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    • Savlon Antiseptic Cream / First Aid / 41 Readings / 38 Ratings
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      13.11.2010 09:53
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      Just as good as Germolene.

      My dog accidentally bit me last week whilst we were playing last week and left a nice puncture wound in one hand. As both my self and the dog have had all vaccinations upto date I was not too concerned but obvioulsy still wanted to put something on it.

      I ususally use germolene, but as we had none in the house I had to go to my local Tesco express and buy some. However they only stocked Savlon, but after a quick look over the packaging I discovered they are more or less the same thing.

      It came in a cardbord box, which contained a 30g squeezy tube of Savlon. I believe they also sell Savlon in different sizes depending on how much you need to use it. My tube had an expirery date of Jan 2013 and it said it was fine to use upto this date after opening, so it has a very long shelf life.

      The product was easy to use, just unscrew the cap, squeeze a bit out and gently rub into the desired area. It did take a bit of rubbing to it to soak in, so I gave up in the end and just walked around with a white splotch on my hand - which as long as I didn't knock it against any thing was fine, but I put a plaster over it as I did't fancy having to wash all my door knobs!

      The cream did ease the pain a little, and my cut didn't get infected so Savlon did its job well. I can;t say that the wound healed any quicker, but I am just happy that it didn't get infected.

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      • Red Bull / Soft Drink / 32 Readings / 31 Ratings
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        12.11.2010 15:00
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        Not for me.

        Most people would probably recognise the Red Bull slogan :- "Red Bull gives you wings!". This somewhat reminds me of Icarus in the Greek legends...who ultimatley falls to his doom, this some what summaries my feelings about Red Bull... falling to doom after the wings have left.

        Red Bull is, for those that don't know, a energy drink with a high level of caffeine in it. To be exact a single can of Red Bull contains 80 mg/250 ml of caffeine. This is roughly about the same as a cup of coffee so doesn't seem to bad.

        Red Bull is an orange coloured lemonade type drink with quite a distinctive taste, somewhat similar to the original lucozade/iron bru. I can't say it is an umpleasant taste, but neither do I personaly rave about it. This is why I am somewhat baffled by the huge number of people who buy this drink instead of coca-cola or a bottle of water, particually young kids on the way to school! I know I mentioned that the caffeine level is similar to that of coffee, but who lets their children drink 2 or 3 cups of coffee in a day? No wonder some schools have problems with concentration levels in classes.

        Ultimately whenever I have drunk Red Bull, I find it very hard to stop drinking it on a daily basis, as when I do if I'm being frank, I feel quite rubbish both mentally and physically.

        Red Bull is atchully band in some contries and in others has limits on the amount of caffeine they can put inot the drinks. I think you should be at least 16 years old to buy this, as allowing our kids to be pumped full of caffeine surely cannot be good. I try to avoid it as best as possible, as other wise I feel somewhat like Icarus once my wings have left me.

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      • Lucozade Energy / Soft Drink / 40 Readings / 36 Ratings
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        27.10.2010 12:48
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        Lucozade... can't really see it being good for sport... a good marketing ploy.

        I have a bit of a 'thing' for lucozade at the moment. After years of not liking it, I'm making up for lost time with avengance!

        The reasons I didn't like it was because I did not enjoy the flavour, I liked every other one execept the original. But now the original flavour is my favourite. The reason I like it so much is because it is fizzy but not overwhelmingly so even when first opened. It also has a veyr unique flavour which I'm finding very hard to describe... it is sweet but tangy. It is orange in colour but not in flavour (although they do do a orange flavour this is just not the one I am reviewing) and very deep in colour. You can see the bubbles in teh drink when you look at it which I find slighty unusual and fun to watch them pop on the surface.

        Ingredients:
        Carbonated Water, Glucose Fructose Syrup (24%), Orange juice from Concentrate (5%), Citric Acid, Preservatives (Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Bisulphite) ,Stabilisar (Acacia Gum), Caffeine (0.012%), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Flavourings, Colour (Beta-Carotene)

        It does contain a lot of sugar, specifically Glucose Fructose Syrup, which when exercisersing is ment to get the engergy into your body quicker. Although I have never exersised with this as I think all the fizz would give you a tummy ache. Plus I have never seen any athletes drinking this... perhaps why they invented Lucozade sport? Overall it is a pretty unhealthy drink, and I try to always balance whan I'm consuming with exercising.

        Interesting fact I found:
        "Fact: One liter of Lucozade Energy contains 700 kCal and is 0.01% ethanol, which kept observant Muslims from being allowed to drink it until, in 2004, the Muslim Law Council decreed no one would be committing a religious crime if they drank it."

