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    • Domena SP4000 Steam Press / Iron / 65 Readings / 62 Ratings
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      11.06.2010 14:38
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      If you are considering a steam press look no further

      I was told by my partner that she has seen something on the shopping channel and best of all I could use it too! Wanting to find out more, I asked for the details and found out we were having a conversation about a steam iron. I was interested and could see she thought that there was a good reason to buy one, at the time I though that this was because it was quick to use, makes ironing easier and produces good results, but it turned out that none of this was important to her as it was to me, rather that she thought I would find it fun to use and so would help her out with the ironing. She wasn't wrong.

      After searching online for a steam press rather than buying the one on the shopping channel we came across the Domena range. That was over two years ago and I am still quite happy to do a share of the ironing. Why is this? Well, put simply, I can sit down whilst 'ironing'!

      I am sure over two years ago we paid over £250 but you will be glad to know it is now available for around £180.

      ---I'm interested, tell me more---
      The Domena SP4000 steam press has a large ironing surface which makes ironing adult clothes a breeze. There is a 750ml water tank which is more than enough for a large pile of washing this helps to produce 90 grams/minute of continuous steam. An important piece of information is that the ironing-plate is equal to 7 conventional irons. The machine offers 100lbs pressure which is effortless and can be operated with one hand.

      ---My experience---
      Steam presses in general are an excellent idea. They certainly make the job of ironing much easier so they fit into a busy life well. I can only recommend this particular steam press as it is the only one I have ever had (unlike irons which I have had about 5 of in the past). As recommendations go this is one I have no trouble giving 5 stars to and letting people know that ironing doesn't have to be such a chore.

      It copes well with my jeans, makes ironing my shirts laughable compared to how long they use to take with a normal iron - a distant memory now - and socks, well they never used to get done but now it takes no time to pop them under too (9 pairs at a time, in pairs too because it can cope with that kind of thickness).

      This machine is still working after two years - exceptional value for money and the time it saves is priceless. It has helped me to help out more around the house I guess my partners review would sing its praises even more, for that reason alone.

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        11.06.2010 14:05
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        Great as a gift for people who hate cutting up onions, has many other uses for food prep. Recommend

        This was a gift for my mum who hates chopping onions but is a prolific maker of curries, who often has to sweat down a whole heap of onions at a time.

        I had seen something similar (probably by JML) and as I often turn to Amazon for kitchen bits and bobs came across this product which I deemed to be of greater quality and design. The Alligator is a robust little tool which can take a good bashing. This is the only Eddingtons product I have ever bought, I don't own one and so I had no previous experience to base my decision for buying this one over the similar products out there. I was glad to find out that it was well built, sturdy and thankfully sharp so did its job well.

        I have not been tempted to buy one for myself not because I do not recommend the product but just because I do not find chopping onions a hard task, they don't make me cry so there is no discomfort in the job. Unlike my mum. Her eyes are gone as soon as she peals an onion. The appeal of the product for her extends beyond helping her hold back the tears as she is more than happy that the chopper will cut her onions into little pieces perfect sweating down to make the base of a curry.

        I have seen her struggle with carrots but it will do them with a good bash or just cut the carrot up into smaller pieces. Potatoes are much the same and are best if cut in half.

        I was happy in my choice of gift and it has made a big difference to my mum. Having now had a good bashing and proving itself as a reliable kitchen gadget it cannot get less than a full 5 stars.

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        • Lego in General / Discussion / 24 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          11.06.2010 13:33
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          Universal appeal, should be in every house with kids so if there visiting get some!

          I keep a box of this around for my visiting nephew and nice. They like to bring their own toys, which I guess helps with the car journey too, but even so they almost always play with this when at my home.

          I don't know another toy I could have bought that would have had the same appeal for the ongoing amount of time. I have seen toys come and go as they visit through the years, some you will see once and never again but LEGO never gets forgotten about.

