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Rexel Joy A4 5 Subject Notebook - Perfect Purple
Rexel Joy A4 5 Subject Notebook - Perfect Purple
Price: £8.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good but niche stationery "solution" from Rexel., 28 July 2015
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A fine quality stationery solution - I say solution, as again Rexel have come up with another good quality, yet highly specific, item. This is basically an A4 spiral bound note nook, split into 5 sections, each with its own differently coloured, flexible A4 card divider. Each divider has a pocket at the vertical midpoint on each side, into which you can insert items - photos, DVDs, etc - though you will only be able to see what's in the pockets if said items are taller than, and can peek out above, the midpoint itself.

The paper is fairly thin and flimsy, so you could tear it without meaning too. Each page is perforated, and each page plus the dividers are hole punched (with 7 holes!) to fit into a variety of different ring binders or arch files. Oddly the plastic cover and the inside cover sheet, which contains 5 blank spaces for you to write titles / descriptions on one side, and a 2015 - 2016 calendar and "Timetable" on the other - are not hole punched, so unlike some of Rexel's other offerings, you cannot file the entire book if you wished to.

I guess this is mainly intended for students who will want both an ongoing body of content, with the ability to file some bits of paper in separate files....? I said it was niche!

Overall, nice quality and another quirky offering. One wonders whether these Rexel products are designed with user input, or just by some committee of design students. In any case, am sure it'll be a good investment for some, if not many.


Roland DP 10 Damper Pedal
Roland DP 10 Damper Pedal
Offered by Fair Deal Music
Price: £32.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent damper for Roland FA-08 workstation, 27 July 2015
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Perfect damper pedal for the Roland FA-08 workstation. Robust and solid, quality look and feel. The base is a rubberised plastic which swings out 180 degrees so the whole unit is actually twice the length it suggests in the picture. Initially unsure about this, I realised it's so that the rubber section forms a foot rest, protects the floor and gives your foot a comfortable resting point. The pedal stays fairly well put on the floor. Really impressed and a perfect addition to your Roland synth.
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The Toast of New York [DVD]
The Toast of New York [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edward Arnold
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Muffled, 17 July 2015
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This review is from: The Toast of New York [DVD] (DVD)
The transfer is terrible, I have seen better quality versions before, the sound is muffled and can be barely picked up on a regular TV. Frances Farmer and Cary Grant look stunning as you would expect, but an otherwise splendid film is not served well by this package.


Carmex Cherry tube & Pot duo pack
Carmex Cherry tube & Pot duo pack
Price: £5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective and pleasant, 17 July 2015
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Nice set of very effective balms. If cherry flavour is your thing you can do little better than this. Personally I prefer the tube over the pot, mainly for hygiene reasons, but both are great both individually and collectively. The results are very pleasant, cooling and soothing, and unlike some lip balms do not seem to require constant top-up.


AnySharp Plastic and Stainless Steel 3-in-1 Box Grater, Black
AnySharp Plastic and Stainless Steel 3-in-1 Box Grater, Black
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Compact and helpful., 8 July 2015
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Good grater, very handy to have the interchangeable blades. I particularly value the potato peeler! The smaller holes are perfect for chocolate on desserts. Having a basket to catch your gratings/scrapings is very handy. Be aware this is a small product, about 6 inches, so if you're feeding an army, it probably won't suit. Great little unit though.


Nilfisk Smart Window Vacuum 12 W, 100 ml with 280 mm and 170 mm Cleaning Heads
Nilfisk Smart Window Vacuum 12 W, 100 ml with 280 mm and 170 mm Cleaning Heads
Offered by Buyur
Price: £26.73

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective for use on windows - no streaks!, 30 Jun. 2015
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This is a good quality product that has achieved, for me, some very credible results. I was blissfully unaware of the existence of what is basically a vacuum cleaner for windows, but it's a welcome addition.

It comes in two parts - one is a very handy spray bottle with attached cleaning cloth. You use this first of all, with the included sample bottle of detergent, diluted with water to the line in the bottle. You apply this to your window (or other surface) and use the cloth attachment to wash the window. Thence the vacuum cleaner element - this is the business end of the product. A small, rechargeable suction unit attached to a handle with a button, at the end of which you put one of two widths of wide nozzle. Use the widest that will fit for your window. It sucked up the detergent from my windows very effectively, and left a handsome, no-streak shine. Impressive.

The only caution is for the charging operation - the manual says "Warning - do not charge for more than 4 hours" - one wonders why, it doesn't elaborate further, so it does suggest the lack of inbuilt cut-out in case of over-loading? Anyway - one to watch.

Other than this, great product. Only issue remaining is price (and availability) of replacement detergent - Nilfisk is not a brand I have seen in the high street, though other brands are available e.g. Kercher which I imagine will do the same job.


