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The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited  (Xbox One)
The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited (Xbox One)
Price: 27.85

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The game that will eat up your life, 19 Aug. 2015
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I've been too busy playing The Elder Scrolls Online to actually review it until now, but having reached Veteran level and now likely to take a break from Tamriel until the DLC comes out, I thought it was time for a few quick words.

If you've played Morrowind, Oblivion and/or Skyrim you will be familiar with a lot of the gameplay. There are no flying dragons to fight, but you'll encounter hundreds of enemy types both familiar and new, and you'll find there to be many overhauls in terms of quest structure, progression reward and crafting. The main difference to previous games is, of course, the social side – and you can team up with other players both in overworld areas and dungeons to give you better odds against high and boss level enemies. This can be as part of a group or a guild, or just simply with whoever happens to be in the same place as you at the time. You can play as any race and can choose from a variety of skill lines. In terms of spending skill points to customise your character's abilities, you have a greater choice than ever before.

The name Tamriel Unlimited is a bit misleading, as you can't visit certain areas, such as (at time of writing) Skyrim or Morrowind, but the amount of land you can traverse is massive, almost to the point of it being overwhelming. When you create your character you pick one of three competing factions and that choice means that your questable area will initially be limited to one third of the available map, with the exception of the PvP area of Cyrodiil, which is locked in eternal threeway warfare, and (later on) other areas such as Coldharbour and the ultra hard area of Craglorn. If you want, you can create three characters – one in each faction – and explore the whole map, but be warned – it will take you many hundreds of hours to explore every location fully and do every quest. It will eat up your life.

The quality of the quests is amazingly high, considering that most of them are variations on the same handful of themes. More than any Elder Scrolls game previously, The Elder Scrolls Online features a high number of memorable characters, many of whom you will run into time and again. Quests are well scripted and sometimes involve irreversible choices. You know a game is doing things right when you realise you have just turned down the chance of getting a few extra skill points because you wanted to do the right thing by one of the characters, and you are indeed offered this choice in one of the main quest progressions.

I don’t want to make this review too long, but I also need to make mention of one of the social features that is new to Elder Scrolls Online and very much welcome – and that is the ability to sell unwanted items to other players either one-to-one or by listing items at whatever price you choose in strategically placed guild stalls. It's made me very rich (in game sadly, not in real life) and I have used that money to buy extra bank space for storing items, new crafting styles and various items that will improve my armour, or provide timed buffs to my health, magicka, stamina and other attributes. You can also become a vampire or werewolf. It seems to me that almost every other player I meet now is a werewolf, so if you want to stand out maybe choose to be a vampire. Apparently, I haven't been bitten in the right map location yet to become either. It's nice to know that so far into the game, there are still new things I can experience.

GBC 65x95mm 2x125mic Card Laminating Pouches - Gloss
GBC 65x95mm 2x125mic Card Laminating Pouches - Gloss
Price: 14.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice neat product, 19 Aug. 2015
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You get a packet of 100 laminating pouches, each one 65 by 95mm and 250 microns in thickness (that's both sides together). They come in a box that resembles a pack of cards, so it's easy to find somewhere in the cupboard or on the shelf to store them. The great advantage of having pouches this size is that you don't have any wastage, as opposed to using larger sheets and cutting them down.

The cards come out of the laminator nice and smooth and seem very durable. I tried lightly bending the card and twisting it, and up to a certain point where you're bending or twisting more than everyday use it snaps straight back into position. The rounded corners are smooth and you're not in danger of getting cut by sharp edges. It's a good product.

Wahl James Martin Easy Store Table Blender, 600 W, 1.5 Litre, White / Black
Wahl James Martin Easy Store Table Blender, 600 W, 1.5 Litre, White / Black
Price: 31.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to assemble, easy to use and easy to clean., 9 Aug. 2015
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The "Easy Store" part of the "Easy Store Table Blender" refers to the way you can put the jug over the main unit as you store it away in the cupboard. In reality it may spend more time out of the cupboard than in because it's great for making fruit juice smoothies, and if you like fruit juice smoothies, you're going to use this daily.

When you do assemble it, it clicks into place smoothly and solidly. There is a measuring cup in the top, which you can use to pour in oil, lemon juice and so on, and this also clicks into place in that smooth solid way. The lid fits on really tightly, but I found no problem when it came to removing it.

You do need to chop your fruit, etc, up into small pieces. If you don't it will cling to the sides and not much will happen, but do cut it up well beforehand and it all works smoothly.

The suction pads on the bottom of the unit hold it firm onto the kitchen work surface, which is good because it vastly reduces the risk of accidentally knocking the unit over.

And of course – also very important – it's easy to clean.

Busy B Takeaway Menu Organiser
Busy B Takeaway Menu Organiser
Price: 9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars More customisation please, 9 Aug. 2015
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I literally sighed out loud with frustration about five seconds after I opened this takeaway menu holder up. It gets so many things right, but then makes a really annoying assumption – namely that I (as the average purchaser) like Indian food best, then Chinese, then Italian, then Thai. And if I am awkward enough to like any other types of takeaway such as Greek, Mexican, seafood, pub food, the chip shop round the corner or a big corporate chain, I can use the two slots labelled "other". The folder is wire-bound so you can't change the order of the folders.

The red and blue cardboard folders are very well made and perfect for putting menus into, the pad for writing orders on inside the front cover is excellent, and I like the elastic cord that can be used to hold the menu book shut.

My sigh of frustration was connected to knowing for a fact that Busy B are quite capable of making what I had thought would be obvious – labels with Chinese, Italian, and so on, which you could stick onto the folders so that your favourite meal types come first – and I know that because I also have a book of pot and jar labels made by the same company. I love the design of this book, but I'm going to have to write my own labels for it and stick them on, and that's not going to look anywhere near as good as it would have done if a sheet of suitably designed and varied labels came with the book. That element of personalisation would have made this a product I would actually have liked enough to give someone as a gift.

I would urge the makers to make that change before they get any more made, as I think it would increase the selling potential greatly. It may have something to do with my just having watched "Dragons' Den" before writing this review, but if I owned a restaurant, a pub, a takeaway and so on, I would be looking to buy something like this which I can buy to customise as appropriate, put my menu into in the folder at the top and give away to regular customers.

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: 57.09

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The lid with the hole, 25 July 2015
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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 Star Wars Birthday Card 'Slider' - Medium
Hallmark Star Wars Birthday Card 'Slider' - Medium
Price: 3.69

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

4.0 out of 5 stars A good quality bulb, 25 July 2015
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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
Price: 21.99

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: 20.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for outdoor use, 10 July 2015
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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

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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