          My review is only really to let others without children (but with some visiting) know that lego is your best option for a universal toy to keep under the stairs and bring out when the kids come to visit. (I guess this might also be the reason why lego is often found in the dentist surgery).

          It doesn't cause many arguments - there is always enough to go around. For that reason alone it should get 5 stars.

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            11.06.2010 13:09
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            Recommended for any iphone/ipod owners

            I have bought from the Kensington range before so it was an easy decision for me to choose this as my iphone travel charger. I had previously bought the Kensington car charger and found the brand to be reliable, the connections good and products to be well designed.

            The connection is the same as with apple accept for the side release buttons and does not feel weak. When you travel you just select the relevant plus for the destination and this was the main reason for my purchase. I liked how I was able to quickly change the plug and only had to travel with the relevant one.

            Its first job was to come to Egypt with me and keep my iphone running so I could enjoy my music whilst around the pool. Its second job was a weekend in Paris which it also coped well with. This said it has a less interesting life for the most part in my kitchen where I like to charge my iphone when cooking and listening to music (or using Jamie Oliver's app). When I travel in the UK and make sure to take the 'shaver' adapter so that I can get a cheeky charge from the hotel bathroom which saves time looking at the back of bedside tables for a normal plug.

            This has been recommended by me to quite a few of my friends and It can be used by anyone who has broken or lost their original apple charger. Compared with the apple charger this one is certainly more useful and makes a great replacement. I would also buy it if you want to have another place to plug in your iphone without having to move around your charger room to room. As mentioned this is in my kitchen and I have the original apple in my bedroom. As well as being a great travel companion it is also useful on a daily basis and for that reason is worth every penny.

            I will not provide the Technical Details here as dooyoo provide them on the tab above. For detailed product information please see this. This is a review of my opinion on the product and not a write up from the manual.

            The 4 plugs provided cover you for the US, UK, EU and AU.

            ---Price---
            A quick search at the time of writing this review shows that the Kensington International Travel Charger for iPod can be purchased for around £17.61-21

            ---Final Thoughts---
            This product deserves a full 5 stars. It is more than a travel adaptor, it can be used daily and will offer you a second/third place to charge your iphone at home. Make sure you remember where you kept the adapters and enjoy travelling with your iphone or ipod.

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            • Philips HR2737 / Juicer / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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              11.06.2010 12:15
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              Great value for a well designed Philips product

              I am not a big juicer. I have never had one of those powerful machines capable of eating up a pineapple at break neck speed and will probably not be tempted to buy one. What I do do is make cocktails. There is nothing more pleasing that squeezing the life out of a lime to add a kick to a cocktail and this job is made all that much easier by the Philips HR2737 (I don't know why they give little machines like this such silly names). The machines is also known as the 'comfort' which is printed on the front.

              ---Price---
              I paid £10 from a local bits and bobs shop and a quick search online at the time of writing this review shows that it is available from £11.25. This is a cheap and cheerful product from a trusted brand.

              ---Benefits---
              For me this is the easiest way to get all the juice from my limes without getting the pips all over the place or in my drink. The more juice I can get out of my lime the better, it means more limes for more cocktails or more lime juice so I can make a larger cocktail!

              It is also small (holds just 0.4L), compact and easy to store. This is not something I keep on show, it finds a home in the deep bottom draw and is happy there. This was never designed to be the look at me product of the kitchen. It stores well due to the design which allows the cord to fit into the base. The design of the jug also allows for easy pouring.

              Technical specifications as they seem to be missing from dooyoo are:
              Colour(s): White
              Power: 25 W
              Jar capacity: 0.4 l
              Cord length: 1.2 m
              Dimensions (LxWxH): 208 x 160 x 165 mm cm
              Weight: 0.6 kg
              Material: (Container) Polypropylene
              Voltage: 220-240V, 50Hz
              Easy cord storage: adjust the length of the cord by storing it in the base.

