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Oral-B Dual Clean Replacement Toothbrush Heads Powered by Braun - Pack of 2
Oral-B Dual Clean Replacement Toothbrush Heads Powered by Braun - Pack of 2
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A no-fuss, well-made, easy-to-fit replacement head., 11 Sept. 2015
I like the dual-clean heads: if you prefer the smaller heads, they are available as well.

These heads are well made. Exchanging them is easy: pull off the old head and offer up the new one: it engages onto the battery-powered toothbrush with a satisfying click. They come with a couple of coloured rings to enable users to exchange heads and know which is whose. The bristles are medium-firm and feel satisfyingly strong compared to the aged heads they have replaced.

A no-fuss, well-made, easy-to-fit replacement head. Recommended.


Braun Oral-B EB17-2 Dual Clean Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush  2 Pack
Braun Oral-B EB17-2 Dual Clean Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush 2 Pack
Offered by Mistrys Pharmacy - UK's Friendly Pharmacy
Price: £12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A no-fuss, well-made, easy-to-fit replacement head., 11 Sept. 2015
I like the dual-clean heads: if you prefer the smaller heads, they are available as well.

These heads are well made. Exchanging them is easy: pull off the old head and offer up the new one: it engages onto the battery-powered toothbrush with a satisfying click. They come with a couple of coloured rings to enable users to exchange heads and know which is whose. The bristles are medium-firm and feel satisfyingly strong compared to the aged heads they have replaced.

A no-fuss, well-made, easy-to-fit replacement head. Recommended.


Connect Zone® Black Wallet PU Leather Flip Case Cover For Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 + Screen Protector + Polishing Cloth & Mini Touch Screen Stylus
Connect Zone® Black Wallet PU Leather Flip Case Cover For Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 + Screen Protector + Polishing Cloth & Mini Touch Screen Stylus
Offered by Connect Zone®
Price: £3.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for rmoney, 28 Aug. 2015
My wife has ordered two of these cases now, through Amazon, and is delighted with them The build quality is good.

The phone clips tightly into the case and there is no danger of it slipping out accidentally. The magnetic fastener holds the case shut with a firm but not excessive grip. There are two slots in the front cover for credit cards or similar sized items. The case is slightly larger all round than the phone itself which means that, int he event of it being dropped, it is the case that will take the impact and not the phone.

The first case lasted about two years before it started to look tatty (it was white). The replacement case is pink. Two years good service for a very low price: this is excellent value for money

The case


Hornby Mug Gift Set
Hornby Mug Gift Set

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine, inexpensive gift for anyone who was a child in the 1950s and 1960s - they will find it evocative., 26 Aug. 2015
I was bought this as a present, through Amazon.

It's a standard white mug, reasonably heavy with a large and comfortable handle. What differentiates it is the picture: an evocative old-style reproduction of the famous Hornby drawing showing two boys looking very happy to be playing with their O-gauge model railway. Very 1950s.

The mug is labelled as dishwasher and microwave safe. It has been through our dishwasher many times and, whilst I detect a little fading of the picture, it is still there and going strong.

This is a fine, inexpensive gift for anyone who lived through the 1950s and 1960s - they will find it evocative.


LG 22MT45 Full HD 1080p 22 Inch TV
LG 22MT45 Full HD 1080p 22 Inch TV

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Competent, attractive and functional. A good buy, 25 Aug. 2015
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I bought this through Amazon primarily for use as a computer monitor, with the bonus of it being a television as well. The package arrived on time: the normal large Amazon box with the LG box inside. The LG box has a plastic handle for easy carrying and the whole thing is remarkably light.

Unpacking is easy. Inside the LG box are two white polystyrene mouldings for holding the set and nestled in the top one the stand, remote control unit, a CD with the operations manual, batteries, mains cable and external transformer box.

The stand clips onto the base of the TV set: it couldn't be easier. There is a plastic catch to enable the stand to be removed if you decide subsequently to wall mount the set.

The remote has a good feel to it and is laid out in pretty much the de facto standard these days.

The set itself looks good. It has a reasonably narrow bezel. The LCD screen is presented in a shiny black bezel which is unobtrusive once the set is switched on.

Tuning the set in to the available signals is simplicity: no need to refer to the manual; everything is intuitive. Set-up takes a few minutes.

I have connected the set to my PC via an HDMI cable (not included: get one in advance if you need it). The screen colours are good: I am using it next to my old LCD monitor and the white backgrounds are whiter and the resolution is better. There is no flicker to tire the eyes. Everything is very precise. The set allows for different video options: I switched from the preset 'Eco' to 'Standard' and found this to be better for my needs.

The sound from the inbuilt speakers is adequate rather than good. I have experimented with using the inbuilt speakers to replace the externals I have been using for some time. I don't think I'll switch to the internals. As one would expect, the inbuilt speakers are small and the depth of the sound is not there. That's not a criticism: there is just so much that a manufacturer can do in a small box.

