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Uni-ball UM153S Impact Gel Rollerball 1.0mm Tip 0.6mm Line Black Ref 9006050 [Pack 12]
Uni-ball UM153S Impact Gel Rollerball 1.0mm Tip 0.6mm Line Black Ref 9006050 [Pack 12]
Price: £17.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Functional, reliable, well designed, 20 Aug. 2013
The good points: the pen is well constructed: a plastic body and a soft-feel lower part for ease of holding. The roller ball is held in place by a screw-in metal cone and is firmly seated. The cap clips onto the pen with a satisfying click: this is not a pen to come apart in your pocket and stain your finest clothes. The cap also sits on the cylinder of the pen when in use and helps to balance the implement when writing. The ink dries quickly: faster than most fountain pen inks.

The more subjective points: the line produced by the pen is a thick one. That means that small writing can have its hollow letters filled in. The ink flows very freely, so this is a 'slippery over the page' pen: not conducive to good handwriting if, like me, you are tempted to write as quickly as the pen will allow. This is a device that needs to be used carefully and with precision to produce the best results. The refill holds a large amount of ink, but it uses a lot too. Don't expect one to last as long as a ballpoint.

That said, it is a 'go to' pen and I would choose it in preference to a disposable ballpoint. It is good value for money, especially when bought in multipacks. Functional, reliable, well designed: four stars.


Nivea For Men After Shave Soothing Balm 100ml
Nivea For Men After Shave Soothing Balm 100ml
Offered by Lloydspharmacy
Price: £5.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, subtle, recommended., 20 Aug. 2013
This is a lightly fragranced white balm. It goes on smoothly without any stinging or irritation. A little dab goes a long. long way so the bottle is going to last for months, making this product extremely good value. (Update: actually it has already lasted well over a year.)

Unlike competing products, this one comes in a 100 ml bottle rather than a squeezy tube. I don't know that the plastic tubes impart any odour over time (probably not) but this is a higher standard of packaging and much more pleasant to handle.

The balm leaves the face feeling smooth. It dries quickly. Recommended for anyone who wants to calm the face down after shaving and who doesn't want to advertise his arrival in advance through over-strong fragrances.

Smooth, subtle and recommended.


Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
Price: £5.62

5.0 out of 5 stars A must-own for any Simon and Garfunkel fan, 19 Aug. 2013
This is a unreserved recommendation for what it is a beautiful record.

Although Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme was Simon and Garfunkel's third LP, in a way it was their difficult to achieve second, given that their breakthrough LP was its predecessor, 'Sound of Silence'. The actual first, 'Wednesday Morning 3AM', had been less well received, unjustly so.

There is a link here to 'Wednesday Morning 3AM'. The photo on the front cover of 3AM was taken in a subway station where the musicians spotted the rather rude graffito that Paul Simon used as the subject matter for 'A Poem on the Underground Wall', a sad reflection on it. This featured in their live performances.

PSRT continues to draw in part on Paul Simon's back-collection of self-penned songs, some of which also appear on the 'Paul Simon Songbook' as solo tracks. Here they have been arranged for two voices and given stronger studio treatments, though both versions are very strong.

But the most remembered tracks are the huge hits 'Scarborough Fair / Canticle' and 'Homeward Bound' (also on the 'Sounds of Silence' LP in the UK). The complex arrangement of 'Scarborough Fair / Canticle' is made to sound oh so simple here and is a joy to listen to. And the harmonies on 'Homeward Bound', the composition of which started when Paul Simon was genuinely standing on a railway station, are prefection. 'The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)' is memorable as light-hearted whimsy and became a clap-along favourite of Simon and Garfunkel's live performances.

The final track, where the duo sings 'Silent Night' which is gradually drowned out by a grim news broadcast was a statement at the time but is now historically significant given the names and events that it captured.

This is an intensensly melodic album with musicianship of the highest order. This is folk-rock at its very, very best and in my opinion is a must-own for any Simon and Garfunkel fan. Five stars.