              ---Final Thoughts---
              This little electric juicer is certainly good value for money. It is a basic citrus press but ideal for people who want the convenience of an electric citrus press without spending money on expensive bulky machines. I trust the reliability of Philips and decided to spend about £2 more on a Philips rather than an unknown similar product.

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              10.06.2010 20:40
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              Yes I love mine now but I wouldn't rush to buy one if it broke!

              A Christmas present I didn't know I wanted, thought of selling, then fell in love with.

              It was the year when the shops were full of these simple gadgets like mini claw arcade games, flying helicopters and money sorters (Christmas 2008). We were all probably responsible for buying one such gadget that year, did we all want to receive one though? Well I didn't give this type of gadget a second thought when making my wish list for Santa but it still ended up under the tree. I guess Santa always knows best because after finally deciding to get it out of the box for a trial run I was hooked - the thing was, it worked, and it worked well. Never did a penny end up in the 2p slot, or a 50p find itself sandwich with 20s.

              It now finds a home on my windowsill in the home office. I use it to rid my pockets (already full with gadgets like my dictaphone, iphone and usb pen etc - and all of which I do not want to scratch for the sake of keeping hold of the pennies) of unwanted noise makers which are more than willing to scratch up my mobile.

              ---What is it---
              Well it is a coin sorter which at first glance is very plastic and thus cheap looking, but given the chance does the job it was designed to well.

              This coin sorter will easily sort and store these coins:
              1P (50 max)
              2P (25)
              5p (40)
              10P (50)
              20P (50)
              50P (40)
              £1 (25)
              £2 (25)

              ---Problems---
              This is a product that does have a problem which should be highlighted.

              The perfect solutions coin sorted is LOUD. My neighbours know when I am counting my pennies. As such, it is recommended for short use - you wouldn't want to tackle that giant whiskey bottle you have had since the 90's full of copper.

              I am still glad I kept it and it has its uses. Probably more suitable for the kids bedroom.

              ---Final Note---
              A safe place to pop the pennies you earn from DVD reviews on dooyoo since the mileage change.

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                10.06.2010 17:09
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                Its always on my shopping list when I am planning to upgrade parts of my computer

                ---Background---
                I buy around 3 cans per year and have done so for the last two years that I can remember. First things first, this is a review about AIR. Well, air in a can. Well more like air in a can with a funny looking straw attached.

                I buy this direct from Lindy. Here is my review about air. Air in a can... for cleaning your electricals.

                ---What is it---
                If you have never heard of this product before you might already know what it is if you have read the background above, its really quite simple, its just air. In a can.

                But isn't that the beauty of this product? Air. Because being just air it means it will safely clean my PC, Laptops, Printers, Hard Drives safely, no mess, no smell, no chemicals.

                ---How to use it---
                I suggest using it in short 'bursts' as this will make the product last much longer. I remember when i first bought one, I would happily press away at the trigger seconds at a time cleaning away at my keyboard. A clean keyboard yes but also an empty bottle! No good and that is when I realised I was trigger happy. I now use short bursts which work well to blow away the dirt and the product lasts longer too!

                Expect to get about 3 months use out of one can, this will help you clean most of your items (keyboard, hard drives etc) once a month.

                The product has three features (quite simple - what with being air and-all)
                1) 100% ozone friendly
                2) Funny Detachable nozzle extension
                3) 300ml (in short bursts this lasts me 2/3 months) of air

                ---Why use it?---
                Well I guess not everyone will be rushing to buy a can of air. I like to take my computers apart and upgrade them, I am always so shocked to see how dirty they can get inside and there is no safer way to clean them that with air. So in this respect this simple product actually helps me with a very important job.

                Keyboards are easy places for crumbs to hide and a blast from the can will remove any hidden toast from under the S key.

                Extend the life of your components. Keep things clean. Especially useful for people who keep computers near the floor.

                ---Price---
                I buy direct from Lindy and pay £7.99. A quick search online at the time of writing this review shows that it is available from Amazon for £10.94.

