Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
‘I’m getting peaty, malty hints. Supple notes of spiced wood. And a balanced kick of smokey honey with dried fruit.’
The language of whisky tasting can seem bizarre to anyone other than an expert. So to help us identify individual flavours within Johnnie Walker Blue Label – the rarest in the brand’s portfolio – food design studio Bompass and Parr has commissioned a piece of organ music called A Symphony in Blue.
Written by British organ specialists Mander’s Organs, the piece is designed to match musical notes to the flavours in the whisky. Over the course of the performance, flavours such as peat, malt, fruit, wood and spices are represented through sound and projected images, making them easier for the audience to pick out as they drink.
Missed the notes of cedar? Think we’d better have another listen (and another glass).
Leave the flasks to the hikers. What you need is a Minipresso, a dinky espresso machine for popping in your bag and pouring out when you’re on the move. (Hot stuff, Damo.)
At just seven inches, the handbag-friendly gizmo has everything you need to make the perfect pick-me-up. It also includes an insulated cap that doubles as an espresso cup, and a set of inserts that let you use either Caffitaly capsules or your favourite grind.
See it in all its beany glory here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSppIjPSxyc
Ever been to a wedding where the invitation asks you to submit your favourite tune for the DJ’s playlist? Ever hidden in shame as the dance floor clears and everyone tuts when your choice comes on?
Taking things a step further, you can now choose your favourite song when you buy a festival ticket, then have your tune played to you by an overhead drone.
Created by BASE and Spotify, the PartyDrone is the first personalised sound system. Festival goers are asked to add their song to a Spotify playlist when they buy their ticket. Then when they arrive, they’re ‘matched’ to their song so the PartyDrone can find them throughout the festival and play it from up above.
No hiding from that one, then.
Ever feel like you’re sitting in a doctor’s waiting room instead of a train carriage? If your morning commute is an everyday battle to avoid catching something horrific, you need the Germinator Transit jacket.
Created by innovative fashion company Betabrand, the jacket is a water-resistant fleece that also features silver-infused antimicrobial fabric and nanoparticles that inhibit bacteria growth.
Its hood and linings are removable and washable to make sure grime and germs don’t build up. And the sleeves come with fold-out cuffs to protect your whole hand when you’re gripping onto germ-covered poles and escalator rails.
If that’s not enough, the collar also has a high lining that can be pulled over your face to protect from coughs and – according to Betabrand – those silent but violent gassy emissions from other commuters. Nice.
Half an onion, the scraps of yesterday’s roast, a couple of green beans and a jar of mayonnaise. What on earth are we going to have for dinner?
The contents of a mid-week fridge can lead anyone to despair (and a take-away). But now, Hellmann’s Brazil and a team of professional chefs are here to help.
Just take a picture of your ingredients – however hopeless they may seem. Send it via WhatsApp. And a chef will get back to you with a new recipe just for you.
If that’s not enough, they’ll then send you pictures and videos to help with every stage of the preparation, and even tell you when it’s time to get your creation out the oven.
Over 8,000 people used the service in its first ten days, with each person spending an average of 65 minutes talking to their chef. So who’s doing the washing up?