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iXCC ® Apple Certified 10ft 8 pin Lightning Cable White EXTRA LONG USB SYNC Cable Charger Cord for Apple iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c / 6 / 6 Plus, iPod 7, iPad mini / mini 2/ mini 3, , iPad Retina / iPad Air / iPad Air 2 (Compatible with iOS 8) [MFI Certified]
iXCC ® Apple Certified 10ft 8 pin Lightning Cable White EXTRA LONG USB SYNC Cable Charger Cord for Apple iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c / 6 / 6 Plus, iPod 7, iPad mini / mini 2/ mini 3, , iPad Retina / iPad Air / iPad Air 2 (Compatible with iOS 8) [MFI Certified]
Offered by iXCC-UK
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A good quality and good lengthed Lightning cable for use with your iPhone etc..., 26 April 2015
Length:: 1:11 Mins

The iXCC Apple Certified Charger Cable is a non-Apple branded cable that can be used with newer models of iPhones etc for charging and/or linking it to your PC/Laptop.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the usual Amazon cardboard packaging you get an air-tight sealed foil packet that contains the neatly packed iXCC cable.

THE PRODUCT:
First off, the iXCC cable is a darn good length. Measuring approximately 104cm from end to end, this cable has a really good reach making your life just that little bit easier. Furthermore, the quality of the cable seems to be absolutely top-notch, with the joining ends (where the cable meets the USB or 'lightening' connector bits) feeling tough, and very unlikely to get damaged when accidentally knocked or yanked.

IN USE:
In use the cable seems to work just as well as the Apple branded one that came with my iPhone 6. The connection / charge-time seems just as quick, and I haven't experienced a single problem with the connection at all.

SUMMARY:
All in all I've been incredibly impressed with the quality of the iXCC cable. It's very handy to have a couple of these types of cables around (I have one at home and one left in work). The length of the cable is also excellent. At just over 1m in length it gives you the flexibility of a particularly good reach. Can't really fault it at all!

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


Apexel 180 Degree Fish Eye Lens + Wide Angle Lens + Micro Lens Kit for iPhone 4 4S 4G 5 5G 5S 5C 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 S3 I9300 S4 I9500 S5 S6 Note I9220 Note2 N7100 Note3 Note 4 mini i8190 S7562 HTC LG Black (No Dark Circle by the Fisheye Lens)
Apexel 180 Degree Fish Eye Lens + Wide Angle Lens + Micro Lens Kit for iPhone 4 4S 4G 5 5G 5S 5C 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 S3 I9300 S4 I9500 S5 S6 Note I9220 Note2 N7100 Note3 Note 4 mini i8190 S7562 HTC LG Black (No Dark Circle by the Fisheye Lens)
Offered by Tech Leader
Price: £8.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice little kit offering 3 different lenses for clipping onto your Smartphone..., 26 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 3:43 Mins

The Apexel 3-in-1 Lens Kit is a small kit comprising of two detachable lenses which can be quickly and easily clipped on to your Smartphone to enable three different types of shots including a 'fish eye' 180 degree one.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the box you get two lenses, one being the fish eye lens and the other being a 2-in-1 which incorporates both a wide angle lens and a macro lens. Alongside the lenses you get the plastic clip to attach the lenses to your device, a soft lens-cleaning cloth, and a handy carry case to protect the lenses.

SET-UP:
Attaching the lenses to your Smartphone is an absolute doddle. Simply slide the desired lens into the plastic clip then clip the whole thing over your phone's camera lens. It literally is that simple.

IN USE:
In use the lenses produce surprisingly good results. The macro lens really does help with close-up shots, bringing close-up objects into crisp focus. Similarly the wide angle lens does extend the width of the shot by some way - particularly noticeable when taking shots inside expansive rooms etc. Finally, the fish eye lens does that weird and wonderful warped fish eye look perfectly - and without a circular black frame around the picture too.

SUMMARY:
I have to admit I'm no photographer! It's one of those things that I'd like to get good at, but just can't find the time to explore the techniques properly. That said, having these three different lens types on hand, and with them being incredibly easy to slip on over my iPhone 6 camera lens, has got me playing around a little more with what I can do. And to be fair, these simple lenses do make taking quite decent looking photos much easier.

For the price, the ease of use, and the really quite excellent results you can have with the lenses, I really can't fault them. Okay, so they're not going to be something I end up using all of the time, but if I'm trying to get a particular shot, such as a wide angle shot, a close-up macro one, or going for a quirky fish eye look, then it's nice having these ones on hand for just that.