                ---Final Thoughts---
                Probably not on everyone's list of what to buy from Amazon with saved dooyooMiles! But I still recommend it (take a look inside your computer and tell me you don't want to give it a blast). Fun to use too. No, I have never tried to blow up a balloon with it.

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                  10.06.2010 15:48
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                  Simple product that does a simple job well

                  ---Background---
                  I was surprised to find that there are very few reviews for laptop cases on dooyoo. However, after thinking about it, I realised this is probably because laptop cases are simple products that do a rather boring job, with very few interesting features to write about. This is true, yet I will still provide feedback on my current laptop case which I have been happy with for the last 6 months. I will try my best to make this worthwhile, but please bear in mind that this is a rather unimposing product with isn't shouting out for attention.

                  ---Price---
                  I paid around £45 for my case 6 months ago. A quick search online at the time of writing this review shows that it can now be purchased for £32.54 on Amazon with £28-31 being common elsewhere.

                  ---More details---
                  The Targus Pro XXL specifications can be summarised as:
                  Compatible Screen Size: 18" *which is quite large, I have a 17" laptop.
                  Case Type: Briefcase *this is my preferred way of carrying laptops as I can always keep my eye on it.
                  Color: Black
                  Case material: Nylon

                  It has the following dimensions- Width 489 mm (19.25 inches), Height 327mm (12.87 inches), Depth 102 mm (4.02 inches).

                  The case itself weights 1500g and is comfortable when travelling with it.

                  This is a reliable case which after 6 months of use shows little ware. The material protects my laptop well and also being quite large holds much more than just my laptop. There are handy pockets which I use for documents and my power lead.

                  This is a very clean, well designed product which will appeal to anyone with a laptop bigger than 15". The zips are strong which is a sign of quality and have never jammed. I think the price is good for a product which has clearly been designed to last. I suspect I will be able to get a further 6-12 months out of it.

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                • Olympus DS 3400 / Dictaphone / 29 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                  Olympus offers us another reliable, full-featured product

                  ---Please Note---
                  I do not recommend this for use by light users/students. When I was a student my dictaphone was about £50 and I hardly used it, it was only when I graduated that I needed an professional machine and this was the one recommended by friends and I'm glad I was.

                  ---Background---
                  After graduating from university with little experience of using a dictaphone I was required to use one for my job and I continue to use it now that I am self-employed as a matter of habit. I think once you are in a routine of using one you will find it a permanent home in your pocket. True to say this is not the most expensive dictaphone out there but then I am not a journalist interviewing celebrities. This is also not the cheapest and would not be needed for light users.

                  ---Price---
                  I paid £255 for mine and at the time that was the best offer I could find. A quick search at the time this review is being written shows that it can now be bough for £187, with £212 being more typical. Amazon is currently selling this for £269 which is more than I paid.

                  ---The Nitty Gritty---
                  Quite a complex machine, the Olympus DS 3400 is perfect for regular use and is either found in my pocket or connected to my PC.

                  The box contents are:
                  - DS-3400 (Windows and Macintosh Compatible which is useful for people who have both as I do, the machine copes well switching between the two)
                  - 1GB SD Card
                  - 2 x AAA Batteries
                  - DSS Player Pro R5 Dictation Module
                  - UBS cable, *essential to connect to my computers
                  - Leather case - *no longer with me, easy to misplace!
                  - 2 Years Warranty

                  What was not included: A docking station. I purchased the Olympus DS 3400 not realising that there was an optional docking station which is noted for its 'rapid seamless data transfer' and I have yet to buy one. To be honest it is not needed as the USB cable is fast enough for me but after paying £255 for a professional machine I would have expected them to include all they have available for it). I do like to 'dock' things (like my iphone and tomtom) as it keeps things tidy on my desk but I would have liked to have been provided with a docking station for the price paid rather than it being an option. As I have proved it is possible to cope without one I am not recommending spending more money on a docking station - they should have just provided it.

