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12 Kazoos (4 Assorted Colours)
12 Kazoos (4 Assorted Colours)
Offered by UK Bargain Outlet
Price: £3.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why advertise as 12 in a box when 2 packs of 6 sent?, 13 April 2014
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Product is cheap and cheerful, but had I known they were available in packs of 6 instead of 12 as advertised I would only have bought one pack of 6. Seems an odd way to sell packaging.

Playing the Game
Playing the Game
by Belle de Jour
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Recycled from the previous two books. Nothing new, 10 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Playing the Game (Paperback)
Belle de Jour is funny - no denying it.

However, this was a lazy hodgepodge of the previous two books and the timeline is inconsistent.
Anyone that read the previous two books can see right through it. It's basically a concatenation and abridged version of the first two books with a little bit of additional commentating along the way.

Not impressed with the lazy cut and paste from the two really good previous books to make one cheap hybrid and pass it off as a "new" book

Master Nage's Guide to Training Consensual Slaves
Master Nage's Guide to Training Consensual Slaves
by Master Nage
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.95

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cringeworthy, 9 Dec. 2009
I cringed as I read this book. The author is so over-inflated and full of himself and has the most annoying style of writing. There are many far better books out there than this. Try The Master's Manual by Jack Rinella instead.

Also, the author is so busy blowing his own trumpet that he contradicts himself and for anyone pursuing a D/s relationship as a beginner will be quite confused.

Transcend 8GB Jetflash220 Fingerprint Security USB Flash Drive
Transcend 8GB Jetflash220 Fingerprint Security USB Flash Drive

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product - just a shame it doesn't support Mac OS-X, 24 Aug. 2009
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The flash stick is very easy to use, once you have set up the installation software that encrypts and reads your fingerprint. It can be a little bit fiddly at first since it takes multiple readings of the digit you want to use to be identified by. However, there is plenty of storage, which is easily accessible, but all the more importantly, is secure: if you were unfortunate enough to lose it, then there is minimal chance the data you saved on the flash stick will fall into the wrong hands or be used inappropriately.

My only minor quibble is that it compatible with OS-X, and I prefer to use Macs at home, so cannot transfer data from work to home via the flash stick. However, it clearly states on the packaging it is only suitable for MS Windows. The casing is robust and durable.

Erotic Surrender: The Sensual Joys of Female Submission
Erotic Surrender: The Sensual Joys of Female Submission
by Claudia Varrin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok - but nothing special, 27 May 2009
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A fair (but by no means great) book for anyone interested in pursuing BDSM, particularly if approaching it from the point of view as a submissive.

There is a fairly good amount of information in this book, and it is written in a way to encourage and welcome any reader that is curious but inexperienced in the realm of kink. The author covers many different aspects of approaching kink from new.

However, there is something I really have to point out about this book: my my how the author loves the sound of her own voice! Not only does she wax lyrical about her own experiences (to a nauseating level) but she also includes samples of her own poetry and own prose to set the scenes. She quotes her own other books in the recommended further reading too - very modest (not)! These seemed far from erotic to me as they were just overly gushing and damn well off-putting.

An ok-ish read for anyone contemplating BDSM from the perspective of a sub, but there have to be better starting points than this. I'd recommend missing this and going for something else like "Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns" by Miller & Devon instead.
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Teach Yourself Instant French Book/CD Pack (Teach Yourself Instant Courses)
Teach Yourself Instant French Book/CD Pack (Teach Yourself Instant Courses)
by Elisabeth Smith
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the French language., 15 April 2009
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A great introduction to the French language - or just as good if you want a quick refresher course and haven't spoken French since you were at school!

I bought this with the intension of doing a self-taught refresher course in French having learnt French at school but letting my skills go very rusty: as such this was a very useful tool for learning the very basics - enough to get you able to feel confident enough to at least try to phrase questions and expressions in a round about way if you can't find the exact vocabulary.

