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Silentnight Supersoft Pillow, Microfibre, White, Pack of 4
Silentnight Supersoft Pillow, Microfibre, White, Pack of 4
Price: 29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars No big deal, 27 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The fixed cover on these pillows is much smoother than the usual thin cotton on cheap pillows and the filling is soft and pleasant. Oddly however, pillows from the same bag, though looking the same, perform differently. One gave a very comfortable night’s sleep and didn’t compress unduly, but another did and produced a hellish neck ache. Disappointingly the free pillow protectors described were not included.

Overall however, there seems no significant difference between these and budget pillows.


3M Wetordry Assorted Grits Sandpaper Sheets, 230 x 280 mm - Pack of 1 (4 Sheets)
3M Wetordry Assorted Grits Sandpaper Sheets, 230 x 280 mm - Pack of 1 (4 Sheets)
Offered by BIC WAREHOUSE
Price: 7.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Durable, 27 July 2016
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These are superior to the usual sandpaper. Dust knocks off them and leaves the surface usable for much longer than the regular type and they give a better finish. Resists cracking too. Ideal for use with a sanding block as the paper doesn’t split easily where it folds into the end of the block. Won’t be going back to old-style sandpapers.


HoMedics Revitalising Facial Sauna
HoMedics Revitalising Facial Sauna
Offered by SmarTechnics
Price: 10.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Inadequate, 15 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Using this is not as practical as it seems mainly because of the shape of the mask. Unlike the towel-over-the-bowl method, which encloses the steam around the face, this mask is roughly a wide (not long) oval so unless one has a rugby-ball shaped face the edges extend beyond the head and lots of steam escapes. That said, perhaps this is intentional because the face sits so close to the vent that it soon becomes too hot to bear.

The edges of the mask are hard (although claimed to be ‘soft touch’) and dig into the flesh which becomes very uncomfortable after about 10 seconds and the angle of the mask requires that the body must be positioned precisely to get any steam onto the face. Once done, the steam is concentrated on the centre of the face – fine if this is for nasal steaming but useless for a full facial. Turning the face to get steam elsewhere is not really practical due to the shape of the mask.

Homedics is the bargain-basement end of health and beauty products, which is reflected in the quality of materials. That’s fair enough, but the basic design doesn’t seem to be adequate. One can’t help feeling that these things are not tested on consumers before release. Worryingly, the instructions warn that the electric cord must be positioned so that water can’t run down from the unit and into the plug!

As an aside, the unit I received was quite grubby out of the box, as though it had been packed with dirty wet hands after spending time on a grimy surface, so had to be thoroughly cleaned before use. I certainly can’t recommend this item.


Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars - A Spectacle of Celebrity, Talent, and Burning Ambition
Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars - A Spectacle of Celebrity, Talent, and Burning Ambition
by Sin Evans
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Six characters in search of an author ..., 15 July 2016
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This is a review of the uncorrected proof, so it’s not known if the text will be changed before publication or what other changes will be made. There were several typos etc in the book, so it is further assumed that these will be corrected before final publication and these have not influenced this review.

With these assumptions, then the 2-stars given reflect the difficulty in following the storyline due to the author’s style. Her depth of research and clear desire to be informative and precise deserve 5 stars but throughout there is quite a blitz of names as she tries to link a huge number of people into a flowing narrative. She often darts from one hostess to another, jumbled with someone’s daughter, mother or friend in one paragraph and the reader has to backtrack to try and figure out who is the current subject. By trying to place the QBs in relation to each other, the author has interleaved their stories like packs of cards with the same random result.

Though she quite rightly sets the women against the background of those world events which influenced their lives, this device is rather over-used and, along with the often detailed backgrounds of other characters, offers too much diversion for the reader. She is evidently trying to tell the story without resorting to elaborate language which is commendable, but somehow the end product is wordy and becomes hard work to get through. By about a quarter of the way through it becomes evident that some severe editing is needed – if not an entire re-write.

