Lyle’s Golden Syrup is Britain’s oldest brand

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Lyle’s Golden Syrup has been named as Britain’s oldest brand. Its distinctive green and gold packaging has remained virtually unchanged since 1885. I certainly remember growing up with a tin of Lyle’s perpetually sat in the kitchen cupboard. I think my mum used it as a key ingredient in her cake-baking. If you’re wondering why each tin of Lyle’s features …

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Carlsberg’s Draughtmaster can turn your home into a pub

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Forget canned or bottled lager. Tech Digest has a story on Carlsberg’s new Draughtmaster, a gadget which lets you pull your own draught pints (of Carlsberg Export, naturally) in the comfort of your own home. Finally, a kitchen gadget that men will actually use – think of all those smoothie-blenders and breadmakers rusting in the corner. Is it a sign …

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Audi unveils stunning new R8

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The Paris Motor Show is in full swing, so there’s a flood of new car stories hitting the wires. Audi, for example, has taken the wraps off its 2007 R8 production model. According to TechEBlog, it has a 414hp V8 engine, all-wheel drive, standard xenon headlamps surrounded by an LED cluster (this sounds cool), and will sell for around $100,000. …

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Caple WCi46B high-tech wine cellar

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The times are long gone when a wine cellar meant a damp basement where you keep the Blue Nun until the next family party. Nowadays, wine cellars are high-tech appliances in their own right. Take Caple’s WCi46B, which sounds like a robot rejected from Star Wars, but looks like a fridge-full of grape-based goodness. It’s got three and a half …

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LINKS LINKS AND MORE LINKS, ALL 100% FRESH

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Record-breaking driver clocks up four million kilometres in his 1966 Volvo P1800. Holy moly, that’s a heck of a lot of trips to the supermarket. [Yahoo]Ladies, tempted to sunbathe topless on your roof? Google Earth recommends otherwise… [Sydney Morning Herald]Metrosexuals and Shiny Shiny readers rejoice! Sony launches colour-coordinated range of VAIO laptops, complete with matching designer bags. [Tech Digest]New tech …

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TOP 5 BEDSIDE LAMPS. BECAUSE BEDSIDE LAMPS CAN BE COOL TOO

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5 JELLEPISH MOOD LAMPThe mesmerising Moodlamp is a lava lamp for the 21st century, and what could be better (you don’t have to answer that)? It uses processor-controlled digital LED technology to glow through a range of different colours, in a variety of settings to suit your mood. There is even a ‘pearlescent’ setting, if you want to use it …

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THE NEW YORK SUBWAY SMELLS MAP

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Gawker, New York’s premier gossip site, has created a version of the New York subway map based on the vast array of smells – both nasty and nice (mostly nasty though) – to be found in the city’s underground network. They asked readers to submit entries and have created a novel ‘smells map’, which you can check out here. I’d …

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WILL MOBILE PHONE WEB ADDRESSES KICK START A NEW REVOLUTION?

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You, the general public, can now register websites ending with .mobi (or dotmobi) as the backers of the mobile net – a bunch of heavweight brands, including Google, Nokia, Vodafone and Microsoft – battle to counter consumer apathy. Only one in 10 mobile owners use their handsets to surf the web due to concerns over cost, connection speed and compromised …

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TOP 5 COOL EBAY AUCTIONS

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5 IAN WOOSNAM’S RYDER CUP GOLF BAGCelebrate the European team’s heroic stuffing of Tiger Woods and chums by bidding on this golf bag used by captain Ian Woosnam back in 1983’s Ryder Cup (when, er, the Americans won). The bag’s a bit battered – I’m imagining Woosie giving it a good kicking when the European team lost – but for …

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: GREEN DAY JOIN THE SIMS

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Who needs to play actual gigs or make real videos nowadays? If you’re a globally-famous muso, you can go virtual and save yourself the bother. Virtual world Second Life has already attracted the likes of Duran Duran and rapper Chamillionaire, while The Sims 2 has players making their own music videos featuring virtual versions of their favourite bands. Click below …

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PHONES 2 GO: MOBILE VENDING MACHINES ON THE WAY

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Fancy a swanky new phone, but don’t want to brave the slick-haired wideboys in your local mobile retailer? Help will soon be at hand courtesy of Motorola, which has unveiled a self-service vending machine selling mobiles, Bluetooth headsets, car chargers and other accessories. So far, two of the ‘INSTANTMOTO’ machines have been installed, in San Francisco International Airport and Macy’s …

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TODAY’S LINKS ARE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTER ‘B’

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Toyota develops jumping robot leg (pictured). Apocalyptic Terminator scenario now nearer than ever. [Robot Gossip]Woman knits life-sized English garden. True story. [Craft]Top ten must-have gadgets for students. [Cnet UK]Sony cuts Japanese cost of PS3 by 20%. No discount for us Europeans though. Bah. [BBC]US geeks would like to know, just how random is the iPod Shuffle? [Wall Street Journal]

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Cocaine, the cool new energy drink

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Cocaine! It’s the energy drink advertising executives, journalists and c-list celebrities have been waiting for. Cocaine is being billed as a ‘legal alternative’ to the class A drug, using a massive hit of caffeine instead of cocaine. The drink’s inventor, Jamie Kirby, said: ‘It’s an energy drink, and it’s a fun name. As soon as people look at the can, …

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