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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera - Black (16.1 MP, M.Zuiko 12 - 50 mm Lens)
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera - Black (16.1 MP, M.Zuiko 12 - 50 mm Lens)
Price: £1,099.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A camera for enthusiasts!, 21 April 2015
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I am really impressed with this camera. I love the practical size, making it easy to carry around, and the way it sits comfortably in the hand – it’s a joy to use. The “super control panel” user interface is also surprisingly easy to use – given the impressive array of features offered. Which is just as well, as it doesn’t come with a full manual, just a quick start guide.

Now, the important bit – it produces pictures of superb quality. The lens supplied with it has been more than adequate for my needs (although I understand there are more powerful lenses available for the camera), and we found the optical image stabilisation feature very very effective, providing surprisingly good pictures in low light without needing to use a tripod.

It has a range of pre-set features and we have had fun experimenting with producing moody/fuzzy pictures as well. Effects can be pre-viewed while shooting, as can controls of exposure and depth of field – making it very intuitive to use.

Overall, I have been very pleased with this camera. I love its size, its stability and ease of use, and the range of features. Like other reviewers, I think that for over £1000, Olympus could afford to supply an SD card with it so that it can be used straight out of the box.


Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars practical, 3 April 2015
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I ordered this in the afternoon and it arrived the following morning – how’s that for service! I was glad it did, because I had just had a bulb go the previous day, so I was able to use it straight away.

It fitted easily in the socket. It sheds a “warm white” light – which is slightly less harsh on the eyes than the halogen bulb I was using.

As to the cost, well this single bulb is the same price as the 10 x 50W halogen bulbs I had previously bought. So even if it does use a lot less electricity and lasts longer, I remain to be convinced that it is really cheaper


iGadgitz IGX-450S Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Lightweight Stereo Sports In-ear Earphones Headphones (Music streaming and Microphone with Noise Reduction for Hands free Calling) with Case - Black/Neon Green
iGadgitz IGX-450S Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Lightweight Stereo Sports In-ear Earphones Headphones (Music streaming and Microphone with Noise Reduction for Hands free Calling) with Case - Black/Neon Green
Offered by iGadgitz
Price: £29.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!, 3 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I am delighted to have these Bluetooth earphones because the earphone lead is such a nuisance – I keep catching it on things (this is how I break them – that and rolling them up to go in my handbag). All these problems are now solved.

I had to charge the earphones initially, but once they were charged I had them up and running in minutes. I have successfully linked (paired?) them with 2 ipods and my Galaxy S4 phone, all three devices seem to work perfectly with them.

The instructions are clear, they are easy and intuitive to use, and they come in a neat box for travelling. Very happy with them.


Airmax Sport Version Nasal Dilator
Airmax Sport Version Nasal Dilator
Offered by All Mall Shop
Price: £11.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars who would have thought ..., 3 April 2015
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… that putting something IN your nose would help you breathe more easily!

I have mild, but chronic, rhinitis. This means that my nasal passages tend to swell up very easily which makes me “snuffly”. It doesn’t worry me during the day, but at night when I lie down my nasal passages tend to get blocked, which means:
(a) I wake up with a very stuffy head; sometimes it wakes me in the night and I just have to sit up and wait for my nasal passages to drain
(b) I often end up breathing through my mouth and wake up with a bad taste in my mouth (and bad breath too).

Right from the very first night I was amazed how much difference it made. I can breathe much more easily and am not waking up feeling “stuffed-up”. I am very pleased with it and intend to continue using it on a regular basis.

I found this little dilator very easy to put in (after the first time I didn’t bother with a mirror), and not uncomfortable to wear even for a full night. I’m aware of it, obviously, but it doesn’t make my nose ache or anything like that.

I don’t know why it has to be bright orange – I’m sure they could have chosen a more discreet colour – and I think I would be embarrassed to wear it in the gym for that reason :-). My only other concern is that if I wear it every night over an extended period it might make my nose spread a little – I guess only time will tell on that one.


Beechfield Vermont Ladies/Womens Winter Headband (One Size) (Black)
Beechfield Vermont Ladies/Womens Winter Headband (One Size) (Black)
Offered by notonlybowls
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, 3 April 2015
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Comfortable, attractive, low prices - what's not to like? It keeps my head warm on a cold day while looking good - I'm pleased with it.


