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Hozelock Easy Drip Micro Kit
Hozelock Easy Drip Micro Kit
Price: £30.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential garden watering kit, 15 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We have a variety of the Easy Drip range in use and this is an excellent value pack for either standalone or add-on use. If you add on one of the timer blocks, it can also be used for automatic watering during holiday absences.

This kit enables you to set up up to 15 plants/pots for watering via the micro hose. It is really effective at delivering a steady drip and that helps to let the water soak properly into the plants rather than puddling on top and running off/away.

The system is also easily expandable - for example you can attach this kit to a larger set up based on the larger main hose (think lots of A roads running off a motorway). Depending on your mains pressure, it can be possible to keep a small garden comfortably watered without the agg of carrying watering cans around.


Popband Ponytail Holders, Meadow
Popband Ponytail Holders, Meadow
Price: £8.00

4.0 out of 5 stars You may love them, you may not be fussed, but they tend to grow on you, 10 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The colours and patterns in this pack are fun and suitable for all ages. Having always used traditional elasticated hairbands, I was curious to see what all the hype and fuss was about. With long fine hair, I didn't find they actually held tightly enough which meant they kept slipping a bit down from where the bands had been set. Of course some may say that is a good thing. My student daughter on the other hand was delighted with the bands as she said they didn't leave a kink in her hair.
They don't cut the blood supply off if you have one on your wrist overnight ;-) Would I buy them again - no - would my daughter buy them - absolutely yes!
So the conclusion is you do need to try them out, and I'm glad I did. At the end of the day they're not expensive and you could love them, feel ambivalent, but you're very unlikely to hate them.


Vax Dynamo Power 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, 25.6 V, 0.5 Litre, 85 W, Metallic Silver/Black
Vax Dynamo Power 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, 25.6 V, 0.5 Litre, 85 W, Metallic Silver/Black
Price: £129.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Adaptable, useful, handy to be wire free, 5 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Like many of these units, there are pros and cons.

The handheld unit that detaches seems quite heavy, but it is relatively easy to open and empty. The filter can be washed and dried for re-use. Bear in mind that with all of these style of vacuum, the handheld unit gives all the power and suction - the main body is just a way to hold it in place and enable the suction to be directed at the floor.

Unlike some others, there's a base unit for charging or storage, and it keeps the vacuum cleaner upright (unlike some other brands) when stored around the house. We have yet to use it for so long that the battery is flat so I suspect it has good capacity.

The suction is not bad, but of course modern vacuum cleaners are inhibited by the new rules on noise. There's just the one attachment which fits the handheld unit (no hose so you have to use it for difficult spots) and can be either a brush or for flat floors.

It is good for laminate or tiled floors, but on carpet it is only ok. We have a cat and the main cylinder vacuum is a must have two or three times a week.

Having said all of that, it is great to have a rechargeable vacuum which is more than a back up to the main household cleaner.


Igenix IG3202BL 2-Slice Toaster, Black/Polished Stainless Steel
Igenix IG3202BL 2-Slice Toaster, Black/Polished Stainless Steel
Offered by Capital Stores
Price: £25.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little toaster, 3 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not a bad little toaster. The grilling element is one of the mesh style, which I much prefer over the round bars that some have.

It has easily adjustable browning settings (I found the higher ones burn though).

The slots are quite wide, but I'm not convinced they would take some of the taller loaves.

The finishing is top notch. easy to clean, and the controls feel solid in use.


Rapesco Flat Clinch Heavy Duty Half Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity Uses Staples 26 and 24/6 mm - Blue
Rapesco Flat Clinch Heavy Duty Half Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity Uses Staples 26 and 24/6 mm - Blue
Price: £8.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Space saving solution for bulky paper files, 16 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Staplers aren't the type of thing I thought I'd be reviewing and raving about but this one actually is worth the effort. As an accountant, I often have to deal with files full of stapled bundles and thought - is this flat stapler a gimmick? I can assure you it isn't. The staples it uses are totally standard fayre. It is easy to use in the hand albeit feeling a touch plasticky. The real bingo moment is when you realise how low profile all those pages are now.


