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Sony XDR-V1BTD Portable DAB/DAB+ Clock Radio with Bluetooth - Black
Sony XDR-V1BTD Portable DAB/DAB+ Clock Radio with Bluetooth - Black
Price: £129.97

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully stylish and audibly impressive unit, only limited by DAB reception and a few absent bells and whistles, 18 Jun. 2016
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First thing I noticed out of the box was this radio's futuristic cuboid design, with its beautiful wood-grain upper surface. Nice! Set up is an absolute doddle; it scans all available stations and you can assign your favourites to the five pre-set buttons. All other stations are easily accessible by spinning the nicely tactile tuning dial. For such a compact unit, both DAB and FM play in quite awesome, clear but room-filling sound (Jazz FM on DAB playing as I type this). The Bluetooth connectivity is a welcome bonus and my iPad paired effortlessly. The lithium battery showed a full charge after a couple of hours plugged into the mains and should give 17 hours autonomy in DAB mode. That is truly impressive compared with a previous PURE DAB radio I owned. They've even implemented a very thoughtful and welcome dimmer function for the LCD display, so you can turn the clock's brightness right down for bedroom use.Audio in, headphone out, sleep and timer functions are everything you'd expect. The user guide folds out map-like into one huge sheet, but all the functions are amply explained and clearly illustrated.

OK, so far so pretty damn excellent. Onto my few criticisms; first, I noticed that DAB reception seems to be marginally less effective than my PURE Elan DAB radio and I heard the dreaded "bubbling mud" effect on some weaker stations until I relocated the Sony to a more optimum (i.e. elevated) position. Next, for a reasonably expensive unit, the absence of a pause and rewind DAB function and not even a basic remote control is slightly disappointing. No big deal though. The sound quality and gorgeous look of this unit makes such little omissions easy to forgive.

So, to summarise, whilst the lack of some advanced technical features may make this unit a little underwhelming if you expect it to perform as the principle DAB radio in your home, as a stylish bedroom clock/radio, this lovely little radio is hard to beat.


Rapesco Supaclip 40 Refill Clips - Blue, Pack of 100
Rapesco Supaclip 40 Refill Clips - Blue, Pack of 100
Price: £4.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Love these attractive and extremely useful clips, 18 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've long been an enthusiastic advocate of the Supaclip system. So much more convenient than stapling or paper clips for temporarily attaching documents. They snap onto your document with a satisfying snap! Now, with the availability of coloured Supaclips, they look very attractive too. My pack of 100 powder blue clips (confusingly labelled as '40', because that is how many sheets of paper can be clipped) came with a complementary Supaclip dispenser and a small selection of other coloured clips. Very nice product!


Post-it® Index Flags - Blue - Repositionable - 50 Flags Per Pack - 25mm
Post-it® Index Flags - Blue - Repositionable - 50 Flags Per Pack - 25mm
Offered by Hellifield Office Supplies
Price: £1.84

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy little tags, 17 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
... and a perfect fit for my Post-It combi dispenser. For the temporary marking/indexing of documents, these little tags are ideal and, at this reasonable price, represent good value for money.


Liteway Filament 4w BC B22 Golfball LED Bulb, 470 Lumen, Warm White, 40w Traditional Replacement
Liteway Filament 4w BC B22 Golfball LED Bulb, 470 Lumen, Warm White, 40w Traditional Replacement
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Very attractive and (hopefully) very long-lived bulb, 17 Jun. 2016
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With a claimed 20,000 hour longevity, this bulb, which I've just installed in my bedroom, should last many years. In fact, I've never had one of these next generation energy saving bulbs blow yet. With these next generation LED bulbs, I particularly like the filament design, which gives it a delightful retro look. It does make it look rather fragile but, the blurb claims the bulb is resistant to shock and vibration. It illuminates instantly and gives a pleasing warm and cosy glow, without any noticeable flicker. OK, so it's around 10 times the price of the equivalent incandescent bulb but, if it lasts 20 times longer, uses a tenth of the electricity and looks beautiful, what's not to like? Lovely product.


Post-it Index 25.4mm x 38mm Strong Flags with Coloured Tips - Green/ Blue/ Red (66 Flags)
Post-it Index 25.4mm x 38mm Strong Flags with Coloured Tips - Green/ Blue/ Red (66 Flags)
Price: £6.19

4.0 out of 5 stars As useful as ever but ..., 15 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
... this triplet pack of index tabs are presented in a side-by-side pack and are inseparable and therefore will not fit the Post-it Designer Combi Dispenser which I'd ordered them for. Probably my fault for not scrutinising the description more carefully. In terms of their functionality, these tabs are as good as ever and, if you're looking for something to aid with indexing or mark specific pages in a workbook, you won't be disappointed.


Oral-B Genius 9000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun - White
Oral-B Genius 9000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun - White
Price: £140.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best electronic toothbrush just got better, 15 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've owned a few of these Oral-Bs over the years, from the cheapest basic model, up to this high-tech Bluetooth-enabled little beauty and have always been impressed with their performance. My previous model was the Pro 5000, which was the first Oral-B I owned with Bluetooth connectivity. I loved it, but the one drawback was the drastically shortened battery life (around 4 days per charge).

That problem has been addressed with this Pro 9000 model, which has more than double the battery autonomy of the 5000. It also has some other improved design features, such as the slightly larger and partly rubberised body, the LED charging and battery life indicators, the illuminated colour-coded light-ring and the second button to allow you to easily switch between brushing modes. The storage case is now much more robust and incorporates a charging port for both the Oral-B and your smartphone.

