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Bi-Office 1200x900mm Aluminium Frame Magnetic Dry Wipe Board - White
Bi-Office 1200x900mm Aluminium Frame Magnetic Dry Wipe Board - White
Offered by A2B Stationery Ltd
Price: £33.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Board - Shame About The Delivery Damage, 15 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a decent quality whiteboard - the surface is painted steel, making it smooth, but not quite as resistant to scratching as higher quality porcelain variants. However, painted steel boards still tend to have a high resistance to staining. It's as nice to use as most whiteboards I use during my work (which are many and varied). Magnets stick to it easily. For the money, I'd say this represents good value for a whiteboard of this size.

However - there is one fly in the ointment; yet again, I received this whiteboard damaged from the carrier (it had been dropped on one corner and the surface had been rippled and bent). I have to say that this is an all too common occurrence - of the 4 whiteboards I own, every single one was delivered damaged in some way (the first two had to be replaced - one had to be replaced twice!). That amounts to 7 total whiteboard deliveries and a ridiculous 70% occurrence of damage. It doesn't matter who the carrier is or the make or model - It just seems to be a standard occurrence for large, heavy whiteboards to incur damage in transit. I'd like to suggest to retailers that they consider delivering them with large, foam corner bumpers attached to try to minimise this. Subtracting one star for this reason, as it's not just the fault of the carrier. Even if it gets swapped out, it's a real pain having to take repeated delivery of large items like this, which generally require a signature.


That Sugar Film [DVD]
That Sugar Film [DVD]
Dvd ~ Damon Gameau
Price: £5.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Open To Debate, 10 July 2015
This review is from: That Sugar Film [DVD] (DVD)
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This is another in the increasingly popular series of food 'Shock Docs' which were probably started by Supersize Me back in 2004. It's reasonably well shot and technically the production is on a par with most modern documentary films. It's certainly entertaining and thought provoking. However, I do feel that it's lacking in balance, and many things which are posed as fact are open to debate. It would be nice to hear from scientists on both sides of the divide - they did start to interview one such person, but didn't actually let them answer any questions, apparently because he was funded by Coca Cola, which was a bit ridiculous. Are the audience not mature enough to listen and make up their own minds? This is a topic which is far more contentious than for example, global warming, and that should be reflected with a little more even-handedness.

One thing I found problematic was that, although the subject of the documentary moved from a low to a high sugar diet over the period of the experiment, I got a strong impression that he didn't maintain an exact log of calorie intake. It was suggested that his calorie intake before and after was the same, but I don't think this was any more than a rough estimate. Clearly with the kind of weight gain he was making, there was something strange going on. In order to study the effect of sugar on the body, and not just an excess of calories, this was an important problem. It may well be that increasing sugar intake leads to an increase in calorie intake because sugar stimulates appetite, but are we supposed to be studying the effect of sugar on the body or the effect of sugar on calorie consumption?

There are also things about his experience - lethargy, inability to exercise, mood swings, lack of concentration etc. which I strongly believe were mostly psychologically induced rather than a direct product of diet he followed. If you believe that sugar is effectively a harmful substance (as he did at the beginning) then clearly consuming large quantities of it is going to affect your mood in a significant way.

None of this differs hugely from similar documentaries produced by Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, which are equally entertaining and thought provoking. Very few of these films feature balance, and most are propaganda for a contrarian viewpoint. However, the lack of balance and perceived scientific rigour was somehow more irritating in this film than others I've seen.

There's an awful lot of rubbish talked about food and its effect on the body right across the media from the Daily Mail to the Vegan banana munchers on YouTube, and all of them talk in terms of absolute certainty that what they're telling you is fact. The truth is, there's a big misunderstanding amongst the public about the difference between causation and association. Causation means that something has been proven to lead to harm or benefit scientifically. Association just means that something statistically correlates with a benefit or harm. The former is very difficult to prove. The latter is easy to extract from thousands of sources of statistics (the Daily Mail is famous for doing this), but in science it means nothing. For example, the fact that sugar leads to diabetes - there's no direct causation link proved, but people who eat more sugar are more likely to get diabetes. However, they are also more likely to be obese, do less exercise and eat less fruit and vegetables. So which is the cause? Impossible to say definitively. That doesn't stop people from using these statistics to 'prove' their point.

