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Eyourlife Waist Pack For Men RFID Bag Camping Treckking Hiking Black
Eyourlife Waist Pack For Men RFID Bag Camping Treckking Hiking Black
Offered by Yuema
Price: £36.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very durable and well made protective pack for carrying your small electronic devices around with..., 19 Mar. 2016
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Length:: 1:25 Mins

The Eyourlife Waist Pack is a handy pack that’s designed to be clipped onto your belt so that you can carry small items around with you safely and securely (such as cameras, phones, travel documents etc).

WHAT YOU GET:
The waist pack arrives on its own as one complete item without any additional accessories or clip-on items. The pack measures approximately 12cm (W) x 18cm (H) x 4.5cm (D) when empty. The pack is made from a very tough feeling high-quality waterproof nylon which will certainly protect your valuables when being carried.

Furthermore the two large main zip-closed pocket areas have added padding to provide enhanced protection and cushioning of any electronic equipment you may want to carry around with you.

STORAGE:
The pack includes the following pockets and storage areas:
- 2x zip-close main pockets measuring approximately 16cm (H) x 10cm (W)
- 1x internal ‘netted’ compartment measuring approximately 11cm (H) x 10cm (W)
- 1x front external pocket with elasticated sides measuring approximately 11cm (H) x 8cm (W)
- 1x front external ‘pen slot’ pocket measuring approximately 13cm (H) x 3cm (W)
- 6x tough nylon tool hoops on the reverse side (measuring approximately 5.5cm x 2.5cm each)

DESIGN:
The waist pack is clipped to your belt (or similar) using the two strong and secure ‘popper loops’ on the reverse side of the pack which can be quickly and easily unclipped should you need to remove the bag in a hurry. However the poppers are suitably tough and strong, meaning that it’s unlikely that they will become accidentally unclipped at any time.

The elasticated front pocket also has a protective strap and fastener over it, securing whatever you keep in the front pocket in place.

SUMMARY:
All in all I’ve found the Eyourlife Waist Pack to be a particularly handy pack to have when going around the place, or travelling – especially if camping or the like. It’s also a very handy pack for when you’re doing DIY projects around the house, keeping small tools and the like on your person at all times.


Charles Wilson Formal Business Trousers
Charles Wilson Formal Business Trousers
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £24.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good pair of lightweight trousers that are ideal for wearing in the office..., 14 Mar. 2016
Length:: 1:52 Mins

The Charles Wilson Formal Business Trousers are a pair of smart looking formal men's trousers that are perfect for office and business wear.

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from 70% polyester and 30% viscose (aka rayon) the trousers have a reasonably thin and lightweight feel to them which is ideal for wearing in and around an office environment where there’s likely to be continuous indoor heating during the cooler autumn and winter months. They’re also very good for the warmer summer months when you’re stuck in the office wearing a shirt and trousers whilst everyone else is outside in shorts enjoying the sun.

Size-wise, I'm generally a medium-to-large size, with a waist measurement of 36" and an inside leg length of 32". This equates to a 36S size in the Charles Wilson trousers range. And to be fair, the leg length is pretty much spot on. The waist is a tad tight – but this is more than likely just me putting on a little more weight.

When being worn, the trousers feel very lightweight and really quite comfortable. The synthetic material used maintains the ironed-in crease-line down the centre of leg length well – even towards the end of the week after wearing the trousers each day.

The trousers fasten via two sewn-on plastic buttons (one hidden away on the inside) along with a small ‘slot-in’ metal clip and a zip fly.

The colour (although stated as ‘Black’) I’d say is more a very nice dark grey with a slight grain to the look of the material.

Overall I’m very pleased with the look and feel of the trousers. For general everyday office wear they’re absolutely perfect.

The included video is of the Charles Wilson Formal Business Trousers in 36W x 32L size.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


adidas Born Original for Her Eau de Parfum Spray 50 ml
adidas Born Original for Her Eau de Parfum Spray 50 ml
Offered by kosmetikkaufhaus
Price: £25.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a nice floral and youthful scent with very delicate hints of sweetness..., 27 Feb. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:17 Mins

The Adidas ‘Born Original’ Pour Elle (for her) eau de parfum is a women’s perfume from the very well-known sports clothing and accessories brand – Adidas.

WHAT YOU GET:
The perfume arrives in Adidas branded cardboard packaging. Inside this you get the perfume contained within a thick glass bottle with metal spray attachments. The bottle contains 50ml of the perfume – so it’s a relatively small sized bottle.

