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Catch Me Daddy (Limited Edition Fluro Sleeve) [DVD] [2015]
Catch Me Daddy (Limited Edition Fluro Sleeve) [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Sameena Jabeen Ahmed
Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak but thought-provoking film, 21 Aug. 2015
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I am not sure this is correctly categorised as a thriller; I would rather say drama. The chase is on, sure, but what commands attention is the unrelenting portrait of a bleak and hopeless north of England just occasionally redeemed by flashes of natural beauty, together with a dark exploration of the consequences of lack of cultural integration along with the worst aspects of human nature. Hardly entertainment, but gritty and thought-provoking.

The film is characterised by sparse dialog, and striking realism thanks to excellent acting and the use of strong regional accents and when appropriate Urdu with sub-titles. The pace is slow (again, not really a thriller) but I found this effective rather than dull as it leaves space for the atmosphere to build.

You are left to draw your own conclusions from the story, some of which is left unstated so that you have to use your imagination to fill in the gaps in the narrative.

There is perhaps a risk that the film may reinforce stereotypes about Asian, English and working class culture, but the counter-argument is that this hard-hitting drama fosters a determination to resist the forces that have created the background against which the action takes place.

Great performances, but if you want to relax with a drink and a Saturday night movie this is probably not the film you want.


Ross Henery Professional Japanese Style Premium Stainless Steel 9 Piece Chefs Knife Set with Protective Sheaths in Canvas Carry Case
Ross Henery Professional Japanese Style Premium Stainless Steel 9 Piece Chefs Knife Set with Protective Sheaths in Canvas Carry Case
Price: £69.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You can do better for the same money, 17 Aug. 2015
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At first sight this looks like a great value knife set, but a quick browse through Amazon and you can find plenty of good value knife sets, so how does this one compare?

First I did a little bit of research on the supplier. To my surprise the company's web site resolves to one selling gazebos. Nothing wrong with that as such, but Ross Henery is not a specialist kitchen knife company; it is an importer. The company's name does not appear anywhere on the box and the knives are from China (I am guessing, but the Chinese engraved on every knife is perhaps a clue).

No matter, what of the knives themselves? This is a nine-piece set which means you get an impressive variety of knives. They are a one-piece design with patterned metal handles; I quite like the streamlined appearance this gives but they are not as nice to hold as some knife handles.

The sharpener seems low quality and you might want to use an alternative; you probably will want to in fact, because as shipped some of the knives are not particularly sharp.

The supplied instructions emphasise that you should dry the knives immediately after washing and oil them for storage. This instruction, along with comments I have seen from users of other knives from this supplier, suggests to me that the stainless steel is not as stainless as all that. I am sure they are fine if you look after them as directed.

The knives come in a canvas-style case which is good for portability - say, for a student taking them to classes - but not so handy in the kitchen, where you might want to obtain a knife block instead.

The top edges of some of the knives are sharper than I would like, not very comfortable if you are pressing down on something that is a bit tough to cut.

Now, despite all the above, a chef's set for this price still seems a reasonable deal. Maybe, but what about this alternative Richardson Sheffield V Sabatier 9 Piece Knife Block Set (for example) which has nicer handles and a smart knife block?

Another point to consider: do you really want 9 cheap knives or would you rather invest in one or two of genuinely high quality, that will last longer and perform better?

I suggest having a good look at what else is available before ordering.


TP-LINK UE300 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter with Foldable and Portable Design for Ultrabook
TP-LINK UE300 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter with Foldable and Portable Design for Ultrabook
Price: £13.92

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat package and device works well on Windows and Mac, 10 Aug. 2015
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Slim modern tablets are great but with the disadvantage that some familiar ports may be missing because of lack of space. One that often gets cut is the Ethernet port for wired networking. This gadget is what you need to fix it. It plugs into a USB 3.0 port and provides a single Gigabit Ethernet port.

Physically it is a neat package where the USB plug folds into a hollow section on the body so there are no trailing cables. Just prise it out to connect. A single LED lights when connected to a network and flashes to indicate activity.

I tried it on a Windows 10 convertible laptop/tablet and it worked immediately. The device has a Realtek driver which I presume indicates the networking chip you will find inside. The speed (using USB 3.0) was around 830 Mbps upload and 930 Mbps download which is respectable; this is a simple file transfer test and other network activity will be present so don’t take it too seriously.

I compared it to a similar Pluggable device which uses an ASIX chip and the speed was near identical.

I also tried the device on an older Windows 7 laptop with only USB 2.0 ports. Here it prompted to install a driver which I’m guessing is cleverly included in USB storage on the device. The driver is not signed (bad but not uncommon) but worked perfectly once installed.

