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Barbie 2014 Holiday Doll
Barbie 2014 Holiday Doll
Price: 39.44

5.0 out of 5 stars The Barbie Tradition goes on for 2014, 27 Aug 2014
This review is from: Barbie 2014 Holiday Doll (Toy)
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This is for real Barbie fans and collectors, not for kids who want to play with a Barbie. If you are buying this, you already love Barbie, and you will not be disappointed with the look and quality of this latest "holiday" Barbie. That's the American word "holiday", which means Christmas or any other religious winter-time festival, such as Chanukah.

Barbie comes in a big red box with a patterned interior, and a clear front. She's a bit squashed in there, but I know some collectors won't open the box. Inside there is a stand, and B herself formally turned out in a well-made red dress with gold lace underskirt and bodice. I liked her really glossy lip-gloss and sparkling eye-shadow. Her hair is a richer colour of blonde than we sometimes see on her, and will look a lot better out of the box than tied down inside. Her body is, of course, the traditional thin-limbed Barbie, here with a right arm akimbo.

If you didn't want her, you wouldn't be reading this . . . go on, click.


Creative MUVO Mini - Pocket-Sized Weather Resistant Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC that Delivers Loud and Strong Bass - Black
Creative MUVO Mini - Pocket-Sized Weather Resistant Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with NFC that Delivers Loud and Strong Bass - Black
Price: 49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Highly portable and competent little speaker, 25 Aug 2014
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The key selling point of this small speaker unit is its portability and weather-proofing. You can easily slip it into a bag, rucksack, or laptop case, and even into a (big) pocket. No mains unit is needed, because it runs off a rechargeable battery that will give several hours of use. To recharge, just plug the supplied cable between the speaker and any charger that has a USB outlet. I just used my phone charger.

The whole thing is covered in a rubbery surface that claims to be rain and splashproof, so I guess you could take it camping. It would be very anti-social to use it poolside or on a beach, though, and you'd risk some one else testing the waterproofing severely. Controls are on the top. Press the ON switch and a voice tells you it's powered up. Bluetooth pairing and volume up/down are other controls. Press the Bluetooth button twice and the voice tells you the battery charge remaining. Is that Scarlett Johansson? It looks and feels like a high-quality piece of industrial design.

Bluetooth pairing worked quickly and flawlessly. I pressed the button on the speaker, then selected the speaker on my iPad, and they paired at once. Of course, you can use a smartphone or a computer that has Bluetooth. There is also NFC if your smartphone has it. You can take or reject incoming phone calls if you are using your phone, and the speaker will act as a speakerphone. Bluetooth range was perfect in a large living room, and in the next room, too.

How about the sound? Creative is a trusted brand in computer sound, so I settled down to test with a variety of music. This is a small sound source, so it does not excite a large volume of air. As a result, the sound -- especially the bass -- is best if you listen within a couple of metres of the unit. The output volume is loud enough for a living room, and certainly for a bedroom, but won't drive a party. Clarity and higher frequencies are excellent, but the lower range lacks warmth, so classical music sounds hollow. But you weren't going to listen to Beethoven on this, were you? I tried a whole range of artists, from Adele to Zappa, oldies and Imogen Heap, Bjork and the kind of thing I might listen to in the garden -- reggae and bouzouki. This baby coped with the lot amazingly well for its size. Judas Priest was too much for it -- heavy metal fans need more punch. Changing the EQ settings on my iPad had negligible effect.

Having a little unit that is easily moved around the house, can sit on the sofa arm or a bookshelf, and travel light, is very nice. Take a look at my photos. I don't think you'll regret it if you get one of these.


Nivea Men Stress Protect 48h Anti-Perspirant 250ml
Nivea Men Stress Protect 48h Anti-Perspirant 250ml
Price: 3.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant and effective deodorant, 21 Aug 2014
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Even though not feeling very stressed, I liked this spray-can deodorant. You get a good, fine spray, it dries in a few minutes, and it works as promised. The perfume is slight, thank goodness, and quickly disperses. I don't want perfumed armpits competing with my expensive Eau de toilette.


