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    • Heritage Products Castor Oil / Health Product / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      14.02.2016 10:49

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      Lashes look 100% better now

      I'm a lashes girl who sadly was born with very thin, sad stumpy lashes, to try and remedy this I dye them curl them and recently even underwent a perming (LVL lashes). Needless to say I think my poor lashes were in need of some tlc.

      Now I know a lot of people buy castor oil in the hopes of it lengthening their lashes, this is not what I bought this product for (and also not what I have experienced). I bought this product for the claims of strengthening and conditioning the lashes, which I'm happy to report I have experienced.

      The oil itself is a very thick product and I'm not sure how anybody could wear it on their lashes other than when going to sleep, I absolutely would not be able to see or function whilst wearing this. So I slathered it on my lashes after applying all my usual beauty lotions and potions and immediately before going to sleep.

      Day one, two and three I noticed...nothing at all...my lashes were just as scraggly and disappointing as ever. However I persevered and noticed on day four a slight sheen to my lashes nothing major just a bit more glossy looking, then as the days went on they got an even more noticeable shine to them and fast forward to a fortnight in I was left with stronger, shinier and downright healthy looking lashes.

      I've been using this nightly since July wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone as a great cost effective lash conditioner.

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    • Triumph Speed Four / Motorcycle / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      14.02.2016 03:11

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      Triumph Speed Four Review

      I've spent a good deal of my time over the last four years selling motorcycles to people, so I can spend a few minutes talking to a person and guess with a fair amount of accuracy what kind of motorcycle they want.
      Most of the folks walking into motorcycle shops have never owned a motorcycle, or haven't owned one in a long, long time. When they are younger- from 18 to 30 or so- they want a sportbike. The older ones want standards or cruisers. They usually want one of the Japanese brands, as the common wisdom of car buyers dictates that Japanese = good value and reliability.

      There's another kind of buyer as well as the newbie. This buyer has had motorcycles for a long time and rides every single day. He or she wants something fast but sane, well engineered but not boring, and it has to have value. This rider is more experienced and won't be fooled by cheap suspension and braking components, uncomfortable ergonomics, or cheesy gimmicks. She demands a sturdy, well-engineered motorcycle that is engaging to ride and will last for years. They are kind of like the weird old guy in your neighborhood when you were growing up who had a million miles on his diesel Mercedes.
      I'm one of those weird guys, sans 1977 300D. Over a year ago I assisted a rival website in a 700-mile road test of four budget middleweight standards: the Honda 599, the Yamaha FZ-6, the Suzuki SV650 and Triumph's Speed 4.

      I decided the 599 was fun, but overpriced and under-suspended. The FZ-6 was too squishy, heavy and no fun when pushed hard. The SV650 is an excellent motorcycle, no doubt, but I had had one for a couple of years already and wanted just a little more power.

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    • Fujitsu Lifebook S904 / Laptop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      14.02.2016 03:07

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      • "fast running"
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      • "too Expensive"

      Fujitsu Lifebook S904 Review

      Enduring.
      Fujitsu wants to lure mobile computer workers into buying its new 13.3-inch Lifebook S904 laptop. In addition to a low weight, the computer features an IGZO-WQHD screen, a docking port, and a 3G/LTE module. Beyond that, the company also promises a battery runtime of up to 24 hours and includes a three-year warranty. Sounds too good to be true?
      The company Fujitsu breaks down its laptops into the categories All-Round, Advanced, and Superior on their German website. The Lifebook S904 belongs to the latter category. The Superior category is touted with the words "Ultimate Computing for Individual Needs." Fujitsu sets high standards with that. A look at the S904's specifications shows that Fujitsu is in fact generous and not at all stingy: A very high-resolution screen, 3G/LTE modem, modular bay, docking port. Our report will reveal whether the Lifebook is just as convincing in real life as it is on paper.