Binatone Concept 650 Big Button Telephone with Answer Machine
Binatone Concept 650 Big Button Telephone with Answer Machine

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For an inexpenisve unit this is a wholly acceptable product, 15 Aug. 2013
We wanted a corded phone to complement our wireless ones (what if there's a power cut?) and we decided to go for one with an answering capability. This unit seemed good value and first impressions are entirely positive. It looks acceptably smart: functional rather than highly styled, but perfectly acceptable and able to blend into most rooms without attracting attention.

Connecting up and recording a greeting was easy: the instructions are very clear. The quality of the calls is high: no background buzz or interference. The buttons are, as advertised, big and easy to use.

The volume of the ringer is preset to a very high level: thankfully there is a switch on the back for reducing it. Recommended!

For an inexpenisve unit this is a wholly acceptable product and first impressions are very good.


PANASONIC KX-TG1713EB KX-TG1711EB Trio Non TAM - (Phones IP & POTS Phones)
PANASONIC KX-TG1713EB KX-TG1711EB Trio Non TAM - (Phones IP & POTS Phones)

5.0 out of 5 stars Initial impressions are entirely positive ..., 15 Aug. 2013
We have just installed these phones and initial impressions are very good. We had originally purchased a BT equivalent but one of the charging units wasn't working and it had to be returned. The Panasonic feels much better built and the styling is more to our taste too. We should have gone for the Panasonic in the first place.

The units come well packed. The rechargable AAA batteries are included but not pre-installed. The charging units use a round plug-and-socket rather than the 'phone' style and I think the Panasonic approach is more robust. Unlike the BT equivalant, there is a good instruction booklet, though to be fair the controls look to be pretty intuitive.

I installed the phones and left them to charge overnight, plugging the base unit into the phone line in the morning. Everything worked straight away and the sound quality is good - noticeably clearer than the ageing units they have replaced. The ring tone is subdued but perfectly audible - not one of those that will make you jump out of your skin each time someone calls.

We considered taking the model with the answerphone capability but decided in the end, as we like to have a corded phone as well, to make that the answerphone-enabled unit. That works out a tad cheaper and gives us greater flexibility for the fuuture.

Initial impressions are entirely positive ... these units worked straight out of the box, they are performing well and they seem well built. A good start.


Xerox Phaser 8500 / 8550 Premium Quality Compatible Solid Ink Sticks - Magenta 3 Pack - Replaces Xerox Part Number: 108R00670
Xerox Phaser 8500 / 8550 Premium Quality Compatible Solid Ink Sticks - Magenta 3 Pack - Replaces Xerox Part Number: 108R00670
Offered by Supplies Group
Price: £48.00

5.0 out of 5 stars There is money to be saved here without loss of print quality or performance., 8 Aug. 2013
I have used these compatible ink blocks in my Xeroz 8500 for some years now and they seem to work just as well as the originals. They have caused no damage to the printer and operate in all respects as if they were originals.

The shaping of ink blocks is slightly different to the genuine Xerox ones. Just remember to put them in number down, and you'll be OK.

I can't speak for Xerox's attitude regarding warranties. If you have a printer under warranty or service contract you may wish to proceed with caution, possibly staying with the genuine Xerox supplies. But if, like me, you have an older printer that is not constrained in its use of compatibles, there is money to be saved here without loss of print quality or performance. Recommended.


Xerox Phaser 8500 / 8550 Premium Quality Compatible Solid Ink Sticks - Black 3 Pack - Replaces Xerox Part Number: 108R00668
Xerox Phaser 8500 / 8550 Premium Quality Compatible Solid Ink Sticks - Black 3 Pack - Replaces Xerox Part Number: 108R00668
Offered by Supplies Group
Price: £25.20

5.0 out of 5 stars There is money to be saved here without loss of print quality or performance, 8 Aug. 2013
I have used these compatible ink blocks in my Xerox 8500 for some years now and they seem to work just as well as the originals in terms of colour rendering and capacity. They have caused no damage to the printer and operate in all respects as if they were originals.

The shaping of ink blocks is slightly different to the genuine Xerox ones. Just remember to put them in number down, and you'll be OK. Overall dimensions look to be the same. The ink blocks come packaged in little plastic tubs with a paper lid, similar to the Xerox packaging, and they are clearly labelled.

