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Rapesco Stapling Set with X5-90ps Less Effort Heavy Duty Stapler and 5,000 x 923/12 mm (23 Type) Staples
Rapesco Stapling Set with X5-90ps Less Effort Heavy Duty Stapler and 5,000 x 923/12 mm (23 Type) Staples
Price: £36.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Robust durable and effective MANUAL stapler., 23 April 2016
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Not sure why other reviewers thought they were getting an electrically powered stapler. Some have been less than positive in their comments on the basis of their disappointment in that regard. I don't think it is appropriate to make negative comments when it is you that has misinterpreted the advertised spec of a device when there is no sense that the item's description has been deliberately misleading.

This is a robust and durable stapler in common with the quality of other Rapesco devices I have encountered. The use of the word 'power' relates to it's ability to push staples through multiple sheets of paper that lesser staplers couldn't cope with. It is nothing to do with mains or battery power. Loading staples is simple and straightforward. The lever action is smooth and crisp and requires little effort on the part of the user. Even using this stapler at it's alleged maximum capability ( 60 pages) I didn't experience any sticking or staple jamming. It is a fairly big device - about 8" long and 4" high at the business end and it weighs about 1.5lb - so it's maybe a bit big for a personal desk-top stapler and more suited to keeping by the photocopier for communal use.


H2D VI Gold Line Professional Ionic and Infrared Hair Straighteners
H2D VI Gold Line Professional Ionic and Infrared Hair Straighteners
Price: £95.62

5.0 out of 5 stars At least as good as GHDs and arguably better., 23 April 2016
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My wife and daughters are GHD devotees and approached these straighteners with some scepticism. After trying them they were unanimously complimentary.

To summarise their collective opinions regarding appearance and functionality they said they liked:-
* The glam gold satin finish look of the straighteners and the robust box
*The storage bag
*The long electrical lead
* The integral on/off switch and indicator light
*The remarkably quick 'heat-up' speed
*The graduated temperature control

In terms of performance they said:-
*They were light and easy to use and very effective
*They had a nice smooth gliding action through their hair
*They straightened their hair quickly with little need to go over the same section of hair more than once
*They were effective at loosely curling their hair

All in all the verdict was that there is more to life than GHDS.


3M(TM) Precise(TM)  Mousing Surface with Fabric  Gel Wrist Rest (Blue Water)
3M(TM) Precise(TM) Mousing Surface with Fabric Gel Wrist Rest (Blue Water)
Price: £26.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money., 22 April 2016
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My first reaction was; who wants to pay this much for a mousemat? I am used to getting them as freebies from sales reps. However on receipt of this one my mind was changed completely. The first thing you notice is the weight - this thing must weigh at least half a kilo. Because of that and the adherent qualities of the undersurface silicon, it firmly stays put on your desk. No more slipping and wandering all over the place. The upper surface is soft and pleasingly smooth and enhances the responsiveness of the mouse. The gel wrist support is a boon if you are sitting at your computer for extended periods and will prove invaluable to anyone with wrist joint difficulties like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or a repetitive strain injury. Recommended on the grounds of quality, durability and functionality.


Transformers Robots in Disguise 3-Step Changers Night Ops Bumblebee Figure
Transformers Robots in Disguise 3-Step Changers Night Ops Bumblebee Figure
Price: £24.46

5.0 out of 5 stars A big hit with my grandson., 18 April 2016
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My grandson loved this transformer bumblebee figure. It is solidly built and about 10" high and morphs into a sleek sports car in three easy twists of the wrist. As an extra dimension to the fun you can unlock the Bumblebee Black Ops character in the 'Transformers Robots in Disguise' app by scanning his badge into the app on your tablet or phone.


Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa
Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons: Enchanting dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa
by Diana Henry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like food from these regions then love this book., 17 April 2016
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My wife and I are fans of North African, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food and were therefore immediately attracted to this book. We weren't disappointed.
This is a 192 page robust paperback (with dust cover), glossy paged book about 10" ◊ 8" and just over half an inch thick. The language and terminology are straightforward and unpretentious.
In addition to recipes which are both authentic and imaginative, it contains useful information about frequently used ingredients in the regions and the history of their use to add flavour, spiciness, colour and scent to exotic and aromatic dishes. The recipes vary from the simple to the more complex which means that there is something in there for everyone regardless of culinary skill level.
Clearly I haven't tried all of the recipes but of those I have tackled I was particularly pleased with the 'grilled swordfish with salsa romescu' (although I substituted tuna steaks) and the 'ottoman lamb'. I am not really a dessert fan but I must admit the choice of sweet recipes is tempting as are the starter recipes. This book is going to bring hours of cooking and eating pleasure in our house and will provide lots of ideas for entertaining. Brilliant!


