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LINDY 2m USB Micro B Cable
LINDY 2m USB Micro B Cable
Price: £4.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality. I have bought these before and they ..., 17 Jun. 2016
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Great quality. I have bought these before and they have so far outlasted all the generic and Samsung branded cables. Well worth paying the bit extra for


Men's Heavy Duty X-Shape Braces / Suspenders with Strong Clips, 4cm - Navy Blue
Men's Heavy Duty X-Shape Braces / Suspenders with Strong Clips, 4cm - Navy Blue
Offered by Sassy You
Price: £11.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job, 2 May 2016
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Bought these in navy blue and also in cream. I have worn braces of all makes, shapes and colours through the years. These are without doubt the best for my requirements. As the description implies they are heavy duty, which means a bit wider and thicker than regular dress braces, but perfect with jeans, corduroy, chinos or general workwear. The clasps have a very firm grip, especially on thicker material (such as jeans). When I got paint on the navy blue pair I had no hesitation in ordering a second pair for dress wear (the first pair remain permanently attached to my work jeans now)


Stop Drinking Now: The Easy Way (Allen Carr's Easy Way)
Stop Drinking Now: The Easy Way (Allen Carr's Easy Way)
by Allen Carr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Ingredient!, 19 Nov. 2015
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As some have observed the book is repetitive - very repetitive in fact - but I think in this context the repetition is both necessary and helpful (the adage "tell 'em what you are gonna tell 'em, tell 'em, then tell 'em what you've just told 'em" comes to mind here!). There are also a few references to the parallels with giving up smoking, but only where it adds to the narrative.

For anyone who has tried to stay off the drink through meetings, twelve step programmes or through sheer willpower, the method set out in this book contains the missing ingredient for me - making you see alcohol for what it truly is, and undoing the decades of brainwashing we have all been subjected to. I had already stopped drinking when I picked up this book. Past experience tells me that I need more than willpower to stay stopped. Over time the sense of deprivation builds up along with resentment that others are "enjoying" something I am denying myself, until eventually I succumb.

After reading this book I can honestly say that I see alcohol in a completely different light. The feelings of deprivation and self-denial are gone. The spell is broken. I feel more optimistic about an alcohol free life than I have this far into previous attempts to quit


Microsoft Visio Standard 2010 (PC)
Microsoft Visio Standard 2010 (PC)

5.0 out of 5 stars Installed and activated no problem, 12 Nov. 2015
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I needed a copy of Visio on my own Windows 10 laptop as I was retiring from my job in IT and have a lot of designs of my own I have done over the years for home extensions, garden landscaping, etc, etc. I didn't really want to have to pay full price and don't need all the swanky features of 2013. This is a genuine licensed copy and installed and activated no problem. Delivery was prompt too. I would have no problems recommending Software Direct UK


SAMSUNG UK WHITE KEYBOARD NP-N130 N145 N150 NB30 N140 NC10 NC310 N110 ND10 F8
SAMSUNG UK WHITE KEYBOARD NP-N130 N145 N150 NB30 N140 NC10 NC310 N110 ND10 F8
Offered by MEG4TEC
Price: £15.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the original and prompt delivery, 12 Nov. 2015
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Took 5 mins to fit and has breathed new life into my wife's NC10. Old keyboard was fine until I spilled hot water on it :O Thought the whole netbook was a goner but after I took it apart and dried it out it still worked, except the 1 and 9 keys (rendering it useless for online banking!). Now it is restored to full working order thanks to this inexpensive replacement keyboard. Apart from it being a bit cleaner than the rest of the netbook it is exactly as the original in every respect. My wife is delighted to have her netbook back again. Delivery was prompt also


Patuoxun Power Supply Converter Charger Cable Adapter For Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 0B47046 Laptop Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11, 11s, 13, 2 Pro, Flex 14, 15 ; Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, x240, Carbon X1 ; Compatible P/n 0b46994, 0c19868, 0b47050 Ultrabook Netbook Notebook Battery Plug
Patuoxun Power Supply Converter Charger Cable Adapter For Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 0B47046 Laptop Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11, 11s, 13, 2 Pro, Flex 14, 15 ; Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, x240, Carbon X1 ; Compatible P/n 0b46994, 0c19868, 0b47050 Ultrabook Netbook Notebook Battery Plug

5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job and quality too!, 12 Nov. 2015
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Quality gear - well made. I ordered two of these at the same time. Rather than my old chargers sitting in the museum piece pile, I now have a charger in every room where I use my new Lenovo,


Safe-T-Bumpers Toilet Seat Stabilizers
Safe-T-Bumpers Toilet Seat Stabilizers

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly simple and effective, 8 Jun. 2015
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Easy to fit and have done the job of stabilising the toilet seat nicely! Essential item for all wooden / solid toilet seats


Zennor - Solid Teak -1.5m-2.1m / 5ft-6.8ft Rectangular Extending Garden Table - 4-8 Seater
Zennor - Solid Teak -1.5m-2.1m / 5ft-6.8ft Rectangular Extending Garden Table - 4-8 Seater

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, well made table, 8 Jun. 2015
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This is a solid, well made table.

The minor assembly mentioned in the listing simply involves putting in a few hex bolts (allen key required) as well as some ordinary screws. Best to leave the screws until the table is in it's final resting place, in case of any minor level discrepancies with the site.

Although this table may be more expensive than acacia equivalents, you get what you pay for in terms of quality and longevity (I will endeavour to update this review in a year or so!).

I have tried the table in both normal and extended mode and it is very stable in either mode (once all the bolts and screws are in place).

I particularly like this table because being rectangular it means you get more surface area than with an oval one. It also fits snugly into the sleeper seating area created specifically for 'al fresco' dining

I chose the table but am pleased to report that my wife loves it too and has lovingly teak oiled it already!

When the table arrived there were couple of issues (some minor damage and a discrepancy from the original listing, since corrected). These issues were dealt with swiftly and efficiently by Patio Essentials and I can say that I am very happy with the service I have received as well as the product itself.
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Kool Silicone Hybrid Case with Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S5
Kool Silicone Hybrid Case with Screen Protector for Samsung Galaxy S5
Offered by yao wei ke ji

5.0 out of 5 stars Great product and excellent value, 12 May 2015
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Had this for many months now and it is hardly showing any wear. I had become a Poetic convert but when I upgrade from the S3 to the S5 there was no case in the Poetic range so I thought I would give this one a try

To my mind this is ever bit as functional as the Poetic but even cheaper! It flips back nicely so it can be stood landscape mode on a flat surface for browsing while eating, etc. It has cut-outs in all the right places for camera, speaker, etc. The magnetic catch keeps it firmly shut.

If this one breaks I will definitely buy another


StarTech 2 Port USB DVI KVM Switch with Audio and Cables
StarTech 2 Port USB DVI KVM Switch with Audio and Cables
Price: £79.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Works with Ubuntu too!, 12 May 2015
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I use this to switch keyboard, mouse, monitor and printer between a Win7 and Ubuntu system. I don't use the app or the hot keys - just the button on the front to switch between the two systems.

My only gripe is that when I bring the Win7 system out of hibernation, the StarTech sometimes fails to recognise it, so I then have to unplug the USB source from both systems (along with power to the StarTech) to get everything working again. Not sure if this is a fault with the device or with Win7, but it is a pain and hence the loss of a star


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