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Latest EU lightbulb ban delayed by two years

Good news for anyone still trying to read a newspaper indoors after dark, the latest phase of EU meddling with your light fittings has been delayed, with some halogen light bulbs getting a stay of execution for two years after the European Commission (EC) delayed the phasing-out of halogen bulbs until 2018. The original ban,which…

Apple changes terms to allow 14 day refund window on iTunes and AppStore

We’ve all done it, been drunk in charge of a smart device pre-loaded with payment details that has enabled us to make an ill-considered iTunes purchase. However, unless we are compos mentis enough to realise what we have done within a relatively short period of time, when purchasing digital content, our deranged purchases remain stuck…

Ribena isn’t as good for you as it thinks it is, says ASA

While children might be taken in by those healthy, bouncing blackcurrants, everybody else knows that it’s just purple sugar liquid which has the potential to create a dental apocalypse. Apart from, it would seem, Ribena itself, whose latest promotion has been banned because they’ve over-exaggerated health claims. The website for Ribena Plus, which has no…

It's official: health supplements are a load of phoney baloney

Most health supplements are officially bollocks, according to Which! A recent investigation by the consumer vanguards found that many of their benefits were exaggerated – and in some cases – downright false. The EU now asks for companies who make health supplements to give them independent scientific evidence that they actually do something. And the…

Easyjet decide your valid passport isn't valid

If you're flying to Cyprus with Easyjet on a soon-to-expire-passport this summer, you'd better haul your ass to the post office pronto. In their infinite wisdom, they've decided that you need three months validity on your passport to travel there– even though it's in the EU. The Cypriot authorities and the Foreign Office say come…

The Chinese graveyard that is video game heaven

It's like all those decommissioned planes rusting in in the Arizona desert. Yet somehow sadder. All these gambling machines were confiscated as part of a Chinese anti-gambling operation, and all will be destroyed. A tragic waste. If they had Afterburner and Operation Wolf in there, we'd be banging on the gates.

The Christmas shopping starts here - with Spader Man figures!

There’s a long way to go but here’s some of the stuff we’ll be buying for the kids this Christmas – all made in China and harvested by EU customs officials. There’s Batman on a pink-maned pony (he’s now renamed SilverBat) or there’s the steel-eyed star of the 1980s hit movie, Robert Cop. Customs officers…

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Amazon: Know your rights

Amazon: Know your rights

Have you had any bother when dealing with Amazon.co.uk when buying electrical goods? It seems that its a common complaint and that their customer service can be a bit shoddy. Well, there's a little bit of good news. Basically, thanks to Amazon basing themselves in Luxembourg, they've got to tow the line with the EU,…

It's curtains for the 100 watt bulb. Erm, actually 'lights out' probably would have worked better.

The traditional British light bulb is on the way out for good – thanks to those banana-straightening nincompoops in Brussels. That’s what we’d be saying if we were the Sun or the increasingly-tabloidy Telegraph, but we’re not. We’re hard-arsed realists, so we’re pleased to learn that fresh stocks of 100 watt bulbs will no longer…

Wonky fruit and veg back in the shops. Hurrah!

2009 is all going right for Esther Rantzen. First, she stepped up to volunteer herself as a sleaze-free independent prospective MP for Luton, railing against the expenses scandal in the House Of Commons. It led to a disturbing performance by her on BBC1’s Question Time where she nakedly displayed as much raw ego and self-regard…