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Fletch-a-sketch "Fletch" (Wiltshire, UK)
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Necromancers Of The Drifting West
Necromancers Of The Drifting West
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £8.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Trip, 12 July 2015
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Third ear band fans can rejoice this is a quality release curated by uberfan Luca Ferrari, this a nice addition to the material which is already in circulation.
The first three pieces by the Pre ear band The National Balkan Ensemble have never sounded so good, these Alchemy Era sounding pieces last little over 16 minutes but are probably what make this CD for me.
There are two further tracks recorded at Abbey Road in 1968 Raga in D (definitely a tape sourced recording) and 1971 Raga No 1 also sounding good enough to have come from an original tap source which sound excellent.
The final three tracks appear to be 'off air' recordings of a BBC in concert session in January 1971 complete with John peel introductions which complete the CD.
Overall a very pleasing release with some quality TEB while not for beginners will not let the casual fan down.


The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course...)
The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course...)
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £9.33

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance Fair, 11 July 2015
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2015 vintage Pretty Things proclaims the sticker on the front and what can I say they sound as good today as they did 50 years ago. The album is short certainly by modern standards at just over 37 minutes, so perfectly balanced for a Vinyl release, I have the CD though !!!
The band today is Phil May back from a serious illness and sounding good, and the evergreen Dick Taylor, with Long term servant Frank Holland, second guitar and Keyboards, and 'new boys' George Woosey Bass and Jack Greenwood Drums.
This album is a mix originals and smartly chosen covers, the covers include a rather good 'Renaissance Fair' originally by the Byrds, playing to the idiosyncratic harmonies that mark the Prettys out for other blues bans.
The Writing credits for the originals are spread around the band with the new boys getting in on the act Woosey 'Hell Here and Nowhere' being quite good.
As with all great albums no song outstays its welcome, and still rocking after 50 years is not bad, 2015 is turning out to be a a great year for Pretty things fans this being the third quality release this year.


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 473 ml
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 473 ml
Price: £13.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Make mine a mild, 11 July 2015
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Pump action bottle which dispenses this mild cleanser, the product itself is mild not to greasy in feel and not a nice natural fragrance and pretty much acts as described, removing dirt effectively as well as cleansing the skin.
My wife who has quite sensitive skin ( and is prone to flare ups of Rosacia) swears by Cetaphil products, and this is a great part of that range.


CB12 Mild Mint Menthol Mouthwash 1000ml
CB12 Mild Mint Menthol Mouthwash 1000ml
Price: £35.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting not over minty mouthwash, 11 July 2015
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Pump action bottle which with two pumps dispenses 10 ml of CB12 mouthwash.

The mouthwash itself is an interesting not over minty mouthwash, with a distinctive flavour, not unpleasant but different. I have tasted some pretty awful mouthwashes in the past this one is OK. It also leaves you mouth feeling slightly dry afterwards kind of odd.
Is it effective, I think so though I have never really had any complaints about bad breath, it does make things feel fresher.
A good product with an interesting dispenser.


Igenix Liteway LW4260 Energy Saving Small Edison Screw 5 W Golfball LED Lamp with Instant Full Light- Opal
Igenix Liteway LW4260 Energy Saving Small Edison Screw 5 W Golfball LED Lamp with Instant Full Light- Opal
Offered by tools247
Price: £11.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright 'natural' light, 11 July 2015
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This bulb fits a E14 (Small Screw) fitting it is a about the same weight as an standard bulb and given that it is 5 W (40 W) equivalent, the size of the bulb is exactly the same size as the incandescent equivalent, this bulb fitting our Living room wall lights nicely.

The good thing though is that the too white a light and too directional curse of older LED bulbs, is not apparent with this model, though this model may be a little ‘whiter’ and to be honest brighter than the bulb it replaces, but overall these bulbs are getting better and better matching their older equivalents for colour very well, this actually blends well with our existing energy saving bulbs.