                  Please see the Technical Details provided by dooyoo for full details about the product and its specifications. This is intended to be a review of the product and if you are considering purchasing one please take the time to consider the technical data.

                  What I can report is that it is lighweight, easy enough to use (once you have found you way around the menus) and importantly connects to your PC. Olympus provide DSS Player Pro Dictation Software which brings your recordings to life on your PC. The DSS Player Pro Software allows me to direct record to my PC, retrieve of typed documents, distribute my recordings via email to name but a few features.

                  The supplied 1GB SD card allows me to make 77 hours of recordings or 157 hours in a lower quality format. Which I find is about 74 hours more than I need! Remember you can transfer the files easily over to your computer and store them on your hard drive or external drive. Once I have done this I delete recordings from the DS 3400 to keep it clean so that I can find and edit my new files quickly.

                  ---Final Thoughts---
                  If you need a professional machine for daily or frequent use then I can recommend this after many months of trouble-free use. I have had budget machines before and they do the job for light use/students which I was when I had a budget Olympus (it was about £50) but for professional use it is better to upgrade to a reliable full-featured machine. I also trust Olympus as a brand and the DS 3400 comes with a 2 year warranty so I suspect they expect this to be well made and come to little trouble.

                  The Olympus DS 3400 does not disappoint and receives 4 stars (it looses a star for not providing the docking station as standard!)

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                  • Magimix 11042 / Ice Cream Maker / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                    Value for money and surly worth a go if you are interested but unsure?

                    ---Background---
                    I am writing this review after two happy months of using my Magimix 11042 ice cream maker. It was a concious decision to buy an ice cream maker this year as I have always like the idea of being able to make my own ice cream and if you watch a lot of cooking programs like I do you come across these machines quite a lot, especially over summer.

                    I had two reasons for buying this particular Magimix: Firstly, it was my first ice cream maker and I was unsure how much I would use one or how good they were so wanted an entry level and inexpensive machine. Secondly, I have trust in the Magimix range of products and have a nice range of them in my Kitchen all of which have proved to be well made, some are over 5 years old.

                    ----Product Information---
                    My magimix 11042 is a clean, compact machine (Height 2.0cm, Depth 2.0cm Width 2.0cm). This is important for the infrequent user as it can find a home easily at the back of a cupboard when not in use. As pictured it is available in chrome (which is the same as mine) but there was also the option of white when I was buying mine.

                    The machine can hold a maximum of 1.1 litres and although not enough to feed a group at a BBQ, is enough for a family of 4/5. It can produce sorbets and yoghurt ice cream in 20 minutes with what I think is little effort by me. You should be made aware that like most ice cream makers of this type and price, you need to place the bowl of the machine in the freezer so it is essential to have enough space available to do this.

                    Cleaning is simple. The Magimix has been designed to ensure clogging is minimal and it can be easily taken apart for thorough cleaning.

                    ---Results---
                    Yoghurt ice cream is really nice, creamy and simple to make. The results are as tasty as you want to make them as you can control the flavour. I have tried so many - start with a plain or flavoured yoghurt and then add whatever you like (fruit, raisins, chocolate pieces, etc).

                    After freezing the bowl in the freezer it takes just 20 minutes for the machine to finish making the ice cream and I normally do this whilst eating my main meal. Your dessert is there waiting to be enjoyed and it just as easy as buying it from the shops.

                    ---Price---
                    I paid £39.99, a quick search online at the time this review was written shows it is available for around £36.99.

                    ---Final Thoughts---
                    I wanted to give making ice cream a go and this little machine has proved a valuable member of my kitchen. It is simple to use, quick, easy to clean, and cheap enough for people who are interested like I was in making ice cream from home. Have fun if you buy one - there are so many combinations and if you have kids I think you would use this daily in summer, best of all you will be in control of what goes in their ice cream.

