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Philips HR1867/21 Viva Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt - Brushed Aluminium
Philips HR1867/21 Viva Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2 Litre, 700 Watt - Brushed Aluminium
Price: £90.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Easier to clean, smaller footprint, what's not to like?, 22 May 2015
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Juicers are just getting better and better. I've had a few over the years, and this makes two big improvements. Firstly, the footprint is much smaller. Juicers used to spit the pulp into a big container that was attached to the side of the machine, meaning they took up loads of valuable worktop space. That might not sound a big deal, but after the novelty has worn off, keeping the juicer in a cupboard and having to get it out and assemble it can be a big barrier to juicing. This one is a big improvement - it's still bigger than a kettle, but not massively so, and as long as you haven't got cupboards that overhang (as it is quite tall), it could probably live tucked away in a corner.

The second big improvement is making it easy to clean. Cleaning juicers used to require quite a bit of dis-assembly, and then lots of poking around with a brush to get rid of fiddle seeds and pulp that were lodged in the mechanism. This was clearly a universally hated task - hence the development of a juicer with "quick clean" in the title. And quick clean it is. The claimed one minute clean is pushing things a bit far - it definitely takes longer than that, but five minutes should get you cleaned, dried and re-assembled.

The performance of the machine is excellent. A wide load chute minimises prep time and it's pretty quiet in operation. All in all a really good juicer that would be a good buy for first time and regular juicers.


Andis Agc Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clippers
Andis Agc Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clippers
Price: £125.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for new (non-pro) groomers, even with shaggy hounds!, 22 May 2015
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I have two cocker spaniels and a black russian terrier. The latter is eight stone of big, shaggy bear. My first attempt at home grooming with some cheap wahl clippers I bought at a pet store was disastrous. I'm pretty sure all the other dogs at the park were sniggering at my poor spaniel, but I'm pretty sure the under-powered tools made my first attempt look even worse.

Recently I decided to try again, and went with some more expensive Wahl clippers (badged as professional) which were much better. They worked fine on the spaniels, but struggled with the Russian's thick coat. It was a similar story with the high-end cordless Moser clippers I tried next, so finally I landed on these Andis.

In short, worth every penny. Gets through even the thickest coats easily. Really powerful, pretty quiet and with a nice long cord. I bought the additional combs (the magnetic, metal ones) which work brilliantly too. I'm delighted with these tools, with a bit of help from some youtube grooming videos, I've managed a decent job at last.

They may seem expensive for a non-professional, but I was paying a groomer £35 for each of my spaniels, and £70 for the Russian, so the payback period is pretty short. I'd recommend these to any owners of thick coated dogs without hesitation.


Philips Sonicare AirFloss HX8211/02 Rechargeable Power Flosser
Philips Sonicare AirFloss HX8211/02 Rechargeable Power Flosser
Price: £50.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like many of the other reviewers, 22 May 2015
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Really impressed with this. Like many of the other reviewers, I've been an on-off flosser for years, but always found it a fiddly habit, and particularly struggled to floss further back in my mouth. Intrigued by the Airfloss and impressed by the reviews I took the plunge. After two weeks' use I'm really impressed. It's quick, easy to use, and based on what it blasts out, effective. It definitely reaches places that an electric toothbrush and mouthwash doesn't, and leaves a nice fresh feeling.

Loses a star only because it's fairly pricey for what seems relatively simple technology.

My tip for new users - keep your lips together when you use it, otherwise you get a blast of mouthwash over the mirror!


Wahl Rex 1230 Multi Cut Pro Pet Clipper
Wahl Rex 1230 Multi Cut Pro Pet Clipper
Price: £61.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Great for cocker spaniels, struggled a bit with a monster thick coat, 7 May 2015
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Firstly, I'm not a professional groomer. Far from it. I recently started grooming my three dogs (two cocker spaniels and an enormous black russian terrier). After a bad experience with some cheap clippers bought from a pet shop, I have been looking for something with more performance.

