The Daily Dust delivering the best bric a brac, daily news and events with a British flavour » Reviews http://www.thedailydust.co.uk Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 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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The Daily Dust Review: KOPI Gourmet Coffee http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/11/24/the-daily-dust-review-kopi-gourmet-coffee/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/11/24/the-daily-dust-review-kopi-gourmet-coffee/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:06:27 +0000 Ewan http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=26743 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

www.kopi.co.uk

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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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Fringe review: Barry Cryer, Innit http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/25/fringe-review-barry-cryer-innit/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/25/fringe-review-barry-cryer-innit/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:30:52 +0000 Ewan http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25861 * * * * (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 http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/23/fringe-review-tim-fitzhgham-gambler/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/23/fringe-review-tim-fitzhgham-gambler/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:26:02 +0000 Ewan http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25953 * * * * * (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 man  – 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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Fringe Review: Tea Room http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/23/fringe-review-tea-room/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/23/fringe-review-tea-room/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:04:15 +0000 Vikki Spence http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25949 * * * * * (5 stars)

A cup of tea in a china cup, a pristine white tablecloth and an enticing cake stand. And listen carefully, the show is going on around you. You only have to listen in.

Characters come and go from the tearoom, each bringing their own story. There are ups and downs, fights, resolutions, fears, tears and joy. We are swept along with the characters, wondering about who they are and hoping they find happiness after this brief glimpse into their lives.

If you enjoy people-watching you will love this show, and watching the reactions of the other members of the audience as much as the diverse cast. There is much to ponder on and take away from this unique experience. Bring a hankie.

* * * * * (5 stars)

Tea Room
Lauriston Hall

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Fringe review: Ian Kendall’s Obsession http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/21/fringe-review-ian-kendalls-obsession/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/21/fringe-review-ian-kendalls-obsession/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2011 10:28:18 +0000 Vikki Spence http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25921 * * * * * (5 stars)

Two years ago, after eighteen years on the Fringe, Ian Kendall said he would never do this again. After his sell-out show (called “I said I would never do this again”) last year he’s back this year for two nights only with a new show entitled “Obsession”, as well as daily performing slots on the Royal Mile.

If you’ve seen Ian performing street magic on the Mile you may have felt a little scared but you would definitely have felt mystified, impressed and very entertained. His stage show is a step up from his outdoor performance, with much more chat and close-up magic that often fails to result in its deserved response as audience brains struggle to comprehend what they’ve just seen and forget what their arms are for. A quick repeat and a witty comment and the trick receives stunned and awed applause.

Ian’s shows are a combination of humour, encyclopaedic knowledge on a variety of geeky subjects and the most mind-blowingly amazing magic. He is also very tall.

If you want to see Ian this year you’ll need to try and catch him on the Royal Mile – his two-show run finished last night. But he will be back next year for his 21st anniversary on the Fringe.

* * * * * (5 stars)

Ian Kendall
Obsession

Zoo Roxy

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Fringe review – The Noise Next Door http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/14/fringe-review-the-noise-next-door/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/14/fringe-review-the-noise-next-door/#comments Sun, 14 Aug 2011 19:49:18 +0000 Vikki Spence http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25874 ***** (5 stars)

The Noise Next Door are five young lads doing improvised musical comedy the way it should be done. There was no sense of the audience needing to warm up to the show, the laughs were coming thick and fast before bums were even on seats thanks to two puppets in the tech box making witty comments while two of the boys made beautiful music on the stage. The fifth member of the crew was out with a box of acetates and pens encouraging audience members in the queue to draw random scenes for use later in the show.

The speed at which the suggestions from the audience were incorporated into sketches and songs was impressive. Even when a joke took several attempts to formulate properly, there was a real sense of camaraderie as the audience respected the effort clearly being put into this fast-thinking, and willed the punchline to materialise on the tip of the performer’s tongue. These young men are remarkably talented and work incredibly well together. Ending a five-part improvised song by rhyming “taramasalata” is just one small example of their combined genius.

