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      29.09.2013 17:14

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      I purchased this Kettle from John Lewis for £64.99 in the olive green colour and it's definitely one of the most stylish items in my kitchen. I love the vintage/retro Italian styling of the kettle with the olive kettle with the brown base and handle looks perfect in my cream kitchen.

      The capacity of 1.7 litres is perfect for making around 6 cups of tea at a time and the kettle is very quick to boil the water. It's also very quiet whilst it's boiling and can barely be heard from outside of the kitchen! In the Icona Vintage range there's a very nice selection of different colours which would match any kitchen's decor, and there's also a lovely four slice toaster and an espresso machine to match.

      The price of £64.99 for the kettle is excellent value for money in my opinion, as the build quality of the kettle is exceptional, and I see DeLonghi as a very respectable brand. The kettle comes with a 1 year guarantee, or 2 years if bought from John Lewis. Overall, it's a very stylish kettle at a very good price.

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      10.06.2013 16:28
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      I originally bought this mobile mouse when the trackpad on my old Toshiba laptop stopped working very well and I must say, it's actually a lot better to use than I thought it would be!

      I bought this mouse over a year ago and it's still going strong today. I probably use it for a couple of hours most days and I've only had to change the batteries (1 x AA) about 3 or 4 times. Fortunately, you know when the battery is starting to run out of juice when a small blue light on the top of the mouse near the buttons goes red. When I purchased the mouse the first battery was included as well.

      The mouse connects to the computer via USB. The connector is extremely small - it's the size of the USB plug with an additional 5mm or so, so it doesn't really stick out of the side of your laptop too much. When it's not plugged into the USB port, it slots into the bottom of the mouse for safe keeping. It can be released by pressing in a small button on the bottom of the mouse, and when the mouse has just been chucked in the bottom of my backpack, the USB connector has never been lost. It's very secure so you don't really have to worry about it!

      I'm not sure how many colours these come in as when I purchased mine they only sold silver. They're currently going for around £10 - £15 on the internet and I think I paid around £18 which is still very good value. Overall, it's just a standard mouse - there isn't really too much that's special about it. It's got the usual left and right buttons, and it's got a scroll wheel in the centre. A nice little feature is that it's got BlueTrack technology, which allows the mouse to continue working on almost any surface. I've used this mouse on carpet and on the arm of a leather sofa and it still worked perfectly. It works on wooden tables and strangely, it also worked on grass when I tried it! I can confirm it also works on train tables!

      The mouse itself it very compact and perfect for travelling. If you have very large hands, then it might not be ideal - but if you have average sized hands then it's the ideal size. If the mouse was any bigger then it wouldn't be as portable.

      This is definitely good value for money due to the build quality, the portability and the use that you get out of the batteries.

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      03.06.2013 13:48
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      Definitely worth buying

      The Air Max 90s were originally released as the Air Max III, but were renamed and retroed around the year 2000. These shoes are a natural progression from the Air Max 1 and the Air Max Light, and you can see that some of the design features from the earlier releases are still present. Even though this design is over 20 years old, they still look fresh in 2013! These Nikes are definitely up there in my list of favourite sneakers.

      I bought these sneakers in the original 'Infrared' colourway (white & black, with red) which are my all time favourite colourway for the 90s. There are so so many different colourways currently available for purchase and they can be customised on the Nike ID section of the Nike website. There are also Nike x Liberty 90s available which look really sweet with the Liberty fabric, shame they're always quite expensive though. Personally, I find that some of the Ladies' styles are often quite ugly - normally they're metallic gold, silver, blue or pink etc so I usually go for men's (or junior boy's) styles, such as the Infrared. It's all personal preference, after all.

      The fit of these shoes is very good & they definitely fit to size so you can order online and hopefully not have too many issue with size. They are extremely comfortable which you come to expect with Nike Airs and they are so cushioned it's like you're walking on clouds! I probably wouldn't advise that you wear them as running shoes, as it seems that nowadays there's more of an emphasis on the barefoot style shoes which are better for the joints etc. They would probably be good for the gym if you weren't planning to use the treadmill or something! for everyday casual use they are absolutely perfect and extremely well made. Obviously as the shoes get worn, they will begin to have signs of cracking, but mine have lasted over a year with moderate wear, and the only signs of wear are on the soles.

