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AVF FS800BUCO Buckingham Oak TV Stand Oval Shaped with 2 Shelves for 14 - 40 inch LCD Plasma LED Screens
AVF FS800BUCO Buckingham Oak TV Stand Oval Shaped with 2 Shelves for 14 - 40 inch LCD Plasma LED Screens
Offered by The Plasma Centre
Price: £249.99

4.0 out of 5 stars More versatile than a corner TV unit, 2 Jun. 2017
Much better space-saving idea for a TV in a tight-ish corner than a dedicted corner unit, as this is easier to reposition and to get behind. For 'oak' it's a little yellower than we might have expected, but it's good quality. The only real design oddity is that the glass top of the unit effectively just rests on the top of the wooden frame and metal support struts; it isn't fastened on. Unlikely to be a problem unless it was knocked over or hit hard. Looks smart and stylish.

Assembly: I found this less tricky than some reviewers suggest. Took about an hour or so. There is only one crucial point in the assembly to get right, which is putting in the fastenings that will join the sides of the unit to the front and back to the right depth. Parts with important slight differences are usefully labelled, so it's difficult to go wrong. Getting enough clearance to use an Allen key is a little tricky in places because of the oval design creating an obstacle to tightening some of these screws. The main problem with assembly is the usual self-assembly one that the 'instructions' consist only of pictures that aren't always easy to interpret, and there are no written instructions at all. This is lazy and unhelpful on the manufacturer's part, and unnecessarily extends the time needed to assemble this correctly and safely.

Overall would very much recommend this unusual item. We spent ages rejecting different possibilities for a TV stand that would house a 32" TV in a small corner and still allow us to get to a window behind and sockets to the side, and were on the point of giving up until we came across this.


Hozelock Professional Medium Car Brush Plus
Hozelock Professional Medium Car Brush Plus
Price: £28.61

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a redesign - not the complete solution it claims to be, 24 Oct. 2016
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Only purchase this if you're willing to see it as a supplement to standard hose nozzle, sponge and bucket of warm water with car shampoo, and not as a substitute for these - because it's not. On the plus side, this is good for rinsing off initial mud and dirt, and saves a bit of time overall. However, several reviewers have complained about the shampoo reservoir emptying far too quickly and water leaking out. I have found these happening too. Possible solutions: turn the water flow control down and / or turn the shampoo flow control knob down to a halfway position. This reduces the rate at which shampoo disappears and also stops water leaking out of the top of the shampoo control knob, which becomes a problem when this button is switched to fully on. Even so, using a thick consistency car shampoo like Autoglym the brush seems to use it up pretty quickly, which could get quite expensive. Reach of the brush is just about OK to get to all parts of a 4x4 size car from ground level (I'm 6' 0"). The head is a bit big to negotiate aroung things like wing mirrors and wheels easily, but otherwise OK. Supplied with a minimal instruction card that only really says what the product is in umpteen languages rather than containing any actual helpful 'instructions' other than a few tiny line illustrations.

This has its uses and is a far better bet than just a hose or sponge for getting a lot of mud off. The brush end can be put in numerous positions, seems to lock in position securely, but can be changed without difficulty. This product would probably be quite good for rinsing dirty windows that aren't that high too, for example. However, I agree overall with those reviewers who conclude that this is rather a poor product by Hozelock standards for its stated purpose. It's a bit flimsy and plasticy to last long - the polystyrene shampoo control knob is almost certain to be the first thing to break - and it is hard to achieve sufficient control over the shampoo / water mixing ratio. Hozelock needs to improve the mechanisms for this and also to reduce the scope for water leakage from bits of the apparatus where leaking isn't wanted. Although this is OK as a product, it really needs a better designed and sturdier version 2 to be able to do what it claims.


Door Stop : Sleeping Cat : Hand Carved Wood : Traditional Quality Hand Crafted Wooden Animal Doorstop Xmas Gift Idea : Perfect Christmas Present For The Home : Suitable For Mum, Dad, Mother, Father, Men, Women, Her, Him, Grandma, Grandad (Approx Length 21cm)
Door Stop : Sleeping Cat : Hand Carved Wood : Traditional Quality Hand Crafted Wooden Animal Doorstop Xmas Gift Idea : Perfect Christmas Present For The Home : Suitable For Mum, Dad, Mother, Father, Men, Women, Her, Him, Grandma, Grandad (Approx Length 21cm)

5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely carved and very useful, 14 April 2015
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Good quality wood, fairly chunky, well finished item. Bought as a gift and went down very well. Highly recommended. Some other animal shapes are available (rabbit, hedgehog), but this seemed the nicest carving to me.


