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      03.09.2009 11:11
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      Good electric toothbrush pair IF you can justify roughly £60 a year on replacement heads.

      Having already been using a Sonicare toothbrush, I was keen to try this model as although my teeth were getting whiter, they weren't always as shiny and (literally) squeaky clean as they could have been, plus I was still experiencing bleeding gums due to an already existing sensitivity.

      The toothbrush is rather too well packaged; it was a bit of a struggle to open inside. The set is complete and covers you for travelling too, which is good.

      Brushing with these brushes resulted in a genuinely deep clean feeling as well as, now I've been using them for 3 months, reduced sensitivity of gums (read that as less bleeding and soreness).

      There are downsides though, the main one being the exorbitant price of replacement heads which is about £15 every 3 months if you follow the recommendations given by Philips. The RRP of £249.99 is/was excessive too, as far as I can see, in spite of how good the toothbrushes are (remember there are 2 given here). At the current price of £96.88, I would definitely recommend it though.

      This review was previously posted on Amazon, under an account registered to the same email address as DooYoo.

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      • Nikon Coolpix S220 / Digital Camera / 56 Readings / 51 Ratings
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        29.08.2009 08:40
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        Great compact camera for a first time user.

        Other than camera phones, I have never owned a camera and despite some less than complimentary reviews of this particular model, I decided to give it a try as overall, Nikon is still a great brand. I admit, I have nothing to compare it with, other than my friend's professional Canon camera which I'm sometimes allowed to dabble with.

        I found it very easy to figure everything out and get started, and to find my way around the functions of the camera. Photos were good quality, and despite taking photos of moving people, there was no blurring on most shots, and there was also no red eye. The zoom was great, and I was able to zoom in well on a performer's face on stage from a good 20 feet away.

        So, despite the criticisms others have had, I am yet to encounter any problems with this camera and think it's good value for a very good quality product.

        Originally posted on Amazon, on an account which is registered to the same email address as my DooYoo account.

        Product Features
        10.0 Megapixel Sensor
        3x Optical Zoom
        Features include: Image Stabilisation, Scene Auto Selector, Smart Portrait System, Blink Proof and Smile Mode
        2.5 inch High-Resolution LCD
        Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Means 180 shots Between Charges
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        Effective pixels 10.0 million
        Lens 3x Zoom-NIKKOR
        6.3-18.9mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 35-105mm), f/3.1-5.9
        Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 420mm)
        Focus range (from lens)60cm to infinity (∞), Macro close-up mode: 10cm to infinity (∞)
        Monitor2.5-inch, approx. 150k-dot, TFT LCD
        Storage mediaInternal memory (approx. 44 MB), SD/SDHC memory cards* * Not compatible with Multi Media Cards (MMC)
        ISO sensitivityISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, Auto (auto gain ISO 80-800), High ISO Sensitivity Auto (ISO 80-1600)
        Power sourcesRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL10 , AC Adapter EH-62D
        Battery life*Approx. 180 shots with EN-EL10 battery * Based on CIPA industry standard for measuring life of camera batteries. Measured at 23°C, zoom adjusted with each shot, built-in flash fired with every other shot, image mode set to Normal
        Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 89.5 x 55.5 x 18 mm excluding projections
        Weight Approx. 100 g without battery and SD/SDHC memory card

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          29.08.2009 08:35
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          Tone yourself up in your own time.

          Having already tried and reviewed another DVD in this series; Hot Body Boot Camp, I was eager to try this offering as my belly is the one area I have, until now, failed to tame or tone.

          I won't lie, some of the more energetic exercises are not for the faint of heart or body, and they do make you ache, but they also work. I lost 2 inches off my belly in 3 weeks so far, through doing 2 10 minute sessions per day. I guess it depends how much time you want to put in, but it's certainly worth it for me.

          There are some more gentle exercises to get you acclimatised to exercising, and these are great for beginners because if I was thrown head-first into the harder stuff, I'd be put off, whereas this way, I wasn't.

          There are many other DVDs in this series, so if you have any other problem areas, or want a general fitness overhaul, then I suggest you give them a try.

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            28.08.2009 19:02
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            The current best breadmaker on the market.

            I'd heard a lot about breadmakers recently and despite being tempted by a Panasonic breadmaker with fruit/nut dispensers I plumped for this model when given the chance to try it, and I have bought Karen Saunders' book; Breadmaker Bible as although this machine comes with a recipe book, I like to experiment. As an aside, I do thoroughly recommend the extra book, which is available on this very site.

