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Philips S5130/06 Series 5000 Electric Shaver with Smart Click Precision Trimmer
Philips S5130/06 Series 5000 Electric Shaver with Smart Click Precision Trimmer
Price: £90.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Shaver From Philips!, 4 July 2015
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The Philips S5130/06 500 electric shaver is a well-designed and stylish product. It comes with a handy little precision trimmer, that can be used for sideburns, and the like. It is very easy to swap between the trimmer and the shaver head, they just click in place. They are also fully washable, making them incredibly easy to keep clean.

It didn't take long at all to charge up the shaver, around an hour and it was ready to go. It holds power quite well, and it was around a week and a half before it first ran out. I think this is a very fair amount of charge, as it can last a weeks holiday with no problem at all.

The shaver head itself is very flexible, and it moves well across the face without causing any discomfort. It also shaves very close to the skin. Granted, it doesn't cut as smooth as a wet shave would, but it does cut very close, and the finish is more than acceptable. Also, due to the fact that it works around the shape of the face, without losing any of the performance, it means that the skin is not red and irritated at all.

In comparison to other electric shavers, the end result is very good. Philips always seem to come up with quality products, and they have not failed this time.

Overall, this is a great electric shaver, that performs very well. It holds charge for a good amount of time, and it has a very useful trimmer attachment that is incredibly easy to use. I highly recommend this product!

Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Featuring Disney Mickey Mouse for Kids
Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Featuring Disney Mickey Mouse for Kids
Price: £22.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rechargeable Mickey And Minnie Mouse Toothbrush, 2 July 2015
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The Oral-B Stages Mickey Mouse toothbrush is a great little device. It is appropriately sized for my six year old, and adds an element of fun to the brushing process. The picture on ours has a Mickey, and a Minnie on it, so I think it actually varies a bit. Some reviewers report it having Pluto on instead. If you are buying it for a specific Clubhouse character, please be warned that it may not appear on the toothbrush head.

The handle is perfectly designed for small hands, and easy to hold. The handle is blue and yellow, with a very obvious on and off button for your child to use. It is coated in some kind of soft silicone feel coating, and is easy for your child to grip it without it becoming slippery from the dribbled toothpaste.

This Mickey Mouse toothbrush features a cute little musical timer, to alert your child when they are ready to switch from brushing their bottom teeth to their top teeth. It plays another musical alert when they have finished the two minutes of brushing. The musical alerts are like mini tunes, and there are many different ones featured.

The charging unit is a standard kind of design, and has a two-pin plug on the end of it. Once charged, the toothbrush holds its charge well. Charging every 7-8 days should be sufficient, based on it being used twice a day for two minutes at a time.

One of my only quibbles about the toothbrush is that it arrived with no charge. When I have opened my new Philips Sonicare brushes, they've already been charged. Ordinarily, this wouldn't bother me, but my six year old was absolutely dying to use her new toothbrush! She was sad that she had to wait until morning to use it.

Overall, the toothbrush is a great idea, and seems to be very well-made. My daughter absolutely loves it, and I am happy to report that she is actually brushing her teeth better than I have ever known her to. As she now has some adult teeth starting to make an appearance, I am glad that she has found something to increase her interest in tooth hygiene.Great idea, and cute too.

Bosch AQT 35-12 Plus Pressure Washer
Bosch AQT 35-12 Plus Pressure Washer
Offered by Toolstop_Ltd
Price: £109.00

4.0 out of 5 stars More Compact Than I Had Thought It Would Be, But Efficient All The Same., 30 Jun. 2015
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The Bosch AQT 35-12 plus pressure washer is a genuinely useful piece of equipment to have around. It was not as cumbersome as I had feared that it would be, and the handle folds down to make it fit more compactly in your storage area.

Depending on how you adjust the lance, the water pressure can be adjusted. This is a great feature, as it enables you to alter the function whilst in the middle of your cleaning. It also means that you don't have to store the other attachment options. You can use the low pressure setting when you wish to use detergent on a vehicle, for example. The second setting is a much higher pressure, and can help remove stubborn dirt. The final setting is a normal pressure setting, and is the most versatile of the three. There is also a separate patio cleaning attachment included

The pressure washer performs a reliably good job, particularly once we made sure that the water pressure entering the machine was adequate too. My only real quibble with the AQT 35-12 + is that I would have preferred a better attachment set up for the hose, rather than the simplistic 'pushing on' method, which wasn't always that easy.