There are six units - supposedly meant to be so you can spend a week on each unit, though I managed to cover all six in four weeks - though more to do with the fact this was like revising rather than learning from scratch to me. It also covers (briefly) correct grammar and pitfalls to avoid.

This course is great if you only want to cover the very basics of the French language. I like the way there are lots of vocabulary exercises where it pushes you to use your initiative and expand on the existing dialogues to to enhance your perceptions of the use of the words and phrases. A very useful tool and great for confidence building.

The only downfall for me is that I think it does sometimes encourage sloppy pronunciation at the expense of keeping the course simple. As an example it suggests pronouncing any "e" with an accent - whether grave or acute as an "a" as in the word 'hay", which I dispute.

Not a downfall as such, but a valid point all the same, this book does only touch on the basics, so do not expect to be able to speak French to the same level as if you learnt French as a language at secondary school (let's face it - one cannot condense five years of schooling into 6 weeks without cutting out a lot!)

In summary, a well written course, but very basic in content. I would also mention that it is definitely worth buying the full set - including the CDs to get the most out of this course. The listening exercises are great and really do encourage you to practice out loud, more than you would if just reading. The CD's are also good for illustrating how the words sound when pronounced by several different voices. Let's face it - we all have little nuances in our speech and our voices, and it can influence the way we sound even when speaking in a different language.

Black Satin King Duvet Cover, Fitted Sheet and 4 pillowcases Bedding
Black Satin King Duvet Cover, Fitted Sheet and 4 pillowcases Bedding
Offered by Price-Right-Home
Price: £19.75

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comfy, sleek and very luxuriant, 29 Oct. 2008
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I have to say that considering how little the duvet set costs, I was actually pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fabric. The satin feels lovely and soft, and doesn't snag too easily - even after having my cat quality assuring it!

It is true that the pillows will have a tendancy to slide off unless they are sat on something non-satin underneath - but that is easily dealt with by just using cotton pillow cases for the bottom set of pillows.

The only minor issue I have is that the fitted sheet does have a tendancy to wriggle free but that is not too big a problem for me.
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Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes: A Step-By-Step, Illustrated Guide for Tying Sensual and Decorative Rope Bondage: A Step-by-step, Illustrated Guide to Tying Sensual and Decorative Rope Bondage
Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes: A Step-By-Step, Illustrated Guide for Tying Sensual and Decorative Rope Bondage: A Step-by-step, Illustrated Guide to Tying Sensual and Decorative Rope Bondage
by Two Knotty Boys
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tie it - you'll like it!, 23 Mar. 2008
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The book is a great way to introduce you and/or partner into the rope bondage scene, It is very clearly laid out, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to tie, and just as important, how to release the knots. The book is divided into several sections, firstly giving some useful hints and tips on the different types of rope out there and the pros and cons of each; this is followed by a guide to doing the do's and don'ts within rope bondage, including safety (very important); the basic knots are then covered; and finally sections on different applications of the specialist knots/positions e.g. dominance bondage or sexual use of knots & positions.

The book is written with a cheeky and fun sense of humour, and is not at all cliquey in its approach to rope bondage. It does mention that the styles shown in the book are not purely from the art of shibari (Japanese rope bondage): there are some western influences too.

It even has a recommended further reading list, should you wish to delve a little deeper into the scene, or learn more about the particulars.

And should you ever have chance to contact the Two Knotty Boys in real life or via myspace, you'll find that they really are down-to-earth friendly guys that are only too happy to help with queries.

Medicool Home Pedicure Pedinova Iii - Electric Manicure Kit
Medicool Home Pedicure Pedinova Iii - Electric Manicure Kit

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clumsy, but did the job quite well, 5 Jan. 2008
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Mine arrived this morning, and I was a little apprehensive about using it. I've used it on my hair for the first time and I CAN feel and see a difference: my hair feels much sleeker and tidier where the split ends have been trimmed. However, this device is not perfect, so I shall clearly state the good and bad points about it.

