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      13.04.2014 22:15
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      Very cheap, easy to use, simple kettle....Must buy

      I brought this when my last kettle broke just for a quick replacement, only temporary. Well I was shocked, this was 2 years ago and I still have it now, still going strong, just proves to show you should never judge a book by its cover. When I brought it, it was very very cheap so I expect it still is now, maybe even cheaper. So well worth the bargain. Its very clean looking, has a great water capacity which is important, but the most important thing of all, is the fact it boils quick like a top of the range kettle which is good. One day I would like to get a top of the range kettle but only because it would look nice in the kitchen, this one is perfectly alright to look at and use and well worth the buy. I really would recommend this to any one who has a house or even if people wanted to put it in there shed or garden, tucked away to use if they are working outside on certain things or projects. Although it was cheap and I am probably lucky to have it this long I will give it 4/5 stars, the reason being its been good to me all these years, and does the job, but it does look a bit dated which is why I haven't gave it a 5th star, other people may disagree but in my opinion this is a must buy. Thank you for your time

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      28.02.2014 22:03
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      If you need a cheap good kettle this does the job

      I bought this when I was not even really looking for a kettle. That might sound a little strange, but it caught my eye and when I saw the price I bought it straight away. Now there is nothing wrong with it to use in the kitchen - it's clean looking and works well, boiling quite fast, and has good capacity. In our kitchen I prefer a stainless steel kettle as it looks a bit smarter and better quality, so what was the point of buying this you may well ask. I bought it for the garage! Our garage is a good size, and when working on the car, or bike or whatever I have been tasked to repair or renovate, it can be a pain to go back in to the house, especially if the house is locked up if I am the only one at home and lock up when I go out to the garage. So it now lives in the garage and provides a nice cup of tea when I am taking a break to work out why something still doesn't work, or to admire my handiwork if it does!

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        24.02.2014 01:43

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        Perfect tea maker

        Look/Design ======== It's white and looks like a kettle, not much more to say about it. Cordless ===== Hallelujah they finally made a budget kettle without any cords. This makes it ultra convenient not only for making cups of tea, but how about pouring hot water into the bathtub when you run out of hot water. You no longer need to pull the cord out with wet hands, simply just lift the kettle off it's base Time it takes to boil ============= It doesn't take very long at all to boil (depending on how much water is in the kettle) it usually takes a few minutes or so to boil around 4 cups worth of water. Water temperature ============== The kettle boils the water to a temperature that is hot enough to scold yourself on (as I recently found out). Please take extra care when pouring it into a sink of dishes, making sure not to pour it onto your hands instead. The lid ===== In other reviews people seem to be complaining that the lid is a little stiff to open. The lid on the kettle I have is easy to open and works perfectly. Conclusion ======== As long as it carries on making perfect cups of tea I'm 100% happy with this kettle. A++

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        23.02.2014 21:38
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        A great price for a kettle, but it's not worth the risk!

        --- Introduction --- When I went to University I brought a whole host of value kitchen appliances to keep me going. As soon as I had moved into halls I found that everyone else had too, so we had 8 kettles and toasters! However, most of us had actually brought this same kettle. I kept mine in the box and I still to this day have not used it, but I frequently used my flatmates throughout my three years at university. The kettle cost me £5, which is far below the cost of any kettle from another brand and I figured that even if it only last me a few months it would still work out cheaper than a fancy one. --- The Product --- This kettle, as you would expect for the price is very basic. It is made from white plastic, which whilst not the most glamorous or attractive material, is sturdy enough that this kettle fits nicely onto its base and safely holds the water inside it. The kettle holds 1.7 litres of water, which is pretty standard and there is a see through plastic pane on the side showing you how much water is inside and when you reach the maximum capacity. The power cord is a decent length and seeing as the kettle is wireless it doesn't really matter too much where the base is placed. As you can probably tell from this description, it has all the standard features of a kettle without any frills. The boil time for this kettle is not too bad, if the kettle is full it usually takes around 3-4 minutes to boil. This isn't a particularly quick speed, but considering the price it is okay. The main issue I have found with this kettle is that once the water had boiled and you go to pour it out from the spout at the top of the kettle, the lid of the kettle does not fit exactly and so a trickle of water comes out of the side of the lid. This is a safety risk as the water comes out of the side fairly quickly and obviously boiling water can burn if it spills onto you. For that reason, I have to be extremely careful using this kettle. Even considering the very cheap price, you wouldn't expect there to be a safety issue. I did try returning this kettle to Tesco's who said that it was a fault by the user rather than the design, but I won't go into Tesco's customer service flaws in this review! We tried using another of the exact same kettle and whilst the second one held out for a while, eventually the lid became looser and did not fit correctly, causing the same problem. --- Overall Opinions --- To be fair to this kettle, it does fulfill the job description- it takes 1.7 litres of water and boils it in 3-4 minutes. If you only have a little money to spend and you are in desperate need of a kettle this will probably tide you over for a little while. However, the safety risk that I have found this kettle to have due to poor quality design is too great to warrant using this kettle. As broke University students we struggled through and tried to avoid getting burnt because we didn't use it enough to want to buy a more expensive one, however for anyone who is not a student and is prepared to spend a little more to save themselves getting burnt I would definitely not recommend this kettle. I personally think from my experience that any money saved buying this kettle will only have to be spent replacing it soon after it breaks. A Definite thumbs down from me!

