The Daily Dust delivering the best bric a brac, daily news and events with a British flavour » The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 How to make metheglin – it pre-dates wine http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/02/15/how-to-make-metheglin-it-pre-dates-wine/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/02/15/how-to-make-metheglin-it-pre-dates-wine/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:19:28 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=28541 Never heard of it? No neither had we..


Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “How to make metheglin” was written by John Wright, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 15th February 2012 09.30 UTC

Metheglin, which is simply a flavoured mead, pre-dates even wine made from grapes, so it is a pity it has gone out of fashion.

Mead was one of the first drinks I ever tried (owing to a girlfriend who took a worrying interest in Celtic rituals in which mead was apparently an essential ingredient). But beware of asking for it in a pub. I did once, only to be told “I am terribly sorry, Sir, but we don’t serve plonk here”. While mead is still being produced commercially, I can find no one who makes metheglin, so if you want to try this ancient drink you will have to make it yourself.

“Mead” and “metheglin” are basically the same words, coming, according to one source, from the Welsh “meodyglyn”. The only difference is that metheglin is a mead with flavourings added. There are endless old recipes for metheglin; the 17th century “The Closet of Sir Kenelme Digby” lists several dozen with snappy names such as “Sir Baynam Throckmortons’s Mead” and “Mead from the Muscovian Ambassador’s Steward”.

A vast array of flavouring ingredients are used – virtually anything with a strong flavour which isn’t actually poisonous (at least not very poisonous): watercress, fennel, liverwort, marshmallow roots, scurvy grass, cloves, borage, marjoram, ferns, flowers, and so on.

There are many modern recipes which are equally imaginative and it will be necessary to try a few before you find the one you like best (Pattie Vargas and Rich Gulling’s Making Wild Wines and Meads is an excellent source, listing over two dozen).

Last year I made a batch using dried mugwort and a very small quantity of wormwood (both Artemisia species). The flavour was something of an acquired taste, which unfortunately I never managed to acquire. At the same time I made a garden herb version. This is safer while still being local and seasonal.

Of course it is only the hardy perennial herbs that are available in February and a quick expedition out of the back door has found thyme, bay and rosemary. The flavours survive the brewing process fairly intact, but not too strongly. A good drink to have with lamb, of course, and if you find you don’t like it, an excellent thing to use in cooking.

1.4 kilograms of runny honey
4.5 litres water
About two tablespoons of chopped rosemary
One level dessertspoon of thyme leaves
Six bay leaves
Juice and zest of two lemons
Grape tannin – quarter teaspoon
Yeast nutrient – follow instructions on sachet
White wine yeast, one sachet – follow the instructions

Put the water in a large pan on the hob and turn on the heat. Once it is just too hot to touch, pour in the honey and use some of the hot water to wash the remaining honey into the pan. Stir until the honey is dissolved and bring to the boil for ten minutes, skimming off any foam.

Turn off the heat and immediately stir in the herbs, grape tannin, lemon zest and lemon juice. Cover and leave to cool.

Transfer to a sterilised fermenting bucket and add the yeast nutrient and the yeast and cover. Allow to ferment for about three days then pour into a demi-john using some muslin cloth draped into a funnel to get rid of all the bits. The funnel, muslin and demi-john should be scrupulously sterilised. Fit a bubble-trap and leave for two months. Rack-off into a new demi-john and bottle when clear.

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Bird Song Alarm Clock Wakes iPhone Users Naturally http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/02/15/bird-song-alarm-clock-wakes-iphone-users-naturally/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/02/15/bird-song-alarm-clock-wakes-iphone-users-naturally/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=28514 A US company has launched the Bird Song Alarm Clock, bringing a gorgeous collection of colorful high-fidelity bird songs to users’ pockets.

The app, a delight for both birders and everyday users, offers a host of common and exotic bird songs and calls to gently wake users or simply provide daily reminders. Bird Song Alarm Clock contains more than 20 different songs, calls and medleys, including: Robins, Finches, Owls, Warblers and many more.

Bird Song Alarm Clock allows users to select their favorite bird songs or to have the app choose a new bird song at random each time an alarm sounds.

The calming sounds are certain to raise eyebrows, ears and smiles, rather than the buzzes, bleeps and bloops often found in iPhone alarms.

We’ve tried it, and love it.  However, now the snow has gone, we may actually hear birds for real again…!

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The Daily Dust Review: Currys.co.uk http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/02/13/the-daily-dust-review-currys-co-uk/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/02/13/the-daily-dust-review-currys-co-uk/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 15:05:54 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=28061 We’ve been reviewing a lot of products recently and from time to time we are going to be reviewing sites too, based on ease to use and the ability to get a bargain.

In the DD meetings we have we often talk tech, we are all crazy for it, however we all differ on our opinion of where to buy it.  While most supermarkets dabble in tech they fail to offer any real choice and value..we are left with just a handful of decent tech stores in the UK and today, we are looking at Curry’s.

Dave Mussons is a great photographer and is often posting his amazing snaps on the Dust, this gave us our lead, we all have camera’s on our phones, but what if we wanted a compact camera, how good would Curry’s be at selling the low end range of cameras.

 

Narrowing the search has been really well thought out and it is very easy to filter the search by budget, pixels and various options. It took a very short time to find a camera that fitted our criteria – which was a present for our nephew of just 8 years old.

Very quickly we found the spongebob camera and found some nice links to reviews.  The one thing missing was whether this camera had a memory card or not, but given the price, just £14.99, it probably wouldn’t break the bank if it did.

The whole process took just ten clicks from arrival to checkout, very very good, plus registering new account was simple.

So would we recommend Curry’s for electrical/digital purchases?  Absolutely with no hesitation, the search experience is very browser friendly and the site very clearly laid out.  We’d recommend you shop around though, because you never know what bargains you may find lurking at the bottom of the sea..  You can go grab your own spongebob or best compact camera in terms of price and quality on Currys.co.uk.

 

We are happy to reward Curry’s with 8 Dusts out 10.

 

 

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Got The Back To Work Blues? Grab A New App http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/01/03/got-the-back-to-work-blues-grab-a-new-app/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/01/03/got-the-back-to-work-blues-grab-a-new-app/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 18:09:09 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=27539 Here we have a nice list of new Apps ready to take away the back to work blues..



Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Apps Rush: 7digital, Band Boss, Metro, Desksplorers Knights, Psonar, Skitch and more” was written by Stuart Dredge, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 11.47 UTC

7digital+

Digital music store 7digital’s app has been popular on BlackBerry and Android, but after languishing in Apple’s approval process for a while, it’s now available for iPhone too. The app enables 7digital customers to wirelessly sync MP3s bought from the store to their iPhone for offline listening, making it a bona-fide iTunes rival on the device.
iPhone

Band Boss

Managing bands? There’s an iPhone game for that, developed here in the UK. Band Boss has you managing a pixelly artist or group with tours, albums and singles. It has plenty of charm, including real artists to manage (virtually).
iPhone

Metro

Free newspaper Metro extends onto Windows Phone with this new app from Associated Newspapers, joining the versions already available on rival platforms.
Windows Phone

Desksplorers Knights

The latest app in the educational game series for 6-9 year-olds, this focuses on the Middle Ages with animation, games and storytelling.
iPhone / iPad

Psonar

Cloud music service Psonar wants to do for streaming music what pay-as-you-go did for mobile telephony: open it up to a cash-strapped teenage audience. Users pay 1p for every song that they play through a system of virtual credits.
iPhone

Skitch for iPad

Evernote’s Skitch app gets upsized for iPad, enabling people to annotate photos, screenshots, maps and other images on their tablet.
iPad

When Saturday Comes

Independent football magazine When Saturday Comes has joined the App Store Newsstand, with an iOS app selling monthly and annual subscriptions to a digitised version.
iPhone / iPad

Flick Golf Extreme

The Extreme version of Full Fat’s Flick Golf game was a hit on iOS, but has quickly been ported to Android too. Flick golf balls through a variety of unusual courses, from icebergs to fighter jets.
Android

Spider Jack

Chillingo’s Spider Jack has been a casual hit on other platforms, but now it’s spun onto Windows Phone. The gameplay, as ever, focuses on a spider catching flies.
Windows Phone

Spy Mouse

Another iOS hit making its way to Android is Spy Mouse, which is the work of Real Racing / Flight Control developer Firemint. Avoid cats and steal cheese in this line-drawing puzzler.
Android

Mass Effect Volume 1: Redemption

Dark Horse Comics has released a new digital comic based on the Mass Effect console games, telling a story that sits between the two games, filling in the plot.
iPhone / iPad

GymPact

GymPact wants to help people get fit in 2012 by providing financial incentives: if they don’t check-in at their gym when they said they would, they pay – while good users get rewarded. There’s a fish’n'chip shop next to my gym, I’m not sure how it would tell the difference… Dollar signs indicate a US focus.
iPhone

National Geographic Traveler Magazine

National Geographic has taken its travelling magazine to iPad, with annual and monthly subscriptions as well as one-off issue sales.
iPad

Paramount100

Movie studio Paramount Pictures is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a free iPad app. Photos, film clips and music scores are all included.
iPad

N.O.V.A. for BBM

Here’s an intriguing combination: Gameloft’s first-person shooter N.O.V.A. meets RIM’s BBM messaging service. We assume the idea will be to help people deathmatch against their chat-contacts.
BlackBerry

Mike V: Skateboard Party HD

Billing itself as “The only 3D skateboarding game available on the Android Platform”, this aims to go where Tony Hawk grinded and ollied before, based on skateboarder Mike Vallely.
Android

Fluff Friends Rescue

Mobile/social games company SGN has a new iOS game based on its Fluff Friends franchise, aiming at younger gamers with its pet-rescuing action. Yes, parents, in-app purchases are included.
iPhone / iPad

Trudie Styler’s Warrior Yoga

Not just Yoga workouts. There are songs from Sting too. And it’s filmed at the couple’s Tuscan villa.
iPhone / iPad

Inclusive London

The Inclusive London app helps people with accessibility needs find hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops and other locations. Criteria include wheelchair friendliness, baby changing facilities and hearing loops.
iPhone

OWN Second Screen

This app is understandably US-focused: it provides “exclusive content” on the iPad while people are watching the Oprah Winfrey Network TV channel. It uses the Media-Sync platform developed by Nielsen and Gracenote, which has previously been used for second-screen apps by ABC.
iPad

Driving Eco2

This is intriguing, from car-maker Renault. It’s described as “a widget in order to help Renault cars drivers to minimize the fuel consumption of their cars”. It requires specific hardware plugged into the vehicle, though, to transmit data from the engine to the iPhone.
iPhone

Electric Sheep Infinite Evolving Artwork

Software artist Scott Draves is behind this iPad app, which is a “collaborative abstract artwork”. The listing explains: “You can vote to determine which sheep, or designs live, die, and perpetuate their genes as you participate in their world-wide Darwinian evolution. This app navigates this nonlinear video space.”
iPad

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Downton Abbey beats EastEnders to festive top spot in consolidated ratings http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/01/03/downton-abbey-beats-eastenders-to-festive-top-spot-in-consolidated-ratings/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/01/03/downton-abbey-beats-eastenders-to-festive-top-spot-in-consolidated-ratings/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:51:57 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=27508 Who won the TV ratings war this Christmas…



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Downton Abbey has leapfrogged EastEnders to become the most-watched TV show over the festive period, after newly released figures show that an additional 3.5 million viewers chose to record the ITV1 drama and watched it after it aired on Christmas Day.

BBC1′s EastEnders won the battle for the title of the most-watched show on Christmas Day – for the third year in a row – easily beating the Julian Fellowes costume drama into fourth spot by almost 2 million viewers. The shows went head-to-head at 9pm on Christmas Day.

However, the BBC’s victory has been short-lived following the release of new figures from the official TV measurement body, Barb, which includes so-called “timeshift” viewing by households who have recorded shows in the seven days after first transmission on personal video recorders such as Sky+.

Downton Abbey’s Christmas Day audience was 8.1 million, well behind EastEnders’ 9.9 million, but consolidated figures show that 3.5 million viewers caught up with the ITV1 show later in the festive period.

In total 11.6 million viewers watched the Christmas Day episode of Downton Abbey within seven days.

This compares with EastEnders which saw its consolidated audience rise to 11.3 million, after timeshift viewing added about 1.5 million to its total audience.

During the last series of Downton Abbey fans complained to ITV about the number of commercials that ran during the programme, so that may have prompted some viewers to record the programme so they could skip the adverts.

Barb’sconsolidated seven day viewing figures are a mixed blessing for ITV, with Coronation Street dropping to fourth place, down a spot from the original Christmas Day viewing figures, thanks to Downton’s popularity on catchup TV.

Coronation Street pulled in 9.3 million viewers live on Christmas Day, and a total of 10.5 million after recorded and catchup viewing is included.

BBC1′s Doctor Who also drops a spot, to fourth, after originally notching up a Christmas Day audience of 8.9 million.

A total of 10.8 million caught Doctor Who over the festive period, according to Barb’s consolidated viewing figures.

BBC1′s Absolutely Fabulous fared better when recordings are taken into account, with almost 2 million choosing to watch it on another day, putting it in fifth place with 9.1 million. An audience of 7.4 million originally tuned in to catch it live.

Every Boxing Day, Barb releases “overnight” ratings for Christmas Day, which are official figures but, according to Barb, “are not the final figures as exact programme timings will not have been incorporated and timeshifted viewing remains to be added”.

With the rise in personal recording devices such as Sky+ and online players such as BBC iPlayer, some shows can see a huge rise in viewing figures as word of mouth spreads about a programme.

