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DAVE HORN "Dave Horn" (Ellington Village, Northumberland, GB)

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Jim Beam Honey Bourbon Whisky 70 cl
Jim Beam Honey Bourbon Whisky 70 cl
Price: £13.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Must have forgotton or greatly economised on the honey!, 14 July 2016
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As I said in a comment on another review, this is certainly not to my taste as a honey-infused spirit beverage. Having compared them all one after the other I can only say that, of all the Jim Beam flavours, it is the one most like plain old Jim Beam itself in taste, though not as smooth. I prefer the greater amount of honey in the likes of the 35% proof The Wild Geese Irish Honey Liqueur. Good job I only paid £13 for the 70cl bottle of Jim Beam Honey. I must add that the 2* rating is for this as a honey-infused product as I love the taste of plain Jim Beam, hence like this just as much as a plain bourbon. It's just not what one expects from a honey-infused one.

Pifco P28034 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Red
Pifco P28034 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Red
Price: £68.70

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your hard-earned - it's a virtual cleaner - virtually ineffective, that is. A gimmick and expensive dog toy!, 10 July 2016
Don't waste your hard-earned on this robotic vacuum. It has little suction so picks up only the lightest of dust and some dog hairs (though many of the latter simply stuck in the suction orifice and had to be scooped out with a finger (or other suitable soft object). Anything like crumbs and tiny pieces of paper or other debris heavier than a dog's hair are simply left behind.

The orifice through which suction occurs acts as if it's at least 1/4" too far off the ground to be effective, though a springy-thing appears to be designed to keep it virtually in contact with whatever type of floor it's on. The attached cloth behind it also picks up very little other than dog hairs and anything it does pick up has to be laboriously cleaned off. The cloths (3 supplied) are also fiddly to remove and re-affix after washing. I had my machine running for several hours over a few days on hardwood and carpet flooring before the miniscule (about 3"x1"x1") removable dust box was full, virtually the only thing in it being dog hairs.

Of course, having a nearly centrally located and very small suction area and a less than full width cloth, it doesn't even reach, never mind clean, in corners, along edges by skirting boards (where most dust, fluff and dog hair ends up) or under furniture (mine at least having too small a gap for it). The only point in its favour is that my dog loves it but that makes it one hell of an expensive dog toy.
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Osco Mesh Letter Tray 3-Tier Scratch-resistant Stackable Front-load Portrait Foolscap Black Ref 3TT B
Osco Mesh Letter Tray 3-Tier Scratch-resistant Stackable Front-load Portrait Foolscap Black Ref 3TT B
Price: £7.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy, totally useless and unfit for purpose, 30 Jun. 2016
These mesh and tubular metal trays and stands are of terrible quality in that, even when the screws are fully in place, they do not hold the frame together tightly enough to support the trays in their runners for long, especially when sliding them in and out with documents in. Unless the trays are virtually empty (and sometimes even then) the trays invariably collapse through the runners onto each other, which makes the item useless and totally unfit for purpose. Even at the vastly reduced price, they should be avoided like the plague.

Renault Concept Car Fluence 1:43 Model 517990
Renault Concept Car Fluence 1:43 Model 517990
Offered by Race World
Price: £15.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Renault Laguna Coupe concept car, 28 Jun. 2016
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As the owner of a Renault Laguna Coupe 3.5-Litre V6, and one who likes to buy models of the cars he owns, I had to have one of these concept cars on which it was based. I also have a Peugeot RCZ, following, since the early 1980s, a series of French cars comprising a Talbot Tagora SX V6 (garaged out-of-use), Peugeot 605 3-Litre and Peugeot 607. I love the stylish French cars which, on their introduction, seem to set a trend which others like BMW and Mercedes then copy.

This is a lovely little model. Coming as it does in a fancy, solid, glossy, clam-shell/flip-top cardboard box within a white thin card slip-case bearing nothing but a sticker with the catalogue number, I suspect that it may be a promo model (though I am no model car expert). The car is well-made, nicely decorated and detailed, hence the whole makes a beautiful package, which is well worth the asking price (though £5 post and packing is far too high).