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          27.10.2010 12:27
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          Drinkable cheap orange juice.

          There seems to be a large gap in the pure orange juice industry. Wars between concentrate and freshly squeezed. Battles over chilled or longlife. I think all have there merits and I buy all variets during different occasions for different purposes.

          The Tesco Value Orange Juice is both from concentrate and long life and can be found on the cartoned and bottled drink isle of the store. The main thing that attracted me to this product was the price. At 60p for a litre carton it is the cheapest pure orange juice you can buy. I think this does make a differnce in the taste and packaging but I don;t think this makes it any less of a good drink.

          It is much stronger in taste than orange juices not from concentrate but I have never had a bitter carton all the time whilst buying. Also the packaging is much plainer and to use you have to cut off the corner which does mean it is hard to pour but easier to spill. I genrally pour out the entire carton into a picnic jug and store in the fridge, although this will not suit every one I have a large fridge with ample room to do this.

          There is no health differnce between concentrated juices and non-concentrated, 200ml is still 1 portion of your 5 fruit and veg a day. Drinking this juice is a cheap, quick and easy way to make your diet healthier.

          ALthough it does have health benifits it does contain a lot of sugars, although these are natural sugars that does not take away from the fact they are bad for you teeth, so always clean your teeth.

          I buy this juice for every day use as it is much cheaper for a large family to spend 60p on this a day than £2 for the chilled ones when they both have exactly the same health benifits. Although from time to time I do buy the more expensive ones as there is no denying they do taste better.

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        • Frijj Milkshake / Soft Drink / 18 Readings / 15 Ratings
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          27.10.2010 12:12
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          My breakfast drink

          I'm quite a fan of milkshakes and often prefer drinking one of these on a morning instead of cerial. Frijj milkshakes are very thick, a bit like yogurt in texture, and very easy to drink. They are always flavoured, and there are many to choose from; banana, chocolate, strawberry, caramel etc.

          My favourite flavour is banana as it is quite light a fruity in taste and not too over powering. It is a nice pale yellow in colour and as it is a standard flavour ( as aposed to the limited edition ones) is available all the time. You can easily find these in most convenience stores and supermarkets but as they have a sellby date of around a month on average I keep a few in the fridge. As said I have these for breakfast but I also have a few mouthfuls of one if I'm feeling peckish between meals as because they are so thick they are very filling and more healthy than eating chocolate or crisps.

          Ingredients:
          Skimmed Milk (76%), Whole Milk (18%), Sugar, Buttermilk Powder, Modified Maize Starch, Natural Flavouring, Stabilisers (Carrageenan, Guar Gum), Colour (Mixed Carotenes)

          Most of the ingredients seem natural and wholstome, so I'm not too worried about negative impacts on my health, and this good be a good way to get fussy children to drink milk.

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          • Coca-Cola / Soft Drink / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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            27.10.2010 11:59
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            Try stay away and drink a healthier alternative!

            I worked in a convenience store for a few years whilst at school so I know that coca-cola is the choice drink of many out there. There seems to be something about it that we just can't get enough of.

            Coca-cola is brown/black in colour and is a carbonated drink flavoured with sugar, caffine and vegatable extracts. And for every 500ml of Coca-cola you are consuming just over 50g of sugar, so this certainly isn't a healthy by any standard and is 59% of your GDA of sugar! However it does taste rather nice, expecially when cold and iced and is somewhat addictive/compulsive probably something to do with the caffine.

            Personally I always choose to drink diet coke instead of cola-cola as it doesn't contain so much sugar. Coca-cola is also incredibly bad for your teeth and my denist like to reiterate the fact that it can soften and destroy a tooth (if left in a glass of coke) in just one night! So always clean your teeth! Coca-Cola is also used to clean coins by collectors just to compare how strong this stuff must be.

            So however tasty Cola may be it really truely is very very bad for your health. It's also not nice on your pocket as it is expensive in my mind at £1 for 500ml especially as you can buy supermarket branded cola for much less.

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          • Smirnoff Vodka / Spirits / 47 Readings / 45 Ratings
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            21.10.2010 21:55
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            Smirnoff.

            I'm not one who normally goes for brand names, but Smirnoff Vodka is always the one I buy because it simply tastes so much cleaner than other vodkas. By cleaner I mean the taste is much smoother, and although still sharp as you would expect from most alchol it has a roundness to it that makes it much more palatable, especially when drunk neat. Even when mixing it is possible to tell the difference between Smirnoff and other cheaper vodka, apart from with sugary fizzy drinks, as then it is too sweet to taste the difference. But all this is down to individual tastes, and I know of people who prefer a really sharp vodka as it has more kick.

