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Tacwise 0396 18G/ 25mm Nails (Box of 5000)
Tacwise 0396 18G/ 25mm Nails (Box of 5000)
Price: £3.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent nails., 15 Dec 2014
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5000 nails for under £3.50. What's not to like! These brads come in fused together cartridge - like form. The brads are strong and robust. Each 'cartridge' loads easily into the nail gun. I experienced no jamming of the gun in use and found the nailing process effortless. Recommended+++.


Tacwise 180 NAIL ASSORTMENT PACK (4000) 18G
Tacwise 180 NAIL ASSORTMENT PACK (4000) 18G
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Strong robust high quality nails in 3 practical sizes., 14 Dec 2014
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I note that some people have reported jamming problems when using these nails but I've experienced no such issues.

I like the fact that the pack has strong, robust nails of different sizes 2000 x 15mm; 1000 x 25mm; 1000 x 30mm. This is ideal for the DIYer who won't want to buy nails in the quantities a tradesman would. Loading the nails into the Tacwise 191ELS Pro Nail Gun is straightforward and operating the gun with these nails was simple and problem free with all 3 nail sizes. Delighted!


Philips HR1863/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt, Brushed Aluminium
Philips HR1863/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt, Brushed Aluminium
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works a treat but space hungry., 14 Dec 2014
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This is a good juicer. It makes up to 2 litres of juice at a time and the pretty dry consistency of the pulp is testament to the machine's juice extraction efficiency.

It is fairly easy to disassemble and clean. All of the pulp is collected in one place for easy disposal. The smooth electro-polished curved surfaces, with no awkward corners for waste to accumulate in, makes cleaning easy. All removable parts are also dishwasher safe which is helpful.

Using the machine is straightforward and there's no pre-cutting or dicing thanks to the generously sized feeding tube (75 mm). The pulp container is transparent, enabling you to see at a glance the quantity of pulp build up.

My only problem is the size. This thing is big! It takes up more space in a kitchen cupboard than a decorators bucket would. (Sorry couldn't think of anything else of comparable size). I suppose you could keep it on a work-surface but with coffee machines, toasters, kettles, blenders etc etc - kitchen worktops can become pretty cluttered places.

At less than half the rrp on Amazon, this juicer is affordable and good value.


Escape Fitness Ultra Flex Hard Foam Roller - Green, 45.7 x 14.9 cm
Escape Fitness Ultra Flex Hard Foam Roller - Green, 45.7 x 14.9 cm
Price: £32.40

4.0 out of 5 stars A robust and useful piece of kit., 7 Dec 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This roller can be used to enhance balance, body awareness, muscle re-education and muscular flexibility and provide dynamic strengthening. Frequently used by physiotherapists to relieve musculoskeletal problems along the spine, hips, neck and shoulders, rollers are now widely used in Pilates and other exercise programmes to help to develop core stability through a range of exercises. Rollers can be used in conjunction with resistance bands and Swiss balls as part of a personal fitness programme.
This particular roller isn't made of squishy foam. It is a solid and fairly weighty lump of polyurethane. It is easy to clean and should last forever.
I don't think roller exercises are something beginners should jump into blindly and without professional guidance. However, with the proper initial supervision this piece of kit could become a cost effective but essential part of your fitness equipment.


Ring Powerpack RPP148 Compact Jump Starter 12 V 9 Ah with LED Lights and USB Sockets
Ring Powerpack RPP148 Compact Jump Starter 12 V 9 Ah with LED Lights and USB Sockets
Price: £59.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace of mind for motorists. A must have piece of kit., 30 Nov 2014
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Firstly I have to be honest and say that I haven't actually tested this car battery booster yet. It can only be tested on a flat battery and none of the family cars have had that problem since I got it. However, assuming that it does what it's supposed to, you really don't want to be without one. Especially in winter and/or on long drives.

It jump starts 12v car batteries in cars with engines up to 1.8litres - and we have all been in situations when we've needed a jump start and had to hook up to another vehicle to do it. With this piece of kit you are dependent on nobody else.

It is compact and portable and fits into even the smallest car boot. So it will always be there when you need it. A word of caution though, it will only work if the power pack is fully charged, so you have to charge it up every 12 weeks or so if you want it to be ready to go when you need it.

In terms of weight, it's not too heavy - 4.5kg, which is a fraction under 10 lbs - roughly the weight of a gallon can of petrol.

It has an integral (fairly strong) LED light which will come in handy in all manner of situations - such as changing a tyre in the dark. It also has two USB ports which means you can charge your phone, tablet computer etc. when you are out and about, which could prove to be a lifesaver if you breakdown miles from civilisation and your phone is giving up the ghost on you.

All in all a very worthwhile addition to your car's breakdown paraphernalia. Well worth the money.


