Delta Sky: Sports Tech

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You can also read my pick of the latest fun fitness kit here.


Eglu blog: Rescue hens

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In which I didn't think of saying "from bad arse to badass" till I re-read the piece after publication. Read about our girls here.


E&T: December gadgets for kids

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See also my in-depth review of the Harry Potter Deluxe Invisibility Cloak.


E&T: December gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the AncestryDNA genetic heritage test kit.



Delta Sky: Monitors

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You can also read my pick of the latest designer displays here.


E&T: November gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music.


Evening Standard: Smart lighting

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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!


Bake for the Birds!

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We keep rescue hens in the back garden. It's unapologetically hippy but it is also a bit gadgety because they live in a superb fox-proof Eglu coop with an automatic door that's triggered by sunlight levels.



We're holding a cake sale next Saturday to raise funds for the British Hen Welfare Trust. It costs the BHWT around £2.50 to get each bird rehomed. Mine had never been outdoors before, never been treated kindly, etc. They're crazy happy now and they lay me delicious eggs every day.

This is what our girls looked like five months ago when we collected them.



And this is what they look like now. Same birds.



Loads of friends are baking delicious cakes. Plus KitchenAid has very generously donated a red Artisan stand mixer worth £499 which we are raffling for the BHWT too. Tickets cost just £1.



COME BUY CAKES AND RAFFLE TICKETS!

Delta Sky: Coffee makers

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Can you tell I'm a caffeine fiend? You can also read it online here.


E&T: October gadgets

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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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