Earlier this year, Sky drama Mad Dogs saw a total linear audience of 817,000 for its live premiere across satellite and cable.

But when looking at the consolidated numbers across a seven-day period, the total audience was more than 2.2 million.

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John Terry’s image appears as part of anti-smoking campaign in India http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/01/03/john-terrys-image-appears-as-part-of-anti-smoking-campaign-in-india/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2012/01/03/john-terrys-image-appears-as-part-of-anti-smoking-campaign-in-india/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:49:30 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=27509 Can John Terry’s image get any worse?



Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “John Terry’s image appears as part of anti-smoking campaign in India” was written by Rob Smyth, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 12.05 UTC

John Terry has a problem with his image. This much we know. But the nature of that problem may come as a surprise. Terry’s tortured season took a surreal twist on Tuesday when a blurry image resembling him appeared on cigarette packets in India. The banner at Stamford Bridge may need upgrading. Captain. Leader. Legend. Unwitting anti-smoking campaigner.

The Terry likeness appears on packets of Gold Flake cigarettes, right above the “smoking kills” warning. Terry’s representatives are taking legal advice. “It would seem that the picture is of him and he has not posed for anything like this,” said Keith Cousins of the Elite Management agency. “We don’t know where the image is taken from, but he has not given his consent for this,” he said. “We have consulted solicitors in London and India to investigate the matter and take appropriate action.”

There is no suggestion that Terry has been driven to a debilitating 90-a-day habit by the stress of playing alongside David Luiz, and the England captain’s representative said he is a non-smoker. The image was produced by the Directorate of Visual Publicity, whose additional director general, KS Dhatwalia, said it is “not clear” why the image had been used. “We sent the creative to the health ministry and they then cleared it and circulated it,” he said. “But how Terry’s picture got to be used is not clear.”

Nor is it clear why they used that particular image, which shows a posturing man, oozing virility, rather than somebody whose insides have been ravaged by tobacco. Surely the cheap symbolism of Terry weeping in the rain after the 2008 Champions League final or wheezing in the slipstream of Robin van Persie earlier this season would have been more appropriate.

Another official from the Directorate later told Reuters that the advert had “nothing do with John Terry. It was purely a piece of artistic imagination and I don’t know why an issue is being created”.

It is not the first time government departments in India have had problems with images. In 2010 an advertising campaign newspaper for the Commonwealth Games in India became a source of embarrassment. Images of the athletes were set against a backdrop of planes apparently emitting orange, white and green vapours to represent the Indian national colours. In fact the planes were Italian and the smoke was the red, white and green of Italy.

In the same year, the state of Meghalaya confiscated school textbooks that featured pictures of Jesus Christ holding a a can of beer and a cigarette. If the same fate befalls the Gold Flake cigarettes: John Terry special edition, they will at least became one of football’s more peculiar collectors’ items.

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The Joy of Six: football unbeaten runs http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/12/02/the-joy-of-six-football-unbeaten-runs/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/12/02/the-joy-of-six-football-unbeaten-runs/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2011 09:13:59 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=26900 Unbeaten Runs by Football teams, is your team in there?



Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “The Joy of Six: football unbeaten runs” was written by Scott Murray, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 2nd December 2011 08.43 UTC

1) Perugia (Serie A, 37 games, May 1978 to October 1979)

Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan side are more iconic than the later Fabio Capello version but surely not as good. Sacchi’s side won two European Cups but only one Serie A title; Capello led Milan to three titles in four years, plus one Champions League, the latter with the only performance in a final seriously to rival the one given by Real Madrid in 1960. Capello went his first season, and the best part of the following one, unbeaten. The run stretched for 58 matches, an Italian record.

But in many ways it is not an Italian record. Having already won the 1991-92 title, Milan’s last-day celebrations in Foggia were an eye-opener; they were 2-1 down at half-time, only to prevail 8-2. During their run they had put four past Roma, Ascoli, Cagliari and Verona, five past Napoli and Sampdoria. The following season they won 5-4 at Pescara, 5-1 at Napoli, 5-3 at home to Lazio and 7-3 at Fiorentina. No, it is not a very Italian record at all.

Compare and contrast with the only other team to go unbeaten all season in Serie A during the modern era: Perugia. They remained undefeated during the 1978-79 season, which had begun with a fortune teller who lived a couple of streets away from the stadium declaring that Perugia would win the scudetto. Her reasoning was that they played in red and white, which happened to be the national colours of the fresh-from-the-box pope.

Sadly this papal blessing proved to be a lot of bull. Though Perugia went through the entire campaign unsullied by defeat, they recorded only 11 wins out of 30, drawing the other 19 games. Nearly a quarter of their games – seven – ended in goalless draws – none more Latin. They were notorious for keeping possession well enough but doing little with the ball. They had the best defence in the league, built around the captain, Pierluigi Frosio, which conceded only 16 goals. But their main striker, Walter Speggiorin, scored only nine, a fairly poor return even for Serie A back in the day. The right-winger Salvatore Bagni managed eight.

With six matches to play, Perugia trailed the leaders, Milan, by two points. They could manage only a draw against Milan in Perugia, the first of four in their last six. They ended the season in second, three points behind Nils Liedholm’s side, for whom Gianni Rivera enjoyed a scudetto-winning swansong as another legend in the making, Franco Baresi, made his debut. Perugia’s unbeaten stretch lasted seven games into the following season, until Torino turned them over at home 2-0. It would be the first of nine league defeats, as they ended mid-table, the aura resolutely gone.

2) Celtic (Scottish First Division, 62 games, November 1915 to April 1917)

Only two clubs have gone through an entire Scottish top-flight season unbeaten. No prizes are on offer. But you will be pleased to hear the relentless sitcom-style one-upmanship of the Old Firm has been in evidence since the early days. In 1897 Celtic appointed the 29-year-old Willie Maley as manager. He won the title in his first season, the team unbeaten in all 18 games, winning 15 and drawing three, as they ran rings round opponents in their then green-and-white vertical stripes and black shorts.

Sure enough, the next year Rangers had to go one better. They too had a young boss – the 33-year-old match secretary and future manager William Wilton, who had been running the team at Ibrox since the age of 26 – and now they had an unbeaten season to match. Unlike Celtic, they did not drop a point, winning all 18 games and scoring 78 goals in the process.

The nearest either team has come since to an unbeaten season was Rangers’s near miss of 1967-68. Davie White’s team’s only defeat of the season came in their last match, at home against Aberdeen, a 3-2 reverse that saw them hand the title to Jock Stein’s Celtic. After the game the Rangers striker Alex Ferguson – the club’s leading scorer that season with 23 goals – was approached by a frustrated fan who toe-punted him viciously in the shin before wandering off. “I couldn’t really blame him,” said Ferguson. “I felt as sick as he did.”

