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Joe Browns Women's Little Bit Of Everything Tunic Blues (8)
Joe Browns Women's Little Bit Of Everything Tunic Blues (8)

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Tunic, 14 Nov. 2013
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As a new customer of Joe Browns, my overall experience of them has been positive (bear with me on this), but I do feel that their online marketing could be improved. Let me explain:

- I can't help but think that they are doing themselves a disservice with their product photos. These clothes are high quality (think Fat Face or White Stuff in terms of material and construction) with intricate design details that you don't see on high street clothing. This is their USP. To capitalize on this more, I feel there should be a greater range of photo angles on each product.

- In addition, I feel that the clothing is suited to a variety of age groups and it would be great to see this reflected in their online catalog.

- A brand that focuses on unique, quirky design could also benefit from the help of a good web designer with experience of fashion illustration, to help with online product branding.

- Even something like more attention to the background in the model photos would make a difference to customers. Instead of cheesy white backgrounds and flood lighting, what about some softer lighting in a more naturalistic setting? Think of how Toast displays their products, for example.

To the review-

I am a UK size 8 and I found that their size 8 to be a great fit. I would advise anyone ordering Joe Browns clothing to go for one size smaller than usual if you prefer a closer fit.

This particular item looks much better in reality than on the pictures. It's rare to find a item such as this, that is both modest and pretty in a fairytale princess meets modern day girl sort of way. The garment is great for layering and the puffy layers around the skirt will emphasize your feminine curves.

All in all, a very good buy and I recommend Joe Browns to anyone looking for a refreshing alternative to the bland offerings of the British high street.


Joe Browns Women's Chic Boutique Dress Black (8)
Joe Browns Women's Chic Boutique Dress Black (8)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Dress, 14 Nov. 2013
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As a new customer of Joe Browns, my overall experience of them has been positive (bear with me on this), but I do feel that their online marketing could be improved. Let me explain:

- I can't help but think that they are doing themselves a disservice with their product photos. These clothes are high quality (think Fat Face or White Stuff in terms of material and construction) with intricate design details that you don't see on high street clothing. This is their USP. To capitalize on this more, I feel there should be a greater range of photo angles on each product.

- In addition, I feel that the clothing is suited to a variety of age groups and it would be great to see this reflected in their online catalog.

- A brand that focuses on unique, quirky design could also benefit from the help of a good web designer with experience of fashion illustration, to help with online product branding.

- Even something like more attention to the background in the model photos would make a difference to customers. Instead of cheesy white backgrounds and flood lighting, what about some softer lighting in a more naturalistic setting? Think of how Toast displays their products, for example.

To the review-

I am a UK size 8 and I found that their size 8 to be a great fit. I would advise anyone ordering Joe Browns clothing to go for one size smaller than usual if you prefer a closer fit.

This particular item looks much better in reality than on the pictures. It's rare to find a dress such as this, that is both modest and pretty in a fairytale-pirate sort of way. The garment is flattering to the waist and I love the puffy shape of the skirt.

All in all, a very good buy and I recommend Joe Browns to anyone looking for a refreshing alternative to the bland offerings of the British high street.


Joe Browns Women's Enchanted Button through Waistcoat Dusky Pink (8)
Joe Browns Women's Enchanted Button through Waistcoat Dusky Pink (8)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Waistcoat, 14 Nov. 2013
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As a new customer of Joe Browns, my overall experience of them has been positive (bear with me on this), but I do feel that their online marketing could be improved. Let me explain:

- I can't help but think that they are doing themselves a disservice with their product photos. These clothes are high quality (think Fat Face or White Stuff in terms of material and construction) with intricate design details that you don't see on high street clothing. This is their USP. To capitalize on this more, I feel there should be a greater range of photo angles on each product.

- In addition, I feel that the clothing is suited to a variety of age groups and it would be great to see this reflected in their online catalog.

- A brand that focuses on unique, quirky design could also benefit from the help of a good web designer with experience of fashion illustration, to help with online product branding.

