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Rapesco Flat Clinch Heavy Duty Half Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity Uses Staples 26 and 24/6 mm - Black
Rapesco Flat Clinch Heavy Duty Half Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity Uses Staples 26 and 24/6 mm - Black
Price: £8.35

2.0 out of 5 stars Next to useless, 16 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I am not impressed with this stapler at all. Initial impression was okay, seemed chunky and durable. But things started to go wrong almost immediately.

First I put a couple of rows of the (supplied and therefore matching) staples into the loading tray, and as soon as I tried to close the cover, the back end of the staples spewed up and got tangled up in the mechanism. There are no instructions to speak of but then you wouldn't expect such a supposedly simple device to need instructions. It does seem though that although the loading tray can accommodate two blocks of staples, this is actually not a good idea. So I removed one of the two blocks, and the cover closed properly.

End of problems? Er - no. I now tried to staple some papers together (about 4 sheets, that's all) and although they were indeed stapled together, the staples pointed outwards instead of inwards. This is a nuisance as among other possibilities you can catch your fingers and cause a cut or scratch. I fiddled around with the stapler to see if there is an adjustment facility to make sure that the staples fold inwards as they should, but I could not find anything to bring about the necessary change. The casing on the top of the stapler fell off while I was trying this, although it was easy to re-fit.

Overall though I definitely do not like it. Maybe I have been unlucky, but I can only go by the one I have been sent, and based on this I have to say that I do not recommend it at all.


PowerLead Pvtd T001 Foldable Detachable Video Tripod Monopod Ball Head Photography for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic DSLR Digital Camera Camcorder Max Height 56.4 inch Aluminum alloy Camera Tripod
PowerLead Pvtd T001 Foldable Detachable Video Tripod Monopod Ball Head Photography for Canon Nikon Sony Panasonic DSLR Digital Camera Camcorder Max Height 56.4 inch Aluminum alloy Camera Tripod
Offered by PowerLead-UK
Price: £129.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handsome tripod, 15 April 2016
This is a handsome piece of kit in black and matt gold, a tripod to truly admire from a cosmetic point of view and although it possesses a great deal of versatility, it still has a couple of key shortcomings. It seems very well made and worth the current price (just a fraction under a hundred quid at the time of writing, April 2016). In this case it replaces a Cullman Magic 2, long since replaced as it is over 15 years old but the PowerLead seems to have a lot more to offer in terms of extras and facilities compared to the similarly-priced Cullmann Magnesit 522.

But it doesn't have a crucial feature: a horizontal tilt-lock handle. This, for me, is actually one of the fundamental requirements and I can't believe it's not there....but it's not. And I notice that some of the other reviews here on this page feature a PowerLead tripod that does have tilt-lock handles; this is because although these reviews are on the same page, they are reviews of the PL-Z666 tripod and the one I'm reviewing here is the Pvtd T001, it seems to be the right one when looking at the images on this page but I think it's important to know that not all the reviews here are of the same product.

Anyway, although the absence of horizontal or front/rear tilt-lock handles is a definite negative, everything else is good and it could even be described as over-engineered, with arguably too many options. It's not what I would describe as a simple tripod, and at about 1.5kg not particularly light either. By over-engineered, for example around the ball-head there are no less than three adjustment knobs : the largest is called the coarse adjustment knob and might be the default if the other two are disabled. Then you have the vernier adjustment knob and the basic dial knob.You'd need to have some pretty comprehensive requirements to want to use all three but I guess more flexibility is better than not enough..

Right up top there's the 1/4 thread screw, the quick-release plate (which in truth is a bit fiddly and not truly quick-release at times), the locking platform and the platform locking knob. In the instruction leaflet (a mixture of Chinese and English) there are clear diagrams of a front/rear tilt lock handle and a horizontal tilt-lock handle but neither of these was included in my delivery. Maybe I was just unlucky, maybe these are normally included, all I can say is that I did not get them with mine and in fact I can see no sign of them in the images here on the Amazon product page. Slightly confusing, then, but I think the conclusion to be drawn is that these two (very useful) handles do not come with the Pvtd T001.

