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    • Merrell MOAB MID / Sports Shoes / 27 Readings / 25 Ratings
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      24.07.2013 16:42
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      A good show for the beginner or hobbyist.

      I am certainly no die-hard hiker, but having enjoyed a few hill walks over the past year, I decided to invest in some nice "proper" boots. With a view to maybe becoming a bit more serious about the whole thing.

      On the advice of a friend, I picked up some of these second hand from eBay. It seems that I got quite a bargain because it appears that the boots retail at between £75 and £125.

      My friend advised me that it would be a good idea to purchase the shoes in a size bigger than what I am normally. Apparently this is a fairly common issue with these shoes, and I'm certainly glad I heeded that advice. The size I bought is perfect for me, but I'd have been very miffed if I had bought my actual show size! If you are going to buy these shoes, you probably need to try them on in-store before you buy. This isn't necessarily that easy to do because they're quite difficult to come by in the country! This is quite frustrating, but as long as you're aware that you WILL need a size bigger, you should be fine.

      As I said, my pair are second hand, so I can't really talk about the breaking in process. What I do know is that my shoes were comfy from the off and they had only been worn once or twice. The fabric seems to mould to the foot nicely. The fabric is supple and soft. There's plenty of flexibility whilst retaining a good level of support.

      As for comfort, I would give these boots a 7/10. I am a novice to walking and I have never owned any walking boots before so I'm not an authority on them, but shoes are shoes! Firstly, the mesh-type fabric on the upper of the shoes suggests that the shoes are breathable. Well, they're not. Walking any great distance in these will result in toasty toes to say the least! It's not horrific, but it's certainly noticeable, and for shoes designed for a sporty purpose, one would expect them to not transform your feet into sweltering pools of sweaty bleh. On the other hand, I suppose that this might be precisely what you want if you're partial to a bit of winter walking.

      One of the reasons that the meshy-fabric may be so woefully unsuitable may be to do with the waterproof nature of the shoe. They are very waterproof, and I suppose that conflicts with the shoe's breathability. I cannot fault the shoes in terms of waterproofing. They are as good as a nice pair of wellies! I suppose if you're looking for a good winter shoe, these would be ideal. Warm and dry is probably precisely what you want sometimes.

      Another bad thing about thing about these shoes is that the sole seems almost too thin for a real walking shoe. You can feel what's going on underfoot. This has it's advantages, of course, it's not necessarily bad to be sensitive to what's going on underfoot. You need to know if that ice really is too slippy, or if that mud is really that squelchy! But I feel that it makes the boots feel a little cheap. The boots generally feel firm and well put together, and I don't think anything would ever come through the sole. It just feels a little hairy at times!

      The grip on these shoes is fabulous. Grip really isn't something I tend to consider with shoes, but with these it is very noticeable. They are great for scoping those tricky slopes or mud-spattered pebbles.

      All in all, these shoes aren't perfect but for a hobbyist, I'd say they are just right. Not too expensive compared to other shoes on the market. Probably not the best, but certainly not the worst. They feel as though they are good quality when you put them on, but I appreciate that you are something of a hiking boot connoisseur, these might not be your idea of perfection.

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        24.07.2013 15:53
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        A decent perfume for anyone and anyone, but nothing to get too excited about!

        Following its release in 1994, Calvin Klein's One has gone on to be considered a classic fragrance. And as a fragrance for both men and women, it has universal appeal. It is a relatively inexpensive product costing around £30 for 200ml.

        CK One comes in an attractive bottle. The bottle is a slender, classic design of frosted glass. The lettering is simple, but iconic. A basis but stylish screw cap sits atop the bottle. The bottle would not look out of place on a women's dressing table nor in a men's wash kit.

        I am by no means a perfume connoisseur, and in reality, I don't think most people shopping for perfume are either. If you want to know the base notes and top notes, etc., they can be found elsewhere. I shall give you a simple overview.

        Obviously, the fragrance is for both men and women. For this reason it is not overly masculine or woody, nor does it have that flowery, powdery scent. I would describe it as "fresh". The smell conjures up visions of ocean breezes, sleek chrome surfaces and sparkling diamonds.

