apps
International Uber Rival Launches in South Wales

There's a new alternative to Uber up and running in some of the more densely urbanised valleys of South Wales, with Indian cab-hailing app Ola now launched in Cardiff, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan. Read More >>

energy
Government Declares War on Grandma’s Coal Fire

There's something you need to know about coal before reading this in your gas-heated ivory bedsit. There are types of coal, like there are these little egg-shaped lumps of uniform coal that have been processed and, somehow, are allowed to be described as "smokeless" types because they burn cleaner. They're fine. They're safe and you can set them on fire all you like, as long as you do it on something metal and not on the carpet. What's about to be banned is the wrong type of coal. Read More >>

facebook
Artist Adds Honesty to Facebook’s Poster Ads

Someone with access to a big printer has been specially adapting Facebook posters around London, turning the company's attempts at mindwashing the capital with positive corporate thoughts into rather more honest takes on how the social network makes a living. Read More >>

vaping
Government Told to be Nicer to Vapers

A committee of MPs looking into the modern issue of vaping has declared it basically a good thing that should be encouraged, as current thinking suggests there's little evidence that e-cigs are a "gateway" to real old fashioned smoking, and that any option that keeps people away from the old cancerous type of burny-burny cigarettes ought to be embraced and more easily prescribed by doctors. Read More >>

music
Rod Stewart Finally Embarrassed by Leopard Skin Chair at Age 73

Rod Stewart's having a clear out of all the trappings of fame he's acquired over the past innumerable, interminable decades, with a local auction house about to shift a load of his unwanted classic and more gaudy modern furniture items, as he's moving house. Read More >>

cars
Even Autotrader is Getting in on Madonna’s Birthday Celebrations

You're probably reading this while listening to some Madonna songs, as it's her 60th birthday today and everyone's posting their favourite Madonna songs all over the place. We're still working on the right answer to that question, as it's currently down to either Hung Up, Vogue or Like a Prayer, having just eliminated Get into the Groove. While we decide on that, here's something from Autotrader's oft-overlooked blog to read -- they've found one of Madonna's old cars for sale. Read More >>

dating
Posh Dating Site Sued Over Lack of Rich Men

A woman who signed up to an exclusive dating site for the super-rich in the hope she might meet a nice man with loads of money and an Instagram chest was disappointed by the size and quality of the gene pool offered, so sued the company. She won, in yet another insult to the few men who made themselves available in 2013. Read More >>

bikes
Brit Pensioner Thinks He Can Get His Bike up to 93mph

75-year-old cyclist and famed bike designer Mike Burrows has had another dream to outdo his previous achievements in the cycling world. He's up for the challenge of setting the human-powered transport world record this September, in a self-designed bike he'll be smashing around the flat, warm and beautifully tarmacked cycling paradise of Battle Mountain in Nevada. Read More >>

art
Famous Fatberg Decomposes Live on YouTube

The celebrity fatberg that was pulled out piece by piece from a London sewer is building upon its status as a work of art by expanding into the video streaming world, with fatberg enthusiasts now able to watch the lump of festering lard fester, live, on YouTube. Read More >>

health
Superdrug Can Botox That Frown Away in Your Lunch Break

High street magic cream shop Superdrug has expanded its offerings in an extremely modern direction again, this time opening up an in-store mini surgery offering Botox and lip-plumping dermal procedures for women (and indeed probably men nowadays too we add in as an afterthought in case this article gets shared anywhere) who are looking to quickly kick themselves up a few rungs of the perceived societal norm ladder. Read More >>

transport
Welcome to the UK – Here’s a Massive Queue and a Packet of Crisps

People landing at Heathrow from countries outside of the European Economic Area are facing such lengthy queues to have their passports looked at that airlines are handing out drinks and snacks to stop people passing out or kicking off, with border control routinely keeping visitors lining up at passport control for more than two hours. Read More >>

health
Regularly Inhaling Chemical Gas Apparently Still Not a Great Idea for Your Health

You know how all the smokers switched from analogue cigarettes to new and supposedly healthier digital versions that need batteries and fluids purchasing from the weird shops that are popping up everywhere? Because it's so much healthier? Well, now they say switching from warm smoky air to cold apple-flavoured air isn't all that amazing a change to make, as huffing vapourised chemical compounds gives your lungs an entirely new collection of shit to deal with. Read More >>

architecture
Sad Middle-Age Lego and Alcohol Shrines in Shed of the Year Running

It's that time of the year when we celebrate men who can't stand being contained within the regulated bricks and mortar structure of their actual houses where their actual families might be, with the 2018 Shed of the Year contest rounding up a selection of the finest – as in, the stupidest and most indulgent – garden sheds in the country. Read More >>

money
Fat Post Boxes for Parcels Make Life Easier for eBayers

The Royal Mail is doing something new with post boxes. This could tear the nation apart worse than Brexit. It has created a super-fat-mouthed post box variant for parcels that's out on trial right now, and is designed to serve the significant proportion of the population that ekes out a living from posting out packages every day. Read More >>

war
Bell Ringers Needed For One Day National Special

If you've ever fancied having a go on the ropes and smashing some church bells around, 2018 is the year to get in there and tick that off your bucket list. It's the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War this November, and the bells will be ringing out like never before to mark the occasion. Read More >>