Celtic too have nearly, but not quite, gone through an entire campaign unbeaten, though despite falling two hurdles from home, at least they won the league that season. It was also the end of a Homeric unbeaten run that stands as a record in Scotland today.

The Scottish First Division was not suspended for hostilities during the Great War. They won four titles in a row under a middle-aged Maley between 1914 and 1917. The 1915-16 and 1916-17 seasons were the peak for a legendary team featuring the playmaker Jimmy McMenemy and the goalscorer Jimmy Quinn. They lost three times in the first 12 games of the 1915-16 season, then not again in the league until Kilmarnock beat them in the second-last game of the following season. Two titles were in the bag, but perhaps the 62-game unbeaten run has more resonance. No mean feat, especially when, on 15 April 1916, they had to play two games in one day, winning 3-1 at Motherwell before heading back to Parkhead to tank Raith Rovers 6-0.

3) Preston North End (FA Cup and friendlies, 42 games, 1887 to 1888)

Arsenal hold the English league record for going unbeaten, their brilliant side of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires sashaying through the 2003-04 campaign unscathed, a run that had begun with a 6-1 win at home to Southampton in the penultimate game of the previous season and continued until they lost 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 to Wayne Rooney’s saucy triple salchow and pike at Old Trafford in the 10th game of the 2004-05 season. At 49 games the run was a magnificent achievement, albeit one tinged with the bittersweet pain of falling one match short of an historic half- century not out, and to a dodgy penalty to boot. However, any sympathy soon evaporated with the side’s graceless reaction to their first taste of league defeat in 17 months, an unnamed Gunner throwing a pizza-and-soup meal-deal combo in the direction of Sir Alex Ferguson in the tunnel after the game. A monstrous sulk lasting a month ensued; by the time they came round, they had won only one of five league matches and José Mourinho was disappearing into the distance, flicking Vs into the rear-view mirror.

For their unbeaten Premiership efforts in 2003-04 that Arsenal team were crowned the Invincibles. It is a monicker that has failed to catch on outside the red-and-white half of north London, however, and here is why. Elsewhere during that season Arsène Wenger’s side lost: the opening game of the campaign, the Community Shield against Manchester United, on penalties; an FA Cup semi to the same opposition; a League Cup fixture against Middlesbrough; and Champions League matches against Internazionale, Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea. Only a churl would attempt to demean their stunning efforts in the league by bringing other competitions into the discussion but then, if anyone is going to start bandying terms like Invincibles about, well, the churl will not be the one who has started the row.

The thing is, precedents have been set, and there are only one true Invincibles in English football: the Preston North End side of 1888-89, who romped the first season of the Football League, finishing 11 points ahead of Aston Villa after winning 18 of their games, drawing the other four and scoring 74 goals. It is fair to point out that Preston had only 22 league matches to play, as opposed to Arsenal’s 38. And Wenger’s side had five competitions to contest, not two. On the other hand, you can only beat what is put in front of you and Preston did not lose a single competitive match that season; they also won the FA Cup, keeping a clean sheet in every game in their run. Now that is invincible. (In the interests of balance, Arsenal fans irritated with any Preston one-upmanship may like to point out that Tom Watson’s Sunderland side thrashed North End 4-1 in a friendly during their so-called Invincible year.)

And yet arguably Preston’s grandest achievement came the season before, with a barely believable 42-game run of consecutive wins. Sadly, William Sudell’s team bridled at the very last jump, the 1888 FA Cup final against West Bromwich Albion. Having beaten Hyde 26-0 along the way to the final – a score that is still an English record – they were so confident of winning that they requested a photo of themselves taken with the trophy. Before the match had started. “Hadn’t you better win it first?” asked the referee. Good call, ref! George Woodhall’s goal 13 minutes from time gave WBA a 2-1 win and ensured Preston were sent back to Lancashire to think on. Which, in fairness, they clearly did.

4) Hungary (Friendlies, Olympic Games, Central European International Cup, World Cup, 30 games, June 1950 to July 1954)

Spain hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in the international arena, a stretch which began after a 1-0 friendly defeat by Romania in Cadiz, took in their victorious 2008 European Championship campaign and ended with a surprisingly comprehensive 2-0 defeat by the USA in the semi-finals of the 2009 Confederations Cup. But nobody really remembers any of this. In a strange quirk of a sport which has been going for the best part of a century and a half, there is only one unbeaten international run with any real historical or emotional heft: the 30-game pomp of the golden Hungarian team of the early 1950s.

Those 30 games were actually 32: a 7-1 win over Turkey in the 1952 Olympics and a 5-0 thrashing of East Germany are matches which do not seem to count, for strange bureaucratic reasons that fly over the Joy of Six’s simple head. But 30 it officially is, and what a run in any case, starting with a 5-2 win in Poland in June 1950, taking in the gold medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics – chiefly memorable to Jeno Buzanszky for the kiss he got off Miss World at the medal ceremony – and Hungary’s famed 6-3 and 7-1 eviscerations of England in late 1953 and early 1954.

The run also took in some of the most famous matches of all time at the 1954 World Cup: an 8-3 skelping of West Germany; a hard-fought 4-2 win over Brazil (after which Ferenc Puskas hit Pinheiro upside the head with a broken bottle during a dressing-room brawl that lasted over 10 minutes); a sparkling skillfest against Uruguay (which nevertheless contained the best card-marking reducer in the entire history of football); and the run-ending defeat by West Germany, with a little help from linesman Sandy Griffiths, who controversially flagged Puskas offside late in the final.

Unlike Arsenal at the Battle of the Buffet, Puskas was philosophical in the wake of defeat. “To take defeats with the same dignity as we accepted triumphs must be our aim,” he mused. Although like Arsenal, food was on the mind of the player later christened by Alfredo di Stefano as the Galloping Gut: “Had we been offered the role of runners-up before the series started, we might have accepted gladly. But then the appetite for success grows as one eats.”

Hungary immediately went on another unbeaten run after their shock defeat in Berne, another 18 matches, giving them a total of one defeat in 49 games between June 1950 and February 1956. The team, however, was starting to break up as players fled for the west.

5) England (Friendlies, World Cup qualifiers, September 1988 to May 1990)

And the award for the longest unbeaten international run by any of the home nations goes to … Scotland. Between 1879 and 1888, the Scots went 22 matches without defeat, a run which included 13 straight wins, only two draws, and wins over England by 5-4, 6-1 and 5-1. On the flip side the only other teams Scotland played over the nine-year period were a not particularly good Wales and an equally dismal Ireland. And the run was bookended by defeats by England; 5-4 in London in 1879, a 5-0 humiliation in Glasgow in 1888.

(That run of 13 wins, incidentally, has been bettered only by Spain, Brazil, France and Australia, the last for the most part swatting aside nonentities such as Tahiti and the Solomon Islands.)