      Overall these are an excellent, classic, shoe and definitely one to add to the collection.

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    • Nike Air Max 1 Essential / Shoes / 33 Readings / 33 Ratings
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      05.05.2013 14:12
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      Go and get these!

      Nike Air Max 1 have been around since 1987, and were the first pair of Nike Air shoes to feature the visible air bag. Since 1987, Nike has released plenty of new Air Max in the line, but I've gotta say that these ones are my all time favourites with the Air Max 90 Infrared coming in second.

      I wasn't actually around when these were released originally (I came into the world 7 years later), but in the past couple of years I've really had my eye on a pair of these to add to the collection. As I've finally managed to get myself a pair, it seems like a good opportunity to give them a review!

      First of all, I really wouldn't recommend these shoes if you're looking for running shoes. Obviously these shoes were originally designed for this purpose, but there are now really good barefoot style or more flexible shoes available. These babies are much better for wearing casually! Although these are quite retro looking shoes, they're kept fresh and modern with the new colourways Nike release every year. The Air Max 1's have definitely aged better than the BW's or the 95's. I bought a nice pair of pastel yellow and green (perfect for summer), but there's literally hundreds of different colours you can pick up and there's a few deals to be found on eBay as well.

      The price for Air max 1's is usually around the £80 - £90 mark, but I've seen a few pairs of lightly worn ones go for around the £40 on eBay. Obviously if you're looking for the rare ones they're going to be a lot more expensive.. If you're looking to buy online or from eBay and you're worried about fakes then there's lots of information available on the internet about how to spot fake pairs. Overall, the quality you get for the price is pretty good. There's no shoddy stitching from Nike so they're unlikely to fall apart pretty quickly. The only small problem I have with these is that on some pairs the fake suede type material feels a little cheap - almost like felt which seems a bit of a shame as you can buy real suede Nikes for less! There's only a little bit of suede around the toe box anyway!

      I'd say these fit pretty true to size. I'm usually a 4.5 and I bought a 4 and they fit really comfortably. They look like they would stretch a little bit of you bought them too small. Air Max are always some of the most comfortable shoes (is it because of that air pocket?!) and these are no exception. You can wear them all day without worrying if your feet will be bleeding when you take them off! They also seem to pretty much go with everything casual. They look good with jeans in the winter and they would look good with shorts in the summer so they're pretty much perfect!

      If you're looking for a classic, retro type shoe then look no further!

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    • Nike Satire / Shoes / 26 Readings / 26 Ratings
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      17.04.2013 17:06
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      Good shoes

      I'm always on the lookout for new trainers and these immediately caught my eye. I already own a pair of Nike Janoski and the Nike Satire look almost identical to them. The only difference is the label on the tongue, a few little markings around the toe area and a more padded tongue. However, I don't really see these as a pair of 'knock offs', as they're being made by the same company anyway.

      As I'm a teeeeny size 4/5 (I'm somehow very tall at the same time), these shoes cost me only £25 from JD sports. They only sell these in the Junior sizes (up to 5.5) in JD, but I believe they cost around the £50 mark for the larger sizes. I see this as really good value, considering many shops don't class my size as a junior size, and some shoes are priced ridiculously high for only a little bit of shoe! (I'm looking at you, Office, with your £94.99 Air Max). And these are really good quality shoes I'm really impressed. I find that sometimes trainers which you've paid a lot more money for start falling apart after you've worn them a couple of times but these are still looking pretty much brand new! They're made of the same suede as the Janoskis but have a canvas-like piece of material around the heel area. This is actually a pretty good idea because it's slightly thicker than the suede and hopefully as the shoes get a little more worn, the heel of the shoes will retain their shape much better.

