Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

New Articles on The Daily Dust today

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How To Look Like Bond - On Holiday

Posted: 30 Dec 2008 09:25 AM CST

James Bond Actor, Daniel Craig, shows how to look like Bond even when on holiday.

Even when not working as 007, Daniel Craig shows he is keeping the Christmas pounds away on holiday.

The actor is currently holidaying on Caribbean island St Barts.

Showing he has gained just a few more pounds since that Bond scene.


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Defoe - “I Want To Go Back To Spurs” - Look Who Wants Jenas

Posted: 30 Dec 2008 09:12 AM CST

Jermain Defoe has told Portsmouth manager Tony Adams that he wants to rejoin Tottenham in January, and Jenas has a new fan..

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has finally admitted that the club are willing to sell Defoe in January, but for considerably more than the £7 million paid to Tottenham last winter.

Storrie told the press: “We have had a tentative enquiry about Jermain and told the club concerned he was not for sale unless it was for a very, very big offer.”  Portsmouth have received verbal offers of between £12-16million from Aston Villa and Spurs for the England striker.  Defoe however wants to go back to Spurs and to the Manager that originally brought him to Portsmouth, new Spurs manager, Harry Redknapp.

Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas has emerged as a £15million January target for Spanish champions Real Madrid led by a certain Juande Ramos.  Real trail rivals and leaders Barcelona by 12 points.

Jenas has admiration for Ramos,  speaking earlier this month, Jenas revealed: “When Juande was here he was having a lot of bad luck. I can’t say enough about him, how good he is.

“I spoke to him after he left about how disappointed I was to see him go, but at the same time you have to move on.”

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The Return Of Shooting Stars

Posted: 30 Dec 2008 08:55 AM CST

Shooting Stars returns to TV tonight following more than a decade away..

The one-off edition of Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer’s comedy game show is on TV tonight.

Team captains Jack Dee and Ulrika Jonsson are joined by entrepreneur Peter Jones, GMTV presenter Kate Garraway, rapper Dizzee Rascal and Gardeners’ World’s Christine Walkden to take part in the crazy quiz.

And Matt Lucas returns as George Dawes.

Altogether now “What’s the scores on the doors…George Dawes”

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How To Use Naked Flames in the Kitchen

Posted: 30 Dec 2008 05:55 AM CST


Blowtorch, Kitchen Blowtorch, or a Hair Dryer? Kamikaze Cookery decide which is best.

Now you could go all arty when making a crème brule, like Nigella or Ramsey, but that’s for people with a bug expensive TV show on the BBC. If you’re doing a smaller show on the internet, you need another remit.

Step forward Edinburgh based Kamikaze Cookery, who promise to use science to cook things, rather than simple things like recipes. So when they turn their eye to desserts, there’s a certain focus on the tools and results.

Are kitchen blowtorches highly specialised kitchen tools, or useless substitutes for a real blowtorch? We pit a kitchen blowtorch against a plumber's blowtorch … against a hairdryer.

With thanks to Kamikaze Cookery, where you can find more episodes.

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Andorra Do A Father Ted For Eurovision

Posted: 30 Dec 2008 04:03 AM CST


My Lovely Andorran Horse disqualified from Eurovision.

Sometimes life imitates art to such a degree that we have to really bend our "Best of British News" remit to get it in, but this is too good to miss.

Andorran Broadcaster RTVA (like the BBC here in Blighty) is currently getting ready to broadcast their national final to select a song to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Unfortunately the song Estrelles D’Or by Marc Durandeau bears a haunting similarity to the song that he performed in the Spanish National Final for the 2008 contest. Which came second.

Now where have we heard that before?

It’s the plot of "Father Ted!" Specifically the episode My Lovely Horse, where Ted takes the lyrics of a song that came fifth in "A Song for Norway" and enters it into the Irish National Final, only to discover everyone has alread heard it and knows the song.

I wonder if we can expect Andrew Lloyd Webber to write something that sounds a bit like Starlight Express for the 2009 UK entry?

(Hat tip to Eurovision.tv).


And here’s Bono and The Edge (U2) Covering Father Ted’s version

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Wanted, Minister of Culture to claim Twitter

Posted: 30 Dec 2008 12:01 AM CST


Pre-packaged account waiting for Andy Burnham

After all the hullabaloo about regulating all the content on the internet at the weekend, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has been on the radar of many a UK Tech writer, none more so than Mike Butcher at Tech Crunch.

So he's registered the Twiiter account of Andy Burnham, with a view to seeding the account by having it follow a solid representation of the UK Technology Scene.

As such, I will be using the account to follow some of the Web's leading commentators in the UK, so that when he does want it back, it will be pre-packaged with people who can direct mesage him a few salient thoughts about the Web, at least before he makes policy on the hoof.

Butcher is accepting suggestions on what to do with the account, and we'll be happy to pass on the thoughts of The Daily Dust readers. I wonder if the rest of the Twittering MP's will let Burnham know what's happening?

(Hat tip to Mike Butcher at Tech Crunch UK).

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