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Aqua Sphere Kaiman Exo Regular Fit Clear Swimming Goggles - Blue/White
Aqua Sphere Kaiman Exo Regular Fit Clear Swimming Goggles - Blue/White
Price: £15.93

5.0 out of 5 stars A miracle of good design, 4 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have years of experience of swimming with goggles that let water in, take a lot of fiddling to adjust to the right tightness, and then come loose on their own. This pair is a miracle of good design.

The seal is very good, curving round nicely at the outside where water usually gets in. The buckle works perfectly: the strap will not loosen on its own but can be easily loosened by pulling on a little lever. To tighten them you just pull the strap. This is how goggles should be. They are so easy to adjust you can loosen them every time you take them on and off and get the right tightness every time. I am delighted with them.


NOVAWO Steam-punk Retro Vintage Inspired Classic Hippy Round Circle Polarized Sunglasses
NOVAWO Steam-punk Retro Vintage Inspired Classic Hippy Round Circle Polarized Sunglasses
Offered by Novawo UK
Price: £10.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and reasonably well made, 4 Sept. 2015
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I gave these to a family member who loves them, largely because he loves the retro style. The lenses are surprisingly good for the price. They function as sunglasses much better than a similarly priced pair bought in the high street.

Although the picture shows the blue ones, I am reviewing the black pair which wasn't my first choice but was the one given to me for review. The frame and handles are plastic. They don't have an expensive feel but they are well enough made and don't look like they will break quickly (if they do I will update the review).


The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars A contrary view, 4 Sept. 2015
Oscar Wilde's writing is renowned for its intelligence and wit. I found it so irritating I couldn't finish the book.

The first problem for me was the pompous chatter of pompous people who have never done a day of work. For some reason, it is wonderful to read Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and many others writing about people who fall in the same category, but Oscar Wilde's characters were, for me, dull and annoying.

A bigger problem is the famous Oscar Wilde wit. Every few lines we meet a comment which at first glance sounds pithy, witty and wise. After a while I found that most of them were not clever and wise but over-clever, contrived and pretentious. So that you can judge for yourself, I have copied below a sample of such comments. To avoid bias, I have taken them in order, starting at the beginning and including the ones I thought were genuinely good.

If you are tickled by these quotes, you may enjoy the book. If you share my opinion of them, I strongly recommend reading something else.

"there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about"

"beauty ends where an intellectual expression begins"

"Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration"

"There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction...The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world."

"the one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties"

"Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know"

"I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible"

"Conscience and cowardice are really the same things"

"she is a peacock in everything but beauty"

"You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one"

"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects"

"I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else"

"genius lasts longer than beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves...the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value."

"Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love:"

"Each class would have preached the importance of those virtues, for whose exercise there was no necessity in their own lives"


PROZOR 14 LED Rechargable Eye-protection LED Desk Lamp Table Light LED Lighting - Office Work Light Touch Sensor Switch for Table Desk Bedside Reading Home Office
PROZOR 14 LED Rechargable Eye-protection LED Desk Lamp Table Light LED Lighting - Office Work Light Touch Sensor Switch for Table Desk Bedside Reading Home Office
Offered by PROZOR
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice lamp with pros and cons, 3 Sept. 2015
Please note the review by Hakon Soreide is for the Aukey Aglaia Dimmable LED Desk Lamp. I am reviewing the Prozor which I received free for review. It has a different brand name but it is the same (I counted the 14 LEDs).

It is nicely made with a touch sensitive switch which toggles between off and 3 levels of brightness. It has enormous freedom of movement and stays in place exactly where you bend it (unlike my old one which would always spring back about 20 degrees).

The big advantage of this one is that it is cordless and charges with a USB (cable supplied). It is also very small so suitable if you are short of space, and it claims to spare your eyes. If you don't require those features I would recommend a more powerful lamp such as this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0129W8NVE I compared the two side by side and the DB Power lamp is much brighter.


PLEMO 45 Inch Brown Automatic Folding Travel Umbrella Auto Open/Close Compact Umbrella
PLEMO 45 Inch Brown Automatic Folding Travel Umbrella Auto Open/Close Compact Umbrella
Offered by Avantek UK
Price: £23.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent umbrella, 3 Sept. 2015
This is a foldable umbrella which opens with a button press and then closes with another press. Before opening it again you have to compress the end towards the handle which charges the spring. It requires quite a strong force but is easy to do just by pressing the end against the ground. Once you have an umbrella like this you will never go back to the old type.

It reduces to one third of the length, about 35cm, which fits easily into a brief case or similar bag.

The mechanism is well made and sturdy. I tried to capture it in the photographs.

I have a very similar umbrella from M&S but the canopy was smaller. This one could cover two people.

I was given it free to review. I genuinely think it is a brilliant umbrella.
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Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python (Effective Software Development)
Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python (Effective Software Development)
by Brett Slatkin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced but clear and readable, 2 Sept. 2015
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This is a superbly written book with brilliantly clear explanations and examples and a sound commitment to good programming style based on readability and reliability. It undoubtedly deserves 5 stars in my view. The harder question is who should read it.

Although it is not suitable for a beginner anyone with a reasonable working knowledge of the language who wants to programme well would benefit considerably from it. Most of the material in the first third of the book will be relevant to all python programmers and could help them develop a good style before habits set in.