      Case

      The choice of materials and colors already indicate that the Lifebook S904 is intended for the corporate field. The base unit's upper side and the lid's back are comprised of metal. While the lid is black, the base unit's upper side gleams in bright silver. Of course, no glossy or reflective surfaces are used - with exception of the display.

      Connectivity

      Despite the Lifebook's compact size, Fujitsu installs all interfaces expected in a laptop nowadays.Instead of a VGA out, Dell installs a mini-DisplayPort. All three laptops sport a docking port so that the variety of interfaces can be expanded. The Lifebook is the only laptop among the comparison devices that has a modular bay. The bay in our review sample was furnished with a DVD burner, but it can also be fitted with an additional battery or a second hard drive.

      Communication

      The Lifebook has an ample supply of connection options. The Wi-Fi module from Intel supports the 802.11 a/b/g/n standards. We did not experience connection issues. The connection remained stable in a radius of 15 meters around the router. This is, however, not a standardized test. Strangely, the Wi-Fi module was disabled every time we rebooted the laptop, and it had to be switched on manually. The Wi-Fi module also sports a Bluetooth 4.0 chip from Intel. The Gigabit Ethernet chip also comes from Intel. Fujitsu equips the Lifebook with an LTE module (Sierra Wireless EM7305) for connecting with the Internet on the go.

      Security

      As is appropriate for a business laptop, Fujitsu installs various security features in the Lifebook. In addition to the Kensington lock slot for physically securing the laptop, a Trusted Platform Module (1.2) is available. The fingerprint reader enables biometric access control. Alternatively, access control is possible via a SmartCard.

      Operating System & Accessories

      The operating system on our review sample was Windows 8.1. The laptop comes with a Windows DVD and driver DVD. Beyond that, a quick-start poster and warranty information are found in the box.

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    • Vespa Granturismo 200 / Motorcycle / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      14.02.2016 03:02

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      Vespa Granturismo 200 Review

      VESPA Granturismo 200

      The new Vespa Granturismo 200 represents a huge step for the company and a huge job for the design department. Good thing they got it right

      One of the problems about having the iconic scooter is how to update it without alienating all of your long-standing customers – and without risking losing that status as an icon. Vespa has managed it twice in the past decade.

      Firstly when it released the new ET range, including a four-stroke for the first time, in 1996. Secondly, with the new GT200, a liquid- cooled four-stroke. Back in 1996, the ET was a big step, but there was still the venerable PX range of traditional two-stroke, geared scooters to appease the true believers. Today, the PX range is being phased out and the GT has to stand on its own two wheels.

      Which it does, because it’s brilliant. Combining the traditional virtues of the Vespa – the steel body, the iconic shape, the ease of use – with an up-to-the-minute engine which meets the stringent emissions controls which have finally killed off the PX. But it wasn’t easy. To maintain the Vespa silhouette, while enlarging the wheel size and fitting the new engine, meant scaling everything up and the GT is noticeably larger then the ET4 when parked side by side. On its own, however, the GT just looks right – which gives you an idea of how well the task has been achieved. In addition, a radiator has been shoe-horned behind the front bodywork, yet there is till room for a glove-box. Neat!

      Not so neat is the 10-litre fuel-tank which does give good range, admittedly, but which limits under-seat storage space a bit. Fullface helmets won’t fit, but there are two helmet hooks to accommodate them. An upside is that the storage bin under the seat simply lifts out to give access to the engine for servicing. There is also an accessory windscreen and top-box available.

