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TaoTronics® Bluetooth 4.0 Receiver Hands-Free Car Kit (Supports aptX, Stereo Music, Built-in Mic, 10-metre range, 2.1A USB charger)
TaoTronics® Bluetooth 4.0 Receiver Hands-Free Car Kit (Supports aptX, Stereo Music, Built-in Mic, 10-metre range, 2.1A USB charger)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in-car Bluetooth solution., 13 May 2015
This in-car bluetooth receiver is small, neat and very easy to use. You plug the power adapter into the accessories point (cigarette lighter) in the car, then connect the usb connection from the receiver into the power adapter. There is also an aux cable which needs to be plugged into the aux socket in your car. This gadget won't work unless you have an aux in your car, so this is something important to note. There is also a second usb connection so you can charge your phone at the same time. The wires are actually longer than I need in my car but I've tucked them away as neatly as I can, and it looks ok. The magnetic fixing is a good idea - there is a little cup in which the receiver sits which can be stuck to the dashboard if necessary although you may find that a part of your dash is magnetic so you won't need to use it. my phone via bluetooth was simplicity itself. The instructions included in the box are very clear. As well as using the device to receive or reject phone calls hands free (and you can dial the most recent number dialled as well) you can also use this gadget to play music from your phone via bluetooth. You can go back and forward between tracks as well as changing the volume. Sound quality is very good and a nice bonus is that the receiver can be paired with two phones at once, so ideal if you share your car with another driver.
I would strongly recommend this product. It is small and neat, and adds bluetooth functionality both for phone calls and music to your existing car stereo for a very reasonable price. I received a free sample of this product in return for an honest review, but I am happy to recommend it without reservation. If you need an in-car Bluetooth solution, then this is a very good one.


Poweradd 50Watts 6 Port AUTO-DETECT USB Desktop Charger (2-in-1) Dock station for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPad Air, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy S6/ S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, HTC, LG G2 G3 and other Android Smartphones
Poweradd 50Watts 6 Port AUTO-DETECT USB Desktop Charger (2-in-1) Dock station for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPad Air, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy S6/ S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, HTC, LG G2 G3 and other Android Smartphones
Offered by Poweradd
Price: £69.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful multi charger with stand, 10 May 2015
This is a solidly built multiple usb charger that comes nicely presented in a sturdy box. Many of us now have multiple usb devices that need to be charged on a regular basis, and this is a good way of making use of one wall socket to charge them up. It's capable of charging up to 6 devices at once; if you wish, three of them can be placed in the fold out stands, depending the their width. As you will see from my photos, my iPod touch sat nicely in a stand, and my 6 inch Kindle HD, although I couldn't get the larger 8.9 Kindle HDX to stand up. An iphone 5s will also rest in one of the stands if you wish. One thing to consider is that in order for this device to look neat on your desk, you might want to get shorter charging cables for your devices than those provided by the manufacturer, as the long cables can look a bit messy. It's a smart charger which means that it can provide enough power to charge up the more power hungry devices such as tablets as well as those which require a more moderate power supply. The build quality is sturdy and the white/silver finish looks good too.
I received a sample product from the manufacturer in return for an honest review.
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No Other Darkness (DI Marnie Rome 2)
No Other Darkness (DI Marnie Rome 2)
by Sarah Hilary
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second instalment in this promising series does not disappoint, 6 May 2015
This was a great read, and built on the strengths of the first Marnie Rome novel Someone Else's Skin (DI Marnie Rome 1) which I would recommend that you read before settling down to enjoy this story. The plot was gripping from the start; the opening passages concerning two young boys who are alone in the dark. Some years later, two bodies are discovered in a bunker beneath the garden on a new housing development, and at first, some of Marnie's team are sceptical that they will be able to resolve such an old, cold case. However, Marnie is determined, and not only because there appear to be some connections between one of the characters, and a person who had had a devastating impact on her own past. With enough twists to keep the reader on their toes, and enough connection with the previous novel to give a sense of coherence to the series, this was a very good read. All the characters, both detectives and others were multi-faceted, believable and well-drawn, and the information about the hidden spaces below London was compelling. Definitely recommended if you enjoy thoughtful modern detective fiction and I will be looking out for the next instalment in this series.


The Chosen Queen (Queens of the Conquest 1)
The Chosen Queen (Queens of the Conquest 1)
by Joanna Courtney
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anglo-Saxon England - could this be the next "big" thing for the historical novel?, 5 May 2015
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Historical novelists are having to dig deeper and wider in order to find new areas of the past for exploration via the medium of the historical novel. The Tudors, and the Wars of the Roses and the Middle Ages have had plenty of attention in recent years thanks to Philippa Gregory, Sharon Penman and others. This first novel in a new series (The Queens of the Conquest) goes further back in time to just before the Norman Conquest. There is the usual combination of court intrigue and romance from the perspective of the wife of Harold Godwinson who would be defeated at the Battle of Hastings. Edyth had previously been a queen in Wales by an earlier marriage. Inevitably, the further back into the past the novelist goes in search of inspiration, the more scanty the source material becomes and this really is a work of fiction because not much is known of Edyth's life. At times, I got the sense that it was a bit out of its time with the characters perhaps a bit too modern. However, it was an enjoyable and easy to read historical fiction. I would not though, rate in the same league as Philippa Gregory and Co.


