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0.02 Carat SI Diamond with Created Ruby Pendant Necklace in 9ct White Gold
0.02 Carat SI Diamond with Created Ruby Pendant Necklace in 9ct White Gold
Price: 84.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Ruby Wedding gift, 11 Oct 2013
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I bought this as a Ruby Wedding gift for my wife.

It arrived promptly, nicely presented in a lined box. It is extremely fine to the point of being delicate. There are no indications that it is made of white gold - as opposed to silver - which may be regarded as a slight downside. The chain catch is also very fine and can be quite tricky to fasten. Nevertheless my wife loved it - and that is the important part.


SuperLEDTM GU10 LED BULB 5.5W WITH 27 x 5050 SMD LEDs IN COOL WHITE THE BRIGHTEST SMD BULBS REPLACING 50W HALOGEN BULBS
SuperLEDTM GU10 LED BULB 5.5W WITH 27 x 5050 SMD LEDs IN COOL WHITE THE BRIGHTEST SMD BULBS REPLACING 50W HALOGEN BULBS
Offered by Sourcing4U Limited
Price: 12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best GU10 replacement that I have found to date, 8 Sep 2013
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Like others I have been looking for a replacement for halogen GU10 recessed ceiling lights. The six halogens in our kitchen consume 300w of energy - we wouldn't have thought anything of this years ago, but now any saving on energy is both environmentally and financially welcome.
Most LED replacements are a lot less bright than a standard halogen bulb. You need to be looking at the lumen output, which needs to be around 400-500. LEDs can look a lot brighter instore than when they're trying to light up your kitchen, so beware!
These are the first that I have found that will fit within a standard GU10 recessed fitting - so they look fine when turned off as well as when they are working.
They have a good spread of light, rather than a beamed effect which is present with a lot of LED bulbs, particularly when they are only fitted with 3 or 4 powerful LEDs with reflectors.
They run cool (in fact near stone cold) - no need for any fire protection "flowerpots" above them to protect floor timbers.
They cost 10% of a halogen equivalent to run (so my kitchen 6 consume just 30w - the payback period allowing for the cost of the bulb can easily be calculated from this - and is favourable).
Downsides? The light is different (very bright at the fitting but not as much reaches reflective surfaces) and may seem a little clinical. Try before you commit to a large number is my advice.
The technology is moving fast - expect and watch out for further improvements, together with decreasing prices.
If you want a bulb that you can dim, then they are also available but you do have to specify this.
If you want to make the move to cheap LED lighting then this is the best I have found at this moment in time.
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Silverline 196494 Cigar Sharpening Stone 300mm
Silverline 196494 Cigar Sharpening Stone 300mm
Offered by Trade Media Ltd
Price: 3.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use and will probably last forever, 26 Aug 2013
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For the finishing edge on garden tools and knives then I find this is just the job. Use a file first on a blunted edge and then finish off with this. Very effective. There are a lot of videos on U Tube demonstrating techniques if you're unsure - well worth looking at to get the best from this stone. Provided you don't lose it, you'll only ever need to buy one!


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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than a Grass Hook, 26 Aug 2013
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For cutting back long grass and nettles in remote areas (ie - further away than the power chord on your strimmer will allow you to stray) this is a really useful tool. I had originally bought a grass hook - a mini scythe - at three times the price, but found it to be less effective in my inexperienced hands. The hook I felt was also a bit dangerous in my hands, having a sharp and pointed curved blade.

This is essentially a steel bar, bent up at one end, widened rounded and flattened. I agree with previous reviews that a session with the grindstone/file/sharpening stone on the cutting edge will improve things dramatically - it does. So will a hole 1/4" into the wooden handle and a loop of string to hang the tool up with.

It does the job well, is just the right length and weight for long grass and nettle (you need to be able to cut within a few inches from the ground), and it cannot possibly go wrong. Marked down one star as sharpening will certainly improve it - but once sharpened then definitely a 5 star suitable for careful use by rank beginners. I even use it in preference to my petrol strimmer and bush cutter now as it's always ready to go!


Veho VFS-A008-4 Spare Slide Tray (3 Pack, Compatible with VFS-002,VFS-004,VFS-008)
Veho VFS-A008-4 Spare Slide Tray (3 Pack, Compatible with VFS-002,VFS-004,VFS-008)
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great timesaver....., 16 Aug 2013
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... if you have a Veho 35mm scanner. This pack contains 3 good quality plastic strip holders which each accommodate 3 mounted slides. Batch prepare your slides and then scan them.


