I thought this back to basics umbrella re-design was really interesting.
It does feel…sort of good.
While I admire the emphasis that James Dyson has put on the difficult process of industrial design as part of the marketing of his vacuum cleaners I can’t help but be disappointed with the one that we bought a year ago, just after we moved into our house. I’ve never had a cleaner that is so complex. Removing the hose from the back of the unit, particularly, takes quite a bit of strength and feels wrong, like it’s being broken.
Our professional cleaners put it succinctly. “Should have got a Henry“.
Spoof ads for what each of the political parties in the UK would really like to say. Awesome.
Go rent (or buy) Shaun of the Dead. Set in the suburbs of London, it’s a very amusing take on zombie movies. Subtle and stupid English humor coupled with the unsubtle use of a cricket bat helps keep the undead at bay.
I’m not sure if there’s a catch, but Amazon’s Free Music Downloads page seems pretty cool. Tracks from Moby, Bloc Party, Yo La Tengo etc…
There’s quite a revolution taking place in the UK school dinners system, since Jamie Oliver (the Naked Chef) revealed that most kids main meal of the day consisted primarily of deep fried, reconstituted chicken, shaped like zoo animals (with chips).
Looks like this has hit a legal hiccup.
“The Guardian has learned that new schools locked into 25-year contracts through private finance initiatives are finding that they cannot rid their menus of junk food despite the government’s pledge.”
I love the dual nature of this idea. It’s a kids playground roundabout, installed in a bunch of locations in South Africa, that pumps water from deep underground into storage tanks as the kids play.