MeasuPro BPM-50W Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with Heart Rate Detection, Hypertension Color Alert Display, Two User Modes, IHB Indicator and Memory Recall
MeasuPro BPM-50W Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with Heart Rate Detection, Hypertension Color Alert Display, Two User Modes, IHB Indicator and Memory Recall
Offered by Five Star
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A well made and professional looking device that's very easy to use and produces reasonably accurate results..., 26 April 2015
Length:: 2:35 Mins

The MeasuPro BPM-50W Digital Blood Pressure Monitor is a small blood pressure monitor that's designed to be used by one or two users to keep track of their blood pressure.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the box you get the blood pressure monitor and a reasonably small instruction manual. The main body of the blood pressure monitor measures approximately 7.5cm (H) x 6.5cm (W) x 2cm (D). The light-grey cuff has a total unfolded length of 28cm.

DESIGN / QUALITY:
To be honest, when I agreed to review this product I wasn't expecting anything near the quality of what arrived. The blood pressure monitor feels incredibly well-made, looks to have been constructed with good quality materials, its strong, hard-wearing and looks very good. For the price that these are being sold for, it's incredibly impressive.

INITIAL SET-UP:
Initial set-up of the blood pressure monitor is a doddle. Just pop the two AAA batteries (included) into the device, and then follow the on-screen instructions. Set-up quite literally takes less than 60 seconds.

USING THE DEVICE:
Using the device is again very simple. First you need to remove all accessories from around the wrist you plan to take the measurement from. Then roll up your sleeve, apply the Velcro cuff to your wrist (the instruction manual tells you exactly where to position it), and then level the centre of the device with your heart.

With this done, you just need to press either the 'User 1' or 'User 2' button, and the device will start to inflate, and within around 30 seconds you'll have your results. You can also do a memory recall which shows you the average per user from the last three results.

THE RESULTS:
The blood pressure monitor provides the user with the following results:
(1) Systolic blood pressure (high pressure result)
(2) Diastolic blood pressure (low pressure result)
(3) Pulse (pulse per minute)

It also tells you the time of day which is handy if you're tracking and recording down your results. These results are also all presented clearly to the user on one screen, with large digital numbers making them very easy to read. There's also a small indicator on the left-hand-side that shows you if you're in the green, yellow, orange or red (i.e. green = normal, all the way to red = hypertensive crisis).

SUMMARY:
Both my wife and I have been incredibly impressed with the blood pressure monitor. It's very well-made, looks the part, is very easy to use, and it produces clear and easy-to-read results. The simplicity and ease of being able to check on your blood pressure in just 60 seconds makes this such a handy device to have around the house if you're at all concerned about your blood pressure. Furthermore, the results seem to be very accurate, tallying almost perfectly with those I had from a nurse from her (much larger) professional equipment. To be honest, I'm really struggling to find fault with this product. Hence the full five stars awarded!

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


Belkin Dual USB Power Pack 9,000 mAh, Rechargeable Portable Battery Pack
Belkin Dual USB Power Pack 9,000 mAh, Rechargeable Portable Battery Pack
Offered by BESTBUYIT
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly handy, easy to use, and offers plenty of charge..., 25 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:55 Mins

The Belkin Dual USB 9000mAh Portable Power Bank is a handy portable charger which can be used to recharge most portable electronic gadgets such as phones, tablets, digital cameras and portable e-reading devices.

Upon opening up the packaging, the first thing that you instantly notice about the Belkin Power Bank is the size and weight of the beast. Measuring 9cm x 6.5cm x 2.5cm, it's quite a substantial piece of kit to cart around with you. Indeed, it's not something that you'll simply be able to slip into your pocket or a small handbag with ease. However, it is ideal for stashing away in your car, in a bag, or in your luggage whilst on holiday.

The idea and design behind the Power Bank is simple. You've got two USB Output ports which offer either a 1 Amp charge or a very fast 2.5 Amp charge (depending on the type of device you need to charge). There's also a separate Micro-USB input port located on the side of the Power Bank which you use to re-charge up the Power Bank itself. These sort of power banks can usually be recharged around 400 - 500 times before they stop holding the power effectively. Whether this is the same for the Belkin Power Bank is thus far to be seen, but you'd expect (and hope for) a similar level of performance.

