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Hallmark Christmas Card To Mum & Dad 'Happy Memories' - Medium
Hallmark Christmas Card To Mum & Dad 'Happy Memories' - Medium
Price: £2.25

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice card, 18 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is just the sort of card I like to get for my parents on their wedding anniversary, and with its cute hedgehog couple looking in a shop window and the words "happy memories" on the front I would have happily bought it for that purpose.

Christmas cards, in my opinion, need to be a little more "Christmassy" than this one is and, whilst the run-up to Christmas definitely includes shopping, I'd have preferred something such as the hedgehogs sitting round the fire, pulling crackers and enjoying time with their family.

I do like the fine detail in the picture though – the ladybird family also out shopping for presents – something you might not see on the first look.

It's also got a blank space towards the bottom of the front of the card, which is useful if you want to write a message on the front, so it can be seen when clipped to a line with other cards.


Sealy Posturepedic Zonal Support Mattress Enhancer, King
Sealy Posturepedic Zonal Support Mattress Enhancer, King
Price: £201.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it, 11 Oct. 2015
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When a mattress is showing signs of age, it can be expensive to renew it, so this mattress enhancer, which is essentially a new top layer you can add on to an existing mattress is a great idea. Before I go on to say how good this product is – and it is very comfortable indeed – I really should say something about the price. Ignoring the RRP, the current listed price for this mattress enhancer is £200. For around the same price (and again ignoring RRP but looking at realistic prices), you could get a standard to decent quality new mattress. However if you want a top of the range one with memory foam, you would obviously pay more. Could you get a new mattress that is as comfortable as an existing mattress with this placed on top? Well, that's a personal judgement and what bed stores are for, and it's why they will never entirely be replaced by the internet.

So, assuming that you have considered all that you need to think about, this is the part where I tell you how whether the product is actually any good or not. Enough beating around the bush – it's very good. It's comfortable, just the right mixture of firm and giving and provides excellent support. It comes in a reusable carry case with a shoulder strap, and when I say "reusable" there's no way you're ever going to get the enhancer back into there because once it's out and exposed to the air it slowly swells up like a cake, but don't throw it away because it's useful.

Once it goes onto the old mattress, you won't want to take it off and go back to the way you were sleeping before.


Silentnight Bounceback 10.5 Tog Duvet, Double
Silentnight Bounceback 10.5 Tog Duvet, Double
Price: £21.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three little words, 11 Oct. 2015
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This product is made by Comfy Quilts Ltd and manufactured under licence from Silentnight. We've liked every Silentnight product we have bought, so it wasn't a surprise to me that this duvet is of top quality. It arrives rolled up and compressed in a plastic carry bag, and once it has been shaken out and got some air in it it's ready to use.

It is a double bed size, polyester, non-allergenic and 10.5 tog. It would be impossible for me to write this review without using the words "warm", "cozy" and "snuggly", so here we go: It is warm, cozy and extremely snuggly.


CORAL 31303 Paint Brush Set
CORAL 31303 Paint Brush Set
Price: £9.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Look cheap, but they do the job, 7 Oct. 2015
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You get a lot of brushes for your money, making this set of ten quite a cheap buy. First impressions on receiving this set was that it looks cheap too, not in the good way. That may have been an unfair judgement based only on appearance, and there are actually good reasons why a bright yellow handle might be useful, but I did find a mix of mostly good and a few bad things with these brushes.

The good things are the variety of different sizes, having the measurement on the metal bit below the brushes, the holes in the handles and the firmness of the bristles. The bad thing is that whilst the larger brushes hold their shape well and have very few stray or loose bristles, the smallest ones I had in the set did not hold their shape well and were shedding a lot.

So these are not poor quality brushes mostly, but they're not perfect either. They do the job though. Make sure that you pull out the loose bristles before they go near the paint and you'll probably be happy with their performance.


