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    • ELC Pink Foam Football / Outdoor Toy / 18 Readings / 16 Ratings
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      14.05.2012 08:27
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      I do like to have a bit kick about in the garden or anywhere outside for that matter. Although this is a pink ball it's alright for me to kick about when playing with the kids and just an ok ball.

      The benefit of this being a Foam ball is that it is a bit softer but still tough enough to be ok when getting kicked about. If you were using this inside then at least it won't be as noisy as a plastic ball, but for me ball games are about playing outside in the nicer weather. Then again staying in Scotland the weather isn't exactly good at most times.

      The difference I find between this one and a plastic one is that it just doesn't bounce all that much and after a bounce and a half then this is down on the ground. Still ok though I think.

      It is a nice enough pink colour and looks like how it does in this picture. A bit girly pink for me i'm afraid but you can get this ball in blue as well.

      Being Foam this is easy enough for smaller children to pick up and carry about. It is still a large enough ball but if they are gripping onto this and holding it into themselves then it will squash up a bit so easier to carry.

      I think I paid around £4 for this. I see that it says this costs £5 but I don't think I paid quite that much for this.

      A good ball which gives a good kickaround.

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    • Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB / Smartphone / 19 Readings / 14 Ratings
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      01.02.2012 12:14
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      I have had an iPhone for a while now. I know that they do cost a lot, but

      this is such a great product in my view and I can see me going for an

      iPhone every time I go for a Telephone.

      I bought mine on pay as you go and I paid £300 for this. The telephone was

      brand new and I know you can buy 2nd hand ones on e-bay and think you will

      get this Phone from £200 upwards. Afterall the 3G was the 1st one out from

      iPhone and now we have the 3Gs, the 4 and the 4S so this is pretty old.

      This Mobile is the same as the 3G I have been told but the Mobile Internet speed isn't as good and I can vouch for that. The coverage is alright but most websites seem to be quite slow to load.

      The battery life isn't good. I have to charge the Battery every day, but I do use this a lot and although make the odd phone call and send some texts I do play with the Apps a lot.

      This is a 8G memory and I think i've got 2G free. I do have over 100 apps, quite a few phone numbers and 1 Video in it as well as around 20 songs.

      I would say the phone is quite durable as well. I have dropped this a couple of times and although it is now in a case I have dropped it before it was in the case.

      A couple of times the phone has crashed but a simple turn this off and on again works fine.

      There is other bad things to this phone. It is pretty limited in the fact about getting ring tones for the phone. You can buy them from iTunes but I would prefer to be able to upload my music and not have to pay for it.

      A great brand of phone and I love having 1.

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    • Sony Ericsson W800i / Mobile Phone / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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      26.08.2011 11:32
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      I bought this Mobile a good few years ago and although I have now moved to the land of IPhone I still have this in 1 of my drawers. I had considered selling it to 1 of those mobile cashback places, but when I put in what it was they offered me a whole £8! Yes I know it is an old phone now, and totally ancient in the world of Mobiles thesedays - no internet access and all that I have to say it didn't give me any bother the whole time I was using it which was probably about 5 years. This was my 3rd phone from Sony Ericsson and I find that they make good phones.

      I got this on contract when it first came out. I think to buy this at the time it cost about £350 but I got it as a free upgrade as long as I took out a 12 month contract, which I was used to being in a contract anyway.

      This was known as the Walkman phone. Although primarily a telephone, this had a good capacity for song Storage and has a Walkman button on the front of the phone so you don't even have to scroll through the menu's to get to your Music. Also this has Radio built in, and the radio antenna is built into the Headphones that you get with it as well.

      This is quite a dinky little phone. Not too heavy, but it is a solid phone and although I admit I have dropped this a couple of times it still looks in alright condition and the plastic seems pretty sturdy.

      Feature wise as I mentioned this is nothing special compared to everything these days. There is a few built in games in this, the Camera is really good and was good for it's time as well. It can store video clip, has an address book - really just all the normal phone features.

      A good feature this has which I haven't found on any other phone (but i've not checked many phones to be honest), you can stop some numbers coming through. To do this all you do is set up a list of numbers in your call list and it's only these numbers that will get through to you. So if you are getting plagued by sales calls or that, then if they phone you then they will just get a beep and it cuts off.

      A really good phone from Sony.

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      13.08.2011 10:09
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      I borrowed a shot of my father in law's Fork which was this one. I decided to tackle my garden one day, but didn't really have many tools to do the job and at the time I didn't have much money to go and buy a whole range of tools, so I used this for few weeks.

      Obviously this is a brand named Fork and I know of the name Alan Titchmarsh from the gardening programmes. Surely a brand named product won't be any better than a standard brand one?

