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      26.08.2014 09:10
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      A toothbrush with Bluetooth!

      When I got asked to try the new oral b 6000 model with bluetooth, as an existing long time user of these brushes, I couldn't imagine what possible benefit there could be from more features; having used it for a while I'm glad I have this top of the range brush, it's really the little things that make the difference.

      The most noticeable thing is the visual guide that comes with it in the form of a smaller than alarm clock sized display (with optional wall mount). This shows you on a screen how far through the recommended 2 mins brushing you are and awards you stars at the end of your brushing. This starts up automatically when you start brushing and works seamlessly. It can be used in conjunction with the free app. I prefer this, truth to be told, to the app which works via bluetooth, purely as the app is too preachy for my liking, reminding you to floss and rinse and also not having the capacity for more than one user - though if you are glued to your iPhone you might love that feature too.

      Other features that set this brush apart from lesser priced models in the range are a case for storing the brush heads (surprisingly useful) and also a travel case. Also the brush flashes green mid quadrants and warns you via the visual display if you are brushing too hard. I think it's actually quite motivational having the visual guide because, let's face it, who really wants to do the full 2 minutes? Having the brush makes this chore more likely to be done in full. I also like the fact that the lights switch off once the brush is charged.

      The brush itself can be used with any oral b brush head - mine came with the tri-zone brush. Using it is more like using a manual toothbrush than other brush heads. It's quite large, but probably a good transition brush for anyone converting to electric brushes, I find it cleans well but realistically I will probably use a circular brush once the trizone shows me (by the bristles fading) that it needs changing - your app can remind you of this too

      It should be noted that due to all the technology powering different brush programs (whitening and gums amongst others) the body of the toothbrush is noticeably thicker than others with less features. This should be taken into consideration if you are planning using it with younger members of the family. The charge does seem to last the ten hours promised.

      So, overall, a luxury brush that performs really well - worth having is the visual guide, probably more gimmicky is the app, which I find a bit of an overkill. There's no doubt though that this brush is well made, cleans well and in relative quiet, and is really motivational to use.

      If you want a top of the range toothbrush this is an excellent choice.

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      09.06.2014 22:23
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      Things to do before you are Thirty

      When Liv, part of a group of friends approaching the big 30 dies, unexpectedly whilst they are all on holiday in Ibiza, for all of the group, from Fergus her boyfriend and Mia her best friend, life is never going to be the same. Whilst they tackle "The List" that their friend left of things to do before she was 30, Fergus, Mia, Anna, and married couple Norman and Melody will find themselves taken to places they never imagined as they come to terms with her death but also re-examine their own lives. I found this book quite entertaining, and for me the setting of Lancaster as the place the friends met and spent their student days was interesting as it''s a place I know well, the action went between London and Lancaster and there were lots of flashbacks to their student days so that you could understand how things turned out the way they did. The characters were believable and likeable in the main; reading the book you definitely feel like you want to be one of their gang! Probably like many I remember her column about being a single parent in Marie-Claire which I much enjoyed; I shall definitely be looking out for more from this author. There were some real laugh out loud moments, it''s a light and entertaining read, even if the ending is somewhat predictable you can enjoy the ride. Recommended.

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        09.06.2014 22:03
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        • "good set up"

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        average

        I''m using this as sole access point for internet, and the range is better (slightly) than the TP link I had before. I had difficulty setting it up and connecting to my TP link powerline units, despite being fairly good with technical items; I managed to set up by connecting it directly to my computer and changing my computer''s IP. In use I have had to reset it maybe once a week, which is disappointing, and also I''ve found it frustrating, having used it for a couple of months, that it lost all of its settings when I turned it off for a weekend away. Other points to note are that the ethernet connections are at the top of the device, where placement at the bottom would have seemed a more logical choice, bar this it''s not a bad looking device on the scale of these things. For what it is it works, but its not without its faults.

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          09.06.2014 20:06
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          • "shaves well "

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          Razor in a pod

          This razor sits nicely in the hand and with the 5 blades the finish is really good. It''s quite expensive, given it only comes with one blade and that you will have to buy more, possibly because you are paying for the shower pod it comes with. The shower pod is basically a plastic unit that holds the razor and opens up inside to take 2 unwrapped cartridges. I have installed mine by the suction pads to the inside of my bathroom cabinet - I''m not sure it''s really something I would want on show inside my shower in all honesty, it''s quite a large moulded piece of white plastic, and I''m not really sure there''s a huge advantage to keeping the cartridges with the razor unless you are very short on storage. My pod has remained firmly attached, and I can''t fault the actual razor itself - far superior and more comfortable to use than cheaper disposables. Easy to change the head, follows the contour of the body well, it''s a good razor, just not sure the pod is that much of a necessary item.

