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Science in Sport 500g Chocolate Rego Rapid Recovery
Science in Sport 500g Chocolate Rego Rapid Recovery
Price: £7.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars and as a drink is more easily digestible than solids, 2 Mar. 2015
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As a long distance cyclist, I've had to get fairly serious about nutrition so I do think about what I'm going to take onboard before, during and after a ride. One thing I've learnt (from the many mistakes I've made) is that getting some protein in immediately after a ride (and the consensus seems to be to aim for about 20g of protein within 15-30 mins) definitely helps recovery, particularly if you are riding hard on consecutive days.

The SiS Rego appealed as it includes carbs as well as protein, and as a drink is more easily digestible than solids. The taste and texture is pretty good, although I have to say I don't particularly look forward to it (hence it dropped a star), but the performance seems spot on. I have to say my preferred recovery combo remains a protein bar straight after the ride, and then my carbs as I rehydrate after a shower, but for ease of use, this shake is definitely worth a look.


AmazonBasics 16-Piece Cafe Stripe Dinnerware Set, Service for 4, Red
AmazonBasics 16-Piece Cafe Stripe Dinnerware Set, Service for 4, Red

4.0 out of 5 stars Basic but good, 25 Feb. 2015
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As the old Ronseal advert said, "it does what it says on the tin". A decent set of dinnerware that would be great for a first home or perhaps a holiday cottage, as well as more general everyday use. Sizes and weights are pretty much what you'd expect - not paper thin and likely to break at the drop of a hat, not heavyweight and would last for eternity. The design is simple and cheery and the picture shows the colours accurately. You know with Amazon if there are any problems with delivery, they'll sort it out for you, so why not save yourself a couple of hours in Ikea and buy online?


Aussie Shower Gel Body Wash Fresh Mate 250 ml - Pack of 6
Aussie Shower Gel Body Wash Fresh Mate 250 ml - Pack of 6
Price: £17.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Good things come in small packages, 13 Feb. 2015
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I was slightly taken aback when these arrived as the bottles were smaller than I was expecting. However the gel itself is quite thick, and you don't need much to get squeaky clean. The smell is nice and refreshing and a good way to start the day. I was hoping for a little more zing, but overall, a good product I will buy again (eventually as the six bottles are lasting a long time!).


Finish All in One Max Original Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Finish All in One Max Original Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Price: £20.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like many of the other reviewers, 2 Feb. 2015
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A top notch wash really. Like many of the other reviewers, I tend to think of dishwasher tablets as a commodity, being quite happy to buy supermarket brand, or whatever name product is on offer. These had a couple of qualities I liked - the tablets come in a soluble wrapper, which makes them easy to just grab out of the bag and pop in the machine. Yes it's only a second or so that it saves, but it does feel like less hassle. The second plus point is that they really do clean well,, even when your dishwasher is low on, or out of, rinse aid. Why not five stars? Well, they are not the cheapest, but undoubtedly a high quality product which in my opinion is worth the money.


Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
by Alexander Osterwalder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Few business books deliver as much as this, 26 Jan. 2015
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This is a brilliant book, and if you liked the business model generator book by the same authors, you'll like this. This is a beautifully presented (lots of colourful visuals) book that walks you step by step through the process of understanding customer needs, and then creating and communicating a compelling value proposition to meet those needs.

In my opinion, this is a critical business skill, whether you work in a large corporate (which I do at the moment), or run your own business (which I have in the past). This book and its sister book on business model generation are absolutely fantastic ways of approaching this subject, whether you are a complete beginner, or whether you have been doing this for years. It's simplicity does not mean it lacks depth, rather it is just more accessible and effective than many of the theoretical books I read for my MBA.

Really highly recommended.


Philips HR1855/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt - Black
Philips HR1855/01 Viva Collection Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt - Black
Price: £54.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The evolution of juicing, 12 Dec. 2014
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I've had three previous juicers over the last ten years (a magimix, a breville and another philips) , and each one was better than the last. It's been a good five years since I bought the last one, and it's interesting to see how they have evolved. The magimix was pretty primitive - difficult to clean and not particularly effective. The breville was much better, and the philips only really improved on the breville by having a much wider tube, which means you don't have to faff around cutting up smaller fruit prior to juicing. Making it easy to clean and having a wide chute might not sound like a big deal, but if you use it regularly, it does make a difference.

