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Rapesco Shimma Two Hole Punch with 30 Sheet Capacity - Black
Rapesco Shimma Two Hole Punch with 30 Sheet Capacity - Black
Price: £7.84

3.0 out of 5 stars A hole in one, 17 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A hole punch with the ubiquitous paper guide, this also has a locking switch so it can fit in the box. Not only that, unusually, the tray to catch the little circles of paper flips open at the front. It's a decent weight and the black colour will go with anything.

I think these things are difficult to rate. It works but it's not something I love, so I can't give it a five star rating, nor even a four. It's not like a CD or DVD or a camera where you get plenty of enjoyment from it. To be used as and when, this is just there.

One to consider.


Sony HDR-AS50 Action Camera with 60 m Waterproof Housing,3x Zoom,SteadyShot,and Wi-Fi
Sony HDR-AS50 Action Camera with 60 m Waterproof Housing,3x Zoom,SteadyShot,and Wi-Fi
Price: £179.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lights, camera, action, 12 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:12 Mins

Ranging from the cheap and cheerful to “blimey, that's a bit pricey!”, the miniature camera market might look oversubscribed with a variety of different models and all rather confusing. If you're in the market for one, unknown names mix with branded models, of which Sony is one. The company has five models in its action cam range and this is number four in the list.

The first thing you need to know is that you cannot use this without a micro SD memory card, as there's no internal memory. Installing the appropriate software will allow you to edit, trim, caption, etc. any films and it's easy enough to use. (If I managed it, you will too.) Whilst the menus are pretty involved, there's a lot you can do with this to get it set to your liking. There's a White Balance (2500K to 9900K) setting, but you have to dig deep to find it, an EV option (+/-2.0), and a x3 zoom.

As you can see from the photo, the 170° option is very disconcerting. Everything can also be inadvertently taken upside down, so you need to ensure the 'flip' option is set to off otherwise you'll be standing on your head to view anything. It comes already in its waterproof housing and though I have no interest in taking it underwater. Don't think of keeping it in this housing for extra protection, as you'll be disappointed with the sound.

The idea is a decent one but it's the execution and handling that matters with something like this. It's small, which is the whole point, but it's also very fiddly to use and there are lots of button presses involved. The three covers also seem a bit flimsy. There's no screen to view your masterwork (you'll need a phone or the separate live view controller) and as cheaper manufacturers have managed it, I'm sure Sony could have come up with something. It also has a fish-eye look to everything. Oh, and you can't charge it whilst it's being used, which is silly.. I'm sure there's a lot going on 'under the hood' but it does seem expensive for what it is.

I know these 'head cams' are supposed to be unobtrusive and able to attach to your bicycle, etc. and they might seem enticing, but for a similar price you can get something like a Fuji XP80, a Ricoh WG30 or WG 5, or an Olympus 860 compact camera that, whilst obviously having a larger footprint, can accomplish everything this Sony can (bar 4K, and is that really important?) but also far more. And they aren't too big to use with attachment accessories. Also, when this Sony is in its waterproof housing, any size and weight gained is lost. There's nothing wrong with the film/photo quality but sorry Sony, I think there are better options out

(The short time lapse video had an interval of 10 seconds per shot on a 'Normal' viewing angle and AWB. It was a quick try to see what happened.)
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Melissa & Doug 19271 Service Station Parking Garage Toy
Melissa & Doug 19271 Service Station Parking Garage Toy
Price: £23.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Working at the Car Wash, 10 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Melissa and Doug are a favourite of Cassie, who is 4½, and her sister, Felicity, who is two years younger. They have the open doll house, some extra people, and also a 10 car vertical garage and they play with them continuously. As children are wont to do, they mix and match the characters from Playmobil into this and spend hours making up their own stories. We don't have a clue what's going on but they do.