            Smirnoff alwasy comes in it's classic glass bottle with red lables, Smirnoff also do a black labed vodka so don't get the two mixxed up as that on is slightly different. The packaging is recyclable which is fantastic too.

            Expect to pay upto £20 for a 1L bottle depending where you buy it.

            But don't forget to drink responsibly!

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            21.10.2010 17:21
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            ££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££

            After reading a few reviews about using Nappy bags to use instead of dog poop bags I decied to give them a try myself, as at 9p for 100 Nappy Bags it was far, far cheaper than buying regular dog bags which normally retail at upwards of £1 for 100.

            The only things I was concerned about was; are they going to be thick enough, the last thing I want is poo on my hands, and will they tie up securely enough to last through an entire walk.

            When I opened up the packet, there is no fancy dispencer, but all the bags seem to be stuck together somewhat similar to plastic shopping bags at the checkout in supermarkets and just just gently pull one off when needed.

            They seemed resonably thick, not as thick as standard dog poo bags, but I figured they'd hold the weight easy enough. This was confirmed whilst we where out walking when I had to pick up a nice steaming turd! However what I did notice is that they arn't quite as big as my regular dog bags, but for me this wasn't a problem as Rufus is a Springer Spaniel and so only a medium sized dog, but I imagine larger breeds who might produce mountianous sized poop might need a bigger bag. Also there was only one handle and it took me a moment to work out that to tie them shut you have to pull part of the bag on the oposite side through the loop and tie. This was easy once figured out, and the bag held easily even though there was only one handle and showed no signs of breaking through out the walk.

            This was all fantastic as using Nappy Bags instead of normal dog poop bags is far cheaper and so will save me some money, which I love, but I was somewhat put off by the colour of the bags. They are light blue, which means that the poo can be seen through the bag whilst you're walking around. This is slightly disgusting and probably will not appeal to the squimish, but as where I ususaly walk there are plenty of dog bins I cna get rid of it quickly this does not put me off using them all together, especially when I think of the money I am saving every week!

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            20.10.2010 19:26
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            FitFlops

            I think every one likes the idea of being fitter and more toned, and whatever we can do achieve these results the minimalistic the effort the better. So shoes what tone you lower legs, and make you burn more calories as you work sound great. Enter the FitFlops.

            They are different from regular flipflops as they have a 2 inch wedge heel, the whole heel is made from quite soft spongy material so that when you walk you need to use your calf muscels more to stay balanced. They are held onto your feel by elastic T shape which fits between your large toe, at first I found this rubbed, but after a few days of wearing them in the house they where fine.

            I tend to wear mine around the house instead of slippers as they arn't the most fashionable looking footwear but sometimes walk to the corner shop in them. The first few times I wore them my calfs felt sore and so they definatley must of been making my muscle work more than usual.

            Overall I haven't really noticed a read difference past those first few days, so really these are a bit of a gymic and not the magic lazy girls fitness item.

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              20.10.2010 18:51
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              Dog water bottle.

              After many long thirsty walks we needed a convinent way of giving Rufus a drink whilst we were out to stop him drinking from dirty puddles and possibly having a stomach upset. We picked this up from pets at home for £2, somewhat of a bargin, but beware as I have seen people reselling these on ebay for nearer £5 plus p+p!

              Basically this is a nifty little contraption; a water bottle which can be screwed into a tray (you have to unscrew and detached it every thime you want to refill or clean it), when screwed in it is attached to a pressure sensitve valve on the bottle to stop unwanted water coming out. To use you stand the water bottle up in the tray via it's hinge and squeeze the bottle. This does require quite a lot of pressure so there is no danger of leaking, unless of course you sit on it.... ( no explanation nessasary!)... and apart from this one occasion has never leaked. The water flows out into the tray when you sqeeze the bottle and so your dog can drink from it.

              One negative thing about the bottle and tray is that it doesn't stand up on it's own, so you have to hold the bottle the whole time whilst your dog is drinking. But apart form this one thing the bottle and tray is brilliant and will keep your dog well hydrated during its outdoor adventures.

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              20.10.2010 18:28
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              How, What, Where, When, Why...... you're still left wondering!

              A simple, easy read novel about a girl who's body starts to turn into glass, finding a cure and the relationships she develops through the book during her search.

              The central characters in the book are Ida and Midas, and really apart from her obvious glass feet dilema the book follows their blossoming friendship overcoming various problems. I found the characters quite difficult to sympathise with as both has such outlandish problems, infact many problems in the book are never explained such as how people came to turn into glass. There are other bizare magical elements in the book, such as flying miniture cows and a creature that turns any thing white that it looks upon, neither of which is ever talked about in detail, explained or a conclusion reached. This was dissapointing and probably means I will never re-read this book.

