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Monster iSport Victory In Ear Headphones - Black
Monster iSport Victory In Ear Headphones - Black
Price: £114.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for active audiophiles!, 28 Feb. 2015
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These are premium priced earphones and they come attractively package in a sturdy box, an important consideration if you are planning to give them as a gift. Inside the box, are the earphones themselves, plus a neat little pouch to keep them in. I've got little ears, but thankfully, a range of hooks and tips is also included in this package. and by using the smallest of each, I was able to get a comfortable fit with these headphones and they seem to be very secure once in place. Sound quality was very good, and they do block out quite a bit of the ambient noise in your surroundings. The cables are flat - this is supposed to mean that they tangle less I think and there is an in-line control for volume and to start/stop your music. I can confirm that this works with iOS devices and also in the interests of research, I tried with my Kindle Fire, and again, it works with no problems. If these are in your price range and you are an active audiophile, then these could be a good buy.


Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Price: £149.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and fast to operate, beautiful screen and excellent build quality - Fire HDX 7" is a class act!, 21 Feb. 2015
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Although it is now "previous generation" , the Kindle Fire HDX 7" is a great tablet. The screen is extraordinarily sharp and clear which makes it ideal for reading text as well as for viewing videos. You should note (as Amazon does in the product description) that there is a very thin blue line that appears around the edge of the display when there is a white or very pale screen background. This is because of the sort of LEDs Amazon have used to ensure colour accuracy apparently. It is a slight distraction at first, but after a few days of use, I can honestly say that I don't notice it any more. All I see is a very clear, bright and easy to use screen which is definitely amongst the best I have seen on a tablet. It is a better screen than that on the new Fire HD tablets which were released in September 2014 in terms of resolution even though this model is now over a year old.
The operating system of the Fire HDX (which is a version of Android although you'd hardly recognise it as such as Amazon has made it its own) is easy to use and intuitive. All your most recent content appears in a carousel format on the home screen but you can also scroll down the home screen to see Apps etc that you've chosen to keep there laid out in rows of icons as you'd see on a smart-phone or Android or Apple tablet. It's easy to add Apps from Amazon's own App Store but you can also add Android apps by side loading them if you have just a bit of technical knowhow. The Kindle comes with its own versions of Word, Powerpoint and Excel (which you can access via the documents tab which appears at the top of the home screen) but I've also been able to side load the official Microsoft Office Apps for Android so now use these which are great because they hook up directly with my Dropbox account. The addition of a bluetooth keyboard means that you can actually use the Kindle Fire to get some work done should you feel so inclined. The inbuilt email app works very well too for both work (my work email uses Microsoft exchange) and personal email, and is easy to navigate. Amazon's web browser Silk is also fine and fast.There is a forward facing camera for taking 'selfies' and for video-chat using applications like Skype, but you will be disappointed if you are looking for a rear facing camera for taking snap-shots because there isn't one here. The Kindle Fire HDX 7" is extremely fast and responsive to the touch - not at all sluggish like some budget tablets I've seen. It is a joy to use.
In spite of all of this productivity which you can get out of the Kindle Fire HDX 7" should you so wish, this is, primarily, a superb media consumption device. It's great for reading Kindle books (although if your sole purpose is reading, you will be so much better off getting a dedicated e-ink e-reader), fantastic for video (either from Amazon or there are apps for BBC iPlayer, ITV player and even Netflix) and excellent for listening to music that you've either loaded from your PC or for streaming what you've stored in Amazon's cloud. The speakers on the device itself are fine albeit a bit quiet, so you might want to consider using earphones or hooking up to a bluetooth speaker if you need more sound.
I originally thought of the Kindle as a cheaper alternative to the iPad; now I've owned one for a while, my perception has changed. It is a great tablet in its own right. You need to take time to find out everything it can do if you want to use it to its full potential. I would advise buying one with the largest amount of storage that you can afford as there is no external card slot to add additional memory. Books don't take up much space, but downloading videos does, and if you are going to be using this as a travelling companion, you might want to download a film or two to keep you company.
Overall, the Fire HDX 7" is a great tablet; smooth and fast in operation, with a beautiful screen and excellent build quality. If you do encounter any problems, Amazon's support is second to none. Definitely a recommended purchase


Ornami Sterling Silver Amethyst and Diamond accent Stud Earrings
Ornami Sterling Silver Amethyst and Diamond accent Stud Earrings
Price: £11.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage feel earrings - great, 21 Feb. 2015
These are very pretty earrings with a vintage feel about them. Marcasite was very popular in the Victorian era and I'm pleased to see it becoming popular in the 21st century as the dark grey shiny stones give a sophisticated feel. Here, there is a nice contrast with the sterling silver and the small heart shaped amethysts in the middle of the earring to add some colour. I wear a lot of blues, purples and berry tones so these were a good choice. The earrings are large enough to be noticeable (you'd need fairly short hair though as they are studs after all) but small enough to be comfortable to wear all day. I did swap the backs on these for some slightly larger ones so that they sit better in the ear - with the backs supplied, they tended to tip forward slightly, but that was easily done.