        Ultimately however, I am not such a fan of this product. It's "catch all" ethos does not really appeal to me. I love the thought of having a signature scent. It's quite difficult to have a signature scent designed for men and women which costs less that £30 a throw. If you try this product out and you love it, then that's fine! But I think for the majority of people it's one of those things that you buy once and not again. On the other hand, the "catch all" thing is good if you want to seem polished and finished properly, but don't really know what fragrance suits you best.

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        • Ikea Billy Bookcases / Furniture / 29 Readings / 26 Ratings
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          23.07.2013 15:57
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          A great product for anybody

          The Billy Bookcase is a delightful flexible storage solution which is accessible to everyone. I think most people are familiar with IKEA products and I would imagine that there are very few homes that have never played host to any of their products.

          The Billy Bookcase comes in a range of colours and sizes. For two small shelves you can expect to pay around £20, but it depends on what colours you go for and the sizing that you need.

          You can assemble the bookcase pretty much any way you want and, of course, it does not have to be used for books. It can be used to store any manner of items. The bookcase is exceptionally easy to assemble. All that is required is a couple of screwdrivers and a hammer. It comes flat-packed (of course, it's from IKEA!) but he instructions are perfectly easy to follow. The added bonus is that if you get tired of the shelf, or need to make adjustments, it's very easy to rearrange or adjust them.

          The bookcase isn't beautiful, but nor is it ugly. It's fine. It can be dressed up or down and would not look out of place anywhere, from student accommodation to a family home. I think that this is the beauty of this particular product. Everyone can afford it and it's so versatile that everyone can use it too!

          purchased a Billy bookcase as I was looking for a good value bookcase for student accommodation. I have been impressed with Ikea furniture in the past and decided to stick with it for my bookcase. I initially purchased a Billy Bookcase in 40X28X106 White but have since order the taller thin models and a CD storage case. Different sizes and shapes of Billy bookcase can be put together to create really useful storage systems.

          The Billy Bookcase system is designed to be flexible. I first chose a smaller model which has 2 shelves. The height of the shelves is adjustable. This was particularly useful for me as the standard fit only allows for A4 sized books to fit on the bottom shelf. I assembled it so that A4 folders can fit on 2 shelves. The design is basic which means a Billy Bookcase will fit in with many different design schemes. The white colour works well with my other light bedroom furniture but also fits well in my living room with pine furniture.

          I would happily recommend this product to anybody! If you've got a wall a wall to fill, this product's for you!

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          23.07.2013 15:43
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          A lovely product for holiday ready skin

          I bought this product for around £5 (per 250ml) from Boots as I was due to go on holiday and I was getting a little concerned about my ghostly corned-beef legs. I wanted a little bit of glow so that I might look the part on the beach! There are many self-tanning products on the market ranging from very expensive to next to nothing. I chose the Dove one because I ma familiar with the brand and the bottle seemed to suggest that it would give a "healthy glow" as opposed to full on oompa loompa orange, which is something I desperately wanted to avoid.

          I have used Dove body lotions in the past and have had varying degrees of success. Some are really good, and some just aren't. I have to say that Summer Glow isn't amazingly moisturising. I don't have particularly dry skin, but my skin just didn't feel nourished by this. Although I feel that I can't really complain about this: if I had wanted moisturise, I'd have bought moisturiser.

          So the product's main selling point is the gradual tanning effect. Since it doesn't moisturise very well... maybe the tan makes up for it? Well, it does and it doesn't. You can buy two different products: one for lighter skin and one for darker skin. I have light skin, and went for the fair-medium product.

          At first I didn't read the bottle, and chose to go at my legs all guns blazing. The result was gross, streaky, orange legs. Needless to say I was disappointed. Out of frustration, I finally bothered to read the instructions. With proper application, I found that I was left with a nice tinge. After a few days, my legs were looking a lot more healthy. I am actually really pleased with the colour I have been left with.

          The texture of the product is fine, it glides on nicely and spreads evenly. The scent is a floral kind of scent. It is not overpowering and does not linger.

          I think that the biggest advantage of this product is that it gives a nice, healthy glow without sun damaging the skin. This product is perfect for people off all ages, but I think it would be great for teenagers contemplating using sun-beds. You get just as good a tan without the damage.

          All in all, I would recommend this product to anyone looking to get summer ready!

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          • Apollo Ace Boys Bike / Bikes / 13 Readings / 13 Ratings
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            23.07.2013 15:14
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            A brillian tbike for children!

