Internet highlights – w/c 25th August 2019

31 08 2019

Weird Men and Women products.

Tom Cruise is turning into Sandi Toksvig.

Circle of Life as a circle of fifths.

Teachers out to get their students.

Stupid things people have done.

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The Little Mermaid and other fairy tales – by Hans Christian Andersen

27 08 2019

My brother and his girlfriend live in Denmark, and got me this beautiful edition of these fairy tales for my birthday this year. (They do a few other books in this range if you’re interested). It contains illustrations but also things that fold out or move to make it more interactive.

It contains twelve of his stories, some of which I knew, some I thought I knew, some I knew the title, and some I knew nothing about at all:

  1. The Little Mermaid
  2. The Nightingale
  3. The Ugly Duckling
  4. The Swineherd
  5. The Tinder Box
  6. The Princess and the Pea
  7. The Emperor’s New Clothes
  8. The Red Shoes
  9. Thumbelina
  10. The Steadfast Tin Soldier
  11. The Little Match Girl
  12. The Snow Queen

Some of them turned out to be more violent, gruesome or heavy than the maybe filtered versions we know – there is very little of The Little Mermaid in the Disney film of the same name. She’s not called Ariel, she has her tongue cut out, she goes to kill the prince with a knife in his sleep, all sorts of chaos!

It’s a really beautiful book and really interesting to read the original versions of the stories.

Internet highlights – w/c 18th August 2019

24 08 2019

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Northern Lights – by Philip Pullman

18 08 2019

I think this was fairly popular when I was a teenager but just not a book I ever got round to reading. A fair while ago I saw the trilogy going cheap, (I’m guessing in The Works?!) and it sat on my shelves for a bit. I heard there was a new TV series of it coming out this year, so it jumped up my to read list a bit!

I didn’t really know much about what it was about other than all humans have “dæmons” who are animals who are sort of them, but that’s in. When I had only read a few pages of it someone saw it in my handbag at church and implied it was a bit controversial to have in the building – having only just started it I had no idea if this was the case, having now finished it, I guess I can see where that person might have been coming from, but at the end of the day it’s just a story and I don’t really see a controversy, but maybe it’s moreso in the later books – I guess we’ll see.

Definitely enjoyed it, though kinda found myself wanting the story to resolve by the end of the book, but I guess in hindsight, knowing it was a trilogy I should have known that wasn’t going to happen! It was a good bit of escapism and I do want to know what happens next – just got another book I need to read first and then I’ll be onto the sequel. In the past I’ve read a few things before reading the second part of a trilogy then by the time I’ve thought about reading the second book, I’ve forgotten so much from the first that I never get round to finishing the trilogy, so I won’t leave it too long this time, plus I want to finish the trilogy before watching the TV show as I’m not sure how quickly they’ll work through all three books!

Internet highlights – w/c 11th August 2019

17 08 2019

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Going Green – Sanitary Products

13 08 2019

You probably already got this from the title, but if you’re male, this post probably won’t interest you. Ladies, please read on! (Though I guess maybe if you’re a man with a teenage daughter etc, this might be relevant after all – don’t worry, I don’t get too gruesome in it!)

I should open by saying that of the two main sanitary product options, I’ve always been a towel girl rather than a tampon girl, so the fact that I rave about the towel alternative below rather than things like the moon-cup is really down to personal preference – I haven’t tried a mooncup and probably won’t, don’t let that put you off, it’s just my choice!

I ordered a Cloth Sanitary Pad Kit from Cheeky Wipes in Spring 2017. The great thing with this company is they change their special offer every month, so I managed to get it with 25% – worth keeping an eye out! (If you can’t find a special offer that works for you, you can still get 10% off your first order by signing up to their newsletter, OR you can get 15% off any order over £40 by using my link!). Yes the initial outlay was expensive, but for 2 years I haven’t spent a single penny on Sanitary products, it’s a great investment!

The kit comes with a selection of pad sizes, a box to soak them in, and a bag to put them in for the washing machine. I also recommend getting a double wet bag if the kit doesn’t come with one, so that you have something to keep spare clean ones, or used ones if you’re out of the house.

These pads are so comfortable: that slight rustling noise when you move is gone, the discomfort of that slightly plasticy texture is forgotton, and the smell is pretty much history too! Turns out a lot of the smell is the blood reacting in the chemicals in the disposable pads!

Some people say that these aren’t much better for the environment because of needing to run them through the washing machine, but it really makes no difference – I just bung them in the bag and put them in with the rest of my clothes on a standard 30min@30degree wash and it’s no problem at all.

All of the above, plus they come in a variety of pretty patterns as well!

I honestly can’t recommend these enough, it’s not only helping the environment, but I don’t feel I’ve compromised at all, I think they’re an improvement on what I was using before!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Internet highlights – w/c 4th August 2019

10 08 2019

Why Friends and How I Met Your Mother are the same show.

Then and Now.

How to look after your mental health at Christian festivals.

TV age facts to mess with your head.

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