Internet highlights – w/c 1st May 2022

7 05 2022
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Internet highlights – w/c 24th April 2022

30 04 2022

Being British.

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The Comfort Book – by Matt Haig

23 04 2022

Matt Haig has written some stupendously good books including Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet, The Humans, and The Truth Pixie; so my expectations were extremely high!

He describes this book as a collection of thoughts that have kept him afloat; have comforted him. It’s a mixture of mostly his own stuff, but also some quotes from others at times.

It’s good, it’s certainly what I needed after the misery of The Bell Jar last week, but something felt lacking. I wonder if this is just because I was expecting too much, or was in a different place to when I’ve read other ones, but to me some bits felt a bit repetitive, and there was a greater focus on some certain philosophies and religions than there has been in his other books, which I guess just shows where he’s at at the moment.

But I don’t want to be too negative, ‘cos if I hadn’t read his other stuff I imagine I’d have loved this! Of course, I have some favourite quotes:

  • “No physical appearance is worth not eating pasta for.”
  • “You don’t stop the rain by telling it to stop. Sometimes you just have to let it pour, let it soak you to the skin. It never rains for ever.”
  • “I hope this email finds you well but, you know what, it is okay if it doesn’t because we all have bad days.”
  • “Forgiving other people is great practice for forgiving yourself when the time comes.”
  • “Introversion is not something you fix via extroversion. You fix it by seeing it as something not to be fixed.”
  • “When a dog lies in the sun I imagine it does it without guilt, because as far as I can tell dogs seem more in tune with their own needs.”
  • “Maybe we aren’t meant to know everything about our lives. And maybe that’s perfectly okay.”

Internet highlights – w/c 17th April 2022

23 04 2022

Superb and bizarre email signatures.

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Internet highlights – w/c 10th April 2022

16 04 2022
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The Bell Jar – by Sylvia Plath

15 04 2022

One of those books that you buy ‘cos you know you should read it at some point. I knew it had something to do with depression, but didn’t know much else about it…

It’s the 1950s, and Esther is a promising college student on a summer internship at a magazine in New York with a group of other girls. This fills roughly the first half of the book; after this she is rejected from a writing class which she was hoping to fill the rest of her summer break with, and so goes home to her mum’s, which is when the severity of her depression becomes evident and rapidly spirals.

This book needs to come with a whole load of trigger warnings; the second half contains several varied suicide attempts, some described in fair detail. Esther is eventually sent off to an asylum and begins her recovery, but this is NOT an uplifting book! This whole second half is a really miserable and difficult read, understandably, and while yes this is a very well written book and had me picking it up it a lot, it was a relief to be finished and get to read something more positive.

The title threw me for a long time. It wasn’t until page 178 of this 234 page edition that the phrase was used! Once it was, it made sense, but I didn’t get the link until then, might just have been my ignorance!

The story was left on a cliff-hanger as she entered an interview with the doctors to determine whether she would be allowed back to college. While it was left hanging more artistically than expecting a sequel, we would never find out Esther’s fate as sadly, Plath committed suicide herself just a month after the book was published in 1963.

Internet highlights – w/c 3rd April 2022

9 04 2022
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Fishbowl – by Bradley Somer

3 04 2022

I tried to read this a couple of years ago, but got so bored with the first chapter that I gave up and put it back on the shelf. But before it went into the charity shop box, I decided to give it one more go.

It seems that if you can get through the first chapter, which is an extended, metaphorical description of an apartment building, then a story actually begins and it’s readable!

The entire book takes place over a half hour period, during which we follow the stories of several people in the building (some of which overlap a little – a la Love Actually style). At the end of the half hour, Ian the goldfish falls from the top to the bottom of the building, and sees little snippets of all the stories, though his fall is weirdly spread throughout the book, so you have to keep an eye on the order of events occasionally.

Once I got into it I did get invested in some of the stories (though not all), and did enjoy it, but gosh, just scrap that first chapter. There were also some random bits in the middle where the author takes about a page to tell you the entire future life story of someone in one of the apartments who has no links to anyone else and isn’t mentioned anywhere else in the entire book, and to be blunt, I don’t care about at all!

There was a quote near the end: “It’s said that everything happens for a reason, but it’s never said that reason is always a good one.”, which I thought was worth sharing.

My favourite thing about the book, and probably the reason I tried again, is that down the side is a flick-book of a goldfish falling from the top to the bottom. I’ve found a video on YouTube of someone doing it, albeit incredibly slowly, enjoy!

Internet highlights – w/c 27th March 2022

2 04 2022
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April Fools 2022

1 04 2022

Hello hello! Another year, another morning of scouring the internet for what companies have come up with this year!

It’s good selection in the end, though with a few gaps from some of those who are normally pretty regular, which was a shame. I couldn’t even find any other sites doing roundups to check for what I may have missed, which was odd, but if I find any more later, I’ll add them in at the bottom!

I’ve put captions under each one as some companies delete the posts after the festivities have passed.

Enjoy 😊

Mud from Marble Arch mound to be used to rebuild part of Hadrian’s Wall as part of ‘levelling up’ plans.

Second Severn bridge (Prince of Wales bridge) to be renamed Gareth Bale bridge

Ant & Dec launch Toon Coin cryptocurrency
Walkers launch bread shaped crisps
Tim Farron hosting political fighting show on GB News
Timpson launch wooden eco-keys
Mike Pilavachi quitting Soul Survivor to open a restaurant
Wild deodorant launch cheese scent
Co-op launch luxury salt and vinegar candle
Rylan voicing Alexa
Aldi launch an airline
Dominos garlic and herb dip on tap
Sainsburys launch berry hybrid, the Sainsberry
Marmite Krispy Kremes
Pre-hated jars of Marmite
Everyone can claim a Guinness World Record certificate for when they were the youngest person on earth
Grand Designs spin-off, Bland Designs
Ordnance Survey painting real life contours
Good Morning Britain hosts drops unique plant
Royal Albert Hall launches collection of NFTs

Sniffing Around Urban Small Areas & General Explosives dog joins Surrey Fire & Rescue
Martin Lewis says Twitter are adding an edit button
BBC remaking The Trip with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
Halotop ice cream launch avocado flavour
Morning Live feed Gethin a very spicy apple pie
Frankie & Benny’s ban ketchup
Iceland launch “Hash” brown fries
Guide Dogs UK employ a dog
Solar powered, rain sensoring windscreen wipers for glasses from Must Have Ideas
Pastry scented perfume from Lidl
Mini limo with hot tub
Hampshire Fire & Rescue carry flamethrowers to fight fire with fire
Buy LNER train seats for your home
Lego launch maxifigures
Bremont Williams racing watch which sprays you with champagne
Bison reintroduced to the Thames Basin
Pizza Express vegan garlic lip butter
Timehop predict toothpaste Oreos
Paintings at National Trust properties sent for restoration are replaced by human models
British Transport Police looking for people to sing on new See It, Say It, Sorted, single
Blackpool Tower to be painted tangerine
Dino-cam at Edinburgh Zoo
Mr Blobby on the new face of Big Ben
Honda have front seat pet co-pilot option

SpecsaVARs glasses
Pot Noodle pizza

And lastly, genuinely not sure if this is an April Fool or not, given some of the other mad things they’ve done, but LadBaby has done a Sausage Roll candle

Added after midday as I found them:

“Pam” prequel to Gavin & Stacey
Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance scaring off the birds with new speakers and purple blades
Wired autocomplete glue