This iteration has another much needed improvement - the pulp stays in the machine rather than be pushed out into a separate container. It might not sound like much of a change, but one of the problems with juicers is that they are big heavy beasts, and take up a lot of cupboard or worktop space. This one is much smaller than I anticipated - the build quality seems to suffer slightly in the transition, but overall I think this is an improvement. It's a good price (£50) at the time of writing the review and has all the improvements from my previous juicers - easy to clean, large chute etc. It seems powerful enough and is surprisingly quiet.

If you've not juiced before, get a good juicing book for recipes - until you've followed a few it's probably best not to experiment too much (or perhaps I was just unlucky in the combinations I chose!). I like the Jason Vale books, but the Innocent one has some good juices in too.

All in all, a great first juicer.


Fisher-Price Rainforest Infant to Toddler Rocker
Fisher-Price Rainforest Infant to Toddler Rocker
Offered by NURSERY THYME
Price: £59.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Really pleased. Got this for my godson (3 months) and ..., 25 Oct. 2014
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Really pleased. Got this for my godson (3 months) and it's a huge success. Way higher quality than the versions we had a few years back for our kids, and invaluable for popping them in as you run around trying to get things done. It's really well made as you'd expect from Fisher Price and looks like it's big enough to last a while. It's not cheap, but then no baby equipment is, but recommended as a vital part of the busy parent's equipment list.


The Handbook of Market Intelligence
The Handbook of Market Intelligence
by Hans Hedin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £39.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For academics only?, 13 Aug. 2014
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I have to admit to being disappointed in this book. Business writing has moved on in the last decade, yet this still reads much like some of the text books I ploughed through on my MBA. There is some useful insight from a large scale survey on market intelligence, but that could be summed up in a couple of pages, a helpful diagnostic that allows the reader to gauge where their current market intelligence efforts rank on a scale from beginner to world class. However, aside from those highlights, the rest of the book is pretty hard going, with lots of theory about how market intelligence can operate and the benefits of getting it right, but surprisingly little of real "in the trenches" advice - this is what happens, these are the roadblocks, these are some real case studies on what works and what doesn't.

For an existing market intelligence practitioner, I think you would get little from this book. For those in the world of general management or strategy, you may pick up one or two useful tips, but probably not find enough value to justify either the cover price or your time reading. For those looking at the area from an academic perspective, then this may well be worth a read.


LEGO Juniors 10672: Batman Defend the Batcave
LEGO Juniors 10672: Batman Defend the Batcave
Price: £28.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the target age range, 26 Jun. 2014
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I got this for my nephew how loves superhero lego. The challenge is that often the bigger sets are hard for him to build. Five is a difficult age in lego terms - too old for the big duplo bricks, but too little for the more complex standard sets. This fitted the bill perfectly. With a bit of encouragement he could build it himself, which gave a great sense of satisfaction when completed.

As with all lego - great quality, it always work and will last for years and years. Enough in the set with the three figures and the mini-batmobile to get hours of play.

One star deducted for price - the licensed sets (batman, lord of the rings, star wars etc) just seem a little too pricey compared to the standard lego to me.


Gear Up: Test Your Business Model Potential and Plan Your Path to Success
Gear Up: Test Your Business Model Potential and Plan Your Path to Success
by Lena Ramfelt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - if you liked business model generator, you'll love this, 26 Jun. 2014
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Hugely accessible approach to starting and launching a successful business. Really well laid out both in terms of structure and presentation. Takes you from an idea to money in the bank through a series of logical and engaging steps. The process starts with customer and helps you think not just what problem you are solving for them, but also how you will delight them. It's then on to customer acquisition (sounds better than sales!) and the business model (how to make money). There is some really interesting insight on competitors and partners that encourages you to think more broadly, and then finally the book looks at global expansion and building a team.

Some of this might sound a bit heavyweight if you just have plans for a small business, but it's the sort of book you can easily dip in and out of. I really liked (and still like) the Business Model Generation book, and think that rather than them competing, they actually work well together.

This is a great book, recommended for anyone with an idea they want to take to market.


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