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LEGO DUPLO Town 10577: Big Royal Castle
LEGO DUPLO Town 10577: Big Royal Castle
Price: £39.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, 2 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As a boy I collected Lego and spent many many hours constructing many different things from it. In my day we did not have Duplo, nor such interactive sets as this one. I wish we had had such sets.

What can you say about this set that has not already been said? Not a lot. This is a fantastic Duplo set, which once assembled creates a castle, with a cannon, knights on horseback and drawbridges. It is highly interactive as the cannon fires and you can try hitting the targets on the battlements. It also includes a monarchs castle, swords and secret treasure. Any child with imagination will have hours of fun with this set. I gave it to my nephews to play with and they had non stop fun for 2 hours. I am therefore happy to highly recommend this fantastic toy.


Targus THZ59201EU Fit 'N' Grip Rotating universal stand case cover fits 9-10 inch Tablets - Blue
Targus THZ59201EU Fit 'N' Grip Rotating universal stand case cover fits 9-10 inch Tablets - Blue
Price: £25.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Case, 31 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have a 10.1 Tablet and so when this case came up on the Vine list, I thought I would grab one to protect it. This is quite a unique design, it has two hard flaps, one that has a fold in it that allows the tablet to be put at an angle. The tablet itself is held within a 4 point grip mechanism that is attached to the case in a way that allows the Tablet to be rotated. The Tablet is gripped at four corners by rubberised grips and so the Tablet is protected. The inside of the case has a suede effect lining, which again protects the Tablet from scratching.

Overall this is a well made, innovative case, which works well to make the Tablet functional, whilst protecting it from accidental damage. I am therefore happy to Recommend this product.


Stoga U480 Obd-ii OBDII OBD2 EOBD Diagnostic Code Scanner CAN-Bus Trouble Code Read Diagnose Tester Diagnostic Scanner
Stoga U480 Obd-ii OBDII OBD2 EOBD Diagnostic Code Scanner CAN-Bus Trouble Code Read Diagnose Tester Diagnostic Scanner
Offered by KINGSFAITH
Price: £21.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product for the Price, 28 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was sent this item by the manufacturer to test and review.

My old car was a Saab 95 and how I wish I had one of these whilst owning this car. After years of faithful service, it developed a fault and kept brining up a check engine light. Every time it did it, I had to take it to a Saab specialist to determine if it was serious and to switch it off. This device would have saved me so much hassle as I could read the code/codes myself and determine if it was serious. Firstly all you need to do is couple this scanner into the cars diagnostic system and turn on to position 2. Many times codes do not show up unless the ignition is in this poistion. The unit plugs into the diagnostic socket, mine is underneath the steering wheel. If there are any issues it will then display a series of codes on the LED screen. The codes and you then know what is wrong with the car. From the unit youo can also switch off the Check Engine light and also order the correct parts The beauty of this device is that it gives you a clear understanding of the seriousness of the problem and whether it is a quick fix or something you need to take to the garage. I just wish this had been available when I had my Saab.

Overall this is a very clever device and gives very clear results allowing diagnostics by the side of the road. I am happy to highly recommend this product.


Stoga Ospo STS001 Jabbes Waterproof/Sweat Proof Sport Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Music Stereo Headset Headphone Earbud With Dual Microphone (Black)
Stoga Ospo STS001 Jabbes Waterproof/Sweat Proof Sport Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Music Stereo Headset Headphone Earbud With Dual Microphone (Black)
Offered by KINGSFAITH
Price: £25.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for the Price, 28 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was sent these by the manufacturer to test and keep in exchange for an honest review.

I have tested many different headsets over the years and have found some wonderful and some not so good headphones. Whilst this headset is priced around £30, the low price belies the quality of sound reproduction. Whilst these are not high fidelity, they produce a fantastic sound given their low price. Included with the headset are a number of rubbersied buds, so a great fit is assured. The BlueTooth pairing is very easy and they paired with both my computer and smartphone without any issue. The way they are designed, you can run, exercise, surface swim in them. They are also designed not to fall of whilst exercising. They also have a coating which helps prevent splashes of water getting into the ear bud, so extending the life of the set. Overall for the price this product offers remarkable value.