PetSafe Funkitty Doorway Dangli Cat Toy
PetSafe Funkitty Doorway Dangli Cat Toy
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea not well executed, 11 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Great in theory, poorly executed in practice. The holes through which the cat treats are supposed to trickle are too small. It is difficult to adapt the body of the toy to enable a better flow without risking the whole thing being too loose and falling open. The elastic cord is certainly long, but the grippers (which are a bit like the end of a stethoscope) wouldn't open wide enough for our door (we just have a routine 1930s built house so I don't understand why they don't open more). Our cat isn't that interested in this toy either - we even tried dragging it around on the floor but to no avail.


Ultranatura Double Hammock Bali series, approx. 6.8 x 4.9 ft (210 cm x 150 cm), max. user weight 330 lbs (150 kg), Rainbow small
Ultranatura Double Hammock Bali series, approx. 6.8 x 4.9 ft (210 cm x 150 cm), max. user weight 330 lbs (150 kg), Rainbow small

4.0 out of 5 stars Fabric Hammock Only, But It's a Decent One, 7 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
For the avoidance of doubt, this is the fabric hammock only. No stand, not straps, no metal clips or rings to join it to a stand.

Now that's out of the way - the hammock is quite heavy duty (definitely one for garden use and not hiking or camping). Good strong natural material which feels reassuring when you're in it. The pattern isn't loud, the construction and finish seems good, particularly around the cords at each end.

The end cords are woven into a loop which you can use to suspend it. We managed to get a lightweight portable stand which did hold this hammock happily and which we really enjoyed using. I'm sure with the right straps etc it would be equally comfy from a tree or maybe even a strong pergola.

It claims to be suitable for up to two people but is about the same dimensions as our one person hammock. Maybe because it is stronger in natural fabric they think it can take the extra weight, but you'd have to be sure the tree/stand/straps you use could take it.

If I was looking for a good solid fabric hammock then I would definitely recommend this one, but you can shop around and find so many alternatives, particularly with the range and variety on Amazon.


Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Foot & Heel Cream 75 ml
Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Foot & Heel Cream 75 ml
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely effective foot reviver, 1 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Lovely smelling and easy to apply, there is a sense that this cream really is doing some good when applied. It must be slightly anti-septic given the manuka honey in it, and the essential oils are sing out as it is massaged into the foot giving a truly reviving foot rub. Overnight I really believe it softened hard heels, and left the feet well moisturised. It loses one star as the feet feel slightly sticky after the rub, perhaps there is some beeswax or similar in the cream which can't be absorbed by the skin. Then again that is true of most foot creams - they all seem to leave a film or coating.


A Rising Man (Sam Wyndham 1)
A Rising Man (Sam Wyndham 1)
by Abir Mukherjee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut novel, 1 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a fascinating novel giving an insight into what India must have been like after WW1. The social observations are interwoven with some lovely characterisation. There's the well educated Indian sergeant who suffers the contempt of the typical Brit with a superiority complex, and the main character Sam Wyndham with the ghosts of his war years haunting him as he drifts in and out of an opium haze trying to solve the crime/mystery around which the plot revolves. I loved how easy it was to understand who all the characters were and each person had a clearly defined place in the storyline. I'll look out for future work by this author.


Burt's Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment 85 g
Burt's Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment 85 g
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soothing barrier cream (not just for babies!), 23 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This was used as a barrier cream for excoriated adult underarms. It is soothing and helps to prevent further discomfort. As we've had two kids, we know this range is reliable and gentle on sensitive skins, and this ointment is no exception. The zinc oxide is very white, so liberal application will result in it being on clothes - and it isn't the easiest stuff to wash out. It does do the job though, and like sudocrem it would be great for sensitive baby skin.


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