England’s best run of results – statistically speaking – were between 1890 and 1896, a 20-game unbeaten stretch. This time it was Scotland’s turn to bookend a run of fixtures which generally turned out to be one-sided wallopings of the Welsh and Irish. Their post-war record is a much more impressive 19, between October 1965 and April 1967, taking in as it does the winning of the World Cup in 1966. Two 3-2 Wembley defeats propped up either end of this golden era: Austria coming back from 2-1 down with 17 minutes to play in 1965, half the Scotland team messing around with ball tricks in the 1967 Home Championship while Denis Law had the funk on because he wanted to rattle in more goals.

Often forgotten now, though, because of what immediately followed it, is England’s staunch run after Euro 88 under Bobby Robson. England’s stock had rarely been lower after losing all three games in Germany that summer but, though they went home with their tails between their legs, they also took back the knowledge that they had for the most part matched the new European champions, Holland, in an undeserved 3-1 defeat.

It was not always smooth. England stuttered to a lucky 1-1 draw in Saudi Arabia late in 1988, causing the Daily Mirror to pen the headline GO, IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, GO, which, while being slightly unfair on Robson, may well be the last time a British tabloid has shown any form of thought, reverence or respect to Islam. England mooched with some uncertainty through their World Cup qualifying group. But they made it through unbeaten and in the run-up to Italia 90 form began to pick up, with a 1-0 win over Brazil at Wembley, followed by Paul Gascoigne’s greatest display, that daft-as-a-brush 4-2 win over Czechoslovakia.

The 17-game run was ended in May 1990, when Uruguay won England’s World Cup send-off at Wembley 2-1, Peter Shilton letting a José Perdomo free-kick through his hands, which were flapping like the doors of a haunted saloon in the wind. Robson announced his relief at the end of the run – better a defeat when it did not matter than at the World Cup finals. That long period unbeaten would stand England in good stead: they escaped defeat in their final warm-up match against Tunisia with a last-minute Steve Bull goal, then grimly battled their way to that night in Turin.

England went 12 games unbeaten at the start of Graham Taylor’s reign, too, before Germany turned up at Wembley. But let us not go anywhere near there.

6) Sparta Prague (51 games, Central Bohemian league, 1920 to 1923)

Only three teams have put together a longer unbeaten run in the league than the aforementioned Celtic team of the world war one. Al Ahly of Egypt remained undefeated between May 2004 and January 2007, a run of 70 games. Steaua Bucharest and Ceausescu’s goons helped themselves to a tainted 104-game run in Romania between August 1986 and September 1989 (though their European Cup win of 1986 and appearance in the 1988 final shows there really was little need to load the dice). The world record is held by ASEC Abidjan of the Cote d’Ivoire, a 108-match combination between December 1989 and 1994.

But here is the one: between 1920 and 1923, before the advent of a national Czechoslovakian league, Sparta Prague won all four of the regional titles on offer. They played 51 times during those four campaigns – and won all 51 matches. Which is truly ridiculous, even before you tot up the goals for and against: 237 to 40. And people say modern football is an uncompetitive nonsense.

Many thanks to Cris Freddi and Rob Smyth

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Rolling Stone Magazine Launches Beatles iPad App http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/12/01/rolling-stone-and-mei-team-up-to-develop-beatles-ipad-app/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/12/01/rolling-stone-and-mei-team-up-to-develop-beatles-ipad-app/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:50:00 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=26898 Now complementing The Beatles’ music library in iTunes is a new tablet-friendly guide to the Fab Four’s music catalog. The app was created by Rolling Stone and Managing Editor Inc. MEI. The iPad app version of “The Beatles Ultimate Album-by-Album Guide” special-interest publication is now available for download.

Wenner Media, the publisher of Rolling Stone and other popular magazines, looked to MEI’s team of digital-publishing specialists to help build the app using a combination of custom development and the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite(TM). MEI guided the production process, including training on the Adobe DPS software, editorial workflow development, template creation, app construction and final submission to Apple.

“The Beatles Ultimate Album-by-Album Guide” is a comprehensive companion to the 13 albums released by the legendary rock group. For each recording, the app provides a main article, a playlist with audio samples and a link to purchase the tracks, an extra “Testimonial” story, pictures and more. It takes the wealth of Beatles history showcased in Rolling Stone’s original print album guide and transforms it into a full-featured iPad experience, enhanced with interactivity and engaging content only available in the tablet version.

The Beatles Ultimate Album-by-Album Guide” is now available in the iTunes store.

Device Requirements:
* iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 64 MB

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The Daily Dust Review: Choi Time Tea http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/11/11/the-daily-dust-review-choi-time-tea/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/11/11/the-daily-dust-review-choi-time-tea/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:53:03 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=26515 The heating is back on here on the daily dust hub – the kettle is working overtime: winter is truly on its way.

We were introduced to the lovely Melissa, living brand of Choi Time a superior brand of Chinese tea.  We were sent samples of her impressive range and enjoyed drinking tea with a different approach.

One of the girls brought in a proper tea pot for a start – we all gathered around the tea pot watching the flowers slowly unfold and felt immediately enthused by this new tea ritual.

The girls were especially impressed by the Choi Time Damask Tea Buds.  Pretty to the eyes it has a subtle rose and jasmine aroma.

 

So following one of our new tea ritual meeting we decided to give Choi Time a whole 8 Dusts out of 10.

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The Daily Dust Review: Voltz Energy Shot http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/09/15/the-daily-dust-review-voltz-energy-shot/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/09/15/the-daily-dust-review-voltz-energy-shot/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 22:42:23 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=26195 Here at the Daily Dust the post lunch carbs crash is becoming more and more of an issue so it is with great expectations that we agreed to review Voltz Energy Shots.

The shots are said to deliver instant energy boost all in sugar free guilt with the added benefit of being packed with anti-oxidants.  We all decided to try one and agreed to hand them over to one of our Daily Dust reporters currently training for a marathon.

The shots are striking in colour, a rather vibrant pink that in itself is enough to revive your eyesight just by looking at it – I have to say that this put me off slightly but after reading  the ingredients I was satisfied that no artificial colourants had been used and can only assume that beetroot was more likely to be responsible (no red pee!!)

I took each shot before my runs along with a good sip of water, the taste is very sweet but I was prepared to put up with it should it improve my performance.

Most of my runs take place in the evening,  at times it’s difficult to gather the energy to go for a run so I got used to taking a shot as part of my ritual and I can say that from a psychological point of view it did give me a boost.

It is hard to say whether it really improved my performance physically and I probably should carry on with the test one month in one month out to come to a valid conclusion.

The lads from the Daily Dust were all quite happy with the taste and unlike myself really liked the look of it (boys will be boys!!).  Some of them decided to replace their coffee fix by a shot – sadly, they’ll probably add vodka too!

So after buzzing with the team we agreed to give 7 Dusts out of 10 to the Voltz Energy Shots.

