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Alexander Bryce "Sandy" (Scotland)
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Vanwalk 60-inch Golf Umbrella - "Dupont Teflon" Automatic Open Extra Large Full Size Umbrella with Teflon Coated 210T Microfiber Fabric, Windproof, Lifetime Warranty (Black)
Vanwalk 60-inch Golf Umbrella - "Dupont Teflon" Automatic Open Extra Large Full Size Umbrella with Teflon Coated 210T Microfiber Fabric, Windproof, Lifetime Warranty (Black)
Offered by Vanwalk
Price: £18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Mainly good, 25 July 2016
Strong frame with Teflon type material cover makes for a sturdy, reliable brolly of sufficient size to give excellent shelter. The mechanism to put it up is smoothe and efficient .
The main plus point for me is that the type of material used causes water to instantly run off it , therefor it takes no time atall to dry.
The minus point is that there are no wind vents in the canopy making it harder to handle in high winds.
Overall it is a fine , quality umbrella at a very good price.


SOL Republic Jax In Ear Headphone - Blue/Stellar (discontinued by manufacturer)
SOL Republic Jax In Ear Headphone - Blue/Stellar (discontinued by manufacturer)
Price: £34.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR ME, 21 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I got them free in exchange for an honest review so here goes: while not deaf, I have impaired hearing so clarity of the spoken word is vital for me to enjoy talk programmes, news and drama. Reading the blurb on SOL Republic Jax, I thought they would be the answer. Alas not so. The spoken word has a slightly muffled sound making it difficult for me to appreciate what is being said. Music is good, but not much better than less expensive earphones.
The flat cable tangles less, but is certainly not tangle free. There are 4 different sizes of ear tips. I have tried them all without improving the sound quality nor indeed ear comfort. The remote seems to work well, but I do not find it to be a necessary asset.
Overall I am disappointed with them and have reverted to my old much less expensive earphones for better word clarity.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 23, 2016 9:55 AM BST


The Picturegoers
The Picturegoers
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, 13 July 2016
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This review is from: The Picturegoers (Kindle Edition)
I am a big David Lodge fan. Somehow I had overlooked this his first novel and having just put it down, I am somewhat disappointed.
The themes visited in future writing are all there. Questioning nod the Catholic Churche's doctrine , self doubt, fumbling sex and academia.
He soon perfected these themes, but in this his first they are all a bit raw and the theology is way to laboured for my taste.
The idea is sound to build a story around the various characters who spend their leisure nights, especially Saturday nights, at a converted variety theater cinema which has seen much grander times.
Mark the pseudo intellectual student seeking passion and finding spiritual fulfilment instead. His girlfriend Clair an ex novice ordered out of the order for crossing the line of friendship with a younger girl. She is drifting from the Church as she seeks a normal life featuring a husband, a home and children. The good , but out of touch priest . The delinquent misfit teddy boy Harry and several more all good examples of life in the austere 50s as a tidal wave of Rock and Roll is sweeping anyone under 25 along to where they don't know nor care.
I lived through these days and David Lodge is spot on with his description of life as it was back then.
Not a bad book, but a little rambling at times and far too much irrelevant at times theology .The most likeable character was the young , uncomplicated usherette enjoying sex for sex's sake without a care for the consequences with her middle aged cinema manager. How refreshing instead of the soul searching, over thinking Mark.


Srxing German imports Men Manual Razor Women Safety Razor Shaving More Clean With Six Razor Blades
Srxing German imports Men Manual Razor Women Safety Razor Shaving More Clean With Six Razor Blades
Offered by sanrenxing shop
Price: £60.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST YET, 3 July 2016
The development in gents' razors is amazing from the old cut throat open razor, through the various safety razors to the multi blade super smoothe razors of today.
The SRX Newstart is the latest and I think best yet. With six, yes six blades per cartridge it gives an effortless, smoothe, clean shave minimising wear and tear on the old visog and never inflicting the dreaded razor burn.
It is also beautifully balanced with a solid , quality feel to it. And it looks good.
These modern razors and blades appear to be a bit expensive, but given that the multi blades should last at least three times as long as the single or double blades, they are in the end more economical and do a much better job.
I've tried various razors dry and wet over the years and I am confident that this is the best yet.


3M P100 SandBlaster Medium Sanding Sponge for Bare Surfaces - (Pack of 1)
3M P100 SandBlaster Medium Sanding Sponge for Bare Surfaces - (Pack of 1)
Price: £3.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough and versatile, 2 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Harder than previous similar sanding sponges that I have used before and so far the firmness seems to do a better easier job. It can however be squeezed to get into difficult places. The beauty of such blocks is that they are ready to use . No need to cut paper to size and less wear and tear on the hands.
The 100 grit I find to be useful for most jobs with perhaps a final rub with a finer paper or block for an extra smoothe finish.
I used it on some newly repaired plasterwork and I was delighted with the smoothe , even result. I then washed the block and hey presto it was as good as new.
For smaller sanding jobs it is ideal, but I will revert to my electric sander for the more demanding projects.
A bit of advice: watch out for nails or hard sharp obtrusions as the block can tear reducing its efficacy or indeed ruining it.
A cheap ideal solution for a multitude of sanding tasks.