            I have made a banana, chocolate and walnut loaf, a cinammon and raisin loaf, and a normal wholemeal loaf, all of which came out perfectly. I didn't know how well the ingredients (I mean the nuts, etc) would be distributed but it worked well and they were smattered throughout the loaves.

            It was easy to get the hang of how to use the machine, and also easy to take apart and clean relevant bits. I have not yet tried to make jam, but I look forward to giving it a go and seeing how this breadmaker makes jam.

            Much as a previous reviewer has said, it is heavy and large and does take up space, so be aware of this if you have limited storage/a small kitchen, and if you're only making ordinary loaves, then you would be fine with a cheaper option. It looks very classy and modern though and should match most kitchens.

            Originally published on Amazon; the account I have there is registered to the same email address as my DooYoo one is.

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              28.08.2009 06:04
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              A good quick kettle for single cup usage.

              First thing's first; I forgot to heed the advice given by other reviewers of this item; I didn't boil and dispose of a few cups of water before boiling some to drink. There will be a plastic taste if you make the same mistake I did!!

              I would disagree that the noise level is higher than that of an ordinary kettle. It sounds much the same as an ordinary kettle would when reaching boiling temperature, only this device reaches higher temperatures faster as it is heating a smaller volume of water. The water is hot enough to make your hot drink but I would hazard a guess at saying it isn't quite boiling. I also would agree that it suits only a mug rather than a cup, although there is the drip tray facility should you insist on using a cup.

              The only other shortcoming, no pun intended, is the length, or rather lack thereof, of the cord it uses to connect to the socket. It means you have to keep it very close to the socket which can be a drag if you have limited space.

              A great time and money saving item.

              Originally posted by me on Amazon (account registered under same email address as DooYoo account).

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              28.08.2009 06:00
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              Earphones to enhance the listening experience.

              I've been using the Sennheiser CX-300 earphones for a while now but was keen to try these new earphones, designed specifically for music.

              They're securely and attractively packaged, and although some other users have had trouble getting the earphones out of the packaging, I found it relatively simple and fun.

              The jack plug which connects the earphones to whatever device you want to use it with is a lot smaller and daintier than most, and the earphones are even lighter than the CX-300s.

              The sound quality is really good and they're better at excluding external sounds than the CX-300s, although as another reviewer has already said, I wouldn't recommend them for use outside the house as they're rather too good at their job!!

              I listened to a wide variety of music with these earphones which provided excellent clarity and quality of sound, and although music containing a heavy use of drums can be a little uncomfortable to listen to through this set, nothing sounded bad. I even forgot to change them for the CX-300s when I turned on a documentary, and spoken audio is also crystal clear.

              They're definitely worth a listen, in fact a "sound" investment.

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                25.04.2009 12:05
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                A current album.

                I shall run through each track individually before giving an overview and opinion at the end.

                Lucy The Castle is the opening track, and I like the deliberate seemingly false start. It's a vibrant, rocky track; a great one to get a crowd going to. It has elements of The Beastie Boys to it with the vocal delivery.

                She's A Weapon has a great instrumental opening, which reminds me a little of a slightly sped up Merseybeat style. The vocals, when introduced, are anything but Merseybeat, and sound quite punky.

                We Are Us is a more toned down sounding track, but still punchy and energetic. It's the most commercial sounding track thus far, and is catchy and would sound great on the radio; it would be popular.

                Oh What Have You Done starts off with a cough, which to be honest, I found irritating and too try-hard. The tempo is fast and rocky, with elements of an English version of Green Day.

                Strife has some really poor rhymes and is an irritating sounding track; the weakest so far, although it reminds me of Artic Monkeys so fans of them would probably like this track.

                One Night On The Street is, again, punchy and energetic, but the vocals are delivered in a way which makes it harder to distinguish the lyrics.

                Let Them Have It All also reminds me of Artic Monkeys and is one of the better tracks but not one which I particularly like. The trouble with this album is it all sounds too samey and lacks originality so nothing really stands out.

                Bad Candy is catchy and commercial and one of the more listenable and accessible tracks on the album.

                You Stole The Sun is rather childish in its delivery and repetition; it's ok but nothing stands out for me. I find the shoutiness irritating.

                Bouncing Bomb opens with a nice acoustic guitar and is a much easier track to listen to as it's not so shouty you can't hear what is being sung, unlike the majority of the rest of the record. It's one of the better and most commercial songs.