APPLICATION:
The pump spray diffuser offers up a reasonably fine mist – one pump being pretty much perfect for one side of your neck / one wrist etc. The perfume comes with a small metal safety clip which prevents the perfume being accidentally sprayed if you’re carrying it around with you / travelling with it etc.

THE SCENT:
Upon its initial application the scent is quite strong and instantly noticeable. However, the perfume does gradually fade, and after about 7-8 hours is probably about a quarter of its initial strength. The product description talks of “sweet candy apple” notes – which to be honest is far from what my wife likes in a perfume. However, it’s actually not all that sweet – with the “candy apple” description in our opinion being very misleading.

Instead what we get from the perfume is very floral, rose-like notes, with a milky-sweetness to it. In fact it’s got a sort of youthful feel to the smell - and would probably appeal more to younger women rather than more mature women.

SUMMARY:
All in all it’s certainly not a bad perfume at all. My wife quite likes it. And I have to admit that I’m quite keen on it when she’s wearing it too. We just both agree that the product description is very far removed from what it actually smells like.


Symbiosis
Symbiosis
by Guy Portman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A quietly unsettling and incredibly thought-provoking novel..., 17 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Symbiosis (Paperback)
First published back in January of 2016, ‘Symbiosis’ formed British author Guy Portman’s third full-length novel.

DLS Synopsis:
Talulah and Taliah were inseparable. The only way anyone could tell the identical twins apart was by the colour of the ribbon that they wore in their hair. Talulah always wore a blue ribbon. Taliah a pink one. Otherwise they were completely identical. And they did everything together.

As young girls the twins developed their own secret language. A cryptophasia that only they could understand. They’re devotion for one another was unparalleled. As long as they had each other, they saw no reason for anything else. No need to mix with any others.

But their increasingly introverted lives were causing the two girls problems. Talulah’s speech was stunted, and because of their inseparable bond, it was holding Taliah back. Their lack of communication with others was deemed a real problem. They had very little friends, and for two potentially very bright girls, they’re grades weren’t reflecting their abilities.

Accordingly, the twins were sent to the Royston Park School – a co-ed school established for 11-18 year-olds with behavioural and emotional difficulties and disorders. There, the school staff refered to them as the “silent twins”. Their progression in the special school seen as no better and their social circle no broader.

But Talulah and Taliah are nevertheless still growing. They may look identical, they may appear the exact same person, but deep down there are some fundamental differences between the two sisters. Up until this point Taliah has spent her life falling in behind Talulah. Always following her beloved twin in whichever direction she took. Always in agreement. Always under Talulah’s guide.

But when Talulah oversteps the mark, their unquestionable devotion for each other begins to show its first cracks. And as Talulah continues pushing the course of their lives down increasingly destructive pathways –something has to give…

DLS Review:
Oh my, this is a read that’ll really suck you in. Although it’s only his third offering to date, author Guy Portman’s once again shown his versatility as a writer, with each one of his offerings reflecting very different approaches and having been written in very different styles. Whilst his last novel – ‘Necropolis’ (2014) – offered up a darkly-humoured black comedy, somewhat akin to ‘Dexter’ (2006 – 2013), ‘Symbiosis’ avoids all trace of humour and instead focuses upon delivering an emotionally-geared character-driven storyline awash with thought-provoking complexities and subtleties.

The prose Portman has adopted for the story is spot on. Often direct and clinically devoid of any excess padding – Portman delivers a tight and jarring narrative that pulls the reader into the sensitivity inherent within the storyline.

Characterisation is pretty much flawless. Undoubtedly a tough call – Portman’s very carefully separates out the characters of Talulah and Taliah – gradually chapter-by-chapter giving them their own identifiable characteristics, slowly drawing one girl away from the other. And of course, as these small nuggets of individuality become increasingly evident to the reader, the overriding thrust as to where the story is going becomes increasingly more apparent.

So, ultimately what have we got with ‘Symbiosis’? Well, it’s a strangely unnerving read that slowly and ever-so-quietly works its way under your skin. It’s undoubtedly a testament to Portman’s writing how much the plight of the two girls gets to you. Seeing them edging their lives down increasingly troubling paths - being coerced and misguided - it’s quite powerful stuff. Yet delivered without the need to over-exploit and exaggerate the pathway there.