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          04.06.2014 08:34
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          • "paris setting not convincing"

          Beach Read

          Having enjoyed Ciara Geraghty''s first novel, "Saving Grace" I was glad that this book did not disappoint. "Finding Mr Flood" sees the heroine, Dara Flood, on a quest to find Mr Flood, her father who went out to buy some cigarettes just before Dara was born, never to be seen again. Dara decides she needs to find Mr Flood as her sister, Angel, is sick and needs a kidney and things seem bleak. Though this sounds as if it would be a joyless story, what follows as Dara hires PI Stanley Flinter to help her, and we meet the other characters in her life such as Tin Tin and Anya her co-workers at the Dog Home, is not lacking in comedic twists, friendship and, this book being firmly in the chick-lit genre, love. With an Irish setting and plenty of twists in the tale to keep you turning the pages this book should appeal to anyone who is a Marian Keyes fan. Will Dara find her father and be able to help her sister? Should she re-evaluate the life she lives and does she deserve better than her rather elusive, older boyfriend? To find out you will have to read the book. I found the characters in this book believable and appealing and this book was an easy read. A few scenes set in Paris were a little unconvincing - anyone who has spent any time in France will know that they don''t actually eat garlic bread, and seeing the sights of Paris on your way to Charles de Gaulle is a bit implausible, however I could forgive the book these slight niggles as, overall, the book was enjoyable, poignant and interesting and came to a satisfying end. Recommended.

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          03.06.2014 20:30
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          A Dark Tale

          I think possibly if I had the level of Spanish required this would be best read in its original form, as I did find it read as a translated text. That said,the story was strong enough to drag me in and regardless, and it was an interesting read. The "Scent of Lemon Leaves" is the story of Julian who makes his way from Argentina where he is living out his twilight years to the Costa Brava on the hunt of some ex-Nazis on a tip off from a photo sent by his friend. Julian was interred in a camp during the Second World war, and through him we learn more about the Spanish who were thus detained (a sadly unknown part of history to me personally), and follow the parallel story of Sandra, a young pregnant woman who has coincidentally bumped into an elderly couple whilst taken ill on the beach, one Karin and Fredrik. They turn out to be the couple at the heart of Julian''s search and seem strangely keen to invite Karin into their lives and home. What follows is a strangely dark and at times downright scary tale as the different characters'' worlds collide and the reader is forced to think about human nature, relationships and what kind of person might carry out the most heinous of crimes. The narration switched between Julian''s and Sandra''s point of view, which I found confusing at times but also an interesting way of relating the story. This isn''t the most fast paced of novels, but it''s certainly one to keep you turning the pages to see what will happen, the ending certainly wasn''t what I was expecting. Though at times the tension in the novel is almost unbearable, it''s a memorable, interesting and intelligent read which, despite the sometimes difficult subject matter, I really enjoyed.

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          03.06.2014 20:26
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          Wasn't as Good as I thought it would be

          I found this a bit of a confusing read - at times I really liked it, in other parts I was less than enthralled. The premise of the story is a good one - Kitty, a TV journalist in disgrace, is left 100 names by her deceased mentor Constance who edited the magazine where Kitty still has a job having been sacked from presenting. She decides to investigate Contances'' last great story and work out who the people are and what their story is. Supported by (the inevitable?) platonic male friend she tracks down some of the people behind the names and starts to piece together both their individual stories and the link between them. This is, in theory an interesting idea for a story, and it leads to Kitty meeting a range of potentially interesting characters. Where the book somehow didn''t work for me is that I worked out the twist in the story fairly early on - it was a little obvious, and I thought that it was a bit strange that only a fraction of the people in the title (6 by my reckoning) actually featured in the story. They were all a little bit too colourful to be realistic, but even buying into that though I enjoyed some of the funny parts in the book it all seemed quite predictable and cliched, somehow this book failed to live up to its title and though it was an OK read to pass a few hours it didn''t ever quite win me over.

