Christmas with Nigella: Incredibly easy chocolate fruit cake

I think it’s hard to improve on this cake: dark, damp, squidgy and luscious; you don’t taste the chocolate full-on – the cocoa just leaves a hint of smokey richness. Nor, I should add, do you taste the prunes.  When I was making this cake for one of my TV programmes, the cameraman, Wee Nev (Neville Kidd, the eminent director of photography), said with force, ‘Eugh, I HATE prunes!’ But when he ate it later, he proclaimed it to be the best Christmas cake he’d ever had.  And he asked for the recipe so he could ask his wife to make it for Christmas. I don’t mean to crow; it sounds so undignified.  But it’s important that you know how universally seductive this cake is, for all that it starts off ‘350g prunes’. Preheat the oven to 150°C/fan 130°C/gas 2 and prepare a 20cm x 9cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin by lining the bottom and sides with a double layer of baking parchment (though I find that if you use one layer of that tough, reusable silicone baking parchment, my beloved Bake-O-Glide, it does the job well enough, and as the cake is so dark, you don’t see if it catches a little). Put the fruits, butter, sugar, honey, Tia Maria, orange juice and zest, spice and cocoa powder int...

The 5,000 small business owners supporting David Cameron and the Conservatives

In an election boost for David Cameron, more than 5,000 small business owners signed a letter to The Telegraph, praising the Tories’ economic plans and warning against Labour. 215 Farzad Zamanian Managing Director Allied Print Ltd T/A Limehouse Design and Print Yorkshire and the Humber 327 James Cassidy Managing Director Argyle Estate Agents and Financial Services Limited Yorkshire and the Humber 1067 Simon Hainsworth Managing Director Corporate & Sporting Events Management Limited Yorkshire and the Humber 1392 William Morrison Centre Manager and Chair of Trustees East Doncaster Development Trust Yorkshire and the Humber 2011 Stuart Brear Director Hawk Communications and Business Services Limited Yorkshire and the Humber 2763 Paul Janvier Director M and E Building Services Limited t/a Raewarm Electrical services North West 3328 Rudolph Diesel Marketing Director and Executive Director Paul Alexander Mortgage Consultants London 4576 Michelle Buxton Group Managing Director and owner Toolbox Group/ Toolbox Marketing East of England • Entry 413 on the letter has subsequently asked for his name to be removed, saying he was unaware that it would be used as part of the Conser...

As much of the world’s underground infrastructure has reached the end of its design life, many

As much of the world’s underground infrastructure has reached the end of its design life, many cities are aware that they have a major problem lurking under their streets. Some of these cities have been compelled to take action. Many others are not doing much until there is no other alternative. Although these problems cannot be resolved completely, pipe bursting offers an economical solution to repair damaged pipes. According to estimates from Advantica in 2002, the pipe bursting method has become the most widely applied trenchless pipe replacement method with more than 50,000 kilometres (31,000 miles) rehabilitated worldwide. The defective or under-dimensioned pipe is cracked with a burst head and then displaced into the surrounding soil. This creates space for the new pipe of the same or greater diameter. The pipe bursting technique allows the replacement of defective pipelines in the same path without any substantial influences on soil and groundwater. Open trenching, which requires the breaking up and repairing of valuable surfaces, is thereby almost entirely eliminated. Pipe bursting is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative. Pipe bursting has a long hi...

Antilock breaking systems (ABS) have been available on every car sold new for more than a

Antilock breaking systems (ABS) have been available on every car sold new for more than a century, it just wasn’t always electronic or automatic. Early on, the driver had to perform ABS duties by repeatedly pumping the brake pedal to prevent the wheels from locking up under heavy braking. It took decades – and a detour via the aviation industry – before engineers figured out how to build sensors that could prevent a lock-up of the wheels under braking. German engineer Karl Wessel received a patent for an automotive brake force regulator in 1928, but he never managed to bring his design to production. While the need to regulate the hydraulic pressure sent to the wheels under heavy braking was obvious, the lack of suitable technology during the late 1920s prevented engineers like Wessel from developing a commercially-viable anti-block system (ABS) for cars. Keeping it cheap would have made it far too complicated; keeping it simple would have made it way too expensive. Motorists continued to skid out of control like hockey pucks while the technology matured. ABS began appearing on airplanes and on trains, two types of vehicles that badly needed the ability to stop without ski...

