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    • Collecting Autographs / Discussion / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      05.01.2012 16:38
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      i Recommend Starting this hobby !

      You hear the letterbox go , you jump up excitedly and run to the door , have you suddenly developed an obsession with bills ? No , you may be receiving and autograph !

      I go through this process pretty much daily !

      I have been collecting autographs for some time now and even now i still get excited as im opening the envelope. Eagerly awaiting to see who has sent back to you is a very exiting experience.

      The hobby of autograph collecting isnt a new one , it has been going on for many decades , however getting autographs through the mail is quite a new thing in the autograph world. Basically its a side hobby i like to indulge in. Apart from self satisfaction the hobby wont really give you anything else , but boy that satisfaction is good when someone big send back to you !

      So How do you get autograph ?

      Firstly you obviously need to decide who your writing to ! It seems obvious but some people tend to write to the biggest stars hoping a genuine return and are disappointed when they received a PP (A Pre print)

      Secondly you need something for them to sign ! This may also seem obvious but some people expect a reply without sending anything. You may want to send them a cut out from a magazine or you may want to go down the photo print route. With photo prints the best size is 6x4 inches. Many companies online ( photo companies of course !) do 50 free 6x4 prints simply for signing up with them ! all you do is pay postage. Although if you only order say 20 prints out of 50 , you wont be able to get the other 30. If you dont want to order 50 prints Boots do a 24 hour photo service for 5p per print ( you basically go in and ask for them to be printed before picking them up the next day ) 6x4 is the best in my opinion as they fit perfectly into standard envelopes and only need 1 2nd class stamp.

      Thirdly You will have to write a short letter 1/2 - 1 page long telling them why you like them and why you would like their autograph. In this letter you should be polite and nice. You shouldnt send a guilt trip letter such as ' i have cancer and i really want your autograph ' many celebs wont reply to these and your return chance will be lower. Also i wouldnt recommend writing a cheesy letter such as ' i am your biggest fan ever ' or ' i live my life like you do ' celebs will get lots of these every week so yours wont stand out ! Write the letter neatly and be polite , after all they dont have to sign it ! Also common sense should tell you not to send unrealistic request like ' can you send me a worn football shirt ' or ' will you come to my party ' the odds of this are about 1 billion to one. And lastly hand write the letter , if you type it and print it out they will just think you cant be bothered and you probably wont get a reply.

      Send a self addressed stamped envelope , a self addressed stamped envelope or a S.A.S.Eas its known is a normal sized envelope with your address on with a stamp. It is the polite thing to do because you cannot really expect a celeb to pay your postage and write out your address on a envelope , it's our hobby and we should respect the fact that its our responsibility to pay postage.

      Put all of the above into an envelope addressed to the celebrity with a stamp on it. To find a celebritys fan mail address look it up on fanmail.biz or their personal website.

      What to do after you have sent the autograph ?

      The Worst Part about this hobby is waiting for the autograph ! Very Popular Celebrity's ( eg Cristiano Ronaldo ) May take up to a year to reply , but generally take around 3-6 months. Lesser Know celebrity's may only take a month or so to reply. These Are just general guidelines , signing times may vary greatly. Some Football Legends like Gerd Muller sign within a month or so And some lesser know celebritys may take years to reply , you never know.
      Have a look online and on Forums to see roughly how long they take to sign , For example if you see the celebrity normally signs within 1-3 months and you haven't got anything back within 8 months , it may of got lost and it may be worth re sending.

      Things to look out for.

      Many celebritys are so busy so instead send out Preprints , these are basically not counted as an autograph because you can just print one of the Internet and is pretty much a waste of money. 'Secs' Are items signed by a secretary and are also worthless. Before you send to the celebrity check online to see if they do sign authentically , if not then dont send to them !

      Sending Letters Abroad ?

      Some Times one of your favourite players or celebrity's may live somewhere other thank the UK , if so then their something different you will need to do.
      It is still pretty similar to sending within the uk , you still send a letter and one or two things to sign. But instead of sending a self addresses stamped envelope , you will need to send a self addressed envelope but without a stamp , instead you will need to buy a IRC ( International Reply Coupon ) from your post office for about £1.60. Instead of sticking it on your envelope you just pop it into the envelope addressed to the celebrity. This coupon will be used by the celeb at the other end to exchange it for their countrys stamps. After you have put your IRC in your envelope and sealed it up you will go to the post office and ask for it to be sent to the desired country , you will be asked to pop it on a scale they will then weigh it and tell you how much it will cost to send it. You then send it , and wait for the autograph to come back !
      Generally autographs from abroad may take longer than Uk ones due to postage time.

