Monday, November 25, 2013

Cigar Cutters


Cigar cutters are an essential for those who wish to smoke cigars requiring cutting. Just because you have seen a gangster film in which a character bites if off with his teeth, I beseech you, please don't try it. Unless you know what you are doing (which I certainly didn't), I would honestly say it is one of life's more.....well..... disgusting expereiences.

Cigar cutters have been in use for a great number of years, these are used in order to remove the cap which is usually at one or both ends of a cigar, and must be taken off if you want to smoke it. this is much more efficient than when someone decides to bite it off or slice it with a knife which can damage the cigar, lose tobacco and cause it to burn unevenly.

This is where the cigar cutters come in, and there are three different types:
The "Guillotine" or "Traditional" Cut - the best known of cigar cutting techniques, in which the cutter is basically a circular hole with a blade either side. The cigar is inserted into the whole and the blades quicky sliced across, chopping the end off the cigar, like Robespierre's execution. The advantages of this are that it is quick and easy, the disadvantages are that the smoker reccieves the full amount of tar and residue, which may impair the flavour of the cigar, and is also more of a health risk.

The "Bullet" or "Punch" Cut - A punch or bullet cutter pierces a hole in the end of the cigar, making a clean job. This is often pre-done on many cigars, but is advantageous over guillotine cutting as tar and residue is collected in the curved end of the cigar before it leaves through the hole. It can also restrict the freedom of a draw of smoke.

The "V" Cut - the king of cigar cuts. V cutters make a v shaped slit in the end of the cigar. It does not restrict the flow of smoke and most of the tar and residue accumulatedon the inside of the 'V', giving a smoke of maximum smoothness and minimum bitterness. However, due to the shape of V cutter blades, it is sometimes difficult to retain their sharpness. Good V-cutters penetrate deep into the filler, creating a nice clean gash rather than removing it totally, However some cheap V cutters can result in an untidy gash, which can result in a somewhat unpleasant experience on account of an uneven burn, by cutting in too deep.

Although there is a relatively wide price margin in cigar cutters, if you only tend to smoke one or two a month, you can stick with a cheap one, or at least, one which does the job satisfyingly. The more up-market cigars are really for those who smoke a lot, or who will gladly part with vast amounts of money.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Beauty News

Beauty NewsIt’s no easy task to keep up with the ever changing beauty industry as there’s some new great innovation coming out allthe time. If you’re going to a beauty salon in Bangor sometime soon, here are some great talking points for you to start a conversation with.
The Fake Tan
Recently, it’s been suggested that the buzz around giving yourself an artificial glow has gone way off trend. With reports claiming that there’s been a dwindling in people opting for a darker tone, it looked like the age of the fake tan had come to an end. Don’t try telling James Read that though!
The master of the tan has opened The Studio: an illustrious salon in London which delivers the great “back from holiday” colour that you need all year long. With a client list including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Ellie Goulding, the lure of a beautiful hue is sure to keep the fake tan business going for a very long time. Or at least until The Only Way Is Essex finishes!
Matte Nails
Often criticised for not giving that typical nail polish sparkle, the matte nail looks like it could be in for a successful season.
After a fantastic exhibition at the New York Fashion week, critics have been claiming that it is coming back in a big way. Marie Newman has spearheaded the new movement by combining standard colours with a fantastic matte overlay. Should you be sceptical about taking on an all-matte effect, compliment it with a subtle gloss at the top of your nail or get artistic with some spots – there are so many varieties for you to try out.
The Anti-Greying Pill
After the massive trend of dying your hair grey being adopted for the catwalk to acclaim, you could be forgiven for thinking that it was a bit of a premature attempt. Thankfully, due to an intriguing new pill, you can stave off Mother Nature for longer to keep your hair colourful.
A completely natural supplement, the active ingredient is an enzyme called Catalase which is said to deter the body from overproducing hydrogen peroxide which is what causes the discolouration of our hair over time. As an alternative to damaging dye, the pill is completely safe and looks like an exciting prospect for the future.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The benefits of Natural Wine

There are a wide range of alcoholic beverages available; however wine plays a leading role which makes it a
favourite for the consumer. Wine is consumed by many and also added to many food recipes to improve the taste.

