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Karlsson Square Retro Vintage Glass Clock 21/05/2017

The Red Square in my kitchen

Karlsson Square Retro Vintage Glass Clock + Karlsson Square Retro Vintage Glass Clock + Two years ago, we had a much-needed update on our kitchen; my wife chose a very minimalistic white and black design which she brightened up with red accessories. We looked around at several different clocks for on the pure white wall, and in the end deciding on spending just a little more than most we saw, on a very eye catching clock – a red Karlsson Square Retro Vintage Glass Clock. It certainly looked good on our wall, and still does – and it always gets compliments from any new visitors to our kitchen. So, with two years of experience with the said clock, I shall attempt to review it here! + About the Clock + Specifications • Material: Glass • Dimensions: 35cm x 35cm • Weight: 1.8 Kg • Battery: 1x AA (Not included) • Designer: Box32 Design • Product code: KA4400 The Karlsson Vintage Square Glass Clock Specifications is a very appealing clock; it is classed as ‘retro’ but I think that it is extremely modern looking. It is a fairly big clock, ideal for on a large bare wall, and measures around 14” square and is the perfect square clock for in a kitchen and co-ordinating with red kitchen accessories. It is classically designed with rounded corners and has a minimal but elegant look. The colour of the clock face is a cheery, bright tomato red and, because it is made from toughened glass, it shines up beautifully. The design is beautifully bold - enough to make it a feature but elegant enough to be understated and not ...

A.Vogel Luffa Nasal Spray 16/05/2017

This is to be sniffed at - then wake up and smell the roses!

A.Vogel Luffa Nasal Spray For some reason, about ten years ago, I suddenly started to get hay fever. For someone who loves gardening and the outdoors, for my body to suddenly react to the pollen released by plants and flowers. The blocked nose, the sneezing, being unable to breathe, a runny nose and itchy eyes all brought on by the pollen initiating my body to release Histamine. There are several ways of dealing with this uncomfortable condition – lock your doors and windows and stay away from the pollen (something that I refuse to do) or taking anti- Histamine tablets. I already take quite a few tablets for other conditions, so was reluctant to do this – also they made me feel rather groggy – even the ‘non-drowsy’ ones. Then several years ago, a friend recommended that I try A.Vogel Luffa Nasal Spray, a nasal spray that does NOT contain steroids, and is a natural product made from herbs – I was immediately converted. The 20ml bottle has become a life saver for me, it costs around £7.50 from Holland and Barrett (although the one I bought this week was on special offer of £6), it can also be bought from pharmacies, other health shops or on line. The bottle comes in a white box with a yellow flower on and is white with a small label on the bottle and a long thin spout with a spray pump built into the top. Just remove the cone shaped cap and with your thumb supporting the bottom and two fingers across the top flat top just below the pointed nozzle then put the pointy part into your nose then push the ...

Brio Clever Crane Wagon 12/05/2017

The arm on the crane goes up and down!!

Brio Clever Crane Wagon Brio Clever Crane Wagon My four-year-old grandson, Ronnie, had his first ‘real’ birthday party after starting nursery last week; we went along to join in the fun, and I was amazed at some of the presents that Ronnie got off his little friends – things have certainly changed since my daughters were little!! One of the presents which he was particularly pleased with, and that he brought straight to ‘Pops’ to look at was a lovely little wooden crane and truck set from Brio. This was the first time I had come across this brand, but I have to say that I was very impressed, and I’m sure that we shall be buying more of it come December and we are looking for a Christmas gift for Ronnie!! What do you get? The crane and wagon comes on a piece of green cardboard that measures around 17.8 x 3.8 x 7.6 cm, in a clear plastic moulding so that you can see the vehicle clearly. The vehicle consists of a wooden green crane wagon and truck on a brown base; the truck has a shaped top which holds convincing looking grey boulder. The wheel and trims of the vehicle are orange. The cab of the wagon is able to turn 360° so making it really easy to line up the crane with the boulder and to pick it up magnetically. The wagon and truck are also joined with a strong magnet and the arm of the crane raises and lowers easily, using a simple orange wheel mechanism that is situated on the back of the cab. While both the wagon and truck are made from wood, all other parts of the set are made from plastic ...

