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R. F. Stevens "richard23491" (Ickenham UK)
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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Cream Concealer Number 020 - Light
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Cream Concealer Number 020 - Light
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars An effective concealer for moderate blemishes on fair skin., 28 Jun. 2015
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The Rimmel No. 020 Light Concealer is effective in concealing moderate blemishes on fair skin. Using either a small brush or a finger tip to apply it, age spots and thread veins can be masked very easily. It does not appear to pucker or wrinkle and seems reasonably durable.

It is not greasy and so far, after a week of daily use, has not yet provoked any kind of irritation or reaction in the skin.

This small pot is a handy size to slip into a small bag, but will probably not be needed again during the day unless the skin has become very sweaty or wet.

It is easily removed with the usual skin cleansers at night after surviving intact for the whole day.

I would suggest not to leave it on for '25 hours' because of the possibility of blocking pores or drying out the skin. I would also suggest using a moisturiser after removing this concealer.


Fates and Furies
Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A triumph for Style over Interest, 28 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Fates and Furies (Hardcover)
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Stylised in the writing and pretentious in the ambition, packed tight with emotional ideas and lurid descriptions of awkward sex scenes, the repetitiously basic sentence structure is more suggestive of Dr Seuss than good literature.

This is the sort of book one will either love or hate: love because of wanting to discover what comes next and devouring it by gulping down all the short sentences simultaneously in snapshots a page at a time; hate because the tediously choppy writing style breaks the narrative making one angry, and yet also by being so predictable it is boring.

There is no point in trying to mention the plot, loosely based on the lurching progress of a heavily clichéd dysfunctional marriage, because the central protagonists are so unsympathetic that many readers will have difficulty in trying to summon up any interest in discovering their eventual fate.

Not being able to find any redeeming features, both of us hated it.


Upol Power Can Clear Coat Aerosol 500ml
Upol Power Can Clear Coat Aerosol 500ml
Offered by RRD Automotive
Price: £6.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent durable clear lacquer, 26 Jun. 2015
Excellent durable clear lacquer. It does not seem to contribute any colour.

I bought a can of this as part of a paint kit for touching up the paint on my car. However it has also proven to be very useful for coating polished brass and sealing artwork as well. It is touch dry for thin re-coating in less than half an hour, perhaps ten minutes if you are prepared to take a chance on it being a bit soft and possibly later crazing. But for the very best results each thin coating is best left to harden overnight before a re-coat, and longer before any handling.

It is important to move the spray left<>right while holding the can upright because the well spread thin vertical fan can then produce an even mist; if the movement is instead vertical then it will only make a thin line. The nozzle in the push button can be rotated to change the orientation of the thin fan relative to the can.

The solvent pongs a bit so it is best used in a well ventilated but draft-free area.


Solid Polished Brass Victorian Letter Plate 10" x 3" - Includes All Fixtures and Fittings
Solid Polished Brass Victorian Letter Plate 10" x 3" - Includes All Fixtures and Fittings
Offered by Black Country Metal Works
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent solid brass letterbox front, 26 Jun. 2015
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Excellent solid brass letterbox front, polished and lacquered. The supplied fixing studding is long enough to pass through most doors and in my case with a wall-plate I have cut it down to suit so the cap nuts can secure it firmly.

I bought this to replace an almost identical one that is more than forty years old and showing its age but with hinge, spring and flap all still working perfectly. It was quicker and easier to replace the old than to strip the remaining old lacquer, re-polish through the tarnish and minor corrosion pits and re-lacquer. But I have dismantled the new one and added three more thin coats of lacquer to extend the bright and shiny life.


Solid Polished Brass Rectangular Victorian style Door Bell Push / Switch (PB183)
Solid Polished Brass Rectangular Victorian style Door Bell Push / Switch (PB183)
Offered by Original Forgery Ltd
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking switch, but not insulated from the circuit., 23 Jun. 2015
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Solid brass casting with an attractive polished and lacquered finish and a stepped edge as a border, BUT when the button is pressed to ring the bell, the metal of the switch button and the casting also becomes connected to the bell's electrical circuit.

The face plate measures 74mm by 32mm and is 5mm thick. The 'wired switch' with its pair of screw terminals needs an 18mm diameter hole at least 15mm deep behind the back of the face plate.

The switch assembly needs to be fitted into the face plate, and this is difficult to do without damaging the lacquer finish, fortunately I have some ultra-clear lacquer spray for finishing paintwork or artwork and this served to repair the scratch and add a couple of extra sealing coats to improve the wear and weather resistance.

