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Memorex NC300 Headphone
Memorex NC300 Headphone

4.0 out of 5 stars Noise cancelling headphones - a really good sound when listening to music - not so good for just blocking exterior noise, 1 May 2014
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Arrived quickly and kind-of does the job. Produce a really good sound when listening to music - not so good for simple noise cancelling, but for the price, that's probably being a bit picky. If you want silence, then it's probably >£200 for Bose super headphones or better still, a set of wax earplugs from the chemist for a few quid.

Superline 3in1 kitchen roll / foil / cling film dispenser
Superline 3in1 kitchen roll / foil / cling film dispenser
Price: £21.99

3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK but...., 23 Jan. 2014
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Just bought one of these. It does the job - dispenses clingfilm, tinfoil and kitchen towel roll, and yes it is a bit flimsy, but strong enough to do the job.

The main problem (as ever with this sort of thing), is that you have to be very careful to hold the foil (especially) as you begin to cut or else it will crumple up and get dragged into a total mess as you put the cutter across. This means that you need two hands to use it, which in turn means that you can't have the item you want to wrap in one hand.

Also, on loading new foil/clingfilm, you have to feed them both through the relevant 'letter box', which is a bid fiddly and wastes a lot each time.

Finally, it claims to take rolls up to 34cm wide. How wide are most rolls in the shops? 35cm!

So, we'll see how it performs over time. For now, it's OK, but not brill.

Logic3 LCD Pro Dock with Remote for iPhone/iPod
Logic3 LCD Pro Dock with Remote for iPhone/iPod

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, but ...., 12 Jan. 2014
This was a pressy to replace a similar dock (which died), but without a remote.

OK, first thing is that this product does the job (for me anyway) - it takes an ipod classic 160Gb with lots of music and plays it through the supplied jack-to-phono cable into my hi-fi. The remote is quite useful to display what is being played, pause-resume, change volume, change album etc etc, just like you would on the ipod itself. The range of the remote is reasonable and doesn't have to be line-of-sight (unlike infra-red).

So far so good. However, like reviewer 'Richard', I noticed a number of downsides.

After two days, our remote stopped working. It still recognised the ipod, but it got stuck on fast forwarding through each track and wouldn't actually play anything. OK, I thought, I'll use it a normal dock, without the remote. Nah.... without the remote, the dock default volume level is really low, so it is unusable.

The supplier was good (thx Pricelovers) and sent a replacement, so now it's all working again. Occasionally it fails to 'see' the ipod, but normally does when you remove and reinsert it into the dock.

Ploughing through loads of albums or artists takes ages with the buttons on the remote, so it's easier to do that on the ipod itself, pick what you want, start it playing and put in the dock (just like my old dock), then control it with the remote from then on.

So, happy so far, but if the remote ever breaks or gets lost, the dock will be unusable (see above), so it will go in the recycler and be replaced by one without a remote!

Cradle (Author Portal Arthur C Clarke)
Cradle (Author Portal Arthur C Clarke)
Price: £3.99

2.0 out of 5 stars clever idea, but finished with a whimper, 20 Oct. 2013
Re-read this again after some years, with only fleeting memories of the the first time and was sadly disappointed - probably again. Lots of build up, characterisation, much of it irrelevant, and then it finishes just like that, leaving the reader thinking 'but what about....' and/or 'then what?'. Must remember not to read it again. Not a patch on most Arthur C Clarke books.

Our Times
Our Times
Price: £4.68

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but highly partisan and not history, 8 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Our Times (Kindle Edition)

I lived through most of this period and found A.N.Wilson's 'history' highly subjective, biased and somewhat annoying. At least it read well, but I kept tripping over parts that were obviously his own (highly partisan) opinions - this didn't seem like the same 50+ years (in the same country) that I lived though. This filtering of the facts made me reluctant to take the bits I was unfamiliar with on face value.