            I bought this bike from Halfords. I remember that it cost somewhere in the region of £80. I think that this is more or less a typical price that one might expect to pay for a children's bike these days and to be honest, I bought it because it seemed an OK price and it looked snazzy! Halfords is a good name and I assumed that I would receive reliable service. So far I have no complaints about either them or the bike!

            The price of this product is very good. It's certainly not the most expensive bike on the market. It's affordable enough so that you can bare to replace it once you child outgrows it, without compromising in quality or ride-ability.

            At 16", this bike makes an ideal first bike. It will probably last a child until they get to be around 6 or 7 years old (depending on the child, obviously). The frame is a nice shade of blue and while I imagine the manufacturers probably had little boys in mind when designing this product, I'd say it's pretty gender neutral. The BMX style is very cool!

            The bike feels very robust. The frame is made of steel. It doesn't seem overly malleable, which is good for a kid's first bike! It can take quite a bashing and still stand strong. It is a little heavy, however, which might cause difficulties for smaller children learning to ride for the first time. Generally, however, the build quality seems fantastic; as good if not better than you would expect for a bike of this price.

            The bike seems very safe. The "V" style brakes are firm, but not overly hard: your child's not going to go flying over the handlebars, but they'll be able to stop safely in an emergency. The saddle is comfortable enough to go on long rides.

            I would say that this bike is a good mix of road bike and mountain bike. It's not a stunt bike, you're not going to be able to do wild jumps and flips, but it has no problem tackling unkempt forest paths and country lanes. Equally, it's perfectly good for use on the road, daily trips to school and what not.

            One small disadvantage of this bike is that it's not very adaptable. If you're the sort of person who likes to accessorise, this might not be the bike for you. Obviously fitting generic accessories is not a problem but as for things like a water bottle, there just isn't any space available. I don't actually think this is too much of a problem. This is ideal as a first bike and, in truth, I don't think most young kids want or need a huge amount of accessories.

            All in all, I am very happy with this product. For the price, it does everything it needs to. I would gladly recommend this to anyone looking to buy their child's first bike. It would make an ideal gift for birthdays or Christmas!

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            23.07.2013 13:38
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            A cheap, unsophisticated product which does what it should.

            Ah, Impulse. The body spray of choice for many a teenage girl. And now perhaps, not-so-teenage girls.
            Impulse has been around for as long as I can remember. At school it seemed as though every girl had a stash in her bag and with so many different scents to choose from there was at least one to suit every personality.
            To me, Impulse is something that everyone is familiar with. It's simple. Cheap and uncomplicated. It has a sort of everyman appeal. I think this can be seen as both a negative and a positive.

            The can is cheap (the price varies from shop to shop, but you wouldn't expect to pay more than £1 for a 75ml can) and easy to use. I'm sure you all know what an aerosol looks like, but essentially, it has an easy to press button which, when pressed, sprays scent. It's really not too technical.
            The packaging is pretty and uncomplicated. Nothing ground-breaking or outlandish, but certainly feminine and handbag-worthy.

            The scent is nice. It's not too overpowering. It's fine for day-to-day use. It's not particularly sophisticated, but for the price you can't expect Chanel Number 5. If you're not planning on wearing perfume, a light spritz of this just adds a finishing touch to an outfit. There are some absolute bargain basement style body sprays on the market, Impulse consistently smells experience-er than those brands, but without breaking the bank.
            I'm not a fan of aerosols in general. Particularly with products like this; a small roll on style stick would be better for the environment and there have been some concerns in recent years over the effect of aluminium cans on health. Given that body spray is an unnecessary luxury, I am not sure that it is wise to encourage people to use aerosols when there is no real need.

            In conclusion, Impulse is fine. That's all: fine. It's not gorgeous. I can't get too excited about it. It's ok for everyday use, but I wouldn't wear it when going out or for a more "grown-up" occasion. It smells nice... and that's it. For the price, it's good, but it certainly has its downsides. Body spray really isn't a must have product. And the fact that it comes in a aerosol can puts me off a litte.

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          • Graco Travel Cot / Nursery Furniture / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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            22.11.2012 20:50
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            A great product for mums who like to travel

            Babies are not the most portable of creatures. They come with a lot of baggage (literally). While babies themselves are quite compact, their luggage isn't. Trying to take a very young child on holiday can be lovely- but it can also be a bit of a headache. For this reason, it's great to find a product that makes the whole process a little less tiresome.

