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Russell Hobbs 20580 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator, 1.2 L, 2800 W - White
Russell Hobbs 20580 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator, 1.2 L, 2800 W - White
Price: £100.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse., 15 May 2014
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This is one heck of a steam generator iron. The steam pressure really penetrates the material you're working with and that pile of ironing gets powered through in no time, especially being continuous in use.

So lets start with the components.

The iron is has a nice heft It is comfortable and the controls don't get in the way. The steam cord is long and if you set it off your ironing board like I did, doesn't press against the edge of the board and cause creases with the trapping of fabrics. There isn't an automatic mode for the level of steam /heat but that is not a killer, especially as the this operator would rather manually set this especially for the delicates.

The water tank refill is such an improvement compared with the old type generators that made me shy away for a long time. Its just a matter of inserting the jug in. Its large and it needs to be. The generator is bulky but compared to previous incarnations, not overly so.

In considering this product, I am aware you have to factor in the anti-scale cartridge replacements, which is a must in my area. That is an extra cost, but a necessity, (as I had had some fabrics stained by the junk that comes out from the steam port). Its dependent on the quality of water to your area and how much ironing you do.

So why get one? If you have a household with many members and have plenty of ironing: its a good investment. If the fabrics you work with are heavy wearing (denims), you'll be very pleased.


Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover
Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedi Electric Hard Skin Remover
Price: £22.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well, execution slightly lacking., 15 May 2014
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The amount of skin that this whips off is comparable to every callus remover I have tried. Its great that way.

The noise is louder than most. I also thought the heat generated was slightly uncomfortable, possibly from the speed of the rollers. The flaked skin comes out at speed, so you need either good position or a larger receptacle (bucket recommended). I got the impression it was easier and faster to take care of an existing callus, but having done this regularly, the hard skin was not as established to previous "tries" in other reviews.

I think the Emjoi represents a better value buy at this price point. The refills are a bit cheaper though.


Sony BDPS4200 Smart Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Player - Black
Sony BDPS4200 Smart Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Player - Black
Offered by K.K. Electronics
Price: £74.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice., 15 May 2014
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A step up from my Samsung entry blu-ray player, the quality was evident from its styling and function. I don't have a netflix or equivalent internet media service so cannot comment on those functions but iPlayer and you tube. It is wired and to be fair while the first obvious grip is not having wi-fi, the opens up another can of worms in terms of connection and coverage- and I am old school in wanting hard wired connections for video.

Image quality is very good. If I understand correctly, it has a smart 3 d function for DVDs if you have a 3D capable tv. That's pretty special, and I hope to hook this up to a friends tv and a Blu-ray of a nature documentary. It also is multi-regional for DVDs which is all important for my collection. There is a sharpness if you compare it with my Samsung.

Start up to home screen is as advertise sub 1 second. Disc load up was satisfactory. The USB plug and play reads the usual movie formats and I was pretty pleased to see firmware update to include mkv playback.

It would be so easy to cannibalise the PS3 or hint at PS4 design but it looks unique. My main gripe is the remote looks generic and similar to the Sony TV of a generation ago. Why skimp on that in the name of continuity?

You get what you pay for and the Sony is something you should consider if you want to step up from the entry level BR players.


Herald of the Storm (Steelhaven: Book One)
Herald of the Storm (Steelhaven: Book One)
by Richard Ford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and nasty corners everywhere., 15 May 2014
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This is a strong entry to the fantasy genre and this is fleshed out by violence and plenty of it. The author uses the introductory volume to put forward the depraved corners present everywhere in Steelhaven, not just the place but the lead characters. The looming threat on the horizon is a Genghis Khan/Moslem horde type character

Having read the first two novels nearly back to back, I can say that there is plenty to reward the effort put into finishing this lengthy volume in terms of story arc and character development. The author is not averse to pulling off some big shocks as evidenced by the bang of an ending.


