And Design Nekko single-flower vase

The Nekko Single Flower Vase is brought to you by Japanese lifestyle/interior design company And Design. It featuring a very simple, modern design of a plant’s root as a flower pot. Perfect if you’re so tight that you never buy flowers in bunches. It’s made of high quality plastic and available in a range of attractive colours: black, green, violet, …

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John Lennon sunglasses up for auction

John Lennon’s iconic blue sunglasses are being auctioned off next month and are expected to reach $6,000. It is part of charity event Icons of Music organised by U2 guitarist The Edge to replace instruments lost in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Fans can bid online on April 21st or in person at New York’s Hard Rock Café …

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IsabelleJohn Lennon sunglasses up for auction

Gigposters for your wall

If you’ve still got posters of Rocky, Star Wars, and Nirvana on your wall maybe it’s time to update your surroundings. Gig Posters have got hundreds of different bands posters so you’re guaranteed to find one you like. All the posters are print of high-quality screen and are so well designed you’ll never want to go back to your scruffy …

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Can you solve the fiendishly difficult Isis puzzle?

As seen on Dragon’s Den, the Isis adventure puzzle is like a Rubik’s Cube crossed with a Treasure Hunt/Da Vinci Code-style game. If you can solve the puzzle and open the globe, then you will be rewarded with a uniquely coded key that unlocks one of several golden pyramids hidden throughout the UK. These pyramids each contain silver and gold …

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ShinyMediaCan you solve the fiendishly difficult Isis puzzle?

Space Age retro alarm clock

This cool retro alarm clock can be yours for just £6.95, an absolute steal. As well as telling the time, it also tells you what day of the month it is, perfect for when you wake up hungover and unsure if it’s a weekday (time to get up) or the weekend (lie in for hours). Available from dotcomgiftshop. BUY IT …

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Style Icon: Simon Amstell

Simon Amstell is a bit of a hero of mine, obviously he doesn’t have a long history of sartorial excellence but he’s a pretty good dresser and funny to boot. I used to drag myself out of bed on 9.30 on a Sunday, brew up some coffee and watch him and Miquita Oliver terrorise talentless singers on Popworld. Now he’s …

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Sixties-style retro cube shelves

These wooden shelving cubes, in retro white, wouldn’t look out of place on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Neither would they look out of place in your living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Put stuff in ‘em or on ‘em, or simply use them as groovy (did I just say that?) sculptures. They’re awfully versatile. Spotted on Retro …

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Thanko gold ingot USB hub

The new heavy-duty ‘Gold Ingot’ USB hub from Thanko features eight USB2.0 ports for faster and better connections to PC or Mac. It also lights up when the USB is connected to the hub. The hub adopts 2 power sources: USB and AC adapter. Available in gold, gold and, er, gold. Available exclusively via Audiocubes. BUY IT

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Come in! Go away! The best doormat ever…

Oh this is good. Very good indeed. This might just be the greatest doormat ever. Obviously, there isn’t much I can say about a doormat, apart from the fact that this says ‘COME IN!’ when your guests arrive… and tells them to ‘GO AWAY!’ when they leave. Go on… turn your head upside down… I’m not fibbing. Alternatively, you could …

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mofgimmersCome in! Go away! The best doormat ever…

Optimus Prime Transformers toy, by Hasbro

Transformers are back in a big way, thanks mainly to this summer’s release of a live-action Transformers movie (and those funky Citroen ads), directed by Michael ‘Bad Boys’ Bay, Hollywood’s king of the action blockbuster. Click below to see the first teaser trailer. Anyway, this Optimus Prime model stands a foot tall and transforms into a truck with relative ease. …

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Bookmark of the day: iPhonic, your one-stop Apple iPhone blog

Shiny Media, esteemed publishers of this very site (and many others that you should have in your bookmark list), have just launched iPhonic, a rather fine blog dedicated to Apple’s rather fine iPhone. So if you’re after features, hot news, rumours and other tasty iPhone-related morsels, then iPhonic is definitely the site you’ve been looking for. iPhonic, uPhonic, we all …

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ShinyMediaBookmark of the day: iPhonic, your one-stop Apple iPhone blog

Let’s Rock candle

This Let’s Rock candle is truly the Ozzy Osbourne of candles. Or the Motorhead of candles. Or the Iron Maiden of candles. Or the Whitesnake of candles. Or… well, you get the picture – it’s a candle for rock gods, and also you. It comes in a range of bright colours, including black, black and, er, black. Henry Ford would …

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R2-D2 Pedal Bin

Star Wars, as we all know, is the king of merchandising. Quite a lot of it is complete tat aimed at 10 year olds… but occassionally, you get a diamond amongst the rough. This particular gem comes in the form of a pedal bin shaped like R2-D2. The Artoo bin is made by Japanese company Heart, but is being imported …

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Lost ‘Hurley’ action figure

We love the concept of a Hurley ‘action’ figure. Look at him: he’s the ultimate anti-action hero. You can also buy figures of square-jawed Jack, sexy Kate, druggy Charlie, and crazy Locke – but Hurley is definitely our favourite. Available from Gamestation for £12.99.  BUY IT Btw, if you don’t watch Lost, this post will mean less than nothing to …

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Hug salt & pepper shaker

Q: How cute is this ‘Hug’ salt & pepper set? A: Very very cute indeed. In fact, it’s probably the cutest salt & pepper set we’ve ever seen, and that’s saying something, because we’ve seen a lot of cute salt & pepper sets in our time (not really). So what else can we tell you about it? Well, each pot …

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Samsung X830 Mobile Phone

Mobile phones are getting slicker by the second. Now you can have super suave design with all the hi-tech wizardy as well. It’s called having your cake and scoffing it down in one. Well, one of the coolest phones on the market is the Samsung X830, going for $335. Available in black, orange, white and pink, the tri-band GSM phone …

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Gaggia 74886 Deluxe Espresso & Capuccino maker

Gaggia coffee machines sell so well because they prize function over form – which is great, because making a cup of coffee is essentially a functional process. They’re pretty basic machines at heart, easy to use and they last forever. This model does both a mean espresso and a delicious capaccino, or, as old people like to call them, ‘expresso’ …

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ShinyMediaGaggia 74886 Deluxe Espresso & Capuccino maker

8-ball ashtray

It costs loads, it stinks up your clothes and it can kill you. Yes, smoking is very, very bad in so many different ways – can you tell that Brandish is now a reformed, self-righteous non-smoker? – but if you have to do it, at least use a stylish ashtray, rather than a mug or silver-foil Mr Kipling tray. This …

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Urban Outfitters python hip flask

Every man needs a good hip flask in his arsenal. Anything that is specifically designed to hold booze and slips neatly into your coat pocket is bloody essential. However, most hip flasks are essentially quite dull to look at. Not this faux-python-skin model though. It’s the sort of hip flask Indiana Jones might pack, next to his bullwhip – although …

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Giant Anthem Zero pro mountain bike

At £2,999, the Anthem Zero, by Giant, is what we would consider a very expensive mountain bike – I mean, you could buy a second-hand BMW for less. We’re not a specialist mountain bike site, so we won’t go into all the specs and stiff. We will say that this is one shit-hot, competition-standard bit of kit, hardly any different …

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