Going into the story I found it far from what I expected or anticipated. And I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. That’s not to say I was expecting anything bad from the author. But the careful balance displayed within the book, the thought that’s gone into its delivery, the exceptional attention to detail throughout, and the perfectly executed momentum behind it all – it’s a story that really gets to you.

I’ve come away from ‘Symbiosis’ feeling somewhat knocked for six. It’s got a hell of a lot in there that gets you thinking. In fact, I can’t remember the last time a novel got my mind pondering the ins and outs within a story in-between reads as much as this one did. You’ll really feel like you’ve gone through the whole coming-of-age ordeal alongside Talulah and Taliah. And you’ll come gasping out from the other side – probably a little shell-shocked, but ultimately feeling strangely enriched by the whole experience.

The novel runs for a total of 238 pages.


Charles Wilson Long Sleeve Contrast Tipped Polo Shirt (X-Large, Navy)
Charles Wilson Long Sleeve Contrast Tipped Polo Shirt (X-Large, Navy)
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £19.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good quality and stylish long-sleeved polo shirt that's very comfy to wear..., 14 Feb. 2016
Length:: 1:49 Mins

The Charles Wilson Long Sleeve Contrast Tipped Polo Shirt is a casual piece of men's clothing that's perfect for everyday wear.

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from 100% cotton the long-sleeved polo shirt has a very thin and light feel to it which is ideal for wearing indoors most year round or outdoors when the weather's moderate-to-warm.

Size-wise, I'm generally a medium-to-large size, with a chest measurement of 42" and sleeve length of 34". This equates to an XL size in the Charles Wilson clothing range. And to be fair, in size XL, the long-sleeved polo shirt fits pretty much perfectly.

When being worn, the polo shirt feels very lightweight and comfortable. The polo shirt offers a reasonably long sleeve length, with sleeve ends ending nicely at your wrist area without too much rumpling up along the sleeve’s length. The collar and two-button neckline made from an ever-so-slightly thicker material, giving it more definition and support around the neckline. The majority of the polo shirt feels relatively loose (but not necessarily overly baggy) and slightly snug around the neckline (when fully buttoned-up).

Due to it being made from 100% cotton without any inner lining etc, the polo shirt has a reasonable amount of give in it, meaning it will no doubt suit and accommodate a fairly broad spectrum of body shapes and sizes.

Style-wise, the polo shirt actually suits a whole range of ages, incorporating a classic-casual design which looks good on men from latter teens upwards.

The included video is of the Charles Wilson Long Sleeve Contrast Tipped Polo Shirt in Navy at XL size.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.
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Charles Wilson Jacquard Collar Polo Shirt (X-Large, White)
Charles Wilson Jacquard Collar Polo Shirt (X-Large, White)
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £17.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice looking and very comfortable to wear short-sleeved polo shirt..., 14 Feb. 2016
Length:: 2:02 Mins

The Charles Wilson Jacquard Collar Polo Shirt is a casual piece of men's clothing that's perfect for everyday outdoor wear during the spring / summer etc (or all year round if worn indoors).

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from 100% cotton the short-sleeved polo shirt has a very thin and light feel to it which is ideal for wearing indoors most year round or outdoors when the weather's hot.

Size-wise, I'm generally a medium-to-large size, with a chest measurement of 42" and sleeve length of 34". This equates to an XL size in the Charles Wilson clothing range. And to be fair, in size XL, the polo shirt fits pretty much perfectly.

When being worn, the polo shirt feels very lightweight and comfortable. The polo shirt offers a reasonably short sleeve length, with sleeve ends ending three or four inches above your elbow. The collar and two-button neckline and jacquard collar are made from a noticeably thicker material, giving them more definition and support around the neckline. The majority of the polo shirt feels relatively loose (but not necessarily overly baggy) and slightly snug around the neckline (when fully buttoned-up).

Due to it being made from 100% cotton without any inner lining etc, the polo shirt has a reasonable amount of give in it, meaning it will no doubt suit and accommodate a fairly broad spectrum of body shapes and sizes.

Style-wise, the polo shirt actually suits a whole range of ages, incorporating a classic-casual design which looks good on men from latter teens upwards. The polo shirt has a jacquard neck and sleeve-end (hence the name of the item) which is in a different colour and different textured material.

