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BlissHome, Nigella Lawson's Living Kitchen, Melamine Spoon Rest, Cream
BlissHome, Nigella Lawson's Living Kitchen, Melamine Spoon Rest, Cream

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect size for utensils!, 10 May 2014
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There have been a few comments relating to the size of this spoon rest. It's the perfect size for cooking utensils but obviously that makes it too big if you were thinking of using it for a teaspoon! I've added a photo for this item to illustrate this. We're delighted with it, it's exactly what we were looking for.
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SONOS PLAYBAR Wireless Home Cinema Soundbar
SONOS PLAYBAR Wireless Home Cinema Soundbar
Price: £547.00

851 of 886 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for home cinema, 28 Nov. 2013
Let me start by saying I'm a big fan of Sonos, with several rooms in my house already equipped with Zoneplayers, as well as a Play:5. So, when I recently bought a new TV, adding a Playbar seemed like the logical thing to do to upgrade from the in-built speakers.
So, for me, I'm not overly interested in the Playbar's qualities as a wireless music player. After all, this is a soundbar, fitted under my TV, specifically designed to give a home cinema experience according to Sonos - just take a look at all their current advertising, encouraging you to buy a couple of Play:1s to hook up with it for that 5.1 experience. The problem is, the Playbar doesn't deliver on its promise.
How do Sonos advise you to connect the Playbar to your system? Well, the only method they recommend (or will support if you have an issue) is that you take an optical output from your TV. Not from an amp, BluRay player or cable TV box, just from your TV. The problem is, if you feed your TV with an HDMI signal, then you will struggle to find any TV that will pass a 5.1 signal through its optical port - you will only get stereo. This means you won't get 5.1 from your Playbar and you won't get a surround channel to any Play:1s you've bought and connected. (You will get a pretty dire pseudo-5.1 that the Playbar will create from the stereo source).
OK, let's go the unsupported route and give the Playbar a 5.1 feed direct from your source. The problem here is that the Playbar will only play Dolby Digital 5.1, not DTS. Go and have a look at your current BluRay collection and see how many have a DD soundtrack - about 15% if you're lucky. All you will get from your Playbar is silence.
If you want a soundbar which accepts both DD and DTS 5.1 signals to play all your DVD/BluRays then there are plenty on the market that will do that not just for less, but for a fraction of the price of the Playbar.
Sonos is generally good, but the Playbar is a very ill-judged bit of kit. If you just want a better speaker for your flatscreen, you can get a good one for a third of the cost of the Playbar. If you want home cinema, then the Playbar can't provide it, despite what the Sonos advertising might tell you.
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polyWatch Watch Face Scratch Remover and Repair Polish
polyWatch Watch Face Scratch Remover and Repair Polish
Offered by BeFly
Price: £5.60

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent results from PolyWatch, 7 Sept. 2010
I have just used PolyWatch on the acrylic crystal of my Omega Speedmaster. I've had this for a few years and it had accumulated many scratches, including some quite deep ones. I admit to being rather sceptical of this product, but thought it was worth a go, compared to the cost of a new crystal.
It's a fairly small tube, but it only needs a small drop on the watch face when used. I used a duster to apply the cream, rubbing for only a few minutes. I was quite amazed by the results. The fine scratches disappeared very quickly, as did the deeper ones after a few minutes of rubbing, with a reasonable amount of pressure.
There was one very deep gouge maybe 5mm long on the face - an extra couple of minutes and this is now reduced to a 1mm indentation, most of the gouge has gone completely, leaving the face like new.
Overall, for removing the scratches from acrylic watch crystals, I can't recommend this polish highly enough.

Tefal by Jamie Oliver Hard Anodised Milk Pan, 14 cm
Tefal by Jamie Oliver Hard Anodised Milk Pan, 14 cm

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside better than outside, 8 Jun. 2009
We own a number of pans from this range. First of all, cooking with them is a real pleasure. The non stick surface does what it says on the tin and the pans come in a range of really useful sizes. But despite what the description may say, I would never use steel utensils with these - the teflon WILL scratch.
The other drawback is the anodiesed outer coating. This is rather pretty when new, but DO NOT ut it in a dishwasher. Irrespective of what Tefal may tell you, this is ABSOLUTELY NOT dishwasher safe. I and a number of friends with these pans have ruined the coating by outting it in a dishwasher. It simply comes off and leaves the rough aluminium showing through.
The saving grace is that the nonstick coating makes them very easy to clean.
So if you want a pan that is a delight to use and handwashes easily, you'll be happy with these. If you must put your pans in the diswasher then look elsewhere.

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