You can now buy a gin and tonic Easter Egg

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Gin and chocolate lovers are in for a treat as you can now buy a gin and tonic Easter egg.

It’s made by Prestat and the egg, in the shape of a ‘lemon chocolate shell’ with ‘London gin truffles’ hidden in the middle will certainly be a must for gin fans.

It’s just one of the new exciting range of Easter eggs on the market for 2017, which includes a new giant Kinder egg.

The gin and tonic egg is “made from a unique blend of single origin beans filled with Prestat’s London Gin Truffles with a lemon milk chocolate shell”.

Prestat’s Gin & Tonic Easter Egg is 170g and available for £15 from Ocado.com.

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The health benefits of gin: 7 reasons gin is good for you

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Julia Child, who lived to the age of 91, was asked about the secret to her longevity, she replied: ‘Red meat and gin.’

And while we can’t responsibly advocate chasing your steak and chips with a glass or seven every night, there is some truth to the idea of gin having particular benefits – many of which might surprise you.

From the slightly more obvious (a relatively low calorie count) to the truly amazing (stay calm, but there’s a very real possibility that gin makes you look younger), there are a number of reasons why indulging in the spirit could be good for many different aspects of your health.

However, nutritionist Jackie Lynch warns: ‘As with other types of alcohol, there is some evidence to suggest that moderate consumption can help reduce the risk of heart attacks, for instance. This relates to one small glass per day, as studies have shown that as you increase your intake to three glasses per day the risk of cardiovascular disease increases dramatically.’

‘Training yourself to ask for a single rather than a double measure could make all the difference.’

So, remember to consume in moderation, and like any expertly-made martini, take all of these points with a little pinch of salt…

It’s low in calories

Gin is one of the least calorific spirits you can choose, with a mere 97 calories per shot. Add it to a low calorie mixer – diet lemonade or tonic water are our personal recommendations – and you’re still hitting a far lower total than you would with the average glass of wine (160 calories) or pint of beer (208 calories).

And relatively low in sugar

‘Gin only contains traces of sugar which makes it a smart choice if weight management is your goal, especially if you choose your mixer with care,’ Jackie explains in her book, The Right Bite. So that’s gin, tick, but sugary fizzy drinks no, got it?

It keeps wrinkles at bay

The core ingredient in gin is juniper berries, which are jam-packed full of antioxidants. These in turn can help to promote the appearance of healthy, youthful skin, which means that a regular intake of cocktails could hypothetically be responsible for your smooth, line-free face…

It eases bloating

Juniper berries also act as a natural diuretic, and – double whammy – the herbs used to make gin are known for their role in aiding digestion. So if you find that alcohol often bloats you, switching to gin will give you a much flatter stomach than your usual beverage.

It calms joint pain

In addition to its host of other benefits, juniper was actually an old-world remedy for the pain of conditions like arthritis and rheumetism. Of course, a daily Bombay Sapphire isn’t a substitute for proper medication, but there are those who insist that gin-soaked raisins can reduce inflammation, and who are we to argue?

It’s the ‘best’ drink for diabetics

Research published in the Journal of Diabetes Nursing in 2008 looked into the safest drinks for people with type 1 diabetes to consume, and guess what? They found that gin and tonic came out on top. Of course, you should always consult with a medical professional if you are diabetic and concerned about your alcohol consumption, but it might be handy to bring that little nugget along to your appointment, no?

It helps you live longer

One study found that ‘moderate consumption of alcoholic drinks seems to reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cataracts’, and it’s said that the ingredients in gin (yes, juniper again) can help strengthen the connective tissue in your veins, and contain flavonoids, which help to prevent clogged arteries.

 

The Matching pair Bugatti Chiron Supercar and Super Yatcht.

0 (1)There’s now a yacht to match your Bugatti Chiron supercar.

Bugatti teamed up with yacht designer Palmer Johnson to create the Bugatti Niniette 66, a limited-edition sport yacht inspired by the Bugatti Chiron.

The Chiron is a stunning, $2.6 million sports car with a massive amount of power (1,500 hp, to be exact) that can reach a top speed of 261 mph.

Bugatti has been working with Palmer Johnson on the yacht project since 2015. Bugatti said potential buyers expressed interest after seeing the renderings, but asked for a closer connection to the Chiron that made its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It should come as no surprise that Bugatti owners were among the prospective buyers.

Now Bugatti and Palmer Johnson have unveiled the results of their collaboration — a luxury sports yacht that doesn’t skimp on power.

 

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THE BUGATTI NINIETTE IS A 66-FOOT-LONG LUXURY YACHT MADE OF CARBON FIBER COMPOSITE SO IT CAN REALLY MOVE. BUGATTI SAID THE YACHT CAN REACH A TOP SPEED OF 44 KNOTS.