                What's Your Name is the closing track and much as Bouncing Bomb, it's easy to listen to but it still doesn't do much else for me.

                Overall, this album was supremely disappointing. I was torn between giving it 2 stars and 3 because my personal opinion is 2 but I know the band has been well received while touring with Oasis. I didn't enjoy the album and can't bring myself to listen to it again, so I went with the 2 star option. I think that if you like the more punky side of indie rock music, this will suit you but if you prefer the Oasis/Blur etc type sounds, this isn't for you, even with the slightly more mellow tracks at the end.

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                  25.04.2009 12:03
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                  A great musician from Wings and the Moody Blues.

                  The opening track, In Time, sounds rather distant and spacey, and is very relaxed. The lyrics are really interesting and imaginative, and show the really gentle personality of their creator.

                  Reborn, the next track, sounds very much like you what you'd hear in an 80s club, especially in terms of instrumentals. Once again, there are some really good lyrics here and some interesting analogies and mental images.

                  Rollin' Tide is a really relaxing piece which has a large instrumental section at the beginning before launching into some really powerful, moving lyrics which are delivered with real soul.

                  Night Walker has a really cool middle section of instrumentals. It reminds me a bit of Phil Collins or Sting. It's got a sort of funk blues feel to it.

                  Hard Labour reminds me of Bob Dylan and sounds quite similar; raw vocals, slightly religious, country blues feel and harmonica addition with lyrics about hardship.

                  Misty Mountain is the most commercial sounding song so far on this release. It's still country blues but more upbeat and modern sounding, and of course, still has the lyrics that speak to you.

                  Fanfare has very steady soundss although the lack of tonal variation in the vocal performance makes it slightly weaker for me. It's a laid back, interesting track nonetheless though.

                  Within Walls is more commercial than Misty Mountain; it sounds like something you'd hear on the radio but without selling out; Denny Laine makes the music he wants to rather than what will pander to anyone. I really love this song and it's the easiest one to sing along to; it's catchy and has some great lyrics (as do all his songs, it seems!)

                  Eternal Quest is another commercial sounding track and although instrumentally it's pretty commercial, the lyrics are rather introverted, and spiritual, which makes it a thought provoking song.

                  Phoenix is really delightful; another favourite on this album, with an upbeat, commercial, accessible sound and great vocal delivery.

                  Go Now is Denny's most famous contribution to his erstwhile band, The Moody Blues; this is a nice, pared down version but very recognisable and lovely. It's pretty much as you'd hear if you came to any of his live shows these days.

                  Time To Hide is a Wings track, and as is the case with Go Now, it's pretty much the version he plays live these days. Lovely pared down version of an underrated Wings gem.

                  Again & Again & Again, another Wings track (see my comment on Time To Hide).

                  Mull Of Kintyre is the closing track, and it is also the most famous Wings track, a massive hit in 1977, when Britain was on the cusp of the Punk phenomenon; this track was the antithesis. As for Denny's version, it's really sweet and touching, and well performed.

                  I think this is the best album to buy if you're just starting out getting into Denny Laine's music as it has a very small overview of some of his toher musical projects (Moody Blues and Wings), and of course, it has alternative versions of these than the ones you'll already know.

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                    21.04.2009 14:01
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                    Not one for the weak of heart or stomach.

                    I chose this book as someone with an interest in erotic fiction and a healthy imagination. Various reviews I had read in respectable publications had me thinking this would be really worthwhile and a big deal. I guess that any publicity is good publicity, as reading through my fellow reviewers' opinions on this page shows my opinion is one shared with many other disappointed and disgusted readers.

                    The book is childish, reminding me of when we'd gather in the corners of the playground and try to shock eachother in fits of giggles over "naughty words" and "rude things." Its sole purpose is to shock, with incredibly graphic descriptions of things most sane people don't want to hear about; I mean fetishes involving bodily waste.

                    I can see why it is such a controversial book; the last time I can think of a book causing such a stir was Lady Chatterley's Lover but at least that had a storyline and its own merit; this is just a cacophony of vulgarity and I found myself feeling physically sick at times reading it.

                    I would say avoid this book unless you need or would like to need psychiatric help. For a far better mildly erotic novel, I'd recommend Everything You Ever Wanted by Rosalind Wyllie or the Diary Of A Callgirl books by Tracey Quan.