Whilst the Power Bank is charging, there are four small blue LED lights on the side of the unit that light up to indicate how charged the Power Bank is. Once it's fully charged (which does take quite a few hours by the way) the Power Bank offers up enough charge to be able to recharge your devices around 4-5 times (although this depends heavily on the device), or just the once or twice if it's for an energy-sapping tablet. The time it takes to charge up your device also depends on what it is - but from our use, it seems to be around the same (or maybe just a tad longer) as if it was plugged into the wall etc.

On the side of the Power Bank there's a small power button that when pressed illuminates the small blue LEDs telling you how much power is left in the bank. This is a nice feature that's not often included on cheaper Power Banks.

The charger does not come with any charging cables for connecting the Power Bank to your device. You'll undoubtedly already have at least one of these, but it's a shame that the Belkin Power Bank doesn't come with any additional leads like many other Power Banks do.

Aside from the size and weight of the Power Bank, both my wife and I couldn't be happier with it. It performs well and ultimately gives you peace of mind when you're out-and-about.


ThorFire VG10 Tactical Flashlight Torch Cree XM-L2 LED 4 Modes 0.5 - 847 Lumen Use 18650 or CR123A Batteries
ThorFire VG10 Tactical Flashlight Torch Cree XM-L2 LED 4 Modes 0.5 - 847 Lumen Use 18650 or CR123A Batteries

4.0 out of 5 stars A good quality compact torch that will undoubtedly last for many years..., 25 April 2015
Length:: 2:54 Mins

The ThorFire VG140 LED Tactical Flashlight is a hardwearing and solid metal LED torch which is designed to last in the great outdoors.

Size-wise the torch is very compact - measuring approximately 13cm in length with a diameter of around 3.5cm at the head and 2.5cm for the main body. The torch is also reasonably lightweight, with its construction being mostly from what appears to be a matt-coated hardened aluminium alloy.

The first thing that you need to do is charge up the (quite chunky) 2200mAh battery that comes included. First you'll need a micro-USB to USB/plug lead to enable the charging unit to be plugged into your mains (or another such source of power). You'll then need to peel off the small pad of grey paper from the + side of the battery (not sure why this is on there). Then it's a simple case of slotting the battery into the included charging unit, plugging it into your mains socket, and then leaving it to charge for a few hours (it seemed to take around 2-3hrs to fully charge the battery). The charger has two small LED lights on it which lights up red when the battery is charging and then green when the battery is fully charged (a nice touch).

The torch offers a reasonably strong beam of light which can be adjusted down to lower light levels by double-clicking the torches 'On' button and then going through the four different beam strength settings. The small instruction manual that comes included states that you can also set the torch to strobe by fast double-clicking the button. I've not managed to do this myself - and I would suggest that as such, the fast double-click required is too fast for ease of use.

The torch also comes with a handy little lanyard 19cm in length (approx.) as well as a small metal clip for slipping the torch on to your belt etc. Also included is a small bag containing a variety of replacement parts for the torch - a very nice touch!

All in all I have to say that the torch exceeded most of my expectations. I've already tried out and reviewed a few different torches over the years and this is definitely one of the better made ones. The different beam strength settings are perhaps a bit too much of a faff to select between and the strobe setting seems nigh-on impossible to do, but as a standard one-light-setting torch, this is pretty darn good. And the overall quality of its construction and high-quality materials used makes for a torch that will undoubtedly last for many years to come.

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


Foxnovo® FP10 10400mAh Lithium Polymer Ultra-thin Aluminum Alloy Dual-Port Backup External Battery Chargers Power Bank Charger for iPhone 6, 5S 5, 4S 4, iPod, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4 3 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Tab 2, Sony, HTC, Blackberry and Most USB Devices (Silver)
Foxnovo® FP10 10400mAh Lithium Polymer Ultra-thin Aluminum Alloy Dual-Port Backup External Battery Chargers Power Bank Charger for iPhone 6, 5S 5, 4S 4, iPod, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4 3 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Tab 2, Sony, HTC, Blackberry and Most USB Devices (Silver)
Offered by FoxnovoStore
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly easy to use, offers plenty of charge and looks stylish too..., 25 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Length:: 3:22 Mins

The Foxnovo 10400mAh Portable Power Bank is a handy portable charger which can be used to recharge most portable electronic gadgets such as phones, tablets, digital cameras and portable e-reading devices.