Landmann Lavasteine 0273 09/05/2017

A volcanic blast for your barbecue

Landmann Lavasteine 0273 Landmann Lavasteine Barbecuing season is here again, and as always, I hear and read the same discussions about just HOW you barbecue. Are you a traditionalist who insists that it is not a barbecue if you are not cooking over an open flame, and if so do you use charcoal or briquettes? Are you a gas barbecuer – and if so do you like to cook over ceramic, bricks, lava rock or just plain grills? Let’s face it, at its most basic a barbecue is just a grill, placed over a heat source, that you use to cooking outdoors. You can even make your own out of any heat-proof container with a heat source in the bottom and metal grill above it - even an old oil drum. However, these days barbecue seem to be getting bigger, fancier and with lots of gadgets on them. I did used to be a firm believer in the old charcoal burner; however, I found charcoal could become increasingly difficult to purchase – especially if you wanted a barbecue outside the main summer months – and I would find myself traipsing around garages, supermarkets, garden centres etc. to find it and lighter fuel. Also, I found it very wasteful if cooking for just two of us. So, I opted for a gas barbecues with lava rocks to help create that smoky barbecue taste. Fat and meat juices dripping onto the hot lava rocks below the grill evaporate, and consequently smoke and that helps to add a chargrilled flavour to food. Landmann are a German company who specialise in barbecues and accessories; it was started in 1966 and now has ...

Central Intelligence (DVD) 02/05/2017

'Twins' meets 'Lethal Weapon'

Central Intelligence (DVD) Central Intelligence DVD Review Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber Produced by Scott Stuber, Peter Principato, Paul Young and Michael Fottrell Screenplay by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Rawson Marshall Thurber Story by Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen Starring Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul and Danielle Nicolet Release date June 17, 2016 Running time 108 minutes Classified: 15 About the Film This is a 2016 American film, it is an action/comedy film that received mixed reactions – it seems to be a ‘Marmite’ like film – you either love it or hate it! It is another film from my son, so that immediately made me think I would be the later – but read on to see if I was right or wrong on this matter!! Trailer Plot “Honey, black people don't go to therapy. We go to barbershops.” The film starts in 1996 with a prologue about the graduating class of Central High School - were we see an obese laughingstock Robbie Wheirdicht (intentionally mispronounced “weird-dick”) and, the pride of the school, Kevin "The Golden Jet" Hart. While Joyner is accepting an award from the principle, Robbie gets bullied and thrown naked onto the gym floor; the only person who shows an iota of compassion for him is Kevin. Twenty years later Bob Stone and Kevin Hart (played by Dwayne Johnson - AKA The Rock - and Calvin Joyner) reconnect through Facebook ahead of a high-school reunion. At high ...

Entourage: Movie (DVD) 29/04/2017

'Misogyny on Tour'! Not for me I'm afraid!

Entourage: Movie (DVD) Entourage: Movie DVD Review Directed by Doug Ellin Produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Doug Ellin Screenplay by Doug Ellin Story by Doug Ellin and Rob Weiss Based on Entourage by Doug Ellin Starring Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven Music by Frederic Sans Release date: June 3, 2015 Running time: 104 minutes Classification: 15 About the Film 'Entourage; The Movie' is a 2015 American comedy that starts off where the HBO TV series of the same name finished four years earlier. Sadly, this film did not have the same sort of success as other TV programmes have when made into a movie (like 'Sex in the City', but was basically a huge flop! The DVD I watched was my son's; he had been a huge fan of the TV series (personally I had only seen a couple of episodes and wasn't that keen); but I sat and watched this with him and our wives, at least I thought - it would make for a review!! Trailer Plot "It doesn't matter what a movie costs, only what it makes." The film opens with movie star Vincent Chase (played by Adrian Grenier) inviting his 'bros'- his best friend and manager Eric (played by Kevin Connolly), his driver Turtle (played by Jerry Ferrara), and half-brother, would be actor, Johnny "Drama" (played by Kevin Dillon) to a boat party in Ibiza, to celebrate the end of his 9-day marriage with flowing booze and a host of scantily clad young ...