Firstly the good points. These clippers are simple to use and come in a handy plastic carry case. They've got two plastic combs to cover some basic changes in hair length, and there is a bit of adjustment with the blade itself. There's a little pot of oil included and a small brush for cleaning. They are not too heavy and despite what I read in some reviews, pretty quiet and I didn't find they got too hot.

The challenge came with the big hairy dogs. The clippers worked fine on the cocker spaniels and I'm happy to recommend for that type of dog. However, they did struggle with the big, thick russian coat and took a long time to get through it. I'd borrowed a friend's professional clippers and they were much faster and easier. Overall, not the best choice for my big hairy beast, but for a less challenging coat, these would be a good choice


Philips HR2162/91 Viva Collection Blender, 600 Watt, 2 Litre
Philips HR2162/91 Viva Collection Blender, 600 Watt, 2 Litre
Price: £47.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Great entry into the world of smoothies, 28 April 2015
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If you're weighing up a juicer v smoothie maker, this blender makes a strong case for smoothies. If a blender works well, with a smoothie you get all the goodness from the fruit and veggies, including all the important fibre that helps balance out the sugar that naturally occurs in fruit. Nutrition aside, what really makes a difference is how good is your kit, and will you use it.

This blender is an excellent first choice to see if you will regularly make smoothies and the like. It's more powerful than the standard, although falls short of some of the commercial or higher end blenders. What it means in practice though is it will cope with frozen fruit, nuts and ice cubes, although they do take a bit longer to get really smooth than they would in my 1200 watt magimix (which is double the power but more than double the price of this machine). For regular fruit and veg it blends with ease.

A really important factor in the ease of use decision is how easy is it to clean. The Philips scores highly here - it's nice and simple - I just give it a rinse then half fill with water and washing up liquid, and job done. A quick wipe down, and it's ready to go again. Some juicers I have owned have required significant disassembling and part by part cleaning, which really puts you off using them. Another ease of use decision, is how big the machine is. This is reasonably hefty, but has a reasonably small footprint, so easy enough to just pop in the corner after use.

Overall, this is a really good blender and represents great value for money. I've deducted a star as (1) the top section is plastic, whereas a solid glass jug feels more durable; and (2) the power isn't right at the top end of what's possible, but for most uses it's more than adequate and is a great starting point for an entry into the smoothie world.


Designer Kids Swimming Goggles - Junior Size For Boys And Girls [Age 3 To 12 Years Old] - Extremely Rare Goggles - Bright Orange Colour - Breathtakingly Designed - Distinct Style - Superb Quality - Comfortable Fit For Children - 100% Customer Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee
Designer Kids Swimming Goggles - Junior Size For Boys And Girls [Age 3 To 12 Years Old] - Extremely Rare Goggles - Bright Orange Colour - Breathtakingly Designed - Distinct Style - Superb Quality - Comfortable Fit For Children - 100% Customer Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee
Offered by Seagull UK
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best children's goggles we've tried (and we've tried a lot!), 27 April 2015
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With an 11 year-old that swims competitively, I have tried numerous kids' goggles over the years. The usual suspects from Zoggs and Speedo often never quite hit the mark and rarely last. Initial impressions of these are very good. The replaceable nose bridges are dead easy to pop in and out, and meant a great fit for my six year old. That they come in a solid carry case and have a spare strap is a real bonus. Highly recommended for any little swimmer.


BecoThings Eco-Friendly Poo Bag Refills
BecoThings Eco-Friendly Poo Bag Refills
Price: £2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A genuine upgrade if you have a big dog, 24 April 2015
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As well as my two cocker spaniel, I have a big dog - a Russian Black Terrier (worth googling if you like dogs). She is 8 stone of awesome russian bear. Understandably, her, ahem, output is proportionately sized. These bags are strong and big enough to cope with this, and are made of a much better material than your standard supermarket or bob martin poo bag. They tear off the roll and open up easily.

