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Wendy Jones "wjones7423" (Dundee, Scotland)
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QuickBooks Online Essentials, 12-Month Subscription (Mac/PC)
QuickBooks Online Essentials, 12-Month Subscription (Mac/PC)
Price: £51.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Straight away the programme looks good and covers multiple areas, 19 Oct 2014
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I have had access to this for a couple of weeks now. I have been exploring and trying to get used to the programme. It was very simple to set up, intuitive and basically you have to follow instructions. Straight away the programme looks good and covers multiple areas. It is sleek and well set out. The programme is not initially intuitive and it took me a little while to work out how to enter data. However, once I worked this out the programme is fairly easy to use. I would have liked a simpler help programme for first time users as the help menu seems to be aimed at more advanced users. Now that I have got to grips with it's use this is an excellent programme which I am looking forward to exploring further. I can see this being something which will simplify bookkeeping in my newly set up business.

One thing I will say. The price you pay is for a yearly subscription. You need to be very sure this is the programme for you before paying out and setting this up for your accounts. Once you have committed to it's use then you will need to continue to pay the yearly subscription in order to maintain and keep a copy of your records. This, and my initial difficulties in using the programme are why I have given it 4 stars rather than 5.

Other than this, an excellent bookkeeping programme which I would recommend.


Strange Glory: A life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Strange Glory: A life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
by Charles Marsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Insight, 16 Oct 2014
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This book is not a quick read. It is 528 pages long and has fairly small writing. However, every single page is fascinating. This is a detailed and in depth look at the life of Dietrich Bonhoefer. However, this book is fascinating and kept me reading, and reading until I and finished it. The way it is written makes it easy to read and the prose flows well. As well as being the life of Bonhoefer it also works as a historical exposition of life during that time. It is obvious a lot of research has gone into this book to ensure historical accuracy and interest. I enjoyed this book and learnt so much about both Bonhoefer and the times. I would not hesitate to highly recommend.


AEG AG6106WD Li-Ion Handheld Cleaner, 7.2 V
AEG AG6106WD Li-Ion Handheld Cleaner, 7.2 V
Price: £67.61

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars use easy to dismantle and clean, 16 Oct 2014
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Wow. This handheld hoover is superb. It is powerful, picks up all manner of dirt, use easy to dismantle and clean, and has done all dry jobs asked of it. Although it is a fair size, it is light and easy to carry and manoeuvre. IT gets into tight spots and works on carpets, tiles and laminate. It ties about four hours to charge fully, but works for quite some time before another charge is needed. I actually used it to hoover my whole house, just as a test and it easily managed that. I will say that I have only used it on short pile carpet so cannot say how it would handle longer pile. I am certainly pleased with it and would highly recommend.


Bose ® CineMate 15 Home Cinema Speaker System - Black
Bose ® CineMate 15 Home Cinema Speaker System - Black
Price: £549.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich sound, 14 Oct 2014
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Being Bose you know this is going to be a quality product. It arrives well packaged and looks sleek right out of the box. The front speaker is unobtrusive and sits just in front of the television. The acoustimass module on the other hand is much larger than I thought it would be. Although I sat it next to my television stand it still stood out quite noticeably. Saying that, it is powerful and gives a good base sound. The overall sound is rich, and the surround sound is particularly noticeable with action movies and music videos.

In order to control the volume, you use the supplied remote control. Although It said you could use it to control the television and sky box, I have not yet worked out how to do this. The television sound needs to be turned right down and the volume is just controlled through the system.

Overall an excellent system. The reason I have given four, rather than five stars, is due to the size of the acoustimass module and the difficulty in setting up the remote in the way in which it is meant to be used. As far as sound is concerned, this is a top notch system which is worthy of the Bose name.


The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared [DVD]
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Gustafsson
Price: £10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly entertaining, 9 Oct 2014
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I have not read the book but having heard great things about it I was looking forward to this film version. In some ways the movie kept me entertained in a Walter Mitty type way. However, I found it to be a bit slow at times. The basic premise of the film is that a man climbs out of the window of his retirement home on his birthday. he then get caught up with a gang and gets into many different implausible situations. The movie is subtitled and this, I think, added to my general feeling of it being a bit slow at times. As I say, entertaining to watch once, but not one I would watch again.


Twitter is Not a Strategy
Twitter is Not a Strategy
by Tom Doctoroff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Branding Book: Nothing to do with twitter, 1 Oct 2014
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The title, and cover, of this book, are somewhat misleading. This has nothing to do with twitter. It is about branding, and it takes you through branding brilliantly. It talks about the history of brands and brands which are expert in the area. Obviously there are many well known brands in here. It starts by taking you through the history of branding which is fascinating. It is also an important part of the branding process. Knowing what worked in the past can help any company look at how the society of the times drives branding. The section on human behaviour is also exceptionally helpful as it talks about consumer psychology. This is an important aspect of developing brand loyalty. Brand Loyalty is in fact the single biggest factor which can make your brand a success. Engagement with consumers is also covered amongst other things.

