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      08.11.2014 10:07
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      • "Easy to understand"
      • "Well written"

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      • "None I can see"

      Great Introduction

      I have just started my own very small business on line and off line buisness dealing in collectables so was really pleased to see this book.
      From reading through "Small Business Marketing" is a good start for any small business leaders who have little or no experience of marketing. Reading this book through will save on marketing fees. Which, as I have learnt, any small business will be pleased to save on. In the first year of trading at least any money saved is important this book has helped me get the buisness going without too much expense.

      Covered are the usual forms of marketing

      Newspapers,
      TV,
      Radio
      Good business practice that draws customers to the brand. Understanding how to stand up and speak before a room full of customers (This can be very scary, the relaxed way that all with Dummies books helped greatly here).

      The reader is then taken through the process of knowing their customers, working out just what their brand is and then sorting ideas to come up with a strategy for growth the marketing plan. When I started my tiny business I had everything in place but a good Marketing Plan. This book has helped me re look at my plan.. To use the internet more.

      I found the pages on Internet Blogging to be very useful - on going this will be a key part of my business plan. Blogging has become an vital part of my marketing which to be honest I would never have thought of without reading this book.

      Overall and on going I have found this to be a super introduction to Business Marketing.

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        07.11.2014 10:06
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        • "Easy to adjust"
        • Comfortable

        Disadvantages

        • "extra padding around bottom of case would be good "

        A good well made laptop back pack.

        As now walk to work I needed a backpack for a medium sized laptop. So after much looking tried out this
        For far after two weeks I have been really pleased with this backpack for laptop and/or tablet. There are loads of pockets for pens, paper, books etc. And I have loads of books and pens to carry around.. which makes this case so useful.
        The whole backpack is well made. The straps are really easy to adjust, great for when changing the coat worn. Perhaps the best about this backpack is all the pockets, so useful if out and about with work. My laptop does fit in the back well, being 14 inches, so there is a little space to spare.
        When carrying the backpack I cannot feel the laptop - I have another brand of backpack for laptop and when on my back can feel the hardness of the laptop as I walk - which after a while becomes a little uncomfortable. No such problems with this "Logic Backpack".
        There is good padding through out this bag, but just maybe there needs to be a little more padding around the bottom of the laptop case, the holder space.

        All in all I would have liked to have seen a bit more padding there really - if drop the case not sure the padding would protect it enough.

        I do not have a tablet - so cannot say how this bag is when used to carry one.
        A good buy - 4 not 5 stars as said wanted a little more padding for protection in the laptop storage area.

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        25.10.2014 12:52
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        • "Good for student and general reader"
        • "Loads of grear chapters"
        • "Good for visual learning"
        • "Clear type face"

        Disadvantages

        • "None I can see"

        Good study guide


        The first and perhaps most important thing is that before buying for this study guide check that it is the one needed. This guide is for for the OCR exam board, while other boards may have similar questions, they may not be the same.

        Like all the CGP Course books I have been impressed with the quality and number of colour pictures used, These really do bring alive the subject. The books starts with a excellent study of how to conduct experiments and the reporting, with developing and reporting the theories. As an Industrial Chemist by trade too many study guides jump in with facts but do not explain the process of experimenation. The CGP books correct this.

        Each chapter, starts with the learning objectives, following onto explanations and tips. After which there are many of examples. I found the "tips" in yellow highlighted boxes to be very interesting and helpful in understanding the contents of the chapter. The are many "tips" spaced through this book.

        For me the most helpful chapter was towards the back when Ecosystems were explained. Another good section was on human behaviour - which of course we see everyday all around, but it is so good to understand a little of hy we humans act in the way we do.

        After all the study chapters there is a section packed full of practice questions. Also helpful to assess learning and give confidence are the exam-style questions, again come with full answers and marks scheme,

        Right at the end there are a few pages on helping with the actual exam. The full glossary is extensive and helps the reader to find their way round the guide.

        An easy to use, clear and packed with information study guide.
        Suitable for student and the interested reader, as I am

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        22.10.2014 11:27
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        • "Easy to use"

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        • "None I can see"

        This For Dummies Book is the perfect introduction.

        A family member has just purchased a Nikon D7000 and has let me use it for this review. I was not shown how to operate this camera before reading the supplied manual and this for Dummies book.

        The Nikon D7000 is a DSLR with loads of capacity this with Dummies book helps the reader makes sense of all the many settings and controls.

