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The Book Seat - Book Holder Colour: Agapanthus Blue
The Book Seat - Book Holder Colour: Agapanthus Blue
Offered by Gilt Edged Promotions Ltd
Price: £22.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous for reading in bed, 30 Nov 2013
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I bought one of these for my wife, who has difficulty in holding books upright for long periods of time. She loves it - so much that I bought her another one for use downstairs.

The only downside I'd mention is that after a year or so's use the plastic beads it's filled with get compressed and the Book Seat starts to sag and become less supportive. This is easily remedied by getting some foam pellets and topping up the filling. You'll need a pair of tweezers or something similar to undo the zip to reach the inside as the manufacturers very sensibly remove the zipper tag to prevent children opening it and spilling pellets everywhere!


Dettol Anti Bacterial Multi Action Power and Fresh Sparkling Lemon & Lime 72 Large Wipes (Pack of 8)
Dettol Anti Bacterial Multi Action Power and Fresh Sparkling Lemon & Lime 72 Large Wipes (Pack of 8)
Price: £24.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, 30 Nov 2013
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I really can't find anything negative to say about these cleaning wipes. They're a decent size, they smell good in use and leave a pleasant fragrance behind and - most importantly - they clean very well. I have found them to be great for cleaning worktops, bathroom surfaces and unexpectedly nasty places like the outside of washing-up bowls. As a bonus, they make the bin smell better when you discard them after use!

I've not tested their antibacterial properties, but Dettol have been making disinfectant and antibacterial products for many years.

It's probably a good idea to store them horizontally after first opening as the resealing tab gets less sticky with use.


Vaseline Pink Crest Lip Therapy Tin
Vaseline Pink Crest Lip Therapy Tin

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gift product let down by poor presentation, 3 Nov 2013
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At first sight this product looks like a really nice gift for someone who, like myself, suffers from chapped lips in wintertime. It's also a great opportunity to try out the Aloe Vera and Cocoa Butter variants on the original blue-tin Vaseline. The packaging - it looks like an oversize Vaseline tin - is cute, but the problem is that it raises expectations too high. Not, perhaps, in the person buying it. The product illustration makes it clear what you're getting.

No, it's the recipient who's going to have to be tactful and avoid showing his or her disappointment. The contents are just too small for the packaging and, to make it worse, the three regular-sized tins "float" on a layer of transparent plastic that makes it all too obvious how much air and how little product this big pink tin actually contains.

My suggestion is this - by all means buy this product, but doll it up a bit. Take out the plastic innards, replace them with a brightly coloured washcloth, or a silk scarf, and put the little tins on top of it. That'll lift the whole thing nicely, and it's what the manufacturers should have done in the first place.


All Change (Cazalet Chronicles)
All Change (Cazalet Chronicles)
by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives unravelling in the 1950s, 1 Nov 2013
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At the end of Casting Off, the previous novel, things were tied up neatly - in some cases too neatly. Now we are in the 1950s and everything is rather precarious. The title is apposite; the world is moving on after the war. There is mention of Britain's very first motorway, a change to the law against homosexuality, and women in the House of Lords.

One of the interesting things about EJH's novels is the amount of social history she includes; and here, as usual, are details of food, clothing, money and other details of daily life. Someone is greatly helped by the new drug, penicillin, Clary is worried by the cost of a shoulder of lamb (13 shillings) when she is earning £3 a week proof-reading, and Elizabeth David is revolutionising English food with garlic.

EJH is always very original with descriptions. A baby with a bald patch and long hair at the back is described by his mother as being in `the unsuccessful-composer stage,' and someone with a hangover has a mouth `like a hot fitted carpet.' A pair of slippers is described as looking like old broad beans - this simile has occurred twice before in her works, but I think that can be forgiven.

She sometimes includes intriguing descriptions of plays. I have often wondered about and tried to imagine Emmanuel Joyce's plays in The Sea Change - they sound completely unworkable yet are tremendously successful, but Clary's play in All Change is far easier to imagine.

Occasionally I felt that there was a tiny bit too much exposition, reminding us of what happened in the previous novels, but perhaps this is necessary, certainly for anyone who hasn't read the previous ones.

Parts of the novel are really rather sad, as things go wrong, people are disappointed and disillusioned, characters become older and in some cases ill. The ending is certainly elegiac in tone, though there's a suggestion of a new beginning for one of the main characters. The very end reminded me of the last sentence of Elizabeth Jenkins' The Tortoise and the Hare: `There is a very great deal to be done,' though I have a feeling that this character will simply be repeating the role she's always played.

