Andy Warhol soup cans

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Fancy a bit of PopArt in your house? Well, for a very nicely priced $12 per can, you can have a limited edition Andy Warhol soup can with authentic reproductions of Warhol designed labels. It’s printed on special quality paper and with Andy’s signature (reproduced obviously as he’s… well… dead). The tins actually contains Campbell’s condensed tomato soup should you …

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Don’t mess with the TankChair

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It’s called the TankChair, and it’s basically an extreme off-road wheelchair that owes more than a little to, well, tanks. It laughs in the face of streams, mud, snow, sand and gravel, and bumps up and down stairs without a hitch. Oh, and if someone annoys you, it’s great for showing them just who’s boss. Its inventor came up with …

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Jigsaw wine rack

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There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to stop buying wine by the bottle in Sainsburys according to what’s on a £2-off deal, and start building up a proper wine cellar. But if you’re lacking a cellar, check out this Puzzle Wine Rack, which consists of modular units that can be fitted together into whatever shape …

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Hero of the day: Oliver Postgate

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Name Oliver Postgate Job The Elvis, Beatles and Dylan of kids TV all rolled in one. In short, genius and programme maker. Special Powers Creating other worlds, incredible characters and superb stories . He said "In our time we had been able to found great kingdoms of mountains, ice and snow in our cowsheds. In Peter’s (Firmin, Postgate’s partner at …

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Cocktail arcade table

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If you want to show off, what better way to do it than having your very own cocktail table arcade machine? Yep, it’s a fully functioning retro arcade machine that has shatterproof glass and tough old buttons to withstand you and your mates furiously thrashing out battle after heated battle. However, one huge difference between this one, and the originals …

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Nikon D40

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I’ve always resisted the urge to buy a digital SLR – not because I don’t really want one (I do), but because they’re just too damn big to carry around in a lot of situations where you’d want to take photos (parties, sporting events etc.). Nikon’s new D40 is about to change that. It’s the smallest DSLR yet, to the …

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Five cracking cricket games

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It’s a matter of hours till the Ashes kick off Down Under, and we’re getting unfeasibly excited about the prospect of seeing Monty Panesar rip through the Aussie batting order before KP and Freddie batter a record number of sixes. Well, we can dream. But in the meantime, how can you get in the mood? Check out our pick of …

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Sted-E-Man robot kit

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Well, walking around your living room, anyway. I found Sted-E-Man on a specialist robot website, so you might need to be a bit techy to assemble him – although they do promise you won’t need to do any soldering. He’s a bipedal robot walker, who can turn through 45 degrees in a single turn, meaning he won’t be pulling clunky …

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Roberts RD-50 DAB radio

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Roberts are currently streets ahead of all the other DAB radio boys. With innovate and great design and superb features, you’d be hard pressed to find better. Their site is full of great digital radios, but for me, this is the pick of the bunch. It’s got the catchy name of RD-50 DAB Digital Radio Features include a preset button …

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Hero of the day: Bobby Robson

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Name Bobby Robson Job Everyone’s fave Grandpa and football guru. Special Powers Getting players names wrong (Andy Shearer anyone?) and being a superb manager. He said "We’re taking 22 players to Italy, sorry, to Spain… where are we, Jim?" -On whether Paul Gascoigne should have gone to the 1998 World Cup." They said "Few managers can claim to have the …

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Doughnut radio

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This odd looking thing is, believe it or not, a radio. This great little design is the doughnut-shaped FM radio, and has a fun, uncluttered design and is easy to transport… and better still, a doddle to use. All you need to do when tuning this rascal in is simply rotate the outer ring and twist the inner ring to …

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Tivoli DAB radio

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In terms of Xmas presents, you’re on safe ground with a DAB radio. You’re on even safer ground with this gorgeous walnut-clad Tivoli model, which looks pleasingly retro but with all the benefits of digital radio. It also got an alarm clock with adjustable snooze, so it’s perfect for your bedroom. There are cheaper models around, but in terms of …

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VHS is dead

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And who better to hammer the final nail into its coffin than entertainment bible Variety Magazine, which has published an official announcement of the death of the VHS format. "After a long illness, the groundbreaking home-entertainment format VHS has died of natural causes in the United States," it writes. "No services are planned. The format had been expected to survive …

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Strandbeests

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I know that’s quite a boast, but wait till you see them in action. Artist Theo Jansen uses plastic yellow tubes to make "skeletons which are able to walk on the wind". He’s working towards the point where he can create whole herds of them to live on beaches, strutting round looking impressive (while kicking sand in the face of …

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Inflatable Xmas Santa costume

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Ho ho ho. I’ve spent the whole of 2006 drinking cider and munching pasties, yet I’m still not (quite) portly enough to make a convincing Santa. Thankfully, this doesn’t matter. BoysStuff are selling an inflatable Santa suit, which pumps you up to a sled-busting fatty capable of bringing joy to the world. It’s 100% polyester, and is inflated using a …

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Hero of the day: John Peel

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Name John Robert Parker Ravenscroft OBE  aka John Peel Job The most important DJ of all time. Special Powers Unswerving sense of what is musically right and dead pan humour. He said On his compering debut on TOTP: "In case you’re wondering who this funny old bloke is, I’m the one who comes on Radio 1 late at night and …

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Crap Trumps > Top Trumps

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The Top Trumps revival is seemingly still going strong, although I’ve seen some space-hoppers being sold in some high-street shops, so maybe they’re about to usurp its ‘ironic retro-toy du jour’ title. Anyway, Firebox is thinking a bit more imaginatively, and is selling Crap Trumps. Like Top Trumps, but featuring "shoddy, uninspiring tat". The first pack focuses on rubbish cars …

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