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    • Philips HD4671 / Kettle / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      11.12.2009 22:08
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      A great kettle which looks good and saves money on energy costs.

      When my last kettle died on me last month, I decided to look around to see if any energy efficient kettles were on the market. I chose this one after discounting the two chamber kettles because I had heard they were heavy. This kettle is slightly heavier than my last one, but it is solid in construction and sits into a very firm and stable base. It has a clear water level scale on the side, which is measured both in cups and litres. This is very clear to read, and enables you to only boil the amount of water you need each time, according to the publicity this could save you 66% in energy consumption, which has to be a good thing, both for your finances, and the environment. The kettle also has a scale filter, stopping all the little bits of limescale entering your drink, which is particularly useful when you live in a hard water area, as I do. It also has boil dry protection and a flat bottom enabling easier cleaning. I was also impressed to see that in the manual it expalains how to descale the kettle using white vinegar, which again is a big plus for the environment. I find the kettle is easy to fill, either through the spout or the flip up lid and the water boils quickly, which is great when you're desperate for a cuppa. I'm not sure how a kettle can have picture quality, so for this rating I have thought about the look of the product. Again, for sound quality I have rated it according to the lack of excessive noise when in use.

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      • Siemens Gigaset C47H / Telephone / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        01.12.2009 21:41
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        If you want a reliable phone, look elsewhere, or get a spare.

        I chose to buy this telephone after reading a lot of internet reviews which generally said that this was a good reliable phone. I have now had the phone for about four months and have been slightly disappionted by it. Firstly I shall share the good points. It has a stylish design. The black case with silver buttons and trim is not ostentatious, and it fits well in its cradle. It is a nice shape to hold, and not too heavy when making longer calls. It has a reasonable range, although my previous Philips cordless phone was better. It holds plenty of numbers in the memory(150, I think), which are easy to read(like a moble phone). It has an SMS facility, which means you can send and recieve text messages from it. It has something called Eco Dect technology, which means it uses less electricity in its standby mode, which is good for the environment. The caller display is clear, and tells me if I have missed any calls. The not so good points. There have been occasions when I have gone to answer the phone that it has cut me off when I have picked up the handset. I have tried changing some of the settings, but to no avail. A few of my friends have told me that they have called but haven't been able to get through. I don't hear a ring and they get a phone out of order tone...Good job I've got a mobile for emergencies.

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        27.11.2009 22:08
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        A rhyming story that will put a smile on your face and make you think.

        A newish reviewer sits all by herself, In a room with a computer, and not much else. Words spew out as she taps the keys As she reviews 'A squash and a squeeze' Writing rhymes isn't as easy as you first think(as you can see from my attempt above), this is why my greatest admiration goes out to Julia Donaldson and Axcel Scheffler who continue to produce brilliant rhyming picture books for children that are funny, thought provoking, and colourfully illustrated. A Squash and a Squeeze was initially written by Julia as a song for Children's TV, but in 1993 it was made into her first picture book, with Axcel Scheffler providing the illustrations. The story is about an old lady who is dissatisfied about the size of her home and asks a wise old man for help. His words of wisdom are somewhat unconventional, as he first advises her to bring in her hen. Then, when she still complains her house is too small, he goes on to tell her to bring in her goat, her pig, and finally her cow. As you would expect this leads to chaos, and when the little old lady makes her final plea for help, the wise old man suggests she removes all the unruly animals. This solution brings peace to the situation, and the old lady realises that her house wasn't too small after all. My children (who are four and five) love this story. They find the antics of the animals hilarious (who wouldn't find the image of a pig dancing on a table funny?). They also join in with parts of the story, especially the old lady's exclamation, "My house is a squash and a squeeze". I think it is a great opportunity for them to savour the language and begin to memorize text. Morally, I think, it is a good way of explaining to children that complaining about your situation can stop you appreciating what you have.

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        26.11.2009 11:15
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        A story about learning patience and experiencing the beauty of nature

        My two children love this story, and have done for a couple of years. They are now four and five. The story is about a small polar bear wanting to see the Northern Lights. He has heard about them and can't wait to see them. Every day he asks 'Is it time yet', only to be told 'no, not yet' , so he goes off to do something else. His anticipation builds up, until on the final day he gets to see the marvel of the Northern Lights. The illustrations in this book are beautifully drawn, and when you get to see the page showing the Northern Lights it is colourful and sparkly, allowing the children to share in the wonder the little bear feels. I often get asked 'How many sleeps until......', so this book has proved useful in many discussions about patience and waiting for special events. I think it is lovely in todays materialistic world to show children how beautiful nature can be, and that the buzz you can get from having these experiences is far better than any toy.

