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Chromecast

Magical: this little and cheap hdmi dongle allows you to play HD Netflix, stream music, mirror your Android screen and more through your TV; it is almost completely hassle free.

Classic

Great

Highly recommended.

Teapigs Chocolate Flake Tea

Blend of black leaf tea in pyramid bags with cocoa and chocolate; great, subtle flavour.

Great

Acer C720 Chromebook

Got one of these from a conference. Really impressed with this: amazing keyboard (comparable to Apple laptop), good trackpad, fast enough with decent Intel processor (Chrome isn't noticeably slower than my MacBook Pro Retina) and fast SSD, incredibly quick boot. Only weak point is the screen, but at a RRP of £200 it is actually acceptable. If you want a Chromebook this is probably the one to go for as the ARM ones are reputedly underpowered.

Great

Turkey and Celeriac Winter Salad (Pret a Manger, Christmas 2013 menu)

Really tasty, varied (and seemingly healthy) salad from Pret. Turkey, peppers, celeriac, quinoa, pickled cabbage and pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oil dressing.

Great

Good

Worth experiencing but not essential.

ZTE Open C

Got one of these to try out Firefox OS (less than £40 on eBay). Firefox OS is doomed (limited, slow, ...); however, you can easily install Android 4.4 which runs incredibly well given the low cost (Firefox OS really is doomed!) so a great extra test device (if like me you are a developer). Of course as a consumer I'd suggest spending a little more and getting a Moto E.

Good

Nokia X

It is impressive what a low end phone can do these days. Firefox and basic functionality works well (and the camera is decent for RRP). Feels very solid, if a little bulky. However, I can't really recommend it as, dual-sim aside, any of the similarly priced Moto E/G or Lumia 520/630 are better value. Disclaimer: got sent one of these by Nokia.

Good

LG G Watch

Tempted by a sale on Amazon I picked up one of these. Android Wear is genuinely impressive and useful (I have quite a limited set of notifications enabled so those I do get are important). Voice search, music control and ambient (Google Now powered) info are small but useful supplements to a smartphone. The hardware is bland, but the screen is clear, performance good and battery life slightly better than my phone. However, the 4.4W2 update made it ridiculously sensitive (repeatedly interrupting my music!) so it is going back to Amazon.

Good

Mac OS X Yosemite

A beautiful update to Mac OS X: many aesthetic improvements though little in the way of functional improvements (virtually nothing I actually use was changed). No technical issues with update.

Good

Okay

Acceptable; I didn't regret it but I wouldn't really recommend it.

Conflict Time Photography (Tate Modern)

An exhibition of photography at varying points in time (moments, days, years) following conflict or war. Interesting if grim; though often lacking in context, simply providing a multitude of images. Implicitly a convincing argument of the relative lack of worth of elite art when compared to decent journalism or history.

Okay