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Scotch Restickable Tabs, 12.7mm x 12.7mm (R103) - 1 pack, 72 tabs per pack
Scotch Restickable Tabs, 12.7mm x 12.7mm (R103) - 1 pack, 72 tabs per pack
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to fix posters to walls, 13 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
An alternative to blue-tack for securing light-weight objects to most wall types. They remove easily leaving not staining or residue unlike blue-tack! An excellent product. Recommended.


Command 17804Q-ES Party Mini Spring Clips
Command 17804Q-ES Party Mini Spring Clips
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for specific purpose, 13 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are very small (15mmx15mm) clips that are designed to be firmly attached to a variety of surfaces (with the key exception of wallpapered walls) using 'Command' strips which are very sticky are can be attached and detached without wall damage. And, if you follow the simple instructions, and use them for a suitable purchase - for holding very light objects such as postcards, shopping lists, kids artwork etc, they work well.

In this pack you get four clips and six strips which mean than the non-reusable strips allow you to re-site two of the four clips after first fixing.

Difficult to fault if these are used for the purpose they were designed. The clips are too small to clip thick objects and I doubt would hold anything weighty.


3M Cord Bundlers with Command Strips
3M Cord Bundlers with Command Strips
Price: £2.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Works for specific purposes, 13 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This pack contains two cord bundlers which are designed to be fixed on to a wall (as long as the surface is suitable) to tidy and raise a cable off the floor. The cord bundlers are fairly small and can be adhered to suitable surfaces only - most notably not to wallpapered walls or tiled areas, or indeed areas exposed to moisture. Further, you only get three 'Command' strips which glue the bundlers to the wall. Whilst the system is designed to attach the bundlers to the wall without causing any damage to the wall - as drilling a hole in a wall would do - and can be easily detached by pulling the strips off the wall as described in the instructions - this makes the bundlers a one-use product unless you have spare strips. So it's a pity there's only one spare one.

Within these limitations the product works well for the specific circumstances for which it's designed. So four stars but make sure your application matches the purpose for which the product's designed.


Anglepoise 30958 Duo Floor Lamp E27 240 V Chrome/Red Cable
Anglepoise 30958 Duo Floor Lamp E27 240 V Chrome/Red Cable
Offered by Design 55 online
Price: £160.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic anglepoise design, 12 Mar. 2016
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This floor lamp was much smaller than I anticipated at about three-feet high. Admittedly I should have checked the product dimensions clearly stated on the Amazon product page but I assume a floor lamp would be taller. As such, to use as a reading light the lamp needs to be beside a chair or sofa. It is not high enough to be behind a chair. Also in this form with a chrome finish and red power cable it's fairly expensive.

I'm a great fan of anglepoise lights but I don't think this is one of their best efforts. It seems like a new design. It might be best if they stuck with the traditional lamps. This one lacks the flexibility of the traditional lamps as the lamp head is fixed in place with only the direction the shade faces being adjustable. Overall rather disappointing.


Command Sawtooth Sticky Nail and Stabiliser Strips - Silver, Pack of 1
Command Sawtooth Sticky Nail and Stabiliser Strips - Silver, Pack of 1
Price: £4.19

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Came off the wall after a month, 12 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Update May 12 2016: Well the ultimately failure, the picture fell of the wall as the hook came away. Ultimate failure. Star rating reduced two one.

This kit is worth investing in if you really want to avoid damage to a wall or, I guess, if the wall can't be drilled because of electric cables or pipes in the wall where you want to drill. To be honest I tried this because I thought it would be less hassle than using a drill. It definitely isn't. The wall needs to be prepared in advance - it's advised that you clean it with alcohol and let it dry. Plus you can't use it with any wall that has wallpaper on it - the paper might be pulled of the wall by the weight of whatever you hang. You then attach a double-side sticky tape tape to a piece of metal which contains the 'nail'. This is attached to the wall and should be left for an hour. In addition two 'stabiliser' Velcro strips are included. I used these not so much to keep the framed picture I wanted to put in the wall stable but to add additional traction to stop it falling off the wall. These are a bit fiddly to fix. Each 'stabiliser' consists of two Velcro strips with sticky backs. One is attached to the wall and the other to the frame. Getting these correctly aligned, and the picture frame straight is difficult to do.

