Richard Allen

Top Reviewer Ranking: 379
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (1,901 of 2,152)
Location: Wellington, Somerset


Top Reviewer Ranking: 379 - Total Helpful Votes: 1901 of 2152
Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour &hellip by Charly Wegelius
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful, 1 Aug 2014
I've always understood that the life of a domstique was tough, but this book made me appreciate just how hard it really is. Essentially it's little more than a life of pain and suffering. Unless you're one of the very few super domestiques, the financial rewards are pretty poor. And if you don't perform, then you're out of a job when your contract ends.

The story of how Charly fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional cyclist is very well told, giving an insight into not just his own professional life, but the way of life of the majority of the riders who make up the peloton. A story of how a world that looks so glamorous and shiney to the outside observer is so… Read more
Philips GC4511/20 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 1&hellip by Philips
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Iron, 30 July 2014
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First observations are that this iron is incredibly smooth to use, and the steam function is very controllable, as well as very powerful at its highest setting. The water tank is very large, which means I can do an hour's ironing without having to refill. There are no drips, which is great, and it has a very pointed tip, ideal for shirts. It can be quite heavy when the tank is full of water, but if that's an issue for you, you can always half fill it. All in all, hugely recommended.
Braun Oral-B PRO 4000 CrossAction 4-Mode Rechargea&hellip by Oral-B
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Will Oral-B ever exhaust the features they can add to their range? It seems that every new model has something more than the last. This time around we have one that "oscillates, rotates and pulsates" and provides a "daily clean plus visible pressure sensor, gum care, sensitive and whitening". I expect there's more processing power here than on the early space shuttles. But after a few weeks of use, it just becomes routine and I brush my teeth as I've always done. I'm not trying to be negative, just realistic. And then there's the pricing approach. Why do electric toothbrush always seem to be on offer at half price? Is it to convince you that you're getting a bargain… Read more