Paper Mate Inkjoy 100 Capped Ball Pen Medium Assorted Fun Colours - Bag of 10
Paper Mate Inkjoy 100 Capped Ball Pen Medium Assorted Fun Colours - Bag of 10
Price: 2.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice pens, 21 Aug 2014
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If you are writing a letter, use blue or black, but often it is great to have other options. I really like using the lighter colours for crosswords and other word puzzles. If you are taking notes, writing memos to yourself, or doodling, these smooth flowing pens are enjoyable to use.


Riemann P20 Once a Day 10 Hours Protection SPF30 Sunscreen 100ml
Riemann P20 Once a Day 10 Hours Protection SPF30 Sunscreen 100ml
Price: 8.83

5.0 out of 5 stars It works perfectly for me, 21 Aug 2014
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I have been using P20 for over 20 years in many countries and climates, dipping in and out of pools and oceans, and never got burned. What's more, I never applied it more than once a day. It goes on before breakfast, following the instructions, and that's it. Face, scalp, body, all protected and once it is dry it is invisible.

Sometimes, your cotton garments will pick up a yellowish stain, but it washes out. The economy is fine, as I expect a 100ml pack to last me easily through a 14 day holiday.


Scart to RF Aerial TV Modulator Converter - Freeview DVD
Scart to RF Aerial TV Modulator Converter - Freeview DVD
Offered by CableFinder
Price: 27.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Works well if you understand what you need, 21 Aug 2014
If you need to convert a digital signal to an analogue one, this device does it. My new Sky box had no output that could be fed to the coax cables which take an analogue signal to four TVs around a large house. (The older Sky boxes did. )

Now I was able to take the Scart output from the new Sky box, connect it to this converter device, and then feed from the RF output of the converter into my coax cables. I also connected my digital TV aerial input to the converter, and ended up with digital TV feeding into my coax, plus analogue Sky. Next I made all my extra TV sets retune their channels, and each of them got its full quota of terrestrial TV channels and one analogue channel carrying my Sky signal.

You need a clear understanding of where your cables go, and it can be done. By the way, if you need that Scart signal elsewhere, the converter has a pass through output for Scart.

The suppliers, Cablefinder, provided very fast delivery.


Vibe FLI Over-Ear Headphones with In-Line Microphone - White
Vibe FLI Over-Ear Headphones with In-Line Microphone - White
Offered by Shop Spectrum
Price: 57.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Headphones with great appearance, performance and value, 21 Aug 2014
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First impressions were not misleading. The excellent packaging of these headphones and their bright white finish were exciting. If I got these as a present I would be delighted. What a refreshing change from plain black gadgets. The glossy white surface is embossed with Vibe symbols, and these do not show up much. On each side is a bright red, and thankfully small, Vibe logo. Maybe, as on expensive cars, there could be a "debadge" option. The very soft earpads are pale grey, and the overall look is luxurious, with a perfect finish. You can also get these headphones in red and blue -- nice and bright, like Lego blocks. Some high-quality branded phones come with greedily high prices but these Vibes prove you don't have to fork out anything like that much.

A soft, flat ribbon cable plugs into the headphones at one end and into your audio device at the other. Near one end is a small microphone, so if you have plugged into your phone, you can take a call without struggling. The headphones are large, and I would not care to walk the streets or use the gym with them on, but maybe you would. Wearing comfort is excellent. The big, soft pads fit around your ears, so although the phones seem to grip your head firmly, I found that well over an hour's use did not feel at all uncomfortable.

