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The Gherkin’s in a pickle: five alternative uses for the iconic building

Here at the shinyshiny offices, we have a bit of a soft spot for the friendly-looking Gherkin (real name 30 St Mary Axe) just around the corner. So when news of its imminent sale broke this morning, we put our heads together and decided there are better uses for a pickle-shaped building. 1. Giant greenhouse Like a sky-high answer to Kew Gardens, the …

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Sadie HaleThe Gherkin’s in a pickle: five alternative uses for the iconic building
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One for Katie Hopkins: intellectuals can be tattoo-toting, too. Here are some which may surprise you

According to research, the tattoo removal industry is booming, as more and more people begin to regret the now-faded blue symbols and transient sweethearts they’ve had inked onto their bodies. The ever-judgemental Katie Hopkins has labelled tattoos ‘cheap’, ‘trashy’ and ‘common’, while one writer for The Guardian has commented on her struggle to come to terms with the new wave of tattoos sported by otherwise …

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Sadie HaleOne for Katie Hopkins: intellectuals can be tattoo-toting, too. Here are some which may surprise you
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shinyshiny speaks to London Beauty Queen about blogging, apps and Twitter trolls

If you haven’t heard of London Beauty Queen, then where have you been? Hayley Carr started the blog as a side project, while working as a brand manager in the cosmetics industry, writing about all things beauty from an insider’s perspective – what does the product really do and is it worth the money? After just four months of beauty …

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Hayley Minnshinyshiny speaks to London Beauty Queen about blogging, apps and Twitter trolls
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Kasabian walked on the world’s first digital red carpet, created by Sony Xperia Access

Sony Xperia Access unveiled the world’s first digital red carpet on Wednesday night at the premiere of Kasabian’s Summer Solstice gig screening. The digital red carpet featured hundreds of Xperia Z2 Tablets and was fully interactive, revolutionising the experience for celebrity guests, like Amber Le Bon and Ralf Little, and fans alike. The film screening, held at Vue Leicester Square, …

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Hayley MinnKasabian walked on the world’s first digital red carpet, created by Sony Xperia Access
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5 shocking pictures of last night’s thunderstorm

Unless you’re the deepest sleeper in the world (or you don’t live in London), you’ll have been rudely awoken by a really loud thunderstorm last night, complete with lightning. While we weren’t very impressed by the lack of sleep we got from this meteorological nightmare, we’re very impressed with some of the pictures and videos that the internet has managed …

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Hayley Minn5 shocking pictures of last night’s thunderstorm
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Details leak of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited book borrowing service

It seems that Amazon is gearing up to launch a books subscription service, after images advertising the service, called Kindle Unlimited, briefly appeared on the US version of the website before being deleted. Because nothing on the internet ever truly dies, they can still be seen via Google, and GigaOm, who first reported the news, were also able to pull …

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Diane ShipleyDetails leak of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited book borrowing service
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The World Cup broke loads of social media records!

Were you watching the match last night? The World Cup Final broke records on Facebook and Twitter last night, for social media usage. Facebook revealed that 88 million people left more than 280 million posts, comments and likes about the Germany vs Argentina game, surpassing the previous record of 245 million interactions, held by the Superbowl XLVII. Surprisingly, the most …

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Hayley MinnThe World Cup broke loads of social media records!
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On the agender: five places with gender imbalances for World Population Day

Today is World Population Day, a United Nations event set out to raise global awareness of our rapidly growing population. Since there was significant public interest on the same date in 1989 – dubbed ‘Five Billion Day’ as it was the date that roughly marked when the global population hit five billion – it’s been observed every year. Today, there are more than …

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Sadie HaleOn the agender: five places with gender imbalances for World Population Day
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Is this the greatest family ever or an elaborate HTC One ad?

