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LG 49UJ670V 49 inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
LG 49UJ670V 49 inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
Offered by Hughes Direct
Price: £649.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning picture and very nice in use, 21 Aug. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Review of LG 49UJ670V

Having tried a similar specified Sony TV (but really disliking the YouView guide, Android interface and fiddly remote control) I was happy to try an LG this time and have been very impressed far. Getting it out of the box and onto the smart sword-like stand was easy enough and first impressions were very good as far as appearance and build quality were concerned. The graphite bezel is very attractive and even the back of the TV is smooth and unfussy.

Channel/general setup is pretty straightforward, you need to enter your post code and wi-fi password etc as normal - just skip the remote bit unless you have modern kit you want to try and integrate. I quite like the remote provided which whilst not feeling exactly premium is not too big but clear and easy to use. The dedicated NetFlix/Amazon Prime buttons are a bonus. The Web OS is nice to use, just press the home button and the colourful and easily identifiable tabs pop up on the bottom of your screen. All the players/apps I need are there (most will need updating but this is quick and easy) so happy days and you can easily drag and drop to order them as you wish. This is way better than the Sony Android/YouView interface which I found to be proper dog’s breakfast in appearance and use.

Picture wise all good, excellent in fact. You will want to tweak it as the default settings are quite dim (it defaults to eco) but just make sure you “save to all inputs” before closing the settings. Colours are bright and stand out very nicely without appearing unnatural. The footie looks great, particularly when in close up, the players seem to almost stand out of the TV. Modern dramas (Top of the Lake especially) are far more enjoyable with the much enhanced scenery. It is a marked improvement over my four year old Sony TV, much more than I thought it would be. Generally it’s a nice unit to navigate too with clear attractive menus and I haven’t bothered to alter any motion settings as I have encountered no ghosting issues or “soap opera” effect which I’m pleased about. A lot of SD stuff actually seems to be upscaled and BBC iPlayer for example is way better than when played from my PS4 with the added bonus of one less box powered on. I have tried some 4k content on amazon Prime and whilst impressive, the step-up from HD is not as huge as that from SD to HD IMO. I will update when I get a PS4 Pro to see if the (already good) gaming experience improves much. Sound is so-so, ignore all the guff about “Ultra surround sound“ and just hook up your own speakers. I have a fairly old Sony 2.1 soundbar with external sub which still does the job nicely.

All in all an excellent TV that is great to use and with a stunning picture in HD and above.


Top of the Lake [Blu-ray]
Top of the Lake [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Elisabeth Moss
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Kiwi delight, 14 Aug. 2017
This is a slightly off the wall but extremely watchable drama set in the New Zealand backwaters. When Robin Griffin the detective visiting her sick mother is called in to help question a troubled 12 year old in her old hometown she has no idea of the troubles that lie ahead. Fighting her own demons and the inertia and corruption of the local police force she has her work cut out to help locate Tui who rode away from from home and into the mountains soon after being picked up. This series sometimes gets a bit slightly surreal particularly when a ragtag group of troubled women arrive on Tui father’s land “Paradise” and set up camp in their containers. Holly Hunter almost steals the show here as the chain smoking leader/oracle of the small commune dispensing straight talking advice to anyone who dares to comes near.

It does stretch credibility at times and the lead can be both incredibly attractive and extremely irritating with her wallowing self-pity and lack of professionalism all at once. However her battle with local king pin Matt Mitcham is a dark and slow burner as revelations from her troubled past come to light. Just ignore the fact that he sounds exactly like Hagrid and you’ll be fine.

Finally, if you have a decent TV and aren’t streaming this then pay the extra for the Blu Ray version. The stunning backdrop is the twelfth man here and often papers over the cracks to make even the quiet moments highly watchable.


Optrex Hayfever Relief Eye Drops, 10 ml
Optrex Hayfever Relief Eye Drops, 10 ml
Offered by speedygames
Price: £2.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it, 14 Aug. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Great product for when the ‘fever really sets in. For me this is late July early August so the arrival of this product was spot on. Causes some minor discomfort (as do all eye drops with me) when used however the benefits outweigh this with clearer and much less itchy eyes throughput the day. Reasonable price for a branded product on here too.