And the sound? Don't be misled by the "Extreme Bass" claim -- I did not experience exaggerated bass boost. What it turned out to mean was a very wide frequency response, so that bass notes were accurately reproduced. At the other end of the spectrum, treble response was sharp and clear. I tried a range of musical types from mp3s, Spotify, and other web sources - rock, blues, pop, classical, solo piano, violin sonatas, Queen, Kate Bush, Imogen Heap and more. Plus plain speech. An hour or so later, I was still very, very impressed. All this time I had been trying out different EQ settings on the iPad that was doing most of the playing, and the phones responded with clearly different sound, so I think you will be able to get the kind of playback you like.

Over years of enjoying a wide variety of music, I've owned quite a few sets of phones. Little earpieces are convenient and light, but none come close to the quality of good earphones, and these Vibes are the best, though not the priciest, I've had.


Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, Warm White 3000K, Dimmable
Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, Warm White 3000K, Dimmable
Price: 14.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality LED GU10, 31 July 2014
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This looks and feels like a quality lamp, with strong, solid construction. It produces light which is very close in colour to a halogen GU10 bulb, and it dims properly and smoothly. Unlike halogen lamps, LED lamps do not become redder as they dim, so do not expect a romantic glow! The dimmed light is more like a cloudy, grey dawn. The light spread is only 36%, so this is definitely a spotlight, not a flood. At full brightness, it seems to be easily the equivalent of a 50W halogen, but is using only 5.3W.

When fitting or removing the lamp, you cannot use one of those little suction devices to grip the front, because the cover is textured, but I had no trouble installing it. So...a nice lamp, but does it pay off? With electricity at, say, 15p per KWh, and using it 4 hr per day, it will cost 1.16 per year to run. A halogen 50W lamp would cost 10.95 per year to run, so the savings pay for the lamp in 15 months. If you have a dozen of these, you should end up over 100/yr better off.


Melissa & Doug Wooden Hi Rise Dollhouse
Melissa & Doug Wooden Hi Rise Dollhouse
Price: 55.37

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 19 July 2014
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What a disappointment! This ought to be a large and lovely dolls house, and it looks as though it would have a lot of play value.

A considerable assembly task awaits a competent adult, but I could not complete it because, firstly, a vital part was missing, so the front door could not be fitted. Secondly, the front frame containing the garage door, arrived in half a dozen glue-marked pieces -- some one must have deliberately taken it apart.

This is unacceptable for an item at any price, and awful for a 70 toy. I have asked both Amazon and Melissa and Doug to put this right, and when they do I will assemble the dolls house and update this review.

UPDATE: Melissa and Doug (USA) offered to arrange replacement parts, but by then I had successfully glued together the front frame, made a door lintel, and got everything bolted together. Was it worth it?

There are lots of these modern-design dolls houses on the market, offering a new way to play which I think appeals to pre-school children more than the traditional "scale model" dolls house. My three-year old grandchildren certainly leapt at it, named the dolls and played hard. This house allows small hands to reach in to rooms from the front and sides, and has no tiny pieces to break off or hinged frontage. The supplied furniture is chunky. The integral garage will hold one or two toy cars, or more realistically store spare furniture. There are no stairs, but there is a finger-operated lift, which I suspect small children will soon tire of. The house layout of rooms on three floors lends itself to alternative play as apartments or, for the business-minded toddler, buy-to-let flats for renting to dolls who can't raise the deposit for their own dolls house.

As long as you get one that can be assembled, you and the children who play with it will be pleased.


Wisdom Denturebrush
Wisdom Denturebrush
Offered by Activecare Online
Price: 2.65

5.0 out of 5 stars Good hard brush - and good value, 17 July 2014
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This review is from: Wisdom Denturebrush (Misc.)
If you wear full or partial dentures you need one of these, and denture brushes have become hard to find in supermarkets. This Wisdom brush has a very large, curved head for denture surfaces, and a second small head for getting between the teeth. The cranked handle lets you wrap your fingers around it and place your thumb behind the head for a good, hard, satisfying brush before you drop your choppers into their glass for the night.


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