            I have seen the Graco travel cot priced at anywhere from £50 to £80, so it definitely pays to shop around. Obviously, a travel cot is going to appeal to a particular type of parent. If you're the kind of people that like to go away a lot, a travel cot probably makes perfect sense, if you're not, you probably don't need one and would probably do better to buy a Moses basket or similar just for now and again.

            We tend to go away on holiday quite a lot and tend to stay in various caravans, for this purpose, the travel cot is perfect. It provides somewhere safe and familiar that the baby will recognise and feel "at home" in, therefore mum can relax; secure in the knowledge that baby is OK.

            I imagine that this cot would also appeal to picky people who like to stay in hotels. While hotels often provide cots, they are sometimes a bit ropey looking and you never know who used them before you! Really, what the Graco gives is consistency and security.

            The cot can be put up very quickly with minimal effort. It seems secure and sturdy when it is up despite its speedy erection and I have never had any problems with it collapsing or anything. There are no sharp edges or exposed joints that a child can get at.

            The cot is available in two colours. It can be purchased in cream/ beige colour or dark blue shades. I naively chose the cream one, simply because it looked more babyish and pretty. With hindsight, the blue one is probably a more sensible choice. It's not as though mine gets filthy, but it is a bit awkward to clean. When it's folded you can't get at the mucky bits and when it's up it's difficult to bend over the high walls to scrub the muck and remove staining. The blue one would be better at hiding the grubbiness!

            The cot folds down very easily and tucks away tidily in the included bag. I wouldn't exactly call the finished product small, but it'll easily fit in the back of a car with all your luggage. It's quite heavy when you've got it folded up, but I guess you can't have everything.

            The travel cot is quite big when it's up. This isn't really a problem if you're just putting it up for one night and taking it down in the morning, but if you're staying away for a couple of days, it does kind of get in the way. On the plus side, I have found that it can be used during the day as a kind of play pen, if only for half an hour or so, it's nice to have it there when you're trying to get some cooking done or whatever and you could do with keeping baby put and in your line of vision.

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            22.11.2012 20:49
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            The perfect gift for new mums

            I bought this mobile for around £35 from a local toy shop. While not an absolute necessity, I think most children have a mobile at some point and it's a nice thing to have. I knew that as the product was from Fisher Price it would be good quality. I have plenty of other Fisher Price items and am always delighted with their quality and longevity. While I feel that £35 is quite expensive for a mobile, the cost doesn't particularly bother me as I know that when I am finished with it, I can pass it on to other people and their babies, it's not something that's just going to get binned after I've finished with it.

            Aside from the brand name, what attracted me to this mobile was that it provides sound as well as movement, it's also very eye catching and will hold a child's attention. There is also a comforting light which is not too bright, but illuminates softly allowing children to drift off feeling safe and comfortable. You can choose to have all these different elements running at once, or have some running together, or all of them all together.

            The mobile does require some assembly when you first get it out of the box, but these things often do, and it's a very simple process. The mobile takes 2AA batteries to run. The battery compartment screws on, which is a bit of a hassle. Luckily this isn't such a problem since the batteries last a long time, so you don't have to fiddle about with a screwdriver too often. And I appreciate that the battery compartment needs to be screw on really, to protect wandering hands.

            The mobile comes with a remote so you can stop the mobile at a distance. This is a really useful feature as it means the mobile can be turned off without waking the child. It would also be good for attempting to establish independence- you can get further away from the cot as your child falls asleep and then turn the mobile off from the doorway rather than having to glue yourself to the child's bedside 'til they nod off.

            The mobile is very adaptable. For the first part of its life, you will probably want it clipped to your child's cot. This is very easy and simple to do. Later in its life, when your child grows, you can remove the rotating mobile and animal toys. You will then have a very nice music box. You can also take the animal toys off the mobile and use them as normal toys.

            There are three buttons on the unit. One plays rainforest sounds, this fits in with the theme of the whole mobile, including the rainforest/ jungle picture on the music box as well as the tropical themed animals that hang from the mobile (a monkey, a frog, an insect and a parrot). One button plays Bach music, one plays Mozart and the other plays Beethoven. I quite like that the music included is classical, pre-existing music. I'd much rather hear one of Bach's compositions than something cobbled together by Fisher Price themselves.