Overall, the Bosch AQT 35-12 + is a good piece of equipment to have around. It performs well, and cleans almost everything from patio tiling, to your car. The '3 in 1 lance' means that you are unlikely to mislay any extraneous pieces of equipment, which is very useful indeed!

Igenix IG8012 Stainless Steel Mini Fryer, 1.2 Litre
Igenix IG8012 Stainless Steel Mini Fryer, 1.2 Litre
Price: £27.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Good For Small Batches Of Cooking, 28 Jun. 2015
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The Igenix Stainless Steel Mini Fryer is quite a tidy little item to add to your kitchen, or caravan. It is not designed to do a whole family's worth of cooking, but more as a snack fryer, or for one or two people. As such, it uses much less oil than a conventionally sized fryer, and is ideal for our needs, as we wouldn't really cook a whole meal in a fryer, for health reasons. Instead it has been useful for small batches of cooking.

We tried it first to cook a batch of homemade chinese snacks, and it worked a treat. It is very easy to use, requiring the dial to be adjusted to correct temperature, and equally easy to clean the fryer afterwards. We've since experimented with some homemade falafels, and these also worked out really well.

The only thing that we found frustrating, was that it is nearly impossible to see the food cooking through the viewing window. As such, you need to lift the lid to check on the food. Due to the compact nature of the design, it makes it quite risky trying to peer inside, as the lid gets very hot. I think that a slightly safer design could have been considered, or at least a better viewing window arrangement.

Despite this, it is a very handy little product. It is ideal for cooking small batches of things, or suitable for small kitchen surface areas. It uses less oil than many designs, which makes it quite cost effective for if you only need to cook small amounts at one sitting.

The Rocks
The Rocks
by Peter Nichols
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Delivery Of The Story, 27 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Rocks (Hardcover)
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The Rocks tells the tale of Gerald and Lulu. At the start of the book, events are unclear to the reader. This leads you to form opinions of the main characters, based purely on their action at that time, but without the knowledge of their joint histories.

As the story continues, you get treated to little dips into the past. At first, you only find out things that happened in relatively recent years. Then, gradually, you find more and more interesting facts that are unearthed the further back in history you go.

The tension between Gerald and Lulu is palpable, in the present, but was not like this at the beginning. The current day issues ripple out to affect not only themselves, but their wider families too.

The story itself, once revealed, is probably not that unusual an idea. What makes it stand out so sharply from the competitors, however, is the way in which this 'backwards' story is finally revealed. It makes the story more intriguing than your average romance stories, and it makes the reader genuinely want to know what could possibly have caused the situation at hand.

Overall, The Rocks is a very interesting novel. It makes good use of an unusual idea, and executes it well. I highly recommend it.

LEGO 41106 Friends Pop Star Tour Bus
LEGO 41106 Friends Pop Star Tour Bus
Price: £46.53

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous New Addition For The Lego Friends Collection., 26 Jun. 2015
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The Lego Friends Pop Star Tour Bus is one of the larger Lego Friends sets available. Great for a main birthday gift for your child, or grandchild. The finished project provides a bus that has real play value to it, and is around the length of a full-size school ruler. The wheels turn, allowing your child to 'drive' the bus around. When it is pulled open for playing with, it reveals a rehearsal stage, bedroom, and bathroom complete with hot tub!

This set contains three of the Lego Friends mini figures:- Livi, Stephanie, and Mia. It also contains a nice range of accessories, and the usual set of stickers to add the finishing touches. Extras include Sun Loungers, TV, Microphone, Table, Umbrella, Newspaper, Fan letter, Flowers and Drink Bottles.

My six year old managed to build this in two sessions, with no help from me, although she has become quite practiced at Lego since receiving the Lego Friends Dolphin Cruiser from Father Christmas. The instructions are fantastic, as we have become accustomed to seeing in these Lego Friends set, and are very easy to understand.

Overall, this is great addition to the Lego Friends collection, or an ideal starter set for an eager new fan. Highly recommended.

Love May Fail
Love May Fail
by Matthew Quick
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Deserves The Chance To Turn Their Lives Around...Don't They?, 24 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Love May Fail (Hardcover)
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Matthew Quick always manages to surprise the reader, by cramming a lot of darker undercurrents and emotions into the story. In this way, Love May Fail is no different...except that it isn't only one story. Instead, it is a book of separate stories, all interwoven to provide one novel.