      Even though these are more of a skateboarding shoe, they're still quite slimline so they don't look out of place if you're wearing them out on the street. When I think of skateboarding shoes I think of big, chunky shoes - but these are nothing like that. I bought the black and white pair, but there's also a pretty cool red pair available in JD Sports. If you buy one of the adult sizes there are a pretty nice looking black with mint green swoosh and a dark grey with orange swoosh. There are a couple different colourways available from Footlocker and probably a few more to be found on the internet. There isn't a huge range of colours available for this style, but I don't know how long they've been around for or if it's very established. Since many people are buying the Janoskis and skate-style shoes, I think Nike will probably invest in a few new colourways in the future (well, I hope they will).

      The only complaint I have about these shoes is that they don't give you a second pair of laces in the box - this is only a very very minor issue, but a pair of black laces as well would've gone down a treat! Apart from this, these are an excellent pair of shoes and perfect if you want something which looks like a Janoski, but don't want the price tag of them!

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      19.02.2013 16:37
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      Essential for a Macbook Air

      Unfortunately the internet in my University halls of residence isn't wireless, so you have to connect via an ethernet cable. What's even more unfortunate is that the Macbook Air doesn't have an Ethernet port so I had to spend extra to get this adaptor. With this product you also need to purchase an ethernet cable if you don't have one, but they can be picked up extremely cheaply on Amazon or Ebay - I bought a 5m cable for £1.50 on Amazon with free delivery! I believe that the new Macbook Pro with Retina display doesn't have an ethernet port, either. To be honest I'd rather have a thinner and lighter laptop and buy an extra adaptor, since most places have WiFi as the norm nowadays it's not too much of a risk.

      The adaptor itself is currently £25 on the Apple website and they can be picked up from Amazon for around the same price as well. This does seem a little steep, but personally I'd rather buy an Apple made product which is more likely to work with my computer instead of one of the cheaper USB alternatives. The adaptor is the standard Apple white design, and plugs into the Thunderbolt port on the right-hand side of the Macbook Air. The product itself is around 10cm in length making it extremely portable and can easily fit in most laptop cases or easily in a backpack.

      The device is very simple to use - just plug and play. Some computers may require you to update the Thunderbolt software before you can use this adaptor. My advice would be to test this out at home first, so you can download the update via your wireless. You'll know if you have to update as it'll say there's no Thunderbolt Ethernet connected under System Preferences -> Network. The update is then very simple to find on the Apple website. Once it's all up and running, the internet is very fast - I was impressed. Sometimes the wired connection is actually a lot faster than a wireless one which is a bonus.

      The only problem I have with this is that on the Macbook Air there's only one Thunderbolt port, so when you're browsing the internet with the adaptor plugged in, you can't use the Thunderbolt port for any thing else - e.g hooking up your laptop to an external monitor. If you tend to do this often, I'd recommend that you buy one of the Apple branded USB to Ethernet adaptors instead, so you can do both at once! It just depends on the way you use your laptop to be honest. The fault doesn't really lie with the adaptor, it's more of a 'fault' with the laptop itself!

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      14.02.2013 22:42
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      Perfect for every day use

      I bought this calculator when I was doing my maths GCSE and since then it has come with me through A Levels, and now I'm using it every day at University. As I'm doing a chemistry degree, we use these for calculations nearly every day and it's never let me down. The model I have has a solar panel and a battery, which gives me extra piece of mind incase the battery runs out or the sun goes in! A cover for the calculator is also provided which protects the front of the device, and also has a sticker with instructions on how to do a few different calculations.

      The calculator has a large and clear display so you won't find yourself squinting to look at your calculations. An extremely useful feature is that you can scroll through your previous calculations to check what you've typed in case you've carried forward an error in the subsequent calculations. You can also use the circular navigation button at the top to scroll through the current calculation and change any numbers without having to clear the whole thing. This is incredibly useful if you've typed in a calculation with loads of brackets, for example.

      As well as the standard Maths mode, this calculator also features a handy Stats mode. To be honest, I never really used this mode until University, but many questions for A Level biology and Chemistry require the use of Standard Deviation, which can be easily done on the calculator, rather than by hand. There are many different videos on YouTube giving walkthroughs on how to use the Stats mode on the calculator.

      This calculator is perfect for every day use as the buttons are very clear to use and it works really well for just simple calculations. For around £10 you're getting a really solid product which is going to last you a long time.

