Archive for Ian Hughes

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Dog Lost

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Dog Lost

    By 11 February 2013

    If you’ve never had a pet, today’s recommendation probably won’t mean much to you. But if you’ve ever cuddled up to something furry and then lost it, you’ll know that it can be a horrible time. Recently former Spice Girl Emma Bunton lost her...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: One Million Lovely Letters

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: One Million Lovely Letters

    By 8 February 2013

    Ever wondered why we always try to fit so much into February? It’s the shortest month of the year, yet we cram in Pancake Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and loads of other things. Maybe it’s because we need a lift. A boost. Something just to make...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Tweetping

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Tweetping

    By 7 February 2013

    When we first saw this, one of the team described it as being “a bit like Nasa”, while another described it as “insane”. Once you’ve given it a few moments to get going, you’ll see exactly what they both mean. With tweetping.net you can see...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Video Game Wallpapers

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Video Game Wallpapers

    By 6 February 2013

    If you're into gaming, it's possibly the case that you're really into gaming. You immerse yourself in each new title that takes your fancy. You study the packaging, you do your online research to find tips and tricks, you lock yourself away in a darkened...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Twocation

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Twocation

    By 5 February 2013

    There are a couple of things that the very public activity on the HMV social media feeds have shown us in the past week. The first is that social networking can be a very powerful force for grabbing attention, be it good or bad. Brands that do it right...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Stuffster

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Stuffster

    By 4 February 2013

    Wish lists. We’re big fans. You get to put a load of stuff you want on to a list and then, if you're lucky, your nearest and dearest buy it for you. Or, you just get it for yourself when the time is right. Either way, they’re a great idea. When they...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: This is a Film Blog

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: This is a Film Blog

    By 1 February 2013

    It’s one of those subjects that is probably best avoided, particularly over a few drinks. Quentin Tarantino, the films thereof. It happened by accident when somebody said they were going to see Django Unchained and it was like a spark to a tinderbox....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Enough Food If

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Enough Food If

    By 31 January 2013

    There’s probably never been a time when big business and the process of government have been under more scrutiny. The information age has meant that people can’t hide their activities the way they perhaps used to. The tax affairs of the big corporates...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Fancy

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Fancy

    By 30 January 2013

    My life is full of stuff. It’s full of stuff I just own, it’s full of stuff I need to use, it’s full of stuff I wish I didn’t have to bother with. What I wish it was full of, is the stuff that I really, you know, fancy. Those achingly cool bits...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Seat Plan

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Seat Plan

    By 29 January 2013

    There is nothing like the theatre. The intimacy, the atmosphere, the history, the culture. When it comes to entertainment, there’s nothing to beat it. But like anything that’s a little bit special, it comes at a price. A night out in London’s West...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Royal Mail

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Royal Mail

    By 28 January 2013

    When a big company tells you it’s changed its website following “customers’ feedback”, we tend to approach with a certain amount of trepidation. Lots of these sites, particularly in the service sector, try way too hard to incorporate all the bells...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Diginate

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Diginate

    By 25 January 2013

    Everybody loves stickers, right? If you’re a parent of young children particularly, you’ll know this is true. Kids love stickers, They stick them on the walls, on their toys, on their faces, on their pets, on their siblings. They stick them everywhere....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Britain’s DNA

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Britain’s DNA

    By 24 January 2013

    So, who do you think you are? We don’t ask that in an aggressive way. We just wonder if you’ve ever given it any thought. You probably know who your family were and where they came from as much as two or three generations ago. Maybe you’ve even...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: X Games

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: X Games

    By 23 January 2013

    We Brits are in the grip of an extreme sporting craze like never before. There’s the chiselling the ice off you car before losing a finger to frostbite challenge. Then there’s the driving your car on ungritted roads without stacking it into a tree...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Cyber Smart Awards

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Cyber Smart Awards

    By 22 January 2013

    If you’re reading this, it’s fair to say that you’re probably quite tech-savvy. You probably get a lot of your news and do the bulk of your shopping online. It’s likely that you’ve got at least one social network in your life and maybe you even...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Audible

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Audible

    By 21 January 2013

    One of the drawbacks of being a gadget freak is the almost constant threat of some thieving little scrote coshing you over the head and running off with your prized possessions. Police forces across around the world are now warning consumers not to flaunt...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Rough Trade

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Rough Trade

    By 18 January 2013

    So, it seems that little Nipper has finally stopped staring into that big old gramophone, cocked his leg one last time and is heading for the big record shop in the sky. HMV is on its last legs and if it does disappear, with it goes the fond music-buying...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: You and Your Rights

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: You and Your Rights

    By 17 January 2013

    If you’ve got your High Street Going Out of Business Bingo card handy, you can mark off yet another square. The video rental chain Blockbuster is in serious trouble, with the administrators sharpening their pencils and unlocking the cupboard where they...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Freebook Sifter

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Freebook Sifter

    By 16 January 2013

    Hands up who got a shiny new eReader for Christmas? A Kindle maybe? Or perhaps an iPad Mini? Hell, even an iPhone will run the Kindle app, so this probably applies to you too, if that’s what Santa dropped in your stocking a few weeks back. Next question:...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 360 New York

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 360 New York

    By 15 January 2013

    There is a city that never sleeps. It is a city so good they named it twice. And, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Or so the songs say. It’s one of the most photographed and iconic cities on the planet, but we’re pretty sure that...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Shorty Awards

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Shorty Awards

    By 14 January 2013

    It is, most definitely, award season. The BAFTAs, with a new aqua livery courtesy of sponsors EE, were announced last week. As were the Oscars. Steven Spielberg looks set to add a fair few bits of bling to his mantelpiece thanks to Lincoln, and there's...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Planet Four

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Planet Four

    By 11 January 2013

    Last night saw the end of yet another successful run for Stargazing Live, the BBC astronomy programme that’s gone a long way to making science a bit sexier. Presented by comedian Dara Ó Briain and Professor Brian Cox, it spent another three nights...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Green Tyres

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Green Tyres

    By 10 January 2013

    We've been basking in some slightly unseasonal milder weather in the UK recently, but we know a cold snap is on the way. Cue travel chaos. You'd think, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we could cope with a light dusting of snow every now and again, but...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Qooq

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Qooq

    By 9 January 2013

    It's one of those moments in life that seems to happen in slow motion. But that doesn't mean you can do anything to stop it. You're in the kitchen, lovingly preparing a delicious meal. You're diligently following the recipe, which is handily displayed...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Beertone

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Beertone

    By 8 January 2013

    If you’ve gone dry for January, and a lot of people have this year we’ve noticed, then you might, just possibly, be missing beer. But you don’t have to. You can still enjoy beer without actually drinking, can’t you? Um, well, maybe not, but soon...