There is a nod towards Chekhov as well; after all, Cazalet's is a timber firm.
Anyone who has liked the previous novels in the series will not be disappointed.


U.F. Off : The Best Of The Orb
U.F. Off : The Best Of The Orb
Price: £5.15

4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction, 24 Oct 2013
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Perhaps not exactly a "Best of" because most of the tracks here are edited down. All the same it's a decent introduction to The Orb and if it leads you to investigate their early work at greater length, that can only be a good thing.


NF-A4X10 FLX
NF-A4X10 FLX
Offered by NOCTUA -Designed in Austria
Price: £11.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product but Oh! The packaging!, 27 Jun 2013
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This review is from: NF-A4X10 FLX (Personal Computers)
I know this is an upmarket product, but the packaging - it's like a little book with fold-out covers and little windows to view the product through - is ridiculously over the top.

However, once you've made your way past the chi-chi doors and popped the Velcro (I'm not kidding!) that's there, I presume, to convince you that you're buying a "premium" product, what you get for the steepish price is very good. Resilient mounts, extension cables, a speed dropper and some neat clips to enable you to attach it to the old fan's connector if it doesn't match the ones Noctua supply.

And hey - it works. It's done a great job of silencing my noisy, droning Samsung Blu-Ray player so, in the end, it's worth it. But it would have been just as good had the packaging occupied a tenth of the volume and cost half as much!


Tutti Frutti [DVD]
Tutti Frutti [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robbie Coltrane
Price: £7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Toner!, 29 May 2013
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This review is from: Tutti Frutti [DVD] (DVD)
A bit marmitish this one. If you remember the show fondly from the first time around you'll find it retains all its slightly sinister, doomed charm. If you don't, you may not be convinced, although the current rediscovery of the joys of slow-burn TV (post The Killing) may make it easier for a new viewer to enjoy than might have been the case only two or three years ago. With one or two exceptions the performances are ace - career-launching stuff.

Technically, the discs look the way I remember from first transmission, i.e. a bit average. The video quality is not up to present-day standards - it's quite soft and grainy. The first two and the last two episodes were shot on film (16mm, I suspect) and telecined to VT for editing. Eps 3 and 4 were shot on OB video and look horrible. The sound (mono) is somewhat flat and indistinct (apparently recorded live, without any post-syncing) and suffers from print-through, where you hear pre-echoes of (especially loud) sounds a second or so in advance. The effect is slightly spooky, as if ghosts were wandering around the set, haunting the characters. Quite appropriate, when you come to think of it.


Acousti AcoustiFeet Anti-vibration Case Feet Medium : ACF3007-25B
Acousti AcoustiFeet Anti-vibration Case Feet Medium : ACF3007-25B
Offered by Shiny Hardware Limited
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars They work, 29 May 2013
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I bought a set of these because I'd just got a new faster hard disk which turned out to hum. Slightly off-centre bearings no doubt, although I've since heard that 7200 RPM drives tend to vibrate more than their slower cousins. This hum was being conducted into the floor. It got everywhere...

Attached a set of these feet to my PC and, although the case still vibrates a little, the hum is nicely isolated from the rest of the house and the noise has mostly gone.. Definitely worth a try if you have a similar problem.


KEEDOX® DVB-T USB TV RTL-SDR FM+DAB Radio Tuner Receiver Stick Realtek RTL2832U+R820T
KEEDOX® DVB-T USB TV RTL-SDR FM+DAB Radio Tuner Receiver Stick Realtek RTL2832U+R820T
Offered by Hossen
Price: £10.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 30 Mar 2013
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Yes, it works. When I plug it in (via an adaptor) to my TV aerial I get good DAB, FM and TV reception, even on a modestly powered netbook. It's compatible with Microsoft Media Center and works with Windows 7 drivers so you don't have to use the s/w on the supplied CD if you don't want to.

But - reception using the supplied aerial is quite hopeless. This is not unexpected, but a shame, seeing as how the main point of this device is to be able to watch TV or listen to radio on the go. If it only works well when you plug it into a fixed aerial (which probably already has a TV plugged into it) then, apart from its utility as a PVR, what's the point?

On the other hand, I've tried it as a SDR (with SDR#) and it works just fine - again only when attached to a fixed aerial. It's not all that sensitive and certainly nothing like as good as a Funcube but as it only costs a tiny fraction of a Funcube's price that's OK.


Vax Genuine Canister Range Maintenance Kit
Vax Genuine Canister Range Maintenance Kit
Price: £10.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 30 Nov 2012
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What can you say? This is an OEM maintenance product that gives you what it say it does - filters and bags. Credit goes to Vax, I guess, for continuing to support a machine I've had for 20+ years.


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