- Even something like more attention to the background in the model photos would make a difference to customers. Instead of cheesy white backgrounds and flood lighting, what about some softer lighting in a more naturalistic setting? Think of how Toast displays their products, for example.

To the review-

I am a UK size 8 and I found that their size 8 to be a great fit. I would advise anyone ordering Joe Browns clothing to go for one size smaller than usual if you prefer a closer fit.

This particular item looks much better in reality than on the pictures. It's rare to find an item such as this, that is both modest and pretty in a fairytale-pirate sort of way. The ties at the back of the garment allow you to adapt it to your waist, creating a very flattering fit.

All in all, a very good buy and I recommend Joe Browns to anyone looking for a refreshing alternative to the bland offerings of the British high street.


Joe Browns Women's Marvellous Mosaic Dress Multi (8)
Joe Browns Women's Marvellous Mosaic Dress Multi (8)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, 14 Nov. 2013
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As a new customer of Joe Browns, my overall experience of them has been positive (bear with me on this), but I do feel that their online marketing could be improved. Let me explain:

- I can't help but think that they are doing themselves a disservice with their product photos. These clothes are high quality (think Fat Face or White Stuff in terms of material and construction) with intricate design details that you don't see on high street clothing. This is their USP. To capitalize on this more, I feel there should be a greater range of photo angles on each product.

- In addition, I feel that the clothing is suited to a variety of age groups and it would be great to see this reflected in their online catalog.

- A brand that focuses on unique, quirky design could also benefit from the help of a good web designer with experience of fashion illustration, to help with online product branding.

- Even something like more attention to the background in the model photos would make a difference to customers. Instead of cheesy white backgrounds and flood lighting, what about some softer lighting in a more naturalistic setting? Think of how Toast displays their products, for example.

To the review-

I am a UK size 8 and I found that their size 8 to be a great fit. I would advise anyone ordering Joe Browns clothing to go for one size smaller than usual if you prefer a closer fit.

This particular item looks much better in reality than on the pictures. It's rare to find a dress such as this, that is both modest and pretty in a fairy-meets-pirate sort of way. The ties at the back of the garment allow you to adapt it to your waist, creating a very flattering fit.

All in all, a very good buy and I recommend Joe Browns to anyone looking for a refreshing alternative to the bland offerings of the British high street.


AA4012 - Sakkas Stonewashed Rayon Embroidered Adjustable Spaghetti Straps Long Dress ( Various Colors & Sizes ) - Wine/S/M
AA4012 - Sakkas Stonewashed Rayon Embroidered Adjustable Spaghetti Straps Long Dress ( Various Colors & Sizes ) - Wine/S/M
Offered by Sakka's

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Dress, 13 Nov. 2013
Not like anything you can find on the high street. Beautiful and well-made. I bought two more in different colours as it's very rare to come across a dress this nice and I'm sure it won't be around for much longer, judging by it's popularity on Amazon!


Creativ 16 x 16 cm Imitation Metal Leaf 25 Sheet, Gold
Creativ 16 x 16 cm Imitation Metal Leaf 25 Sheet, Gold
Offered by CF Stonehouse & Sons
Price: £4.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, 11 Sept. 2013
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Authentic looking and very fine to the touch. Beautiful imitation gold leaf, which lends itself to all sorts of projects.


Franklin EST-5014 14 Language (Speaking) Global Translator (Ger/ Eng/ Fre/ Dut/ Ita/ Pol/ Por/ Rus/ Spa/ Tur/ Jap/ Kor/ Chi/ Ara)
Franklin EST-5014 14 Language (Speaking) Global Translator (Ger/ Eng/ Fre/ Dut/ Ita/ Pol/ Por/ Rus/ Spa/ Tur/ Jap/ Kor/ Chi/ Ara)

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pronunciation Help, 12 Dec. 2012
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A large part of learning a new language is in learning to understand how to pronounce the words you read in that language.

