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One Touch Automatic Can Opener
One Touch Automatic Can Opener

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a complete joke, 2 Sept. 2009
There appears to be more than one manufacturer of this product as the product I bought does not look the same as on the picture and does not even appear to be anything to do with Culinaire. Anyway, irrespective of potential Trades Descriptions Act problems which Amazon and their suppliers might have to deal with, what is the product like that I was actually sent?

To be fair, if given some encouragement then it does actually work to some extent. I have not given this one star because of this. If you want something that really is an "automatic one touch" can opener as it claims then this is a joke - it would be more accurate to describe it as an "manual electrically assisted" can opener as once you press the button to start it normally either judders to a halt before getting the whole way round (but if you give it a push it can be encouraged to make it the whole way) or keeps on going after getting round. Normally it does both...

Really, I wouldn't recommend this product at any price - I would get another Kenwood electric can opener instead as once you get the knack of attaching the can, they work perfectly and, being mains powered, won't suffer from having to use a screwdriver to finish the job if the batteries run out while turning as with this monstrosity.

Really, you have to wonder whether this product was designed by the local village idiot - or if it was designed so badly as some kind of sick joke. If it was not currently quite cheap compared to other electric can openers, I would never have considered it - I recommend people stay well clear.


Enchanted
Enchanted
Offered by BestSellerRecordshop
Price: £12.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best, 22 May 2009
This review is from: Enchanted (Audio CD)
This album may not be as good as Stars, but there is frankly not one bad track on here - the only thing which would make it better would be more variety in its arrangements. Marc is a unique talent, and sadly vastly underrated - it doesn't take much to figure out why - he just doesn't fit into a nice neat little box like most singer/songwriters. This is definitely one of his best albums, and despite having had it for a number of years still gets played regularly by me. It is even surprising to hear a really uplifting like "Carnival Of Life" on this album, but it's welcome along with the more intense songs like "Desperate Hours".


Sounds Of The Universe
Sounds Of The Universe
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £6.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Depeche Mode, 22 May 2009
This review is from: Sounds Of The Universe (Audio CD)
That was the first thought - it is certainly the familiar sound of the Mode, but that in itself is no bad thing. I would rate this album as second to Ultra - there are certainly a huge variation of styles but they are all completely unlike any other band out there. I agree with some reviews that it definitely grows on you, as some of the tracks are very subtle but there is a great deal of beauty and a lot of raw energy too. Highlights for me are the powerful "Wrong", the gentle and unusually arranged "Little Soul", the honest and open "Peace", the typically Depeche Mode "Come Back" and "Miles Away/The Truth Is" with its funky, driving beat. There are only maybe one or two tracks that don't grab your attention - perhaps Jezebel being the least strong. It's a shame that they are not as popular in the UK as they are abroad (it was a shame to see posters of their extensive tour of Germany while holidaying there, yet come back to find they aren't playing in my city!) That the Mode can continue to record albums with such quality after over 25 years is a real testament to their talent. Frankly, if you are thinking about buying it, go ahead as it's great fun and fantastic entertainment!


Creative ZEN 16GB MP3 Player
Creative ZEN 16GB MP3 Player

5.0 out of 5 stars Great player, 22 May 2009
I looked through all the reviews before buying a music player and I'm glad I did - I have had no problems with the Zen. The only minor potential improvement would be a screen that was easier to read in bright sunlight, but this is designed mainly as a music player not a video player, with videos being an additional feature (and yes, you do have to convert videos first - if you want videos, though, go for an Archos device - and pay a lot more, of course). The sound quality is really pretty good, the user interface is great, the size is very compact, the battery life is good and the best feature of all - the SD card slot (no problems with a 16GB card). I cannot understand why some people have complained about the USB lead being too short - as it weight means it can just dangle in front or behind your computer, why would you want anything longer? If it really bothers you, it takes a standard mini USB cable anyway. Also, a USB mains charger is really useful for the times you're away from a PC - for around a fiver this is hardly a huge expense. What more could anyone want?


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