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        25.11.2009 23:22
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        There are better books on household management

        After having two children close together and living in chaos for a couple of years I decided to buy this book to see if I could get control over my house. I found the typeset easy to read and the content was just common sense delivered in slightly patronising style. The book has chapters(or Lessons, as Anthea calls them) which cover De-Cluttering, Storage, Cleaning, Laundry, Safety, Paperwork, Homemaking and the like. They are all dealt with in a simplistic manner, and I feel that many of these chapters would be better covered in a book on their own. There are some useful tips scattered here and there, especially in the cleaning and stain removal sections, but you can't help feeling like a naughty school girl for not knowing them in the first place. On a plus point, my daughter(who is now four) really likes this book because it has a pink cover with pictures of pretty cakes on it! You may be wondering has this book transformed me into a Perfect Housewife?........ Not really Do I care? ........ No

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      • Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 / Speaker / 8 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        25.11.2009 11:48
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        A excellent set of speakers with an affordable price tag.

        I bought these speakers nearly 2 years ago to replace some old Dynatron speakers I had for donkeys years. I wanted some bookshelf speakers with a good sound quality and that looked beautiful so I opted for the walnut veneer finish. I was not disappionted. The speakers offer a deep, rich sound that makes all the other speakers in my house sound second rate. I have played many different musical genres through them and they all sound great. I have an old Technics amplifier which I'm sure is a factor in providing the good sound quality, but saying that I run some remote speakers through the same amplifier which give out a much tinnier and hollow sound. The build quality of these speakers is excellent, not only are they functional but they look gorgous too. I particularly like the curved sides and the real wood finish. I am hoping that one day I will be able to replace my other speakers with something similar.

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        • Dyson DC14 Animal / Vacuum Cleaner / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          24.11.2009 20:47
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          A good vacuum cleaner

          I have owned a lot of vacumn cleaners over the years and was getting fed up with them breaking down after the guarantee ran out. I chose the Dyson after reading a few good reviews and asking around. I have had the machine about five years now and it has lasted a lot longer than any of my other cleaners. However, I have just had to replace the extending hose for a mimimal cost. Performance wise, the Dyson does what it should. I have a dog and the dog hairs are easily picked up along with the dust and dirt. It always amazes me how much dirt is in the bucket after I have vacuumed. The cleaner is easy to maintain. If you get a blockage the pipes come apart in sections and snap back together without too much hassle. The washable filter is quick to clean, although it takes about 24 hours to dry before you can use the vacuum again. It's only drawback is the weight of the machine, especially when carrying it upstairs, but it has good carry handles which makes this easier.

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            23.11.2009 22:31

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            I look forward to sharing this book with my children.

            I first had this story read to me when I was quiite small and have loved it ever since. Mary, born and raised in India, is a fiesty little girl who, after suffering emotional rejection from her parents, becomes orphaned and is sent to live with her Uncle at Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire. When she arrives she discovers her Uncle is hardly ever at home and the house is run by a severe and strict house keeper, Mrs Medlock. Feeling unwanted and unloved Mary is left to amuse herself, which makes the discovery of the Secret Garden all the more magical. The sinister sounds of a child crying at night provide a mysterious element, and the final chapter gives the reader a happy resolution, and manages to leave you with a lovely warm feeling. I can remember spending many childhood hours reading and re-reading this book wishing I was with Mary and her friends tending the garden, and bringing back life to something that appeared to be dead.

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          • Creative Zen X-Fi 16 GB / MP3 Player / 9 Readings / 6 Ratings
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            23.11.2009 21:34

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            A great little gadget, I wouldn't be without it.

            I have had my zen x fi for about 15 months and have used it every day. It is my first mp3 player so I can't personally compare it to any other brands. However, I chose the zen because I wanted a mp3 player with a radio and also a large gb memory to store my ever increasing music collection. I really like the compact size, which is easy to carry unobtrusively in a pocket. The sound quality with headphones is excellent and this especially noticable when listening to Pink Floyd. The internal speaker does not produce such a good sound, but what can you expect from something not much bigger than a credit card. It also has the capacity to store digital photo images, so I can carry around my whole collection of family photos from the last five years. I've not really found much use for the wireless LAN feature, it seems a bit of a gimmick to me. It can also play videos, but again this is a feature I haven't managed to use, probably due to copyright protection features on my DVDs.

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          • Panasonic SD 251 / Bread Maker / 9 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            23.11.2009 15:06
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            It is worth buying a good quality machine to get bread that tastes this good.

            I recieved this breadmaker for christmas about eight years ago and it is still working perfectly. It is wonderful walking into the house after a busy day to the smell of freshly baked bread, the only drawback is wailting for the bread to cool down before you can slice it! It is quite a large and heavy appliance, so getting it out of the cupbaord to use can be a problem, I would keep mine out all the time if I had more worktop space. At first I found the hole left in the centre of the bread by the paddle and the elongated height of the loaf a little off putting, but once sliced this is not as noticable. The taste of a homemade freshly baked loaf is so much nicer than a shop bought sliced loaf, but it doesn't seem to last as long because it is so yummy, even the children want more!

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