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Shishimai Dancing Shishi Robot

Adapted from China and associated with bringing good luck in the new year, the Shishimai (lion dance) is a longstanding tradition in Japan. Now the Shishimai Robot from You&I Co. Ltd. brings the costume, dance, and also the music to your home in a fun and stylish device.

Equipped with an internal sound sensor, the Shishimai Robot dances along to traditional music while tapping its feet and opening its mouth. Bring in the new year anytime with some song and dance!

Via Japan Trend Shop [Link]


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In Asia, chickens with striking plumage have long been kept for ornamental purposes, including feather-footed varieties such as the Cochin from Vietnam, the Silkie from China, and the extremely long-tailed Phoenix from Japan. Asian ornamental varieties were imported into the United States and Great Britain in the late 1800s. Distinctive American varieties of chickens have been developed from these Asian breeds. Poultry fanciers began keeping these ornamental birds for exhibition, a practice that continues today. Individuals in rural communities commonly keep chickens for both ornamental and practical value.

 

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Chicks in Bali

                                                                         

 

Farm owners insist the non-toxic dye is harmless and temporary, disappearing as the animals grow their new feathers.

“It’s something we’ve done at Easter time for the last few years,” Phyllis Burney, fiancee of owner Anthony Schmidt, told BBC News Online.

“It’s mainly for the children. They are quite in awe when they come to the farm and see the multi-coloured chicks.

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My Wine tips for xmas

As a lover of wind here are some tips on whats hot and not with xmas lunch.

Good Champagne is delicious, but pricey. There are lots of great tasting sparkling wines  on offer these days from Italian Prosecco to Spanish Cava to  South African MCC (Method Cape Classic)  to New world sparkling wines, some even made by Champagne producers in these foreign lands.  Mainly priced between €12 and €30, there is one out there for most pockets.

My tip would be a nice Bottle of CAVA mixed with a drop of Pommegramet Juice.

A crisp, dry bottle of sparkling wine with nice citrus notes.Great as an aperitif or served with canapes such as smoked salmon.

Other information

Asda Cava Brut for under a fiver!

Percentage Alcohol: 11.5%

Dietary Information

Suitable for Vegetarians.

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Bottle

If I want a drink after that but before our meal, light and bright are usually my guides. Wines that aren’t heavy, have restrained alcohol levels and deliver enough zip and zing to keep me on my toes.  Wines made with Riesling are usually what I prefer, both the delicate off dry styles from Germany or the drier versions from Alsace or Australia. Be it the elegant wines from Germany, the citrusy flavours from Australia or more minerally qualities from Alsace, Riesling is the perfect aperitif wine.

In the white corner southern Burgundy (Cote de Beaume and Maconnais) or New World Chardonnay match the occasion perfectly. While in the red corner, warm climate Shiraz or Shiraz blends are ideal. So that could be wines from the Southern Rhone (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas Vacqueyras, Rasteau) or the New World home of Shiraz, Australia. Either on its own or blended (with Grenache or even the white variety Viognier), these wines have enough generous flavours to be ideal. Another alternative would be a big ripe style Merlot, from either Chile or that varieties classic home, St Emilion or Pomerol in Bordeaux.

My Good Buy tips for this xmas;

Wolf Blass

Aromas of berry, mint and chocolate drift up from the glass. These scents develop into flavours of rich berry and plum with a subtle touch of oak. Enjoy with roasted lamb or grilled lamb cutlets.

Other information

Percentage Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Allergy Advice
Dietary Information

Contains Sulphur Dioxide/Sulphites.

Storage

This wine can be enjoyed now or carefully stored for up to 3 years from purchase.

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Buy 3 for £15.00 at ASDA

Country of origin

Australia

Crisp, elegant and bristling with tropical fruit flavours – the perfect Chardonnay. Not heavily oaked so it’s great for drinking chilled, on its own. It’s also worth trying with fresh fish and grilled chicken salads.

Manufacturer

Andrew Peace Wines Murray Valley Highway
Piangil
Victoria 3597.

For more help with choosing wine check out this feature. Wines of the World

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