Meet Portia Kane - a woman who is deciding whether the advantages of murdering her cheating husband are outweighed by the disadvantages. Early on you realise that she has opted just to leave her philandering man, but to do so needs to return to her past. This rendezvous with her old life, complete with small town mentality and gossip, paves the way for the second storyline to appear. Portia tasks herself with the idea that she can somehow 'save' her old English teacher, Mr Vernon, from himself.

As Mr Vernon becomes the narrator, you lose some of the power that Portia holds over you. She pales slightly without her voice carrying the story. Mr Vernon, however, is a whole lot more broken than you may even have realised, and with him narrating, you begin to understand what happened to him.

The split narrative is not that uncommon in modern day writing. In this case, however, it made the story a little squashed at times. Ideas and emotions were crammed in until the book was fit to burst. I think that it still worked well, but it requires a lot of attention in order to hold all the pieces together at the same time.

In true Matthew Quick style, each character has a second chance to turn their lives around...but will they all take it?

Overall, a very busy book, full of interesting ideas, darker undercurrents, and lots of emotions.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
by Fredrik Backman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Moving Tale, 24 Jun. 2015
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One of the thing Elsa loved the most about her Grandmother is that they had created their own little fantasy world, Miamas, with their very own language, and populated by a bunch of oddball people. Elsa could be a princess, the brave heroine, or whatever they fancied. Granny was always her most steady protector, confidante, and best friend.

When Granny passes away, Elsa is bereft and utterly lost in the real world. She longs to be back in their shared world of Miamas, but fails to see how that can ever be possible again.

Meanwhile, Granny had other thoughts about what young Elsa, who is not even quite eight years old, should be doing after her passing. She has left Elsa with a very important task. And it here that the reader, and young Elsa, start to learn that there really was a lot more to Granny than had met the eye. And those oddball characters, just may not be left behind in Miamas after all.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologises is a moving story of love, loss, and great friendship. It dabbles a foot in fantasy, whilst still remaining connected to the modern day world. The story is beautiful, and Fredrik Backman handles the sense of loss, of such an important family member, with a delicate and sensitive manner.

Overall, I highly recommend this story to all. I hope that you enjoy it as much a I have.

Jakob's Colours
Jakob's Colours
by Lindsay Hawdon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly Moving Historical Novel, 23 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Jakob's Colours (Hardcover)
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Jakob's Colours tells of the Gypsy holocaust, which is largely forgotten and no longer spoken of. The tale is narrated through the voices of Jakob, his mother Lor, and his father Yavy. They are all members of one family, and their story skips back and forth along the family timeline, to provide background and context for what comes next.

Jakob himself is half Roma, and half Yenish, as are his brother and sister. They are all forced to face the most horrific events that life throws at them, and the story is very emotional and harrowing at times. Jakob's 'colours' are the hope for a future. They are the passion for life that his own father lit within him. Lindsay Hawdon writes these 'colours' beautifully, capturing the hearts of the reader within a few pages.

Jakob's Colours is most certainly a profoundly moving tale, and it sheds light upon very real historic events that have been largely swept under the carpet. I would recommend this book most highly, but be sure to have the tissues handy, as you'll need them long before the story ends.

The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Return of the Geek
The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Return of the Geek
by Ben Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Funny, 20 Jun. 2015
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Return of the Geek is the second installment of the Joe Cowley blog books. It is written in the same way that Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Tracey Beaker are written; full of funny pictures, font changes, and half-formed thoughts. It is aimed at a slightly older market, as it references slightly more adult themes than the aforementioned books.

Did I mention that it is also a hilariously funny and engaging read? Joe Cowley thinks his Mum is ridiculously emotional, although the poor woman is heavily pregnant with twins. He doesn't like his stepbrother, or that he has to share bunk beds with him. His Nan is going loopy, and his Dad is so uncool that it hurts! Poor Joe Cowley has a lot to deal with, and on top of that, he has a girlfriend! And an enemy who is trying to steal his girlfriend from him!

Young teenagers will definitely find this book enjoyable, but I would be hesitant giving it to anyone who wasn't out of primary school yet, due to the adult themes that crop up throughout. The twisted emotions of first relationships will likely feel very familiar to any young teenager reading this book, and add to the realism of it.

Overall, a very funny read, that the reader just flies through. Highly recommended.

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