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          16.02.2014 14:03
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          Cheap - buy another model.

          Background I do not have a major problem with the Tesco value range, but this kettle shows that you do have pick and choose. I needed a new kettle, had a few pounds in my pocket so picked this up for £5.00. With hindsight not the best move. look and feel White, functional and actually pretty ugly. It is however fairly light and easy to lift and move. To be blunt, it looks cheap, but then on reflection it was cheap. It has a removable pouring filter to trap limescale and raised rather than flat elements - a bit of a pain to clear limescale if you are in a hard water area. In use The kettle can hold up to 1.7 litres. It boils fairly quickly (about the only real plus point). Being a lightweight kettle, first impressions were that it poured easily, so I could make my first coffee.... leading to the first of 2 fairly major problems. Problem 1 - the thermostat level must be set either incorrectly or at least fairly low. If water is poured immediately after boiling, you make the coffee or tea and add milk (only a little), the resulting drink can at best be described as quite warm. I discovered that I could drink it more or less straight down rather than having to sip. By trial and error I discovered that the power switch needed to be held down for at least another 30 seconds in order to make a 'hot' drink. I lived with this for a couple of months (waste not want not) at which point the second problem gradually appeared. Problem 2 All of a sudden, the kettle stopped pouring well, instead distributing hot water over a fairly wide area, including my foot (- good job it didn't make the water too hot then!) On closer inspection, it became apparent that the lid no longer fitted flush with the base of the kettle - in fact the lip of the kettle had warped slightly, so that even when pushed down there was a gap between rim and lid. I assume because it was cheap made and probably cheap materials the warping was caused by the repeated heating up of the kettle - at least that was what it looked like. I wasn't going to make a scene over such a cheap item, but I did mention it next time I was in store to be greeted with the response that plastic will melt if you make it hot.... I left it at that! Recommendation No! I really wish I had spent a few pounds more and bought a better kettle, which is what i am about to do!

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            05.12.2013 16:01

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            Good and cheap

            You can't argue with Tesco's Value range. I bought this kettle about six months ago. And yes, I bought it because it was the cheapest one I could find. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for it but it was under £10. I didn't have any difficulty fitting it. It's cordless and connecting the base to the rest of the kettle was a doddle. It can boil 1.7 litres of water with no trouble whatsoever. And it has a lid that opens easily. Nor have I had any difficulty with pouring the water out whether into a cup, a mug, a jug or a kitchen sink; the lip of the jug is entirely fit for purpose. Recently my boiler broke and I had no hot water. My kettle came to the rescue and I was able to fill a bowl with hot water and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene. The Tesco JK12 has a pleasant white surface that may look rather unspectacular. But what do you expect? It's in the value range. I suspect that I am of the philosophy that a kettle is a kettle is a kettle. If it boils water and that water is 100 degrees centigrade then a kettle is doing its job. And this Tesco JK12, without a shadow of a doubt does that. I've made zillions of mugs of tea. Water has to be at boiling point to make tea and I am perfectly happy with the tea that I have drunk in my flat, in the last six months. This is a solid does- what-it-says-on- the -tin item. I'm struggling to find anything wrong with it.