What's bad about it?

* It would have been useful if the product description specifies that it takes 4 x AA batteries - so user will know what type to use in advance.

* The images of the product on all sites selling the device show it in a girly pink or turquoise: mine is a hideous shade of illuminous orange. But this is just a minor cosmetic issue - and I'm not particularly upset so long as it does it's purpose.

* The Plate Lock is flimsy, and care needs to be taken as sometimes the device will only work if the plate is locked, but on other occasions will activate even if the plate is not locked - i.e. as you are fitting your hair into the locking plate, so you need to ensure you switch the device off in between each time you slide it through your hair to avoid snagging. Also, you may need to gently squeeze the plates together from the centre as you use this, since there is a little too much give in the plates, so results might be uneven.

* Just a minor issue, but the device is very noisy

* The price is a bit steep given ho the product is manufactured! I'd have been happier if it were retailed at maybe £15 - £20 as that would have been better value for money.

What is good about it?

* I have long wavy hair, and although it is clearly stated on the packaging that this product works best with straight hair (so you might need to straighten your hair first) I was able to do all my hair without difficulty and without having to get out the straightening irons first. The trick is to do it in several small, thin sections and just be patient.

* My hair feels very soft and looks neater having used this product. This does not sort out the split ends at the very tips of my hair, so a trim will still be needed (which I had already anticipated), but it has done a pretty good job on my midsections, where it had become broken and flyaway.

* Whilst some people might find the extra pack a little gimmicky and pointless, I will have to admit that the comb, clip and cleaning brush were surprisingly useful and well-made. I'm going to use the comb as a regular detangling comb whilst conditioning my hair as the teeth are wide and rounded, so ideal for this. The base stand is a bit pointless, but I shall keep it to hold the whole set together.

* The built-in safety mechanisms are very practical, so you cannot use the product if the blade housing is not in place, or the handle is not firmly attached to the main part.

* It is easy to disassemble the device for cleaning after use, and surprisingly little actually gets cut - this should reassure those who are frightened of thinning their hair out by using the device. When cleaning out the split-ender after use, I could see that the majority of the trimmed hairs were split ends, though there were non split hairs in their too.

In a nutshell, now that I've got it, I'll keep it as it did do a fairly good job. I just think its a bit too pricey for what it is and could be made a little more robust. Still, it does exactly what it says does.
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Aerobics Oz Style - On The Ball [DVD]
Aerobics Oz Style - On The Ball [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelly Martinovich
Price: £1.26

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intensive but fun and rewarding workout, 10 Jun. 2007
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I've just completed my first attempt at this workout, having watched it through once beforehand. WOW! this is a great high-intensity workout if you give it your all.

The instructor and participants are great as you can see that even they find some of the moves quite challenging, but you are encouraged throughout. The pace is easy to follow with no difficult choreography to get your head around, like some aerobic workouts seem to have. You are advised that there are some moves where you will feel your tummy tremble a little as you do this, and that it is not a sign of poor technique - I found this reassuring as I thought it might have been a sign of wasn't fit enough.

As was previously stated in another review, some of the exercises require a fair bit of clearance above your head and you need to be able to comfortably take two or three steps to each side of your main position to allow room for manoeuvre. Another point to bear in mind is that during the warm up you will need to bounce this ball on the floor a fair bit, so you may need to consider if this is going to bother your neighbours. A simple way to dampen this noise is to place a yoga mat on the floor, and bounce the ball along this.

A couple more tips - you will work up a bit of a sweat during this workout, so don't try to do it in bare feet as you may lose grip. Also make sure you aren't wearing shorts, as your skin might start sticking to the ball, making it awkward to move, and it doesn't feel too nice either.

I give ths 10 out of 10 and would reccommend this workout DVD to anyone who wants to really utilise their gym ball.

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