      I looked online for the price of this and see that this costs around £35. For a fork? Seems a bit expensive to me. My Fork that I bought cost about £15.

      This has quite a long shaft on it, and not too wide a shaft The wood is smooth and easy enough to hold. It seems sturdy as well. The Steel for the Pronged bit is solid as well and looks as if it will take a good bit of digging and turning.

      I went quite far down in the soil and was able to get stuck right in with this and this didn't flex or feel ny strain either.

      There is no doubt that this will probably last a goo lenght of time and my in laws have had this for few years and have used this a good amount and it is still in great condition. I think this will last for years and years.

      I can't really justify the price of this and can't see why this is so expensive but I think this would last you for all time so perhaps an investment.

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      06.08.2011 14:34
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      1 of the reasons I picked this hand trowel up was because the price of it was cheap enough and also I have used other products from the Wilkinson Sword range and they seem to be good, well made tools.

      I picked this up in Homebase about 5 months ago and got it for around £5. The Trowel I was using i'd had for a good few years and although it's not a tool that I use all that much my one just looked a bit rusty and a little bit chipped. So time for an upgrade I thought.

      The quality of this seems to be pretty good. The Stainless Steel is nice and shiny and although you know it would get a bit grubby it's nice to start off with. The wooden handle is thick enough and easy enough to hold.

      The tool isn't that high, so is easy enough to dig this in and get to work. If you dig this into the Soil then turn this tool around then you will get the Soil all churned up well.

      There isn't much else really to say about this. It allows you to turn the Soil and scoop it out easy enough and it does the job well. Not the cheapest or dearest Hand Trowel out there, but this seems to be a good one and I think this will last a good enough lenght of time as well.

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      02.08.2011 16:26
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      Continuing on with the Garden Tools reviews this is a product that I got a couple of years ago and used to use it now and again, but it sort of got replaced when I got my betterware version. Why did I get another tool that was quite similar? Well read on.

      My Garden is such a mess. Me and the Wife aren't gardeners and I suppose if we had worked on it little and often then it wouldn't have seemed such a large task to try and put right. It wasn't jsut the large overgrown parts that was annoying and time consuming, it was the little fiddly bits as well which is where a tool like this comes in.

      I think I paid about £10 for this and I got it out of a garden centre near to where I live.

      The tool is just like the picture on here. I was surprised at how long this is, as I would have thought that a tool like this would have been a shorter thing so that you could get into the areas and tackle the Weeding problem.

      This is just a long wooden pole and a bit metal on the end which is pronged. There is a slight angle to the prongs, so this will allow you to dig in with this at an angle and prise the Weeds out.

      This works well enough in the way that you can get right down to the Roots with a tool like this. Since this is slim then this can fit down the cracks in slabs if they don't sit completely flush with each other.

      The only bad thing I can think of is that after using the Betterware one and that being shorter and jsut as effective then I feel this one is a bit more awkward to use as due to the lenght of this then you don't tend to squat down to use this as it would be too awkward.

      Does the job, but i've found better.

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        01.08.2011 15:46
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        I've got a few Shovels in my hut. Surely you only need 1? Well perhaps 2 as I have 1 more so just for Snow, and the other 1 is for anything else - weather it be Soil, Sand or just to shovel up Leaves and that. This is the heavier of the 2 of them, as the other 1 is a thick plastic one.

        I wouldn't say that a heavier shovel is any better than a plastic one, as when you think about shovelling things up which may be heavy on their own then you don't want any extra weight, but I find that if you dig the heavier thing into Soil or that to scoop it out then I feel you can scoop up more this way. Perhaps it is just me that feels like this.

        I bought this in B&Q (funny that.) about 18 months ago and I think it cost me around £15. They do still sell these in my branch anyway as I saw them the last time I was in. They look the same as my one, but I can't comment on the price of them now.

        This is the average lenght for a shovel which is about 1 metre long. The handle is easy enough to hold and quite easy to grip onto as well. The Shovel part is a good size and has a good curve at the sides of it so the Soil or that should stay in the Shovel alright. The Steel is forged Carbon Steel and it's a good enough weight. The wife isn't all too keen on it, as she says it has got a bit weight to it, but she's more used to a plastic Shovel anyway.

        This seems like it will stand the test of time. I have filled quite a few large tarpaulin bags with Soil scooped with this and although it perhaps doesn't look quite as new as it did it's still in good shape and I shouldn't have to worry about buying a new 1 for a good few years.

        I would consider this one again.