                    Recommended for those who are still unsure if they will enjoy making ice cream from home and those who want an entry level machine. Magimix is a reliable brand, I have and would choose this over other cheap ice cream makers for this reason.

                    5 Stars for Value
                    4 Stars Overall

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                  • Sony Dualshock 3 / Game Controller / 27 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                    The best PS controller to buy when you realise you need more than one controller as supplied

                    ---Background---
                    I have never owned an XBox and so cannot comment on whether I prefer the XBox controller or the PS3 controller. I assume a lot of reviews by owners of both are able to offer the best comparison. That said, I have played for many happy hours on the XBox but as a PS3 owner, I really, really, disliked the XBox controller and I think this is the view of most PS3 purists. Indeed my friend who only has an XBox hates my PS3 controller so the problem exists on both sides.

                    ---Product Information---
                    PS2 owners who are moving over to a PS3 will be glad to know that there are some fantastic updates to the controller whailst retaining well know features and design. The DualShock 3 is a Wireless Controller and the provided gamepad for the PlayStation 3 (I received one with my PS3 purchase), that incorporates the design and features of the Sixaxis wireless controller with the haptic feedback capabilities of the DualShock and DualShock 2 for the PS2

                    You may find the Dimension information useful. As you can see it fits nicely into the hand and is designed to be ergonomic and comfortable for long use. 157mm × 95mm × 55mm (6.18" × 3.74" × 2.16"). The Dualshock 3 Weights 192g (6.77oz) and does not cause me any trouble when using it for, well, what is probably an excessive 3 hours.

                    ---Price---
                    A quick search online shows this to be available for around £33 (currently £34.50 on Amazon at time of review which is probably a safe place to buy from). I remember seeing it for sale at around £45 when I first bought my PS3 so the price has come down a little. Most people will buy at least one of these as PS3's tend to be sold with just one. I have been reluctant to buy a set of 4 and instead when playing in groups my friends just bring theirs over.

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                    I need A3 printing so if this brakes I would be buying another one!

                    ---Background---
                    I have owned and used this printer for nearly two years. I was drawn to the Brother 6690CW because it could print on A3 paper and this was a winning feature for me - I had not seen anything like it before suitable for the home office.

                    I work from home and do a lot of printing (some design work too) and I use the A3 print often. I paid over £300 and at the time it was relatively new to the market. Sadly I cannot remember how much I paid, I would guess about £375. Seeing that it is now available for around £260 I really would recommend people buy this it is worth every penny for those who would benefit from A3 printing.

                    ---In my opinion---
                    It is fantastic at everything it can do. I use it daily for photocopying, printing both A4 and A3, and less often for scanning. It is a fax machine but I do not use it for this as I have e-mail fax. It is a big machine and would not be suitable for small offices. To make the most of the printer you will need to give it a tabletop location for easy access to its copying functions.

                    The ink is extremely reasonably prices as I but the value brands rather than Brother's own. I can pick up 12 cartriges for £9, this printer takes 4 cartridges, B, Y, M, C. For for a set of 3 this is a great price.

                    This is a wireless printer so can be used from any room of the house when connected to the network. It is always important then that you trust the printer to perform when you are not in the room and to not jam. I can tell you that over what is nearly a two year period I have never had a paper jam.

                    ---Final Thoughts---
                    Perhaps not suitable for everyone due to the size or not needing the A3 printing capability, this is a trusted and well built machine. For home office use it is a must and has proved to be reliable. I am happy to recommend this printer after testing it for nearly two years.

                    Please take the time to read the Technical Details in order to get a better idea of what this machine is capable of.

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                    Buy one if you are interested in trying filtered water or upgrade a boring white one like I did

                    ---Personal Background---
                    I love drinking cold water when working, I know its good for me and it may sound silly but when cold and from a Brita Jug does taste nice - yes it actually tastes of something, granted nothing particular and there not rushing to make other things taste of this but its smooth, clean fresh tasting. All my close family members have water jugs, not all Brita I must admit but the bug for having these spread fast amongst us.