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THE SPACIOUS OPEN DECK COMES WITH LEATHER SEATS AND FEATURES NATURALLY BLUE MORTA OAK WOOD.

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THE LOWER DECK COMES WITH A CHAMPAGNE BAR, SUN PAD, AND PLENTY OF OPEN SEATS.

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THE LOWER DECK ALSO COMES WITH A PRIVATE JACUZZI…

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… AND FIRE PIT!

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THE FIRE PIT SITS SMACK IN THE CENTER WHILE THE JACUZZI PROVIDES A NICE VIEW OF THE WATER.

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RATHER THAN SPLITTING THE INTERIOR BELOW THE LOWER DECK INTO MULTIPLE CABINS, BUGATTI OPTED FOR A MASSIVE, SPACIOUS SALON WITH A COUCH AND FLAT SCREEN TV.

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A KING-SIZED BED SITS ADJACENT TO THE SALON.

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BUT THERE’S ALSO A MASSIVE COUCH IF YOU WANT TO SLEEP MORE PEOPLE.

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DELIVERIES OF THE LIMITED-EDITION YACHT WILL BEGIN MARCH 2018. BUGATTI DECLINED TO DISCLOSE THE PRICE OF THE YACHT.

Tattooing Animals: Abusive or Artistic?

Animals and tattoos are two very wonderful things. What do you think about tattooing animals?
Incredible tattoo professionals like Lithuanian artist Domantas Parvainas- crafter of some stellar animal portraits, would agree. So would the well-known Mike DeVries, who’s responsible for putting together stunningly realistic animal portraits. What about when these two elements don’t mix? What about animals who have tattoos of their own? Sure, a Poodle with a portrait makes for an entertaining image, but taking that idea beyond Photoshop art seems to be crossing lines. Believe it or not, some pet owners-who are also tattoo artists-blur the boundary between artistic and abusive.
North Carolina man, Ernesto Rodriguez who is a veteran and tattoo artist, took the liberty of injecting ink into his own to Pit Bull puppies. At first Rodriguez claimed the dog was asleep and didn’t feel a thing, then came the later add-on that the dog was actually sedated. The statements he’s made in articles are inconsistent. Whether the dog was asleep or sedated, does that make it okay for him to tattoo something that doesn’t have a voice of its own?
Another artist did the same thing to his dog. Mistah Metro who works at Red Legged Devil tattoo parlor (owned by tattoo artist Chris Torres who was featured on both Miami and New York Ink) did the same thing as Rodriguez. He decided to tattoo his pet that was under sedation after a surgical procedure. Metro didn’t tattoo his dog in the shop so they’re in the clear, but what veterinarian would allow somebody to tattoo an animal in their office?
Although it is not illegal to tattoo a dog, the ASPCA condemns the practice for anything other than identification purposes. ‘Tattooing an animal for the vain sake of joy and entertainment of the owner without any regard for the well-being of the animal… is not something the ASPCA supports, a spokesman for the group told the New York Post.”
The practice was banned in New York with the exception of medical and identification purposes. Consequences for tattooing and/or piercing an animal in the state of New York range from up to 15 days in jail and $250 in fines.
Ernesto Rodriguez took it upon himself to tattoo the thin skin of his own dog’s belly.
What’s more bothersome; the absent-minded idea to tattoo a being that can’t give consent or that the tattoo itself is just horrible?
Mistah Metro proudly posted this picture of him tattooing his dog on Instagram.
Just because the pup won’t feel any of the tattooing process doesn’t mean it won’t have to endure the irritating itch that comes with healing. Not to mention the fur that will eventually grow back and cover the design.
A close up of the traditional artwork.
AIMS-Animal Tattoo Identification Systems
Identification tattoos are legal, AIMS claims to tattoo their animals in a safe non-toxic manner.
Ear tags like this one are another common way to mark and keep track of livestock.
Tattooing a number inside a dog’s ear is helpful for tracking purposes.

The above photo strikes a personal chord. Service Dogs commonly have identity tattoos, I’ve had two Service Dogs in my life, both had identification numbers tattooed on their inner right ear. Every dog is tattooed because not every owner chooses the microchip option.

 

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No, this is not Lil Jon’s cat, the tattoos on this feline aren’t that horrible. Apparently tattooing cats is a legal although questionable trend happening in Moscow, Russia. ‘Cattooing’ is a process that takes around three hours. Putting an animal under anesthesia is a risk in itself, is it worth it just to make the owner happy?
Tattoo artist Kat Von D with one of her beloved hairless cats.
Cattooing or having tattoos while holding cats?