The included video is of the Charles Wilson Jacquard Collar Polo Shirt in White at XL size.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Camera Bag, K&F Concept® Nylon Backpack Rucksack Daypack SLR DSLR Digital Camera Bag Outdoor Travel Backpack Gadget Organizer Bag with Waterproof Rain Cover - Multi-Compartments, Carry Handle for Canon EOS 700D, 750D, 1200D / Nikon D3200, D3300, D5500 / Sony, Pentax, Samsung, Fujifilm, Panasonic Olympus Cameras & Accessories(Large)
Camera Bag, K&F Concept® Nylon Backpack Rucksack Daypack SLR DSLR Digital Camera Bag Outdoor Travel Backpack Gadget Organizer Bag with Waterproof Rain Cover - Multi-Compartments, Carry Handle for Canon EOS 700D, 750D, 1200D / Nikon D3200, D3300, D5500 / Sony, Pentax, Samsung, Fujifilm, Panasonic Olympus Cameras & Accessories(Large)
Offered by K&F Concept
Price: £78.04

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very handy camera bag / rucksack that offers high quality and very good protection..., 7 Feb. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Length:: 4:44 Mins

The K&F Concept Camera Bag / Backpack is a medium-sized over-the-shoulder rucksack-style backpack that's specifically designed to carry DSLRs, lenses, tripods and other such digital equipment and accessories. The backpack includes a hell of a lot of padding and hard-wearing protective materials to ensure that your potentially very expensive equipment is always protected when carried around in the backpack.

Indeed, just feeling the thickness and high-quality of the padded materials used for the construction of the entire backpack gives you such a peace of mind - knowing that if you were to accidentally knock or drop the backpack with your camera equipment in there, then there's a very good chance that the camera will be absolutely fine.

Inside the main compartment of the backpack (which can be opened out fully for ease of packing etc – see accompanying video) you have a lattice of grey padded foam dividers which can be added, adjusted or removed using the Velcro positioning tabs at each end. When you have these dividers fixed in place it will help to organise and keep safe the individual parts of your equipment - such as separate lenses etc.

Alongside the removable dividers you also have a padded laptop/tablet compartment located on the front of the backpack. This padded compartment includes a Velcro elasticated strap to hold your laptop etc within the compartment securely. The compartment can take laptops etc up to roughly 24cm x 34cm x 4cm by my measuring.

And that’s not it for compartments. You also get all of the other neatly organised pockets within the front compartment, and small zip-up pockets either side of the backpack (measuring approximately 16cm x 14cm). There’s also a smaller elasticated pocket located on the opening flap of the main compartment which is good for storing operators manuals etc.

Comfort-wise the backpack is the bee’s knees. When fully loaded and over your shoulders it feels comfortable and secure, with the soft-padded straps sitting comfortably on your shoulders. The twin front clips offer added comfort and security to the rucksack – keeping it securely fixed on you across your chest and waist.

One slightly disappointing aspect with the backpack is that it's not water/rain proof. It does come with a rain cover which folds away into a small pouch that's attached onto a cord within the front compartment of the backpack, but this isn't ideal if you find yourself suddenly caught in a downpour.

However, all in all we're still very pleased with the backpack and will be using it to protect our camera equipment and iPad when we're out and about. The amount of pockets and compartments to the backpack does mean that you can keep everything very organised and the sheer quality and high-protection that it offers is a definite strong point.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Go Stationery Kraft Typo Pocket Notebooks (Pack of 3)
Go Stationery Kraft Typo Pocket Notebooks (Pack of 3)
Price: £2.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Three handy little notebooks for taking around with you..., 24 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:23 Mins

The ‘Go Stationery’ Kraft Typo Pocket Notebooks are a set of three pocket-sized notebooks that have been designed to be easily taken around with you (in a pocket of handbag etc).

WHAT YOU GET:
You get three of the small cardboard-covered notebooks, each measuring approximately 9cm (W) x 12 cm (H) (i.e. 3.5” x 4.75”). The notebooks each contain 48 blank pages, on medium-thick unlined light-cream paper.

The cardboard covers are only moderately-thick, giving the notebooks enough strength to have definition, but still remaining quite flexible (say if you were to carry one around with you in your pocket) and still very thin.

SUMMARY:
For me these little pocket-sized notebooks are absolutely perfect. Outside of Amazon reviewing I review novels for my own website (DLS Reviews), and as such, I’m constantly carrying around notebooks for jotting points down for the reviews. These notebooks are the perfect size for this.

My only niggle with them is that one of the covers is quite ‘girlie’ with its ‘Live, Love, Laugh’ cover design. Not a big issue – but it would have been more preferable to have had all three notebooks with purposefully neutral covers.