I bought this set in an Amazon offer for under a hundred pounds and regard that as exceptional value for money. At full price it is still a good deal. This is a good, no frills, workaday TV set - competent, attractive and functional. A good buy.
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EAGLE Annual 1960 no.9
EAGLE Annual 1960 no.9
by Marcus Morris
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An important part of many children's childhood: high quality and well worth owning, 20 Aug. 2015
This review is from: EAGLE Annual 1960 no.9 (Hardcover)
This is the last of the Eagle Annuals planned and produced by the team that made Eagle a market leader in the 1950s and 1960s. It was edited by Marcus Morris and published by Hulton Press. As such it is a book that reflects the high standards that set 'Eagle' apart.

The quality starts in the inside cover with a two-page Thelwell cartoon, full of action and mischief. The contents page then sets out a major set of articles including seven text stories, seven Adventure Strips including 'Dan Dare', three sports features, seven Real Life Adventure stories ... and so on. It is packed full of interest. There are no less than twelve articles about engineering.

This is a book that parents would have been glad to see their sons reading (and daughters!). Today, some fifty years later, those children are probably parents and grandparents and they will look back with a fond eye on a publication that was an important part of their childhood. It is a real collectors item and well worth owning.


EAGLE ANNUAL No. 9
EAGLE ANNUAL No. 9
by Marcus Morris
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An important part of many children's childhood: high quality and well worth owning, 20 Aug. 2015
This review is from: EAGLE ANNUAL No. 9 (Hardcover)
This is the last of the Eagle Annuals planned and produced by the team that made Eagle a market leader in the 1950s and 1960s. It was edited by Marcus Morris and published by Hulton Press. As such it is a book that reflects the high standards that set 'Eagle' apart.

The quality starts in the inside cover with a two-page Thelwell cartoon, full of action and mischief. The contents page then sets out a major set of articles including seven text stories, seven Adventure Strips including 'Dan Dare', three sports features, seven Real Life Adventure stories ... and so on. It is packed full of interest. There are no less than twelve articles about engineering.

This is a book that parents would have been glad to see their sons reading (and daughters!). Today, some fifty years later, those children are probably parents and grandparents and they will look back with a fond eye on a publication that was an important part of their childhood. It is a real collectors item and well worth owning.


Scottish Fine Soaps Classic Male Grooming Soothing Muscle Soak 600g
Scottish Fine Soaps Classic Male Grooming Soothing Muscle Soak 600g
Price: £11.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A touch of luxury: lovely to own and use., 16 Aug. 2015
I was bought this as a present through Amazon, and very fine it is too. The jar is good and heavy and looks quite imposing in the bathroom. Lift the lid and it is full of green / blue crystals: larger than granulated sugar, smaller than sugar crystals.

The scent is pleasing. It's a subtle rather than an 'in your face' perfume. A couple of handfuls in the water releases it. The crystals don't colour the water dramatically but certainly seem to soften it. The overall effect is quite relaxing.

Be careful to store this item away from the shower - the lid is pressure-fit only and not watertight. Water can get in to dissolve the crystals.

Like other reviewers I'm sorry not to have found refill packs. If anyone can point me at a source, I thank you in advance! I suspect that when I have used the crystals, the jar will be refilled with a lesser product. Pity. That said, this is a touch of luxury; comparatively expensive but lovely to own and use.


THE TENTH EAGLE ANNUAL
THE TENTH EAGLE ANNUAL
by Clifford, Ed Makins
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Shows how 'Eagle' led the way in quality: well worth revisiting half a century later., 13 Aug. 2015
This review is from: THE TENTH EAGLE ANNUAL (Hardcover)
I was bought this book by my parents when it first came out. Although Marcus Morris was no longer the editor, it continues the high quality mixture as earlier Eagle annuals. The Thelwell cartoons are there inside the covers. The contents page lists an impressive offering: ten text stories, three sports articles, four real-life adventures, three nature articles, five adventure strips (including Dan Dare) and much more. In all there are 59 items.

The 'Dan Dare' story is a good one, showing how Dare met his Batman Digby, and involving him in solving a mystery of space ships going off course. There is an article on Project Mercury, the first manned American space-shots. Written from the perspective of the 'pilot' (the term astronaut' had not yet been coined) it was gripping stuff, grasping the imagination almost a decade before the Apollo moon landings.

Most of the book is text rather than graphic novel stories. It is a good example of why the 'Eagle' was seen as a quality publication and leading the way in boys' entertainment. Well worth buying and reading half a century on.


Eagle Annual Number 9
Eagle Annual Number 9
by Marcus (edited by) Morris
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important part of many peoples' childhood: well worth owning, 12 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Eagle Annual Number 9 (Hardcover)
This is the last of the Eagle Annuals planned and produced by the team that made Eagle a market leader in the 1950s and 1960s. It was edited by Marcus Morris and published by Hulton Press. As such it is a book that reflects the high standards that set 'Eagle' apart.

The quality starts in the inside cover with a two-page Thelwell cartoon, full of action and mischief. The contents page then sets out a major set of articles including seven text stories, seven Adventure Strips including 'Dan Dare', three sports features, seven Real Life Adventure stories ... and so on. It is packed full of interest. There are no less than twelve articles about engineering.

This is a book that parents would have been glad to see their sons reading (and daughters!). Today, some fifty years later, those children are probably parents and grandparents and they will look back with a fond eye on a publication that was an important part of their childhood. It is a real collectors item and well worth owning.


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