            I honestly can't think of any problems with this mobile aside from the small amount of assembly- but, as I said, these things always require some sort of construction and this really isn't difficult to put together.

            In summary, I think that this is a great mobile and I'd be happy to recommend it to anyone.

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          • Firebox Spa Lights / Gadget / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            22.11.2012 20:47
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            A bit expensive, but generally good.

            I'm not entirely sure what possessed me to buy these. I saw them on the internet and was intrigued by them. I wasn't entirely sure why anyone would want to light up their bath, or indeed introduce an electric element to bath time, but something in me made me buy them. I bought a set of the plain, constant coloured ones in white for £6.99. You can also get colour changing ones as well as other constant coloured ones in blue or pink.

            When they arrived I was rather underwhelmed. You get two in a box. Two really isn't enough to make a huge dramatic impact on your bath, in fact they just look a little bit lost in a big bath. From memory, I reckon they're about 5cm in diameter.

            They are a little more impressive when you switch them on. They're surprisingly bright and do create a certain atmosphere in the bathroom. They're very easy to use, you just press the little switch on the side of the light. I'm sure if you had enough (I reckon 5 or 6 would do the job) you could happily turn off the main bathroom light and just use these. With just two though, I think I'd feel a bit silly sitting in the dark.

            It's quite easy to put batteries in them. The lights unscrew to form two parts and then just screw back together again easily. The batteries last for ages as well, although I guess that depends on how long you bathe for and how often you use the lights. I use my lights maybe once a week for an hour at most and they've lasted me at least a year so far.

            The lights come with removable suckers so you can have them stuck to the side of the bath or have them floating around.

            For a real spa style effect, you will need to buy quite a few boxes of these, and at £7 per box, that's not really financially viable unless you have a lot of money to burn. I can't really understand why these lights are so expensive. I appreciate that they have to be waterproof and things, but they are just basic LEDs at the end of the day.

            All in all, I'd say that these lights are a nice novelty product that would make a great gift for any bath lovers. They are quite expensive , which is why I think they more suitable as a gift- I don't think it's the kind of thing that people would usually buy for themselves. Overall it's a quirky, fun, indulgent product. You can probably live without it, but it's still a nice thing to have.

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            22.11.2012 20:45
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            A great clock for bookworms

            I had been on the lookout for a quirky clock for some time, our lovely old kitchen clock having finally given up the ghost. I eventually settled on this one. I wasn't utterly enamoured by it, but I thought it fitted the bill, being quirky but practical, as well as relatively cheap (all the clocks I was besotted by cost well over £50).

            I ordered the clock over the internet and so didn't actually get to see it "live" 'til it was delivered. I shan't go into the aesthetics of this product. The picture on here gives a perfectly adequate and accurate impression of the product, but what you can't judge is the size. I was surprised that it wasn't bigger to be honest. It's not tiny, at about 20cm x 20cm x 15cm, but I was expecting something a little more bulky and substantial.

            I'm a book lover and had the idea that this clock would nestle snuggly amongst my ample book collection. When I actually tried this though, I found that the garish colours of the clock looked silly amongst my pretty paperbacks. I found that it actually looks far better in isolation sitting on a shelf or sideboard.

            One thing that frustrates me about this clock is that it only has four numbers on the face which makes it really difficult to tell the time! Obviously you can get a pretty good impression of what the time is, but if you're in a hurry every minute counts. When you're getting ready for work there's big difference between 08:20 and 08:25- a difference that isn't immediately obvious when reading this clock!

            Another problem with this clock is the construction of it. The picture makes it look as though it should be quite robust, but it's not. It doesn't feel particularly well made and I don't imagine that it could withstand any knocks or falls.

            At £20, this clock is fine. It's not going to set anyone's world on fire, but it's not uninteresting. I don't regret buying it, but I won't rush to buy another one if (or when) this breaks.

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            22.11.2012 20:44

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            A silly toy at a serious price

            I recently received one of these candles as a gift, and while I feigned gratitude and enthusiasm to the gift buyer at the time, I couldn't help but think "What have they bought me this for?" Several months later, I'm still not entirely sure. It's the thought that counts...