Playmobil 6634 City Life Large City Zoo with 11 Animals
Playmobil 6634 City Life Large City Zoo with 11 Animals
Price: £42.88

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very intricate and entertaining Playmobil set - ideal for kids of around 4 - 6 years old..., 24 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 4:15 Mins

The Playmobil 6634 City Zoo is a large Playmobil set from the manufacturer’s ‘City Life’ range. On the box it states that the toy set is suitable for ages between 4 and 10 years old. I agree with the starting age of 4 years – but I’d say that it’s not likely to appeal to many children over the age of around 6 (in our experience anyway).

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the large box you get the various hard-plastic bits and pieces that make up this detailed Playmobil Zoo set. You also get an A4 sheet of stickers to put on a number of the parts, along with a nicely illustrated instruction manual for the assembly.

ASSEMBLY:
Putting all of the zoo pieces together for the first time took me around 15 – 20 minutes. There’s lots (and I really mean lots) of bits and pieces to the set. You’ve also got an A4 sheet of stickers to work through which you’ll want to do carefully. However, even though there are so many pieces to the set, the instruction manual that comes with it is very well illustrated, making the whole process reasonably painless.

THE ZOO SET:
Once the zoo’s been assembled it really does look quite impressive (for a young child’s toy that is). There are tonnes of intricate parts and details to keep your child amazed by it. The lions and pelican have moveable parts, as do the various people it comes with. The turnstile at the zoo’s entrance rotates and the exit gate opens and closes. It really is a very nice set.

SUMMARY:
All in all we’re very impressed with the Playmobil Zoo Set. There are loads of animals and people included for your kids to play with. There are also tonnes of intricate details and things for the characters to carry etc. It’s strong and sturdy enough to withstand the sort of ‘rigorous’ play that comes with being a four-year-olds toy. The only thing is that there are so many small pieces it’s only a matter of time before they start going missing (and then turning up all over the house!).


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5.0 out of 5 stars A small and very easy to use GoPro style camera which produces very good results..., 24 Jan. 2016
Length:: 6:35 Mins

The COOLER 1080P HD DV Waterproof Sports Camcorder (in Blue) is a 'GoPro' style HD camcorder which comes with a good array of accessories - most of which enable the user to affix the camera to themselves, or on to a piece of equipment (such as a bike or car etc).

WHAT YOU GET:
The COOLER Sports Camera (measuring approximately 6cm x 4cm x 7cm) whilst inside its clear-plastic protective casing, comes with the following accessories:

1 X Waterproof Case
1 X Original Battery
1 X Bicycle Stand
1 X Base 1
1 X Base 2
1 X Clip
1 X Fixed Base
1 X Switch Support 1
1 X Switch Support 2
1 X Switch Support 3
1 X UK Adapter
1 X Helmet Base
1 X Bandage
1 X Ribbon
1 X 3M Adhesive Tape
1 X Wire Rope
1 X Data Wire
1 X UK Charger
1 X Manual
1 X Wiper

SET-UP:
Setting up the COOLER Sports Camera is a doddle. The camera comes with a small 'User's Manual' which runs you through the basics of using the camera and its functions, and how to attach and use the various accessories. However, the camera really is quite a simple piece of equipment, and you'll no doubt get comfortable using it within a matter of 5-10 mins of playing around with it. Similarly with the various accessories for attaching the camera to you or your equipment. If it's not self-explanatory then it's pretty much just a matter of having a play around with it for a minute or two.

THE RESULTS:
The picture quality from the COOLER Action Camera really is very good. It shoots in HD, and provides a clear and crisp image without blurring or digital distortion. Sound quality isn't the best when placed on some equipment that's going to bump and bounce a lot (i.e. a bike - see accompanying video), but this will have a hell of a lot to do with how and where you mount the camera. Setting the camera to record and then turning it off again is a simple case of pressing a button and you're done. You have to learn which one does what as they're not actually labelled on the camera or on its protective casing. However, you'll soon learn and have no problems quickly setting it to record your many sporting adventures.

SUMMARY:
All in all I've been incredibly impressed with the COOLER Sports Camera and the good array of accessories it comes with. Already having all of the accessories for attaching the camera to many different pieces of equipment etc means you don't have to go out and buy anything else (other than a Micro SD Card for recording your footage on to) to be able to go right ahead and start using it. As such, I have absolutely no qualms in awarding the product a full and very well-deserved five stars.

DISCLAIMER:
The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


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