I found the ball head to be a bit jerky at times and not as smooth in its movement as I would have liked, although this could be because the tripod is brand new and things will oil up in time after regular use.

The three legs are made of five sections, of course not all five need to be extended all the time so the user again has a lot of choice in this regard. The fixed angle of spread can be adjusted which is something of another example of over-engineering; I am more familiar with tripods that open up to a fixed and non-adjustable angle but with the Pvtd T001 you even have some options here - choose your favoured angle and push down the locking pins to provide a secure fix.

There is the option to use it as a monopod if required, and there is the ability to extend the tripod by more than one meter beyond its compact length, from a folded length of 30cm to a maximum height of 132.5cm

Overall the abiding impression is one of attraction taking first place over usability. It's a beautiful and well-engineered tripod that would be near unbeatable if it had tilt-lock handles but for reasons I can't explain, it doesn't, and I have to knock a star off for that. It's certainly impressive with a number of adjustments that may be more than many users will need but that's not a bad thing as few if any get in the way during use. I would have preferred just the the single ball-head adjustment knob and wonder if some owners will think it has two too many, but that's just my take on it and I am sure some users would welcome the extra flexibility.

There's no question that it's excellent value. You can pay a lot more for a pro tripod, this one lays claim to that market at a relative budget but could hardly be regarded as fit for professionals. For the enthusiast and amateur, it's a great tripod.

Supplied by PowerLead at a substantial discount in exchange for an honest and objective review.


Bluetooth Speaker, Te-Rich 10W Premium Stereo Portable Wireless Speakers with LCD Time Display / FM Radio / Alarm Clock / TF Card Slot, Ultra Bass Sound Stereo System for iPhone, iPad, PC and More
Bluetooth Speaker, Te-Rich 10W Premium Stereo Portable Wireless Speakers with LCD Time Display / FM Radio / Alarm Clock / TF Card Slot, Ultra Bass Sound Stereo System for iPhone, iPad, PC and More
Offered by Te-Rich Tech-UK
Price: £69.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb sound quality, 14 April 2016
As others have said this brick like speaker has re-assuring weight when you first get it; it is in fact 880g. The unit itself looks modern and stylish in black and silver. The instructions are simple enough and it is easy to set up most of the functions. As a clock it has a good clear display and the alarm is easy to set but it is disappointing that you can't set it wake you up with the radio. Mind you the radio is a big let down for me as reception indoors is pretty poor with it only finding a handful of stations and even those are somewhat crackly. When I tried it outdoors though reception was much better but then its a bit weighty to carry about far, probably fine to take out into the garden on a sunny day though. Where it really comes into its own is as a wireless speaker for a smart phone - the sound quality is superb with plenty of volume and it transforms the experience of listening to music stored on an Iphone (for example), with its ability to work like this from its charged battery for hours it's a pleasure to use. I also tried to get it play music on my bluetooth enabled laptop but they resolutely have refused to communicate with each other, I am sure there must be a way to set this up though and given time I may master it.


Ekouaer Sleepwear Women's Pajama Set Comfort Long Sleeve Sleep Set With PJ Pants (XS-XL)
Ekouaer Sleepwear Women's Pajama Set Comfort Long Sleeve Sleep Set With PJ Pants (XS-XL)
Offered by avidlove
Price: £23.99 - £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty in pink, 9 April 2016
These pyjamas were sent to me by the company at no charge in return for an honest review of the product.

I gave these to my daughter and she told me that these pyjamas are soft, comfortable, and hang off of the body loosely and comfortably. Size wise, they are slightly big which she is very pleased about as pyjamas are not supposed to be skin-tight.

The pyjamas are very soft and comfy for sleepwear. However the material is quite thin and not very warm so despite the long sleeves, these could be best worn during the summer.

The colour is a sort of candyfloss pink which contrasts well against the white lace. The lace is thin, but seemingly strong from its stretchy feel. I doubt whether the lace would tear, unless it were to get caught on something.

The trousers have a drawstring at the waist in case they are too big for you, which is useful.

Overall, I’m pleased with the outcome of these and so is my daughter. The stitching seems reliable and overall the material is smooth and strong.


