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Salad Spinner
Salad Spinner
Offered by Needspares
Price: £7.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: Salad Spinner (Kitchen & Home)
Fit for purpose. Value for money.


Vicks Sweet Dreams Cool Mist Humidifier with Projector
Vicks Sweet Dreams Cool Mist Humidifier with Projector
Price: £58.24

4.0 out of 5 stars The principle behind the water tower and enabling the water to release cool steam steadily over up to 24 hours is wonderful ..., 16 Nov. 2015
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It's a well designed product. The principle behind the water tower and enabling the water to release cool steam steadily over up to 24 hours is wonderful engineering and well-thought out. It comes with a sample Vick vapour pad which inserts at the side. It combines with the steam to produce the characteristic Vick menthol aroma - a mixture of eucalyptus and herbs.

However, when I went to my local Boots - a large branch - to ask for a refill of Vicks Vapor Pads, I was informed, "They don't make them any more"!

The store was very busy at the time, and I m sure he is mistaken.

Four stars from me, because as an asthmatic I don't like humidity. However, I am sure it will be welcome when I have my usual cold.


Vicks VH750 Warm Mist Humidifier
Vicks VH750 Warm Mist Humidifier
Price: £37.07

4.0 out of 5 stars The principle behind the water tower and heating the water to release warm steam steadily over 8 hours is wonderful engineering, 16 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's a well designed product. The principle behind the water tower and heating the water to release warm steam steadily over 8 hours is wonderful engineering and well-thought out. It comes with a sample Vick vapour pad which inserts at the side. It combines with the steam to produce the characteristic Vick menthol aroma - a mixture of eucalyptus and herbs.

However, when I went to my local Boots - a large branch - to ask for a refill of Vicks Vapor Pads, I was informed, "They don't make them any more"!

The store was very busy at the time, and I m sure he is mistaken.

Four stars from me, because as an asthmatic I don't like humidity. However, I am sure it will be welcome when I have my usual cold.


Home & Personal Alarm Kit
Home & Personal Alarm Kit
Price: £24.35

5.0 out of 5 stars This is useful for putting underneath doors and windows, 16 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is useful for putting underneath doors and windows. Economical and a good idea. Assuming you remember to set it.

A worthwhile addition to home security.


SmartSun UV Wrist Band Indicator
SmartSun UV Wrist Band Indicator
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good product for a reasonable price, 16 Nov. 2015
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Good product for a reasonable price. A little bit gimmicky. However, when it comes to health and safety it's to be commended manufacturers are developing UV measurers.


Purina PRO PLAN Dog Large Adult Athletic with OptiHealth Rich in Chicken Dry Food - 14 kg
Purina PRO PLAN Dog Large Adult Athletic with OptiHealth Rich in Chicken Dry Food - 14 kg
Price: £37.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product: went down really well, 16 Nov. 2015
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Excellent product: went down really well. Purina is a quality brand and a lot of thought has gone into ascertainning (a) the size of the dog (b) age and (c) breed. Our dog thought it very asty, so lots of thought has gone into the flavour.

What you would expect for a premium priced brand.


FootActive COMFORT - THE ORIGINAL - (UK 7 - 8.5 medium)
FootActive COMFORT - THE ORIGINAL - (UK 7 - 8.5 medium)
Offered by FootActive UK
Price: £19.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Too long, too wide. Had to send it back., 3 Nov. 2015
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Too long, too wide. Had to send it back. Was described as size 7 - 8.5. I am 7.5 - 8 (depending on shoe) width D.

If these are Men's size only, it should say so, hence two stars.


Learning the Chess Openings: For intermediate levels of play
Learning the Chess Openings: For intermediate levels of play
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It is a pleasant surprise to discover how comprehensively easy it is to read this book in plain simple English, 16 Oct. 2015
J.E.F Kaan is a Masters degree physicist and MBA and lives in the Netherlands. He obviously has a very logical and mathematical brain. Thus it is a pleasant surprise to discover how comprehensively easy it is to read this book in plain simple English. It is geared towards beginners and those at intermediate (club) level looking to strengthen their game. There is a taster of advanced strategy, all laid out in an easy to follow format. This wonderful book deserves to have a wider audience and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

I would recommend reading it in small chunks at a time, as you need to concentrate to follow the moves and the logic, and this takes pleasurable effort, despite the clean simplicity of the text.

I have played chess for many years, although only for leisure. I have never read a chess book before. My knowledge of chess comes from playing the game with all levels of opponent, some of whom were trained to a high level and knew the advice of having a strong opening move and the importance of controlling the centre of the board. My two uncles, sadly now deceased, were both chess masters, winning many chess trophies and tournaments in Finland and for Finland, together with a clock, and often playing in the communist block where chess is strong, and I soon noticed they would always make the same opening move, with an occasional “crazy” move as a surprise tactic.

Kaan has certainly encouraged me to resume the beautiful game and he recommends using a computer chess program to practice the recommended moves.

Chess is a spatial game and it helps to have good spatial intelligence. Kaan nonetheless helps the reader with a three-dimensional chess board early on in the book to aid the reader’s visualisation of the chess board and the square letters and numbers. When dealing with the Black defence in the early chapters, he helpfully turns the diagrams upside down so it is from the perspective of the reader.

The diagrams of all the moves and the artistic graphics used as illustrations between the chapters are excellent and artistically pleasing. There are black and white photos of various grandmasters, all of which are aspirational. The colour version shows the chessboard in a pleasing brown and yellow rather than stark black and white.

Chapter One deals with the purpose of the book. Chapter Two the Opening Phase and why a good opening is essential to winning a game.

Chapter Three is aimed at Beginners’ Openings, which can be skipped by those who want to go straight to intermediate.