In this article we will discuss ‘natural wines’ which are getting remarkable response and popularity in the shops and wine markets day by day. The main reason for their popularity is the low sulphites in the wine as well as the reduced negative effects that they have on the body.

History of Natural wine

Natural wine is produced from fresh fruits based on organic farming techniques where they are produced in a natural way. Use of any chemical agents for the fast growth of fruits usually destroys the natural energy and taste considerably. Thus for perfect quality of wine it is necessary that all the fruits are grown in a natural way. There are different types of fruits which are used to produce quality wine, but the most familiar amongst all are grapes. The most important fact with grapes is their natural growing power without utilizing any chemical or insecticides. In other words grapes are grown through friendly gardening methods throughout the season. The well known taste of grapes influenced by little sourness helps wine to become tasteful and pleasant.

Benefits of Natural Wine


You may not believe but this is a fact that wine can be a natural treatment of cardiac diseases, such as coronary disease and high cholesterol levels in the blood. Just consuming a single glass of natural wine could help in reducing coronary hazards. The natural power of organic wine enhances the level of HDL or high density of lipoproteins in the blood by creating good cholesterol. On the other side the LDL or you may say low density lipoproteins are automatically reduced which are known as “Bad cholesterol”. Needless to say chances of stroke and cardiac attacks are reduced by the reduction of ‘Bad cholesterol” in the blood.
There are many other benefits of natural wine; it strengthens and develops the tissues of all the bones in your body, which reduces the chances of hip cracks. In addition to that it’s very useful and beneficial to those who are suffering from any type of bone-related disorder.    
In short, there are many other health benefits of natural wine but only if consumed in limit and moderation.

The benefits of Natural Wine


There are a wide range of alcoholic beverages available; however wine plays a leading role which makes it a favourite for the consumer. Wine is consumed by many and also added to many food recipes to improve the taste.
In this article we will discuss ‘natural wines’ which are getting remarkable response and popularity in the shops and wine markets day by day. The main reason for their popularity is the low sulphites in the wine as well as the reduced negative effects that they have on the body.

History of Natural wine

Natural wine is produced from fresh fruits based on organic farming techniques where they are produced in a natural way. Use of any chemical agents for the fast growth of fruits usually destroys the natural energy and taste considerably. Thus for perfect quality of wine it is necessary that all the fruits are grown in a natural way. There are different types of fruits which are used to produce quality wine, but the most familiar amongst all are grapes. The most important fact with grapes is their natural growing power without utilizing any chemical or insecticides. In other words grapes are grown through friendly gardening methods throughout the season. The well known taste of grapes influenced by little sourness helps wine to become tasteful and pleasant.

Benefits of Natural wine

You may not believe but this is a fact that wine can be a natural treatment of cardiac diseases, such as coronary disease and high cholesterol levels in the blood. Just consuming a single glass of natural wine could help in reducing coronary hazards. The natural power of organic wine enhances the level of HDL or high density of lipoproteins in the blood by creating good cholesterol. On the other side the LDL or you may say low density lipoproteins are automatically reduced which are known as “Bad cholesterol”. Needless to say chances of stroke and cardiac attacks are reduced by the reduction of ‘Bad cholesterol” in the blood.
There are many other benefits of natural wine; it strengthens and develops the tissues of all the bones in your body, which reduces the chances of hip cracks. In addition to that it’s very useful and beneficial to those who are suffering from any type of bone-related disorder. 