Overall these are a great set of earbuds, which produce great sound and are designed to be used whilst in the gym. I am happy to Recommend them.


PYRUS Sports Bluetooth Headsets Ufashion PBH-001 Enabled Hands-free Calling Lightweight Sweatproof Wireless Headphone, Noise Cancellation Headset for iPhone Samsung and other Bluetooth Smartphone-Champagne
PYRUS Sports Bluetooth Headsets Ufashion PBH-001 Enabled Hands-free Calling Lightweight Sweatproof Wireless Headphone, Noise Cancellation Headset for iPhone Samsung and other Bluetooth Smartphone-Champagne
Offered by PYRUS UK
Price: £24.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality, 28 Aug. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was sent these by the manufacturer to test and keep in exchange for an honest review.

I have tested many different headsets over the years and have found some wonderful and some not so good headphones. Whilst this headset is priced around £25, the low price belies the quality of sound reproduction. Whilst these are not high fidelity, they produce a fantastic sound given their low price. Included with the headset are a number of rubbersied buds, so a great fit is assured. The BlueTooth pairing is very easy and they paired with both my computer and smartphone without any issue. The way they are designed, you can run and exercise in them and they will not fall off. They also have a coating which stops sweat getting into the ear bud, so extending the life of the set. Overall for the price this product offers remarkable value.

Overall these are a great set of earbuds, which produce great sound and are designed to be used whilst in the gym. I am happy to Recommend them.


Multifunctional Vehicle Rain Umbrella,Chafon® CF-AS001 New 3 in 1 Auto Open & Close Compact Folding Umbrella with Reflective Stripe,Safety Hammer,Seatbelt Cutter Escape Tool-Black
Multifunctional Vehicle Rain Umbrella,Chafon® CF-AS001 New 3 in 1 Auto Open & Close Compact Folding Umbrella with Reflective Stripe,Safety Hammer,Seatbelt Cutter Escape Tool-Black
Offered by Chafonuk
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Well Made, 27 Aug. 2015
I was given this umbrella by the manufacturer to try, test and keep in exchange for an honest review.

I have tested several umbrella's for manufacturers over the years and this umbrella is completely unique and like no other. It comes in a lovely presentation box and has instructions and a cover. The product itself is very a well made and beautifully designed. The actual umbrella is made from high quality materials and the unfolding mechanism is unusual, it sort of pops out and the tension holds it up, without locking. The covering itself is made from a high quality fabric and should be highly robust. I am not sure how it will fair in high winds, as it does not seem to lock in place, but so far all is well. It is quiet heavy compared to others we have of the same size, but this is much sturdier. The weight is partly because of two unique features, one is a device attached to the handle which is a window hammer. You an use this to smash a car window. The second is a seat belt cutter, incorporated into the handle, which of course cuts seatbelts. This is in essence an emergency tool, which will help to get you out of a car in an accident. It is very clever and well made.

Overall this is a super product and I am very happy to Highly Recommend it.


Consultant's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Delivering High-Value and Differentiated Services in a Competitive Marketplace
Consultant's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Delivering High-Value and Differentiated Services in a Competitive Marketplace
by Samir Parikh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Limited Use, 27 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have been a specialist business consultant/analyst for many years. I specialise in a very unique area and there are not many consultants in my domain. As such I have considerable knowledge in how to create and develop a consultancy business from nothing. The best way to describe this book for a seasoned consultant is to say, its OK in parts, but lack depth in other areas. In essence it is pretty good for someone who is new to Consulting, but has very little to offer an established business. Firstly it is split into three parts. The first examines the basics fundamentals of consulting. The second looks at different case studies to show practical application of the author's process and the third is about how to deliver a service as a Consultant. Whilst there is some good information, many areas are glossed over or completely missed out, such as how to value and price your services. I am sure everyone can learn something from this book, but it is NOT a comprehensive guide to setting up a Consulting business and a newbie will gain more from the information than a seasoned consultant with an established business.

Overall there are some good ideas but it will be of limited use to an already established consultant.


