Picks of the Week: 15th July 2002
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Milk Bottle News|
If, for some reason, it's milk bottle news you're after, then this is the site for you. It's "the UK newsletter for milk bottle and dairyana collectors everywhere!" Apparently, there's a lot of them. Sign up and you'll receive articles on milk bottles from the end of the 19th century to the present day, regional and national dairies, and information on various milk bottle-related patents, amongst other things. Plus, you can swap info with other collectors, submit your own articles, and browse the photos galleries for interesting dairy-related stuff.
Found in Hobbies > Collecting > Milk Bottles
Here's a cool site for people who are good with their hands. Picks remembers the fun days of primary school, when you had to bring in all the newspapers you had saved up, slap a load of glue on, and mush the resulting mixture into some bizarre shape, and then paint it (badly). Turns out Papier-Maché is a tad more advanced than our weak early efforts at hot air balloons, and this site provides lots of advice, how-tos, and photo galleries to show what you can really accomplish with this cool artform - just look at the basset hound (left) or the Egyptian masks, and you'll see how intricate and detailed Papier-Maché can be.
Found in Arts > Papier-Maché
This cool site displays and examines the many differing styles of typography on show in the nation's capital. Take the virtual walk around London and marvel at the signposts, building signs, and Underground plaques, though as the site suggests, if you're able to take the actual walk yourself, you'll discover lots more. The site includes descriptions of each exhibit set against a series of images, close-ups to focus in on the details, and analysis from the experts. From the Victorian-era lettering of Covent Garden Tube to the modern gates of the British Library, there's a lot to take in and appreciate.
Found in Graphic Design > Typography
|Tour de France|
It all kicked off last week, of course, and at the time of writing, the Spanish rider Igor González de Galdeano was leading the race. Lance Armstrong is going for his fourth Tour win, and former champ and 'King of the Mountains' Miguel Indurain thinks Lance will be claiming it this year. You'd hardly bet against the defending champ, would you? This is the offical site of the Tour, so you can get your fill of team and rider profiles, the latest results and standings, and daily videos. Unfortunately the English version concentrates more on the American participants, but the other features do compensate pretty well.
Found in Cycling Races > Tour de France
|BBC: Alan Partridge|
Great news, people! Looks like everyone's favourite TV host Alan Partridge is at last getting his career back on track - eat that, Tony Hayers! His (182) days in the Linton Travel Tavern are over, but, with the exception of a few select appearances, TV has been an Alan-free zone for quite a while. No fear, he'll be back on BBC Two in autumn, with right-hand woman Lynn still in tow, we understand. Also on this site, you can read a list of Alan's cracking programme ideas (Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank, anyone?), add your favourite quotes, and get all you ever wanted to know about the great man and his career.
Found in Television > Personalities
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