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Hangerworld Single Superior Solid Dark Wooden Clothes Hangers with Inlaid Trouser Bar - Broad Ended 45cm
Hangerworld Single Superior Solid Dark Wooden Clothes Hangers with Inlaid Trouser Bar - Broad Ended 45cm
Offered by Hangerworld
Price: £6.95

5.0 out of 5 stars This looks and feels like very good quality wood, 5 Nov. 2015
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You can never tell from the pictures what you're going to get. This looks and feels like very good quality wood. The shoulders of the hanger are sufficiently bulbous, which is good as a lot of hanger manufacturers try to skimp on this (to save costs/make shipping easier).


Rexel Staple Wizard Electric Stapler (Colours may vary)
Rexel Staple Wizard Electric Stapler (Colours may vary)
Price: £18.87

4.0 out of 5 stars This was excellent while it lasted (approx 9 months), 19 Oct. 2015
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This was excellent while it lasted (approx 9 months), but after I tried to staple 12+ sheets a few too many times, it has packed up and is jammed.

Due to the construction of this item, the transparent plastic lid does not appear to be removable and therefore you cannot take it apart to fix jams.

I plan on buying another one and using it more carefully, as it is certainly worth the money. But I would caution against those who think it will necessarily last years and years.


SAMRICK - Apple iPad Mini (WiFi + 3G) - Back Cover Tough Hydro Companion Smart Gel Protective Case works with GENUINE Apple iPad Mini Smart Cover (Smart Cover NOT Included) - Frosted
SAMRICK - Apple iPad Mini (WiFi + 3G) - Back Cover Tough Hydro Companion Smart Gel Protective Case works with GENUINE Apple iPad Mini Smart Cover (Smart Cover NOT Included) - Frosted
Price: £7.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, just about., 4 Oct. 2015
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I recently splashed out £49.99 for an Apple silicone back cover for another iPad mini of mine. Deciding that I had spent enough money for now on super expensive Apple cases, I decided to find something on Amazon for circa 10% of the price to do the same job, so I bought this.

It fits, sort of. It could be a little bit more snug. Also, the cut out area for the charging point is not perfectly aligned with the socket , which makes it fiddly/difficult to insert the lighting charger. The texture isn't that pleasant - it's not soft silicone but is more of a rough hatched texture on the back.


Native Union Clic Marble Case Cover for iPhone 6 Black
Native Union Clic Marble Case Cover for iPhone 6 Black

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, stunning, but just misses out on 5 stars., 8 Sept. 2015
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First impressions - this is a unique and stunning case. As for the marble, it looks and feels great - smooth and cold to the touch (although it also retains heat) - each case is unique with random patterns/veins. However, I am concerned that the marble makes the case a fraction too slippery, which may have the potential to impact grip of the iPhone in certain situations (I have not experienced this yet). I have also noticed that, unlike the official Apple case, this Clic case protects the top corners of the handset but leaves the phone's rounded aluminium edge exposed at the top (i.e. where the top of the screen meets the frame). I am not sure if this design is intentional (e.g. to improve mobile phone reception or reduce overheating?), but it strikes me that it exposes a vulnerable part of the handset.

This case is not cheap, retailing for between £60 and £80 in the UK. Is it worth the price? Yes, if you have the money and want an unusual iPhone case which is smart, aesthetically and pleasing and tactile. No, if you want something practical.

A note for perfectionists - you may find that this phone is let down by ever so slightly imperfect craftsmanship. For instance, my case has a slightly larger gap between the left diagonal marble edge and the rubber/plastic surround, as compared with the gap around the rest of the marble. We are talking fractions of a millimetre, but it is noticeable to the detail-obsessed naked eye. That being said, it is extremely impressive to cut out a very thin piece of natural stone to fit the case in this way, so some credit must be given for that. Much better than my bathroom tiler could do.

