes. Although they absorbed the shock, they did not feel naturally comfortable and they tended to ride up inside my shoes if I walked for any reasonable amount of distance.

I ordered these Scholl gel insoles hoping they'd be better, and I am happy to say that they are miles better than the Dunlop ones. They stay in place and don't ride up or shift position as I walk. They are great shock absorbers for running and comfortable for everyday walking. They don't come out of the shoe when you remove your feet. I'd highly recommend them.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Works well and is trusted, 18 Mar. 2015
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This is a 750ml bottle of lime and mint scented surface cleaner. It has the usual stated 99.9% kill ratio on bacteria, and it is suitable for cleaning chopping boards, high chairs, changing mats, fridges, bins, sinks, baths, taps and toilet seats, but not windows, mirrors, fabrics or painted or varnished surfaces. It removes 90% of allergens, according to the label, and is effective against such nasties as E.coli, solmonella, MRSA and listeria.

It is a spray and go product, so you just spray and then wipe the surface with a clean damp cloth. It is bleach free, safe to use where food is prepared, smells nice and does a good job.


Spontex Microfibre Cloths - 4 packs of 8 (Total 32 Cloths)
Spontex Microfibre Cloths - 4 packs of 8 (Total 32 Cloths)
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Multipurpose well made cloths, 8 Mar. 2015
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These Spontex cleaning cloths are tough enough for a variety of uses, and are machine washable up to 60 degrees C, as long as you keep them with similar colours. There are red, yellow, blue and green cloths in each 8 cloth pack. We've used them in the last week for a variety of tasks, including washing up, cleaning windows and cleaning brasses.

When opened up, each cloth is 30 square centimetres. They are composed of 80% polyester and 20% polyamide.


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