An all-in-one car park, petrol station and car wash, all with moving parts is the business. There's not really a lot to add to what has already been written. All you need to know is those that will be using this will have hours of fun (our two certainly did). As usual, this is very well made and sturdy enough to withstand plenty of bashings. Beware though that the petrol pump is nothing but a shoe lace complete with aglet, which is the plastic bit at the end. The arch on the top advertising the 'Service Station' doubles as a carrying handle.

As a side note, it seems there are two versions of this available; a North American one with 'drive thru' and 'gas' stencilled on the garage (the company is Canadian), and a UK one that substitutes 'car wash' and arrows pointing to the petrol pump. (See photos.) Maybe the former was only sent out to a few people and now the remaining stock is the latter, but I'm only guessing. Other than that, both items are exactly the same.
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The Ice Beneath Her: The most gripping thriller you'll read all year
The Ice Beneath Her: The most gripping thriller you'll read all year
by Camilla Grebe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cracked, 4 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Detective Peter Lindgren gets a call about a body found in an apartment in an exclusive part of Stockholm. What he doesn't realise is the nature of the crime; whilst the body is lying on the floor, the head is further along the hallway, staring at the door. The body cannot be identified but the police know who owns the house. A despicable crime yes, but ten years previous he encountered a similar scene.

What I found unusual with this is that though it's a first person perspective, that perspective is from three different people. Having three main protagonists isn't a problem; it's that they all have such personal problems that it's all very negative and miserable. If you met any of this trio, you'd make your excuses and leave. As for the narrative itself, and it's fairly obvious who the perpetrator is, it dwells far too much on why these people are so pathetic and it regurgitates those reasons too many times. Once is enough. It seemed to me that the author had to keep revisiting those places for want of something interesting to write. Actually, save for a brief episode, having to read the backgrounds of two of the main characters seemed rather pointless. Why can't someone make these people happy? Why do they all have to have skeletons in their cupboards that, for the most part, do nothing to move the story along?

Reminding me a bit of Robert Pobi's 'Bloodman', this is a psychological thriller but with no twists and certainly surprises. Actually it does have one; I didn't realise that all Swedish people are as miserable as sin and all their problems are worse than the last person's. Well, that's what the author will have you thinking after reading this. I guess it will while away a few hours sitting by a swimming pool somewhere. There are better books in the genre.


2016 HOT WHEELS HW SCREEN TIME 5/5 THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE 225/250 INTERNATIONAL SHORT CARD by Hot Wheels
2016 HOT WHEELS HW SCREEN TIME 5/5 THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE 225/250 INTERNATIONAL SHORT CARD by Hot Wheels
Offered by toyarmy
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Live beneath the waves, 2 July 2016
Yellow Submarine. The song itself spawned a very successful film, which also laid the foundation for a very successful merchandising campaign. Originally it was just a Corgi model and some other bits and pieces but as time passed, it became an industry in its own right. I have in my collection five Corgi models in different boxes, a fine Christmas decoration and a plethora of other yellow submarines (including the recent bumper car version). To add to that growing collection is the recent Hot Wheels model.

Coming within their 'Screen Time' series, this is numbered 5/5, but don't think there are more Beatles models in the pipeline; the number indicates it's the fifth model in the company's film series. Mine is stamped 'J13' on the underside, though someone else has a different number. Maybe each one is individually stamped though, bizarrely, the six set of cars all have a 'J15' stamp. It must mean something. Whatever the reason, when I opened this, I was met with a look of resignation from She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO), as it meant finding yet more room.

If you're a die hard collector of either Hot Wheels, Yellow Submarine or all things Beatles, add this to your wants list, but not at the ridiculous prices shown here.


HALTI Retractable Lead, Medium, Purple
HALTI Retractable Lead, Medium, Purple
Offered by JD-MAC Ltd
Price: £17.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lead on, 25 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I had a retractable lead for the dog but, being fairly old (the lead, not me), it started to fray a bit until the harness clip decided to remove itself from the lead itself. Another one was needed as an alternative to the short lead I was using. Though I had never heard of the company, this one from Halti looked the business.

