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Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser Powder 990 g (Pack of 3)
Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser Powder 990 g (Pack of 3)
Price: £22.50

4.0 out of 5 stars I have great expectations of this product being excellent, 22 Feb. 2015
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Dettol is a well known name, having been around since the 1950s. So, I have great expectations of this product being excellent.

Using fairly warm water (handhot), adding a scoop of Dettol powder, I then soak all my sports gear in the solution. Although it suggests for 5 minutes, I usually leave it longer, and then wash on a normal cycle in the washing machine. It’s that simple to use. I don’t rinse my sports gear, I just load it all into the washing machine – and then throw the remaining water down the sink.
The solution smells pleasant – not as strong as Dettol original liquid disinfectant. The claim of killing 99.9% of bacteria I can’t argue with – and with my sports gear, certainly needs a good bacterial clean! It also means that after the normal wash in the washing machine, there’s been fewer opportunities for bacteria to thrive or survive during the wash.

I like this product and will continue to use it, not just for my sports gear, but also other items – such as bedding.

However, like with other Dettol products, this is potentially harmful – and remember, Dettol can harm animals, so make sure nothing is spilled, and if you spill the powder, clean it up immediately.


Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars and then to determine if one is better than the other, 22 Feb. 2015
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This is a simple product to use: just simply place one of the tablets in the dispenser, and switch the machine on – and when the cycle comes to an end, you can see the results of the dishwasher.

Now, the product claims to have be a powerful cleaning agent, and able to remove tea stains. I don’t know about tea stains, but it really does clean my slow cooker amazingly well – and no stains are visible. Even when the slow cooker has dried material stuck in it, Finish cleans it superbly well.

Although there is a rinse function with these tablets, I still do use the Rinseaid – although to be fair, I very rarely need to top up the rinseaid dispenser.

There are so many different varieties of Finish products available, and it is difficult to decide which one to use, and then to determine if one is better than the other. What I am able to compare though, is the original Finish tablets (still available), and these Finish Quantam tablets do clean crockery, cutlery and ovenware much better. With other makes of dishwasher tablet, I occasionally have had stains or marks left on the cutlery – but not with Finish Quantam; other tablets didn’t clean the ovenware so thoroughly, which meant putting the item back into the dishwasher for a further cycle – I don’t need to do that with Finish Quantam.

Overall, I’m very happy with Finish Quantam – and yes, there are products on the market which are cheaper than this one, but the quality is not as good in my opinion, so for me, I’ll use Finish Quantam for my dishwasher.


BEEM Germany Air Joy Hot and Cold Fan Heater Black
BEEM Germany Air Joy Hot and Cold Fan Heater Black
Price: £137.81

3.0 out of 5 stars so I’ll just refer to as a circle (which is where the heat or cool air comes from), 23 Jan. 2015
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This is quite an attractive heater / cooler, and so simple to use. I don’t know what the circular device is actually called, so I’ll just refer to as a circle (which is where the heat or cool air comes from).

After removing from the box, quite straightforward to set up – just lift up the circle and plug in. It’s that simple. Switch it on, and you can have the circle in one place, or gently moving from side to side.

Using the heater, warm air starts very soon, perhaps because its powered by 1800w, but impressive. The cool air worked well too.

This is probably best suited for a small room – in a living room or conservatory may not be so good. For me, it’s a good secondary source of heat, and will be brought out when a short amount of heat is required, and I don’t wish to switch on the central heating.

It looks very easy to clean – and much better than the usual fans which need regularly dismantling and cleaning. This doesn’t gather dust in the way that those fans do.

I thought this may be perfect for using in the bedroom, when the summer nights are warm, and I want some cool air breezing across my face. However, this brings me to the only negative point, it is rather noisy, so I think my idea of using it when I’m a asleep isn’t the best idea I’ve had this year.


El Nino [DVD]
El Nino [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jesús Castro
Price: £19.18

5.0 out of 5 stars I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching it – and it’s packed with action, 4 Dec. 2014
This review is from: El Nino [DVD] (DVD)
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This is the first film from Spain I’ve seen, and it won’t be the last based upon this viewing. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching it – and it’s packed with action, tension and superb filming.

The film is set in Algeciras. Algeciras is just 10 miles from Africa. Across the Strait of Gibraltar, which is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

It opens with the Spanish Police observing a suspect, who leads them into Gibraltar – which of course, they have no jurisdiction. Returning to Spain, the Officers decide to empty a container. The container should contain fish – and it shows how thorough the Spanish Police are when searching.

Within the first 30 minutes, there is a helicopter scene across the Strait of Gibraltar – amazing filming of this – and just increases the excitement and the tension.

Nino and his friend, Compi, travel over to Morocco to begin their new business venture. Shortly after arriving, they encounter a cannabis farm. Not like those in the UK, but large plantations growing outdoors, by the side of the road. Plants taller than Nino. On the way back to Spain, they cross into Ceuta, and Halil, their Moroccan companion, explains that life for some of the Moroccans, is simply to cross into Ceuta, obtain goods and take them back into Morocco. After they’ve done this, they go back again, more than once a day. One of these is his sister, Amina.

