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Philips Imageo 7007531PU Plastic Rechargeable Tea Light Set, 10cm Tall, White - Perfect for Creating a Touch of Ambiance this Christmas
Philips Imageo 7007531PU Plastic Rechargeable Tea Light Set, 10cm Tall, White - Perfect for Creating a Touch of Ambiance this Christmas
Offered by Strictly Lamps
Price: £9.59

1.0 out of 5 stars Real candles last longer, 19 Sept. 2013
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If the batteries in these electric candles hadn't gone kaput I'd have given 3 stars. If I want to use the candles now (not fussed either way) I have to keep them plugged in on the short-cabled charger.

The on/off switch of turning the candle on its side is a good idea. The light is nice and mellow.

But apart from the rechargeable batteries quickly breaking down there are a few downsides:

- You can't read by these candles, even if you had 10 of them I doubt they'd shed enough light.
- My least favourite thing about candles is when their steady light fails and they flicker, these constantly have a flicker effect, so I ended up placing them behind something on the floor and pretending I had a real (dying) fire.
- Even new and working properly, when not used the batteries soon lost their charge
- Not environmentally friendly materials


Philips Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable Power Flosser
Philips Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable Power Flosser
Price: £59.02

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 22 Aug. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm more likely to damage my teeth than clean them flossing with those unbreakable pieces of string that always get stuck.

But this is simple and perfect, works surprisingly well and leaves my mouth feeling like it's just been cleaned by a dentist.

It doesn't contain a lot of water (but plenty enough for a little over one use), filling it again is not a hardship.

One of those things that become indispensible. Even so it feels like it needs to come down in price, I don't know how much they cost to build but half the RRP feels the right amount to pay.


Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard - UK Layout
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard - UK Layout

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pain and discomfort - style over substance, 22 Aug. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
All ergonomic keyboards take some getting used to, but sadly the point of learning a new way to type is lost here because this is less comfortable even than standard keyboards, nevermind the superlative Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (UK) (which I recommend you buy instead).

This model seems like it is meant to be a halfway house for those scared to go all-in for the 4000. But this keyboard cramps your hands inwards too far (thumbs turned towards your chest), forcing an unnatural posture.

I touch-type quite quickly and the little hill in the centre increases the overall distance and makes it so that I have to perform unnecessary movements - while not supporting your wrists - the 4000 is raised in the centre but the separated keyboard is much more intuitive to use and supportive.

And with more of my palm forced over the keyboard contortions are needed to reach some keys.

The feel of pressing down each key is not satisfying or trustworthy enough - it feels like being stopped short.

The optional stands are at the front of the keyboard rather than the back, but flipping these open only leads to a horizontal level, instead of the keyboard gently sloping down away from you for better wrist alignment.

Even though I never developed any pains (edit - yes, I have now, see below) along the backs of my hands, as I sometimes do with normal keyboards, I just can't recommend this - it may be sculpted but it isn't comfort.

EDIT...

Actually, lot of work looming and went back to this as options were thin. Definite RSI now developing (it's not my sitting posture, it couldn't be improved upon when assessed at work).


Iams Dry Cat Food Adult Lamb 3 Kg (Pack of 3)
Iams Dry Cat Food Adult Lamb 3 Kg (Pack of 3)

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than birds, 2 Aug. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
5 cats can't be wrong - neurotic yes and well, cats, but they know what they like.

Tested on a friend's 5 house cats and 5 out of 5 love it. 2 were initially reluctant to try IAMS instead of their usual wet food but were won around after a week.

The cats are more active (not necessarily desirable), their coats are better and they've been moulting less.

If you let your cats out of the house to devastate the local song bird population, poop in others' gardens and invade homes (a strange cat wandered into mine yesterday), then feeding them this stuff seems likely to encourage them to return to you from time to time.


Iams Dry Cat Food Adult Hairball Chicken 2.55 Kg (Pack of 3)
Iams Dry Cat Food Adult Hairball Chicken 2.55 Kg (Pack of 3)

5.0 out of 5 stars For a less disgusting cat, 2 Aug. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Tested on a friend's 5 house cats and 5 out of 5 love it. 2 were initially reluctant to try it instead of their usual wet food but were won around.

The cats are more active (not necessarily desirable), their coats are better and they've been moulting less.

And not a hairball in sight - it works.

For those who are suckers for any soppy cat stuff, Droopy (the sleepy one) and Kerneval (the evil one) liked it best.


Rome's Italian Wars Books 6-10 (Oxford World's Classics)
Rome's Italian Wars Books 6-10 (Oxford World's Classics)
by Livy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient history made immediate, 16 July 2013
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I instinctively mistrust new translations, suspecting that 'made readable for the modern reader' simply means 'dumbed down'. However, having battled some tiresome old translations of Livy before, readability is much appreciated in this case.

This edition is very enjoyable as pure entertainment from the introduction to the end, though not as compelling as Aubrey de Sélincourt's translations of Livy (I can't comment on the accuracy, Spanish is the closest I get to Latin). Livy's Latin is said to be fluid and elegant, sometimes the sentences here are a little stop-start.

BC and AD are used, no politically motivated attempt by an historian to wipe out parts of history with a wet BCE or CE, so J.C. Yardley seems more likely to be a scholar you can trust not to make other amendments to fit a modern agenda.