Coming in black, red, blue or purple, they'll be a colour for everyone. Mine is purple but I'm sure the dog isn't too bothered about the aesthetics. It's a comfortable hold and the thumb lock might look like a slider but all you do is push the end with your thumb to lock and again to unlock. Simples. With a 16 foot length, Murphy was able to wander around. What I didn't realise is that the lead has a reflective strip stitched along the centre. (I noticed it when I took a photo for this review.)

I have a medium lead, which is ample for Murphy, and though he does tend to pull at the start of his walk, I had no fear in this not managing. There are both large and small options available. Is it value for money? There are cheaper ones and there are dearer ones but it seems to be an average price for these things, so that's for you to decide. It's certainly one to put on your list.
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The Photographer's Pocket Book: The essential guide to getting the most from your camera
The Photographer's Pocket Book: The essential guide to getting the most from your camera
by Michael Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

2.0 out of 5 stars Snapshot, 22 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A caveat: don't think that this is a pocket 'How To' guide. Actually, I'm not sure at what group this is aimed. It's not an easy what to do hints and tips book but equally, it isn't something for the serious amateur or professional. It might be for those who are more familiar with their camera and want to take the next step. There are some decent sections on white balance, noise, dynamic range, memory cards, flash units and tripods amongst others The two pages on travelling with your equipment made for scary reading when it gave a box of 23 items, including five different lenses to take with you. We aren't all professionals.

Whilst this is easy to fit in a pocket, there isn't anything here that you would really need to refer to when you're 'in the field'; it's more 'technical', so to speak, and might be something to be dipped into when at home, which is why I'm unsure as to what the target audience is for this.

I'm not one for using Photoshop or Lightroom or any other manipulation software and whilst I realise it's now an inherent part of photography, it still annoys me when guides devote an overly large amount of space to such a thing instead of explaining to the user how to get it right in-camera. This has 60 pages of post processing advice. I skipped past them.


Hot Wheels - The Beatles Yellow Submarine - Limited Edition Set of 6 Diecast
Hot Wheels - The Beatles Yellow Submarine - Limited Edition Set of 6 Diecast
Offered by Fun Collectables
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life of ease, 21 Jun. 2016
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“What have you got there?”
“Six Yellow Submarine Hot Wheels models.”
“More stuff to try and find a place for.”
“Stuff? Wash your mouth out. And yes, I'll find somewhere for it all.”
“But you never play with any of this.”
“It's not for playing with woman; it's to add to the growing collection and to be admired.”
“Yellow Submarine didn't have cars in it.”
“Well, it had one that both George and Ringo were seen driving but it changed colour three times, so I'm not really sure where the connection is between John and a 'Cockney Cab II' that has a radiator grill remarkably similar to a Rolls Royce, or Paul and something called a 'Fish'D N Chip'D' that looks like a Jaguar. But George did own and drive a Mini. As for the Yellow Submarine bumper car, that's anyone's guess.”
“Where is Ringo?”
“Oh, here in the 'Fast Felion'. And no, I have no idea what that is. Made up names, obviously.”
“What's that last one?”
“Apparently, it's a Blue Meanie 'Kool Kombi', though why it's a VW Dormobile is beyond me. And don't ask me why is there a surfboard in the back?”
“Why is there a...They look quite cute, though.”
“Yes, and pocket money stuff too. And as it's official Beatles merchandise, someone at Apple and Subafilms must have authorised them.”
“I still think you're a bit too old for this.”
“What do you mean? Yellow Submarine is close to 50 years ago.”
“Hmm, I suppose they'll look okay alongside all your other bits and bobs.”
“See, I told you they will fit in.”
“So why has Mattel suddenly brought out these?”
“Well, the film itself might be closing in on its half century, but the song was first released 50 years ago, in August 1966 actually, so it's celebrating that milestone.”
“Is it really that long ago? Blimey, where has it all gone?”
"Indeed. Now, don't you have any hoovering or ironing to do?"


