Archive for Ian Hughes

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Literary Death Match
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Literary Death Match

    By 9 April 2012

    No, this is not some new blood-soaked reality TV series with literary greats giving each other paper cuts and Chinese burns (probably hosted by Richard Hammond. Or maybe Davina McCall…). This is a kind of wordsmiths’ showcase that travels around the...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Great Rail
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Great Rail

    By 6 April 2012

    It’s Good Friday and one thing we can pretty much guarantee for today is that the roads (in the UK at least) will be about as far from good as it’s possible to be. It’s the busiest day of the year for families getting away from it all and gridlock...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: MyMusicCloud
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: MyMusicCloud

    By 5 April 2012

    Taking our music with us where ever we go is now something most of us take for granted. You can carry your entire music collection in the palm of your hand - something that even ten years ago was bordering on the unthinkable. Now, you don’t even have...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Looking To Cook
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Looking To Cook

    By 4 April 2012

    Stop what you’re doing and grab a pen and piece of paper, or whatever gadget it is you keep your shopping list on. We have found something wondrous. Something almost mythical. Something that will change your life forever. You will need: some hazelnuts,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Meetup
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Meetup

    By 3 April 2012

    Undeniably, one of the things the web is good at is bringing people together. Whether it’s dating, gaming, chatting or just sharing interests, the internet has fundamentally changed the way we all interact and find each other. If you’re looking for...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Park At My House
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Park At My House

    By 2 April 2012

    We commuters are starting to feel a bit got at. Rail fares are soaring, the trains are overcrowded, the buses are extortionate, smelly and usually late. We can’t even console ourselves with a tasty, hot Cornish pasty any more, without having to sell...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Ghostery
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Ghostery

    By 30 March 2012

    Ever heard of Google? Heard of Yahoo? Bing? Yes? No? Maybe…? Yeah, OK, we’ll stop asking silly questions, but here’s one you might not know: ghostery.com. Might be worth getting to know though, especially if you’re at all concerned about companies...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Twibbon
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Twibbon

    By 29 March 2012

    It’s good to believe in something. It's good to have a cause. It’s good to show your support. And it’s something you’ve been able to do for many a year through wearing any of a dozen or so different coloured ribbons, rubber bracelets or particular...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ChronoZoom
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ChronoZoom

    By 28 March 2012

    When somebody from the University of California, Berkeley suggests a website, you might think twice before clicking on, simply because the risk of it being some stuffy, academic old thing is potentially quite high. But that’s not really the Berkeley...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Deep Sea Challenge
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Deep Sea Challenge

    By 27 March 2012

    Must be nice to be a millionaire. Nothing else to spend your money on than say, building a one-man submarine and fitting it with 3D cameras and diving down to the deepest place at the bottom of the ocean and filming what you see to share with the world....

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: HardlyWork.in
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: HardlyWork.in

    By 26 March 2012

    It’s been a busy weekend on the old social media front. Loads going on, and loads being said about it all. Of course, that doesn’t make it any different from any other weekend – there’s always loads going on these days, and loads being said about...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Sport Relief
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Sport Relief

    By 23 March 2012

    This weekend will see millions of people do all kinds of sporty things to raise money. It never ceases to amaze us just what lengths some people will go to. In past years, www.sportrelief.com has seen Eddie Izzard run more than 40 marathons in just 51...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Home Run London
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Home Run London

    By 22 March 2012

    A fairly niche audience for this one, admittedly, but we still think it’s a brilliant idea – especially as most Londoners are starting to wonder how the hell they’re going to get around once the Olympics start in a couple of months. Our nation’s...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ITV News
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: ITV News

    By 21 March 2012

    As a society, we can’t get enough news. We’re addicted to it. We willingly let it bombard us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through print, the digital domain and by good old-fashioned word of mouth. The concept of “rolling news” is no longer...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Inter Care
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Inter Care

    By 20 March 2012

    The NHS is a national treasure and the envy of the civilised world. Or at least it was, and it’s all over the news at the moment as the coalition government here in the UK tries to push through some controversial reforms. We’ll try to steer well clear...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Bill Monitor
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Bill Monitor

    By 19 March 2012

    How much time do you spend on your phone these days? If you own a smartphone, it’s entirely likely that you spend a lot more time using your mobile than you did perhaps just two years ago. The chances are you took out a contract when you bought your...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Baconipsum
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Baconipsum

    By 16 March 2012

    Easily one of the greatest fears of anybody working in the print media is that some dummy copy you’ve put on a page will get printed. It’s something we’ve probably all done at some stage. We’ve tried to be funny, tried to break up the tedium,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Arena Flowers
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Arena Flowers

    By 15 March 2012

    So, it’s Mother’s Day for us Brits this weekend and there’s no better way to say “thanks and I love you” to the most important lady in your life than by buying the biggest bunch of flowers you can possibly afford. You can use a traditional florist,...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: This Is My Spam
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: This Is My Spam

    By 14 March 2012

    Probably the best indicator that your new online venture has had some real “cut through” - as the marketers like to call it - is the appearance of imitators and spoofs. So, judging by thisismyspam.com, our Website of the Day from a few weeks ago  must...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Doonesbury
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Doonesbury

    By 13 March 2012

    For a cartoonist, particularly a satirical one, being moved on to the comment pages of a newspaper, or even being dropped altogether, is something of an achievement. And that’s exactly what’s happened this week with Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury. The...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lockerz
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Lockerz

    By 12 March 2012

    The issue of how much we all share online has been very much in the news recently, mainly thanks to Google’s new privacy policy. The mainstream media is up in arms, talking about the "invasion of privacy" and "data protection" and all those other scary...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Berry
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: The Berry

    By 9 March 2012

    It’s probably no coincidence that this one surfaced yesterday, International Women’s Day, as it’s a website for girls who like to have a bit of fun online. The vast majority of photo-centric fun sites are run by, and aimed at men, and usually feature...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Sortable
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Sortable

    By 8 March 2012

    If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you're partial to a new gadget or two every now and again. We’d hope that you’ll always come here to see what the hottest new products are. We’re generally first with a hands-on and a detailed review...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Field Candy
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Field Candy

    By 7 March 2012

    The festival season is on the horizon and it’s time to start preparing: wellies, cowboy hat, baby wipes, tetanus shot – you know the drill. One thing that exercises quite a bit of thought for many people is the ever more ingenious ways you need to...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Villa Renters
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY: Villa Renters

    By 6 March 2012

    If you want to find a decent holiday villa to rent, at a price that doesn’t involved selling body parts on the black market, you can do one of two things. The first is to befriend somebody who owns one. This will usually involve lots of dinner parties,...