So in summary, this is an entertaining film, and probably worth a watch for entertainment value, but it's certainly not science. At the end of the day it's based on a sample of one person, and a very atypical person at that. It must be very easy to lazily jump on the anti-sugar bandwagon and believe if you cut out sugar you're going to live forever like some people seem to be concluding. These films are primarily designed to make money. People like simple answers, and this film certainly delivers on that front. Sugar is the new trendy whipping-boy in the food world, and the producers and investors of this documentary are certainly using that fact to their commercial advantage here.

Me? I remain open-minded. Too much saturated fat, too much sugar, too much alcohol, too much salt and too much processed food full of preservatives probably aren't a great thing. Everything in moderation - as your Grandma probably once told you.

Search for and read the blog post 'Is Sugar Really Toxic' by Ferris Jabr in Scientific American for a more balanced and less alarmist point of view, but don't stop there - there are plenty more arguments on either side of the divide.
Comment Comments (5) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 31, 2015 6:48 PM BST


Braun Oral-B Stages Vitality Mickey Mouse Electric Toothbrush for Kids
Braun Oral-B Stages Vitality Mickey Mouse Electric Toothbrush for Kids
Price: £26.17

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Toothbrush, 8 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These brushes are great - we've always used Oral-B electric brushes with our kids, ever since they got their baby teeth. Now that they're getting to the age they want to start brushing their own, having a way to let them know when they've brushed enough is a wonderful idea. The music is only quiet, but it's loud enough for them to get the message it's time to start brushing the other side, or to stop after 2 minutes. Much better than just a beep.


Bi-Office Earth-It Cork Noticeboard with Oak Finish Frame 120x90cm
Bi-Office Earth-It Cork Noticeboard with Oak Finish Frame 120x90cm
Offered by Novel Idea
Price: £34.32

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Cork Board, 8 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Good quality cork board which has a firm, rubbery surface and holds pins very well. Surround is wood effect and pleasant in appearance. Easy to fix to the wall with the two dog-leg brackets provided although no instructions were included in the one sent to me. You just screw them to the wall with the stand-off bracket pointing up and hook the top edge of the frame over it. Only minor criticism is that it arrived with damage to the outer frame which suggests the packaging could do with being slightly more protective. To be fair though - every whiteboard I've ever had delivered by post has come with damage of some description. They're large and fragile, and not handled carefully enough in transit.


Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 900 Watt - White
Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 900 Watt - White
Offered by Oakenshield Trading
Price: £84.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gallon of Juice Anyone?, 2 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Absolutely monstrous power means this beast will make short work of entire baskets of fruit. The feeding tube is large enough for three small apples. It will juice as fast as you can feed fruit & veg in at the top. Juice is well extracted exactly as you'd expect, and does retain some fibre. Very little moisture remains in the residual waste left behind. Cleanup is not difficult, but it can be a little time consuming. Expect to spend about 3-5 minutes cleaning it by hand under the tap after use. The trickiest part is the stainless rotary sieve, which tends to collect fruit pulp in the tiny holes that need a good rub to dislodge. You can put the majority of components into the dishwasher if you prefer, but they will fill up most of a shelf, so it's probably not environmentally or economically viable to do that every day. Best compromise and time saver is to dish-wash the sieve and give the rest a quick rinse under the tap. Would be nice to have some kind of cleaning cycle where you could pour some water in the top and have it flush itself through to save time. It's a sizeable unit, but most of the volume is in the vertical direction (it's tall rather than wide), so it doesn't need as much counter space as you might imagine. Overall - great.


Malteaster Bunny 29 g (Pack of 32)
Malteaster Bunny 29 g (Pack of 32)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wish To Complain..., 2 July 2015
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I wish to complain that your MaltEaster bunnies are making me fat. They are just too yummy. Delivered quickly, and even though they arrived on one of the hottest days of the year, they weren't melted to goop. Pleased to report that they have a good shelf life (more than 6 months in the future). Chances of their staying in my fridge that long? HA!