Overall bearing in mind that each pack allows only one picture to be hung - you get one 'nail' per pack - this is a relatively costly way of hanging pictures. You'll also need an unpapered wall and plaster that is reasonably well adhered to the plasterboard or brickwork. The messing around with sticky tabs and Velcro is fiddly and time consuming. Plus the system really isn't as secure as a screw and rawplug put into a standard solid wall. Unless you're really concerned about wall damage I wouldn't bother with this system.

Three stars.


San Andreas [DVD] [2015]
San Andreas [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Dwayne Johnson
Price: £4.49

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clueless and plotless, 11 Mar. 2016
This review is from: San Andreas [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
Predictable and totally idiotic from start to finish - a finish you knew was coming - the fluttering US flag flying on a broken Golden Gate Bridge, but they have started rebuilding! Good CGI but a plot written on the back of a postage stamp.
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L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew Replumping Serum 30ml
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew Replumping Serum 30ml
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-elaborate packing but only 16ml of serum, 9 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This comes from L'Oreal's reasonably priced skin-care products, or reasonably priced at first sight. Certainly the packing is impressive as is the elaborate syringe-like delivery system. However, it's worth bearing in mind that you only get a tiny 16ml of the product. This does call for precise application to particularly wrinkled areas of the face! The syringe system does help with this delivery but the rather over-scented but watery solution itself is actually quite difficulty to apply an keep in the relevant area. In use I find that the impact is limited at best, but any changes are likely to be subtle and need extended use of the filler.

Overall I think there's a fair bit of style over substance here with an elaborate set of packaging, very little product, and a rather misleading name. This is not filler, at's a thin serum. So a cautious three stars. It might work better for you.


AmazonBasics Nano Bluetooth Speaker - Blue
AmazonBasics Nano Bluetooth Speaker - Blue
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very light and portable with a few additional features. Pretty good, 8 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a very small very light-weight bluetooth speaker. Considering the size of the speaker the sound quality is surprisingly good and at maximum volume, which is surprisingly loud, a little distortion is apparent. This is not going to take the place of a 'real' bluetooth speaker but as a convenient device to carry around it works well.

It has a couple of additional useful features. It can act as a handsfree speaker phone thanks to an inbuilt microphone and it's splash proof so will be useable in most environments.

No real faults to report, as long as you appreciate that the what the speaker lacks in volume and bass is a trade-off for its lightness and portability. At time of writing I don't know the cost of the speaker (as this is a pre-release Vine review) but assuming it's around £20 I think it's good value. A solid four stars.


Essential Guide to Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Automation System: A Practical Guide to on How to Use SmartThings Home Automation in Your Everyday Life. ... Home Automation Essential Guides Book 6)
Essential Guide to Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Automation System: A Practical Guide to on How to Use SmartThings Home Automation in Your Everyday Life. ... Home Automation Essential Guides Book 6)
Price: £1.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Basic, 8 Mar. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Pretty basic stuff. If you want to push the usage of your SmartThings look at the user forums rather than to this book for guidance. As with other books in the series it's rather formulaic and feels like a home-publishing operation.


iHealth BG1 Smart Gluco-Monitoring system
iHealth BG1 Smart Gluco-Monitoring system
Offered by the manufacturer
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Smart phone health kits take a step forward, 8 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I got this kit to keep a regular check of my blood-sugar levels. Almost daily the media report on the damage that undiagnosed type 2 diabetes can cause and it seemed sensible to monitor my own blood-sugar levels in case of any potential problems. I guess this product adds the the growing number of health apps which started with blood pressure monitors.

The advantages are similar. The app keeps a record of previous readings so it's possible to identify trends, it does so in a user friendly way, and considering that you need to draw blood(!) the whole process is as sanitised as possible. As with blood pressure monitors it's possible to visualise blood/sugar in various ways with the potential to add additional functionality in future software updates. It's worth noting however that the kit is intended for current diabetes sufferers and as a CE rating for sale in Europe and, the manufacturers state, has appropriate medical approvals.

In the pack you get the meter, 10 lancets, a lancing device, a carry bag, and 10 protective covers for your smartphone. You'll also need to get hold of some test strips which are separately available.

Overall a solid product worth 4 stars. As with blood pressure monitors it would be worth checking readings periodically with another monitoring device.


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