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The Daily Dust Review: Simply Ice Cream http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/07/27/the-daily-dust-review-simply-ice-cream/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/07/27/the-daily-dust-review-simply-ice-cream/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:11:56 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25701 With a blazing disappointing summer on the cards we surely need to cling on to what makes summer just so British, we are thinking barbecues,  Pimms, strawberries and of course let’s not forget ice cream…

It’s with glee and anticipation that we agreed to review Simply Ice Cream home made ice cream.. we simply could not resist.

Simply Ice Cream can be purchased through John Lewis and Waitrose so look out for the eye catching angelic logo…the brand offers a wide range of flavours.

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We had a chance to sample Heavenly Honeycomb Crunch: of course a rather sweet  ice cream that will take you straight back to your childhood desert – 1 scoop will satisfy any sweet cravings you may have.  We also tasted more traditional flavors such as Sublime Strawberry or Dreamy Vanilla, Mint Choc Chip and Lemon Curd.

The ice creams are homemade by Sally Newall who has spent years adjusting flavours, the beauty of her brand is that it is totally adaptable and will tune with the seasons using fruits and products at their best.

We were rather impressed by the intense flavours and will scoop out Simply Ice Cream with an impressive 8 Dusts out of 10.

Yum!

Simply Ice Cream

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Football transfer rumours: Tottenham Hotspur to have a spending spree? http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/26/football-transfer-rumours-tottenham-hotspur-to-have-a-spending-spree/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/26/football-transfer-rumours-tottenham-hotspur-to-have-a-spending-spree/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 08:27:39 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25116

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Football transfer rumours: Tottenham Hotspur to have a spending spree?” was written by Paul Doyle, for theguardian.com on Thursday 26th May 2011 07.46 UTC

If you thought classic BBC sitcom Terry and June was a non-stop rollercoaster of laughs, tears and thought-provoking plots, wait until you see Harry and June because as soon as the transfer window gets into gear Harry Redknapp intends to keep us as entertained as any TV show featuring a bungling middle-class fire extinguisher salesman and his patient wife. And that’s saying something.

What it’s saying is this: Redknapp is going to revamp his team, starting with the goalkeeper. That entails tussling with Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion for the services of Brad Friedel, or perhaps trying to convince Shay Given to turn down Celtic and possibly liberating Ben Foster from Birmingham City. Redknapp wants to buy a couple of players from Birmingham, which may be why Spurs were so determined to relegate them on the season’s last day: Roger Johnson could be on his way to White Hart Lane. Wolverhampton Wanderers, meanwhile, are testing Craig Gardner‘s loyalty to his boyhood club.

St Andrew has been the patron saint of boring football this season, which may be why the other Birmingham players attracting interest from Premier League clubs are:

One player definitely on his way out of Tottenham this summer is Niko Kranjcar, who may be on his way to Wolfsburg. The Bundesliga club want the Croatian to replace their schemer Diego, who’s heading to either Liverpool or Chelsea, depending on which paper he reads. Sunderland are preparing a £10m bid for Peter Crouch – someone at the Stadium of Light clearly has a deep love of beanpole strikers but the Mill can’t quite figure out who that could be. Perhaps we should repeatedly launch the question at the club’s chairman from 80 yards?

Tottenham also want the Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones, the Lille forward Eden Hazard, the other Lille forward Gervinho, relegated midfielder scurrier Scott Parker … and by now you have probably figured out that the Mill could meet its word quota every day for the next three months solely by speculating about Spurs activity, so let’s all move on, shall we?

Chelsea. They have no manager but they do have a player wish list and we are told that at the top of that there list are the two most talked-about Belgian teenagers of our times. Given that neither Hazard nor Tintin are teenagers (actually, can we be sure of that? What age is the intrepid boy reporter?) the Mill reasons that Roman Abramovich is preparing swoops for Anderlecht phenomenon Romelu Lukaku and the Genk striker Kevin De Bruyne.

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, will be invited to shuffle sideways in geographical terms but several floors downwards in football terms by taking up the reins of Queens Park Rangers. That spells bad news for Neil Warnock on the one hand, but on the other it’ll give him something else to moan about so he’ll probably be happy.

Liverpool, in addition to attempting to gazump most of Tottenham’s would-be signings, are going to lock horns with neighbours Everton over the signature of powerful Auxerre attacking midfielder Delvin Ndinga. Liverpool are also contemplating trying to revive the career of Lyon enigma Yoann Gourcuff, who fluctuates puzzlingly from being the new Zinédine Zidane to the new Bruno Cheyrou.

Finally, the Sun claims it knows the line-up that Sir Alex Ferguson will order to run around after Barcelona on Saturday. Apparently it’ll be the same one that started in Schalke, which notably means that Fabio will be chosen ahead of his brother Rafael. But who, really, will know?

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New James Bond novel lands in London http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/25/new-james-bond-novel-lands-in-london/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/25/new-james-bond-novel-lands-in-london/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 18:04:37 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25103 Bond is Back!


Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “New James Bond novel lands in London” was written by Alison Flood, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 25th May 2011 16.00 UTC

Abseiling marines delivered the first copies of Jeffery Deaver’s new James Bond book to the author today, in a scene straight out of a 007 novel.

Deaver’s Carte Blanche, which is published tomorrow, updates Bond for the 21st century. Authorised by the Fleming family, it sees the spy, “a man of serious face and hunter’s demeanour”, just returned from Afghanistan and recruited to a new agency which operates independently of MI5, MI6 and the Ministry of Defence, “its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.”

Deaver arrived at St Pancras International this lunchtime in a red Bentley, flanked by a female motorbike stunt rider, where he was presented with copies of the book by four members of the Royal Marines, who abseiled from the station’s roof onto the concourse. The books were then locked away: their plot will remain a secret until midnight tonight.

Deaver, an American thriller writer known for his Lincoln Rhyme series of novels, is the second author to venture into the world of 007 in recent years, after Sebastian Faulks’s Devil May Care became Penguin’s fastest-selling hardback fiction title ever in 2008. Faulks chose to set his novel in 1967; Deaver moves the action to the present day and tells of a Bond who served in the Royal Naval Reserve, including a tour in Afghanistan, before joining the secret service.

An extract posted on Deaver’s website sees Bond summoned from dinner with a beautiful women by a “Night Action alert”; 007 is to be sent to Serbia to try and prevent thousands of casualties, and has been “given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission”.

“In his thirties, he was six feet tall and weighed 170 pounds. His black hair was parted on one side and a comma of loose strands fell over one eye. A three-inch scar ran down his right cheek,” writes Deaver.

Ian Fleming, author of the original 14 James Bond books, would have been 103 on 28 May. His niece Lucy Fleming said that if he had been present at the St Pancras launch, he would “have loved the occasion”.

“With his brilliant plot and clever twists, his perfectly horrible villain and his detailed knowledge of the British intelligence Service, Jeffery Deaver brings Bond straight into the heart of modern espionage,” said Fleming.