The Shattered Crown (Steelhaven: Book Two)
The Shattered Crown (Steelhaven: Book Two)
by Richard Ford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Read book 1, first!, 15 May 2014
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This does well in pulling together the loose ends from the cliffhanger of book 1 but almost immediately scatters them far and wide in its intricate plotting. This is not the starting point but having read each books in order nearly at one go, I wished to start with this first.

Firstly the violence is graphic, the first volume used this to set the tone, and the continuation of it is necessary. But at certain points I felt the need to wash my eyes.

Secondly the character development follows the story arc closely. Whereas the first volume had the fallback of readers adjusting to a new "world", the second rewards the readers who emotionally invested in the leads. The introduction of the totally new character is a bit jarring.

Thirdly, the intrigue and suspense is deftly handled. I initially struggled with these parts because they are wordy but a re-read of a certain passage to clarify a plot development actually made a lot of sense which led me to specifically search out "machinations" passages. They set up the rest of the plot strongly so a tip would be to slow down the speed reading at these points and savour the book.

Read the first book first and you'll enjoy this a lot.


Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War
Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War
by Sarah Ridley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never forget, 15 May 2014
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Most folks around now aren't familiar with the first world war and the occasional documentary on the history channel or article appearing during armistice day refreshes the dim memory of being taught about it at school.

This is a deep introduction, from a child's viewpoint bringing to life the account of two young brothers that were little more than children themselves. The illustrations sketches and poems that give the sepia-toned feel and the small lined commentary for adults gives the historical footnotes and explanations of each letter- which I found to easy to skip when my eldest asked me to explain the pictures. The unspoken horror that seeps through these is dependent on your knowledge of what happened at the time.

I would recommend this to have around during the season of the poppy appeal- for the older children. It brings home the sacrifices made during world war one and what a crazy war it was in the ease of which loss of life was allowed.


Tacwise Heavy Duty 140 Type Staples 8mm (2000)
Tacwise Heavy Duty 140 Type Staples 8mm (2000)
Price: £3.64

5.0 out of 5 stars A job well done, 15 May 2014
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The kind supply of the TacWise Heavy duty Tacker allowed comparison for not just the staples but their use in their own brand tacker.

These are nice and strong with a recent check on outdoor jobs from one month ago revealing only a faint patina of rust. Some jobs that used a generic brand from the same time (in the interest of comparison) were caked in rust and needless to say, I redid them. This was also because the generic brand were slightly loose from not being fully driven, whereas the TacWise jobs held fast.

The TacWise stapler gun is a notch above the no-name brands and certainly didn't jam with these. Generic staples in generic stapler made for jam city the last time out. I would recommend.


Tacwise 53 Staple Selection Pack (6mm; 8mm & 10mm / 2000 of each)
Tacwise 53 Staple Selection Pack (6mm; 8mm & 10mm / 2000 of each)
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Tough, no duds, 15 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This offers a good range for the variety of DIY projects and repairs that crops up in the household. Comparison with a generic brand was apparent to see within 10 staples in a length of carpet- the tacwise sat flush throughout and the "rival" had a few ridged corners.

Interestingly, I compared putting the staples into both a Tacwise and ordinary job and the ease of use as well as heft was evident immediately.


Angela Nicely
Angela Nicely
by Alan MacDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Spin-off hits centre stage., 14 May 2014
This review is from: Angela Nicely (Paperback)
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"Dirty Bertie" series was disgustingly funny and barred by my missus from purchase. Angela Nicely was the redeeming character I put forward and I am very happy to see her fleshed out in her own book. Still containing plenty of mischief and plenty of humour it is a better fit for my little girls. The eldest asked for a repeat reading two nights running. The stories were a real hit.


The Legend of Frog
The Legend of Frog
by Guy Bass
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa!, 14 May 2014
This review is from: The Legend of Frog (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Off beat, wacky with plenty of irreverent references made this a joy to read. The little boy in me enjoyed it. my eldest daughter was not as amused when it turned more sci-fi. There are a number of efforts out there that have tried to do something similar (Piers Anthony yeeech!) but the thread in this story is easier to follow and not as convoluted.


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