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The Hunger Games Katniss Mockingjay Pin Badge Brooch Bird Tribute Token Golden From Buyagain,2 pieces
The Hunger Games Katniss Mockingjay Pin Badge Brooch Bird Tribute Token Golden From Buyagain,2 pieces
Offered by Security in Print
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good looking pin badge., 16 April 2015
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Not much to add, really. It looks good with a costume and was pretty useful for World Book Day where my daughter went to school as Katniss.

HP Deskjet 2544 Colour Multifunctional Printer
HP Deskjet 2544 Colour Multifunctional Printer
Offered by Pearls Books
Price: £33.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great cheap printer that is simple to use., 15 April 2015
The HP 2544 is a great budget printer which we bought to allow my daughter to print off work from her laptop and iPad.

It's now being used by the whole family due to being so easy to setup and print from with iPad, Android (Google Nexus 7 in our case) and very easy to scan and copy.

Yes, it lacks duplex printing, so you need to put the paper back in if you want double sided, it doesn't have size options for scanning or fancy USB and memory card slots and it doesn't have a screen, but it just works and works well.

Ink seems to be quite good, too, with plenty of pictures and documents printed out without need to change the cartridges.

Overall, very happy with this low priced easy to use printer.

Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A great selection of 90s acts in a fresh and original compilation, 9 April 2015
This review is from: Help (MP3 Download)
I bought this on CD when it first came out around 20 years ago and have been listening to it ever since. Original copies arrived without any track listings as it was pressed very quickly, but the sleeve notes (from Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic) are interesting in themselves, giving an insight into the events in Yugoslavia at the time.

One notable act is 'the One World Orchestra' which is yet another pseudonym for The KLF, who had come out of retirement for this one song, yet again using their trademark heavy sampling techniques, but there are plenty of great Britpop and classic artists like The Stone Roses, Paul Weller, Manic Street Preachers and others to make this album a fantastic snapshot of 90s talent.

The turn around time and nature of the recordings may leave it feeling unpolished, but that's all part of the charm. The music feels raw and not like any typical studio album of the time, no over processed sound here. For me, the artists really manage to bring out their true nature with this type of recording and while some who are raised on high production values may moan, for me it gives the CD far more power to know that it was all recorded in a single day by artists who cared enough to contribute something.

This started the ball rolling for future Help albums, all of which are worth picking up for rare and different takes from established artists, though this original is still, for me, the best.

Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex RGB Gaming Mouse
Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex RGB Gaming Mouse
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great gaming mouse with some cool colour options, 7 April 2015
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This Logitech Gaming Mouse replaces my Anker mouse that I bought last year. The DPI is certainly hugely improved in this model, with 1200 at the top end and 200dpi at the lower end.

The finish is a matt black with the G logo and small holes in each side that allow an LED to shine through. There are 2 buttons on the left, a button on top and a wheel in front, all of which can be configured in an easy to use menu.

The best thing about the look of the device is that Logitech have managed to make it show a huge range of colours which can be easily chosen from a paint palette style menu, similar to the ones seen in paint programs on PC and tablets.

Also configurable are the DPI settings, with 5 that can be set up and rotated by using the top button just behind the wheel. This means you can go from 200 to 1200 DPI in anything from 1 to 4 button presses. You can also configure specific settings for individual games and the software (which you need to download from logitech's support site) will search your computer for games and automatically add profiles for ones it recognises.

Adventures in Minecraft
Adventures in Minecraft
by David Whale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, fun learning., 3 April 2015
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I'm really impressed by this book and it looks like an ideal starter point for anyone who wants to learn programming but finds the idea of following a course a little dry or boring.

Using Minecraft as a starting point, the book assumes you have a PC, Mac or Raspberry Pi with a registered copy of the game on. The programming language, Python, is included with the files on the website referenced in the book and uses an easy installation process for each computer, alongside very comprehensive but clear instructions in the book.

Each section is divided in to 'adventures' which are really tasks where you learn a few new features like what calling a function does or how to programme a maze, and complete an item or function to add to the game.

The language is clear and easy to read, with great formatting that includes boxes with keywords, tips and notes. It really is simple to work through and fun for any fan of Minecraft. My 10 year old can understand it with very little programming knowledge (she's only previously used scratch). I can thouroughly recommend this to get a head start in what is becoming a much more important area for the national curriculum.

Airmax Sport Version Nasal Dilator
Airmax Sport Version Nasal Dilator
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well, once you've got used to it., 3 April 2015
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A Nasal Dilator works by opening up the nostrils to allow you to breathe easier. This particular nasal Dilator is pretty much the same as the original Airmax one but has been designed to add a further grip while running.

In fact, this makes it better for using to combat snoring, too, as there is less chance of the dilator falling out, though the device is difficult to get used to at first as it feels slightly uncomfortable.

