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Vax U88-AMM-Pe Air 3 Max Pet Upright Vacuum
Vax U88-AMM-Pe Air 3 Max Pet Upright Vacuum
Price: £130.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vacuum but Beware, 9 Mar. 2015
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Do not buy this vacuum cleaner if you have medium or long pile carpet. It will get stuck. Read on if not. We have short wool twist shag pile carpet.

Previously we had a 10 yr old Electrolux rated 2000 watts. How do they compare? Well when the old vac had all clean filters it sucked roughly as well as this one but was noisier. The problem was that the filters were hardly ever all clear so in practice the Vax has a stronger suction even after extensive use. The Vax is a very good vacuum with a few design faults worth mentioning:

1) It is not that light, similar to our old vac.
2) The tools can be held on the machine but only just. The upholstery cleaner tends to fall off and the clip holding the extra hose length is not very definite being too lose. Plus if you attach the fine suction tool to the end of the extra hose length, which is the only place left if you use the other spot for the turbo tool, then the fine suction tool flops about.
3) There is no height adjustment on the main brush rota so it simply stops dead on anything other than short carpet. It seems to clamp itself down and becomes practically immovable, hence my opening remark. (We have one or two longer pile rugs)
4) The clips holding the 10m of cable could do with being slightly longer although they are just about long enough if care is taken.
5) Most old vacs have the hose stuffed into an opening and when you want to use this you simply pull it out. If you want to use the hose tools on the Vax you have to disconnect the bottom hose from the body of the machine, attach the hose extension, which would normally be needed and then you are good to go. One or two more stages than normal.

The good points:
1) Tremendously strong suction that does not easily fade. Combined with powerful brushes this seems to suck up lots of stuff ordinarily left in the carpet. So the Vax is really in a different league when it comes to cleaning carpets.
2) Easy to empty. Our first efforts required more emptying than expected because so much stuff was lifted out of the carpet.
3) Turbo tool (that only comes with some models, like the 'Pet') is very useful and allows the wand to be used like a mini vac complete with powerful rotating mini brush. This is better at picking up stuff than a normal plain hose.
4) Normal useful array of other tools, fine head, brush head, upholstery head and plain round pipe.
5) Unless my nose deceives me, the air seems to smell fresher afterwards and I get the impression the filter is very effective. I would go so far as to say it seems to filter the air and make it cleaner.

So other than my opening word of caution and minor design flaws this is an excellent vacuum cleaner.


Arian Natural 6 Mode Shower Head Handset Chrome 6 Functions Universal Fitting
Arian Natural 6 Mode Shower Head Handset Chrome 6 Functions Universal Fitting
Offered by Bathroom Shop
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Unit, 8 Mar. 2015
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You can buy cheaper shower heads on the high street. I did. Then I bought this one as the high street one was not as good. This has an outer, middle and inner ring of nozzles that can be rubbed clear as they are made from rubber. Each ring of nozzles has two separate rings of nozzles so 6 altogether. The outer, middle and inner ring can be switched to any combination of 2 together or 1 on its own. All 3 cannot run together. I find that the outer and middle rings together provide the best gentle drenching jet. The inner one on its own provides the most powerful jet. The unit is well finished in chrome and feels good quality. The unit does not include a rubber washer so keep you old one or buy a new one as otherwise you cannot form a seal between the hose and the shower head. Other than that omission, in my opinion this is an ideal unit and I do not think you could do better.


Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2-inch Tablet (White) - (Exynos 5 Octa 1.9GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.4)
Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2-inch Tablet (White) - (Exynos 5 Octa 1.9GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera, Android 4.4)
Offered by beauty stores
Price: £349.99

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which Tablet to Buy?, 5 July 2014
So is this better than an iPad or iPad Air? I have all 3 - due to family.

First impressions, a tad heavy but as thin as you might want. Feels good quality. The back is hard white plastic but has a leather like grain so is pleasing to hold. The Air though is easier to hold as a book. The Samsung needs to be propped due to its extra weight.

The device is not slow but is not quite as quick to open some web pages and has around a 0.5 sec lag compared to the Air. This is not true on all sites but is there on some when competing head to head with the Air. According to tests though, the Samsung has more processing power.

The screen is excellent. There is not much difference compared to the Air other than the obvious, which is that you can get more on the screen or have larger text, etc. As my eyes are not as good as they were this is a benefit. The Samsung is of course inherently less portable due to it's larger size.

Speakers are stereo and slightly louder than the Air however the Air speaker has more frequency range so sounds slightly better quality although neither device are close to ' hi fi'.

