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5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid axe for firewood and logs, 28 July 2014
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I purchased this axe to chop up logs and firewood and it does just the job. A good solid weight behind it when you chop, and the blade appears to be well affixed so hopefully should last a good while. It's made light work of a pile of wood I was struggling to get through with a small hand axe, so well worth the investment (but very reasonably priced at that).


Draper 44248 220 mm Small Flat Mop/Vehicle Waxed Duster
Draper 44248 220 mm Small Flat Mop/Vehicle Waxed Duster
Offered by tools247
Price: £9.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent duster that actually picks up rather than move it all around!, 28 July 2014
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This duster is the best I've ever come across, and it sucks up the dust with a simple swipe rather than just disturb it and move it around - then it's easy to just shake it out outside. It's fine on delicate items like TV screens and computers too. Well worth the money to save time on vacuuming and housework!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality for a budget water feature, 28 July 2014
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Unfortunately the fountain arrived broken into several pieces, however Primrose dealt with this immediately and with excellent customer service.
The replacement fountain looks as good as in the pictures, and because it is modest in size, it gives just a pleasant trickling sound in my small courtyard. I have put some broken terracotta pieces in the basin to hide the pump and keep it weighted down (I did find it tricky to keep the pump below the water due to the cable and internal pipe otherwise). The pump has an adjuster slide on it so you can alter the flow (on full power the water shoots over the edge). If I'm quoting Alan Titchmarsh correctly, the best test for a fountain is does it sound like a horse urinating? The answer to this one is - No!


Silverline 868784 Soldering Iron 100 W
Silverline 868784 Soldering Iron 100 W
Price: £9.66

1.0 out of 5 stars Read the reviews and take heed!, 31 May 2014
Exactly as others have reported, used this iron for less than 15 minutes before it shorted out the electricity and then would not heat up at all despite changing fuses etc. Wish I'd read the reviews and believed them before I purchased!


Skechers Men's Stairway Men's Shoe
Skechers Men's Stairway Men's Shoe

2.0 out of 5 stars Really comfortable but not long-lasting, 5 July 2013
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Loved these shoes but after only 7-8 months of daily use they have split across the sole and are unusable. So although built for comfort they're not built to last so in the long term are not the bargain they appear to be!


Prestige Dakota Cordless Jug Kettle, 1.7 Litre, Red
Prestige Dakota Cordless Jug Kettle, 1.7 Litre, Red

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart, quick and stylish - losing one star for minimum fill level, 16 Aug. 2010
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Some basic facts from my experience of this kettle might help you decide. I've had it about 2 weeks so far:

Max 1.7 litre takes 3 minutes 20 secs to boil from cold.
Min approx 600ml takes 1 minute 20 secs to boil from cold.

Looks quite smart, although it is plastic not metal, depending on the look you're after.
Lid opens easily with a 'pop' button so easy to fill from the tap too.
Pours smoothly provided you don't tip it too much when it starts to leak from the lid too (but this is true of most kettles)
Fairly noisy as all hidden element kettles are, but no worse than any other kettle I have had - and with the short boil times it's fine.
Easy to replace on the base, and balances well in the hand with a good grip handle.

For me the only drawback is the minimum fill is 600ml which is about 2 mugfuls, so if you only want a single cup it's wasting energy.
But overall very pleased and it's one of the best kettles I've had, so would recommend it.


Dress-Up Your Own Paper Pups (Klutz Chicken Socks)
Dress-Up Your Own Paper Pups (Klutz Chicken Socks)
by Klutz
Edition: Spiral-bound

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An antidote to the TV and computer games, 7 Aug. 2010
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I bought this for a 9 year old girl's birthday present - she loved it and abandoned the Wii and TV to sit and play with the paper dogs and costumes. A little delicate to get the outfits from the pages, although easily pressed out with care so no scissors or glue needed but may need an adult to help initially. Well made and produced, as we've come to expect from Klutz, and comes with a handy little plastic bag to keep everything in and to carry the dogs in, so recommended and not too expensive for a small gift.