On a Mac with OS X 10.10 Yosemite the device worked immediately. According to the leaflet, you will need to download a driver for OS X 10.8 and lower.

Overall the device works perfectly for me; I would give it 5 stars if it had a signed Windows 7 driver.
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Bosch AQT 33-11 High Pressure Washer
Bosch AQT 33-11 High Pressure Washer
Price: £49.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective pressure washer for driveways, patios and cars, 1 Aug. 2015
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File this under “things you did not know you needed” (or maybe you did). We have a brick drive which has not been cleaned for years and have become accustomed to its muddy brown colour. We started squirting this high pressure washer – without any detergent – on the bricks, and as if by magic the original attractive red shade started to reappear. It will take a while to do the whole drive, but it is very effective. The pic shows a "before and after".

You will get a bit mud-spattered so dress accordingly!

Note that Bosch do more powerful washers for a little more money, so if you have a large patio or driveway you might consider one of the bigger models. On the other hand, this one is nice and compact for storage.

What you get is the main pump unit, several pieces which assemble to form the pressure gun and lance, and a short piece of hose which connects the lance to the pump. There is also a detergent bottle which attaches to the end of the gun and mixes some detergent with the water. The manual observes that you should “only use cleaning agents suitable specifically for high pressure washers” and that “you use detergent sparingly for the sake of the environment.” Search Amazon for “pressure washer detergent” and you will find some.

You do need your own water hose of course. There is one gotcha which sent us to the nearest hardware store, which is that you need a connector on the end of the hose, the same type commonly used to attach the hose to the tap. We only had one at the tap end, so had to purchase another.

The manual is terse but clear, especially once you find the illustrations at the back (after the instructions in 30 different languages).

Connect up, turn tap on, turn power on, and then use the trigger to start spraying. A clever mechanism means that the 1300 watt motor only comes on when the trigger is engaged. The jet feels powerful; it is rated at 7.4 MPa if that means anything to you. Rated flow is 4.7 litres per minute.

The unit can be used with a natural water source such as a river or tank if you have a “self priming accessory kit” which does the necessary inlet straining.

The pump is also good for car washing; you can get a special brush attachment for this but we found it effective as-is.
For storage, you can clip the disassembled gun and lance to the machine along with the detergent bottle, and coil the hose underneath.

Very happy with it so far.
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Swees Extendable Self Portrait Selfie Handheld Stick Monopod, Adjustable Phone Holder, Bluetooth Remote Wireless Shutter for GoPro Hero iPhone, Android Smartphones and Google Nexus Phone - Black
Swees Extendable Self Portrait Selfie Handheld Stick Monopod, Adjustable Phone Holder, Bluetooth Remote Wireless Shutter for GoPro Hero iPhone, Android Smartphones and Google Nexus Phone - Black
Offered by swees-shop
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good selfie stick, not very compact and a few annoyances, 1 Aug. 2015
This is an inexpensive selfie stick that works with a good range of phones. What you get is an extensible selfie stick measuring from 49cm closed to 125cm fully extended, a remote clicker to operate the camera, a clip to hold the clicker to the base of the stick, and a two-piece adapter for GoPro, which I did not test (not being a GoPro owner).

The stick has a comfortable padded tube at one end, for holding, and a camera/phone holder at the other. The phone holder is a padded spring-loaded clip which holds a phone fairly securely, though you need to be sensible about it if attaching an expensive phone since it could slip out if knocked. You can also detach the phone holder to reveal a standard tripod mount so you can attach a camera, or use an alternative phone or tablet holder if you have one. You can twist the device in two directions to get the perfect angle.

There is a potential issue with the phone holder, which is that you need about 3.5cm clear space each side for the gripper. One phone I tried has buttons positioned all down one side, making it impossible to mount without hitting a button.

The clicker is a Bluetooth device with two buttons. If you switch it on without a paired phone in range, it goes automatically into pairing mode. I paired it successfully with two Android 4.3 phones (it is meant to work with 4.2.2 or higher), an Apple iPhone 4 and a Lumia 830 Windows Phone, but it would not work with a Lumia 1020. The clicker is detected first as a keyboard, then once as AB Shutter. There is a CR2032 battery (included) which is said to last for about 6 months using it 10 times a day.

If you insert the clicker into its holder in order to clip it to the stick, the on-off switch is hard to use, an annoying design fault.

On certain devices, the clicker works directly with the phone camera app using one of the two buttons. This worked with the iPhone and with the Lumia 830. On the Android phones, I had to download a third-party camera app called Camera 360, which worked OK though I would rather use the built-in camera app.

