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Lynx Fragrance Edition Gift Set
Lynx Fragrance Edition Gift Set

5.0 out of 5 stars Selection box, 27 Nov. 2016
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The first question that comes to mind when getting what is effectively a selection box of body sprays is obviously going to be "are they full size or are they small sample versions?" These are indeed full size versions of 150ml each. That makes it a good choice of gift for someone who wants to try out a different scent but doesn't know which, because when he has settled on one he likes he has the rest of the bottle to use. It's even better for larger families as Dad and sons can pick the ones they like and share the rest out.

In broad terms, the five varieties are all quite similar, yet with easily recognisable differences which can seem subtle at first but become more recognisable as signature scents the longer you're exposed to them. The swivel and spray top of each can is a great idea, meaning you don't need to pull off (and potentially lose) a lid each time. It also makes it next to impossible for accidents to occur because using the pop-up push button that appears when you swivel the lid means you always know exactly where the nozzle is facing when you press that button.


Rapesco 15 Single Hole Punch - 12 Sheet Capacity Assorted Colour
Rapesco 15 Single Hole Punch - 12 Sheet Capacity Assorted Colour
Price: £2.00

5.0 out of 5 stars If you specifically want a single hole punch, then this is a very good one to choose, 25 Nov. 2016
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It can be just as easy to punch a single hole in the top corner of a set of papers using a standard 2-hole hole punch as it is to use a dedicated 1-hole hole punch. So you may not even need this. However, when it arrived I was surprised by how small it is – you can literally close your whole hand around it – and I think that's where most of its usefulness comes from, because you can carry it around in your pocket if you want to. Having said that, I struggle to think of any job or task where anyone might find themselves needing to carry around a single-hole hole punch on a regular basis.

But if you do need to make a lot of holes in documents on a regular basis, this is a very good choice as far as I can tell, because it works very well and very neatly. It takes up minimal desk space, its height can be minimised by use of a handle clip, it has a clean simple motion and the rubber base of the clippings tray comes off and goes back on again without any fuss.


3M 8810 Cup Shaped Particulate Respirator - Blue (3-Piece)
3M 8810 Cup Shaped Particulate Respirator - Blue (3-Piece)
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Right for the job, 19 Nov. 2016
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These dust masks got seriously delayed in transit but finally arrived with me. They're good masks and the two pieces of elastic hold them on well. There is some soft material to cushion the bridge of your nose, which helps prevent against chafing. The material the mask is made of really keeps the dust out and it's good because you can easily push it into shape so there are no large gaps between the mask and your face for the air to come in.


Geometry For Dummies
Geometry For Dummies
by Mark Ryan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Geometry for (almost) dummies, 19 Nov. 2016
This review is from: Geometry For Dummies (Paperback)
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I often approach Dummies books with a mixture of expectancy that they're going to ease me into the subject and trepidation that it might be one of those authors who uses analogies like this: "For all you fans of bicycles and tricycles… you're really going to love this section on bisection and trisection: cutting something into two or three equal parts". Erm… okay… But putting aside the author's tendency to write sentences that sometimes seem a little odd, which you're going to have most times someone writing about a subject like this feels they need to keep an often novice reader interested with smatterings of joviality, this is actually an enjoyable book which does a good job of teaching you something. It does assume you know some basic algebra and general mathematics, but if you do you can probably follow what's being said and understand what he's saying and where he's trying to get you to.


PG Tips Original Keep It Tea Gift Set
PG Tips Original Keep It Tea Gift Set

4.0 out of 5 stars Great tea, great biscuits… but we don't get the slogan, 5 Nov. 2016
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Everyone likes a cuppa, so why not buy them a gift box with some biscuits and a mug? That's the question PG Tips are hoping a good number of people are going to answer with a "yes, why not". Personally, I think it's the ideal gift for calling on someone unannounced because you're bringing the tea, you're bringing the biscuits and you're even leaving them with a mug when you go, so they can't really make excuses and turn you away after that can they?

In all seriousness though, PG pyramid bags do make a great cuppa. The family have enjoyed them for years, and I have to say that those shortbread biscuits (of which you get 10 in the packet) are really nice and now they are gone we are left with a collective hunger for shortbread biscuits that will no doubt result in the family getting a habit for them.

The mug is okay. We didn't really get the slogan. What does "keep it tea" mean? Is it a plea to not drink coffee? The sketch of Monkey on the inside of the mug only reminds us that we like Monkey and would prefer to see him on the outside of the mug instead. At least we can see the Monkey on the inside; someone who lifts their mug with the left hand is going to see nothing.

You may want to know that the biscuits contain gluten and may contain nuts and sesame.