Nino uses his jet ski to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, and meets up with Halil’s sister, Amina, who is helping their illegal activities. But he is clearly attracted to her. He arranges to meet her and although she can’t move to Spain, he takes her on his jet ski, and in two hours, they’ve arrived in Spain.

The Spanish Police though are really looking for the major players who are smuggling drugs into Spain from Gibraltar. The film travels between Spain, Morocco and Gibraltar, and really shows how close they are to each other – and even shows a British Airways plane landing at Gibraltar, and that the road linking ‘the rock’ to Spain has to close for the landing.

The Spanish Police are convinced that the main man is an Englishman in Gibraltar, and follow him. But he’s always one step ahead.
The scenery is awesome, and the quality of filming is spectacular. Unlike so many current films from the UK, the camera remains perfectly still, and doesn’t seem as if the cameraman is on some illegal drug. The focus on the subject remains – it doesn’t flick from one scene to another in milliseconds. Excellent filming – really adds massively to the whole story.

I can’t praise this film enough – it lasts just over two hours – and in the whole film, the story keeps moving, and is just brilliantly acted.

I was unable to play my copy on a DVD player sadly, and so I had to play it on a laptop. I think if I had been able to play it on a good size television screen, this film would have been even better.


Lonely Graves (Posthumus Mystery)
Lonely Graves (Posthumus Mystery)
by Britta Bolt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, death and investigations set in Amsterdam, 26 Oct. 2014
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Lonely Graves – Britta Bolt
There are three key and distinct elements to this book, which is set in Amsterdam. These are (1) the City Council (2) the Police (3) the family of Aissa Tahiris, Pieter Posthumus works for the City Council in Amsterdam, in a small department which deals with the funerals of people who apparently die without any relatives. Pieter is estranged from his own family due to an incident which happened many years previously.

Pieter wants to inject dignity, passion and more than just a functioning element to the funerals. In his investigations to try to establish who the person is, what the interests were when alive, and to make the funeral more personal, he encounters the death of a young male, who has hanged himself. A second young male (Amir) is discovered drowned in one of the canals in Amsterdam, which leads Pieter to encounter the family of Aissa Tahiris.

Aissa Tahiris’ family come from Morocco, and have settled in Amsterdam. But things are changing for the family. Aissa is a modern woman, who is studying at University, and has a younger brother, who is becoming more religious as he grows older. In the family too, are a distant cousin who has been sent over from Morocco, Amir.

Pieter has suspicions that Amir did not drown by accident. The Police report suggests that it was probably someone who was drunk and trying to urinate, fell in and drowned. Speaking with Amir’s uncle, Mohammed Tahiris, it seems that this view is shared, especially as Amir does not drink alcohol.

Whilst this is all going on, the Police are under pressure to infiltrate and prevent a group of fanatical radicals from causing major catastrophe in the Netherlands. The leader of this team, Lisette Hammers, has a difficult time with her boss, Veldhuizen, and she feels that she can not trust him, as he refuses to co-operate with her, when she tries to establish who the ‘mole’ is, that is feeding information.

As the three elements develop, they become interconnected, and merge into one towards the end. The deaths of the two young men are linked somehow, both are linked to the Tahiris, and yet the authorities have not linked these two men. Pieter is the central character, and it gives a little detail of what his life is, and his relationship with Anna, who is the local pub / café owner. Then suddenly, his own niece who he has not seen for many years appears. Britta Bolt, the author, attempts to show how delicate the reforming of that relationship is, and how quite easily, this may be destroyed.

Overall, the book is excellent. It took me a long, long time to really get into the book. That’s not the fault of the writer, who writes eloquently, and also describes life in Amsterdam quite well. For some reason, until I was almost half way into the book, I didn’t quite warm to it. Once I was half way, it was very difficult to put the book down.


Baby I'm On Fire
Baby I'm On Fire
Price: £0.89

5.0 out of 5 stars The Ritchie Family - baby are they on fire!, 8 Aug. 2014
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This is the second track from the Ritchie Family's LP 'Arabian Nights'. The LP has just been released on CD in Florida, but has not been made available in the UK, so downloading is the only opportunity to obtain these tracks.

This track has a heavy production, and is absolutely perfect for motivation in the gym. Although the lyrics may be, well, brief, musically this track at just over 5 minutes, is perfect.

The first time I heard this track was on Carnaby Street, when one of the shops was playing a reel to reel tape - I stood in the shop just mesmerized listening in amazement at the quality, fierceness of the song. I knew then that whatever it was, I had to buy it. All these years later, it remains one of my firm favourites from that era - as does the whole of this LP.

Absolute perfection.


Wallander Collected Films 27-32 (The Final Season) [DVD]
Wallander Collected Films 27-32 (The Final Season) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Krister Henriksson
Price: £16.90

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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of Wallander's career, 8 Aug. 2014
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Kurt Wallander, the Swedish detective returns with his final set of cases. The cases are, as always, excellent, and the acting superb. This also features his daughter, and their relationship has evolved, and he is now a doting grandparent, and like earlier films, "Jussi" is included - as well as many of the usual characters. It seems like it's been a long time since Wallander's previous cases were released on DVD, so it was good to see the whole team back again.