UPDATE after a few months of usage: this phone is not slippery, which is pleasantly surprising. While doesn't have the grip of a silicone cover, I don't worry about dropping it accidentally purely because of the case. It's also surprisingly durable - I had worried that putting it down on hard surfaces several times a day would cause it to chip etc, but it's held up perfectly. One thing I would note is that over weeks/months, the marble develops a slight murkiness from usage, but this would be the same as any marble work surface (e.g. in a kitchen) if left uncleaned for that long. Being marble, it's important to clean it with the right solution - I haven't yet cleaned mine, but when I do I imagine I will have to go to a kitchen hardware shop to get the right thing. Quite unusual to have to do this for a phone case, but I think it's worth it overall.

UPDATE 2: after about 5 months of usage, today I dropped the phone (for the first time) on its corner and the case broke (one corner snapped off clean, whilst the other corner is cracked but still attached. The phone is undamaged, which is the main thing. But for a £60 case, I expected that it would withstand one drop.


The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest (Macmillan Science)
The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest (Macmillan Science)
by Penelope A. Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly easy to read and fascinating, 5 Dec. 2013
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Sleep and dreams can be very compliated, scienfic subjects and are shrouded in mystery, even to scientists it would seem. This book is written in such a way - almost a conversational, chatty tone at times - to make the topic easily understood by the lay person.

There are several interesting facts, anecdotes and reports of previous experiments which make this book a fascinating read.

The only exception i found was in the second chapter, where the tone jumps from being a general overview to some very technical details about the brain and sleep - at which point I admit I became slightly lost.

All in all though, a very interesting book on a topic which affects everyone (whether you can sleep or can't sleep!).


Oral-B Tri-Zone 5000 Electric Toothbrush Limited Edition
Oral-B Tri-Zone 5000 Electric Toothbrush Limited Edition
Offered by BestBuyUk
Price: £122.99

13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sonicare user not converted, 30 Oct. 2013
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I have used a Philips Sonicare for several years, but took time to use/review this product to see what the competition was like.

Whilst using this Braun brush is clearly better than using a manual toothbrush, I was simply confounded as to why it is labelled and priced like a premium toothbrush.

The only good thing about this is the fact that it warns you when you are brushing your teeth too hard - this is a very good thing as overbrushing - especially with electrics - can cause damage (such as receding gum lines in the long run).

Otherwise, I only have a number of negative points. Firstly, I address the small unit it comes with which comprises a screen with a clock ands ome other icons/features. This is nifty in that it syncs up with the toothbrush as and when you turn it on, so you can see how long you have been brushing for. But in an age where all electric toothbrushes (including this model) now turn off after the appropriate brushing time (2 minutes, or 3 minutes on some modes), I cannot see why it is necessary to have a clock showing you the time progress. Likewise, the unit also gives you a "star" for every quarter of the way through the brushing cycle you get. This brush changes its vibrations every quarter (i.e. 30 seconds on a 2 minute mode), prompting you to move to another part of the mouth. Because of this, I do not understand why the "star" system is necessary. It mgiht be great for kids, but it's completely useless for adults.

More on the brush virbrations changing every 30 seconds. My Sonicare does this very elegantly; however this Braun brush basically stops dead for about 0.5 seconds and makes some odd beeping/high pitch sound. It's very inelegant and is easy to confuse with the cycle having finished, which leads to the brush being removed from the mouth accidentally, only to start buzzing again and resulting in a fine spray of toothpaste dots all over the bathroom sink and mirror.

In terms of the brush itself, both the handle and the brush are quite chunky. This makes it tricky to reach wisdom teeth at the back easily (where a very slim profile brush head like that of the Sonicare makes it easy to reach such teeth). The vibrations of the brush seem rather clunky and mechanical - it is like having a double decker bus driving down a cobbled street in your mouth. The sonicare brushes I have used at similar and lower pricepoints are much smoother (albeit morepowerful, if that makes sense).

I just didn't enjoy using this brush and felt that the extra items (particularly the separate display unit) was completely superfluous. I don't think this is worth the £200 RRP and I'd much rather stick to my Sonicare which I bought for a fraction of the price. Sorry Braun.
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How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone: Confident Communication in Every Situation
How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone: Confident Communication in Every Situation
by Mark Rhodes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but effective?, 18 Oct. 2013
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I decided to give this book a read, not because I have any issues with communication or confidence, but it's always interesting to hear what experts in the field say, particularly if they have any interesting tipcs or anecdotes.