Oasis Women's Quartz Watch with Blue Dial Analogue Display and Silver Alloy Bracelet SB001SM
Oasis Women's Quartz Watch with Blue Dial Analogue Display and Silver Alloy Bracelet SB001SM
Price: £23.93

5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and uncluttered, 3 Nov. 2016
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This bracelet watch is really easy to unfasten and clip back on again. It looks really good and my mother has a new favourite watch. The rectangular face is a rich bluish colour which complements perfectly with the silver of the hands and the bracelet. There is no day of the week display but not everyone wants that, and it would have only made the watch face seem crowded. As it is, it is simple and uncluttered. The box it comes in is nothing to write home about, but no-one gets a new watch just to keep it in a box.


Sigel LH115 Wall-Mounted Literature Holder Acrylic with 1 compartment for A4 (1 piece)
Sigel LH115 Wall-Mounted Literature Holder Acrylic with 1 compartment for A4 (1 piece)
Price: £15.97

5.0 out of 5 stars See-through with rounded safety edges, 2 Nov. 2016
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This is quite a stylish container. It's sold as a literature container, but funnily enough I already have something like this in the house, which I think I got in a sale or car boot sale or something several years back – though not clear acrylic and not as nice looking as this – and I use it on a dull space of wall for putting thin books and magazines in. If you plan on using it to display leaflets or menus and so forth – which is the main use for it – then the clear plastic and rounded edges will be good features to have.

It has two holes for wall mounting, and that's the only way it does mount. But the base is slanted, so you can't stand it on a table. That's a bit of a missed opportunity, surely? I appreciate that there is a good reason for the slanted base, as it makes any leaflets in it slide to the front, but for the sake of an extra slottable piece of acrylic at the back to hold it steady they're missing out on making it something you can use anywhere, not just a wall. So, yes it looks very good and very stylish but it is a niche item.

Given that it is a niche item, I can't really mark it down for that lack of adaptability, hence the 5 star score, but allowing for that dual use would be better, especially for business owners who travel to events.


Rapesco Project File - 5-Part Project File with Coloured Tabs
Rapesco Project File - 5-Part Project File with Coloured Tabs
Price: £15.04

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed, 1 Nov. 2016
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At work I quite often use the kind of file this is based upon – the ones with a plastic strip near the spine, where you turn both edges of the strip upwards and feed your hole-punched paper onto it – but I have never seen anything like this before. The best way I can describe it is to ask you to imagine one such file opened out, with another different colour file (minus the front cover) glued into the centre, then that again three more times. The edges of each part are then turned into index tabs. The inside of the front cover is a plastic sleeve that opens onto the centre, and there is an A4 printed index template for you to fill out, as well as a pocket for a removable front-cover "spine" card.

If you're going for simplicity in your document, maybe this isn't going to be your first choice, but if you do need to present a set of documents in one file, this could well be a stoke of genius. The sections are different colours (red, green, yellow, clear and blue), and the tabs stick out far enough that A4 paper will not overlap them. It's thinner than you would think given the five sets of bindings. It looks good as a file and if you are presenting a report to someone – and especially if that report is divided into five sections – then it actually looks as if you have put serious thought into the choice of folder. I know I'd be impressed to receive it. And I know I can put these files to good use.


Russell Hobbs 21471 Darwin Kettle, 1.7 Litre, 2200 W, Red
Russell Hobbs 21471 Darwin Kettle, 1.7 Litre, 2200 W, Red
Price: £21.08

5.0 out of 5 stars A good kettle all round, 29 Oct. 2016
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Not only is this a good looking kettle, in a nice colour, it is well balanced and easy to lift. I would say it has the best type of on-off switch, as it is actually a button that lights up as you push it in, and the light goes out and the switch pops out when it boils. You can see the water level as you fill it up, and there is enough for 6 cups. If you touch the surface of the kettle by accident after boiling, you're very unlikely to feel any heat on your skin, although I wouldn't leave my hand there long because then you will start to feel it. The lead appears short at first, but that's only because there is extra length wound into the charging base. It's a nice, good quality kettle.


Rapesco Rigid Wallet / Box File - 40mm (Assorted Colours)
Rapesco Rigid Wallet / Box File - 40mm (Assorted Colours)
Offered by Caboodle Office Supplies
Price: £17.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Robust, 28 Oct. 2016
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This is a great medium size option, sitting somewhere between a plastic wallet and a box file, except that it is half the depth of a typical box file and that makes it much more portable. The one I received came in semi-transparent blue, which gives your documents a bit more privacy than if it were uncoloured. The whole thing is surprisingly robust and can take a fair bit of rough handling without risk to the contents. The clasp ensures it won't come open by accident. It has a card holding pocket on the front as well, which I always like to have in such a product. Very nice folder.


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