      The Costs Of Collecting

      Writing of to get autograph's is alot cheaper than simply buying them of ebay. Fair enough with ebay autographs you get them quickly and you are guaranteed the autograph. But the sense of achievement and pride when you receive a autograph back is far greater than throwing money around to get it.
      So Lets have a look at the prices of supplies you will Need To Get autographs.

      Envelopes(100) £1-£3
      First Class Stamp - £0.46p ( i wouldnt reccomend 2nd class , 1st class is much better and is only 10p more a stamp )
      50 (6X4) Photo Prints - £1-2 ( The Only thing companies charge on free prints is postage )

      On The Subject of Photo prints . many people send out 1 or 2 6x4 photo's out to the celeb. You can get 50-100 free prints from pretty much every company that you sign up with , and all you pay is postage !

      So Shall we have a look at how much it would cost for 100 Autographs through the mail.

      Envelopes (200 - you will need 2 for every TTM Autograph ) £2-4
      First Class Stamps (200 - You Will Need 2 for every TTM Autograph ) £92
      100 Photo Prints ( If you will send 2 prints out , then double this cost ) £1-3

      So For Every 100 autographs you obtain , you will pay roughly £100. Considering this could cost you £1000's buying online , its pretty cheap.

      Cost Per Autograph

      2 Envelopes - £0.02 - £0.04
      2 First Class Stamps - £0.92
      2 Photo Prints - £0.04-£0.10

      SO Thats £0.98-£1.06 Per autograph , a very affordable and satisfying hobby if i may say so myself.

      These can also be sold on ebay to make money for charity / used in charity auctions.

      I hope you have enjoyed this guide and i thank you for reading it , i hope you found it helpful.

      All of this information and more can be found at my website - http://sportautographs.weebly.com/index.html

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      • Meat / Recipe / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        05.01.2012 15:22

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        A Nice and quick chinese recipe.

        Ingredients :
        500g Frying Steak ( Or diced beef )
        225g Tinned Water Chestnuts
        Bunch Of Spring Onions
        150g Teriyaki Sauce
        2 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil

        Equipment:
        Sharp Knife
        Chopping Board
        Tin Opener
        Meauring Spoons
        Frying pan or wok
        wooden spoon.

        1 - Clean and prepare the onions , cut the root end of and trim the leafs , chop into thin slices.

        2 - Cut the beef into thin strips , Open the tin of water chestnuts and drain the fluid.

        3 - Heat the sunflower oil in the frying pan and fry the beef stiring all the time , it will be done in roughly 3-5 minutes.

        4. Add in the spring onions and water chestnuts. Stir fry for a minute or so. Add the teriyaki sauce and stir untill ready.

        Prepration Time : 10 Minutes
        Cooking Time : 7 Minutes
        Serves 3

        Best served with rice or noddles.

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        05.01.2012 14:23
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        I would buy this product any day of the week.

        Anyone who owns gerbils will know that they are versatile little creatures who will eat pretty much anything put in front of them , so finding something they like isn't hard , the hard part is finding something that is nutritionally balanced.

        So when i was looking into owning gerbils i was searching for something that was balanced enough for my gerbils i came across this food in a pet shop and bought it for £3.99. Recently i have found it at a wholesalers for £1.60 so i now buy it their.

        The New packet is a nice purple and grey design with a gerbil on top of a pile of food , this is a nice touch to the product and is quite attractive to the buyer. The pack is 850grams which i see as a perfect size.

        The Product says it is a complete muesli for any aged gerbil and i agree with this. My main advice on this product is to mix it in a bowl or something before serving due to all the smaller flakes falling to the bottom so the gerbils may not get a overall perfect diet.

        These Are The Nutritonal Facts :
        Crude protein (min.): 14%
        Crude fat (min.): 4.5%
        Crude fiber (max): 7%
        Moisture (max.): 13%

        And Gerri Gerbil includes :
        Wheat, maize, flaked maize, soya flakes, oats, flaked peas, lucerne meal (alfalfa), carrots, pumpkin seeds, raisins, locust beans, soya oil, minerals, salt. Additives: Colourants.

        The protein and fat are perfect for a non breeding gerbil. I recommend only filling the bowl back up once all the food is gone otherwise gerbils can pick out the bits they like and leave those they dont like.

