16 Friday, 28 August 2009 London Lite Make-do and mend... thecredit crunchguide l Use ice cube trays to freeze any leftover wine -- this means you can add booze to casseroles and stews without the need to open another full bottle. l An electricity monitor makes it simple to identify the most power-hungry appliances in your home, and where you could cut back. l Shine up shoes with the inside of a banana skin, allow to dry then buff off with a soft cloth. Alternatively, reinvigorate badly scuffed leather shoes with half a raw potato, then wipe clean and polish as usual. l Toothpaste works wonders on the bathroom basin and jewellery. It can even remove fine scratches from watch faces. l Grapefruit or lavender oil will help to ward off moths. Squeeze a few drops on to some kitchen paper and leave in your wardrobe. l Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda into your trainers -- it is a chemical-free deodorant. l Protect the screens of your MP3 player, mobile phone or digital camera from keys or other sharp objects with a peel-off plastic overlay, which can be cut to fit any size of screen. l Clean smears on stainless steel items with baby oil. by MARK bLUNDEN Drinktonight ...lagerwithlessgas lThe IslanD Queen THE greatest of all the less gassy beers is Kolsch, so named because it originates from the west German city of Cologne. Kuppers Kolsch (3.80 here) is in fact one of the best-tasting lagers you will ever try and its only a pity that more pubs and bars dont follow the lead of excellent Islington real ale pub The Island Queen by serving it. 87 Noel Road, N1 (020 7354 8741) Chris Beanland Read1,ooosofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat thisislondon.co.uk/lite lGranD unIon A PlEASAnT surprise at the bottom of Askew Road -- the previously less-than- appealing Seven Stars has been replaced by Grand Union. And if its a beer with less fizz youre after, then try Cobra (3.30) here. It was, of course, designed to be drunk with a curry, but as this is a brew that doesnt bloat you, its equally at home washing down a GU burger (5.25). 243 Goldhawk Road, W12 (020 8741 2312) Sew simple: the original wartime ad THE Second World Wars guide to frugal living, Make- Do And Mend, has been updated for the credit crunch. First published in 1943 when food and clothes were rationed, the Ministry of Information guide told fami- lies how to get by on one egg a week and how women could apply eye pencil to their legs to give the effect of wearing seamed stockings. T o d a y J o h n L e w i s announced its own version, with advice on how to pro- long the life of your iPod and how to save money on record- able CDs by reusing memory sticks. The guide was written after the department store consulted 28,000 staff, some of whom the company says were working in its shops when the original pamphlet was issued. Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis said: We have become a nation doing our best to weave thrift with quality, and this guide is designed to help house- holds get the very best out of what they have. The guide will be sold in store for 3, with all profits going to charity, and tips will also be posted on Twitter. John Lewis also plans to run classes in the basics of sewing, dressmaking and bag-making. householdtipsforthe21stCentury index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html