Internet highlights – w/c 22nd February 2015

28 02 2015

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Chocolate that’s good for you!

Historically accurate Disney princesses

A dog riding a bike!!!

Funny French expressions

2 Hamsters stuck on a wheel

Gordon Brown earns over a million pounds a year and gives it all away

American Vlogger thinks that Eastenders is fake and scripted, but he also thinks that Lucy Beale was actually murdered – “‘She was killed and I don’t get why the police wasn’t called about it. Why didn’t the producers call the police, or even the actors? I’m sure there’s something illegal about that in itself.”

Some of the best Harry Potter quotes

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Lent

22 02 2015

Gosh we’re much further into lent than I intended to be when I got this blog post written, over halfway in fact [handy tip: Mothering Sunday is always three weeks before Easter] but hey, what’s life without a little busy-ness?

I don’t think I’ve ever done the same thing for Lent twice, most things I don’t do anything, but over the years I’ve tried a few things

  • When I was probably about 14 I did the unthinkable and gave up Chocolate for 47 days. (Yes I know we think lent is 40 days, but actually that either a) doesn’t count Sundays or b) stops at Palm Sunday). Now those of you who know me will realise what a challenge this is – in writing this sentence I ate at least 10 giant chocolate buttons. But I managed it. On Easter morning I was very excited and went to eat some of that beautiful stuff, but the taste of it made me feel ill. At that point I said that having proven that I could do it, I would never give up chocolate for lent again, as I don’t want chocolate to make me feel that way! (Sadly I’m probably far more dependent on it now)
  • A year or two later I decided to take something up instead, and so first thing each morning I decided to drink a large glass of water to try and be a bit healthier. I did it and it was an easy one, but I don’t know that I really felt any benefit.
  • About five years ago I gave up something a bit less conventional, and a little more concerning that I felt it necessary… I gave up buying DVDs, or at least, DVDs for myself. I bought one DVD that Lent, for someone’s birthday, but again stuck to it. I just was going through a phase of using HMV and Amazon to get an awful lot of cheap DVDs, so felt it would be a good idea to stop for a bit.

This year however, I’ve been reading a daily devotional book by Maggi Dawn. I did her advent book at the end of last year and enjoyed it, so thought I’d give this one a go too, and on the first Friday of Lent, she shared some particularly interesting stuff about its history and purpose, which I thought I’d share with you here. (Obviously she puts it far more eloquently, but I’ve just summarised the bits that stood out to me).

  • Originally, the Lenten fast was not just about giving up luxuries, but everyday essentials. So, not only would you give up coffee, alcohol, chocolate, but also meat and all animal related products (eg milk, eggs, cheese). It was about giving up the things you depended on, so that verses like “Man shall not live by bread alone” – Matthew 4v4 were reality. We’ve made it into something about the individual, when it was always a full community exercise in the past.
  • Lent was also not about self improvement. We tend to give things up or take things up to cure a bad habit in ourselves, to lose weight, or to better ourselves, but originally it was just about understanding how our daily existence depended on God.
  • It’s not about impressing God either. No amount of fasting will change His view of us, He loves us anyway. This is about humbling ourselves.

Now I’m definitely not saying I’m about to go out and do this, but when Lent comes around and we all start to ask each other what we might give up, this really puts an interesting light on that conversation.





Internet highlights – w/c 15th February 2015

21 02 2015

Why we love Luke Danes

Menstrual hygiene should not be taxed as a luxury.

Brilliant carnival costume

A letter from a mother to her children about 50 shades of grey

Best whiteboard clock ever

Burger King are trialling home delivery

Cats vs Bananas

If Friends had been set in 2015

Policies to win over the modern voter

@Lego reimagined the #Cinderella Film poster. Take a look!

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Internet highlights – w/c 8th February 2015

14 02 2015

Life was much harder for 90s kids

27 things to do before turning 27 – (the age 27 is irrelevant, just good changes to make in your life!)

A mum lets her toddler choose her outfits for a week

More fun job interview tactics!

Australia are entering the Eurovision Song Contest this year – utterly ridiculous

A guy tries to guess nail varnish colours…

Has the Simpsons all been in Homer’s mind since he went into a coma in 1993?

Katy Perry quoting the bible at the Superbowl

Wise words #goodnight

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Happy Valentine's Day everybody.💘

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Two slices of toast

8 02 2015

So here’s a [very insignificant] issue I face whenever I make myself some toast.

Whenever I make two slices of toast, one is always better than the other. Whether it’s a better shade of golden brown than the other, or has a better spread of peanut butter on it.

So, the question is, which slice do you eat first?

  • Do you eat the good slice while it’s still hot so you get a really almost perfect slice of toast, followed by the inferior slice, which has by then got a bit cold, thus having one excellent and one poor slice.
  • Or do you eat the poor slice first, so it’s at least nice and warm, and then the good slice you eat once it’s not so hot, thus having two average slices of toast?

What do you do?!





Internet highlights – w/c 1st February 2015

7 02 2015

More 90s childhood pop culture highlights

Religion vs Gospel

Harper Lee is going to publish the novel she stopped writing to do To Kill a Mockingbird, which features a grown up Scout Finch

Too much jogging is as bad for you as no exercise

Surprise Dog!

Fantastic Apprentice application

Cute pregnancy announcements

Pets who don’t want to share the heat – particularly love the first one on page 2!

Sale of Cadbury’s chocolate is banned in the USA!

The best job interview tips

Supermarkets need to stop shoppers from eating Daffodils…

Disused London Tube tunnels could be used by pedestrians and cyclists





The next Disney princess

4 02 2015

Dear Disney,

I know you’ve come a long way since the traditional, damsel in distress, can’t do anything without a prince, Disney princess. In the last few years we’ve seen the first black Disney princess, as well as one who was saved by a sister instead of a prince, but I think there are so many more areas to cover to help the rest of us feel included.

When will we see a Disney princess who:

  • wears glasses
  • can’t control her eyebrows
  • has unruly hair
  • has acne
  • has gappy or crooked teeth
  • is a plus size
  • sniffs occasionally, just because it’s cold out
  • bites her nails

These are things that we can’t necessarily help about ourselves, and it’d just make the princesses far more relateable.

Yes I may be in my mid-20s but I think you’ll find that a lot of us this age grew up on Disney and are still pretty big fans and loyal customers of the brand!

Yours,
Ineke

If you’re a fan of things like buzzfeed, and are gifted in the art of photoshop, feel free to try and produce images of some of these princesses!