Product Nation "Guillotine" A4 Rotary Paper Trimmer
Product Nation "Guillotine" A4 Rotary Paper Trimmer
Offered by Product Nation
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Edge Design, 14 Aug. 2017
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This is a solid and well designed item that would be very useful in a soho environment. Weighty enough to give stability when cutting but not too heavy, the cutting action is smooth and accurate helped by the extensive measuring templates on the face. Great for paper or photos, this is a safe and efficient way to cut your paper to size.


The House with the Stained-Glass Window (MacLehose Press Editions)
The House with the Stained-Glass Window (MacLehose Press Editions)
by Zanna Sloniowska
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Often hard to follow and a bit shallow, 14 Aug. 2017
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This book was a bit of a slog for me, definitely not one that I rushed to down my phone fro and eagerly pick up at bedtime. The central character was a rather self centred girl living in a Ukranian city that had had many different names and different occupants. The family dynamic of the four generations of females was quite interesting however the airy fairy style of writing made it difficult to follow, perhaps losing something translation. It would flit between times, characters and places without warning and I was often struggling to grasp whether what was happening was actually real or just another passing (and often surreal) thought from the rather irritating girl. The concept was good ditto the interesting setting however it was annoyingly vague and there was just not enough meat on the bones to make it a satisfying read for me. Pretty cover though.


Georg Jensen Urkiola Stainless Vase, Large
Georg Jensen Urkiola Stainless Vase, Large
Price: £187.06

4.0 out of 5 stars Designer Vase, 14 Aug. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a weighty and well constructed vase for the design conscious with deep pockets. It is very shiny and the ridged finish is quite unusual but also very tactile. The asymmetric design makes sense with the higher back acting as a kind of splashback during plant watering. The stainless steel is highly polished, if it had a handle it could almost double as a wine cooler with enough room for a magnum of your favourite bubbly. Comes in a very smart and sturdy slate grey box with a Georg Jensen Urkiola pamphlet and would make an excellent wedding gift.


Culinare Triple Egg Boiler, White
Culinare Triple Egg Boiler, White
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Egg-stra good, 9 Aug. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Nice idea. Holds 3 x medium eggs safely for boiling (or just ready on the side when cooking) and saves them knocking around the pan and accidentally cracking. Easy to lift out when ready too. Simple really!


1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Find the Differences No.5 - 'Festive Market'
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Find the Differences No.5 - 'Festive Market'
Offered by 24/7 DIRECT
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A puzzle that's a bit different, 7 Aug. 2017
Very enjoyable puzzle, colourful and festive with good quality pieces and some unusual shapes. The "find the difference" element definitely makes it stand out from the crowd and adds an extra challenge as you second guess what the differences could be. Shop around though as these can be found cheaper elsewhere <cough> <auction site> which I'm quite surprised about.


The Ardennes
The Ardennes
Dvd
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars van Damme or Merckx ?, 30 July 2017
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This review is from: The Ardennes (Amazon Video)
Bleaker than Christine Bleaksley after a week’s How to be Bleak course in Burnley this is nonetheless an excellent movie that will have you captivated. Two brothers, one very bad (Kenny) and the other (Dave) a bit bad but trying to be good are re-united after the former’s stay in the big house. Kenny had kept his mouth shut about his brother’s part in his crime ditto the girlfriend Sylvie who he was desperate to be re-acquainted with. Unfortunately she had cleaned up and moved on but Kenny was not the kind of guy to accept that. Dave’s promise to their mother to watch out for Kenny the Belgian Begbie-with-bells-on was ultimately his downfall as the brother he both loved and hated tested his loyalty to the max.

Great movie - gritty and unglamorous from the beaten up Toyota to the surprise twist at the muddy endgame in the forest, this is a perfect Sunday night sad fest for fans of Euro-noir.


The Story of the Car
The Story of the Car
by Giles Chapman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book, 27 July 2017
This review is from: The Story of the Car (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I love this big car book (25cm x 32cm and 48 pages) which has a very striking 1950s style teal cover that immediately invites you in. It covers the birth of the automobile right up to the modern day in two page chapters covering diverse topics such as speed records, manufacturing methods and computers in cars. All sorts basically, nicely laid out and beautifully illustrated. I’m not a car nut but the younger Pete would definitely have loved this and returned to it often to enjoy the pictures and read and learn about cars and motoring across the ages.


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