Scott & Co®, UltraPro 100ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expanding Garden Hose Pipe Complete With Metal Hose Hanger, 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun And 2 x Hose Connectors. Your 100ft UltraPro Expandable Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed
Scott & Co®, UltraPro 100ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expanding Garden Hose Pipe Complete With Metal Hose Hanger, 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun And 2 x Hose Connectors. Your 100ft UltraPro Expandable Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed
Offered by gardenbestbuys
Price: £36.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality, 27 Aug. 2015
I was sent this product by the manufacturer to test and review.

I have tested a similar hose to this one manufactured by another company and I was not impressed by it. It was cheaply made, of poor quality and the joint at the hose head split very quickly. This hose could not be more different. It appears to be very well made from quality materials and comes with a black wall mount which allows the hose to be hooked to a wall and ready for operation all the time. The head has 7 different spray settings, which allows maximum flexibility for your needs. Once the hose is packed away it "rolls" up to about a third of its length and takes up very little space. Unlike the hose my father once used which was thick rubber and on a spindle, it simply curls up after use. Setup is easy, but you do have to be careful. As its quite a thin hose, it cannot handle too much water, when it is first turned on. You need to ensure there is not too much pressure in the pipe and the head is open, otherwise it will come off at the tap connection and spray water everywhere. Given the length of the hose, it is ideal for walking around the garden and watering whatever you need. The head has a release lever, which stops the water from coming out, when you don't need any flow. As the hose is flexible it can trail around a corner, so allowing even greater flexibility.

Overall this is a great hose and is very well designed. I am therefore very happy to Highly Recommend it.


UltraPro 50ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expandable Garden Hose Set, Complete With 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun, Metal Hose Hanger And 2 x Hose Connectors By Scott & Co®. Your 50ft UltraPro Expanding Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed.
UltraPro 50ft Triple Layer, Non Kink Expandable Garden Hose Set, Complete With 8 Setting Soft Grip Professional Spray Gun, Metal Hose Hanger And 2 x Hose Connectors By Scott & Co®. Your 50ft UltraPro Expanding Hose Comes Completely Risk Free With A 365 DAY MANUFACTURES GUARANTEE. Gift Boxed.
Offered by gardenbestbuys
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality, 27 Aug. 2015
I was sent this product by the manufacturer to test and review.

I have tested a similar hose to this one manufactured by another company and I was not impressed by it. It was cheaply made, of poor quality and the joint at the hose head split very quickly. This hose could not be more different. It appears to be very well made from quality materials and comes with a black wall mount which allows the hose to be hooked to a wall and ready for operation all the time. The head has 7 different spray settings, which allows maximum flexibility for your needs. Once the hose is packed away it "rolls" up to about a third of its length and takes up very little space. Unlike the hose my father once used which was thick rubber and on a spindle, it simply curls up after use. Setup is easy, but you do have to be careful. As its quite a thin hose, it cannot handle too much water, when it is first turned on. As the other reviewer has noted, you need to ensure there is not too much pressure in the pipe and the head is open, otherwise it will come off at the tap connection and spray water everywhere. Given the length of the hose, it is ideal for walking around the garden and watering whatever you need. The head has a release lever, which stops the water from coming out, when you don't need any flow. As the hose is flexible it can trail around a corner, so allowing even greater flexibility.

Overall this is a great hose and is very well designed. I am therefore very happy to Highly Recommend it.


Sasco Perpetual Magnetic Year Planner Kit
Sasco Perpetual Magnetic Year Planner Kit
Price: £111.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Quality but Expensive, 27 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I was given this planner through the Vine programme to review. I state this as quite frankly I would never consider paying this kind of money for a wall planner. I usually buy a yearly one for about £2 to £3 in January when they are on offer from Amazon or Viking and they are perfectly adequate for what I need. When I saw this being offered I thought it would be far superior than the thick glossy paper ones I usually get. In all honesty it is better, but it is very hard to justify the dramatic increase in price, compared to what I usually pay.

The advantage is that this is perpetual and magnetic, it does not need replacing, it looks good and it comes with a red marker pen and numerous coloured magnetic symbols. There is also a frame which holds the planner to the wall, but needs to drilled into place. This could be a problem in some offices if there are false/stud walls. The magnetic strips stay in place and the surface of the planner is superb, as it allows things to be written on it and then wiped off, without leaving any mark.

Overall this is a nice product, but it is still hard to justify £100+ for it. I am happy to recommend it, if you can justify the price.


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