It's amazing how close the actual production coupe is to this concept. Simply take away the fancy glass roof panels and rear window of the Fluence and insert a large, aggressive-style radiator grille (I prefer the slim concept one) and front light cluster and you pretty much have it, as the actual body shape is more or less the same. This makes it a real pleasure to see go into production and own something so close to an original concept-car.

Overall then this is a really classy model and package.

Assassins Creed Syndicate White Crow T-Shirt - Size X-Large (Electronic Games)
Assassins Creed Syndicate White Crow T-Shirt - Size X-Large (Electronic Games)
Price: £11.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre quality and poor value T-shirt at the advertised price, 28 Jun. 2016
"Made in Bangladesh, decorated in Spain" proclaims the label. You see something new every day. Judging by the T-shirt size, Bangladeshis must be considerably smaller XLs than us Brits, or have a different idea of sizes, as there is no way this matches most of my XL T-shirts for roominess. Only one or two of my XLs out of over 100 have been this small and tight-fitting, emphasising the expensive beer gut a little too much for public consumption. At best this is a "Large" size, so if buying order a size bigger than you normally would. The cotton is a bit on the thin side too - though I've had some similarly thin T-shirts, I've only had the odd one in thinner cotton. Overall then it isn't worth the full price, being relatively poor value and probably should be priced nearer to the £4 "Deal of the day" price I purchased it for.

The Raid [Blu-ray]
The Raid [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Iko Uwais
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.99

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter, unbelievable, tosh in every sense of the word., 6 Mar. 2016
This review is from: The Raid [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This just seems like a piss-poor Indonesian version of many similar in plot earlier films like District 13. Firstly I didn't realise it was such, dubbed in English, which spoils it even more with voices not matching characters, never mind the lip-synching. The default DTS HD MA is Indonesian for Christ's sake! You have to use the menu to get badly dubbed English language.

The film itself is not just boring, it's tedious. The supposed-elite 20-person SWAT team mentioned on the cover appears to be composed of rookies. It seems they're not officially sanctioned to clear a 30-story block of flats of its criminal content. They appear completely naive, allowing various lookouts on the floors to live as they're kids, only to have one after the other of them kill team members. The same shooting, killing and fighting goes on on every floor so by the end of the second you're bored s hitless.

There are a few good people in the high rise who help the SWAT team, which would be totally unlikely in a den of criminals whilst individual rookie SWAT members repeatedly takes on vast numbers of bad guys, beat them and survive to do the same again, sometimes without a weapon. A runt of a bad guy with a gun gets the drop on a rookie SWAT with a blade and instead of shooting him he pushes him into a convenient empty flat to put down his gun, turning his back on the goodie in the process and engages in hand-to-hand combat with him, telling him it's because he doesn't get a rush off pulling the trigger!

I could be wrong it seemed to me that the SWAT body count by the time they got to about floor 5 seemed to have exceeded the number in the team and you can guess that the van they came in would be compromised virtually as soon as they went in.

To cap it all, every time some action takes place it's accompanied by an overwhelming high volume of terrible drum and bass style music which not only doesn't suit the action taking place but drowns out the fighting sounds. In other words you need to turn down the volume when there's a fight or be deafened by crap music.

Utter tosh of a story, acting and film. Even the price of less than £5 I paid for the blu ray was too much and a total waste of money. Overall one of the worst action films I've ever seen.
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GEM Classic Camcorder Case for Canon LEGRIA HF G25, HF G30, Plus Limited Accessories - Red
GEM Classic Camcorder Case for Canon LEGRIA HF G25, HF G30, Plus Limited Accessories - Red
Offered by GEM Bags & Cases
Price: £39.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Looks good but not fit for purpose, which is to protect and keep safe your camcorder, 4 Mar. 2016
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I bought this GEM Classic Camcorder Case for my new Canon LEGRIA HF G30 as it was specified as being for it and the G25 and because, as mentioned in the advertising, it looked a little classier than the more common nylon bags. Though it does look good, the quality became suspect as soon as I opened it.