In short, there are many other health benefits of natural wine but only if consumed in limit and moderation.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hanse 411



Hanse 411
There are few boats that equal the diversity of the award winning Hanse 411 in quite the same way. This elegant cruiser boat is expertly crafted with a fractional rig and a stack pack mainsail along with a self tacking genoa to ensure ease when doing some light sailing, avoiding too much heavy work which would be strenuous for a small crew.

This stylish and speedy vessel is ideal for single or light-handed sailing, because of it been a self tacker. The boat has a large sail area which means that when it’s against other boats of the same size it really shows off its potential, often outshining any competition while emanating grace and class. The interior features a gorgeous red mahogany which will feel like home after a short space of time. 

If it’s comforts you are concerned about, take note of the 2 double and 1 single bed over the space of 3 cabins. The boat also features Webasto cabin heating, which is sure to keep you warm on a cold night out at sea.

The Hanse 411 has three gorgeous cabins which can situate that will make you feel right at home, heating and a shower. The boat packs a 40hp punch, with a 120L fuel tank which takes Diesel fuel. The cruise speed of the boat is 7k but can reach speeds of 8k.  

Mechanically, the engine is a Volvo Penta MD2040 3-cylinder 40hp diesel engine, there’s also a sail drive with a 2-blade propeller. The sail stands a mighty 50.2 square metres, with a Self-tacking jib at 31.5 square metres. 

Overall this boat suits a wide range of kinds of sailors, definitely look into this one, you never know it could be just the boat you are looking for!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Enjoy different types of Coffee - wherever and whenever!


The history of the cup and coffee goes back a number of years, with its heritage and presence lasting even up until this day, with ongoing developments that the world has grown to love. There are a number of recognisable brands that offer their coffee and related products to you, supplying delicious coffee beans and instant coffee straight to your mug.

Today there are a wide selection of brands on the market, each with a story of their own – specialising in different types of coffee. Brands like Kenco Coffee have developed blends of different coffees to create different aromas and flavours, also with single capsules and packets to allow people to create an instant coffee quickly and easily – without the need of actual coffee beans. Not only are these portable cups of coffee extremely practical, but are equally delicious and perfect for casual drinking and still perfect for special occasions. To ensure you enjoy your Kenco coffee, using a coffee machine from the same brand is often beneficial!

If you are inexperienced or undecided on a machine or brand that there’s no harm trying a few different things out. Here are a few tips on how you can enjoy and find the perfect coffee blend that you won’t be able to get enough of.

If you have a coffee machine, ensure that you select a brand and brew that suits both the machine and your preferences.

Experiment with different flavours and strengths to see which best suits your taste buds. If you are more of a ‘get up and go’ type of person, then an instant coffee may be perfect for you as they can be made a lot faster than other coffee types – while still retaining the great taste.

Choosing a coffee may seem simple, but to find one that you love, rather than one you don’t mind may take some experimenting. The main brands, including Kenco coffee create some exceptional blends, so check out the different ranges to see which ones you find the best!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Organic Wines

Photo from Stefano Stefano Lubiana Wines @
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Organic wine is growing ever popular with casual wine drinkers and enthusiasts alike. These are wines made
with grapes that are grown in accordance with the principles of organic farming. This means there are no nasty chemicals used such as pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides, and herbicides, instead using natural ways to prevent such problems for ruining the crop.

The classification of organic wine can however vary from country to country so upon buying your wine, it should be taken into consideration where you are buying this from. Biodiversity in the wine’s environment encourages optimum levels of minerals in the soil as a result of staying close to the conditions that grapes evolved to grow in.

The healthy vines are more disease resistant and produce a better and more natural end product. Instead of using chemical pesticides to kill insects other methods are put into play, for example in California plum trees are planted in organic vineyards, these tempting plums attract Anagrus wasps which eat leafhoppers, which would otherwise have a go at the grapes thus providing a natural means for pest control.

Biodegradable alternatives to conventional pesticides are sometimes utilised which do not harm the plant or the soil, but this is only used if necessary and as the name say they do not leave any residue and fade over time without a trace.

