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D is for Duck!
D is for Duck!
by David Melling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun., 12 April 2017
This review is from: D is for Duck! (Paperback)
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Somewhat simpler than the Hugless Douglas books, D is for Duck seems aimed at the just-learning-to-read age group. It's fun, with bold confident illustrations, full of verve and life. My 7-year-old, still enjoyed it, even if he has surpassed the reading age by some way. It is bound to keep the very young interested.


STABILO beFab Calligraphy Fountain Pen with 3 Blue Ink Cartridges - Turquoise
STABILO beFab Calligraphy Fountain Pen with 3 Blue Ink Cartridges - Turquoise
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good practice pen - a little small for people with larger hands., 12 April 2017
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I've been doodling around with calligraphy, on-and-off, for 30 years or more and though I've never really achieved a very high standard, I know the basics.

This Stabilo pen is perfect for the idle doodler or person new to calligraphy, as it is fairly basic and well made enough to make use easy. It can be used for more formal calligraphy and I found that it was easy to create cursive handwriting too. At 1.4mm the nib is fine for standard, lined writing paper, though some cheaper paper will allow the ink to bleed. The ink is fairly translucent and creates interesting areas of lighter and darker, when used on less-absorbent papers. As to the results you'll get, this can only be discovered with experimentation; I found cheap note paper to give poor results, while sticky notepaper (like Post-It) gave a better result.

I did find the pen a little too short for my very big hands, so if - like me - you find large gloves too small, you might want to look elsewhere. The main problem being that my fingertips just rest on the upper part of the soft grip, while the edge of the barrel rests on the underlying finger, digging into my skin.

I wouldn't use this pen for general use, as it does require a little more concentration to use properly, than a ballpoint pen. It is good for calligraphy practice or if you want to give written correspondence a more attractive, personal appearance.


TP-Link UP525 (UK) 25 W 5-Port USB Charger (Charge 65% Faster, Save Up to 40% Charging Time, Fully Charging iPhone 6s Plus within 2.4 Hours, Optimization for All Devices)
TP-Link UP525 (UK) 25 W 5-Port USB Charger (Charge 65% Faster, Save Up to 40% Charging Time, Fully Charging iPhone 6s Plus within 2.4 Hours, Optimization for All Devices)
Offered by BESTBUYIT
Price: £27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Handy device for multiple gadget homes., 5 April 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is quite a simple idea, executed well. Having five USB charging points in the one location, means that it is possible to charge up to five devices simultaneously, avoiding having to fight over who gets to use the most convenient socket. It really is faster to charge than many USB chargers and my phone (LG G4) recognises it is in fast charge mode and did achieve a full battery in a markedly shorter time. Apparently the charger will recognise when a connected device can only take a reduced current and vary the supplied power accordingly. I liked being able to connect a variety of devices and being sure that they were all receiving as much current as was safe.

The supplied power cable has plenty of length, allowing me to plug it in to a floor height socket by a door, while resting the charger on a worktop on the other side. The underside has a rubbery material surface and resists slipping effectively.

You will need to supply your own USB cables, though most households with multiple devices have a few lying around.


Ultratec smartphone protective cover for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in canvas effect, with stand function and inner compartments, dark blue
Ultratec smartphone protective cover for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in canvas effect, with stand function and inner compartments, dark blue
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good all-round protection for your S6 or S6 Edge, 25 Mar. 2017
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As well as accepting an Edge S6, this cover readily accepts an ordinary S6. Essentially it is a soft, rubbery phone case, attached to a fold over fabric and leather-effect wallet. There are cut-outs for all the obvious ports and sensors, which are all in the correct place and of the right size. The speaker cut-out is in the front flap of the case, so sound isn't muffled when the case is closed.

Space is included for storing a few cards or paper money. The wallet closure is magnetic, so be aware of keeping bankcards etcetera in the case.

Aesthetically, the case has a denim look and allows for easy identification of your phone amongst all the other black rectangles.

Obviously I haven't tested the limits of the case's capabilities, when it comes to offering protection but it does feel sturdy and should perform well.


Rapesco Minno Stapler (20 Sheets) Black 26/6mm 24/6mm
Rapesco Minno Stapler (20 Sheets) Black 26/6mm 24/6mm
Price: £4.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality., 19 Mar. 2017
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This is a fine little stapler for use in the home or office. The body is constructed using a large proportion of metal, so that it feels sturdy, while the plastic components feel tough as well.

The product claims that it capable of stapling up to twenty sheets, I managed thirty-two layers of thin printing paper.

Although entirely unremarkable, this is, nevertheless, a decent stapler.


The Primal Pantry Apple and Pecan Raw Paleo Bars, Pack of 18
The Primal Pantry Apple and Pecan Raw Paleo Bars, Pack of 18
Price: £13.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, 4 Mar. 2017
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Since my partner started working for a company that manufactures health bars, in competition to this brand, I've been inundated with free samples and have tasted quite a few. I also manage a food shop and having seen these available through our suppliers, decided that I'd evaluate them from that perspective. I'm not wholly on-board with 'paleo' eating and have completely disregarded this aspect; I'll leave that to you to decide if it's something that appeals to you.