        There is the standard photograph mode as would expect, video, automatic, creative and so on. The video is HD quality. There is a fairly good set of instructions, but this for Dummies Book does help greatly in getting to grip with what is a very complex camera for a new user. Like all with Dummies books with volume assumes no prior knowledge, the book is written in a relaxed and friendly way - making full use of illustrations, pictures and a good easy to read type face.

        The book is in full colour which is so helpful. Not a book to read through but one to dip into if there is a problem. I really found the section "Help! My camera won't take a picture" when first trying to get this camera to work. A quick read and everything fell into place, with taking that picture easy - in the end.



        I needed a text that would help a complete novice and enable the user to decipher this, at times complex camera, and to achieve the best possible results - with what is very is a capable DSLR. This book has a lot to offer. I must say I was not





        This For Dummies Guide takes the reader though all the stages of using this camera starting with the real basics and moving up to exposure settings, auto mode and pre-sets and auto mode options.





        At 300 pages plus including index this is a book packed full of helpful information.


        The index is good to - easy to find the sections needed.


        Very pleased with this book - anyone needing wishing to use their Nikon D7000 to it's full potential would benefit from reading it.

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        18.10.2014 10:20
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        • "Easy to install"
        • "Easy to use "

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        • None

        A great simple to use accounts package.

        I have just started my own small buisness so needed a software package to support this. After loads of looking finally decided to try out this Sage Instant Accounts V 16. I had heard loads of good things and the programme was suggested to me by another user.
        This is a 1 company 1 user license - just enough for me as a sole trader.
        Comes well packed.Not too much but enough to keep CD safe. It is a super item and does just what is says it is an "Instant Financial Package". Suspect this software is aimed at a buisness with 10 or less employees and of course a sole trader.

        There are actually two parts to this really

        1. Payroll
        2. Bookkeeping.

        The set up is really easy Insert CD, follow the prompts, and have the all-important licence key ready to enter. Setup is that easy although I needed to enter your company and financial information before I could get started with any accounting activities.

        As a "sole trader" I have only had a quick look at the payroll part. But from what I can see like the whole package it is easy to use and has some great pages.

        As for the bookkeeping part, Instants Accounts I have added some transactions and everything looks good.
        Really like the tax return area which is very helpful and does seem to take the worry away from this.


        When loading the software the programme started quickly and easy.

        This Sage is priced a bit higher than many other similar but, if need to use a payroll then this package of is great value for bookeeping, National Insurance,tax returm annual audit and so on.
        Pleased with the cost too cheaper than main rival quickbooks.
        Very pleased.

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        17.10.2014 19:51
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        • "Easy to clean"
        • "Easy to use"

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        • None

        A good budget shaver.

        This Philips Shaver does what is says it is a good shaver.
        I had been looking for a spare shaver for some time and found this Philips shaver in a sale at just £25 so thought it would be worth a try.

        The shaver was new so first I will review the package.
        The package as came is just enough to protect the shaver, without too much waste which is pleasing as so many shavers come with loads much package.

        The actual shaver. I have for many years kept to a Philips rotary shaver. This model is just as good like the others I have used it works well out of the box, the only issue is when the cutting blades need replacing it is often more cost effective to buy a whole new shaver. This would be the case with this 6900.
        Battery life is good Charging the razor -
        The charge time to get about 30 to 45 mins of use which looks like its full capacity is around 8 hours or over night which I tried. This for me is about a weeks worth of shaving - so I charge up over night on Friday. The plug that comes with the shaver is as expected a two pin so need to use a three point adaptor for UK plug sockets.

        Overall this shaver givers a nice close shave. The three turning heads see to that. With no pulling or damage (yet) to my face that find foil shavers can cause.
        The shaver is easy to clean just pop off the top and wash the blades. Pleased with that again better than a foil shaver.

        Not many extra's but for a budget shaver I am well pleased.
        Would suit a young man for first shaver or as a travel/spare.
        I use as a second shaver when away and a back up at home.
        Overall pleased.

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      • Dyson DC33 / Vacuum Cleaner / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        17.10.2014 11:08
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        • "Good cleaner"

        Disadvantages

        • "Can fall over when using hose"

        Good cleaner - bit costly ?

        I have used this Dyson Vac cleaner around the house for a while, overall I have been pleased with it. Although it is very expensive really and there are cheaper other brands out there now.
        So lets start form when it first arrived.
        Right out of the box I was impressed with this vaccum cleaner. The package is just right not much waste but enough pack to keep everything safe and well.