I can't speak for Xerox's attitude regarding warranties. If you have a printer under warranty or service contract you may wish to proceed with caution, possibly staying with the genuine Xerox supplies. But if, like me, you have an older printer that is not under any Xerox warranty or otherwise constrained in its use of compatibles, there is money to be saved here without loss of print quality or performance. Recommended.


7 Day A Week - Weekly Pill / Medication Dispenser
7 Day A Week - Weekly Pill / Medication Dispenser
Offered by Systems Eleven
Price: £1.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful. Does exactly what it is designed to do., 8 Aug. 2013
This is a medium-sized and purely functional device. I use it to make sure that I take my one tablet each day: it provides a visual check that I have done so, and if I can't remember whether I have taken it or not, it takes just a moment to check.

The compartments are large enough to accommodate many more tablets and if that still doesn't suffice, there are larger versions. The day markings are clear.

The compartment lids close with a satisfying click and are secure when shut. In time they might erode loose or the back hinges may break, but I don't think that would be soon, if ever. If that happens, then a replacement is inexpensive.

Useful. I went to work twice without taking my tablet before I had this. Since having it - no problems. For me, therefore, it does exactly what it is designed to do. Five stars.


2 x GE (General Electric) 7W (=35W-40W) R50 SES E14 CFL Energy Saving Reflector Spot Light Bulbs, Small Edison Screw Cap, T2 Sportlight Lamps, 240V Mains, 6 Years Life
2 x GE (General Electric) 7W (=35W-40W) R50 SES E14 CFL Energy Saving Reflector Spot Light Bulbs, Small Edison Screw Cap, T2 Sportlight Lamps, 240V Mains, 6 Years Life

2.0 out of 5 stars Go for LEDs if you want equivalent brightness to traditional bulbs, 28 July 2013
I bought six of these for our kitchen and ended up replacing them very quickly, moving them upstairs and then replaced them again. We had grown used to the light output from traditional 40w E14s and although these CFLs were advertised at the time as equals, they simply were not. I found them to be much dimmer than the traditional 40w bulbs and, what's more, slow to warm up. The lack of brightness is exacerbated by the wide beam angle.

I moved onto SMD LEDs, which I found to be a much better solution: brighter and instant on, with long quoted lifespans too. So, I'm afraid I can't recommend these bulbs if you want brightness. If brightness isn't your main concern, then fine.

On the plus side, they're rated to have a long life and in that respect will be good value. They have a good, solid feel to them. The build quality seems high. They fitted our three-light ceiling fitments without any problem and they look reasonably smart. The power consumption is low.

But, and I have to come back to this ... they didn't fit our requirements in terms of lighting our rooms. So, two stars to acknowledge the longevity and good build quality, but a firm recommendation to go for LEDs instead if you want low power consumption and equivalent brightness to E14 spots.


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5.0 out of 5 stars not the heaviest duty piece of kit one can buy, but it does the job day in, day out, 7 July 2013
We have had one of these fitted for over twenty years and it has just broken, so we purchased a like-for-like replacement. Staywell have changed the outer dimensions so that there is less plastic overlap now on the door: actually it looks a bit neater than the old one, though I wonder whether the strength of the seal with the door will actually prove to be weaker as a result: time will tell.

The fitting is easy to understand, if a little fiddly to install. Four bolts and nuts (supplied) hold the unit in place. I found that it helped to have two people to align the flap with the hole in the door whist feeding the bolts through. Once the first couple were done, however, it was a simple job to position the flap correctly and tighten everything up.

The finish is a shiny plastic one: easy to wipe down and keep clean. There is a plastic plate provided to shut the flap should that be necessary.

Given that first flap lasted over two decades, it would be ungracious of me to award anything less than five stars. It's not the heaviest duty piece of kit one can buy, but it does the job day in, day out, with a lot of traffic and our cats like it. So, recommended through long experience: if the new one lasts as long as the old one did I will be delighted. Five stars.


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