Veho VFS-008 Smartfix Scan to SD Stand Alone Slide and Negative Scanner
Veho VFS-008 Smartfix Scan to SD Stand Alone Slide and Negative Scanner
Price: 55.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent at this price level, 16 Aug 2013
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I have rather a lot of 35mm negatives, fortunately filed in negative sheets, together with even more 35mm transparencies which sleep in rotary magazines ready for the projector that was. When digital came upon the scene I was an immediate convert - however I resolved that I would also scan in all my 35mm family treasures so that my entire family history was digitised. I bought an expensive 35mm scanner which took an absolute age to scan even one slide (and I am talking minutes) - although it made an excellent job of the result, it was akin to watching paint dry and I soon lost interest as with work commitments I simply didn't have the time.

Move forward a few years and a bit and I have retired and am feeling guilty about the historic records that are gradually deteriorating before my eyes. It seems that only Kodachrome 64 has a chance of retaining its' correct colour balance after many years - however carefully it is stored. And my computer has moved forward to the point where it is far faster and more powerful - but I cannot obtain a 64bit driver for my old scanner.......

This is an area where dealing with Amazon comes in. I would not take a chance on buying a 35mm scanner from a high street retailer at this price level. It is just too cheap for anything worthwhile in this field. But dealing with Amazon I know that if you buy something that doesn't do what it says it will do on their website, you have a near cast iron guarantee that you can send it back and get a refund. And the reviews of this item looked pretty promising anyway.

It arrived today, together with the optional pack of 35mm transparency mount holders. The basic kit includes one of these, together with a 35mm negative strip holder and the same for 110 negatives if you're a masochist. The kit also includes the scanner itself, a lithium iron battery to power the scanner, a USB cable and a 2 Gb SD card. Oh, and a cleaner for dusty slides, and the unit itself - together with software and basic instructions. I opened it very carefully, retaining the packaging just in case it had to go back......

The battery already contained some charge and so it was ready to go. Insert battery and supplied SD card and turn on. There is a fold down miniature LCD screen on top of the unit. Insert slides or negatives in the holder, match two triangles and insert in base of unit. Your slide or neg is depicted on the screen (negs are displayed as positive photos) and if you're happy then press go. There is no adjustment or choice beyond the type of image you are scanning in. Less than 10 seconds later you're done. Move onto next slide (each stripholder takes 3 slides or a complete neg strip). You'll be able to scan a complete 36 exposure film in less time than it takes to watch the first half of Emmerdale.

Now comes the moment of truth. Take said SD card and insert into an SD card reader on your computer (you can link the scanner direct via the USB lead if you don't have an SD card reader - in fact this is how you have to charge the battery). Simply copy or cut and paste the .jpg files that have been created. Other files will have been written to the card, but these can be ignored - cameras do the same. Most 35mm slides will give a file size of just under 1mb - which will allow decent prints of around A4 size. You will probably need to carry out some image editing for best results (and to correct the odd colour balance that old films develop) but you can either use the software supplied or use a free decent editor such as Irfanview (just Google it) if you're not into Photoshop.

All in all I'm very impressed. It's simple, well made, cheap and very effective. And, importantly, it's very easy to use and fast - which probably means that I will finally get to archive my collection. Good one Amazon - buy it!

Post review comments as at September 2013:

I have now scanned a few hundred 35mm negatives and transparencies and have seen photographs that I took 40 years ago for the first time in many years. I remain very pleased with the performance and ease of use - not to mention the speed of operation - for the price paid. As far as the comments regarding colour casts are concerned, yes there is a blue cast on many/most scans, but I have not yet found one where some decent image editing software can't correct it easily - I use Photoshop and the procedure normally is Levels - Auto, Colour - Auto. Only very rarely do I have to carry out further adjustment. Having said that, do not expect to get finished results straight from the scanner, as it will be rare that happens.

I find a 1" paintbrush invaluable to just lightly dust the film before scanning (this can save you hours of dust removal!).

Another tip is to rename your files after you have downloaded them onto your computer and clear the memory card before reusing it in the scanner - as it holds around 5000 scanned images I have found that I batch scan over a number of days and only download onto the computer when I have a decent number of images on the card. I download into a new folder that I have created and batch rename the lot immediately (in Windows select the first picture, then (shift left click) the last picture (which selects the lot), right click the first picture and choose "rename" - give it a unique name such as "Scan080913" and - provided that all the pictures are selected they will all be renamed Scan080913(1), Scan080913(2), Scan080913(3) and so on. You can then colour correct and organise them into more appropriate directories, renaming again as necessary to make sense of things.
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Revell 1:570 Scale Queen Mary
Revell 1:570 Scale Queen Mary
Price: 14.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A model - not a toy, 11 Aug 2013
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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I had this model many years ago and failed to complete it when a house move meant that I lost many parts - I always promised myself that I would buy another at some stage and convert it into a waterline model of the old Queen (as supplied it has a full depth hull). This is a nice model at this price - good quality mouldings which can be built up into an impressive showpiece. However, I would not rate it as easy if you are looking for a respectable result - there are a lot of parts with some complex paintwork. Given the time and patience this kit is capable of an impressive result. Certainly not one for children.