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      • Pukka Pads A4 Writing Pad / Homeware / 15 Readings / 15 Ratings
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        14.02.2013 22:29
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        Would recommend.

        As a student I need to use notebooks every day for writing lecture notes and revision. Usually I buy a narrow ruled refill pad from Ryman's, but a Pukka Pad was bought for me as part of a few bits and pieces of stationery so I thought I'd review one!

        The pad which I was bought is very similar to the one in the picture, except that it has a nice bright pink colour. These pads are a little more expensive when compared to other notebooks as they're around the £3/4 mark, but they're certainly not as expensive as a Moleskine notebook! For this price you do get really nice quality paper which is very smooth - I find this a very important factor when deciding a notebook as I don't like the paper to feel scratchy. As the paper is thicker you can write on both sides of the page without it showing through. I've also written on both sides of the pages with one of those fineliner Sharpie pens and the other side of the page was still legible. The paper itself has normal ruling, which personally I don't like, but it's not too much of a problem for me. The paper is also holepunched for you in 4 places which makes it easy to file in any ringbinder! As well as already being holepunched, the paper is perforated along the edge so that you can tear the sheets out of the book without them ripping. This is such a good idea as it keeps your notes looking nice and so many times I've accidentally ripped a chunk out of a sheet whilst trying to remove it! My favourite aspect of this notebook is that the front cover of the pad is nice and thick, and protects your precious notes inside from getting dirtied and creased in your bag.

        My only problem with this product is that the paper is helt together by the metal rings in the middle. As a left handed person I find it very awkward to write on the right hand side of the notebook without my hand getting in the way of the binder. I could just turn the book upside down, but then the margin will be in the wrong place and who wants that?! However, I can make my peace with this as the majority of the population is right-handed and this kind of discrimination is what us Lefties have come to terms with! :)

        This is a really good value for money notebook if you're looking for a notebook you can use everyday!

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        12.02.2013 22:36
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        Delicous!

        Robinson's has always been my favourite brand of squash. I'm willing to try the supermarket own brands as they're a lot cheaper, but the taste just never seems to be the same. With Robinson's it just seems so much fruitier and juicier! Summer fruits has to be my favourite flavour of squash, with lemon coming in a close second. I personally find it the most refreshing on a hot summer day and it's also brilliant made with boiling water from a mug!

        The flavour is made up from apple, strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit juices. Personally, I find that the squash doesn't really taste of cherry. I mostly taste the apple and strawberry flavours which is a good thing since I absolutely detest the taste of cherries when they're on their own anyway! With the double concentrate version of this drink I tend to use around just over a centimetre of squash for a glass which can hold around 400ml of water. I find that this gives me a nice medium strength squash. I don't know about anyone else, but if I'm making squash to put in the fridge, I tend to make the squash a little stronger so you can also add ice to it without it getting too diluted. I always go for the no added sugar variety, as I've tried the sugary version and it's so sweet and seems to leave that weird coating on my teeth - similar to original Coca Cola! You can easily tell if you've got the no added sugar version as it's clearly stated on the label and has a blue lid. The sugary version has a green lid.

        I usually get a 1.75l bottle when they're on offer in the supermarkets - you can usually pick a bottle up for around £2. The double concentrate is definitely more economical than the normal version. I find that it lasts maybe 3x longer. The 1.75l bottle suggests that you can get 70 servings out of the bottle but I'm pretty sure you can get a lot more out of it than that. Since the normal bottles are often on offer for £1 each, and 1.75l of double concentrate is £2 for over 70 servings it works out as great value!

        To summarise: lovely tasting drink - perfect for summer or winter, great value, and no added sugar! Robinson's really are the only squash brand worth considering.

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        • Riesen Storck / Chocolate / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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          12.02.2013 22:18
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          Definitely give these a try!

          I've heard about these chocolate bars before, but where I live they're not readily available in a lot of shops. The bar which I bought this afternoon was from a corner shop and cost a very reasonable 55p! A few years ago 55p would've been quite expensive, but considering how expensive chocolate bars have become recently this seems like a good price to me. The bar is made by the German company Storck, which according to Wikipedia also produce Werther's Original (I had absolutely no idea Werther's weren't a British sweet).