        The cyclone technology does mark with out as a Dyson.The cyclone is good and strong giving great cleaning power. I like the fact I can see the waste container fill up. Know when to need to empty.

        The first thing is on moving it around is that this cleaner is not that heavy, although perhaps too heavy for a child to use I can carry upstairs with no problems. This Dysonis easy to move around, push and things. There is the expected long hose for cleaning up stairs,even with the long hose fully extended the great suction is still good, on this expensive cleaners the suction can be less when hose extended.The hose also works wee under beds on top of cupboards and other odd places round the home too.

        A word of warning here - I found that the cleaner fell over a few times when using the long hose upstairs.

        A good thing is the long being I can leave plugged to power while clean in another room. The suction is strong and the cleaner does well on loads of different surfaces, carpet, etc.

        But over all very pleased.
        Bit pricey maybe - but it is a Dyson.

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        17.10.2014 10:18
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        • "Loads of pockets"
        • "Loads of space"
        • Comfortable

        Disadvantages

        • "Needs a bit more padding maybe"

        Great easy to use computer backpack.

        Just obtained a new laptop so after some looking decided to try out this backpack travel case when work to work.
        Over all this is a good place to store and protect your laptop.
        The backpack comes in a good box - not too much package or waste.

        Out of the plastic wrapper this feels a well made item. With a good black colour. Looks a proper buy. Pleased so far.

        With loads and loads of pockets for pens, paper, books etc. Which is great as I aways need more pockets for things like this so useful if out and about with work.

        So to try on.
        The straps are adjustable and stonge. My laptop does fit in the backpack well, being 14 inches, so there is a little space to spare. Can pop the power lead alongside and some USB cables.
        When carrying the backpack I cannot feel the laptop - I have another brand of backpack for laptop and when on my back can feel the hardness of the laptop as I walk - which after a while becomes a little uncomfortable. No such problems with this "Logic Backpack".
        There is good padding through out this bag, expect round the bottom of the laptop holder. Would have liked to have seen a bit more padding there really.
        I do not have a tablet - so cannot say how this bag is when used to carry one.
        A good buy - 4 not 5 stars as said wanted a little more padding for protection in the laptop storage area.
        Very pleased, although say again a touch more padding would help so much.

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        17.10.2014 10:07
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        • "Good shave"

        Disadvantages

        • "No travel case"

        A good foil shaver - best I have ever used.

        My expereince of foil shavers over the years has not been cut, cutting of my face and things like that. So I was a little unsure about this foil shaver when given it as a gift. I think tha the sideways cutting action which seems to rip my beard rather than cut it - a rotary shaver does not seem to do this. So..
        This was some years ago I thought it was time to try another foil shaver.

        On first impressions I have been really pleased. The package the shaver comes in is just right not too much waste. Pleased with that.

        Out of the box this shavers feel heavy and a good make, it comes with the sideburn trimmer as well.
        After charging, the information says that the battery when charge will last a week, so far 5 days at say 5 mins twice a day and the charge is still going strong. So after charging for first time I tried the shaver both under dry and wet conditions. The shaver cut by beard well. Maybe not as well as the rotary electic shaver which normally use and certainly not as close as a blade wet shave.

        Over all with the cut was pleased. If in a rush and so no time for a blade wet shave this foil shaver is a good 2nd choice.

        The shaver comes with twin foils and an included middle trimmer.

        For me the easiest part is the cleaning. All I needed to do was remove the top and place under a running water tap. This washed away any excess.

        This Braun Shaver comes with a two-year warranty.

        The slight down side for me is that this model doesn't come with a travel case. Just a head protector, this stops the shaver switching on when carrying around.

        Recommended.

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        17.10.2014 10:01
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        • "Good for visual learning"
        • "Well written"

        Disadvantages

        • "Odd title"

        A good introduction would suit a visual learner

        This is a big Text book at 552 pages.
        Packed full of pictures and things which do help someone new to a MAC computer get to grips with everthing.
        Although if I am honest a bit unsure as if the publishers have the right title. But more about this is a while.
        First the good points. Everthing is well explained in this book.
        There are some useful illustrations and good hints/tips for users on a Mac OS system. This book would be good value for someone just starting out with a Mac computer, as I am really. This book would suit well a visual learning there are so many pictures to help the learning process. I found myself popping the book open and following the instructions. The pictures helped me find the right keys - so this is great. The colours are good type face good and clear. In this respects I am impressed.

