Dishonour bound

Dishonour bound

There have been few more chilling news stories recently than the ‘honour’ killing of Shafilea Ahmed in 2003. Suffocated by a plastic bag stuffed into her mouth, the 17-year old was murdered by her parents, in front of her young siblings.

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Just jiggle it

Just jiggle it

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7lt0CYwHg

Bingo wings wobbling. Flushed jowls joggling. Mascara running faster than you are… If you shudder with recognition at these images, you’re probably a woman. A real one, who finds motivation the hardest part of keeping fit. And one who’s not alone.

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You can coco

You can coco

The times when the chocolate urge hits are usually the times when you can’t really be bothered to trudge down to the shops. What if you could, say, just download some chocolate? Like, print it out and get guzzling? All without moving from your desk / sofa / duvet? Mike TV and Willy Wonka though it was a pretty good idea. And Hershey does too.

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A cure for bacon lovers

A cure for bacon lovers

There’s nothing quite like the pride you put into making a bacon sandwich: the Saturday morning ritual; the selection of ingredients; the skill of assemblage. Not to mention the bacon itself – sizzling, crisp and succulent – pressed between soft slices of bread that’ve been laminated with butter and sauce (red, brown or both). Who wouldn’t want to make the most of it?

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Bright old things

Bright old things

Fully on-trend with this Flat Age Society showcase, Selfridges has put a twist on its annual Bright Young Things talent scheme by featuring work from a somewhat more mature creative scene. (Thanks to fellow Flat Ager, David Whitbread.)

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Must-have home features

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Ever wondered if your face is –ahem– alarming? You’re about to find out.

Welcome to the facial recognition intruder alarm, simply known as… ‘Welcome’. Unveiled at 2015 International CES, French company Netatmo’s first home security device houses a camera that can tell the difference between your domestic tribe and a dodgy trespasser.

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Arm yourself with information

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Is your forearm ready for the future? It could be your new interface, if French tech start-up Cicret bring their ‘working prototype’ to market.

A game-changer in functionality, if not wearable aesthetics, the Circet Bracelet projects a touchscreen directly onto your skin. So you can flick through emails, play (one-handed?) games, and navigate calls or city streets all with a click of the wrist.

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Outdo you

Outdo you

Outdoing others is not the zeitgeist for 2015. Beating yourself is. We’re not talking self-flagellation, but self-motivation. Or rather, Nike is.

To inspire runners across the pond to out-perform their 2014 track records, they’ve turned to man-of-the-moment illustrator, McBess, and data gleaned from its Nike+ members. The result is more than 100,000 personalised animations that feature your own, big-eyed avatar training in your home city, complete with the actual atmospheric and aerobic challenges you battled through in the last 12 months.

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Perfectly repulsive beer

Perfectly repulsive beer

A sweltering tropical night. A campfire and cold one. And the inevitable, uninvited guests, swarming round and putting you off your punchline. Mosquitoes: the bane of the alfresco beer drinker.

The solution? Holiday in Papua New Guinea! There, the Heineken-owned SP Brewery has created an ingenious, eucalyptus-infused carton to deal with the pests. This natural insect repellent, sprayed onto the packaging, releases bug-bothering fumes when chucked on the flames. So now the national hobby of enjoying a fireside beer can continue without the malarial party crashers. Definitely tastier than Deet, too.

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The thinking person’s beer

The thinking persons beer

Traditionally, there’s always been an uneasy relationship between the creative mind and alcohol. But new evidence suggests that a slug of booze can actually have a positive influence on creativity.

Professor Jennifer Wiley at the University of Illinois found that a person’s creative peak comes when their blood alcohol level reaches 0.075%, reducing the tendency to overthink during problem solving.

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