How Change UK is struggling at first hurdle in European election

To understand how Britain’s upstart pro-EU party has fallen far short of its initial hopes, look no further than Jeremy Page, a 49-year-old London-based Remainer. It was to people like him that Change UK, a party set up by disaffected centrists, directed its message, as it sought to break the mould of British politics. Mr Page, a floating voter who lives in the well-heeled London district of Dulwich, admitted to being “very excited” when 11 Change MPs broke away from Labour and the Tories with the aim of overturning Brexit. But today Change looks like it is about to fall at the first hurdle; Mr Page, like many others, does not see it as a viable electoral force. The newly formed group is lagging far behind in the polls for this Thursday’s elections to the European Parliament. Change UK is at only 4.3 per cent in an FT poll of polls — a fraction of the 30.6 per cent support for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party, the other newcomer to British politics. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats and the Greens — more established pro-EU parties — bolster their support, hoping to muster a powerful pro-Remain vote between them. “I think with the surge with Lib Dems recently and their established feel ...

Ruipro HDMI Cables Emerging as Enthusiast’s Choice | – StereoNET Australia & New Zealand

Just announced at CES in Las Vegas, the Australian distributor of Ruipro HDMI cables, EZYHD, has received an award for the highest sales of its products, anywhere in the world. It’s not hard to understand why. Ruipro has emerged as the HDMI cable brand of choice for enthusiasts and installers with its diverse, high-quality, yet realistically priced range. Where Ruipro excels is with its 4K-compliant HDMI Fibre Optic cables and particularly for extended runs from 10m to 100m lengths. Using the very latest technology with no signal delay, Ruipro’s 4K HDMI cables are thin and flexible, require no external power source and provide higher speed than copper HDMI cables for real 4K @ 60Hz. Ruipro’s HDMI Fibre Optic cables are an ideal solution for sending real UHD vision from a 4K source to a 4K TV or Projector up to 100m away. The new range also supports HDR, 3D, CEC, EDID, EMI-FREE and No signal loss in high noise environments. The cable is thinner & softer than traditional Glass Fibre cables and offers a tighter bend radius than other products on the market. Pricing starts at $279 for 10m up to $349 for 30m, and StereoNET readers receive a 7% discount by using the code STE...

10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: Hyundai Palisade Piles On, Acura RDX Marks Its Spot | News

On our First Drive of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, we took the all-new three-row family SUV to Idaho — far from the highfalutin oceanside enclave in Southern California for which it’s named — for on- and off-road testing. Despite the Palisade sharing a platform with the also-all-new-for-2020 Kia Telluride, Cars.com reviewer Brian Wong found plenty to differentiate the Hyundai from its Kia kin. But if wild popularity can be counted as an ancestral trait, then the family resemblance between the two is uncanny as the Palisade follows the Telluride’s recent pattern of dominating our weekly list of most popular news stories. “Underneath, the two have the same powertrain, the same chassis and a lot of the same body structure,” Wong explains in our Palisade First Drive video, which takes the No. 1 spot this week. “However, everything that you see and touch is different on the Palisade than on the Telluride; the exterior styling, the interior materials and the dashboard layout are all different. The Palisade also comes with a few unique features that might give it a leg up on the Telluride.” The Palisade’s popularity among Cars.com readers doesn’t end there. The SUV also led our weekly ro...

Really bad idea: Junkyard RV furnace for garage heat

When I moved from California to Colorado in 2010, my new place had a bare-bones two-car garage. One window, exposed studs, no insulation, and the cheapest garage-door opener money could buy when the structure was built in the 1990s. This being the first place I had ever lived with a genuine garage, I loved it. I could do engine swaps, build goofy projects, and leave tools out partway through a job. Such an improvement over decades of working in a driveway! The only problem was that Denver winters can get cold, well below zero Fahrenheit on occasion. The garage got hot in the summer, too, but I solved that problem with solar-powered ventilation fans, plus a cheap air conditioner for the really hot days. I installed insulation in the walls and roof, then paneled everything in plywood. I hired an electrician to install an upgraded circuit-breaker box and lots of power outlets, and I planned to get a natural-gas line run out from the house and a proper gas furnace installed, or maybe just bite the bullet of costly electrical bills and use a 220-volt electric heater made for garages. But then I remembered that my local self-service wrecking yard was full of discarded recreational veh...