Bosch PSA 900 E Sabre Saw
Bosch PSA 900 E Sabre Saw
Price: £93.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Great saw where speed rather than accuracy needed, 25 Mar. 2015
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Really ergonomic saw, saves a great deal of time for demolition jobs and for pruning of small branches. So far I've used it to cut up old pallets and crates, and to cut branches up that are too large to go through shredding. With the appropriate blades I found the former task slightly easier than the latter, but the saw made short work of both. You can cut pretty accurately, but if you really need accuracy rather than speed, then you're better looking at a different type of saw. I nearly always buy Bosch for reliability, as I've never had a Bosch tool fail on me, but there's a couple of cautions if you're not familiar with this type of tool:
1) Practice using the SDS blade change system before using the saw properly to ensure you've got the blade correctly locked in far enough. I didn't get the knack at first and the blade came out. Minor problem really, but worth checking.
2) The saw comes with a blade for wood and one that'll do wood and metal. Bosch do quite a wide range of blades for different applications, and if you're using this saw for garden work it'd be worth buying the specialist ones. Bosch don't seem very good at advertising their own accessories, but you can find the range of blades on their website - all are available to purchase at places like Amazon / Screwfix etc.


Esschert Design USA LH63 Boot Pull with Brush
Esschert Design USA LH63 Boot Pull with Brush
Offered by Bargains 4 Ever
Price: £22.51

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but heed drawbacks mentioned by other reviewers, 18 Mar. 2015
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This is a useful item, and sturdier, classier and more traditional-looking than some of the wooden alternatives. The attached mud brushes are a great idea. Other reviewers seem to mention two drawbacks frequently.
1) Small heel size on the jack. Yes, definitely agreed. It's really too small to accomodate men's boots, so unless you're only going to use this for narrower ladies' footwear, then look elsewhere.
2) Flimsy construction / build quality. I didn't find this to be a problem. The complaint might arise from the fact that the packaging seems insufficient to withstand the normal rigours of delivery. My jack arrived with the feet poking through both the bubble wrapping and the cardboard packaging, so better quality packing materials are needed.

On the plus side, the item is heavy enough to stop the boots lifting the jack into the air when you take your boots off. The item's probably likely to last a lot longer if you've got an indoor porch or somewhere out of the rain that you can keep it.


Psychocandy [Explicit]
Psychocandy [Explicit]
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Essential purchase to understand the history of indie, 21 Oct. 2014
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About halfway through me playing this album, the other half came in: "What on earth's this? It's just a load of feedback." Er, yes, that's the point. The feedback-drenched equivalent of the chainsaw as a musical instrument, until you burrow beneath the monotone wall-of-noise surface to the melodies and well-hidden commercial touches. The Velvet Underground and Joy Division influences are obvious, but JMC managed to mould these into the antidote to much of what was ghastly about over-produced, glossy, early synth-based '80s music. An acquired taste, certainly, but rarely has so much raw energy been so effectively packaged.


Ultraviolence (Deluxe)
Ultraviolence (Deluxe)
Price: £9.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... a curate's egg, 21 Oct. 2014
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This is a grower, and don't expect it to be Born to Die 2.0. Every track moves at a snail's pace, there are fewer immediate hooks and choruses - although there still are some. Best tracks: West Coast; Cruel World; Money, Power, Glory - one of the few with the kind of soaring chorus you might have expected; F---ed my Way up to the Top; Shades of Cool(one of several tracks with notably cynical lyrics); and perhaps Florida Kilos in the bonus tracks. The Other Woman seems a bit of a tuneless nightclub dirge to me, and was probably a bit of a mistake,although it provides the occasion for more vocal gymnastics than you usually get. As another reviewer says, it's not one to play in the car. It would always have been hard to follow Born to Die. This is more uneven, and parts of it are certainly up there, but it's difficult to know entirely what to make of this collection. If you've the patience, you'll probably find more in it with repeated listens, but you need to be in a pretty languid mood for this album.