              There are elements within the book that shine out, such as the imatination needed to create the world, but ultimately nothing really 'gels' together and so fails to emotionally involve the reader. Readable if only for curiousity but not the best debuting novel. Perhaps Ali Shaw's next book will be slightly more developed but sadly I don't think I will be reading it.

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              16.10.2010 22:54
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              Splashing in Puddles.

              For years wellingtons where an essential item to own for me as I was frequently helping out on the family farm and I also kept my own horses, all very mucky muddy activities!

              Upto purchasing my Hunter boots (mainly put off by the price), I had always bought basic/the cheapest wellies I could find in Homebase, as I thought rubber's rubber - it will all wear, tear and brake as quick as the other. I was constanly buying boots, either the soles has come off, the rubber has spit down the boot or some other issue, untill one day I though I would give the Hunter boots a try and see if they would last any longer?

              I cautiously parted with my £60, (yes £60!), feeling very ripped off but in the hope that they would last 6 times longer than the cheap wellies and so worth the money. The first thing I noticed is that they are much more comfier, with an almost cushiony feeling to the sole, and certainly support my foot a lot more around my ankle which because I wear them so much is very important. I was suprised the sole didn't seem to wear down at all even after months of use, and the rubber didn't split or break either so my feet remained dry no matter how many puddles I jumped in!!

              Another good thing is that these look so much better than the cheaper boots. They come in many different bright shiney (as long as you clean them after jumping in all those puddles!) colour which are really nice to look at, and make getting up at the crack of dawn somewhat of a 'happier' expericance. You can also get them in standard green if you don't want to stand out. There is a little Hunters logo on the front and a buckle on the outer side, the buckle doesn't do any thing, it is soley for show.

              Over all my boots lasted just longer than a year, so it was definatley worth spending a lot more on the boots as not only did they last a lot longer they where much more comfortable to wear too. You can also buy fluffy liners for these boots which makes them very warm to wear in winter.

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                11.10.2010 20:55
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                *****

                This bright orange dog space hopper caught my eye in Pets at Home recently due to its awesome bright colour. When I picked it off the shelf I soon relised that it was incredibly squeeky, you only need to touch it lightly for it to create a loud noise. It is made of a rubbery material, which feels quite thick, we have inface a similar toy made by the same company in the same material which has not ripper or torn despite been thrown around for the last 3 months, and so far this one hasn't either. Because it is made of the plastic rubber it is very easy to wipe clean if needed and this hasn't rubbed off the quirky little face printed onto the front of the space hopper.

                This toy drives the dog mad! He loves to pounce on it, let it squeek, then run away and repeate the process all over again. He could play with it for hour if we let him, but I always take it off him over night or if we're doing something important as it really is very noisey and distracting. It is very good to break his bordom if we're going to be out of the house for a while. It can also be thrown and fetched very well as it is almost a ball with handles. It is smaller than a standard football but about 3 times larger than a tennis ball so it is a resonable sized toy for a dog and can't be easily swalowed.

                The £5 I paid for this was well worth the money as Rufus gets so much fun from it, even if it is a bit nasty on the ear drums after a while. It hasn't broke, is easy to clean and the squeek is still superbly loud! However I think any dog that aggressively chews things could manage to rip the plastic open pretty quickly! For me this was 5 star buy as if makes my little dog very happy and has lasted a long while.

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                • Philips BDP3000 / Blu-Ray Player / 69 Readings / 68 Ratings
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                  Good for a cheap player, but spend £10 for a better quality model if you can.

                  As my DVD player in the bedroom broke a few months ago I was desperate to get it replaced, not only with another DVD player, but with a fancy new BLU-RAY player! The main reason behind upgrading to a BLU-RAY player is because with a far superior picture quality it greatly enhances my enjoyment when watching a movie. I find when watching old movies which have been re-mastered into the BLU-RAY format I notice a lot more detail in scenes and characters, and I appreciate new movies more like a piece of art work than ever before. I knew I wanted a 2.0 profile player however I didn't want to spend too much money so price was the main concern when I was choosing which player would suit me best. There a few options on the market if you're shopping with price in mind, mainly combo-packed player (e.i you got the BLU-RAY player and either 3 or 6 movies in the box), these seemed to be priced around £130 and although seemed good value for money the movies included just didn't appeal to me. Instead I bought this Phillips BDP3000 player for £90 and bought 3 BLU-RAYS which I wanted rounding it up to £130. I bought mine at a HMV store but this can all be bought online slightly cheaper, especially since the BLU-RAY player has dropped in price since my purchase a few months ago.

