Guests: Noel Fielding, Colin Lane, Ross Noble
Air Date: 13 September 2013 at 10pm, BBC Two
XL Air Date: 15 September 2013 at 10pm, BBC Two
Marriage is a wonderful invention: then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.
Here are some websites we found useful when researching the Kit and Kaboodle show:
Bloomberg has the whole story about kitty litter being used to bulk out cigars.
And the BBC has a nice article about snuff-making in Kendal.
The Telegraph wrote a rather nice piece about Kitty Fisher.
And Wikipedia is as good a place as any to learn more about the Kalamity Klass submarines.
Our go-to source for all things Florence Nightingale is Mark Bostridge’s Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend.
And our source for the Roman salary was Early Roman Warrior 753-321 BC by Nic Fields.
Finally, if you found yourself confused about the difference between English and British wine then why not visit English-Wine.com
The Panel Try Snuff
The Panel Try Snuff
Perhaps the most productive non-cat use of cat litter was by the tobacco companies of America. Reportedly, a dozen of them avoided over $1 billion in tax between 2009 and 2011 by padding their cigars out with (amongst other things) the clay used in kitty litter. The dodge worked by bumping small cigars into the 'big cigar' category, which enjoyed a much lower tax rate under a 2009 law. While cigarette smoking in the US continues to decline, large cigar consumption tripled between 2000 and 2011, whilst pipe-smoking (another tax-efficient nicotine hit) jumped six-fold. Cigarette consumption fell by 33% over the same period.
In the 1870s, tobacco taxes were the US Federal Government’s main source of income.
Wine made from grapes grown in Britain is called 'English' (or possibly 'Welsh') wine. 'British Wine' is made from imported grape juice (usually concentrate) which may come from anywhere in the world. It’s mostly sweet and strong, like sherry, and is similar to what can be produced from a home-brew kit.
Grapes were grown in southern England from Roman times right up until the late 19th century. Very few were grown during the 20th century (commercial production fell to zero between the wars), but there’s currently something of a renaissance, with about 400 vineyards in southern England producing 2 million bottles a year. Climate change is often mentioned as beneficial in this respect; whether or not that’s true, it remains the case that English summers are unpredictable; maybe 2 years in 10 are good, 4 average and 4 bad for grapes.
The answer in each case is that 'you’ll know it when you see it.'
It is an offence to 'go equipped' for theft. However, the equipment in question could be almost anything; prosecutors have to consider the evidence as a whole in order to determine whether an item qualifies. All of the things listed below have been held to be components of burglary kits, given the right circumstances:
A rucksack containing a crowbar, bolt cutters, a torch and gloves.
Black tape, a window hammer, a drill, a grey holdall and gloves.
A ski mask, angle grinder, hammer, crow bar, sunglasses, torch, wire cutters and one black glove.
Gloves, chisel, a paper knife, and a screwdriver.
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