Grado PS1000e Professional Series Open Backed Headphone
Grado PS1000e Professional Series Open Backed Headphone
Offered by Nintronics
Price: £1,499.95

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Are those Angels I can hear singing?, 23 Jun. 2015
When approaching *the Grado*, every nerve within my frame tingles with anticipation. Senses crave new satisfaction yet fear the unknown summits to which they may be led, innocent as babes.

First, the physical: we are not worthy. Stunned by the combination of sheer heft tempered with feathery lightness, my head is bowed in awe. Carved from pure shine and pitch black obsidian, this is a veritable crown of wondrous enchantment. Is that my face I see in the reflection of mercurial chrome, or perhaps the face of God? I gingerly grasp the small, golden, phallus-shaped jack and ever so tenderly insert it into the orifice leading to the dark womb of my Gryphon Colosseum Reference amplifier.

Sound - sound is too small a word, surely - issues forth at first gentle as a cirrus wisp caressing the coat of a baby lamb, then rapidly rises in span and scope until the very superlative apex of fortissimo is breached, and I am beaten into submission, yay humbled - broken under a torrent, a cascade, a deluge of music. I pause to wring out my ears, so many notes are caught in them.

The representation of detail is sparse as Spartan, yet rich as Cresus - out from that inky abyss rise epic utterings the like of which I have never experienced. The sound stage is not merely separated, but torn hither and yon galaxies apart, seemingly with the power of Thor's hammer clanging upon Heaven's gate itself. Truly the meeting of irresistible force against immovable object. I am left dumbstruck; exhausted; spent.

Behold the very pinnacle of auditory deliverance.

On the other hand - perhaps a little pricey.
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Miniart 1:72 Scale "Medieval Castle" Plastic Model Kit
Miniart 1:72 Scale "Medieval Castle" Plastic Model Kit
Price: £28.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great - Just requires a lot of work, 19 Jun. 2015
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I love this castle model. It's a great design, and perfectly proportioned. Note that it requires a lot of finishing - this is not an 'Airfix' or 'Revell' type model where everything slots together with perfect edges and corners. You will need to sand and fill many completed structures to achieve a perfect finish, but the sheer level of detail in the model makes it worthwhile. Expect to spend 40 hours+ from beginning to end if you want a perfect finish.


Zeadio® ZP-AR079 G Shape Earpiece Headset PTT for 1 PIN Motorola Radio TKLR T3 TLKR T5 TLKR T6 TLKR T7 XTX446 etc.
Zeadio® ZP-AR079 G Shape Earpiece Headset PTT for 1 PIN Motorola Radio TKLR T3 TLKR T5 TLKR T6 TLKR T7 XTX446 etc.
Offered by zeadio
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, 19 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Good value for money. The earpiece can be rotated in the ear clip, so it can be worn on either ear. Comfortable and secure when worn. Works fine with my Motorola TLKR-T5. I have one for each of them. The mic needs to be work near the face, or it won't pick up your voice sufficiently well to be heard. On the a collar or lapel would be best.


TECHGEAR® Bumper Case for Amazon Fire HD 6 (2014 Edition / HD6 /HD 6") Rugged Heavy Duty Anti-Shock Rubber Protective Case with Added Corner & Edge Protection and Easy Grip Design + Screen Protector [PURPLE] - Kids & School Friendly Case
TECHGEAR® Bumper Case for Amazon Fire HD 6 (2014 Edition / HD6 /HD 6") Rugged Heavy Duty Anti-Shock Rubber Protective Case with Added Corner & Edge Protection and Easy Grip Design + Screen Protector [PURPLE] - Kids & School Friendly Case
Offered by TECHGEAR Solutions
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 19 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Really nice item. I've dropped a Kindle HD 6 onto a concrete floor from waist height and it just bounced. No damage. Highly recommended for kids, and maybe even for some clumsy adults!


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