Bahco Hacksaw 27/04/2017

You won't want to give a Bahco bahco!!

Bahco Hacksaw The Bahco Hacksaw Reading reviews on here, I am always amazed and impressed at just how detailed some members are able to make reviews on really basic items. My review today is on such a basic item – the humble Bahco Hacksaw – but I’m afraid I don’t think that my review will be as detailed and eloquent as so many other on here! For me, I think that the unassuming little hacksaw is one of the most important tools in any, toolbox/shed/workshop. Even if you are one of these people who are lucky enough to own all the latest expensive electrical tool you will still always need a hacksaw at some time in you DIY life! A good old-fashioned basic hacksaw is a simple and effective tool and its performance is mainly dependant on the quality and tension of the blade in it. The standard size for a hacksaw blade is 12 inches and the blades come in various teeth sizes to suit the different materials you may be tackling in your work; .24 teeth per inch is the most normal size blade. Softer material, like copper pipes, needs a coarser blade with less teeth (more like 18 teeth per inch) while hard materials like stainless steel is better cut with a blade with 32 teeth per inch. The last hacksaw I bought, about a year ago (to replace one I ‘loaned’ to a friend) is a no-frills mid-range hacksaw - the Bahco 319 Hacksaw that is suitable for DIY and professional use. The hacksaw cost me £16 – but can be purchased from various places from £15 - £30 - it is currently available from ...

Easter Holidays 2017 14/04/2017

Fill your life with new hope, new goals, new hopes this Easter!

Easter Holidays 2017 Easter Holidays 2017 Are you on vacation or at work? I am in the happy position of being retired, however, while I do not go out to paid work, my wife makes sure that I am kept busy in the house and garden!! But really, all our days are very much like a holiday, we make good use of our garden for recreation – that means sitting and reading (me) and knitting (my wife) and watching the birds, and we have many a day out, either visiting family and friends in the car or using our very handy free bus pass (there are some advantages to getting older you know!!) My wife and I are very involved with our local church and do a lot of work (the unpaid variety naturally) there; consequently, the Easter holidays keeps us very busy with church activities, especially during Holy Week – the week leading up to Easter Sunday. We start our Easter week (or Holy Week) with Palm Sunday (which was April 9th this year), and we help decorate our church with palms and have a procession (with donkey) to mark the moment Jesus entered Jerusalem and hand out palm crosses. Then on Maundy Thursday, even if a church does not hold a specific Maundy Thursday service, the Last Supper is remembered regularly in the majority of Christian churches through the communion service or shared meal. these can be held as often as once a week by some. In our church, we always have a shared meal in the hall on the evening of Maundy Thursday, followed by a communion service to recreate the Last Supper. Good Friday is a ...

Seiko Wooden Wall Clock 03/04/2017

Not a tick but what a chime!!!

Seiko Wooden Wall Clock +Seiko Wooden Wall Clock+ My wife and I were bought our lovely wall clock ten years ago for our silver wedding anniversary by our children. We had previously had an old Grandmother clock that had tick-tocked for the last time and we did miss the regular chimes. We have been extremely pleased with our ‘new’ clock – that at ten years old is still going strong, looking lovely, keeping good time all with just an occasional polish and an annual battery change. When I was listening to the chimes last night, I though “Ah, I shall write a review on our gorgeous clock!” – so here it is!!!! + About the Clock + This is a traditional ‘schoolhouse’ style solid oak cased; the case is a medium brown oak and the clock measures 21 inches tall x 13 inches at the widest part x 4 inches deep – so it sticks out around 4” from the wall. The octagonal shaped clock face is ivory and measures around 9 ½ both horizontally and vertically; the numbers are printed in black (not raised) and there is a gold circle printed on the face that is a nice accent. The hands are black and the words Westminster and Whittington (the two chime types0 and Seiko are written in black on the face. The face is covered in Curved glass and there is a gold design on the pendulum glass, the pendulum is a gold colour and made from aluminium, the pendulum is not real, it is for appearance only but looks really good. The back side of the clock is made from a solid thin wood panel with slots along the edges so that it easily ...

