Monthly Archives: December 2013

Winning in a winter wonderland

Real athletes aren’t put off by rain. Or hail. Or even four foot of slushy snow. Making the rest of us feel like wimps, Nike’s latest campaign pits leading US athletes against their toughest competition yet: the weather.

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Brighter laundry

Thanks to designers Idan Noyberg and Gal Bulka, you no longer need to feel embarrassed about airing your laundry in public. The duo has come up with the ‘Lightly’ clothes peg, which turns a chore into urban art.

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Network Mail

Whilst Amazon has created a bit of a buzz with their Octo-copter drones delivering packages through the skies, Network Rail have hit back by taking to the tracks. With over 1.5 billion train journeys made on the network every year Doddle (as it is known) allows commuters to pick up their parcels with their pasty on the way home from work.
 

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Snap Happy

Ever since the first photo was taken, there’s been the desire to take something out of them. Whether that’s an intimate couple accidentally snapped on your beautiful beach sunset, or a helpful stranger photobombing your party pics, removing these blemishes is a lot more difficult than capturing them.
 

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Fill ‘er up

Traditionally the three R’s have (somewhat confusingly) referred to reading, writing and arithmetic, but in recent years it’s been (more accurately) associated with Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Although many of us do our best to Recycle, Brooklyn-based Common Good are helping us with the Reuse bit through their range of refillable dye and phosphate-free soaps, cleaners and laundry detergents.

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Sleeping like a baby

We’ll go out on a limb here and say that no one finds their first baby easy. No one. The second? Not so bad. And the third can pretty much look after itself. But the first juggernaut of sleep deprivation mixed with endless worry hits you hard.

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World’s first video stamp

It’s no big secret that the rise of email is responsible for the decline of letters. Except, that is, at Christmas, when a round robin email simply won’t cut the mustard. So it’s interesting to see the Australian postal service stepping back on the toes of digital by incorporating video into their stamps. (First class spot, Phil CG)

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From ironic to iconic

There was a time, not so long ago, when receiving a winter-pattern sweater on Christmas day would be greeted with insincere smiles and thanks. But in this world of ironic cool that we live in the Christmas sweater has been elevated to a must-have status, and Coke Zero’s Sweater Generator has just added a competitive edge to it.
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Wrap up warm for Christmas

It’s Christmas Day (not today – we’re just imagining here). Aunty’s asleep in the chair next to a glass of sherry; Dad’s considering tackling the mountain of washing up; the kids have lost interest in their toys and are being brain-washed by Mary Poppins; and (if you’ve got around to it) next to the front door will be two or three bin bags of ripped up wrapping paper.
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Just bling it

Ever wondered how much energy you’re using sat at your desk? Or making a sandwich? Or filling the car with petrol? Then Nike’s FuelBand is for you. The original version was sold out within hours when it launched last year, but the recently released FuelBand SE adds a little luxury to the whole experience.
 

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