If you use an actual camera, you have to use the self-timer. You could also use any unsupported phone this way, as long as the camera app has a timer feature.

Adjusting the length is easy, using clips for each of the three sections.

Selfie sticks are great, making it possible to take all sorts of pictures that are otherwise impossible, and this one does the job nicely with just a few annoyances. Check that your phone will fit and that it is compatible with the clicker. Also note that even fully closed it is 49cm long, or 42cm if you remove the phone holder, so not exactly a pocket device.

Disclosure: the supplier gave me a product sample to review.


skinChemists Bee Venom Moisturiser 50 ml
skinChemists Bee Venom Moisturiser 50 ml
Offered by Feel Like Beauty
Price: £38.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant scent but not worth premium price, 12 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As I get a little older my skin is losing some of its elasticity and I find it is drier than it used to be. So, when offered the opportunity to try this product I was keen to give it a go. The dispenser is a tall classy looking pump. The moisturiser itself is pleasantly honey scented and applies easily and smoothly. Immediately after application I felt my skin was tacky to the touch, but the cream was quickly absorbed. It is suggested on the tube that the cream is applied generously day and night on the face and neck. Well, of course they say that! However, I found a little went a long way, but I did feel it was too heavy for the sensitive skin under my eyes. After a couple of weeks’ use I can’t say I have noticed any visible difference and I really don’t think it is any better than my usual Body Shop product. Given the price of this cream I think I will save myself a small fortune by returning to my original routine!

Note: review by Alison


Igenix DF1610 Portable 3-Speed Fan with Tilt Action/Quiet Operation and Mesh Safety Grill, 16-Inch, 40 W, White
Igenix DF1610 Portable 3-Speed Fan with Tilt Action/Quiet Operation and Mesh Safety Grill, 16-Inch, 40 W, White
Offered by Price Crunchers Limited
Price: £22.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well, not too noisy, not the last word in elegance but hey, it's a fan, 3 July 2015
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Every home needs a fan – at least on those occasional sweltering summer days (and nights), or for alternate uses like, I don’t know, drying paint, testing model sailing boats or making mobiles flutter in the wind.

Is this the one? You do need a screwdriver (not supplied) to assemble it, which is a matter of attaching the base, securing the rear guard metal web with a plastic locknut, securing the fan blade with another plastic nut, and then attaching the front guard with a tiny screw. Of these the only slightly tricky bit was the last; there are hinged metal clips which have to be positioned to attach the guards together, and in our case one of the clips needed a little judicious bending with a flat blade screwdriver before it would fit properly.

There is a useless wire carry handle on the rear guard; in practice you will move the fan by grasping the pillar attached to the base. It is nice and lightweight though.

Construction quality I would describe as fair; the assembled fan is stable but a bit plasticky and wobbly, and the front badge with the brand name is not quite straight, but no big deal.

The fan is 16” (about 40cm) in diameter and around 22” (56cm) high when assembled; it is described as a desk fan, but you need a pretty big desk and I found it worked better on a separate table.

It does move plenty of air though, and it is reasonably quiet (given that all fans are somewhat noisy). There are three speeds, and the noise increases on the faster speeds as you would expect. You can tilt the fan to your taste, and there is a control which lets you have the fan do that hypnotic oscillating thing or remain fixed, as you prefer.

In hot weather these things really do help, and I would rather have a large one like this, that makes a decent breeze, than something smaller, provided you have the space.


Philips S5600/41 Series 5000 Aqua Touch Electric Shaver with Smart Click Beard Trimmer (2 pin UK Plug)
Philips S5600/41 Series 5000 Aqua Touch Electric Shaver with Smart Click Beard Trimmer (2 pin UK Plug)
Price: £98.07

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shaves well but attachments are inconvenient and make sure you need the wet or dry feature, 28 Jun. 2015
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This is a decent electric shaver but I am finding it difficult to be really enthusiastic, bearing in mind the high price (at the time of writing).
What you get is the shaver, a separate “beard styler” attachment, a mains charger, and a zipped case (you can just about squeeze in the beard styler alongside the shaver).

There is also an instruction leaflet which is pictorial only, to save the bother of multiple languages; that is OK I suppose but for me puzzling out what the images mean is harder work than nice clear text. A simple statement like “Press and hold the power switch for 3 seconds to lock the shaver for travelling, Press and hold again for 3 seconds to unlock” becomes a confusing sequence with pictures of arrows and padlocks.

One thing you do learn from the comic book is that you are not meant to use the shaver plugged in; you must charge the battery, and use it on battery power.

The shaving head or other attachments snap into the top of the shaver; you don’t twist them at all, just pull them out or push them in. Not too hard, but less convenient than a hair trimmer that pops out or pushes up, as you get with some models.