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The Daily Dust Review: Zhu Zhu http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/25/the-daily-dust-review-zhu-zhu/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/25/the-daily-dust-review-zhu-zhu/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 17:52:55 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25097 Zhu Zhu is the new online destination for everything to do with natural well being, wheat bags and pampering accessories. Here on The Daily Dust we can never have enough pampering.  So it is with great pleasure that we are reviewing this rather fluffy hot bottle body warmer microwavable wheat bag:

Zhu Zhu hot bottle body warmer microwavable wheat bag

Everyone has tried the traditional hot water bottles at some poorly point in their life – the main risks being: water spillage, scalding when filling it up or worse a leak in the bed…

This bottle is filled with wheat grains and pure lavender leaves so no water is involved the benefit being that  you can safely asked your kids to warm it up for you in the microwave.

The smell is very pleasant and gets stronger when heated.

The heating up time is short and the bottle is labeled with very clear instructions. We have used it on a couple of occasions so far.

The smell of lavender is soothing and the fluffiness of the bottle an instant hit with our daughter…the bottle is now a full time  resident on her bed.

So we think that the warm bottle/wheat bag is a good product that we would recommend for every good households in the UK.

We are giving Zhu Zhu and the hot bottle a  soothing 7 Dusts out of 10.

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Glazers give Manchester United’s manager green light for summer spree http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/25/glazers-give-manchester-uniteds-manager-green-light-for-summer-spree/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/25/glazers-give-manchester-uniteds-manager-green-light-for-summer-spree/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 17:51:29 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25102


Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Glazers give Manchester United’s manager green light for summer spree” was written by Owen Gibson, for The Guardian on Wednesday 25th May 2011 17.17 UTC

Manchester United’s owners have made it clear to Sir Alex Ferguson that he has a substantial transfer budget at his disposal for big-name targets during a summer in which the club’s bank account is expected to swell to more than £160m.

The £17m signing of the Atlético Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea will not be the last big signing during a close season in which the club will spend more than in recent years, and Ferguson has been given the green light to target the best players in the world.

The Glazers have consistently maintained that the manager has funds to spend, but fans have questioned the club’s ability to compete for the biggest names in recent years, amid concern at the club’s debt levels and interest commitments.

Having smashed the pay ceiling to give Wayne Rooney a contract worth around £200,000 a week in the wake of his threat to leave, the owners are said to be relaxed about the prospect of Ferguson breaking the bank to sign a marquee name.

It was the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80m in 2009, followed by the departure of Carlos Tevez to Manchester City weeks later, that raised concerns among Manchester United fans worried that the demands of servicing the loans loaded on to the club had left it unable to compete for the best players.

Club insiders say that any acquisitions will have to fit the template followed by Manchester United under the Glazers, with an emphasis on younger players who will retain value. The club has bought one player in the past 14 years who was over 27 and cost more than £3m – Dimitar Berbatov for £31m.

According to Manchester United’s most recent accounts, the club have £113m in the bank. That has fuelled suspicions that the owners will withdraw some of it in dividends but insiders claim it is there for transfers and to guard against unforeseen events.

That figure is expected to rise to more than £160m by the end of the summer, if it follows the pattern of previous seasons, once season-ticket revenue for the coming season is banked. Despite racking up a record pre-tax loss of £109m last year, much of that was attributable to one-off costs associated with a £500m bond issue.

The chief executive, David Gill, has repeatedly stated that the club will comfortably be able to pay the £45m annual interest on those bonds, especially as it bought back £26m itself, and still has about £60m in cash every year thanks to global growth in commercial and TV revenues.

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Real ale is having a revival http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/24/real-ale-is-having-a-revival/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/24/real-ale-is-having-a-revival/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 10:47:18 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25084


Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Real ale is having a revival” was written by Dave Simpson, for The Guardian on Sunday 22nd May 2011 19.00 UTC

This time last year, the UK was in the midst of election fever, and my sleepy north Yorkshire village of Tockwith was hosting a beer festival. The organisers mocked up some publicity photos of themselves as politicians in a polling station. “We campaigned under the banner Vote for Real Ale,” chuckles organiser Adrian Ray.

The people voted with their feet – 36 gallons of beer had run out by 10pm, with the last to sell out a really strong one. “So anyone left at the end got rather sozzled.”

This year’s follow-up event at the weekend expanded to a field, with six marquees, live bands – and much more beer.

Tockwith is typical of an explosion in beer festivals around the UK. Once, they were fairly rare, large-scale events populated by serious older drinkers. Now countless towns and villages have one, reflecting a boom in small-scale brewing and real-ale drinking. August’s annual Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court is the biggie (in 2010, a record 67,000 drinkers sank 200,000 pints), but festivals are held everywhere from Battersea to the Scottish fishing town of Stonehaven.

“People are bored of drinking heavily advertised, mass-produced brands,” explains Jon Howard of the Campaign for Real Ale, which organises 150 festivals a year.

“There’s a fashion aspect to it,” admits Craig Lee of Rudgate Brewery, whose Ruby Mild was Camra’s Champion Beer of 2009. “Real ale is becoming trendy.”

Younger ale drinkers favour beers with funny names, and with most pubs tied to major brewers, a beer festival is the best place to sup a Brewers Droop or Ginger Tosser.

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Whoops! Pippa Middleton Underwear Pictures Emerge.. http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/06/whoops-pippa-middleton-underwear-pictures-emerge/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/06/whoops-pippa-middleton-underwear-pictures-emerge/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 17:52:37 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25065 After a breath taking performance at the Royal Wedding last week, Pippa Middleton has appeared on a US website dancing wearing just a bra with a nearly naked guy.

These kind of pictures are going to keep emerging now she has global fame.  Whatever would the Brother-in-law’s Nan think..?

You can see the pictures on the site here.

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The DD Review: Brain Boosters http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/03/25/the-dd-review-brain-boosters/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/03/25/the-dd-review-brain-boosters/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:26:31 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24968 Put to the test this week are Brain Boosters, the omega 3 fish oils from Healthspan

Target market: children

Luck: we needed it

We received the boosters neatly packed and all 120 capsules of them ready to be forced down the throats given to suitable opinionated children to take part in this campaign – one of our writers has allowed us to borrow her children for the testing…aged 11 and 13 perfect guinea pigs and we are told not easily impressed by anything healthy.

Brain Boosters

Here is what she told us:

The initial reaction from both children when I mentioned omega 3 fish oil tablets was just as I expected it to be…UNIMPRESSED looks all around – the last time they tried taking omega fish oils, the box remained unfinished, the kids complained of “stinky fish taste” and they couldn’t be bothered.

This time around and all credit to Healthspan for doing their research!  No fishy taste was reported and even better the kids love the bursting orange effect released by the capsules…in fact they actually save them until after breakfast as a treat!

We all hated cod liver oil as kids and this sounds like another contender for our “I wish I wasn’t born in the 70′s because..” list and yes Sony, Sky and Apple are on it too.

