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Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades and Free Arko Shaving Cream Soap Stick
Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades and Free Arko Shaving Cream Soap Stick
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Liked them when I was new to DE shaving, but there are much better blades out there., 31 Aug. 2017
I used to really like Derby. When I switched to DE shaving I got a starter pack with a selection of different blades and these seemed like good mild blades that I didn't cut myself with as much as the others in the pack. The Feathers and Astra were sharper but I had less irritation with Derby so I stuck with them for years.

Now I've just tried Kai and they've put Derby in perspective. Sharp as a feather but without the irritation. Derby blades now seem very inconsistent from one blade to the next now that I've tried an alternative. These may be milder but somehow I get fewer cuts and less irritation with the Kai.

If you asked me a couple of months ago I would have recommended these. Now I suggest paying a little extra to go for Kai blades.


iPhone 7 Case, TOZO [0.35mm] Ultra-Thin [ Perfect Fit ] World's Thinnest Hard Protect Case Back Cover Bumper [ Semi-transparent ] Lightweight for iPhone 7 4.7 inch [Matte black]
iPhone 7 Case, TOZO [0.35mm] Ultra-Thin [ Perfect Fit ] World's Thinnest Hard Protect Case Back Cover Bumper [ Semi-transparent ] Lightweight for iPhone 7 4.7 inch [Matte black]
Offered by UK Desetin LLC
Price: £22.90

0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great at first, warps over time, 27 Aug. 2017
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Had the case for about 5 months. At first it was a great close fitting case that really hugged the phone. I was a bit disappointed that the colour wasn't quite black, but still one of the better looking cases for those who don't like cases.

Unfortunately now the shape has warped. It feels a little too long, the corners have stretched out and it doesn't feel as though it's held securely any more.

Going to try the Kalibri Kevlar case next. Would prefer a plain Matt black, but perhaps the Kevlar will hold its shape better.


Shaving Brush Stand - Holds Badger and Synthetic Shaving Brush Flawlessly - Perfectly Balanced for your Shaving Kit/Set - Carefully Designed to be Functional Whilst Maintaining a Sleek and Stylish Finish - Compliments Flawlessly with our Exquisite Shaving Range - Perfect for Travel due to its Slim and Lightweight Design - A Must Have for Any Gentlemen That Wet Shaves - Limited Time Only - No Risk - Full Money Back Guarantee
Shaving Brush Stand - Holds Badger and Synthetic Shaving Brush Flawlessly - Perfectly Balanced for your Shaving Kit/Set - Carefully Designed to be Functional Whilst Maintaining a Sleek and Stylish Finish - Compliments Flawlessly with our Exquisite Shaving Range - Perfect for Travel due to its Slim and Lightweight Design - A Must Have for Any Gentlemen That Wet Shaves - Limited Time Only - No Risk - Full Money Back Guarantee
Offered by Exquisite Commodities
Price: £19.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars £9.95 is too much for this - looks cheap, presented poorly, much larger than image suggests., 28 July 2017
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Even at £9.95 this feels overpriced.

I'm guessing the image is photoshopped. The image in the picture looks like a standard sized safety razor and the razor handle is on the bottom of the stand while the head of the razor is above the top of the stand. In the real world my razor with a long(ish) handle doesn't reach the bottom of the stand so the head just sits of the plastic and stays in the water that drips off it. Plus it just looks very bulky at it's real size.

In the end, it's a stand, it does most of what it should do, but it feels cheap, poorly presented and I wish I'd spent a little more on something better.


Ted Baker Mens Bly 5 Loafers
Ted Baker Mens Bly 5 Loafers

2.0 out of 5 stars A short term shoe, 9 Jun. 2014
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I've always liked the style or Ted Baker products, however recently I have been disappointed by the quality. I bought a pair of these and they were comfortable and looked good, so for a while I was happy.

However I expected the soul to last more than a few months (only really worn on weekends) before wearing through, the rubber needs to be a little thicker and of better quality otherwise these just won't hold up.