While walking the dog (she does a lot of running) the device stayed in, though I was conscious that my nose was slightly stretched and that the bright colour of the Airmax was easy to see by those passing. I'm sure I got a few funny looks. It worked well, though, and it was easier to breathe when running, plus I felt as if I had more energy.

When trying this while sleeping my wife was glad to find that I stopped snoring (I can be quite loud) though, again, the device fell out early in the morning and felt uncomfortable at first.

So while it can take a little getting used to, this works well for sport and sleep. It's probably down to my nose shape that it doesn't always stay in, though.

Philips GC7635/30 PerfectCare Pure Steam Generator Iron - One Perfect Temperature, 240 g Pressurised Steam Boost
Philips GC7635/30 PerfectCare Pure Steam Generator Iron - One Perfect Temperature, 240 g Pressurised Steam Boost
Price: £119.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent features and easy to use., 30 Mar. 2015
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Falling in the mid-range of Philips Irons, the GC7635/30 is most suited to a small family, couple or those who don't have huge piles of ironing to do at any one time. The tank hold 1.5 litres of water in comparison to the larger tanks on the more expensive models, but this still manages a fair amount of ironing from a single tank and it's easy to refill if you need to.

But first, aesthetics. The 7635 is certainly the nicest looking iron in the range with its curves, purple-like colouring and the wrap around hose that keeps it looking neat when not in use. The iron itself is fairly small (though surprisingly heavier than it looks) and fits very easily on the base, it only has one button, used for the steam, to keep things simple. The top of the base has a lock switch that keeps the iron in place so, theoretically, you can lift the whole thing with the iron handle. I would be hesitant to recommend this while the base is full of water, though.

The base also houses several other features. As well as an on-off switch on the back, which glows different colours to show when the steam is ready, it has an eco mode to save on power (which glows a lovely green). Lifting the iron off, you get to the yellow filter, a lot like a water filter jug, which allows the water to be filtered from hard water elements like limescale which can play havoc with your iron over time. Those who have owned an older steam iron will attest to the issues from hard water and that's what this filter aims to do. It certainly hasn't left any chalk-like residue as yet in the all the time we've been using it. Water is filled easily using a door on the front of the clear plastic and can be filled straight from the tap or using a jug.

One of the headline features of this iron is the ability to choose different temperatures and adjust to different fabrics automatically. While it's difficult to say whether this works 100%, it has certainly had the desired effect on everything we've tried so far and this also means that there are no dials to mess with on the iron at all. Another feature is that the iron promises to never burn if left down on top of fabric. We've tested this with a tea towel and the ironing board itself and I'm pleased to say that it works as advertised, though the base of the iron still stays very hot. I must say that I'm pretty amazed at how this works.

Ironing itself is smooth and easy (even for me, someone who doesn't exactly find it the most natural task) and the clothes were left without creases, so it gets full marks for the actual ironing, too.

Lastly, it's worth talking about the filters. I can see this being controversial, it's something that will need changing every 3 months (though 2 of them come with the iron, so that's the first 6 months sorted). Amazon's current price is £15 for 4 cartridges, so that's £15 a year extra, but considering that this means the iron is guaranteed to be limescale free for 5 years (and Philips customer service is pretty good for replacing items that you've registered) I don't think this is a huge price to pay each year. The fact is that they seem to work, as well, so it's particularly good for hard water areas.

So, would I recommend the GC7635/30? Yes, without a doubt. The price point is just right considering the amount of features and the ease of use of this iron. It's ideal for those who want an easy ironing experience without worrying about settings and who don't like the thought of accidentally burning through clothes.

BTM W46*D60*H81(cm) / 18*23.6*32(inch) Folding Dog Cat Pet Grooming Table Portable Adjustable With Arm Noose Pink
BTM W46*D60*H81(cm) / 18*23.6*32(inch) Folding Dog Cat Pet Grooming Table Portable Adjustable With Arm Noose Pink
Offered by great-deal-forever
Price: £59.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great table for a small breed dog., 24 Mar. 2015
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We were looking for a small grooming table that we could store and use for our Shih Tzu each day. Ideally, it needed to be light enough to move around and easy enough to fold and unfold if we needed to stow it away.

After trying another table and hurting my back in the process we sent it back and chose this one. Although it looks fairly small in the picture (we went for the small size) it fits our Shih Tzu (4.6kg) perfectly with a little room to place tools or a hair dryer as well. The table top has a slightly raised surface for a little grip but the material isn't rubbery. This is good as we want a table that can last.

The table is well made and the material looks strong enough to resist scratches. Everything comes well packaged to avoid damage in transit.

The tool that goes around the neck to steady the animal can be fully packed away in the side of the table top. It's a brilliant design if you're carrying the table to events or need to pack it away and worry about losing bits. The metal arm comes away in 2 parts, one slotting under the short side and one under the long side of the table.

