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Lyle’s Golden Syrup is Britain’s oldest brand

By ShinyMedia on September 29th, 2006

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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 the image of a lion with bees and the quote ‘Out of the strong came forth sweetness’, then Lyle’s website gives the answer: ‘Abram Lyle had strong religious beliefs, which is why the Lyle’s Golden
Syrup trademark depicts a quotation from the Bible. In the Old
Testament (Book of Judges 14:14) Samson was travelling to the land of
the Philistines in search of a wife. During the journey he killed a
lion, and on his return past the same spot he noticed that a swarm of
bees had formed a comb of honey in the carcass.  Samson later turned
this into a riddle: ‘Out of the eater came forth meat and out of the
strong came forth sweetness’. So now you know.



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Carlsberg’s Draughtmaster can turn your home into a pub

By admin on September 28th, 2006

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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 that social drinking is increasingly taking place in the home though? I’d love to concoct some kind of high-minded theory that samey chain pubs are driving people to drink at home, and that the lager firms are eagerly following them there with gadgets like this. But that might just be me getting old and crotchety.

Either way, the Draughtmaster is an intruiging gadget, particularly when Carlsberg start offering kegs of their other drinks for you to pull through it. How long till someone invents a version for cider though?



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Audi unveils stunning new R8

By admin on September 28th, 2006

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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. Main thing is… well, just look at it. Damn, that’s one cool-looking set of wheels.



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Caple WCi46B high-tech wine cellar

By admin on September 28th, 2006

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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 shelves for red wine, and two shelves for white wine – with the two areas separated so you can keep a different temperature in each. It can hold 30 bottles of red and 16 bottles of white, although be warned, if you’re prepared to invest around £500 in this kind of appliance, you’ll have to start setting your sights higher than what’s on offer for under four quid in Sainsbury’s…



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LINKS LINKS AND MORE LINKS, ALL 100% FRESH

By ShinyMedia on September 27th, 2006

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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 allows you to send ‘ephemeral’ emails that can’t be traced, archived or recorded. Excelleeent, Smithers. Time to dig out my old boss’s email address. [Cnet]
Family file lawsuit against makers of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, claiming it contributed to three murders by a teenage boy. [Abc]



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

By ShinyMedia on September 27th, 2006

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5 JELLEPISH MOOD LAMP

The 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 as a more traditional lamp. Once it’s perched on your bedside table, it really is hard not to stare at it for hours (well, minutes), hypnotised. The lamp also comes with its own remote control, which means you can remove the acrylic base and mount it on your bedroom wall. BUY IT

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THE NEW YORK SUBWAY SMELLS MAP

By ShinyMedia on September 27th, 2006

Picture_1_231Gawker, 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 suggest that we get one going for London’s Tube, but for the fact that every other entry would read ‘piss’. If the Tube does smell of ‘perfumes’ and ‘food’ and ‘alcohol’ then these odours can’t cut through the overwhelming stench of urine that pervades our capital’s underground system.



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WILL MOBILE PHONE WEB ADDRESSES KICK START A NEW REVOLUTION?

By ShinyMedia on September 26th, 2006

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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 content (lot of Cs there). I’m one of those 90% of people who never access the web via their mobiles, and for those very reasons. My latop delivers the internet as it should be; mobiles offer a half-baked version at slow speeds.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY 2: THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT BOOT LOOTER

By ShinyMedia on September 26th, 2006

I’ve never played the scarily popular World of Warcraft (BUY IT) so I don’t fully understand what’s going on here. What I do understand is this: three guys kill a wolf because they like its boots (why would a wolf wear boots?), having previously agreed to role a dice (or the World of Warcraft equivalent) to see who gets to keep said boots. One of the players then cheats the other two out of the boots using a spell, or somesuch. To say that the two bootless players are not happy is an understatement. This is the funniest thing you’ll see today…



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PEUGEOT UNVEILS ITS 908RC CONCEPT CAR

By admin on September 26th, 2006

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Speaking as someone who’s neither involved in the motoring industry nor a petrolhead, I don’t get the fuss about most concept cars. In my head, a concept car should:

a) Be wildly unrealisable for at least the next ten years.
b) Look completely different to anything else on the roads.
c) Be able to fly.

So when something like the Peugeot 908RC concept car comes along, it leaves me a bit cold. Is ‘torque in excess of 845 lb-ft’ something to boast about? Is its V-12 engine’s included angle of 100 degrees really ‘astoundingly wide’? Okay, so the fact that the the middle-rear-mounted engine means the boot can be extra large is quite cool, but does the ability to squeeze in more suitcases / shopping / terrified kidnappees really make it a concept car?

Of course, if Peugeot were to include bullet-proof wheels or stick some wings on it, and set a launch date of 2025, I might change my mind…

(via Automobile)



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TOP 5 COOL EBAY AUCTIONS

By admin on September 26th, 2006

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5 IAN WOOSNAM’S RYDER CUP GOLF BAG

Celebrate 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 £750 I’m sure there’s some golfing fans out there who’d give it a good home. More Info

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: GREEN DAY JOIN THE SIMS

By admin on September 26th, 2006

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 for a glimpse at Green Day making a splash in Sims 2 to a suitably appreciative crowd.



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MYDEATHSPACE, THE OBITUARY SITE FOR EX-MYSPACE MEMBERS

By ShinyMedia on September 25th, 2006

Picture_1_229MyDeathSpace.com started in the summer of 2005 as a simple message board that tracked the deaths of MySpace members. This morbid, yet touching site has grown since then to become a website of substance – it’s not as big as MySpace, naturally, but it’s on the up. That may not be a good thing, of course. What struck me most about this unusual site was how young so many of the deceased are – the oldest victim currently on the ‘latest deaths’ page is just 26.

There is even MyDeathSpace merchandise, available to buy through the site, including MDS wristbands (death is the new black, it seems) and button badges.



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APPLE’S REVAMPED iPOD HITS THE SPOT

By admin on September 25th, 2006

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It’s always hard resisting the urge to whip out my wallet whenever Apple announce another slinky new product, but this month’s iPod launch defeated me. The downside: I can’t afford to eat for the next two weeks. The upside: I have a brand spanking new 80GB iPod to play with. As long as I don’t end up gnawing on the screen with starvation, I’m happy with that.

The 80GB hard drive is one of the biggest selling points, particularly given Apple’s simultaneous launch – in the US at least – of downloadable movies. I’d already run out of space on my battered old 30GB iPod, and that just held tunes, so Apple’s done a sensible thing upping the storage space at the top end of its new range.

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CHUCK OUT YOUR RAZR: THE WORLD’S SMALLEST MOBILE IS HERE

By admin on September 25th, 2006

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Having already covered Motorola’s mobile-phone vending machine today, here’s a handset that looks like it should be on sale next to M&M’s and cans of Apple Tango. It’s called the Xun Chi 138, it’s only available in China, and it’s the smallest phone in the world.

It’s 67mm long and weighs just 55g, yet still manages to pack in a 260,000-colour screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and 138MB of built-in memory. There’s not a keypad, but has a touch-screen, a baby stylus, and supports handwriting recognition. As long as the handwriting is Chinese, obviously. Oh, and it’s pink. It might not be manly, but it deserves praise for squeezing so many good things into such a small package.




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