A final note, these were comfortable, albeit a little larger than I expected.


Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Price: £8.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mission Accomplished, 16 Mar. 2012
The problem with the Mission : Impossible franchise has been that it doesn't know what direction to take. The first was a real precursor to the Bourne series with a strong story and plenty of twists, albeit just a touch dull, while the second focused on special effects and action and by special effects I mean the tearing off of one face to reveal another. The third tried to combine the two and it WAS the best so far. Now Ghost Protocol has arrived and Mission : Impossible has finally found its place among the Bonds and Bournes of the cinema world.

Where Ghost Protocol succeeds is finding an otherwise unoccupied space in the action franchise film world; funny but not a spoof. Do not expect intelligent and intricate plot lines here. A nuclear missile aimed at the US is hardly groundbreaking (see 24 seasons 2, 4, 6, and 8) but none of the other action franchises pull off funny anywhere close to this well. Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner often steal the show as a comedy double act as a Q without the quality control and a Bond without the confidence.

Elsewhere some gut-wrenching action sequences will keep you glued to your seat and trying to look away, particularly when Mr Hunt dangles out of a sky scraper for this instalment of 'Hunt's aerobatic insanity'. For those of you reading this review, it is a shame you missed this at an IMAX or even a cinema as watching this particular scene on a big screen is truly vertigo inspiring. Where Jonny Depp wore thin as a solo act in the last Pirates of the Caribbean film, Tom Cruise sensibly gives other cast members plenty of screen time providing some welcome relief. This is where Ghost Protocol has triumphed, an almost ensemble action film that brings the funny by the bucketful.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Price: £4.80

17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as original and far more interesting., 15 Feb. 2012
Not many films are universally panned before filming has even begun, so the 2011 version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo had quite a hurdle of opposition to overcome. The criticisms were not about any knowledge of how good the film could be, but rather that it was considered to be a remake of a film only a few years old for an audience too stupid to read subtitles. This was particularly unfair given that the Swedish film bordered on the tedious with little way to connect with the lead character. Noomi Rapace may have been a perfect representation of the Lisbeth Salander in the novel, however as a film character there was much to be desired and this is where Rooney Mara has done so well with the role. The characters are completely different; an impressive feat considering that they are both goth computer hackers and supremely intelligent investigators. What Rooney Mara has done is to provide a new depth to a character that allows the audience to engage with Lisbeth and really will her to succeed.

This contrast between the two Lisbeths is mirrored with the films and certainly takes away from any claims that this is a cynical hollywood remake. They are both as original as each other in so much as they are very separate interpretations of the same book. Additionally where 'purists' will be disappointed by divergences from the novel, those who hold no deep loyalty to either the Swedish film or the novel will be the most likely to enjoy this film for these are the people who will form an opinion on the film based on its own merits.

Where this film potentially could have fallen down is perhaps a lack of pace, in part brought on by the fact that the first half feels like two separate films. It is only when Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist's stories meet that the film really becomes one. Somehow in spite of this, Fincher has done a fantastic job of instilling suspense and adrenaline into his audience right from the start. A short gothic bond style opening sequence sets the tone remarkably well using a pounding tune couples with an oil covered nightmare. This feeling stays with us right until what feels like it should be the end. Unfortunatley this is where the film falls done. Once a big murder mystery is solved it is a surprise to find that the story has a half hour left to run as Fincher's determination to close every hole and answer every question leaves the end a touch off pace from the rest of the film. Thankfully the end does come before we have completely forgotten about the excitement that is delivered earlier on.

Pros:
- Beautifully shot in cold chilling colours set to a pulse pounding score.
- An interesting murder mystery uncovered by characters you can really feel for.

Cons:
- If you are a fan of, or have just seen/read the first film/novel, you know the story already, and even changes to the ending can't mask this entirely.
- Horrifying scenes of rape and violence may be too much for many viewers.
- The ending may bring something new to the table, but there is a danger in being too thorough since this rather changes the pace of the film.