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            25.11.2013 15:26
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            I wouldn't want to buy one, but would if I had too

            I bought a Tesco Value kettle years ago, it was terrible so I took it back. Anyway stocking up for my daughters Uni costs a fortune so I bought another one. The kettle is horrid however it was only around £5 six months ago so I can't complain too much. A quick look on their website and I see it's £6 at the moment this is still very cheap for a kettle. The kettle is a poorly made great big lump of white plastic. It is rather large with a 1.7 litre capacity, it's bigger than my current 1.5 kettle. The element isn't a flat type so not ideal if you have lime scale. The lid is manual open as opposed to a push button but this isn't a problem if a bit stiff. It does have a cheap looking lime scale filter but when it came out we had a tricky time putting it back in. The kettle does lift off the chunky base, but doesn't swivel. There's a clear strip so you can see the water level, with 2 cup minimum and 8 cup maximum indications in white. The spout is big, good for filling with water to avoid the hassle of opening the lid but bad for pouring as it spills if you don't pour slowly. The kettle is 2.2 kw and claims to be rapid boil my 'real' kettle is 3 kw and that is rapid boil- 2.2 kw isn't.. The on off button is easy to depress. Whilst boiling it's loud. It takes ages just to boil half full, much longer than my other one- a person could die of thirst waiting for a cup of tea with this kettle. On the plus side: It's cheap, it boils water, it has a wide spout making it easy to fill and it's 1.7 litre which is plenty big for filling a large saucepan. It's a useful spare to keep in the cupboard. On the downside: It looks cheap, is clumpy, doesn't swivel on the base, doesn't have a flat element, takes ages to boil and isn't more economical than a 3 kw kettle because it takes longer to boil. When we used it I was thankful that it wasn't staying here......however my daughter was more than happy with it- she's obviously more patient than me as it takes what feels like ages to boil. A generous 3 stars from me because it boils water and still works!.

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              15.09.2013 22:23
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              A cheap but rubbish kettle!

              I bought this kettle last year for our new home as we were in desperate need of one. I had ordered everything I needed for my kitchen online so that everything matched but unfortunately everything came except the kettle and we were told we would be waiting a few weeks for it. Instead of just cancelling and buying a different one to match I just went out to find the cheapest kettle I could to last a few weeks. I came across this white kettle at tesco for £5 which I was happy to pay as I only needed it temporarily. The cordless kettle holds 1. litres and is pretty plain and simple. Its the most basic kettle out there but I was hoping it would do the job of making a good cup of tea in a morning! First issue I noticed was the lid is very stiff which is a pain when your half asleep in a morning and trying to fill it with water. It would take me a good couple of minutes just to get the lid open! I also found when lifting the kettle of the base it would get stuck and you would have to tug really hard to lift it off which would end up with boiling water all over the kitchen side. The kettle is also really loud which I didn't like as I live in a flat and my partner works nights so I didn't want to wake him up making a cup of tea in the morning. Its also a very annoying sound that doesn't just go off when it boils but also whilst the water is heating up. Tipping out the water was also a problem as the spout is too big so water would end up coming down the side of kettle. Apart from the price I don't actually think I have anything good to say about the kettle .. oh apart from the water was warm (although it took what felt like forever!) Don't know why is asks for picture and sound quality just ignore those!

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              15.09.2013 21:18

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              Great value for money

              If you need to save your pennies, then this kettle is the way to go! When your old kettle gives up, this one is easily available as there is always a Tesco nearby and also they are almost always open...so you don't have to miss your morning cuppa. I was a little bit suspicious as at £5 this is really the cheapest kettle you could get. I therefore thought it may not last very long, but I think we have had ours for well over two years and it is still working perfectly. It brings the water to boil pretty fast. The base is a little less sturdy then on the big round kettles and therefore the kettle can be pushed over easier, but this is really only and issue when empty. Also it has now got some discoloration on the inside and the filter is a little bit worn out. The filter also has a bit of a habit of coming of, but it's quite easy to put it back into place. I think this kettle is not too noisy. I guess for the health conscious person there may be a worry due to the kettle being made out of plastic, which could potentially leech chemicals, especially with aging. Overall I think this kettle is excellent value for money!

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              10.09.2013 14:04

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              A great little kettle worth a look

              I initially purchased this kettle as a short term replacement however the kettle quickly became our camping kettle due to its small size which makes it quite easy to fit into a corner of a packed car. This kettle although has no particular bells or whistles in my experience, I have found it to be very reliable. A full Kettle will boil in about a minute and a half which I believe is pretty standard; however the kettle makes quite a loud noise when heating the water which can be quite distracting and whilst camping we do not use the kettle after a certain hour, as I'm sure it would cause some annoyance to the next door campers. The kettle has a handle at the top which makes pouring quite easy and due to the light weight and size of the kettle we have found that our oldest daughter who is 10 years of age can successfully make our family a cup of tea which builds her confidence. We have noticed that the kettle is prone to hard water lime scale build-up and the kettle sides do become quite hot, so if you are using this kettle for camping I would recommend the kettle is placed on an even surface and away from other objects. The kettle has proven to be hardwearing as shown by numerous camping holidays, and due to its size it fits very nicely into small gaps of a very packed boot and hasn't been damaged yet. I would recommend this kettle for anyone looking for a cheap replacement for a short period of time or for anyone going on a camping holiday. We use this kettle each and every time we go camping and it has never let me down