The charger comes with an incredibly handy 4-in-1 charger cable which accommodates four of the most adapter heads (i.e. for iPhones, iPads, micro USB etc), making it suitable for use with most devices.

Upon opening up the packaging, the first thing that you instantly notice about the Power Bank is the size and weight of the beast. Measuring 12cm x 6.5cm x 2cm, it's quite a substantial piece of kit to cart around with you. Indeed, it's not something that you'll simply be able to slip into your pocket or a small handbag with ease. However, since we've had the item, we've been leaving it fully charged in our car with the 4-in-1 adapter lead stashed alongside it in the velvet carry pouch that comes included, so that should either my wife or I need to charge up our phones whilst we're out-and-about with the car, we can.

The idea and design behind the Power Bank is simple. You've got two USB Output ports which offer either a 1 Amp charge or a 2.1 Amp charge (depending on the type of device you need to charge). There's also a separate Input port located on the side of the Power Bank which you use to re-charge up the Power Bank itself. These sort of power banks can usually be recharged around 400 - 500 times before they stop holding the power effectively. Whether this is the same for the Foxnovo Power Bank is thus far to be seen, but you'd expect (and hope for) a similar level of performance.

Once it's fully charged (which does take quite a few hours by the way) the Power Bank offers up enough charge to be able to recharge your devices around 4-5 times (although this depends heavily on the device), or just the once or twice if it's for an energy-sapping tablet. The time it takes to charge up your device also depends on what it is - but from our use, it seems to be around the same, or maybe just a tad longer, as if it was plugged into the wall etc.

Aside from the size and weight of the Power Bank, both my wife and I couldn't be happier with it. It performs much better than we thought it would, it's versatile enough that it can be used for almost all devices and ultimately gives you peace of mind when you're out-and-about.

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


[Upgrade 8 LED]Amir® Solar Lights Outdoor Bright Light Solar Energy Powered - Waterproof - Motion Sensor-Detector Activated /Dusk to Dawn Dark Sensing Auto On / Off. LED light For Patio, Deck, Yard, Garden, Home, Driveway, Stairs, Outside Wall
[Upgrade 8 LED]Amir® Solar Lights Outdoor Bright Light Solar Energy Powered - Waterproof - Motion Sensor-Detector Activated /Dusk to Dawn Dark Sensing Auto On / Off. LED light For Patio, Deck, Yard, Garden, Home, Driveway, Stairs, Outside Wall
Offered by Amir UK
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A handy little solar powered light for adding illumination to particular spots..., 25 April 2015
Length:: 2:03 Mins

The Amir 'Upgrade 8' Outdoor LED Motion Sensor Light is a small, wireless and easy-to-fit motion-detecting outdoor light. Furthermore, the light is 100% solar powered, therefore once you've screwed it to the wall, you won't need to do anything more. Quite literally 'job done'.

The light is particularly small, measuring just 14cm x 10.5cm x 4cm (approx.). Accordingly, the light doesn't have too much of a dominant presence on an outdoor wall, and instead offers a moderate amount of lighting without becoming a particularly noticeable or garish feature. This makes the light ideal for placing around the side of a garage or along a wall, above your home's number plate, or (as we have done) to help illuminate a side pathway where it can be quite tricky to negotiate a corner in the dark.

Installation is a doddle. After unpacking the light, you'll need to activate the device by turning on the internal battery. This is done by using a small, paperclip thin 'key' (comes included) which is inserted into a small hole on the front of the light (see video). Once this is done, it's merely a case of marking-up where you want the light to go, drilling two holes, and then screwing in the light (screws and rawl plugs come included).

When it gets dark outside, the light's sensor is triggered, turning the light on to a permanent 'dim' mode until it either picks up some motion or it gets light again. This means that at night the light always illuminates the area a very small amount, making it a bit of a security deterrent.

Should the light pick up some motion, it will go from 'dim light' to 'bright light' and remain on this bright setting for around one minute (approx.). The light seems to pick up motion from around 2 - 3 metres away, and seems quite sensitive (see video) however, this will vary depending on how high up you place the light etc.

The amount of light that it provides when on its 'bright' setting (i.e once triggered by the motion detector) is certainly enough to be able to see a pathway, hedge, and negotiate a corner with. It's not necessarily bright enough to act as a main security light for illuminating a driveway, nor will it really help with seeing further than within the immediate 2 - 3 meter vicinity. It's just not the sort of light to produce such illumination. However, for adding some illumination to a particular spot or passageway, the light is absolutely ideal.

