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Sennheiser MX686G Earbud Sports Headset - Galaxy
Sennheiser MX686G Earbud Sports Headset - Galaxy
Price: £46.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Great earphones for everyday use when out jogging..., 29 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 3:11 Mins

The Sennheiser MX686G Earbud Sports Earphones are a set of wired earphones that are specifically designed for use when jogging or working out.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the box you get the Sennheiser MX686G Earphones, a thick, cushioned and well-made protective carrycase, a clip for securing the earphones to your clothing, and an instruction manual/warranty etc. The earphones have a reasonably lengthy wire length, measuring 123cm from the earpieces to the 3.5mm jack.

COMFORT/FIT:
When placed in your ear canal, the earphones feel snug and secure, with the latex covering to the earphones gripping the inside of your ear canal surprisingly well. The ergonomically moulded shape of the earpieces themselves have a universal size and shape which again seems to fit well (both my wife and I find that the headphones stay in place very securely). Furthermore, when jogging / moving about quite vigorously, the earphones really do stay put, with absolutely no sliding, slipping or popping out.

SOUND QUALITY:
The earphones don't offer anything in the way of noise-isolating or noise-cancelling capabilities, but what they do offer is quite a darn good middle-of-the-road all-round sound. Nothing overly spectacular, but for wearing whilst jogging etc, these earphones do the job very very nicely. At the end of the day, let's not forget that these are Sennheiser's. The company know how to make good quality, high-end earphones. Okay, so these aren't from their high-end range, but nevertheless the quality's still very impressive.

The sound is sharp and very clean, with a very noticeable clarity to the notes. Bass is lacking a touch, with more emphasis on a crisp and clear reproduction rather than sinking you into a descending abyss of skull-shattering bass. That's not to say that there's no bass there. Bass drums still have some of a 'thump' to them, but wearing the earphones does make music sound like it's all had the same production as Metallica's '...And Justice For All' (if you know what I mean?!).

On the other hand acoustic notes have maintained a certain degree of warmth and longevity to the hanging notes. Again, there's plenty of clarity and distinction between each note being played. You can pretty much pick out every instrument, every sound, every note, in even the most layered tracks. But it's not the warmest and most natural sound. Just crisp and dare I say clinical reproduction.

OTHER FUNCTIONS:
Along the earphones' wire there's an in-line smart remote and mic offering volume control etc which should work with most android and smart phones etc.

SUMMARY:
For their pricetag, the pretty darn good sound quality, and the attention to detail on all of the 'sports' aspects (weather proof, tangle-free cord, hygienic material selection etc) it makes these earphones perfect for use with day-to-day jogging. They look good, feel very comfortable to wear, sound great, and pretty much tick all the boxes for everyday 'jogging earphones'.


Charles Wilson Clothing "Heritage" Premium Jersey Cotton Polo Shirt
Charles Wilson Clothing "Heritage" Premium Jersey Cotton Polo Shirt
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £17.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A nice looking and very comfortable to wear polo shirt..., 29 Mar. 2015
Length:: 1:33 Mins

The Charles Wilson Premium Jersey "Heritage" Cotton Polo Shirt is a casual piece of men's clothing that's perfect for everyday use during the summer etc.

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from 60% cotton and 40% polyester, the short-sleeved polo shirt has a reasonably 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 button-up neck area is ever-so-slightly thicker that the rest of the garment, giving just that little bit more definition and support around the neckline. The majority of the polo shirt feels relatively loose (but not overly baggy) and slightly snug around the neckline (when fully buttoned-up).

Due to it being made from 60% cotton and 40% polyester (no doubt for added durability) the polo shirt still 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 and looks, with its simple once-colour look and style, it's small but noticeable breast pocket, and its overall everyday-casual style which looks good on men from latter teens upwards.

The included video is of the Charles Wilson Premium Jersey "Heritage" Cotton Polo Shirt in Waterloo Red at XL size.