Beatrice and Benedick
Beatrice and Benedick
by Marina Fiorato
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.94

4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read for admirers of Much Ado!, 5 May 2015
This review is from: Beatrice and Benedick (Hardcover)
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Based characters from "Much Ado about Nothing", Marina Fiorato weaves a tale of the prequel to the relationship of Beatrice and Benedick in that play. It's always hard to take familiar and liked characters and develop them in this way, but Marina Fiorato has made a pretty good job of this. It isn't all light and frothy either; Fiorato isn't afraid to draw elements of the darker side of 16th century Europe into her story. The story is written from the perspective of the two main characters who take it in turns to speak. The style isn't quite Shakespearean but it does nevertheless evoke that style albeit in modern English. Shakespearean purists might not be happy, but then this won't be their sort of thing in any case. The novel did feel a bit long at over 400 pages, but it is an enjoyable read for admirers of this play.


Heritage Sterling Silver Celtic Looped Heart Drop Earrings
Heritage Sterling Silver Celtic Looped Heart Drop Earrings
Price: £16.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pretty earrings, 5 May 2015
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These are very pretty Celtic style earrings. They are a good size, large enough to be noticeable but not so big that they are overpowering, nor too heavy so that they weigh the earlobe down. The silver is white and shiny, and the hook fittings are long enough so that I haven't had the problem of the earrings falling out as I have had with some other hook earrings. I've had a few Heritage silver pieces and been pleased with all of them. If you like Celtic style jewellery, then this is a range to keep your eye on.


Fiddle For Dummies
Fiddle For Dummies
by Michael John Sanchez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the independent musician, perhaps not for those learning the classical violin, 1 May 2015
This review is from: Fiddle For Dummies (Paperback)
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This is a really useful introduction for fiddlers who want to try their hand without having lessons. There are lots of useful tips from the basics, like how to choose the right instrument and bow, as well as suggestions for extra things you'll want to buy as you build up your fiddling "kit".
This is a book for people who want to improvise and learn different styles such as Scottish, Irish and Bluegrass fiddling, not really for those who want to learn the violin as a classical instrument. It might be a good addition for a classical musician to branch out, although be aware that some of the techniques will be different and may not impress your classical violin teacher. A nice touch is that there are audio and video clips available online to accompany each chapter to help you make sense of what you are learning. This is a great book for the independent musician keen to learn a new instrument.


I'm Travelling Alone
I'm Travelling Alone
by Samuel Bjork
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great example of Scandinavian crime - how do they keep finding them?, 28 April 2015
This review is from: I'm Travelling Alone (Hardcover)
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I'm a fan of Scandinavian crime fiction and this debut novel by a Norwegian writer appealed to me straight away. It's got all the hall marks that fans of the genre have come to expect and appreciate, troubled detectives and a twisty plot set against the bleak and beautiful Scandinavian terrain. It was a book that was genuinely hard to put down, and I will definitely be looking out for the next book by this author. If you haven't tried Scandinavian crime before, then you could do a lot worse than starting with this example; if you have, you will I think be pleased to have discovered a new contributor to the genre. A very good read indeed.


Heritage Sterling 9202BSO Silver and Blue Synthetic Opal Celtic Looped Teardrop Necklace of Length 45.7cm
Heritage Sterling 9202BSO Silver and Blue Synthetic Opal Celtic Looped Teardrop Necklace of Length 45.7cm
Price: £21.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty stone in a celtic setting that appeals to both a teenager and her mum so a pretty broad appeal!, 28 April 2015
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I like this celtic style silver pendant and chain set. It isn't a weighty piece although it has a reasonable presence on the neckline. It lies fairly flat, although at times tilts forward very slightly because of the integrated bale. I actually like the integrated bale design which I think works well on this piece of jewellery. I'm quite petite and I actually found the 18" silver chain long enough - in fact, I might swap it for a 16" inch chain in my collection so that the pendant can be seen above certain necklines. The clasp on the chain is a bit on the small side but manageable. Younger girls may find the chain slightly too long I suspect. The simulated blue opal stone is pretty and will look good with denims I think. All in all, this is a reasonably priced piece of jewellery which I like, and my teenage daughter has also given her seal of approval, so it has pretty broad appeal I would say.


Apexel 180 Degree Fish Eye Lens + Wide Angle Lens + Micro Lens Kit for iPhone 4 4S 4G 5 5G 5S 5C 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 S3 I9300 S4 I9500 S5 S6 Note I9220 Note2 N7100 Note3 Note 4 mini i8190 S7562 HTC LG Black (No Dark Circle by the Fisheye Lens)
Apexel 180 Degree Fish Eye Lens + Wide Angle Lens + Micro Lens Kit for iPhone 4 4S 4G 5 5G 5S 5C 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 S3 I9300 S4 I9500 S5 S6 Note I9220 Note2 N7100 Note3 Note 4 mini i8190 S7562 HTC LG Black (No Dark Circle by the Fisheye Lens)
Offered by TopBrandBoxUK
Price: £9.59

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clever idea and better than a gimmick!, 24 April 2015
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This is a great little addition to your mobile phone. I wasn't expecting much to be honest, but these little lenses which arrive in a little zip case are actually quite fun and really can make a difference to your mobile phone photography. In the package, you get the plastic clip which sits on your mobile phone, into which you can slot the lenses. I was a bit concerned that the clip would scratch the screen of my phone, but I've used it several times now to no ill-effect. I would agree with other reviewers that the plastic the lens clips in to feels a bit flimsy, hence the loss of a star. One of the lenses is a combination wide angle/macro lens (you have to unscrew part of it for the macro lens). It's useful and allows you to take wider shots without needing to use the panorama option on your phone. The macro option does bring small things in closer than the built in macro mode on my phone too. The fish eye lens I would see as more of a novelty item as the effects you can get with this can, I think, be achieved through a decent piece of photo editing software.
If you know a keen mobile phone photographer, this would make a great little gift for them. A clever idea!


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