            The great thing about this candle is that it's wireless, unlike all those annoying wired candles that you see(!). It also comes with a remote, so that you may remotely control your candle (again, why?). Via the remote you are able to choose whether you want constant light or a flickering effect. You can also choose what colours you want the candle to be and how quickly the colours change.

            The candle isn't actually a candle, it's an LED sealed in a wax cocoon. I suppose this is safer than a real flame, but I think what's nice about a real candle is that it has a certain warmth, you can watch the wax drip down the side and see the flame dance and move and all that. A cheapo LED stuck in a bit of wax really isn't quite so appealing.

            The candle and remote come with batteries included, which is good I guess. I can't really comment on how long the batteries last because I don't particularly get a lot of use out of mine.

            To summarise, I think that this product is tacky, and really isn't worth the price (I was astonished when I found out how much it cost). I guess this product would be good for someone who likes their candles, but has a tendency to fall asleep and leave them on or something. I suspect it would be a nice soothing product for babies or children- it does remind me of a baby toy actually, what with the gentle phasing lights and all. As you may have guessed, this product isn't really to my tastes. If you're impressed by shiny things, this may well appeal.

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            22.11.2012 20:40
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            A nice novelty gift

            I bought this fork as a silly gift for a pasta-loving friend of mine who is an incredibly messy eater. I picked it up for about £3 so I can't really complain about the price!
            I was somewhat irritated to learn that this fork doesn't come with the required AA batteries. This isn't a major problem as people usually have a couple knocking around the house, but it's always a nuisance when battery-requiring products don't include batteries, isn't it?

            The fork is operated using a button. When it starts up, it looks somewhat menacing. I was surprised by how fast it spins- not dangerously so- but quick enough to stop your spag-bol from sliding off.

            When in use, the fork is a little bit noisy- certainly louder than a normal fork. It makes a low humming sound. It's not too irritating really.

            It's surprisingly heavy. I guess when you consider that it's a metal object attached to a couple of batteries encased in plastic, it's not really that surprising. It's not exactly comfortable to hold and you're certainly aware that you're using a novelty product.

            My friend is a devoted dishwasher lover and since this fork is hand-wash only, she often can't be bothered to use it! I usually use it when I'm at her house and wash it for her but, none the less, this is a disadvantage of this fork (albeit an understandable one, what with all the batteries and things).

            In summary, this product is great as a joke gift. It's cheap and cheerful. I think it would really appeal to kids and I can imagine it would be a great way to get picky kids to try out new food and textures. It has its downsides but for the sake of £3I have better things to worry about!

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          • Cookworks Chocolate Fountain / Gadget / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            A nice novelty product, probably not worth buying

            I recently purchased this chocolate fountain for a party. It cost me about £20 online. I think the price of these varies from website to website so it pays to shop around.

            When it was delivered to me I was a little disappointed by the size of it. I have been to parties with hired chocolate fountains before and they were really big, so maybe I was just a bit naïve about how big this one would be.

            I managed to put it together easily and quickly got a sense of how to work it. The included instruction book explains how to prepare the chocolate and things like that. Setting it up really is no trouble at all.

            Actually using it is a lot of fun. It's a lovely communal experience. Everyone sits round the table and laughs and spills chocolate down there chin- it really is a great party piece.

            Clearing up is not so fun. The chocolate doesn't set- which is something I was concerned about- because you have to add oil to it to make the melted chocolate more viscous. For this reason, when you come to clean up you are left with a yucky, stubborn, greasy chocolaty mess which takes a lot of patience to clear away. For this reason, I don't use my fountain very often at all.

            Another problem I have with this is the hygiene. I don't know how hygienic it is to have one vat of warm chocolate, exposed to the air for long periods of time being cycled through the fountain over and over again. Another issue is double dipping- I used mine at a party for adults, and no-one double dipped (that I know of). I wouldn't like to use this fountain at a kid's party where they might not understand the grossness of germs and stuff.

            You need to put in a lot of chocolate for this thing to work too- far more than you actually need. This ensures that they fountain works and continues flowing. You need a continuous stream of chocolate at all times and even that probably adds up to a couple of bars. When you clean up, you end up throwing away a lot of perfectly good chocolate; it's not like you can cool it down and stick it in the fridge, it won't solidify because of the oil content.
            Basically, I use my chocolate fountain now and again. It's a nice idea, but will eventually end up banished to the back of the cupboard to gather dust next to the toasted sandwich maker. As I said at the beginning, these are available for hire so unless you're holding parties every other week, you're probably better off renting out the real thing as and when.

