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The Daily Dust Review: Currys.co.uk

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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.

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The Daily Dust Review: KOPI Gourmet Coffee

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Today in the Daily Dust office we are reviewing KOPI a new coffee conceptĀ  just launched in the UK.

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The Daily Dust Review: Choi Time Tea

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The heating is back on here on the daily dust hub – the kettle is working overtime: winter is truly on its way.

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The Daily Dust Review: Voltz Energy Shot

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Here at the Daily Dust the post lunch carbs crash is becoming more and more of an issue

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Fringe review: Barry Cryer, Innit

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* * * * (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
Innit

Gilded Balloon

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Fringe Review: Tim Fitzhgham – Gambler

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* * * * * (5 stars)

Momentum. Some comics struggle all their careers to find it and harness it for their material. If they can just the ball going, their career moving, then they’ll be happy. Tim Fitzhigham doesn’t have the ability to slowly build up the momentum either in his one hour show, The Gambler, or his whole run at the Fringe. He is the typical Aristotelian performer – he’s either “off” or “running at full speed.”

With an unexpectedly shortened run at the Fringe this year, Fitzhigham is making up on lost time with his high energy show looking first at famous gambles in history, and his subsequent attempt to replicate them. Even though there is one horse race, there’s nothing traditional about the bets here, and we’re not going to spoil the moments he reveals hat he’s actually up to, which happen throughout the show.

Fitzhigham (along with Edward Aczel) always strikes me as a Fringe specialist, thriving in the chaotic nature of the Fringe. At last night’s show there were a lot of “seen Tim before” who; come back, and Fitzhigham seeds in nods to his other shows, but at no point did newcomers feel they are missing out on a joke, as the experienced raconteur painted the back story in one broad, fast, hilarious sweep. That he could spend an hour on each of these asides is just part of the charm of this wonderful manĀ  – Edinburgh missed him when he was gone, don’t let this show go to waste in the last week of the Fringe.

* * * * * (5 stars)

Tim Fitzhigham
The Gambler

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