Bottom Line:
Perhaps one of the best films of 2011, the story and characters combine with excellent direction, stunning visuals and a thrilling score to really keep the audience hooked. It is just a shame that it is so difficult to watch this film as a new film.


Drive [Blu-ray] (2011)
Drive [Blu-ray] (2011)
Dvd ~ Ryan Gosling
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £5.92

80 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shut up and drive., 13 Feb. 2012
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With the title "Drive" and the tag line "Get in. Get Out. Get Away" one could be forgiven for thinking that this was a fast paced heist movie focused on long car chase get-away sequences. It isn't. Less 'Fast and Furious' and more 'Subdued and Serious'. The film starts with a getaway drive that rather sets the tone of the film; our driver says very little and only picks up the pace if cornered at which point he can and will do whatever he has to.

Arguably our driver is either mysterious or astonishingly lacking substance; new to an apartment he quickly develops a bond with his neighbour. When the neighbours husband needs a favour things go terribly wrong, and with the driver's life threatened, but more importantly the neighbour and her child's life threatened, driver does everything he has to to keep them safe. At times this gets very gory, and there are those who will question the need to be quite so graphic. Drive does not glorify violence by any means, but does tell us a lot about Driver whose quiet demeanour could otherwise be mistaken for passive or apathetic.

Pros:
- Stunning visuals and sound. Fans of 80's Michael Mann films will be happy in this respect.
- A serious and engaging story for the more patient viewer.

Cons:
- Many will be put off by the graphic violence. Some will say it is unnecessary, although probably most will disagree.
- What for many will be an interesting albeit quiet protagonist, will for others be soulless and borderline sociopathic.

Bottom Line:
- Engaging and stylish for the patient.
- Tedious and one dimensional for the impatient.
- Horrific for those with weaker constitutions.


The West Wing - Complete Season 1-7 [DVD] [2006]
The West Wing - Complete Season 1-7 [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Price: £49.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great... Most of the time., 18 Jan. 2012
Focusing on the clearly devoted, passionate and (usually) honest staff of a Democratic White House you would be surprised by the level of tension, emotion and humour that is packed into the programme. At least this is true for most of the series. Seasons 1 and 2 are on the whole fantastic although prepare to find the first series character Mandy somewhat irritating, but don't worry without word or explanation she vanishes off to start selling coffee and cakes on One Tree Hill; since I'm not a fan of the latter show this is definitely good news. The dialogue is fast-paced, intelligent and surprisingly funny; this is true of all seven seasons, however by half way through the third season we start to feel as though writer Aaron Sorkin's refusal to accept assistance from his writing team is resulting in serious burn out. The writing does begin to become stale. Thankfully for the latter half of season four (Sorkin's last) he finds himself again and the programme is back in top gear.

There are often complaints that following on from Sorkin's and fellow exec producer Thomas Schlamme's exit from the show that this series went downhill, but keep going as the new influences on the show breathe new life into a show that had been showing its age; although you should absolutely avoid the season 5 episode titled Access which is styled as a documentary of a day in the life of White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, this is tedious and adds nothing to the story, just skip over it.

Some will find the election campaign running through seasons 6 and 7 slow paced, and in comparison to White House based episodes they are, but at the same time others will be fascinated by the running of the campaigns and it certainly provides a new dimension to the show.

So what about the complaints levelled against the show? Perhaps the most common criticism is that it glorifies an extremely left wing white house staff. This is true, although to expect a programme about white house staff who don't hold strong and well thought out beliefs would be naive. Where it succeeds is providing balance; many Republicans portrayed in The West Wing are done so as honourable, principled and hard working. Equally there are plenty of Democrats whose motives are questionable at best. A previous programme of Sorkin (Sports Night) has a line: If you're dumb surround yourself with smart people, if you're smart surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you. If you are not irritated by people not holding your views, you may enjoy and learn something by hearing the opposing arguments so well presented in The West Wing.