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              13.08.2013 12:17
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              A good kettle that would be perfect for an office

              I work in an office of 8 people and we take it in turns to make the drinks. That's right we end up having 8 cups of tea / coffee a day. We tend to put a little extra money into the tea fund each week in case the kettle breaks or we fancy cakes or biscuits but when we do get a new kettle, we tend to go for cheap and cheerful. +++Cost+++ We paid £7 for this kettle and it is a bargain. The kettles do get a lot of use and tend to last for a good twelve months before they pack in which I feel is good value. So in total we get around 10000 cups of tea and coffee out of it for just £7. +++Performance+++ I can't say it is great, the kettle does what it is supposed to ... boils water! It takes around 2 - 3 minutes to boil the full 1.7 litres which gives me time to sort out who is having tea, coffee, biscuits etc. One problem I do find is that it does feel flimsy and it feels that when full, it is going to break into a million pieces. I must add that we have owned 2 of these now and not once has it done this. We do tend to have to replace the kettle every 12 months but for £7 it isn't a problem and it does get a lot of use. The last time we had to replace the kettle was because it was covered in limescale and wasn't heating the water up at all. I think that if we took better care of the kettle it would have lasted much longer. I find that filling the kettle to bursting point just about fills 8 cups which again is perfect. +++Overview+++ If you need a cheap, cheerful kettle that doesn't need to look great then I would recommend this. It doesn't feel sturdy but it gets the job done. It is perfect for an office. I wouldn't recommend one for at home due to the design and look of it. It looks cheap but for £7 you get a working, durable kettle.

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              23.06.2013 22:17
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              A good serviceable kettle for a fiver

              As my favourite drink is a good old English cuppa I get through quite a few kettles but have never paid more than £10 for one. The expensive named ones may look a bit more aesthetically pleasing but at the end of the day they are used to boil water and nothing else. I usually buy supermarkets own kettles but this is the first time I have bought one from Tesco. First impression when I got it out of the box was that it was a neat looking kettle in brilliant white and had a water level indicator at the side so you always know how much is in the kettle. There is a limescale filter which is essential for me as our water is quite hard, and the switch is a flip down switch at the base of the handle. The base is fixed and not swivel so you cannot change it from one way to the other, but like me I'm sure most people always keep their kettle in exactly the same place so don't need to change it. The lid fits on securely but is easy to lift to fill up if you don't want to fill it from the spout. The kettle has a 2.2KW rapid boil and it really does. By the time I have got my cup, milk and biccies to dunk ready on a plate the kettle has boiled. I have looked at other reviews and a lot of people are saying that the kettle drips down the side, however this has never happened to me but will keep an eye out for it. It holds 1.7 litres of water which is an average size for a kettle. I paid the very reasonable price of £5 for this kettle which I'm sure is cheaper than they were previously so I am very happy with my purchase. I would say that a kettle probably lasts about six months or so in our house so I consider this to be a real bargain and a good serviceable kettle.

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              21.05.2013 15:29
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              A kettle to avoid

              The former Mr Angel was one of those men who can't quite understand why anyone would prefer to own things which look nice and function over those which are both cheap and functional when cheap means having the looks of something which not only fell out of the ugly tree but presumably had designers which fell with it and hit their heads too hard to realise just how ugly the item they were building had become. This kettle is one such item which made its way in to our shared home and was rather quickly replaced with a somewhat less ugly alternative, I am reviewing this one now as I found it in the cupboard whilst having a clear out and my current kettle is full of descaling solution. Looks wise my objections to it are that it is formed entirely out of stark white plastic, with a light blue window in the side so you can see the water level, the on off switch is at the back at the base of the handle. It sits on a matching white base with a white power cord. A very common design for a kettle yet one which for some reason I instantly hated, a hatred which I still haven't gotten over having found the kettle in the cupboard while having a clean out. Kettles are a rather simple object, but one which can be very aesthetically pleasing for relatively small amounts of money, so why anyone would choose to buy this blob of which plastic out of anything other than desperation I'm rather unsure, this item cost around £5, and lasted 3 weeks before I got fed up of burning my hand on the plastic sides shortly after it had boiled and slung it in a box out of the way - careless of me yes but I'm used to Kettles which include the same kind of insulation as most toasters to minimise heat loss through the sides. It is a well-known phenomenon that there is no such thing as a tea pot which doesn't dribble, yet in the kettle world this is rarely a consideration, until you get to this model, found that when pouring almost as much water would land on the work tops as did in the mugs. In fairness to the kettle it was and still is rather quick to boil, which was something of a surprise but after a few weeks of use I started to notice that there was water on the work tops which was definitely not there when I had put the kettle on to boil so in a mere 21 days the kettle had sprung a leak, in fact there is a rather substantial pool of water sat on the work top now from a combination of dribbly spout and leaky body! While I am a bargain queen I still cannot fathom the logic of skimping on something which in my home gets as much use as a kettle to this degree, and I will never tell someone to spend more money than they need to but quite simply in this case the kettle is only suitable for use in the home of someone who doesn't mind hurting themselves against hot plastic (so no one with kids or pets), and doesn't mind having water leaking on the work surfaces. As a cheap temporary solution this would be fine if you could get your head around the idea of a disposable kettle is would even be perfect, and once my other kettle is clean and ready to go again in this particular model can go in the electronics bag for recycling.