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        • Superworm - Julia Donaldson / Junior Book / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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          03.06.2014 19:50

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          Super Superworm

          Even being die-hard Julia Donaldson fans as we are in this house, I have to say we did wonder about a book called "Superworm" - an unlikely hero if ever there was one, but this book is an instant winner, which my child has wanted for bedtime every night since we got it. The combination of memorable rhyming text and the fantastic marriage between the story and Axel Scheffer''s detailed, colourful and humorous images make for an instant classic. The story sees superworm, rescuer of baby toads and bored bees, being put under the spell of the evil "Wizard Lizard" and facing death by crow. Can his bug friends band together to hatch a cunning plan to save him? To find out you will have to read the book, though like all Donaldson books a happy ending is pretty well ensured. Like Stick Man, this book works well as an everyday character is viewed differently through Donaldson''s eyes. I think a worm being a hat, belt or slide will appeal to adults as much as it does to children. I found that this book is definitely of the sort children will quickly join in with and adults will find themselves remembering despite themselves. I think it''s worth getting this book in hardback as it would make a lovely present and it''s bound to be one that is read and read again. Another winner from our children''s laureate and highly recommended by us.

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        • Monsieur Lazhar (DVD) / DVD / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          03.06.2014 18:37
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          • "some tricky themes"
          • "canadian french difficult to understand"

          Thoughtful and Interesting Film

          This 94 minute film transports you to French-speaking Canada and to a school setting where some 6th grade students are having to come to terms with the sudden tragic death of their teacher, Martine. As if from another world Monsieur Lazhar arrives, the substitute teacher from Algeria who, it turns out faces his own tragic past. As the film unfolds there are lots of touching scenes as the traditional teacher makes his mark on the school, not without upsetting some and making a few faux pas. This isn''t the most pacey of films, but it''s beautifully filmed and did engage me through out. You can turn the subtitles off, however even as a fluent French speaker I did find them necessary at times due to the different vocabulary and accent of the Canadian actors - for this alone the film was interesting to me, although at times the soundtrack seemed quite quiet. I thought the young actors who played Simon and Alice were exceptionally good and natural and the themes of examining the way we deal with death and education were interesting. This is no Hollywood blockbuster, it''s not full of action or with an easy happy ending - as such I really enjoyed it, it''s a little bit different from the norm and it makes you think. Recommended.

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        • Lego 7938 City: Passenger Train / Lego / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          03.06.2014 17:22
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          Fantastic Lego Set

          Bought this for our nine year old daughter for Christmas and it was a resounding hit. She was able to build it by herself thanks to the clear instructions - there are two bags and it''s a two stage build. With the addition of LEGO City 7499 Flexible Tracksit''s a great set with fantastic play value. We were pleased with the price we paid for this from Amazon, cheapest anywhere. Probably you only going to put the train together once - clear instructions and on niggly bits and the motor is surprisingly powerful, it really gets some speed up and isn''t too power hungry on batteries. The controller is easy to use to regulate the speed when in play, it requires a little skill but with practice it''s easy to keep the train running smoothly. The remote control is a bit strange at first until you understand it''s designed to allow you to add a second train (not something we have done). It''s a shame the passengers are a bit hard to get in and out of the carriages (you have to lift the whole roof off) but this toy has appealed to every child who has seen it. A fine addition to Lego City sets and highly recommended here - the quality you expect from Lego and though there are a few big pieces still a satisfying build, especially compared to last year''s purchase Lego City 3182: City Airport (we paid a similar price for both), which is much less good.

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          03.06.2014 15:25
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          Good Product - Terrible Name!

          This is a handy item to have if you are going travelling - I had no problem filling mine up via the valve on its base (the simple pictorial pictures are on the box) with my favourite perfume. It takes about 5ml of product, you simply take the spray part off the perfume bottle you want to fill and pump. The bottle is pretty well made and it sprays well; you can see how much perfume is left easily as its transparent, I''m not sure if it''s the 65 sprays as billed but it''s certainly enough for a short holiday. The only downside to this item is that if you want to fill it once empty with a different perfume it might be a problem, also when filling there was a little wastage both from the bottom of this product from the valve and from me having to put the nozzle back on the bottle I was filling from which in the case of the perfume I used (Beautiful in eau de parfum) was not as easy as it sounds - still, a handy thing to have for holidays, so if you have the need for one because you don''t have a small perfume spray then I would recommend it.

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          03.06.2014 15:20

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          Shows what the Vita really can do!