Garland Self Watering Plant Tray 30/03/2017

No more dried out plants with these handy trays

Garland Self Watering Plant Tray Garland Large Self Watering Plant Tray The Product Basically, this Garland Self Watering Plant Tray is a 1 ½ “deep mini capillary tray which will keep potted plants or seedlings watered for up to 14 days, perfect for people going away on holiday. It consists of a dark green base tray that made from recycled polypropylene plastic base tray that is actually a reservoir that holds 8 litres of water, and an inner support platform, also manufactured from recycled polystyrene plastic. It works by guaranteeing that compost exposed at the bottom of plant pots is in contact with the capillary matting, and then the plants will water themselves! The size of the unit also makes it particularly useful for use in greenhouses, as it is perfect for watering cuttings and seedlings, as plants can take exactly the water they need – so no under or over watering. The tray measures 56cm (22") long, 40cm (16") wide and is 4cm (1.5") high and it will keep your plants fresh for up to 14 days. These trays are available from all online gardening sites and good garden centres; the price varies from around £21 - £ 15, it is currently (29/3/17) available from £13.95 on Amazon but you will pay over £20 on E Bay. Do be careful when looking, as there is a narrower windowsill tray which will coat £8 - £14 but is much narrower and holds half the amount of water in the reservoir, so do check the size before ordering. This is product code: G70. You cannot buy replacement mats from Garland, however, good ...

What are the main changes do you plan to do for Spring? 30/03/2017

Springing into action for house and garden

What are the main changes do you plan to do for Spring? What are the main changes do you plan to do for Spring? This year in the UK Spring officially started on Monday, 20 March and will end on Wednesday, 21 June – when we welcome the summer (hopefully). In a lot of ways, it feels like spring, the lambs are all frolicking in the fields, the cows are back out grazing in the pastures and the roundabouts and road verges are yellow with daffodils. My snowdrops have finished flowering, my daffs are in full bloom and there are signs of life on all the trees and bushes. But is it just me? Or was it only Christmas a few weeks ago? And that wind is what my mum would have called a “lazy wind” – i.e. one that goes through you and not round you!! Brings out the Percy Thrower in me (younger readers – think Alan Titchmarsh!!) Spring is traditionally the season we try to get things in order, such as spring cleaning; but for me it means looking to the great outdoors – or at least my garden! As I have got older, my approach to the seasons have changed – and I now realise that I have begun to use the generally long, wet and cold winters to organise myself ready for the exciting but massive spring gardening frenzy. The older and more mature I get – so does my garden and the more the idea of altering areas in the garden or trying a new procedure captivates me. Whether this is due to my increasing age or my garden’s, I can’t really tell!! Over the winter, I have made my gardening decisions for the spring - I have decided to build a homemade ...

Gillette Conditioning Aftershave Balm 16/03/2017

Would be perfect if I wore make up!

Gillette Conditioning Aftershave Balm Gillette Conditioning Aftershave Balm I much prefer a wet shave to an electric one; in fact, I’m quite old fashioned in that I use a shaving brush and Palmolive Shaving Cream!! As reviewed here At Christmas I received a Gillette gift set containing a razor, foam and some aftershave balm. I usually just dab on a little aftershave after shaving but thought that I would give this balm, which was very new to me, a try. This product comes in a white plastic bottle with a navy-blue flip top plastic cap, and measures is about 4 ½ inches tall; the bottle is designed to stand on its lid and it has a plain, classic look navy blue label on the front and a list of ingredients and how to use on the back label. There is 75ml of the balm in the bottle. It seems that a balm is designed to use it if a regular aftershave is too harsh on your skin, and unlike traditional aftershaves, there is no burning sensation once applied. The balm has a very slight scent, but nothing that would interfere with your cologne or aftershave, and what little fragrance there is disappears after around 15 minutes anyway! I wasn’t really too sure if this was my sort of thing, but I gave it a try – I’m more used to the old ‘Splash it all over’ technique – and actually quite like that bit of a sting when I apply my aftershave!! You put a little on your hand and rub it into your skin after shaving. At first I found my skin felt didn’t leave a greasy film ...

