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Shoe String Shoe Cleaning Brush Set 89968 Brown
Shoe String Shoe Cleaning Brush Set 89968 Brown
Offered by Shoe Butler
Price: £4.78

43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than cheap supermarket brushes, saves time on polishing., 24 April 2011
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A cheap suit can make a great impression on people, if a little attention to the details is carried out. Conversely scuffed shoes will make a good suit look unimpressive. To get those shoes shined up, you need a set of brushes and polish. Yes you can use cheap brushes sold in supermarkets, with their nylon bristles. But the finish they give will not be the best, and will take longer to achieve.

Switch to natural brush fibres like these horse hair brushes, and your shoes will shine up quicker, plus the finish you get will be much better. The quality of the brushes is great, and the great lollipop style brush is perfect for application. These brushes are a good investment if personal grooming and appearance is important to you, or you have a job where personal appearance is important.

Other tips for the best shine with brushes:

Use a good quality shoe polish like normal Kiwi shoe polish (brands like 'guardsman gloss' are budget brands that are harder to work into the leather)

Never use 'Parade Gloss' type substances, it contains the wrong mix of ingredients for brush polishing, and produces a greasy finish and is hard to work into the leather.

If your shoes are new, or they need an extra special shine, then a tiny amount of polish on a fingertip worked into the toecaps for 10 mins then given 10 mins hardening/drying time prior to brush polishing will work wonders.

Like polishing the paint finish on a car, the first few layers will be relatively rough, but as you lay up subsequent layers, the finish will get better with each and every layer of polish.


Honda CR-V CRV (1997-2001) Tailored Black Car Mats Set Premium Range
Honda CR-V CRV (1997-2001) Tailored Black Car Mats Set Premium Range
Offered by AoE Performance
Price: £34.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fit, great quality, 24 April 2011
Got these on order the day I decided to buy my CR-V. They arrived very quickly, and the fit is impressive, slotting in exactly in my car. The drivers mat requires two pegs to be fitted to ensure it does not shift about while driving. Its an easy enough procedure, and certainly offers protection to your car from muddy feet.

The quality of the matts is great, and has a nice edge binding that means they'll maintain their look for years to come.

All in all these are a good investment to keep your car tidy, and are highly recommended.


Jihad!: The Secret War in Afghanistan
Jihad!: The Secret War in Afghanistan
by Tom Carew
Edition: Paperback

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the armchair experts, its a great story., 24 April 2011
Firstly the background to the author and the book itself needs dealing with, before writing a review on the book itself:

The thing people have the problem with, in relation to this book is the authors SAS claims (and then subsequently positioning himself as an expert in islamic fundamentalism). People knock this book in a kind of knowing way trying to state that "Tom Carew" (real name Philip Sessarego) has 'never passed any entrance tests.' In fact he passed the majority of SAS entrance tests, failing the last leg of 'endurance' with an injured knee. He even impressed the training staff so much he was not RTU'd and kept on within the SAS to allow him to go back and re-take the failed test. Subsequent events and regimental politics forced 'Tom Carew' to walk away from the SAS before he re-took the endurance test.

However maybe out of bitterness to the regiment, maybe out of an eye to increase book sales, he expanded on his role within the regiment by embellishing the truth and trying to state he was ex-SAS. Now i'm not trying to defend anyone passing themselves off as something they are not. Sessarego deserves a degree of disdain, for the ex-SAS claims, but this often seems to cloud peoples perceptions of the book itself. Now had Sessarego stated himself to be an ex-British Soldier, who turned mercenary on the private circuit, this would have been more accurate and less controversial.

Now the book itself:

If the truth be known had he sticked closer to the truth the guy would be wealthy right now, as the book had become an international best seller, by the time the questions were raised about the SAS claims. Despite this, in itself the book was one of the first realistic accounts of what it was like to live and fight in a guerilla style war alongside the Mujahideen, at a time when Afghanistan was under Russian occupation.

If you want you can dismiss this book as a work of total fiction, yet to do so would be short sighted. The story itself, for an ex-soldiers tale no better or worse written than many other books (including one or two "factual" bestselling books that have subsequently been proven to be highly unreliable). Anyone who knows soldiers, and their propensity to expand upon the truth, will recognise that the trick to telling a story is to make it interesting regardless of the facts. And this book manages this in abundance, and at its heart is great tale for anyone interested, in this part of Afghanistan's history.