When you buy Organic wines, check to see that they are certified by doing a quick bit of homework, and then give it a try to see if you can taste the difference yourself. Some people swear by Organic wine and won’t think about touching anything else.

Recommended choices of organic red wines include Chateau Maris La Touge Syrah, Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir, and Nativa Terra Reserva Carmenere, but have a look around as there are many to taste and enjoy.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Health Benefits of Red Wine

Red Wine is good for your heart 

Red wine contains something we know as resveratrol. This is a powerful compound that can not only act as an antioxidant, but also as a protector to your heart and arteries against the effects of saturated fat in our diet. Drinking a glass or two of red wine per day could prove beneficial in preventing you from cardiovascular disease, as well as improves your immune system against certain things thrown at it.

Red wine contains antioxidants

In addition to resveratrol, red wine contains a number of other antioxidants, which can not only slow the signs of aging, but can also help prevent a range of illness’ including type 2 diabetes. Many of the diseases commonly found in elderly people can be prevented, such as osteoporosis.

Red wine helps to prevent cancer 

Mounting evidence is suggesting that red wine consumption in moderation could actually help prevent cancer. The many antioxidants found in red wine could prove to be enough to help prevent oxidative damage responsible for the process of aging and for many degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimers, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Guercetin, one of many antioxidants in red wine may help prevent lung cancer. Research has lead people to believe that the property called resveratrol could show signs of killing cancerous cells, but not enough evidence has been shown to back this theory up.

Red wine prevents tooth decay 

Red wine, even non alcoholic red wine hardens the enamel found on our teeth. This helps fight and prevent tooth decay, a popular problem found in many people. Hardened enamel is more resistant to Streptoccus mutans, the bacteria that lives on your teeth and is responsible for tooth decay. The polyphenols in red wine can also prevent gum disease and help treat it by reducing inflammation in the gums.

Drinking red wine can help you sleep 

New research shows that red wine can help you sleep. The ingredient melatonin regulates the body clock, so drinking a glass before bed may help you get a better night’s sleep. Melatonin is also another antioxidant of red wine, so can help with anti-aging and cancer preventative properties. Although many of the potential good effects from resveratrol may have a slight benefit, scientists have said that research and development of the active ingredients is still underway, so drinking red wine just for this resveratrol is not recommended. Scientists think that currently, you would have to drink several litres of wine per day to gain any good effect.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Coffee at Work with Kenco Professional


Kenco Professional have been announced as the Coffee@Work 2013 headline sponsor as the initiative returns this year after a successful launch last year. The Coffee@Work event will be taking place on the 22nd April to 28th 2013 and is one of the flagship events in the calendar for the coffee industry. The nationwide charitable programme will be raising funds for Project Waterfall to deliver clean drinking water to marginalised communities in coffee-producing countries in partnership with WaterAid.

Coffee@Work invites workplaces of all shapes and sizes to pledge a one off donation for their hot beverages made at work during the week and organise existing fundraising events, from cake sales, competitions, dress down Fridays and raffles!

Kenco Professional are proud to support an important programme and be a part of a campaign that aims to transform lives for the people who are in most need of it. Kenco coffee is big on sustainability, and the campaign has a great fit with Kenco’s approach to sustainability within the coffee industry.

Coffee@Work is back this year to once again spread the opportunity to participate in UK Coffee Week activities, helping to provide those countries and people that are deprived of life’s basics, such as clean drinking water.