In the shop, we all enjoyed these bars, the general consensus being that they were 'very tasty' and 'delicious'. I tend to agree and would definitely try the others in the range. Our resident coeliac was pleased to be able to try something too, though these do not claim to be gluten free, they are made with non-gluten containing ingredients. The texture is a little fudge-like and nicely squidgy. You can taste all of the individual ingredients - there are only six - and to me it was slightly like mincemeat, with the apple, nuts and cinnamon. My seven-year-old son thoroughly enjoyed his, on his post school walk home.

They are just shy of 200 calories per bar, which is about two banana's worth or a bit under a small doughnut's. If you are watching your calories, these would need to eaten in moderation, I'm lucky and have a calorie 'budget' of about 2400, being a tall man who spends all day on his feet and can eat one of these without worry of going over. Those calories are delivered with other nutrients though and aren't empty like the doughnut.


AmazonBasics USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable Type A Male to A Female - 9.75 Meters
AmazonBasics USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable Type A Male to A Female - 9.75 Meters
Price: £12.49

4.0 out of 5 stars It's a 9.7m black USB cable!, 4 Mar. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There can't be many situations, for most people, when you would need nearly ten metres of USB cable but should you find that you do, this is your cable. Considering that this is an extension cable, the reach when combined with whatever cable you are using should be even more.

The cable seems perfectly functional, I was able to charge my phone and send data via the cable. It did seem to take a little while for my phone to recognise that a charger was connected and charging seemed a little slow but would be fine for an overnight charge.

Aesthetically, it's just a black cable, though that isn't a consideration for me - my partner on the other hand finds them ugly.


KitchenCraft Healthy Eating BPA-Free Stackable Plastic Water Bottle, 1.1 Litres (2 Pints)
KitchenCraft Healthy Eating BPA-Free Stackable Plastic Water Bottle, 1.1 Litres (2 Pints)
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent water bottle., 22 Feb. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This a conveniently proportioned bottle suitable for use on the shelf or in the bottle compartment in the fridge. The shape of the bottle is intended to make it stackable on its side but also has the advantage of making it easy to hold. I would think that this wouldn't be a terribly good bottle to carry around, due to its bulky size, though it would make a decent vessel to take camping.

The spout is about as wide as a milk bottle's and easy to drink from due to its fluted shape, the wide opening also makes it easy to fill. This is sealed by means of, what feels like, a silicone stopper, which provides a perfect seal, even when the bottle is stored horizontally. The stopper may be too difficult for those with a very weak grip. The stopper on mine was, I thought at first, dirty, however it became apparent that the silicone had a few imperfections and there were particles of differently coloured material in the surface.

It feels fairly sturdy and should, hopefully, last a long time.

Overall, I think that this is a decent product.


Post-it Recycled Notes - Pastel Rainbow - 6 Pads Per Pack - 100 Sheets Per Pad - 76 mm x 127 mm
Post-it Recycled Notes - Pastel Rainbow - 6 Pads Per Pack - 100 Sheets Per Pad - 76 mm x 127 mm
Price: £16.28

5.0 out of 5 stars I like these a lot., 18 Feb. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These seem exactly the same as a similar pack I received last year, so I will re-use (or recycle) that review and make a note of any other observations:

"These arrived this morning and, though it's difficult to get excited about Post-It note, I am rather taken with them.

The first thing I noticed was that the colours are much brighter than in the product photo; I've attached a picture to show this. They are still slightly subdued but still colourful.

My intention with these is to use in my shop, to leave notes for staff but when they are in positions visible to customers. I don't think they look so bad that they'll make the shop look untidy.

They seem to stick to most surfaces and peel off without leaving a residue."

In addition I'd like to say, that it's nice to be assuage a little of the guilt of using such a throwaway item, knowing that they are recycled. They are nice to write on and a good size for simple notes and lists. Having a variety of colours, allows for some differentiation in use. The individual pads come unwrapped but packed together in a simple box. I noticed the glue doesn't adhere too well to bare wood.


Ultratec smartphone protective cover for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in synthetic leather, with stand function and inner compartments, pink
Ultratec smartphone protective cover for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in synthetic leather, with stand function and inner compartments, pink
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has protected phone from a few dunts and drops already., 18 Feb. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Essentially, this is a standard phone protector attached to a leather effect wallet, much like many similar cases. After a little struggle, the phone popped snuggly into place in the mount and has, so far, been held fast.

There are holes cut through the case for the camera and flash, with raised bumps on the inner plastic mount, to indicate where the phone's buttons are. Unfortunately, not all of the buttons could be operated, with the power button not responding through the plastic. I use the power button a fair amount and find it a bit of a faff, continually having to remove and replace the phone.

The wallet part has a few slots to hold cards but as the clasp is magnetic, you are advised not to hold bank cards in it. To be honest, I'm not sure exactly what sort of card I would keep in it, as it seems something of a risk carrying phone and important plastics around in one easy-to-lose package.


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