I docked two stars because of the potential Electrical Safety issue with the button not being properly isolated from the wiring. If there is a problem with the low-voltage bell transformer (all too possible with the prevalence of non-CE-approved cheap direct imports from the far East) then this could present a significant Safety Hazard. There is a Duty of Care requirement here.

Previously with another supplier's switch using the same style of contacts I needed to take apart the switch and slightly loosen the rivet holding the copper contact disc on the button press, this tiny bit of extra float allowed a much easier contact when pushing the button. But that copper disc quickly oxidised in just a few weeks, maybe it was not up to the bell current.

In my final application with this new bell push I have discarded the nylon plug carrying the contacts and am actually just using the sprung button to push a plastic rod to operate the switch of a wireless bell hidden behind the mounting surface, so for me neither the possibility of random contacts nor the lack of insulation are any longer a concern.

Addendum. 27th June 2015

It seems that many wired door bell switches use this same unsafe configuration. They have the same two terminals in a nylon bung screwed into the brass/chrome body, and the push button completes the circuit AND connects the pressing finger as well. This is not a problem if the transformer is properly Class III (Double Insulated with Safety Extra Low Voltage, eg 6V or 12V AC), and the circuit is genuinely fully floating at zero potential with respect to ground. However if the Double Insulation is not up to standard (I've measured and rejected several unsafe non-CE transformers) then there is the possibility of the bell circuit carrying a substantial fraction of the mains as a floating voltage; this is potentially lethal.

The easy route to safety is for the switch body and button to also be insulated from the circuit.


Le Creuset Classic Cast Iron Oval Casserole, 29 cm - Volcanic
Le Creuset Classic Cast Iron Oval Casserole, 29 cm - Volcanic
Price: £152.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong after four decades, 20 Jun. 2015
My mum gave us one of these excellent casserole pots as a house warming present back in 1971.

Almost immediately the lid acquired an 18mm long faint-hair-line crack at one end, and soon after that the phenolic knob disintegrated. A new knob arrived under guarantee from JL, and we kept an eye on the lid.

Four decades later it sports its fifth knob, but still with the same lid, and the crack has not changed at all - still 18mm long. The colour is still vibrant, although I don't remember if it was called 'Volcanic' back then. This Le Creuset 29cm Oval Casserole is the only regularly used large item to have survived this long in our busy kitchen.

The bottom half of the cream enamel inside has stained a mellow grey/brown where (literally) thousands of stews/soups/casseroles/roasts/curries/puddings/etc/etc have been cooked. It has survived abuse from scourers, dishwashers, and over-enthusiastic grandmothers intent on giving it a 'really good clean'.

It works well on our induction hob, and never seems to burn on the base (unless we do something stupid like forget about it and let it cook dry). A soak will always clean off the most baked-on residues resulting from too many long spells in the oven.

Would I buy another? Immediately, should this one be broken (unlikely) or stolen (more likely). I also keep a spare phenolic knob - just in case the oven is inadvertently set too hot too often.


D'Addario EXP16 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Coated, Light, 12-53
D'Addario EXP16 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Coated, Light, 12-53
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice sweet sound, holds the tuning, 16 Jun. 2015
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We've fitted these 12-53 gauge EXP16 coated NY Steel Phosphor Bronze strings (kindly provided by Vine) in place of the usual Elixir strings on a much loved old semi-acoustic.

The sweet sound is much the same as before and the tuning is also retained as effectively. These seem to grip the finger tips a bit more than the Elixirs, but not a problem if not sliding much. These are also a step heavier than the previous set and lifted the action slightly, but the sound is much the same.

We were always happy with the Elixirs, and these offer a suitable alternative for a similar cost (shop around for best).

Only time will tell if they last as well as the Elixirs.


Philips 127994000KX2 X-tremeVision LED W5W T10 4000K CeraLight, Set of 2
Philips 127994000KX2 X-tremeVision LED W5W T10 4000K CeraLight, Set of 2
Price: £12.32

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool running bright LED, 15 Jun. 2015
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Nicely efficient and cool running bright LED lights for the car. The very well distributed light is not too blue and has a warm-white almost slightly pink tinge. It does NOT have a wasteful CANBUS 'cheat' resistor. I've docked a star because one lost the diffuser as I took them out of the packet, but some glue secured it again.

The 4000K colour is near enough to the old filament bulbs that the MOT tester will probably not notice it is a LED. The brightness is also nearly as good as a 5W filament type, and certainly better than an aged filament bulb that is blackening on the inside.

