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Andy Sweeney "music was my first love" (West Norfolk)
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Scotch C38 19 mm x 8.89 m Dispenser and Tape 810 - Grey
Scotch C38 19 mm x 8.89 m Dispenser and Tape 810 - Grey
Price: £10.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality tape dispenser, 12 July 2016
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This is a sturdy, moderately heavy tape dispenser. Heavy enough that it won't be knocked over easily or move when you're trying to tear the tape off the dispenser, but light enough to be easily portable. The tape with it is very good quality, although it loses marks for only coming with one, relatively small, roll. Quality product, though.


Accurist Women's Quartz Watch with Silver Dial Analogue Display and Brown Leather Strap 8043.01
Accurist Women's Quartz Watch with Silver Dial Analogue Display and Brown Leather Strap 8043.01
Price: £70.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful watch and a perfect gift, 18 Jun. 2016
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What a lovely timepiece. With the rose gold embellished face and hands and the zirconia gems dotted around the outer circumference, it's a strikingly attractive watch and yet fairly simplistic in design - it's a watch and nothing but a beautiful old-fashioned watch, which is almost refreshing these days where everything seems to have to be something else as well! My daughter, who has been given this, is thrilled with it and, at nearly thirteen, a watch like this which is feminine, but not particularly fragile, seems to me to be a perfect first "proper" watch for a young lady who is starting to be interested in becoming a little more responsible and adult. With a name like Accurist, I'm confident that she will get years of enjoyment wearing it and, who knows, it may just last through her teenage years!


Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC
Sony HT-XT2 170W Sound Base with Wireless Multi-room, Google Cast and Bluetooth/NFC
Price: £239.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound, but not suitable for older televisions without optical/AVC ports, 18 Jun. 2016
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The sound from this Sound Base is rather excellent and it is really quite simple to connect wireless devices to play music through the speakers (both Apple and Android devices have been successfully tried out), but if you don't have a television with optical or AVC outputs, then this sound base will be very limited in its use to you. Luckily, being only a few years old, my television has an optical output (my old sound bar was connected this way), but older TVs may not, so it's important to check before you order. Sky boxes, DVD players and modern Freeview boxes may have a sound output that you can directly connect this sound base to, but you will then obviously only get sound if you are using that particular device. So, despite the lack of backwards compatibility, it's still an improvement, sound-wise, on my last sound bar. It's just a shame that modern televisions are coming with such underwhelming sound that we feel the need to invest in these additional pieces of hardware.


House of Marley "Jammin-Ie-Chant-1Bm" Earphone - Rasta
House of Marley "Jammin-Ie-Chant-1Bm" Earphone - Rasta
Price: £22.32

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent earphones, but perhaps a case of style over substance, 24 May 2016
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As a fourty-something, I'm naturally suspicious of something with a heavy brand and an "artistic" selling point. To be honest, I don't care about the ethos of the product and, unless it is absolutely ugly as sin, what it looks like.

The good thing about these earphones is that they're actually pretty decent. A good all-round performance from bass to high frequency and a good quality build too. Are they anything more than a good pair of earphones wrapped up in a bit of a marketing gimmick? No, no really. Can you get just as good generic earphones for a much cheaper price? Well, yes you can. Would you regret buying these if you wanted them? Probably not.

If you like the look of them and the look is really important to you, go for it. If it's just sound quality and price you're concerned about, then look again. Thankfully, these earphones do have substance as well as style, but you do have to pay extra for the style too.


Canon PowerShot G5 X Compact System Camera (Wi-Fi, NFC)
Canon PowerShot G5 X Compact System Camera (Wi-Fi, NFC)
Offered by Ballicom International
Price: £587.57

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best camera I've ever owned, in my limited experience, 22 May 2016
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This is, by far, the most expensive camera I have ever owned, with my last one having an 8 megapixel picture quality, so obviously upgrading to a 20 megapixel quality camera is a massive step up and the definition so much sharper than what I've been used to. Most of the time I've settled for the convenience of using my iPhone to take photos, but - as decent as it is for a phone - they have their limitations. I haven't had much of a chance to give this camera a proper road test, with all I used it for is taking pictures of the family and a few outside shots, so I'm going to come back and add to this review when I've lived with the camera and used in more over the next few months. For now, it's certainly the best camera I've ever had the pleasure to use, so it'll have to be top marks.

To be continued...


Anne Klein Women's Quartz Watch with Rose Gold Dial Analogue Display and Pink Leather Strap 10/N9442RGLP
Anne Klein Women's Quartz Watch with Rose Gold Dial Analogue Display and Pink Leather Strap 10/N9442RGLP
Price: £64.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant, pretty watch, 12 May 2016
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This is such a beautiful, elegant watch, with a rose gold effect, an iridescent centre face and a slim, yet substantial, peachy pink strap. For the price point, it looks extremely classy and is certainly good value. My wife has very slender wrists and it fits her perfectly, so it's not an overstatement to say that she is thrilled with it. A really pretty, feminine timepiece.


The Blackberry Train
The Blackberry Train
Price: £9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive second album from Jim Mac the third, 10 May 2016
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This review is from: The Blackberry Train (Audio CD)
The first thing that strikes me about James McCartney's new album "The Blackberry Train" is how much easier it is to instantly like the songs, compared with his previous material. Let me clarify that; I've certainly liked much of James' previous music, but it was the kind of music that you'd need to listen to quite a few times before it'd get under your skin. It's apparent that a lot of time and considerable resources have been invested in The Blackberry Train, with its striking cover, classy CD booklet and impressive personnel. Produced by Steve Albini, with all songs written by James, but co-arranged by Youth, a few big guns (including Dhani Harrison on guitar) have been brought out for this, his second full length release.