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    • Acer Aspire Switch 10 / Laptop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      14.02.2016 02:51

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      • "Solid performance"
      • "Long-lasting battery"

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      • " muddy audio"
      • Quiet
      • "Unattractive design"

      Acer Aspire Switch 10 Review

      Hardware

      Maybe it's the cat-vomit puce color of my unit, but there's something about the Switch 10 E that makes it look like a bucket of fail. Thankfully, the convertible is available in more palatable colors, such as white, gray and turquoise, with coral and magenta to follow. At least the faux-linen cross-stitching pattern lining the exterior provides a sturdy grip.
      For ports, you'll find micro USB, mini HDMI, a microSD slot and a headset jack on the left side of the tablet portion of the hybrid. On the right, there are buttons for power, home and volume. In case you want to whip out a mouse or a flash drive, Acer was kind enough to add a full USB port. Unfortunately, it's 2.0 instead of the faster 3.0. If you want to snap a quick photo, you can make use of the 2-megapixel cameras located on the front and rear of the tablet.
      As a laptop, the Switch 10 E weighs 2.8 pounds and measures 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches. The hybrid is lighter and slimmer than 11-inch convertibles, but it should be because it has a smaller screen. Without the keyboard dock, the Switch 10 E weighs 1.4 pounds and measures 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.43 inches.

      The top of the Switch 10 E's keyboard dock comprises a more austere matte black plastic. The island-style keys are smaller than those on other laptops due to the dock's relatively small dimensions. Still, the keys are well spaced, and despite the relatively short 1.3-mm travel, I notched 56 words per minute on the 10FastFingers.com typing test, which is within my usual range.
      I had no problem executing gestures, such as pinch-zoom and two-finger rotate, on the 3.5 x 2-inch touchpad.

      Performance

      The Acer Aspire Switch 10 E's 1.33-GHz Intel Atom Z3735 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM will help you create documents, do some light image editing, stream movies and television shows, and play a round of Hearthstone or two. The 2-in-1 deftly handled streaming an episode of BoJack Horseman while running a system scan with eight open Google Chrome tabs.
      Unfortunately, the Switch 10 E was the worst performer on our Open Word Stress Test, taking 64.4 seconds to open a 69MB Word document filled with images of varying sizes. The Core-M-powered HP Pavilion x360 11 dominated, completing the task in 25.9 seconds.

      Battery Life: Last Hybrid Standing

      Here's where the Aspire Switch 10 comes into its own. The hybrid lasted 8 hours and 28 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits of brightness). That's 2 hours longer than the budget 2-in-1 average (6:26). The next closest in this price range was the Dell Inspiron 11 3000, which lasted 6:42.

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    • Dell Latitude 3440 / Laptop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      14.02.2016 01:29

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      • "coherent keyboard (easy to use)"
      • lightweight
      • "good graphics"
      • "good memory"

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      • "not good for gaming (lag)"
      • "quite slow sometimes"

      Bit laggy but apart from that exceptional for home and business!

      The Dell Latitude 3440 laptop has a simple sleek look, is light, has a great screen, very easy to set-up (even for a non-computer whizz such as myself), and overall is very user-friendly. The Dell Latitude 3440 is cheap and a bit bland-looking, but its powered by a class Intel processor, with a high-resolution screen so you can see clearly .The Battery time is great, and it has an on-screen reminder of when to plug it in for charging or to plug out the battery when full charge is reached. I would say this laptop would be perfect for someone who mainly needs it for browsing the internet, watching movies or playing games, or simply office work. The … feels solid, and packs a nice keyboard and a fair amount of battery life (up to 6 hours). You will obviously need Wi-Fi connection; the Laptop runs a Microsoft browser-based Windows OS, and while the operating system has come a long way your options are still limited once you're disconnected.
      The Dell Latitude 3440 is based on the cheaper end of the spectrum. It is made out of plastic and weighs at a total of 1.2kg, which is not bad for a laptop; its definitely not heavy in my hands or when carrying it in a bag, so very good. You could say the laptop is stylish too: there's a shiny little finish bordering the track pad, and the keyboard buttons are arrange in a modern style to give you that eccentric look and feel when using the laptop

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    • Toshiba Satellite L50 B / Laptop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      14.02.2016 01:09

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      • "loud speakers"
      • "great battery power"
      • stylish
      • "good memory"
      • "HD graphics"

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      • "no laptop back for carry"
      • heavy

      Great laptop; great price!