As the book progresses the topics become more advanced with a lot of detail on metaclasses, concurrency and parallelism, virtual environments and collaboration which many programmers will be happy to pass by. If you are one of those and don't want to buy it just to study the first 60 pages try to borrow a copy.


STOGA EACH Newest G4000 Professional Lightweight gaming headsets 3.5mm PC Stereo earphone Noise Canelling headphones with Volume Control Microphone,HiFi Driver for Laptop Computer
STOGA EACH Newest G4000 Professional Lightweight gaming headsets 3.5mm PC Stereo earphone Noise Canelling headphones with Volume Control Microphone,HiFi Driver for Laptop Computer
Offered by KINGSFAITH
Price: £23.52

5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy, 2 Sept. 2015
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This is a really good pair of headphone for the price. They are extremely comfortable and the sound quality is warm and clear with a strong bass. The blue glow is absolutely great (sadly you can't see it when you are wearing them however, I recommend this mouse which has a similar effect and looks really cool: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00SRP4C4U)

It has a large volume switch which you can grab and turn easily without looking. You can fold up the microphone when you aren't using it. The cable is good quality nylon with a 3.5 audio plug, a 3.5 microphone plug and a USB plug. The sound comes from the 3.5mm plug. The USB powers the lighting.

There are some niggles which don't detract from m y recommendation but I will mention them anyway. The speakers are blue but arrived in a box with a picture of red headphones on the front. The instructions are very poor (though it doesn't matter much as there isn't a lot you need to know). The cable configuration means that your USB socket needs to be within 30cm of your audio and microphone sockets. This might be awkward if you are taking audio from the output of a separate speaker unit.

Altogether a first rate product at a good price
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Skipping Rope - Freetoo® 10 ft Adjustable Speed Jump Rope for Cross Fitness Training/Boxing/Endurance Training(Black)
Skipping Rope - Freetoo® 10 ft Adjustable Speed Jump Rope for Cross Fitness Training/Boxing/Endurance Training(Black)
Offered by Freetoo
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A really impressive skipping rope, 1 Sept. 2015
This skipping rope is incredibly light and very pleasant to use. The handles spin freely relative to the cord making it very fast and almost frictionless.

The length of the cord is easily adjustable with a clever method. You slide the end stop to the point you want it and tighten the screw (it's easier than it sounds). The handle automatically sits against the end stop without needing to be fastened.

It comes with a neat little carry pouch.

Overall it's just brilliant

Just don't use it on an abrasive surface such as concrete as the cord is quite thin and will wear out.


skinChemists Wrinkle Killer Duo Moisturiser 50 ml
skinChemists Wrinkle Killer Duo Moisturiser 50 ml
Price: £61.98

4.0 out of 5 stars The science behind it, 30 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have had a good look at the science of this product. It is a combination of a good moisturiser with what one reviewer described as a snake oil cure.

The two important ingredients are aquaxyl and syn-ake. In the words of a scientist from Elizabeth Arden who owns the Trade Mark, Aquaxyl is a sugar compound (It’s a derivative of glucose and xylitol) that helps the skin retain moisture. I suspect there is genuine science in this. It seems to block the loss of water from skin cells. That is believable. Seppic Labs, who developed it, state that a 3% strength is recommended. Unfortunately this product does not declare its strength.

Syn-ake is a different story. It is synthetic snake venom and is intended to work like botox without the injections. "Skin is programmed to keep proteins out and the chemical must travel through several layers of skin and subcutaneous fat to reach and penetrate the muscle. If it can get as far as the muscle under the skin, it might get further and cause trouble." So it is theoretically possible that it works but they would have to get just the right balance. If it is going right into the body it should have FDA approval for safety and efficacy. It does NOT have this.

The laboratory that developed Syn-ake published a study which they claim proves that it works. I read the study and don't trust it. It was not an impartial study, has not been replicated by anybody else and is small (only 15 people were given it).

Both ingredients are widely used in expensive skin products. Weighing up the evidence, there is a good chance that Aquaxyl works and a reasonable chance that Syn-ake works. Overall that justifies a 4 star rating.


Bluetooth Headphones TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds Sport Earphones Headsets (Bluetooth 4.0, Delicate Sound, Build-in Mic, aptX, CVC 6.0 Noise-Cancelling)-Black & Green
Bluetooth Headphones TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds Sport Earphones Headsets (Bluetooth 4.0, Delicate Sound, Build-in Mic, aptX, CVC 6.0 Noise-Cancelling)-Black & Green
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Really good, 29 Aug. 2015
This is a really nice set of bluetooth earphones. They let you listen to audio on your phone without a cable into your pocket which I found often got caught or interfered with what I was doing especially in the gym. There are several other things I like about it.

The earplugs are much more comfortable than the ones that came with my phone. Once I realised the cable goes behind your neck, not in front of it, I hardly noticed I was wearing them.

They also stay in better than the original. When I exercised with the original ones they would gradually slide out so I constantly had to push them back in (which can be annoying while running).

The sound quality is as least as good as my the original ones (and maybe better). The volume is better.

Against that they there is a small inconvenience that they are battery powered and need charging after a few hours (a short USB cable is provided for charging).

Setting up and pairing is easy. It's worth spending a minute or two looking at the instructions.

I was given these free for review. I am genuinely enthusiastic about them.


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