BesWLZ Unisex Sport Watch Multifunction Green Led Light Digital Waterproof S - Shock Wristwatch (Green)
BesWLZ Unisex Sport Watch Multifunction Green Led Light Digital Waterproof S - Shock Wristwatch (Green)
Offered by BesWlz-Apprarel
Price: £15.99

3.0 out of 5 stars No need to ask a policeman now, 20 Jun. 2016
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I was sent this direct by the manufacturer for review purposes. It is NOT a verified purchase and I have no idea why it says it is.

Watches. If you're in the market for a timepiece, there are quite a lot of brands to choose from and literally thousands of actual watches to sort through from a few pounds up to something slightly more expensive, let's say. To add to that burgeoning list is this ticker from a company called BesWlz.

It's at the cheaper end of the market, so I wasn't expecting much, least of all something the size of a small dinner plate. Black and green, there's both analogue and digital readouts with the latter also showing day, date, stopwatch and alarm. That's all simple enough but what I've never understood is why these watches have flashing signs that seem to have no discernible function. This watch has three circular dials inside. One is an icon of a figure, which flashes when it stopwatch mode; another informs you whether the alarm is on and if the time is on 24hr mode (but you need a microscope to see it), whilst the third is the one that just flashes.

The four function buttons are silver and not recessed like other watches from the brand, so those with larger hands won't have any difficulty in accessing them. The strap is unusual in that it is a double pin affair. Usually, it's single and small pointed but the ones here are in a fairly large 'H' shape with square ends and equally large square holes. It's also water resistant against splashes, etc. It's nothing exciting. It tells the time, which is all you need to know. The enclosed instruction sheet is easy to follow and it's cheap. It's marked as 5ATM, which is supposed to be suitable for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling water related work, and fishing. Oh, and there's a backlight too. One for the kids.

One thing that I found wrong and against the ethos of Amazon is the enclosed card. It offers a money off coupon if you give five star feedback. Okay, it might only be $1 but that isn't the point.
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BesWLZ Boys Multi Function Digital LED Quartz Watch Water Resistant Electronic Sport Watches Child Orange
BesWLZ Boys Multi Function Digital LED Quartz Watch Water Resistant Electronic Sport Watches Child Orange
Offered by BesWlz-Apprarel
Price: £15.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Time flies, 19 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I was sent this direct by the manufacturer for review purposes. It is NOT a verified purchase and I have no idea why that is there.

Watches. If you're in the market for a timepiece, there are quite a lot of brands to choose from and literally thousands of actual watches to sort through from a few pounds up to something slightly more expensive, let's say. To add to that burgeoning list is this ticker from a company called BesWlz.

It's at the cheaper end of the market, so I wasn't expecting much, least of all something the size of a small dinner plate. Black and orange, there's both analogue and digital readouts with the latter also showing day, date, stopwatch and alarm. That's all simple enough but what I've never understood is why these watches have flashing signs that have no discernible function. The one on this watch is on the left side and has markings from 10 to 60. However much I've investigated, I can't find any reason why they are there.

The four buttons are recessed and even though I have small hands, I find they need a fairly hefty push to activate, so those with large hands may have difficulty. The strap has the widest 'pin' for the holes as I've seen. Usually, it's a small pointed affair but the one here is a wide thing with equally large rectangular holes on the strap itself. It's also water resistant against splashes, etc. It's nothing exciting. It tells the time, which is all you need to know. The enclosed instruction sheet is easy to follow and it's cheap. It's stamped as 3ATM, which means it's splash and rain proof only. Oh, and there's a backlight too.

One thing that I found wrong and against the ethos of Amazon is the enclosed card. It offers a money off coupon if you give five star feedback. Okay, it might only be $1 but that isn't the point.
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