Harts Protective Furniture Cover designed for Outdoor Patio Rattan Dining sets, Cube Sets & Sofa Sets - Various Sizes (125 x 125 x 74)
Harts Protective Furniture Cover designed for Outdoor Patio Rattan Dining sets, Cube Sets & Sofa Sets - Various Sizes (125 x 125 x 74)
Offered by Harts Trading
Price: £28.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product and customer service., 22 Jun. 2015
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Provides excellent cover, fully waterproof, and is protecting my terrace cube furniture through the balmy English "summer". I ordered a size 5 cm larger than my actual furniture set, and this fits perfectly. Excellent customer service too.


Oxford French-English Visual Dictionary of Animals (Oxford Visual Dictionary)
Oxford French-English Visual Dictionary of Animals (Oxford Visual Dictionary)
Price: £10.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful resource book for all learners., 22 Jun. 2015
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This is the perfect book for anyone - of any age - who wishes to improve their French animal vocabulary. Whilst clearly aimed towards children and younger learners with a visually appealing, eye-catching layout with hundreds of quite enchanting illustrations, as a one-time French language graduate with reasonable fluency I have found this book to be both rich in information and fun to dip in and out of. So regardless of your skill and favoured learning techniques, there should be something for pretty much everyone here.

The book is divided into different chapters, each dealing with animals that live in a particular terrain - desert, rainforest, oceans etc. You don't just get the vocab of the animals concerned, but of the said terrains and some lovely bits of wider context - I never knew how to say "Alligators lurk in murky swamps" before, but I do now!

To make this already charming book even more engaging, you get additional sections on collective nouns (a particular fetish of mine), words for baby animals and words for animal sounds.

A beautiful, engaging and fascinating resource for anyone with an interest in this topic.


Men Rock Sicilian Lime and Caffeine Awakening Beard Balm
Men Rock Sicilian Lime and Caffeine Awakening Beard Balm
Price: £11.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective moisturiser and balm, fantastic smell., 22 Jun. 2015
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The startling realisation for me when offered this product, is that in the 10 years that I've had a beard, not once have I moisturised the skin underneath it. Perhaps I should just shave the beard off and see if there has been any point in moisturising over all that time. But back to reality.... this is a very pleasant, effective beard balm which claims to soften the beard, and moisturise the skin underneath. I would say in the first part it is very effective, and after a 4 days' use I can detect a smoothness to the beard hair which was not there before. Is it any good as a moisturiser? Probably yes, though it is not really that easy to tell in a short space of time. What I would add is that the smell is fantastic - citrussy, subtle and masculine. I would love to have this as an aftershave or eau de toilette.
Very appealing addition to moisturising routine.


Tefal CY701840 Cook4Me Intelligent Multi Cooker, Interactive Control Panel - Black
Tefal CY701840 Cook4Me Intelligent Multi Cooker, Interactive Control Panel - Black
Price: £149.99

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great device - if you can accept its limits, 19 Jun. 2015
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This is an interesting contraption. The "multi-cooker" is essentially a pressure cooker with a screen, on which a number of hard-wired recipes are displayed. I must confess I was sceptical to start: the box is enormous (think a child's ride-on car or a new hifi unit) and there is a sizeable stack of assorted bits which plug in here and there - each need washing and drying prior to first use.

And so to the use itself - I decided to go with the bacon and leek risotto. It's important to understand what the device does, and what it doesn't. What it doesn't do is any kind of mixing, preparation, processing or anything - that's down to you. You need to brown onions, then you chop the onions, put some oil in the bowl, add the onions and stir. It takes care of the heat, and the instructions, and that's it. Otherwise, it's not an automated device. But in the case of the risotto, following the instructions did, almost miraculously, produce possibly the nicest risotto I have ever made, essentially by putting the required ingredients in the bowl when instructed, and locking down the lid for the required time.

There are a number of glitches with this device, most of which are to do with the ghastly user interface. The screen is at an odd angle, so your inclination is to stoop to read it to get the full brightness - you don't have to do this, but it's instinct. The interface itself is horrribly clunky, reminiscent of a mid-90s palm pilot. For example, if you want to go back a step in the recipe / method, you press back, and it takes you to..... the start!! And then you have to fast forward the steps to get to where you need. Another quibble - the unit doesn't time, you do that yourself. So it says "Brown onions for 3 minutes", you press ok, but it doesn't tell you when 3 minutes are up. Also it makes some horrible noises - like an old Nokia brick mobile phone or something. Finally - possibly the biggest flaw - is that is not updatable. You are stuck with the 50 in-built recipes, unless you want to experiment with your own or go to the website where other users have posted their own suggestions. To me - this might sound odd, as it's a cooker - having wifi would have been ideal, as it would enable updating, and ultimately make the device more versatile.

I tried another risotto (I am a fan) and the thai curry - both excellent.

If you can accept this unit's limitations, I think it will serve you well. At this price however, I would expect more versatility - and it is enormous!


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