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The Gift of Time: How Delegation Can Give You Space to Succeed
The Gift of Time: How Delegation Can Give You Space to Succeed
by Gail Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for a sole trader looking for tips on how best to grow their business, 16 Mar. 2015
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Bearing in mind this book, at RRP £12.99, and its subject matter, is likely to limit its audience to novice business people, perhaps a sole trader looking for tips on how best to grow their business, or managerial employees looking to hone their delegation skills, then this book is comprehensive, easy to read and gives practical advice.

From the point of view of leisure reading, it is repetitive and is yet another "I am a successful business person and here is my secret" tome, which is useful as far as it goes.

As a chartered accountant myself, I thought it a useful layman's guide - the author has an MBA - on how to value your business and how to add value, all via effective delegation. It's an intriguing title and has a webpage link for more tools in freeing up time for the busy businessman or woman.


The Wellness Syndrome
The Wellness Syndrome
by Carl Cederström
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Social observation in the finest tradition of essayists, 16 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Wellness Syndrome (Paperback)
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An interesting and erudite critique of today's "Happiness" culture. This is not a self-help book. Rather it is social observation in the finest tradition of essayists, such as Naomi Woolf, Susan Sontag, Germaine Greer, etc.

The authors show how the modern "Wellness Syndrome" is a suspected revivalism of W Taylor's "Scientific Management", not far off the B F Skinner Behaviourist school. Orgainisations offering personal data management of their staff, brings us closer to Big Brother, it is argued, with the impetus for change and self-improvement falling on the lot of the individual. Unemployed? All your fault: you haven't thought positively enough. PM David Cameron is a big advocate of measuring "happiness" and has commissioned various studies into it.

The "smelly" underclasses are reviled by the smug middleclasses as being too stupid to know how to cook economically, and as for the overweight...how can people let themselves go?

However, wherever the big stick of authority is found, there will be encouraging acts of subversion and sabotage. For example, groups of smokers or hamburger eaters meeting together to cock a snook at smoking bans and healthy eating restaurants.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Can highly recommend as (healthy!) food for thought.
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Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras
Price: £104.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I failed to tightened the skin on my under chin and was gripped in a painful clench until I released the on/off switch, 9 Mar. 2015
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The epilator works on the principle of multiple tweezer action. In other words, it pulls out hairs by the roots, rather than shaving them at skin surface level. This means one's skin will be hair-free up to four weeks - depending on how hirsute you are - rather than have a show of stubble within days.

As it works on a tweezer technique, it does feel quite sharp, but is very quick. I am not sure how effective it is, because at first attempt it missed some hairs.

This could be due to the paucity of the instructions that come with it. It shows a graphical representation, but doesn't give any tips, such as use in the same direction as hair growth and tighten the skin. I failed to do this on my under chin and was gripped in a painful clench until I released the on/off switch. The manufacturers might at least forewarn people of the optimal technique instead of having to trepeditiously find out for oneself.

However, overall, an effective product, albeit rather pricey. As I am relatively hairless I can live without it. However, those with substantial bodily hair or conditions such as polycystic ovaries syndrome, which causes excess facial growth, will find this a wonderful piece of technology.


Oral B Vitality Plus Floss Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral B Vitality Plus Floss Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it will make a good back up toothbrush for holidays, 9 Mar. 2015
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It is a cheaper model than my current one (also a Braun) and, not surprisingly it is much slower in terms of brushing speed.

It is the first time I have tried FlossAction brush head, and in this respect, it will make a good back up toothbrush for holidays, or when the other one is recharging.


Braun Silk Epil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras
Price: £94.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Extra-Wide Head Does the Job Quicker, 5 Mar. 2015
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This epilator boasts it "removes more hair in one stroke for smooth skin up to four weeks". This, too, like competitor, Philips SatinPerfect Deluxe HP6581/00 Wet and Dry Epilator with Shaver Head, Precision Epilator & Tweezers, is heavily cut price. Its unique selling point, for those of us in a hurry, is that it does the job quicker.

It is for body, face and legs. It has a wide head for faster epilation, microgrip tweezer technology, it can be used wet or dry, it has pulsating active vibrations and skin contour adaptation.

