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Nikon D40

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 […]...More

Clothing

American Apparel deluxe gift bag

What better to get the man in your life (especially if that man is you) than a gift bag that actually contains stuff that you might use? This pack contains three classic t-shirts (one grey and two black), a pair of retro, calf-high sports socks, a wallet and a black/grey nylon sports bag. You get […]...More

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Five cracking cricket games

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? […]...More

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Sted-E-Man robot kit

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 […]...More

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Review: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, for Nintendo Wii

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a Nintendo Wii before Christmas (Amazon UK sold out its Day One allocation in just seven minutes), then one of your first game purchases has to be The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which will be released on December 8th. IGN’s recent review of the game […]...More

Entertainment

Five great pop music books

1 AMERICAN HAIR METAL An awesome photographic tribute to the 1980s glam rock phenomenon, featuring hundreds of pics of rubbish (let’s be honest here) American bands like Poison, Motley Crue and Skid Row. Big, bad hair at its biggest and baddest. A great stocking filler. BUY IT...More

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Roberts RD-50 DAB radio

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 […]...More

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Hero of the day: Bobby Robson

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 ...More

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Doughnut radio

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 […]...More

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Tivoli DAB radio

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 […...More

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VHS is dead

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. ...More

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Strandbeests

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 […]...More

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Inflatable Xmas Santa costume

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,...More

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Hero of the day: John Peel

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 […]...More

Luggage, Luggage & Travel

Blue-sky umbrella

Why is it that men’s umbrellas are usually sober affairs? Women get all kinds of weird designs (some quite tasteful) whereas us blokes end up with something black, or worse still, a golf brolly. Well, designer Tibor Kalman has come up with a novel way of putting the design into gent’s umbrellas. Inside this brolly […]...More


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