Philip's Essential School Atlas (World Atlas)
Philip's Essential School Atlas (World Atlas)
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Las!, 4 April 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Key Stage 3 atlas (for years 7 to 9) is very useful and effective for this age group. It is a very informative atlas, and yet it is laid out well so that students can read and understand the text easily and to also make the pages look less intimidating. The atlas separates different countries / continents into different sections, and each section has a different colour outline which makes it much easier for students to flick back and forth and find the necessary information for each area.

I think that the atlas is extremely suitable for Key Stage 3 Geography because in the chapter about the UK & Ireland, it not only talks about the landscape and location, it talks about the geology, water access, development, food, energy, work, people, travel, conservation and MORE. Unfortunately, it doesn’t going into as much detail on all of the countries for obvious reasons, but there are still lots of small details, for example it talks about the oil and gas in the Niger Delta. These pieces of information are very fitting with the level of this age group because they will help to improve and prepare them for future exams.

In addition, I find this atlas interesting because it also covers tourism, natural disasters and where they take place, climate regions, and images of Earth Observation Satellites.

My favourite part of this atlas all in all though is the Statistics section at the end of the book. This is where every country in the world (or every known country perhaps) is listed in alphabetical order in a large table. The table states the name of the country, population, income per person in US dollars, life expectancy etc. The table is useful because it’s a quick and easy way to study and compare different countries.

Overall, this is an excellent atlas, and I highly recommend it.


BUREI Women's Scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal Lens Date Display Rose Gold Quartz Watch with Fabric Strap
BUREI Women's Scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal Lens Date Display Rose Gold Quartz Watch with Fabric Strap
Offered by BUREI Watch Store
Price: £52.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slim, elegant and superbly presented, 31 Mar. 2016
This watch comes in a beautifully presented box that includes all the trappings of a much more expensive brand. The watch itself is very much something that has to be assesed in two halves - the timepiece and the strap. The Japanese-made quartz timepiece is slim and elegant, attractively simplistic and the impression is of a well-made product. The date display is a little small. I have only had the watch for a few days but so far it seems to be very accurate, by which I mean it has not needed any adjustments at all. The glass is described as scratch-resistant, I really don't want to test this claim but all I can say is that the glass does appear to be of a good standard.

The strap is something you either like or you don't. In reality it's pretty much exactly as the images lead you to expect, it is of a reasonably durable standard and of course there is no need to fiddle around removing links. It's tempting to regard the colour scheme as French, as it is similar to the flag of France. Whether the strap could be replaced with something totally different is hard to say but I would expect that it would always need to be similar in that it would need to be also made of cloth or some similar textile.

I had not previously been familiar with the Burei brand but I believe that it's a company working hard to be taken seriously. The presentation box is excellent and definitely helps support the idea of making this a gift purchase. I was offered this watch by Burei to review and having given every aspect of it some consideration I think it's worthy of a 5-star rating.


The Forgetting Time
The Forgetting Time
by Sharon Guskin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Remember this book, 31 Mar. 2016
This review is from: The Forgetting Time (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Sharon Guskin’s debut novel is the tender story of a mother’s desperate struggle to heal her troubled child, artfully blended with an intriguing exploration of the world of the paranormal and the provocative question of whether consciousness can survive death.

When conventional therapy fails to alter or explain the disturbing behavior of her 4-year-old son, Noah, single mother Janie Zimmerman turns in despair to the Internet. There she discovers psychiatrist Jerome Anderson, whose unconventional research into the recall of prior lives has cost him respectability in his profession. Soon, their lives are linked in an effort to resolve Noah’s debilitating condition, a quest that takes them deep inside another family’s tragedy.

Though it’s wholly original, the tale of disappearance and death that lies at the core of The Forgetting Time summons the spirit of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones. Guskin adroitly maintains the pace of her mystery plot while simultaneously revealing the deepening emotional bonds between Janie and Noah and Anderson in a way that contrasts effectively with the novel’s more fantastic elements. She brings that same sensitivity to her portrayal of the grieving mother whose loss draws the trio to the climax of their quest.

