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London Pottery UK British Design Farmhouse Filter 6 Cup Teapot 1.4L Orange 17274601
London Pottery UK British Design Farmhouse Filter 6 Cup Teapot 1.4L Orange 17274601
Offered by Emporium Cookshop & Homewares
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The best teapot I have had, 20 Nov. 2016
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These London Pottery 6 cup Farmhouse teapots are the best teapots I have had and I now have one in cobalt blue and this one in orange. They are about the same size as the Price and Kensington 10 cup teapots. While they are a bit more expensive they have the edge on a few counts. First, the spout genuinely does not drip when pouring. Second, the filter system is very good. The filter locks into place well and the teapot lid fits nicely on top and this takes some of the fuss out of making loose leaf tea and clearing the leaves afterwards. The Price and Kensington 10 cup pot does not come with a filter. The London Pottery comes in an attractive range of colours too.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really works, 4 Sept. 2016
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I am seriously impressed by this stuff, it really works. Other members of the group on a ten-day trip to south China/Hong Kong were shredded by insects, I applied this in the morning and did not experience a single bite (insects normally love me). Pleasant lemony smell. Will definitely use again.


Roberts Radio Stream93i DAB/DAB+/FM RDS and WiFi Internet Radio with Three Way Speaker System
Roberts Radio Stream93i DAB/DAB+/FM RDS and WiFi Internet Radio with Three Way Speaker System
Price: £149.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent internet, DAB and other functions; weak FM, 8 Mar. 2016
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This is the best internet radio I have owned. The set-up is easy and intuitive and the radio has the advantage over other Roberts models that it is possible to store many more stations in addition to the five on the buttons on the radio/remote - some 40 in all. The sound is brilliant on internet radio - on the German and Italian channels I like to listen to it is hard to believe that the full voices and rich musical sounds I hear are coming into my house via the phone line. The DAB tuner picks up a wealth of stations and an advantage of the model over some other internet radios is that in this day of streaming it still has a USB port. The USB port enables me to plug in the audiobook versions of the German and Italian books I am reading.

The radio is good for my needs. A weakness others may wish to be aware of is that the FM receiver is not as sensitive as one might wish. If I want to listen to BBC Radio 3 or 4 on FM there is a bit of a hiss (not present on BBC Radio Merseyside). Ok, there is DAB and that is fine but the relative weakness of the FM is a feature of some of the other Roberts products (e.g. the in-the-process-of-being-discontinued Stream 207) and it is a shame they are let down by this. I live in South Liverpool - hardly remote - and have had other devices that can pick up a crystal-clear signal on FM more widely.

All in all, a good product - but if you need the FM, be aware.


The Tea Makers of London Yunnan Pu-Erh (Fermented Dark Tea) 125 g Caddy
The Tea Makers of London Yunnan Pu-Erh (Fermented Dark Tea) 125 g Caddy
Price: £9.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delicious, 30 Nov. 2015
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Absolutely delicious. If you love the earthy taste of pu'erh tea this is definitely one to try. There is a hint of fruit and sweetness here too, and it comes out more when reusing the leaves for a second brew. One of the nicest teas I have had.


Roberts Radio Stream207 DAB/DAB+/FM/Wi-Fi Radio with Internet, Music Player and Spotify Connect
Roberts Radio Stream207 DAB/DAB+/FM/Wi-Fi Radio with Internet, Music Player and Spotify Connect

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super internet radio/FM less good, 13 Sept. 2015
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I am really impressed with this. My first internet radios (two Roberts WM201s bought in 2008) are still going strong, but I was looking for something portable to enable me to listen whereever I am in the house. This has a number of features to recommend it: there is FM and DAB here too, but let's face it, if you are getting this it is probably for the internet radio and the ability to stream music. The internet radio is easy to set up and use. The unit makes a clear and details sound and there is a graphic equalizer function if you want to adjust this (it was actually fine for the voice-based listening I can do). A real attraction is that is runs of mains and batteries - and here it is possible to use either alkaline batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries which can be charged in the unit itself. A good set of 6 C size NiMH batteries will give a good playing time between charges. I can't comment on the streaming function from other devices - that is not my cup of tea since I have bought this to give fuss-free access to stations in Germany and Italy for my language learning. The radio also looks and feels nice - the finish is that solid and shiny piano black that makes you want to go ooooh!

Edit 24 November 2015: I have taken my review down from five to four stars. The reason is that I find the FM reception on this is weak and where I live (in south Liverpool, hardly remote) I can only listen to BBC Radio 3 and 4 with a bit of a hiss that I don't get from other radios. FM is not what I bought this for, and the DAB is fine - but if you want a 'complete' radio you might wish to be aware of this.
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Large Exercise Mat. 72" Wide x 60" Long (6'x5') Durable Rubber Fitness Mat. Designed For Use With Home-Based Fitness and CARDIO DVD Programs. Durable Enough To Be Used With Shoes. Large Workout Mat With A Unique Fabric Finish For Traction And Floor Protection. The Square36 CARDIO Mat - The BIG Exercise Mat- Step Into the Square.
Large Exercise Mat. 72" Wide x 60" Long (6'x5') Durable Rubber Fitness Mat. Designed For Use With Home-Based Fitness and CARDIO DVD Programs. Durable Enough To Be Used With Shoes. Large Workout Mat With A Unique Fabric Finish For Traction And Floor Protection. The Square36 CARDIO Mat - The BIG Exercise Mat- Step Into the Square.

