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Christmas in Summer

10 Jul

I envy people who are so organised when it comes to Christmas preparations and every year I try to be a bit more like them. Well that’s my excuse for attending the Windows 8 Christmas in June event at the Hospital Club. Continue reading

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Westfield’s new app, it knows what you like but not who you are

1 Jul my westfield app

If there’s something to be learnt from Snowden and horsemeat, it’s that we don’t really mind what you do as long as you let us in on it first. What Westfield’s new app does so well is that it tells you upfront what it needs from you to make your shopping experience more enjoyable without asking you where you live or your first school. Continue reading

Lenovo, doing their bit to keep the peace

28 Jun Horizon

When I got the invite from 3 Monkeys to a gaming night I didn’t expect I’d end up playing air hockey on a tablet. I didn’t expect it would be on a 27″ tablet either.

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The price of getting involved

10 Jun toddler crossing

I mentioned in my last post about Benugo at Waterloo that I do like to get involved in things I care about. I’m about to add road safety to that list. Strange topic for a petrol-head like me, but then again, is it really? Continue reading

No socks please – we’re coffee drinkers

4 Jun Is Fathers' Day some sort of consolation prize or compensation granted to dads for the trauma caused by making  breakfast in bed for the missus for that one day in the year?  I've wondered about this for a few years now, about the differences between the two days. On Mother's Day, the idea is mum gets a break from cooking (how 20th century is that?) then we all pile in the car and drive off to an overbooked restaurant for a meal. Gifts are chosen with care to make mummy smell nice, look younger, feel younger and chillax. Depending on the age of your children, you in your capacity as dad, get to fork out for the presents, meal and provide the cab service. As if that's not enough you would've had to go through intense and high level negotiations on how these celebrations will pan out. Will you be visiting her mum as well as yours? See, Mothers' Day isn't just about your partner but everyone else in the family who might lay claim to the title. Fathers' Day? Pretty similar, we get breakfast in bed which doesn't feel as special as it does for mum because we hardly get a look in at cooking on most days (yes I know things have changed, just roll with me on this one), then it's off to a restaurant and yes you guessed it, Daddy drives and pays the bill. Must be something to do with keeping our manliness I guess, not letting anyone pay our way. Gifts? Invariably something to make us smell nicer. Oh! I just twigged why we always get socks; the ones we already own must pong something special. In my case I often get coffee (who knew) but hardly ever get anything to make it with, the result of an incorrect assumption that the missus has allocated space for such a device to reside in our kitchen. Well I'm using this article to drop an very large hint so if you're stuck for something to get dad, and he's a gadget mad coffee drinker, you can thank me later. Lavazza are currently doing a special on their A Modo Mio espresso and cappuccino makers between now and the end of June (that's not an excuse to give your dad an IOU just because it lasts till the end of the month) with £50 off most machines in the range. The machines come with a 24 capsule starter pack so that's like coffee straight out of the box! The A Modo Mio Favola and Favola Plus come with a frothing wand so if your dad fancies himself as a bit of a barista he can froth his own milk. The footprint is small, just 228mm x 246mm so it might get some allocated space in a kitchen cupboard or if he's really lucky, even a space on the worktop! The Favola is the entry level machine and will reduce your pocket money by £99 (was £149) whilst the Favola Plus is only£129 (was £179). They come in a range of colours including a limited edition Wimbledon Favola Plus sporting (see what I did there?) the Wimbledon purple. The Favola Cappuccino comes with its own milk frothing unit (handy if dad isn't feeling confident about steam wands). Yes it takes up a bit more space but mum might be swayed by the fact that she could make her lattes and cappuccinos in-house and perfect everytime. This model will set you back £179 but again it represents £50 off the original price of £229 and you can't say us dads don't deserve it for all the socks we get. You can get yours, I mean his, from www.lavazzamodomio.co.uk

Is Father’s Day some sort of consolation prize or compensation granted to dads for the trauma caused by making  breakfast in bed for the missus for that one day in the year?  Continue reading

Iconia A1: a first look

24 May

I’m of the opinion that if you’re going to buy a tablet you need to know what you really want to get out of it. The Iconia A1 fits somewhere between the budget tablet and the iPad mini so if you’re looking for a value for money device, with great Android features, then this should tick the box. Continue reading

Return of the brick?

8 May Nokia Lumia 920

Remember when phones were really massive devices that were nigh on indestructible? It looks like things have come full circle. Phones once again are brick sized objects due to their ‘tv replacement’ touch screens and the line between tablet and phone is being blurred by the phablet. I’m the proud owner of a slimmer brick which so far, has proved er, well, nigh on indestructible. Continue reading

How to stifle creativity

30 Apr

For some, creativity suffers from one fundamental problem; it sometimes leads you into uncharted territory but on the flip side it does get you noticed.

So if it’s such a good thing then why am I writing about stifling it? Call it reverse psychology. I’m hoping commissioning clients, project managers and even creatives might stop doing what they often do, and instead give creativity room to breathe.

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Communicating for creatives made easy.

18 Apr

The beauty of the Internet is that if you’re looking for something, chances are it’s out there already. Just in case it isn’t, this article is my take on the common pitfalls facing creatives when it comes to the cold hard business of interacting with something other than a keyboard or slate.

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