Each chapter was also rambling and somewhere chaotic, as though he'd brain-dumped everything onto an audio recording and then turned that into print without much editting or reorganisation. The chapter on 'The return of God' seemed to be rather wishful thinking and descended into opinion/rant/abuse, without much attempt to include historical fact or other such boring detail. It could have been an interesting comparison of the changing face of faith and secularism over the period - but it wasn't.

So, if you are in tune with the author's obvious admiration for Margaret Thatcher and other right-leaning views, then this will probably validate your views of the period since 1953. However, if you want an even-handed attempt to present the history of the UK over the last 60 years or so, this ain't it.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 Digital Camera - Blue (14MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
Fujifilm FinePix XP30 Digital Camera - Blue (14MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

1.0 out of 5 stars Blurred and variable indoor pics, 12 Jan. 2012
Avoid. OK outdoors. Not tried the waterproof aspect, but others indicate it isn't. I wanted the robustness, but also a decent point'n'shoot camera, but use indoors was very poor. Pics were blurred, sometimes it used the flash, sometimes it didn't, sometimes it used slow syncho flash - the SP Auto mode was just too variable, resulting in grainyness and blurry images in most cases. Not like my previous (Panasonic Lumix), which recently gave up the ghost. Unfortunately, I bought the Finepix from a well known high street camera chain beginning with J and they refused to take it back or swap it for one which did the job. I suppose it is working to design - but it is poor - and meantime I had to splash out again for one which works, but this time on Amazon, so I can at least return it without a quibble if it turns out to be a dud. So, I won't be going there again and probably won't be buying Fuji again. <sigh>

Panasonic ES-RT31 Wet/Dry Triple Blade Rechargeable Electric Shaver Trimmer
Panasonic ES-RT31 Wet/Dry Triple Blade Rechargeable Electric Shaver Trimmer

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the gimmicks - it's a good shave, 26 Jun. 2011
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In the past, I've had electric shavers from Philips (OK), Boots (OK), Remington (OK, but trimmer stopped working) and most recently Braun 3 series (poor - the worst shaver of the lot) - and now Panasonic ES-RT31. What do you need the most from a shaver - simple: a very good shave. The Panasonic does it better than the others (especially compared with Braun). It's easy to maintain (without all the gimmicks some of the more expensive Panasonic models have) and stays charged a long time. I've not tried it with a wet shave yet, but that's an extra bonus. The only down side is that spares are not as easy to come by as the other brands - but not that difficult if you look around online. So, I'm happy with it.

Let Them Talk
Let Them Talk
Offered by Sent2u
Price: £7.74

17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Rhythm and Blues, 9 May 2011
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This review is from: Let Them Talk (Audio CD)
Unlike the first reviewer, who gave a one star review and obviously didn't like the fact that a known acting star could produce an album like this, I did like it. There are definate parallels with Jools Holland, as it is decent Rhythm and Blues, with Laurie showing excellent musical talent. His voice isn't as good as his guitar/piano work, but still sounds good and the album has a distinct 'live' feel.
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The Trouble with Islam Today: A Wake-Up Call for Honesty and Change
The Trouble with Islam Today: A Wake-Up Call for Honesty and Change
by Irshad Manji
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and hopeful, 16 Jan. 2011
An interesting perspective from a self-style 'muslim refusenik' who wants to revive the self-critical and questioning side of Islam which seems to have disappeared in recent times, as Islam becomes more of a static, dogmatic and harsh religion she describes as 'Desert Islam'. Very readable and hopeful at least to the extent that some Muslims are prepared to risk critism (or much worse) in order to try and bring their religion kicking and screaming out of the middle ages. Not 5 stars because, whilst readable and flowing, it was effectively an essay or monologue with little in the way of how this would be achieved - getting Muslims to actually recognise there is a problem would still be a major step forward though.

Dragon Hunter [DVD]
Dragon Hunter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Newell Alexander
Price: £2.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful - wooden, two dimensional, predictable - avoid, 20 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Dragon Hunter [DVD] (DVD)
The only DVD I have ever thrown away. A terrible film - wooden acting, predictable plot, dire special effects, as pacy as a rice pudding and with less impact. If you want a decent dragon movie, see Dragonheart.

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