***** (5 stars)

The Noise Next Door
Their Finest Hour

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Fringe Review: The Brandreth Papers http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/12/fringe-review-the-brandreth-papers/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/12/fringe-review-the-brandreth-papers/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 23:15:55 +0000 Ewan http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25834 * * * (3 stars)

This is an interesting mix of one man monologue, comedy character piece, and good old fashioned shaggy dog stories. It doesn’t quite hold together, but the charm of Brandon Brandreth holds it all together with passion, charm, delightful turns of phrase, and dexterous wordplay.

The chiselled chin, smart dinner jacket, slicked back hair (and a prop Walther PPK pistol) bring to mind a young James Bond, but it feels a little bit excessive. There’s no easing the audience into the character, and it’s vital to the show that we believe in this character before we are taken on a journey that covers love, a Kraken, Tolstoy, the Duke of Edinburgh, and more. Without that belief, the heightened reality feels false. While that might be the ultimate intention, I think the audience should be taken on that journey, rather than start at the destination.

There is a good show in here, and there’s every chance that it wil improve over the Edinburgh run, but right now it’s more Roger Moore than Sean Connery, and I’m a Connery man.

* * * (3 stars)

The Brandreth Papers
Gilded Balloon

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Fringe Review: Neil Delamere, Diviliment http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/11/fringe-review-neil-delamere-diviliment/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/11/fringe-review-neil-delamere-diviliment/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:21:58 +0000 Ewan http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25850 * * * * (4 stars).

Moving up from a club set of twenty minutes to the full hour that is an Edinburgh hour is not always easy, but if anyone wanted an example on how to carry over the energy of the regular show, while taking advantage of the imitate properties that sixty minutes hands a comic… They should look no further than Neil Delamere.

The confident irishman took to the stage with not a little bit of trouble. Throw some tech issues, late audience members, and a lively crowd, and some would struggle to get the giggles from the opening. Delamere threads everything into the fabric of the rest of the show.

And while the scripted material might not push any boundaries, once Delamere warms up and starts riffing on his own material, the magic happens. As long as he overrides the voice of reason in hours head, the audience will be rewarded handsomely.

The only thing missing is the voice of Peter Dickson (the voice over man from The X Factor) shouting “Neil DelaMERE!“, but that’s only going to worry the four Fighting Talk fans who recognise Delamere’s name.

* * * * (4 stars).

Neil Delamere
Divilment

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Fringe Review: Jerry Sadowitz – Comedian, Magician, Psychopath http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/09/fringe-review-jerry-sadowitz-comedian-magician-psychopath/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/09/fringe-review-jerry-sadowitz-comedian-magician-psychopath/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 09:20:09 +0000 Ewan http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25830 * * * * (4 stars)

Thanks to the show title and the opening line of the description on the Edinburgh Fringe site ("If you like Hitler, you’ll love Jerry Sadowitz!") you go in with your eyes open, and what you see is a versatile performer who is on top of their game. A comedian who wins over the vast audience of close to 800 people in the Assembly Hall within ninety seconds; a magician so confident and assured that routines that could easily be the climax of another act are discarded with anger towards the wings of a stage; a psychopath who is so clinically accurate that the logic of Sadowitz underpinning the comedy makes perfect sense.

And he rapidly gets to his almost trademarked Madeline McCann moment within four minutes.

There is an artistry here, a delicate light touch which is easily lost behind the forceful personality and verbal assault of the comic. The tools of Sadowtiz trade might be distasteful to the Morningside ladies who would normally sit in the Assembly Halls, but his words are poetic, their construction is impeccable, and should it matter that where other comedians draw breath and pause, Sadowtiz appears to be using swearing for punctuation?

A manic performer, bouncing around material that I suspect could last for hours, going wherever his mood and the audience takes him, there’s no way to say exactly what sort of show you’ll get or where the balance between magic and comedy will be. But you’ll get to see a master craftsman, in his element, at full speed for an hour.

