The Daily Dust delivering the best bric a brac, daily news and events with a British flavour » Ewan Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Daily Dust Review: KOPI Gourmet Coffee Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:06:27 +0000 Ewan Today in the Daily Dust office we are reviewing KOPI a new coffee concept  just launched in the UK.

You may be already subscribing to a dvd or book club, with KOPI you can now subscribe to coffee.  A new roast is delivered to the door every month.  It  suits serious coffee gourmets and we are very happy to put it to the test for you.


We received the first coffee pack Guatamala Finca Santa Clara Genuine Antigua very promptly.  Neatly packed with a glossy leaflet to explain in details the provenance and farming background of this unique coffee.  The packet comes clearly labelled and is informative with the name, provenance , strength  and date of the beans.

We used our Italian espresso coffee maker and enjoyed a powerful coffee aroma spreading across the office.  The taste was intense without being too heavy, a very distinctive taste that places this coffee above any  fine range available in the main stream shops.



We liked the concept of Kopi, the discovery of new coffees on monthly basis is appealing and would make an ideal and original gourmet present.  We especially liked putting the coffee on the map and would like to see that part developed further with  links to youtube videos of the areas where the coffee originates from.

So it’s with fairness that we will give KOPI a whole 8 Dusts out of 10

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Once upon a time, Top Gear was a bit slower Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:27:01 +0000 Ewan Still had The Allman Brothers playing Jessica though.

Filed away in the drawer marked "how have TV styles changed" let’s take the darling presenter of the BBC, put his best mate in a high powered Dragster, and have a token female no-one remembers introducing a filmed piece.

Top Gear. 1979. Let’s rock!

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Great versions of theme tunes in the wrong place Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:11:59 +0000 Ewan Number four, the Thunderbirds theme tune as played by the Royal Marines Band.

I’m sure in the film it made sense, but removed from context it’s wonderful, hilarious, and a bit freaky.

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Only Apple can save Europe now Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:06:10 +0000 Ewan If the continent needs a do-over for money, lets ask Steve Jobs nicely.

Tucked away in the wonderful Things Apple Is Worth More Than Tumblr site is this lovely statistic from Reuters:

Earlier on Friday the DJ STOXX euro zone banks index fell 4 percent, valuing its 32 members at $340 billion. In contrast, Apple’s market capitalization has soared to $340 billion on the back of the success of innovative technology products like iPods, iPhones and iPads.

So the 32 banks that control the European currency could start again if Apple were to "see them good". Throw in a balanced budget proposal in each National Government and you’ve solved the problem.

Okay, we’d never be able to run a Windows 8 device on the continent, but that seems a fair exchange, doesn’t it?

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Aaaayyy-BE for the Fonz Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:25:03 +0000 Ewan

Actor Henry Winkler picks up honorary award for services to dyslexia.

Having been diagnosed as suffering from dyslexia, Henry Winkler, better known as The Fonz from Happy Days, has done his best to help people understand the condition and helping them cope.

"My goal when I started working with children was never to bring accolades on myself, but instead to change how people think about those around them for whom learning is a struggle.

That’s now been rewarded, with an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II.

Picking up his Order of the British Empire medal from the British Embassy in Washington DC, Winkler, 65, may have been thinking he could add the OBE to his two Golden Globes and three Primetime Emmys’s. Or he was thinking when the Queen as going to jump the shark.

More at The Guardian.

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Oh Louise, I’ve got the giggles Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:18:49 +0000 Ewan A live newspaper review, a bit of schoolboy humour, and the giggles attack Sky News.

And who should you blame? The host for staying with some comedy gold? The commentators for egging each other on? Or the Chancellor of the Exchequeor, George Osbourne, or having his safe word as … Louise?

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Doris Day makes UK Chart History Mon, 12 Sep 2011 07:50:48 +0000 Ewan Pop this one in your pub quiz folder, Day becomes the oldest artist to go into the Top Ten with new material.

That new material is the kicker, because anyone can throw out a Greatest Hits collection and make the hit parade (we’re looking at you, Dame Vera Lynn), but doing it with new songs, at the age of 87, that takes a certain amount of style.

Let’s be honest, Day has style.

Expect a US release in the run up to Christmas, and if Dave can find a gap between episodes of Qi and Top Gear, a re-run of Move over Darling as a Sunday matinee.

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Red or Black was turned down in 2003… by ITV Fri, 09 Sep 2011 11:18:27 +0000 Ewan If you’ve ever wanted evidence that ITV has been "dumbed down" on a Saturday night look no further than Red or Black? And by Red or Black we mean the Brian Conley version.