Philips HX6732/45 Healthy White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Philips HX6732/45 Healthy White Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £57.99

3.0 out of 5 stars teeth-rattling!, 3 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Well I have to say that opinions are divided in this household.

I hate this toothbrush. I hate the high pitched noise it makes and the awful tooth-rattling “buzz” you get if you accidentally touch your teeth with the handle. And while it brushes your teeth perfectly adequately, I prefer the rotate and pulse action of my old Braun toothbrushes.

My daughter, on the other hand, loves it and says that it gets her teeth much cleaner. Which I suppose, at the end of the day, is what matters.

Lastly on the subject of cost, this toothbrush is not overpriced. However, the replacement heads are hugely expensive, certainly costly enough to put me off. And what’s worse, I already have a stock of standard replacement heads for electric toothbrushes, which seem to fit most brands (certainly Braun and Oral-B). But these are not compatible with the Phillips toothbrush, leaving you no choice but to buy their expensive heads.


Into Paradise
Into Paradise
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.34

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars uncomfortable pastiche, 10 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Into Paradise (Audio CD)
I bought this because I was captivated by this beautiful rendition of Brunning’s Pie Jesu on the radio one morning – a real “stop what you’re doing and listen” moment. So I rushed to Amazon and, after a little research, bought this, their second CD.

Unfortunately, Pie Jesu is by far the best track on the album, though they do a nice job of most of the rest. There’s no question that the girls sing beautifully. They have fresh, pure, captivating voices that blend well together.

But what a pity about the material. What this album lacks is any sense of coherence or theme. It feels like a portfolio – each song chosen to showcase what they can do (and they do it nicely), and in some cases the arrangements seem to be intended to give each girl a turn rather than give us a new look at a familiar song.

If the All Angels want to be more than just a 2 hit wonder, then I think they need to find their own unique “voice” and put some real heart and soul into their work.


Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars makes the whites whiter, 10 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is difficult to review within 30 days; I would have liked to give it a longer trial. But here goes.

I have been in the habit of using the “ordinary” Vanish powder in my wash, so the question is – is this powder better? And the answer is, yes I think it is. The white towels really do seem to come out white (I no longer feel that they are heading towards grey), and the underwear (which I also soaked in Vanish before washing) has come out nice and stain free.

I was horrified when my daughter put it in the coloured wash ... but, panic over, it didn’t leach the colours out, so it really does seem to do its stain removal work without bleaching.

Overall, I am very pleased with this product.


Betron Pop Up Portable Mini Travel II Capsule Rechargeable 40mm Speaker For Iphone, iPod, Ipad, Tablets and MP3 Players (Wired, Black)
Betron Pop Up Portable Mini Travel II Capsule Rechargeable 40mm Speaker For Iphone, iPod, Ipad, Tablets and MP3 Players (Wired, Black)
Offered by Betron Limited ( VAT Registered)
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars neat little speaker, 10 Mar. 2015
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I have had this over 6 months now, and am still very pleased with it. It is small and neat, it drops in and out of my suitcase easily. It makes an impressive sound for such a small device, certainly enough for a hotel bedroom. It has a 3mm jack so you can plug it in to any device that you use headphones for – simple. There’s even an on/off light so you won’t leave it on by mistake and run the battery down.

Having said that, the battery life seems very long, I haven’t actually timed it but, unlike my other devices, I don’t feel the need to carry the charger lead with me everywhere I go. The only thing that I think it needs is a battery low indicator.


DIGIFLEX Armband for Apple iPod Touch 1st, 2nd, 3rd & New 4th Generation 8gb, 16gb, 32gb & 64gb & iPhone 3G 3Gs
DIGIFLEX Armband for Apple iPod Touch 1st, 2nd, 3rd & New 4th Generation 8gb, 16gb, 32gb & 64gb & iPhone 3G 3Gs
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars basic, but does the job, 10 Mar. 2015
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This is pretty basic, but it does the job, and at the price you can’t complain. It has a simple pouch for your ipod (I have an ipod touch), and there’s also a nifty little slot for your door key (though I haven’t used that).

As other reviewers have said, it doesn’t have all that much adjustment – if you have skinny arms, or you want to wear it on your forearm, then there’s not enough Velcro.

But my biggest gripe is that it isn’t quite deep enough. So if you put your ipod in upside down (compared to the pictures on the Amazon page) – which you do need to do if you want to plug in your earphones! – then the little button is hidden behind the seam at the top of the armband which makes it very difficult to stop/start the ipod.


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