Whilst undoing the first of the two closing strap buckles, the mount onto which it fastens immediately broke loose from the case. Investigation revealed that this was due to it being affixed to the case body by a pretty useless press stud. The second mount did exactly the same thing. This allows the fold-over case lid/cover to spring open without notice at the slightest vertical or lateral movement, leaving your camcorder liable to exit the case to catastrophe and also be liable to easy theft whist in the case, either on your shoulder or set down anywhere (as the buckles need not be undone to get to the camcorder). No doubt, therefore, the fittings are not meant to double as opening press studs and, as such, are not fit for purpose, which is to protect and keep safe your camcorder.

This appears to be a clear case of a design flaw which was not spotted at any stage, including during quality control and must be common to all these cases, whether red or black. I intend to write to GEM for an explanation and must meanwhile consider buying a different case without this major fault.

Cartoon MONSTER HUNTER Hard Protective Case Cover For Nintendo New Style 3DS XL (Please read description carefully)
Cartoon MONSTER HUNTER Hard Protective Case Cover For Nintendo New Style 3DS XL (Please read description carefully)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shoddy case either badly marked or will not stand up to finger-prints., 5 Jan. 2016
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I ordered this item a little while ago as a Christmas present to fit a new DS I bought at the same time for a present. I gave it to my son sealed to protect the new DS but on looking at it a few days later I found there were what appeared to be finger-prints all over the back of the case. I don't like greasy prints so went to clean it with my handkerchief but the marks wouldn't budge. I then tried warm soapy water on the hanky but, apart from apparently spreading out somewhat, the marks would not budge no matter how hard I tried. I must conclude that either, most likely, the marks were there on purchase or that the case does not stand up to skin oils from normal day-to-day handling. This is pretty poor, substandard quality and I therefore cannot recommend the product and advise avoidance at all costs. I see that it is no longer available and wonder whether this is the reason. I intend to contact the seller for observations but as I write this I cannot remember whether it was from Amazon itself or Marketplace.

Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church [Blu-ray] [2015]
Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Jimi Hendrix
Price: £14.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent concert and a must for all Hendrix fans but whether a blu-ray issue was justified is doubtful, 4 Nov. 2015
I'm watching this blu-ray on a large (50") screen TV and listening in DTS HD MA 5.1 surround as I write, having got it in the post an hour and a half ago (apparently a couple of days before release which is always a bonus).

The concert is stated to be in widescreen and, though my TV says "Auto - 16:9", thick black bars still appear at each side, losing a third of the screen (apart from interviews which fill the screen). Use of any other setting, even 1.2 x zoom, cuts off part of Jimi's head most of the time. That's not my idea of "widescreen". The picture is good but grainy, which is hardly surprising given the setting and time of the filming. Hendrix is always well-lit but you see nothing of the rest of the band apart from the occasional dim glimpse of the drummer and other cameramen. In the circumstances I doubt that a blu-ray issue was justified, though it's nice to have nevertheless.

I can't hear any difference between the DTS HD MA and the DD 5.1, though the LCPM stereo just sounds like thin mono. There's little or no musical separation in the front of the 5.1 mix and the rear is all audience and ambiance, as is often the case with live performances, even though this was mixed by Eddie Kramer. That may be realistic but it's a bit disappointing.

The music is, of course, exemplary though all the songs fall into the very well known category apart from (at the time) "Freedom" and "Straight Ahead".
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Bravado The Doors - Waiting For The Sun Men's T-Shirt Grey X Large
Bravado The Doors - Waiting For The Sun Men's T-Shirt Grey X Large
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Undersized and material is too thin, 4 Nov. 2015
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The shirt itself has on it, as one might expect, the image from the front cover of the "Waiting For The Sun" LP. It's a slightly "distressed" image, which to me simply looks like it's been washed a few times, which I see little point in. It's of average quality, being made in England and, according to the label, being official Doors merchandise. It's of slightly better quality than the "4-box" Bangladesh-made Doors t-shirt reviewed elsewhere but still made of considerably thinner cotton than what I would describe as my better t-shirts.

There is, however, no way in the world that this shirt is anything like the "XL" described - it is to me only a "medium" and as such is too tight to wear comfortably. "XL" is normally about right for me but here I would have gone for an "XXL" but none was available.

Overall I would have to describe it as an economy plus, rather than top-quality, t-shirt and would have given it a 3.5* rating if that had been possible.

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