"On May 3rd, 2003, I got a digital camera as a present from my parents. I was 24, living at home, and in the middle of doing my degree. We had two cats, and were soon to get a third. Like everyone else with their first digital camera, I immediately spent the next month taking pictures of all the incredibly mundane things you were never really allowed to take pictures of before. Bookshelves and bathrooms and carpets and curtains. Desktops, cupboards, TV screens. Cats. So many cats. Then I forgot all about ever taking them, and never looked at any of them again until now. So here are nearly a thousand pictures of Essex, England, in May 2003. Almost all of them are extremely boring. A significant proportion of them are either of myself or my cats. 99% of them are in 640*480 format. 23% of them are extremely blurry."
Cormoran Strike's world is about 95% straight-up real. I started by looking on Google to see where Strike's office is on Denmark Street and then I got drawn in, so here's a map with locations from all three Robert Galbraith books – separated into layers – plus a layer of locations each specific to Strike and Robin. [more inside]
Learn to bake your bread and sourdough by hand in England, using simple ingredients and age-old techniques. You will never need to buy factory made bread again! Our Bread Blog has lots of top bread tips including my best tip, a brioche recipe that really works, weekly sourdough and sourdough breadsticks. We have developed a free e-book with recipes, hints and tips on how to make bread and sourdough, and we've just launched our own Android App.
International Waters is the pop culture comedy quiz show where land laws don't apply. Hosted by Jesse Thorn, produced by Colin Anderson, head writer Jordan Morris. Featuring Janet Varney, Paul Scheer, Josie Long, Tom Parry and celebrity guest film director Rian Johnson. [more inside]