Sistrionix
Sistrionix
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good time blues rock - bit more subtlety desirable, 21 Oct. 2014
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For a guitar and drums duo format, these two manage to make a hell of a noise. Very traditionally blues rock influences, especially on Lindsey Troy's raw vocals. Listen a bit more, and you'll notice Julie Edwards' lower- and purer-pitched voice harmonising beneath the surface. She only gets much of an outing in her own right on the acapella track hidden after the end of Six Feet Under, the only pair of tracks to go at anything less than pretty much full tilt. A sense of humour is buried in the lyrics to several numbers, such as Creeplife and Lies, although you might have to listen several times to catch it. White Stripes and Black Keys have been mentioned by several reviewers as comparators and, more recently, Royal Blood carry the same torch on, so you'll have a good idea of what to expect. This isn't the most original music in the world, but what they do, they do well and with a lot more energy and feeling than many could muster. Heavily riff-based rock, with a few solo guitar flourishes, and most tracks follow a similar format. Raw Material and Woman of Intention fall a bit below the standards of the other tracks, while Six Feet Under stands out by allowing the guitar and vocals to stretch out a bit. Opener End of the World is probably one of the great headbanging numbers of all time, with the verses dissolving into the deranged string-bending fury of the singalong chorus. The long-term problem for Deap Vally will be whether they can manage to transcend what is quite a limiting format without the addition of at least a bass guitar. Ignore the rock chick image. They are better than that. Enjoy this for what it is: the ideal thing to put on to exorcise a bad day at work.


The Vermilion Border
The Vermilion Border
Price: £11.53

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, brilliant, original, expect the unexpected, 2 Oct. 2014
This review is from: The Vermilion Border (Audio CD)
Viv Albertine is definitely a one-off, and is obviously no stranger to painful honesty about her life. She's also very observant and witty, as the lyrics to this album demonstrate amply. Growing older, relationships, reminiscence and making sense of quite a bit of what's happened to her and to Britain since the 1970s, the way the personal and political intersect, dreams; they're are all there. Every track has its own very distinct style, so things rapidly head in all sorts of directions after the opening quasi rock anthem, the insistent 'I want more'. Some have a commercial edge (Becalmed (I should have known)), some are dreamy (The Madness of Clouds), some have a nagging, nightmarish quality (Don't Believe, The False Heart, Little Girl in a Box), but none of them go where you'd expect from a more conventional artist. This album continues the punk ethos to music without being in any way punk, and is also determinedly free of the macho side of that genre. The strengths of this album are the words and the originality of the ideas and arrangements in it. Viv would probably agree that she doesn't have the strongest singing voice, and in some places the vocals are quite thin and struggling a bit. Anyone who was inspired by the new wave revolution of 1976-9, but appreciates that music needs to move forward rather than simply to relive the past, will appreciate what this album is trying to do, and find it striking a chord somewhere along the way.


The Bones Of What You Believe [Explicit]
The Bones Of What You Believe [Explicit]
Price: £7.09

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, catchy debut - not a dud track on it, 2 Oct. 2014
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If you hated the idea of synthesizer-based bands in the 1980s, and thought it wouldn't translate to 30 years later (I did when I first listened to the Amazon 30 second extracts), this album proves you should think again and prepare to be converted. Chvrches really have a knack for writing deceptively simple songs that stay in the subconscious. Every track has a memorable hook that replays repeated listening. The ratings for tracks on this album might have you think that some songs are more stand-out than others, but I'm mystified as to why the ratings are underwhelming for tracks lesser known than 'The Mother we Share'. So, really worth mentioning for that reason are 'By the Throat', 'We Sink', 'Night Sky', 'Under the Tide' and, more obviously, 'Recover', all of which follow a winning Chvrches formula. The final track, the jangly-sustain guitar-based and reflective 'You caught the light' hints at a different direction, which will be interesting if it hints at future development. Elsewhere, Lauren Mayberry's vocals dominate from the middle distance, although maybe some more variation in vocal style would be good for the future. It beggars belief that this album is labelled 'explicit', presumably because of about two rude words buried inconspicuously in the lyrics of a couple of tracks. Ignore that, and ignore the idea that Chvrches are some sort of 1980s revival; they're very definitely a band for the 2010s and, on this evidence, should be around for a long time if their second album lives up to this one.


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