I am a learner of Chinese Mandarin and as such I need to be able to read Pinyin (a romanized translation of the Chinese characters.)

This piece of technology is essentially like a portable "Google Translate", so when I want to learn a word or a phrase, I look it up on the Translator and push a button for it to speak it in Chinese. The Pinyin and the original Chinese characters are shown on screen along with the English. The language is spoken by a native speaker.

I have read reviews complaining that the sound is tinny, which is true (in some but not all recordings) however, this is more of an aesthetic problem and does not inhibit your ability to understand the pronunciation.

The machine itself is robust and has a nice weight, showing quality. I get the impression that this would survive being bashed about in a bag while traveling.

This would suit people who are into language learning and students of all ages who are learning languages in schools or universities.

To Summarise:
- helps with pronunciation
- sound is tinny, but not a real problem
- robust, sleek design
- small, very portable item
- adjustable volume
- can use headphones comfortably
- native speakers, not robots
- gives original characters as well as romanized language (in cases where this applies)
- nice key pad
- backlight
- adjustable font size
- 2 x AAA batteries included
- easy to work
- works well in combination with a dictionary
- fun learning tool!
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adult fabric lined vampire cape
adult fabric lined vampire cape
Offered by Fancy Dress Discount Store
Price: £5.72

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Cape, 30 Oct. 2012
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Excellent value for money. Generous design with lots of material. Material is thin, but high quality and exactly what you'll want if you want to look decent on Halloween. Obviously you would have to pay a lot more for film-prop quality but this does the job for Halloween. Looks really great on and considerably less like a bin-liner than a lot of the other capes I have seen for sale in the past.


Berlitz Language: Rapid Mandarin Double Pack (Berlitz Rapid)
Berlitz Language: Rapid Mandarin Double Pack (Berlitz Rapid)
by Berlitz Publishing
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £22.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to hear consonants: needs a booklet, 9 Oct. 2012
Having used Ear Worms Italian before with good results, I sought to download the Mandarin version as I am moving out to China for a few months next year.

The concept is great. The music is memorable and the English narrator and native Mandarin speaker are effective and natural language teachers.

However, the problem lies in the fact that Mandarin uses an entirely different alphabet and different letter pronunciations to us, and it is a struggle to be able to hear the correct pronunciations -especially of the consonants- even when they are being spoken clearly and slowly. It's not like learning French, or Italian; everything is completely different and we have no network of familiar sounds to work from.

The solution to this would be to include -or offer for sale as a separate product- a booklet which includes the Mandarin characters, as well as the Pinyin translations and phonetic equivalents. This would mean that as well as the spoken word stimuli we would also be getting a visual representation of what we are learning and it would stick in the memory a bit better.

The way I've dealt with the problem is to translate every phrase that is used in the MP3 on Google. This is time consuming; it interrupts the flow of the music and disturbs the natural interaction between the speaker and the narrator.

All it would take to perfect this product would be the addition of a simple, staple-bound, read-along booklet. Simply, a transcript of the audio.
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Beijing for Beginners: An Irishman in the People's Republic
Beijing for Beginners: An Irishman in the People's Republic
by Gary Finnegan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.30

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going East? Get This., 8 Oct. 2012
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I am moving out to China in five months and I was PETRIFIED, before having read this book.

Read this and join Gary Finnegan, your companionable and well-researched author as he takes you through the highlights and lowlights of his time living and working in Beijing for a year. He details his own personal experience as well as some other important information on the country's political history and fluctuating economic state.

In the latter stages of the book, Finnegan takes you into other parts of China, including Shanghai, which if you are currently arranging your trip, will open your mind up to the possibility of expanding your travel plans.

After having read The Beginners Guide to Beijing, I feel more clued up and mentally prepared for my journey. I anticipate that the inevitable culture shock will be a lot easier to endure since I now know a little bit more about what it's like to actually live in China as a foreigner. Thanks, Gary Finnegan.
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