The Little Book of Colouring: In Bloom: Peace in Your Pocket
The Little Book of Colouring: In Bloom: Peace in Your Pocket
by Peace in Your Pocket
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A way to relax, but lacks variety, 7 Oct. 2015
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This is the second book in this series that I have, and whilst different people will find different ways of using this book – such as passing the time or taking your mind off something worrying – I like to fill it in whilst I listen to music. The theme of this book is "In Bloom" and, as you'd expect, the majority of the pictures to colour in are flowers. There is some variation, such as butterflies, fungi, ivy climbing up a wall, but it's not as varied as the other book I have in the series – "Patterns" ( The Little Book of Colouring: Patterns: Peace in Your Pocket ) – and whilst every page is different, it is also very familiar and when you're flicking through for an outline you like, the repetitive nature is a bit disappointing. So whilst I gave 5 stars to "Patterns", I'm not as taken with this book as I was with that one.

To repeat myself from the other review, the common elements still apply, which are that this book is made from good quality paper and is just the right size. The picture is always on the top side of each sheet and there's a phrase on the other. This is a good thing because if you choose to use pens instead of pencils, some of the ink is going to run through to the other side, and it's better than the page being blank.


AmazonBasics Metal Monitor Stand - Black
AmazonBasics Metal Monitor Stand - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice smooth cornered design, 17 Sept. 2015
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I was really pleased with this monitor stand. It looks really good for a start, which is a big plus when it's right in front of you all the time, it is sturdy and can hold quite a weight. There is a metallic "Amazon basics" tag on it when it arrives, but that comes off with a small bit of effort without leaving any mark, residue or indication it had been there. The stand has soft padded feet so as to not leave ugly marks on your desk. Very pleasing.


Door and Window Alarms - 2 Pack
Door and Window Alarms - 2 Pack
Price: £16.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out alarms, 17 Sept. 2015
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Although small enough that you'd barely notice them, these door or window alarms have a powerful loud alarm, and even the alternative chime function is loud enough to hear from the other side of the house. For those with sensitive ears, there is an LED for testing the battery without setting the siren off. Each alarm (of which there are 2 in this pack) comes in two parts – the main unit and a sensor, which can be placed against either side, and as long as it stays there the alarm does not activate, but move it away (affixed to two sides of a door or window) and the alarm will sound. Of course, this isn't needed all the time, and when you want to open the door or window you just lift the battery compartment lid off and set the switch to the middle position. Self adhesive pads come with the packet, as do batteries, so you don't need anything extra to set this up right out of the packet.


Braun TrueScan Plus Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Braun TrueScan Plus Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Price: £58.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reassurance, 17 Sept. 2015
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It's really reassuring to be able to test your blood pressure and check your health, to have that luxury to do this anytime of day you want, as part of an exercise programme or when you might feel sick or unwell. This marvellous blood pressure monitor comes with its own clear plastic box and clip-on lid and is so small and compact compared to the ones you see in the doctors' or even many other designed for home use kits. It's easy to use as well.

Strap it to your wrist and press the user button before you begin – the unit can record up to 90 readings per person, and allows for two users to record them separately. Because the device stores these readings and comes with a CD with "Smart Manager" software, you can go onto your computer and analyse your results. To allow this, the unit has an inbuilt calendar & clock (but should not be worn as a watch). Press the power button and move your arm up across your chest until the unit detects and shows that its at the right height. it then starts to inflate the wrist band until it is tight enough to take the reading. It then relaxes and you get your reading.

In the past I have used these devices and they have felt so much like medical devices that I have not enjoyed the process of using them, but this does not give me that negative feeling – in fact it gives me positive reinforcement and helps me want to keep looking after my health, and that's a really good thing.


Blue Orange Chickyboom Game
Blue Orange Chickyboom Game
Price: £18.93

5.0 out of 5 stars A loveable, fun family game., 13 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Blue Orange Chickyboom Game (Toy)
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Chickyboom is a really great example of a simple game concept, which you barely even need to look at the rulebook for to instinctively understand. Not just that, but the whole set is made to the highest quality and is one of the most visually attractive judgement/dexterity games I have seen. Even the box you keep it in is good quality. The set is made up of a see-saw base and board onto which each player can take it in turns to stack and arrange the pieces in whatever way he or she likes, and then place it onto the base so it balances. Each player then has a turn removing one piece at a time until all the pieces have been removed or the board topples.