Guskin acknowledges her debt to the work of a pair of real-life Jerome Andersons at the Division of Perceptual Studies of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, quoting striking case studies. Regardless of your skepticism or credulity about reincarnation, you’ll come away moved by this affecting tale of maternal love and the unbreakable cords of memory.


Boston Duvet & Pillow Company Essentials 10.5 Tog Hollowfibre  Duvet, Double, White
Boston Duvet & Pillow Company Essentials 10.5 Tog Hollowfibre Duvet, Double, White
Price: £15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boston : More Than a Feeling. A nice warm one., 25 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
10.5 tog is probably a good rating for the period between March and October (roughly speaking) although even this might be too much on warmer nights. It's bright white and silky to the touch. Having slept underneath it for a few days I can confirm that it is very comfortable, and creates a very pleasant warm and snug night's sleep. It feels a good quality product and it's a pleasant surprise to see that it's made in Britain (hardly anything seems to be these days).

It might be a little too warm in the summer - we'll have to wait and see - but I would suggest that for the in-between periods (spring and autumn) it's an excellent choice.

At the price it's also very good value as well. There's nothing not to like.


Purina One Senior 7+ Wet Cat Food with Chicken and Beef in Gravy, 8 x 85 g - Pack of 5
Purina One Senior 7+ Wet Cat Food with Chicken and Beef in Gravy, 8 x 85 g - Pack of 5

5.0 out of 5 stars Upmarket and worth it, 24 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
For me there are three criteria - cost, health content and cat reaction. I want my cats to be happy and healthy (of course), but I need to be able to afford the food I buy for them. I usually buy food that costs between c. £1 and £1.50 per kilo, in other words at the bottom end of the market in financial terms. Purina One Senior 7+ is, at the time of writing, c. £4.40 per kilo so that's a steep cost increase.

In other respects though this is a first-class food for our cats, aged 8 and 10. They obviously love it, evidently more than their usual offerings from the likes of Whiskas, KiteKat and Felix as well as Aldi's Vitacat and Lidl's own brands. I think it's simply better but simply more expensive and you get what you pay for (well, your cats do).

I regard this as an upmarket option for those who can accomodate the cost, and a taste that cats will prefer to the cheaper brands. You pays your money and you takes your choice.


Lucear Best Travel Umbrella - Fiberglass Reinforced 10-rib - Compact, Windproof Rain Umbrellas with UV Protection 50+ UPF (Black)
Lucear Best Travel Umbrella - Fiberglass Reinforced 10-rib - Compact, Windproof Rain Umbrellas with UV Protection 50+ UPF (Black)
Offered by ChenFamily
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Compact solid and strong, 23 Mar. 2016
Immediate impression is that this is slightly heavy (at 0.5kg) although after tempting fate and opening it indoors it seemed less so. One button opens it fully and quickly, the same button semi-collapses the head after which a little bit of manual dexterity is required to return everything to portability mode so that it can be inserted into the carrying pocket. The maker claims that it opens 'instantly' and although this is brand new and over the passing of time it might slow down a bit (don't we all) this does seem a fair description. You might even have to warn people nearby to stand clear - it's fast.

Apparently some umbrellas have 8 ribs but this one has 10, you don't need to be an expert in the art of umbrella design to know that this is a good thing and will unquestionably provide better strength and rigidity. Overall the product seems very well made and worth a bit extra as it gives the impression that it will last.

To quote the manufacturer : "UV PROTECTION: On the back of the umbrella with the latest technology of the black plastic layer. Can effectively block most of the ultraviolet, so women also need it." I have a feeling that this choice of words won't win them any fans and I hope they remove the gender reference. But since they raised the topic first, I suppose I should mention that closing the umbrella does involve a fairly strong grip and even some muscle. I doubt that this would actually be a problem for anyone but the frail or infirm (of either gender) but that super-fast opening ability and overall product toughness does mean that closing it isn't a two-second, one-handed process; it requires a bit of grunt.

You can't have it both ways though of course. If you want an umbrella that's built to last and repels the elements with ease, it will need to be built to a certain standard and the good news is that this one is. It's worth the asking price.

I was offered this product at no cost and asked to post an honest review. That's what this is. I can't really fault it.


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