        There are two different ways of feeding this food , either the traditional bowl method or scatter feeding , i prefer to scatter feed as it makes gerbils forage for food like they would back in the wild. Their is nothing wrong with the bowl method , gerbils just seem to prefer foraging for it though , it keeps them busy !

        The food does not include sunflower seeds as they contain quite a high fat content for gerbils. However giving them an occasional treat now and then wont harm them. Other suppliments to this diet can include monkey nuts , banana chips and dried mealworms.

        Overall i would recommend this to anyone who isn't comfortable making their own food.

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        04.01.2012 09:51

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        Cheap product for getting guinea pigs fit.

        I bought this from my local pets corner for £3 and originally was intended for my gerbils but they didnt seem to take to it so i ended up giving it to my guinea pigs and boy do they enjoy it !

        It comes ready to go and only includes a tiny bit of cardboard , good for the envoirment may i say ! We stuff the vegetables for the day inot it and hand itfrom the side of our c&c cage. It actually makes the guinea pigs work for their food instead of just plonking it down in front of them and letting them be lazy ! Due to it being circular two pigs can use it without squabbling for it ! Their is a couple of small problems with this product but they are easily sorted.

        The first being the annyoing bell which can irritate you if your trying to listne to it ! But that can easily be removed and therfore taking away the problem. Seconldy it can hit small animals in the face if two are at it at once but with guinea pigs theyre pretty strong so it doesnt seem to effect them , but im sure for gerbils it may get a little anoying for them getting hit in the face by a ball.

        You can also put hay into this ball so the guinea pigs can knock it around and wait for the hay to fall out and then they hoover it up ! ( hay is essential for piggies ) We fill it with veggies mostly but sometimes we put hay on the otuside and veggies in the middle so they have to work to get to the centre for vegetables.

        Overall at £3 it gives them a fun workout and has been well worth the money.

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        04.01.2012 09:50

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        A cheap and effective toy for gerbils.

        Looking at this from a gerbils point of view , suprisngly i find this to be a great product despite the fact that pets at home's products are normally awful.

        The wood is gerbil safe and my little terrorists love to chew this and its pretty strong wood and has kept them occupied for weeks. As you may know gerbils teeth grow constasntly grow so chewing is essential , my gerbils have only hslf chewed this after 3 weeks and theyare constantyl on it !

        It comes in a lovely little box and has a nice drawing on the front. The main part is a lovely looking pine wood structure holding up the main sea-saw part. The main see saw slots into the bottom structure , although this can feel a little flimsy at times it fully holds 2 fully grown gerbils ( how often run over it together at times just for the fun of it ! )

        It is a little noisy when it thuds against the floor but i can forgive this for the pure fun and enjoyment it brings my little gerbils. This accompanied with some of the other wooden PAH Toys make a good addition to your gerbils cage.

        A Very good product that id recommend to any gerbil owners.

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      • Rotastak Cages / Small Pet Accessory / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        04.01.2012 09:47
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        Save your money and buy a tank.

        I used to have a rotastak cage for my old hamster , Harry. I had no knowledge on hamsters and just presumed what pets at home told me was correct. I noyl realised the problems with this cage once Harry had died. I just couldnt excpet that he died naturally and started to blame myself so i looked to the internet to find an answer and that is when i came across animal care at its best. I realised that this cage should never be used ofr hamsters and ill explain why.

        First of all the ventalation is poor , yes hamsters live in burrows in the wi;d. But they have cold wind blowing through making the tempratures perfect , however this cage gets heated very quickly and im certain this is what killed harry. This kind of heat is dangerous for a hamster so being subjected to it constantly must be stressfull.

        Secondly the wheel is far to small for a syrian and if a bigger wheel & and cage _ isnt provivded then the syrians back will bend in a unatural way , causing back pain and problems. But why does the hamster still use it ? because the chemicals produced in the brain cause addiction.

        Thirdly the tubes are way to small for a syrian , causing them to struggle through them. Thus can seriously impact health and hamstyers will often get stuck.

        This cage is just to small , i would recommend a cage if no less than 100x60 Cm to furfill a hamsters natural needs , i would never recommend a commercial cage , i would use a big tank which is cheaper than this plastic excuse of a cage.

        When a hamster fully stands up it only just has space to accomdate them , Their is no room to jump and climb like hamsters do. Hamsters will chew at the plastic and hamsters wull get bored to easy.

        Escpaing is also another worry , many a time hamsters have forced the water bottle out the way and got out of the cage and never been seen again , this is all to common and seems to go unnoticed by rotastak.