Filmed eight years ago, the initial pilot starred Conley, who was licking his wounds after the poor performance of ITV’s "Judgement Day." That lasted just two Saturday nights before it as cut short.

So it looks like Red or Black is at least going to equal that – but at the time it wasn’t going to get near the schedule. ITV Controller Claudia Rosencrantz talking last week about the pilot:

I didn’t believe people would like to see someone win a vast sum of money, with no skills at all involved. Second, gambling is not a spectator sport, you get an adrenaline rush from participating in it.

"I also did not like the idea of a show about gambling, which I personally loathe. If [the ITV chairman] had asked my advice I would have saved him a lot of money."

The big difference? Well Ant & Dec are the modern day Conley, so we can only assume it’s down to Simon Cowell’s charm.

More at The Guardian.

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I sense an impending call from The Force Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:38:45 +0000 Ewan It must be a tough year for the Empire as "Darth Vader" jailed for robbery.

If you’re going to rob a petrol station, you need a disguise. Francis Anderson thought he had one… a Darth Vader mask.

It was as effective as the shielding around the Death Star’s thermal port, mind you, as he’s just been sent down for armed robbery for five and a half years.

Any last words from the accused to the Judge? Oh yes… "Thank you my lord for nothing."

More at STV.

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Who wants to buy the Pink Panthermobile? Wed, 07 Sep 2011 12:49:03 +0000 Ewan The original car from the animated TV series (you know, the one with the kid driving) is going under the hammer next month.

Expected to sell for up to £100,000, this is only the second time the car has come up for sale – and the previous time was purchased for £88,000. What will it go for this time?

Hat tip to Orange.

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The Burning of the Daleks Wed, 07 Sep 2011 08:15:00 +0000 Ewan It’s a Dalek. In the desert. At Burning Man… alons-y!

Quite simply, this rules. I bet they wanted to start the fire as well.

Congrats to Mark Day.

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Where are all the characters in Jane Austin’s novels? Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:14:05 +0000 Ewan What happens when you take the works of Jane Austin, and start analysing the text for the characters showing up?

That’s what Matthew Hurst has done, taking some of Austin’s greatest novels and analysing where the paragraphs occur with the major characters mentioned. It’s a wonderful way to see the arcs of someone like Wiloughby in Sense and Sensibility.

Now, which books should be attacked next? May we here at T’Dust suggest the Harry Potter series?

More Austin at Data Mining.

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Only three months left to paint the Forth Bridge Tue, 06 Sep 2011 08:15:33 +0000 Ewan The never-ending painting job is about to end.

Thanks to a new formula of paint, the age old myth of the never ending painters working on the Forth Bridge is going to end in December, announce Network Rail.

Keeping the metal bridge shielded from the elements has traditionally meant constantly reapplying the paintwork, but a new three layer coating means that the workers can take a break in December and enjoy Christmas at home. With the new pain coating started ten years ago likely to be good for 25 years, it’s the first break of more than a few months since the bridge was opened in 1890.

Put your feet up lads, you’ve earned it. Either that or nip round to my stairs if you need a new job.

Picture by Nick Hubbard, Flickr.

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Who’s paying the bills anyway? Mon, 05 Sep 2011 09:02:28 +0000 Ewan How about every "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" on demand to start your week?

No we’ve no idea how legal this is, but it’s Monday morning so we’re not going to complain until we get a few laughs and some coffee in us. Can I recommend you start with this UK Season 5 episode with the classic line up of Greg Proops, Ryan Stiles, Mike McShane and Josie Lawrence?

But be quick, the lawyers doing their best impression of Clive Anderson will likely swoop in shortly, although Tony Slattery will have no idea why they are at his party.

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Don’t Stop Google Now on Freddie’s birthday Mon, 05 Sep 2011 08:53:09 +0000 Ewan What would have been the 65th birthday of Freddie Mercury gets the ultimate birthday card. A Google Doodle.

Yes it’s going to be all over the internet soon, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping Queen alive.

Doodler Jennifer Hom was the brains behind the elaborate doodle, which was a team effort. She and other illustrators spent about three months putting the whole thing together. They even studied a bunch of old Queen albums and videos to pick out visual cues… "Considering how colourful Freddie’s career was, we wanted to create a doodle that was just as colourful," said Hom, who tried to squeeze in as many humorous and respectful references that she could.

More on the Doodle at NBC Bay Area.

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Some Friday fun with The Beatles and The Muppets Fri, 02 Sep 2011 08:36:05 +0000 Ewan You want happy "here’s the weekend" music? How about a collection of Beatles songs the Muppets covered.