5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this, 19 Feb. 2015
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Very happy with this. It is the perfect size for the space I have and has proved robust and hard wearing. The rubber smell some have commented on quickly dissipates and this has proved a real carpet saver.


Last Dance
Last Dance
Price: £13.49

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, 20 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Last Dance (Audio CD)
Some of the publicity around this release and its relation to its predecessor - the tender 'Jasmine' of 2010 - is a little misleading. The claim on this website that Jarrett and Haden 'broaden the scope of their duo project' can be traced back to the publicity on the ECM site itself. The material here is in fact culled from the same meeting in 2007 which provided the material for 'Jasmine'. This hardly constitutes a 'broadening' of the project, and in any case a one-off meeting hardly constitutes an on-going project. Nonetheless, if you loved 'Jasmine' as I did, there is much to appreciate here. The gentle and low-key overall vibe of the record is the same, despite the inclusion of an upbeat version of Bud Powell's 'Dance of the Infidels' and Jarrett and Haden are great players who are engaged in a real conversation of listening and speaking. Some of the pieces are as good as anything on 'Jasmine' - to my ears notably a gorgeous version of 'It might as well be spring' in which the closeness of Jarrett's improvisation to song is allowed full expression. But while it is interesting to hear alternative takes to some of the pieces on 'Jasmine' ('Where can I go without you', 'Goodbye'), some of the tracks do feel like offcuts from the earlier set. Overall this is an enjoyable disc, but the claims around it have left me disappointed too. A continuation and evolution of the duo - now that really would be something to look forward to...
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Mozart: Piano Sonatas
Mozart: Piano Sonatas
Price: £15.93

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly captivating, 10 Jun. 2014
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Mozart's piano sonatas and other keyboard works have tended to suffer from the perception that they are lightweight and lacking in substance. To judge from the informative liner notes to this disc, this perception may in turn be rooted in the relatively low regard in which solo keyboard works were held in Mozart's own time. There would certainly be fuel for such a view on this disc: the D-major sonatas by the young Mozart and the D-major Rondo may appear to lack the depth of the mature works. It is an error to mistake brilliance for a lack or weight, though as Piemontesi's performances show, and besides there is real weight here too in the form of the A-minor Rondo and the F-major sonata. Piemontesi is a new name to me, but this well-judged selection of Mozart's keyboard works, which is projected as the first in a complete cycle, leaves me eager for the next installment. Piemontesi has an exalted touch at the piano. The symphonic brilliance of the first movement of the early D-major is carried off brilliantly and the playful variations in the third movement are given an enchanting performance. The play of light and shade, the balance of weights and measures in the A-minor Rondo and the F-major sonata is captured with striking poise, and textural clarity is combined with lyricism and robustness when needed. I have not enjoyed a piano recital CD this much in a long time. Playing of the highest order and utterly captivating.


Helly Hansen Lifa Warm Balaclava - Black
Helly Hansen Lifa Warm Balaclava - Black

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for cycling, 27 Mar. 2013
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A balaclava that will fit under a cycling helmet is an essential item for cycling, but like gloves or scarves, it is one of those items that will get lost from time to time. When my previous balaclava went missing, I was in two minds over getting another one already seeing as it was the middle of March. I am very glad I did given the very cold weather we have been having this year. This is well made and the edges have proper seams to protect them. It is very thin and fits under a helmet easily. The mix of merino wool and 'LIFA' fabric is surprisingly warm. Just what I needed! Be aware that it is a balaclava with an open face, which I favour in the event that I should ever have to communicate with other road users (you never know!).Now, where did I put those gloves...


Handel: Alceste
Handel: Alceste
Price: £14.64

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrice Happy, 27 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Handel: Alceste (Audio CD)
What with the appearance earlier this year of David Bates's/La Nuova Musica's recording of Handel's first version of Il Pastor Fido and now this Alceste by Christopher Curnyn and his Early Opera Company this is turning into an interesting year for recordings of rarely heard Handel. As the other reviewer notes, Alceste is the incidental music that Handel wrote for a now lost play by Tobias Smollett; when the production collapsed Handel recycled the best of his music for Alceste in other works. It is a shame that we do not get to hear the music more often in its originally intended form. The only other recording I know of is a version by Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music from the early 1990s, no longer available.

Certainly this is, as the other reviewer puts it, a 'minor' work. But that is not to say that the music is not of very high quality and what is striking is the sheer variety that is on display. The highpoint of the disc is of course the 'Gentle Morpheus' aria in which Lucy Crowe offers a performance that is every bit as good as a radiant Emma Kirkby on Hogwood's earlier recording. The overture is lovely and there are some fine orchestral pieces and some memorable arias as well as a number of choral pieces ranging in mood from the ebullient 'All hail, though mighty son of Jove' to a 'Thrice Happy' which shows the distinctly English influence of Purcell. As make-weight pieces Curnyn also includes a Sinfonia from Admeto and the gorgeous Passacaille from Radamisto.

If Lucy Crowe confirms her reputation as a rising star of early music, the other singers are also very good and the performance under Curnyn's direction is fleet, forthright and buoyant and devoid of affectation. The acoustic is, as the other reviewer observes, slightly reverberent, but this does bring out the actually small orchestra's robust and virile sound effectively. All in all, this is fine music well played and well captured: 'Thrice happy' indeed.


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