                    Although I was not particularly complaining about the taste of non filtered water out of my taps at home I know it can not compare to the clean cool taste achieved from fridges filtered water. My current jug is the Marella and I have in it red.

                    ---Brita---
                    For full information see http://www.brita.net/uk
                    In my opinion Brita is the leading brand when it comes to water jugs. My friends who dont have Brita still talk about their jug as if it was one 'fill the Brita up'. It is a trusted brand and their designs are also pleasing - often in modern vivid colours.

                    Brita is a German company and their product range extends far beyond water jugs their other filtration products include kettles and tap attachments.

                    ---How do they work?---
                    Reading more info about my Brita Jug I find that work in two ways. Firstly, the activated carbon filter eliminates bad odor and the taste of halogen compounds that chlorine makes when present in tap water. Secondly, the exchange ion resin lowers the concentration of calcium carbonates, accordingly softening tap water. Before writing this review I paid little attention to how exactly it works. Once a month I just pop in a new filter and away I go.

                    ---Price---
                    I was told of an offer on this jug a few months ago and saw an opportunity to but a red Brita jug for a very reasonable price and in doing so replace my boring white one. I paid £9.99 and this was reduced from £12.99, which, having previously seen these for sale at £20 I knew was a good price. A quick internet search shows that it is possible to pay as little as £7.99 for this jug.

                    ---Does it work?---
                    Yes.

                    Its not just about having fridge cold water ready to drink its about the clean taste. It works and works well. I enjoy every glass. You really can taste the difference and I know the first thing you will do is do a taste test asking as many people as possible to do blind testing.

                    ---Final Thoughts---
                    This is a cheap way to enjoy Brita filtered water. The cartridge can be replaced and are reasonably priced but for money savers there are universal cartrages out there that will fit these jugs and offer over 50% off the price of Brita ones (4 Brita filters can cost £15, universal brand ones can cost £5.99).

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                      09.06.2010 15:31
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                      A good product in the Finest range

                      ---Background----
                      This was at my BBQ which is a current focus for my recent reviews. It was there because I was lucky enough to find a stack of them reduced but to be honest it is only £1.35 and is sizeable (each will find itself on about 8-10 peoples plates). I do normally make my own coleslaw as this is easy to do and I like raisins in mine which is not often found in shop bought versions. As shop bought coleslaw goes this is an excellent option.

                      ---Taste---
                      I found that this coleslaw was 'smooth' in the sense that there were no awkward pieces of cabbage or chunks. The ingredients are all nicely cut up, thinly.

                      I will provide the ingredients list but reference should be made here to the inclusion of Creme Fraiche (7%) and Double Creme (2%). These are two things I do not normally use when making home-made coleslaw but having tasted this product would look to doing so in the future. I suspect much of the 'finest' claim comes from the fact this product does use these ingredients as they are not found in the budget coleslaws available. As such, this is a creamy, saucy coleslaw, perfect for adding to salads, accompanying BBQ food and topping off Jacket Potatoes to give just a few examples.

                      ---Ingredients---
                      White Cabbage (43%), Mayonnaise (25%), Carrot (20%), Creme Fraiche (7%), Onion (2.5%), Double Creme (2%), Vegetable Oil, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum), Pepper.

                      Mayonnaise: Vegetable Oil, Water, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Pasteurised Egg Yolk, Salt, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum)

                      ---Allergies Information---
                      Contains Eggs, Egg Yolk & Milk *May contain Nuts*

                      ---Nutrition per 100g---
                      Energy kCal_________151 kCal
                      Energy kJ___________622 kJ
                      Protein_____________1.0g
                      Carbohydrate________3.8g
                      of which sugars ______2.8g
                      Fat________________14.6g
                      of which saturates_____2.6g
                      Fibre_______________2.7g
                      Sodium_____________0.2g

                      ---My Tips---
                      It is also sold in 335g tubs for £1 and so it makes more sense to buy the 560g tub for just 35p more especially if feeding more than 4 people. You may also be interested to know that it is sold in a duo with potato salad - lookout for Tesco Finest Coleslaw & Potato Salad Twin Pack (2x200g) normally £1.79 but reduced to £1.40 until 18/06/2010 when feeding 2/3 people and for picnics.