16 Survival Tips From The 1900s That Are Still Brilliant Today

Survival tips and hacks have been around for centuries, and, in most cases, are mere fragments of information passed down through generations.

And whether we’re solving problems in the home, or problems concerning health, we all want to be prepared at all times, and to have a list of tried-and-true tricks ready in our heads.

The New York Public Library has an incredible digital collection of antique materials and prints, featuring artifacts like photographs, manuscripts, and maps.

But below, we share with you one of its most amazing archives  a list of ingenious life hacks that have survived from the 1900s, once supplied in cigarette packs!

These life tips were once printed on “cigarette cards,” which were once found inside cigarette packs. Customers could collect and trade these unique and interesting little cards — and now, they’ve been digitized for our enjoyment!

1. How To Remove A Tight Ring

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“To remove a tight ring from the finger without pain or trouble, the finger should be first well-lathered with soap.

“It will then be found that, unless the joints are swollen, the ring can easily be taken off.

“If, however, the finger and joints are much swollen, a visit to the jeweller is advisable.”

2. How To Detect Escaping Gas

Survival tips from the 1900s

“There is always a danger in trying to locate an escape of gas with a light. The method shown in the picture, however, is free from risk and quite reliable.

“Paint strong soap solution on the suspected length of pipe and the gas will then cause bubbles at the escaping point, which can be dealt with at once.”

3. How To Measure With Coins

Survival tips from the 1900s

“It is sometimes useful to know that half-a-crown equals half an ounce in weight, and three pennies weigh one ounce.

“A half-penny measures one inch in diameter; half-crown an inch and a quarter, and a sixpence three-quarters of an inch in diameter.”

4. How To Pick Up Broken Glass

Survival tips from the 1900s

“To pick up broken glass quickly and cleanly, a soft damp cloth will be found to be most effective, for it takes up all the small splinters.

“The best plan is to use an old piece of rag that can be thrown away with the glass.”

5. How To Preserve Valuable Vases

Survival tips from the 1900s

“If the following precaution is taken, the danger of knocking over a valuable vase will not be so great.

“Partly fill the vase with sand, which, acting as a weight, keeps it upright and firm on its base.

“This idea is particularly useful in the case of vases which are inclined to be top-heavy, owing to their having small bases.”

6. How To Extract A Splinter

Survival tips from the 1900s

“A splinter embedded in the hand is often very painful to extract.

“A good way to accomplish this is to fill a wide-mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle.

“The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.”

7. How To Judge The Freshness Of A Lobster

Survival tips from the 1900s

“If, when buying a boiled lobster, you are in doubt as to its freshness, just pull back the tail, then suddenly release it; if the tail flies back with a snap, the lobster is quite fresh: but if it goes back slowly, you may be pretty sure the lobster has been boiled and kept for some days.”

8. How To Keep A Paint Brush Handle Clean

Survival tips from the 1900s

“To do away with the annoyance of a wet and sticky brush handle, which is so unpleasant to the amateur painter, get a piece of card or tin and make a hole in it through which the handle can be forced, as shown in the picture.

“This prevents the paint from running down.”

9. How To Detect Dampness In Beds

Survival tips from the 1900s

“In order to detect dampness in a strange bed and so be warned of the danger, a small hand mirror should be slipped between the sheets and left for a few minutes.

“Any mistiness or blurred appearance of the mirror’s surface when withdrawn is an indication of dampness, and the bed should not be slept in.”

10. How To Cool Wine Without Ice

Survival tips from the 1900s

“If no ice is available for cooling wine, a good method is to wrap the bottle in flannel and place it in a crock beneath the cold water tap.

“Allow the water to run over it, as shown in the picture, and in about 10 minutes the wine will be thoroughly cool and ready for the table.”

11. How To Cut New Bread Into Thin Slices

Survival tips from the 1900s

“The difficulty of cutting new bread into thin slices can readily be overcome by the following expedient.

“Plunge the bread knife into hot water and when thoroughly hot wipe quickly.

“It will be found that the heated knife will cut soft, yielding new bread into the thinnest slices.”

12. How To Make A Fire Extinguisher

Survival tips from the 1900s

“Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each.

“Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted.”

13. How To Clean New Boots

Survival tips from the 1900s

“New boots are sometimes very difficult to polish.

“A successful method is to rub the boots over with half a lemon, allow them to dry, after which they will easily polish, although occasionally it may be found necessary to repeat the application of the lemon juice.”

14. How To Pull Out Long Nails

Survival tips from the 1900s

“It is often rather difficult to pull out a long nail from wood into which it has been driven, for when drawn out a short distance as in A, there is no purchase from which to pull it further.