          The bar itself is wrapped in dark brown waxy paper rather than the usual plastic. The bar is divided into 5 bitesize pieces of chewy toffee coated in dark chocolate. I rather like the taste of the dark chocolate covering as the toffee is obviously really sweet so it provides a really nice balance. I think that if the toffee was covered in milk chocolate it would be too sickly for my tastes. The pieces of toffee are a good size for eating in one go, but the toffee is also soft enough to bite in half if you're not feeling very adventurous (or if you're eating these in a public place!). The toffee takes quite a bit of effort to chew - I would compare it to a slightly less chewy Curly Wurly as most people know what they're like to eat. Overall, the taste of the product is very good and the chocolate tastes like it's very good quality indeed.

          There isn't really much else to say about this bar as it's just chocolate covered toffee, but I would definitely recommend that you give it a try - I'm glad I did!

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          • Vans 106 Vulcanized / Sports Shoes / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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            11.02.2013 22:00
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            Great every day shoes

            I own a lot of pairs of trainers, I will be the first to admit it. Everyone likes to collect things, and my favourite thing to collect is trainers! However, I feel I can justify this because I actually wear every pair of trainers I've bought and none of them get neglected. I just like to have a choice! Vans are one of my favourite brands to buy and the 106s are an excellent style.

            I bought my pair from a Vans outlet store for £20 which I saw as an excellent deal as they normally sell for around £45. When I buy my shoes I always look for a good deal first and the Vans outlet store at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth is always a safe bet. The colour I chose to buy is a very light mint green sort of colour, and the classic waffle sole is a bright lime green. I've never seen this colour in any shop before, and before I started writing this view I had a look on the internet to see if you can still buy them and you can't. I unfortunately couldn't even find a picture of them! Currently you can buy a large range of different colours, from the normal navy blue and black to some really nice looking washed blue canvas ones. As this style isn't the most popular at the moment when compared to the Authentics, you can't get as many different colours but there's still a large range to choose from.

            With these shoes, I've found that they don't stretch as much as the Authentics so I bought a size 4.5 instead of my usual size 4. Around the arch of the foot they seem to have a slightly looser fit, which I prefer a little bit as it's more comfortable when you're wearing the shoes all day. In my other reviews of Vans shoes I've also mentioned that the shoes hurt a little at first before the sole begins to get a little more flexible and these are exactly the same. As I said before, they don't take very long to do this, so if you did buy a pair and they hurt just persevere a little bit because it does get better!

            I find the shoes to be very well made, but when you've had them for a while the sole at the back starts to wear away a little bit. I usually just fix this by putting a bit of superglue between the sole and the outer sole, and they're absolutely fine for a few months before it needs doing again. This is just normal wear and tear of the shoes and in my opinion, nothing really to worry about. The canvas is thick enough to be sturdy, but thin enough to be breathable. I took these shoes on holiday to Cuba where it was hot and extremely humid, and they were still comfortable and breathable.

            Like most other plimsoll style Vans, these shoes are excellent for wearing with casual outfits. There isn't many casual outfits which these don't go with - and if you buy a black and white pair, they'll go with every colour as well!

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            11.02.2013 18:35
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            Nice for protecting your shoes from the British weather!

            When I bought a new pair of suede shoes just before the winter I wanted to get a spray to protect them as they weren't exactly cheap to buy. I went into Clarks as I could vaguely remember them selling shoe care accessories behind the till and sure enough, they had some aerosol shoe protector. As well as protecting suede shoes, this spray is also suitable for leather, nubuck and canvas.

            The spray comes in a blue and silver can with a spray lid. The spray lid works very efficiently and provides an even covering of the protector. You don't end up with very blotchy wet patches all over your shoes. The spray also boasts a new formula which is PFOS and PFOA free. A quick Google search tells me that PFOS is a manmade flourosurfactant which was a key ingredient in 3M's Scotchguard. This is a global pollutant, and causes cancer in animals. PFOA was used as a water and oil repellent as has also been found to be carcinogenic in animals. So basically, it's a pretty good idea that they've removed these things from the spray. On the back of the can there isn't actually a list of ingredients, but it does warn than it's extremely flammable and an irritant. I tend to spray my shoes outdoors or with a window open anyway which minimises the risk of inhaling loads of the stuff.

