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Paul Cluver Wines Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2012 Half Bottle Wine 37.5 cl (Case of 3)
Paul Cluver Wines Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2012 Half Bottle Wine 37.5 cl (Case of 3)

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a Great dessert wine., 16 Sept. 2014
I am not a prolific dessert wine drinker; their often a sweet strong alcohol mix that remind me mostly of listerine. The Paul Cluver Noble Riesling was in that regard a revelation; as you pour the Paul Cluver Late Harvest Riesling from the delicate bottle you see is a syrupy golden coloured wine fill your glass. A sweet aroma with strong honey and but with hints of the drupe family coming through with hints if apricots and peach coming through. Drinking it the first thing that hit me wasn't a strong alcohol burst rather; the syrupy texture coating my tastebuds with sweetness and lovely fruity flavours; with just a hint of golden syrup. As your dinner party comes to an end surprise your friends with the perfect partner for anyones dessert be it cheese or cake.

Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Glenelly Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £28.63

4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth earthy red, 16 Sept. 2014
If you have had your fill of tired French reds and want something new worldish to chew on then the grande Glenelly Glass' packaging isn't overselling the experience.

With the Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon you are getting a flavourful reasonably priced red; its a lovely almost opaque deep ruby in your glass; and slightly chewy in the mouth. Tasting it you are hit with a juicy intense wine with an hints of autumnal fruits with earthy tones of vanilla and smoke coming through; after that comes a long dry finish. Its not overpowering; but would if you want a strong accompaniment for steak or a rich cheese this is just the ticket.

Paul Cluver Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Paul Cluver Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £33.12

4.0 out of 5 stars Bring a warm summer evening and some friends, 16 Sept. 2014
The Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc is a stylishly presented fresh summery white that happily will compliment a lighter meal. Chilled and poured into your glass it’s a pale lemony colour and the aroma emphasises the citrus experience. Once you drink it you are hit with a creamy wine with a sharp burst that as it lingers in the mouth mellows revealing hints of bush plants like gooseberry or elderberries. Whites are rarely my first choice when socialising; but on a warm evening with friends this could be ideal

Noza Tec Non-Waterproof 12V 5M SMD 300 LEDS 3828 LED Strip Light Cool White
Noza Tec Non-Waterproof 12V 5M SMD 300 LEDS 3828 LED Strip Light Cool White
Offered by Bailun Best Sell
Price: £3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value flexible lights for your next project, 6 Sept. 2014
Nozatec supplied me an LED strip for review purposes.

LED strip lights are fantastic for quickly adding light to places where there isn't any and I have used a number of kits around my house on various lighting projects. They are easy to use; and thanks to their low power usage make a good replacement for older light technologies. This Nozatec pack comes with 5m of low power 3528 LED strip on a real; they have soldered on two wires to make it easier to connect it to a power adaptor. If you have a suitable 12v power adaptor they have also supplied connector to convert the wires to a round dc connector. There is no 12v adaptor in this kit.

The numbers in 3528 refer to the size of the LED's 3.5mm x 2.8mm. 5050 is the other common size you can get; the 3528 strips are less bright than the 5050 ones. They are smaller in size so less obvious when you use them; they also use less power and are much more flexible which is a great benefit in lighting projects. You can make 90 degree turns with this strip; that you can't do with a 5050 strip. Every 3 led's you can cut the strip down so if 5m is too long for your project its a snip of scissors to get it right. There are easy soldering points at the same point so if you need to break the strip up for an obstruction (get around a cupboard on the wall say) you can cut the strip get some suitable wire and solder it together.

The Full 5m strip is more than bright enough to light up a room; or use it for any other lighting project; under your kitchen cabinets to light the worktops; my strip is uplighting my staircase from the skirting rail- this is made much simpler by the 3m adhesive backing on the strip which holds it firmly in place (but didn't rip up gloss paint in my testing.)

Led lights are generally low power; the 3528 strips are very low power; these LED strips allow non electricians to discretely and easily add light to rooms for dramatic effect; or simply to help them get upstairs. Given I have paid 10x this price for similar strips in the recent past its hard not to give them 5*s.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Low power, Low Fuss splash of colour, 6 Sept. 2014
The Nozatec RGB Color kit comes with everything you need to setup a colourful LED light system. I was supplied a Kit for review purposes.

In the nozatec kit you get 5m of the 3528 LED light strip; a UK Plug (world voltage) 12v power adaptor and an infrared remote control and remote control receiver. Setting the kit up is very simple and doesn't require any electrical skills - connect the pins on the trip to the socket on the white remote control unit; then connect the 12v charger to the remote control unit plug the power in and using the remote control you are away.

