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SportPlus 15m Slackline Complete set (5-part), for beginners and advanced, 50mm wide, incl. Tree protection, TÜV GS tested, SP-GAM-116
SportPlus 15m Slackline Complete set (5-part), for beginners and advanced, 50mm wide, incl. Tree protection, TÜV GS tested, SP-GAM-116
Offered by Latupo GmbH
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to assemble and packs away nicely into the bags provided., 9 Jun. 2017
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This came with instructions that were not English. The diagrams were very helpful and I got to grips with setting it up quickly without every having used a ratchet strap in my life. Assemble the two loops around a tree each. Pack with the protective cloth to prevent damage to the tree. Feed the long strap into the ratchet, pull through and then tighten. That's it.

Within about 15 minutes I had our first slackline up.The next time was much quicker, I knew what to do.

The goal was to try and do some balance work at low level. It's a lot harder than it looks but you have some great kit here that won't let you down. If you get stuck for tuition, go straight to YouTube. Within minutes the kids were trying the line out too.

I feel confident that I can pack the set up into the two small bags and put it up anywhere now.


SportPlus Inversion table / Gravity Trainer with "Perfect-Balance" system, user weight up to 135kg, body size up to 199cm, SP-INV-010
SportPlus Inversion table / Gravity Trainer with "Perfect-Balance" system, user weight up to 135kg, body size up to 199cm, SP-INV-010
Offered by Latupo GmbH
Price: £109.99

5.0 out of 5 stars High grade machine and solid back relief, 4 Jun. 2017
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May require assembly is an understatement. You are presented with a long box full of parts, bolts, nuts, washer, spanners and allen key. Everything you need is here. There are no extra tools apart from scissors to cut things open. The instructions are very detailed and make light work of assembly. This is something that one person can put together safely. When you are putting it all up you do get a feeling for how sturdy it is and also how the personal settings and safety features work,

Operation is very straight forward. You adjust the length to your nearest height line. The feet and ankle settings are very straightforward. Last things is to set up the angle of inversion from the four settings.

Get on gentle lift your arms up and you will start to tip. It feels like a fairground ride the first couple of times as you start to go over the edge. Dizziness is quite common, but it goes as you get used to the inverter. Very easy to use and you learn the balance part quite quickly.

After several years of back pain, this table has provided some real relief. You have very few times in life when your back is not supporting you. This is one of those times. It gently eases the tension in the back and has been a real help for me.


HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion, Rose Gold
HoMedics Radiance Microdermabrasion, Rose Gold
Offered by HoMedics Group
Price: £149.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Left my skin feeling super soft., 22 May 2017
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I have been using this product for a few weeks and have found that it has left me skin feeling super soft. This product is easy to use once you get the hang of how to hold it against your skin and move it across. The instructions show you the best directions to go for the best results. I found using the Microdermabraision to be a pleasant process and though is does leave your skin slightly reddened after use, this subsides after a few minutes leaving your skin feeling soft.


Pioneer Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Leak-Proof Drinkpod Capsule Flask 6 Hours Hot 24 Hours Cold, Satin, 0.45 Litre
Pioneer Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Leak-Proof Drinkpod Capsule Flask 6 Hours Hot 24 Hours Cold, Satin, 0.45 Litre
Offered by Harts Of Stur
Price: £10.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Rugged coffee mug., 4 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This holds about 16 fluid ounces which is a US pint. The case and lid are solid. It doesn't leak and fits into the drinks holder in the car. Try doing that with a Thermos flask.

The main difference between this and a Thermos flask is that this is your drink directly from the Pioneer. A slight niggle is that there is no spout or drinking hole. I guess that if you want to keep the temperature then extra holes are not a good thing. Does it keep warm? Yes, the warmth outlived the coffee content.

This perfect for gardening or outside work. There are no delicate bits to mess with if your hands are cold and numb.


The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less UPDATED 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less UPDATED 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
by Richard Koch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless lessons, updated to the current., 30 April 2017
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If you had to give this book a theme, it's about focus. Every day we spend so much time attending to stuff that does not matter. So much of what you actually achieve is done in a few moments. This looks in principle like Pareto Distribution of 80% of the results being achieved with 20% of time etc. The author goes deeper and looks at focusing on even finer results. A simple truth is that 50% of inputs do not produce 50% of output. There is a serious skew in favour of greater performance. Often this is down to time management, organisation and setting priorities. If you could do more of the things that provide the results you would start to drop tasks that don't.