Camlink 1.40m Carbon Fibre Tripod
Camlink 1.40m Carbon Fibre Tripod
Price: £94.26

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tripod for photographers on the move., 29 Nov 2014
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The first thing that strikes you about this tripod is its portability. At 1.25kg it is fairly light in comparison to my other tripod but it feels robust despite this. When folded it is pretty small - about 15 inches or so in length. And it packs into a neat padded bag with a shoulder strap.
Despite its relatively small packed up size it extends to about 1.4 metres which is pretty decent. When extended in either the splayed or more upright position it is acceptably stable. If greater stability is required you can hang ballast to the centrally located weight hook. It is a wee bit fiddly to adjust at first by I got the hang of it quite quickly.
To attach the camera, a plate is provide which screws into the threaded hole in your camera base and the plate is then slid into position via the grooves at the apex of the tripod. Once located there is a locking mechanism to secure the camera in place. If I was being picky I would be critical of the lack of a panning handle but that is a minor point unless you intend to do a lot of video work which I don't.
At £35 pounds off - what's not to like. A bargain!


Philips GC4522/00 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 200 g Steam Boost and Safety Auto Off, 300 ml, 2600 Watt, Black
Philips GC4522/00 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 200 g Steam Boost and Safety Auto Off, 300 ml, 2600 Watt, Black
Price: £64.95

4.0 out of 5 stars An extremely effective iron., 29 Nov 2014
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At the thick end of £90, this iron is at the expensive end of the market. Most people might baulk at paying more than £50 for a tool that does a job most of us hate. However, this is a very good iron which makes short work of a tedious task.
The steam power and volume are excellent. The advantage of this is that it penetrates layers of fabric - so you only have to iron one side of things like duvet covers and pillow cases. Fold sheets in half and you only need to iron one side (effectively a quarter of the sheets surface area) and the job's done. The down side of this high steam output is that you need to keep filling the water tank. I found that I had to refill after ironing 4 men's shirts. On the plus side the filling hole is wide so the iron fills quickly directly from the kitchen tap. If you don't iron near a sink then the frequent filling might be a bit of a pain. It's also worth mentioning that it steams vertically too which is ideal for things like curtains.
The iron is energy hungry at 2600W, something which eco-conscious users might have difficulty with. However, all that energy means that it heats up quickly and at high settings smooths out creases in even the most difficult fabrics like dry linen.
The iron is fairly heavy which I personally like. It glides nicely over all fabrics and takes out creases without you having to press down but it might be too weighty for older people or people with arthritic hands.
As to whether it is worth the money - that is matter of opinion. I think the extra few pounds is money well spent but only if the iron lasts. Time will tell.


Biggs on Finance, Economics, and the Stock Market: Barton's Market Chronicles from the Morgan Stanley Years
Biggs on Finance, Economics, and the Stock Market: Barton's Market Chronicles from the Morgan Stanley Years
by Barton Biggs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £27.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Learn how the markets really work., 20 Nov 2014
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Biggs was not only a great investor, but he was a terrific writer as well.
Writing about finance - and making it interesting - is a very difficult task. Too many financial books and journal articles these days are notable for the fact that they all sound alike. The same observations, complaints, over-optimistic or doomsday forecasts, and the frustrated opinions of arrogant authors who can't understand why the world does not hang with bated breath on their every word. In short it makes most of them boring and inaccessible.

Not so with the late Barton Biggs. He had a writing style that seems effortless, and very conversational in tone. This book is very accessible - you don't have to be a financial whizz kid to enjoy it. It should appeal to serious investors, those who just dabble occasionally in the markets, as well as students and those who are simply interested in how the world of finance works. I recommend this book and if you like it you will probably enjoy one of Biggs' other offerings - ' Hedgehogging'.


Pinzon - Egyptian Cotton Towel Set (2 bath towels) - Navy
Pinzon - Egyptian Cotton Towel Set (2 bath towels) - Navy
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice towels., 16 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Although not the best towels I have ever used, these are good 'hotel quality' and generously sized bath towels. After a 'pre-use' wash they fluffed up beautifully. They feel quite luxurious and dry you efficiently. Value for money too.


Honor 6 4G UK Smartphone (5 inch, Touchscreen, Octa-Core, 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, LTE CAT6, Android 4.4, Emotion UI 2.3) White
Honor 6 4G UK Smartphone (5 inch, Touchscreen, Octa-Core, 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, LTE CAT6, Android 4.4, Emotion UI 2.3) White
Price: £249.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile addition to the smartphone marketplace., 15 Nov 2014
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The Huawei brand is new to me so I didn't know what to expect from this 4G capable phone. I thought it might be a cheap and nasty iPhone wannabe but was pleasantly surprised.
In terms of design and appearance it is iPhone-esque in that it is white, slim and sleek with a nice large 5" screen. It is lightweight, and I found it to be well balanced when held on an open palm.
The screen resolution is excellent and the screen touch function is responsive and fast.
The battery - life is good even with relatively heavy use over the course of a day. Listening to music for example doesn't place too much strain on the battery's charge resource.
The front camera is 5 megapix and the rear is 13 -so photo resolution is very good and the colour reproduction is excellent. There is no perceptible delay between clicking the shutter button and the photo being taken, which can be a bit of a pain with my Samsung S4.
I liked the fact that this phone doesn't come awash with the manufacturer's own apps and software which clutters up Samsung's phones (for example).
I also liked being able to access the SIM card from the side without having to remove the back of the phone and remove the battery.
There is an integral 16mb memory and the phone can take an additional memory card of up to 64mb which is good news if you like to store and listen to a lot of music on your phone.
Finally, for most people cost will be a consideration. I consider this phone to be excellent value for money. It is cheaper than it's better known competitors and is a welcome addition to the smartphone market. Recommended+++.


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