Best of the Web – August 2016 Roundup

Ghostbusters Holtzmann

Why has women’s fitness become a beauty contest?

How to Report Social-Media Harassment: A Practical Guide

I Don’t Know How. You’re Better At It

A Story of a Fuck Off Fund 

Holy Shit, Ghostbusters!

Why am I so fat? 

You like coffee, but you love paying your mortgage. 


What I said when my white friend asked for my black opinion on white privilege

Things I’ve Learned from Sewing My Own Clothes

What It Means to Smell Like a Man 

For Women in Tech, Ageism is Getting Old

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Tuesday Tunes – Sia


This is Big Girls Cry by Sia. I love the song, but I think the girl in the video is just brilliant!

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London in November

My Timehop this morning has reminded me of last November when I was in London on a UX course for a few days. London in November is beautiful, if a little cold and my course was in a building a stones throw from the Tower of London, where they had the stunning poppy display. I never shared the photos I took on my trip, but I think today is a timely day to post them up here.

Poppies at the tower of london

Poppies at the tower of london

The area around the Tower of London was packed with people who had come to see the exhibition. Fighting my way through the crowds to get back to the tube on an evening, I always stopped to look at the poppies. It was on a morning though that they were at their best. No crowds, and the early morning soft sunshine combined to make them a beautiful and peaceful sight.

Poppies at the tower of london in november

Poppies at the tower of london

Poppies at the Tower of London  seen from a third floor window

The poppies have been split up now, but if you are anywhere near Wakefield you can see a few of them in the Wave exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture park until early next year.

The UX course took place in a building in St Katharine Docks. I’d never heard of this place before, but it was full of little coffee shops, old buildings, sail boats and interesting sights.

St Katherine Docks Shops

St Katherine Docks Pub

When I was there they had a wooden hippo as part of an art installation and the Queen’s barge was on display. It got busy around lunch time with tourists and office workers looking for lunch, but later or earlier in the day it’s an interesting place to visit if you’re in the area.

St Katherine Docks Queens Barge

St Katherine Dock HippoSt Katherine Docks Boats

Finally, no trip to London is complete without a cocktail, I got mine in the charming Drink, Shop and Do café near Kings Cross train station. A word of warning though, if you want to go on one of their workshops book in advance! My friend Jenni and I had planned to take part in one but it was more than full when we got there, with a queue of people waiting for a place!

Pink sponge Cake and a cocktail jar at Drink Shop and DO

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Tuesday Tunes – The Ettes

It Ain’t You by The Ettes. I found this one through Orphan Black, a series I’ve been binge watching on Netflix over the past couple of weeks. I say binge watching, but for me that’s about 2 episodes a week because I find it hard to sit still long enough to watch anything on TV.

Anyway, I like Sarah, the main character in Orphan Black, and her style and music she listens to. it’s all a bit punk rock, but in a modern and quite feminine way. This is one of my favourites – enjoy!

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A day out at the Sculpture Park

We spent a lovely, sunny day at West Yorkshire Sculpture Park last week. We admired the Henry Moore Exhibition, climbed a couple of trees, and walked for miles in the sunshine.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park 1
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park 11
Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2
Yorkshire Sculpture Park 3
Yorkshire Sculpture Park 4
Yorkshire Sculpture Park 5

It was my birthday that day, so in the evening we went to my favourite restaurant for dinner – the Cow Shed in Wakefield.

Cowshed Wakefield Steak
Cowshed wakefield venison

“Make a naughty face Helen!” A pre-dinner chai tea, in my Little Miss Naughty mug – a gift from my boyfriend. He thinks it suits me, I’m not so sure I agree.

Little Miss Naughty Mug

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