Tag Archives: few of my favourite things

“Silver White Winters That Melt Into Springs”

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…these are a few of my favourite things. In a week where Britain’s icy climes have finally been blessed with some blue skies and (dare I mention it) sunshine, we have seen the Oscars (Jean Dujardin, you look even better in colour) and a leap year that left many males quaking in their boots (favourite quote from the 29th goes to my friend’s boyfriend: “I’m not speaking to you today because it’s a leap year and you’re rather rash”). Charming! Please read on for a selection of the bizarre and the brilliant over the past seven days…

@AngiesRightLeg

Oscars week always garners a lot of column inches, but it’s fairly safe to assume that the majority of these will be assigned to the usual suspects; award-winning films, plunging necklines, appalling gags from a beleaguered host and the annual awkward tearful speech. But this year the press had their headlines before the awards even started: enter Angelina Jolie’s infamous right leg…

Right Let | Angelina Jolie | Red Carpet | Oscars 2012

Hysteria on this level has not been witnessed since Pippa Middleton’s backside slinked up the steps of Westminster Abbey triggering a global jaw-drop. At the time of writing, “the leg” has a Twitter following of over 47,000 and, having beaten off stiff competition from Bradley Cooper’s moustache (@CoopersMustache) and Jennifer Lopez’s nipple (@JLosNipple), is living out its fifteen minutes of fame.

Right Leg | Angelina Jolie | Film Poster | Best Supporting Leg | The Oscars 2012

Right Leg | Angelina Jolie | Statue of Liberty | Oscars 2012

Right Leg | Angelina Jolie | Whistler's Mother | James McNeill Whistler | Oscars 2012

It’s only a matter of time before the left leg experiences it’s own share of the success…

Right Leg and Left Leg | Angelina Jolie | Red Carpet | Brad Pitt | Oscars 2012

It’s Human-Nature

Do trees that multitask as streetlights sound utterly ridiculous? Well, they’re not. Scientists in Taiwan have developed technology that allow leaves to emit a luminescent glow. (For those of you who speak science, this involves infusing the Bacopa Caroliniana plant with gold nanoparticles, causing the chlorophyll to produce a reddish luminescence which creates a phenomenon known as bio-LED.) The project’s supporters argue that this could actually protect the environment as the glowing trees reduce light pollution, save energy and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere 24 hours a day. Winner.

Streetlight Trees | Glowing Bio luminescence | Supernature | Dear Doodle

If that captures your attention then maybe you’ll also be interested in the multi-coloured tulip and tattooed goldfish? The latter is in high demand in countries such as China where prices are sky rocketing.

Rainbow Tulip | What's Next For Nature | Supernature | Dear Doodle

Tattooed Goldfish | What's Next For Nature | Supernature | Dear Doodle

Galaxy Playdough

Galaxy Playdough | How to Make | Arts and Crafts | Dear Doodle

I spent many a childhood afternoon using playdough to make everything from smiley faces to spaghetti. Times have changed; enter Galaxy Playdough. Craft blog Fairy Dust Teaching recommends adding black and blue food colouring along with a spattering of glitter to your homemade mixture to create a magical, starry effect that will have kids entertained for hours.

Trailer For Every Oscar-Winning Movie Ever

Ever wondered what it takes to sweep the board at the Oscars? If you’re a budding writer/director/producer/actor, the folks at BriTANicK.com have done all the hard work for you and compiled a showcase of what it takes, admittedly with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. From the “introduction of a character suffering from the most topical disability of the present year” to the “inspiring final lines of a speech that douche-bags will quote in their Facebook profiles”, this trailer covers every base. Don’t forget to “laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh”…

 And Finally…

… I challenge you not to be cheered by these:

Praying Otters | Nature | Dear Doodle

Smiling Owl | Nature | Dear Doodle

“Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String”

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…”These are a few of my favourite things.”  If you’ve landed on this page seeking procrastination, then please read on for a pick ‘n’ mix from the worlds of culture, news, fashion and food over the past week.