      The Toshiba Satellite L50 B laptop has a simple sleek look, is light, has a great screen, very easy to set-up (even for a non-computer whizz such as myself), and overall is very user-friendly. I would say this laptop would be perfect for someone who mainly needs it for browsing the internet, watching movies or playing games, or simply office work. The … feels solid, and packs a nice keyboard and a fair amount of battery life (up to 6 hours). You will obviously need Wi-Fi connection; the Laptop runs a Microsoft browser-based Windows OS, and while the operating system has come a long way your options are still limited once you're disconnected. The Toshiba Satellite L50 B is cheap and a bit bland-looking, but its powered by a class Intel processor, with a high-resolution screen so you can see clearly .The Battery time is great, and it has an on-screen reminder of when to plug it in for charging or to plug out the battery when full charge is reached.

      You could say the laptop is stylish too: there's a shiny little finish bordering the track pad, and the keyboard buttons are arrange in a modern style to give you that eccentric look and feel when using the laptop. The Toshiba Satellite L50 B is based on the cheaper end of the spectrum. It is made out of plastic and weighs at a total of 1.2kg, which is not bad for a laptop; its definitely not heavy in my hands or when carrying it in a bag, so very good.

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    • Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook / Laptop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      14.02.2016 01:01
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      • "decent memory"
      • lightweight
      • "good value for money"
      • "HD graphics"
      • "good battery"

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      • "keyboard keys are small"
      • "speakers are not loud"

      Cheap and worth the price!

      The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook laptop has a simple sleek look, is light, has a great screen, very easy to set-up (even for a non-computer whizz such as myself), and overall is very user-friendly. The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook is cheap and a bit bland-looking, but its powered by a class Intel processor, with a high-resolution screen so you can see clearly.The Battery time is great, and it has an on-screen reminder of when to plug it in for charging or to plug out the battery when full charge is reached. I would say this laptop would be perfect for someone who mainly needs it for browsing the internet, watching movies or playing games, or simply office work. The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook feels solid, and packs a nice keyboard and a fair amount of battery life (up to 6 hours). You will obviously need Wi-Fi connection; the Laptop runs a Microsoft browser-based Windows OS, and while the operating system has come a long way your options are still limited once you're disconnected.
      The Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook is based on the cheaper end of the spectrum. It is made out of plastic and weighs at a total of 1.2kg, which is not bad for a laptop; its definitely not heavy in my hands or when carrying it in a bag, so very good. You could say the laptop is stylish too: there's a shiny little finish bordering the track pad, and the keyboard buttons are arrange in a modern style to give you that eccentric look and feel when using the laptop.

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    • Acer Aspire Switch 10 / Laptop / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      14.02.2016 00:17

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      • stylish
      • "big memory"
      • "value for money"
      • "HD graphics"
      • "good battery"

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      • "keyboard keys are small"
      • "speakers are not loud"

      Better than the MacBook and at a fraction of the price

      The Acer Aspire 8000 isn't just an astonishingly thin and light laptop, it's a revolution in design. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into a 11-inch laptop frame is no small feat, however, Acer has pulled off a miracle creating a nearly borderless Infinity display. This is also one powerful and long lasting machine powered by Intel's latest Skylake processors, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop. It's thinner and even more attractive in some ways with its purple-tinged aluminum body. With a sharp display and hearty helping of storage space, it's better equipped than Apple's titular thin-and-light. Add in the fanless design and long battery life, and this machine is one hot ticket. Most importantly, though, you can get this great package at a very affordable price.

      When most people think of Chromebooks they might expect some cheap, plastic device that's only just good enough to get them by through a day of surfing the web. Asus on the other hand offers the fully metal Chromebook Flip that doubles as a tablet just for the heck of it. The 10.1-inch, 2-in-1 Chromebook is an exceedingly light laptop that feels premium to the touch. Thanks to a little known Rockchip processor, it can also outrun most other Chrome OS machines and out last them with its eight hour battery life. While the latest MacBook Air sticks to its guns with a dated design and low-resolution screen, it's not showing any signs of slowing down on the performance front. Thanks to a capable CPU, this thin and light machine can handle everything from simple web browsing to serious number crunching and even some light gaming. Sure the New MacBook is lighter and thinner, but it does not come with the Air's spread of full-sized ports nor a 13 hour battery life to last you though an entire day.