Based on this feedback we are going to give the Brain Boosters 8 Dusts out of 10 – we have had no feedback as to whether their brains have been given a boost, quite frankly teenagers terrify us, you ask them.

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Dust Review: Men Barts Ski Gloves http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/03/16/dust-review-men-barts-ski-gloves/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/03/16/dust-review-men-barts-ski-gloves/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:00:12 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24948 This week we have been asked to review something from Chelston Direct.com

With a wide range of Outdoor and  Ski Wear – we selected to try out a pair of Barts Ski Gloves as one of our writers has Raynaud syndrome – basically, their fingers go white the minute they get cold and the said writer will simply just moan about “cold hands”…all the time.

Dryshell waterproof breathable Barts Ski gloves

-Shell: Water Resistant
-Palm: Pigskin
-Lining: Soft Bemberg
-Insulation: Fiberfill
-Insert: Dryshell

The gloves are really comfortable and grasping is easy thanks to the Pigskin finger tips and palm, the heat circulates without overheating and our resident cold fingered writer had  absolutely zero problems to report.

Men Barts Ski Gloves Tight Fastening

The only downside was the fact the gloves didn’t allow us to open our Iphone by using the tactile screen slider, and that is the only reason the Barts Ski Gloves got an 8 Dusts out of 10

You can engage with Chelston Direct and find out more about their range on both twitter and facebook

Disclosure – we were not paid to write this review

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It’s True, Jens Lehmann Is Coming Back To Arsenal http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/03/14/its-true-jens-lehmann-is-coming-back-to-arsenal/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/03/14/its-true-jens-lehmann-is-coming-back-to-arsenal/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:22:57 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24943 Breaking news : Arsenal are on the verge of handing retired German goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann an extraordinary comeback.

Lehmann, 41, retired at the end of last season but he is ready to return to the game to solve the Gunners’ goalkeeping crisis.

Below is exactly what Arsenal have been missing from the big 41 year old, will it help them win the league title?  It will certainly provide some entertainment..

What do you think Arsenal fans, good move?

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Big Cheese of Burger King doesn’t like British food or women http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/03/14/big-cheese-of-burger-king-doesnt-like-british-food-or-women/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/03/14/big-cheese-of-burger-king-doesnt-like-british-food-or-women/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:27:03 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24940 The Burger King chief executive, Bernardo Hees has told Chicago students that in England, “the food is terrible and the women are not very attractive” in a move set to send the fans of  Whoppers straight off to rivals McDonalds.
The PR team at Burger King have since released a statement: “Mr Hees apologises if his comment has offended anyone. It …. was intended as a humorous anecdote to connect with his audience.”
Just waiting on the McDonalds statement which will be something like: “Our Big Mac has half the fat of a Double Whopper which will make you more attractive to men” or just go eat salad..
The Burger King chief executive, Bernardo Hees has told Chicago students that in England, “the food is terrible and the women are not very attractive” in a move set to send the fans of  Whoppers straight off to rivals McDonalds.
The PR team at Burger King have since released a statement: “Mr Hees apologises if his comment has offended anyone. It …. was intended as a humorous anecdote to connect with his audience.”
Just waiting on the McDonalds statement which will be something like: “Our Big Mac has half the fat of a Double Whopper which will make you more attractive to men” ..or as we say at the DailyDust, just go eat salad..
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Remember when you let your toys outside in winter? http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/02/15/remember-when-you-let-your-toys-outside-in-winter/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/02/15/remember-when-you-let-your-toys-outside-in-winter/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:32:10 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24880 Take Star Wars, a pile of Lego, and a dash of Snow and you have some amazing photography.

Avanaut just scored himself a huge amount of respect here in Dust Towers with his gallery of Star Wars Lego toys taken out in the snow. The illusion of size and scale is just fantastic.

I’ve been photographing my kid’s toys over the years, Legos, fluffy animals and whatnot. The Clone/Star Wars action figures proved to be such a joy to shoot that I decided to put some of them on Flickr. They, as well as the pics of Legos, are there just for fun.

I want this as a wall calendar for 2012.

More at Unreality.

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Eurovision isn’t just for Christmas http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/12/29/eurovision-isnt-just-for-christmas/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/12/29/eurovision-isnt-just-for-christmas/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:59:50 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24742 image

Still think the Song Contest is just seven days in May? Think again.

Leading Eurovision commentator ESC Insight has decided to point out that it’s possible to enjoy the Eurovision Song Contest throughout the year – much to the horror of whoever in the BBC needs to decide on who to send to represent the UK and is hoping we all just forget about it (*).

So their’ “Nine Ways to Enjoy Eurovision on the Internet” is going to be essential reading for the closet fans in these dark months. For example:

While you can download the ESC Insight Podcast and listen to our news and Juke Box Jury shows at your leisure, if it’s Wednesday evening in Europe then you should turn in to Radio International, the three hour radio programme (that also stream online) brings a bundle of music, news and interviews in what they call an Ultimate Eurovision Experience.

You can find the rest online at ESC Insight, hat tip to Sharleen.

(*) PS Pixie Lott, Charlotte Church or Katherine Jenkins, m’kay?

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Is Tesco Now A Place Of Worship? http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/11/12/is-tesco-now-a-place-of-worship/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/11/12/is-tesco-now-a-place-of-worship/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 08:34:59 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24553 Westbourne Methodist Church in Bournemouth, Dorset is now a Tesco Express.

With ornate stained glass windows and a beeping of tills, the new store is bringing mixed emotions from locals.

Rev Dr Bob McKinley, ex-minister at the church, said “You could say it is not appropriate to have a Tesco Express in it but once it (the church) is sold it is no longer under our control.”

Other locals simply say the ‘convenience’ is all that counts in this day and age.

Jesus drove sellers out of the Temple of Herod with the words: ‘Get these out of here! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!’

What do you think, was Jesus right or is Sir Terry Leahy, Tesco boss, now more powerful?

See images in the metro

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Revealed – British Band No1 For Sending You To Sleep http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/10/27/revealed-british-band-no1-for-sending-you-to-sleep/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/10/27/revealed-british-band-no1-for-sending-you-to-sleep/#comments Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:34:58 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24428 In a study by Travelodge, it was revealed that 84% of people used music to send themselves off to sleep.

Leigh McCarron, Travelodge Sleep Director said: “In todays hectic fast-paced world, stress is the number one trigger for keeping 75% of Britons awake at night. Therefore it’s no surprise that eight out of ten Britons rely on music to help them nod off.” – That’s right, Sleep Director.

The most sleep inducing band were Coldplay, with Canadian crooner Michael Buble coming second, the full list is:-

1. Coldplay
2. Michael Buble
3. Snow Patrol
4. Alicia Keys
5. Jack Johnson
6. Taylor Swift
7. Mozart
8. Barry White
9. Leona Lewis
10. Radiohead

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