These do NOT have a bridge rectifier so do care about polarity, but reverse connecting did not damage either of my samples. The spigot and the little dents in the base means they will not fall out of the clip-in socket.

Both my samples took 59mA from 13V (about 3/4 Watt) and after two minutes were steady at about 53°C in a room at 25°C. This small twenty-eight degree rise over ambient is much less than the other W5W LEDs I have tried (and rejected) which contained CANBUS resistors. This cooler running means that a reasonably long life can be expected.

If fitted to a CANBUS car it might have a faint glow in the dark while the bulb is supposedly off but when the ignition is alive and will be reported as an error. Remapping a few bits in the relevant look-up table in the CANBUS controller might cure the error problem, but that can only be done (expensively) by an expert. Adding the usual cheat resistor somehow seems to defeat the object of the efficiency exercise.

Osram offer a similar bulb with a bridge rectifier and minor cosmetic differences mainly to the diffuser.


OSRAM LEDriving LED Retrofit W5W interior lights 2850WW-02B Warm White 4000K 80% less power consumption in double blister
OSRAM LEDriving LED Retrofit W5W interior lights 2850WW-02B Warm White 4000K 80% less power consumption in double blister
Price: £17.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool running and nicely made bright LED, 15 Jun. 2015
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Nicely made efficient and cool running yet bright LED lights for the car. The well distributed light is not too blue and has a warm-white almost slightly pink tinge. It does NOT have a wasteful CANBUS 'cheat' resistor.

The 4000K colour is near enough to the old filament bulbs that the MOT tester will probably not notice it is a LED. The brightness is also nearly as good as a 5W filament type, and certainly better than an aged filament bulb that is blackening on the inside.

These LED bulbs also contain a bridge rectifier so don't care about polarity, and the spigot and little dents in the base ensure they will not fall out of the clip-in socket.

Both my samples took 57mA from 13V (about 3/4 Watt) and after two minutes were steady at about 55°C in a room at 25°C. This small thirty degree rise over ambient is much less than the other W5W LEDs I have tried (and rejected) which contained CANBUS resistors. This cooler running means that a reasonably long life can be expected.

If fitted to a CANBUS car it might have a faint glow in the dark while the bulb is supposedly off but when the ignition is alive and will likely be reported as an error. Remapping a few bits in the relevant look-up table in the CANBUS controller might cure the error problem, but that can only be done (expensively) by an expert. Adding the usual cheat resistor somehow seems to defeat the object of the efficiency exercise.

Philips offer a similar bulb without the bridge rectifier and with minor cosmetic differences mostly to the diffuser.


2 x 36mm 3 SMD 5050 LED Canbus Error Free Dome Festoon Light w Heatsink
2 x 36mm 3 SMD 5050 LED Canbus Error Free Dome Festoon Light w Heatsink
Offered by UK-Xnow(From Hong Kong)
Price: £1.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable interior light, but not for continuous use eg on a number plate., 14 Jun. 2015
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The Sourcingmap 36mm festoon bulb produces a reasonable white light and the three 5050 LEDs have the benefit of a heat-sink on the rear of the circuit board. The light output is a lot less than the common 6W filament bulb, more comparable with a 2W or 3W bulb.

A full-wave rectifier built inside the bulb allows it to be plugged in either way round regardless of polarity.

It fits only if there is significantly more room for the LEDs and their heat-sink than the normal 10mm diameter tube requires. The heat-sink is 12.5mm wide and protrudes about 6mm back from the centreline of the bulb. It is not connected electrically.

A 150 Ohm resistor connected inside across the bulb terminals is intended to fool most CANBUS systems into thinking there is a normal filament bulb fitted. However this also wastes more than a Watt when the bulb is lit, helping to cook the LEDs.

The three chips are wired in series to be effectively a 9V lamp with a resistor and full wave rectifier dropping the remaining 4V from the 13V car supply. Only about 25mA of the current goes to the LEDs which means they are using less than a quarter of a Watt to produce the light, even though the whole bulb is using almost 1.5 Watts.

This bulb could be a lot more efficient and longer lived if the CANBUS 'error' cheating resistor was removed.

The LED chip manufacturer recommends a maximum mounting surface temperature of 55°C for the expected lifetime of 30,000 hours. Out on the workbench the heat-sink reached 75°C after two minutes. If enclosed I do not expect this bulb will last more than a few hours.

I would consider using it for interior lighting where the duty cycle was brief and intermittent, but long periods in an enclosed space such as a numberplate lamp will allow it to become much too hot and very quickly shorten its life.


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