        Lastly is cost , to get a average size space you need to spend big , when instead you could get a Ikea detolf cage for about £40. Overall its a big waste of money and i would recommend getting a tank like cage.

        The only good point i can think of is the fact that very young syrians can mimic their natural habitat with tubes.

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        04.01.2012 09:44

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        A good cheap iron.

        I don't understand why their is so many bad reviews for this iron. I found it to be a great product and does what any average person would want it to do. I would avoid buying anything cheap as i threw a Argos one away after a month due to its cheapness and how awful it was.

        Any Iron - what ever the price is a basic product consisting of the electric part and a hot iron plate. The only variable to consider is the wattage of the hot plate.. When my Argos iron started to throw the mains fuse i searched the shops and chatted to some sales people about the irons in the shop and i explained that i was happy to pay a higher price for a better quality iron and most of them directed me to this iron. And they said the main difference between this one and other branded ones was that your paying for the name. We checked all of the irons and they seemed similar to the Russell Hobbs one but were double the price.

        I eventually bought this iron from currys and im so far impressed. It has 2200 Watts and has a self clean part. Its non stick plate is also a very good addition to this product It really surprised me at the speed of heating up , i put the settings on maximum and within a few seconds it was ready to go. The steam function is so powerful it fogged up my glasses !

        Overall this is a great product for the price and i would recommend it over any other of these products that you pretty much just pay for the brand. It will suit the average home owner and does everything needed around the house.

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        04.01.2012 09:40

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        A Great Overall Product

        This Is an excellent product , i wont say it's the best because im sure it isn't but my local hardware shop was closing down so got in their and get this at 70% off ! To be honest it's pretty much the same as any other ice cream mixer , you put in your home made mixture and BAM it turns into ice cream. It is a very simple process but good luck trying to do it by hand ! It stirs continuously until ready and makes ice cream making fun simple and easy.

        The vanilla recipe supplied is an absolute godsend is is one of the nicest ice creams i have ever tasted , however i think it works better if you beat the egg custard with a teaspoon of cornflower to help thicken it up a little bit. Try to whip the cream before combining the two mixes. The mix makes a amazingly smooth and rich ice cream and its simply head and shoulders above any other ice cream you can buy in a supermarket. You can make any kind of ice and use any of many recipes in the book , im pretty certain you'll never buy Ice cream again seeing as the machine makes such lovely ice cream , ive had some problems with other Kenwood products but this one is top class and i cant see any fault with it. This normally retails at £30-£35 but seeing as at my local hardware shop that was shutting down it was only £12 ( originally £40 ) i had to get it ! i would still pay £40 for it though , a smashing product.

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      • Breville VKJ318 Hot Cup / Kettle / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        03.01.2012 00:19

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        A Heated Product

        I was rather skeptical of this product when i first saw it as i am probably the fussiest tea drinker in the world and even when my fellow fussy tea drinker friend recommend it i still had doubts , doubts that were proved wrong by this amazing product.

        This very nice looking product is really compact and it surprised me that it can hold 2 liters. When its in operation it glow blue and although im used to it now it looks really neat to the new customer. It has a variable dispenser theoretically from a small cup to a mug and you turn the dial to suit. This is the one bugbear for me with it - the 'max' is just not enough for my favorite mugs, leaving the tea looking a little lost and lonely with 1/3 of the cup unfilled You could top it up but you don't really want to wait another minute or so which is pretty irritating and is the only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars. If you only like half cups then this will be a 5 star product for you.

        You aren't going to throw away your kettle , if your making more than one cup or if you need boiling hot water for cooking then a kettle remains the more sensible option , But if you are in the position of going to the kitchen to make a cup of tea more than once a day then you will love this product.

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      • Tesco Value 2T07 / Toaster / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        03.01.2012 00:16

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        Buy another toaster.

        When i bought this product i knew that at £5 it would be a very average product but saying that , it shouldn't be a substandard product , i was very disappointed by this toaster and i shall state the reasons why.

        Firstly it does not fully take a slice of bread , only about 2/3rds of the bread gets toasted so you have to take it out flip it over and re toast and obviously due to this the middle of the toast is frequently burnt and the smoke alarm often tells me of.

        Secondly the running cost is pretty expensive considering if you have to toast it twice you are paying double and if you burn and have to start over again the cost quadruples so infact it would probably be cheaper to purchase a £10-£20 Toaster that actually works well.