No one will ever really know how much of this book is fact, and how much is fiction, but does this really matter? Its a great tale of a part of history, from a perspective that often gets overlooked (if you want to read about the Russian occupation, then the gripping 9th Company 2 Disc Collectors Edition [2007] [DVD] shows the other side of the coin)


The Really Tiny Book Light In Purple - Personal Reading Light
The Really Tiny Book Light In Purple - Personal Reading Light
Offered by Gizoo - Gadgets & Gifts
Price: £6.95

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good while it lasted... (20 mins), 11 April 2011
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The good:

Looks nice, well designed, nice colour.
Gives a good illumination of your book (when its working)

The bad:

When it works the batteries don't last long, its 3x tiny button cells to replace each time, so it'll cost a bit to keep running over its life.
After gently attaching, and using for a few nights in a row its been nothing but bother:

The first night after 20 mins reading in bed it noticeably dimmed to half the light output over about 30 seconds, then stayed at this low level.
The second night it came on dim and started flickering between dim and bright erratically.
The third night I had to give up, it started giving a disco light display of random combinations of: off, dim, a bit less dim and bright.
After this I had to give up, no obvious problem point, such as the switch, or the joint in the neck it just simply doesn't work as required

To summarise:

For 20 mins I had no problems, after that it got progressively worse until it changed from being a nice looking reading light to being a nice looking paperweight.
If it worked more than 20 mins I'd give it 4 stars, but to be blunt its a waste of time.


A Soldier Pocket Book 2008
A Soldier Pocket Book 2008
by John Hobbis Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has the basics, but needs an update (as do some of the reviews for this book), 11 Mar 2011
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I have an old edition of this book, and thought I should spring for a slightly newer edition of this book.

Once again this books a bit of a mixed bag. All of the information is there to jog the memory for what you have already been taught, not be the authoritative teaching guide to any of the topics. The format is essentially unchanged, but a few of the pages are now given over to advertising.

At one end of the spectrum, some of the information is genuinely useful reminders on subject matter. While at the other end of the spectrum, some of the information is genuinely dangerous and should be ignored at all costs.

An example of this information thats genuinely dangerous is the first aid information for applying a bandage over a bleed states in the book: to apply a field dressing, if the bleed doesn't stop, apply a second field dressing, then if blood comes through both dressings, then remove both the dressings and re-apply them applying firmer pressure. Removing a dressing thats being used to stem a bleed could risk someones life if it was complied with, and is completely against training doctrine (I'm a teacher in this stuff, so I'd advise ignoring the first aid section completely, and sticking to the BCD aide memoir)

However for all of this, the basic soldiering techniques and skills are covered well enough as a memory jogger. And theres useful sections on Mines awareness, Basic field craft, and handy refreshers on giving a lesson, signals, NBC, map reading etc.

The main problem is that there are entire sections of the info could do with a refresh, other than this its a useful backup for those odd times you get volun-told to give a lesson at short notice.

Definitely of use as a back-up memory jogger, but the whole skill at arms section has been removed and made into a book of its own.


Open Season 3 [DVD] [2011]
Open Season 3 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Ciara Bravo
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: £2.75

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like Open Season, avoid this like the plague., 29 Dec 2010
This review is from: Open Season 3 [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Whats wrong with this?

Pretty much every big name voice artist pulled out on this (basically all the main characters from the first and second films), so all the voices are now done by less well known people trying to impersonate the big name stars they are filling in for. The Result: The voices just don't sound right, most notably the person trying to replace the voice of Billy Connolly does a really embarrassingly bad "Scottish" accent that veers off into Irish and almost Australian at times.

The Story is weak and predictable, so much so that my 6 year old was able figure out the ending.

The animation style of the original was not especially graceful, but this just feels sloppy at times, and leaves you thinking that the whole film was rushed out

The "Jokes" fall short on every count.

Whats right with this?

Nothing, seriously don't waste your money, don't even try to download illegally, this movie just sucks. Its on a par with Showgirls, The Nic Cage version of the Wickerman and Battlefield Earth

The only good I can see coming from the DVD release is the studio responsible will lose a lot of money, and make them think twice about pouring out endless poor quality sequels.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sports hydration, that actually tastes good..., 27 Nov 2010
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I've tried all kinds of drinks for while working out, I have no need for sweet, sickly carb heavy drinks, just something refreshing that will replace the electrolytes I use during a run (if you're unsure: electrolytes are the salts and minerals you naturally sweat out during exercise, if these get depleted, you'll end up getting cramps).

Its a proven fact that if you are exercising for less than an hour and a half, the "sports drinks" with sugars/carbs in them are not particularly necessary, but depletion of water and electrolytes does matter.

After looking about for a sugar free solution to my hydration needs, a friend suggested i try nuun tabs. Initially sceptical I ordered a tube of these. Each tube holds 12 nuun tabs, drop one in a drinks bottle with half a litre of water, and leave it with the top off for 5 mins while they fizz away making up your drink. I find some drinks have a good taste to begin with, but get a nasty aftertaste once the drink has gone, not so with nuun the taste is really mild, and not nasty while training, and no after taste at all. I've since gone on to try all flavors except the Kona Cola (not really a fan of cola anyways) and all are great, my fave is now Tri-Berry a very mild berry flavour.

As for training benefits, never had a cramp since I started using these and I've finally found something I actually like drinking while out. The fact that theres no calories involved, just water means any exercise I do actually has a benefit. I even leave a tube in the car now which means that I can knock up a drink when times short, purely by picking up a bottle of water from a supermarket on the go is great.