So, all good - recommended for big dog owners (I probably wouldn't bother if you only have small/medium dogs). Lose one star as (a) they are bright green - let's be honest no-one likes to advertise that they are carrying a bag of poo; and (b) don't have handles, which I think make tying a bit easier.


Winnie the Bold! (Winnie the Witch)
Winnie the Bold! (Winnie the Witch)
by Laura Owen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Winnie delivers again, 17 April 2015
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If you're a Winnie fan, as my five year old is, then you'll know what to expect from this. Four new stories which I won't spoil by describing, but which very much follow the pattern of previous adventures. Great illustrations and humour, and the return of the all the familiar characters. There's no reason why a newcomer to Winnie couldn't start with this volume, although personally I really like the larger format books with the colour illustrations. A good read and well worth the money.


Panasonic ALL3 Wireless Speaker System (White)
Panasonic ALL3 Wireless Speaker System (White)
Offered by Crampton And Moore
Price: £209.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good sound, functionality could be better - check out your streaming services are supported, 9 April 2015
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A mixed review based on a mixed hardware and software experience. Starting with the positives, the sound the little speaker puts out is pretty impressive. Bass sounds good and overall clarity is good. It's surprisingly loud, and would do well for dinner party, background music, or perhaps a small house party. It's not Bose quality, but doesn't disappoint for the price.

Where I was disappointed, was the streaming options. While I have a decent amount of my digital music stored locally on various laptops, tablets and phones, the majority is backed up in itunes match and google play. It's not possible to stream from these services at the moment, massively limiting what I could do with it. Spotify premium is supported, so I'm not sure why Panasonic couldn't "unlock" all the other services, and as a result I suspect that there will be plenty of digital music users who give this a miss until they do. You might think that you could simply access these services via your iphone (or Android device, but note there is now app for Windows mobile), and then output the sound to the speaker, but unfortunately it requires you to play all the music through the panasonic app. The app itself is fine - easy to use and seems stable, but did being forced to use it felt a bit restrictive.

Overall, three stars. If all your music is held locally and you're happy using the Panasonic app (or you're a Spotify premium customer), this will probably work well for you. If not, you might want to look elsewhere.


Little Book of Clarity: A Quick Guide to Focus and Declutter Your Mind
Little Book of Clarity: A Quick Guide to Focus and Declutter Your Mind
by Jamie Smart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a business book, not quite a spirituality book, 23 Mar. 2015
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This is a surprisingly difficult review to write - let me explain. I've followed Jamie Smart's work for a while, and without fail have enjoyed what he delivers. From his earlier nlp training through to his more recent "3 principles" books, he writes well and communicates the key points very well.

His last book, Clarity was similar in many ways to The Inside Out revolution bu Michael Neill. Based on the idea that your reality is created by thought emerging from consciousness, it moves beyond the usual realms of business self-help and encourages the reader not to change the nature or structure of their thinking (which was very much where Jamie appeared to be earlier in his career), but to see the true nature of reality.

The challenge of course is that whether Jamie likes it or not, this takes the reader firmly into the area of spirituality, whereas the book seems marketed towards the business/self-help reader. I do accept, that there is a blurred line between the two, but this definitely crosses into the spirituality category, and when looked at in that light, it simply doesn't go far enough.

If reviewed as a spirituality book, this then becomes a sort of "advaita-lite" explanation of non-duality. Everything is connected energy etc. If this was an area that the reader wanted to explore, they would probably be better starting with Ramana Maharshi, Gangaji or Mooji who have spent lifetimes teaching this type of philosophy.

So in summary, I did like this book. Very readable and a clear, logical bridge from traditional western thinking to a very different understanding of life. However for a Westerner looking for increased productivity or reduced stress, I'm not sure that this would take them far enough along the spiritual path this books points to in order to get the results they were seeking.


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