Cool lighting solutions – Deer Head Light Fixture

I’m always looking for new and innovative design ideas that I can use around the house, and I recently came across the Deer Head Light Fixture on Yanko Design.

These lights don’t actually look like anything special during the day, but switch the light on and the full magic is revealed. It’s such a simple idea, but creates a great effect, I wish I could get some for my house.

Check out the pictures yourself and see what you think.

Deer Head Light Fixture

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My new favourite drink – the Old Fashioned

I like my bourbon and usually drink it on the rock or with a little dash of coke, but recently I’ve been watching a lot of Mad Men on Netflix and came across my new favourite drink the Old Fashioned.

This drink takes a normal bourbon and gives it a sweet injection with sugar, orange peel and a maraschino cherry, and it’s fast becoming my favourite drink (especially at home).

Here is the recipe if you fancy trying it yourself:

  • 50ml bourbon
  • 1tsp sugar syrup (alternatively you can use normal sugar)
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 2-3 drops of angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes as necessary
  • slice of orange peel (optional)

Preparation

  1. Take the orange peel and squeeze it through your fingers to release the scent, rub the peel around the inside of the tumbler and place into the glass.
  2. Add the sugar syrup (or sugar), cherry and bitters along with some ice and stir for approximately 10 seconds.
  3. Add the bourbon and stir for another 10 seconds.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Old Fashioned

Picture: Sam Howzit

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Get ready for Titanfall

Rarely do I get super excited about an upcoming game, argh who am I kidding I love it and the next must have game (for me anyway) has to be Titanfall. It is released in just over a month and is one of the most anticipated games of the year since it was unveiled at E3 last year.

This could well be a big console seller for Microsoft as it looks to close the gap on Sony’s PlayStation 4. I have to admit I’m pretty impressed with my Xbox One so far, Forza looks amazing and Battlefield 4 has dramatically improved since the latest patch, although I do hope that Titanfall really pushes the boundaries of the system and provides us with a top game.

Titanfall is scheduled for release on March 14th and I’ll write an in-depth review once I’ve had a decent play with it.

Check out the video below:


Titanfall Closed Alpha Gameplay – Shotgun by xjumper

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Movie Time

The wife and I haven’t been to the cinema in a while. Time and being bothered is what has stopped us really and well, nothing has really caught my eye in a while. Some of our friends suggested going to see 12 Years a Slave at our local picture house, and although I’m not big on historical type films, it has had a lot of press. Not sure if it’s good press, but a lot for sure. It’s also down to win a number of Oscars and it’s already one a few awards this year.

Anyway here’s a trailer for it:

It’s got that benedict Cumberlandbackwhatever whose name no one can say or gets wrong. It does have quite a stellar cast and as I noticed Michael Kenneth Williams who plays Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire and Omar in The Wire (two of my fave TV shows) is in it. I think he’s a great actor so should be good to see him in this. I’m not sure how it will play out, I have seen Django Unchained and that was brill albeit a little gory but that’s the least you expect from Tarantino. I think this film will be hard hitting so might be interesting.

Anyway I was pondering my all-time favourite movies, and was Googling some classics so I could make sure my DVD collection was up to date, when I came across this interesting piece on Most Iconic door moments from film. Up top was the Shining, its defiantly the most memorable. The shining is one of those films which although feels like it drags on forever you only remember certain bits. The door scene being one of them. Notting Hill came second, however I don’t remember the door in that, in fact I don’t remember any of that film apart from Hugh Grant being foppish, after the wife subjected me to it. Third Place went to Home Alone, I like this movie, the part where a pizza is delivered and a voice speaks through the door “keep the change, you filthy animal”.

Anyway here is the list:

  1. ‘Here’s Johnny!’ door, The Shining
  2. William Thacker’s house with the blue door, Notting Hill
  3. ‘Keep the change you filthy animal’ pizza delivery door scene, Home Alone
  4. Mark declaring his love for Juliette with signs at door, Love Actually
  5. Dorothy entering the land of Oz, Wizard of Oz
  6. Bag End’s green front door, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  7. Going through wardrobe, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  8. Matilda being put into the chokey, Matilda
  9. Snake door, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  10. Maximus opening door to Elysium, Gladiator

 

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Taxing Meat – Preposterous

cowSome things really get my goat in the news, on Friday it was an article in the Guardian (I know not the Daily Mail) that bugged me. Apparently some people (chief of the UN’s climate science panel to the economist Lord Stern) want to tax meat. Thus to encourage us to eat less of it and reducing global warming, because cows fart too much.

Yes it’s the methane which is produced from our farming, mainly from the sheep, cattle and goats. It is actually as simple as these animals fart too much, the idea of that does sound silly but the suggestion of taxing meat to cut down consumption is what is preposterous. The scientists who published in the journal Nature Climate Change said:

“Influencing human behaviour is one of the most challenging aspects of any large-scale policy, and it is unlikely that a large-scale dietary change will happen voluntarily without incentives. Implementing a tax or emission trading scheme on livestock’s greenhouse gas emissions could be an economically sound policy that would modify consumer prices and affect consumption patterns.”

However I don’t believe a tax would work, especially as only a select few would probably implement the tax (the UK being first at the door for this extra income). Although in the UK increasing tax on petrol did cut use of cars it was only because people literally couldn’t afford to fill their tanks and people stopped using their cars unless an absolute necessity. However as public transport costs increase I predict people going back to their cars as it will turn out to be the more affordable option.

Same with tax on alcohol and cigarettes those that still want to and afford to still over indulge, those on a budget are the ones who cut down or do without and the same will happen with meat. Eventually it will become affordable o the rich. Now I know I will be able to afford it, but that’s not the point. The wife and I don’t eat a lot of meat, she is surprisingly a good cook, and so can make a joint last a few days. We eat a varied diet and I personally don’t think we overeat and as a tight Yorkshire man I can’t abide by waste.

The only way to cut meat consumption is to cut down what we produce, think of all the waste which goes into crap ready meals, dodgy chicken and beef burgers and the rest. Not wanting to sound like an old man, but what’s wrong with going back to the good old days and consuming meat like we used to. I’d much rather do that than pay tax and line the politician’s pockets?

Image courtesy of Lars_Pistasj

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Moyes Keeps Hold and AVB Loses his Grip

AVB 2So it’s been a tough week for some in the Premier league, on Monday Andre Villas Boas lost his job as Tottenham managers, because 6th in the league isn’t good enough before Christmas and finish just outside of champions league last season thanks to Chelsea . To be fair though he wasn’t creative with his buying over the summer. Tottenham would have known Bale was going and should have sorted out a decent replacement. Even before the Bale sale was complete, they spent around £100m and still didn’t have anything amazing to show for it.

Moyes 2

If I thought any manager would go this week, I would have hedged some bets on Moyes at Manure however securing a win at the weekend saw him staying. That being said I have a feeling Manure won’t be in a hurry to get rid, they do keep on managers whilst they aren’t doing too great, giving them time. That’s what they did in the early days of Fergusons career. However now its not as favourable as fans and managers expect instant results and don’t really have time to see a team grow. But that’s how the Premier League is now and to a certain extent the Championship.

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We have been lucky with our manager, Brian McDermott seems to have settled in well and brought the team together. We didn’t make any massive changes over the summer and luckily kept McCormack after rumours we would sell to Middlesbrough (I mean really) which I think has given us strength along with a good goal scorer in the form of Smith who has been on form.

 

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