Zen Habits or the 4 Hour Work Week use similar thinking. Zen Habits is very ruthless to the point of singlemindedness. The 80/20 Principle can be tuned into where you need it. A timeless set of lessons.


Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier
Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier
by Ali Almossawi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple thinking about hard problems, 23 April 2017
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An algorithm is a pre-defined process that can be repeated for the same result. The effort in the decision making is in the design of the algorithm not in the execution. If you ever sort a column of numbers in a spreadsheet, work out how to pack a suitcase or the order in which you get dressed then you have used an algorithm. There are very complicated ones in encryption or medicine which come up with the same answer given the same data.

This book is an excellent ex-plainer of algorithms. You could spend months diving into some very complicated science but you don;t need to. Working out musical influences, sorting post, pairing socks or even getting from one place to another are all well dealt with. Each comes with a story and alternative processes for getting to the answer. The book is fun, clearly written and informative. There are some excellent references to research if you want to dive deeper.


Doctor's Best 500 mg Curcumin C3 Complex Capsules - Pack of 120
Doctor's Best 500 mg Curcumin C3 Complex Capsules - Pack of 120
Price: £44.18

5.0 out of 5 stars The science of curry comes to life, 16 April 2017
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I got interested in the use of turmeric after a lecture called "the science of curry". Three professors gave a joint show on the science of food but in particular around ingredients used in curry.

One of the professors specialised in pharmacology, mainly around the respiratory system. Two very clear messages came back. Chillies had an amazing and selective key to future pain relief. There was some work to be done to make sure that the bodies thermostat didn't wobble as a result. The other was the use of turmeric as an anti-oxidant. Research was clear but the dosage was going to be an issue. Experiments showed that it can reduce tumours but you would need an extract to get the amount needed.

These capsules provide that level of concentration. They are easy to take but you need to make sure they stay dry in your hand as you will see a yellow tinge if not.

Some of these new natural extracts have come from the Indian or Mediterranean diets. In the absence of other environment and social factors, there is evidence of healthy longevity in the population.


Philips Sonicare AirFloss Pro Power Flosser - White Edition 2nd Generation
Philips Sonicare AirFloss Pro Power Flosser - White Edition 2nd Generation
Price: £59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and effective, 16 April 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
All you need to do with this unit is to charge it, add the water and fit one of the two heads.

The controls on this are simplicity itself. One, two or three pulses. This is the number of squirts of water that fire each time you press the button. Using this only requires you to access the outside of the gaps between teeth. Unlike flossing, you do not have to actually get into the gaps. it is non-invasive except for the zaps of water. If you use this after brushing then you get the best results. There is a lot of debris that can be pushed into the gaps that needs removing. This residue is a source of dental decay and gum disease. Being able to dislodge it quickly and easily is a boon.

The charged unit is easy enough to drop into a toiletry bag for travelling. It takes up very little space and means you can take your dental hygiene routine on the road.


Talkability: Discover the Secrets of Effective Conversation
Talkability: Discover the Secrets of Effective Conversation
by James Borg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.90

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and usable read on conversation skills, 12 April 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Talkability is an ideal commuting book.There are 57 sections, all of about three to four pages each.

Each section can be followed in sequence, which is better for the first few. It is best to read it in order to start with and at a gentle pace. Each section covers a different technique or awareness. This is not all about talking, but often about not talking.

If you can apply a couple of lessons you pick up from here, it will improve your conversation skills.


Wahl Straightening Brush
Wahl Straightening Brush
Price: £59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Temperature lock is a winner., 12 April 2017
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There is very little to differentiate between straightening brushes. Quality and price are certainly two factors. These are not the cheapest but they are sturdy and well designed. My wife quote the best feature as the temperature lock. You press the button down to hold the temperature. After that you have to unlock it. You cannot accidentally knock the controls with your ear like you can with your smart phone in mid use.


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