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Oral-B Pro 5000 Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 5000 Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun
Offered by Zahnbürsten-kaufen
Price: £89.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Precision Cleaning, 4 May 2017
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The Oral-B Pro 5000 is a powerful beast of a toothbrush.
I chose this because of the bluetooth connectivity so I could track my brushing and see how I could brush better.
The app is pretty terrible, with so many weird additional features that it just doesn't need.
I completely failed to connect my brush to my phone, so that entire feature and the reason why I bought this particular brush is out of the window.

BUT the brush is so good that I don't care. My teeth a different colour now - the brush is that much better than the one I used previously. The bright red pressure sensor is excellent - I now know how to back off when brushing my molars. It comes with a neat little case so it's easy to take with you if you're away. Best of all it comes with different brush heads, each for a different purpose that really bring your teeth to a shine.
I have never been cleaner from brushing at home - almost on a par with a visit to the hygienist.

Well worth the money.

Lord Morgan's Cannon
Lord Morgan's Cannon
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Filled with charm and fun for older children., 9 Aug. 2016
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This tale of animal chicanery is set in a wonderfully realised picture of Victorian Bristol.
You're taken on a rollercoaster adventure with a band of talking animals. Each of them has a deep charm and a distinct character that really reflects the actual behaviours of their real-world counterparts.

The cast is well balanced - each brings their own delightful note to the tale as it unfolds.
As a study of animal behaviour, our heroes are amusingly frustrated that humans don't and can't understand them - a really pleasing touch in the context of the Cannon, whose location is the centre of their adventure.

It's a vivid and evocative tale, lightly and confidently written - you get really involved with daring deeds of the heroes in their quest to make their circus great again - perhaps discovering something even more profound along the way. A great read for older children, with moments of laughter, tension, peril and relief in equal measure. Buy it now and read it together at bedtime tonight. You'll have as much fun as we did.

The Flicker Men
The Flicker Men
Price: £4.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive & masterful - a triumph!, 17 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: The Flicker Men (Kindle Edition)
Boy can Kosmatka write. He lyrically portrays a landscape and you want to be there, he uses broken prose to unman you while setting up a desert scene. His wordcraft is incredible. He puts jagged words together and you feel discomfited.

After so much 'easy reading' sci-fi, where the authors deliberately use simple language that almost ducks out of the way, language that you don't notice so you get lost in the action, it's refreshing to read an author who genuinely loves words - and it's hard not get a bit giddy or overawed by his facile manipulation of prose. The man is good.

The main character is flawed, deeply human with a richly characterised life. He an uncomfortable protagonist, but one you want to succeed.

The central idea of the book is tinged with a genuine genius. Grounded in real life quantum physics experiments, with a fictional twist on the set-up, Kosmatka blurs the real and the imagined with great aplomb.

Despite the wordcraft on display, Flicker Men makes for easy reading, you’ll burn up those pages as we rush into the final reveal. A breathless, triumph of science, religion, mystery and action. A must read, as much for the prose as the ideas. Buy it now.

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy
Price: £2.43

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond horrible, 17 Feb. 2016
Insufferably bad. This book is insufferably bad.
I have to admit that I gave up after three pages. I NEVER EVER **EVER** do this to a book. Never ever.

The reason is that, no matter what the plot or characterisation the author simply cannot write.
They are unashamedly riding on the coat tails of Phillip K. Dick's The Man in The High Castle.
Riding on his coat tails is a pretty rum do - there is absolutely nothing to commend it, and no relationship AT ALL with the PKD masterwork.

If you've made it this far through the review, congratulations - you may possibly enjoy the book, because Duke repeats himself a lot. He repeats himself every second sentence as a stylistic watermark. A stylistic watermark that makes you want to smash your Kindle and find a way to unlearn how to read the written word.

After reading a scant few pages where Duke repeatedly repeats himself, I skipped forward 5 chapters to a random point in the book, willing to risk the spoilers out of despair, with a misguided hope that this repetition was a phase that the book would grow out of. I was looking for some glimmer of hope, the smallest excuse for me to persevere and discover what yarn Duke spins. All I needed was to see a page without any of those horrible cut and paste flourishes. The comfort of knowing he can write original words, without having to quote himself every second phrase would have been enough for me to grit my teeth and plough through it.

The first sentence on that distant, randomly chosen page repeated itself.
I uninstalled the book and never looked back.
My life is richer for its abandonment.

Welly Back To The Future 1 Delorean Time Machine 1/24 Scale
Welly Back To The Future 1 Delorean Time Machine 1/24 Scale
Offered by Beat The Bomb
Price: £16.49

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great price for a detailed metal model, 23 Nov. 2015
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External detailing is excellent, with a lightning condictor rod that plugs straight into the back of the Flux Capacitor, this is a great looking model that people can't help but comment on and pick up.

