The Insider: A mouse in the house
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Saturday 11 October 2008
The versatile Compact Mouse from Black & Decker can be used for everything from sanding to rust removal to glass cleaning – helping to give your home a fresh new feel. At B&Q and Homebase for £39.99 (www.blackanddecker.eu).
Look stylish when you travel – if you can afford to leave the house, that is – with this luggage from Limited N. The Jewellery Travel Bag will set you back £1,890 and is exclusively available at Harrods (020-7730 1234; www.harrods.com). Keep the receipt...
With Hallowe'en less than three weeks away, it's time to get in the "spirit" with this Vom Fass Witch bottle, containing blood orange and vodka. The bottles are available from Selfridges and Harrods, as well as on the Vom Fass website, www.vomfassuk.com,and are priced at £10.50.
Newly engaged? Don't panic: 'The Dodo Book of the Big Day' will help you plan the perfect wedding while keeping a smile on your face. From the cake to the honeymoon, the book will tell you everything you need to know about organising a great wedding – all with a touch of humour. Priced at £23.50 in bookshops or from www.dodopad.com; £17.95 from 0845 053 1166.
If you liked the Eat Natural nuts and fruit bars, you'll love this new range of muesli. As well as the usual ingredients, Eat Natural mueslis come with gooseberries, toasted buckwheat, whole pecans and "crunchy toastcrumbs". Available in four recipes at Waitrose stores, priced at £2.99 per 450g bag.
These shoes are a collaboration between Puma and Sergio Rossi and will be available from March of next year in Sergio Rossi stores. Prices range from £120 to £340 (www.puma.com).
Get rid of moths and bugs in your wardrobe with no smelly chemicals, using this kit from Total Wardrobe Care. The wooden diffuser is filled with organic essential oils and hung up in your cupboard. It costs £15 ( www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk).
Even the most tight-fisted won't be able to resist getting their wallet out once they're carrying one of Simon Carter's croc collection. Prices start at £49 ( www.simoncarter.net).
Not quite fit enough to pedal up the hills on your bike? Prefer to get to work on two wheels without breaking a sweat? Then an electric bike, like this new model from Powabyke, might be just what you need. The new Powabyke X24 has six gears and is fitted with a lithium battery, which helps to provide some additional power behind each of your pedal strokes. The bike is priced at £895. To find your nearest retailer, visit www.powabyke.com .
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