In short I cant recommend these enough.
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iGadgitz Diamond Blue Durable Crystal Gel Skin Case Cover (Thermoplastic Polyurethane TPU) for Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation 8gb, 32gb, 64gb + Screen Protector
iGadgitz Diamond Blue Durable Crystal Gel Skin Case Cover (Thermoplastic Polyurethane TPU) for Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation 8gb, 32gb, 64gb + Screen Protector
Offered by iGadgitz
Price: £2.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fit, perfect for personalising your iTouch, 27 Nov 2010
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This skin does whats expected, it covers the back of the newest generation of iPod Touch (currently 4th gen, with FaceTime camera). The fit is perfect, and the material used means the back will be safe from scratches, knocks and bangs. As it wraps round and covers the edge of the front face this gives all round protection. To keep the screen itself in good condition, the included screen protector keeps the screen safe from anyone with sticky fingers (especially inquisitive kids).

All in all its a great solution for protecting your iTouch, but the bit I like most is the look of the thing, in a world of plain protective covers this one has a unique 3D effect that looks wonderful.

So between the price, the protection, the fit, the feel and the look of this skin I can only give a wholehearted reccomendation to this skin.


King Of Shaves Kinexium Advanced Shaving  Oil 20ml
King Of Shaves Kinexium Advanced Shaving Oil 20ml
Offered by Green 2 you
Price: £6.89

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best on the market. just don't shave lady bits with this!, 27 Nov 2010
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This is the real deal if you want a smooth shave. Don't bother with Shaving Gels (although this can be used with a gel at the same time). Once you use this you wont want to use anything else. Dont confuse this with cheaper inferior oils (including other oils in the king of shaves range) this really is the best out there.

For those unfamiliar with using shaving oils, wet your face with warm water, 2-3 squirts of this on your hand, then rub all over where you want to shave, wet your razor and crack on. My wife also uses this on her legs, and says its better than any of the lady shave products out there.

For lazy people, this can also be used with electric razors.

WARNING from what I'm told this induces a slight burning sensation for ladies who try using this on their lady bits. But on your face, you'll be fine.


2GB, 200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 Memory Module
2GB, 200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 Memory Module
Price: £23.34

94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got a net book? running "a bit slow"?, Get this..., 27 Nov 2010
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Have you bought a netbook? Running Windows 7 Starter? Only came with a miserly 1GB of memory? Seems to run "a bit slow"? What you want is something like this...

Windows 7 starter like most modern OS's runs at its best with more memory, and to be blunt 1GB is the bare minimum for a working system. Its like having a new car and only fitting a 10 Litre fuel tank, you can use it for a bit, but you'll never make the most of it, until you've got that bigger fuel tank.

Quick review: This memory is made by a well respected memory manufacturer. I've used 2 of these so far to upgrade both my wife, and sons netbooks, it really does make a difference, as long as you take care of a little basic computer maintenance like regular defragging hard drive, registry cleans etc. Or maybe you are looking to upgrade an old laptop running windows XP/98 etc. This is probably the cheapest, easiest and quickest way to make things run faster.

With 2GB your netbook will start to run closer to the speed of a normal computer, and thats where this comes into play. Its basic things that you will see the most improvement in, like starting windows, opening programmes etc., it all makes windows just a bit more usable in everything you do. Its a real, noticeable improvement.

DONT PAY FOR SOMEONE TO DO THIS! (unless you enjoy being ripped off)

This will take all of 3 mins to do as an upgrade, and requires nothing more than a small x point screwdriver. Its not scary to do, its not difficult to do, and yes even you can do it.

Heres a quick how to:

Order one of these, and wait for the posty.

Start by TURNING OFF your netbook, unplug it then remove the battery.

Then flip your netbook over, and look an the underneath. There should be a small hatch for the memory, probably in the region of 1 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" long, with a small picture that looks a bit like the memory module (in a kind of cubist/impressionist way). Once you've located the hatch, brandish your small x point screwdriver in a manly/womanly way (depending on what mood you are in) and pop that sucker off.

Underneath you'll see something that looks just like your new memory unit, the sides will have 2 metal clips that are holding it in place, and the bottom will be a plastic socket that all the metal contacts on the memory module slip into. Use your thumbs to GENTLY prize the two metal clips on the sides of the old memory module outwards away from the memory module. The old module will pop up slightly. Remove the old memory unit.

Pop the new module in the socket on your netbook (you got the old one out, so its no great leap of faith to refit the new one) ensure the new memory module goes fully into the socket. Theres an offset slot in the memory module, so it can only go in one way round. Refit the memory module cover.

RESULT!, you did it! pop your battery in, plug in and fire that netbook up. Enjoy your netbook at a more realistic pace. In the unlikely event it doesn't fire up, DON'T PANIC, you just need to ensure you've pushed the memory fully into its socket.
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