Archive for Ian Hughes

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Work It Out

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Work It Out

    By 5 November 2012

    Did you know that the only two places on Earth where you can’t buy a Coke are North Korea and Cuba? Just think about that. You can visit practically any country in the world and pick up a bottle or can of ice-cold Coca-Cola. That’s just about one...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Typing Karaoke

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Typing Karaoke

    By 2 November 2012

    There are two kinds of typing. There is the two-finger, head down, shoulders hunched, tongue sticking slightly out in concentration method favoured by most people (especially in journalism). Then there is that other kind. The kind favoured by people who...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Look for Longer

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Look for Longer

    By 1 November 2012

    Before we start, we’re not obsessed with the London Underground, okay? It just so happens that two sites about it have come up in the same week. But if 150 Great Things was all about the Tube’s history, lookforlonger.com is more about its geography...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Built by Kids

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Built by Kids

    By 31 October 2012

    The clocks have gone back (boo!) but that means that Christmas is just around the corner (yay!). If you’re a parent that might be sending a slight shiver down your spine, as you know that you have to start getting ready. If you’ve got little ones...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 150 Great Things About The Underground

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: 150 Great Things About The Underground

    By 30 October 2012

    Okay, so admittedly, this one isn't going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But, by the law of averages, a fair number of people reading this will have travelled on the London Underground. It is the world’s oldest, one of the busiest and definitely the...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Stack Magazines

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Stack Magazines

    By 29 October 2012

    There’s a phrase that’s been bouncing around in media circles for quite a few years. It gets trotted out every now and again, generally when the newspapers have some something naughty and got caught. That phrase is “print is dead”. But it’s...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mi Adidas

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mi Adidas

    By 26 October 2012

    Say the words “my Adidas” and people of a certain age will immediately start to bob their heads and do a little Run DMC stomp as they recall the heady days of Adidas shell-toes (no laces, obvs) and thumping Eighties hip-hop. Tweak the spelling slightly...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Reelizer

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Reelizer

    By 25 October 2012

    It’s a phase that most people go through. You get yourself a bit of independence and the first thing you do is go out and buy a big film poster to stick on your wall. It doesn’t matter if you’re still at home and doing it to annoy your parents or...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lovely Pigeon

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lovely Pigeon

    By 24 October 2012

    From yesterday’s American ingenuity and making the best of things on a budget, we come to cutting-edge design and decadence from one of the more beautiful corners of Britain. But thankfully, the decadence isn’t reflected in the prices at lovelypigeon.com,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Apartment Therapy

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Apartment Therapy

    By 23 October 2012

    If you’re on the property ladder these days you’re doing well, and with the housing market across the globe in a slightly fragile state, many of us are happy to make do rather than take a step into the unknown. So if you’re into making the best...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Scarlet Mist

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Scarlet Mist

    By 22 October 2012

    This apparently long-standing, perennial favourite of live music fans was sent to me by a member of the team who was lamenting the fact that tickets to see Gary Barlow in concert had sold out in minutes. To save his blushes, I’ll not reveal his name...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Yoox

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Yoox

    By 19 October 2012

    It’s definitely that time of year when you begin to dig out the winter wardrobe. Slowly but surely, you start to scrabble around for the hats, coats and scarves as the nights draw in and the temperatures drop. It can be depressing. But it’s also a...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Gov.UK

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Gov.UK

    By 18 October 2012

    Picture the scene: You’ve spent two years and more than a million quid of taxpayers’ money on developing a new website. It’s been an epic, emotional undertaking and you’re quite rightly proud of what you’ve done. Then you come to show it off...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Yes That Can Be

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Yes That Can Be

    By 17 October 2012

    There are times in life when you want to say something but you just can’t find the words. “Is it Okay if my parents come for the weekend?” “Shall we go to Ikea on Sunday?” “Does my bum look big in this?” Tricky situations those. We wish...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Snap Fashion

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Snap Fashion

    By 16 October 2012

    Oh, how we love this site. At snapfashion.co.uk you’re seeing the next generation of online shopping as two of the staples of the search engine phenomenon come crashing together in a riot of colour, usability and style. We’re talking about a brilliant...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: QI

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: QI

    By 15 October 2012

    There are a few things that we aim to do within this daily column: We aim to highlight the latest, greatest web innovations. We aim to educate and inform. We sometimes aim to amuse. But, most importantly, we aim to arm you, dear reader, with the kind...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: iRuler

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: iRuler

    By 12 October 2012

    When we first saw iruler.net, we all laughed. We laughed quite a lot. But then somebody pointed out something that turned a laughing stock into a functional site that’s well worth a bit of space on anybody’s bookmarks bar or favourites list. All somebody...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: HeTexted

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: HeTexted

    By 11 October 2012

    We're not sure that you'd actually need much more evidence to prove that men and women are very different, but this site probably goes some way to underline the fact. Here, you’ll see women posting message exchanges they’re having with boyfriends...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mr Porter

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Mr Porter

    By 10 October 2012

    Once upon a time it was perfectly acceptable for your average bloke to jump out of bed of a morning, pull on some jeans, grab a relatively clean shirt and get on with his day without fear of scrutiny or ridicule. But the metrosexual age has changed all...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Abbey Road Crossing

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Abbey Road Crossing

    By 9 October 2012

    With all the current kerfuffle about the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, we reckon this one is now well worth a visit. At abbeyroad.com/crossing you can watch the HD stream of the zebra crossing in North London made famous by the Fab Four on the album...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Driving

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Driving

    By 8 October 2012

    This, apparently, is the one that the likes of Auto Trader and Exchange and Mart are supposed to be worried about. At driving.co.uk we see the new site from the people behind The Sunday Times motoring section and it sets it stall firmly at the premium...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Find Any Film

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Find Any Film

    By 5 October 2012

    If you’re a fan of the functional website name (and we are, for sure) this one will appeal. At findanyfilm.com you can, um, find any film (see what they did there…?) If you’re a movie buff looking for something to watch this weekend, you won’t...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Jug It

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Jug It

    By 4 October 2012

    Mmmm. milk. It’s so versatile and refreshing. You can drink it, cook with it, turn it into ice cream. It’s awesome stuff. Shame it comes in those nasty plastic bottles though, eh? They’re about the worst thing we can do to the environment and we...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Write Good Read

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Write Good Read

    By 3 October 2012

    Trust us on this – there’s nothing scarier than pouring out your heart and soul and creating what you think is the most glorious prose, only to have it torn to shreds by your audience. As a writer, actually surrendering your work to the scrutiny of...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Funny How Flowers Do That

    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Funny How Flowers Do That

    By 2 October 2012

    Something happened the other day that hasn't happened in ages. And it's something that's happened to me on only a very few occasions. It's something that, secretly, I really, really love. Even as a happily married man. Somebody bought me some flowers....