We've had the LED light for just over two weeks now and I have to say both my wife and I are more than happy with it. It illuminates just the right amount for our needs, it doesn't look too dominant on our wall, it's incredibly hassle free, and it seems to take enough power from the daylight hours to keep working most of the night long (if not all of it). Very very happy.

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


The Scarlet Gospels
The Scarlet Gospels
by Clive Barker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

5.0 out of 5 stars A vision of Hell that is darker, more menacing and far more addictive than ever before..., 22 April 2015
This review is from: The Scarlet Gospels (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With a planned publication date of May 2015, Clive Barker’s long-awaited and eagerly anticipated novel ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ was set to bring together Barker’s much-loved character’s Harry D’Amour with possibly his most well-known antagonist - Pinhead.

DLS Synopsis:
Joseph Ragowski had been dead for three years; his body having been hastily embalmed and filed away within the family mausoleum at a cemetery on the outskirts of Hamburg. But now he’s been woken from his eternal slumber.

The remaining five magicians making up the last of the High Circle had called upon their age old knowledge and brought the dead magician back using power of The N’guize Working. It was magic that took a vast amount of precise preparation. But they had their reasons for doing this. Over the years since Ragowski’s death, a demon had been methodically ending the lives and pillaging the minds of the many magicians of the Circle. Furthermore, the demon had taken all of their treaties, scrolls and grimoires. He’d cleared out all their vestments, all the talismans and all the amulets. Now these five magicians were all that were left. And they needed Ragowski’s help.

However, Ragowski knew the fallacy of their actions. There was no escaping the demon. And as Ragowski is woken from his death, so the whispering sound of funeral bells can be heard from afar. A haunting chime that signals that their time is up. The demon has finally caught up with them. And there end is upon them.

Elsewhere, private investigator Harry D’Amour has been called in by his age-old friend Norma Paine, to assist with a seemingly run-of-the-mill job. Recently deceased Carston Goode has come to Norma with a problem. Following his heart attack, Goode is concerned that his family will find out about the secret property he has in New Orleans, and in particular, the debauchery that took place behind its shabby walls.

With a more than adequate stash of money offered for saving Goode’s family the hurt of finding out about Goode’s sordid pleasures, D’Amour agrees to travel back to New Orleans to clear up the man’s little indiscretions. However, what D’Amour finds in this rundown little house in the French Quarter of New Orleans is far worse than he anticipated. What D’Armour doesn’t realise, is that there’s much more going on within the rundown rooms of Goode’s secret property than simple pleasures of the flesh.

D’Amour is about to be flung into a desperate fight that will drag him and those close to him into the gaping mouth of the abyss. A war is about to be waged. And if there’s one thing to be learned from the almighty battle that’s about to commence, it’s that Hell hath no fury like a Cenobite scorned…

DLS Review:
It’s fair to say that Clive Barker’s ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ is probably one of the most eagerly anticipated horror novels of recent years. Ever since Barker first started mentioning his plans for the book, hinting at aspects of the storyline in the text, and where his much-loved characters will venture; his fans have been uncontrollably salivating at the whole idea. It’s a piece of work that’s taken Barker years and years to write. It’s gone from being an epic page-heavy tome to a much more condensed down and direction-led read.

The tale sets out with a dark and brooding storyline, feeling closely akin to Barker’s original Cenobite tale ‘The Hellbound Heart’ (1986). The setting is murky and the Dark Arts on show add an air of eerie menace to the whole thing. In a nutshell, the storyline starts out in a fan-pleasing classic ‘early Barker’ fashion. And then, with the sound of a distant funeral bell chiming, Baker’s signature antagonist arrives in all his blasphemous and ungodly glory. Could a novel get any more exciting?

We’re still only in the realms of the novel’s Prologue here and already ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ is delivering everything you wanted it to…and in absolute abundance. Furthermore, Barker’s attention to detail is as present as it’s always been, his dark imagination is as boundless as we’ve ever seen it, and his return to positively-twisted horror is as accomplished as we all inwardly hoped it would be.

However, as the story unfolds before us it becomes increasingly evident that Barker hasn’t simply just returned to the style of writing from his early days. Yes the novel is as dark and sinister as his ‘Books Of Blood’ (1984-85) collections, or indeed ‘The Hellbound Heart’ (1986). However, Barker’s more recent style and taste for a far grander scope has had a dramatic influence on this new offering. It’s taken the early horror-fuelled darkness and pushed further outwards with what reveals – making for a far more epic vision and storyline.

