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Fast-Release Ice Ball Maker Tray, Black Flexible Silicone Ice Cube Tray, Ultra Slow Melting Ice Spheres Perfectly round 2" Ice Ball Maker, Whisky, Scotch, Highball Cocktail or Liqueur Glasses
Fast-Release Ice Ball Maker Tray, Black Flexible Silicone Ice Cube Tray, Ultra Slow Melting Ice Spheres Perfectly round 2" Ice Ball Maker, Whisky, Scotch, Highball Cocktail or Liqueur Glasses
Offered by Deals_Republic
Price: £21.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spherical ice -- looks great and melts slowly in whisky, 15 Jan. 2017
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Works well for me. Spherical ice which looks great and melts slowly in whisky.

Care is needed in making these, but I haven't had the ice balls splitting in half another review reported.

Once, I had to take a few seconds to chop off a slight "chimney" of ice (using a swish of a knife) protruding from the tops of the ice balls because I had overfilled the very top of the mould where there is a "chimney" section to fill in water from outside the mould.

Overall, I have been careful and smart when filling up the mould, and it works for me -- produces spherical ice as desired.


Judge Frying Pan, Black, 28 cm
Judge Frying Pan, Black, 28 cm
Offered by Emporium Cookshop & Homewares
Price: £23.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Non-stick coating wore off, 23 July 2014
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Non-stick coating wore off. I was careful with the pan. It was never washed manually, instead always in a dishwasher at 50 C. The non-stick coating is not durable, then the pan is useless (specks of black plastic non-stick coating flakes appearing in your food....!). This product is best avoided.


Judge Frying Pan, Black, 20 cm
Judge Frying Pan, Black, 20 cm
Offered by China Chaps Ltd
Price: £14.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little 20cm pan is a good complement to 28cm pan, 16 Sept. 2012
Mine works very well, no problem with handle (contrary to another person's experience).

Non-stick seems good as well, although I always need to use a spatula around the perimeter to ease the omlette out of the pan.

Having this 20cm Judge induction pan is a good complement to my 28cm Judge induction pan.

When I am cooking fried egg or omlette, or a small food item, then 20cm Judge induction pan is ideal rather than the huge wok-like deep and wide 20cm Judge induction pan.


Guide to IT Contracting, The
Guide to IT Contracting, The
by Samuel Blankson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateur work without solid insight nor accuracy, 6 Mar. 2012
Detailed deconstruction of some of the nonsense in the book, to give you a flavour of the overall work. Here goes:

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Page 20 "In the UK for example, permanent staff earning £100,000 would lose the majority of it to Value Added Tax (VAT), being approximately £17,500."

Analysis:
* The word "majority" means greater than 50 %. The majority of £100,000 would need to be in excess of £50,000 which £17,500 clearly isn't.

* Permanent staff in the UK pay taxes via PAYE. The taxes are income tax and National Insurance. Permanent staff in the UK do not pay VAT.

* In a single sentence, the author made two factual mistakes.

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Page 42, "Your employment status, after twenty-four months at any one organisation, changes to that of a permanent employee".

Analysis:
* Err, no. It doesn't actually. Author wrote "any" organisation. So it must apply to all of them, right?

* Well, I can name many UK blue-chip companies that this doesn't apply to, and indeed I am not personally aware of any UK companies that this applies to.

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Samuel Blankson appears to have multiple Amazon user accounts with which to review his own books, awarding 5 stars.

There are a HIGH number of user accounts all having reviews for ONLY Samuel Blankson's books. The probability of that occurring in genuine, non-fraudulent circumstances for such an unknown author is non-existent.

It's a pity; Amazon should crack down on it.


Acctim Solar Cube Alarm Clock
Acctim Solar Cube Alarm Clock

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great display of black text on light grey background with big digits, but awful alarm clock setting usability, 13 May 2011
I don't like it.

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Negatives:

The alarm clock usability is awful. Simple example: change the alarm time to a ONE HOUR EARLIER time:

1. on back of clock, move edit slider from "lock" to "alarm"

2. on back of clock, hold hour button to cycle through the hours, either 23 presses of "hour" button, or hold the "hour" button for a while and make sure you let go at the right moment! (other clocks get around this by having cycle UP and cycle DOWN on the hour setting. This one doesn't, it only has cycle UP)

3. on back of clock, move edit slider from "alarm" back to "lock"

4. if you accidently move the slider slightly too much to the right (from "alarm", to "lock", past it to "time") then the lower row of the display -- changes from the alarm clock time to be the second time setting. You then have to slide back to alarm then press the "ALARM 2nd TIME CALENDAR" button to revert the lower row of the display back to alarm clock time.

The alarm tone is a basic meep meep meep noise, without alternative setting and the control to set the beeping alarm off is a switch on the back of the unit.