This is an excellent book which I recommend. It has certainly made me think about my approach to branding and the way I promote my books. The only reason I have given 4 stars, instead of 5, is because of the cover. The old adage of you can always tell a book by it's cover does not hold true in this case. However, ignore that and you will have a very helpful book.


Karin Herzog Essential Mask Hydrating Face Mask 50 ml
Karin Herzog Essential Mask Hydrating Face Mask 50 ml
Price: £52.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Far Too Expensive, 29 Sep 2014
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The first thing I have to say is that for the price this product does not look much when it arrives. It is packaged poorly, a small tube bunged into a cheap plastic box, with a small foam brush attached. This is somewhat disappointing. The product itself is easy, if a little slow to apply. It is more runny than I would have expected, however, it applies well. I agree with other reviews that the instructions are somewhat lacking and it is a good job I read other reviews before using as it is difficult to work out to keep away from eyebrows and eyes. Now, on to the product itself. As I say it covers well and takes some time to dry.It tightens as it dries, which is what I would expect from a product such as this. Other reviewers have said it took a bit of effort to rinse off but I did not find this. Is my skin looking better? After a couple of applications I would say so. However, as there is only enough for roughly three applications, I will not be suing this product again. I think it is highly overpriced and not suitable to be used as regularly as the manufacturers would suggest. Therefore overall, I would not be able to recommend unless you have a large disposal income. This is a shame as this and the potential to be a great product


USS Alcatraz (Locust Trilogy)
USS Alcatraz (Locust Trilogy)
by Philip Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.64

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut Book, 25 Sep 2014
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This book is one of the most fast paced books I have ever read, and I read a lot of books. The tension ratchets up at the beginning and stays there until the last page. It is wall to wall action with a strong storyline and plot. At some points you do need to remember this is fiction and just go with the flow. Artistic license is allowed when writing books. Yes, some of the plot points may be a little implausible but I don't feel this in anyway detracts from the book. The characters were excellent and I found myself drawn to them, liking them and hating them in turn. A strong first book and a great new author For me to read. I look forward to reading the next 2 books in the trilogy. I went to buy them but unfortunately they are not out as yet. I will be buying them as soon as they are
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Remember, Remember
Remember, Remember
by Lisa Cutts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Police Procedural, 13 Sep 2014
This review is from: Remember, Remember (Paperback)
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This is the first book by Lisa Cutts which I have read and it certainly won't be the last. From the first page this book had me engrossed and I found myself reading all day. This is a solid police procedural, with an absorbing storyline and characters who almost feel real.

The main character DC Nina Foster is superbly portrayed. She has just returned to work aching been off sick for a number of months, this was following an attack by one of the criminals she was trying to arrest. She has a number of inner demons and these make her character both interesting and complex. Her personal life is as messed up as her professional life. Still she is a lovable character and I found myself liking her more and more as the book progressed. On her return to work she is assigned to a cold case form 40 years ago. This is meant to keep her desk bound and ease her return to work. As you can imagine, this does not work out as planned.

The remainder of the characters in this book are also well drawn. I could imagine everyone do them including hits in the seedy underworld of the criminal fraternity. Not the easiest place to be but truly the sign of a great writer. I found myself liking, hating then liking the characters again.

The only minor point which irritated me was the way in which the main police characters used pet names for each other such as treacle. I am willing to admit that this May be a foible in me and it may not be a problem for others. However, it happened so often it pulled me out of the story a bit which was a shame. Despite this I really enjoyed this book and am sure all lovers of crime books will fid this right up their alley. I would highly recommend.


H2D iR Ionic and Infrared Professional Hair Dryer
H2D iR Ionic and Infrared Professional Hair Dryer
Price: £78.14

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly professional and obviously quality, 11 Sep 2014
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Right out of the amazon delivery box you can tell this is a high quality and professional item. It comes in a beautiful presentation box with a sleeve covering this. Inside the box the quality look continues. The hair dryer is sleek and looks beautiful and streamlined. As a hairdryer it works extremely well and, as it says, dry's the hair very quickly. It does get hot so it is important to remember this. Not that you will forget if your head starts burning. You might not realise with long hair so best to keep it moving. It comes with a accessories such as a diffuser. Initially I thought these had been left out as the spaces where I thought they should be were empty. However, if you pull out the insert holding the hairdryer, they are on the underside of the insert. This is definitely a professional level hairdryer which gives professional results. Although expensive it is worth every penny you. This would make a fabulous gift for any teenage girl. Well worth buying for yourself or as a Christmas present.


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