Centrum Complete A-Z Multivitamins for Men, 30 Tablets
Centrum Complete A-Z Multivitamins for Men, 30 Tablets
Price: £5.24

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take the blue pill..., 26 Jun. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A distinct lack of slugs and snails. These look woman-friendly to me, with suspicious amounts of folic acid. As you can see in the ingredients above, these pills aren't too strong, and won't take you over the recommended upper limits. Take one with water and food that contains fat.

Under regular conditions, if you have a proper diet, these aren't needed. And may even be counter-productive to health. They should probably be given out free to university students. In their weakened drug and alcohol induced state the sociology students might then be able to resist the brainwashing.

They seemed to aid me after an injury - along with a balanced diet and more protein, it's fairly likely they help with increased needs while the body repairs itself.

Coloured and shaped a bit like Viagra so you needn't be embarrassed if someone sees you taking a girly multivitamin.


Crucial CT120M500SSD1 120GB M500 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive
Crucial CT120M500SSD1 120GB M500 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, reliable, decent price, 26 Jun. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you have enough RAM then the best thing to speed up your laptop is to buy a solid state drive. Ok, you have to reinstall Windows (which is a complete DIY job, if you've not done it before you need help, not provided in the box... an eSata cable would have been nice for cloning). A fresh reinstall kick-starts the boot-up speed anyway, but the doubled transfer rates prove that much of the improvement is down to this SSD.

My 3 year old laptop is much fitter now, only it is a bit too trim. I don't have my own network and with only 120Gb I have to give up my slovenly computer habits. Only a few games installed at a time and most of my data transferred back and forth with old desktop drives as needed. Personally I'm only interested in real clouds that you er, can't touch either. If you feel the same and money is an issue then at the current price I recommend the 240Gb version.

It has a 3 year guarantee. Have used Crucial products for a long time, never had a problem with them.
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JAY-BE Liberty Single Folding Bed with Airflow Mattress, Auto Legs and Castors
JAY-BE Liberty Single Folding Bed with Airflow Mattress, Auto Legs and Castors
Offered by The Guest Bed Warehouse
Price: £99.00

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality bed for those 6ft and under, 26 Jun. 2013
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A fine, strong and comfortable collapsible bed.

The frame is very sturdy and opens simply and easily, the legs moving into place at the same time. No fiddling about.

At 85kg/13.3 stone and 6ft, the mattress feels just right for me. Not too soft, not too firm. It's foam; with irregular use it should last a very long time. It's 4 inches thick.

Be warned though - I measured the mattress at 5'9 1/2" long - it's enough for me because generally people don't rest their head at the tip of their scalps, usually about 4-5 inches from the top. So lying flat it fits, without discomfort or any overhang which is noticeable. But I don't sleep like I'm stretched-out on a rack; if you're 6ft and under and don't lie with your arms over your head, rigidly thinking of England, this bed is long enough.

As the box proclaims the bed is 80cm wide, luxurious for a fold-up bed. If you're capable of sleeping in a single bed then you'll have no problems here.

When folded and upright this is 88hx80wx34d - you'd need 35cm clear space to push it under a bed - but it's designed to stand upright. JAY-BE sell other beds designed to slip under another better.

It's a shame that storage covers are sold separately, I guess that it does keep the price down for those who don't want or need them.

Just in case you were wondering - the pillow and blanket shown in one of the pictures is not included.

(Oh and I don't mean that this is a perfect bed for the dead - just reread the title slightly differently)


Philips QG3342/23 Series 3000 6-in-1 Waterproof Mens Grooming Kit (Beard/Stubble Trimmer/Hair Clipper)
Philips QG3342/23 Series 3000 6-in-1 Waterproof Mens Grooming Kit (Beard/Stubble Trimmer/Hair Clipper)
Price: £20.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too fiddly, 20 Jun. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The first thing that hit me was the grey container/stand thing. Why would you prop-up your beard trimmer like it was something to be proud of in a flimsy piece of plastic that is little better than food packaging?

The thing as a whole looks and feels decent. However, as with previous Philips models over the years, the trimmer part itself isn't of great quality, you take longer and have to repeat going over the same areas more often than with other brands. Philips do shavers so well, yet can't get it right with beard trimmers.

Why anyone would want to look like that Rylan feller off the tv is anybody's guess, if you must have a 'beard' like his, or the chap's on the box of this trimmer, then you will also need a razor and possibly some very fine scissors. The 'detail' trimmer ain't going to cut it. The standard trimmer is small enough, instead of an even smaller one I would have preferred a larger.

Controlling the settings is too fiddly - it's good that there are so many grades but you will fly forwards and backwards until you finally hit the one you're after.

And even then the 'combs' don't cover the trimmer at all angles (except for the beard one) - it's too easy to slip or go absent-minded and get an unintended 'grade 0' with stubble or hair. It's not for the fastidious.

The battery in this thing has to be charged all day to last about 30 minutes.

The nose trimmer is good, there's a nice actual comb, it does come with a fair charge out of the box... but Philips also need to be told that you can't comb stubble - neither can you adequately manage it with this thing until your stubble assumes more beard-like proportions.

Should be sold as a nose trimmer - as for beard trimming, do 1 thing well, not 8 gimmicky things badly.


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