For that reason I have not marked this model highly for "fun" or "durability" (it's very fragile!). Educational value depends on how much research you choose to employ to ensure that you are building an accurate model - there is ample printed and video matter available and the real Queen Mary still exists in Long Beach CA. Overall though this has the potential for a superb model of an Ocean going liner of the golden days - and there's not too many of these type of kit on the market once you take out the surfeit of Titanic models.


64 Piece 6mm-25mm External Circlips Pack In Organiser Case
64 Piece 6mm-25mm External Circlips Pack In Organiser Case
Offered by CableFinder
Price: 4.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful box of spares, 11 Aug 2013
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Circlips are always wanted when you least expect it - usually following a "ping" into somewhere inaccessible of old clip. These clips are cheap enough to keep on the toolbox shelf and provide a selection of commonly used sizes. I did find them to be on the thin side, but they worked perfectly fine on my lawnmower - and at the price I can't complain. Supplied storage box should help me to find them when I need them too - unlike my last supply which came in a plastic bag and are somewhere I do not remember.........


Guardsman G1267 Volkswagen Touran Dog Guard 2010 My onwards
Guardsman G1267 Volkswagen Touran Dog Guard 2010 My onwards
Offered by GUARDSMAN
Price: 140.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality dog guard, 11 Aug 2013
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When buying a dog guard it seems that you have two choices: you either buy a cheap and cheerful, fits all cars, expanding guard - which usually wedges between floor and ceiling by means of telescopic poles, or you buy bespoke fit. The latter is more expensive (particularly if you choose to buy through a vehicle dealer) but generally superior. This is a bespoke fit guard.

The quality of manufacture cannot be faulted. It is a one piece unit made of black powder coated steel (similar to that found in Post Office counters of old) which fits behind the second row of seats in the Touran and clamps (without any danger of marking) around the rear door posts and then fixes to the brackets which are present on the floor. It will withstand the largest of dogs with ease. More importantly, it doesn't rattle when in place. You can still continue to use your luggage cover to conceal the boot area (preferably when you aren't carrying your dog!) but you can't use the foldaway (third row) two back seats at the same time.

Fitting is very simple once you have figured out what goes where. Similarly removal takes only a couple of minutes (though you will need somewhere to store the removed guard as it doesn't fold). I have marked down the product by one star simply because the instructions supplied are diabolical - a set of poor quality photographs with arrows. These are absolutely fine in principle, but the quality of the pictures makes it very difficult to work out what the pictures are trying to say. Once you've figured it out, then fine - but a simple couple of line drawings and perhaps one good quality photo of the installed product would be much better and easy to understand.

For those that are buying - and if you have a VW Touran and a dog they are a highly recommended combination - then when you come to fit this guard fit the bit that goes around the door post ON ONE SIDE ONLY (two bolts). It should be mounted pointing to the rear of the guard - easily identified as the product's badge is on the rear. Remove the luggage compartment cover and roll your middle row seats fully forward - then slide the guard into place through the side door with the fitted bracket leading. This will enable you to locate the bracket around the rear post and move the guard into place resting on the folded rear seats. If you are going to leave your luggage compartment cover in place, now is the time to put it back in its' recess, as the fit will be tight (but perfectly feasible). Then, working from within the boot area, fit the second bracket at the other end around the post. The bottom stays are easily fitted and all you need to do then is fold back down the middle row seats. Keep the supplied Allen Key somewhere safe for when you wish to remove the guard.
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VonHaus Upright Steam Mop 1500W with 2 FREE Microfibre Cloth Pads & Extra Long 5m Power Cord - White
VonHaus Upright Steam Mop 1500W with 2 FREE Microfibre Cloth Pads & Extra Long 5m Power Cord - White
Offered by Designer Habitat
Price: 69.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How dirty are your floors?, 4 July 2013
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Hey, this thing is great. Two screw clip and fit assembly (5 minutes including reading the instructions) and in another 30 seconds you're ready to go. Nice long power lead and water reservoir (tap) which will last for at least 4 good size rooms. No detergent so no waste. Really effective even on floors thought to be clean as washed daily. Mop head, of which 3 are supplied, attach and detach very easily by pull chord and go straight in the washing machine for cleaning. Cleaning head is very flexible for cleaning awkward spots, and comes with a special carpet glider attachment for cleaning carpets. In short everything that you need, a really good price, and no corners cut in quality. And our clean floors were frighteningly dirty!


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