This copy contained no images but presumably the finished book will. Without them it will be impossible to make sufficient distinction between the Queen Bees, who are certainly a good subject for a biography, but each fail to emerge adequately from the pages. Sorry, Sian!


3M 50.8 x 101mm Synthetic Medium Steel Wool - (Pack of 1)
3M 50.8 x 101mm Synthetic Medium Steel Wool - (Pack of 1)
Price: 3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Cleaner than steel wool, 14 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These pads resemble the familiar green pan scrubbers, but they have a more open texture and are more durable.

They’ve been used wet to remove old dried grout from tiles. I felt it took a bit more effort than using steel wool but it was much cleaner to do and the pads rinse and can be re-used. They flatten down a bit after a few minutes but remain good enough to keep going with.

A good alternative to the messy, rusty stuff for this purpose.


From Rug-Rats to Riches: Autobiography of a Lazy Cow
From Rug-Rats to Riches: Autobiography of a Lazy Cow
Price: 4.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Bostin', 1 July 2016
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Being Black Country by marriage (and God’s Country by birth), I’ve learned the lingo over the years and realize that it’s not a variant of Klingon, but a thing of joy and wonder. Doris doesn’t lapse into it very much in her book, so ‘they foreigners’ can enjoy her worms of wisdom, too.

She and her ‘ghost-hunter’ have created a niche character which will speak not only to the hearts and minds of Black Country folk and their humour, but to a much wider audience, especially as ‘Lazy Cow Syndrome’ has reached hyperdermic proportions in our septic isle. More please, Doreen.


Salter Electronic Digital Platform Kitchen Scales
Salter Electronic Digital Platform Kitchen Scales
Offered by HoMedics Group
Price: 19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Small is beautiful, 30 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This scale is good looking and quite tiddly, a bit smaller and slimmer than a tablet pc, but is all the better for that because it stores away so discreetly. The surface is brushed steel which alas means it shows every mark, but wipes clean. It can be set to measure in metric or imperial, though for gram weight it seemed a little temperamental, lacking consistency within one gram, e.g. an item will weigh first at say, 15 gm, but take it off and put it back and it will be 16. Do it again and it’ll weigh 14. It’s probably good enough to weigh letters to work out postage costs, but don’t rely on it to be exact. That said it’s certainly good enough for kitchen use. It comes with a CR2032 battery. Recommended.


3M 70mm x 125mm Rubber Sanding Block - (Pack of 1)
3M 70mm x 125mm Rubber Sanding Block - (Pack of 1)
Price: 4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Good item, 24 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a sturdy item. It’s got enough weight to reduce slightly the pressure needed to achieve sanding and is nicely curved to fit into the hand. At each end is a flexible lip which lifts to reveal 3 spikes on which the ends of the sandpaper are positioned and then the lip pushes down to hold the paper in place. It uses a third of a sheet at a time.

This type of sanding block has been around for a long time but this feels especially easy to use and is much better than using a wooden block or just paper in the hand. Recommended.


Rapid Supreme Omnipress SO60 Fullstrip Stapler (Black)
Rapid Supreme Omnipress SO60 Fullstrip Stapler (Black)
Price: 24.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No big deal, 30 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Disappointed with this because the description boasted 'reduced stapling effort' but there's so little difference to an ordinary stapler it's barely noticeable. While the staples do lie flat and will punch through many sheets, it still needs a good firm snap to get the staples to close underneath. Nice action and a sturdy bit of kit, but no good if 'reduced stapling effort' is required.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, fast chopping, 21 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I had my doubts when I unpacked this because the handles are not fixed, but are loose which seemed a potential safety risk. On using however, the loose handles make perfect sense and are quite safe.

The wooden base is concave on one side. Put the herbs in the centre and rock the hachoir back and forth over them. It makes a very quick job of chopping as fine as needed and the loose handles help rather than hinder the smooth action of the blade. Easy to wash under the tap and the handles have slots in the side so that they can be safely folded over the blade for storage. The board is heavy enough to stay put during use.

Good sharp blade and a quality feel to both it and the board. Recommended.


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