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    • Acer Aspire 8000 / Desktop PC / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      14.02.2016 00:11

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      • "pre-installed virus protector"
      • "easy to use"
      • "HD graphics"
      • "stylish display"
      • "quick and fast perfomance"
      • lighweight
      • "Good Battery life"

      Disadvantages

      • "tiny speakers"
      • "Small frame limits battery life"

      Better than the MacBook and at a fraction of the price

      The Acer Aspire 8000 isn't just an astonishingly thin and light laptop, it's a revolution in design. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into a 11-inch laptop frame is no small feat, however, Acer has pulled off a miracle creating a nearly borderless Infinity display. This is also one powerful and long lasting machine powered by Intel's latest Skylake processors, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop. It's thinner and even more attractive in some ways with its purple-tinged aluminum body. With a sharp display and hearty helping of storage space, it's better equipped than Apple's titular thin-and-light. Add in the fanless design and long battery life, and this machine is one hot ticket. Most importantly, though, you can get this great package at a very affordable price.

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    • Kingston ValueRAM 1 GB DDR 333 MHz / RAM / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      13.02.2016 23:19

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      • "This is the best and cheapest RAM one can have"
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      You can trust the brand anytime

      I have used it myself and it works very well for me and hardly there is any issue of any sort and I would surely suggest for desktop PC

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    • Ebuyer.com / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      13.02.2016 22:35
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      • "prices and support"
      • "Great product"

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      • none

      Yet again 5 star service from Daniel Carruthers

      I cannot believe you can still get great service from online sales, ebuyer have done it again, great product with good prices, but if you have a problem they are really good and I mean really good at sorting the issue.
      It is very rare nowadays to get good aftercare, because we always want the cheapest prices and that normally means no or very little aftercare and support, as that costs money, there is a fine balance and ebuyer seems to have got it right.
      The most important thing with aftercare/support is just to be able to TALK to someone and hopefully in the UK,and that's where score yet again.
      So Daniel I thank you and your co-workers for the fantastic job you are doing, may it continue.

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    • HP 620 / Laptop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      13.02.2016 18:17
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      • durability
      • "High quality "

      Disadvantages

      • "no square keyboard with numbers"
      • "A bit heavy for a girl"

      My dearest laptop

      This review has been originally posted on my Ciao page: http://www.ciao.co.uk/HP_620__Review_6168220
      First of all, I am writing this review using HP 620:) This laptop has been travelling with me for more than 4 years. Though it has been a little wounded, it still serves me a good deal. So, as you might have understood, my HP620 has suffered some situations, but it is still alive, and I am going to tell you how it functions after all.

      1. Once it fall from the bed on the floor. It was 1 year old then. I was so scared, but it was young and overcame this disaster successfully. Though now it lacks a small piece of corner on the lid, I do not notice it, and it does not influence any of its functions.
      2. Another time, I poured a cup of tee with sugar on it! It was 2 years old then and I was sure that I should say good bye to my lovely laptop and was going to bury it with the tears in my eyes. But I had a nice friend who suggested me to clean it quickly with a towel and put it over so that the keybord is lying on the table. What do you think? In a couple of hours all keys on the keyboard wokred! I even did not have to repair anything.

      3.Recently, I lost my temper and hit my HP620 on the keyboard. I thought, I crashed. But only two keys flew out. They function, but their plastic cover is out.
      What I like most of all
      In my opinion, it is very good that HP620 has mat display, namely it has High Gloss. So, it does not matter for me from which side the sun shines. Everything is clear and visible. Moreover, I like that it is so durable. After all disasters that happened to it, my laptop is a hero for me. It has nice quality of picture 15,6inches (1366 x 768). It has 250 Gb of hard disk memory.

