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With bread prices remaining high in the shops and having previously been the owner of two bread makers (both of which sadly passed on to the great scrap heap in the sky!), I decided to give it another go and settled on this one from Kenwood.
There is a wide choice out there, but Kenwood being a good name, I decided that getting what you pay for is the important thing here, so I discarded the cheaper models offered by others. At the same time, I couldn't justify spending twice this amount on something to save money on bread.
The key skill with any breadmaker is getting to know your machine. You will make mistakes and have some rubbish bread, but with experience and follwoing the basic rules of what to add and in what order and quantity, you will reap the rewards. Ths machine is no different and we had some solid loaves, but after getting used to it (and quite quickly) it then produced for us some fantastic bread.
When you get the formula - stick to it!
We don't do all the fancy things it says you can, but prefer to stick to the regular loaves and this machine is very good at doing that.
Word of caution - we have only had this for a couple of months and previous machines have lasted for around 18 months, so I do not know how this will compare. We wait and see......
Being on my own, and not having enough crockery and cutlery to fill and make efficient use of a normal sized dishwasher, I was keen to look at an option that a) would fit into my small kitchen and b) not be massively expensive to run.
This one seemed to fit the bill. It was easy to install - if you don't mind drilling holes in your worktops to get the cold water feed through and being power tool man, that was not a problem for me.
You will easily manage to fit in 4 place settings (cups, Dinner plates, side Plates, dishes and cutlery) and possibly more if you are strategic about your loading. I'm a bit anal and this is quite easy. I couldn't manage to do too many pots as well, but what do you expect from a work top appliance?
Cleaning quality is most important for me and this really does the job.
Just don't expect it to cope with dinner parties!
I bought my Dell Inspiron 15R about 12 months ago from PC World. It had Windows 7 and all the usual tools that you need, except MS Office, which you will probably have to buy as an add-on. I do think this is a cheek, by the way, as what else are you going to do with it, other than play games, watch films, spend time social networking.....
Anyway, I digress.
The big screen is actually really good for all of the things mentioned above and when you have Office loaded as well, it is as much of a laptop that you will need, to be honest.
It is responsive, well laid out and has enough weight to feel like it's not going to break, but not so heavy you can't move it around with one hand, while balancing a coffee in the other!
The down-side - battery-life. I know some people expect to have hours and hours, but I am not that greedy, yet am still left a little disappointed with what I get.
I was given this Roberts DAB Sports Radio as a gift from friends and wouldn't be without it.
Having always used portable FM/MW Radios to keep me company when gardening, or dog walking, when my last radio died, I needed a suitable replacement.
This was it and I couldn't be happier with it.
Very easy to use and to tune in to any Digital Station, this has a good-sized screen which shows you the signal strength, time, battery life remaining and the station that you are tuned to.
This works well either with earpieces in, or listening to it as a normal radio.
The only downside to this generally neat little radio, is that it doesn't feel like it is a quality product - it is just a bit plasticky. I guess this helps to keep the costs down, but I think they might have come up with something a bit more substantial.
That said, still well worthwhile.
I was first introduced to HTC two phones ago - that's about 4 years in old money - and I have to say, I don't think I will ever use anything else.
I was told that HTC invented the touch screen technology that apple made famous under licencse, but now HTC can produce their own phones, I think it proves that they are just as good, if not better, than the iPhone.
The HTC Sensation XL has an excellent screen, which is big enough for me to read without having to look for my glasses and has touch screen keys that are big enough for my fat fingers to operate, without constantly dialling my mum by mistake!
The above makes it sound like it's great for geriatrics - not so. With the Beats Audio quality, you will love the sounds of either the FM Radio, or your own playlists. You can use it as an e-Reader, a game station, a mirror (not very good), a torch (excellent) and of course a phone.
If you want something that is easy to use and reliable, get this phone!
The HP EliteBook 6930p is, I have to say is an okay tool for the average user. If, like me, you are a bit of a dunce when it comes to laptops, then I don't think you will be disappointed. The look and feel is solid and being brushed chrome adds to the quality feel of the product.
The screen s a good size and provides very easy vision of your work or DVDs. Key touch is also responsive and while I always seem to have problems remembering whether I have to press "ctrl" or "fn" before the volume control, it is easy to use...And Heavy...
I know a laptop is supposed to be portable and this one is, but if you have walk across London (other Cities are available!!) with this on your back, you will know about it. I haven't actually weighed it, but I would say it certainly one of the heavier tools I have had since I stopped working for a certain large Bank in 2005.
That said, it is strangely comforting to know you are holding something that doesn't feel like it is goig to break.
It does what you need it to do.