All my favourites are in there, including Floyd’s cover of George Harrison, She Loves You and  the infamous Letter B song. Had over to Top Hat Sasquatch for the old classics, right after the newest version of the theme song.

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The classical version of Angry Birds Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:03:56 +0000 Ewan The London Philharmonic Orchestra play the theme from the popular bird throwing game.

Orchestral Angry Birds (mp3)

We agree with Jon, it is lovely. And here’s Adele’s version as an encore.

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Europe by night Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:51:11 +0000 Ewan Still loving every single picture coming down from the International Space Station, but this one of Europe is worth pointing out to everyone else.

Isn’t it gorgeous? More from NASA’s Earth Observatory, including a higher resolution version.

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The lingering final image of fiction Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:32:43 +0000 Ewan What’s the last thing you’ll take away from the movies?

The Dust team are sure we’ve seen this as a quiz somewhere, but no matter. Monte Patterson brings together the final images of a bundle of movies , just because it’s a cool idea. How many of your favourites are here?

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The month of Capriporn (and eleven others) Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:28:38 +0000 Ewan What if scientists had their own zodiac star signs, even if they didn’t believe that stars can predict Hurricane Irene or the impact of Pippa Middleton?

Dean Burnett decided to set up the stereotypes and dates. I’d end up being Saggywearyus:

Despite your best efforts, you will inevitably end up as the type of scientist that is often regarded as ‘ridiculous stereotype’. If you are male, you’ll start to develop unruly white hair, a ridiculous moustache at some time around your 21st Birthday, and it will get worse from there.

Which is worryingly accurate. What about you?

More at Science Digestive, hat tip to @Giagia

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Scottish Football team win the World Cup Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:58:32 +0000 Ewan 4-3 victory over Mexico in the Homeless World Cup, and Tartan Army victorious.

That’s the simple phrase this Monday morning as the 2011 Homeless World Cup comes to a close, and of the 64 national teams that entered, Scotland have lifted the trophy.

Overcoming Romania (7-0) and Germany (15-2) in the opening games, they faced a nail biter with Poland in the quarter finals, finally winning 9-8. A Semi-final against Kenya (5-3) and the path to the final was open.

Mexico stood in the way of glory, but nothing would stop the boys in blue, and a push to victory

Oh and England? Lost 10-4 to Ireland, Lost 5-4 to Russia (but they did beat Lithuania 9-4).

More at, picture by Esme Deacon (Flickr)

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Previously on Doctor Who… Sat, 27 Aug 2011 11:57:22 +0000 Ewan Before tonight’s return with "Let’s Kill Hitler", take a moment to catch up on the last 48 years of Doctor Who.

The next part is at 19.10 tonight on BBC1.

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Let us keep time for you Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:54:01 +0000 Ewan Congratulations to the the team at the National Physical Laboratory – the United Kingdom officially has the most accurate clock… in the world!

If you were to leave the clock running for 138 million years, it would be out by just one single second. Running a caesium fountain to keep track of the time. With some nifty physics tracking the number of electromagnetic flips the caesium atoms make (which is an exact 9,192,631,770 times in a single perfect second).

With five our clocks in the world, and teams of physicists looking to get even more accuracy, we might not hold the record for long, but it’s a proud day for the NPL team.

More at NPL.

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Back to the Future gets its own warning site Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:33:13 +0000 Ewan It’s a simple question, has Back to the Future been remade yet?

And if you want to know the shockingly accurate answer, visit You can thank us later.

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Fringe review: Barry Cryer, Innit Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:30:52 +0000 Ewan * * * * (4 stars)

With the stage holding a high winged back chair and a small smoking table beside it, some might think that a King was about to appear and hold court. Given the performer is Barry Cryer, the crowd might be on to something.

Cryer’s career is so long that the simple “A to Z” list format used here may have been considered cutting edge during his first Fringe appearance in 1847, but when it is put to such effective use, we’ll let Cryer have a pass.

On offer here is a walk down Memory lane, as Cryer talks about the people who have had an impact on his comedic life, throwing in anecdotes, their favourite jokes, and the occasional comment popping up on screen from the tech crew on how well Barry is doing compared to previous nights.

All of this and the spectacular use of puns and wordplay loved by fans of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” and other appearances.

It’s clear that the building blocks of material used here aren’t original, but in a sense that doesn’t mater, because the war stories are what the audience want. They want to be in the same room, to be entertained, to be charmed, to laugh with the Master. And the old pro delivers.

* * * * (4 stars)

Barry Cryer

Gilded Balloon

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

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