The feet are easy to put up and down, working in a similar way to a workbench where the legs can be positioned in 2 different spaces under the table, one at the end for a lower table and one nearer to the middle to make the table higher. I'm about 5 foot 5 and it comes up just above my waist on the highest setting, which was perfect for us. It's easy for one person to put up and down once you get used to it and a little clip swivels to holds the legs in place well.

Overall, this is a well made table that is easy to carry, fold and put up by one person. It's ideal for a small breed dog and easy to clean.
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AHS Natural Collagen Capsules - Pack of 180 Capsules
AHS Natural Collagen Capsules - Pack of 180 Capsules
Price: £24.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on your view of whether collagen works, 23 Mar. 2015
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These supplements are designed to reduce wrinkles and fine lines in skin. The product description says "The main reason for the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and the appearance of ageing is the depletion of collagen in the skin" which is accurate to some extent but the jury is still out on whether there is any real scientific evidence that Collagen Capsules can really make a difference.

The tablets come in a nice packaging that looks like a good quality skin cream box. As if to compliment this, the jar inside looks just like something you'd find on a skin care cream range, with a frosted look to the jar. The tablets inside are on view within the jar and look pleasing to the eye with a pinkish look to them.

The instructions say that the best results come from taking these in the evening, 3 per day, the idea being that your body can absorb the collagen over night. However, collagen, like other chemicals can only be absorbed in certain measures and so if you've already had enough through your general diet these won't add any more. That said, if your diet doesn't contain the right amount then these would technically top this up. It's the same with the Vitamin C included in the capsules (and with Vitamin C tablets in general).

But the test is in the trying of these, I guess, so my wife has been using them for the last few weeks every day. Have they made a difference so far? It's difficult to say, there are still the same number of wrinkles, though her skin does look a little shinier. The results may change over a longer period and I will update the score and the review to reflect this if there is a change, but as it stands there isn't a lot of difference for the money these cost. If you already take Vitamin C tablets or supplements then this may actually be a better cost saving by replacing those and adding collagen too, however.

As it stands, it's impossible to state that these have really made any difference to my wife's skin, so it's hard to recommend. They have not had any detrimental effect, though, and contain Vitamin C too, so it's 3 stars for now.

Philips HP6583/03 SatinPerfect Wet and Dry Epilator with Skin Tautening Attachment Shaver Head, Sensitive Cap and Tweezers
Philips HP6583/03 SatinPerfect Wet and Dry Epilator with Skin Tautening Attachment Shaver Head, Sensitive Cap and Tweezers
Price: £80.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great set from Philips with some useful attachments, 23 Mar. 2015
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It's Braun vs Philips in our house and the current Braun Silk Epil 7 7-561 in use has to take a back seat for the time being as we (well, my wife mainly, with me checking results) check whether the new Philips SatinPerfect HP6583/03 can usurp it.

Both epilators are wet and dry models, meaning that they can be used in a shower, both have different heads for different areas and both of them have nice bags for carrying around. The Philips certainly wins out on general attachments and items included in the box, though. Included in the box are the active hair lift attachment, sensitive area cap, massage attachment, shaver head with trimmer attachment, skin tautening attachment, illuminated tweezers, Opti-light, cleaning brush and pouch.

The tweezers are worth mentioning in their own right as they're pretty useful. They have a light on them to highlight the hairs you're pulling on your face and a small, very thin mirror to concentrate on eyebrows. It works quite well when you get used to focusing on the thinness of the mirror, particularly if your bathroom or bedroom doesn't have a lot of light or you find yourself having to stand in a corner to catch the right light to see small hairs.

The shaver has a nicer design than the Braun, too, with a purple motif running along the front, though it has a single switch where the Braun has a round dial to choose the strength of the epilator. Both have lights above their switches, with the Philips opting for a small round opti-light that is brighter than it appears but still not quite as good as the Braun's pearl-like light.

Another notable difference is the inclusion of a skin stretching attachment which is supposed to lessen the pain of epilating by stretching the skin around the area. In our test it didn't really change the effect of epilating that much, though there was a small positive difference when using it, so it does do what it sets out to, even if there isn't a great deal of difference. The benefit of a wet/dry epilator is far more pronounced, though, as using warm water on the skin helps more than this attachment ever could.

Aside from these things, the Philips works in pretty much the same way as the Braun with similar results. We got nearly an hour of shaving from a single charge (just over an hour on first charge) and it grabbed the hairs well. The smaller cap was certainly useful for smaller areas of skin and left the skin with a smooth finish. The Active hair lift attachment tended to produce the best results and at a pinch (no pun intended) pulled the hairs up slightly better that the Braun did.

Whether you buy this or the braun comes down to whether the tweezers and stretching attachment, plus the look of the device, appeal to you, they both seem to do much the same job with very little to tell between them, but considering the results of the active hair lift attachment, the SatinPerfect HP6583/03 comes recommended all the same.

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