Evening Standard: Summer gadgets

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And the online version should end up in the usual place soon!


Delta Sky: Portable hotspots

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Hotspots in your pocket. You can also read it online here.


E&T: August/September gadgets

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Wired Recommends: Barbecues

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Barbecues and outdoor pizza ovens tested by me for Wired. No byline, but if you don't believe me I can call in witness statements from the friends and family who I forced to eat BBQ and pizzas for the piece. It beats working for a living!


E&T: July gadgets

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Delta Sky: Alarm clocks

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Wake up with ease (and caffeine). You can also read it online here.


E&T: June gadgets

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Ideal Home: Cordless vacs & steam cleaners

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Cleaned up with my latest batch of tests for Ideal Home. Read them all at https://www.idealhome.co.uk/author/caramel-quin


E&T: May gadgets

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Delta Sky: Mirrorless cameras

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Big cameras that aren't too big. You can also read it online here.


ITV London Tonight: Living greener

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Martin Stew of ITV News interviews me about our extension, including the zero waste kitchen, energy-saving appliances and skip-diving! The rescue hens and sunbathing dog are the real stars.


DK: How Technology Works

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Proud to say I was an Editorial Consultant on this gorgeous new book from DK. I worked on the 28-page home technology section, a gig I feel I spent my life unwittingly preparing for:

I did an A-level chemistry exam paper on how microwaves heat food.

I did a university interview on how toilet cisterns work.

I spent many an evening in the eighties hanging out at a computer club hosted by a locksmith called Brian, who taught me how locks work and gave me my first file (actual file, not computer file).

I now spend a lot of time reviewing home electricals, some hi-tech and some low. I regularly have to write thousands of words on kettles. The words have to be different for each one, even though they're all fine at boiling water. I honestly don't know why I haven't won a Pulitzer for this yet...





E&T: Pocketalk

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Travel tech at its most helpful: you can simply speak into this hand-held translator. (Stock photo, I did not choose to translate this naff English sentence into Japanese!)


Evening Standard: Dogs

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And the online version should end up in the usual place soon!


Delta Sky: Vacs

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Hi-tech vacuum cleaners. You can also read it online here.


E&T: Tefal Cake Factory

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Last month I got paid to test a pizza oven, this month a cake-maker. Yum.


E&T: April gadgets

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Delta Sky: Hair dryers

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Delta Sky: Pet cameras

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Boundless: Travel tech

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E&T: Gozney Roccbox

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The sun is out early. Go make some pizza in the garden with the Roccbox!


Evening Standard: Robots

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And the online version should end up in the usual place soon!


E&T: March gadgets

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Evening Standard: Green kitchen

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My labour of love kitchen/diner extension. The print story can also be read here for one week only. And an online version should end up in the usual place soon. Best of all, you can get every last detail about the build at my Ugly Duckling House website.
Update: the lovely people at Evening Standard Homes & Property have turned the smug-looking article into a smug-looking video!


Evening Standard: Clean air kit

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And the online version should end up in the usual place soon!


E&T: February gadgets

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E&T: Honda Miimo

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Honda's top-of-the-range robot lawnmower, put through its paces for months. Spoiler: we like it but the dog doesn't!



Evening Standard: Home tech

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And a longer version is already online here.


Evening Standard: Home fitness

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And the online version should end up in the usual place soon!


Delta Sky: Wireless chargers

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Evening Standard: Tech for 2019

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Shout out to Giffgaff

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My daughter uses Giffgaff cos they're cheap and seem to run well enough on the O2 network. I use O2 cos I have a good unlimited data tariff that dates from when they had no idea how much data I could cane!
Anyways... after the recent shitty outage day, O2 credited its customers 65p each. Whereas Giffgaff emailed and asked whether we'd prefer a credit (90p) or for the money to go to charity.
A third of customers chose the latter, which means Crisis just got £387,039 to help support homeless people at the coldest time of year.
Well played Giffgaff. Gadget Girl approves. Shame about the other two thirds though - Crisis could have had a million...


LBC: O2 outage

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Me on LBC about the O2 outage this morning at 2:36:30. Ironically poor quality cos interviewed over the phone... on O2.


Delta Sky: Noise-cancelling headphones

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E&T: NutriNinja FreshVac

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This blender sucks. Literally.


Ideal Home: Ugly Duckling House

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My kitchen makeover, written up by the fab Amy Cutmore for Ideal Home.
You can read loads more about the project on my Ugly Duckling House website.

Photo: Paula Smith

Evening Standard online

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Egg on face as I belatedly discover that my Evening Standard print articles are published properly online. And they do a good job of it. Hurray! Why had I not found this page before?!


E&T: December/January gadgets

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Evening Standard: Single-use Plastic

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The European Parliament voted today to ban single-use plastics, but why wait for 2021? Here are some ways to reduce yours now. You can read it online here too (page 17) but for one week only, hence posting it here too.


Evening Standard: Sleep

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The clocks go forward this Sunday. Here's how to ensure you catch enough zzzs. You can read it online here too (page 16) but for one week only, hence posting it here too.


Evening Standard: Wellbeing

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Homes that are better for you and for the planet. You can read it online here too (pages 12-13) but for one week only, hence posting it here too.


E&T: Optoma LH160

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A handy portable projector that can put out a proper big picture anywhere. Read online here.


Evening Standard: Irons

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Pressing matters. You can read the pretty version online (page 14) but for one week only, which is why I put it here too.


E&T: November gadgets

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Delta Sky: Keyboards

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E&T: October gadgets

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