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          31.07.2011 16:05
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          I bought this from Focus about 4 months ago. My Garden really need work done to it, and I had a few tools, but nothing much, so I had to think what I needed and went and got some. The 2 reasons I picked this up was I got this at a good enough price and also I had vouchers to use in store. The Carbon steel wasn't so much of a sway for me, but I thought this would perhaps stop the wife moaning about heavy tools (I think thay could be her excuse for not gardening!).

          I got this for £6.99. This was quite a cheap one in the store, but not the cheapest. There was plenty more expensive ones though. For all that I need 1 of these I didn't feel I needed anything fancy.

          this isn't overly long, but due to the job that you use this for then it shouldn't be a long tool anyway. The wooden handle is chunky enough but easy enough to grip, and I find that when i've got this dug into the soil a good bit down to turn the soil then it feels sturdy enough and doesn't flex. The prongs on this are spaced far enough away to get this dug in and a good twist of the Soil and over all this is doing a good job for me.

          I've used this so far around 10 times perhaps and this is still looking new and still alright.

          There isn't much to say about a tool such as this, but I would recommend this for a good gardening Fork and I will be trying other tools from this range as they seem to be good quality and priced good as well.

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          30.07.2011 08:19
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          I've had a set of these Loppers for years. Although I don't need to use them that much while working in the Garden, I do have a need for them for some of the bushes that I am trying to get out of the ground.

          I think I picked these up in Homebase all that time ago and think that these cost me around £10. Not too bad a price, and pretty average if not slightly cheap for such a tool. I don't think these are all too expensive but like with all goods you get cheaper versions and more expensive ones. I've never spent too much on a tool, and have found that average or cheaper priced ones do just as good a job.

          These are quite long, but they have rectactable poles, so you can use these longer if you are looking for more power to put into your cutting, or shorter if you are just needing a not so heavy cut behind this.

          These are of an ok weight. The fibreglass makes it lighter, but obviously the blades at the end add a bit weightt to this. These are certainly lighter than the old pair I used as they were just made out of the standard way

          So what are these good for? More Branches and bushes. Basically anything that is brown and twig like (but thicker than a twig obviously.) I have a few annoying bushes which are sort of spiky, and these need cut into smaller sections to fit into my garden waste bin, so using thes I can cut them into little sections which makes this easier to get into the centre of the bush, and dispose of these easy enough.

          The blades are sharp enough and so far i've not looked to get these sharpened and they cut fine first time when I dig these into the area I want to chop.

          I would recommend these as they are a good price, do what they are meant to do and are that bit lighter weight so they aren't heavy to hold either.

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          28.07.2011 14:27
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          From time to time we get a betterware book through the door. There is often some useful and handy things in the books and although some of the things I don't think are worth the money, there can be a few bargains to be picked up from here. I thought I would buy this as I certainly had weeds and thought it was worth a try due to the price of this.

          I got this last year for £3.50. I think this was on a little bit of a special offer, but don't think it had all that much money taken off it, and can't comment if this is still for sale or the current price of it.

          This is a little tool which looks the same as the picture. So this is a plastic handle part and then a kind of L shaped bit of Metal. It's not that a thick bit of kit, but I guess since this is designed for use between cracks, so should be thin anyway.

          The way to use this is dig the end of this between the crack and then scrape along. This will get down to the root (perhaps) of the weed, and then you can dispose of the Weeds. It is useful and it gets into the cracks between my slabs just fine and although I treat the area with weedkiller and unfortunately they can and do creep back then just 10 minutes work between the slabs will keep the area nice and tidy.

          This is a great tool which is a good price and I recommend if Betterware still sell this then I recommend you to buy this as it is a good product.

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          28.07.2011 08:34
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          I only spotted this in the category just now, so althought it has been a few months that I have used this then I thought I would have a go at writing about it. I have had this for about 2 years and although it hasn't been used overly much, it has still had a good go. Being in Scotland the weather isn't all that great, and who can forget the bad Snow of last November around the country? This was certainly my friend at the time.

          Nothing much to say to describe this. A long wooden pole which is heavy enough and not overly wide, but still a good width. Easy enough to grip. The Spade part is wide enough and although this can flex a tiny bit when dug into a heavy pile of Snow, it doesn't do it any damage if it wobbled about a bit anyway. The plastic is thick enough and quite durable. This isn't that heavy either so this part won't tire you out although the Shovelling may do.

          I bought this from B&Q and paid £11.99 for it at the time.

          So what I have I used this for? Well Clearing my drive during the heavy Snowfall of last year. This made light work of clearing it. Although it says that this is a Snow Shovel I have also used this to scoop up sand which although is a bit heavier than Snow certainly, but a full scoop of Sand didn't make any mark on the plastic.