                      ---Final Thoughts---
                      I highly recommend this product, it is sold in 560g tubs and this makes the price of £1.35 go a long way. For a creamy, refined coleslaw this is the top of my list. When I want something a little more rugged I will make my home-made version but will now be including a little Creme Fraiche.

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                        09.06.2010 12:15
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                        I would buy more if they only sold the yellow and pink ones

                        ---Personal Background---
                        I am writing a review about French Fancies after recently stocking up on them for a BBQ. I have had them in the past but only when I have noticed they were on offer. I have friends who love them more and will buy them regularly and it was catering to their likes which made me buy them in this instance. I paid £1 per box on offer in Tesco (this offer is still available until 15th July 2010) and bought 5 boxes.

                        Put simply there were none left. Everyone one I bought was eaten at the BBQ. I cant think of many reasons people will not enjoy this cake. Unlike some cakes which you know there will be people who will not want one (like cakes with raisins - not everyone likes them), French Fancies are simple and tasty.

                        ---Price---
                        French Fancies are sold in boxes of 8. Expect to pay around £1.70 (21.3p per cake) for a box but when on offer they are available for around £1 (12.5p per cake) which is perhaps the most I would pay for these and seems more reasonable.

                        ---How to find them---
                        French Fancies are widely available in supermarkets and also local shops and they are also available in my corner shop which might indicate their popularity as my corner shop hardly sells anything, its often hard to find a loaf of bread in there.

                        French Fancies are well packaged and distinguishable, as are all of Mr Kipling cakes. Lookout for the large Mr Kipling logo and the pink box. The current design (which is not like the image on dooyoo) has one large yellow Fancy in the bottom right corner and two pink Fancies on the left and right. There is no particular importance given to the chocolate French Fancy and I suspect this is because everyone I know prefers either the yellow or pink ones and this could be widespread.

                        ---Yellow, Pink or Chocolate?---
                        As mentioned everyone I know prefers either the yellow iced or the pink iced Fancy. There is something less special about the chocolate one and I don't think people would miss it if the box contained 4 pink and 4 yellow.

                        I have had a box with 3 pink, 3 yellow and 2 chocolate but more common is 4 chocolate, 2 pink and 2 yellow.

                        ---What are they and what's in them?---
                        French Fancies are fondant iced sponge cakes with a vanilla flavoured filling on top. The cake itself is quite dense and is covered in a pleasing amount of icing (fondant), not too much not too little.

                        Pink Fondant (18%)
                        (Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Colour (Cochineal), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate),

                        Chocolate Flavoured Fondant (18%)
                        (Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate),

                        Yellow Fondant (12%)
                        (Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Flavouring, Colour (Lutein), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Wheat Flour,

                        Vanilla Flavoured Filling (10%)
                        (Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Modified Maize Starch, Dried Egg White, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring), Sugar, Reconstituted Whole Egg, Reconstituted Egg White, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lactose, Milk Protein, Salt, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Soya Lecithins), Raising Agents (Disodium Dihydrogen Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Maize Starch, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Stabiliser (Sorbitan Tristearate), Flavouring.

                        ---Allergies information---
                        Contains Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Eggs, Dried Egg White, Egg whites, Milk, Lactose, Milk Proteins, Soya & Soya Lecithins. *May contain Nuts*

                        ---Nutrition (per cake)---
                        Cal__________103kCal
                        Fat__________2.6g
                        Sat Fat_______1.0g
                        Sugar________16.5g
                        Salt__________0.2g

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