The introductions over, and familiarity with chess notation absorbed, Chapter Three continues with a complete tool kit of Opening Repertoires.

Kaan explains why this is important and demonstrates what can go wrong by illustrating typical Patzer (=beginner) moves that lead to disaster by their rashness. Included in this are the Grob, or the Scholar’s Mate. All terms are explained. Kaan takes us through the (for example) Black Italian opening, or the Blackburne Shilling gambit, to name just a few.

Kaan leads us through openings to avoid (as a relative beginner) such as the Giuoco Piano – white moving the bishop to C4, actually a start for sharp attack for the more skilled – the Scotch, the Ponziani, Vienna King’s Gambit, Bishop’s Opening, Centre Games, Alapins, Two Knights, etc, etc. He runs through opening defense moves for Black, explaining the possible pitfalls

Chapter Four deals with the Intermediate Repertoire, for example, the Deferred Schliemann, or the Modern Steinitz Defence. This leads on to the key Ruy Lopez variations, to name but one.

Chapter Five progresses into Gambit Repertoire. These tactical plans include Göring, Scotch , Sicilian, Gruenfeld and King’s Indian, amongst several others.

Chapter Six deals with Positional Repertoire: – strategy. Amongst these are the Dutch, Austrian and Leningrad attacks.

Then follows an Appendix of 34 pages that provides some notes, a glossary of terms, (an Index of Variations in tabular form is available in the paperback version only) and comprehensive index of the contents of the book.

I have no hesitation in endorsing this book.


Better Chess Openings
Better Chess Openings
by Jef Kaan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.07

5.0 out of 5 stars It is a pleasant surprise to discover how comprehensively easy it is to read this book in plain simple English, 16 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Better Chess Openings (Paperback)
J.E.F Kaan is a Masters degree physicist and MBA and lives in the Netherlands. He obviously has a very logical and mathematical brain. Thus it is a pleasant surprise to discover how comprehensively easy it is to read this book in plain simple English. It is geared towards beginners and those at intermediate (club) level looking to strengthen their game. There is a taster of advanced strategy, all laid out in an easy to follow format. This wonderful book deserves to have a wider audience and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

I would recommend reading it in small chunks at a time, as you need to concentrate to follow the moves and the logic, and this takes pleasurable effort, despite the clean simplicity of the text.

I have played chess for many years, although only for leisure. I have never read a chess book before. My knowledge of chess comes from playing the game with all levels of opponent, some of whom were trained to a high level and knew the advice of having a strong opening move and the importance of controlling the centre of the board. My two uncles, sadly now deceased, were both chess masters, winning many chess trophies and tournaments in Finland and for Finland, together with a clock, and often playing in the communist block where chess is strong, and I soon noticed they would always make the same opening move, with an occasional “crazy” move as a surprise tactic.

Kaan has certainly encouraged me to resume the beautiful game and he recommends using a computer chess program to practice the recommended moves.

Chess is a spatial game and it helps to have good spatial intelligence. Kaan nonetheless helps the reader with a three-dimensional chess board early on in the book to aid the reader’s visualisation of the chess board and the square letters and numbers. When dealing with the Black defence in the early chapters, he helpfully turns the diagrams upside down so it is from the perspective of the reader.

The diagrams of all the moves and the artistic graphics used as illustrations between the chapters are excellent and artistically pleasing. There are black and white photos of various grandmasters, all of which are aspirational. The colour version shows the chessboard in a pleasing brown and yellow rather than stark black and white.

Chapter One deals with the purpose of the book. Chapter Two the Opening Phase and why a good opening is essential to winning a game.

Chapter Three is aimed at Beginners’ Openings, which can be skipped by those who want to go straight to intermediate.

The introductions over, and familiarity with chess notation absorbed, Chapter Three continues with a complete tool kit of Opening Repertoires. Kaan explains why this is important and demonstrates what can go wrong by illustrating typical Patzer (=beginner) moves that lead to disaster by their rashness. Included in this are the Grob, or the Scholar’s Mate. All terms are explained. Kaan takes us through the (for example) Black Italian opening, or the Blackburne Shilling gambit, to name just a few.

Kaan leads us through openings to avoid (as a relative beginner) such as the Giuoco Piano – white moving the bishop to C4, actually a start for sharp attack for the more skilled – the Scotch, the Panziani, Viena King’s Gambit, Bishop’s Opening, Centre Games, Alapins, Two Knights, etc, etc. He runs through opening defense moves for Black, explaining the possible pitfalls

Chapter Four deals with the Intermediate Repertoire, for example, the Deferred Schliemann, or the Modern Steinitz Defence. This leads on to the key Ruy Lopez variations, to name but one.

Chapter Five progresses into Gambit Repertoire. These tactical plans include Gosing, Scotch , Sicilian, Gruenfeld and King’s Indian, amongst several others.

Chapter Six deals with Positional Repertoire: – strategy. Amongst these are the Dutch, Austrian and Leningrad attacks.

Then follows an Appendix of 34 pages that provides some notes, a glossary of terms, an Index of Variations in tabular form and comprehensive index of the contents of the book.

I have no hesitation in endorsing this book.


Purina PRO PLAN Dog Medium Puppy for Sensitive Digestion with OptiDigest Rich in Chicken Dry Food - 3 kg
Purina PRO PLAN Dog Medium Puppy for Sensitive Digestion with OptiDigest Rich in Chicken Dry Food - 3 kg
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy balanced carefully designed dog food that was very popular ..., 11 Sept. 2015
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Healthy balanced carefully designed dog food that was very popular with the family pet. With larger breeds, they remain in puppyhood longer and Purina with its innovative product development ensures your rapidly growing pet has all the nutrition they need. This menu is especially for dogs with irritable stomachs.


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