I have used a number of LED light systems in the past configured in my home; as I have found them an easy way to add light or colour to rooms and I like that you can use a remote control to power them on and off or vary their intensity. Once you have the strip in place you can dial the colour to something that suits the function; and when you power it up it comes back to the last setting; or use the remote control to vary the colour to suit the mood.

This kit uses the lower power 3528 strip which has separate led's for each colour; there are higher power strips that can come with composite LED's The single LED colour low power makes this strip ideal where lower power is important; or you want a colour wash. For example you could arrange it around your tv; or under a cabinet to deliver some extra light where you need it. Being low voltage and almost no heat its safe to use around children an animals. The 3m adhesive backing helping here as well as the fact you can cut the strip down every 3LEds to get it to just the right size for your project.

The nozatec kit is excellent value and ideal for any project where you would like some extra light and to deliver some colour to a room (it doesn't do white.) The included remote control can also do some colour rotating tricks so it might work to attract attention in a retail environment or as part of a christmas decoration.


0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life less ordinary, 6 Sept. 2014
I'm not sure I have seen TV like this before and its a crying shame. The community of young expat adults moving in and around paris society chatting in bars and going to parties. Cosmopolitans feels like Woody Allen made a TV Show and set it amongst a group of expat brats in Paris; and he didn't cast himself the pilot was excellent; though part of me thinks the reason Woody Allen didn't do TV is how do you stretch this to 24 episodes?

It was the first of the current pilots I watched twice ... 5* If only for the Vancouver line and everything it says about being that age.

Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Descent, 6 Sept. 2014
This is a great premise; but the descent of the characters over the pilot was too pronounced.

Given the rapid descent of his state of mind I don't know right now if I want to side with Judge Harris or not. My personal beliefs also make me feel he is delusional and I wanting to side with some force working against him that was missing from the pilot .

So For prolonged appeal they almost need a reboot to reset his mental state and to introduce some peril over time as the story pans out.

Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader - Black
Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader - Black
Price: £25.86

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fast well built SD Card Reader, 3 Sept. 2014
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The Lexar Professional USB3 SD Card reader will do nothing more than save you time. Compared to importing photos from the card reader built into my laptop the import times are consistently reduced to about a third.

Lexar designed it to work with their card reader dock; but works fine as a stand alone SD Card reader;all my current cameras use SD cards but you can get it with Compact flash or XWD if that is what you need. Lexar have included a USB3 cable to get you going. It isn't the smallest reader so performance comes at the cost of a small amount of convenience but comfortably fits into a pocket on my camera bag so i can take it around with me and quickly import my photos into lightroom.

Its read every card I have plugged into it without issue; its much quicker than a USB2 or my built in card reader and saves precious time each time I use it which makes it easily worth the asking price.

Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor (Apple and Android compatible)
Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor (Apple and Android compatible)
Price: £89.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut the cord., 3 Sept. 2014
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When I upgraded my iPhone I had a problem in that the dock connector on my original blood pressure monitor didn't fit my new phone; though it worked fine with a dock adaptor. That said the wire was always a pain; and my wish was granted with the release of the bluetooth version. The meter looks identical to the original WIthings' blood pressure monitor; just without the wires.

Withing's box opening experience is always excellent; opening the Blood Pressure Monitor box you get the cuff (batteries included) along with a manual explaining how to hook it up to your phone to take readings; already having the app installed it was a question of connecting the bluetooth together and I was away. If you don't its a question of getting it from your app store (Amazon, apple, google play.)

Taking a blood pressure reading once enabled is as simple as powering on the cuff so it can connect to your phone; loading the app and pressing go when it tells you to. The app even shows you how to use the cuff to help you get it right. Once its taken your blood pressure it stores your data and presents it back to you; if you have other WIthings' devices you slowly build up a portrait of your live and for me that is the benefit of this system. Taking a blood pressure reading once or twice a week gives me a history on my phone; so the one time a year a health professional takes it I can show them better data.

The original was good - and the cuff works with large (and small) arms which some other devices wouldn't work with; cutting the cord makes it proofed against future phone upgrades for the foreseeable future. Its not the cheapest cuff; but the app and cuff is very easy to use and allows you to share data with medical professionals.

Wenger Passport Wallets WE6193GY Grey
Wenger Passport Wallets WE6193GY Grey
Offered by G&S Trading
Price: £16.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Simplify Travel, 3 Sept. 2014
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The Wenger Document case is an ideal store for passports and travel money/ cards. As a very frequent traveller its always the last thing I put in my bag so i know i have it; and I leave it stocked with currency; passports and hotel / airline frequent guest cards. Travelling for work its not really a sensible size for printing and storing complex itineraries; but a typical holiday will happily fit printed on A4; folded up on one side. Once you have pared your car; there is even a clip for your car keys so you know where they are when you get back...

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