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That's Proper Folk
That's Proper Folk
Offered by westworld-
Price: £3.47

4.0 out of 5 stars A Proper bargain, 16 Oct. 2017
This review is from: That's Proper Folk (Audio CD)
A 13-track compilation sampler disk from Proper Records, released in 2008.

It’s an international compilation: Mary Gauthier is American (New Orleans). Athena Andreadis is Anglo-Greek, born in London to Greek parents, and is billed simply as Athena. Among the rest, there’s English, Scottish, Irish, Australian.

My favourite track by far is Sharon Shannon & Mundy performing The Galway Girl (written by American Steve Earle). This was a huge hit in Ireland when first released.

My least favourite is Eliza Carthy’s Mr Magnifico, which is far from magnifico. It has no place on this (or any other) album. It’s certainly not “proper Folk”.

But of course, that’s just my personal taste; this is a bargain sampler album that gives a real insight into how the Folk scene was developing at the time.

[PeterReeve]


Wahl SPL 4-in-1 Multigroomer, Stainless Steel
Wahl SPL 4-in-1 Multigroomer, Stainless Steel
Price: £55.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, high quality, 24 Aug. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The first thing you notice about this product when you unpack it is how many parts there are to it. Wherever hair grows on you, this will trim it. It has 12 guide combs along with 4 interchangeable heads. One of the latter is for ear/nose hair, which I consider essential for a complete grooming product. Some grooming products have one adjustable guide comb rather than several of different sizes, which is more convenient. But having a set of combs can make for greater versatility.

Quality and performance are good. The long running time and the quick charge feature make it very convenient.

My only doubt is the emphasis they place on oiling the blades. I have to admit that I have never done that with a grooming product and I don’t like the idea of having to spend time doing it and then having to buy further supplies of oil. Is it really necessary?

It is expensive, but that matches the quality and functionality.


Panasonic ER-GB42 Wet&Dry Beard Trimmer (19x cutting lenghts)
Panasonic ER-GB42 Wet&Dry Beard Trimmer (19x cutting lenghts)
Price: £39.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for that heavy beard, 10 Aug. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you have a thick beard, this is an excellent trimmer. It has just one comb attachment and the depth of trimming is adjusted by changing the height of the blade. This makes it very simple to use, but it means it does not have the versatility of most grooming products, which allow different head attachments, etc.

If you use it as a trimmer, with the comb removed (for moustache or sideburns) then it really needs to be fully charged, otherwise it tugs at the hair, very uncomfortably.

The fact that it is recharged in the docking station, which has a 3-pin plug, is a problem, because most bathrooms won’t have a socket for it. Also, the recharging light stays on and is always red so you do not know when it is fully recharged.

A good quality product but you may want something more versatile.


Philips DVT 7500 Digital Audio Recorder
Philips DVT 7500 Digital Audio Recorder
Price: £201.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Professional quality, 28 July 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Hand-held recording devices, for audio note-taking, have been around for a very long time. For speech, they do not need to be of particularly good quality. But if you are recording music, you need much better quality and that’s what this gives.

It is small and light, with a good, sturdy look and feel.

You get 6 items: The recorder itself, a pouch to hold it (does not hold the recorder when the xlr adaptor is attached), an xlr adaptor, a USB cable, a line-in cable and a windscreen (a simple piece of foam plastic, like a sponge, that slips over the microphones. It’s basic but it works well and you should use it).

Notice there is no manual. There is a “Quick start guide” which is a triumph of minimalism. It has no text, just a few diagrams which will help you connect the unit to your computer, record and play back your voice, and that’s about it. The final diagram hints at how you can access the full manual, which is stored in the unit and available online. You will certainly need that full manual to exploit all the functionality that you paid for.

I’m not sure why the xlr adaptor was not simply incorporated into the unit. It would be larger but still of convenient, portable size (and the pouch could have been made big enough to hold it). As it is, you have to slot the unit in and tighten two fixing screws to hold it. At least they could have designed it so that slotting the unit in automatically connected it to the adaptor, but it doesn’t; you have an audio out plug that you have to connect up. In addition, you are obliged to use the adaptor anyway, if you want the unit mounted on a tripod (which you probably would, for a serious recording) because the tripod thread is on the adaptor.