It comes with six "extras": a shaver head, a trimmer cap, a high frequency massage cap, a skin contact cap, a facial cap and a charging stand, similar to that of an electric toothbrush.

I have given it four stars, as the Philips' one appears to me to be the better buy, unless of course you are in need of a speedy instrument, in which case, this is ideal for you.


Philips SatinPerfect Deluxe HP6581/03 Wet and Dry Epilator, with Skin Tautening Attachment, Shaver Head and Precision Epilator
Philips SatinPerfect Deluxe HP6581/03 Wet and Dry Epilator, with Skin Tautening Attachment, Shaver Head and Precision Epilator
Price: £100.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative, Comfortable and Effective Hair Removal Gadget, 5 Mar. 2015
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This is probably the ultimate wet and dry epilator - but compare and contrast with Braun Silk Epil 9 9561 Wet/Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Attachments and Charge Station - both currently massively cut price.

Philips, in my view has the edge, in that as well as an attachment that provides a vibrating action to make flat lying hairs stand up, all the easier for removal, it also has an eyebrow tweezers in its own case, complete with light, so you can see what you are doing. It has unique ceramic discs action which provides a hypoallergenic ionising protection.

For someone like me, with atopic eczema, and sensitive skin, this is a reassuring plus.

It has an interesting unique feature: a skin stretcher that has the effect of minimising the pain from pulling hair from lax skin. It "gently stretches the skin, just as you would naturally do by hand".

Other attachments are: a shaving head, a trimming comb, a sensitive area cap, active hairlift and massage attachment (see above), together with the aforementioned smart tweezers and skin stretcher.

It can be used wet or dry. It recharges in a similar way to an electric toothbrush.


Sony BDPS1500 SMART Blu Ray Player
Sony BDPS1500 SMART Blu Ray Player
Price: £69.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really pleased with it, as a somewhat technophobe, 3 Mar. 2015
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Fabulous item ; really pleased with it. As a somewhat technophobe, I have been without a video or DVD player for some years, although I have been able to stream films from the game player, pc and prime video.

We had to supply our own lead, but luckily, we had a spare one that came with our digital TV box. My son had no problem connecting the gadget via the tv box.

No start up problems, managed to watch a standard DVD straightaway in High Definition. Picture was superb.

The quality for a Blu Ray DVD (I bought Gravity) is looking very good so far. Good grahics. high resolution, excellent saturation of colours together with very High Definition.

It's nice and compact, small in dimensions, and sits alongside my TV, with no problems with space.

Can recommend as a good fit for purpose basic blu-ray compatible DVD player. It comes with a remote control.


Spontex Disposable Dusters (Pack of 12, total 84 Dusters)
Spontex Disposable Dusters (Pack of 12, total 84 Dusters)
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Makes dusting easy!, 27 Feb. 2015
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I welcome this, as I tend to suffer from dust allergy so hate to disturb it!

The dusters are not very large. They come with a chemical coating that simply mops up the dust without distributing it into the air.

I tried wiping my mobile screen with one, and I can confirm it is not suitable for perspex or glass, in that it leaves a film.

Plus point: you get lots in a pack, so there are no qualms about instantly disposing of them


Igenix IG4350 Traditional Corded Kettle 2,200 W - 3.5 L, Stainless Steel
Igenix IG4350 Traditional Corded Kettle 2,200 W - 3.5 L, Stainless Steel
Price: £28.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Nah pop nah style I strictly roots, 27 Feb. 2015
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I knew this was going to be large; 3.5 litre as opposed to a standard 2.2 litres. Not sure if this counts as art deco or retro, but it is very bog standard like something out of a Harold Pinter kitchen sink drama.

Apart from its large capacity, it has nothing special about it. Clunky, inelegant. Just a good old-fashioned kettle.

Four stars as it is perfectly fit for use.


Ultrasport Women's Sydney Long Tennis Skirt - Black, X-Small
Ultrasport Women's Sydney Long Tennis Skirt - Black, X-Small
Price: £44.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good fit for purpose product, 20 Feb. 2015
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Good fit for purpose product. Nice material, good length.

Pockets to hold tennis balls. However, this can be worn not just for tennis, but almost any sport, such as netball, hockey, volleyball, etc.


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