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


Charles Wilson Clothing "Heritage" Premium Pique Cotton Polo Shirt
Charles Wilson Clothing "Heritage" Premium Pique Cotton Polo Shirt
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £17.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A nice standard looking polo shirt that's good quality and is comfortable to wear..., 29 Mar. 2015
Length:: 1:22 Mins

The Charles Wilson Premium Pique "Heritage" Cotton Polo Shirt is a casual piece of men's clothing that's perfect for everyday use during the summer etc.

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from 100% cotton, the short-sleeved polo shirt has a reasonably 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, although I have to say the length on the shirt is slightly longer than normal, coming down a good few inches past your trouser pocket line. That said, it doesn't really look overly long or anything - so this really is just a small point.

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 button-up neck area is ever-so-slightly thicker that the rest of the garment, giving just that little bit more definition and support around the neckline. The majority of the polo shirt feels relatively loose (but not 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 and looks, with its simple once-colour look and style, it's quite an inoffensive and 'standard' looking top which looks good on men from latter teens upwards.

The included video is of the Charles Wilson Premium Pique "Heritage" Cotton Polo Shirt in Sovereign Blue at XL size.

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


Charles Wilson Clothing Pique Cotton Contrast Polo Shirt
Charles Wilson Clothing Pique Cotton Contrast Polo Shirt
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A good quality polo shirt with a traditional rugby shirt look to it..., 29 Mar. 2015
Length:: 1:31 Mins

The Charles Wilson Pique Cotton Polo Shirt with Contrasting Placket is a casual piece of men's clothing that's perfect for everyday use during the summer etc.

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from 100% cotton, the short-sleeved polo shirt has a reasonably 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 button-up neck area is ever-so-slightly thicker that the rest of the garment, giving just that little bit more definition and support around the neckline. The majority of the polo shirt feels relatively loose (but not 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 and looks, incorporating a sort of traditional rugby shirt style of material and overall look which looks good on men from latter teens upwards.

The included video is of the Charles Wilson Pique Cotton Polo Shirt with Contrasting Placket in Black at XL size.

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


Charles Wilson Clothing Jersey Cotton Striped Polo Shirt
Charles Wilson Clothing Jersey Cotton Striped Polo Shirt
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reasonably smart/casual looking striped polo shirt that's very comfortable to wear..., 29 Mar. 2015
Length:: 1:31 Mins

The Charles Wilson Cotton Striped Polo Shirt is a casual piece of men's clothing that's perfect for everyday use during the summer etc.

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from 100% cotton, the short-sleeved polo shirt has a reasonably 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 is ever-so-slightly thicker that the rest of the garment, giving just that little bit more definition and support around the neckline. The majority of the polo shirt feels relatively loose (but not 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 and looks, with the light blue, white navy blue and grey horizontal strips giving it a casual, everyday design which looks good on men from latter-teens upwards.

The included video is of the Charles Wilson Cotton Striped Polo Shirt in Blue at XL size.

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


Electricity [DVD] [2015]
Electricity [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Agyness Deyn
Price: £11.25

4.0 out of 5 stars A powerfully-delivered and thought provoking vision of epilepsy..., 24 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Electricity [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In a nutshell, Bryn Higgins’ film ‘Electricity’ follows the character of Lily O’Connor during a short period of her life. Lily suffers from epilepsy, and is subject to regular fits at any time. Because of this, her body is always covered in cuts and bruises; cosmetic wounds suffered during her many attacks.

Following the death of her mother, the small residential property where her mother’s lived is passed down to Lily and her two brothers. However, the younger of her two brothers, Mikey, hasn’t been in touch with anyone in the family for years. With a sizeable amount of inheritance owed to each of them, Lily decides to go to London in search of her long lost brother. However, with only a name and one fairly recent picture of Mikey to go by, Lily’s mission to find him is far from a simple task. And her epilepsy in a strange and seemingly uncaring city doesn’t help the mission one bit.