The first quarter or so of the novel is one of introducing and establishing the characters, reconfirming out principal protagonist (Harry D’Amour) and our principal antagonist (the Hell Priest ‘Pinhead’), and setting out the initial building blocks for the plot. Interestingly, Barker seems to have taken a step back from producing a bold and clearly defined plot. Instead we have a vague idea of something that’s gradually evolving, with a direction and potential endgame only visible from much further on in the tale that you would have expected.

Character-wise, Barker again has adopted his more ‘fantasy novel’ angle of bringing together a ‘group of companions’ (who he dubs ‘The Harrowers’) who around the halfway point of the novel become the principal focus of the tale. Well, at least that how the novel’s construction appears at that stage at least. Indeed, it’s got a sort of Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ character grouping who are embarking upon an epic journey akin to Tolkein’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ (1954-55), only instead of travelling to Mordor (or indeed the Dark Tower), these companions descend into Hell itself.

The novel has two very distinct halves. The first one being focused on character establishing and premise setting. This half feels much more like earlier Barker work. The horror’s on closer quarters. The hostility comes out of the whispered utterings in the darkness. There’s an ever-present evil to this first part of the book. And it seems to permeate through everything that unfolds within these early pages.

The second half of the novel, which follows the group as they descend into Hell to rescue D’Amour’s lifelong companion Norma Paine, is one of a much grander scale. Barker paints a vivid and altogether ungodly picture of Hell. His imagination runs wild forming a vision of a truly diabolical landscape. Barker’s Hell is the stuff of true nightmares. And over the second half of the novel Barker pushes the reader further and further into this maddening abyss, with more visions of horror unveiled than you would have dreamt possible.

To say this is a tightly packed novel is one hell of an understatement. So much goes on and so much is shown. Even in its much-edited and considerably slimdown final form, the novel is still bursting with so many atrocities that it’s nothing short of breath-taking. It’s a dark adventure that just pushes on further and further into a nightmarish abyss that’s alive with demonic horror. And in essence, it’s this spectacular vision of what’s transpiring in Hell that forms the very basis for the book. It’s about witnessing what Pinhead has planned. His story. His ultimate goal. And what he sees as his destiny.

What’s safe to say is that if you’re a fan of Barker’s work, both his early ‘horror’ offerings or his later ‘dark fantasy’ books, then you’re going to love this tale. It’s almost a blueprint for the culmination of everything that Barker has done through his career as an author. From the very first page to the novel’s final one, the novel is so utterly Clive Barker that it seems almost unreal. And by Lucifer’s smouldering hatred if it’s not the hardest thing to put down. The darkness and soul-swallowing epicness of the novel is so all-encapsulating. This is very possibly one of his finest offerings to date.

Barker has once again unleashed all Hell upon his readers. And with ‘The Scarlet Gospels’, his vision of Hell is darker, more menacing and far more addictive than ever before. This one swallows you whole.

The novel runs for a total of 360 pages.


iGadgitz IGX-450S Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Lightweight Stereo Sports In-ear Earphones Headphones (Music streaming and Microphone with Noise Reduction for Hands free Calling) with Case - Black/Neon Green
iGadgitz IGX-450S Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Lightweight Stereo Sports In-ear Earphones Headphones (Music streaming and Microphone with Noise Reduction for Hands free Calling) with Case - Black/Neon Green
Offered by iGadgitz
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very handy wireless earphones for using when exercising etc..., 19 April 2015
Length:: 2:36 Mins

The iGadgitz IGX-450S Earphones are a set of Bluetooth enabled wireless earphones sporting an impressive eight hours of listening time between charges.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the small box you get the iGadgitz IGX-450S Earphones, a USB-to-Micro-USB charger cable, three different sized rubber ear buds, six different sized rubber 'secure fit fins', and a clip for securing the earphones to your clothing. The earphones themselves have a 58cm length from ear piece to ear piece.

BLUETOOTH CONNECTION:
Connecting the earphones with your audio device (whether it's a phone, tablet or whatever) is an absolute doddle. It's just a simple case of pairing the device using the Bluetooth functionality (guided in simple stages within the nicely presented instruction manual), and you'll be connected up within seconds - literally.

The earphones are able to maintain their Bluetooth connection for quite a good distance. This is ideal for using them whilst exercising, as you can leave your playing device on the side and not have to worry about losing connection.

