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Rigoletto, Act III: "La donna  mobile"
Rigoletto, Act III: "La donna mobile"
Price: 0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The "hype"is true! Bit short, bit cliched, but what an hors d'oeuvre! #Tantalising, 12 Sep 2014
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The "hype" is true! Jonathan Antoine sings with geniune sensitvity and passion. Partner Charlotte had a lovely voice, but Jonathan's is head and shoulders outstanding. So hard to believe he is still a teenager.

Apparently he has been coached by Pavarotti's ex-coach.

He certainly has perfect pitch. Not a note wrong. Nuanced so perfectly, the flats and sharps all just so, you feel you could cry.

This opening track: yes, it is a bit short and a bit of a cliche, but now one can't wait for the main course. What an hors d'oeuvre!


The Berberine Supplement: Alternative Medicine for a Healthy Body (Health Collection)
The Berberine Supplement: Alternative Medicine for a Healthy Body (Health Collection)
Price: 1.88

3.0 out of 5 stars Very short. More of a pamphlet., 6 Sep 2014
I had not heard of berberine before and was interested to learn more.

I downloaded this as a prime library loan, so price was not a factor.

Be aware that at 15 pages long, it might not be very good value for money.

I could not see anything here that could not be found for free on google.

Interesting enough, hence 3 stars.


SlimX 1000 Ultra Formula Thermogenic Weight Loss Supplement
SlimX 1000 Ultra Formula Thermogenic Weight Loss Supplement
Price: 28.11

2.0 out of 5 stars Expensive Compared to Similar Products - Gelatine Capsule, 17 Aug 2014
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Emptor caveat: apart from the brand and packaging, this product looks almost identical to Health Aid CoffeeSlim - Green Coffee Bean Extract - 60 Vegan Capsules. The capsules look the same and both have similar ingredients in similar quantities. However, a difference is that this has konjac fibre and bladderwrack extract. Caffeine content is given as 84mg. However, Coffee Slim packaging is superior with a pop-sealed foil, and importantly, appears to be significantly cheaper by about 10. In addition, SlimX-1000 is not vegetarian friendly as the capsule is made of red gelatin. The capsules are loose in a perspex bottle (no box or leaflet).

Please see my review of Coffee Slim as the same would broadly apply here.

Dear reader, the decision is yours!


Health Aid CoffeeSlim - Green Coffee Bean Extract - 60 Vegan Capsules
Health Aid CoffeeSlim - Green Coffee Bean Extract - 60 Vegan Capsules
Price: 15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Attractive Packaging & Ingredients; Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans, 17 Aug 2014
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I liked the concept behind this product. The packaging and information are good. However, it failed to state the caffeine content. I understand this is negligible, but would have been useful to have it confirmed. Other key ingredients apart from green (unripe) coffee beans, are raspberry ketones and a portfolio of other ingredients associated with "burning calories", for example, cayenne pepper, African mango seed, green tea extract, blueberry extract and chicory root. Rather a gimmick, as you could probably introduce these items into your diet yourself, apart from the mango seed. It also includes Carnitine (found in nuts and seeds, such as pumpkin) and chromium "for metabolism and weight management". A salad nicoise would be a good source for balanced chromium intake. Chromium helps stabilise the glucose-insulin uptake in the pancreas and has knock-on effects on cholesterol and blood sugar.

OK: the bottom line. I weighed myself beforehand. Just the idea of weight management, was enough to make me more conscious of the need for exercise and vigilance in diet. I thought this would be enough to have a placebo effect at least, if not scientifically measureable. Two weeks later, I got on my scales sure I'd lost a few pounds, so imagine my disappointment to discover I was one pound heavier than when I started, perhaps two.

Good points: it is vegetarian/vegan and the ingredients are free from "baddies": yeast, gluten, sugar, salt, dairy, soya artificial colour, preservatives and flavourings. The capsules are on pop-sealed foil.

Bad point: although admittedly, I was not "on a diet" per se, the lack of weight loss means I can only give it three stars. It could be because I am an avid coffee drinker anyway, and already eat lots of spicy food.

I note it contains almost exactly the same ingredients in the same quantities - and the capsules look the same, although not pop-sealed - as this product SlimX 1000 Ultra Formula Thermogenic Weight Loss Supplement for those amongst us who like to compare products before buying. SlimX-1000 also differs in that it also includes konjac fibre and bladderwrack extract. It gives its caffeine content as 84mg. SlimX-1000 has a red gelatin shell, so not vegetarian.

(Comparisons are odious, except when comparing food supplements!)


Doc's Prescription
Doc's Prescription
Price: 13.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant, knocked out and totally blown away! The Doc is PURE GENIUS!, 27 July 2014
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This review is from: Doc's Prescription (Audio CD)
I love this compilation: it is brilliant! Doc Watson is little known in the UK and the only other two reviews testify to this. After recently hearing four Doc Watson tracks, I was shocked to realise I had never heard before - amongst the standard Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins tracks and many others, on I Just Love Folk(an album you really must buy!) - and was left wanting to hear them over and over, and to hear more.

Shock no 2 was to discover Doc Watson was blind from babyhood after an eye infection. It certainly helped explain this man's wonderfully musical ear; his voice is a musical instrument in its own right, with its harmonic undertones. It brought to mind Delta Blues singer Charlie Patton. And WOW! the guitar picking. I was blown completely away.