            The instructions on the spray advise you to first clean your shoes, then brush them, then spray from 20cm away. When the shoes are dry they're good for you to wear! Personally, I can never be bothered with the first steps I just spray the shoes straight away. It might make a difference to some people, but my shoes aren't ever really stained or scuffed so I see no need to do this. If they ever were scuffed before I needed to spray them, I'd definitely give them a bit of a brush before spraying.

            I've found that this spray gives long term protection again stains and protects from rain. I've worn the shoes out in sort of light to medium rain and they were absolutely fine. The one time I was caught in a heavy downpour the spray went some way in stopping the water but a little bit got through (probably around the laces). I don't tend to make a habit out of wearing suede shoes in the heavy rain, it's usually down to our wonderful British weather! This spray gives excellent value for money, as it was bought for around £5 if I can remember correctly, and the can has lasted absolutely ages.

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          • Ryman Refill Pad A4 / Homeware / 22 Readings / 22 Ratings
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            10.02.2013 18:34
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            Good value for money here

            As a student I need to use a notebook every day for lecture/revision notes. These Ryman branded refill pads are perfectly suited for this job. I tend to go for the narrow ruled version, as I have quite small handwriting anyway, and you can also fit more on a page! I don't know if it works out any cheaper buying narrow ruled, but I just personally prefer to use it. The Ryman website currently has these priced at £1.59 each, and they frequently have 3 for 2 offers in store. I tend to stock up on these whilst they're on offer, along with some of their graph paper so I don't run out during the year. You can buy these pads with either 100 sheets or 200 sheets of paper.

            The quality of the paper isn't the best I've ever used but it's certainly not cheap feeling either. Although, if you want the best quality paper you're going to have to pay out a little more for an Oxford pad. I believe Ryman also do their own branded 'superior' quality paper, although I don't know what the quality is like compared to the standard version. The paper isn't scratchy or off-white and you can write on both sides of the page without the ink coming through. Because the paper is quite thick, it doesn't tend to rip when you pull a page out of the book - I have had this problem with some of the cheaper refill pads. The paper has also been pre-holepunched to make it easier to file away. The front and back covers of the book are also nicely thick so they protect the paper inside and keep it looking clean and uncrinkled.

            The only small problem I have with these books is that after a while the glue on the spine can start to come away from the edge of the paper and some of the sheets can fall out. This isn't a huge deal, and it might be where I fold the front cover under the pad when I'm writing. It never seemed to happen often with the pads before, but it's happening more with the newer pads I've bought. Maybe the quality is just slightly less than it used to be, I don't know.

            The quality of the paper you get for the small price which you pay is absolutely fantastic, and these notebooks are perfect for every day use.

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            10.02.2013 10:57
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            Good quality product

            When I'm making revision notes I like them to look colourful and interesting. This makes it easier for me to learn from, and definitely less of a chore to write. Some people prefer to simply go through with highlighters over their black pens, but I go the whole way and just write different chunks in bright colours. This pack of 10 Fineliner pens was perfect for me for this exact reason.

            The pens usually cost around the £10 mark, which is incredibly expensive for what they actually are. I bought mine from a Ryman's stationers when they were about half price - I think they cost around £5.99 and 10% student discount on top of that. To be honest, if they weren't cheaper I would have gone for one of the cheaper alternatives in the store but this seemed like a very good deal and it was difficult to ignore it. I believe Staedtler to be a trusted high quality brand, so maybe that's why some of their stuff can be a little pricey.

