CHRISTMAS is right around the corner, so it's time to treat the gadget geeks in your life. The Sun's tech experts have been testing all the latest goodies – here's a full list of the must-have buys for Christmas 2019. Best tech gifts under £50 for gadget fans this Christmas This iconic smart speaker is powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, and controlled by your voice. Play music, ask questions, control your smart home and more – all without lifting a finger. Echo Dot at Amazon for £24.99 – buy here Philips Hue is the biggest name in smart lighting, and this starter kit makes it easier than ever to upgrade. You'll be able to control your lights from your smartphone, set lighting schedules and even hook the whole system up to an Alexa speaker for voice controls too. Philips Hue starter kit at Amazon for £48.99 – buy here This is undoubtedly the must-have game of 2019's festive season. The latest addition to the Call of Duty franchise has … [Read more...] about Christmas gadget gift guide – best tech presents for any budget in 2019
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Veganism is a point of contention all year round. So much so that many vegans cut themselves off from the rest of society, huddling together for warmth and smugness, and using online forums to vent their disgust at the morally corrupt dairy- and meat-eating savages who make up most of the populace. But at Christmas, vegans are forced temporarily to reintegrate into mainstream society, which can be incredibly stressful for both them and the omnivores who host them. Here, then, are some basic guidelines for a happy vegan Christmas. Avoid invitations, if possible This is always my first strategy. This might imply I’m suggesting you invite people to your house. I am not. It’s much easier for the vegan to remain at home and do their own Christmas dinner. That way, you can enjoy your food without someone making some hilarious comment about your stuffed pepper. I realise this won’t work for ever, however, in which case please see my subsequent tips. People don’t … [Read more...] about ‘Pretend your food is disgusting’: Romesh Ranganathan’s Christmas survival guide for vegans
The humble omelette may be the saviour of the lazy cook, simply fry some beaten eggs and voila you have a quick meal. However, for those looking for something more haute cusine, tonight's Masterchief contestants will be creating the Arnold Bennett omelette, here's how to make it. What is an omelette Arnold Bennett The Arnold Bennett omelette is a twist on a classic dish created by cheif Jean Baptiste Virlogeux of The Savoy Hotel. This adaptation was created for novelist Arnold Bennett who finished his book Imperial Palace, during his visit. The writer stayed at the hotel while researching the second of two books he set in the hotel itself and it has graced the menu ever since.As well as eggs, this omelette contains smoked Finnan haddock and when made correctly is described as light and fluffy. How do you make it an Arnold Bennett omelette? You will need 300ml milk 200g un-dyed smoked haddock 1 bay leaf 10 black peppercorns 4 free-range eggs 40g butter 15g plain flour … [Read more...] about What is an omelette Arnold Bennett and how do you make it?
“I just want to take another look at you,” goes the most famous line from the collected versions of A Star Is Born. With Bradley Cooper’s fourth official iteration of the tragic showbiz romance to end (and begin) all tragic showbiz romances now in cinemas, it’s one many film lovers will be repeating as they consult their DVD libraries and streaming accounts: I’ve alluded to this a couple of times in recent months, but the time for a comparative Star Is Born super-marathon – whether in preparation for Cooper’s sterling new version or as a post-cinema treat – is finally upon us. Set aside an evening or two, and get your notebooks and Kleenex ready. Online, however, this obvious cinematic binge-watch opportunity hasn’t been that conveniently lined up. Over in the US, Filmstruck is enterprisingly streaming all three prior versions, plus its effective origin story: the 1932 pre-Code melodrama What Price Hollywood?, to which the 1937 A … [Read more...] about Streaming: where to find early versions of a Star Is Born