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Led Lenser 8403 P3BM Professional LED Key-Ring Torch (Gift Box) - Black
Led Lenser 8403 P3BM Professional LED Key-Ring Torch (Gift Box) - Black
Price: £12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for handbag, 15 Mar. 2014
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Powerful and small, ideal for footpaths when walking the dog in the dark or searching for something in the car.


Chasseur Casserole, round, 22cm, 3.0ltr Cream
Chasseur Casserole, round, 22cm, 3.0ltr Cream

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Correction to Amazon product review, 15 Mar. 2014
Re: Product Description – Amazon.co.uk Review

I take issue with the Amazon review.

The first is the advice to not use this cookware on high heat. The enamel will not chip if used on high heat. This cookware is made for the oven and or the hob. In the manufacturing process the cast iron has the be heated to an extremely high temperature (red hot) to fire the enamel and as such is more than able to withstand very high heat.

What they will not take is cold water being splashed onto them when hot, or the hot pot being put straight into the sink and filled with water – this will chip the enamel because cold water shrinks the enamel before the cast iron can cool.

The inside of the pot will be damaged by strong acids like lemon juice and vinegar if left for long periods (marinading) and this will be accelerated during a hot cooking process – such as braising red cabbage.
The enamel will also be destroyed by strong cleaning agents like bleach and strong alkalis such as caustic soda.
We would not consider storing food in these pots for more than a day in a fridge.
30 years of experience with this cookware should be enough to qualify my comment


Nymans: The Story of a Sussex Garden
Nymans: The Story of a Sussex Garden
by Shirley Nicholson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fills a garden visit to Nymans with interest, 15 Mar. 2014
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A very enjoyable read. Very well written and researched. It puts Nymans and the Messel family in historical context with other well known local Sussex gardens and their owners. Nymans is one of the National Trust gardens that due to the dedication of the Messel family, The National Trust and the continuity of the garden staff has up to now retained a more individual and specialist interest for plant lovers. The ability to grow some of the species in such a location is surprising.


Fellowes Powershred P-35C Cross-Cut Personal Shredder with Safety Lock
Fellowes Powershred P-35C Cross-Cut Personal Shredder with Safety Lock
Price: £29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars OK for occasional domestic use, 15 Mar. 2014
Ours could never deal with five sheets without groaning and drastically slowing down. On several occasions it cut out due to overheating when shredding monthly bills and the cutters got bunged up several times and once it had to be dismantled to clear it. Ours lasted for about two years. We do not shred masses of paper but we had to replace ours with something that would cope continuously without stopping to cool down or having to be cleared. A unit only fit for very light duty in our opinion.


Stainless Steel Shower Caddy
Stainless Steel Shower Caddy
Price: £28.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Installed two years ago and still happy with purchase, 12 Feb. 2014
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This caddy suits our bathroom/shower and still looks good. I bought a very good stainless hook to hang it from and the two items go together very well. Stainless it might be but it still requires cleaning to avoid staining.


Eterna D130 - 28W 2D Slim Profile Low Energy Fitting
Eterna D130 - 28W 2D Slim Profile Low Energy Fitting
Offered by WowDiscounts
Price: £19.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Trouble free installation, compact, decent light output, 12 Feb. 2014
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What more can I say. Ideal for a bathroom or a general light in a small kitchen. A bit impersonal in a bedroom but practical if you have children.


Louis Jadot Combe aux Jacques Beaujolais Villages Beaujolais 2014 75 cl (Case of 6)
Louis Jadot Combe aux Jacques Beaujolais Villages Beaujolais 2014 75 cl (Case of 6)
Price: £45.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired and well past its best, 12 Feb. 2014
Fresh is not a word that I would use in any context to describe this wine. It certainly has a unique flavour, difficult to describe, but sour and slightly off would be my description. This wine is stopped with a composition cork which is of good quality. Unfortunately what is held in the bottle is not to my taste. Perhaps its the vine or the cork or my palate but the French have been making wine long enough to do much better than this. I have far better wines in my rack of a comparable price. My 'Louis Jadot 2011 Combe Aux Jacques Beaujolais - Villages' has been put on the cooking shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cost effective if you want practical., 31 Jan. 2014
Easy to fit, Compact, decent quality, instant lighting, bulb change not difficult, shade cover is simple to fit and remove.

Over two years I have fitted three of these light weight ceiling lights. They are perfectly adequate if fitted and used correctly to give years of service in a domestic environment.

Ideal as a central light in a small kitchen and they are easy to clean. Excellent as a bathroom light.

They also work in a children’s bedroom because play is less likely to damage a low profile light. The colour tone of the fluorescent tube can be a bit cool so a nice bedside light would make things more homely. Excellent value and so far trouble free.


Bahco Laplander Folding Saw (396LAP - Frustration Free Packaging)
Bahco Laplander Folding Saw (396LAP - Frustration Free Packaging)
Price: £23.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Not the sharpest in the pack, 18 Jan. 2014
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Although robust the Bahco Laplander Folding Saw is not the best folding saw I have used, but it is the most expensive. On first use I was rather surprised at the Laplander's mediocre performance in terms of what it's designed to do - cut.

I have used several saws of this type for some pretty serious every day use both trekking and for tree surgery and the coated blade is not as sharp as it should be. The coating does protect the blade from moisture and dirt but is of minimal assistance in preventing the blade from getting stuck in the cut, and probably lessens the cutting efficiency of the teeth.

The locking mechanism is slightly stiff and awkward but it does lock the blade solidly. Once you get used to it you will be confident that the blade will not close up if put to hard use.

Although light weight (you won't know it's in the pack) it's a well made item. I expect mine to last slightly longer than ones I have previously owned. In my opinion it is an overpriced item but for expedition use it's probably the best of its type available.
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Sony CMU-BR200 Skype Camera with Microphone Unit for Sony Bravia TV
Sony CMU-BR200 Skype Camera with Microphone Unit for Sony Bravia TV
Offered by fusion9online
Price: £62.97

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extortionate price for limited function, 5 Jan. 2014
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This is a tiny device, about 75mm wide by just over 25mm high. It is perched on top of or sits under the TV screen. It integrates with the TV without fuss only requiring your SKYPE identity to be entered from the handset.

My Son tells me that it does provide a good wide angle picture. WiFi connections can sometimes lose connection in the middle of a conversation which can be frustrating. With the TV wired to the router, as recommended by Sony, this device does provide a rock solid SKYPE link with good sound.

However it does not compare favourably with similar devices on other systems. Unlike the Xbox One it has no image tracking or zoom facility which should be provided on a device as expensive as this.

Unfortunately only a Sony camera will work with a Sony Bravia television so we are stuck with it. I was considering buying a Sony digital camera but being overcharged for this has rather soured my liking for Sony products.
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