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ManCave ShowerGel 200ml
ManCave ShowerGel 200ml
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Clean as a cave man, 10 Feb. 2016
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I liked this shower gel very much. It feels, smells, and washes like a premium product. While nowhere near as pricey as a top brand, it is way ahead of the really cheap shower gels. Those always seem to me not much better than washing up liquid plus salt to thicken, colouring and sometimes a fragrance.

In this good-sized tube, with its macho name, is stuff well worth trying and I hope I don't lose it at the gym.


Black & Decker PD1200AV-XJ Flexi Auto Dustbuster, 12 V
Black & Decker PD1200AV-XJ Flexi Auto Dustbuster, 12 V
Price: £45.27

3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite enuff puff, 10 Feb. 2016
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This stylish little vac plugs into your car's cigarette lighter or 12v socket, so it can be used only for the car. In theory, you can use it one-handed, leaving the flexible hose mounted on the body of the vac, but I found it much easier to pull out the hose and hold the vac body in my left hand (or leave it resting on a seat). The power lead is long enough to reach all over the car and into the boot -- that's a good point.

I tried it on two cars. Would it pick up all the gritty bits that drop around the pedals? Would it get the fragments of leaves that seem to stick all over the place? Would it get the fluff that sticks to the carpets, the dust on the instrument panel, the dirt on the seats? Verdict: Not bad. The suction is just not quite as much as I would have liked, so while it picked up dust and small bits of grit well, anything stuck in the carpet pile stayed there. I doubt if pet hairs will shift.

The vac is well made in strong plastics, and the dust container opens and closes nicely. Nozzles snap on and off very well. A lot of dust gets into the filter, which needs cleaning after every use, and washing from time to time. The filter life is only 6-9 months.

For a really good clean, I think I will stick to wheeling out the big Dyson on an extension lead, and use the massive suction it provides. This little vac is fine if the kids drop crisp crumbs, for dusting, or a quick clean around the pedals.


iEC Shining Ear-clip Sport Headphones Bluetooth 4.1 with HiFi Sound - Black
iEC Shining Ear-clip Sport Headphones Bluetooth 4.1 with HiFi Sound - Black
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £87.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual design and really nice earphones, 26 Jan. 2016
-- This is an independent review of an evaluation sample sent to me by the supplier --
First impressions count, so it was pleasing to open the black box and see these earphones beautifully presented in black foam. If I got them as a gift, I would be very happy. On the black background, the Shine logo is not too bright --- good.

You buy earphones like this if you want a pair that will stay put when you exercise or run. Also, you don't have any lead connecting you to your smartphone, tablet, or computer, so moving around at home is easy too. In fact, the first thing I did was wear them while cooking, moving around the kitchen while listening to music from Spotify on my smartphone that just stayed parked out of the way.

The earpieces stay put because each fits in your ear with a plug that has a curved extension. Three different sizes are supplied, and it is important to try them and decide which is the best fit. If the fit is too loose, you will not hear enough bass -- the plug really has to go well into your ear. In addition, the unusual flat cover has a soft hook at the rear that goes around your ear. There is a bit of a knack to fitting them to your ear, but you will soon get it! The earphones are much lighter then they look.

The earphones pair with your player device by Bluetooth, and that takes a few seconds. Once paired with my Android phone, I never experienced any break, and the range was good, even picking up in the next room. The "cord" which connects the two earpieces flashes blue and red as pairing takes place, then settles down into one of three lighting modes. You can have coloured lighting pulsing in time with music, or pulsing in time with your own movements -- impressive when you jog or skip -- or off. As a grown up, I would not want to light up while walking my suburban streets. That connector cord dangles under your chin, but would also be good draped around the back of your neck if you are taking an evening jog and want to be visible.

Controls are tiny fingertip buttons on one earpiece, for on/off, volume up/down, and lighting mode. The instruction manual takes just a few pages to explain everything, as long as you can read the very small print.

Sound quality is fine for the sort of digital sources you are likely to listen to with earphones. You won't be sitting in an armchair listening to classical music -- you would want full-size headphones or speakers for that. I found that speech was absolutely clear, and music for working to or in the gym was free of any fuzz and with a good frequency range (if you have the right size earplug).
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Jeff Banks 6-Piece Egyptian Cotton Supersoft Contemporary Luxury Towels - Cream
Jeff Banks 6-Piece Egyptian Cotton Supersoft Contemporary Luxury Towels - Cream
Offered by UK-Bedding
Price: £24.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Massively useful towels, 20 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a nice set of everyday towels, made in Turkey from Egyptian cotton, supplied by Comfy Quilts, the excellent Manchester bedding company, and branded Jeff Banks. The weight, at 500 gsm, puts them in the medium class -- a truly luxury, heavyweight towel would be 700gsm or more. The manufacture looks very good, with well-sewn hems, and the value for money looks good. If you want heavier quality towels, I think you will pay considerably more than these cost.

You get two face flannels, two hand towels of the right size for your face and hands, and two bath towels. Note that these are not bath sheets. They are the right size for drying yourself after a shower, but not big enough to wrap yourself up in them, or for a beach towel. The colour is a pale cream.