“If, however, a small clock of wood be placed under the pincers, as in B, the nail can be pulled right out without difficulty.”

15. How To Carry A Heavy Jug

Survival tips from the 1900s

“The picture gives a useful hint on carrying a heavy jug.

“The correct way to hold the jug is shown in the right-hand sketch. This prevents the weight from pulling the jug down and so spilling what it contains, as is likely to happen if carried the other way.”

16. How To Light A Match In The Wind

Survival tips from the 1900s

“The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind can be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture.

“On lighting the match, the curled strips catch fire at once; the flame is stronger, and has a better chance.”

On this day in Football History : February 27 1977

Maradona Goes International

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On 27 February 1977, Argentina beat Hungary 5-1 in a friendly that marked the international debut of 16-year old Diego Maradona. At the time, Hungary had been the more successful team, with two World Cup finals (1938 and 1954), three Olympic gold medals (1952, 1964, 1968) and one silver medal (1972). But they were in decline, failing to qualify for the 1974 World Cup, the 1976 Olympics, or the 1976 European Championship. Argentina, meanwhile, had reached the Olympic final in 1928 and the World Cup final in 1930, but had since done little on the global stage (they did have 12 Copa América trophies, however).

For the friendly, they met at the Bombanera in Buenos Aires, where approximately 60,000 people turned out to watch. By half time, the hosts were up 4-0 with a hat-trick from Daniel Bertoni (11′, 18′) and a goal from Leopoldo Luque (37′). Luque added another just after the break (47′) to extend the lead to 5-0 before Hungary substitute Zombori Sándor pulled one back in the 61st minute.
One minute later, Argentina made a couple of substitutions of their own, taking Ricardo Villa off for Jorge Benítez and replacing Luque with young Argentinos Juniors midfielder Diego Maradona. It was Maradona’s first appearance for Argentina and he would go on to become the country’s greatest player, earning a total of 91 caps and leading them them to World Cup glory in 1986.

Does expensive wine taste better than cheap wine?

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Before coffee snobs, there were wine snobs. And they were sometimes insufferable. So much so that the wife of one particular collector couldn’t resist making a playful switch during one of the wine tastings her husband held with likeminded associates. She surreptitiously took the party’s dump bucket (the one into which all the extra wine is tossed during a tasting) and poured it into an empty wine bottle. She later served it during the tasting, label hidden, claiming it was a special wine they simply had to sample. The cobbled concoction of disparate varietals and competing profiles was so well received — so very well received, in fact — that she couldn’t bring herself to confess the prank.

It’s a version of a blind taste test that’s been replicated in various circles the world over, one that’s called the assumption that expensive wine actually tastes better than cheap wine into question. In one legendary switch, a fledgling California wine entered a blind tasting against wines crafted by storied French Bordeaux producers — and came out on top. Clearly, when it comes to wine, one’s perception comes into play.

Some studies even show the average wine enthusiast prefers cheap wine to expensive wine, while wine connoisseurs may be able to tell the difference between cheap and expensive wines — but only just. The lesson? When we do not know a wine’s price, most of us will get just as much enjoyment from a cheap bottle as we would from its pricey counterpart [source: Goldstein].

Before you reset your wine budget to an all-time low (Two-Buck Chuck, anyone?), consider the complications. The taste of wine isn’t really dependent on, well, the wine. The taste is a combination of the alcoholic beverage in the glass and the environment in which you taste it. The temperature of the wine matters. So do the circumstances, the company you keep and the food with which you pair it.

When you drink a wine, no matter the price, your perception of the wine will influence the way you experience the taste. If you believe it to be an expensive wine, then it will probably taste that way.

In one study, 20 participants tasted five Cabernet Sauvignons sorted by price (from £5 to £90) while inside an fMRI machine that measured brain activity. However, only three actual wines were used. One of the £5 wines, for example, was secretly served as a £45 wine as well.

The study’s participants found the more “expensive” wines tasted better. The $90 bottle was preferred to the $10 bottle, even when they were same wine. But here’s the kicker: Because the subjects believed they enjoyed the expensive wines more, they actually did enjoy them more. The prefrontal cortex lit up when the most expensive wines were sampled, amplifying their pleasure when drinking it [source: Lehrer].

Turns out, there’s a lot more to a pleasurable wine-tasting experience than the wine itself. The taste of wine simply cannot be separated from our perceptions about its price and quality, as well as environmental factors — such as good company and scenic views — that influence how we interpret the moment.

I’ve tasted expensive wines and cheap wines, but what I recall more than the taste is the circumstance. Even the cheapest wine will taste better to me during a three-hour, multi-course dinner with friends than the pricier version swilled by myself. Wine is social and, if these studies are any indication, that may be as important as the price.

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