Archive for Ian Hughes

Website of the day: Tiger Time

Website of the day: Tiger Time

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Here’s a number for you: 3,200. That’s how many tigers there are left in the wild. In total... That’s astonishing, isn’t it? One of the most mythical and beautiful creatures is literally on the edge of existence. And it’s all our fault. We’ve... >>

Website of the day: Family Traveller

Website of the day: Family Traveller

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It just got real. The first week of the school holidays probably passed in a blur of last-minute end of term farewells, a shedload of washing and the sheer unadulterated novelty of the whole family being in the house at the same time. All of the time.... >>

Website of the day: Full Steam Ahead

Website of the day: Full Steam Ahead

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How are you with putting things together?  Maybe you grew up with Lego and Meccano. Perhaps you’re a dab hand with the flat-pack offerings of Ikea.  It’s possible you’re even more accomplished and service your own car and computers, and if you... >>

Website of the day: Great British Budget Menu

Website of the day: Great British Budget Menu

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We’ve featured BBC sites a fair few times, and we offer no apology for doing so again today. This is because the Great British Budget Menu is well worth talking about. It’s the online presence for a show that was broadcast on BBC1 last week (annoyingly,... >>

Website of the day: Bleeding Cool

Website of the day: Bleeding Cool

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If you’re the kind of person who actually stops to look at those movie posters on subway walls and bus shelters, you might have noticed a new name cropping up on the bits where they plaster the words “terrific” or “spectacular” and then give... >>

Website of the day: Design Taxi

Website of the day: Design Taxi

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Last week’s tip on Visual News prompted somebody to let us know about designtaxi.com, as they thought there was a similar vein of taste, authenticity and humour running through it. And we heartily agree. This is a beautifully simple way to surface the... >>

Website of the day: Sported

Website of the day: Sported

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Two words that will probably even now still provoke a certain amount of sniggering among the chattering classes: Olympic legacy. London 2012 was supposed to reignite this green and pleasant land with the fire of unrivalled sporting glory, and if you look... >>

Website of the day: Visual News

Website of the day: Visual News

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There are literally millions of ways for you to entertain your eyeballs online, aren’t there? There are the big name institutions, full of countless uploads-per-minute stats and the toxic trolling of mindless idiots.  Then there are those that cater... >>

Website of the day: The Atlantic

Website of the day: The Atlantic

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It’s rare that an organisation founded in the 1850s can still be seen as a pioneer, but in theatlantic.com it’s safe to say that it's still forging ahead with new editorial ideas, pushing boundaries and promoting new talent. This is the online version... >>

Website of the day: Muddy Paws

Website of the day: Muddy Paws

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There’s a good reason that pet dogs are often called man’s best friend. They become a big part of many people’s families and looking after them can be an enjoyable part of daily life. And when the sun shines, there’s nothing nicer than a long... >>

Website of the day: Quick and Dirty Tricks

Website of the day: Quick and Dirty Tricks

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Most of will know somebody who is good at something. It’s what happens in life. You go to school, college or work and you meet people that just sort of know stuff. It’s how we learn and it’s also how we get things done if we can’t do it ourselves... >>

Website of the day: Direct Tee Times

Website of the day: Direct Tee Times

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Summer has finally arrived. Here in the UK, we’ve had more than 48 hours with sunshine covering at least a good portion of the country. I know; it’s incredible. So outdoor activities might be starting to register as something you may want to take... >>

Website of the day: Yoosli

Website of the day: Yoosli

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Muesli? Yuk. Despite the best efforts of Alpen over the years, the idea of muesli for breakfast isn’t always an appealing one. The stuff you buy can be a gruelling mix of desiccated fruit and flakes of what once were healthy grains. And kids won’t... >>

Website of the day: Shoot the Face

Website of the day: Shoot the Face

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The smartphone revolution has changed the way we look at the world forever. With everybody carrying a high-resolution camera in their pocket, images of the world around us are being captured on a scale that nobody could ever have imagined. The sharing... >>

Website of the day: Search the Money

Website of the day: Search the Money

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There's a lot to be said for politicians. They're either tireless servants of the public interest, or money-grabbing corrupt narcissists who care little for the trust and responsibility they've been given. There's rarely any middle ground in most people's... >>

Website of the day: StickyGram

Website of the day: StickyGram

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We’ve often spoken about how all these digital pictures we keep generating have been the undoing of the printed photograph, but things are not all lost. Retro has been the buzzword in tech circles for a while now, and people are harking back to days... >>

Website of the day: The Drop Date

Website of the day: The Drop Date

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Once upon a time, and our younger readers are going to have to bear with us on this one, trainers were footwear you wore to do physical activity. Actual sport. I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but you’d go into a sport shop (they used to sell things... >>

Website of the day: what3words

Website of the day: what3words

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Surely one of the most used, and most useful things about the rise of the smartphone and tablet in recent years is their ability to deliver digital mapping solutions. Satnavs are being replaced by devices that can do so much more, and almost everybody... >>

Website of the day: We Are Tea

Website of the day: We Are Tea

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We've spoken about our love of coffee a couple of times in recent weeks. And quite right too. It is the lifeblood of this operation. (OK, one of them…) But there was a little voice that piped up the last time. It was only a whisper at first. But when... >>

Website of the day: Little Wardrobe

Website of the day: Little Wardrobe

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We’ve been waiting for this one to come online for a while now, and its timing couldn’t be better. You see, children grow. Yeah, yeah, we know that’s biology and stuff, but they really grow. Keeping them fed, watered and clothed gets to be a full-time... >>

Website of the day: My 3D Twin

Website of the day: My 3D Twin

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Ever wish you could be in two places at once? It would be awesome, wouldn't it? Although, logistically, it would present a few challenges. Two of everything. Two lots of car insurance, two dry cleaning bills, two mobile phone contracts. And who would... >>

Website of the day: WeAreData

Website of the day: WeAreData

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Wow. Not a very original reaction to wearedata.watchdogs.com, but it’s honestly what we all said. This is real time data like we’ve never seen it before. The team behind it have mapped London, Paris and Berlin using all the publicly available data... >>

Website of the day: Monsters University - create your own

Website of the day: Monsters University - create your own

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They’re back! Mike and Sully are heading to these shores again soon as Disney brings us the back story behind everybody’s favourite on-screen monsters. Monsters University goes back to the time before the gruesome twosome joined Monsters Inc. and... >>

Website of the day: Escape the City

Website of the day: Escape the City

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There’s a bit of a theme developing this week with our online recommendations, as we take another look at how some people are challenging the way they do things and trying to make positive changes. In this instance, it’s escapethecity.org, a recruitment... >>

Website of the day: Gandys

Website of the day: Gandys

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Following on quite nicely from yesterday's suggestion about buying things in a more ethically aware way, here’s an amazing story of how some good can come out of tragic events. The two brothers behind gandysflipflops.com lost their parents in the Boxing... >>