Mop til you drop

Many people think the best invention since sliced bread is the internet, but this greatly diminishes sliced bread.

Sliced bread saves a lot of people a lot of time doing something that, like clothes washing, is better spent doing something else, which admittedly makes the comparison with the internet quite apposite. As a time waster, the internet knows no rival.

Equally, raw meat, potatoes and eggs are not high on the Crus household menu so the invention of fire rates pretty highly around here.

Electricity blackouts have most people pulling their hair out, if only because they can’t blow-dry it, which also pushes the internet back a place or two, notwithstanding bald nerds’ assertions that losing the internet is the only bad thing about power outages.

Sure the telephone is handy but it was decades before you could use it for anything useful such as games, photos, calculator, compass, torch and marital aid.

But move over sliced bread there is a new contender for "best thing since...", the Robomop.

With the catchiest name since Arnold Schwarzenegger, if it’s not the best thing since sliced bread it’s easily the most entertaining thing since the internet.

This simple $4 gadget ("Cheap-shop" price thanks to the machine’s failure in a normal commercial sense) consisting of a battery-powered ball inside a circular cage atop a fluffy dusting mat, is simply amazing.

While it doesn’t clean your hard floors terribly well, it does an admirable job trying, providing hours of entertainment as it skitches about the house, darting into crevices and under tables, scaring the dog and troubling low-hung spiders.

Sure it gets caught on things, such as really sticky spider webs, but it’s fabulous fun to watch as it extricates itself from the labyrinth of legs under the dining setting, it’s soothing, rolling, bumping noises not unlike a new pet scurrying about, except all you feed it is electricity.

Okay, if Robomop isn’t the best thing since sliced bread it’s right up there, perhaps on par with the realisation of the effects of fermenting fruit.

Speaking of which:

Yelland and Papps Devote cabernet sauvignon 2009, $32. One could be forgiven for being a devotee of such things as this. You could even start a club. 8.9/10.

Andrew Thomas Individual Vineyard Motel Block shiraz 2009, $45. This should be my favourite wine given my penchant for roadside motels. Goes well with same on cold nights on busy highways with Chinese takeaway. 8.8/10.

Longview Adelaide Hills shiraz, 2009, $15.50. More winter-warmer stuff with a lovely sense of "that’s what I feel like", about it. Correct, as it happens. 8.5/10.

Sanctuary (NZ) sauvignon blanc 2010, $20. In history, if there was one wine to describe 2010, this would be it: $20, carbon neutral, NZ sav blanc. 8.4/10.

Yeringberg viognier 2009, (2010 out now) $30. Not as oily as you may have come to expect from this uncertain breed. Indeed it’s one of the few viogniers that you can drink like a regular white without thinking you’re being experimental. 8.5/10.

Bremerton Reserve cabernet sauvignon, 2006, $45. Tall and slender bottle with a really skinny neck. Obviously more your basketballer sort of wine than, say, rugby. 8.8/10.



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