It's metal and that's a great plus, the price is low and you do get a lot for that small amount, but there were a few disappointments.

1: The OUTATIME number plate on the back is a sticker, but it doesn't stick very well - it keeps peeling off in the corners, and I keep pressing it back into place.
2: The gull wing doors do open and close, but the action doesn't feel very nice, they're a bit soggy
3: The time control computer is a series of coloured dots, with no numbers
4: The steering wheel and the front wheels don't move - really minor, for the price was not expecting it to - but still.
5: THE FLUX CAPACITOR IS GREY, yep, all grey.
For me this is a key piece of the time machine, I mean, it all comes down to the FC, none of this is possible without it, it's the centrepiece of the freaking time machine - and there's no love here, no detail. I'd want the lines to be picked out in yellow, or something - but no, it's a flat grey, the whole thing.

Really, only the stickers, time computer and the flux capacitor were disappointments, the rest is just me nit picking, because I'm a moody like that sometimes.

All in all a great model. I want to get the other two now....

Draper DIY Series 5774 Adjustable Wrench Soft Grip (3 Pieces)
Draper DIY Series 5774 Adjustable Wrench Soft Grip (3 Pieces)
Offered by Langley Steelworks Ltd
Price: £12.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Useless., 12 Nov. 2015
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An adjustable spanner set that adjusts itself while you're in the middle of using it is of no use to anyone.
I'm so sad about this, because the tools feel sturdy and nicely balanced. They also have a great feeling textured cover on them which is grippy and good to hold.

They just don't do the job at all though. They get wider and wider with each turn until they slip off the bolt and then you have to readjust them back to small again, only to have them work themselves loose again almost immediately. Incredibly frustrating to use.
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Bemis NextStep STAY TIGHT Child/Adult Slow Close Take-off Toilet Seat - White
Bemis NextStep STAY TIGHT Child/Adult Slow Close Take-off Toilet Seat - White
Price: £32.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to fit, Comfy to use, 12 Nov. 2015
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It's a tiny bit on the small side, but it's really easy to fit. In fact it's completely stable, with virtually no effort, and it hasn't moved at all since fitted - unlike the two previous seats on the same pan.

The child seat sticks to the lid with a magnet and locks into place with a satisfying snap, that tugs it out of your hands.
This part has no soft close of its own and it relies on the lid's own mechanism to bring it safely down without a thud. The theory is that either it's down and in use by a little one, or it's up and out of the way for an adult, so there's no need - and I've not heard a single 'clunk' from anyone getting it wrong, guests included (not that I stand outside the door listening, that would be weird).

The seat itself is solid and comfortable to use, but a touch on the small side. If you enjoy the good things in life, then when it finally comes time to wave the remains goodbye you might need a slightly larger place to rest your posterior, but we've had no problems or complaints with it yet...

Solid and really well made. Would recommend.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I loved this bag so much when I first got it.
The leather patch, the canvas material and the way the shoulder attachment connected via clips that could turn through 360 degrees meaning the strap cannot get tangled.

But... The cross shoulder strap snapped with 2 weeks.

Monkey Business Cucumbo green
Monkey Business Cucumbo green
Price: £9.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy to use, 13 Aug. 2015
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Spiralled cucumber is so fun.
The kids love it and meal time is something to look forward to again.
My 7 year old can handle it himself and he feels really proud that he has cut his own veg, and made them into lovely shapes.
You have to concentrate to apply even pressure to get the spiral to be neat, but that's the perfectionist in me wanting to make everything exactly just so. It spirals just the same if you're happy to settle with a wonky spiral. I'm not judging you if your veg goes askew. Well, not much anyway. ;)

BabyDan Plug Socket Covers (Pack of 12)
BabyDan Plug Socket Covers (Pack of 12)
Price: £3.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and do the job., 13 Aug. 2015
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PRO TIP: do NOT use all 12 protectors - as they are also the 'key' that you use to remove one from a socket, so really there are 11 protectors + one key. I've had a similar style of plug protector for my first child and wanted more of the same.

Cheap and cheerful and get the job done.

The Baby Dans fit the socket and can be removed ok, but they have a great deal of flex to them, they feel a touch flimsy.
When it comes to removal, the key locks in fine, although the slots are not very deep. It doesn't ever feel like it's made proper contact - it's like it's just holding on by its fingernails and you're not sure if it will ever be free from the socket, especially as the plastic squirms and flexes as you heave.
They actually remove ok, but it's the feeling - it doesn't fill you with confidence.

This is just a quality issue - they do the job, but they're not premium.

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