Food On My Dog 

Food On My Dog | Tyler | Whipped Cream

The latest blog to capture the imagination of the blogosphere has to be Food On My Dog. The concept is all in the title and the pictures are hysterical. Tiger, the star of the show, is a staffordshire bull terrior, who specialises in balancing a variety of culinary delights on his head. Thanks to his owner Andrew Small’s daily offerings, Tiger is fast becoming an internet sensation after receiving over half a million hits and, should you have a desire to witness your favourite snack photographed, you can even send in a request. Any fears that Tiger is being unfairly treated are swiftly dismissed by his owner who insists “he hasn’t complained yet.” By the look of things he’s having a great time…

Food On My Dog | Tiger | Burger

DID YOU KNOW Mugs

DID YOU KNOW | Fact Mug | Hidden Art Shop

Whoever thought to combine facts and tea is a genius. This range of six ‘Did You Know’ mugs, each priced at £7.99, provides interesting facts to brighten up your tea breaks. DID YOU KNOW that dogs, like humans, are either right or left handed? Bet you didn’t.

Luminescent Waves at La Jolla Beach, San Diego

Glowing Waves | La Jolla Beach | San Diego

You may look at this image and assume it’s been photoshopped, that waves glowing an electric blue is simply not possible, but scroll down to the video below and you’ll realise that this phenomenon is 100% natural. La Jolla beach in San Diego is one of several coastlines around the world that host a phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum, causing an algae bloom known locally as “Red Tide” due to the reddish-brown appearance of the water during the day. Maybe not ideal for sunseekers but, come nightfall, visitors are treated to a spectacular light show as crashing waves are illuminated a vivid blue, attracting photographers, surfers (see below) and tourists from around the world.

Sweet and Salt Popcorn

Pret A Manger | Sweet n' Salt Popcorn

I’m admittedly a little slow on the uptake with this one. For anyone who’s ever struggled with the decision between sweet and salted popcorn, try Pret A Manger’s ingenious fusion of both flavours for a treat that is guaranteed to get your tastebuds tingling. And to top it off they’re only 123 calories, allowing you to snack away guilt-free.

Prada’s Hot Rod Heels

Hot Rod Heels | Prada | Grease Lightning

I do not pretend to be an authority on fashion but these are something pretty special. Prada’s S/S 2012 range of “hot rod” heels turn American tailfin cars – 1950s eat your heart out – into a thing of beauty. From the collection’s bold Cadillac-based colours  to the shoes’ flame-sculpted instep and exhaust pipe heels, throw on your leather jacket and channel the T-Birds for a spot of Grease Lightning (if you can afford the hefty price tag…)

Massaging Slippers

Massaging Slippers | Holistic Silk

For £70 these may be a little self-indulgent but the idea of an inbuilt foot massager in a pair of slippers sounds rather perfect to me. Magnetic insoles work to sooth and gently massage the base of your foot, aiding circulation and relaxing your body at the end of a hard working day. The slippers are made by Holistic Silk and come in a variety of colours and patterns for both male and female wearers.

Les Mis: The Movie

Les Miserables | Movie | Cameron Mackintosh | Samantha Barks

Everyone is talking about director Tom Hooper’s upcoming adaptation of the classic Victor Hugo novel Les Miserables. The story of Jean Valjean has already garnered fame as a musical thanks to its 26 year run in the West End and with filming due to start in March 2012, and a release date set for December 7th, it has cemented its place as one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year. The latest twist in the tale is the casting of West End star Samantha Barks. Her fairytale success story recently made headlines when the film’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, surprised her during the curtain call of her nationwide tour of Oliver! to confirm that she had been cast as Eponine, beating off competition from Hollywood heavyweights Taylor Swift, Lea Michelle and Scarlett Johansson. I think this picture says it all…

Samantha Barks | Cameron Mackintosh | Les Miserables | Film

And Finally…

Meet Stephen Fry’s nephew, George, who has learnt the hard way never to fall asleep at the table.