Safety 1st Oven Front Lock 08/03/2017

Peace of mind for a few pounds!

Safety 1st Oven Front Lock ~~~ Safety 1st Oven Front Lock~~~ When my daughter and her family came to stay with us 6 months ago, as they waited for their new house to be fitted, we were reminded of what it was like to have a toddler in the house. My grandson was around 18 months when they came and into everything, we decided to try and baby proof the house as much as possible to keep him safe and protect some of our possessions!! Naturally it was his protection that was the key point, and as he had a penchant for pulling open our oven door, the first thing we bought was a lock for the oven door – we went off to Toys R Us and came back with a Safety 1st Oven Front Lock. ~~~ About the Product ~~~ The Safety 1st Oven Front Lock is one of several products from the company; it comes on a card measuring around 3 ½ “x 7 ½ “and sealed in a plastic cover. Inside is one oven door lock and on instruction leaflet. It is a universal design that will fit most oven doors (gas or electric) and is specially designed to be durable and heat-resistant. The lock installs with adhesive only, there are no screws required. The lock is white and grey and made of metal and plastic. Manufacturer’s Details • Tested for safety and durability • Made the use of top quality materials • Essentially the most innovative designs and manufacturing processes • Durable • Heat-resistant • Adhesive that mounts it to the front of a stove ~~~ Fitting the Product ~~~ All you need to fit the lock is the lock itself and a tape measure, ...

The Knot (DVD) 02/03/2017

The Knot is not to be recommended

The Knot (DVD) The Knot (DVD) This is not really my sort of viewing, but it was a Birthday present my wife received and I sat down to watch it with her a few nights ago. So, I shall give my opinion – as a humble man – of what I thought!! The Knot is a 2012 British ‘comedy’ film about a wedding – and the shenanigans leading up to the wedding, that stars Matthew McNulty, and Talulah Riley as the happy couple. Alexandra and Jeremy are getting married; the film starts with the morning of the wedding as both hens and stags are getting over their respective parties. The viewer then has to endure, I mean watch, the events of the big day, from them falling out of bed up to their wedding ceremony – hopefully. To get to the end of the film and find out if the couple do actually tie the knot, we have to witness various rather forced mishaps including torn suits, lost ring, tummy troubles and a missing bridesmaid. As you would guess from this synopsis, the story-line of ‘The Knot’ has nothing new, it all sounds like something we’ve seen before – and to be honest – it is. The only saving grace for me was that at least the accents coming out of the mixture of young actors/actresses was British and not American! For me this film was just too clichéd; the men (including producer and co-writer Noel Clarke as the best man Peter) spend the whole time either making objectionable sexist jokes or acting in ways that fall far below the necessities of basic human decency. I WAS young once, and I did have a ...

Roberts Expression 27/02/2017

Express yourself and your friends with this classy little number

Roberts Expression Roberts Expression Radio I just love the radio, I am not happy if there isn’t music playing in the background, be it in my greenhouse, in the shed or any room in the house. Over the years we have owned many radios – from the old ‘wireless’ (Which ironically plugged into the electricity socket with a wire!!), to the tacky ‘transistor’ radio of the 1960’s. Five years ago when I retired I was very lucky to be bought a brand spanking, all singing and dancing Roberts Expression DAB/FM RDS Portable Radio by my works colleagues – I think they must have been glad to see me go and dug deep into their pockets!! I have been listening to that radio now for five years every day, and it is still going strong, and so I think that it deserves a review. About Roberts Roberts Radios seem to be THE radio of choice and they certainly do produce some belting radios. This year, the Roberts Radio Company celebrates 85 years, after it was founded in 1932 by two friends Harry Roberts and Leslie Bidmead. The couple began making portable radios from a small shop in London in 1932’ initially producing just three radios a week. Roberts is now a subsidiary of the privately-owned Glen Dimplex Group, and despite the radical changes in audio technology over those 85 years, Roberts remains the UK market leader in portable radios. In 1999, Roberts set an industry ‘first’ when they launched the first portable DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) digital radio. What is Digital Radio? You can listen to ...
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