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                    • Fat face / Clothing / 160 Readings / 148 Ratings
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                      09.02.2009 13:33
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                      Outdoor fashion

                      I worked for Fat Face for just over 2 years between 2002 and 2004 and I remember when I first joined, thinking the clothes were dowdy, not very trendy and too big and shapeless. I remember the transition as they started to make pretty clothing, and then expanded their range to include toiletries and jewellery, and became a regular customer since leaving them.

                      The clothes now range from size 8-16 in all items as they always did, with some items available in 6 and 18 too. Menswear has the same size range as it always did.

                      Fat Face used to be all about practical outdoors wear, and some technical kit as they call it; eg skiing clothing and equipment and surfing paraphernalia. They then branched out and opened more stores, which they filled with more wearable, accessible, fashionable clothing, although it's still all practical.

                      Clothing from Fat Face is not cheap but it lasts for years; I still wear items from 2002. The shops are practical and are modelled on ski chalets with wooden interiors and some trendy features like sawn up VW vans and corrugated iron.

                      You are able to transfer in, mail order or buy online for items if you cannot find them instore; the staff are very helpful with this. They also have a very good returns policy and you can refund items bought online/mail order in any of their stores.

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                      • An Other Cup - Yusuf / Music Album / 89 Readings / 84 Ratings
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                        A great album.

                        I write this review as someone who likes Cat Stevens' music, but is not an expert on it, and as someone who is unfamiliar with his more religious releases as Yusuf Islam.

                        The album opens with Midday (Avoid City After Dark), an upbeat, joyous, positive song with nods to his newfound cultural roots but sounding enough like he did of old, so as to appeal to both sets of listeners.

                        Heaven/Where True Love Goes sounds like a step back in time to Tea For The Tillerman. Classic Cat Stevens.

                        Maybe There's A World is a gorgeously introspective, philosophical, spiritual song in its lyrical contents. Lovely, really lovely.

                        One Day At A Time is much as Maybe There's A Place; ideological and sweet.

                        When Butterflies Leave is a short spoken interlude. Not really fussed about it either way.

                        In The End is another philosophical number, and very thought provoking and true. It's a reminder of karma.

                        Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood is a soul-wrenchingly moving version of The Animals' classic. Absolutely mind-blowingly beautiful and the best track on the album.

                        I Think I See The Light is another turn to the upbeat, jaunty feel not seen since the opening track. Very cool, bluesy. Strong track.

                        Whispers From A Spiritual Garden is an instrumental interlude, with a distinct spiritual, calming, oriental feel. Then you hear some spoken vocals near the end.

                        The Beloved is the most Islamic sounding track, at least in its opening. This does not alienate the listener though.

                        Greenfields, Golden Sands begins with string instrumentals as yet unheard on this release and sounds like something you'd hear in a musical theatre show.

                        There Is Peace is another philosophical, spiritual style song and a nice, relaxing way to end the album.

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                          30.01.2009 13:32
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                          Classic FF with a twist.

                          This new album, long awaited after a long absence from actively pursuing the music scene by Franz Ferdinand. It's more mature and experimental, and although it has been slated by some people, I feel that this is because these people had typecast FF as jaunty-whimsical one trick ponies, capable only of releasing music along the lines of their first two albums, and because this is different, it shocked and disappointed these people, who perhaps did not give it a fair listen for this reason. I listened to it objectively, although with anticipation, as a fan of FF since the beginning. I have gone into a few stand-out tracks below in further detail. There are no songs I would skip over on this album though, and I recommend it, although I'd recommend you get the 2 disc special edition; I wish I had!!

                          Ulysses opens the album with a very different sound compared to what we're used to from Franz Ferdinand. It's got elements of classic FF with the chorus, but the overall instrumental sounds like something you'd hear in a chic bar; slow with a steady, defined beat.

                          Twilight Omens is another slow track, but with more instrumentals to pad out the steady overall rhythm than we had heard on Ulysses. Much as before, it's classic FF with a more mature twist. There are some silly and amusing lyrics here, which reminds us it IS definitely FF; the references to puerile activities involving a calculator certainly made me smile.

                          No You Girls is a very cool and a livelier track than the first two and sounds more like FF of old than what we've heard from this album so far. The guitar mid-section really, really went right back to early FF and I loved it.

                          Live Alone is the most catchy track so far, very remeniscent of early FF with a funky bassline and easy to sing-along-to vocals with a very commercially viable sound (possible future single release?) and an electronic addition. Certainly a personal favourite track.