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 reasonable all-round sound. Nothing spectacular at all, but for out-and-about wear or general household use (such as watching programmes on an iPad, or listening to music whilst working out / cleaning), these earphones do the job quite nicely. Sadly, any acoustic tones in your music seem to lose quite a significant amount of the warmth they might have had. Bass suffers heavily; with pretty much no depth to the sound. Furthermore there's absolutely no longevity to the notes or identifiable clarity to complexly layered tracks. However, this is all audiophile snobbery and I have to say the overall sound quality is nevertheless quite good, and easily good enough for general use - especially if it's for listening to music whilst you're doing other things or for watching programmes or films etc.

CHARGING / BATTERY LENGTH:
Recharging the battery life in the earphones is a bit of a pain. A USB connecting lead comes included, which is plugged into the left earphone and can then be plugged into a USB compatible device which allows charging, or a USB compatible plug etc. Why a pain? Well, in order to get to the micro-USB socket on the earphone you need to pry open an incredibly small and fiddly rubber cover, which causes a great amount of frustration.

When fully charged the earphones last for an impressive amount of time (the packaging states 4.5 hours of continuous play / talk time or 180 hours of standby time. I haven't properly measured this, but it seems to last an impressively long time.

OTHER FUNCTIONS:
Alongside listening to music the earphones can also be used to enable 'hands-free' calls via your Smartphone etc. However, it should be noted that the principal design of the earphones is not for this particular function. Accordingly, to perform the various functions for hands-free calling, you will need to learn the various combinations for pressing the buttons - such as 'pressing-and-holding' or 'double-clicking' or 'short/long press' the buttons etc. All of which are detailed within the instruction manual - but would no doubt be a real chore to learn!

On the side of the earphone's earpieces there are a number of functional buttons which allows the user to control the music etc without having to go back to the device that's playing the music. On there you have a 'Play / Stop' and 'Power On / Off' button, a 'Next / Previous' button that also doubles-up for adjusting the volume.

SUMMARY:
For their pricetag, the reasonable sound quality, the strong Bluetooth connection and the long-lasting battery life, I'm more than happy with the performance of the iGadgitz IGX-450S earphones. They're ideal for exercising with, look quite stylish in a 'sporty' sort of way, and look like they'll last for a good number of years.

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


Lavievert Auto Open Umbrella Long Umbrella, Classic Style with Bent Handle, Durable and Strong Enough For the Wind and Rain, Unisex Umbrella , Cool Color - Black
Lavievert Auto Open Umbrella Long Umbrella, Classic Style with Bent Handle, Durable and Strong Enough For the Wind and Rain, Unisex Umbrella , Cool Color - Black
Offered by lavievert
Price: £21.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the 'Classic Style With J Handle', 19 April 2015
Length:: 2:34 Mins

The Lavievert Classic Style With J Handle Umbrella is a medium-sized black umbrella which folds out into a moderate-sized single-canopy.

WHAT YOU GET:
The umbrella arrives in a large Amazon box which contains the umbrella packaged-up in bubble wrap.

FOLDED-DOWN:
When folded-down the umbrella measures approximately 86cm (L) x 6cm (W) with the J handle adding on a further 13cm to the width. The umbrella is held tightly together by the usual Velcro tag that wraps around the folded-down canopy sections.

OPENED-OUT:
The umbrella is opened-out by pressing the large gold & black button located on the umbrella's handle. This opens out the canopy to a more-than-adequate 106cm diameter. When opening out, it should be noted that the spring-loaded mechanism doesn't hang around at all, and pretty much fires the canopy open (see accompanying video).

THE DESIGN / QUALITY:
Opened-up the umbrella looks stylish and professional. Having a simple black canopy with a black-painted stainless steel stem, the umbrella is 100% unisex. The classic-style J handle also furthers the professional/business look.

The stitch-work and overall manufacture seems to be of a moderately high standard. The umbrella's stem seems reasonably strong and sturdy and incredibly unlikely to bend in a gust of wind. The J handle is made from a tough hard-wearing plastic, that I have to say looks a higher quality material than it feels.

SUMMARY:
All in all I'm pretty impressed with the umbrella. I love the classic and professional look of the umbrella and the J handle makes it easy to hang it on my bag on the way to work. When opened-out, the umbrella offers a reasonable canopy size and a good stem length. The umbrella seems quite sturdy, and is likely to be able to withstand quite some battering from our wonderful British weather.

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


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