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            • Bose SoundLink II / Speaker / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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              22.11.2012 20:37
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              Some decent speakers, but not worth the money

              I'm one of those annoying, somewhat posey music fans. I like to think that I have good taste in music and am willing to spend a lot on my music playing equipment. With this in mind, I bought the Bose SoundLink II. To be honest. I mainly bought them because I thought they'd look quite nice in my living room. I liked the design: it's compact and tidy, but still manages to look like an impressive bit of kit, and for £260 I thought they must be something pretty special. I am quite familiar with the Bose brand and know that they have a great reputation, so I thought that these speakers would be a safe bet.

              As I said, I like the look of the speakers. The unit is largely made up of plastic and metal, with chrome finishing. It's quite small (24.5cm x 13cm x 4.5) and will tuck away in a corner nicely. The design is elegant and classy. It certainly looks expensive. Unfortunately, its elegant shape and petite size doesn't match up with its weight. I'm not sure why, but it feels like there might be a small elephant in the speakers or something. I'd guestimate that they weigh about the same as a couple of bags of sugar. I'm not sure how much of a problem this is though, because I would think most people just dump their speakers in the corner of the room and leave them there.

              The battery life is about eight hours, which isn't so bad really, though it might be a bit annoying if you were having an all-night house party or something. For general use, though, eight hours is perfectly adequate. The mains adapter is included and charges the unit relatively quickly. It usually takes between two and four hours to store a good amount of power.

              Obviously the big USP of these speakers is the Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth connectivity is really easy to sort out. If you're familiar with setting up Bluetooth on other gadgets, then you'll have no problem. The speakers connect to devices such as laptops or smart phones with ease. The wireless range is 10m, which is more than enough if you just want to share music within your own home/ garden/ etc.

              The sound quality is good, but not great. For the money you'd want razor sharp clarity, and the Soundlink doesn't really deliver. Of course, it depends what format your original music files are in and things, but I do feel that for the price, Bose could have provided something a little more impressive. It is surprisingly loud for such a small unit which makes me think that the suitability of these speakers will vary according to your music tastes. If I'm listening to some big heavy thrash music, I want it loud and don't mind compromising on quality so much. If I'm listening to classical music, I want a quieter, clearer sound. I think it depends on your tastes.

              All in all, I think these speakers would be good for parties because of their big sound, although the battery might be an issue. For general use, another speaker system might be more suitable as, for the price, these speakers do not deliver in terms of quality and clarity.

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              22.11.2012 20:35

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              A great product that I would happily recommend

              I always have problems waking up in the morning and had been looking for alternatives to my horrible mobile phone alarm that I used to use to wake me up. I read about wake-up lights that simulate sun-rise, thus creating a more natural environment to wake up in. I had a look online for a few and decided to buy the Philips HF3475. It cost around £60, which is quite a lot for an alarm clock, but I felt that if it helped me to feel more awake in the morning, it would be worth it.

              The product look quite nice, it looks like a stylish modern style lamp. You won't be ashamed to have this by the side of your bed. The light itself is exceptionally bright and can be used to read by, or even to light up the whole room. And when you're finished with your reading, you can set the lamp to sunset mode which will send you off to sleep gently and naturally.

              As for waking up, the alarm is great. The light gets gradually brighter, simulating sunrise. You can choose to wake up to a number of different sounds or the radio. You can also install your own sounds/ music via the USB connection. The alarm gets louder and louder as the light gets brighter and brighter. I often find that I am awake well before the radio starts up.

              I have genuinely found that this does help me to wake up. The shock of my phone alarm is now a distant memory and I am now woken up gently and feel ready to face the day (although I find that a nice cup of tea doesn't do any harm either).

              One thing I might say is that this lamp is great for when you're sleeping solo, or when your partner gets up at the same time as you anyway, but I imagine it would get on someone's nerves if they were woken up before they needed to be. This lamp is VERY good at waking me up on time, and then keeping me awake. At least with an alarm, while it might wake both of you up, the other one can just drop straight off back to sleep again. With this alarm, everyone in the room will be wide awake. I can't really call this a disadvantage though. The point of an alarm clock is that it wakes people up!

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