Monthly Round-Up

The October Round-Up

November 1, 2013

Photography credit: William Warby

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.

To start with, a bit of a spooky one. This link has been circulating online since the start of the month, but I’ve been keeping it under wraps for this round-up. Photographer Nick Brandt captures images of animals that have been turned to stone by a deadly lake in Tanzania.

Saddled with a tiny, useless bathroom? Here are 15 hacks to improve both its appearance and functionality. My personal favourite is the mason jar idea for cotton buds and beauty sponges.

At the beginning of the month I organised an “old-fashioned” birthday party for Elliott, and I was looking online for kids’ party ideas. Stumbling across this article from Mumsnet really made me laugh. “Sandwich suggestions: grated mild cheddar and ham. Nothing more than that. I have learned the hard way…” Worth a read even if you don’t have kids!

And talking of hilarious, I don’t know how I managed to find this old article from indieBerries about being an awesome bride but I couldn’t stop laughing for ages. Ché is always so good at using herself as the butt of her jokes and staying 100% real.

I know I’m a day late with this one, but I still think it’ll make you laugh. Wengenroth’s Hallowe’en-inspired “knockbox” is a clever piece of engineering built using just a sensor and a motor.

How about these beautiful pointillist portraits from artist Pablo Jurado Ruiz?

I’m not a mega fan of lookbooks, but this hippie-inspired collection from Bonjore Studio is so bright and colourful I couldn’t resist scrolling all the way to the bottom.

I work in the TV and film industry, so nerdy bits and bobs often catch my eye when I’m mooching online, collecting links for this round-up. Here are thirty amazing behind the scenes moments that tell the real stories of our favourite scenes.

As you’ll know if you read my Blogcademy recap post, I think I might have a bit of a girl crush on Shauna Haider of Nubby Twiglet. Her blog is absolutely beautiful, and this recap of a walk on Cannon Beach is in her usual awe-inspiring style.

This history of women’s tattoos is an unusually intelligent find from the Daily Mail.

And now, a funny piece of nerdery from one of my favourite sites, Fashionably Geek.

Since the release of David Bond’s documentary Project Wild Thing (which I will be reviewing in the coming weeks) there has been a lot of press about the importance of getting children outside. This article from The Guardian demonstrates the value of “outdoor classrooms”.

I’ve long been attracted to the idea of life on the road. These photographs by Foster Huntingdon give us all an inside view of what it’s like to live in the back of a van.

Do you ever find that you’re not an eight hours’ sleep kinda person? This fascinating article explains the benefits of polyphasic sleep cycles, which could be the answer if you’re not benefitting from the traditional monophasic pattern.

My sister Livs is currently studying equine science at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. Several weeks ago Gillian Higgins dropped by to give a lecture on equine anatomy, with the aid of a couple of well-trained horses painted up to show how the muscle, bone and tendon structure is affected when the animal moves. I don’t know much about equine biology, but I have to admit I enjoyed watching Gillian’s introduction video.

My Modern Met always offers up a goodie! I love these towering hay sculptures from Japan

… and these gorgeous pregnancy photos from Sophie Starzenski.

Some of these are just plain bonkers. Here are ninety very strange facts about Walt Disney and his theme parks. “The man is in the forest!”

Canadian Mike Bown left Calgary in 1989 and since then has visited more than 190 countries. He returned home recently after travelling for twenty-three years. If that’s not enough to give you wanderlust, I honestly don’t know what is!

And finally, check out these powerful adverts that use Google to demonstrate the scope of sexism worldwide. Incredibly simple yet overwhelmingly impactful, this campaign by UN Women highlights shocking attitudes towards women.

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  • Reply Che Dyer November 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Ah yay!! thank you for including me! :) love this post!

  • Reply Miss West End Girl November 3, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Great post! Gary and I have just enjoyed working our way through all of the Disney facts :) x

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