As for the DVDs themselves, reading reviews on Amazon one could come away thinking that all 7 seasons are in 4:3 and not in Widescreen. This is not the case, only the first two series are shown in 4:3 and this is because the show began in 1999 before widescreen had really taken hold. It could be converted but to do so would involve cutting off the top and bottom of the image and I imagine the director probably had a 4:3 image in mind when it was filmed, so to do this would take away from his work. With that said, season 3 is in Widescreen, yet it hasn't been applied to the DVD in a sensible way, choosing to have it set in a 4:3 aspect ratio with blacked out top and bottom resulting in, when viewed correctly, a small letterbox of image on your television screen. This should have been rectified before the release of the original season 3 DVDs but to have it this way so many years later really is not impressive. Thankfully the remaining seasons are shown in their original widescreen format.

All things considered this is perhaps the best television show to be produced in a generation, although perhaps those who are addicted to the gratuitous swearing and nudity only available in such top rated HBO content as Hung and True Blood should stay away. If the season 3 DVDs were made to have a more sensible display format this would warrant a 5 star review, but a star deserves to be lost for sloppy DVD production.


The Adjustment Bureau - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
The Adjustment Bureau - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £13.24

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars But for the end., 26 May 2011
I was keen to watch the 'inception of 2011' although I remained unconvinced by the premise. As such I came out pleasantly surprised. There was the solid acting that you would expect of Damon, and although I knew little about Blunt she was very good in the film too. There was much else to like about this film; a minor sci-fi aspect for the guys and a love story for the girls combined in a very interesting way.

However, I realised halfway through that there was no-way for this to end well. By which I do not mean that there is no chance for a happily ever after finale, but rather there was no way to end this film in a satisfying way. Either option a happens or option b happens, and surprise surprise, option a happens.

It's a good film that I shall be buying for my collection, but it isn't a great film and that is down to the ending. I spent the next couple of days going over in my head possible alternative endings, and I thought I might have had one, but it doesn't matter because it has the ending it has and that can't be changed now. Worth watching, but don't expect to be surprised.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not built for rural areas., 21 Mar. 2011
The concept is excellent and as usual Apple have produced high quality hardware; however this is a rare occasion where the firmware doesn't cut it in certain areas. Now the fault is not exclusively Apple's, the slow internet connection is a result of a BT monopoly over phone lines and the lack of a cost effective means to provide cable internet to rural houses. That said, Apple could have considered this when building the box.

Apple have gone so far as to provide 8GB of internal storage (enough for an HD film and some safety space just to be sure), but they do not have an option for you to save the film to that 8GB for later viewing should you wish to turn off the ATV, instead you will be required to re-download the video (without repaying) when you try to watch it. So if your internet connection is such that you need to pick your film in the morning, or in my case, the day before, then you must turn off the automatic off function and load the movie and not turn off the machine until you are able to view the film. Now perhaps you are able to go and watch YouTube or movie trailers in the mean time, I would like to think so, but I am too frightened to give it a try as why risk losing 24 hours worth of downloads.

My suggestion to rural users is if you want the box, accept that you must choose your film early, and then leave the film to load and don't let the box turn off. Furthermore, in order to speed up download times turn off HD downloads and watch the film in Standard Definition. Yes the picture quality will suffer a bit, but it was only ever going to be 720p at its best, so it's not a huge difference when compared with the time you will save downloading the films.

There is one complaint from others that I will actually come out in Apple's favour on. Many complain about the fact that when Apple says the film is HD it is only 720p rather than 1080p. Now the image quality suffers a little, but considering 1080p is good enough for a small cinema, I'm going to suggest that 720p will do the job at home. Plus the file sizes are much smaller and thus the time you have to spend waiting for the film to load is significantly reduced. What I would recommend in the next iteration though is allowing not just the choice between SD and 720p, but offering the choice of SD, 720 and 1080 so as to keep the people with amazing internet connections happy.

I am glad that I got my box, because renting on an Apple TV in the country still requires a lot less time out of my day than driving into the nearest town to go to Blockbuster, but it is more stressful than it needs to be and I think Apple could fix that. Another alternative for country people like myself would be FilmFour if you are prepared to choose your films even further in advance.
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