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Positives:

It's first ever alarm clock I have owned which has capability of permanently displaying the alarm time (it's shown in the second row). Alternitively the second row can show the date (e.g. 12 / 10), or show the time in a selected other timezone.

Unlike many clocks, there is no permanent backlight nor bright red LED digits. This is what I was looking for. It is black text on light grey background. Therefore, doesn't shine the room out. If you need a blue backlight, hit button on top.


Gioteck Real Triggers (PS3)
Gioteck Real Triggers (PS3)
Offered by * The Game Monkey *
Price: £1.97

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better for throwing grenades in Modern Warfare, 13 May 2011
- Yes one of these cracked after six months because I'd dropped it on floor regularly, but the cracked one still stayed clicked on unless I dropped the controller onto my wooden floor
- I have since bought another pack of these to replace the cracked one, plus two packs for my friends

The people complaining that they crack miss the point - this COSTS PEANUTS

As it makes a fundamental improvement to how I play COD Modern Warfare 1 & 2: it's easier to throw grenades and flash bangs, therefore it is a NO BRAINER and gives you an edge in online multiplayer.

Some reviewers here are either moaners or on the dole, as something that COSTS PEANUTS and IMPROVES YOUR GAMEPLAY is a no-brainer.


Braveheart (2 Disc Special Edition) [1995] [DVD]
Braveheart (2 Disc Special Edition) [1995] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Gibson
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.99

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Quasi-Historical Medieval Epic, 9 Dec. 2007
Braveheart has no equal for sheer emotional depth spanning patriotism, love, loss, and suffering.

As for A/V: watch it again on a big widescreen TV, crank up the bass with a subwoofer (esp for the battle scenes and rumbling of the English horsemen as they approach on the horizon) and enjoy it all over again.


Bend It Like Beckham [DVD] [2002]
Bend It Like Beckham [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Parminder Nagra
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.98

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Rounded Comedy Drama - Indian Culture in Britain; Girls and Football, 9 Sept. 2007
"Bend It" is a film about tackling adversity.

A major focus of the film is Jess tackling her family's adversity to her playing football. Her parents want her to get married at age 17/18, to a "good Indian boy" and her Mum wants Jess to learn how to cook a "full Indian meal".

Another theme of adversity, although one not given much focus, is racism. This spans Jess's father recounting his negative experience with an amateur English cricket club; Jess explaining her parent's insistence that she can only marry an Indian boy - not white, black or Muslim; the coach mentioning that's in being Irish he encountered racism as a player, and Jess being called a "Paki" by an opponent.

The football scenes are great fun, and there's plenty of comedic moments in the film. The scene near the end - at Jess's parents house, where they grant her permission to go to America - is a tear-jerker. Plus something happens at the airport to complete a feel-good ending!

On top of all this are excellent contemporary references of that 2001/2002 era, to Spice Girls ("there's a reason why Sporty Spice is the only one without a fella!"), David Beckham in his Manchester United days, and the short-lived professional women's football league within the USA.

Great film. Great fun.


The Constant Gardener [DVD] [2005]
The Constant Gardener [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Ralph Fiennes
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.75

11 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flashback Structure? Yawn..., 2 Feb. 2007
The flashback structure is far too frequent, while the pace is pedestrian throughout. There are no twists or surprises in the plot due to the key "secret" - testing of a dangerous drug on Kenyans - is given to the audience in the first 1/3 of the movie.

There are a few sweeping shots of Africa, however these are too far and few between. Instead, the typical camerawork is close-up; you can see the sweat, and the movie can feel claustrophobic as a result.

Ralph Fiennes' character's transformation from soppy quiet polished English diplomat to driven sweaty man-on-a-mission takes far too long.

Related recent films? I'd lump this (corrupt Africa theme) in with a superior pairing of Lord of War (2005) and Blood Diamond (2006). Lord of War tackles the intertional arms trade to Africa; Blood Diamond tackles conflict diamonds and child soldiers. The Constant Gardener tackles drugs entwined with corporate and diplomatic corruption, but doesn't do a particularly good job of it.
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Minor Earth Major Sky
Minor Earth Major Sky
Offered by nagiry
Price: £6.55

5.0 out of 5 stars a-ha return triumphant, 30 Jun. 2000
This review is from: Minor Earth Major Sky (Audio CD)
ME:MS is an excellent album full of richly textured pop landscapes....
The passion of Morten Harket's unique voice is out in force, and, for the first time, he has been involved in songwriting for a-ha: the relaxing "To Let You Win" - complete with chiming bells and upbeat snare drums, and "Thought That It Was You" with its William Orbit inspired background.
My favourite track is "Barely Hanging On" with its catchy lyrics and distinctive "ch-kka-kka" symbols background and epic chorus. "We never could see eye could eye / Oh... but never mind" apparently refers to the musical disagreements that emerged in the 1990s between Paul and Morten. The dark title track and relaxing "Velvet" also stand out. In summary, one of the band's best albums so far.


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