The brilliant thing as well is that the running costs are a fraction of what a normal bulb and the older style energy bulb is and being LEDs these will last for a very long time, Time enough in theory to recover costs and reap the benefits


Live At The Cow Palace, New Years Eve 1973 (3Cd)
Live At The Cow Palace, New Years Eve 1973 (3Cd)
Price: £13.76

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good show and a good package, 10 July 2015
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Yet another Grey market release, taking in music which might not be released but for some contractual tricks. This however is one of the best of this kind I have owned 3 discs each at the 80 minute mark (4 hours in total) of Allman Brothers from a point when they were at a commercial of not artistic peak.
The band at the time would be Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jamoe and butch trucks with newcomers Lamar Williams (who's bass is funky and at times quite prominent throughout) and Chuck Levell though they are not credited in the book.

The show from New years eve 1973 plenty of references throughout to that, starts brightly with a nice 'Wasted Words' nicely played. The shows highlights are 'Blue Sky' only 7 minutes, 'Liz Reed ' nearly 17 minutes, 'Les Brers in A..' with drum Solo taking half an hour of disc 2.
Disc 3 is where the guests really start to appear with Jerry Garcia and Boz Skaggs joining in from the Bo Diddly/Mountain Jam , making for an interesting take on this, Allman favourite.
One of my favourite songs 'Will the Circle be unbroken' a rather ramshackle version on disc three and a mini 'Mountain jam' (a reprise) at only 8 minutes to close.

Sound quality is good and not FM radio Dub but most likely from the source tapes. Instrument Balance is a bit funky at times, with the bass very forward, which I like but some might not. A good show and a good package its a shame the band wont raid their archives more readily, especially as they have ceased to play live now, but I will take these grey market releases for now and hope we got something official soon.
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Panasonic RPHD10EK Hi - Fi Monitor Headphones - Black
Panasonic RPHD10EK Hi - Fi Monitor Headphones - Black
Offered by EStore99
Price: £146.47

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So the question then is do they sound good ? The answer is yes, 6 July 2015
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Hi quality over ear headphones, the come with two cables a 3 meter cable with a large Jack for Hi Fi's while the smaller 1.2 meter cable comes with a small jack.
They are comfortable with leatherette ear covers and a comfy leatherette head-strap, as seen in the pictures.
The headphones will fold flat and can be packed in the leatherette bag with a drawer string which is hand if you are travelling.
The speakers for the technically minded are 50mm with an 18 Ohm impedance a sensitivity claimed to be 92 Db and a frequency response from 4Hz to 50 Khz which I am lead to believe will cover most peoples hearing range with ease.
So the question then is do they sound good ?

The answer is yes, they are crackable and there is a nice rich bass and the highs are dealt with quite easily and no discernible distortion. Only thing that's missing really is the thump in the chest from full size speakers.

Overall a very nice pair of over the head headphones.


Bosmere 5 Litre Pressure Sprayer
Bosmere 5 Litre Pressure Sprayer
Price: £15.74

5.0 out of 5 stars The nozzle can be set for various spray densities, so a test patch is recommended, 5 July 2015
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Fill with your chosen fluid then screw on the top section, in our case a wood preserver, and pump the handle being careful not to knock the safety valve. Point the spray handle at your chosen object and press the trigger to spray.

The nozzle can be set for various spray densities, so a test patch is recommended.

A single priming will provide sufficient to spray to cover a fence panel as an idea of area that can be covered. Recharging is easy just pump.

The bottle seems to be well built and of reasonable quality materials, so overall good value for money and a time saved not using a brush.


skinChemists Advanced Wrinkle Killer Day Moisturiser 50 ml
skinChemists Advanced Wrinkle Killer Day Moisturiser 50 ml
Price: £145.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Feel a tightening of the skin, 5 July 2015
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An Anti wrinkle cream which gets my wives endorsement, this cream works as described.

The cream is dispensed easily from the tube, the amount which you have to use is small which is good given that 50ml is not really a lot. Rubs and is absorbed well leaving no residue. The smell while unique is not unpleasant and is not log lasting but the results are, my wife swears that she can feel a tightening of the skin again not unpleasant but noticeable, this sensation does disappear after a short while.

Overall a good product but the price may put some off.


CALMURID PRO Body Hydrolotion
CALMURID PRO Body Hydrolotion
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective as it claims to be, 2 July 2015
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A Hydration cream that has a pleasant smell and is absorbed very quickly leaving your hand non slippery. The acid test being picking up a glass of chilled wine straight after rubbing in. no problems.
The cream appears to be as effective as it claims to be, and my wife is very happy with the cream and the results.


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