I looked him up on Google, and shock no. 3 was to discover not only had he been highly esteemed in the US with accolades from Bill Clinton and others and a place in various music halls of fame, but had achieved Grammy awards. With 28 albums to choose from, I picked out this one, as it contained my four new favourite tracks from I Just Love Folk, Peg and Awl, Little Sadie, Old Ruben and God's Gonna Ease My Troubled Mind. Sadly, it is not available as an MP3 download (hint hint), but glad to have bought the CD. I am not disappointed! The banjos, fiddles and harps showcase the pure genius of this man, accompanied by others or not.

Shock no.4 was with sadness to discover he died 2012 aged 89! To think, all this time he was outside my radar. The explanation lies in the fact here in the UK "bluegrass" is considered niche, strictly for those willing to rummage the CD's in the folk and country sections, hidden away on the second floor of music megastores, in a dark corner.

It is always wonderful to discover a new musical love. Thanks, Doc! You rocked.


CoverTop LCBLACK156 Universal Shock Protection Pure Silicone Cover Jacket 15.6 inch Laptop
CoverTop LCBLACK156 Universal Shock Protection Pure Silicone Cover Jacket 15.6 inch Laptop
Price: 19.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scratch resistant, but otherwise not convinced., 23 July 2014
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The material is clearly scratch resistant - this is the main selling point. It is also a perfect fit for our Dell laptop.

However, some of the other selling points I'm unsure of. For example,it can probably absorb small shocks but I doubt this product would make a difference with larger shocks. Worse, using radiation resistance as a selling point is ridiculous.
As another reviewer points out, this may take in some older folk, but is actually a gimmick. Radiation levels from laptops are tiny and unlikely to have negative effects on people. That this is being used as a selling point is worrying. Is that the most solid scientific basis this product has? Finally, this will make your laptop a little bit bigger and heavier, for relatively little benefit.


Colgate A1500 ProClinical Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Colgate A1500 ProClinical Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Price: 66.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product (but A little Expensive), 20 July 2014
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This is a great product. I’ve been using its “auto” option, which basically makes the brush automatically move at three different speeds depending on the angle you are holding it at. One speed is used for brushing the sides of your teeth, one for the top/bottom, and one for brushing along the gumline.

Included in the packaging are three brush heads: two normal, and one for sensitive teeth. It is quite rigorous, so I thought I would need the sensitive brush, but I soon got used to it. My teeth feel very clean afterwards. I would say that this is better than my previous electric toothbrush which only had one speed and doesn’t seem as thorough. It also comes with a plastic travel case which will come in handy.

I would recommend this product.


Ring Automotive RCT3 Glovebox Kit
Ring Automotive RCT3 Glovebox Kit
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Neat, a Nice Compact Package, 19 July 2014
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As an emergency kit it is pretty neat, a nice compact package. The emergency envisaged seems to be a cold weather emergency, with hand warmer, ice scraper included. The emergency hammer/seatbelt cutter is one of those tools you imagine might be useful in other ways too, but adhesive plasters?, hardly emergency material, unless you panic at the sight of a small cut that can be covered by a small plaster. Surface cleaning wipes - to wipe away blood? A bit of a mish mash of items but the hammer and seatbelt cutter is one of those gadgets you would like to have in your car, having been introduced to it Emoji

Of course there is a poncho and a torch too, maybe in case you need to walk the rest of the way in the dark and rain. Emoji


AmazonBasics 7-Inch Black Sleeve for Nexus 7 / Kindle Fire / Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-Inch Tablet
AmazonBasics 7-Inch Black Sleeve for Nexus 7 / Kindle Fire / Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-Inch Tablet
Price: 4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Zip-Up Pouch. Padded, but won't give much protection if you drop yor device., 17 July 2014
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Not sure how much this will be selling for, but it is a basic, padded, functional Kindle wallet/holder. It is made of a springy cloth/polyurethane (?) material -Neoprene - with a polyester-with-cotton texture. It zips up, rather like a toiletries bag.

Whilst it won't protect your Kindle from hard knocks, it will cushion an accidental drop. It is more of a dust cover to protect your screen when not in use, or inside your bag.

If your Kindle already has a cover - as mine does - the Kindle will still just about fit in (or, at least it does for a slimline Origami-protected one). However, you won't be able to do up the zip!

Another disadvantage is you have to remove your device from the sleeve completely to use it.

If you can afford it, I would recommend the Origami Kindle cover,New Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch 7" 2013 (ALL Model Versions) BLUE Multi-Function / Position / Front & Back ORIGAMI Case / Cover / Typing & Viewing Stand / SLIM Flip Case With Magnetic Sleep Sensor & Screen Protector Shield Guard & Kindle Fire HDX 7 in... which will not only fit like a glove and automatically turn off or start yor device when you open or shut the cover, it also offers a hard case protection, should you drop your Kindle, as well as protecting the screen from scratches when not in use. Best of all, you do not have to remove it whenever you want to use it.

Just noticed the price is 4.99, which is not very basic. I wouldn't pay more than 2.99 for it.


Song Bird
Song Bird
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful; Joan Baez Warbles Like a Bird, 29 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Song Bird (Audio CD)
One of the best female vocalists of a generation, Baez, together with Judy Collins and Mary, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, helped shape a whole era of musical taste in the folk music genre.

Baez is also a mean acoustic guitar player.

My personal faves are, East Virginia, Banks of the Ohio, Twelve Gates to the City and All My Trials. "Too late, my brother! Too late, but never mind!"

Such a pity that 'There But For Fortune' isn't here. That would make it complete.


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