        The Only good point i can highlight about this product is that it is pretty sturdy and still works exactly the same as it did when i first bought it , saying that this product really does need some redesigning before i would buy another one. Overall i give this a 2/5 and would recommend anyone to get Russell Hobbs like i did and i have never looked back , a very overrated product in my view.

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      • Logitech Z 906 / Speaker / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        03.01.2012 00:14
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        Great for those who love their music

        I have never been a owner of a surround sound before so i have never set up speakers and didn't know how to deal with all the wires and cables but overall i found it pretty straight forward to set up, The difficult part was trying to imagine where they would go in the room so i could evenly space them. The digital optical cable you need to attach the speakers to the TV isn't included and the electric cord coming from the subwoofer you need to plug into the wall isn't that long so placing the speakers is more complicated than i first thought.

        But overall once it is finally set up the sound coming out is amazing. It's like being in a theater the subwoofer was making my TV cabinet vibrate ! I only use them for short periods of time so i cant comment on how they handle longer periods of time for long parties etc and so far mine have been amazing so i fully recommend buying these if you like your music loud and clear !

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        • Kenwood FP196 / Food Processor / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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          03.01.2012 00:12

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          An Awful Product.

          I purchased this as a replacement for my trusty old Kenwood processor that gave up the go after years and years of frequent use. At first sight the reviews made it look like i had bagged a bargain although it was a little smaller than my old one it looked pretty smart compared to my trusty Kenwood. And it also had a liquidizer which my old one didn't. The liquidizer is pretty useless considering if you fill it over half way it never went fully smooth. The Blades only seemed to move up to half way. It made a horrible whining noise and overheated i simply think its way underpowered for the price you pay. The processor side seemed to struggle to make bread crumbs and chop vegetables which the old one did without second thought. You get loads of tiny bits that you have to find room to store and my processor gave up after about a year of use , the liquidizer still works but not very well. I'm in the process ( PARDON THE PUN ) Of finding another one and i certainly wont be using a Kenwood again

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        • Maximuscle Shaker / Fitness / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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          03.01.2012 00:02

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          A Great Overall Product

          I didn't actually pay for this shaker i got it on offer ( for free may i mention ) When i bought some protein products from maximuscle.And Despite what other reviews have said i find it easy to use and leak-proof. It mixes up all sorts of protein powders but bare in mind that some require more shaking than others.

          I also have another MYprotien shaker that leaks everywhere when shaken. In my honest opinion this shaker is perfect for the casual gym go-er or the vigorous gym go-er. It makes mixing powdered shaken easy and i have recently purchased another one to use for different flavors ( this is not essential but some powders have a strong odor ).

          To Conclude this product is faultless and i highly recommend - it's not essential to buy a shaker ( you can mix with a spoon and a bowl ) but this product just makes shaking so easy , my only criticism is the fact that it cannot fit in a smaller bag so maybe a smaller size would be better.

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        • Logitech HD Webcam C270 / Webcam / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          02.01.2012 01:35

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          A Great Little HD Webcam

          I was quite dubious when i first purchased this web cam and looking at the £17.99 price tag i thought that it would be full of cheap parts coupled with a dodgy picture but instead i got a nicely packaged piece of kit that lives up to it great name,

          The HD is full 720p and its quality is better than that of a Pro 9000 Cam. The speed is brilliant and the sound is crisp and clear with no background noise. It is just as good as any £50 + camera ive come across it really is a brilliant little tool. I just don't know how Logitech do it ! It was easy to load the software and set up was complete in minutes. The picture and sound quality on windows 7 is superb. Really good value for money. It wipes the floor with other cheap cameras and is perfect for Skype and video blogs.

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        • Vax U90-P2-P Power 2 / Vacuum Cleaner / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          02.01.2012 01:27
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          A Lot Better than a Dyson

          At first glance this item looks quite flimsy and alot weaker than my previous vacuum but looks can be deceving.Although it has to be assembled it only took 5 or so minutes to do so. It is very noisy and sounds like a jumbo jet , my dog doesn't seem to like it and nearly hurt himself jumping at the noisy thing but saying that he is scared of quite a few things !. The nozzle feels quite weak and flimsy and the thing on the whole is pretty hard to push. But luckily for the machine it is very good at sucking up all kinds of hair and dirt. Although it is hard to push but the strong suction and great results even out the bad parts.

          Like everything its not perfect but its the best i have used , so i will give it a 4/5 purely because it's better than the Dyson i have used before.

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