Pick up a wagon wheel (of which there are 7) and you score 1 point, a hay bale (7 of which again) scores 3, and the small and large chickybooms (3 of each) score 2 and 3 respectively. Topple the arrangement and you are deducted 5 points. If you pick up a piece and the arrangement starts to wobble, you are allowed to let go and take another piece. It's so simple yet so much fun, and we all loved it in our house.


THE SOUND AND THE FURY
THE SOUND AND THE FURY
Offered by produXa UK
Price: £7.95

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing accomplishment, 12 Sept. 2015
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This review is from: THE SOUND AND THE FURY (Audio CD)
I have loved every album Nerina Pallot has put out, and as a fan I had a great 2014 waiting for each new EP in her year of EPs to come out. This new album mixes brand new tracks with re-recorded versions of some of those songs, and I was pleased to see some of my favourites here. The extra attention to production, (something that can sometimes get fans' backs up when they loved the originals), is done with care and subtlety and I think most fans will agree that they are better for it. The new songs are startling good. This is easily the best album she has done since Fires, and part of that is down to the feeling that this really is a collection of songs that are sonically and thematically connected.

The Sound and The Fury takes the listener on a journey that moves, in almost equal measure, towards and away from concepts of home, history and identity until it reaches the focal point of this album, the ninth track, "The Road" and its chorus of "you don't follow, no you walk this road alone". It seems no coincidence that the last three tracks are in the positions they are on the album, as by the time you have listened to the first eight, even if it's just subconsciously you have that feeling that you don't know whether you are moving towards or away, and that makes those last three tracks all the more effective. Nerina has said that "as the product of British multiculturalism, when I see migrants, I see hope and hard work. But most of all I see humans, like you and I". In writing the album, she has been influenced by her family's history, but by coincidence or design the album is also extremely topical in its themes and if you listen to it whilst thinking about the recent humanitarian crisis it is also extremely empathic to listen to, especially when you approach the final three tracks.

"There Is a Drum" is a 'towards' song – connecting to the rhythm of human experience.

"Aint Got Anything Left" is an 'away from' song – feeling a loss of emotional energy.

"Rousseau" is a 'towards' song – finding your own philosophy.

"If I Had a Girl" is an 'away from' song – a wish to escape casual sexism. Notice how it quickly transitions into the next song, without a break of silence because…

"Boy on the Bus" is also an 'away from' song – escape from collective indifference.

"Handle" is a 'towards' song – a search for understanding.

"Spirit Walks" is where the album starts to play with the expectations the previous songs have placed in your mind, as it is both an 'away from' song – keeping going when burdened; and a 'towards' song – finding spirit within yourself, or making a spiritual connection.

"Big White House" is a 'towards' song – aspiration for something better.

"The Road" could be equally interpreted as an 'away from' song – separating yourself from the crowd; a 'towards' song – self-determination; both or neither. Up until this point those boundaries have been mostly clear, which is why this thematic shift in the album is effectively placed, and the song itself is made all the more effective than when listened to on its own.

"Blessèd", a song about the worth of kindness and morality, whether or not there is a higher power, again does not fit the theme. And again, as a result, its positioning makes it tend to mean more when listened as part of the album than listened to on its own.

"Longest Memory" is a clever and deliberate choice of final song. For the two songs before, you may still subconsciously have been searching for the pattern established by the earlier songs, but this last song finally and openly breaks the pattern, settling the listener down into a state of tranquillity and ending on a position of stillness. Its lyrics do not specifically relate to anything you can easy describe, giving the listener every opportunity to put their own interpretation on not just the song, but also to come to their own emotional conclusion about the album.

I've never got that detailed in a review before, but this album is worth it, and as you can see, it has made me think. I don't know how much weight these reviews have when it comes to influencing people to buy and listen to albums all the way through, but I hope that you consider taking the chance.


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