          The Vita version of sly cooper shows that a home console game can work really well on a handheld. The sounds and graphics in this are superb as is the story line. If you have played the previous Sly games on the PS3/PS2 then you will know what to expect- you roam around an open world picking up missions for various characters. It''s a lot of fun and the characters are very playable, each having their own unique abilities. The game is a joy to play and watch, thanks to intuitive controls, colourful graphics and slick presentation. Although not over-challenging the game still has many hours of game play, with lots of collectables to keep you coming back for more. The product also showcases the cross product compatibility with the PS3 version. In case you are unaware, if you buy this game on the PS3 (The download price is currently the same on the PS3 and Vita) then you can download the Vita version for free. This opens up a lot of unique features, including cross save - play on either version using the same save files and cross play - using the vita as a visor extension on the PS3 game. To sum up - if you have a PS3, then buy that version and download this one for free. If you just have a Vita, then you probably want the retail version as the download is over 3GB in size. There haven''t been plenty of professional reviews for the Vita versions of this product, however the PS3 reviews I have read are a little unkind. The games are almost identical, so don''t let them put you off. If you like platform, mission based games with great characters/graphics and sound at a great price, then you will not be disappointed.

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          03.06.2014 15:13
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          • "work well"

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          • "ugly to look at"

          Good product to extend wifi

          This product works straight out of the box and allows you to extend your network across the mains power line. Prior to this I was using the TP link 200MB version of the product and I''ve seen a 50% increase in speed, going from 20 to 30 Mb using internet speed test and the wired connection, however this isn''t as obvious as you would expect when browsing the net, it''s still a plus if you are streaming movies and the like, something which we do a lot in this house. We had no problems at all with install, refreshingly. The units themselves are solid and well finished but noticeably larger (deeper) than the units without AC pass through, so if this feature doesn''t interest you perhaps these won''t be the ones for you. In several months use these have been 100% reliable, they are well made units which don''t over heat. I would recommend them, TP link being a good brand in my opinion.

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        • The dooyoo Redesign / Discussion / 25 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          29.05.2014 17:59
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          The New Design Dooyoo site is a disaster.

          What a total joke the new design has proved to be - mainly I can post, can't rate and it's impossible to use - it's OK though because the dooyoo team keep announcing how everything is better. Even when it's not - maybe they watched the Lego movie "everything is awesome"? My question is has any site EVER been launched in March and failed to work by June? Think not.....On another note it was disappointing too that the people in charge of the site seemingly got rid of guides without having the courtesy of telling them, and less still thanking them for (in some cases) many years of helping with quality control. For free. Despite the way everything was handled I did stay loyal to the site for a good while, and having tweeted the CEO of dooyoo hoped maybe he was right and that things would get better but as the weeks have passed it's becoming increasingly obvious that's it's just not to be. It doesn't seem that the programmers are up to the job and from the level of English in the more recent announcements you have to wonder how the people in charge will be able to judge the quality of writing on their own site. Or whether such a thing is of concern to them; as things stand only the spammers from random internet sites and a tiny minority can even put reviews up and no one, consumer or writer can use the site in any meaningful way. Of those who can write many are not getting paid, whilst crowns (remember them?) were at first given randomly after the relaunch and then have mainly ceased to be - and I gather those people that got them didn't necessarily get any miles anyway....Perhaps a few more members could add reviews in this topic with their thoughts? Assuming they can post. Who knows. At the current time in the main I still can not put up reviews of use to anyone (search function awful, database sorely out of date, suggestions limited and if I'm really lucky I get that really annoying pic of a girl screaming that sums up the new dooyoo experience) but if you keep it short you can post something I think, possibly if the wind is in the right direction - hope this helps any members who still venture on here, even if it's just to cash out and run. Fast. Last one out shut the door? Now where's the tumbleweed smiley? It's a shame it came to this.

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            20.05.2014 17:22
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            upper lip - sorta - eyebrows no way!

            Having read other reviews of this item I wasn't expecting great things, but used it following the instructions carefully. You are supposed to be able to use this wax, which I was sent to try, on your chin, upper lip and eyebrows. Not having any hairs however fine on my chin I went straight to the lip.

            Once heated for a minute in boiling water as directed and applied to skin the fabric which is supplied with the wax did a fair job of removing very fine hair from my lip though I found the applicator a bit tricky to use. There is, however, no way on earth that this is going to do a satisfactory job of removing stray hairs from the eyebrow area, it just isn't up to the job in terms of being able to apply it accurately enough or actually working - I tried, tried again and gave it up as a bad job before I did my brows any damage.

            For fine facial hair it's ok, just. The after use cream which you also get as part of the pack is pleasant enough but I''d say the results from the wax are pretty average and it''s not something that I will be using on a regular basis. It's just not worth the time or money for very little result and I'll stick to tweezers or threading for my brows. Not really recommended.

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