The Teacher: A shocking and compelling new crime thriller - NOT for the faint-hearted!
The Teacher: A shocking and compelling new crime thriller - NOT for the faint-hearted!
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars TAught me nothing, 2 July 2016
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A very strange book. Every main character is severely damaged, but to all intents functioning in their own worlds. This started me doubting the honesty of the writing. As the story unfolded it became more and more unbelievable untill it reached a fairly predictable climatic ending.
The two detectives Adrian ( divorced, father, womaniser and drinker) and Grey ( single, gutsy, attractive in Tom boy way) are a good team and the dialogue between them is sharp, amusing and one of the best parts of this book.
People in high places have been abducting boys suspected of being gay and " curing" them by systematic torture. One has slipped through their net and is taking a terrible revenge.
The descriptions of the grotesque tortures and horrible deaths are detailed and rather disgusting whereas the descriptions of the few sex scenes are general and rather coy. Mm , makes one wonder about the writer.
Unfortunately not a short book. I stuck with it not out of curiosity as to the end which I had assumed well in advance, but more because I was curious to see if it became more believable as it progressed. Alas it did not.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 4, 2016 11:08 AM BST


Salter Measuring Jug Electronic Digital Kitchen Scale, Black/Clear
Salter Measuring Jug Electronic Digital Kitchen Scale, Black/Clear
Price: £21.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile and accurate, 29 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A light, attractive, but most importantly spot on accurate set of battery powered kitchen scales.
The pluses are: ready to use, compact, versatile imperial and metric measure display for both liquid and solids, good clear digital readings, pollysomething bowl with measures thereon and a sensible spout for pouring liquids.
One very small minus: when not in use the inverted bowl does not quite fit the scales for storing.
It is so practical that it has obviously been designed by a cook/baker and is an asset to any kitchen.
Quality scales at a very good price


Umenice Premium Foldable Golf Umbrella Automatic 8-Rib Vented 210T Fabric Black Color
Umenice Premium Foldable Golf Umbrella Automatic 8-Rib Vented 210T Fabric Black Color
Offered by Umenice UK
Price: £34.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a good idea.....or so I thought, 27 Jun. 2016
Arrived within 24 hours of order safely packed and in good order.
This is what I have been looking for. A sturdy, wind resistant brolly for golf or any other outdoor activity, that telescopes from about 18 inches to the full size. It is easily and quickly activated by a button on the handle which magically both extends and opens it in one smoothe action.
I have other full size golf brollys that I carry with my clubs, but there are times when outwith the golfing scenario a large cover is needed, but you don't necessarily want to carry a full length umbrella e.g. country walks , watching sport etc. This clever device will fit into an average suit case, can be carried by hand using the useful strap and fit into the side pocket in my car easily. It also slides into a pocket in my golf bag.
As for shelter from the elements, it works really well. I have tested it in wet, windy conditions and it has kept me dry. It was manageable in a strong and did not turn inside out. It is made with a strong fibreglass frame covered with quality water resistant strong material.
For the quality and versatility it is incredibly well priced.
It will travel with me for golf or general outdoor pursuits.
PS ..... I was sent this item free for an honest review so let me add to my earlier comments: AT THIRD TIME USING IT , THE MECHANISM TO BRING IT DOWN CAME APART. ON INSPECTION THE P,ASTIC CLIP TOGETHER JOINT THAT ENCIRCLES THE SHAFT IS NOT UP TO THE JOB. IT SIMPLY WONT STAY CLIPPED TOGETHER. ANNOYING AS I WAS COUGHT IN A DOWNPOUR UNABLE TO GET INTO MY CAR AS THE DAMNED BROLLY WOULD NOT GO DOWN. I HAVE NOW GLUED THE PARTS, BUT DONT HOLD OUT MUCH HOPE OF IT LASTING.


L'Oreal Paris ME Shower Gel 300 ml, Total Clean
L'Oreal Paris ME Shower Gel 300 ml, Total Clean
Offered by Kiara World
Price: £4.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, 24 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I couldn't believe that one product could be so versatile so I put it to the test.

As a shower gel it produced a rich lather leaving the skin feeling fresh with a pleasant aroma. Same result as a face cleanser. While folically challenged, I still like a good shampoo and this gave the desired result. Not quite sufficient lather as a shaving gel. I think I will on most occasions revert to my conventional shaving gel. For a traveller however this is the answer to most washing situations in one product.
It is produced by a recognised quality manufacturer and appears to contain only the best ingredients as one would expect.
A reasonable cost for a quality product.


Liteway Filament 4w ES E27 Golfball LED Bulb, 470 Lumen, Warm White, 40w Traditional Replacement
Liteway Filament 4w ES E27 Golfball LED Bulb, 470 Lumen, Warm White, 40w Traditional Replacement
Price: £5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A BRIGHT ONE, 23 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The one I received has the smaller size screw and globe which limits its use usually to table lamps. So make sure you order the size appropriate to your requirements.
It looks interesting and unconventional and being led should give lower cost usage. It is also supposed to give years usage and in fact has a 3 year guarantee.
It burns with a bright yet warm light and illuminates light shades beautifully.
Whether it justifies the price , time will tell.


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