Archive for Ian Hughes

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Stuffster

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Stuffster

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Childcare

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Childcare

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As New Year resolutions go, having one that is “go out more” doesn’t sound all that ambitious to some people. But, if you have small children, you’ll know that just getting out of the house for a few hours for some grown-up time can be almost... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Christmas In A Day

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Christmas In A Day

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It’s Twelfth Night this weekend, so Christmas is officially over. But before you hack down the tree, shove the last mince pie in your mouth and change your avatar back to one without a Santa hat, let us tell you about christmasinaday.co.uk. You might... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Retronaut

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Retronaut

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You’ve probably only really got a couple of days to still be banging on about last year before people expect you to get on with 2013, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go back a bit further before that happens. While you’re in a retrospective mood... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Dry January

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Dry January

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If you’re partial to occasional liquid stimuli, it’s possible that yesterday was a bit of a hazy day. New Year’s Day for the drinking classes is very often a day of junk food, comfort movies and muttering “never again” under your breath, as... >>

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: My Decision

WEBSITE OF THE DAY: My Decision

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We’re not wanting to start 2013 on a downer, but as the hangovers clear this morning, some people might be looking back on the past couple of weeks with more than just a sore head to worry about. The past year was cause for celebration on many levels... >>