The best places to learn code

Ever since I tried the Hour of Code back in March my mind has kept on trickling back to the idea of coding. Every time I have to do a repetitive task I think ‘man, this would be so much easier if I could just input a repeat command into this’. It was because of this that I decided to try out a slightly less kiddy approach to learning how to code… READ MORE

Octa TabletTail Monkey Kit Review

Credit: OctaHello devoted fans and eager headhunters. Aren’t you tired of having to support the full girth of your tablet with your thick, fleshy fingers? Wouldn’t you love to be able to hold a hot dog in one hand and a beer in the other whilst staring morosely into the void of the internet, able to occasionally swipe at the screen with a sticky little finger to scroll? Don’t you crave the day when you can watch videos and at the same time take a bath without having to keep your hands elevated over the surface of the glorious, all-encompassing heat of the water?

Well of course you are/would/do. Luckily for you, I have just the solution. READ MORE

Crêpeaffaire

ca1111Otherwise known as my new favourite eatery. This place opened up in Cambridge earlier in 2014, but I only visited it last weekend. And it is incredible.

Now, Cambridge isn’t exactly short on crêperies – there’s Benets Café on King’s Parade, the other Benets on Benet Street and the Cambridge Crêpes van on Sidney Street (and probably others that I’ve yet to discover). But, to date, Crêpeaffaire is my favourite… READ MORE

The Hour of Code – An awesome introduction to coding

The Hour of Code (UK site here) was introduced in December 2013 to give kids and people who weren’t so hot on coding a window into its process. Code.org, the non-profit running the Hour, wants to introduce coding to schools in particular and highlight the changes set to take place in the UK curriculum in 2014… READ MORE

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

faultI ended up really enjoying this book despite myself.

This is the first John Green book I have read despite having had Looking for Alaska in my possession since around 2008, when I discovered him through his and his brother’s co-run YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. The vlog was great, so when I picked up The Fault in Our Stars I did so with a surge of excitement and anticipation – and then I read the first page and my hopes sank… READ MORE

Wacom Inkling Review

InklingThe Wacom ‘designer tool on the go’ Inkling (available from Amazon) is a digital pen which records what you draw as you draw it using Real Ink on Real Paper. It lets you create layers as you go and stores up to 10 pages worth of pics which you can then transfer to your computer. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, don’t rush out to get one just yet… READ MORE

Netatmo Urban Weather Station

The Netatmo Urban Weather Station is the world’s first personal weather station, letting you monitor environmental elements indoors and outside to help you plan your comings and goings. The device transmits data through WiFi to an app which is accessible on Apple and Android devices as well as through internet browsers. READ MORE

A Street Cat Named Bob – James Bowen

bobAs another reviewer has already said, this book could do with some further editing – it is at times repetitive (in terms of content and language) and a bit muddled, often using odd punctuation or missing out punctuation marks altogether. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think that, in this case, the story, rather than craft or presentation, is what’s important… READ MORE

Tefal OptiGrill – Steak-baking made easy

optiThe people at Tefal have been very busy bees ; they’ve brought out a whole new rash of products, from saucepans to steam generators.

Also new is the OptiGrill, a grill that makes cooking so ridiculously easy, you don’t have to do an awful lot to produce brilliant-quality food in the comfort of your own kitchen… READ MORE