We really feel for this guy, but also want to be in his family. He was just trying to take the perfect selfie with his new phone, like anyone else would, and is now the laughing stock of his entire family. Having spotted the picture (the big one in the middle), his dad and older brothers immediately stole his shirt …

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Hayley MinnIs this the greatest family ever or an elaborate HTC One ad?
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Got £150,000 going spare? You still couldn’t afford this loom band dress

So, you’ve heard of loom bands right? Don’t worry, we hadn’t either, but apparently they’re big. So big in fact that a dress made of them is currently being bid on at £156,100 on eBay! The dress, which is made to fit girls aged between four and six, appears to have been weaved from hundreds of the colourful rubber loops …

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Hayley MinnGot £150,000 going spare? You still couldn’t afford this loom band dress
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Apple iWatch pushed back till November due to its super advanced tech

We’d all been collectively crossing our fingers for Apple’s iWatch to be launched in October, but now a top (and often accurate) analyst has suggested that production may not even begin until late November. Urgh come on already Apple! Today the tech press is full of KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions that the Apple iWatch won’t be made until November. In a …

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Becca CaddyApple iWatch pushed back till November due to its super advanced tech
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Facebook removes photos of safari shooting spree – but not for the reason you might expect

Facebook has removed several photos from the profile of U.S. cheerleader Kendall Jones, who last week sparked outrage for uploading several smiling images of herself posing with the bodies of wild African animals she had killed. The ‘trophy photos’ show Jones proudly standing over dead wild animals she shot while on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe earlier this month including a …

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Sadie HaleFacebook removes photos of safari shooting spree – but not for the reason you might expect
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UK follows US lead, bans uncharged gadgets from flights with even stricter rules

Earlier this week, we were all shocked to read that some US flight operators would be introducing new and VERY strict security rules about taking gadgets on flights into the States. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) revealed that if you try to take a gadget on a flight and it isn’t charged up, you may be forced to leave it behind. …

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Becca CaddyUK follows US lead, bans uncharged gadgets from flights with even stricter rules
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George Clooney slams Daily Mail for ‘irresponsible’ and ‘dangerous’ story

The shit-stirring, female-bashing, scum of the earth tabloid, known to most of those in the UK as the Daily Fail, has come under fire yet again today by none other than George Clooney. The movie star wrote an article for USA Today about how the The Daily Mail took its ‘idiotic stories’ one step too far when it concocted a story about his …

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Becca CaddyGeorge Clooney slams Daily Mail for ‘irresponsible’ and ‘dangerous’ story

Wannabe, the song that defined your tweenage years, is 18 years old today

It seems like once a week that we’re surprised, shocked and slightly disturbed by the passing of time, whether it’s 10 years since Friends ended or 30 years since The Breakfast Club (admittedly most of the office wasn’t even born at the time of this one, so it was less shocking). Well today we’ve got another pop culture gem for you, and …

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Becca CaddyWannabe, the song that defined your tweenage years, is 18 years old today
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Guys, please stop risking your life for a Tour de France selfie

If mainstream media is to be believed, selfies are single-handedly turning us all into narcissist zombies, melting away our brains and stirring up trouble in the Middle East. And what has the evil selfie done this week? Well, it looks like it could be putting the lives of some people in serious danger as they insist on pulling a duck …

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Becca CaddyGuys, please stop risking your life for a Tour de France selfie
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Twitter exacerbates relationship problems, says study

If you find yourself bickering with your partner over Twitter, watch out: it’s a warning sign your relationship could be on thin ice. At least, that’s according to new research from the University of Missouri-Columbia, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Russell Clayton, a doctoral student in the journalism department, surveyed 581 Twitter users aged 18 to …

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Diane ShipleyTwitter exacerbates relationship problems, says study
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Uber victory: Transport for London releases statement siding with app in cabbies row

Bad news for black cab drivers, but good news for ride-sharing apps (and their users): Transport for London (TfL) has released a statement confirming that Uber is operating legally in London. Cabbies had previously challenged TfL’s position, because Uber drivers calculate journey distances and fares using an app. Taxi drivers say this is equivalent to using a taximeter, which under …

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Diane ShipleyUber victory: Transport for London releases statement siding with app in cabbies row
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Facebook is letting you gatecrash parties you’re not invited to

Facebook clearly doesn’t think it’s doing all it can to control your life already, as it seems that the social network is rolling out a new ‘Events For You’ tab, with parties you’re not even invited to appearing down the side of your news feed. Rather than just being a calendar of your invites and a few suggestions based on …

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Hayley MinnFacebook is letting you gatecrash parties you’re not invited to