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June 8, 2014

I watched a show about black bears last night and I can’t stop thinking about them. Photograph by Jitze Couperus

The monthly round-up is a collection of internet goodies that have caught my eye over the past four weeks. Videos, blog posts, beautiful photography, tutorials, excellent websites and geeky goodness: you can find them all here on 1st of the month. Perfect for long commutes and lazy Sunday mornings.

Isn’t Tiny Buddha such a brilliant site? I find myself drawn back there time and time again, and it’s no surprise when they post such wonderful articles. Here are 16 things you should let go of in order to live a truly happy life.

From August to November, the moat of the Tower of London will be filled with almost 900,000 ceramic poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Make the change right now! You don’t want to be regretting any of these in ten years’ time!

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I’m in love with these illustrations, and the words that go with them. Here are 30 untranslatable words and phrases from other languages, and some of them really are just beautiful.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits gets his fair share of airtime on link round-ups from bloggers across the globe, but I’m going to have to join  in and share a couple of his articles. A Guide for Young People: What to Do with Your Life is actually a great read for anyone of any age, and The Gift is a classic piece of Leo writing: concise, to the point and always thought-provoking.

When I met Sara of Hello The Mushroom last weekend at Nuffang’s first birthdat party, I knew she was exactly the kind of lady I’d like to have in my circle of blogging chums! I loved this article she wrote on travelling by train in the UK.

Kandee Johnson writes a post for anyone who’s ever been told they dress “weird, ugly or awful”. I’ve had my fair share of this over the years!

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Bored Panda offers up forty of the most powerful social issue ads to make you stop and think.

Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky shared this heart-wrenching story of Mocha, a horse rescued by his original owner after months of negotiation with the people who neglected him. I had tears in my eyes after reading this story, and I can only hope that now Mocha is back in good hands, he’ll be loved until the end of his days.

I’m still to meet fellow Blogcademy attendee Sarah of The Laughing Medusa, but I hope I get the opportunity soon! I’m an avid reader of her gorgeous blog, and especially enjoyed this post crammed with advice for anyone thinking of emigrating to another country.

The “His n’ Hers Apartment”, a infographic that couldn’t be truer if it tried…

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Remember me mentioning my little blue Fiat 500, Joan? I spotted this next link on Nubby Twiglet’s weekly Link Love post yesterday and I couldn’t help but reshare: it looks like Joan’s ancestors are up for sale! I felt a warm fuzzy feeling when I looked at these photos, Joan shares much of her detailing and style with these beautiful cars.

Six things to do in London before breakfast.

Now this is something I genuinely would consider: after you die, having your ashes put inside a biodegradable urn with the seed of a tree inside. What’s left of you nourishes the tree as it starts to grow, transforming your death into the start of a new life.

If you need straight-talking, Nicole’s blog is the one. I love her no-nonsense approach to the big worries we all have. Here are four questions you need to ask yourself right now!

Perhaps it’s because they’re so birdlike in their appearance, with “wings” two metres in diameter, but watching these rays fly out of the water and flap above the surface felt like a pretty magical moment. They look quite chuffed with themselves!

Every Last Drop is easily the most creative website I’ve ever seen! I want to scroll forever!

I’ve noticed an influx of articles about sobriety this month. As a tee-totaller myself, I’m always interested to read about why people have decided to give alcohol the boot. Sober Señorita Kelly gives us seven reasons why she’s better off without booze and Helen Sarah explains how she has survived eight years of sobriety.

Stories about unlikely friendships usually always get a place in my monthly round-ups, and this one about a puppeteer and an old lady who’d lost her voice will bring a smile to your face.

My good friend Ché over at indieBerries lost her rag with plagiarists this month, and it’s not hard to see why. As a blogger, what do you do if your work is being stolen and blatantly passed off as someone else’s? I feel her pain.

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Now, this is how you Photoshop.

When we take the sexism out of news headlines, the results are equal parts hilarious and downright obvious. Should we be questioning why the media is intent on fixating on celebrity women doing things that are… well… normal?

I just can’t help myself, can I? 33 pictures of dogs with completely unique coat markings.

And let’s finish with this: a Chinese student brings art and nature together, using trees as her canvas. These are utterly enchanting. Naturally, the woodpecker is my favourite.

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  • Reply Sara of Hello the Mushroom June 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Very cool round up! Thank you for featuring me :)
    I just had a look at the untranslatable words article – the illustrations are awesome. I was just disappointed they didn’t have “saudade” there too. It’s a portuguese word that I love and it’s very charged – I even have it tattooed! Have a look at the wikipedia entry on it, it’s very poetic.
    By the way, I was offered a job in London on Friday, so I’ll be moving over the next couple of weeks! We will have to catch up!
    Hugs and have a lovely Sunday!

    • Reply Kylie June 8, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Sara, that’s amazing! Congratulations! London is definitely all set benefit from you joining us :) Yes, let’s please meet up again soon – I really enjoyed our chats at the Nuffnang party!

      And wow, you’re right. Saudade is a beautiful word, and one we can all relate to in some way. It instantly hit the spot with me, anyways! English is such a pants language sometimes, it really doesn’t stretch to convey some of the more delicate and intricate parts of human nature.

      Enjoy your Sunday too, and keep in touch!


  • Reply Jassie June 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

    hi Kylie ! what an amazing bit of film of the rays ! ive never seen that before ! always good to read your posts, i learn so much and get inspired so much too xx

    • Reply Kylie June 8, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Hello Jassie, thank you for the lovely comment! I’m always happy to know that people still really enjoy the links round-up… it’s a self-indulgent one for me, because I love reading it too! Enjoy the rest of your weekend xx

  • Reply Sheena Williams June 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Thank you, your round ups are always a pleasure to read, I look forward to the next one.

  • Reply Miss Tulip June 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I love that term Gokotta! I do this!
    Miss Tulip x
    The Thrifty Magpies Nest

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