And broadly speaking, that's what I got out of this book. There are several anecdotes about the author's own experiences of various interactions. Sometimes the experiences are a little but tenuously connected to the point being made (e.g. having a chat with a tramp in a coffee shop was better than ignoring him, suggesting that it is good to be friendly and chat to other people... or at least that's the message I got). Although the book has some degree of structure, being written in three parts (of which part 2 is split into discussing the four stages of an interaction), it seems to be neither clinically prescriptive/clearly themed nor an entirely loose rambling of the author's thoughts. This isn't detrimental to the readability of the book, but some readers may find that it doesn't give them the structure they might expect from a topic like this.

It's interesting that the book jumps straight to a presumed problem; the opening chater initially discusses fear and various other barriers. I can see the use in this, but I don't think that the concept of "fear" or "rejection" should be the starting point for this topic. What I found most useful was the author's business experience and repeated reference to real life dicussions with clients/business parties. If you're interested in the aspect of business/workplace commuinication, you can probably skip over most of the theory bits and just flick through the various anecdotes.


Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1802 (Oxford World's Classics)
Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1802 (Oxford World's Classics)
by William Wordsworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touchstone of Romanticism, 1 Oct. 2013
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Lyrical Ballads is a very important piece of work, not just within the Romanticism movement but within English Literature. This book is exceptionally useful in that it sets contains both the 1798 and 1802 editions.

As is to be expected, this OUP edition contains a useful introduction, extensive endnotes, well presented line numbers alongside the verses.

I would say that this ediion is probably more aimed at the A-Level of undergraduate student studying Romanticism in some detail. There is considerable overlap between the 1798 and 1802 editions (of course, the latter contains extra poems and a useful preface which aren't in the 1798 edition). Where verses differ, the editor often draws the reader's attention to this in the notes. This is very interesting from an acadmic perspective and provides fertile ground for anyone looking to understand how Romanticism developed within those four years, or even do a comparison between different versions. But as something to plonk on the bookshelf at home and delve into from time to time... it's slightly unecessarily too much. There was of course an 1800 edition which, although alluded to from time to time, does not feature completely in this edition. If I were back at university studying Wordsworth, Coleridge or Romanticism more generally, this book would be at the top of my list. In this way, it is similar to the Penguin Classics edition of "The Prelude" (all four editions from 1798, 1979, 1805 and 1850 in one book!).

The only reason I have given this four stars is because, if someone is merely after a tome they can place in their coat pocket and dip into/read while commuting, this is probably ever so slightly too specialist in its contents. I think the OUP edition of "The Major Works" by Wordsworth and the separate OUP edition of "The Major Works" by Coleridge would perhaps be a better introduction into either/both of these two poets.


Selected Poems (Oxford World's Classics)
Selected Poems (Oxford World's Classics)
by John Wilmot Earl of Rochester
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good edition, 12 Sept. 2013
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As usual, this Oxford World Classics edition does the job very well with a useful introduction for historical/chronological context and some fairly comprehensive explanatory notes.

The poetry is usefully ordered by theme/genre; i.e. "Translations and Imitations"; "Songs and Love Lyrics" and "Satires and Epistles". The indidivual poems don't have the date besides them (perhaps this is not even known in all cases) - I don't think this is a huge issue but sometimes I like to understand when in an author/poet's life he was penning a certain creation, so that it can be compared with others from the same time.

This book generally serves to show good examples of poems arranged by genre/form. It is also a relatively fullsome collection of Rochester's poems.

All of that being said, it is quite difficult to get into when reading from scratch without any context or prior knowledge of Rochester's life and career. The language is accessible, but there sometimes just isn't enough context to understand the theme or events underlying the poem.


Rome's Italian Wars Books 6-10 (Oxford World's Classics)
Rome's Italian Wars Books 6-10 (Oxford World's Classics)
by Livy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well translated, 29 Aug. 2013
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This translation reads beautifully and is faithful to Livy's detailed prosaic style. Some may only consult this book for translations of brief passages; others may read it cover to cover for fun. The book is written and edited in a way which makes both equally possible and easy, with line numbers and well prepared notes.


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