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              29.01.2013 00:02
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              Not worth buying

              When my old kettle broke shortly before I moved house, I decided that there was little point in buying an expensive kettle when my new landlord would be providing me with a kettle anyway apparently as part of the rent so I decided that the best option would be to go for a cheap Tesco Value Kettle. I bought it using clubcard vouchers anyway, so it was actually free to me (save for about 50p, anyway) but it would've cost £6.50 if I had bought it with cash. I thought that this was a good deal anyway, even if I didn't use my clubcard vouchers to buy it. When I got it home and took it out of the box, I found that it looked fairly basic. It was just white, and that was it. It didn't light up or anything, but it would do what I needed it to do so I didn't mind too much. It was only supposed to be a temporary measure anyway, after all. I plugged the base in and sat the kettle on it, and found that it seemed to sit well. One thing I did find a bit annoying about this was that it didn't want to sit with the handle pointed for a left handed person particularly well. Now, I'm actually right handed, but when it comes to kettles I prefer to pick them up with my left hand. However, this proved to be a bit difficult with this kettle as the base would almost always spin back to the right instead. This was more an annoyance than anything, and I decided I could cope with this on a temporary basis. When it came to boiling the water, I found that it boiled in a reasonable amount of time. It poured fairly easily as well, but one thing I did find after about two months of using it was that the lid didn't always stay fitted to the top of the kettle particularly well, so I had to watch that the water didn't go everywhere when I poured it. Again, this wasn't too much of a problem for me personally - I just did it over the sink - but with children around, this could be a serious problem. And, if you weren't careful, you could end up getting the cord wet, spilling water on the floor, numerous possible accidents could've happened, really. Luckily, I then moved into the new house and only used the kettle once or twice more since then, but I certainly won't be buying one again. It's not worth it. They just leak and cause problems far too soon into owning them, I'm afraid. Oh, and ignore the 'sound' and 'picture' quality below. They're clearly not relevant ;)

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              18.01.2013 07:59
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              Perfectly happy with this product and would have no hesitation in buying the same model again

              Two years ago my kettle needed replacing, I didn't have the money (or the inclination) at the time to buy a fancy brand or pretty colour and style, so whilst doing my normal food shop one day I bought the basic, value range kettle from Tesco. Tesco JK12 Value kettle can be bought online or in store. This kettle cost a grand old £6 - so a price you cannot complain about. It is nice when you have to replace a essential household item at next to no cost. The kettle is cordless and white. It doesn't seem that long ago really that a cordless kettle was a step up from a basic model! Standard height = 216mm The kettle is a jug style Weight. unfilled = 0.76kg Capacity 1.7litres It is useful that the kettle has a water level indicator on the side, so that you can see how much water is in it. I live in a hard water area, so it is also useful to me that it has a limescale filter - which slots into position easily, I took the filter out every couple weeks and rinsed it through. The kettle is a nice, bright white colour - easy to wipe clean and keep looking nice. Boiling time, nice and quick, as you would expect I had absolutely no problems with this kettle - I have read a couple reviews online where it was mentioned that some people have had problems with this kettle, suddenly turning itself on and starting to boil, or turning itself off for no obvious reasons but I must state that this did not happen to me. This kettle stopped working a couple weeks ago, I have absolutely no reason why, so the kettle got thrown away and replaced. I have no grumbles whatsoever about this kettle breaking.. I do not expect something that cost £6 to last forever, so 2 years seems quite reasonable to me. In conclusion - cheap kettle, worked perfectly well - 10 out of 10 This review is posted on another review site, by myself, same username

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              Short name: Tesco JK12