I did find the last two 'films' to be quite sad, as Wallander's career comes to an end. There is also an interview with the actor who plays Wallander - who commented that at the age of 68, he has decided that he wants to move on to other acting opportunities. The makeup department have done a remarkable job, because by the time Wallander retires, he does look quite old - and yet the actor in the interview looks much younger.

Yes - I've not given away any of the plots - nor why Wallander retires. It makes it much more interesting when you don't know what to expect.


Get Up And Boogie Expanded Edition
Get Up And Boogie Expanded Edition
Offered by HitsvilleUK & more
Price: £9.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Thank you Mr DJ' is a beautiful ballad which the group sing superbly, 8 Aug. 2014
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This is Silver Convention's second LP, and similar to the first one, contains some superb tracks, which are well known, and others, that have been hidden away from being played on the radio. This CD contains the long version of 'get up and boogie' and it is so difficult to keep still when this plays. Not all of Silver Convention's tracks on here are 'disco' orientated. 'Thank you Mr DJ' is a beautiful ballad which the group sing superbly, it's a powerful song - and one I never tire of hearing.

Silver Convention have long been ignored for having their LP released on CD, and BBR have done a great job in releasing this expanded edition (as they did Silver Convention's first LP). The liner notes are incredibly informative - detailing the group, the changes, the singers involved in the tracks. Clearly, BBR have put a lot of work into this release.
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Cameron Sino Replacement 1100 mAh Battery for TomTom One Version 3, V2, V3, 4N00.004, N14644, 4N00.004.2, 4N00.005, 4N00.006, 4N00.012, 4N01.000, 4N01.001, 4N01.002, 4K00.100
Cameron Sino Replacement 1100 mAh Battery for TomTom One Version 3, V2, V3, 4N00.004, N14644, 4N00.004.2, 4N00.005, 4N00.006, 4N00.012, 4N01.000, 4N01.001, 4N01.002, 4K00.100
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Price: £6.19

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 8 Aug. 2014
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Arrived within days of ordering it. Although there no instructions were included, changing the old battery in my Tom Tom with this one was incredibly simple. The connection to the circuit board was astonishingly easy. The battery is slightly smaller than the original - although that may be mainly due to all the tape surrounding the original battery. It fitted into the slot, and when I switched it on - worked instantly - and that's without even charging it.

Excellent - very well recommended. Superb price.


The House of Dolls
The House of Dolls
by David Hewson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Dutch thriller, set in Amsterdam, 19 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The House of Dolls (Hardcover)
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The House of Dolls – David Hewson

David Hewson is a well known and respected author (“The Killing”), and this new book will simply add to his growing list of successes.

Unlike ‘The Killing’, this particular story is set in Amsterdam, and if you’re familiar with the city, the names of the streets makes it even more believable.

Pieter Vos was a very accomplished Detective with the Police in Amsterdam. But three years ago, his only daughter disappeared. Despite all the effort in investigating the disappearance, no clues, no trace, no body. VOS went off the rails, and resigned. For the next few years, he lived on a boat on the canal with his dog, Sam. He drank, smoked too much, and became quite dishevelled. His partner, who had refused to marry him, left and she later married a politician.

A girl, similar age to Vos’ own daughter has disappeared. Vos is contacted as the local Police want him to be involved in the investigation. They send a complete ‘misfit’ Police Officer to persuade him to return to work. Laura Bakker, is the Police Officer, who is about to be dismissed due to her lack of ability. She is a misfit, because of the way she dresses, her accent (she’s from the north of the country) and generally, no one likes her.

Vos, is persuaded to return to the Police – but just for the day.

The local leader of the criminal gang, is due to be released from prison (Theo Janssen). However, the day of his release, Vos has a meeting with him, and just as they are parting company, an assassination attempt takes place, and Janssen survives.

Janssen is returned to prison for his own safety, even though he is furious at this decision. He believes he will be absolutely fine in his city that he controls.

But he doesn’t control it anymore. He’s been in prison for two years.

The following day, Janssen’s daughter - Rosie - (who he adores) is murdered, and her body is placed near the boat where Vos lives. Eventually Vos does return to the Police and takes Bakker under his wing. Together, they start to investigate the disappearance of another girl, but Janssen is unhappy – he wants Vos to investigate the murder of his daughter. Even though Janssen is the top criminal in Amsterdam, he has faith in Vos’ ability to discover the truth. Vos is too busy to investigate the murder, but does keep in contact with Janssen.

And this is just the beginning.

There are so many twists and turns in this story. Crime, politics, sex, murder, abduction, are all intertwined in this. After the initial 20-30 pages, the story really develops in a powerful web of crime – and some of those criminals may be colleagues within the Police.

A superb book – very well written, and as the plot deepens and widens, so the interest does too. Lovely short chapters, which allows the reader to read for a short time, and then pick the book up again.

Excellent. Well worth reading.


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