Ultrasport Wooden Mini-golf Set - 11-piece Game
Ultrasport Wooden Mini-golf Set - 11-piece Game
Price: £22.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for children of 4 years upwards, 16 April 2016
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This is a toy golf set that offers fun for all the family. The solidly made but lightweight wooden putters are small enough for 4 year olds yet big enough for older children and adults to use for fun. 3 year olds might be too young. The golf balls are made of solid plastic/resin and are about half the weight of a regular golf ball. The little bridge and tunnel obstacles, which are intended to be placed between the 'tee' and the holes, are made of wood and are quite narrow - necessitating a degree of skill on the part of the player. That degree of difficulty is something that younger players may find difficult but older children will enjoy pitting their skills against. An excellent toy for indoor and outdoor use.


Rockport Bl 3 Venetian, Men's Mocassins, Blue (Navy Wsh Nbk), 9 UK (43 EU)
Rockport Bl 3 Venetian, Men's Mocassins, Blue (Navy Wsh Nbk), 9 UK (43 EU)
Price: £75.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely smart/casual summer shoes., 15 April 2016
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These are excellent lightweight moccasin style summer shoes equally at home as day or casual evening wear at home or on holiday. The navy blue leather is soft and flexible and the soles have a very effective non-slip tread and are trendily edged in contrasting creamy white. The uppers are made of slightly crinkly leather - again with contrasting creamy white stitching. They are extremely comfortable - partly due to the memory foam insoles as well as the softness of the leather and they are very smart in appearance.
Apparently they are also machine-washable! Although I haven't put that to the test I have no reason to doubt the manufacturer's claim.
Lovely shoes. Delighted with them.


Huggies DryNites Girls Pants 4-7 Years, Designs May Vary - 6 Packs (Total 6 x 10 Wipes)
Huggies DryNites Girls Pants 4-7 Years, Designs May Vary - 6 Packs (Total 6 x 10 Wipes)
Price: £21.00

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent night time toilet training aid., 15 April 2016
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I wasn't familiar with this brand of kid's absorbent night pants before - being more au-fait with the Huggies equivalent. I have to say these are just as good. They are soft with stretchy sides for comfort and they look and even feel like real pants. In terms of absorbency they seem to hold a lot of fluid without feeling sodden. The little girly motifs will appeal to very young ladies.


Yogandha Relax Body Oil 125 ml
Yogandha Relax Body Oil 125 ml
Price: £24.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has a calming unwinding effect., 15 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a lovely gently soothing therapeutic body oil. While I was very familiar with the lavender oil component I had never heard of vetiver oil before. So now for the educational bit:-
Vetiver oil, also known as khus oil in India is a lesser-known plant oil that is derived from a type of perennial grass. It has an earthy fragrance, reminiscent of patchouli, with a hint of lemon. It is said to have calming and anxiolytic effect.
In this product the vetiver combines nicely with the lavender to produce a light multi-layered fragrance with underlying almond tones. It avoids smelling like cheap furniture polish - a problem with some lavender based 'essential oils'. The sesame oil base is also light and non-greasy. The effect on the skin is to leave it feeling silky smooth with a light healthy looking sheen. The silky smoothness is still evident even after showering.The effect of the fragrance on the senses is to leave the user feeling restful and calm. It is these qualities which make this an ideal massage oil or post-bathing / pre-bedtime skin therapy.
I should also mention that a little goes a long way. Recommended.


Kleenex 7993 Hand Cleanser Dispenser Starter Pack, Cassette, Plastic
Kleenex 7993 Hand Cleanser Dispenser Starter Pack, Cassette, Plastic
Price: £36.34

4.0 out of 5 stars A functional and hygienic hand wash dispenser, 11 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a robust hand cleanser dispenser with a full refill handwash sachet included. The dispenser administers a measured amount of the light foam-based cleanser into the palm of your hand and there is sufficient in a single refill for thousands of washing episodes. The cleanser is gentle on the skin, rinses easily and doesn't cause dryness or redness so it is good for frequent handwashing. The dispenser is about 9" tall and 4" ◊ 4" in terms of depth and width. It is strongly made and quite weighty. Although it comes with double sided sticky pads for mounting on the wall they are not really strong enough to hold it in-situ. You will have to use the screws and fixings provided. In relation to appearance - the unit does look a bit functional but would not be out of place in restaurant or workplace situations but I wouldn't put it in a domestic bathroom.


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