                          Lucid Dreams is the most out-there, different from the usual FF track on this album, with some warping and distortion on certain parts of the instrumentals but still sounding coherent, accessible and appealing to fans of the band.

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                            29.01.2009 07:16
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                            Great overview of, and introduction to, the solo career of Ringo Starr.

                            There are some great Ringo Starr tracks on this album, but there are also what I believe to be some glaring ommissions as well as some slight oversights.

                            La De Da was a brilliant single from Vertical Man, yet was not included on this compilation. I also thought the track Pure Gold from Rotogravure should have been added to this CD. It would have been nice to have maybe some new live versions of old Ringo Beatles classics such as Octopus's Garden, Don't Pass Me By and Honey Don't, although Act Naturally was a step in the right direction.

                            All the best hits other than those I have already mentioned are here, most notably for me You're Sixteen and Photograph. Never Without You is a great song too, which was written as a tribute to George Harrison, and as such is very touching. Of course, Snookeroo, Back Off Boogaloo, It Don't Come Easy, No-No Song, Beaucoups Of Blues and the John Lennon collaboration Good Night Vienna are featured herein.

                            Great overview of, and introduction to, the solo career of Ringo Starr.

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                            29.01.2009 07:14
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                            Essential for any George Harrison fan.

                            The way this DVD has been compiled shows the amount of love, affection and reverence George was held in by those who really knew him. It's a great tribute to him.

                            I didn't buy the box set as I already have the albums contained therein, so I had not already seen this DVD, but as others have said, if you have the box set, this DVD is already included in it.

                            It's great to see this Dark Horse being given time to really speak and be listened to, and showcases the illustrious talent he contained and show what was being slightly hidden, overshadowed and sidelined by the giant that was the Lennon/McCartney partnership (not a slight at Lennon and McCartney; read my other reviews and you'll see I think they're all brilliant!)

                            This is a fascinating insight into George Harrison, as well as containing a couple of really cool promo videos you may or may not already have seen. I already have the SACD of George live in Japan, but there are also some videos included from that concert, so it was great to see bits of the show I've been listening to the last few years.

                            If you want to get into George Harrison's solo music after reading this, may I suggest the following three albums as your most essential listening and his best solo offerings (others may well beg to differ).
                            All Things Must Pass
                            Cloud Nine
                            Brainwashed

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                            27.01.2009 08:29
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                            Great folky-bluesy album from 2008.

                            The opening track is a brief, jaunty sounding song which vocally and in terms of its overall sound reminds me of John Power. I also like the way it has sound effects at the end which add to its raw, acoustic appeal; it sounds like cutlery being tapped on glasses.

                            Trashcan also reminds me of (instrumentally in places) The Kaiser Chiefs; it also has a slightly anthemic line or two in it a couple of times over which serves as a sort of chorus and it's upbeat in terms of instrumentals despite the lyrics being a little more morose.

                            People C'Mon also reminds me a lot of John Power. It starts off quite bare and acoustic and then pads out in areas with the addition of other instruments and more powered-up vocals. I really like the piano middle section.

                            House For Two is a much more mellow track than previous ones on this release, and it's emotionally charged and performed with conviction.

                            Strange Vine is very upbeat with a more uplifted feel than the rest of the album so far, and it's also less serious in terms of lyrical themes.

                            Streetwalker starts off with a Motown feel to it, and sounds like a modern take on that type of music at least in terms of instrumentals. It then becomes a funky, but simple drum and bass instrumental with vocals added; it's one of the best tracks on the album, even more so when it pads out with further instruments being added.

                            People, Turn Around has elements of Neil Young (more than Bob Dylan) with the harmonica which opens the song. It reminds me of both of the above named artists the whole way through and is my favourite track on the album.

                            Parade is another strong track with clear, strong, precise instrumental performance, and a slow, easy vibe to it.

                            Bleeding Bells reminds me a lot of Richard Ashcroft in terms of both vocals and the overall sound of the song.

                            Children is another strong track which reminds me of Cast. It's got powerful vocals and a catchy, lively instrumental vein running through it.

                            Ode To Sunshine is yet another strong track, much like Children in its sound.

                            Overall, it is a very good album which largely went un-noticed when it was released although both its position in the top 50 albums of 2008 in certain magazines, and hearing it at work piqued my interest and brought it to my attention. A good break from the mainstream which still sounds familiar and accessible.

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