All the traditional features are there too, including the pressure sensor to warn when you're pressing too hard and the choice of normal, gentle or pulsed mode at the push of a button. I really like this, as it allows me to go carefully around some bridgework and then switch back to full-on mode for the rest of my gnashers. If your budget is tight then whether these extras are sufficient to justify paying many times the price of the basic Oral-B model is debatable I suppose, but I for one definitely appreciate these features. Three replacement heads are included.

As for the innovative Bluetooth capability, well my initial thoughts were that this was an over-engineered and unnecessary solution. After downloading the (free) app and pairing my iPad with the Oral-B though, I found this to be quite fun and effective. You get a very visual timer, which encourages you to brush for the recommended 2 minutes. You can track your brushing activity over specified time periods. You get various other hints and tips for good oral hygiene and an on-line shop where you can order Oral-B products through a variety of suppliers and look for the best prices. You can even choose to read the news headlines or check on the weather while you'e brushing. I suppose this is all a bit OTT, but I think it probably will encourage me to improve the regularity of my brushing. If you've already used the Bluetooth app with a previous Oral-B, it's very easy to switch the connection to the Pro 9000 and continue with your data collecting.

As for Oral-B's claims, whilst I'm always suspicious of any claim including the words "up to..." (as any figure prefixed by "up to" must also encompass the value zero!), I have no doubt that use of a decent power toothbrush such as this will provide far better cleaning and remove more plaque than manual brushing.

Just used it this morning and my teeth really do feel dentist-clean. Overall definitely recommended - this is money well spent to invest in your oral health.


STV International STV429 The Buzz Citronella LED Colour-Change Candle
STV International STV429 The Buzz Citronella LED Colour-Change Candle
Offered by Murrell Trading
Price: £9.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice light show, but pricey and the concept feels rather wasteful, 15 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The candle lights readily, gives off an unobtrusive citronella smell and soon starts to display the colour cycling effect, which is attractive and surprisingly bright. To add a little mood lighting to al fresco evening dining in my garden, this is a nice item. The added bonus is that citronella has some effect in keeping flying insects away.

A quick Internet search though reveals that there are many similar products out there at much lower prices. Furthermore, it doesn't feel very 'green' that, once the wax portion of the candle is expired (estimated 30 to 37 hours), you have to throw away the LED lights.


Parker Jotter Bond Street Black Chrome Trim Ball Pen Medium Nib - Gift Boxed
Parker Jotter Bond Street Black Chrome Trim Ball Pen Medium Nib - Gift Boxed
Price: £14.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's favourite biro, 13 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Parker jotter has been an iconic writing implement since the middle of the last century and this particular model, in matt black and brushed steel looks as classy as ever. It writes beautifully straight out of the box and the plunger has a reassuringly positive clicking mechanism. Only criticism is that, unlike jotters from a few years ago, this one is lacking the metal protective ring at the end of the barrel and the RRP seems to have crept up again. Nice pen, which should last many years.


ROCCAT - Kova Pure Performance Gaming Mouse (7000 DPI, Left/Right-Hand, 12 Programmable Mouse Buttons) grey/black
ROCCAT - Kova Pure Performance Gaming Mouse (7000 DPI, Left/Right-Hand, 12 Programmable Mouse Buttons) grey/black
Price: £44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive functionality in a compact and very stylish mouse, 11 Jun. 2016
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The Kova looks superb and, for the very reasonable price you get 12 programmable buttons, which can be configured to provide 24 functions. It's nicely ergonomic - feels very comfortable in use, and is very pleasing on the eye. All keys respond with a classy, positive click and the scroll wheel is beautifully tactile. Even the colour cycling effect, although a bit gimmicky, does look stylish. The USB cable adds to the feeling of quality, with its classy, braided finish.

Only criticisms, for which I deducted one star, are that the Swarm software update initially locked my PC up, forcing a hard reboot. It seems to have recovered though and is working fine now. The other issue is probably down to my inexperience with using such a sophisticated mouse; to apply the required leverage on some of the side buttons, I found myself accidentally pressing a button on the opposite side of the mouse. No big deal though and I'm sure I will soon get used to things before very long.

Overall this is an impressive and good value high-tech mouse, which is sure to enhance your gaming experience or even simply for everyday computer use where a high-precision mouse is of benefit.


Sevenhills Wholefoods 250 g Organic New Zealand Wheatgrass Powder
Sevenhills Wholefoods 250 g Organic New Zealand Wheatgrass Powder
Offered by Sevenhills Wholefoods
Price: £8.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably priced but not very palatable food additive and bad after-effects, 10 Jun. 2016
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All sorts of claims have been made for the health benefits of wheatgrass, from alleviating the symptoms of IBS, lowering blood pressure and a general detoxification through to outlandish claims about slowing and even reversing the ageing process.

Problem is, that it doesn't taste very nice. This morning I stirred a teaspoon of the very fine green powder into some natural yoghurt and my wife tried a similar amount on her porridge. Well the wheatgrass has a very fine consistency (similar to talcum powder) which means it is easily mixed into your food, but the fairly pronounced grassy taste is still noticeable. Now, a couple of hours later, I'm feeling slightly bloated and faintly nauseous. There are warnings on the pack about consulting your doctor before using this product but, seriously, who would trouble their doctor for that? This does concern me slightly that insufficient toxicity tests have been carried out on this product.

I'm going to gulp down some water and see if the feeling passes. If I decide to persevere with this product (which, at the moment seems doubtful), I will use a smaller amount henceforth.

**** update ****

Tried using less than a teaspoon, but still experienced the unpleasant feverish feeling and sweating. There are clear toxicity issues with this product and I will not risk suit again and have disposed of it. Review reduced to 1 star.


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