* * * * (4 stars)

Jerry Sadowitz – Comedian, Magician, Psycopath
Assembly Hall

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Fringe Review: Comedy Club 4 Kids http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/05/fringe-review-comedy-club-4-kids/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/05/fringe-review-comedy-club-4-kids/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:56:21 +0000 Vikki Spence http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25790 * * * * (4 stars)

The Comedy Club 4 Kids is a stand-up gig for children with comedians from the adult comedy circuit performing family-friendly material.

The compere Tiernan Douibeis excellent, very good with children and very quick with his observational humour. He is also very silly, which has the children (and me) in fits of laughter. I was particularly impressed with his memory – he chatted with many children in the audience, asking them a few questions about where they were from, and was always able to come back to a child he’d spoken to before and remember their name and what they’d said. That was a really nice touch, and more than my memory’s capable of!

Of particular delight was his struggle with Scottish names and places, which the children roared with laughter at.

There were two acts on the bill, the first a character comedian by the name of John Roast who told a series of jokes all with a punchline rhyming with “roast”. It did gather speed and had people laughing in the end. The second act was Nick Doodie who was very funny but who accidently swore twice during his act. My children didn’t notice however.

There will be different comedians throughout the Fringe taking part in the Comedy Club 4 Kids, check www.comedyclub4kids.co.uk for a list of who’s on when.

Eilidh (age 9) says: “It’s just that: comedy! Funny, hilarious, silly, they’re all words to describe the Comedy Club 4 Kids!

Mairi (age 7) says: “It was fun making the noises of dying animals. It was funny when this guy told us how mad his granny is.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Comedy Club 4 Kids
The Bongo Club

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Fringe Review: Peter Pan on Dinosaur Island http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/05/fringe-review-peter-pan-on-dinosaur-island/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/05/fringe-review-peter-pan-on-dinosaur-island/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:44:20 +0000 Vikki Spence http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25789 * * * (3 stars)

A swashbuckling tale of pirates, dinosaurs, time vortices, biology and belief in fairy stories.

This unique approach to children’s theatre begins with the provision of pencils to complete the puzzles in the programme, which also contains relevant amazing facts, to entertain and amuse children (and their grown-ups!) while the audience settle and wait for the show to begin.

Written to allow maximum audience participation (although at times this can make the plot feel a little stretched and tedious – it is a long show) with children being invited to help out frequently. However, not all children managed to get a turn of going on stage while others were chosen repeatedly. For the most part though the interaction was very good with the children keen to do battle with pirates and dinosaurs.

The costumes were excellent, and the small cast worked very hard to portray a large number of characters. I asked my nine year-old daughter during the interval how many actors she thought there were. She counted six (only identifying two characters played by one actor, and not counting the various dinosaurs at all) and was very surprised to hear that there were only three actors sharing so many roles.

Overall this is a fantastic adventure for the kids, but adults may find it a little long-winded at times.

Eilidh (aged 9) said: “A funny story that mixes old and new tales. It’s a perfect family show, and kids are on stage throughout!”

Mairi (aged 7) says: “It was funny when we threw dino poo. The baby dinosaurs are cute.

* * * (3 stars)

Peter Pan on Dinosaur Island
Spotlites at The Merchants’ Hall

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One final though, merchandise (flashing pirate swords and other sparkly things) are on sale while you are queuing and as you go into the venue. Also, there is an interval with ice cream and other refreshments on sale. If you intend to give in to your child’s pleading, make sure you’ve brought cash!

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Fringe review: Street Dreams http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/05/fringe-review-street-dreams/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/08/05/fringe-review-street-dreams/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:21:12 +0000 Vikki Spence http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25788 Come and spend an hour in a strange world of boxes and newspaper where a little Old Man is at the end of his tether.

