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Russell Hobbs 18980 Desire 3-in-1 Hand Blender, 400 W - Black and Red
Russell Hobbs 18980 Desire 3-in-1 Hand Blender, 400 W - Black and Red
Price: £33.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally pretty handy piece of kitchen equipment, 19 Dec. 2012
I got this because I only have a limited amount of space in my flat's kitchen and it seemed like a space saving alternative to a full on blender and food processor. It handles both these tasks very well so far as well as being generally easy to clean and store, so generally I'm pretty happy. I'd certainly recommend it if you want the same and don't expect to be food processing really big quantities of stuff.

On the downside the whisk attachment is fairly limited, it tends to just fling food around rather than whisk evenly and it can't be used with anything too heavy. To be honest I'd say that this is more accurately a 2-in-1 blender/processor, if you want an electric whisk you really need a proper one. There's also a fair bit of noise from the unit, although it's probably no noisier than the average standing blender.

Final thing, I've noticed some comments on other versions of this product about the plastic gear teething on the main unit wearing down - mine is fine so far although I can see that this might well occur with time. I'll update this review if it suddenly gives out but I think I'll probably have gotten my moneys worth out of it long before then.


Mini Compact Portable FOLD Foldable Quiet 2 Fans USB Cooling Fan Cooler Pad Mat Stand With Light for HP DELL Acer Ibm 7' to 17' Inch Laptop netbook,iPad xBox xBox 360 PS3 PS2 Projectors External (Silver)
Mini Compact Portable FOLD Foldable Quiet 2 Fans USB Cooling Fan Cooler Pad Mat Stand With Light for HP DELL Acer Ibm 7' to 17' Inch Laptop netbook,iPad xBox xBox 360 PS3 PS2 Projectors External (Silver)
Offered by BV-electronics
Price: £1.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably functional and compact although the fans are of limited effectiveness., 2 Aug. 2010
Given that this is clearly a budget product it does a pretty decent job. My laptop is a 17" beast which melts paint off of tabletops so even just as a stand it's quite useful since it lifts the laptop a couple of cm away from the surface. The arms balance the laptop pretty much fine, I imagine it would be optimum with a 15" model but it's still ok. Packs away fairly small and is about as silent as a fan is ever going to be, obviously you can only use it on a level hard surface. The cooling effect from the fans isn't spectacular, it's basically dropped my laptop's heat from incredibly hot to fairly hot but that's better than nothing.

I think for particularly big or hot laptops you need something a bit more substantial, but this will do the trick for smaller models or if you want something lightweight and portable.
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Lindemans Kriek 24x25cl
Lindemans Kriek 24x25cl
Offered by BEER MERCHANTS
Price: £39.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good example of the kriek style, 18 July 2010
This review is from: Lindemans Kriek 24x25cl (Wine)
Cherry flavoured beer is probably always going to be a niche taste but if it is your thing Lindeman's is a pretty decent one. Don't expect a sugary alcopop though, this beer contains Lambic, a unique type of Belgian beer fermented with wild yeasts. Morello cherry juice is added to impart the fruit flavour. The result is fairly tart (although Lindemans is one of the less sour Krieks) with a hint of hops and the lactic taste of the natural yeasts.


Jasmine Tea S/Flower 3071 - 113G
Jasmine Tea S/Flower 3071 - 113G
Offered by Xihaha Chinese Children Bookshop
Price: £5.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent jasmine tea, 17 July 2010
It's hard to get decent loose leaf jasmine tea in the UK, this one is normally available only from dedicated Asian supermarkets so nice to see it's available here.

It has a lovely jasmine aroma with a nice delicate taste of the green tea and jasmine. Any problems, well, it has a tendency to turn bitter more quickly than some other jasmine teas and the flavour is a little light but all in all it's fairly good.


Blue Dragon Mild Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce 190 ml (Pack of 6)
Blue Dragon Mild Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce 190 ml (Pack of 6)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too stingy on the chillies, 17 July 2010
These blue dragon dipping sauces have a little too much sugary gloop and not quite enough chilli. I appreciate it's supposed to be mild in heat but that doesn't mean it has to be mild in taste. It's not bad, but some other dipping sauces manage to combine the sweetness with a real discernible chilli flavour, while still not making the whole thing too fiery.


Chimay White 24x33cl
Chimay White 24x33cl
Offered by BEER MERCHANTS
Price: £65.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The palest and probably easiest to drink of the Chimays, 17 July 2010
This review is from: Chimay White 24x33cl (Wine)
The main flavours here are yeasty with some slightly herbal and fruity tones. It is darker than a pale ale or a lager but it's not a dark beer in the same way as the other two 'main' Chimays. Just like the abbey's other offerings it's an exceptionally good beer with a lot of depth of flavour. Definitely something to be sipped cool from a glass for the taste, rather than knocked back cold for the alcohol. If I had to suggest any of the three Chimay beers as a first try for those new to Belgian beer it would probably be this one, most likely to appeal to those used to paler beers.


Chimay Rouge 24x33cl
Chimay Rouge 24x33cl
Offered by Gourmet Belge
Price: £50.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice malty Belgian beer, 17 July 2010
This review is from: Chimay Rouge 24x33cl (Wine)
A very good example of the 'Dubbel' style this beer is less sweet than the Blue while still having some nice fruity overtones. The primary taste here is a malty one but there are also some nice hints of spice. Like other Trappist beers this one should be served only lightly chilled and in a glass to get the full range of flavours.


Chimay Blue 24x33cl
Chimay Blue 24x33cl
Offered by therealalecompanycouk
Price: £89.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dark and sweet Trappist beer, 17 July 2010
This review is from: Chimay Blue 24x33cl (Wine)
At a hefty 9% abv Blue is the most alcoholic of the four Chimays. As spectacularly good as the abbey's other offerings, this particular one is a relatively sweet beer with fruit and dark malt flavours. The sweetness and high alcohol give it a slightly port like quality.

This beer is probably one of, if not the best example of it's style in the world. I should caution that this type of beer is somewhat of an acquired taste and I know that a lot of people more familiar with generic lagers are put off by flavours they don't normally find in beer. Don't expect to knock these back from the bottle, pour a glass, sip, savour and enjoy.


Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by A. C. Grayling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A generally good introduction but could have been clearer, 8 Jun. 2010
Grayling gives what I would describe as a pretty decent overview of Wittgenstein's main works and ideas as well as a nice introductory biographic chapter that frames the whole thing pretty well.

The book purports to be written for a reader with no prior knowledge of philosophy. I'm a little doubtful about how readable the book would be for a non philosopher, in particular some of the arguments around his later philosopher required a couple of readings to become clear. I have a feeling this is a general problem with the VSI series. Because they're set out entirely as prose it can be quite easy to get swept along and only realise you didn't grasp something important a few pages too late.

Nonetheless it gives you what it claims, a short introduction and perhaps an easing into the subject at hand.
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Sportline 240 Series Stopwatch
Sportline 240 Series Stopwatch
Price: £6.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Probably not worth it, even at the price, 20 April 2010
At first the stopwatch was just about fine, although the screen was never that clear and the buttons were a little bit temperamental. Was just about ok for the limited use I put it to. However it gave up the ghost completely after less than a month. Not sure what the problem is, but given the fairly flimsy and cheap construction I'm not surprised.


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