Farewell Don, Peggy, Roger, Pete and Joan. Especially Joan. This week’s Mad Men season four finale means we’ll have to wait the best part of a year for our next wallow in the glamour and drama of 60s Madison Avenue. And that’s tough, because Mad Men is a show that completely absorbs its viewers, the […]
Airline seating is a particularly prickly consumer issue, and any frequent flyer knows that getting the seat you want on a plane can be a frustrating and expensive nightmare. We expect airlines to charge a premium for extra legroom, but many of them now charge extra for standard seating too. The worst offender seems to […]
Oh the Timperley test card’s on, so follow Frank down to the bottom of his garden. There’s been an outpouring of love for Frank Sidebottom since his creator Chris Sievey died earlier this year. He had many fans, but was never more than a cult figure. Frank’s Fantastic Shed Show was just about the closest […]
A big announcement from BSkyB HQ this week, with big numbers attached: Sky now has 10 million subscribers, hitting its long-term target set back in August 2004. According to the figures, Sky is installed in 36% of UK and Irish households, and reaches 25 million people. So there’s a good chance that you’ve got a […]
Ever posted a bad review on TripAdvisor? It’s a pretty satisfying way to blow off steam after a rotten experience, but, while carefully crafting your missive about unidentified stains on the bedding and £25-a-night Wi-Fi, did you consider the possible consequences..? Read the full post at Bitterwallet.
Nuisance calls are a right pain in the earhole, aren’t they? Us long-suffering Brits receive more than 1.5 billion of them every year. That’s around 75 nuisance calls per household. We’re all much too busy with our crushingly demanding lives to be bothering with some marketing drone wanting to know whether we need loft insulation […]
When Chris Sievey died in June, several of those who knew him best described him as a genius. Chris was best known as the man inside the oversized papier mache head of Frank Sidebottom, but before finding cult success with his aspiring pop star alter-ego, he had attempted to carve out a music career of […]
Hal Graham, the first man to officially fly a rocketbelt, has died. The following is an edited extract from The Rocketbelt Caper: Harold ‘Hal’ Graham was a 27-year-old science graduate from Buffalo who had been working for the Bell Aircraft Company as a test engineer for just over a year when he was selected to […]
Got an idea for a killer iPhone app? With more than 1bn applications sold since its launch last July, Apple’s iPhone App Store has become one of the fastest-growing tech enterprises in recent history, and gained a reputation as something of a developer’s goldmine. Success stories such as that of Ethan Nicholas, whose iShoot app […]
It was clear from this week’s London Book Fair that the UK publishing industry is finally ready to embrace ebooks. But before the ebook can really challenge its paper equivalent, the industry has to avert a format war a whole lot more complicated than VHS vs Betamax… Read the full story at The Guardian.