Kenco coffee is a popular brand of coffee that can provide customers with instant coffee, fresh coffee beams, Kenco singles, coffee machines and many other supplies. Discount Coffee Supplies are serving those who require equipment for any purpose, from home to office uses. You can expect compeititve prices, excellent value and of course, delicious tasting coffee with whatever you go for at Discount Coffee Supplies.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is more than just a wine; it’s a phenomenon. In previous years wine enthusiasts have looked down on New Zealand as a wine producer, which to be honest isn’t surprising, after all before the 70’s there was virtually no vineyards to be seen, however, over time, and with the introduction of wine grapes to Marlborough area, an incredible discovery was made, the soil makeup here adds an unmistakable gooseberry and citrus taste to the wine, creating a unique new flavour for wine. When foreign markets tasted this wine they were amazed, and now Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is highly appreciated by those in the know. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has helped to put New Zealand wine on the winemaking map, and is now the most cultivated wine in New Zealand. Now much of the flat land in New Zealand, and among these vineyards is Morton, who has vine estates which cover a significant amount of land on the south island. Cool climate in these vineyards help achieve some truly stunning wines.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a zest, juicy, fruity sensation, that is considered a must try for any wine drinker who has or has not tried a wine from New Zealand, and is the perfect bottle of wine for any occasion. Marlborough is one of the regions of New Zealand which is known for its dry climate,, and is the biggest wine growing region in the country. There are around 65 wineries in the Marlborough region, which means that its very easy and popular to visit and take part in wine tasting sessions. At these wineries , you can be exposed to the facilities and resources that these wineries have to offer, which serve as an incredible experience.

The strong contrast between sunny days and cold nights which exposes the grapes to an extended ripening period, creating a different and unique flavour that Marlborough is famed for. Marlborough is strongly thought of by critics to produce the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc for this reason because this process works so well on the grape.

Monday, February 11, 2013

What you need to know about Sulphites in Wine



All wines contain a degree of sulphur dioxide, which is commonly known as 'sulphites'.

Sulphur is found in different levels depending on the origin of the wine. Quite often, ‘cheap’ wine is considered to have a lot of sulphur content, which is effectively a chemical used to treat wine making it easier to produce.

Why does it matter about Sulphites in wine?

Taste: Sulphites in wine can affect the taste. While other chemicals and treatments may be used to cover this up, the taste of these are rather unpleasant, often detectable at very low concentrations.

Health: Sulphur dioxide can cause potentially fatal reactions to those with allergies. Not only can allergic reactions come up after consuming sulphites, but a classic ‘hangover’ will be worse if you have been consuming a high amount of alcohol that contains sulphites.

Principle: Adding sulphur dioxide breaks the principle of natural wine. Sulphites are not a natural product of wine and are added to give it a longer life, alter taste and essentially make wine more profitable for the producer. Picking up a bottle of low sulphite wine is your best move to avoid these issues.

How much is too much?

This depends on the wine type, sensitivity of the taster and ratio between free and bound sulphur dioxide in the wine.

Only a percentage of the S02 added to wine will be effective as an anti oxidant, with the majority of the remaining being completely unbeneficial. The part lost into the wine is said to be bound, with the active part to be free. A good winemaker will attempt to get the highest proportion of free sulphur to be bound.

Sulphur levels in different wine types

Red Wines: Contains anti-oxidants acquired from their skin and sterns during fermentation, meaning they don’t need much added sulphur dioxide.

White Wine and Rose: Do not contain natural anti-oxidants because they are not left in contact with skins after crushing. This leads to higher levels of sulphur in these wines.

Sweet Wines: These wines get the biggest doses because sugar combines a high proportion of S02. These wines are known to contain the highest levels.

Sensitivity to sulphites

Many people are unsure what exactly sulphites taste like. To most, sulphur can be detected in water at around 11 mg/l. When in wine, it usually cannot be obviously detected to the average wine drinker, although those accustomed to wine tasting may detect it at around 20-30 mg/l.

For most, they will not have tried a ‘natural wine’, so will not be able to personally tell the level of sulphur content.

What are the health implications of sulphur in wine?

Regular consumption of conventional wine will mean you are probably exceeding the RDA of sulphur dioxide by a large amount. More specifically, sulphur dioxide can cause allergic reactions in some people, with those with asthma often being affected. Sulphites contribute heavily to hangovers, so if you don’t fancy having a full day recovering from a night out, then avoid sulphites!