So that’s pretty much the plot. Not exactly the most complex of storylines, but it nevertheless has plenty of potential - especially with how the film deals with Lily’s condition. And to be fair, director Bryan Higgins and actress Agyness Deyn do an incredible job of depicting the life-changing affliction suffered through epilepsy.

If I’m honest, the film did feel like a tv movie. Budget wise, the story didn’t really require a huge amount of outlay. However, where there were special effects (and there were a number of powerful scenes that did require such imagery), the film more than excelled.

The story itself is incredibly thought-provoking and emotive. Coupled with Deyn’s superb performance, you can’t help but feel for the young woman’s plight. There’s a great amount of sadness along with triumphant strength of character within the film. It’s heart-wrenching throughout, with only a meagre sprinkling of hope coming through the hardship of the film.

But it’s a tough path that’s still well worth taking. The film has a lot to offer. It’s not exactly going to blow you away. Nor is it going to change your life. But it may open your eyes a little more to epilepsy in a powerfully-delivered manner which is likely to stay with you.

Worth a watch.


Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate (PC)
Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate (PC)
Price: £99.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite an advanced piece of software - but offers a wealth of functionality and a very user-friendly interface..., 23 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The ‘Pinnacle Studio 18’ software is a moderately-priced video-editing suite that allows you to easily create, edit, compile and burn off your own movies etc.

If you’re thinking of purchasing this piece of software, the very first thing that you need to do is check that your computer or laptop can handle it. The product listing includes a pretty comprehensive list of system requirements, which I strongly recommend you take a few minutes to look through and check that your PC is compatible with them. If for example, your PC is a number of years old, and hasn’t really been upgraded over this period, then you may find yourself unable to use the software due to limitations with your PC.

The software needs a pretty up-to-date processor along with an abundance of RAM in order to run properly. Furthermore, when installing it, it insists on snatching up in excess of 1GB of space on your PC’s main drive, rather than on a pre-designated drive of your choice (I have a couple of external drives with plenty of room on them which I’d prefer to have used to store the software’s various files).

Having realised that our year old PC wasn’t up to the task (because of the above) I resorted to installing the software on my much more recent and powerful laptop. On this, installing seemed to take around an hour and a half; however this length of time may be mostly due to the hardware and not necessarily the software itself.

Once fully installed you’ll quite quickly realise why the programme took so long to install and why it takes up so much of your precious storage space. Quite simply put, this programme is BIG. It’s the veritable bees’ knees of ‘home use’ video editing software. Upon first use, I found myself somewhat intimidated by the sheer scale of the functionality that the software offers. This isn’t ‘professional’ video editing software – but I would have to say that it’s darn close to it!

That said, once I started to work through the tutorials that come included (very helpful and easy to follow), I began to get a good idea of how the programme worked, and soon enough I was playing around and editing away like there’s no tomorrow.

If you’re planning on doing some serious editing work on some videos, and have either a good idea of how these programmes work, or are willing to invest numerous hours into learning how to use the software, then this is very possibly the video editing suite for you. I’ve spent probably around 20 – 25 hours playing with the software now, and I think I’m still only just scratching the surface of what the software is capable of doing.

However, the interface is very user-friendly for a novice to get used to, and as such, you can simply build upon your skills with the software as time goes by should you wish to. For a causal user, I’d therefore say that the software is possibly a tad too advanced for your requirements. However, if you do quite a bit of video editing etc, then I’d certainly recommend looking into this product further.


Charles Wilson Pique Cotton Plain Polo Shirt
Charles Wilson Pique Cotton Plain Polo Shirt
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A good quality and stylish lightweight polo shirt..., 22 Mar. 2015
Length:: 1:29 Mins

The Charles Wilson Pique Cotton Plain Polo Shirt is a casual piece of men's clothing that's perfect for everyday use during the summer etc.