James' musical taste and influences can be heard throughout the album and his Nirvana/Pixies grunge-lite compositional style and occasional opaque lyrics make Albini an inspired choice for producer. It's not all early nineties alt-rock, though, there are quite a few more lighter, more melodic moments. Opener "Too Hard", for example, sounds (for the want of a better word) McCartneyesque, both in terms of the music and words and it's a very listenable, catchy introduction to the album.

In addition to the first track, the next highlight of The Blackberry Train is "Waterfall" which includes some very personal lyrics and music that, oddly enough, reminds me of James... that's James the band, rather than McCartney! The delicious "Paralysis" is probably my pick of the rockier tracks, with a slight Alice In Chains vibe to it; the kind of track that would have had MTV hit written all over it in 1993-1994. The downbeat, melancholic "Fantasy" has a hint of Neil Finn about it and is quite possibly, in my opinion, James' best composition to date.

Although this is, without doubt, the most easy on the ear album James has released so far, I'm not entirely sure that The Blackberry Train is going to win over the affections of people who have, up until now, remained sceptical of James' compositional ability or singing voice. Having said that, there is much to like and admire about this long-player, especially if you happen to enjoy the kind of pop-grunge that Nirvana excelled at a few decades ago, mixed in with some pleasant, jangly indie tunes and a handful of very pleasing ballads. Although I've consciously avoided direct comparisons, the trio of gentle, melodic tracks that close the album wouldn't sound out of place on one of his very famous father's albums, so those who are buying James' music purely because of who he is may get more enjoyment out of The Blackberry Train than they would from any of his other releases.

Now I'm not going to make any ridiculous claims that this is a spectacularly brilliant, world-class record, but this is definitely more than good enough to make me keep on reaching for it to repeat-play without skipping any tracks (although "Peyote Coyote" comes close!) and has plenty of interesting, enjoyable songs and creative originality for me to carry on following James' musical career, on his own merits.


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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch fan and nice and quiet too, 29 April 2016
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I already own a couple of Honeywell fans and am very pleased with their performance - this product is no exception. Although we haven't yet had the warm weather so I can give this a proper road test, I've tried it out so I can measure just how good and quiet it is.

I am one of those people who gets annoyed by background noises (dehumidifiers, air purifiers, etc.), so a quiet fan is essential to me. Thankfully, this passes the test and manages to give a very good performance whilst remaining so quiet that you can barely hear it.

What more can I say? Lots of settings, very powerful at its highest and also very quiet. Top notch.


Philips Bluetouch Pain Relief Unit with App Control and Upper Back Strap
Philips Bluetouch Pain Relief Unit with App Control and Upper Back Strap
Price: £229.00

1.0 out of 5 stars So many problems with this product, 24 April 2016
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I've sat down to write a rather scathing review about this product and have realised that "The Fat Monk" has said everything I wanted to say about this product. Please read that excellent review (if you haven't already before reading on).

Both my wife and I suffer from lower back pain, so we were interested in this (or indeed any) product which offers relief. I think that's what companies rely upon; the desperation and need for some kind of help with something that blights your life every day.

Apart from the fact that it is impossible to connect to this thing with an android phone or tablet and that the app you have to download for an apple device has completely unnecessary compromises on your privacy and online security, there is simply no scientific evidence to suggest that this works. I feel a bit of an idiot for ordering it (thankfully just trialing this product for review, rather than parting with hard-earned cash), when you consider that it is simply blue LED light. Why actually should that work? It doesn't make sense. As The Fat Monk rightly said, it's snake oil - and expensive, debunked snake oil at that.

Sorry Philips, many of your products are excellent, but not this one.


Lenovo Ideapad 100 15.6 inch HD Laptop (Intel Core i3-5005U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Intel HD Graphics Card, Windows 10) - Black
Lenovo Ideapad 100 15.6 inch HD Laptop (Intel Core i3-5005U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Intel HD Graphics Card, Windows 10) - Black
Price: £289.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good value all-rounder, 15 April 2016
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We got this computer as our ten-year old daughter's first laptop (as they all seem to need a computer these days for school). Well, that's not strictly true, as we bought her a smaller Lenovo for Christmas, which completely died within a month of her starting to use it, so, after getting a refund for that (a replacement wasn't offered), getting a bigger, better model from Lenovo was still a bit of leap of faith. Thankfully, this Ideapad 100 seems much better than the cheaper model we bought and is still working and performing well over a month on now.

This is a pretty good, all-round laptop. This wouldn't be suitable for any serious gamer, or perhaps for anyone doing any serious multi-media editing, but for somebody who uses a computer for things such as browsing the internet, social media, editing photographs, YouTube, streaming films and music and basic "office" type apps, such as spreadsheets and word processing, there's no reason why you'd need a machine any better than this one. It's nice and quick, has a handy CD-reader/writer and a massive 1TB of internal hard-drive memory, giving you enough room to store plenty of music, films and other files. As a ten-year old's first computer, it's perfect and should suit her needs over the next few years.

The screen is nice and bright, the keyboard very comfortable to use and there are plenty of ports (including 2 x USB, HDMI and ethernet) so devices can be plugged into the laptop. It sounds almost silly to point these out as a feature, but so many computers these days are being made with nowhere to plug external devices into - everything seems to be going towards Bluetooth and Wifi sharing, which, in theory is a good idea, but, in practice, is often problematic.

When it comes down to it, although this was a gift, I'd be quite happy with this computer myself. Apart from making music, which this machine could probably handle OK, there's not much an average user could want that this laptop hasn't got. Decent sound, decent screen, good memory, good processor - in fact, the only real negative I could offer about this laptop is that it's actually a little difficult to find the "on" switch in the first place (hint: it's at the front on the left hand side!). A good computer at a very reasonable price point.


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