Tuscany Silver Filigree Ball Drop Earrings
Tuscany Silver Filigree Ball Drop Earrings
Price: £16.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Great earrings - for all sorts of occasion, 21 Feb. 2015
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These are great earrings. They are a good size - big enough to be noticeable, but not so large that the weight of them drags down your earlobe. The sterling silver is white and bright and I wear these often; they are smart enough to wear with more formal outfits and look great with casual clothes too. The hooks are easy to insert into the ear and you can squeeze the silver slightly to make them stay in better. Sadly, I lost one recently, so had to buy a new pair of these earrings, and now use small silicon "stoppers" on the hooks to prevent them from sliding out of my ears. If you love silver jewellery or you are looking for a present for someone who does, then you should definitely consider making a purchase!


40W Charger for Samsung Chromebook 303C12 XE303C12 XE303C12-A01UK XE303C12-H01UK Laptop - Original Lavolta Notebook AC Adapter Power Supply - 12V 3.33A
40W Charger for Samsung Chromebook 303C12 XE303C12 XE303C12-A01UK XE303C12-H01UK Laptop - Original Lavolta Notebook AC Adapter Power Supply - 12V 3.33A
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £19.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great replacement charger, 21 Feb. 2015
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When the end snapped off the charger of my Samsung Chromebook Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01UK 11.6-inch Laptop (2GB RAM, 16GB HDD) I needed a replacement and this is ideal. It comes in a sturdy box, and if anything, the cable itself seems slightly more robust than the one originally supplied with the Chromebook. It gets slightly warm in use (nothing to be concerned about though - just make sure you don't cover it while you are charging) but charges in exactly the same way, in the same sort of time-scale as the original. I always felt that the original charging lead was the weakest part of the Chromebook so I wasn't entirely surprised when it broke after about 2 years of daily use. I was both surprised and relieved though to find such a good replacement so easily and at a reasonable price.


Heritage Womens Sterling Silver Mackintosh Open Rose Heart Drop Earrings 61F5HP
Heritage Womens Sterling Silver Mackintosh Open Rose Heart Drop Earrings 61F5HP
Price: £13.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, noticeable and light - these are great earrings, 21 Feb. 2015
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These are lovely every day earrings. They are light and comfortable to wear - I don't like dangly earrings to be so heavy that they stretch the ear lobe, and these don't. The Celtic inspired Mackintosh design is pretty and noticeable and the drop just the right length to be pretty, yet practical at the same time. You can squeeze the metal hook slightly when you've got them on to make them more secure and less likely to fall out, although I also like to put a small pair of silicon stoppers on the back to be absolutely certain I don't lose one of these. Hopefully, I won't lose one, but if I do, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another pair. These are great.


A Song for Issy Bradley
A Song for Issy Bradley
by Carys Bray
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and unusual novel, 21 Feb. 2015
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This is an unusual novel about the death of a child, and the impact that Issy Bradley's loss has on the family she leaves behind. We hear the story develop from the perspective of different members of that family, They are a religious family - members of the Mormon church, and Issy's death forces each of them to examine their faith in the context of what has happened; each responds in their own way. The backdrop of the Mormon religion is unusual and interesting and may be unfamiliar to many (it was to me); the themes of loss and grief are more universal and the author has handled them well with telling observations of human behaviour. This is a well-written and unusual novel which I would recommend.


At the Water's Edge
At the Water's Edge
by Sara Gruen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.94

3.0 out of 5 stars A slow start, but worth persevering as it does improve, 21 Feb. 2015
This review is from: At the Water's Edge (Hardcover)
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This novel is based on the somewhat unlikely idea of three rich and spoiled Americans coming to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness Monster at the end of the Second World War. They seem immediately out of place in the Highlands, as they attempt their hunt against the backdrop of the deprivations of World War Two. I found the characters quite unappealing and stereo-typed, although Maddie particularly does develop as the story progresses. The author draws on some Scottish folklore to fairly good effect and the atmosphere of the Highlands is quite well evoked, but all in all, this was missing a certain something to put it into the same league as Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen's earlier hit novel.


The Little Book of Thinking Big: Aim Higher and Go Further Than You Ever Thought Possible
The Little Book of Thinking Big: Aim Higher and Go Further Than You Ever Thought Possible
by Richard Newton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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4.0 out of 5 stars Want to ride a white horse? Look no further than this little book of common sense wisdom and advice, 21 Feb. 2015
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If you feel you are stuck in a rut, you want to give your life a shake-up, then you could do far worse than pick up this small book to kick start your life rather than letting it pass you by. It provides common sense and wisdom (which we too often forget) in bite sized chunks of text interspersed with some quirky illustrations and quotations keep things moving. There are a lot of books in this genre on the market at the moment, but this one is well done, providing you with inspiration to think in the right way so that you can "ride your white horse" to the shore.


The Lovers of Amherst
The Lovers of Amherst
by William Nicholson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful musing on the nature of love - a great read!, 19 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Lovers of Amherst (Hardcover)
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I've read several of William Nicholson's earlier novels featuring some of the same characters as this one, and I was at first slightly cautious about reading this because I wasn't sure if the second strand of the story, set in late 19th century America and featuring the poet Emily Dickinson would work. Well, William Nicholson is a great story-teller and I needn't have worried. In the 20th century, Emily, a budding screen writer goes to New England for a fortnight to research Emily's story and in the past, a new couple arrive in Dickinson's hometown of Amherst, with Mabel making a big impression on the population in general and on Dickinson's unhappily married brother in particular.
This is a thoughtful read musing on the nature of love and its survival after the initial passion has faded and what an appropriate ending for the story of a love could be. It is character rather than plot driven and is beautifully written in a deceptively simple style. I loved this!


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