      What I like less
      It has not the best camera, only 2 Mp. Moreover, it will be inconvenient for the users who have got used to the square number keyboard in the right corner. HP620 doesn't have it. It has only a line of numbers over the letters. Moreover, after 4 years of use, its battery has become weak and constantly sends me the signal that it should be changed.

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    • The Hallmark Channel / TV Channel / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      13.02.2016 12:52

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      • "Good new comedy"

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      • "No belly laughs"

      The Detectorists - now showing on Hallmark

      As well all know to our detriment it’s very hard for TV to make a decent sitcom these days, let alone get it to stick. The first series of Fools & Horses wasn’t great and the second season of Dads Army was originally cancelled. But the BBC had the foresight to see the winning ingredients were there and they just needed another big stir and bought to the boil to create the perfect broth. But this is not the 1970s and so most things that we were allowed to laugh at then we are not allowed to laugh at now and so very few modern sitcoms get real laughs. We deny ourselves taboo giggles in the pursuit of political correctness. Rigsby and Phillip dealt with the race stuff brilliantly but no one in TV has the guts to go there anymore. Only gay comedians can do gay stereotypes. Hardly any of the great sitcoms of British TV would ever be green lighted today. The class war jokes still work but even that has been neglected. They even got rid of the ITV Comedy Awards because they were too funny and knowing on that score.

      In the new millennium they tend to pick a popular stand up comedian and write around them, bringing that younger fan base. They are road tested on the soon to be defunct terrestrial station BBC3 and then dumped on BBC2 to die a death. Most TV viewers are over 50 now and they don’t want ‘Not Going Out’ and canned laughter. Lets face it, where would be most of the Levi strutting, Gingham shirt wearing ‘modern comedians’ without canned laughter? Where would Lee Mack be without canned laughter? The Office was the last risky sitcom to be made and will remain the last. The BBC tried to be edgy with Mr Khan but parodying 1970s Pakistanis to somehow placate extremism was silly and never going to get laughs with anyone in 2016 but the BBC had box ticked their ethnic sitcom quota and so new series after new series of Mr Khan. The less said about Mrs Browns Boys the better, In a way the new Dads Army movie sums up the problems TV and film makers have today in making us laugh as all the things that made us laugh about the old codgers in the original TV series and movie in the 1970s have been stripped out and labeled inappropriate. The cupboard is bare with what that leaves them to work with and so they come up with terrible sitcoms that can’t possibly offend anyone but don’t make anyone laugh. Fortunately Ireland didn’t take offence at Father Ted and the thick Irishmen send up was not deemed offensive. The IT Crowd is a rare exception of a sitcom that didn’t need to offend anyone to make it funny as the creators of Father Ted figured IT workers were a group they could offend without being taken to court, as long as they were not gay, black, Irish or transgender.

      The Detectorists interested me as its less sitcom and more comedy drama, going out on BBC 4 and wrapped up in cotton wool there in case it is picked apart on mainstream channels. I think they are being a tad precious with it as it would have an audience on BBC2 and its above average at what it does and very well acted and so deserves to be seen. In fact it’s the most successful comedy on BBC4 to date.

      The concept is based around a metal detecting club and like the IT Crowd has two actors playing friends/losers in the lead to get you to like them and garner your sympathy. It’s written by MacKenzie Crook from The Office and he also plays the lead alongside fellow character actor Toby Jones, the two limited to playing supporting roles in films and TV shows because they are rather odd looking but good actors all the same. We have had two series so far and 12 episodes in total and both available on DVD. In real life Crook metal detects and obviously where he got the idea. Thye weren’t always actors and the geeks they look like. Write what you know.