I like the Philips system of rotary blades; there are three on this shaver and they are flexibly mounted so that they angle themselves to the shape of your face, perhaps getting a closer shave. I certainly get excellent results, though I do expect this from a brand new shaver.

The key feature of this model is that you can use it wet or dry. This is an obvious advantage if you fancy shaving in the shower, but I am not a convert to wet shaving with an electric shaver. The first thing you notice is that there is more friction when wet shaving than there is dry, unless you have a good lather of soap. It is all a lot more effort, and the results didn’t strike me as much better than a dry shave, maybe a bit.

I don’t have a beard but was able to use the beard styler for trimming sideburns; to be honest I rate it only average, though it has an adjustment so you can retreat the cutting blade in order to leave a certain length of hair; it might be great for proper beards but I will have to defer to other reviewers there. Only the 41 model includes the beard styler, so if your face is naked you might be better off with one of the others.

Another attachment which you can get separately or included with the 43 model is a facial cleaning brush. That seems to me worth trying, as it would take advantage of the ability to work in the shower.

There are some smart electronics here, not only the lock mentioned above, but also a flashing LED which will alert you when the heads need
changing (after two years apparently), and a gauge showing remaining charge.
Considering that this is a high end model, I’d like to have seen more attachments or cleaning accessories included.

A good shaver then, but only worth getting if you will use the wet or dry feature, and don’t mind having to remove the head to fit attachments.


AnySharp Plastic and Stainless Steel Mini Chopper, Black
AnySharp Plastic and Stainless Steel Mini Chopper, Black
Price: £12.47

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy but on the small side, 22 Jun. 2015
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This mini chopper has a simple design. You place the chopper over the ingredients to be chopped and press down the top, sending the blades down to do their stuff. As the spring-loaded blades come back up, they also rotate, so that the next chop cuts in a different place. The more you chop, the finer your chopped onion or nuts become.

While it is very effective, the obvious limitation is that the ingredients have to fit under the chopper. This means that in most cases you will also need a knife, to cut pieces small enough. A medium sized onion, for example, needs to be cut into four pieces or more. Since you've got the knife and chopping board out already, do you really need the Any Sharp?

Maybe you do, if you want your vegetables or herbs finely chopped, which takes more effort and skill with a knife. I did not realise how small it is from the picture though, and would have liked it a bit larger. The inside diameter of the chopping chamber is about 5.5cm and the height about 3.3cm.

It does chop nicely though, the pieces come apart easily, and it's dishwasher safe, so if you like finely chopped veg without much hassle could be just the thing.


Kensington Pro Fit Wired Mouse for Windows 8
Kensington Pro Fit Wired Mouse for Windows 8
Price: £7.65

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mouse for Windows 8, simulates swipe and zoom for mouse users, 25 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Windows 8 is a controversial subject. Many users dislike it, with the most common complaint being that it is designed more for touch users with a tablet than for desktop users with keyboard and mouse (all change in Windows 10, but that is another subject).

What we have here is a mouse that does a little bit to address that problem. It has the usual left and right buttons with a scroll wheel/button in the middle, but there is also a “gesture” button tucked away on the side of the mouse, where you can easily depress it with your thumb (if right handed) or ring finger (if left handed, slightly more awkward but not too bad).

The gesture button has six functions – no need to program these or install a driver, they are built in. Since the packaging has ZERO information on how to use the gesture button, here is what they do:

- Hold down gesture button and click right button to show or dismiss the Charms bar

- Hold down gesture button and push mouse forward slightly to switch between “Metro” eg Start screen and desktop

- Hold down gesture button and pull mouse back slightly to show desktop (minimise all) or restore

- Hold down gesture button and move mouse to the right to “swipe right” eg show next photo in photo viewer, or move mouse to the left to “swipe left” eg show previous photo in photo viewer

- Hold down gesture button and use scroll wheel to zoom or pinch

- Hold down gesture button and click left button to cycle through running Metro apps. This is not the same as alt-tab since with this button “Desktop” counts as a single app.

Of course you can also use this as a normal mouse and it works well, though I find it slightly on the small side (no big deal though). I expect it works fine with Windows 7 though I have not tested this, though without the gesture button feature. I did try it briefly on a Mac and it worked. It is designed for Windows 8 though, and I’d only recommend it if this is your primary usage. Cord is nice and long

I did find the pointer too fast on first installation, and fixed this by adjusting the pointer speed in control panel. Sensitivity is 1800 dpi which is pretty good.

If you do have Windows 8, the gesture button makes it nicer to use once you get the hang of how it works. A great idea and well implemented.
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