Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
Bingo wings wobbling. Flushed jowls joggling. Mascara running faster than you are… If you shudder with recognition at these images, you’re probably a woman. A real one, who finds motivation the hardest part of keeping fit. And one who’s not alone.
Sport England have hit upon the insight that women worrying about how their bodies will be perceived is often the reason they’re less physically active than men. Cue their ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, with its video celebrating every last, glorious, womanly wobble.
The advert champions sisters of all ages, shapes and sizes, working out without holding back, no matter what wiggles wetly at the camera. Sports, dancing, swimming and waddling are all depicted in high-def delight, with slogans that drip with attitude such as ‘Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox’ and ‘I kick balls, deal with it’. A refreshing change from the images of unobtainable female perfection more usually associated with female sport.
And a clever example of presenting the motivating ‘why’ to consumers – not the more pedestrian ‘what’…
The times when the chocolate urge hits are usually the times when you can’t really be bothered to trudge down to the shops. What if you could, say, just download some chocolate? Like, print it out and get guzzling? All without moving from your desk / sofa / duvet? Mike TV and Willy Wonka though it was a pretty good idea. And Hershey does too.
Yes, choco-locos, your dreams have finally come true. The Hershey Company has partnered with 3D Systems to cook up CocoJet: a printer that squirts molten chocolate into delicious designs, just like a 3D printer streams filament. Only much, much tastier.
Lucky users can choose from milk, dark and white chocolate (what, no peanut butter?) and select a pre-programmed design, or delay the moment of pleasure by devising their own bespoke chocolate sculpture.
When this piece of printing genius will be released is yet to be announced. But it’s fair to say that custom confectioners must be a tad concerned that their corner of the personalised chocolate market may soon be in the sticky hands of the very happy consumer.
There’s nothing quite like the pride you put into making a bacon sandwich: the Saturday morning ritual; the selection of ingredients; the skill of assemblage. Not to mention the bacon itself – sizzling, crisp and succulent – pressed between soft slices of bread that’ve been laminated with butter and sauce (red, brown or both). Who wouldn’t want to make the most of it?
Now you can take your kitchen-counter epicureanism to aromatic new heights. Cleverly seizing the curly tails of both the current trend for DIY culinary processes and our passionate love for the rasher, are award-winning Cotswold fine food company, Ross & Ross. (Nicely curated, Tim.)
They’ve created a handy, all-you-need-to-cure-your-own-piece-of-porker-at-home kit. It comes complete with a choice of bacon curing mixes, muslin wrap and curing bags, as well as a butcher’s hook. Imagine that hanging off your Ikea utensils bar!
To be a true Hugh F-W, all you need to do now is catch your pig.
Fully on-trend with this Flat Age Society showcase, Selfridges has put a twist on its annual Bright Young Things talent scheme by featuring work from a somewhat more mature creative scene. (Thanks to fellow Flat Ager, David Whitbread.)
14 artists, designers and musicians – all strictly 40-to-80-somethings – have been invited to design window displays and present limited edition products online and in store at the Bright Old Things Boutique.
So shuffle your bones along to the iconic department store to be inspired by the experience-informed imaginings of a 70s punk legend, an architecturally-trained topiarist and a food writer-turned-folk-artist. She’s the one with the super-fresh specs, by the way. Who, when asked what inspired her to change career, quipped,
“The menopause. Or I had a psychotic break. Or the muse bit me in the bum. In other words, who knows? It hit me like a bolt of lightning and changed my life forever… Of course, I am not really an old woman, just cleverly disguised as one.”
You go, girl. Follow #BrightOldThings on Twitter.
Ever wondered if your face is –ahem– alarming? You’re about to find out.
Welcome to the facial recognition intruder alarm, simply known as… ‘Welcome’. Unveiled at 2015 International CES, French company Netatmo’s first home security device houses a camera that can tell the difference between your domestic tribe and a dodgy trespasser.
As soon as movement is detected, the device alerts your smartphone, putting a name to the face if recognised. You can also snoop around your home if a stranger is detected, via the Welcome app’s camera feed. Darkness offers no protection to prowlers either, thanks to infra red night vision technology.
Puts a new spin on being the head of your household.