The range of apps is good including free 'ms office' type apps.

The storage is better on the Samsung as mine came with 32gb and it is easy to add more using a micro sd card, which are cheap these days. You just slot it in the side. In my opinion Apple rip their customers off when it comes to memory.

The pen is a nice touch. It slots into the side of the tablet. It is a fun and useful tool. Drawing app is great for the more artistically minded.

Can't comment on cameras yet.

So which is best? The answer depends on what you want to do with your tablet. Objectively the Samsung is better, however if portability is your key consideration the Air would probably suit your needs better.


30W BC Energy Saving Bulb
30W BC Energy Saving Bulb
Offered by Ryness Lighting & Electrical
Price: £4.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bulb, 14 Jun. 2014
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Have had this nearly a year now.

It comes on almost instantly although as with all of these it does get about 30% brighter over the next minute.

It provides a somewhat warmish light. Not white but not yellow so a good compromise.

The best thing about this unit is its length as it is fairly short for a 30w lamp and this can be important if your light fitting has limited space or you do not want the lamp to stick out of it.


Sony ICFC218S Clock Radio (Silver) (discontinued by manufacturer)
Sony ICFC218S Clock Radio (Silver) (discontinued by manufacturer)
Offered by SIMPLUS
Price: £65.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Unit, 14 Jun. 2014
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These are good stock bedside alarm/radio clock units. Fairly easy to use with a nice clear read out. You will probably not do better. Sony do one with a double alarm that can be set separately to trigger either the radio or alarm per alarm but this model is quite enough for most people.
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1 1/2" Basin Chrome Plated Plug with Chain Stay
1 1/2" Basin Chrome Plated Plug with Chain Stay
Offered by Concept4U (UK)
Price: £2.74

3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good, 14 Jun. 2014
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Looks great and everything you would expect but the chain goes rusty. I suppose spraying it with oil or water repellent before fitting might have helped. The rusty chain started to stain my sink so ended up replacing it.


18m Greenhouse Glazing Rubber
18m Greenhouse Glazing Rubber
Offered by Heswall_Glass
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 14 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: 18m Greenhouse Glazing Rubber
These seals work well as they grip the aluminium and then two little prongs engage with the glass or Perspex for a good double seal. I discovered Perspex is more or less the same price as glass so have used that on the exposed side of my greenhouse so balls are less likely to break it and kids are less likely to get cut by broken glass.

My aluminium is about 1mm thick.


Karakal Super PU Multi Colours Replacement Grips - Tennis - Squash - Badminton - Blue/Green x 6
Karakal Super PU Multi Colours Replacement Grips - Tennis - Squash - Badminton - Blue/Green x 6
Offered by notonlybowls
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent grips, 14 Jun. 2014
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These grips are exactly the same as the shop variety. They are soft and grippy. They come with a slanted cut one end to start the spiral and some tape to hold the other end that you cut to suit.

I found that with badminton rackets I can actually do 2 rackets with one grip although only just.


WD 1TB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive - Caviar Blue
WD 1TB 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive - Caviar Blue
Price: £43.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hard Drive, 7 Jun. 2014
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This was very well packed and sealed. It is a very good standard hard drive ideal for adding capacity or for a new build. You can get bigger drives but I think those are probably a mistake if you have space to add more like this.

Don't forget cables.

If you are wealthy buy SSDs if not buy these. Don't forget one option is you can buy a smaller SSD for a relatively modest sum. Put your operating system and key programs on that to enjoy the speed and then supplement that with one or two of these for bulk storage of photos, music, etc.


Pair of PLUM / PURPLE 46" Width x 54" Drop , Supersoft Thermal BLACKOUT Curtains INCLUDING PAIR OF MATCHING TIE BACKS, 'Winter Warm but Summer Cool' by VICEROY BEDDING
Pair of PLUM / PURPLE 46" Width x 54" Drop , Supersoft Thermal BLACKOUT Curtains INCLUDING PAIR OF MATCHING TIE BACKS, 'Winter Warm but Summer Cool' by VICEROY BEDDING
Offered by Viceroy Bedding
Price: £11.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 7 Jun. 2014
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These are good value curtains. The colour can be described as purple as well as plum.

They are not lined however they thoroughly exclude light.

They have a slight shine, not shiny but not definitely not matt.

In my view they look much more expensive than they actually are. The colour is quite dark so you will need to decide whether that suits your room.

I heard somewhere that premier inn go for lilac and purples because this colour aids sleep so that could be a bonus if used in a bedroom.


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