“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." -- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2016-2017
Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2016-2017
by Judith Miller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful survey of antiques today, 16 Jan. 2016
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This is a charming, and really quite spectacular book, covering pretty much the whole range of antiques, and even a small selection of twentieth century items. It is a pleasure to leaf through the exceptionally clear and relevant colour photos of each object -- there are hundreds and hundreds of them -- and fantasise about how they might look in my modest home.

If you are thinking of buying, the book will give you a very good idea of what to expect for your budget, and there will be some surprises. It amazed me what great pieces of furniture you could hope to find for a few hundred pounds, of far higher quality and durability than new. You can also browse and learn about stunningly expensive Faberge, and more classes of antiques and collectables than you might have imagined, from ceramics to sports memorabilia, second hand teddy bears that cost more than a second hand Mercedes, and gross Toby jugs to graceful art deco jewellery (I salivated).

A great coffee table book, a wonderful present for anyone with even a small interest in antiques, and terrific value, too.


Elastoplast Everyday Knee Support Moderate Support Level - Medium
Elastoplast Everyday Knee Support Moderate Support Level - Medium
Price: £9.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Effective knee support, 16 Jan. 2016
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This tubular, elastic knee support seems suitable for slight to moderate sprains and injuries. The support provides all-around pressure, but does not have any stabilising effect -- you would need a more robust support for that. I tried it out on a knee that was badly strained a few years ago, and still sometimes feels weak. It is easy to slide the support up your leg, and get the thinner area positioned over the knee cap. This thinner area ensures that you can bend your knee and avoids any interference with walking or sitting.

The support proved to be comfortable for all-day wear, although I suspect it could be distinctly warm in the summer. By the end of the day, there was some wrinkling behind the knee, but the whole support had stayed in place, and had fitted under slim (but not tight) jeans. I was using a medium size support on my average-sized knee (37-43 cm circumference measured just below the kneecap), and I would advise taking some care to get the right size for yourself.


Discover with Dr. Cool Deluxe Edition Moon Light Toy
Discover with Dr. Cool Deluxe Edition Moon Light Toy
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Blue moon -- or some other colour, 3 Jan. 2016
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This wall light really does look like the moon. It is a shallow dome printed with a photo of the moon's surface, and lit from within by colour changing LEDs, which come with a remote control. There are informative booklets which will lead enquiring children to do some further reading, and interestingly, there is even a little piece of real meteorite, just a few millimetres in size.

The light seems a rather flimsy affair, so it is best to get it fixed carefully to the wall and then not handled.

A nice present for an intelligent girl or boy.


Go Stationery Woodland Kraft A5 Stag Notebook
Go Stationery Woodland Kraft A5 Stag Notebook
Price: £7.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and non-luxurious notebook, 2 Jan. 2016
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This is a very nice looking, British-made notebook, with a soft cardboard cover depicting stags in woodland -- and each purchase means a small contribution is made to the Woodland Trust. The pages have a rustic look. The edges are not smooth and the paper colour is variable. The pages are lightly lined, so this is a notebook for writing, not sketching.

The glued binding tends to keep the notebook shut, so you have to break the spine of the book to open it for use. After that, it won't quite close by itself, so it is very useful to have an elastic loop to keep it shut.


Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream
Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, if only, 30 Dec. 2015
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Garner products are always good for a laugh at their outrageous claims of magic and miracles, but at the same time they always seem pleasant to use and far better value than many high-priced cosmetics. So here we have a thick white night cream with an almost jelly-like consistency. It smooths on easily and is not sticky. The perfume is slight and the smell and feel won't repel your partner.

This feels like a good moisturiser and skin softener but alas, I didn't awaken to dawn and bird-song, look in my mirror and cry "Why...I'm beautiful!" Maybe tomorrow...


Russell Hobbs Stainless Steel Built in Microwave, 20 Litre, 800 Watt
Russell Hobbs Stainless Steel Built in Microwave, 20 Litre, 800 Watt
Price: £117.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Value for money with some design compromises, 21 Dec. 2015
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This microwave was easy to install as a replacement for an old microwave that had failed after years of good service. Of course, the first essential is to carefully check the measurements of your cabinet, and if all is well, the Russell Hobbs will slide into place. It's heavy, and this is much easier with two people. To keep it in place in the cabinet, there is just one screw to drive into the shelf on which the microwave stands, and you get a screw head cover so it is not visible. This absolutely has to be secure.

The device looks just as good as big brand models which cost three times as much, with a nice brushed steel finish and a semi-mirrored door. The interior is smooth and polished, and the glass turntable is easy to clean.

The power is a nominal 800W, but I think it is a bit weaker than that, and I find I am adding about 15% (10 sec per minute) to the times for heating at 800W that you get on food packaging. Controls could be better. There is a convenient minute button. Just one click and you have a minute, two clicks for two and so on. For any timings that aren't whole minutes, it's messier. First you have to press the power button, then press it again even if you are happy with 100% power, then twiddle the dial to set the time you want, then click the start button. A default 100% power would be much more sensible, as usually you just want to select time and start. The instruction book is a bit muddled and needs some expert technical editing to make it clearer. As with many microwaves, there are some programmed settings and defrost pre-sets that I suspect will get little use. Good grief, we don't cook in the things, we just heat stuff up.

In summary, I think the Russell Hobbs microwave is good value for money, a bit weaker than I expected, and controls are a bit fussier than they should be.


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