        Down points not many but important.

        I am a little unsure just what this book is trying to be.
        Having used a Mac computer at work for a while I have been considering replacing my Windows PC with a Mac Pro (rather expensive so wanted to read up about it first). I obtained this book as the by reading the title and the cover made me think that this was a book all about new Mac Pro.
        Which actually it turns out not to be.

        A load of this book give helpful information on the new Mac OS, Mavericks. Useful in it's self.

        I would suggest that the publishers consider changing the title to reflect what the book does discuss.
        Pleased with this purchase.

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      • TP-Link TL-SF1016D / Switch / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        16.10.2014 13:00
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        • "16 Ports"
        • "Price under £20"
        • "Good size - nice shape etc"
        • "Less cables around"
        • "Easy set up"

        Disadvantages

        • "Cannot think of any"

        A good solution to the problem and hazard of cables running round room.

        I have a small home office as self employed. PC, Printer, Scanner, HD TV and the like - all needed and as well all need internet connection The number of Ethernet wires all round the floor were becoming a problem.

        So after some checking decided to try out this, desk top switch.

        Firstly the package is good, item well protected plus not too much waste. Pleased with this. The box has in the actual TP-Link (which can be wall mounted or left on desk or floor - mine is on floor behind desk), power adapter and instrution manual.
        The information said that this item was plug and play. I have often found this not to be the case but with this desk top switch was proved wrong. It really is plug and play.


        I run a 20m Ethernet cable from the internet router. Once out of box I plugged in the main Ethernet feed and then the other link cables from each port to each device and to my pleasure everything worked - first time..great connectivity all round. This switch works well - so much so that I have almost forgotten it was there. At less than £29 this is a well within my price range it could be said to be a sheap solution to avoid the trip hazards that multiple cable runs around floor cause.
        Another plus point is that the information says that this switch is "green" enery saving. With "Innovative energy-efficient technology saves power up to 70%".
        Not sure how to measure this - but if true and I have no reason to think otherwise then it is another plus point. The switch also looks right, strong box, not too big. Which always helps.
        I am very pleased with this item.

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        13.09.2014 17:13
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        • "Good shop"
        • "Good notice signs"
        • "Great history"

        Disadvantages

        • "No suitable really for disabled"
        • "Cold in winter"
        • "Steep access from "sea" side."

        Good interesting Castle, more suited to able - bodied people.

        I have visited the Barmouth area many times and a must for a holiday here is a visit to Harlech Castle. Just a few miles away and well signed posted. Although the Castle sits on top of a hill and clearly visable as you approach. This adds to the excitement of the visit. I try to pick a day when it is not raining and clear, this improves the experience when arrive as everything is open.
        Being a member of English Heritage.. with more than one year membership my visit was "free". Was is a bonus. Costs opening/closing times and events may be found on the website http://www.harlech.com/

        I showed my pass in the shop on the town side.

        There is small and tight parking near to the castle, which can fill up quickly but there is another car park and with toilets about 5 minutes walk away through the town - which is worth visting anyway. On the sea side there is another car park - but the walk up to the castle is very steep this way. In fact an exhausting walk.

        There are many, many steps to go up and down.. so if visiting suitable footwear should be worn. Also being a ruin any rain and wind gets through so a coat or jumper may be needed on all but the hottest of days.

        Harlech Castle, giving all the steps is not in many respects suitable for disabled or those not steady on their feet, there are just loads of steps to walk up and down. As for the Castle it's self. It is a ruin so there are many places to explore. The notice boards are well sighted and very interesting. Giving the full history of the castle and surrounding area. It was good to read the history and the fact that the sea once came right up to the edge of the castle cliff. Great pictures and drawing of just how the sea came up to the castle. Easy to see this from right at the top level looking down. The views from all round are just amazing. For those with a camera there are some great views to capture of the castle and mountains, Snowdon is visable on a clear day as is the railway line and when I was there pleased to say a steam train passed by to much excitment. It is also possible to view the sea passed a leisure centre and camp site.

        There are toilets to be found near the shop, up and down even more stairs. These were clean and tidy.

        The shop on the way out is fairly small and has the normal things, pens, books, postcards guide books, general history books etc. Not that exciting as shops go. Although the prices were lower than I had expected. Staff very friendly and pleased to answer a few questions that my Dad had.

        Overall I have always enjoyed a visit to this Castle and the town it's self is worth looking round, nice shops and friendly people. I look forward to visiting again in a year or two.