* * * * * (5 stars)

Seemingly simple puppets come to life at the hands of five skilled performers who interact only with their puppet while the puppets interact with each other. The Old Man who is the focus of the show is handled by two dedicated puppeteers who act more like the compassionate carers of an elderly gentleman. The show takes us on an emotional journey as we experience the Old Man’s full range of emotions – no mean feat with a solid, painted head! It’s testament to the skill of the puppet builders, puppeteers, musicians and director that we empathise so strongly with a character we are beginning to see as real, despite being manhandled (puppethandled?) throughout by two humans making no attempts to manipulate him from a hidden position. Towards the end, as the Old Man began to interact with the audience, I had to remind myself that those brooding eyes could not see me, could not return the gaze that I felt so strongly.

Adults will be enchanted by the technical brilliance of the performance; children will love the banana skins and when the Old Man goes to the toilet!

Eilidh (age 9) says: “It’s about an old man who lives on a rubbish dump and it is hilarious! I highly recommend it and I hope you love it too. A great puppet experience.

Mairi (age 7) says: “Its clever how they make him walk. It was funny when he jumped on a banana peel.”

* * * * * (5 stars)

Street Dreams
The Underbelly Big Belly

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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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The Daily Dust Review: RunBreeze http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/07/13/the-daily-dust-review-runbreeze/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/07/13/the-daily-dust-review-runbreeze/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:39:12 +0000 Sylvie http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25580 Anti-Blister-RunBreeze

With training for marathon well on it’s way testing the following anti-blister socks from RunBreeze could not come at a better time.
Blisters I have collected a few along the way, there is nothing worse than preparing for weeks and having to pull out of a race due to excrutiating blisters – prevention is just as important as getting the right pair of running shoes.

I have been running with those socks for a few weeks now and I have to say that they have made a big change to my blister count, I still get the odd small blisters after lengthy runs but that’s a vast improvement.

RunBreeze is a British based running brand providing technical running socks and accessories to the running community. The design team has over 40 years experience in the industry and worked alongside runners to create the best technical socks possible.

Verdict: We are going to give the anti-blister socks a racing 8 dust out of 10

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Twenty comics to catch at the Edinburgh Fringe http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/06/16/kate-copsticks-20-comedians-to-catch-at-the-fringe/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/06/16/kate-copsticks-20-comedians-to-catch-at-the-fringe/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:27:41 +0000 Ewan http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25295 Edinburgh institution Kate Copstick, like many of us, has sat down with the Fringe program and picked out her favourites – although a nod from Copstick in The Scotsman is more likely to appear on the flyers of the twenty chosen acts than "Ewan says we’re quite nice."

Unless you follow the comedy circuit, a lot of these names are going to be new to you, but I can’t see a duff name in this twenty. I can see some comics that aren’t my cup of tea, but I’ve been known to drink tea with milk without complaining in the past. What I did enjoy about this list was the number of names that were featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Podcast many years ago, and continue to pop up like old friends that only see each other once a year. Acts like Axis of Awesome, Sam Simmons and Andrew Lawrence.

If you need a starting point for the thousand or so comedy acts, Kate’s list is as good a place as any.

More Fringe fun at the Edinburgh Fringe Podcast, follow the podcast in iTunes or via the dedicated RSS feed.

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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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The Daily Dust Review: Storm Tea http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/06/the-daily-dust-review-storm-tea/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2011/05/06/the-daily-dust-review-storm-tea/#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 17:31:06 +0000 Admin1 http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=25047 The wedding of the year has been and gone, time to put the buntings and British flags away…bringing out the British in us felt rather natural and the good news is that it does not have to stop here – it’s with great excitement that we agreed to put to the test Storm Tea…after all drinking tea is a very British thing to do!

Storm Tea

So will it be the big bang or leave us with a dusty after taste…One of our reporters took the box home last week and give it a good tasting!

Description:

15 silk pyramids of organic english tea neatly packed in a clear box – the clever use of silk reveals the tea in its “raw” texture and releases the tea fragrance far better than the usual paper fiber.

I brewed one tea bag for a whole tea pot (average 3 cups) and the brewing time required was remarkably short.  I would normally add 2 tea bags with regular brands to achieve the same strength.

Tea Bag - Storm Tea

The initial fragrance was an early indication that this tea would be flavoursome and it certainly matched all expectations.