                  The player was well packaged with the standard amount of protection to secure it from damage. In the box was the player, remote, batteries for the remote, instructions, power cord and manual. Please note that a HDMI cable is not included in the box, this seems to be standard across most BLU-RAY players, and need to be purchased for around £5 to £20 (price depending on cord length, quality etc.) in order to see a difference in picture quality, you can use a scart lead to connect to the TV but this renders the high definition useless as a scart lead simply cannot send a good enough signal the TV to appreciate the HD. Also obviously you will need a HD ready TV to use a BLU-RAY player too. With everything I needed to set the player up, I got about it. This was all rather uneventful and uncomplicated, taking around 5 minutes of plugging in the cables and power lead.

                  Of course once ready the first thing I wanted to do was play one of my BLU-RAY disks to see how it looked. A few hours later, after Toy Story has finished, I had formed a few opinions on my new TV companion.

                  Firstly the disks seemed quite slow to load up, (believe it or not BLU-RAY player actually have a loading screen whilst they load which ever Blu-ray you want to play), and this seemed almost double the length of time that the other Blu-ray player(a different make and model) takes that I own. Also you could hear the player reading the disk throughout the entire movie, this wasn't so loud and during dialog or music in the film you couldn't hear it at all, but during the silent moments there was a constant whirring buzzing noise which slightly got on my nerves. Apart from this I was pleased with the player. Once loaded the menus where quick to respond and the remote intuitive and easy to use. One of my favourite aspects of Blu-ray over DVD is that you can have the menu on screen whilst the movie is playing, it just pops up as a little tool bar, this is especially useful as you can navigate between different scenes or special features all very quickly without having to return to the route menu each and every time. This is a 2.0 profile player which means it functions with BD live. BD Live is an online thing, which means you can stream more special features and bonuses from the internet with certain Blu-ray disks. For this to work you need to connect it to the internet, either through a separately purchased wireless adapter or wired up. I chose to wire mine to the router; this meant I could access more special features online through my Blu-ray player without spending more money on accessories. So far most of the BD live content has consisted of interviews and trailers, not much to shout home about, but I can see the potential here for where it might go in the future. The picture quality it top notch and identical to my more expensive Blu-ray player downstairs but picture quality will also depend on your TV setup. Blu-ray disks are encrypted with 7.1 sound so if you had surround sound speaker this will make the most of it as you can hear everything happening in all different directions and this player does this as well as any other as it is a standardise thing.

                  Appearance wise, there isn't much to say. Black. Rectangular. Plastic shine front which annoying picks up every single possible finger print. It isn't going to win any style awards, but nor could it be called ugly - essentially it is functional and will blend in well with most TV systems.

                  For anyone considering getting a Blu-ray player I certainly recommend them, they greatly increase viewing pleasure and the difference in picture quality is highly noticeable. However I wouldn't recommend this particular player as it isn't the nicest design, being a bit boxy, and is noisy in comparison to other. If you can pick this up cheaper than anything else then go for it as long as you don't mind waiting that little bit longer for the disks to load, but ultimately I wish I had spent an extra £10 or £20 pound to get something a little sleeker in appearance and quieter overall.

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                  • Clix Silent Whistle / Dog Accessory / 55 Readings / 52 Ratings
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                    Silence: Marked by absence of noise or sound!

                    Dog whistles can be a useful tool for controling your dog, especially in a large outdoor area. I've always used an audiable to initially train my dogs with but then moved onto a silent whistle so not to annoy other walkers.

                    I found this at Pets at Home, and the CLIX range of whistle is the only one they stock. The whistle itself is made of a light metal, which a high silver polished shine, there is a little loop at the end to attach a landyard to keep it safetly round your neck when walking Unfortunatly soon after buying I realise the whistle I had bought was not at all silent. At first I thought this was a fault and so took it back to get a replacement. Ironically the salesperson when I purchased joked about a gentlemen who returned the whistle because he couldn't hear it so it was quite amusing when I arrived back with an noisy silent whistle. The staff quickly got another whistle and just as quickly discovered that it was also a rather noisy whistle.

                    Of course they quite happily gave me a rufund but after I got home I did a little reasurch into this product and it actually states both on the manufactures web site and pets at homes website that this 'silent whistle' is infact audible to the human ear. I find it a little cheeky that a product can be named 'Silent Whistle' when infact it isn't. Although they state on the manufacturers website that it is aubible it doesn't say anywhere on the packaging or in the stores this is sold in.

                    I can't reccomend this product, or the CLIX brand as they obviously have problems correctly labeling their products without misleading their customers.

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