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        17.06.2014 10:37
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        • "Taste ok"
        • Price!

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        • "A bit line but it is a \"value\" line"

        Good value Soup.

        Having tried the more expensive brands of Tomato Soup last week I decided to see for myself what the Everyday Value Tesco''s Soup was like. The first thing I was pleased with was the price! 25p as compared with 80p plus for named brands. The Packaging: Tesco''s soup is packed in a metal can with a light white/cream coloured labelled can. The can size is 400g. There is a chart showing contents etc. Yes the label looks basic - but all the things someone buying the can needs to know are on the label. The food contents, calories etc are all clearly marked. There is a picture of the can content as well. I liked the large size of the calories label. The buyer can quickly see what they are getting. Actual Soup: On openning the can - I saw the actual soup The colour is a really bright orange so bright that at first it seemed a little off putting. There is a good sweet smell of tomatoes which was nice. The liquid is much tinner than a named brand - and that was even more evident when heating the soup up on a gas hob. Taste: The best part! After warming up I really enjoyed the taste of this soup, yes it is thinner, which is really noticeable, than so called better brands but the taste is just as good. There is not so much of a cream back ground to the taste compared to a more expensive brand but for me at least that is ok. As the soup warmed up the great small of Tomatoes came more and more. Heat up time on gas hob was about 4 minutes - I do like my soup hot. Did also try to heat up a can in Mircowave...Not sure the taste was as good Microwaved but others may have a different experience here. With some bread this is a good mid day meal, at a low price too. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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      • Braun 340 3 / Electric Shaver / 14 Readings / 11 Ratings
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        29.04.2014 11:29
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        • "Good foil shaver"

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        • "No carry case"

        The best foil shaver I have used. Good and well made.

        In years gone by I have had some poor experiences with Foil Electric Shavers. Mainly due to the sideways cutting action which seems to rip my beard rather than cut it. This was some years ago so I thought it was time to try another foil shaver.

        This Braun shaver comes in a box with a clear front so can see what is inside.

        On first impressions I have been really pleased. Out of the box this shavers feel heavy, suspect due to the weight of the rechargeable battery and feels well made, it comes with the sideburn trimmer as well, which is a good addition.

        After charging, the information says that the battery when charge will last a week, so far it has lasted for 4 days and the charge is still going strong. So after charging for first time I tried the shaver both under dry and wet conditions. The shaver cut by beard well. Maybe not as well as the rotary electric shaver which normally use and certainly not as close as a blade wet shave.

        Over all with the cut was pleased. If in a rush and so no time for a blade wet shave this foil shaver is a good 2nd choice.

        The shaver comes with twin foils and an included middle trimmer.

        For me the easiest part is the cleaning. All I needed to do was remove the top and place under a running water tap. This washed away any excess.

        This Braun Shaver comes with a two-year warranty.

        The slight down side for me is that this model doesn''t come with a travel case. Just a head protector, this stops the shaver switching on when carrying around.

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        29.04.2014 11:06
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        • "Good easy to take tablets"

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        • "Cannot think of any"

        Good easy to take fish oil tablets with no after taste.

        These MegaRed Krill Oil capsules come in a easy to open sealed bottle. The bottle is in a cardboard box. There are use instructions also included. Which are well written. The actual capsules are a black red colour and very hard. They are a bit smaller than the other brand of fish oils I have been using and so are easier to take with water. There is a very vague smell with these tablets, not off putting at all perhaps a bit like vanilla ice cream! Over the last twenty plus years I have been a regular user of fish oil capsule. The capsules I use now do have that "fishy" aftertaste, which at times can be really unpleasant. These MegaRed Krill Oil capsules claim not to have this aftertaste. Which I am pleased to say is true.

        There is no nasty aftertaste and as the oil apparently dissolves in the stomach contents while other oils tend to float on top according to the information supplied.

        I have been advised to take fish oil for a number of reasons, heart health, joint health and so on. Cod liver oil tablets have been getting a bad press lately what with various toxins and heavy metals contaminating the waters and in turn the fish, but these tablets are made from krill oil from the cleaner Antarctic waters seems to be a better idea for the users heath.



        I am pleased recommend this producr if you''re looking for fish oil/omega 3 capsules

        These capsules are:-

        Very easy to take with water
        Have no fishy aftertaste

        I have been taking these now for 20 days and there have been no side effects. No fish taste.

        Very impressed.


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