Stormtea.co.uk are ticking all the boxes  and we are giving it an official 9 Dusts out of 10.  This brew beats anything we’ve had the pleasure to drink and it doesn’t require half a cup of milk and three sugars!

Stormtea.co.uk have updates on both  facebook and twitter.

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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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Dust review: The Golden Prince – Rebecca Dean http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/12/07/dust-review-the-golden-prince-rebecca-dean/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/12/07/dust-review-the-golden-prince-rebecca-dean/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 08:23:01 +0000 Sylvie http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24667 With the wedding of the year on its way – The Golden Prince, the latest book written by Rebecca Dean could not be published in a more timely manner.

The author looks at history with a twist mixing facts with fiction.

The book is set in the early 20th century a time when the royal world could not be anymore different to the one of William – a world where royals and commoners were not allowed to mix.

What would Edward great-uncle of William would have made of Kate Middleton and William’s wedding?

The author Rebecca Dean believes that his father’s refusal to allow him to marry the girl he loved had a traumatic effect on Edward whose name was never again linked with that of an unmarried woman. In her book The Golden Prince, the author explores the poignant situation of Prince Edward when, as a very young man, he was denied personal happiness by not being allowed to marry the commoner he loved.

We give this book a “royal” 8 Dusts out of 10 and recommend it as a perfect gift this Christmas.

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Dust Review: Philips & O’Neill – The Stretch Headphones http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/10/11/dust-review-philips-oneill-the-stretch-headphones/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/10/11/dust-review-philips-oneill-the-stretch-headphones/#comments Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:42:44 +0000 The DailyDust reporter http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=24264 From time to time, reviewing products on the DailyDust is more than a pleasure.  We have been lucky enough to get our hands on a new set of headphones called “The Stretch” – a marriage between the cool brand O’Neill (think surf dudes) and the masters of headphones, Philips.

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The new headsets are made from TR55LX, a durable temperature resistant material 6 times stronger than Poly Carbonate.  These headphones are made for action, using the same material that is used in O’Neill’s wetsuits, the headband is really comfortable and stretches easily.  The cable is tough, it looks like a shoelace and is said to be tangle-free.  During our usage, it never became tangled – this made the headset ideal for running.

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Now to the sound.  Awesome.  With the volume of our iPod at only half level – we could not hear the screaming children in our local park.  The quality of the sound was clear and fresh, with just the correct level of bass.  One small complaint is that on full volume, people within a few feet can hear the music blasting out.

These are perfect for listening to music and podcasts on flights, we listened to the excellent “This week in Tech” and for the first time, could hear every word at a mile high.

Overall, these are a fantastic set of headphones, they look rugged, fit amazingly well, sound great and with the collaboration with O’Neill, Philips just got much cooler.

Overall we give “The Stretch” an uber 9.5 Dusts out of 10.philips1

Find out more on the Philips website.

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Fringe Review: Axis of Awesome http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/08/26/fringe-review-axis-of-awesome/ http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/2010/08/26/fringe-review-axis-of-awesome/#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:43:52 +0000 Vikki Spence http://www.thedailydust.co.uk/?p=23408 They rock hard, possess the rugged look of rock stars and the keen eyes of top flight comedy writers.

* * * * * (5 stars)

The short review? Axis of Awesome are awesome.

On top of their rock band potential – they would not be out of place at any rock’n’roll gig as straight musicians, they also have a sharp observational eye and an awareness of everyday social situations.

Lead singer Jordan Zumzingunpronounceable (Raskopoulos! – Ed), guitarist Lee Naimo and keyboard player Benny Davis have returned to the Gilded Balloon with an almost all-new show that builds on their success last year by taking aim at more musical genres, social awkwardness and KFC.

The collection of new songs which were incredibly well received by the audience, is rounded up with the boys’ signature YouTube piece, The Four Chords Song, finishing up an hour of memorable music and mischief.

And they had lasers.

* * * * * (5 stars)

Axis of Awesome
Songs in the Key of Awesome

Click here for more information and to book tickets.

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