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CobraCo FB8008 Diamond Mesh Fire Pit with Screen and Cover
CobraCo FB8008 Diamond Mesh Fire Pit with Screen and Cover
Price: £172.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality and longevity, 23 Dec. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Looks quite nice when burning away but it was a bit of pig to put together (the holes don't quite line up properly when attaching the pieces and the *slightest* scratch when lying the pieces down knocks the paint off!). It's also not weathering well after a couple of months - rust everywhere and the cover that came with it has ripped and started to fray all over the place. Overall it's not a quality product and I couldn't recommend it to anyone.


Blue Professional Hard Floor Cleaning Squeegee & Strong Alloy Handle For Tiles, Concrete, Wood And Marble.
Blue Professional Hard Floor Cleaning Squeegee & Strong Alloy Handle For Tiles, Concrete, Wood And Marble.
Offered by Discounted Cleaning Supplies
Price: £18.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy plus rubbish customer service, 3 Oct. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Very poor. Didn't last a year of normal use (i.e. wiping the floor to remove water!) before the blue head completely snapped off. When we contacted The Chemical Hut for a replacement, they told us that the warranty had expired (even though it was less than a year) and that was that. We bought this (and paid a bit more) thinking it would last. Turns out it's no better than a cheaper version. Avoid.


How to Draw Mr. Men
How to Draw Mr. Men
by Egmont Publishing UK
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gift - turn Mr Miserable into Mr Happy!, 16 Sept. 2016
This review is from: How to Draw Mr. Men (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Really nice book encouraging little ones to learn to draw their favourite Mr Men. It has a "how to draw" book on one side and a sketch book to practice with on the other. The sketch book has some extra bits like stickers included as well. It all wraps up in a neat (quite large) hardcover book with a velcro flap keeping everything neat (and tidy, tidy and neat).

It's got really clear, simple instructions (e.g. for Mr Happy, "think of his fingers as four little sausages and his feet as two baked beans") and lots of Mr Men and Little Miss characters to choose from. Overall a great gift for your aspiring artists (and you grown ups as well, you know you want a go!)
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Rapesco Expanding File - A4+, 13 Compartments
Rapesco Expanding File - A4+, 13 Compartments
Price: £10.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Expanding File, 3 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Keeps my documents tidy and easy to find. Easy to store on the shelf or in a cupboard.


Rapesco Stapling Set, Powder Blue Porpoise Plier Stapler and 2 Boxes of 5000 Staples 26/8 mm
Rapesco Stapling Set, Powder Blue Porpoise Plier Stapler and 2 Boxes of 5000 Staples 26/8 mm
Price: £27.81

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Stapler, 3 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This stapler is hand held and feels good to use. My wife has used it and finds that the action of stapling by squeezing the stapler is easy enough and comfortable to hold. The design is good and refilling the staple holder is a straightforward process.


Carmex Lime Click stick duo pack
Carmex Lime Click stick duo pack
Offered by BisLinks®
Price: £4.88

3.0 out of 5 stars Lime Tingle, 3 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This lip balm was very moisturising but it did have quite a tingle which I wasn't expecting - a little like the feeling you get with lip plumbing lipsticks. I'm not a huge fan of these but the flavour of the lip balm was nice enough and it does last for a good amount of time. It does have quite a nice clicking action as you twist the lip balm up which I liked.


Panasonic Bluetooth Waterproof Sport Headphone - Black
Panasonic Bluetooth Waterproof Sport Headphone - Black
Price: £73.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're good but not perfect..., 25 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These headphones look really nice and seem to be designed to specifically use for workout. They come with a choice of ear bud sizes, a charging cable and a nifty carry case and overall they look like a quality product. The sound quality is also good with a nice deep bass and good definition in the higher range. You charge them up using a standard mini-USB cable and they claim that you can get 70 minutes of use out of 15 minutes of charge. I haven't tested that particular claim yet but they do seem to last well so far. I haven't tested the waterproof aspect of them either although when I do I will update the review if there are any issues.

A few grumbles however:

* the ear pieces hook over your ears to ensure that the buds stay in place. However, they are not adjustable so you really need to have ears that conform to the size of the hooks to get a comfortable fit. I found that they started to rub after an hour or so of wearing - probably fine for most workouts but worth bearing in mind.
* they're not particularly loud - they were OK for use in the gym but I found that you had to turn them up almost to max when using outside! It's not really good when you've got nowhere else to go with your volume.
* the Bluetooth range isn't great - it's OK for use when your phone is in your pocket and very close but in the gym you can't really move away very far before the signal cuts out. It seems to be all or nothing as well - you don't get a broken signal that jumps back in, it just stops and means that you need to restart the music again to continue.
* the controls are fiddly - apart from anything else, the controller is behind your head when you wear them the way that you are told to (with the cable behind) so you've got to feel your way to the control you want. It also uses the "push quickly for this, push longer for that" type control which always means that you end up selecting the wrong thing a few times before you get what you want. It's usable but not the most user-friendly.

Overall this is a decent product that really looks the part and sounds good; however, there are a few too many annoyances to make it a five star item!


Before the Fall
Before the Fall
by Noah Hawley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.52

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls at a few hurdles... (contains mild spoilers!), 18 July 2016
This review is from: Before the Fall (Hardcover)
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I came to Noah Hawley though the Fargo TV series (which are masterpieces in my opinion) so I had high hopes for this novel. The story is really intriguing too - a plane crashes (was it an accident??) and the only two survivors (an artist and a young boy) aren't really known to each other but need to work together survive against overwhelming odds! Their relationship through that disaster and beyond is the jumping off point for the rest of the story. I thought the plane crash and subsequent aftermath were brilliantly told, I was absolutely hooked and couldn't put it down.

However, once that initial "blockbuster" section was out of the way, I felt that the rest of the story didn't quite live up to the dramatic opening. The characters generally felt a bit cliched (especially the Glenn Beck type TV anchor) with very little subtlety or shade - surprising given how well crafted the Fargo characters are in comparison. The Lost-style flashback stories of the other passengers didn't really feel that interesting either and when it was all done it just kind of felt a bit "meh" rather than satisfying.

Perhaps Noah Hawley just didn't have enough time to spend crafting this novel between his TV commitments but that's frustrating because, when it works, it's a really good novel. It just isn't consistently good throughout.


The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047
The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047
by Lionel Shriver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's all the money gone?!, 18 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This book started off really (reaaaally) dull, I was honestly thinking of packing it in. The exposition was so clunky as various characters tried to explain how the USA had got itself into the financial mess it was in, it felt like a copy and paste job from a (very boring) economics textbook with "said Jane" or whatever tacked onto the end of the sentence!

However, when it (finally) got going it ended up being pretty good. The central family is an interesting mix of personalities and it all gets a bit dystopian, Big Brother style towards the end (no spoilers). I have seen a few reviews that didn't like the sudden jumps in time but I actually thought they worked well and stopped everything dragging so much.

Overall not a classic but it does (mostly) work to combine a mix of economics, family drama and a bit of sci-fi. Keep your money in your wallets folks!


Brabantia Portable Laundry Basket and Bag - Grey
Brabantia Portable Laundry Basket and Bag - Grey
Price: £25.04

3.0 out of 5 stars It's a flop..., 18 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's made of decent material but overall feels very flimsy. The wooden pieces designed to hold the bag up don't really work very well and it tends to flop over unless it's packed full of clothes. Maybe OK to use as a temporary laundry bag but not good enough to use as your main one.


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