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from 100% cotton, the short-sleeved polo shirt has a reasonably 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 an reasonably short sleeve length, with sleeve ends ending three or four inches above your elbow. The collar is ever-so-slightly thicker that the rest of the garment, giving just that little bit more definition and support around the neckline. The majority of the polo shirt feels relatively loose (but not 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 and looks, incorporating quite a standard everyday design which looks good on men from later teens upwards.

Finally, it should also be noted that Charles Wilson offer a hassle free and incredibly easy to use Customer Returns and Exchange policy. Indeed, the form included to return items is simplicity itself, which is always nice to see.

The included video is of the Charles Wilson Pique Cotton Plain Polo Shirt in Black at XL size.

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


Purina ONE Adult Wet Ocean Fish & Lamb Mini Fillets in Gravy, 8 x 85 g (Pack of 5)
Purina ONE Adult Wet Ocean Fish & Lamb Mini Fillets in Gravy, 8 x 85 g (Pack of 5)
Price: £19.45

4.0 out of 5 stars The cats seem to love it - but portion size may be a tad too small for some cats?!, 20 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Purina adult Ocean Fish Cat Food is a medium-quality wet cat food that comes in relatively small portioned silver foil pouches.

The fishy meat chunks (more like slithers) come in a reasonably runny gravy, which both our cats seem to absolutely love. Furthermore, both cats pretty much demolish the entire pouch worth within a matter of seconds.

I’m reasonably sure that the pouches offer the correct portion size for an adult cat – however, both our cats (which aren’t fat in any way) seem to still be left hungry not that longer after consuming a whole portion. In fact I’ve noticed that they’ll return to their bowls 20 – 30 mins later, and start mewing for a handful of biscuits.

Admittedly this may just be our cats, and potentially points towards us having previously overfed them. However, I thought it still worth mentioning.

That said, the cats still seem to absolutely love this wet food, and it makes for a good ‘treat’ compared to the normal dry food we give them.


Field Punishment No.1 [DVD]
Field Punishment No.1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fraser Brown
Price: £8.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and moving. A film that will linger in your mind for days afterwards..., 17 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Field Punishment No.1 [DVD] (DVD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Peter Burger’s ‘Field Punishment No.1’ is a powerful and incredibly moving film set in the thick of World War One.

Based on a true story, the film is set around fourteen New Zealanders who stand fast against all aspects of the war. The story follows one of these men in particular, Archibald Baxter, who sticks with his refusal to fight against all odds and hardship that such a rebellious stance entails.

In essence what you have is a story set during the conflict of World War One which follows a small group of pacifists standing up for their beliefs against the power of the NZ army. These men were then singled out, and shipped to the Western Front where the NZ Government thought the sheer horror and brutality of the Front Line would force them to react.

However, en route some of these men (Baxter being one of them) have to endure the barbaric tortures of the infamous ‘Field Punishment No.1’ in which the individual would be tied-up to a crucifix-like-posting and left out in the mud fields to endure the harshness of the weather against their motionless bodies for up to 28 days.

The torture on these (heroically) defiant men doesn’t end there. Indeed, this film is as heart-wrenching and it is moving. There are scenes that show the harsh brutality suffered by these pacifists in shocking starkness. Furthermore, the cinematography is superb – with slow-motion and carefully selected camera angles used for their full effect, without any cheesiness infiltrating these prime moments.

I have to admit that the film’s not exactly the most fast-paced of offerings. But then again it’s not really an ‘Action’ or ‘War Film’. And as such, the pacing is probably about right.

The acting and dialogue is top-notch. The ‘special effects’ (of which there are little other than a bunch of explosions and gunshot wounds etc) are also second to none. In fact, although the budget was undoubtedly one set for a ‘TV Movie’ - the end results are incredible.

All is all this is a movie that I’m very glad I watched. It was moving and incredibly though-provoking. Furthermore, the film got me questioning my own stance on pacifists and those that refuse to fight in such circumstances. I can’t say I enjoyed the film – but I got a lot more out of it than I ever thought I would have.


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