      ===The Cast===

      Mackenzie Crook…….. as Andy Stone
      Toby Jones as…….. Lance Stater
      Lucy Benjamin as………. Maggie, Lance's ex-wife who runs a spiritualist supplies shop
      Rachael Stirling as……… Becky
      Aimee-Ffion Edwards as…….. Sophie
      Adam Riches as……… Tony
      Gerard Horan as…….. Terry
      Sophie Thompson as…….. Sheila, Terry's wife.
      Pearce Quigley as…….. Russell
      David Sterne as………. Larry Bishop
      Simon Farnaby as…….. Phil, nicknamed "Art", the leader of the "Dirtsharks’.
      Divian Ladwa as……… Hugh
      Laura Checkley as…….. Louise
      Orion Ben as…….. Varde
      Daniel Donskoy as……. Peter
      Diana Rigg as……Becky’s Mother

      ===The Series===

      Series one was a slow burner and its one of those shows you can lose your patience with but the gentle summer’s days of detecting in traditional green British countryside of twittering birds and rustling trees just gentle teases you in and all rather soothing.

      We meet mature archeology student and general factotum Andy Stone (McKenzie Crook) and his best mate forklift driver Lance Slater (Toby Jones), who drives a TR7 (Mackenzie Crooks in real life), and both members of the north Essex Danebury Metal Detecting club run by retried policemen Terry (Gerard Horan).

      Word is out of a potential exciting treasure hidden on a local farm. Trouble is, the owner, Larry Bishop (David Sterne) is notorious for discouraging trespassers, and it is rumored that his wife is buried on the property. The boys are tactful and get the rights to detect on the land and select the bottom field after some detailed research. The site they are detecting could be the burial site of King Sexred of The East Saxons. But rival detecting group, ‘The Dirtshanks’, headed by the arrogant and pompous Art (Simon Farnaby), has also got wind and joins the hunt. Let the battle begin.

      Season two and Andy and teacher girlfriend Becky (Rachael Stirling) have had a baby together but Andy is yet to find regular work. A young German guy (Daniel Donskoy) has arrived in Danebury and looking for his long last dead pilot grandfather and wants the club to try and find the crashed Junkers. Pretty detectorists and student Sophie (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), who has a crush on Andy, soon falls for the arrogant German. Lance is also looking for love and goes onto an online dating site. Other members of the club have been assigned to find the missing mayors chains after one to many in the local pub.

      Becky is bored with her Essex comprehensive and wants to go to Africa to teach poor black kids, a dream the couple once talked about. Andy thinks Africa is no place for a young baby whilst Becky flirts with a new handsome teacher to annoy Andy and bring him out of his rut. Meanwhile the detecting club is hexed by one member carrying a lucky gold coin, which superstition dictates is anything but lucky, and the team now cant even detect a coke can, a Jim Will Fix IT badge their best find all week. But a much bigger treasure is just around the corner to put the Danbury Detecting club on the map.


      ===Any good?===

      Have MacKenzie and Toby Jones struck comedy gold? Sort of. It’s the type of show that will appeal to BBC4 viewers as its tranquil and not in your face and very well written and more like therapy than comedy. The bittersweet melancholy will find plenty of fans on BBC4 as the show and writer gains confidence after three or so episodes of series one. It’s not a laugh a minute thing but very well written as the two losers and their geeky oddball friends beep away in muddy grassy fields looking for hidden treasure. The detecting acts as a suitable metaphor for people looking for something new to brighten up their humdrum lives and what truly lies beneath the human skin and with a dash of the Vicar of Dibley about it retains that comfortably pair of British sitcom thermals to keep you warm.

      With 12 episodes to date it’s unclear if there is anew series coming down the line or Crook has learnt from Ricky Gervais that two series is enough. Like The Office it resonates most of its humor on the traditional British stiff upper lip mid life crisis and you can imagine the actors going through it in their own private life as they write and act the work. It’s just perfect for a white middle aged and class audience. In a way it reminds me of the Darling Buds of May, a show none of us thought we would enjoy but we all ended up watching it.


      ===Ratings===

      Imdb.com – 8.6/10.0 (2,342)


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