            The pens come in a clear plastic case with the label on the front. You can see the colours of the pens you're getting inside and I think there's a nice range of colours in there. They probably could've done without the brown pen, actually - it's not a very nice colour on the paper when you use it. But then again, the brown Crayons are always the worst colour as well! The rest are absolutely great though. The best thing about the packaging if that you can open up the lid and fold it back on itself, so that the pens are standing up (diagonally). I may not have explained this very well, but if you go on Google Images and type Staedtler Fineliner you'll see what I mean for yourself. This is a great feature of the packaging as you can reach the pens more readily, and keep them organised when you're using more than one colour at once. The packaging closes securely and 'clicks' closed so you know when it's shut properly. In the time that I've had these pens I've never opened my bag to find that they've all falled out of the packet!

            As I mentioned above, you get a nice range of 10 colours in this particular packet. You can also buy the epic looking 20 pack or the slightly less exciting pack of 3. You end up getting a yellow, orange, red, pink, light and dark blue, light and dark green, black and brown. I think this is a pretty good range of colours and if you need more, then there's always the option of buying the pack of 20. I think you also may be able to buy them individually in some shops, but I might not be correct. The ink is bright, is quick drying and doesn't seem to fade as it dries either. Being a leftie, it's very important to me when the ink dries quickly! I can't use gel pens or fountain pens as half of the ink ends up smeared across the page and half of it ends up on the back of my hands! The ink is also 'dry safe' meaning that you can leave the lid off the pen for days and the ink won't dry out. I personally haven't left the lid off for more than a couple of hours at the time so I can't personally verify this. After a couple of hours the ink if perfectly fine though. The ink can be easily washed off most textiles as it's water based.

            Personally, I'd recommend buying these pens - but wait until they're on offer. Personally, I wouldn't want to pay the £10 which they are normally - even though they are worth the £10 it does still seem quite expensive. These are actually really good quality pens and they've got me through my A-levels and a semester's worth of University exams!

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            Consider this if you're looking for a pre-owned iPod.

            This 3rd Gen iPod Nano was bought for me in 2007 to replace my 1st Gen model which was sadly stolen by a couple who were viewing our house (It was left in a drawer in my bedroom, which is beside the point). I remember being extremely exciting as this was the iPod Nano which had the Cover Flow function and video playback! Now, obviously in 2013 being able to play a video on a handheld device is the norm, but when these were released the idea of being able to download music videos from the iTunes store and watch them on your iPod was very exciting indeed.

            When these were released you could get them black, silver, turquoise, mint green, red and later, pink. I was purchased the wonderful red colour and remarkably 6 years later it still look exactly the same colour as when I first got it. I like to take extremely good care of any gadgetry I own, so aside from a very small scratch on the metal back it looks as good as it did when it left the shop! I even have the Apple drawstring bag, receipt, and original packaging - now that is dedication!

            Personally I've found the 4GB enough space for my music collection. I have a much larger collection on my computer, but I went through and selected the ones I was more likely going to listen to whilst out and about. I've never found 4GB to not be enough space, although if I did purchase a model with more storage space, I'd definitely be able to fill it up as well. It's entirely dependent on whether you're the type of person who wants ALL their music on the go with them or not. For me, it's not too much of a big deal. My iPhone can always take on the overspill if it needs to!

            The screens are so simple to navigate through, and I still believe that for the iPod the classic click-wheel is the best way to navigate through the menus. I personally don't tend you use the Cover Flow function as I prefer to scroll through my music by Artist rather than album, but it's still a really nice little feature to use.

            The build of the iPod Nano is truly exceptional, in the 6 years which I've owned this little beauty nothing has ever gone wrong (touch wood), well nothing apart from the screen freezing on occasion which is ridiculously easy to fix yourself anyway. A lot of people I know who owned these always complained of the metal backing getting extremely scratched, but I've had no such problem as I've used a silicone case the whole time I've had it. Slightly off topic - InCase silicone iPod cases are magnificent. The one I'm using now is the one which was bought with the iPod and is still perfect! The only thing which has changed on the iPod is the headphones and the gradual increase in the quality of the music stored on it. As I have mentioned in another one of my reviews, iPod headphones are absolutely terrible. Don't bother with them!

            Basically, if you're thinking of buying an iPod and don't want the lastest generation, consider a 3rd Generation. They're still small by today's standards, and still work perfectly fine! Consider something designed when Apple were still innovative..

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