All Or Nothing [DVD] [2002]
All Or Nothing [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Timothy Spall
Offered by Black Wolfe
Price: £3.64

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably depressingly good, 17 Feb. 2010
This review is from: All Or Nothing [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This is Mike Leigh's darkest, most overwhelmingly life-crushing piece. I have to disagree with another reviewer's comment that you should watch this if you want to feel better about your own life - watching this film had quite the opposite effect on me, making me question the whole meaning of life and why we all even bother to struggle to survive.

Having said that, this is a perfect example of brilliant British acting talent giving performances of their lives. Just to watch such accomplished, heart-wrenching portrayals of larger than life characters is a treat - some wonderful stage actors doing what they do best. To single out individuals is a little unfair when the whole ensemble is superb, but the performances of Lesley Manville and Timothy Spall particularly will stay with me for a long time to come.


Britten: Peter Grimes (Live from The Met) [DVD] [2008]
Britten: Peter Grimes (Live from The Met) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Anthony Dean Griffey
Price: £13.32

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, shame about the presentation, 13 Feb. 2010
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Good vocal performances from a uniformly strong cast, great quality HD film (although irritating camera angles sometimes show us stage crew lurking in the wings, thus breaking the theatrical illusion), Runnicles leads the Met orchestra stupendously, and all at a bargain price. My only criticism of the production is that it is all a bit clinically clean with no sense of the landscape and climate; not one whiff of the salt air or sea apart from in the music. All the costumes look freshly washed and pressed by the wardrobe mistress - this is supposed to be a working 19th century English fishing town - where is all the mud, rain, sand and fish guts?

Unfortunately the 2 disc set is ruined by the presentation - we really do not need Natalie Dessay (great performer that she is, she can offer absolutely no insight into this opera) nervously fidgeting with cue cards and microphones, hovering in the wings to leap on performers as they step off the stage.
If the Met must insist on 'educating' us with this inane celebrity style chatter, please stick it all on the end of the disc so those who just want to watch the opera can do so. They did so with the release of Netrebko's Lucia, so why not all the other releases? Yes you can skip chapters, but we shouldn't have to!


Manon: Staatskapelle Berlin (Barenboim) [Blu-ray] [2008]
Manon: Staatskapelle Berlin (Barenboim) [Blu-ray] [2008]
Dvd ~ Massenet
Price: £23.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The rise and fall of a sizzling starlet, 7 Jan. 2010
This is a live performance (or rather editing of 3 performances from 2007) from Berlin of a production by Vincent Paterson originally seen in Los Angeles.

Updated to the 1950s, Manon is an aspiring wannabe, obsessed with glossy magazines featuring her film star idols, and the opera is told in a series of film-style vignettes, with Manon changing her image as much as her underwear! From Audrey Hepburn-like naivete at the beginning, through to Marilyn Monroe-stunner, she is a chameleon of her times, desperate for fame, and would certainly have been on Big Brother if it had been invented then! Generally this updating works very well, and unusually for a modern production, doesn't get in the way of the plot. The staging of the St Sulpice scene works extremely well with the distanced lovers meeting once again through the chancel railings - who in the relationship is the "caged bird" and who is free?

Bring on the stars - tickets don't get much hotter than this, with Netrebko and Villazon heading the cast. Neither of them are natural French singers, and to be honest, half the time you wouldn't be able to tell what language they are singing in. Netrebko's consonant-less soprano and Villazon's latino warmness does not = Massenet. And yet, despite all the odds against them, and despite my better judgement, the two singers gripped me throughout, making this a stunningly moving portrayal that actually merits the hype! Barenboim conducts (apparently at short notice with just days to learn the score), and although I've never seen a grumpier conductor at the curtain call, he manages to serve Massenet well and bring lightness and sweeping emotion to the score.

Manon is a stunning opera, full of wonderful melodies and heart-wrenching scenes, and I shall enjoy watching this recording again and again. In fact I enjoyed this so much I traded in my ordinary DVD player for a Blu-Ray version - the quality is even more stunning!


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