          Surely most Shovels are the same, but this one seems to be doing alright, and i'm sure this will still be helping me Shovel for years to come when I need it to help me.

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          The wife got me a tube of this to fix my weather beaten craggy face, as she keeps calling it. I admit I was never into using all this face stuff, but being outside for work and obviously the cold and wind then I sort of see where she is coming from.

          This is obviously from Boots and although I always thought No7 was all about make up, I am clearly wrong. This is in a 150ml tube and the wife said she got this for £7.50.

          So you just use this after you shave. This will moisturise the area, and also I think this is meant to soothe any roughness and redness that may have ocurred while shaving. The balm is a medium thickness and even just a blob the size of a 10p will cover the area that you need to cover and this will give a generous covering as well. There isn't really much of a scent to this. It just smells of a Creamy scent. It is more of a Cream and not a Gel, so this isn't sticky feeling.

          This is a plastic tube, so easy enough to hold and squirt a bit of this out as well.

          This dries quick enough and afterwards my face looks a bit shiny, but in a alright sheen kind of way - not an oily shiny way. It feels soft enough as well.

          I've been using this for about 5 months and there still seems to be a good enough amount left in here.

          A good Balm which will look after your skin and the price isn't too bad either.

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          1 of the scents that I really like is FCUK in number 2, and the wife likes the Perfume in number 2 as well, so perhaps we are an ok match. The scent has been out for quite a few years now, and it is a well known brand but also sold at a good price.

          The last time I bought a bottle of this I got it for £12.99 for a 100ml bottle, which I think is a great price. This used to be mostly available in Boots where I stay, but this brand seems to also be in the discount chemists as well, probably why the prices are pretty good then.

          I looked online to see what all the notes are in here, and there is quite a few different ones and these don't exactly match up with the scent that I can smell when I spray this. Some of the notes in here are sangria, basil, hemp, sage, peppercorn, patchouli rosemary and lavender. All sounds a bit herb like to me I would say.

          Although this probably sounds like it is all heavy and green, there is a nice clean sparkle that goes through this, and it is a nice smell which warms to your skin and is a subtle smell but you won't have any bother smelling this. It lasts well also and after using this in the morning I can still smell this a bit later in the afternoon.

          A good smell from a good brand and it is priced well as well.

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          19.07.2011 12:31
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          The wife picked me up a bottle of this when she spooted it in Savers. I had never tried it but it was a good price according to her, and I also go through Aftershave quite quick, so she thought it was worth a try.

          This is in a 50ml bottle and she said it was on a special offer of £3.99. I think it had a £1 off the normal price, so not the biggest saving bit a bit cheaper I guess.

          The bottle of this looks ok but I don't like the box for this. I think the box looks a bit old fashioned and looks like it would be aimed at older men. There's a lot a box can say about the product I think. the bottle isn't special and is quite plain looking, but it is ok and anyway this isn't the most expensive product after all.

          This smells like most Aftershaves which are the similar price. It smells Musky and just the usual male smell of Aftershave. This smelt green and leafy a bit, but there did seem to be a rich smell in here, which although I didn't think was overly spicy or that, there is still a rich warm smell to this.

          This is an ok Aftershave and the smell of this lasts a long enough time. It isn't exactly the type of smell that I go for, as I like more Crisp, Ocean kind of smells, but this would be an ok buy for someone who likes rich scents more, and perhaps it is aimed at older users and not more the teenage market that I think Adidas is more aimed at.

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          06.07.2011 13:42
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          I always get Lynx sets for Christmas. I would have thought after coming out of my teenage years and into my 30's then I would now get something this isn't more aimed at the "younger" man, but no, I still get the sets. I think this is probably due to the price of this as it is more a cheap set, and although I do ahve to say I like some of the smells from Lynx, this unfortunately isn't 1 of them.

          I got this in a set which had a Shower Gel, Body Spray and 50ml Aftershave. I believe the set cost around £10 ( I think the person in question also got a 3 for the price of 2 deal in Boots as well, so therefore making this even cheaper.) Not a bad price for a set though.

          I think from the packaging this looks like it would smell quite earthy and a kind of tribal sort of smell.

          I only used about a quarter of this and that was being generous. I still have this at the back of a cupboard but don't see me using this again. I don't mind the Shower Gel in a way, but that is because it is a lot lighter smell in the Gel. The Aftershave has such a strong smell and it smells a bit cheap which it is anyway. It just smells a bit too rich and wood smelling.

          Not the kind of smell I would like to smell like. Also I think this is a bit older smelling than what I would expect a teenager to want to smell like. There is a lot nicer smelling scents than this.

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