Despite those criticisms, I remain a fan of this device. The original RRP was too high but, at the time of writing this review, had come down to a realistic level. If you want excellent recording quality in a portable device, and are prepared to use the xlr adaptor and a tripod, etc, then you should consider this product.


Roughneck 64436 Wrecking Bar 36-inch
Roughneck 64436 Wrecking Bar 36-inch
Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rough enough wrecker, 15 July 2017
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Not much to say about this which, when all is said and done, is just a length of steel. It is as tough, heavy and resilient as you would expect. The only thing I would say is that you should give careful consideration to the length you want. For some jobs, a shorter bar is actually better. This length was suitable for what I wanted - demolishing some decking. So think about what you will use it for and what length would suit best.


Estwing 3lb Club Hammer with Blue Vinyl Grip
Estwing 3lb Club Hammer with Blue Vinyl Grip
Price: £31.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to the job, 15 July 2017
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I bought this club hammer because the head and shaft are one piece, so there's no danger of the head flying off, which can be a problem with some club hammers. It's proved a useful tool and I can recommend it. The vinyl grip makes it comfortable to use.


Philips GC7805 PerfectCare Compact Steam Generator Iron with 250 g Steam Boost
Philips GC7805 PerfectCare Compact Steam Generator Iron with 250 g Steam Boost
Price: £120.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality and functionality, 15 July 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The product page where I'm posting this review is for the Philips GC7805 Compact Steam Generator Iron, which I was sent as a Vine item in July 2017. At the time of writing, the reviews seem to be mixed with reviews for the Philips GC7833/80, which has significantly different features, and all the reviews for the two products appear on both product pages. Hopefully, by the time you read this review, the issue will be resolved. You just need to check that you are reading the review for the right product.

The GC7805 is an excellent iron, delivering everything promised in the product description. The only problems some people might have with it are the size and weight. You can’t disconnect the iron from the stand that holds the water, so when you carry the whole thing, full of water, it is quite heavy. Also, the whole unit is rather bulky and the space at the end of your ironing board, where you usually park your iron, will probably be too small to hold it. It therefore occupies space on the board itself.

For me, those are very minor considerations. If you do a lot of mixed ironing, with several different fabrics, you should consider treating yourself to this fine piece of technology.


InterDesign Chevron Fabric Closet Organizer Storage, Large Box - 2 Piece Set, Taupe/Natural
InterDesign Chevron Fabric Closet Organizer Storage, Large Box - 2 Piece Set, Taupe/Natural
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive, convenient but maybe not great value, 30 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are lightweight, attractive storage boxes that I've found very useful. Review the dimensions carefully before buying, to ensure they are the size you want. They fold up flat, which is convenient. The little window in the front, so you can see the contents, is a nice touch. They are not heavy duty, so do not expect them to hold very heavy items or to take much rough handling.

Although I am happy with them, I have deducted one star from the rating because I think they are currently overpriced. As usual, shop around before buying.


Classic Unisex Reading Glasses - Rectangular Frame - Two Tone Brown, +2.50
Classic Unisex Reading Glasses - Rectangular Frame - Two Tone Brown, +2.50
Offered by A Really Good Company
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate and cheap, 30 Jun. 2017
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Having bought a pair of very cheap reading glasses in the US, I was shocked to see how expensive reading glasses were in the shops here in the UK. These are not great quality but they seem sufficiently robust and they do the job.


SET of 4 x (A4 x 210mm x 298mm) Personalised wheelie bin stickers (4 Pack) printed with your street, road or house name (A4)(new ROUNDED EDGES design)
SET of 4 x (A4 x 210mm x 298mm) Personalised wheelie bin stickers (4 Pack) printed with your street, road or house name (A4)(new ROUNDED EDGES design)
Offered by The Lazy Cow Printing Company Ltd
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, 28 Jun. 2017
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Clear, easy-to-apply stickers. And they got the address right. No problems.


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